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this is bbc news. the headlines at 23:00. prince andrew says, "at no stage" did he "see or suspect" any criminal behaviour that subsequently led to the arrest and conviction of disgraced financierjeffrey epstein. borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known as "mister no—deal" over brexit by donald tusk, as world leaders gather at the g7 summit in biarritz. the prime minister will also urge president trump not to escalate a trade war with china at the two day meeting . brazil's president has bowed to international pressure and ordered the armed forces to tackle the record number of fires in the amazon forest. british airways apologises after admitting that some emails sent to passengers telling them theirflights had been cancelled because of a pilot's strike, were sent in error.
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england's batsmen show some resistance in the third test at headingley, but it's australia who still look set to retain the ashes. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers — john rentoul, the chief political commentator at the independent, and the broadcaster, penny smith — stay with us for that. good evening. prince andrew has released a statement about his friendship with the disgraced financier jeffrey epstein, the first time the prince has spoken directly about his links — since epstein took his own life in a new york prison cell earlier this month. prince andrew said "at no stage" did he "see or suspect" any criminal behaviour. epstein had been awaiting trial
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on sex trafficking charges when he killed himself. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. what was prince andrew doing at the home of a convicted paedophile in new york in 2010, peering out through the door as young women came and went? the questions about andrew's friendship withjeffrey epstein have shown no sign of abating — and so, from the prince today, a statement in which he says he is eager to clarify the facts. he states... i met mr epstein in 1999. during the time i knew him, i saw him infrequently and probably no more than only once or twice a year. i have stayed in a number of his residences. the prince goes on... at no stage during the limited time i spent with him did i see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort that subsequently led to his arrest and conviction. andrew does acknowledge that it was, in his words, "a mistake and an error" to see epstein after his release from prison. this photograph of them together was taken in 2010.
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andrew expresses regret that what he knew of epstein was not, as he puts it, "the real person". and yet epstein's behaviour was a matter of public record. two years earlier, in 2008, he had been prosecuted for procuring an underage girl for prostitution. he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. but andrew was one of his friends, emerged, when this photo was published. it had been taken at one of epstein's parties in 2001. it showed andrew with a then—17—year—old girl — virginia roberts. andrew has always emphatically denied any impropriety. in today's statement, the queen's second son expresses tremendous sympathy for all those affected by the actions and behaviour of his former friend, jeffrey epstein. 0ur royal correspondent, nick witchell, has been telling us where this leaves prince andrew.
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i think he clearly feels i think he clearly feels the i think he clearly feels the need i think he clearly feels the need to i think he clearly feels the need to establish, as it were, his version of events after a difficult and frankly damaging week in terms of media stories about him. let's have a look at what he says. he asserts that between 1999, when he says he met epstein, and when he was convicted, he never saw any evidence of any suspicious behaviour. that may seem slightly surprising but we must take it at face value. paedophiles do, of course, behave as secretively as possible. what i think it's still difficult for andrew is that he was in the friendship with epstein after he was released from prison. he was by then a convicted paedophile and, yes, and we saw him in new york. he went to his home, as we have seen from that video. andrew now acknowledges that it was a mistake, and ever he regrets that. one area that he has not commented on in the statement is whether he will now cooperate with the us authorities and lawyers for
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epstein's victims who, of course, are very keen, are desperate to find a nswe i’s are very keen, are desperate to find answers and to establish the truth. are desperate to find answers and to establish the truth. world leaders have gathered in the french resort of biarritz for the g7 summit, where the european council president donald tusk said he was "willing to listen" to borisjohnson's ideas for brexit — as long as they were "realistic". but the two men clashed over who would be to blame in the case of a no—deal brexit. 0ur chief political correspondent vicki young is in biarritz. landing for his first summit, and it could be a tense one. borisjohnson is determined to leave the eu but says britain won't be walking off the world stage. the prime minister wants to show he's got an important role to play and has strong views on global trade. i'm very worried about the way it's going, the growth of protections, of tariffs that we are seeing. the uk thrives mightily on being an open, outward—looking, free—trading nation. that's what we're going to be promoting because i think it's good for the world. there is a lot on the g7 agenda here in biarritz, but right now for borisjohnson nothing is more important than brexit.
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can he persuade eu leaders to give him a new brexit deal? that's something brussels has said it won't do, even though parliament rejected the withdrawal agreement that theresa may negotiated. so is this man likely to help the prime minister? donald tusk famously said there was a special place in hell for those who promoted brexit without a plan. most saw that as an attack on mrjohnson. he will be the third british conservative prime minister with whom i will discuss brexit. the one thing i will not co—operate on is no deal. and i still hope that prime ministerjohnson will not like to go down in history as mr no deal. mrjohnson is optimistic it will be the eu who changes the direction in the eu who changes the direction in
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the end. borisjohnson insisted again today that the so—called backstop to avoid checks at the irish border must go, and donald tusk should remember that if he doesn't want to go down as mr no deal brexit. mrjohnson hopes he can depend on the american president for support. donald trump has said that brussels hasn't treated the uk very well over brexit. tomorrow they'll sit down together and discuss a post—brexit trade deal. so far so good. the weather is perfect. the guestlist‘s fantastic, everybody‘s getting along and we'll accomplish a lot this weekend and i look forward to it. friendly words, but they may not be able to disguise the serious differences between leaders here. vicki young, bbc news, biarritz. 0ur diplomatic corresondent james landale has been telling ius how borisjohnson will navigate the serious differences when he meets donald trump tomorrow.
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in recent weeks there has been something of a diplomatic bromance, frequent telephone calls, lots of warm words about prospects of the us uk trade deal. sometime in the future out of exit. i would expect a lot more of that tomorrow when the two men meet here but what has been fascinating here today is watching mrjohnson actually push back against mrtrump, mrjohnson actually push back against mr trump, joining his european allies and morning mr trump to de—escalate his trade war with the chinese. also warning him that the chinese. also warning him that the us tech giants and online businesses should face what he calls fairand businesses should face what he calls fair and proper taxation and tomorrow we are also told mrjohnson will also urge mr trump in any future trade deal those barriers to for british firms in the us must reduce. now, this has been amazing to watch this navigation between europe and the us by mrjohnson. so far there has been no response from mrtrump, no far there has been no response from mr trump, no tweets as yet.
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and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guestsjoining me tonight are john rentoul, who's the chief political commentator at the independent, and the broadcaster, penny smith. british airways has apologised after wrongly telling some passengers their flights were cancelled, and telling them to book new ones. the mistake, which caused confusion for passengers, came after pilots announced three strike dates for next month — and the airlines advised some people with flights on non—strike days to rebook, or get a refund. our business correspondent katy austin reports. josie spent time and thousands of pounds planning a september trip to florida, catering to the needs of her disabled mother. then last night an e—mail saying their flight was cancelled. we don't know whether it's the outbound flight or the inbound flight, as well. we've called british airways 67 times since 6am. we got through once after a 45
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minute wait on hold. some of the thousands of passengers who received cancellation mark m essa 9 es ever who received cancellation mark messages ever night expressed confusion on social media, unable theirflight online confusion on social media, unable their flight online or get through on the phone. their flight online or get through on the phone. british airways says all affected customers will be offered a refund or the option of rebooking another day. that wasn't the end of the confusion. this evening, the airline has confirmed some customers were wrongly sent cancellation e—mails about flights on non—strike days. some people told the bbc they had already paid for alternative flights. ba has apologised and said anybody who has incurred expenses as anybody who has incurred expenses as a direct result should get in touch. the pilots strike planned for september will be the first ba have ever had, the result of a stand—off with the union over pay and conditions. passengers have already
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felt disruption, some of it avoidable, before a walk—out has even begun. hundreds of new fires are still raging in the amazon rainforest in brazil, according to the latest official data there, the fate of the rainforest is high on the g7‘s agenda. late last night — in the face of growing international pressure — the president of brazil, jair bolsonaro, ordered the country's armed forces to help tackle them. the fires are scattered widely across the amazon, most notably in the north of the country. andy moore has the story. there have been angry protests outside brazilian embassies across south america. in mexico city... in santiago in chile... and in colombia, where indigenous people were among the demonstrators. translation: i feelvery sad because the earth is our mother and what is happening in brazil, the president of brazil needs to stop the fires. we live from the earth because she is the one who gives us food. at the g7 summit, there was an offer
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of european financial help to fight the fires. the burning amazon rainforest has become another depressing sign of our times. and mr tusk warned a trade treaty with south american countries was at risk. it is hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by the european countries as long as the brazilian government allows for the destruction of the green lungs of planet earth. the pressure from europe and the protesters has persuaded the brazilian president to change course. in a televised address last night he said he would send in the troops to help fight the fires and crack down on illegal deforestation. translation: all the countries have expressed solidarity with brazil. they have offered to help tackle the wildfires and have also offered to take brazil's position to the g7 meeting.
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wildfires can happen anywhere and they should not be used as a pretext for international sanctions. more than 700 new fires have started in brazil this week alone. has mr bolsonaro done enough to persuade the international community he is taking the problem seriously? andy moore, bbc news. a 17—year—old girl has died at leeds festival in what is a suspected drug overdose. west yorkshire police were called to the bramham park site following a report that the girl, who is from the 0ldham area of greater manchester, died shortly after 3:a0am this morning. the force have been told she took a combination of drugs. a 17—year—old boy who is also from the 0ldham area has been arrested on suspicion of supplying controlled drugs. a 16—year—old girl and a 21—year—old man died in a car crash in the early hours of this morning in essex. two teenage girls are also in a critical condition. a man was arrested in loughton. leigh milner reports from the scene.
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well, this is golding hill and as you can see behind me is a long stretch of road which runs through epping forest, and if you just look over my right hand shoulder you can see where the silver bmw m3 collided into a tree just after two o'clock this morning. a 16—year—old girl and a 21—year—old man died at the scene and two girls, aged 16 and 17 are currently in hospital with life—threatening injuries. earlier today, i spoke to counsellor michael stabbings who gave me his reaction. i'm very sad, very sad the young people had to lose their lives and you don't know what happened at the time or what went on. what caused it. have you seen things like this happen before on this road? yes, many times i've driven down here in cars in the forest where they have missed their turns and come off the road for whatever reason. it is a road that has
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to be taken cautiously. a 21—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. he's currently in hospital with minor injuries. the headlines on bbc news. prince andrew has said he did not "see, witness or suspect any behaviour of the sort" that subsequently led to the arrest and conviction of disgraced financier jeffrey epstein. borisjohnson has been warned against forever being known as "mister no—deal" over brexit by donald tusk, as world leaders gathered at the g7 summit in biarritz. meanwhile the prime minister will urge president trump not to escalate a trade war with china when they meet at the summit. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's holly.
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an unbeaten 75 runs from joe root has given england hope in the ashes series. with two days left to play in the third test, they need 203 more runs. australia need seven wickets. from headingley here's our sports correspondent andy swiss. just a few hours earlier would have been unthinkable. the england captain cheering from the field with his teams ashes hopes still alive. earlier the australian batsmen seem to have ended them as they extended their lead. marnus labuschagne once again showing his calibre and also his courage, struck in the helmet byjofra archer he was cleared to continue and made an impressive 80. by the time archer wrapped up their innings, england ‘s chances seemed realistically over. their target, 359, huge, but it soon seemed even huger. rory burns quickly went. but forjason roy was bamboozled by a beauty.
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at 15—2, england were staring at humiliation but finally, some resistance, the twojoe's, denly and root combining to impressive effect. a flicker of hope perhaps. as they both reach their half centuries, headingley were starting to believe. denly eventually went, love in one behind for 50, but crucially root kept going, australia are still favourites, but while he is at the crease, anything is possible. england have certainly shown some welcome fight, it may still not be enough to rescue them or the ashes, but the fans hope there are still hanging on. andy swiss, bbc news, headingley. liverpool opened up a three—point gap at the top of the premier league with a 3—1win over arsenal at anfield. mo salah scored twice in a dominant performance from jurgen klopp‘s side which sees them maintain their 100% start to the season. substitute lucas torreira pulled one back late on for arsenal,
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but nothing was getting in the way of liverpool's 12th successive premier league victory. there was a big upset earlier in the day with crystal palace beating manchester united for the first time in the premier league. patrick van aanholt scored in injury time at old trafford — the first time they've won there in 30 years. tammy abraham scored twice in chelsea's 3—2 win at norwich — their first win of the season. there were also wins for southampton, leicester and west ham. in the scottish premiership livingston's unbeaten start to the season continues. they thrashed ross county 4—1. elsewhere an injury—time equaliser earned stjohnstone a point at hibs. motherwell also won while kilmarnock earned their first premiership point under their new manager angelo alessio. bolton wanderers have been set a deadline of 5pm on tuesday to complete the club's sale or else face expulsion from the english football league.
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the club have been in administration since may and are the subject of a takeover bid. tonight the efl says it's "concerned" by ongoing delays. fellow league one side bury were earlier given the same deadline to complete the sale of their club. warrington have won the rugby league challenge cup for the first time since 2012. the wolves went to wembley as the underdogs, but beat st helen's 18—1; in blistering heat with pitch temperatures of over 30 degrees. they wrapped up their win in the 73rd minute with a try from hooker daryl clark. warrington'sjoe philbin and ben murdoch—masila scored two tries in quick succession in the first half. that was after two saints tries were controversially disallowed by referee robert hicks. warrington were beaten by the catalans dragons in last year's final. england look in good shape ahead
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of the rugby world cup with a crushing 57—15 victory over ireland. it was their largest ever victory over today's opponents. manu tuilagi was one of the stars of the show for eddiejones' team, scoring one of eight england tries. theirfinal warm—up match is against italy at st james' park next month. scotland avenged their hammering by france by recovering an 11—point deficit to win the return match at murrayfield. a chris harris try in the second half sealing the win for gregor townsend's side. some important athletics taking place in birmingham this weekend. it's the british championships that also double up as trials for next month's world championships in doha. dina asher—smith has made the team after setting a championship record in the 100 metres of 10.96 seconds.
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the men's 100m was much closer — and there was a surprise winner. 0jie edoborun edging out adam gemili and zharnel hughes — all three given the same time of10.18 - but it was decided on the photo finish. all three should make the team in qatar. cindy 0fili eased to victory in the 100 metre hurdles. she finished in 13.09 seconds — ahead of alicia barrett and yasmin miller. katrina johnson thompson finished fourth. play has been suspended at the tour championship in atlanta after a number of people were injured by lightning strikes near the fan zone. the pga tour has released a statement announcing emergency services have treated six fans who we re services have treated six fans who were injured by debris from the strike and transported them immediately for further medical assistance. it also said their injuries do not appear to be life—threatening. in the two groups had completed the third round prior to the weather delay with justin
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thomas at the top of the leaderboard. that's all the sport for now. israel has launched airstrikes on targets just outside the syrian capital, damascus. the israeli military says it targeted iranian forces inside syria, which were preparing to launch killer drones at israel. syrian state tv reported that anti—aircraft defences had fired at ‘enemy targets'. an employee at the british consulate in hong kong who was detained in mainland china has been released. china says simon cheng was detained for visiting a prostitute. but his supporters have dismissed that claim and suggested his case was linked to the political crisis in hong kong — which erupted again today, with the worst violence in more than a week. 0ur china correspondent john sudworth is there. hong kong's protesters have become battle hardened... gunshots ..with the crisis well into its third month.
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what began as opposition to a proposed extradition law is now a full—scale, pro—democracy movement, fuelled by fears that the city's freedoms are being eroded under chinese rule. just before the barricades went up, news came that a staff member at the uk consulate in hong kong had been released from custody in mainland china. but the claim that simon cheng was detained for playing a prostitute has been met with disbelief. they got him and faked the picture. they photoshopped the picture which he was with a so—called prostitute just to detain him for 15 days. some suspect a political motive, the protests are the biggest challenge to communist party rule in decades and china has been accusing the uk of meddling. hong kong's political stand—off descends once again into violence.
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the police firing tear gas and rubber bullets as they chase the protesters away down the main street. it continued late into the night, with the protesters already planning further battles in the days ahead. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. let's just show you a picture we have just seen on twitter from the white house official bead. this is from the summit in biarritz with the leaders of the g7 nations there sitting down for dinner. also joining them, the european council president, donald tusk. this is their first official gathering is their first official gathering is the summit got under way this evening and lots on the agenda to discuss for boris johnson evening and lots on the agenda to discuss for borisjohnson top of his agenda will be sorting out or trying to sort out a trade deal with donald trump, also he had a bit of spat
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with donald tusk today when donald tusk warned that mrjohnson did not wa nt to tusk warned that mrjohnson did not want to be remembered as the reader who left you with no deal. we will be discussing what they will be talking about in the papers in a few minutes' time. talking about in the papers in a few minutes' time. few places have experienced the effects of climate change as dramatically as the arctic. in finnmark, at the northernmost tip of norway, the warmer temperatures pose a challenge for indigenous saa—mi reindeer herders. but one solution — may make things even worse as our correspondent james cook has been finding out. a samie chief at the top of the world. neil herds reindeer like his ancestors before him. but now, the chief and his daughter are worried about the future, a copper mine which they say will disrupt their animals and damage the environment. translation: this is life changing. if this mine becomes a reality, that makes the
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chance of survival impossible. both economically and mentally. at my age, we can manage somehow, but the young, they are in a dark, dark time. but exploration is already under way. the norwegian government has approved the mine, and the minister in charge of the size of the need for copper outweighs the disruption it will bring. it's true that the arctic is beautiful. but for us, for norwegians, it's also a place where we actually live. and if the world doesn't have more copper, we won't be able to build more windmills. we want to be able to have the huge shift to electrical cars for example that we need. the government says marine life here will be protected by strict environmental standards. this is only a half—size they grow up to be. but the fishermen in the fjord, where the mines debris will be dumped, those assurances do not hold water. if they start mining,
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we cannot eat the crab, if we can catch it. i think all the crab will die in this area. there was a mine here once before, but that was many years ago, and it too divided opinion. this time, the boss argues that his company will revitalise an area that's been struggling economically. we estimate that the mining itself, with people working every day on—site, so contractors and us, will be 150 employees, and then there will be additional employees in society. teachers, kindergarten, etc. but for the samie reindeer herders, that does not sound like a future full of promise. it's like, ijust... they are just taking more and more land. it's mining, it's power lines, it's wind power. we are so attached to lands
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and nature, and when you just cut that contact, what's left? the fight for this land and this fjord may be a taste of what's to come for all of us, as the world realises that shifting to new technology to tackle climate change does come with a cost. james cook, bbc news, norway. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. good evening. the sort of weather we had today really sets the tone for the rest of the weekend. we are going to see more sunshine, more warmth, in fact more heat for some of us as well. it could well be some good beach weather over the next couple of days as there was today in cornwall. and what about the temperatures as well to the west of london very close to 31 degrees. the
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warmest august bank holiday record in wales but cooler in northern scotla nd in wales but cooler in northern scotland because here we had quite a lot of cloud which you can see on the satellite picture from a little bit earlier on. the stripe of cloud which brought some outbreaks of rain in the far north—west of the uk. you can see that rope of cloud extending southwards and starting to push its way towards other western fringes so through the south—west and wales, some areas of cloud floating into the night. maybe the odd shower but the night. maybe the odd shower but the vast majority dry and further east we see some good, clear spells to ta ke east we see some good, clear spells to take us through the night. temperatures are starting to drop away after today's eyes, by the end of the night between 11 and 16. enter tomorrow and many are starting a fire with some sunshine. the admits patch around and there will be some lumps of cloud floating around at times in the west. certainly a brighter day than we had across northern scotland although shetland is likely to see some quite
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extensive cloud cover at times. what about the temperatures? 28 in glasgow tomorrow. 3233 in parts of the south—east, rising levels of humidity as well. as that humidity builds we are likely to see some cloud, mr murdoch developing as we go into the start of monday. poor travelling conditions and poor visibility first time on monday. a lot of that murkiness should clear. spells of sunshine and the chances ofa spells of sunshine and the chances of a shower later in the day and some rain into the western isles. temperatures as you can see a little bit lower in the west by the stage but still high 20s or late 30s across eastern areas. during monday night is where the fund could bring a few showers. there is more meaningfulfrontal a few showers. there is more meaningful frontal system will be trying to push its way across northern ireland and scotland so we could see a bit of rain here as we go through tuesday. elsewhere, some spells of sunshine and increasing chance of catching a shower or thunderstorm as we go for the day. cooling off in the west, still the potential to get above 30 across east anglia and the south—east. but as we head deeper into the week, all
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