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this is bbc news — i'm carrie gracie. the headlines at two: the international response to the devastating amazon fires — the g7 pledges £16 million to help tackle the crisis. as the fires continue to spread — brazil steps up its emergency response and deploys its military, after concern that not enough was being done. the largest earthquake thought to be caused by a fracking site in the uk — has been felt in lancashire. a 14—year—old boy has been arrested in connection with a fire overnight at a high school in dunfermline. the prime minister tells the bbc to "cough up" and pay for tv licences for all over 75s — notjust those on low incomes. today is the hottest late august bank holiday monday on record — with temperatures set to continue rising across the uk.
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and in half an hour, here on bbc news — how a high school student from ohio received an email out of the blue that changed her life forever in "my very extended family." good afternoon — i'm simon mccoy. world leaders gathered at the g7 summit in biarritz in the south of france, have agreed to release more than £16 million to help tackle huge fires in the amazon rainforest. the french president said most of the money would be used to fund aircraft to help put out the flames, which the rest providing technical support. earlier, borisjohnson pledged £10 million to help restore the lost habitat. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. the fires raging across the amazon, devastating thousands
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of acres of rainforest, prompting global outrage and now, potentially, global action. borisjohnson and his team arrived at the summit to join other world leaders to discuss what can be done. this morning, the prime minister promised brazil £10 million to help reforest affected areas in the months to come. order. order! boris, order! around the table, some g7 leaders and others from around the world gathering to discuss common plan. the french president promising technical and financial help to stop the fires and protect the forests. but note this — donald trump was not there. we have a big emergency in the amazon. remember, they are the lungs of the world, so we have to help brazil and the other amazonic countries to control these fires. and that's something that has been discussed and we have already agreed
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that we will put a fund, and we are in contact with all of the amazonic countries to bring help now. basically, planes to get rid of the fires. but if the leaders here agreed that more should be done to help countries in the amazon, there was less agreement on what trade penalties they might face if they themselves do not do more to tackle the fires themselves. this summit has been characterised as much by division as by unity. and much of it involved this man. donald trump has been warned by many at the summit about the damaging impact of his trade war with china. but today he sought to calm the markets by talking up the prospects of a deal. i think we will have a deal because now we're dealing on proper terms. they understand and we understand. today, mrjohnson continued meeting counterparts on what is still his first summit as prime minister, briefing them on brexit, trying to convince them it would not be stopped by parliament. some of the diplomacy, though, was easier than the rest. at least when it came to discussing the ashes with australia's prime minister. i want to congratulate
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you on the ashes. two to go. no, we're not taking anything for granted. james landale, bbc news, biarritz. the prime minister is continuing to meet european leaders today at the summit, our chief political correspondent vicki young is there. vicki, what is he telling them? i think they want to know what his plans are, the alternative arrangements, some kind of alternative to that thorny issue of the backstop to stop those physical checks out of the irish border— has he got some kind of plan? we are just not at that stage, no one is expecting some kind of brexit breakthrough here. i think downing street feels there is a new energy to all this, notjust borisjohnson bounding down the stairs of the plane, bounding into rooms, making
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people smile and laugh. that will get him some of the way but it will not get him all of the way when it comes to a new brexit deal. he is going around talking to them. i think the message from the prime minister is to keep repeating that he thinks, is determined the uk will leave the eu by the end of october, with or without a deal. although he told me yesterday he thought it was touch and go whether there will be one. but downing street has been saying that he has been sent to them, stop listening to those parliamentarians who, in their words are giving you very wrong messages about the fact that they can stop brexit. damage due to saying that it is incorrect that they can stop it, and they do not want the eu to listen to that. they feared brussels may think that there is no point in doing a deal because it gets stopped by mps anyway. downing street is setting up —— it is setting up this huge battle for when parliament
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returns at the start of september. but downing street assume they are quite pleased with what has happened here, they feel that they have stop saying in public, we are not going to reopen that withdrawal agreement. they think there could be some tentative discussions, at least with officials, starting to take place but we're still a very long way from a new brexit deal. but we are still on holiday, aren't within the next week. you might be, simon, but i'm not. i'm just week. you might be, simon, but i'm not. i'mjust wondering, won't week. you might be, simon, but i'm not. i'm just wondering, won't they all return to westminster, there is only one issue in town and everybody will have to get the ground running? reporter: yes, that's right. jeremy corbyn meeting with other opposition party leaders tomorrow, as they try to get together to decide what their tactics will be. the problem i have is that they had just not been
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united in their bid to stop a no—deal brexit. the very opposite way is to stop article 50, and stop the whole process. but that is not what the labour leader wants to do, they can try and bring borisjohnson down with a confidence vote, and vote him out that way. but there aren't many tories that will go down that road. the other way is to try and bring out legislation to force borisjohnson to go to the eu and ask for another extension to article 50. again, that is tricky to achieve, the timing looks pretty tight on this. it may well be that they have oddly blown their chances on that. intriguingly, downing street are saying that they don't think there will be any breakthrough here. the date everybody is looking at, believe it or not, is october 70s, the eu summit, include close to that brexit deadline. i think they will be trying persuade tories who wa nt will be trying persuade tories who
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want no do, to give borisjohnson licensed a bit more time to get a new deal. the question is, how long will those mps give them? the key, i'll let you get back to work in the south of france, in the sunshine. before we move on, we have been talking about eu leaders at the g7, pledging to provide support for the amazon fight. there has been quite a response from the brazilian president, who hasjust been on twitter is saying about emmanuel macron's offer of releasing £228 million to fight the fires and protect the fires. the president of brazil has said, we cannot accept president macron's and proper and wa nton president macron's and proper and wanton attacks on the alexander. nor can we accept that he disguises his intentions. so that it is going well. there's been a third earthquake in five days at a fracking site in lancashire — the strongest tremor thought to be
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related to fracking ever to be felt in the uk. the quake struck the preston new road facility near blackpool at 8:30am this morning, measuring a magnitude of 2.9. the british geological survey have plotted the epicentre just metres from the fracking site. this our correspondent, katy austin, joins me now. there have been other events recently, but this is bigger than those? it is, yes. the british geological survey revised the magnitude of this from a 2.6 up to 2.9. that is a fair bit above other term as we have seen recently. fracking had actually stopped since the end of the week because of other smaller tremors, now it will be suspended while an investigation is carried out by the oil and gas authority, and by cordial allow themselves to try and figure out what has happened. it looks like this might have been an after—shock, not directly caused by fracking that
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day, but something that happened a bit later. it was one of a series of tremors that have caused little concern. the site has had to shut down before for the same reason? yes, it hadn't been up and running again since the last time it had to suspend its operations, following a number of tremors at the end of last year. people will want assurances from the company, who have been keen to reassure. but, downplaying their effects, saying this is not big on the grand scale of things and people needn't worry. do we know what 2.9 would actually feel like, if you're sitting in your house? people were reporting that it was enough to wake them up this morning, as if it was like a piece of furniture had been dropped. it is a very hard thing to quantify, but it will settle on something that people notice, that is why it has cost a fair bit of
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concern today. a secondary school in fife has been forced to close on the fourth day of scotland's school year because of a large fire. firefighters worked overnight to tackle the blaze at woodmill high school in dunfermline. our scotland correspondent, james shaw ,is in dunfermline. what is happening now? the first thing we should say is that someone has been charged and arrested in connection with this fire, a 14—year—old boy who we expect to appear in court tomorrow. the police have also say that they are grateful to the public for the information that they have had on this fire, also for the help that the public have given the firefighters supporting overnight. as you can see, things have calmed down now, there's still a very big presence by there's still a very big presence by the fire service but the fire has been substantially put out, they are still damping down hotspots. the fire service numbers have reduced somewhat, but i guess what happens
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now for them is that they have two really get into the seat of the fire, and understand exactly how it has been started. that will presumably help the police with their enquiries as well. for the school itself, we are talking about a large number of pupils, 1400, who should be at the school today, and are currently homeless. dunfermline is an expanding town, its schools are full, so it's quite difficult for the education authority to find alternative places for these children. but that is their top priority. as well as damaging the school, this will cause severe disruption to their education. the mother of four children — killed in a petrol bomb attack on their home in greater manchester — has died more than a year and a half on from the fire. the blaze happened in december of 2017 in walkden, and it killed demi, brandon, lacie and lia pearson. in april, ms pearson came out of the coma she had been
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in since the fire and was told of her children's deaths. zak bolland and david worrall were both given four life sentences for the children's murder in may last year. essex police say they are trying to establish what caused a number of people to develop breathing difficulties on the seafront at frinton and clacton yesterday. one woman said her daughter was left "gasping" for breath. their symptoms are said to have improved when they moved away from the beach. beachgoers were advised not to go in the sea. the coastguard said there had been no reports of spillages from passing ships. children going hungry over the school holidays because parents struggle to afford meals, are being trapped in a "cycle of despair" — according to charities supporting families. mps say an estimated three million children are at risk of going hungry during the summer break. the government says it's spent more than £9 million on schemes offering free meals during the holidays. our correspondentjudith moritz reports from bradford. i think about it 24/7. 24/7.
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money is on demi's mind all the time, especially when it comes to feeding her son. it's even worse in the summer holidays, when he doesn't get free school meals. so this is a real lifeline. a mini—market at the gateway centre in bradford, where you only pay what you can afford. it's about that little boy. i don't need to eat. my son does. i don't want to bury my son. have you ever had to go without food so he can eat? i don't eat at all. why is that? because my son comes first. i don't need to, it's not about me. i've lived my life. he's only six years old. how old are you, demi? 25. it's not about me. i'm a mother. all right, guys, who want sandwiches? the centre has seen a surge in demand this summer.
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for families who can't afford a holiday, this is the next best thing — packed lunches for 50p. and a couple of coaches to take them off the estate and to the seaside for the day. welcome to blackpool! this is the only chance for some on the trip to experience anything like a summer holiday. they've got their children at home, they're not getting their free school meals, so they've got to find extra money to feed them. and a luxury like a day out to blackpool? that is an absolute luxury, that would not happen. you know, most of the children, if you ask them where they've been, a lot of have not even been off the estate. the six weeks holidays is a case of, what are we going to do with the kids, how can we afford it? even for working families like the towlers, it's difficult. dad david has a full—time job, but they still struggle to get by. is this your summer holiday? yeah, this is our summer holiday. it's our day away to relax and sort
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of get away from things. we barely buy anything for ourselves, like, clothes—wise, unless we absolutely need it. it all goes towards the kids. we've been lucky this last year — a lot of family and friends have donated clothes, school clothes for them, so that's a little money we don't have to spend right now. back at the centre, every family is offered a free meal every day of the holidays — vital for parents who are forced to make stark choices. basically, my gas and electric are getting paid and i'm putting food in my cupboards, but everything else is just on hold. i'll have to catch up after the holidays. it's taken courage for these families to talk about something so personal. but they speak from the heart to make people understand how hard it is. walk in our shoes. walk in our shoes and then you will know what it's like. judith moritz, bbc news, bradford. the headlines on bbc news: the international response
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to the devastating amazon fires — the g7 pledges 316 million to help tackle the crisis. the largest earthquake thought to be caused by a fracking site in the uk, has been felt in lancashire. a 14—year—old boy has been arrested in connection with a fire overnight at a high school in dunfermline. the bbc should "cough up" and pay for free tv licences for all over—75s — that's the message from the prime minister, who's suggested the corporation has gone back on a deal to fund the licences, but the bbc said there was no such guarantee. injune, it was announced that only low—income households, where one person received pension credit, would be eligible for a free tv licence. let's speak to our political correspondent, tom barton, who's been following this for us. do we know, can they will be right in what they are saying? that is certainly a disagreement here between boris johnson certainly a disagreement here between borisjohnson and the bbc over whether or not the licence fee
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settle m e nt over whether or not the licence fee settlement agreed back in 2015 require to the bbc to carry on finding tv licences for everybody, 01’ finding tv licences for everybody, or simply hand it over the control over whether or not free tv licences we re over whether or not free tv licences were paid for to the bbc. like i say, this all dates back to that licence fee settlement. essentially, during those negotiations, the bbc agreed to accept responsibility from the government for funding these free tv licences light is given to people over 75. the government said it was a good settlement for the bbc? yes, absolutely. they said it was part of the settlement which would keep the bbc well funded up to 2020 and beyond. he shoots ago, back injune, the bbc said that when the government's governing for these free tv licences end next year, it
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would only fund licences for people who receive pension credit. that will mean 3.7 million pensioners who don't pay a tv licence now will become eligible for having to pay £154.50 a year. the bbc says if it carries on finding tv licences for all pensioners, it would cost it an extra £495 million a year. but, the decision has led to new protests, we have seen lots over the last few weeks. also, now, this political row with borisjohnson, weeks. also, now, this political row with boris johnson, using weeks. also, now, this political row with borisjohnson, using rather blunt language, saintly bbc should cough up. saying it was part of the conditions of the licence fee settle m e nt conditions of the licence fee settlement back in 2015 that the bbc was co nte nt settlement back in 2015 that the bbc was content to find all of those free tv licences for over 75. darren st said to be besieged honour that agreement. the bbc will say that they will be at it, if not, we'll have to find another way. they are
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saying what will happen if they have to cough up? that is exactly what they are saying, they're saying that parliament give the bbc responsibility to make a decision on the future of the scheme, there was no guarantee at the time that the bbc we concede to fund free licenses. the corporation says it is a matter for the government if it wishes to restore funding for free licences for all over 75. it will ta ke licences for all over 75. it will take upa licences for all over 75. it will take up a fifth of the bbc‘s annual budget if they were to carry on funding universal free licences for the over 75 files, and if they had to do that, they say they would have to do that, they say they would have to close a number of services, not least bbc two, bbc four, radio five live, bbc channel. bolton wanderers face liquidation this week after the lastest deal to rescue the club collapsed. bolton have been given until 5pm tomorrow for a takeover to be completed, orface being kicked out of the english football league. administrator paul appleton says if there's no breakthrough, the process of closing down the club will begin on wednesday.
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the lobbyist and campaigner, tim bell, who was instrumental in margaret thatcher's general election victories, has died at the age of 77. lord bell, who was behind the "labour isn't working" slogan in the run up to the 1979 election, went on to found the controversial public relations firm, bell pottinger, which went into administration in 2017. it was a big night in manchester last night, with ariana grande headlining the pride festival. it was the first time she'd performed in the city since a memorial concert for those killed in the arena bombing two years ago. in the crowd were fans who'd attended ariana's show on the night of the attack in may 2017. two of them met up with our entertainment correspondent, colin paterson, to explain why it was so important for them to be there last night. # so one last time # i need to be the one who takes you home # one more time... an emotional ariana grande, back
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on stage in manchester for the first time since the one love concert more than two years ago. this was not a full performance, but rather a 35—minute set to headline the manchester pride festival, an lgbt+ celebration. in may 2017, 22 people were killed in a terrorist attack at her manchester arena show. last night, security was tight, with only see—through bags allowed and many of the fans who had been there on the night of the attack were back — including mollie and alex. my anxiety has been at an all—time high, let's put it that way. it's been kinda screwing with my stomach a little bit, but it's the sort of thing when i have something presented to me like this, i'm determined. i'm, like, i want to do this. i'm not going to lie, it did take a lot of time to think about it because of what happened last time, but ijust thought it was a brilliant chance for everybody to get together and show solidarity in the best way. on this tour, ariana grande is playing arena shows in london,
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birmingham, sheffield and glasgow but for manchester, she's done something different. this is pride. i came from italy especially for ariana grande. i'm here only for her. so proud of her. she's amazing. we saw her last week and we told her we've got so much love to give her and that it'sjust going to blow her away. but pride is for over—18s only, meaning that her younger fans missed out. her set consisted of only nine songs, but the likes of thank u, next and no tears left to cry prompted huge sing—alongs. and mollie and alex clearly enjoyed themselves. i was just so grateful i was able to do it and ijust feel so happy and so relieved. it was emotional, as i expected, but i had a really good time. it was amazing. it's better than every other act that's ever come to pride. i'm happy with that. she's phenomenal. absolutely phenomenal! she's the biggest name ever to come to pride. the set wasn't long
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enough, we need more. i'm not crying, because it took too long, but i'm emotional on the inside. many fans thought there would be an onstage announcement from ariana grande about her putting on her own manchester show in the future, but there wasn't — meaning her performance at pride could be her last in the city for quite a while. colin paterson, bbc news, manchester. cheering a huge collection of volcanic rocks stretching over 150 square miles has been seen drifting through the pacific ocean. the sea of pumice was first spotted by australian sailors earlier this month. scientists say the rocks likely came from an underwater volcano near tonga, which erupted on august 7. it's officially the hottest august bank holiday monday on record. the new record of 31.2c was reached at heathrow this afternoon,
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beating the previous record of 28.2c, set in holbeach in lincolnshire, in 2017. andy moore reports on this scorching bank holiday weekend. over a million people are expected to attend what will be the hottest ever notting hill carnival this bank holiday weekend. temperatures approached 33 celsius yesterday and will probably hit a similar level today. those attending the festival are being urged to keep drinking water. several revellers were treated yesterday for dehydration. at frinton, holiday—makers were back on the beach in their hundreds after that scare yesterday. today, there was no evidence of the problem — just lots of people having fun. even the sea water is warming up — 19 celsius in frinton today. that's pretty good for uk waters. if you could not get to a beach, this lido at brockwell in south london was the perfect place to cool off, so long as you had the patience
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to wait in the queue to get in. the reeth show is a traditional agricultural event held every year in the beautiful swaledale valley in yorkshire. there are plenty of events in the main ring and great prizes to be won at the funfair. in cambridge, a new ice—skating rink opened today — absolutely perfect timing for those who wanted to practise their moves and get away from the hot sun. regent's park is the perfect green, shady place for londoners to cool off. it is forecast to be another hot day in the southeast tomorrow and then we are told, across the country, it will begin to cool down. andy moore, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather. ican i can head of home, the game has been given away with the forecast.
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it isa been given away with the forecast. it is a beautiful day if you're like a warm and sunny weather. our out watchers sitting in some lovely snaps, beautiful scenes from your a little earlier on. there is some cloud around to the west of the uk. there is nothing finger of cloud are trying to put into the south—west, bringing showers later. still a lot of warmth, temperatures widely into the high 20s, low 30s this afternoon. there are little in scotla nd afternoon. there are little in scotland and northern ireland, but still plenty of fine weather. a friend will age and by the end of the night, a bit of rain for the western isles. a few heavy showers for devon and cornwall, tracking into wales for early parts of tuesday. there are little in scotla nd tuesday. there are little in scotland and northern ireland, but still plenty of fine weather. a friend will age and by the end of the night, a bit of rain for the western isles. a few heavy showers for devon and cornwall, tracking into wales for early parts of tuesday. then they the week would
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: the international response to the devastating amazon fires — the g7 looks to make an emergency deal to help tackle the crisis. as the fires continue to spread, brazil steps up its emergency response and deploys its military — after concern that not enough was being done. a tremor with a magnitude of 2.9 has been felt near the uk's only active fracking site in lancashire, less than two days after a previously record—breaking tremor at the facility. a 14—year—old boy has been arrested in connection with a fire overnight at a high school in dunfermline. today is the hottest late august bank holiday monday on record, with temperatures set to continue rising across the uk
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we are keeping an eye on the g7 summitand are we are keeping an eye on the g7 summit and are expecting a news conference. we will bring you that when it happens. now on bbc news — my very extended family. two years ago, julia, a high school student from ohio, received an email out of the blue that changed her life forever. julia, who was conceived by sperm donor, discovered she had a half—sister. but that was only the beginning. in this remarkable film, julia goes on a journey to explore what family means. all right. let's go for a walk. i always knew that i was donor conceived. donor 1317 from california. i grew up in cleveland heights,
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ohio, with two moms,

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