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this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: days after turning down money offered by the g7, brazil accepts foreign help to deal with the fires in the amazon. we report from inside the rainforest. even the rainforest. when the fires have been put out, even when the fires have been put out, this is what remains. the dense ra i nfo rest out, this is what remains. the dense rainforest that once stood here is no more, and this has happened in more than 80,000 places across the arm is on this year alone. —— across the arm is on —— amazon. hong kong police arrest protesters and pro—democracy lawmakers. the crackdown continues with a demonstration planned later on saturday now banned. hackers briefly take over the account of twitter‘s chief executive posting a string
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of offensive remarks to jack dorsey's four million followers. and regional elections take place in germany. the far—right afd party are expected to perform well at the polls. hello and welcome to bbc news. as fires continue to burn in the amazon rainforest, brazil's military chief says his government is in talks with four countries offering help: chile, israel, ecuador and the united states. the development comes just days after brazil's government rejected a previous offer of money from the g7 countries. more than 80,000 fires have broken out in the vast rainforest so far this year. sophie long reports from para state,
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deep in the amazon. this was once lush rainforest. the landscape along the road that takes us deep into the amazon bears the scars of the blazes that sparked international outrage and are now threatening a whole way of life. this is the bau indigenous village. in the central meeting hut, the men are preparing for a naming ceremony to welcome a newborn, the latest addition to this tight—knit, traditional community. but, as they prepare to celebrate new life, the village chief tells me the threat to his people is increasing with every day of jair bolsonaro's presidency. translation: if the president continues with his policies, he will diminish indigenous lands so that he can confine us and exterminate us. that's what will happen. next year, the burning will be even bigger, but we will be here fighting, resisting. we are prepared to die fighting for our land because we are warriors
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that are not afraid of the brazilian government. as the fires continue to burn, the smoke continues to rise from the forest. in novo progresso there is a heavy haze all around. it is smothering the city and it's choking its children. carla tais silva's 2—year—old daughter has pneumonia. she's convinced she contracted it because of the smoke. she says, if she doesn't get the right treatment, she could die. translation: the lives of our children are being jeopardised by people that don't have any sense. they're doing harm to other people, they're just thinking about themselves. it is something i don't have words for. they do the damage and we are the ones who suffer, the children and their mothers. i asked the nurse on duty, dhelly pratis, if children's lives are being put at risk. "yes", she tells me,
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notjust the children — it's dangerous for everyone. translation: this is a huge problem. if things keep going like this, unfortunately the consequences will be even worse than the ones we are already witnessing. even though it isn't happening inside of our own homes, we are all living in this place. even when the fires have been put out, this is what remains — scorched earth, charred skeletons of trees. the dense rainforest that once stood here is no more, the species that lived in it are gone. all that remains is the flat, black land of deforestation, and this has happened in more than 80,000 places across the amazon this year alone. sophie long, bbc news, novo progresso in the amazon. there've been a series of arrests of prominent pro—democracy activists and politicians in hong kong in a sign the authorities are taking an increasingly tough line. they have banned more street protests, planned for saturday. demonstrators first took to the streets three months ago, demanding the authorities withdraw plans to allow people to be
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extradited to face trial in mainland china. since then, huge numbers have joined the protests, also calling for free elections and for charges to be dropped against protesters. from hong kong, john sudworth reports and there are some flashing images from the start. past the waiting press pack, two of the best—known figures in hong kong's pro—democracy movement were swept into court. hundreds have already been detained in the summer of fury as fears over chinese rule have led to increasingly violent clashes. but with prominent members of the city's parliament also picked up, these latest high—profile arrests are being seen as much more political, a point made on the steps of the court after a
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successful bail review. the level of media interest here speaks for itself. far from de—escalating the crisis, the arrest of this young man and others is only likely to fuel concern about the erosion of hong kong's freedoms and legal protections. we are strongly aware of how president xijinping and the beijing government are the ones who back and endorse hong kong police to conduct such mass arrests and prosecution. we hong kong people won't give up and won't be scared by these injustices. today the police insisted that they are just following the law, threatening further arrests for anyone joining unauthorised protests this weekend. meanwhile, china has released more video of paramilitary forces conducting anti—riot drills.
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as the messages get tougher, they may dissuade some. but others are only likely to be further emboldened. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. the twitter account of the company's chief executive, jack dorsey, appears to have been hacked. a series of erratic and offensive remarks appeared on mr dorsey's account, which has more than 4 million followers. the bbc‘s tech reporter dave lee explains what happened. well, a flurry of messages started appearing for around 15 minutes on jack dorsey's account, racist m essa 9 es jack dorsey's account, racist messages and some very, very offensive messages and some very, very offensive remarks. messages and some very, very offensive remarks. it's about long for twitter to regain control of that account and starting to delete those posts. in the last 30 minutes orso, those posts. in the last 30 minutes or so, they've said that it doesn't appear the site itself has been compromised and they are still speculating as to how access could have been obtained to jack's
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account. now, one of the interesting aspects of this is of course jack dorsey is a high—profile member of a service that has extremely high profile people on it, such as president trump. and if the chief executive of twitter is unable to protect his own account, then that is raising many questions about the vulnerability of other accounts on twitter that could be at risk. but for now, twitter seem fairly confident they've got this current issue under control. is it embarrassing for him personally, because he has talked in the past about the security steps that customers need to take with their applications? yes. twitter is co nsta ntly applications? yes. twitter is constantly telling its users to make sure it has protection in place to stop people gaining access to their accounts. but, you know, this may have been the result of a breach of a third—party app, something called cloud hopper, which may have been away for these attackers to gain access without having to hack the
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twitter service itself. that is still being investigated. twitter won't speculate yet on what the cause may be. the group claiming responsibility for what happened is a group calling themselves the chuckling squad. they've been responsible, it seems, for various high—profile hearts of twitter accou nts high—profile hearts of twitter accounts over the past year, mainly focusing on famous u2 personalities. this is of course the highest profile account they've managed to gain access to. and it's causing a lot of concern, notjust within twitter is a company but for eve ryo ne twitter is a company but for everyone who uses the service. other any everyone who uses the service. other a ny ste ps everyone who uses the service. other any steps that ordinary people, you and i, that use twitter, can take to increase our duty? -- are there? there are simple steps you can take. not using the same password on different services that you may use, and also in the case of twitter, offering something known as 2— factor authentication. that is where someone is going to access your
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account, you will get a text message to your own phone that checks that it is you trying to do that rather than somebody else. that is a simple step you can take to make sure if someone is trying to get in, they should find it much, much more difficult as a result. dave lee in san francisco for us. let's get some of the day's other news. the bbc‘s found evidence of a war crime committed during a recent airstrike in northern syria that killed 39 people. an investigation found the airstrike by a plane tracked from a russian airbase hit a street market in the town of maarat al—numan. the same target was hit twice within 30 minutes, the second strike deliberately targeting civilians helping the injured in the first, which is illegal under international law. russia has denied any involvement. the colombian government says nine dissident farc guerrilas have been killed in a military operation in the south of the country, a day after one of the former farc leaders, ivan marquez said
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he was taking up arms again. the military operation comes amid concerns about the resilience of a peace deal signed three years ago. the long—term outlook for the great barrier reef has been downgraded from "poor" to "very poor" by the australian government agency that manages the world's largest coral system. a new report says rising sea temperatures caused by global warming have caused two major events of coral bleaching. fertilisers and pesticides getting in the water have also had an impact. a trial date forjanuary 2021 has been set for five men, including khalid shaikh mohammed, the alleged architect of the september 11th attacks in the united states. the trial will take place in a military courtroom in guantanamo bay, cuba. let's get the latest from our north america correspondent peter bowes in los angeles.
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peter, this date a long time coming? a very long time coming. in fact, if the trial sticks to its schedule, it would be just eight months shorts of the 20th anniversary of the september 11th attacks. shaikh mohammed was detained and arrested by the americans in 2003, he was then moved to guantanamo bay and he and his accomplices were first charged under president george w bush, with the initial aim of having the trial in guantanamo bay. president 0bama then came up with a plan to actually move the trial to a civilian court in new york city. there was a lot of opposition to that and the plan was dropped. they've gone back to guantanamo bay, and that in large part accounts for the delay. lots of legal challenges along the way. how frustrating has
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that been for the families of those who were killed on that day in new york? clearly it would have been extremely frustrating. almost 3000 people were killed when those four planes were hijacked by 19 man, two of them crashing into the world trade center in new york city, another crashing into the pentagon in washington and the fourth into a field in pennsylvania. clearly, it was a momentous day in the history of the united states and those families of those people who were killed, as you implied, just waiting for a day where at least they could feel that some justice has for a day where at least they could feel that somejustice has been served. it has been a very long time coming. peter bowes in los angeles, thank you. stay with us on bbc news, still
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to come: two british prime ministers — old and new — battle it out as sirjohn major takes borisjohnson to court over a no—deal brexit. she received the nobel peace prize for her work dying in india's slums. we have to identify the bodies and ta ke we have to identify the bodies and take them back home. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as
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irreplaceable. an early morning car crash in the paris after paz entered a life with more than its share of pain courage, warmth and compassion. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: days after turning down money offered by the g7 — brazil accepts foreign help to deal with the fires in the amazon. hong kong police arrest protesters and pro—democracy lawmakers. the crackdown continues, with a demonstration planned later on saturday now banned. president bolsonaro's approach to fighting the fires in the amazon is not his only policy under scrutiny. he has made little secret of his uncompromising stance on crime, saying this month that criminals will "die in the streets like cockroaches". statistics suggest that drug seizures are up and homicides down. but campaign groups say a consequence has been people dying at the hands of the police. notjust in the crossfire, but — they say — in direct attacks. hugo bachega reports from rio.
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another desperate mother in rio, another body lying on the ground. the blame again involved in the police. this man was a popular jujitsu coach. he was arriving at the product where he gave free classes to youngsters when he was killed by a shot to the head. translation: you think a lot of things. was it because he was black, he was a law—abiding citizen. so why did they shoot him? this is the area where he died in may. it is one of rio's largest favelas. most of the
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people here are law—abiding but there are also ruthless criminals. as we go up the hill into the favela we are constantly reminded of who sees control and almost every aspect of daily life here. the graffiti on the wall and the initials of one of brazil's largest drug gangs. the authorities came to power injanuary have promised to be tough on crime but it has proven to be a bloodbath. so far this year more than 1000 people have been killed in police operations like this one in april. some were shot in the head. 0thers in the chest, allegedly even after having surrendered. for many, clear signs of unlawful executions. what we can see is that public authorities giving the wrong message, they are allowing this kind of violent approach. rio's governor posted this video on his twitter feed of imposing a police helicopter
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during an operation. the governor has dismissed the criticism saying his approach has led to a drop in violent crime. he has a ally in the far right president bolsonaro who supports the brazilian saying "a good criminal of dead criminal. critics say the operations put lives at risk unnecessarily, but officials say criminals are behind the violence. reservation back when police entered a favelas, they go to protect the innocent residence who live under the rule of attackers, and when we enter, we are attack. police officers were chasing armoured suspects when the man was shot, but a student who was with him told his family he does not think the killing was an accident. translation: i don't know why the police shot at us thinking we were criminals. they fired under the car towards where we were. what did the police tell you?
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towards where we were. what did the police tell you ? translation: nothing. a former conservative prime minister has said he willjoin the legal fight to prevent his successor boris johnson from suspending parliament. mrjohnson says those mps trying to block a no—deal brexit undermine his chances of negotiating with the eu. vicki young reports. all: save our democracy! when it comes to brexit, feelings run high. while many in the country welcomed the announcement that parliament won't sit for five weeks, thousands took to the streets in protest. the government insists mps still have plenty of time to express their views. critics say borisjohnson is behaving like a tinpot dictator. when you became prime minister you talked about uniting the country, but now you're talking about forcing through a no—deal brexit, something that you know democratically elected parliament does not agree with. you're being deliberately divisive, aren't you?
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we want to do a deal, i've talked over the last few days to lots of leaders around the eu. and everybody can see the rough shape of what needs to be done. it's going to take work, it's going to take a lot of energy for us to get there and the best way to do that is if our friends and partners over the channel don't think that brexit can be somehow blocked by parliament. the weird thing is... but they're trying to block no deal, they're not trying to block brexit, they're trying to block a no—deal brexit. ..the weird thing is that the more the parliamentarians try to block the no—deal brexit, the more likely it is that we'll end up in that situation. but now this former conservative prime minister says he will challenge mrjohnson in court. sirjohn major knows all about tory fights over europe, they plagued his time in office. today he offered to help campaigners make their case that the government is breaking the law.
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that's one battle — the other will be fought in parliament. they'll have less time, but opposition parties and some tories will try to change the law to force the government to delay brexit again. to succeed, mps from several parties will need to work together, so are they confident? i'm always hopeful, and i don't want to make predictions. all i know is that what we are trying to do is the right thing to do and i believe a majority of mps recognise that a no—deal exit is very damaging to our economy. meanwhile, ministers have promised to step up the tempo on talks with the eu, but ireland's deputy prime minister isn't sounding optimistic. at the moment, nothing credible has come from the british government in the context of an alternative to the backstop. you know, if that changes, great. borisjohnson is being asked searching questions from many sides. for the latest developments you can go to our website for all the
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different aspects of it, just go to bbc .com/ news. almost 30 years after the collapse of the berlin wall, there are still significant political differences between germany's old east and west. the far—right party afd is popular in the former east, and in two regional elections there this weekend it could emerge as the strongest party. 0ur berlin correspondentjenny hill went to goerlitz in saxony to find out why. angela merkel promised them stability, strength. here in germany's old east, i don't believe her anymore. —— they don't believe her anymore. —— they don't believe her anymore. —— they don't believe her anymore. the far right has made itself at home in what was conservative country. afd promises security but it deals in fear. translation: i am sick in the back teeth of foreigners taking over our fatherland. i don't like having muslims in my country. translation:
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there isn't much wrong here but we see on television. we don't want conditions like they have in west germany where police don't dare go into certain places. we don't want that here. loved by tourists, famed for its architecture. 30 years ago, goerlitz was behind the iron curtain. the town has been rebuilt, the country reunited. still, some here feel they have been left behind. translation: afd isn'tjust a problem here, it is a general problem in the east. there are a number of reasons. many people here experienced radical change in 1989, and now we face big changes again with digitalisation and the end of coal production here. many are afraid of these changes. there is a fragility about germany's big old
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political parties. centre—left and centre—right failing to reach voters like this man, who was young when the berlin wall came down. translation: they have cheated people for years. they make promises before elections but the only thing that always improved with their salaries. i wonder where all the money forforeigners salaries. i wonder where all the money for foreigners is coming from. you could put it into schools or old people ‘s homes, but that doesn't happen. this all feels very tranquil, but behind the beautiful facades there is real division here. and angela merkel will be watching closely. a strong afd performance could put more pressure on her government, but it is about more than that. what is happening here represents a nationwide struggle to define what modern germany's values really are. grilling for victory is medicalis in conservatives. —— anglo
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michael's in conservatives. but when we asked the regional prime minister how he plans to defeat afd, he seems relu cta nt to how he plans to defeat afd, he seems reluctant to engage. most germans afd remains an unpalatable choice, but it is fast becoming an established part of this country's politics. and exit polls from those elections are expected shortly after 1600 gmt on sunday, and we will have full coverage of the results here on bbc news. let's get a reminder of our top story as fires continue to burn in the amazon rainforest, as all‘s military chief as his government is in talks with four countries offering help, chile, israel, ecuador and the united states. the development comesjust ecuador and the united states. the development comes just days after brazil's government rejected a previous officer —— offer of money from the g7 countries. plenty more
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on our website, you can reach me on twitter, i'm @duncangolestani. thank you for watching. 0nce once again we saw 25 degrees or so across the south—east of sunshine around, further north and west a lot more clout and outbreaks of rain. the last 2a hours have been very wet across scotland and northern ireland thanks to this low pressure and is active when the front which is slowly pushing its way southward and eastward all the while as we had through saturday. some very wet sta rts through saturday. some very wet starts on the north and west, temperatures for most dryer further east, ranging from 12—15. through saturday this weather front will be slowly slipping eastwards like i mentioned, but it will be a dying feature by the time it reaches the eastern side of the country there will be daily anything on it. from friday through to saturday, a lot of
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rainfall falling across parts of northern ireland and scotland, 20—50 millimetres over the higher ground of northern ireland, and 50—80 perhaps across the south—west of scotland, italy dumfries and galloway. minorflooding will scotland, italy dumfries and galloway. minor flooding will be an issue first thing on saturday, that system issue first thing on saturday, that syste m m oves issue first thing on saturday, that system moves eastwards, behind its quys system moves eastwards, behind its guys brighten up, a few showers around, those temperatures will be falling away. the midteens at best in the north, for england and wales 20-23 in the north, for england and wales 20—23 or in the north, for england and wales 20-23 or 24. that in the north, for england and wales 20—23 or 24. that is the last of the warmth because that's a cold front moves through, it will allow cooler airto moves through, it will allow cooler air to spread to all areas. clear skies during saturday night, there will be some showers packing into northern and western areas, these will be blustery as the winds pick up, notice the temperatures into single digits, particular out of town. but even in some of the towns and cities further north. you can see we are into the cold air to sunday, sunday is the first of september and the first day of the
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meteorological autumn, it will certainly feel like that as you wake up certainly feel like that as you wake up on sunday, it will feel very chilly. lots of sunshine around mind you, showers will get going across scotla nd you, showers will get going across scotland and northern ireland into north england, perhaps western wales and there could be heavy with a rumble of thunder mixed in, particularly when the showers turn up. 16— maybe 20 in the south. as we head into monday, high—pressure wa nts to head into monday, high—pressure wants to build in from the south—west, that will settle things down but you notice this weather front putting into the northern half of scotland, that will bring more cloud to the north and west of scotland, perhaps outbreaks of rain to the north and western isles, a few spots of rental northern ireland, the further south and east you are because of the high—pressure, there will be a bit more sunshine around. bridges up a notch on monday, particularly noticeable across the south—east.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: as fires continue to burn in the amazon rainforest — brazil's military chief says his government is in talks with four countries offering help: chile, israel, ecuador and the united states. the development comes just days after brazil's government rejected a previous offer of money from the g7 countries. the hong kong authorities have intensified their crackdown on dissent in the region. police conducted a wave of arrest, among those being detained were the prominent pro—democracy campaigners joshua wong and agnes chow. they've both been charged withjoining and inciting others to join an unlawful assembly. the co—founder and chief executive of twitter, jack dorsey, has had his own account hacked. a series of erratic and offensive remarks, including racial slurs, appeared on his twitter account for around 15 minutes and could be read by his more

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