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good afternoon. crowds of demonstrators have been gathering in locations across the country to protest against the prime minister's decision to suspend parliament. organisers hope tens of thousands of people will take to the streets in dozens of towns and cities.
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the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, is among those addressing the crowd outside the gates of downing street. simonjones reports. they say they want to stop the coup. protesters outside downing street claim borisjohnson protesters outside downing street claim boris johnson is protesters outside downing street claim borisjohnson is trying to shut down democracy by suspending parliament ahead of brexit. people here insist they want their voices heard. stop brexit! i never thought at my age, 61 years of age, i would have to be here in white or protesting against the shutdown of parliament. to look after their own interest ina parliament. to look after their own interest in a way like this is deeply undemocratic and needs to be fought against. more than 30 protests have been planned across the uk. organisers say they are expecting tens of thousands of people. they are warning of mass civil disobedience and disruption in the coming weeks. the left—wing group momentum is calling for people to block bridges and roads. campaigners say they can't rely on parliamentary process or even the law courts to try to overturn the
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suspension of parliament. they say they want people out in numbers to show the strength of feeling. critics of the protests believe it is people here who are trying to thought democracy by stopping brexit. i voted remain but i have been convinced by the argument and the fact that we really ought to get behind decisions made democratically. downing street has insisted there will be ample time for debate ahead of britain leaving the eu. simon jones, for debate ahead of britain leaving the eu. simonjones, bbc news, downing street. our home editor mark easton is at the protests in central london — how significant are these demonstrations mark? well, it's a far cry from the millions that we saw marching through westminster earlier this year. i think we could probably measure this one perhaps in the low thousands. but there is deeply held passions here, different kinds of passion. some are here because i don't like borisjohnson‘s government and some because they are worried about proroguing parliament and some because they don't want no
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deal, some people because they don't wa nt deal, some people because they don't want brexit at all. a whole range of different views and opinions which perhaps is one of the weaknesses behind these protests. what is also worth thinking about is the people who aren't here. just as passionate as the views are here, there is another group who feel equally passionate about the fact that we should be leaving, that that is the democratic way. there's been a lot of talk about democracy from the people i've spoken to here this morning and this afternoon but what it comes down to is, as a country, thatis it comes down to is, as a country, that is riven by very different definitions of what democracy actually means. mark easton at westminster, thank you. the chancellor, sajid javid, has insisted his relationship with the prime minister is "fantastic" and "as strong as ever" — despite reports he had an angry row with borisjohnson over the sacking of one of his special advisers. mrjavid is said to have heard about the sacking of sonia khan only after it had happened. our political correspondent, john owen is here.
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you have the background. we know from recent political history that a government where the chancellor and the prime minister are at loggerheads has a really difficult time. are we seeing a fracturing of that relationship so early in this government? it is a row that certainly goes right to the top boris johnson's certainly goes right to the top borisjohnson‘s government certainly goes right to the top boris johnson's government and certainly goes right to the top borisjohnson‘s government and it raises the crucial question of the relationship between number ten and number11, relationship between number ten and number 11, the chancellor of the exchequer. to give you background, sonia khan was a special adviser to sajid javid, was taken out of downing street in quite dramatic fashion on thursday night after being questioned by dominic cummings, boris johnson's de being questioned by dominic cummings, borisjohnson‘s de facto chief of staff. he seems to believe she was leaking confidential government information. that subsequently turned out not to be the case but clearly she lost the confidence of dominic cummings and she was summarily sacked as a result. it has a much more recently and what is more interesting is that we understand that sajid javid has
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exchange crosswords with boris johnson, he said to have voiced angen johnson, he said to have voiced anger, a source told us, in conversation the prime minister. although the idea of a deeper rift of any kind has been thoroughly stomped on, we do believe that the two men get on reasonably well behind the scenes, it still raises that spectre. thank you very much. let's take a look at some of today's other news. scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has condemned the violence overnight in glasgow. trouble erupted when a planned march in support of a united ireland was met by a counter protest within the govan area of the city. riot police and mounted officers dealt with the disturbance. more migrants have arrived on the kent coast this morning. more than 200 people have crossed the channel in the last ten days. yesterday, the home secretary, priti patel, said urgent action was needed to stem the flow. a powerful storm that is threatening florida and the bahamas has strengthened to category 4. hurricane dorian is expected to grow even stronger as it passes the bahamas before making landfall
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early next week. a state of emergency has been declared in florida, where residents have been urged to stock enough food, water and medicine. tens of thousands of pro—democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets in hong kong in defiance of a police ban. petrol bombs were thrown at officers, who responded to the protesters by firing tear gas and water cannon. the event was called to mark five years since beijing ruled out fully democratic elections in the territory. stephen mcdonnell sent us this, from the scene, a short while ago... these protestors, as you can see, they are just moving into position here behind the barricade, where they have been throwing things at these government buildings.
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we can see riot police from that level. they have been firing down tear gas and other semi—lethal projectiles down to where the protesters are gathering. giving an idea how sensitive this area is, that building there is the people's liberation army headquarters. but we have also had the water cannon come in, firing powerful water, this blue coloured water. you can see it on my back. i don't know if you can see it on my back, but marking up people who have been participating, that is the idea. i think it even comes out like a fluorescent thing, they shine a light on you and it can be seen on your skin. we are getting warnings from the police that those protesters should leave, and certainly it was predicted that there would be violence today, especially given that this march was denied official permission, especially given that these high—profile figures including the likes ofjoshua wong were arrested yesterday. it didn't deter people, itjust made them more angry. we had a few molotov cocktails being fired weeks ago. now it seems to be a regular part of the arsenal of the more radical
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protesters in this movement, who are prepared to meet the police force with their own force. stephen mcdonnell reporting from hong kong. with all the sport now, here's jane dougall at the bbc sport centre. a very good afternoon to you. good afternoon. today's early premier league match is well under way with manchester united leading southampton at st mary's. it was danieljames with the goal just 10 minutes in. that's his third goal in four games. after 37 minutes it is 1—0, two manchester united. johanna konta is the last british player involved in the us open singles after another comfortable win for her at flushing meadows. she saw off china's zhang shuai in just 71 minutes to reach the last 16 for the third grand slam in a row. she'll now face third seed karolina pliskova for a place in the quarterfinals. great britain's men's boxing squad are preparing to compete at the world boxing championships in russia injust over a week's time.
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making his debut in the super heavyweight division is frazer clarke, who, at the age of 28, has had to wait for his chance behind the likes of anthonyjoshua and he's had serious injuries to overcome too. our olympic sports reporter david mcdaid has more. frazer clarke is a man who knows anthonyjoshua better frazer clarke is a man who knows anthony joshua better than any frazer clarke is a man who knows anthonyjoshua better than any other boxer. as the pair spent years sparring together as part of the great britain olympic squad. sparring together as part of the great britain olympic squadlj sparring together as part of the great britain olympic squad. i would drop him a message regularly and just in general, if i need any advice, he is sort of probably the go to person. all i was thinking but when i was sparring those top people was what it was doing for me. it was helping them but i took the benefit out of it myself. fraser clark has had to wait for his chance to shine, as joshua and then joe joyce was chosen to compete ahead of him at the last two olympic games. i've had to learn to be very patient. i'm 28 yea rs to learn to be very patient. i'm 28 years old. i feel in the prime of my life. i am in
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years old. i feel in the prime of my life. iam in no years old. i feel in the prime of my life. i am in no rush. ifeel great. i think everything falls into place at the right time. but two years ago, fraser clark's career was almost ended before it had really begun after a training accident left his leg with serious damage. begun after a training accident left his leg with serious damagelj slipped over in a warm up training and it did detach my hamstring. i had a good pain threshold but it was by far the worst pain i felt. he needed an operation and several months off his feet and it hit him hard. i was having one too many pints and it was four or five days where i laid in bed. i was depressed. ijust where i laid in bed. i was depressed. i just didn't want... where i laid in bed. i was depressed. ijust didn't want... i thought it was over for me. i was climbing a mountain before and i slipped all the way back down. i didn't think i could climb it again. but we scale the mountain he has. commonwealth gold has a ready, and next he wants to make his mark in his world championship debut. 10096 ready to take a medal. all of the other countries coaches, want to leave my name in their mouth. in 12 months‘ time, if you want an olympic medal, i want them to know you have
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to come through fraser clark. and given the determination and fight he has shown so far, not many would fa ncy has shown so far, not many would fancy trying that. david mcdaid, bbc news. inspirational story. ferrari‘s charles leclerc has set the pace in final practice ahead of tomorrow‘s belgian grand prix — with team—mate sebastian vetteljust behind him. but it hasn‘t been a good morning for championship leader lewis hamilton. he crashed out midway through the session and his mercedes team now face a race against time to repair the car ahead of qualifying this afternoon. that looks like a big job. and you can keep up to date with qualifying on the bbc sport website, plus all the day‘s football results. that‘s bbc.co.uk/sport. thank you very much. you can see more on all of today‘s stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 5.15pm.
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have a good afternoon. hello. you‘re watching the bbc news channel with shaun ley. more now on the violent clashes in hong kong where tens of thousands of demonstrators have defied a ban to turn out onto the streets. police fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse crowds while some pro—democracy protesters threw petrol bombs and also lit fires. an event to mark five years since beijing ruled out fully democratic elections was banned by officials and called off by organisers. earlier i spoke to laurie wen, a pro—democracy protestor. i asked her why she had been out demonstrating when police had warned people not to. people came out today because we don‘t want to live in fear. that is no way to live. it is getting harder and harder to not live in fear in hong kong when the chinese communist party,
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through their puppet government in hong kong, has stepped up in their repression of the pro—democracy movement. it is getting harder and harder because when prominent figures in the movement are rounded up, arrested and charged with things like rioting, which they were not doing, and they are facing ten years in prison, when prominent figures in the movement are attacked by hired thugs whilst eating lunch in a restaurant, it is getting harder and harder. but people in hong kong in the millions are coming out because it is worth fighting for, people want to live freely and it is very moving to see how many people are still willing to come out when the costs of participating in the movement are getting higher and higher. it is important to know that
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many of us who came out today were not breaking the law, we were walking on the sidewalk when tear gas canisters were fired by the police around the government headquarters and admiralty. they shot dozens of them and many of us wear on the sidewalk in front of pacific place, a relatively fancy shopping mall, with shops like chanel... but we had also just seen pictures two hours ago of people ripping down part of the facade of that building in a kind of quite deliberate act because it was celebrating the foundation of communist china, of course the anniversary of which is coming up in a few weeks‘ time. there must be a worry that the more those kinds of provocative acts, even if they are not designed to provoke, but they are having that effect, are carried out in the run—up to what to beijing is such an important anniversary,
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increases the chances of a much more repressive response from the authorities. there are certainly people in the movement who... let me put it this way, if you have a movement in which everybody agrees on everything all the time, you have a movement of about five people, or maybe one person. when you have two people or more, people will have different ideas about how to achieve goals. this is a movement of millions of people. the population of hong kong is 7.5 million and we have had 2 million people marching, 1.7 million people marching, over a million peple marching. this is a huge movement. can you imagine wherever you live, you are watching this, almost a third of your entire population over and over again getting out on the streets and matching and demanding democracy and freedom.
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these seen with the police‘s view of that. there are a significant amount of police vehicles on the streets of central hong kong, the business district as a result of the rally which had been banned. protest demonstrations, marches have not been allowed, except in exceptional circumstances, so they are defying it by having any kind of rally and they are defying it a second time, evenif they are defying it a second time, even if they have the rally, by demonstrating, protesting. the organisers of these events have tried to get the message across that they do not want there to be violence because they think it potentially damages their cars, but they don‘t really speak or control they don‘t really speak or control the protest, because there is an umbrella movement, the protest numbers have been so significant, they have included more people who
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would not be involved in that organisation process and there have been trouble and the authorities have seized on that. we will go back to hong kong during the course of the afternoon, and we will guide you through the events if anymore happen in hong kong in the course the day. we will be back from the city tomorrow likely as well. there are there a re protests there are protests against the prime minister to suspend or prorogue parliament in the run—up to brexit. that is all over the country. campaigners have described the suspension of parliament for up to five weeks as an attempt to "shut down democracy". earlier i spoke to dr paul bagguley, a sociologist at the university of leeds, he said social media plays an important role in giving anyone a voice. it is very interesting, the speed of this mobilisation, the scale of it, meaning just a few days, and that has been facilitated by social media,
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that the organisations behind the protests are using, they already have the contacts, e—mail lists and twitter followers, facebook followers in order to mobilise people quickly. at the same time, i think there is a sense in which the brexit vote opened up questions that were previously hidden behind closed doors, so people are more willing to question issues like immigration and protesting in a public way about those issues. and also in terms of opposition to brexit, it also opened about up as people questioning politicians and their motivations. and this kind of argument about where, what is democracy, whether democracy is the expression of the popular will through a referendum or the expression of the will for the election of a parliament, that is quite a combustible
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question as well in terms of the alternative, saying, if you do not like what is done in parliament, you take your argument onto the streets? yes, because certainly as far as referendums go, there are very few in british history, it is a representative democracy and i think running the referendum puts into question the legitimacy of elections and representative democracy. when people start seeing representative democracy not working for the issues they are concerned about, they are in the future going to be pushing for referendums and they have become increasingly frequent, so again, in scotland, no doubt the question of a referendum for independence will come up. a military court in the united states has set a trial date for khalid sheikh mohammad, who is accused of playing a lead role in planning the 9/11 attacks on the united states. he‘ll be tried in guantanamo bay from january 2021.
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he‘s already been held for more than 15 years. our north american correspondent, peter bowes, has more. this trial has been a very long time in coming. khalid sheikh mohammad was detained by the americans in pakistan in 2003, three years later moved to the detention centre in guantanamo bay, and initially charged along with his alleged accomplices, under the administration of george w bush, and the initial plan was to have the trial in guantanamo bay. then president obama came up with a plan to move it to a civilian court in new york city. and that really caused an outcry from members of the public and that plan was eventually dropped. so it looks like it will go ahead. it is still a long time before that trial date and it has been a long time in coming for the families of those people who died, that momentous day, that tragic day in american history when those four passenger planes were hijacked, 19 hijackers, two crashing into the world trade center,
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the twin towers in new york city, one into the pentagon in washington, and the fourth crashed into a field in pennsylvania. so if the trial sticks to this schedule, it will be just eight months short of the 20th anniversary of 9/11. as many as 1.9 million people in assam in india are facing the possibility of becoming stateless after mr modi‘s government published a national citizenship register. it‘s a list of people who can prove they came to the north—eastern state before neighbouring bangladesh declared independence from pakistan in 1971. the final version of the list leaves off 1.9 million — many of them muslims. india‘s governing bjp party has been accused of bias towards its hindu population — a charge it denies. our south asia correspondent rajini vaidyanathan has more from assam.
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across the state of assam, people have been coming to these centres to check whether their names appear on the national citizens register. for the last few years, people here, all 32 million of them, have had to prove they are indian by providing documents and paperwork. and today is the moment of truth, where they come here and see if their name and their faces on this list. now, we have been told that 1.9 million people in the state of assam have been excluded and it is unclear what will happen to them. now, they will have the chance to appeal, but once that appeal process is over, then what? do they go to a detention centre, or are they deported? and if so, where to? because neighbouring bangladesh says that it won‘t be taking these people. now, the whole point of this exercise, the government says, is to crack down on what they say has been a decade‘s long problem of illegal immigrants coming from nearby bangladesh. but critics of this process say
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that it targets minorities, especially muslims, living in assam. police officers in the amazon have been involved in a shoot out with suspected loggers, as brazilian authorities step up security operations to control wildfires. the latest official data shows thousands of new fires were ignited across brazil on thursday — the first day of a ban on burning — with most of them in the amazon basin. james ra nsley reports. dramatic footage of armed police in a shoot out with suspected loggers. they duck for cover, unable to see the shooters hiding behind the trees. tensions are running high in the amazon, as wildfires continue to ravage parts of the world‘s largest rainforest. translation: federal police found an illegal operation in a region
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in an area of about two hectares. no one was injured and no one was arrested, but police destroyed equipment third to belong to the loggers. the president jair bolsonaro says his government is cracking down on illegal deforestation and has agreed to accept funding from countries like the uk and the us to help fight the fires. but his public feud with france‘s president emmanuel macron, who he claims insulted him, continues, and says accepting and is apart from paris would come with conditions. translation: i am ready to talk with some people, except our dear macron, unless he apologises about our sovereignty over the amazon. then i will talk to him. after meeting president trump in washington, brazil‘s foreign minister said the support it is receiving from countries like the us is helping. we are welcoming specific operations to fight the fires. we are already receiving that from a few countries. they are helpful. brazil is undertaking the main task, because we are able to,
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and we are already being successful in it. the data shows that the fires are being extinguished. even so, brazil‘s please remain on high alert. the stand—off sending a clear message to authorities that some are willing to fight the death for their patch of the amazon. jack dorsey, the co—founder and chief executive of twitter, has had his own account taken over by hackers. his account — @jack — was used to post a string of racist remarks. twitter says its systems are secure and a separate mobile network was to blame. our north america technology reporter, dave lee, has more. of all the people you would expect to have a secure twitter account it is this man, the co—founder and chief executive of twitterjack dorsey. and yet for around 15 minutes on friday, a flurry of tweets appeared on his profile, which is followed by more than four million people. the tweets contained highly offensive racist and anti—semitic slurs. twitter insisted there was no evidence its own systems had been compromised.
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in fact, it said there had been a security oversight, at the mobile provider responsible for a phone number associated with mr dorsey‘s account. this allowed an unauthorised person to compose and send tweets via text message from the phone number, twitter said, without naming the mobile network involved, adding "that issue is now resolved". the group behind the attack calls itself the chuckling squad, and has claimed a number of high profile account hacks on twitter this past year. it‘s an embarrassing incident for many mr dorsey and raises questions about the security of a platform that hosts the world‘s most powerful political leaders. dave lee, bbc news in san francisco. the use of foodbanks has become a common sight across the uk and rarely out of the headlines. but what about communities restricted by what they can eat based on their religion or diet? one foodbank in east london, which provides halal and vegetarian food, says it has seen an increase
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in people from the asian community asking for help. it also says the fear ofjudgment often prevents many from accessing its services. the bbc asian network‘s nalini sivathasan reports. forget baked beans and pasta. humdum is not your typical food bank. here, you‘re more likely to find vegetable rice and lamb curry. volunteers provide home cooked asian food, with halal and vegetarian options. everyone is welcome, but it caters in particular for barking‘s muslim, hindu and sikh communities. as well as taking donations, it needs to buy a lot of the food it needs, and for nighat bhola, one of the founders, it means shopping trips need careful planning. the process does take a bit longer because we have to check the ingredients — is this suitable for our vegetarian or halal clients as well as anyone else? back at base it is nearly time to eat.
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across the country, food bank use has increased. the trusell trust, the uk‘s biggest food bank network, gave away 1.6 million packs of food in the past year. that is an increase of nearly 20% from 2018. humdum has had around 30 people who have come to the food drive, but volunteers here say for some people in the asian community they may feel embarrassed coming to a food bank. they are very shy. they don‘t want to go out and beg. i‘ve dedicated my time to go out and deliver to their houses. yasmin, which is not her real name, comes weekly. the food is very nice. i am muslim, so i especially eat halal food. they can speak with me punjabi so i can explain what i want and they are giving me. but for some the stigma is too great. nighat tries to encourage them in, not least for the social contact.
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they can come up here, they feel lonely, they feel they can come up to a place on a saturday, sit down, have lunch, talk to people. we are like their humdum family. and the volunteers here say they benefit from the community feeling too, including 22—year—old nurse zara. once we have done our work, cleaned up, ourgroup, our team leader will sit us down and we all eat together, which is fantastic, because you're not just coming here to volunteer, you're also here to make friends. with a stronger sense of community humdum hopes it will help asian people shake off the shame that some associate with food banks. same—sex couples could be allowed to compete on strictly come dancing from next year. in a statement, the bbc said it‘s "open" to having same—sex couples competing on the show in the future. it said that strictly come dancing is an inclusive show and would consider including
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same—sex pairings between celebrities and professional dancers in the future "should the opportunity arise". now it‘s time for a look at the weather. good afternoon. it has been a glorious a few days in the south—east of england. how is it looking? there is a bit more a cloud in your weather picture today. there is and some of us had have a soaking saturday but there has been some warmth in south—east england but that will change later this afternoon as this cloud and light and patchy rain arrives into east anglia and south—east but elsewhere there is sunshine. some showers when there is sunshine. some showers when the rain has cleared but still some rain in northern scotland which eventually pushes away overnight to be replaced by a few showers in northern and western scotland and a couple in northern ireland and england. clear whether opener and tempered dip into single

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