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richard westcott, bbc news, cambridge. this is bbc news. the headlines at 3pm: thousands take to the streets across the uk — to condemn borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament. demonstrators say he's bypassing democracy. the chancellor, sajid javid, insists his relationship with borisjohnson is fantastic, despite downing st abruptly firing one of his special advisers, sonia khan. there's been renewed violence in hong kong, with pro—democracy protesters defying a ban on rallying. some activists threw petrol bombs, started fires and attacked the legislative council building and police fired tear gas and water cannon. a trial date is set for khalid sheikh mohammed who is accused of playing a leading role in plotting the september 11th attack.
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and click looks at a new technology called object based media. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. crowds of demonstrators have gathered in locations across the uk 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. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, was among those addressing the crowd outside the gates of downing street. well, our correspondent simonjones is there for us. the protests a re
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the protests are continuing this afternoon. we are just outside downing street where people are still at the gates. they have been chanting they want boris out, they have been charting stop the code. earlier, people took to the stage, we heard from politicians, trade unions and general members of the public who wanted to have their say to. they say they want to stop the coup. 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 whitehall protesting against the shutdown of parliament. to look after their own interest in a way like this is deeply undemocratic and needs to be fought against.
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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 occupy bridges and block roads. campaigners say they can't rely on parliamentary process or even the law courts to try to overturn the 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 thwart 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. while the protesters now seem to be heading from here at downing street
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towards parliament, people still determined to make their voices heard. in terms of other protests, there have been a small number of counter protests, people who want to break that brought about immediately. the police have been very quick to move in and make sure the two sides are kept about. so far that i, everything has been peaceful, people have been angry here but it has all been very good—natured. now, the organisers say this is only the start. they insist there are going to be protest throughout next week. they are calling on people to gather at 5:30pm every evening next week in places like london and other towns and cities across the country. so the pressure continues. i think there is an acceptance with the organisers, for many people it is like preaching to the converters, they are singing from the same thing shade but they feel the message need to get out of the wider public if it is going to make a difference. the
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government says they will be ample time to debate the whole brexit issue in parliament and some are saying, the people here are saying the ones who are trying to thwart democracy by trying to override the outcome of the brexit referendum. 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 boris johnson 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. the chancellor spoke to radio 4's today programme. well, i am not going to discuss personnel issues, it would be appropriate. i think my views are well understand. the relationship is fantastic with the prime minister. this is a prime minister that, first before he was prime minister, someone i have always got on with incredibly well, and it has been a real privilege for me to work with him so closely on delivering on these people's priorities, and that relationship is as strong
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as ever, and what it does mean, by having that strong link, is that we can focus on all these things that matter to so many people. what about your relationship with dominic cummings? i am not going to talk about personal relationships, especially when — you asked me about the prime minister it is perfectly correct to do that, the prime minister is my boss and we work together, along with other cabinet colleagues to deliver, so i am not here to talk about particular individuals that are advisers in downing street. i've been getting more details on this row from our political correspondentjohn owen. it is a row that goes right to the top of boris johnson's government. it asks questions about the crucial relationship between number ten, number 11, the prime minister and the chancellor of the exchequer. the background here is that sonia khan, who was a special adviser to sajid javid was escorted out of number ten on thursday night, in really quite dramatic fashion, after being questioned by dominic cummings,
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who is borisjohnson‘s de facto chief of staff. he seems to believe she was distributing confidential government information. it turns out that was not in fact the case but he clearly lost confidence in her and so she was summarily sacked. what we have discovered more recently is that sajid javid in a conversation with the prime minister voiced anger about the situation because it has been reported that he was unaware that the sacking was about to take place and this is the second person he has lost from his team just this month. so, clearly quite upset about it. on the question of whether this represents a deeper rift, we have no comment, really, from number ten, and as you heard on the radio this morning, sajid javid really not acknowledging that there has been any kind of rift at all. and i think as we understand it, this is not and get a give of a much deeper split between sajid javid and borisjohnson, that has been
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stomped on quite hard, but there is always that spectre, people are closely at that relationship between the chancellor and the pm just because it has been so fractious in the past. 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 at officers who responded to the protesters by firing tear gas and water cannons. the event was called to mark 5 years since beijing ruled out fully democratic elections in the territory. let's speak to the bbc‘s stephen mcdonnell in hong kong. where are you right now and what is happening? iam in happening? iamina happening? i am in a shopping area of hong kong whether dryer police are packing up here and getting ready to leave. as has been the case over recent weeks after spending hours battling with demonstrators, they then feted these
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crowds gathering, hurling abuse at them. and it does show some of the level of feeling that is in terms of the role of the police in this crisis. for them, they are pretty frustrated because they feel like the meat in the sandwich. the government hasn't come up with a solution, and they are the ones at the front line with the protesters. ministers are not here. you can possibly here in the background the jeering as the police are getting into their vans to drive away. but it also shows what a difficult problem this is now. because police warned protesters not to come out today, although at risk of arrest, and yet in their tens of thousands they still did. they not only risked -- risk they still did. they not only risked —— risk arrest, they risk being injured, there are projectiles fired all over the place. we saw a
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barricade built outside police headquarters were set on fire tonight. the main government office was also targeted by a hardline activist throwing petrol bombs over the barricade there. water cannon was used with dye in it to try and catch activates later on. and on and on this goes, with the government saying it won't give in to any of the demands of the protesters and they are saying they will not stop until they get democratic reforms in hong kong. there were questions on the use of hong kong's use of emergency regulation ordinance, and we have continual build—up of troops and the garrisons in hong kong, is there a fear, then, that the pla will start to take apart? and what we mean by regulations ordinance? yes, the answer to that is there is a fear. the clashes today the
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government offices was right next to the people's liberation army headquarters. i imagine people start throwing petrol bombs into there, once the army gets involved, it is another story indeed, and don't really represent the end of hong kong as we know it. to try and stave off that involvement from the mainland, from beijing, the government in hong kong has threatened much tougher measures, these special measures which would allow, for example, for it to cut off the internet if it needed to come at a certain point. or, for example, for the hong kong government to bring about a curfew here. now, these are drastic measures but they would be used if it meant the difference between the hong kong government handling vests and troops coming across the border from the mainland other people's armed police coming across the borderfrom the armed police coming across the border from the mainland to take control of this crisis. 0k, thank you. they say. —— stay safe.
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more migrants have arrived on the kent coast today — the latest in a wave reaching the uk from france. more than 200 have crossed the channel in the last 10 days. yesterday, the home secretary, priti patel, said urgent action was needed to stem the flow. 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. two men aged 33 and 36 have been charged with the murder of a youth whose body was found at barry docks in south wales. the victim has been named as harry baker, who was 17 and from cardiff. police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen a disturbance in barry between midnight and one in the morning on wednesday. the us national hurricane centre says a powerful storm threatening the bahamas and florida has gathered strength and is now expected to be the strongest weather
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system to hit the us coast in decades. hurricane dorian now has winds of more than 215 kilometres an hour. this is how the bbc weather centre expects the hurricane to develop over the next few days. it's now marked as a category four storm — one that is considered to be extremely dangerous. cbs news reporter hilary lane is at cocoa beach in florida with more. a few years ago, hurricane irma hit florida, and there was massive gridlock with thousands of people trying to get out of the state. it cost hours and hours of delays. so even though the storm is not expected to hit monday and now maybe even pushing it to tuesday, officials have begun evacuating people here in cocoa beach, mandatory evacuations begin tomorrow, other low lying areas were
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evacuated today and they will be staggered to prevent a major gridlock from happening, all before the storm is expected to hit early this week. i'll be hearing any indications that some might be tempted to ignore the mandatory evacuation orders? yes, absolutely. officials say everyone in the mandatory evacuation area needs to get out but during every storm there are always people who say they are riding it out. we spoke to people on the beach you say they have been here for every single storm, for andrew, that left 44 people dead, for irma, for all the major storms. they say they have supplies, water, back—up generators, and they do not wa nt to back—up generators, and they do not want to leave. some people say they cannot leave. we spoke to her mother —— a person whose mother is in a wheelchair with an oxygen tank. some people cannot leave. for people who are staying, they are making sure they are hunkering down and have the supplies they need. that was henry
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lane from cbs news speaking to our collea g u es lane from cbs news speaking to our colleagues at bbc world news. —— hilary lane. 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. he's already been held for more than fifteen years. 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 mohammed was detained by the americans in pakistan in 2003, three years later moved to the detention centre in kind and obey. and additionally charged along with his alleged accomplices under the administration of george w bush. the initial plan was to have a trial in guantanamo bay. president obama then came up with a plan to move it to a civilian court in new york city. that really caused an outcry from members of the
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public, and that plan was eventually dropped. so, it looks like it will go ahead, it is still a long time before the 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 for passenger planes were hijacked, 19 hijackers, to crashing into the world trade centre, 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. thousands take to the streets across the uk — to condemn borisjohnson's decision to suspend parliament. demonstrators say he's
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by—passing democracy. the chancellor, sajid javid, insists his relationship with borisjohnson is "fantastic", despite downing st abruptly firing one of his special advisers, sonia khan there's been renewed violence in hong kong, with pro—democracy protesters defying a ban on rallying. some activists threw petrol bombs, started fires and attacked the legislative council building and police fired tear gas and water cannon. in sport, manchester united were held to a 1—1 all draw with southampton. the belgium grand prix sta rts southampton. the belgium grand prix starts tomorrow. lewis hamilton is on the second row. ireland's jacob stockdale has scored two tries and lead wales 15 points to three at half—time in the rugby. i'll be back
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with an update in the next hour. see you then. nearly two million people in assam in india, are facing the possibility of becoming stateless — after narendra modi's govenment 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 people — 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. across the state of assam, people have been coming to the centres to check whether their name appears 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,
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where they come here and see if their name and face is on this list. now, we've been told that 1.9 million people in the state of assam have been excluded, and it's unclear what will happen to them. 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 decades—long problem of illegal immigrants coming from nearby bangladesh. but critics of this process say that it targets minorities, especially muslims living in assam. a 15—year—old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after he was stabbed in tottenham in north london. police think he may have
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been attacked by someone riding a bicycle on willan road on friday morning. three people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. the charity samaritans is being criticised for entering into a year long partnership with a gambling company. staff at paddy power betfair chose samaritans as their charity of the year and are supporting it through fundraising, corporate donations and volunteering. critics say samaritans shouldn't work with the gambling industry. dan whitworth, from radio 4's money box programme, has more. if you are sat in the pub, you can tell a guy who is an alcoholic. let's be honest, you can tell if a guy is on drugs. the man sat in the corner on his phone is gambling his life away and nobody knows because it is such a hidden thing. critics, including relatives of people with gambling problems who took their own lives, say samaritans is risking its well—earned reputation by working with paddy power betfair, adding it should stop taking the compa ny‘s money.
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the mp, carolyn harris, who chairs the all—party parliamentary group on gambling—related harm, says she is shocked by the deal. she calls it distasteful and appalling. others on social media, as well as the charity gambling with lives have voiced similar opinions. both samaritans and paddy power betfair have defended the partnership, though. samaritans says it will work with the company to... paddy power betfair, meanwhile, says that charity's expertise will help it develop existing safeguards for vulnerable customers. there are more than 400,000 problem gamblers in britain, according to the gambling commission, defined as people whose gambling compromises, disrupts or damages family personal or recreational pursuits, with a further
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two million people at risk. things even now can just hit you. it is just something stupid that will set it off. you will hear something or see something or remember something and before you know it, you are tearing up again. it never goes away. it does get slightly better but it doesn't go away. 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 in people from the asian community asking for help. it also says the fear ofjudgement 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
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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. 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,
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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. 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
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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. congenital cmv causes hearing loss in around 1000 children every year in the uk. it feels just like a cold and is the most common virus passed on by pregnant mums to their unborn babies. now, a team of nhs staff across the east of england, have started the first targeted screening programme for cmv. here's our science correspondent, richard westcott. eight—year—old naomi parker has had to practise like this all her life. it's so hard! she has balance problems because she's deaf in one ear and partially deaf in the other, all because her mum stevie caught a virus called cmv
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when she was pregnant. oh, hang on! hi, naomi, how are you? yeah, hi. now, tell me, what's the name of this virus again? cyto—mega—lo... cytomegalo. . . ? ..virus. cytomegalovirus? yeah. it's not a dinosaur, it's definitely a virus? it's definitely a virus. 0k. i don't really hear certain letters. i replace them with different letters, so i hear different things. sometimes people want to be like me because they like my hearing aids, and i'm like, trust me, you don't. you don't want to be like me. cmv is a leading cause of deafness in children, it's really common, and mostly harmless, but it can be devastating for unborn babies. ready? can you let go? that's why paediatrician tamsin holland—brown has helped set up an nhs team, who unpaid and in their own time,
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have developed britain's first targeted screening programme for cmv. the problem was that we were catching the virus too late and a lot of the damage was already done at that point. we had to treat cmv within one month of life, and the research was starting to show that that was making a difference. that for some children, it was preventing that hearing loss deteriorating and for some children, it was even actually reversing that hearing loss. ok, so were going to offer baby the swab now, have a cotton bud that i'm going to place into the baby's mouth. 0k, just on the inside of his cheek. sometimes they have a little chew. and here's how it works. across the east of england, any new baby born with hearing problems will have this specially—designed test for the virus. if they have it, they'll be offered early treatment. hello, is that chloe? hi, chloe. a new arrival addenbrooke's hospital in cambridge, little martha's been passed fit and healthy today, although she didn't want her hearing checked.
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it'sjust a little cold. cmv causes more birth defects than cat litter and soft cheese put together. pregnant mums can protect themselves with simple things like not sharing food and cutlery or kissing a toddler on the lips or a runny nose, but most don't know about it. chloe, thank you so much more talking to us about it. you're a doctor, what did you know about cmv when you are pregnant? i mean, i'd heard of cmv, and know it's a virus. there are other viruses that are talked about, and when you go for your appointments and other things your‘re made aware of. but i don't recall much being said about cmv. most babies born with cmv don't have symptoms or develop problems. but if this programme proves successful, the team hopes that
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could pave the way for wider cmv screening in future. she has done great today. you can see how well she is doing. so how do you feel as a mum seeing that? immensely proud of her. richard westcott, bbc news, cambridge. 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 same sex pairings between celebrities and professional dancers in the future, should the opportunity arise. let's talk to robin windsor — a former professional dancer on "strictly come dancing" — among his partners on the show were patsy kensit and lisa riley. what do you make of this change of
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mind by the bbc executives?” what do you make of this change of mind by the bbc executives? i think it is aptly fantastic. they have a lwa ys it is aptly fantastic. they have always pitched it as a family show. they said that was why they would not include same—sex couples. it was very disheartening at the time but families are now made up differently than they were and i think it is fa ntastically than they were and i think it is fantastically open that they are welcoming more inclusivity on the show. what is your experience of same sex dancing? the first time i saw it, i found same sex dancing? the first time i saw it, ifound it same sex dancing? the first time i saw it, i found it strange same sex dancing? the first time i saw it, ifound it strange because growing up, i had never seen it, generally it is between a man and a woman or two women darted together because they are never enough boys to go around, there are thousands and thousands of girls dancing together —— with each other. and we think of same—sex partnerships as two men but it can be two women is now “— two men but it can be two women is now —— as well. two men but it can be two women is now -- as well. how does strictly compare with other versions around the world. in australia, they've had an incredible drag act dancing with
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