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hello, you're watching newsday. i'm samantha simmonds, in london. the headlines: the most powerful storm ever to reach the bahamas makes landfall. bearing the brunt, the northernmost abaco islands. pa rt part of it is already underwater and, in some areas, you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street versus where the ocean begins. i'm sharanjit leyl, in hong kong, where this city has been engulfed in another weekend of protest and violence. on sunday demonstrators targeted the airport, seeking to bring this global travel hub to a standstill.
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police conduct beatings in a subway system vandalised by protestors. we'll be asking, are there any steps now that could bring both sides back from the brink? stay away from auckland unless you've had yourjabs. that's from new zealand's prime minister, as her country tackles its worst outbreak of measles this century. and asjapan ramps up its commercial whaling industry, younger generations say they want to watch whales not eat them. it's11pm here in london, 6am in hong kong, it's 12pm here in london, 7am in hong kong, and 7pm in the bahamas, where hurricane dorian has made landfall in the north—west of the country, with winds of up to 260 kilometers an hour.
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the storm is the strongest hurricane in modern records to hit the region and residents of grand bahama, which is on its predicted path, have been evacuated. parts of the florida coast are also forecast to be in the path of the storm. aleem maqbool reports from there. these were the last pictures out of the abaco islands of the bahamas before hurricane dorian hit. gusts were already strengthening but, when it made landfall, wind speeds were measured at 185 miles an hour, the strongest storm ever recorded here. this is a deadly storm and a monster storm. on two previous occasions i have asked bahamians to leave the quays. many have not heeded my warning, many have remained behind. i can only say to them, this is not the last time they will hear my voice. these are flat islands and the ocean surges predicted during the hurricane are expected to overwhelm them and anyone
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who did not evacuate them. the police will not be coming for you in the middle of a hurricane. you will have to hunker down, if you're head is hard and stubborn and you will not move, you will have to hunker down, after a certain time, because no—one will render assistance to you. the potential of severe risk to people's lives will continue, as the hurricane passes through the bahamas, but people on the south—eastern coast of the usa are already preparing for what could come their way, in the coming days. we have talked about the wind, we will have substantial destructive, life—threatening storm surge, freshwater rainfall and four states — florida, georgia, south carolina and north carolina — can all expect to see trppical storm hurricane—force impacts over the coming days so the time for preparation is now. well, the problem for people living
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in this part of the united states, as has been the case in the bahamas over the last couple of days, is that this hurricane has changed its path so dramatically, that it is hard to know where to evacuate and where is going to be safe. the immediate concern though is that all those who needed to escape for their lives in the bahamas manage to do so. aleem maqbool, bbc news. here in hong kong it is a new week and a new month and this is a city rocked by protests over the last three months and this weekend we saw pro—democracy demonstrators target the airport, trying to bring it to a standstill. they have blocked roads and railings and forced some flights are cancelled. police have been defending the use of force to try to subdue and arrest large numbers of protesters on the subway system. hong kong airport, a vital part of an open, free trading
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economy, under siege. chanting: fight for freedom! with pilots having to clamber over the barriers... ..as the pro—democracy campaign tries to hit this city where it hurts. well, this is the main airport approach road and, once again, this meandering, leaderless protest movement is showing its ability to take its message to the international community. they come, they disrupt, and, if necessary, melt away and there is very little the authorities can do about it. thousands turned up for the action, and although many flights were still getting away... ..with transport links brought to a standstill, passengers faced major problems. do you support what they're doing? i support what they're doing but there's means and ways of doing it. i don't think this is the right way. hong kong's never had democracy and it's certainly not going to have it in the future, so...
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what do you make of the disruption? it's (bleep). i'm trying to go on my honeymoon. eventually, the police arrived in force, but, as predicted, the protesters had already vanished. moving on to this nearby metro station, the service now a target of violence and vandalism for closing stations, giving protesters fewer ways to escape. yesterday, similar acts were met by a fierce response, heavily criticised over accusations that innocent bystanders were caught up in it. but defended today in this police press conference. "minimum force was used," they said. it was anger over that incident, though, that helped fuel today's demonstration, with many walking home along the airport expressway, as this city's extraordinary, escalating cycle of chaos continued late into the night. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong.
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we will have more from hong kong in a few moments. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. a uk cabinet minister michael gove has refused to say whether the government would abide by legislation designed to stop the uk leaving the eu without a deal. it comes after the opposition said mps would introduce a bill seeking to do that when parliament returns this week. let's see what that legislation says. i think the answer has to be yes, it is the law. you're asking me about a pig in a poke. yes, it is the law. you're asking me abouta pig in a poke. i yes, it is the law. you're asking me about a pig in a poke. iwill wait to see what legislation the opposition may try to bring forward. for a government to say, we will not abide by legislation is impossible. we will see what the legislation will say when it is put forward. also making news today: the israeli army says it has fired around 100 shells
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into south lebanon, targeting positions of the militant group, hezbollah. the army was responding to an attack on one of its bases, which was hit with what it said were two or three anti—tank missiles. hezbollah says its fighters destroyed a military vehicle. the police chief in the texas town of odessa has said he will not name the gunman who killed seven people during a mass shooting on saturday. 21 others were injured during the rampage, in the the state's second mass shooting in a month. the gunman‘s motives remain unclear. the french racing driver, charles leclerc, has won his first ever formula one race at the belgian grand prix. he dedicated it to his compatriot, the formula two driver anthoine hubert, who was killed in a high speed crash at the circuit on saturday. iam in i am in hong iam in hong kong i am in hong kong and this is a new month but we know we have seen this
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city rocked by three months of the protests. they take place pretty much every weekend, as they did again this weekend. on saturday we saw them turn violent yet again, protesters throwing bricks and petrol—bombs at the police and setting fire. teargas and water cannon being used against them. we know those of protesters continued to wa nt know those of protesters continued to want to get their message to the world. they want more democracy here in hong kong. this started with the controversial extradition bill that would have been allowed criminals to be extradited to china and of course that beale is now suspended but protesters say they want more. —— bill. they now want democracy, freedom and the right for a vote.
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saturday, for instance, was actually the fifth anniversary of a chinese ruling to ban full democratic elections in hong kong and, of course, that is continuing to make the pro—democracy campaigners angry. he saw that report, from our china correspondent, how they tried to target the international airport. hong kong is a major transport hub to the region. some flights were cancelled. we saw demonstrators trying to target the airport. they we re trying to target the airport. they were chased away by police however they managed to block roads and railings, particularly that crucial railings, particularly that crucial rail link which gets many travellers from the airport to the city. that was suspended late sunday evening. i arrived yesterday to try to report
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on this and i was stuck at the airport, it me about four hours to make my way to the city. it was simply gridlock on the streets. the traffic jams were terrible. simply gridlock on the streets. the trafficjams were terrible. the airport is on one particular island and there is one expressway to get into the city. all sorts of disruption here and questions asked about how much longer hong kong can sustain it, whether businesses have been affected. banks complaining this is having an impact on the business and economy of the city and to date we are expecting the first ofa to date we are expecting the first of a two—day general strike and into rallies already approved so we will see if people are turning up to vent their anger yet again. health experts say it's now inevitable that new zealand's worst measles outbreak in 20 years will spread to the pacific islands. there have been more than 700 cases
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in auckland this year. new zealand's prime minister is warning people who aren't vaccinated to stay away from the city. so what's led to all this? here's dr helen petousis—harris of the auckland university immunsation advisory centre. i think what has led to it has been a range of things. probably most importantly is that historically new zealand, while at the bottom of the oecd countries in terms of vaccination, we have co— herds from their teams to 50 co— herds, who have low coverage. we have seen in oui’ have low coverage. we have seen in our cases in that age group and younger age group because of the
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rise of vaccine hesitancy. now a warning that it is now inevitable. how can you help people if it does happen? people are being recommended to ensure they have been vaccinated before heading overseas. it is probably inevitable because one of the communities most affected is out pacific community so the chances of climbing ona pacific community so the chances of climbing on a plane, they have been a huge challenges with vaccine u pta kes. a huge challenges with vaccine uptakes. we have heard from the prime minister of new zealand wanting people who had not been vaccinated to stay away. that is quite dire. it doesn't sound dire andi quite dire. it doesn't sound dire and i think it is. —— does sound. we area
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and i think it is. —— does sound. we are a very small country and yet we have reached the same numbers as you had last year. also on the programme: japan's appetite for whaling is on the wane, but is the government and the commercial whaling industry listening? she received a nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was "a wonderful example of how to help people in need." we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today,
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described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. i'm samantha simmonds in london. our top stories: hurricane dorian has made landfall in the bahamas. it's the most powerful storm ever to reach the islands. there's been a day of chaos at hong kong international airport as protestors blocked road and rail links and forced dozens of flights to be cancelled. let's take a look at some front
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pages from around the world. le figaro, like many papers, leads on the protests in hong kong. it says the chaotic scenes this weekend have really shaken the former british colony and mark a dangerous escalation in the current crisis. the independent follows the progress of hurricane dorian as it slams into the bahamas. the paper describes the historic hurricane as the most powerful storm on earth this year and warns of catastrophic conditions, flash flooding and "life threatening" winds. but it's not all bad news for the bahamas. the south china morning post's business pages highlight an enticing opportunity for anyone with really deep pockets. one of the bahamas 700 islands, known simply as blue island, is up for sale, complete with its own landing strip. it can be yours for just $95 million. the past few weeks have seen masses of people on the streets of hong kong calling
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for the government to throw out a controversial extradition bill. as you can see, it is a very stormy time in hong kong. we have the first two days of a general strike being called this monday. there are two rallies are slated to go ahead as well. with this weather, we are going to see if people will turn out later this afternoon. i have been speaking to a former hong kong legislator and government minister. i spoke to former lawmaker christine loh. i asked her about her take on the protest. experts say the worst measles outbreak was spread to the pacific islands. apologies, that was
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the wrong report. let's return to this. before we return to sharanjit. before we return to sharanjit. last month after more than 33 years, japan resumed catching whales for profit, in defiance of international criticism. for some in the country, this is a tradition that goes back centuries. but there's a growing number of people who say hunting whales is becoming outdated. so why is japan resuming its whaling operation? a short time ago rupert joined me from from kushiro, on the northern japanese island of hokkaido. the whaling fleet flew out from here this morning and five boats have gone to catch more wales today off the coast of hokkaido. —— whales. why is japan doing this? good question. market is small and the number of people who eat whale meat injapan is number of people who eat whale meat in japan is small.
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number of people who eat whale meat injapan is small. they consume a tiny fraction of the total consumption of meat and fish in japan. i think it comes down to a question of politics and tradition. there are these whaling communities, like here and elsewhere along the coast of japan have been doing this for many generations, up to 400 yea rs, for many generations, up to 400 years, they have a strong political voice and particularly in the person of japanese prime minister shinzo abe who himself comes from an area of japan where whaling has been traditional industry. there is this feeling also i think here from talking to people who catch wales, that, you know what, we don't tell you in britain or australia or america what you should eat so don't tell us what to eat. this has been pa rt tell us what to eat. this has been part of ourdiet tell us what to eat. this has been part of our diet for a long time and we wa nt part of our diet for a long time and we want to continue doing this, whether you like it or not. there is an international ban stop other japanese whalers at risk of some
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kind of fine here? what could happen to them? japan has now joined iceland and norway in the group of what is called the rogue whaling nations who go and catch whaling outside the international whaling commission procedures. by withdrawing from it last year, japan joined iceland and norway are there isn't any sanction against japan. joined iceland and norway are there isn't any sanction againstjapan. it can only wail it — make in its own territorial waters and territorial waters ——in can only wail it — make in its own territorial waters ——in its own territorial waters ——in its own territorial waters ——in its own territorial waters and its own economic zone. palm oil is a notorious ingredient in many food groups and has driven the destruction in the rain in indonesia and borneo. less well—known is in ——is that it is in cosmetics. for this special report,
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oui’ cosmetics. for this special report, our environment correspondent went to papua new guinea with a make—up expert to investigate the controversial industry. what helps to make lips glossy? face cream creamy? palm oil, a driver of rainforest destruction and in 70% of make up. and just relax your lip. open. emmy owns her own salon in somerset. we went with her to the other side of the world to investigate what's in the products she uses. this is one of the largest palm oil plantations in papua new guinea. to make way for it, the forest has been cut down, huge chunks at a time. nobody sees this. we don't appreciate kind of what goes into... putting things on our face or what we used to, like, wash with. this side of it should be shown more. we came uninvited and this is what we found. there were young children, barefoot, working in the searing heat. do they have any rules saying no children or...?
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there is no rules for children or anything. they can bring children. they have to work in the farm so they will have money. in a nearby village, more children of the plantation. some clearly need medical help. they say, when the palm oil company came, it promised them a new hospital. eight years later, it's still not been built. were used to live by the forest. the forest was our source of food. it was just like our supermarket. but now the company came, we lost everything. in another village, they tell us a similar story. bhiwani palm oil plantation is not a certified sustainable palm oil company. it told us it acted legally, it didn't allow child labour and said the area had been neglected for decades. it had broughtjobs and benefits and was committed to addressing the needs of the villagers. it's important to remember that this whole process, its impact on the forest, the communities, it's all down to produce a product that we want. this is just out of my make—up bag, foundation, moisturiser, lip gloss.
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palm oil's in all these things and thousands of others. we went to a different part of papua new guinea to see a company that has signed up to produce palm oil in a better way. on this certified sustainable plantation, they follow strict rules. they plant and harvest the palms but don't cut down any new rainforest. they also pledge to treat workers fairly. i feel happy. the company provides water. yeah. and, like, transport for the children to go to school. the fruit is taken off to the mill and processed. this oil gets a stamp, a bit like a fairtrade one, but most of the time, this isn't put on product labels. the average consumer going into the supermarket,
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you know, doesn't know. all they know at the moment is that palm oil is bad, and that's particularly frustrating for the sustainable palm oil industry. emmy glimpses a fragment of rainforest not yet destroyed by palm. it's incredible! i'm going to go home and try and look into the brands that i use, to make sure that the ingredients that are in it, you know, where it's come from. palm oil is up to ten times more productive than other vegetable oil crops. producers hope the sustainable, more acceptable side, won't stay so hidden. claire marshall, bbc news, papua new guinea. just before we go, let's go back to sharanjit leyl in hong kong. what is expected to happen today? we are standing in the midst of a thunderstorm. there was a warning in
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effect, tropical cyclones hit hong kong quite frequently. it is a stormy day and it is first of two—day general strike that is being called. we are expecting many workers to stay away and accords with this working — but whether on monday morning, it is going to make it hard to travel into work. the stu d e nts it hard to travel into work. the students are the backbone of these protests are taking part in the protests are taking part in the protest a nd protests are taking part in the protest and they say they are going to boycott their classes for two weeks. this is the first day they are meant to be back at school after their summer break and they are saying they are not going as a way to get the message across to beijing that they want more freedoms for their city. but i am sharanjit leyl ina very their city. but i am sharanjit leyl in a very stormy hong kong. you have been watching newsday. and i'm samantha simmonds in london. goodbye for now.
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hello there. good morning claudia, milder weather is set to return across much of the uk for monday. —— cloudier. a few showers around at the moment, particularly across northern areas but it is turning quite chilly and we have clear skies across the south as well. we have had those cooler, fresher, north—westerly winds on sunday and they will be replaced by these west— south—westerly winds coming around this top of the high pressure. we find these weather fronts focusing the wet weather across the northern half of the uk. ahead of that, with
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the clear skies, in eastern scotland, eastern england, it will be chilly with temperatures could be lower than this in areas, perhaps three orfour degrees. lower than this in areas, perhaps three or four degrees. milder across northern ireland and western scotland. they will start the day with cloud and outbreaks of rain which will push eastwards. further rain through the day across scotland. always wetter in the west. rainfor scotland. always wetter in the west. rain for northern ireland and northern england and north wales. a few putts of drill further south. —— drizzle. it will probably be dried down the south. two bridges at best 22 degrees. even with the cloud, to ridges are higher than sunday. quite high with the rain. the wins will put away a lot of the wind —— rain. it will stay damp around these coasts. the temperatures will be high. -- coasts. the temperatures will be high. —— hire. the high—pressure is getting squeezed down to the south of the uk. the broad westerly airflow, some weather fronts on the scene, complicating what is a fairly straightforward cloudy air mass that
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is heading our way. there may be sunshine across eastern areas out to the west. we will find some cloud, and drizzle. there will be some brisk winds, too. still driver eastern parts of england in the south—east and we will see highs of 23 celsius was not in the north—west, the rain could turn heavy later. it will slide its way down across england and wales and bring some rain into south—eastern areas. could be half an inch of rain overnight into wednesday morning as the wet weather hangs around for a while. and then we will get some sunshine and showers along with spells of rain driven out across scotla nd spells of rain driven out across scotland and northern ireland and into northern england. windy conditions, actually, the western parts of scotland and that will start to drop the two bridges once again to stop briefly we are getting north to north—westerly winds on wednesday but then we're back to this atlantic winds as we head into thursday. again around that area of high pressure. rain in the north.
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i'm samantha simmonds, with bbc world news. our top story: hurricane dorian has made landfall in the bahamas. it's the worst ever storm to hit the islands, with winds forecasted at 260 kilometres an hour. it's a category five storm, the most severe level. residents have been warned of "catastrophic conditions" with storm surges of up to seven metres high. demonstrators in hong kong have disrupted the territory's airport, targetting transport links in the 13th consecutive weekend of democracy protests. and this video is trending on bbc.com astronomers in the us say they have found a giant planet outside our solar system with a long elliptical orbit. the xo planet is three times the size ofjupiter and takes 74 yea rs the size ofjupiter and takes 74 years to the size ofjupiter and takes 74 yea rs to rotate the size ofjupiter and takes 74 years to rotate around itself. that's all.

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