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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. part of it is already under water 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. police conduct beatings in a subway system vandalised by protestors.
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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. this is bbc world news, it is newsday. a very warm welcome to newsday. it's 1 o'clock in the morning here in london, 8am in hong kong, and 8pm in the bahamas where hurricane dorian has made landfall in the north—west of the country, with winds of up
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to 260 kilometers an hour. 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
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to overwhelm them and anyone 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 also 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 in this part of the united states, as has been the case in the bahamas
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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. it is monday morning here in hong kong, the first of a two—day general strike that has been cold and, of course, after a weekend of yet more violence and a real sense that life continues as normal. you are hearing some music behind me, music being used by an elderly group doing their morning ritual exercises here and of course life continues as normal but we have seen great disruption.
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pro—democracy demonstrators targeting the international airport, aiming to bring it to a standstill. they have blocked rail links, leading to the cancellation of a dozen flights. police are defending the use of force to subdue a large number of protesters in the subway system. hong kong airport, a vital part of an open, free trading 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.
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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... 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
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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. we will have more from hong kong shortly. 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
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to be yes, it is the law. let's see what the legislation says. you're asking me about a pig in a poke. i will 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 says when it is put forward. also making news today: the israeli army says it has fired around 100 shells 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
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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. here in hong kong, with another weekend of protests and violence and there is no sign that will not continue. it is monday morning, the first of a two—day general strike that has been cold in a city where general strikes are fairly rare. this is of course a financial hub and unions hold little sway but we know there was a general strike a few weeks ago. they have been two rallies approved by authorities. we are expecting that to take place today, one of them held by the
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stu d e nts today, one of them held by the students that have formed the backbone of these protests that have been going on for the past 13 weekends. they said they will boycott school for two weeks. september, they are back at school after the summer break but many stu d e nts after the summer break but many students are boycotting it. we will watch for any disruption. a great deal of disruption at the airport this weekend. protesters tried to target the international airport. hong kong is a major transport hub in the region and they brought chaos and to some extent. some flights we re and to some extent. some flights were cancelled and also passengers stranded. in fact, were cancelled and also passengers stranded. infact, i were cancelled and also passengers stranded. in fact, i was one of those passages. little alternative to get from the airport to the city, the main express train that usually ta kes the main express train that usually takes passengers to the city was suspended on sunday and the traffic was almost at a standstill, getting
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out of the island where the airport is located. this monday we are expecting to see the first of a two—day strike. you are hearing that life continues, some of that music you are hearing is a group of elderly hong kong is, a few yards away, going about their morning exercises so real sense that the city continues to be disrupted and get daily activities managed to get done. —— and yet. 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 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
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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 a group of age from their teens to 50 who have low coverage. we have seen in our cases in that age group and younger age group which is effected because of the 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.
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it is probably inevitable because one of the communities most affected is our pacific community so the chances of climbing on a plane, they have been a huge challenges with vaccine u pta kes. we have heard from the prime minister of new zealand warning people who had not been vaccinated to stay away. that is quite dire. it doesn't sound dire 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. still to come: japan's appetite for whaling is waning but is the government listening?
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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, 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.
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this is newsday on the bbc. iam sharanjit i am sharanjit leyl in hong kong. 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 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
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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. as samantha was saying, hong kong continues to dominate the headlines and of course here in hong kong, there is a sense of a lot of this heading home. i spoke to former lawmaker christine loh. i asked her about her thoughts on the protests and how they have been handled.
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the most problems, in the end they need to be resolved and people solve problems by talking to each other. you could say this is a new trend coming from people in hong kong. you could say these are people in the political middle. we have sympathies for all side because we understand the depth of the concerns here. however, we need to. so we are trying to play the role of, you could say, peacemaker, bridge builder, because we know that you could also say there is often seen discussion on all sides. are seeing people also setting up deeper dialogue on all sides so we must support that process. you say yourself it is tied to talk surely, the last couple of weeks have shown that people don't appear to want to talk. you have the beijing government, the protesters, calling for their rights for universal suffrage. where is the middle line? is it realistic and pragmatic to...
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i think it is entirely pragmatic because everybody knows, including the protesters, that eventually you need to talk to solve these problems. and it is going to be extended talks. what we would like to do in the political middle is prepare for that talk by pro——— showcasing, for example, in other countries where they have been deep conflicts, more extreme and terrible than hong kong, that people were able to come together. but you need to prepare the ground and we need to start now. there has been no attempt at trying to talk. is it too little too late? i think it is not true because what we don't see on the surface today are that people are gathering in the background to prepare for talks so for example we 110w prepare for talks so for example we now see two basic lawmaker — make committee makers. we would say they are from the pro establish side. they understand the basic law and
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how it will be applied to hong kong. in the last days, they have been coming out to talk about why the extradition bill that ignited this whole storm, in effect, is withdrawn. i think they are also trying to set up a dialogue for the government and for others to come in and move on. 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 actually sailed out again from here this morning, a couple of hours ago. five boats have gone off to catch more whales today off the coast of hokkaido here. this is the resumption after a few weeks of rest. why is japan doing this? good question.
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the market is small, the number of people who eat whale meat injapan is small. they roughly catch around, or consume about 3,000 tons of whale meat a year which is a tiny, tiny fraction of the total consumption of meat and fish injapan. 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, who have been doing this for many generations — up to 400 years japanese people have been whaling, and they have a strong political voice, particularly in the person of japanese prime minister shinzo abe, who himself comes from an area ofjapan where whaling has been a traditional industry there. there is this feeling also i think here from talking to people who catch whales, that, you know what, we don't tell you in britain or australia or in america what you should eat and so don't tell us what to eat. this has been part of our diet for a long time and we want to continue doing this, really,
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whether you like it or not. palm oil is a notorious ingredient in many food products. it has driven the destruction of the rainforests in indonesia and borneo. less well—known is the fact it's in more than two—thirds of cosmetics. however, there is a way of producing it sustainably — where no trees are cut down. for this special report, our environment correspondent claire marshall 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.
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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...? 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.
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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. 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
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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, 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.
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well, it has been three months now that we have seen weekends of protest here in hong kong. of course, they show no signs of dying down. we talked about the chaos at the airport, the disruption to transport links a little earlier in the programme but here again on saturday we saw more signs of violence. we saw scenes of police basically using but times, beating up basically using but times, beating up protesters in the subway system. teargas continues to be used as well. on their side, the protesters have been hitting back, throwing bricks, petrol—bombs, starting fires. real signs of chaos here in hong kong. this monday morning, everything appears to be peace. —— peaceful. signs of life are
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returning here to the city and people going about their own business was not no—one really appearing like they are going to work because of this general strike. and that is it from me here in london, too, that's all for now. hello there, good morning. cloudier, milder weather is set to return across much of the uk for monday. the weather will look a little bit different to the way it did on sunday. still a few showers around at the moment, particularly across northern areas but it is turning quite chilly and we have clearer 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 top of this area of high pressure. we're going to find these weather fronts focusing the wetter weather across the northern half of the uk. ahead of that, with the clearer skies, in eastern scotland, eastern england, it will be chilly and temperatures could be lower than this in rural areas, perhaps three orfour degrees. milder across northern ireland and western scotland. they will start the day with cloud and outbreaks of rain which will push steadily eastwards.
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further rain through the day across scotland. always wetter in the west. rain for northern ireland and northern england and north wales. a few spots of drizzle further south over those western hills. middle and south—east england, some sunshine in the morning, more cloud in the afternoon. it will probably be dry, temperatures at best 22 degrees. even further north with the cloud and rain, those numbers are higher than we saw sunday. quite windy in many places. those south—westerly winds should tend to push away the worst of the rain during the evening. it will stay a bit damp and dreary around some of these western hills and coasts. and on the whole, there'll be a lot of cloud on monday night, into tuesday morning. as a result, the temperatures will be a bit higher. by which time, we've got the high—pressure really getting squeezed down to the south of the uk. this broad westerly airflow, some weather fronts on the scene, complicating what is a fairly straightforward cloudy air mass that's heading our way. there may be sunshine across eastern areas out to the west. we will find some thicker cloud, rain and drizzle. turning wetter later in the day for western scotland and northern ireland where there will be some brisker winds, too. still dry for eastern parts of england. in the south—east and we will see
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highs of 23 celsius. in the north—west, that 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 or so overnight into wednesday morning as the wet weather hangs around for a while. and then we will get some sunshine and showers, longer spells of rain, driven down across scotland and northern ireland and into northern england. some really windy conditions, actually, for western parts of scotland and that will really start to drop the temperatures once again. briefly, we're getting a north to north—westerly wind on wednesday but then we're back to these atlantic winds as we head into thursday. again around that area of high pressure so more cloud and some 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 united states say they have found a giant planet outside our solar system with a long elliptical orbit. researchers in california say the exoplanet is three times the size ofjupiter, and takes 7a years to rotate around its sun. that's all. stay with bbc world news.

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