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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: 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. chaos at hong kong international airport as protesters block road and rail links and force dozens of flights to be cancelled. a blunt message for britain's conservative mps — block a no—deal brexit and be barred from elections. 80 years after the attack that sparked world war ii,
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germany's president asks for poland's forgiveness. and from palm oil plantations to beauty products — how our lifestyles fuel the destruction of asia's rainforests. welcome to the programme. the strongest storm on record to hit the north—western bahamas is battering the low—lying islands. officials are warning that hurricane dorian could cause a life—threatening storm surge with winds of up to 290km/h. parts of the florida coast are also forecast to be in the path of the storm later on monday. from there, aleem maqbool reports. these were the last pictures out of the abaco islands of the bahamas
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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 who did not evacuate. the police will not be coming for you in the middle of a hurricane. you will have to hunker down, if your head is hard and stubborn and you will not move,
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you will have to hunker down, after a certain time, because no—one will render any 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 tropical storm to 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 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
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on the east coast of florida. the bbc weather team has all the latest on the progress of hurricane dorian. you can see the maps and charts of its progress by heading to our website — or download the bbc news app. let's get some of the day's other news. the us says it's concerned by rising tensions along the lebanese border after clashes between israel and the militant group hezbollah. the israeli military fired about hundred shells at hezbollah positions in southern lebanon following an attack on one of its bases. hezbollah sources reported several israeli casualties, but israel said none of its soldiers had been injured. a senior aid worker in yemen has spoken of his shock at what he saw at the scene of a saudi—led coalition air strike on a prison. it's believed more than 100 detainees were killed. they were prisoners of war who'd fought against the rebels for the yemeni government.
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early results from state elections in eastern germany suggest that mainstream parties have held off a challenge from the right—wing, populist alternative for germany. the afd failed to overtake the christian democrats in saxony, or the social democrats in brandenburg. argentina's government has introduced restrictions on foreign currency purchases in an attempt to prop up the peso, which lost a quarter of its value last month. the move requires exporters to seek the permission of the central bank to make transfers abroad. it's raised further concerns about the state of argentina's economy. hong kong is braced for more disruption on monday with calls for a general strike and a higher education boycott. it follows a weekend of serious violence, some of the worst in recent months. hong kong international airport was targeted for the second time in three weeks, blocking the access road and sabotaging the rail link.
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it meant dozens of flights had to be cancelled or delayed at one of the world's busiest transport hubs. demonstrators first took to the streets of hong kong three months ago, demanding an end to plans to allow people to be extradited to face trial in mainland china. since then, huge numbers have joined the protests, calling also for free elections and for charges to be dropped against protesters. john sudworth reports now on sunday's violence. 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
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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... 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.
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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. british conservative party mps have been told that if they vote to block a no—deal brexit, they will be suspended from the parliamentary party — and barred from standing in the next general election. a cross—party group of mps is planning to introduce legislation
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this week to stop the uk leaving the eu without an agreement. our political correspondent iain watson reports from westminster. chanting: boris johnson's got to go! a week of protests on the streets and a week of rebellion at westminster lies ahead. save our democracy! these protesters want the suspension of parliament later this month lifted. but mps will still meet this week and opposition parties plan to seize control of the parliamentary agenda and pass a law effectively ruling out a no—deal brexit. but if that happens, this cabinet minister refused repeatedly to say that the government would accept the will of parliament. we will see what the legislation says when it is put forward. let's see what the legislation says. you're asking me about a pig in a poke. let's see what the legislation is. but michael gove also expressed hope that the government would defeat attempts to block no deal. i believe that a majority of mps
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in the house of commons this week will back the prime minister because we know the prime minister is making progress with our european friends and allies in attempting to secure a deal. and this could be the reason for michael gove's confidence. a procession of government whips going into chequers, the prime minister's country pile. over lunch, they cooked up a plan to turn up the heat on borisjohnson‘s critics. tonight, the gloves are off, notjust in the battle between boris johnson and the opposition, but between the prime minister and conservative rebels, some of them recently cabinet ministers. government whips, those responsible for party discipline, are tonight ringing around those rebels and delivering a blunt message — if you vote with the opposition to block no deal, you'll be blocked as a candidate for the conservative party at the next general election. some of them perhaps didn't realise that's what borisjohnson meant when he said he'd unify the party behind him.
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a meeting scheduled for tomorrow between the prime minister and the so—called ‘gaukeward squad', david gauke and otherformer ministers opposed to no deal was abruptly cancelled tonight. number ten cited a diary clash. but david gauke signalled he is likely to rebel. sometimes there is a point where it is — you have to judge between your own personal interests and the national interest, and the national interest has to come first. but i hope it doesn't come to that, and i hope that cooler and calmer heads will look at this and think that trying to split the conservative party in this way is not a sensible way forward. labour say boris johnson could defuse any row with parliament if he puts forward his own brexit plan and gives mps a say. the prime minister can cut through this very easily this week by saying, "i'm going to put my proposal up for a vote, "and i'm going to live by the result. "if parliament gives me backing to leave without a deal,
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"so be it, and if they don't, i'll abide by it." but he won't do it. importing goods from the eu... this week, the government's going to step up its campaign to get us ready for brexit, but it's clear some of borisjohnson‘s mps are far from ready for no deal. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the painters putting coastal erosion in the frame on the cliffs of cornwall. 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
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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. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: 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.
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more now on hurricane dorian. arthur nixon is a taxi driver and tour guide from eleuthera, one of the bahama islands that hasn't born the brunt of the storm. the winds have not totally, but have pretty much subsided. how much damage have you seen out and about? i have not seen any physical damage that i might say has been any kind of devastation here. what i have seen was of devastation here. what i have seen was a of devastation here. what i have seen was a little rising surf in the township of governess ‘s macabre, about five miles north of me. —— governess harbour. we have had an unusual tide on the street area. other than that, it looks pretty
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well ok. other than that, it looks pretty well 0k. it is getting late into the evening where you are. take us through how you are going to organise your house, your home tonight, to protect yourself and yourfamily? tonight, to protect yourself and your family? welcome as far as that is concerned, like i said, i think we are is concerned, like i said, i think we a re pretty is concerned, like i said, i think we are pretty much out of the woods as far as we are pretty much out of the woods as faras any we are pretty much out of the woods as far as any further damages concern. “— as far as any further damages concern. —— well, as far as that. so iam not concern. —— well, as far as that. so i am not planning on doing any extra thing here tonight as far as preparedness is concerned. we have just got electricity coming back up, after being shut down at about 3am. we just after being shut down at about 3am. wejust got after being shut down at about 3am. we just got electricity returned a few minutes ago. but other than that, like i said, i have not made any plans of any further preparations to prepare as far as the storm is concerned. it is good to hear you are feeling like you are out of the woods. what have the preparations been like over the last few days? people have been pretty much sensible about their preparedness, as far as that is
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concerned. buttoning down their windows, doors, whatever that is necessary. “— windows, doors, whatever that is necessary. —— battening down. personally, myself, idid necessary. —— battening down. personally, myself, i did some limited preparedness this time around because i pretty well monitored the movements, and as far as past experiences are concerned with the movements of hurricanes, i pretty much kind of determined that we would not get a direct impact, which again, which was a pretty sensible call on my part, even though it was not the proper thing to do, but then again, we came through without any devastating damages. at least seven people are now known to have been killed, and 21 others injured, after a gunman opened fire from a vehicle in the us state of texas. it's the state's second mass shooting in a month. it happened on a road between the towns of midland and odessa. the gunman has been shot dead by the police and the motives remain unclear.
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the german president, frank—walter steinmeier, has asked for poland's forgiveness at an event marking the eightieth anniversary of the invasion that sparked the second world war. he was speaking in the polish town of weilun, which was the first to suffer german aerial bombardment. our berlin correspondent, jenny hill, reports from warsaw. sudden, violent, the attacks came from air, land and sea. 80 years ago, nazi troops stormed in to occupy poland, an act of aggression which triggered the deadliest conflict in human history. air raid siren. before dawn this morning, sirens to commemorate the first civilian casualties of the second world war. german bombers destroyed the town of weilun. speaking in polish, the german president said he was sorry.
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translation: i bow my head before the victims of the attack on wielun. i bow my head before the polish victims of germany's tyranny, and i ask for forgiveness. in warsaw, a chance to reflect on the horrors of conflict past, but among the leaders and heads of state, two notable absences. donald trump cancelled his attendance at short notice, and the russian leader, vladimir putin, wasn't invited. the leaders who came here today came to commemorate notjust war but europe's hard—won peace, yet they themselves are deeply divided over the very values on which post—war europe is built. there was a sense at times today that the unity those leaders are supposed to represent is in fact rather fragile. jenny hill, bbc news, warsaw.
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comedian and actor kevin hart has reportedly been injured in a serious car accident in california. a police report said hart was a passenger in a vehicle that rolled down an embankment in malibu in the early hours of sunday morning. hart and the driver both suffered what are described as major back injuries, and were taken to hospital. demand for palm oil in food products around the world has fuelled the destruction of rainforests in indonesia and borneo, as palms are planted on cleared land. what is less known is immense demand for palm oil from the skincare and beauty industry. it is used in more than two thirds of makeup products. our environment correspondent claire marshall has been to papua new guinea, to investigate the cost of a controversial industry and to see how palm oil can be sustainably produced. what helps to make lips glossy? face cream creamy? palm oil, a driver of rainforest destruction and in 70% of make up.
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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...? there is no rules for children or anything. they can bring children. they have to work in the farm
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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. we 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 oil palm 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
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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 because 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, 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.
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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. around 1,000 artists have gathered in an attempt to break a world record for a mass painting installation. the event took place at lands end, on the south coats of england, and was also organised to raise money to combat erosion. our arts correspondent, david sillito, was there. i've never seen so many people on this path before. it's incredible. and so lovely to see, and it's a beautiful day. to be here with a thousand other artists is quite an extraordinary
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and quite weird thing, yes. welcome to lands' end, one of the most familiar stretches of the british coastline, and today, packed with painters. hundreds upon hundreds lined from here to sennen cove, both capturing the beauty but also reminding us of the threats to that beauty. i love it down here, all the granite and crystal clear water and white sand. to be amongst so many other artists as well. i'm usually quite a solitary painter, so i don't really mix with other people doing what i'm doing. there's a much bigger message here, and it's trying to get people to understand that by coming to a beautiful place like this in cornwall, you do have a responsibility to look after the area.
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if anywhere's the front of changing weather patterns, it's britain's coastline. storms can carve out five years of erosion in a single night. footpaths can turn into gullies, weakening cliffs that can easily give way. other areas have become clifftop deserts. oh, this is what the problem is, isn't it? this path should be narrow and, well, half the cliff has been eroded away. yeah, it's really clear to see the impact on the landscape here at this point, and with hundreds of thousands of people coming through here, the impactjust gets worse every year. the solution to this erosion, a new pathway of granite blocks. without it, these cliffs will soon be worn bare. but for the artists behind today's gathering, this is about more than just fundraising. it creates an emotional bond between you and the landscape, and i think that's a really important message for trying to encourage kids to engage with conservation or environmental issues. this is, then, both a celebration of natural beauty and a reminder of its fragility. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @duncangolestani.
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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.
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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 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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this is bbc news. the headlines: the most powerful storm in modern times to hit the bahamas is battering the archipelago's northernmost islands. hurricane dorian has winds of almost 300km/h. officials have warned of life—threatening storm surges of up to seven metres with some parts already underwater. thousands of pro—democracy protesters have brought chaos to hong kong international airport for the second time in three weeks, blocking road and rail links and forcing dozens of flights to be cancelled. thousands tried to enter the terminal building but were stopped by riot police. british conservative party mps have been told that if they vote to block a no—deal brexit, they'll be suspended from the parliamentary party and barred from standing in the next general election.


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