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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: widespread damage in the bahamas as hurricane dorian rips roofs from buildings and causes severe flooding. the prime minister, a qualified doctor, says it's the saddest day of my life. 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. no end in sight for hong kong's political crisis, as protestors cause chaos at the territory's international airport.
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a crucial week for westminster, three years after britain voted to leave the eu. boris johnson faces a showdown with opponents of a no deal brexit. and the tiny organism with a tasty future. how micro—algae could revolutionise mealtimes for millions. we look at the economic fallout of the hong kong protests forfinance, tourism and retail, with the longest—running political demo in the territory since the handover in 1997. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. finger lickin‘ good? kfc sells out of plant—based "chicken" in atlanta in an experiment to measure appetite. beyond fried chicken could be rolled
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out nationally and then internationally if customer feedback is good. so we'd like to know are you trying to eat less meat? if so, why? get in touch on #bbcthebriefing and tell us what you think. the most powerful storm to hit the caribbean islands of the bahamas since records began has torn roofs from buildings and caused severe flooding. hurricane dorian is pounding the abaco islands and grand bahama 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. gareth barlow reports. high winds and high waves as
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hurricane dorian going to hit the bahamas. the low—lying islands are being pummelled by the storm, the strongest ever recorded to hit the area. parts of it are already underwater, and some areas, you cannot tell the difference as to the beginning of the street and where the ocean begins. and they have not yet been hit by the brunt of the storm. residents of grand bahama have been ordered to evacuate a threatening storm surge. despite its devastatingly strong winds, dorian is slowly crawling across the ocean, exposing communities to hours of ferocious winds and rain. in the united states, people in the part of the storm are preparing for the worst, with evacuation orders in place, the national guard deployed, and even prison inmates helping to fill sandbags. the strength of this
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time can't be underestimated. we will see tropical storm force winds within the next 48 hours. the national hurricane centre reports dorian could merely stall over the bahamas. across the region, people are doing all they can to weather the storm. the harsh reality is, with such power, devastation is a very real prospect. a two—day general strike is beginning in hong kong, after a weekend of some of the worst violence of recent pro—democracy demonstrations. on saturday police were seen hitting people with batons in metro stations following a huge protest. on sunday, thousands of protesters blocked roads to the territory's main airport. university classes are due to resume after a summer break but students, who make up a large part of the protest movement, are planning a two—week boycott. let's go live now to hong kong,
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and the bbc‘s sharanjit leyl. this two—day general strike is expected to begin today. what is happening at the moment? well, that's right. as you can see behind me, sally, it is a stormy day here in hong kong, the first of this two—day general strike has been called, and of course this is something we have seen before. it happened a few weeks ago as well, when a general strike was called. this is unusual in the city. it is a big financial hub, unions do not hold a massive sway in hong kong. but this is increasingly a way that many people feel they can get their message across to beijing. of course, all of this began about three months ago now. we have had 13 weekends off protests, and essentially hong kongs saying but they want more freedoms. —— hong kongers saying. it is a city with a deal of autonomy, in the sense that there is the one country, two systems situation going on here, in principle. but hong kong is saying
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they want more freedoms from beijing. it all started with an extradition bill which is currently suspended, however, as you say, we saw more violent protests over the weekend. this morning we have reports yet again of the subway system being disrupted, protest is trying to target some of the subway stations. —— protesters. reports have suggested riot police were at the ready to act quickly as they tried to disrupted by ringing on the bells and the emergency alarms, trying to disrupt traffic flows, which they have done, as we saw over the weekend, particularly with the airport. now, sunday is when we saw airport. now, sunday is when we saw a great deal of disruption happening at the airport. rail and road links we re at the airport. rail and road links were blocked by protesters. the key express train which takes passengers from the hong kong airport to the city was actually suspended, as protesters put debris on the tracks. so they have tried to disrupt as much as possible in their calls for greater freedoms from china.
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much as possible in their calls for greaterfreedoms from china. we much as possible in their calls for greater freedoms from china. we are being told today, of course, you mentioned the strike by students, organisers are suggesting some 10,000 students will be boycotting school today. it is the first day of term, they are supposed to be back at school, but lots of the students, who formed the back one of those protesters, they have said they are going to boycott school for two weeks. —— backbone of those protesters. there will be a rally kicking off shortly, in fact there are two rallies which have been given the go—ahead to take place today. so we are going to monitor those and see just how many people turn up and whether they turn violent, as they have done over the last few weekends. sharanjit leyl, thank you so much. mps from britain's governing conservatives have been told they'll be suspended from the party if they vote to block a no—deal brexit. that would mean they'd be unable to stand as conservative candidates in the next general election. a group of mps is planning to introduce legislation this week
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to stop the uk leaving the european union without an agreement. the plan can only succeed if some conservatives rebel against their own government. with me is oliver cornock who's editor—in—chief of oxford business group. good morning. it is going to be quite a week for westminster, isn't it? absolutely. we keep saying this, don't we? this is the story that really does keep giving. back to school, but also back to parliament this week, after the recess, and of course this probing, the suspension of parliament, announced by boris johnson and signed off on by her majesty the queen. —— proroguing. extraordinary times. this weekjust prolongs the uncertainty. some will argue this isjust prolongs the uncertainty. some will argue this is just a tactic mr johnson is using to persuade the eu partners they need to give a little bit on the deal. they are saying they will not budge. he is saying,
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give mea they will not budge. he is saying, give me a chance. you have to back me here. otherwise, we will not stand a chance if you take no deal of the table. of course, no deal is not this leap into freedom that some people think. it's just prolongs the uncertainty. uk businesses are really worried about that, and i have just got back from the middle east where foreign businesses are really worried about it. everybody is feeling the pinch of a much lower pound, if you are brit. overseas, of course, many people trade with the uk. what do you make of this move on the part of borisjohnson and his government to say to the rebels, actually, if you choose to rebel this week, i.e. go with other mps in parliament to prevent a no deal brexit on the 31st of october, we are going to discipline you? you may not be able to run in the next election? he is saying they are going to be whipped, they will have the whip removed, i.e. they will not be able to vote. i think this is predictable. it does seem to be stretching convention a bit further. it seems quite a hard—line move. you see in the press, the more liberal press around the world is saying, is britain sliding more towards authoritarian rule? i am not
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entirely sure. part of me thinks this mightjust entirely sure. part of me thinks this might just be entirely sure. part of me thinks this mightjust be a negotiating tool, one hope so. but all the time that our uk parliamentary president is strained, it is difficult to then go back, isn't it? and that is a concern. “— go back, isn't it? and that is a concern. —— precedent. the uncertainty of business now is really a challenge. we all know now that no deal would reallyjust to be a continuation of uncertainty. it is not going to be the sunny uplands of freedom. some would argue an extension of article 50 is also a continuation of uncertainty. but all the time that it is extended, we can trade with the eu. after all this, project fear might be right to some degree. well, we shall see. we will talk about this later in our news briefing. as you can imagine, that is dominating the british media today. but we will look at other stories as well, of course. a fleet of five japanese ships has set sail to resume the first commercial whale hunt carried out by the country in over 30 years.
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in june tokyo officially withdrew from the international whaling commission and said it would restart commercial whaling in its own waters. and rupert wingfield—hayes joins us now live from kushiro, on the northern japanese island of hokkaido. rupert, just tell us more about why japan has made this decision, and today, i understand, they have already caught a whale? that's right, sally. they have. you might be able to see this little whaling boat behind me would be covered up harpoon on the front of its power here. —— its bow. this boat went out with four others this morning, and it came back a few hours ago, carrying the carcasses of two minke whales which they harpooned about 20 nautical miles off the coast this morning. so they resumed behind. it began in july, they morning. so they resumed behind. it began injuly, they took a rest during august, now they are out
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again at the start of september and they have already now court or rather harpooned two minke wahles here this morning that we have seen. —— minke whales. i have a resumed commercial whaling after a 30 year hiatus? the reason is, when the whaling moratorium went into effect in the 1980s, the japanese went along with it, theyjoined the international whaling commission, and what japanese officials say to me is that it was a temporary moratorium, it was supposed to be reviewed and when whale stocks had become healthy again, like they claim they are now, then we assumed that this moratorium would be lifted. but it has become very clear that the rest of the world, or most of the rest of the world, does not wa nt of the rest of the world, does not want this ban lifted. a few countries, japan is one of them, iceland and norway are others, they wa nt to iceland and norway are others, they want to continue whaling. finally japan, at the end of last year, they said ok, we have had enough, we
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cannot deal with this anymore, we're going to pull out and go back to whaling. that is what they are doing here today. what do the general public injapan here today. what do the general public in japan think here today. what do the general public injapan think about this? is there a real appetite for whale meat? well, that is the real conundrum of what is going on here injapan. conundrum of what is going on here in japan. actually, if conundrum of what is going on here injapan. actually, if you ask, they have not been many recent opinion polls, but the most recent one, conducted a number of years ago, asked people how they felt about whaling, and most japanese asked people how they felt about whaling, and mostjapanese people, i think about 65%, they said they supported it because it is part of japanese culture and japan should be allowed to continue capturing wales. if you don't ask, do you eat whale meat, it is a tiny number. between 596 meat, it is a tiny number. between 5% and 10% of people injapan have ever eaten whale meat in their lives, and a very small number eat it regularly. it is only like, i think they catch about 3000 tons of meat a yearfrom think they catch about 3000 tons of meat a year from this whaling. it is a tiny, tiny fraction of the japanese diet. most young people are not interested in eating whale meat.
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and so, you know, but then begs the question, why did they carry on? and it really is about the older generation and some politicians who believe that japan has to maintain this tradition. rupert wingfield—hayes, thank you very much, live from kushiro. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: ferrari's charles leclerc wins his first ever formula one grand prix, dedicating the win in belgium to anthoine hubert, who was killed in a tragic crash on saturday. 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.
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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. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: hurricane dorian has caused widespread damage in the bahamas, ripping rooves from buildings and causing severe flooding. the prime minister said it was "the saddest day of my life".
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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. preliminary results from state elections in eastern germany suggest there's been a surge in support for the far—right alternative for germany, the afd, but not enough to overtake the mainstream parties. the christian democrats of chancellor angela merkel remain the biggest party in saxony, with about a third of the votes. the centre—left social democratic party have won most votes in brandenberg. the afd finished second in both states. let's speak to sir peter torry, who was former british ambassador to germany. he joins us from berlin. welcome to the briefing. do you think politicians in berlin are breathing a sigh of relief?|j
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think politicians in berlin are breathing a sigh of relief? i think they are breathing a sigh of relief because these elections could have been a lot worse. the afd could have one in both states and some of the poles suggested they might well do that. they have not one but, nonetheless, we have reached a point in germany where 20% plus has become normalfor in germany where 20% plus has become normal for this extreme right—wing party and that must be a course for concern. going forward for now, at least, it means angela merkel‘s party, the cdu ‘s are still able to govern and has its majority or coalition in place? yes, and the other concern about this election had been if the socialist party, the s bd, they could have pulled the plug on the coalition. they did do extremely badly in saxony, only
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7.596, extremely badly in saxony, only 7.5%, but it did well enough into brandenburg and i think assumption has got to be the coalition in berlin will continue for certainly the rest of this year and probably next year as well but it remains an u nsta ble next year as well but it remains an unstable situation for mrs michael, that her main coalition partner is in such electoral distress at the moment. —— mrs angela merkel. what do they need to do to wind? despite 30 years of reunification in his germany, there is a feeling that there is this sort of divide between there is this sort of divide between the east and west that you get in britain between the north and south and we saw that reflected in the brexit vote and more has got to be
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done to overcome this divide. part of the problem is that a lot of the young people in east germany have left because employment prospects are so poor left because employment prospects are so poor they've got to west germany or other european countries and what you have left behind in east germany are the older generation and the unemployed and that gives you photo ground for a protest party like the afd to work with. thank you for your time and analysis on those regional state elections in eastern germany. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm marc edwards, i hope you had a good weekend. here is your monday briefing. ferrari's charles leclerc has won his first ever formula one
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grand prix and has dedicated his victory in belgium to formula 2 driver, anthoine hubert, who died on saturday. leclerc led from pole and after his team—mate, sebastian vettel, fell out of the top three. he managed to repel the mercedes of lewis hamilton, who finished second, but still extended his lead at the top of the standings. it was ferrari's first team win since the united states grand prix last year. sadly the idiots are at it again. inter milan striker, romelu lukaku, was racially abused by cagliari fans as he scored from the penalty spot to give his club a 2—1 victory in serie a. lukaku stepped up on 72 minutes, tucking the ball away. the belgian then stared at fans behind the goal, where monkey chants had come from. last season, everton‘s moise kean suffered similar abuse when playing against cagliari forjuventus. while back in 2017, pescara midfielder, sulley muntari, walked off the pitch after being racially abused again by a moronic section of cagliari fans. arsenal came from 2—0 down to rescue a draw in the north london derby. pierre emerick aubemeyang grabbed
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a second half equaliser, after first half goals from christian erikssen and harry kane had put the visitors ahead. it was the last premier league game before the international break. there's been a shock at the us open tennis where the women's second seed ashleigh barty has been knocked out in the fourth round by china's wang qiang. the french open champion was out of sorts throughout, making 39 unforced errors and failing to convert all nine of her break points, as qiang won 6—2 6—4 to reach her first ever grand slam quarter final. three—time us open champion rafa nadal is in action on monday against marin cilic. the spaniard has reached the last four of all the previous grand slam tournaments this year. west indies face mission impossible on monday in jamaica, it's day 4 of the second test with the windies, needing a gargantuan 423 runs in their second innings to beat india
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or just surviving 2 days to draw the test. it's pretty unlikely. the hosts were bowled out for 117 in theirfirst innings on day three, jaspreet bumrah taking 6 wickets as the windies crumbled. india, who made 416 in theirfirst innings, declared on 168—4. west indies will start the day on 45—2. how about this to get your tail in a spin? the 30th edition of the world aerobatic championships have taken place in the skies of chateauroux, france. quick warning there are some terrible puns coming up. there were some flighteningly good twists and turns from french pilot, louis vanel, who won the men's event. it's plain to see how skillful he is, some enjoyble twists and turns on his face as well, propelling him to new heights on a wing and prayer. at 29 years of age vanel was the youngest pilot in that discipline. you can get all the latest sports news at our website.
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but from me and the rest of the sport team, that's your monday sport briefing that is indeed. microalgae are one of the commonest and simplest of life—forms, literally pondlife! but scientists say they have huge potential for farmers because of their immense nutritional properties. our correspondent in france hugh schofield has been to brittany, where what will be europe's biggest microalgae factory is now in operation. it is microalgae a commonly found in pondsit it is microalgae a commonly found in ponds it also has the potential to create a revolution in farming. translation: it is a concentration of vitamin c which we can give to animals to improve performance and it can help reduce our need for certain chemicals. the bioreactor
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has 80 kilometres of pipes. eventually there will be 800 kilometres, making it your‘s largest microalgae farm. translation: kilometres, making it your‘s largest microalgae farm. translatiosz kilometres, making it your‘s largest microalgae farm. translation: it is a single cell microalgae which divides itself into two, then four cells after being fed with photos from the sun, nutrients and carbon dioxide. it activates vitamin c and albino assets in the indigestion system. it boosts a production when added to chicken feed and spraying it on added to chicken feed and spraying itona added to chicken feed and spraying it on a vine and potato leaves reduces the need for fungicide. translation: it is more than 2 billion years old, it lies as the start of the food chain. now this concentrate which has come down through the ages can form part of oui’ through the ages can form part of our daily diet. there is even a
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bottle version for human consumption, a culture that may one day be part of our food culture. let's talk about your responses to oui’ let's talk about your responses to our twitter question because kfc tried out a plant —based product at one of his atlanta's kfc and there isa one of his atlanta's kfc and there is a queue around the building for people who wanted to try out plant —based nuggets and chicken burgers. we ask you, are you trying to eat less meat? changing your diet in the same way many others seem to be doing around the world? thank you for getting in touch, one says we're to eat less meat. we eat to family
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boxes from kfc. others say it's about time these changes were made. barbecue sauce can rescue anything some of you say! stay with me on bbc news, i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments. on monday we will see rain coming m, on monday we will see rain coming in, replacing went with milder winds from the west of high pressure. rain across the northern half of the uk. still a few showers are fading away overnight, turning chilly where we have the clear skies. milder across northern ireland, western fringes of scotla nd northern ireland, western fringes of scotland with rain arriving early in the morning. always wetter in the west. patchy rain for northern
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england. midlands two was the south—east, dry with more sunshine in the morning and more cloud in the afternoon. further north, with the cloud and rain, temperatures a bit higher than they were on sunday. quite breezy with the west south—westerly winds blowing away the worst of the heavy rain out towards the east, leaving behind some pockets of rain and drizzle especially for western areas. a lot of cloud overnight. temperatures will be on the higher side by tuesday morning. the high pressure by this stage squeeze down towards this area. a few weather fronts on the scene complicating things in what is basically cloudy day coming our way with rain and drizzle in the west. turning wetter across western scotla nd west. turning wetter across western scotland and later into northern ireland through the middle dry once again. highest temperatures in the south—east. rain turning heavier in
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the north. this weatherfront sliding down bringing rain to the south—east this time, possibly half an inch overnight into wednesday morning as the rain hangs around for a while. some sunshine following on behind. showers pushing down from the north. risk went coming into western parts of scotland, dragging down the temperatures. because the wind direction is a changing, a brief north westerleigh before the atla ntic brief north westerleigh before the atlantic winds returned towards the latter pa rt atlantic winds returned towards the latter part of the week. again around that high pressure.
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this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. more protests and a general strike in hong kong — we look at the economic impact as finance, tourism and retail companies count the cost. clothes, footwear and smart watches from china all hit by fresh us tariffs on sunday, a move that'll hit the the us consumer in the pocket. and that is what is pulling down markets in asia today, as they think about the escalating trade war.

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