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this is bbc news. i martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm. the ex—prime minister accuses the present pm of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. an overwhelming vote to scrap brexit without another referendum, should the liberal democrats come to power at the next election. if people put into government the majority government the stop brexit party, then stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. the foreign secretary condemns the attacks on saudi oil sites — saying they're a reckless attempt to damage regional security and disrupt global supplies. police in hong kong fire tear gas and water cannon to disperse pro—democracy protesters. the police have decided enough is enough. they're making use of water cannon, as well as the tear gas. it's worked for a time,
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but we've just seen that this hard core of protesters just keep coming back. former rugby star gareth thomas says he wants to break the stigma surrounding hiv and reveals he's tested positive. england win the fifth and final ashes test against australia to level the series. good evening, welcome to bbc news. the former prime minister david cameron says borisjohnson only backed brexit in the eu referendum to further his career and that leave supporters "left the truth at home" when they hit the campaign trail three years ago. in an extract from mr cameron's memoirs, published today, he says... "the conclusion i am left with is that he — borisjohnson — risked an outcome he didn't believe
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in because it would help his political career." here's our political correspondent chris mason. these two used to be on the same side. we're going to do blue team. do you want to go in goal or up front? i'll go here. but now borisjohnson‘s attempts to deliver brexit as prime minister come with a running commentary about his character from david cameron. mr cameron, who led the remain campaign, has some scores to settle with mrjohnson, the leading light of leave. his accusation in his memoirs, serialised in the sunday times, is stark. borisjohnson backed brexit out of self—interested opportunism. david cameron writes... you could not accuse us of being anti—european! nor little englanders. nor little englanders! but mr cameron is accusing him of a loose affiliation with the truth and questionable
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motives for endorsing leave. nonsense, say his supporters. remain would have been the easier career choice, so borisjohnson led the campaign, he did so because he believes in brexit and he is committed to delivering it. from silly hats to high office, some of the biggest names in the leave campaign just so happen to be among the biggest names in the government now. and mr cameron's book is a production line of put—downs. on michael gove, he says... this morning, michael gove was keen to keep up with the news. he's accused you of being a faragist, of becoming a populist. how do you feel about that? but rather less keen to tell us what he made of it. the now—home secretary had no such qualms, though. david cameron said he was most
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shocked at how she as a minister during the referendum campaign had been willing to rubbish her own government. let me say something, i mean, i was a minister in david cameron's government and it was a privilege to serve in that government, and i enjoyed working with him, and many of my colleagues. obviously, you know, the referendum has happened, we've all moved on and the fact of the matter is we're now working to deliver that referendum mandate. that is so important. there is no point going over the past. thank you. the prime minister before last may have left the stage three years ago, but the noisy publicity surrounding his book launch in a few days' time means it'll be him providing the soundtrack to the week ahead. and it's another busy week ahead for boris johnson, as chris explained earlier from outside downing street. tomorrow he heads to luxembourg to meet the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker. the prime minister and other ministers talking about the prospect of a deal, sounding more
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positive about it. but time and detail are in short supply. on tuesday, all eyes will be on the supreme court — 11 supreme courtjustices deciding whether the prime minister's decision to suspend parliament was lawful. and on wednesday, the european parliament will be debating brexit. two thoughts worth pondering — one is the sheer volume of brexit news at the moment, meaning we can be deaf to the scale of it. a prime minister being challenged in court, a prime minister being accused by a predecessor of not being entirely truthful. the other point is this — we are six weeks away from brexit, and so much is uncertain. how it will happen, whether it will happen, who will be prime minister at the time, and when will there be a general election? we simply don't know. the liberal democrats say they will cancel brexit altogether if they form the next government. in a change of policy, approved today at their conference in bournemouth, the lib dems now say they would revoke brexit, without having a referendum first. the party's leader, jo swinson,
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says voters must be give the chance to stop what she called "brexit chaos". our political correspondent jonathan blake is in bournemouth — his reports contains some flash photography. pro—europe and proud — the lib dems are clear they want to stop brexit. the question for members here this weekend is how? so far, it's been all about another referendum. all those in favour of the motion, please raise your speaker cards. but the party has now voted overwhelmingly in favour of revoking article 50 to pull the plug on brexit if it wins a general election. the policy is very clear. if the liberal democrats at the next election win a majority, if people put into government as a majority government the "stop brexit party", then, stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. yes, we will revoke article 50. it's an easy sell to most members here who see stopping
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brexit as their mission. but it didn't pass without some dissent. senior figures deny that the party is at odds with its ethos. you are the liberal democrats — is it not anti—democratic to overturn the result of the referendum without putting that question to the people again? it will be no surprise to people who have elected us in a majority government that we then deliver on that policy. until then, of course, because we've not yet got a general election campaign, we will continue to campaign for a people's vote. life is not bad for lib dems just now — record membership, signs from opinion polls and the european elections that their anti—brexit message is winning them support. and yet another mp from elsewhere coming on board. the former conservative, sam gyimah, is the latest to jump ship. his defection last night delighted delegates. but some are worried that welcoming former tory and labour mps with such open arms will weaken
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the liberal democrats's identity. and then what? do you scrape it? cancelling brexit without another referendum would only be possible for the lib dems if they won a general election. unlikely, but that won't stop them doing their best to build on their recent success. jonathan blake, bbc news, bournemouth. police in hong kong have used water canon and tear gas against protesters throwing petrol bombs and bricks. the violence broke out after thousands of pro—democracy demonstrators marched in defiance of a police ban. the protests have intensified despite the scrapping of a controversial bill which could have seen hong kong citizens being extradited to mainland china as nick beake reports. how much longer can this go on? violence the authorities just can't extinguish. hardcore pro—democracy activists are not backing down, in what is a chinese city, even setting alight the police‘s latest weapon to try to wash away this protest movement.
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the police have decided enough is enough. they're making use of water cannon as well as the tear gas. it's worked for a time, but we've just seen that this hard core of protesters just keep on coming back. because this is now the sunday afternoon past—time for the radical youth of hong kong. some say it's gone too far. hitting the economy and frightening off tourists. why not film you? can ijust ask you, why do you think violence is still the answer? inaudible. earlier, tens of thousands had marched peacefully, defying the threat of arrest. and demanding an investigation into alleged police brutality and demanding more freedoms for hong kong. # god save the queen... others, in much smaller numbers, called on britain to stand up for its former colony. but china has warned both the uk
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and the us not to meddle. the hardcore crowds finally left when these powerful jets were unleashed. the water dyed blue to stain activists who can later be arrested. a 99th day of unrest in this battle for the streets and for the future of this city. nick beake, bbc news, hong kong. the eu has warned of a "real threat" to security in the middle east after yesterday's drone attacks on two major saudi oilfacilities. earlier today, the foreign secretary, dominic raab, condemned the incident as a "reckless attempt to damage regional security and disrupt global oil supplies." the houthis — the rebel group the saudis have been fighing in yemen — say they carried out the bombings. but the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has blamed the houthis' backers, iran — a claim angrily rejected by officials in tehran. nina nanji reports. an increasingly bitter war of words between iran and the united states over who is to blame for the attacks
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on the heart of saudi arabia's economy. the saudis say half of their oil production has been knocked out after drone strikes on two oilfacilities. houthi rebels in yemen say they were behind the attacks. but the us secretary of state dismissed this, saying there was no evidence the drones came from yemen. in a tweet, he said that "tehran is behind nearly 100 attacks on saudi arabia, while iran's president rouhani and foreign minister zarif pretend to engage in diplomacy." iran immediately hit back, scathing of the trump administration's methods. foreign media reports say the attacks could have a significant impact on world oil prices. the strikes hit the abqaiq and khurais oil processing plants, run by state owned aramco — one of the world's biggest oil companies.
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the smoke visible from space, caught by a nasa satellite. khurais produces around i% of the world's oil, and abqaiq is capable of processing 7% of global supply. even a brief or partial disruption could affect the company and the oil supply given their size. nina nanji, bbc news. let's get more reaction from bernadettejohnson, the vice president of strategic analytic. she runs runs a team of analysts that look at refineries and predict markets. bernadette, thank you very much for joining us here on bbc news. what is the likely fallout that the various actors who are affected by this are going to have to deal with?” actors who are affected by this are going to have to deal with? i think first and foremost, the world today is down 5 million barrels a day of crude. 5% of global supply coming off is big. if you think back to 2014, prices collapsed because the
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world was oversupplied by 1%. so a 596 world was oversupplied by 1%. so a 5% disruption is very, very big deal in or crude oil markets. it means prices are definitely coming up when the markets open tomorrow. how long, —— how high they go depends on how quick they can get back online. lots of unknowns on that right now. how quickly would price rises be passed on to the consumer? very quickly, almost immediately in some countries. if you think about it, the global supply of crude moving around in ships it takes 30—40 stomach locations. this is a short—term thing where the saudis area short—term thing where the saudis are a beat the like are able to get the supply back on quickly, we should not expect much impact on to consumers because global stock can really meet that need. we can meet the gap in the us if it is relatively short term, which would be no impact to consumers. but if this is sustained — weeks, months or
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quarters, we should expect that to hit consumers starting in a matter of weeks, then really stay impactful for the long term. but how realistic is it that they can get back online as quickly as you imply, given the scale of the damage that they seem to have sustained? absolutely. i think there's a lot of unknown about what that scale really is. this is a very large facility capable of handling 7 million barrels a day of crude, turning into a light, sweet crude, turning into a light, sweet crude that can be exported. this is a large facility that takes crude from a field that was impacted, but also other fields, which from a field that was impacted, but also otherfields, which is from a field that was impacted, but also other fields, which is why it is such a big deal. but i think it is such a big deal. but i think it is also important to note that these facilities, if anything happens, these are all combustible materials. any time a fire happens, it always looks big. in many cases they can isolate many units in the plant, turning on the vast majority while they do prepares. pictures alone won't tell us the scale of the damage and how quickly they can get back online. everything we saw
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certainly looks like they will struggle to get most of it online by tomorrow. but we will see. how do you protect a site like this from happening again?|j you protect a site like this from happening again? i think that is the most interesting thing about this. the vulnerability of saudi arabia to an attack of this scale surprised the market and the world. the idea that 5% of global supply could come off line overnight was a shock, so we will see a price response accordingly, and we will see a risk premium going to pricing. it also raises questions of how do you protect against these types of attacks? it doesn't seem like saudi arabia was able to do that. they certainly aren't the other country that would be at risk of these types of things. we've seen terror attacks hit other countries several years ago, and it changed oil prices. i would say this is a big deal, an anomaly, and i think it shines a light on the risk that exists in the middle east given all the disruption and the conflict it, and the
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fighting. and that's before you think of what the repercussions might be if saudi arabia responds and takes action against iran, and other oil producer? that's exactly right. the rumblings from the us that it may have been iran backed or iran directly is important. if you look at the sanctions to iran, iran today, given saudi arabia is off—line, actually represents the vast majority of global spare capacity. so when we look at the crude sitting on the sidelines around the world that could come and fill this gap, iran actually represents between 1.3—1.5 million barrels. it's a big chunk. so would there have been an incentive to do something like this? perhaps. did they do it? i don't know, we may never know. but i think the repercussions of what happens next, the danger is more significant today thanit the danger is more significant today than it was three days ago. bernadettejohnson, than it was three days ago. bernadette johnson, thank you than it was three days ago. bernadettejohnson, thank you very much for talking to us. thank you very much for having me. a man has been stabbed to death in an attack
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on a street in north london. the 30—year—old was found with serious injuries in houndsfield road, edmonton, shortly after 8pm on saturday evening. he died at the scene less than an hour later. a 40—year—old man has been arrested and remains in custody. police said efforts are continuing to formally identify the dead man. his family is yet to be informed. the headlines on bbc news... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the liberal democrats pledge to cancel brexit — if they come to power at the next general election. the foreign secretary condemns the attacks on saudi oil sites — saying they're a reckless attempt to disrupt global supplies — and damage regional security. still to come: the 97—year—old second world war veteran who's taken to the skies to mark battle of britain day.
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the former welsh rugby international gareth thomas has revealed he's hiv positive. thomas, who once captained the british and irish lions, came out as gay at the end of his playing career. daniel davies reports. dawn on the first day of living publicly with hiv. gareth thomas embarked on the ultra endurance ironman wales triathlon today after revealing a medical condition he'd tried to keep secret. i've got hiv, and it's ok, like. that's what i want to learn more than anything. this is how he first came to prominence, breaking records on the rugby field, known to fans as alfie. he came out as gay at the end of his playing career. now, in a bbc documentary, he says he wants to break the stigma of hiv. one of my fears is that all of a sudden who i was prior
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to people knowing i have hiv might be forgotten. cheering. in fact, on social media and on the streets of tenby today, the support for him was obvious. it's hugely significant for somebody with such a high profile to talk about living with hiv. medical advances means now that somebody on effective treatment can have a normal lifespan, and really importantly, they can't transmit the virus to their partners. but the stigma associated with hiv hasn't shifted at all. shouts of encouragement. 45—year—old thomas is one of an estimated 100,000 people in the uk living with hiv. he hopes this gruelling day will prove they need not be limited by the virus. daniel davies, bbc news, tenby. the clear—up operation is continuing, after parts of southern spain experienced some of the heaviest rainfall on record. six people have died.
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in murcia, soldiers have been helping local residents drain their flood—sticken homes and garages. and in almeria's cabo de gata, locals have been working together to restore homes and campsites wrecked by mud and flood water. simonjones reports. this is the dramatic moment a baby is rescued after the child's home became cut off by the rising water. others clung on for safety as emergency workers navigated the flooding. the force of the water can be seen here in alicante, cars simply swept away as the river burst its banks. the spanish prime minister flew over some of the affected areas. when he touched down, he promised support. translation: first of all, i want to express the support of the spanish government and, i would add, the whole of the spanish people, to those affected in valencia and murcia and other areas of spain. secondly, i want to express
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on behalf of the government our condolences to the families of those victims who unfortunately lost their lives in the past few days. thousands of people were evacuated from their homes. when they returned to survey the damage, it was all too much for some. translation: the force of the rain slowly became heavier. more of the running water came down and at one point it started rising to the level of the garden and up to the house. and, of course, there was a point where we decided to go up to the attic because we saw it was getting quite serious and we thought it would be best. the water levels remain dangerously high. for holiday—makers flying in, hoping for some spanish sunshine, at the airport there was chaos and confusion. because of the storms we got diverted to valencia and we were in valencia for what, how long? four hours. so we are now stuck here for another four hours so it's going to be
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eight hours in total. we don't how we're going to get to our apartment. but many here are relieved they escaped with their lives. the forecast may be improving but the clean—up operation won't be quick. simon jones, bbc news. a new storm has brought heavy rain to the bahamas, almost two weeks after hurricane dorian claimed at least 50 lives — and devastated the islands. tropical storm humberto, is slowly moving north and is expected to become a hurricane either tonight or tomorrow morning. emergency services say 1,300 people remain missing across the bahamas. a charity rescue ship has arrived at the italian island of lampedusa, after the country agreed to let it drop off 82 migrants picked up at sea. it's the first time in several months that the italian government has allowed a migrant rescue vessel to dock. most of those on—board will be taken to other european countries, with 24 of the migrants expected to remain in italy. a second world war veteran took
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to the skies in a spitfire this afternoon, to mark battle of britain day, 15 september, when the royal air force turned the tide against the german luftwaffe in 1940. george dunn, who's 97, undertook the flight to thank people who've raised thousands of pounds for the raf benevolent fund. kathryn stanczyszyn reports. this is how it feels to be back in a spitfire after seven decades. 97—year—old george dunn is no stranger to the skies, joining the raf aged 20. a lot of the battle of britain took place over sussex and kent, so, i did see a lot of it. and i suppose, being young, and looking up there and seeing the aircraft flying around, dogfights with the germans, and i thought, "well, i think i'll have some of that". he carried out 44 missions
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during the second world war for bomber command. when the war ended, he flew spitfires. you couldn't have any instruction on them in those days, because there wasn't a dual aircraft. so, it was a question of getting in and making the best of it. he has since helped the raf benevolent front raise tens of thousands of pounds by telling his story. this is a thank you. it was still exhilarating, to be there, flying it, knowing it was yours — marvellous. the special flight also marked 79 years since the battle of britain, remembering all those who took part in that crucial campaign. of course, george is a piece of living history himself, and despite it being more than 70 years ago, he says taking those controls today, he felt like he had never been away. could have done with it being a bit longer. starting school is a milestone for
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any child, but when four—year—old lilac walked through the gates by herself, it was a particularly special moment for her parents. lilac was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby and doctors said she may never walk. after an operation and months of physiotherapy, she's achieved that goal. liz beacon reports. what is it today? my first day of school. every parent knows that a child's first day at school is a big deal. for lilac though it wasn't just about starting a school. she dreamt of walking in on her first day all by herself. no sticks, no wheelchair, no hand to hold. she's done it. she did it. she did it! she came in, no help at all and a big smile on her face. she's been brilliant. absolutely brilliant, she's been so happy. she'sjust come on into the classroom and just got on with it. she's absolutely loved it, she's always smiling.
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lilac was born with cerebral palsy. her parents were told she might never walk. but they fought and fundraised and 18 months ago she had surgery called spinal dorsas rhizotomy — an operation which has called —— changed her life. this whole campaign's been around her taking these couple of steps. if she can just do three, in our heads she's done it and so ijust position myself slightly in front of her and encouraged her to walk to me and then she went. she dropped my hand and there was so much significance about the fact that she dropped my hand and off she went. and she just walked to school all by herself. is that for daddy? oh, my, my he'll love it. lilac is a little girl with a bright future ahead of her. she spent her summer filming a drama, playing david tenna nt‘s daughter. she's signed with a modeling agency and she's had the best
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ever start to school, something her mum will treasure forever. i've watched it 100 times. i can hear my own voice going "she's doing it." yeah, it's up there as one of my highlights in life at the moment, yeah. liz beacon, bbc news. a small goat caused traffic to come to a standstill at a busyjunction of the m62 in west yorkshire. gas, a small goat. the animal was spotted darting among vehicles between junctions 28 and 29 of the m62 near the lofthouse interchange, halting traffic until it was safely caught. now watch carefully for a fleeting glance of the goat. in slow motion. the eyewitness who took the video says many motorists
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left their cars to help police capture the animal. highways england say the goat was eventually rounded up safely — and traffic was released once again. coming up after the weather: we'll have all the latest sports news, including england's victory over australia in the final ashes test. stay with us for that — first it's time for a look at the weather with phil avery. hello once again. for some, sunday has been a really decent day. when the weather that good, you would sit around in it. but it hasn't been like that everywhere. we've had up banner of cloud and rain associated with it, the weatherfrom gradually tumbling its way right into the heart of the british isles. and through the rest of the night, but gap there have been in the cloud in the southeast corner will fill in. that will work wonders for the temperatures, they won't fall away very far at all. we are looking at somewhere between 11—16dc in the south. but clear skies and the north, and borders could be down in 3-4d north, and borders could be down in 3—4d only for at least there's a chance of sunshine to start off the day, there'll be a rattling of stars across england and northwestern
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parts scotland, quite a notice of breach dutch breeze here. dry weather into the borders, the north of england faring quite nicely. across the midlands and east anglia, the southern counties of england, all of wales, sunshine really in short supply and a high of the day of only 21 celsius. bye—bye.
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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... david cameron accuses borisjohnson of only backing leave in order to further his own political career. the liberal democrats pledge to cancel brexit, if they come to power at the next general election. if people put into government as a majority government the stop brexit party, then stopping brexit is exactly what people will get. the foreign secretary condemns the attacks on saudi oil sites, saying they're a reckless attempt to disrupt global supplies


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