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welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: the bbc speaks to a former ukrainian prosecutor about allegations donald trump put pressure on ukraine to dig up dirt on a potential presidential rival. running street battles in hong kong as protesters prepare to disrupt chinese celebrations to mark 70 years of communism. un investigators speak for the first time of their shock and horror listening to murdered journalist jamal khashoggi's final moments at the saudi consulate in istanbul. jamaica's shelly—ann fraser—pryce races into the record books, winning the women's 100 metres at the athletics world championships.
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hello and welcome. democrats in the united states congress say impeachment hearings against donald trump could be held in the coming week. the allegations centre on claims he put pressure on ukraine to dig up dirt on a potential rival who's running for the white house in 2020. joe biden is one of the front runners for the democratic nomination to challenge mr trump. but a former prosecutor in ukraine has told the bbc there was never any dirt to dig up. jonah fisher reports from the capital, kiev. advertisement voiceover: joe biden promised ukraine a billion dollars if they fired the prosecutor of... with an impeachment enquiry underway, president trump is on the attack, tweeting a new video about his possible opponent in next year's election. we've stepped up the official
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assistance to help backstop the ukrainian economy. this was four years ago in kiev. joe biden was vice—president and the 0bama administration's go—to man on ukraine. advertisement voiceover: burisma is the leading... at the same time, his son, hunter, had a well—paid job on the board of a ukrainian energy company. president trump has claimed, without supporting evidence, thatjoe biden got a ukrainian prosecutor called viktor shokin sacked because he was investigating hunter's company. today in kiev, the man who took over from mr shokin blew a big hole in president trump's story. have you got any evidence that joe biden acted in any way which supported hunter biden‘s company, burisma? it is not myjurisdiction. but have you got any? it is not myjurisdiction. i can't do nothing which is not connected with ukrainian law.
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so, under ukrainian law, you've got nothing? nothing, certainly. mr lutsenko has changed his tune. we spoke with mr giuliani, one, before new york, then three days in new york, then one or two days. the former prosecutor general was earlier this year close to president trump's lawyer, rudy giuliani. the former new york mayor has taken a particular interest in ukraine and both men talked up a biden investigation. let's play the clip, please. shown his one—time ally‘s interview with us, mr giuliani quickly declared the friendship over. mr lutsenko is exactly the prosecutor thatjoe biden put in in order to tank the case. mr lutsenko‘s about turn won't help president trump
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as he seeks to make this story aboutjoe biden and his son rather than his own conduct. with an impeachment inquiry under way, it's likely we are going to be hearing a lot more about rudy giuliani and what he's been doing here in ukraine. jonah fisher, bbc news, kiev. let's get some of the day's other news. security forces in burkina faso say 17 people have been killed in a series of attacks in a region where islamic extremist groups are known to be active. gunmen attacked two villages in the province of kongoussi, north of the capital 0uagadougou. northern and north—eastern parts of india have been hit by severe floods triggered by torrential rains. bihar and uttar pradesh have been particularly affected. dozens of people have lost their lives in uttar pradesh alone. the monsoon usually starts retreating at the start of september but has been delayed by a month this year. 25 luxury cars, which were confiscated from the son of the president of equatorial guinea, have been auctioned off in switzerland.
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the sale, including lamborghinis, ferraris and rolls—royces, raised $23 million for social projects in the african country. it's part of a deal reached with swiss prosecutors to drop an investigation into misuse of public funds. this weekend has seen some of the worst violence in hong kong in more than three months of anti—government unrest. there were running battles as protesters threw molotov cocktails and the police fired round after round of tear gas and rubber bullets. it comes ahead of major celebrations planned in china to mark 70 years of communist rule. john sudworth reports. they're determined to spoil the party. with just two days to go before china's big anniversary, hong kong is decidedly off message. while in beijing, rehearsals are in full swing for a celebration
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of 70 years of communist rule and a message of unity and strength, in hong kong, there's division, uncertainty and fear. it's a faultline that cuts across class and generation. this 73 year—old is showing me the protective gear he wears when supporting the protesters. translation: for 70 years, the ruling party has subdued its people. do you think we are in the mood to celebrate? this woman is in favour of chinese rule and says the protests are scaring off mainland chinese tourists. translation: i still have business, but not as much as before. i've lost at least a half of my revenue. with more protests planned on tuesday, the authorities are not taking chances. you can still taste
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the tear gas in the air. hong kong finds itself at the centre of a global clash of values — authoritarianism against freedom. 0n the streets of this city, china's vision of its future has run into a crisis of legitimacy. the chaos continued into the night. for some, it's a principled fight. for others, a doomed strategy that risks provoking an ever—more—powerful china to sweep this city's freedoms away for good. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. meanwhile, those celebrations were china's 70th anniversary is under way. we can show you those live pictures now in tiananmen square. we are seeing a military parade go on.
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we're also the chinese later there as well. —— chinese leader. there is some singing schoolchildren. tuesday officially marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the people's republic of china but those commemorations are already under way on the mainland. it is the morning in china there, monday morning. president xi, considered the most powerful chinese leader since mao, has been giving out medals and honorary titles. this is obviously another ceremony happening in tiananmen square. there is also meant to be a ceremony taking place in the great hall of people in beijing. there is also a
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military parade there. we will keep you up—to—date with all those celebrations in china. in other news, a fire at an overcrowded refugee camp on the greek island of lesbos is reported to have killed two people. an angry crowd at the moria camp complained that firefighters had taken too long to tackle the blaze. extra police were sent to restore order. the bbc‘s tim allman has the story. thick, billowing clouds of smoke as part of this camp burns. somehow, one of the giant shipping containers that house many of the refugees here had caught fire. people ran for their lives, men, women and children, eyes burning from the noxious fumes. afterwards, you could see the destroyed remains of the container. some voiced their anger, accusing fire crews of taking too long to respond, but mostly, there was despair.
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look at the people here, fighting — look at that. look, there's fire, big fire, yeah, big fire — people are going to die. please, please, from everywhere, country, leave the people to go. the moria camp houses around 12,000 refugees, four times the number it was designed for. there has been a spike in numbers in recent months with 9,000 people arriving in august and more than 8,000 refugees coming in september so far. by some estimates, almost a million people, many of them fleeing the syrian civil war, crossed from turkey to greece in 2015. then a deal was done between ankara and the european union and the number of refugees dropped dramatically. but now, that figure is ticking up once more and this fire shows the burden being placed on greece can be a heavy one. tim allman, bbc news. austria's conservative
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people's party, led by the former chancellor, sebastian kurz, is on course for victory in the country's snap general election. with nearly all ballots counted, the party has won around 37% of the vote, up from 31% last time the country went to the polls. the process of building a coalition is likely to begin soon. bethany bell is following the story in vienna. sebastian kurz and his supporters are celebrating. despite the collapse of his coalition with the far—right freedom party in may, his conservative people's party has emerged stronger than before. i would like to thank our voters. it is incredible, it is an amazing day. it's a historic result of our party and then we will try to have good talks with all the other parties in the parliament and try to form a government that works for the people of austria. also celebrating, the greens.
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climate change has emerged as one of the top concerns for voters. and the greens could now be a viable coalition partner for mr kurz. the biggest loser of the night was the anti—immigrant freedom party. it's a pot drop by 10% —— its support dropped by 10% following by a video—sting corruption scandal in may involving its former leader. the social democrats, who came in second, also had a disappointing result. so, will mr kurz now look to the left or to the right to form a coalition? another pact with the freedom party could work in terms of content but might be unstable. and the greens say they want radical change from the right—wing policies of the last government. a grand coalition with the social democrats is considered less likely. the votes are in, but coalition talks could be complicated.
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it could be many weeks, if not months before austria has a new government. bethany bell, bbc news, vienna. jamaica's shelly—ann fraser—pryce has won the women's 100 metres at the athletics world championships in doha, beating britain's dina asher—smith into second place. fraser—pryce has now won a record four gold medals at the world championships. that's one more than compatriot usain bolt. her victory comes two years after giving birth and she said her renewed enjoyment for the sport is thanks to her son. you know, it isjust a wonderful feeling to be able to have my victory lap with my son. he is responsible for the "mummy rocket", of course, and he's responsible for the comeback, so, you know, it is definitely... it was a special moment for me to share with my son. well, i spoke with the bbc‘s sport presenter, ben croucher, and he told me why this was such an extraordinary performance. for one, it is age. she is 32. she
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first won a work —— world title back in 2009, two first won an olympic title in 2008 so she has been at the top of her bought like usain bolt was for more than a decade. two yea rs was for more than a decade. two years ago she took a year out to give birth to her son. after her maternity break, she returned and it looks really good all season, she was only beaten by dean asher smith a couple of weeks ago. she did get her revenge and doha. she ran the fastest time in the world this year and barely anybody sally was there to watch it. her husband and son were. she carried her baby around for that lap of honour which was really nice to see. exactly the point she wanted to make after the race, she said having my son and coming back and performing the way i did, she hopes to give inspiration to women starting a family and they can do anything and it is not about
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who you are or anything, it is just where you start in the first place. it is interesting because there was another american in a different competition has also given birth and went on to win. are these women breaking the myth that you can't have children and perform at an elite level and when? alison felix is the woman you are referring to. she wanted 12 world title in the four x 400 mixed relay. she is one more gold medals than usain bolt in his career. he crosses beyond athletics as well because you have the likes of suzanne pedersen who was your‘s heroin having given birth to her son. look at what serena williams has done in tennis, she gave birth, she looked to for grand slam finals, she even won the australian open when she was pregnant. as shelly—ann fraser—pryce and all of these athletes are proving that having a family and taking part in elite sport is perfectly possible. very quickly,
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does this make fraser price —— shelly—ann fraser—pryce better than usain bolt? it is very difficult to compare the two. she is certainly in the conversation and in terms of actually just a track the conversation and in terms of actuallyjust a track record and her cv, the longevity that she has shown are now having one for 100 metres world titles, certainly within women sprinting, she is arguably one of, if not the greatest of all time, and she probably is now going to go for a third 0lympic title as well, and if she is able to do that, then i think that is a conversation that is certainly there to be had again. that was a very diplomatic answer. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: britain's prime minister, boris johnson, defends his language in the brexit debate, saying he's "a model of restraint." in all russia's turmoil,
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it has never quite come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people had feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. this man, israel's right winger, ariel sharon, visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites. an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation.
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: us democrats say impeachment hearings against donald trump, could be held in the coming week. the allegations centre on claims he put pressure on ukraine, to dig up dirt on a potential presidential rival. there've been running battles on the streets of hong kong, as china prepares to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the communist state. saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman says he takes full responsibility for the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi a year ago this week, but stopped short of admitting any personal role. he was speaking in an interview with cbs's 60 minutes. mr khashoggi, who was also a critic of the saudi government, was murdered in the country's consulate in istanbul. now, two people who have listened to covert recordings of his killing,
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have described to the bbc what they've heard. members of a un investigation team have told the bbc‘s panorama programme of the "horror" and shock of listening to his final moments. jane corbin has this report. a year ago, on the 2nd of october, jamal khashoggi vanished after entering the saudi consulate in istanbul. we only know what happened next because the consulate was bugged by turkish intelligence. you could hear them laughing. it's a sort of chilling business. they're waiting there knowing that this man is going to come in and he is going to be murdered. british barrister, helena kennedy, is one of the very few people who have listened to the audio recordings of the journalist's death. the horror of listening to somebody‘s voice, and the fear in someone's voice makes a shiver go through your body. baroness kennedy was invited to join a team headed by agnes callamard,
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the un special rapporteur for extrajudicial killing, who negotiated access to the crucial tapes. the recordings reveal what happened to the journalist inside the consulate. he says, "am i being kidnapped?" "how could this happen in an embassy?" the sounds that are heard after that point indicate that he is suffocated, probably with a plastic bag. callamard's report concluded that the saudi state was responsible for the murder. the saudi government declined to give an interview to panorama but said it condemned the abhorrent killing, and it was committed to holding the perpetrators accountable. it said that the crown prince had absolutely nothing to do with what it called a "heinous crime". jane corbin, bbc news. for our viewers in the uk, panorama — the khashoggi murder tapes is on bbc one this monday at 8.30 pm. if you're watching on world news
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check out our website for transmission times in your area. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, says he's been "a model of restraint" when it comes to the language he's used in the brexit debate. it follows a week of bitter exchanges between mps, and accusations that his rhetoric has been inflammatory. mrjohnson has refused to apologise for words such as "surrender", when describing the legislation designed to stop the uk leaving the european union without a deal. jonathan blake reports. you can't miss the message that conservatives want to hammer home here. "get brexit done" might be a simple slogan but the reality has been far from easy for the prime minister so far, and he's arrived here facing questions about how he's tried to argue his case. accusations that his language has got out of hand. he should be ashamed, say labour,
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but borisjohnson says all sides need to pause for breath. well, i certainly think everybody should calm down. including you? i think i've been the model of restraint. my use of the word "humbug" was in the context of people trying to prevent me, us, from using the word "surrender". so you can say sorry for the misunderstanding at least? i can certainly say sorry for the misunderstanding, absolutely. whatever words he uses from the moment he stepped foot in manchester, borisjohnson‘s message won't change, that brexit should happen by the end of october, come what may, and it's in the country's interests to make sure of it. i think the best thing for the country and the best thing for people's overall psychological health would be to get brexit done. no detail on how, given parliament has passed a law forcing him to ask for an extension if a deal can't be done. but would he step aside, allowing someone else to do that?
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i— i— i've undertaken to lead the party and my country at a difficult time and i'm going to continue to do that, i believe it is my responsibility. and inside the conference hall, you wouldn't know there was any attempt to delay brexit. key figures doubled down on their promise to leave by the end of october. if the eu spurn the opportunity for a win—win deal, we will leave at the end of october, no ifs, no buts. applause. and if we don't get a deal by october the 315t, we will have to leave without a deal. applause. away from brexit, questions remain for the prime minister about his friendship with the businesswoman jennifer arcuri and whether she received special treatment on trade visits while mrjohnson was mayor of london. an emphatic denial he did anything wrong. everything was done in accordance with all... i asked you a very specific question, you have to declare an interest, did you declare it? there was no interest to declare. for all the questions facing the prime minister, it's brexit which will drown
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out everything else. jonathan blake, bbc news, manchester. before we go, let's take it that lives seen in beijing. we've been watching events unfold as china celebrates the 70 and ——'s 70th anniversary of the founding of china. it's a monday morning in china. it's a monday morning in china and they've been having a bit ofa china and they've been having a bit of a military parade. we had been watching that feed but unfortunately it's gone but that feed was of china's celebration of the founding of the people's republic of china. 70 years, there is going to be a lot more, a big military parade happening on tuesday as well. apparently, china is going to hold one of the biggest ever military parades on tuesday so we will bring you all of that as it continues to
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happen. don't forget, our top you all of that as it continues to happen. don't forget, ourtop story this hour. we been hearing the democrats in the united states congress are saying impeachment hearings against donald trump could be held in the coming week. that is key, those events will continue to ta ke key, those events will continue to take place and we will cover them on bbc news but the bbc has been hearing that the ukrainian ex— prosecutor general has told the bbc there is no reason for his country to investigate president donald trump's political rival, joe biden and that is key because those impeachment hearings centre around a phone call with donald trump and the ukrainian president where donald trump did ask the ukrainian president to investigate joe trump did ask the ukrainian president to investigatejoe biden. before we go, let's leave you with some pictures of a beer that
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certainly has some bite. the snake managed to get its head stuck in the can. some locals were on hand to help. reptile was safely rescued and released back into the jungle. stay with us here on bbc news. hello there. parts of wales have seen over 130mm of rain over the last seven days. no wonder, then, that we've had problems with flooding. and after a quieter start to monday, it looks like rain will then return from the south—west. we start off with this little bump in the isobars. a transient ridge of high pressure moving its way through. this cold front bringing some showers into northern scotland and this area of low pressure will be feeding rain in from the south—west. so we start off with mist and fog patches which should tend to lift and clear and then a decent amount of sunshine, some showers feeding in across scotland and then this rain, particularly through the afternoon, piling into the south—west of england, three wales,
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where in the high ground, we could see a further 70mm, getting on to 3 inches, rain getting into the midlands as we go through the afternoon. to the north of that, northern england and scotland, it'll be largely dry with just the odd shower but on the cool side. now, as we go through monday night, the rain pushes northwards and eastwards, getting into the far south of scotland, certainly rain into northern ireland, some showers chasing on into the south where it will be a mild night, but we start tuesday morning on a decidedly chilly note across the northern half of scotland. so our area of low pressure just churning its way eastwards as we go through tuesday. along the line of this frontal system here will see some heavy bursts of rain and thunder and lightning mixed in with that. the wet weather tending to pivot its way south—eastwards, leaving something brighter behind but with the winds coming down from the north, there will be a few showers and it is going to feel really chilly, 9 there for aberdeen and stornoway. some of the showers over the highest ground in northern scotland
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could contain some sleet, even some snow over the mountaintops. as we get into wednesday and that area of low pressure continues to slide away eastwards, while we all get into this cold northerly wind, we could well start wednesday morning with a touch of frost. temperatures for parts of northern england, southern and central scotland, out in the countryside, could be all the way down at freezing. but it is looking for like a beautiful day for the most part. lots of crisp sunshine and blue sky overhead. some showers running down these north sea coasts on a brisk wind. lighter winds further west but daytime temperatures of just 11—14 degrees. heading towards the end of the week, there is a lot of uncertainty, of uncertainty, it does look like temperatures will start to climb again but there could be some wet and windy weather. we'll keep you posted on that one. so for the week ahead, more rain at first but temperatures climb for the end of the week but there is the chance for some more wet and windy weather.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: democrats in the united states congress say impeachment hearings against donald trump could be held this coming week. the allegations centre on claims he put pressure on ukraine to dig up dirt on a potential presidential rival. but a former prosecutor in ukraine says there was never any dirt to dig up. saudi arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman says he takes full responsibility for the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi, but stopped short of admitting any personal role. un investigators have spoken of the shock and horror of listening to his final moments at the saudi consulate in istanbul. there've been running battles on the streets of hong kong as pro—democracy demonstrators clash with police. protesters threw molotov cocktails and the police fired tear gas and rubber bullets. it comes ahead of major celebrations planned in china to mark 70 years of communist rule.


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