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you're watching beyond 100 days. this week, the impeachment inquiry will enter a key 3 new phase. the public will soon hear from witnesses first hand about president trump's dealings with ukraine and whether there was a quid pro quo. the stakes couldn't be higher, and while the president maintains his call was perfect — democrats see this as a chance to make their case. a boost for the conservatives after nigel farage said the brexit party will not contest the 317 seats the tories won in the last election. also on the programme. after months of uncertainty, british steel is rescued by a chinese firm. they've promised to protect thousands of jobs and invest over £1 billion. but what do we know about the people who will soon own this talismanic british business?
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two people are in critical condition after another day of violent demonstrations in hong kong — the territory's leader warns that it's being brought to the "brink of no return". and as oscar—winning artist steve mcqueen‘s latest school project goes on display all across london transport, we ask who these fresh faces could possibly belong to? hello and welcome — i'm michelle fleury in new york and matthew price is in london. it is veteran's day and donald trump is spending it here in manhattan. while washington is preparing for the first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, mr trump took part in a ceremonial wreath—laying for veterans in his home city of new york. in what is likely to be a momentous week, democrats and republicans
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continued to spat over the witness list. key officials are lined up to give their public this accounts of what did — and didn't happen — in that phone call between president trump and his ukrainian counterpart. despite being in new york, that didn't stop the president from continuing to weigh in on events in washington. mr trump's still insisting the call was perfect. nothing was wrong. and he's warning republicans not to fall into the trap of saying it was not perfect but it is not impeachable. caps lock: nothing was done wrong. his tweets seemed to be aimed at republicans like mac thornberry who had this to say on the sunday talk shows. i believe that it is inappropriate for a president to ask a foreign leader to investigate a political rival. now, it leads to a question, if there's a political rival with a family member who's involved in questionable activity, what do you do?
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just let them alone. but set that aside. i believe it was inappropriate, i do not believe it was impeachable. joining us now is anita kumar, white house correspondent for politico. listening to mac thornberry, you had the outlines of at least one argument that some republicans have been making that it may not be right to do the quid pro quo. donald trump shut that down. he definitely doesn't like that line of messaging. the problem is the president has had six or 12 different messages on impeachment and republicans on capitol hill and some of his allies don't really know what the message should be because they are taking their cues from the president and he's been all over the place. a lot of people are telling the white house they need to come up with one clear strategy and message as the
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public hearings start on wednesday. the public hearings are just about to get under way, is there a sense there is a republican strategy forming? what is the president trying to push? the house republicans have their own witness list and they are asking to bring in other people to move things away from president trump and towards the 2016 election if ukraine was involved, which there has been no proof the country was involved. also trying to talk aboutjoe biden and hunter biden and what they might have done. 0ne hunter biden and what they might have done. one of the people they wa nted have done. one of the people they wanted to bring in as a witness was hunter biden, the house democrats are in the majority and said that isn't going to happen, they are going to try and keep their eye on president trump's actions. but the republicans will try to move that around and try to talk about other
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things. i think we've got the three key players, photos we can put up. you've got bill taylor, former top diplomat in ukraine on the left. in the middle you've got former us ambassador to ukraine on the right. which of those is potentially most damaging for the president?” which of those is potentially most damaging for the president? i think bill taylor is looking as if he's the biggest witness for the democrats. they are all huge, the democrats. they are all huge, the democrats are putting them out because they feel those are the best witnesses to come forward. bill taylor has been the one able to first tie president trump to a possible quid pro quo. he said the 80 ukraine was only going to be given if they investigated the bidens. his good witness for the democrats because they are all three
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of them, they are career diplomats, they are not president trump's, they beenin they are not president trump's, they been in the government and so that isa been in the government and so that is a good witness. the other two are going to talk about the repercussions of this. president trump and his outside attorney rudy giuliani, that they were dealing with the ukraine separately and people like marie evanovich was sidelined. a lot of the normal people, the career people you would expect to be involved, were sidelined in lieu of outside officials, rudy giuliani, and the president himself. there are two different tracks, one about the call and secondly what happened because of the school, what happened to other people who should have been involved in foreign policy. how important might rudy giuliani turn out to be because a lot of the test to me that's been made public has suggested it was rudy giuliani who
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might have been suggesting a quid pro quo, never donald trump. has democrats feel rudy giuliani is very important. the question is, so many witnesses have mentioned him either in direct contact with them orjust that they had heard this is what they heard he wanted. the question is, was president trump doing this 01’ was is, was president trump doing this or was this something rudy giuliani was doing separately? we don't fully know the answer because a lot of the top aides that are closest to the president, rudy giuliani, nick mulvaney the acting chief of staff, john bolton, people that talk directly to the president haven't testified, haven't gone to has democrats to tell them what they know. there is a bit of something unclear which is how much the president himself was involved. thank you forjoining us another
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thing to throw into all of these insiders accounts, nikki haley the former us ambassador to the un, who has a book out, is saying specifically that she was repeated byjohn kelly and rex tillerson to keep the president in check. it's astonishing. it's amazing. you've got the former us ambassador to the united nations basically promoting her book and she recounts an exchange between rex tillerson and john kelly, trying to recruit her to stop president trump from what they described as making bad decisions and being for the benefit of america. she went on tv over the weekend saying that is what
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happened, but she didn't understand why these individuals didn't go to the president and express their concerns directly. basically, she said it was disloyal. kelly has responded in the papers by saying, if giving legal and ethical staffing advice is guilty then he is guilty of it. the question is, what is behind it? donald trump tweeted favourably about her book stop and whether it shifts the dial of the base, probably not. the uk election lost a little of its competition today. the brexit party announced that it's not going to stand candidates in the 317 constituencies won by the conservatives at the 2017 general election. nigel farage had origanally vowed to stand in almost all the constituency races — but he said that having more than 600 candidates across the country could increase the chances of another eu referendum taking place. the brexit party leader says that another brexit vote could be the result of competing
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against the conservative handing an election victory to labour. here's nigel farage explaining the decision. ok, the prime minister has moved to a position that looks a bit more like brexit. and for once, let's forget about left and right. let's think about putting country before party. and that is why i'm prepared to give them a pass. we're joined now by our political correspondent chris mason. good evening. nigel farage, i thought a couple of weeks ago he said, we'll do a deal with the conservatives and if we don't get that deal will stand across the country. he hasn't got a deal and 110w country. he hasn't got a deal and now he's not standing across the country. quite. it is an about turn. this time last week i was at an event down the road from here where nigel farage invited all of his pa rty‘s nigel farage invited all of his party's candidates to london. i was speaking to them, they were saying this is serious, he's paying our expenses, we've come all the way
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here to be unveiled as candidates in hundreds of seats all across england, scotland and wales. and one week on, he is saying pretty much the opposite, saying they won't stand in seats the conservatives won last time round. there's been a lot of pressure for him to not stand where they could be a split in the pro brexit vote. what is really intriguing is that last week at that event, when nigel farage said to his activists that borisjohnson's proposed brexit deal didn't amount to brexit, the response in the hall was polite rather than hugely enthusiastic. the standing ovation was half—hearted rather than fulsome. there was a sense within the party that the danger of the brexit party standing everywhere is that you could split the pro brexit vote and allow candidates who are sceptical or even hostile to brexit
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to win the seat as a result. nigel farage deciding not to stand against conservatives where they won last time. that doesn't mean he still won't have an influence in seats the conservatives need to win if they are to get a majority, or that labour need to win if they are to get a majority. picking up on that point, there has been so much talk about the fact the tories need to pick up seats held by labour, if you've got nigel farage not running in seats held by the tories, presumably that means they will be contesting seats held by labour that the tories need to win to carry this election. precisely. unless there is a further backpedalling from the brexit party in the next few days, the crucial seats that will determine whether borisjohnson can advance from where theresa made the former british prime minister was two years ago, —— theresa may, those crucial seats will have the brexit party contesting them. there is
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another question we don't know the a nswer another question we don't know the answer to, the nigel farage's outfit in those seats take more votes from the conservatives than he takes from labour? nigel farage argues that in a lot of seats where labour won but there was a majority for brexit a year earlier in 2016 at the referendum, that he is more likely to ta ke referendum, that he is more likely to take votes from labour than the conservative party might if they are in seats where there is hostility towards the conservative party but there might not be towards the brexit party. equally, there is evidence to suggest in the past that nigel farage has taken more votes from the conservatives than he has from the conservatives than he has from the conservatives than he has from the labour party. that is the psychology we are into in terms of the influence of the brexit party if they hold to their promise as outlined today in terms of the seats they will stand in. i reckon we'll getan they will stand in. i reckon we'll get an answer to this question what does this mean in about four and a half weeks' time. i think you're
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right. after months of uncertainty, the talismanic british steel — once owned by the government, then privatised and then under threat of closure — has been saved. it's been sold to china'sjingye group which has agreed to invest £1.2 billion to rescue the company. british steel went into liquidation in may — it's been kept running by the government since then — reportedly at a cost to the taxpayer of £1 million a day. importa ntly, the deal secures the future of 4,000 jobs at the firm's plants in scunthorpe and teesside in northern england. and on top of that, a further 20,000 will be saved across the supply chain. but who is the new owner? we know surprisingly little aboutjingye — it has 23,500 employees and boasts £41; billion in assets across steel and iron making, and in tourism and real estate. and this is from the promotional video on their website.
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we are joined now by our economics correspondent andrew walker. they say wisdom, what's the wisdom in this? it's not entirely clear. it isa in this? it's not entirely clear. it is a relatively high cost operation by global standards, in particular by global standards, in particular by chinese standards. it might be there's a couple of areas where it seems, you indicated how little we know, but it seems there's a couple of areas where they aren't producing the goods that british steel produce, in particular railway lines and long products which is the big steel girders used in construction.
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there may be some benefit there, there may also be some sort of benefit in having more of a foothold ina benefit in having more of a foothold in a developed economy, although i suppose at one stage you might have wondered whether they would be willing to get their feet inside the eu. of course, that is a long—term objective and clearly not in play. the desire to get past some of those trade barriers that have been imposed by a number of developed economies around the world may be pa rt economies around the world may be part of it. that's interesting. joining us now is richard warren, head of policy and representation at industry lobby group uk steel. thank you forjoining us. the big picture, what does it mean for the british steel industry as a whole? well, on the face of it, it's an incredibly positive announcement. six months ago, british steel going into liquidation, 4000 jobs at risk. we've moved forward six months with a lot of input and effort by the
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government. we have reached the position where the deal isn't over the line but we've reached a position where the basis of a deal is fair. it's an incredibly positive move. it's incredibly important that the facilities at scunthorpe and elsewhere in the north—east keep producing as they've done for over a hundred years. it is an important strategic asset to the uk, there are products produced at scunthorpe that aren't produced anywhere else. there's very little overlap between uk producers at this point. when you lose a site, you lose the capability to produce that and what's produced at scunthorpe to produce that and what's produced at scu nthorpe is to produce that and what's produced at scunthorpe is a lotta products for our infrastructure and construction, long construction girders, rails, wire rod. if we lose that capability, the only alternative is to import those products which is a significant loss to manufacturing and infrastructure. ijust want i just want to read you ijust want to read you a tweet, you are saying it's a strategic asset,
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we know jobs are saying it's a strategic asset, we knowjobs are going to be saved but you've got this from under the donors former secretary of state for transport saying that china destroys british steel by dumping cheap steel. he says, now it buys the re m na nts steel. he says, now it buys the remnants for a pittance. if i was commenting on that, i would say it's important to separate them. after six months of government efforts to find a buyer, we have someone coming and that's promising to invest in the long—term, promising to invest {1.2 billion over the next decade which is a similar amount to tata steel. that's the important thing for us, the investment, the commitment to steel produced steel in the uk. dumping remains a concern and it's not just in the uk. dumping remains a concern and it's notjust china, there are ple nty of and it's notjust china, there are plenty of countries that dump steel products into the eu and it is a critically important point that after brexit, after we take back control of trade defence measures, the uk government maintains a
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similarly robust position and effort that currently happens in the eu. and that those decisions whether to introduce tariffs for anti—dumping and anti subsidies are independent and anti subsidies are independent and removed from political interference. i was reading that jingye haven't actually developed the capability or they realise that british steel is ahead of them in terms of these long girders, rails that you've talked about how british steel has been producing in this country and is there any thought in your mind, any fear that this is simply to have a look at how british steel has been doing it and then dump the company and do it more cheaply elsewhere? as andrew walker said, it's a fairly high cost operation in this country. that isn't an immediate concern. i think the more obvious reason whyjingye are interested in scunthorpe is that there is not a great deal of overlap in the products they produce. as far
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as we understand, jingye is predominantly supplying to the construction market but most of its products are around hotrolled coil, and reinforcing bar. what the purchase offers is a range of other construction products, a foothold within the uk and the european market, but critically as well, an additional 3 million tonnes of capacity to add to the 11 million tonnes it has in china. the fact it is promising to invest significant suitis is promising to invest significant sums of money in the uk would indicate at this stage, and we don't have the details, but it would indicate it's committed to the long—term future of the site and thatis long—term future of the site and that is the critical issue for us. thank you. andrew, you heard this idea of committed to british steel, the government obviously has been supporting the company, is that going to carry on and for how long? how much assistance will it receive
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going forward? the short answer is we don't know. all we had from the government today, the british government today, the british government today, the british government today has been a welcome for the smooth and particularly welcome for the fact they are expecting just about all the current job is to be saved. there is certainly every possibility they will have to do more. one of the union representatives involved in the business was saying that the due diligence, that's the detailed examination of the buyer and what it is they are proposing, was done very, very quickly. and they went on to say that the devil could be in the detail. i think there is a long way to go before we really have this filly nailed down. -- fully laid down. hong kong's leader carrie lam says
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pro—democracy demonstrators are now the people's enemy and blamed them for relentlessly destroying society. two people are in critical condition after one of the worst days of violence in five months of protests. the first person — a protester — was injured when he was shot by a police officer. later, a pro—beijing supporter was doused in flammable liquid and set alight after arguing with protesters, who are demanding greater democracy and police accountability. stephen mcdonnell reports. screaming. lunchtime in hong kong's business district saw bystanders caught in pepper spray chaos between police and demonstrators. earlier, a young protester approaches a policeman making arrests. the officer pulls out his weapon and shoots him at point—blank range. all captured during a live facebook video. despite serious injuries, he attempts to flee but is captured and taken away in an ambulance. elsewhere in the city, a police officer drives into a group
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of black clad protesters, veering the motorbike towards them three times before taking off. he has since been suspended. hours later, a middle—aged man argues with hard—line protesters. in an act too graphic to show, he is doused in flammable liquid before being set on fire. there's no question that escalating violence could get what the rioters want. not from the government, not from society at large. and, yet, this evening, the clashes continued. there has been an outpouring of anger here today and a very tough police response.
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the city is locked in an ever deteriorating cycle of violence and retribution. now it is not a protest strike, it is war now and it is a war i think all hong kongers should win. i even can't imagine what is going to happen tomorrow, so, yeah... i don't know. more than 250 people were arrested today. with both sides digging in, there are fears this conflict can only escalate further. stephen mcdonnell, bbc news, hong kong. the idea of one country two systems clearly in trouble there. there's a new exhibition by the artist and film maker steve mcqueen — at tate britain in london. it's also actually outside the gallery on the road side across the capital. his work is being displayed on billboards and posters all over london transport —
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the bus — the tube. the exhibition consists of class photos of 75,000 year 3 pupils — that's kids aged 7—8 — from more than 3,000 schools, all ta ken by photographers from the tate. it's a project about multi—culturalism dreamt up by the oscar—winning film—maker and artist after he found his own 1977 class photo. and it got our editor thinking about our own old school photos — can you spot a presenter of beyond 100 days? i can because it was in the headline but there you are at the headline but there you are at the bottom of the front row, i'm loving the stripy shirt. lets have a look at you. there you go! freshfaced. we haven't changed a bit! this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. coming up for viewers on the bbc news channel and bbc world news. who actually won
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the spanish election? the socialist party have the most seats — but it's still a hung parliament — and it's the far—right vox party with the biggest gains. it evening. the weather has been pretty relentless but i'm pleased to say there was a pause for thought for many of the remembrance service is taking place on sunday and monday. cold of the many but with some dry sunny weather. 0ne monday. cold of the many but with some dry sunny weather. one of the reasons it's colder is that we are sitting to the north of the jet stream. it is diving down over into europe. low pressure is never too far away which means things are likely to stay pretty unsettled for the next few days. we get one low pressure moving away and it will then be replaced by another. for the next few days, further spells of rain to look out for and because it stays cold, there will be hill snow
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as well. this has been the story for the last few hours today, plenty of sharp showers driven in by gusty winds through scotland, northern ireland, north—west england. those showers are likely to continue into the north, spiralling around that low. elsewhere, some clearer skies and a few isolated showers. a chilly night, low single figures, perhaps widely across the country. we start tomorrow with the best of the dry weather in the south but as we go through the morning outbreaks of showers will drift slowly southwards. lighter winds perhaps than monday but that means some of them could beat slow—moving and some intense with some hail. if you dodge the showers, keep sunshine, those temperatures are still struggling. into the night, a ridge of high pressure building, a quieter spell of weather for a pressure building, a quieter spell of weatherfor a time pressure building, a quieter spell of weather for a time allowing
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temperatures to fall away with possibly frost and fog in central and eastern areas on wednesday morning. the cloud thickens, the next load comes in and it will bring a spell of heavy rain into the south—west, moving up through the midlands and into northern ireland. just wear this frontal system will sit on thursday is subject to question, it could be further north orfurther question, it could be further north or further south. that has an impact on those areas affected by flooding. keep abreast of the full cost, don't forget flood warnings can always be found on the bbc weather website.
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this is beyond 100 days. with me michelle fleury in new york, matthew price is in london. our top stories: the impeachment inquiry opens its doors and lets in the cameras. what will the three diplomats who have already testified in private say publically? nigel farage ditches plans to take on the tories in more than 300 seats, after what he said was boris johnson's "shift of position" on brexit. coming up in the next half hour: demonstraters in bolivia are chanting "yes we could". how did they force president evo morales to give up hisjob? the worry for clean water. we look at the lead water crisis in newark, new jersey, where officials say the emergency is easing, but residents remain cautious.
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the various protests taking part in countries around the world has claimed a leader. evo morales — the bolivian president — has been in powerfor 14 years, but he resigned over the weekend after several weeks of anti—government protests. people had taken to the streets after reports of irregularities in the vote that re—elected him last month. and after losing the support of the military, he decided it was time to stand down. in the past half an hour, president trump has called his resignation a significant moment for demoracy in the western hemisphere. 0ur south america correspondent katy watson has this report from la paz. for many here, the demise of the regions longest standing president couldn't have come soon enough. a leader who had overstayed his welcome, enjoying his grip on power. translation: i think the whole
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nation of bolivia is happy. we've toppled a dictator, we've ended a regime of terror. today we're happy, but this can't end here because if we allow a presidential succession, like the constitution says, we are going to have problems. after allegations of fraud in last months presidential elections causing weeks of unrest, his job became untenable. not even evo morales's last—ditch offer of a fresh vote placated his critics — with the army telling him to go for the good of the country — and he gave in. translation: we are resigning. i am resigning, so that my sisters and brothers, who are leaders of the socialist movement, are not harassed, persecuted and threatened. overnight, celebrations turned to violence once more. yet more unrest, with buildings torched and vandalised. it's market day, so normally this place is heaving, but few stalls have dared open up, fearful of the vandalism
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that took place overnight. you can see in the background the remnants of the barricades that were put up. there is a great deal of uncertainty here, evo morales is still loved by many. bolivia's first indigenous president, he fought hard to make this deeply unequal society more inclusive. he's also overseen strong economic growth. so, for his supporters, this move to unseat him amounted to a coup. translation: we are all afraid. it doesn't matter which side we are on, one party or another. we are afraid of what's going to happen. everyone is calling for conflict. what matters are the people. what matters now, though, is bolivia's future. what role will the military play and who will take over as interim president? there a power vacuum here in bolivia which threatens the country's stability. lets get some analysis on this. and joining us now from washington is eric farnsworth, vice president of the council of the americas. hello. well, let's start with president trung has met comments, a
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significant moment for democracy in the western hemisphere. do you see it like that? first of all, happy vetera ns it like that? first of all, happy veterans day to you and your viewers. indeed, ithink veterans day to you and your viewers. indeed, i think this is an important shift in bolivia and certainly for the region. evo morales has been a leaderfor 14 yea rs morales has been a leaderfor 14 years almost and he ran a process that was rejected by his own people ina that was rejected by his own people in a referendum in 2016 and so it is not just the contested in a referendum in 2016 and so it is notjust the contested election in a referendum in 2016 and so it is not just the contested election from october 20. this goes back a ways and the fact that he chose to contest those until the oas and others made it untenable over the weekend i think does show that he wa nted weekend i think does show that he wanted to remain in power even though the bolivian people may not have wa nted though the bolivian people may not have wanted that to happen, so, indeed, i think this is an important step, but we have to get through to the next round of elections now and in the meantime, we have to see who is in charge and make sure that chaos does not take over the country. i mean, it is never a good look, is it, when you have generals in camouflage gear on air saying
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step down, president? is as a victory for the protesters or is this another military asserting its might in other latin american country? it is never a good look. you are absolutely right, particularly in a country like bolivia where we have a long history here of such activities, but i think we have to be a little bit nuanced here. the head of the military suggested that because of the street protests a nd suggested that because of the street protests and violence that it would be better for the country if the president were to leave. maybe that is splitting hairs, but i do not think the military actually forced him from the scene. having said that, it was the president's tries to depart and, indeed, he took that route and what i am also hopeful for now is that a power vacuum does not develop and, you know, it could be that the military stepped in to try to maintain order and i agree with you, i think that is not the look that we want in latin america. we thought we left those days behind many years ago. you talk about military may be stepping in to
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maintain order. i mean, throwing forward and talking about potential future elections, who stands poised, dare i say, to benefit from this? well, at the most basic level in my view, the bolivian people, because they will have a chance for a presumably free and fair vote to select their next leader, but we have to reform the actual institutions of the electoral council and the voting system in bolivia which has been thoroughly taken over bolivia which has been thoroughly ta ken over by bolivia which has been thoroughly taken over by evo morales over the last several years, so this has to be reformed. that takes time and the new candidates will have to come forward. in the meantime, the deputy head of the senate has declared that she will be the leader, at least to get through to the new elections. there is a constitutional process here in bolivia and we have to see if that indeed worked itself out. and, of course, there were questions about government spending needing to be cut going forward. this presumably is only going to worsen the economic situation while all of
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this is being unravelled. yeah, uncertainty is never good for investment whether it is foreign or domestic. bolivia's economy was already suffering a little bit, in pa rt already suffering a little bit, in part because of lower commodity prices and in part because of its main trading partners also having some difficulties in part due to lack of investment and other things, so that is clearly a task for their next president of bolivia, whoever he or she may be, and the truth of the matter is that it may be that this, indeed, contributed to the fa ct of this, indeed, contributed to the fact of the bolivian saying enough is enough of president's paralysis. a softening economy means that people are more willing to say we have been with this leader for a while and it is time to try something else and with the excuse ofa something else and with the excuse of a fraudulent election as determined by the oas, that seem to be the spark that really set up these protests that led to the resignation of the president. thank you so much for coming in and sharing your thoughts. spain's acting prime minister pedro sanchez has been meeting other party
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leaders today to get them to tackle the political stalemate after the country's fourth election in four years again delivered a hung parliament. pedro sanchez‘s socialist party won 120 seats — but that's down three since the april vote. podemos is the socialist party's possible political ally. but even a coalition would fall short of a majority. and the right—wing populist vox party has surged to third — with a gain of 28 seats since april. let's speak now to melissa kitson, a journalist with el pais in madrid. good evening to you. i wonder, inevitably, international media focuses on a search for the vox party, the populist right—wing party. is that the focus for the spanish media as well? it definitely
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has been the focus by the spanish media. this is a party thatjust until recently was really on the fringe of political spectrum. in 2016, they won less than 0.2% of the vote. now flash forward to 2019 and they have 15% of the vote and are they have 15% of the vote and are the third most powerful political force in congress, so it is a huge, huge gain for the far right and has really struck alarm bells across spain. you say alarm bells, that was going to be my follow—up. is it seen as not unstoppable but, you know, a continuation of a pro process, a right—wing drift among certain aspects of the population, that mainstream parties are struggling to cope with this? it does appear that vox has been able to capitalise on the kind of general discontent
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spain. you know, they have a very strong anti—immigration message, and he catalan independence message and it does seem that that has really ca ptu red it does seem that that has really captured supporters across spain and it kind of does read into this general trend to the right, so we saw the popular party as well as others both shifting their rhetoric to ta ke others both shifting their rhetoric to take a much more hard—line position on topics even such as abortion, for instance, that has kind of been done and dusted and then we see these kind of ideological issues creeping back into the political mainstream which is in part because of the rise of vox. you mentioned there there cata la n vox. you mentioned there there catalan independence. how much of a factor was that? of course, we had the verdict recently which was very harsh against those leading the independence movement. did that factor in and how did parties that represent their voices fair in this election? i think it had a huge,
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huge role in the results that vox won. if you look back at poll results just after the april elections, vox actually, support for them was falling, which i think encouraged sanchez to call the elections for november, but, you know, with the violent street protests that we saw in barcelona, spain, unity, ultranationalist m essa 9 es spain, unity, ultranationalist messages really struck a chord with people outside of catalonia and even in barcelona, they picked up two deputies. meanwhile, of course, there has been huge support for cata la n there has been huge support for catalan independence parties as well. we have seen two seats taken by them, so it is very divided scene in catalonia. melissa, thank you very much indeed. thank you for
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taking us through that. hong kong's leader, carrie lam, has warned that the territory is heading towards the brink of no return after one of the worst days of violence in five months of protests. before coming on air, i spoke with claudia mo, a pro—democracy legislator in the hong kong parliament. i asked her what she made of hong kong's leader carrie lam who called the pro—democracy demonstrators the enemy of the people. she is the public enemy number one in hong kong, carrie lam is perp in hong kong. she is the root cause of all these chaos and mayhem we've been witnessing in hong kong. it's been five months. and yet, we have this very disturbing moment in which a group of people disagree with one another and then some of the protesters, one or two, we're not sure,
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it is confused, but some of them set fire to somebody who disagrees with them. you surely condemn that. that is very wrong and more than wrong, it's barbaric. and it'sjust as barbaric as the previous case when a protesting young man was stabbed and had his guts exposed. that's what's been happening in hong kong, an eye for an eye kind of mentality, and the police have admitted, repeatedly actually, that they have planted police officers in the crowds disguising as protesters. so, who are the vandalists and who are the real assailants? we still don't know. is not yet time for people like you to show real leadership? to say to the protesters, enough is enough, peaceful protest is one thing,
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violent protest is not going to achieve anything. you have to understand the mood at the moment, because it's been going on for so long to start with, and our protesters, particularly the younger university students, they want to avenge the death of their peer last week. it's astonishing you say that. we can understand that, i would have thought if you're out on the streets and you've been protesting all this time, yes, you would be angry. but the idea that someone like yourself would offer some sort of excuse... where is the leadership coming from your site to get this back onto a political track? i'm not offering an excuse, i'm just trying to explain the mood, especially that on the part of the young. they are full of this sense of retaliation. i don't know if you realise
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that the protest slogan in hong kong has gone from "hong kongers, add oil" to "hong kongers fight back" to now "hong kongers revenge". police brutality, police aggressiveness has completely gone out of control and the young shouldn't done what they've done, if indeed that's what they have done. you try to understand, still. and if only carrie lam could come up with something just a bit more constructive. you realise this campaign is leaderless. i can't go out and claim leadership as such. they wouldn't accept it anyway. but carrie lam is supposedly the leader of the city, and she should do something about it instead ofjust coming out repeatedly saying, the protesters are baddies, the police are all the good guys.
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she always draws this line, and this is what's happening in hong kong. claudia mo, speaking to me earlier from hong kong. here are some of the other news around at the moment. a former british army officer who worked with the white helmets civil defence group in syria has been found dead in turkey. the body of james le mesurier was discovered in the street beneath his apartment balcony in istanbul, days after russia accused the former british officer of being a spy. britain's economy has grown at the slowest annual rate in almost a decade, according to official figures. year—on—year growth in the three months to the end of september slowed to 1% from 1.3% in the second quarter, according to the office for national statistics. a us financial regulator has opened an investigation into claims apple's credit card offered different credit limits to men and women. it follows complaints —
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including from apple's co—founder steve wozniak — that algorithms used to set limits might be inherently biased against women. first it was flint, michigan — now it's newark, newjersey — the latest american city where residents are outraged after elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water. the mayor has announced a plan with a price tag of $121 million, which will speed up the replacement of all lead service pipes in order to remove the toxic threat. from newark, nada tawfik reports. it's dinner time and alika is making pasta with her kids. but to boil it, only bottled water will do. she lives in newark, newjersey, the latest american city to grapple with a lead water crisis. officials gave her a filter, but she still doesn't trust the water.
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i'm always spending money on water. i spend more money on water than on buying food for the house. newark‘s problems began when a corrosion control treatment failed at its water plant, causing lead from pipes to seep into the water. officials switched to a new treatment, but it will take months to be fully effective. now, the mayor has announced an expedited plan to overhaul the infrastructure. across the city, crews are ripping up the streets in order to replace lead pipes with copper ones. under the programme, all 18,000 lead pipes in newark will be removed in under three years at no cost to homeowners. when the lead service lines are replaced then 100%, you know, there will be no lead in the water. if you have a filter, the filters are working and so you should use your filter and if you're using the filter then you'll be perfectly fine. still, some members of their community believe officials were slow to respond to the crisis
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and war residents, including those and warn residents, including those who are now suing the city. i still am unsure about when i am getting lead service line replacement, even though i put in for it over six months ago. so it's all of this that really leaves me frustrated. what happened in flint, michigan, and now here in newark, newjersey, has once again raised questions about the safety of the nation's water infrastructure. decades after lead pipes were banned, many still remain in place in older homes and buildings and part of the fear is that many people simply do not know if they have lead pipes or not. despite assurances, churches and charities continue to hand out bottled water. efforts may be under way to finally rid the city of lead pipes, but rebuilding trust could take much longer.
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unlikely to be the last crisis given the ageing infrastructure. this is beyond 100 days. still to come: the long awaited disney+ debuts tomorrow. we'll look at how the new service shakes up the streaming industry. more heavy rain is expected in parts of yorkshire and the midlands which are already flooded. the environment agency says 43 flood warnings are in place across the country, including five severe warnings on the river don in south yorkshire. doncaster council says it's concerned that some residents in the village of fishlake are refusing to leave their properties despite extensive flooding. our correspondent dan johnson has more on this story for us. on the low flat lands is to have doncaster, fishlake is a village still underwater. three days on and its residents are still coming to terms with what hit them when the river don overflowed.
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it was just coming up out of the floor, so only a little bit, trickles at times... some have lost their homes, others their business, but at the spar pam runs and lives above its both come and today she got even worse news. i've lived here since 2004. it was covered completely, and then now there is a close and then now there is a clause been put into it that has an exemption for flood. where do you find some solace? if i could go away to a workplace and just throw myself into still being able to run a business but i can't. some scenes defy explanation. a man was lucky to escape this car. the water poured through the village late on friday night, chasing people from their homes. we have never experienced this in our lifetime and we have lived here nearly 55 years. i was born here. i think the system has completely let us down. and there is a sense here they may have felt the force of floodwater diverted by improved
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defences further upstream. they competing the competing interests of town and country of those who work the land and those who live on it, always find balances but at the moment fishlake's feeling the impact and there is more rain forecast. dan johnson, bbc news, fishla ke in doncaster. television will never be the same again. streaming is transforming the way we watch and what we watch. now big players — nervous about netflix's growing global power — are fighting back. apple's just launched its own streaming service. tomorrow, disney will do the same. disney+ is being billed as a one stop shop for all the studio's content from marvel to star wars. our los angeles correspondent sophie long reports. it may be coming late to the party,
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but it's coming in style. disney's streaming platform will be a formidable force in what's becoming an crowded marketplace. their mission — quality, not quantity. of course, you can't always make only great stuff. we try, but that's our philosophy, so we don't want to take on too much, bite off more than we can chew creatively. we want to really make sure that we have the best chance to create something pretty spectacular. ahead of the launch, disney's removed its content from its main competitor and then banned netflix adverts on its entertainment television channels, seen by some as declaration of streaming war. this is the latest netflix premiere. they already have a library of thousands of films, tens of thousands of episodes and a base of more than 150 million subscribers worldwide, but they're also facing competition from apple, amazon and several streaming services that have yet to launch, so who will survive and who will thrive? it's insane what's happening.
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it's a huge, huge, you know, battle royale fistfight, but beautiful content happening on tv. it's very exciting. so good for you as an actor? it's amazing for me as an actor. netflix does a phenomenaljob and disney has their own niche of what they do, so they're not necessarily trying to compete with netflix directly because they have their own brand. streaming has changed the way that hollywood works, increasing the economic inequality between those at the top and the bottom of the industry. they're not paying people great wages across the board. they're just paying people at the top of the bill wall and, you know, minimum wage for actors isn't raising enough, so people can't live. this is the jewel in disney+‘s crown, the mandalorian, the very first live—action star wars series. are you going to play obi—wan kenobi again?
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yes. cheering and a familiar face will be picking up his lightsaber. are you ready? yeah. but netflix has not taken the challenge lying down sofa viewers the increase in competition could be a good thing. there is never too much content. the ones who do not manage the content in a particular way of excellence, that content will disappear, so what is run well will do well and what is conscious of where we are in our socio—political environment and tide of today will hit it out of the park, because that is the opportunity that's there. so whoever triumphs in the streaming war, it seems the audience will win. you have heard a lot of people talking about this as being the golden age of television, so if you don't want to see the impeachment
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inquiry this week, that's there for you. ijust wish someone you. i just wish someone could you. ijust wish someone could bring it all together so we didn't have to pay for lots of different things. for now, from michelle fleury in new york and me matthew price in london, goodbye. the weather has been pretty relentless farthest from november, but i am pleased to say there was a pause for thought for many of the remembrance service is taking on sunday and monday. called for many, but with some dry, settled, sunny weather. one of the reasons it is colder is that we are sitting to the north of the jet stream at the moment. there is the uk and you can see quite clearly as thejetta drives down over into europe, but low pressure never too far away so things are likely to stay pretty and settled for the next few days. we get one low pressure moving away. it will then be replaced by another. certainly for the next few days, further spells of rain to look out for and because it stays quite cold, there will be some hill snow as
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well. this has been the story for the last few hours today, plenty of sharp showers driven in by gusty winds through scotland, northern ireland, north—west england in one or two along west facing coasts. the showers are likely to continue up into the north, spiralling around that law that is drifting off into the north sea. elsewhere, there will be some clearer skies and a few isolated showers. a chilly night, low single figures perhaps quite widely across the country. we start off tomorrow with the best of any drier weather perhaps into the south, but as we go through the morning, those outbreaks of showers will drift their way slowly southwards. lighter winds perhaps than monday, but that means some showers could be pretty slow moving and some of them intense with some heel mixed in there as well. but if you dodge the showers, keep the sunshine, those temperatures are still struggling at five to 10 degrees at the very best. as with out of tuesday evening into the night, this little ridge of high pressure builds. a quieter spell of pressure builds. a quieter spell of pressure for a time which will allow the temperature to fall away,
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possibly for and fog in central and eastern areas first thing on wednesday. it's not going to last. the cloud thickens, the next low pushes in and it will bring a spell of heavy rain into the south—west of england, moving up to the midlands and into northern ireland. now, just where this frontal system is going to sit during much of thursday is still subject to question. it can be a little further north, could be further south, which office he has an impact on those areas that have been affected by the flooding. keep abreast of the forecast of the next few days. don't forget, flood warnings can always be found on the bbc weather website. take care.
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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 8pm. nigel farage gives in to pressure from fellow brexiteers — and says his brexit party will not stand in tory held seats. the brexit party will not contest the 317 seats the conservatives won at the last election. but what we will do is concentrate our total effort into all of the seats that are held by the labour party. a chinese firm confirms a rescue deal for british steel — buying it for £70 million and saving 4,000 jobs in scunthorpe and teesside. it's been a big concern, hasn't it? nobody knowing what's going to be happening, whether they've got a job, pay their mortgages, feed theirfamilies. it's great news.
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it's finally something positive, it's good.


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