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guru this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm: president trump is accused of being too soft on the far—right, after violence at a rally in virginia left one person dead and many more injured. the white house hits back, saying the president's statement condemning the violence in charlottesville included all extremist groups, including the kkk and neo—nazis. here, the chancellor and the international trade secretary, say the government will seek a transition period to help businesses adjust after brexit. in nepal, the number of people killed in the floods and landslides caused by the torrential rain reaches 49. learner drivers will be allowed to have lessons on motorways for the first time from next year. in sport, britain's women's sprint relay team collect their silver medals in the london stadium. and fans for their approval of their male counterparts as they pick up their gold medals after tonight ——
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last night's stunning relay victory. the rspca calls for people to wise up about glue traps, after an increase in birds getting stuck in them. welcome to bbc news. the white house has defended president trump's response to the attack on anti—racism protestors in the state of virginia, saying his condemnation included white nationalist groups, even though he did not specifically mention them. a 20—year—old man has been charged with murder after a car was driven into a demonstration against a rally of far—right groups in cha rlottesville. 19 other people were injured. our washington correspondent laura bicker sent this report from charlottesville. after a violent day of division, charlottesville has come together to pray, to show that this city condemned the hate brought here by neo—nazis and white supremacists.
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the virginia governor went from row to row, hugging worshippers in this baptist church. he promised to keep politics out of the pulpit, but there is a message he felt he had to give. it is about politics in that the political rhetoric in this country today is breeding bigotry. the streets here simmered with tension yesterday before finally erupting into violence, as white supremacists gathered for a rally. the group, which included members of the klu klux klan, said they wanted to take america back. counterprotestors and anti—racism activists challenged them. police tried to disperse the crowd but this day was not to end peacefully. a car, at speed, rammed into protesters. shocked witnesses
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captured the aftermath. the crash killed 32—year—old heather heyer, who had fought racism all her adult life. many others are still being treated in hospital. those who captured the scene on camera said they were not shocked the day ended in tragedy. the police have charged 20—year—old james alex fields junior with second—degree murder. the nazis who came to town yesterday clearly had the intent of causing violence. you don't come to town with shields and helmets and weapons and have a militia with automatic or semiautomatic weapons around their shoulders if you are here to peacefully express an opinion. others say the scenes do not represent charlottesville, and they want politicians to challenge those responsible. it is important to call these people what they are, white supremacists. i don't understand why that is so difficult, that is what they are. they are not hiding this behind a statue, they didn't come here because of a statue, they came here because just as david duke said yesterday they came here to fulfil the promise
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of president trump and take their country back. this city did not want bigotry on its streets. its people now want to remember those who died trying to challenge it and to keep the peace. laura bicker reporting. after weeks of public divisions between members of the cabinet over brexit, the chancellor, philip hammond, and the international trade secretary, liam fox, have made a joint pledge that any transition period will not be a back door to remaining in the eu. the two have previously put forward opposing views on brexit. here's our political correspondent, ben wright. not always heading in the same direction. while the chancellor philip hammond wanted britain to stay in the eu, trade secretary liam fox has long believed in brexit, and in headlines over the summer, their disagreements over what should happen after britain leaves the eu in march 2019 have been clear. today, though, a united front, writing a joint piece
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in the sunday telegraph, they say there must not be a cliff edge break when britain leaves the eu in march 2019. they will seek a time—limited transition period with the eu. a victory for philip hammond. but during this period, britain will leave the eu single market and the customs union. a win for mr fox. i think it is actually very encouraging because over the last three or four weeks we have seen conflicting signals sent out by various numbers of the cabinet, and now it does look as though someone has said to mr fox and mr hammond we need to see unity. the customs union sets eu—wide import tariffs, the single market allows free trade and the movement of people. ministers say the uk can leave both while still giving business confidence during our departure from the eu. it sounds worryingly to me as if the price philip hammond has had to pay for a transitional arrangement has been to sign up to us leaving the single market and the customs union. i think that is a dreadful mistake for the future of our economy, jobs,
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and prosperity in britain. it is in brussels all this will have to be hammered out. the eu insists progress must be made in sorting out the terms of the divorce before the uk's future relationship can be discussed. and one issue the eu wants clarity on is how the border between northern ireland and the republic will work after brexit. this week the government will publish its formal position paper on the issue, expected to give plans to give irish citizens the right to move to the uk after brexit. this week, ministers will also set out their thinking on how a new customs arrangement with the eu might work after brexit, and more papers will follow in the summer in a clear effort to scotch criticism that ministers don't have a plan and are divided. it is also intended to put pressure on brussels, to crack on with talking about britain's future relationship with the eu sooner rather than later. but the clock is ticking, and both sides know the two—year window for doing a deal is already slipping by fast.
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in nepal, the number of people killed in the floods and landslides caused by the torrential rain over the past two days has reached 49. elephants and rafts have been sent to rescue nearly 500 tourists trapped in lodges near the chitwan national park area. transport networks and power supplies are also thought to have been disrupted in the worst—affected areas. navin khadka, who is the environment correspondent for the bbc world service, gave this update from the capital kathmandu. several rivers have broken their embankments. several of them have joined together. as a result, several settlements, villages, farmlands, they're submerged. highways cut off, roads and bridges washed off. it's a very grim situation. the home minister was on the record just now saying there aren't even adequate boats to rescue people. so basic things are missing.
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and the government has admitted that they're overwhelmed. there's a lack of resources. it's a huge issue, also not to forget that are many remote areas where there had been no proper roads, and it's very difficult to find out where these people actually are. because of the severe weather, there is no telephone, electricity gone, therefore there is a massive challenge now. the so—called islamic state group has claimed responsibility for an attack on us forces in northern iraq in which two americans died. the violence occurred east of tal afar, west of mosul, a town still under the control of is. the us military said five other people were injured during the fighting. the kenyan opposition leader raila 0dinga has given a defiant response to international calls for him to respect the results of last week's disputed presidential election.
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at a rally in the settlement of kibera in the capital nairobi, he urged his supporters to boycott work tomorrow. he said he would announce his full course of action on tuesday. 0sterley said reports. they believe the election was stolen and have ta ken they believe the election was stolen and have taken to the streets. 0pposition presidential candidate raila 0dinga toured his stronghold in the capital, the first time he has appeared in public since losing the election. he urged his supporters not to accept the result. they knew they would be defeated and would have to steal, he told the crowd, that is why they had come to kill innocent people, shoot them, put them in body bags and take them away. dozens have been injured and
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some people kill this weekend in clashes with police. the question was whether the opposition would accept the results of the election, it is clear now that they are not, they are calling for mass action and for people to reject this result. but it won't be national. these are small pockets of protest. much of the country has accepted the result. i wish to declare for recruit kenyatta. kenyatta was declared winner on friday night, beating his mark greville by a wide margin and has a second term in office. international observers declared the process broadly free and fair and the electoral commission dismissed claims the ballot was hacked and read. in the place for a history of post—election violence, tensions have been raised again. the
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opposition leader is now taking his election challenge to the streets. a group from the army foundation in harrogate is due to appear at harrogate is due to appear at harrogate centre, facing 14 charges including bodily harm and battery. learner drivers are to be allowed on motorways in england, scotland and wales for the first time next year. a change in the law will mean drivers can take lessons with an approved instructor, and in a dual—controlled car. the department for transport believes it will be better preparation for independent driving after learners have passed their test. daniela relph reports. they can be daunting for young motorists, driving at speed, surrounded by bigger vehicles. from next year, learners will get motorway lessons. sean curley passed his driving test six weeks ago. it took him a further two weeks to brave a motorway on his own. you're going up the slip road, you can see all the cars, you're going to have to merge over
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onto the right, and there are cars going 70 mph, sometimes faster. and you have not experienced anything like it, you are on your own, it's terrifying. the change is about making the roads safer. young drivers are seven times more likely to be killed, or seriously injured. if you are a motorist, like me, i would much rather have somebody next to me on the motorway who has been taught how to drive on the motorway than someone who has just left the test centre and driven straight down onto the motorway for the first time. i think this is something that will mean a safer environment for all motorists. there will be strict rules for learner drivers on motorways. they will have to have an approved driving instructor with them, and they must be in a dual—controlled car, where the instructor can take over, if necessary. some road safety groups believe the motorways lessons should be compulsory, but only once you pass your test. there is, though, widespread support for this change to the rules. this is all about making a controlled environment,
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making sure nothing can go wrong, or if it does, there is a fully qualified and trained professional next to them to help guide them through the situation. not the type of thing i would recommend for mum and dad to help outwith. motorway driving won't been tested, it is additional training to make new motorists drive safely with confidence. i've been speaking to the head of driving advice at iam road smart peter rodger. he said he supports the plans. at the moment, learners aren't allowed on the motorway at all. that has the effect that young, new drivers are discouraged from being there. and when they do get there, they just learn from what they see going on around them. and i've sat in studios like this on many occasions talking about the bad behaviour on motorways.
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what they're doing is learning by seeing that bad behaviour. so let's change that, let's teach them the right way, right from the outset. it's a much better way to go on. what is the kind of bad behaviour you're talking about? we all talk commonly about middle lane hogging, tailgating, i could go on, but let's not. let's get our young people learning how to use the motorways properly. if you actually look around you as you drive along the motorway, you'll see the age range of drivers is missing the younger generation. motorways are our safest roads by a long way. so young people are therefore being discouraged and pushed onto less safe roads, and they're already our least safe drivers, so it's a perfect storm we're pushing them into. it's unfair, let's teach them properly. when i learned and passed my test, and suddenly ended up on a motorway for the first time on my own, the sheer speed
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of everyone travelling was really quite frightening. so to not have to go through that would surely be a good idea? absolutely. you went through it that way, i went through it that way. why on earth do we make our young people go through the same experience that we know wasn't good for us? police in london have accused the private car hire firm, uber, of failing to report serious crimes — including sex assaults— in order to protect its reputation. inspector neil billany has written to transport for london saying he has "significant concern" that officers are being kept in the dark about some offences. uber insists it always works closely with the police. dan freedman reports. it's quick, it's easy, but is it dangerous? a senior met police officer says uber are turning a blind eye when drivers are accused of serious crimes by passengers. in a letter to tfl he cites the example of a driver who denies a sexual assault, continues to work for uber,
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but then allegedly commits a more serious sexual assault while working. uber did not tell the police. i think anyone travelling by private hire vehicle in london wants to know that vehicle is going to be safe and that driver is safe. and i think this raises very, very serious concerns about the operation of uber. and if the police have got those serious concerns, then clearly transport for london will need to look at that as they review the license going forward. but uber say the serious sexual assault was a hug that, while inappropriate, might not have prevented the second incident if reported. in the second incident, the driver placed their hand on a passenger's leg. they add that if there is a serious incident involving a licensed driver, they are prevented from using the app and tfl is promptly notified. they were reviewed in may, and in may they were given another four months' license, and they really shouldn't have been given one in may. you see all the correspondence
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from the police to tfl warning them what's going on, and tfl will have abdicated responsiblity. tfl say... more than a million uberjourneys happen every single week in london, it's clearly popular with some customers, but this is bad news at a very important time for the company, with transport for london currently reviewing whether to extend their license grant them a five—year one when it expires in september. you're watching bbc news. president donald trump is facing criticism from republicans and democrats for his response to violence at a virginia white supremacist rally. the chancellor and international trade secretary say the government will seek a transitional period
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after brexit to help businesses adjust. in the poll, the number of people killed by floods and torrential rain reaches 49. sport now and a full round—up from the bbc sports centre. good evening. it's the final night of action at the world athletics championships tonight. the last chance for great britain to add to their medal tally. 0lly foster is there for us, lots going on since we last spoke, what's the latest? it was good for the south african double world champion, double 0lympic double world champion, double olympic champion, who now has a third world title and made this look very easy. lindsay sharp from great britain, last and that, but semanya
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was dominant in this. that is at personal best for semanya and a new south african record. so much debate around her eligibility, the iaaf doesn't want are taking part, saying she has unnatu rally doesn't want are taking part, saying she has unnaturally high levels of testosterone and lindsay sharp has said she doesn't want to race against. sharp finished last and semanya world champion. the men's highjump is semanya world champion. the men's high jump is still going. semanya world champion. the men's highjump is still going. robbie grabarz had to bow out, he took bronze here five years ago. we also had the result of the 5000 metres, laura murder was going in this,
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passing through in the last five or ten minutes, she came sixth in the end. perhaps surprisingly, we thought the ethiopian would do the double but i spoke to laura muir and asked how she was feeling, just missing out on the 1500 metre bronze. i'm really happy, it was really tough, i'm pretty inexperienced in this event so to come sex in my first world championships in this event, i'm happy. championships in this event, i'm happy--- championships in this event, i'm happy. —— to come sex. championships in this event, i'm happy. -- to come sex. we have the discus, men's high jump, happy. -- to come sex. we have the discus, men's highjump, more updates in the next hour or so. 0llie, thank you. let's move on to football. after a couple of days of surprise and drama in the premier league, today went as expected
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with manchester united and tottenham hotspur both starting their season with victories. manchester united beat west ham 4—0 at old trafford. paul pogba completed this scoring in the final minute. it was a good performance with confidence level is high, with the team coming in the second half, winning1—0 and playing to score goals and to win in a more co mforta ble goals and to win in a more comfortable way and i think it was a very positive performance and a good reflection of the confidence levels we have. newcastle united's return to the premier league ended in a 2—0 defeat at home to spurs. jonjo shelvey was sent off for newcastle and tottenham made the advantage count with goals from dele alli and ben davies. they tried to play deeper and played contact and it was not easy to find
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the space to create chances with all the space to create chances with all the contact we had, i think we need to be, the conditions were difficult but i think it's massive, the three points for us. in the last half an hour, the leaders have teed off in the final round of the us pga championship at quail hollow. american kevin kisner is the man they're all trying to catch. he started the day leading by one on 7—under and safely parred his opening hole. world number three hideki matsuyama though has slipped two shots off the pace after a bogey at the second. this is the latest leaderboard. kevin kisner is out front but there's a strong group behind who will try to get their hands on the final major of the year. ian poulter is three and today, the
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best britain at the moment alongside paul casey, so he must have had a reasonable round, along with some of the big names. jordan spieth hasn't had a particularly good tournament but there are still quite a long way to go and you will have coverage on the bbc red button. england's women have continued the defence of their rugby world cup with an emphatic 56—13 win over italy. head coach simon middleton changed three quarters of the team that beat spain in midweek, but it didn't seem to affect the world champions as they ran in ten tries for the second successive game. england top their pool with one round of matches to go before the knock—out stages. wales though can't qualify for the semi—finals after their second defeat in a row, this time 15—0 to canada. but hosts ireland made a dramatic comeback to beat japan 24—14 to keep alive their hopes of making it to the last four. that's all sport for now. we'll have more in the next hour. lizzie, thank you. see you later.
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the rspca is calling for people to report shops selling glue traps to the public, after a tawny owl which had become stuck on one in dorset had to be put to sleep. the traps, used to catch rodents, are legal. but the charity has increasingly had reports of birds and bats becoming caught on them. sean killick reports. she had hoped to catch a rat that this is what a woman from where trapped, a tawny owl. she contacted the rspca, an officer drove the bird toa the rspca, an officer drove the bird to a wildlife centre for treatment but it was too badly injured and was put down. it had glue all over its feet and feathers, its wings were badly affected, it had some glue on its head for it had been fighting to get out. earlier this year at the same centre dealt with two other
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owls stuck in glue traps. these one survived. the traps, which comprise board coated with glue, are designed to cause rodents to become stuck but the rspca wants them banned. they will catch anything they encounter which is not what they are intended for, they had taken reasonable precautions to set it in a place where they could catch a rat and are upset to find they had caught an owl. the rspca say people shouldn't try to release trapped animals because of the risk of injury and should instead call its helpline. according to industry code of practice, glue trap should only be used by trained operators and it's asking people to alert retailers selling them to the public. shooting stars littered the sky last night as the perseid meteor shower was at its peak over the uk. you've been sending in your pictures from around the country. thank you for those. up to 100 shooting stars an hour were visible, there's another opportunity to see
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the display tonight. it's an annual event as the earth passes debris from the swift—tuttle comet. louise lear has the weather. it has been a gorgeous day for many of us with lots of blue sky and sunshine, hope you manage to enjoy, ta ke sunshine, hope you manage to enjoy, take a look at this picture down in kent this afternoon. very pleasant along the coast, and we saw highs to the west of london of 23 degrees. we had a scattering for showers into scotla nd had a scattering for showers into scotland and cloud and rain in the west, a gathering of what's to come so all change for most of us. all change for most of us as the wet and often windy weather starts to push in across northern ireland and into western scotland. certainly more cloud around tonight, not as cold. best chance of seeing
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the perseid meteor shower the further east you are. we will start off with a lot of rain, some of it quite heavy through scotland first thing in the morning. the rain already starting to clear away to showers through northern ireland, but some of it quite persistent across the isle of man and into the lake district. a west east divide through northern england. rain to the west of the pennines, dry to the east. certainly that rain will be down into wales and the south west of england as well. we will start off some sunshine in the south—east corner and east anglia. you may well cling on to the sun for much of the day. the cloud will thicken all the time up through this part of the country into the midlands. we will see outbreaks of rain, albeit light and patchy moving in. some showers developing into northern ireland. some of those could be heavy, possibly thundery by the middle of the afternoon. in terms of the field things, disappointing to the north and west. 15 to 18 celsius. highest values again, just like today, of 23 in the south—east corner. but that rain will arrive. it will gradually sweep its way steadily eastwards overnight monday into tuesday. not too much significant rainfall across the south—east and then clearing behind to a trail of showers. but tuesday looks reasonably promising. most of the rain will have cleared out of the way through the night. some of the showers again
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could still be quite heavy and possibly thundery. 16 to 18 celsius in the north, but again we will keep 23 celsius in the south—east corner. a little transient ridge of high pressure tries to build, but not for long before another area of low pressure starts to threaten. but it does look as though on the whole wednesday will be a slightly quieter day before more rain arrives. this week is a little complicated. there will be some sunny spells, some of the showers really quite heavy indeed, and turning just a little bit cooler later. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... tributes have been laid after a woman was killed when a car ploughed into a crowd of cou nter— protesters in cha rlottesville. meanwhile president trump is facing criticism for his response to violence at the white supremacist rally. the chancellor philip hammond and international trade secretary liam fox have said that any brexit
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transition deal would be "time limited", and would not be a "back door" to the uk remaining in the eu. 49 people have died after three days of torrential rain in nepal. the red cross says 100,000 people have been affected, with communications and electricity cut off in many areas. transport secretary chris grayling has said that by next year, learner drivers will be able to have lessons on motorways, to try to improve road safety. now on bbc news — an inside out special investigation into 0peration sanctuary, the northumbria police enquiry into an asian grooming gang operating in the west end of newcastle. vulnerable teenagers, groomed and abused by a gang
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