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i'm nuala mcgovern in london. the headlines: britain's prime minister says he would rather be dead in a ditch than ask the european union for a further delay to brexit. it for a further delay to brexit. cost £1 billion a monti achieves it cost £1 billion a month, it achieves absolutely nothing. what on earth is the point of a further delay? and brexit divisions get personal for the prime minister. his own brother quits the government over political differences. i'm rico hizon in singapore. also in the programme: the devastation of hurricane dorian in the bahamas. at least 70,000 people need urgent help. countdown to india's moon mission. its unmanned rover is due to touch
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down in the coming day. it is 7:00am in singapore and midnight here in london, where the british prime minister's brother has dealt him a severe blow by announcing he is quitting politics. jojohnson, who voted remain, says he is torn between family loyalty and the national interest. he has resigned as a government minister and will also step down as an mp. after losing a series of crucial votes in the commons over the past 48 hours, borisjohnson today again pledged to leave the eu on 31 0ctober. 0ur uk political editor laura kuenssberg reports. you should be in brussels, negotiating! yes, we have been negotiating. you are not. you are in morley, in leeds! he attracts trouble. moments after he arrived on this
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yorkshire high street, the prime minister taken to task. you're playing games. you are playing games. what i think people want us to do is to leave the european union on 31 october. well, we all know that. we all know that. that's fantastic, that's what we are going to do. borisjohnson divides. he's been speaking for the last... searching for support in the crowd that fast emerged. do you think we should we get out on 31 october? crowd cheers. but, just weeks into his time in office, he's been defeated in parliament, thrown out some of his mps. even his brother quit as a minister in government — to spend less time with his family. it's been an honour to be mp for orpington and a minister under three governments, but it's time to move on, and i've got to get to work. not much more work as an mp now. jojohnson was on a completely different side in the brexit argument, but had resolved to work for his brother in government. not anymore. citing concerns over the prime minister's approach, he wrote on twitter, "in recent weeks i've been torn between family loyalty and the national interest.
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it's an unresolvable tension. time for others to take on my roles as mp and minister. over and out." you're stuck, aren't you? because parliament won't allow you to leave without a deal. they won't right now allow you to get the election that you so desire. you're stuck. well, i have to say i think it's absolutely unbelievable that the leader of the opposition is currently refusing to have an election. i don't think ever in democratic history has a leader of the opposition refused to have an election. how will you make it happen? because you're stuck. well, what he should do is allow the people to decide. he stirred up most of the people he met here today in support of brexit, it seemed, but could he take everyone with him? forget about that. he had wanted to show off his plans for more police officers, but held a strange, at times surreal, press conference... hang on, let's get this right.
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..hesitating, stumbling. 0ne officer almost fainting after waiting for his speech so long. that is a signal for me actively to wind up. and the prime minister was criticised, too, for making his brexit promise using public servants as a backdrop. safe streets... again, a vow — no delay to brexit. i'd rather be dead in a ditch. so you would resign first, prime minister, rather than go and ask for that delay? look, just don't — i really... it costs £1 billion a month. it achieves absolutely nothing. what on earth is the point of further delay? i think it's totally, totally pointless. please leave my town. i will very soon. labour mps right now are keeping him dangling. we're up for a general election. i want to get rid of this government as soon as possible, because i'm really worried about what they're doing to the future of our economy on the future of our country. but it is about timing. and our prime objectives, and we put it in our last manifesto, is we want to prevent a no—deal brexit, because of the damage it could do to our country and the economy. the thing that parliament's doing is actually making it impossible
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for us to negotiate. on monday, the prime minister will try again to get parliament to back an election. but the plain fact is he does not have it in his power to get to the ballot box alone. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, west yorkshire. the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, has been giving a speech outlining the possible impact of a no—deal brexit on irish citizens. have a listen. there will be tax on goods and on live animals, and as far as possible, these will take place in the ports, airports and at business level —— checks. but some may need to ta ke level —— checks. but some may need to take place near the border. we are working out the details of this with the european commission, and we will inform the public and business as soon as we know what the outcome will be. pat leahy is political editor at the irish times and has been giving his analysis of the taoiseach‘s comments. this was the most comprehensive description, i think, this was the most comprehensive description, ithink, that this was the most comprehensive description, i think, that the taoiseach has given about the
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consequences of no deal. he did also, of course, list the things that wouldn't change between ireland and the uk in the event of a no deal, because of the common travel area which stands separate to the eu agreements. but he also said for the first time, from him, that there would be cheques needed on some goods close to the border. i think this is the direction that the government has been moving in recent weeks. i think we'll see more of it over the coming weeks, because while the government has steadfastly insisted that it wants to see the withdrawal agreement pass, that it sticks to the backstop on the withdrawal agreement, it is now becoming very obvious that the withdrawal agreement as it is currently constituted is unlikely to be agreed. so there is either a change to the withdrawal agreement 01’ change to the withdrawal agreement or there is no deal, and as everybody over there and over here
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can see as well, the most likely outcome, it seems at this stage, is no—deal. we will have more on the politics of brexit in a couple of minutes. but first, let's take a look at some of the day's other news: the taliban say they were behind a suicide bomb attack in the afghan capital, kabul, that has killed at least ten people including two foreign soldiers. the explosion took place in a highly protected area close to foreign embassies and government buildings. it comes after peace talks between the taliban and the us. in south africa, attacks on foreigners and their businesses has seen at least ten people killed and dozens of shops destroyed. the violence comes amid increasing poverty and unemployment. somalia, tanzania and nigeria are some of the countries who have called for the protection of its citizens. president cyril ramaphosa has condemned the attacks.
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the us special envoy for the middle east, jason greenblatt, has said that he is stepping down from his post. his resignation is likely to raise questions about the viability of an israeli—palestinian peace plan that he and president trump's son—in—lanared kushner have been crafting, that has yet to be revealed. scientists say the creatures behind repeated sightings of the loch ness monster in the scottish highlands may in fact be giant eels. researchers from new zealand have tried to catalogue all living species in the loch by extracting dna from water samples. no evidence of a prehistoric marine reptile called a plesiosaur was discovered, but there were plenty of eels. a court in france has given this noisy cockerel named maurice leave to continue crowing.
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a lawsuit to silence him, had been brought by a retired couple who had complained maurice was spoiling their peace. 140,000 people signed a petition defending the bird. hurricane dorian is making its way up the east coast of america, with storm warnings in place for the states of north and south carolina. the powerful storm has already brought devastation to the bahamas. the worst damage and loss of life has been on the abaco islands, where it is estimated at least 70,000 people need aid. from there, aleem maqbool has sent us this report. this was one of the most popular resorts on these islands. torn apart by the brute strength of the storm. tourists who tried to weather it
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have been left shell—shocked. but these were the sturdiest buildings, in a place that wasn't even the worst hit. elsewhere, the picture is even more desolate. drive through marsh harbour, a little down the road, and there is not a building in sight that hasn't sustained considerable damage. well, this is where hurricane dorian made landfall, and those record—breaking wind speeds and ocean surges have left behind a surreal landscape of boats and vehicles and rooftops and kitchen appliances, swirled in the air and flung across the land. and everyone here has a story of the terrors of dorian. the wind just had us fearfulfor our life. as one roof blowed off, we ran to another house, that blowed off. there were vehicles blowing in the background. it was just horrific. and to see the devastation now,
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with all the bodies laying around, ifeel that god has turned his back on the beautiful island of abaco. many of the dead have now been taken away, but in the heat remains the unmistakable smell of death, that suggests there are many more bodies to be found. for those who survived, the situation is desperate. until a few days ago, many hundreds had lived in a huge shantytown here. there are few signs of the structures they lived in anymore. no house, no food, no water, you know, so... i'm thinking people — no life, for me too. aid is starting to get to some places, but the needs are massive, and the hurricane turned upside down the lives of so many.
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aleem maqbool, bbc news on the abaco islands of the bahamas. hurricane dorian is currently battering the east coast of the united states. both north and south carolina are bearing the brunt of it. the national weather service's warning co—ordination meteorologist isjohn quagliariello, and hejoins us from columbia, in south carolina. thank you so much forjoining us, john. you are currently in the middle of this massive hurricane. how strong is it right now, and where is the i currently? sure, wind speeds right now 11115 mph, which is a category 2 hurricane. dia, the centre of the hurricane, is about 45 milesjust to centre of the hurricane, is about 45 miles just to the south of myrtle beach, south carolina. it's moving up beach, south carolina. it's moving up to the north at about ten mph. and when is it likely to leave the carolina coast? sure, well, it's about to move north—east away from south carolina and more along the north carolina coast tonight, and it will stay along the north carolina coast throughout the day on friday before moving further into the
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atla ntic before moving further into the atlantic friday night and saturday. and how strong is hurricane dorian, john, compared to the other storms that have hit the coast? well, this is actually one of the strongest times we've seen for quite some time. like i said, wins at one point we re time. like i said, wins at one point were as high as 115 mph as it passed offshore, and because of that, overla nd offshore, and because of that, overland we had wind gusts as high as 80/90 mph along many of the beachesin as 80/90 mph along many of the beaches in south arellano, which is certainly enough wind to bring down a lot of trees, powerlines, and approximately 250,000 people were without power earlier in the day. has the carolina coast already felt the brunt of hurricane dorian? the west of the conditions have already been felt across the south carolina coast. think should be improving as we head to the nighttime hours, however, north carolina is about to experience the worst conditions tonight, into the day on friday. after south and north carolina, where is hurricane dorian headed?
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well, it's going to start really picking up speed and moving out into the atlantic ocean. so it's not as much the threat to the carolinas at that point. parts of new england and cape cod might see some strong winds as it moves out into the atlantic ocean and gets a little bit larger in size, but the threat to the united states should be diminishing over the weekend. and what kind of impact has hurricane dorian had on the residents of south and north carolina? sure, a lot of the residents are finding that there is a lot of trees down, a lot of roads are blocked. there is some damage to homes. 80—90 mph winds are very strong for us here in south carolina. so there is power outages people are dealing with, of course. and we had a lot of rain. we had eight to ten inches of rain in some areas, which produce a lot of flash flooding. so wind and water damage at some of the main issues we are experiencing. thank you so much for the update, john, and keep safe.
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thank you. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: a love letter to hong kong. we look at a new animated film that harks back to a previous turbulent period in hong kong. she received a nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was "a wonderful example of how to help people in need." we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them.
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britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm nuala mcgovern in london. our top stories. the british prime minister borisjohnson has said he'd rather be "dead in a ditch" than ask the european union for another delay to brexit. a major relief operation is under way in the bahamas — some settlements on the islands have been all but obliterated by hurricane dorian.
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let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the front pages of south china morning post is dominated by an interview of the embattled chief executive of hong kong in which carrie lam has argued that her decision to withdraw the extradition bill is not a climbdown, but only a logical step forward after herjune announcement to suspend the bill. she also claims she has had china's support throughout the crisis. german newspaper frankfurter allegmeine zeitung reports on turkish president's stern warning to eu. erdogan, is threatening to "open the gates" to allow syrian refugees to leave turkey for western countries unless a controversial safe zone inside syria is established soon. there is growing tension between turkey and the west over delays in establishing
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the buffer zone. the strait times from singapore shows the girl who has won a lifesaver award there. this 15—year—old secondary school girl was able to revive an accident victim using the cpr procedure that she had learnt as part of her civil defense cadet training in the country. let's get more now on our top story, and as we've been reporting, monday is the next big vote in the house of commons for the british prime minister. if — as expected — the law to block a no deal brexit has been passed, mps will vote again on whether to hold an early general election. borisjohnson needs the support of two thirds of mps to go to the polls. will he get it this time? here's our deputy political editor john pienaar on what's likely
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to happen next. so where do the rival camps agree? trust me — this won't take long. all sides want an election to try to break the deadlock, and that's where the agreement ends. the argument now is about timing, and in there, the parties and the factions within parties are trying to thrash out exactly when this election might take place. down in the lords, peers are grinding through legislation to ban no—deal, maybe force borisjohnson to go to brussels and accept another brexit extension, something he has sworn he will never do. it could pass into law by monday, so on monday in the commons, the government will try to get approval for a 15 october election. if they try the same thing as last night, it would need 434 mps, that's two thirds of them, to say yes. and since last night, it has been clear the government doesn't have the numbers. but borisjohnson has pledged 31 0ctober will be the day we leave.
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so he is goading his opponents — let the people choose a prime minister to decide, brexit or no brexit, deal or no deal. and the commons could say, "no, have an election, but only after we extend brexit." they could defeat the government again. how else to get an election? well, frankly, it gets messy. borisjohnson is in office, but not in control. his opponents say he is a liar. he could get an election and then move the date ‘til after britain leaves on 31 october. other options? they're limited, and messy. he could try to pass a law to suspend parliament's mandatory five—year term. only then labour, the snp, the lib dems, the whole alliance, might try to take control and set a date he doesn't like. any way borisjohnson can win? well, it sounds surreal, but some say the government might try to pass a vote of no confidence in itself. if that leads to paralysis, it could lead to an election to sort it out — unless it doesn't. another election could end in deadlock again.
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you're looking for a clear solution? sorry, there isn't one. india's lunar mission, chandrayaan—2, is expected to land on the southern pole of the moon on saturday morning. the indian space research organisation says the objective is to develop technologies such as soft—landing and roving on the lunar surface, and to expand knowledge about the moon's surface — leading to a better understanding of its origin and evolution. if the landing is successful, it will make india the fourth country to have explored the moon, after russia, the us and china. bidushi bhattacharya, a former nasa scientist who now runs her own space technology corporation said she can't wait to see it happen. it is really exciting. i have been following, as has most of the world, andi following, as has most of the world, and i cannot wait to see it happen. why does it matter? it matters because they have taken what has been built by nasa and taken it to
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the next level. they can do things more efficiently and affordably which means we are doing this faster than predict the. there has been a lot of talk about the anniversary of the moon landing for the united states not so long ago. i am wondering when it comes to india, are they working with other countries or is this something really about national pride when it comes to this particular landing?” cannot speak from a government perspective but as someone who used to work for the government who is 110w to work for the government who is now in the commercial sector i will tell you that we cannot do it alone, no nation can. and we need the commercial sector to come on board. so people who are trained all over the world are coming to india to contribute and indians also was spreading out and providing knowledge on a global scale. so with this particular luna craft, i mentioned in broad strokes what they hope to achieve. what would be the most exciting? people are looking to
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mine the moon and in the what will drive space technology development these days will be a combination of political will and economic return. ‘s of the political will is again —— the deal about who gets there first and does it best but from an economic perspective we need to work out how to monetise the resources we find on the moon and if we can find anything there they can bring back affordably to benefit people here, that will be the clincher. and that was a former nasa scientist speaking earlier. after a noticeable drought of hong kong films featuring on the international film festival circuit, an animated love story is vying for the top prize in venice. no 7 cherry lane by arthouse director yonfan is up for the prestigious golden lion prize at the venice international film festival. the director describes the animated tale as a love letter to hong kong, with the film set against a backdrop of the 1967 communist—led riots in hong kong.
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i made the film about hong kong in 1967. i was 20 years old and i saw the hong kong that i experienced the whole period of the hong kong riots during that time. it is strange that i feel there was a force coming from the north and it came to hong kong and then we started having a riot. at the time i was not aware of the human rightand at the time i was not aware of the human right and i was not aware of democracy because we were under british rain. it is quite amazing and quite coincidental with the
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situation two years ago when the force came from the north to hong kong and started the riots and then it just disappeared and kong and started the riots and then itjust disappeared and it seems it happened again. and a known force from somewhere in the name of human rights and democracy turn hong kong upside down. i do hope that this new force would vanish as soon as possible. you have been watching newsday. i'm nuala mcgovern in london. and i'm rico hizon in singapore. stay with us. let me leave you with some pictures. children are starting school and that does include princess charlotte who had her first that does include princess charlotte who had herfirst day that does include princess charlotte who had her first day of school. her older brother, prince george, he is also there and making his way to the
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same school in battersea. hello there. this week has been very changeable up—and—down temperatures, one day sunny and the next day windy and wet. it looks like we are ending the week in fact on friday with wetter and windy weather for many but as a band of rain slip southwards we will see return to sunshine with our showers as well. it's courtesy of this next area of low pressure moving into the north of scotla nd low pressure moving into the north of scotland where the isobars are closer together. windy conditions through friday and this band of rain first thing friday morning will be across more central areas, spreading slowly southwards and eastwards as the day wears on. eventually becomes confined to southern counties of england, and behind at the skies brighten up. plenty of sunshine around but also blustery showers and some will be heavy in the north—west
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and it will feel cool once again with temperatures in the mid to high teens celsius. it stays breezy as we head on into friday evening. weather frankly is away from the south, skies clear and for many. a couple of showers across coastal areas otherwise simply spell and with the cool air otherwise simply spell and with the coolair in otherwise simply spell and with the cool air in place it will be a fairly chilly start to saturday. and temperatures in single figures for many, particularly out of town in the north. high pressure builds into weekend for both saturday and sunday it looks like we should be mainly dry thanks to this big ridge of high pressure. light winds as well but there will be on the cool side. we start saturday off on a chilly note with linear sunshine around. still breezy and windy down the eastern coastal areas with feeding in a couple of showers otherwise for most, apart from an isolated shower, should be dry through the afternoon. sunny spells and temperatures in the low to mid teens in the north, 18—20 across the south. high pressure still with us on into sunday. the
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weather front may bring a bit more cloud to the north—west corner of scotla nd cloud to the north—west corner of scotland but most places will be under the influence of this high but it will be a chilly start on sunday up—and—down the country. bright with plenty of sunshine around. it could bring for cloud and more of a breeze to the far north—west, most places shall see sunny spells. again, temperatures after a chilly start reaching the mid— high teens celsius. as we head on into monday it looks like we have another weather system pushing in from the north—west. that will bring a band of rain and the wind will pick up once again so a messy picture for monday with outbreaks of rain, some of it heavy moving across scotland and then into england and wales. it brightens up behind the rain band again, blustery showers following on. cooler air as well, 1a — 16 degrees.
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i'm nuala mcgovern
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with bbc world news. our top story: the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has said he would rather be dead in a ditch than have to ask for a further delay to brexit. mrjohnson repeated his determination to exit the european union at the end of october, despite parliamentary moves to prevent the uk leaving without a formal agreement. a relief operation is underway in the bahamas after it was battered by hurricane dorian. heavy rains are now battering the coasts of south and north carolina as the storm moves along the eastern coast of the united states. and this video is trending on a court in france has given this noisy cockerel named maurice leave to continue crowing. a couple had brought a lawsuit complaining he was spoiling their peace. over 100,000 people signed a petition defending the bird. that's all, stay with bbc world news. now on bbc news, it's hardtalk.


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