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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. china denies an accusation by britain's foreign minister, that it's carrying out human rights abuses against its uighur population. can i ask you why people are kneeling, blindfolded and shaven and being led to trains in modern china? why — what is going on there? i do not know where you get this video tape. president trump has defended his handling of the coroanvirus pandemic, incorrectly telling fox news that the us has the lowest mortality rate in the world. i heard we have one of the lowest, maybe the lowest mortality rate anywhere in the world. do you have the numbers, please? because i heard we had the best mortality rate. the mayor of the us city of portland calls on
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federal troops to leave, accusing them of abusive tactics against protesters. and blast off, as the first arab mission to mars launches successfully. hello. we start with china's ambassador to the uk denying reports that his country is carrying out a programme of sterilisation of uighur women in the western part of country, xinjiang. reports and eyewitness accounts have accused china of trying to reduce the uighur population. the uighur muslims are the largest ethnic group in china's far west xinjiang region. china denies human rights abuses there, but there's evidence of mosques being destroyed — as you see in these before
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and after pictures — and uighurs say they are subject to intense state surveillance. britain's foreign secretary, dominic raab, said there were gross human rights abuses going on there and that he found it deeply troubling. it comes amid a rise in diplomatic tension between the two countries. caroline hawley reports. hong kong in crisis. the protests have been going on for months and the fate, the future of britain's former colony is straining relations. china's decision to impose new security laws, undermining hong kong's autonomy, has dramatically escalated tensions between beijing and the west. as britain prepares to step up its response, a warning from china. if uk government go that far, goes that far, to impose sanctions on any individuals in china, china will certainly make resolute response to it. but britain feels it must act
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when it can no longer trust the independence of hong kong's legal system. i said we would conduct a review of our extradition arrangements, and also a range of other measures that we might wish to take. i've now, with the home secretary and the rest of government, concluded that review. i will update the house of commons on what further measures we're taking tomorrow. five years ago, david cameron spoke of a golden era with china but the relationship has deteriorated badly in recent months and is now beset by problems on several fronts. take huawei. last week, the government banned the company's technology in britain's 56 network because of security concerns. a u—turn prompted by pressure from the americans. there are fears now of the potential economic fallout for british business. other countries including the us, japan and australia, have paid a price for falling out with china. china has sanctioned commerce, trade, the companies of those
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countries operating in china, so, to be honest, it's difficult to predict what china might do with regard to the united kingdom, but we might have to expect that british companies would be in the crosshairs. what china is doing to its uighur minority has caused international outrage. men have been forced into mass re—education camps. women forcibly sterilised. dominic raab today said the human rights abuses being committed were egregious and deeply, deeply troubling. the ambassador was shown video that appeared to show bound, blindfolded men being forced onto a train. this was his response. what is happening here, ambassador? i do not know, where did you get this video clips? these have been going around the world, they've been authenticated by western intelligence agencies and by australian experts who say these are uighur people being pushed onto trains and taken off... let me tell you, let me tell you this, the so—called western intelligence keeping up make these false
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accusation against china. in hong kong, the protests go on despite coronavirus, and the government here must weigh up human rights as well as its economic and diplomatic interests. a difficult balancing act. caroline hawley, bbc news. in the united states the number of people who've died with covid—i9 has passed 140,000, almost a quarter of the global total. but president trump has dismissed evidence from johns hopkins university that the us has the world's seventh highest mortality rate from the disease. in an interview with fox news, he insisted — incorrectly — that his country had one of the lowest rates. here's our north america correspondent, peter bowes. america's sunbelt is being hit hard. southern and western states are dealing with a big surge in coronavirus cases and lockdown restrictions are back in force. but president trump insists that the us is the envy of the world for the way it's dealt with covid—i9. again, playing down the
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seriousness of new outbreaks of the disease and suggesting the scale of the problem is being exaggerated by the media. many of those cases are young people that would heal in a day, they have the sniffles and we put it down as a test. many of them, don't forget, i guess it's like 99.7%, people are going to get better and in many cases they're gonna get better very quickly. in a contentious interview, mr trump denied a high death rate from the virus in the us was to blame for the country's continuing isolation from europe. the european union has us on the travel ban. yeah, i think what we'll do, well, we have them on a travel ban too, chris. i closed them off. if you remember, i was the one that did european union very early, but when you talk about mortality rates, i think it's the opposite. i think we have one of the lowest mortality rates. that is not true, sir. well, we're gonna take a look. we had 900 deaths in a single day this week. we will take a look. ready? crosstalk. you can check it out. can you please get me
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the mortality rate? kayleigh's right here. i heard we had one of the lowest, maybe the lowest mortality rate anywhere in the world. do you have the numbers, please? because i heard we had the best mortality rate. this is the case fate of similar countries... number one low mortality rate. but data collated by america's johns hopkins university does not support the president's claim. it shows the mortality rate in the us is higher than many other countries, although the uk is worst affected. president trump also defended his decision not to enforce the use of facemasks around the country. no, i want people to have a certain freedom and i don't believe in that, no. and i don't agree with that statement that if everybody wore a mask, everything disappears. hey, dr fauci said don't wear a mask. 0ur surgeon general, terrific guy, said don't wear a mask. everybody was saying don't wear a mask, well all of a sudden everybody‘s gotta wear a mask. and as you know, masks cause problems too. with that being said, i'm a believer in masks, i think masks are good.
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this is the new epicentre for covid—i9 and there is little sign of masks here. florida is facing a growing crisis, although the streets of this party town are still busy. with a persistently high number of cases in the state, miami beach is under curfew. we have a lot of visitors, we had a lot of folks who weren't necessarily complying with the mandates and the orders to wear a face cover and to have that social distancing. so, we're hoping that by closing earlier, it actually tones down the party and will allow these folks to go home, go back to their hotels, wherever they're staying, and possibly keep everyone else around them, everyone else in our city safe. at least 14 us states have reported record numbers of people being admitted to hospital with coronavirus so far this month. with president trump again repeating his view that the virus will eventually disappear, there's little sign of it happening anytime soon. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles.
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let's get some of the day's other news: the leaders of the 27 eu countries are continuing negotiations into the night in brussels in an attempt to reach a compromise on a plan to invest 750 billion euros to revive their economies after the coronavirus crisis. they haven't been able to agree what proportion of the money would be allocated as non—repayable grants, threatening crops, livelihoods and food supplies. it is already the worst locust infestation in decades, but the forthcoming rainy season could see numbers increase a further 20—fold in some places if swarms are not tackled. a man in france has been detained in an investigation into saturday's large fire in nantes‘ cathedral. stained glass windows and the grand organ were badly damaged in the blaze which began early in the morning. prosecutors said they believed three separate fires at the site had been
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started deliberately. portland mayor, ted wheeler, has accused federal troops of abusive tactics against protesters. saying they are "sharply escalating the situation" in the city. protests have been ongoing in the us state of oregon since the end of may, following the death of george floyd, with the situation becoming increasingly volatile since the arrival of federal officers, deployed by president trump. for more, i wasjoined by, zane sparling, who's a reporter at the portland tribune. we're seeing a very chaotic, a very tense scene night after night for 50 consecutive nights here in the city. we're seeing hundreds, if not thousands of protesters converging in the central core. they're surrounding, really laying siege to our county jail, our police headquarters and our federal courthouse. we've had hundreds of fires set, in some instances looting and in some instances violence
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and people being seriously injured because they're being struck by police munitions. we're really seeing something this city has never experienced before, especially given the length of the protests. what influence, what difference, if any, are these federal troops making? it's really causing a resurgence of the protests. as you can imagine, night after night for 50 nights, numbers that were first maybe 6,000 a night had dwindled to only a couple of hundred, but when president trump sent federal troops to protect the downtown courthouse, it really set the protests to boil again. and we've seen some very scary, some very frightening, confrontations. 0ne instance just last night, i personally witnessed a man being beaten five times, struck five times by a baton by federal offices for doing nothing more than standing near the courthouse. teargas was engulfing the entire park that surrounds that area and it was a very chaotic moment.
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in other instances, we've had confirmed reports of protesters being snatched up and placed in unmarked vans by these federal officers. they're then detained for hours at a time and at least in one instance, let go with seemingly no paperwork filed, no evidence of probable cause or due process and as you can imagine, as these instances have come to light, it's sparked resurgence of the protests. and what do we think happens next? where do we go from here? there are calls for these federal troops to leave, do you see that happening? it's really hard to tell, i don't have of crystal ball. we've seen many of the city's liberal politicians and the state's politicians speaking with one voice saying they don't want these federal police interacting with officers. we've had the district of oregon federal attorney saying that these offices are here for de—escalation, but every time they leave the courthouse,
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which is essentially bricked up at this point and impenetrable, there are almost always the use of crowd control munitions, somebody getting hurt, even i've been tear—gassed a number of times and more serious injuries are also being reported. just last night, as i mentioned, a man had several bones broken in his hand when he was struck by the batons of officers. as far as what's going to happen next? well, i know the protests will continue tonight and for the foreseeable future. so at this point, the real question in my mind is whether these protests will end at some point or whether they'll go right up until election night. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the united arab emirates launches its first space mission, sending a robotic probe to study mars.
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nasa: see them coming down the ladder now. one small step for man... 0ne giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30—year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia but now, a decade later, it's being painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunctioning sperm unable to swim properly. seven, six, five, four.... thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter.
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines: china is denying an accusation by britain's foreign minister that it's carrying out human rights abuses against its uighur population. president trump has defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, incorrectly telling fox news that the us has the lowest mortality rate in the world. covid—i9, the disease caused by the coronavirus, only came to light at the end of last year, and the more scientists study it, the more they're learning about who is most at risk. here's our medical correspondent, fergus walsh. the risk of catching and dying with covid—i9 varies dramatically depending on your age, and roughly doubles every five to six years. now if we look at data for england and wales up to the end ofjune, if you're over the age of 90 there was a one in 49 risk of dying with covid—i9.
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but just look how quickly that risk falls away the younger you are. under the age of a5, there was a greater risk of dying in an accident during that period. and for the five to ia—year—olds, the risk was one in 2.4 million. there were three covid deaths in that age group during that period, compared to 138 from other causes. but even though the risks to the young are incredibly low, they can still pass on the infection to older and more vulnerable people. i think the figures for covid are quite extraordinary. we know that in normal life older people are at a greater risk of dying each year than younger people, but for covid the difference between the old and young is far more extreme than in normal life. older people might have 1,000, 10,000 times the risk of a very young person. of course, it is not just your age that's important. men are twice as likely to die in hospital with
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covid—19 as women. people living in deprived areas are also at increased risk, as are some occupations, such as security guards, bus and taxi drivers. now even after adjusting for socio—economic factors, ethnicity plays a key role. black and south asian men have up to twice the risk of dying as white men, and women from these ethnic groups are also at increased danger. then there's your overall health. nine in ten people who have died have had at least one underlying condition, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or lung disease. scientists have developed a tool to help them assess an individual‘s vulnerability to covid—19. take peter. he's a 63—year—old white man. now, his body mass index of 37 adds five years to his covid age, but it is his type—2 diabetes
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that has the biggest impact, adding eight years, giving him an overall covid age of 76, which places him in a more vulnerable age group. now, what about mantej, who is 65? we know women are less vulnerable than men, so we can take eight years off her covid age, but because she's of south asian origin, we have to add four years back on, giving her an overall covid age of 61. now, it is not possible to give a completely personalised risk, but it's clear that sex, ethnicity, age and overall health are key factors. fergus walsh, our medical correspondent reporting there. china has raised its flood alert levels in the country's east to its second highest — as rivers threaten to burst their banks after days of torrential rain. heavy downpours have swept across china for weeks —
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officials say millions of people have been relocated. reged ahmad reports. the massive swollen yangtze river in china's east. authorities say it's reached record highs and the water has spilled out over out over embankments, inundating homes and low—lying areas. it's flowing freely into cities, submerging cars and turning streets into rivers of their own. this is the result of heavy downpours in this area and authorities are warning there may be more to come. translation: we have more than 40,000 people and 2,000 patrol wagons guarding the dam each day to ensure that all of the embankments that have seen high water levels are being monitored. in the nearby huai river region, china has raised its flood alert levels to the second highest after days of torrential rain caused water levels in reservoirs to rise sharply. there's concern about surrounding provinces as the river flows through major agricultural and densely populated areas. china isn't alone, the wider
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region is feeling the impact of those heavy rains. in india's capital new delhi, firefighters had to rescue people trapped in their cars from fast rising floodwaters. and parts of neighbouring bangladesh have been hit by monsoons, submerging farms and villages. all this flooding comes at a time when countries like bangladesh are trying to come grips with covid—19, making lockdowns difficult. there are also fears the impact of china's flooding could be felt further afield. scenes like these during the rainy season are not uncommon but this time the flooding could disrupt global supplies of chinese goods being used to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. more heavy rain is expected to fall. reged ahmed, bbc news. is the t20 cricket world cup set to be postponed?
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the game's governing body — the international cricket council — is meeting later on monday. 0ur news reporter paul hawkins has been following this. what's likely to be announced? what could be announced is the postponement of the t20 cricket world cup. we should make it clear, this is not the cricket world cup, that was last year. this is t20, the shortest format of the game and it looks like icc, when they meet on monday, will announce that it has been postponed because of the pandemic in australia, because of coronavirus. it is supposed to be taking place in the middle of october to the middle of november. earlier in the year, back in april, they we re the year, back in april, they were saying, the authorities in australia were saying was still going to go ahead. but injune, we have the cricket australia chairmans saying that trying to get 16 countries into australia in the current world when most countries are still going
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through covid spiking, i think it is unrealistic going to be very, very difficult. a lot of these countries have been calling for clarity over whether the tournament is going to go ahead and it is likely, not definite, but likely that the icc will announce later on monday that the tournament is to be postponed, probably to 2022, because next year india is hosting the event and it is unlikely that india will want to swa p unlikely that india will want to swap places. i see. 0bviously that leaves a gap in the schedule if that postponement is announced. are there any ideas about what could feel that? well, there are reports that the indian cricket board is planning on moving the ipl, indian premier league, the richest cricket competition in the world with $1.6 billion last year, normally takes place in the springtime. there are reports ofa springtime. there are reports of a plan to move it into that window once the announcement is made that the t20 cricket world cup is going to be cancelled. it is for that one of the
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places the world cup could be held in that time window is the uae because of the infrastructure in time zones and guaranteed weather. and also because the uae has one of the shortest quarantine periods in the world for players arriving from the risk countries — seven days. he woke up countries — seven days. he woke up is countries — seven days. he woke upisa countries — seven days. he woke up is a lot of overseas players in it. it'll be interesting to see which players would make that trip to the uae later in the year if the tournament is to go ahead then. but still, we're not certain that is to happen but that is what we're hearing. thank for that paul and we will wait for the announcement on monday. the first mission to mars by an arab nation has launched into space. the spacecraft, which belongs to the united arab emirates, will take about seven months to reach mars and once it's there, will study its atmosphere and weather. the country hopes it will pave the way for it to move away from oil and gas production and enter the global space industry. 0ur correspondent sameer hashmi saw the lift—off.
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the uae has become the first arab country to lodge a mission to mars. the liftoff was successful from the japanese island, however this is just the first step, still a long journey, it's going to take seven months for the robe, which is called hope, to reach mars and then after that it will circle around the planet for one martian year which is equal to 687 earth days to cover some critical data about the climate. scientists are hoping that will give them more insight into the red planet. for the uae, this is an historic night. the mission was announced in 2014 and within six years, they have been able to launch this mission. the country, this programme is not just about science but also hoping to inspire the population of this country to start taking up science in school which will help the country to build up its knowledge base economy and help them away from the depends on
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oil. from a political point of view, this mission is important because until now, israel was a letter when it came to spaceflight. and if it succeeds, if they succeed, it will also trigger a kind of space race in the region. we are ready have countries like saudi arabia and egypt announcing that they will also be investing in space programmes. the next few months are going to be really crucial and that point of view for this country the metropolitan police released this footage of the police trying to break up a rave. some people through models and canisters at the police. last month, police commissioner promised to break up commissioner promised to break up the engine two events that broke coronavirus regulations. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @lvaughanjones.
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thank you very much for watching. goodbye. hello. temperatures by day this week will be close to average — high teens, low 20s — but we are starting the week with overnight temperatures below average. quite chilly first thing monday morning, and the temperatures will head up because there will be a fair amount of sunshine out there. this high—pressure settles things down, then, to start the week. although toppling around the area of high—pressure will be a few showers, more especially in scotland and a few from the word go, but these are the starting temperatures, then, for monday morning, widely in single figures. these are town, city centres. cooler than this in the countryside. so mid to low single figures in the chilliest spots. but again, those temperatures are going to be heading up
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in the sunshine. a lot of that to come first thing. some cloud is going to build. for scotland, it's a mixture of cloud and sunshine. most of the showers will be north of the central belt. northern ireland and northern england mayjust pick up a shower later but the bulk of england and for wales, will stay dry. lion share of the sunshine through wales and southern england so this is where we will see the highest temperatures, and some spots just creeping into the low 20s. now, as for the cricket, at old trafford, it is looking like not particularly warm monday to come, for the final day. that'll be a mixture of cloud, sunshine. just a slight chance of picking up a brief passing shower. now, as we go into monday evening, any of those showers that have formed, will tend to die away. they still will continue on and off through northern parts of scotland overnight, but for most of us it is going to be another dry, clear and chilly night going into tuesday morning. but again on tuesday, there will be a lot of sunshine to start the day. now, there's a chance of catching a shower again, more especially across parts of scotland,
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but the odd one may be found elsewhere in northern ireland and northern england. and the cloud may well thicken in northern ireland to bring the chance of seeing some patchy rain, especially the further north and west you are, deeper on through the day. and temperatures, a few spots getting into the low 20s in some sunny spells, but most won't get that high. now, there is a weather system coming on tuesday night and into wednesday. these weather fronts move in. they will bring a spell of rain into parts of northern ireland and scotland. and perhaps on wednesday, also reaching for time for some of us into northern england. now for thursday and friday, the chance of a shower, and then into next weekend, looks like low pressure will come back. temperatures will come down a few degrees. the breeze picks up. and we will see a spell of rain spreading east.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: china is denying an accusation by britain's foreign secretary that it's carrying out human rights abuses against its uighur population. it comes amid a rise in diplomatic tension between the two countries over a new national security law in hong kong. president trump has defended his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, incorrectly telling fox news that the us has the lowest mortality rate in the world. the number of people who have died with covid—19 has now passed 140,000 — almost a quarter of the global total. the united arab emirates has launched its first space mission, using japanese rockets to send a spacecraft on a 500 million kilometre journey towards mars. the robotic probe, called hope, is due to study the red planet's weather and climate when it arrives next february.

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