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this is bbc news. the headlines at eight: thousands take to the streets across the uk — to condemn borisjohnson‘s decision to suspend parliament. i never thought at my age, 61 years of age, i would have to be here in whitehall, protesting against the shutdown of parliament. there's been renewed violence in hong kong — with pro—democracy protesters defying a ban on rallying. more than 50 migrants have been detained as they tried to cross the english channel to reach kent — several boats have been intercepted. formula 2 driver anthoine hubert has been killed in a crash at the belgian grand prix. and in half an hour, protecting our planet looks at scientific research about previous periods of warmer conditions in the antarctic.
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good evening. demonstrations have taken place across the uk, in protest at boris johnson's decision to suspend parliament for five weeks — in the run up to brexit. the government insists it's acting properly — but critics say it's an attempt to bypass democracy. tens of thousands took to the streets from sheffield to swansea, belfast to london. here's our home editor, mark easton. if you shutdown parliament... we'll shut down the streets! calls for direct action from protesters outside downing street. several thousand gathered in whitehall, many to voice their opposition to borisjohnson‘s move to shut down parliament ahead of britain's scheduled exit from the european union on october 31.
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stop brexit! the crowds were diverse, cutting across class, age, ethnicity and traditional party politics. today's protest is a reminder of how arguments over brexit represent a reshaping of political discourse in britain. bankers and corporations who get richer while the workers get poorer. as well as london there were similar demonstrations in towns and cities across the country. from yorkshire to belfast to bangor. in london, the apparent unity of the crowd disguised divisions over what they were opposed to. the government suspension of parliament orjust the government? opposed to a no—deal brexit or leaving the eu at all? is this about proroguing or brexit or conservatives? a bit of both, really. mainly proroguing and brexit, but a bit of both. are you a supporter of the european union?
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i am not in support of a bosses' club, i am in support of the european workers of greece, spain and italy but i don't support a bosses' club in europe. you're anti—eu? i am anti the european union, yes. i am opposed to a no—deal brexit. brexit with a deal would be ok? i would prefer we would remain but i could live with a brexit with a decent deal, yes. you are a french national. why are you here? why am i here today? because i am one of the eu 27 who has been living for decades here. it is about a no—deal brexit and it's about the hatred and it's about hindering democratic processes . deeply held feelings are on display as thousands take to the streets. but it is worth reflecting on the people who are not here, people with equally passionate views on the other side of the brexit debate. public opinion and the country are riven as to what democracy should mean. the organisers of today's demonstration say it should be seen
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as the beginning of a campaign of civil disobedience against the government's treatment of parliament. mark easton, bbc news, whitehall. our political correspondent jessica parker told me what the prime minister might be thinking about today's protests. i think boris johnson and his administration have at least, so far, shown that they are not necessarily ones to shy away from confrontation. no suggestion yet from downing street that these protests today have led to borisjohnson looking out of the window, being pretty worried about what he seen, and thinking of making a u—turn, having second thoughts. of course, there are those — whether it is a court battles or through legislation — who do very much want to take on borisjohnson. these protests lead up to what is going to be a very dramatic week in westminster, where we will see this issue of prorogation played out in the courts. and we will as well see a group of cross—party mps,
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including likely a number of conservative backbenchers, trying to seize control of the order paper in westminster, and legislate against the possibility of a no—deal brexit. and some of those opposition politicians obviously getting involved and today's rallies in various places? absolutely. i think for those mps, who will be trying to make this legislation happen through a very tight window, today probably wanting to show that, in their view, they have a lot of support from the public. they will want a morale boost for their campaign, and maybe a bit of an injection of energy, ahead of what might be a pretty exhausting fight next week. will they win that fight? that's a very good difficult question to answer. two things i would probably point out there, one being that there is very little time to seize control of the order paper, which isn't necessarily a very simple thing to do. and then get the legislation through the house of commons
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and through the house of lords as well before that prorogation, that suspension of parliament, is due to happen at some point the week after, between the 9th and the 12th of september. the other issue, numbers. the last time mps that a little bit something like this, when they mandated then, theresa may, to seek an extension to article 50. well, that vote passed by one. of course, boris johnson famously, or infamously depending on how you look at it, has a very small majority, a working majority of, indeed, one. one thing is for sure, i think, the numbers are going to be incredibly tight. anyone who tries to predict what is going to happen in westminster next week could be in for a surprise. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are rachel cunliffe — comment and features editor for city am and the journalist and author, yasmin alibhai—brown. tens of thousands of pro—democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets in hong kong
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in defiance of a police ban. petrol bombs were thrown at officers who responded with tear gas and water cannon. it's five years since beijing ruled out allowing fully democratic elections in the territory. from hong kong, john sudworth has more. tear gas from the roof of the hong kong government offices... ..met with utter defiance. the political deadlock here is growing increasingly violent. the only way, some believe, to defend this city's freedoms under chinese rule. by nightfall, this giant fire was raging in the central business district. but with scenes like these, china is also in no mood to compromise. hu xijin is editor of one of beijing's ultra—loyal communist party—run papers. translation: america and britain are interfering in hong kong's affairs.
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you're inflaming the situation. these irrational emotions don't come from this society. a large part has come from foreign support. despite the risk of arrest, this peaceful, unauthorised march was joined by tens of thousands. as well as one british mp — here to observe, he says. big changes are happening in the world, and we need to understand them. i know we're all obsessed about brexit, but we have the growing power of china and a growing authoritarian china as well. are you meddling? no. if one mp gets blamed for this, that's simply nonsense. this is an indigenous protest coming from the people here. within a few hours, though, hong kong seemed to be on the brink again. for the first time, police used water cannon with coloured dye to make identifying suspects easier.
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even a few weeks ago, in a city once famed for its stability, this level of violence would have seemed unimaginable. this is the very centre of hong kong, and look at it. they warned them not to protest today. the government buildings under siege, and it's complete mayhem. the day ended with running battles and a number of arrests. a fight for democracy, a global clash of values playing out on the streets. as always, they were finally brought back under the control of the police. but no—one doubts the protesters will be back. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. a 16—year—old boy has been charged with murdering a teaching assistant whose body was found in a cemetery. lindsay birbeck, a mother to two children, went missing from her home in lancashire on the 12th august. her body was found in accrington cemetery 12 days later. a postmortem examination showed
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she had been strangled. the teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, is due to appear at blackburn magistrates‘ court on monday. more than 50 people have been detained after several migrant boats were intercepted in the english channel. it comes a day after the home secretary, priti patel, said urgent action was needed to stem the flow illegal immigrants. the latest arrivals came ashore at kingsdown, near dover — with search and rescue missions in operation along the kent coast. so far this year, more than a thousand migrants have been detained by the uk border force, with 590 picked up by the french authorities, on their way to britain. this month, two people have died trying to cross the channel. there are no figures for migrants arriving in the uk stowed in lorries — the main form of illegal entry. well we can speak now to tony smith, who is the former head of border force uk. thank you for being with us this
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evening. i think you have called these figures for people arriving by boat unprecedented ? these figures for people arriving by boat unprecedented? yes, they are. in the uk, it is relatively new that we have seen this number of migrants crossing the english channel. it only really began in october last year, but it is now an almost daily occurrence that we are seeing reports of significant numbers of people, many women and children as well, and small vessels coming across. the border force have to make sure they don't drown, we have had a couple of drownings, that they are properly treated, brought ashore, then the obvious issue of processing them. i wonder if you have any thoughts about what we have seen a spike in the numbers?” have any thoughts about what we have seen a spike in the numbers? i think it is because success breeds
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success. you mentioned the lorry issue, that was certainly the main area of penetration into the uk when i was head of the border force. we did a lot of work in a calais with infrastructure, additional resources , infrastructure, additional resources, working with french collea g u es resources, working with french colleagues to make it much harder for the migrant gangs to smuggle people in lorries. but they are not going to give up. somebody said, let's try the small vessels, we weren't sure if they could do it, but they clearly can. success breeds success , but they clearly can. success breeds success, the more that come across and aren't being sent back, no more are going to try. with the kind of course lightly force us to patrol, how big a challenge is this? —— coastline. it is very big. it is not something we have focused on. we have recently had a few more vessels brought in. in terms of our maritime response capability, we are pretty much are seen levels we were at 10
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yea rs much are seen levels we were at 10 years ago. these vessels were inherited from hmrc when the merger 10 years ago, they were mainly designed to stop other forms of smuggling, drug smuggling and that kind of thing, not really to do with large numbers of migrant boats. it does is require us to look at our maritime defences, we are going to have to look at what other countries have to look at what other countries have to look at what other countries have to do, who have a much greater threat of perimeter maritime security. to see what lessons we can learn and how we can invest in more resources to stop the boats. clearly, there has been cooperation between british and french authorities. we have, obviously, brexit learning, one might say a sense of bad feeling around all of that. how important is that cooperation and efforts to deal with the migrant issue? it is a good point. i think it's critical that we don't get distracted by things like
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brexit from no need for a collaborative and international response to something that is obviously an international threat. this is international organised crime, essentially, therefore, is essential that we continue to work with law enforcement agencies, both in france and in other countries, as we have done for many years now. you know, to share intelligence, intervention capabilities, share resources and work together, because nobody really wants people enjoy downing or human smugglers to succeed, weather you're on the french, uk, or eu site. i think we really need to make sure that whatever happens along the way, we maintain that international collaboration that has been there in the past. give us a sense of the human face of all of this, because we talk about statistics, the challenges of stopping the boats and so challenges of stopping the boats and so on, but behind this are some very desperate people who very keenly wa nt to desperate people who very keenly want to escape their situations?
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yes, i'm afraid it's a miserable business. your cruise will pick up pictures of very small children, babes in arms, women. that is not because you necessarily have a greater desire for family groups to migrate than anybody else, but if you do come in a family group, it's more likely that you want to be sent back —— won't be sent back. there are specific safeguards for a good reason forfamily are specific safeguards for a good reason for family groups and children, which means that paramount is safety of the individuals. medical teams are out there, social service has become involved, i do becomes a hugely difficult and complex bureaucratic business about processing those applications, which does take quite a long time. the correct rout as to ensure we work with agencies and give passage and safe refuge to those people who have
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already been identified as refugees. they fear that this is being penetrated by smugglers who are in it for the money, they will take everything they can from people, they have no regard whatsoever for human life, and i'm actually really worried. these are busy watching wedges, even in good weather, i do fear we will see more lives lost if we can't stop the sin. the headlines on bbc news: thousands take to the streets across the uk — to condemn borisjohnson's decision to suspend parliament. there's been renewed violence in hong kong — with pro—democracy protesters defying a ban on rallying. more than 50 migrants have been detained as they tried to cross the english channel to reach kent — several boats have been intercepted. sport — and for a full round up from the bbc
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sport centre, here's james. i'll have all the scores foryou in a minute — but first liverpool have maintained their hundred % start to the season with a 3—0 win at burnley. so they go into the international break with four wins from four. here's lydia campbell. you can cop already has a legendary status at liverpool after guiding them to a 6 european cup. but now he has done something that shankly, dalglish have done. this was a record 13th consecutive top—flight victory for liverpool. part of that success is down to this man, the u efa success is down to this man, the uefa player of the year. but virtual van dijk was also made to look like a feel inside two minutes. chris wood, one of the few people to get past him this season, but he couldn't apply the finish. u nfortu nately, couldn't apply the finish. unfortunately, he could at the other end though. his deflection helping trent alexander are not open the scoring. there was no such luck
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about liverpool's second. saido mane, coolly slotting home. only sergio aguero has more than him in 2019. the records kept coming for liverpool, roberto firmino becoming the first resume to score 50 premier league goals. klopp's team are the only side with a perfect stick to the season, but they have they are to stay ahead of manchester city, they will surely need directors to keep coming. elsewhere, chelsea squandered a two goal lead to draw with sheffield united, crystal palace beat aston villa, manchester city eased to a 4—0 win over brighton, leicester won 3—1 at home to bournemouth, newcastle and watford shared the points in 1—1 draw — watford's first point of the season — and west ham beat norwich 2—0. it's rangers vs celtic in the old firm derby tomorrow, but everyone else in the scottish premiership
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played today. livingston continue their unbeaten start to the season with a 2—1win at home to st mirren. aberdeen won 3—0 at home to ross county, hearts and hamilton drew 2 all, motherwell were 3—0 winners over hibs, and kilmarnock won by a single goal at stjohnstone there has been some terrible news coming out of belgium this evening, the death of the 22—year—old french driver, anthoine hubert, after a horrific crash in today's formula 2 race in spa. it happened on the second lap and the race was susequently cancelled. our reporterjenny gow was at the circuit today. it was a very high—speed accident, on the second lap, the race was taking place this afternoon. the accident, or incident involved three drivers, so antoine hubert was one of them, one man well was another, and juliano. obviously medical staff and emergency services attended the scene, and one of the drivers was taken away in a helicopter that
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is used for medical emergencies. unfortunately, hubert succumbed to his injuries and passed away at 18:35 local time. lacey was checked out of the medical centre and passed as ok. i think it's a big shock to the paddock. hubert was a young promising driver in the academy, and we haven't had a serious incident, really, since 2014. since that big crash injapan. so i think there is a feeling of shock that something like this can still happen with the amount of safety that's been put into these cars. i think an accident like this, that there is just no avoiding a horrific outcome. charles leclerc set a lap to beat ferrari earlier, qualifying took place for formula one belgian grand prix.
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sharl leclerc dominated it for ferrari, claiming pole position by three quarters of a second from his team mate sebastian vettel. britain's lewis hamilton was third for mercedes. it's now less than three weeks until the rugby world cup kicks off injapan, and ireland have knocked wales off the top of the world rankings with victory in cardiff. ireland started much better, with jacob stcockdale going over twice in the first half as they went into the break with a 15—3 lead. joe schmidt's side added a penalty try early in the second but wales then rallied with tries of their own from debutaunt owen lane and then this from rhys pratchell. but the irish held on, wining 22—17. the two sides meet again next weekend in dublin. scotland have eased to victory in their penultimate warm up match — after thrashing georgia 411—10 in tblisi. scotland made a lightning start 20—0 up inside the first 20 minutes, lock ben toolis with their first try. two tries from rory hutchinson put scotland in control — with late scores from darcy graham and scott cummings sealing the win. the two teams will meet again next
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friday at murrayfield for theirfinal warm up match before the world cup. that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories — this scotland's first minister, nicola sturgeon, has condemned the violence overnight in glasgow. trouble erupted when a planned march in support of a united ireland was met by a counter protest within the govan area of the city. riot police and mounted officers dealt with the disturbance. earlier, i spoke to david scott from the anti—sectarian charity — nil by mouth. he told me that marches happen regularly in glasgow, but that the violence last night was the result of a year of mounting tensions. marches in glasgow are somewhat of a phenomenon because in recent years we find more loyalist and republican marches in the city than we had back in belfast. they're very much something that are part of the fabric of the city. we have the orange order and the apprentice boys and various
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organisations who have in excess of 100 a year, and a smaller number of marches from republican groups, which are about 20 and 30 year, which is quite a lot. we don't necessarily have a marching season in glasgow. it's almost that we have marches almost every weekend of the year. given that, what is it do you think that made last night's march go so badly wrong? last night seemed very shocking, disgraceful and worrying. they are part of a wider narrative that goes on in the city. for about a year now we've had instances in and around marches after a catholic priest was spat on and verbally abused at a procession, which someone has been convicted for. and that really stoked a lot of resentment in the city, people protesting outside churches, they said to protect their churches. processions had to be re—routed. the orange order and various marching groups had to make changes to the way that they wish to do things. there really has been a whiff of sulphur in and around these issues. fast forward a couple of years, and we have situations here
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where we have an irish republican march to call for the unification of ireland, and we've seen a counterprotest. we have had issues with that in some cases where we've had a band that was meant to be involved that were supportive of dissident paramilitaries. and that has stoked things on social media, and the things that come with it. what we had last night was people turning up hell bent on violence. they wanted to cause problems. they weren't coming to make their point peacefully. they were going to be aggressive, they were going to cause trouble. and what we did see is people frightened. they had to shut down part of the public transport network in glasgow. people frightened to leave their homes. people have been scratching their heads thinking, what century are we living in? nearly two million people in assam in india are facing the possibility of becoming stateless — after narendra modi's government published a register of citizens. it's a list of people who can prove they came to the north—eastern state — before neighbouring bangladesh declared independence from pakistan in 1971.
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the final version of the list leaves off 1.9 million people — many of them muslims. india's governing bjp party has been accused of bias towards its hindu population — a charge it denies. police in france say a 19—year—old man has died and at least nine other people have been injured in a knife attack at a metro station near the city of lyon. one person armed with a knife has been arrested. the mayor of lyon said the suspected attacker assaulted people waiting at a bus stop, and then ran towards an underground station before being seized by other members of the public a powerful storm threatening the bahamas and the south—eastern coast of the us has gathered strength and is now expected to be the strongest weather system to hit the us coast in decades. winds of up to 150 miles per hour are expected to hit the bahamas tomorrow. the prime minister, hubert minnis, called for those living in the north west of the country to leave for shelters immediately.
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iam 6.1. the surge, i expect it to be two to three times my height. what this would mean is that homes may potentially be completely submerged with water. our weather presenter, nick miller, has more. the forecast for hurricane dorian's track has evolved considerably over the past 2a hours or so. here it is on the satellite picture. as it continues to head west, the eye here is the sign of the strengthening that we have seen, and continue to see with hurricane dorian, with the winds around the centre of around 150 mph. there will be some variations in strength over the coming days, but it is a very powerful system, and it's heading right for the bahamas, particularly northern parts of the bahamas. but it's where it goes next which has become really interesting with this system. at one stage, it looked like it would move right into florida. this is the forecasrainfall
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for dorian, but now the latest tforecast has it moving through at the bahamas with really heavy rain, destructive winds, and a storm surge. but then taking a turn to the north. it's still not guaranteed, but it's becoming more likely that it will not make landfall in florida, though it will have some effect on the coast. and then made up along the south—eastern coast of the usa, before it looks like curving back out into the atlantic. still something to play for in the detail, and yes, it is coming with these destructive winds, the flooding rain, and the storm surge. and these are likely in the bahamas. to what extent and who sees them across the south—eastern side of the usa? we have to wait and see the forecast develops still more in coming days. same sex couples could be allowed to compete on strictly come dancing from next year. the bbc said strictly come dancing is an inclusive show and would consider including same sex pairings "should the opportunity arise." robin windsor is a former professional dancer on the show — he told lukwesa burak he welcomes the move. strictly has always been pitched as a family show,
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and in their own words a few years back, they said that's the reason they wouldn't include same—sex couples. what did you make of that at the time? it was very disheartening at the time, but of course families are now made up very differently than they were, and i think it is fantastic that they are open to have some more inclusivity on the show. what is your experience of same—sex dancing? the first time i saw it, i found it strange, because growing up, you had never really seen that. generally, it is between a man and a woman, or two women dancing together, because there's never enough boys to go around, and of course, there are thousands of girls who dance with each other, and we always think of same—sex partnerships, when we mention it for strictly, as two men, but it can of course be two women as well. how does strictly compare with other versions of the show around the world? in australia, it's called dancing with the stars. we had an incredible drag act dancing with a man, and it was so well—received by the australian public, they were the nation's sweethearts at the time,
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and they embraced it, they went all the way to the final. it was done so perfectly. she did not always dance as a drag queen, sometimes it was as a male as well, it was absolutely fantastic. i was just going to say, does a drag act equate to a same—sex dance? i think we sort of forgot that courtney was actually a man, so it was nice to see what they did with their tango. it was amazing, you can see that online. because it was so well—received, i think it would be fantastic to do that here. and of course, you do not need to be gay to dance with somebody of the same sex, either. ballroom dancing is just about two people moving together in perfect unison across a floor. as long as you have a leader and a follower, it should not really matter who is who. how do you think it'll go down with viewers? what do you think the bbc were afraid of? us brits are very traditional when it comes to our ballrrom dancing, but of course, like anything in the world, it is evolving, and it moves on, and people need to see it to be able to embrace it.
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i think it is one of those things people are a bit scared to see, they think it is not quite right, but until you see something, look at the first lesbian kiss on air in brookside a few years ago caused an absolute uproar, but now it's just the norm. we are looking at some shots on the screen, it is fun, isn't it, strictly come dancing? it is all about fun. it is. it is all about fun. i'm not sure that was dancing, but never mind! it's about two people learning skills together, especially celebrities. it's great for mental health, socialising, fitness, you name it. are there classes or schools where same—sex dancing does take place? once a month, i go to a ballroom in south london, they have a same—sex evening called the pinkjukebox. the first time i went, it was incredible, a jam—packed studio full of same—sex dancing.

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