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hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm nkem ifejika. the to the course to the bureau believes that an attempt has been made life. —— we start with the breaking news venezuela, president nicolas maduro believes that an attempt has been made on his life. it said drones loaded with explosives were flown towards a military parade he was attending. the president, who was in the middle of a speech at the event in caracas, was unharmed. shortly afterwards, the president — speaking from his office — said he was alive and well, and more convinced than ever to continue his revolution. he spoke of a right wing conspiracy against him, involving domestic enemies and neighbouring colombia. president nicolas maduro was in the middle of a speech when this happened. the camera cuts to soldiers at the event, who we can see running. officials say two
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drones had been packed with explosives and flown towards the president. in the aftermath, recriminations. the venezuelan prime minister accuses the opposition of carrying out the attack. it is not ha rd to carrying out the attack. it is not hard to see why nicolas maduro might feel embattled. police and anti—government activists clashed regularly. protests continue after what opponent says nicolas maduro‘s increasingly authoritarian rule. the country has the largest oil reserves in the world but its economy is on its knees. hyper inflation means shelves are often bear and children go hungry. nicolas maduro says the current crisis is the result of a western plot to crush a socialist government and says the opposition is in on it. speaking at the attack, he claims it was engineered by colombia and financed from florida. so while his detractors both at home
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and abroad may beg to differ, for mr maduro and his supporters, at these latest events prove that they are the ones under attack. let's get some of the day's other news. the us first lady melania trump has come out in support of the basketball star lebron james, a day after president trump questioned the nba player's intelligence on twitter. during an interview about his latest project — opening a school for at—risk children — lebronjames criticised the president, calling him "divisive". a new outbreak of the ebola virus in the east of the democratic republic of congo is thought to have killed more than 30 people. the area, which is near the ugandan border, includes a trading hub and crowded refugee camps, and that makes the outbreak difficult to control if it takes hold. sporadic protests have continued for the fifth successive day in several iranian cities, and that's despite heavy security measures and riot police presence. videos of the protests have been shared on social media. according to the fars news agency, one protester was shot dead
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and at least 20 have been detained. the former brazilian president, luiz inacio lula da silva, has been nominated by the workers party to run in october's presidential elections. he's leading in the opinion polls, but there's a bit of a snag: he's actually serving a jail sentence for corruption. gail maclellan reports. some 2,000 members of the workers party gathered in sao paulo and declared lula their presidential candidate, cheering as a message from the man was read out. "brazil needs to restore its democracy", he said. the former president is leading most opinion polls and is appealing his conviction for corruption, but it's uncertain whether the electoral court will allow him to stand. he has denied taking bribes from a construction company and said his conviction was part of a right—wing plot to prevent him from returning to power. if he loses the appeal, his party will be able to nominate another candidate.
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meanwhile, the establishment heavyweight geraldo alckmin secured his nomination from the centre—right bsd party -- psdb, in coalition with a number of influential conservative parties. they reject to all that lula and his workers party stand for. they accuse him of corruption and nepotism. official campaigning starts in two weeks‘ time. you can keep up—to—date with all of oui’ you can keep up—to—date with all of our news on the bbc website. another option for you is to just simply download the bbc news app. detectives investigating the disappearance of the midwife samantha eastwood, who's been
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missing for more than a week, have found a body. specialist officers spent the day searching a rural area just outside stoke—on—trent. a 32—year—old man, who was arrested on sunday on suspicion of kidnap, has been rearrested on suspicion of murder. sarah corker reports from staffordshire. samantha eastwood was described by her family as warm, generous, and a selfless midwife. these cctv images of the 28—year—old leaving the royal stoke hospital after a night shift last friday were the last time she was seen alive. after an extensive search of woodland and fields around the village of caverswall in rural staffordshire, a body was discovered by police at midday. those living nearby said there had been a heavy police presence here for days. just a lot of police activity, a lot of people about, and a police helicopter in the field, hovering around, you know, which is normally a quiet lane. as we came back into the farm this morning about 10:30am, there was quite a lot of activity around the entrance to the quarry at the bottom of the lane.
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and there seemed to be police dogs and police officers. it was around 9am this morning when police closed off this quiet country lane about ten miles from stoke—on—trent. and it's been the focus of intense police activity ever since. then, late this afternoon, detectives confirmed that three men had been arrested. a 32—year—old who had been released on bail was rearrested on suspicion of murder. and a 28—year—old and a 60—year—old man were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. the body has yet to be formally identified, but staffordshire police say they are supporting samantha eastwood's family at this difficult time. sarah corker, bbc news, in caverswall, staffordshire. now, two—thirds of plastic food containers which we put in our recycling bins end up being buried or burned because they can't be recycled. according to the local government association of england and wales,
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the combination of plastics used in many yoghurt pots and ready—meal trays mean they can't be properly processed. matt cole has the story. plastic isn't meant to end up here, choking the seas and the life in it. but despite a growing public awareness of the need to recycle, councils say their efforts are being undermined by manufacturers. it's at sites like these across the country that the recycling process begins. mountains of rubbish needing separating into what can and can't be reused. now, when it comes to plastic, well, there are bottles like this, fairly easy to separate and recycle. but what about these? plastic fruit punnets containing mixed materials. that's not so easy. and then there's these. black plastic microwave trays. the sensors in recycling sorting machines can't detect the black, and as a consequence, problems with things like this
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that means two thirds of plastics just end up being thrown away. most ends up in landfill or is incinerated, but that is more expensive for councils and taxpayers. —— it's very confusing. i washed up black things for ages because i did not want them hanging around smelling before i went and put them into recycling, and then heard that black, you know, you can't do it. to be honest, ijust look at it and go plastics going in there. and i think that's what a lot of people do. the choice of packaging to present their product is seen as crucial by some manufacturers. but now there are calls for change. black plastic cannot be recycled currently, and so we're saying that actually black plastic should be banned completely and manufacturers should be made to use plastics that can be recycled. another solution could be to vary the current flat rate paid by manufacturers to help recycling costs, charging extra for more difficult materials. i think what we need to do is drive designers and manufacturers and brand retailers to go towards those types of packs that
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are more easily recycled. because these ones yield secondary material that can be used again. the government acknowledges more work is needed, but says it is working with manufacturers to improve recycling rates. matt cole, bbc news. soaring temperatures in portugal and southern spain have led to a series of major wildfires. more than 1000 firefighters are trying to bring the flames under control. temperatures reached 46 degrees celsius in some areas. sima kotecha reports from cordoba in spain. there's hot, and then there's really hot, and it is, across the iberian peninsula. in southern portugal, the intensity of the heat led to wildfires. more than 1,000 firefighters tackled the blaze in a popular tourist destination. here in cordoba, in southern spain, by mid—morning, temperatures had
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already reached 30 degrees celsius, and then it got hotter. we arrived here yesterday afternoon, when it was about 43 degrees. peter stayed in the hotel. i said, "i'm going out for a walk", and i came back pretty quickly. as this torrid weather continues, the government is frequently reminding people here how to stay cool, and doctors have told us that they're particularly concerned about those who are visiting from colder climates. it's so much warmer here, so much warmer, but we have come to see cordoba and that's what we'll do. i didn't listen to the health warnings, ijust wasn't going to cook my head. there's no sign of this extreme heat subsiding soon. forecasters say it's expected to be like this for at least a few days yet, but determination often prevails, and for some, no heatwave is going to get in the way of having a good time. sima kotecha, bbc news, cordoba.
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the first lady of the united states, melania trump, has come out in support of basketball star lebronjames, just a day after her husband, president trump, questioned the nba player's intelligence on twitter. during an interview about his latest project — opening a school for at—risk children in ohio — lebron james criticised the president, calling him "divisive", and it's not the first time that he's spoken out about mr trump. chris buckler reports from washington. lebronjames lebron james is lebronjames is without lebron james is without any lebronjames is without any doubt one of the biggest stars in american sports. when he recently signed for the la la kers, sports. when he recently signed for the la lakers, it made the headlines, but he has found himself in the news again because of his criticism of donald trump. on cnn, he accused the president of using sport to split the us apart and it
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is not the first time he has spoken out against mr trump.|j is not the first time he has spoken out against mr trump. i am not going to let him, while i have this platform, it any individual, no matter the power, no matter the impact that he should have, or should have, ever use sport as a platform to divide us. in an angry tweeds, donald trump fired back at both the basketball star and the news network, saying... it is farfrom it is far from the first time that athletes, or cnn, have angered the american president. earlier this year, mrtrump american president. earlier this year, mr trump cancelled a traditional visit to the white house by the super bowl winners after most of the philadelphia eagles's players said they did not want to go. and
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after some american football players neil during the national anthem to protest against police brutality against african—americans, kee demanded they were fined. —— kneeled. but lebron james has but lebronjames has a surprising ally in this latest fight, mr trump's 0&y. a statement by the first lady's spokeswoman says melania trump was impressed by lebronjames's melania trump was impressed by lebron james's work to melania trump was impressed by lebronjames's work to do good things on behalf of the next generation. he hasjust opened a new school for at risk students in his hometown of ohio. the school offers a range of extra support for children from low income families. melania trump made clear that she was open to the idea of going to visit that. i love you too, man, i really do. that is a sign of support from lebron james, really do. that is a sign of support from lebronjames, even as he views with her husband. the venezuelan government says
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there's been an unsuccessful drone attack on president maduro at a military parade. the president blames colombia. police searching for a missing midwife in staffordshire have found a body. 28—year—old samantha eastwood hasn't been seen for more than a week. three men have been arrested. 18 people have died in a helicopter crash in north—western siberia, russia. the russian transport ministry says they are investigating allegations of negligence and whether safety guidelines had been violated. the incident took place shortly after takeoff, near the town of igarka. sarah rainsford reports from moscow. the helicopter was 100 metres off the ground when its propellers hit the external cargo of another helicopter. it lost control, crashed and burst into flames, killing all 18 passengers and crew on board. the helicopter it hit was able to carry out an emergency landing. translation: that there were 15 passengers and 3 crew
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members on board. we discovered that at 9:48 local time, the helicopter crashed 180km north of the city of igarka. one probably cause of the fault is that the aircraft hit the cargo suspended from a mi—6 helicopter. those who died were workers heading for the start of a shift on a remote siberian oil field run by a subsidiary of the state oil giant rosneft. the company has called the actions of the crew inexplicable, adding that they had been warned the other helicopter was dangerously close. russia's investigative committee says all causes for the accident are being examined including pilot error and added that the crew's training and flight history would be checked. the bbc‘s sarah rainsford in moscow. the dissident chinese artist lebron
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james dissident chinese artist ai weiwei has had his studio knocked down. as the walls of his studio were torn down, ai weiwei said farewell. a post on social media explaining the space he had created and kept some of his most iconic work was being destroyed. workers boxed up what they could but itjust wasn't possible to move everything before the demolition started. they had known they had to leave by the 15th of this month, the lease had come to an end. but they didn't expect was the wrecking the machines. translation: someone called me and said we must move out of the building within three days. in only three days, of course i don't have the ability to move everything out in three days. outside, remnants of works left
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where it had been standing in the place mr ai had used for 12 years. it's not the first time this has happened. another one of his studios in shanghai was destroyed in 2011. that time, too, he claimed he had no warning. mr ai had been a favourite of the chinese government but has since become an outspoken critic and some would say has paid the price. in 2011, he was detained for 81 days on charges he says were politically motivated. he has since moved to berlin. it is not clear at the destruction was directly targeting mr ai. authorities have been clearing large parts of beijing for redevelopment and demolitions have been taking place in this complex for the past three months but given relations between the man who may be china's most famous artist and the authorities, many will be asking why this studio and why now. lebo diseko, bbc news. a woman has become the first woman
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in denmark to wearing a face veil in public. the ban was officially passed in denmark's parliament earlier in the year. it doesn't mention burqas or niqab specifically but says anyone who wears a garment who —— that covers the pace in public will be fined. the actor steven seagal has been appointed as special envoy. he was an international —— he is and international —— he is and international film star. the actor has previously praised v putin's policies, calling him one of the
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greatest living world leaders. thousands of student protesters in bangladesh have blocked traffic in the capital dhaka for a seventh day running, calling for stricter traffic laws. the protests have continued since a boy and a girl were killed by a speeding bus. jill mcgivering has more. chanting. they're young and they're angry. bangladesh hasn't seen anything quite like this before. school children in uniform took control of the roads for a seventh day on saturday, causing chaos. they want the government to make the roads safer. the trigger came last sunday when a boy and girl were knocked down and killed by a bus. "we have been protesting for days", said this boy, "we wantjustice for the students who were killed by a bus. we want safe roads". some transport companies have responded by staging
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their own strike. these buses are off the road and the drivers are angry, saying the students are the ones causing trouble. "we stopped running our buses because students attacked and damaged our vehicles", said this driver, "we can't go on the roads, students hit our drivers, so no vehicles can move". but the students are getting support from many teachers and parents. they all want the government to take action, to stop corruption, improve standards and enforce regulations. several thousand people are killed in accidents every year, giving bangladesh one of the world's worst road safety records. following their two week ordeal trapped in a flooded thai cave, 11 boys and their football coach have completed nine days living as buddist monks. this period of quiet reflection is a tradition in thailand for males who suffer adversity. tom donkin reports. heads shaved and draped in orange robes, thailand's now famous wild boars entered this temple as a football team. they depart as a squad of spiritual enlightenment. 11 of these boys have been ordained
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as novice buddhist monks and during their short stay, they reflected on their recent ordeal through prayer and meditation. part of a tradition here for young males who survive adversity. under the care of temple monks, this has been an opportunity to retreat from the at times frenzied international attention. the past nine days have been an important period for honouring those responsible for their rescue. especially the former navy diver who died during the complex operation. nine is a lucky number here in thailand and this period has been very different to the nine days these children and their coach spent trapped in darkness. that was until two british divers found them.
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it would take a further nine days to complete the risky operation to get them out. this temple stay is the latest in a series of spiritual rites and activities the boys have taken part in. recently, the team were blessed in a traditional ceremony in a process of religious cleansing which took place at the mouth of the cave. thailand is a deeply spiritual country and the extraordinary escape of this team has captivated the population deeply. many now hope this process will bring an end to their suffering and allow them to embark on a new beginning. for police officers enforcing the law or responding to a crime, clear communication is essential. but language barriers can sometimes make this difficult. now lincolnshire police are trying to break down that barrier, by recruiting multi—lingual officers who can communicate more effectively with the county's large eastern european community. our reporter sarah walton went to meet the new rectruits in training. and that is how you could soon be arrested on british soil.
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these officers are being trained to detain people in their own language. maks and gosia have both worked in the uk for more than a decade, butjoined the force after seeing a divide between the communities and the police. definitely there is a language barrier. from basics, emergency calls — it's really hard to make, especially when you're in distress. you can't explain yourself properly, and basically most people probably won't even make a call. in poland, we've got a bit of a different perception of police than i understand british people have in britain, so a lot of polish people are just basically afraid to come forward. and, because they can't communicate properly, so they will be basically avoiding police. they answered a job ad
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from the force looking for multilingual officers, recognising a need to adapt to a changing population. if you are in south holland, the boston area, the south of the county, almost 30% of the population there come from an eastern european heritage or an eastern european background, and across the entire county, it's around 10%. in my force, unfortunately, we were way down in the single percentage points, just only three or four people who actually could represent those communities. so it was a problem for us, because it would impede our communication, ability to relate to those kinds of communities. and gosia and maks know they will have an important role to play in changing that. i am really hoping i will be able to connect with the people and just make a difference, and make sure that people will feel, like, at home. i will definitely go into the street and introduce myself to the local community, tell them that i can actually communicate with them freely, talk about what other problems, and try to face them together.
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so far the force has taken on six multilingual recruits, who will be policing the streets of lincolnshire in just a few months' time. donald campbell's bluebird has taken to the water — for the first time in more than 50 years. the restored hydroplane, which crashed in 1967 killing its famous pilot, was launched in front of cheering crowds on the isle of bute. our correspondent catriona renton was there. the final checks, after 17 years of painstaking restoration, as bluebird prepares to get back in the water. tense moments, but also exciting. just to be able to touch it is amazing, but to actually be able to be privileged enough to actually get in it and mash it, that is pretty good. bluebird was salvaged from coniston water in the lake district in 2001. around 90% of her body work has been restored from the original. this is notjust a technical feat for those involved,
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but a personal one. emily's father has been working on this all her life. this boat has changed his life and made him so proud of his friends and his team and this has really changed our family, and i'm really proud of him. one, two, three. today was the culmination of all that work, a labour of love. bluebird was finally ready to launch — almost. take it back out! but there was a need for some assistance. one last push and she was off. yay. cheering. it's more than 51 years since bluebird was last on the water, and here she is, fully restored, back where she belongs. donald campbell's daughter clutched her father's mascot, that was also rescued from the wreckage. i mean, the lump in my throat and electric shocks travelling through my spine are just something almost indescribable. as you say, we've waited a long, long time but everything good is worth waiting for. today was about seeing that bluebird is watertight and checking her buoyancy. tomorrow, it is likely
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people on the island will hear her as herjet engine is set to be put to the test. now the weather with alina jenkins. hello. if you had the sunshine on saturday, there is more to come on sunday. like saturday though, there will be more cloud once again across northern ireland and scotland, and at times, that could bring some patchy rain, most will be dry though and there will be a good deal of sunshine, as this area of high pressure continues to develop from the south—west. clear skies overnight for much of england and wales, will give way to sunshine by day. always more cloud though for scotland and northern ireland, with this front to the north—west actually bringing some rain later in the day — more on that in a moment. could just be some patchy rain fopr a time across the western side of scotland. the best of any breaks in the cloud
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the further east you are. some brighter sunny spells for northern ireland, even though there is a lot of cloud. but the lion's share of sunshine once again across england and wales. some fairweather cloud developing through the day. highs of 15 to 19 celsius for scotland. 21 for northern ireland. mid to high 20s celsius for much of england and wales, and getting close to 30 celsius for east anglia and south—east england. for many, it is a fine evening to come on sunday, with late spells of sunshine and clear skies overnight. but further north and west, i'm sure you can see, the cloud increasing, outbreaks of rain coming into scotland, northern ireland and slowly sinking its way south and eastwards. temperatures a little higher than they will have been on sunday night. 13 to 17 celsius the overnight low on monday morning. so this is how we start the new working week, holding on to high pressure. the heat and the sunshine across much of england and wales. the heat and the sunshine across much of england and wales. further north and west that front really starting to make inroads, increasing the cloud and bringing further rain through monday morning across northern ireland and into scotland. behind that, you can see there is some fresher air trying to sink its way south—eastwards. but it is going to take its time
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to get across to much of england and wales, probably not until wednesday or thursday that we start to see a noticeable dip in temperature. for monday morning in a little bit more detail — further cloud and rain for northern ireland and scotland. some of that rain just perhaps getting into the far north of england through monday morning. but elsewhere, further south, it's going to stay dry and again, there will be plenty of sunshine. in fact, temperatures even higher again on monday, parts of east anglia and south—east england exceeding 30 celsius. notice the contrast as you head further north and west, the high teens to early 20 celsius so quite some contrast. that theme continues really for scotla nd, northern ireland, and the far north of england. it will be cooler here. there will be some showery rain at times through tuesday and wednesday but many places largely dry, particularly across northern england. head further south and east and, yes, we are hanging on to the sunshine but slowly you will start to see these temperatures starting to drop away. it stays dry but it will be turning cooler. bye— bye.
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