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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: another devastating earthquake hits the indonesian island of lombok — more than 80 people are killed — the rescue operation hampered by power cuts. venezuela's president blames the ultra right for an alleged assassination attempt on his life. security forces say six people have been arrested — more are expected. police in chicago plan more patrols following a deadly weekend of shootings — much of it linked to gang violence. and thousands of firefighers continue their battle in northern california — the wildfire there is now the fifth largest in state history, and still growing. hello. another deadly earthquake has struck indonesia, killing more than 80 people on lombok island. hundreds more were injured.
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the search and rescue operation is continuing, but is being hampered by power cuts. it's the second earthquake to hit lombok in a week. rhodri davies reports. these are deadly tremors that have become feared and familiar to people in this part of indonesia. this magnitude seven earthquake hit the coast on the resort island of lombok on sunday and killed dozens of people, as well as injuring more. the us geological survey said it struckjust ten kilometres underground. and above ground, there was palpable panic. translation: when i was working, it was initially just little shocks, but then it was getting bigger and bigger and people started to shout "earthquake." then all of the staff panicked and rushed out of the building, then officials asked everyone to vacate the building. it is the second quake
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to hit here in a week, forcing families to rush from their homes and onto the streets, where they stayed amid blackouts to sleep and wait for safety. others resorted to prayer, as the power cuts hampered rescue attempts. officials did issue a tsunami warning that they later cancelled, although the seawater as high as 13 centimetres entered a couple of villages. and there were two after—shocks to come. translation: we experienced an after—shock, it was very strong. we ran out from our house twice. this is a residential area, the majority of the houses here are for rent. everyone ran out because the quake was very strong. and it was felt on the neighbouring island of bali, where tourists fled from shopping malls and hotels. we were a little scared, and it went on for a very, very long time.
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everything shook, everything was moving. a hospital in bali put patients outside to sit in tents, while others with broken bones and head injuries were being taken to it. both islands are popular with tourists. the airports on them have suffered minor damage, but remain open. and after a quake killed 16 people and left 500 hikers stranded last week, with more dead in today's strike, people may be wondering what will come next. rhodri davies, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. the united states looks set to roll out new sanctions against iran. the secretary of state, mike pompeo, said an announcement will be made in the next 2a hours. president trump pulled the us out of a deal between world powers and tehran in may. that agreement enabled the lifting of international sanctions — in return for curbs on iran's nuclear programme.
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police in the us state of new mexico have rescued ii malnourished children who were being kept in squalid conditions in a remote desert compound. the local sheriff's office said the children, aged i to 15, had no shoes and were wearing rags. five adults were found at the scene. armed men have attacked a convoy of cars carrying the us envoy to bangladesh in the capital dhaka. ambassador marcia bernicat and her security team were able to get away unharmed, but two cars were damaged in the incident on saturday. thousands of students and school children have been engaged in a week—long protest calling for safer roads. six people have been arrested in venezuela for involvement in an apparent assassination attempt against president nicol s maduro on saturday. the interior minister said the six were part of a group that loaded two drones with explosives and set them off during a military parade in caracas. our latin america correspondent katy watson reports. mr maduro‘s speech started off
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like all the others, a rallying call on state television to support his revolution. and then this happened. the sound cuts off. the television pictures continue to roll. at this point, you can hear what sounds like panicked officials trying to protect mr maduro. and then chaos. the broadcast gets cut. unverified footage appears to show the moment the drone exploded during the president's speech. pictures taken seconds afterwards show the president being shielded by bodyguards. within hours of the incident, he returned on screen, defiant. translation: there has been an attempt to assassinate me. i have no doubt that this all points to the extreme right in venezuela in cahoots with the extreme right in colombia and that the colombian president is behind this
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attempt, i have no doubt. the aftermath felt chaotic. the secret service, a common sight in venezuela, was out in force. this evening, six people were arrested over the incident. colombia has denied any involvement in the incident, as has the us. i can say unequivocally there is no us government involvement in this at all. he's made accusations, accusing the outgoing president of colombia of responsibility for what he calls the extreme right wing in venezuela. that means the vast opposition to his authoritarian rule. and he has blamed unnamed financiers in the united states. these are things he's said before. venezuela is in deep economic crisis. people are going hungry amid acute food shortages. hospitals are running out of supplies. inflation is expected to rise to 1,000,000% by the end of this year. the opposition has warned that
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mr maduro will use these images to take advantage of a further crackdown on his political opponents. katy watson, bbc news. earlier i spoke to eva golinger. she's an attorney and was an advisor to the former venezuelan president hugo chavez. i asked her what she had been hearing had happened. i think it's still unclear as to who the actual authors or intellectual authors of this attack are — were, or if there's anything still underway in terms of plots underway against his government. one thing i do believe that is important to point out is that despite the fact that there was initially some doubt as to the credibility of what the government's version of the events was, that it was a drone attack against maduro and others, possibly, in his government — because actually his cabinet essentially was on stage with him at the same time, or most of them —
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and so it would have been a very drastic situation, had the drone actually exploded on stage. so one thing that is important to point out is that there have been a number of independent and actually critical journalists — critical of the government of maduro — that have confirmed, and have confirmed with others, as well, that there were two drones that did explode that seemed intent on attacking maduro while he was speaking with the national guard of venezuela. i think it shows the vulnerability in venezuela, the level also of attention and, you know, pressure that the government is under, the instability created in the country, that this sort of volatile situation could easily occur in the country. and that, you know, we'll find out more in the days to come, who was behind it. but my personal opinion
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is that it was an amateur attack. it does not look professionally conducted, or it would have been successful. they can certainly be fringe extremist groups behind it that had been seeking to oust nicolas maduro from office. i'm — i am no expert either, but i had similar feelings to you about the expertise of those who might have tried to carry out this attack. but i suppose it does show how bad things are. the reason i say that is because i spoke to some opposition activists, and they said while they do not like nicolas maduro, but they would not want him dead. that would not be their way to get into office, to kick him out of office. so things must be terrible to come to this stage. absolutely. and this is just a thread of events that have been taking place over the past year or so where there have been some violent actions against the government from these fringe far—right or just anti—government — i am not sure they have a proper ideology. theyjust want nicolas maduro out.
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so i think the opposition is in disarray, there is desperation in the country. maduro won the election in contested elections in may. he has now proposed economic reforms. people are possibly hopeful this could improve the situation on the ground. but overall, i mean, he has displayed authoritarian tendencies. there was a dramatic erosion of democratic institutions in the country, and so i think it is correct that some presume that this kind of incident could be used for a further crackdown on those in the opposition. but at the same time, there has not been a viable alternative presented to this government in venezuela. and until that happens, you know, there will continue to be these kinds of desperate actions that will take place, as long as the country remains in such a dire economic crisis. this weekend has seen a surge in violent crime in the us city of chicago. local media say 59 people have been shot since friday night. the death toll is still not clear,
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but some reports say at least five people have been killed — others place it as high as eight. police say that despite the recent violence, murder rates are actually down. pastor gregory livingston is from the coalition for a new chicago which has been organising protests against the violence. thank you forjoining us. you have been protesting, which means that you would like something to be done. what would you like to see done? first of all, thank you for having me. let mejust first of all, thank you for having me. let me just emphasise that this is the 52nd anniversary of doctor martin luther king's must remark apart, where he was not permanently injured. the march was hostile and dangerous. but we have a march on thursday that he cubs dingos. we're
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still struggling with some of the same problems. we have made some progress, but still not enough, because chicago, its main problem is that it was intentionally segregated, and now it must intentionally de— segregate to bring down the corruption of violence. that is taking your protest, because the chicago cubs, that would be mainstream chicago, hard does that help your cause? you know, we brought much as from the south and west sides of chicago to disadvantage as areas. much to those areas, through shattered businesses, foreclosed houses, potholes on the street, and it would not have made them addressed. but we marched to an affluent and would be part of town, where many of these weapons have not been for their entire lives, and expose them to some indifferent. they were no shattered stores or foreclosed homes, nobody broke angle
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in the street, so here, where there is economic value, is great great easter, which affects the mayor, who i believe is the head of this corruption. he did not start corruption. he did not start corruption in chicago, but he cannot be allowed to perpetuate it. so we need to bring it where the crimes of the complaints of people are typically heard, which is in the more affluent parts of chicago. thank you very much forjoining us. that is pastor gregory livingston from coalition for a new chicago, john ayers from chicago. —— joining us john ayers from chicago. —— joining us from chicago. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: snapping hong kong's trams — we speak to the photographer documenting the territory's iconic ding dings. the question was whether we want to save our people, and japanese as well, and win the war and taking a chance to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at 2am this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise.
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we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines — the indonesian island of lombok has been rocked by the second deadly earthquake within a week. at least 80 people have been killed. the venezuelan government says six
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people have been arrested for involvement in an apparent assassination attempt against president nicol s maduro. —— president nicolas maduro. president trump has declared a major emergency in california, as wildfires rage across the state. thousands of firefighters have been deployed, tackling blazes which have been spread by high temperatures and strong winds. so far, seven people have died and thousands evacuated. our north america correspondent, chris buckler reports. for more than a week, parts of california have been in a state of urgency. and now, as a result of the damage, destruction and deaths caused by these ferocious wildfires, the white house has declared this a major disaster. slowly they are containing more and more of the biggest blazes, but it's obvious firefighters are struggling in their battle against the flames and the conditions. strong winds, high temperatures and low humidity have combined to create the perfect conditions for the wildfires to spread. we've displaced nearly
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40,000 plus people. there's been about 1,300 plus homes that have been destroyed. but on the good part, we've repopulated many areas and got people back into their homes as quickly as possible. but some don't have homes to return to, and there are other areas where families are only now being ordered to evacuate. that's true beyond california. skylines across a series of states, including utah, have been lit up by the wildfires. a spectacular sight, but everyone here knows what is at risk. we stayed up there as long as we could in our valley until the flames were actually... they weren't 360 degrees around our area, but close enough that we decided to get out.
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in california alone, more than 1,000 aircraft and fire engines are being used in the attempt to bring the fires under control, but it's proving extraordinarily difficult. the mendocino complex fires north of san francisco now cover a sprawling area more than two thirds the size of los angeles, but declaring this a disaster will mean extra money to help those who've lost their homes and businesses, and that number continues to grow. i normally don't like to scare people, but i always want to say we've got tough times ahead. firefighters from new zealand and australia are flying in to help try to help try to tackle the carr fire north of sacramento, another of the major blazes. in this state more than 14,000 people have been involved in the huge effort to put out these flames, but this is only the start of the wildfire season and there is a clear fear of what california could face in the weeks ahead. chris buckler, bbc news. let's ta ke
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let's take you a tour of whether it related stories is the —— let's take you on a world tour of weather related stories. temperatures close to record levels in portugal and spain are posing a serious challenge to firefighters still trying to bring a number of blazes under control. in southern portugal, aircraft have been dropping water to douse forest fires, as temperatures hover above a0 degrees celsius. firefighters from the two countries have been worked jointly to contain fires near their shared border. the greek government has replaced the chiefs of its police force and fire brigade, following criticism of their handling of the wildfires near athens, which killed 90 people. it comes just days after the resignation of the civil protection minister. opposition parties say the government failed to provide warnings and evacuate the area and gave conflicting accounts of what went wrong. the australian government has announced more aid for farmers more than 20 trucks were dragged
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cou nts more than 20 trucks were dragged counts —— ashton in china. gropes and harnesses were used to rescue stranded occupants, there were no reports of any injuries. —— ropes. the australian government has announced more aid for farmers as parts of the country suffer the worst dry spell in living memory. the prime minister malcolm turnbull, says it's important to respond to what he calls "exceptional" circumstances. the extra $140 million brings the total relief to more than $426 million. after years of secretive negotiations, the catholic church and the chinese communist party may be on the brink of a deal a compromise in which the vatican allows the chinese government a greater say in the appointment of clergy, appears likely. some regard it as a way for the church to expand the numbers of china's catholic minority. but as our correspondent john sudworth reports, critics see it as a betrayal. in china, not even prayer is free from communist party control. for decades, an atheist government has insisted on the right to appoint priests and bishops in the catholic church. but this church in eastern china is one of the many that has been holding out.
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in defiance of the chinese government, the bishop here has been appointed directly by rome. he now finds himself at the centre of a momentous compromise. despite being frequently detained for his loyalty, the vatican is planning to ask him to step aside. it is a real privilege to meet you. i was hoping i could ask you just a few quick questions. we find bishop guo eating breakfast, then just been released again by chinese state security. i ask him why he was detained this time. translation: i don't know. i guess they want less media exposure. has the vatican asked you to step aside and have you agreed? translation: the pope is our leader. if he decides, then yes, we obey. if he does get that order, as many here expect,
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then his congregation will be placed under the control of a communist pa rty—backed bishop instead. it is one of a number of concessions in return for which the vatican hopes it will be free to recruit badly needed new members to a unified chinese church. it is an extraordinary moment. a reconciliation between two of history's great opposing forces — catholicism and communism. while people here may be unable to voice their criticisms too openly, elsewhere there is deep concern. in a seminary in hong kong, a place where china's persecuted christians once fled, the deal is seen as a deep betrayal. cardinaljoseph zen is particularly concerned that the chinese communist party will have power over all future appointments, with the pope only holding a veto. how many times can you veto?
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what can you expect from the government? they are presenting their names. can you expect them to present good names? decent names? no. with the new arrangement, they have in their hands the full rights to make their own choice. so, it is going to be a bad choice. do you believe if this deal goes through, it is the end of the catholic church in china? i think so. for the moment, yes. the true church, it disappears. not for the first time, the vatican is being accused of accommodating an authoritarian regime. ultimately, china's catholics will be the judge of whether it is a sensible compromise, or a sell—out. john sudworth, bbc news, beijing.
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trams are are a prominent part of the cultural hertitege in cities across the world. for more than a century, they've been an iconic feature of hong kong, boasting the only fully operational double—decker tram anywhere. one photographer believes they're so special, she's been documenting the ‘ding dings' from dawn to dusk. don't forget you can reach me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @nkem|fejika. hello. it's been a weekend of contrast across the uk. scotland and northern ireland have seen more cloud with some outbreaks of rain at times. england and wales have seen plenty of sunshine and it's been very warm if not hot.
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but some changes to come through the week. slowly we start to lose the heat. it will feel fresher for all of us, an increasing chance of seeing some showers and also still some sunshine, and it's sunshine we'll continue to see for much of england and wales on monday underneath this area of high pressure. meanwhile, for scotland and northern ireland, these fronts will continue to bring more cloud, and also some outbreaks of rain. but slowly it will ease through monday and become increasingly more patchy, maybe a little bit of rain possibly get into the far north of england through the afternoon. equally some breaks of cloud in eastern scotland. after we've lost the mist and low cloud on the western coast, lots of sunshine for england and wales, feeling warm, with 31 or 32 possible in east anglia and south—east england. still 23 celsius for eastern parts of scotland in the best of the sunshine. through tomorrow evening, for most it will be dry with clear skies again for england and wales, before mist and low cloud reforms on western coasts. still a zone of cloud from scotland to northern england could produce a bit of drizzle at times.
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temperatures dropping to between 12 and 16 celsius in many areas, 17 or 18 maybe still in south—east england. we still have the front going from monday into tuesday. it's a weakening feature as it slips south and east. still a band of cloud stretching from scotland down into parts of wales and south—east england. and it's a dividing line really between the fresher air behind it and still holding onto the heat and warmth further south and east. tuesday will be the last hot day that we see for some time across south—east england. you've still have that zone of cloud, as i mentioned, stretching down from scotland into wales and that could bring patchy rain for a time on tuesday. but it will fizzle out and actually by tuesday afternoon, most areas will become largely dry with sunshine. temperatures still exceeding 30 celsius across east anglia and south—east england. the fresher feel further north and west, but it is the last of the hot days. actually through tuesday evening, we could well see some thunderstorms developing across eastern and southern england. as they start to clear away, we'll all be in something fresher as we go into wednesday and thursday. certainly the case across much
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of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. still some showers around here through wednesday and thursday. but notice the drop in temperature further south and east. many places still dry with an increasing chance that some of us could see some showers. bye— bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: more than 80 people have been killed on lombok island in indonesia. hundreds more are being treated for broken bones and head injuries. the search and rescue operation is continuing, but is being hampered by power cuts. last week an earthquake killed at least 15 people in the same area. venezuela says six people have been arrested after an attempt was made to kill preisdent maduro at a military parade in the capital, caracas. the preisdent blamed a right—wing plot by forces within venezuela, and the colombian president, for the apparent attack. colombia says the
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accusation is baseless. a second world war vintage plane has crashed in the swiss alps, killing all 20 people on board. the aircraft had been returning from locarno in the south of the country, and is thought to have been carrying tourists. swiss police say the 80—year—old plane came down on a remote mountainside in the east of the country. those are the main headlines.
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