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hello, i'm reged ahmad with bbc news. voting is now under way live pics)in kazakhstan's presidential election after the shock resignation of long standing leader nursultan nazarbayev. he ruled the country for almost 30 years and still retains key powers. but his resignation along with the renaming of the capital to nursultan in his honour, map triggered a wave of activism and protests by young kazakhs demanding change. the bbc‘s rayhan demytrie sent this report from almaty. political transition, kaza khsta n style. at this highly staged campaign event, the country's president of 29 years, nursultan nazarbayev, appears with his chosen successor, kassym—jomart tokayev.
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this snap election comes after the surprise resignation of nursultan nazarbayev in march. the very next day they decided to rename the capital astana in mr nazarbayev‘s honour. it is now called... nur—sultan. for many this was a step too far. "nur—sultan is not my city! "i have a choice," chants this young kazakh girl in a video that went viral on social media. more protests followed, but dissent is not tolerated in kazakhstan. police dispersed the demonstrations. dozens were arrested. "you can't run away from the truth, hashtag for fair elections," reads this banner, held by two activists at the almaty marathon in april. both gotjailed for 15 days for violating the public assembly law.
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and this young man was detained for holding a blank sheet of paper. but the government says that freedom of expression exists in kazakhstan. translation: nobody is tightening the screws. nobody is being persecuted or repressed. but the state has to defend its own interests. if our candidate wins we will continue the democratic reforms in the country. the kazakh youth are unconvinced. as people i think we kind of woke up and we realise that we have the power to do something and we need to take part in the life of our country. these young people have gathered here to sing together, to recite poems, they describe it, they call it ‘seruen‘, which in kazakh means a walk about together. unsanctioned protests or any sort of public gatherings are not allowed in kazakhstan. so this is an alternative, a creative way to get together to make their voices heard.
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"change, we want to change" they sing. the kind of change that these presidential elections are unlikely to bring. rayhan demytrie, bbc news, almaty. the leaders of the pro—democracy movement in sudan have called for a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience starting on sunday. their call comes after three figures in groups opposing the government, including a politician, were arrested. the bbc‘s africa security correspondent, tomi oladipo, says the arrests come at a key moment in mediation talks: sot well, i think it's more the timing of these arrests. they come just after ethiopian‘s prime minister visited sudan. he was coming in as a mediator to bring together the opposition alliance and the military. when he spoke to both sides, to each side rather, they seemed like they were open to dialogue, although the opposition
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gave a list of conditions before they would speak. but the military followed that up by ordering these arrests and three opposition leaders arrested in just a matter of hours. so i think that only raises the tension now in sudan. this is a difficult question, i know, but where do you see things thousands of venezuelans have been crossing the re—opened border with colombia to buy food, medicine and other essentials. the economic crisis in venezuela has brought about acute shortages and more than four million people have left the country. it was day two of the women's world cup in france, which saw spain upset tournament debutants south africa in a dramatic second—half comeback within the closing stages of the match. south africa were on course to win their opening game, and led at halftime after a 25th minute goal. but the spaniards composed themselves after the interval. atletico madrid's jennifer hermoso converted two penalties in the 70th and 83rd minutes. they were awarded after a handball and a late challenge which reduced south africa to 10 players.
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then, in the final moments of the match, spain assured their win, slotting in a third, in the 89th minute. they currently sit atop group b above germany who earlier edged past china, i—o. it was also a great start for norway, who decisively beat nigeria 3—0. here in the uk, the conservative mp michael gove, who's one of the top candidates to be the next party leader and prime minister, says he "deeply regrets" taking cocaine more than 20 years ago. he told the daily mail it happened at several social events while he was working as a journalist. mr gove says it was a mistake and he wants conservatives tojudge him on his record as a politician. our political correspondent chris mason reports. if you see yourself as the face of the country's future,
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you can expect plenty of questions about your own past. i can confirm that i will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. for mr gove recently, to here in the late ‘90s is about the time he now admits he cocaine. ..he told the daily mail. will, though, those who choose our next prime minister — conservative mps and members — agree? ultimately, this is an admission of illegality, but i guess the key question is, will it make any difference? times have changed, and this isn't the devastating blow for michael gove‘s campaign that it might once have been. having said that, he is in for some very awkward conservations with party members, who tend to be very socially conservative on this issue.
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and that will be a drag on his campaign. the flip side of that is that it's dragged boris back into the limelight over class a drugs. have you snorted cocaine? unsuccessfully, a long time ago. this was borisjohnson 14 years ago. i sneezed. a very small quantity. it was a long, long time ago. i think it's probably a disgusting and ridiculous thing to do and what else can i say about it? three years later, he said it was simply untrue that he had taken cocaine. other candidates have had admissions to make. rory stewart has apologised for smoking opium at a wedding in iran 15 years ago. andrea leadsom said she smoked cannabis at university. dominic raab said he had as well. this afternoon in michael gove‘s constituency in surrey people appeared relaxed about their mp's past behaviour. to me, it's not relevant. i think this isjust
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people are trying to slur, just to bring him down. not really fair to do that. personally speaking, i don't think it will have any real impact. remember, the race to replace theresa may — and move on here by the end of next month — hasn't yet formally begun. that happens on monday. so the scrutiny, the awkward questions, the probing of each candidate's past is onlyjust beginning. mr gove and his rivals are now in a breathless battle for the topjob. chris mason, bbc news. one of britain's most wanted men, christopher guest more junior, has been arrested in malta, after 16 years on the run. police want to question him over the murder of a man at a remote farmhouse in cheshire, in 2003. chi chi izundu has more details.
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0n the run for 16 years, but now in handcuffs after being captured in malta. christopher guest morejr, one of europe's most wanted en route to a court hearing which started his extradition proceedings. it's thought the 41—year—old had left the uk in 2003 after brian waters was tortured and beaten to death in front of his two adult children. mr waters had been running a cannabis farm at his home in knutsford in cheshire. he'd been brutally whipped, burned, and beaten during the three hour ordeal. three other men, 69—year—old john wilson, 60—year—old james raven, and 41—year—old 0tis matthews are serving life sentences for his murder. mr morejr is wanted in relation to mr waters‘s death, the attempted murder of a second man, and the false imprisonment and assault of other victims at the scene. he is being remanded in custody until his next hearing on monday. chi chi izundu, bbc news. a man who was found in a critical condition at a murder scene earlier this week in salford — has died. the 31—year—old man was taken to hospital after the body
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of 27—year—old regan tierney was discovered by police in walkden on wednesday. police say they are not searching for anyone else in connection with the deaths. a woman who was bitten by a dog in preston last friday has died. 55—year—old sharonjennings, was walking her own dog in the brookfield area of preston when she was attacked by another dog. she was taken to hospital on monday and died last night. police are making enquires to trace the dog involved and its owner. firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the former jordanhill college building in glasgow. the fire broke outjust before four o'clock and plumes of smoke can be seen across the city. the campus used to be part of strathclyde university, but it's currently being developed into a multi—million pound luxury housing development. the us president, donald trump, has been celebrating his deal with mexico, designed to reduce the number of migrants crossing the border into america.
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he had threatened to impose trade tariffs if there was no agreement. in a joint declaration, the two countries said mexico would take unprecedented steps to curb irregular migration and human trafficking. the latest data shows more than 132,000 arrests were made on the us border in may, the highest in more than a decade and a 33% increase from april. it was also the highest monthly total since mr trump took office. many of the migrants come from central america, as the bbc‘s will grant reports. porous, jungled, and nearly impossible to police. every day people move back and forth across the suchiate river, mexico's natural border with central america, on inflatable rafts. many cross for work, commerce, even school. but for us bound migrants it is a crucial step in the arduous journey north.
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for now, punitive tariffs have been avoided, yet few in mexico think that the shaky peace on immigration will last. president lopez 0brador has urged donald trump towards more dialogue, insisting that mexico has clamped down hard on illegal immigration in recent months. still, so far it's made little difference. president trump continues to paint this is basically an unmanned gateway into the united states. once inside mexico, the tough part begins. mexico says it's prepared to increase the deterrent by sending thousands more troops to its southern border. this week some 500 migrants were detained, joining the more than 80,000 deported since december — a huge jump on the previous year. meanwhile, local immigration agencies are clearly overwhelmed and underfunded as they struggle to provide basic services or help with asylum claims. translation: the first time we dealt with around 20,000 migrants.
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we just don't have the resources. the mayor of the town had to dip into her own pocket to help out. typically, most migrants are from central america, although some have reached tapachula from half a world away. democratic republic of congo, central african republic, cameroon, they're all fleeing one thing in common — violence. there is war in cameroon. that is my reason to leave cameroon. so i'm trying to go to the us because there are lots of human rights in the us. the group showed us disturbing images of their trip through the darien gap, one of the most hostile environments in the americas. some of their travel companions never made it, they said. for mexico this is a major issue. the mexican government, i feel, has been doing everything it can, in the circumstances, and what we need is american cooperation, not unilateral threats. mexico can ill afford an economic
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conflict with the us, its largest trading partner. a recession would surely increase immigration north, exacerbating the problem. yet mexicans fear mr trump, who's recently cut aid central america, isn't interested in the causes of immigration, only in seeing it stamped out. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two gay women in london. melania geymonat and her partner chris were passengers on a night bus when a group began harassing them and asking them to kiss. four other males aged between 15 and 18 were questioned on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm. all of those arrested have been bailed until earlyjuly. up to 50,000 people have taken part in a gay pride march in the polish capital, warsaw. for the first time,
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the city's mayor took part. but the leader of the governing law and justice party has described the lgbt movement as a threat to poland's identity. warsaw's pride march wasn't the only one that's taken place this weekend, as ramzan karmali reports. from boston to rome, zagreb to vilnius — pride marches were in full swing. but perhaps the one most under the spotlight was in warsaw — notjust because it was the city's biggest pride event ever, with an estimated 50,000 people taking part, but perhaps because it has come as a time when the ruling conservative law and justice party has increased its opposition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. recently, the leader of the party, jaroslaw kaczy ski, described the lgbt movement as a threat to polish identity. but, for the first time ever, the mayor of the city led the pride march.
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translation: this is about tolerance for everyone. not only for gays and lesbians but also for disabled people, for elderly people, for all who are marginalised today. i will always stand by every minority. gay rights has become a political issue in the country and last month's european parliamentary elections saw the ruling party out perform parties which were more supportive of lgbt rights and the issue is likely to feature again when the general election takes place later this year. ramzan karmali, bbc news. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: polls have opened in kazakhstan in a presidential election after the shock resignation of long—standing leader nursultan nazarbayev. leaders of the pro—democracy movement in sudan call for a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience, starting on sunday.
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let's get more on that now. i've been speaking to dr sara abdelgalil, president of the uk branch of the sudan doctor's union. she explained what the protesters hope to achieve and what the campaign of civil disobedience will entail. what we are calling for is a national complete civil disobedience in all sectors. apart from emergency cover, for example in the medicalfield. saying that, it is becoming difficult to provide that with the invasion of the hospitals, or the fear that travelling to the hospital that you will be attacked. civil disobedience is to paralyse are we talking about strikes? both strikes and civil disobedience. it is very difficult in this situation to strike and go to work and sit
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there and talk about your rights, you will be subjected to shooting or killing or detention. given what you are describing, and we have seen the arrest of these opposition leaders after they were speaking to the ethiopian prime minister, who is trying to mediate, are you feeling pessimistic about the chances of protesters to push for and succeed in getting a civilian government into sudan? no, i think we are still positive that we will use all the tools that we have. however, the issue is not only about detaining the four people in the last 2a hours, even before any aircraft landed in addis ababa. the main issue is about the terrorist group, the janjaweed, who are occupying most of the cities into sudan. this group has to be identified as a terrorist
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group, and action has to be taken. i imagine there is a lot of concern about rapid support forces formerly known as the janjaweed. what do you want to see, do you want to see the african union intervened with troops, or the international community? we don't want any army or intervention in sudan. what we want is for the tmc to be paralysed, not to be identified or welcomed by the international community, and we would like a mediated intervention so that we can have a swift and smooth handover of power to the civilian government. we would like the janjaweed to be recognised as a terrorism group, and that would have an implication about what would happen next,
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by transitional justice. we want the detainees to be released and for doctors to be able to go to the hospitals. at the moment there is a humanitarian crisis in sudan. for a country where people led a civilised, peaceful, non—violent resistance in the last five months. that was the president of the uk branch of the sudan. as union. —— sudan doctors union. the russian investigative journalist, ivan golunov, has been placed under house arrest for two months. mr golunov was detained on thursday and later charged with attempting to sell a large quantity of drugs. his supporters say the charges are fabricated, and that he's been framed because he investigated corruption. prosecutors had been seeking a jail sentence. australian ashleigh barty has won the french open women's singles title in paris. the 23—year—old cruised to her first grand slam victory over the czech teenager marketa vondrousova
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in straight sets. it comes after barty took a break from the sport in 2014 to play professional cricket. she's now australia's first singles winner at the tournament in more than a0 years. for the last fortnight, the stars have aligned for me. i've been able to play really good tennis when i've needed it and this is just incredible. i never dreamt that i'd be sitting here with this trophy here at the french open. obviously we have dreams and goals as children but this is incredible. and the men's final takes place on sudnay between rafael nadal and dominic thiem, a repeat of last year's final which nadal won. the queen's official birthday, has been marked by the trooping the colour ceremony, with the duchess of sussex joining the parade in an open—top carriage. it's her first public appearance, since the birth of her son four weeks ago. 0ur royal correspondent,
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daniella relph reports. fanfare. this week, she has hosted a president and remembered the sacrifice of d—day. today, the queen herself was celebrated on her official birthday. trooping the colour also saw a return to royal duties for the duchess of sussex. meghan rode in a carriage with her husband and the duchesses of cornwall and cambridge, for her first royal engagement since baby archie was born on the 6th of may. the american duchess did not take part in the state visit of the american president earlier in the week, because of the birth of her baby son. but officials say she chose to interrupt her maternity leave for this event, because it is a family moment in which she wanted to share. the queen has rarely missed a trooping the colour. hers is an expert eye on a spectacle
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of military precision. among those watching was theresa may, a day after formally stepping down as conservative party leader. from the parade ground back to the palace, surrounded by pomp and pageantry. the ceremony also draws together one of the year's largest gatherings of senior royals. and the police carefully guided the crowds on the mall into prime position. at buckingham palace, they saw the queen lead the family out as the younger generation stole the show. prince louis, 13 months old and making his debut on the palace balcony, had his own take on the royal wave. they all watched the fly—past, the day's grand finale, although strong winds meant several of the vintage aircraft couldn't fly. as his great—grandmother led herfamily back inside, the youngest royal there looked like he'd definitely be
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back next year. daniela relph, bbc news, buckingham palace. for many people golf can seem like a pretty sedate sort of sport. you need a good shot and a decent putting game — but it doesn't have to be all that energetic. it's a very different story though, for a group of players here in the uk who've decided to pick up the pace a little. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. you know that saying, ‘golf is a good walk spoilt‘? well, there's not that much walking at the annual speed golf pairs championship. you have to go round the course in the fewest number of strokes but you have to do it as quickly as possible.
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speed really is of the essence and it was all too much for some. i am knackered. i am done. that was the hardest and most exhilarating round of golf i have ever had. it was so fun. you play as a pair and it is a foursomes game so the team may alternate hitting the same ball. the game may seem familiar but appearances can be deceptive. it is very different. you have less clubs. so knowing the course and knowing the clubs that you need is a big help because then you do not have to play short shots. the winning duo got around the 18 hole course in less than 50 minutes. perhaps a trip to the 19th hole is in order and a suitably quick drink.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @regedahmadbbc time now to get the weather with chris fawkes. hello again. it's not been the best of a start to the weekend, really, with a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain and blustery winds for much of the day across good parts of the uk. skies look rather grey and leaden like these. you can see just how extensive the rain is as well. in the north—west of wales, 36 millimetres of rain over the 24—hour period. that's getting on for 1.5 inches of rain. but the brisk winds calmed down and generally it was a better end to the day. for example in hertfordshire with clearing skies. if you are heading outside over the next few hours, for many of us, lengthy clear spells with showers restricted to the north and west of the uk as the area of low pressure continues to drift away from our shores and move closer and closer to norway. given the clear skies, it's not particularly cold. temperatures for most
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of us between seven and nine degrees celsius. and it means it's going to be a fine start to the day, with the sun up. plenty of that sunshine through the morning and a largely dry morning to come. that said, quite cloudy for scotland in the north and a few showers here. going into the afternoon, shower clouds will begin develop around midday. in the afternoon, those showers become heavy, thundery and slow—moving. they'll form in lines where the winds clash together in these convergence zones and they will bring heavy showers to the south—west england, the south midlands. maybe a few downpours for mid—wales, northern ireland and across the north of scotland. these areas, with the convergent winds, are the areas where you will most likely see showers. away from those zones, fewer showers, more dry weather and more in the way ofjune sunshine. all in all, it will feel a warmer day. temperatures, 16—20. looking at the weather picture into the early part of the new week, a real clash of hot air from africa into central europe, colliding with cooler air coming down from polar regions. that clash of air masses with big temperature contrasts brings quite an active weather front and the met office have already
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issued a yellow weather warning for this. through monday and tuesday, some areas could be getting on for a month's worth of rain. the rain is not going to bejust intense but persistent. the rain notjust across eastern areas either but is extensive across england and wales. further north, scotland and northern ireland, a few passing showers, weather largely dry, though, with spells of sunshine. you can see how the rain will continue to pump in both through monday and tuesday with the threat of localised flooding. that is where we see the heaviest and most prolonged bursts of rain. from there, the rain travels north and rain going into scotland and northern ireland later in the week as the weather tries to improve in the south.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the polls have opened in kazakhstan in the country's presidential election. it follows the resignation of nursultan nazarbayev — who's ruled the country for almost 30 years. there have been a wave of protests by young kazakhs since mr nazarbayev stood down — as he still retains key powers. the sudanese opposition has called for a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience starting on sunday and continuing until a civilian government is installed. the announcement follows a tumultuous week in sudan — in which more than a hundred people are believed to have been killed by the security forces. president trump says he believes mexico will try very hard to implement the deal it's reached with the us to curb illegal immigration. the threat to impose tariffs on all imports from mexico has been dropped. but they could be introduced if mexico fails to live


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