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this is bbc news, i'm ben bland. our top stories: the united states releases what it says is video evidence of iran's involvement in thursday's attack on two tankers in the gulf of oman. iran denies the claims. the world health organisation has stopped short of declaring an international public health emergency over the ebola outbreak in eastern congo. days of heavy rain across southern china leave dozens dead, with tens of thousands forced from their homes. the pope's message to big business on climate change — he tells executives urgent action is needed to limit global warming. we have failed to listen to the fruits of scientific analysis, and doomsday predictions can no longer
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be met with irony or disdain. and it's paradise for a paleontologist. we go fossil hunting in search of the mysterious and monstrous megalodon. hello, and welcome to bbc news. president trump says he's convinced that iran did carry out thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the gulf of oman. that view is being supported by the uk government. earlier, the us military released a video which it said showed iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the stricken ships. tehran has strongly denied any involvement in the attacks. here's our chief international correspondent lyse doucet. america builds its case. the us military says their video
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shows iran's islamic revolutionary guards removing a limpet mine from this stricken tanker. their photos of the ship's hull point to what they say is probably that mine which didn't explode — and the damage from one which did. one of two attacks on oil tankers in the gulf on thursday, which rang the alarm about disruption of oil supplies, and the danger of war in this volatile region. others, including the un, are calling for an investigation. but this morning, president trump took to his favourite tv show to say iran's to blame. well, iran did do it, and you know they did it, because you saw the boat. i guess one of the mines didn't explode, and it's probably got, essentially, iran written all over it. tonight, britain's foreign secretary backed him up. jeremy hunt now says responsibility almost certainly lies with iran. iran denies that.
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at this regional meeting, its president took aim at the united states. translation: the us government has acted against all international laws in the last two years by adopting an aggressive policy, and it poses a serious threat to regional and international stability. whoever caused these explosions knows they are playing with fire. just look at this map of the gulf region, and the narrow waterways, where the world's oil tankers come and go. this is where these tensions could escalate — by an accidental collision or a retaliatory strike by iran or the us and its closest partners, including saudi arabia. for now, the saudis are threatening stern action against what they see as iran's puppet — the houthis in yemen — already locked in a devastating war with the saudi—led coalition just south of here. so is there a way out? definitly, and that's through diplomacy, that the trump administration pulled out of the nuclear agreement last year, and reimposed sanctions on iran, despite the fact that it didn't
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violate the nuclear agreement. now we have people in the administration that are hoping to put so much of the economic pain on society that it will lead to a regime change, and so at the same time, they are saying that they want the trump, that they want to talk to iran. they call me and so that's almost laughable. if iran's to blame, it may be its message, it can also inflict pain — on oil supplies, on stability. a warning, if one was needed, of the cost of confrontation. lyse doucet, bbc news. our correspondent mark lowen is at a port in the united arab emirates on the gulf of oman with more. tension was already very high after tankers were attacked off this port last month. it has eased since then, but now that tension has rocketed back up with the attacks on these two ta n ke rs back up with the attacks on these two tankers yesterday. one of these two tankers yesterday. one of these two tankers, the japanese owned one,
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is currently being tugged here where it will be assessed when it reaches port. even before that assessment, these barbs and accusations of lying between the two sides. what this has exposed very clearly as the deep chasm, deep divisions in this region. on the one side you have the uae and saudi arabia, backed by the us. on the other you have iran backed up by russia and turkey, and caught quite literally in the middle of the world's oil industry. about one fifth of the world's crude oil passes through these waters. today, the world's largest ship owners association warns tension in this region is now as high as it gets without being at actual armed conflict. the world health organisation says it's deeply concerned about the ongoing ebola outbreak in the east of the democratic republic of congo. more than 1,400 people have died there since august, while cases have been detected over the border in uganda this week. our correspondent anne soy is on ugandan side of the border and sent this update from kasese.
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the people i have spoken to here in kasese are very confident that uganda can control an outbreak of ebola. they went through a major test this week after the arrival of six family members from the drc. several of them had ebola. they didn't come into an official post, they came in through a back route. somehow they were detected. one of the children was very ill. they went to hospital. i have been to that hospital today. the health workers they were ready. they have in training for this for months. they quickly identified this in terms of ebola, and referred the family to any bowler treatment unit which had been set up months in advance. uganda had trained close to 5000 health workers in anticipation of a situation like this. the problem, really, is across the border in the drc, an area that has seen decades of conflict. the community has been
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very hostile to health workers, and they are saying they still need more international support to bring it ebola, the above outbreak, under control. —— ebola outbreak. days of heavy rain and flooding in central and southern parts of china have killing dozens of people. thousands more have been rescued, with many more evacuated from their homes. catherine karelli has this report. this is the extraordinary moment when the landslide hit a road in china's south—eastern province of fujian. rescue crews managed to free a man who was trapped underneath but he died on the way to hospital. days of relentless torrential rain have caused deadly floods, landslides and mudslides across the country. over 60 people have died. more than 4000 people have been rescued from floodwaters. over 20 provinces have been affected, with guangdong province in the south—east hit particularly badly. nearly 9000
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homes are thought to have been destroyed by the heavy rain. millions of hectares of farmland have been damaged by the rain. in some cases, crop fields has been com pletely some cases, crop fields has been completely submerged underwater. the direct economic loss is estimated to be nearly $3 billion us. during the summer, china routinely suffers from floods in the south. at the country's meteorological association said rainfall in two of the affected provinces hit record highs forjune. let's get some of the day's other news. protests are taking place across brazil as part of a general strike against pension reform plans. striking workers have created roadblocks in several major cities, while some public transport has been shut down. it's the first major strike since the far—right president jair bolsanaro took office in january. chilean search and rescue teams are trying to save three miners trapped below ground
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in the country's north. firefighters say they know the three men are alive beacuse they communicate by tapping on boxes. local media say a giant rock has blocked the entrance to the mine. protesters in hong kong say they will go out on the streets again this weekend if the government refuses to withdraw a controversial extradition bill. if it became law, it would allow people in the territory to be sent to china for trial. hundreds of thousands of people were on the streets last weekend, and there were clashes with riot police on wednesday in the worst unrest there for decades. our correspondent rupert wingfield—hayes has been talking to some of the protesters. crowd chants. "withdraw the bill, withdraw the bill." it is the chant that has echoed across hong kong this week. "evil police" is another. this level of hostility is something new for hong kong. the activists are younger, more determined, and more prepared to use violence than
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their predecessors. this young man is one of them. he's asked us to hide his identity. we have already know that if we just sat there doing nothing the government will not listen to us. even i feel thati million people protest, the government still does nothing, that is the thing, so we believe that we need to use more violent or aggressive ways so that the government will listen to us. these tactics may be working. one senior government adviser today told me he still supports the bill, but the violence means it's time for compromise. we maintain a different system and we have a different and independentjudiciary to deal with these things, and this bill will not enable the things which happen in china happen in hong kong. so if it isn't an issue, a legal issue, it is then a political issue, and this is about political discontent?
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that's exactly the point, so if we were to push ahead the voting on the bill as we already originally planned, i fear there would be more street violence. it's a long way from the day in 1997 when hong kong was handed back to china by britain. then, many here felt a surge of patriotic pride. 68—year—old ivy has copies of every hong kong newspaper published that day. but 22 years later she no longer looks at them with any sense of pride. translation: i'm chinese, but i'm not communist. we have become a chinese colony. that makes me very sad. we thought when we went back to china we'd be happy, but now we are more and more unhappy.
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some of these young people are now calling for hong kong independence. it is a naive fantasy, but it shows how far beijing has gone in losing the hearts and minds of its hong kong citizens. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. survivors of the grenfell tower fire have been at events to mark the two—year anniversary of the disaster. relatives and friends of those who died also attended. 72 people were killed when a fire in a flat at the tower block in west london spread rapidly, engulfing the building. it's emerged that more than 300 high—rise buildings in england still have cladding similar to that used on grenfell tower. our special correspondent lucy manning reports. in the shadow of grenfell, a community that fire ripped apart came together. tonight, grenfell marched silently. appropriately, given they feel no
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one has been listening. the day had started as it finished, with remembrance. # ijust lift my head up to the sky # and say help me to be strong # ijust can't give up now #. zainab choucair. mierna choucair. 72 names. many whole families. bassem choucair. # i've come so far from where i started from.# the pain hasn't subsided, it's just lasted for longer and the sense of injustice has grown. we don't want to wait for justice, i don't know, certain years,
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so it's still not possible we get the justice. two years on, no one held responsible, no one charged, no outcome to the delayed public inquiry. marcio gomes and his pregnant wife escaped that night but his son, the youngest of the 72 victims, killed two months before he was due to be born. lots of emotions. crying, anger, love, forgiveness, everything. and two years on has enough changed? no, no, not nearly enough. a lot more needs to be done. people need to feel safe at home. the grenfell families were promised everyone would be rehoused within three weeks. two years on, and i7 households still haven't found permanent homes. the country was promised every high—rise building would be made safe. two years on, 328 buildings are still with unsafe cladding, with tens
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of thousands of people still living in them. the families feel that not enough has been done two years on, many people are still living in unsafe buildings. what's your response? well, today is very much a day for reflection and all of those who've lost their lives, and i very much recognise the calls for more action and that's what i think does need to happen. so i'm proud to be supporting this cookbook. survivor munira mahmud has raised money with a grenfell cookbook, but can't find peace. it's two years on and no one has been charged yet. they are walking freely, sleeping nicely, you know, and we are in a nightmare, the families, we lost families, we lost friends, we lost neighbours. they are dignified, they have refused to give up, but are still waiting. lucy manning, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news,
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still to come: earth's distant past on display. a new fossil hall at the smithsonian national museum of natural history takes visitors into deep time. there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for 40 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. just a day old and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home.
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early this evening the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if i could to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president trump says he's convinced that iran carried out thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the gulf of oman. the world health organisation says an outbreak of ebola in eastern congo should not be declared an international emergency. pope francis has criticised the world's top energy companies for searching for more fossil fuels despite the damage they are causing to the climate. he told energy bosses gathered in the vatican that climate change threatened the future of the human family. roger harrabin has more.
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an invitation to meet the pope at the vatican is a tough one to reject, even if you are about to be rebuked. the executives were castigated for continuing to seek even more fossil fuels when we've found much more than we can afford burn while keeping a stable climate. translation: today's ecological crisis, and especially climate change, threatens the very future of this human family, and this is not an exaggeration. for too long we have collectively failed to listen to the fruits of scientific analysis, and doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. discussion of climate change and energy transition must be rooted in the best scientific research available today. representatives of almost all the world's great oil firms were there for addressing down. translation: it is not
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right that our children and our grandchildren pay the cost of our your responsibility. among the ceos was the head of bp. he appreciated the pope for creating space for this unique dialogue, he said. but he insisted that all sections of society must help tackle this urgent problem. but the pressure was on. translation: we do not have the luxury of waiting for others to step forward. or of prioritising short—term economic benefits. the climate crisis requires action from us here and now, and the church is fully committed to doing its part. the pope posed afterwards with oil executives. can his moral power succeed where politics has failed? roger harrabin, bbc news. earlier this week, dutch teenager, noa pothoven, made headlines when she chose to die by euthanasia.
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at the very beginning, it tore me. i will struggle to the end. i will do my best to be cured but actually, all the very heavy treatment didn't work. so now he's given up.
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where can you meet a t—rex, a freeze dried bison and the earliest forms of life on earth? this cliff is a cross—section of an ancient seabed. 10 million years ago, this part of the chesapeake bay was under the ocean. you just find these exquisite fossils, just sitting here and for a palaeontologist, this is about as close as it gets to paradise. but we're not in seashells. kirk and i are looking for evidence of the mega logged on stop —— megalodon.
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are looking for evidence of the mega logged on stop -- megalodon. this is what we are looking for. this animal had massive bite force, like eight wales. scientists have created a life—sized model of what they think the megalodon look like and millions of years ago it probably swam right here when the site of the national museum of national —— natural history washington was part of the seabed. its return is a bit of a homecoming and there are other monsters waiting to be discovered in the museum's new possible stop exhibits tell the story of our planet from first signs of life through mass extinctions to the rise and fall of the dinosaurs and our own age of humans. just 28,000 years old, this extinct species of bison is one of the youngest fossils in the collection. it doesn't look like the collection. it doesn't look like the other specimens because it's freeze—dried. the other specimens because it's freeze-dried. we are lucky to have a
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specimen with such complete structure to it. almost all areas of the body represented and accounted for included some of the original horn material, the string —— the skin and muscle tissue in the fur as well. and michael fossils, hotel scientists about the environment in indian and the impact of climate change. they were gradual changes that life essentially had time to make adjustments to. what we're seeing the modern period of climate changes this is happening quickly but the geological record offers us the best evidence as to how life will be able to adapt or not. that isa will be able to adapt or not. that is a story still unfolding on the chesapeake. check this out. 0h, you've got one. a little tiny one. lots of different sharks. butjust for a comparison... i'd rather meet that than that. this is an example ofa that than that. this is an example of a five foot long shark. same age, same sea, different sharks.
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hello. the weekend isn't looking as wet as wet as it's been, particularly in areas there will still be some rain or showers around at times because low pressure still is close by towards the north—west of the british isles and around that spiralling with a disturbance, bringing bands of showers away in what will be a fairly easy, not particularly warm weekend but a bit warmer than it's been for some of still fairly unsettled this weekend. . still fairly unsettled this weekend. still not particularly warm, though feeling a bit warmer thanit warm, though feeling a bit warmer than it has done for the past week. it looks like quite wet start to saturday morning in northern ireland after rain overnight. it pepped up at the end of the night. rain towards western scotland and western parts of england. this is that first
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whether disturbance coming our way, slowly moving eastwards, becoming more patchy, showery in nature but still wanted to heavy showers. added that, some sunny spells, maybe a shower, brightening up. easy saturday with temperatures close to 20 in the warmest parts of eastern england. most of us will fall a few degrees short of that. saturday evening, this first area of showers will push away. we could see more coming into south—west england and wales on through saturday evening and pushing a bit further northwards as we go through the night. clear spells to butjulia spotts into single figures moving towards mid single figures moving towards mid single figures moving towards mid single figures and one or two areas. prolonged clear spells overnight and onto part two of the weekend, look familiar? deja vu. whether disturbances moving around the showers at times could be heavy and possibly bunbury. we'll start off with a batch of showers, especially north—west england. south—west scotla nd north—west england. south—west scotland pushing northwards as the
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day goes on. sunshine, one or two showers elsewhere and the potential for some heavier downpours to come into northern ireland through the day, into parts of wales as well. still some sunshine occasionally, not everywhere will be wet. not many showers at all towards east anglia. it looks like a similar picture on monday. showers in northern ireland and scotland. she rain and a few showers affecting parts of england and wales, south—east of that, it could be a bit warmer into the low 20s and for many, it will start to feel a bit warmer. right now, tuesdayis feel a bit warmer. right now, tuesday is looking mainly dry. the story of next week cosmic weather is something drier, a bit warmerfor a time at the start of the week. it looks like it turns wet again around mid—week and it starts to turn cooler once again as well.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump says he's convinced that iran did carry out thursday's attacks on two oil tankers in the gulf of oman. earlier, the us military released a video which it said showed iranian special forces removing an unexploded mine from one of the stricken ships. tehran has strongly denied any involvement in the attacks. the world health organisation says it's deeply concerned about the ongoing ebola outbreak in the east of the democratic republic of congo. more than 14 hundred people have died there since august, while cases have been detected over the border in uganda this week. days of heavy rain and flooding in central and southern parts of china have killed dozens of people. at least 61 people have died and over 350,000 evacuated from their homes. the flooding has affected regions stretching from guangdong province in the southeast to southwest china's chongqing on the upper


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