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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11 o'clock. tory leadership candidates face questions from candidates. boris johnson is candidates face questions from candidates. borisjohnson is absent again. the bbc secures rare access to china's sprawling detention camps, where it is thought more than 1 million muslims are being detained. inside a i million muslims are being detained. inside a reeducation centre for those being held, we were told these lessons, but one former detainee says otherwise. translation: we are told ahead of the visit if any of you speak out we will go to a worse place than this. that's why everyone does what they are told. the london bridge attacks. the emergency services say they were hampered by poor communication and
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confusion on the ground. eager‘s former president, mahommed morsi, has died after collapsing in court in cairo. and just five months after the hip operation he thought may end his career, andy murray is making his career, andy murray is making his competitive come back this week. you know, i'm doing all the things that are used to really, really enjoy doing and getting to play some tennis as well and having fun with it. and it's great. and at 11:30pm will be taking another in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, henry bonsu and lord digbyjones. stay with us for that.
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good evening. in the latest chapter in the tory leadership contest, the candidates have been taking questions, again, but this time from journalists. and, once again, boris johnson was missing from the lineup. the question abraxas still dominated the race on a day that saw labour face internal questions with deputy leader tom watson urging labour to ta ke leader tom watson urging labour to take a much stronger remain stance. meanwhile, mrjohnson is expected to be pressed on brexit in the conservative leadership debate tomorrow. here is laura kuenssberg. come on, boris. come on! the only glimpse you'll get today. minders driving the favourites into parliament. borisjohnson doesn't want to talk to you or me right now, but to screw down mps whose backing he needs. he is very deliberately being kept from scrutiny? he is approaching this important event with seriousness and professionalism and using his time wisely, which is to convince mps to support him.
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the other wannabes use every chance to make their case, but borisjohnson can't make promises without a price tag for long. every monday when boris writes his column he makes another pledge for a lot of money, either a tax cut or spending pledge. and the question that all politicians have to answer is where is the money coming from? mrjohnson is way ahead of the pack. the other five candidates scrapping over second—place. i think this tory election contest is a chance for all of us to put forward positive ideas about how we can make the country better. mps will whittle down the numbers to a final pair that tory members will choose from. all of them faced questions behind closed doors today, mainly uncontroversially. the foreign secretary, though, raised eyebrows for not quite condemning yet another tweet from president trump attacking the london mayor. ultimately though, whether the favourite triumphs or an underdog bites borisjohnson, to govern effectively in the longer term, they have to win over notjust the tory party but labour voters, too.
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and labour has its own trauma of leaving the eu, with more and more powerful voices arguing to change the policy and to keep us in. the deputy leader says it's now time to ditch the ambiguity, to fight clearly for another vote and to remain. i think after three years of brexit chaos and paralysis this is really the only way out. i think putting it to the people is the most democratic way, the most legitimate way of doing that. do you accept though that you might lose some supporters, you might lose some seats if you go back on what you promised? we certainly might lose some of our votes if we change position, but i think it's incumbent on us to give an honest account of ourselves. we've changed position because brexit is harder than it looked. in your view if labour doesn't move to this position, what might the consequences be? i believe there will be a very high
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electoral price to pay. someone who knows all too well the lonely price of failing on brexit. but who would do a betterjob? i'm not backing a particular candidate, i haven't endorsed a particular candidate, i haven't told anybody... i did vote last thursday, i haven't told anybody who i voted for, and i'm not going to. the hardest questions are not for her any more. smiling, perhaps with relief. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. hundreds of thousands of muslims in china, possibly millions, are being held in vast secure facilities, even though they have committed no crime oi’ though they have committed no crime orfaced any though they have committed no crime or faced any trial. the bbc has been given a rare access to some of the sprawling complexes in the western region of xinjiang. people have a p pa re ntly region of xinjiang. people have apparently been detained for months, even apparently been detained for months, eve n years , apparently been detained for months, even years, simply for wearing a veil, praying frequently, orjust communicating with relatives overseas. it's thought that more thani million overseas. it's thought that more than i million people overseas. it's thought that more thani million people from the muslim ethnic groups are being held,
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among them uighurs and kazakhs. china initially denied that these camps existed, now insist they're just schools built to combat the rise of violent islamist extremism throughjob training rise of violent islamist extremism through job training and rise of violent islamist extremism throughjob training and language lessons. last year our china correspondent ajohn lessons. last year our china correspondent a john sudworth, expose the rapid development of these facilities in xinjiang. now, despite access being tightly controlled on the itinerary set by the government, has been allowed inside, he has uncovered important evidence about the system and the conditions for the people inside it. china used to deny it was holding hundreds of thousands of muslims in giant secure facilities like this one. but now we are being given a tour. the message? these people are not prisoners. but students, willingly subjecting themselves to a kind of brain washing. is it your choice to be here?
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translation: yes, i was affected by extremism, i have come here to transform my thoughts. government officials watch over every interview. this is how xinjiang's muslims, the uighurs, the kazakhs, and other minorities, have their "thoughts tra nsformed". rote learning chinese, and laws restricting religious practice. and replacing loyalty to faith or culture with something else. "i love the communist party of china" this man has written. doesn't a place where people have to stay until you allow them to leave
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sounds more like a prison. even if it is a prison in which you can do some art. translation: i don't know what you mean by prison. this is indeed a training centre. over the past few years a vast network of camps has been built across xinjiang. but in the places we're being taken to, internal security fencing and what looked like watchtowers have recently been taken down. and exercise yards have been transformed into sports facilities. raising the suspicion that these are merely show camps. this woman, who now lives in kazakhstan, tells me she was detained just for having whatsapp on her phone. experiencing violence and mistreatment over more than a year in a number of chinese camps, including this one. places, she says, where displays of happiness are reserved for visiting officials orjournalists. translation: i experienced it myself. we were told ahead of the visits, if any of you speak out, you will go to a worse place than this. that's why everyone does
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what they're told, including dancing and singing. what, one wonders, might these people have been told by the officials ahead of our visit? they've been convicted of no crime, faced no trial, but china now believes it can determine their guilt in advance. translation: some people before they commit murder already show they are capable of it. should we wait for them to commit a crime, or prevent it from happening? there is a lot of testimony, we have some ourselves, from people who have been through the system, who describe torture, overcrowding, separation from families.
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translation: these are important issues. the main thing is taking a person on the edge of crime and returning them to normal society. these, then, are pre—criminals. wearing uniforms, and sleeping up to ten per room, with a shared toilet and no idea how many months or years they will have to stay. we tried to film other camps with their watchtowers and barbed wire still in place. the giant facilities look much less like schools. and we are much less welcome. we return after dark. and listen as the sound of thoughts being transformed echoes late into the night. john sudworth, bbc news, xinjiang.
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john has also been explaining why china had given the bbc rare access to those detention camps. china hopes that it can convince the world that it has found a humane solution to islamic extremism. the first thing to say if there is something very unsettling about looking into the eyes of someone who you know has their own home, their own family, their own home, their own family, their own home, their own family, their own children, and they are telling you that they are willingly putting themselves inside one of these facilities for months, possibly years. ourjob, of course, going there was to try to separate fa ct going there was to try to separate fact from fiction. and i think there area fact from fiction. and i think there are a few things we can say. firstly, these are not really schools, are these not in the word. it is clear that people are not free to come and go as they choose. and the second thing i think i report shows is just how strongly chinese officials believe in what they are doing, with their talk straight out ofa doing, with their talk straight out of a sci—fi movie of pre— crime, coupled with the old maoist idea of
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thought transformation. viewed as a threat simply on the basis of their culture and their faith. and threat simply on the basis of their culture and theirfaith. and in a system which affords them very few legal protections, a group of people is now being rounded up in the many, many thousands. china may say this asa many thousands. china may say this as a solution, but i think, looking at our report, there are many others who would say that this has some very dark echoes indeed. john sudworth in beijing. the former egyptian, mahommed morsi, has died after lapsing in a courtroom where he was on trial. e607—year—old was elected in 2012 as the leader of the islamist movement the muslim brotherhood but was deposed by the army a year later following mass protests. he has since faced a number of court processes and was facing a hearing on charges of espionage. 0rla guerin has this report. this is how state tv announced the death of mohamed morsi of the muslim brotherhood,
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no fanfare, no tributes, no mention that he was egypt's first democratically elected president. here's how he has been seen in recent years, a prisoner in the dock in a soundproof cage. it was in court today that he spoke his last words, collapsing and dying soon afterwards. condolences were offered by the president of turkey, a fellow islamist and close ally. translation: may allah grant rest to the martyr‘s soul. history won't forget the tyrants that led to his death byjailing him and threatening him with execution. back in june 2012, when mohamed morsi won the presidency, there was hope in the airfor many in egypt but fast forward a year and mass crowds were demanding his removal, branding him autocratic and inept. the army, happy to oblige abdallah sisi, who went on to become president himself.
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then came the first of many trials, show trials according to critics. i witnessed mohamed morsi's first appearance in court in november 2013. since then, he's been held in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, according to mps who investigated his detention. they warned last year that his conditions in prison, including a lack of medical care, could lead to his premature death. now they believe it has. there needs to be an independent, international investigation into the circumstance of his death. what we found were, on a balance of probabilities, his conditions of detention were so inhuman and degrading, they could actually sustain a charge of torture. tonight, heavy security outside the prison complex where mohamed morsi was incarcerated.
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a spokesman for the muslim brotherhood claimed his death was first—degree murder. the authorities will deny that. for many egyptians, he's just a footnote to history, but others will look back at a brief moment when morsi was a symbol of hope and democracy. 0rla guerin, bbc news. iran has warned it is about to breach the international agreement made in 2015 to restrict its nuclear facilities. it says it will exceed the limit of and reached uranium in ten days' time. president trump withdrew the us from the nuclear deal last year and imposed sanctions on iran. there would a tax in the goal. in warning other signatories that they have ten days to save the
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agreement, in a sense it is a cry for help in a country crippled by american sanctions. in so doing, it is putting other countries, britain, france and others, in a difficult position. when breaches of the nuclear deal, it will be a high risk strategy, particularly in an area with heightened tensions after the attacks on the tankers in the persian gulf. there attacks being blamed on iran even though it denies involvement. 0n the one hand you have an appeal for help and on the other potentially flexing of muscle by iran showing the us what it is capable of doing in terms of disrupting oil markets so it is a high risk game of brinkmanship by iran and even though neither side
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wa nts to iran and even though neither side wants to go to war, there is still a lwa ys wants to go to war, there is still always the risk of unintended accidental conflict breaking out here in an area stoked by the ghosts of the iraq war and of the chaos and catastrophic impact that unleashed. we have just heard the us is preparing to send additional troops to the middle east in response to what is called the threat from iran. american officials have been speaking to the writer agency but it has not been verified. to estonia. the raf have made eight intercepts of russian aircraft since taking over the baltic mission on the third of may. a pilot said they escorted a russian fighter close to stoney airspace over the baltic sea. during the scramble they passed over
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another russian military transport programme. two more russian across we re programme. two more russian across were intercepted the next day. 0ver finish airspace. the top story: a rare axis to china's sprawling detention camps where it is thought more thani detention camps where it is thought more than i million muslims are being detained. the emergency services say they were hampered by poor communications during the london bridge attacks. mohamed morsi has died after collapsing in court in cairo. chaos, confusion and communications problems hampered the effo rts communications problems hampered the efforts of emergency services to help victims of the london bridge attack according to an inquest. it took too long to reach some of the
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victims but ambulance crews were also praised. it was already a busy saturday night for the london ambulance service when calls began coming in reporting an accident on london bridge. it soon became clear this was a terror attack. 22 ambulances and other paramedics were sent in, but some of those who needed their help the most, never got it. sara zelenak, sebastien belanger, james mcmullan, alexandre pigeard and kirsty boden were all fatally stabbed close to the same courtyard at the edge of borough market. but it was almost three hours before this area was declared safe for paramedics to enter and by then it was too late. treatment for those injured was given by police officers and ordinary people who'd been on a night out. but they were left on their own. what the bereaved families don't understand is why the police officers and members of the public who were frantically trying
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to save lives down there, were never told that there were ambulances assembling up here, just down the street. and why the paramedics who arrived at those railings just minutes after the attack, were unable to help. keep moving. keep moving that way. the police evacuated the area, concerned there might be more attacks. the paramedics had to leave along with everyone else and never saw the group of casualties. the court heard the emergency services were overflowing with conflicting information about a range of casualties and never got a precise report about those in the courtyard. the london ambulance service operations director, paul woodrow, said today... he admitted though, it took too long to make a decision to commit specialist teams to find those injured. helen kennett, who was stabbed in the neck after confronting one of the attackers, told the court previously,
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she'd had to make her own way to an ambulance almost two hours later. the question that still haunts the families is whether any of their loved ones could have survived if medics had got to them in time. the court heard today that was unlikely, though emergency teams did save at least 19 people who'd been critically injured. richard lister, bbc news, at the old bailey. the mayor of london has blamed the rising violence on cuts to police resources . rising violence on cuts to police resources. the metropolitan police has stepped up patrols after four people were killed in as many days. we have been speaking to the family of one of the victims. he was 18. the pain of a family. cheyon evans was stabbed to death here on friday. his sister clutches his watch,
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now the only thing she can hold of him. he was a happy boy. he was loving. he liked music. yeah, he loved music, he was an amazing brother. we just want people to remember cheyon. that he was happy, he was not a troublemaker and he was a loving child. it's very heartbreaking to watch your child, out on the grass, on the cold grass, until the early hours of the morning before he's taken. and then, you have to pick up the mum's pieces. you have to deal with the family, she's got a six—week—old baby. cheyon was just 18, but he isn't the only teenager killed recently in the capital. four deaths in four days. after cheyon was killed on friday, a few minutes later but unconnected, 19—year—old eniola alu ko was shot in plumstead. on saturday afternoon, a man in his 30s was stabbed in tower hamlets and in the early hours of this morning, another victim wsa
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stabbed in stratford. the american president had criticised the london mayor sadiq khan over the stabbings. i'm not going to respond tit—for—tat to what donald trump is saying, but what i will do is make sure my energies are focused on doing what i can to keep our city safe. 0ur city is a lot safer than many of the other cities that donald trump is in charge of. sadiq khan, it's very clear that he's not doing anything. these are poor communities. you need to inject money and if it's a health approach, you need to get the community involved. it's a war on the street. it's not recognised as a war, but lives have been lost and there are a lot of lives have been lost. if it is a postcode war, how do you stop a war? this is the 59th murder in london this year and across england and wales, murder rates are at the highest level for a decade. and weapons and knives offences are also up more than 30% over the last four years.
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they are now raising funds to pay for the teenager's funeral. anotherfamily begging for new ways of tackling knives. lucy manning, bbc news. 0ne one of the uk biggest construction firms says it is cutting i200 one of the uk biggest construction firms says it is cutting 1200 jobs, more than half of which will go by the end of the month. it says it will focus on its core business and soul off house buildings and recycling to make savings. the government has named the final two hospital trusts where people died after an outbreak of listeria linked to sandwiches. 0ne after an outbreak of listeria linked to sandwiches. one patient died and another had been receiving treatment elsewhere. there will be a branch review of hospital food. emergency workers in lincolnshire say there may be another breach end of the
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walls of the river this week. two months worth of rain fell last week forcing around 1000 people out of their homes. weather forecasts are predicting more rain falls tomorrow and wednesday. in wainfleet, it's a waiting game. hundreds of homes have been evacuated because of fears of another flood in the next few days. not everyone has gone. some people don't want to leave, preparing for the worst but hoping for the best. we have been told the river could breach at any moment if there's any more rain, which we are expecting on tuesday or wednesday. and they forecast terrific thunderstorms and rain. so if that river gets any more water, it's going to burst its banks again. the fear is that the forecast rain will put too much strain on the high river banks. they've plugged one breach, but the authorities are worried about others. there is a large crack that is probably about
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half a kilometre in length running away from where the repair took place. we are monitoring that on an hourly basis, and we are looking at what can be done to repair that. this is the room we've been allocated. derek has been moved from his home in wainfleet to emergency accommodation in nearby skegness. that's all we've got, we've got no cooker, no fridge. but it's clean and dry. his dog is so traumatised it won't eat and he and his wifejune are finding it tough. we just grabbed what we could because the bags and the shoes were floating. just put a few bits and bobs in a plastic bag and we were taken out by the firemen. i'm an easy going guy but we had to do it. i'm upset... for those people who have decided to stay it's not very pleasant. police say residents may have to stay away from their homes until at least friday. but that depends on how much rain falls between now and wednesday. danny savage, bbc news,
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wainfleet in lincolnshire. new roadsides featuring a picture of a hedgehog to appear on uk roads to warn motorists of potential small wildlife hazards. the department of transport hopes it will prevent accidents. the new science will be placed in areas with large numbers of animals. current roadsides focus on warnings about smaller animals such as toads with larger ones also for dr and livestock. another look at the papers in a few minutes with our reviewers. the crossbench peer and the broadcaster. coming up at 11:30 p.m.. now for the weather. with low pressure close by this is
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going to be another cool and u nsettled going to be another cool and unsettled week. low pressure in two areas. one to the north of scotland, showers in scotland and northern ireland. another in the south with heavy thundery downpours, maybe torrential in places. tuesday, another area of cloud and showers across scotland and northern ireland. northern england with sunny spells. some of that starting to turn heavy. as we go through tuesday nine, some heavier thundery downpours coming in across the channel and southern england. giving an area of torrential rain across parts of central and eastern england. the potential for some disruption going into wednesday morning with further thunderstorms possible. areas with rain and
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flooding, do not need any more rain and the problems may get worse as we go into wednesday. although this system go into wednesday. although this syste m wa nts go into wednesday. although this system wants to clear away it was, they will still be some thundery downpours, particularly in eastern parts. northern england, wales and western areas get to see sunshine. an area of showers moving to scotla nd an area of showers moving to scotland and northern ireland again. the chance of hail. enter thursday, the weather front moving away to the east. we still have low pressure in northern scotland. disturbances are coming around that. there will be some sunshine. still a few heavy and thundery showers. five fewer showers across england and wales. not saying everywhere will be dry but there will. sunny everywhere will be dry but there will i sunny spells and the odd will be sunny spells and the odd shower here and there. temperatures of 20 degrees at the best across
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most of 20 degrees at the best across m ost pla ces of 20 degrees at the best across most places mid to high teens. disappointingly cool for the time of year. friday, high pressure begins to appearand year. friday, high pressure begins to appear and that means things are trying to settle down. notice hardly any rain showing here. a few showers dotted about, mainly for the north and west. hardly any across southern parts. through friday, high pressure building in and things looking fairerand building in and things looking fairer and finer. high—pressure almost covering part of the british isles at the start of the weekend. that is a promising sign so a lot of dry weather around on saturday. 0ne or two showers, especially into scotland. this area of cloud pushing in from the south—west. low pressure coming back in later in the weekend and into the start of next week. next week's weather, all the answers to be found, in this big deep in the jetstrea m, to be found, in this big deep in the jetstream, indicating low pressure.


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