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this is bbc news. welcome, if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: as tensions intensify with iran — us secretary of state mike pompeo heads to the middle east for talks with american allies. celebrations on the streets but a serious setback for turkey's president erdogan as his party loses control of istanbul. jobs are being shelved, so why do some businesses still support trump's trade wars? we report from america's industrial heartland. thailand marks one year since the cave rescue that captivated the world — this is the scene live at the thanksgiving celebrations.
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and filmed for the first time, secret tunnels of a london landmark as it's transformed into a luxury hotel. the us secretary of state mike pompeo is on his way to the middle east for talks with both saudi arabia and the uae — and an offer to negotiate with iran. there have been days of extreme tensions between washington and tehran. it includes reports of an american cyber attack on iranian weapons, apparently in retaliation for the shooting down of a us drone. our washington correspondent chris buckler reports. having backed away from military strikes, america is trying to show it's not afraid of conflict with iran. officials say they launched cyber
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attacks, which they claim disabled iranian systems controlling rockets and missile launchers, exactly the kind of hardware that was responsible for shooting down an american drone over the gulf. with tehran showing off the wreckage and president trump threatening iran with obliteration if this ends up in confrontation, the international community is increasingly worried. everybody must keep nerves of steel. it is absolutely essential to avoid any form of escalation. the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the gulf. the british foreign minister andrew murrison has been meeting diplomats in tehran, trying to urge calm and diplomacy. but there seems little appetite for that in the iranian parliament, where they chanted, "death to america". meanwhile, with its build—up of military might in the gulf, the us appears to be doing
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all it can to demonstrate that it's ready for war. neither iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake us prudence and discretion for weakness. no one has granted them a hunting license in the middle east. there is a clear divide inside the white house. president trump was the one who called off the retaliatory strike but most of his senior advisers wanted them. that has resulted in a mixed message being sent to tehran. at times, the trump administration appears to be tentatively offering a hand of friendship, even as it shakes its fist. we are prepared to negotiate with no preconditions. they know precisely how to find us and i'm confident that at the very moment they're ready to truly engage with us, we will be able to begin these conversations.
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the us secretary of state is now on his way to the middle east in an attempt to calm waters in the gulf. but with concerns of further attacks following explosions on tankers and iran threatening to breach the terms of its internationally agreed nuclear deal, relationships between tehran and washington will be tested, if any exist at all. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan has suffered a major political setback after his party's candidate failed to win the powerful role of mayor of istanbul. the contest was a re—run of the original ballot — declared void by the authorities in march after complaints from mr erdogan‘s party. mark lowen reports from istanbul. they roared, notjust in victory but in celebration that their turkey still exists. chanting. an opposition that's waited 25 years to control istanbul, but long felt incapable of success,
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savoured its moment. ekrem imamoglu has brought in the hope they craved with his optimistic message, rebuffing attacks with smiles and he won by a landslide. translation: i asked god for this result to bring good fortune to our nation in istanbul. he protected 100 years of democracy in this country. thank you, my fellow citizens. this result does not mean a new page, this means a new beginning for istanbul. as votes were counted, his victory was clear against a former prime minister with near total dominance over the media but in concession, a conciliatory note. translation: i hope that our dear friend will serve istanbul well and we will do our best to help them accomplish his work. recep tayyip erdogan has towered over turkey as mayor of istanbul himself, then prime minister and president, a key global figure in everything from security to syria, he has polarised turkey.
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after claiming irregularities after the first mayoral elections in march, he pushed for a rerun. this fresh loss will prompt talk of the beginning of his end. there he passes, ekrem imamoglu, the new mayor of istanbul and the opposition‘s new great hope in turkey. he has just dealt the biggest blow to recep tayyip erdogan in the president's 25—year political career and tonight feels like a watershed moment for this country. the party will go on late into the night as the magnitude of this sinks in. turkish democracy, so pummelled over the years, still has life in it and tonight, it's thundering. mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. and you can keep up to date with the latest developments in turkey on our website. you'll find analysis of what the election result means for president erdogan, and a profile of the mayor
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of istanbul — that's all at — or download the bbc news app. let's get some of the day's other news. mauritania's electoral commission has announced the ruling party's mohamed wilid ghazouani has won the presidential election with 52% of the vote. this means the 62—year—old former head of domestic security has won outright with no need to hold a second run—off. opposition candidates say the election was marred by irregularities and they intend to contest the result. the united nations has called on the people of ethiopia to show restraint following the assassinations of their army chief and a provincial leader, during an apparent local coup attempt. hours after the president of the northern amhara region was shot dead, the head of the army, sara ma—konen , was killed by his own bodyguard in addis ababa. police in india say they have recovered seven bodies believed to be those
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of a british—led group of mountaineers who went missing in the himalayas a month ago. they were hit by an avalanche near the base camp of the country's second highest peak, nanda devi. the search operations for the last missing climber starts again on monday. hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the czech capital, prague, to demand the resignation of the prime minister, andrej babis. the billionaire businessman is facing a criminal investigation over alleged european union subsidy fraud worth more than two million dollars. he denies any wrongdoing and says the allegations are politically motivated. the bbc‘s rob cameron is in prague. letna plain, usually an empty and rather non—descript strip of land close to sparta prague football stadium, and the sight of what was once the world's largest statue of stalin but now packed with a quarter of a million protesters from cities and towns,
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young and old, united in anger at their prime minister, andrej babis. translation: i was here at letna in ‘89. i am 66 years old. i'm of pensioner and i'm here because i don't want my kids to grow up in a country where someone being prosecuted for a crime can be prime minister. it's really important to have these demonstrations to... change something. the choice of letna was a deliberate nod to the november 1989 velvet revolution. back then, this was the scene of the largest protests against the communist regime. in fact, that regime came tumbling down just days later. these protests, against a democratically elected leader, are also being spearheaded
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by students who formed an initiative called a million moments for democracy. organisers had promised that this would be the biggest public demonstration in this country since the 1989 fall of communism, when half a million people packed this very square to protest against the regime. and perhaps the numbers today are not that big but it is certainly an astonishing achievement for what was, until relatively recently, a small student initiative. the question is, though, does it change the political reality in the czech republic? prime minister andrej babis's ano party still tops every opinion poll and won the recent european elections. amidst an economic revival, many people are willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. and there's a general sense of something more at stake here, that the hard—won freedoms of the 1989 velvet revolution are gradually being eroded, chiefly thanks to the powerful
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businessman who now runs their country. rob cameron, bbc news, prague. thousands of runners and cyclists have taken part in a charity race in thailand, marking a year since a group of boys and their football coach became trapped in a cave complex. the team was eventually rescued 18 days later in a mission that caught the attention of the world. kathryn armstrong has more. the start of a race in remembrance of a rescue that captivated the world. these are some of the 12 boys who, a year ago, entered the vast tham luang cave system in northern thailand with their football coach to relax after training. a trip that went horribly wrong. flash flooding left the team trapped inside for more than two weeks, with little food or water, before diving experts were able to rescue them. the death of a former thai navy seal and rescue volunteer,
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who ran out of air while returning through the caves, highlighted just how perilous the mission was. a year later and the boys have had their story chronicled in books, documentaries, and a netflix production is also in the pipeline. translation: it's indescribable. my life has changed a lot. translation: i feel thankful for all the officials who on this day last year spent their time to help me and the boys so that we got out safely. i thank you very much. also among those taking part in the charity race, from the still closed caves to the village where the rescue took place, were some of the experts involved. i think it's important we never forget what happened injune and july last year and it's just really about people coming together and enjoying the day. it's hoped the race will be an annual event, with the money raised going to the redevelopment of the cave complex. kathryn armstrong, bbc news.
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thousands have added in the chinese city to celebrate. although the team was brought out alive, one of the rescue divers died in the operation. his efforts are honoured by a shrine where people leave their prayers. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: secret tunnels filmed for the first time as we go inside the london landmark becoming a luxury hotel. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade centre armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a rightful claim in certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words
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"ich bin ein berliner." chapman, prison—pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8, god told him to plead guilty and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie, which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. you yet this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: america's secretary of state heads to the middle east to discuss iran with us alllies massive celebrations in the turkish city of istanbul — as the opposition wins a re—run
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of the mayoral election. it's a major setback for president erdogan. for more now on that story — karabekir akkoyunlu is from sao paulo university. this is his take. it is a big loss, for various reasons. after losing istanbul narrowly in the first election, on the 31st of march, erdogan faced a choice, he would either accept the loss of istanbul, which is the cash cow of his economy and the big symbol of his regime in government really, but maintain his respect for democracy and democratic legitimacy, which he always emphasises — this sanctity of the ballot box — or he would try to hold onto istanbul by undemocratic means, if necessary,
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and risk that democratic legitimacy. what happened, by cancelling this first election, and then losing the rerun by a humiliating margin however, is, astonishingly, we now see erdogan having lost both istanbul and jeopardise his democratic legitimacy, which is quite astonishing to see a series of misjudgements from a political tactician, a seasoned politician, such as erdogan. what that means, the same time, what that reveals is that the akp machinery is no longer as robust. it is actually taking in water. and we are going to see the results or the consequences of that in the next days and weeks... what consequences will that be for the party? are we going to see splits in his ruling party? the first things we have to watch
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and expect to hear will be the establishment of one or maybe two new political parties by former akp bigwigs and founders, including former president, abdullah gul, and a prime minister, ahmet davutoglu. so we may see the splintering of the akp. of course, turkey has become a presidential system, that means parliamentary politics does not define turkish outcomes as they used to do. but in that level as well we have a newcomer... let us look at the winner, ekrem imamoglu, what kind of leader is he going to be? we will see how he's going to be. based on what he has done so far, he has managed to build an inclusive image, an inclusive platform at a moment when turkey is suffering from extreme polarisation and division. that has appeal to a lot of voters from across the political spectrum. if he manages to maintain that platform and maintain that image, he is going to be the person that will keep rising and ultimately, maybe in 2023, the person to take on erdogan in the next presidential election.
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at least 1a people were killed and fifty others injured in western india when a thunderstorm caused a huge tent to collapse. officials said hundreds of locals had gathered for a hindu religious event in the state of rajasthan when the tent fell down. gareth barlow reports. a religious ceremony that turned into a tragedy. hundreds gathered around the wrecked tent as rescue workers with heavy machinery tried to reach people trapped underneath. translation: there was a religious gathering when strong winds uprooted the tent. an electric current spread all over the collapsed tent. 1a people died. more are injured who are being treated in hospital. those who survived, in shock. their pain and anguish, inconsolable. as the wounded were rushed to hospital, the office of the indian prime minister said narendra modi's thoughts were with the bereaved families. an investigation is under way.
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gareth barlow, bbc news. at the g20 meeting injapan this week, all eyes will be on president trump and president xi as they meet to try to defuse the trade war between the world's two biggest economies. president trump's enthusiasm for slapping tariffs on imports is seen by many as a major threat to prosperity around the world. but what do american businesses make of their president's apparent enthusiasm for trade wars? samira hussain has been speaking to some of them in pennsylvania. the fortunes of york pennsylvania were built on manufacturing. heavy industry remains essential to the local economy. and it is communities like these that acutely feel the impact of president trump's trade wars. bob wilson's business is selling electrical wire and cable. it has been hit by duties on the material it buys overseas and the finished product he sells to his customers. plans to hire two new fulltime staff have been put on hold. not knowing what the future is going to hold, those plans have since been put on the shelf.
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up until last year, bob wilson was a ca rd—carrying republican. he says the party has forgotten its pro—trade routes. we reallyjust truly don't know what's going to be happening. it seems to be, changes from day—to—day, depending upon a tweet. the uncertainty is particularly difficult for small companies to weather but york is also home to some big manufacturers who have already said they've been badly hurt by tariffs. so what our businesses are really looking for to be successful is a stable, predictable business landscape. they're not looking for drastic policy changes, they're not looking for uncertainty. just down the road from bob's cable business, sparks are flying at this sheet—metal company. despite the fact that the cost of tom mckee's raw materials have gone up, he remains steadfast in his support for president trump.
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rome wasn't built in a day, things don't change overnight, and we have not been on a level playing field for years and the man down in washington, dc, you know, he is what he is, but i think he's starting in the right direction. as well as america's manufacturing base, places like york also make up president trump's electoral base and will be key in the next election. america's industrial heartland gave president trump his first term in office and although there are those that believe these trade disputes are hurting the us economy, mr trump is betting it will win him enough support from small companies and will give him another four years in the white house. samira hussain, bbc news, york, pennsylvania. for over a century admirality arch has been one of london's most distinctive landmarks, a gateway to the mall and buckingham palace.
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after being sold as part of government cost—cutting, it will re—open soon as a luxury hotel. but building work revealed that the arch was an entrance to a network of secret tunnels. mark easton went to have a look. familiar backdrop to a century of british ceremonial — the secrets of admiralty arch are now being unearthed. we've been granted exclusive access to see what's happening to one of london's most famous landmarks. inside, edwardian opulence and memories of old battles. the ghosts of navy commanders haunt the corridors. winston churchill, louis mountbatten, reminders that admiralty arch was the residence of the first sea lord when britain ruled the waves. it is also where ian fleming, working for naval intelligence, created james bond, and down in the basement one discovers a network of secret tunnels
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stretching beneath westminster, filmed for the first time. there are strange corridors, bunkers with heavy doors and combination locks. the spirit of the cold war lives on in the basement. little is known about who or what happened down here, but we do know about their subterranean billiards room. from the coronation of george v to the queen's diamond jubilee, the arch has spanned the state processional route for 100 years, but in 2012 it was sold for £60 million as part of government austerity measures, and not everyone's happy that this significant public building will soon advertise itself as a waldorf astoria hotel. during a debate in the house of lords, one peer feared security risks, describing the sell—off as privatisation gone mad. another worried that the white ensign flown here on state occasions might be replaced by the corporate flag of an american hotel chain. but the last first sea lord to live
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in the arch is confident this building's proud heritage will be protected. i think the old and bold who are now no longer with us would be disturbed to think that admiralty arch was going to become an hotel. i'm not. i couldn't be more pleased that this building is going to be properly looked after. so was that found here? yeah, we found this here. the new owner, spanish investor raphael serrano, tells me he understands he is merely custodian of a much loved corner of britain. it is our obligation to make sure that the building looks as it is, a genuine iconic building, and with respect of the british traditions and the location where the building is located. so it won't have waldorf astoria all over it? not at all, not at all. the arch is a grade one listed building and its foundations cannot be touched, so a vast cavern is being dug on the edge of trafalgar square to house the essentials
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of a modern five—star hotel. underneath there will be a ballroom, swimming pool, spa. it must be some hole! it is, it is. it's a fairly big hole. it will be when we've finished. once the only people who could access this building were civil servants, sailors and spooks. but now the dusty old corridors are being restored to theirformer glory as the secrets of admiralty arch are revealed at last — including, of course, perhaps london's most splendid view. mark easton, bbc news, admiralty arch. france is renowned for being the home of style and culture — and more than 80 men have been battling it out in the french beard championships. the well groomed contestants were judged in a variety of categoriesincluding the lusher garibaldi and more pointed verdis. there was also a freestyle section where contestants can decorate their beards with accessories. the winner's beard measured 2a centimetres and he took the top prize of best in show.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @regedahmadbbc. more of a feel of summer in the weather this week but, with some fairly humid weather over the next few days, comes a real risk of severe thunderstorms. not everyone will see them but, where you do, an increased risk of some flash flooding around. later this week though the sunnier side of summer will return. most places dry, blue skies overhead, but the highest of the temperatures will be later in the week, friday into saturday in particular. out there at the moment, we've got some fairly humid air with us as this weather system works its way northwards. we've seen some thunder and some lightning attached to this rain, pushing into parts of scotland for the morning.
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some of the rain here could be heavy and persistent, with quite a south—easterly breeze to go with it. there could be minorflooding, as i said, and that could give some travel disruption. further south, big puddles left in the wake from the overnight storms. and look at that — temperatures starting the day at around 18 celsius in central london. the atmosphere for monday is finely balanced. we've got the rain pushing northwards across scotland, still with some rumbles of thunder. away from it, though, when we see the sunshine come out, it will feel pretty warm, especially in the south. not as warm as the weekend across northern and western scotland. more cloud, still some outbreaks of rain, and a breeze. heavy, thundery rain into the evening and eastern scotland but then another batch of storms out from france which could be more severe, particularly across parts of central, eastern england. uncertainty about where they will be but frequent lightning, risk of flash flooding and some gusty winds to go with it, and a fairly oppressive night across the country with humidity levels continuing to creep up. it will be a humid start to tuesday,
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impacts from the storms across central—eastern england in particular. maybe northern england during the morning rush hour, too. they gradually ease away and things gradually turn quieter as we go through tuesday. one or two isolated storms can't be ruled out but most are becoming dry. a fair bit of cloud but, when the sunshine breaks through, with increased humidity, temperatures 25—27 in the south—east corner, 22—23 in western parts of scotland. a ridge of high pressure builds in for wednesday, doing a few things, clearing away some of the cloud, a lot more sunshine around, dropping the humidity levels in the north, cooling things in eastern coasts. chance of one or two storms towards that south—western corner but they clear through as we go through towards the end of the week. high—pressure builds in, and pushing to the east of us, dragging our air in off western parts of europe where we could see some record—breaking heat over the next few days. for us, here we could see temperatures climb to 26 to 28 degrees in western scotland, above 30 in the south.
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this is bbc news, the headlines:
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us secretary of state mike pompeo is heading to the middle east to discuss iran with allies in the region. it comes as the us prepares to announce fresh economic sanctions on the country. he'll visit saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. turkey's president erdogan has suffered the worst blow to his political career after the opposition party won a re—run of the election for istanbul's mayor. ekrem imamoglu beat his rival by a far greater margin than in march's poll, which was annulled by electoral authorities. hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the czech capital, prague, demanding prime minister andrej babis resign. he's facing a criminal investigation over european union subsidy fraud worth more than two million dollars. he denies any wrongdoing and says the claims are politically motivated. it's xx.


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