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express, hello. this is bbc news. we'll take a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment. first, the headlines. tonight at ten... prime minister borisjohnson pledges to fund a new high—speed rail route boris johnson pledges billions between manchester and leeds. for a new high speed rail link between leeds and manchester. president trump praises borisjohnson, and says talks on what he calls a "very substantial" us—uk trade the line, he says, will "turbo charge," the economy across the north of england. deal are under way. we need to inject some pace into this so we can unlock the uk's biggest charitable funder jobs and boost growth. of scientific research, but labour says the plans the wellcome trust, says a no—deal aren't new, a rehash brexit threatens the uk of old broken tory promises. science industry. also tonight. violence flares again in hong kong, as police fire at protestors, with tear gas and rubber bullets. they've asked the demonstrators to leave this area and they haven't. they've already fired tear gas and so street by street, they are coming through. president trump finally gets the cash to extend america's border wall with mexico. judges say he can use military funds.
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and in the yellowjersey, colombia's egan bernal, looks set to win the tour de france from team—mate ge—rint thomas. from team—mate geraint thomas. good evening. in another policy announcement three days after becoming prime minister, borisjohnson has pledged to fund a new high speed rail link between leeds and manchester. he says it will "turbo—charge the regions" and "unlock jobs, boosting growth." he was speaking on a visit to the north west, with the full details of his proposals, to be published in the autumn. but labour says the plans are a rehash of past failed promises from the conservatives. our chief political correspondent, vicky young, reports from manchester. taking his first steps as prime minister, boris johnson is promising
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a bright, optimistic future. i wasjust thinking... but he is not the first conservative to come to manchester offering more investment for the north of england. at the science and industry museum, mrjohnson said action was needed to combat the hopelessness felt by those living in some northern towns. it isn't really the fault of the places and it certainly isn't the fault of the people growing up there. they haven't failed. it is we, us, the politicians, our politics have failed them. and our plan now in this new government that i lead is to unite our country and to level up. he announced a 5.6 billion fund to improve transport and broadband in 100 towns and committed to a new fast rail link between manchester and leeds. as far as i'm concerned, that is just the beginning of our commitments and our investments. we want to see this
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whole thing done. many of the people sitting here have heard warm words about the northern powerhouse for five years and have had really absolutely no progress whatsoever. are you really going to have the money for all these other pledges that you have made? the answer to that is yes. and i think the answer to your point about the northern powerhouse, which i really want to help deliver... i think it's a fantastic idea, it's a fantastic project and its time has come. today has been a massive step forward and we should be celebrating that, but keeping the pressure on governmentjust to make sure that commitment is anchored and delivered on. but commuters here are demanding more than one new rail line. it costs £4 here for a single bus journey. £1.50 in london. how can that be right? so when it comes to funding, we need the same kind of subsidy that londoners have had for decades. what the north really needs is a crossrail for the north, which would be proper connectivity with newcastle and with hull. borisjohnson says the investment will open up new opportunities
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and turbo—charge the economy. the prime minister's list of promises goes way beyond new railway lines. social care, broadband, more police, education... it's all going to cost more money and it's not clear where that's going to come from. so do voters believe what they're hearing? it's all good. yeah, all good — so long as it happens. at least he's positive. yeah, that's what i'd say — positive. and that's what we need. what they promise and what they deliver is always completely different. and i have no faith in borisjohnson as a prime minister. i think anything he can do to make life better for people is good. whether he can deliver or not, we will wait and see. drawing up a to—do list is the easy part. making it happen is a real challenge. vicki young, bbc news, manchester. our business correspondent, katy austin, is here. a rehash of old ideas, that is what critics say about these new proposals, is that fair? it is not a
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new idea and it is one of the signs of the northern powerhouse project. but borisjohnson of the northern powerhouse project. but boris johnson is of the northern powerhouse project. but borisjohnson is very much trying to stake his claim to part of that project with his manchester to leeds fast rail plan. but for some time, business leaders and businesses and council leaders as well across the north, have been calling forfar more, well across the north, have been calling for far more, for billions of pounds worth of investment in better, improved, fast rail connections across the north between liverpool, hull and newcastle as well as they see it as a way of unlocking the potential of the economy. the allegation is london gets the iron's share of infrastructure projects and money, how accurate is that? transport is one of the areas where there seems to be an imbalance across the country. if you do look at one
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analysis, in the past few years the rise in transport spending per head in the north has gone up about £149, about half the rise you have seen in london. this is all meanwhile while the entire northern contribution to the entire northern contribution to the country's economy has been hovering at about 90% of economic output. improving transport connectivity, better transport links between big cities is seen to be a key pa rt between big cities is seen to be a key part of improving that, getting the most out of the north, which perhaps we haven't been for a while 110w. perhaps we haven't been for a while now. meanwhile, leaders in the north will have been looking at big southern projects like crossrail being put in motion while the improvements they have seen have been slower and much smaller and they will be wanting proof that the manchester to leeds link will only be the start. thank you. riot police in hong kong have fired tear gas at protesters, taking part
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in an unauthorised demonstration. thousands had gathered, but after police warnings a small group refused to disperse, throwing bricks and stones, in the northern district of yuen long. the march was in condemnation of an attack on pro—democracy protestors last weekend, by masked men. there are some flashing images, in nick beake's report. tear gas, rubber bullets, and anger filled the stifling summer air. welcome to another weekend in hong kong. this is now the rhythm of life. you find a police force trying to contain an eighth consecutive week of demonstrations. and these are the protesters who won't back down — tens of thousands of them. "shame on you," they shout, towards officers they say failed to protect them last weekend here in a town near the chinese border. men in white, suspected to be triad gang members, had attacked pro—democracy activists
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at a metro station, sending more than 40 to hospital. hong kong police had tried to ban today's march. it didn't work. and once again, as night fell, ha rd—core protesters faced off against them. the police have now lost patience and have asked the demonstrators to leave this area, and they haven't. they've already fired tear gas, so street by street, they're coming through and clearing the way. repairing public confidence will be an even harder task. i'm very angry because the police are supposed to protect the people in hong kong — the hong kong people, they're supposed to protect us. but instead, they don't — they stepped back when the triad attacked people. the police used too much force and violence against the protesters and the citizens. so we are here to demonstrate. tonight, a show of force to restore order — for now, at least. the protesters say they'll be back
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on the streets tomorrow. nick beake, bbc news, hong kong. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories. hundreds of people have been rescued from an express train, trapped by flooding near the indian city of mumbai. helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed, after torrential rains close to the town of vangani. passengers were told to remain on board, but were left without food or water, for 15 hours. the police service of northern ireland has condemned what it called a "cowardly" attempt to murder its officers by dissident republicans. it says a "viable device" was recovered after reports of a large "bang" were heard in craigavon in county armagh last night. a man and a woman from essex have been arrested, after a mass brawl on a british cruise ship. six others were injured as the p&0 britannia ferry, sailed into southampton today from norway. the fight broke out after a party.
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president trump has welcomed a us supreme court ruling, allowing the use of military funds to pay for a wall along the mexican border. $2.5 billion will now fund construction of a section of the barrier. so far this year, close to 600,000 people have been detained, trying to illegally enter america, across the southern border. while barack 0bama was in office, the numbers fell but are now rising steadily under mr trump. the migrants make their way from central american countries such as honduras, el salvador and guatemala, heading north, in hopes of a better life. 0ur north america correspondent chris buckler has more. the questions about what should happen at this long border divide america itself, a debate notjust about security, but also empathy. there's been public anger at the conditions migrants, including children, have been held
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in, in detention centres. but president trump has repeatedly argued that the focus should be on tackling illegal immigration. we're going to build the wall... build a a wall. we have to build a wall, folks. to the president's fury and frustration, democrats inside congress refused to give him the money he needed to pay for the border wall that he had promised his supporters. however, justices over in the supreme court have now said he can redirect $2.5 billion of military funding to help pay for the wall. mr trump says that's a big win for border security but it's still billions of dollars less than he wanted. no matter how big a barrier is built, its not going to stop the huge number of migrants trying to get into america. these families were some of the latest to cross the rio grande and claim asylum. and on the mexican side of the border, there are many desperate to follow them.
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translation: you don't know how i feel. i want to cross over, to give my son a better life. the money i've been spending to get here is not a small amount. many of those seeking refuge are fleeing problems like poverty and violence in central america. but under pressure from president trump, guatemala has now signed a deal which would require migrants travelling from honduras and el salvador to claim asylum there before they reach the us border. this landmark agreement will put the coyotes and the smugglers out of business. these are bad people, these are very, very bad, sick, deranged people. there are questions about the legality of that agreement, but as a president seeking re election, donald trump is determined to show that he is keeping his promises
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and putting america first. he believes nothing would demonstrate that more than a wall. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. with all the sport now, here's karthi at the bbc sport centre. good evening. the tour de france is set to have its first ever south american winner. colombia's egan bernal finished today's penultimate stage in the leader's yellowjersey, which means he will be unchallenged, as is the tour de france tradition, when the riders head for paris tomorrow. bernal‘s team—mate, and last year's winner, geraint thomas, will finish in second place — the two crossed the finish line together, arm—in—arm, as patrick gearey reports. 0n on top of the mountain and on top of the world. egan bernal, a 22—year—old colombian will almost certainly become the third youngest winner in the history of the tour de france. born in the andes and crowned in the alps, he was followed all the way to the top by his countrymen who have never seen a colombian win this race. his job was to stay in yellow and maintain his
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lead over the shortened 37 mile course. last year's winner, gathering time us played wing men, protecting him from threats. like the man in blue behind him, julian alaphilippe was the chaser, but that ta kes alaphilippe was the chaser, but that takes its toll on these punishing celebs. this, the moment france's bid for a winner in 34 years ran out of puff. thomas was second but launch no challenge, effectively handing over the title to his team—mate. what was his message to his successor? i said enjoy it, soak it allup and his successor? i said enjoy it, soak it all up and don't worry about crying because all real men cry. it is amazing to be a part of, he is a phenomenal athlete, 22 and he has an amazing year ahead of him. they will ride together again in paris tomorrow. all bernal must do is stay on his bike. he has climbed his mountain already. the welsh footballer gareth bale could be on his way
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to the chinese super league from real madrid. sources close to britain's most expensive player say the move hasn't been finalised but is "very close". the deal could see bale earn £1 million a week. the england men's cricket squad to face australia in the ashes series has been announced and 24—year—old jofra archer has been included for the first time. jofra took 20 wickets during england's recent world cup—winning campaign. ben stokes has been re—appointed as the vice—captain. the first test starts on thursday at edgbaston. leeds rhinos have retained the women's challenge cup after defeating castleford tigers in bolton. it was a close encounter with the scores level at 10 points all at half—time. courtney hill ran in from 60 metres to seal a 16 points to 10 victory for leeds in what was the first of three games at the university of bolton today because... ..the two men's semi—finals were played afterwards. and it will be a st helens versus warrington challenge cup final at wembley. st helens thrashed halifax to continue their bid to win a domestic treble
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of trophies this season. while warrington beat hull fc. frankie dettori rode enable to victory in the king george vi and queen elizabeth stakes at ascot today. enable edged out crystal 0cean to take the prestigious title for dettori and trainer, john gosden — and in doing so he becomes the first horse to regain the king george vi and queen elizabeth stakes crown. lewis hamilton will be on pole position for tomorrow's german grand prix but the british driver admitted he has been feeling "a bit under the weather". despite suffering from flu, the five time world champion was fastest in qualifying at hockenheim. hamilton beat max verstappen of red bull into second place. there's more on the bbc sport website including the latest from the world aquatics championships in south korea, golf‘s evian championship and the bmx world championships. clive. that's it. so from me and the rest of the team — have a very good night.
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good evening. bournemouth may have been the hot spot at 25 degrees but unusually, not far behind where the shetland islands. blue skies overhead and its hottest day in ten yea rs. overhead and its hottest day in ten years. 0thers overhead and its hottest day in ten years. others have replaced the sunshine and heat for cloud and rain in parts of
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hello. this is bbc news. britain's thriving science sector would be put at risk by a no deal brexit. that's the warning from the head of the wellcome trust, the uk's biggest charitable funder of scientific research. the trust spends around £1 billion a year supporting research — most of it in the uk. katy austin has more. jasmin is a scientist from germany, researching sex chromosomes at the francis crick institute in london. she's not sure whether to stay in the uk, though, because the country's leaving the eu. my feeling is that over
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the next 10, 20 years, if brexit actually happens, especially if it happens without a deal, which seems likely now, that uk science is on a decline, with regards to, yeah, funding opportunities, positions that are available, attractiveness of living here. you could see this place as a symbol of britain's status as a science superpower — europe's largest biomedical research facility under one roof, with 1200 researchers working here from across the globe. the director here warns continued success relies on collaboration that he says is incompatible with a no deal brexit and notjust because millions of pounds in funding would be at risk. it's our reputation, it's being able to attract people. it's making them feel comfortable here. all of this is injeopardy if we are turning our back on europe and saying, "we don't really care about you." and what it will mean is, is we have to follow the rules and regulations that we've had no role or impact on in
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setting up ourselves. so, in fact, we lose power, we lose freedom, rather than gaining it. now britain's biggest science charity has written to the prime minister, praising his vision for a thriving science sector but describing no deal as a threat. we're already a science superpower, but there are some clouds on the horizon, which if we don't banish them, could erode that position. what we are anxious about is that the science that is done here goes on being excellent, and to do that it requires both more investment and support from the government, it also requires an immigration policy that welcomes to this country the best researchers in the world, and their families. in a statement, number 10 said the prime minister is committed to supporting the uk science sector, to take full advantage we're already a science superpower, but there are some clouds of opportunities outside of the eu, so it can offer the best environment for cutting—edge research
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and the best global talent. katy austin, bbc news. officials from russia, india and the philippines have met with crew members of the stena impero tanker. the british—flagged tanker was siezed by iran's revolutionary guard last week. the officials from the crew's home countries report that the sailors are in good health, and work continues to secure their release along with the vessel. tens of thousands of e—sports fans are filling a new york stadium this weekend to see who will be crowned the fortnite world champion and walk away with a record breaking £2.4 million prize. flushing meadows is more famous for tennis but the winners of these tournaments could take home far more than novak djokovic and simona halep won at wimbledon. and several british players are in the running. joe tidy has been watching the action at flushing meadows. we're halfway through this
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massive event in e sports. it is the fortnite world cup. it isn't looking very good for brits. today is the duos, the 50 best pairs. we are following carljackson and benjamin fish. both of them not having a good start. we are into the fourth game now, i'm not sure of the situation but they both need a miracle to stay in this. organisation, fanatic. victor benson, you are part of a large gaming organisation, fanatic. what do you do? i take care of talent, connected to different titles. we are at the world cup with one of our aspiring young talents, called smeeth. his name is jake smith, british, can you tell me about him. he got the big eu players together
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and they've been fighting the last six months to get here. he's a big personality in the eu fortnite scene. he's not playing today. he is playing tomorrow in the solos. one of the older players here, 18, which is quite hilarious! what are his chances? if he does what he's best at, letting himself become the beast in the moment, it's about getting confidence, getting the ego out there, taking care of yourself, he has a big chance of getting in the top ten. what does this mean for you as a company and as someone involved in e sports as the industry? is itjust a big event that has a lot of money behind it? it is something that goes beyond what e sports and gaming has been for a couple of years. we will look at fortnite and epic as being the first mainstream titles. being where traditional sports hold their events, this is incredible for the players
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but also the people who don't follow these kind of things, mothers seeing their kids playing games may think differently of it after they've seen this event. the players we are watching, especially benji fish and mr savage, they have been pegged for glory. it isn't looking good but are you hopeful they can pull it out of the bag? they come from a tight group of friends and anyone from that group can always come back, it doesn't matter what they do in the first three games, there can be miracles and there will be miracles. let's hope so. thank you. it's all go here, apparently a sell—out, 20,000 tickets sold today and tomorrow. there are lots of empty seats so i'm not sure its capacity that you'd get with the us open that is held in the same stadium. the summer heatwave has broken records across the world, and not even the arctic has escaped the dramatic rise in temperatures. there have been hundreds of wildfires within forests in the arctic circle, including siberia, alaska and greenland. plumes of smoke from the fires can be seen from space.
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ramzan karmali has more. wildfires are ravaging the arctic. areas of northern siberia, northern scandinavia and greenland have been engulfed in flames. lightning often triggers fires in the region but this year, they are lasting longer. this fire at grouse creek in alaska has been burning since the 10th ofjuly. so far, over two million acres of forest land have been scorched in the state. the temperature was much higher than the average, and also things like the soil moisture and the amount of precipitation is much lower than the average. what this means is it's much drier, much warmer, so when there is an ignition, then the fires have been able to persist and spread quite quickly, and endure. arctic fires are common between may and october but higher temperatures, blamed on climate change, have meant the fires this year have been more intense.
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global satellites are now tracking a swathe of new and ongoing wildfires within the arctic circle. smoke is affecting large areas, engulfing some places completely. cities in eastern russia have noted a significant fall in air quality, with many people seeking medical help. translation: smoke is a horror. you're choking and feel dizzy because the smell of the smoke is very strong. the fires are releasing copious volumes of carbon dioxide, which scientists say will make our planet even warmer. that means wildfires like these will become even more common. ramzan karmali, bbc news. and we'll take an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers katherine forster, a reporter at the sunday times, and martin bentham, the home editor at the london evening standard. that's coming up after the headlines. time for a look at the weather with matt taylor. sunshine and warm weather
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continuing for some today. dorset, 24 degrees and surprisingly in shetland, temperatures approaching 24. in between a completely different end to the weather scale, 50mm of rain over the last 24 hours. grey cloud remaining. this is why, a front almost stranded in the same spot tonight, from western scotland through the midlands towards east anglia and the south—east. we'll see some further rain, some heavier bursts and on the eastern edge, we may have some thunder and lightning moving north. easterly winds towards the north—east part of the country where we'll see clear skies and temperatures in the teens. fresher to the south—west with clear conditions. temperatures may be in single figures for some. sunday, similar split. it will be a wetter day for some in the north and east of northern ireland.
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staying wet in north—east england, towards east anglia. the south—east may brighten up relative to what we saw today. sunny spells in parts of wales and to the south—west with a westerly wind. a greater chance of heavy showers and thunderstorms over the mainland. blue skies in shetland where temperatures may creep above 20 degrees. warm in the south—east compared with today. under the rain, 17—20 degrees. rain heaviest in the north—east of northern ireland into sunday evening. the weather front easing as it moves north into next week. low pressure pushing towards the south—west. moving in late in the day with strengthening wind and rain. much of england and wales with a brighter and warmer day. some cloud building up later. some heavy and thunder showers in the north—west of scotland. even here temperatures are into the low 20s. the low pressure to the south—west
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bringing more substantial wet and windy weather in the south—west into tuesday, also wales. maybe some torrential thunderstorms. sunny elsewhere but raining in the north of scotland. as low pressure dominates towards the end of the week, 00:29:14,323 --> 2147483051:51:21,877 warm in the sunshine but be prepared 2147483051:51:21,877 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 for thundery showers.
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