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this is bbc news. this is bbc news,|‘m simon pusey — our top stories. a suicide bomber targets a wedding reception in kabul. officials say a number of people have been killed and injured. in the us city of portland as police try to keep them away from anti—fascist protesters. sudan's ruling military and the civilian opposition alliance sign a power—sharing deal after months of protests and violent repression. tens of thousands of people rally hong kong in support of the chinese backed government as clashes continue between police and pro—democracy a rare sea mammal — made famous after it was rescued earlier this year in thailand — has died after swallowing plastic.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. dozens of people are feared to have been killed after a bomb exploded at a wedding in afghanistan. eyewitnesses say a suicide bomber detonated explosives in a packed reception hall in the capital, kabul. at least 20 people have been taken to hospital. no—one has admitted carrying out the attack — the latest in a recent series across the country. our correspondent shwhyb sharifi is following developments in kabul. the incident happened right at the climax of the party, right after dinner at around 10.40 local time. although only 20 wounded have so far been confirmed by one hospital, but footage we have received a video
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from inside shows many people looking for their missing loved one. one video shows one young boy saying he has got five brothers missing and one man says his 14—year—old boy was killed in the incident. inside, the decorated seats of the wedding party shows stained with blood and it's feared, eyewitnesses say that there may be more injuries as it's dark and the incident happened west of kabul and the main emergency hospitals are in north of kabul, so later more figures will emerge. let's get some of the day's other news. a massive fire has swept through one of dhaka's biggest slums, leaving more than 50,000 people homeless. officials in the bangladeshi capital say at least 15,000 shanty homes were destroyed in the blaze. the fire service says many had polythene roofs which helped the fire to spread. nearly 30 teenagers have been allowed to disembark on the italian island of lampedusa after more
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than two weeks at sea aboard the spanish rescue ship, open arms. more than 100 migrants are still on the vessel. the italian interior minister matteo salvini said he would not back down in his refusal to let them into italy. turkey's biggest city, istanbul, has been lashed by a heavy rainstorm, causing flash flooding. the body of a homeless man was found in an underpass. the flooding left parts of the historic grand bazaar — one of the world's oldest covered markets — under water. hundreds of far—right supporters have been holding a rally in the northwestern us city of portland in the state of oregon. anti—fascist protesters held a counter—protest against them. although much of the city centre was brought to a standstill, no significant clashes have been reported. let's hear from two protesters, one from each side, speaking a little earlier. we went into protest peacefully and they are chasing us. everyone hypes
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is up as these bad guys, but we said a prayer, said the national anthem and then rolled out. we as the people of the city are not going to ta ke people of the city are not going to take this hate speech. we will make sure that they know that they are going to get this response but it will not be violent, boomer them out of this city until they stop coming back because we are not going to stand for it. celebrations have been taking place in sudan after military and civilian leaders signed a power sharing deal. it paves the way for a transitional government and, eventually, elections. it also marks the end of what has at times been a bloody process since the ousting of president omar el bashir. zeinab badawi reports from khartoum. there can be no doubt that it is a historic day in sudan. there was a mood of optimism and hope amidst the celebrations. the ceremony, attended
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by visiting dignitaries, has taken months of closely fought negotiations between the military and leaders of the protest alliance. can you guarantee... the man who signed the agreement on behalf of the military told me that they're genuine about handing power to civilians. translation: we'll stick to every single letter we've agreed on. even without this agreement, we have to work in this direction because it's in the country's interest, it's not our interest. therefore, we'll carry out the agreement, we'll stick to it and support it. but there's still suspicion and mistrust of the military. today's deal comes after around 100 demonstrators were killed in khartoum injune when security supporters tried to disperse this sit—in. the violence has been blamed on the rapid support forces led by general hemeti, who has been described as the most
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powerful man in sudan. he denies any involvement. on the streets today, some of the mistrust seemed to give way to hope. translation: we hope sudan can move forward so we can be proud of our country and forget about the guns and move towards peace. translation: protesters demanded civilian rule because they wanted a better life. today is a historic day for sudan and hopefully this deal will meet the demands that the revolution was based on. the military and civilians make for uneasy bedfellows, but for now it seems the sudanese people are giving the military the benefit of the doubt and are working with them together to create a new sudan. zeinab badawi, bbc news, khartoum. and you can watch the full version of that exclusive interview with general hemeti on hardtalk this monday at 04.30,
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riot police have cleared roads in hong kong after a stand—off with pro—democracy protesters, as the political crisis in the city continues for an 11th week. earlier thousands of teachers took to the streets in a peaceful show of solidarity. from hong kong, john sudworth reports. hong kong's summer rains have done nothing to dampen the fury. most of it directed at the police. now seen as agents of a hostile state. by people who say they are fighting for their city's freedom. just a short drive away, china has stationed paramilitary police in the border city of shenzhen, designed, it seems, as a very visible and ominous warning. are you worried china will send troops to hong kong? no, because if they do, they have to pay for that. we don't want to have
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to pay for anything. on the other side of this deeply divided city, pro beijing groups were rallying. they reject the claim that china is eroding hong kong's special status. and they support the police, who by nightfall were once again facing off against the pro—democracy protesters. and sweeping them from the streets. well, what began as a provocation by a small group of hard—core protesters has turned into this. a massive show of force by dozens of riot police. clearing a busy shopping street. it is a clear illustration of the intractable nature of hong kong's political crisis and of the breakdown of trust on all levels. bystanders, drawn in by the scenes, also hurled abuse at the police. a once confident, outward—looking city trapped in a cycle
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of recrimination and bitterness. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. british detectives, investigating the murder of a young police officer, have been given an extra 36 hours to question ten suspects. 28—year—old pc andrew harper died of multiple injuries after he was dragged along by a vehicle while investigating a burglary. mr harper's family said they have been left "devastated" by his death. daniela relph reports. colleagues, friends and the local community, all came today to pay tribute where police constable andrew harper lost his life. almost exactly a month ago to the day, pc harper was getting married. now, instead of heading off on honeymoon next week, his wife has to face life without him. a postmortem showed the police officer died from multiple injuries. detectives have also revealed they are still trying to establish why a call to investigate a burglary
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ended so tragically. the cause of death is consistent with our current belief that andrew was caught between the vehicle and the surface of a road and then dragged for some distance. however, the circumstances as to how andrew came to be out of his vehicle and caught under the suspect vehicle are as yet unknown. the hunt for evidence has continued throughout the day. there have been extended road closures widening the search area. but the police focus has been on the four houses corner caravan and mobile home site, run by the local authority in west berkshire and used by the travelling community. access to the area has been restricted as the team leading the murder enquiry take charge. the police have now also confirmed that within an hour of the incident on thursday night, they came to this caravan and mobile home site and it was here that all ten people who are currently in custody were arrested.
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detectives now have until around midnight tomorrow to question the ten people being held. they are all male, aged between 13 and 30 years old. the death of pc harper has highlighted the dangers officers face in their everyday work. the police loss was today shared by other emergency services. a lot of people say we have sort of a dangerous job, but most of our opinions are that ourjob is nowhere near as dangerous or difficult as the police and the ambulance service. the thames valley force has described this as a complex investigation. both a professional and personal challenge, as they try to solve the murder of a much—loved officer who was one of their own. daniela relph, bbc news, sulhamstead in berkshire. the leader of the opposition labour party in the uk has insisted that he must be the one to lead any temporary government if the prime minister, borisjohnson, loses a vote of no—confidence over brexit.
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jeremy corbyn‘s comments came after the senior conservative politician, sir oliver letwin, said he could not support such a plan. here's our political correspondent, nick eardley. jeremy corbyn is making another plea to mps tonight to back his plan, telling the observer it's the simplest and most democratic way to stop no deal, pleading with them, in his words, to seize the moment before it's too late. the problem mr corbyn has is, those conservatives who think no deal would be a disaster also think mr corbyn in number ten would be a disaster. oliver letwin, the latest to say today he won't do anything that leads tojeremy corbyn in downing street. all the while, number ten has a straightforward message — end of october, the uk definitely leaves the european union. there has been no progress in talks with europe so some like oliver letwin think no deal is increasingly likely. the question is, what does it look like? tomorrow the sunday times has a leak of a government document about preparations for no deal, operation yellowhammer.
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it includes warnings about possible shortages of fuel, reduced availability of some food, that plans to avoid a hard border in ireland are likely to prove to be unsustainable. a number ten source says this isn't what the government thinks is going to happen, it is scenarios being looked at as a way of preparing for no deal. but with the clock ticking, many think that it might nowjust be a matter of weeks before we find out what no deal looks like. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we look back at the life and career of hollywood actor, peter fonda — who's died at the age of 79. washington, the world's most political city is today assessing the political health on the world's most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that
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was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last ten days 500 have died. czechoslovakia must be free. russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we are with them now, in our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us", "stay with us", chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well" joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news, the latest headlines: a suicide bomber has targetted a wedding reception in kabul —
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officials say a number of people have been killed and injured. sudan's ruling military and the civilian opposition alliance have signed a power sharing deal after months of pro—democracy protests, violent repression and political upheaval. let's stay with that story now and huge crowds have thronged the streets of the capital khartoum to celebrate the landmark deal, which follows months of mass protests and paves the way for a transition to civilian rule. there've certainly been lots of celebrations, but what's actually been agreed? let's take a look. a sovereign council will be established to run the affairs of sudan. the council will be made up of six civilians, of which one is agreed by both sides and five generals. it will rule for three years until there are fresh elections. there will be a rotating chairmanship of council. and a new prime minister will be appointed next week. earlier i spoke to ahmed kodouda — a sudan reseacher at george washington university. he said it was a significant moment
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in the nation's history. for the first time in 30 years a civilian government is supposed to head the country. of course there are many challenges ahead. the first, as you've highlighted already, is whether the military will be able to actually follow through in implementing the deal. there are significant centres of power that continue to feel as though this agreement is not acceptable to them. but at this stage, i think people are very optimistic, hopeful and many people understand the hard work is yet to begin. these negotiations have been going on for many months now, so why do you think the agreement has been reached now? i think the regional and international community played a significant part in making sure this agreement happens. of course, at the forefront had been the african union and the ethiopian prime minister, but as well as the other regional powers, the saudis and the marathas, had been the number—1 backers of the military.
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but they were pressured i think by the americans as well as by the african union to make sure an agreement is reached. at the same time i think the military, as well as the forces for freedom and change, the opposition coalition recognised that the sudanese people are tired, they are ready for some sort of stability. they recognise that the economy is at a precipice and if nothing happens immediately, and a sense of normalcy returns than the country would have actually possibly slipped into civil war or further deterioration. you talk about civil war there. with so many factions involved in this agreement, are theirfears this may blow up again? certainly, there are fears it may blow up again. most importantly, are the intra—opposition negotiations, in particular those with the armed factions that are not
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formally part of the agreement. there are two groups, namely the spla north in the mountains and the slm which is in darfur. these two groups continue to control significant territory of the country and they have kind of kept at arms‘ length from the opposition as well as from the agreement. the north said it is willing to come to the talks but it is waiting said it is waiting for a civilian government to come into power. it wasn't willing to negotiate with the opposition before it took control. i think the other challengers are going to be the economic situation. what is positive are the appointments of leading experts, sudanese experts from the world bank, united nations who have the expertise to help
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the economy improve, as well as the energy from the young people from the street to actually come about and come together to help their communities at the local level, but also recognise the challenges and the hard work is yet to begin. an orphaned sea mammal that became an internet sensation after being rescued in thailand, has died. the rare marine dugong was one of only a few hundred left in the region. it died from complications after swallowing plastic. kate harley reports. she was just a baby when she was rescued, orphaned and stranded on a beach in the south of thailand. rescuers named her marium, meaning lady of the sea. incredible images of the rare dugong went viral after she was seen nestling into marine biologists. she was nursed back to health before being released back into the sea. but last week marium was found sick
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and exhausted and couldn't be saved. vets conducted an autopsy finding that she died due to an infection after ingesting a great deal of plastic. with pieces as large as 20 centimetres long found in her stomach. the vets who looked after her said they are devastated by the loss of the dugong who had been named the nation's sweetheart. many have taken to social media to mourn the loss and thailand's department of marine and coastal resources tweeted sleep well, little angel. the country's seaweed and seagrass research unit said goodbye, little princess, you are a conservation superstar. heartbreaking to see you die by our neglect of the environment. we are all guilty as each has thrown a plastic bag or a straw bottle and that has killed an animal somewhere. her rescuers echoed the call urging people to take responsibility
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for their waste and hoping marium's death would not be in vain. russia's communist party has held a rally in moscow to call for fair elections, ahead of voting next month. opposition party supporters were not granted permission to hold their own demonstration, but have suggested they will take to the streets, regardless. our correspondent steve rosenberg has been at the communist party's rally and sent this report. iamata i am at a rally in moscow that has been organised by the russian communist party, another left—wing groups. they are demanding honest, clea n groups. they are demanding honest, clean elections. although some of the images here seem to be at odds with that message. i didn't think honest, clean elections were a priority forjosef stalin or the soviet union, but these kind of slogans, an end to political persecution, these are the kind of slogans we have been hearing at political rallies in moscow in recent weeks and there one slogan here that says corruption wins, with
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dishonest elections. i get the feeling that the communist party is trying to jump onto the protest bandwagon, but there are fewer people here today than it last week was my opposition rally, which was in the same place, still, an eye on the communists because they could benefit from the general wave of protest sentiment across russia right now. next month, muscovites will be voting for a new parliament in their city. a string of kremlin critics have been barred from taking part, but there will be plenty of communist candidates in that election and the communist party is hoping to pick up the protest votes of muscovites. across the city it is a very different scene. the opposition wasn't given permission to hold a rally this weekend, so instead people have decided to hold what they call single picket protests, individuals holding up
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placards calling for independent candidates to be allowed to take pa rt candidates to be allowed to take part in the moscow election. for now, the police seem to be keeping their distance. we expect the protests will continue in moscow in different forms after the election on september the 8th. tributes have been paid to the hollywood star peter fonda, who has died at his home in los angeles from lung cancer. the actor was seen as a counter—cultural icon, best known for the 1969 road movie, easy rider. peter bowes looks back on his career. easy rider, the counterculture classic. the open road, sex, drugs and rock and roll. the film was written, produced by and starred peter fonda, along with dennis hopper, playing a pair of long—haired bikers travelling through the american south—west and deep south. it touched a nerve with the country's youth and captured the mood of the times. it also spawned a new era in film—making, focused
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on younger generations. it earned peter fonda an oscar nomination for best original screenplay, and catapulted him to stardom in hollywood. later in his career he was nominated for best actor in the 1997 drama ulee's gold, in which he played a florida beekeeper. he won a golden globe for the film. peter fonda was part of hollywood royalty, the son of the actor henry fonda and younger brother ofjane fonda. like his father, he was honoured with a star on hollywood's walk of fame. a lasting tribute to the actor, and as news emerged of his death, a place for his fans to remember their hero. in a statement peter fonda's family said they were mourning the loss of a sweet and gracious man who had an indomitable spirit and love of life. jane fonda said he was her sweet—hearted baby brother and went out laughing.
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a light aircraft is being removed from a motorway after it was forced to make an emergency landing in croatia. the small two—passenger plane landed on the road at the ravna gora junction in the direction of rijeka. it's not yet known exactly what caused the incident. no one was injured. a reminder of our main news: a bomb has exploded at a wedding reception in the afghan capital, kabul. dozens of people are reported to have been killed. eyewitnesses say a suicide bomber detonated explosives inside the packed reception hall. no—one has admitted carrying out the attack, which is the latest in a recent series of bombings in afghanistan. you can get more on that story and the rest of the programme on our website, and follow us on twitter but for now thank you for watching
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and stay tuned here on bbc world news. thank you for watching. hello, yesterday brought big showers to the north—west of the uk. today, the showers getting more widespread thanks to an area of low pressure sending showers and across northern ireland and scotland. we have this waving weather front that will be bringing the threat of a bit of rain over the next few hours scraping into southern parts of england, parts of the south—east and east anglia as well. there could be a bit of rainfora anglia as well. there could be a bit of rain for a time but certainly some wet weather for scotland and northern ireland with showers becoming widespread over the next few hours getting into western parts of wales. it will be a breezy start to sunday, not particularly cold with temperatures around 12—111, for
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many, and for the rest of sunday, that early morning rain clears across east anglia and the south—east then showers getting into wales in the south—west, pushing across wales and england and nowhere is immune from seeing the downpours, it just that the heaviest showers will be across scotland, northern ireland, northern england and the north of wales, that's where the showers will be most widespread, some of them with a rumble or two of thunder. temperatures disappointing in scotland, at around 16 celsius. still 22 in the southern england in the best of any sunshine. on sunday night into monday, show us continuing to affect north—western areas, but the area of low pressure in charge will continue to push its way eastwards. that means as we head into monday itself, that low pressure will be getting towards norway. we will have an increasingly north—westerly wind which will knock temperatures down further across northern and western areas of the
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country. after a fine sunny start, the showers get going and the majority of these against northern and western parts of england and wales, scotland and northern ireland, with the showers managing to give lengthy spells of rain. temperatures disappointing, 1a for stornoway, 17 in belfast, but that is the coolest of the weather for the week ahead, because from then temperatures start to recover, the winds turn to a south—westerly direction on tuesday. still some cloud and rain around, but temperatures will start to come up to 21 in london and chilly in shetland, just 12 on tuesday. for the rest of the week ahead, temperatures continue to climb, 20 in edinburgh, similar in belfast but we could reach 26 in london next weekend.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: there's been an explosion at a wedding reception in the afghan capital, kabul. dozens of people are reported to have been killed. eyewitnesses say the blast was caused by a suicide bomber inside the packed hall. no—one has admitted carrying out the attack and helmets have held a rally in the western us city of portland, while anti—fascist protestors demonstrated against them. a line of police separated the two sides and no significant clashes have been reported. sudan's ruling military council and civilian opposition alliance have signed a landmark power—sharing deal. the agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule. and you can get more on our website. now on bbc news, canada's
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