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this is bbc news — i'm reged ahmad. our top stories... warnings of shortages of fuel, food and medicine if britain leaves the eu without a deal — a leaked government report sets out the aftershocks of a no—deal brexit. a suicide bomber targets a wedding reception in kabul — officials say a number of people have been killed and injured. hundreds of far—right supporters hold a rally in the us city of portland as police try to keep them away from anti—fascist protesters. women protest in mexico city after a number of high—profile alleged sexual assaults involving police officers sparked outrage.
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hello and welcome to bbc news. britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the european union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in ireland — that's according to official government documents leaked to the sunday times newspaper. with me is our political correspondent nick eardley. give us an idea of what these leaked reports set out in terms of the hardships of britain might face. this is a document called operation yellowhammer, the civil service looking at potentially what could happen if the uk leaves the european union ina happen if the uk leaves the european union in a few weeks without a deal and at its heart are some stark warnings of long delays at the
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ports, at eurotunnel, of the potential for certain fresh foods running out or becoming scarce, at least not all foods running out, but potentially some fresh food running scarce. and overall, a picture of some significant hardships in the uk on the 31st of october. these leaked documents talk about the northern ireland border. that is a very contagious subject that involves brexit. what does it have to say about that? it warns that the uk government plan which is not to have any new checks unless completely necessary between the republic and the north of ireland, that that plan is unsustainable. it doesn't go into detail about what that will mean that some will conclude that yes, that some will conclude that yes, that will lead to a hard border. the uk has always been adamant it is not going to put up border infrastructure between the republic and the north, likewise the republic of ireland has said it won't do the
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same but there is a suggestion that the plan the uk has to avoid that for various economic and security reasons just isn't viable. do for various economic and security reasonsjust isn't viable. do we have a government response on these lea ks 7 have a government response on these leaks? we do. the government says officially that it doesn't comment on leaks officially that it doesn't comment on lea ks but officially that it doesn't comment on leaks but number ten celsius have pointed out that this isn't what they expect to happen. this isn't they expect to happen. this isn't the assumption of borisjohnson and his team. what it is a scenario planning, looking at various things that could happen in the uk government is putting a lot of effort and money now into preparing for new deal. they say they don't expect it to happen but it is all pa rt expect it to happen but it is all part of the planning. even these lea ks and part of the planning. even these leaks and a lot of the concerns about no—deal brexit, how will this be viewed by those who think that no—deal brexit will be ok and those who do not want that? there are those who have always said that warnings like this are scaremongering. this is a government document. this is something drawn up by civil servants, leaked to the sunday times and many people will
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say it is the worst case scenario, this is situation planning, brexit supporters don't believe it. they don't think that no—deal would be as calamitous as some people have made out. boris johnson calamitous as some people have made out. borisjohnson is one of those optimistic in what no—deal could look might. he's off to europe in the next few days to speak to angela merkel and emmanuel macron, he is still out there looking for a new deal, but he is convinced britain can manage no—deal and is trying to get the country ready. we will hear more about these leaked documents in the coming hours. thank you very much. you can get more background on brexit on the bbc news website, full analysis, a jargon guide, and also this article on whether uk parliamentarians can actually stop a no—deal brexit. dozens of people are feared to have been killed
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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 shoaib 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 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.
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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 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
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back down in his refusal to let them into italy. a rally organised by the russian communist party has been held in moscow, calling for free and fair elections to the city's parliament next month. meanwhile, opposition activists held small one—man protests, in a move designed to circumvent restrictions by the authorities. 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, a huge police presence prevented significant clashes. let's hear from two protesters, one from each side, speaking a little earlier. we came in. we just did a march, peacefully. went in, planted our flag, came back out, and they are chasing us right now. it kind of shows you who is a thug, and who isn't. everyone hypes up as these bad guys, but we came in and trolled the hell out of everyone.
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but we had a good time, said a prayer, sang the national anthem and then rolled out. it's not free speech, it is hate speech. and the people of this city are not going to take it. we will make sure that they know that they are going to get this response but it will not be violent, we are going to march them out of this city until they stop coming back because we are not going to stand for it. alex zielinski is news editor of the portland mercury and has been covering this story. let's cross to her now. thank you for your time. you were at these protests. what did you see? thank you for your time. you were at these protests. what did you seam was interesting compared to the past protests that have happened. they we re protests that have happened. they were both much larger than the past protests usually have, the antifa, antifascist organisers coming head—to—head with far right organisers, but there were few
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casualties, few entries and only 13 arrests. nothing monumental or large. some injuries from the police shooting of less lethal weapon trying to disperse the crowd. that didn't happen today. it was very well divided. both sides of these protests went away, feeling like they were victorious. it is tricky to know what will happen tonight or tomorrow but from now most of these protesters have dispersed. are the protesters have dispersed. are the protesters from both of these groups are local people or, do people come from other parts of the united states 7 from other parts of the united states? in this particular protest there are lots of protesters who come from across the country. particularly the far right protest which is organised by a national
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group called the proud boy and the man who organised it is actually based in florida and is not based with portland or local politics. the left—leaning groups are internationalist groups which are from portland and the have been opposing the local alt righ groups for some time. donald trump has been talking about classifying antifa as a terror group, but there are competing narratives behind what is going on with these rallies. can you tell us what they are? there is the narrative that antifa is a very ruthless, some kind of violent group patrolling the streets of portland, if you hear from conservative patrolling the streets of portland, if you hearfrom conservative media outlets and politicians, any of which are based in portland or
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0regon, they give coverage that causes protest to take place here and across the country, and gives a different idea of what is going on here. at the same time, there are members of nationalist groups who end up getting into a fist fight or getting matched with writing protesters. there is a spectrum of people who are identified as antifascist. it is difficult to talk about them in a sweeping manner. more complicated than it seems. thank you for your time, alex, from the portland mercury. celebrations have been taking place in sudan after military
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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 0mar 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 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.
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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 powerful man in sudan. he denies any involvement. 0n 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
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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, 09.30, 15.30 and 20.30 gmt. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a rare sea mammal made famous after it was rescued earlier this year in thailand, has died after swallowing plastic.
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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 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?"
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines. a leaked government report has warned of shortages of fuel, food and medicines if britain leaves the eu without a deal on october 31st. a suicide bomber has targetted a wedding reception in kabul — officials say a number of people have been killed and injured. hundreds of mostly female protesters have taken to the streets of mexico city to demand justice for two teenage girls they say were raped by police. a 17 year—old girl accused four policemen of raping her in their patrol car, and a 16—year—old said a policeman raped her in a museum. during the protest a city police station was daubed in paint, glass doors were broken, and a fire started. the protesters also sprayed graffiti on the capital's independence monument. the city's mayor said the cases needed to be investigated
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but condemned the protests. david agren is a freelance journalist in mexico city and hejoins me now. thank you for your time. first of all do we know who was at the rally and he was behind the violence? the violence tends to come out of this, u nfortu nately, violence tends to come out of this, unfortunately, just as small groups of people that get out of hand, and a lwa ys of people that get out of hand, and always with his protest in mexico city there tend to be accusations that there are asian provocateurs involved and they are there to not merely be part of the cause. these protests tend to start to get going spontaneously. they go on social media. and they tend to be very last minute. they do not give a lot of advance, they don't have a lot of advanced planning and part of it is
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just to, how the stories have unfolded, there tend to be multiple accusations and the responses from the authorities have left a lot of people unsatisfied in the sense that even though there is a change of administration in mexico city, a female mayor and prosecutor, but they feel that these allegations are not being treated with a seriousness that they should be. what is the larger picture of sexual assault in mexico, is it unusualfor the police to be accused of assaulting girls? not at all. what tends to happen, trust and the police is very low in mexico. it is amongst in surveys, it is amongst the least trusted institutions in the country. and police jobs institutions in the country. and policejobs are given institutions in the country. and police jobs are given to people who cannot get any otherjobs. and so the training is also dismal so what tends to happen is that the police
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are not the best, not the most responsive. and it is not unheard of that these sexual assaults committed by police car. what tends to happen is that there are cases of sexual assault that just are not investigated at all, and it tends to bea investigated at all, and it tends to be a question of culture, and the police just tend not to take these cases seriously, the alerts of the so—called femicides in their states, but crime for the politicians here is more public relations problem than a serious social crisis are these cases just go unsolved. than a serious social crisis are these casesjust go unsolved. david agren, a freelance journalist in mexico city, thank you very much for
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your time. you're welcome. a freak rainstorm in istanbul has left one man dead, traffic stranded, and roads and businesses underwater. the deluge also affected the historic grand bazaar, and temporarily halted ferry services between the european and asian parts of the city. a massive rainstorm and then the deluge. istanbul struggled to cope with saturday's downpour as rainwater inundated streets and shops. the city's drains, overwhelmed by the amount of water, which brought traffic to a standstill. businesses in this underpass were defenceless against the torrent. damage amounting to thousands of turkish lira done in the space of a few minutes. now, these workers must begin to assess the financial cost. traders in the ancient grand bazaar did not escape the water either. the only course of action — sweep it away.
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even structures adapted to water were vulnerable, like this sinking boat transformed into a hazard by the floods. and amidst the disruption, tragedy. the authorities say this homeless man was killed by the floodwaters. the rains have now stopped, now the clean—up begins. john mcmanus, bbc news. riot police have cleared roads in hong kong after a standoff with pro—democracy protesters, as the political crisis in the city continues for an eleventh week. earlier, thousands of teachers took to the streets in a peaceful show of solidarity. 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.
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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 to pay for anything. 0n 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.
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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 of recrimination and bitterness. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. 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. many people in thailand and around the world have gone online to express their sadness, as kate harley reports. she was just a baby when she was rescued, orphaned and stranded on a beach
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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 nuzzling into marine biologists. she was nursed back to health before being released back into the sea. but last week marium was found sick 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 marium, the little angel. the country's seaweed
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and seagrass research unit said goodbye, little princess marium, 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 for their waste and hoping marium's death would not be in vain. a reminder of breaking news this hour. britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the european union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in ireland — that's according to official government documents leaked to the sunday times newspaper. the times said the forecasts compiled by the uk cabinet office set out the most likely aftershocks of a no—deal brexit rather
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than the worst case scenarios. there is more explaining the details and jargon of that brexit story on our website. hello, there. yesterday brought big showers to the north—west of the uk. today we have more of the same with the shower is getting more widespread, thanks to an area of low pressure which is sending showers across northern ireland and scotland. further south we have this wiggling weather front that will bring cloudy skies threatening a bit of rain over the next few hours, spreading over southern england, working and parts of the south—east and east anglia as well. there could bea and east anglia as well. there could be a bit of rain for a time but certainly some wet weather for scotla nd certainly some wet weather for scotland and northern ireland with showers becoming more widespread over the next few hours, getting into western parts of wales. a breezy start to sunday, so not particularly cold with temperatures between 12 and 1a celsius. for the
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rest of sunday, that early morning rain clears across east anglia and the south—east of england with showers getting into wales and the south—west, pushed across wales and england as well. nowhere is immune from seeing the downpours. it is 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 widespread, some of them with a rumble of thunder. temperatures disappointing in scotland, 16 and edinburgh, a cooler kind of day, and into sunday night and into monday, showers continue to affect north—western areas but the area of low pressure in charge is going to continue to slowly push its way eastwards. that means as we head into monday itself, that lowe will be heading towards norway. we have an increasingly north—westerly wind so that will start to knock temperatures down further across
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northern and western areas of the country. after a fine, sunny start, the showers get going, the majority of these across northern and western parts of england and wales, scotland and northern ireland. showers merging to give some longer spells of rain. temperatures disappointing, 14 of rain. temperatures disappointing, 1a for stornoway, getting cooler, and 17 in belfast, but that is the coolest of the weather for the weekend. then temperatures will start to recover with the wind turning to a south—westerly direction on tuesday. still some cloud and rain around but temperatures will start to come up in many areas, to 21 in london, but chilly in lerwick are just 12. similar temperatures in belfast to edinburgh ataround similar temperatures in belfast to edinburgh at around 20 but we could reach 26 in london next weekend.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: britain will face shortages of fuel, food and medicine if it leaves the european union without a transition deal, jamming ports and requiring a hard border in ireland — that's according to official government documents leaked to the sunday times newspaper. 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. hundreds of far—right supporters, some of them wearing body armour 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.
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