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welcome to bbc news, i'm simon pusey. our top stories: the taliban says the us has the most to lose after president trump pulled out of peace talks to end the afghan war. the head of a us aid agency says hurricane dorian has left parts of the bahamas looking like they were hit by a nuclear bomb. more clashes in hong kong, as protestors call on donald trump to intervene personally in the political crisis. and a champion for conservation and christianity. pope francis takes his message to millions in madagascar.
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the taliban has condemned a decision by president trump to cancel secret afghan peace talks at camp david, warning that american has the most to lose. it is a sudden halt after nine rounds of talks to try to end nearly 20 years of war in afghanistan. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports from kabul. a busy kabul junction. the attack said to have changed president trump's mind. a young us soldier died here, a romanian, ten afghans, aged ten to 70. the taliban struck this kabul neighbourhood too, the very day last week the us said it had reached a deal in principle with the taliban to start bringing its troops home. they've been negotiating for nearly a year in the gulf state of qatar, and the taliban almost hit
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the diplomatic jackpot — a trip to camp david to talk to president trump, his classic high—stakes summitry. but now, it's off. a taliban spokesman sent us their response. a few days ago, the peace agreement was concluded with the us negotiation team, and it was initialled by heads of both negotiation teams. the tweets by president donald trump is astonishing, and i think it harms his reputation. a peace process that may have consequences. . . the afghan government the taliban still refuse to talk to welcomed the move. i think it was the right move at the right time, and a genuine reflection of the concerns that not only the afghan people but many in dc raised, of the threats, of the consequences of any deal that could be harmful to all of us.
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was it this one terrible attack in kabul which provoked president trump's dramatic move, or was it the rising chorus of anger and anxiety in kabul and in washington over peace talks which only seem to bring more war? many fear taliban at the table don't speak for fighters on the ground. until they put down their guns, their commitment to peace won't be clear. lyse doucet, bbc news, kabul. i'm joined by murid partaw, the former afghan national representative to us centcom, now at the school of global studies at the university of south florida. why did donald trump cancel what appear to be why did donald trump cancel what appearto bea why did donald trump cancel what appear to be a pretty nailed on peace agreement? well, the cancelled camp david talks appear to have been an effort by president trump to bring the taliban leadership and the afg ha n bring the taliban leadership and the afghan president together, since the
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taliban has been not accepting to talk with the elected government of afghanistan. so this was a pretty momentous occasion, had that occurred, without any doubt, because that would have brought the taliban negotiators, as i mentioned, with the afghan president, or perhaps afg ha n the afghan president, or perhaps afghan chief executive, the political leadership of the unity government, and that would have paved the road for an intra— afghan dialogue in the future. yes, you say it would have been a momentous occasion. it would have obviously brought a lot of hope to people in afghanistan, who have obviously been enduring bombings on an almost daily basis from the taliban. what does this decision mean now, for afghanistan? unfortunately this decision now means that the election is going to be happening, as it is scheduled, on 28 september, and that the violence will continue to rage
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across afghanistan, because as it was reported in your report, the taliban have said that we will continue ourfighting, taliban have said that we will continue our fighting, and taliban have said that we will continue ourfighting, and it will be the americans who will suffer. for afghanistan, it will mean that the violence will continue to reach across the provinces, well, the violence never ended, but it will continue to rage, unfortunately. yes, you say obviously that the violence has continued, and it really has, even during these talks. even when there was a draft agreement in place, the taliban was still carrying out these bombings. do you think there was ever really a chance of a peace deal?|j do you think there was ever really a chance of a peace deal? i think the decision to call off this piece argument was definitely bigger than that. there were internal political
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constraints that president trump faced at home, here in washington. there was a lot of scepticism over the deal, and there were also other voices, like a few days ago, former government officials voiced their scepticism over this deal. it was wider than that, it was something that, although the us kept the taliban asking to renounce violence and to agree on a ceasefire, at least for the period of this negotiation, but the taliban did not accept those dialogues, and continued on their fight. accept those dialogues, and continued on theirfight. and it had an impact on cancelling, but it was
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not a majorfactor an impact on cancelling, but it was not a major factor in calling off this peace agreement. yes, it has been a 20 year war, and no doubt we will continue to see bombings, u nfortu nately. will continue to see bombings, unfortunately. for now, though, thank you very much indeed for that update and for joining thank you very much indeed for that update and forjoining us. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: around 1,600 flights scheduled to depart the uk on monday and tuesday have been cancelled because of a strike by british airways pilots. passengers have been offered refunds or alternative bookings. the strike is expected to cost the airline around £40 million a day. the world could be free of malaria, one of the oldest and deadliest diseases to affect humanity, within a generation, according to a major report in the lancet medicaljournal. the devastation caused by hurrican dorian has left the bahamas looking like they have had a nuclear bomb dropped on them, according to the head of a us aid agency. a huge relief operation is now under way, but there is growing anger that not enough is being done.
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at least 43 people are confirmed dead, but that figure is expected to rise significantly. the bbc‘s gareth barlow reports. this is the devastation wrought by hurricane dorian. the mud sha ntytown was built over decades. it took the storm just hours to rip it to shreds. across the archipelago, 70,000 people are said to be in urgent need of food and water, the basics of life, a week after dorian hit. there are parts of abaco and the bahamas that don't show a great deal of damage, and then there are clusters of communities that are devastated, almost as though nuclear bombs were dropped upon them. aboard this caribbean cruise ship, they are making sandwiches as fast as they can, all part of a massive effort to get supplies to those who bore the brunt of the storm. in some areas, virtually every building has been damaged,
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if not destroyed. 0ne family there told us they had lost everything. went back the day, the morning after the storm, and the waterjust... it would appear that it went over oui’ roof. the whole house, the interior is gone. it's just completely gone. i lost everything — the children's clothes, everything. i mean, everything. it's only a shell of a building. the building is standing, but everything is gone. others are scrambling to escape as conditions deteriorate. some have already been evacuated to the capital, nassau, leaving behind an island without water and electricity, where the stench of death is filling the air. hundreds and possibly thousands are still missing. when i see that the people who used to live here or were here before me,
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and they call me and they tell me everything is back in order, then i'll be back. but prior to that — and they're saying it will be 7—10 years, i'll be back. and that is how long it will take to rebuild this once scenic part of the caribbean. dorian brought the sea to the land and the land to the sea, its nearly two—day rampage the worst hurricane people here can remember. having weakened since then, dorian has now reached canada, bringing heavy rain to nova scotia. from there, it is due to head out to sea, to the relief of those unlucky enough to have found themselves caught up in its destructive path. denise antonio is the resident representative for the bahamas for the united nations development programme. shejoins us now from nassau. your team have been to the affected areas. can you tell us the kind of things they saw. i think it's pretty much similar to what i guess has been broadcast. there are pockets of areas which are completely
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demolished, according to the teams that have visited, but there are also areas in which things are... structures a re also areas in which things are... structures are still up, where some people are being sheltered, and also there are areas where, for example, i think there are areas where, for example, ithink in there are areas where, for example, i think in some parts of marsh harbour, the hospitals are functioning, working, and so forth. —— marsh harbour. so there are pockets of areas in which the disaster hit and hit really badly. and what are the challenges that the worst affected islands and the government there are going to face in the future, in terms of rebuilding? well, i think one of... ican rebuilding? well, i think one of... i can say from the ndp's standpoint, one of the challenges we face is how do we start to help them at the —— their request to rebuild those island such that they are more resilient to the disasters of this
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kind of weather? and when does that kind of weather? and when does that kind of weather? and when does that kind of process start? because obviously at the moment it is all about trying to rescue those who are in real need, and maybe the rebuilding starts a little bit later. 0r rebuilding starts a little bit later. or should they be thinking about that now? exactly, and i think they are thinking about it. we are, for example, engaging with government. there is the national emergency management agency and the un, asa emergency management agency and the un, as a whole, is dealing with them, from the perspective of undp, we are in discussions with the public works department, the ministry of public works and also on environment, on how we can support them with some of the initiatives. they are still under discussion, but i believe government is aware that they need to start working on the rebuilding process. so i think it will come soon, but you can imagine, at this point, it's about saving lives, and i think we will try as much as we can as undp to help them build back a better and more
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resilient bahamas. yes, it's obviously a massive challenge, and you are no doubt going to be heavily involved in that. that's all we've got time for, but thank you very much indeed for that. in breaking news, rafael nadal has won the us open title to in the 90th title of his career. he beat russia's medvedev in a five set thriller. the opening opening two sets but was pulled back to his opponent before claiming the fifth set, and with it, the title. for the 14th week in a row, hong kong has seen chaos and violence on its streets. demonstrators threw rocks and broke glass outside a subway station. earlier, thousands marched peacefully on the us consulate, an effort to drum up support from washington. they are urging the us congress to pass legislation that would penalise officials in mainland china and hong kong who supress freedoms in the chinese territory. 0ur correspondent in hong kong, steve mcdonell, is following developments.
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so it is the first weekend since carrie lam announced that the much hated extradition bill would be officially withdrawn, and as you can see, when it comes to the more hard—core see, when it comes to the more ha rd—core protesters, see, when it comes to the more hard—core protesters, they are still turning out in quite big numbers, prepared to take on the police. earlier on today, though, we sir are much bigger rally —— we saw a much bigger rally, tens of thousands of protesters marching to attempt to get the united states government to make it harder for this city to retain its special trading status. and you can tell a day of protest is coming to an end in hong kong because activist come to somewhere like this, where they can't be seen, ta ke like this, where they can't be seen, take off their black clothing and put on any other colour, for that matter. because if you are walking the streets around here with black
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gearon, the streets around here with black gear on, for the rest of the night you risk being picked up by the police. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: from a wheelchair to a waterski. 15 years after he was shot and left for dead, a fresh challenge for our security correspondent frank gardner. george w bush: freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here, of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites in their rich suburbs. we say to you today in a loud and a clear voice "enough of blood and tears. enough!" translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and
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exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the taliban says the us has the most to lose, after president trump pulled out of peace talks aimed at ending the afghan war. british government ministers have dismissed the accusation of a former senior colleague — that too little effort is going into securing a new brexit agreement with the european union. amber rudd — who resigned from the cabinet last night — said today that the vast majority of brexit—focused work was going towards no deal and that there were no formal negotiations with brussels.
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0ur political correspondent jonathan blake reports. out of government and free to speak her mind, amber rudd walked away from the cabinet no longer convinced that getting a brexit deal was the prime minister's priority. this morning i am joined by the now—former work and pensions secretary, amber rudd... she explained she could see little evidence of efforts to reach agreement with the eu. there's this huge machine preparing for no—deal, which is fine. you might expect, in the balance between getting a deal and no—deal, 50—50 in terms of work, but it isn't that. it's about 80—90% of government time going into preparing for no—deal and the absence of actually trying to work to get a deal which is what has driven 2i of my colleagues to rebel, and i need tojoin them. throwing out these members of government was an act of political vandalism, according to amber rudd — clearly, for her, a step too far. i knew i couldn't carry on in the conservative party at such
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a high level and see 21 of my colleagues, who are good, moderate people who also want a deal, excluded from it, and ijust needed to move and stand by them. and tonight, a cabinet minister who is staying put urged the party to forgive and forget. i hope that we can find a way back into the party for some of those who had the whip withdrawn last week, and i very much hope that we can then come together as a party to deliver brexit. there we go. while borisjohnson has been campaigning this week for the election he wants, but the opposition parties won't support until a no—deal brexit is ruled out, talks between the uk and the eu continue in brussels. there is little sign of progress, but the government insists it does want a deal. i am absolutely clear that we are working wholeheartedly, straining every sinew, to get a deal, and the prime minister is personally putting in all the significant effort you would expect from a leader
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to get this deal done. it is as plain as ever tonight that the prime minister has no intention of asking for an extension to the brexit process if he can't reach a new deal with the eu by the summit in october. tomorrow, though, the bill passed in parliament this week forcing him to do so is due to become law. the government has made it clear that, although it will follow the law, it will look for a way around it. what we're going to do with that is test very carefully what it does and doesn't require. and that's not only the lawful thing to do, i think it's the responsible thing to do. despite the assurances, 0pposition parties are worried that the prime minister won't play by the rules. i don't trust him an inch, and i don't think anyone does. i think we've got a prime minister now who saying he won't even abide by the law. by the law — i've never heard that before now. we're in a situation now where no—one can trust, while he is in place, what could happen. at the government's country
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retreat of chevening, in kent, the prime minister met his closest advisers to work out what to do next. the promise — still to deliver brexit by the end of october. the unanswered question — how? around a million people have attended an open—air mass in madagascar, celebrated by pope francis on the final day of his visit there. he called for for the protection of the environment, and against privilege and elitism in society. 0ur religion editor, martin bashir sent this report from madagascar. braving blustery conditions on the outskirts of the capital, antananarivo, crowds were overflowing for an open—air mass. quoting from the gospel of luke, pope francis said christ demands respect for both people and the planet — an urgent message for this part of the world. translation: this demand encourages
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us not to delude the gospel message, but instead to build history and solidarity and complete respect for the earth and its gifts, as opposed to any form of exploitation. across the landscape of this country, the world's fourth—largest island, 40% of its forest has disappeared in the last 60 years. the environmental danger is aggravated because 80% of madagascar‘s plant and animal species are not found anywhere else on the planet. and it isn'tjust foreign companies who see money in hacking down madagascar‘s trees. conservationists say local businesses are also to blame, and welcome the pope's intervention. it was a very good and strong message. the civil society was there. felt very encouraged and invigorated in listening to the pope.
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this visit has come at a moment of rapid growth for the catholic church in africa. the pope's trip to africa was intended as a pastoral visit to encourage the growing churches here. but it quickly became political, with his condemnation of the plundering of natural resources. and for the thousands who came out to greet him, they encountered a pope who is as much a conservationist as he is a christian. injune 2004 the bbc‘s security correspondent was shot whilst on assignment in saudi arabia — he then spent seven months in hospital and has returned to carry on working for the organisation despite losing the use of his legs. as well as working again frank has also rekindled his interest in skiing. but he's been unable to try another of his previous hobbies—
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water skiing — until now. how do you water scheme when you can't use your legs? i'm frank gardner and can't use your legs? i'm frank gardnerandi can't use your legs? i'm frank gardner and i use a wheelchair because i got shot while on a bbc assignment in saudi arabia 15 years ago. i do not have snow skiing, it's called adaptive skiing. i still want to ski before my injury but waterskiing has always been that one challenge to far. i've avoided, i dodged it, abducted all these years. there is a charity called access adventures that gets disabled people like myself into the water to give ita like myself into the water to give it a try. the first challenge is going to be struggling into the wetsuit and that is a challenge in itself. i just put wetsuit and that is a challenge in itself. ijust put my leg with the arm of the wetsuit. i feel like a beached seal. second challenge is getting into the actual kit that i'm going to ski in. this is called an adaptive waterski which as you can
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see, it's got a fixed seat attached to it which i'm going to get myself into. how does it feel being back in the water? cold and wet. it's a big moment where you feel that tug on the rope on the boat exhilarated front of you and suddenly you are surging out of the water, you got sprayed all around you, you are skiing on the water for stoppages unnatural. it is exhilarating, it's totally exhilarating. there is a definite eureka moment in this where the instructors just peel away and suddenly you're on your own. when theyjudged i was ready for it, they are able to go over the week which
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is kind of bump in the water. and it's a little scary at first, it's kind of like your side slipping over a little hillock made out of water. that's the best we could describe it. of course, you are thinking i'm going to fall on the other side but you don't quite full stop you adjust. excellent. well done. that was so much fun. i really enjoy that. i haven't done this for so many years so haven't done this for so many years so to get out on the water finding the limits of your body and your skills, it's brilliant. if you spend pretty much all your waking day based in a wheelchair, which is in the city tedious, i will never sugarcoated. that is a lovely independent feeling. you can reach me on twitter —
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i'm @sipusey. thanks are watching, stay tuned on bbc news. hello once again. a pretty decent weekend for many parts of the british isles. however, i suspect the way that monday's going to start for some, that's going to be but a distant memory because if you are anywhere near that frontal system, which really doesn't want to move away very quickly from the british isles, then it is going to be a soggy old start to the day. this is how it's shaping up first thing with quite a bit of rain for the greater part of scotland, save the shetland isles, it should just about clear northern ireland in the first part of the day. it will be there to be had across a good part of england and wales. through the afternoon, we lose the intensity from the rain, save for the south—western quarter, best temperature of the afternoon about 16 or 17. pretty shabby for the time of year. the rain eventually clears away even from that south—western quarter, little ridge of high pressure building in.
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so that offers the prospect of a drier, brighter, chillier start to tuesday for sure. temperatures widely across central and eastern areas in single figures. and it's a decent enough day but again, here we bring in some very wet and very windy weather to finish off the afternoon, across northern ireland and into the western side of scotland. we keep the sunshine further to the south and east well, we'll take those temperatures up by two or three degrees or so. from tuesday into wednesday, see the number of isobars we've got on the chart here, tuesday night, a really windy one across the northern half of the british isles and very wet, too. couple of inches of rain, top gusts around 60 miles an hour or so as we see it at the moment. this is wednesday, the weather front easing its way, weakening all the while, down and across england and wales. brighter skies following on behind but the wind will be a feature of the day, widely across the british isles. some of those gusts in exposed locations exceeding a0 miles an hour or so. temperatures — really not bad, at least the wind is coming in,
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and there's plenty of it, from the west and the south—west, helping to boost temperatures widely across england and wales, up to around about 20, 21 or so. this little system was the remnants of a tropical storm that was sitting in the mid—atlantic and brings the prospect of yet more wet and windy fare, back towards northern ireland then onto scotland, to the north and west of england, the north of wales. again, generally speaking, the further south and east you are, the drier and finer your day will be. and warm, too, some of that tropical air really boosting the temperatures by this stage to around 22, possibly 23 degrees. once that system has quit the scene, then a high pressure is going to build in, not only for friday but for a good part of the weekend, for a good part of the british isles, though you'll notice it doesn't keep the front away from the northern parts of scotland.
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this is bbc news, the headlines:
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the taliban say americans have the most to lose after trump cancelled peace talks aimed at ending 18 years of war in afghanistan. despite the cancellation, the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, said the conflict would ultimately be resolved through dialogue. the taliban, too, say they're committed to continuing negotiations. the head of a us aid agency says that hurrican dorian has left parts of the bahamas looking like they were hit by a ‘nuclear bomb'. a huge relief operation is underway to provide emergency shelter, medical care and food and water. 43 people have been confirmed dead, but the number's expected to rise. there've been fresh clashes between police and protestors in hong kong for the fourteenth week in a row. earlier, activists marched on the us consulate to call on donald trump to intervene personally in the political crisis.

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