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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at two: fighting back, former prime minister david cameron accuses african leaders pay their respects at the funeral of the former zimbabwean president, robert mugabe — who ruled over the country for four decades. the liberal democrats conference kicks off in bournemouth — with the party set to decide whether its policy should now be to "scrap" brexit. we wa nt we want to stop brexit and so if we find ourselves in an election that will be our unequivocal message. houthi rebels in yemen say they fired drones which caused a major fire to break out at two government—owned oil facilities in saudi arabia. at least five people have died,
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and thousands of properties are evacuated after flash flooding hits spain's east coast. coming up, the oxfordshire palace that's missing a loo. and, at 2.30, a look at the week's brexit deevelopments — it's not boring, it's brexitcast. the former prime minister, david cameron, has accused boris johnson and michael gove of trashing his government, with what he calls "appalling behaviour" during the brexit referendum. in his first major interview since leaving downing street three years ago, mr cameron has told the times newspaper that the outcome of the referendum left him depressed, and that he worries about it every day. here's our political
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correspondent susana mendonca. it was a decision that brought down his premiership and set britain on a turbulent course to leaving the european union, which we're all still on. up until now, david cameron has kept quiet about brexit, but not anymore. in his memoirs, about to be released, former prime minister said... he has tough criticism for the current prime minister, boris johnson, and cabinet minister michael gove, who mr cameron says "left the truth at home" during the 2016 eu referendum and behaved appallingly. he doesn't use the word "betrayed" but talking to him over 90 minutes, as i did, it was perfectly clear the hurt and sense of frustration he had with his former colleagues and friends, who he says
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trashed their own government. did you leave the truth at home, sir? but today, michael gove, who is now overseeing no—deal brexit planning, wouldn't be drawn on the words of his formerfriend. the suspension of parliament by boris johnson's government, which caused angry scenes like this, has rebounded, according to mr cameron, who criticises the treatment of tory rebels and says another referendum can't be ruled out. and a current member of the prime minister's cabinet has raised questions about cracks in his government, after saying she'd back staying in the eu if there were another vote. i would vote to remain because i'm also a democrat and i think one of the fundamental tenets of our democracy is that when the public vote, and over 30 million people voted in the eu referendum... there was a clear result. i know it's a result many people don't like, it is not a result i was comfortable with, but i have accepted it and i think it's important that when there is a result, whether it's a referendum or an election, that mps and parliament fulfil that mandate.
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with the nation and parliament still divided over brexit, david cameron will want to frame his own legacy. but critics, including the lib dem leader, say the current mess is of his own making. susana mendonca, bbc news. thousands of people, including several african leaders, are attending the state funeral of the former zimbabwean president robert mugabe. he led the country to independence from britain and was in power for almost a0 years. he became increasingly autocratic, his government increasingly repressive, the economy enfeebled. mr mugabe was deposed two years ago, and died last week, aged 95. 0ur senior africa correspondent anne soy reports from the capital harare. the final journey for zimba bwe‘s independence leader. robert mugabe led the country for nearly four decades. a towering figure who was both loved and loathed at home and abroad. current and former leaders from across africa, here to pay their respects
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and express solidarity with the man they address as comrade. comrade mugabe will be remembered as a pan—africanist and a great icon of african liberation. president mugabe had consistently demonstrated his steadfast commitment to our shared vision of the africa we want. but from zimbabweans, a less emphatic send—off. years ago, this stadium would have been buzzing with supporters, but the turnout today a reflection of robert mugabe's fall from grace during his final years. the man who toppled him from power two years ago, now leading the farewell. a giant tree of africa has fallen. indeed, the bold, steadfast and resolute revolutionary comrade
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robert gabriel mugabe is no more. the strained relations between him, the government and the mugabe family have played out in public since the late leader's remains returned to the country. former president robert mugabe has been afforded the highest honour in zimbabwe, a state funeral with a 21—gun salute and a fly—past, but it's taken a lot of negotiation to get here, and even so there are divisions that still exist between his family and the state. from here, robert mugabe's body will be taken to his rural home for traditional rites. a mausoleum will be built at the liberation hero's cemetery, where he will be buried. anne soy, bbc news, harare. for more on this, i'm joined from harare by our correspondent shingai nyoka. it must meet with mixed feelings people are saying goodbye to robert
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mugabe? and i think that was evident in the crowds we saw at the stadium. as she said in that piece, if he had left power or passed away as a sitting president we would have seen a very different scene at the national sports stadium. maybe zimbabweans, you might be able to see behind me, i'm going about their business. —— and many zimbabweans. there is a park across the road where they are sitting and selling their wares and very unconcerned about what is happening at the national sports stadium. it speaks to the contradictory legacy robert mugabe left when he left power two yea rs mugabe left when he left power two years ago. he seems to have faded from memory for most people, they have a new scapegoat in the form of emmerson mnangagwa, to blame for current problems but many are vending on the streets, high unemployment, lack of electricity
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and lack of water and they state thatis and lack of water and they state that is one of the legacies he left behind. earlier we heard african leaders espousing robert mugabe and what they say it is contribution. many would not deny he was seen as a liberator. he was a man who was instrumental not just at the end liberator. he was a man who was instrumental notjust at the end of colonialism, in zimbabwe, but in many countries across africa and we sort that in the eulogies. president emmerson mnangagwa, for example, said he will forever remain a symbol of africa's struggle for independence from colonialism. 0ne of the other controversial issues is that of land reform. when he took land often by —— from white farmers to redistribute to black zimbabweans. even as he goes into his grave, we understand he will be buried in one month or so, he remains a very divisive figure whose
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legacy will be debated for years to come. thank you very much. liberal democrat leaderjo swinson says she hopes to convince party members at their conferenece in bournemouth to back a policy of scrapping brexit without another referendum. ms swinson says holding the referendum got the uk "into a mess". and she believes revoking article 50 — the formal process to leave the eu — is the only satisfactory way out. liberal democrats are crystal clear, we want to stop brexit, and so if we find ourselves in a general election that will be our unequivocal message. therefore, if a liberal democrat majority government is elected, we shall revoke article 50. 0ur political correspondent jonathan blake is at the liberal democrats conference in bournemouth. is that likely to be easily accepted by the party? it will be interesting
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to hear what party members have to say about this when they debate and vote on that new policy proposal in bournemouth tomorrow. there are reasons for party members to be cheerful as they gather this weekend in the sunshine. mps coming on board from other parties, rising membership levels and also evidence in opinion polls they are a simple stop brexit message is cutting through. that will be up for discussion, as you've heard, this weekend. they have so far been clear it once a second referendum and would campaign to remain whatjo swinson wants to go further and say if there is a general election, in that case the liberal democrats would campaign on the basis that if they got into government they would revoke article 50 and cancel brexit without another public vote. is that a hardening of the party's position oi’ a hardening of the party's position or perhaps a muddying of the water? maybe a confusing message, some might think, for voters. 0thers maybe a confusing message, some might think, for voters. others may
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feel it's the liberal democrats going as far as they possibly can in setting themselves apart from the conservatives and labour. as i say, it will be up for discussion among party members who, unlike the tories and labour when they gather for their conferences, do have a real say in setting party policy. they will make their views known on that tomorrow. it's a test forjo swinson, her first tomorrow. it's a test forjo swinson, herfirst conference tomorrow. it's a test forjo swinson, her first conference since taking over. i guess she would perhaps not have expected to be facing a general election quite as soon as she is but i guess it's an opportunity to stamp ina sense, i guess it's an opportunity to stamp in a sense, kind of a new style on the party, the liberal democrats first woman in charge, but also generationally, big switch from so vince cable. she's undoubtedly a very different leader to so vince cable, from a different generation in the party, she is theirfirst
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different generation in the party, she is their first female leader and she is their first female leader and she is their first female leader and she is clearly trying to make her mark in going further with the parti's brexit policy although clarifying overall their first priority would be to have a further referendum, facing an election campaign, perhaps sooner rather than later with the speculation it could happen before the end of the year, she clearly once the liberal democrats to have a very stark message very simple message that if they got into government they would revoke article 50 straightaway. the liberal democrat government you would think it is unlikely, what would think it is unlikely, what would they do if they had a strong showing in the event of a hung parliament? they have ruled out formal pacts with either party but they could play a crucial role there if the balance of power was unclear after a general election. lots to discuss for party members over the next few days and of course the chance mps have come on board from
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other parties, disillusioned with either the tories or labour, that more could follow. so far at the likely candidates and the liberal democrats themselves are keeping us guessing. houthi rebels in yemen have said that they carried out drone attacks on oil facilities in saudi arabia. the attacks caused huge fires — which authorities now say are extinguished. the rebels, backed by iran, are fighting against a saudi—led military coalition. the bbc‘s lina sinjab is following all the developments and has the latest. the announcement came from state media earlier this morning, saying that two drone attacks have targeted, the first one on one of the largest, actually, the largest oil field run by aramco company in the world. and the second one also which is the second largest oil field. basically, they said that the fire was put immediately under control and the government, the saudi government said that they are going to launch an investigation into this drone and they are going to verify the source.
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but later during the course of the day, as you rightly said, the houthis have claimed responsibility. of course, the houthi are supported by iran, saudi arabia's biggest rival in the region, and there has been a lot of missile fire fired by the houthi into saudi arabia as a retaliation, as they say, to saudi arabia's bombing campaign against the group inside yemen. lina, if this was the houthi rebels behind it, it's a big win for them, isn't it? it is, and that is how they are claiming it at the moment. they are claiming this is a big victory for them and this is, as they say, a legitimate act of revenge, but, of course, we need to look at the situation from a regional perspective. tension has been rising between saudi arabia and iran. earlier this summer, in june, july, both saudi arabia and washington accused iran, blamed iran for an attack on oil
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tankers in the gulf area, in the gulf water. so this has been tit—for—tat attacks between saudi arabia and iran but of course saudi arabia has the backing of the united states who is imposing sanctions on iran, mounting pressure on iran so the latter is feeling squeezed and the houthi are there as well as iran's hand in yemenjust bordering saudi arabia, but it is a big threat for the country. the headlines on bbc news: the former prime minister, david cameron accuses borisjohnson of acting ‘appallingly‘ during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. and, as you've been hearing, african leaders are paying their respects at the funeral of the former zimbabwean president, robert mugabe. the liberal democrats conference kicks off in bournemouth — with the party set to decide whether its policy should now be to "scrap" brexit.
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a british australian woman who's been held in an iranian prison, has been identified as kylie moore—gilbert. dr moore—gilbert is a lecturer at melbourne university specialising in middle eastern politics. the australian government say the charges against her are unclear. the conservative party has said it is reviewing its facebook advertising, after it was accused of misrepresenting a bbc news story. the advert featured the bbc logo with a headline saying "em billion cash boost for schools". however the original story on the bbc website quoted a much lower amount — ofjust over £7 billion. five people have died in spain as heavy rain and flash—flooding continue to batter the south—east of the country shutting down regional airports and schools. 0livia crellin reports. a woman and her family are hauled to safety. 0ne bag of possessions
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all they could take with them, as the water steadily rose around their home. these dramatic images of a landscape now underwater, and the urgent response to save those trapped by the deluge were recorded by spain's military emergency unit, now called out to help the thousands affected. just 48 hours after some areas saw their heaviest rainfall on record, swathes of spain's southern countryside were transformed. translation: i went out to buy bread and then i saw the whole town centre filled with water and i was like, how did this happen? everything filled with water, the whole side over there. and there was a submerged car as well, people in the water — i don't know! the speed with which the floods came shocked many and even proved fatal. of the handful of victims the floods have claimed so far, most perished in their cars when the water either flipped their vehicles or trapped them inside.
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worst hit are the regions of valencia and murcia, where the water has been sweeping anything in its path along with it, forcing hundreds of people to be evacuated while hundreds more are left stranded. this includes tourists. the two consecutive days of torrential rain has forced local airports, train networks and dozens of roads to close. but at alicante airport, the arrivals lounge filling with travellers, who had nowhere to go. nobody gets out here, everybody is stuck on the airport. and with us are five, six planes coming in, so every one has 200 passengers. there are more than thousands of people here stuck in this airport. they cannot pick up their hire car, the taxis have got the message from the police and the central not to drive because it is not safe. so the few taxis that are coming here, of course, for money, it is terrible.
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the line here are, i don't know, perhaps is many hundreds. as many areas affected remain on red or orange alert, the authorities continue to recommend that citizens remain at home and avoid using their cars. but while the weather is reported to have stabilised, the extent of the damage it has caused is still unclear. and the numbers of displaced continue to grow. felicity huffman, the hollywood actress known for her role in the tv a news conference will be starting shortly, the prime minister of spain pedro sanchez has been visiting the affected areas. we will bring you anything significant he has to say from that press conference. felicity huffman, the hollywood actress known for her role in the tv series desperate housewives, has been sentenced to two weeks in prison for her part in a college admissions scandal. she paid $15,000 dollars — that's around $12,000 —
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——£12,000 to falsify her daughter's exam results. here's our north america correspondent david willis. it is the walk—on part no hollywood actress would ever want to land. felicity huffman arrived for sentencing accompanied by her husband william h macy, having admitted paying to have her daughter's exam results doctored to land her a place of a sense of entitlement. she blamed her actions on parental insecurity, and in a statement released after the hearing wrote:
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felicity huffman‘s sentence will start in six weeks' time, meaning that in theory she could spend next sunday on the red carpet at the emmys. her netflix series when they see us has been nominated for a string of emmy awards. her defence team had argued for probation and community service, no time in prison. prosecutors countered, saying that being confined to a hollywood mansion with an infinity pool hardly constituted meaningful punishment. she will begin her sentence on 25th october. it's been five years since england, scotland and wales legalised same—sex marriage, but some lgbt couples say they still face obstacles when organising their big day. this weekend, one of the uk's first
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wedding fairs for same—sex couples has come to london, where it hopes to provide a more inclusive experience. 0ur lgbt correspondent, ben hunte, has been along to find out more. there are wedding cakes. suits and dresses. flowers and drag queens. this is pride lux, one of the uk's first wedding shows specifically for lgbt couples ready to celebrate their big day. the organisers say over 1000 of them will be right here this weekend. this year, britain celebrated five years of marriage equality, with the first same—sex marriage taking place in march 2014. these ceremonies are now performed in england, scotland and wales, but not in northern ireland. wedding shows are big business. they happen across the country throughout the year. and they give couples the opportunity to meet the people who can make their wedding goals a reality. but with lots of other wedding
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shows already existing, why do lgbt couples need a separate event like this? i think there is an incorrect assumption that gay weddings are a spin on straight weddings, when actually they are their own entity. gay people are celebrating their relationships in their own way. so here is pride lux you can find trends, things you might want while planning a gay wedding which you wouldn't find at a normal wedding show. some of the world's leading luxury wedding brands are appearing at this event, but every single one has been vetted to make sure they offer services tailored to same—sex couples — something that many couples here say they have had problems with before. there are still some suppliers who are not on board with the idea. so coming to a focused wedding show like this means they can go around, be inspired, speak to suppliers who want to work with them. you know, the amount of emails i have to send and mention that my couple is a same—sex couple, still, in 2019, astounds me. but that is the reality.
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ijust think to bring together companies that specialise in lgbt offerings for lgbt weddings is really important, right? there are lots of wedding fairs for heterosexual couples, and i think to have one for lgbt people is a really good thing. a huge amount of marketing collateral is focused on opposite sex couples, and that's just wrong. lgbt couples want to feel welcome, and organisations in a whole range of industries, including the wedding industry, the travel industry, organisations focusing on parenting, they need to be more openly inclusive and demonstrate that they welcome same—sex couples so that they feel safe and accepted. the uk is one of only 28 countries to have marriage equality for same—sex couples. so lgbt people internationally will see an event like this as a huge step forward in securing their rights to love.
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game of thrones is one of the most popular television programmes of all time. it may involve dragons and zombies — but many of its themes were inspired by events in medieval history. now the story is being retold in a form that may seem a little familiar. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. this is the bayeux ta pestry and this isn't. this depiction of the norman conquest is more than 900 years old. this version of a song of ice and fire is a little younger, but no less ambitious. the tapestry is over 87 metres long. so it condenses over 90 hours of tv into 87 metres of tapestry. it was made and worked on by 30 embroiderers from the national museums of northern ireland who worked in top—secret.
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game of thrones was not so much a series of books or a television programme, but a cultural phenomenon. millions of people watched it around the world and the awards just kept on coming and coming. this tapestry is, perhaps, even more impressive for those who appeared in the show. it's amazing. to see the scene actually recreated, you know, makes my heart sing. because this is where i am, this is where i began, and this is where game of thrones began. so for me this is a very proud moment and to see this as a legacy is fantastic. the tapestry was created in northern ireland, where much of game of thrones is filmed, and is now on display in normandy until the end of the year. from bayeux to winterfell, with a bit more blood and guts thrown in. tim allman, bbc news.
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now, from one sort of throne to another. an 18—carat solid gold toilet, worth a million pounds, has been stolen from blenheim palace in oxfordshire. the toilet, which is actually an artwork called america, was part of an art exhibition by the italian conceptual artist maurizio cattelan at winston churchill's birthplace. it was reported missing just before five o'clock this morning. the toilet has not been found but a 66—year—old man has been arrested. police said the burglary caused "significant damage and flooding" because the toilet was plumbed into the building, and visitors had been invited to use it. now, what are the chances of this? in america, baby christina brown was born on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks this week,at 9:11 in the evening, weighing 9 pounds 11 ounces. her parents say she's a "little
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miracle during such a sad time". now it's time for a look at the weather. afternoon, lucy. good afternoon. plenty of sunshine across england and wales. this plenty of sunshine across england and wales. this lovely plenty of sunshine across england and wales. this lovely photo plenty of sunshine across england and wales. this lovely photo sent plenty of sunshine across england and wales. this lovely photo sent in bya and wales. this lovely photo sent in by a weather watcher this morning. not the case for everyone. scotland and northern ireland having more cloud, outbreaks of rain for the north west and gradually working southwards. blustery day for the northern half of the country with gales in the far north—west and northern isles. temperatures in the south into the low 20s. 0vernight stay in windy across the northern isles in particular. this cold front slipping further south, ahead and behind orbit some clear spells. the cold front brings more rain tomorrow
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for northern ireland, southern scotland, northern england and far north of wales and the midlands. sunny spells behind it, one or two showers for scotland. feeling fresher. claudia and a maximum temperature of 26 celsius —— more cloudy. hello, this is bbc news with shaun ley. the headlines: fighting back — former prime minister david cameron accuses boris johnson of acting "appallingly" during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. african leaders pay their respects at the funeral of the former zimbabwean president robert mugabe, who ruled over the country for four decades. the liberal democrats conference kicks off in bournemouth, with the party set to decide whether its policy should now be to "scrap" brexit. houthi rebels in yemen say they fired drones which caused a major fire to break out at two government—owned oil facilities in saudi arabia. at least five people have died and thousands of properties
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are evacuated after flash flooding hits spain's east coast. now, our top political correspondents give us the latest in the brexit process, with the new brexitcast tv programme, reflecting on another dramatic week. adam, did you get a blunt text today asking a rather personal question? what are you wearing. but not in that weird way. they laugh. after that you know, like a "what are you wearing because you're going to be on tv tonight" way. 0h! i didn't get one of them. nordid i. well, you weren't wearing a very sort of flannel—y sort of gingham shirt, which... it wasn't that bad. anyway... the blue shirt came out and this has passed the tv test, apparently. this is the joy of a podcast on the telly.


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