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this is bbc news, i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories: the us blames iran for drone attacks on saudi oil refineries, playing down claims of responsibility by yemen's houthi—led government. the white house confirms the killing of osama bin laden‘s son hamza, but won't say when it happened. a state funeral for robert mugabe, but the crowds stay away from the stadium. and in an emotional interview, the former star of welsh rugby gareth thomas has revealed that he is hiv—positive.
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hello, and welcome to bbc news. us secretary of state mike pompeo says iran is to blame for drone strikes on two saudi oil facilities. calling it "an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," he believes there's no evidence the attacks came from yemen, even though yemen's houthi rebels claimed responsibility. the attacks have caused huge fires, one at the world's largest oil processing facility, which may have an impact on the global market. reports say as much as half of saudi arabia's output could be disrupted. our world affairs correspondent paul adams, reports. audacious attacks on the heart of saudi arabia's economy. the abqaiq oil processing plant — one of the world's largest — engulfed in flames, attacked by drones. the kingdom's second largest oilfield, khurais, also hit. the smoke visible from space, caught by a nasa satellite.
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yemen's houthi rebels are celebrating. translation: this mission comes as part of our legitimate and natural right to react to the crimes of the aggression and its continuous blockade on our country for the past five years. aramco, owned by the saudi state, is one of the world's biggest oil companies. khurais produces around 1% of the world's oil. and abqaiq is capable of processing 7% of global supply. some reports say half the kingdom's oil production will be affected. this could impact oil prices in the coming days. in recent months, houthis have carried out a series of strikes on saudi arabia's oil facilities, using missiles and drones, but the latest attacks are among their most destructive. this is embarrassing for saudi arabia. in this hugely uneven conflict, the houthis have once again demonstrated their ability to cause damage and fear in a war that shows
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no sign of ending. paul adams, bbc news. let's speak to sama'a al—hamdani, who is a non—resident fellow at the middle east institute. thank you forjoining us on bbc news. the houthis have claimed they are responsible for the attack but there is still a lot of speculation about who is really responsible? absolutely, there is some speculation online and lots of sources are saying speculation online and lots of sources are saying that this is possibly an attack that was launched in iraq, championed by iran. secretary of state mike pompeo said something along those lines, but it exacerbates those exemptions —— assumptions, and of course it looks like a really sophisticated attack. drone strikes on two saudi sides,
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and the attacks seem to be very accurate, to have created strategic damage at a very strategic time, as saudi arabia prepares to put aramco in the investor ‘s' market. so from those observers who have been watching houthi steps in the past, this looks quite sophisticated for them, so we would need to look at further investigations to see what type of weapons were used, whether they were in fact drone strikes, and of course i think in the next few hours and probably tomorrow we will have a better and clearer picture of what happened. if it is looking too sophisticated to be a houthi attack, why would the houthi—led rebels admit responsibility? the houthi-led rebels are quite eager to show saudi arabia they are not afraid of them and that they will go after them. as and that they will go after them. as a matter of fact, in past drone strikes that the houthis have also claimed, there is some speculation as to whether they were launched
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from yemen or not. and according to the houthi statement, they said they had cooperation and help from some people within saudi arabia. and so it seems like we are not getting the full picture there. it is still quite possible that they launched these strikes, but if they did, that would be quite embarrassing for saudi arabia, it has been proceeding yemen and monitoring what is going on there, so for them to not be able to shut down those drones before they enter into the airspace. —— beseeching yemen. so this is not just about yemen and saudi arabia. it is about the global oil economy and the impact it will have on the entire world. so if it is proven that this is something, the basis of it comes from iran, what does that mean for us and iranian relations, which at the moment i'm not particularly good? they have to options. they can either escalate this, or they can take it as an
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opportunity to say, we don't want this to affect the entire world, we do not want to be saudi— iranians proxy war to damage the rest of the world, and to possibly bring them to negotiations and push both sides into agreeing they need to get along stop certainly this has an impact on the entire region, and yemen's what is right in the middle of it, as whatever the houthis do or say is looked at as being done by iran, which is dangerous. but they are in a tough position. the government has been pushed out by the southern transitional council in this out of yemen, and so for yemen separately outside of the saudi arabian proxy war, it feels like it is about the right time for saudi arabia to come toa right time for saudi arabia to come to a deal with the houthis. interesting. thank you, sama'a al—hamdani, very interesting to talk to you. thank you. hamza bin laden, a son of osama bin laden, has been killed in a us counter—terrorism operation. he was reported dead at the end
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ofjuly, but the white house has just confirmed the information. david willis reports. the white house hasn't released details of the operation that brought about the death of hamza bin laden or its timing. there have been various reports here in recent months suggesting that he had been killed, but this is the first time president trump has confirmed the news. the son of the man who masterminded the september 11 terrorist attacks, hamza bin laden, had called for further attacks on the united states to avenge his father's killing. and earlier this year, the us state department offered a million—dollar reward for information leading to his capture. president trump, in a brief statement, said that as well as the symbolic connection to his father, the loss of hamza bin laden deprived al-qaeda of important leadership skills and undermined the operational activities of the group. david willis, bbc news, washington. let's get some of
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the day's other news. the italian coast guard has begun transferring more than 80 migrants rescued in the mediterranean from the charity vessel, the ocean viking, to the island of lampedusa. from there most of them will be taken to other european countries. 2a migrants will stay in italy. police in the western french city of nantes have fired tear gas to disperse more than 1,500 people staging anti—government demonstrations in a revival of what's known as the yellow—vest movement. about 500 people rallied in central paris and there were other marches around the country. the world's first floating nuclear power station, seen here leaving the arctic port of murmansk, has now reached its final destination on the chukchi peninsula after a 5,000—kilometre journey. russia's nuclear agency says the akademik lomonosov will begin operating by the end of this year. environmental groups, including greenpeace russia, have warned of serious consequences if the station is damaged by storms or accidents. forensic scientists in the mexican
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state of jalisco say they have managed to identify 44 bodies found in a well outside the city of guadalajara. the remains were discovered in early september after locals complained of a bad smell. mexican police have given no details about the victims. with me is our americas editor, candace piette. first of all, what is the impact of the latest development? well, jalisco, where this is taking place, is one of the most violent states in mexico. two very and dangerous cartels are at war with each other there. so the size of this mass grave that has been found has really shocked many people all over mexico and has reminded people of the case of the 43 students who were killed a
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few years ago. and the kind of activism that started around that case since then. but it has also shown how violent the war in jalisco has become. and also, the tragedy of the vast amount of people in mexico who have disappeared and who have been killed, and the lack of interest in finding them from the authorities. so what are the challenges mexico now faces? mexico has a very good law around the disappearances, and really, if it manages to implement this, this will really make all the difference. it includes creating a national database that doesn't exist, there is no data base database that doesn't exist, there is no database of dna samples from these bodies. there are 26,000 bodies in walks waiting to be identified, and they say some 37,000 people have disappeared. that is the latest figures, in the last decade oi’ latest figures, in the last decade or $0. latest figures, in the last decade or so. so creating this national search commission is something else thatis search commission is something else that is on the cards, and special
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legal units to deal with this very specialist part of the law. now, the problem with this is that it requires the president to put money there. and also to overcome the resista nce there. and also to overcome the resistance of, for example, the military, who don't want to be investigated for their crimes, and also the power of the cartels, which makes it very dangerous to investigate this kind of thing. gareth thomas, the welsh rugby star, has revealed that he is hiv—positive. he's thought to be the first british sportsman to speak publicly about living with the virus. the former british lions captain said he hoped it would help to break the stigma around the condition. the reason, the reason i'm doing this, is because firstly... iwant to... i want to remember what it's like to live again. i want to remember what it's
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like to feel free. and by doing that, i want to empower so many other people who are in exactly the same position as me. and probably ten times worse. to be able to feel free as well. the state funeral for former president robert mugabe has taken place in zimbabwe. at the ceremony in the national sports stadium, african leaders paid tribute to him as a hero of campaigns that freed many countries from colonial rule and apartheid. but the event was sparsely attended with many zimbabweans choosing not to go. 0ur correspondent anne soy has been following the days events. a state farewell for robert mugabe — the highest honour in zimbabwe,
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a country he led to independence and ruled for close to four decades. family, including his wife grace, as well as current and former leaders from more than a dozen african countries, paid their last respects. they called him a pan—africanist and a comrade. a giant tree of africa has fallen. to zimbabweans, he was a divisive figure. for many, a man to celebrate and today commemorate. but for many more, he was a man who oversaw the economic ruin of his country, which has been plagued
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with hyperinflation and social instability. zimbabwe was once a prosperous country. some called it the breadbasket of africa. but the controversial land reforms and the subsequent sanctions forced the economy into a tailspin, and even today many people are still suffering. because of this, many chose not to attend the funeral. take, take, take everything. so we have nothing. we are educated, but we live from day to day. life now is a bit difficult. for me, i can't blame mugabe or what, but we have to solve the thing amongst ourselves. robert mugabe is honoured here as the country's founding father. he is celebrated for his progressive education policies. but for unleashing violence against his people and refusing to leave power before he was toppled, an indelible blot remains on his legacy. anne soy, bbc news, harare. this
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stay with us on bbc news. still to come, the case of the gold toilet — police investigate the theft of a £5 million solid gold artwork from blenheim palace. 30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just how many people have died. there is people alive and there is people not alive. we just can help and give them whatever we've got. a state funeral is being held for princess grace of monaco at the church where she married prince rainier 26 years ago. it looked as though they had come to fight a war, but their mission is to bring peace to east timor, and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case is being forcefully presented by monsieur badinter, the justice minister. he's campaigned vigorously for the abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed.
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elizabeth seton spent much of her time at this grotto, and every year, hundreds of pilgrimages are made here. now that she has become a saint, it's expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businessman regard the anticipated boom as just another blessing of st elizabeth. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the us secretary of state has blamed iran for the drone strikes on two saudi oilfacilities, saying there's no evidence the attacks came from yemen. the coffin of the former president of zimbabawe, robert mugabe, has been taken to his home town after a state funeral in the capital harare. more damning extracts have been released from the memoirs of the former british prime minister, david cameron. in a sunday newspaper, he claims that borisjohnson "didn't believe" in brexit and only backed the campaign to leave the eu to further his career.
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0ur political correspondent chris mason reports. it's 2015. the smiles of victory... are you glad to have won at last? david cameron wins the election for the conservatives in which he promised an eu referendum. a year later, the smiles have gone. he backed remain in the referendum and lost, and resigned. i love this country, and ifeel honoured to have served it. and now, for the first time since, he's talking about it. in his memoirs, the former prime minister says: sir craig 0liver worked with david cameron in downing street. it's absolutely the case that david cameron feels a real burden, a real sense of having made mistakes
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in the referendum campaign, having got quite a few things wrong, and he says that he failed. what he doesn't think, though, is that he shouldn't have done it. and the reason for that is, i think he thought it was almost inevitable. ukip were on the rise, doing extremely well. we were also in a situation where a huge number of conservative mps were rebelling all the time. the political pond, as you mayjust have noticed, is choppy enough as it is at the moment, and these memoirs represent another brick lobbed in for good measure. but as extraordinary as our politics are at the moment, it's still quite something when a former resident here accuses the current one — from the same party — of having a rather casual attitude towards the truth. "leaving the truth at home" is the accusation mr cameron makes of how some of this government's most senior figures behaved as part of the leave campaign. did you leave the truth at home, sir? well, mr gove did leave home today, but wasn't leaving us with any insight
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into what he makes of his old boss. did you behave appallingly, sir? he and borisjohnson will no doubt get other opportunities to tell us, though. we'll be seeing plenty of david cameron this week, and there are more revelations to come. the funeral of chester williams has taken place in south africa. he was the only nonwhite member of the team who won the rugby world cup and it symbolised the country wasn't returned international —— sport. he died earlier this month aged 49. police outriders and a marching band. full honours for a hero of his nation. this farewell taking place in cape town where he had played so many times. a big crowd paying
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tribute, singing his name. chester williams! members of his family trying to deal with their loss. you are such an amazing person and nothing will be the same without you. you made the first 15 years of my life the best years that i will ever experience. we gained an angel andi ever experience. we gained an angel and i know you will be looking down on me and keeping us also. chester williams made 27 test appearances for the springboks, scoring 14 tries in his international career. he was pa rt in his international career. he was part of the team that won the world cup only a year after the end of apartheid. history for his sport and his country. he is a pioneer, really, and a lot of kids, black kids and coloured kids will look up to chester as a trailblazer, a
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person that used all his skills to the uppermost and made us so proud. after the service, his casket was taken away for a private cremation. chester williams was more than just a chester williams was more than just by chester williams was more than just a rugby player. as one former teammate said, he was an icon and a symbol of hope. a toilet made of solid gold and said to be worth more than $6 million has been stolen from an art exhibition at a stately home in southern england. police have arrested a man in connection with the theft from blenheim palace, the former home of winston churchill, but there's no sign of the loo so far. sarah campbell has the details. it's called america, and when on display in new york's guggenheim museum, more than 100,000 people experienced this fully functioning artwork. relocated to one of britain's
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most famous stately homes, blenheim palace, visitors were to be allowed to spend three minutes alone with the toilet doing whatever came naturally. the exhibit itself was designed to be a reflection on the american dream and the idea of something ordinarily unattainable in fact potentially being there in a way that you could touch. the choice of toilet was designed to make that physical. butjust two days after going on display, the toilet was stolen, causing significant flood damage to the palace. we believe they used at least two vehicles during the offence and they left the scene at around 4:50am. a 66—year—old man has been arrested in connection with this incident and he is currently in police custody. blenheim palace say they are relieved no—one was hurt and are urging anyone with information to contact the police. sarah campbell, bbc news.
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with me is art critic godfrey barker. explain to me what makes a golden toilet a piece of art. art is anything you wanted to be. the 20th ce ntu ry‘s anything you wanted to be. the 20th century's most famous toilet as a joke of the first world war, this one is a joke about donald trump. the artist, is he well—known? one is a joke about donald trump. the artist, is he well-known? very well known, especially for hisjob. it is called america, so obviously... and it works. it is a piece of conceptually art and we won't go too deep into the concept, but it was inspired by donald trump is that summit meeting with theresa may at blenheim palace in 2017 and he wanted to make an object to commemorate mr trump's visit. imagine you are a thief and you have
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broken into blenheim palace and you have stolen this toilet made of solid gold. what are you going to do with it? how do you sell it and make money out of it? i don't think money is what this is all about. the truth is what this is all about. the truth is everyone is a winner from this theft, even if it is white man and himself that didn't do a very good job of ripping it out of the wall. sherlock holmes thinks it is perfectly possible that the artist did itand perfectly possible that the artist did it and stole it himself, maurizio catalan, only a year since a joke was played on the public...|j think a joke was played on the public...” think it might be a joke.” a joke was played on the public...” think it might be ajoke. i think it could be, god bless us, it could be a publicity stunt. police are investigating this as a burglary, a proper crime. we must be solemn for a moment, we must not discourage the police from working very hard to find somebody here, but sherlock holmes also thinks that the duke
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might question. when you say sherlock holmes, you are talking about who exactly? we are talking about who exactly? we are talking about the suspicious public who think this theft... about the suspicious public who think this theft. .. you are talking about yourself, aren't you? it is also true. i feel like this theft is too good to be true. do you think it is worth more than it was a day ago? that is true. i don't think money is the point. the duke has a perfectly brilliant exhibition on at blenheim palace. what is that about? it is about catalan himself. he has 20 objects on show at blenheim. u nfortu nately objects on show at blenheim. unfortunately blenheim is 50 miles from london. the outfit is a fortnight away and the entire a rtworld is fortnight away and the entire artworld is flying to britain to attend. the duke would love to have attend. the duke would love to have a large number of those people make the journey to oxford, and frankly, this left rather like stealing the mona lisa in 1911, is the foundation of underlying vein for maurizio catalan. lovely to speak to you. thank you very much indeed. his
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views are completely his own. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @bbcmaryam. goodbye. hello. welcome along. so, latest thoughts on how sunday is going to shape up right across the british isles. quite a variety of weather on offer and then we will take a look at the next few days after that. sunday starting off really very windy again after a wild night across the north and north—east of scotland. some storm—force winds there. weather front producing a fair amount of cloud and some rain for northern ireland, the western and southern parts of scotland in the first part of the day. eventually that rain just moving a little bit further south, getting into the north of england, maybe into the far north—west of wales. thankfully, by this stage, clearer skies getting into scotland and the wind much reduced during the course of the afternoon. very best of the sunshine across the south—eastern quarter of the british isles, temperatures responding accordingly. further west through wales
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and the south—west of england, i think there'll be more in the way of cloud, and that may well be reinforced as we get on through the evening and overnight, so the remnants of that weather front still producing the odd bit and piece of rain will gradually ease its way into the southern half of the british isles producing quite a mild night here, but further north, underneath the clear skies, you will end up with quite a chilly do, 4, 5 degrees, something of that order. over the next few days, the week ahead, largely dry across the british isles. some pretty chilly nights to come. but there will be some rain across the far north of the british isles. monday, as i say, starts off on a relatively mild note across the south, but those colours beginning to drain away. something a little bit fresherjust trying to dominate across all parts. monday, as i say, the remnants of that weather front taking the last of the relatively mild airs away to the near continent. following on behind, the very best of the sunshine will be found across the northern half of the british isles, a pretty pleasant day. not too much in the way of wind. a high on the day
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of about 21 degrees. as the last of that frontal cloud slips away and the high pressure builds in, so tuesday will start on a pretty chilly note with clear skies, a lot of sunshine around. i think you will lose that somewhat as a frontal system just shows its hand towards northern ireland, the western side of scotland. quite a noticeable north—westerly breeze at this stage, so the temperatures struggling across the north—east of scotland. 20 still to be had across the south. as we start the new day on wednesday, high pressure centred towards the southern half of the british isles, and it allows this weather front to roll around its northern flank, producing more cloud for the northern half of the british isles and there will be some bits and pieces of rain coming in across the north of scotland on its way to the northern isles and, again, top temperature on the day around about 21 in the sun.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the american secretary of state has blamed iran for the drone strikes that set fire to two major oil facilities in saudi arabia. houthi rebels in yemen said they carried out the attacks, but mike pompeo said there was no evidence for that claim. saudi oil production will be halved. the white house has confirmed that hamza bin laden, a son of osama bin laden, was killed in a us counter—terrorism operation. he was reported dead at the end ofjuly, but it's not clear when the operation, in the afghanistan—pakistan border region, took place. police in oxfordshire have arrested a 66—year—old man in connection with the theft of a solid gold toilet worth almost £5 million from blenheim palace. the toilet was part of an exhibition by the italian artist, maurizio cattelan, who was known for his satirical sculptures. there have been scuffles
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