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hello and welcome to bbc news. the us secretary of state has blamed iran for drone strikes on two saudi oilfacilities, saying there's no evidence the attacks came from yemen. mike pompeo also accused iran of launching an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply. the saudi energy minister said half of the country's oil production would be temporarily halted. houthi rebels in yemen earlier said said they had carried out the attacks. our world affairs correspondent, paul adams, reports.
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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. 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,
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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 no sign of ending. paul adams, bbc news. hamza bin laden, a son of osama bin laden, has been killed in a us counterterrorism operation. he was reported dead at the end 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
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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 look at some other stories in brief: forensic scientists in the mexican state of jalisco say they've managed to identify 44 bodies found in a well outside the city of guadalajara. work is ongoing to identify the other remains. it's the second large find of bodies this year injalisco, which is one of mexico's most violent states due to warring drug gangs. the italian coastguard has begun
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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 teargas 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. a new storm has brought heavy rain to the bahamas two weeks after hurricane dorian devastated the caribbean islands. tropical storm humberto is passing east of great abaco island, one of the areas which were worst hit. the storm is expected to bring up to ten centimetres of rain in some areas although no significant storm surge is expected. you can find out more about all of our news stories by going to our website,
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that's plenty more stories there. 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 like to feel free.
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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. for more on this i am joined by an hiv - aids for more on this i am joined by an hiv — aids advocate. mark, thank you for joining hiv — aids advocate. mark, thank you forjoining me here on bbc news. just watching that gareth thomas interview, it is so emotional and so sad. what does it tell us about the stigma surrounding hiv, the stigma thatis stigma surrounding hiv, the stigma that is incredibly, still there so many decades after it was first — became more known to the public? it's very difficult to watch that. it's very difficult to watch that. it's difficult to see someone
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diagnosed who was clearly in pain and clearly feeling the weight of hiv stigma. i say that even as medical science has improved and those of us living with hiv can now live a normal lifespan, certainly someone live a normal lifespan, certainly someone who was diagnosed today can and probably will, doesn't mean social stigma probably has left us. in many ways, it is greater. gareth, in all of his pain, we know that he was feeling forced to make this very personal information public because other people wanted to exploit him. that's very common. those of us living with hiv are often perceived as having something inherently wrong with us, as being untrustworthy or promiscuous. and so all of these questions well around us at all times about our value as human beings. that is what i see when i
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look at the gareth video and it is difficult to watch. he says he wants to, you know, support people living with hiv and, guys, ijust want to tell him as the millions of people living with hiv are supporting him right now at a time where i believe he probably needs it. and, you know, it is so important, isn't it, that someone it is so important, isn't it, that someone like him, someone who is famous, someone who is very well known, a big sports bar in this country, and talk about hiv was not —— sports star. country, and talk about hiv was not -- sports star. yes, you have two competing things here, you have this man known for his physicality, or his health, and he represents of course now the physicality of all of us course now the physicality of all of us living with hiv and the help we can achieve. and then you also have that extreme vulnerability because he is face—to—face with hiv stigma
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and he's afraid of might happen. your story, mark, is and he's afraid of might happen. yourstory, mark, is very interesting because you tested positive in 1985, how have things changed, do you think, from then till now? talk me through where you we re till now? talk me through where you were in your life when you are diagnosed? i was 24 years old, march, 1985. the hiv test, the virus had just been identified and the test had only been released two weeks earlier. and i took it. i did because i wanted to know if i might because i wanted to know if i might be dead in a couple of years. they lived in west hollywood, california, one of the epicentres of the epidemic and it was starting to creep into my social circle. so within really only a few years, i was living in a graveyard. so to test positive during that time certainly man facing a death
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sentence, there is no doubt about that. and i had no reason to believe i wouldn't be one of those people within a couple of years. i lived a life in two year increments, that is very different from the life someone living with hiv, someone diagnosed today, will lead. but we still have had a generation of fear, and ignorance about hiv. so that is going to be very difficult to ove rco m e going to be very difficult to overcome and that is why i see the fear that gareth talks about, fears of suicide and how long he had to live when he was diagnosed, which tells us that even among those of us who may be at risk, even in the gay community, a lot of us are not well versed in what it means to live with hiv today. and i think the main message i would like to share is that gareth is already on the successful treatment and he has rendered his virus undetectable in his body. what we know is that those who have an undetectable viral load,
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it is cold, as do i, we are incapable of transmitting a virus to someone incapable of transmitting a virus to someone else. and yet, sorry to interru pts someone else. and yet, sorry to interrupts you, and yet, unbelievably, a survey showed a quarter of people in the us you think you can catch hiv by, you know, ways like drinking water. drinking water, public bathrooms, a pool drinking water, public bathrooms, a pool, you know, itried drinking water, public bathrooms, a pool, you know, i tried to be philosophical about this because i have been trying to educate people throughout my life. we know every day someone throughout my life. we know every day someone comes throughout my life. we know every day someone comes of age, someone is having sex for the first time, someone having sex for the first time, someone is doing the things that doesn't have this information. it needs to be taught very systematically, what it means to live with hiv and how it is and isn't transmitted. gareth, a well
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educated man of great accomplishment, and yet she was afraid when he has did positive because he didn't know what it meant. and for those of us lucky enough to have access to successful treatment, many of us here in the united states do not, we have every possibility of living a normal lifespan. certainly gareth thomas does. mark king, so good to have you on the programme. thank you for taking the time to speaking to us. you are so taking the time to speaking to us. you are so welcome. more damning extracts have been released from the memoirs of the former 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. our political correspondent chris mason reports. it's 2015. the smiles of victory. give her a kiss! are you glad to have won at last? david cameron wins the election for the conservatives in which he promised
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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 i will do everything i can in future to help this great country succeed. thank you very much. 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 in the referendum campaign, having got quite a few things wrong, and he says that he failed. what he doesn't think, though,
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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 into what he makes of his old boss. did you behave appallingly, sir? he and borisjohnson will no doubt get other opportunities
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to tell us, though. we'll be seeing plenty of david cameron this week, and there are more revelations to come. chris mason, bbc news. the former conservative mp and universities' minister, sam gyimah, has defected to the liberal democrats. the party leader introduced their newest mp at the annual conference in bournemouth in southern england. he was one of 21 tories who were expelled when they rebelled against borisjohnson to block a no—deal brexit. mr gyimah becomes the sixth mp tojoin the lib dems in the last three months. his defection comes as their leader jo swinson proposed cancelling brexit without another referendum. what we have seen denied is that we can have real hope. we can have real hope for the future and tim said it. when he said belief is the first step to victory. because people are starting to believe in the liberal
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democrats. 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 white house has confirmed that hamza bin laden, the son and designated heir to the late al-qaeda leader, osama bin laden, was killed in a us counter—terrorism operation. let's get more now on our top story. jason bordoff is founding director of the centre on global energy policy at columbia university and former white house energy advisor to president 0bama. i asked him of the significance of the amount of oil supply being taken out of the market. it is a hugely consequential disruption. 5, nearly 6 million barrels a day of oil supply — that's a huge loss to the global market. the key, really, is how long this will persist, and we don't know exactly the answer to that. but the more information we get suggests that it may not be days,
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it may be weeks or even longer. that would be a huge shock to the global oil market, it would certainly mean higher oil prices. and it would probably mean countries tap their strategic oil stocks, and even that probably won't be enough. how different do you think, though, the us's response is at the moment, given that it is no longer a net oil importer? i think the rhetoric from the us has suggested that would be the case, but if global oil prices spike, consumers in the united states, as in every other country, are about to be reminded that it doesn't matter how much oil you import, oil prices are set in a global market and pump prices are set in a global market, and so the fact that we are about on the verge of being a net zero oil importer, which is a huge turnaround, doesn't change the fact that consumer prices at the pump are going to spike, and that's going to have political repercussions and that's going to mean that countries want to do something to bring those consumer prices down. and, of course, that's the last thing president trump is going to want, right? well, it's the last thing that president trump wants. obviously, we know from his twitter account and other statements
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that he definitely prefers lower oil prices to higher oil prices. at the same time, he also is pursuing a strategy of maximum pressure on iran, and part of the reason for this — this spike in oil prices is that we have pulled iranian supply off the market, and the potentialfor this kind of — we don't quite yet know who was behind it, whether it is houthi proxies or iran directly, but the potential for this to escalate into broader regional conflict pushes oil prices up yet further, is something markets and consumers are going to need to consider as well. yes, because it's going to have implications, isn't it, on iranian oil sanctions? it may have implications. i mean, again, on the one hand, if this is a — if this supply disruption persists, you want those iranians barrels to come back to the market to help offset that supply loss. but i think we've seen from this president and secretary of state pompeo, who said today that there should be — iran will be held accountable
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for this aggression, that the goal of maximum pressure may even outweigh the goal of lower oil prices for the united states. how much do you think something like this underlines global overreliance on a particular plant? how much does this tell us on the oil market and the way it works? well, it's a hundred—million—barrel—a—day market, that's a lot of oil. but we should remember that small changes really can matter a lot, and saudi is one of — now with the united states and russia, larger suppliers to the market — this is probably the most important oil facility in the world, and even though 5 million barrels a day may not sound like a lot in a market with 100 million barrels a day, changes of just 1, 2, 3 million barrels a day can cause a huge move in the price, and we're operating in a market now with much less spare capacity, so the countries, mostly
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saudi arabia that hold a little bit of oil backjust in case the global market needs it in the event of a disruption — one important question here is whether the damage to the abqaiq facility is going to limit the ability for saudi to bring some of those other supplies back, because, of course, they've cut production with the recent 0pec agreement — if the disruption were anywhere else, saudi could bring some of that supply back, but it's a question about whether they can do that with their own disruption. 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, a country he led to independence and ruled for close to four decades.
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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 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.
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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. the funeral of chester williams has taken place in south africa. he was the only non—white member of the team that won
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the 1995 rugby world cup — a moment that symbolised the country's return to international sport. he died earlier this month — at the age of 49. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. band plays 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. singing a big crowd paying tribute, singing his name. # chester williams! and 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.
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we gained an angel and i know you will be looking down on me and keeping us all safe. chester williams made 27 test appearances for the springboks, scoring 14 tries 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 person that used all his skills to the utmost and made us so proud. after the service, his casket was taken away for a private cremation. chester williams was more than just a rugby player. as one former team—mate said, he was an icon and a symbol of hope. tim allman, bbc news.
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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 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.
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the choice of the 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. now, the weather. 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
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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 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.
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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 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,
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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 counterterrorism operation. he was reported dead at the end ofjuly, but it's not clear when the operation in the afg hanistan—pakistan border region took place. the former conservative minister, sam gyimah, has defected to the liberal democrats, the sixth mp to do so in recent weeks. he was one of 22 tories who were stripped of the party whip when they rebelled against borisjohnson to block a no—deal brexit. forensic scientists in the mexican state of jalisco say they have


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