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welcome to bbc news, i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: protesters around the world take to the streets in a global call for action against climate change. we are united behind the science and we will do everything in our power this is bbc news. the headlines: to stop this crisis before it gets a day of worldwide protests worse. on climate change has after a whistleblower alleges improper conversations reached its climax in new york, with a foreign leader, with a rally addressed by greta president trump insists his dealings thunberg. are all above board. the swedish teenager said she hoped the protests will mark a social tipping point. the woman who claims she was abused demonstrations have taken place in cairo and elsewhere by prince andrew speaks out. in egypt against the government. buckingham palace emphatically denies he had any sexual they called for president abdel fattah el—sisi to go and demanded an end to military rule. contact with her. police fired tear gas
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to disperse them. the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew has given an interview to us media. buckingham palace emphatically denies the duke of york had any sexual contact with her. president trump says there's inappropriate about a conversation a day of protest by millions he said with a foreign leader. us media reports president trump ask of young people to demand action against climate change has come to a close. the president of ukraine to investigate the son of his from australia to india, democratic rival, joe biden. those europe and the united states, they took to the streets to demand action. their inspiration, teenage other activist greta thunberg, told crowds in new york "we will make them hear us." nick bryant has the story. don't let our people die! climate change is not a lie! the protests followed the sun. from the low—lying pacific islands to drought—ridden australia, from the streets of south africa to the brandenburg gate in berlin. the children of the world, the inheritors of our climate change crisis. what do we want? climate justice! when do we want it?
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now! young voices speaking with passion and urgency, because theirs is the future that's at stake. considering we have such a short amount of time to turn this issue around, it's vital that young people are at the forefront of this conversation because they will be impacted more than anyone else. what the youth can do is talk about the problem and make noise about it and demand it from the people who can create a change. there is no time. time is up, time is running, and this is our last chance to do something. in westminster, a place more commonly filled with brexit protesters, was thronged of people united in concern for the planet. and there were similar scenes across britain — belfast, bristol, birmingham, smaller towns and rural communities. as yet another demonstration took shape in new york, we spoke to the 16—year—old activist greta thunberg, who's become the insistent voice of this restless generation.
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did you ever think it could end up with something like this? my dad woke me up today, and he said, "it's massive, you need to see these pictures." and then i went up, and i just saw these pictures, and i couldn't stop looking, because it was just so overwhelming. and you cannot believe it's real. this is not only my voice, this is the voice of millions of people around the world. but i think it is because we are young, and we are the ones who are going to have to live with this in the future. then she saw for herself on the streets in manhattan the multiplier effect of this movement. in this most global of cities, more than a million kids had been given permission to skip class, to make their voices heard. what do we want? climate justice! when do we want it? now! this extraordinary mobilisation really feels like a milestone moment, a day maybe we'll talk
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about for decades to come. the question is whether this climate change activism will translate into climate change action. you're here marching today. what are you planning to do for the rest of the year? i'm going to eat less meat, i'm going to recycle as much as i can. i'm going to everyone around me aware. i'm going to do try and do what is best for me as well as best for the earth. it felt like the white house was in a different century today. donald trump, the president who's taking the united states out of the paris climate change accord, welcoming the australian prime minister, scott morrison, a leader who once proudly brandished a piece of coal in his parliament to emphasise the centrality of fossil fuels to his country's economy. the children are demanding that it's time to put the environment first. to some, this will be a confronting reminder of how successive generations of adults have let down the young.
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but in this planetary day of action, these children can tell their children that they marched. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. in the last couple of hours, greta thunberg, who you saw there, has been speaking to protesters in new york. we are not in school today. and this time, we are not alone. we have some adults who are not at work today either. and why? because this is an emergency. our house is on fire. and it is notjust the young people's house, we all live here. it affects all of us. and we will notjust stand aside and watch, we are united behind the science,
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and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse. even if that means skipping school or work, because this is more important. let's head to new york now and speak with campaigner adam lake, he's head of climate week, which starts next week, for the international charity the climate group. adam, thank you for your time. i think we have pictures of you out is protest in new york. how many of the people you saw were young, schoolchildren, and how many were adults? the vast majority of people we saw today were young people. and many of them were with their
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pa rents, many of them were with their parents, grandparents, friends and teachers. so it was one of the largest groups of young people i'd ever seen. it was such an amazing expense to be there enjoying them. it was such a large day of action, ina it was such a large day of action, in a country where the president is arguably a climate haptic, to say the very least. so what do you feel, what kind of change can come from people going onto the streets?” think one of the interesting things that came out of today when you saw such a unity of boys is that we've released a survey today at 1000 young people across the united states, aged 16—24, and without actually when it comes to the difference between democratic states and republican states, there is no difference when it comes to opinion on climate change in climate action. —— unity of voice. 80% believe that climate change must be solved. so we saw a unity of voice, that people have come together, and we need to
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see those young people coming together with businesses and governments on the same side, understanding what we need to do but faster. the scientists say there is such a small amount of time to make such a small amount of time to make such significant changes. within movements in the past, the 0ccupy movement, the iraqi war protest, we didn't necessarily see change. how can this movement be different in pressuring politicians to make unpopular policy decisions? over the last few years we've seen really interesting changes across businesses and governments. companies going to 100% renewable, cove na nts, companies going to 100% renewable, covenants, including the uk government, making strong commitments to going carbon neutral. it doesn't just commitments to going carbon neutral. it doesn'tjust add a voice, these are people who will vote, these are people who will buy. it takes those organisations who are looking to make a change and really gives them an excuse, a really good, compelling reason to make those changes, those choices easier. because at the end
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of the day, the evidence we see is that people want to change their lives, they want to do things more sustainably. when businesses and governments allow them to make those choices more easily, we go faster. adam lake, a climate campaigner who was at those protests, thank you. protests in tahir square, cairo. our reporter was there. the ridge standing on right now overlooks the southwest square. they are calling on president sisi to go and leave power. just a few days ago that was an unthinkable scenario for many egyptians. this place for years has
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been a popular zone for anti—government protesters. as you can see around here, they are really upset, shouting... "go, sisi, go!" that is what they are saying. these protesters have just run away because we have heard that security forces are coming. they have been firing tear gas and chasing the protesters wherever they go. security presence is quite heavy. and in the areas surrounding the square. but the protesters here seem to be very determined, very persistent. they have been chanting for the past couple of hours and they all don't seem to be discouraged by what the security
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forces are doing. so far we do not know how the government and the president are going to respond. us president donald trump has described a whistleblower‘s accusations, that he made a promise to a foreign leader, as "a political hackjob." some reports allege that mr trump asked ukraine's new president, volodymyr zelensky, to investigate the son of presidential rival joe biden, who previously served on the board of a ukrainian gas company. mr biden is calling on the white house to release the full transcript of the call, but speaking earlier today, president trump said he'd done nothing wrong. i have had conversations with many leaders that were always appropriate. i think scott can tell you that. always appropriate, at the highest level, always appropriate. and anything i do, i fight for this country. i fight so strongly for this country. it's just another political hackjob. somebody ought to look intojoe biden‘s statement, because it was disgraceful, where he talked about billions
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of dollars that he is not giving to a certain country unless a certain prosecutor is taken off the case. so somebody ought to look into that, but you wouldn't because he's a democrat. i don't know the identity of the whistleblower, but ijust know it's a partisan person, meaning they come from another party. but what can say was it was a totally appropriate conversation. sam brody is a congressional reporter and hejoins sam brody is a congressional reporter and he joins us from washington. how big is this one playing in the united states? it's huge. we spent the first part of donald trump's presidency talking about the investigation into his campaign's ties with russia and now this reporting on this
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whistleblower, if it is to be believed, or if any part of it is true, it involves a suggestion the president is speaking with another foreign government in the hopes of damaging a political opponent, a possible political opponent of his for the 2020 elections stop so, you know, it would be an enormous story with real implications on the 2020 elections as well as congressional effo rts elections as well as congressional efforts here in washington to hold the president accountable.“ efforts here in washington to hold the president accountable. if you think these allegations are proven in any way we could see impeachment proceedings? i mean, there is clamouring for impeachment proceedings now before we even know the contents of the whistleblower‘s complaints. the reporting is so explosive and that is really nibbling at what the complaint could be. house democrats today, those import of —— in support of impeachment, demanding house speaker
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nancy pelosi moving towards an enquiry. you are going to see a groundswell of support for impeachment among democrats that could possibly be put forward. you talk about not knowing the details of what the whistleblower had to say. joe biden, he's asked for some transcripts of the phone call with the foreign leader, where some of this allegedly or might have taken place. do you ever think we're going to get to the bottom of this? is the truth going to come out? it is hard to say right now. the democrats in congress, who have some authorities to subpoena records and possibly testimony from people who may know what chance bard on the call, they have some authority to compel them to do that. and it's clear they want to do that. and it's clear they want to act with some urgency here. the whistleblower‘s complaint was from the independent watchdog community here in the united states. there are
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some things suggesting lawmakers here in dc could maybe not get to the bottom of this immediately but make some strides wards how serious this is —— towards in a relatively short amount of time. sam brodey with the daily beast, thank you. thank you. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: 3 million said they were interested in attending, so why did so few actually make it through to area 51? ben johnson, the fastest man on earth is flying home to canada in disgrace. all of the athletes should be clean going into the games, and i'm glad justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning these people
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were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burned down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world and so the british government has no option but to continue this action even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde have crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: climate activists of all ages have gathered in new york as a day of action reaches its climax. millions have taken part around the world.
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egyptian protesters have called for the president to bring an end to military rule. police fired tear gas to disperse them. a woman who claims she was abused by britain's prince andrew as a teenager has given her first television interview about the allegations. virginia roberts giuffre told nbc news in america that she was "trafficked" to prince andrew, whom she described as "an abuser. " her allegations first came to light in court papers lodged against the billionaire businessman jeffrey epstein, who'd been accused of trafficking underage girls. buckingham palace has strongly denied that the duke of york had any form of sexual contact, or relationship with ms roberts. 0ur royal correspondent jonny dymond has more. the prince, the teenager and the socialite. now an adult, for the first time outside a court, virginia roberts alleges she was trafficked to prince andrew. the link is this man — jeffrey epstein, a convicted sex offender, now dead.
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the hugely rich businessman became a friend of prince andrew's. the prince stayed at his houses, flew on hisjet. virginia roberts says she was introduced aged 17 by ghislaine maxwell to prince andrew. i was so young. ghislaine woke me up in the morning and said, "you're going to meet a prince today." i didn't know at that point that i was going to be trafficked to that prince. she says they went to a nightclub and that she danced with prince andrew. then she left. we'd leave club tramp, and i'd hop in the car with ghislaine and jeffrey, and ghislaine said, "he is coming back to the house, and i want you to do for him what you do for epstein."
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buckingham palace says, "it is emphatically denied that the duke of york had any form of sexual contact or relationship with virginia roberts." "any claim to the contrary is false and without foundation. " ghislaine maxwell also denies any wrongdoing. these allegations have been made before, but this is the first time they've been made without the legal protection of the court. virginia roberts is challenging those she accuses to sue. prince andrew continues to carry out royal duties. he has personally denied any wrongdoing, but the pressure on him remains. jonny dymond, bbc news. let's get some of the days' other news. a bomb attack near the iraqi city of karbala has left at least 12 people dead.
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reports say a roadside device hit a passenger bus near a security checkpoint. many shia muslims have been visiting karbala this month to mark the festival of ashura. brazilian police say they have enough evidence to charge thirteen employees of the mining company vale and the german consultancy, tuv sud, over the collapse of a dam injanuary. 0fficers said the two firms had worked with falsified documents that said the dam in minas gerais state was stable. almost 300 people were killed when it collapsed. the united states is to send troops and missile defence systems to saudi arabia and the united arab emirates, in response to last week's attack on saudi arabia's oilfacilities. washington has blamed iran for the attack, although the iranians insist they were not involved. a us spokesman said president trump had given his approval in response to requests for support. in response to the kingdom's request, the president has approved the deployment of us forces, which
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will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on our owned missile defence. we will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to kingdom of saudi arabia and the uae to enhance their ability to defend themselves. 0ur security correspondence frank gardner was shown around one of the refinery severely damaged by the drones. twisted, burnt and blackened by fire — the aftermath of multiple drone and missile strikes across 19 targets, hitting the very heart of saudi arabia's oil industry. this was the moment last weekend when the attack halved output and sent oil prices soaring. today, the government allowed the media into this normally closed site. it wants the world to see the destruction it's blaming on iran, which denies responsibility. the damage was clearly spread over a wide area. this is abqaiq, the largest oil processing plant in the world, and it got hit in the early hours of saturday morning. the saudis say they're confident they can restore production
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by the end of september. what they can't say with any confidence is they can prevent such an attack happening again. repair teams are still working around—the—clock. this isn'tjust about patching up the holes, it's about restoring saudi national pride and prestige in the global economy. over in the saudi capital, riyadh, life goes on as normal, so i asked people what they made of these attacks. "these are just acts of terrorism against saudi arabia from its enemies," said this man, "but we'll guard against it and overcome it. " but this man said he was both angry and afraid. this attack has shocked saudi arabia and revealed its vulnerabilities. that's perhaps why one week on, it is still no no hurry to retaliate.
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in response to those attacks the us announced new sanctions on iran's central banks, but president trump stressed he was using great restraint in not using other options at his disposal. at the same time, the us secretary of state has just returned from abu dhabi and riyadh, where he discussed the next steps. with him was brian hook, the us special representative for iran. with him was brian hook, the us special representative for iranm is very important that the saudis continue their investigation of the attacks. these had global consequences, when you attack the world's largest oil facility under violate the basic international norms of human behaviour. so we do wa nt norms of human behaviour. so we do want more nations to hold iran accountable for these unprecedented attacks. you might remember us telling you about a planned raid on area 51. more than 3 million people signed up online, pledging to storm the top secret airbase where the us government is supposed to be hiding extra terrestrials. so how did it all pan out?
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the bbc‘s tim allman will tell us. as invasions go, alien or otherwise, this was a little underwhelming. here at area 51, it seems fewer than that number bothered to turn up, but for those who did, the hunt for little green man is always worthwhile. a bunch of random people in weird costumes standing outside of a government base? why would you want to miss that? that's a once—in—a—lifetime experience. it's like halloween but we are just annoying people. we clicked that we would be going just for the fun of it but as it got more popular we decided hey, why not, go down and actually make a fun trip of it so we go down, we're going camping and going to check out the base as much as we can from here. but that's easier said than done. miles of barbed wire fences
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and security cameras circle this top—secret facility in nevada. what actually happens here is hush—hush but it is believed to be a test site for experimental aircraft. 0thers, though, remain convinced the truth is still out there. i think if you witnessed it, you will believe. there's stuff out there that's incredible, that you wouldn't believe unless you saw it for yourself. and i'm a believer, there are aliens, there are aliens. one person was briefly detained for urinating near the main gate but the whole event was reasonably good—natu red. then, invasion over, much like et, they all went home. tim allman, bbc news. the intrigue and yours. stay with us on bbc news.
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you can reach me on twitter. i'm @regedahmadbbc. hello. friday brought a lot of sunshine to a lot of places across the british isles and i don't think we're going to see a radical change for many areas on saturday. simply because the overall pattern is still pretty similar. high pressure in the continent, low pressure in the atlantic, therefore, we are still tapping into this run of south—easterly airs and quite strong winds at times, up from the mediterranean, through the near continent and into the heart of the british isles. that is dry air so we are not seeing an awful of cloud for most of us just at the moment. the exceptions to that, the northern ireland ‘s and later in the day, the first signs of the atlantic front trying to cloud things over in the south—west. an onshore breeze from the north sea will keep the eastern coast down at about 15, 16, 17 but come inland, 20 plus is widely available. through saturday night and on into sunday, the first signs of the change in that the high—pressure drifts further away and in comes the front
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from the atlantic. that will set the tone for sunday. before the persistent rain arrives, we will have some quite sharp showers and maybe the odd under storm gradually drifting up the spine of the british isles and then the front makes progress away from the western fringes ever further towards the north and east and to avoid that rain, some of it quite heavy will have to be that further north and east. still, the temperature in excess of 22—23 degrees or so towards the east but fresh air is coming in from the atlantic and that sets the tone for the start of next week. monday, not too bad. the rain from sunday gradually eventually clearing away from that far north—eastern corner of scotland and then a lull in proceedings and then late in the day, more signs of the next belt of wet and windy weather pushing in from the atlantic into the south—western quarter of the british isles. not cold by any means but the temperature is back on what we have seen at the weekend. and then as we move from monday into tuesday, that area of low pressure becomes pretty resident out towards the western side of the british isles and at times, through the next few days, it will be throwing these belts of cloud and wind and rain across many parts of the british isles. it's all going to be quite mobile so it won't rain persistently anywhere for the whole day
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but while that rain is around, you will notice it, this is not showers, thisis belts of rain moving in from the atlantic. and there is not a great deal of difference as we go from tuesday into wednesday. low pressure still out towards the west of the british isles, still with these weather fronts working their way in and at times, some really quite strong winds. 00:28:16,553 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 quite a change on the way.
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