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welcome to bbc news, i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: protesters around the world have taken 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 to stop this crisis from getting worse. in egypt, rare protests against president sisi, with many calling for him to stand down. the us is sending military troops and equipment to the gulf, in response to last week's attack on saudi oilfacilities. and, the woman who claims she was abused by prince andrew speaks out. buckingham palace emphatically denies he had any sexual contact with her.
protests by millions of young people that swept across the globe, demanding action against climate change, have come to a close. from australia to india, europe and the united states, they took to the streets to call for change. their inspiration is teenage activist greta thunberg — who 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? 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. 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 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. but in this planetary day of action, these children can tell their children that they marched. nick bryant, bbc news, new york.
in a rare sign of dissent in egypt, groups of protesters have gathered near tahrir square in cairo, to shout anti—government slogans. they called for president abdel fattah al sisi to go and demanded an end to military rule. police fired tear gas to disperse them. our reporter, sally nabil, was there. shouting. the ridge i'm standing right now overlooks tahrir square. these protesters have been chanting and calling on president sisi to go and leave power. just a few days ago, that was an unthinkable scenario for many egyptians. tahrir square for years has been a no—go zone for anti—government protesters. security presence is quite heavy in all areas surrounding the square. constant shouting. as you can see, they are saying, "down with sisi!" chanting and yelling. "go, sisi, go", that's what they are saying.
we have seen security forces firing tear gas. we've just run away because we've heard that security forces are coming. they have been firing tear gas and chasing the protesters wherever they go. security presence is quite heavy in all areas surrounding tahrir square. but the protesters here seem to be very determined, very persistent. they have been chanting for the past couple of hours and they don't seem to be discouraged by what the security forces are doing. so far we do not know how the government and the president are going to respond. 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. the acting us defence secretary 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 will be defensive in nature and primarily focused on air and missile defence. we will also work to accelerate the delivery of military equipment to the kingdom of saudi arabia and the uae to enhance their ability to defend themselves. our security correspondent, frank gardner has been shown around one of the refineries that was severely damaged by missiles and 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 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. 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 on friday, 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 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. 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. our 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. 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." 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. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: three million said they were interested in attending so why did so few actually make it to area 51? ben johnson, the fastest man on earth is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games.
i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning these people 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 world news, the main story this hour: climate activists of all ages have gathered in new york as a day of action reached its climax. millions have taken part around the world. let's get more on that story now, and hear from the swedish teenager who inspired the protests. greta thunberg addressed a large crowd in new york, praising them for taking part in what she called the biggest climate demonstration in history. this is an emergency. our house is on fire. cheering. 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, and we will do everything in our power to stop this crisis from getting worse! cheering.
even if that means skipping school or work, because this is more important! cheering. well, also attending that rally in new york was the campaigner adam lake, from the international charity the climate group. i asked him for his thoughts on those attending the climate strike. the vast majority of people we saw today were young people. and 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, in a country where the president is arguably a climate skeptic to say the very least.
so what do you feel, what kind of change can come from people going onto the streets? i think one of the interesting things that came out of today when you saw such a unity of voice is that we've released a survey today at 1000 young people across the united states, aged 16—24, and we found that 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 and climate action. 80% believe that climate change must be solved. so we saw a unity of voice, that people have come together, and we need to 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 significant changes. we've seen large 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, covenants, including the uk government, making strong 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 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. painful divisions have resurfaced in spain, in a debate over whether or not
the body of the former dictator general franco, should be exhumed and removed from a burial site, in an official state mausoleum. franco led spain's facists in a brutal civil war in the 1930's, which claimed the lives of around half a million people. many spaniards believe his official grave site, is a monument to his fascist government. democracy only returned to spain, in the late 1970s. our special correspondent, alan little reports. 0n the baked plains of extremadura, one little town casts a shadow over all of spain. it was built in 1949 to repopulate a countryside devastated by civil war. but its name betrays its origins, because ‘el caudillo' was the fascist dictator francisco franco. many here want the town to rid itself of that legacy, by changing its name. but the plaque on the town hall remains — protected by bullet—proof glass.
a security camera keeps watch of this lingering little piece of the fascist legacy. nearby there's more evidence of spain's battle between memory and forgetting. this farm building used to be a forced labour camp. some want it to become a memorial site, but the farm owner doesn't want to remember. she told me she once found a bag of old prison name tags. she threw them into a disused tunnel. much better to bury all that. why were the prisoners here? it has been a feature of democratic spain for decades, this tension between the desire to know and the impulse to bury the past. juan carlos balarno, a former communist mayor, is on the side of knowing. he keeps a private little archive of what happened here, the camp design, photographs of those interned.
but it's here that the tension between memory and forgetting finds its most graphic symbolic expression. franco is buried beneath this vast cross at the valley of the fallen. tens of thousands of civil war dead from both sides lie here too. those who want franco's remains removed see this as triumphalist, a monument to the dictatorship. his supporters say it is a place of national healing.
are you wearing a cross now? that is important to you? and to spain? these are two brothers... sylvia is campaigning to recover the bodies of nine men, killed by franco's troops, including her great uncle. they were buried against the wishes of their families at the valley of the fallen. i think franco's body must be removed, the only idea that people who were killed by franco or by franco's troops, or whatever, are buried together with franco, it's like very absurd, very horrible and they're
still glorifying as if he was the saviour of spain. and he was not the saviour. at least not for more than half of spain. for that spain, this is not a place of reconciliation, but of an injustice ignored for too long in a country still torn between the struggle to remember and to forget the past. alan little, bbc news, madrid. the former president of argentina, cristina fernandez de kirchner, is to be tried on corruption charges for a fourth time. she's accused of taking $160 million in bribes from construction companies to award them public building contracts. ms fernandez has denied any wrongdoing. you might remember us telling you about a planned raid on area 51.
more than three 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? 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 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.
true believers. stay with us on bbc news, much more coming up. 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, i6, 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 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 thunder 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 but while that rain is around, you will notice it, this is not showers, this is 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. quite a change on the way.
this is bbc news, the headlines: a day of worldwide protests on climate change has reached its climax in new york, with a rally addressed by greta thunberg. the swedish teenager addressed large crowds in the city praising everyone for taking part in what she called the biggest climate strike in history. demonstrations have taken place in egypt against the government. they called for president abdel fattah al sisi to go and demanded an end to military rule. egypt has seen very few protests in the six years since president sisi took power in a coup. 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 described the prince as "an abuser". buckingham palace emphatically denies the duke of york had any sexual contact with her.
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