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this is bbc world news today. i'm simon pusey. our top stories... the us democratic presidential contender, joe biden, lashes out at president trump. it follows claims — not denied, that the president tried to get a foreign country to investigate mr biden‘s son. i know trump deserves to be investigated. he has violated every basic norm of a president. saudi arabia accuses iran of being responsible for the drone strikes on its oil facilities — as the us sends troops. cheering. cheers greet the teenage activist greta thunberg as she arrives at a youth summit on climate change in new york — ahead of the un general assembly next week. and coming up — the amazing story of how a 97—year—old war veteran commemorated the battle of arnhem.
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hello and welcome to world news today. the us democratic presidential contender, joe biden, has accused donald trump of an overwhelming abuse of power. it follows reports he tried to pressure ukraine into opening a corruption investigation against mr biden and his son. president trump has not denied the reports claming: "it doesn't matter what i discuss." this is what mr biden had to say about the affair a few moments ago. know trump t investigated. i know trump deserves to be investigated. he has violated every basic norm of a president. you should be asking him the question, why is he on the phone with a foreign leader? trying to intimidate a foreign leader, if that's what happened. that is what appears what happened. that is what appears what happened. you should be looking at trump. trump is doing this because he knows i will beat him like a
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drum, and there's usually an abuse of power in every element of the presidency to try to do something smear me. david willisjoins me now from washington. david, joe biden they're sounding pretty angry on this topic. just how bad could this be for donald trump? well, it's very interesting, what this row centres on is a telephone conversation which clearly took place during the summer between president trump in the new leader of the ukraine. and it's been reported that on a number of occasions, possibly as many as eight occasions during the course of that telephone conversation, mr trump urged vladimir zelinski to investigate the son ofjoe biden, the former vice president, and the leading contender for the democratic nomination for president going into the election next year. in the conversation is
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thought to form the basis of a whistle—blower complaint that went to the intelligence inspector general a few weeks ago, but has been suppressed from being released to congress. it starts from a following pressure from the white house. now today, on twitter, president trump dismissed the row as fa ke president trump dismissed the row as fake news, calling it a perfectly fine and routine conversation with the ukrainian leader, in which nothing was said that was in any way wrong. but there are reports that mr trump urged a leader of the ukraine to meet with his personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, to look into suggestions that, regarding the activities thatjoe biden's son, hunter biden, who worked for a ukrainian gas company. now there are suggestions thatjoe biden as vice president of the united states threaten to withhold international aid money to the ukraine, unless a
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prosecutor, who was investigating the gas company that his son worked for, was sacked. that really is the very detailed torturous background to all of this. it's a complicated subject, but it's got the president trump and his democratic rival, joe biden, at loggerheads. both on social media and in interviews with the press. and we often see this in politics, don't we? especially in us politics, don't we? especially in us politics, when donald trump is involved, the he said she said merry—go—round. do you think there's any chance that the house of representatives will do as joe any chance that the house of representatives will do asjoe biden asks, and investigate this? well, interestingly, they have subpoenaed the acting national security adviser to give evidence before them next week, and the head of the house intelligence committee, a man called adam shiv, has warned that if this complaint in its entirety is not
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presented to congress, then he may pursue legal action to force that situation. so that backs the white house into something of a corner, president trump of course argues, as i've mentioned, that this is all fa ke i've mentioned, that this is all fake news, and that the democrats are spoiling for something on him, following what he sees as the failure to basically nail him with the molar investigation, the special counsel inquiry into russian meddling in the last election, run by robert muller. yeah, i have a feeling we will be talking about this in the future. david willis for now, in washington, thank you very much indeed. tensions in the gulf are rising once more, in the aftermath of the bombing of a saudi oilfacility. the saudi foreign minister has accused iran of being responsible for the attack. and the united states — an ally of riyadh — has announced it will send troops there. the bbc‘s frank gardner is in saudi arabia and sent this report. punctured, bombed, and blasted, the graphic aftermath of last week
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end's missile and drone attack on saudi oil facilities... the pinpoint attack quickly blamed by the us on iran, temporarily knocked out half of saudi arabia's oil processing capacity. iran denies responsibility, but today, this revolutionary guard's commander issued a fiery warning against any possible retaliation. translation: a limited aggression will not remain limited. we will punish you. we will follow you. we have shown we will not rest until the aggressor is destroyed. the us has held off military action, instead, slapping sanctions on iran's central bank and its sovereign wealth fund. it's also sending additional troops to defend saudi arabia. at a press conference today in the saudi capital, the minister of state welcomed this move. in addition to the us, we have also had very strong military cooperations from a number of other allies in particular the united kingdom,
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and i think that the challenges that we are facing now call for enhancing security cooperation between the kingdom of saudi arabia and its allies and partners. the saudi government has welcomed the deployment of additional us troops to bolster its air defences. now is the time, so the minister, for his country to work more closely with the us and britain. iran, he said, was to blame for all the recent missile attacks on his country. only days ago, the president trump said that he was locked and loaded, but saudi has called for restraint, and their measures seem measured. it may not take much to change the present cosmic mind. frank gardner, bbc news, riyadh. david mack is a former us ambassador to the united arab emirates and is a scholar at the middle east institute. and hejoins me now. david, at the moment, is thisjust and hejoins me now. david, at the moment, is this just a war of words?
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no one really wants direct military combat here, do they?” no one really wants direct military combat here, do they? i don't believe so. i think in both riyadh and washington and certainly in tehran, there is not a desire for conflict for various reasons, which we can go into. but we are really, i'm most interested in the policy dilemma for the united states, which is one that president trump has created for himself. is this because he's obviously said that they are locked and loaded a week ago, and now they are talking about sending troops in, and backed himself into an aggressive corner? well the background was when he withdrew from the nuclear agreement that had been negotiated with iran, painstakingly by the previous administration, along with all of the other members of the security council and the international atomic energy agency. and then the united states imposed economic sanctions, not only on iran, but made it very difficult for
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the other nations of the world to deal with iran, and then the president to's initial reaction to this very serious military attack by the iranians, and i don't want to minimise edits, very serious attack on these energy, on the centre, may be the most sensitive centre in the world of energy. and his initial response was, as is often the case, a sharp, vocal, and tweeted comments, the locked and loaded comments, the locked and loaded comments, that set certain expectations, including, among some of his principal advisers, that now he was finally going to do what he had pulled back from in, back in jude 20, when the iranians had shot down an american drone. , and he has obviously stepped back from those words since he said them a week ago,
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and he has announced that they are going to send more troops in. do you think the iranian leadership will be rated by the? what they see that as a significant step or more rhetoric? i hope they will be worried. because in effect, they are requiring us to become even closer to this audis and to the united arab emirates in ways that really count. which is, we are strengthening their air defence capabilities. so in the next round, they wouldn't be so vulnerable. one could well ask, after the billions of dollars of military equipment that we've sent, sold to saudi arabia, why they weren't able to protect one of their most vital strategic assets. that said, the united states can certainly help them do a betterjob in the future. yeah, it's going to be interesting to see where this goes next. we have obviously have the response from the ua, saying they will take necessary measures in response. it will be interesting to see what happens there. david, that's all we have
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time for. thank you very much indeed for that. you are welcome. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the islamic state group says that it carried out a bomb attack on a bus near the iraqi city of kerbala that killed twelve people. iraqi police say an explosive device was planted on the bus and detonated at the northern entrance to the city, a major site of pilgrimage for shia muslims. the interior ministry in kazakhstan says 57 people have been arrested in the country's two main cities after attending opposition protests against chinese influence in the country. the rallies took place in almaty and nur—sultan. beijing invests heavily in kazakhstan's energy sector but is accused of under—paying its kazakh staff. a five point six magnitude earthquake followed by a slightly weaker aftershock have struck albania close to the capital tirana. reports say 50 people are being treated for injuries at the main hospital. the defence ministry said it was the most powerful earthquake in thirty years. after friday's climate
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protests around the world, the activist who inspired them, greta thunberg is attending a youth summit on climate change in new york ahead of the un general assembly. the meeting — hosted by the united nations — will discuss what actions should be taken to tackle climate change. the un secretary general antonio guterres has been listening to their concerns. first of all, it's an enormous pleasure to be a keynote listener where we can listen to meaningful things like the words we just heard. and indeed, i've been more times a keynote speaker than a keynote listener, but that is one of the problems of world leaders. is that they talk too much, and they listen to little. and it is listening... applause it is listening that we learn, and is given the possibility for all of those that represent today's world to speak, and to have their voices being part of the decision—making processes that we can move forward.
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that was the secretary general, antonio speaking there. the bbc‘s nada tawfik has been speaking to a youth representative from one such country, fiji. the small island countries of the first ones to be feeling the impacts of climate change, and we needed to bring it out there, to show the world with the realities of climate change is. how people have started suffering, and it's notjust words and solutions that you can just sit and solutions that you can just sit and talk about. it's just something that needs urgent attention to, and urgent implementation to curb these issues. what are some of the effects that you are already seeing in fiji? the first one, and i think the one thatis the first one, and i think the one that is well known, is the sea level rise. people have already started facing the impacts of that. small island countries have started experiencing hurricane tides, the rise of the sea levels, whereby their homes are being affected. and in fiji, already, we have about three relocations that have already taken place. and of the government has identified about a0 villages that might need to be relocated in
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the next 5—10 years to come. that might need to be relocated in the next 5-10 years to come. and very quickly, what responsibility, specifically, do you think developed countries, the biggest polluters have two small islands like yours?|j have two small islands like yours?” guess for the bigger countries, they are the ones who should be leading by example. so like i said, walk the talk. if you are talking about the climate crisis, and you are talking about implementing it, finding a solution for it, the bigger leaders needs to be the ones who should be stepping up first. notjust thinking about the economies, but thinking about the economies, but thinking about their people and the country as a whole. that was comeau kumar speaking a little bit earlier. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come... the latest sport, including all the full—time results from the english premier league where manchester city have scored a lot of goals.
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this is bbc world news today. i'm simon pusey.
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the latest headlines... the democratic presidential frontrunner, joe biden, has accused donald trump of an overwhelming abuse of power over reports that he tried to put pressure on ukraine to launch an investigation against him. the saudi foreign minister says suitable action will be taken once the investigation into last week's attacks on oil installations is complete. he again pointed the finger at iran. a sit—in is being held in hong kong to mark two months since an attack by pro—beijing vigilantes on protestors and commuters left a5 people in hospital. earlier today, police fired tear gas on anti—government protestors when a rally in the district of tuen mun turned violent. thousands marched from tuen mun park to the government offices there in a demonstration that had been approved by police. the march was initially called in response to pro—beijing protestors tearing down colourful anti—government posters, known as ‘lennon walls' afterjohn lennon. it's the 16th consecutive weekend
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of protests in hong kong. this is the moment that protestors threw molotov cocktails at riot police. you can see the police fired tear gas in attempt to disperse them. here are the riot police arresting protestors. the police have previously been criticised for their heavy—handed approach. and here's a barricade that was set on fire by protestors earlier. our correspondent stephen mcdonell is in hong kong. today's rally was cleared. that is, they had official permission for it, and yet again it's turned into one of these street battles. this week, a senior police officer told us that they are stretched to the absolute limit. they say they are handling this crisis but, if there was to be a greater escalation, the only way they could deal with it would be to eat into other areas of their police work. as the police detain protesters, there is a lot attention from the local media.
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this is especially the case given the amnesty international report that was released a few days ago, accusing the police of excessive force, which is something the officers here deny. but, given that, when they apprehend people, the media are on them. after being cleared out of other areas, protesters have come here to yuen long to mark two months since triad—connected gangs ambushed activists and, using home—made weapons, bashed them in the train station, and they've accused some police officers of colluding with those gangs. they've also accused some pro—beijing politicians of being linked to the underworld. this is why they want an independent enquiry, which is one of their key demands.
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you can hear them calling out now — five demands, not one less. that was stephen mcdonald's reporting a little earlier. a whole lot of rugby has taken place, james has all the latest. hello yes simon, it's been billed as the most open rugby world cup ever, but the defending champions new zealand reminded everybody why they are the favourites with a clinical performance against south africa in their opening match at the tournament. the springboks looked good early on, but it was the all blacks who took control, running out 23—13 winners. katie gornall was watching in yokohama. while many believed there could've been an upset here, given south africa's from coming into this tournament, but new zealand were ruthless. they showed why they are the favourites to lift this trophy for the third time in a row. they we re for the third time in a row. they were put under real pressure from south africa though in the first 20 minutes. south africa getting the first points on the board through april lard penalty. but new zealand hit back almost immediately with two quick tries, the first from george
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bridge, the second from scott barrett. it was a good night for the barrett. it was a good night for the barrett family, with bowden, his brother, pulling the strings from fullback. in south africa, they were down by ia points at half—time, they did improve in the second half. they responded with a quick try of their own. the real poachers try from peter steph du toit, new zealand just managed to keep them at arms length, and they won by ten points in the end to round off a really morale boosting victory, i think, from then, they have never lost a world cup pool match. that record continues. but south africa, if they can improve, the final will be held here in yokohama. so there is a chance that these two teams could meet again before too long. yeah, it's great, we got to throw the ball around a little bit, sometimes probably too much. it was a bit greasy out here, but there was some expensive rugby, which i guess that's why people, watch a0. so if we can keep doing that all series, sorry, tournaments, that is what we are here for. elsewhere a thrilling finish between france and argentina. france were 17 points ahead of argentina at half time
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in their opening match in pool c, but ended up needing a late drop—goalfrom camille lopez to win it. and australia survived a scare against fiji in sapporo, they trailed for an hour before the beaten finalists from a years ago ran in four second—half tries and eventually won 39—21. beware the wounded animal. beaten by norwich last weekend, manchester city responded in ruthless style. the champions beat watford 8—nil at the etihad. this was their biggest win in the premier league. they were 5—nil up within 20 minutes. bernando silva scored his first prmier league hatrick. kevin de bruyne hit the eighth but couldn't make it nine that would have eqaulled manchester united's record premier league victory, when they beat ipswich in 1995 after the second time, normally it can be so boring, the people start to do what they want. they start to play for themselves. and it was
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com pletely play for themselves. and it was completely the opposite. so, we came in more aggressive the first half, and... and we continue to try and score goals, and i think it was a good afternoon for our fans, supporters, and a lovely day in the sunshine. not such a lovely day in the sunshine for the watford fans. meanwhile, leicester city are up to third after a 2—1 win over tottenham at the king power. ricardo pereira and james madisson were the scorers for the foxes after harry kane had given spurs the lead. spurs had a goal ruled out by var for an extremely marginal offside. elsewhere, 2 early goals from chris wood saw burnley beat norwich. sheffield united won 2—nil at everton. and newcastle against brighton finished goalless. in spain, barcelona are currently trailing by a goal to nil at grenada. they are into the second half in that one. grenada will go top if they win. so far villareal have been the only winners. the matches at levante and atletico madrid both finished goalless.
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ferrari's charles leclerc took his third pole position in a row with in outstanding performance in qualifying at the singapore grand prix. he'll start sunday's race from pole after finishing fastest in qualifying. lewis hamilton will be alongside him on the front row whilst sebastian vettell starts third. that's all the sport for now. james, thank you very much indeed. now, 1500 british, american and other nato paratroopers have re—enacted a mass parachute drop in the netherlands to mark the seventy—fifth anniversary of the battle of arnhem. the bbc‘sjon donnison has more. september i9aa, and one of the largest airborne assaults in history. 35,000 allied troops dropped behind enemy lines in an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to secure eight bridges and break through to germany. today, 75 years on, hundreds of parachutists re—enacted the most dramatic element of operation market
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garden. among those floating down to earth, 97—year—old british veteran sandy cortmann, who completed a tandem jump. earlier, he lay a wreath at the grave of his friend, gordon matthews, one of 1500 allied soldiers who were killed in the failed operation. i just want to look at his stone and speak to it. he was your friend. hi, gordon. also paying tribute to those who died in preparing tojump today was major tim, a link between the present and the past. he carried with him a photo of his great uncle, leonard plant, along with his medal. he jumped in on the first wave and the following day was killed. this is one of the last opportunities to do it whilst
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perhaps we still have veterans who would have been there on the day, they are still around to share that experience with us. hundreds attended today's ceremony, among them, the few surviving veterans. every year, i come back, because i like to know when i come back that i go to the graves, and it is the memories that... so many men wiped out. i couldn't believe it. shown by the mortar sergeant, who, with a wry smile, declared to his mates on their way into captivity... 75 years on, young and old, remembering those who died in one of the most daring missions of the second world war.
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john thomason, bbc news. a lovely story to and on. do stay tuned right here on bbc news. good evening. our spell of warm, dry, summerlike weather continued through the day on saturday, but, things are about to turn rather more autumnal from sunday onwards. this was the picture saturday afternoon in bexley, greater london, beautiful blue skies there. in some places, we had temperatures up to 27 celsius, including north wales. and that's down to the fact that we've had this warm air drifting its way in from the south, but waiting in the wings out towards the west, an area of low pressure will be pushing weather fronts in from the west through the day on sunday, and actually for much of the week ahead, we have low pressure anchored out to the west. so through the rest of this evening and overnight, it's clouding over from the west. some heavy bursts of showery rain for northern ireland, wales, the southwest of england too, with the odd rumble of thunder. eastern england and much of scotland should stay dry overnight, so here, temperatures will be lower, but it is still a mild night wherever you are.
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in fact, cardiff seeing overnight lows of around 17 degrees. so quite mild, quite humid in fact, as we start the day on sunday. but there will be spells of further showery, and at times thundery rain moving gradually eastwards. i think eastern england will see a bit of sunshine around two, and actually northern leeds and scotland should stay dry for much of the day, but elsewhere, quite a bit of cloud and those showers working their way gradually from west to east. it won't be as warm as it was on saturday, so temperatures around 18—20d, for most of us, we could see 23 degrees for most parts of east anglia. into sunday night, and that batch of heavy showery rain moves gradually northwards and eastwards. so many of us starting monday on a bit of a dryer note. temperatures still on the mild side, we could well see some mist and some fog patches as we start the new working week. now through the day on monday, we have got this area of low pressure moving in from the atlantic. now, that's associated with the remnants of ex—hurricane humberto, moving their way in, so bringing a spell of wet and fairly windy weather later on in the day, actually for much of monday morning, many of us should be largely dry.
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cloud tending to break up, so some sunshine, some fairly light winds, temperature is not doing too badly for the time of year. but later in the day, we will see this wet and windy weather initially arriving across the southwest of england and south wales, that will then push its way further eastwards and northwards across the uk later on in the day. but temperatures about i7—20d or so, and then you will notice with the outlook over the next five days or so for our capital cities, a bit of a downward trend in those temperatures. some sunshine, but also some heavy and thundery showers. goodbye.
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this is bbc world news. the headlines... the us democratic presidential contender, joe biden, has accused donald trump of an overwhelming abuse of power. it follows reports he tried to pressure ukraine into opening a corruption investigation against mr biden and his son. saudi arabia has said that iran bears responsibility for the drone and missile strikes on its oil facilities last week. the saudi foreign minister said the attack used iranian weapons. teenage climate activist greta thunberg has arrived to cheering crowds at a youth summit on climate change in new york ahead of the un general assembly next week. thousands of paratroopers have taken part in a re—enactment of one of the key european battles of the second world war. they descended by parachute upon the dutch city of arnhem.


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