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tonight at ten, borisjohnson defends his language in the brexit debate on the opening day of the conservative party conference. speaking in manchester, the prime minister said "tempers on both sides have become inflamed." i certainly think everybody should calm down. including you? i think i've been the model of restraint. at the conference, new funding for hospital building projects in england has been announced. we'll have the details. also tonight. running street—battles in hong kong, as protestors prepare to disrupt celebrations marking 70 years of chinese communist rule. you can still taste the tear gas in the air. hong kong finds itself at the centre of a global clash of values, authoritarianism against freedom.
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a bbc investigation uncovers suffering and neglect at licensed puppy farms in wales. and dina asher—smith becomes the first ever british woman to win a medal in the 100 metres, at the world athletics championships. good evening. borisjohnson says he's been "a model of restraint" when it comes to the language he's used in the brexit debate. it follows a week of bitter exchanges between mps in the commons, and accusations his rhetoric has been inflammatory. on the first day of the conservative party conference in manchester, the prime minister refused to apologise for words such
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as "surrender" when describing the legislation designed to stop the uk leaving the european union without a deal. this report from our political editor, laura kuenssberg, contains some flash photography. no welcome from the reds when the blues are in town. a party conference for a new prime minister might normally be a celebration. but there's strife outside for borisjohnson in manchester... when are you going to resign? ..and inside, a party that's not com pletely co mforta ble with the controversy he courts. i think the best thing for the country and the best thing for people's overall psychological health would be to get brexit done. easy to say. extremely hard to do. only a month to go, by his deadline. and anxieties high on all sides — especially after the prime minister appeared to dismiss labour mps‘ safety fears last week. well, i certainly think everybody should calm down. including you? i think i've been
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a model of restraint. my use of the word "humbug" was in the context of people trying to prevent me, us from using the word "surrender". so you can say sorry for the misunderstanding, at least? i can certainly say sorry for the misunderstanding. absolutely. but does this party really understand itself any more? mps and some serving ministers have doubts about boris johnson's approach. this pair of mps sat alongside each other in the cabinet. they both have worries. one of them, no longer a tory mp. with an election coming up, it is madness to try and narrow the conservative party's appeal. both for, if you like, small p political reasons. but also about how you want to run the country. we're all going to have to appeal to a broad coalition of support. and as i said, a lot of long—standing conservatives — people like me, who accept the referendum result — recognise that we have to leave, but want to do so in a sensible and cautious and considered manner.
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but brexit is not the only concern. you like hanging out with us, right? i do. i'm always happy to hang out at innotech. he might wish he hadn't now. the prime minister faces questions about grants and access given to this american businesswoman when he was london mayor. everything was done in accordance... i asked you a very specific question. you have to declare an interest. did you declare it? there was no interest to declare. well, she was a friend of yours, she got public money, she got access... let me be absolutely clear. i am very, very proud of everything that we did and certainly everything that i did as mayor of london. there are plenty of people boris johnson will simply never convince. but there's an audience here desperate for him to be able to keep his word, desperate for him to stick to his brexit deadline. however... this is anything but a normal conference. normally a new prime minister would be expecting some sort of glory parade. but this is a time of intense political strife and struggle inside his own party. boris johnson's team
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believe he is protected by his big argument — end the agony of brexit by taking us out, whatever the cost. but that is a big risk and could prove a fierce political trap. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, manchester. the conversatives' first key announcement at the start of their party conference was on the nhs. they've pledged money for up to a0 new hospital projects across england, including £2.7 billion for six hospitals in the next five years. our health editor hugh pym has been looking at the details. it's dilapidated facilities like this that have left some hospitals desperate for new investment. the epsom and st helier trust in south west london is one of them. water can pour through the walls of this entrance to children's wards, but now it is delighted to be awarded new money as part of the latest funding plan. they will build us a new 500—bed critical care hospital for all our very sick patients, and it will also enable us
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to refurbish the rest of both epsom and st helier hospitals so they will be fit for purpose for the patients who we treat who aren't so sick. so what are the details of the plan? £2.7 billion will be invested over five years at six trusts for new hospitals or upgrades. there is 100 million for another 3a to start planning for further projects over the next decade. the prime minister, visiting a hospital in manchester today, wa nts health policies like this to be at the centre of any campaign message. health leaders welcomed the news, but said there were many more challenges to tackle. we know that the nhs capital budget needs to probably double, so a good first step, but a lot more needed and we also know we have got 100,000 staff vacancies, so great to have new buildings, but if you haven't got the staff to go into them, that is a problem. it is significant that the investment in this trust and others will come direct from the treasury and not from the controversial private finance initiative, which imposed long—term cost burdens. but it remains to be seen
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precisely how the government intends to raise the money. the health secretary was pressed to give more details on the funding. it comes from taxpayers... but does it come from increased borrowing? well, no, it comes because we have got record numbers of people in work, so we have got more people paying income tax, so the tax revenues are coming in. so it is coming because the economy is strong. and as for the other 3a possible hospital projects, the party argues again that future tax revenues will do the job, but that's some years down the line, and it is impossible to predict how the economy will be performing, or indeed who will be in power. hugh pym, bbc news. let's go back to laura kuenssberg at the conservative party conference in manchester. with this announcement on health and others that will come this week, the party clearly wants to be seen to be moving forward beyond brexit. they do, but good with that. i think
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there is no question about the fact that brexit is still going to be the lens, whether here in manchester or in westminster, where curiously mps are sitting even though the conference season are sitting even though the conference season is under way. brexit is still the lens through which nearly every political conversation is taking place. boris johnson of course has a real determination to bring that to an end. that's why some people here in this conservative bubble are absolutely behind him. that's why some people in the conservative party are really unhappy and worried about his determination to get brexit done by halloween, whatever the cost is. but there's another aspect to the conservatives's joyce on one hand and problems on the other in terms of borisjohnson as a leader. some people love his style and personality, so what if he's been rattling the cages since he's been rattling the cages since he's been at number ten? but for other people he's been going too far. he may be ruthless but they may —— but
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that might tip into being reckless. there is chatter about his personal life that continues to dog him. here in manchester tonight there are allegations about something that happened in his personal life long ago, claims put forward that have been denied by number ten. so whatever your view of borisjohnson, he's still a leader that divides, even though this ought to be a gathering of the party faithful. thank you. there have been running street battles in hong kong in some of the worst violence in more than three months of anti—government protests. riot police tried to assert control as the authorities prepare to mark the 70th anniversary on tuesday of communist rule in china. from hong kong, here'sjohn sudworth. they're determined to spoil the party. with just two days to go before china's big anniversary, hong kong is decidedly off message.
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while in beijing, rehearsals are in full swing for a celebration of 70 years of communist rule and a message of unity and strength... ..in hong kong there's division, uncertainty and fear. it's a faultline that cuts across class and generation. this 73—year—old is showing me the protective gear he wears when supporting the protesters. translation: for 70 years the ruling party has subdued its people. do you think we are in the mood to celebrate? this woman is in favour of chinese rule and says the protests are scaring off mainland chinese tourists. translation: i still have business but not as much as before. i've lost at least
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a half of my revenues. with more protests planned on tuesday, the authorities are not taking chances. you can still taste the tear gas in the air. hong kong finds itself at the centre of a global clash of values. authoritarianism against freedom. on the streets of the city, china's vision of its future has run into a crisis of legitimacy. the chaos continued into the night. for some, it's a principled fight. for others, a doomed strategy that risks provoking an ever more powerful china to sweep this city's freedoms away for good. john sudworth, bbc news, hong kong. a major chain of chemists in america has become the latest to suspend the sale of the heartburn drug zantac over concerns it could be linked to cancer.
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cvs pharmacy says the medication will be taken off shelves until further notice. canada and france have already announced a recall. za ntac is still available and widely used in britain. hundreds of former wrightbus employees who were made redundant by the collapse of the bus manufacturer this week have protested outside a church linked to one of the company's owners. questions have been asked about £15 million worth of donations to the green pastures charity from wrightbus when the antrim—based firm was profitable. around 1,200 jobs were lost after the firm entered administration. democrats in the us congress say impeachment hearings against donald trump could be held this week. the allegations centre on claims he put pressure on ukraine to dig up dirt on a potential rival who's running for the white house in 2020. joe biden is one of the frontrunners for the democratic nomination to challenge mr trump. but a former prosecutor
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in ukraine says there was never any dirt to dig up. jonah fisher reports from the capital, kiev. joe biden promised $1 billion... with an impeachment enquiry under way, president trump is on the attack, tweeting a new video about his possible opponent in next year's election. we've stepped up the official assistance to help backstop the ukrainian economy. this was four years ago in kiev. joe biden was vice president and the obama administration's go—to man on ukraine. at the same time, his son, hunter, had a well—paid job on the board of a ukrainian energy company. president trump has claimed, without supporting evidence, thatjoe biden got a ukrainian prosecutor called viktor shokin sacked because he was investigating hunter's company. today in kiev, the man who took over from mr shokin blew a big hole
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in president trump's story. have you got any evidence thatjoe biden acted in any way which supported hunter biden‘s company, burisma? it is not myjurisdiction. but have you got any? it is not myjurisdiction. i can't do nothing which is not connected with ukrainian law. so, under ukrainian law, you've got nothing? nothing, certainly. mr lutsenko has changed his tune. we spoke with mr giuliani, one, before new york, then three days in new york then one or two days. the former prosecutor general was earlier this year was close to president trump's lawyer, rudy giuliani. the former new york mayor has taken a particular interest in ukraine, and both men talked up a biden investigation. let's play the clip, please. shown his one—time ally‘s interview with us, mr giuliani quickly
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declared the friendship over. mr lutsenko is exactly the prosecutor thatjoe biden put in, in order to tank the case. mr lutsenko's about turn won't help president trump as he seeks to make this story aboutjoe biden and his son, rather than his own conduct. with an impeachment enquiry under way, it's likely we are going to be hearing a lot more about rudy giuliani and what he's been doing here in ukraine. jonah fisher, bbc news, kiev. more than 60 flood alerts have been in place across england and wales today due to heavy rain. persistent downpours have led to some rivers bursting their banks and localised flooding of roads. many of the warnings are for coastal areas with higher than normal tides swelled by the rain. more heavy showers are expected early this week. much of the northern united states has been hit by heavy snow storms,
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which are highly unusual at this time of the year. this was the state of montana, where some areas are expecting several feet of snow in the next 2a hours. this september is on track to see the heaviest snowfall for the month since 1935. a bbc investigation into licensed puppy farming in wales, has found widespread suffering and abuse of dogs, despite regular checks by vets and council inspectors. the industry is thought to be worth up to £12 million a year in wales alone. wyre davies has this special report. our year—long investigation found appalling conditions on farm afterfarm. all council—approved businesses in west wales. cold, filthy sheds. little human interaction. no stimulation. and, in one case, a discarded, dead puppy. dog—lover danielle foley bought her new puppy — a beagle she called winston — for £650 from a licensed puppy farm she found online. but within days, winston had fallen seriously ill with parvovirus —
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a highly contagious disease that is often fatal. at two o'clock in the morning the vets rung my mum and said, "his organs, they're shutting down, it's just going to be a slow, painful death." "can they make it quick, make it easy for him?" the breeder who sold winston told us he maintained excellent standards. even though inspection reports found problems with waste, poor record—keeping and the presence of parvo at his farm. yet it was still given a licence by the council. it wasn't just puppies. we found several instances of breeding dogs suffering from terrible conditions. not nice at all, bless her. this cavalier spaniel needed an emergency life—saving operation to remove a dead puppy still inside her. as well as councils keeping regular checks on breeders, vets are part of the welfare system, too.
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yet according to senior vets we showed our evidence to, some of their colleagues have been found wanting. the system is definitely broken and vets are absolutely an integral part of it. we absolutely as a profession have a part to play. our responsibility is to the health and welfare of the animals under our care. across the uk there are safeguards in place to regulate puppy farming. when that system fails, it's the dogs that suffer and owners like danielle, who can lose hundreds — even thousands — of pounds. wyre davies, bbc news. now, with all the sport, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes at the bbc sport centre. hello. thanks very much. good evening. dina asher—smith has won britain's first women's global 100 metre medal for nearly 60 years. she took silver in the final at the world athletics championships in doha. our correspondent, natalie pirks, reports. the light show was dazzling. the tension, discernible. and then,
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dina. already the first british woman ever to reach a world 100 metres final, this was a step into the unknown. and everywhere she looked were lanes packed with sprinting royalty. less than 11 seconds stood between her and immortality. dina asher-smith is right there, thompson trying to come through. shelly—ann fraser—pryce, a fourth gold—medal, her fourth title. dina asher—smith ran brilliantly well. as the rainbow head pocket rocket from jamaica claimed gold, it sunkin rocket from jamaica claimed gold, it sunk in that asher—smith's first world medal was silver. dina asher—smith is the poster girl for british athletics and she showed why. running a lifetime best to win silver and the first british woman in history to win a medal in the world 100 metres final. in history to win a medal in the world 100 metres finallj in history to win a medal in the world 100 metres final. i worked so ha rd world 100 metres final. i worked so hard for this, for these
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championships. this point in my career and hopefully i go on to do bigger things. i was thinking, it's your time to go. to deliver with such expectation was truly remarkable. pressure makes diamonds and her best may well be yet to come. wales are favourites to top their pool at the rugby world cup after a nail—biting victory over australia. they held—on to win 29—25 in tokyo, from where our correspondent, katie gornall, reports. welcome to tokyo stadium! japan is proving to be a popular host. their team has lit up the world cup. now here in tokyo, they have thrown their support behind two of rugby's heavyweights. gone are the days when wales could fly under the radar at a world cup. they arrived here as favourites to beat the two—time champions australia in a game that could define their tournament. momentum is everything in rugby, and early on, it was with wales.
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hadleigh parkes watched the last world cup in a pub. now he has the best view in the house. australia found something to lift their spirits when adam ashley—cooper scampered over, but the second their concentration wavered, wales pounced. here's gareth davies, haring for the line! gareth davies helping them to a 15 point lead at the break. on a hotand humid night, the pace was frantic and australia's dane haylett—petty added to the excitement. wales, under mounting pressure, struggled to hold back the tide as michael hooper punched his way through before their lead was cut to a point. this was tense. australia gave it everything, but wales somehow held firm. and it is wales in tokyo! even for the most experienced of welsh warriors, this was one they'll never forget. katie gornall, bbc news, tokyo. lewis hamilton moved a step closer to a sixth formula 1 world title after winning the russian grand prix. his mercedes team took advantage of a ferrari meltdown to finish
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first and second in sochi, extending hamilton's lead in the drivers‘ championship to 73 points with five races to go. the wet weather wreaked havoc at today's men's race at the road world championships in yorkshire. flooding had already caused the course to be shortened to 261 kilometres before several riders crashed out and more than half the field abandoned racing in the gruelling conditions. it was eventually won by mads pedersen, who became denmark's first men's road cycling world champion. that's it. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are.
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hello. this is bbc news.
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in a moment, the weather with ben rich but first — climate change — and as the youth movement led by the activist greta thunberg sweeps the globe the issue of america's use of fossil fuels looks like it will be a battle ground topic in next year's us presidential election. but in some of the president's stronghold states the interests of the coal industry and concerns about climate change have already come head to head, as our correspondent james cook reports. it was the day the uk voted to leave the european union. but nobody cared about that, in white sulphur springs. they were fighting to survive the worst flood anyone here could remember. 23 people did not. three years on, the creek is silent, but the horror remains. that's the tree that my wife was in... belinda scott was found clinging to this tree, badly burned. her husband, ronnie, had been scrambling to rescue herfrom their home,
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when the house exploded. i got stuck, right on the edge of the water, in mud. i was praying to god. my wife ended up at the burns centre... it was really nasty. i ended up on the floor, crying. so, we're headed up to a couple of our research plots, where we have induced an artificial drought experiment... this scientist says the trees have a tale to tell. longer droughts, and more intense storms, driven by climate change. they seem to be occurring more frequently, and the magnitude or the size of those storms appear to be greater. but the critical thing to understand
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is that the entire system as a whole is becoming more variable. we saw that most notably, i think, in 2016 with those catastrophic floods. yes, the 2016 flood in the greenbrier valley was absolutely catastrophic. and incidentally, we have had very large storms, floods, almost every year since 2016, as well. and so, students are taking action. protesting outside university, even in coal—rich west virginia. just like we had acid in here, we're increasing the acid level in this vial right here. nasa funds olivia young, to demonstrate climate science, in schools. most of the time, i talk to little kids, and so sometimes i will get questions like, "oh, but my mommy and daddy said this." i don't try to step on parents' toes. i try really hard not to do that. with the older students, we do try to engage more in active conversation.
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but some coal miners are scornful. you have to have consistent, reliable electric power. that doesn't come from windmills, doesn't come from solar panels, doesn't come from pixie dust, doesn't come from unicorns and doesn't come from well—wishes. that comes from fossil fuel. so, president trump has been a relief to us. he has been a breath of fresh air. we think he shares our values. there is not much evidence of a coal boom undeertrump, but the fuel still holds a strong pull. coal runs through this state, in more ways than one. for many west virginians, for many years, it's put bread on the table. but it's also been part and parcel of their family identity. even here, though, deep in coal country, that may now be changing. and, for ronnie, the issue is as personal as his grief. all right. i want to thank y'all. thank you. man, i want to know what we're to do about this global warming. it's terrible.
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like i said, people need to change. it is a powerful plea. hello there. some parts of the uk have had more than theirfair share of rain this weekend. so much so, there have been some flooding problems and there is still a number of flood warnings in force across england and wales, but also coastal flooding because of some pretty high tides. as this area of low pressure pulls away, notice the squeeze on the white lines, a spell of brisk winds for eastern coastal counties of england, but as we go through the small hours of monday, the winds will ease, the skies will clear and we will lose the mist patches and it will turn quite chilly and there will be a few showers trundling in from the north, spreading down across scotland. as we go into tomorrow, for most a quiet start, a bright start, once early any mist has cleared, but you can already see behind me, our next weather system, heavy rain returning to wales, the midlands, northern england
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and in particularly, for the hills of wales and north—west england, there are the is the ongoing threat of flooding. some spots over high ground could see as much as 70 millimetres of rain. drierfurther north, but on the chilly side and as we move through monday night into tuesday, this area of low pressure turns its way east, there will be further heavy downpours, longer spells of rain, pushing mostly across england and wales, that tending to pivot away as the day wears on, but for scotland and northern ireland, brighter skies, one or two showers, but the when starting to come but the wind starting to come down from the north, so it is going to feel very cool, 9 degrees for aberdeen, 12 in belfast. and, as we move into wednesday and we push that area of low pressure way, we will notice the white lines, the isobars coming down from the north which shows where the air will be coming from. the air will be coming from a long way north and on wednesday morning, some places could start off with a touch of frost, say in the countryside in the north of england and central parts of scotland.

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