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she went on to become a cabinet the democrat—led us house intelligence committee has released a report setting out its case for impeaching president trump. it accuses mr trump of obstructing justice and congress, and soliciting the interference of a foreign government, ukraine, to help his member and the iranians government. re—election next year. the white house denies the accusations. the co—founders of google, larry page and sergey brin, now, from the other side are stepping down from their roles of the cultural divide, we hearfrom the rabbi as chief executive and president who was a member of the delegation. of its parent company, alphabet. they said they believed it was time he visited iran at the time... calling for the immediate release to assume the role of proud parents. of 60 americans being held prisoner in iran. google‘s ceo sundar pichai will now run both tech firms. for the first time in its 35 year the hostages had been history, britain's prestigious turner prize has been awarded to all four shortlisted artists. the decision was prompted by the artists themselves, kept inside the embassy. who declared themselves a collective. they said that they wanted to make a statement of solidarity and multiplicity.
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the 12—year—old boy killed in a hit—and—run incident outside a school in essex has been named as harley watson. he was struck near debden park high school on monday afternoon. a 51—year—old man has been arrested if we intend to confront violence, on suspicion of murder, if we intend to confront war as well as the attempted murder of five other people injured in today's world, if we intend in the crash. to establish and restore a just our correspondent tolu adeoye world orderfor peace, forjustice, by the betterment of humanity, before all we need reports from loughton. to engage in dialogue. harley watson has been described by his family as a good, a dialogue that will promote kind, helpful and lovely boy. a profound understanding between the east and the west. in a statement released this evening they have said she went on to become a cabinet they are devastated by his death. member and the iranians government. yesterday morning harley went now, from the other side to debden park high school as usual, but the 12—year—old did not make it home. he was one of several students hit of the cultural divide, by a car on this road in loughton, just metres from his school. we hearfrom the rabbi who was a member of the delegation. he visited iran at the time... calling for the immediate release of 60 americans being held prisoner in iran. the hostages had been kept inside the embassy. the embassy is now controlled by a this woman's son was one of those hit in the crash. large group of students. they are
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flew down there, just jumped out of the car. followers of the ruler of iran, i went over to who i thought ayatollah khomeini. was alfie, but it was harley. members of the delegation assembled i saw him in the corridors — at the church on the upper west i talked to him sometimes. side of manhattan. and, i guess, we were taken it's just heartbreaking to see his to kennedy airport and we took little body there, really. following an appeal police arrested off to tehran. 51—year—old terry glover late last night in loughton. he's being held under suspicion of murder, six counts of attempted murder, and causing death by dangerous driving. there were many members of the delegation from different the school has been opened today and counselling has been parts of the country, but they seemed to be, offered to students. there have also been you know, of the same mind. prayers at a local church. that they wanted to help. many people are just asking why this i felt very purposeful. very committed. happened to an innocent boy very focused on my mission. who was just trying to make his that i would employ every fibre way home from school. of my being to make it successful, police have said a second incident to reach out to the hostages where a car mounted a pavement and to comfort them at another school yesterday may be at a very difficult time. linked to the fatal crash. they're still appealing for witnesses, as a family and a community mourn a young life cut short so suddenly. tolu adeoye, bbc news. when we landed at the airport, here was an airport like a terminal atjfk, ripped off all the signs and just pictures of the revolution. —— there where militants. now on bbc news, witness history
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comes from the royal academy in london, with razia iqbal. as part of the bbc‘s crossing divides season we hear two perspectives on the 1979 iranian hostage crisis. it was hard to be one—on—one with these people. i just remember empathising, but really not have much interaction with the ordinary people, the people in huts, the people in poverty. i remember it being very intense hello and welcome to witness history. and iran, like every moment coming up, the peaceful of the day was prayerful, it was dedicated, it was acutely alert, all of the senses. demonstrations which started the fall at the berlin wall. the fight online against the islamic state group in mosul and the dancers who broke down barriers to become the first black the day we saw the hostages, classical ballet company. valentine's day, there was a knock on the door, then all of a sudden here we are, in front of the embassy. but first, as part of the bbc‘s there are the students, they look like 11—year—old students crossing divide season, doing their homework. we bring you two perspectives but they had machine guns. on a historic moment and we were, i guess, in the relationship searched and checked out and so on, between the us and iran. in 1979, a group of iranian students and brought into a room
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overran the us embassy in tehran and took the americans in the embassy that had been covered with blankets and maybe pictures. and then, the hostages came in, they looked nervous. inside hostage. so, i remember breaking the ice with them and saying, "hey, guys, i guess you want to know who won the world series," and they sort of relaxed. they said they were treated ok, but by that time i was very, very doubtful. we had an opportunity to convey as we were leaving, they said, the message of the iranian people "we have to detain you, to the world. we had to make the best one of you received a secret message from one of the hostages." so, they took me apart from the other americans of this opportunity. and searched me. right down to my underwear, after the longest 10—15 minutes of my life, they let me go. i remember we were quite tired from all these efforts. we hoped that we did our best, in iran, hundreds of students have could we have done more? broken into the american embassy but at least when i come back in tehran, holding a number of staff hostage. i will be able to tell people revolutionary guards and police did nothing to stop a story that is more true. the students take over. the last week has seen a series of strong verbal attacks on the united states, including several statements. today, he voices support for the student's action. i was attending classes at the university when i was approached by some of the students who told me that the students
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inside the embassy, they need you. they are asking for you tojoin them. we were young people. personally, i was a young student. about what happens to human beings i had no military experience, i had no experience in dealing with reporters, no experience in dealing with such a serious responsibility. the students started making contact with their friends in the states, other iranian students and how they suffer, who were there. they started constructing a delegation of american people. they would be invited to visit iran for about a week, directly they could come and see what was happening in iran, what is happening with the students, without in any way condoning who these people are. we had arranged everything and they arrived one by one, from the airport, naturally they were very tired. we went together to visit a localfactory into iran. the workers there started speaking about the problems that they had during the shah's regime. the shah was always talking the taking of hostages. about the doors of civilisation, but these doorways were nowhere in sight for our workers, for the people who actually were suffering due to the severe poverty, the economic challenges that the country had at that time. we had a visit to the cemetery and when the american hostages were finally released from the tehran embassy, the rabbi was invited to greet them where thousands of martyrs at the white house. now, to east germany, where in the autumn of 1989 a series of the revolution lie there.
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there is an opportunity to speak of mass demonstrations in the city about the revolution itself. of leipzig shook the communist if we intend to confront violence, though to the core and paved the way if we intend to confront war for the fall to the berlin wall. in today's world, if we intend here is the story of to establish and restore a just world orderfor peace, forjustice, one of the protesters. by the betterment of humanity, before all we need in 1989, i was living in leipzig, to engage in dialogue. a dialogue that will promote in east germany as a peace activist a profound understanding 00:06:15,111 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 between the east and the west. and singer—songwriter as part of the oppositional movement. when i was a student at high school, i started being observed by the socialist secret service of the gdr. because of my oppositional writings, of poems and songs and so on. since 1987, istarted being a member of a circle of oppositional dissidents around protestant church in the centre of leipzig. in the beginning of the 805, i started something that we called the peaceful prayer movement. this was once a week and it was kind of peacefuk prayer against this logic of the cold war.
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what many east germans seem to object to is not socialism as such, but this cold authoritarian version that has been thrust upon them. a frustration summed up in the contrast... in the centre of leipzig at the weekend another dissenting view has been articulated. the demonstrators and the new political groups formed a la poland and hungary are calling for democracy and free elections. everybody was in fear of a civil war and nobody could imagine what follows that, with the russian interfering. we thought if they're would be civil war in leipzig, maybe the west had to react. when i went to church that afternoon to do the preparations for the peace prayer, i can see that already thousands and ten thousands of people had filled the whole centre of leipzig. i could see families
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with little children, with grandmothers, old people and so on. i really asked myself, what will happen to them if we would really have a violent conflict? but when the church doors were closed for the prayer, we could only hear that something was going on outside. we could hear people shout, we could take the sirens of police cars and so on. when the doors opened at the end of this peace prayer, we could not go out, because the city was so crowded, everybody was waiting outside. there was no space for the people to go out. nobody in this situation wanted to give the order to shoot. why?
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there is only one answer, because we were too many in the streets. they were prepared for maybe three or 4000 people, more than 70,000 people, some experts say 120,000 people, came to leipzig, stood in the street and said ok, troops. if necessary, shoot us, but know that you are the people's army, people's police and we are the people. at the end of this evening you could not see a conflict line any more. it was really a party atmosphere. i remember people sitting in and on the with of a police car, having a cigarette together with the policeman and giving a light to each other. everything that followed after that, a few months later the wall came down, a few months later we had the very first free elections in east germany. nearly exactly one year later we had the reunification of germany. it was a consequence of that moment, the moment when the decision was made, this conflict
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will end peacefully. martin is now a writer in berlin. remember, you can watch witness history every month on the bbc news channel or catch up with all of our videos and thousands of radio programmes on our online archive. just search for bbc witness history. now, in 2014 the islamic state group took over mosul in iraq and they flooded the internet with propaganda. but one historian living in the city decided to launch a counter narrative. he told witness history at great personal risk he set up the website mosul eye to expose the atrocities of violence taking place in his city. isis is a gropuing of some of their world's
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most violent militants. they have been disowned by al-qaeda. in less than a week the army took mosul. you have to take a side. you have to decide whether you're with them or against them. i decided to stand against them. at that time, i was teaching at the university and the university was occupied by isis. mosul eye was a website i set up to get information out of the isis controlled city of mosul to the rest of the world. i wake up in the morning, i go out, i collect information, and then i go back. i write everything by hand, and then i scan it and put it online. 0ne mistake could lead to death, to the end. from the pulpit, the isis leader proclaimed himself ruler of all muslims.
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i felt very offended, because who is this guy to claim that he is in charge of our city? nobody knew that i was mosul eye. not even my mother. isis was getting into the city, into the neighbourhood, there was only a thin wall between me and isis when i was reporting against it. next door was an isis senior fighter, the other house next to our house was an isis fighter, in front of us was a whole house of isis. behind that there was another house of isis and then in the middle of all of this, i was reporting against isis. from the beginning, i decided that i would only write facts. by knowing the source or witnessing the event myself.
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religious police controlled everything. shaving, smoking were all considered immoral and the punishment was anything from public lashings to execution. the public executions were a system that isis imposed on the city. they were enjoying this. they were feeling the pleasure of terrorising the people. isis wanted to make it like a show. as if they were shooting a film for hollywood. a horror movie. sometimes beheading or they made a brother shoot his brother. what made mosul eye at that time so powerful, is that it's message
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reached out the international media and they made it public everywhere. newsnight has spoken to the writer of a blog, a blog called mosul eye which has been communicating the plight in the city for over two years. i was visiting the fundamentals of their narrative and it was something they really did not like. that was my strength and that was my power, that i found a way to resist isis and all i had at that time was the pen and paper. 0mar has since left mosul but still contributes to the website mosul eye. and finally, to europe. and finally, to new york. where in 1969 the first classical ballet company to focus on black dancers was founded in a converted garage in harlem. the dance theatre of harlem
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are still running today. virginia johnson was one of the first dancers to join the company. it was not until i was graduating from the washington school of ballet that the director came to me and she said, "you know, you're going to have a career, you are a really wonderful dancer, but you're never going to be a ballerina, because of the colour of your skin." it was following the assassination of martin luther king in 1968 that arhtur mitchell decided to set up a dance company for black people inharlem. for black people in harlem. arthur mitchell was the principal dancer with the new york city ballet and he was the first african—american to achieve that level in a major american ballet company. he looked around at this neighbourhood and he said, these kids don't have a future. education is terrible,
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the schools are failing, nobody cares about them, they do not have a way of breaking the cycle of poverty. but if i teach in ballet, i am going to get them something else to draw from within themselves. we started with 30 children and two dancers and everyone said i was crazy, because i was using a european art form, classical ballet. but i think that is the strongest technical foundation. once you have the technique, you can do anything you want. classical ballet is impossibly difficult and it requires focus, it requires self—discipline and it requires perseverance. in two months i had 400 kids, in four months i had 800 kids, that shows there is a want, a need a desire for this. i got to new york in the fall of 1968 and somebody to me that arthur mitchell was teaching a class up in harlem on saturdays and i could go up and take a class and get a little ballet back in my life.
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and ijoined dance theatre of harlem in the spring of 1969 and right from the start it was magic. it's too soft! he was maniacal. that's it! if we were going to do ballet, we were going to the best dancers ever seen. it was extremely difficult and painful, those first years. nothing that we did was right. he was driving us, he was pushing us every minute. to me, ballet is about the elevation of the human spirit. i always said that dancing on point is the closest that you can get to flying. it is an expression of how limitless the spirit is.
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so, there were black people who did not want to use the white man's art form and there were white people who thought we would never do it, because we do not understand it or we do not have the talent in our bodies. we were really fortunate, for our first new york performances, one of the critics from the new york times said this is the most exciting thing in ballet. and so, he gave us a little nod and people were saying, "0h, ok let's go and see them and see if they're any good." ten years after that, i would see young people walking into the studio with a sense of ownership. of course i can be a ballet dancer. and that was the most beautiful thing in the world to me, they had no question. whereas i had nothing but question. in a sense, dance theatre of harlem is ahead of its time now, there is a desire to bring more diversity to ballet. we have been performing all over the place, celebrating its 50th anniversary. it is notjust about being perfect
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on balance in a tutu. that is just a sliver of what ballet can do. that is just a sliver of what ballet can say. virginia johnson is now the dance theatre of harlem's artistic director. that is all from witness history for now, we will be back next month with more extraordinary accounts of moments in history. but now, from me the and witness history team, goodbye. hello there. we've got quite a mixture of weather coming our way for wednesday. now, the satellite picture shows a stripe of cloud approaching the west. this is a weather front that's going to be bringing us some rain. further east, though, we're under the influence of high pressure across much of england and wales,
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so the skies relatively clearer. now, if you're heading outside over the next few hours, we've got cloud and rain encroaching across western scotland and northern ireland. further south and eastwards across england and wales, there are some patches of cloud, but we've also got some clear spells. so contrasts in temperatures — it's mildest towards the north—west of the uk. with the clearer skies across england and wales, it's cold, and indeed, cold enough for some patches of frost. could even be the odd fog patch to start the day on wednesday, as well. for many, though, it's a bright start across england and wales, eastern areas of scotland. the rain in the north—west will continue slowly pushing its way eastwards, reaching parts of northern england and north wales through the course of the afternoon. still bright to the south and east, but it's chilly still. highs of around 6—8 degrees. the mildest weather towards the north—west, with blustery showers following into western scotland, and some fairly gusty winds too. then, through thursday and friday, we're going to see weather fronts really target western scotland, bringing large amounts of rain here. now, we could see around 70—80 mm, maybe more than that over the high ground.
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that's enough to cause some flooding impacts, but it's not the only place that will see rain. on thursday, we'll also see some wet weather pushing in across northern ireland. the rain getting into northern england and north wales, too. further south and eastwards, probably a bit more cloud around, but it should be bright enough. it's turning milder as south—westerly winds spread in across more of the country. high for most between 9—12 degrees. what follows thursday night will be a very mild night. now, that might come as something of a surprise, especially when you consider recent nights have seen some very sharp frosts. as we head into friday morning, these are the kind of temperatures —11—12 degrees. now, the reason it's so mild is it's cloudy, it's wet and it's windy, and initially we have the winds coming in from a south—westerly direction. later in the day we'll start to get north—westerly winds following in across the northern half of the country, and so temperatures will be dropping away. highs of seven degrees in stornoway. mild day for the midlands, east anglia and southern england, temperatures here around 12—13 degrees. now, the weekend looks like this. a ridge of high pressure to start things, but sunday sees a weather
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front move in across the uk. so saturday looks at the moment to be the better of the two days of the weekend, where it should be largely dry and bright. perhaps a bit of rain, though, getting into northern ireland later in the day. sunday looks like it will turn more widely unsettled, with rain at times. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news. welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm mike embley. our top stories: in the us, the house intelligence committee releases its impeachment inquiry report, accusing president trump of putting his interests ahead of america's. he was willing to sacrifice the national security of the united states in order to get what he wanted. the two men who founded google, larry page and sergey brin, are stepping aside from running its parent company. the tech billionaire elon musk claims in court that he did not literally call a british
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cave diver a paedophile. and the winner is — all of them. the four artists shortlisted for the turner prize declare themselves a collective, and the prestigious prize
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