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welcome to bbc news — i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories: the us entrepreneur elon musk is cleared of defaming a british caver by calling him ‘pedo guy‘ on twitter. king salman of saudi arabia expresses his condolences over the killing of three people at a us miltary base by a saudi air force trainee. in the last big debate before next week's uk election, boris johnson and jeremy corbyn clash over security, the economy and brexit. and a ‘mega fire‘ burning out of control poses a major threat to sydney — we'll be live with the latest. homeowners living just one hour outside the city have been told to leave immediately.
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a jury in los angeles has found in favour of elon musk in a libel case involving a british cave explorer. the two had engaged in a public argument about how to rescue children trapped in a cave in thailand. in a tweet, mr musk called the cave diver "pedo guy" — a phrase he argued was not meant literally. anyone must ended court on friday for the and now final day of this trial. what has surely been the most intense, not to mention extensive examination ever of a single tweet. how many of you? that tweet, sent in july 2018, came in the midst of the
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miraculous rescue of 12 thai boys and therefore all coach from a flooded cave. —— theirfootball coach. vernon unsworth, average man who live nearby, was instrumental in advising that effort. he one must also travel to the region, with a specially designed mini submarine. —— elon musk. in a tv interview vernon unsworth called it a" pr stu nt", vernon unsworth called it a" pr stunt", calling vernon unsworth called it a" pr stu nt", calling anyone vernon unsworth called it a" pr stunt", calling anyone musk to snap back, using the phrase "pedo guy". he later deleted the tweet but vernon unsworth sued him for defamation, saying he had wrongly been accused of paedophilia. anyone musk was describing court as a billy mably, a man who dropped the nuclear bomb into the light of vernon unsworth. but the jury said the tweet was an insult but not an accusation, a view which could set a precedent when it comes to libel cases involving social media. this verdict sends a signal, and one signal only, you can make any accusation you want to, as vile as
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it may be, as damaging at it may be, as untrue as it may be, and someone can get away with it. the only thing i'm going to say is, the jury got this right, and we don't have any further comment at this time. everyone is welcome. thank you. ultimately vernon unsworth's lawyers we re ultimately vernon unsworth's lawyers were unable to prove that his life had been sufficiently negatively impacted. indeed in the days after the tweet, the defence argued vernon u nsworth the tweet, the defence argued vernon unsworth was the focus of celebration and praise, not suspicion. it means that while it judged tweet may have cost anyone musk millions of dollars in the past, it was not to be the case this time. i accept thejury past, it was not to be the case this time. i accept the jury verdict, ta ke time. i accept the jury verdict, take it on the chin, and move on. saudi arabia's king has described the killings of three people at a us military base — carried out by a saudi citizen — as a "heinous crime." the gunman was a member of the saudi air force,
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visiting the us for training. he injured eight other people before being shot dead by police in pensacola, florida. peter bowes has the latest. another mass shooting, for the second time this week at a us military base. the alarm was raised shortly before 7am when a student pilot opened fire in a classroom at a naval training centre in pensacola. he was confronted by two officers and shot dead. officials say the gunmen was a member of the saudi air force, visiting the us for training. the florida base, which employs more than 20,000 military and civilian personnel, is a major training centre for us students and those from allied nations. saudi arabia's king salman has described the actions of the gunmen ——gunman as a "heinous crime." he said his country would help the us with the investigation. king salman of saudi arabia just
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called to express his sincerest condolences and give his sympathies to the family and friends of the warriors killed and wounded in the attack that took place just recently, just this morning, in pensacola florida. the king said that the saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape orform represents the feelings of the saudi people, who love the american people so much. the involvement of a saudi national has raised questions about the gunman‘s motive. investigators are looking into whether the shooting was terror related. the government of saudi arabia needs to make things better for these victims. and i think that they will owe a debt here, given that this was one of their individuals. the florida naval base has a long history of training pilots from overseas. we have an international training service. students from several different countries that come here and learn aviation, to become naval aviators. it is something that we
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have done for a while. the investigation into the shooting has been taken over by the fbi. earlier this week, in a separate incident, and american sailors killed two civilians at a naval shipyard in hawaii. let's get some of the day's other news. at least six people have been killed after gunmen ambushed a bus in north—eastern kenya. the somali islamist militant group al—shabaab says it carried out the attack. witnesses told the bbc that several armed fighters attacked the bus in wajir district as it was heading for the ethiopian border. a huge strike by public sector workers has caused widespread disruption across france for the second day running. unions say they'll continue the action over the weekend unless the government drops its plans for pension reform. the french prime minister, edouard philippe, defended the changes and said the current system could not last.
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a teenager has pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a boy who was thrown from the tenth floor of london's tate modern gallery. eighteen—year—old jonty bravery admitted to the offence, which took place in august this year. the six—year—old survived, but suffered life—changing injuries. r kelly has been charged with bribing a us government official in order to get a fraudulent identification document to marry an underage girl “119911. the girl, named only as jane doe in the documents, has widely been identified by us media as the late singer aaliyah. they got married when she was 15 and r kelly was 27. he denies wrongdoing. gunmen in baghdad have opened fire on anti—government protesters and bystanders, killing at least 1a people — four of them policemen. dozens of people have been wounded. iraq has seen weeks of demonstrations, fuelled by anger at corruption, and interference
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by neighbouring iran. gareth barlow reports. gunfire. gunfire cracks through the air and this footage is important ——reportedly showing the moment the gunmen attacked. protesters, police and bystanders killed in the shooting. armed men in pick—up trucks fired volleys into a building that has been a centre point of the protests. the attack is the latest incident in months of violence, that has claimed over 400 lives and left more than 17,000 injured. demonstrations had been largely peaceful on friday, as thousands continue to demand the government is dissolved. 0rdinary iraqis angered by high unemployment, dire public services and endemic corruption. translation: we say to the government, leave and disband before it is too late. the people are here to stay and they will continue their revolution. they will not leave until they get rid of this corrupt
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group of politicians. translation: these politicians were not fair to the iraqi people. we want the will of the people to be heard through peaceful protest so our legitimate rights can be met. the us has imposed sanctions on several iranian—backed iraqi paramilitary leaders linked to the violence, warning tehran not to meddle in its neighbour's politics. iraq's prime minister has resigned and the country's top shia muslim cleric has condemned the government's response. but none of that has quelled the demands of those on the streets. for a whole new political system to bring change to a country beset by problems. the leading candidates in the uk's upcoming general election have gone head—to—head in a televised bbc debate. borisjohnson and jeremy corbyn have been making their final pitches to voters, ahead of next thursday's general election. their policies on brexit
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and the national health service have been a focus throughout the campaign — as have issues of trust and character. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg watched the exchanges. whose night would it be? the contender, with the crowd, or the man who called this election, who wants to keep his job? both were arriving for 60 minutes that could make or break a bid to win. the audience, not the rivals, in charge. fanfare. starting with a blast against both of them from their former party leaders. is sirjohn major's recent intervention worrying to you, mrjohnson? and is mr blair's recent intervention worrying to you, mr corbyn? or are theyjust a couple of old has—beens? unlike mr major, i lead a party now that is totally united. all 630—plus conservative candidates at this election actually back my deal...
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totally united because you got rid of anybody who did not agree with you. no, we have a very, very broad spectrum of views in our party. i urge them to think for a moment — think for a moment — at the reality of what nine years of austerity has done to the people of this country. then, of course, brexit — the question of our times. can you guarantee that it will happen next year? we will, within three months, negotiate a leave agreement with the european union that will protect trade and jobs and the peace process in northern ireland. and put that alongside remain in a referendum within six months, and that will be the end of the matter. everybody on the labour front bench is campaigning to remain, apart from mr corbyn who is neutral on the matter, who is going to secure this deal? how can you get a deal from brussels for brexit if you don't actually believe in it? that is the mystery. what he will do is walk out of a relationship with the eu into a relationship with nobody and that is where the chaos will come.
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what is your answer to that, boris johnson? i'm afraid that shows a slight ignorance of the reality. and what of labour claims that the tory‘s brexit deal would hurt northern ireland? i do find it slightly curious, to say the least, nick, to be lectured about the union between great britain and northern ireland by a man who all his life, political life, has campaigned to break up that union and actually supported for four decades the ira in their campaign, violently, to destroy it. applause. what i have done is always wanted to see a peace process in northern ireland, and that is exactly what we have got and thank you to the labour government that negotiated it... applause. and then one of the biggest questions this time — who and what to believe? what punishment do you think is appropriate for elected politicians who lie
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during political campaigns? they should be made to go on their knees, down, through the chamber of the house of commons, scourging themselves with copies of their offending documents which claim to prove one thing and actually prove something quite different. jeremy corbyn? when people paint slogans on the side of a bus that are totally unsustainable, perhaps it is time that we did have an independent monitoring of what goes on. applause. brief response, mr johnson? actually if you look at the numbers that we put on the side of the bus, look at the gross figure we paid to the eu, the number is going up. after a torrid campaign, no huge rup, even handshakes at the end, but the hard—won results next week will be your decision, not a gentleman's agreement. and laura's been giving us the reaction to the debate and what it could mean for next week's vote. tonight we basically saw the two main rivals on their best behaviour, really. neither of them were going at it hammer and tongs, neither wanted to give themselves the risk of crashing and burning. and in a way i think they were trying to
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appeal to their core voters, those people who have already made up their minds. and therefore we should maybe not be surprised that it did not feel like there was a big game changing moment where either boris johnson dropped the ball orjeremy corbyn managed to land a new goal at the back of the neck. ——back of the net. and if we think of the broad context of this campaign with only six days to go, broadly speaking, look at the polls with a big pinch of salt, the tories are consistently ahead. the difference is in by how much. labour are consistently trailing them. therefore tonight it was borisjohnson‘s side who are deeply nervous that something terrible may go wrong. it did not really, nothing that would change their standing in the polls. and forjeremy corbyn this was one of his last chances to really cause an upset or really start narrowing the gap, and i don't think for labour we saw a sign tonight of anything that could really spark up their side. but i think their core voters, people who
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are die—hard red or blue would have watched their man and felt reassured of the decision they have already made. but they are not really in charge, it is the floating voters and are unsure of which way to go. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg there. and with the uk's general election just a few days away, we've lots of information online, including this simple guide. visit and have a look. you can also downlaod the bbc news app. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: how a young boy being adopted in america brought his whole kindergarten class to the ceremony with him. john lennon was shot at the entrance of the dakota building in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil and the flowers have been piling up.
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the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former prime minister of the philippines, has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion, estimated at £120 million. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. the statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: elon musk is cleared by a jury in a defamation case involving a tweet about a british caver.
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king salman of saudi arabia has expressed his condolences over the killing of three people at a us military base by a saudi airforce trainee. a mega fire raging to the north of sydney is so bad, officials in australia are warning it can't be extinguished — at least for now. residents are being told they should leave immediately if they aren't able to defend their property from the approaching flames. four major areas along the coast of new south wales are being affected. two fires are threatening homes near sydney, and others are burning towards major population centres in the south and central areas. abc correspondent antonette collins is at the oaks, a town on sydney's south—western outskirts. she gave us this update. well, look, here, it's been a hive of activity with trucks and water—bombers flowing past and in and out all morning and overnight as crews
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try to take advantage of better conditions overnight and this morning, so they are really focusing on those back—burning efforts. it is not about extinguishing the fire, if you like, it is about managing the fire and controlling it so that it burns in on itself or to establish blacked—out areas so it doesn't encroach on homes as we progress into the afternoon and into this evening. conditions here are going to reach around 3a degrees today, later this afternoon, and those winds are expected to pick up. this is one of the two major fires currently burning out of control around sydney. the other, as you mentioned, is to sydney's north—west. —— the other, as you mentioned, is to sydney's north, where three major fires have effectively combined into a mega fire. the threat there is the impact, if the winds come through, projects that fire into the east, to the coast there, where there are a significant amount of properties, so crews this morning have been focusing their efforts on trying to get on top of things
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as much as possible before conditions worsen later today. and how much can fire crews and the authorities do to stop the progress of these fires, especially in light of what you are saying about it moving towards more populated areas, and, indeed, toward sydney? that's right, i mean, that is the concern for the crews here. there have been some ember attacks and spotting from this particular fire, 5km ahead to the nearby town of camden, which is a major population centre, so they have been working to the north, to the east, to the west, and to the south, to really try to stop that fire spreading across those containment lines. that is pretty much all they can do. they are using water—bombers but they really have to attack the fire with fire in a bid to really try to limit the damage that it can cause. but, of course, depending on how those winds flow, this area in particular, there is a lot of gullies so the nature of the wind movement is very unpredictable and because of that changing wind,
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that actually causes more problems for firefighters as they have to battle on different fronts and as that fire spreads, so that is the major issue here, we have seen a lot of volunteer crews coming in from different local areas around the state and sydney, and of course there is even international crews arriving here today from canada, we have had help from new zealand and the us as well, so a lot of those crews are coming in to relieve some of the effort. these fires have been burning now for several weeks and it's a volunteer fire service, so fire crews are struggling. absolutely. i suppose many people at home are wondering, of course fires are common this time of year in australia, but why are these ones particularly bad this year? well, look, fires do happen here — that is a fact — but the main cause of these particular fires is that there is a drought on in new south wales that has been going on now for about 18 months,
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so the fuel is incredibly dry. the air is dry, there is very little humidity in the air, and so that is really making these fires burn more ferociously than they would otherwise. and of course, as they are impacting along the eastern coast of the state, that is where a lot of the dense foliage is, so that's what's causing these fires to be more horrific than usual. that's antoinette collins from abc australia speaking to me there. tens of thousands of people have turned out in madrid for a march demanding action against climate change. the environmental activist greta thunberg was among those taking part in a un conference along with other young leaders of the climate strike movement. thunberg says world leaders aren't grasping the urgency of the climate crisis and she's calling for concrete action. gavin lee reports. all chant: extension! rebellion! the streets of the spanish
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capital tonight taken over by tens of thousands of protesters who have travelled from all over the globe to be heard on the doorstep of the un's climate change conference. songs and signs in every language make the same point — unless world leaders come together to cut greenhouse emissions, these demonstrations will grow louder. they need to be ambitious. they have been too much ambitious about economy and we need now that they will take decisions to be ambitious about the environment, about justice, and fairness. i think it is important that the children are also here with us, because we are talking about their future. ten years ago, there were not so many people, and at the end, i think that will work. i am optimistic about the future, yes. the hope is not within the walls of the cop25. the hope is out here with you. arriving in madrid by overnight train from portugal, the poster girl of the climate movement, greta thunberg, is escorted by police to get
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through the press and paparazzi. vamos! her arrival followed a 3—week sea voyage, sailing by yacht across the atlantic. there are 29,000 delegates at this climate summit but only one receiving this much attention. it is something incredible to witness the phenomenon of greta thunberg who, in the space of a year, has gone from solo protests outside the swedish parliament to galvanising millions of people in the fight against climate change. greta, a quick question... i asked greta what she thought had been achieved in 12 months of skipping school and protests. we have been striking now for over a year, and still, basically nothing has happened. the climate crisis is still being ignored by those in power. as these protests continue into the night ahead of another week of summit talks, it's clear that world leaders are registering this message has never been so vocal. but few here believe there will be a sudden or significant breakthrough. gavin lee, bbc news, madrid.
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a 5—year—old boy in the us state of michigan was so excited to be getting adopted, he invited his whole kindergarten class to watch when it happened. the boy, known as michael, formallyjoined his new family at kent county court on thursday with his classmates looking on, waving paper hearts. james starks is the morning news anchor for the local abc affiliate 13 on your side. this was actually the 23rd adoption day in kent county, but the very first time that the judge had something like this happen, with 20 or so different kindergartners showing up to show support for a classmate. there was not a dry eye in that courtroom between myself, my camera guy also with me, and of course the family and friends of michael. and when the judge allowed the classmates of michael to give their own words of encouragement to michael, a lot of them said, "that's michael. that's my best friend. ilove him."
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everyone of them expressed their support for michael. and again, when i interviewed michael after the fact, there was a moment where he stole my microphone and yelled "i love my daddy! i love my daddy!" it isa it is a moment that has taken over and has actually reached across the internet now. 0ur digitalfolks told me about 10am this morning, it had over 1.5 million views. i know on my page it has been shared over 2,000 times, with about 200,000 views. at this point, i have stopped looking at twitter to kind of check those analytics out. it's a story that we all need to see. i'm glad it's something that i could help get out there and help bring some positive news to the world. it is always nice to end on a positive. don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcmaryam. also plenty more news on our website, as always. thank you so
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much for your company. see you again inafew much for your company. see you again in a few minutes' time. i buy. —— bye— bye. hello there. it does look like this weekend is going to be a fairly unsettled one, particularly for the second half of the week and, as low pressure takes over, bringing strong winds, gale force winds for many of us, and also showers or long spells of rain — some of which will be heavy in places. i have to stress that weekend doesn't start off on such a bad note, thanks to this ridge of high pressure, winds will be lighter for a while. but we look to the west, this area of low pressure will arrive late in the day, especially across northern and western areas. for much of england and wales, it should be a dry start with some sunny spells around. the further north and west that you are, the clouds will increase through the day, as will be the clouds will increase through the day, as will the south—westerly wind and the rain will begin to pepper, especially across scotland. heavier in western areas.
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temperatures are not bad for this time of year. highs of around 10 or 11 degrees. saturday evening and saturday night, more wet and windy weather sweeps across the country. some heavy rain in places, followed by blustery showers across northern and western areas. because of the strength of the wind and also the rain and showers, temperatures should not really fall below six or seven. sunday, this is the pressure chart. you can see how many isobars there are on the charts. it will be a windy day. a real squeeze in the isobars arriving across ireland later on. more on that in a moment. sunday, it is a bright day, sunny spells around, especially across eastern areas, lots of showers in the north and west, some of them heavy and thundery. merging together to produce longer spells of rain in places. some wintriness over higher ground, temperatures in single figures in the north, 10—13 further south. late on sunday, we will see this area of low pressure, which has been named by the irish meteorological service as storm atiyah, is going to bring a swathe of severe gales across the republic of ireland and into northern ireland, wales and the south—west, gusts of 70 miles an hour or more in exposure, but very
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windy spell right across the country. this could cause some disruption. stay tuned to bbc local radio and subsequent weather forecasts. very windy on the start of monday as the storm clears off into the near continent. you will notice another ridge of high pressure trying to build in behind it from the west as the day wears on. it will be a windy day starting monday. quite a bit of sunshine around. very windy down the east coast, with further showers through the day. as that wind begins to topple, winds should start to ease and we will see increasing amounts of sunshine. a fairly cool day in the north, just about making double figures in the south. a brief settled spell, because the next spell of wet and windy weather moves in for the tuesday, followed by blustery showers and sunny spells on wednesday. so the weather really is very up and down.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: the co—founder of tesla, elon musk, has been cleared of defaming a british cave explorer who he'd described as a "pedo guy". a jury in los angeles rejected a bid for $190 million in damages by vernon unsworth — who helped rescue 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in thailand last year. saudi arabia's king has described the killings of three people at a us military base — carried out by a saudi gunman — as a "heinous crime". in a statement, king salman said his country was helping the investigation into the attack in the state of florida. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, and the opposition labour leader, jeremy corbyn, have taken part in the final televised debate of the general election campaign. there is less than a week to go before the uk goes to the polls. in ten minutes, newswatch —


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