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welcome to bbc news — i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories: prince harry speaks publicly for the first time since the announcement he and meghan will start a new life in canada without their royal titles. the decision that i have made for my wife and i to step back is not one i make lightly. it was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges. lebanon's capital is hit by some of the worst violence since demonstrations against the ruling elite began in october. world leaders strike a deal to try and bring peace ot libya — after nearly a decade of conflict.
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and — the first tennis major of the year gets underway — despite the problems caused by the australian bushfires. prince harry says it has brought him great sadness that he is leaving his royal duties after he agreed a deal with the queen that allowed him and his wife meghan to stop their official roles. speaking for the first time since news emerged of his desire to quitthe duke of sussex said the couple felt they had no other option but to leave the royal family behind. he expressed his wish to have a ‘more peaceful‘ life as a family, but said the uk would always be his home. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. they had hoped, they said in their personal statement of 8 january, to find a progressive new role within the royal family, in which,
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while stepping back, they could have continued to serve. that hasn't worked out. buckingham palace has taken a hard line. their royal role has been all but removed and harry is clearly disappointed. at a private dinner in london for sentebale, his hiv charity in southern africa, he said he wanted his audience to hear the truth. he recalled the aftermath of his and meghan‘s wedding. once meghan and i were married, we were excited, we were hopeful and we were here to serve. for those reasons, it brings me great sadness that it has come to this. he said the decision for him and his wife to step back is not one he'd made lightly. what i want to make clear is we are not walking away and we certainly aren't walking away from you. our hope was to continue serving the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations, but without public funding. unfortunately, that wasn't possible. and he said he would continue to serve his country.
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i will always have the utmost respect for my grandmother, my commander—in—chief, and i'm incredibly grateful to her and the rest of my family for the support they have shown meghan and i over the last few months. i will continue to be the same man who holds his country dear and dedicates his life to supporting the causes, charities and military communities that are so important to me. all of which establishes beyond doubt that this process of stepping away from royal life and royal duty has already fallen short of harry's hopes. he has taken responsibility for choosing this new path and he says he has accepted the conditions which have been imposed by the queen and her advisers. nicholas witchell, bbc news. the duke and duchess of sussex's official royal duties protestors in lebanon have taken to the streets near the central parliament building in beirut, after a day of clashes with police that left nearly 400 people injured. the caretaker prime minister
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saad hariri has called on those involved in forming a government to ‘stop wasting time‘ so that an economic solution can be found. our correspondent carine torbey has more. next to parliament in beirut, barricades have not protected riot police from the stones and fireworks thrown at them by protesters. the police used water cannon, tear gas and even rubber bullets. many protesters were injured and dozens taken to hospital. but this did not seem to deter them. three months of mostly peaceful protests over the economic situation and against corruption seem to have reached a tipping point. translation: we're back on the streets today. i was here yesterday. i came back today. and i‘ll be on the streets every day. this is all for the future of our children, for us and for our children. the country is, as you can see,
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frozen, the situation is not normal. the state is not doing anything. they are a bunch of thieves. anger has risen amid prolonged political squabbles, delaying the formation of a government following the resignation of the former prime ministersaad hariri under the pressure of the street, late october. in the meantime, the country seems to be sliding into economic collapse amid a de facto devaluation of the local currency and warnings of his sovereign default. economic insecurity, banking restrictions and threatened livelihoods are causing desperation and the growing rage. carine torbey, bbc, beirut. for more on the situation in lebanon, i‘m joined byjoyce karam, the washington correspondent for the national — a newspaper based in the united arab emirates. she was previously based in lebanon. what do you make of what‘s happened today and over the past three months? it's been a weekend of escalation and chaos in beirut,
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lebanon. the numbers coming from the red cross and civil defence, the latest numbers we have, it‘s over 500 wounded. some were treated on the spot, others according to reports were getting from beirut, emergency rooms, american university, beirut hospital and other hospitals, emergency rooms are full tonight. so this is unprecedented escalation that turned to violence since the protests started in mid— october as your correspondent mentioned, high economic and security. there is increasing polarisation and a wide gap, protests in the street, and an
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elite that has failed so far to get its act together and form a government. and yet the scenes that we‘ve seen on the street, the level of anger amongst so much of the population has done little to make the government try and move on from what has fundamentally been a huge political stalemate. indeed, i mean what we are seeing in beirut is a race to the bottom politically and economically. the political elite has failed to agree on a government since the resignation of hariri on october 29. the economy is very much in freefall. the lebanese currency has depreciated almost a0%. there is a cap on withdrawing dollars or sending dollars out of the country and, you know, people, my own family, people i speak to daily on
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the ground, they are stocking food, they are stocking gas, they are stacking cash, they are preparing for the worst and you know, this is a country, these are people who have gone through three decades of civil war so gone through three decades of civil warso ina gone through three decades of civil war so in a way, they are very resilient but what they are seeing now is very alarming. and joyce, briefly, what role does the international community having all this? when it comes to france in the united states, i think they are very much preparing for humanitarian aid at the moment, just in case we see bankrupt city of the state any time soon, if the state fails to pay salaries and services to its people. the government in lebanon, the elite would very much like to receive a
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bailout but that‘s not going to happen unless certain reforms are taken when we talk about the infrastructure of this state, when we talk about the ports, when we talk about smuggling. so the united states in particular has made it clear to those in lebanon on that evenif clear to those in lebanon on that even if the collapse takes place say in early spring, there will be no free bailout without these reforms being taken. it's so good to talk to you, thank you very much indeed. let‘s get some of the day‘s other news. air accident investigators from canada say there are still no firm plans on how information from the black box recorder from the downed ukrainian airliner will be retrieved. canadian investigators will travel to ukraine for talks, and the chief iranian investigator could also visit kyiv this week. seven staff have been sacked following a mass prison break
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out in paraguay. seventy five prisoners escaped by digging a tunnel out although the justice minister has insisted some guards must have helped the escape. the escapees are mainly members of a notorius brazilian drug gang — brazil are sending police reinforcements to it‘s border to try and recapture them hundreds of canadian troops are being sent to newfoundland to help recovery efforts following a record—breaking snowstorm. 200 troops are expected to be on the ground by the end of sunday with an additional hundred in place on monday. a blizzard on friday dumped more than 75 centimetres of snow on newfoundland‘s capital, stjohn‘s. a deal‘s been struck between world leaders in berlin — now! ! to try to bring peace to libya after 9 years of conflict. they‘ve pledged not to interfere in the country — and to uphold a un arms embargo.
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libya has been torn apart by fighting and instability since colonel gadaffi was killed in 2011. last year the conflict intensified between militias loyal to (ani) the un—backed government of prime minister fayez al sarraj, and those fighting for general khalifa haftar. a truce was announced this month, but it‘s been repeatedly broken. both men were in berlin today for the talks, but didn‘t sit in the same room. our correspondent jenny hill reports. volatile, complex. libya‘s at war with itself. two factions backed by foreign powers, as they wrestle for control of this oil—rich land. today, world leaders arrived in berlin to seek a solution. many of the countries represented at the table have sent troops, weapons, money to both sides, despite a un weapons embargo. today, they agreed to stop. translation: i am under no illusion that we have a difficult road ahead of us.
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and in libya at the moment, emotions are running high. but we agreed that in light of all the suffering that is happening and in light of the terrible situation, that it is worth it. outside the meeting, supporters of both libya‘s internationally recognised prime minister and his warlord rival. no truce today, but delegates hope an end to foreign interference might be a first step. they‘re fuelled by fear. that they can no longer rely on libyan oil supplies, that the instability will inflame islamist terror in the region and, for europe‘s governments, that more and more people will seek refuge in their countries. libya, known as a gateway to europe, already hosts hundreds of thousands of migrants. until now, we had an escalation of the libyan conflict with some foreign interference. now we were facing the risk
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of a true regional escalation. and that risk was averted in berlin. for libya, some respite. a ceasefire has held for several days now. the so—called berlin process doesn‘t guarantee it, nor does it mean the removal of existing foreign troops and weapons, and it‘s unclear how or even whether the agreement will be monitored or enforced. but in it, some see the beginning, perhaps, of a long and difficult road to peace. the prime minister — borisjohnson has said he will raise the driving habits of us military personnel with the secretary of state, mike pompeo, after video footage emerged of another incident of a car being driven on the wrong side of the road, near the army base where harry dunn died. police also revealed details of a third incident — in which a police vehicle was struck by a car being driven on the wrong side of the road in october. certainly raising all those issues about driving habits of us personnel
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at the base and we are continuing to work for the justice for harry dunton for his family. stay with us on bbc news — still to come: a crucial test for elon musk‘s spacex crew capsule appears to go to plan. donald trump is now the 45th president of the united states. he was sworn in before several hundred thousand people on the steps of capitol hill in washington. it's going to be only america first. america first. demonstrators waiting for mike gatting and his rebel cricket team were attacked with tear gas and set up on by police dogs.
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anti—apartheid campaigners say they will carry on the protests throughout the tour. they called him ‘the butcher of lyon‘. klaus altmann is being held on a fraud charge in bolivia. the west germans want to extradite him for crimes committed in wartime france. there, he was the gestapo chief klaus barbie. millions came to bathe as close as possible to this spot. a tide of humanity that is believed by officials to have broken all records. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: prince harry says his decision to step back from royal duties and move his family to canada, hasn‘t been taken lightly. hundreds of lebanese protesters have clashed with security forces in the centre of beirut, after three months of anti—establishment demonstrations. a bbc investigation has seen documents that show how africa‘s richest woman made her fortune through exploiting her own country and corruption.
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isabel dos santos is the daughter of the former angolan president, eduardo dos santos. the documents show she got access to lucrative deals involving land, diamonds, oil and telecoms while herfather was in power. isobel dos santos has denied any wrongdoing. richard bilton reports. isabel dos santos is africa‘s richest woman. she lives in london with a glamorous life and famous friends. a leak of more than 700 documents from her business power was obtained by the platform to protect whistleblowers in africa and shared with the international consortium of investigativejournalists. much of isabel dos santos‘ or wealth comes from some very dubious deals. her father is eduardo dos santos, who ruled angola for 38 years.
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and he followed a pattern. with an issue, decree or order, his daughter and her family would get deals. inland, telecoms, even buying and selling angola‘s diamonds. the documents show that as the years went by, the deals kept coming on her fortune grew. i think she got the opportunity to become rich, took the opportunity that her father, by decree, would transfer state assets. take oil. angola has vast reserves. the state oil company, sun and gold, gave isabel dos santos a very good deal on a very valuable asset. she was able to buy a lucrative stake in a portuguese energy company by paying only 15% upfront. the rest turned into a loan from sun and gold. data deal made her three
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quarters of a billion euros. that is absolutely the definition of corruption. she was put in a favoured position because she was the daughter of the president. it got worse. the president later made his daughter head of sun and gold. she says it was a sensible move. i worked for them as a consultant. then after i finished my consultancy work, they invited me and said what i consider a position to become sun and gold‘s chairperson. isabel dos santos‘ lawyers denied a bbc‘s allegations and shows she has been involved in the wrongdoing. they say it is a politically motivated witch—hunt by the angolan government, and the deal with the energy company earned sun and gold money. but her father is no longer president, and angola wants answers. these documents tell the story of where isabel dos santos‘
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fortune really comes from. richard bilton, bbc news. if you‘re in the uk you can watch that programme, panorama: the corrupt billionaire, on bbc one tonight at 8:30. for international viewers it will be broadcast for international viewers it will be broadcast on bbc news next weekend. check your local listings for details. the areas of australia worst hit by bushfires are now at risk of flash flooding and power cuts as a result of rainstorms. in the state of victoria, many fires have been put out by the storms but giant hailstones have also damaged property. john donnison reports. in a year of extreme weather, for australians, it doesn‘tjust rain, it pours. hailstones the size of golf balls in the state of victoria. so intense, they shuttered rooftops. and all this in the middle of summer, as large parts of the country
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continue to burn. in melbourne, battered by high winds, few can remember such a dramatic shift in weather. such a freak storm. i was watching television, i went into the bedroom, and i just looked out the window and the gum tree, which is two stories high, just disappeared. it was a whiteout at this birthday party, abandoned as people huddled for shelter. and this is a cricket pitch. no chance of a resumption in play anytime soon, with more rain and hailforecast in the next 2a hours. but after months of hot temperatures fuelling the devastating fires, this, for many, will be welcome relief. john donnison, bbc news. much of the build up to the first tennis major of the year, the australian open, was around concerns of the playing conditions,
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given those bush fires that have ravaged the country. so has the weather changes helped or given organisers different problems to worry about? john watson is there for us. bring us up to date on how the weather is and how the players are coping with the pollution they were complaining about last week? obviously equality was always going to dominate the lead up to this australian open. tournament organisers will be pleased because, as far as things go on opening day, the weather has been good. that has not been a disruption to the tournament schedule as we saw last week with the qualifying matches which were affected. organisers were fairly resolute in saying it was a lwa ys fairly resolute in saying it was always going to go ahead. they have been monitoring the quality with index readings they have been watching closely. it was really last
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week that we saw problems arise. tuesday and wednesday qualifying was pushed back, delayed and suspended and a number of players angry they we re eve n and a number of players angry they were even allowed to play when you consider the local advice here was for people to stay indoors so astonishing professional players we re astonishing professional players were playing. realfrustrations last week but they will be pleased that, as far as the equality is concerned, the smoke has not returned. the main issueis the smoke has not returned. the main issue is the weather. we could see heavy rain storms. we saw some yesterday. more predicted today. we know the main show cause have rooves. interesting to note, they have been putting up screens around the site and on them you could actually see the air quality reading and it is looking pretty good today. it is dominating the conversation in the lead up. bring us up-to-date on
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the lead up. bring us up-to-date on the sporting aspect. naomi osaka is it successfully flew, the defending champion. she opened things up on rudd labour arena. serena williams to follow. what a lineup in the opening day. she has taken the opening day. she has taken the opening set 6—0. all eyes on serena williams to see if she can win this elusive 24th grand slam title which would put her a head to margaret court. ash party as well, the world number one is in action at rudd labour. —— ash barty. and in the men‘s draw, or was the big three is what we‘re always talking but we wait to see if young players come up to challenge them. nothing —— novak
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djokovic the favourite. to challenge them. nothing —— novak djokovic the favouritelj to challenge them. nothing —— novak djokovic the favourite. i am a big serena williams fan so i will be watching out for that match. the private american aerospace company spacex has been conducting a trial with nasa of its plans to take astronauts to the international space station. it tested the emergency landing system, necessary to qualify the company to fly astronauts to the station. here‘s our science correspondent, jonathan amos. a spacex rocket launch with a difference and something you‘d rather not see. this falcon vehicle is climbing into the sky with the deliberate intention of failing. 80 seconds into the flight and the engines turn off. the rocket blows itself apart in spectacularfashion. but there was purpose. making its escape from the top of the rocket, moments before the fireball, was spacex‘s new astronaut capsule it calls the dragon. it was a demonstration of how
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you save lives in an emergency. for this test, there was no one on board. but had there been, the crew would have floated down to a gentle splashdown in the atlantic ocean. this was billed as the last major milestone for california‘s spacex company, before nasa agrees to certify its hardware to carry astronauts to the international space station. not since 2011 have american crews launched from american soil. this apparently successful test means that long hiatus is about to come to an end. jonathan amos, bbc news. a rare turtle has been rescued off the east sussex coast, by two women who were out swimming. the injured olive ridley turtle, usually found in the warm waters of mexico or the canary islands, was spotted 20 metres off seaford beach. she will be treated at the brighton sea life centre. you can reach me on twitter. i‘m @bbcmaryam
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thank you for your company. do stay with us here on bbc news. hello. for much of england, wales and southern scotland, it‘s a cold and frosty start to monday. also some problems with fog, particularly across wales, north—west england and the midlands. we have already seen some poor visibility in places through the first part of the night. another thing of note is that the pressure reading across parts of wales has exceeded 1050 millibars and is continuing to rise. that‘s the highest it‘s been since 1957. this area of high—pressure is the dominant feature in the week ahead, bringing a lot of dry weather. this frontal system will bring some outbreaks of rain into northern scotland later on monday. but we start monday, for many, cold, frosty, temperatures as low as —6 or —7 across parts of southern england. close to freezing for northern england, southern scotland and northern ireland. eight or nine for the far north of scotland.
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and for scotland and northern ireland, monday is a cloudy, breezy day. some of that cloud extending down into northern england and some of the mist and fog i spoke about could well be slow to clear. but there will be further spells of sunshine across a large sway of england and wales. perhaps not as much as we saw through sunday, through east anglia and south—east england. light winds for many. away from northern and western scotland, those touch gusts could touch 50mph, maybe 55 mph. ten or 11 celsius though for the far north of scotland. 6—9 for most. and close to freezing where any fog is slow to clear. so through monday nightand into tuesday, the cloud thickens across northern and western scotland, with outbreak of rain sliding their way southwards. it runs into an area of high pressure and that rain will tend to fizzle out. clearer skies further south, still with some mist and fog. and again it will be a frosty start to tuesday for much of central, southern england but not as cold as sunday night. so this is how tuesday shapes up — high—pressure still very much in charge. this frontal system trying to slide its way southwards but, as it runs into that area of high—pressure, most of the rain is going
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to tens to fizzle out. most of the rain is going to tend to fizzle out. we will see more cloud arriving into northern england down to the midlands. another cloudy, breezy day across northern ireland and for most on tuesday a much cloudier day, a colder—feeling day as well. for central, southern england, temperatures here not much higher than six or seven celsius. here‘s this area of hig hpressure still with us as we go into wednesday, a longer, drier spell for much of the uk, in the week ahead. it does not necessarily mean sunny weather. a good deal of cloud around on wednesday. underneath the area of high pressure, we‘re feeding in a lot of moisture and we can see some mist and murkiness and poor visibility. best chance of anything brighter will be along some eastern coasts. temperatures around nine or ten degrees celsius. so to sum up the week ahead, a lot of dry weather. some frosty nights, particularly at first. a bit of sunshine but generally a lot of cloud and also further problems with mist and fog. goodbye.
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this is bbc news — the headlines: prince harry has expressed great sadness at his decision to step back from his royal duties — but said he felt there was no other option. in his first public comments on the matter — the duke said the move followed months of talks and years of challenges. violent demonstrations in the lebanese capital — beirut — have ended after security forces used tear gas and rubber bullets against stone—throwing anti—government protesters. unusually heavy rain also helped drive people off the streets near the parliament building. hundreds of demonstrators are reported to have been injured over the weekend. a deal‘s been struck between world leaders in berlin — to try to bring peace to libya after nine years of conflict. they‘ve pledged not to interfere in the country — and to uphold a un arms embargo. libya‘s been torn apart by fighting and instability since 2011.


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