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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm tim willcox. hong kong publishes details of its new security law, among them, the right of police to search homes without a warrant. parts of the us report record hospitalisations from covid—19, sparking fears of bed shortages in some centres. jeffrey epstein‘s ex—girlfriend ghislaine maxwell is moved to a jail in new york to face charges she recruited girls for him to abuse.
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and tributes to the great ennio morricone, one of hollywood's most iconic film score composers, after his death at the age of 91. hello and welcome, if you're watching in the uk or around the world. and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. i'm tim willcox. hong kong has released details of the sweeping security law imposed on the territory by beijing. and for many, it's more draconian than feared. the law allows security forces to search private properties or detain suspects without a warrant, and they can order internet providers to remove any information which they claim harms national security. the law was passed behind closed doors in beijing, without approval in hong kong's partially—elected legislature.
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danny vincent reports, from hong kong. protesters gathered in malls across the city, armed with blank pieces of paper. for demonstrators, it's no longer clear what's legal to write in hong kong. it's no longer clear what's legal to say. according to newly—released details of the national security law, police can now search homes without warrants. libraries and schools have been told to remove political books from their shelves. joshua wong was once the face of the hong kong protest movement. he's on bail for legal assembly. it's still not time to surrender. at least we're still here, and we'll stand and fight. your book could potentially be banned here in hong kong. self—censorship is a thing that happened in the previous state. but direct censorship, like what happened in china, is the things we never imagined in the past. my book, published five years
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ago — or even seven years ago when i was still in high school — now seems to be banned in the public library of hong kong. but we still need to continue. pro—democracy campaigners say that hong kong has changed almost overnight. high—profile activists likejoshua wong and agnes chow say they could soon be targets of this new national security law. the effect has been chilling. protesters fear that even this silent demonstration could be classed as subversion and lead to life imprisonment. pro—democracy books like joshua wong's have now been removed from public libraries. so for me, the most important thing is not to give up, is not to surrender, and not to give up our belief in protecting our hometown. outside the uk consulate, a small group of pro—beijing demonstrators gathered, angered at the british government's pledge to offer a path to citizenship to millions of hong kong residents.
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and in london, the ambassador to the uk was firm. hong kong affairs and china's internal affairs invoke no external interference. one important task of the national security law for hong kong as they are is to prevent, suppress, and punish collusion with a foreign country, or with external elements to endanger national security. hong kong is now caught in the middle of a war of words. critics fear the former british colony is becoming just another chinese city — void of the political freedoms it was promised. danny vincent, bbc news, hong kong. victoria hui — an associate professor at the university of notre dame in indiana, who has written extensively about the protest movement in hong kong — told me how draconian the new laws are.
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the actual national security law itself was already so much more draconian than the little bits and pieces that we have learned, but this one is really awful. so you already mentioned the news story that the police can come and search your house and private property without any warrants. but more than that, the uk government offering annual passport holders a pathway to citizen ship, the government now insists that these people are also subject to exit. moreover, private properties of the people who are suspected and the companies that provide services, if they do not remove any contents deemed as endangering national
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then they themselves are subject to six months' imprisonment. let's just unpick some of that. let's look at the freezing of assets, because this can affect foreign companies and workers, and also chinese nationals. what impact will that have on people working out of hong kong? will there be capital flight, or have people already started to leave? i would say that this is the one area where beijing's plan is backfiring. or president xi wanted to close off hong kong to the rest of the world. beijing wants to kill the freedoms of hong kong, and this particular move, if these international businesses do not co—operate with beijing, they are not even allowed to pledge support for the law but they are forced to provide information, or they themselves are subject to a criminality ban, then this
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will be a huge problem for all international citizens there. on the passport issue which britain has offered, this has clearly angered beijing. how could that develop, do you think? when people travel with the passport, they may be subject to now, but most hong kong people if they have that passport, they also have the hong kong special administrative region passport, so most would be smart to use that to leave hong kong. it is draconian in the sense that it is a very important symbolic move that we — not only will they silence you, but they will not even let you have a freedom of travel. with all these measures taken together, it is essentially isolating hong kong from its international connections. look at hsbc bank, what will they do now that they already have support for the law? what if they are asked to freeze assets of people or have their bank accounts frozen and confiscated ?
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would they comply? a few of the latest covid hotspots, with in the united states, texas, florida, and arizona are just a few of the latest covid hotspots, with infection numbers and hospitalisation soaring. and now that the country has just gone through thejuly fourth holiday weekend, there are concerns that many more cases could be on the horizon. from new york, laura trevelyan reports. americans celebrated independence day this weekend, as coronavirus infections went up in more than 30 states. on this lake in minnesota, there wasn't much social distancing going on, nor at this holiday gathering in colorado. in arizona, where people have been protesting against the restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of the virus, there are now more than 100,000 coronavirus cases. in the most populated states in the us, flordia, california and texas, cases are surging — with fears that hospitals could be overwhelmed. right now, the virus has the upper hand throughout much
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of america, most of america. we can regain the upper hand if we work together. but donald trump, who celebrated july the 4th in washington, insists the increase in cases is not about the virus spiralling out of control — it's because ramped—up testing is uncovering more infections. now we have tested almost 40 million people. by so doing, we show cases, 99% of which are totally harmless. as infectious disease experts poured scorn on that claim, trump's allies found themselves, not for the first time, explaining what their boss really meant. i don't think it was the president's intent to downplay that as much as saying, "let's look at the risk, and let's look at this in an appropriate way — based on facts and figures." new york was once the epicentre of the outbreak in the us. yet today, manhattan entered stage three of reopening. the number of cases has
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dropped dramatically. crowds gathering on beaches at the weekend prompted the governor to warn people not to get complacent. andrew cuomo had this message for mr trump. just wear the mask. i've been asking him to do it for weeks. just wear the mask. donald trump hasn't done so in public yet. on the defensive, his advisers point out that fewer people are dying from the virus in the us now — but as hospitalizations increase, that could change. mr trump, meanwhile, is planning a campaign rally in new hampshire for saturday — even as cases spike across america's sunbelt. laura trevelyan, bbc news, new york. brazilian president jair bolsonaro says he's undergone another test for the coronavirus, after local media reported he had symptoms associated with covid—i9. he told supporters outside the presidential palace
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that he had just visited the hospital and been tested for the virus, adding that an exam had shown his lungs were as he put it "clean." interesting to him see wearing a face mask. the world health organization has criticised the president for not taking the pandemic seriously enough, especially at the start of the crisis. seriously enough, especially last month, a federal judge ordered him to wear a protective mask when he is in any public space. he's also said his youth, when he was an athlete, has protected him from the virus. brazil is the epicentre of the pandemic in latin america, with more than 1.6 million infections. sao paulo is the worst affected area, but even as the crisis worsens — the city is getting back to business. hair salons and restaurants have reopened. here's our south america correspondent katy watson in sao paulo. well, i went for a walk
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in my neighbourhood which, for the last three months, has been absolutely dead. lots of restaurants that catered to businesses have been shut, beauty salons, as well. for the first time in months, you can see the reopening, you can see alcohol gel on the side, arrows on the ground for where people need to walk when they go and pick up their food. it's a realfeeling of life. but there are real concerns about this reopening because, even as we have the numbers in this evening, 620 more deaths and more than 20,000 new cases. and mondays are usually a very quiet day because of the weekend, the numbers are much suppressed than we would see later in the week. but the country is still in the middle of the crisis and we are seeing cities reopen. it happened in rio a few days ago, as well, so they were first.
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how is the country coping, and what is the demographic of the deaths? is it still the elderly with pre—existing conditions? or is it wider and broader than that? here in sao paulo, the reopening is based on phases. across the states, they look at municipalities and towns and they give that area a certain colour. they have to go through the phases to go through the full reopening. here in sao paulo, it is in the middle phase, meaning shops and beauty salons can reopen. but they look at the occupancy of intensive care beds and the death toll, certain measures. and if they are too high, then it goes back a step. some parts of brazil, we've seen them reopen and have to close back again, that has happened in some parts of brazil. i think it is a really mixed picture. some people are very pleased about that, the desperation of people wanting to return to normality.
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but the issue of course is, especially in poorer neighbourhoods where you can't socially distant or sanitation is much harder to get, those are the concerns, people who are unable to shelter and isolate efficiently. that's the concern, of course, that the virus will spread because of that. the british socialite ghislaine maxwell, an associate and ex—girlfriend of the disgraced financier jeffrey epstein, has been moved to a prison in new york from new hampshire where she was arrested. maxwell is facing six charges — among them, recruiting and grooming girls for mr epstein. she has previously denied any involvement in or knowledge of epstein‘s sexual crimes. the bbc‘s nada tawfik reports from new york.
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on monday morning. and what's interesting is, even though her trial is taking place in manhattan, she is being held in the brooklyn metropolitan detention centre. so she won't be held at the same prison where jeffrey epstein be held at the same prison wherejeffrey epstein took his own life in his prison cell. now the prosecutors in her defence lawyer have requested a bail hearing for this friday — that's still not confirmed, the judge has to set that in the calendar. but we already know that prosecutors will argue that prosecutors will argue that killing of maxwell is a flight that killing of maxwell is a flight risk. they say she has three international passports, she's wealthy, with one account having $20 million in it —— ghislaine maxwell. she has every reason to flee because of the criminal charges against her. she's facing up to 35 yea rs her. she's facing up to 35 years in prison will stop so that will certainly be the main points to be discussed at the
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hearing on friday. i think many people will also be keeping an eye on what the defence strategy is going for. it will ghislaine maxwell want to co—operate with federal prosecutors? they are looking for anyone conspiring with jeffrey epstein, and while victims have described maxwell as the chief enabler, she certainly may know who else was involved. so the big question is whether she plans to co—operate with investigators oi’ co—operate with investigators or what strategy she will take moving forward. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: remembering the man known as maestro. we'll talk to the screen composer nathan barr about the legacy of ennio morricone. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda
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was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup. they've pipped the favour of south africa by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated. celebration parties were cancelled. a man entered the palace to the downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom, then he asked her for us a cigarette and, on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, summoned a footman on duty who took the man away. screaming. one child. one teacher. one book, and one pen can change the world. education is the only solution. this is bbc news, our main story this hour...
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police in hong kong will be able to search homes without a warrant under china's new security law. this week, singapore becomes only the second country in asia to hold an election during the covid—i9 pandemic. the government, led by the ruling people's action party, has spent big to help singaporeans through the crisis. but as sharanjit leyl reports, it's not clear if they'll have a big victory, especially with campaigns being fought differently this time round. empower your future! this is what singapore's election rallies normally look like for the country's opposition parties.
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