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welcome to bbc news. our top stories. huawei executive mung clear wan—jo is on her way home to china from canada, after a deal was struck to drop the charges against her. it was a disruptive time for me as a mother, a wife and a company executive. we're in the final days of campaigning for sunday's german election. europe's largest economy is gearing up to choose angela merkel�*s successor we have a special report on the ground in texas — as president biden takes responsibility for the treatment of haitian migrants at the southern border. the uk government plans a temporary visa scheme to make it easier for foreign lorry drivers to work in britain as fuel supply problems mount.
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emergency services order more people to leave their homes as volcanic eruptions continue on the spanish island of la palma. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. a legal and diplomatic battle seems to have been resolved. two canadians detained in china on espionage charges for three years i returned to canada. the prime minister made this announcement.— prime minister made this announcement. the aircraft car in: announcement. the aircraft carrying the _ announcement. the aircraft carrying the two _ announcement. the aircraft carrying the two michaels i announcement. the aircraft l carrying the two michaels left chinese airspace and they are on their way home. they boarded at about 730 ottawa time along
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with canada's ambassador to china. it with canada's ambassador to china. . ., , with canada's ambassador to china. , ., , with canada's ambassador to china. , ., china. it comes hours after the us reached _ china. it comes hours after the us reached a _ china. it comes hours after the us reached a deal— china. it comes hours after the us reached a deal to _ china. it comes hours after the us reached a deal to release . us reached a deal to release the huawei executive. she is now on a flight returning to china after being freed by a canadianjudge. she was canadian judge. she was detained canadianjudge. she was detained in canada on a us warrant for extradition on charges of financial impropriety and maintained her innocence. over the past three years, my life has been turned upside down. it was a disruptive time for me as a mother, a wife and a company executive. but i believe every cloud has a silver lining. it really was an invaluable experience in my life. i will never forget all the gracious i received people around the world. i'll be seeing those, the greater the difficulty, the greater the growth. once again, thank you so much.
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in regard to the release of the executive, the chinese have released two canadian citizens who they arrested not long after she was herself arrested at vancouver airport in december of 2018. they are the two michaels. and they have been held, as i say, for almost three years on charges of espionage and other things. now, they are reportedly on their way back. this is something that the canadian
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prime ministerjustin trudeau has told the media in the last few minutes. and this was seen as tit—for—tat hostage diplomacy, if you like, on the part of the chinese seizing these to canadian citizens. he had been unsuccessful getting the release but it appears now that this deal with the us justice department that has seen the police has now paved the way for the release of the canadians as well. this is a three year long story. ultimately instigated by the us with his extradition warrant that they set up to canada. has there been any reaction from washington? not thusfar. but there will be, i think, some considerable relief on the part of the canadians that this is all over. because they had found themselves in a very awkward position, if you like, having to do the united states bidding and not
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particularly relishing that prospect. this is, of course, something that all blew up under the trump administration. he accused the company that she was the chief financial officer of, huawei, of basically undermining american economic interests and stealing western technology and, as a result, the whole thing mushroomed. he, at one point, president trump offered to intervene to get everything sorted out but huawei is still facing charges here of corporate espionage and other things in the united states so this is not something in the broad range has gone away. it certainly, though, has been helped as far as relations between china and the united states are concerned. thank you. this sunday marks the end of a political era in germany, when voters go to the polls to choose a leader to replace
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angela merkel, who's spent 16 years as chancellor. a generation of young germans have known no other leader. one of the big issues of the election campaign has been climate change — with activists holding rallies in cities across the country. 0ur europe editor katya adler has this report. relaxing on a friday evening after 16 years at the helm of the eu's most powerful country, angela merkel is relieved, perhaps, that it's almost all over. the migrant crisis, the euro crisis, four us presidents, five uk prime ministers, 100 eu summits and more during her time in office. hers will be a tough act to follow, at home and on the world stage. many germans say they'll miss the stoic, pragmatic politician nicknamed mummy. merkel is going to be strongly missed, i think so. i will miss merkel very much.
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because? because i am fond of her, yes. i think it will be very hard . for any candidate who comes next or the next chancellor. like, to fulfil this role - because there will always be those comparisons to merkel. and at eu hq in brussels, there'll also be a big merkel—sized hole. 0n the global landscape, i mean it really matters and you know i think merkel was a very, very well respected leader so everybody is looking at who is going to follow in her footsteps. of course, there's the potential for germany to take a dramatic new direction after 16 years of angular angela merkel and that would be felt here and abroad. this is the eu's most influential country.
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but in the end, most germans are stability hungry and so the calls for radical change, while loud, are limited. what we're probably looking at here is change but with a small c. this is the frontrunner to replace angela merkel, a centrist social democrat, currently germany's finance minister, seen as a safe pair of hands. his closest rival is a europhile conservative from angela merkel�*s cdu party. and the green party candidate is tipped to win a powerful position in the next german government. the environment is a big issue in sunday's election, and in crowds like these, you find a fair few merkel critics. no justice... no peace! tens of thousands gathered in front of the german parliament today, demanding change and accusing chancellor merkel of failing to prepare germany for the challenging future ahead. but climate concerns are now for the in—tray of angela merkel�*s successor. this photo went viral this week after she visited a bird
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sanctuary, appearing far more relaxed than usual. the merkel era in german politics is drawing to a close. katya adler, bbc news, berlin. drjackson janes is a senior fellow at the german marshall fund. he's also the president emeritus of the american institute for contemporary german studies atjohns hopkins university. he gave me his take on the race. at the moment, if you pay attention to the polls, her opponent is likely ahead. 0ne opponent is likely ahead. one of the things that you have to remember is popularity of the individual does not necessarily mean that will lead to a coalition government. mean that will lead to a coalition government. that becomes a hard poker game after sunday's collection. what are the mechanics if the vote is close for coalition governments in germany? clearly there is going to be two options for the mechanics. what is going to be a coalition that is either going to be led by the spp and will include the greens and potentially, likely, the free democrats, the liberal
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party. the option is a jamaica or otherwise known as a black, green, yellow correlation between the cdu, the ftp on the greens. you can see in either case the greens are in potentially in either case the spp is in. the question is who will lead the coalition? climate change has been a big issue and this is the first time the greens have had a candidate as chancellor. how significant has the climate change discussion been in the candidates' campaigns? very significant. it is always significant in germany. environmental issues are high up on the agenda but of course they had these terrible floods earlier this year and that has brought home to many voters in the two states that were particularly hard hit how much that really does have concrete implications and so that is going to be a far greater interest i think, at this
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point, this particular election. what you seem as the other main challenges for the new german leader? there is going to be a lot of changes that will be necessary on the domestic platform as well as a foreign policy platform. the domestic issues improve the renovation of the economy, dealing with trade issues, and a host of questions that are at once domestic but also european. in other words, the european union issue is at sta ke. there will be a lot of questions that are remaining unanswered as she resigns. we will be bringing you live results and analysis in our german election news special on sunday. you canjoin us in berlin from 15:30 gmt as germans vote to decide who is going to succeed the outgoing chancellor angela merkel.
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let s get some of the day's other news. president biden has hosted talks at the white house with the leaders of australia, india and japan amid shared concerns about china's rise. they highlighted their quad group's role in safeguarding a stable, democratic indo—pacific, and also discussed covid vaccination programmes and climate change. roman catholic bishops in canada have issued a written apology for the historical abuse of indigenous children in residential schools run by the church. earlier this year, hundreds of unmarked graves were discovered at the sites of institutions which operated from the late 1800s to the 1990s. indigenous groups reacted with outrage and demanded an apology from pope francis. covid rules are being eased in the netherlands on saturday. social distancing is no longer required and nightclubs can reopen for the first time since the start of the pandemic. face coverings remain mandatory on public transport. a corona pass will be required to get into restaurants and entertainment venues.
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he is free to leave the island but must return for a hearing in october. he left catalonia after reading an independence vote in the region. we have this report. released from prison for now. the exiled separatist leader still faces the prospect of extradition to spain. i had some news that something like this could happen but we also knew how it was going to end because the ruling of the european general court is very clear. the thing is that spain does not miss a chance to make a full of themselves. his charges relate to this short lived bid by the northern region of catalonia to split from madrid. he is
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accused of crimes against public order and national security. public order and national security-— public order and national securi . �* ,, �* public order and national securi . ~ ,, ~ , security. translation: there is a eur0pean _ security. translation: there is a european arrest _ security. translation: there is a european arrest warrant - security. translation: there is a european arrest warrant for - a european arrest warrant for which there has been an arrest. we cannot speak of illegality. but his treatment angered pro—separatists outside the sardinian courthouse. he has been arrested as soon as he put his feet on sardinia which is out early on. it is a demonstration of the variety of the state which is violating fundamental international right, the right to self—determination of people. there were protests in barcelona. translation: this is nonsense because of the european court has already determined that he could not be arrested in any country this
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continues to be in the fires of the police throughout europe seems very serious to me. this is an act of revenge by the spanishjustice on all spanish justice on all separatism. spanishjustice on all separatism. this comes at a time when long—awaited talks between the catalan government and the central government had finally got under way. following the spanish prime minister's controversial decision to pardon other pro—independence leaders who had been convicted for their role in the 2017 independence drive. but this incident may now feel feelings of persecution among separatists. undermining the recent efforts to calm tensions in this long—standing territorial crisis. long—standing territorial crisis. stay with us on bbc news, still to come
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a legal and diplomatic battle appears to have been resolved. the huawei executive detained in canada is flying back to china and two canadians detained in beijing are on a plane home. the us has said an investigation into the treatment of haitian migrants will be concluded quickly and made public. hundreds have been deported from a camp in the us mexican border. the special envoy to haiti resigned on thursday, in the deportation is inhumane. the bbc reports now. what remains of the debris is
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being cleared. so where have they all gone? thousands have been bussed to locations close to the border inside the us before they are then sent on elsewhere. but many tell us they don't know if they are being deported or being allowed to claim asylum. what jean—baptiste said he'd crossed 11 countries to get here. what i asked how he'd felt when others he knew had been sent back to haiti. "i can't go back," he told me. "it's too dangerous. "can you imagine living in a country so dangerous "they kill their president?" of course, given these images, the actions of us border patrol agents has been in the spotlight this week. president biden has now responded. of course i take responsibility, i'm president, but it was horrible to see, as you saw. to see people treated like they did — horses nearly running over people being strapped —
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it's outrageous. i promise you those people will pay. the president's come under fire from the left, but also from the right. some have even been coming to the border in support of patrol agents and saying no—one should be allowed in. this is a viral invasion of our nation. we don't know where they're going. if they're drug dealers, sex traffickers, children abusers, wife beaters. we don't know who's coming in here. they look like a lot of families, though, with very young children. maybe the children belong to the families, maybe not. many hundreds have now been deported to haiti without presenting their case. jean—baptiste believed that wasn't going to be his fate yet, and that he'd be allowed to start an asylum application. but recent days have left many feeling the biden promises of a fair immigration process are still a long way off. aleem maqbool, bbc news, del rio, texas.
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every day we are seeing many women and many children expelled from the us border and arriving here at the airport. many of those returning families have lost everything and their money, their belongings and they are basically left with nothing but the clothes that they are wearing. most of those children that we talked to yesterday when not born in haiti but were born outside haiti and some of them don't know the country and they don't even speak the language. a mother told us that she walked for up to a0 days from chile going up north, crossing mountains and jungle with herfour—year—old boy. that is the situation we are going through here. what is unicef doing on the ground? well, together with haitian
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authorities and other un agencies, unicef is providing on the ground, at the airport, everyday, humanitarian assistance. your distributing school kits, backpacks for children, but importantly, we are also registering the children upon their arrival so we can keep track of their needs over time once they leave the airports. and one other important thing we do is to create a safe space where they can play, they can make drawings with other children. i was struck to see in the eyes of a two—year—old girl fear. anxiety. uncertainty of what brings the future and those children are extremely vulnerable because they don't know the country, they don't know the language, they are extremely vulnerable to migration, again, to poverty, violence, exactly those factors that drove their families to
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migrate years ago. the government is considering a temporary visa scheme to encourage foreign lorry drivers to fill some of the thousands of vacancies in britain plus my couege of vacancies in britain plus my college industry. it comes amid warnings that a shortage will cause further delays to deliveries of food, goods and fuel as our business correspondent reports. the government has told people not to panic—buy, but that didn't stop these drivers queueing at petrol stations today, including bromley, evesham and sheffield. this is the third petrol station we have seen queues at. we actually have to get petrol. we are not panic—buying. the boss of another in stockport is waiting to hear when his next supplies will arrive. well, they are saying that, "we hope you get it, but we can't guarantee it."
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so, we're just not sure until we get, in about two days' time, the current rates, we'll want another. whether we'll get it or not, we just don't know at the moment. the firm that delivers for bp sought to reassure motorists. our trucks keep rolling, we have seen a small amount of panic buying, and i think i'll be clear, if people adhere to their normal buying patterns there is more than enough resilience in the station service network to deal with that. there is no need for people to rush out and fill up, the country is not running out of fuel. there isn't a shortage of fuel. where we are seeing issues, it's because of another problem — the lack of available lorry drivers. it's thought there's currently a shortfall of tens of thousands in the uk. the problem has been building for years, but has been made worse by factors including the pandemic and brexit.
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this haulage firm in northampton has never found recruitment so hard. in the past few months, we've increased salaries twice, by a significant amount, which we then need to pass on to our customers, where we can. so, this is all driving up costs, basically? absolutely, it is. next door, there is a business which trains up new drivers. steering quickly, driving as slow as you can. it's getting plenty of interest from locals. the testing system is set to change soon to make it simpler, but the manager here says that's not a quick fix for the shortage. the idea is that they remove the middle test, so that you can go from your fiat 500 straight into an articulated vehicle class one, cat ce. in actuality, you're probably going to find that the pass rate will drop. the course length will have to be longer. you're going to be delivering fewer tests. the government has so far resisted calls for temporary visas to plug the gap. it is now working on plans to introduce them. i would do what ever is required, if that would help. what i don't want to do, and i have been hinting at this, is undercut with, as has happened before,
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cheaper european drivers and then find that our drivers drop out because they are being undercut. that doesn't solve the problem, it creates a new problem. after a week when warnings of supply chain problems and labour shortages have dominated, businesses say action is needed fast to prevent the wheels coming off the economy's recovery. katy austin, bbc news. officials in the canary island say they have cancelled flights due to volcanic activity on la palma. several airline carriers said they would ground planes due to the thick cloud of ash thrown in the air. it is the first time flights have been cancelled since the volcano erupted earlier this month. our correspondent in spain centres this update. v0 lcano/hedgeco e/1930/24/9
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the eruption on the island of lipoma began on sunday. however, over the last few hours, its intensity has increased substantially, and that has led to the cancellation of flights to and from the la palma. also, there have been more evacuations of people from their homes due to concerns about lava flows. the around 6000 people evacuated in the last week, already around 400 properties consumed by the lava. in addition, the increase in the volcanic activity has meant that ash has been reaching the neighbouring island in the canary islands. and the prime minister, pedro sanchez, has been visiting the island, and he said early next week, his government plans to declare the island of la palma a disaster zone. you can reach me you can reach me on you can reach me on twitter.
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please do drop me a note. for me in the team, thank you for watching and goodbye for now. hello. on friday, we saw temperatures in oxfordshire up to 25.3 celsius, well above average for this stage in september. and through the weekend, we're going to be keeping the fairly warm, mainly dry theme with some sunshine around. now, the reason that temperatures are doing so well at the moment is because we're drawing in our winds from a south or south—westerly direction, so fairly tropical air in fact pushing across the uk. and if we compare the forecast temperatures to average for this time of year, in fact, they're about 5—6 degrees above average through the weekend. fast—forward now into the middle of next week, and you can see the reds and oranges have disappeared from the map, so temperatures will be average or even a little below by the time we get to around about tuesday next week. but for the here and now, we're going to be starting saturday morning on a mild note, with temperatures in the mid—teens. quite a lot of mist and murk, and in fact some areas around
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coasts and hills in the west could keep some fog all day, but it will gradually lift and clear and things will brighten up. so, some sunshine appearing, particularly for the likes of north wales, central and eastern england and eastern scotland, too. so, temperatures in the warmest spots, 22—23 degrees, but even where you have got the cloud, still 18—19 celsius. a bit breezy with the odd spot of drizzle for the west of scotland, but most other places avoiding any showers. as we move through the overnight period and on into sunday, there could just be one or two spots of showery rain here and there, but most places again looking largely dry and temperatures staying in the mid—teens again as we head on into sunday. so, no great changes for the weather. we have got a weather front waiting in the wings here. as it moves a little bit closer in, you'll start to notice the breeze picking up a touch on sunday. still from a southerly direction, a warm wind direction, so a lot of drier weather, probably a bit more sunshine on sunday compared to saturday.
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one or two rogue showers, rain later in the day arrives from the west across northern ireland and western scotland. but before it gets there, well, temperatures once again doing pretty well, 22—23 degrees for the warmer spots, well above average on sunday. but then let's take a look at sunday night into monday then. this weather front sweeps its way eastwards across the uk, so that is going to be marking that change into cooler air as we head through the early part of next week. weather fronts moving in from the atlantic, introducing notjust cooler air, but more unsettled weather as well. so, into next week, blustery showers, not as warm as it has been. do enjoy the warm sunshine if you see it through the weekend. bye for now.
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welcome to bbc news — the headlines: a legal and diplomatic battle involving china and the us and canada has been resolved. the business executive meng wanzhou is flying back to china. and two others are on a plane home. german political parties are holding their final rallies ahead of sunday's elections, ahead of the election to choose angela merkel�*s successor. merkel, who is stepping down after almost 16 years, urged voters to back her conservative alliance's candidate to �*keep germany stable' — though polls suggest he's trailing social democratic candidate, olaf scholz. president biden has been meeting the leaders of india, australia and japan at the white house. the so—called quad group, which were meeting for their first in—person summit, is seen as part of a continuing american effort to counter china's growing influence. the four leaders discussed their covid vaccination programmes, regional infrastructure, climate change and supply chains for computer technology.


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