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all this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: one person's critically ill, dozens are injured after gangs of men dressed in white—tshirts attacked pro—democracy activists in hong kong. tensions escalate as iran raises its flag on the british tanker seized in the gulf. after massive protests over the leak of homophobic and sexist messages — puerto rico's governor says he won't stand for re—election. and 50 years after the moon landing, where could the technology of today take us?
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hello and welcome to bbc news. dozens of people have been injured — one critically — in hong kong after anti—government protesters were attacked by gangs of unidentified men wearing white t—shirts and wielding batons. social media in the region has been inundated with footage like this one here of the assaults at a railway station and there's speculation that the men might have been acting on behalf of the authorities. in a statement, the government condemned the actions and promised serious enforcement measures. our beijing correspondent celia hatton joins us. what more do we know? there is a lot of speculation, many writing on social media in pointing out certain things. we don't have an official word on who these men are in the
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hong kong authorities have said they will try to get to the bottom of this incident but many on social media are pointing out the fact that this group seems very well organised. some are pointing to the fa ct organised. some are pointing to the fact that many seem to have identical baton is they were using to beat the people who they perceived as anti—government protesters and so they are pointing to the idea that this probably was organised by some group. others are saying, these men were maybe not connected with the hong kong government but perhaps they were from one of hong kong's notorious crime groups, the triads. it is possible that is true as well. it should be noted that this violence took place away from the main protest scene. the station is quite farfrom protest scene. the station is quite far from the centre of hong kong. this is a real shift in the kind of violence we've been seeing it
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protests, isn't it? this is a change in hong kong? well, it shows there are deep divisions in hong kong. for weeks, we've been seeing images of the streets of hong kong flooded with people who are calling for the government to do more to defend hong kong's autonomy, to defend its position against mainland china, those protests originally beginning to speak out against the extradition bill that the hong kong government was considering putting forth but we can never forget there was considering putting forth but we can neverforget there is was considering putting forth but we can never forget there is a was considering putting forth but we can neverforget there is a group in hong kong, certainly an increasingly vocal group, that prizes ties with mainland china. that hong kong can benefit from its relationship with mainland china. there are many business groups and others really do benefit from such a close link with mainland china. so they are not
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happy with these protests. we did of course see recently large pro—government protests. you're in beijing. can we speculate on how china might view this latest development? well, we've heard beijing has spoken out. spoken out on sunday evening local time to co nte m pt on sunday evening local time to contempt the latest anti—government protesters who convened around the china liaison office so that's one the offices inside hong kong that is task with trying to communicate between beijing and hong kong is the latest protest gathered around there and it did erupt into violence, police using teargas and rubber bullets to turn protesters away. that is being condemned by beijing. they called it a blatant challenge to the central government and said it wouldn't be tolerated. much less
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has been said about this later violence which occurred in the evening on sunday in hong kong when there was that group of men wearing white shirts attacking anti—government protests. we haven't heard as much of that. the british government will hold emergency talks later to decide how to deal with the seizure of an oil tanker by iran. the outgoing prime minister, theresa may, will chair the meeting, while her foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, is expected to press for an international diplomatic response, rather than immediate sanctions. the british vessel was captured on friday, apparently in retaliation for the impounding of an iranian tanker in the uk territory of gibraltar earlier this month. our diplomatic correspondent paul adams reports. iranian revolutionary guards boarding the stena impero on friday afternoon, carrying out a two—week—old threat to seize a british vessel.
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iran said the tanker broke the law, the ship's owners and the british government say this simply isn't true. earlier, tense exchanges as a british warship, hms montrose, attempted to stop the ship being taken. but the revolutionary guards were determined. hms montrose was too far away to intervene. they warned the tanker to obey. translation: we followed the ship every second, every minute, and the tanker never left international waters. we understand that the crew
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are in relatively good condition but it's a stressed situation for everyone. the stena impero was sailing through the strait of hormuz, in omani waters, when it was boarded. at its narrowest, the strait is 20 miles wide. one fifth of the world's oil passes through it. the tanker was forced to turn north towards the iranian coast. all this is happening because a tanker carrying iranian oil is still being held by authorities in gibraltar. the grace i was intercepted by royal marines earlier this month. it's accused of trying to smuggle its cargo to syria, in breach of eu sanctions. another british warship, hms duncan, is on its way to the gulf to replace hms montrose, the government facing criticism for failing to protect british shipping. if we want to continue playing a role on the international stage, bearing in mind that threats are changing, all happening just beneath the threshold of all—out war, then we must invest more in our defence, including our royal navy.
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iranian television has broadcast these pictures, showing the tanker now flying an iranian flag. a local official says the investigation could take a month or more. officials here in whitehall have spent the weekend figuring out britain's response. the cabinet‘s emergency cobra committee is due to meet again in the morning and the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, will make a statement later. i understand he will say that britain is working with other countries to improve maritime security and he will emphasise the kind of international, diplomatic response britain is trying to achieve. paul adams, bbc news, at the foreign office. let's get some of the day's other news. forecasters in the united states are warning of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding as record temperatures finally begin to cool. six deaths have been reported and there's been widespread disruption across towns and cities as a result of the extreme heatwave, affecting millions of people from the midwest to the atlantic coast. wildfires are raging in central portugal,
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with strong winds spreading flames in the castelo branco region. it's close to an area of the country where more than sixty people were killed by wildfires two years ago. japanese prime minister shinzo abe has declared victory in national elections — putting him on track to become the country's longest serving leader. but mr abe's coalition party has fallen slightly short of the two—thirds majority needed for a mandate to revise japan's constitution. the governor of puerto rico, ricardo rossello, who has faced massive protests over his leadership — has announced that he will not run for re—election next year. there have been demonstrations across the us territory since last saturday, when journalists leaked text conversations between mr ross—ay—oh and members of his administration. they revealed a series of sexist and homophobic comments. after several days of silence — mr rossello made his announcement via a live facebook stream.
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translation: today i address you, led by the deepest respect for democracy. a significant sector of the population has been protesting for days. i am aware of the dissatisfaction and uneasiness that you feel. your right to express yourself will always be safeguarded by our constitution. to each puerto rican, i have heard you and i hear you today. i have made mistakes and i have apologised. laura rexach is a radio broadcaster who has been out protesting on the streets of san juan for the past week. she explains what sparked the peoples' reactions. well, it's notjust the homophobic and misogynistic content, it's the fact that they were also making fun of cadavers that were literally piling up in shipping containers at forensic sciences of people who died during hurricanes irma and maria. these are deaths that have not yet
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been publicly or officially acknowledged by the government. so to have people inside of this chat, which included not just administration officials, but people outside of the administration, making fun of this just really adds insult to injury. the recovery has been quite slow since hurricane maria in 2017. is that right? it's been agonisingly slow. and notjust because aid has been slow in arriving, but because all of the local turmoil and the corruption schemes that have been turning up just put the government more in doubt of whether it can be trusted with federal funds. given those broader issues, along with those individual text messages, do you think if the governor stood down that it would resolve the wider issues? no, no, his standing down —
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his resignation — isjust the first step in what really needs to be a government—wide change and a cleaning up. there have been massive protests. you've joined those protests. what are people saying that they want to see, other than the governor standing down? really that's just the short term. people are focused on that, they're focussed on having him resign and, after that, everyone that is or has been involved in these wide corruption schemes needs to be ousted. there needs to be a wide—swept investigation at all levels of the government and corruption needs to be nipped in the bud. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: fifty years after man stepped foot on the moon —
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where could the technology of today take us? mission control: you can see them coming down the ladder now. it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30 year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunction of sperm unable to swim properly. thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter.
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this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: gangs of mystery men — dressed in white t—shirts — attack dozens of activists in hong kong, after another day of chaotic pro—democracy protests. iran hoists its flag over the seized british tanker, philippine president rodrigo duterte is due to give his annual state of the nation address in the next few hours which is expected to be dominated by his promises to tackle corruption, communist rebels, crime and drugs. live now to our correspondent, howard johnson, in manila. iam here i am here in commonwealth avenue on the approach of the congress building where there are protesters getting together to put their message across ahead of president
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duterte speech today. this prisoners of strong war —— drug war victims, the president has been in office for three years, july 2016 is when the drug war began and they want to get their voices heard about the people who have been caught up on this. the police at 6600 people have been killed, the government says about 5500, human rights script sets more than 20000 and not be seated today as president at one talking about the drug warand as president at one talking about the drug war and he is proud of what he has achieved with these killings because he says it has brought down the crime rate in the country and is as people in places like manila feel safer because of his policy. what do we think duterte might announce on that, any new policies? this state of the nation address is similar to the state of the union address in
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america or the state opening of parliament in the uk, so the chance of duterte to set up his vision of the next three years. he has three yea rs left in the next three years. he has three years left in his term as president and what we are likely to hear today is more talk of his achievements but as you say, policies including talking about his build strategy has reformed tax is here to collect more money to put into infrastructure to deal with the chronic traffic you see in cities camilla here in the philippines. —— cities like manila. there's been a lot of debate over the last few months of china's incursion on the water around the for the pens, china says it's a south china sea and it's the right to vision what is just off the coast of the philippines, the philippines has an economic exclusive zone and have seen incursions in the last few months but there is an oral agreement between the two presidents saying that you can fish you but
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they were couple of months ago, fishing vessel sunk when it was hit i.e. chinese fishing vessel. that caused all sorts of drama here in the for the beans about whether the rights of the filipinos to the sovereign claims of the land had been breached by the chinese fishermen. howard johnson in manila, keeping us up—to—date. they give so much. —— thank you. iasked hong kong pro—democracy activistjoshua wong what he knew happened. activists and citizens, they have left the protest and the rally around the evening, the gangs in suburban areas, attacked the citizens who came back home from protests a nd citizens who came back home from protests and even included
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journalists, lawmakers, all sorts of people were attacked by this gangs that are loyal to beijing. people were attacked by this gangs that are loyalto beijing. the government has condemned these attacks and we don't know who this people are, but do you think that matters have got out of hand in hong kong? when journalists form a news report and also pregnant women were attacked by gangs, people try to call the emergency hotline to call police to come but the can —— but the police did not appear. they kept doing nothing which means that the hong kong government cottage on the safety of the citizens, we knew that protests continued, and there is a clash that happened in the previous few weeks but no—one in hong kong would expect that this would happen in suburban areas. even the citizens of devon certain areas, they were
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attacked by the pro— beijing gangs and mobs. it is really ridiculous. the government has said it would ta ke the government has said it would take enforcement actions but we are yet to know what those are. this is a new level of violence, do you intend to continue protesting in the same way? we will continue our protest just like nearly same way? we will continue our protestjust like nearly half a million hong kong people took to the street yesterday, largely peacefully. however, what we are really surprised at is how those pro— beijing mobs and gangsjust attacked the citizens that have not participated in any kind of protest. they are just participated in any kind of protest. they arejust some participated in any kind of protest. they are just some of the residents that live in the suburban areas. they just destroyed it that live in the suburban areas. theyjust destroyed it and beat up hong kong citizens. is there a real danger here that people —— that
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things could spiral out of control and is the value in their continuing to protest? should the pro—democracy movement try and de—escalate the situation along with the other side? the solution to escalating the situation is to urge the government to stop the police violence and also stop the violence from those gangs and bobs. infact, stop the violence from those gangs and bobs. in fact, when people called the emergency hotline, to urge police to, control the situation, police just urge police to, control the situation, policejust did nothing. we hope people can realise that it is not only related to hong kong being interfered with, it relates to how hong kong governments lack of incentive capacity to govern hong kong anymore. they can't rule hong kong anymore. they can't rule hong kong with safety and stability.
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don't forget, you can get all the latest developments and details in hong kong on our website,. two charities have announced they're resuming migrant search and rescue missions in the mediterranean. operations were stopped seven months ago, after their previous ship was denied permission to dock in italy. the decision to resume the missions comes as a result of worsening conditions for migrants from libya. leigh milner has more. flying the norwegian flag and carrying a crew of 31, this is the new ocean viking. it belongs to the sos military and doctors without borders migrant rescue charities that have relaunched the operations of the coast of the via seven months after they were forced to abandon the last mission using the previous ship, aquarius. despite rescuing 30,000 migrants during its three
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yea rs of 30,000 migrants during its three years of operation, the aquarius faced strong opposition, particularly from italy and malta what was refused entry last year, leaving the ship stranded at sea with hundreds of people on board, rescued from the water. it is hoped this year other neighbouring countries will be more welcoming. as we've seen in recent months, that continues to be no established solution for december occasions following rescues in the central mediterranean. we can only hope that states will make increasing efforts so we can quickly resolve the case of any rescues you conducted and ensure that the survivors are not stuck at sea for days or weeks as has been the case other vessels. since 2017 the number of migrant journeys has drastically reduced, due to evidence made by italy and other eu countries to encourage —— encourage libya to stop crossing the mediterranean. people are still travelling in poorly maintained
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vessels. according to the organisation for immigration, this 226 people have died so far this year trying to cross the mediterranean and hope of a better life. early results suggest the party led by ukraine's new president, the comedian volodymyr zelensky, has won the most votes in the country's parliamentary elections. but it seems he has failed to gain an overall majority and will need a coalition partner to form a government. mr zelensky called the snap vote after his plans for reform were blocked by mps. as americans celebrate fifty years since neil armstrong and buzz aldrin became the first people to set foot on the moon, there are questions about what's next for american space exploration. president trump has plans for a space force and a journey to mars, but the entrepreneur elon musk is also making a bid to land on mars, so who will win the next space race? our washington correspondent chris buckler has this report. mission control: ignition sequence start.
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the images of apollo 11's mission have become a symbol of what can be accomplished. it's one small step for man... under the moon and above nasa's johnson space center, they lit up houston's skies, to mark 50 years since that landing. just one part of commemorations across a country celebrating american achievement. the decades since haven't brought the progress that was promised. i thought at that time, in the 1960s, that by 2000, 2005, we would be on mars. i think it's about time we get on with it. engines and turbo pumps... on the anniversary of the moon landing, a rocket took off from kazakhstan, to take astronauts to the international space station, including an american. and the united states is now developing new and grander plans for space travel. we are looking to nasa to get us to the moon within the next five years, to lay a foundation to go to mars.
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but if our traditional partners can't do the job, we are going to look to the private space industry. the technology has certainly advanced from what you'll find here at the national air and space museum in washington. some of the latest leaps are a result of the research being carried out by commercial companies, hoping to take paying passengers into orbit, like virgin galactic and blue origin, the company founded by the amazon entrepreneurjeff bezos. the only reason that we can do the things that we can do today is because we are in fact standing on the shoulders of giants. they've got the flag up now. and yet, five decades on, much remains unknown. beautiful, just beautiful. and no—one can be sure where the next half—century of exploration will take us. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @regedahmadbbc.
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hello. it has been a bit of a mixed weekend weatherwise but as we head through this coming week, it's going to be all eyes on the temperature because things are turning increasingly hot and humid too. not dry for all of us. some rain in the north—west during the course of monday and later in the week, we're expecting some thundery downpours to develop. and the reason for the heat and humidity is that we've got high pressure sitting to the east of the uk, with the winds rotating around that, drawing in all this hot air from continental europe, and it is particularly hot. in fact, in paris, we could see temperatures up to 42 celsius later this week, which would break the all—time temperature record recorded in the french capital. we've had this line of cloud and weather fronts pouring in from the atlantic during sunday night and through the day on monday, they're going to be bringing further rain, initially across northern ireland
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the west of scotland. further south, it's a mild and quite a murky start to your monday morning so we've got quite a lot of that low cloud, lingering around western hills and coasts through the day but elsewhere, the cloud should tend to in and break across much of england, northern ireland too. that rain pushing its way northwards, so sitting across western scotland for much of the day were it will be quite heavy and persistent but in the sunshine, temperatures up to about 28 or 29 degrees. it'll feel pleasantly hot monday afternoon and then into monday evening, we eventually lose that wet weather from the north of scotland, lingering through the course of the night, but by tuesday morning, most of us dry with some clear spells, a bit of patchy cloud here and there are those temperatures from the word go will be in the mid—to—high teens so through the day on tuesday, probably the driest day of the week across the uk. lots of long spells of sunshine with a southerly breeze, top temperatures by tuesday towards the south—east up to about 33 or even 3a degrees. further north—west, we're looking at those temperatures into the mid or possibly high 20s
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so a hot sunny day with light winds on tuesday but as we had to tuesday night, it's going to be fairly warm, fairly uncomfortable for sleeping. in fact, about 10pm, temperatures still nearly 30 degrees so you'll certainly notice that things are going to feel pretty sticky through the course of tuesday night and with all that humidity, heavy showers and thunderstorms are possible, they're likely to push northwards tuesday night and through the course of wednesday, some uncertainty about where they are going to be, probably the north and west. the south—east likely to stay dry through the day on wednesday and here, temperatures could well reach about 32 degrees or so. again, it is another hot day for most of us but a little fresher in the far north—west. things continue to heat up later in the week. 35 in london on thursday but do watch out more heavy and thundery showers, mainly in the north—west. bye for now.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: one person's critically ill and dozens have been injured after gangs of mystery men attacked pro—democracy activists in hong kong. the men dressed in white set upon some of the thousands who'd been taking part in rallies, which at times saw violent clashes between police and protesters. the british government is said to be considering a series of options for its response to iran's seizure of a british oil tanker in the strait of hormuz. but amid calls for a deescalation in tensions, iran has raised its flag above the ship replacing the union jack. doctors without borders has resumed the search for migrants in the mediterranean. the new ship is called ocean viking.


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