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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm... prime minister borisjohnson pledges to fund a new high—speed rail route between manchester and leeds. this is bbc news. the headlines at 6pm... prime minister borisjohnson pledges to fund a new high—speed rail route it is time we put some real between manchester and leeds. substance into the idea of northern powerhouse rail which is why we are it is time to put substance into here this morning. we want to inject the idea of northern powerhouse rail and that is why we are here this some pace s0 here this morning. we want to inject some pace so we can morning to inject some pacing here this morning. we want to inject some pace so we can unlockjobs and boost growth. so we can unlockjobs president trump praises and boost growth. president trump praises borisjohnson — and says talks borisjohnson — and says talks on what he calls a "very on what he calls a "very substantial" us—uk trade substantial" us—uk trade deal are under way. the mp for sheffield hallam, deal are underway. jared 0 mara, says he is to resign as a member of parliament — the mp for sheffield hallam, to deal with personal issues. jared 0 mara, says he is to resign the uk's biggest charitable funder of scientific research, as a member of parliament — the wellcome trust, says a no—deal to deal with personal issues. brexit threatens the uk science industry the uk's biggest charitable funder of scientific research, the wellcome trust, says a no—deal brexit threatens the uk science industry. riot police fire tear gas at protesters in hong kong after tens of thousands march through the town where gangs
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attacked pro—democracy activists last weekend. hello and good afternoon. the prime minister has pledged to fund a new high—speed rail route between leeds and manchester. borisjohnson says it will "turbo—charge the economy". it is thought the new route is part of the government's wider investment commitment to the north of england, set to cost around £39 billion. but labour have cast doubt on the plan, saying mrjohnson failed to deliver on infrastructure when he was mayor of london. tom barton reports. in manchester, they're expanding the tram network, spending millions on improving public transport. but the new prime minister says
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he wants to go further, promising to build a fast railway line between this city and leeds, 35 miles away. i want to be the prime minister who does with northern powerhouse rail what we did for crossrail in london, and today, i'm going to deliver on my commitment to that vision with a pledge to fund the leeds to manchester route. but while local leaders have welcomed that promise, the chief executive for transport for the north told the prime minister that the proposed line doesn't go nearly far enough. we want to have liverpool, sheffield, hull and newcastle all getting the benefit, as well as leeds and manchester. well, there you go, barry, 39 billion, a number to conjure with, i dare say. but you're absolutely right, barry, and you're writing your aspiration and we support that.
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labour says today's announcement is just reheated promises, pointing out that improvements to northern rail services have been on the table for years. jeremy corbyn, though, said he would go much further. when the government set up its powerhouse for the north, they had an office in whitehall to administer it. we are moving the treasury to the north, we're moving an awful lot to the north, in order to ensure that that fairness of national investment begins to be a reality. both leaders are promising that they are the man to rebalance the british economy, as they target northern voters ahead of a possible election later this year. tom barton, bbc news. i've been speaking to our political correspondent, jonathan blake about why borisjohnson is confident that a high—speed rail route in the north can be delivered. it comes down to whether you believe him or not frankly because as you say it is part of a bigger ambition
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to improve railings in the north of england and between the north and the south and this is the link between liverpool, excuse me between manchester and leeds, one 35 mile section or a sale which boris johnson is committed to delivering and funding so who knows what will happen in the months and years ahead but this is what downing street would say is a bigger focus on boosting economic investment in towns across the uk, and notjust in the north of england but that is pa rt the north of england but that is part of let borisjohnson had to say with the billion pounds town find which will go to transport and other things to reinvigorate areas which the prime minister today described as having been left behind and people living and then feeling a certain helplessness about their prospects. i guess we should not lose sight to the fact that this is not a wholly new project as for exactly how much it will cost and
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when it will be delivered, we will have to wait and see, for more details. we have a by election coming up in wales next week which they are desperately hoping to hold onto the seat there, but it looks like we may be in for another by election not long afterwards? the mp jared o'mara who is an independent after quitting the labour party over the trouble he got himself into shortly after taking his seat in the house of commons in 2017, you might remember it was a big upset. the former deputy prime minister at nick clegg was ousted by jared 0'mara and he had a majority of a couple thousand or so and a big win for a labour but it has been controversial and short career in politics for jared 0'mara who was as i say initially suspended from labour and readmitted over comments he made online that were sexist and homophobic and he has subsequently
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found himself the subject of attention for not turning up and being absent for long periods of time. earlier this week is army chief of staff quit in a dramatic fashion and posted several tweets from his accounts online and accusing him of not being there for his constituents and wasting opportunities. we have a statement today from jared 0'mara saying he will indeed resign as an mp when parliament comes back from its summer parliament comes back from its summer break and september and he says he is not well and receiving medical help and it would not be right for him to continue and apologised again to his constituents. us president donald trump has said talks are under way to agree what he says will be a "very substa ntial" trade deal with the uk after brexit. speaking after a phone call with the new prime minister yesterday, the president said borisjohnson would do a greatjob. boris and i just spoke and i congratulated him and he is all set to go. he is going to do a greatjob. we are working already on a trade
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agreement and i think it will be a very substantial trade agreement. we can do with the uk, we can do 3—4 times, we were impeded by their relationship with european union. we were very much impeded on trade. the president speaking to correspondents in the white house yesterday. stephanie noel, an international trade lawyer, warned that negotiatinig a trade agreement with a much larger country could pose risks for the uk. on one hand side, you have the uk, and on the other side, the us. so maybe the negotiation is not really balanced. it was not the case when the uk and europe negotiated as a block in the eu. when you are the uk? it really depends — if you give this against what? it's just a trade off. my understanding is that the uk doesn't want to go that far.
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so it'sjust a matter of negotiation, unfortunately. so i do not know, i really think that the uk should really think about this. because my understanding is that many people think that it's a very good solution to brexit and it will make up the loss of ties with the eu, to have an agreement with the us. but you know at the same time, it really depends on the terms of the agreement, of what the uk has to gain with a trade agreement, and what kind. because as you know, it's a very large export market for the uk, but it depends on what you mean by british exports to the us. what does the uk export to the us? what is the uk looking for, in terms of market access with the us? because a lot of exports now include components from the eu because it is very integrated in the eu markets. and in terms of the practicalities
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then of that, presumably the negotiation could be quite fraught, not least because for all the friendliness donald trump shows towards borisjohnson in this country, as he always said, his ambition is to make america great again, to make america stronger, not necessarily to strengthen his bilateral partners? yes, exactly. ithink yes, exactly. i think it is very offensive. know that the uk will no longer be in the eu, i think it is going to concentrate on products, on exploits to the uk markets because so exploits to the uk markets because so far there are a lot of exploits to the uk that we are not finished products and the uk was not the final destination. they were sent to the uk to be further processed or incorporated into other products to be sent to other eu markets. and it
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was trade and certain sectors and then the problem will be mostly agricultural products test into the uk. there will be negotiation but as you say it most importantly the rules, will be uk be willing to lower or extend that? a trade lawyer talking to me a little earlier. borisjohnson has been continuing to make a number ofjunior ministerial appointments. the former london mayoral candidate zac goldsmith has been made an environment minister. while, long—term borisjohnson supporter nadine dorries who you will remember described david cameron and george osborne as possible is not knowing the price of milk, will become a minister at the department of health.
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simon clarke has been appointed a junior treasury minister. and james duddridge become a brexit minister. i think that is the job steve baker turned down last night. britain's thriving science sector would be put at risk by a no—deal brexit. that's the warning from the head of the wellcome trust — the uk's biggest charitable funder of scientific research. the trust spends around a billion pounds a year supporting research — most of it in the uk. katy austin has more. jasimin is a scientist from germany, researching sex chromosomes at the francis crick institute in london. she's not sure whether to stay in the uk, though, because the country's leaving the eu. my feeling is that over the next 10, 20 years, if brexit actually happens, especially if it happens without a deal, which seems likely now, that uk science is on a decline, with regards to, yeah, funding opportunities, positions that are available, attractiveness of living here. you could see this place as a symbol of britain's status as a science superpower — europe's largest biomedical research facility under one roof,
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with 1200 researchers working here from across the globe. the director here warns continued success relies on collaboration that he says is incompatible with a no deal brexit and notjust because millions of pounds in funding would be at risk. it's our reputation, it's being able to attract people. it's making them feel comfortable here. all of this is injeopardy if we are turning our back on europe and saying, "we don't really care about you." and what it will mean is, is we have to follow the rules and regulations that we've had no role or impact on in setting up ourselves. so, in fact, we lose power, we lose freedom, rather than gaining it. now britain's biggest science charity has written to the prime minister, praising his vision for a thriving science sector but describing no deal as a threat. we're already a science superpower, but there are some clouds on the horizon, which if we don't banish them, could erode that position. what we are anxious
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about is that the science that is done here goes on being excellent, and to do that it requires both more investment and support from the government, it also requires an immigration policy that welcomes to this country the best researchers in the world, and their families. in a statement, number 10 said the prime minister is committed to supporting the uk science sector, to take full advantage of opportunities outside of the eu, so it can offer the best environment for cutting—edge research and the best global talent. katy austin, bbc news. rail passengers between london st pancras and nottingham and sheffield have been urged not to travel, as disruption caused by hot weather continues and train conductors go on strike. the extreme heat earlier in the week damaged overhead line equipment, and it meant they were hit by trains that were passing below them which caused long delays. train companies have told customers to expect a reduced service until monday.
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police in hong kong have fired tear gas at an unauthorised protest involving thousands of demonstrators. the march was in response to attacks on pro—democracy activists by armed masked men last week. protests began seven weeks ago against a planned extradition law. 0ur china correspondent stephen mcdonnell was there. this violent day of street clashes has finally come to an end. the protesters were here in their thousands, tens of thousands, at the height, they have finally been pushed by riot police, block by block towards the train station and they have left. behind me, i am sure you can see that the riot police are resting, sitting down, after a full day of battles with hardline protesters, throwing bricks and other projectiles at them. they have responded by firing rubber bullets, tear gas, pepper spray, and itjust shows yet again that these protests are escalating in terms of the level of violence.
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a few weeks ago, we saw the odd projectile being thrown at the police, but today, there were a lot. protesters came here geared up for battle. some had home—made shields, gas masks and helmets. they knew there was going to be a big series of clashes. the response has also been lots of tear gas coming back the other way. there is no sign of an end to this. we are in the second month of this political crisis, the protesters have expanded what they are calling for. initially, they were demanding that this unpopular bill be withdrawn, allowing people to be extradited to mainland chinese courts controlled by the communist party. that bill is politically dead, those mass street rallies featuring hundreds of thousands of people killed it, but emboldened,
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bolstered by that victory, they have decided to accelerate and they are going in harder, attacking the authorities. they believe the peaceful path does not work, and for many they think that this is it, this is the fight for hong kong that had to come, and they are hoping somehow or other that this will lead to genuine democratic elections here but there is no sign that the government in hong kong or especially beijing will be prepared to grant them that. potentially it could go the other way, imagine the politburo standing committee in beijing, watching this rebellious city, where tens of thousands of people are prepared to attend what is essentially an illegal gathering. the nuclear option for them would be to send out the people's liberation army who are garrisoned in the city to take back control of the streets. that would be the end of hong kong as we know it.
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steve mcdonald their reporting from hong kong. the headlines on bbc news... prime minister borisjohnson pledges to fund a new high—speed rail route between manchester and leeds. president trump praises borisjohnson — and says talks on what he calls a very substantial us—uk trade deal are underway. the mp for sheffield hallam, jared 0 mara, says he is to resign as a member of parliament — to deal with personal issues. police in northern ireland say they believed dissident republicans tried to murder officers with a "viable device" in county armagh last night. according to the authorities a loud bang was heard on tully—gally road in craigavon at about midnight on friday where a device was later recovered. police said they believe the attack was set up to target officers responding to a call from the public. i cannot condemn strongly enough those behind this evil attack of
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terrorism. they offered nothing but heartache for this community and the actions here do not reflect the wishes of the vast majority of the dead people living in this area. huge disruption has been caused to the lives of those residents who live nearby with people being evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night. 20 people were evacuated, up to the age and including one person 80 years old. streets are still subject to closure as we carry out the necessary security and search operation. attacks on police and other security services are attacks on the entire community and they are an attack on our democracy. anyone willing to launch such an attack and a residential area cares little about our communities. their reckless violence cannot be allowed to continue. that is the superintendent of the northern ireland police services.
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in just under a year, athletes from around the world will descend onjapan for the tokyo 0lympics. the baseball competition will be held in the city of fuki—shima, where a nuclear accident occurred in 2011. it was the world's second biggest nuclear disaster, after chernobyl. the decision to host the sport there has attracted controversy, as david mcdaid has been finding out. translation: this is my home. i can never go back there. these photographs are all mr kumagami has to remind him of the house he lived in for a0 years. like 160,000 others, he was evacuated in 2011 when the great east japan earthquake devastated parts of fukushima prefecture. 19,000 people lost their lives and the radiation that spread when the daiichi nuclear plant exploded sealed off whole towns, including mr kumagami's. now he has a new home, but his family in tokyo don't visit any more. i've lived here for eight years now, but they've not come to see me once. i ask him why. they're afraid of the radiation. it makes me quite sad.
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in a region damaged and tarnished by that radioactive association, sport is trying to help. the fukushima red hopes baseball team is run by a former american major leaguer with no prior link to the area. translation: after the disaster, i felt a lot of sympathy for people trying to get on with life and i thought "is there anything i can do?" so i thought we could bring a smile to peoples' faces through baseball. and when they come to the games, we can help them forget about any stress they have. and even though it's 300km from the capital, the organisers of the tokyo 0lympics have also seen an opportunity by staging baseball and softball here. translation: we want to use the olympics being staged in order to demonstrate how far fukushima has come since the disaster. we want people to see that fukushima is an appealing place to visit.
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this is the azuma stadium just outside fukushima city, where they're getting ready to host seven 0lympic baseball and softball matches next summer. butjust about 50 miles in that direction lies the damaged daiichi nuclear power plant and exclusion zone. and so, the question of personal safety does remain for many prospective visitors. this is azuma stadium in fukushima city. here at safecast, they've monitored radiation levels since 2011. places where the olympic events are going to be held, like azuma stadium and fukushima city, the radiation levels are pretty much normal. it's not very different to tokyo, or — and even lower than a lot european cities or other parts of the world — so in that sense, people should feel confident that it's ok to be there. with such assurances in mind, mr kumagami hopes the games can have a positive impact. i think if people from lots of different countries come to fukushima and enjoy themselves, then it could be really helpful for our recovery process. and if outside perceptions can
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change, perhaps those closer to home might, too. david mcdaid, bbc news, fukushima. authorities in india say they have rescued more than 900 passengers from an express train trapped by torrential rains near the city of mumbai. helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed after the train became stranded close to the town of vangani. passengers were told to remain on board, but were left without food or waterfor 15 hours. police in russia have detained more than 500 demonstrators who gathered in moscow to demand free and fair local elections. thousands of people attended the protest which was called for by the jailed opposition leader alexei navalny to pressure authorities into allowing opposition candidates to run in a local vote in moscow, which they are currently barred from. officials from russia, india and the philippines have met with crew members
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of the stena imperio tanker. the british—flagged tanker was siezed by iran's revolutionary guard last week. the officials from the crew's home countries report that the sailors are in good health, and work continues to secure their release along with the vessel. six people were assaulted on board a p&0 cruise ship in the early hours of friday morning. the britannia was on route from bergen to southampton when the incident happened. all passengers have now disembarked the ship, and two men in theirforties from essex are currently in police custody. the us supreme court has ruled that the president can use military funds to build sections of his promised border wall with mexico. the country has also reached an agreement with guatemala to help stem the flow of migrants reaching its southern border. chris buckler in washington reports. the long border between the united states and mexico has been at the centre of a long battle between president trump and his political opponents. in congress, democrats have consistently blocked his attempts
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to secure funding to build more and bigger barriers between the countries. causing the president to declare a national emergency. he is repeatedly argued that the surge of migrants making their way to the us has created a crisis at the border. and he said that left him in a position where he should be able to redirect billions of dollars from defence department funds to pay for the wall. and now supreme court has agreed overturning a decision from a lower court. on twitter, president trump said it was a big victory for the wall and a big win for border security and the rule of law. it's not the only success he is claiming. guatemala has now agreed to a deal that migrants who travel through the country to the united states will have to claim asylum there before they reach the us border. that will apply to huge numbers of people fleeing violence and poverty
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in el salvador and honduras. the president oversaw the signing of the new deal in the white house. in return, mr trump has dismissed threats of sanctions and tariffs and agreed tw more visas for foreign workers from guatemala. it's going to be terrific for them and terrific for the united states. this landmark agreement will put the coyotes and the smugglers out of business. these are bad people, these are very, very bad, sick, deranged people. but it's not clear if the new measures will substantially reduce the numbers trying to get from central america into the us. translation: you don't know how i feel. i want to cross over to give my son a better life. the money i've been spending to get here is not a small amount. build that wall! donald trump is a president preparing to seek re—election. he promised his supporters
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tougher immigration policies and a border wall. he believes he is making progress. but there's still a chance of more barriers being put up by the courts and politicians in the us congress. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. music therapy can be used to relieve stress and treat depression, and can also help dementia patients deal with their memory loss. and, as any specialist will tell you, the best sessions are when the therapist and patient are on the same wavelength. now researchers in cambridge have shown that music can help to synchronise our brains. here's our science correspondent richard westcott. this is a real music therapy session but with a significant difference in. patient and therapist are having their brains monitored while they talk and listen to music. it's an experiment by scientists at anglia ruskin university in cambridge and, for the first
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time, it's physically shown what therapists have felt for years. what we can see here in purple is the line of the patient and here the line of the therapist. when a session is going well, the brain of the therapist and their patient becomes synchronised. the patient has a strong emotional experience and then, after that strong emotional experience, we can see that the therapist and patient are on the same wavelength here. they really are in sync. we know that music therapy is a really effective way of helping patients. and what's critical is to find those moments where the patient is connecting with the therapist and that's why i'm wearing this natty headgear, because it's about measuring brain activity. your research, you've taken a therapist, measured the brain, and the patient, and you can see when they're aligning when they're listening to music, can't you? absolutely, yes. how do you use that practically to improve therapy sessions? what we can do, there are more and more tiny mobile tools
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that we can attach to patients and then we could have it on a live background, you know, that the therapist could monitor the emotional state of the patient. first of all, could you just say your name so we've just got it on the card? yep, alex street. the whole of human existence is about having functional, satisfying relationships, and these people come to therapy because it's not happening. we use music as a nonverbal way of interacting so that we can work towards them being able to use words and language and talk about how they feel and then have much more satisfying relationships. what this gives us is a practical way of seeing what's happening between the client and the therapist, because there's this synchrony in brain activity and that then informs us of the best way to use music with our clients and move them on and get them out of therapy.
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we're in the early days of this research, but the more scientists than therapists and understand what's going on in the brain during sessions, the more effective they can make the treatment for patients. richard westcott, bbc news, cambridge. the summer heatwave has broken records across the world, and not even the arctic has escaped the dramatic rise in temperatures. there have been hundreds of wildfires within forests in the arctic circle, including siberia, alaska and greenland. plumes of smoke from the fires can be seen from space. ramzan karmali has more. wildfires are ravaging the arctic. areas of northern siberia, northern scandinavia and greenland have been engulfed in flames. lightning often triggers fires in the region but this year, they are lasting longer. this fire at grouse creek in alaska has been burning since the 10th ofjuly. so far, over two million acres of forest land have been scorched in the state.
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the temperature was much higher than the average, and also things like the soil moisture and the amount of precipitation is much lower than the average. what this means is it's much drier, much warmer, so when there is an ignition, then the fires have been able to persist and spread quite quickly, and endure. arctic fires are common between may and october but higher temperatures, blamed on climate change, have meant the fires this year have been more intense. global satellites are now tracking a swathe of new and ongoing wildfires within the arctic circle. smoke is affecting large areas, engulfing some places completely. cities in eastern russia have noted a significant fall in air quality, with many people seeking medical help. translation: smoke is a horror. you're choking and feel dizzy because the smell of the smoke is very strong. the fires are releasing copious volumes of carbon dioxide, which scientists say
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will make our planet even warmer. that means wildfires like these will become even more common. ramzan karmali, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan powell. hello. you do not need me to tell you that the heatwave across the uk has now broken. things will remain fresher through this weekend, and on into the week ahead. also some quite wet weather to come for some of us, too, showery into next week. this weekend, heavy and persistent rain in places. thursdayjust gone could potentially have set a new all—time temperature record for the uk, 38.7 recorded in the botanic garden at cambridge university. obviously that is a very important temperature so it is going to be closely verified, but a very different story in cambridge on saturday afternoon. umbrellas up on the punts on the cam. the reason for the umbrellas, a weather front which stretches from north to south across the uk,
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and it is only moving very, very slowly, in fact, hardly at all through the remainder of saturday daytime. the rainfall totals will really tot up. quite breezy across the uk as well, wet weather for the south—west of scotland, parts of northern england and into the south—east through the evening and overnight as well. by the end of the night, the front starts to pivot out of scotland into northern ireland, so scotland somewhat drier by the end of the night. it could be misty and murky with all the moisture behind the front. still quite a humid night as well, lows in the mid teens, obviously much fresher than it has been recently. sunday, and more sunshine for scotland will burn off most of the mist quickly, look out for showers in the afternoon. a wetter story to the north and east of northern ireland, hopefully some sunshine in the south—west, the south—west of england and wales doing well with the sunny weather on sunday. hopefully the rain becoming more confined to eastern regions of england, allowing more brightness. highs of 23 in the south.
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then onto the week ahead and quite a deep area of low pressure approaching the south—west on monday, strong and gusty winds, particularly for coastal resorts and the low starts to fill and the winds weaken on tuesday and wednesday but with lighter winds, where we get showers, they could linger, so for some there could be quite a bit of rain around. a pretty unsettled outlook to take us into the middle of the weekend. you can see it is also much fresher with temperatures in the low 20s, perhaps a little more settled and warmer by the end of the week.
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good evening. borisjohnson has pledged to fund a new high—speed rail link between leeds and manchester, that he says will "turbo—charge the economy". he was speaking on a visit to the north west, with the full details of his proposals, to be published in the autumn. but labour says the plans are a rehash of past failed promises from the conservatives. here's vicki young. taking his first steps as prime minister, boris johnson is promising a bright, optimistic future. but he's not the first conservative to come to manchester offering more
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investment for the north of england. at the science and industry museum mrjohnson said action was needed to combat the hopelessness felt by those living in some northern towns. it isn't really the fault of the places and certainly isn't the fault of the people growing up there. they haven't failed, it's we, us, the politicians, our politics, that have failed them. and our plan now in this new government that i lead is to unite our country and to level up. he announced a £3.6 billion fund to improve transport and broadband in 100 towns and committed to a new, fast rail link between manchester and leeds. as far as i'm concerned that is just the beginning of our commitments and our investments. we want to see this whole thing done. many of the people sitting here have heard warm words about the northern powerhouse for five years. and have had really absolutely no progress whatsoever.
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are you really going to have the money for all these other pledges that you have made? so the answer to that is yes. and i think the answer to the point about the northern powerhouse, i really do want to help deliver it, i think it is a fantastic idea, it's a fantastic project and its time has come. there is a lot more to do, this is a down payment from the current prime minister, but it is a lot more than we saw from theresa may who frankly, was disappointing on this agenda. i think today has been a massive step forward and we should be celebrating that. but keeping the pressure on governmentjust to make sure that commitment is anchored and delivered on. but commuters here are demanding more than one new rail line. it costs £4 here for a single bus journey. £1.50 in london. how can that be right? so when it comes to funding, we need the same kind of subsidy that london has had for decades. borisjohnson says the investment will open up new opportunities and turbo—charge the economy. it's all good. yes, all good as long as it happens! at least he is positive,
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which makes a change. that is what i would say, positive. he's very positive and that's what we need. what they promise and what they deliver is always completely different. and i have no faith in borisjohnson as prime minister. absolutely anything he can do to make life better for people is good. whether he can deliver or not, we will wait and see. drawing up a to—do list is the easy part. making it happen is the real challenge. and vicki joins me now. another spending pledge but where is the money coming from? he has only been promised a four days and has spent an awful lot of money, the list of pledges going beyond one railway line but social care, more police, at broadband, betterfunded education and of course that will all cost more and it is not entirely clear where the money is coming from. sell them the country with his wish list is the easy part but the implication is that it will involve
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more borrowing but we do not yet know the answers. he spoke in his tour about domestic issues and choosing to come here for his first speech as prime minister is putting out a signal suggesting that he is in full out a signal suggesting that he is infull campaign out a signal suggesting that he is in full campaign mode even though his team say there are no chances of an early election and i think that he has his sights on some of those labour brakes voting seats. thank you. the independent mp, jared o'mara, says he'll resign when parliament returns in september. he was elected as a labour mp for sheffield hallam in 2017, but quit the party last year, after being suspended for alleged misogynistic and homophobic comments online. he announced earlier this week he'd be taking time out, after being accused by a former aide, of "not caring about his constituents. " leading figures in scientific research are warning a no—deal
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brexit threatens the uk's thriving science sector. the head of the biggest organisation donating money for scientific research, the wellcome trust, has written to the prime minister. baroness eliza manningham—buller is urging an increase in investment — to help maintain the uk as a science super power. what we are anxious about is that the science that is done here goes on being excellent. and to do that it requires both more investment and support from the government, it also requires an immigration policy that welcomes to this country the best researchers in the world. riot police in hong kong have fired tear gas at protestors, taking part in an unauthorised demonstration. thousands had gathered, but after police warnings a small group refused to disperse, throwing bricks and stones, in the northern district of yuen long. the march was in condemnation of an attack on pro democracy protestors last weekend, by masked men. our asia correspondent
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nick beake reports. tear gas, rubber bullets, and anger filled the stifling summer air. welcome to another weekend in hong kong. this is now the rhythm of life. you find a police force trying to contain an eighth consecutive week of demonstrations. and these are the protesters who won't back down — tens of thousands of them. "shame on you," they shout, towards officers they say failed to protect them last weekend here in a town near the chinese border. men in white, suspected to be triad gang members, had attacked pro—democracy activists at a metro station, sending more than a0 to hospital. hong kong police had tried to ban today's march. it didn't work. and once again, as night fell, ha rd—core protesters faced off against them.
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the police have now lost patience and have asked the demonstrators to leave this area, and they haven't. they've already fired tear gas, so street by street, they're coming through and clearing the way. repairing public confidence will be an even harder task. i'm very angry because the police are supposed to protect the people in hong kong — the hong kong people, they're supposed to protect us. but instead, they don't — they stepped back when the triad attacked people. the police used too much force and violence against the protesters and the citizens. so we are here to demonstrate. tonight, a show of force to restore order — for now, at least. the protesters say they'll be back on the streets tomorrow. nick beake, bbc news, hong kong. let's take a look at some of the day's other top stories. hundreds of people have been rescued from an express train, trapped by flooding near the indian city of mumbai.
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helicopters, boats and diving teams were deployed, after the train became stranded during a torrential downpour, close to the town of vangani. passengers were told to remain on board, but were left without food or water, for 15 hours. a man and a woman from essex have been arrested, after a mass brawl on a british cruise ship. six others were injured as the p&0 britannia ferry, sailed into southampton yesterday morning from norway. the fight broke out after a party. the footballer gareth bale could be on his way to the chinese super league, from real madrid. sources close to britain's most expensive player say the move hasn't been finalised but is "very close". reports suggest the deal could see bale earn a million pounds a week. the defending champion, wales' geraint thomas, is set to finish as runner—up, in this year's tour de france. with the largely ceremonial final stage to go, he's trailing colombia's egan bernal, riding in the same british team. patrick gearey has the latest. on top of the mountain, and on top of the world. egan bernal, a 22—year—old
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colombian, will almost certainly become the third youngest winner in the history of the tour de france. born in the andes and crowned in the alps, bernal was followed all the way to the top by his countrymen, who had never seen a colombian win this race. bernal‘s job was to stay in yellow and maintain his lead over the short and dirty seven mile course. last year's winner, britton's geraint thomas, and the rest of team ineos playing wingmen, protecting him from threats. like the man in blue behind him, frenchman julain alaphilippe was the chaser. but that takes a toll on these punishing slopes. this the moment france's bid for a first tour winner in 3a years ran out of puff. thomas was now second, but launched no challenge, effectively handing over the title to his team—mate. they will ride together again in paris tomorrow. all egan bernal must do is on his bike.
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he has climbed his mountain already. patrick geary, bbc news. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel, and i'll be back with the late news at ten. now on bbc one, time for the news where you are. hello and welcome to sportsday. the headlines this evening... egan bernal beats the world's best to set up a first tour de france win for south america. hamilton's on pole position at hockenheim while the ferraris are hit by technical issues. and wembley beckons for warrington wolves and super league leaders, st helens as they win their challenge cup semi finals.
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we will have plenty from the tour de france in a moment, but we will start with formula 1. lewis hamilton will start tomorrow's german grand prix on pole position despite having been ill this week. red bull's max verstappen will start in second place with hamilton's mercedes team—mate valtteri bottas in third. it was a miserable day for ferrari. both their cars suffered technical problems and will start near the back of the grid. craig templeton reports. created an air of expectation. on his opening qualifying lap, there was clearly something wrong, and the pit stop back in. despite ferrari's efforts, they were unable to get him back on the track, and he will start tomorrow's race from 20th place. there's also mercedes's home track — celebrating 125 years of racing this week, and they revision their car in
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the attire. lewis hamilton remains the attire. lewis hamilton remains the same driver, and one fastest in the same driver, and one fastest in the second and third rounds. charles leclair also looked quick, but ferrari's look went bad from work. another mechanical issue, he will start tent. hamilton couldn't improve on his earlier time, but it didn't matter as neither val terry bought us or max for stopping could better it. qualification tells the story of the season so far — the story of the season so far — the story of the season so far — the story of ferrari misfortune and mercedes dominance rugby league's challenge cup final will see warrington wolves face super league leaders, st helens in the showpiece event at wembley next month. warrington beat hull fc 22—14 while st helens thrashed halifax 26—2. austin halewood reports. a builder, a baker, and a farmer, just some of the full—time jobs this halifax team have. taking on the best side of the country in saint
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helen's, it was billed as david versus goliath. some said they would win by 50—60 points. but halifax came to play. great determination and a rock solid defence kept the saints at bay. until finally, the deadlock was broken. captainjames robie slipping over the line late in the first half. but still, halifax stepped into the second, until finally saint helen's class started to show. johnny lie max sliding into the corner before tio phage sealed it later on. it is game over, saints. they are now headed for wembley. aid impressive display from halifax, but in the end, it was just one step too far. as for warrington and hall, there was nothing for these two sites. after 23 rounds of super leak, they are split by two points. but it was the wolves who bit first. a fumble from hull from bryce and gwen slipped into the corner. but from six wins into the
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last eight, hull were filled with confidence — so much so that they tried things like this. sheer brilliance! a pinpoint cross field kick from albert kelly into the corner. there's been nothing between the sites this season, and warrington showed that anything hull could do, they could do to. ben curry rising highest to give the wolves the lead into the break. into the second half, it started just in the second half, it started just in the same way. warrington going to the same way. warrington going to the sky, this time toby king rising highest to score. hull continued to bat against the warrington defence, but in the end it was the wolves who had the final say. a chip, a chase, and a spot in the final. hometown boyjoe philbin the man to take warrington into the finals. the women's challenge cup final was won by leeds rhinos for the second year in a row. they beat castleford tigers 16 points to ten in a tight final, played at the university
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of bolton stadium before the first men's semi final, a triple bill for rugby league fans there today as imran sidat reports. ina in a repeat of last year's final, these rhinos were on the hunt for back to back challenge cup titles. standing in their way where the league leaders castle takers, who handed a lead debut over to holly dart. the tigers came flying out of the traps as rhiannon marshall powered through score against her former side. it didn't take leads long to respond, as she was the quickest to respond here. that's a brilliant take! the rhinos went for earlier dust further ahead, tim's and run off going under the posts. the game was poised at 10—0, and a moment of brilliance from courtney help prove decisive. the former cricketer spreading over 60 yards for a crucial try to put leads on
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the brink. we were waiting for a gamebreaker, and there it was from the leads rhinos! she had the chance to ease her team's nerves later on, but failed with this drop goal attempt. it didn't matter, as leads held on in the celebrations could begin. it's been an incredible week leading up to this. we knew we had in us, it wasjust leading up to this. we knew we had in us, it was just whether we could bring it today. and we sure did. that's the beauty of finals, it brings out the best in everyone. what a great match and exhibition for this part of rugby league. so a second consecutive challenge cup for leads, and the party will go long into the evening in bolton. england have today named their squad for the first ashes test match, which starts at edgbaston on thursday. and as expected, world cup winner jofra archer has been called up to the squad for the first time. archer took 20 wickets in england's world cup campaign, but has been struggling with a side strain recently. he has been picked alongside fellow bowlers, james anderson, stuart broad, chris woakes, olly stone, sam curran and spinner moeen ali.
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all—rounder ben stokes has been restored as vice—captain of the team. he was stripped of that honour for his part in an incident outside a bristol nightclub in 2017. the under—fire batting line—up will continue into the first test with rory burns, joe denly and jason roy selected alongside captain joe root. with wicketkeeper batsmen jonny bairstow and jos buttler also in the squad. here are the thoughts of former england spinner monty panesar anglin have been good in terms of showing the faith in the players laying against island —— england. everyone was thinking about changing the batting order, it may be changing the bowling, as well. some people felt that this was a perfectly balanced squad. and i think that when you're choosing a squad, especially for the ashes, you wa nt to squad, especially for the ashes, you want to keep that faith in the
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players. in their mindset, it allows them to be free and clear about their game plans, knowing that the selectors are showing a lot of faith in them. and that's the best way to be, and! in them. and that's the best way to be, and i think that really puts the players in a good frame of mind, the first test that starts next week. colombia's egan bernal is set to win the tour de france. he'll go into tomorrow's final stage to paris uncontested as is the tradition. bernal has a 1:11 advantage over the defending champion geraint thomas, who is also his team mate. today's stage was won by italy's vincenzo nibali while, bernal and thomas finished together — arm—in—arm 17 seconds further back. patrick gearey reports. on top of the mountain and on top of the world, egan bernal, a 22—year—old colombian, will almost certainly become the third—youngest winner in the history of the tour de france. born in the andes and crowned in the alps, bernal was followed
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all the way to the top by his countrymen who had never seen a colombian win this race. bernal‘s job was to stay in yellow and maintain his lead over the shortened 37—mile course. last year's winner, britain's geraint thomas, and the rest of team minios playing wing man, protecting him from threats. like the man in blue behind him, frenchman julian alaphilippe was the chaser, but that takes its toll on these punishing slopes. this is the moment france's bid for a first haul winner in 3a years ran out of puff. thomas was now second, but launched no challenge, effectively handing over his title to his team—mate. they will ride together again in paris. all bernal must do is stay on his bike — he's climbed his mountain already. patrick geary, bbc news. here's the confirmation of the general classification. 22—year—old bernal set to win his first tour title, with thomas in second and steven krowse—veyk in third. france's julian alaphillippe —
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who held the yellowjersey for so much of the race — will finish fifth. a day after breaking michael phelps' ten—year—old world record in the butterfly, america's caeleb dressel has been making the headlines once again at the world aquatic championships. dressel‘s won three gold medals including two in half an hour. he set a new championship record in the 50metre freestyle, finishing in just over 21 seconds. britain's ben proud came fifth. dressel then won the 100 metre butterfly and was part of the usa team that won the mixed four by 100 metre freestyle relay. history was made in the women's 50—metre butterfly event as sweden's sarah sjoestroem won gold. it's her third successive victory in the event which has never been done before. south korea are dominating at the evian golf championship,
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the fourth women's major of the year. hyojoo kim is currently top of the leaderboard going into tomorrow's final round, and she's joined by some of her most decorated countrywomen. kim enjoyed a 6—under 65 in today's round, with world number one sung hyun park just one shot behind. england's bronte law is in 16th. that's all from sportsday. we'll have more throughout the evening. good evening to you. all that hot weather in europe has handed over to scandinavia, their all—time temperature record this afternoon. still some warmth to be found in the uk and parts of scotland have been hottest, particularly shetland to close at 2a celsius this afternoon. contrasting that on the opposite end of the weather scale, we saw 50 mm
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of the weather scale, we saw 50 mm of rain fall of the weather scale, we saw 50 mm of rainfalland of the weather scale, we saw 50 mm of rain fall and parts of sussex. the areas that are seeing rain today continue to see it tonight. this by the front almost stranded towards the front almost stranded towards the southeast of england. either side of that, 1— to showers this evening, particularly in parts of young yorkshire. it will start to move a bit out of scotland and in the parts of northern ireland. either side of it, some clear skies around. a humid night in some parts of scotla nd around. a humid night in some parts of scotland with clear conditions in the southwest where 1—2 will drop down to single figures tomorrow morning. east anglia through the midlands towards northern ireland will see outbreaks of rain, the most persistent parts of northern ireland and liverpool in the midwest midlands. isolated showers can be ruled out, but a greater chance of a few showers per brewing in scotland as it remains humid with the easterly wind. temperatures here
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could reach 25 celsius in the northwest highlands as we head into tomorrow. still into the 20s in the south end of bit more sunshine towards the southeast coast. cloud in the rain with temperatures generally around 17—20dc. that rain eases away, northwards is where the weather front weakens and the money. at the same time, low—pressure approaches from the southwest, bringing some heavy rain and windy conditions towards the far southwest later on monday. but for many on monday, it will be a dry and bright day, especially with the rain all weekend. temperatures will take a boost into the mid—20s for 1—2 days, a few chances of showers here. the area of wind and rain pushes for the northwards into tuesday, could seek gale force winds. bear that in mind if you're camping at the moment, but where you have sunshine, still feeling quite warm, and there will be more of that through the coming
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