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welcome to newsday, reporting live from singapore, i'm karishma vaswani. the headlines... the usjustice department is ordered to release a redacted version of the underlying evidence that prompted an fbi search at donald trump's mar a lago home. more safety concerns at the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine after it was disconnected from the national power supply. drought and record temperatures in china threaten rivers and crops — putting several provinces on a national red alert. and wimbledon chaampion novak djokovic confirms he will not play in next weeks us open. his lack of a covid vaccine means
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he cannot enter the states. live from our studio in singapore — this is bbc news. it's newsday. it's 6am in singapore, ”pm in london and 6pm in florida, where a federaljudge has ordered the usjustice department to release a redacted version of the underlying evidence that prompted an fbi search at donald trump's mar a lago home earlier this month. the judge who approved the search warrant said the redacted version of the affidavit should be unsealed — because of massive public interest. prosecutors now have until noon on friday to make the document public. our north america correspondent, anthony zurcher gave us the latest from outside the court in florida. anthony zurcher gave us the latest judge anthony zurcher gave us the latest bruce who wori courthouse judge bruce who works in the federal courthouse just judge bruce who works in the federal courthousejust behind judge bruce who works in the federal courthouse just behind me judge bruce who works in the federal courthousejust behind me has judge bruce who works in the federal courthouse just behind me has given the us justice
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courthouse just behind me has given the usjustice department until noon on friday to release a redacted version of the affidavit the justice department presented to the judge as part of its request for a search warrant of donald trump's amara lago a state about two and a half weeks ago. now, thejudge released a 2—page memo saying that he agreed with the proposed reductions from the justice department from a with the proposed reductions from thejustice department from a said it protected the identity of potential witnesses and sources and shielded the scope and strategy behind the federal investigation. that investigation is into the handling of classified material in the chaotic final days of donald trump's presidency, and the removal of that material from the white house inboxes tomorrow lago where it was storied over the past year and a half. this isn't the only legal proceedings around this search. there is another request by donald trump's lawyers to appoint a special master to review all of these documents and then determine which ones thejustice department can keep and which ones should go back to donald trump. thejudge has issued a
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deadline of friday in that request for a donald trumps lawyers to more carefully refine it to present what exactly they want from their request. so there are a lot of moving parts in this investigation right now, but the bigger picture is all of this is unprecedented. there has never been a federal search of the home of a former president, particularly a former president who still may harbour presidential ambitions as donald trump does. to ukraine next where there's growing concern over safety at europe's largest nuclear power plant — which is now held by russian forces. the final two working reactors at the zaporizhzhia power plant were cut off from ukraine's power grid on thursday. the country's nuclear agency said the problem was caused by nearby fires that damaged overhead electricity lines. the power was later restored — but the incident rang alarm bells far beyond ukraine's borders. a nuclear power plant — and i believe i said this yesterday — should never be
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an active war zone. and so we have said russia should agree to demilitarise the zone around the plant and agree to allow an international atomic energy agency visit as soon as possible to check on the safety and security of the systems. the issue of zaporizhzhia was also raised in a phone call between presidentjoe biden and his ukrainian counterpart, volodymyr zelenskuy. the two leaders called for russia to return full control of the zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant to ukraine and for international atomic energy agency access to the plant. the head of the agency, rafael grossi, told the bbc earlier this week that he expects to lead a mission to zaporizhzhya in the coming days. i'm joined now by nickolas roth from the nuclear threat initiative in washington. great to get you on the programme.
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many in the audience, all of us, really, just wondering how serious the risk right now is of the nuclear accident happening at the plant. thank you for having me. this is an incredibly dangerous moment at this operational nuclear power plant. what happened today represented perhaps one of the most dangerous moments since the crisis at the reactor began months ago. nuclear power plants require off—site power to function safely to cool the reactor, to cool the spent fuel there. any cut off of that power could potentially cause an enormous crisis at the facility.— crisis at the facility. and, you know, i don't _ crisis at the facility. and, you know, i don't want _ crisis at the facility. and, you know, i don't want to - crisis at the facility. and, you know, i don't want to look i crisis at the facility. and, you know, i don't want to look at | crisis at the facility. and, you . know, i don't want to look at the worst—case scenario in this situation, but what does a nuclear accident actually look like? what we talking about here?— talking about here? there is a real dancer of talking about here? there is a real danger of some — talking about here? there is a real danger of some type _ talking about here? there is a real danger of some type of _ talking about here? there is a real|
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danger of some type of radiological release, should there be a nuclear accident at the plant. this is different from say a nuclear explosion from an atomic bomb, but this would be radioactive materials spreading through surrounding areas contaminating water and potentially impacting human health. we contaminating water and potentially impacting human health.— contaminating water and potentially impacting human health. we have got the iaea saying _ impacting human health. we have got the iaea saying they _ impacting human health. we have got the iaea saying they will _ impacting human health. we have got the iaea saying they will get - impacting human health. we have got the iaea saying they will get a - the iaea saying they will get a chance to visit the plant. do you think that this visit will go ahead? that it will be successful? i think that this visit will go ahead? that it will be successful?- that it will be successful? i think it's important — that it will be successful? i think it's important that _ that it will be successful? i think it's important that they - that it will be successful? i think it's important that they have - that it will be successful? i thinkl it's important that they have been playing an incredibly important role in ukraine since the beginning of the war. they have been keeping the world's attention on the ongoing nuclear crisis, notjust in zaporizhzhia but i do nuclear facilities throughout the country. they've been functioning as the arbiter of truth putting out statements on a regular basis about safety and security at the site. that's where many in the public have been getting their information of what has been going on there. also
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providing assistance, sending a team to chernobyl to inspect safety and security i hope that there is a mission to zaporizhzhia. they been trying to negotiate one for quite some time. it would be an incredibly important step to helping to reduce the risks at that site. but even in the risks at that site. but even in the absence of that mission, it's incredibly important that russia, if it is in control of the site and the surrounding area that they should be responsible for ensuring working with ukraine, ensuring that there is no radioactive release providing the equipment, the personnel to ensure that there isn't a nuclear catastrophe.— that there isn't a nuclear catastrophe. that there isn't a nuclear catastrohe. , ., , ., that there isn't a nuclear catastrohe. , . . . catastrophe. nobody wants a nuclear accident or disaster, _ catastrophe. nobody wants a nuclear accident or disaster, right, _ catastrophe. nobody wants a nuclear accident or disaster, right, even - accident or disaster, right, even the russians have been vocal about that as well, but what do we expect
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the international community to do in this situation? but should they do to keep pressuring russia? the international— to keep pressuring russia? tie: international community to keep pressuring russia? tue: international community can continue to play a very important role in calling for a demilitarised zone, certainly an important step, but even a temporary cease—fire in the surrounding area to allow power lines be reconnected to the site, to allow equipment and personnel that are needed to enter the site and potentially even for an iea team to get there. so making those calls are incredibly important, and i think the other thing the international community can be doing is god for bed, and there is some type of accident, being ready to prepare, being ready to provide whatever assistance is needed to those in ukraine and in the neighbouring area. from the nuclear threat initiative in washington, thank you so much for
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coming into the programme with your thoughts. coming into the programme with your thou~hts. ., ~ coming into the programme with your thou~hts. . ~ , ., vladimir putin has signed a decree to increase russia's army by ten percent — to about two million people. just over half the total personnel will be soldiers — though it's not yet clear if the numbers will be boosted through volunteers, or broader conscription. while no official death tolls are available, russian forces have suffered heavy losses as a result of the war in ukraine. the increase is due to come into effect from january next year. as many parts of the world are facing soaring temperatures and serious droughts — china has been particularly hard hit by a record heatwave. severe droughts are threatening crops and drying up riverbeds. for 12 consecutive days, officials have issued a national red alert — which is when four or more provinces are experiencing temperatures of over a0 degrees for two days or more. take a look at this map — it shows where the worst of the drought is — mostly across the south.
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the ministry of agriculture says the drought there has already severely affected some crops like rice and corn. and water levels in the yangtze river are also currently at record lows. our correspondent stephen mcdonell has sent this report from beijing in august, laoye temple is normally surrounded by water. this year, you can walk to it across the dry bed of poyang lake. for 70 days, the yangtze river basin has been caught in a record heat wave, and low river levels have hit hydroelectricity production. one of the worst affected cities has been the inland metropolis of chongqing — home to tens of millions of residents. they've been riding underground trains in the dark because of power rationing. translation: this year, | you turn on the cold water tap for a few minutes, and yet it's still coming out extremely hot.
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the weather is so hot, i cannot sleep. then i wake up with the heat as well. environmentalists are opposing calls for more fossil fuel electricity to guard against future drought effects on hydropower. to ensure the energy supply of residents and industry supposed to be the most priority thing for china to do right now. but we're also concern that this kind of narrative will, you know, give opportunity for more new coal power plants in the local provinces. china has been experiencing extreme high temperatures across vast swathes of this country for months on end, bringing climate change into sharp focus for people on the street. then, to make things worse, this turned into a drought, which is really hitting the economy. consumers across china could find certain foods harder to come by unless the drought breaks soon. what's more, if china can't rescue its autumn harvest and has
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to buy more food from overseas, this could have an effect on global supplies. crops are said to be under severe threat, according to chinese officials. so extra water has been diverted from neighbouring provinces to the driest areas. translation: with | water, there is hope. this water is coming all the way from hunan. even water for everyday use has been hard to come by in some communities. with river levels so low, previously submerged 600 year old buddhas have again become visible. they'll gaze out onto what humans have made of the world until the rains return, replenishing the water, which will eventually reclaim the relics. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing. let's take a look at some of the stories in the headlines in the uk. the british government is being urged to introduce new measures to help people struggling with rising gas
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and electricity bills, ahead of a scheduled rise in the energy price cap tomorrow. the cap is set to triple — compared to a year ago. the family of a nine—year—old girl killed in a shooting in liverpool on monday have urged her killer to hand himself in. police say they're pursuing encouraging lines of inquiry — but they can't rule out he may have left the country. the gap in gcse success has widened between students in london and other parts of england — particularly the north. the overall pass rate across england, wales and northern ireland fell this year compared to last — but was significantly higher than 2019. tennis champion novak djokovic says he will not play the us open because he hasn't had a covid vaccine — which means he'll be refused entry into the country. djokovic has won 21 grand slam tournaments, including three us 0pens. the announcement came just hours
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before the draw for this year's tournament was due to take place. on twitter he wished his fellow players good luck and would wait for his next opportunity to compete. 0ur sports reporter laura mcghie has more. unable to travel to new york for the us open. we had suspected that this may well be the case. if you do cast your mind back to january and the controversy surrounding the 21 time grand slam champion competing at the australian open — he wasn't able to defend his title because his covid—i9 vaccination status led to him being deported from the country. remember, he was detained in a hotel for five days in melbourne after his visa was cancelled. that's because novak djokovic has not been vaccinated against covid—i9, and the serbian says he has no plans to be vaccinated. in fact, djokovic told the bbc earlier this year that he will accept missing more grand slams if it means he has to get a covid vaccine.
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so deportation from australia injanuary, and around that time there had been many discussions as to whether or not djokovic would play much tennis the remainder of the year under these circumstances. he was able to compete at wimbledon last month. the 35—year—old won his 21st major title, leaving him one behind rafael nadal�*s all time men's record. but since october 2021, the united states has banned non vaccinated visitors. and although djokovic was on the us open entry list as recently as monday, and despite him putting out a social media post last month saying he is preparing as if he will be able to compete, obviously his withdrawal suggests that travel restrictions in the us are still stopping that from happening. in a social media post today, djokovic said "sadly, i will not be able to travel." and he said he's in good shape, positive spirits and he will see the tennis world soon. if you want to get in touch with me i'm
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on twitter — @bbckarishma you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme... back from the brink — the large blue butterfly has its best uk summer in 100 and 50 years. he is the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the southeastern sky, an orange glowing disc that is brighter than anything, save the moon, our neighbouring planet mars. there is no doubt this election is an important milestone
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in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. | it will take months and billions| of dollars to repair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off—duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmakerjohn vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm karishma vaswani, in singapore. 0ur headlines... the usjustice department is ordered to release a redacted version of the underlying evidence that prompted an fbi search at donald trump's mar a lago home. and more safety concerns at the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine after it was disconnected from the national power supply.
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un human rights chief michelle bachelet says that she's still aiming to release a long awaited report on china's uyghurs before she steps down next week. it comes four years after the un said it had credible reports that china holds millions of uyghurs in what they said resembled a "massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy." ms bachelet is coming underfire for her lack of firm commitment on an exact date the report will be published — especially from civil society groups who have previously accused her of being too soft on china. take a listen to what ms bachelet said in her final press conference. following my visit to china, the report continued to be reviewed and finalised because we need to also look at what we have seen in china, if it has to be certain things to be reflected or not in the report. so i would say that that's the situation. and we're trying very hard to do what i promised to. for more on this i am joined now
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by sophie richardson, china directorfor human rights watch. great to get you on the programme. we havejust great to get you on the programme. we have just heard from michelle there. she saying that they are trying very hard. is that good enough, do you think has been trying very hard for this report that is presumably extremely important? tt’s presumably extremely important? it's not presumably extremely important? tt�*s not even close. this is a report as you havejust not even close. this is a report as you have just said, not even close. this is a report as you havejust said, the high commissioner and her office have been promising for some time. they said back and december that they were within weeks of releasing it and then back burner date to enable her to take a trip to china that was entirely controlled by the government. and, you know, her reputation, her legacy, the legacy of the office is really on the line if she leaves this position having failed to confront the second most powerful government in the world over atrocity crimes. she powerful government in the world over atrocity crimes.— over atrocity crimes. she must be acutely aware _
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over atrocity crimes. she must be acutely aware of _ over atrocity crimes. she must be acutely aware of that, _ over atrocity crimes. she must be acutely aware of that, and - over atrocity crimes. she must be acutely aware of that, and the - over atrocity crimes. she must be acutely aware of that, and the un over atrocity crimes. she must be i acutely aware of that, and the un as well in terms of what this says about their credibility in their legitimacy and managing these sorts of issues. why did they continue, do you think, to be so reluctant to publish? you think, to be so reluctant to ublish? ~ ~ publish? well, i think we can reasonably — publish? well, i think we can reasonably assume _ publish? well, i think we can reasonably assume that - publish? well, i think we can reasonably assume that the i publish? well, i think we can - reasonably assume that the chinese government is pressuring them not to. we have detailed and published on precisely that kind of pressure, but that's the job. the mandate of that office is to stand with victims and to protect and promote human rights, not to protect and promote the people who are abusing them. so it is up to her to explain what the delay is, but, you know, the report has been ready for some time and, you know, the reasons for her hesitation really are inexplicable at this point. which answer to explain what the delay is. when you look at the fact _ explain what the delay is. when you look at the fact that, _ explain what the delay is. when you look at the fact that, you _ explain what the delay is. when you look at the fact that, you know, - explain what the delay is. when you look at the fact that, you know, the | look at the fact that, you know, the report may well not be published by the end of her term, what is at stake here? talk us to some of the
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big issues. stake here? talk us to some of the bi issues. ~ stake here? talk us to some of the big issues-— big issues. well, certainly at stake whereabouts _ big issues. well, certainly at stake whereabouts and _ big issues. well, certainly at stake whereabouts and well-being - big issues. well, certainly at stake whereabouts and well-being of. whereabouts and well—being of upwards of a million people who disappeared into chinese government arbitrary detention over the last several years. arbitrary detention over the last severalyears. finding arbitrary detention over the last several years. finding family members reuniting people all ending crimes against humanity, these should be the overriding pressure is. it's also really about the resilience and the health of the un's human rights system globally. if a powerful government can get away with crimes against humanity, really, that emboldens them. we were talking about a government that commits serious human rights violations notjust domestically inside china, but beyond its borders, so the stakes here are really not low.— borders, so the stakes here are really not low. you know, there is some rhetoric _ really not low. you know, there is some rhetoric or _ really not low. you know, there is some rhetoric or commentary - really not low. you know, there is some rhetoric or commentary i i some rhetoric or commentary i suppose is a better way to put it that in order to deal with china, managed china, you cannot risk having them lose face in a public
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forum like this. do you think that is the strategy here?— forum like this. do you think that is the strategy here? well, i don't think anybody _ is the strategy here? well, i don't think anybody likes _ is the strategy here? well, i don't think anybody likes to _ is the strategy here? well, i don't think anybody likes to be - think anybody likes to be embarrassed, but i also think 30 years of that strategy has emboldened beijing to commit progressively more serious crimes. now is the moment to change that around and to hold chinese government officials accountable, otherwise we are only going to see where is. that china director for human that china directorfor human rights watch. thank you so much forjoining us on the programme. let's take a look at some other stories in the headlines. us senator marsha blackburn has arrived in taiwan, the third visit by a us dignitary this month. the trip went ahead despite pressure from beijing. a spokesman for china's embassy in washington said that beijing would take unspecified " countermeasures" in response to what he called u.s. "provocations." french presdient emmanuel macron is in algeria, on a trip aimed at repairing ties and boosting energy supplies. at a new conference mr macron said that the two countries should move
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beyond their painful shared history and look to the future. he laid a wreath at a monument to algerians killed during the independence war, which brought french colonial rule to an end 60 years ago. a former british ambassador to myanmar and her husband have been arrested in yangon. vicky bowman — who is no longer a diplomat — has been accused of breaking visa rules. and finally, it was on the brink of extinction in britain more than a0 years ago — but thanks to conservation work, the large blue butterfly has now had a bumper summer. thousands have been recorded this year with the restoration of wild meadows, and south west england now has the world's greatest concentration. helen briggs reports. the vibrant flash of the large blue butterfly, declared extinct in the uk in 1979, it had to be rescued by bringing caterpillars in from sweden.
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and now decades of conservation work's paying off, with more large blue recorded this summer than at any time in 150 years. for one scientist, it's a dream come true. it's been a great thrill to see the butterfly back in such large numbers again. i, alas, was present when the large blue went extinct in this country many years ago and, at the time, i never thought i'd see it back. but now, to look at it and watch perhaps some four, five, six or more all on one patch of flowers is just terrific. the butterfly�*s tricky to protect because it's fussy about where it lives and depends on ants. the young caterpillars trick the ants into taking them into their nests to spend the winter underground. restoring the flower—rich meadows that the butterfly likes to lay its eggs has been key to turning its fortunes around. i'm just trying to get the large blue back on these sites.
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we're actually recreating a missing type of habitat that for various reasons of land use change had more or less disappeared from at least the northern half of europe. you can now see the large blue across much of southern england, alongside other rare insects. the butterfly remains endangered, with climate change and extreme weather the greatest challenges ahead. but the resurgence is, for today at least, providing a bright spot for conservationists. helen briggs, bbc news. before we go — just a reminder of our top story today. a federaljudge in florida has ordered the usjustice department to release a redacted version of the affadavit, which authorised the search of donald trump's home earlier this month. fbi agents searched the former president's estate as part of a criminal investigation into whether mr trump illegally removed documents when he left the white house. the sworn statement will be made
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public by midday on friday. that's it from us. thanks so much for watching. that's it from us. thanks so much forwatching. do that's it from us. thanks so much for watching. do you stay with bbc news. hello. well, last night, parts of southeastern britain were swamped by thunderstorms — a month—and—a—half of rainfall in 1—2 spots, much quieter out there right now. and friday promises to be a decent day, not all that, sunny. we are expecting the clouds to increase through the course of the morning, into the afternoon — all as a result of this weather front which is approaching from the west. it's a weaker weather front, there's not an awful lot of rain on it. perhaps a few showers out towards the west. and notice that central and eastern areas will be mostly bright, even sunny. so here's a closer look, then, early hours of the morning, here's the cloud reaching south western parts of england, wales, the irish sea. certainly cloudy for northern ireland and parts of scotland early on friday morning. 0ut towards the east and south, it will be much brighter.
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1a in london, the starting temperature, around 10—11 in the north of scotland. so starts off quite sunny, but then, this weak weather front moving very slowly across the uk will build cloud across many central parts of england. i suspect the sunniest areas will be along the north sea coast, around the coasts of east anglia, and also the channel. and you can see where the showers are possible — maybe in southwestern scotland, 1—2 elsewhere, the northwest of england, perhaps wales. now, the weekend — all—important weekend because it is, of course, for some of us a bank holiday weekend. sunny spells and just a few showers on the horizon. so predominantly sunny weather on saturday, with high pressure building. this weak weather front mayjust about brush the very far northwest of the uk. and the temperatures highest in the southwest of the uk there, in cardiff. at around 25 celsius. here's that area of high pressure — and this time, it's building from the north. look at the arrows — they're blowing around the high, and the winds will be quite strong at times. so it does mean that the coasts of around the north sea and east anglia, and the channel
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could be quite chilly at times. that will push the warmth out towards the west — so the best weather conditions i think around the irish sea, wales, the southwest of england. here, temperatures up to around the mid—20s once again, but very decent also, say, in glasgow up to around 21 celsius. now here's the outlook through the weekend and into next week — and i think overall, we can say that the weather is mostly set fair for most parts of the uk. that's it for me, bye—bye.
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this is bbc news, the headlines... a federaljudge in florida has ordered the usjustice department to release a redacted version of the underlying evidence that prompted an fbi search at donald trump's mar—a—lago home earlier this month. ukraine's state nuclear company says that the two remaining operating reactors at the zaporizhzhia plant have been disconnected from the power grid. it said it's due to fire damage to overhead power lines. drought and sustained record temperatures in china threaten water supplies and crops, putting several provinces on a national red alert. water levels in the yangtze river are currently at record lows. and wimbledon tennis champion,
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novak djokovic, says he will not play the us open that starts next week because he hasn't

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