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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani. our top stories: a woman is shot dead and three injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum on venezuela's constitution. horsemeat scandal — police in spain accuse an organised crime group of trading meat across europe that's unfit for humans. swiss tennis star roger federer makes history by taking a record eighth wimbledon single‘s men's title. and for all you time lord fans — time to meet the first actress to take on the role of doctor who. one person has been shot dead and three others have been injured
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while waiting to cast their vote in an unofficial referendum in venezuela. this video is believed to show people rushing away from the scene where armed men on motorbikes opened fire at voters outside a polling station, just outside caracas. the vote was organised by the opposition — against government plans to rewrite the constitution. president nicolas maduro has dismissed it all as meaningless. katy watson reports from a polling station outside the country, in sao paulo. it was a steady stream of people queueing up on sunday. venezuelans handing over their id cards before they cast their vote. this referendum is purely symbolic, it's being held because the opposition is angry with the government's plan to effectively enable a rewrite of the country's constitution. it says the government should be asking the people whether or not they want the constituent assembly in the first place.
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people are worried the vote which takes place onjuly 30th is just a way for president maduro holding on to power. still, on sunday, people quring were upbeat. translation: it is a marvellous day because we all have faith that the results will be positive. i can see that people have been coming out early to vote and i am confident we are going to get through this chaotic situation. translation: we are going to show that we are millions who are against the constituent assembly of this government and that we are going to move forward. mr maduro though has justified the government's plans saying a constituent assembly is the only way to help venezuela out of its economic and political crisis. on sunday, the government did a rehearsal for its upcoming vote and said it would not recognise the results of the referendum. translation: the opposition parties have convened this internal consultation with their own mechanisms, without electoral rulebooks, without prior verification, as if they're autonomous and they can decide their own. venezuelans outside the country have also been voting,
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with centres set up in 559 cities in more than 100 countries. in sao paulo people were queueing in the streets. the whole family turning up to vote. here in sao paolo around 300 people were expected to turn up but it looks like double the number have, in fact, organizers say they are having to print more ballot papers so everyone here can vote. venezuelans are being asked three simple questions — if they reject the constituent assembly, if they want the armed forces to defend the country's constitution, and if they want free and fair elections. this referendum will not solve anything soon but with the crisis for people who do not live in venezuela, they say their vote cou nts venezuela, they say their vote counts more than ever. we have two rules. be present. my vote is as important as someone in venezuelan. we need to make sure we do not disconnect from our reality. the
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second one, as we are able to have oui’ second one, as we are able to have our basic needs met, we need to make sure we also help our people back there. this referendum will not solve anything soon but with the crisis in venezuela showing no sign of easing, the opposition wants to show that it has support and put pressure on the government any way it can. katie watson, bbc news, in sao paolo. alberto zambrano — is a journalist and political activist based in caracas. he told me what he hopes this unofficial vote will achieve. to create momentum that will call for general elections within the country, and a rejection of nicolas maduro's illegal constitution assembly. these polls are improvised. the electoral commission in venezuela is not providing oversight. how can anyone have faith in the results? well, this is part... this is a perfectly valid question that we answer in the following way. according to our laws,
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the constitution in venezuela asks for every popular consult, for every vote, to be upheld and to be, to have some sort of backing by a branch of the government. in this case, it is the legislative branch, the assembly, that has called upon this process, this electoral process, to be developed. the civil society, every aspect of it, the universities, the students, the workers, everybody else, they are developing a way to... we have developed in record time a free and fair election. we have no need for... umm... a national electoral council to back us up as a civil society in order to do so because we have
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to constitution by our side. realistically, no one expects nicolas maduro to act on this vote. what are you and other groups going to do next? well, what we are going to do is we are going to escalate on the levels of protesting and demonstrations that we have been working on so far. the thing is that this is the first step towards a movement, towards general elections. everything the opposition, the venezuelan opposition, if doing, everything that we are doing, is within the constitution, is constitutional, is perfectly legal, and is within the standards of what we are setting out to do. we are not improvising anything, unlike nicolas maduro and his cronies. we are playing strictly by the rules and strictly by the constitution.
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spanish police say they have dismantled a europe—wide crime group trading horsemeat that was unfit for humans. 65 people were arrested. the investigation follows the discovery in ireland four years ago, of horsemeat in beefburgers. guy hedgecoe is a journalist based in madrid. he says this gang has been operating across europe: it is a very large scale investigation. the spanish civil guard and europol believe this gang have made 20 million euros out of this scam they have been carrying out. it is very complex and has a european dimension to it, that the meat has been repurposed in spain, the animals were from the north of spain, portugal, going to facilities in spain to be slaughtered. the meat was being exported. most was going abroad. so far, europol and the spanish
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civil guard said it went to a number of european countries. most of the meat seems to be going to belgium. belgium is the european union's biggest horsemeat exporter. from there it was going elsewhere, like places like romania and other places in the eu. that is what we know so far. other details could come. the gist of it is animals not meant to be fit for human consumption were having their documentation tampered with and were therefore being slaughtered as if they were animals that could be eaten as regular horsemeat. thank you. the british government is to review whether to strengthen punishments given to people who commit acid attacks. it comes after five people were hurt in attacks in london on thursday night. this report from our home affairs correspondent, danny shaw, contains some distressing images from the start. the effects can be devastating.
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this is 21—year—old resham khan after acid was thrown at her through a car window while she waited at traffic lights. her cousin jameel muhktar also suffered severe burns in the attack in east london last month. a man has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent. and attacks like this appear to be on the increase. police provided data for acid attacks between last november and april this year. 408 incidents were recorded by police in 39 forces. the most commonly used substances were bleach, ammonia and acid and one in five offenders was younger than 18 where the age of the suspect was known. the home secretary, amber rudd, has now ordered a review to ensure everything possible is being done to prevent acid attacks. life sentences in the most serious cases are already available. the home office wants perpetrators to feel the full force
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of the law. a lot of victims have said that their life has been ruined so why aren't there life sentences? so to really make sure that the whole system really responds urgently and thoroughly to this appalling crime, and at the heart of everything we do must be the victim. the review will also examine whether the 1972 poisons act should be widened to cover more substances. retailers will be consulted about measures to restrict sales of harmful chemicals, customers may have to provide proof of age. in the latest attacks on thursday night, five moped riders in london were allegedly targeted in the space of 90 minutes. a 16—year—old boy has been charged and will appear in court tomorrow. danny shaw, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. thousands of opposition demonstrators have gathered outside the polish parliament to protest against legislation that gives politicians control over the body
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that appointsjudges. critics of the legislation, passed by the senate on saturday, say it will erode the independence of the judiciary and undermine democracy. the pakistani military says it has launched a major offensive against islamic state militants in the north—western region, next to the afghan border. a pakistani military spokesman again denied the presence of the is inside its territory, despite a series of attacks claimed by the group. thousands more people have fled their homes in western canada in response to wildfires which have raged across the province of british columbia for more than a week. about seventeen thousand people are thought to have been evacuated since a state of emergency was declared earlier this month. the israeli prime minister has travelled to paris to commemorate
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the 75th anniversary of the mass arrest of jews the 75th anniversary of the mass arrest ofjews in nazi occupied france during the second world war. during the vizier, mr netanyahu held his first talks with the new french president emanuel micron. —— macron. with a new president, france is finding a new role in the world but there are moments in history that hold a sense of national guilt. france is still facing up to what was done here 75 years ago and taking its responsibility, despite the nazi occupation. translation: it was indeed france which organised the round—up, the deportation, which led to almost all the deaths of the 13,000 people of the jewish faith who were taken from their homes on the 16th and 17th ofjuly, 1942. these are some of the men, women and children who were arrested by french police and packed onto trains simply because
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of their religion. 13,152 mostly taken to auschwitz. fewer than 100 lived. this is the first time an israeli prime minister has been at these commemorations. some feel he is using what happened here to strengthen his own position. i have come here to bow my head in memory of our slained brothers and sisters, slaughtered slowly because they were jews. i have come here to mourn with you the victims. there was politics too. in their first direct talks, president macron pushed the israeli leader for new peace negotiations with the palestinians. reflecting on history can be tough but both men know shaping the future will be a real challenge too.
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dan johnson, bbc news. to stay with us here on bbc news. still to come, 200 years on, celebrating the life and work of jane austen. we meet her superfans. the flamboyant italian fashion designer gianni versace has been shot dead in florida. the multi—millionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worse floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the "great white way" by americans, but tonight it is completely blacked out. it is a timely reminder to all americans of the problems that the energy crisis has brought to them. 200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison — the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy.
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today, hundreds of thousands throng the champs—elysees for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much they could barely stand. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a women has been shot dead and three others injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum in venezuela. the vote has been organised by the opposition against government plans to rewrite the constitution. police in spain have accused an organised crime group of trading meat across europe that's unfit for humans. more than 60 people have been arrested. an international robotics competition for young people starts today in washington.
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it's called the first global challenge and aims to help young people excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. high schools from all over the world will compete but one of the teams had a trickier route to the finals than most. heidi ghaichem explains. rejected after two rounds of interviews and banned from entering the united states, these young women never gave up the fight of achieving their dream. after an exhausting flight, the team of six afghan girls landed in washington to represent their country in a global high school robotics competition. on monday, they compete against more than 160 countries to build robots that can hit balls into goals, hang on bars, and balance on balance beams. they'd been denied entry from the country due to the stricter
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visa entry brought in by donald trump. the case has become a talking point. critics said the ban signified a broader effort to stop muslims entering the country. but a last—minute reversal was announced on wednesday when it was reported the president personally intervened. a homeland security representatives said it was approved. ivanka trump, advocate of women and a supporter of science tweeted her congratulations. the girls were thrilled to take part. translation: the president and the people of the us supported us in this case, showing they did not give up on us. it shows that nothing is impossible and everything is possible. if we have the opportunities, we can make more robots that no one can make.
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for the people of afghanistan, the inclusion of these girls represents far more than entry into a science competition. in a country where girls face significant limitations in education and personal lives, there is now hope for the future. heidi ghaichem, bbc news. roger federer has made history at wimbledon, becoming the first player to win the men's singles title eight times. the veteran swiss star beat marin cilic of croatia in straight sets. what's more, he didn't drop a set all tournament. john watson saw the action. a 19th grand slam title for roger federer, competing in his 19th wimbledon. this will not go down as a classic. marin cilic, as we know, had some problems, a foot problem, and that lead to a straight—sets victory for roger federer. but cilic himself will feel disappointed with how it played out. we have seen him beat roger federer.
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he pushed him close last year and beat him in his only grand slam title but he stood no chance today. a straight—sets victory — records keep tumbling. as we know, he is the oldest male singles winner in wimbledon and the second oldest grand slam champion in the open era. he came through this tournament playing exceptional tennis. he had not dropped a set. no—one has done that since the borg in the ‘70s. what now for roger? interesting how he has managed and shaped his career now in the latter stages at 35, days short of his 36th birthday. we sorely missed the french open and came back of course after the absence at the end of last year when he went on to win the australian open. who would've ever predicted that here, visio, roger
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federer 35 woodwind to grand slam is that he has competed in. interesting to hear the thoughts of boris becker earlier saying that he believes roger federer will go on and win more titles. i guess he will pick and choose which one he competes in but there can be no doubt about it, this successive ex— wimbledon title for the great roger federer once again underlining his status as one of the greatest male tennis players of the greatest male tennis players of all time, if not the greatest. the oscar—winning actor martin landau has died aged 89. he first gained fame in the 1959 alfred hitchcock film north by northwest and featured in a number of the 1960s big—screen blockbusters and the television series mission: impossible. his career saw a revival in the late 1980s, winning an oscar in 1995 for best supporting actor in the film ed wood. the 200th anniversary of the death of one of britain's greatest writers is being commemorated this week in a series of events. jane austen was only 41 when she died, but she left a body
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of work that has entranced generations of readers. duncan kennedy reports. ball gowns and britches — these are the incomparable janeites. and back again. devotees of jane austen are gathering across britain to mark 200 years since her death. among them, sophie andrews. this is the bedroom? yes, this is my austen shrine, should perhaps be the word. from the dresses, the blogs, and the 100 copies of pride and prejudice, sophie is pure janeite. for her, austen is a cultural touchstone. the themes of her stories are still things which concern people today, like the need for money, wanting to find love, family relationships. that still happens today. universal and timeless. exactly.
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it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. in those 23 exquisitely witty words, jane austen opened pride and prejudice, a book adapted for every generation. take this same scene between lizzy bennet and lady catherine de bourgh in three different productions. you are mistaken, madam. i have not been able to account for the honour of seeing you here. and if i am that choice, why may i not accept him? you have insulted me by every possible method. i must beg to return to the house. it was here at chawton in hampshire, where jane austen completed her works, cramming them with 19th century manners, morals, and messages of social comment. the following conversation, which took place between the two friends... the former model lily cole is one of the voices of audible's new version of northanger abbey.
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she says austen is still influential. i think there are still bigger messages which are relevant today around social critiques, class structures, love and romance, and how those two things can interrelate sometimes. jane austen was buried here at winchester cathedral, having completed around only half a dozen or so works. but 200 years on, such is her continued literary pulling power, she will feature on the new £10 note to be unveiled here next week. ironically, jane austen made little money herself but her legacy remains a currency that endures to this day. duncan kennedy, bbc news. the title role in doctor who is to be played by a woman for the first time in the sit—year history of the series. jodie whittaker, who starred in the itv drama broadchurch, will take over from peter capaldi.
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she'll make her first appearance as the 13th doctor in this year's christmas special. here's lizo mzimba. time travel show doctor who making history. jodie whittaker says she is overwhelmed as a feminist, as a woman, and as an actor to be cast as the drummer's first female pop. there has been a huge amount of speculation as to who his replacement will be. when he regenerates and this year ‘s christmas special. regeneration was first introduced in the 1960s. an ingenious solution to the problem of how to continue a show after the
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departure of the actor playing its lead role. it has consistently been one of the bbc‘s greatest hits, a successful combination are proven sci—fi format and the charismatic lead actor. expectations of the new doctor is certain to be high. do you think all fans will welcome female doctor? i think most will, some would be sure, but i think they should remember that doctor who is all about change and this is potentially a really big, really exciting change to the show. the bbc having committed itself to greater diversity, it will be hoping today's announcement will not only excite viewers but will also clearly demonstrate that the time travel show has moved firmly into the 21st century. that's it. you're watching bbc world news. do stay with us. hello there.
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plenty going on with our weather in the next few days. in fact, plenty of ups and downs to come during the week ahead. but if you like sunshine, the weekend ended on a high note for most of us. that was the scene on sunday afternoon in northern ireland. the sunset looked like this from our weather watcher in warwickshire. we take some of the sunshine with us into the start of the week. this is the first chunk of weather in the week. monday, tuesday, wednesday, increasing temperatures, hitting 30. some rain at times. a lot going on. we start off on a quiet note. a brighter note. sunshine around on monday. a bit more cloud for northern and western scotland. that retreats to the northern isles. showers here through the day. elsewhere, dry weather and plenty of sunshine. some high cloud could turn the sunshine a bit hazy in southern england and south wales. but those temperatures could get to 26—27. across northern wales,
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northern ireland. lots of sunshine. highs of 24. similar temperatures in eastern scotland. always cooler, cloudier, quite blustery across the far north of scotland. the odd shower in the northern isles. during monday night and the early hours of tuesday, high pressure in charge across the country keeping things quiet. there could be the odd fog patch here and there. it starts to turning a bit muggy in southern areas. that is a sign of what is to come. tuesday, south—easterly winds drawing warm air from the midcontinent. and with this weather front here, the increasing risk of some thunderstorms late in the day. fine with sunshine during the day. turning hazy in england and wales. and then later on, the first sign we see some of those thunderstorms rolling into the south—west. but quite a lot of warmth and heat on tuesday. 27 in northern scotland. perhaps further south,
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hitting 29—30. now, during tuesday night, storms becoming more widespread. gusty winds as well. downpours going north. further thunderstorms breaking out through the day in england and wales. beginning to turn more fresh from the west. still heat and humidity across east anglia and the south—east. but as those storms clear away, all of us will take cooler and fresher weather for the end of the week with a little bit of rain at times. this is bbc news, the headlines: a woman as been shot dead and three others injured while waiting to vote in an unofficial referendum on venezuela's constitution. armed men on motorbikes opened fire at voters on the outskirts of the capital, caracas. president nicolas maduro has described the vote as meaningless. spanish police say they have dismantled an organised crime group that was trading horsemeat across europe that was unfit for humans. more than 60 people were arrested.
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the police organization, europol, said suspicions were first raised in ireland where tests showed that some beef products contained horsemeat. the pakistani military says it has launched a major offensive against islamic state militants in the north—western region, next to the afghan border. a military spokesman again denied the presence of the is inside its territory, despite a series of attacks claimed by the group. now on bbc news hardtalk.
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