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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: republicans, including two former presidents, join the condemnation of donald trump for his handling of the violence in virginia. at a memorial service in virginia, the mother of heather heyer, an anti—racist protester who was killed in the clashes, called on people to pay attention following her daughter's death. they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her! brexit borders: the government wants business as usual between northern ireland and the republic, ruling out new customs posts. unemployment falls to the lowest level since 1975, but average earnings are still lagging behind inflation. homes buried under a mountain of rock and mud: 600 people still missing in sierra leone. and on newsnight: the mysterious story of the investigative journalist who was last seen
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while following a story on a danish submarine. good evening and welcome to bbc news. condemnation of president trump is growing after his comments blaming all sides for the deadly violence in charlottesville, virginia at the weekend. two former republican presidents, george bush and his son, george w bush, have released a joint statement calling on the american people to reject racial bigotry, anti—semitism, and hatred in all forms. one woman was killed and 19 people were wounded in the clashes on saturday. our north america editor jon sopel reports. # amazing grace... the memorial
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service for heather heyer, a protest and moan down by a white supremacist in cha rlottesville on and moan down by a white supremacist in charlottesville on saturday. but farfrom an in charlottesville on saturday. but far from an occasion when a nation comes together, america seems more bitterly divided than ever. they tried to kill my child to shut her up. well, guess what? you just magnified her! this was cha rlottesville magnified her! this was charlottesville on friday night. racist groups chancing juma crowes will not replace us, carrying ku klux klan style torches, although marching to the slogan white lives matter. yesterday the president blamed both sides for the violence that ensued. you had a group on one side and a group on the other and they came at each other, and it was
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vicious and horrible, horrible thing to watch, but there was another side. there was a group on this side. there was a group on this side. you just called them the left. they came violently attacking the other group. so you can say what you wa nt other group. so you can say what you want but that's the way it is. it's true, there was violence on both sides, but the race hate protesters came told up for trouble. many carried guns. this is in the army but right wing militia that turned up, with weaponry. most had class, helmets and shields with white supremacist insignia. the antiracism demonstrators were not organised. they were mostly local people among whom a small core had come to fight. but donald trump seeming to draw a moral equivalence between swastika carrying neo—nazis and antiracism protesters have brought near universal condemnation. the senior republican paul ryan tweeting: the only significant voice of
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support last night came from the former leader of the ku klux klan, david duke, who said: there is reported to be deep unhappiness among some senior white house staff over the president's comments. he hadn't been due to say anything, and significantly, a new intervention, this time from the two living former republican presidents george hw bush and george w bush, saying there is no room for bigotry 0!’ saying there is no room for bigotry or anti—semitism in today's america. donald trump left new york today to resume his hardly quiet relaxing holiday. more isolated from the political and business establishment than at any time since he took office. mrtrump has
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office. mr trump has scrapped two presidential advisory groups after several business people serving on the panels quit over his handling of the panels quit over his handling of the violence in virginia. when donald trump became president, one of the first things he did was to set up two bodies, one to advise him on manufacturing, the other to advise him on business in general, and they had the cream of the ceos of this country. they were the good and the great. but, after saturday and the great. but, after saturday and the great. but, after saturday and the president's comments on charlottesville, one and the president's comments on cha rlottesville, one by and the president's comments on charlottesville, one by one a trickle became a flood, and mourned began to resign —— they began to resign, and this lunchtime it began to emerge maybe this advisory body was to disband itself in protest at what the president had done. but this is a president who was the host of the apprentice. he doesn't fire, he fires. so he disbanded both bodies at a stroke, saying, i don't wa nt bodies at a stroke, saying, i don't want anything more to do with you. why does this matter? it represents a fundamental breach with the
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business community at a time when donald trump wants to achieve tax—free form, at a time when he wa nts to tax—free form, at a time when he wants to achieve greater infrastructure spending. —— tax reform. but is everyone in the white house wailing over this? probably not. yes, the globalists are probably very unhappy at the turn of events, that the nationalists and populists in the white house are probably quietly cheering all that has unfolded over the past few days. it's a sign of the dysfunction within donald trump's white house. after britain leaves the eu, people and goods should be able to move freely across the border between the irish republic and northern ireland, much as they do now. that's the government's ambition outlined in a paper published today. ministers say they want no return to checkpoints and border posts. at the moment there are about 110 million border crossings every year. northern ireland exports £21; billion worth of goods south of the border — that's nearly a third of all its exports — and it imports £2.7 billion worth. critics of the proposals say they lack credible detail and have raised concerns that an open border
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could become a back—door for immigration from the eu. our ireland correspondent chris buckler reports from the border in narrow water. for more than 300 miles, crossing fields and bridges, roads and rivers, there is a political dividing line on the island of ireland, but it's a border that can't currently be seen, and many wa nt can't currently be seen, and many want it to stay that way. soft toys and cushions are the latest protest against what is being called a hard brexit, where some kinds of barriers could divide towns just either side of this bridge. they are just either side of this bridge and people in areas like this havejobs, businesses and friends that require them to cross this border regularly. i cross this border quite easily 15, 20 times a day, moving goods sometimes, sometimes just to manage staff,
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meet different people, whatever is involved in daily work. if there is any sort of checks that slow that down or anything else, it is going to create a lot of logistical difficulties. the government doesn't want to return to the days when border huts and customs posts marked where northern ireland meets the republic. this position paper seemed to dismiss the idea of a return of infrastructure or even cameras at the border. and ministers say they are determined to protect the common travel area. allowing the free movement of people across ireland and britain. ideas and aspirations that will be welcomed beyond these islands and brussels, but ones which raise political and practical difficulties, with claims that it could allow a back door for people to get into the uk. we do want to ensure that we don't see a return to the borders of the past, we don't see a return to a hard border and that we are able to ensure that the crucial flow of goods and people between northern ireland and the republic of ireland is able to continue in the future. some have raised doubts about the uk's ability to forge
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trade deals with other countries if it agrees to meet the eu's standards for food and agriculture. and if a customs deal cannot be agreed with the eu, there are questions about what will happen to the billions of pounds of trade carried along these busy border roads. the british government believes technology and online declarations could be used to monitor goods carried by biggerfirms. but there are concerns about smuggling, and the irish government has other doubts. i don't believe the island of ireland issues will be resolved through technology and i think this paper probably also accepts that, which is a step forward, and i welcome that. it does leave you wondering what the border is going to look like and if you are outside of the customs union how you police that. we are no clearer as to knowing what that is going to be, are we? that is because the negotiation now needs to take place. and there is a will to find solutions in those negotiations,
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because tied up with the politics and practicalities are concerns about the potential impact of peace and prosperity at this, what is currently the softest of borders. chris buckler, bbc news. a week of national mourning has begun in sierra leone in the wake of the flooding and mudslides that claimed many hundreds of lives near the capital, freetown. officials say more than 100 children are among the 400 people who are known to have died when part of a mountain collapsed onto a settlement. and at least 600 people are still missing. from freetown, martin patience reports. in freetown, the ambulances are rushing not to the hospital but to the main mortuary. they are ferrying the dead — victims buried alive by a landslide. the relatives wait outside to collect their bodies. the stench of death is overpowering. emotions are raw. bishi lost her sister.
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daniel wasn't home when disaster struck. but he tells me six members of his family are dead, including his wife. they died, they died. the grief and anger is tangible here. this is a nation mourning the loss of hundreds. and rescue workers say that authorities are hampering their rescue efforts. this gaping scar was once a neighbourhood. now a landscape changed forever. it's the scene of a recovery operation on the hoof. diggers have been drafted in but there are no sniffer dogs, not enough body bags. the fear is disease could spread unless hundreds
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of corpses are found. a trickle of aid is getting through but many, like adama, are now homeless. i've lost everything, she tells me. martin patience, bbc news, freetown. the number of people out of work in the uk is now at its lowest level in more than a0 years. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity is here with the details. if you look at the total number of unemployed people, that's 1.48 million. that's 4.4%, and part of the reason it such a low rate is because it is a smaller and smaller percentage of an ever—growing workforce. 32.1 million people. with the unemployment rate that local in theory, wages should take off, because employers need to pay more to attract staff, and workers have greater bargaining power. that
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hasn't been happening. they rises did improve slightly. the average was 2.1%. but we used to take it thorough average that pay with rise faster than inflation. that changed in the wake of the financial crisis when pay rises, the dark line here, fell behind price rises, so we couldn't buy as much. in 2014, here, pay rises improved, but this year they flocked back below inflation, so, in spite of low unemployment, earnings in real terms are shrinking. they call it a wages puzzle. the paradox is we got super low unemployment, right down to the level that would normally cause an acceleration in wages, but it's not happening. it's not happening here and it's not happening in any country in the developed world, even with low unemployment. for companies like this upmarket motorbike maker, the tight labour market won't be solved by offering higher pay. it's simple can't find enough skilled staff to make demand for its bikes. at the moment we can't drive the
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growth as fast as we are able, bizarrely not because of models, orders orfinance, bizarrely not because of models, orders or finance, but people. bizarrely not because of models, orders orfinance, but people. it's super frustrating that we can't get the skilled staff to come in and ta ke the skilled staff to come in and take a vantage of the orders that we have. companies used to be able to afford inflation beating pay rises because each year each worker produced a little bit more per hour, helped by investment in new technology, training and skills, but that growth in productivity has been absent in 2017 will stop today's figures also show something interesting about the flow of workers into the ukjobs market. 3.5 6 million people working in the uk are non—uk nationals. now, that number is still rising, but not as quickly as it has been. in the first three months of the year, it grew by 207,000 compared with the year before, but, in the second quarter, it went up byjust 109,000. before, but, in the second quarter, it went up byjust109,000. that's a sharp slowdown. that's a summary of the news. newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news,
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it's time for newsnight. the unseen border on the island of ireland is the latest political dividing line in the brexit battle. so just how unseen is it? want to see how soft this border is right now? that van is in the republic, now it's in the uk. the only hint it's gone from one country to another — the speed—limit signs go from metric to imperial. and as the british government publishes its post—brexit vision for the border, we ask ireland's foreign secretary, what happens next? a president who seems to side with white supremicists? is donald trump a racist or just another politician protecting his supporter base? we ask his former adviser whether he thinks the president has sympathies for the far right. and a story straight out of a nordic drama.


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