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the trump administration has announced new rules that could deprive around 60 million american women of access to free contraception. employers and insurance companies can now exempt themselves from providing birth control on religious or moral grounds. civil rights groups say they'll fight the move. spain has apologised to people injured during sunday's disputed referendum in catalonia. the catalan government could be just days from declaring independence from spain, but its former leader has warned the region's not ready to go it alone. vigils have been held in las vegas for the victims of the deadliest mass shooting in recent us history. police say they've followed up more than a thousand leads, but still don't know the motive for the attack that left 58 people dead and hundreds injured. coming up at 6:00, breakfast with naga munchetty and ben thompson. but first on bbc news, the travel show. i'm ona
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i'm on a voyage through the heart of the balkans, exploring the places that have grown up along the route of the river sava. it is a journey through four countries that just over 25 years ago were at war. my my trip started at the source in slovenia and continued through to the wetlands of croatia. watch out! this week, i'll be following the river to bosnia and herzegovina, and then eased into serbia. i'm eating those who live along the river banks who want to move on from the conflicts of the 90s and show us what they're part of the world is really like. the cascading waterfalls and
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historic cities of ossia and herzegovina. now gaining more international attention. —— ossia. and here in the north of the country, the river sava is on the tourist agenda as well. it is here that the river takes on a new and important role as an internationally recognised border. because over there is croatia, and on the side of there is croatia, and on the side of the river is bosnia and herzegovina i will be myjourney. it isa it is a far cry from the beleaguered war—torn image some might have bosnia and herzegovina. during the 19905, bosnia and herzegovina. during the 1990s, the river was the scene of some of the fiercest into ethnic fighting. sparked by the breakup of
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yugoslavia. but today, the people who live here are recognising the river at‘s potential. translation: during the war, the river was a physical barrier, separating opposing sides. attitudes towards the river might have changed since the war, but the natural environment is still feeling
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the effects. landmines and munitions we re the effects. landmines and munitions were used extensively in the sava basin, which not only prove to be deadly, but also pollute the water and the problem has been compounded industrial waste. but this group of young people are determined that their natural heritage will not be placed in any furtherjeopardy. there are people who thinks the war is still in our country, but it is not. it is finished. thank you. when we we re not. it is finished. thank you. when we were at war, or after the war, all the generations, they have time to think about it, but now it has ended and i am the new generation that came with that sense that we need to save our nature, so that the same nature can help us. why is it important for you that the nature
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around here is protected? we have an unused nature that tourists can... the potential. yes, the potential that tourists can help us with that, as we need money. so tourism could be the answer to unemployment amongst young people? yes, of course will stop light everywhere. how bad is unemployment? very bad. tourism and may say that? yes. i think it is the only choice that we have. just outside, on the flood plains of the sava, is the wetlands. it has been classed as an area of international importance because it supports a range of endangered species. but it is also under threat are some of the lakes have been trained and ploughed overfor farmland. it is an issue that cilic you want to bring worldwide attention to by holding a music festival here.
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this is one of the djs. what is it about the land here that worries you? and what is happening to it? the thing that worries me is it will all disappear, all the lake, it was 11, 110w disappear, all the lake, it was 11, now it is only two. la kes ? yeah. what is so special about this area that makes you when your friends want to come here? nature, nature, because it is taking. when you look at the sunrise and everything, it is beautiful. so we wanted to check, let's do a festival. maybe someone with the money will come and say, stop that. more than 51 people from across the region came to the festival and the eco— collective plan to hold more events here in the future. some have a might say, how is playing music with a dj sound system
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helping the nature? because that is in right now. the festivals are in. what i am saying is people might comejust for the party. they go, yeah, great party and they go, not even knowing... when they come, they see this beautiful place. we are campaigning to save this land. that is all. and the eco— collect it aren't the only ones hoping to encourage people to visit this region. i'm heading through lush countryside to meet a man who wants to link up the whole of the sava route by bike. what is your grand plan for the whole stretch of this river? the grand plan is actually to connect first, to connect people along the sava. it is connecting a few important cities. well, once you
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know it was a war line, we want to change this, to become more less like a lifeline. he thinks the plan could unite all four countries with a common purpose, and he cycled the entire 850 kilometre route with his team to show it can be done. there are hurdles to overcome, like areas with an estimated landmines. but he says if they succeed, the rewards will be immense. this is just immense. this isjust one immense. this is just one of the answers that could really help people to think about a mutual future, could really help people to think about a mutualfuture, not could really help people to think about a mutual future, not divided. we finished our cycle ride in a riverside city of bridge go. its position on the river with a croatian and serbian borders means it has been strategically important for centuries. its location also
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made it a huge sticking point in 1995 peace talks that sort to end the into ethnic conflict by setting up the into ethnic conflict by setting up two political entities within the country. one representing bosnian croats and the other, serves. though one could agree which region you should be part. the federation bosnia and herzegovina, or the serb republic. and so they made a decision. it would be neither. it has been called your‘s only free city. in official terms, has been called your‘s only free city. in officialterms, it has been called your‘s only free city. in official terms, it is a semi— autonomous district with its own multi—ethnic government and education system. but achieving harmony hasn't been straightforward. for example, the local assembly couldn't agree on a shared memorial for those killed in the country's war. so they built three. it isa
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it is a fascinating place to visit. it is a fascinating place to visit. it has been called a microcosm of the country as a whole because here you can experience the culture of all the different groups that make up all the different groups that make up this complex nation. and that diversity is reflected in the music as well. this band specialise in performing folk songs from all the ethnic backgrounds that make up the city. really, really good. fantastic. how do you do? thank you so much. that was brilliant. and tonight, i am joining the band. can i ask you,
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first of all, how much of the music that you play is a combination of all the different cultures that are in this district? of course, no—one is pretending it isa of course, no—one is pretending it is a utopia. it has a fiendishly compensated government structure and there is lingering resentment about which community effectively has the most power. but on nights like this, harmony reigns. all of us are mixed. there are serbians, croatian, bosnians. we are all the same. i don't even remember
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if someone is that way all this way oi’ if someone is that way all this way or anything. it doesn't feel... the atmosphere is very nice. life goes on, as music goes on. yes. absolutely. in this case, let's have a go. not good. that is such a nice feeling! next my journey, next myjourney, i'm heading east along the sava route to serbia. the endpoint will be the country's biggest city, and its grand capital, belgrade. but still, it is the city on the river's northern bank. now,
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on the river's northern bank. now, on the river's northern bank. now, on the face of it, the city centre is much like any other in serbia, but what is intriguing and surprising is that beneath my feet, but it these streets are the ruins ofa but it these streets are the ruins of a former capital of the roman empire. it was called something different then. the romans chose the spot because of its location on the sava. it means flowing water. most of the roman city including a colossal building still lies beneath a modern metropolis, but some remains, like the huge imperial palace complex, have in excavated. it was 1957 when the work is starting to make an apartment building and then these walls appeared. some historians think as many as 18
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roman emperors were born in the territory of modern—day serbia, and at five of those web born here in the city itself. it is a heritage with archaeologists thinks is little known outside of the balkans, largely due to the period in the late 90s when serbia was seen by some as a political pariah because of the conflict in kosovo. do you think people are surprised that serbia had such a roman history? i think that it is not so much now, and fora i think that it is not so much now, and for a long time, we were isolated and we did a lot during that time, according to the protection of the heritage. and the archaeologists want the world to know about the incredible remains they found here. we are using new 3—d reconstruction techniques so that people can
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digitally explore what parts of this ancient city might have looked like. these things which connect people, like roman heritage, lack these things which are similar to all of us things which are similar to all of us which makes us a part of europe. and this is nowjoint past. —— our. in serbia's incredible history isn't just linking its modern—day cities with the rest of europe, it is bringing the region global attention. beneath the field just outside the city is a roman palace. australian archaeologist from the university of sydney have joined with serbian colleagues to start the mammoth task of excavation. stephan is one of the people co—ordinating the deed. sava dolinka two. micro
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greg ritter. if it turns out to be what we think, it is definitely one of the most exciting finds in the world of european roman archaeology. the plan is to excavate the palace and find out more. but it will take yea rs. and find out more. but it will take years. anything i can help with here? anything i can do? you may in fa ct here? anything i can do? you may in fact hughes this thing. shall i show you? it sprays water that you can clea n you? it sprays water that you can clean the mosaic. stones. incredible. incredible. this is really pleasurable to literally uncover and expose works of building an art that, you know, utterly thousands of years old. ——
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literally. and thousands of years ago, the romans continued down the river to build the ancient city known today as serbia's capital belgrade. this is belgrade's most famous landmark, its fortress, the scene of many a battle during the last 2000 years and if you look over here, you can see exactly why. it is where our companion for the last 900 kilometres, the sava meets the danube, the most strategic point on our entire journey. but today the fortress grounds are the venue for more peaceful if still fiercely contested combat. and today for some premier league stars. the way you doing? you guys are professionals
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but what you are playing is a different kind of basketball, right? street basketball? it looks like basketball but it is completely different sport. how is it different? you play for the court, you play with a small ball. and two or three. you get 12 seconds to try and score and after each goal, the opposing tea m and after each goal, the opposing team drives the ball out beyond the arc on the court and begins the attack. and i show them how it is done. well done! on the --i have a high disadvantage doesn't mean i am worse because i can slip through underneath. that is my theory, anyway. serbia is ranked number one at the world of the sport which has just been added to the lineup for the 2020 olympic games in tokyo. and
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if you want to capture much of this venue if you want to capture much of this venue the season if you want to capture much of this venue the season runs if you want to capture much of this venue the season runs from august untiljune and you can buy tickets at the court. yes! come on! come on! the fortress grounds date back through two millennia of military history but also bear witness to the more recent turbulence in serbia. this weaponry was used against nato air forces this weaponry was used against nato airforces in the war this weaponry was used against nato air forces in the war over kosovo independence in 1999. there is evidence to in the city centre of buildings bombed in the same conflict. but the capital is not the war ravaged the preston city that some people may expect it to be. in fa ct some people may expect it to be. in fact belgrade has picked up quite a reputation for its hedonistic nightlife and cafes like boulevards. the centre is a blend of neo— renaissance architect, intermingled with the brutalist blocks built when this was yugoslavia's capital. but perhaps the most distinctive
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features of the city are these things floating jetty is that set along the banks of the sava. tina tells me how important the river is to the city. i think it looks more like the riviera than a river. basically, i mean given that belgrade is this amazing geographical place, like on the co nflu e nce geographical place, like on the confluence of the danube and the sava, two great rivers, this city blitz by the river. she works as a pioneering cultural centre in the artistic riverside neighbourhood and feels the creative side of the city is often underestimated.” feels the creative side of the city is often underestimated. i think it is often underestimated. i think it is in my opinion that the stereotype surrounding belgrade kind of moves between two bipolar is, the first i would say is the old type of
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belgrade in serbia being this war stricken country and the other is that belgrade is basically this new berlin, eastern berlin after the cold war, the kind of like the newly found utopia for the clubbers. and honestly, i don't think the belgrade applies to either of those. because the city is specific in its own way. dina hopes the city can start to shake the perception held by some in the international community that belgrade and serbia as a whole are intolera nt to belgrade and serbia as a whole are intolerant to minorities. we do have this legacy of retrograde attitudes towards minorities that we must all keepin towards minorities that we must all keep in mind that all those things we re keep in mind that all those things were in the past. in recent years, were in the past. in recent years, we have had successful gay pride in belgrade, although with huge support from police security, but comparing
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to the first years of organising gay pride which when it was almost impossible to imagine that it would be held, things have changed a lot. in the face of the city is changing also. 3 billion euros have been pumped into regenerating a great‘s waterfront. it is a project that has been controversial but some locals but it is hoped will bring investment and tourism to the capital. it's clear that whatever the future holds for belgrade, the river will still be at its very heart. and so, my the 1000 kilometre voyage down the sava threw the balkans is complete. and what a trip it has been. i've seen how the river
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has been a crucial artery stretching all the way back to roman times and how more recently it was the backdrop to some of the most brutal fighting of the 1990s. for me, it's been truly incredible to see how the river is now helping to heal the wounds of the conflict. and let's hope it continues to make new friends out of old enemies. hello there. we've had a treat over the last couple of evenings. some amazing sunset pictures and this was one of them actually from friday evening. beautiful colours there, all because the sun was setting underneath this bank of high cloud that's been streaming down from the north—west. another picture there, this time from coventry. you can see the layers of cloud. that cloud has been thickening and it's been bringing with it outbreaks of rain from the north—west. that's spilling down across england and wales. the rain not amounting to very much, but it does mean it's much more difficult to see the moon at the moment.
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a lot of cloud as we head into the weekend. throughout the weekend we'll continue to feed in cloudier skies, and probably on saturday you're more likely to catch some rain. should be drier across more of the country on sunday and probably that bit brighter as well. this is early saturday, though, and it's a dull start across southern parts of england, perhaps south wales. a bit of rain and drizzle around here. a little bit brighter, though, as you move northwards for a while. in other parts of wales, the midlands, already some showers feeding in on those stronger west to north—westerly winds. a lot of showers to begin the day in northern ireland. in scotland, these showers to the north of scotland could be rather heavy for a time. most of the showers in scotland and northern ireland will be in the morning. in the afternoon they become fewer and lighter. eastern scotland should see some sunshine poking through, a bit more shelter here. improving in the afternoon with some sunshine in north—east england. in between these drizzly rain bands that are moving towards the midlands and this rain that's stuck in the far south—west, we may get some unreliable breaks in the cloud for central, southern england, perhaps south wales.
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temperatures getting up to 16 or 17 degrees. not quite as warm as that, though, for the super league grand final. that's at old trafford. there will be some rain around here. it's going to be quite a dull and damp weekend on the whole across manchester. although this weather front is taking the rain away from the english channel. around the top of this flat area of high pressure, we're again drawing in a lot of cloud. so it's staying pretty mild overnight. we'll still have some of these drizzly showers around on sunday, especially in western scotland. a few running in across wales perhaps into the midlands. many eastern parts of england and scotland, perhaps southern england and south wales, much drier and brighter. a little sunshine, temperatures similar to those on saturday. into the early part of next week and we're going to find all our weather coming in from the atlantic. moving on more quickly over the coming few days, these systems weakening as they run across the uk. it means we're going to find the wind picking up from monday to wednesday, and the wettest weather is always going to be in the north—west.
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at this stage, not much rain in the south—east. hello, this is breakfast, with ben thompson and naga munchetty. "put up or shut up". the leader of the scottish conservatives wades in on the row over theresa may's premiership. ruth davidson urges the party to "knuckle down" and get behind the prime minister, after she faced calls to step down. good morning, it's saturday the seventh of october. also this morning... police in las vegas admit they still don't know what motivated a gunman to kill 58 people — despite chasing more than a thousand leads.
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