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this is bbc news, welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm mike embley. our top stories: borisjohnson‘s suspension of parliament sparks protests and condemnation. opponents of a no—deal brexit are calling the prime minister's move a constitutional outrage. upgraded to a category one hurricane, storm dorian hits the us virgin islands as it heads for the mainland. at least 20 people are killed in a firebomb attack on a nightclub in mexico. several more are seriously hurt.
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there's fierce criticism here of the decision to suspend parliament for more than four weeks. requested by the prime minister, approved by the queen, it means members of parliament who want to prevent the uk leaving the european union without a deal have even less time to do that. for some, it's a constitutional crisis, some critics use the word "coup" — for others it's a way to shortcut years of prevarication about brexit. borisjohnson says it means he can get on with his agenda for the future. this from bbc political editor laura kuenssberg. shutting up shop — at the prime minister's request, the gates will clang shut here for an extra few days next month. debates won't take place, mps won't vote or stand in the way of borisjohnson. we are bringing forward a new legislative programme on crime, on hospitals, and making sure that we have the education funding that we need. and there will be ample time on both sides of that crucial october the 17th
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summit, ample time, in parliament for mps to debate the eu, to debate brexit and all the other issues. ample time. it is not unusual for a new prime minister to close parliament for a short while to press reset, to announce a new programme of what they want to do. but it's intensely controversial to do it now. one former minister told me it's a declaration of war, and certainly the first big shot in a fight that's been brewing since borisjohnson moved into number ten. and the outrage is shared by senior tories, too. at a time of national crisis, parliament must be able to meet, to hold the government to account, to represent our constituents, the electorate, up and down the country. suspending parliament is not acceptable, it's not on. what the prime minister is doing is a sort of smash and grab
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on our democracy in order to force through a no deal exit from the european union. what's he so afraid of? he's acting like some kind of tinpot dictator. frankly, it's not acceptable and, if mps don't stop it, then it's no exaggeration, it's not hyperbole to say this is the day any semblance of uk parliamentary democracy absolutely dies. even the speaker, who is meant to be impartial, let his fury be shown. he said he'd had no contact from the government, but this move represents "a constitutional outrage". he went on to say... ministers are all too aware this is controversial, and won't be surprised by an onslaught of scrutiny. rteporter: are we in a constitutional crisis? sorry, i'm just got to go. not exactly all forward about making the case today. but the move was officially sealed with the queen by a trio of conservative privy councillors,
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who disturbed her majesty's own summer recess, at her balmoral estate in the highlands, today. reporter: are you trying to avoid scrutiny in parliament? certainly not, no. are you worried about a legal challenge? this is a completely proper constitutional procedure. all entirely normal, the leader of the commons told us at the airport later. and brexit backers, guess what, back this, too. the prime minister is entitled to go to her majesty, the queen, to seek a new queen's speech, particularly as a new leader and a new prime minister. he wants to set out his domestic agenda, and i don't think there's anything unusual about that. boris johnson wants to write himself into history as the prime minister who did what it took to get brexit done, but the methods he will pursue to do that, could make or break him, too. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. so after all this sparring between politicians, what do voters in the uk make of the news? the bbc‘s alex forsyth has been talking to some about their reactions. during the last days of summer
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on the banks of the avon, the seismic moves in westminster might seem a world away. but at the deli cafe in the town centre, there is brexit talk. ownerjean voted to leave and welcomes what she sees as decisive action from the prime minister. they've had three years to do this. mps i think now are not going to do it. they can suspend parliament and get on with brexit. some of the cafe's regulars, friends from across the midlands, have a similar view. it is sad that this little core of politicians who didn't like what we, the public, voted for, have thrown their rattles out of the pram and caused all this fuss. and ijust think boris is absolutely right. i'm surprised that he can actually prorogue parliament but, at the same time, it's not democratic, what's happening in parliament.
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the referendum result here almost mirrored the national picture and this town is still divided. if it's being suspended, that's very alarming, isn't it? i think what he's doing is great because otherwise we're not going to get the democracy which is what 52% of this country voted for. sophie and manuela set up the brexit cafe where people can meet to discuss differences. both eu citizens and part of a local pro—europe pressure group. borisjohnson is turning into a tyrant. we have lived with uncertainty for more than three years and it is just getting worse. i don't understand why with the divided country they would want to divide it even more. we are now no longer the fair—minded, well— balanced democracy we all thought
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we were when we were growing up. the constitutional argument may be raging here, but so is it in westminster, where people are trying to figure out how to find a way out of this. and if you want to know anything more about the suspension of parliament or brexit you can go to — you can also download the bbc news app. a suspected arson attack on a nightclub in mexico has killed at least 25 people and left 11 badly hurt. authorities say fire bombs were thrown at the club in the city of coatza coalcos. federal authorities are investigating possible collusion between local officials and organised crime. ramzan karmali reports. there was confusion, shock and despair outside the ca ballo blanco
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bar in coatza coalcos. these mothers wanted answers. translation: they don't tell us anything, theyjust try to make us go away. we have not been given any information. translation: what i want to know is if he is well or not, whatever god says. mexican police did eventually say the attack on the bar was carried out by gangsters. they fired at the nightspot and threw molotov cocktails inside. at least two dozen people were killed and many seriously injured. this is the worst single act of violence since andres manuel lopez obrador became president. he promised his term would bring peace. translation: it is shameful that organised criminals act this way. it is the most shameful thing there is. the president also said there would be an investigation into whether any collusion took place between the authorities
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and the criminals who carried out the attack. gang violence, often driven by the drug trade, is not uncommon in mexico, and the region where this attack took place is known to be one of the most violent in the country. let's get some of the day's other news. in the amazon basin, almost all 2,000 square kilometres of an indigenous reservation, home to the xavante people, have been destroyed by fire. the damage was discovered as officials investigated reports of trucks going in to remove illegally—cut hardwood. south american countries will meet next week to try to co—ordinate a response to the fires. taliban leaders say they're close to finalising a peace deal that will see the withdrawal of us troops from afghanistan. in exchange, they're promising the country will not become a haven for international militants. the two sides have been holding a ninth round of talks in qatar, to end the 18—year war. the american race car driver jessi combs has been killed in a crash as she tried to set
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a new land speed record. she was 39. her family say she died in a jet—powered car in south—east oregon, but they've not released further details. senator kirsten gillibrand has ended her candidacy for the democratic party nomination in the 2020 presidential race. she has been a strong advocate for women's rights but her campaign failed to gain traction. she failed to qualify for the third democratic debate next month. tropical storm dorian has now increased to a categoryi hurricane and is expected to strengthen even further in the coming days. a state of emergency was declared on monday for the us territory of puerto rico, but as david begnaud from cbs news reports, the island was lucky this time to miss the worst of the storm. it is quiet. puerto rico was not lashed by the hurricane, they dodged a bullet and it is all but over. the storm has tracked north—eastward over the last 2a hours, so much so that the main island of puerto rico has been
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essentially spared. that is the great news. the islands of vieques and culebra, which are just off the coast of the main island of puerto rico, are receiving heavy wind, heavy rain but nothing that cannot be managed. i spoke with the federal emergency management agency, fema, which has representatives in both culebra and vieques, and they both report that the power is on, there is no emergency, there is no trees down, no power poles down — everything is fine. the us virgin islands is taking a battering from this hurricane. there we're seeing winds and rains, really heavy windfall and rainfall and winds that we would normally see in a hurricane — right swing, left to right. it is unclear if the power has gone out. i've tried to get an answer on that but have been unable to yet. the british virgin islands are also getting hit pretty hard, but right now all the attention is focusing on where dorian is headed.
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right befoer we came on the air, actually, i saw that the storm had strengthened to 80 miles per hour. it is, as you look at the national hurricane center's projected cone, heading towards the state of florida and, by the time it gets there, it could be a major hurricane. potentially a category three. i spoke to brigitte berry. she is on st thomas in the us virgin islands and works for the virgin islands olympic committee. she said the main problem for everyone there was they were told it was going to be a tropical storm and not a hurricane, so residents prepare differently. well, you tie down different things, you put different things on your windows. i think a lot more people would have covered their windows, my mother would have been one of those people. a lot of people took their boats out of the water this morning. the 5:00am update is when we found out we were on hurricane watch. i know you have been through a number of hurricanes — how bad is this? not bad at all, compared to those. with those we had no power for days and days, and for hurricane marilyn, a year.
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we have some down power lines, so no electricity to parts of the island now, i know stjohn just got power back earlier this evening. we expect our power to be on by tomorrow, and there are some trees down, a bit of flooding, but comparatively nothing compared to category 5s and 3s hurricanes that you just mentioned. we have seen some of the images you sent us on our screens. you had to move a substantial branch to get out of the house, didn't you? yes, absolutely. but compared to having your entire road covered with branches after hurricane irma, i can do one branch. we were surprised at how big it was. winds of iiimph are still
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something to deal with. absolutely, i'm fortunate i'm in a lower elevation, tucked behind a hill. my personal space is actually pretty safe. it is the people on the top of the hills who have the most incredible views who really do get the brunt of the storm. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the fight for germany's fairytale forests — the army's called in to stop the march of a deadly beetle. he's 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, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky. an orange glowing disc that's brighter than anything save the moon —
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our neighbouring planet mars. horn toots there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone 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. big ben bongs this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: borisjohnson's suspension of parliament sparks protests and condemnation. opponents of a no deal brexit are calling the prime minister's move a constitutional outrage. upgraded to a category one hurricane,
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storm dorian hits the us virgin islands as it heads for the mainland. the populist five star movement and the centre—left democratic party have told italy's president they are prepared to form a coalition government. that move sidelines the far—right league, whose leader — matteo salvini — brought down the previous coalition. here's the bbc‘s james reynolds, in rome. italian governments do not last all that long and they might have to find more common ground than the simple mutual mistrust of a single person, matteo salvini. they may have to find common ground on europe, common ground on migration as well. there are a remaining few years on this parliament. elections are not due until 2023 so it might last for some time. matteo salvini's gamble in which he wante to try take matteo salvini's gamble in which he wanted to try take ultimate power might see him havingto sit on the opposition benches for three or four years. the climate campaigner, greta thunberg, has arrived in new york, after a well—publicised
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trip across the atlantic, under sail, to minimize her carbon emissions. it took 15 days. she'll nowjoin climate events ahead of a big un meeting next month, calling on world leaders to act to try to reduce the effects of global warming. the bbc‘s chris buckler was there as she arrived. when world leaders travel to the united nations, they rarely get a reception like this. the un brought out a flotilla of boats to welcome a 16—year—old schoolgirl. it's a sign of how much of a figurehead greta thunberg has become. greta has come to new york to raise concerns about climate change, but even the journey itself was intended to send a message. she wouldn't fly because of the environmental impact. instead, she spent two weeks on a yacht powered only by the wind and sun. the ground is still shaking for me so, but i want to thank everyone so much,
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everyone who is here, and everyone who is involved in this climate fight because this is a fight across borders, across continents. the whole trip was designed to attract publicity — from the online map tracking greta's progress to the twitter account posts from the branded boat. the malizia is a racing yacht fitted with underwater turbines and solar panels. it's designed for long distances, even in rough weather. we're currently doing between 20 and 25 knots. last night, we hit 30 knots and we're about 300 miles away from nova scotia, and it's very rough with very high waves. but just as difficult as the sailing have been some of the questions about it. this was promoted as a trip designed to have a zero—carbon footprint, but there have been reports that in order to get the yacht back
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to europe, some crewmembers are having to be flown to america. greta thunberg has become the face of a campaign and, having made it across continents, she will be a key voice at the next month's un climate action summit here in new york. she also plans to travel to chile for another conference at the end of the year and how she gets there and makes it back to europe in an environmentally friendly way is an answer her team is still trying to answer. chris buckler, bbc news, new york. an urgent battle is under way in the forests of eastern germany. on one side is the army, on the other millions of beetles. after two hot, dry summers, the insects have infested the bark of the trees, causing huge damage. it's been described as an environmental catastrophe, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. in the states of brandenburg and saxony, the forests are dying. you can see it with your own eyes.
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each brown tree is a dead tree. and these little insects are partly to blame. bark beetles — a tiny terror threatening to kill and destroy. translation: it's a real plague. the saxony government estimates this is the most serious plague since even before the first records of forest health. millions of cubic metres of wood is in danger. so they called in the army, who are chopping down trees and stripping back bark. that dries the word and kills off the beetles' lavae. that dries the wood and kills off the beetles' lavae. but the clock is ticking. as bark beetles breed, they spread further and further. translation: if we don't manage to get the infected trees out of the forests in the next 4—6 weeks, it will be very difficult to get it under control. in saxony alone, more than i million cubic metres of forest have been destroyed by bark beetles this year.
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if they can't be controlled, that number will only get bigger. tim allman, bbc news. researchers have discovered a skull, 3.8 million years old and nearly complete, in ethiopia. their study, published in thejournal, nature, challenges ideas about how humans evolved. pallab ghosh reports. in africa, in the distant past, advanced apelike creatures evolved into the first humans. for decades, scientists believed this specimen, nicknamed lucy, was the apelike ancestor to the first true humans but a dig in the afar region of ethiopian found this object. it turned out to be the near complete skull of an ancestor of lucy called anamensis. using computerised scans, researchers built up this face of what anamensis
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actually looked like. it gives anatomy to a specie who basically knew nothing about and that means we can start making comparisons with other species and tried to understand evolutionary comparison and relationships. here we have draw, arm and leg bones. until now this was all we had. not enough to know everything about it by the discovery of a complete skull has transformed our understanding not just of this has transformed our understanding notjust of this species but how the first humans evolved from these advance apelike creatures. analysis suggests lucy's kind is a branch of
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anamensis rather than a direct descendant, and so there are many more contenders to lay claim to being the ancestors of the very first humans to have walked the earth. researchers say this means that there are more contenders as well as lucy to lay claim to being the first humans to have walked the earth. pallab ghosh, bbc news. silver coins dating back to the battle of hastings, nearly a thousand years ago have been found by a couple in britain using a metal detector. the coins show king harold ii in defeat, and a triumphant william the conqueror. there's only ever been one bigger find of norman coins in the uk. this report from jon kay. oh my god! there's pennies everywhere. in a muddy somerset field, the discovery of a lifetime. beeping there's more in there.
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this was the moment metal detectorists found more than 2,000 silver coins. there's another one. lovely. today, looking like lottery winners, lisa grace and her partner, adam staples, came to inspect theirjackpot. they're in fantastic condition. now all cleaned up and catalogued at the british museum in london. just a fantastic find and i don't think we'll everfind anything like it again. no, it's a dream come true. i think it's king harold. experts say the hoard is hugely significant. half the coins are from the reign of king harold ii. the rest were minted when harold was defeated by william the conqueror at the battle of hastings in 1066. beeping there's another one as well. lisa, adam and their friends couldn't believe it when their metal detectors just kept beeping. it went from two to ten, to 50 to 100, to "wow, how many are there?"
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and from then on, it was just crazy. that's a lot of beeps? yeah. i bet you were saying a lot of beeps as well, weren't you, when it happened? there was a lot of swearing going on. the precise location where the hoard was found is being kept top secret, but it's somewhere here in the chew valley. if a coroner declares it treasure, then the landowner and the group of metal detectorists could share a reward, possibly millions of pounds. what are you going to do with the money when it comes? maybe buy a house, yeah. maybe more than one. it's hoped the hoard will go on display in somerset although at least one private collector also wants to buy it. jon kay, bbc news. and before we go, we'd like to leave you with these pictures. a volcano on italy's stromboli island has erupted, again. these pictures have been shared across social media, showing the ash cloud rising up. a river of lava flowed into the sea and set vegetation on fire. no injuries reported but planes have been deployed to drop water
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on the fires that the lava has caused. this eruption seems to be even stronger than the one injuly which killed a hiker and forced tourists to dive into the sea as rocks rained down. hi there. temperatures still made the mid—20s celsius across the south—east of the country on wednesday, but as these weather fronts move through, they've introduced much fresher conditions off the atlantic. it's low pressure now in charge of the weather as we head on into the end of the week. in fact, there'll be a fair amount of rain in the forecast for some northern and western areas. thursday is looking fairly unsettled again across scotland and northern ireland thanks to this area of low pressure. it's going to be pretty windy here — gusts 30—a0mph in exposure. few showers or barely any showers the further south and east you go, and again, a fairly warm afternoon with temperatures reaching the mid—20s celsius. closer to the mid—to—high teens further north. as we move through thursday night it's going to remain windy across north—western areas. further cloud and outbreaks of rain
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piling into scotland and northern ireland. a few showers into the north—west of england. tending to stay dry across the south—east. but it'll be a cooler night for all of us, and temperatures ranging between 11—14 degrees. on into friday, low pressure to the north of the uk. a conveyor belt of cloud and rain streaming in off the atlantic will bring quite a lot of rainfall in fact to parts of the north and the west of the uk, particularly across west and south—west scotland, into northern ireland. rainfall totals really mounting up here. but further south and east, again, closer to the high pressure over the near continent then, it should tend to stay dry with sunny spells, and again, feeling quite warm — 2a, 25 degrees. the mid—to—high teens again further north. now, into the weekend, it remains fairly unsettled, with further wind and certainly some rain around. and then it will turn even cooler as we head on into part two of the weekend, as we see winds switch to a north—westerly direction. so, as we move out of friday and into saturday, this next feature will bring quite a lot of rainfall
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again to northern and western areas. by this point, we could be looking at a few issues across south—west scotland, for dumfries and galloway, maybe four inches of rain falling by the time saturday's out. but this rain band will pivot round, pushing to western england, parts of wales, sunshine and showers follow on behind. but it still stays dry and fairly warm across the far south—east — 20—211 degrees. something cooler pushing into the north—west. but as that front clears through during saturday night, then it opens the floodgates to a polar maritime north—westerly, and that'll be very noticeable right up and down the country. so a much fresher start to the day. plenty of sunshine and showers across northern and western areas. a few heavy, maybe thundery ones mixed in. again it could be the south and east that stays dry in the sunshine, but temperatures will struggle — ranging from 12 to 17 or 18 degrees.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: there is uproar in the uk over the government's decision to suspend parliament for nearly five weeks in the run—up to brexit. opponents of prime minister boris johnson say it's a constitutional crisis and will help him force through a no—deal brexit. the government says it's an entirely legal procedure that will still leave time for more debate in parliament. a suspected arson attack on a nightclub in mexico has killed at least 25 people and left 11 badly hurt. fire bombs were thrown at the club in the city of coatzacoalcos. federal authorities are investigating possible collusion between local officials and organised crime. tropical storm dorian has brought heavy rains and strong winds to the us virgin islands. the storm's been updgraded to a category1 hurricane. florida has declared a state of emergency and forecasters warn it could be a major hurricane by the time it makes landfall on sunday or monday.


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