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this is bbc news. welcome, if you are watching her in the uk, on pbs or around the globe. i am james reynolds. our top stories: prince andrew breaks his silence on thejeffrey epstein scandal in an exclusive bbc interview. he was question of staying at the home at the convicted sex offender. buckingham palace denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. evo morales, the deposed president of bolivia, says he might stand again if there is a re—run of last month's divisive election. the former american ambassador to ukraine tells the impeachment enquiry president from was not manipulated by —— corrupt foreign interests. —— was manipulated by and five alleged spies let go.
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three countries join a cold war style spy swap. prince andrew has answered questions for the first time about his relationship with financierjeffrey epstein. the prince has been accused of having links to the billionaire who killed himself in prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. in an exclusive interview with bbc news, prince andrew was asked asked about his relationship with one of the women, virginia roberts. she says she was forced to have sex with the duke three times. buckingham palace has denied all the allegations against him. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. he is continuing with royal duties. last sunday, he was at the cenotaph, laying a wreath with his nephews.
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and yet, for month after month, he's been the focus of troubling questions. prince andrew, the queen's second son, one moment seen waving from the doorway of the new york home of a convicted child sex offender, jeffrey epstein, and photographed strolling through central park with him. the headlines have been lurid, relentless and deeply damaging. most serious of all is the allegation that andrew himself had sex with a girl called virginia roberts when she was 17 years old. 18 years on, virginia roberts—giuffre, as she is now, insists she's telling the truth. he knows exactly what he's done and i hope he comes clean about it. thank you. buckingham palace has consistently denied any impropriety by prince andrew. now, he's decided to speak for himself to bbc newsnight‘s emily maitlis. one of epstein‘s accusers, virginia roberts, has made allegations against you.
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she says she met you in 2001. she says she dined with you, danced with you at tramp nightclub in london. she went on to have sex with you in a house in belgravia belonging to ghislaine maxwell, your friend. your response? i have no recollection of ever meeting this lady. none whatsoever. you don't remember meeting her? no. it was in 2001, according to virginia roberts, that she had sex with andrew on three occasions, including one orgy. the palace has denied that. in 2008, epstein was convicted of procuring for prostitution a girl under the age of 18. he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. it was in 2010, after epstein had been released from prison, that andrew visited him in new york and stayed at his mansion. how does he explain that? the problem was the fact that
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once he had been convicted... you stayed with him. i stayed with him. and that's the bit that — that, as it were, i kick myself for on a daily basis, because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family, and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices, and i let the side down. simple as that. but nothing about this story is simple. jeffrey epstein can't answer questions — he took his own life in august. as for andrew, the us authorities will undoubtedly very much like to hear his account of everything he witnessed. you can find out exactly what the duke of york had to say about his friendship with the late jeffrey epstein by watching prince andrew and the epstein scandal, the newsnight interview, it's on this this weekend on bbc world news. in the uk, you can catch it at 9pm on saturday on bbc 2.
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the deposed president of bolivia has said he will stand for office again in any rerun of last month's election if his socialist party wants him to. he also told the bbc that elections could go ahead without him. will grant reports. for almost a week now, tear gas, strikes and chaos have been the norm in la pas. supporters of evo morales clash with the police on a daily basis over the way their leader has power. and now they're angry too after the new government severed ties with long—standing socialist ally, venezuela. the interim government, led byjeanine anez, is reversing evo morales‘s policies at every turn. and they blame his attempt to stay in office for the violence on the streets. translation: the bolivian people have reclaimed the right to elect their authorities. that is what's behind all this chaos. evo led us to an election
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on the 20th of october, and what took place was a blatant fraud. after the military asked him to stand down, morales was whisked to mexico and granted asylum. the bbc spoke to him there and he was characteristically defiant over disputed vote. translation: we won in the first round. the problem is the right doesn't recognise the victory. we won. and i have never asked state institutions to help me. back in bolivia's unrest, the government hopes to hold another election in 90 days. there's no clear timetable, but the person sitting in morales‘s recently vacated chair says he won't be allowed to take part. translation: he should face justice because evo morales left in the most cowardly way, he knows he must answer to the country's justice system and is breaking all the protocols of asylum by openly engaging in politics, which isn't permitted
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when one is granted asylum. this stand—off in bolivia isn't going to be fixed easily. as well as ties with venezuela, the new government has also cut a medical programme with cuba trying to consign the socialist agenda of evo morales to the past. but his supporters still refuse to back down. let's get some other day's other news. anti—government protesters in chile have been out on the street a day after the government agreed to hold after the government agreed to hold a referendum on replacing the country's constitution. it dates back to the error of military leader. they want any new constitution to declare that health and education are responsibilities of the state. referendum will take place in april next year. in sri lanka, voting is under way to elect the country's next resident. security and development have been keyissues security and development have been key issues of the campaign with the election coming just seven months
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after a terrorist attack that killed more than 250 people. the final result is expected to be announced by monday. roger stone, a long—time adviser to donald trump, has been convicted on seven criminal counts of lying to congress, obstruction, and witness temporary. mr capstone's trail in washington was an offshoot of investigations into russian interference on the 2016 campaign. the former us ambassador to ukraine who was fired by donald trump has told an impeachment hearing in washington that she felt threatened and intimidated by the president. marie yovanovitch told the congressional committee that donald trump's personal lawyer had worked to discredit her and she said his government had been manipulated by corrupt foreign interests. jon sopel reports from washington. this was devastating and powerful testimony in what turned out to be a day of edge—of—your—seat drama. the us ambassador to ukraine, marie yovanovitch, thrust into the centre
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of a poisonous brew. she fell foul of a diplomatic back channel set up by donald trump's personal lawyer, rudy giuliani, and was fired without warning. the smears against her were all untrue, but in thejuly 25 call between donald trump and his ukrainian counterpart, astonishingly, the us president attacked her. the former ambassador from the united states, the woman, with bad news. well, she is going to go through some things. so, what did she think when she learnt of this a couple of months back? i was...shocked and devastated that i would feature in a phone call between two heads of state in such a manner, where president trump said that i was "bad news" to another world leader and that i would be "going through some things." so i was... it was a terrible moment. then, while she was giving evidence,
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and unbeknown to her, the president went on the attack again, tweeting that "things went bad" wherever she served. she was made aware of this by the chairman of the committee. well, it's very intimidating. it's designed to intimidate, is it not? i mean, i can't speak to what the president is trying to do, but i think the effect is to be intimidating. well, i want to let you know, ambassador, that some of us here take witness intimidation very, very seriously. republicans too were uneasy, but donald trump denied that he'd done anything wrong. sir, do you believe your tweets or words can be intimidating? i don't think so at all. go ahead. impeachment is the mechanism by which a sitting president could be removed from office for "high crimes and misdemeanors." the first stage is a vote in the house of representatives, which has to be carried by a simple majority. if that's passed, then the articles of impeachment go to the upper chamber.
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and here, the president is put on trial, with the 100 senators acting as the jury. for donald trump to be removed from office, two—thirds of senators would have to find him guilty — a threshold that's never been reached before. this has been an uncomfortable day for donald trump. tweeting against marie yovanovitch while she was giving evidence wasn't a smart move, raising questions as it does about whether he was trying to intimidate a witness. but there's no sign that republicans are peeling away from him. and unless they do, the impeachment process goes nowhere and he certainly won't be removed from office. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. authorities in bosnia have imposed a 24—hour curfew on migrants in a town less than ten kilometres from the border with croatia. that is in response to protest by the residents of bihac
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who said they do not feel safe in their own town. the camps of bihac, home to several thousand refugees from asia, the middle east, and north africa. but local residents say they want the migrants to leave. and the aid groups helping them. among them, the international organisation for migration, the iom. translation: we cannot sleep calmly at night. during the day, they run through our guards! —— yards. are we safe? after all these years we have been living here? on friday, hundreds of local residents took to the streets. translation: we want to simply and calmly demonstrate our dissatisfaction with the way the iom and other organisations treat us. it is an arrogant attitude towards the municipality, city and council. officials have been forced to act, they have imposed a 24—hour curfew
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on the migrants. on the other side of bihac, a different camp, held on a former landfill site, lacking running water and electricity. bihac is less than ten kilometres from the border with croatia, a gateway the european union. officials say their hand as been forced and that they have been left to look after someone else's problem. translation: we will not spend any more on the camp. all those saying the conditions are bad, we agree. they can come and help us look for a solution. it is easy sitting in brussels in some humanitarian organisation in new york, in the un, and talk about how the conditions are poor. for those in the camps, it is a bitter irony. so they must have to think about the situation in 1992, when there was war here, and then the people were refugees here as well in the other countries
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so they must have to think the situation. they have to memorise that time when their people was refugees. as the politicians argue, the locals and the migrants are caught in the middle. the locals unhappy with their neighbours they say are forced to cavort were forced upon them, and the migrants not wanting to stay and, for now, unable to leave. richard preston, bbc news. stay with us, on bbc news still to come. thejoys of stay with us, on bbc news still to come. the joys of spanish. stay with us, on bbc news still to come. thejoys of spanish. we meet the american children discovering the american children discovering the advantages of learning a second language for the first time. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police
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in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the first growing european anti—nuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze which has caused millions of pounds worth of damage. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: in an exclusive interview with the bbc, britain's prince
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andrew has said he lets the royal family down by continuing to associate with the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. buckingham palace denies all allegations of inappropriate behaviour. the deposed president of bolivia evo morales says he will stand for office again in any rerun of last month's collection if collection in any rerun of last month's collection if his socialist party wa nts collection if his socialist party wants him to. more details have emerged of the legal action that duchess of suffolk will take against the daily mail and the mall on sunday. the byline investigates website has published court documents which accuse the papers of waging afake documents which accuse the papers of waging a fake news campaign against megan. clive coleman gave us the latest. really serious allegations by the duchess of sussex, which in effect associated newspapers, the publishers of the mail and the mail on sunday, launched a fake news war against her, that they lied when they said they had published the full text of a handwritten letter to herfather when in fact they had only published half and they left out key parts of that letter
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because they didn't conform to the negative image that the paper wanted to portray of the duchess, that there were full stories about her baby shower, about her relationship with her mother, and about the refurbishment of her home with prince harry, frogmore cottage, that for instance they splashed out £5,000 on a copper bath, £500,000 on soundproofing, big money on a tennis court, an orangery, and a yoga studio, none of which, the duchess says, actually existed. and she claims that they falsely claimed the cost was on the public purse. now, associated have told me they intend to fight this case with the utmost vigour. they said that when it was launched last month and they say nothing in this court document changes that. it is getting ugly. clive coleman. russia, norway and lithuania have ta ken clive coleman. russia, norway and lithuania have taken part in a carefully co—ordinated operation that saw the exchange of five convicted spies. this pop took place
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in the russian enclave of kaliningrad and took weeks to organise. tim allman has the story. in 2017, this man was arrested by the russians and accused of espionage, he denied the charges and was convicted and sentenced to 1a yea rs was convicted and sentenced to 1a years in prison but now, he is free and heading home. translation: he is in lithuania, along with representatives of th norwegian authorities and his lawyer. he will come home to norway as soon as it is practically possible. i had a quick conversation by phone with him and said welcome home to norway. also looking forward to a warm welcome home, nikolai filipchenko and sergei moisejenko — two russian men who were arrested and convicted of spying in with the way now. not long after two
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lithuanian men were convicted of spying in russia. so, five spies, three countries, one obvious solution. a classic cold war—style spy swap. the exchange taking place at a border post in the russian enclave of kaliningrad. translation: the state must defend its citizens and use all available tools for that. citizens must know that the state would not abandon them. this is one of the foundations of trust in one's own country. berg soon be back home with his family, his ordeal at an end. an agent of a foreign power, or an innocent man wrongly convicted ? this whole event a reminder that spycraft and espionage live on. tim allman, bbc news. it has been described as one of the worst incidences of its kind seen on an american football field. it happened during an nfl game between the cleveland browns in the pittsburgh steelers. brown's player
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myles garrett is now facing a lengthy ban for an attack on steelers quarterback mason rudolph, with eight seconds left, he wrestled rudolph to the ground after he released the ball, ripped off his opponenfs released the ball, ripped off his opponent's helmet and swung it at his opponent's head. after the game, barrett explained his actions.|j lost my call. i regret it. it will come back to hurt our team and the quys come back to hurt our team and the guys who unintelligible scrum appreciate my team having my back but should not have got to that point. lindsey jones is a writer and commentator on the nfl and says the fallout from the incident continues, and ata fallout from the incident continues, and at a pace. yeah, it has been massive. from the second this happens, late on east coast thursday night, it has been a swift backlash, the nfl, it only took them a matter of you know certainly less than 2a hours, only
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about 12, for them to come out and issue this indefinite ban for myles garrett which is an unprecedented suspension for a single incident of violence on the football field. we have seen some other players have two games on three make games of five games in the past but this is very significant for myles garrett and it really has the nfl kind of evaluating its violence level and then its tolerance for these types of plays. we had to show still photos there but when you look at the actual moving footage he really tugs at the helmet, and that is not just something you see in the nfl? absolutely not. this is a very rare type of situation and you can look back throughout nfl history and there are lots of examples of kind of egregious, aggressive behaviour, especially in the early days of the nfl but they have really put this focus on player safety and head injuries and you have to remember you cannot watch this incident that happened last night with myles
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garrett swinging this helmet and hitting ahead of mason rudolph without remembering that just hitting ahead of mason rudolph without remembering thatjust about one month ago mason rudolph was physically knocked out cold by a hit ina physically knocked out cold by a hit in a football game so this is a very violent game and we're to these kind of little helmet hits that are awful and so hard to watch but this was a brutal actually act of violence and if it had happened on the street or ina bar, if it had happened on the street or in a bar, myles garrett would have been arrested and charged with assault and so that is the situation where it seems like there was actually a crisis averted that mason rudolph was not actually more injured in the situation. you talked about player safety and in recent yea rs of about player safety and in recent years of course the massive issue has been concussion. how does what we saw on the football field just 110w we saw on the football field just now enter into that wider discussion about safety? yeah, you have to look also at the entire game last night between the browns and steelers. three pittsburgh players were knocked out of the game with concussion. two of which came on,
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root of a legal helmet to helmet hit. so much of this discussion is about play safety and educating players about you know their health and long—term health and they had health especially, and so last night's game was just a really big setback to all of that. you know, you kind of thing at the sum of the player safety initiatives, the rule changes, those are not helping because three players were knocked out of this game. in myles garrett with his tremendous act of violence and extreme disregard for other players make safety. now, let's face it, it is hard enough to spell in your own language. imagine having to master it in someone else's. many young americans are now making the effort to learn spanish. we have put some of the bravest ones to the test. yes!
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that is some test! reminder of our top story. in an exclusive interview with the bbc, britain's prince andrew has said he let the royal family down by continuing to associate with the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. more on oui’ offenderjeffrey epstein. more on our website, bbc .com slush news and
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iamon our website, bbc .com slush news and i am on twitter. to stay with us. —— do stay with us. hello. there is a bit more rain in the forecast for this weekend, but hopefully not as much as we had through the week or indeed, as much as we've had through the autumn so far. it looks like some places may well break records, so far this autumn sheffield have recorded over 400 millimetres of rain, just shy of the previous autumn record. provisional figures suggest that nottingham, with 348 millimetres of rain, mayjust have beaten the previous autumn record rainfall. there is more of autumn to come of course and some showery rain in the forecast for this weekend, but also some spells of sunshine. it's quite a complex weather pattern. low pressure over the near continent, a frontal system pushing in from the west, the two staging something of a pincer movement, bringing areas of cloud and patchy rain in towards our shores. now, in between there's a zone
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of clear skies for scotland and northern ireland, that's where we are starting the day with a frost. and some fog patches across northern scotland, some of which will be quite stubborn through the day ahead. generally, i think we will see a bit more cloud spreading into scotland and northern ireland as the day wears on. eastern and southern scotland seeing some splashes of rain and those grey and damp conditions extend across northern england, down into parts of the midlands. the odd sharp shower for south—west of wales down into cornwall, but for the south—east of england, well, here a decent chance of seeing some dry weather and even a little bit of sunshine. another chilly day, but not quite such a windy one as we've been used to lately. now through saturday night into sunday, still these areas of cloud and showery rain around, it will turn a bit cloudier for a good part of scotland and northern ireland. where you do keep clear skies, and some places will, it will turn into a bit of a chilly night. so on sunday, really we're just chasing these areas of cloud and showery rain around the map. it looks like two parts of northern england, wales, the south—west,
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people will see cloud and some showers at times. to the south—east of that, a fighting chance of seeing at least some dry weather. and for northern ireland and scotland, it should turn increasingly break through the day. —— increasingly bright through the day. it's still chilly, single digit temperatures for most of us. now, into the start of the new working week, this little ridge of high pressure is going to try to work its way across the british isles. and that should give a drier and brighter day on monday. this is the day where we do get to dry out. there will be a few showers brought into north sea coastal areas on a brisk, northerly wind, but otherwise it's fine. there is some sunshine. it stays pretty chilly, 6—10 degrees at best. but as we head deeper into the week, it does turn more unsettled again. we will see further outbreaks of rain, heaviest in the west. it will be windy, but it will turn a bit milder.
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welcome to bbc news. our top stories: britain's prince andrew breaks his silence on the jeffrey epstein scandal in an exclusive bbc interview. he was questioned about staying at the home of the convicted sex offender. the financer was founded in his prison cell this year. evo morales, the deposed president of bolivia, says he might stand again if there is a re—run of last month's divisive election. if, his socialist party wants him to. us democrats have accused president trump of intimidating a witness after he launched a twitter attack on the previous ambassador to ukraine while she was testifying in the impeachment hearings.

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