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this is bbc news, the headlines: the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has been officially charged with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. mr netanyahu is alleged to have welcome to bbc news — i'm james reynolds. accepted gifts from wealthy our top stories: businessmen and dispensed favours to try to get more charged with bribery, positive press coverage. fraud and breach of trust — he described the charges as a coup. the israeli prime minister hits a former white house aide has told the impeachment inquiry into donald trump that the president back at prosecutors. pushed a false theory that ukraine meddled in the 2016 election. fiona hill also said she was worried that us foreign policy translation: this evening was being mixed up we witnessed an attempt to carry out a coup d'etat against the prime minister on false allegations on false allegations with domestic politics. in an investigation process that was biased and contaminated. a former white house official tells the impeachment inquiry donald trump security forces in chile have been spread false claims that accused of deliberately ukraine attempted to meddle injuring people taking in the us presidential election. part in the current mass demonstrations against inequality. the rights group, amnesty security forces in chile are accused of deliberately injuring people international says the aim taking part in mass demonstrations is to discourage further protests. against inequality. and — their ride ends with this — after seven years, the new york city
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taxi drivers calendar is rolling out its final edition. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has responded angrily to his indictment on charges of corruption. the accusations relate to cases that involved gifts mr netanyahu received from wealthy figures, as well as alleged efforts to get better media coverage in return for favours. it adds to the uncertainty for a country without a stable government after two elections in a year. gareth barlow reports. benjamin netanyahu benjamin neta nyahu has benjamin netanyahu has been
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indicted. after months of deliberation, the attorney general and former political ally said he made the decision with a heavy heart. translation: with a heavy heart. translation: with a heavy heart i decided to indict him. with a heavy heart but also wholeheartedly, out of a deep sense of duty for the rule of law and the public of israel to the accusations that he had accepted gifts of cigars and pink champagne and gave favours to get positive press coverage have dogged the prime minister in recent yea rs. dogged the prime minister in recent years. but this is a marked development. reacting to the news, benjamin netanyahu development. reacting to the news, benjamin neta nyahu was development. reacting to the news, benjamin netanyahu was defiant. translation: we are witnessing an attempted coup against a serving prime minister, based on fabrications and a tainted, biased investigate if process. translation: i will not let them try on. i will
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continue to leave the country according to the letter of the law with responsibility, devotion and concern for the security and future of us all. technically, mr netanyahu can remain in office. whether he will have the political support, remains to be seen. on the streets, protesters in support of and against the prime minister made their views known. translation: it is unthinkable that the prime minister can continue in office while being indicted for such grave breaches of law. i think it is a shame. i think that neta nyahu was law. i think it is a shame. i think that netanyahu was the strongest figure israel has ever had on the world stage. i think that this was political motivated and it is a sad day for the country. israel is in uncertain waters. after two general elections this year, politicians
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have failed to form a government. and now, for the first time, a sitting prime ministerfaces criminal charges and questions whether he will and can remain in office. natan sachs is a fellow in and director of the centre for middle east policy at brookings institution. hejoins us. mr netanyahu was he joins us. mr netanyahu was the first—ever sitting prime minister to be indicted in israel. how important a moment is this in the country's history? it is a momentous time. netanyahu history? it is a momentous time. neta nyahu was the history? it is a momentous time. netanyahu was the longest serving prime minister in the history of israel and this marks perhaps not the end but perhaps the beginning of the end but perhaps the beginning of the end. it should be noted that netanyahu the end. it should be noted that neta nyahu was not the end. it should be noted that netanyahu was not the first leader to find himself in prison. his immediate predecessor went to prison for charges not completely dissimilar to these. but he resigned long before he was indicted and that is one of the big differences. the
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reaction today, the accusation of a coup, that is what makes him different from his predecessor and others. the people he is a accusing are his hand—picked civil serval —— servants. this is a moment of political crisis for israel and while it may not spell the end for netanyahu while it may not spell the end for neta nyahu he while it may not spell the end for netanyahu he is in deep trouble. can he stay in office as a person who has been indicted 7 he stay in office as a person who has been indicted? legally, yes. he can stay prime minister until the final conviction and that means not only a conviction but any appeal must be rejected. in the slow israeli legal process, that could mean years, literally years. but the here does not have a political majority in the knesset. he has twice been a caretaker prime minister and both neta nyahu twice been a caretaker prime minister and both netanyahu and the opposition leader failed to form a coalition. this makes it harderfor
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netanyahu coalition. this makes it harderfor neta nyahu to garner support coalition. this makes it harderfor netanyahu to garner support and if israel heads to a third election, which does look possible, this may hurt him at the ballots. is there a chance that his own party may decide to depose him from within? that is the crucial point. netanyahu and the opposition leader are at a deadlock. if there was a different leader of his own party, israel would easily have had a government by now. the differences between the opposition and the ruling party are not that great. the big differences netanyahu himself. party of the opposition, the main party was formed as an amalgam of parties that agree on only one thing, opposition to netanyahu only one thing, opposition to neta nyahu especially because only one thing, opposition to netanyahu especially because of corruption charges. if netanyahu's party now fractures, and we do see the beginning of that, we could see a way out of this political crisis. now we have a competition between
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the leadership, many of whom who are eager to get rid of netanyahu and c without him they could easily leave the country, some of them are eager, of course, to do it themselves. an netanyahu of course, to do it themselves. an neta nyahu who commands of course, to do it themselves. an netanyahu who commands support among the base who believes exactly what he said today that this is political persecution. it is oddly similar to what we're seeing here in the united states where we have a donald trump in this case, who many of the republic leadership, senators and others, actually opposed but they do not go against him because the base of the republican party is very much for him. that is similar in the israeli case. thank you very much. indeed, stay on the line and listen to our very next story because you have pa rt to our very next story because you have part introduced it already. in the us impeachment hearings, it was the turn of the president's former top advisor on russia to testify. fiona hill told congress that donald trump pushed a false theory that ukraine meddled in the 2016 presidential election. the house of representatives, led by democrats, is investigating whether or not mr trump improperly put pressure on ukraine to investigate his rival, the former vice presidentjoe biden.
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the bbc‘s north america editor, jon sopel reports. this may well be the season one finale of the impeachment hearings, but it was drama packed. david holmes, a diplomat from the ukrainian embassy. fiona hill, english born, the daughter of a miner from the north—east, who's risen to the heights of the national security council, and tough and plain speaking as any colliery worker you'll find. she went after republicans who've pushed a conspiracy theory that it was ukraine who interfered in the 2016 election to do down donald trump. based on questions and statements i've heard, some of you on this committee appear to believe that russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, ukraine did. this is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the russian security services themselves. david holmes had overheard a call between the eu ambassador and the president, in which donald trump was only
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interested in hearing whether the ukrainians were going to dish the dirt on his political rival, joe biden, and his son, hunter, who was the director of a ukrainian gas company. i asked ambassador sondland if it was true that the president did not give an expletive about ukraine. ambassador sondland agreed the president did not give an expletive about ukraine. i asked why not. ambassador sondland stated that the president only cares about big stuff. i noted there was big stuff going on in ukraine, like a war with russia. ambassador sondland replied that he meant big stuff that benefits the president, like the biden investigation. and fiona hill was devastating about the ambassador who testified yesterday that he was only obeying the president's orders. he was being involved in a domestic political errand, and we were being involved in national security foreign policy, and those two things had just diverged. the white house has issued a furious statement.
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as things stand, these are the last witnesses scheduled to appear and a lot of the evidence that they've given has been compelling and deeply damaging to the president's argument, but the mistake would be to think that this is a court of law. it isn't. it's politics and so far, not a single republican has indicated that they are going to vote for the impeachment of donald trump. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. a lawyer representing the limbs of jeffrey epstein has urged prince
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andrew to give a statement. on wednesday the prince said he was willing to help investigations if required to do so and also announced he would step back from royal duties for the foreseeable future. leaving home in windsor this morning, seemingly as normal, prince andrew — bound for buckingham palace and further meetings to reshape the next phase of his life. arriving at the palace to offer her advice and support, his ex—wife the duchess of york. andrew won't now perform public engagements for the foreseeable future, but it is suggested he may still appear at trooping the colour, the annual celebration of his mother's birthday, though whether he will do so in the uniform of colonel of the grenadier guards is less clear. similarly, it's suggested he'll still lay a wreath at the cenotaph on remembrance sunday. he is after all a former serving officer in the royal navy. what's much clearer now is that it's the core members of the royal family, those who appeared together
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on the palace balcony for the diamond jubilee, who represent the future. this episode has seen prince charles exercise his authority alongside the queen. they were the ones who decided that andrew had to step back before damage was done to the monarchy itself. there is an immediate question as to whether andrew will present himself for questioning by the us authorities about his friendship with the convicted sex offenderjeffrey epstein. in his statement last night, andrew said, "of course i am willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required." we do think it's a good, positive step that he says he's going to co—operate with law enforcement, but we'd like to see that happen. is he going to, for example, fly to the united states and voluntarily meet with our fbi? will he sit for depositions? here, andrew's links with more organisations are being severed. he's stepped down as chancellor of huddersfield university, and as patron of the outward bound trust. he will have much less to do. he's funded by an allowance
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from the queen's private income. it's not known whether that will now be cut. nicholas witchell, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: from war orphan to star ballerina. a remarkable story of perseverance, dedication and survival. 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 in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european anti—nuclear movement.
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the south african government has announced that its 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: the israeli prime minister has been indicted for bribery, fraud and breach of trust — he says the charges amount to a coup. at the end of the first week of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry, the chair of the house intelligence committee said mr trump's conduct was far more serious than anything done by president nixon
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during the watergate scandal. amnesty international says the security forces in chile have deliberately injured people taking part in mass demonstrations against inequality. more than 20 have died and thousands more wounded in more than a month of protests. president pinera acknowledged that — in some cases — the security forces may have disregarded the rules of engagement. cecilia barria reports from the capital, santiago. this is the new evening ritual in santiago. protesters find what they can to cut up the city centre, preparing for more running battles with police. while many of the demonstrations have been peaceful, seems like these are the new normal. it's been a month since the protests began in chile but there is still anger and fear began in chile but there is still angerand fearand began in chile but there is still anger and fear and people are protesting on the streets. here, there is no trust despite change
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been promised. now there are further reasons for anger. a new report by amnesty international says protesters have been deliberately targeted by police with almost 150 people blinded by rubber bullets and tear gas canisters. diego is one of them. he is now blind in his left eye. the rubber bullet is still embedded. transmack are special forces soldier was aiming straight of my face about eight metres from me. i stared at him and he shot me in the eye. this hospital's i unit is struggling to keep up with a number of cases. transmack the injuries we've seen from the protests show very severe trauma in the eyes and we are seeing that in an extremely high number of cases. police say all the allegations will be investigated. transmack it's not
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ourjob to presume the facts before an investigation takes place. we are asking for an investigation to establish the truth in the eyes of the law. but for now, even the most vulnerable continue to be caught in the crisis. at this nursery, parents and teachers say children struggled to breathe when the classroom was filled with tear gas. transmack that day was atrocious because they were drowning. the tear gas, it entered the classroom. they showed no respect. there were babies here. chile's ball into crisis was steep and swift. it's clear now the fall back into stability will be a much longer journey. a man in the united states has been found guilty of money laundering and fraud for his role in a digital currency scam, based in bulgaria. mark scott was accused of helping the founder of the cryptocurrency,
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onecoin, to funnel four hundred million dollars of investors' money into private accounts. samira hussain reports from new york. investors worldwide were led to believe onecoin was a legitimate digital currency being run out of bulgaria. prosecutors in new york said it was actually a ponzi scheme that attracted billions of dollars from investors around the world, but has no realfinancial value. its founder has not been seen or heard from since 2017. jurors in a new york federal court only took a few hours to decide that mark scott was guilty of helping the ignatova to funnel $400 million away from investors and into her private accounts, and that of her associates. in his defence, mr scott's lawyers argued their client had no idea that onecoin was worthless.
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the bulgaria—based organisation behind onecoin ltd continues to operate and denies all wrongdoing. it said "onecoin verifiably fulfils all criteria of the definition of a cryptocurrency" in a statement given to a bbc podcast, the missing cryptoqueen. and you can get more background and analysis on this story. just go to where the bbc‘s technology team have a detailed podcast on the history of the company onecoin. after seven yea rs, the new york city taxi drivers calendar is rolling out its final edition. the calendar has become a cult classic showcasing the funnier and somewhat saucier side of new york cabbies. the charity calendar was created by husband and wide team shannon and phil kirkman. it parodies the popular offering from the new york city fire department, which features musclebound firefighters in various states of undress.
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shannon joins me now from new york along with — augie, otherwise known as mrjune. firefighters are built like firefighters. taxi drivers are built like the rest of us. is that the fun of the calendar? 10096. we want to celebrate real people. that's exactly what i did. your drivers, the 12 of them, they didn't mind, some of them, stripping off? we want to do anyway. clothes on and off, it was going to be off. augie, pause for a second coming, you are mr june. i want to show people the thing you did on your video, there you go. going down into your sunroof. why did you decide on doing that? it's incredible strength i believe that my athleticism is what
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ought me to the calendar. stronger thana ought me to the calendar. stronger than a firefighter. i don't think so. shannon, how did you decide how augie should be mrjune, not mr august. how did you balance everyone? there is a distinct algorithm with use every year, trying to figure out what months will go best next to each other. another question, new york cabbies from what we understand are famously the best talkers in the world. how did you get cabbies to stop talking for long enough to have pictures taken? you know, it was vocal rest. they all went on vocal rest. i might say, on a serious note, we got them to talk and we heard their stories and there are so many amazing, compelling stories from these human beings that work hours and hours and every day so i loved hearing augie's
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story and other stories and they are incredible human beings. augie, tell us incredible human beings. augie, tell us your story. i've been driving for 4.5 years and my father owed about $500,000 from buying his license from the city and i'm still trying to pay it off but there are people who are in worse cases. they have been driving for 20 years, they bought a medallion with an outstanding loan and now they are 60, 70, 80. it is a real impact, human impact. this is the last calendar, shannon. why is that. it's bittersweet. creatively, as creatives, we want to stop while we are ahead in the more and more we did this year after year, we have a ton of fun with it. this year in particular, we went, we feel like we are using the best, the last of our
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best ideas and we wanted to go out with a bang. let's go out with 12 really great ideas and 12 incredible drivers and we feel the project is run its course. augie, when you start going back and driving again, will you be recognised and will you expect passengers to do that thing where you go down the sunroof?” expect passengers to do that thing where you go down the sunroof? i am selling these calendars while i'm driving so i've got to make the money back somehow. we wish you well, mrjune, augie and shannon. now here's an inspiring story. michaela deprince was born in sierra leone, where she was orphaned in the conflict there. she was adopted by an american couple and became a soloist in the dutch national ballet. she's been telling us how she fell in love with dance and her struggle to fit into a world dominated by performers who are fair—skinned.
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i remember my teacher saying, "we don't put a lot of effort into black girls "because they have big boobs and big thighs." i don't have boobs, so he was wrong about that. i could just said, "0k, fine, i quit," but i just love proving people wrong. i first discovered my passion for ballet was when i was in sierra leone in the orphanage and there was this magazine that blew up right against the gate. seeing this woman do something so incredibly beautiful gave me everything, for me to be able to be, like, you can be happy, you can be everything they are saying you are not.
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dancing gave me a chance to figure out who i wanted to be. you get into the studio and you get to surround yourself in this little bubble. i get to be in my own little world. give you an update on bei bei, the giant panda bear who is settling into washington zoo. bei bei will be under quarantine for a month before being shown to the public. you can find out more about how bei bei is getting on the website or download the app. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @jamesbbcnews.
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well, the weekend is just around the corner and the weather, well, you know, is looking a little mixed. there's bound to be some rain in the forecast. of course, there is. it won't be raining all the time. a bit of brightness thrown in there as well but on the whole, you know, it's autumn, it's what we'd expect to see time of the year. and there is indeed a lot of cloud on the satellite picture. one weather system here, another one sitting on top of us is actually an area of low pressure that's over the uk right now, shrouding our skies. low grey skies with drizzle, mist and mirk. drizzle particularly across south of the country and central areas. towards the early hours of friday, probably showers, so bursts of slightly heavier rain, affecting the south coast, maybe wales too. here, a little bit milder, butjust a tad.
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i mean, it's hardly a difference really. 6, 7, 8 degrees maybe in the south. a little bit colder and clearer in western and central scotland, maybe around 3 degrees, 2 or 3. so here's the forecast for friday, so we've got some showers there in the south of the country, in the south—west, some spots of rain also for central and southern scotland, as well as northern ireland. but the real rain arrives in wales and the south west of england, maybe the midlands, later in the afternoon on friday, so this is going to be the soggy bit. so that was friday, this is saturday now, and a blob of rain, cloud and rain, sitting on top of the uk. i think most of us will get at least a few spots of rain. the driest weather across the north of scotland and actually later on saturday it might dry out in london, the south—east, possibly east anglia as well. so that's saturday. sunday is looking a little bit better, we think, and that is because we are going to be inbetween weather systems, so a low pressure approaches the south—west of the uk on sunday, one moves out of the way so we are inbetween.
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this is that inbetween bit here and there are bound to be some sunny breaks so for places like liverpool, manchester, birmingham, london, i suspect sunday might actually end up being a pretty decent day, whereas in the south—west, in wales, with that next low approaching, eventually the rain will reach you. it certainly looks like it might be raining quite early in the day i think in places like cornwall. that sunday low is still over us on monday — it's very slow moving. normally lows will woosh across the atlantic. these are very sluggish and it decides to park itself across the uk. i think, looking at next week, it's going to be very autumnal, very typical for the time of year next week, very changeable. temperature of around ten or 11 and at times rain. that's it, bye bye. 00:29:16,669 --> 2147483051:51:23,049 which has caused millions 2147483051:51:23,049 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 of pounds worth of damage.
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