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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. china's ambassador to the uk tells the bbc the uk's decision to drop huawei from it's 56 networks is a bad move for the country. i think uk should have it own independent foreign policy, rather than to dance to the tune of americans. like what happened to huawei. more than a quarter of a million coronavirus cases in 2a hours, the largest single—day global rise in cases since the start of the pandemic. borisjohnson says that in the uk, he does not believe another nationwide lockdown will be needed — even if there's a second spike of coronavirus this winter.
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eu leaders meet for an unscheduled third day of talks on a post—coronavirus economic recovery plan. lebanon faces economic ruin as the country's currency loses 80% of its value against the dollar — resulting in soaring prices. and the first official photos of the wedding of princess beatrice and italian count edoardo mapelli—mozzi — from their private ceremony on friday — attended by the queen and the duke of edinburgh. hello and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world, and stay with us for the latest news and analysis from here and across the globe. china's ambassador to the uk has accused the west of starting a "new cold war" with beijing.
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in an interview with the bbc‘s andrew marr, liu xiao—ming claimed the uk had last week "purged" the telecoms giant, huawei, from its 56 data networks because of pressure from president trump. he was asked if his country planned to punish british companies operating in china as part of its response. we do not want to politicise the economy, that is wrong. you know, that is wrong for united kingdom to discriminate chinese company because of pressure from united states. people talk about this national security risk, there is no hard, solid evidence. nothing to say huawei is a risk to uk, they've been here for 20 years. they made a huge contribution totally, not only to telecom industry of this country, they have, you know, implement their corporate responsibility, they help the uk to develop, and uk want to
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have a... prime minister, boris johnson, have ambitious plan to have a full coverage, 56 coverage, by 2025, i think huawei can deliver that. huawei can be a big help, but now seem to me, ukjust kick them out. use your middle to purge them under the pressure of united states. you know, us leaders claim credit because of this. our business correspondent katie prescott explained that the decision could also have an impact on chinese business investment here in the uk. he said that he didn't want, he didn't think the economy should be politicized by all of this. because of course it is very difficult to see how it can be anything but, and one of the china experts that i have been speaking to this morning says this could indeed have repercussions for uk companies that are based china. that over the last ten years china has had form in punishing
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companies of countries that it is in the diplomatic cross hairs of. i think that is what is going to be really interesting to watch going forward, just to see what this decision, this well trail decision to be fair, what sort of a percussions that will have for uk businesses that are based in china. and possible repercussions clearly for chinese investment in the uk as well, we are hearing about tiktok, for example, may be thinking again about plans to have a base in the uk. yes, this will be an interesting one to watch. so the sunday times was reporting this morning that the big company, tiktok, very popular social media company amongst teenagers, was planning to have a base here now might be going back on that. i think many chinese investments here are seen as trophies for china, for example, the nuclear power plant being built here in the uk. so i think it is quite unlikely that china will start to pull its investments out of the uk because it isa investments out of the uk because it is a way of showcasing just exactly what they can do to stop but whether it will be seen as a friendly
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business environment for them to begin, ithink business environment for them to begin, i think that will be to watch. that is katie prescott, our business correspondent. the chinese ambassador also questioned the authenticity of a video which has been widely shared on social media this week allegedly showing chinese police herding hundreds of uyghur men on to trains. this is not the first time you showed me, i remember last year you showed me, i remember last year you show me what is happening, but let me tell you this. have you been there yourself? no, i never have. there is a chinese saying that you do not know how big china is. that is not beautiful coverage however, is not beautiful coverage however, is it? you know, that is exactly what i'm going to tell you, since
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1990 thousands of terrorist attacks have happened here. that was ten yea rs have happened here. that was ten years ago, can i ask you why people are kneeling, blindfolded and unshaven and being led to trains and modern china? what is going on?” unshaven and being led to trains and modern china? what is going on? i do not know where you get this video tape, you know, sometimes you have a transmit, transfer of prisoners in any country... but what is happening here, ambassador? i do not know where you got this video? this has been going around the world, they have been authenticated by intelligence agencies and australian experts who say that these are uighurs. let me tell you this, the so—called western intelligence keeping making this force accusation against china. 1 million have been persecuted, how many population this
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place has? a0 years ago it was four 01’ place has? a0 years ago it was four or5 place has? a0 years ago it was four or 5 million, now it is 11 million people, now people say that we impose, we have ethnic cleansing, for the population has doubled in the a0 years. the british foreign secretary, dominic raab said it was clear the uighur minority in china have suffered human rights abuses. it is clear that there are gross human rights abuses going on, which is why, in new york, sorry, in geneva, the un, we raised this with 27 partners. first time it has been done to call out the government of china for its human right abuses of the uighurs, also hong kong, so we are working with our international partners on this, and it is deeply, deeply troubling. and the reports and the human aspect of it from forced sterilization to the education camps are reminiscent of something we have not seen for a
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long, long time. some breaking news coming into us from sussex police now about a stabbing incident at the royal sussex county hospital. a man arrested and police and security staff working to ensure the safety of everyone there, they say that the sussex police at 8a2 this morning, the police were called to the hospital in brighton. it was after a report that a member of staff had separatist dad wound. the hospital say police —— had suffered a stab wound to stop the police were working with the staff to confirm that no one else has been injured to make sure that staff and patients are safe. suffix police are also saying that in media research and inquiry, 30—year—old man was arrested nearby on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently
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any custody for interview and further inquiry. so thatjess and from sussex, a stabbing at the royal sussex county hospital. for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, the number of new daily infections around the world has surpassed a quarter of a million. the biggest increases were in the us, brazil, india and south africa. brazil remains one of the worst affected countries with the number of cases passing two million. more than 78,000 people have died there with the virus — and numbers are rising. of the 600,000 people who've caught the virus and lost their lives, nearly a quarter were in the united states. it still has by far the biggest outbreak of covid—19 and does not yet appear close to reaching a peak. and the death toll in india now stands at 26,816. here's our reporter paul hawkins with more details. according to the world health organization, this is the first time the number
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of new daily infections has surpassed a quarter of a million. the biggest increases are in south africa, india, brazil and the usa, where there are now approximately 71,000 new cases per day. a1 states out of 50 are seeing an increase, but the biggest rises are in southern and western states like here in california, arizona, texas, and florida, which, a few days ago, reported more new cases in a 2a—hour period than the entire european union. many experts say lockdown was lifted too quickly, the messaging on masks has been mixed, with president trump wearing one, but not insisting his fellow americans have to wear one, too, which directly contradicts his top infectious diseases expert. i would urge the leaders, the local political and other leaders, in states and cities and towns to be as forceful
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as possible in getting your citizentry to wear masks. brazil has approximately a5,000 new cases a day, total infections, like the us are over 2 million, a figure reached in less than a month after taking four months to reach1 million. but there is some good news. there is a plateau, an opportunity now for brazil to push the disease down, to suppress the transmission of the virus, to take control. india has approximately 35,000 new cases per day. scientists say the peak could still be months away. although the fatality rate is relatively low. south africa has 13,000 new cases per day. it has gripped the country, overwhelming hospitals and that is why all south africans have to wear masks with the president saying this last weekend. the sale, the dispensing and distribution of alcohol will be suspended with immediate effect. a curfew will be put in place.
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and, so, without a vaccine, the numbers keep climbing. the death toll keeps rising, and the world tries to adapt. paul hawkins, bbc news. eu leaders in brussels are meeting for an unplanned third day as they try to reach agreement on an economic stimulus package, and their next budget. the leaders are continuing to haggle over conditions that may be attached to aid for the member states worst affected by covid—19. james ra nsley reports. negotiations long into the night, but still no deal on the coronavirus economic rescue package. translation: we need to get a result. unfortunately, at the end of this day, we have not achieved it, negative. leaders haggling over the proposed 750 billion euros recovering fund. translation: there is a proposal from the president of the european council now
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which i believe represents in a very smart way what we want but this doesn't mean that everyone accepted it, so we don't have a deal yet. it was elbow bumps in the first face—to—face eu summit since spring lockdowns across the continent. pleasantries that masked a deep divide among eu countries over whether the package should be given as grants or loans. france and germany want grants to mostly finance the fund, but four wealthy northern member states, the netherlands, sweden, denmark and austria, insist on loans. still, there is some optimism. translation: in summary, one can say it is going quite well. things are going in the right direction. of course, as you'd expect, it is a tough struggle, a tough negotiation, but there is movement in the right direction and that is the most important thing. with the pandemic dealing europe its worst economic
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shock since world war ii, leaders here are hoping they will be able to iron out their differences when they meet this morning. james ransley, bbc news. 0ur europe correspondent, gavin lee is in brussels, and has been giving us more details about the talks. here the frugal four have become the frugalfive, austria, sweden, denmark, the netherlands and finland now, and it is all about, the main issue here is about the money that is given the money that is given out as grants rather than loans. so 750 billion euros is the part that they want to raise on the financial market, between the 27 countries, too, basically, in the short term, maybe survive the recession from covid—19. 8% on average gdp contraction across europe. spain, for example, have seen an 11% contraction. so what do they do to try and boost the economy, boostjobs, get people working again, and it comes down to relieve the leader of the pack, mark rutte, they say in dutch... he is keeping a stiff leg,
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that means he is not budging an inch on this because the dutch want to see a smaller amount given in grants. around 300 billion euros, not 500 billion euros as is planned, but the italians and the spanish, they don't want to see that part being reduced. they want to see money without these conditions or having to pay it back, because they say it is simply not their fault. last night we were told from mark rutte that angela merkel and emmanuel macron, the french and german leaders, walked out, he said, in a grumpy break—out because they were tired. they said they understood everybody‘s position, but they want to go home. they've been talking, ben, for more than 25 hours now. they are trying to work out this recovery fund on the one hand, they are trying to work out the long—term budget with more than 1 trillion, and they all have to pay a bit extra because of the uk leaving officially as of the end of the year. the transition period ends. so that is taking time also. one other thing to throw into this is, there are some conditions known as
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the rule of law, which is that all countries abide by the general principles of the eu. there are three countries, poland, slovakia and hungary that are saying they want these conditions attached to the cash, they've all been investigated and proceedings against them on that issue in the past, so add this, it is a massive political rubiks cube. and they are back in for day three of talks. yeah, day three of talks and angela merkel, i think this morning has said, actually, they might not reach an agreement today. if they don't, what happens next? yes, well, she has said that it can well be that we won't have a solution today. i think they are going to try, basically, the conduit for these talks, into the lions den in some ways, pretty new into the job, the new president of the european council, trying to work out a way to understand everybody‘s position and get them together. he is set to come today with a new proposal, he has already revised it once. yesterday he reduced the grants from 500 billion euros to a50 billion and gave people, what they call, a super emergency brake, which means if,
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let's say spain applied for some money. another country has three days to say, hang on, we have a problem and lodge that with the european council and commission. and it's whether mark rutte is happy with that, the dutch are said to be more onboard, that the same time we are hearing that the austrians and danish are still further trying to reduce the amount of grants. and that is like whack—a—mole on a massive political scale. in short, this could be another emergency summit, perhaps next week or the weekend after. uk prime minister boris johnson has compared the prospect of a second national lockdown to britain's nuclear deterrent, but says he wouldn't want to impose it. mrjohnson told the sunday telegraph newspaper he doesn't believe another nationwide lockdown will be needed if there's a second spike of coronavirus this winter. he also said that he believes any future outbreaks can be dealt with at a local or regional level. nick eardly reports.
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this wasn't so long ago, national lockdown across the uk. streets deserted. things are starting to move again, but the economic and social cost of the shutdown will be felt for some time. so the government is desperate to avoid a repeat. speaking to the sunday telegraph, the prime minister compares the idea of another national lockdown to the nuclear deterrent. something he can't abandon as an option, but one he never wants to use. that's because the government thinks local action can work now too. in places like rochdale where locals are being told to take extra precautions. limiting visitors to the house to two, wearing a face covering in shops before they become mandatory in england. the government has offered a light at the end of the tunnel, saying things could get back to something like normal before christmas. but some of their own advisors think pre—lockdown life,
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hugging ourfriends, shaking hands with people we meet, everyone going back to work, could take longer, possibly not until a vaccine is found. the government says everything is conditional on the virus being under control and nobody can be certain on what will happens next. nick eardley, bbc news. the government's chief scientific adviser, sir patrick vallance, says there's a risk that national measures could be needed again. speaking to sophy ridge on sky news this morning, the foreign secretary, dominic raab said that advice is taken into consideration. national measures and national lockdown aren't the same thing. but we take sir patrick vallance's, one of our finest public servants, advice very carefully and seriously. we look at it right the way across the board. ultimately, politicians, the prime minister, myself and others, take responsibility. but the key thing is, that the prime minister has been emphasising, is the ability to take locally targeted measures and we've got new powers for local authorities that are going to be
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put in place this week. they will enable us to take targeted action to avoid a national lockdown. and indeed that is what is allowing us, having that power, whether it's on the testing and the tracing but also on the targeted local measures that we can take and local authorities can take, also allows us to move forward and ease restrictions, as we've been doing consistently, but only when the conditions are right. boris johnson has been pictured with his new son wilfred for the first time since the baby's birth. downing street released this image of the prime minister and his fiancee carrie symonds with their 11—week—old son. they were speaking via a video conference call to midwives who helped to deliver wilfred at london's university college hospital. lebanon is facing economic ruin. the country's currency has lost around 80% of its value against the dollar, prices have soared uncontrollably,
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and much of the middle class has been plunged into poverty. talks with the international monetary fund for a bailout have faltered. as our correspondent — martin patience — now reports from beirut — some are now turning to crime to feed their families. this is how lebanon wants to portray itself to the world. but here's the reality. a country with a rich cultural heritage... broken... ..and on the brink of a catastrophe. this was the rage across lebanon last month. people are desperate. food prices have more than doubled since the start of the year. mechanic mohammed says that even during the civil war here 30 years ago there was always cash.
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but now he says the money has dried up. and people can't even put food on the table. law and order is breaking down, and a once safe country is now seeing a surge in robberies. look at what this armed man is stealing. nappies. at a different pharmacy, a robber pulled a gun on ibrahim. ijust gave him all the cash without doing anything. safety isn't his only problem. because of the currency crisis, ibrahim is struggling to import products. have customers come in here and you simply haven't had the drugs? yes, unfortunately, yes. that is happening in a lot of pharmacies, they say we are out of stock. lebanon is now facing a dangerous reckoning.
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the social fabric of this country is being torn apart and the sectarian divisions here are hardening. the big fear is that what we will see is a slide into violence. this man was once a fighter. now he is stealing to feed his family. translation: we are forced to steal from vegetable shops because we are dying of hunger. it's not our fault. but stealing is wrong. translation: i'm not a thief. the politicians are the real thieves, they are the ones who got us into this mess. i really hope there is a future. but if their situation stays the same, my future will be the prison or the grave. lebanon has been plunged into darkness by crippling power cuts.
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in a region in turmoil, lebanon was seen as a stable country. not any more. martin patience, bbc news, beirut. buckingham palace has released the first official photographs of the wedding of princess beatrice and italian count edoardo mapelli—mozzi. the private ceremony, attended by the queen and the duke of edinburgh, took place in secret at windsor‘s royal chapel on friday. keith doyle has more. like thousands of couples, this was not the wedding they'd planned this summer. coronavirus meant princess beatrice's marriage to edoardo mapelli—mozzi was a scaled—down affair held in secret. these, the first official photographs, show it was still an elegant event with flowers completely covering the archway of the royal chapel of all saints in windsor. beatrice's grandparents, the queen and duke of edinburgh, were among the guests, which numbered no more than 30 to stay within the government guidelines.
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prince andrew did walk his daughter down the aisle, but he does not appear in the official photographs released. he's taken a lot of flak over the past few months ever since that newsnight interview in november last year. he's come under a lot of fire, a lot of pressure, a lot of criticism, and he probably felt that it was time to be expedient, let the focus of attention be on his daughter. it is, after all, her day. and he'd keep out of the photographs. for the ceremony, princess beatrice wore a modified vintage dress belonging to the queen. she also wore the diamond fringed tiara, which the queen wore on her own wedding day in 19a7. this was the first time the royal family were together since lockdown. the queen was seen later in the day, knighting captain sir tom moore. while this was not quite a normal royal wedding, one tradition for royal brides was followed — beatrice's wedding bouquet was placed on the tomb of the unknown warrior
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in westminster abbey. keith doyle, bbc news. now it's time for a look at the weather with ben rich. hello. some sunday sunshine on the way for most of us through today, but there are some contrast in our weather fortunes. a few showers around, particularly across northern parts of the country. down towards the south—east is a very slow—moving weather front still bringing cloud and some spots of rain, particularly through parts of east anglia, the coast of norfolk, suffolk, essex, kent, the london area, down towards the south coast. staying pretty cloudy, with some rain at times into the start of the afternoon. further north and west we see sunny skies for the most part. some showers, across scotland in particular. quite a few showers in north—west scotland. not as windy here as it was during yesterday. through the day, we will continue to see our area of cloud towards the south—east bringing some
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splashes of rain right through into the afternoon across parts of kent. the further north and west you are, sunny skies. some showers for scotland, one or two possibly for northern ireland and northern england. temperatures a little below par for this time of year. 17 celsius in aberdeen, 22 in cardiff. but it is a much better day for the cricket at old trafford. it should stay fine throughout the afternoon, with spells of sunshine, top temperatures, 18 celsius. as we head through the evening we will finally lose the slow—moving weather front, the cloud and rain from the far south—east. for most it is clear skies through the night. some showers still across scotland. quite a chilly night for the time of year. these are the temperatures in towns and city centres, up to 10 celsius. some places in the countryside will get a little bit chillier than that. after a cool start it is a bright start to monday morning, some sunshine through the day. the potential for some showers, one or two for northern england
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and northern ireland. quite a few across northern and western parts of scotland. as far as temperatures go, 15 in aberdeen, 21 in cardiff, 22 the high in london. a mainly fine start to the new working week comes courtesy of high pressure. that will try to hold on and it will do, i think, towards the south for the most part through the week. the frontal system pushing in towards the north—west will bring some rain in the north—western areas through the middle of the week. towards the south it will warm up a little bit.
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hello, this is bbc news with ben brown. the headlines: china's ambassador to the uk tells the bbc the decision to drop huawei from it's 5g networks is a bad move for the country. from its 5g networks is a bad move for the country. i think uk should have its own independent foreign policy, rather than to dance to the tune of americans. like what happened to huawei. there's been a record number of new cases of coronavirus in 2a hours — 260,000 cases were reported. the biggest increases were in the us, brazil, india and south africa. borisjohnson says he doesn't believe another nationwide lockdown will be needed, even if there's a second spike of coronavirus this winter.
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eu leaders meet for an unscheduled third day of talks on a post—coronavirus economic recovery plan. now it's time for dateline london. hello, welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. and this week, coronavirus questions with multiple choice answers in the uk. and london may have said no thanks to huawei's 5g, but where does that leave chinese tech in the rest of europe and beyond? my guests on socially distanced screens, writer and broadcaster and political commentator steve richards. we're also hoping for the writer and broadcaster maria margaronis. we are having a slight tech problem with her screen,


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