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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines... university lecturers warn that plans to restart face—to—face teaching in september will be too dangerous without a coronavirus testing programme. tonight at ten, tens of thousands gather again we are on the streets of belarus, we a re really we are really worried that we could protesting against the president, with dozens arrested. see universities becoming the care home of any second wave of covid—19 for the third weekend running, the capital, minsk, in the uk. was gripped by mass demonstrations. arrests in belarus, as tens of thousands protest they were met by in minsk against what they say a huge police turnout. is the rigged re—election today's protest of president alexander lukashenko. feels very different from the protests on previous sundays. as you can see, a lot more police, much tighter security, today per spite protest was very the police determined different from the protest on to stop this protest. previous sundaes. as you can see, we'll bring you the latest more police, tighter security, the on the unrest gripping one of russia's closest allies. police determined to stop this also tonight: protest. here, police criticise "irresponsible" actions after thousands of people defied lockdown rules to attend unlicensed plans to reopen universities to students next month raves in norfolk and south wales. are not safe because of coronavirus, and lewis hamilton wins in belgium — he's now so says the lecturers' union. just two victories away from michael schumacher‘s all—time record. in portland in the us, the government threatens to send in federalforces, after clashes over policing
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and race leave one person dead. thousands of people break lockdown rules to attend an illegal rave in south wales. and lewis hamilton wins the belgian grand prix. hello and welcome to our look ahead he's nowjust two victories away from michael schumacher‘s to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. all—time record. with me are broadcaster daisy mcandrew and the financial times' white hall correspondent, sebastian payne. tomorrow's front pages,starting with... they have had a sneak preview, we will bring you up today. the i leads on what it calls a "backlash" good evening. from tory mps and business groups the president of belarus, at reports — which we saw alexander lu kashenko, on yesterday's front pages — that the chancellor rishi sunak remains under intense pressure tonight as, for a third consecutive sunday, tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against him in the capital, minsk. there were clashes with riot police who made over a hundred arrests, with protesters mocking the president on his 66th birthday.
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the country has been gripped by mass protests and strikes since the president's re—election three weeks ago, widely believed to have been rigged. belarus is a close ally of russia, and president putin's response to events is being keenly watched. here's our correspondent steve rosenberg. in minsk, they head to independence square. protesters keeping up the pressure on alexander lukashenko. but this time the police were waiting for them and moved in. there were chaotic scenes. some protesters were detained, others tried to free their comrades. we found sasha wandering alone, completely confused. "where's my husband?" she says. "the police took him,
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but where is he?" "was he in here?" no reply. further down the avenue, there were more scuffles, and more riot police taking up positions. today's protest feels very different from the protests on previous sundays. as you can see, a lot more police, much tighter security, the police determined to stop this protest. it wasn't only the police putting on a show of strength — a column of armoured military vehicles was seen driving towards the centre of minsk. mr lukashenko had previously placed the army on high alert. as for the president, on his 66th birthday, this defiant image of a leader who has no intention of stepping down. but the protesters have other ideas. they managed to regroup,
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and then they flooded through the belarussian capital on their way to mr lukashenko‘s official residence. and while they marched, they accused the leader of belarus of rigging an election, stealing the presidency, and of brutalising the people. they're insisting he resign. i don't know what will be the result, when will be the result, but i'm absolutely sure people won't stop, they won't stop. but mr lukashenko retains the support of his security forces and of powerful neighbour russia. and that, for now, is helping to keep him in power. so what next in belarus? well, that depends on the determination of the protesters, whether they continue taking to the streets in such numbers. it depends on whether the
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army and the police stay loyal to mr lukashenko, and it depends on the kremlin, because vladimir putin has already made it clear he is prepared to offer security assistance to the authorities here if, as he put it, the situation gets out of control. steve, thank you, steve rosenberg there. university leaders insist that campuses will be covid—safe and that they're ready to welcome students back. it comes after a warning from lecturers that restarting face—to—face teaching would be a disaster. the university and college union have expressed fears that the new term could turn campuses into the care homes of a second wave. our education editor, branwen jeffreys, has the story. for the moment, just a few students on campus — many more planning for their first year. the university was actually two tube rides away. immi is leaving home in york to begin theatre studies in surrey, anxious about coronavirus, but not deterred. it doesn't put me off,
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because i think that everyone‘s slowly been getting used to it when they have been re—immersed in society coming out of lockdown, so it's just a case of how the universities are tackling it, and everyone‘s going to have to accommodate what they want. but i'm not put off, i'm just willing to do what it takes to do because i to do. it has been strange having graduations online. but still, at york today, photos with proud parents. within weeks, across the uk, more than a million students will start term. the academics' union is warning of a public—health crisis. we are really worried that we could see universities becoming the care home of any second wave of covid—i9 in the uk. the sheer amount of people that we're asking to move across the country and then congregate together in large numbers, when we don't think there is sufficient safety measures in place. everywhere you look on york's campus, reminders to keep a social distance.
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they're offering a mix of learning online and in small groups. inside buildings, face coverings are required. the vice—chancellor confident they're prepared. well, we started thinking about how to make our campus safe in the condition of a pandemic pretty much as soon as we locked down. what would you say to students and their parents about how ready you are? are campuses safe? i think we owe it to our students to do all we can to ensure they have as much as they can of the university experience. we've been using a motto — on campus what we can, online what we need to in order to keep people safe. the government says campuses should open, allowing students to get on with their education. universities have been planning for months now on how to make their campuses safe, and they say they are ready to welcome students back to learn.
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but it's not just about the universities — students bring a huge amount of money to the local communities, many of them city centres that are struggling economically. no—one knows how many international students will get to the uk this autumn, but there's little sign of home students deciding to delay. branwenjeffreys, bbc news, york. the latest government figures show there were 1,715 new confirmed coronavirus cases across the uk in the latest 24—hour period. that means the average number of new cases per day in the last week was 1,244. one death was also reported. that's someone who died within 28 days of a positive covid—i9 test, which means on average in the past week, ten deaths were announced every day. that takes the total number
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across the uk to 41,499. mps will return to westminster this week, at the same time as pupils in england and wales go back to school. our political correspondent helen catt is here. helen, ministers are seeking to reassure people it is safe to go back to school. yes, schools have made changes, now it is about giving pa rents made changes, now it is about giving parents the confidence to send their children back. today the education secretary wrote an open letter to pa rents. secretary wrote an open letter to parents. now, on the one hand, he is reassuring them, pointing them to the measures that have been taken to make classrooms covid secure, pointing to scientific advice that shows the health risk to children is extremely low, but on the other hand flagging upa extremely low, but on the other hand flagging up a warning that he says that not sending children back does risk putting a huge dent in their future life chances. and the government is also under pressure from some within its own party. yes, some conservative mps have been
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pretty vocal in recent weeks about the government's handling of some of the government's handling of some of theissues the government's handling of some of the issues over the summer, in particular that big u—turn on exams, and today a senior conservative, charles walker, has really spelt out why it could be an immediate problem for the government. he says it has created a culture of uncertainty which erodes morale and has made it difficult for backbenchers to promote and defend government policy. and if you think about what mps are going back to, some of those really big spending schemes designed to boost the economy are winding down now, the budget is due in autumn, so attention is starting to focus on how they will pay that very large bill, and the chancellor has warned there will be difficult decisions to be made. tie that in with the fact we are moving towards winter, the government trying to make sure there isn't a second surge of coronavirus, are difficult times like that the government needs all its mps on board. helen, thank you. let's take a look at some of today's other news. passengers on a flight from zante
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in greece to cardiff last week have been told to isolate after it was identified as the source of at least seven confirmed coronavirus cases. greece is not on the list of countries under british quarantine rules. the outsourcing group capita, which operates services such as the london congestion charge, plans to close more than a third of its uk offices permanently. capita employs 16,000 people in the uk. it comes as the government is due to launch a campaign this week to encourage more people to return to workplaces when it is safe to do so. new research suggests care homes in england experienced the highest increase in excess deaths at the height of the covid—i9 pandemic, compared with those in the rest of the uk. the stirling university study shows overall that care home residents accounted for 40% of all britain's coronavirus deaths. in the us, the acting head of homeland security has refused to rule out sending federal forces to resolve violent protests in portland, oregon. last night, a man was shot dead
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there during confrontations between black lives matter protesters and supporters of president trump. the city has become a focus for demonstrations against police brutality and racism since the police killing of african—american george floyd in minneapolis in may triggered a wave of national and international outrage. nick bryant's report contains some distressing images. america in the run—up to the 2020 election — a deeply divided country that often seems to be tearing itself apart. the latest fault line — portland, oregon, the scene for the past three months of protests against racism and police brutality. tensions rose further after the supporters of donald trump formed a convoy of some 600 vehicles and then drove through the portland downtown. some fired paint balls and pepper spray at black lives matter protesters, who tried to prevent the caravan from entering the city.
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the fatal shooting came amid clashes between trump supporters and protesters. gunfire rang out, and a man died after being shot in the chest. it's been reported that he was wearing a cap with the insignia of patriot prayer, a far—right group that's clashed with antiracism protesters. this has been one of the most volatile and violent weeks of the black lives matter summer, sparked by the police shooting of an african—american, jacob blake, in kenosha, wisconsin. then, on wednesday night, two people were killed in the city after a 17—year—old who claimed to be guarding buildings allegedly opened fire on protesters. kyle rittenhouse has now been charged with murder. donald trump has not yet condemned kyle rittenhouse, who is believed to be a trump supporter, and on friday, before the latest shooting, railed against black lives matter protesters at a campaign rally in new hampshire. protesters — you know what i say? protesters your ass.
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they‘ re not protesters. those aren't protesters. they're anarchists, they're agitators, they're rioters, they're looters. donald trump is portraying himself as a law and order president and sees a political opening — a comeback in the polls fuelled by scenes of civil unrest. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. the number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide has passed 25 million. more than 840,000 people are now known to have died from the disease. the united states and brazil continue to have the highest number of cases, and third on that list is india, where cases are rising sharply. today it reported over 78,000 new infections in 2a hours, the world's highest single—day rise. more than 60,000 people have now died there. our correspondent yogita limaye is in mumbai for us this evening. these latest figures
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are very concerning. reeta, india now consistently everyday has the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the world and is either at the top of very close to the top four new deaths. the country has ramped up testing massively, so it is testing abouti million samples a day. the us, for example, million samples a day. the us, for exa m ple, tests million samples a day. the us, for example, tests about 750,000 samples a day. but even at that rate, it's only a very small fraction of the 1.3 billion population that has been tested, and along with the fact that the system of counting deaths is not watertight here, and so i think most people agree that the numbers we are seeing out there are underreported. what the government likes to emphasise on is that india has a low death rate. i've spoken to several public health experts over the past many weeks, and i agree with this assessment that even if you factor in the underreporting, the number of deaths as a percentage of the population is low compared to what
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we've seen in the uk, spain or italy, but then we don't have a sort ofa italy, but then we don't have a sort of a proper scientific explanation for that yet. what is worrying for india is that its covid—19 curve continues to grow, it is not even flattening yet, and this comes at a time when the government wants to open up the economy further, because that's creating another crisis, so in fact they just released guidelines that from september the 1st there will be a further easing of restrictions, including gatherings of up to 100 people being allowed. thank you very much, yogita limaye there in mumbai. police have been dealing with a number of illegal raves in breach of lockdown rules across britain today. one of the biggest is thought to be near neath in south wales. officers believe up to 3,000 people from across the uk travelled to the event. tomos lewis reports. for this quiet village at the edge of the brecon beacons, it wasn't a typical peaceful bank holiday. it's estimated that some 3000 people from all across the uk came here to party —
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through the night and into today. nice, peaceful, everyone's just having fun, basically. evidence of the rave was clear to see in the village of banwen this afternoon. coronavirus restrictions here in wales only allow for up to 30 people to meet outdoors, and many locals were furious with revellers for flouting the rules. when i phoned the police, she said, "how many cars are there?" i said, "50 if not more." i said, "don't lie," and i said, "i'm not lying," i said. "50 if not more was going up and down the street." there was helicopters everywhere. people being really ignorant, passing here, throwing litter everywhere that's still on the street now. well, i don't know, it's just crazy up here. in a statement, south wales police said that this type of illegal gathering is totally unacceptable and that they were aware of the concerns of locals. the force added that it would like to remind people of their obligations under the current coronavirus legislation. this evening they say they pursue
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two organises with £10,000 fines and will continue to have resources on site through the night. tomos lewis, bbc news, cardiff. with all the sport now, here's lizzie greenwood—hughes who's at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much, reeta, good evening. lewis hamilton is nowjust two wins away from equalling michel schumacher‘s all—time grand prix record. it was another mercedes procession, hamilton leading from start to finish in belgium to complete his 89th formula one victory. joe wilson reports. if the hardest thing in sport is to make it look easy, watch lewis hamilton. lights out and away we go! the start at spa is notoriously competitive, overtaking, undulating, hamilton began first and just kept the rest behind. remember, looks easy. here is the view from antonio giovinazzi. one error, race over. and then, from george russell, just behind, nowhere to go.
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release that breath of relief as both drivers emerge unscathed. the top three remained the top three, just a glimpse of frailty from hamilton's mercedes as he felt the tyres grow weary, but no real damage, no real drama, just another victory. it's the belgian grand prix for lewis hamilton! messiaen yeah, this is reallyjust remarkable, what the team continue to really push the envelope. he makes all the others seem ordinary. if you want to, call that a superhero. joe wilson, bbc news. england's cricketers have beaten pakistan by five wickets in the second twenty20 international at old trafford. they comfortably reached 196, the highest run chase by any side against pakistan in the short format. alex gulrajani reports. after 20 years away, live cricket was back on bbc television — time to look your best. pakistan certainly did,
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the tourists at home on the old trafford wicket, and finding the boundary with relative ease. half centuries from babar amir and mohammad hafeez had them marching ahead to set england a target of 196. a big chase needed a quick start, and england got it. pakistan introduced shadab khan, and he introduced wickets. bairstow out, and with the next ball, banton followed suit. pakistani celebrations were halted by eoin morgan. the england captain keeping them in the game with his own half—century. there was a brief wobble as three wickets fell, but england were guided home in the final over by dawid malan. all the drama you need
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for your sunday afternoon. celtic are up to third in the scottish premiership, after beating bottom side motherwell to move six points behind leaders rangers with two games in hand. in the day's other match, aberdeen beat second—placed hibernian. lyon's domination of women's european football continued with a fifth successive champions league title. they beat bundesliga winners wolfsburg 3—1 in the final in spain. lyon featured three england players, including defender lucy bronze, who's now won three european titles with the club. the punishing schedule after rugby union's premiership restart is making for some extreme results. today, leaders exeter absolutely pummelled an under—strength worcester 59—7, including two hat—tricks in their nine—try haul. in the other games, there were wins for harlequins and gloucester. on the final day of the pro14 season, cardiff beat their welsh rivals ospreys who finish bottom. next week's play—offs will now be between leinster and munster and edinburgh and ulster.
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britain's adam yates just missed out on taking the leader's yellowjersey on day two of the tour de france. yates was in contention all the way to the sprint finish in nice but finished third behind julian alaphilippe, who's four seconds ahead of him in the overall standings. there's more on the bbc sport website, but that's it from me. back to you, reeta. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. goodbye.
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hello. this is bbc news. the government s eat out to help out scheme to subsidise meals in restaurants comes to an end tomorrow. under the scheme, millions of people have enjoyed discounted dining on mondays, tuesdays and wednesdays in august. with 50 per cent off food and non—alcoholic drinks up
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to ten pounds. one of the restauranteurs who has taken part is fash khalili, owner of borge restaurant in stockton—on—tees. as well as serving italian food, borge has been named home of the world's best parmo four times — that's the special teesside delicacy made from chicken and melted parmesan. fash spoke to my colleague tim willcox about how well the scheme has worked. it's been a great help. after several months, people are waiting for a good meal and this is a fantastic deal, the deal for lifetime and it's been busier. because of it, we've managed to employ more staff and i've brought all my staff back now and it's really good, it has helped us tremendously. that's great because the hospitality sector, under 1.5 million people off work because of the furlough scheme. you've taken
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them back. this scheme is coming to an end, can you keep those people on, do you think? yes, i think so. i'm very optimistic. because of this scheme, now we are a lot busier and we can see grand parents are coming back with her grandchildren so we are busy at the minute and i don't see any reason why it should slow down and i think i can see a good future. did it encourage people who are perhaps a little timid about venturing out to go out into a restau ra nt venturing out to go out into a restaurant such as yours and eat, and the financial incentive giving them more courage as it were to go out and socialise? it has definitely been the case. the start of the week, monday, tuesday and wednesday was busy then the rest of the week was busy then the rest of the week was quieter but now the rest of the week is busier as it goes a long and you can see a lot of the regular
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customers coming back and telling me exactly the same thing. you sound very eat but has this cost you a lot of money in terms of savings that you might have had which you managed to build up over the last few years? absolutely. we were closed for a few months and we had to use our reserves and it's good to know we can have income coming in and the revenue coming in so it's been very good for us and we are happy about it. the organisers of glastonbury have said they are aiming to have the festival back in june next year. emily eavis said there were no plans to move the event to september. she added that no new tickets would go on sale and the 135,000 music fans who bought tickets for this summer will be able to use them next summer. and we ll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, the broadcaster daisy mcandrew and the financial times' whitehall correspondent, sebastian payne — that's coming up after the headlines. time for a look at the weather with
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hello. the final day of august are set to be a rather cool a fail. largely dry start to the new week and then as we head towards the middle of the week, turning wetter, windier and also a little bit warmer which will not last. it gets cooler again by next weekend. let's get into the detailfor the again by next weekend. let's get into the detail for the day ahead. monday bringing a lot of dry weather, fair amount of sunshine through the morning with a bit more, bubbling up and spreading out into the sky as we get through the afternoon. later in the day we will see the wind strengthening upper cut across parts of northern ireland and scotla nd across parts of northern ireland and scotland and of a frontal system trying to work its way in. temperature is 15—17 c for most and another cool day for the time of year, then as we head into monday evening through the night, into the early pa rt evening through the night, into the early part of tuesday, staying largely dry with this frontal system
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bringing some rain across northern ireland in north—west scotland but the majority staying dry on monday and tuesday, blustery weather on wednesday and warmer on thursday but 00:28:08,957 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 cooler by the end of the week.
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