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this is bbc news broadcasting in the uk and around the globe. our top stories... ukrainian families close to europe's largest nuclear power plant say they're living in fear — despite the arrival of un monitors. it's scary at night when you hear the explosions. we live high up in the explosions. we live high up in the eighth floor and we can hear them coming from other towns. the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced tomorrow. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is widely expected to win. donald trump calls president biden an "enemy of the state" at his first rally since the fbi searched his florida resort for sensitive files.
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the most vicious, hateful and divisive speech ever delivered by an american president. # yeah, yeah, yeah... and sir paul mccartney leads a tribute concert dedicated to the foo fighters�* drummer, taylor hawkins, who died in march. hello and welcome to bbc news. fighting around the russian—occupied zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine has been increasing worries of an accident there. families living close to europe's largest nuclear facility say they are living in fear, despite the arrival of un monitors at the site. both russia and ukraine accuse each other of shelling the plant, with moscow claiming that ukrainian forces launched a failed attempt to storm the power station on friday.
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our security correspondent frank gardner reports now from the nearby city of zaporizhzhia. siren wails. under police escort, more than 100 ukrainian civilians make it to safety after enduring six months of fear and insecurity. just on the edge of zaporizhzhia city, we came across this convoy of around a0 vehicles, streaming out of russian—held territory to the south. why are they leaving? mostly because of shelling. some of them say they simply do not want to live under russian occupation. for some, the emotion is overwhelming. they have left behind their friends and their livelihoods but this family told me they had no choice. "school forced us," said artem. "they started threatening those children who refused to go to a russian school would be sent to a military academy." then there is the nearby
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nuclear power plant. un monitors are there now but it could still come under attack, so ukraine is taking precautions. potassium iodide tablets are being handed out to those who live nearby, a partial antidote in case there is a leak of radiation. anastasia is one of those queueing up for the pills. translation: it's scary at night, when you hear the explosions. we live high up on the eighth floor and we can hear them coming from nikopol and other towns. i am petrified. i want to save my life and protect my child. i met the mayor of enerhodar, the town next to the nuclear plant. he is in constant contact with those who still work there under russian control. are you confident that the iaea is getting a true picture of the situation at the power plant?
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translation: no, i really doubt the picture will be objective. - unfortunately, russia did not allow access for the international media so the story is being shaped by the russian occupiers. zaporizhzhia, the nearest city to the nuclear plant, does not feel like it is in a war zone. life largely goes on here as normal but everyone wants this war to end and for the threat of a nuclear accident to be lifted. frank gardner, bbc news, zaporizhzhia, ukraine. ukraine's first lady, olena zelenska has been speaking to the bbc�*s laura kuenssberg. in an interview recorded in kyiv, mrs zelenska said the economic impact of the war in ukraine may be tough on its allies — but although britons are having to "count pennies" — ukrainians are "counting casualties".
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translation: we hear that energy is getting pricier that life is getting pricier but people should understand that is not coming through the west support for ukraine but through the actions of russia. there is no comparison to the suffering the people here but at home in the uk, as you acknowledge, people are facing painful choices because of the soaring cost of energy that's going to make things very tough for people. what would you say to our viewers watching at home who feel desperately sorry for what is happening to your people but also who feel desperately worried about their own ability to pay the bills, keep a roof over their head? what would you say to them? translation: of course i understand the situation is tough but let me recall at the time of the covid—i9 epidemic, ukraine was affected as well. the prices are going up in ukraine as
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well. but in addition, our people get killed. so when you start counting pennies for your bank account or in your pocket, we do the same and count our casualties. these days a woman was killed working in a park in her keith and many people were injured. if support is strong, this period will be short. here in the uk, the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced tomorrow. the foreign secretary, liz truss, who looks likely to become the next prime minister on tuesday, has hinted at how she plans to tackle the cost—of—living crisis. writing in the sunday telegraph, she says she would set out "immediate action" on energy bills, with financial support for households and businesses. her opponent, the former chancellor rishi sunak, says "nothing is off the table" to ease the pressure on households. ben wright reports. as borisjohnson packs up his premiership, tomorrow we will find out who is moving in.
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the new prime minister will enter number ten on tuesday, and one issue will dominate their first days in office: soaring energy bills for households and businesses. liz truss is widely expected to win the tory leadership contest, but she hasn't spelt out precisely what she would do to help people pay their energy bills. writing in the sunday telegraph, she promises immediate help, saying... average household energy bills are set to jump to around £3,500 next month, and liz truss says "sticking plasters" won't solve the fundamental problem. the issue dominated the campaign, which saw liz truss and rishi sunak tear into each other�*s economic plans and the record of the government.
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the outgoing prime minister says it's time for the tories to unite. in the sunday express, borisjohnson has a message for his successor. but labour's leader, sir keir starmer, said neither rishi sunak or liz truss had grasped the scale of the problems facing the country. by tuesday, we will have a new prime minister, facing formidable challenges — and their response to the energy bills crisis could define their time in office. ben wright, bbc news. charities in britain are warning they won't be able to operate in the face of rising energy prices. one community centre in nottingham says it's facing a gas
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and electricity bill of £85,000, that's almost $100,000. our reporter hugh caswell went to speak to them. the lenton centre has been operated as a charity since 200a. it runs all sorts of classes and day sessions, but the pool in particular eats up a lot of energy. as you can see, it's quite a large swimming pool and the water's got to be kept at a temperature of 30 degrees, 2a hours a day, so the heating doesn't get switched off. the centre says it can't raise its prices because those who use it are disadvantaged and wouldn't be able to afford it. but the latest forecast for the centre's energy bills is eyewatering. and balancing the books is looking harder by the day. we were paying £25,000 for the gas and electricity combined last year. we look at the costs now for the same use, that is well over £85,000. so i've got a shortfall of £60,000. for groups that use the centre, the thought of it closing is difficult to take.
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where else would we find a community, a small community leisure centre with access to the gym and swim? there really doesn't feel if we're going to do our primary aim because other swimming pools are shutting down as well. but this suits our purpose. at the moment, we can't imagine it. both candidates for prime minister have signalled there will be more help with energy costs if they're elected. but managers at the lenton centre say if they don't get either a huge increase in income or a drastic change to their bills, they could have to make a decision on closure within months. hugh caswell, bbc news. the swedish government has said it will provide nordic electricity producers with liquidity guarantees worth billions of dollars to try to ensure that the energy crunch does not trigger a financial crisis. the prime minister, magdalena andersson, said sweden was facing a "war winter" as a result of russia's decision to cut gas supplies to the eu. details are expected to be announced before the stock market opens on monday.
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let's get some of the day's other news. people trying to cross the channel from france to britain were delayed for up to six hours in queues at calais last night. the ferry operators dfds and p&o apologised for the long waits at the uk border control. p&o said extra ships were put on for passengers who missed their allocated booking because of the queues. police in the us state of mississippi have charged a man with theft and terror offences after he threatened to crash a twin—engine aeroplane into a branch of the supermarket, walmart. the man was arrested after landing in a field, having circled erratically for hours near the city of tupelo. barack obama has won an emmy award from the american television academy. he won for the narration of his netflix documentary series our great national parks. he already has two grammys — for narrating his bestselling memoirs. mr obama and his wife michelle have set up a production company
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which struck a deal with netflix said to be worth tens of millions of dollars. donald trump has accused president biden of weaponising the fbi against him — in his first public appearance since agents raided his florida home to recover classified documents. addressing a republican rally in pennsylvania, the former president also rejected mr biden's claim that he and his maga movement were an extremist threat to american democracy. both leaders have been stepping up their rhetoric ahead of november's mid—term elections, as wendy urquhart reports. it was like he'd never left office. back amongst his supporters, donald trump was given a hero's welcome at the republican rally in philadelphia. he came out all guns blazing and he kicked off his speech by branding the us president an enemy of america. he's an enemy of the state. you want to know the truth? the enemy of the state
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is him and the group that control him, which is circling around him. do this, do that, joe. you're going to do this, joe, right? that dig was in reply to president biden's impassioned speech earlier this week when he called mr trump a threat to democracy. we must be honest with each other and with ourselves. too much of what's happening in our country today is not normal. donald trump and the maga republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic. mr trump also had a few choice words for the fbi and the usjustice department over the raid on his florida home, which he called a shocking abuse of power. the fbi and thejustice department have become vicious monsters controlled by radical left scoundrels, lawyers and the media who tell them what to do, you people right there,
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and when to do it. so does donald trump have his eye on another turn in the white house? or is he just protecting his legacy? wendy urquhart, bbc news. a government minister in pakistan has said the floods which are devastating the country amount to the worst climate change disaster of recent times. ahsan iqbal said pakistan doesn't have the resources to deal with the crisis — which has destroyed nearly one and a half million homes and killed more than 1,200 people. nearly half of the country's crops have been destroyed. let's take you live to the vatican. popejohn paul i will be beatified in a ceremony at the vatican later today. he led the roman catholic
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church for just 33 days in 1978 — the shortest tenure in modern papal history — before dying of a heart attack at the age of 65. recognised for his kind demeanour, john paul became known as the smiling pope. he was a defender of the church's opposition to abortion and contraception, but also sought to reform vatican institutions. you're watching bbc world news, a reminder of our top stories. ukrainian families close to europe's largest nuclear power plant, say they're living in fear — despite the arrival of un nuclear monitors. the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced tomorrow. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is widely expected to win. donald trump has accused joe biden of weaponising the fbi against political opponents days after the president branded him a threat to american democracy. chileans go to the polls today, sunday, to vote in a historic referendum on a new constitution that would radically reshape the south american country.
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the previous constitution was drafted by former dictator augusto pinochet and the new one would instead focus on social rights, climate and gender equality. it's expected to be a tight vote. our south american correspondent katy watson has been following the story. it started three years ago with what has become known as the social outburst of chile — mass protests over a rise in subway fares that grew to encompass deepening inequalities in the region's most stable economy. top of the protesters' demands was to change the constitution of chile, drawn up by a dictator. many saw that is the root of the country's problems and so the process to modernise the constitution began. it is huge in scope, covering gender parity, abortion rights, indigenous representation, and climate issues and, if it passes,
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it will be one of the most progressive constitutions in the world. translation: as you can see, there is order and tranquillity i in the polling stations, as there should be. we guarantee citizens can exercise their right to vote, which is the right thing to do in a democracy. on sunday, we celebrate a tribute to democracy with great peace of mind. translation: we are very happy and very hopeful and we believe l that the big winner this sunday will undoubtedly be democracy. all the conditions are in place for a calm and safe vote in the region. in recent weeks, polls have indicated more voters plan to reject the constitution than vote for it. if that happens, it will be a blow for the president, gabriel boric, but he has promised a new constitutional process to ensure that pinochet in place katy watson, bbc news. some resident in parts ofjackson, mississippi have told
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bbc news they aren't being supplied with free bottled water. the water supply has been contaminated by flooding, which damaged a local treatment plant. for the second week in a row the national guard has been distributing bottled water to those in need. our north america correspondent chi chi izundu has been finding out how residents are coping. brown water comes out. it is not normal and it is not drinkable, so what do we do? when i first turned it, it always comes out rust. i would never drink a glass of water. . i do not brush my teeth with the tap water. - idon't, so, no. come on. thank you for showing us. do you have a flashlight? no, i don't, but i can use my phone. ok, good. a fire next door has knocked out marshall's gas and electric. he has not had clean running water, though, for eight months. and the hot water came just the same way. brown water. the hot water is brown as well.
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and you shower in it? yes, ma'am. and you cook with it? i cook with it. and you drink it? and i drink it. this week's water problem has been blamed on flooding damaging the local water treatment plant. some people have no water, others get it discoloured. probably, in the last week, it even got darker. it usually don't be this dark. marshall lives in west jackson, a largely black area which is the poorest part of the city in one of the poorest states of america. old lead—lined pipes, an under—maintained water treatment plant and years of a lack of funding has resulted in this — the national guard being called to hand out bottles of water. it's like we living back in caveman days, so to speak, you know? but see we are in this century now, so we should be afforded all these things without having to go through what we are going through. and i understand that they are having so many issues
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with the pipes and so forth like that, so hopefully, they can get all that corrected. some parts of the city now have their water restored but many residents still do not trust it. i have been catching rainwater. since moving to jackson two years ago, serena, a law student, has always been fearful about the quality of the water. and i am fortunate because i have a filter and so, i would never drink a glass of water. i do not brush my teeth with the tap water, i don't do — i wash my clothes in it, but i don't really have another option, so, no. officials are still asking the people of jackson to boil their water before use. but for residents like marshall, even if he could, that is a band aid because without an overhaul of the whole system, this city will continue to battle for the basic right of clean water. chi chi izundu, bbc news, jackson, mississippi. the third attempt to launch
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nasa's artemis moon rocket could now take weeks, after the american space agency tried and failed again on saturday to get its space launch system vehicle to lift off from florida's kennedy space center. the countdown had to be halted because of a fuel leak — the second postponement in a week. sir paul mccartney, liam gallagher, queen and other acts took part in a special concert at wembley on saturday night — in memory of foo fighters' drummer, taylor hawkins, who died earlier this year. his son, shane hawkins, joined the foo fighters on drums for one of the songs they played at the event. mark savage was there. # it's times like these . you learn to live again... it was a night full of emotion. # it's times like these, you give, you get... - applause.
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foo fighters and their fans saying goodbye to their beloved drummer, taylor hawkins. # it's times like these . you learn to live again... for those of you who knew him i personally, you know that no—one else could make you smile or laugh or dance or sing like he could. - and for those of you who admired him i from afar, i'm sure you've all felt i the same thing. applause. so, sing and dance and laugh and cry and scream and make some noise i so he can hear us right now! we will rock you plays.
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hawkins' family and friends werejoined on stage by his musical heroes, from ac/dc to queen to paul mccartney. # singing we will, we will rock you! sing it to me! crowd: # we will, we will rock you... # back in black. # i hit the sack. # i've been too long. # i'm glad to be back. # yes, i'm let loose. # from the noose. # that's kept me hanging about... # when i get to the bottom i go back to the top of the slide. # where i stop and i turn and i go for a ride. # till i get to the bottom and i see you again... and there were video tributes
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from those who couldn't be there. taylor's music and his passion will be remembered forever and ever and so should his warmth, his kindness, his generosity with every single person that was ever lucky enough to meet him. and i felt like i was taylor's best friend from the first day - i ever met him. i don't even remember exactly where we met. i he wasjust popping up and we were just friends automatically. _ and i'm going to miss him, man, he was always so positive, - was always so talkative, - he was always so full of energy. # well sometimes i go out by myself... above all, this was a family affair. dave grohl�*s daughter violet sang. # and i think of all the things, what you're doing. # and in my head i painta picture... and taylor hawkins' teenage son shane played on the drum.
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# kudos, my hero. # leavin' all the mess. # you know my hero... but fittingly it was dave grohl who had the last word. i hope that you guys felti all the love from all of us and all the performers, - because we felt it for you for taylor tonight. cheering. mark savage reporting there. let's take you live to the vatican. the services now under way to beatify pope the first. he was pope
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forjust beatify pope the first. he was pope for just 33 days beatify pope the first. he was pope forjust 33 days in 1978, the shortest tenure in modern history. you are watching bbc news. good morning. we continue to see differences in the weather across the uk through the rest of this weekend. we have low pressure centre to the west, pushing around these bans of cloud which have been bringing some bursts of rain. quite a wet start this morning for much of the country. the rain moves northwards, through scotland, coming to rest in the far north of the country and we are left with this cloud stretching across central parts of england, east wales, that could bring showers but either side of that there will be sunshine and a much warmer day in northern ireland after the early rain, temperatures reaching 20 degrees.: than yesterday in the north of scotland, the
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highest temperatures in the east of england. that soon of thicker cloud brings wetter weather this evening across england and wales. another belt of rain sweeping in behind it and anything to the side of that gets pushed northwards, cloud and rain for much of the country overnight and it will be another one night across southern parts of the uk, temperatures no lower than 16 or 17. to the start of the week, we still have that big area of low pressure to the west of the uk, shaping the weather. there may be stronger southerly winds around on monday. we start with rain and it's more likely to be in the far north of england, especially scotland but it will move north and we get some sunshine and dry weather for many places. some short showers popping up places. some short showers popping up especially in the south—east and developing in the south—west of england, the west country and south wales but the southerly winds could be stronger, especially in the south—west, west wales and through
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the rac patrolling and quite warm air so temperatures 22 in the central belt of scotland, high of 25 or 26 in the south—east. low pressure continues to dominate through the rest of the week. the centre of the law will drift eastwards across the uk so the wind may start to change direction and drop but it remains very unsettled. some sunshine at times but we are likely to have lots of showers, the risk of thunderstorms especially around the middle part of the week. gradually temperatures dropping away later on.
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this is bbc news. the headlines...
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ukrainian families close to zaporizhzhia nuclear plant say they're living in constant fear of a radiation leak. that's despite the arrival of un monitors at the site. russia and ukraine accuse each other of shelling the plant. donald trump has accused joe biden of being the real enemy of the state. the former us president was holding his first rally since the fbi raided his florida home. here in the uk, the winner of the conservative leadership contest is to be announced on monday. the foreign secretary, liz truss, is widely expected to win. she's said she'll set out "immediate action" on energy bills. chile is preparing to go to the polls in a referendum on replacing the current constitution, which was drafted by the former dictator augusto pinochet. the new one would place a greater focus on social rights. now, a round—up of the sports news.
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