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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: thousands of far—right demonstrators in the east german city of chemnitz are ordered to disperse following an anti—migrant rally. far right parties are accused of inflaming tensions. as soon as we try to express our grief, we are put into a certain corner, and this i don't accept at all. washington's farewell. three former presidents are among those paying tribute to senatorjohn mccain at his memorial service. for all our differences, for all the times we sparred, i never tried to hide, and i thinkjohn came to understand the long—standing admiration that i had for him. palestinian officials condemn a us decision to withdraw all funding from the united nations agency that supports palestinian refugees. also in the progamme: queen elizabeth visits the oldest highland games in scotland to open a new heritage centre,
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named after her son, prince charles. we begin in germany where thosuands of far—right demonstrators with many chanting nazi slogans have been marching through through the city of chemitz. it's a week since a german man was stabbed to death there, apparently by two asylum seekers. this triggered a series of violent demonstrations. the far right political party afd has been accused of inflaming tensions. our correspondent jenny hill is there. fury, hostility on the streets of chemnitz. lugenpresse — "lying press," they shout.
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leading them on, the anti—migrant party afd. this protest — a funeral march, organised by several far—right groups to remember the german man killed last weekend by, police believe, a syrian and an iraqi. we are a democratic country, so i can't check each and everybody who is marching with us. but you know that your organisation has joined with a far—right extremist organisation in this march. so, there might be some of those people in this march, and therefore i don't do it. there are migrants in this town who are terrified, who are locking themselves into their flats because they're afraid of the violence that's broken out here. is that the kind of germany you want to live in? actually, you know, you just have to talk to your colleague from the local newspaper who said that these reports that migrants are people from abroad who were, let's say, hunted through the city...
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i spoke to some, they showed me the marks on their face where they'd been attacked. the editor in chief of the chemnitz freie presse says she hadn't seen anything and there are lots of people around. i don't know, but i have learnt that as soon as we try to express our grief we are put into a certain corner, and i don't accept that at all. this afternoon, as a member of the press, i've had people shout "lugenpresse" at me. it's an old nazi slogan and it's very offensive. do you think that i'm a lying journalist? i actually... you know, the nazis were vegetarians as well and i will not blame every vegetarian... do you think that it's acceptable in a democratic country for people in this crowd to shout "lugenpresse" at the press? the things you complain about, that there is a certain tendency in the german media not taking us serious. i can just repeat it, the vast majority of the people
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are normal citizens, very normal people, and theyjust don't understand and they don't accept the policy of the german government, ms merkel. that's the message for today. police feared mass violence, butjust about held the line. the challenge now for the authorities, how to contain the anger and fear which divide this troubled city. jenny hill, bbc news, chemnitz. well, the german foreign minister heiko maas has been speaking about the protests. this is what he had to say: translation: what happened in there is more than worrying. a man was being brutally murdered in the open street, and afterwards people were chased through the city. people showed the hitler salute while walking down the streets, and not only a few. this is something my colleagues abroad are asking me about, "what is happening in germany?" therefore i'm glad there are so many upright democrats that showed their true colours in chemnitz, who made it clear that the vast majority of germans want to live in an open and tolerant country, and those who stand out differently are a minority that shout louder than we would like,
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but the choir of the decent people also has to become louder than before. former us presidents barack obama and george w bush have led tributes at a service for senatorjohn mccain at washington's national cathedral. the vietnam war hero, who was one of america's most high—profile politicians, died a week ago from brain cancer at the age of 81. chris buckler reports. for almost four decades, john mccain served inside the capitol building. today, his body was carried from it to begin a final journey through washington. the cortege paused at the vietnam memorial. a moment for his family to pay tribute to senator mccain's military, as well as his political, service. during the vietnam war, john mccain was shot down as he flew over hanoi. for years he was held prisoner, and periods of torture and interrogation were to leave him with lasting injuries,
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as well as a sense of duty. when he returned to america, he rose through the ranks of the republican party, eventually becoming its presidential candidate. he may have failed in that attempt, but his daughter said that his core values marked him out as a true american. the america ofjohn mccain is generous and welcoming and bold. america does not boast because she has no need to. the america ofjohn mccain has no need to be made great again because america was always great. applause donald trump might not have been mentioned by name, but there was no attempt to hide the pointed references to a president who once mocked and derided senator mccain. mr trump's daughter and son—in—law attended the service, but he was specifically not invited.
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donald trump seems to have made a point of publicly ignoring what's happening inside the cathedral behind me. even as the service has been taking place, he's been tweeting about trade deals and travelling to one of his golf courses. however, past presidents were here to pay tribute to a man who was both a political rival and a friend. back in the day, he could frustrate me. and i know he'd say the same thing about me. in the end, i got to enjoy one of life's great gifts, the friendship ofjohn mccain, and i'll miss it. but for all our differences, for all the times we sparred, i never tried to hide, and i thinkjohn came to understand the long—standing admiration that i had for him. john mccain always believed that it was important
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to reach out to both sides of america's political divide. during this presidency, finding a middle way has become much more difficult, and the personal politics of this man who never became president feel of a long—gone, less polarised era. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. let's get some of the day's other news. moscow has ruled out international meetings about the future of eastern ukraine following the murder of the leader of the self—proclaimed donetsk people's republic, alexander zakharchenko. russia's foreign minister, sergei lavrov, said talks could not be considered for the time being. russia has accused ukraine of being behind the killing, which kiev denies. and staying with ukraine, the country's state security agency says the man who tried to organise the killing of the russian journalist, arkady babchenko, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 4.5 years in prison. the case became famous around the world when it was revealed that
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mr babchenko had faked his own death. pope francis has called on politicians to take concrete measures to deal with the millions of tonnes of plastic littering seas and oceans. speaking at the vatican, the pope also urged politicians to be responsible and generous in dealing with climate change. tottenham star son hueng—min will now be exempt from military service after south korea's victory over japan at the asian games. all able—bodied koreans are expected to do 21 months of service unless they win gold at the asian games or any medal at the olympics. son was one of the over—age players in the under—23 squad. palestinian officials have condemned a us decision to withdraw all funding from the united nations agency that supports palestinian refugees. the united states was, until last year, the biggest contributor to the un relief and works agency which helps five million people across the middle east. yolande knell reports from from jerusalem. pupils starting a new term
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at un—run schools this week, but it's not clear if these will still be open by the end of the month. already unrwa was facing a financial crisis after the us froze $300 million in the funds it planned to give this year. now it's cutting off all support. washington calls the agency "irredeemably flawed , " expressing concern about the impact on innocent palestinians, but saying that unrwa has failed to reform and reset how it works. back in 1948, some 700,000 palestinians were displaced in the war that led to the creation of the state of israel. the un relief and works agency was set up to take care of them and, over time, their descendants. there are now over five million registered refugees
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in the palestinian territories, but also in jordan, lebanon and syria. many still live in refugee camps, these overcrowded neighbourhoods, and rely on unrwa's services. most palestinians here wants the right to return to their ancestral land that now lies within israel. that's what the big key symbolises. israel, of course, rejects that claim and, along with the united states, it accuses unrwa perpetuating false hopes and the israel—palestinian conflict. earlier this year, i asked the israeli prime minister about the agency. the perpetuation of the dream of bringing the descendants of refugees back to jaffa is what sustains this conflict. unrwa is part of the problem, not part of the solution. israel backs the new us move, but palestinians say washington is trying to decide the fake of refugees without peace talks. what is the american decision doing? they're undermining the moderare
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forces in palestine and israel. those elements who want to achieve peace peacefully based on a two—state solution are being destroyed. in gaza, the recent deadly protests on the border with israel began because of the refugee issue. now there are fears of further violence and warnings of the dangerous consequences for the region if new funds for unrwa can't be found. yolande knell, bbc news. a senior member of the palestinian liberation 0rganisation described the us move as a cruel way of punishing the people. institutions that have been providing services, including health and education and so on, social welfare services, you cannot suddenly turn off the tap and decide you can find alternatives. you cannot. the palestinian leadership has been trying desperately to find alternative funding. this is a punitive measure. it's a cruel, calculated way of punishing the palestinians
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because we did not surrender to israel and we did not accept american dictats. this is a way of telling the world, if you do not do what we tell you, if you do not accept the victimisation of the palestinians, then we will punish the palestinians even further. they are trying to increase the $38 billion they are giving israel while they are removing $200 million that they are giving to the victims. the us military says it has decided to cancel $300 million in aid to pakistan over what it calls islamabad's failure to take action against militant groups. a pentagon spokesman said the united states continues to press pakistan to "indiscriminately target all terrorist groups" operating in the country. the military‘s proposal has to be approved by the us congress. the saudi—led coalition fighting in yemen has admitted that an airstrike which killed dozens of people on a bus last month was not militarilyjustified. more than a0 children were killed in the strike in a market in northern saada province. the coalition said those responsible
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for the attack should be held accountable. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the old man and the sea. we'll tell you about a record—breaking world war two veteran who wants to head underwater. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting, so... hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them.
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britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: thousands of far—right demonstrators have been marching through kemnitz in germany. —— chemnitz. the city saw an outbreak of violence after the death of a german—cuban man blamed on immigrants. jan—henrik wiebe is editor of the online media and news portal
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t 0nline and was on the streets of chemnitz. he's been telling me what he encountered: i was covering the demonstrations today, right in the middle of the clashes between left—wing and right—wing people, and i experienced violence against myself because right—wing people attacked me and my camera, and i lost my microphone. while you were there, did you think it was a possibility you would be attacked? no. most of the time, it was very peaceful. the afd marched and also the left—wing demonstrators, but it came out of nowhere. they were so angry. they were shouting at the police, they were bringing in the water cannon and surrounding
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the water cannon. during the separation, i was filming them attacking the police and then theyjust hit me from the side and i didn't see that. it was crazy. for those who have not been in this kind of demonstration, could you just tell us a bit about what the atmosphere is like in those places? it really depends. the afd demonstrators were a mix of people from the conservative right to extreme right, and the people of the extreme right are of course very dangerous — especially for us journalists here in germany, who get attacked from time to time. but, um, yes. so they were shouting and chanting slogans, what were they saying? they were saying slogans against angela merkel, "merkel, get out of yourjob!" "go away". and also nationalist slogans, "frei nazional sozial" — "free national social".
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they are actual national socialists, i would say. in myanmar, dozens of people have marched through yango to demand press freedom and the release of two reuters journalists who are currently on trial.the two men have been accused of violating a state secrets law while investigating the killing of rohingya muslims. they deny the charges. a court in yangon is expected to announce its verdict in their case on monday. here in the uk, the queen has officially opened a new highland games centre named after her son, prince charles. catriona renton reports. the queen arrives at the braemar gathering. she has been coming here since she was just seven years old. this is the oldest highland games in scotland, dating back to 1815, with all the traditional heavy events — throwing the hammer, tossing the caber. .. emcee: oh, yes! cheering and applause.
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..dancing, piping, and, of course, the tug of war. people come here from all over the world to take part and watch. there's a lot of things going on, you know? we don't get it to see these games, you know, in the states so this is different for us. i'm also here to see the queen. voila! this is a regular date in the royal calendar. prince charles is seen here enjoying the games as a child. today, the queen named the new pavilion after him, the duke of rothesay — his scottish title. it is a heritage centre full of all things highland games, so people can experience them all year round. it will be a home to highland games, because as famous as highland games are all over the world, there is no permanent exhibition to their history. so here at braemar, which is probably the most famous highland games in the world, there is this wonderful new centre. it's estimated 15,000 people
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attended today's gathering. it takes a lot of planning. this is 18 months‘ worth of work for me to bring this together with the team that i have so that we have a day — one per year, the first saturday in september, where people come along from all over the globe to enjoy traditional highland games and sport. but people will not have to wait another year to come to braemar and find out about the games, as the new pavilion is expected to open to the public in the spring. catriona renton, bbc news, braemar. thomas the tank engine — along with his friends percy, gordon, and of course the fat controller — are all well known characters from the children's tv programme. and they're soon to be joined by a wealth of new friends, as the show gets a multi—cultural makeover — thanks, in part, to a collaboration with the united nations. caroline rigby has the inside track. for more than seven decades, thomas the tank engine has been a childhood staple for so many people, and now the brand
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is on track for a major upgrade. we are so lucky nia has joined the steam team on sodor! meet nia from kenya and rebecca from australia, two strong new female characters helping to turn the steam team into a more diverse dream team. steam works! i think it is great that there is diversity now on the show. i think it is important that children can watch the show and think, "this train looksjust like me." two engines are much better than one! this assures audience being young girls, it is hoped that balance of characters will mean a more inclusive brand. the new series will also see thomas travel across the world to discover new people and cultures.
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it is a collaboration with the united nations to promote their sustainable development goals. gender equality, quality education, responsible consumption. things that would naturally fit into thomas‘ world, and of course, with thomas going around the world that allows us to have great stories with animals involved, so we can also do one of the sustainable development goals about life on land. i am very impressed with your clever and brave actions to save us! quite how thomas will travel across continents from his home of sodor is yet to be revealed, but with the brand's biggest relaunch in its 73—year history, it appears to be full steam ahead for this lovable locomotive. # the world's just a train ride away! it's a problem many of us face — what to do with the kids at the weekend? well for some people in el salvador the answer is to take them to a fireball festival. these pictures are from the town of neck—appa where every year
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residents pelt each other with petrol—soaked rags rolled into tight balls of flames. —— necapa. the event is to commemorate a volcanic eruption that forced all of the residents to abandon the town hundreds of years ago. a british veteran of world war two has broken his own record as the world's oldest scuba diver. 95—year—old ray woolley — who was originally from port sunlight near liverpool — spent nearly three—quarters of an hour underwater examining a wreck off the coast of the cypriot town of larnaca. he says he wants to break his record again next year. the bbc‘s tim allman has the story. they say you only get better with practice. well, that certainly must be true for ray woolley. a former radio operator during the war, he has been scuba diving for 58 years.
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his latest excursion, out into the crystal clear waters of the mediterranean. cheering. cheered on as he took the plunge, heading down to visit a wreck that is not even half his age. the ms zenobia was a cargo vessel that sank on its maiden voyage in 1980. ray and the two dozen or so divers who accompanied him took time out for a group photo. then, after checking the watch to see how long they had been down there, headed back to their boat. more cheers, more applause for this most modest of men. we did it! and we managed to get 40.6 metres. for 44 minutes. that's pretty good!
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lovely to break my record again! and i hope if i keep fit, i'll break it again next year with all of you! yes! and somehow, you kind of believe he will, too. tim allman, bbc news. you can reach me on twitter. a reminder of our top story. in germany thousands of far—right demonstrators, many chanting nazi slogans, have been marching through through the city of chemnitz. there it's a week since a german man was stabbed to death there apparently by two asylum seekers, triggering a series of violent demonstrations. the far right political party afd has been accused of inflaming tensions. hello.
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saturday's top temperature — 25.2 celsius in hull. eastern parts of the uk that saw the lion's share of the sunshine. high—pressure still close by for part two of the weekend. there is a weather system approaching from the west and so, for some of us, it will be quite a wet end the day. let's take a look at things first thing in the morning, though, and there will be a lot of cloud around northern and western parts of the uk. that's held the temperature up overnight into the mid teens. still a bit drizzly in places. just a few spots in eastern england, down into single figures under the clearer skies. maybe one or two mist and fog patches clearing away. quite a windy day for northern ireland and scotland. gusts in scotland around 30—110 miles per hour. some sunny spells north—east scotland, more especially into eastern england.
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here's a look things at four o'clock in the afternoon and we will see rain spreading in towards western scotland and northern ireland to end the day, so increasingly wet going into the evening here. those sunny spells north—east scotland, though, lifting the temperature into the low 20s. even under the cloudier zones, we could well see some brighter spells but with the chance of a bit of patchy light rain. some spots in east anglia and south—east england will see unbroken sunshine. that's how it's looking into the afternoon then. into the evening, that's your rain to end the day in northern ireland and western scotland. moving very slowly further south—eastwards as the night goes on. behind that weather system, where you're clear in northern ireland and scotland, it will be much cooler. ahead of that weather system and with the cloud and outbreaks of rain, it will be quite a warm night to come. so for monday then, that weather system is continuing to move its way southwards, but i tell you what, it is a very, very slow process. there's a cold front. it's the dividing line between the warm air to the south of it and the cooler air following on behind. so, as we look at the picture for monday, we're into that cooler air in northern ireland, much of scotland, some sunny spells, feeling much fresher. still some outbreaks of rain for eastern scotland and pushing across more of northern
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england, the midlands, wales and the south—west. to the east of that weather system, still some sunny spells, still some warmth in east anglia and south—east england, wherever you get to see a bit of sunshine. so a bigger range of temperatures, a range of weather, as we go through monday. that continues to spread south on tuesday, taking the cooler air. for the rest of the week, though, wednesday onwards, a bit of cloud around, some sunny spells, temperatures close to average but quite a bit of dry weather to be found. so for the week ahead, it will be turning cooler for a time from the north, but plenty of dry weather to come with high—pressure still close by. this is bbc news. the headlines: police in the east german city of chemnitz say they have ordered thousands of far—right demonstrators to disperse over safety concerns. they say that the anti—migrant rally, which drew more than 4,000 participants, had overrun its authorised time limit. earlier, several thousand counter—demonstrators attempted to block their route. tributes have been paid to the late senator
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john mccain at a memorial service in washington. two former presidents, george w bush and barack obama, led the mourners, praising his patriotism. president trump, who'd feuded with him, was not invited to the service. there's been criticism of the decision by the united states to withdraw all funding from the un agency that provides assistance to palestinian refugees, amid fears it could further destabilise the region. a spokesman for president mahmoud abbas described the move as a flagrant assault against the palestinian people. those are the latest headlines. now on bbc news, it's time to click.
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