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candidate for the us presidency, saying his rival has been weak in the face of recent street protests. earlier, speaking in pennsylvania, joe biden accused mr trump of stoking politically explosive violence and seeking to instil fear in america. the french president emmanuel macron has called for the swift formation of a crisis government in lebanon after a new prime minister, mustapha adib, was named. mr macron is visiting lebanon for the second time in a month and is to meet mr adib. the tour operator tui is investigating claims that coronavirus guidance was not enforced on a passenger aircraft after 16 people travelling to cardiff from greece tested positive for covid—19. health officials have advised everyone who was on board — almost 200 people — to self—isolate.
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the governments eat out to help out scheme that encouraged people to use restaurant ended on monday night. it has been successful and there are calls for it to continue. in the last month 64 million discount meals have been dished up in restau ra nts a nd cafe‘s across the country. serving up one last day of government subsidised meals, diners today said the incentive did tempt them out more. when we get this opportunity again? ifi we get this opportunity again? if i have been making the most of it. it brings back that human feeling that has been missing. we're going to go and some lunch with a few friends. the government website still has it but we are glad some places are extending it. down on the south coast in bournemouth, restaurants we visited said there had been a
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healthy appetite for the discount. record trade at this african restaurant has helped to clawback some lockdown losses. this is our outdoor terrace. it has been busy like this constantly. but the boss wa nts this constantly. but the boss wants the scheme to return. let the schools open in september, have a breathing space and then bring it back in october and november when it is traditionally quiet. bournemouth has seen many people on a vacation at home and they have seen a boost from that and the government discount scheme. that is not the case everywhere. location is key in determining how successful the last month has been. pub giant green king which has around 3000 side said some in particular have struggled. central london was about 30% down year on year so it is pretty stark. i have called for the government to
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think about maybe doing a similar scheme for city centres and for london. we need to get people back into the city centres and into central london stop the government does not plan to extend the scheme but says it is helping the sector in other ways. this london cafe is one of a large number carrying on their own half—price offer in september full bid does still need a boost after a terrible july. you can see people are extremely happy and i think it will help us a lot for trade and is well we can have a lot of people who are back at work in the offices. with the furlough scheme coming to an end in october, as like these hope people's interest in eating out will still be on the menu, autumn. now on bbc news, anything but normal: the virtual us election chanting: four more years! the 2020 race for the white house is like no other. history has delivered us to one
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the most difficult moments we have ever faced. the coronavirus has upended american life. before the plague came in from china, we were going in a direction like we had never seen. and transformed the political conventions, launching a presidential campaign which is anything but normal. as you've seen by now, this isn't a normal convention. president trump is fighting for re—election against his challengerjoe biden as the nation reels from the coronavirus outbreak which has left millions unemployed, and killed more than 180,000. his only pre—existing condition was trusting donald trump. as a national reckoning over racial injustice. i urge people to come together in a civil manner. previous conventions brought great drama and launched careers. the rhetoric this time depicted a country in crisis. we can and will overcome this season of darkness in america. our country can go in
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a horrible, horrible direction. orin an even greater direction. america's voters face a stark choice in a highly charged election. the first virtual political convention is a very strange affair — no crowds, no applause, very few media tents, no spin doctors telling you how the speech is playing here in wilmington. but in many ways, the virtual gathering is a party manager's dream. everyone has to keep to time. and it's very easy to control dissent, and to make the message disciplined. so democrats arguing over and over again, america is facing three crises: the coronavirus, the economic fallout, and the reckoning over racial injustice. and they're arguing president trump has shown himself to be unfit to lead. i caught up with delaware senator chris coons,
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long—time friend and ally ofjoe biden‘s, as he prepared to make his address to the convention. this is an unprecedented moment in so many ways. can you generate the same excitement with a virtual convention? well, it's not quite the same thing. i am a delegate to this convention, i have been a delegate to conventions going back 30 years. and i'm really missing the balloon drop and the parties and the cheering crowd. but if it saves a few american lives, i am happy that we are doing it virtually. thatjoe biden personally decided we're not going to have a convention when it's the pinnacle of his political career, shows that he's committed to listening to public health experts and to protecting the health of the american people. democrats tried to make a virtue of their own convention, using the delegate rollcall to show off the diversity of the party and of america. joe biden. he will bring this nation together. good evening. i'm eva longoria baston...
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famous actors were the hosts, and hough the keynote speaker on opening night was pre—recorded, the appeal from the former first lady who professes to hate politics lost none of its impact. so let me be as honest and clear as i possibly can. donald trump is the wrong president for our country. he has had more than enough time to prove that he can do the job but he is clearly in over his head. he cannot meet this moment. he simply cannot be who we need him to be for us. it is what it is. if you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can and they will if we don't make a change in this election. if we have any hope of ending this chaos, we have got to vote forjoe biden like our lives depend on it. it was a message echoed
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by bernie sanders, blamed by some democrats for failing to rally his supporters behind hillary clinton in 2016. there was no mistaking his urgency this time. my friends, i say to you, to everyone who supported other candidates in the primary, and to those who may have voted for donald trump in the last election. the future of our democracy is at stake. the future of our economy is at stake. the future of our planet is at stake. we most come together to defeat donald trump and elect joe biden and kamala harris as our next president and vice president. my friends, the price of failure is just too great to imagine. covid—19 hit us much harder than it had to. one of the select few who have served in the oval office, former president bill clinton underlined the democrats' message that president trump
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does not deserve a second term. donald trump says we're leading the world. well, we are the only major industrial economy to have its unemployment rate triple. you have to decide whether to renew his contract or hire someone else. if you want a president who defines the job as hours a day watching tv and zapping people on social media, he's your man. in thisjob interview, the difference is stark. you know what donald trump will do with four more years, lame, bully and belittle. and you know whatjoe biden will do, build back better. the candidate's wife, jill biden spoke from the classroom she once taught in telling americans the profound loss her husband endured losing his first wife and infant daughter in a car crash and then his adult son to cancer has prepared him to lead in this moment. the burdens we carry are heavy, and we need someone with strong shoulders. i know that if we entrust this
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nation tojoe, he will do for yourfamily what he did or ours. bring us together and make us whole. carry us forward in our time of need. keep the promise of america for all of us. great job! i love you. republicans for biden appealed to gop voters disillusioned with president trump. withjoe biden in the white house you will never doubt that he will stand with our friends and stand up to adversaries. as senatorjohn mccain's widow celebrated her husband's enduring friendship with mr biden, despite their political differences. they would just sit and joke. it was like a comedy show, sometimes, to watch the two of them. the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 180,000 americans and infected more than 5.8 million was a constant theme.
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kristin urquiza, whose father, a trump supporter, died after contracting covid—19, gave a raw, powerful speech. he had faith in donald trump. he voted for him, listened to him, believed him and his mouthpieces when they said coronavirus was under control and going to disappear. so in late may, after the stay—at—home order was lifted in arizona, my dad went to a karaoke bar with his friends. a few weeks later he was put on a ventilator and after five agonising days, he died alone in the icu with a nurse holding his hand. my dad was a healthy 65—year—old. his only pre—existing condition was trusting donald trump. and for that he paid for it with his life. the democratic party is still traumatised by hillary clinton's surprise loss to donald trump in 2016,
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as she won nearly 3 million more votes than him, she lost the three key states of michigan, pennsylvania and wisconsin by fewer than 80,000 votes. so it's no surprise this week all of the keynote speakers have been urging the party faithful to vote as though their lives depend on it. and hillary clinton has turned her disappointment into a call for action. don't forget, joe and kamala can win by 3 million votes and still lose. take it from me. so we need numbers overwhelming, so trump can't sneak or steal his way to victory. speaking from the museum of the american revolution in philadelphia, birthplace of us democracy, former president barack obama cast aside his natural caution and protocol to directly attack the sitting president. donald trump has grown into the job, because he can't. and the consequences
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of that failure are severe. 170,000 americans dead. millions ofjobs, gone. while those at the top take in more than ever. our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished. this administration has shown it will tear our democracy down, if that's what it takes for them to win. so we have to get busy, building it up by pouring all our efforts into the 76 days. kamala harris is my auntie. my stepmom. my big sister! barack obama's presidency was historic, now kamala harris is the first woman of colour to be a vice presidential candidate. her hope was that an increasingly diverse american electorate could see their story in her acceptance speech. i keep thinking about that 25—year—old indian woman,
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all of five feet tall, who gave birth to me at kaiser hospital in oakland, california. on that day, she probably could have never imagined that i would be standing before you now and speaking these words. i accept your nomination for vice president of the united states of america. we have a chance to change the course of history. we are all in this fight. you, me, and joe. together. what an awesome responsibility. the 77—year—old joe biden who tried to run for president twice before is hoping that this is his moment, as so many americans grieve so many different losses, this was his message. i have some idea how it feels to lose someone you love.
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i know that deep black hole that opens up in the middle of your chest and you feel like you are being sucked into it. i know how mean and cruel and unfair life can be sometimes. the current president has cloaked american darkness for much too long. too much anger, too much fear, too much division. here and now, i give you my word. if you entrust me with the presidency, i will draw on the best of us, not the worst. i will be an ally of the light, not the darkness. so it's with great honour and humility, i accept this nomination for president of the united states of america. joe biden is presenting himself as a unifying figure. a protector and comforter who will draw on his 50 years in public life to solve the nation's many woes.
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he has the backing of his party's different wings for now as they are desperate to oust donald trump. by portraying the coming election is nothing less than a battle for the soul of america, joe biden is trying to win over the voters who are wary of the frenetic trump presidency. branding is all—important to donald trump. the real estate mogul who became a reality tv star and used that as a springboard to the presidency. the trump hotel here in washington is a regular haunt for those wishing to get in the president's good books and stay there. and just as his turbulent first term was marked by the near—daily tv appearances, so the republican national convention is a chance for the president to dominate the airwaves in his quest for a second term. law and order was a rallying cry at the republican convention. the death of george floyd in police custody in may led to a wave of mostly peaceful protests across america, but some of the clashes turned violent.
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in wisconsin this week, jacob blake was shot by police and amid the demonstrations and counter—protests, two people were killed. ron christie, who worked in the white house of president george w bush says president trump will try to appeal to voters who are worried by the unrest. certainly the president has really looked at law and order. we look back to 1968 when richard nixon won with a silent majority of appealing to people for law and order. i think the president is looking at a trifecta of things. number one, he is looking to rebound with the economy. number two, he is looking to contain the pandemic and then of course number three, as i said, the law and order, trying to bring more social cohesion to a lot of the riots and demonstrations we have seen here in the united states. republicans also talked up how their convention would simultaneously feature
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a hopeful uplifting message, but on the opening morning, president trump accused democrats of encouraging voter fraud because they want people to be able to vote by mail in the election. what they're doing is using covid to steal an election. they are using covid to defraud the american people, all of our people, of a fair and free election. from the very beginning, democrats, the media, and the world health organization got coronavirus wrong. the first night featured a congratulatory video praising the president's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, though polling suggests americans disapprove of the job he's done. president donald trump. tim scott, the top back republican lawmaker, was the keynote speaker, as republicans try to show white voters put off by mr trump's polarising rhetoric on race, the president has african—american support. there are millions of families just like mine all across this
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nation, full of potential, seeking to live the american dream. and i'm here tonight to tell you that supporting the republican ticket gives you the best chance of making that dream a reality. much of the convention was devoted to ominous warnings about what a biden administration would do to america. take this from mark and patricia mccluskey who were filmed brandishing guns to defend their home as racial justice protesters marched by. no matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical democrats' america. and the culture wars were front and centre as kimberly guilfoyle, girlfriend of the president's oldest son, argued that a victory by biden would actually threaten americans' way of life. they want to destroy this country and everything that we have fought for and hold dear. they want to steal your liberty, your freedom, they want to control what you see
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and think and believe that so they can control how you live. republican strategists hope that will motivate the president's base of white supporters to turn out and even pull in some people who didn't vote for him last time. trump for four more years! it's how donald trumer framed the choice facing voters. people of faith are under attack. you are not allowed to go to church, but mass chaos in the streets gets a pass. it's almost like this election is shaping up to be church, work, and school vs rioting, looting and vandalism. as the week progressed, republicans tried to soften trump's hard edged image, having family members and ordinary americans pay tribute to him. my name is jason joyce and i'm an eighth generation lobster fishermen from maine. as long as trump is president, fishing families like mine will have a voice.
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controversially, the white house itself was the backdrop for night two. a blatant use of government property for a political campaign. there was even a live naturalisation ceremony as the president, who wants to build a war with mexico, welcomed new americans, trying to draw a distinction between illegal immigrants and legal ones. congratulations, you are now citizens of the united states. first lady melania trump made one of her rare forays into the spotlight. the trump campaign believes she can reach out to the female voters disenchanted with the president. in contrast to her husband, she expressed sympathy for those who have lost loved ones to coronavirus. i know many people are anxious and some feel helpless. i want you to know, you are not alone. my husband's administration will not stop fighting until there is an effective treatment or vaccine available to everyone. donald will not rest
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until he has done all he can to take care of everyone impacted by this terrible pandemic. melania trump made this appeal amid the social unrest. i urge people to come together in a civil manner so that we can work and live up to our standard american ideals. i also ask people to stop the violence and looting being done in the name of justice, and never make assumptions based on the colour of a person's skin. republicans are trying to reframe the election around civic unrest, not the cause of it, as the tensions in wisconsin in the wake of the latest shooting of a black man, jacob blake, worsened, the vice president amplified the message. the violence must stop. whether in minneapolis,
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portland, or kenosha. too many heroes have died defending our freedom to see americans strike each other down. we will have law and order on the streets of this country. the south lawn of the white house was the backdrop for the finale of the republican convention. the crowds flouting the administration's own coronavirus guidelines as the president's daughter tried to soften her father's rough edges. whether you agree with him or not, you always know where he stands. i recognise that my dad's communication style is not to everyone's taste and i know that his tweets can feel a bit unfiltered, but the results? the results speak for themselves. president trump use the building known as the people's house as a prop for his campaign with a dig at his opponents. the fact is, i'm here.
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what's the name of that building? applause but i'll say it differently. the fact is, we are here, and they are not. behind in the national opinion polls at this stage in the race, the president defended his handling of the pandemic. in recent months, our nation and the entire planet has been struck by a new and powerful invisible enemy. like those brave americans before us, we are meeting this challenge. we are delivering life—saving therapies and will produce a vaccine before the end of the year or maybe even sooner. we will defeat the virus and the pandemic and emerge stronger than ever before.
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the crowded south lawn was the closest mr trump has got to one of his trademark rallies in months. he used the platform to hammer home the republican attack. make no mistake, if you give power tojoe biden, the radical left will defund police departments all across america. they will pass federal legislation to reduce law—enforcement nationwide. they will make every city look like democrat—run portland, oregon. no—one will be safe in biden‘s america. donald trump's once hostile takeover of the republican party is complete. it's been remade in his image, and now he is asking americans rehire him. the first votes will be cast by mail in september. the people are about to have their say. the convention season is over, the general election
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is less than 70 days. what sort of a fight do you predict? a very, very protracted one and it is almost gonna be like knife fighting in the trenches. the biden people are going to vote for biden — that is the coalition they have amassed, people of colour, ethnicity, sexual orientation, they already know they are voting for biden. the ha rd—core republicans, the trump base, they know they are voting for trump so the question is, who can appeal to the middle? the independents? there are more registered independents here in the united states than say they are republicans or democrats, how do you get to them and get them in yourcamp? america is more deeply divided and partisan than ever. the battle now is for those swing voters. who is to decide if donald trump has earned a second term or ofjoe biden‘s unifying message is more appealing? after these unconventional conventions, the stage is set for a most consequential election.
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hello. and so, there you have it — we are done, meteorologically speaking, anyway, with summer. but at least it ended on a high note, and this particular corner of aberdeenshire — a glorious end to the day there, captured by tyke, one of our weather watchers. it was that area of high pressure that settled things very nicely across the british isles on monday. but looking out into the atlantic, more disturbed weather is looming just over the horizon. before that arrives, we've gota weakening weather front bringing cloud and rain into the western side of scotland for a time, into northern ireland in the morning. but i think here the cloud will clear, come the afternoon. there will be brighter skies, there will be a wee bit of brightness in the eastern scotland for a time.
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across england and wales, it'll be a dry day, with a bit of brightness. could get some temperatures higher than monday — won't be difficult — to around 18—19 celsius. by wednesday, it's those atlantic fronts that are going to bring a combination of cloud and wind and rain to many parts. but it will take a time before the rain moves out of northern ireland and away towards the north—eastern side of scotland — all the while, the rain piling into the western side of england, through wales, as well, some of this quite heavy across the north midlands, wales, and the north of england. but you see, it doesn't really get down into that far south—eastern quarter until quite later in the day, if at all. not too much in the way of breeze here, but it really will be a windy day across the greater part of scotland, particularly in the northwest. bit of brightness up in the north—east of scotland, 16 — you might make 20 further south, where it stays that bit drier. those same weather fronts for the most part get through the northern parts. but in the south, that front becomes aligned with the isobars, so there's no great drive to get that front away from the southern counties of both england and wales. brighter skies follow on behind, but the cloud and a bit of breeze and the odd spot of rain
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could linger across the south, but it won't stop the temperatures getting up to around 21 or 22. further north, a slightly cooler feel, but not cold by any means at all. thursday's still a windy old do, across the north—western corner of scotland. this comes back with renewed vigour into the south—western quarter. it may well be that we see some really quite heavy rain. how far north that goes, difficult to tell at this range. but certainly, for the north of wales, northern england, scotland and northern ireland, it's a mixture of sunny spells and some blustery showers, with the high of the day of 20.
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this is bbc news. i'm mike embley with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. war of words. joe biden and donald trump put law and order at the centre of the race for the white house. donald trump is determined to instilfear in america. that's what his entire campaign for the presidency has come down to — fear. but i believe americans are stronger than that. four monthsjoe biden has given moral aid and comfort to the vandals repeating the monstrous lie that these were peaceful protests. they were not. it is anarchy. does this man have the toughest politicaljob in the world? we look at the challenge facing the new prime minister of lebanon. a cluster of suspected coronavirus cases after passengers on a plane carrying
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