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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm aaron safir. president trump now says he doesn't want a delay to november's election but believes postal voting will cause problems. i don't want to delay. i want to have the election. but i also don't want to have to wait for three months and then find out that the bellows are all missing in the election doesn't mean anything. in parts of northern england — coronavirus restrictions are reimposed after a rise in cases. from the uk to indonesia — restrictions return tojakarta in a bid to curb the country's outbreak. nasa launches its mission to mars —
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a rover to retreive rock samples from the red planet. president trump has said he doesn't want a delay to november's election — just hours after a tweeting it might be a possibility. democrats and republicans united to say the date was enshrined in law — and wasn't going to be moved. but speaking at a press conference later, mr trump said the voted might be crooked if postal ballots were used. he offered no evidence for his claim. here's a little of what the president had to say. i don't want to see an election that... so many years i have been watching elections. and they say the projected winner or the winner of
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the election. i don't want to see that take place in a week after november, a month after, orfrankly, with litigation and everything else that could happen, years. or you never even know who won the election. you are sending out hundreds of millions of universal mail—in ballots. hundreds of millions. where are they going? where are they being sent to? it is common sense. you don't have to know anything about politics. our north america correspondent david willisjoins me now. the david willisjoins me now. president slightly the david willis joins me now. president slightly chang his the president slightly changing his tune earlier today. he was talking about the possibility of massive fraud. now he is saying that his concern is if you have an election with millions of votes by mail ballots, the result might not be known for a while. is that a realistic possibility? it is a possibility but it is a possibility but it is a possibility that the result of
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the election could be delayed for any number of reasons. remember back in 2000, bush, and al gore when it was too tight the cat out of florida, those all that. —— to close a call. mail—in ballots have been conducted in some states for quite some time and we are very satisfactory results. but this time it is thought that more states will look to implement that system because of the effects of the coronavirus. president trump does not like that prospect. the figures have shown that mail—in ballots tend to favour the democrats, president trump is trailing his democratic rivaljoe biden in the polls at the moment. and some are suggesting that perhaps by introducing this notion of apprehension, that the president is simply looking to pave the way possibly to contest the eventual outcome
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of the election should he lose to joe biden. the election should he lose to joe biden. indeed, one other thing that people are suggesting was that this original tweet came not long after some gdp numbers in the us were announced which laid out a really huge toll of the coronavirus is having on the us economy. went to the president have to say about that in his press conference? well very interesting that he had very little to say about the worst gdp figures in american history. the president making the point as he made before that the american economy he believes is set to rebound next year with a vengeance. and he said that is eager to reopen the american economy despite the american economy despite the fact that we had 150,000 hundred deaths here of the coronavirus and more than 11.5 million cases of it. he wants to reopen schools and he reiterated that as well today despite the fact
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that that medical experts i want to get sick and he said a blanket shut down as he put it to the economy is a viable strategy. —— and he also said. this from a man who penned his reelection hopes on vigorous and bouncing economy. “— hopes on vigorous and bouncing economy. —— medical experts have said that it is not good to reopen. we will leave it there for now. thank you. the north of england has become the latest area of europe to see restrictions reimposed after a rise in cases of coronavirus. millions of people living in greater manchester and parts of east lancashire and west yorkshire will be banned from going to other people's houses — or gardens. sophie hutchinson has the latest 0ld ham, where cases of coronavirus have more than tripled in the past week. people here, and now right across greater manchester, will be banned from visiting each other indoors as part of new restrictions to curb
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the sudden surge in cases. the same measures will apply to blackburn with darwen and in other parts of east lancashire, and in some areas in west yorkshire. the health secretary said the decision had been reached after high—level meetings with local officials today. we take this action with a heavy heart but unfortunately it's necessary, because we've seen that households meeting up and a lack of social distancing is one of the causes of this rising rate of coronavirus and we'll do whatever is necessary to keep the country safe. a spike in coronavirus cases in places like trafford, in greater manchester, has led to tonight's decision. initially the virus seemed to hit teenagers there, according to public health officials. now it's adults, some with young families, and it's in the better—off areas. it's a leafy suburb so we've got lots of professional families, lots of teachers, social workers, doctors, nurses. you know, it's a very,
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very desirable area to live, and the areas we are seeing these positive cases in are in these households. # let's get back to where we used to be... testing is free, quick and vital... the government's new ad campaign, a push to get more people tested, figures suggest two—thirds of infected people are still being missed. but there is better news in leicester, which has seen a significant drop in infections. after a month of local lockdown many will be wondering when restrictions might be eased. but despite falls in cases, there were still 200 new infections this week, raising questions about the safety of the city. sophie hutchinson, bbc news. if you are walking in the uk, the government has not published more details on the restrictions and he can find
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them by the bbc news website. -- if them by the bbc news website. —— if you are watching in the uk, the government has now published. let s get some of the day's other news. the us businessman and former contenderfor the presidency, herman cain, has died from complications of covid—19. he was 7a and had been diagnosed with a coronavirus infection after attending president trump's campaign rally in tulsa in june. mr cain sought the republican nomination for the presidency in 2011, but despite a promising start, he abandoned the race after allegations of sexual misconduct. italy's senate has voted to allow the prosecution of the nation's former interior minister for blocking a migrant ship off italy's coast last august. more than 100 migrants were stuck on the spanish rescue ship open arms for 19 days. prosecutors in sicily accuse matteo salvini of illegal detention, which could bring a jail term of up to 15 years. he insists that he was simply enforcing government policy at the time. the swiss authorities have launched criminal proceedings against the president of fifa, gianni infantino. a special prosecutor will investigate meetings between the football boss
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and switzerland's attorney—general. the meetings took place at a time when the attorney general was in charge of investigating corruption allegations linked to fifa. the killer of one of uganda's best known mountain gorillas, rafi—ki, has been jailed for 11 years. felix byamu—kama pleaded guilty to illegally entering a protected area and killing a gorilla. he had previously said the gorilla attacked him and that he acted in self defence. mountain gorillas are endangered with just over 1,000 in existence. a few weeks ago we were reporting that australia had put five million people in melbourne in the state of victoria back into a strict six week lockdown. but it doesn't seem to be working. the state has just reported its worst covid death toll and a sharp rise in new cases — the highest since the pandemic began.
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the prime minister now says he'll take "whatever actions are necessary" to bring the outbreak under control. shaimaa khalil has more. soldiers driving ambulances — a sign of how serious victoria's covid—19 crisis has become, as health workers raced to contain the spread of the virus. there were hopes that the outbreak may have peaked on monday, with over 500 infections recorded. but the latest spike in coronavirus numbers has surpassed that by nearly 200 cases. we have now been in this lockdown now for some weeks. and we are not getting the results we would hope for. and, as a result, the further measures that are taken are certainly necessary. they will come at an impact to the economy, and so it's important that we continue to work together to get on top of this. this meat processing plant and the royal melbourne hospital have been identified as two of the many covid—19 clusters in victoria. authorities say they are concerned about people who turned up to work, despite showing symptoms, or waiting for test results. if you are a positive case, then you need to be at home
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and you need to be isolating. and that is a very important message. the state is also struggling to contain more than 80 outbreaks at care homes which have claimed dozens of lives in the past few weeks, including ten in the latest figures. they're getting neglected. it is so sad that they've been locked up three weeks in one room. get them out of the room, get them into another safe place. get them to a hospital. please, help. from midnight on sunday, every person in the whole of the state will be required to wear a mask or a face covering when leaving their house, as concerns grow about rising cases across victoria. australia was seen as a success story over a month ago. a very different picture now. with the situation in melbourne unraveling quickly and with more cases of community transmission reported here in sydney, there is a real concern that the country could be heading towards a second wave.
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australia's second most populous city is halfway into its six week lockdown. but it's unclear whether this will be enough time to contain an outbreak that only seems to be getting worse. shaimaa khalil, bbc news, sydney. the governor of the indonesian capital, jakarta, has extended restrictions on social life after the country reported over 1,000 new infections on thursday. indonesia now has over one hundred—and—five—thousand confirmed coronavirus cases — the biggest outbreak in east asia. and the number of deaths rose by 83 on thursday, bringing the total number of fatalities — to over five thousands, also the biggest in the region. let's speak to our south east asia correspondent, jonathan head. talk us through some of these restrictions that will be brought in injakarta. restrictions that will be brought in in jakarta. there are already restrictions
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there. they have particular restriction today because is a very muslim holiday at the end of the pilgrimage period. people have not been going to it and it is a time when communities come together and family come together and donate food to the poor. a big mass prayer. very strong guidelines on that. no mass religious festivities are to post a take place in red zones, and the capitaljakarta place in red zones, and the capital jakarta with the population of over 20 million isa population of over 20 million is a clear red zone all across there. i'm the authorities there, my lightest letter to there, my lightest letter to the regional authorities to decide their own penalties and they are imposing fines for people who don't wear a mask in public or do not practice social distancing. the way that things are done in indonesia, this is fairly erratic, not exactly a police state come a very big population. for all of these guidelines and restrictions, the president is not accepting is the idea of another like them. his entire
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focus throughout dealing with covid—19 has been on the economy, he is still stressing to keep the economy going in a country we have a lot of very poor and vulnerable people as his main priority, rather really tha n his main priority, rather really than controlling covid—19. the numbers are bad and indonesia. the fatality rate around 5%. not perhaps by european or american standards, but much worse than other countries in southeast asia we re countries in southeast asia were generally, numbers have been low and in some countries, like thailand where i am, it had no cases at all locally for more than two months. so indonesia is an an outlier but this is been the president's approach ever since he was reelected last year, his entire legitimacy rest on his mind on driving the economy forward so far all we will see restrictive measures announced , far all we will see restrictive measures announced, the imposition is nothing like esther connie and come as you see in vietnam now which is a new outbreak, and it does seem
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that indonesian authorities have decided they can accept a certain level of covid—19 affections much higher than neighbouring countries in return for sustaining the economy. thank you for bringing us economy. thank you for bringing us up to date. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:... 3 former us presidents pay their tributes at the funeral of civil rights iconjohn lewis. cheering. the us space agency nasa has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol,
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once an everyday part of the soldiers' lot, drudgery and danger, no more after almost four decades. in a private house. not doing any harm to anyone. i don't see why all these people should wander in and say you're doing something wrong. six rare white lion cubs on the prowl at the park and already have been met with a roar of approval from residents. they are lovely and really sweet. they were cute. this is bbc news, the latest headlines. president trump now says he doesn't want a delay to november's election but believes postal voting will cause problems. democrat matthew dunlap serves as the secretary of state for maine — which means he's responsible for organising and overseeing elections there. he also sat on a presidential commission established by president trump to investigate voter fraud after
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the 2016 election. the commission was disbanded by the president without producing evidence of fraud. matthew dunlap joins us now from maine. thank you for your time. you are actually holding elections today in maine. i thought we could start by talking us to what voting in person looks like in the asia coronavirus. actually we had our primary election just about two weeks ago. today we did a count of one of those races. in the run—up to particular primary election income and maine, the coronavirus made its appearance in early march and the governor declared a state of civil emergency about the middle of march and we began planning for how to run a state—wide election in the midst of a global pandemic we made a few changes, and pushed out the primary from june nine to july 14, primary from june nine to july 1a, we purchase personal protective equipment for all poor workers, got a line on pens to mark ballots from half
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a million of them for about $7,000. -- a million of them for about $7,000. —— poor workers. a million of them for about $7,000. —— poorworkers. we encourage people to use absentee ballots. we had about 80% of return that was my absentee ballot mailed in prior to election day. that sounds quite labour—intensive and expensive. do you think the us more broadly is that it is in a position to replicate that come november? i hope so because we have been watching very nervously the infection rates in maine since we have a primary and we have seen no real spike in additional cases which is good news. it means the protocol is working. and they are keeping us safe. maine is in the bottom tier of states in the united states that have had a spike in affection. i have to give a lot of credit to the people of maine and also our governor for the people of maine and also our governorfor taking decisive action quickly and keeping people safe and i think if we follow this model into november, it is very labour—intensive and we can see
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600,000 absentee ballot in the election in november. but if the prices keeping people safe and allowing them to have their voices heard, i think it is work well done. let's talk about the absentee ballots. you have written about your experience on the president advisory commission on election integrity and you called it bizarre and you said it was set up bizarre and you said it was set up essentially with a preordained outcome. but looking at your experience there and your knowledge and experience elsewhere, what evidence have you seen that voter fraud is evidence have you seen that voterfraud is a problem in the us? almost none. certainly, there is a colourful history going back to buy few hundred yea rs going back to buy few hundred years to going back to buy few hundred yea rs to have going back to buy few hundred years to have elections have been conducted. legislatures across the country have responded with pretty strong laws to attack the integrity of the election and we have seen no systemic evidence of voter originated misconduct in an election. you had the exception last year and a congressional race in north carolina,
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where political operative with manipulating absentee ballots and was caught, extraordinarily rare and almost always does get caught. we have a very strong chain of custody of her ballots and we have a really good idea of what happens to a ballot from the time it leaves a printing press and it is sealed ina printing press and it is sealed in a tamper—proof container after the conclusion of the election. there is nothing to base really those claims on at all. but it is like a halloween meant that you should never ta ke meant that you should never take an apple because i might have a razor blade in it but that you never hear about it happening but a myth that keeps happening but a myth that keeps happening every year. briefly we heard from former president barack 0bama we heard from former president ba rack 0bama today we heard from former president barack 0bama today talking about the wider issues of voting rights in the us. do you think the us does have a pretty fair elections when you look at some of the policies that are brought in that restrict peoples rights to vote?|j brought in that restrict peoples rights to vote? i think there is a lot of work to be donein there is a lot of work to be done injurisdictions there is a lot of work to be done in jurisdictions that have strong barriers to
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prevent people from voting under the guise of election security. some of those are things like strong voter id requirements, we don't see the literacy requirements that we saw during thejim requirements that we saw during the jim crow years. requirements that we saw during thejim crow years. but requirements that we saw during the jim crow years. but the balance between access in the integrity of the election can be struck without discouraging people to voting or participating in the process of making it difficult for them do so for the i think the president 0bama was speaking to some of those strange patch works around the country where it is very difficult in some jurisdictions for people to participate in that is something we need to work on of the country. thank you for talking to us. nasa's new robotic spacecraft is on its way to mars in a mission to search for evidence of ancient life. it will take almost seven months to travel more than 300 million miles to the red planet. the robot is called perseverance — named
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because of the difficulties of landing on its surface. rebecca morelle has more engine ignition, two, one, zero. . .and liftoff. the start of a mission... launching the next generation of robotic explorers to the red planet. ..that could finally answer the big question — was there ever life on mars? and that was to you. gone to close—loop control. the rover is called perseverance, and it's going to a region that was once covered by a lake. we now know mars had an enormous amount of water in its past. if ancient life was on mars, you know, we have a good bet that we might be able to find it in these sediments. so this is really a life—detection mission. this is the most advanced mars rover that nasa's ever built. it's about the same size and weight as a small car and it is jam—packed with instruments. this is its robotic arm, equipped with a drill and it will take samples of rock that could contain signs of life.
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there's also an instrument that will try to make oxygen from the carbon dioxide rich atmosphere — a vital technology for future astronauts on mars. and for the first time, nasa will test a mini mars helicopter that will try to fly in the extremely thin martian air. it's another pair of eyes from a totally different vantage point. just being able to get to places that we simply can't get to today. like sides of steep cliffs or very steep crevices, craters, places like that that a roverjust can't rove into. i mean, we're going to need to fly. another first for this mission is that the rock samples collected will be stored and eventually brought back to earth, and some will head to the uk. three former us presidents have been paying tribute at the funeral of the congressman and civil rights campaigner, john lewis. barack 0bama — who delivered
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the eulogy — said he owed a great debt to mr lewis and his vision of freedom. aleem maqbool has more. singing. they came together to honour a man whose activism helped bring about some of the biggest strides forward in american democracy in generations. # shall not be in vain... to pay their respects tojohn lewis, three former # shall not be in vain... to pay their respects tojohn lewis, three former presidents travelled to his final farewell. he has been called an american saint. a believer willing to give up everything. even life itself to bear witness to the truth drove him all of his life. that we could build a world of peace and justice, harmony, and dignity and love. it wasjohn lewis who lead marches on what became known as bloody sunday.
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an act for which he was brutally beaten but ultimately lead to new laws meant to end voter racial discrimination. but his whole adult life was devoted to bringing about change. barack 0bama's often talked ofjohn lewis as a hero. in his eulogy, he talked of their last conversation, about the recent protests following george floyd's death. he could not have been prouder to see this new generation of activism standing up for freedom and equality. a new generation that was intent on voting and protecting the right to vote. in some cases, a new generation running for political office. and i told him, "all those young people, john, of every race, and every religion come from every background, every gender and sexual orientation, john, those are your children." they learned from your example. " in his last public appearance in june, john lewis
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visited the newly renamed black lives matter plaza close to the white house. he left a final essay to be published in the new york times on the day of his funeral. that is often now. thank you for watching. —— that is all for now. time for the weather. hello there. the heat is continuing to build across much of the country. it's going to be a short—lived heat because the wind direction changes again by the weekend. but a southerly breeze on thursday and bags of sunshine in the south lifted temperatures to 30 degrees around london. further north, you can see much more cloud where there is some rain too, only 16 in the central area for scotland. that rain is moving away and we have clearing skies and we start with these temperatures, 17 in liverpool, 18 in london, 20 or so in the channel islands where the heat is coming from. we are drawing all of that heat from france out over
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the channel, heading its way northwards across much of the country. that heat comes ahead of a weather front here, which is slowly pushing in western areas through the day. so, it is not going to be hot everywhere, northern ireland likely to miss out, for example, because on that weatherfront, we have a narrow band of cloud that is going to bring some patchy rain and some of that cloud will head into the western fringes of scotland, into the west coast of wales and the far southwest of england. but ahead of that, lots of sunshine, more of a breeze perhaps for a time, but southerly and southeasterly breeze and the heat pushes northwards in the scotland. much warmer day in scotland. 28 degrees possible, widely 29, 30 degrees across england and east wells, 3a around the london area. across england and east wales, 3a around the london area. but you may notice the cloud developing into the afternoon and late in the day and into the evening, there could be showers heading across eastern parts of england and those are likely to be heavy and thundery too. the rain coming in from that band of cloud is very light and patchy area and it sweeps eastwards overnight and patchy and it sweeps eastwards overnight and out of the way by the start of the weekend. but we push away all of that heat towards germany and we introduce the atlantic breezes coming in and that means cooler and fresher air.
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over the weekend, there'll be some sunshine and a few showers, but you can see here on saturday that there are not too many showers, many places will be fine and dry. you will notice a cooler and fresher feel. still, very pleasant for the eastern side of england with highs of 25 in the southeast. for the second half of the weekend, you get a fairly gentle westerly breeze for much of the country, most of the showers in the northwest of the uk, cloud amounts increasing across england and wales. but again, it is cooler and fresher throughout sunday and those temperatures continuing to slip away and this time, we're looking at higher temperatures in the southeast, around 22 celsius.
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this is bbc news, the headlines. hours after suggesting a possible delay to november's election in the us, president trump has said he does want it to go ahead ash scheduled, he does want it to go ahead as scheduled, but remains concerned that millions of postal ballots would cause problems. he says they'd lead to increased voter fraud but there's no evidence to prove the claim. the uk government has reimposed some coronavirus restrictions in parts of northern england — including greater manchester — in response to an increasing rate of transmission. the health secretary matt hancock said the spread of the virus was largely due to a failure to observe social distancing rules. australia has reported a record number of new infections and its deadliest day since the start of the pandemic — following a spike in cases at elderly—care homes. thirteen deaths and over 700 positive tests were reported in the southeastern state of victoria alone,
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