Corbyn: Johnson over-estimates himself – BBC News



Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says “no one underestimates this country”, but it is “deeply worried that the new prime minister over-estimates himself”.

He says the country has been “held back” by nine years of austerity, and opportunity and freedom have been “taken away”.

Cuts to government spending, he says, were a “political choice”, not an “economic necessity”.

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Turkish forces clash with Kurdish fighters in Syria – BBC News



Around sixty thousand people have fled their homes in North Eastern Syria on the second day of a major air and ground assault by Turkish forces. There’s been heavy fighting in the central border region. Some civilians have been killed and dozens more have been injured on both sides of the border. Turkey’s President Erdogan regards the Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists – he claims more than a hundred have been killed.

Turkey is trying to seize land just inside the border to create what it claims is a “safe zone” in Syria to settle some of the millions of Syrian refugees who have fled the eight-year war.

Sophie Raworth presents a roundup of the day’s news with the BBC’s International Correspondent Orla Guerin, Middle East Correspondent Quentin Sommerville and North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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How to reduce your carbon footprint when you fly – BBC News



Travelling by plane has never been more popular, with four billion passengers flying every year.

But aviation emissions contribute to climate change, and scientists say we need to do more to tackle the problem.

BBC research has found that only a tiny fraction of passengers travelling with the world’s biggest airlines are choosing to offset their carbon footprints.

Carbon offset schemes involve paying extra in order to contribute to environmental projects that reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, though some say it’s just an excuse to continue polluting.

But it’s not the only way to reduce the impact of your flight on the planet.

BBC environment reporter Laura Foster explains some of the things you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your flight.

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Germany shooting: Suspect posted videos online days before the attacks – BBC News



A suspected far-right extremist carried out the attacks on two shisha bars in western Germany, killing at least nine people, officials say.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were many signs the attacker in the city of Hanau had acted out of racism.

Federal prosecutors are treating the case as terrorism. Some of those killed were believed to be of Turkish origin.

The 43-year-old suspect killed himself, police say. He was found dead at his home along with the body of his mother.

Local media have identified the suspect as Tobias R, a German citizen. The Bild tabloid reports he had a firearms licence, and that ammunition and gun magazines were found in his car.

Authorities are examining a video that appears to be from the suspect, posted online days before the attacks, in which he expresses right-wing conspiracy theories. Bild said he had also left a letter of confession.

The attack comes amid growing concerns about far-right violence in Germany. Speaking in Berlin, Mrs Merkel said: “Racism is a poison. Hate is a poison and this poison exists in our society and is already to blame for many crimes.”

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Trump impeachment trial begins with witness battle – BBC News



US Democrats have ruled out a “witness swap” with Republicans in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial.

Lawmakers who are seeking to remove the president from office hope to hear testimony from his former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

But Democrats refused any deal to allow the son of former US Vice-President Joe Biden to be called as a witness.

Mr Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He strongly denies any wrongdoing.

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Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam 'arrested' in Brussels – BBC News



Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded in the leg and arrested in a raid in Brussels, a police source and local media say. Shots were earlier heard in the Molenbeek area of Belgium’s capital.

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Pakistan 'shoots down two Indian jets' over Kashmir – BBC News



Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian Air Force jets in a major escalation of the Kashmir conflict.

A spokesman said one plane had fallen in Pakistani territory and two pilots had been captured. Pakistan also denied reports one of its jets was shot down.

India has confirmed the loss of an MiG21 fighter and said a pilot was missing. It said it was investigating reports of his capture.
Both India and Pakistan claim all of Kashmir, but control only parts of it.

The nuclear powers have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947. All but one were over Kashmir.

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Coronavirus Explained: What happens next? – BBC News



Coronavirus – a fast-moving infection originating in China – has spread to more than 70 countries and claimed more than 3,200 lives.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has upgraded the global risk of the coronavirus outbreak to “very high” – its top level of risk assessment.

But the UN body said there was still a chance of containing the virus if its chain of transmission were broken.

WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also stressed that fear and misinformation were the biggest challenges to overcome.

More than 50 countries have now reported cases of coronavirus.

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Full Interview with Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim – BBC News



Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, jailed for sodomy three years ago, walked free from prison in May after receiving a royal pardon.
That was initiated by the new prime minister under whom he was first sent to prison – Mahathir Mohamad.
Ninety-two-year-old Mr Mahathir was elected on a promise to release his long-time rival and has pledged to hand over power within two years.
The BBC’s Lyse Doucet asked Mr Anwar whether he trusted Mr Mahathir.

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Hong Kong police storm metro system after protests – BBC News



Hong Kong police have violently tackled suspected protesters after thousands of people marched in the city in defiance of a ban.

Images show police hitting people with batons and using pepper spray on a train in Hong Kong’s metro.

Police say they were called to the scene amid violence against citizens by “radical protesters”.

However it is unclear if all those injured and arrested in the metro system were involved in demonstrations.

People took to the streets on Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of China’s government banning fully democratic elections in Hong Kong.

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