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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: backtracking on russia — president trump says he mis—spoke about interference in american elections. the sentence should have been i don't see any reason why i wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be russia. sort of a double negative. after 300 deaths in three months, the un calls for an immediate end to the political violence in nicaragua. theresa may's brexit strategy survives by six votes. parliament votes against remaining in the european customs union. and astronomers discover another 12 moons orbiting jupiter, including one on a collision course with the others. hello to you.
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in a carefully scripted but still spectacular public u—turn, president trump now says he has no reason not to believe russia interfered in the 2016 us election, contradicting what he said just a day ago. he claimed he "misspoke" in monday's news conference with russia's president. and for the first time, he also expressed confidence in the unanimous findings of his own intelligence agencies, although he then qualified even that. his original comments drew a barrage of criticism in washington, even from some senior republicans. chris buckler reports. with president trump, nothing comes without a little drama. even what some might regard as an apology. i have a full faith in our intelligence agencies. oops, theyjust turned off the light. that must be the intelligence agencies. after so much outrage, he had little choice but to shed some new light on what he said
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in helsinki, as he appeared to support vladimir putin's claim that russia didn't meddle in america's presidential election. i would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. in a key sentence in my remarks, i said the word ‘would' instead of ‘wouldn‘t‘. president putin, hejust said it's not russia. the sentence should have been, ‘i don't see any reason why i wouldn't', or ‘why it wouldn't be russia'. but what mr trump did yesterday was to betray the women and men of the fbi, the cia, nsa and others, and to betray the american public, and that is why i use the term that this is nothing short of treasonous. former intelligence chiefs, political opponents and even several senior members of his own republican party had lined up to criticise the president, and question his claim that it's better to forget the past when there are real, present—day concerns about russian activities. i understand the desire and the need to have good relations, that — that's perfectly reasonable, but russia is a menacing government that does not share our interests or our values.
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and i think that should be made clear. so should president trump be rebuked? i just... that was a question he didn't answer. germany is a captive of russia... but republicans were embarrassed by the stark contrast of the combative trump who angrily challenged old allies at the nato summit, compared to the president who appeared all too cosy with the old enemy and sided with president putin over his own intelligence agencies. hit with a shower of heavy criticism, president trump appears to have taken cover under the simple claim he misspoke. but voters in virginia seemed more than a little unsure of what exactly america's foreign policy is. it's look like we're being friendly with people we shouldn't be, and being not as friendly with people probably we should be. i think president trump could have done a betterjob. but also, i realise he is not, you know, he is not a politician. i feel like we're in the dark on things, and we've been given twists from the president as far as this is true, this is not true.
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and with investigations still ongoing into allegations of interference and collusion, it's notjust the white house looking to shed light on what russia might. have been responsible for. chris buckler, bbc news, washington, dc. and just an indication of the strength of feelings on this, this from just a short time ago. cheering: liar! protesters gathered in lafayette park outside the white house in washington to denounce the president's remarks during his joint news conference with vladimir putin, in helsinki on monday. the former us president, barack obama, has appeared to strongly criticise mr trump while delivering the annual nelson mandela lecture in south africa. the speech was given on the eve of the centenary of nelson mandela's birth. mr obama described the world as being at a crossroads with two
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very different visions of humanity's future ahead. look around. strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly. where by—elections, and some pretence of democracy are maintained, the form of it, but those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning. in the west, you've got far right parties that oftentimes are based notjust on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. joining me now, live from charlottesville, virginia is guian mckee. he is associate professor of presidential studies at the university of virginia.
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professor, presidential studies is your thing. two presidents. what are your thing. two presidents. what are you thinking? don't know if you can hear me. am i coming through at all? yes, iam hear me. am i coming through at all? yes, i am sorry. that's all right. i know we are on your phone. given that presidential studies is your particular study, what are you thinking of these two presidents? the striking contrast is what really stands out. the performance in helsinki yesterday has been widely covered here in the us and around the world. really i think unexpectedly today we had barack obama's speech. the first time he has spoken at this link about these issues. and i was particularly taken
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by the fact that it was in south africa, in an international venue on the 100th anniversary of nelson mandela's birth, and that a loan is significant. and in the message that he delivered, he really did lay out an alternative —— alone. and an explanation of how we got to this point. and yet, looking at president 0bama's speech online, and the comments below, the usual trolls of course, and people pointing out he was a great speaker, lovely man, but what, they ask, did he manage to do? for many he is too clever and polished, isn't it? and four mr trump they like the fact that he is not a politician. we heard it there. they say the kind of things that they are thinking. absolutely, and that's been the key to trump's political success, is that he was able to tap into exactly those kinds of feelings, and a sense of
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resentment that existed around 0bama and in many respects elites more generally, that that's something that obama never fully succeeded in overcoming and there are a lot of reasons for that, that we can go into. and that has one of —— been one of the keys for trump. i think the degree to this strong criticism, even parts of his base... inaudible. and he is interactions with vladimir putin in helsinki. so some of that and some of the social media analysis shows strong criticism across. . . inaudible. the audience. on that point, how much damage to you think donald trump has done to his brand, if that is the right word? many people who have supported him seem to overlook almost anything as long as he
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overlooks tax cuts, the conservative majority on congress and a change in abortion law. absolutely. we have seen cases, abortion law. absolutely. we have seen cases, in abortion law. absolutely. we have seen cases, in many cases now, where an ordinary politician would have been destroyed even from people on his own side and trump has always been resilient in these areas. it is ha rd to been resilient in these areas. it is hard to say whether this is the point where we see things change. the degree to which, for many americans, you simply don't go to a foreign country, particularly one late rush hour, and side with that power over your intelligence agencies. —— particularly one like russia. maybe a new situation that trump hasn't reached yet. certainly there will be a base that will a lwa ys there will be a base that will always be with him. but for republican voters who have tolerated him for the reasons you've just discussed, but never fully like
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him for the reasons you've just discussed, but neverfully like him, they are the one where we might see slippage. but we've been in this position before. so it is a tough thing to say. we are moving into the mid—term season now. that is going to define everything in the coming months. professor, thank you very much for that. the united nations has called for an immediate halt to violence in nicaragua, which it says has claimed the lives of almost 300 civilians over three months of fighting. the central american country has seen regular protests since the government announced public spending cuts in april. on tuesday the un said the violence had been "overwhelmingly perpetrated" by armed government forces. andrew plant reports. another protest in nicaragua. scenes like these are now common here. widespread, well—attended and high risk. state police look on and beside them, other unidentified forces with covered faces. 280 people have been killed since demonstrations began in april,
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and there are claims of kidnappings and detentions. now the united nations has called for an end to the violence. the violence that has to date left an estimated 280 people dead and 1,830 injured has been overwhelmingly perpetrated by the state and by pro—government armed elements. and those killed also include at least 19 police officers. police, armed elements and other violent groups have carried out so—called clean—out operations in different parts of the country, forcibly removing barricades erected by demonstrators and local communities. at least 12 people were killed over the weekend. these were some of the first demonstrations in april against cuts to public spending. calls for president daniel 0rtega to step down have now become widespread.
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the latest hotspot this year, 30 kilometres south of the capital managua, in masaya, now a centre for anti—government opposition. thursday will mark three months since the unrest began. president 0rtega has dismissed the protests, saying an attempted coup in the country has failed. 0pponents say he is only able to stay in power using brutality and organised anonymous armed forces. britain's prime minister theresa may has, for a second night, narrowly survived defeat in parliament over brexit. her government saw off an amendment to a trade bill, brought by pro—eu members of her conservative party, which would have kept the uk in a customs union with the eu, that's if no deal is agreed on a trade arrangement before january next year. jon pienaar reports on tuesday's events at westminster. what does a cabinet in crisis look like? come in and take a look! crisis? what crisis? forget brexit for a moment, theresa may was keen to talk up
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some good news. i can report that the unemployment and employment figures show that employment has hit a new record. hear, hear. a slightly awkward silence. brexit is the biggest issue by far. tories are fighting in the open. ministers like the new brexit secretaryjust see angry remainers and brexiteers barring his path, or trying to. 0rder. never mind the jobs. ayes to the right, 301. the noes to the left, 307. cheering tonight, byjust six votes, the government dodged a damaging defeat. former remainer tories and labour tried, just,
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and failed to force ministers to seek to join the european customs union if nothing else is agreed, against all their past promises. and it's emerged tory mps were warned defeat would have led to a vote of no confidence in the government. it's unfortunate that we didn't win. 0ur amendment, again, was supportive of the white paper and the prime minister's position, but wanted to guarantee a customs union if the deal was not successful. so, ifeel like i have been loyal to my prime minister throughout the week. it's others who have to look at themselves and ask themselves whether they have been. we can't be trapped in the customs union. that's not what we promised the electorate. that won't deliver brexit, and we would never have free trade agreements, the main benefit of brexit. and i know that if we lost the vote tonight, that would have triggered an immediate confidence motion in the government. the government's planned a route to brexit, but it is hard going. today the word has gone out from ministers — give compromise a chance, allow the brexit plan to move on.
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as we leave the european union, we want to provide continuity for businesses, for consumers and for our trading partners. this bill sets the scene for the uk's independent, sovereign trade policy. we will approach that with optimism and confidence. i think the government is in a considerable muddle. they didn't start off with a plan and they haven't really got a plan that even convinces half of their own cabinet and certainly a number of their own backbenchers, as we have seen today. so much persuading to do, so little time. around 80 local tory chairmen were called into number ten, too, many grassroots members are said to feel betrayed with brexit. the idea that government contemplated the nuclear option of inviting a vote of no—confidence if it had been beaten tonight tells you just how precariously this is balanced. theresa may's brexit plan has cost her two senior cabinet ministers and, despite tonight's victory,
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it is still on a knife edge. with her party deeply split and labour prepared to exploit those divisions, it's not easy to see how theresa may can get any plan through parliament, or break the brexit deadlock. there will be no clocking off early for mps. ministers dropped the plan to adjourn for summer break this week. labour and tory mps opposed it, so no extra time to take a breath. brexit‘s still a work in progress, and time's running very short. the official brexit campaign group vote leave has been fined £61,000, that's about $80,000, and referred to the police for breaking electoral law. the electoral watchdog said vote leave, which was supported by senior british politicians including borisjohnson, exceeded its spending limit by funnelling extra money through another pro—brexit youth group. vote leave says the report is politically motivated and inaccurate. still to come:
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a real oddball — that's how astronomers are describing a moon they've discovered orbiting jupiter. and they say it's on a collision course with others. the flamboyant italian fashion designer, gianni versace, has been shot dead in florida. the multimillionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the great white way by americans, but tonight it's completely blacked out. it's a timely reminder to all americans of the problems the energy crisis has brought to them. 200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison, the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy. today, hundreds of thousands thronged the champs—elysee for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing
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after gorging themselves on huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much they could barely stand. this is bbc world news. 0ne main story: president trump has said he accepts that russia tried to interfere in the 2016 us elections — directly contradicting what he said after meeting vladimir putin in helsinki. an inquest is being held into the death of an indigenous australian man who died in custody after being pinned down by guards. as part of the case, shocking video footage has been shown in court of five officers restraining david dungayjunior. prison officers have denied their actions were excessive. 0ur correspondent phil mercer has been following the story. this is a coroner's hearing
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in sydney into the death of david dungay — he died at sydney's long bayjail in december 2015 and that video you refer to is pretty graphic in its content — showing prison guards rushing in to a cell at long bayjail and restraining david dungay. 0n on that video, we can hear him on about a dozen occasions telling those officers he couldn't breathe and was being restrained and was being held face down in his bed. he was taken to another cell, it restrained again and injected with a sedative a few minutes later, he died. giving evidence, one of the guards said he didn't think it was excessive that a specialist team of officers had been brought in to his cell at long bay jail. officers had been brought in to his cell at long bayjail. all of this was apparently sparked by the inmate eating biscuit. and nurse was worried that those biscuits were
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raising the blood sugar levels in a mentally ill inmate with diabetes. the officer who was giving evidence also said that officers didn't believe him when he said he couldn't believe, thinking it was a roost to disrupt their operations. the case has highlighted the issue of indigenous prisoners behind bars in australia. aboriginal inmates make up australia. aboriginal inmates make up more than one quarter of australia's prison population, and nationally, australia's original inhabitants of make up about 3% of the population. so clearly when it comes to indigenous incarceration rate in this country, they are very, very high. it is nearly 25 years now since kurt cobain — the lead singer of nirvana — took his own life. a new exhibition devoted to his life and career has opened in ireland. members of his family were there for its launch — and they're hoping it can help draw attention to issues like mental health and addiction. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. (smells like teen spirit plays)
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for many, they were the band of their generation, and he was their voice. but that voice was silenced when kurt cobain took his own life in the spring of 1994. this exhibition shows memories of his childhood and mementos of his career. his daughter, his mother and his sister all came to county kildare for its opening, which they admit is a bittersweet occasion. it is hard for me to listen to his music because there is emotional attachments. it is notjust kurt singing, it is like hearing my dad's voice. almost more consistently than hearing his speaking voice, i have heard his singing voice, and that is something of an emotional tie. these family photos show the child, the young man that would become a rock icon — a rock icon whose
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death at the age of 27 shocked millions around the world. a tragic end, but his family hope a lesson to others. if we don't have a more inclusive discussion about how addiction and mental illness touches every aspect of the human race, i do not know how we could possibly solve it. and what would kurt cobain make of the modern cultural and political landscape? his family say he would stomp and rage, standing up against unfairness. tim allman, bbc news. astronomers have discovered twelve new moons orbiting jupiter — bringing the grand total circling the planet to 79. they're calling one of them an oddball because it's hurtling towards the others on a collision course that will inevitably lead to its destruction. earlier i spoke to scientist scott shepphard, who led the research team who made the discovery at the carnegie institution for science about the
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significance of this. it is a very exciting discovery we made. jupiter's outer satellites, moons, are an two groups, one that rotates around, and then a retrograde group that goes in a different direction to the onejupiter rotates. usually we find the moons in different areas. one of the new moons we found is a retrograde group in a prograde, so it is going down the highway in the wrong direction, so it has oncoming moons for it. it is likely it has collided with a moons in the past and we expect it will collide with another moon in future. when that collision happens, what happens, and how likely are we to know about it? 0n human timescales these are very long events, so one probably happened in our lifetime, 100 million to1 billion years, but for the solar system lifetime that is quite short, given the solar system is 11.5 billion years old.
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0ne be found on the wrong direction is around one kilometre in size, and the other moons it is coming around to are anywhere from and few kilometres to hundreds of kilometres in size, so it will be a violent collision, and when it happens at the raw bb dust cloud on jupiter. what is it telling you about the solar system generally? these are the last remnants of the building blocks of the planet. it is like a vacuum cleaner. it sucked all of the material that formed around it into itself and that material is what developed the planet we see today. so these moons are the last remnants of the building blocks of the planet. so, understanding these moons help us to understand how the planet is formed. you have to wonder how ten new moons
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can go unnoticed until now. yes. technology has advanced. we are using the most powerful telescope there is. we are able to search big areas than people has in the past. and we are going deeper. we are able to find smaller things than we have in the past and that is why we can turn these things up. you have only named one of the new moons so far, why? we named the oddball moon after the great—granddaughter ofjupiter and we wanted to get that name. the others will have some kind of public release. trying to get a name for that. we are worried about getting a boaty mcboatface thing going, so we will see how that works. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. thanks for watching.
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hello there. well, depending on how you look at it, some lucky gardens have received some rainfall during monday and tuesday, but the vast majority of the country on tuesday was dry with plenty of sunshine around, some glorious sunset scenes up and down the country. there were a few heavy showers around across northern scotland. this is a weather watchers view looking out off the coast of peterhead, with some downpours there across the water. these showers will continue to fizzle out during the early part of wednesday and then, generally speaking, most places will end up being dry first thing. variable amounts of cloud, some clear spells. quite a warm one across southern areas, but across scotland and northern england, a few chilly spots there. certainly outer towns and cities. to wednesday, starting off on a larger dry note. again, for most places, it's going to be a dry
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afternoon as well. shower clouds will bubble up across northern and western areas, and like tuesday, some of the heaviest ones could be across parts of scotland. maybe in the north and the south, somewhere here at risk of seeing a thundery downpour. maybe a few showers for northern ireland and a few as well across western england into wales, but the vast majority will be dry. plenty of sunny spells with light winds. it's going to feel a little bit warmer than it did on tuesday. across england and wales, generally around 23 to maybe 26 celsius in the south—east, closer to 18—21 celsius for scotland and northern ireland. 0n into thursday, another largely dry day once again, good spells of sunshine and it is going to feel a bit warmer as well, but more of a breeze and cloud picking up across scotland and northern ireland ahead of this weather front, which will be slowly moving south its way eastwards. notice the deep orange colours building there across england and wales, temperatures will be significantly higher than how we started off the week, with perhaps one or two places in the south—east totalling 29 or 30 celcius. now, this is the weather system i was talking about. a tangle of weather fronts mixed in with it, it will bring more cloud, outbreaks of rain
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to the north—west of the uk, slowly sinking its way south eastwards, but it will be a weakening feature. more cloud across the northern half of the country with outbreaks of patchy rain into northern england and wales, weakening as it does so, but then we could see maybe a few heavy showers moving into the south—east from the near continent. some of these could be thundery, so you have to keep tuned to weather forecasts. still a bit of uncertainty about this. quite warm in the south, fresher across the north, 18—20 degrees. that weather front, a weakening feature continues to move southwards during the weekend. generally speaking for the weekend, it's high—pressure that will be exerting its influence again. most places dry with a few patches of rain around and there should be plenty of sunshine around once again. this is bbc world news. the headlines: president trump has backtracked on comments he made at a summit with vladimir putin on monday. he told journalists he does accept the american intelligence community's conclusion that russia meddled in the 2016 us elections which brought him to power. he said he misspoke at the meeting in helsinki. there's been renewed conflict in several towns in nicaragua
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after security forces took down barriers put up by anti—government protesters. eyewitnesses said the security forces were blocking roads and preventing cars from leaving. the united nations office on human rights has accused the nicaraguan government of serious rights violations. astronomers say they've discovered 12 new moons around jupiter, taking its total number to 79, more than any other planet in our solar system. the new moons were first spotted in 2017 but it has taken a year for their orbits to be confirmed. wine is due to collide with another. —— one is due to collide with another. the number of puffins has been plummeting globally but an island
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