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this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. our top stories: the white house denies claims president trump revealed highly—classified information on islamic state to the russians and compromised an intelligence source. the serious work in france begins as president macron appoints his top appoints his top political team. ian brady — one of britain's most notorious serial killers — has died. he killed five children and teenagers in the 1960s with his partner, myra hindley brexit means what in the uk general election? the labour party unveils its manifesto — we weigh up the arguments. and is this the doctor's surgery of the future? we'll be visiting a californian start—up which says it has the recipe for preventative health. hello and welcome to bbc news.
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the washington post has published a report claiming president trump revealed highly classified intelligence to the russian foreign minister and ambassador at their white house meeting last week. quoting current and former officials, the paper alleges mr trump gave information about the so—called islamic state group, supplied to the us by a foreign ally, and considered so sensitive american officials did not even share it widely within the us government. the paper suggests intelligence sources and security relationships with other governments may have been compromised. the us secretary of state has issued a statement that the president discussed the nature of specific threats, but not sources, methods or military operations. one of the washington post reporters that broke the story — greg jaffee — spoke
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to the bbc‘s kasia madera. trump in a meeting with the russian foreign minister and the russian ambassador, was describing the threat posed by laptops on airplanes, with regards to the islamic state, and, you know, disclosed key sort of details from an intelligence partner. they were classified and he shouldn't have shared with the russians. and that the partner who shared that information with the united states would certainly be upset about. and you're saying that discussing such matters for somebody in government would actually be illegal? it is not illegal, in part because the president can choose to declassify anything, but it's inappropriate. it's inappropriate. now, we've seen hr mcmaster deny this. he said that he was in the room and it did not happen this way. what is your response to that? i'd say two things: one, he said the president did not disclose sources or methods, and that's what our story also says. but the nature of the information
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that the president provided to the russians would allow them the russians to reverse engineer essentially that information to sort of discover the sources and methods. in other words, he said so much that one could figure it out. and then the second thing i would say is, following the meeting, there were messages that went out from the white house, from the nsc both to the cia and the national security agency, alerting them that this information had been improperly or accidentally disclosed and to take sort of precautionary measures. so those two things suggest that clearly something of grave concern happened here. america's national security advisor h. r mcmaster, who was at the white house meeting, said the post's story was false. there is nothing that the president takes more seriously than national security. the story reported tonight is false.
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they reviewed a range of common threats to our countries, including threats to civil aviation. at no time — at no time — were intelligence sources or methods the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. two other senior officials were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting in the same way and have said so. they're on the record and cancel out, outweigh those anonymous sources. i was in the room, it did not happen. thanks, everybody. thank you. the bbc‘s rajini vaidhyanathan in washington has more. this story and is caused alarm in washington because of information may have been shed from the
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president himself but also it might jeopardise relationships the us has with key allies when it comes to intelligence sharing. we have heard from politicians from both sides of the political aisle. republican senator bob caucus which is a committee, says the white house has to do something to bring itself under control and order. we have also heard from democrats who have condemned this story from the washington post. they've said this a slap in the face for the intelligence community, and risking sources is inexcusable. this has come not even a week after president trump fired james comey.
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he said this had nothing to do because he was in an investigation looking into russian links to the us campaign during the elections. well, there was a warm welcome for monsieur macron on the second day of his presidency, emmanuel macron‘s focus turns to his cabinet. later he'll name 15 ministers to carry out his ambitious social and economic reforms. it follows mr macron‘s visit to berlin on monday for talks with chancellor merkel on building closer cooperation between their two countries. sarah corker reports. emmanuel macron got a warm welcome in the german capital. leaders of the year is on two biggest economy appeared to be in stack. they show a true believer in the european union. the meeting symbolise a strengthening of the franco german alliance. their message was, we will
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shake up europe. translation: i am happy that we can without teams work together on our project, including in the medium term on a common roadmap in the european union. these are issues of extreme importance. we saw it in the last year. you yourself as chancellor have had to manage these and this is the opinion of our fellow citizens for whom profound reforms are necessary. they have not always agreed on how to reform the eurozone but they promise at deeper cooperation. ml macron‘s attention now turns to creating cabinet. he has already chosen eduard philippe, a conservative, as prime minister. he thought hard about accepting the job. translation: i think it is a decision by the prime minister takes lightly, even taking into account
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the situation our country finds itself bashed threaten, worried. there has never been so much anger in france. he is not from mr macron‘s party but from the ce ntre—left. macron‘s party but from the centre—left. he seems to bridge the political divide. centrists and others could be included. expect politicians and economists and he has also promised to appoint more women to senior positions. these appointments are crucial. he needs to do well in the parliamentary election to push through his economic reform. sally is here with all the business news. today the uk's labour party will release its manifesto ahead of next month's general election. although the formal announcement
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is expected in a few hours time, last week a leaked copy of the document revealed labour's plans to scrap the government's existing white paper on brexit negotiations. the conservative manifesto is expected in the next few days. so where do the two parties stand on brexit? the labour party favours managed migration, but will stop short of committing to specific immigration targets, unlike the conservatives which has pledged to limit net migration to the "tens of thousands". jeremy corbyn‘s labour party says it wants to retain the benefits of the european single market and will negotiate on that basis. by contrast, theresa may's conservative paper has suggested it is prepared to take the uk out of the single market if necessary. labour has also rejected the idea that britain can leave
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the european union without first agreeing a formal trade agreement. meanwhile, theresa may's says "no deal is better than a bad deal". we are looking at the two parties ideas about brexit will stop and we'll be taking a look at a start—up firm in california — in california — which is describing itself as the future of health care. it uses lots of technology and automation in its doctor's surgery to help diagnose patient‘s conditions. and we'll be taking a look at a tech start up firm in california — which is describing itself as the future of healthcare we will also have all other business stories with reports that ford may
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be slashing io% stories with reports that ford may be slashing 10% of its workforce — thatis be slashing 10% of its workforce — that is a lot of people. more from sally later. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the united nations security council has strongly condemned north korea's recent ballistic missile test. a unanimous statement backed by china, north korea's closest ally, promises tougher sanctions. north korea says the missile it tested successfully on sunday was a new type of mid to long range rocket, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. an award—winning mexican journalist who reported extensively on the activities of drug cartels has been murdered. fourjournalists have been killed in mexico injust the past two months. facebook is still available in thailand after concerns arose that authorities would shut it down if facebook did not take down content deemed threatening to national security. thailand's telecoms regulator said
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last week it would give facebook thailand until tuesday to take down 131 web addresses with content deemed threatening to security or which violated strict lese majeste laws. the united states claims to have evidence that syria has built a crematorium at a military prison, north of damascus, where large numbers of people have been held during the bitter civil war. the state department is accusing the regime of president bashar al assad of attempting to cover up mass killings. andy beatt reports. throughout syria's six—year civil war, president assad's regime has been accused of atrocities and war crimes by the international community. sednaya prison has been described as a "human slaughterhouse" — a place where up to 13,000 people have been executed, according to rights groups.
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now, further allegations of abuse have emerged. credible sources have believed that many of the bodies had been disposed of in mass graves. we now believe that the syrian regime has installed a crematorium in the sednaya prison complex, which could dispose of detainees' remains with little evidence. although the regime's many atrocities are well—documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort to cover up the extent of mass murders is taking place in sednaya prison. washington says these satellite images of the prison support its claims, and even said the atrocities had been carried out with what appeared to be unconditional support from russia and iran. the syrian regime has not responded to the allegations, but in the past are strongly denied any abuse at the jail. stay with us on bbc news — still to come...
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it's not long until the snap general election — but spare a thought for those who have to make the traditional rosettes — the pressure is on! we'll hear from them later. the pope was shot, the pope will live. that's the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism had come to the vatican. the man they call the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, gary kasparov. it is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match.
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america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america! cheering and applause. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the washington post claims president trump revealed highly classified information to russia and possibly compromised an intelligence source. the white house says no sources or methods were revealed. the serious work in france begins as president macron appoints his top political macron has already named edouard philippe — of the centre—right republicans party — as his prime minister. of britain's most infamous serial
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killers ian brady has died. he and his partner in crime myra hindley. few murders before or since have caused such revulsion. the discovery of children's bodies on saddleworth moor left the public wondering who could commit such dreadful crimes and why. ian brady was a petty criminal who grew up in glasgow, where he is remembered for his cruelty to other children and animals. he later took a job in manchester and when his company hired a new typist called myra hindley, the couple became lovers. and brady led her a into a world of sadism. outwardly a normal couple, they became serial killers, abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering children. when brady and hindley were arrested, they said nothing. challenging detectives to prove their guilt. they remained silent even when police had found three children's body in shallow graves on saddleworth moor. years later, brady told
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the bbc his remorse for the crimes was painfully deep but he could never explain his motive. until her death, in 2002, his accomplice blamed him but if anything she became the greater hate figure. he, in many ways, escaped some of the disgust the public should feel for him because he was accompanied by a woman and i'm not sure that he got his full share, his fair share of public hatred. in the 1980s, the two killers made full confessions and went back to the moors seperately, to help the search for other victims. pauline reade's body was eventually recovered but keith bennett's grave was never found. i wanted one of them to come up with the truth so i could nail the two of them, nail them for the rest of their lives, like they nailed me down. i wanted them prosecuted for keith's death. winniejohnson died in 2012, regretting to the end that she had been unable to give her son a christian burial.
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brady spent the last years of his life in ashworth high security mental hospital. in 1999 he decided to die and stopped eating so doctors force—fed him using a tube. he wrote many letters to the bbc complaining about his treatment and in 2012 unsuccessfully petitioned to be returned to a normal prison. he continued to vent his anger at myra hindley for trying to minimise her role in the moors murderers. although ian brady's crimes now belong to another era, they will be recorded as among the most infamous ever seen in britain. the king ofjordan is inaugurating a new science laboratory today that, it is hoped, will promote collaborative research across the middle east. known as sesame, the laboratory has faced formidable hurdles. from jordan, here's our science editor david shukman.
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iam in i am injordan as a new search centre called sesame and around me isa centre called sesame and around me is a machine that acts as an incredibly powerful microscope. what's the big deal? you might think. some of the countries involved are jordan, think. some of the countries involved arejordan, egypt's, turkey, cyprus, iran and, amazingly, israel as well. one of the people who has been steering this project to fruition is the british physicist. how amazed ru, given countries involved, given how hostile they can be each other, given the thing today is starting to work. the scientists involved in sesame or overlook the politics, worked together as scientists, producing a facility they want to use. producing a facility they want to use. if it is a time of particular tension in the region, of course, they can feel a bit uncomfortable but nothing serious has happened. in fa ct, but nothing serious has happened. in fact, i am often asked, what was the
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effect of the arab spring. one of the assets was everybody was in financial difficulty, of course, but the only direct one was when a group of countries agreed to put special funding into sesame, just before they signed up, the government changed in it yet and they never came on board as it kept changing but otherwise, we have overcome these difficulties. did you ever wa ke these difficulties. did you ever wake up in the morning, hear some news of a new conflict in the middle east, and you source of tension and thinker, surely, the various partners will have to walk away now? not really because i understood, meeting them, that they wanted this to happen, at least at the level of the scientists. the real problem has been finding the money. the countries in this region have budgets the skies are the microscope sometimes. they have been times in this project were a rational person has said to give up but it seemed
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important to keep going and here we are today, launching the project, albeit with minimal supporting infrastructure but it's going to work, it's a very great moment. do you have to pinch yourself, now and again, that actually, you pulled off? i think so but i think it would sound a little bit arrogant. congratulations. the real test comes now when teams of iranian, palestinian, israeli and turkish scientists will come to use the facility and it is meant to run for some years. on to sport now and in tennis roger federer has pulled out of the french open. with less than two weeks to go until the second grand slam of the year the world number five says he will sit out the tournament so he can concentrate on the grass and hard court seasons. maria sharapova has guaranteed herself a place in wimbledon‘s qualifying tournament after winning herfirst round match at the rome open. a straight sets win over american christine mchale means she'll have enough ranking points to attempt to qualify for this
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year's tournament at the all england club. now if she reaches the semi—finals in rome — the five time grand slam champion will qualify outright for wimbledon‘s main draw. britain goes to the polls in just over three weeks time in a snap general election. but the sudden timing of the poll has meant hours of extra work for some companies you may not have thought about. the bbc‘s jayne mccubbin went to see some rosette manufacturers who are working frantically to meet demand. do you remember when you heard about the election and what you thought?” won't repeat what i thought. the election and what you thought?” won't repeat what i thoughtm the election and what you thought?” won't repeat what i thought. it was announced at quarter past 11, something like that and ijust sat and thought, oh my god. how much work have we got to do? one of the biggest rows that manufacturers in
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the country. lots of experience but no experience of a snap general election. pressure, pressure, and omg moment, as it were. more, more, more! david wallace is a bit excited by the whole thing. you have a bit ofa by the whole thing. you have a bit of a push on? we certainly have. i can't believe it! where has this come from? the busiest time of our traditional season, the politicians decide to throw this one into the mix. we don't know what day of the week it is at the moment! their traditional season times indeed one of those wonderful british traditions. whether it is a row set dawn a prize cow, horse that can reallyjump, dawn a prize cow, horse that can really jump, best in dawn a prize cow, horse that can reallyjump, best in show dog, the best in league teams but rosettes have always been a feature of the campaign trail, associated, of course, with party colours but also with winning. but the running time
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this time is a little, well, short of time. withjust this time is a little, well, short of time. with just a few weeks noticed, they are likely to produce 50,000 noticed, they are likely to produce 50 , 000 rosettes noticed, they are likely to produce 50,000 rosettes here. they are used to at least three months notice. so, no sick leave, no holidays? no, not all are to be sick. —— not allowed to be sick. we will have to bring the intravenous drips.” to be sick. we will have to bring the intravenous drips. i haven't had time to think of who will win. so they are boxed up and ready to hit they are boxed up and ready to hit the campaign trail. a few miles away, at the ribbon suppliers, the rich -- away, at the ribbon suppliers, the rich —— mood is similarly stressed. change the plan. drop everything! change the plan. drop everything! change it. we knew the pressure would be on. cole's fabrics have been weaving for 101 year. this will been weaving for 101 year. this will be their 10th snap election but certainly not there last rows that order. it is quite an antiquated
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product, isn't it? will it see it stay? oh don't think it's old—fashioned, i think it's great. there were a lot of football rosettes. in those days, they would have ruckle after winning on a rose that. —— raffles. ican't have ruckle after winning on a rose that. —— raffles. i can't see the same being true of political parties. they like rosettes, they like awards. showing the rows that has got something prestigious about it. that arose that says winning in a way it. that arose that says winning in awaya it. that arose that says winning in a way a common tin badge never could. now, you just have to think ofa could. now, you just have to think of a manifesto. back to work, you lot! jayne mccubbin, bbc news. we'll look at the newspapers around the world coming up. sally has business very shortly as well. don't go away. hi there.
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the weather in the uk has been a bit drier than normal in the last half of the year bet can maybe the month that breaks the dry trend? maybe. the worst in countries and galloway. the worst in countries and galloway. the rain was at its heaviest in the north—west. not too much towards the south—east but that will change. some wet weather around this morning and it is also very mild start to the day. temperatures across the board, the day. temperatures across the boa rd, pretty the day. temperatures across the board, pretty much into double figures. along with a mild air, some cloud and patches of drizzle. murky conditions for western scotland but brighter conditions towards the moray firth. temperatures rocketing here. and quite quickly during the morning. the murky conditions further west, wales and south—west england, the weather front will be slow—moving, bringing outbreaks of rainfor slow—moving, bringing outbreaks of rain for much of the day. a few patches of rain towards the southern health of the morning but otherwise a bit of dry weather towards eastern
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areas. it may state drive towards the east of the uk for the day. the cloud will break to allow some bright and sunny spells. there will bea bright and sunny spells. there will be a spell of rain moving across ireland and scotland. whether rain is persistent, it won't be warm but across south—west of england, you could see temperatures pushing up to 25. not far off the warmest weather of the year so far. to go through the night—time, the weatherfront pushes eastwards. we get the damp weather a cross the midlands and pushing towards east anglia and the home counties as well. a cool night. london northern ireland, temperatures down to single figures. on wednesday, a few showers and then a few sunny spells. look at this weather front, continually a few sunny spells. look at this weatherfront, continually pushing eastwards, bringing the rain with it. as the temperature contrasts row, we will see the rain getting heavy as we go through wednesday afternoon and on towards the evening
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time and overnight. we could see the rain turning heavy and sundry as it swings its way at cross london and the rest of south—east england. in a way see their work ways flooding of the torrential rain. there are a number of showers around on thursday but some brighter moments, too. that's your latest weather. this is bbc world news, the headlines: the washington post has claimed president trump revealed highly classified information to russia's foreign minister and ambassador, and may have compromised a source of intelligence on the so—called islamic state group. the us secretary of state has said they did not discuss "sources, methods or military operations." the serious work in france begins as president macron appoints his top political team. mr macron has alreadyn named edouard philippe, of the centre—right republicans party, as his prime minister. ian brady, one of britain's most notorious serial killers, has died. he killed five children and teenagers in the 1960s with his partner, myra hindley. the
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