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this is bbc news, i'm sophie long. the headlines at 6pm. president trump meets king salman of saudi arabia in riyadh. they sign what the white house calls the biggest single arms deal in us history. the president leaves behind fresh controversy in washington over the firing the fbi chief james comey. jeremy corbyn insists his party is committed to trident after members of the shadow cabinet publicly disagree over the issue. the tories defend their aim to cut net migration to tens of thousands after it comes under fire from former chancellor george osborne. hassan rouhani is re—elected as iranian president, defeating his conservative rival with a comfortable margin. also in the next hour. just married, the duchess of cambridge‘s sister, pippa middleton. prince george was one of the page boys while his sister charlotte was a bridesmaid. millwall‘s manager jumps for joy after being promoted to the championship as fans stage a pitch invasion. that's all in sportsday in half
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an hour here on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news. after talks in riyadh, president trump and king salman of saudi arabia have approved defence deals worth $110 billions. the white house described it as the biggest single arms deal in us history. a series of other trade agreements were also signed at the royal palace. on his first trip abroad since taking office, president trump was received with lavish ceremony, and awarded saudi arabia's highest civilian honour. frank gardner sent this report from riyadh. arriving in the heat of arabia, and leaving behind the political heat of washington, president trump
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and the first lady had been welcomed with full honours by their royal saudi hosts. they were greeted by king salman, now in his eighties, and escorted to the vip terminal. they have a lot to discuss, specifically iran, the threat of terrorism and the problem of religious intolerance. the us president is due to address over a0 muslim leaders on this subject. going on past performance many here will be watching closely to see if he goes off script. inside the king's palace, president trump was given a token of the high esteem he is held in by his hosts, the collar of king abdulaziz. accompanied by his wife and much of his white house entourage, the president seemed at ease despite his troubles at home and the gruelling schedule that still lies ahead. this us presidential trip to saudi arabia
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could still go either way. if it goes according to plan it will be judged a great success. but this is sensitive territory that donald trump is treading on here, islam, religious extremism and the need to combat intolerance. given his propensity to go off script there is a great deal that could go wrong. president trump and king salman of saudi arabia have signed a defence deal worth $350 billion dollars. the white house called it the biggest single arms deal in us history. in a news conference in the last half an hour, the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, said the deal would strenghten the partnership between the nations and send a strong message to their common enemies. this growing partnership is really grounded in trust. trust between our two nations that we are pursuing the same objectives. co—operation and a shared interest. the elements of this declaration that was signed today,
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the joint strategic vision, there are many elements. there is a lot of work now to implement those elements and put them into motion. that is going to require significant ongoing engagement and dialogue between our two nations and i think you will find we will be meeting with a great deal of regularity to review how these things are progressing and that is only going to serve to further strengthen our cooperation. and sends a strong message to our common enemies, strengthens the bonds between us, and charts this new pathway forward. labour leaderjeremy corbyn has insisted his party is committed to trident. it comes after shadow foreign secretary emily thornberry suggested the party could abandon its support for the nuclear deterrent after a review. but shadow defence secretary nia griffith said ms thornberry was wrong and that labour's position on trident was settled.
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speaking in birmingham, mr corbyn said the party's manifesto was decisive on the issue. the manifesto makes it clear that the labour party has made a decision, it is committed to trident and we are going to look at the real security needs of the country on other issues such as cyber security which the attack on the nhs proved, there must be a serious re—examination of our defences against those attacks. just to be clear, because there was a different view from emily thornberry saying that it was a review and things could change. i've made it clear, i've included it in the manifesto, a commitment given by the party and by me that we will also pursue multilateral disarmament through the nuclear non—proliferation treaty and that is the position that has been held for a long time. you are committed to renewing trident? it is clear what is said in the manifesto. earlier i spoke to our parliamentary
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correspondent sean curran about the labour trident row. this is an issue that labour would like to see settled once and for all, they say that their policy isn't going to change. but of course the background to this is thatjeremy corbyn for a lot of his political career has been a well—known opponent of nuclear weapons, and that put him, when he became leader, in conflict with his party's policy which was to support the renewal of the uk's nuclear deterrent. there's already been a vote in parliament in favour of renewing trident. and as mr corbyn said, the policy is now in the manifesto. the problem seems to be that when certain people are asked questions, they start to talk about their personal views or raise questions. emily thornberry, who is the shadow foreign secretary, suggested that if labour were to become government, it would need to have a strategic defence review and that would mean
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looking at trident. and that brought the criticism, as we've reported, from the shadow defence secretary who is basically saying, no, this policy has been decided, and what's more, it's myjob to be the shadow defence secretary, not yours. all of this was overshadowing the message that labour wants to get out at the moment, and whyjeremy corbyn has been in birmingham today for an election rally, they are trying to double down on their criticism of the conservative manifesto and in particular the proposals relating to pensioners. theresa may has says she wants to put the divisions caused by the eu referendum "behind us" and get on with the job of making a success of brexit. speaking to party activisits in west london, she said she knew that people in the city were disappointed with the referendum outcome but that it was important to come together. she also attacked the labour party over trident. but i think now is the time to put that division behind us, because in this country when we have a vote, we respect the result.
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so let's. .. let's put the division behind, the divisions of the past behind us, and actuallyjust get on with the job of making a success of brexit. applause. and, of course, if we're going to do that, we need strong and stable leadership and a strong and stable government to be able to deliver on that success for us. and we have seen yet again from jeremy corbyn‘s labour party today that labour led byjeremy corbyn would not be unequivocally committed to the trident nuclear deterrent, they would not be able to defend this country. a jeremy corbyn—led labour government could not be trusted with the defence of our country. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent alex forsyth who's the liberal democrats have
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launched their new poster taking a swipe at the prime minister. the party says the poster highlights the similarities between the policies of the prime minister and the former ukip leader nigel farage. the green party has released its youth manifesto, with an attempt to appeal to young voters. among the commitments is a pledge to scrap tuition fees and cancel outstanding student debt. the party also promises stable housing for what it ukip have been campaiging in clacton. it's the only seat ukip won in the last election but its mp douglas carswell has left the party. away from the campaign trail, the party has suspended one of its general election candidates, because of a series of social media comments which have drawn allegations of racism. paddy singh will continue to be listed as the ukip candidate, but the party will no
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longer endorse him. he has denied being racist. cto c to the news that donald trump is visiting saudi arabia. dr walid phares was president trump's middle east policy advisor during the campaign for the white house. he joins us via webcam from washington now. what are your views on the major deal that has been struck?m what are your views on the major deal that has been struck? it is stunning for people who have projected less than that, the numbers are very clear. we are talking about, at least, and it will be confirmed later, $110 billion in defence matters, almost the number that was reached for the iran deal in one day. iran deal negotiations took for the years. it is going to
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be important for the american economy and also the middle east economy, what has been reached. close to $350 billion. so in this field where president trump is good and strong, the economy, it is a success. the challenge is going to be afterwards. when he will be addressing the leaders just of the gulf and gulf the addressing the leaders just of the gulf the saudis, but also in the area. the challenge is going to be his narrative, his speech, will it have a real impact on the public opinion of the leaders of that part of the world? if yes, then president donald trump will have achieved a major strategic success in addition. what impact if he likely to be wanting to make? what will the message be tomorrow? you will ever there was so many back and forth
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during the campaign, and even a few months afterwards, about his narrative. he has been criticised, word such as islamophobic, isolationism, the famous tweet about the immigration. we know about that. but in his speeches in april 2016 and just before the election, he spoke about reaching out the into the arab and western world, and trying to find common ground with those leaders and the nations to isolate the extremists. this is also what europe has spoken about. that is what the arab countries have spoken about. to come together in an international brighter. if he achieves that with the speech, and with the other engagements, that will be a good thing to do. he will have to bring it back home, and coordinate with congress and the opposition to make sure that this is preserved as a us achievement, but just as one president's achievement. i'm afraid we must leave it there,
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but thank you for being with us. iran's newly re—elected president, hassan rouhani, has said he will use his second term in office to continue to reach out of the world and work towards a free six ist —— which adds to the world and work towards a free society. he took 57% of the vote, avoiding a run—off with an outright victory over his main challenger ebrahim raisi. two men have been arrested after a woman went missing in hull nearly a month ago. renata antczak, who's 49 and originally from poland, hasn't been in touch with her family since 25th april. police are searching a number of addresses in the city. new rules for cigarette packaging come into force this weekend. all packs must be greenish—brown withjust a small space for the brand name and include a graphic warning of the dangers of smoking. the measures, aimed at discouraging
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young people from taking up the habit, also include a ban on selling packs of ten. tom burridge reports. persuading young people not to smoke. that's what the government hopes these new rules will do. from today, all cigarette packets have to be a standard green design, similar to this. health warnings must cover two thirds of the front and back of the packets. and you can no longer buy packets of ten. there will also be restrictions on e—cigarettes and on rolling tobacco too. public health campaigners say the number of people smoking in britain continues to fall and this is another positive step. it's too early to say how many will avoid taking up, but even if it's just a few percent that will have a big benefit in 20 or 30 years' time. but the tobacco industry says greater restrictions will only push people to buy cigarettes elsewhere. we are seeing people actually not quitting or giving up smoking, but basically buying cheap tobacco from the black market. it's never been so
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expensive to smoke. the government wants to emphasise the possible health costs and persuade more to stub the habit out. imagine if you could unlock doors or control your phone using a tiny chip implanted in your hand. it sounds like something out of a sci—fi thriller, but for a growing number of people in the uk it's becoming a reality. so called bio—hackers are installing microchips into their bodies and programming them to perform everyday tasks. but will it catch on? danny savage went to meet some of them. this is a hack space where people into their tech build stuff or take things apart and start again. a few of them, though, have technology implanted inside them. they have been chipped, fitted with near—field communication.
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buried in their hand, it can do tasks for them. phil's chip has been programmed to work as a key. so you can see that will open the doorfor me, so i can get in. it is the same technology we have been chipping cats and dogs with for the past 30 years. it is entirely benign. if anyone wanted to change it, they would have to be within one centimetre of me and i have a password on it as well. so you can't be turned into a cyborg assassin? nothing that exciting. my chip goes to my facebook art page as a digital business card. the chip in holly's hand directs people to her webpage. she sees a medical use in the future. i feel this is going to replace a hospital tag. something as simple as that,
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it could help, because if someone's passed out on the floor, you've got no idea of their medical history. can you scan their hand and you've got all their history, all their details. i think something like that is where this technology is going to go. it's brilliant. and this is the size of the chip that hackers have inside them. would you want one? currently today, i've programmed it to send you a text message. tanja does. she's a tech expert at a university, and believes it is important to be a pioneer human with a chip. this is a very simple chip. the danger is not that great. in the future they could be more versatile, more powerful. we don't know what it can hold. that's what we're trying to explore now. there are only 200 in the uk at the moment with a chip. we think nothing of them in cats and dogs. is putting them in people the next logical step? danny savage, bbc news.
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good evening. donald trump has been welcomed in saudi arabia as he began his first trip abroad since becoming president. he signed deals worth hundreds of billions of dollars with the saudis. riyadh is his first stop on a nine—dayjourney around the middle east and europe. it's a trip his aides will hope will divert attention from his political problems back in washington. 0ur north america editorjon sopel is travelling with the president and sent this report. with the mercury touching 100 fahrenheit, donald trump is probably found the blasted desert air refreshing compared to the political hothouse he's left behind in washington. he's hoping this trip will provide some respite for mounting problems at home, and what a welcome his hosts laid on to him. the 81—year—old king came to meet him, red carpet for as far as the man could see, he was even given the highest civilian honour, a weighty
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thing. i marked contrast for the almost hostile reception afforded barack 0bama when he was here. where vigo in riyadh, this is what you see, pictures of president trump and king salmon with the slogan together we prevail. last year he said in an interview, donald trump, i think islam hate us. but the reception he is receiving an award of it you would not think that. as part of this, a massive £75 billion arms deal was signed to supply the kingdom with weapons and know—how to meet the iranian threat. and this allowed the president talk about what he likes most, jobs. that was a tremendous day, i just want to thank everybody. tremendous investments for the united states and our military community is very happy, we wa nt to military community is very happy, we want to thank you and saudi arabia. hundreds of billions of dollars of
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investment into united states and jobs, jobs, jobs. at a news conference, the deal was welcomed by the secretary of state. this huge arms sales package reduces the burden on the united states to provide the same equipment to our own military forces. and will strengthen saudi security forces for the future so that saudi arabia is more capable of carrying a greater share of the burden. less welcome news came overnight from james comey, the sacked fbi director has accepted an invitation to give evidence to congress in a public session. although that won't happen before this trip has concluded. according to the new york times, the president described him to the russian prime minister as a nutjob, whose sacking had relieved a lot of pressure on the president, claims the white house has not denied. donald trump complained earlier this week that no politician had been treated worse or more unfairly than him. that is not something that could be said today. though the composer of the national
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anthem probably could. we can speak tojon in riyadh now. he seems to be having a better time in saudi arabia than he was at home? yes, you feel that donald trump is uncomfortable ground when he's talking about trade, talking about business. —— he is on comfortable ground. a lot of what has been signed today has been months, if not yea rs signed today has been months, if not years in the pipeline. not all of it will necessarily materialise and it will necessarily materialise and it will take many years for this money to come in. but leave all that one side, that is what donald trump believes he was elected for last november at the american people, to deliver on american jobs, to deliver on american trade. there is still some pretty unwelcome news to come for him with all the political shenanigans that are still going on in the united states. but on this first day, he's got the trip off the way he starts. tomorrow, a more
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interesting challenge. if today was the tradesmen, tomorrow is a statesman, when he makes a speech about islam. if you think about the rhetoric he used in the campaign to get him elected, that was for a us audience. now he has to address the muslim world and it will be and donald trump the president, statesman. jeremy corbyn has had to restate labour's commitment to renewing trident after his shadow foreign secretary suggested the party's support for the nuclear deterrent couldn't be guaranteed. mr corbyn insisted labour's manifesto commitment to trident was unequivocal. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. cheering on the campaign trail, the last thing he wanted. questions about the uk's nuclear deterrent. but today he had to
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clarify his party's stance. it came after a senior labour figure, clarify his party's stance. it came after a senior labourfigure, when askedif after a senior labourfigure, when asked if the party would commit to keeping the trident missile system even after a defence review, said this. well, no, of course not. if you have a review, you have to have a review. jeremy corbyn's long opposed nuclear weapons but his pa rty‘s opposed nuclear weapons but his party's policy is to risk support the renewal of trident. something he had to confirm again today. the ma nifesto ma kes had to confirm again today. the manifesto makes it very clear that the labour party has come to the decision that is committed to trident. we're also going to look at the real security needs of this country on other areas such as cyber security which i think the attack on our nhs last week approved, there needs to be some serious re—examination of our defences against those kinds of attacks. the snp was quick to strike. tried and's based in scotland so it matters to voters here and her party opposes it. confusion at chaos at the heart of the labour party on trident. it
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really illustrates the point that labour is not strong enough to stand up labour is not strong enough to stand up to the tories. but theresa may thinks her stance on security and defence will have cut through with the voters. and out campaigning today, wasted no time in saying so. we have seen yet again from jeremy corbyn's labour party today that a labour government led by jeremy corbyn would not be unequivocally committed to the trident nuclear deterrent. they would not be able to defend this country. theresa may has made so much of this campaign about leadership qualities. she wants to keep it that way. but now the parties have publish their ma nifestos, parties have publish their manifestos, there's also policy to pick over. and not everyone agrees with some tory protesters proposals. but there are rumblings in the tory party for changes in social care.
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elections can lay their divisions across the board. the liberal democrats have unveiled their latest election poster. it's a picture of nigel farage's face, superimposed onto the head and shoulders of theresa may. former business secretary and lib dem candidate sir vince cable said it represented how conservatives had adopted wholesale policies from ukip. dozens of the schoolgirls who were kidnapped from the nigerian town of chibok three years ago have been reunited with their families. the girls were released earlier this month as part of a deal between the nigerian government and the boko haram islamist militants who had been holding them. hundreds of guests and spectators gathered in englefield in berkshire for the wedding of pippa middleton, sister of the duchess of cambridge. her nephew and niece, prince george and princess charlotte, had starring roles in the ceremony, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. a society wedding, a chance to, well, to gawp at the guests, for one thing. interesting for some, others may feel perhaps a little indifferent to it all. but of course this was rather more
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than a society wedding, with celebtrity guests like tennis champion roger federer, because this was a middleton family wedding. so a wedding with royal connections. big sister catherine arrived with two carloads of bridesmaids and page boys. among them were prince george, his hands firmly being held by his mother, and princess charlotte. all were ushered into church ready for the arrival of the bride. pippa middleton was driven to church in an open top car with her father michael. it rekindled memories of how it was six years ago, when pippa played such a memorable supporting role at catherine's wedding at westminster abbey. today she was the one pausing at the entrance for the photographers, in a dress which fashion editors will spend pages describing. at the church door, the roles were reversed. it was kate lending the sisterly support, making sure the dress was as it should be. then with a final pat on the shoulder, it was time for the service to begin.
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less than an hour later, the church bells sounded and page boy george led the way out of church scattering flower petals. as the new mr and mrs james matthews emerged together as man and wife. somewhere in the family group were princes william and harry. despite speculation in the press, harry had not brought his girlfriend meghan markle to the wedding. had he done so, it would have overshadowed everything. this was a day when the focus was on this couple and their wedding. there's more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel, we are back with the late news at the slightly earlier time of 9.50pm. now on bbc one it's time for the news where you are. goodbye. some lively showers, persistent rain
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in northern scotland but towards the west, fewer showers compared to today, a fine end to the day. the showers will fade tonight, and many of you go into sunday morning on the cooler side, particularly across scotland, down to three degrees in rural parts. a bright start to sunday for many of you, clouding over in northern ireland, with patchy rain. in western scotland, cloudy with the chance of rain. elsewhere, isolated light
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