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this is bbc news, the headlines at 11:003m. donald trump continues his visit of saudi arabia, where he's preparing to address gulf leaders on the need to confront extremism. as the conservatives say plans to overhaul adult social care won't be re—looked at, labour reaffirms its pledge to cap what people pay for care. they will know that if they're in genuine need of the winter fuel payment, they will still get that. what does "genuine need" mean? well, that's what we are going to consult on, after the election. also in the next hour, celtic look to book a place in the history books. they'll be the first scottish team to go an entire season unbeaten for more than a century, if they avoid defeat against hearts this lunchtime. 500 people in a day, just gone. the garden at the chelsea flower show, to remember those who served and died during the great war. and coming up on dateline london, can donald trump's travels abroad help him escape his troubles at home?
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good morning and welcome to bbc news. president trump will today call on muslims to present a united front in the fight against religious extremism. he'll address more than a0 leaders of muslim—majority nations on the second day of his visit to saudi arabia. on saturday, the us signed trade deals worth $350 billion with the country. our correspondent simon clemison reports. in business, sometimes, you have to do the dance. and having won billions of dollars worth of contracts for us firms, donald trump is more comfortable celebrating with the saudis than he might look. that's beautiful.
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it's certainly more comfortable for him here than it is back home, given the furore over his sacking of the fbi director investigating allegations his presidential campaign was tied to russia. but day two of this tour could be the beginning of a far greater challenge as he leaves the world of striking commercial deals he knows so well to try to strike political deals instead. one of his goals is to eventually do what no other experienced leader has managed and bring peace to the middle east. and this is the president who tried to ban visitors from six mainly muslim nations. but the amount of red carpet they've rolled out for him here tells a different story. his tough stance on iran has won him many friends in saudi arabia. always the right hand, right? always the right hand. if only teacup diplomacy were enough in a region where some disputes stretch back thousands of years. supporters believe donald trump has got his own long history as a master negotiator. today, when president trump speaks to more than a0 muslim nations, he will talk of the need to address religious extremism
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and intolerant ideology. a message some here may find hard to accept, coming from someone who is such a controversial figure in his own right. simon clemison, bbc news. a little earlier i spoke to our security correspondent frank gardner, who's in riyadh. he told me why donald trump making a speech on islam is gaining such worldwide attention. this is very sensitive, delicate territory. this is saudi arabia, the birthplace of islam, one of the three great monotheistic religions. and of course the focus of attention for over 1.5 billion muslims. it's also home to the two sacred sites of mecca and medina. the donald trump to come here anyway in the first place is quite something. this is somebody who's been accused of being an islamophobia. he tried to
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restrict the entry to the united states of visitors from six muslim majority countries. but for him to deliver a speech in a few hours‘ time to islamic leaders on the need to root out extremism in their mosques and religion, he‘s going to have to choose his words really carefully. i think the worry for both the saudi hosts and white house officials is, is he going to go off script? he has a propensity for doing exactly that. the clues we are getting from officials is that this speech is going to be uplifting, unifying but also blunt. he‘s going to tell leaders there can be no room foraiding and to tell leaders there can be no room for aiding and abetting extremism. it all depends on the way he delivers this. if he does it in a we are with you, we are behind you, then that‘s fine. if he starts lecturing people and using phrases like "radical islamic terrorism" which people here hate, that will upset his hosts and other leaders.
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the fact he‘s in saudi arabia so early in his presidency, is that a symbol of the fact he‘s taking a ha rd symbol of the fact he‘s taking a hard line against iran, because iran is saudi arabia‘s arch enemy? hard line against iran, because iran is saudi arabia's arch enemy? yes, ina way is saudi arabia's arch enemy? yes, in a way this is a perfect co nflu e nce in a way this is a perfect confluence of factors for him. donald trump isn‘t particularly interested in human rights, on past record. he won‘t be lecturing to people in the way president obama did. he won‘t be raising the issues of human rights in the way his predecessor did. of course, that‘s going down well in this part of the world. bahrain, for example, he‘s already said that there won‘t be the same strains between the us and bahrain, home to the fifth rate of the us navy, that they were under his predecessor. saudi arabia has deep pockets, they are feeling pretty paranoid about the growth of
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around‘s proxy militias across the region, hezbollah, in lebanon, and in syria and iraq and the militia in yemen. saudi arabia is on an arms spending spree which has translated into $110 billion, over £70 billion worth of arms deals signed yesterday. this is big business but it‘s also a strategic alliance that has been cemented and reinforced by the trump administration. yes, and those financial deals he‘s signing there, obviously as you say, cementing ties between saudi arabia and the usa. yes, and it's notjust about arms, although that tends to get most of the attention. it‘s about oil, it‘s about education. there‘s a lot of other areas. interestingly, the into entertainment industry is probably rubbing its hands at the prospect that saudi arabia will open up more
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to public entertainment. this is a very austere country, as you know. there‘s no public entertainment. there‘s no public entertainment. there are no cinema, live concerts, no galas. and yet, the king‘s favourite son prince mohammed who is also defence minister is pushing a whole movement towards opening up saudi arabia to more public entertainment, and they are going to be getting hollywood investment. so there‘s a lot of business to be done by us companies. of course, that‘s a lot donald trump to say, as he did at the end of yesterday, it‘s been a tremendous day. there‘s billions of dollars worth of business and this is for america means jobs, dollars worth of business and this is for america meansjobs, jobs, jobs. he needs this because back home he‘s got serious problems. at least 18 cia informants were killed or imprisoned in china after a spy network was dismantled according to reports in the new york times. it is not clear whether the cia was hacked or whether a mole helped the chinese to identify the agents over a two year period,
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officials told the paper. it‘s being described as one of the worst intelligence breaches in decades. the cia has declined to comment. the conservatives have defended their planned changes to social care and winter fuel payments, insisting the new system will be fairer to everyone. labour has called them an attack on the elderly. jeremy corbyn said the party will protect the winter fuel allowance and triple—lock on state pensions, which will both be reduced under the conservative manifesto. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent susana mendonca about the issues affecting pensioners. pensioners really do matter in terms ofan pensioners really do matter in terms of an election, because they go out and vote in large numbers than younger people. they are a core group of voters. what we‘ve seen since the conservative manifesto announcement earlier on this week is announcement earlier on this week is a sense of anxiety among that core
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vote about what it would mean for them. the conservative proposal is basically that if you are worth more than £100,000, you would have to pay for your care beyond that point, and it‘s not just for those for your care beyond that point, and it‘s notjust for those in residential care, it will be extended to those cared for in their homes. now, but this would mean for a lot of those people is perhaps they wouldn‘t be able to give their children their homes after their death. that would be used to pay for that. that‘s caused a fair bit of concern. in addition, the idea of means testing winter fuel payments, because at the moment every pensioner can get a winter fuel payment of between 100 and £300 every year. the government say that if you are wealthy you shouldn‘t be getting that. again, this is one of theissues getting that. again, this is one of the issues labour has highlighted and they said they wouldn‘t do that. we were hearing earlierfrom damian green the work and pensions secretary on the andrew marchais. he was making the point he thought £100,000, which is the amount you
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would get to keep, is a reasonable inheritance to be able to hand onto your children. and that the issue of the winter fuel payments, labour is approaching it in terms of scare tactics and actually pensioners aren‘t going to be worse off. tactics and actually pensioners aren't going to be worse off. we will consult so that everyone who is in genuine need of the winter fuel payment will still get it, but we think the money that's currently being spent on people who need it less, many of whom have said to me over the years, should i really be getting this, that money is better spent ina getting this, that money is better spent in a social care system that we all agree is one of the great challenges facing our country. the difference between our document under labour document is that we deal with the big challenges facing this country, theirs isjust a wish list. the difference between the two documents is that you‘ve got teams of clever people trawling through the labour party promises and costing every single one, and
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telling people what it might cost, and in your document, those clever people are saying nothing to pensioners watching this programme who need to know whether they are going to lose their winter fuel payments or not, don‘t they deserve that information? they will know that information? they will know that if they are in genuine need of the payment they will still get that. what does genuine need mean? well, that's what we are going to consult on after the election, because that's the sensible way to do it. that's the way a grown—up government will operate. his broad proposal, a proposal that causes interest among commentators... it's not commentators, pensioners watching this programme are wondering, if i vote conservative on june the 8th, does that mean onjune 15i june the 8th, does that mean onjune 15 i lose my winter fuel payment, yes or no? they need to know that. they will be able to contribute to the consultation. labour are seizing on the opportunity to push for those
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older voters. they are saying they would guarantee the triple lock on pensions which is something the conservative party manifesto said it wasn‘t going to do. that‘s the idea that pensions increase by 2.5% every year. also, on the issue of social care, labour talking about how they are going to put 45 billion extra into the nhs and social care over five years. on the issue of what we should do about reforming social care, they say we should stick to the proposals laid out by andrew dilnot who was asked to look into this in the previous government. he talked about how there was a need for a talked about how there was a need fora cap, and he‘s talked about how there was a need for a cap, and he‘s been quite critical of the conservative proposals, saying that it misses the point because it doesn‘t allow for people to plan, because if you have dementia you don‘t know how long you are going to need care for. so there needs to be a cap of around £72,000. this is whatjohn mcdonnell from the labour party had to save. but he recommended was a cap which i agree
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with, because it gives the certainty to people. a cap of how much? the recommendation was about £72,000. you would stick with that?|j recommendation was about £72,000. you would stick with that? i think so. you would stick with that? i think so. it's the point you made about the lottery and what condition you get. the reason people call this a dementia tax is because you don't know what condition you will suffer from. i tell you, know what condition you will suffer from. itell you, i've been through this in my family and i know what it's like. what happens is, the burden falls upon you. andrew dilnot's proposal was also to have a threshold so there would be enough for your children to inherit, but he said this basic principle, the nhs principle, you pool the risk. in that way people aren't left on their owfi. that way people aren't left on their own. so where does this leave us in the opinion polls? labour certainly have been doing well in the last couple of days. there are a number
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of polls out, all of them showing a shrinking of the lead between the conservatives and labour. one of them in the sunday times, a yougov poll, shows that the conservatives are nine points ahead of labour now. some reason for labour to be positive about it. but, we‘ve got to remember the conservatives have such a big lead, they are around 4a—46%. labour are a big lead, they are around 4a—46%. labourare on a big lead, they are around 4a—46%. labour are on 33—35%. so it doesn‘t look as though this has been a game changer, but certainly the issue of social care is one that has changed the direction of the narrative. we aren‘t talking so much about brexit but social care. you get the sense that the direction of conversation is moving elsewhere. later on on the bbc news channel we will bring you the scottish leaders debate. our scotland editor sarah smith will chair that debate in front of an audience with a panel of six scottish party leaders at
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7:30pm. the headlines on bbc news. president trump continues his visit to saudi arabia, where he‘s preparing to address gulf leaders on the need to confront extremism. labour go on the offensive to attract older voters, as the conservatives defend controversial plans to overhaul social care funding. party leaders will stop campaigning for an hour today to remember the mpjo cox, who was murdered in her constituency last year. sport now, and a full round—up from the bbc sport centre. it‘s all about the battle for the final two champions league spots on the last day of the premier league. one of manchester city, liverpool or arsenal will miss out on top flight european football next season. arsene wenger‘s side need a win against everton to keep their hopes alive, and even that may not be enough as they require
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liverpool or city to slip up. we just want everybody to play 100% in the last game. that‘s all you wa nt to in the last game. that‘s all you want to do. we have to focus on ourselves and everybody will be under scrutiny. i think everton will fight against us. it‘s what you want, if you want to be the best in the world, we shouldn‘t even question that. the champions league would be, yeah, the icing on the cake. but that's it, then. and not more. as i said before, it shouldn't sound negative. if jealousy before, it shouldn't sound negative. ifjealousy is the only reason it makes most sense for him or for us. we are powerful in a lot of parts of
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the game and will be successful in the game and will be successful in the future. for this we need the players, of course. we have very good players and we will bring a few more. this is how the race for the champions league places looks. manchester city have 75 points, they travel to watford today, liverpool are two points behind them with 73, they‘re at home to already relegated middlesbrough. arsenal have 72 points and have to rely on one of the other two slipping up. there‘s also the possibility of two of the teams finishing level on points, goals scored and goals conceded which would mean a play—off. it‘s the final weekend in the scottish premiership as well, treble—chasing celtic host hearts today and after the match they‘ll be presented with the league trophy. their unbeaten run this season already stands at 45 games, if they avoid defeat today they‘ll be the first title—winning side in scotland to complete an unbeaten league campaign in over a century. it's it‘s a huge testament to the
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professionalism and the quality and the mentality of the squad. so, we wa nt to the mentality of the squad. so, we want to finish the job well. we‘ll be playing in front of a packed stadium, and i‘m hoping we can celebrate with the 34th victory. novak djokovic plays in the final of the rome masters later after two wins on saturday. the world number two finished off his rain delayed quarterfinal againstjuan martin del potro and then beat dominic thiem 6—1, 6—0. he‘ll play germany‘s alexander zverev, who at the age of 20 is the youngest player in a decade to reach a masters final. fernando alonso will compete for pole position at the indianapolis 500 later. the mclaren formula 1 driver made it through the first qualifying day seventh fastest and goes into sunday‘s ‘fast nine‘ to fight it out for pole position for next sunday‘s race. the dangers of racing on high—speed american oval tracks were emphasised as former f1 driver sebastien bourdais crashed into the wall. he was conscious as he was rescued
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from the car but has suffered multiple fractures. the frenchman is in hospital following surgery to his pelvis and hip. the motogp circuit is in le mans this weekend for the french grand prix. the main race is due off in a couple of hours. in thejunior category — moto3 — there was an extraordinary pile—up on the second lap of their race this morning. a crash on the first lap led to one of the bike dropping fluid on the track. and when the riders approached the tricky downhill corner, they fell like dominos. miraculously, it appears that nobody sustained any serious injuries in the accident. the race restarted 30 minutes later. that‘s all sport for now. i‘ll have more in the next hour. thank you, that was quite a pile—up!
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north korea has fired an "unidentified projectile" according to officials from the defence ministry in south korea. the projectile was launched from pukchang which is near pyongyang in the central part of the country, and follows a missile test a week ago from the same area. we can cross to seoul where our correspondent steve evans has the latest. what more can you tell us? it seems to have been successful. the south korean military and the us say that it travelled some hundreds of kilometres and that follows a launch exactly a week ago which was without doubt successful. so, outside experts say that north korea is making serious progress towards its stated aim of having nuclear warheads and the missiles to carry them substantial distances. nobody thinks they‘ve got the ability, apart from kimjong—un,
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thinks they‘ve got the ability, apart from kim jong—un, nobody outside north korea thinks they have the ability to hit the west coast of the ability to hit the west coast of the us, for example. but they do have the ability to reach us bases for example in the western pacific, and obviously all of south korea and japan. the point is, they are making serious progress. is this another statement from the north koreans? who knows? my inclination is to say that the military and the scientists test these things when they need to. i think if you‘re looking for politics in the timing, you‘d wonder why there was a bit of a pause while the south korean elections were going on. there‘s a new president in south korea who came to power very much in favour of dialogue with the young —— with pyongyang and cooperation. he was identifying what was known as the sunshine policy,
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where there was movement from south korea to north korea. north koreans, of course, can‘t leave the country. and the belief that the way to sort it out is by talking to pyongyang, in contrast to the previous president. there was a pause during the election in missile testing. now the election in missile testing. now the missile testing has been revved up the missile testing has been revved up one last week with a range of something like 3000 miles. and one now a week later which also seems to have a serious range to it. a bit of politics but my suspicion is that it‘s the military needs and the scientific needs which are driving at. thank you. the leaders of the main parties are going to stop campaigning foran hour main parties are going to stop campaigning for an hour today to remember the labour mp jo cox campaigning for an hour today to remember the labour mpjo cox who was murdered last year. the initiative comes after a personal request from her husband brendan
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cox. the first anniversary of her murder is next month. well done, jeremy. in a moment of rare calm in this election, several party leaders, including the greens and lib dems, are putting party politics to one side. in a mark of solidarity, the labour leaderjeremy corbyn is set to visit a community centre in liverpool, and theresa may has also given her support to the idea of downing campaigning tools. today‘s focus won‘t be on policy, but instead on visiting local community projects. parties have asked all of their candidates to do the same. they are coming together to remember jo cox, the mp who was shot and stabbed by the far—right extremist thomas mair in her constituency of batley and spen last summer. he was later given a whole—life sentence for her murder. her husband brendan cox has organised the great get together to mark the one—year anniversary of her death next month. it will see events like picnics, street parties and coffee mornings take place around the uk between the 16th and 18th ofjune. jo would have been incredibly touched and both by the fact that all political parties are pausing for a moment.
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but also by the public reaction there has been to the idea of the great get together, the fact that people are jumping on this. jo went into politics because of community. she wanted to draw communities closer together. that‘s what motivated her. its aim, he says, in the words of his late wife, is to remind us we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us. james waterhouse, bbc news. it‘s one of the world‘s most popular flower shows, and as the blooms go on display at the royal chelsea flower show, one garden will be a place of tranquillity and reflection. david domoney‘s design for the commonwealth war graves commission, celebrates the 850 gardeners who maintain 1.7 million war graves for visitors. daniela relph has been to see the garden being built. it is not an obvious place to start. the war cemeteries
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of france and belgium. this will be a chelsea garden inspired a remembrance. designer david domeny is creating the garden for the commonwealth war graves commission. for david, this is both a working trip and a personaljourney. his great—grandfather henry domeny fought in the first world war for the somerset light infantry. he aims to create a garden that honours him and the sacrifice of millions. 500 people in a day. just gone. much of this garden will be made by those who work with the commonwealth war graves commission. so, it‘s the measurement from the back of the railings to the moment it starts to descend, i need... many of the bricks used will come from belgium, the same bricks used in the cemeteries. local metalworkers have created these leaves to be placed in the garden. french stonemasons have made
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a centrepiece, which will sit at the heart of the chelsea design. and the grand wreath that will form the entrance to the garden, made in belgium, bringing visitors into a place for quiet contemplation. but back home, the actual construction of the chelsea garden is a noisy and surprisingly ruthless business. at the local nursery in hampshire, this is the chelsea dress rehearsal. i think the trees need to be reversed, but am wondering whether we half move the back one in a bit? each of the trees surrounding the garden are carefully moved into place. the layout is checked and tweaked. this is where the design becomes a reality. what it is doing is just coming around us, and almost like giving the garden a cuddle. the construction of a chelsea garden is a nerve—racking business. however much you plan a new design, there are some elements that are quite simply out
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of your control. we have to grow about four times the plants that we need just to get them to flower at the right time for the chelsea flower show. it is quite a brutal selection process, then. it is, it is a brutal selection process to get into chelsea as a designer, but the plants go through the same process as well. we have to get them looking good, no insect bites, no leaf damage. and of course, with a changing of the weather we are totally at the mercy of the climate. the colours of plants and flowers for the garden will reflect the mood of tranquillity. purples, pinks and whites, there will be aliums, roses. over the last few days, the commonwealth war graves commission has moved into its chelsea home. the final work is being done. by tomorrow it will be ready to show. in so many ways, a garden to remember. now, time for the weather. good morning. certainly sorted out
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the weather for chelsea if you‘re heading that way. this is the sort offair heading that way. this is the sort of fair you could wind across england and wales quite widely. nothing sojerry england and wales quite widely. nothing so jerry for parts england and wales quite widely. nothing sojerry for parts of scotland. but we have a new weather front wafting in through northern ireland and pushing cloud and rain up ireland and pushing cloud and rain up through central and western parts of scotland. the far north—east is yet to see that rain. even on the big picture you get the sense there isa big picture you get the sense there is a lot of fine weather to be had, across the greater part of england and wales. with none of those showers that brought the temperatures back yesterday, they will be responding today. could be around 21. no great problem this evening and overnight. certainly no frost because we are importing milder air. frost because we are importing milderair. a frost because we are importing milder air. a new weatherfront brings the threat of more rain for parts of northern ireland. that pushes across to scotland. elsewhere
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the milder air coming from the continent bringing temperatures up in the next two days. hello. this is bbc news with me ben brown. the headlines. president trump continues his visit to saudi arabia, where he‘s preparing to address gulf leaders on the need to confront extremism. labour renews its push to attract older voters, while the conservatives defend their plans to overhaul social—care funding. party leaders will stop campaigning for an hour today to remember the mpjo cox, who was murdered in her constituency last year. north korea has launched another missile test, according to the south korean military. it follows this test last week, of a rocket said to be capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. now on bbc news, it‘s time for dateline london.
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hello, welcome to dateline london. this week, donald trump‘s travels abroad and trouble at home. can one escape the other? and now britain‘s political parties have published their manifestos, their contract with the people — if we vote for one of them, just what are we signing up to? with me is david aaronovitch of the times. annalisa piras, the italian writer and filmmaker. nabila ramdani, the algerian journalist. stryker mcguire, london editor for bloomberg markets. good to have you with us.


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