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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: one of the world's most senior roman catholic cardinals, george pell, has been charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse. tough new security measures unveiled for flights into the united states but there's no ban on laptop computers. hong kong police arrest democracy activists hours before president xi arrives to celebrate 20 years of chinese rule. the policeman who took on the london bridge attackers tells us about the moment he faced them alone. ijust had one voice in my head saying, don't go down, don't go down. and all i know is that i was swinging all over the place. hello.
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australia's most senior catholic cleric, cardinal george pell, has been charged with multiple counts of sexually abusing children. cardinal pell, who's in charge of the vatican's finances, strongly denies the alleged offences, said to have happened in the 1970s. it's important to note that none of the allegations that have been made against cardinal pell have obviously been tested in any court yet. cardinal pell, like any other defendant, has a right to due process, and therefore, it is important that the process is allowed to run its natural course. preserving the integrity of that process is essential to all of us. it is important that it is allowed to go through unhindered, and allowed to see natural justice for all involved, including cardinal pell and the complainants in this matter. and cardinal pell has issued a statement.
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here's the bbc‘s phil mercer in sydney. these allegations take the issue of child abuse right to the door of the vatican. we've heard in the last short while a statement from george pell, cardinal pell, saying that he is willing to return to australia to defend himself. he has always strenuously denied any allegations of wrongdoing. always maintaining his innocence. but safe to say these allegations made against him today will send shockwaves not just through the catholic church in australia but far beyond these shores. cardinal pell is australia's most senior catholic figure. he is the former archbishop of sydney and melbourne. he is in charge of finances at the vatican, which makes him one of the most senior catholics anywhere. and the police are saying there are several complainants. yes, more than one, according
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to the police in the southern state of victoria. they have served these charges with cardinal pell‘s legal representatives in the city of melbourne. and it is there on the 18th ofjuly that cardinal pell will be required to attend a magistrates‘ court. police say there is more than one complainant, multiple charges of alleged historic child abuse, and we understand they date back to the 1970s in the victorian city of ballarat, where cardinal pell once worked. the united states is introducing tough new security measures for flights into the country but has stopped short of a threatened expansion of its carry—on laptop ban. the secretary of homeland security john kelly said inaction was not an option as america's enemies were constantly working to find new ways to attack aircraft. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. somewhere in the region of 2,000 commercial flights arrive in the united states
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every single day. that's around 325,000 passengers from more than 100 different countries. the potential security risks are massive. so the new administration says it wants to do something about it. it is time that we raised the global baseline of aviation security. we cannot play international wacermol with each new threat. instead we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the travelling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed. we're told the new security measures will be both seen and unseen. they include the enhanced screening of passengers and their electronic devices. there will be heightened security standards for aircraft and airports, and additional locations where travellers can be cleared by us officials before they depart. but the trump administration has
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stopped short from expanding its ban on laptops being carried in hand luggage. in march the us imposed restrictions on flights from eight countries, most of them in the middle east. airports and airlines have been given three weeks to comply. if they don't a ban on electronic devices could be widened and some flights to the us may be suspended. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a car has reportedly ramed the gates of the brazilian president's palace as pressure grows on michel temer to resign. a brazilian supreme courtjudge has sent a charge of corruption against mr temer to congress — the next move in a process which could see him removed from office. mr temer has denied allegations that he took any bribe from a meat processing company. united nations officials are saying
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at least 173 civilians have been killed this month in the syrian city of raqqa, where western—backed forces are trying to drive out the extremist group that calls itself islamic state. the office of the un high commissionerfor human rights says the casualty figure is probably a conservative estimate — the actual number may be much higher. a senior european union official has described the scale of migration across the mediterranean from north africa to italy as unsustainable. it's reported about 10,000 people have attempted the journeyjust in the past few days. italy has threatened to stop foreign boats landing rescued migrants at its ports. the eu commissionerfor migration said all member states have a humanitarian obligation to save lives. hong kong is braced for the arrival of the chinese president xi jinping. he is due to arrive in the next couple of hours to mark the 20th anniversary of hong kong's handover from britain to china. it's his first visit as chinese leader and protests are expected. 26 pro—democracy activists were arrested on wednesday. the last british governor of hong kong, chris patten, has said their campaign can't be ignored. the campaign to protect the rule
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of law, to protect due process, to stop people being abducted on the streets of hong kong with the chief executive turning and looking the other way, i think all that is really, really important and i don't think the rest of the world should ignore it. i think the way that china keeps its commitments and pledges in hong kong will tell people an awful lot about whether china can be trusted in this century. earlier i spoke to our correspondent juliana liu about the unrest that has been building there. democracy activists will impact the chinese president, if at all? ? protesters have been conducting small—scale guerrilla protest since monday. the last demonstration took place last night just
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monday. the last demonstration took place last nightjust by me when two dozen protesters surrounded an area where the president and his entourage will be staying for the next two days. they have been detained since then. the last i have heard is they have still been detained by police. they have not been released. we are expecting more protest to come. some smaller scale once in the next coming days and of course a large one on the first of july when thousands or tens of thousands of people are expected to be taking to the streets to demand greater democracy. that said, i think it is a pretty difficult or pretty impossible the way the security arrangements have been made for the president to be directly confronted by some of these critics. it is in -- confronted by some of these critics. it is in —— it is extremely unlikely he will be face—to—face too. he is expected to be leaving hong kong ahead of the saturday protest with many people taking to the streets.
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and his arrival is imminent, is it? well, we're expecting him to arrive quite shortly. we don't have 100% knowledge of his itinerary for the day. we believe he will be giving an important speech after he arrives. he may then be visiting the future location of the palace museum in hong kong, a sister of the palace museum in beijing, and his wife may visit a kindergarten on —— so that could be what they are up to today. with security measures we don't know details and duties security public won't be able to see them unless they have been previously screened. 30 years after the hillsborough disaster six people including former police officers will face criminal charges. 96 liverpool fans died in a crush at the football ground
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in april 1989. an inquest last year concluded the fans were unlawfully killed. on wednesday it was announced former chief superintendent david duckenfield will face charges of manslaughter by gross negligence and five other figures will also be prosecuted. donald trump is sounding optimistic that republicans can push through a bill to change healthcare. it's not looking good, though — senate leader mitch mcconnell has been forced to delay a vote — he failed to drum up enough support from his own party. but visiting the chicago cubs, president trump offered a teaser on what lies in store. healthcare is working along very well. we could have a big surprise with a great healthcare package so now they're happy. that do you mean by surprise, sir? i think yu're going to have a great, great surprise. some of the states that have given the most support to president trump are also places with the most people enrolled in 0bamacare. in the state of kentucky more than 420,000 people have been
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insured through the expansion of the programme for the poor called medicaid. from there laura bicker reports. this is what donald trump described as ‘forgotten america'. upstate kentucky used to be coal country. it is not any longer. it is now blighted by ill—health and an opioid crisis. let's have a look at things. how is your breathing? clinics are seeing higher rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease than the rest of the us. and that years of working at the coalface have taken its toll on some. what did he tell you about a lung transplant? he gave me an option to get a transplant. if i don't, would be five years life expectancy. claude has black lung disease. he has to fight to breathe. i worked underground for 27 years.
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my lungs have shutdown. when the mine shut he lost his job and his health insurance. but his treatment is free, due to 0bamacare reforms. this doctor was voted country doctor of the year. half of his patients receive government funded medicaid. he warned against making the debate political and has advice for both sides. other countries have done — they set the groundwork for us. we will not be a pioneer but we can take what they have done and use it and build it to make it the best programme in the world. that is why the united states is as strong as it is. we have taken things and made them better. why can't we do the same for healthcare instead of fighting over it? but some fear that donald trump may cut care. i don't know what he's thinking, not about the little people. he did promise that he would not take away medicaid, and here we are. yes, he promised a lot
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and he went back on. he promised a lot to get into office, that is what he promised. so many people here have told us that 0bamacare has saved their lives. but it has come at a cost. hard—working middle income families say their insurance premiums have risen and they are struggling. they ask why should they be paying? why should we suffer to help others? and that question is raised more often as opioid abuse here has become an epidemic. few households have gone untouched. i wanted to use it to come off everything. courtney is four months pregnant. she has been given medication to slowly wean off of opioids. her first child was born dependent on drugs. this time she is determined to get the help she needs. i always have that fear of getting back on drugs, but i'm excited, more excited than nervous because i cannot wait to be normal. i know that sounds crazy but i cannot wait to have my
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life back together. so i can focus on things other than getting that feeling every day. doctors say this kind of intervention will save money in the long run and save what is becoming a lost generation. this community is finding ways to look after its own after enduring so many changes. they hope that washington is listening and will not turn its back on them now. stay with us on bbc news. still to come. we look back at the life of the creator of paddington bear, michael bond, who's died at the age of 91. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong,
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with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: one of the world's most senior roman catholic cardinals, george pell, has been charged in australia with multiple counts of historic child sexual abuse. the united states has announced tougher security measures for flights arriving from abroad but it won't be expanding a ban on laptop computers. security experts investigating the cyber attack that has hit organisations across the world, are saying they have discovered a vaccine that can stop the attack from infecting a machine — but are still looking for a "kill switch" to stop the cyber—virus spreading. france's biggest bank, bnp paribas, and a french supermarket chain are among the latest victims. some businesses in asia, including india's largest container port, also report disruption. and the attack is still spreading — this is day three. technology commentator, charlie brown says there's
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still a lot of work needed to stop the cyber attack. the vaccine, what we have seen from it so far, is that it's really only helping individual pcs, it is not really designed to assist on a network basis. what we've seen from the vaccine is that if you install a particular file name into your windows directory and then you reboot your computer, the petya virus, or petya worm, does not actually run on that machine. but remember, the machine is still actually infected. petya still isn't running in that instance. on a multinetwork or wider network basis, it is really coming down to large corporations and organisations trying to roll back those systems and trying tyo remove the petya worm back those systems and trying to remove the petya worm on an individual basis and that's going to take them quite some time. it is the second major attack i think in three months, what do you expect next, what more do you feel businesses and individuals could be doing?
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well, i think what is really happened with petya verses wannacry, well, i think what is really happened with petya versus wannacry, is that people are now understanding that this is going to be an ongoing threat to people who use pcs or macs around the world. i mean, in this instance, petya was targetted at pcs but what people are now understanding is that, at the end of the day, ransomware and this type of security threat is going to be here to stay and it is probable not going be too long until we see another variation using similar code that tries to use ransomware as a method to making money for cyber—criminals. businesses, of course, continue to plan and continue to have methods in place to find a solution should this happen, but for individuals, what really needs to be done today is the same as every day — it is up to our behaviour that we do put some things in place to ensure that, should a worm like this, should ransomeware like this hit our machine, we have taken steps to stop it causing us harm. and really, at the end of the day,
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it's quite simple, if you're using windows 10, your machine is being patched on a daily or multiday basis, depending on what threats are out there, so continue that allow that to happen. but you should also be spending a couple of hundred dollars and buying an external harddrive to backup your data. because if ra nsomwa re is unleashed on your pc, and for many of us it's really only a matter of time, by having that data secured and backed up, you really do not need to do much more than rollback your system to defaults, reinstall some software and then you are back running again. a police officer repeatedly stabbed during the london bridge terror attack, has been speaking about his ordeal for the first time. pc wayne marks was one of the first on the scene more than three weeks ago. he's been speaking to our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford. sirens. shouting: clear the area now! it was just after ten on the 3rd ofjune when three men started their attack
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on london bridge. pc wayne marques of the british transport police had just come on shift and walked out into a scene of chaos. i am about to get my radio out and i hear a woman screaming, sort of behind me but from the right hand side and when i look i see a woman, a young white lady, and she has been attacked. then he told me before he had collected his thoughts he saw a man knocked to the ground, a knife man standing behind him. he was on the floor, pleading for his life, and the first attacker, without any mercy stands over him and continues attacking him. i take my baton with my right hand like a racket, full extension, and i take a deep breath and i charge him. i try to take the first one out in one go and i swing as hard as i can, everything behind it.
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i aimed straight at his head. while i'm fighting the first one, i get a massive whack to the right side of my head. i felt metal, i thought maybe it was a metal pole or bar at first. pc marks was temporarily blinded in one eye. the first attacker was still on the floor, but soon the second attacker was joined by a third. i'm fighting the two of them and while i'm fighting my left leg starts wobbling. just waving, wobbling. and i am thinking, "what the hell's wrong with my leg? what's wrong with my leg?" and i look down and i see there is an knife in the side of my leg.
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he fought all three men off before collapsing and being taken to hospital, but he had bought crucial time, allowing people to escape, reducing the time the attackers had before they were shot by armed officers. i'd just like to think that i did what i did to keep the people that i saw being attacked and being hurt, keep them alive, keep them out of danger as best as i could, and that is all i tried to do was just keeping them alive. get them away from danger. the extraoerdinary pc wayne marks speaking to daniel sanford. with his trademark duffle coat, floppy hat and wellington boots, paddington bear made his public debut in 1958 and has been a fixture of childhood ever since. a very polite bear, rather based on my father. my father was a very polite man and always wore a hat in case he met somebody. had to have something to raise. paddington has a lot of him in it. "good afternoon," he said. "can i help you?" so the manners were from his father.
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but that opening scene with the station platform, he said there was in it an echo of his childhood in the ‘30s when he sanewish child refugees arrive in britain. but the world of paddington was, despite his many scrapes, a gentle place, rooted in the character of its duffle coat—wearing author. it really does feel very sad, particularly because the publishing party that he always comes to or i've always seen him is next week and so he will be really missed. he is the most lovely person. i think it proves that children do still love those sort of quiet books. it is about the character. there's parsley. michael bond also wrote parsley the lion and the herb garden along with dozens of other books, but nothing came close to paddington, the little accident—prone bear. from the books to the recent film,
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in which michael bond even made a brief cameo appearance. a little wave goodbye to his old friend. the academy of motion picture is continuing to try to diversify its membership, this year inviting a host of film professionals from a range of backgrounds. invites to the exclusive industry group have been sent out to over 750 potential new members, including stars dwaynejohnson, riz ahmed, janelle monae, naomi harris, channing tatum, chris hemsworth and margot robbie. the 2016 oscars came under criticism, when no actors of colour were nominated, sparking protests and boycotts. and we'll leave you with this. to some of you it might look like a piece ofjunk, but someone's just paid a lot of money for it. this is a complete model of the famous star wars robot r2—d2, made from pieces salvaged from the films. it's been sold in the united states
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for $2.3 million. it was made by an anonymous british collector, and it took him seven years to make it using retired parts from at least four films. more on that and all the news on our website. that's it for now. if the truth be known, thursday will be a hard sell for the latter part ofjune, given that low pressure is still very much the dominant feature. not a cold start to the day, that is positive, 12, 13, 1a degrees across the south. but as i say, even on this big picture here you get a sense that there is an awful lot of wet and windy weather to be had, not just to be found across the northern half of the british isles either. as we slump towards the south—west, a dank start here. not cold, 13, 1a degrees but the cloud sits low on the tors and moors in the south—west. hill fog around, further east and it is a good deal drier, still a lot of cloud with a hint of brightness if you are lucky.
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in the northern part of wales in the north of england, light patchy rain here with hill fog around. the rain beginning there to ramp up and as we come into the heart of scotland, a lot of rain here, especially in the south—east and into the north—east of england. weather warnings about this. a lot of rain here just keeps on coming. it is fed in by this north to north—westerly wind and that will be it for the day. that is the bad news about it. all the while the rain is trying to move a bit further north through the course of the day. so for any heat at all, well, we have to rely on a little sunshine coming through in the south—east. 18, 19 here but underneath the cloud wind and rain further north, up to 1a degrees. itjust keeps on coming through the daylight hours. here we are into the evening and the pattern is very much the same. i changed the day and the pattern remains the same. the one crumb of comfort at this
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stage is that by then we may see 80 millimetres of rain across the high ground in the north—east and the rain will be lighter and patchier across the north and west. down in the south—east, 23, mayjust pop off a couple of heavy showers and the start of the weekend looks to be a bit damp across the south—eastern quarter until that front moves off into the near continent and then we look back towards the atlantic to see the supply of weather for the weekend. once the front is gone, there is a lull in proceedings and a decent day for many on saturday. pushing the weather front into the north—western corner of the british isles during the course of saturday afternoon, that will then transfer a weakening band of weather down towards the south—west and we do it all again. not a bad day following on behind but again, a scattering of showers across the northern and western parts of scotland. so compared to what comes in the next 2a hours or so, the weekend is dry, bright and warm for many of us. the latest headlines on bbc news: police in australia have charged the man in charge of vatican finances, cardinal george pell, with multiple counts
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of sexually abusing children. cardinal pell is the most senior roman catholic cleric in australia, third in the hierarchy of the church worldwide. he strongly denies the allegations. the united states is introducing tough new security measures for inbound flights, but has stopped short of expanding the ban on laptops in hand luggage. the new measures, described as both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices. 26 pro—democracy protestors have been arrested in hong kong, shortly before the arrival of president xi. he is coming to mark the 20th anniversary of hong kong's handover from britain to china. it is his first visit as chinese leader, and more protests are expected. now it is time for hardtalk.
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