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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: police in australia say two men accused of planning a terror plot targeted an etihad airways flight. they're due in court shortly. we will be alleging in court that a fully functioning ied was to be placed on that plane on the 15th of july. more pressure on president trump, as a grand jury is set up to investigate allegations of russian interference in last year's elections. a british computer expert who helped stop a worldwide cyber attack has been arrested by the fbi for alleged links to other malicious software. and you're never too old to rock and roll — meet singapore's grandma mary as she prepares for the gig of her life. iam mary, i am mary, i and 81 years of this
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year and i am mary, i and 81 years of this yearandi i am mary, i and 81 years of this yearand i am i am mary, i and 81 years of this year and i am going to rock at the singapore national day parade. australian police are saying two men they've charged with terror offences were plotting to bring down a passenger jet. investigators say an improvised explosive device was due to be smuggled onto a plane last month, but the attempt was abandoned before the men reached security. let's get the latest from sydney. our correspondent hywel griffith is there. just bring us up—to—date on all of this. so, the australian federal police in the last one or two hours have given us the full details of what they allege was one of the most sophisticated plots ever on australian soil. now, they claimed this was all directed by the islamic state in syria and that these men in syd ney were state in syria and that these men in sydney were sent to —— high—grade
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military explosives via ep cargo that allow them to put together an ied that they plan to board with together. they then work used to go on to create some kind of chemical attack. earlier we heard from the deputy commissioner of the afp and he spelt out what the police claim. we will be alleging in court that a fully functioning ied was to be placed on that plane on the 15th of july. there is a little bit of conjecture as to why it didn't go ahead on the 15th. we will certainly be alleging that he didn't get past the putting on the bags onto the plane. so it didn't even get past the check—in. now, there has been some conjecture that relates to the weight. that is one of the components. we are still working through that. one thing that is important to state, though, is it
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did not get through security. the deputy commissioner, michael phelan. police also alleging that the men we re police also alleging that the men were being directed by a senior is commander? yes, they have not spelt out the exact chain of command, although i think they are alleging that one of the two sydney men is related to a senior is fighter who was then in contact with a controller, as they call it, presumably someone with some form of expertise. now, the police go on to allege that after that first aborted attempt on july 15, components allege that after that first aborted attempt onjuly15, components of the ied were taken away to try to fashion some kind of poisonous bomb, something that would release hydrogen sulphide, that would be potentially deadly if it were to be released. they say they acted before the suspects got anywhere near completing a device. they say that wasn't at an advanced stage. so those two men who have beenjudged due to appear in court here in syd ney due to appear in court here in sydney in the list couple of hours.
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there is a third man still being detained during the raids. a fourth person was also arrested. he has been released without charge. thank you very much for that. in the us, the investigation into rushing attempts to interfere in last year's presidential election seems to be going deeper, and gathering pace. it's emerged that special counsel robert mueller has convened a grand jury in washington — the first step towards possible criminal charges. have using any russians you? they can't beat us at the voting booth so they are trying to cheat you out of
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they are trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. they are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our country and demeaning to our country and demeaning to a mac constitution. —— oui’ demeaning to a mac constitution. —— our constitution. president trump speaking with supporters in west virginia. live now to the bbc‘s peter bowes in los angeles. i think the fact is grand jury has been impanelled, the official tone, and the news has broken because subpoenas were issued 7 and the news has broken because subpoenas were issued? yes, that's right. we don't know the details, we don't know exactly how long the grandjury don't know exactly how long the grand jury has been working. we don't know the details of those subpoenas because that is precisely how a grand subpoenas because that is precisely howa grandjury subpoenas because that is precisely how a grand jury works. it is designed to operate in secret. it is a body that doesn't pronounce kilgore innocent at the end of the day. it simply looks at the evidence
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to determine whether there is enough ofa to determine whether there is enough of a case to go ahead with an indictment, essentially, a prosecution, a criminal case. that is where we are now. it is at the information stage. the fact it has emerged so relatively soon after the beginning of the process indicates, and this is the key, this is a serious criminal investigation and it is following the normal procedures. where it will go we really have no idea at the moment. no, indeed. isuppose really have no idea at the moment. no, indeed. i suppose to add context which is a president trump's lawyer says there is no reason to think the president himself is under investigation. but it has emerged, hasn't it, mr trump had a hand in drafting the statement from his eldest son about that meeting, the statement that turned out to be misleading. he has also admitted the rush investigation was on his mind when he fired james comey, and he seems to have been discrediting mr moller‘s investigation —— russia.
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yes, there is a lot going on behind the scenes and that is what this is all about, trying to get all of the detail behind those claims and counterclaims —— mueller. and going back to that rally, the vintage donald trump that we just heard there, really speaking in the setting he feels most comfortable. he talked about the russia story, as he put it, being totalfabrication. and i think one telling line was he said hejust hopes and i think one telling line was he said he just hopes that the final determination will be a truly honest one. and some people are suggesting that perhaps he is just laying the groundwork there for an explanation at the end of the day, he will simply say that it was a dishonest investigation. peter, thank you very much for that. and if you want to get more information on that grand jury that is helping to decide whether to bring criminal charges into alleged russian meddling in the us election. check out our website at let's take a look at some of the other stories making making the news.
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one of the world's tallest residential buildings, the torch tower in dubai, has been engulfed in flames for the second time in two years. authorities say the building, 350 metres high, has been safely evacuated and firefighters are working to bring the blaze under control. a united nations report says militants from the extremist group, the so—called islamic state, are still committing genocide against the yazidi religious minority. it's three years since is began its assault on the comunity in northern iraq. the un says about 3,000 yazidi women and girls are still being held and subjected to beatings and rape. the venezuelan prosecutor's office has asked a court in the capital, caracas, to suspend the inauguration of a new constituent assembly on friday. this is a response to allegations from the head of the company that supplied the voting system used in sunday's election that results were tampered with.
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the brazilian football star, neymar, has smashed the world record for a transfer fee. he is now the most expensive player in history. neymar has signed a five year contract with the french champions, paris st germain, for $263 million. a british computer expert who stopped a worldwide cyber attack has been arrested by the fbi in las vegas. marcus hutchins is accused of creating software to steal bank details, although the charges are not related to the so—called wannacry worm. he was hailed a hero when he found a way to stop the virus, which infected computers in 150 countries. james cook reports. marcus hutchins was hailed as a hero for stopping an attack which crippled the nhs and spread to tens of thousands of computers in 150 countries. his arrest is not related to his role in neutralising the so—called wannacry ransomware, which he discussed in this recent bbc interview. i checked the message board, there were maybe 16,
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17 reports of different nhs organisations being hit, and that was the point where i decided "my holiday‘s over, i've got to look into this". in the past week, mr hutchins had been in las vegas for the defcon cybersecurity conference. he was apparently arrested at the airport minutes before he was due to fly home. better known as malware tech, his most recent tweets were prescient... priority boarding so you can add to the time you sat on the plane that is nowhere near ready to fly, he wrote. we've now obtained a copy of the indictment against marcus hutchins and another unnamed defendant. it reveals they are facing charges in the us state of wisconsin. they're accused of creating and selling a programme to harvest online banking data and credit card details. prosecutors say the arrest here in las vegas came at the end of a two year long investigation. cybersecurity remains a top priority for the fbi, says the special agent in charge.
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marcus hutchins may now face his biggest challenge yet in an american courtroom. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: they are united in the effort to help refugees but, when it comes to same sex marriage, leaders of the anglican church remain divided. the question was whether we wanted to save our people, and the japanese as well, and win the war, or whether we wanted to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. invasion began at 2:00am this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. and we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old, and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be
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quietly very pleased indeed that she has achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: police in australia say two men accused of planning a terror plot targeted an etihad airways flight — they're due in court shortly. more pressure on president trump, as a grand jury is set up to investigate allegations of russian interference in last year's elections. the governor of the bank of england has warned that the british economy
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will remain sluggish, because uncertainty over brexit is hitting businesses and affecting households. the bank has down graded the uk's growth forecasts for this year and 2018. mark carney said a lack of clarity about the uk's future relationship with the european union is holding back investment and consumer spending. here's our business editor, simonjack. there hasn't been much summer cheer on the beach in margate this week, the weather overcast and some bracing headwinds — much like the uk economy, and there was precious little sunshine shed when the bank of england governor delivered its latest forecast. he said the post—referendum fall in the value of the pound was now beginning to hit home. households looked through brexit—related uncertainties initially, but more recently, as the consequences of sterling's fall have shown up in the shops and squeezed their real incomes, they've cut back on spending, slowing the economy. the bank cut its growth forecast for this year from 1.9% to 1.7%. it also downgraded its estimate for next year from 1.7% to 1.6%. meanwhile, it pushed
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up its inflation forecast, saying it will rise from 2.6% now to peak at around 3% later this year, while wage rises remain stuck at 2%. that widening gap is being felt in margate. the price of food has definitely gone up. butter, cheese, bacon, those things have gone up. and yeah, wages aren't going up in line with inflation. bus, transport, everything is so expensive now. i drive now and even then, car insurance has gone up. it's getting ridiculous now, £140 a month. can't afford it. for the same amount of money, you're getting about two thirds of the goods that you used to, so you're cutting back all the time. in another year's time, i'll be sitting here a litle skeleton. —— a little skeleton.
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brexit was the theme that ran through everything the governor said today. the post—referendum fall in sterling has pushed up prices. that in turn is affecting consumer confidence, and businesses faced with uncertainty are not making the investments they otherwise would have made. and all of those pressures are combining to affect the uk economy's long—term ability to grow. business investment is still likely to grow below historic averages, with adverse consequences for productivity, capacity and wages. for many, however, the bank's pronouncements are not only too downbeat, but also stray too far into politics. we should take the bank of england's forecast with a pinch of salt. they are notoriously bad at forecasting. then, of course, we have project fear mark two. the bank of england, the cbi and the treasury department are all ganging up again to make us frightened of brexit. even the bank's own staff are unhappy about wages. it's only when pay starts to catch up with prices that we may see interest rates rise. that's not expected until next year. during the eu referendum,
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many of scotland's whisky producers, supported the remain campaign, worried that brexit might affect exports. but now it seems some are having a change of heart, buoyed by the prospect of one—off trade deals with countries like india, where they currently face tariffs of 150%. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith has the story. the barley, the water and the weather make islay malt unique, and on this small island, whisky is very big business. almost 90% of scotland's amber liquor is exported overseas, so brexit will certainly be felt here. small distilleries, like kilchoman, don't want to lose the protected status for scotch whisky offered by eu law, and they worry about the bureaucracy that leaving the single market might entail. whereas it was very easy to export into europe,
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it's now going to be a little more difficult. certainly for smaller companies, i think, that will have an impact, because of the amount of people we have to comply with all the new regulations. many of the island's distilleries are owned by big firms that supported remaining inside the eu, but they're now eyeing up the opportunities brexit could bring. the whisky industry is hoping to expand sales in countries outside the eu, countries like india, for instance, which currently slaps a whopping great 150% tariff on scotch. if a new bilateral trade deal could eliminate or slash those tariffs, sales would increase enormously. the uk government can't guarantee tariff free trade, but say there is now the opportunity to try. as part of this new arrangement in a post—eu world, where we are negotiating the terms, we're not bound in by eu terms, we're able to negotiate our own terms, getting the right deal for the whisky industry is one of our priorities.
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scotch whisky is a valuable product. contributing about £5 billion a year to the uk economy, supporting 30,000 jobs and making many drinkers happy. it's an industry that first feared brexit, and now hopes to make it work for them. once we leave the eu, we would be the uk negotiating free—trade deals, rather than a block, and so that simplifies the negotiations to a degree. so yes, we hope that it will be easierfor the uk to negotiate a free trade deal with, for example, india. the economy of islay runs on whisky, much of scotland's economy relies on this water of life, and they‘ re now looking beyond the shores of europe, to try and make the best of brexit. sarah smith, bbc news, islay. the actor robert lane has died, he
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was most famous for portraying winston churchill and cornelius fudge in the harry potterfilms. the archbishop of canterbury has been trying to find common ground on the refugee crisis in south sudan. 0ur the refugee crisis in south sudan. our home affairs correspondent reports. above the lush plains of uganda, two archbishops are on a mission, heading north toward refugee camps on the border with south sudan. the welcome they receive in moyo is rapturous. but the conditions are horrendous. may i come in? thank you. the whole family sleeps here. it's very, very tough. it's horrible.
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there are nearly a million south sudanese living in camps like this after fleeing a brutal civil war, with many families rushing to the border carrying only their children. while the archbishops are of one mind in their support for these refugees, there is another issue about which they are deeply divided, and it concerns not one country in one continent, but the entire unity of the anglican communion. your grace, shouldn't you be in the middle? stanley ntagali, a conservative evangelical, walked out of a global gathering of bishops last year after the american episcopal church voted to endorse same—sex marriage. he says the bible teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that the growing ugandan church will not remain in fellowship with those who support same—sex unions. you have been invited to the primates' meeting in october. will you be attending? no.
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why not? i have made it clear i am not attending because of the position the church of uganda holds. and that is that homosexuality is wrong? i thought you wanted to ask about the refugees, but now you are concentrating on that subject. i do not want to continue. that's enough. stanley ntagali says he remains committed to the anglican communion and will not be pulling the ugandan church out. although we have differences of opinion over issues around human sexuality, when we were dealing with refugees, we were exactly on the same page. archbishop justin welby concluded his visit by praying for peace and reconciliation in south sudan, a prayer that he probably repeated privately for the church that he leads. martin bashir, bbc news, in northern uganda. the largest fish market in tokyo has
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been affected by fire, however there are no reports of any injuries. an air france plane carrying more than 330 passengers may have come as close as 100 kilometres to an intercontinental ballistic missile — which was launched by north korea last week. air france is extending its no—fly zone around north korea as a precaution. it's said that you're never to old to rock'n'roll, and a lady in singapore who's affectionately known as grandma mary proves that point. the 81—year—old loves playing the electric guitar, and she's about to take stage for the gig of her life. she's been telling us all about it. i'm mary ho, i'm 81 this year and i'm going to rock at the singapore national day parade. when i play guitar, i'm just my own.
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ifeel so relaxed and beautiful and so happy because i'm learning what i want to. i want to play, it's my passion. i was 16 when i started the guitar. i bought an acoustic guitar and learnt by myself. then i started to learn the electric guitar when i was about 65. it was very difficult for me because, as i said, i can't read notes and i have no experience in holding guitars and all that. i practise and practice and make it good and perfect, until my hand bled.
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so for several days i can't play because i got all the bandage. finally, when it healed, i started playing again. this tune is completely new to me and i did put in quite a lot of work on it, but i tell myself that i'm well prepared and i'm going to put on a good show. now to china and a record breaking panda.
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this is haizi. she's just had twins which is something worth celebrating at any time. but haizi's 23, and that makes her the oldest ever to give birth. now before we go, we want to bring you some remarkable pictures of a rather young looking dinosaur that is actually 110 million years old, and has finally been given a name. the creature, with fossilized skin and scales, was found in a mine pit in canada in 2011. it's been dubbed the borealopelta mark mitchelli after the museum technician mark mitchell who spent 7,000 painstaking hours removing rock from around the specimen. 0ne scientist even called it the ‘mona lisa of dinosaurs' because of how well
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it's been preserved. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @bbcmikeembley. hello, once again. this sphere is beginning to get a bit overworked. it's been one of those weeks. the reason? that area of low pressure has been thereabouts across the british isles for much of the past week. there are signs of a change, but it's going to be oh so slow. feeling that way across northern scotland from the word go. showers, if not longer spells of rain. that's not the only area. coming away to the opposite end of the country, showers running in up the bristol channel, getting into the northern half of devon and cornwall, up to bristol. another feed coming in from the channel itself, away towards the kent and sussex coasts. further north, some dry weather across the east midlands, east anglia, and the rest of the south—east, but generally speaking, the further north you go, the cloud fills in and some of those showers become ever more persistent. that will be the way of it for a good part of the morning
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across the north—east of scotland. even here, that cloud will begin to break into lunchtime and the early afternoon. and the wind is not as much of a feature across the british isles through friday, as was the case for some of you on thursday. with that combination, less of a breeze, more in the way of sunshine and fewer showers, 22—23. we won't get to those lofty heights and i don't think anyone will shoot another 64 at kingsbarn, in fife. the rain won't be persistent, but it could be heavy at times, as it could be over the eastern borders and the north—east of england. some of those showers in the afternoon quite punchy. through the evening and overnight, keeping the showers going across northern and western parts. you're at your driest perhaps through central and eastern areas. here we are into the weekend. that low pressure now dominant over scandinavia. a little ridge of high pressure trying to settle things down, and it will do across the southern counties of england and wales. but further north, east anglia, lincolnshire, there will be showers again. again, not too much in the way of a breeze, but it will be noticeable. temperatures really nothing spectacular for this time of year. that little ridge of high pressure
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that will have killed off some but not all of the showers and will make for a chilly start to sunday underneath clear skies. which, sadly, will fill in rapidly across western scotland and northern ireland too, with rain here moving in for the afternoon. generally speaking, the further south and east you are, the drier your day will be. eventually, come monday, what is left of that front will gradually stagger its way to the south—eastern quarter of the british isles. this is bbc news. the headlines: police in australia allege that two men accused of planning a terror plot targeted an etihad airways flight. the police say they constructed a device using military grade explosives and had carried out an aborted attempt to take a bomb on to a plane. both men were detained on saturday. there's more pressure on president trump as a grand jury
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is set up to investigate allegations of russian interference in last year's elections. special counsel robert mueller has convened a grand jury in washington — the first step towards bringing possible criminal charges. a british man credited with stopping a huge cyber attack in may which affected computers in more than 150 countries has been arrested in the united states. he was detained as he left a conference for hackers in las vegas. marcus hutchins is facing unrelated charges involving banking malware. it's time now for hardtalk.
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