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this is bbc news. i'm alpa patel. our top stories: venezuela swears in its new constituent assembly despite widespread opposition at home and abroad. cracking down. the us attorney general charges four people over lea ks of classified government information. we will investigate and seek to bring criminals tojustice. we will not allow criminals with security clearance to sell out our country. a british computer expert appears in a us court on charges of creating software to steal bank details. heatwave health warnings as parts of europe experience the most extreme temperatures in more than a decade. and the world's most expensive footballer signs for paris saint—germain, but a hitch with the paperwork means neymar can't make his debut on saturday. welcome to the programme.
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a controversial new assembly that has the power to re—write venezuela's constitution has held its first session despite fierce criticism from many quarters. a close ally of president nicolas maduro was sworn in as head of the new body, a move denounced by the opposition. katy watson reports from caracas. outside the parliament building, you'd never guess this was a country in crisis. hugo chavez's face and influence is neverfar away, but today it was about his successor. president maduro, who has remained
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defiant despite the criticism heaped upon him about what many have called a fraudulent election. "criticism has always been here", she tells me. "but the people have been on the street 18 years, first supporting hugo chavez and now president maduro, who was legitimately elected by us." this new assembly will have the powers to rewrite the constitution. there's little detail as to what that means in practice. but the new president gave a hint of what was to come. translation: we've not come to destroy the constitution. she added they wanted to remove obstacles from the government's path. the assembly has been justified as the only way to bring peace to the country after months of often violent protest, but earlier on friday the pope warned it would only encourage a climate of tension, not reconciliation.
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on the other side of town it was another world. no government supporters here. instead, several opposition rallies bringing people together to protest what they say is an undemocratic government. i don't want to live in a dictatorship and we are in a dictatorship. my work is travelling all over the country and i can see how this country has been destroyed by this government. protesters called for new venezuela, for unity. while there's a deflated opposition, they say they aren't giving up. translation: defeated? that isn't in my vocabulary. i was a political prisoner for a year without having committed a crime. i've seen with my own eyes how people are in venezuela. human beings who all they dreamed
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of was a different country. the feeling here today is different to what we saw last week with roadblocks, confrontations between police and protesters, but what people here are saying today is they will continue to protest peacefully and what is needed most is patience. katy watson, bbc news, in caracas. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the united states has given formal notice to the un that it intends to pull out of the paris climate agreement following president trump's decision to do so injune. the state department said the us would continue to participate in climate change meetings until the withdrawal process was completed. the un security council will vote on a new draft resolution on saturday proposing tougher sanctions on north korea. it follows pyongyang's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests in july. the resolution, drafted by the united states, aims to impact
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the country's exports. to pass it needs support from all nine members of the security council, including russia and china. there have been celebrations in rwanda after results indicated that incumbent paul kagame was on course to win the presidential election with a landslide. with 80% of the votes counted, the electoral commission said he's secured 98.6% of the vote so far. supporters say he's brought stability after the horrors of the 1994 genocide. but his critics say he has ruled through fear. a former executive of the german car company, volkswagen, has pleaded guilty in court in detroit to conspiring to mislead us regulators about diesel emissions. oliver schmidt faces up to seven years in jail. he's the second former vw employee to admit his role in the scandal. the us attorney general,
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jeff sessions, has announced a major drive against what he called an explosive increase in leaks of classified government information under president trump. four people have already been charged and mr sessions said he would not hesitate to order more prosecutions. here's our north america editor, jon sopel. donald j trump! donald trump is never happier than when he is out of washington. this is where he belongs. an adoring crowd in west virginia, the problems of russia, collusion, special counsels and grand juries a long way from these country roads. have you seen any russians in west virginia or ohio or pennsylvania?
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are there any russians here tonight? any russians? the russia story is a totalfabrication. it's just an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of american politics, that's all it is. he didn't mention the special counsel by name but had him in this sights when he said this. counsel by name but had him in this sights when he said thislj counsel by name but had him in this sights when he said this. ijust hope the final determination is a truly honest one. a grand jury is made up of members of the public meeting behind closed doors to consider the evidence that has been gathered. they can force people to testify or to hand over evidence. they'll decide whether the material is strong enough to proceed to a criminal trial. but crucially, they don't decide if a potential defendant is innocent or guilty. that's done by a conventionaljury. of course, it may be that the grand jury meeting at this courthouse will come to the conclusion that the evidence doesn't add up to much
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and there's no need for further action. but the fact that a grand jury has been called is a sign that this investigation is intensifying and will last a good deal longer yet. and the other worry for the trump entourage is that the scope of the inquiry will spread as well. that is a source of fury. another is the endless damaging and revealing leaks from within the administration. and today the attorney general announced a new crackdown. this nation must end this culture of lea ks. we will investigate and seek to bring criminals tojustice. we will not allow rogue anonymous sources with security clearances to sell out our country. he's been under tremendous pressure. the president last week humiliated his attorney general, calling him very weak. this was much more muscular, with an attack on the media, too. we respect the important role that the press plays and we'll give them respect, but it is not unlimited.
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they cannot place lives at risk with impunity. the president today visited fema, the federal emergency centre, to look at plans for dealing with hurricanes. it is hurricane season. and then he was off on his holidays, two weeks at one of his golf resorts in newjersey and hoping that a storm whipped up by the grand jury does not barrel down on him. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. the irish prime minister, leo varadkar, has called for "unique solutions" to preserve the relationship between the uk and the european union after brexit. during his first official visit to northern ireland, mr va radkar raised concerns that the irish border could become a barrier to free trade and commerce. our ireland correspondent chris buckler reports. leo varadkar crossed the irish borderfor the first time as ireland's prime minister
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to set out his concerns about what could happen to it after brexit. he arrived in belfast having upset unionists with recent comments about brexiteers. but, inside queen's university today, the new taoiseach was keen to talk about solutions, not divisions. at a time when brexit threatens to drive a wedge between north and south, between britain and ireland, we need to build more bridges and fewer borders. he is a taoiseach of a new generation. the referendum over the good friday peace agreement marked the first time he was eligible to vote. he said the challenge of this generation is brexit, and again he challenged those he called the brexiteers to come up with proposals to ease the problems posed by new borders. they have already had 14 months to do so, which should have been ample time to come up with detailed proposals. but, if they cannot, and i believe they cannot, then we can start to talk meaningfully about solutions which might work for all of us.
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for example, if the united kingdom doesn't want to stay in the customs union, perhaps there can be an eu—uk customs union instead. after all, the european union has a customs union with turkey. in all the potential solutions that leo varadkar put forward for this border, there was a common theme. free movement for people, goods and services. but will that be possible, particularly if it turns out to be what many call a hard brexit? there's going to be some form of border, because the uk will not want people sort of coming into ireland, the south of ireland, and using it as a sort of gateway into the uk itself. ever since before, you know, i'm too young, i didn't see the border, but i can imagine that it won't be good. when people talk about the irish border of the past, they tend to refer to the years of the troubles, when huge security was needed along these roads. that's not the case any more.
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this is actually the dividing line between the countries, not that you'd notice. northern ireland's biggest party, the dup, campaigned for brexit. but they believe these roads can remain completely open. there is no binary solution to these things, and actually pejorative language like "hard brexiteers" doesn't really work for anybody. brexit has led to a lot of divisive language in stormont, where the main parties still can't agree a deal to restore power—sharing. the dup are very disrespectful about the vote in the north. the majority of people here, we say it loud and clear, the majority of people voted against brexit. on this shared island, leo varadkar knows there are many shared interests, and the final details of the deal that sees the uk leave the eu will be important on both sides of this border. chris buckler, bbc news, belfast.
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a british computer expert has appeared before a judge in las vegas, charged with creating software to steal bank details. prosecutors said 23—year—old marcus hutchins had admitted writing and selling the malware code, but his lawyer said his client denied all the charges against him. let's get more details now from our correspondent james cook, who's outside the courthouse in las vegas. james, you were in court, what was said? well, this was supposed to be a relatively brief procedural hearing but actually they went on for a reasonable amount of time as both sides, the government side and the defence lawyer, debated and discussed with the judge weather or not marcus hutchins should be released on bail, albeit under some pretty stringent conditions. the government lawyer did not want him to be released, arguing he could pose a risk to the public and also a
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flight pose a risk to the public and also a flight risk. that was dismissed by thejudge, she flight risk. that was dismissed by the judge, she didn't flight risk. that was dismissed by thejudge, she didn't seem particularly impressed at all by the idea he posed a risk to the public, and she agreed he could be released on bail pending a number of conditions, among them that he surrender this passport, a british passport, and the subject himself to gps monitoring and also that he posed a bale of 30,000 us dollars, a bond to have him released, a surety. u nfortu nately for bond to have him released, a surety. unfortunately for him there was a big scramble after that at the end of the day on friday and he didn't manage to get the muggy posted in time so we he will have to spend the weekend in custody in jail and the earliest he can now be released is monday —— monique. earliest he can now be released is monday -- monique. there's a lot of interest in this man partly because he helped to crack this massive cyber attack a few months ago. can you tell us more about that?” cyber attack a few months ago. can you tell us more about that? i think that's the main reason that there's interest all over the world because he was regarded, perhaps still is regarded by some people, by many
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people, as something of a hero. he likes to surf, they call him the who saves the world because he inadvertently cracked, because he set out to investigate this bug that was causing problems in the british national health service and also spreading to about 150 other countries around the world, and he basically managed to stop the spread of the bug long enough for people to put in counter measures so the damage was not nearly as serious as it could have been. it's possible he saved the lives. for many people he is something of a folk hero, especially people in the cyber security industry and he was attending a cyber security conference in vegas and lots of friends and colleagues there say they don't think the charges are realistic and they don't think the fbi understands the nature of what he was doing online and he thinks this will jeopardise he was doing online and he thinks this willjeopardise cooperation between hackers and the government, which they say is necessary to
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secure the internet. as for the united states' position in this, their position is that he has broken their position is that he has broken the law and that he should be tried in wisconsin for doing so. james cook from las vegas, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: we meet the baker with a lot at stake. can he pull it off and win the marathon at this year's world athletics championships? 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 2am 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.
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no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be 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: venezuela has sworn in a new constituent assembly despite widespread opposition at home and abroad. america's attorney general has begun a crackdown on leaks of classified information from the white house — four people have been arrested so far. neymar has become the most expensive
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footballer in the history of the game. after days of talks, the brazilian striker has finally completed his record $263—million transfer deal with paris saint—germain. the 25—year—old hoped to make his debut with the club on saturday — although that won't be possible because a mix—up over paperwork. neymar told the bbc‘s richard conway, his move from barcelona was for a new, bigger challenge — not for the money. neymar, finally in paris with a ball and the world at his feet. at £200 million, his transfer from barcelona is a world record deal. and when his wages are included, the final bill will be close to £500 million. but, speaking to me today, the brazilian star insists he has followed his heart, not his wallet. lots of people are saying that perhaps you are doing this for the money, that that is your motivation. what do you say to that?
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translation: i didn't come over here for the money. i came here for the motivation of the challenge and the challenges. on the champs—elysees this morning, fans were happy to part with their cash. hundreds of them queued for hours to buy the new neymar shirt. the club is backed by the country of qatar's vast wealth. but its president thinks he has bagged a bargain. i would love to see, you know, in one year, and then, unannounced visitors much or not. today, until now, just in five hours, we sold already merchandise, like half a million euros, and this is just for a couple of hours. nice little bit of skill from neymar! neymar has been a star for both club and country from a young age but critics of this megadeal point to the vast sums involved and there are questions, too, over whether he is merely a pawn in qatar's efforts to spread its influence across the globe. the man at the centre of it all,
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though, insists he's simply here to win. what will be success to you at this club? the champions league? a ballon d'or, the fifa best award? how would you say, "i have made it here, i have delivered"? translation: i want everything. the titles. that's. . .i came over here to make history. psg want neymar to spark a new sporting revolution for them. and, leaving the stadium tonight, he was greeted by fans as their new king. job figures in the us have been released and they are better than expected. the unemployment rate is 4.3%, that's the lowest since 2001. and president trump is happy about it. he tweeted: so, that's what president
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trump is claiming, butjust how good are these jobs numbers and can president trump take any of the credit? let's do a reality check. in terms of the numbers ofjobs created, the us economy saw 209,000 newjobs injuly. that brings the total number ofjobs created since trump's inauguration to more than a million, a nice milestone for a president who has always promised to bring jobs back to america. but, and it's quite a big but, there's nothing particularly special about the number ofjobs being put on. the average monthly increase so far this year has been 184,000. whereas the average for 2016 under president obama was 187,000 newjobs. and the year before that, the monthly average was a healthy 226,000 newjobs the bbc‘s samira hussain is in new york. so right now what we are seeing
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is in the last month there has been a lot more hiring happening in the hospitality sector. places like restaurants, that signals that people are visiting the us and going out more and spending money, and that is really good. we have also seen that there is a lot more hiring happening at the business level, and that is also signalling something quite positive for the us economy. of course the question is, president trump is tweeting a lot about these jobs numbers, and so how much credit can he really take for what is happening on the us labour market? one point of comparison i can offer is that look, if you look at the depths of the financial crisis, when president obama was in the white house, we saw the unemployment rate was at 10%. fast forward to president obama's last days in office injanuary, and the unemployment rate had fallen to 4.8%.
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now we see the unemployment rate has fallen another 0.5%. there are some people who can make the argument that it is really president obama's policies that have really pushed the labour market to the healthy levels we are seeing right now. mo farah has won a gold medal in the 10,000 metres at the start mo farah and usain bolt aren't the only ones bowing out this week. 39—year—old anurada cooray is competing in his third world games, but holding down a full time job in a bakery shop, and being a single parent is proving too much. brennan nicholls has been to meet him. it is not where you are likely to find the likes of usain bolt or mo farah after training. but sri lankan marathon runner anurda cooray has no choice. he has to do a0 hours a week running around
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greg's the bakers. i wish i canjust training and marathon training, but life is like that. i have to work hard to help my family. the 39—year—old is also a single parent to six—year—old twins. as a three—time olympian, he qualified for these world championships in london thanks to his results at the rio olympics last year. like bolt and farah, he seems set to call time on his career. i have done everything, three olympics and this is my third championship, the same, i did the asian games three times and the south asian games, i have won gold medals, things like that. and i want my very end, i am just happy to end like this. anurada cooray is packing his bags for what he believes will be the last time in a shrilling contest. after london 2012, greg sponsored him through the olympic games and if he can find that kind of support again he could make it through to the 2020
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olympics. 120 miles a week, i am running, i am training. i don't have the strength any more in my legs, and if i go one year to training properly, i can run really good times, same time, i can qualify for the tokyo olympics. four laps around london is his last outing, calling time on a distinguished intellectual —— international career. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm at @alpapatel. for now, that's it from me and the team, goodbye for now. whatever you have in mind this
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particular weekend, be it some rest, some play orfor somejust particular weekend, be it some rest, some play or for some just more work, you are going to have to keep a close eye on the weather front, because there is an excellent offer. it is not a write—off, many will think some sunshine at some point but in that mix, there is some heavy showers and longer spells of rain and it will continue disappointingly cool and it will continue disappointingly cool, though the weekend is not start of a cold—blooded, temperatures in double figures in many areas. but from the word go we will have some heavy showers and thunderstorms initially in wales, and then buy around the middle of the day we are off to the midlands and then pushing towards east anglia and then pushing towards east anglia and then pushing towards east anglia and the south—east. just about missing the south—west i would have thought, further north, you have your own crop of heavy showers across the south—eastern quarter of scotla nd across the south—eastern quarter of scotland into the borders, the eastern side of northern ireland as well, elsewhere there is arial amounts of loud —— various amounts
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of cloud, some sunshine in that mix as well. having that rather tempestuous start of the day, there will be a few showers through the midlands and into wales, all the while the southern counties, particular in the south—west get away with fewer showers, but they will be there to be had especially as the pulse of heavy showers moves on through the south—east, and could affect the world championships, at the evening events more likely to be dry. this ridge of high pressure comes through during the course of the night into the first part of sunday, underneath that showers quit the scene for the most part, the skies begin to clear and it ends up being really rather chilly, especially in the countryside, to the time of year. for many of you that equates to a really dry, bright start, certainly in central and eastern areas more of this towards the west, another area of cloud, wind and rain, and julie working its way through northern ireland, across the north channel into central and western parts of scotland and there
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will be the odd driven drought into the north of england and the western side of wales coming towards the west midlands. all of which is quite a long way away come from the community shield, arsenal taking on chelsea, that event should be fine and dry, increasingly cloudy and fine in dry for the most part. what news of the start of next week? low pressure yet again as was the case this week, into tuesday, we see these weather front is just a working their way down across the country and the isobars running from north to south, though no heat wave, and if you are looking for settled weather for the holidays, and if you are looking for settled weatherfor the holidays, look away now. this is bbc news, the headlines: the government of venezuela has inaugurated a controversial constituent assembly, despite fierce criticism at home and abroad. in the several cities, crowds gathered to protest against what they considered to be a creeping dictatorship, that's stifling the voice of the opposition. the us attorney general, jeff sessions, has announced a major drive against what he called
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an explosive increase in leaks of classified government information under president trump. four people have already been charged and mr sessions said he would not hesitate to order more prosecutions. a british computer expert has appeared in court in the united states charged with creating software to steal bank details. prosecutors in a las vegas court say mark hutchins had admitted writing and selling malware code. now on bbc news it's time for click.
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