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hello, i'm nuala mcgovern. this is outside source. the widow of a dead american soldier says president trump couldn't remember her husband's name when he phoned to offer condolences. donald trump disputes the account. he made me cry, because i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. he couldn't remember my husband's name. bangladesh tells the un it now hosts nearlyi million rohingya refugees, and says the wave of migrants from myanmar shows no signs of stopping. we have the extraordinary story of an fbi agent who infiltrated an al-qaeda—linked cell to prevent the bombing of a new york railway line. and a major warning from scientists that rising carbon dioxide levels are threatening all sea life around the world. welcome to outside source.
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now to the latest development in the dispute about a condolence call us president donald trump made to the wife of a fallen solider. sergeant la david johnson was one of four us soldiers killed in action in niger. last tuesday, democrat congresswoman frederica wilson said mr trump told his widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for", and did not seem to know his name. mr trump said that was untrue. today, the sergeant‘s wife, myeshia johnson, corroborated the congresswoman‘s account, saying the president seemed unable to even remember her husband's name. yes, the president said that he knew
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what he signed up for, but it hurts anyway. and it made me cry, because i was very angry at the tone of his voice and how he said it. he couldn't remember my husband's name. the only way he remembered it was because he told me he had my husband report in front of him, and that's when he actually said la david. i heard him stumbling while trying to remember my husband's name, and that's what's hurting me the most. if my husband is out there fighting for our country, and he risks his life for our country, he should remember his name. shortly after that interview had aired, mr trump responded: since then, the hashtag #myeshiajohnson is trending on twitter, showing this is not going away anytime soon. let me bring in laura bicker, who is
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in washington, dc. she is following developments. this doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down. last week, when the row was with the congresswoman federico ricca it seemed it was political. it was a democratic congresswoman against the president of the united states, a republican. now it seems personal. you have the widow of a fallen soldier who felt she had to go on national television to recall the condolence call that she had from the president, and then straight afterwards you have a tweet from president trump. it goes to the heart of a problem that critics have talked about in the white house for many months, that there is a credibility issue with the trump administration. even during press
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conferences, president trump himself is often fact checked. he will go an twitter if anybody has a problem and criticises him, describing it as fa ke criticises him, describing it as fake news. even in a fox news interview at the weekend, he said, if somebody criticised him, he was an twitter and it's dealt with. that's one thing when it's against news organisations or politicians, but this is about widow of a fallen soldier, a 25—year—old sergent in the green berries, he had his wife's name and the two children tattooed on his arm, and myeshia johnson is due to give birth injanuary. if you look at the emotion from her and the president's response, it's a no—win situation for the white house. the other thing i was struck by when i looked at hashtag was how vitriolic and along political lines this discussion seems to be going. why do you think there is such interest or vitriol when it comes to this
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affair? first of all, you've had in the last few weeks the president urging nfl players to stand for fallen soldiers, because he said they deserve respect. and then there is now this condolence call, where he seems to have, if you believe the account of the wife and the congresswoman, to have been, in their words, congresswoman, to have been, in theirwords, inappropriate, congresswoman, to have been, in their words, inappropriate, made congresswoman, to have been, in theirwords, inappropriate, made her cry even more. secondly, it comes down to the issue of race. this is an african—american family. president trump's comments after cha rlottesville president trump's comments after charlottesville were poured over and, when it comes to the issue of race, it comes down to the fact that many people believe this is a white house that has not done well when it comes to this issue. it's not shown african—americans comes to this issue. it's not shown african—america ns they deserve respect he is an african—american fallen soldier and president trump has been accused of not dealing with his wife with respect. we will see where that goes in the next 2a
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hours. a special un conference to raise funds for rohingya muslims has so far secured pledges worth £340 million. rohingya muslims have been flooding into bangladesh from neighbouring myanmar‘s rakhine state. nearly a million refugees have arrived in bangladesh, many arriving into camps in cox's bazar. myanmar‘s government says it was responding to attacks by muslim insurgents, but the un and others have said the response was disproportionate. here's the un high commissioner for refugees. bangladesh and myanmar have started talks on repatriation. that must be
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in voluntary, save and dignified return, it must be the solution to the crisis. discussions have started, and we hope to hear that they are making progress. of course, in orderfor that to they are making progress. of course, in order for that to really happen, conditions have to be recreated in the state they have come from for the state they have come from for the refugees to return. whether that will happen any time soon is anyone's guess. the bangladesh ambassador to the un called the situation untenable, and tension remains high on both sides. we are continuing to exercise utmost restraint in the face of violence. on her part, myanmar should realise there is no take—up for her malicious propaganda, rejecting rohingyas is illegal immigrant from bangladesh. this remains a stumbling block. let's hear more from imogen foulkes,
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who has been following events from geneva. it's been quite successful for the geneva. it's been quite successful forthe un, geneva. it's been quite successful for the un, over $340 million have been pledged so far, and it's all for rohingya refugees in bangladesh, who are crammed into overcrowded, makeshift camps on marshy ground. one aid worker told me that they are putting tent poles right at the waters edge. one rainstorm will wash everything away. a staggering number of people, 600,000, have arrived just since the end of august, joining 300,000 who were already there from earlier outbreaks of violence in that state in myanmar. tens of thousands still supposed to be at the border, waiting to cross. so it's really a massive and massively urgent humanitarian
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catastrophe, and the money that's been pledged, as long as it arrives very, very quickly, it will really help. but what was also revealed here at the un in geneva today are serious worries about the long—term. we heard bangladesh's ambassador demand that myanmar take these rohingya muslims back, that they should be granted citizenship. let's not forget, myanmar regards them as not forget, myanmar regards them as not citizens, even though they have been living in myanmar, many of them for generations. so there are tensions now between these neighbours, particularly as bangladesh is struggling to cope with so many refugees. we also heard senior un officials thanking donors for the money that has been pledged, but warning that they could be asking donor countries back here to geneva in a few months for more, because this is viewed as a long—term crisis, because, unless
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myanmar agrees to allow the rohingya muslims back to the very villages they fled, many of which appear to have been raised to the ground, they have been raised to the ground, they have nowhere to go. stay with us on outside source. still to come: the british prime minister updates parliament after her meeting with eu leaders. we'll be live in westminster. the financial conduct authority has said it may take further action over the way royal bank of scotland treated some small business customers. the watchdog published an interim report into the unit set up by the bank to help struggling companies, and said it is still investigating. it pointed to some failings at rbs, but said it hadn't engaged in systematic inappropriate treatment of customers. the ceo of rbs, ross mcewan, admits mistakes were made. we did not get right how we handled
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customers, how we moved them into the restructuring group at the time, how we actually put charges onto them that they were not aware of. we didn't describe them at all well. they were complex in their nature, and there was no complaints process. those are the things that i absolutely apologise for, we didn't live up to the standards this organisation should have done on behalf of customers. this is outside source, live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story: the widow of a dead american soldier says president trump couldn't remember her husband's name when he phoned to offer condolences. donald trump disputes the account given. let's have a look at other stories the bbc language services are covering. a man has forced his way into the newsroom of russia's most high—profile independent radio station, stabbing one of its presenters in the neck with a knife. the unidentified intruder, who's been arrested, attacked tatyana felgenhauer — one of echo moskvy‘s
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senior presenters. she is now in a medically—induced coma and on artificial ventilation following surgery. that story on bbc russian. the lives of palestinian conjoined twins are at risk unless they can leave gaza. doctors say the condition of the baby girls cannot be dealt with in the territory, which is under blockade by israel and egypt. that story is on bbc persian. we have followed this closely. authorities in catalonia say they won't follow orders from the spanish government if madrid moves to take back control over the region. it's after prime minister mariano rajoy set out plans to sack the region's government, which is led by carles puigdemont. take a look at this. earlier today, catalan ministers met for crisis talks in barcelona, ahead of a full meeting of the catalan parliament on thursday. ahead of that important session, the spanish government have said
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once again that any declaration of independence will be met with direct rule from madrid. translation: if, at the end, we see at thursday's plena recession that there is a temptation by the pro—independence parties to carry out a unilateral declaration of independence, this will make it clear to us as a parliamentary group, and the government of spain asa managing group, and the government of spain as a managing body, that we must act accordingly. but catalan leaders have reiterated they will not accept madrid reasserting control over the region. here's what one had to say to bbc radio 4's today programme this morning. how can the european union live with that situation? how can the eu
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survived, and it's incredible that they allowed this to happen. what i can tell you is that the people in catalonia will not let this happen. so how are things likely to play out later this week? a short while ago, the bbc‘s bethany bell sent this report from barcelona. they are keeping their cards close to their chest at the moment. i've been speaking to pro—catalan independence politicians, and one of them i asked specifically, are you going to call for a vote on that unilateral declaration of independence at the next meeting of the catalan parliament? he said, we have the legitimacy and the mandate to do so, but he would not be drawn on whether they will do it. at the moment, a lot of discussions going on as to the strategy of the catalan regional government, questions about whether carles puigdemont should go
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to madrid to address the senate, which has been invited to do, and exactly how this will play out, but we are waiting to see just what will happen in that session of the regional parliament on thursday. a major warning from scientists, that rising carbon dioxide levels are threatening all sea life around the world. it comes after an eight—year study involving hundreds of scientists from all over the world. they blame modern industrial society, climate change, pollution, coastal development, agricultural fertilisers, that make fossil fuels heavy in carbon dioxide that dissolve in sea water. that's what you can see in action here. these carbon dioxide bubbles lower the ph of the sea water, making healthy coral go from this to this. this will hit infant marine life and the cod population the hardest.
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the bbc‘s environment analyst roger harriban looked into this. this study, by far the biggest of its kind that i have seen, projects that, even if we keep temperature rises below what the un has pledged to, the un —— the un world leaders say they are trying to keep temperature is below 2 degrees and aim fori.5 degrees, temperature is below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees, the guys behind this report say that, even if we limit it to1.2 this report say that, even if we limit it to 1.2 degrees, it looks like half of coral reefs would be compromised with that level of co2. they have done lots of trials and they had that beautiful underwater garden, where they are growing baby corals, and they are very confident that the baby corals react extremely badly to an increase in acidity.
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that is why they are so confident about those findings. there is uncertainty about other things. with all species, they are not sure how things will pan out. cod, for instance, we are talking about that being cut to a quarter, because they can't survive during the early stages of their infancy. seaweed will do better, and so much other fish. but scientists are certain that the whole food web will shift, and they don't know where to. we've also got climate change and overfishing and pollution and plastics. they don't know what the final result of all these stresses on the oceans will be. these guys are warning that ocean acidification, the timescale looks even tighter than on climate change. the latest news of brexit talks, and the british prime minister has updated the parliament on her how latest meeting with eu leaders went. let's ta ke
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let's take a listen. i am ambitious and positive about britain's future and positive about britain's future and these negotiations. if we are going to take a step forward together, it must be on the basis of joint effort and endeavour between the uk and eu, but i believe that by approaching these negotiations in a constructive way, in a spirit of friendship and corporation, we can and will deliver the best possible outcome that works for all our people, and that belief was shared by other european leaders. that is theresa may. but german paper frankfurter allgemeine had another take. it pushed an article, seemingly written from the perspective of eu officials, saying mrs may had "begged for help" and appeared seemingly "anxious, despondent and disheartened". the eu denies this. nothing is true in all this. i had an excellent working dinner with
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theresa may. she was in good shape. she was not tired, she was fighting, as is her duty, so everything for me was ok. she didn't plead with you for help us to mock no, that isn't the style of british prime ministers. let's recap what happened last week when the 27 eu leaders met in brussels to discuss how to unblock the stalling negotiations over separation issues. by friday, all agreed that, although not enough progress had been made, they would start internal preparations for starting up talks for a new trade deal with the uk. so what is the reaction at home from british politicians? let's cross to chris mason in westminster. good to have you with us. how was what she said received in parliament? there has been plenty of chat at westminster about the story you were talking about, the business of this leak to the german
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newspaper, and the whodunnit question that's been asked. very striking, erin jean—claude juncker say that it isn't in the style of british prime ministers to plead with the eu, a reflection you often hear from brussels, with the eu, a reflection you often hearfrom brussels, going back a generation, britain has often been seen as a belligerent and awkward member of the european club. in terms of the reaction, i think mps ended up in the tram tracks of what was already their pre—existing view. some were joyous about brexit, but will want to hear further information. others are very nervous about it, desperate to hear further information. and then there is the inevitable reality of these grinding negotiations, where new information tends to sort of dribble out, rather than coming out in a gushing torrent of news. so what is next in these talks? are they on track? it's a difficult question to answer,
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because it's unprecedented full no other country has left the eu before. there was frustration on both sides, a deadline was missed last week, there had been a hope from some talking about the future and trade would already be on the table, as opposed talking about the divorce. but it was expected that last week's deadline would be bust. what is really big politically is whether or not the uk can clear the european union hurdle of making sufficient progress on the divorce issues by december to be able to move on then, and that matters, because the prime minister has said she is optimistic that can happen, so if it doesn't, critics will say she is misjudging her own ability to negotiate, but secondly, remember that there isn't much time. the uk is going to leave the eu at the end of march 2019, is negotiating with a clu b of march 2019, is negotiating with a club of 27 sovereign states takes
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time, so it might appear a long way off, march of the year after next but, in the language and timescale of this, it's about two minutes away. now, let's take a look at today's business news. markets have reacted positively to the news that shinzo abe will serve another term as japan's prime minister. the nikkei closed higher at the end of the asian trading session and japan's main stock market is now at a 21—year record high. mr abe is in the process of a landmark programme of economic reforms, but some experts say that these still need more time to come into effect. it will take a long time. structural transitions usually take a long time, because it has to be associated with societal context and associated with societal context and a lot of back—up from that arena. i think what shinzo abe is waiting for is continuous feel—good factor to flow in through the first two areas, particularly with the highest level
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of profit that these exporters making. that should be flowing in to increase wages, which hasn't happened. that's another reason why private consumption has not boomed. for the opposition, the whole party was saying they will tax more on cash reserves by the corporate, which is totally a reverse policy. what the government has to do is start inducing entrepreneurship. we have a lot of invention and innovation within the company, but we need to have new, open type of innovation, that type of entrepreneurs that should be popping up, and unfortunately the trend is going otherwise, even for younger generations like college students. former hsbc banker markjohnson — seen on the right here — has been found guilty of fraud by a us court. back injuly of last year, the ex—currency trader was arrested by federal agents as he attempted to board a plane back to the united kingdom. let's get more on this. samira hussainjoins us from new york. good to have you back with us. give
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us some more good to have you back with us. give us some more context about this story. i remember people work grips with it at the time. guests, and i think it was because of this spectacular way he was taken off the plane atjfk airport. the central character in this story really is currency manipulation. that was the crime. what happened was that an oil and gas company listed in the uk had $3.5 billion that they wanted to convert to sterling, and they had selected hsbc to make the transaction. what mrjohnson and another colleague did is they bought up another colleague did is they bought upa lot another colleague did is they bought up a lot of sterling in advance of that sale to really drive up the value of the currency. and ultimately they made about $8 million for the bank. it was the jewellery this time, right? they
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heard some strong evidence in the case. we only have 30 seconds. —— it was the jury. case. we only have 30 seconds. —— it was thejury. it case. we only have 30 seconds. —— it was the jury. it also ensured de—centred on tape—recorded interviews in which he was alleged to have used sentences like, my watch is off, and, i think we've got away with it. there is more on that story as well if you want to find it on our website or the news app. you can find all of the business news as well as some of the other stories we've been following. we have another half an hour to come. i hope you will stay with us. find us online with the hashtag bbc os. hello. it's the time of the evening
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to ta ke hello. it's the time of the evening to take a look at what the weather holds elsewhere around the world and, if you've been watching, you may have heard about this typhoon which hits japan late sunday and into monday, and even in highly populated areas we had about 150 millimetres of rain, a lot more in the hills, and ferocious winds. this makes it the most intense storm in the west pacific of the season. we are already looking at one towards the south again. this one moved quickly so, by the time we were into the latter part of monday, it was clearing away from hokkaido, still a sting in its tail with wind and rain, but tuesday looks more settled. still chilly with north—west winds across cockeyed about, for the of tokyo and osaka, there could be some... after the recent rains for eastern china, it is looking drier through tuesday, with slow—moving rains clearing away. quite wet still in bangladesh and myanmar, and heavy showers evident in thailand for the day on
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tuesday. we are looking to the south for another storm, this tropical depression expected to intensify over the next few days and go northwards, maybe close to japan. you can already see it actually on oui’ you can already see it actually on our satellite picture. let's go further south and into australia, where we have had some nasty lightning strikes through the course of monday. they are heading eastwards tied in with an area of low pressure, so i think parts of southern australia, victoria, tasmania, some large and severe storms for tuesday. hopefully that means respite for the likes of syd ney means respite for the likes of sydney and brisbane, but there will be showers for parts of northern queensland. some severe storms forecast across parts, eastern parts of the state on monday and tuesday, even the risk of a tornado with damaging hailand even the risk of a tornado with damaging hail and winds. watch out for the bahamas, because the tail end of that might get some very wet weather. further west, the concern is the dry heat, and we've still got high pressure across california.
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tightly packed isoba rs high pressure across california. tightly packed isobars indicating lively winds. they will be gusty coming down off the mountains, so dry winds. as a result, because they are creating that, temperatures set to rise into the high 30s this week, 100 fahrenheit, well above where they should be at this time of year. this catches the eye in europe, a mass of showers. a lot of heat in the mediterranean, so sparking some nasty storms, gusty winds, and there could be implications, some flash flooding across parts of the balkans, the central mediterranean islands. their top level warnings in place for monday and tuesday, expected to push east into turkey as well the uk forecast is in half an hour. hello, i'm nuala mcgovern, this is outside source. the widow of a dead american soldier says president trump couldn't remember her husband's name when he phoned to offer condolences — donald trump disputes the account. come makes me angry because of his
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tone of voice and he couldn't remember my husband's name. —— tone of voice and he couldn't remember my husband's name. "m made me angry. bangladesh tells the un it now hosts nearly1 million rohingya refugees — and says the wave of migrants from myanmar shows no signs of stopping. we have the extraordinary story of an fbi agent who infiltrated an al-qaida—linked cell to prevent the bombing of a new york railway line.
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