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this is bbc news, i'm ben bland. our top stories: chemical giant monsanto insists its products are safe after a court orders it to payout nearly $300 million to a man who claims its weedkiller caused his cancer. turkey's president erdogan accuses the united states of trying to bring his country to its knees and warns that he'll look for new allies. an airport ground worker dies after stealing and crashing an empty passenger plane in seattle. and we meet the scientists behind a new type of mosquito net that could save thousands from malaria. hello, and welcome to bbc news. the pharmaceutical company bayer says its monsanto weedkillers are safe.
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this follows a court ruling ordering them to pay nearly $290 million in damages to a man who became terminally ill after using them. dewaynejohnson, a school groundsman, alleges his cancer was caused by glyphosate in the herbicides. here's our north america correspondent james cook. for dewaynejohnson the verdict was bittersweet, to say the least. at 46 years old, he is dying of cancer, caused — the jury found — by monsa nto‘s weedkillers. thousands more americans claim they too were sickened by the herbicides and their key ingredient, glyphosate. since the beginning of this case, i've received a lot of support, thank you, and a lot of prayers and everything, just getting energy from a lot of people that i don't even know, you know. i'm glad to be here to help with this situation, after i learned about roundup and glyphosate and everything, i'm glad to be here to be able to help but the cause is way bigger than me. the jury ruled that roundup not only
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causes cancer but that monsanto knew and didn't put a warning on the label. the jury found that roundup presented a substantial danger to users. that is a choice that reflects reckless disregard for human health. it is a choice that monsanto made and today is the day of reckoning. every single cancer risk that has been found had this moment. every single one. where the science finally caught up, where they couldn't bury it any more. but among farmers and scientists, there is disagreement. monsanto and its german owners bayer say it's vital for agriculture. the us firm denies bullying researchers and insists the chemical is safe. it is the most widely used herbicide in the world. it's the most widely studied herbicide in the world. there are over 800 scientific, medical, peer reviewed published studies that demonstrate glyphosate is safe and does not cause cancer. and yet, world health organization
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scientists say glyphosate is probably carcinogenic, while the us and the eu continue to approve its use. this case by no means ends the controversy about the most heavily used herbicide in history. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. monsanto issued a statement after the ruling, in which it said it was "sympathetic to mrjohnson and his family" but it would "continue to vigorously defend this product, which has a ao—year history of safe use". we'll be hearing more about the case from a legal expert
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in just a few minutes. tens of thousands of romanians have ta ken to the streets of bucharest, for a second night running to protest against the government, accusing it of corruption and abuse of power. many of the demonstrators returned from across europe to voice their opposition. they are particularly angry at the government's sacking of an anti—corruption prosecutor. on friday police used batons, tear gas and water cannon to disperse the crowds. the writer vs naipaul has died at the age of 85. raised in trinidad, he studied at oxford and worked for the bbc before becoming a prolific author. he won the nobel prize in
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2001 for them as the award panel put it, works that compel us to see the presence of suppressed histories. he died at his home in london. turkey will look for "new friends and allies" unless washington stops its "unilateralism" and "disrespect. " that is the warning from the turkish president recep tayyip erdogan. his comments follow president trump's doubling of tariffs on metal imports from turkey, a move which helped drive the turkish currency, the lira, to record lows on friday. joe lynam reports. crowds were out in force in northern turkey today in support of their president in this escalating and very public row between two nato allies. this dispute could destabilise the middle east and global markets and today president erdogan did nothing to calm the situation. he told supporters that the economy was not in a crisis nor
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going bankrupt and the fluctuations in the foreign exchange rate were missiles in an economic war waged against turkey. although president erdogan may be standing firm, his currency, the turkish lira was collapsing. it is down 40% so far this year against the us dollar — yesterday alone and it fell by 14%. that could push up prices rapidly for turkish consumers, interest rates might soar and restrictions could be placed on turks withdrawing their own money. this row seems to have come out of nowhere. turkey has held an american pastor, andrew brunson, for two years over suspected but unproven links to the failed coup in 2016. america applied sanctions on senior turkish ministers last week and when turkey refused to release the pastor, president trump doubled us tariffs on turkish steel and aluminium yesterday, in a tweet. while the collapse of the lira spells danger for the turkish economy, british tourists could see the cost of their holiday plunge. turkey has become a popular location since the pound weakened in 2016.
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joe lynam, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. worsening floods in the southern indian state of kerala have now displaced at least 36,000 people, and killed nearly a0. hundreds of relief camps have been set up across the state to accommodate those forced from their homes. several landslides have been reported. a 51—year—old man has appeared in court charged with starting a wildfire in southern california which has forced 21,000 people to flee their homes. forrest clark is accused of arson and other crimes in connection with the fast—moving blaze near lake elsinore in orange county. prosecutors say he intentionally started the fire on monday after a decade—long dispute with neighbours. canadian police have arrested a man after four people were shot dead in the eastern city of fredricton on friday. the 48—year—old man has been
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charged with four counts of first degree murder. two police officers and two civilians were killed in the incident. us authorities are trying to establish why an airline worker stole an empty passenger plane. the aircraft belonging to alaska airlines‘ sister carrier horizon air, took off from the seattle tacoma airport and flew the 76—seater aircraft over seattle. after flying erratically the plane crashed in ketron islands some 80 kilometres south of the airport. the local sheriff's department said it appeared the man was "suicidal". andy moore reports. what the hell? the stolen plane was filmed by shocked witnesses flying low over the islands of puget sound. what is happening right now? ok, but why has it gotjets? it was pursued by at least
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two f—15 military jets. the authorities said those aircraft escorted the plane out of harm's way but were not instrumental in bringing it down. what the hell is this guy doing? whilst he was performing aerobatic manoeuvres, the 29—year—old man at the controls was talking to air traffic control. the man piloting the plane said he would perform a last barrel roll and then call it a night. he crashed into a sparsely populated island, causing this fire. there was the loud boom and i looked at her and said, "what — did they drop a bomb over there?"
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and that really must have been it. 0ur information now is that there was only one person on the plane and that was the person flying the plane. there is no indication that this person who was flying the plane was trying to damage anything or attack anything. that man said himself he was not a qualified pilot, but he had enough knowledge to take a plane and fly it for some time before bringing his journey to an end. andy moore, bbc news. the nobel—prizewinning writer vs naipaul has a memorial march has been taking place in cha rlottesville, virginia, to mark a year since a protestor was killed following clashes that were triggered by a neo—nazi rally in the city. 32—year—old anti—racism campaigner heather heyer died after a suspected white nationalist ploughed his car into a crowd. president trump has tweeted that "the riots in charlottesville resulted in senseless death and division." he said "we must come together as a nation. i condemn all types of racism and acts of violence. peace to all americans." the tweet contrasts to comments he made
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last year which condemned what he called "violence on both sides." scientists working to stop the spread of malaria have developed a new net which could save more than a million lives. the teams from the uk, switzerland and burkino faso have created a new bed net treated with insecticides. they reduce the life span of mosquitoes carrying the disease. a trial of the nets has already reduced the number of children catching malaria in west africa. megan paterson reports. after two decades of decline, malaria rates in some parts of sub—saharan africa are rising. mosquitoes have become resistant to existing insecticides and that is where this new net, treated with different chemicals, will help. it looks like an ordinary net but it's robust, and most importantly contains insecticide inside the fibres. it leeches it out slowly over time, so you can wash this net 20 times, but it still has insecticide on it, it still will protect people against mosquitoes.
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so this is a very sophisticated piece of equipment. it doesn't look it, but it is, and for you that would cost about $2 a net, so it is very cheap. the bed nets have already been tested in burkina faso where they reduced clinical malaria cases by 12% in a group of 2,000 children. we are comparing the old net with the new net, with two active ingredients, and what we show is that the new net works better than the old net. so we've got something which is a potential game changer. it at least gives us a step forward for malaria control. the latest figures from the world health organization found 216 million people were infected with malaria. the biggest number of victims were children under five. the scientists hope these new nets will stop increase of the disease and help in its eradication. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... can a football
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match between north and south korean workers help score peace off the pitch? the big crowds became bigger as the time of the funeral approached. as the lines of fans became longer, the police prepared for a hugejob of crowd control. idi amin, uganda's brutal former dictator, has died at the age of 80. he's been buried in saudi arabia, where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979. two billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. it began itsjourney off
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the coast of canada, ending three hours later, when the sun set over the bay of bengal. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: chemical giant monsanto insists its products are safe after a court orders it to payout nearly $300 million to a man who claims its weedkiller caused his cancer. earlier i spoke with university of seattle law lecturer steven tapia to find out more about the legal ramifications for this landmark ruling. i don't know that there is any way for either party to really sort of speed up the process. unfortunately, litigation has its own path and if m o nsa nto litigation has its own path and if monsanto decides that they want to
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appeal to their very last appeal this could take years before the plaintiff ever sees any kind of funds or any kind of relief. . california has a strong tradition of ten product liability laws are different from state to state. the ability of damages to be granted like this. while this is a significant amount of money in california, between the fact that m o nsa nto california, between the fact that monsanto has 49 otherjurisdictions in the united states alone to be able to retry these issues, as well as the processing california, it is difficult to say that this amount of money is actually real money that will be paid. the company says it
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will be paid. the company says it will appeal. how does that work? essentially, they have to show that the court made some kind of error. whether it is an error of fact or an error of law. in california, there are two state levels of appeal alone each of which could take several yea rs. we each of which could take several years. we could be talking about five or six years before it makes its way to the california supreme court. even if it is nothing more than that court is rubberstamping it and saying there is nothing wrong, it still takes time. monsanto needs to file the appeals and they cost money. it is a standard court litigation tactic to string it out as long as possible. they have hopes that the plaintiff won't have enough to trap all the way to the final litigation. we understand there are thousands of other cases pending. how does this outcome affects them
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and doesn't set a precedent?m could. there are two different ways andi could. there are two different ways and i will try to make this as understandable as possible. firstly, outside of california, you could have persuasive value which means a judge could choose in his or her opinion that there is enough validity in the way the california decision was reached that it could be held to be binding. but it is not a requirement. in california, it is. u nless a requirement. in california, it is. unless this case is overturned, all of the fact that were tried and decided in the california case will be binding on any california litigation against monsanto for this. the other way this could go and it happened with asbestos, there area and it happened with asbestos, there are a two different kinds of legal tactics that are available to litigants in the united states. 0ne isa litigants in the united states. 0ne is a class—action suit and the other is a class—action suit and the other is multi— district litigation. they effectively have the option of rolling all the lawsuits into one big one which is tried as one and if
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the further, later lawsuits are approached either tactic and go either way, this could set the science precedent for that litigation going forward but again, thatis litigation going forward but again, that is a long, long step away and one of the things making it difficult for plaintiffs to do that, they look for identity of damage. they would have to —— there would have to be identical situations and with asbestos, there were a lot of people working in the naval shipyards so the facts were similar from damaged person to damage person. here, with the different in the way that round—up is deployed, it will be difficult to the plaintiff to say they had the same kind of exposure, facts and damage. workers from north and south korea have competed against each other in a football match in seoul. the game aimed to cement ties between their peoples, following a meeting of their political leaders in april. and the game was good natured, as rhodri davies reports. a simple game of football.
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but it's been a while since these neighbours, from north and south korea, went for a kickabout. here in seoul, workers on the north, in red, played counterparts from the south, fulfilling on their three—day trip perhaps every amateur football player's dream, to play in a world cup stadium. the message all around it, "red unification" and the friendly game is part of an objective to improve korean civilian exchanges, born from the leaders' summit in april. while political tensions persist, here there was only sporting goodwill. translation: i hope there will be more events like this, even if they are not organised by the government but rather by civilian groups. i hope we will soon achieve independent unification so the south
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and north can be together. as you can see, i came here to cheer them on. tens of thousands of spectators gave similar messages, this sign reads, "we are one." after six decades of separation, the neighbours were close enough to touch. translation: being able to shake the players‘ hands, so close up, gave me the impression they are so far away, and so close at the same time. and the symbolism of two sides, technically still at war, holding hands, with banners raised of a unified peninsular, and opposing delegates, sitting together, will raise more hopes for more talks between the countries. this is both sides' officials meeting next week planning a possible summit in the autumn and one suspects the leaders were looking on here. officials stressed that this match wouldn't have a victor, and although north korea's team did win 3—1, perhaps a feeling
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of togetherness came out on top. in 1988, a huge wave of popular demonstrations gripped myanmar, then known as burma, as citizens protested against the ruling military dictatorship. but the demonstrations were violently suppressed and over the course of the year, thousands of protestors were killed in what became known as the burmese uprising. during that, myanmar‘s current de facto leader, aung san suu kyi, emerged as a national icon. now the bbc‘s witness programme has gone back thirty years and spoken to ma thida, who was a young doctor in rangoon at the time. the main cause of the rioting is irma's economic crisis. —— burma.
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led by students demanding economic reforms and a return to democracy. at the time, i was in my final year of medical school. it was like the whole country is in the mood of the protest. today, there have been more clashes with troops in suburbs at several times, troops have opened fire on the crowd... the way the government took action against this was very violent, very militant. some students have been killed. one of my friends was shot. the medical professionals, they were taking the lead and spent the general hospital became the central place of the protests. it was a very big rally inside the general hospital and the truck arrived and the government
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army shot just randomly truck arrived and the government army shotjust randomly into the hospital. we tried to help some injured people. i never treated a gunshot wound patient in the past. it was shocking to treat gunshot wound in your people. so many patients at the same time, it is a little bit difficult to handle. announcer: unsung suu kyi addressed thousands of people who were gathered. at that time, she was not well known by the community. —— aung san suu kyi. herfather was assassinated when she was just two, she returned quietly to burma in april after two years away. that was an emotional moment. her speech was really groundbreaking, i think, her
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commitment and vision for our country. with the army on the streets there isa with the army on the streets there is a mood of fear tonight. the situation after the crackdown in september was even worse than the situation before the protest. september was even worse than the situation before the protestm seems most of the army is backing the coup. i have no choice, they already believe in the revolution, i couldn't stop any more. they expected one day i would be a rest it. i was arrested in 1993. expected one day i would be a rest it. iwas arrested in 1993. it expected one day i would be a rest it. i was arrested in 1993. it was a couple of days just before my 27th birthday and i was a little bit excited to be in prison because they really wa nted excited to be in prison because they really wanted to write my own prison memoir one day. ——i really wanted to write. i spent six months in prison
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in solitary confinement throughout the prison term. after i was released, i went back to the hospital. then, are quite unforgettable moment. hong kong sushi, a free woman, walking to meet a woman. “— sushi, a free woman, walking to meet a woman. —— aung san suu kyi. sushi, a free woman, walking to meet a woman. -- aung san suu kyi. we are having such a high expectation. i wa nt to having such a high expectation. i want to run for president and am quite frank about it. 20 years ago, the situation was bad. the current situation is still not enough so we still are hoping. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ ben m bland. hello.
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it stays changeable over the next few days and if you have had sunshine today like here in north yorkshire, you are likely to see rain over the next 12—24 hours. it the next 12—24 hours. will continue to push outbree of it will continue to push outbreaks of rain into southern parts of scotland. clearing could fairly early on on sunday morning from northern islands after initial rain, turning bright with spells of sunshine. —— northern ireland. turning eastwards through england and wales, was placed by sunny spells but also some thundery showers. the rain slow—moving on its journey northwards through scotland. here we are at four o'clock on sunday afternoon. we still have some outbreaks of rain across southern england with sunny spells following on behind but yes, still potential for some showers which could be heavy and thundery. still some shells were northern ireland and the final that england but here, the
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best of the sunshine. meanwhile across scotland, although turning drya across scotland, although turning dry a three dom gleeson calloway and the borders, outbreaks of rain for the borders, outbreaks of rain for the northern scotland. orkney and shetland mainly dry and the best of the sunshine here. quite breezy for the sunshine here. quite breezy for the western isles and a noticeable wind as well the south—west england. elsewhere, and gentle— moderate breeze. in the sunshine, we interpreters getting up to between 19 and 21 celsius but they may struggle around 15 or 16 celsius across central and northern parts of scotla nd across central and northern parts of scotland where the rain is somewhat stubborn. through sunday evening, slowly, we will see the rain pushing its way northwards across scotland with some late spells of sunshine and southern areas of scotland. watch out for further heavy and maybe thundery showers slowly clearing their way eastwards. three the early hours of monday morning, still some showers around and another fairly still some showers around and anotherfairly mild still some showers around and another fairly mild if not warm and muqqy another fairly mild if not warm and muggy night with lows between 12 and 16 celsius. on monday, we still have the area of low pressure clearing
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the area of low pressure clearing the eastern side of the uk and that means we will seize some showers down three north—east england, east anglia and south—east england through monday morning stop again, still heavy and thundery. as they click eastwards, behind it, the must of england and welles and northern ireland, some sunshine but it looks like scotland will also be a bit more clout and some showers are the western isles. —— cloud. getting up to 24 western isles. —— cloud. getting up to 2a celsius across central and south—east england in the best of the sunshine. looking ahead to tuesday and wednesday, always the chance we could see some showers with longer spells of rain. and in northern ireland. meanwhile, for much of england and wales, dry, brighter and even warmer. bye—bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: the pharmaceutical giant bayer says its monsanto weedkillers
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are safe, after a us court ordered it to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages to a man who claimed his terminal cancer was caused by glyphosate in the herbicides. turkey's president erdogan has warned the us that his country will look for new friends and allies unless washington reverses a trend of what he calls unilateralism and disrespect. he accused the us of trying to bring his country to its knees because of an american pastor who's detained in turkey over terrorism charges. an airline employee has died after stealing and crashing a twin—engine plane in seattle in the us. the 29—year—old carried out what's been described as "an unauthorised take off" from seattle tacoma international airport. n0 passengers were on board at the time. now on bbc news, it's time for more from the money and power season
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