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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: iran's president blames the us and its gulf allies for a deadly attack on its elite military forces. washington tells him to look in the mirror. opposition supporters celebrate in the maldives, as their candidate claims victory in the presidential election. we'll be live in the capital, male. as thousands march against brexit, labour's leaderjeremy corbyn says he'll back another referendum if the party wants. the international rescue mission to save a sailor stranded and seriously injured in the indian ocean. hello.
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the united states has dismissed claims from the iranian president that the us was involved in an attack on a military parade in the country which yesterday killed 25 people. hassan rouhani says america and its gulf allies backed the assault, a claim strongly denied by the us ambassador to the united nations. mr rouhani made his comments, as he prepared to travel to new york, where the un general assembly will convene for its annual meeting of world leaders on tuesday. from new york, here's our diplomatic correspondent, james robbins. gunfire the moment the shooting started. iran's elite revolutionary guards under attack on home soil. many forced to dive for cover, as a parade to honour them is ambushed by opponents of the government. soldiers and civilians died as others fled for their lives. an anti—government arab group based
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in this area of south—west iran said it was responsible, but militants of so—called islamic state also claimed this as their work. but iran's president rouhani is blaming what he calls the bully, the united states, and the gulf states which it supports and arms, including saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. translation: the small puppet countries that we see in the region are backed by america and the united states is provoking them and giving them the necessary capabilities to commit these crimes. but the united states denies any involvement, urging president rouhani instead to examine his own behaviour. the united states condemns any terrorist attack anywhere, whoever precisely was behind the attack in iran, it has injected yet more poison into relations between president trump and iran's president rouhani. both leaders will be
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here at the united nations in new york this week, trading accusations and insults with greater intensity than ever. it means that the voices of america's european allies, including britain and france, still urging moderation, are likely to be all but drowned out. this was always going to be an extremely confrontational week here at the united nations in new york. president trump will see to that when he chairs a security council meeting for the first time and focuses on iran. but the atmosphere in a polarised world suddenly feels even more unpredictable. james robbins, bbc news, new york. let's speak now to suzanne maloney, deputy director of foreign policy at the brookings institution in washington. thanks very much for thatjoining us. thanks very much for thatjoining us. while the stakes are high, there was always going to be conflict between the two countries ahead of
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this week anyway. now we've had this attack. we've had the words and attention. what do you think is going to happen now? i think it's going to be a very interesting week. we've got high profile speeches by both president rouhani and president trump, and of course president trump will be chairing a meeting of the un security council, which has been alternatively described as either focused on non—proliferation generally or on iran specifically, so generally or on iran specifically, soi generally or on iran specifically, so i think it's quite clear that trump wants to use this week as a way to send a message directly to the iranian leadership. the secretary of state, mike pompeo, did an interview with us at the bbc where he was saying donald trump wa nted where he was saying donald trump wanted to push back against iran and proliferation. what do you think that means? well, i think it's been quite clear since trump took office he has sought to push up the temperature on terror an. he obviously walked away
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from the nuclear deal, which was more than a decade in the making in terms of the negotiations, and has reimposed an array of fairly stringent sanctions on iran that have really impacted the errani and economy. i think what he's looking for out of this is to see some degree of leverage in terms of pressing iran to turn away notjust from its nuclear ambitions but from a number of policies about iran's treatment of its own people, and especially about iranian extension of influence around the region. pompeo laid out many of these conditions in a speech he made last may at the heritage foundation here in washington. i think it's highly unlikely the iranians are prepared to move on all of these many issues. at the same time, there really under a great deal of pressure at the moment and it's quite clear there is a debate on in tehran about whether oi’ a debate on in tehran about whether or not there's a possibility of to
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the president's ego, of flattering through some kind of summitry in the same way that the north koreans have... sorry tojump in same way that the north koreans have... sorry to jump in there, would that take the form of an actual meeting between trump and the iranians do you think? it's highly unlikely, but it's certainly what the president would like to see, president trump. the iranians of course have a highly complicated political environment. the supreme leader, who is the final authority in iran, has banned any formal negotiations with the trump administration as a result of the politics of the nuclear deal and the american policy towards tehran. at the same time there's a recognition that iran doesn't have a lot of good options, and if there's a of using the president's own interests of having a high—profile summit to their advantage, it's not improbable their advantage, it's not improbable the iranians will seek some sort of backchannel with the administration. an interesting and crucial couple of days ahead. thanks forjoining us.
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i'm sure we will speak to you again once those meetings and dialogues have taken place in new york. thank you. for more on the un general assembly meeting this week, and all our stories, just go to our website — in the maldives, opposition presidential candidate ibrahim solih has claimed victory in the presidential election. his supporters have held celebrations in the capital male. in his victory speech he said it was a moment of happiness and hope. he called on his rival, president abdulla yameen, to accept the will of the people. here's more analysis from our reporter olivia lang, who's a former editor of a maldives—based news website. we've had provisional results come in, giving the opposition candidate, ibrahim mohamed solih, a significant lead, 16 percentage points to him. he has come out, held a press conference, claimed victory and urged abdulla yameen to concede defeat and to pave the way for a smooth transition of power.
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nothing from abdulla yameen yet. it's overnight in the maldives now, people are on the streets, supporters of the opposition, coming out there celebrating, but also calling on abdulla yameen to concede defeat, or at least to say something, because we haven't heard anything at all. i think the more time we're waiting for him to come out and say something, the more uncertain and tense the situation becomes. we're joined by male—based journalist, mohamed junayd. thank you for speaking to us. we have... we think we know who has won, but we don't have an official result yet. where exactly are we? right now the election commission is continuing to announce the official provisional results from the election. we expect this to drag on
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into the morning as well. at the same time, we have the local media calling the results for all the ballot boxes. we have 472 of them. and according to a secondary report there is a 16 percentage point difference between the candidates. ibrahim mohamed solih trailing behind abdulla yameen 58—41% of the votes —— abdulla yameen trailing behind ibrahim mohamed solih 58—41%. if we do have this convincing result, how much of a surprise is it for the opposition to win in this way? i'm afraid we have just lost the line. let's try one more time. how much of a surprise was this or is this result for the opposition?
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inaudible i'm afraid... i'm really sorry, we havejust lost the line. you could just hear that breaking up unfortunately. those presidential results coming in in the maldives, we will keep you up to date with any information as we get it. let's get some of the day's other news. a second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual assault against the us supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh. democrat senators are said to be investigating the latest claims, which are reported in the new yorker magazine. the new yorker also carries a statement from mr kavanaugh in which he denies the alleged event took place and calls it a smear. earlier, christine blasey ford, who has accused mr kavanaugh of trying to rape her when they were both teenagers said she would speak to the senate judiciary committee on thursday. he also denies her allegations. a wildfire has spread over thousands of acres north
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of los angeles in california. the blaze spread quickly over a wide area, fanned by high winds. fire crews, helicopters and planes are fighting the flames. the cause of the fire is being investigated. a new zealand supermarket chain has withdrawn a brand of australian strawberries from sale after finding needles embedded in some of the fruit. the countdown supermarket says they were found in a punnet of strawberries sourced from western australia, bought in one of its stores in auckland. police in australia say they are investigating more than one hundred cases of fruit with embedded needles, all reported in the past month. an international rescue mission is underway to reach a seriously injured sailor. abhilash tomy was the first indian to sail solo around the world, but he's currently stranded more than 3,000 kilometres off the coast of western australia. his yacht's mast was broken in a severe storm in the indian ocean and vessels from australia, india and france are heading
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to his position. katharine da costa reports. rolled, dismasted, severe back injury, cannot get up. a distress message from solo yachtsman abhilash tomy after a severe storm whipped up 80 mph winds and 45 foot waves, breaking his mast on friday. he's injured and unable to leave his bunk. this is tomy at the start of the race injuly. the 39—year—old indian navy commander is no stranger to extreme conditions — he completed the same round—the—world challenge in 2013. it's a 30,000—mile
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nonstop solo race. competitors had set off from france on the first ofjuly. they'd been tracking down the west coast of africa. tomy had moved into third place when he got into trouble nearly 2,000 miles off the west coast of australia. he's now stranded in the middle of indian ocean. and this almost the suhaili lap of honour... sir robin knox—johnston was the first man to sail round the world single—handedly back in 1968. tomy's yacht is a replica of sir robin's — the pair are close friends. abhilash is a tough guy, i mean, he's the first indian to go solo nonstop around the world, so he's experienced, he's been there down before, he's a naval officer, he knows what he's up to, he's very resourceful. help is on the way. this morning, the indian air force located his yacht. rival competitor gregor mcguckin is expected to reach tomy with medical supplies by first light, while it's hoped a french fisheries vessel is close behind and can take them to safety. katherine da costa, bbc news.
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i want to take you back to them all these now, where the leader of the opposition position is claiming victory in the elections bash the maldives. —— the maldives. how much ofa maldives. —— the maldives. how much of a surprise is this result? like i was trying to say earlier, in terms of how president yameen has consolidated his power over the last five years, it has been described by human rights ngos, and human rights mechanisms, as a crackdown on the opposition, the media, and society as well. we saw yameen jail his political opponents, including all leaders of all opposition parties. on the background of that, i think a lot of people... even though there
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was confidence around how many votes ibrahim mohamed solih, the opposition candidate, could win, there was still nervousness about what really happened in the polls. i guess in a way you can describe it asa guess in a way you can describe it as a surprise, but more than the political opposition were saying we are very confident of winning here. and he's described his win now... and he's described his win now... and his promise to move back to democracy, what kind of changes will he bring in? one of the first things that that he has promised to do is free all people, the former president and former vice president, the defence minister as well. he has also promised to revert back some
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laws that have been described as draconian measures, like the antidefamation act, which has been described by the united nations human rights commissioner as a war that has effectively annulled the right to freedom of speech. thank you very much for bringing us up to date with that. think you. —— bank yea rs. —— thank you. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: india rolls out the world's largest healthcare project but will it work? we meet the first family to benefit. benjohnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes.
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tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: washington has dismissed claims from the iranian president, that the us was involved in an attack on a military parade in iran that killed 25 people.
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opposition supporters in the maldives have taken to the streets to celebrate, after their candidate claimed victory in the presidential election. votes are still being counted. here, the leader of the labour party, jeremy corbyn, has confirmed that labour would support another referendum on brexit, if delegates backed the idea at the party's conference in liverpool. mr corbyn says he'd prefer a general election, but would abide by the decision of members. his comments came as thousands joined an anti—brexit march in liverpool. from there, our political editor, laura kuenssberg reports. what do we want? people's vote! when do we want it? now! their voices are getting louder. i cannot see that we have anything to gain from brexit. protesters pushing for another vote on the eu.
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we need to know what the deal actually is. determined to make the labour party heed their calls. amazing, amazing, amazing! can you hear us, jeremy corbyn? listen to us. hear us. give us a people's vote. remember, jeremy corbyn's existing labour plan is to leave the eu, like the tories, but negotiate a different deal. yet most of his members would love to stay in the union. is he really edging towards giving the public another say? our preference would be for a general election and we can only negotiate our future relationships with europe. let us see what comes out of conference and then obviously i am bound by the democracy of our party. cheering and applause in liverpool, his audience is wildly enthusiastic about him and many of them about the eu, too. but labour members are not the same as labour voters, who are not in this room. many voted for brexit. so some ofjeremy corbyn's friends
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in high places are hanging back. there are significant numbers of traditional labour supporters who are saying, we are going to vote conservative, because we do not trust labour to take us out of the european union. believing you can't just ask the question again. the referendum shouldn't be on do we want to go back into the european union. that shouldn't even be an option? no, because the people have already decided! like anything in politics in 2018, it is not straight forward to agree. already today, there has been a conference clash over changes to party rules, with unions and members voting different ways. later, delegates gathered, going behind closed doors to argue about exactly what the brexit promise should be. a vote on leaving the eu,
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after another election? a vote on the final deal? activists are likely to get their way at the conference this week, with the promise of a possibility of another vote on europe. but it is likely to be a question of if, not when. jeremy corbyn has always said he would be guided by the party's huge membership, but they are likely to get some, not quite all of what they want. those on the platform will not and cannotjust please their party. they need to heed their potential voters among the public, too. india has rolled out a billion—dollar ambitious healthcare policy to provide health insurance for almost half its population. the scheme, known as modicare after prime minister narendra modi, is considered to be the world's largest healthcare project and comes just ahead of the country's general elections next year. but are india's hospitals
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ready for this? devina gupta finds out. just1—month—old, karishma is already a celebrity in india. born in this northern village, she is called the long life blessing baby. her mother became the first beneficiary of the new national healthcare insurance scheme in india, known as modicare, when the government covered the cost of delivering the baby at a state hospital. translation: when my first child was born i had go to hospital for a caesarean operation. we spent almost $2000 there. this time, before the child was born, ifilled in a form for the insurance scheme and we don't have to pay the hospitalfor the same procedure. nearly 1.6 million people die every year in india because of a lack of access to affordable healthcare. so this policy is meant to plug the gap with an annual health—insurance worth $7,100.
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but unlike other universal health insurance schemes which cover everyone, modicare only provides insurance cover for advanced treatments like cancer care and surgery for 500 million of the country's poorest. even as india's national health protection scheme aims to open doors of a government—run hospital like this one to almost half the population, can it foster a change in already ailing healthcare infrastructure in india? on an average, only one doctor is present for 11,000 patients while the who mandates that there should be at least one doctorfor 1000 patients. this man has been tasked with implementing the $1.5 billion healthcare project.
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existing infrastructure of hospital will not suffice. we need to expand services especially in tier 2 and tier 3, the smaller cities and rural areas. the government says it plans to partner with private healthcare setups like this one in mumbai. the doctors here say the surgery rates outlines in the policy are too low for them. as a private practitioner, we not only bear the cost of consumables during the surgery, we have to pay bear the cost for human resource management, equipment, equipment maintenance. and all of that put together with the current packages, offered currently, they are not really sustainable for the long run. so far, almost 4000 private hospitals have come on board. but if the government wants to use modicare to win over voters in the elections next year, it is in a race against time to provide enough hospitals as millions rush to receive medical treatment that have been out of their reach for so long. tiger woods has won his first
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tournament in five years and an 80 -- 80th pga to it title of tournament in five years and an 80 —— 80th pga to it title of his career. he got a two shot win after aan career. he got a two shot win after a an absence of. get remarks of a remarkable top —— rise to the top, who was ranked 199 less than a year ago after having spinal fusion surgery. ago after having spinal fusion surgery. i wonder if you can work out what is going on here. it was an attempt to break the world record for the biggest ever scrum. it was staged tokyo to mark one year until japan hosts the rugby world cup. the previous record was set in new zealand and the good news is that this was bigger, better. 2586 people, that world record was broken, i would still back the pontypool front row, though.
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hello. after a rather autumnal sort of weekend, the weather is looking a little bit better for many of us, as high pressure builds through this week. this was the scene as the sun set on sunday. after a soggy sunday in the south, in whitstable there were some clear spells to end the day. now, through this week, as high pressure builds in, there will be a lot of dry weather with sunshine. warmer in the south too. there will be more rain and more wind arriving across northern parts of the uk later on in the week. but back to the here and now, monday morning dawns on quite a chilly note. we've got a big area of high pressure in charge, so that is keeping things largely dry to start off with. and under those clear spells, temperatures first thing could be near freezing in a few rural spots. through the morning, though, after that chilly start, lots of sunshine on offer. one or two showers around through monday across parts of north—west scotland. perhaps a few filtering into the north—west of england too. but for the majority of people, you're in for a dry, fine day. it will be a little bit
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warmer than recent days, with those winds a touch lighter too. so by the afternoon, temperatures between around about 13 to perhaps 16 degrees or so. a little bit warmer than it was on sunday, but still not great for the time of year. and then as we head through monday evening and overnight into tuesday, then we keep the high pressure, keep the clear spells around too. fairly light winds, so yet again, another cold night, especially in the south. for england and wales too the chance of a bit of frostiness, and perhaps some mist and fog fog patches first thing tuesday as well. further north—west, not quite as cool. a little bit more of a breeze blowing here. through the day on tuesday, it is high pressure that drives our weather. we've got weather fronts moving into the north—west, though. that'll bring more cloud and outbreaks of rain to parts of northern ireland and scotland later in the day. england and wales on tuesday staying dry, fine and settled in the sunshine. fairly light winds here, but the winds will be picking up further north. could be gusting at around 30 or 40mph for exposed parts of north—west scotland, with some outbreaks of rain here too. so really a north—south split to the weather.
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a north—south split to the weather. warming up, though, 1a to perhaps 18 degrees or so, perhaps our top temperatures by tuesday afternoon. looking ahead to wednesday, still more rain for the west of scotland with cloud here. further south across england and wales, again, another dry, fine and fairly sunny day with those temperatures starting to creep up too. so we could see highs of up to around 20 degrees or so on wednesday, and it looks like it could get warmer still as we head towards the end of the week, especially in the south. thursday probably the warmest day of the week with some sunshine, 22 degrees in london. a little bit fresher, but still dry with sunshine on offer across the country as we head through into friday. not a bad week of weather. enjoy. bye for now. this is bbc news, the headlines: the united states has dismissed claims from the iranian president, that the us was involved in an attack on a military parade in the country, which killed 25 people. hassan rouhani says america and it's gulf allies backed the assault. opposition supporters in the maldives
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have taken to the streets to celebrate, after their candidate claimed victory in the presidential election. ibrahim solih said it was a moment of happiness and hope and called on his rival, president abdulla yameen to step down. votes are still being counted. and in britain, thousands of people have staged an anti—brexit march, demanding a second so—called "people's vote". labour party leader, jeremy corbyn, has said the party would support another referendum, if delegates backed the idea at this week's annual conference. now on bbc news, inside out.
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