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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: at least seven people are killed, on a cruise boat that's capsizes on the river danube in the hungarian capital. teams are still searching for survivors. us special counsel robert mueller breaks his silence on the russia investigation — and repeats that his report did not clear president trump of obstructing justice. if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commita crime, we would have said so. we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. israel votes to hold its second election this year — after prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, fails to form a coalition. it's been sitting in the country for years — now the philippines is set to ship
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tonnes of canadian waste back to canada. hello. a cruise boat with more than 30 people on board has capsized in the hungarian capital. state media are saying at least seven people have died — the south korean foreign ministry has confirmed they were south korean tourists. it happened on the river danube in budapest. divers have joined the search for 19 other people still missing. 7 people have been rescued but strong currents and high water levels, caused by heavy rain, are hampering emergency teams. the vessel collided with another boat near the parliament building, and overturned. gareth barlow has the latest. the incident happened late on wednesday evening on a popular part of the river close to the hungarian
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parliament. local news reports say the boat, the mermaid, was carrying a group of south korean tourists when it collided with another vessel. a huge rescue effort is under way, with both spotlight and radar scanning the river for several kilometres downstream. police and paramedics line the riverbank as divers search the water. a section the danube, europe second longest river, has been closed. the rescue workers are facing difficult conditions. the river is flooding, and strong winds and heavy rain are hampering the search. in the centre of border patched tonight, the search for those lost in the river continues and in the cold light of morning, the search for the answers to what caused the disaster will get under way. gareth barlow, to what caused the disaster will get underway. gareth barlow, bbc to what caused the disaster will get under way. gareth barlow, bbc news. balintjuhasz is a radio reporter who lives near to the river doesn't where the two boats collided in budapest.
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iam standing i am standing next to the danube river. they are seeing a boat next would bridge when it crashed through the big cruiser boat. more than 50 rooms, a lot of foreign tourists. this little boat which crashed, it isa this little boat which crashed, it is a little small boat with 60 passengers and they crashed... it's obvious that weather is difficult there. lots of speculation on the cash. let's try again. can you still hear us? i am still here. i tried to catch some sign of that. some people in hospital and i hear some policemen say they now go to investigate to the hospitals, speak with them what's happened, what they
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see at that time and at 1:30 a.m., they found the boat....|j see at that time and at 1:30 a.m., they found the boat. . .. i think we've lost our connection. next to... it's more than 50 rooms, so it's already a big boat room, and the little boat, it was operating with 60 passengers. a lot of people fall into the water. it is very cold, the water, and experts said... if you can still hear us, balint,
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thank you very much indeed. we will bring you more on that story. the us special counsel robert mueller has said that charging president trump with a crime was not an option, but that his long inquiry into russian election interference did not exonerate the president. in his first public comments on the inquiry, mr mueller said legal guidelines prevent the indictment of a sitting president. president trump has responded by saying the case is closed. 0ur north america editor jon sopel reports. morning. washington is a city where people race to be in front of a microphone. but for two years, special counsel robert mueller has chosen silence while he completed his report on russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. that changed dramatically today, when he almost flatly contradicted donald trump's assertion that he'd been completely exonerated by the special counsel investigation. listen to what he has to say on whether the president obstructed justice. if we had had confidence
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that the president clearly did not commita crime, we would have said so. we did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime. under long—standing department policy, a present president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. until now, donald trump has repeatedly referred to the mueller investigation as a hoax and a witch—hunt but on twitter today, a significant reframing. he said: "there was insufficient evidence and therefore in our country, a person is innocent." this afternoon, it was the turn of the president's press secretary to push the line of no collusion and no obstruction. in his tweet today, the president said there was insufficient evidence, therefore he is innocent. is that the bar at which you set things? we set the bar at the fact that mueller spent two years doing an exhaustive investigation and came back to say that there was no wrongdoing by the trump campaign or any american. from robert mueller and donald trump, two totally different interpretations. mueller effectively saying, "look,
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we don't think he's innocent but we can't prosecute him." and from donald trump, "there's insufficient evidence and therefore, its case closed." the white house would clearly love this to be the end of the episode. there's no chance of that. and sure enough, mueller‘s statement has fuelled democrat demands for impeachment proceedings to begin. with respect to impeachment questions at this point, all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out. what special counsel robert mueller said loud and clear today for the american people is that president trump is lying when he says no collusion, no obstruction and that he was exonerated. thank you, thank you for being here today. today, robert mueller told the american people he's taken it as far as he can. now, it's up to congress. does it dare try to impeach the president? jon sopel, bbc news, washington. we'll have more on that story later in this bulletin. let's get some of
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the day's other news. the tornadoes battering the american midwest have now killed 38 people — the highest number in 5 years. twenty have been reported in kansas alone in the past 2a hours. pennsylvania was also hit. across the us there have been more than 300 tornadoes reported, in just the past 12 days. a crash on a main road in eastern mexico involving a bus and a truck has killed at least twenty people. both vehicles burst into flames. children are reported to be among the dead. thirty other people were hurt. most of the victims were bus passengers travelling back to their home state, veracruz, from a pilgrimage to a roman catholic shrine in neighbouring chiapas. the olympic champion athlete caster semenya has lodged a legal appeal in switzerland, over the rules on the testosterone levels allowed for female athletes. women with higher than normal male hormone levels are now required to suppress them artificially, if they want to compete in some events.
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this month the court of arbitration for sport rejected the south african‘s earlier challenge to the rules. borisjohnson, the prominent contender for the conservative party leadership in the uk, is to appear in court, in relation to allegations that he made misleading claims during the brexit referendum 3 years ago. mrjohnson‘s lawyers have dismissed the accusations as a politically—motivated stunt. israeli mps have voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for snap elections after prime minister benjamin netanyahu failed to meet a deadline forforming a coalition. mr netanyahu appeared set for a fifth term after his party won more than a quarter of seats in parliament last month's election. the new vote is expected in september. emily hawthorne is middle east analyst at the rand corporation. shejoins me now from austin in texas. what do you make of this and what is most likely to happen next? we are ina most likely to happen next? we are in a precedented territory for israel. we've never had to snap elections in one year, we've never
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had an israeli prime minister not return back to the president to find another prime minister designate to conform a coalition so we are in new territory but what will happen next is yet another election campaign and we already had a very... emily, we are breaking up. we will see a lot of dynamics... we will see a lot of those same dynamics come to the fore here as we are trying to see the centre—right government defend its position against centre—left contenders. we will see hardline security policy emerging. different policy promises emerging. we're going to see a lot of the same dynamics we saw leading up to april leading up to september. mr netanyahu leading up to september. mr neta nyahu was certainly leading up to september. mr netanyahu was certainly talking to some extreme elements in israeli politics. how hard you think it might be to form a new government?
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will he be able to? that is what is so intriguing. whether knesset voted to dissolve itself and push for new elections. we are going to have the same elections. we are going to have the sa m e stea ks elections. we are going to have the same steaks and dynamics in play in the new prime minister designate who could be netanyahu or could be someone else depending on the results, we could have those same dynamics where we have an electorate that seems to be voting for increasingly right—leaning policies but each of those policies are very divisive and those in the israeli electorate don't support them, things like more hardline gaza policy, potential annexation of the west bank, those that don't want to see those policies are voting for the opposition and we are seeing a lot of policy discussions come to loggerheads, a lot of bills stagnate and language in the knesset for a long time and it seems like it's only going to get worse when we moved to another election. mr
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netanyahu moved to another election. mr neta nya hu faces moved to another election. mr neta nyahu faces some moved to another election. mr netanyahu faces some serious legal problems. how will they in the ——be impacted? in three of the corruption cases that prime minister netanyahu is facing, he is going to face a hearing in early october. the attorney general has been pretty clear that he is not going to budge on the date and that means the new elections come just weeks before netanyahu elections come just weeks before neta nyahu will face that elections come just weeks before netanyahu will face that hearing and it means you won't have time to cobble together any immunity legislation which is part of the coalition discussions and part the reason why these discussions failed because he was asking for some of the politicians in his coalition or prospective coalition to grant him immunity if he gets positions in the government and it appears that gamble did not pay off for him. just briefly, donald trump has been commonly expect, sing his son—in—law‘s middle east peace plan would emerge. the palestinians have rejected it in the trumpet
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ministration doesn't have anyone in israel empowered to talk to. this is certainly a problem. the israeli government can do several things it wa nts. government can do several things it wants. it can move into another chaotic election season while continuing to discuss policy with other actors but it does mean we will likely see some delays on the rollout of the economic and certainly on the political portions of that peace plan. a lot more will be discussed in latejune in bahrain but it makes the israeli government, it makes it more difficult for them to agree on anything. thank you very much. we have got much more on this story on our website at you can also download the bbc news app for the latest news and developments. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: what it took for workers in a welsh steel town to move a work of art
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worth a six—figure sum from a garage wall to an art gallery. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events to aid famine relief in africa. the first of what the makers of star wars hope will be thousands of queues started forming at 7:00am. taunting which led to scuffles, scuffles to fighting, fighting to full—scale riot, as the liverpool fans broke out of their area and into the juve ntus enclosure. the belgian police had lost control. the whole world will mourn the tragic death of mr nehru today. he was the father of the indian people from the day of independence. the oprah winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than 11,500 episodes. the chat show has made her one of the richest people on the planet. geri halliwell, otherwise known as ginger spice, has announced she has left the spice girls. i don't believe it! she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri. why?
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: at least seven people are killed on a cruise boat that's capsized on the river danube in the hungarian capital. teams are still searching for survivors. us special counsel robert mueller breaks his silence on the russia investigation and repeats that his report did not clear president trump of obstructing justice. let's stay with that story now. wendy 0lson was the us district attorney for idaho from 2010 to 2017. she also worked for many years at the justice department with attorney general william barr in washington. she's in boise, idaho. welcome and thanks again for your time. do you think actually anything has changed with what robert mueller said? i don't think it has but i think when he tried to do was
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clarify what his position has been because there has been so much commentary about what he meant what he didn't mean and what should happen next. it is exactly as your story identified, what he said was i did not exonerate donald trump with respect to obstruction ofjustice and infact respect to obstruction ofjustice and in fact because there is an office of legal counsel that said i could not do that, i did not, this investigation did not determine whether or not he committed a crime because we don't have that authority andi because we don't have that authority and i think he said secondly, the authority belongs to another body under the constitution, it is congress, it has the responsibility to act when a sitting president cannot be indicted and has engaged in conduct that can be criminal. i think he wanted to make that clear. i think you did not want people to guess 01’ i think you did not want people to guess or estimate about what is report meant that he wanted to articulate that for himself. forgive me, ididn‘t articulate that for himself. forgive me, i didn't mean to interrupt, living beside the question of
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authority, isn't there a problem if there isn't enough evidence for mr mueller, there isn't enough evidence for congress? no, i don't think there was not enough evidence, he saidi there was not enough evidence, he said i don't have the ability to charge a sitting president, i am prohibited by the department of justice policy. that is not something i can do. what i can do is deliver these facts and these facts will allow the body that has the constitutional authority, congress, to decide whether or not to institute impeachment proceedings. i think that is what he wanted to make clear. i think the other thing he wa nted clear. i think the other thing he wanted to make clear was his investigation into whether or not russia interfered in the united states's collection was a serious matter. —— election. there was evidence of that and significant evidence of that and significant evidence to suggest that donald trump was concerned about that and engaged in activities that congress should look at, to consider whether 01’ should look at, to consider whether or not they constitute sufficient evidence for impeachment and i think you wanted to make it clear, i did not exonerate the president, this
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was a serious offence, and under the constitution, it is congress and not as special counsel's office that has the responsibility to take the next step. and what you take of -- make of all of this talk of impeachment? it isa of all of this talk of impeachment? it is a political rather than legal process and surely it will not get through a republican—controlled senate. it is a mixed political and legal questions of the constitution gives the authority to congress to institute impeachment proceedings and so that is what robert mueller, and so that is what robert mueller, a long—time lawyer, a longtime department ofjustice lawyer, a long—time fbi head, said, i do not have the legal authority, someone else does, that the legal question, and the political question becomes do the democrats who control the house, they believe that is the appropriate step to take because i think you are right. realistically, politically in the united states we have become such a divided country, pa rt have become such a divided country, part assembly, that it is difficult
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to imagine that from a political respect of that assignment would act evenif respect of that assignment would act even if the house instituted a impeachment proceedings but is important to know that robert mueller has said this is what i meant, this is what my report says, i will not speak further, you can look at it appropriately and legally and then the political bodies will have to decide what they want to do and then ultimately, the voters in 2020 will have to decide what they wa nt to 2020 will have to decide what they want to do in light of this but i think the most significant thing is robert mueller has said this is what isaid, robert mueller has said this is what i said, this is what i meant, now it is up to others to act. wendy olson, interesting to talk to you. thank you very much. thank you. the philippines is due to ship 69 containers full of rubbish back to canada today. the disagreement started back in 2014, after the philippines found out canada had delivered household waste, rather than recyclable plastics. president duterte accused canada of turning his country into a "dump site" and the philippines recalled its ambassador in the escalating row. let's speak to howard
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johnson, who's there now. where is this going, do you think? well, it looks like today this container full of rubbish, 69 containers, will be shipped out around midday onwards. what we are expecting to see if a container ship come up from manila, they will start to load the containers on around midnight is expected to be the midnight is expected to be the midnight forgetting this stuff out. it is expected to then go on to china which is a transshipment and then on to canada where they said they will deal with the issue by the end ofjuly. this is a big message from the philippines to the rest of the world, saying they will no longer take western country's or developed country's waste and from this day onward, that is over —— countries. it is similar to other countries. it is similar to other countries like china, they brought a ban which has displaced plastic in the region, 7 million tons a year now has to find a new destination to be recycled. malaysia this week also
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said it was sending back 7000 tons to countries like the uk and canada and other developed countries. clearly not an issue that will end with the 69 rubbish containers. what is the feeling on the filipino street, would you say? president duterte a is incredibly popular here and his threat to have war with canada went down very well ahead of the midterm elections, where he had a landslide victory, so we went on the street to speak to people to see what their opinion was on the issue. for six years, i have ——it has been too long and now it is time to get their trash back. i am happy about it, you know, because in the philippines, there is a lot of trash in here already so we don't need someone's trash. i think president duterte a did well on this decision for taking back the garbage from
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canada because it is the only president who did that. only favourable reaction here in the philippines but there are some who think president duterte has been rather undiplomatic with the threats. canada of course has hundreds of thousands of filipinos so we are also seeing whether the relationship between canada and philippines will be good after this row that has been going on for months now. howard, thank you. chelsea have beaten arsenal by four goals to one in the europa league final in baku, azerbaijan. the build—up to the match has been marred by ticketing and travel difficulties for fans having to travel nearly 4000km from london to baku. sarah rainsford is there. it was a drubbing for arsenal. this is not a result they were hoping for, and in the last hour, we saw them streaming out of the stadium, some people angry, some dejected, some of them in the stadium we saw earlier have been in tears when goal after goal kept going into the net against them.
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so not the result arsenal wanted, of course chelsea came out singing and dancing — this is exactly what they came here for. bear in mind that both of the fans for both of these teams had an awfully long journey to get here to baku, and that is what a lot of conversations were about before the kick—off — people discussing their crazyjourneys to try to get here all the way from london or the uk for the cheapest possible amount. the direct flights from london to here were very expensive, well over $1000 to get here. so people were taking very long bus and train journeys, and then obviously, arsenal fans coming out here thinking perhaps that was a huge waste of time and money for them. sarah rainsford in baku for us. a mural by the artist banksy which was painted on the walls of a garage in wales has been moved very carefully. its new home is a museum which will feature the artwork known as seasons greetings. tomos morgan reports. as christmas descended on port talbot last year,
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so did banksy. a painting on one side of a young boy playing in what looks like snow but, on the other side, the piece shows the boy is breathing fumes. but can it be moved intact? after sleepless nights and months of planning, the moment of truth has arrived, and the banksy is on the move. it's been quite the headache for engineers. protective resins, wooden casings, and steel barriers have been needed. it's been a slow process, as a crane slowly moved the garage corner onto a flatbed before being transported through the centre of town, but seasons greetings has remained in perfect condition. and there we are! i am so relieved, you've no idea. i said this morning i didn't see
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anything going wrong. total faith in these guys doing the job because they looked so professional to me but accidents happen, things do happen, and now here it is, it's in port talbot, anybody can come and look at it easily. the aim is for the piece to be on full display to the public by the end of the week with a view to making seasons greetings' new home into a museum of street we have more pictures to show you before we leave, to very rare white tiger cubs having a meal in their new home at the nicaragua national zoo. new home at the nicaragua national zoo. these are five months old, siblings, and the only ones of the kind in central america. there are only a few white tigers left worldwide, almost all in captivity. this pair were adopted from the mexican zoo. the parents were part ofa mexican zoo. the parents were part of a breeding programme aimed at saving white tigers from extinction altogether. that is all for now,
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thank you for watching. hello. one thing we're certainly not short of at the moment is cloud across the uk, and through today, it will tend to stick around in many areas and bring some rain into the north. by the weekend, though, i'm hopeful we'll see more in the way of sunshine, and we're going to see things significantly warming up for some. more on that in just a moment. a lot of warm air coming in from the atlantic in the next few days, but it's coming up to the south of this frontal system. that will mean a lot of cloud around, some more persistent rain across the northern half of the uk in the short term, as well. but by the weekend, high pressure will start to push in from the south, thin the cloud, and allow more sunshine. today, though, most of us are going to be stuck with fairly grey skies, and across the northern half of the uk, some more persistent rain as the day goes on. heavy at times, possibly, for northern ireland, the south—west of scotland,
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parts of the north—west of england, maybe the far north—west of wales, too. to the far north of scotland, some sunshine for the northern isles. to the south, some brighter skies to the lee of high ground. breezy day across the board, particularly gusty around western coasts and across the hills, but murky in the west as well. just 11 degrees there in aberdeen, but up to 23 if we get some brightness across the south—east of england. 0vernight thursday into friday, looking at more wet weather across the northern half of the uk, but hopefully the cloud to the south perhaps thinning and breaking a little as the hours go by. high pressure trying to squeeze its influence further north. certainly a mild enough start to friday, but once again, you can see rain waiting to push into northern ireland and western scotland. and through the day, that frontal system continues to buckle to the north of the uk, so there will be more heavy downpours. to the south, the high is nearby, and that should allow the cloud to thin and break a little more, see a bit more in the way
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of sunshine, and temperatures creeping up across england and wales on friday, into the mid 20s. milder for aberdeen, but still a lot of cloud around and some rain, but the heaviest of the rain for northern ireland and western scotland. but by saturday, that high throws its influence further north. we should see more in the way of widespread sunshine and a pretty warm day, even across the northern half of the uk, but to the south, we could get up to 27 degrees celsius in the south—east of england. a very short spike of a heatwave, though. by sunday, the weather picture starts to become quite showery across the uk, and that will see our temperatures beginning to slide away. still a pretty pleasant day to come, though, on sunday. in the sunny spells, there will be some warmth around, turning much chillier, though, next week.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: at least seven people have been killed, on a cruise boat that's capsized on the river danube in the hungarian capital, budapest the boat with more than 30 people on board collided with another vessel and overturned. it's been confirmed the tourist who lost their lives were south korean nationals. prominent democrats in the united states are calling for impeachment proceedings against president trump — after us special counsel robert mueller broke his silence on the russia investigation. he repeated that his report did not clear the president of obstructing justice. mr trump tweeted that the case was closed. israeli politicians have voted to dissolve parliament and hold a snap election, after the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, failed to form a coalition. the september vote will be the second this year. mr netanyahu's attempts to put together an administration collapsed over differences between secular and religious parties.


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