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this is the briefing. i'm samantha simmonds. our top story: police arrest the captain of the ship which crashed into a smaller tourist boat on the river danube in budapest. 7 people are dead, many remain missing. r kelly is charged with more sexual offences — he's due in court next week. the lawyer for shamima begum accuses uk authorities of failing to protect her from being trafficked by is. coming up in business: trump's trade bombshell. the president says he'll hit all goods from mexico with tariffs until they curb illegal immigration, rattling global markets.
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a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation tell us what you think — just use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. police in hungary have arrested the captain of a ship, which crashed into a smaller tourist boat on the river danube in budapest. the 64—year—old ukrainian national was held on charges of reckless misconduct. at least seven people died, seven others were rescued — and 21 are still missing. gareth barlow reports. in a split second, the disaster unfolded. in just seven seconds, the mermaid sank. the 40—ton boat, forced into the water,
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no match for the 1,000—ton viking. the front of the viking hit the back of the little boat and then itjust turned broadside in front of the boat and itjust rolled over and then the hull popped up on the opposite side of the ship, you know, just a few seconds later, and then it was down, it sunk. more than 2a hours on, the search continues for those still missing, but hopes are fading of finding anyone alive. the danube is flowing in full force, its waters just 10 degrees celsius, offering little chance of survival. the focus now for the authorities — to find out what went so terribly wrong. the vikings ukrainian captain has been arrested, suspected of reckless misconduct leading to mass casualties. translation: what we can see on the cctv footage is the small boat, the mermaid, is sailing north, as is the bigger vessel, the viking.
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when they reached the pillars of the margaret bridge, the mermaid turns in front of the viking for some reason, and there was a collision. the mermaid got turned on its side and within about seven seconds, it sank. in south korea, relatives of the victims joined military search teams on a flight to budapest. in hungary, as rescue workers prepare to raise the sunken vessel, candles mark the place where a happy holiday became a tragedy. gareth barlow, bbc news. the american r and b singer, r kelly, has been charged with eleven more counts of sexual assault and abuse by prosecutors in chicago. earlier this year, he denied ten charges involving four women — three of them were under—age at the time a decade ago. peter bowes reports from los angeles. mounting charges for the disgraced singer — r kelly is now accused of 21 counts of sexual abuse and assault. in february, he was
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charged with ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. he was accused of abusing four women, three of whom were underage at the time of the alleged offences. the new charges are believed to relate to one of those women. they include counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and abuse of a victim aged between 13 and 16. the singer's lawyer said the charges change nothing since they apply to an existing case. in march, r kelly went on us tv to strongly deny the charges he was then facing. ina tearful and sometimes combative interview, he said the allegations against him were all lies. how stupid would it be for me to — with my — crazy past and what i've been through, "0h, right now i think i'm going to be a monster and hold girls against my will, chain them up in my basement!"
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r kelly is due in court next thursday to answer the charges. peter bowes, bbc news. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: the military authorities in sudan say the main protest site outside army headquarters in khartoum has become a threat to the country. the umbrella group leading protests against the military has warned of a growing risk of violence against the demonstrators. a general strike is taking place in sudan to put more pressure on the military to transfer power to a civilian administration. scientists in burkina faso and the united states have used genetic engineering to develop a new way to stop the spread of malaria. the researchers have enhanced a fungus using a toxin found in a species of spider, so that the fungus kills the mosquitos that carry the disease. in trials, it's reduced mosquito populations by more than 99%. the german chancellor has used an address to american scholars to warn of the dangers of nationalism. angela merkel urged graduating students at harvard to reject isolation, and not to
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confuse truth with lies. let's turn to our main business story: president trump is saying he will impose tariffs on all goods from mexico in an attempt to force the country to crack down on illegal migration to the us. he says the five per cent tariff will come into effect next month and will gradually increase to 25% by october if mexico fails to comply. the news has rattled global markets. with me is fiona reynolds, ceo of principles for responsible investment. wright welcome to you. thank you for coming in. this announcement seemed to come out of the blue. also, at the time when mexico and america seem to be coming up with a new trade agreement. lmi get the does seem to have come out of the blue. "it seem to have come out of the blue. ——it doesn't seem to have come out of the blue. it looks towards donald
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trump's diplomacy where he is looking to deflect some of the discussion going on around the mueller report, something i thought when i read it. it has certainly come out of the blue and rattled markets. i also think it is quite interesting in regards to the trade war that's happening with china. a number of companies were talking about the fact that they would be thinking about moving some of their supply chains and their businesses out of china and into mexico. if we are going to see the same kind of ta riffs are going to see the same kind of tariffs and more trade was happening with mexico, that is certainly going to disrupt a lot of business plans and soi to disrupt a lot of business plans and so i think there is a lot that needs to be worked through in this and how many trade wars do you want going on at one time? especially when the one with china is so near an impasse at the moment as far as mexico is concerned, they could retaliate as they have over the steel levies and in return targeted pork and i think apples and some
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cheese from america. exactly. no country is going to take these things lying down and we are also seeing again, when we look at around the world, we are seeing china retaliate as well. so this isn't a one—sided discussion. it is going to be interesting to see what happens and as you were talking about, is also coming at the time when the us, canada and mexico are supposed to be having this new trade deal in place thatis having this new trade deal in place that is supposed to, you know, replace nafta which was unpopular in the us. where is that going to lead with this new agreement? so many questions, we do not have the a nswe i’s , questions, we do not have the answers, do we? iwish questions, we do not have the answers, do we? i wish we did. me too. i will see you a little bit later for the news too. i will see you a little bit laterfor the news briefing, thank you. a lawyerfor shamima begum has written to the british home secretary accusing the uk authorities of failing to protect her from being trafficked by islamic state fighters. ms begum was "groomed" and "trafficked to isis controlled territory", according to the letter, seen by the bbc.
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it cites multiple failings by authorities to safeguard the then 15—year—old schoolgirl. hanna yusuf reports. stripped of her british citizenship and held in a syrian refugee camp, shamima begum faces an uncertain future. she left her home in east london with two school friends. they managed to travel despite a close friend having made thejourney managed to travel despite a close friend having made the journey to syria months earlier. according to her lawyer, shamima begum was targeted and trafficked by islamic state. isis have a propaganda machine where they reached out to the world, into the mobile phone of shamima begum and managed to groom her, eating her the advice that she needed to successfully, as a 15—year—old girl, evade uk police, counterterrorism, across a border between syria and turkey and find herself betrothed in an isis ceremony to a 23—year—old man. herself betrothed in an isis ceremony to a 23-year-old man. the letter to the home secretary cites trailers by the uk authorities to stop the three girls from leaving
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for syria. —— failures. it says the families should have been want the girls were at risk of being trafficked for expectation by isis fighters. police say there was no sign that any of the girls who were pupils at bethnal green academy were radical or radicalised. the home office would comment but those decisions to deprive individuals of their citizenship are not to be taken their citizenship are not to be ta ken lightly. their citizenship are not to be taken lightly. shamima begum's family are challenging the decision but say the little hope they had when she was first found has been stolen from them. for others, she joined is willingly and should face the consequences. united nations officials are warning that tens of thousands of children are at immediate risk of being killed or forced to flee for their lives because of intense fighting in northern syria. presidents assad's army is closing in on the last strongold of opposition forces. the un says civilians are facing indiscriminate bombing and shelling — acts which may amount to war crimes. it's estimated as many as half a million people have lost their lives since syria collapsed into civil war 8 years ago.
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syrian government troops, backed by russian air power, are attacking idlib province where rebel islamist fighters are making a last stand. our middle east editor jeremy bowen reports. this is life and death in idlib, the last province in syria controlled by rebels. civil defence workers the white helmets are digging civilians out of buildings, destroyed, it seems certain, by attacks from the regime side. this boy called hakam survived. his three siblings did not. unicef, the un children's agency, says tens of thousands of children are in danger as, once again, syria's war escalates. this should be no surprise to the world. syria's slow death follows a pattern. injanuary 2017, i walked through the ruins of al-quds hospital in east aleppo, the rebel enclave that had just fallen to the regime and its russian and iranian allies. thousands of casualties were treated here during the siege. the medics had left in a hurry after shells hit the building. this whole area is damaged. hospitals, civilian buildings a re protected under international humanitarian law, so there are major questions to be answered about whether
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war crimes were committed. wars are less chaotic than they appear. pain and death are inflicted on someone's orders. and wars have laws. some are supposed to protect civilians. in syria, they've mostly been ignored. hamza al khataeb, one of the doctors, says he witnessed war crimes every day
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that killed and maimed civilians. two years on, in london, he'd like to see the perpetrators in court. the syrian regime and the russians. no—one else has the aeroplanes to make the sky rain cluster bombs, explosive barrels and chlorine gas. no—one else can do that. what would you like to have happen to them? justice, just justice. syria's war has destroyed a country, killed perhaps 500,000 people and let overwhelming evidence of war crimes by all sides according to un investigators. all the countries involved in syria's multi—layered war have questions to answer. this is raqqa, once the beating heart of the jihadist islamic state. the americans, helped by britain, levelled it. amnesty, the human rights group,
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condemned them for not acknowledging how many civilians they'd killed. rebels, now mainly jihadist extremists, continue to fight out of idlib, but the president's side has almost won the war. was this regime air strike, one of many, a war crime? possibly. it buried this child and killed another. but turning evidence into prosecutions is difficult. syria's wounds would have a better chance to heal if war criminals faced the law. but victors' justice tends to apply when the fighting stops, so it looks as if the regime and its allies, for now at least, will be safe. jeremy bowen, bbc news. and you can keep up to date
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all with the latest developments in syria on the bbc website. you'll aso find a feature on the most powerful groups left facing president assad — that's all at or download the bbc news app. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: how do you spell success? students are vying for the top prize — but even parents have problems with some of those words. in the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen, up to 30 million people have taken part in sponsored athletics 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 7am. 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
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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. ah, i don't believe it! she's the one with the bounce, the go, the girl power. not geri. why? you're watching the briefing. our headlines: police in hungary detain the captain of a cruise ship that collided with a smaller boat on the river danube. at least seven south korean tourists have died. the singer r kelly has been charged with eleven further sexual offences. charges relate to the sexual assault of a minor aged between 13 and 16.
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king salman of saudi arabia has called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities regarding what he called iran's subversive role which threatens regional and global stability. but the king, who was speaking at the opening of a summit of a gulf leaders in mecca, also held out "a hand of peace" to avoid a war in the region. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports from jeddah. hosting through summits of arab and islamic leaders to focus on what the kingdom regards as the threat posed by orion in this region and beyond. in his first speech, he pointed to what he had said had been for decades of iran's subversive role, including the recent attacks on four vessels in the gulf of mine, which he said demand serious action. he didn't say what it was, but he said there had to be a response. the king
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pointed out it had been the failure of the world to act in the past that have led to be run out‘s transgressions, and he called on the international community to use in his words, all means do stop iran from intervening in other countries. not clear what kind of intervention the king is seeking, like so many leaders here, there was a need to avoid another war. in fact, many of the arab and muslim leaders here, while they will back his hard line on the run —— on iran, other leaders are worried about the escalating rhetoric and say that iran must be included, not isolated in order to strengthen regional security. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. just hours after the gulf cooperation council and the arab league summits conclude, some of the leaders will meet again in mecca to discuss the latest conflicts in muslim—majority countries.
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16—year—old greta thunberg, the swedish school girl who started a global movement of student strikes calling for action to combat climate change, is leading a march in vienna today. and over in the us, the california democratic party state convention starts in san francisco. the three—day meet is by far the largest gathering of democrats from around the state. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello — i'm gavin ramjaun — and this is your friday sport briefing. the cricket world cup is underway — and what a way to cement your status as favourites. england — who are the tournament hosts, crushed south africa in their opening game at the oval in london. they won by1011 runs. the moment of the match? this spectacular catch by all—rounder ben stokes! it's so good we have show it again. stokes, their top scorer with 89 runs, also contributed two wickets. jofra archer, on just his fourth one—day match for england got three wickets.
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a full day out. when he does, it's extremely entertaining. it's great for the game because we see a lot of it in training, doing stuff like that all the time and you just shake your head at it because it doesn't happen every day. and today his all—round game was on and that's great for us at the start of a tournament, it shows his right on top of his game. the dream of a third straight grand slam is alive for naomi osaka — but onlyjust! the world number one survived a scare against victoria azarenka. she lost the first set but came back to win in three. she'll face katerina siniakova in the third round. serena williams is also though after beating japanese qualifier kurumi nara in straight sets. and the men's world number one, novak djokovic, is through to the third round at roland garros for the 14th consecutive year. that's after a routine straight sets win over henri laaksonen. next up for the 2016 champion is the unseeded italian salvatore
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caruso. rafael nadal continues his quest for a record—extending 12th title at roland garros in the coming hours. the defending champion will face 27th seed david goffin. the pair have met three previous times on clay, with goffin not managing to win a single set. now, ecuador‘s richard carapaz is still the man to catch as the giro d'italia heads into stage 19 on friday. damiano cima just held off the peloton to win thursday's gruelling stage, but crucially it's carapaz who retains the pinkjersey. the movistar rider has a lead ofjust under two minutes, ahead of the 151km ride from treviso to san martino di castrozza. the build—up continues to anthonyjoshua's first fight in america. the weigh—in with andy ruinr takes in place at madison square garden later. joshua — the unified world
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heavyweight champion — has a substantial reach advantage and is the strong favourite to retain his titles. earlier this week, he said he'll only feel he's "made it" in boxing — if he captures deontay wilder's wbc title. staying with boxing, few would argue that sugar ray leonard didn't ‘make it‘ in his career. he may be 63, but you'd never know it. the six—time world champion posted this video on instagram, which goes to show that old habits die hard. the legendary fighter still looking in great shape. he was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes. looking very good, isn't he? you can get all the latest sports news at our website — that's but from me and the rest of the sport team, goodbye. kevin, thank you. a super spell is tied this year in the national spelling bee in the us with all of
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them declared co— champions. horripilation, kentledge and pa rochialism — just three of the words facing children competing in this year's national spelling bee in maryland. can their parents do any better? we asked those brave enough to try. so the first word is horripilation. horripilation, 0k? i'm the 2018 scripps national spelling bee champion.
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you have to work really hard, and you have to work efficiently. when i was studying for the spelling bee, i studied for about 30—36
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hours a week. i studied by typing. i typed the words in a spreadsheet, and so just using that muscle memory, itjust helped me, like, recollect. well done to all those kids and all their parents who gave it a go. and before we go, we'd like to leave you with these pictures. two baby ring—tailed lemurs have become the latest attraction at rome zoo. they were born in april, but they're only out in public 110w. their mothers carry them around when they're young. ring—tailed lemurs are native to madagascar and listed as an endangered species. the population there has shrunk by a quarter in the last 25 years. it's sure to be a big attraction at the zoo there.
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don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter — i'm @samanthatvnews. stay with us here on bbc news, so much more to come. the business news is coming up very shortly. bye for now. it's very mild out there right now, pretty much right across the uk, regardless of whether you've got the clear conditions or it is raining. and the story over the next few days will be the rising temperature, particularly across some southern and central areas of the uk. it's not going to turn hot everywhere but we do have some hot weather on the way. this is the latest satellite image. you can see lots of clouds streaming in the direction of the uk, we will continue to have wet conditions in some northern and north—western areas, but it's not widespread rain in the morning, at least. you can see some pockets in the early hours of friday. mild, 1a first thing in the morning in london, 1a and bell first, pressure
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in the far north of the uk —— belfast, here is the rain on friday. it's affecting northern and western scotland, also northern ireland. there will be some rain moving through the late strict, too. lots of rain, by the time this moves through you will see at least 40—50 millimetres of rain in some spots. a very different story across the south, wales, the midlands there. some sunshine and it is going to be a warm day. friday was see temperatures up to 20, low 20s quite widely. in the north of the uk, close to 1a degrees there stop on saturday, this is thejet close to 1a degrees there stop on saturday, this is the jet stream and the warm air, notice that it's across the uk's northern areas. notice that that will mean that it would be unsettled there. to the south, that's where we've got those warm winds dragging vicki out of france. —— the heat. mid 20s easily
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for many areas, but for where the jet stream is more cloud and more wind. obviously fresher there. the warm wind isn't going to last for very long. on sunday will see low pressure moved to the uk, some rain you will see dotted around right across the uk. that weather front will push the heat a little further towards the east of the country, that means on sunday things will be calling off from the west. into next week, there is a change on the way, low pressure will be in charge and there would be a lot more under that all weather. goodbye. —— unsettled weather.
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this is the business briefing. i'm samantha simmonds. trump's trade bombshell. the president says he'll hit all goods from mexico with tariffs until they curb illegal immigration, rattling global markets. plus — cbi ‘no deal‘ warning. britain's bosses write to conservative leadership hopefuls to tell them the damage of leaving the eu without an agreement would be severe. and on the markets — asian shares sinking and sovereign bond prices surging as investors count the cost of the latest trade blow by president trump. asian carmakers who manufacture in mexico hit particularly hard —


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