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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 7pm: michael gove — one of the front runners for the conservative leadership — says he deeply regrets his cocaine use more than 20 years ago, but it should not affect his bid to be prime minister. us president donald trump lifts the threat of tariffs on imports from mexico after its government promises to curb illegal immigration. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two women in london on a bus. the queen isjoined by members of the royal family for the annual trooping the colour parade, to mark her majesty's official birthday. the actor olivia colman is among the famous names recognised in the queen's birthday honours list.
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and in sport, germany have beaten china 1—0 in the fifa women's world cup. and in sportsday at 7.30pm, a record score for england against bangladesh in the cricket world cup. good evening. one of the candidates for the leadership of the conservative party, michael gove, says he "deeply regrets" taking cocaine more than 20 years ago. he told the daily mail it happened at several social events while he was working as a journalist. mr gove says it was a mistake but he didn't believe it should disqualify him from becoming prime minister. our political correspondent chris mason reports. if you see yourself as the face of the country's future,
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you can expect plenty of questions about your own past. i can confirm that i will be putting my name forward to be prime minister of this country. from mr gove recently, to here in the late ‘90s, it's about the time he now admits he cocaine. ..he told the daily mail. will, though, those who choose our next prime minister — conservative mps and members — agree? ultimately, this is an admission of illegality but i guess the key question is, will it make any difference? times have changed, and this isn't the devastating blow for michael gove‘s campaign that it might once have been. having said that, he is in for some very awkward conservations with party members, who tend to be very socially conservative on this issue. and that will be a drag on his campaign.
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the flip side of that is that it's dragged boris back into the limelight over class a drugs. have you snorted cocaine? i tried to, unsuccessfully, a long time ago. this was borisjohnson 14 years ago. i sneezed. a very small quantity. it was a long, long time ago. i think it's probably a disgusting and ridiculous thing to do, and what else can i say about it? three years later, he said it was simply untrue that he'd taken cocaine. other candidates have had admissions to make, too. rory stewart has apologised for smoking opium at a wedding in iran 15 years ago. this afternoon in michael gove‘s constituency in surrey, people appeared relaxed about their mp's past behaviour. to me, it's not relevant. i think this isjust people trying to slur, just to bring him down, really. not really fair to do that. personally speaking, i don't think
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it will have any real impact. remember, the race to replace theresa may — and move on here by the end of next month — hasn't yet formally begun. that happens on monday. so the scrutiny, the awkward questions, the probing of each candidate's past is onlyjust beginning. mr gove and his rivals are now in a breathless battle for the topjob. chris mason, bbc news. our political correspondent peter saull explained why mr gove may have decided to talk about his past. this has become, already, a feature of the conservative leadership contest. the international development secretary, rory stewart, talking about a wedding he was at in iran 15 years ago, being passed an opium pipe. he said he felt he had to smoke it out of politeness. others making similar admissions of prior use of drugs. dominic raab saying he smoked cannabis when he was at university. you saw the clip of borisjohnson as well when he was presenting have i got news back in 2005.
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this is a question that politicians are often asked, how did they behave when they were younger? perhaps in a former life as politicians. and i think the kind of message you can take from michael gove today is, look, judge me on my record as a politician in parliament, because, remember, politicians do have past lives. they were people before they became politicians. in terms of how he is handling it, how is it being received? i think the key question is how it goes down among the tory faithful out there in the country. michael gove is a very popular figure within the conservative party in westminster. he is considered one of the favourites to get through to the final two. those rounds of voting whittling it down to the last two contenders will begin on thursday. he's got a lot of support within the parliamentary party, he ticks quite a lot of boxes for his colleagues. he's got a wealth of
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experience in the cabinet. he's also a brexiteer, which is a key criteria for a lot of people. but, you know, the clue is in the name as far as the conservative membership is concerned. they are conservative, they're largely older in demographics. they may take a dimmer view, i suppose, than some of his conservative colleagues in westminster to some of his past misdemeanours. that was peter saull there. so does mr gove‘s revelation come as a surprise? earlier, i spoke to ian hamilton, a senior lecturer in addiction and mental health. when we think about the number of people who use drugs in this country every year, it would be astonishing if members of the cabinet and other politicians aren't using drugs. they like to remind us, don't they, they're just one of us? if they are just one of us, they would just be doing the same as everybody else — and that's using drugs. being "one of us", taking the drugs, that is a criminal act, isn't it?
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from what we are hearing right now, everyone is being forgiving, brushing aside. what is the real story here? it's interesting, isn't it? it's not clear to me why he's decided to make the statement now. and, unfortunately, he fits a bit of a pattern with people confessing, particularly mps, in that it's almost full of regret and remorse, when we know the vast majority of people take drugs because they have a good time. now, unfortunately, not everybody does. but the majority of them do, so it would be great or refreshing if michael gove and other mps and said, "look, i really enjoyed the experience but i've grown out of it," or "it's something that i wouldn't want to do now"? a lot of people are talking about this being a middle—class drugs scourge. and then people will point out that if you were a young black man and you'd been convicted of drug use, you would be in prison. yeah, so there's an obvious
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disconnect, or difference, between what happens to people like michael gove when they confess to drug use and, as you point out, to people in certain groups. notjust young black men, but also working—class men and women across the board. we know that the sanctions, the consequences of drug use are often far worse than the consequences of drugs themselves. so what i want to know is, will michael gove be able to travel to america again? america's very strict on a history of drug use, so it will be interesting whether he's able to go back and interview donald trump and even get into the united states. because if he was a normal member of the public, he would not be allowed. you obviously have experience in addiction and mental health. how do you, or how would you like the story to be taken forward? but the reality of drug use and those caught
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in the hell of addiction, it's very different, isn't it? it is. the vast amount of people use drugs like cocaine without a problem, but there is a group i am concerned about who will develop problems. wouldn't it be great if michael gove, having made this admission, really acknowledged that he's like everybody else, looked again at policy and drug policy, which desperately needs reevaluation and almost a start again? we are in the worst possible position where we have this kind of collective political denial of drug use, and really harsh penalties for people who need help. so what i'm really concerned about is, the way that often people who develop problems don'tjust have the problems with the drugs but also with the way that they are stigmatized — and that, i think, gets in the way of them seeking treatment.
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and we've seen absolutely savage cuts to drug treatments in this country over the last few years. so, at a time when we know people need treatment, there's fewer places available. i think michael gove could do something really positive about this and say he's willing to be courageous enough to look again at drug policy and funding for drug treatment. that was ian hamilton there, speaking to me earlier. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.30pm and 11.30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are broadcaster lynn faulds wood and the economic adviser to arbuthnot banking ruth lea. president trump says america and mexico have reached a deal on illegal migration. the us president had threatened to impose tariffs on all mexican imports from the start of next week, unless action was taken to stem the flow of people crossing the border illegally.
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will grant reports from mexico's border with guatemala, in the town of tapachula. pourous, jungled and nearly impossible to police. every day, people move back and forth across the suchiate river, mexico's natural border with central america, on inflatable rafts. many cross for work, commerce, even school. but for us—bound migrants, it's a crucial step on their arduous journey north. for now, punitive tariffs have been avoided. yet few in mexico think the shaky peace on immigration will last. president lopez obrador has urged donald trump towards more dialogue, insisting that mexico has clamped down hard on illegal immigration in recent months. still, so far, it's made little difference. president trump continues to paint this as basically an unmanned gateway into the united states. once inside mexico, the tough part begins. mexico says it's prepared to increase the deterrent by sending
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thousands more troops to its southern border. this week, some 500 migrants were detained, joining the more than 80,000 deported since december — a huge jump on the previous year. meanwhile, local immigration agencies are clearly overwhelmed and underfunded, as they struggle to provide basic services or help with asylum claims. translation: the first time, we dealt with around 20,000 migrants. we just didn't have the resources. the mayor of the town had to dip into her own pocket to help out. typically, most migrants are from central america, though some have reached tapachula from half a world away — democratic republic of congo, central african republic, cameroon. they're all fleeing one thing in common — violence. there's war in cameroon. that is my reason that, i suppose, made me to leave cameroon. so i am trying to go to us because there's a lot of human rights in us. the group showed us disturbing images of their trip through the darien gap, one of the most hostile
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environments in the americas. some of their travel companions never made it, they said. for mexico, this is a major issue. the mexican government, i feel, has been doing everything it can in the circumstances, and what we need is american cooperation, not unilateral threats. mexico can ill afford an economic conflict with the us, its largest trading partner. a recession would surely increase immigration north, exacerbating the problem. yet mexicans fear mr trump, who's recently cut aid to central america, isn't interested in the causes of immigration, only in seeing it stamped out. that report by will grant. and willis in mexico city for us now. who has won out of this? is a just mexico or america? i think it's, in
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a sense, mutually beneficial. certainly donald trump is going to play this as an absolute win for his side, and it is true that he got from mexico what he was looking for, specifically the militarization, further militarization come of that southern border, an agreement to sort of deal with asylum claims in the us by keeping those who have applied for asylum in mexico while they wait. that was absolutely key as far as he was concerned, and ethically and expect them to play that heavily among his base —— i think we can expect him to play that heavily. mexico was plainlyjust him of those measures anyway —— planning on taking some of his measures anyway. the economy not in the best shape. how important was this for presidents obrador and mexico, just the impact of those tariffs, what they could have done to mexico. when
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we bear in mind next years and every thing from avocados and tomatoes from a rector to cars, flatscreen tvs , from a rector to cars, flatscreen tvs, carports, the manufacturing baseis tvs, carports, the manufacturing base is huge —— when we bear in mind mexico sends everything. it's vital, and a 5% tax slabs on all that would've been initially difficult thing. it was 5% initially. staving that off was very important to avoid recession and obviously, a recession in this country would simply add more mexicans in the flow heading north in the first place. this could very well be a short—lived hiatus for mexico. how difficult is going to be for them to adhere to these conditions? i that's true. to be for them to adhere to these conditions? ithat's true. ithing there's a sense now that at least they are more on the same page when
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it comes to the question of immigration, undocumented migrants heading for mexico on their way to the us. i think the thing is, and a lot of migrants rights groups are saying, what about the migrants themselves? there's been a lot of focus on stepping it out and preventing it, but about strengthening? and one of the few points of light is mexico did acquire support for a develop and fan for central america, to try and get decent and well—paid job in honduras, el salvador and guatemala, which might cool things rather than saying, you cannot come through their and you cannot stay here. will grant, thanks very much. you're watching bbc news. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two lesbians in london. melania gimoanat and her partner
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chris were passengers on a night bus when a group began harassing them and asking them to kiss. four other males aged between 15 and 18 are being questioned on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm. the sudanese opposition has called for a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience, following the arrest of three opposition figures by the military. the arrests took place hours just after the ethiopian prime minister, abiy ahmed, was sent in for mediation talks. earlier this week, dozens of protestors were shot dead by a paramilitary group. the opposition is continuing to demand a civil administration. it is 17 minutes past 7pm. the headlines: michael gove — one of the front runners for the conservative leadership — says his past cocaine use more than 20 years ago should not be held against him in his bid to become prime minister. us president donald trump lifts the threat of tariffs on imports from mexico after its government promises to curb illegal immigration.
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a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two women in london. one of britain's most wanted men has been arrested in malta, after 16 years on the run. police wanted to question christopher guest morejr, who's 41, in connection with the murder of a man at a remote cheshire farmhouse in june 2003. the victim was tortured and beaten to death in front of his two adult children. a woman who was bitten by a dog in preston last friday has died. 55—year—old sharonjennings was walking her own dog in the brookfield area of preston when she was attacked by another dog. she was taken to hospital on monday and died last night. police are making enquiries to trace the dog involved and its owner. the queen's official birthday has been marked by the annual trooping the colour ceremony.
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the duchess of sussex joined the parade in an open—top carriage, her first public appearance since the birth of her son four weeks ago. our royal correspondent daniella relph reports. fanfare this week, she has hosted a president and remembered the sacrifice of d—day. today, the queen herself was celebrated on her official birthday. trooping the colour also saw a return to royal duties for the duchess of sussex. meghan rode in a carriage with her husband and the duchesses of cornwall and cambridge, for her first royal engagement since baby archie was born on the 6th of may. the american duchess did not take part in the state visit of the american president earlier in the week, because of the birth of her baby son. but officials say she chose to interrupt her maternity leave for this event, because it is a family moment in which she wanted to share.
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the queen has rarely missed a trooping the colour. hers is an expert eye on a spectacle of military precision. among those watching was theresa may, the day after formally stepping down as conservative party leader. from the parade ground back to the palace, surrounded by pomp and pageantry. the ceremony also draws together one of the year's largest gatherings of senior royals. and the police carefully guided the crowds on the mall into prime position. at buckingham palace, they saw the queen lead the family out as the younger generation stole the show. prince louis, 13 months old and making his debut on the palace balcony, had his own take on the royal wave. they all watched the fly—past, the day's grand finale, although strong winds meant several of the vintage aircraft couldn't fly.
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as his great—grandmother led herfamily back inside, the youngest royal there looked like he'd definitely be back next year. daniela relph, bbc news, buckingham palace. the actor olivia colman and the tv adventurer bear grylls are among the famous names recognised in the queen's birthday honours list. theyjoin hundreds of members of the public who've also been recognised for contributing to their communities. lizo mzimba's report contains some flash photography. academy award winner olivia colman says she is thrilled to have been made a commander of the order of the british empire for services to drama. now is the winter of our discontent... simon russell beale has received a knighthood for his acting work. in the world of music, performer and actor alfie boe becomes an obe for services to music and charity. while the grammy and brit—nominated
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performer m:i.a becomes an mbe. but of course, the majority of the honours have gone to people who aren't in the public eye. for work in their communities across the country. people like nimco ali, who has been made an obe for her work campaigning against female genital mutilation. i spoke out because i was hurt that 20 years after i was subjected to fgm, girls in the uk were still at risk. and now we have a decade between 2020 and 2030, in order to really ensure we save the most vulnerable girls on the planet. 15 foster carers have been made mbes, including gordon and brenda potter. they've looked after hundreds of children. something we have enjoyed doing for so long has actually won us this award. i would hate never to have done it. i am very proud of the award, but i'm glad i have done it.
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and tommy mcardle has worked as a street cleaner in liverpool for 13 years. he's been given a british empire medal for services to the community. his reaction? wow. i didn't believe it at first. i thought the people in there were winding me up. it just doesn't happen to the likes of me doing this and that. he's just one of the hundreds being recognised for the work they do that benefits so many others. lizo mzimba, bbc news. earlier, i spoke to broadcaster and tv historian dan snow. he's been awarded an mbe in the queen's birthday honours list. i don't deserve to be at this table, to be honest, but it's a huge honour. it's certainly an honour to be surrounded by all these remarkable people. dan, we saw history in action and the importance of it this past week at the d—day celebrations. why does history matter? history matters a lot, as you can see.
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history is everything that's ever happened on planet earth. history is the reason we are conversing in english, the reason the bbc exists, the reason britain is currently going through brexit, but also the reason britain is a prosperous and fairly stable society. we could be plunged into civil war, as, sadly, too many parts of the world are, but we are not. because of our history, our unique story. if you want to understand the present, if you want to understand the words we're using, the clothes we're wearing, the belief systems we have, you need to understand what's gone before. as a result, in the world being quite turbulent at the moment, history matters quite a lot. i'd like to get onto your view of how today's history is going to be regarded, but first off, it wasn't always history, was it? it started off in software. why the slight blip and then why turning back to history? i see, my first job! that's true! when you're a student, you got to work wherever you can. so i was uploading data in a software company,
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and i was pretty bad at that. basically, the story of my life is i am fairly bad at most things and i have been absolutely lucky enough to pursue one thing that i'm all right at, and i love telling stories of history. but i actually... i love technology as well. i started this podcast now, britain's biggest history podcast, started my tv channel, so i am sort of trying to combine history with new ways of engaging as well. how do you go about choosing to tell the story that you're focusing on? that can't be easy, because essentially, you have to bring history to life. yeah. that's right. i don't find it that hard, really, because i find the stories so extraordinary. i mean, look at d—day. particularly with modern history, where you've still got eyewitnesses with us. those men and women who were involved in the invasion of normandy, those men who charged up the beach, they make it... sorry, my daughter was running around.
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ican see! she's very excited. we'd like to see her as well. she's as bad as her dad and hergrandpa. hello there. what do you think of your dad getting this award? i'm very proud of daddy, and i think he really deserves it. absolutely. and what would you like to see daddy tell, the next story? what would you like daddy to tell? what history do you like? you like the vikings. yeah. what else? boudicca? boudicca. fantastic. how old is she, and she knows all those generations in history? i'm seven. how many times have you been to hms victory? about a thousand. that sounds like your childhood there, dan! generational trauma. it's all getting a bit out of control now. i've got my son... hello there! hello!
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i think there are going to be celebrations in your house today. just very quickly, dan. today's living history, how do you think it's going to be told? it's too soon to say. i think today, we are probably underestimating the impact of technological change and global warming. i think those will be the big stories. i don't think it'll be theresa may, i don't think it'll be donald trump, i don't think it will be politics... i don't think it will be brexit. i think, in 100 years' time, they will be wondering why, when we knew so much about global temperatures rising, the emission of carbon in the atmosphere, why we weren't doing more about it. and also why are we not talking more about al, the ethics around the biochemical revolution? so i think it's some of those things we're not paying enough attention to at the moment that historians will be fascinated with. that was dan snow, mbe.
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now, as if he wasn't busy enough being the president of turkey, recep tayyip erdogan stepped in to the shoes of best man at a wedding this weekend. arsenal midfielder mesut ozil tied the knot with former miss turkey amine gulse at a luxury hotel in istanbul. mesut ozil, who is german and also has turkish roots, announced earlier this year that he had asked mr erdogan to be his best man — which had sparked criticism in his home country. mr erdogan congratulated the newlyweds and urged them to have at least four children. now it's time for a look at the weather with chris. still no reports what they got up to on the stag do! fairly heavy rain still with us at the moment. this area blood pressure is away towards scandinavia, taking the worst of the rain with it, but there will be some further showers across the northwest overnight. otherwise, the winds, down 90 skies will begin to clear —— and the skies will begin to clear.
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sunday, a rather sunny start, although cloudy over northern scotland. the showers will become heavy infantry and will tend to form in bands where the winds converge together. where we see these lines forming come of that's where you are most likely to see the showers. towards the coast of south east england, a small chance of a shower and probably will stay dry. sunshine, more of that to go around. looking at the weather picture into the early part of next week, monday and tuesday she's a very active weather front. it could and tuesday she's a very active weatherfront. it could bring and tuesday she's a very active weather front. it could bring about a month's weather front. it could bring about a months worth of rain. there is a risk of some localised flooding or the next week. better weather. —— there's your weather.
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hello this is bbc news. the headlines: michael gove — one of the front runners for the conservative leadership — says he deeply regrets his cocaine use more than 20 years ago, but it should not affect his bid to be prime minister. president trump lifts the threat of tariffs on imports from mexico, after its government promises to curb illegal immigration. a 16—year—old boy has been arrested over a homophobic attack against two women in london on a bus. the queen isjoined by members of the royal family for the annual trooping the colour parade, to mark her majesty's official birthday. the actor olivia colman is among the famous names recognised in the queen's birthday honours list. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday.


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