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welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: as tensions intensify with their run, us secretary of state mike pompeo has to the middle east for talks with american allies. —— iran. celebrations on histories but a serious setback for turkey's president only one as his party loses control of a stumble. jobs are being shelved, so why do some businesses still support donald trump australian trade was? we report from america's industrial trade land. film for the first time, secret tunnels of a london landmark as it is transformed into a luxury hotel.
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hello and welcome. us secretary of state mike pompeo is on his way to the middle east for talks with both saudi arabia and the uae and an offer to negotiate with iran. there have been days of extreme tensions with washington and tehran and it includes reports of an american cyber attack on iranian weapons, a p pa re ntly cyber attack on iranian weapons, apparently in retaliation for the shooting down of a us drone. chris buckler reports. having backed away from military strikes, america is trying to show it is not afraid of conflict with iran. officials say they launched cyber attacks, which they claim disabled iranian systems controlling rockets and missile launchers, exactly the kind of hardware that was responsible for shooting down an american drone over the gulf.
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with tehran showing off the wreckage and president trump threatening iran with obliteration if this ends up in confrontation, the international community is increasingly worried. everybody must keep nerves of steel. it is absolutely essential to avoid any form of escalation. the world cannot afford a major confrontation in the gulf. the british foreign minister andrew murrison has been meeting diplomats in tehran, trying to urge calm and diplomacy. but there seems little appetite for that in the iranian parliament, where they chanted, "death to america". meanwhile, with its build—up of military might in the gulf, the us appears to be doing all it can to demonstrate that it's ready for war. neither iran nor any other hostile actor should mistake us prudence and discretion for weakness. no one has granted them a hunting
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license in the middle east. there is a clear divide inside the white house. president trump was the one who called off the retaliatory strike but most of his senior advisers wanted them. that has resulted in a mixed message being sent to tehran. at times, the trump administration appears to be tentatively offering a hand of friendship, even as it shakes its fist. we are prepared to negotiate with no preconditions. they know precisely how to find us and i'm confident that at the very moment they're ready to truly engage with us, we will be able to begin these conversations. the us secretary of state is now on his way to the middle east in an attempt to calm waters in the gulf. but with concerns of further attacks following explosions on tankers and iran threatening to breach the terms of its internationally agreed nuclear deal, relationships between tehran and washington will be tested,
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if any exist at all. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. chris also gave us this analysis from ossington. i think has this week against is a real sense that the international community is concerned about what is going to happen next. there has been prays in some quarters for president trump for showing restraint are not going ahead with that military strike last week on iranian targets because there was a fear that could spark serious conflict —— praise. there are flashpoints in the week ahead. first of all we have had these cyber attacks on iranian military installations, for example, which will upset tehran. beyond that, the placement of new sanctions which we will get the details ahead ——of in the hours ahead will anger iranian leadership. on the other hand, iran is making clear it will breach its international nuclear deal in the days ahead stop it is going have more enriched uranium that it is
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allowed to under that agreement and that will put pressure on relationships, too. at the moment, you have the sense that wild things are, perhaps, deescalated very slightly, it is still very tense and there is the chance of us and iran getting into a serious argument in the days ahead —— wild things. at the days ahead —— wild things. at the moment, the real concern for the likes of the uk and germany, just listening to them, is to try to keep iran sticking to the details, those agreements, the rules, of the iran nuclear deal, as far as they concern. it is difficult at the moment to pin down what the us strategy is. because, of course, while president trump pulled back from those strikes, there were many in the administration including seniorfigures like mike pompeo and national security advisorjohn bolton who were pushing for them to go ahead. we have a strange situation where mike pompeo is going to the middle east and really offering the hand of friendship, to a certain extent, saying he wants to have talks with iran stop at the
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same time you havejohn bolton in israel really threatening that people should not take america's restraint as a sign of weakness and there is a chance of military interaction if, as president trump puts it, iran behaves badly. tu rkey‘s puts it, iran behaves badly. turkey's president erdogan has suffered a setback after his party ‘s candidate failed to win the powerful role of manifest sample. the contest was an rerun of the original ballad declared void by authorities in march after complaints by mr erdogan‘s party. michael owen reports from istanbul. they roared, notjust in victory but in celebration that their turkey still exists. an opposition that's waited 25 years to control istanbul but long felt incapable of success, savoured its moment.
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ekrem imamoglu has brought in the hope they craved with his optimistic message, rebuffing attacks with smiles and he won by a landslide. translation: i asked god for this result to bring good fortune to our nation in istanbul. he protected 100 years of democracy in this country. thank you, my fellow citizens. this result does not mean a new page, this means a new beginning for istanbul. as votes were counted, his victory was clear against a former prime minister with near total dominance over the media but in concession, a conciliatory note. translation: i hope that our dear friend will serve istanbul well and we will do our best to help them accomplish his work. recep tayyip erdogan has towered over turkey as mayor of istanbul himself, then prime minister and president, a key global figure in everything from security to syria, he has polarised turkey. after claiming irregularities after the first
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mayoral elections in march, he pushed for a rerun. this fresh loss will prompt talk of the beginning of the end. there he passes, ekrem imamoglu, the new mayor of istanbul and the opposition‘s new great hope in turkey. he has just dealt the biggest blow to recep tayyip erdogan in the president's 25—year political career and tonight feels like a watershed moment for this country. the party will go on late into the night as the magnitude of this sinks in. turkish democracy, so pummelled over the years, still has life in it and tonight, it's thundering. mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. ——we have a visiting international relations professor. thank you for your time. is this really such a big
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loss for president erdogan, given he still holds all the latest‘ power, he is the president, and he is incredibly popular. it is a big loss, for various reasons. after losing istanbul narrowly in the first election on the 31st of march, erdogan faced a choice, he would either accept the loss of istanbul, which is the cash cow of his economy and the big symbol of his regime in government, but maintain his respect for his democracy and democratic legitimacy, which she always emphasises, this entity of the ballot box, or he would try to hold onto istanbul by undemocratic means, if necessary, and risk that democratic legitimacy. what happened, by cancelling this first election, and losing the rerun by a humiliating margin, is astonishingly we now see erdogan having lost both istanbul and jeopardising his
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democratic legitimacy, which is quite astonishing to see, a series of misjudgement from a political tactician, a seasoned politician, such as erdogan. what that means, the same time, what that reveals is that the akp machinery is no longer as robust. it is actually taking in water. and we will see the results of the consequences of that in the next days and we... crosstalk. what consequences will that be for the party? will they be split in the ruling party? the first things we have to watch and expect to hear will be the establishment of one or two new political parties by former akp bigwigs and founders, including the former president and prime minister. we may see the splintering of the akp. of course, turkey has become a presidential system, that means parliamentary politics does not define outcomes as they used to
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do. but in that level as well we have... crosstalk. let us look at the winner, ekrem imamoglu, what kind of leader is he going to be? we will see how he will be. based on how he has been so far, he has managed to build an inclusive image, an inclusive platform at a moment when turkey is suffering from extreme polarisation and division. that has appeal to a lot of voters from across the political spectrum. if he manages to maintain that platform and maintain that image, he is going to be the person that will keep rising and ultimately, in 2023, the person to take on erdogan in the next presidential election. one to watch. thank you so much for your time. thank you. at least 14 people we re time. thank you. at least 14 people
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were killed and 50 others injured in western india when a thunderstorm caused a huge tent to collapse. officials say hundreds of locals had gathered for a hindu religious events in rajasthan when the tent fell down. gary barlow reports. a religious ceremony turned into a tragedy. hundreds gathered around the rector tends as they tried to reach people underneath —— wrecked tent. translation: strong winds uprooted the tent. an electric current spread all over the collapsed tent. i4 people died. more are injured you are being treated in hospital. those who survived in shock. their pain and anguish inconsolable. as the wounded were rushed to hospital, the office of the indian prime minister said narendra modi‘s thoughts were with the bereaved families. an investigation is under way. gareth barlow, bbc news. thousands of runners and cyclists
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have taken part in a charity race in thailand marking one year since a group of boys and their football coach became trapped in a cave complex. the team was eventually rescued 18 days later on a mission that caught the attention of the world. catherine armstrong has more. the start of a race in remembrance ofa the start of a race in remembrance of a rescue that captivated the world. these are some of the 12 boys who, one year ago, world. these are some of the 12 boys who, one yearago, into world. these are some of the 12 boys who, one year ago, into the vast cave system in northern thailand with their football coach to relax after training. a trip that went horribly wrong. flash flooding left the team trapped inside for more than two weeks, with little food or water, before diving experts are able to rescue them. the death of a former thai navy seal and rescue volunteer, who ran out of our while returning through the caves, highlighted just how perilous the mission was. one year later and the boys have had their story chronicled in books, documentaries, and a netflix production is also in the pipeline.
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translation: it is indescribable. my life has changed a lot. translation: i feel thankful for all the officials who on this day last year spent their time to help me and the boys so that we got out safely. a thank you very much. also among those taking part in the charity race from the still closed caves to the village where the rescue took place with some of the experts involved. i think it is important we never forget what happened injune and july last year and it is really about people coming together and enjoying the day. it is hoped the race will be an annual event with the money raised going to the redevelopment of the cave complex. catherine armstrong, bbc news. let us take you straight to northern thailand, this is near the caves. there has been a ceremony happening to mark that one year anniversary since those boys were rescued. they we re since those boys were rescued. they were seen a bit earlier, you don‘t see them now in the shot. that
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ceremony continues. they were called the wild boars team, their football group, and there were aged between 11 group, and there were aged between ii and i6 group, and there were aged between ii and 16 at the time and they went in those caves with their 25—year—old coach and, of course, as we know, they got stuck the and were finally pulled out in a remarkable rescue, and international rescue that involved divers going on and getting them out. one year and from that incredible rescue. this doomsday with us on bbc news. still to come: london landmark becoming a hotel. building works have discovered secret tunnels and more. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade centre armed with pistols and shotguns.
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we believe that, according to international law, that we have a rightful claim in certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." chapman, prison—pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8, god told him to plead guilty and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie, which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: american secretary of state heads to the middle east to discuss the run with us allies. —— iran. a major setback for recep tayyip erdogan as the mayoral election in istanbul is lost. the resignation demands after a criminal investigation after alleged european subsidy frauds worth more than $2 million. he denies wrongdoing and says allegations are politically motivated. usually an empty and non—descript strip of land close to prague football stadium and the sight of what was once the largest
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statue of stalin but now packed with a quarter of a million protesters from cities and towns. young and old. united in angerat from cities and towns. young and old. united in anger at their prime minister, andrej babis. translation: i was here in 1989. i am 66 years old. iam i was here in 1989. i am 66 years old. i am of pensioner and i do not wa nt old. i am of pensioner and i do not want my kids to grow up in a country where someone being prosecuted for a crime can be prime minister.m where someone being prosecuted for a crime can be prime minister. it is really important to have these demonstrations... to change something. the choice was a deliberate nod to the 1989 velvet revolution. back then, this was the scene of the largest protests against the communist regime. in fa ct, against the communist regime. in fact, that regime came tumbling down just days later. these protests,
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against the democratically elected leader, are also being spearheaded by stu d e nts leader, are also being spearheaded by students who formed an initiative called a million moments for democracy. organisers have promised that this would be the biggest public demonstration in this country since the 1989 fall of communism. half a million people packed this very square to protest against the regime and perhaps the numbers today are not that big but it is certainly an astonishing achievement for what was until relatively recently a small student initiative. the question is, does it change the political reality in the czech republic? prime minister andrej babis‘s party still tops every opinion poll and won recent european elections, had missed an economic revival many people willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. —— among. a general sense of something
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more at stake. the hard one freedoms of the velvet revolution are gradually being eroded, chiefly thanks to the powerful businessman who now runs the country. at the 620 at the g20 meeting injapan this week all eyes will be on president trump and president xi. president trump and president xi. president trump is make enthusiasm for slapping tariffs are seen by many as a major threat to prosperity around the world but what do american businesses make object? we have been speaking to some of them in pennsylvania. the fortunes were built on manufacturing and it remains essential to the local economy. it is communities like these that acutely feel the impact
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of president trump‘s trade was. bob wilson‘s business sells electrical wire. it has been hit by duties and the finished product to the customers. he had to hold on plans to hire two more staff. they have been put on the shelf. up until last year, he was a card—carrying republican. he says party has forgotten its roots. we truly do not know what is going to be happening. changes from day—to—day, depending on the tweed. the uncertainty is particularly difficult for small countries but it is also home to huge manufacturers who have read is that they have been badly hurt by tariffs. to be successful we are looking for a stable, predictable business landscape. they are not looking for drastic policy changes
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and uncertainty. just down the road, sparks flying at this sheet—metal company. despite the fact that raw materials have gone up in cost, he maintains support for donald trump. rome was not built in a day and things do not change overnight and we have not been on a level field for yea rs we have not been on a level field for years and the man down in washington, dc, he‘s what he is but i think he is starting in the right direction. as well as the manufacturing base, this place is also make up donald trump‘s base and will be key in the next election. the industrial heartland gave president trump his first term in office. and although some believe these trade disputes are hurting the economy, mr trump is betting he will
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receive enough support from small companies and give him anotherfour yea rs companies and give him anotherfour years in the white house. for over a century apple triage has been a distinctive landmark in london. it was sold as part of government cost—cutting and will reopen as a luxury hotel. but work reveal it was an entry to secret tunnel works. familiar backdrop to a century of british ceremonial — the secrets of admiralty arch are now being unearthed. we‘ve been granted exclusive access to see what‘s happening to one of london‘s most famous landmarks. inside, edwardian opulence and memories of old battles. the ghosts of navy commanders haunt the corridors. winston churchill, louis mountbatten, reminders that admiralty arch was the residence of the first sea lord when britain ruled the waves.
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it is also where ian fleming, working for naval intelligence, created james bond, and down in the basement one discovers a network of secret tunnels stretching beneath westminster, filmed for the first time. there are strange corridors, bunkers with heavy doors and combination locks. the spirit of the cold war lives on in the basement. little is known about who or what happened down here, but we do know about their subterranean billiards room. from the coronation of george v to the queen‘s diamond jubilee, the arch has spanned the state processional route for 100 years, but in 2012 it was sold for £60 million as part of government austerity measures, and not everyone‘s happy that this significant public building will soon advertise itself as a waldorf astoria hotel. during a debate in the house of lords, one peer feared security risks, describing the sell—off as privatisation gone mad.
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but the last first sea lord to live in the arch is confident this building‘s proud heritage will be protected. i think the old and bold who are now no longer with us would be disturbed to think that admiralty arch was going to become an hotel. i‘m not. i couldn‘t be more pleased that this building is going to be properly looked after. so was that found here? yeah, we found this here. the new owner, spanish investor raphael serrano, tells me he understands he is merely custodian of a much loved corner of britain. it is our obligation to make sure that the building looks as it is, a genuine iconic building, and with respect of the british traditions and the location where the building is located. once the only people who could access this building were civil servants, sailors and spooks. but now the dusty old corridors are being restored to theirformer glory as the secrets of admiralty arch are revealed at last — including, of course, perhaps london‘s most splendid view. mark easton, bbc news, admiralty arch. it looks incredible. stay with us,
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much more coming up and you can reach me on twitter, don‘t forget. hello. more of a feel of summer in the weather this week but with some fairly humid weather over the next few days comes a real risk of severe thunderstorms. not everyone will see them but where you do, an increased risk of flash flooding around. later this week, the sunnier side of summer will return with most places dry, blue skies overhead, but highs to the temperatures will be later in the week, friday into saturday in particular. out there at the moment, fairly humid air with us as this weather system works its way northwards. we‘ve seen some thunder and lightning attached to this rain, pushing into parts of scotland for the morning. some of the rain here could be heavy and persistent with quite a south—easterly breeze to go with it. there could be minorflooding, as i said, and that could give some travel disruption. further south, big puddles left in the wake from the overnight storms. and look at that —
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temperatures starting the day at around 18 celsius in central london. the atmosphere for monday is finely balanced. we‘ve got the rain pushing northwards across scotland, still with rumbles of thunder. we mightjust see one or two isolated, sporadic thunderstorms break out through the day but it‘s a worst—case scenario in that we see a larger storm blossom across central southern england and pushing northwards as we go through into the afternoon. if that happens, again, flash flooding, some gusty winds and frequent lightning is possible. away from it, when we see the sunshine come out, it will feel pretty warm, especially in the south. not as warm as the weekend across northern and western scotland. more cloud here, still some outbreaks of rain and a bit of a breeze. some heavy, thundery rain into the evening and eastern scotland but then another batch of storms out from france which could be more severe, particularly across parts of central, eastern england. a bit of uncertainty about where they will be but frequent lightning, risk of flash flooding and gusty winds to go with it and a fairly oppressive night across the country with humidity levels continuing to creep up. it will be a humid start to tuesday, could be some impacts from the storms across central—eastern england in particular. maybe some in northern
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england during the morning rush hour, too. they will gradually ease away and things gradually turn quieter as we go through tuesday. one or two isolated storms can‘t be ruled out but most are becoming dry. still a fair bit of cloud but when the sunshine breaks through, with increased humidity, temperatures 25—27 in the south—east corner, 22—23 in western parts of scotland. a ridge of high pressure builds in for wednesday, doing a few things, clearing away some of the cloud, a lot more sunshine around, dropping the humidity levels in the north, cooling things in eastern coasts. the chance of one or two storms towards that south—western corner but they will clear through as we go through towards the end of the week. high—pressure builds in and pushing to the east of us, we will be dragging our air in off western parts of europe where we could see some record—breaking heat over the next few days. for us, here we could see temperatures climb to 26 to 28 degrees in western scotland, above 30 celsius in the south.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: us secretary of state mike pompeo is heading to the middle east to discuss iran with allies in the region. it comes as the us prepares to announce fresh economic sanctions on the country. he‘ll visit saudi arabia and the united arab emirates. turkey‘s president erdogan‘s suffered the worst blow to his political career after the opposition party won a re—run of the election for istanbul‘s mayor. ekrem imamoglu beat his rival by a far greater margin than in march‘s poll, which was annulled by electoral authorities. hundreds of thousands of people have gathered in the czech capital, prague, demanding prime minister andrej babis resigns. he‘s facing a criminal allegation over european union subsidy fraud worth more than two million dollars. he denies any wrongdoing and says the claims are politically motivated.


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