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this is bbc news. the headlines at 12:00pm... leaked emails from the british ambassador to washington describe president trump's administration as "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent". iran says it has breached another condition of its 2015 international nuclear agreement. protesters march in hong kong in another large demonstration against china's increasing control over the territory, the plan is to be peaceful. the plan is, the organisers said at the beginning, to be elegant. but the police are ready, they‘ re jittery, but they are ready if it turns for the worse. greece is going to the polls to elect a new parliament, with opinion polls suggesting defeat for the left—wing government. the jodrell bank observatory in cheshire, which has been at the forefront of astronomical research, is declared a unesco world heritage site. and in half an hour
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here on bbc news, it's the 1,000th episode of click, and this week, it's an interactive special. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. thejustice secretary, david gauke, has strongly criticised the leak of emails in which the uk ambassador in washington describes president trump's administration as "inept" and "incompetent". in the messages, seen by the mail on sunday, sir kim darroch says the white house has been "uniquely dysfunctional" undeertrump, but warns that he should not be written off. the foreign office says the leak of diplomatic cables was "mischievous", but hasn't denied their authenticity. the justice secretary has beeen speaking to the bbc‘s andrew marr. i think it's very important that
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ambassadors give honest, unvarnished advice to their country and it is disgraceful that it's been leaked, but we should expect our ambassadors to tell the truth as they see it. and therefore the government should stick by him? as i say, i think ambassadors need to be able to make their honest assessment of the situation and report back to london, and that is what he has done. justice secretary david gauke. let's get more on this from our correspondent angus crawford. tell us more about what the ambassador said. extraordinary and embarrassing, a leak of secret e—mails dating back two years from sir kim darroch. a very safe pair of hands, a career diplomat, used to be a close ally of david cameron. in public he has had kind words for the president describing him as absolutely charming, but he has described him in these e—mails as
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inept, clumsy, insecure, dysfunctional, divided, incompetent. he speaks of vicious infighting within the white house. he also wrote about the recent state visit to the uk where he said mr trump was dazzled by the queen, but he sounds a note of warning saying to forget that, because you should forget that, because you should forget that, this is still the land of america first. he refers to iran policy as being in chaos. then he talks about the future, and this is really interesting, saying it could be something of a roller—coaster that might lead to the president to what he called disgrace and downfall. but he said rather like the film terminator, you can't write the film terminator, you can't write the president off, that he is in effect indestructible. it is important to note the foreign office so important to note the foreign office so far has commentated only briefly on this, and mainly denouncing the leak. they say the foreign office has a strong relationship with the
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white house and no doubt they will withstand this mischievous behaviour. assuming britain leaves the european union, and brexit happens, there will be a trade deal thatis happens, there will be a trade deal that is wanted with the united states. how likely is it that those sorts of talks could be affected by lea ks sorts of talks could be affected by leaks like sorts of talks could be affected by lea ks like this? sorts of talks could be affected by leaks like this? clearly the vital future relationship with the us is there for all to see. as we move away from the eu and towards a more atla ntic away from the eu and towards a more atlantic focused agenda, the us becomes absolutely the most important trade and diplomatic relationship we have. this may in the months can't just relationship we have. this may in the months can'tjust be seen as a storm in a teacup. it may reflect that this is simply one individual. one has to ask why these leaks, and why now, who benefits? is it about a process of easing the ambassador out of his post to find somebody who may be more trump friendly? but it is a vital and important time. and at the moment, all eyes are now on the
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president's twitter feed. moment, all eyes are now on the president's twitterfeed. i don't think he is awake yet, it is silent so think he is awake yet, it is silent so far, but i'm sure we will get something later. angus crawford, thank you. iran have announced a new breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, pushing enriching uranium closer to a weapons grade level. meanwhile, france and tehran have agreed to try to resume talks on salvaging the iranian nuclear deal. iranian officials say the doors of diplomacy are still open. iran's president, hassan rouhani, has urged european countries to save the international nuclear agreement. alice porter reports. last week, iran began showing its defiance against the 2015 nuclear deal — an agreement designed to contain iran's development of nuclear technology. the regime breached the terms by going over the stockpile limits set for low enriched uranium. now events have gone one step further. at a news conference in tehran, senior officials said they would soon exceed the level of uranium enrichment set out in the deal.
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translation: in a few hours' time, technical work will conclude and the process of proliferation above 3.67% will start. we expect that tomorrow morning, when the iaea take samples, we will have gone beyond 3.67%. iran says there is still opportunity for talks, but european leaders may not be so hopeful. during an hour—long call with the iranian leader, the french president expressed strong concern about the consequences of abandoning the deal. so how did we get to this position? just over a year ago, donald trump upended the agreement and the us imposed tough economic sanctions on iran, severely damaging its economy. i am announcing today that the united states will withdraw from the iran nuclear deal. in a few moments, i will sign a presidential memorandum to begin reinstating us nuclear sanctions on the iranian regime.
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european leaders are struggling to postpone the moment when they have to declare the nuclear deal dead. but if iran continues to breach its terms, angering the us, they may have no alternative. alice porter, bbc news. our correspondent james waterhouse is following the story. there is a need, a desire on several parts for this deal to be salvaged 01’ parts for this deal to be salvaged or resurrected in some way. yes, and those parts you mention are france, china, russia, germany and the uk, the remaining nations in this deal. they are clinging on, frankly, since the us departed last year, with president trump bringing in a number of crippling economic sanctions for iran. that leaves the deal very weak because the whole premise of it was to scale back your uranium
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enrichment in exchange for an easing of these punishments. that hasn't happened. so now iran is testing that deal. this is not theirfirst move. in may they upped uranium production and have now enriched it to what is thought to be around 5% for one of its nuclear reactors. for context, weapons grade uranium is 90%, so we are a long way from that, but iran is testing the strength of the deal. what has the response been to the use of this type of leverage by tehran? for france in particular, serious concern. president macron had an hour—long conversation with president hassan rouhani, talking about necessary consequences that might follow this move. he has also outlined conditions they hope to meet by mid july, the middle of this month, for potential talks to take place. that is as far as it has got. in the meantime you have iran saying within the next 60 days, they have given themselves a deadline, and they will look to honour even less
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of this nuclear deal. whether that means more production, more enrichment, we don't know yet, but it is certainly becoming a bit of a face—off. it is certainly becoming a bit of a face-off. that's the point, you get to this brinkmanship or stalemate relationship, however you want to look at it, because in some ways doing this, tehran is adding grist to the donald trump mill. of course it is. the reality is that iran can do little about the economic sanctions it is very much feeling at the moment, but it can put the other nations under pressure to try to keep the deal alive. iran hopes the us will come back to the table, but they only wanted on the basis the sanctions will be eased. getting the us back to the table will be a very difficult task and probably unlikely. james waterhouse, thank you. tens of thousands of protesters in hong kong are taking part in another demonstration against a controversial extradition bill. the protesters, many dressed in black, are marching through an area popular with tourists from mainland china, and have gathered close
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to a railway station. last week activists stormed the parliament building to oppose the legislation. our correspondent robin brant is in hong kong. it's definitely bigger than the 2000 or so that were predicted. at this stage people are gathering in a park there, several thousand behind a cordon and after ten or 15 minutes the police decided to let them through. it is pretty noisy, some of them shouting, "hong kong, cheer up". but for now it is peaceful and seems pretty calm. the focus of today's protest is not a political target. they are here in kowloon and they will be walking past lots of posh shops where there are chinese tourists from the mainland. that's their focus today, speaking to people from the mainland, explaining to them their causes and what they are upset about and trying to persuade them to back their cause. this is the beginning. it will go on for one or two hours and they will end at the express railway station one or two miles that way. the plan is to be peaceful, the organiser said at the beginning to be elegant. but the police are ready,
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they are jittery, but they are ready if it takes a turn for the worse. china has called on the uk not to "interfere in its domestic affairs" over hong kong. and speaking to the bbc this morning, the chinese ambassador in london said that china had full confidence in the hong kong authorities and would not intervene to suppress the demonstrations. (sot) if you feel the situation is getting out of control and the hong kong authorities can't control things, does beijing, does china, intervene directly in hong kong? you know, you mentioned about the one country, two systems, for 50 years. we are fully committed to this agreement. there is no question about that. so we can see that from day one until now, central government have not interfered at all. on every step of the way, we let the hong kong government handle this. instead, it is the british government who try to interfere, voiced support for demonstrators,
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and when these rioters stormed the legco, they even said you can't use this violence as a protest for repression. so they try to obstruct the legal process. and in answer to your question in a simple way, we have a full confidence in the hong kong government... to do that, ..and it shows they are capable of handling this situation. the conservative leadership candidate borisjohnson has reiterated he is "not bluffing" about the possibility of a no—deal brexit. speaking to the sunday telegraph, mrjohnson said eu leaders need to understand the uk will leave on october 31st, with or without a deal. but the former leadership candidate, sam gyimah — who backs another referendum — says up to 30 conservative mps are willing to vote against the government to block a no—deal brexit. our political correspondentjessica parker says speculation remains rife around whether tory mps will work
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with other parties to stop no—deal. it has been pointed out many times that the one thing there is a majority for when it comes to brexit and parliament is that mps do not want to see a no deal. what we have at the moment is a conservative leadership contest going on where both candidates, boris johnson and jeremy hunt, although they use slightly different language and have slightly different deadlines, both say they want to keep no deal on the table, so that has led to a lot of speculation about some in the conservative party, whether there are a group of tory mps who would work with opposition parties to try to use some sort of legislative mechanism to block no deal and stop a prime minister potentially suspending parliament in order to see that through. sam gyimah, speaking on the sophy ridge programme on sky news today, has said he thinks there are around 30 tory mps who are willing to look to do that. there are a lot of mps on the conservative side... how many do you think?
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i think there is a significant number that will use legislative options to do two things. is that less than ten? more like 30? i think about 30, 30 plus. they'll be looking to stop the new prime minister from proroguing parliament in order to deliver no deal but also to create options for the new prime minister so that no deal is not the only option we face. sam gyimah. many mps would say, we have always been quite comfortable with no deal. "just get on with it," is the refrain we hear. yes, i do think particularly supporters of borisjohnson think you absolutely have to keep no deal on the table. to be fair to borisjohnson and jeremy hunt, whilstjeremy hunt has ruled out the idea of suspending or proroguing parliament, borisjohnson has said he is strongly not attracted to the idea and doesn't think it will happen but you need to keep it on the table, as you do no deal, in order to get the best kind of deal in a renegotiation out of brussels. one of those backing borisjohnson
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is another former leadership contender dominic raab, who, also speaking to sophy ridge, seems to slightly discourage the idea in terms of mps using some form of legislation to block a no—deal brexit. what happened is that we, the politicians and mps, gave to the british people the decision on this. and i don't think it's right through all the shenanigans and devices and ruses that have been conjured up, that that decision, which has been made by the british people, is somehow stolen back away from them. so actually this is about a higher duty, which is to give effect to the promises we have made to the people of this country. dominic raab. and there are still voices who are saying we should still keep an open mind until you have left about the prospect of another referendum on the matter. absolutely. whilst you can look at the conservative party and say it is rather divided on the issue, but look on the other side of the house and the labour party is pretty divided on this issue as well. lots of reports today about civil
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war at the top of the labour party with senior labour figures coming on the television this morning to say it is rubbish, just a myth, but it is certainly true there is mounting pressure onjeremy corbyn to be much clearer in his support for a further referendum and labour would in the event of a further referendum campaign for remain. we heard from shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell on the andrew marr show this morning. where i have expressed a view, i have said that i would vote remain and would campaign for remain. what jeremy is rightly doing, and this is the difference between us, i sayjust get on with it, butjeremy is much wiser, actually, saying let's talk to people, bring them together and build consensus and then go for it. that's what he's doing at the moment. he has almost run out of time. that's the issue i have said to jeremy. if boris does call a general election in september, we won't even have a conference to decide these matters, which is why we need to decide early and get on with it.
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that's why he is talking to people now to bring them together. i think the reason these things are coming to a head is that, as andrew marr referred to there, parliament is slightly running out of time on this issue. yes, we have on october 31st default departure date, but there's not much time in the parliamentary session before that date because parliament is due to wrap up at the end ofjuly. yes, then it is back briefly in september, but then we are into party conference season and before you know it, its october, and i think that's why a lot of these issues are coming to a head. jessica parker, thank you. the headlines on bbc news. leaked emails from the british ambassador to washington have described president trump's administration as "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent". iran says it has breached yet another condition of its 2015 international nuclear agreement. protesters in hong kong are marching in another large demonstration against china's increasing control over the territory, sport, and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh.
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after losing the first two one day internationals england's women cricketers have something approaching a must win game in the ashes against australia. it's the third odi in the multi format competition. the aussies have started well. it's currently 117—1 after 21 overs. anya shrubsole has taken the only wicket so far. that of nicole bolton. andy murray and serena williams' new partnership has its first win and a new name too. the mixed doubles team called "serandy" came through their opening match at wimbledon beating andreas mies and alexa guarachi in straight sets in the prime time match on centre court. earlier murray had lost in the men's doubles, while williams came through her third round singles match. meanwhile johanna konta's run continues into the second week. she beat sloane stevens to confirm her place in the last 16. elsewhere there were defeats for harriet dart and dan evans. all the highlights are on the bbc sport website.
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phil neville described england's third place playoff at the world cup as a "nonsense" game and said his players need to improve 20% after losing 2—1 to sweden in nice. the lionesses were 2—0 down in the first 22 minutes... sofia jakobsson getting the second. england rallied later in the first half and got a goal thanks to fran kirby... and their comeback would have been complete were it not for another intervention from the var. just like in the semi final against the usa, ellen white thought she'd scored an equaliser. but replays showed she'd handled the ball in the build up. so while england's tournament is now over, the competition isn't. one of the usa and the netherlands will win the trophy this afternoon in lyon. katie gornall is there. the netherlands very nearly didn't make it to france. they struggled.
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they only qualified via a play—off, but despite not bringing their best football to the tournament, they are on the verge of a first world title. they know they are up against formidable opponents, they will be the underdogs. the usa have won the world cup three times, olympic gold four times, a team seemingly built to win. their starforward on and off the pitch has been megan rapinoe. she scored five goals and is a social activist, an equal rights campaigner as well. she is expecting to be fit for the final and recover from a hamstring strain that kept her out of the england game. the netherlands star player is a former ballon d'or winner, lieke martens, she is an injury doubt — another reason why the odds seem to be stacked against the european champions. but they have belief. they won the european championship two years ago, they are a great attacking side on their day. they know they need to raise their level to knock the usa off their perch. the usa are hoping to win the competition for a fourth time, while the netherlands haven't before. you can watch it on bbc one, kick off in lyon is at apm. lionel messi has claimed argentina were the victims of corruption
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and that the referee was told to send him off in their copa america third place playoff. he had criticised some of the decisions in their previous match and was again after benig shown a red card forjust the second time in his career. the first was on his international debut and 1a years later it happened again in the first half of their match against chile following a confrontation with gary medel. they were both sent off although it looked like one was doing more pushing than the other. they even checked it via the var. and still messi was sent off. there was an eventful start to geraint thomas' defence of his tour de france title in belgium. the briton collided with barriers on the right side of the road a mile from the end of the opening stage in brussels. he was able to get to the finish where he said he was fine. mike teunissen beat peter sagan in a photo finish to become the first dutchman for 30 years to claim the leader's yellow jersey. the second stage is a team time trial around the belgian capital. that's all the sport for now.
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i'll have more in the next hour. it's been revealed that the department of health is planning to spend £3 million on a service to transport medication, in the event of a no—deal brexit at the end of october. it wants to hire an "express freight service" to transport medicines, blood and transplant tissue. but experts have described the timeline for the contract as "tight". katy austin reports. when a multi—million pound ferry contract was awarded to seaborne freight, which had never run a ferry service, the way the government was securing deals to deliver contingency plans for a no—deal brexit came under intense scrutiny. now there's a new brexit date and new plans are being drawn up in case the flow of goods in and out of the uk is disrupted by leaving the eu in october without a deal. things are being done differently — more flexible freight contracts are already being planned, and tussell, a data provider on government contracts, has noticed the department of health is planning to spend £3 million
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on an express freight service, making sure there's a continuous supply of medicines, blood and transplant tissue. it says it's good to see a full procurement procedure being used, but that the timeline for the service being ready is tight, something a legal expert agrees with. a department of health and social care spokeswoman said the speed of the contract is within the usual guidelines. katy austin, bbc news. voting is underway in greece's snap general election which was called by the left—wing prime minister alexis tsipras. he called the election after his party, syriza, suffered a defeat in the european elections in may. the government faces a challenge from the centre—right new democracy party. it's the country's sixth general election since the financial crisis in 2008. mark lowen gave us this update from outside a polling station in athens. backin back in 2015, alexis tsipras was swept to power here promising to end austerity and rip up greece's bailout with its european creditors. he had to go back on virtually all
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of those promises as he accepted a third bailout here and he accepted yet more budget cuts. so he has lost a lot of the support base that backed him in 2015. the populist wave that brought him to power. he tried to stand up to the other members of the european union, tried to stand up to the 27 and was forced back. sound familiar? perhaps others, perhaps in london, might ta ke others, perhaps in london, might take a message from alexis tsipras's political u—turn. so, if he loses today, as polls suggest he will, it would be the end of greece's populist experiment and the political pendulum would swing back to the centre—right and new democracy, and its leader kyriakos mitsotakis has promised a new political era, a new post—bailout era with tax cuts and more job creation and to return greece more to the european political mainstream. mark lowen in athens. many working parents find it stressfuljuggling time
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in the office with childcare. the government says it wants to support businesses to deliver more family friendly policies. there are particular challenges for people who are freelance, or work for small companies. but there are some signs things are changing, as dougal shaw reports. this looks like a fairly typical office for a trendy london tech start—up, but there's something a bit different about it. working adults here share the space with children, though it also has some quieter, more traditional office areas, parents here are encouraged to be with their children while working. it's seen as perfectly normal. the boss of this small company provides a childminder during school holidays to look after children on site. we would see a more productive britain if more people didn't have to lose half a day because of travelling. i just thought what would i have wanted when i was a new working mother. i was astounded at the lack of childcare in the workplace. what she is offering is part of a wider trend. small companies are increasingly looking for convenient childcare arrangements to attract
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the best talent. this co—working space is one of several now to offer a nursery on the premises. it has space for children to play on the roof, as well as a nursery in the basement, from which adults can easily reach their workstations. it makes it easy for me because i know that i drop her off, she is downstairs if ever anything happens, and i'm straight up to my desk within seconds. i feel this is how working women should be able to be. are you not tempted to check on her all the time? no, because i have lots to do. she has lots to do and is having a great time with people that care and love her. i don't really want to interrupt that. this is the fourth second home coworking space in london and the man behind it thinks this is a new expectation that needs to be met. my hope is that if we look ahead in ten years' time, why can't every new office development have
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childcare facilities in it? itjust requires will, ambition and a recognition that working parents and small businesses today need access to childcare. dougal shaw, bbc news. jodrell bank observatory in cheshire has been awarded unesco world heritage status. it's home to the lovell telescope which has been probing into the depths of space since 1957. the organisation says it embodies the value unesco places on the universality of science, and its ability to build international collaboration and foster peace. scientific research began at jodrell bank observatory in 1945 when the physicist sir bernard lovell came to the university of manchester. the lovell telescope, which was the world's largest telescope when it was completed in 1957, is now the third largest.
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jodrell bank was on standby as the uk's early warning system against any potential nuclear attack during the 1962 cuban missile crisis. it tracked the first spacecraft to make a soft landing on the moon in 1966, printing this first picture from the lunar surface. from 1967 it also tracked us and russian crafts during the space race. and then in 1969, tracked the eagle lander onto the surface of the moon. today the site's new accolade marks the end of a decade—long bid to gain world heritage status, following a 2010 application to be included on the uk's nominations shortlist. now it's time for a look at the weather with susan. plenty of fine weather to come this afternoon across the uk. a couple of exceptions, we could see showers across northern scotland and northern england with the threat of the odd sharper one for the pennines. later this afternoon and into early evening, a few showers
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drifting into lincolnshire and parts of east anglia. quite a nagging north—easterly breeze feeding showers into northern scotland and the north—east coast. 1a in aberdeen, 15 in newcastle, up to 21, 22 further south. a fresher story here on saturday —— mike ban on saturday when we got to the mid 20s. overnight, clear skies and quite chilly in sheltered glens in northern scotland, lows of two or three degrees. monday dawning dry and bright with plenty of sunshine again in the forecast. northern ireland picking up thickening cloud in the afternoon with a warm weather front arriving and rain spreading in through the evening. on monday, highs of 16 through the evening. on monday, highs of16 in through the evening. on monday, highs of 16 in aberdeen and up to 23 in cardiff.
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