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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm... the government launches an inquiry into leaked emails from the uk ambassador in washington describing president trump's administration as "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent". it is obviously very disappointing that this correspondence has come out into the open but it is also important to say that it is the job of ambassadors to give frank personal opinions about what is happening in the countries they serve. exit polls suggest greece has elected a new centre right government, ousting the leftist syriza party, in a snap election. jubilation for the united states, who have won the women's world cup with a 2—0 victory against the netherlands in france.
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skirmishes have broken out between demonstrators and police in hong kong, after another large—scale protest against china's increasing control over the territory, the jodrell bank observatory in cheshire — which has been at the forefront of astronomical research — is declared a unesco world heritage site. at half past eight, the travel show dresses up and heads to dublin to join the competitors taking part in the 2019 irish cosplay championship. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the foreign office has begun an investigation, into who leaked emails
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from britain's ambassador to washington, which described the trump administration as being "inept" and "uniquely dysfunctional". in the memos, obtained by the mail on sunday, sir kim darroch, says, despite his shortcomings, president trump shouldn't be written off. here's our washington correspondent, nick bryant. "inept, insecure, incompetent. " in secret cables obtained by the mail on sunday, britain's top diplomat in washington, sir kim darroch, used the most undiplomatic of language to describe the chaos of the trump white house and the personality flaws of the president himself. he spoke of donald trump radiating insecurity and delivered a withering assessment of an administration that was uniquely dysfunctional. in one of the messages sir kim wrote, "we don't really believe this administration is going to become substantially more normal, less dysfunctional, less unpredictable, less faction—riven, less diplomatically
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clumsy and inept. " on his recent state visit to britain, donald trump had been dazzled by the queen, he wrote, but, sir kim predicted, this is still the land of america first. on the escalation of tensions with iran, he said it was unlikely that us policy was going to become more coherent anytime soon, and that mr trump did not want to reverse his campaign promise to avoid us involvement in foreign conflicts. the leaks have reverberated through westminster. it's obviously very disappointing that this correspondence has come out into the open but it's also important to say it is the job of ambassadors to give frank, personal opinions about what is happening in the countries they serve, and those are just that — personal opinions. it's not the opinions of the british government. in a statement the foreign office denied it would not have any long—term impact. "our team in washington have strong relations with the white house and no doubt these will withstand
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such mischievous behaviour." i don't think it will affect the special relationship. there's too much important work that we do together on a daily basis to be derailed by this type of leak. it's an irritant, no doubt. on the question of donald trump's re—election hopes, sir kim said a second term could not be ruled out. trump may emerge from the flames battered but intact, he said, like schwarzenegger in the final scenes of the terminator. with a brexit deadline looming, downing street has been especially sensitive about preserving and protecting the special relationship. the leak of these secret cables doesn't help. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. well, we heard a little of whatjeremy hunt said in nick bryant's report — but let's hear more now of the foreign secretary's reaction to that diplomatic leak. well, it's a very important part of what ambassadors do, to send frank opinions of what is going on in
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their country and, in that sense, our ambassador was doing his job, but it's also important to say that this was a personal view, it is not the view of the british government, it is not my view and we continue to think that, under president trump, the us administration is not just highly effective but the best friend of britain on the international stage. the headline words were inept and dysfunctional. that is really going to anger president trump, isn't it? it is very important to say that it is the job of ambassadors to give frank, personal opinions about what is going on in the countries they operate and our ambassador was just doing his job, but those are personal views, they are not the views of the british government, they are not my views and we continue to think that, under president trump, the us administration is notjust highly effective but the best possible friend of the united kingdom on the international stage. a little earlier, i spoke to our washington correspondent david willis, who told me that the twitter—loving president
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hadn't yet mentioned the leak on the site. he has tweeted about prescription drug prices, he has tweeted about the man who like to call sleepyjoe biden but on this whole affair, he has said nothing so far, at least, and the key to all this of course is what was going to be donald trump's reaction, this must be excruciating for the people in the british embassy building not far from us here, they must be on tenterhooks, wanting to get some indication as to his reaction. of course, we all want to know what this could mean for the special relationship and, indeed, what could it mean for a bilateral trade deal between the uk and the united states 7 a lot of unanswered questions at the moment but you can bet your bottom dollar that, at some stage, donald trump will have something to say about this. and we knew he is a president who doesn't take well personal criticism. it is going to be very
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difficult to try to smooth over this. i think it is, yes and, you know, particularly when you have a statement from the foreign & commonwealth office which basically stands the story in the daily mail up and goes on to say, well, this might not necessarily represent the views of cabinet ministers or, indeed, the british government. i don't think that is going to go very far to smooth ruffled feathers amongst the trump administration. a big question, of course, who leaked this? the foreign office is looking into that, has launched an inquiry, but there is some suggestion that this could be the work of people, or a person, who feels that sir kim, the current british ambassador here, isn't sufficiently pro—brexit and this might be the way of clearing the way. he is due to stand down at the end of this year anyway, but speculation, that. we willjust have to wait and see.
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and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are parliamentaryjournalist tony grew and entertainment journalist and broadcaster caroline frost. greece's leftist prime minister, alexis tsipras, has conceded victory to the centre right opposition, following a snap election. mr tsipras has called the new democracy leader, kyriakos mitsotakis, to congratulate him. vote—counting is underway, but greek interior ministry projections suggest 39.8% support for the new democracy party, with mr tsipras‘s populist left—wing syriza party trailing on 31.5%. mark lowen reports from athens. it looks like a changing of the guard in greece. exit polls predicting a huge victory for the centre—right new democracy. if confirmed, its leader kyriakos mitsotakis would
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have an outright majority, crushing the governing syriza party and ousting alexis tsipras. the rhetoric has been relentlessly anti—european and misleading in many ways. so i'm very, very happy. this is a victory for pro—european political forces. this country doesn't need celebrations for a party that wins an election. this country needs jobs. this country needs investments. four years ago, new democracy was seen as the corrupt old guard here, swept from power by the leftist populism of alexis tsipras. but as he broke promises to end austerity, greece, it seems, has swung back to the political mainstream, punishing those who vowed to stand up to europe but failed. tsipras supporters expected the worst. he lost many after his humiliating u—turn from 2015 when he pledged to rip up the bailout and budget cuts but instead accepted a third rescue programme
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in return for more austerity, becoming the brussels establishment he had fought against. the worst peacetime recession of any developed country shrank greece's economy by a quarter. protests consumed athens, half a million left the country and unemployment hit 28%. as tsipras defied the eu, it threatened to eject greece from the euro and sink the banks. he was forced back. as greece voted for the sixth time in a decade, new democracy presented itself as change. the crisis has cost many greeks their livelihoods, and now another prime minister his career. this tired nation now looks to its post—bailout, post—tsipras future. growth is returning, and tourists too. it seems greece has turned a corner and left its populist era behind. well, mark has been giving me more details on those exit polls — and what they could mean for greece, going forward.
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a thumping victory for new democracy, the centre—right party that was swept from power here in 2015. it was, at that stage, very much seen as part of greece corrupt old guard. it has managed to refresh itself, reinvigorate itself with a new leader, kyriakos mitsotakis, who has presented himself as the serious, post—bailout figure that greece now needs to be, the prime minister to lead this country forward, to give this country hope again after the most crippling financial crisis in its living memory, a crisis that led to the greek economy shrinking by a quarter, 500,000 people leaving greece at the height of the brain drain, unemployment which hit 28%. it has now come down to 19% but there is still a huge uphill struggle for the new prime minister, and so he has managed, it seems, to get an outright majority here, the first absolute majority which will allow him to govern without a coalition partnerfor some years. alexis tsipras has called him to congratulate him, we understand that the new prime minister
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will take office tomorrow, monday, and alexis tsipras will now have to lick his wounds and regroup his syriza leftist party in opposition. he has ditched the populist part of it but greece, it seems, has left that populist, leftist era behind and it has turned back to the political mainstream. alexis tsipras clearly paying the price for not delivering on his promises to defy the constraints which the eu wanted to place on greece. what sort of changes can we now expect from the new leader? well, mitsotakis has promised a more forceful privatisation programme, he has also promised tax cuts if greece's economy can cope with that and more secure jobs. that is what a lot of people here tell you. i remember i was based here for three years and i remember people telling me that there was this complete insecurity of work, people getting one month and a two month contract
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here and there. they want a stable employment contract and that is what mitsotakis is focused on but he has a huge uphill struggle. growth is sluggish. it has come back but it is still only 2% and greece still is not... it is off life support but it is still in the recuperation room, let's say, of the economic hospital, so it still has quite a long way to go, but mitsotakis is part of the european mainstream. his party as part of the main european parliament group, the centre—right group, so he will get support, i think, from leaders in germany and elsewhere and he is presenting himself as the man now to not overpromise but to lead greece steadily out of financial crisis and to give people here hope again. the foreign office has told iran it must "immediately stop" all activities that breach the nuclear deal agreed with world leaders in 2015. earlier, tehran confirmed it
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would break a limit set on uranium enrichment — and keep reducing its commitments every 60 days — unless european countries did more to relieve the impact of american sanctions. the german government has also said it is "extremely concerned" by the developments. 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. 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,
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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. 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.
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the headlines on bbc news... the foreign office orders an inquiry into leaked emails from the uk ambassador in washington describing president trump's administration as "inept", "insecure" and "incompetent". exit polls suggest greece has elected a new centre right government, ousting the leftist syriza party, in a snap election. jubilation for the united states, who have won the women's world cup with a 2—0 victory against the netherlands in france. sport now and a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre. the united states have won the women's world cup for a record extending fourth time. they secured their first ever back to titles after beating
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the european champions the netherlands 2—0. it took a while for the goals to come and they could have scored a lot more. our sports correspondent katie gornall reports: lyon, a place where two rivers become one and from where two finalists for the words one champion. the odds pointed towards a us celebration. no country has won than them. while the netherlands fa ns were than them. while the netherlands fans were enjoying a world cup final for the first time. the usa expected to be here. their confidence is almost concrete but the underdogs went overwhelmed and achieved something no team has managed yet at this world cup, they stopped the us from scoring in the first 12 minutes. the american tide kept coming but the netherlands kept finding new ways to turn it back. the european champions had absorbed so the european champions had absorbed so much the european champions had absorbed so much pressure, the european champions had absorbed so much pressure, eventually they would crack. var was called upon to
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spot this high fit. penalty was the decision and up stepped megan rapinoe. us captain as she has done all tournament seizing the spotlight. for every established star the us another emerging. rose lavelle has been a walking highlights reel in france. here was another for the collection. 2—0 and it could have been more. the netherlands have risen rapidly on the world stage but it seems no one can stop the record—breaking march of the usa. they have retained their title and lifted the women's world cup for title and lifted the women's world cupfora title and lifted the women's world cup for a fourth time. when there is come and go in sport but a true champions always want more.” come and go in sport but a true champions always want more. i could barely speak but i said just to them they are unbelievable. congratulations, they made history. enjoy it. this is unbelievable. there are no words, i'm sorry. enjoy it. this is unbelievable. there are no words, i'm sorrym enjoy it. this is unbelievable. there are no words, i'm sorry. it is unbelievable, just to know all of the people in our group that put in
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so the people in our group that put in so much work. obviously the players. we have all our friends and family care. it is surreal, i don't know how to build right now, it is ridiculous. the usa have had to do this the hard way. they have beaten the hosts france, england, and the european champions on their way to lifting this drop it. this was meant to be the open world cup yet, the year where us dominance would really be threatened and although the gap is closing, still no one has been able to knock the americans off their perch. england's women can't afford any more slip ups in the women's ashes after a crushing defeat in the third one dayer. australia set england a record run chase of 270 after some impressive hitting from ashleigh gardner. in reply, england collapsed to 21—6 before eventually being bowled out for 75. they now have to win the sole test to keep the series alive. dutchman mike teunissen has extended his lead on the second day of the tour de france after the team time trial in
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brussels. defending champion geraint thomas and his team ineos were the first to go and their time for the 17 mile stage was the best until the final team crossed the line. that was team yumbo visma of teunissen. and he now leads the race by ten seconds, thomas lies joint sixth overall, 30 seconds down. britain's cal crutchlow finished third at the german moto gp, just four days after breaking his leg. the honda rider fractured his tibia and damaged knee ligaments in an incident on wednesday, but still managed to make the podium, crossing the line just seven seconds behind championship leader marc marquez. great britain's women have missed out on a medal at eurobasket after losing to serbia in belgrade. britain stayed in touch until the second half but their shooting touch deserted
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them eventually losing by 81 points to 55. fourth is the best placing by a british team at a european championship and they can still qualify for the tokyo olympics via a tournament in february. that is all the sport. back to you. let's get more on the united states winning the women's world cup. lucie buckland, who's a striker with guildford saints football club, told me what the 2019 tournament means in the drive to increase the profile of women's football in britain. it means a lot. i mean, certainly across the board, guildford saints ladies, we've all been following the coverage and it is fantastic to see, it's fantastic to be able to go down to your local places and discuss with family members and your team—mates that women are playing football and it is getting the coverage. we are seeing the commentators have the opportunities and it spurs you on, it definitely spurs you on. the hope is clearly that it is going to inspire more women to get into football, to pursue the sport.
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are the facilities there for those like yourself who really want to get stuck into the sport? i think, unfortunately, in the area that i live in, to have those sorts of opportunities locally, but unlike in the main‘s football, there isn't really the opportunity to progress or for it to really be advertised for so for girls to go through foundations, to go through childhood clubs like chelsea or fulham or liverpool, places like that, it is very, very difficult. you need the opportunity to start from primary school, from secondary school. you need the local support, you need to hear about the teams and i think funding is a massive, fundamental thing that needs to be looked at and certainly given a bit more into women's football to allow this to happen. you would like to see more money put in, more opportunities for younger players? yes, definitely. i mean, you just look at the world cup, i think you win
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30 million, 7.5% of what the men win for winning the world cup and yeah, it seems like a lot of money. but that that is at the highest level, that is at the ultimate level so if you think of local funding, you think of club funding, you need the coaches, you need the team, you need the staff, the grounds to play on, the equipment. it definitely needs a bit more and i think women in sport aren't doing enough of the pushing and i think it is time for them to be heard. you see women finally being allowed to play in soccer aid and that is progress, but we need more coverage, we need more opportunity and you have seen from the world cup, we are good enough. we have had ellen white scoring a fantastic goal for england at the world cup, you have fran kirby at chelsea who has done phenomenally well across the years and it is a shame for young girls, for women,
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to knock at the opportunity when we see how they can perform on the field. in the last few moments president trump has tweeted his congratulations... thousands of anti—government protesters have again taken to the streets of hong kong. they're protesting against a proposed controversial law change which would allow the extradition of citizens to the chinese mainland. demonstrators walked through a popular tourist area of hong kong to a train station which links the former british colony to the chinese mainland. our correspondent robin brant is in hong kong, and gave us this update. this is all about the proposed extradition bill, highly contentious because basically people here in hong kong thought the government in beijing, the ultimate bosses, could use it as a tool of political persecution.
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but now this movement, it's become about a lot more, it's become about universal suffrage, it's become about the type of democracy they have here in hong kong. that is something far more familiar. and, like i said, for now, this demonstration was a peaceful one and the protestors we spoke to were very keen that it should remain peaceful. the police urged them to be rational because we saw something far more aggressive and far more violent when the legislative council was stormed and occupied on monday. so we had about a quarter of a million people on the streets here, according to the protesters, and it went well, i think they will be pleased with that. in the last hour or so, things have changed a bit and the police are now in the process of trying to clear the streets but i do want to stress we haven't seen any actual violence, actual fighting, between protesters and the place and i haven't seen everything but from what i've seen, we certainly haven't seen any criminal damage and there are plenty of shops around here. the shadow chancellor, john mcdonnell, says labour should come out and support a second referendum, and he'd campaign
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to remain in the european union. mr mcdonnell is pressing the leader jeremy corbyn to "get on" with making the decision to support another public vote. it's believed labour lost support to both the liberal democrats and the brexit party in the recent european elections, because of confusion over its position on brexit. here's our political correspondent, ben wright. they've been comrades for years, but nowjohn mcdonnell says it's time forjeremy corbyn to quickly and decisively commit labour to another referendum and then campaign for remain. we need to express a view now which is clearly... as i've said, i will vote remain and i want to campaign for remain. whatjeremy is rightfully doing, and this is one of the differences between us — ijust say let's get on with it — butjeremy is much wiser, actually, saying, let's talk to people and bring them together and build consensus and go for it. echoing several other
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shadow cabinet members, john mcdonnell said labour had to clarify its position on brexit in time for a possible september election. so is all this aggro causing civil war at the top of the party? oh, no. it's myth, it's rubbish... you haven't been frozen out a bit? not at all. jeremy and i go back a0 years. we're the closest of friends. but while much of the labour membership wants another referendum, there is also strong resistance. last month, 26 labour mps in leave—backing seats wrote a letter tojeremy corbyn saying another public vote would be toxic and urged him to back a brexit deal instead. with pressure growing onjeremy corbyn to clearly back another referendum, tomorrow, trade union leaders are expected to meet to discuss their stand on the issue. but it's not only brexit causing turmoil within the labour party, and this week the party's handling of anti—semitism allegations will again be under scrutiny.
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a panorama investigation will air on wednesday. the bbc has not released details of the programme, but on twitter, labour's deputy tom watson said newspaper reports claiming that labour had warned ex—party staffers not to break confidentiality agreements was futile and stupid. but another labour frontbencher attacked the forthcoming panorama. it is a very partial view from a few members of staff who have a political axe to grind. the bbc said labour was criticising a programme it hasn't seen and that the party has been given the opportunity to respond to the allegations in it. the divisions caused by labour's response to anti—semitism seem unlikely to heal soon. ben wright, bbc news. jodrell bank observatory in cheshire has been awarded unesco world heritage status. it's home to the lovell telescope which has probing into the depths of space since 1957. the organisation says it embodies the value unesco places on the universality of science,
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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. 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
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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. our correspondent andy gill has spent the day atjodrell bank. it's been a long process, nearly ten years in the making. you have to do a very detailed technical application to the british government to make sure that that is correct. the british government then send it off to unesco and finally, in baiku in azerbaijan today, the announcement thatjodrell bank in baku in azerbaijan today, the announcement thatjodrell bank does now have world heritage status, putting it alongside the giants causeway, the city of bath, liverpool waterfront, the lake district. the difference i think withjodrell bank is it has been recognised notjust for the historic and heritage science it does here but also for the ongoing science and that is something that the people here are really pleased about, that it is fairly unique recognition, the only place


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