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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the supreme court rules that donald trump is not immune from criminal prosecution over his tax returns. the us president reacts angrily on social media, saying he's the victim of ‘political prosecution‘ i don't know what they're even saying about it. he 21 thing and other people are saying another —— he is tweeting one thing. whatever it is, is not good news for the president. we will have a reaction to that ruling and we will be speaking to the democrat delegation, pete buttigieg. in a further easing of coronavirus restrictions in england, indoor gyms, sports facilities and pools will be able to reopen
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from later this month. here in the uk, cuts and closures for two high street giants. boots and john lewis say more than 5,000 jobs are at risk. the world health organisation announces a panel to review the response to coronavirus, saying the world was unprepared for the pandemic. good evening. our top story, the supreme court has issued two crucial rulings over president trump's financial affairs. in one, it's said the president is not immune from demands for his tax returns to be disclosed to new york prosecutors. but the court has ruled against giving access to congress for now. mr trump pledged to voluntarily release his tax returns four years
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ago, but since then has repeatedly refused to publish or release the documents, saying the investigation into his tax affairs is a "witch hunt". now, i just want to read you a passage from the supreme court's ruling. two hundred years ago, a greatjurist of our court established that no citizen, not even the president, is categorically above the common duty to produce evidence when called upon in a criminal proceeding. taking a closer look at those rulings, prosecutors can have access to the president's financial records, including his tax returns. but the documents, which will go to a grand jury in new york, will not be made public. a request for access by congressional committees was referred back to a lower court.
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the rulings make it likely mr trump's financial records will not be made public before november's presidential election. the president tweeted earlier saying... he goes on to tweet several times in quick succession over the past couple of hours, describing the previous administration as totally corrupt, spying on his campaign, and getting away with it. he goes on to describe what's happened as prosecutorial misconduct. he says: we catch the other side spying on my campaign, the biggest political crime and scandal in us history, and nothing happens. but despite this, i have done more than any president in history in first three and a half years! he then finishes his series of tweets with the three words:
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political witchhunt. nancy pelosi, the house speaker, told reporters how she will be responding to the ruling. carefully reading this supreme court decision and responsibilities for them that they lay out for the congress, which we will abide by in the lower courts. again, seven — two, the president appointees saying the president of the united states is not above the law. seven majority ruling in both cases. we can talk now to our washington correspondent gary 0'donoghue. —— he willjoin us shortly.
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in london this afternoon, the culture secretary 0liver dowden led a briefing in downing street on the latest relaxation of lockdown measures in england. the key points involve easing restrictions on recreational activities. mr dowden began by saying "for months now, our lives have been on hold", but praised the progress that's been made and went on to highlight a number of parts of the economy which will now be able to reopen in england. from this saturday, 11th july, outdoor theatres can hold performances, and outdoor pools can reopen. beauticians, tattoo artists, spas and tanning salons will be able to open from this coming monday, 13th july. and indoor gyms, sports facilities and pools will be able to reopen from 25july. mr dowden said ‘normal life was slowly returning'. this is an important milestone for oui’ this is an important milestone for our performing artists that have been waiting patiently since march. of course we won't see crowds
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flooding into their venues, but from the 11th ofjuly, or flooding into their venues, but from the 11th of july, or theatres flooding into their venues, but from the 11th ofjuly, or theatres could, operas, dance and music shows can start putting on outdoor performances to socially distant audiences. that means theatregoers can experience a live play for the first time in months in places like the stunning theatre in cornwall. music lovers can attend this summer. we are taking measures to make these places save as they reopen. venue capacity will be reduced and organisations encouraged to move to electronic to test and trace. at our performing artist deserve an audience and now they will be getting one. although the outdoors performances get under way, we will be working with public health experts to carefully pilot a number of indoor person permits is from the london symphony orchestra to parkland, to work out how we can assure socially distant audiences indoors as soon as possible.
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potential lifeline to the theatres up potential lifeline to the theatres up and down the uk. let's get more on the reopening on gyms in england it's worth stepping back and just reminding people that there were two elements to this. there were the subpoenas from congress, from those three congressional committees, and there is a separate subpoena issued by the district attorney and new york. right, this is two sets of cases that arrived in the stream court at the same time. they consider them altogether and they came to slightly different conclusions. what they've done in the case of new york, whose attorney is investing criminal allegations around the trump organisation in relation to payments to adult actresses who had affairs allegedly
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with donald trump, what they decide it is the president does not have absolute immunity from complying with subpoenas. that's what his lawyer said. back to the lower courts for a discussion about a scope of what they are prepared to hold over. in a sense, loss for the president. there are still arguments to have. but he lost that one. the congressional subpoenas were looking at wider issues in terms of legislation. they wanted to look into areas around influence from foreign actors of the trump administration and the trump organisation, etc. what they said there was a lower court will have to have another look at the sort of nature of the balance of powers here between one branch of government, the executive, and another branch of congress. if they come up with more
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constitutional problems there again, it will come back to them. not immediately, none of this will appear if at all before the general election. incredibly unlikely. he's not happy, not one bit. looking at his twitter feed. this not happy, not one bit. looking at his twitterfeed. this poses him a political problem because he suffering badly in the polls after a catastrophic month and he's failing to let you know might land any lows onjoe biden. can you do that if you not producing his tax returns and joe biden is tweeting that he produced his for the last 21 years? yeah, ithink produced his for the last 21 years? yeah, i think the tax returns may go over a lot of voters heads. who knows?" have a with about it if everyone. . . knows?" have a with about it if everyone... previous presidents have done this. it's a matter of an attempt to reopen. notjust that,
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but sort of self—interested way to put to rest any questions about their finances. they've done put to rest any questions about theirfinances. they've done it put to rest any questions about their finances. they've done it to try and stop any questions arising. the president has refused to do that. you use various arguments at various stages. in this case, with the da in manhattan, he used the argument that he was completely immune. that has fallen. he's also use the argument in the past that in practical terms, he can't reduce the tax returns because the internal revenue service was a auditing his account and that meant he couldn't produce them either. there's been a whole range of issues but you're right. the president expects people to exonerate him. he expects the courts to go along with his view. who doesn't in some ways? but one of his tweets was very telling where he said there used to be a lot more deference. it's not clear to me what he means by that and a judicial
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context. is it the... going back to the criminal case, you know his former attorney michael cohen has been jailed. former attorney michael cohen has beenjailed. so former attorney michael cohen has been jailed. so you sense that there is somejeopardy been jailed. so you sense that there is some jeopardy for the president. it would be in a situation if he was elected, where he could face criminal prosecution while in the white house? prosecution of him itself is a trickier problem. that is something that the lawyers argue about over and over again. but what this case... that was not asking this case... that was not asking this question. this was about the production of documents and things like that, criminal prosecution itself would be a tricky one. more investigation rather than the prosecution? yeah. the investigation will continue enough with the da has
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said in manhattan. and he will have to go back to court to argue the scope of what he will be able to get a hold of. so it's going to take a long time, and of course in his case, because of the american system, those documents... are in secret. they are incredibly secret. very little comes out of them. it is not clear when, if ever, we will see those documents from that particular case. we will leave you there. gary, thank you very much for that. important contacts there. we are jumping back and forth this evening because we are struggling to establish that line. let's get more on the reopening on gyms in england from saturday and other sports facilities from july 25th. sarah corker has been at a sports centre in 0ldham. lifeguards practising their rescue skills.
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can you open your eyes? fitness instructors learning first aid. face coverings are not essential in the gym. and gym staff making a welcome back the other customers. hello! this community leisure centre in 0ldham is ready to open its doors after 111 days in hibernation. i'm over the moon. for those living nearby, it can't come soon enough. the parent and baby classes, we were hoping to be able to start them in may and proper swimming lesson soon as well. it is accessible for all of the community. like i said, my friends can afford it, it does not matter what kind ofjob you do, you can afford it because they have got different schemes are. this is one of six centres run by a charitable trust for 0ldham council. every week they are closed, the trust loses £100,000, and the recovery will be slow. there's a long way to go, it's the start of a journey and it will be difficult. we will be losing money hand over fist in the first few
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months as we build back up to normal levels. a lot of the activities we have done before lockdown, like spectator events in the hall, team sports, for example, they will be coming on stream further down the line. those working in gyms, pools and beauty salons have been frustrated they have had to wait longer to reopen. lifeguard jordana is keeping her skills up—to—date but her main job is running a nail salon. ijust feel like it has been looked at as if it is not really that important but realistically, it is people's livelihoods and we all can't wait to get back and just be... to make other people happy as well as earning money, making ourselves happy. gyms and leisure centres have been planning and rehearsing how to reopen for weeks now. here, they have moved exercise bikes into a bigger space so people can socially distance, and they also come with hand sanitiser. but the big unknown is where their customers will want to return to gyms
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after they have got used to exercising at home or outdoors. if we can convince people when we reopen to come and see that we can operate very safely, and we do believe we have got very stringent cleaning regimes in place, and if people can see that and they understand that, i am not worried about renewals. so the 25th ofjuly is the date many gym goers have been waiting for. the industry now has just over two weeks to prepare, and bring tens of thousands of staff back from furlough. sarah corker, bbc news, 0ldham. two of the uk's biggest high street retailers, john lewis and boots, have announced more than 5000 job cuts. 4000 jobs will be cut at boots — that's 7% of the workforce. 48 boots 0pticians stores will be closed, and 1300 jobs are at risk atjohn lewis. it's shutting down eight
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of its stores, including one of its flagships in birmingham. the moves come amid warnings that the chancellor's massive economic support package unveiled yesterday won't be enough to stop millions of workers losing theirjobs. here's our business editor, simonjack. less than 2a hours after the government's attempt to stem the tide ofjob losses, boots said it intended to cut 4000 posts, hundreds of managers in its high—street stores, the closure of 48 opticians outlets, the majority of them at its nottingham headquarters popular it is to be expected, it's to be expected because the income we've lost, we have to recoup it somehow. it is a sad, sorry state of affairs. it is the way to the economy that redundancies in the short—term help the corporation but then it is the strain on public services to look after those people which is what we should do. it is a worry all round. meanwhile, john lewis, the great survivor of the last crisis, is not immune. it is closing eight stores including its landmark in birmingham,
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as the virus has accelerated the move to shopping online, wherejohn lewis expects to generate 70% of its sales this year and next. how are you? all this the day after rishi sunak announced plans to reward businesses with the bonus of £1000 for every worker on furlough still in a job in six months' time. yesterday, we announced our plans for jobs. this is about creating, protecting and supporting jobs across the country. not everyone is going to be able to go back to the job they had. we hope as many can be and that is why we've got the furlough bonus. the chancellor's offer simply does not make economic sense for this supplier, marc, who is gratefulfor government support so far but has nine staff on furlough with no income in sight. the sums don't add up, i would technically have to bring my staff back in october but the business is simply not financially viable to pay all of the wages in novemberand december
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and january, to wait for £1000 per member of staff at the end of january or february, it isjust not sustainable. today's announcement means that boots will miss out on £4 million ofjob retention bonus money, proof perhaps that for sectors like retail, undergoing structural change, these government measures cannot stop the tide ofjob losses. meanwhile, smaller businesses can't afford to hold onto staff for six months to collect £1000, while those who were going to bring back workers anyway may see this as a windfall. for opposition politicians, the chancellor's approach is too blunt. 0ur concern is that the action they have taken is not focused on the right places, so thejobs retention bonus is a bonus for alljobs and many of those jobs, many of the people being brought back would come back in any event. some are really at risk of losing theirjobs. we say it should be targeted in the areas that most need it.
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even the taxman expressed concerns, the chief executive of hmrc said while he was prepared to be overruled, he was unable to reach a view that this represents value for money. meanwhile, newly self—employed marc whitaker is one of hundreds of thousands who full outside most of the government support programmes. —— fall outside. i can't get my head around how the chancellor expects any person, any citizen of this country, to survive on zero income. how is that possible? the worst economic crisis in living memory is hitting hard and fast. little wonder, perhaps, the chancellor feels that speed is more important than precision and he has left the door open forfurther measures that it seems inevitably will be needed. simon jack, bbc news. 0ur economics editor laura kuenssberg says the figures are worrying for the government. these numbers are really starting to crank up and for now at least,
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they're only likely to go in one direction. up the way. we heard today from those big names on the high street, a reminder of where the government felt it had to announce so government felt it had to announce so much spending, as much as 30 billion yesterday. their plan to try to protect and create newjobs, but a reminder also that for some businesses, it is just too late. also, these decisions are made by individual companies. politicians can announce all sorts of plans, they can have all sorts of hopes and ambitions, but what actually happens on the ground on the high street around the country is what will be for many. the determinant of whether or not they can hang onto their staff. there's been a different aspect of chatter here at westminster to after the suggestion one of the most senior officials in the country expressed his concern over whether or not the government four plans were really value for money. —— the government's plans. wondering whether or not the government was using a sort of blunder to display crash everywhere
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rather than taking the time to really drill down, not to really try to send the cash to where it's needed. but for the government, their priority right now is to try and act big and act fast, to try to stop what's already a very worrying situation becoming so much worse. the world health organisation says that, despite all the warnings, the world was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic. they've announced a panel to review the global response. the who has been under pressure to look at its handling of the crisis. they have faced criticism, most notably from the us, that the organisation was slow to respond. the head of the who said that everyone must look in the mirror. this is a time for self reflection, to look at the world we live in and to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to
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save lives and bring this pandemic under control. earlier i spoke to doctor david nabarro, the world health organisation's special envoy on covid—19. i asked him if it was time for some internal reflection on the part of the who when we do with anything like this magnitude, we expect to have a very detailed analysis, a continuous analysis, that is thorough. so yes, there must be a lot of internal reflection and all of us, myself and eve ryo ne reflection and all of us, myself and everyone else in the organisation, is ready to be called to account. that's really how it should be. the us president has accuse the wh to —— who for not getting in the early stages to see what the signs of the problems were. is that a fair assessment? the world health 0rganisation is a technical organisation. it's about 70,000
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people and more than 100 offices. itsjob quite people and more than 100 offices. its job quite simply to work on behalf all world nations to deal with health threats. it's owned by governments, but as an independent technical party. it doesn't have inspection capacity. nobody has given it that responsibility. the rules under which the technical people in who work were set in 2005, and they're very clear. you have to deal with the information you're given by countries, and that applies to every country. so we deal with what we are given, and we have to be decent to the country so they will give us the information they will not we want. you can't start being unpleasant —— information we want. that applies to every nation, and that's how we work. we are there
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other disposal, we work on their behalf, of everybody in the world and we do what we can with what we get. an open letter was written to the who by scientist this week saying it wasn't taking seriously enough the risk of coronavirus being airborne. do you not trust the science? well, what happens is the following. whenever we deal with something new, we get different decisions taken by scientist, an awful lot of papers produced and published, about 500, and i need to try to sit through the mall to work through the situation —— and a need. we believe this disease is transmitted by droplets primarily. usually about a metre out about your mouth, and that means if people are too mean apart, they are less likely too mean apart, they are less likely to get infected. that's a majority of transmission, but we think it's also possible that the very small
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droplets, aerosols, can also be responsible. they travel further and preventing transmissions is particularly difficult. they didn't think who is taking seriously enough. i know that who has gotten extremely open mind about this, and is looking for evidence to see whether or not aerosol transmission is important. david nabarro from the wh to. katty kay is coming up and democratic nominee pete buttigieg. the white house press secretary answering some question about today's supreme court ruling. she says president trump thinks he had a victory today. she hasn't spoken to him about the two justices that he appointed who voted with the majority today against presidential
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immunity. maybe we'll get into that in the course of the next half—hour. stay with us. hello. slow moving pressure has brought a lot of gloomy and damp weather over the last few days, but it will start pushing out into the near continent. it looks like we will see a lot of settled weather over the weekend and a lot more sunshine, particularly in england and wales. there is still quite a lot of cloud around overnight in northern and eastern areas and that damp and muggy weather will be confined to the south—east. some showers across the northeast. further west, clearer skies, so it will be quite chilly by the end of the night. on friday sunshine in southern and western areas and showers in eastern areas. eventually we will lose the grey weather from east anglia and the south—east. a big difference on friday
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afternoon, sunny spells across the board here. but there will be a keen north—westerly wind and that will take the edge of the temperatures. as we drift further north we have heavy showers, perhaps thundery again. further west there will be a few showers around, in northern ireland and western scotland, but equally good spells of sunshine. temperatures from the low to the mid—teens celsius. though showers continue on for a while until the end of friday and they will fizzle out. as high pressure starts to build in through friday night, it will be dry with clear skies and that will be the recipe for a chilly night to come. many places in single digits. for the weekend it will be a dry one, mostly settled and will generally like wins with sunshine at times. —— generally light winds. saturday starts off cool
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but bright, lovely sunny skies through the afternoon. fairweather clyde will build up, but most places will stay dry. the mid to high teens in the north and high teens, may be low 20s across the south. —— cloud will build up. high pressure with us on sunday and a bit of a change in the north—west. this low—pressure system will push into northern ireland and western scotland. increasing breeze and thickening cloud. elsewhere it is dry with sunshine and a warmer day to come, may be the mid 20s in the south—east.
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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. the us supreme court rules that president trump must handover his tax returns to be examined by new york prosecutors. the us president reacts angrily on social media — saying it's a ‘political witch hunf. i don't know what they're even saying about it. i hear he's tweeting one thing and other people are saying another. whatever it is, it's not good news for the president of the united states. here in the uk, in a further easing of coronavirus restrictions, indoor gyms, sports facilities and swmming pools in england will be able to reopen from later this month. and — cuts and closures for two giants of the british high street: boots and john lewis say more than 5,000 jobs are at risk.
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the world health organisation says after half a million deaths, and 12 million cases — an honest assessment is needed of the global response to coronavirus. a further 85 deaths of people who've tested positive for coronavirus have been announced in the uk — taking the total to 44,602. it comes as a pilot scheme is being launched in england to test thousands of people who work in what are deemed to be high risk jobs for coronavirus — like taxi drivers, sales assistants, pharmacists and cleaners. they'll be tested even if they don't have symptoms. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, reports.
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facing up to the realities, bedford is one of the communities with the largest number of cases and the biggest challenge is trying to keep the virus in check. today, news of a pilot scheme to test taxi drivers and some other vulnerable groups of workers was given the thumbs up. whoever you carry, you really don't know, do you? that is the risk that you take, even for myself, i mean, if they do test it... i would welcome it. if the government do more testing, then they know who has got the virus and who doesn't, and then we can control the virus. bedford's local council and partners are doing what they can to get
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