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a very warm welcome to bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm mike embley. our top stories: the former king of spain, juan carlos, has abruptly left the country, weeks after he was linked to a corruption inquiry. president trump lashes out at one of his top medical advisers, but insists the pandemic is receeding. tributes are paid tojohn hume, one of the key architects of peace in northern ireland, after his death at the age of 83. john hume is a man of world stature, and he stands in the same company as gandhi and martin luther king, and nelson mandela. and, with us hostility over tiktok, the chinese company behind the app could move from beijing to london.
hello to you. juan carlos, the former king of spain, says he's leaving the country, weeks after he was linked to an investigation into allegations of corruption. in a letter to his son, king felipe, juan carlos said he'd taken the decision to help his heir carry out his duties as monarch. paul hawkins reports. former king juan carlos, seen here swearing in the new spanish prime minister, is widely credited with steering spain from fascism to democracy. the country is to be ruled by a dictator, general franco, but after his death in 1975, two days later, princejuan carlos became king. and even though he'd fallen loyalty to franco, he appointed reformist prime minister adolfo suarez in 1976, and encouraged
the revival of political parties, plus amnesty for political prisoners. in 1981, the king took swift action to stop a military coup which meant a socialist government came to power the following year. the liberal, modern, democratic spain we know today is largely down to him, but there have been scandals. a corruption investigation involving his daughter's husband and a controversial elephant hunting trip during spain's financial crisis. consequently, he abdicated in 2014 after nearly a0 years as king, but the controversy has continued to follow him. spain's supreme court is investigating his alleged involvement in a high—speed rail contract in saudi arabia which went to spanish companies. it has led him to write a letter to his son, saying, "in the face of the public repercussions that certain past events in my private life are generating, i inform you of my decision at this time to leave spain." translation: i was totally surprised. i did not expect it at all,
and the truth is, i think it's a bit of a rash decision because i think he should be judged like any other spanish citizen. translation: really bad. he should leave spain when he returned everything he has stolen. when he leaves all the money here, he can leave. translation: if he has done it, he should pay for it and stay. he does not have to leave. if we are all equal before the constitution, why does he have to leave spain? translation: we think this is terrible because it turns out that this person has done a lot for spain, with his dark and bright moments obviously, but he has done more good than harm. i think that if he leaves it is because all these things that are being said which i don't understand. it's not clear where or when he will go, but the former monarch says he will be available if spanish prosecutors need to speak to him. paul hawkins, bbc news. president trump has again
claimed the coronavirus outbreak in the united states is receding. the us, with 4% of the world's population, has suffered nearly 23% of total global deaths from the virus. mr trump has also criticised one of his own top medical advisers, dr deborah birx, who said the disease was now widespread across the us and a greater threat than when the outbreak first began. here's our north america correspondent peter bowes. the fact that he seems now to have a disagreement with another of his medical advisors doesn't send necessarily a coherent message to the american people who are still i think desperate for some sort of guidance, and it is what you often hear in the districts and in the states, that local officials want more national more federal guidance as to how to cope with this. and these disputes — and we've heard from dr anthony fauci in the past, saying that these perhaps political motivated disputes are not helping the overall situation, but president trump do also talk about how he sees
the fight against the coronavirus going, with the number of cases down by about 6% and, significantly, he said, that the number of cases where people are testing positive — the positivity rate — that is also reduced. he acknowledged that progress in some of the southern states isn't as fast but, overall, his message from his news conference earlier, was positive. we are beginning to see evidence of significant progress. nationwide the number of positive cases has declined by nearly 6% from the week before, and the positive test rate has also dropped from 8.7% to 8% over that same period of time — an encouraging sign. very encouraging, i have to add, that the virus is receding. the president making some questionable assertions there, it has to be said. obviously, peter, the coronavirus also effects the upcoming election. the president still trying to sow doubt about postal ballots, even though his administration and most of his family have
voted by mail often. this is becoming a huge issue, mike, and people around the country — i live in los angeles county — are getting leaflets like this one, also in the neighbouring state of nevada. it says, "attention voters — vote safely at home, make your voice heard." "we're mailing every registered voter" it says, "in la county. a vote by mail ballot for the november general election" — really is warning people about what is going to happen and this is what the president is rallying against. he does not believe the system is a safe. he does not think the post office is able to cope because, he says, of the pressures of coronavirus people receiving a lot of amazon packages, at the moment, and he is concerned that the postal system simply cannot cope, and he says he might step in to stop it. but universal mail in ballots is going to be a great embarrassment to our country.
would you consider an executive order on that? i have the right to do it. we have not got there yet but we'll see what happens. we will be suing in nevada and that has already been taken care of. we'll probably file something tomorrow. but peter the truth is surely, whatever the president says, the level of fraud involved with postal ballots is absolutely tiny historically and in fact ballots are run by state — the president does not have the right to stop it? that is exactly right and this is the criticism we hear all the time when the president raises this issue that historically there is simply no hard evidence to show that postal ballots in the past have resulted in any significant fraud at general elections or indeed at local elections around the country. let's get some of the day's other news. latin america now has five million confirmed cases of covid—19. colombia reported 10,000 new cases on monday alone. mexico has registered more than 9,000 daily cases for the first time, and has now overtaken britain as the country with
the third—highest number of covid—19 deaths. police have been patrolling the streets of the australian city of melbourne to enforce its second night of curfew as it fights a resurgence in cases of covid—19. the curfew lasts from 8:00 at night until 5:00 in the morning, is in place for six weeks and bars the city's population of nearly five million people from leaving their homes except for work or to receive or give care. norway has stopped all cruise ships with more than a hundred people on board from disembarking at its ports, because of a covid—19 outbreak. at least a0 passengers and crew on the ms roald amundsen have tested positive. leading figures from around the world have been paying tribute to the the nobel peace prize winner and northern ireland politician john hume who has died. he was 83. he was key to ending decades of violence in northern ireland which killed thousands, and tony blair, who was prime minister when the good friday peace agreement
was signed, described him as "a visionary who refused to believe the future had to be the same as the past". 0ur ireland correspondent emma va rdy looks back at his remarkable life. a visionary through some of northern ireland's darkest days. john hume was an enduring advocate of peace. ..shot them with rubber bullets and gas. the crowd is marching over there. the leaders were going to speak to you. before we even got there, you opened fire. driven by a belief that negotiation and democracy was the alternative to bullets and bombs, he took on the army, the police, and the ira paramilitaries, who tried to bring about a united ireland by force. there is not a single injustice in northern ireland today that justifies the taking of a single human life. if i were to lead a civil rights campaign in northern ireland today, the major target of that campaign would be the ira. and as a protest against... a career in politics had not been his earliest calling. he trained as a priest and then a teacher.
but, galvanised by the injustice of discrimination against catholic communities in the 1960s, he became a leading campaigner for housing and employment rights. as a catholic who refused to support the ira, after the troubles broke out, john hume founded the social democratic and labour party. his objective was to achieve a united ireland, but only through consent. the sdlp have failed to do this. sorry, that is a very fundamental point. at great personal risk, in the 1980s, he entered into secret talks with gerry adams, the leader of sinn fein, the political voice of the ira. it provoked anger and criticism, but he refused to change course. i don't give two balls of roasted snow, jim, what advice anybody gives me about those talks, because i will continue with them until they reach what i hope will be a positive conclusion. his stubborn efforts helped
bring about the ira ceasefire, and brought sinn fein into the talks that led to the good friday agreement in 1998, ending the conflict. today, we can take a collective breath and begin to blow away, let's hope, the cobwebs of the past. he and i had many disagreements, and that's a very, very healthy thing to do and to have. but when we were able to talk and to actively promote the primacy of politics of dialogue, of inclusivity and so on, which then led to the hume—adams talks, i have to say, on this sad day, that we wouldn't have the peace that we enjoy today if it wasn't forjohn hume. # ..is give peace a chance #. the peace deal was a turning point for northern ireland and saw john hume hailed as a hero by pop stars and presidents.
cheering and applause. mr president and mrs clinton, as you can see from the people of derry, you are very, very welcome here today. cheering and applause. today, former us president bill clinton said john hume always kept marching on against all odds towards a brighter future for northern ireland. after he was awarded the nobel prize, he gradually stepped down from his public roles, but was always greeted with admiration and affection in his hometown of derry. later, his health deteriorated, as he began to suffer from dementia. john hume, genuinely, was a political titan. imean, his contribution to peace in northern ireland was extraordinary. i don't think we would ever really have got the peace process going and implemented, if he hadn't been there, offering help and advice. john hume's commitment to ending violence helped make northern ireland a better place forfuture generations.
he was the architect of the peace process, and his death a reminder of how far northern ireland has come. 0urformer ireland correspondent denis murray reported for the bbc during the troubles and the good friday peace talks. he knewjohn hume and had this to say about the man and his legacy. i looked up todayjust to check the awards he had won, and i sort of intellectual knew he had won these awards but it was amazing to see them all in the one place, and among the awards he got were, the gandhi international peace prize and the martin luther king peace prize. john hume is a man of world stature and he stands in the same company as gandhi and martin luther king and nelson mandela. he was one, the only politician i have ever met who had
a vision and a dream and a very deep political intellect. i mean, people like him usually work in universities or in the back rooms but he was also a real gritty politician. i never saw him bested in debate, i have to say. i was moderating a debate between him and ian paisley one day and this was about, john hume had been challenged by gerry adams to have a pan—nationalist front with sinn fein, and he said you are just the front man, i want to meet the ira, they are the real masters. and ian paisley said if you do that, then i can't go on talking to you and hume leaned across at me and pointed to ian paisley and said if you do that, you will be, to use one of your own favourite words, a hypocrite. so he could slug it out with the best of them. he got an awful lot of criticism from both republican and loyalist sides, particularly towards the end of the peace process, but he's a man who made the peace that we needed.
i was struck on social media today by young people in their 20s and 30s who never met him who was saying thank you john for creating the peace that our children now enjoy. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: why footballers with a bad cough, could find themselves being shown a red card. the question was whether we want to save our people and japanese as well and win the war, or whether we want to take a chance on being able to win the war by killing all our young men. the invasion began at two o'clock this morning. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived
so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the former king of spain, juan carlos, has left the country, weeks after he was linked to a corruption inquiry president trump lashes out at one of his top medical advisers, but insists the pandemic is receeding. at least 29 people have been killed and around 300 prisoners have escaped after islamic state fighters attacked a jail in the afghan city of jalala bad. it began with a car bomb
on sunday and lasted 20 hours. a spokesman for the governor of nangarhar province, said all 11 attackers have been killed. ishleen kaur reports. this is what remains of the jail in jalalabad, the this is what remains of the jail injalalabad, the result ofa jail injalalabad, the result of a battle between afghan security forces and islamic state fighters. this jail has nearly thousand 700 prisoners, most of them is and taliban fighters. more than a thousand escape. most were recaptured but 300 remain on the run. translation: after the first explosion, many people were wounded here. isaw explosion, many people were wounded here. i saw people with blood and then several other explosions took place in the area then the afghan security forces arrived and took control of the area. translation: first
the attack started then the militants started firing from all sides. after they destroyed the wall of the present by explosions, the prisoners were trying to escape through this way. the attack happened on the final day of a temporary ceasefire between the afghan government and the taliban but the islamic state troops were not part of that agreement. afghanistan has seen a recent surge in violence with most attacks claimed by is militants. while the group's strength might have reduced, isis is trying to stage a comeback with attacks such as this. ishleen kaur, bbc news. coastal communities on the eastern seabord of the us are bracing for hurricane isaias. the national hurricane center predicts it will hit the carolinas sometime on monday night. it was downgraded to a tropical storm after hitting islands in the caribbean, where it caused the death of two people. but isaias has gathered
strength again with wind speeds of 120km/h. the ceremony has been held in the italian city of genova after the bridge collapsed killing many people. the new structure contains sensors and robots that maintain the bridge. football around the world has seen drastic changes since the pandemic, with stringent testing and social distancing rules in place. now the international football association board says players who deliberately cough at the opposition or referees can be red—carded and sent off. they said the in—game decisions will be left up to the referees discresion, and the english football association said the rules would even come into force immediately for grassroots football. i spoke with football commentator, simon hill, about the decision.
this is probably a commonsense rule from the federation, which has not always been noted in that regard, but i think, in the current climate, this is just the new normal, isn't it? if you tally it up with spitting, which has long been frowned upon and you can get a red card for deliberately spitting at an opponent, this just extends it a little further. i don't think that during a game of football, if a player has a slight cough into his hand that will be a problem, but i think if you are directing it, particularly towards a referee or an opponent, then clearly that endangers health. so i think it is a commonsense rule. i do not expect it to be applied very often but as the rules say, that will be at the discretion of the referee. has it happened yet? have there been any games at all? i don't think it has happened yet, to be honest,
this was the first i heard of it in the last 2a hours. as you said in your introduction, these rules will be applied immediately and i think that shows just how concerned, not only the football association are, but football authorities around the world are because the last thing they want is to have negative headlines surrounding somebody contracting coronavirus due to somebody coughing or sneezing or spitting in their direction on the football field. i think it is indicative of where we are. 12 months ago if you had suggested these rule changes, people would laugh at you, but we are living in different times now. on that point, do you think things will ever go back to what we used to call normal? that is a good question and probably one for greater minds scientifically than mine. i think the big concern for football clu bs around the world is when do we get full stadiums back? football is a game based upon tribalism and atmosphere and the last thing we want over
the next two or three years is to play all our games with empty stadiums and, not least, because it will hurt clubs financially as well. the bigger leagues around the world are cushioned somewhat by the television but smalller leagues, and there are many of them around the planet, they rely on people coming through the gate and paying money and keeping the club sustainable. the short answer is we don't know, from football's point of view, i think the answer would be as soon as possible, please. tiktok is the fastest—growing social media platform in the world, with hundreds of millions of users. but the chinese—owned company has run into political hot water. it's been banned in india, and president trump has threatened to do the same in the us, for fear that its user data could be mined by the chinese government. the company is looking for a new location for its main office, with london a strong contender, as james clayton reports.
these are the kinds of viral dances that have made tiktok a hit. the whole platform is designed to bring out your creative side. you can digitally age yourself or have fabulous eye make—up. there is a green screen option, so you can be your own presenter, pointing to different facts and figures on the screen. the other thing you can do on tiktok is sing along with your mates by duetting with them, by splitting the screen. and young people in particular have fallen in love with the app. tiktok is pretty secretive about its user figures but one company estimates that the app has been downloaded more than 2 billion times globally. that includes 600 million in india, 165 million times in the united states, and an estimated 30 million times in the uk. look beyond the laughter, and its detractors believe that tiktok has a much darker side, that far from it being a sweet and innocent social media platform, it may be being used by the chinese government to spy on people.
china dismisses these claims, however it has already been banned by india, and today donald trump set an ultimatum to the american arm of the business. i said a date around september 15, at which point it will be out of business in the united states. but if somebody, whether it is microsoft or somebody else buys it, that will be interesting. the main fear that parliamentarians and governments around the world have about tiktok is that the company will be forced by the chinese communist party to share data. and that happens without the consent of the users who are using the app around the world. tiktok says it would never share any data with beijing. the actions of donald trump however give london an opportunity. tiktok is looking for a headquarters outside the us and london is tiktok‘s biggest global office, employing 800 people. if it were to move to the uk it would cement london's place
as a tech heavyweight, but some mps have concerns. i personally would welcome a deep dive by government into whether the app is secure, whether we should be doing some of things, like india is doing and australia is considering doing, or whether we should decide in the end it is safe. there will be concerns as well for tiktok after the british government changed tack on huawei's involvement in the uk's 5g network, after pressure from the united states. but the uk could be the future home of the world's fastest—growing social media platform. that is certainly a prize, but a prize not without risk. now every new parent wants to share their baby with the world. that can be tricky in these pandemic times, so here's one solution from mexico, where parents can rent a mobile cabin made of glass to present newborns to the neighborhood. parents climb aboard with a baby in tow,
as friends and relatives stand outside to take a peek of the newest member of the family. that's it for now, thank you so much for watching. hello there. we've got mixed fortunes of weather for tuesday. it does look like like low pressure moving into northern and western parts of the uk will bring quite a lot of cloud, wind and also rain. it's going to be very wet for parts of northern ireland and western scotland through the day, but it will be drier the further south and east that you are, with more sunshine and it will feel warmer too. so this is the culprit, this area of low pressure, moving in off the atlantic, starts to bring the rain initially to northern ireland, and then to scotland. there's quite a few isobars on the chart so it's going to be pretty windy too. so initially the rain, heavy. you can see the brighter colours in there for northern ireland, pushing across the irish sea, into the far north of england, but mainly into scotland. and it's western scotland, the western highlands, which is going to see the rain really piling up by the end of the day. a windy day to come as well — 40, maybe 50 mile an hour gusts across the north—west.
a breezy day further south but, like i mentioned, the further south that you are, the better chance of staying dry, seeing the sunshine and feeling warmer. 23—24 degrees here. bit disappointing further north — the mid to upper teens celsius. through tuesday night that rain begins to slip its way southwards a bit, into much of northern england, into north wales as well. there'll be further spots of rain further north, but drier across southern areas. we'll start to import a milder, more humid air mass from the south—west, so temperatures not falling much below 15 degrees for tuesday night. into wednesday, we've still got this area of low pressure and the weather fronts. again, it's going to be a breezy day. there'll be a lot of cloud, and some mist and murk across northern and western areas. looks like we'll start to see some rain also pushing across the irish sea, into wales and the western parts of england but, again, the further south and east that you are, although breezy, it's going to be dry with increasing amounts of sunshine. and we're really importing some warmer air ﬂow, so 25, 26 degrees is possible. a little bit warmer as well further north.
what happens is, towards the end of the week, these weather fronts become squeezed out and fade away as this area of high pressure builds in over the near continent, and then we really start to tap in to some hot air, which is across spain and france, on the southerly wind, and that warmth advance its way northwards, pretty much across the whole country through thursday and in particular into friday. so a warmer day thursday for all and friday, with some good spells of sunshine. it will turn hot again in the south—east. probably the peak of the heat through friday and into the start of the weekend.
this is bbc news, the headlines: the former king of spain, juan carlos, has left the country weeks after he was linked to an investigation into alleged corruption. his destination is unknown. he made the announcement in an open letter to his son, felipe, who became the monarch six years ago. president trump has insisted the coronavirus outbreak in the united states is receding, and criticised one of his top medical advisers for saying the disease is now a greater threat than when the outbreak first began. the us has the biggest number of reported covid infections and deaths in the world. key figures in the northern ireland peace process have paid their tributes to john hume, the catholic politician who has died at the age of 83. he received a nobel prize for his efforts in bringing about the good friday peace agreement in northern ireland, which which brought an end to decades of sectarian violence.
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