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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the washington post claims president trump revealed highly—classified information to the russians and compromised an intelligence source. the white house deny any sources or methods were revealed. the us state department accuses syria of installing a crematorium in a military prison to hide mass killings. ian brady — one of britian‘s most notorious serial killers — has died aged 79. he killed five children and teenagers in the 1960s with his partner myra hindley hitting the ground running — on his first full day in office, france's new president calls for a reform of the eurozone, as he meets with his german counterpart. he will appoint a new cabinet on tuesday. and, capturing camelot, in photos. 100 years since his birth, a new exhibit highlights the life and legacy ofjohn f kennedy. hello.
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the washington post newspaper has published a report that claims president trump revealed highly classified intelligence to the russian foreign minister and ambassador, at a meeting in the white house last week. quoting current and former officials, the paper alleges that mr trump gave information about the islamic state group that was supplied to the us by an ally — that had not authorised its disclosure to the russians. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, issued a statement that the president's talks with sergei lavrov involved the nature of specific threats, but they did not discuss sources, methods or military operations. one of the washington post reporters that broke this story, greg jaffee, spoke to my colleague kasia madera a short time ago. trump had a meeting with the russian foreign minister and ambassador. he described the threat posed by laptops on their planes
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with regards to the islamic state, and disclosed key details from an intelligence partner. they were classified — he should not share that with the russians. and the partner that shared that information with the united states would certainly be upset about it. and you were saying that discussing those matters with somebody in government would be illegal? it is not illegal, because the president can choose to declassify anything. but it is inappropriate. it's inappropriate. we have seen hr mcmaster deny this. he said it did not happen that way. what is your response? he said the president did not disclose sources or methods, and our story also said that. but the nature of the information provided to the russians would allow them to reverse engineer that information to discover the sources and methods.
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in other words, he said so much that someone could figure it out. and the second thing i would say is that, following the meeting, there were messages that went out from the white house, from the nsc and cia. from the nsc to the cia. this suggested that the information was improperly disclosed and that precautionary measures needed to be taken. so that suggests that clearly something serious happen here. hr mcmaster said the story was false. there is nothing that the president takes more seriously than national security.
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the story reported tonight is false. they reviewed a range of common threats to our countries, including threats to civil aviation. at no time — at no time — were intelligence sources or methods the president did not disclose any military operations that were not already publicly known. two other senior officials were present, including the secretary of state, remember the meeting in the same way and have said so. they're on the record and cancel out, outweigh those anonymous sources. i was in the room, it did not happen. thanks, everybody. thank you. that the washington post have said that there and as you heard, there are other things there that the washington post have said that there was a leak from the president. two other channels, they said that precautionary measures were taken by the nsc and cia.
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so they are also that that is another sign that this did happen. although, of course, it is notjust hr mcmaster, the national security adviser, who said that it did not happen. the white house has also issued a statement from the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, they said that they did not discuss sources, methods, or operations. and the deputy national security adviser also issued a statement saying the story is false. that has not stopped reaction pouring in in washington from both sides of the political aisle, and we have heard from bob corker, who chairs the foreign relations committee, using strong language this evening. he said the white house has to do something soon to bring itself under control and order. he said the white house was going in a downward spiral right now.
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this has been described as a slap in the face for the intelligence community, and risking sources is inexcusable. we know the donald trump is not a fan of leaks. he has had in the past that he has no tolerance for lea ks. the white house is, of course, denying this story. but it does raise questions about how the white house handles information, and of course about the president himself. much more on the bbc website. it is a classic distraction technique to denying what you are not being accused of and hope you are not
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denying what you are being accused. the united states claims to have evidence that syria has built a crematorium at a military prison, north of damascus, where large numbers of people have been held during the bitter civil war. the state department is accusing the regime of president bashar al—assad of attempting to cover up mass killings. sarah corker reports. throughout the six—year civil war, president assad's regime has been accused of war crimes by the international community. sednaya prison has been described as a "human slaughterhouse" — a place where up to 30,000 people have been executed, a place where up to 13,000 people have been executed, according to rights groups. now, further allegations of abuse have emerged. credible sources believe that many of the bodies had been disposed of in mass graves. we now believe that the syrian regime has installed a crematorium at the sednaya prison complex, which could dispose of detainees‘ remains with little evidence. although many of the atrocities are well—documented, we believe that the building of a crematorium is an effort
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to cover up the extent mass murder is taking place in sednaya prison. washington says the satellite images of the prison support its claims, and even said the atrocities had been carried out with what appeared to be unconditional support from russia and iran. the syrian regime has not responded to the allegations, but in the past are strongly denied any abuse at the jail. sarah corker, bbc news. let's round—up some of the other main stories: the united nations security council has strongly condemned north korea's recent ballistic missile test. in a unanimous statement backed by china, north korea's closest ally, it vowed tougher sanctions against pyongyang. north korea says the missile it tested successfully on sunday was a new type of mid to long range rocket, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. representatives of mutinous soldiers in ivory coast have rejected a deal with the government,
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soon after the defence minister announced an agreement to end a revolt over unpaid bonuses. around eight thousand soldiers have been involved in clashes with loyalist troops across the country, after the government refused to pay bonuses it had promised. a venezuelan opposition organisation says more than 30 people have been arrested during new protests against president nicolas maduro. the human rights group, foro penal, published a list with the names of demonstrators allegedly detained. protestors have been on the streets since april, angry at the worsening economic crisis and demanding fresh elections. an award—winning mexican journalist who reported extensively on the activities of drug cartels has been murdered. javier valdez was killed by gunmen who opened fire on his car in the city of culiacan. mr valdez was driving to the headquarters of the news website he founded, rio doce, when he was killed. one of britain's most infamous serial killers, the moors murderer, ian brady, has died. the 79 year—old and his partner myra hindley, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s.
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ian brady, who was believed to be terminally ill, had been receiving palliative care at a high security psychiatric unit. daniel sandford reports. few murders before or since have caused such revulsion. the discovery of children's bodies on saddleworth moor left the public wondering who could commit such dreadful crimes and why. ian brady was a petty criminal who grew up in glasgow, where he is remembered for his cruelty to other children and animals. he later took a job in manchester and when his company hired a new typist called myra hindley, the couple became lovers. and brady led her a into a world of sadism. 0utwardly a normal couple, they became serial killers, abducting, sexually assaulting and murdering children. when brady and hindley were arrested, they said nothing. challenging detectives to prove their guilt. they remained silent even when police had found three children's body in shallow graves
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on saddleworth moor. years later, brady told the bbc his remorse for the crimes was painfully deep but he could never explain his motive. until her death, in 2002, his accomplice blamed him but if anything she became the greater hate figure. he, in many ways, escaped some of the disgust the public should feel for him because he was accompanied by a woman and i'm not sure that he got his full share, his fair share of public hatred. in the 1980s, the two killers made full confessions and went back to the moors seperately, to help the search for other victims. pauline reade‘s body was eventually recovered but keith bennett's grave was never found. i wanted one of them to come up with the truth so i could nail the two of them, nail them for the rest of their lives, like they nailed me down. i wanted them prosecuted for keith's death. winniejohnson died in 2012, regretting to the end that
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she had been unable to give her son a christian burial. brady spent the last years of his life in ashworth high security mental hospital. in 1999 he decided to die and stopped eating so doctors force—fed him using a tube. he wrote many letters to the bbc complaining about his treatment and in 2012 unsuccessfully petitioned to be returned to a normal prison. he continued to vent his anger at myra hindley for trying to minimise her role in the moors murderers. although ian brady's crimes now belong to another era, they will be recorded as among the most infamous ever seen in britain. as organisations around the world clean up after being caught out by last week's cyber arrack, attention has now turned to the people behind the devastating malware. it uses a vulnerability identified by the us national security agency — but it's been unleashed by someone entirely different.
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several security firms are pointing the finger at a possible north korean connection. the wannacry cyber attack has struck around the world. its impact has been the most far reaching of cyber crimes ever committed. as government organisations and businesses world wide clean up after being caught out, attention has now turned to the people responsible. the military regime in pyongyang is assessed to have over a thousand computer experts working on cyber activities backed by thousands of support staff. a california—based software expert, symantec, are looking into clues that may connect the attacks with programs previously attributed to north korea, including code in an earlier version of the wannacrypt ransomware. of the wannacry ransomware. last month, us secretary of home and securityjohn kelly told media that a cyber attack from north korea was more likely than a military assault. but there is no hard
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evidence yet that proves pyongyang originated this attack. across asia, the best assessment is that the impact of the ransomware bug is not as bad as feared. for 12 hours on saturday, petrol stations nationwide could only accept cash after state owned giant, petrochina, found internet payment functions had been disabled. they say the majority of their network is now back online. for patients in indonesia's biggest cancer hospital, injakarta, the price has proved altogether more serious, after 200 people packed into waiting rooms after cyber attacks hit scores of computers requiring records to be checked manually. across asia, the cyber attack has come as a huge wake—up call to close loopholes and use the latest security patches to do so. david campanale, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: inching towards victory in mosul — the bbc‘s on the front line with coalition forces, who say the final push could be the most dangerous.
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the pope was shot, the pope will live. that's the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism had come to the vatican. the man they call the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, gary kasparov. it is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts.
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god bless america! cheering and applause. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the washington post claims president trump revealed highly classified information to russia and risked a source of intelligence on the islamic state — the white house says the claim is false. the us state department accuses syria of installing a crematorium in a military prison to hide mass killings. iraqi forces have renewed their effort to retake districts of western mosul still under the control of the islamic state group — they want to achieve victory before ramadan. after seven months of fighting, militants have been dislodged from all but a few areas of mosul. the bbc have been given rare access to us coalition troops on the ground, helping iraqi forces defeat is. 0ur correspondent feras kilani, with cameraman khalid alayash
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and producerjoan soley, were the first television team allowed to film at patrol base foundry — near mosul airport. after eight months, this is not a new sight. the battle to take back mosul from the self—proclaimed islamic state has been raging for close to 1,000 days, when they first swept through northern iraq like a plague. what still remains will be some of the most difficult and dangerous fighting for the iraqi forces. they are not alone, however. the us—led coalition has been a steady presence, conducting thousands of air strikes and providing intelligence. but they have been increasing their work on the ground with iraqi forces. here at the patrol base foundry,
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us soldiers are working directly with the iraqi federal police to push is out of iraq's second—largest city. we're in mosul, actually. we're at the airport at the south end of mosul. we're about five or six kilometres from the frontline of the federal police. do you have any closer positions to the frontline? yeah, we have some other units that are a little bit closer, but they are still well behind the forward line of troops. there's people bleeding almost every day up there. there's back—and—forth fighting. keeping watch at all times, the small group of american troops know a quiet day is no reason to drop their guard. so the timing of old city is really dependent on a lot of things. it's especially dependent on the popular support for isis within that, and if there is any. we definitely encourage any civilians in the area to rise up against isis. constantly keeping in mind reduction of civilian casualties.
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so, to explain that, the faster they push and the more force they use to defeat isis, the more likelihood there is that there will be civilian casualties. however, the slower they go, they will reduce civilian casualties, but they leave the civilians under the subjugation of a barbaric organisation that is isis, for longer. the fighting inside mosul is rapidly reaching the beginning of the end. but what remains is a tight, urban area, riddled with thousands of civilians, even though thousands have already fled. what will remain of mosul after the battle is completed? who will protect the city and its war—weary population? for iraqi forces, especially the federal police, there is no end in sight. the new president of france had a busy first day in office. first president macron
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selected edouard philippe, of the center—right, as his prime minister. then it was off to berlin for talks with the german leader, angela merkel. jenny hill has more from the german capital. there from the german capital. was a warm welcome for emmanuel there was a warm welcome for emmanuel macron, not just from angela merkel but also from a crowd of people singing and dancing outside the talks. 0n of people singing and dancing outside the talks. on paper, this looks like a warm and friendly relationship but as mrs merkel herself put it, paraphrasing a german author, every beginning has magic to it. the two leaders have pledged to create a roadmap for europe. they want to further integrate, not just the europe. they want to further integrate, notjust the eu but the eurozone, and they both said, crucially, tonight, they are prepared to look at treaty changed to make that happen. so far, so
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good. it is worth emphasising that there have been real difficulties in there have been real difficulties in the french — german relationship. 0nce, of course, it underpinned the europe project as an axis of strength but as the two economies have very much diverged, that has become more tense in recent years. it is worth arguing that britain has become a more an ally for germany and now of course britain has decided to leave, everything has changed and these two leaders who are of course committed europhiles are of course committed europhiles are trying to get this in european project contract once more. a lot of talk about cooperation and working together but we also know that behind the scenes in berlin, some of emmanuel macron's ideas about economic reform are raising eyebrows. angela merkel is not going to countenance any suggestion or idea that any german money should go
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into propping up other eu economies, including france, but are not doing so well. there will be tensions between the two leaders and i think that angela merkel, through all the smiles today, is looking at emmanuel macron and his promise to bring the french economy back up to speed and thinking, let's wait and see whether he can really deliver on those promises. and you can keep up to date with who president macron chooses for his cabinet when they are announced later on tuesday, by going to bbc.com/news. presidentjohn f kennedy was born 100 years ago this month — and across the us, many events are planned. there's a new photo exhibit at the smithsonian in washington — with images capturing the dramatic rise and legacy of an american icon. here's a sneak preview. hi, i'm larry schiller, here at the smithsonian american art museum, a film—maker, former photojournalist
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and once in awhile i write books. kennedy lived at a period of what we call the golden age of photojournalism. television had not really emerged as the communicator of the world or the educator of the world. kennedy did not care how he looked, he did not care whether you photographed the silhouette of him or whether he was in the bright light. he knew that in essence, his mere presence would present the right image to the american public. we have a political climate which is emerging right now in america, some people say that our leader is learning on the job and he should have understood what the job was before. but i have to tell you, kennedy was learning on the job as well. his first 100 days was not easy. he had the bay of pigs, he had a lot on his plate to figure out.
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jacqueline kennedy was probably, i would say, jfk's greatest asset. she was cultured, she had taste, she had humour, wit. jackie never really wanted to exploit the children. sojfk would always wait until she was out of the white house, then he would have the kids running around, up and down the halls, and of course he would invite a photographer. there are those famous photos ofjohn john crawling through the desk. but there is this wonderful picture ofjfk walking to bed at night. as he would often do. in the exhibit, you have those iconic images that we have seen before, but there are also bookends of the images you have not seen before. those that set the stage to understand the tension whichjfk was under comedy humour and wit, the social events.
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his life was not as glamorous as you would think. just a reminder of our top story, the washington post has published a report claiming president trump revealed highly classified information to the russian ambassador. he gave information about the so—called islamic state group applied to the duets by a foreign ally. it was considered so sensitive that americans didn't even share it widely within the us government. intelligence sources may have been compromised. the president discussed the nature of specific strength of not sources or methods, the statement said. thank you for watching.
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hi there. here in the uk, winter and spring have been drier than normal. but could may be the month that bucks the dry trend? well, maybe. most of us will have had cloudy skies yesterday. we did have some fairly heavy rain around, as well. the wettest place, dumfries and galloway, threave getting nearly two inches of rainfall during the day. now, we've got more rain in the forecast, as well, over the next few days, and that's because of this big, complicated area of low pressure. this front across wales, south—west england, will be particularly slow—moving, bringing outbreaks of rain. but for many of us, a very mild start of the day, temperatures into double figures everywhere. now, as well is it being mild, it will be pretty cloudy to start the day across western scotland. some mist and hill fog patches, patches of rain over the coast and hills, too. northern ireland, similar conditions, and those temperatures pretty impressive, especially where we see the cloud break, for example around the moray firth. now, across north—west england, wales, and the south—west of england, the weather front will be slow—moving, so outbreaks of rain,
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probably turning heavy for the afternoon. a few patches of rain for southern hills as well to start the day. otherwise, a bit of dry weather towards east anglia and south—east england. and it will probably stay dry towards these eastern areas pretty much all day, with the cloud thinning and breaking to allow some spells of sunshine in the relatively warm and humid air that has wafted in from france. otherwise, a band of rain, slow—moving across wales and south—west england. underneath that persistent rain, not the warmest of days. further east, in the sunshine, well, if we get some decent, sunny spells, we could see temperatures pushing on towards 25 degrees in the warmest spots. not far off the warmest weather we've seen so far this year. now, on into the nighttime, the weather front pushes a little bit further eastwards, so we'll get that wet weather pushing in across parts of east anglia, moving towards the home counties. central, southern england also turning soggy. a cooler night further north and west for scotland and northern ireland. and then, through wednesday, our weather front pushes eastwards. but it will be prone to waving around a little bit on wednesday. so, again, we could have some drier spells towards eastern parts of england, where it could feel a little bit on the humid side,
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temperatures up into the 20s. fresh air to the north and west. as the temperature contrasts increase, that will start to trigger off some heavy, thundery downpours as we go through wednesday night. they will push eastwards, and we could well have some localised surface—water flooding developing through wednesday night, so worth staying in touch with the weather forecast. once the weather front is through, the thundery rain gone, we will have a mixture of bright spells, a bit of cloud around but also plenty of heavy showers to end the week. this is bbc news, the headlines: the washington post has claimed that president trump revealed highly classified information to russia's foreign minister and risked a source of intelligence on the islamic state. the white house has denied the claim as false. us secretary of state rex tillerson said they did not discuss "sources, methods or military operations." the us has accused syria of building a crematorium in a military prison to cover up the mass killing of detainees. the state department released satellite pictures of what it said was a crematorium at a prison near damascus. the un says thousands of inmates have been hanged there.
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two major internet security firms say they are looking at clues that may connect the global cyber attacks with north korea. they say some of the code used in the disruption has similarities to programs linked to pyongyang in the past. so far there's been no response from north korea. now on bbc news, time for hardtalk.
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