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this is in this day on the bbc. our top stories. the man who wants to reinvigorate france and europe, emmanuel macron sets out his radical plans for a nation and a continent. translation: we need to take europe back to its very origins and in that way, giving life again to a desirable europe. settling a family feud. singapore's prime minister addresses allegations he has abused his powers. i'm babita sharma in london. the scanner i'm babita sharma in london. the scanner that reveals the workings in the brain like never before which could revolutionise brain treatment. and the indian teenager with an extraordinary talent that is taking him all the way from mumbai to new york. live from our studios in singapore
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and london. this is bbc world news. it is newsday. it's 7am in singapore, midnight in london and 1am in versailles whether french president has been setting out his plans to reinvigorate the nation. as the 620 summit is in hamburg later this week, emmanuel macron promised a transformation of france and europe. the new leader made a passionate speech to a joint session of the national assembly and senate but as we report, not eve ryo ne senate but as we report, not everyone was impressed. the dignity of the presidential office is something about which emmanuel macron feels very deeply. he came to versailles, a place of regal pomp and awe to talk to his legislators. he called and they came — 900 deputies and senators in buses from paris.
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newcomers to the assembly, like the mathematician and macron loyallist cedric villani, who saw nothing wrong with the president's unconventional summons. it is an exceptional, critical moment. the nation has gone through a terrible lack of trust recently. i find it perfectly normal and reassuring that the president wants to address the congress today. the speech was a 90—minute pep talk. an exhortation to lawmakers to understand the appetite for change in france and to act. he said he wants to make government more efficient, cutting the number of mps by a third, and europe was, as ever, a central theme. translation: it is no longer the time to paper over the cracks. we need to take europe back to its beginnings, to its very origins and, in that way, give life again to a desire for europe. earlier in the day, there had been a security alert. an alleged plot to shoot the president on bastille day.
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no mention of that here. it would appear that emmanuel macron would like a new kind of presidency from that practised by his immediate red predecessors. he would like to restore to the office some of the mystique, the symbolism. and what greater symbol than to address the joint houses of parliament here in versailles, home of the old monarchy. but not everyone likes this new—look french presidency. the far left boycotted versailles and held a symbolic meeting of its own on left—wing republican turf in eastern paris, where views on president macron were pronounced. he portrayed himself as a sort of god. well, we're a republic and we have something against gods and we have something against kings, since we cut their heads off. so, no, we don't want that again, honestly. macron the monarch, macron the jupiter on 0lympus. expect a lot more of that from the left—wing opposition,
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especially if — no, when — things start to go less majestically well for france's young head of state. hugh schofield, bbc news, paris. our other top story — qatar is remaining defiant under diplomatic and economic pressure from saudi arabia and its allies — egypt, the uae and bahrain. the group have extended a deadline for qatar to comply with demands to downgrade its ties with iran, to close the al—jazeera news network and cut support for the muslim brotherhood. but qatar says the demands are so extreme they seem designed to be rejected. the bbc‘s hanan razek has more. kuwait was playing to midler in the stand—off is the four countries last night to extend the ultimatum for 48
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hours which they approved. now they are the ones received the response from koca and they will handed over to the other countries. —— from koca and they will handed over to the other countries. -- qatar. the other countries, we still don't know what is in there, will be the basis of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries on wednesday in cairo. it is quite thick if he cant, some people perceive it as a way of opening up for negotiations and the beginning ofa for negotiations and the beginning of a solution, maybe. also making news: china's president xijinping is in moscow for a meeting with vladimir putin. beijing's silk road trade project is expected to be at the top of the agenda. trade between the two countries is up 26% since the beginning of the year. later this week they'll both head to germany for the 6—20 summit of world leaders. a senior doctor at a hospital in bahawalpur, in pakistan, says the number of fatalities from an oil tankerfire has risen sharply, to more than two—hundred and six. eight days ago, oil from an overturned tanker caught
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fire on a highway near the city some 400 kilometres from lahore. president trump has offered to help the parents of a british terminally ill baby who have lost a legal fight to take him to the united states for treatment. mr trump said he would be delighted to help charlie 6ard, whose parents wanted him to undergo a medical trial in the us to treat a rare genetic condition. it comes after pope francis called for charlie's parents to be allowed to "accompany and treat their child until the end". 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more. this has been all the way through the british courts to the european court of human rights and it is legally settled so why has the president got involved? the white house are trying to make sure that look, it's just out of sensitivity. they have issued a statement saying he doesn't want to pressure the family in any way and members of the
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administration has spoken to the family. in calls facilitated by the british government and the president is just trying to help, if at all... a prominentjournalist and human rights campaigner in bangladesh, who had disappeared from his home in dhaka, has been found. it's not clear whether farhad mazhar had been abducted. human rights groups have expressed concern over a recent wave of abductions across the country. british authorities have seized dozens of handguns at a border check on the french side of the tunnel that links the uk and france. it's the largest such haul on record, police say. the 79 guns were hidden, along with ammunition, inside engine parts on a trailer on the back of a van. police have charged two men with firearms offences. the supply of guns is very tightly controlled in britain so this was quite a find. every family falls out from time to time but not all of these squabbles take place on a public stage. a feud between singapore prime minister lee hsien loong and his siblings has dented
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the country's squeaky—clean image. the family dispute has become so bad that mr lee addressed the issue in parliament on monday. let's take a look at what it's all about. the feud centres on the house that belonged to his deceased father — singapore's first prime minister, lee kuan yew. the brother and sister of the current prime minister lee allege that he'd abused his power over what to do with the property. earlier i spoke to tessa wong from bbc 0nline — she's been following this story. this cuts to the heart of what singapore is. singapore prides itself on its squeakyclean, tightly controlled image. in a region that has seen a lot more corruption and political turmoil. these are some of the more serious allegations of abuse of power and corruption that singapore has seen in recent years. what's more, it involves the prime minister who happens to be the son
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of the revered founder of modern singapore. the lee family is what we have that is closest to royalty and they are very tightly disciplined. it is hard to see this public feud spilling out into the open. it is mesmerising for singaporeans. tell us, what is this dispute all about? is it about the house? on one level, it is. it is a private dispute about what to do with the dynasties. the siblings are saying he wanted the house to be demolished when he died but there are other views that perhaps he wanted it to be partially kept or renovated in some form of the other. now the dispute is about what to do with this house. 0n another level, a bigger level, it is also about the allegations of abuse of power. the siblings have serious
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allegations would say that the brother of the prime minister, he has basically leveraged on his privilege and power as prime minister to gain the upper hand in this public dispute about the house. for example, they say that the secret minister of committee was set up. they say he has influence over the decisions that were made at this committee is deciding what to do with the house. the prime minister has strongly rebutted these allegations. he has denied all allegations. he has denied all allegations that he has influenced the decision is and say he has reduced himself from all government decisions about the house. he has also denied allegations about nepotism and he has abused his power in any way. he has also used the parliament as a platform to basically a his views. what has been the reaction right now of the public? you have the prime minister using parliament and then lee saying he will leave the country one of
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these days. the saga has gripped singaporeans. a lot of people were mesmerised like the spectacle of this. it's very rare to see this display of acrimony but i think now there is a bit of public fatigue and people are wondering, you know, why hasn't this matter being resolved? in singapore, we are used to the swift resolution of conflict and this has been going for three weeks which is quite long in singapore terms. people are wondering why this hasn't been resolved in some form of the other and why not legal action? why not a public enquiry? why is this dragging out. there has been allegations thrown at the prime minister on facebook. an indian teenager is living out his own billy elliot story after being given the chance to study at one of the world's most prestigious ballet schools. sixteen year old amir shah is the son of a welder and grew up with his six siblings in a low—income neighbourhood of mumbai, but his extraordinary talent will soon take him to new york.
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the bbc went to meet him in mumbai. i was invited to come to mumbai to teach ballet. i—dayer walked around the studios and a sort of little boy with what he called the right instrument. he moved very easy but no training. so i asked him if he will come to my ballet class. and after one class, i knew that a one the lottery. ——i won the lottery. he immediately learnt the language of ballet in a few weeks. there is no correct floor, there is no studio space. in order to train in my head to drag him to warehouses, sometimes cement floors sometimes school gyms. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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still to come on the programme: the world's largest collection of hello kitty has been identified — no surprise that it's we find more about the scanner that scans the brain which could revolutionise treatment. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell of another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past
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the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories. the man who wants to reinvigorate france and europe. president emmanuel macron sets out his radical plans for a nation and a continent. settling a family feud — singapore's prime minister addresses allegations from his brother and sister that he has abused his power. and wimbledon got under way today.
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two—time champion petra kvitova returned to centre court, after recovering from a knife attack in her home six months ago. meanwhile defending champion andy murray was joined in the second round by rafael nadal. check out all the wimbledon results and schedules of play are at bbc.com check out all the wimbledon results and schedules of play are at bbc.com/sport. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the front of the financial times carries a warning from china's president to donald trump. in a phone conversation, before his trip to russia, xijinping spoke of negative factors emerging in their relationship. including an arms sale to taiwan and sanctions on chinese banks. the japan times talks of a win for women in politics, after a record 36 seats were won by females in recent elections for the tokyo metropolitan assembly. japan's political landscape has been
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long dominated by men. in terms of women in parliament, the country ranks last among the group of seven industrialized nations. and, it's been an expensive few days for drivers in dubai according to the gulf news. after stricter road laws came into force, police have recorded almost 5,000 traffic violations in just three days. the number could be a lot bigger, as it doesn't include speeding tickets caught on camera. now, what stories are sparking interest online? a colorado woman sent her car plunging to the bottom of a country club swimming pool after reportedly putting her foot on the accelerator instead of the brake. we understand the driver, who is in her 70s, was not seriously injured, but is being monitored in hospital. floods in central and southern china have killed at least 33 people.
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hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes. water levels in more than 60 rivers have risen above dangerous levels. the authorities in the regions of 6uangxi and hunan have sent tents, food, bottled water and medicines to the affected areas. sarah corker reports. heavy rain started to pound parts of 6uangxi province on saturday. many cities are now under water. flooding across swathes of southern china is affecting more than i across swathes of southern china is affecting more thani million people. the rescue operation is relentless. in of this region, more than 90,000 people have been forced from their homes. it has also triggered landslides, a torrent buried parts of this village. further east, sections of this river
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are five metres higher than normal. there is huge pressure on a major dam. we received the command yesterday afternoon and we organised 85 soldiers for an emergency operation. we need to balance the water pressure and avoid collapse. water levels have risen to dangerous levels. more than 50 people have been confirmed dead. major roads are blocked, railway lines and electricity cables have been damaged. at this nature reserve, rescu e rs damaged. at this nature reserve, rescuers are searching for missing tourist near a waterfall. they walked all the way up, 300 metres upstream. there are steep slopes and dense forest there. many streams converge. floods kill dozens of people every year during china's rainy season, and the murky waters
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have already destroyed thousands of hectares of crop land. in total, the economic losses are estimated to be more than $400 million. the world's most detailed scan of the brain's internal workings has been produced by scientists at cardiff university in wales. the mri machine reveals the fibres which carry all the brain's thought processes. doctors hope it will help increase understanding of a range of neurological disorders and could be used instead of invasive surgery. 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh volunteered to be scanned — here's his exclusive report. the human brain. all thought, memory, consciousness is here. in unprecedented detail, these images of my brain show the white matter, fibres called axons, the brain's wiring, which carry billions of electrical signals. those colour—coded green travel between front and back.
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in red, left and right. in blue, up and down. the scan was done at cubric, the cardiff university brain research imaging centre. i have had my brain scanned for tv reports many times, but never in this level of detail. 0k, john. using this special mri scanner — there are just three in the world — the team could map the wires, the axons, in my brain, so thin it would take 50 of them to match the thickness of a human hair. you might feel a little bit more vibration and the scan should last about 15 minutes. the team at cardiff worked with engineers from siemens in germany and the us to create the 3d images. if you go up, you can actually see... this has been the most exciting
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development in my personal research career of 22 years in mri. it's similar to being handed a hubble telescope when you have only had binoculars. in other words, we can look in far more details than ever before. we can get measures that for the first time will help us address what i call the missing link between structure and function. sian rowlands is one of the research volunteers in cardiff. she has multiple sclerosis, which causes neurological damage. the relapses, attack of symptoms, can come on suddenly. it's devastating, it really is scary. you can go from being absolutely normal one day to not being able to walk or move, in a wheelchair and having to go through a recovery process that can take anywhere from three months to a year. one of the areas of damage we can see here... this is a conventional scan image showing a lesion, an area of damage in sian's brain. just to contrast with that... but the new scan reveals another level of detail, including the density of the brain's wiring, which scientists have colour—coded.
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deep in the brain, where the cabling is thickest, is shown in white, but the red and green bull's—eye is an area of less density and clearly indicates a brain lesion, which can trigger sian's movement problems and extreme fatigue. those symptoms are really only partially explained by what we see on conventional scans. what this technique allows us to do for the first time is look at axonal density in exquisite detail along each pathway of the brain. we hope it will allow us to uncover a lot more about the explanation for the wide range of symptoms in ms. researchers are using the technique to investigate schizophrenia, dementia and epilepsy, and it might even have a role in cancer, allowing virtual biopsies, examining tumours without touching the brain. fergus walsh, bbc news, cardiff. now, rico — i have a huge hello kitty collection but i don't
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think it's as big as yours? mine is collect them. —— my niece. there are collectors all over the world! the fictional japanese character hello kitty has become a multi—billion dollar global phenomenon. her iconic face is a source of both adoration, and in some cases obsession. it may not surprise you that the world's biggest collection has been found injapan, but you might be surprised by the collector. you have been watching newsday.
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hello. it looks like it is going to be turning much warmer over the next few days, even hot. but not for everybody straightaway. temperatures climbing as we head into the latter pa rt climbing as we head into the latter part of the week. right now, a different story across northern parts of the country. cloud streaming out of the atlantic across northern ireland, southern parts of scotla nd northern ireland, southern parts of scotland and into the lake district. a finger of scotland and into the lake district. afinger of rain scotland and into the lake district. a finger of rain stuck across the north for quite sometime on tuesday. possibly even into early wednesday. a big contrast in temperatures early on tuesday, 10 degrees higher in the south. starting with the forecast for scotland. around eight o'clock in the morning, a nice fresh start. rainfall northern ireland, humphreys and galloway. there may be some spits and spots further south across
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the pennines. across most of wales and england, starting cloudy but warm, pretty mudgee. temperature of i7 warm, pretty mudgee. temperature of 17 degrees at around eight o'clock. what is going to happen through the course of tuesday, outline of rain will hang around through the of the day. deb in belfast, 6lasgow, edinburgh, the lake district and north—eastern england. weather fronts, to the north of that, much fresher and cool if not chilly. a little bit better in the north, some sunshine. england and wales, up to 25 degrees. another decent day on the way for wimbledon. 23 degrees at least, cloud breaking up through the day. look at the temperatures climbing through wednesday and thursday. temperatures even higher on wednesday, possibly up to 28 degrees in london. still a little bit on the cloudy side across the
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north. here, temperatures starting to rise. eventually, we will get up to rise. eventually, we will get up to 20 in belfast and the high teens in glasgow and newcastle. thursday, looking like it will change. in for some thunderstorms. exactly where they are could be a bit further towards the east. further to the south and north as well. this part of the countries where those storms will happen. friday, temperatures peaking in london. other parts of the country starting to cool off. into the weekend, weather fronts coming of the atlantic and bringing us some coming of the atlantic and bringing us some fresher weather. this is bbc world news. our top story. french president emmanuel macron has set out his vision to transform france and europe over the next five years. the president promised to cut the number of lawmakers by a third, saying he wants to produce a more efficient government and put france on what he described as a "radically new path". the prime minister of singapore has addressed parliament
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to defend his position over an escalating row with his brother and sister. the dispute concerns a house that belonged to the family's late father — prime minister, lee kuan yew. and on bbc.com — it's day one of wimbledon. the tennis tournament got under way. two—time champion petra kvitova returned to centre court winning her match after recovering from a knife attack six months ago. and defending champion andy murray is through to the men's second round. that's all from me now. stay with bbc world news.
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