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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: the man who wants to reinvigorate france and europe. president emmanuel macron sets out his radical plans for a nation and a continent. 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. settling a family feud — singapore's prime minister addresses allegations from his brother and sister that he has abused his power. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. the scanner that reveals the workings of the brain as never before which could revolutionise treatment. and the indian teenager with an extraordinary talent that's taking him from mumbai to new york. good morning.
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it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and two in the morning in versailles, where the french president has been setting out his plans to reinvigorate the nation. as leaders prepare for the 620 summit in hamburg later this week, emmanuel macron promised a profound transformation of france and europe. the newly elected leader made a passionate speech to a joint session of the national assembly and senate, but as hugh schofield reports — 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 —
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900 deputies and senators in buses from paris. newcomers to the assembly, like the mathematician and macron loyalist 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
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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. 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
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the jupiter on olympus. expect a lot more of that from the left—wing opposition, 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 aljazeera 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 the middle man in the stand—off between the four countries last night to extend the ultimatum to 48 hours which they approved.
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now they are the ones received the response from qatar and they will hand it over to the other four countries. that response which we still don't know what is in there, will be the main focus of a meeting of the foreign ministers of the four countries on wednesday in cairo. it is quite significant, some people perceive it as a way of opening up 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 620 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 206.
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eight days ago, oil from an overturned tanker caught 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 gard, 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 clear 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 administration have spoken to the family in calls facilitated
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by the british government and the president is just trying to help, if at all possible. 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. 0ne person's been killed and six others injured after a man on the back of a scooter opened fire on a crowd in the french city of toulouse. local police say that while they have not ruled out a terrorist motive, they believe the attack may be a revenge killing. 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.
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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 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 squeaky clean, 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
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seen in recent years. what more, it involves the prime minister who happens to be the son of the revered founder of modern singapore, lee kuan yew. so the lee family is the closest thing that we have to royalty, our first family, and they are very tightly disciplined. it is rare to see such public displays of acrimony and see this public feud spilling out into the open. it has mesmerised singaporeans. it has really surprised so many people. tell us, what is this dispute all about? is itjust about the house? on one level, it is. it is a private family dispute about what to do with a dying man's wishes. lee kuan yew has said before that he wanted to demolish the house so the siblings are saying that. but there's other views as well that perhaps he wanted it to be partially kept or renovated in some form of the other. so now the dispute is about what to do with this house.
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but on another level, a bigger level, it is also about the allegations of abuse of power. the siblings have levelled very serious allegations. they say that the brother, of the prime minister, lee hsien loong, 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 a secret ministerial committee was set up. they say he has had some influence over decisions that were made. this committee is deciding what to do with the house. the prime minister has strongly rebutted these accusations. he has denied all accusations that he has influenced the decisions, he says he has recused himself from all government decisions about the house. he has also denied accusations about nepotism and that he has abused his power in any way. he has also used the parliament as a platform to basically air his views. what has been the reaction right now of the public? you have the prime minister
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using parliament and then lee hsien loong saying he will leave the country one of these days. i think the saga has really gripped singaporeans. a lot of people were very mesmerised by 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 been resolved ? in singapore, we are used to a swift resolution of public conflicts 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 or the other. why not legal action? why not a public inquiry? why is this dragging out? for the last few weeks, the siblings have been throwing allegations out at the prime minister on facebook. floods in central and southern china have killed at least 33 people. hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes.
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water levels in more than 60 rivers have risen above dangerous levels. the authorities in the regions of guangxi and hunan have sent tents, food, bottled water and medicines to the affected areas. sarah corker reports. heavy rain started to pound parts of guangxi province on saturday. many cities are now under water. flooding across swathes of southern china is affecting more than i million people. the rescue operation is relentless. in this region, more than 90,000 people have been forced from their homes. it has also triggered landslides, a torrent of debris buried parts of this village. further east, sections of this yangtze river are five metres higher than normal. there is huge pressure on a major dam. we received the command yesterday afternoon and we organised
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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, rescuers are searching for missing tourists near a waterfall. they walked all the way up, 200—300 metres upstream. there are steep slopes and dense forests there. many streams converge to make the waterfall. floods kill dozens of people every year during china's rainy season, and the murky waters have already destroyed thousands of hectares of crop land. in total, the economic
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losses are estimated to be more than $400 million. you're watching newsday on the bbc. will find a more about a scanner that reveals the workings of the brain as never before. this 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
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docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. challenger powered past 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. ‘s 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.
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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. 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 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 long dominated by men.
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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 babita, what stories are sparking interest online? yes — take a look at this. 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. a freak accident but i'm glad she is
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safe. 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. 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
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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 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
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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. 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
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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. 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. amir shah, 16, 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. we went to meet him in mumbai.
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i was invited to come to mumbai to teach ballet and one day i walked around the studios and i saw a little boy with what we call 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 i won the lottery. he immediately learned the language of ballet in a few weeks. there are a lot of obstacles and hurdles because there's no studio space, there's no correct floor. in order to train him, i had to drag him to warehouses, sometimes cement floors sometimes school gyms. how's about this for a hobby.
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the world's largest collection of hello kitty dolls and merchandise — it's official — so says the guinness book of world records. there are more than 5,000 items in this specially constructed hello kitty house injapan. the collection cost 30 million yen — that's $267,000 - to put together. and the collector isn't a girl who grew up with the character — it's a 67—year—old former policeman — masao gunji — who used to catch criminals but, now retired, has more time to spend on his hobby. what a collection. you have been watching newsday. stay with us. we will be looking at a growing trend in the us of women entrepreneurs starting up female—focused busineses. i'm babita sharma in london. thanks for joining i'm babita sharma in london. thanks forjoining us. we will be back with
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the headlines and newsday same edition this time tomorrow. see you then. 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 middle part of the week. right now, a different story across northern parts of the country. thick cloud streaming out of the atlantic across northern ireland, southern parts of scotland and into the lake district. a finger of rain will be stuck across the north for quite sometime on tuesday. possibly even into early wednesday. a big contrast in temperatures early on tuesday, seven degrees in some areas, 10 degrees higher in the south. starting with the forecast for scotland. around eight o'clock in the morning, a nice fresh start. rain for northern ireland, humphreys and galloway. there may be some spits and spots further south across the pennines. across most of wales and england, the morning starting cloudy but warm, pretty muggy.
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temperatures of 17 degrees at around eight o'clock in southampton. what is going to happen through the course of tuesday, a line of rain will hang around through the of the day. damp in belfast, glasgow, edinburgh, the lake district and north—eastern england. weatherfronts, to the north of that, much fresher and cool if not chilly. a little bit better in stornaway, 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 how 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 north. here, temperatures starting to rise. eventually, we will get up to 20 in belfast and the high teens in glasgow and newcastle. cardiff around 26. thursday, looking
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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. these parts 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 off 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 to defend his position
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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 — 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. and the top story here in the uk: the chief minister ofjersey has apologised to all the victims of abuse in children's homes on the island over several decades.
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