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this is bbc world news today. our top stories... donald trump under more pressure in his administration, a grand jury looked at is links with russia. a warning from britain's closest ally in europe, ireland's prime minister of the border with northern ireland must not come before a barrier to trade. if the challenge of the first world war was the challenge of that generation, i think perhaps the challenge for our generation is brexit. we meet some of the former residence of grenfell tower to hear suggestions for the scope of the enquiry into the disaster. after a judge's scathing assessment of care provision for a suicidal teenage girl yesterday, the nhs confirms a safe setting has been found for her. also this hour the final competitive tournament for mo farah and usain bolt. the world athletics
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championships are getting underway in the stadium which saw them both triumph in the london olympics five yea rs triumph in the london olympics five years ago. and europe's heatwave continues in some parts of the contingent reaching 48 centigrade. the most extreme in a decade. and colluded with russia in last year's us presidential election. the special prosecutor investigating the claims has convened a grand jury which is a first step to bringing possible criminal charges. the president has always denied the
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allegations, telling supporters last night they are total fabrication. our north american editorjohn sobel reports. donald] trump! our north american editor]ohn sobel reports. donald] trump! donald trump is never happier when out of washington. this is where he belongs. an adoring crowd in west virginia, the problems of russia in collusion, special councils and grandjury isa collusion, special councils and grand jury is a long from these country roads. the russia story is a totalfabrication. it country roads. the russia story is a total fabrication. it is country roads. the russia story is a totalfabrication. it is isjust an excuse totalfabrication. it is isjust an excuse for the greatest loss of the history of american politics. he i just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one. the grand jury is made up the members of the public meeting behind closed doors to consider evidence
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presented. they can force people to testify, or to hand over evidence. they can also decide whether the material is strong enough to proceed toa criminal material is strong enough to proceed to a criminal trial. crucially, they don't decide if a potential defendant is innocent or guilty, thatis defendant is innocent or guilty, that is done by conventionaljury. of course it may be that the grand jury of course it may be that the grand jury meeting at this courthouse will come to the conclusion that the evidence doesn't add up to much and there is no need forfurther action. but the fact of the grand jury has been called is a sign that the investigation is intensifying, and will last a good deal longer yet. the other worry for the entourage is the scope of the enquiry spreading as well. that is a source of durie, another is the endless damaging and revealing lea ks another is the endless damaging and revealing leaks from within the administration and today the attorney general announced a new crackdown. this nation must end this culture of lea ks. crackdown. this nation must end this culture of leaks. we will investigate and seek to bring
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criminals tojustice, investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice, and investigate and seek to bring criminals tojustice, and not investigate and seek to bring criminals to justice, and not allow rogue anonymous sources to billy mack with security clearances to sell out our country. the president today visited the emergency centre today visited the emergency centre to look at the plans for dealing with harry kane is. it is harry kane season and with this grand jury, one could certainly spend towards donald trump. ireland's prime minister leo varadkar says the status of the irish border must be soon addressed because the clock is ticking. he doesn't want economic barriers between britain and ireland and is calling for unique solutions to preserve links between the countries. after brexit, ireland will have the eu's only land border with the uk, and our ireland correspondent reports. leo varadkar crossed the irish borderfor the first time as ireland was a prime minister to set that his concerns.
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about what could happen to it after brexit. he arrived in belfast having upset unionists with recent comments about brexiteers. but inside queens university today, the new taoiseach was keen to talk about solutions and not divisions. at a time when brexit threatens to drive a wedge between north and south, between britain and ireland, the referendum over the good friday agreement marked the first time he was eligible to vote. he said the challenge of this generation is brexit and again he challenged those he called the brexiteers to come up with proposals to ease the problems posed by new borders. they have already had 14 months to do so, which should have been ample time to come up with detailed proposals. but if they cannot, and i believe they cannot, then we can start to talk meaningfully about solutions that might work for all of us. for example, if the united kingdom doesn't want to stay
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in the customs union, perhaps there can be an eu uk customs union instead. but everything depends on the deal. and if it was to end up being a so—called hard brexit, no one is sure how trade and movement could be monitored, along a border which has scores of open roads. when people talk about the irish border of the past, they tend to refer to the years of the troubles, when huge security was needed along these roads. that's not the case any more. this is actually the dividing line between the countries, not that you'd notice. there's going to be some form of border because the uk won't want people going into the south of ireland and using it as the gateway into the uk itself. i've never seen before, you know, i was too young. i didn't see the border but i can imagine that it won't be good. on this shared island, leo varadkar knows there are many interests.
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a brexit deal that's good for the uk is likely to be important on both sides of this border. chris buckler, bbc news, northern ireland. let's speak now to the former northern ireland secretary, peter hain, who joins us live via webcam from neath. lord hain, thank you forjoining us this evening. every site says that this evening. every site says that this is a priority but what are the practical measures that can be taken to make sure free—trade continues with northern ireland and ireland? the only practical measure has come from the taoiseach today and is very welcome from my point of view because people especially those who gave us the hard right brexit and others have been living in a different planet. the reality is if northern ireland is in a different
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customs union from the irish republic, they will have to have checks on the border, there will have to be some kind of control because otherwise how do you know what is crossing the border? in the point of view of migration how do you know there is no minded migrants in the back of the van coming into the uk via the irish republic? the only way to do this is an open border and that means as the taoiseach says northern ireland has to be in the same customs union as the irish republic, and that means one thing negotiated with the european union, or staying within the customs union, and i think that is an important initiative. as you know there are many who would say is iii—£732; 5:7 f—fx—f'éir—f— —.—.f:7.:r 7:55;— f" iiifg 5:7 f—fx—f'éir—f— 777,777 7—75.77; f" no
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other countries around the world? no doubt they will say that but what is their solution to the irish border problem? there is nothing more important than ensuring that the irish border remains open without any hindrance in order to take forward the good friday agreement, into an order two takes for the peace process and also to ensure barrier free trade and economic movement between the irish republic and northern ireland, and that has been an increasing feature of the two economies as you find businesses on either side of the border, subsidiaries on the other, more and more trade between the two halves of the island of ireland, and jobs and was buried he would be badly damaged, all of these things by a hardboard. how would you police a ha rd hardboard. how would you police a hard border? it has at minimum 200 million crossings over the length of 200 miles of mountain is and hills,
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it is impossible to close the border. it is very rugged terrain lots of it, some of it mountain is, some farms straddle the border so that they are actually moving cattle and sheep across it and that is supposed to be controlled! under european union regulations. then there is the question of migration as well which is a big issue in the referendum campaign. this is the first practical proposal that addresses the problem, that the british government has come up with nothing so far nor have those including my friends in the democratic unionist party who have favoured brexit and said they wanted an open border. there isn't a practical alternative to remaining within the same customs union as the irish republic, involving the kind of security controls, the kind of ta riffs of security controls, the kind of tariffs and barriers that nobody wa nts. tariffs and barriers that nobody wants. looking more broadly at the brexit debate, especially in parliament, in a labour party there is talk of a vote being pushed in
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parliament to stay in the customs union and the single market at least during the transition phase. is there going to be a big battle coming ahead in parliament over this? yes, i do see a battle. clearly it is the only solution for the irish conundrum, but in a broader term why would we leave the customs union? we can leave the european union, to respect the referendum, of course, but we could stay within the customs union, as teddy has done for example. there is also the question of the single market, staying within that what in the european union. —— turkey has remained within the customs union. trade accounts for nearly half our trade with the rest of the european union. if as i suspect there will be a vote i will be in the house of lords voting to stay within the customs union and as i have already supported staying within the single market as well. that would solve the
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irish problem but also solve the economic and prosperity and jobs problem which would be damaged without that solution. lord hain, thank you very much forjoining us this evening. residents who survived the grenfell tower disaster, had their final chance today to submit ideas, for the scope and remit of the public inquiry into the tragedy. it's expected there'll be hundreds of suggestions, but there are still fears the inquiry won't be wide—ranging enough. our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. furder hashem. his daughter. 7777 77. . 7 -. how, why did they die? this man, the chairman of grenfell tower inquiry, sir martin morre—bick has to answer those questions, but when he asked the community what other topics he could consider, he got a rough ride. this i why it is so important to get the terms of reference right
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and for you to tell me what you think it should cover. we did and then you dismissed them on tv. i think you mis—remembered what i said. thomasina has been in a hotel since the fire, caught between her old life before grenfell and an unknown new one. this is what she wants from the inquiry. well the community, we need specific answers so we can begin healing. we need that closure to start healing, but the underlining issues, social housing, fire regulations, building regulations, the idea that the government are putting profits before people, these are nationwide issues. the judge has to achieve a balance between those wider issues, potentially a huge task, and simply explaining the fire, a more defined one. next week, he will make his private recommendations to the prime minister. two weeks from now, she is expected to make public her decisions on the inquiry‘s remit and she has the final decision. in september, the inquiry‘s
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due to begin work and within a year, the chairman says he will produce an interim report. it is the judge's job of course to find the facts of this tragedy, but the police will have to prosecute anyone responsible and it's likely theirjob will take priority, which means if there are prosecutions the inquiry could be delayed. but keeping the community on side could be one of his biggest challenges. there is a lot of anger, a lot of emotion and i entirely understand why it should be, so we are going to continue to work with them. the community has a right to be part of the process. that does not compromise impartiality at all. they are the primary stake holders. it is they who are affected. it is they who have lost everything. this was one of the world's worst tower block fires in modern times, now struggle for an explanation begins. the headlines on bbc news:
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donald trump under more pressure, his administration could now face face criminal charges. a grand jury will look at allegations of his links with russia. a warning from the uk's closest ally in europe, ireland's prime minister says britain has no plan for the post—brexit border. the world athletics championships are getting under way in london's former olympics stadium. venezuela's government is set to begin installing a controversial new constituent assembly, defying anger at home and strong criticism abroad. president nicolas maduro says the new body, which has the power to rewrite the constitution, is needed to bring peace after months of crisis. but critics, including the vatican, say the move will foment a climate of tension and conflict rather than reconciliation. that speak to our monitoring
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journalist in miami. the opposition have said they are going to be demonstrations the night but have they started and of a peaceful? they have started, venezuela has been experiencing for three months also continues confrontations, between pro—government and anti—government supporters. the opposition claims this is a very big deal, the installation of the constituent assembly, and venezuela of course is facing a huge economic crisis despite being one of the major oil producers in the world and they claim that part of the problem is the stalemate between the government and the opposition, and this new constitutional assembly which would be sworn in has the power to move aside the last institutional bastion of control by the opposition and the opposition says that this will be a another step in a venezuelan drift towards what they define as
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authoritarianism so they think it is authoritarianism so they think it is a big deal and they have continuously protested against the situation. do you think president majuro thinks cosily under pressure because of what international leaders are saying about him, particularly calling him a dictator? venezuela has proven very resilient to international pressure. this situation in the diplomatic front is definitely becoming more complicated for president majuro, and also the vatican is critical of the situation can saying that the constituent assembly is not the vehicle for achieving the national unity but they say that they are looking for that. the venezuelan government has continued to rely on at least a part of the population that is still supporting them and also there is the expectation to see what the us will do in the international sphere come of course the us having the potential to impose economic sanctions against venezuela ns, potential to impose economic sanctions against venezuelans, and might possibly have a stronger effect than the diplomatic
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condemnation that has been going on to this point. thank you very much. health chiefs in the north west of england say they've found suitable accommodation for a severely disturbed teenager whose plight prompted a seniorjudge to speak out about the state of mental health provision in the uk. the teenager, known only as girl x, is due to be released from a secure unit, later this month. but until today, the right care hadn't been made available to her. danny shaw is here. danny, what's the latest? the concern was that if she was freed into the community she would attempt to kill herself within 24—48 hours, such is the severity of her mental health problems. the advice from experts was that she needs to be sent to a therapeutic environment, a centre where she can be cared for, for between a year and 18 months but no bed could be found,
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and the head of the family courts in england was scathing yesterday in his assessment of provision and said that he felt ashamed and embarrassed at the fact that nothing could be done for this girl. that appears to have spared the authorities into taking action because tonight we have had a statement from nhs england saying they are are after extensive search a bed has been found ina extensive search a bed has been found in a safe and appropriate setting meeting the girl cosmic needs, and the bed will be available before her release date. it has to before her release date. it has to be approved by the court and i understand the hearing will take place on monday but raises two questions. why has it prompted an individual from questions. why has it prompted an individualfrom a senior questions. why has it prompted an individual from a seniorjob that this has happened question mark how many other cases that we don't know about are there? airlines including british airways, ryanair and easy]et are urging passengers flying home from europe this weekend to turn up earlier than normal at airports.
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airlines including british airways, ryanair and easy]et are urging passengers flying home from europe this weekend to turn up earlier than normal at airports. tighter security checks have led to big delays at passport control. the new measures are in response to the recent terror attacks. ba and easyjet are texting passengers to arrive at least three hours before their flights. dan]ohn is at heathrow airport and has this update. i have spoken to loads of passengers who have arrived back in the uk today and many of them have travelled without a problem. without experiencing any significant delay. there are delays all the time, there aren't queues at every airport that is why it is difficult for the airlines to predict exactly when and where there will be problems. that is why some airlines have issued reminders to passengers that they need to be at the airport early with plenty of time to spare because we have heard about some delays up to as much as four ours and we know that some passengers have missed their flights because of delays at passport control. these new checks we re passport control. these new checks were introduced after the terror attacks seen across europe, designed to step terrorists and criminals boarding planes but it means that every passenger had to have their documents checked against security
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databases documents checked against security data bases and this documents checked against security databases and this is at every airport covered by the schengen agreement, that is the agreement that covers all the european countries that share border controls and passport tracks. those extra checks mean that there have been longer queues and at passport control and some argue that airports need more staff in place to minimise those cute but it hasn't happened everywhere. the problem has really grown up the last a few weeks getting close to holiday time even though the checks were introduced brat in april. things are expected to be particularly bad this weekend because so many people are due to travel, it is estimated that up to 10 million people will travel to european airports over the next couple of days and we still may not have seen the worst of this because many airports are yet to roll out the extra security checks. and once you get to europe, there's the heatwave. people living or holidaying in many countries across the continent are being urged to take great care, as in parts of italy, spain and the balkans temperatures
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have soared into the high forties. several countries have issued red alert health warnings, and some regions are still contending with drought and forest fires. gavin lee is in sicily where temperatures are in the 40s. the sun is just starting to set here close to palermo in sicily and as it does, you can see people starting to emerge, absent most of the day like turtles in their shell because the government warning is it is simply too hot, the extreme temperature has been at 43.8 celsius today and it is peak around one o'clock was over 110 fahrenheit. it now feels cooler and is certainly more refreshing, 35 celsius, bear in mind, but notjust for cicely, parts of mainland italy as well, rome, florence, part of spain, cordoba, granada, in croatia about belgrade, all temperatures in the past few days hitting over 40
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and it will continue to be one respite in the evening, and bear in mind one of the issues here in italy, particularly in cicely is wildfires. we have seen six today on the island, some serious ones overnight destroying more than 1000 hectares. looking behind me, some slight relief here today that finally people can come out in the evening, bearing in mind it will be the same again tomorrow. athletics, and all eyes are on the london stadium, where the world championships are getting under way. tonight will see usain bolt run in the 100m heats, in his last ever competition before retiring. and mo farah is running in the 10,000 metre final. olly foster is inside the stadium. olly. it really is, we are up and running already. all the memories coming flooding back from 2012. i was here
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five years ago, exactly the date of super saturday in 2012, mo farah a big part of that. no ennis hill, though greg rutherford who is injured but mo farah will be blow last man on the track, running in the 10,000 metres, looking for another double, doing the 5000 a little later in the championships, and you can hear that some heats are already underway, that is just one of the early heats in the 100 metres. usain bolt will be going a bit later after eight o'clock, but of all the 2000 athletes, the 200 countries, and i'd really is about those two men, and here is our sports correspondent. has it really been five years? mo fara for britain it is gold. the greatest night in british athletics, capped off by the run of mo's life. back tonight he will begin his long goodbye. i'm so excited. gutted it's his last one.
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but i'm glad i'm here. he never gives up, and he tries to encourage others. couldn't sleep last night. the third time we have seen him. can't wait. in a post—olympics year results often dip and the target of at least six medals was set before greg rutherford pulled out. expectations may need to be managed. anybody‘s in the top five or six of these championships, we should celebrate. because it is going to be difficult to get on that podium. so i'm keeping my fingers crossed we can sneak a couple of medals. i'm counting about five. if we do, we have done a good job. the british anthem may not be played as much as we like, but one anthem we won't hear — russia is still banned following evidence of state—sponsored doping. 19 russians will be competing as neutral. no colours or flags allowed.
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this competitor is confident fans will know their heritage. everybody who is coming to compete in london from russia, we know where we are from, and everybody knows that we are a team. it doesn't matter which flag they will see in the stadium. so inside and i'm sure all spectators know where we are from. so mo might be the highlight, but he is not the only one saying goodbye. usain bolt will run—in the heats of 100 metres before his last ever individual final tomorrow. from the 10,000 metres to just 10 seconds, blink and we'll miss them. definitely not going to blink. holly bradshaw is qualifying for the poll vote final stop laura muir will
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double up for 1500s and 5000 metres. there was a lovely moment in the last hour as well, as we were talking about the blanket ban on russian athletes, there was a reallocation of medals, all those medals cheated from a place on the podium, all receive their rightful medals. christina got a fume levels, and the four by 400 relay teams. there was so much cheating going on at the time, and the athletes are given their place here as they got their rightfully deserve medals. time for a weather update. sunshine and showers into the weekend. there could be some heavy showers around at times, and especially on saturday
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with a cool fields of the weather. through the evening and into nice dry weather out there with clear spells but showers in northern ireland and scotland, drifting across the irish sea towards wales and the south—west. cool particularly in the north—west, stornoway, generally 12 or 16 degrees. the heavy showers across pa rt degrees. the heavy showers across part of england and wales with hail and thunder, some scattered showers in the far north, northern ireland and scotland, temperatures no great shape for the time of year, 16—21d. many places starting dry, staying dry in central and eastern, but cloud of outbreaks of rain spreading in from the west, top temperatures again around 16—21. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines:
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ireland's new prime minister warns the border with northern ireland must not become a barrier to free trade as he calls for "unique solutions" to the brexit question. he says the task ahead is huge: if the challenge of the first world war was the challenge of that generation, i think perhaps the challenge for our generation is brexit. president donald trump is under increased pressure over allegations that russia interfered in the election that brought him to power. robert mueller, the special counsel investigating the claims, has convened a grand jury, a first step to bringing criminal charges. after a judge's scathing assessment of care provision for a suicidal teenage girl yesterday, the nhs confirms a "safe and appropriate setting" has been found for her. the world's most expensive footballer, neymar, joins paris saint germain for a record £200 million, but says he didn't do it for the money. usain bolt‘s set to run his last competitive track race
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as the world athletics championships gets under way in london. researchers at nottingham trent university say a simple device to reduce the weight of washing machines could save fuel, cut carbon emissions, and reduce back injuries. a typical budget washing machine is weighted by a 25 kilogram concrete block to hold it steady, but scientists have experimented with using a refillable water tank instead. amin al—habaibeh, professor in intelligent engineering systems, is part of the team at nottingham trent university which says the change makes machines easier — and cheaper — to transport. what made you realise that this change could be made to washing machines? most people don't even realise there is a big lump of concrete in them. my first personal
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experience with the concrete counterweight was when my washing machine broke down a few years ago. i discovered that actually, there is a very heavy block of concrete inside our washing machines. our industrial collaborator, a nottingham —based company, came to us to help them to try to develop a product that could replace the concrete counterweight with a new plastic hollow container which could be filled with water. and we took the challenge and managed to produce the challenge and managed to produce the first prototype with comparable results to the concrete counterweight. and it isn'tjust about saving people's backs when they are trying to load a washing machine around. you think this is also good for the environment? yes. we have done our calculations and we estimate from the number of washing machine sold in the uk and the distance travelled, if we assume each washing machine travels 31
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miles from the manufacturer to the store to the household and the final user, we estimate that it will save about 44,000 tonnes of carbon and 180,000 litres of fuel from transporting the washing machine is. what state is this at now? has the new invention being putting to washing machines that we can buy now? we used an off-the-shelf washing machine from the market and we replaced the concrete counterweight with the plastic hollow container filled with water to make it easierfor the manufacturers to replace the current concrete counterweight with the plastic containers without having to redesign the washing machine from scratch. our industrial partner is currently talking to plastic manufacturers and washing machine manufacturers and washing machine manufacturers in relation to putting the product on the market. thank you
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for joining the product on the market. thank you forjoining us. the royal bank of scotland, which is still predominantly owned by the taxpayer, has reported a substantial profit, after a two billion pound loss in the same period last year. the bank made almost £940 million in the six months to the end of]une. it also announced its in talks to move its european headquarters to amsterdam after britain leaves the eu. our business correspondent joe lynam reports. it's been posting annual losses for almost a decade, but today at least, it can say that things were looking up in the first half of the year. rbs made what's called an attributable profit of £939 million over the past six months. that reversed losses of more than £2 billion over the same period a year ago. and unlike barclays or lloyds, rbs won't be setting aside any more money for ppi. its boss admitted that taxpayers would not be getting their money back in full if the government sold its shares in rbs immediately.
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if we sold it, they wouldn't get their money back, but it is... what we're trying to do is create a good bank so they get as much of that money back as possible. and a 70% stake won't be sold overnight. so it will take some time and this bank is getting better every quarter. and the bank's capital buffers have reached a new high. it means it should have more than enough money set aside in the event of another major downturn. but rbs still expects to post a loss for all of 2017, that's because it is still dealing with past misdeeds. it is expected to pay a further multi—billion pound fine to us regulators for mis—selling specialist investments called mortgage—backed assets before the financial crisis. the estimate for the department of]ustice's fine is anything from 4 billion to $15 billion. we just don't know the final amount. most of us would estimate it is going to be between five and six but if it is more than that, then actually, it is a slap in the face.
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the difficulty we have is, we don't know how big that fine could be. and what we have signalled very clearly, that it could be large and we have a big range on that. what — 5 billion? 10 billion? we don't know. we haven't got into those conversations with the department of]ustice. it's the last big issue this bank has to face. the bank has also had to take steps to minimise any disruption after brexit. it has chosen amsterdam for its european headquarters, serving its eu customers. up to 150 staff may have to move to the dutch city. joe lynam, bbc news. four members of a police helicopter crew accused of filming naked sunbathers and a couple having sex have been cleared of misconduct charges. they argued that it was another of their team who filmed people and they weren't present when it was taking place. pc adrian pogmore has admitted misconduct in a public office. a british computer expert who helped stop a worldwide cyber attack which hit the nhs is to appear in court in america this evening, after being arrested by the fbi.
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marcus hutchins, who's 23 and from devon, will face a judge in las vegas, accused of six counts of creating and distributing malware designed to steal bank details. a terror suspect in australia tried to smuggle a bomb onto a plane by planting it on his unsuspecting brother — that's according to police there, who say the plan to bring down the etihad airways plane was directed by so—called islamic state. investigators believe the bomb was made using military—grade explosives and that another device had also been planned to release toxic gas in a public place. our sydney correspondent, hywel griffith, has more. described as one of the most sophisticated terror plots ever on australian soil, officers say they have ended a plan which could have caused catastrophic loss of life. they believe khaled khayat and mahmoud khayat were sent military—grade explosives by the so—called islamic state
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on a cargo flight. they allege that they then put together a bomb packed inside a meat grinder. on]uly 15th, it's alleged the men planned to take the improvised explosive device, or ied, on to an etihad airways flight out of sydney, but officers say it was never checked in. we will be alleging in court that a fully functioning ied was to be placed on that plane on 15th]uly. one thing that is important to state, though, is it did not get through security. having aborted the first attack, it's alleged the men took parts the bomb to try to create a chemical device instead which would emit poisonous hydrogen sulphide. officers say the men were arrested before that plot became advanced. detailed forensic searches are continuing. a third man is still being questioned by the police. airport security routines have now returned to normal. passengers are being assured
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the threat has been disrupted, but new questions have been raised over how explosives could be sent into australia by the islamic state and how the terror threat is evolving. hywel griffith, bbc news, sydney. a volkswagen executive has pleaded guilty in a us court to criminal charges relating to the diesel emissions scandal that erupted in 2015. oliver schmidt was a senior figure in volkswagen's regulatory compliance office in the united states. the company itself has already admitted designing illegal software to allow high—polluting cars to pass stringent emissions tests. schmidt admitted conspiring to mislead regulators and violating clean air laws, though a number of other charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. he faces up to seven years in prison. scotland's youngest violent inmates and criminal gang members are working with police embedded injail to help them
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realise the consequences of their past crimes. it's the first time in scotland that police have been used in prison in such a way to break down barriers and build trust. more than 200 young men at polmont young offenders institution have taken part in the pilot which the bbc understands will now be rolled out. our correspondent lucy adams had exclusive access to the project. i was always out with my pals, linking, gang fighting. knives, bottles. stabbing a guy, and i got six and a half years for it. all right, boys, want to take a seat, please? how do you turn the life around of a prisoner like you?
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police have been used from time to time injail before, but not like this. we are trying to raise your awareness about stuff that will affect you when you get back into the community. he is not here to fight crime, but to win the inmates' trust. the aim? prisoners should stay out of trouble on release, making it easier for cops on the outside. a lot of young people will see the products of serious organised and, if you like, people running about in a flash car having all the nice things that go with that. but they don't necessarily see the enforcement work that is happening from the police. they almost never see the effects that it has on communities. ian is serving almost four years for assault. has on communities. ian is serving almost four years for assaultm started with a disagreement i had with somebody and then escalated. it was when i was 17, 18. he's training
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here as a barber. he wouldn't normally speak to police, let alone trust them. i was a bit sceptical, but he is ok. additionally, police work outside the prison gates, so prison staff were sceptical too. most of our officers went, no, that is not the best idea, working with young people. but it went forward and hamish was given the job and when he came, we still have our views on it. but quite quickly, it worked. in many cases, prison provides only a temporary reprieve for individuals and communities blighted by violence and organised crime. those people will ultimately come back out into the community. the aim of the programmes to change their before they are released. the aim of the programmes to change their before they are releasedlj didn't their before they are released.” didn't think of how the victims felt before, but now you do.”
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didn't think of how the victims felt before, but now you do. i want to use my time in here to make better of myself. car sales have fallen for the fourth month in a row. they're down 9.3% compared to the same month last year. there was a big drop in the sale of diesel cars — but a huge jump in the sales of non—ordinary fuel cars, like electric and hydrogen vehicles. market analyst david buik from panmure gordon told our business correspondent, joe lynam, why the figures were disappointing. some of that is to do with registration, but i don't want to hide the finderfact registration, but i don't want to hide the finder fact that there is no question that confidence has gone for a lot of people. what is interesting is that the number of car companies, when they buy 25 vehicles or more for business use, has gone down substantially. we are down 2.2% on the year. 1.5 million ca rs have down 2.2% on the year. 1.5 million cars have been sold, which is not the kind of figure you want, but you talked about the hybrid cars. they are up 60%, but it is from a small
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level. hybrid and electric cars were 296 level. hybrid and electric cars were 2% of the market a year ago. there are now 5%. we need to see some improvement in the whole outlook on ca rs. an engineering plant in suffolk is closing with the loss of 500 jobs. american—owned delphi diesel systems is shutting its plant in sudbury. it makes diesel fuel injectors and filters for commercial vehicles. there were long delays on the m5 near bristol this lunchtime following an major accident involving two lorries. a large spillage of diesel meant that two northbound lanes and the hard shoulder needed to be closed for resurfacing nearjunction 21. traffic is tailing back for more than 15 miles. earlier, we spoke to our reporter dickon hooper, who gave us an update from clevedon on the m5. i'm afraid we don't have that. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump under more pressure — his administration could now
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face criminal charges. a grand]ury will look at allegations of his links with russia. a warning from the uk's closest ally in europe — ireland's prime minister says britain has no plan for the post—brexit border. the world athletics championships are getting under way in london's former olympic stadium. an update on the market numbers for you — here's how london's and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states, this is how the dow and the nasdaq are getting on. and in a moment, the drama school producing some of britain's best black actors. we talk to star wars' ]ohn boyega. he's become the most expensive player in the history of football. brazilian star player neymar has completed a record £200 million transfer deal with paris saint—germain. but speaking to our sports news correspondent richard conway, he insisted it's not all about the money. neymar, finally in paris with
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the ball and the world at his feet. at £200 million, his transfer from barcelona is a world record deal. and when his wages are included, the total bill will eventually top £400 million. the brazilian star told me today he has followed his heart and not his wallet. lots of people are saying that perhaps you are doing this for the money. that that is your motivation. what do you say to that? translation: i did not come over here for the money. i came here for the motivation, the challenge, and the challenges. on the champs—elysees this morning, fans were happy to part with their cash. hundreds of them queued for hours to buy the new neymar shirt. the club is backed by the country of qatar's vast wealth.
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but its president thinks he's bagged a bargain. i would love to see in one year if it is too much or not. i'm sure it's not. today, until now, just in five hours, we sold already merchandise of half a million euro. this is just for a couple of hours. neymar has been a star for both club and country from a young age. but critics of this megadeal point to the vast sums involved and there are questions over whether he is merely a pawn in qatar's efforts to spread its influence across the globe. the man at the centre of it all, though, insists he is simply here to win. what will be success to you at this club, the champions league? the fifa best award? how would you say that you have made it here, that you have delivered? translation: i want everything. the titles, i came over here to make history. psg want neymar to spark a new sporting revolution for them. and leaving the stadium
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tonight, he was greeted by fans as their new king. richard conway, bbc news, paris. we're going back to the athletics in stratford where the women's heats are about to start, we're looking out for she was in the outside lane. we might be able to spot her in this race. there she is, just a few back from the front, probably waiting to pounce. this is one of the heats tonight at the world athletics wishes of course taking place in the london stadium. elsewhere, we will be seeing mo farah and usain bolt. laura muir is third from the back at
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the moment. she is trying to com plete the moment. she is trying to complete the 1500m and the 5000m double. she has been slightly injured with a foot stress fracture, but she has already won the 1500m and 3000m gold at the indoor championships in march, so she is confident that she may be able to do it this time round. we will come back to that race as it nears its end and give you the results. a theme park in texas built by a father who realised there were no parks where his disabled daughter could play has hit its millonth visitor. megan hartman's father gordon wanted her to have somewhere she would feel comfortable, and others would feel comfortable interacting with her. she has autism and the cognitive understanding of a five—year—old. so he sold his homebuilding businesses to set up a a non—profit
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organisation and build the "world's first ultra—accessible theme park". the park, called morgan's wonderland, cost £26 million and opened in 2010. attractions include a ferris wheel with specially designed chariots, an adventure playground, water park and miniature train. visitors — who come from 67 countries as well as across the united states — regularly tell mr hartman it is the first time their children have ever been able to experience such attractions. let's go back to the athletics now and see how laura muir is getting on. 20 seconds remaining in this race. this is the 1500m heat as we go into the final straight. laura muir is hoping to do the double with the 1500m and the 5000m at this
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world championships. she is in second place. oh, that was the bell. that means there is still another lap to go. she may be saving some of her energy for the other heats. laura muir is the scot who has already won the 1500m and the 3000m gold at the indoor championships in march. she has had a foot stress fracture earlier in the summer, but she remains confident that she will be able to do the double. fellow britons jessica be able to do the double. fellow britonsjessica judd,
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be able to do the double. fellow britons jessica judd, ceramide bile and laura weightman will line up alongside her. i think she might be second or third, but this is the heat, so she's probably holding something back for later in the championships. there she is, looking pretty pleased. now, edinburgh is the place to be at this time of year. the international festival and festival fringe are getting under way for their 70th year. actors, musicians and comedians, from more than 40 countries, will be performing there over the next three and a half weeks. pauline mclean has been looking at what's tipped to be the highlights of this year's fringe. what began as a fringe of the
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festival has become —— grown into the biggest cultural festival in the world, in australia, new zealand, and china, there is barely a bit of the globe not represented. you can feel the buzz in the air, just the sheer range of performances from new discoveries and work that you will not have seen before to major established artists. the friend represent all of that. some have made their names here over the yea rs, made their names here over the years, but foremost, the fringe is a rite of passage. anything goes and eve ryo ne rite of passage. anything goes and everyone is equal. you are just a show every day. lots of people are in the same sinking boat. one thing bugs me about vampires. they have this hypnotic effect over women. like so many entertainers, craig ferguson started out at the fringe and while he has fond memories of the decade of stand—up comedy, he is glad not to be doing that this year. instead, he will do a version of his
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american chat show. is very competitive but i feel like in that weird way, now i am the kid. i'm not in the game, ijust watch it now. he here i go! so whether you are here forfame, here i go! so whether you are here for fame, fortune or fun, here i go! so whether you are here forfame, fortune orfun, there is definitely something for everyone. the results of the 2017 national geographic travel photographer of the year contest are in. over 15,000 photos were entered this year, from more than 30 countries. this year's grand prize was awarded for a shot of lightning striking the erupting colima volcano on mexico's west coast. here's a look at the winners' list. quite a photo album. let's look at
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the weather now. the weekend is upon us and at least at first, it will bring a continuation of the weather we have become used to this week, a mixture of sunshine and showers. our weather watchers once again today have been capturing scenes of blue skies and shower clouds. you can see from the radar picture that there were a lot of showers today, particularly across northern areas. further south, just a scattering and a fair amount of sunshine. tonight, southern areas will stay dry with clear spells, but we will see showers across scotland, northern ireland and later drifting across the irish sea towards wales. the weekend brings a mixture of sunny spells and heavy showers, particularly on saturday. and a rather cool feel at times. a cool start for some of us on saturday morning. then we see sunshine, but also showers across parts of wales, the midlands,
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east anglia and southern england. this clump of showers will be quite heavy. there could be hail and thunder mixed in. across north—west scotland, not too many showers by the afternoon. we are likely to see heavy showers across southern scotland, northern england and northern ireland. by the afternoon, not as many showers in wales and the south—west. at this stage, the peak of the shower activity will be further east across parts of the midlands, lincolnshire, east anglia and the south—east of england. for the world championship athletics, i would not want to rule out the opportunity of catching a shower, particularly around the early to middle part of the afternoon, but there should be dry weather and sunshine as well. on sunday, high pressure tries to build its way and for many of us, that means a largely dry day.
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but an area of low pressure is chasing in from the atlantic. that will bring cloud and rain to northern ireland and western scotland. strengthening winds here as well. and even where it stays dry, temperatures are no great shakes for the time of year. for the start of next week, we stick with a mixture of sunshine and showers, although things may settle down in the south as we get deeper into the week. you're watching bbc news. the headlines at 8pm: ireland's prime minister says the border with northern ireland must not become a barrier to trade. donald trump under more pressure. his administration could now face criminal charges. a grand jury will look at allegations of
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his links with russia. as more victims of the grenfell disaster are identified, some of them children, survivors tell the judge leading the inquiry that it must be wide—ranging. after a judge's scathing assessment of care provision for a suicidal teenage girl yesterday, the nhs confirms a "safe setting" has been found for her. also this hour, the final track events for mo farah and usain bolt.
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