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this is the briefing. i'm samantha simmonds. our top story: the diplomatic push is on. britain's foreign secretary urges president trump not to abandon the iran nuclear deal. another brexit warning. the uk's hospitality industry says it'll struggle to recruit staff once britain leaves the eu. a new development in the rape and murder case that has shocked india, as the supreme court weighs in to the row. six more years! vladimir putin is set to begin another term as russia's president. we'll take a look at how oil prices and sanctions are affecting the country's economy. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business, and sport. and you can be part
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of the conversation. today we're asking you this: as the uk's first private police force prepares to go nationwide, would you be prepared to pay £200 a month to have a bobby on call? will tell us what you think, just use #bbcthebriefing. the british foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has warned president trump that pulling out of the nuclear deal with iran could lead to an arms race in the middle east, triggered, in his words, by the iranians "dashing for a bomb". mrjohnson is in washington, where he'll meet the us vice—president, mike pence. the uk, france, and germany are looking at options to keep the iran deal alive if the us pull out. president trump has been scathing about the agreement. andrew plant reports. donald trump has long been clear about his contempt for the deal with iran, saying it has disastrous flaws. it was signed in 2015 between iran and six world powers... incompetently negotiated
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as our deal with iran. ..and was one of president obama's key foreign policy achievements. iran agreed to mothball its nuclear programme, which many feared could lead to them developing weapons. in return, crippling international economic sanctions were lifted. america's ally israel says iran secretly continued its work. senior american officials have said the deal was built on lies. mr trump has publicly threatened to scrap it, which prompted this response on saturday from iran's president, hassan rouhani. translation: if the united states leaves the nuclear agreement, you will soon see that they will regret it, like never before in history. britain's ambassador to the us said that the uk, france and germany were now looking at other ways forward if america withdrew its support.
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we have been talking at a senior official level of the administration with our french and german colleagues for several weeks now. we think we're making progress, we haven't got there yet. we have a few days left to see if we can find a way through. the uk's foreign secretary, borisjohnson, is visiting washington. he published an article in the new york times on sunday describing the deal as the least—worst option, and the best way, he said, of preventing iran developing a nuclear weapon. he will meet white house representatives, including vice president mike pence, to try to sway mr trump's decision before the deadline on 12 may. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. a man's been arrested after pakistan's interior minister was shot and injured in a suspected assassination attempt. ahsan iqbal was hit by a bullet in his arm but officials say he is out of danger. this incident comes ahead of general elections expected injuly. tunisia's islamist ennahda party has claimed victory in the country's
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first free local elections. party officials say ennahda has a commanding lead over its secularist rivals nidaa tounes. it's the first municipal elections since the 2011 uprising which sparked the arab spring, and saw the removal of president, zine ben ali. voters have also gone to the polls in lebanon — among them the current prime minister, saad hariri. it's the country's first general election in nine years, but turnout has been just under 50%, slightly lower than last time. the traditional parties, including the powerful shia muslim, hezbollah movement, are expected to be able to renew their power—sharing arrangement. pubs and hotels will struggle to employ enough staff, if eu nationals are no longer allowed to work freely in the uk. that's the stark warning from the british recruitment and employment confederation, which says the hospitality industry is in crisis. it's calling on theresa may's government to allow eu workers to still come to britain after brexit. our business correspondent
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joe lynam reports. isa is a prestigious hotel and restau ra nt is a prestigious hotel and restaurant in london. 70% of its highly trained staff are european nationals, and its french manager is worried about what will happen when britain leaves the single market. worried about what will happen when britain leaves the single marketlj think it is going to be hugely difficult to get the quality of the people i have right now, going forward , people i have right now, going forward, because, obviously the english people don't feel the same and therefore we will have slightly less skilled people. the hospitality sector is the fourth biggest employer, with very many people working in pubs, residence, and hotels. 14% up from the eu, while in london it is much higher. workers in pubs and hotels are officially considered low skilled and recruiters say that employers should
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do more to encourage british workers to consider hospitality as a career. one of our messages to government is at some point we need to think carefully about how we promote the uk as carefully about how we promote the ukasa carefully about how we promote the uk as a good place to live and work so uk as a good place to live and work so the debate can't be just about coming people we will let in, what is our proposition to people so that they want to come and live in the work in the uk, because in areas like hospitality we need them. the governance as it has commissioned advice to better understand the reliance of eu migrant workers across the economy and would work closely with the hospitality industry to consult with their needs. in a few hours, president vladimir putin will be officially sworn in as president of russia for the fourth time. moscow has been awash with speculation over whether the next six years will entail further international isolation and strong—armed conservatism for russia, or whether president putin will listen to liberal advisors and embark on much needed reforms at home and some sort of rapprochement with the west. steven rosenberg reports from moscow. he should know the drill by now.
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later today, for the fourth time, vladimir putin will walk through saint andrews hall of the grand kremlin palace to take the oath of office. in the great hall where russian emperors were crowned, mr putin will once again be declared president of the world's largest country. he's already the longest serving leader his isjosef stalin, the most powerful as well. by president bruton 4.0 faces some tough challenges. —— president putin. after the nerve agent attack in salisbury, that britain blames on the russian state, moscow faces international isolation. the war in syria is another potential flashpoint in relations between russia and the west, which are at their lowest level since the cold war. meanwhile, western sanctions against russia are beginning to bite. to boost the economy here,
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will president putin mend bridges with the west? and how will he deal with the west? and how will he deal with opponents at home? this is how an anti—putin protest ended in moscow on saturday. the kremlin has been cracking down hard on public displays of distance. that is unlikely to change. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. letters get more on the hospitality industry saying people struggle to recruit people after brexit —— let us. priya lakhani is the founder and ceo of century tech — a uk based education technology platform. good morning. thank you for being with us. what is your take on this story? a loss of industries are kind of saying the same thing. we are struggling. a third of the engineers at century, around the corner in london, after you. the uncertainty around brexit is causing uncertainty for us. recently we try to hire
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people, the applications are reducing from people in the eu. it is not specifically because we are looking there, there is a skills 93p- looking there, there is a skills gap. we know that the tech economy is increasing, growing at a fast pace, but we cannot keep pace in terms of recruitment so we will struggle in terms of growth. what you want the government to do? it will be difficult. where do they give exemptions and to whom?m will be difficult. where do they give exemptions and to whom? it is interesting to be prime minister recently made a statement couple of months ago about 2000 workers being given special permission to move here, 2000 isjust not enough. we have the nhs calling for special free movement of people for the nhs because with doctors, nurses, midwifery seeing a huge decline, drops ina midwifery seeing a huge decline, drops in a register of people from the eu working in those departments. tac would like to see some similar. we have these long—term strategies in terms of digital skills and coding andy last tech companies committed to training people, so we have skilled workers in the uk —— and the large tech companies. they
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have got to come up with some sort of initiative. i was pro—remain, i was without a single market, but something along those lines would be helpful. right now it is the uncertainty causing huge issues. and we don't really know where to look. what we would like to see is the government in westminster come to some sort of agreement as to what will happen so we can plan accordingly. you want information and you want it now. exactly. we wa nt and you want it now. exactly. we want it now. since the referendum. thank you for that. we will see you later for the news thank you for that. we will see you laterfor the news briefing. stay with us on the briefing. also on the programme: who is switzerland's top cow? the traditional competition that decides who is head of the herd. i, nelson rolihlahla mandela, do hereby swear to be faithful to the republic of south africa. after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and president mitterrand.
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but the tunnel is still not ready for passengers and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now, the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister became the first man in the world to run a mile in underfour minutes. memories of victory, as the ve celebrations reach their climax. this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: another brexit warning — the uk's hospitality industry says it'll struggle to recruit staff once britain leaves the eu. and our top story —
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the british foreign secretary has urged the trump administration not to walk away from the iran nuclear agreement. let's stay with that now. abbas milani is director of the iranian studies programme at stanford university. he joins me now from palo alto, california. a warm welcome to you. thank you for being with us. president trump once the deal strangford, he was the sunset was made permanent. is there room for negotiation as far as iran is concerned? there is always room to negotiate. if he's going to leave the deal, as mr trump has repeatedly threatened, there is no way to improve it. if you have already left the deal than the deal is dead. the europeans are clearly trying to make ita europeans are clearly trying to make it a better deal. they are trying to
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keep it intact. russia and china have already indicated that they will go ahead with it. under normal circumstances the deal would have stayed and mr trump would have ratified it. but these are unusual times. and mr trump drums everything. behind the scenes will there be urgent diplomacy going on with iran. as you say, france and germany have already pretty much back president trump stay in the deal and now boris johnson back president trump stay in the deal and now borisjohnson will do the same, talking to mike pence today. will they be asking iran to offer something? i think they clearly are. they also know that they can't force iran into a position of accepting changes under duress. iran is also facing, the iranian regime is facing profound challenges at home, and they can't afford to be seen as making even more concessions. many people think they have already made too many concessions. many people think the
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regime led the country down the wrong path and was forced to retreat majorly and was forced to pay a heavy cost for it. and to make concessions, that does not take into consideration the dire nature of the situation in iraq. particularly the iranian economy. -- in priya lakhani. what impact would walking away from this deal have on the iranian economy —— iran. away from this deal have on the iranian economy -- iran. if the us imposes more sanctions clearly this will have a more dampening impact on the economy. but the iranian economy is already on the verge of collapse. the currency has lost almost 50% of its value in the last month and a half. there is no end in sight. there is a water shortage, through
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problems, unemployment, inflation, there is a financial system on the verge of collapse. the regime can ill afford another major blow to its economy. i think the wiser us policy would be to just step aside and let events would be to just step aside and let eve nts ta ke would be to just step aside and let events take hold of themselves and let the iranian people forced some or rationality into the heads of the more intransigent leadership. abbas milani, good to get your thoughts. the horrific case of the gang rape and murder of an eight—year—old girl in january shocked india and the rest of the world. it's sparked a huge public outcry and protests in indian—administered kashmir where it happened, and the capital delhi. on monday the country's supreme court will hear a plea to turn the case into a federal rather than local investigation. the government has made the laws stricter, including bringing in the death penalty for those convicted of raping girls below 12 years of age. yogita limaye travelled to cut—wah in india's jammu and kashmir state
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to report on this case. once again, a rape and murder brought people out on the streets in india. this time, the victim was merely eight years old. she belonged to this muslim nomadic tribe. they roam the hills and valleys of the state ofjammu and kashmir. she was captured when she was out grazing horses. police say she was raped, tortured, and murdered by hindus who wanted the tribe to move off their land. her family has continued theirjourney into the mountains, waiting for justice. translation: she was beautiful, smart, and intelligent. the only thing i want is for her attackers to go through the same pain that she went through. it is in this hindu temple
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that she was allegedly held for a week. eight men have so far been arrested. because of where the crime is said to have taken place, the alleged motive for it, and the fact that the girl was a muslim, and all of those who have been arrested are hindus, has meant that this has gone from being against sexual violence against women and girls in india to being about polarisation between two religious communities. not far from the temple, family members of the accused and villagers from the area are sitting in protest. they are demanding a federal investigation. the daughter of one of those arrested says she too wants justice for the child. but, in the muslim—majority state, she fears her community is being targeted. translation: the unity of hindus is being attacked. our voices have been suppressed.
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all our men have been arrested. who will we go back home for? prime minister modi has promised justice for the victim, and his cabinet has approved the death sentence for those who rape children. but many believe the incident has set a dangerous precedent. the most scary part is the use of the body of that little girl for scaring away an entire community, because it has long—term repercussions, both for the safety of women as well as the safety of the minorities. five years ago, these protests following the gang rape of a delhi student had also forced the government to pass tougher laws. but, in a deeply patriarchal society, little seems to be changing. yogita limaye, bbc news, in kathua. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later.
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first to lesbos, where spanish firefighters — accused of human trafficking for reportedly rescuing migrants are to stand trial in stockholm. there is press showing at the abba museum — of a new exhibition about what the band members have been up to since they broke up in 1982. and finally, to new york, where the biggest event on the fashion fundraising calendar — the met gala — takes place at new york's metropolitan museum of art. some fantastic outfits. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. welcome to your monday sport briefing, where the cavaliers can make it to the eastern conference final if they beat toronto. novak djokovic is hoping to find some form in madrid. plus, emotionalscenes from the english premier league. we often talk about the importance of one player to 18, for the
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clevela nd of one player to 18, for the cleveland cavaliers, their star is without a doubt lebronjames. has incredible contribution means that they can make the eastern conference play—off final on monday. here is what happened in game three against pronto. tied at 103 each when cavaliers fans were treated to late drama. enter what ron james, cavaliers fans were treated to late drama. enter what ronjames, who made his shot for the win just before the buzzer. cleveland will have home—court advantage for game four later on monday. despite a slow start season, he is producing his best form of just start season, he is producing his best form ofjust great start season, he is producing his best form of just great time. start season, he is producing his best form ofjust great time. the same cannot be said for novak djokovic. the former world number one has relished so far in 2018, he pays kei nishikori in the madrid open, desperate to kickstart his season. the wash roanic and gael monfils are also in action. —— milos raonic. manchester city have been
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enjoying a title party. then lifted the trophy in front of their home fa ns the trophy in front of their home fans at the etihad stadium on sunday. vincent kompa ny fans at the etihad stadium on sunday. vincent kompany did the honours after his side drew nil all with huddersfield. no goals for the fence to savour, but city are on course to make 100 points for the season. this is their third premier league —— premier league title in seven yea rs. league —— premier league title in seven years. you league —— premier league title in seven years. you never know league —— premier league title in seven years. you never know what is going to happen, you don't know. just prepare the team well and the title is a consequence of. this season, the previous season, now i am happy because we did it. in spain, it finished even between barcelona and real madrid at the camp microns us alone are unbeaten with three matches left to play. baker with three matches left to play. ba ker after with three matches left to play. baker after the best start, luis suarez giving them the lead,
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cristiano ronaldo equalised shortly after them barcelona were reduced to ten men. linnell massey gave barcelona the lead before gareth bale struck a fine equaliser. 2—2, the final score. —— lionel messi. entry read nettie has been showing his instagram followers how he gets around a. don't worry, don't try this at home because i definitely would not recommend that. it is a good job, the roads are quiet. he represented switzerland in the slope style at the 2018 winter olympics income chang, where he qualified for the final and finished seventh. —— come chang ‘s. passionate come chang. —— calum thatis that is your sport briefing. —— pyeongchang.
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when it comes to sport — we have a lot to look forward to in the next few months. there's the world cup of course — wimbledon — and also the ryder cup — to name just a few. but in the swiss canton of valais, a real heavyweight contest has already been taking place — involving some formidable female competitors. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. they call it the battle of the queen's. an annual tradition where more than 100 cows go head to head, quite literally. translation: this is their instinct. this is a very friendly animal, but a hierarchy needs to be established in the herd. this is why they fight, to discover the best of the herd and this is the one who will lead the herd everywhere. but i want to emphasise, this cow fights, but she's not at all agressive, she is very nice. it can look fairly beautiful, brutal, but organisers insist serious injuries are rare.
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the animals lock horns, the first one that turns away loses. more than 10,000 people came to cheer them on. the livestock plays a vital role in the community and the economy. translation: this is a tradition that will go on for a lot time. we have great cows and we have a great product. racelette cheese. cows allow us to live. the final contest would decide who was the queen of queens and it was competitor 131 who triumphed, she is definitely top cow. tim allman, bbc news in japan, thousands of people have marched in the tokyo rainbow pride, one of the city's two annual gay pride parades. lesbian, gay, bisexual and tra nsgender people carried banners and placards with rainbow colours, a symbol of sexual diversity.
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the organiser says a record 37 organisations, including companies and embassies, supported the 7th annual event. stay with me on bbc news, i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments — we'll have more on and... tell me what you think about our talking point today — as the uk's first private police force prepares to go nationwide we're asking would you be prepared to pay £200 a month to have a bobby on call? — let us know your thoughts — use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. we have had a tweet in saying that i already pay for a national police service, which may not be perfect, i trust and is only a phone call away. why would i pay a private company which may or may not be accountable to anybody. sunday was a pretty glorious day for much of the country,
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a top of 26.3 celsius. we saw plenty of blue sky, although a lot of cloud in western scotland. there was near unbroken sunshine across england and wales, a top of the 6.3 celsius. the may rent a holiday could be broken, set in 1999 in hampshire. i think several places will beat that record today. one or two spots seen 27 or 28 celsius. through monday morning, it is going to be fine, lots of sunshine from the word go. some sunshine for northern ireland and scotland as well. that temperatures reaching low to mid temperatures across midland and wales. monday night, a fine and and wales. monday night, a fine and a dry one but cloud ills across the
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west and maybe some spots of rain. this is a sign of things to come as he had through tuesday into wednesday. the reason for it, high—pressure holds on across the east for a while longer on tuesday but this area of the low pressure will set this into western areas, introducing cool air. it could quite work for northern ireland on tuesday for a work for northern ireland on tuesday fora time, work for northern ireland on tuesday for a time, that would weather pushing into much of scotland and maybe north—west england and for wales. it right up later on tuesday and apart from the odd heavy shower or thunderstorms it will be another hot and sunny day. probably the last of the hyper temperatures as we had on towards wednesday, this next area of low pressure will have more energy to it and there will be some pretty strong winds into the western side of the country. once again, we start on a fine in a. central and southern and eastern parts of the country with the cloud building as this weather system pushes into western areas bringing outbreaks of pretty white spread, heavy rain.
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much cooler and fresher things here. we could make a tidy celsius again. that weather front continues to spread eastwards across the country across wednesday night, eventually into thursday but it will introduce fresh air into all areas with a mixture of sunshine and showers of. the main theme will be cooling down with some rain at times and also some sunshine. this is business briefing. i'm samantha simmonds. six more years — as vladimir putin begins another term as president, we'll take a look at the challenges facing the russian economy. hotting up or cooling down? we'll explain why the price of ice cream may be about to reach new heights. and on the markets, a mixed start to the trading week following some strong numbers on wall street on friday. welcome to the programme.
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today vladmir putin will be inaugurated as russian president for a further six years. his most recent term has seen mixed fortunes for the country's economy. since 2014, russia has suffered as a result of both falling oil
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