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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: a senior aide to donald trump accuses him of "amorality" and " reckless decision—making". the president calls the attack "gutless" and "phony". south korea confirms president moonjae—in is to meet north korean leader, kimjong—un, for a summit in pyongyang in two weeks‘s time. britain names two russian military intelligence officers as suspects in the novichok nerve agent attack, but how could moscow be held to account? a daughter enslaved by the extremist group, the so—called islamic state, is freed but thousands more yazidis are missing or dead. we report from northern iraq on a community in crisis. translation: this is where isis killed my people. these bones are evidence of a massacre. they bear witness to what happened here. we want these crimes to be investigated. and the big screen strikes back —
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cinema's battle for survival in the age of streaming. a senior member of president trump's own administration has attacked him in the new york times, suggesting many senior officials within the government are secretly working to resist the president, to frustrate what they see as his worst impulses. the anonymous editorial echoes the chaotic picture of the white house in the book published this week by veteran journalist, bob woodward. the times suggests mr trump is "facing a test" unlike any experienced by a modern american leader. in the editorial the writer claims... a few hours after the article was published president trump said
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the editorial was "gutless". he was speaking to reporters at the white house where he was meeting law enforcement officers. so when you tell me about some anonymous source within the administration, probably who is failing and probably here for all of the wrong reasons, and the new york times is failing. if i weren't here, i believe the new york times probably wouldn't even exist. applause. and some day when i am not president, which will hopefully be in about six and a half years from now, the new york times and cnn and all of these phoney media outlets will be out of business folks, they will be out of business. because there will be nothing to write and there will be nothing of interest. our washington correspondent chris buckler has more on events at the white house. it is coming from someone who are
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conservative republicans and someone who believes in what donald trump's party believes in but fundamentally that are not believe in what donald trump believes and at times they are going out of their way to try and water what he wants to do for the best interests of the country. they say his leadership style is impetuous, at the —— adversarial. they want to keep that decisions from leaving the office and they did to an idea that this is somebody who believes they are trying to stop
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president trump from doing things that they could potentially damage the country and, fundamentally, although the new york times have not said who this person is, there seems to bea said who this person is, there seems to be a belief in washington that it is coming from someone who is as senior official because it or not believe the new york times would have made that claim unless they we re have made that claim unless they were determined to believe that was the case and they insist they know who has written this for them. there are fresh attempts to restart talks on persuading north korea to give up its nuclear weapons programme. south korean special envoys have visited the north korean capital to prepare another meeting, later this month, between moon jae—in and kim jong—un. i spokejust now i spoke just now to our correspondent. the next inter—korean summit, the third between president moon and kimjong—un, will be between september 18th and september 20th.
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president moon will viit pyongyang for three days. he will become the first south korean leader in more than a decade to visit pyongyang later this month. and you're right, that welcome by kim jong—un to the south korean envoys was warm, it was friendly and it appears the two sides have managed to speak frankly. in a press conference in the last few minutes, the south korean envoys have said that kim jong—un has expressed his frustration with the world, that they are not believing his will to denuclearise and he has reiterated his claim that he wants to denuclearise the korean peninsula. and he says he has a firm will to work with the south koreans to come to a peace settlement. the two koreas will also set up a joint liason office where the two ocan discuss ways to come to an agreement within the next few weeks, before president moon visits the north. so these are the main highlights that have come from the press conference in just the last few minutes. everyone welcomes the news of a summit but there are problems stalling pregress towards denuclearisation still? the main problem seems to be what comes first.
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the us wants kim jong—un to give up his nuclear weapons and an itinerary of what he has and where they are. a security guarantee is required by kim jong—un before that and that seems the main sticking point. kim now appears to be saying that an end of war declaration does not mean the us would have to withdraw its troops but that has also been a worry and concern by many in the trump administration and many in south korea that by signing some kind of peace process, peace treaty, that would mean no longer would the us need troops in south korea but today north korea is saying that is not the case. they are trying to remove the obstacles to sign a declaration to end the war.
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the two sides are technically still at war. that is a sticking point. what should come first? should kim jong—un hand over his weapons or make sure the declaration come first. south korea also wants an end of war declaration. it has gone on for 68 years. they have signed an agreement to try to do that by the end of the year. now we will see what a third inter—korean summit would achieve. after months of investigation british police have identified two russian nationals as suspects in the attempted murder of the former russian spy sergei skripal and his daughter, yulia. the men, using the names ruslan boshirov and alexander petrov, are thought to be officers from russia's military intelligence service. mr skripal and his daughter were poisoned with the nerve agent novichok in salisbury
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in southern england in march. moscow has denied any knowledge of the men, as our security correspondent gordon corera reports. these two russians now stand accused of the salisbury nerve agent attack. it is claimed that in march they deployed the nerve agent which poisoned sergei and yulia skripal, and which months later accidentally contaminated charlie rowley, and killed dawn sturgess. police say they came to the country as alexander petrov and ruslan boshirov, but those are thought to be false names, used by two undercover operatives. the government has concluded that the two individuals named by the police and cps are officers from the russian military intelligence service, also known as the gru. the gru is a highly disciplined organisation, with a well—established chain of command. so this was not a rogue operation.
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it was almost certainly also approved outside the gru, at a senior level of the russian state. the two men, police say, carried out a remarkably sophisticated attack. they flew in from moscow, and are seen here in salisbury, shortly after it is alleged they smeared nerve agent on sergei skripal‘s front door. and this was what is believed to have been their weapon — the perfume bottle used to carry the novichok nerve agent. today's announcement by the crown prosecution service marks the most significant in the investigation. we now have sufficient evidence to bring charges in relation to the attack on sergei and yulia skripal in salisbury, and domestic and european arrest warrants have been issued for the two suspects. we will be seeking to circulate interpol red notices. prosecutors say they have enough evidence to charge the two with conspiracy to murder sergei skripal, attempted murder
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of sergei skripal, his daughter yulia and detective sergeant nick bailey, a police officer who went to their house, use and possession of novichok contrary to the chemical weapons act, and causing grievous bodily harm with intent to yulia skripal and nick bailey. so what is the gru? based in this building, it is the intelligence arm of the russian military, with a long track record of undercover operations around the world. undeeradimir putin, seen here visiting its headquarters, observers say it has become even more aggressive, accused of hacking america's 2016 election, operations in ukraine, and now using nerve agent in britain. its prime target in salisbury was sergei skripal, himself a former officer in the gru. sergei skripal, it is thought, was targeted by former colleagues in the gru because they viewed him
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as a traitor for working the british secret service, mi6. today was about much more than just naming two individuals, but also, in the government's eyes, exposing the role of the gru. and the prime minister made clear that, as well as the public accusation, british intelligence would be asked to do more to counter the gru's activities out of sight. today, russia's deputy ambassador was summoned to the foreign office. moscow has said it doesn't recognise the names of the two men accused. the british government acknowledges there is no real chance they will be extradited, but it will be hoping that today increases the pressure on moscow. gordon corera, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news: several people have been injured in a landslide after a strong earthquake struck japan's northern island, hokkaido. buildings were damaged, goods stacked on the shelves of shops scattered and smashed. at least ten people
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were taken to hospital, others are believed trapped in the town of atsumi. the local electricity company has shut all its plants, cutting power to almost three million people. at least 20 people have been killed in two separate explosions at a sports club in the afghan capital kabul. four people died in a suicide bombing. a second, larger blast killed at least sixteen more as emergencyservices and journalists arrived. top executives from facebook and twitter have acknowledged they were too slow to act against fake accounts and disinformation attacks intended to sow political unrest. twitter chief jack dorsey told a us senate hearing free and openexchanges had bec google executives failed to appear. the british government says it has agreed the principles of a deal with france on scallop fishing. there were confrontations between boats from both countries last week. french fishermen accused british boats of fishing unfairly. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: with so many people
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streaming movies, how can cinemas pull customers away from their couches? freedom itself was attacked this morning and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes the spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here. of the blacks of soweto township as well as the whites of their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears. enough! the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it is an exodus of up to 60,000 people,
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caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: a senior aide to donald trump has accused him of "amorality" and reckless decision—making. the president has slammed the attack, in a report in the new york times, as "gutless" and "phony". south korea has confirmed president moonjae—in will meet north korean leader, kimjong—un, for a summit in pyongyang in two weeks‘ time. let's stay with our top story now. earlier, i spoke to steve herman, white house bureau chief with voice of america news and i asked him what he made of what's happening. well, on a day we've gone from crazy town to treason—ville, and this story continues to inflate by the hour, mostly because of president trump
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himself reacting to it. yes, it does echo a lot of what bob woodward had to say in his book, doesn't it? but you have to wonder, if people are actually doing this, why publish it? surely that makes it harder to do it. well, there is a big debate both from the left and the right here about the motivations here, and whether this was actually a good idea by this senior administration official. because if supposedly this official is concerned about the president, and how he behaves, this has only triggered him into much more radical action — the "treason" tweetjust a while ago, and a demand that the new york times turn over this person to the government, presumably for prosecution. well, you know very well how it all works there.
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what is your thinking about what is really going on? well, it's really hard to say. we do believe that this has to be a fairly senior official for the new york times to take this unprecedented step. and the whole thing really is unprecedented, according to presidential historians, and they have never seen anything like it. and trump has further escalated it with his comments on twitter, and he is not one to back down. but obviously the new york times, which would post this as a first amendment case, is not obviously going to reveal who this source is, or turn them over to the government, as the president is demanding. there are clues as to who it might be, aren't there? it's the biggest parlour game in washington tonight, i can tell you that, and all sorts of names are bandied about. people trying to tear apart the language in the editorial, and trying to find other public statements and writings that have been made by high—ranking
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officials in the past, saying a—ha, look at this particular word, "lodestar," for example, or look at this particular phrase and saying this official has used it before in speeches. there is no way of to say who it really is. thousands of yazidis are still missing in syria — four years after so—called islamic state attacked them in their ancestral home in northern iraq. the un has called the crimes against the minority group genocide. an international aid effort, backed by a bombing campaign, saved the majority of the population, who sought safety on nearby mount sinjar. 0ur chief international correspondent lyse doucet has been there, and has this report. sinjar mountain, sacred land of the yazidis, these slopes still haunted
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by the terror of islamic state in this northern corner of iraq. four years on, clothes still litter the mountainside, discarded in panic by a people on the run, desperate to escape. now, in the foothills, a chilling silence. a date seared in every yazidi's memory. is fighters no longer hold this land, but still hold a people hostage. thousands of men, women and children are still missing. but, for this family, some relief. a daughter enslaved by is in syria is freed after four long years. her family paid tens of thousands of dollars to get her and her children back. the day after she returns, we visit her at home. and she feared she would never be able to escape that living hell.
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translation: when i was in captivity, isis lied to me. they said yazidi women would never be free, and that our families would kill us if we tried to come home. so i was scared to come back. i was scared my family would kill me, and i was so surprised at the welcome i got. who can begin to imagine what women like her have been through, at the hands of so—called islamic state. daily beatings, brutalisation, and there are said to be 3,000 more yazidi women and children still missing, still captured by islamic state.
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from sinjar, we made the shortjourney to kocho, the yazidi village is tried to wipe off the map. now, it is a monument to a massacre. more than 1,000 people rounded up — men and old women shot dead, young women sold into slavery. the sense of loss here is overwhelming. this man mourns his brother, buried alive at the back of this school yard. inside, a memorial to the dead and the missing. he shows his grandsons the photos — their father, uncles, aunts, favourite cousins, all gone. upstairs, traces of horror. mattresses scattered across the floor, abandoned uniforms. the aching silence
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of a generation lost. at the edge of kocho, mass graves, just three soldiers standing guard. killing fields darken the yazidi heartland, bones exposed by the wind. people are desperate for these graves to be exhumed. translation: this is where isis killed my people. these bones are evidence of a massacre. they bear witness to what happened here. we want these crimes to be investigated. the un calls this a genocide, but four years on, little has been done. after so much loss, the yazidi people are now losing hope.
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lyse doucet, bbc news, sinjar. ten people have been taken to hospitalfrom an emirates plane which was quarantined on arrival at new york'sjfk airport after some passengers and crew complained of feeling ill. the airbus a380 had flown in from dubai with more than 500 people on board. around 100 people had initially reported symptoms including coughing and fever. the british film industry says it's in the midst of an industrial revolution. 0ver ten million households now have access to subscription video—on—demand and the long—established differences between film and television are disappearing. as our media editor amol rajan reports, this is making cinemas diversify in order to stay ahead. are you 0k? what happened? you. . .fainted. one of this summer's big—budget original films, released and streamed on netflix. to all the boys i've loved before is about a teenager whose secret love letters are taken by her little sister and sent out to the five boys that she has crushes on.
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look, i really... i appreciate it, but it's never going to happen. i'm sorry, what? it has created a buzz on social media, but here's the thing. no cinema is going to show it. oh, my god. the letters are out. streaming services from the likes of amazon and apple first revolutionised tv. now movies are getting the same treatment, and it is changing the economics of the industry. franchises such as the latest marvel film, ant—man and the wasp, have dominated the list of top—grossing films in the last few years. they appeal to international and particularly chinese audiences, who, in precarious times, are often vital to make productions viable. the rise of the golden age of tv and the franchisation of film are connected. you'll have almost all the kinds of content you want to see, except for the biggest superhero films, you'll be able to see everything else at home, if that's what you prefer.
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but, for those of us who love theatres, it might be a bit sad. front row, please, mate. as a result of this revolution, cinemas are changing. they are diversifying to become hubs for community events, from live conversation to meeting places for new mums. box office sales are no longer the sole metric of success. in fact, so far this year, box office receipts are down, while cinema admissions are up. and the electric here in birmingham, founded in 1909 and the oldest working cinema in the country, is at the forefront of this very modern trend. i think, if the smaller cinemas want to compete, they need to continue to reinvent themselves and come up with new ideas. and, if that means paring cinema with food or wine, it gives people a reason to leave their living rooms and head back into the cinema again. in the age of the smartphone, competition is unprecedented. 0ne former boss of bbc films, who is now an independent producer, can see power shifting towards smaller television screens.
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a lot of talented producers are probably feeling that film is less worth their while. i think they get to the point where it's exhausting, and it often doesn't work, and they're seeing that many of the things they enjoy about film are happening in television. and they want to be a part of that, and they can build a business on the back of that. an extraordinary influx of money from technology companies, for whom cinemas are a distraction, is changing film forever. in the movie business, the big picture is getting smaller. amol rajan, bbc news. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @bbcmikeembley. hello there.
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we're ending this week on something a lot more unsettled than how we started it, that's because we're replacing high pressure with an area of low pressure. at the moment, we're still in between systems. there is a developing area of low pressure out across the north sea. but we've got high pressure dominating, i think, for much of thursday morning, a couple of weather fronts around too. now, they're going to bring outbreaks of rain to the northern isles, this weather front trailing down into northern england, north—west england, parts of north wales. barely anything on it, just a line of cloud and the odd spot of rain. we could see further showers returning to western scotland, too, first thing this morning. and where you have the cloud, then temperatures generally starting in double figures, otherwise under clear skies, single—figure values, so on the chilly side. in fact, today will be feeling cooler right the border, especially across the north. and we're starting the morning off with a good deal of sunshine around, in fact, too.
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showers will start to get going, though, across scotland, then we'll see another feature, another weather front moving out of ireland, across the irish sea into wales and the midlands and south—west england, as we head on into the afternoon. so conditions go downhill for many central and southern parts of england and wales. could see still a little bit of sunshine across the far south—east, where we could make 20 or 21 degrees. further north, a lot more cloud, outbreaks of rain, temperatures around the high—to—high teens celsius. but it's going to feel cooler than that further north. for the far north of england, northern ireland, scotland, sunny spells and scattered showers, and some of them could be heavy, maybe even thundery across scotland. now, as we head on in towards friday, we start to see this area of low pressure i was talking about develop. now, most of the very heavy rain will stay offshore, we think, but as we head through friday, looks like it could be quite wet across parts of scotland and north—east england. now, some of this rain could be quite heavy for time through friday morning across eastern scotland, north—east england, with another spell of rain pushing into northern scotland. but, further south and west that you are, it should be generally drier and brighter. but with the north, north—west
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winds, it's going to feel on the cool side across the board, temperatures ranging from 15—19 degrees. and those winds quite a feature, i think, across the eastern side of the country. that area of low pressure continues to spin around, moving a little bit further eastwards into the north sea. we see another feature run into wales and the south—west of england as we head on into saturday. a bit of uncertainty to this, but this is the feature i'm talking about. could bring some wet weather to parts of england and wales through the day. meanwhile, low pressure to the north of the country continues to bring showers to much of scotland. so i think saturday, you see that rain spreading its way eastwards, and then into sunday, probably the better day, the drier and the slightly brighter day.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: a senior aide to to donald trump has attacked him in the new york times, suggesting many senior officials are secretly working to resist the president, to frustrate what they see as his worst impulses. the anonymous editorial says mr trump's amorality and impulsiveness have led to ill—informed and reckless decisions. president trump has called the attack gutless and phony. after talks in pyongyang, south korea's envoy has said president moonjae—in will meet kimjong—un in north korea for three days this month, from 18—21 september. britain has named two officers in russian military intelligence as suspects in the novichok nerve agent attack. the british prime minister says the attempted murder of a former russian spy and his daughter was almost certainly approved at a high level in the government in moscow.
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