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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00: president trump says he'll no longer deal with the uk ambassador to washington following a leak of emails that are critical of his administration. tens of millions of pounds of public money may have been lost to fraudsters targeting the government's universal credit benefits system. thinking my rents, my council tax on things. we are going to get food. we need to go to a food bank. hospital leaders in england say nhs waiting lists have risen by as much as 50% in some areas because of a row about senior doctors‘ pensions. the leaders of the biggest labour—supporting unions have reached common ground on brexit, backing a second referendum on any
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deal which would include an option to remain in the eu. deutsche bank starts to make the first of 18,000 job cuts, including in london, as part of a radical global reorganisation. british women's number one johanna konta is through to the wimbledon quarterfinals after beating the former champion petra kvitova by two sets to one. and at 11:30, an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers, daily mirror political correspondent nicola bartlett, and the broadcaster david davies. stay with us for that. good evening. president trump has accused theresa may of making a mess of brexit as he gave a damning assessment of the uk‘s government. in a series of tweets tonight, he said he had told the prime
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minister what she should do on brexit and she had chosen to go another way. it comes after leaked emails from the uk's ambassador to washington, which described donald trump's adminstration as inept. the president said he would no longer deal with the ambassador, sir kim darroch, and that thankfully the british people would soon have a new prime minister. 0ur north america correspondent nick bryant reports. at a personal level, it's always looked more like an awkward rather than a special relationship. the reserved vicar‘s daughter alongside the brash manhattan tycoon. and although this is not the first time that donald trump has criticised theresa may, this is his most brutal assault yet. "i have been very critical about the way the uk and prime minister theresa may handled brexit," he fumed on twitter. "what a mess she and her representatives have created. "i told her how it should be done but she decided to go another way.
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"i do not know the ambassador but he is not liked or well thought of within the us. "we will no longer deal with him. "the good news for the wonderful united kingdom is that they "will soon have a new prime minister. "while i thoroughly enjoyed the magnificent state visit "last month, it was the queen who i was most impressed with." the ambassador he is referring to of course is sir kim darroch, britain's man in washington, whose leaked secret messages to london described donald trump and his administration as inept, insecure, and incompetent. yesterday, the president singled out the ambassador for criticism. now he has broadened his attack. his tweed tirade came just hours after theresa may said she had full faith in sir kim but did not agree
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with his views. her spokesman described the leak as absolutely unacceptable and said downing street had made contact with the white house. meanwhile a whitehall whodunnit as the foreign office mounted an investigation to find out who leaked the e—mails and just as importantly, why. as for sir kim, he seems safe in a job that he will soon leave anyway after four years in washington. it's a personal view and there will be many people in this building do not agree with that view, it is a personal view and indeed i do not agree with some of the views that we saw in those letters. i think the us administration is highly effective and we have the warmest of relationships and a partnership based on standing up for shared values. during his state visit to london before tea hi again. ..donald trump shook hands with the ambassador he's now made persona non grata.
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clearly he still has fond memories of all the pageantry at the palace, when he went out of his way to show respect for the british monarch, but rarely has an american president displayed such public disdain for british prime minister. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. in the past few moments, a downing street spokesperson said so kim darroch continues to have the prime minister ‘s continued support. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg looks at how this latest intervention from president trump is likely to affect the government, and the conservative leadership race. even by donald john's standards, this is an absolute jawdropping. initially the government has not said much apart from the foreign secretary saying these are second's personal views and number ten saying they had full faith and so kim darroch. less officially, a senior member of the government has told me tonight it's very frustrating that they are sure the relationship will
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be able to continue, they are confident somehow we will be able to get over this but much less officially than that, a senior conservative is said to me in no uncertain terms we cannot bow to this kind of lunacy. the suggestion that a serving president of a foreign country can give the p 45 to one of our senior diplomats with a few characters on social media. i think the reality is that this government and the next government has tried to discount the most maverick parts an element of donald trump, gritted teeth and get on with trying to have a good, effective working relationship with the us government as a whole being rather than worrying about every dotted eye 01’ than worrying about every dotted eye or crossed tea on donald trump's twitter feed and in actual fact because theresa may is leaving in a fortnight or so—and—so kim darroch has already made it clear he will be moving onto his next post, in terms of what actually will happen as a direct result of this time rate tonight, the answer to that is doubly not very much but this will
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put a giant microscope onto the choice of who it is who is set to be the next ambassador from this country to the united states under a new prime minister and just how will jeremy hunt or borisjohnson cope with donald trump is their closest international ally? will they try to get close to him, to try to bend to his will or will they show a determination not to be pushed around? determination not to be pushed around ? whatever determination not to be pushed around? whatever he says when a grump takes him and he picks up his phone to send a tweet and perhaps when the two candidates for number ten appear here in the north tomorrow night, the question of how they will handle their relationship might be something they have to answer. it's feared that tens of millions of pounds of public money has been lost to fraudsters who are targeting the government's universal credit benefits system. the bbc has learnt that the scammers often pretend to be from the localjob centre. they offer to get money on behalf
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of claimants in return for a fee. their victims often only realise they've been duped when their current benefits stop, they're left in debt and have to repay the money to the government. around 100,000 requests for universal credit loans are made each month — it's thought about 10% are fraudulent, according to a government source, with a typical illegal loan totalling around 1,500 pounds. it means fraud with universal credit is potentially four times higher than with other benefits. with this exclusive report, here's our social affairs correspondent michael buchanan. universal credit is a new service that helps ensure you're better off in work than you are on benefits... it's the welfare benefit that has become the fraudsters‘ friend. and how much did you get? er, in my bank account was £1,525. and how much did you have to pay in? £1,000. exploiting an online loophole,
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to leave people in debt. they told me to put in for universal credit. and that was the first you knew of it? and that was the first i knew. tens of millions of pounds stolen from taxpayers. to see that it's happening on this extent is an absolute scandal. jade thomas is a victim of the fraudsters. she was offered £500 by a man who said he could access government grants. unbeknown to her, the mum of five was signed up online for universal credit. the first she knew was when her other benefits were stopped and she went to thejob centre. they told me that they'd signed up for five children with different names, children i don't have, with different ages. they told me that i'd been signed up with a 5—bedroom house, when i'm only in a three. the fraudster took two—thirds of the £1,500 he'd claimed on her behalf. the money was a loan. she has to pay it all back to the government. but she wasn't the only one.
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i'd say altogether, there's one before me, me and my friend, and four to five others. so, about seven, eight people. and he was signing you all up fraudulently for universal credit? yes. in an hourortwo? mm—hmm. so, over those couple of hours, he made thousands of pounds. yep. job centre officials say the extent of the fraud is staggering, that money is pouring out of the public purse. messages on an internal government online forum, seen by the bbc, highlight the extent of the problems.
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this is absolutely a slap in the face to people who are struggling and in poverty, that the government are wasting money on fraud that they should be stopping and preventing, before this roll—out goes any further. angela parry is now paying the cost of being scammed. she's being investigated forfraud, after a man claimed he could offer her a payday loan but, instead, signed her up for universal credit. so, are you going to have to pay £60 a month until you repay the 1,500? yeah. and you've lost the benefits you were on? yep. what have the past few weeks been like? a bit daunting, thinking my rent, council tax and things. where i'm going to get the food, where am i going to get gas and leccy, and they've told me to go to a food bank. you can prepare for the change
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by going online... 0ne irony of these problems is that universal credit was actually designed to save £1 billion in fraud and error. michael buchanan reporting. president trump has accused theresa may of making a mess of brexit and says he will no longer be dealing with the uk's ambassador to the us following a leak of diplomatic memos. this is quite a tie raid on twitter, isn't it? it is the way the president responds when he is unhappy and he seems to have been quite unhappy buddies leaked cables. not only did so kim criticised the administration, describing it as inept and dysfunctional in saying that was unlikely to change but he also had some quite personal comments to make about president
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trump being insecure, radiating insecurity is how he put it and also saying that you needed to be quite blunt and to the point in communicating with him, that was the most effective way, and other comments, so president trump has hit back saying he didn't like the ambassador, he didn't know him, he didn't think he was very liked in washington although some might disagree, and didn't want to deal with them anymore. how damaging is this? it's difficult to say. on the one hand, so kim is an accredited diplomat, well—respected, heavy here, the state department making a point of not commenting. you know so much of how this administration works is in context, personal relationships, and so kim had put an effort into building those up and they had been pretty cordial. you had senior white house officials visit the embassy quite a lot for private parties and dinners. i
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suppose it's now you might see there is going to be any kind of impact in that informal way that you would see what the result was. to the extent that it would be reported. it's more about the leak in the content because the things sikkim said. in fa ct, because the things sikkim said. in fact, the washington post has even quoted one member of trump's administration, the former spoke person anthony scaramucci, who lasted for ten days, who liked to sta b lasted for ten days, who liked to stab from the front in the back as a new yorker, saying that sir kim had strong bipartisan support in washington so it'll be interesting to see how will play out but mr trump is upset and that is how people will respond around that, we will have to wait and see. the other element is his made no secret of the
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fa ct element is his made no secret of the fact that he is not overly impressed with the current occupant of number ten and his rather keen on who he thinks will be the next occupant. and i don't think that really comes asa and i don't think that really comes as a surprise, other than his undiplomatic way of saying so. he has criticised theresa may before for the way she handled exit. he said he gave advice and she disregarded it in his repeated that, saying she made a real mess of it but good news for the uk, and other prime minister is coming soon so looking forward to the next leader of the conservative party is how he has presented it. we also know in the past that he has said that nigel farage, the leader of the brexit party, would make a good ambassador although nigel farage has said he is not the man for the job. british airways says it will challenge a record fine imposed
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by regulators after a major data breach last year. before today some of the largest fines imposed by the information commissioner had been to companies like yahoo, facebook and uber. but a change in the law means ba's fine dwarfs previous ones, standing at over £183 million. the company says it will appeal the decision. hundreds, possibly thousands ofjobs are at risk at deutsche bank's uk operations as part of a company reorganisation. some workers appeared to be leaving the firm's offices in london with their belongings earlier today. the bank is beginning a restructuring programme to cut 18,000 jobs around the world — amounting to a fifth of its global workforce. the headlines on bbc news: president trump says he'll no longer deal with the uk ambassador to washington following a leak of emails that are critical of his administration. tens of millions of pounds of public
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money may have been lost to fraudsters, after targeting the government's universal credit benefits system. hospital leaders in england say nhs waiting lists have risen by as much as 50% in some areas because of a row about senior doctors' pensions. hospital leaders in england say that nhs waiting lists for routine surgery have risen by as much as 50% in some parts of england because of a row about senior doctors' pensions. consultants have been refusing to do extra shifts because the introduction of new pension rules means working over time can leave them worse off with big tax bills. 0ur health editor hugh pym has this report. hospitals are already under pressure, now some say they're struggling to cope with the workload for non—urgent cases because they can't get enough senior doctors to do extra shifts to clear the backlog. one of our key challenges... this medical director told me what that meant for hospital care.
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some of our patients are waiting longer for follow—up outpatient appointments. some of our patients are waiting longer to have some of their diagnostic procedures, such as some scans. tougher rules on pension tax relief for high earners have hit doctors on a salary above £110,000 a year. they've affected extra shifts worked, which can now be taxed around 75% or more. this surgeon at chesterfield royal told us he'd stopped doing weekend work on top of his normal contract. i love coming to work, but i worked out that it was actually going to cost me money, so i would be getting negative pay, to do those extra eight hours. so, i did make the decision to stop doing them. ministers say it isn't possible to have separate rules for just doctors, and they are consulting to cut pension contributions.
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but hospitals argue the government just isn't moving fast enough to tackle the problem, and if it isn't dealt with soon, there could be more serious problems covering rotas and keeping control of waiting times for patients. what we're seeing on a day—to—day basis — and it's become particularly severe over the last couple of months — is an increase in waiting times, operations being cancelled, not being able to provide the really timely, effective care that hospital trusts would like to provide. that means patients waiting longer for treatment. hospitals are having to bring in agency staff to cover the gaps. that's another drain on theirfinances. there are staff shortages in many parts of the nhs anyway. the pension tax issue couldn't have come at a more difficult time. hugh pym, bbc news. trade union leaders have reached a common position on brexit following a meeting with the labour leader — jeremy corbyn — this afternoon. the leaders of 12 of the biggest labour supporting unions are backing a referendum on any
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conservative—brokered deal, with remain to be an option on the ballot paper. i've been getting the thoughts of our political correspondent, iain watson. significantly, this is going to represent a change for the labour party itself. jeremy corbyn has been under huge pressure to effectively adopt a far more avowed protamine positions and is very poor european election results a month ago. he's been under pressure notjust from tom watson, his deputy leader but people in the left of the party such asjohn mcdonald, people in the left of the party such as john mcdonald, the people in the left of the party such asjohn mcdonald, the shadow chancellor, to beef up labour's position ahead of any new conservative leader being elected. a stumbling block was the unite trade union led by len mccluskey which was more sceptical about labour leaning towards remain and is hugely influential financially and politically towards the labour leadership but if he says there is a conservative deal, labour should press for a referendum on campaign to remain in the european union if
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and when that referendum is held so that's where the shift has occurred. some of the unions were already there if you like, seeking labour do that. also, there is a second scenario which the unions discussed and would send the documents that they agreed. the unions —— the unions have said if there is a snap election and labour wins, they would still want the party to negotiate its own exit deal but that deal would then be put to a referendum as well and remain would be an option. this is a significant shift from the unions. a significant shift when labour adopted and they are almost certain to move in that direction when the shadow cabinet meet tomorrow. there are some significant remain voices that don't think this is gone far enough. they sink —— think by simply discussing the option of labour negotiating their own brexit deal, that takes the edge offa campaign own brexit deal, that takes the edge off a campaign to remain, it suggests there might well be a better option than remaining, it muddies the waters, it could lead to
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some difficult questions during any general election campaign about where individual mps stand on the issue so they would much rather see a down the line pro remain position adopted by labour as a hole. the unions haven't gone that far and i don't thinkjeremy corbyn will either. the billionaire american financier, jeffrey epstein, has been formally charged with the sex trafficking of dozens of underage teenage girls.the former hedge fund manager who once counted donald trump, bill clinton and prince andrew as friends was arrested over the weekend. the claims are said to date from the early 2000s. mr epstein denies the charges. the united states attorney for the southern district of new york, detailed the charges faced by jeffrey epstein. two charges to count indictment. conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and the substantive crime of sex trafficking of underage girls. beginning in at least 2002 and continuing until 2005, epstein is
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alleged to have abused dozens of victims by causing them to engage in set acts with him at his mansion in new york and at his estate in palm beach, florida. the victims, all underage girls at the time of the alleged conduct, were given hundreds of dollars in cash after each encounter, either by epstein or one of epstein‘s employees. the underage girls were initially recruited to provide epstein with massages and often did so nude or partially nude. these massages became increasingly sexual in nature and would typically include one or more sex acts as specified in the indictment. heather mills, the campaigner and former wife of sir paul mccartney, has settled her legal action for phone hacking against the former newspaper news of the world which closed 8 years ago. she received a substantial but undisclosed sum and an apology. our special correspondent
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lucy manning reports congratulations, both of you. the appearance of heather mills in the newspapers increased with her engagement to sir paul mccartney in 2001. she was already a campaigner and charity worker, but the stories in the news of the world obtained by phone hacking ruined, she said, her charity, her reputation, and family life. at the high court today, she got an apology and a significant pay—out from the former publisher of the newspaper. the feeling i have is one of joy and vindication. my motivation to win this decade—long fight stemmed from a desire to obtain justice. not only for my family, my charities and myself, but for the thousands of innocent members of the public who, like me, have suffered similar ignominious criminal treatment, at the hands of one of the world's most powerful media groups. ms mills was around one of 90
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people, including sir eltonjohn, who agreed a pay—out over phone hacking. while the company admitted phone hacking was used at news of the world, they didn't admit it had happened at one of their other newspapers, the sun. a lawyer for news group newspapers, which published the news of the world, said it offered its sincere apologies to heather mills and to her sister for the distress caused by the invasion of privacy, that it shouldn't have happened, and it had no right to intrude into their private lives in this way. with millions of pounds of pay—outs for phone hacking continuing, and other publishers like mirror group newspapers also settling cases, there are calls for reinstating the inquiry into the media, which the government cancelled. i'm sure there's more settlements to come. this is just one of many that we've already had. but what we really need is part two of the leveson inquiry, which was set up to take place after all the criminal investigations had finished, to actually uncover these stories.
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victims of phone hacking included politicians, celebrities, royalty, the murdered schoolgirl milly dowler, and other ordinary people caught up in news events. i am very confident that the newspaper industry has changed its ways and things like this do not happen, certainly not on any significant scale. heather mills won't be the last hacking victim. at least 200 more claims against newspapers are in the pipeline. lucy manning, bbc news. hip fractures cost the nhs nearly two billion pounds a year. but by using artificial intelligence, an oxford hospital has become the first in the uk to identify patients at risk and help prevent fractures from happening in the first place. all ct scans taken of patients over the age of 50 are now fed into a software system, which detects those with spinal fractures and bone weakening conditions. katherine da costa reports.
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sally bromley from oxford is one of the first patients in the country to be identified as having an underlying nosed lecturer in his spine thanks to artificial intelligence. it's the type of fracture that is hard to spot but 110w fracture that is hard to spot but now new software is able to analyse thousands of ct scans and help prevent further breaks. thousands of ct scans and help prevent further breakslj thousands of ct scans and help prevent further breaks. i think i'm very, very lucky, i generally do, to have discovered that i got this condition that is treatable, i suppose. and so i take medication for that on a regular basis. ijust hope i don't have any further falls. as pa rt of hope i don't have any further falls. as part of the project, around 11,000 ct scans are analysed with al softwa re 11,000 ct scans are analysed with al software every three months. 30% are flagged up as having potential spinal fractures. flagged up as having potential spinalfractures. more flagged up as having potential spinal fractures. more than 100 patients have so far been identified and put on medication to reduce their risk. and then over on this one, i don't know, what do you
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think? ais saving time and money. every ct scan taken of patients over 50 across the trust is now analysed for fractures and checked 50 across the trust is now analysed forfractures and checked by specialist nurses. any changes in the normal shape, normal vertebrae should be a nice square shape, if that doesn't fit, if it looks like it should be —— could be squashed or changes to the endplates, that will flag up as an image we need to look at the other. agility factors are a big problem in this country. at the other. agility factors are a big problem in this countrym fractures are costing the nhs £1.9 billion a year is which is more than heart and stroke put together but also the cost of the patient, the patients have pain, they develop kyphosis, that's where you come over like this, that affects the breathing, eating, weight loss, malnutrition. with an ageing population, the number of patients like sally at risk of osteoporosis is set to rise but early diagnosis and medication can halve their chances of suffering a serious
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fracture. katherine da costa, bbc news, in oxford. now it's time for the weather with matt taylor. the one of the rest of this working week is a bit of a feeble tussle between high—pressure and low pressure, neither exerting dominance. that's because we start the week with absence. the jetstream dominant across parts of europe. in the skies of the uk, it takes up this big undulating pattern. changing things around a touch and eventually building in high pressure for the weekend. it does mean we continue to see low pressure and high pressure, certainly over the short—term whited out stop we've seen weather france worked their way in and for tuesday, outbreaks of rain and drizzle. maybe the odd spot as far south of the midlands. we will see the rain come and go through the day, a few heavier bursts across northern ireland in south—west scotland. further south and west you are, the more likely to
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see some sunshine and still quite a bit of warmth. 25 celsius possible here were some parts of mainland scotla nd here were some parts of mainland scotland a bit cooler, 1a or 17 at best. 0utbreaks scotland a bit cooler, 1a or 17 at best. 0utbrea ks of scotland a bit cooler, 1a or 17 at best. outbreaks of rain into the evening across northern england in southern scotland, fading away as we go through tuesday night and into wednesday. another round of weather fronts pushing through the blanket the low pressure system into the north towards 0z. we will see the rain pepper began on wednesday that there is low pressure exerting a bit more influence. a few heavier downpours towards east anglia and the south—east. scotland, northern ireland, more likely to see the rain. slightly more humid weather pushing its way north. more widely into the 20s across some southern areas. low pressure does try to win out as we go through to thursday. again, it's not doing a massive effort in bringing us any substantial rain. someone southern counties stay dry yet again. we will
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