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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at 11: more leaked memos from britain's former ambassador to washington suggest president trump abandoned the iran nuclear deal to spite barack obama. a man is charged with the murder of kelly mary fauvrelle — the 26—year—old who was eight months pregnant when she was fatally stabbed at home. one game from glory — the cricket world cup final between england and new zealand is underway at lord's. storm barry makes landfall in the american state of louisiana, where there are warnings of life—threatening floods. the subway at a standstill and people stuck in lifts as a power cut hits manhattan for five hours. and coming up in dateline london in half and hour, the panel discuss what awaits
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the uk's next prime minister. good morning and welcome to bbc news. the mail on sunday has published more leaked messages sent by britain's former ambassador to the united states. in one of them, sir kim darroch suggests that president trump pulled out of the iran nuclear deal last year to spite barack obama, describing it as an act of "diplomatic vandalism". the documents were published, despite a warning from police to the media not to print the leaked material. both conservative leadership contenders have defended the rights of the press to publish the document. jeremy hunt described it as a vital part of british democracy. we have to remember
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that the official secrets act is there for a reason, and it is the police‘s job to decide if a criminal act has been committed, but at the same time not forget what is precious about our country, which is that we have one of the most vibrant and free media in the world, and this is a country that has always been known for standing up for democratic values, so we have to make sure that we defend the right ofjournalists to publish leaks when they are in the national interest, and when national security hasn't been compromised. i've been speaking to our political correspondent, helena wilkinson. a week on from when we had at the previous ones where we heard these alleged leaks, the mails from sir kim darroch back to london where he described donald trump as "inept". we've now got these fresh revelations in the mail on sunday and they focus, really, on the iran nuclear deal. and what we have heard
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is that sir kim darroch apparently described, as you mention there, donald trump's determination, last year, to abandon the nuclear deal with iran as an act of "diplomatic vandalism". now, this relates to a trip that borisjohnson took in may of last year. he was with sir kim darroch and the aim of that trip was to try and get donald trump not to abandon the nuclear deal. under that deal, iran had agreed to limit the nuclear activities in return for lifting of economic sanctions. they were not able to successfully persuaded donald trump and sir kim, reportedly, reports back to london that mr trump's administration is set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism to spite his predecessor barack obama. also in these messages, it highlights that there were various splits among us presidential advisers and the white house, apparently, according to these messages,
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did not have a day—to—day strategy in terms of how to deal with the aftermath of this. and these memos published by the mail on sunday despite a warning from the police. and that warning itself has become a pretty hot political issue now. yes. sir kim darroch resigning, many people would have thought that this issue would have died down now and going away. we now have a criminal investigation into what has gone on and who was behind these alleged leaks. but also, as you rightly say, a furious row about whether the paper was right to print these alleged leaked e—mails. you have got, on the one hand, whether something is in the public interest or whether it interests the public. now, the newspaper have very strong they said that what they have published is in the public interest and that they were right to publish it, but we have had the assistant commissioner,
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neil basu, from the metropolitan police warning journalists that they could be in breach and it could be a criminal act, if you like, if they do carry on and publish these alleged leaked documents. david banks is a media law consultant. i asked him if newspapers could conceivably be committing a criminal offence by publishing this sort of material. it is theoretically possible that they could. receiving material that has been disclosed and breached with the official secrets act and then publishing it yourself is an offence. but it would be extremely unusualfor a offence. but it would be extremely unusual for a prosecution to take place any circumstances. in any such case in the past, there has been a pursuit of the leaker by the investigating authorities. but they have not gone after the newspapers are broadcasters, journalists, who are broadcasters, journalists, who are publishing something they regard to be in the public interest. and it
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could be a criminal offence, why? because it breaches the official secrets act? is that the criteria? yes, the material leaked is in breach of the official secrets act and effort it has done damage and f then publication does damage, then you have committed an offence under the official secrets act. that is the official secrets act. that is the key question. the crown prosecution service, if they have got as far as police sending a file to them for the prosecution of a journalist or newspaper, they would have to decide, is it in the public interest to prosecute this newspaper? that would be a very tough question for them. to decide for the first time, as far as i can recall, for the first time to use this law to prosecute a newspaper in this law to prosecute a newspaper in this way. it would be extraordinary. what is covered by the official secrets act? these are memos with opinions about the white house, opinions about the white house, opinions about the white house, opinions about donald trump. are these actually state secrets? when
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we think of state secrets, we think of its of defence. the technology surrounding a submarine or something like that. but is there is covered by the official secrets act? diplomatic medications can be covered by the official secrets act, but are covering a wide—ranging material. from things about the defence of the realm and threats to the nation, to an ambassador's view of the political leader of the country that he or she happens to be in. so there is a wide—ranging material and this is why it comes down to, is the disclosure actually damaging? as opposed to just embarrassing to the government of the day and damaging and embarrassing are two different things. with this warning from scotla nd things. with this warning from scotland yard, that a newspaper would be in breach of the law, do you think they overstepped the mark? there was a big political reaction. i think they have, i've never seen a warning like this issue by the
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police or any other investigative authority in circumstances like this. the strange nature of it up is indicated by the reaction there has been across—the—board from newspapers, who are usually pretty cut—throat competitors. if you look at them today, there are also state m e nts at them today, there are also statements bipedal leaders, i think the met called it wrong on this issue. donald trump abandoned the iran nuclear deal to spite barack obama, a man has been charged with the murder of a heavily pregnant woman and the manslaughter of her baby in south london. 26—year—old kelly mary fauvrelle was stabbed to death at her home in croydon last month. her son riley was delivered by paramedics but died days later in hospital. the chancellor philip hammond has said the uk will not be able to control key elements of a no—dealeal brexit, should we leave the eu without a deal. he was speaking to the bbc panorama programme. with just days left before he's expected to leave the treasury, the chancellor has said the eu will control most of the process if the uk leaves
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without a deal later this year. private business is an important player in this, and the eu 27 controlled many of the levers. for example, we can make sure that goods flow in a way is through the port of dover without any friction. but we cannot control the outward flow into the port of calais. the french can dial that up or down just the same as the spanish for years have dialled our poor down the length of the queues at the border going into gibraltar. we cannot control what no—deal brexit would be like? gibraltar. we cannot control what no-deal brexit would be like? we cannot, because many of the levers are held by others. the eu 27 or private businesses. we can seek to persuade them, but we cannot control it. philip hammond speaking to the bbc‘s panorama programme. youc an watch the full programme, britain's brexit crisis on bbc1 this coming thursday, july 18, at 9pm.
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millions of people are braced for potentially life—threatening flooding after tropical storm barry made landfall in the us state of louisiana. more than 100,000 households are already without power, and flooding is expected to be most severe in areas southwest of new orleans. our correspondent sophie long reports. coastal towns were battered by winds of up to 70 miles an hour. there was flooding in low—lying areas and whole communities were left without power. now, the storm is moving slowly north through the state of louisiana. barry may have been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm almost as soon as it made landfall but people here are still concerned. this is one reason why. the mississippi river has been swollen to flood levels for many months and now forecasters are predicting further downpours in the next 48 hours.
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—— 24—hour is. the storm will weaken but there is so much water. where we have some of these rain bands feeding the tropical system is set, they have the potential to produce a foot or more of rainfall, and that is what we are watching. people here initially heeded warnings to shelter in their homes, but as they started to return to the streets, the city's may ward they were not out of the woods yet. the storm surge rest on our mississippi river has passed, but the primary risk continues to remain, heavy rains for the city of new orleans. the levy system that protects the city from major flooding has so far stood up to the storm's force. but there is concern that heavy rain could still overwhelm the city's antiquated drainage system. and flashlight warnings have now been extended to this evening.
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it is bastille day, a big parade there as usual to market. 4000 members of the armed forces taking pa rt members of the armed forces taking part in today's parade. joining president emmanuel macron is the german chancellor angler merkel and dignitaries from many other countries are all watching the annual parade on the sean's lycee, which mostly 1789 storming of the bastille fortress. —— angela merkel. and across france, not only in paris, there will be parades, street parties, firework displays. french national anthem.
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there we are, bastille day in paris. also marking right around france today. —— also being marked. schools and hospitals in england and wales could be held accountable if they fail to spot signs of violent crime among young people. that's according to plans due to be announced by the government this week. public bodies would have a legal duty to work together to report concerns about children at risk. here's our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani. a community programme putting football at the heart of saving lives. the london—wide premier league kicks initiative has worked with hundreds of young people at risk of falling into a life of crime. now, the home secretary sajid javid wants to go ahead with a new public health duty on public health bodies that will put them all at the centre of spotting serious violence that has blighted cities across the country. the proposed duty will cover police,
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councils, health bodies, schools and colleges. it will compel them to share intelligence of youths at risk of serious violence. ministers hope the legal duty will mean professionals, such as mentors, can intervene earlier to turn around more young lives before it's too late. but it is not without controversy. when the idea was first floated in april, teachers and nurses responded with both dismay and scepticism. they warned that the threat of legal sanctions against them for not spotting the warning signs would lead to them overwhelming the system with alerts out of an abundance of caution. the final proposals, to be unveiled this week, have been amended so that institutions such as schools, rather than individual professionals, will be monitored for how well they are doing in identifying vulnerable young people. that change has been welcomed, but the plan will still need parliamentary time to become a reality and critics say it needs to be backed by a massive investment in youth workers and other experts who have been cut
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over the last decade. dominic casciani, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: more leaked memos from britain's former ambassador to washington suggest donald trump abandoned the iran nuclear deal in order to spite barack obama. police charge a man with the murder of kelly mary fauvrelle — the 26—year—old who was eight months pregnant when she was fatally stabbed at home. storm barry makes landfall in the american state of louisiana, where there are warnings of life—threatening floods. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's damien. good morning. new zealand won the toss and chose to bat in the cricket world cup final at lord's. neither side has ever lifted the trophy.
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play started at 10.45, and mike bushell is live at lord's for us. it has been a dramatic first six overs. new zealand surviving, and looking now is of the asset again for a big opening partnership, martin gabrielle and henry nichols. both have survived scares, it looks as it may be caught behind, england decided early on they did not use a review, but... is a lively crowd here. people desperate for tickets. locals look to have gone lbw but new zealand used an appeal and were successful. they got an appeal yet left. new zealand has the rub of the wicket, the latest eyesore inside was 21 without loss after six overs. eglin has totally have lots ofjoy, economical bowling early, although there has been a massive six that just went over their head. also a
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close shave, a couple of fielders missing a catch when it has gone all the way to the boundary. so far new zealand's match, but still very much early days. well, a huge day of sport continues this afternoon, because later it's the men's final at wimbledon. after beating rafa nadal on friday, roger federer is going for a ninth wimbledon title against novak djokovic, a man who's beaten him at this stage twice before. federer is back from his victory over rafael nadal. earlier we spoke to andrew castle. noa no a tough semifinal but it went to four sets, and roger has not played that much tennis. i'd not see his name on the practice sheets. perhaps he was just working on his name on the practice sheets. perhaps he wasjust working on his body name on the practice sheets. perhaps he was just working on his body and staying as limber as possible. i had of what is considered by many to be the greater challenge in tennis which is seeing novakjogger based on the other end and thinking that you can nicely beat him. —— novak djokovic. he can defend at the wing
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so djokovic. he can defend at the wing so beautifully, the backhand side, roger will find it difficult to attack. he has not beaten novak djokovic in four and a half years, so djokovic in four and a half years, so there's is a beautiful match in prospect. i would love to see it go the distance. roger is the greatest defensive player of all—time, no question. on a grass court, the best of all time, although djokovic may have a say in that. roger will have to elevate. he will have to play even better. but you know what, he has been out they are so many times, so has been out they are so many times, so has his opponent, they willjust throw everything at each other, so with a bit of luck it will be able final to watch. i do expect novak djokovic to win. valtteri bottas will start ahead of mercedes team—mate lewis hamilton at this afternoon's british grand prix. the finn beat the world champion by the tiniest of margins in qualifying yesterday. ferrari's charles leclerc will start in third. we can cross live now to silverstone and join our reporter azi farni. azi, hamilton is looking
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to make history today? absolutely, when five world titles, lewis hamilton is already written's most decorated formula 1 driver. now he is looking to become the most successful here at the british grand prix. he has got five wins here already, tied with the late great jim clark and france's alain prost. —— says alan frost. he could take that record. he had a chance to do it last year, formula 1 fans may remember he started on pole but was taken out early by kimi raikkonen. had to claw his way back from last, eventually finishing second to sebastian vettel. this is a second match point, he will be hoping that it isa match point, he will be hoping that it is a bit less eventful than last year. than last year. hamilton actually finished in a sa de second to valtteri bottas on friday, but that does not tell the
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story because he actually struggled and made errors on friday. he said that he needed to dig deep overnight either look like they did because he came out all guns blazing and qualifying. he said two new track records over the three qualifying sessions. finished in the end behind his team—mate valtteri bottas by just six thousandths of a second. as we see, it is so close between the mercedes, but watch out for the ferraris as well because they had been unexpectedly close all weekend. especially charles leclerc, he has been seven hundredths of a second off the pace starting on the grid, his his debate sebastian vettel had issues on qualifying, he will start in six, but i had of him are the available is of max verstappen and his team—mate, unexpectedly strong here this weekend, giving up to be a very close race, i did last 20 minutes we had a little burst of raini minutes we had a little burst of rain i don't know if you can see,
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these ominous —looking grey clouds which have been hanging over the circuit all day. if there are any spots of rain, that could make things interesting later. the race gets under way at 2:10 p m. england are on court on day three of the netball world cup in liverpool. the roses are already through to the second preliminary round after yesterday's win over scotland, and will secure top spot in their group if they beat samoa this morning. england are currently winning 22—7. we've already had two games this morning. four—time world champions new zealand beat singapore, 89 points to 21, with the silver ferns recording their largest margin of victory so far in the competition. they have won three out of three and advance to preliminaries. in the other games, malawi beat barbados. cricket, new zealand 21 —— 29—1. that's all the sport for now.
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you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's pro—democracy campaigners in hong kong have been gathering again, as they try to keep up the momentum of recent mass protests. thousansd of people marched today. protests started last month over a controversial plans that would see china able to extradite prisoners from the chinese islands. those plans were shelved but protests have continued in scenes now becoming commonplace in hong kong. passions are running very high here in hong kong, as you can probably hear. this march could very easily transform yet again into the type of running street battles we have been seeing of late, to give you an idea of one of the reasons why people at this corner are so animated, if i swing around, here are the police
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watching them. they are not in very big numbers yet, but deeply sad already carried shields and batons, they have their helmets. so they at least think it could again develop into this type of street battle type pattern that we have seen. it was a movement against this extradition bailed, very unpopular bill, but now these people want so much more. they wa nt these people want so much more. they want their freedom is defended, these people want so much more. they want theirfreedom is defended, and they want universal suffrage. that is not something that is going to easily come, and so it is hard to see where this is going to go from here, but yet again we have a large crowd turning up, people walking past us for at least another hour. this is just weekend, past us for at least another hour. this isjust weekend, week past us for at least another hour. this is just weekend, week out, rolling protest. it has become the new norm. the other 30s have to find a way deal with it. immigration officials
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in the united states are planning nationwide raids today as part of a crackdown on families who have entered the country illegally. president trump made immigration reform the centrepiece of his campaign for office, yet the number of people crossing the mexican border has reached record levels in recent months. the democrats have condemned the raids as ‘cruel‘. power has been restored to all of new york city after a cut lasting several hours. the difficulties started with a fire in an electrical transformer in manhattan — the most densely populated of the city's five boroughs. street lights and traffic lights were put out of action, and the subway system was affected. tim allman reports. life is certainly never dull in new york city. the upper west side of manhattan, members of the public having to direct cars because the traffic lights weren't working. and this was the new york subway, much of it cast into darkness. the trains providing
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the only illumination. these photographs were taken by one manhattan resident who told the bbc what it was like when the lights went out. it is a very eerie because half of the city is essentially black and the other half to the south was essentially fine. it was a strange place to be from my vantage point. one part of town that was affected was broadway with many shows having to be cancelled. jennifer lopez tweeted: "devastated and heartbroken that i can't perform for all of you tonight. we will make this up to you, i promise". irony of ironies, all this happened 42 years to the day after the famous new york blackout of 1977. that was on a much larger scale and lasted nearly two days. but a reminder of how things can go — very wrong indeed. this could have been much worse. when you're talking about a city like new york with a significant
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piece of the city suffering a blackout, that could be a very chaotic situation. we saw the exact opposite. some traffic problems continued into the night, as work went on to restore power to all new yorkers. times square was unaffected, still lit up like a christmas tree. new york is always defiant. tim allman, bbc news. eastern parts of england woke up to shari arena this morning, that is heading its way southwards quite quickly. under high pressure for many, it will actually be a dry sunday. we have already had some sunshine in western areas, but i crossed the london area we have the early rain at the cricket, but it is improving with that band of showers
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in southern areas. we have sunny skies coming through. certainly more i restarted the day, probably the best will continue to be further west. highest temperatures here, there is quite a keen breeze coming onshore across east anglia and the south—east of england, just the feel of the day, leiter went elsewhere, could just target the shower in the hills, temperatures up our yesterday for scotland on northern ireland, but a bit cooler near the north seacoast. fine weather lasting into monday and for most tuesday. more leaked memos from the uk's former ambassador to washington suggest president trump abandoned the iran nuclear deal in order to spite barack obama. a man is charged with the murder of kelly mary fauvrelle — the 26—year—old who was 8 months pregnant when she was
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fatally stabbed at home. the chancellor philip hammond warns that the uk will not be able to control key elements of a no—deal brexit. storm barry makes landfall in the us state of louisiana, where there are warnings of life—threatening floods. now it's time for dateline london. hello, welcome to dateline london. i'm carrie gracie. this week: a thought experiment. we're going to examine the urgent in—tray of the incoming british prime minister. when borisjohnson and jeremy hunt threw their hats in the ring,
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they knew that in—tray would be bursting with inexorable brexit challenges. but now there's so much more. escalating problems with iran and with china, and out of a relationship which is the very cornerstone of british foreign policy, a spectacularly undiplomatic row with the united states. my guests today: agnes poirier of french news weekly marianne, american writer, jef mcallister, ned temko of the christian science monitor and veteran german correspondent and author thomas kielinger. welcome to you all and welcome to your red boxes. the race is nearly over. and in less than a fortnight, the uk will have a new prime minister. so i want you all to imagine that you are that chosen one. and, whetherjeremy hunt or borisjohnson, you have smiled for the camera — cameras, plural, on the steps of downing street and you are now sitting down to open that inbox. you've promised to deliver brexit but you face a new and unknown leadership team in brussels and mutiny threats


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