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hello and welcome to one hundred days plus. violence in paris where police clash with protestors during may day demonstrations. one police officer is set on fire and badly burned just six days before france picks it's next president. in a first, japan's largest warship has been deployed to protect a us naval vessel. as tension rises with north korea donald trump says he would consider meeting with kim jung un. the us government will stay open for business — it shouldn't be remarkable but it is. to get there mr trump had to give up on some key campaign promises. and. these are the faces of war. a new exhibition focuses on american soldiers who've fought in iraq and afghanistan. welcome — i'm katty kay in washington — it's may day, christian has the day off — and we hope he is spending more peacefully than the scenes
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in paris today. a french police officer was engulfed in flames and seriously burned — two more were injured in clashes with protestors. this year's may day demonstrations come just six days before the final round of the french presidential election and in a divided nations it is clearly a tense time. the bbc‘s lucy williamson is in paris and i spoke to her a brief time ago. these marches come just six days before the final vote and i expect they are some gauge of the mood in france and it does not look good does it? these may day rallies are an annual event organised by the main unions here. they happen alongside the political rallies and the unions also have taken on something of a politicalflavour today. we saw clashes on the margins on some of the matches, some
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provocateu rs on some of the matches, some p rovocateu i’s we on some of the matches, some provocateurs we believe on the margins on one of those events through some molotov cocktails towards the police injuring several of them and the riot police fired back with tear gas. it is a fairly common occurrence at marches and rallies here in france, particularly when they get out of hand but certainly it does give a flavour perhaps of what's might be in store as we move closer to the election and beyond. how tens are people in france at the moment? if you look back 15 years, the last time this party made it through to the second round, you look at a different situation. back then many more people came out into the streets to protest the far right ‘s inclusion oi’ success protest the far right ‘s inclusion or success in getting through into the second round, more than a million people turned out but the numbers today were much smaller. you are facing a different challenge,
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whoever wins next sunday will face of friends that is in some ways much more divided than 15 years ago. the number of people who backed the national front are larger and they constitute different groups within society, not just one constitute different groups within society, notjust one particular section of it so i think the challenges for whoever wins will be greater, even if the protests themselves are much smaller. well before lucyjoined us she was out on the campaign trail today and here is her report. the second round of french elections has been the graveyard of far right dreams of power. used are facing a united front of all her rivals, marine le pen is now calling on voters to unite against someone else, her liberal opponent, emmanuel macron. at a rally today, she attacked him as a back door socialist, soft on terror, a friend of high finance, and too easily irritated to be head of state.
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her image by contrast has become ever softer, a woman of the people, a mother and protector of what she calls forgotten france. for decades, the front national has influenced french politics from the margins. now marine le pen says the party represents the mainstream on issues like immigration and the eu. but many voters are still fear that she would unravel france's democratic traditions and that fear, as one paper put it, is her political glass ceiling. by the river sienne today, emmanuel macron honoured a moroccan man killed by far right supporters two decades ago. a reminder of the controversial history that dogs the front national. but support for the far right is growing here, and on a visit to france's rural heartland over the weekend, he told us that this election was the last call for france's membership of the eu. you have almost half of this country angry with the european idea. so we have to reform europe.
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we need a new european union in a situation to protect our people and regulate our globalisation. if the day after i decide to follow up and pursue the current functioning of the european union, i will betray my people, don't want to do so, because the day after, we will have a french exit oi’ the front national again. france's main unions held separate rallies today, their members divided over the left—wing choice in this election. to vote macron, to block le pen, or not to vote at all. lucy williamson, bbc news, paris. we will find out in six days' time what the french decide to do with their election. we have passed the 100 day mark of the trump presidency but it's clear he will keep the world and the us very busy — which is why we are extending this programme. in the last couple of hours alone, donald trump has broken global diplomatic norms by saying he would meet with the north korean
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leader kim jong un. that may worry america's allies — japan has just sent its biggest war ship to protect a us navy supply vessel — an historic first for tokyo. the bbc‘s wingfield hayes reports. the izumo is the pride of the japanese navy. the biggest warship the country has built since world war ii. today's departure is hugely symbolic. the izumo will escort and protect this us navy supply ship and will respond with force if it comes under attack. forjapan‘s military this is another big step away from pacifism. just across the sea of japan satellite photos show north korea is preparing for another underground nuclear test. speaking on sunday, us president donald trump again warned pyongyang not to go ahead. i would not be happy if he does a nuclear test, i will not be happy. and i can tell you also, i don't believe that the president of china, who is a very respected man, will be happy.
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if pyongyang is worried, it is not showing it. today it vowed to go ahead with the nuclear test at any time and at any location. this all comes two days after north korea test fired another of its growing family of ballistic missiles. the fifth test this year. meanwhile the uss carl vinson carrier battle group has finally arrived in waters off the korean peninsula. the huge ship and its escorts are a very potent symbol of america's military might. but what are they here to do? president trump is not giving many clues. ijust don't want people to know what my thinking is. so eventually he will have a better delivery system and if that happens, we cannot allow it to happen. for the first time the us president acknowledged the terrible consequences that could result from a military strike against north korea. massive warfare with potentially millions of people being killed. that, as we would say, trumps trade.
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tensions are now higher than at any time since north korea's young dictator kimjong un came to power in 2011. despite the heated rhetoric, neither side wants a conflict. but when tensions are high so are the dangers of miscalculation. that is what people are worried about, mistakes being made with conventional weapons or god forbid, north —— nuclear weapons. and a brief time ago i discussed the north korean threat and us reaction with former state department official nicholas burns. the papers are questioning whether the trump administration has been consistent on the question of north korea, especially the issues if the south koreans will have to pay for
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the defence, how much of a problem is that in dealing with the situation as volatile as this? is that in dealing with the situation as volatile as thi57m is that in dealing with the situation as volatile as this? it is a problem because it goes to the heart of a country's credibility. here the united states has a long—standing... here the united states has a long—standing. .. this move here the united states has a long—standing... this move to deploy the missile system, you have to get your signal straight and how to get your signal straight and how to get your talking point straight. the security adviser has said the united states will cover the cost, president trump also know south korea will pay, it is important that the south korean government who are in crisis, their president has just been impeached, that the public feel there is consistency and there is rigour and dependability on part of the us government, they are not hearing that right now. we also heard the president yesterday calling the leaders of the philippines, thailand and singapore to make sure everyone in the region
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is on the same page, good move on his behalf to make a diplomatic outreach? i think so and because of the big emphasis president trump has played on the us— china relations, some of the 0ceana leaders have felt they didn't have the attention that they didn't have the attention that the united states gave. these countries identify with the united states, our security commitment to them as well as in the region so that was a smart thing for the president today. you can't put your eggsin president today. you can't put your eggs in one basket, japan is the central ally, south korea is important and said to leave vietnam and the philippines. there are mixed m essa 9 es and the philippines. there are mixed messages from china because the president said when it comes to china, the north korea situation trumps trade, we had his commerce secretary say actually not so fast, the trade issue is still important so to what extent is the president going to be tough on china and to what it stands will he give a pass on trade because of north korea?m
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looks as though the president has redefined his relationship which reiner. —— china. he has been saying and in his speech the other day, he said he is his friend and he will help as with north korea. president bill clinton, president george w bush, president 0bama or went to the chinese to sake any help is leveraged north korea, helpless deal with this. so could donald trump do what those three could do?|j with this. so could donald trump do what those three could do? i don't think so. the chinese are frustrated with north korea, they don't want to see these threats, they also fear more a united korean peninsula, the dissolution of the north korean state at some point, a democratic government insult aligned with the united states, china does not want to see that outcome so i think president trump is overselling what china can produce it. i don't think they will use leveraged to the extent he wants them to. as the administration normalised american
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relations with the rest of the world ? at relations with the rest of the world? at their back on track with what the world would recognise? world? at their back on track with what the world would recognise ?|j what the world would recognise?” don't think so. the persistent denigration of nato, the persistent denigration of nato, the persistent denigration of nato, the persistent denigration of undercutting the brexit process which is not in the american interest to see the united kingdom split, i think the mixed signals in east asia as well. what the president has done is he has a relationship with president cc in egypt, the president of china, he can go to president erred again quickly after the questionable election in turkey, he seems to gravitate towards authoritarian men but the basis of american power is on our alliances in europe, asia and there we do not have the constancy we have had with past presidents. nick burns, thank you for coming to the studio. good to have you in washington. and with me now and throughout today's show is ron christie, former advisor to george w bush and now a bbc political analyst. thank you for coming in, sean spicer
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in the press briefing a few moments ago on the issue of if president trump will meet kim jong arm, ago on the issue of if president trump will meet kimjong arm, he said this morning he would and he said this morning he would and he said the key issue here is under the right circumstances and sean spicer said they would need good faith and the conditions are not there right now “— the conditions are not there right now —— president trump will meet kim jong un. president trump said in an interview a couple of hours ago i would meet the north korean leader and now we have sean spicer suing not so fast. fascinating isn't it. good afternoon. the thing i want to see is who is in charge of the white house, the president was duly elected by the citizens but it looks to me as if the president says one thing and then the staff have to immediately say one thing and walk back what the president has said. this is a classic example of this. the president clearly it would upset
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a lot of our allies in europe and around the world by meeting with the tyra nt around the world by meeting with the tyrant in north korea who has done a lot to destabilise the region. this is about north korea who has nuclear weapons and is the biggest foreign policy challenge the president has, is there not a coordinated policy, have they not decided if the president would potentially meet the north korean leader or not? you would think this is at the top of the policy with the national security staff in the white house as well. they are his closest advisers on foreign policy matters to give him council and the notion that the president would go out and meet with the north korean dictator and his staff would walk it back shows to me they have a policy process breakdown. stay with us. five weeks before election day, downing street has been forced to counter a story in a german newspaper that says theresa may and the european commission president had a contentious dinner recently. the newspaper reported there were sharp disagreements last week about how quickly a deal could be reached over the rights of british and eu citizens, as well as how much the uk
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owed the eu. british officials insist it was a "constructive meeting." here's the bbc‘s leila nathoo. no love lost between the prime minister and the european commission's presidentjean claude—juncker last week. a chance to get together in private before the 27 eu states agreed their brexit negotiating position. but behind the door, how did the meeting go? this influential german newspaper has published an account of the dinner from anonymous sources at the european commission. the report paints a picture of a difficult encounter, with the two at odds over britain's eu divorce bill and how the future relationship will play out. jean—claude juncker apparently left, saying he was ten times more sceptical than he was when he arrived. in a statement, downing street said... 0n the election campaign trail, brexit is the backdrop.
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and the liberal democrats wants to play a role. the revelations overnight show theresa may being guilty of astonishing arrogance and complacency, that she feels that somehow the lack of any kind of deal, no free trade deal, no cooperation of police and security, that is somehow acceptable to families up and down this country. never mind how we voted lastjune, that is for every individual, but as a country, we deserve a good deal. labour says theresa may has underestimated the complexity of the talks and her approach is putting the economy at risk. you start at the basis that you want to reach an agreement, and that you have shared interests and values. have a very important trading relationship with europe. if you start on that basis and show respect you are more likely to get a good deal. if you start with a megaphone and calling people silly names, it is not a great start to anything. meanwhile, the snp accused the tories of chaotic
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leadership over brexit. the remaining 27 eu states are uniting to make sure brexit works for them. but theresa may says she still confident she can get the best deal for britain. with all of this going on, you might thing keeping the government up and running was given but here in america it is headline news. the us government will not after all shut down. congress hammered out the deal late sunday night after donald trump decided to give up, at least for now, on some key campaign promises. in the new us budget, there's no money for a mexican border wall or a new force to deport illegal immigrants. but any suggesting the president has back tracked doesn't come across in his new tv ad — touting the achievements of his first 100 days. donald trump, sworn in as president 100 days ago.
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america has rarely seen such success. a respected supreme courtjustice confirmed. companies investing in american jobs again. america becoming more energy independent. regulations that kill american jobs eliminated. the biggest tax cut planned in history. you wouldn't know it from watching the news. america is winning and president trump is making america great again. i'm donald trump, and i approve this message. and still with me here in the studio is republican strategist ron christie. it sounds like a breathless hollywood drama. it does, you would expect this would be three and a half years ago apart from now. what strikes me is he has raid north of $50 million for his re—election. he's not looking on at what is going on in congress, he is ready looking at his next election. it might but if the republican party. we are our strongest since 99 to iraq she put
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forth legislation that the president can sign an show to the american people that having republicans in all of the essence of power that we can get things done. what did president trump have to give up in order to persuade democrats to keep the us government up and running? i have to say after so many years i'm still amazed we get to the brink of the american government shutting down but here we are are still open. to keep things, $2 billion that the president wanted to eliminate from the fta here, democrats were successful in putting that in and second error leave the president lost out on his bid to get rid of planned parenthood. you are talking about $6 million, the democrat said no and the board will funding was not there and the president in order to get more funding will have to say there is a contingency fee to say how will we beat isis before we give
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you the money, he is hamstrung. you listened to the rally he had an pennsylvania where he took on the media and spoke about the fake news, tell me something, went donald trump is inconsistent as you have spoken about, on big policy issues, when he is not smooth, when he rose back on himself, when he backtracks, actually do supporters of his think he is not a regular politician and we like that. they love it. which is why they are prepared to forgive him? they forgive him for everything. they ran a front—page article in usa today saying one large percent of the charm interviewed said he has not flip—flopped, he is keeping his promises by being a conventional politician, we wanted to buy the system politician, we wanted to buy the syste m u p politician, we wanted to buy the system up and he is doing it. stay with us, who needs christian anyway right? in other news, turkish police have broken up may day demonstrations in istanbul. they used tear gas on a group of around 200 anti—government
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protesters who were trying to make their way to taksim square. dozens of demonstrators were arrested for defying a ban on marching. and this was the scene in athens, greece, where thousands of people have taken part in anti—austerity rallies. they've been protesting against further cuts being proposed by the government, as it tries to secure the next instalment of international bailout funds. train and ferry workers are also holding a 24—hour strike, as part of the may day protest. among the foreign policy challenges which donald trump inherited are the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. since the war on terror started 16 years ago — more than 2.5 million american soldiers have been deployed to the two countries. but the politics of war has often gained more attention than those actually doing the fighting. now a new exhibit here in washington is out to change that and jane 0'brien has gone to have a look. in spite of the title, faces of war, some of the most moving images in this exhibition show nobody. these are the empty bedrooms of fallen soldiers,
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their very absence creating a haunting presence. that familiar intimacy is captured more traditionally in the work of stacy pearsall. this is a picture i took of a specialist garcia. i had to catch him chain—smoking. blowing the smoke out, drifting around his head like a halo. an air force combat photographer in iraq, she was seriously wounded twice and awarded the bronze star for bravery. we had this idea of a soldier being impenetrable, being sort of invincible, and what i wanted to remind folks photographically was that there is more to the soldiers than the bullets and the blood, that there is a humanity. you know, what happens in the downtime? what do we do with that suspended time between fighting a war? other images captured soldiers in the midst of battle, the work of louie palu in afghanistan revealed the
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psychological impact of conflict. and there's more of the unexpected. cataloguing is the approach of archivist emily prince, who was inspired by seeing the roll call of dead soldiers on tv. this is a montage of all the american servicemen and women who have been killed in the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. they are tiny, tiny, intimate portraits, arranged on this grid, which implies some sort of order but of course, it was the chaos of war that caused these deaths. but what links all of these images is their tragic timelessness, a continual thread of war and personification of conflict that has gone on for centuries. if you just look at the face, that could be gettysburg. it could be yorktown. it could be at agincourt. there's an element of commonality, even a common mythic reality of war. war is, of course, the most
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celebrated subject in human history and what we are doing is linking through portrait photography, we are linking these men and women back to a tradition of the warrior. and while the focus of this exhibition is squarely on the men and women who fight, it is also a reminder of the bravery of the image makers. most of the artists in this show have risked their lives to get close to their subjects. tim hetherington, who created these pictures, sacrificed his life in 2011, while covering the insurgency in libya. jane 0'brien, bbc news, washington. it sometimes feels like america has beenin it sometimes feels like america has been in warfare ever in iraq and afghanistan. it has been 13 years but what strikes me is how few americans, regular americans know people fighting there, it is like they are a separate part of our
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society. this is the touching aspect of the last story, you hear about americans dying or going to war but you don't see them as human beings, people who are brothers and mothers and fathers and sisters, that sort of reporting really reminds us of what is at stake. why is it? why they so cut off? i think u nfortu nately they so cut off? i think unfortunately the way our society works is that if you go to the military there is a stigma, why aren't you going to go to wall street or be a lawyer, you're going to bea street or be a lawyer, you're going to be a soldier, so people in washington and new york city don't know anyone in the armed forces, my best when a law school served in both countries, you hear about the sacrifice and the courage of ordinary americans and people in our coalition ready to put it on the line. you have been watching 100 days. i'll be back at the same time tomorrow, with christian fraser in london — for now though, from me katty kay in washington, goodbye. it has been a bank holiday which has
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delivered sunshine award for some of us. this was the view earlier today from one of our weather watchers. in northern ireland, it has been the warmest day of the year so far, with temperatures near 19 celsius. it was castlederg in county tyrone that had that temperature. this is where the lion's share of the sunshine has been. for england and wales, there has been more cloud around. heavy showers have affected parts of wales and southern england. they fade away over the next few hours. after midnight, it's looking dry. variable cloud, some clear spells, maybe the odd patch of mist and fog developing. quite cool in the countryside. after a warm day today, it will be close to freezing with an isolated touch of frost around. we start tomorrow with a mixture of cloud and sunshine. the thickest cloud is down the eastern side of the uk. but for cornwall and devon and the channel islands, where you saw some rain today, it is a drier picture tomorrow. wales is looking mainly dry, maybe
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catching a shower later in the day. the showers push into southern and southeast england. north—west england, northern ireland and scotland have a fine day. variable cloud, sunshine, warmest in western scotland. the cloud is keeping some of us down the eastern side cool, especially when you factor in the breeze coming in from the cool north sea as well. that's the story throughout this week. the wind direction is not a warm one. eastern parts of the uk will be cooler compared with the west as we go through this week. wednesday, lots of sunshine for scotland and northern ireland. more cloud for england and wales. maybe a shower for parts of east anglia, with patchy, light rain. you can see the temperature contrast between east and west. that is how we end the week. high pressure is to the north of us.
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there is a prevailing easterly wind across the uk, but the high pressure means that with the exception of a few showers for east anglia and south—east england, there will be a lot of dry weather to come. not good news if you want something for the garden. coolest in the east. it will be warmest across western parts of the uk. hello. this is bbc news with lukwesa burak. the headlines: prime minister theresa may has dismissed an account published in a german newspaper of a difficult dinner last week with the european commission president, jean—claude juncker, as "brussels gossip". police say the burglars who shot dead dorset homeowner guy hedger wore balaclavas, were armed with a shotgun and stole jewellery in a pre—planned raid. three police officers have been injured in clashes with masked demonstrators in the centre of paris. the violence erupted
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during a may day march led by trade unions and anti—racism campaigners. three women are arrested on suspicion of terror offences in raids linked to a police operation in north london on thursday in which a woman was shot and injured. the prime minister has described reports of a supposedly fractious dinner between her and the european commission president, jean—claude juncker, as "brussels gossip". a german newspaper reported that there were sharp disagreements
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