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this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm — the first day of the 620 summit in hamburg has come to a close, with climate change, international trade and terrorism at the top of the agenda. but all eyes were on the first meeting of donald trump and vladmir putin — who spent nearly two and a half hours in official talks. great ormond street hospital says it has applied to the high court for a fresh hearing in the case of terminally ill baby charlie gard after it received new evidence. you don't respect me, because you say the government has appointed me to do a hatchetjob. thejudge in charge of the grenfell tower inquiry is forced to defend himself against angry residents. a man's been arrested in connection with the investigation into the manchester arena bombing. six—year—old bradley lowery, whose plight touched tens of thousands of people, has died after a long illness. food delivery chain deliveroo says it will pay sickness and injury benefits to its 15,000 riders in the uk.
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but the company said it was only possible if the law is changed as its staff are classified as self—employed. britain's heather watson is knocked out of wimbledon by victoria azarenka. this is the scene live on centre court as andy murray takes on italy's fabio fognini. andy murray currently one set up. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the us president donald trump and russia's vladimir putin have met face—to—face for the first time — shaking hands at the start of the g20 summit in germany. it follows months of speculation about their relationship, and allegations of russian
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intervention in the us presidential election last year. the two men met behind closed doors at their official meeting in hamburg. with issues including climate change on the agenda, police are out in force to try to keep protestors away from the summit venue. 0ur deputy political editorjohn pienaar, has been following events in hamburg throughout the day. 0utside outside the summit venue in hamburg, riot police have been engaged in running skirmishes with protesters through the day. inside the summit centre, world leaders have been outwardly cordial but against a background of deep divisions and simmering tensions on issues ranging from climate change to north korea aggression to what is seen by so many leaders as russian provocation. the most keenly watched meeting today was the meeting between vladimir putin and donald trump. among those watching closely was our north america editor, john sopel.
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it's hard to overstate the significance of this meeting, this handshake. two men with nuclear arsenals who could blow the world to pieces. two self—proclaimed tough guys who like to win. but today at their first face—to—face meeting, they were the epitome of restraint and respect. thank you very much, we appreciate it. president putin and i have been discussing various things and i think it's going very well. we've had some very, very good talks. we are going to talk now and that will continue but we look forward to a lot of great, positive things happening for russia, for the united states and for everybody concerned. it's an honour to be with you. thank you. and for his part, vladimir putin said, "i am delighted to be able to meet you personally, mr president, and hope, as you have said, our meeting will yield positive results". but there's a cloud — did vladimir putin's interference in the presidential election deliver victory to donald trump?
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us intelligence agencies have no doubt that russian hacking did take place, and it must have been sanctioned by president putin and was designed to help the trump campaign. the american president, though, insists he won fair and square. and then there are the policy differences. trump accused russia of destabilising ukraine and other countries. putin wants sanctions against russia lifted. trump wants to work with russia in syria to help defeat so—called islamic state, but not while russia is working with the iranians and syrian regime. and then there's the family photo, with president trump in the strange position of not being centre stage. but forget any headline of, "president marginalised", it seemed there was no shortage of leaders wanting to bend his ear. two big topics — one trade, the other, climate change. i was clear to president trump at how disappointed the uk was that the united states have decided to pull out
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of the paris agreement. and also clear that i hoped they would be able to find a way to come back into the paris agreement. is that possible? i think that's important for us globally. i believe it is possible. we're not renegotiating the paris agreement — that stays — but i want to see the united states looking for ways to rejoin. climate change is one of the many issues of concern to the thousands of protesters seeking to disrupt the summit. though forget global warming, some were getting a hamburg police cool down. we're not entirely clear how effective the umbrellas were. but there have been ugly scenes of vandalism and clashes with police. such has been a concern over security that the first lady melania trump was ordered to stay put in her guest house and not venture out. hamburg memorable, then, for who she didn't meet and who he did. no obvious sign of any breakthrough
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in relationship between vladimir putin and donald trump, nor between putin and donald trump, nor between putin and donald trump, nor between putin and leaders of the western democratic nations here. nor any particular thought between donald trump and the leaders here with whom he has so many differences. underlying differences, you can be sure they will remain. of course, all eyes were going to be on this meeting between trump and putin but what else is the g20 hoping to achieve? some important issues on the table? many. they will and have been discussing such things as how to constrain north korean aggression. no clear answer to that beyond pressure being applied to the chinese leader president xi jinping. to use whatever influence he may
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have to try to constrain the leadership of north korea. that effort has been made. concerns and differences over the issue of global trade, some tense scenes between the french president emmanuel macron anti—american president also. what is seen as a protectionist state of mind of the president of united states and a wish for something much more between trading relationships of other countries. theresa may will be calling on donald trump tomorrow to step back from his position on climate change. it divides the leaders here in such numbers. no great hope of a breakthrough. theresa may finally have some other problems, not least maintaining britain's influence on the global stage. some are saying brexit and a disappointing election result, putting it mildly, has undermined the strength of the voice of britain in the world in the future. thank you very much.
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a heavy police presence on the streets of hamburg tonight. let's go live to max hoffman, the bureau chief in the city for the german broadcaster. thank you forjoining us. broadcaster. thank you forjoining us. we can see there is a presence behind you, what has been happening on the streets today in terms of the violence and the protests? protesters gathering here for a new march and that is what we have seen throughout the day. the difference between yesterday and today is that yesterday, you could pinpoint one massive protest march and today, there is nothing authorised so things are happening all over the city. that makes it difficult for the police because it is sort of a cat and mouse game, especially between what is called the black bloc of protest is, so those that are prone to violence and the police
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themselves. we witnessed scenes that we re very themselves. we witnessed scenes that were very violent with protesters throwing stones and rocks and basically everything at the police. some of them have worked for 36 hours and are really on edge. we're hearing of a major street fight going on. a couple of blocks from here, surrounding the monuments of the extreme political left in germany. a big building. there are reckoned to be 100,000 protesters in hamburg but how many of them are really causing trouble? of course, as always, it is just a small fraction of the overall protest is. some of them you might think have legitimate goals against globalisation and capitalism but those that are violent dominate the news because as soon as people get hurt, the police are chasing them and that is something people hear about. people have to pay attention.
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i spoke to one member of the black block and i said what other goal? and he said, we are angry because we have this planned protest march on thursday which was cut off by the police right at the beginning so now, we want revenge. that is what it has come to at this point. how much of the protest is to do with donald trump? given that every g20 a tt ra cts donald trump? given that every g20 attracts demonstration? you are right, the left—wing usually is very fragmented and also in hamburg that isa fragmented and also in hamburg that is a traditional and left—leaning city. donald trump might be the factor that united them all because eve ryo ne factor that united them all because everyone agrees that we don't like donald trump for various reasons. you ask those who don't like his sta nce you ask those who don't like his stance on migration, a various amount of issues but they can all agree on that part, even if sometimes it doesn't really make sense. there are contradictions but
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one thing is for certain, the large majority of these protesters don't like donald trump. thank you. and we'll find out how the g20 summit — and many other stories — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10.a0pm this evening in the papers — our guests joining me tonight are martin bentham — home affairs editor, evening standard and josie cox, business editor the independent. the agonising legal battle over the future of the terminally ill baby charlie gard has taken a new turn. in the past few hours great ormond street hospital applied for a fresh court hearing to assess new evidence about possible treatment for him. the courts had ruled that 11—month—old charlie be allowed to die rather than receive experimental therapy — as his parents desperately want. the hospital's move follows a letter from medical experts asking that the decision not to offer baby charlie the treatment be reviewed. 0ur medical correspondent
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fergus walsh reports. this little boy's life and whether it continues has become the focus of international attention. charlie gard's parents have campaigned to keep him alive. they've been in despair afterfour courtjudgments backed his doctors, who want to switch off his ventilator to end his suffering. you know, he's our own flesh and blood and we don't have a say in his life. we are not bad parents and we are there for him all the time, completely devoted to him. he isn't in pain and suffering and i promise everyone, i would not sit there and watch my son in pain and suffer. i couldn't do it. the reality is, charlie is terminally ill. he cannot move, see, cry, swallow. he also has serious brain damage and doctors say nothing can help him. but his parents refuse to accept that. they've raised £1.3 million for experimental treatment
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in the united states, treatment which doctors at the hospital say is futile. but now seven medical experts from rome, new york, cambridge and barcelona have intervened. in a letter to great ormond street hospital, they accept that the treatment is experimental and ideally should be tested in a mouse model. however, there is insufficient time to perform these studies, so reconsideration of treatment for charlie gard is respectfully advocated, they write. i don't understand it. euthanasia's illegal. suicide's illegal. how is this illegal, when there's a chance? all i want is two to three months. we will know in that time whether this is going to work or not. there is potentialfor him to be a completely normal boy, but we don't know, because you just don't know until you try. it is significant that the letter came from a hospital owned by the vatican. the pope had already offered to transfer charlie to rome, and president trump has tweeted
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he would be delighted to help the family. legally, there is nothing preventing great ormond street from withdrawing life support for charlie gard. that's been the case for the past 11 days, since the european court of human rights, like all the uk courts, rejected the parents' arguments. but interventions by donald trump, the pope, and now a letter claiming new evidence means that doctors here don't feel they can proceed at present. charlie has a rare genetic disorder of the mitochondria, which causes muscle wasting. it is progressive and has devastating consequences. with a serious mutation like this, the prognosis is very poor. the mitochondria supply the energy, really, for every cell in the body, so the heart, brain, they become blind and they have no muscle tone. it's manifested very early and the outcome is death in infancy. great ormond street hospital's position has not changed.
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but it's now asking the high court to assess the new evidence and make the final decision about charlie's future. the headlines on bbc news — the first day of the g20 summit in hamburg has come to a close with climate change, international trade and terrorism at the top of the agenda. but all eyes were on the first meeting of donald trump and vladimir putin. they spent nearly two and a half hours unofficial talks. great ormond street hospital says it has applied to the high court for a fresh hearing in the case of terminally ill baby charlie gard after it received new medical evidence. the bbc has obtained footage of a meeting last night at which the judge leading the inquiry into the grenfell tower fire was heckled by residents. as he attempted to reassure locals that he would look into the matter
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to the "very best of his ability", residents said they still lacked confidence in him and his words of reassurance were "not good enough". our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports. in court thejudge is the boss, but not here. if i can't satisfy you because you have a conception of me as a person, that is up to you. this closed meeting was the second time sir martin moore—bick had met the people at the centre of the tragedy he has been asked to explain and he is still trying to win their confidence. i give you my word that i will look into this matter to the very best of my ability. and i will find the facts as i see them from the evidence. his officials said he faced a personal hostility, more mistrust of the establishment he is perceived to represent. you don't respect me because you say the government have appointed me to do a hatchetjob.
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not a hatchetjob, you are going to do a taylor report like hillsborough, which was very technical and did not deal with the real issues and it took 30 years for people to be arrested. i'm determined to get this right, and for you to say what it should cover. we did, and then it was dismissed by you on television. i think you have misremembered what isaid. i think you have misremembered what i said. i will find the clip. that clip was a television interview last week in which sir martin moore—bick would consider wider social issues as part of the inquiry. i can understand why they would want that, but whether my inquiry is the right way in which to achieve that i'm doubtful. some have demanded more time to respond to the consultation on the inquiry‘s remit and sources say the judge is not minded to change the dates that will end, currently the 14th ofjuly. the prime minister will have the final decision it is hoped by the 20th ofjuly. he is still being criticised amongst
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some as not right for the job. but others are starting to say he should be allowed to get on with it. this community does not speak with a single voice. everybody is at different places, some people feel this way and some feel that way, and time is needed but time is also of the essence. sir martin moore—bick‘s legal pedigree is not in doubt but can this cambridge—educated judge take the community with him? it is a question which has been asked before, after the murder of stephen lawrence in the 90s, the government appointed sir william macpherson as inquiry chair and he published a landmark report on racism despite his establishment background. he turned out to be very good indeed. the crucial thing was, he was not a soft touch and nobody could not undermine his conclusions.
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17 years later, the grenfell tower inquiry is expected to begin hearing evidence in september. police have arrested a man in connection with the manchester arena bombing. the 19—year—old was detained at liverpool'sjohn lennon airport on suspicion of terror offences. he's the 23rd person to be held in the investigation into the attack back in may — which killed 22 people. a property in the fallowfield area of manchester is being searched. 0ur correspondent graham liver sent us this update. the property behind me is currently being searched by police, after a 19—year—old was arrested, we understand, at liverpool airport today. on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act and is in police custody as we speak. this property is just in police custody as we speak. this property isjust 200 in police custody as we speak. this property is just 200 metres away, around the corner from the house
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where the manchester bomber, say lemon assaidi lived. it is believed other people might have known what abedi was up to. they are currently looking through a thousand hours of cctv pictures, it is still very much a live police investigation. a 19—year—old was arrested atjohn lennon airport and two people have been led away by police. police said they were keen to speak to the brother of abedi. the police have confirmed today that the person arrested at liverpool is not the brother of abedi. a six—year—old boy who captured hearts the world over as he endured gruelling treatment for cancer has died. bradley lowery struck up a particularly close friendship with his hero england forward jermain defoe who said bradley will be in my heart
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for the rest of my life. danny savage has more. bradley lowery achieved a great deal in his short life. often at his side in those special moments was sunderland strikerjermain defoe. each described the other as best friends. bradley loved sunderland and the club and especially jermain defoe loved him back. it's been hard. i've just kept this in for so long. the footballer broke down yesterday at his new club bournemouth when asked about the little boy he called brads. from sort of, like, the first moment i met him, i just couldn't believe that he was the young kid that was ill. because he sort of ran over to me. and i think, from that moment, he was just, like, just that instant connection. i was with him a few days ago and it was tough to see him suffer like that. he will always be in my heart. you know, for the rest of my life. because his love's genuine and i can see it in his eyes
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when he looks at me. bradley had neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer that mostly affects young children. please sponsor me. get me better. but it didn't stop him achieving his dreams, like scoring a goal for sunderland, against chelsea's keeper. it was even voted match of the day's goal of the month. because its joint goal of the month, we've put the graphics on it. he gives asmir begovic the eyes. begovic goes that way and bradley goes straight down the middle. and his last birthday party was a big one. ijust see him as my little boy. i'm biased, so i think he's special. but maybe because he's smiley and he's got a fantastic personality. and everyone just kind of took to him. in recent days, as his condition got worse, his mum posted this picture of bradley and his big brother. this afternoon his parents announced he had died. calling him their little superhero. they said, sleep tight, baby boy and fly high with them angels.
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bradley lowery, the little boy whose football club took him to their heart. danny savage, bbc news. you are watching bbc news. a school girl died after a minibus carrying pupils collided with a bin lorry in birmingham. the 14—year—old victim, from john taylor high school in staffordshire, was on a field trip when the bus crashed on the a38. this is the scene of the devastating crash. a 14—year—old schoolgirl on a trip lost her life, 20 other teenagers and three teachers were in the coach with her when it was in a collision with a dustbin lorry. next of kin have been informed and i've got specialist officers deployed with the family to support them at this difficult time. we've been in
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close contact with our colleagues from staffordshire police who are liaising with the headteacher at the john taylor high school and all releva nt john taylor high school and all relevant support is being provided by the school and our colleagues. the village of barton and in need wood was in mourning today, the girl was on a trip and it is understood year nine and 12 pupils were on an art excursion. the school issued a statement read by a police officer. we have spent the day supporting our children and staff. john taylor high school is grateful for the support of educational psychologist services who have assisted us today and will be working with us in forthcoming weeks to provide support. we are appreciative of all the messages of help and condolence we have received. one of the girl was taken to hospital with minor injuries. a number of others were treated at the
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scene. the drivers of the bus and laurie are assisting police with their investigation, neither was injured. birmingham city cancel said the waste lorry was theirs and sent a statement saying: just after apm, police reopened the road and the coach was towed away. police are appealing for witnesses to the accident. an 81—year—old man has been given a 13—year prison sentence for sexually assaulting four girls at the medina mosque in cardiff where he taught them the koran. mohammed sadiq was found guilty of 1a child sex abuse offences — the court heard that the abuse was carried out over a ten year period beginning in 1996 — as sian lloyd reports. hiding his face from the cameras, mohammed sadiq's past has finally caught up with him.
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the children he taught called him uncle as a mark of respect, but he abused his position, sexually assaulting four young girls. it happened inside the medina mosque in cardiff while sadiq was teaching the koran. 0ne victim described how she dreaded going to the mosque, knowing he would single her out. we are protecting her anonymity and her words have been re—voiced. i was very quiet as a child and didn't really talk much because i didn't know what to talk about because of what was happening in my life. itjust kind of took over and i think ijust used to feel down a lot but cover it up. the court heard that sadiq had carried out a gross breach of trust at the mosque. he'd traumatised his victims, touching them sexually under their clothes. other children were disciplined with a wooden or metal stick if they misbehaved. following the sentencing, a statement was issued on behalf of the medina mosque. all mosques in wales now have child protection policies in place, and teachers and volunteers alike are all vetted and
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closely monitored. sadiq's victims told the court they'd found it difficult to talk about the abuse, in part because of their muslim culture and faith. today, thejudge praised their bravery. sentencing the 81—year—old to 13 years, of which half must be served in prison, judge stephen hopkins told mohammad sadiq, you continue to deny your guilt — you have no understanding of the harm and humiliation you've caused. beneath the veneer of respectability, sadiq was described as dark and deviant. he showed his victims no remorse. sian lloyd, bbc news, cardiff crown court. more on the news that president trump has been meeting russia's vladimir putin, for the first time, alongside the g20 summit in germany. the talks, which lasted for two hours, covered subjects including ukraine, syria, cybersecurity and the fight against terror. with me is erica miller
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who is on the board of directors for republicans abroad. welcome, thank you for coming in. how closely watched will this g20 summitand how closely watched will this g20 summit and president trump's performance that it really be monitored? thank you for having us here, representing republicans overseas uk. this is an important summitfor overseas uk. this is an important summit for president trump, his first major event on the world stage where he will be meeting with many of the world leaders for the first time, including vladimir putin today. a very important meeting, watched closely, notjust by americans at home but by everyone across the world. this is probably the most highly anticipated meeting, seriously that is an understatement, between president trump and putin. what will his supporters wanting to speak ceiling from him? so much analysis of the body language and a
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handshake, who got the upper hand? what will i want to see from trump? that he is consistent with his campaign promises. they want to see strength, american leadership, president trump protecting american interests. protection of western culture and values. as he also spoke about in his speech in poland yesterday. he did, iwonder about in his speech in poland yesterday. he did, i wonder how candid either of them will really feel they can be with each other. president putin writing about wanting sanctions to be lifted in a german newspaper, president trump spokein german newspaper, president trump spoke in warsaw about the need for russia to change its stance in the ukraine. how candid with the really be? i think we have seen some great progress today in terms of how candid they are and the relationship and how that will go forward. there has been some extremely positive results already. showing they are already off to a good start in this
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working relationship that will hopefully be a positive relationship, not just hopefully be a positive relationship, notjust for the next four years but hopefully the next eight years. many sources today now announcing the ceasefire, for example, that was called between putin and trump, in syria. extremely positive results from the meeting they had that no one was really expecting. they came out with this positivity that will save lives at the end of the day. a lot of the subjects we are told are discussed, ukraine, syria, cyber security, these are obviously foreign—policy issues and yet, it was all america first from president trump in the united states presidential election. how does he square that if he wants to look after people at home but is having to focus on all this foreign—policy stuff? for instance —— the foreign policy
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focus is important. it was a tribute to president reading with his throne of it is notjust america first at these international summits but it is representing western values and countries that share those similar cultures and values working together on the international front, cultures and values working together on the internationalfront, on cultures and values working together on the international front, on some of these very tricky policy points. thank you very much for coming in. thank you very much for coming in. thank you very much for coming in. thank you so much for having us. while we are talking about the g20's matt, let's have a look at these live pictures from hamburg. this is coming from the city tonight. protests yesterday and we heard from a correspondent that it is not so bad today but there has been some violence and some injuries, as well. 100,000 protesters reckoned to be in the city. the g20's some are often
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a tt ra cts the city. the g20's some are often attracts lots of demonstrations. the majority are completely peaceful, but there are 8000 people who have been identified by the authorities as potentially violent. we are hearing that a german officer fired a warning shot tonight after being attacked by andy g20 protesters. he was attacked by several violent people, the police have said on their twitter account. the officer then fled into a shop and was rescued. we're not sure whether he was injured in any way. he fired a warning shot, anyway. we will keep an eye on those pictures. a fire in the middle—of—the—road. protesters are being kept away, as best as the police can, from that summer and those world leaders. house prices in the uk fell 1% injune — the largest monthly fall since january, according to the halifax. their figures also show annual house price growth increasing at its lowest rate for four years — up 2.6%. the average price of a house or flat is nowjust over £218,000.
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at wimbledon — british number one, johanna konta is through to the last 16 of wimbledon for the first time. konta booked her place in the second week at sw19 with a straight sets win over maria sakkari of greece, 6—4, 6—1. however there was defeat for fellow brits let's cross live to centre court where andy murray is playing fabio fognini in the third round. it is one set all. andy murray took a first set 6—1, then fabio fognini broke in the first game of the second set. it could be a very long match. we are used to seeing some marathon matches including andy murray. andy murray has never lost toa murray. andy murray has never lost to a player ranked as low as the world by 29, like fognini. the
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lowest ranked player he lost two was david nalbandian, in 2005, which was andy murray's debut at wimbledon. we'll have a full sports update at 8.15pm. but in the meantime you can keep up to date via the bbc sport website — and if you are on the move the bbc sport app. but we would hate to lose you. we don't want you to go, we want you to stay with us. particularly to see the weather forecast. it is another day of mixed fortunes on the weather front. that weather front just coming in across the northern half of britain. bits and pieces of rain along its length. as it comes further south, skies will play behind and temperatures will drop away. away from that frontal zone, there may be enough cloud across the south west the old bits and pieces of rain. another very close night in
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the south, 17, 18 celsius. a warm, cloudy start with the odd bit and peace of rain along the line of the weather front. brighter peace of rain along the line of the weatherfront. brighter conditions further north. and another front further north. and another front further north, rather breezy there with temperatures between 14—18. further south, the temperatures still well on into the 20s. saturday night into sunday, another weather front for scotland and northern ireland, the odd shower for the south and highs of 26. you're watching bbc news. the headlines. the first day of the g20 summit in the hamburg has come to a close with international trade, climate change and terrorism top of the agenda. donald trump and vladimir putin spent almost two and a half hours in official talks.
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great ormond street hospital says it has applied to the high court for a fresh hearing in the case of terminally ill baby, charlie gard, after it received terminally —— new evidence. a man has been arrested at liverpool's john lennon evidence. a man has been arrested at liverpool'sjohn lennon airport in connection with the investigation into the manchester arena bombing. as we've been hearing, donald trump and vladimir putin have held a two hour long meeting, their first face—to—face talks, at the g20 summit in germany. president trump says he's "looking forward to a lot of positive things happening" between the us and russia. let's hear what donald trump had to say before the cameras were switched off. president putin and i have been discussing various things. it has been going well. we have had some very, very good talks, and that will continue. we will look forward to a lot of very positive things
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happening for russia, for the united states and for everybody concerned. it is an honour to be with you.|j hope it is an honour to be with you.” hope that you could hear that over the sound of those cameras going off. with me is peter conradi, foreign editor of the sunday times and the author of the book who lost russia... what do you mean by who lost russia? a look at 25 years of russian relations with the west. we thought that russia was our ally, and look where we are, now, basically. how bad has the relationship been between the kremlin and the white house, and why? since the break-up of the soviet union, each us president has come into power determined to improve relations with russia and they have left with relations worse stunned when they started. you saw quite how bad things had got last october when barack 0bama had his last meeting with putin. the two men could barely
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look at each other. there was such a degree of mutual loathing. this is a new start. it certainly looks different. it looks better. there was lots of analysis of how long the meeting went on for, what the handshake and a body language was like. how much are they likely to achieve at the meeting like this? like. how much are they likely to achieve at the meeting like this7m was obviously a short meeting but it was obviously a short meeting but it was longer than we were expecting. this morning they were saying they would meet for 30 minutes and it turned out it was two hours and 16 minutes. these things are measure precisely. allowing for all of the translation. 0ne precisely. allowing for all of the translation. one hour ‘s worth of talks, basically. they appear to have had some discussions about syria. there seems to have been some progress on that. the americans have stressed that president trump talked about interference in the american elections. a very sensitive point for him. if the russians interfered in elections that helped him get
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into power, so he has two finesse that. a slightly odd formulation on that, so they both agreed that there had been interference in the democratic process. they are going to set up a framework to deal with that kind of thing and stop it happening again. slightly surreal conversation if indeed vladimir putin was the guy that did it. how important are russia and the us to each other, these days? they are not equals any more. during the cold war it was a relationship of equals. they both commanded half of the world each, as it were. the power balance has shifted. the russian economy is one the 16th of the size of america's. still a big country, though, and still have a lot of weapons. the russians have the ability to make mischief in a lot of places, be in syria, ukraine. the americans have got to deal with them. rex tillerson has been tweeting about these talks since
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they have finished. he says that russia and america know where they wa nt to russia and america know where they want to get to with syria but they differ in how they are going to get there. how symptomatic or emblematic is that of a range of subjects? both of them want a solution in syria. ukraine, they have a big issue that divides them, it is not clear they wa nt to divides them, it is not clear they want to go in the same direction because, ultimately, america would like ukraine to be part of the west, russia doesn't. they want to keep ukraine permanently destabilised. there is common ground on north korea. neither of them want a nuclear powered north korea. reminders of your book? it is called who lost russia ? reminders of your book? it is called who lost russia? . it's a growing trend here and around the world — working in what's known as the "gig economy"— where people earn money
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as and when they do a job — and don't have fixed hours or benefits like sick pay and holiday entitlements. deliveroo riders want three things — they want flexibility, high wages and security. currently, we can only offer two out of three. the law needs to change to reflect modern working practices. asa as a first step we want to offer our riders sickbay and insurance in case they get injured on the job. and we wa nt to they get injured on the job. and we want to end the trade—offs between security and flexibility. how far could you go? you said today you wa nt to could you go? you said today you want to look at sickness benefit, and injury insurance. what about those other benefits that your riders don't get, like pensions, holiday pay? could you go further? this is the beginning of the debate. we sat down and not me personally, with hundreds of riders and asked them what do you care about most today? and it was sickbay and injury insurance, and that is what we're starting with. but we are
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open—minded about different things. with me is anna mccaffrey a senior counsel with taylor wessing who specialises in uk employment law. thank you for coming in. what should we make of the timing of this offer, conditional offer, by deliveroo, given that we are awaiting the tayler review, which is looking at the hallway that the gig economy has grown this country? it is interesting. it is probably the first intervention from a gig economy player that is showing willingness to offer work to tight benefits and is maybe hoping to influence the results of the review which we expect to come out next week or quite shortly. whether it will not, we'll have to wait and see. it is certainly an offer as to a new way of doing things, that doesn't quite fit into any of the categories we already have and they are saying, why did he stick to self—employment but offer work tight benefits, so kind of compromise
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option. deliveroo is saying it would be happy to offer sickness benefit and injury insurance, but that the law needs to change. is that true? what i think they mean is that, if they were to offer those types of benefits at the moment, which are worker, employee tight benefits, it is likely the individuals would be classed as workers or employers because they would fall into that category. at first they are willing to consider certain benefits which they say comes at a disadvantage with the level of flexibility, and a disadvantage to their riders being self—employed is that they can choose when they want to work and if they move to a worker employee relationship they are more rigid and lose that flexibility. the other side of the coin, the trade union response is that that is not necessarily the case, that you can offer flexible worker contracts and worker benefits and maintain a level
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of flexibility, and you can work within existing law, it needs to be enforced better. how far behind is employment law in coping with this so—called gig economy, where people we re so—called gig economy, where people were potentially for different organisations, different companies, as and when they choose? i'm not sure that it is behind. caselaw is having to catch up in terms of new ways of working. it is quite interesting as to what the review might make of that. whether it is the case that we stick with what we currently have, which works quite well but needs to be enforced more strongly or whether it is time to move on to a fourth category of a gig worker, somebody who is paid by services produced rather than the hours they work and to a new approach which is that you keep self—employed status but legislation allows worker benefits to be given without necessarily having the fall
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bhoona of everything that goes with that. would that have to go through parliament as a new law? probably. 0ne parliament as a new law? probably. one of the things that we think that the tayler review might recommend is that it the tayler review might recommend is thatitis the tayler review might recommend is that it is left to courts and tribunal to decide on individual cases, perhaps they could set out in legislation so that everything is a bit clearer. if they followed that option, then, yes, there might be some legislation that says self—employed people are now entitled to minimum levels of rights and protection but it will not necessarily be self—employed status. thank you very much for coming in. now it's time for newswatch, with samira ahmed.


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