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this is bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: violence and looting on the streets of hamburg as presidents trump and putin meet for the first time at the 620 summit. there was plenty of disagreement between the pair on alleged election interference but progress on syria as a new ceasefire is agreed. a warning over president maduro‘s constitutional changes in venezuela — church leaders say it will turn the country into a military dictatorship. and preparations for a controversial exhibition in switzerland that could include works looted by the nazis. hello and welcome to bbc world news. it was the meeting the world had waited for. butjust hours after donald trump and vladimir putin met face—to—face at the 620 summit in germany,
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the two sides can't quite agree on exactly what was said. the russians claim their denial of any interference in the us election was accepted by mr trump. but that's not how the americans see it. our north america editorjon sopel reports from hamburg. 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 have a talk now and obviously, that will continue. and for his part, vladimir putin said, "i am delighted to be able to meet you personally, mr president, and hope,
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as you have said, our meeting will yield positive results". the meeting went on for nearly two hours longer than scheduled, and they onlyjust made it in time for tonight's concert. they discussed ukraine and continuing western sanctions, and syria, where it set they agreed on much. president trump raised russian interference in the us elections. mr putin denied this — an assurance, the russians say, was accepted by mr trump. the foreign minister sergei lavrov said president trump said he heard clear statements from putin that the allegations of meddling are not true and that russian authorities did not intervene, and he accepted these declarations. aside from translators, the only other person at the meeting was the us secretary of state, rex tillerson. he briefed reporters afterwards, off camera, and said the talks had gone well.
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the two leaders, i would say, connected very quickly. there was a very clear, positive chemistry between the two. there were a lot of things in the past that both of us are unhappy about — we're unhappy, they're unhappy — but i think, and one of the reasons it took a long time, i think, is because once they met and got acquainted with one another fairly quickly, there was so much to talk about. earlier, there was the family photo, with president trump in the strange position of not being centrestage. but forget any headline of "president marginalised" — it seemed there was no shortage of leaders wanting to bend his ear on 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 had decided to pull out of the paris agreement. and also clear that i hoped they would be able to find a way to come back into
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the paris agreement. i think that's important for us globally. is that possible? 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 it. this evening, the 20 world leaders had dinner together. the 620 has almost become a sideshow next to the main event — the first meeting between the leaders of russia and the united states. jon sopel, bbc news, hamburg. well, as we've been hearing, there's been a second night of violent unrest in hamburg with thousands of riot police battling anti—capitalist protesters. almost 200 police officers are reported to have been injured, reinforcements have been drafted in, and cars and lorries set on fire. 0ur berlin correspondent jenny hill reports. a city centre is now a battleground. for 2a hours now, violence, chaos, fury, at donald trump, inequality, at the establishment.
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even the police here admit they do not have the resources to cope with this. not far from where we took these pictures, an officer fired a warning shot at protesters. protesters have been playing a game of cat and mouse with police. clashes like this have been breaking out all over the city all day in an unprecedented 2a hours of violence. hamburg is in lockdown. city stations deserted, everyone a suspect. tonight, the clashes, the riots, the violence continued. angela merkel chose liberal hamburg, the gateway to the world, for this summit. it is a decision she may be regretting. jenny hill, bbc news, hamburg.
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let's stay with the 620 and that agreement on a ceasefire in the south—west of syria. earlier, i spoke to david tafuri, an international lawyer at dentons and former state department official and i asked him if he held out much hope for this deal. well, we have to wait and see. any ceasefire that results in a decline in the violence is a good thing and i think it is possible but in the short term, this will tap down on the violence but in the long—term, the violence but in the long—term, the red flags. each of the previous ceasefi res have the red flags. each of the previous ceasefires have failed, in part i have failed because russia and the assad regime have actually used the ceasefi res assad regime have actually used the ceasefires to consolidate their gains and then engaged in new attacks and new violence. a ceasefire happens in a very public hated area of the battlefield in south—western syria, and there have been a number of different things
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happening in that area, especially along the border with israel, said the us has entered into a new agreement with russia with respect to this area but it is also worth noting that most of this area is actually controlled by us backed rebels and forces for it is a bit curious that we are now inviting russia in the actually police the ceasefire which is actually what the new agreement suggest. the ceasefire also starts in a short amount of time, on sunday at noon local time, and yet for the details still haven't been worked out that these are some dubious and curious facts about the ceasefire, it seems to have been rushed into and it is not at all clear that there are agreements are in place to make it work with the others have not worked. i suppose we are told this has been months in the making but you think this was a desire to have a big announcement at the 620 when, as you say, some details, particular on monitoring and enforcement have not yet worked out? correct. it
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seems that way, that they rushed this the conclusions they would have summoned to announce an something productive to discuss coming out of the historic meeting between tromp and britain today and evidence of thatis, and britain today and evidence of that is, as you said, some of the details of it have not yet been worked out that gives me some concern. it also gives me concern that overall, a larger deal with russia and with assad has not been worked out on the future of syria and really the us and russia should not be engaging in any agreements until they have some common understanding on what is going to happen ultimately in syria and that is going to require assad to step down. it doesn't have to step down right away but he must step down for there to be peace in syria and right now, it doesn't seem that russia is interested in doing that. russia has made no compromise on that and it will require russia putting pressure on the assad regime or protrude to step down. —— or assad.
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let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. at least 15 people are thought to have died on the southern japanese island of kyushu following heavy rains and flooding. rivers burst their banks in several places, sweeping away roads and houses, and destroying schools. thousands of rescuers have been struggling through mud and rain to search for missing and stranded people, with several 100 believed to still be cut off. israel has strongly condemned unesco for passing a resolution brought by the palestinians to declare the old city of hebron a protected world heritage site. the prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, called the vote a delusional decision. the palestinians had alleged that israel was carrying out violations in hebron, where a small community ofjewish settlers lives in the middle of tens of thousands of palestinians. at least two people have died after a fire broke out in el salvador‘s finance ministry. a number of people were trapped for nearly two hours as the blaze spread through the 8—storey building in capital, san salvador.
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—— spread through the 8—storey building in the capital, san salvador. firefighters have now brought it under control. local media reported that the fire may have been caused by an electric fault in the building's air—conditioning system. in venezuela, the roman catholic church has warned that the country will be turned into a military dictatorship if president maduro's plan to rewrite the constitution goes ahead. he has called a vote for the end of the month to elect a new assembly to do thejob. the opposition has called its own vote two weeks earlier, hoping to show it has greater public support. bill hayton reports. a citywide game of cat and mouse. venezuela's motorised security forces are ready to snuff out anti—government protest. in three months of unrest, at least 90 people have been killed. this crisis began when the government—appointed supreme court took away powers from the opposition—controlled national assembly. that decision was reversed but the government wants
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a new constitution to neutralise the assembly. now, the catholic church has joined the criticism. translation: the vote for this constitutional assembly scheduled for the end ofjuly will be imposed by force. its result will be the constitutionalisation of a military, socialist, marxist dictatorship. the opposition has good for a boycott of the constitution vote. instead, it's called its own unofficial vote against the measures next week. translation: the reason for this project is to show the will of the people, that government supporters are not the majority, and to achieve something in the history of our republic — and that is peace through elections. but none of this has dissuaded president maduro. he wants every state—owned business and government office to ensure that every employee votes in the official referendum. translation: look at the payroll!
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if there are 15,000 workers, all 15,000 must vote without any excuses. company by company, ministry by ministry, city hall by city hall, we are all going to vote for the constituent assembly. with the opposition boycotting the vote, the president is likely to get his way. but that is unlikely to be the end of venezuela's crisis. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: crunch time for the british and irish lions — can they claim their first series victory against new zealand since 1971? central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks.
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police say there have been many casualties, and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. 6ermany will be the host the 2006 world cup. they pipped south africa by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated, and celebration parties planned in all the big cities were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom. then he asked her for a cigarette, and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, one child, one teacher, one book, and one pen, can change the world. education is the only solution. this is bbc news.
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the latest headlines: there's been more violence and looting on the streets of hamburg after presidents trump and putin met for the first time at the 620 summit. there was plenty of disagreement between the pair on alleged election interference, but progress on syria with agreement on a new ceasefire. the agonising legal battle over the future of the terminally ill british baby, charlie 6ard, has taken a new turn. the london hospital where charlie is being treated has 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. 0ur medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. this little boy's life, and whether it continues, has become the focus of international attention. charlie 6ard's parents have campaigned to keep him alive. they've been in despair afterfour courtjudgements backed his doctors,
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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 whatsoever. and you know, we're not bad parents, and we are there for him all the time — like, we're completely devoted to him. you know, he's not 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 could help him. but his parents refuse to accept that. they've raised £1.3 million for experimental treatment in the us. treatment which doctors at the hospital say is futile. but now seven medical experts
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from rome, new york, cambridge and barcelona have intervened. in a letter to great 0rmond street hospital, they accept that the treatment: you know, and i dont understand. euthanasia's illegal, suicide's illegal. how is this legal, when there's a chance. all i want is 2—3 months. we will know in that time whether this is gonna 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 he would be delighted to help the family. legally, there is nothing preventing 6reat 0rmond street from withdrawing life support for charlie 6ard — that's been the case for the past 11 days, since the european court
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of human rights, like all the uk courts, rejected the parents' arguments. but interventions by donald trump, the pope, and now this 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, they become — they have no muscle tone, and it manifests very early and the outcome is death in infancy. 6reat 0rmond street hospital's position has not changed. but it's now asking the high court to assess the new evidence and make the final decision about charlie's future. aid workers in france say they're
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increasingly concerned about hundreds of migrants camping near dunkirk as they try to make their way to britain. families, including babies and young children, are living in makeshift shelters in the woods. president macron insists that a formal migrant centre won't reopen in the region. but with more people arriving each day, authorities are under growing pressure to act, as lucy williamson reports. scarlett has lived in france for all of her six weeks of life. she has never been inside a house, never slept in a crib. her only baths are in the nearby river. her parents and two sisters arrived here in the woods near dunkirk four months ago, after travelling overland from iraq. here, they said, you know, have a chance for the new families come here. nothing. this is very difficult for me. i'm just looking at the baby, my children, it's very... my heart is like this.
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because you're doing it for them? yes. despite the lack of any showers, toilets or running water, up to 50 young children are thought to be living here with their families, along with hundreds of single young men. at dawn yesterday, police arrived and stripped the makeshift camp of all its tents and shelters. volunteers say one mother came back to find her few remaining belongings soaked through. the only thing she had left to start a fire was baby clothes. the police come in, completely unannounced, banging on tents and kicking people out. they drive everyone out into the rain and, erm, we've had an exodus of people, walking round the lake, just getting soaked. little kids and babies being carried
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in their parents' arms, just getting drenched. there are more than 300 people living here in these woods with more arriving every day. the local mayor has described the conditions as inhumane and says the area needs a formal migrant camp. but less than a year after the calaisjungle was closed, the french government is adamant it doesn't want another one. france has struggled for decades to deal with the migrants converging here. last 0ctober, it cleared thousands of people from thejungle camp and police said yesterday's action in dunkirk was a routine attempt to prevent new camps springing up. sherwan has already taken his family through six different countries but wants his children to grow up in the uk, because he speaks english, likes the government, and believe that there, they will be given a home. lucy williamson, bbc news, dunkirk. a controversial art collection is soon to go on display at a museum in switzerland. around a 150 drawings, lithographs, and paintings have arrived at the bern museum of fine arts.
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they belonged to a german collector, and there are questions over whether some of the work may have been looted by the nazis. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. opening the door on the past. works of art hidden away for decades which can now be seen for the first time. according to officials, this work was all acquired legally, confiscated from german museums by the nazis. this treasure trove was only covered in 2012, an almost unprecedented find. this exhibition and this whole case is not about art history alone, this is always and forever about history and modern history in the 20th century and post—war history, war history. the owner of these p(aintings had kept them hidden away after inheriting them from his father, but not all the material has been maintained in prime condition.
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we have mould problems, we have to check precisely so that is our first thing. we really have to look closely at the works, and the second part is to do restoration work. adolph hitler was a frustrated artist himself. but his tastes were traditional, to say hte least. much of his work was considered degenerate. some of it was displayed in museums but uge amounts were destroyed, burnt, along with so—called subversive books in giant bonfires. this is just part of a greater collection of some 1500 works of art. researchers are tryingto discover if any of them were looted and if so could they now be returned to the families of the original owners. tim allman, bbc news. at day five of wimbledon the defending champion andy murray
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won a thrilling third—round contest against italy's fabio fognini. murray saved five set points in the fourth set, before eventually winning it to tie—up the match. the world number one has made it to the second week at wimbledon for the tenth year in a row. it's crunch time for the british and irish lions, who face the all blacks in the third and final test in auckland in a few hours' time. if they win, it will be the lions' first series victory against new zealand since 1971. as katie 6ornall reports from auckland, there's a lot at stake. 3, 2, 1 —go! (screams). to win a series in new zealand, you need to be bold, you need to be brave, and you need to step out of your comfort zone. going for a lions victory this weekend? yeah, absolutely, if i can do that, they can win it.
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last week in wellington, the british and irish lions came from behind to level the series. it was the first time new zealand had been beaten at home in eight years. and yet the man at the centre of their triumph told me there was more to come. what is it, do you think, about this group that has led them to defy expectations in this way? belief. people might not see it from the outside, because they don't see what's going on within our camp. but anyone who is involved with us would have thought the same. we always thought we had a great squad which could take us potentially to a series win. their reward for the victory last week was a trip to the south island and a few days off in queenstown, enjoying all it has to offer. the coaches took the same approach on the past two tours, of south africa and australia. both times, they went on to win the third test. eden park is where teams usually come to lose, but the lions' victory in wellington last week has changed the complexion of this third and final test. arguably, it's the all blacks are under more pressure. i have read a lot of stories this
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week, which you would think that the all black have never lost a game and that the sky is falling in. every week there is pressure. i have said this before, we are expected to win every test match, and expected win well. saturday will also be a chance for sam warburton to take care of unfinished business. four years ago in australia, he was injured for the lion's series—clinching win in the third test. i have set my sights on this tour, i have wanted to be able to be in the test team and to play in the last game. it feels like all of those years of sacrifice, all the little things i have done, have all come to this moment, really. new zealand's americas cup victory means there is already a party atmosphere here, but could the lions be about to make history and paint the town red? katie 6ornall, bbc news, auckland. that is the way it is looking. stay with us on bbc world news. good morning.
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we may only be early on in summer, but on friday we saw the seventh occasion already where we saw temperatures beat 30 degrees. that was at london heathrow airport. at the same time it was only 16 celsius in glasgow. a big contrast temperature wise north to south and those contrasts continue this morning. a fresh but sunny start in parts of scotland, northern ireland, northern england. still pretty muggy further south, with temperatures still about 18—19. but more cloud compared to friday in southern counties. sunshine here and there, but the cloud thick enough to produce a few spots of rain, a few passing showers. misty towards the coast of devon, cornwall and wales. further north the well broken cloud to start the day. yes, a bit on a fresh side. what with light winds and sunshine it will soon warm up for much of scotland, northern ireland and northern england. early sunshine, though, in the hebrides — doesn't last too long. the cloud thickens and we have outbreaks of rain developing widely
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through the rest of the day. holding onto plenty of cloud in southern counties compared to what we had on friday. still the chance of the few passing showers. most will be dry and temperatures down on the 30 we saw on friday but still the mid—20s possible and in the sunshine further north feeling warmer than on friday. it does look like largely dry but cloudy at wimbledon for saturday. only the small chance of a shower. sunday, the chance of a shower later and monday staying largely dry. but the next few days it will be a close call and into saturday night the cloud could produce the odd spot of rain. wet conditions in scotland and northern ireland and windy. that works its way southwards into sunday. the weather fronts grinding to a halt in southern scotland and northern ireland and it's here on sunday where we start with temperatures a bit higher than they were on saturday morning, but plenty of cloud around. still a muggy start further south. misty around southern and western coasts. that cloud breaks up and we have sunny spells coming through. a couple of showers later on. the odd rumble of
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thunder with those. southern scotland, northern ireland, cloudy and damp and compared to england and wales it will be cooler. temperatures in the mid—teens at the very best. through sunday night and into monday that weather system gradually pushes eastwards and itjust holds onto a lot of cloud. developing low pressure around it. it does mean monday will be a story of some sunny spells, but just about anywhere could see showers. some of those on the heavy and thundery side and temperatures, high teens, low 20s at best. this is bbc news. the headlines: anti— globalisation protests trying to disrupt the 620 meeting have clashed with police as violence including continues for a second night. nearly 200 officers have been injured, one firing a warning shot and he came under attack. angela merkel has condemned the demonstrations. president trump and britain have
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declared a ceasefire in south—western syria to come into force on sunday. —— president putin. they also discussed the russian interference into the presidential elections in their first face—to—face meeting at the summit in hamburg. venezuelan's roman catholic church has criticised president nicolas maduro's position to have the constitution rewritten and said the plan will turn the country into a military dictatorship. the world's first whisky—powered car has had a successful debutjourney.
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