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i'm rico hizon in singapore, the headlines. russia demands the us returns to diplomatic compounds, as talks to try and normalise relations hit trouble. two weeks after the listed missile tests, north korea says it is time for military talks withjohn yang —— south korea. —— pyongyang. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme. australia vows to make tech giants like apple and facebook hand over encrypted messages to help it fight crime and terrorism. and why making a film about women led to a six—month battle with the censors. we talk to the team behind the controversial movie, lipstick under my burkha. it's 8am in singapore,
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1am in london and eight in the evening in washington, where senior russian and american officials have been holding talks which are seen as a test of president trump's election promise to improve relations with moscow. russia is demanding that the us unconditionally hand back two diplomatic compounds seized by the obama administration last year. 35 russian diplomats were also expelled over suspicions of meddling in the us election. at the time, moscow declined to retaliate. russia's foreign minister, sergei lavrov, says washington's behaviour is unacceptable. translation: it is daylight robbery. they're acting like bandits on the road, taking away property which belongs to us
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according to a bilateral, intergovernmental, ratified document. and, in order to get it back, they act according a principle — what's mine is mine, what's yours, we will share. decent people do not behave this way. the bbc‘s suzanne kianpour has been following the story in washington. this is significant because one of president trump's campaign promises last year was indeed better relations with russia and now that is hanging in the balance. now russia has made it clear for a very long time that this was at the top of the agenda. but they gave president trump about six months, he has been in office for about six months now, so was is inevitable for this to come to a head. trump and putin had a very good meeting at the 620. however, the political climate in washington is quite toxic right now. president trump has very narrow line to tread. indeed it is toxic because with these demands by the russians, you also have the enquiries into allegations of
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russian meddling into the presidential elections and possible collusion with the trump campaign. that is exactly right. this could not have come at a worse time for president trump. his presidency is indeed mired in multiple investigations and every day there seems like there is a new report that could be seen as damaging for the administration. the latest being a meeting between one of his sons and a russian lawyer. what is important to remember is what his supporters want and what the base thinks. last week i was in nebraska speaking to the people that elected him to office. they can't be bothered about all of this russian fever that is going on in washington and they all say, well, wouldn't it better relations with russia be a good thing? they want to see if trump is going to fulfil his campaign promise, however anything that might
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be seen as a concession to putin would be controversial. politically, he is in a bit of a dilemma. american and russian officials did meet today, for about 2.5 hours. the meetings have wrapped up and we will see how the story develops. north korea has yet to respond to military talks proposed by the south to de—escalate tension in the region. missile tests carried out by north korea have heightened hostilities. if they went ahead with the talks, it would be the first high—level meeting since 2015. this is what the deputy defence minister had to say. we are aiming to end all hostile activities which are occurring along the main border. it would take place on the 21st of july, in the north. also this hour, the white house as an announcement will be made very soon on a nuclear
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agreement regarding iran. the us state department has notified us congress whether tehran is in agreement. the uae says it has nothing to do with a hacking attack ona nothing to do with a hacking attack on a qatar news website which helped to trigger qatar boycotts by neighbouring states. they had suggested the uae instigated the operation. in the woman has been shot dead by us police officer responding to a callout. she reported a noise near her. 0fficials say the body cameras were not turned on. “— say the body cameras were not turned on. —— near her home. the greens president grubb philippines president rodrigo duterte is facing
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issues as islamic state still hold control in parts of the country. a number of civilian casualties in afghanistan have resulted in the highest number in one year. they have reported that more than 600 people were killed. casualties of women were up people were killed. casualties of women were up by nearly one quarter. saudi arabia is investigating the woman who posted this video of herself wearing a miniskirt and crop—top in public, defying the country's strict dress code. it's sparked a heated debate with some saying she should be arrested for not wearing a full length robe and headscarf, others praising her bravery. pakistan's supreme court has begun considering corruption allegations against the country's prime minister, nawaz sharif.
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it comes after investigators said his family had failed to account for the source of its wealth. the probe began after the leaked panama papers linked his children to offshore companies used to buy london flats. secunder kermani has more. this case dates back to last yea r‘s panama paper lea ks. the prime minister nawaz sharif wasn't himself named in any of the documents but a number of his children were linked to offshore companies that own four luxury central london flats. the political opposition here claim that money earned through corruption was used to buy those properties. last week, a team of investigators examining these allegations submitted a damning report stating that the prime minister and his family had accumulated more than their declared sources of income could account for. today, the supreme court began considering the report. legal representatives of the prime minister said they rejected its findings. his supporters claim that pakistan's powerful military establishment is try to force him from power although the military emphatically deny that.
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opponents of the prime minister say he should step down immediately saying he has lost the moral authority to continue as leader of the country. nawaz sharif is under real political pressure at the moment and the country is waiting to hear what the supreme court will eventually decide to recommend based on this investigation. that decision could take weeks. australia wants to force major tech companies to decode and hand over encrypted messages in its fight against extremism and organised crime. australia's attorney general will meet with apple executives this week to discuss the plan. but technology experts see problems ahead. earlier i spoke with our correspondent, phil mercer, in sydney — he told me what proposals were on the table. australian authorities say that in their investigations into serious crime, about 65% of cases, including terrorism and organised crime, as well as paedophile rings, can involve some kind of encryption. what the government wants to do
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is bring in new laws to force big tech companies such as apple, google and facebook, to handover encrypted messages by giving the government a so—called back door into their messaging apps. a backdoor is code inserted into the application that would allow law enforcement agencies to be able to unscramble those messages. the head of apple has previously said that it wouldn't be co—operating with governments if these sorts of arrangements compromised the security of the company's products. one would imagine the meeting between george brandis, australia's attorney general, and apple this week, could be quite a feisty affair. what springs to mind is the case between the fbi and apple after the san bernardino shooting where they wanted apple to give them access to unlock an iphone in 2015. they stood firm there.
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what are the concerns from a lot of the other tech companies about how the government might get involved into what they are ultimately doing which is a product and selling it to consumers? i think what we have here is a potential arm—wrestle between governments such as australia and those big tech companies. george brandis, australia's chief law officer, has said ahead of his meeting with apple this week that he is hoping for some sort of voluntary co—operation with the tech companies, but mr brandis did warn that if that voluntary co—operation wasn't forthcoming, australia would look to get those coercive powers to try to force those companies to hand over that sort of information. tech experts we have been speaking to here in australia do see problems ahead. they say that if one messaging app is effectively shut down for criminals, they will simply look for other methods to communicate in secret with each other. and just again, to do with this, we have heard a lot still to come on the programme:
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and the children came too —— the duke and duchess of cambridge take the whole family on their official visit to poland. and we'll hear from the cast and crew of the film, lipstick under my burkha, which has finally been passed by the indian film censors. the flamboyant italian fashion designer gianni versace has been shot dead in florida. the multi—millionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the "great white way" by americans, but tonight it is completely blacked out. it is a timely reminder
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to all americans of the problems that the energy crisis has brought to them. 200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison — the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy. today, hundreds of thousands throng the champs—elysees for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on a huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much they could barely stand. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories. senior russian and us officials have been locked in talks over whether to
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hand back to diplomatic compounds seized by the obama administration. two weeks after north korea tested a ballistic missile, seoul has proposed military talks with pyongyang. and a taiwanese woman has been granted a divorce after her husband ignored her text messages. it showed that he had opened the m essa 9 es it showed that he had opened the messages but had not replied to any of them. ajudge ruled in her favour. the story is popular online. let's have a look at the front pages from around the world, starting with the new york times, which is running a story about the blockade imposed on qatar by its arab neighbours. the paper gives examples of how much qatar has developed in the past decade, and claims that its foreign
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policy and transformation into a freewheeling hub are the reasons why its neighbours are upset. the paper says the blockade is not working. the straits times has a story about north and south korea. next to roger federer‘s historic eighth wimbledon win, it says that south korea proposed military talks with north korea. the paper points out that this is the first formal overture to pyongyang by president moon jae—in‘s government, to discuss ways to avoid hostile acts near the heavily militarised border. finally, we have financial times, which is point to the social media flurry over brexit talks. this photo to be precise. it says that users on the internet pointed out the apparent lack of briefing papers in front of brexit secretary david davis. it quotes british diplomats as saying that mr davis's documents were still in his bag at the time the photo was taken. these are the major headlines from
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key publications around the world. now, what stories are sparking discussions on—line? well, rico, a man in his 50s, has been dressing as a woman for 20 years. the story has been seen more than four million time on the social network weibo alone. the video shows the man wearing a traditional cheongsam dress while he tends to his mother. he says he began dressing as a woman when his mother began to suffer mental illness following the death of her daughter. more on that on let's return now to potential talks between north and south korea. the government in seoul says they could be held at tongilgak, in the demilitarised zone between the two countries, where previous talks have been held. just a few kilometres from there is dorasan, a disused train station, once a beacon of hope and a symbol of the sunshine policy, now a dead end. the bbc‘s steven evans took the train there and back from seoul. this is the train to the dmz from seoul, one of the most bizarre
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train journeys in the world. it goes up from the north korean capital to the border with north korea. this bridge is a new bridge. the old one was destroyed in the korean war. it is a politicaljourney. it is designed to make the point that the train goes, and can go no further. so i've just arrived at dorasan station, and you look around and it seems completely normal, like loads of stations. actually, though, look a bit closer and it is very abnormal. you get in that it with this sign. it is a propaganda station. pyongyang that way, seoul back that way. this is the most militarised part
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of the whole planet. as you come in here, you see mined areas walled off on either side of the tracks. until 2008, freight trains would go down that track to north korea. it is two kilometres to the actual border, just over a mile. this place was built as a real station, and look at it — magnificent waiting room and booking hall. the booking desk is still there, turnstiles. "to pyongyang." a sign from a different time. the sunshine policy, north and south korea wanted communication. and then what happened? north korea let off a nuclear device in that first nuclear test. that was the end of
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the sunshine policy. but there is a new government now. president moon, the new president, wants more communication. he hopes this station will again bustle, like it never quite did. it is three years malaysia airlines flight it is three years malaysia airlines flight mh17 was brought down by a russian missile fired from ukrainian territory. a memorialforest has now been dedicated to the victims via amsterdam's airport. that was where the plane had departed, bound for kuala lumpur. the ceremony was dominated by the recital of the names, 298, read out by some of the people who have been left behind. salim fredericks, who lost her son bryce, 23 years old, told me it was so important for them not to forget, but that remembering brings all those memories flooding back. and you can can hear, as the
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names were read out, some of the voice is faltering and braking. those wounds are still very raw for so those wounds are still very raw for so many of the people here today. this site is in factjust a few minutes' drive from the airport where so many relatives said what would be theirfinal where so many relatives said what would be their final goodbyes. earlier, the dutch king and queen led sunflowers at the heart of this memorialforest, where led sunflowers at the heart of this memorial forest, where they have erected a monument in the shape of an eye, with all of the victims' names in the iris, facing up to the sky, and it is designed to offer a permanent place where those families can come and pay their respects. and it is supposed to symbolise briefings. life, growth and hope. so many of the people here today are still hoping that one day those responsible for shooting down flight mh17 will be brought to face justice here in the netherlands. the duke and duchess of cambridge have arrived in warsaw for the first part of an official visit to poland and germany.
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three—year—old george and two—year—old charlotte joined their parents for the trip. from warsaw, our royal correspondent peter hunt reports. at three, he is far too young to know if he is a reluctant royal, but prince george definitely wasn't keen to embrace warsaw without his father's helping hand. 0ne future king did persuade another one to follow in his footsteps. 0n the tarmac, george struck a nonchalant pose, and practised the odd ballet move. a fidgeting prince, with a lifetime under an intense spotlight ahead of him. princess charlotte faces a similarfuture, a reality, aged two, she can remain blissfully unaware of for now. does anyone speak english? the language divide isn't the only challenge. here, a country that relatively recently embraced the eu
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is welcoming royals from one on the way out of the institution. it's the union jack. it's called the unionjack. unionjack. the nitty—gritty of brexit won't feature here. rather, william and kate are in warsaw to remind people of the depth of past links, and the potential for future ones, between the uk and poland. warsaw's past on display on a memorial wall to those murdered when, during the second world war, the poles tried and failed to end german occupation. so you wore this all the time during the uprising? yes. marjenna schejbal, aged 20, joined the warsaw uprising. now 92, she said they had to fight for independence. we couldn't stand any longer the misbehaving of germany. five years — it was impossible.
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tonight in warsaw, prince william talked about the two countries' close relationship, and the fact polish is the second—most spoken language in the uk. such links, diplomatic, military, cultural, offer much promise and opportunity for the future. he didn't utter the word brexit, but it influenced his speech, as it will the time william and kate spend, first in poland, then in germany. peter hunt, bbc news, warsaw. an indian film, lipstick under my burkha, will be screened in cinemas this week, after a long battle with censors in india. it is a movie which revolves around female characters, and one of the reasons given for it being banned initially was that it was "lady—oriented." censorship is a big issue in india, with many filmmakers having to make cuts to their movies before they can be released. let's take a closer look. the uproar, the outrage tat
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was out about this film, you would think that we have done something very wrong. but we haven't. there is nothing wrong with being lady—oriented, and what is wrong with telling stories from our point of view? why should it make people so threatened? i don't think there should be censorship in the first place. i think, in a free and democratic
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nation, where adults are allowed to elect their own governments, they should be able to watch a film if they want to. it is not like we don't see women at all. we see women. but often the sexuality of the storyline for the women is gratuitous, and it serves the purpose of the main protagonist. india is a country where there is so much violence against women, and there is so much discrimination against women. in that kind of a society, when you have a popular culture that is legitimately trying to silence 50% of the population, there's something wrong.
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thank you for watching newsday. i am rico hizon in singapore. and i am babita sharma. and before we go, what better place for two polar guides to tie the knot than antarctica? tom sylvester and julie baum exchanged vows at a research station on adelaide island. 18 colleagues were guests at the first official wedding ceremony to ta ke first official wedding ceremony to take place in the british antarctic territory. congratulations to them both. it looks like they had a great time. thank you forjoining us. we will be back with headlines next. hello there, good morning. yesterday, we saw 27
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degrees in the london area, with increasing amounts of medium and upper—level cloud, but the skies stayed pretty much clear in northern scotland. and through the day today, temperatures creeping up a notch or two. 29 degrees somewhere in england and wales. then midweek, big changes on the way. some thunderstorms heading our way. and then by the end of the week, it is going to be a good deal cooler, 27 degrees. as the cloud goes to the southern half of the uk, clearer skies further north to end the day on monday. with those clearer skies, 11—12 degrees in main cities and rural areas could be single figures. but not so further south — it is a warm night here. today, a south—easterly breeze striking in some hot and humid air from the near continent. that breeze will be quite a noticeable breeze, in the south—east in particular.
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a decent day for many places. some sunshine for much of scotland. maybe a shower or two developing in the afternoon. but a lot of sunshine, and it is going to be quite warm as well. 22 in glasgow and inverness. northern ireland should have a decent afternoon. 22 or so. similar in northern england. always a bit fresh along that north sea coast. but get away from that, 25 or so in the manchester area. southern england and wales getting to 28—29 degrees. but, as we get down towards the south—west, starting to see thunderstorms developing. they will be in the channel islands early on and go ever northwards. hit and miss, but if you get one, you will know all about it. and those thunderstorms continuing to drift their way north through the small hours on wednesday. hail and gusty wind to go with that. wednesday itself, thunderstorms continuing to drift north. dry in large parts of england and wales. more rain coming in from the west, and some of that could be quite heavy.
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temperatures coming down a bit in the west. norwich, 29 degrees. but generally, temperatures are beginning to come back down on wednesday. and that process continues on into thursday. as this weather front goes from west to east, it will bring some rain with it, and also some fresher air. for those playing golf, quite strong winds making it challenging. early rain and then sunshine and showers into the afternoon and temperatures in the upper teens. rain west to east. it will be an unsettled end to the week with some general rain across quite a large area. this is bbc news. our top story: senior russian and american officials are in talks over whether to lift some of president 0bama's sanctions against russia. russia is demanding the return of two of its diplomatic compounds in the us, which were seized over allegations that it interfered in the 2016 elections. the russian foreign minister has accused washington of "daylight robbery. just two weeks after north korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test, seoul has proposed military
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talks with pyonyang. and this video is trending on saudi arabia is investigating the woman who posted this footage of herself wearing a miniskirt and crop—top in public, defying the country's strict dress code. it's sparked a heated debate, with some saying she should be arrested, while others are praising her bravery. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk. schools in england are to get an extra 1.3 billion
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