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hello, this is outside source, an hour of the biggest global stories from the bbc newsroom and we begin in turkey where nearly 500 people gone on trial accused of taking part in last yearfailed to. in the us there are new allegations over donald trump's some‘s meeting with a russian lawyer and how the white house explained it. this is a video showing a prominent venezuelan opposition figure being taken from his home. he is now in a military prison outside caracas. we will hear from our correspondence as protests over sunday's controversial election continue. we will report from kenya where the country is in shock as the man in charge of its computerised voting systems found dead as we reported yesterday and authorities say he was murdered, just days before the presidential election. and if you have questions about these stories, send them my way. a number of stories to look at today
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on outside source. if you watch regulate you will know that we can access the latest pictures coming into the bbc newsroom and these are a number of these suspect in this mass trial in turkey relating to the failed to. and more violence in an israeli, focusing on the arrest of two the opposition figures and we will be talking about donald trump junior because we have learned more about the explanation he initially gave for the meeting with russian lawyer last year. it seems the explanation at least in part was penned by the president. we will talk about all of those stories in
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the next few minutes but we begin in turkey because there has been the start of a mass trial of a group of soldiers who were accused of plotting the failed to last year. these were some of the men being led into court. you can see in the background those government supporters and relatives of people who died during the coup attempt. this is not the only large trial, there are two going on, both related to the two. each one focuses on different event in ankara on the night of the 15th ofjuly last year. the first began in may and its focus was what happened in the military headquarters. we note there are over 200 defendants in that case. the one i have shown you pictures of starting today, that is about a military base that was allegedly where the coup was coordinated from and in the case of this trial, the
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number of defendants is close to 500. these trials are reflections of the scale of what happened last year with over 300 people losing their lives and close to 1500 people wounded. in the immediate aftermath of the coup, over 8000 soldiers were arrested and many more have been arrested and many more have been arrested since. let's bring us up—to—date. arrested since. let's bring us up-to-date. when 40 of the defendants were brought to the court room from the front gate, the pro—government crowd was waiting for them, chanting pro—government slogans and at some points throwing things at the defendants. this is a clear signal that they wanted the death penalty to be reinstated in the country and they wanted these people, accused of plotting the coup attempt and being tried with that sentence in mind. we are talking about nearly 500 people being tried
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today. the case will carry on until the end of the month and the hearings until the end of the month. we are talking about air force commanders, fighter jets, the we are talking about air force commanders, fighterjets, the focus is especially on this particular airbase, akinci, which the government believes was used as a headquarters of the coup. the fighterjets headquarters of the coup. the fighter jets that took headquarters of the coup. the fighterjets that took off headquarters of the coup. the fighter jets that took off from headquarters of the coup. the fighterjets that took off from here went on to bomb the parliament and government buildings and police headquarters and even the general chief of staff was held captive in this airbase. this is a significant case regarding the coup plot. we have had several other cases throughout the last year and we are talking about over 50,000 people who have been arrested since the coup attempt. massive numbers, 500 of them almost at the dock today. we are still waiting to hear what they will be saying in of their defence
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and how they will be affiliated to the coup plot. from turkey to washington for your daily update on the us presidency. you might remember there was for or about a meeting that took place between donald trump junior and a meeting that took place between donald trumpjunior and a russian lawyer last year at trump tower. it turns out the first explanation we got from donald trump junior about this meeting was dictated by the president. that is the story the washington post has reported. the white house has responded saying it not accurate. this is the response. the statement that donjunior issued is true, there is no inaccuracy in it. the president weighed in at any father would based on the limited information he had and this is all discussion frankly of no consequence. just to remind you, the explanation we were given at the
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time by donald trumpjunior was explanation we were given at the time by donald trump junior was that he had met this woman in trump tower to discuss a ban on us adoptions in russia. that version did not last long and the press were already on to the real story so donald trump junior released this string of e—mails. it showed as he was offered damaging information about hillary clinton and said it was part of the russian effort to support the trump campaign. president trump has always maintained that would be a normal thing to do to try to get dirt on your opponents so how damaging is this washington post report? we can bring in our correspondent. it seems to me that the white house is saying both things, yet it was about adoption but also legitimate to be interested in information on hillary clinton? what the white house is saying is that first of all donald trump did have a role in drafting
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that statement which confirms what the washington post reported, although they said that donald trump did not dictate it. he weighed in with suggestions that a father might have. she also said the statement was true and as you pointed out, it says the meeting was not about campaign issues, it was unimportant, it was about russian adoption. we know from e—mails that were released that the meeting was about a campaign issue which is trying to collect damaging information on hillary clinton. it seems to be a bit more alternative facts from the white house about what is going on. you have had mr trump weigh in, as it is want, he is obsessed with this russian investigation and he wanted to have a say in how it was handled and of course it is his son. the problem is that he may have created more problems for himself than not by putting out this version of events. that is what i want to ask you about, this is a second, while
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ago come unexpectedly, secretary of state rex tillerson gave a press briefing and in it he said this. we have been very clear with the chinese, we certainly don't blame the chinese for the situation in north korea, only the north koreans are to blame for this situation but we do believe china has a special and unique relationship because of the significant economic activity to influence the north korean regime in ways that nobody else can and that is white we continue to call upon them to use that influence with north korea to create the conditions where we can have a productive dialogue. —— that is why. where we can have a productive dialogue. -- that is why. if you we re dialogue. -- that is why. if you were watching yesterday you might be thinking, rewind, what were those tweets that donald trump sent about china and north korea? bearin
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bear in mind rex tillersonjust bear in mind rex tillerson just said the americans don't blame china. we are scratching our heads but fortu nately you are scratching our heads but fortunately you are the corresponded fortunately you are the corresponded for the state department so you can clear up the position on china and north korea! the position that secretary tillerson talked about is what he has talked about for the past six months and that put into place which is this effort to work together with china to squeeze north korea and you have had varying levels of intensity about how that is expressed full is you have these tweets from president trump in which he holds china to task but tillerson is talking about a relationship that he is working at regulator to try to get a mutual goal achieved and there is of course frustration but at the same time it is not something he blames for. he said also
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interestingly that these tweets, they are part of the environment we have to work with. he said previously they were a dynamic situation i might have experienced when i was ceo of exxon, something happens and you change and regroup and move on forward and he is very focused and methodical and moving forward with the strategy on china that he feels he should be in promoting. dynamic is certainly one word. this was the president talking about yesterday in the white house saying it was a great day. we discussed yesterday anthony scaramucci getting kicked out as head of communications and by all accou nts head of communications and by all accounts that was because of the new chief of staff, generaljohn kelly, who wanted him to go will stop after we spoke i lost count of how a nalysts we spoke i lost count of how analysts saying that this was evidence ofjohn kelly taking control and i feel i evidence ofjohn kelly taking
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control and ifeel i have heard this is only times with reference to the trump administration. that is true and it is a big caveat. the facts are that generaljohn kelly is qualified to bring order to the white house. he has all of the characteristics, he is disciplined and respected in the white house. he has experience and donald trump likes him and admires him and he is not afraid to speak truth to power and have decisive leadership and all of those things exist and you have had in the initial 24 hours invitations in the west wing that people will fall into line and follow the rules and accept his structure. we will see how it works out. after all the bad press donald trump got in the last week, he might wa nt to trump got in the last week, he might want to leave an impression that the white house is not in complete chaos but the million—dollar question is that he is a source of a lot of the
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unpredictability and how much will he listen to his new chief of staff if he asked him to temper his wildest impulses and restrain himself and he already tweeted that people who tell them not to treat oui’ people who tell them not to treat ourtrump people who tell them not to treat our trump enemies and this is the only way he can do it the truth out. that'll be the real challenge. only way he can do it the truth out. that'll be the real challengem will be interesting, thank you. we will be interesting, thank you. we will talk tomorrow. we have been to turkey and the us and in a few minutes we will turn to kenya, a country still in shock after the authorities say the man who was in charge of its computerised voting system was murdered. this isjust days away from the presidential election. british gas is going to increase electricity prices by 12.5% in september, a move which will affect more than 3 million customers. its parent company,
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centrica, said the price rise was because of the increasing cost of transmitting energy to homes and government by mental policies. transmitting energy to homes and government by mental policiesm transmitting energy to homes and government by mental policies. it is not the price of the electricity itself in the wholesale market, if anything that has gone down but it is the transmission costs. when the government says we want to use more renewa bles government says we want to use more renewables that comes with a cost and you have to connect those renewable sources to the network. there are other things that the companies had to do like rolling out smart meters, subsidising installation for some low income families, these are government policies which they say it have a knock—on effect. the actual price of the stuff is not going down by the government is saying, we're not having that, we do not take the blame for these prices going up but it is still a big hit for a lot of households. this is outside source live from the
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bbc newsroom where the main story comes from turkey where they are holding trial up over 500 people about last year's holding trial up over 500 people about last yea r‘s attempted holding trial up over 500 people about last year's attempted coup. some were heckled by comments borders as they arrived. some of the main stories from the world service, firstly we know that archaeologists at angkor wat in cambodia have unearthed something astonishing, a large statue believed to date back to the 12th century. it is a sandstone figure, two metres high, it is thought it stood as a guardian to an entrance to a local hospital. three defendants have been killed in a court in moscow after they tried to ta ke a court in moscow after they tried to take the arms from security officers in an attempt to escape. the suspects were accused of being pa rt the suspects were accused of being part of a group known as the gga gang, named after the computer game grand theft auto. and this is a man in canada using his speedboat to try
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to douse the flames of a bushfire, not sure how effective it was but he said he accelerated the speedboat while his girlfriend gave him directions and later fire crews arrived and began the work he yet started. yesterday we told you about the death of the man in charge of the death of the man in charge of the computerised voting system for the computerised voting system for the kenyan elections next week. the electoral commission's chairperson is now saying there is no doubt he was tortured and murdered. this is the latest. the country is still in shock after the death of such an important person in the electoral commission. chris msando was in charge of the electronic voting system which would identify voters and transfer the results from the polling stations. he had to show the country that this system could not be compromised. he was last seen on friday night leaving work and later cctv footage showed him driving around nairobi in the early hours in the company of a woman and two men.
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late on saturday morning police discovered his body and that they 21—year—old female student and took them to the city mortuary but they we re them to the city mortuary but they were not identified at that point. it was only on monday when the government office responsible open that they work identified. the president issued a statement calling for people to avoid speculative and let investigations proceed. the international committee has also reacted with the us and uk governments offering the services of the investigating agencies and the main opposition here in tenet has urged the government to take up the offer. there have been protests in nairobi because of this death and our correspondence was there. these are demonstrators drawn from various parts of society and human rights organisations hit will genia who are out on the street venting their
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anger over the killing of chris msando. . this is as free and credible elections. what they are calling upon the government to do is ensure all officials are secure. the perception within the public is that the death is political. he was killed in connection with his work as an official. if that perception is correct and until it is displaced by an independent investigation, then they need the greatest understanding and support in relation to the work they are doing. they are in a difficult place, under pressure, so they are in a difficult place, under pressure, so they need to be supported by the larger public and i think the public wants free and fair elections. we're not getting outside people, we work with the team we
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have because they are able and capable of delivering this election. the main cause of action here is for justice to prevail over the death of chris msando. the election day is on august the 8th and as it is, in most elections, one of the key issues is health care. this is our correspondence again looking at the impact that issue could have on the outcome. —— correspondence. impact that issue could have on the outcome. -- correspondence. all is not well in the kenyan government hospitals. nurses went on strike for week demanding a deal that would see their salaries increase. this followed a doctors strike early in the year that lasted 100 days. the double industrial action has meant public health facilities have been ina public health facilities have been in a constant state of paralysis, even as a election fever grips the country. the majority of people who go to public hospitals are local gun —— low income families in areas like
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this. most do not have health insurance and getting private health ca re insurance and getting private health care is out of reach and therefore adding two major strike affecting the public health system in one year isa the public health system in one year is a big blow. pregnant from rape, u nwell is a big blow. pregnant from rape, unwell and unable to raise money for care, this 16—year—old and her mother have been forced to beg for treatment at a nearby private hospital. they said have ulcers in my stomach, my blood sugar is high. the treatment is very expensive. her father is a casual labourer. a good day i make $2 and that is what i used to feed our four children. she fears her daughter might not com plete fears her daughter might not complete her treatment. a hospital has asked them not to return until they can pay. this story is repeated
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in many homes, sometimes with tragic consequences. health care is a function shared between the national government and a new second tier of leadership spread across 47 counties. although it was a good idea, because of the challenges, during the intimidation it has led many health care workers who still continue the trend of resigning out a public service leaving very few to serve and therefore the quality of service provision remains very poor will stop on a positive note, some achievements have been realised. the hospitals across the country now have state—of—the—art medical equipment am a health insurance coverage has been expanded and delivery charges for mothers abolished. but it is the ability to quickly end strike that could have a big impact on voting decisions. this is not only a failure of the national government but also the current governors, most of whom are
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in the opposition. it is no wonder there is a conspiracy of silence on this issue in the ongoing political campaigns. next we will shift from kenyan politics to pakistani politics and i should warn you you might need your notebooks for this because it is conjugated. the pakistan parliament has elected a new prime minister and they have to get on with that because now sharif resigned after an investigation into his family's wealth. that is connected to the panama papers leak in 2015 when his children were linked to a set that had not been shown in the family's wealth statement which was enough to see him stepping down. b. is on our website. the new man is shahid khaqan abbasi. he is only likely to bea khaqan abbasi. he is only likely to be a temporary prime minister because the ruling party would like this man to take over, shahbaz
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sharif and he is the brother of nawaz sharif who has just stepped down. they are rubber-stamping a decision made by the ruling party that they want this guy, shahid khaqan abbasi, the former natural resources minister, to be an interim prime minister. what the mps are doing, they have to formally elect him in orderfor him to take the office of prime minister and that is what is happening in parliament at the moment but he is an interim leader. nawaz sharif, who was disqualified from office for corruption, he wants his younger brother, shahbaz sharif, to replace him as prime minister but the problem is that shahbaz sharif is not a member of parliament so he will take on nawaz sharif‘s seat and when he gets into parliament in about two months we will see a
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similar process where the national assembly members vote on him becoming prime minister and just as today, because the party has a significant majority, we expect him to bea significant majority, we expect him to be a shoo—in. significant majority, we expect him to be a shoo-in. could not be simpler! the tobacco giant british american tobacco is being investigated by the serious fraud office after eight 2015 bbc panorama investigation into allegations that the company paid bribes to officials in east africa. panorama in 2015 spent five months investigating allegations that came from a worker from vat in steph de wit unless there were hundreds of e—mails that detailed payments of bribes from the company to officials, politicians and civil servants who could influence policy and make the environment more favourable to bat and its activities. rwanda, burundi
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and its activities. rwanda, burundi and specifically kenya are mentioned. this employee works closely with panorama over these allegations and panorama had access toa number of allegations and panorama had access to a number of e—mails from various accounts, not official bat accounts but by people who were working for the company using alternative e—mail accounts. some of these individuals, interestingly, said there were payments made between their accounts and politicians but they were not anything to do with bat, they were basically operating off their own bat. bat itself, to do it credit, said they do not and will not tolerate corruption no matter where it takes place. it has set up and employed no less than to external well—known law firms to look into the allegations and it has cooperated with the serious fraud office, giving them information, so we can only assume that the sfo think it has enough to spend time and money on a full—blown probe.|j
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wa nt and money on a full—blown probe.|j want surely these pictures which come into the newsroom from afghanistan. they show the aftermath ofan afghanistan. they show the aftermath of an explosion in a mosque in western afg ha nista n of an explosion in a mosque in western afghanistan city called herat. 30 people were killed. they show the jawadia mosque where the attack took place, coinciding with evening prayers at around 8pm local time. officials say there were two attackers, a suicide bomber and another man but no group has claimed responsibility yesterday. yesterday we talked about islamic state attacking the iraqi embassy in kabul. i will have more in a couple of minutes with the main stories from around the world. we have more talk about typhoons and
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floods coming up in the next couple of minutes and some of the biggest weather stories but we start with those floods that have been effecting the indian western state of gujarat. a colossal amount of rain fell of gujarat. a colossal amount of rainfell in of gujarat. a colossal amount of rain fell in a week towards the end ofjuly. the floodwaters continued to move away, the monsoon is a break at the moment meaning many western areas are dry but in the north—west of india and pakistan, very humid conditions with big thunderstorms on wednesday. looking at the satellite picture and yesterday we talked about the torrential rain in taiwan. sometimes when two tropical systems combine they come closer together and spiral into each other and this is known as the food you are effect. —— the fujiwara effect. this resulted in huge rainfall in south—east china. what does it look like on the ground? something like
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this. we had flooding problems making roads almost impossible and the floodwaters damaged homes and buildings. the rains will ease off a bit over the next few days but we can expect further heavy rain in the next 24 hours. out in the east and in the pacific we have a massive typhoon, very powerful, and there will be wins gusting up to 150 mph. some uncertainty about where it is going but generally it is tracking towards southern japan and it might make landfall on saturday and it will be a damaging typhoon. in north america a different picture. higher up america a different picture. higher up into the jet stream in the atmosphere and you can see these winds moving around eight ridge of high pressure and air descends through the atmosphere and beget high—pressure at the service and it creates a heatwave. temperatures in
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the next few days in the low 405, perhaps smashing the next few days in the low 405, perhap5 5ma5hing the all—time temperature records acro55 part5 perhap5 5ma5hing the all—time temperature records acro55 parts of washington, oregon, northern california and british columbia. in europe we are watching this low pressure which will bring some heavy rain to finland and western russia with some thunderstorms in back into pa rt5 of poland. with some thunderstorms in back into parts of poland. in the mediterranean it is hot and sunny, very hot in italy with temperatures in rome up to 40 degrees but you can't help but notice this blue around us. you will notice so far this week that it has been 5un5hine and showers but that changes tomorrow, not showers but general rain in many areas and at the heaviest in southern england. more u nsettled heaviest in southern england. more unsettled weather along the way and a full unsettled weather along the way and afull uk unsettled weather along the way and a full uk forecast coming up in half an hour. welcome back. the main stories and around the world. in turkey nearly 500 people have gone on trial, accused of taking part in last yea r‘s accused of taking part in last year's failed coup. thi5
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accused of taking part in last year's failed coup. this shows a prominent venezuelan opposition figure being taken from his home by intelligence officers. he is now in a venezuelan military pri5on. that i5 a venezuelan military pri5on. that is after days of protests connected to anti—government sentiment. a5 to anti—government sentiment. as we have been hearing, this is the man who has been picked a5 as we have been hearing, this is the man who has been picked as the new pakistani prime minister but he only may hold the job for a couple of week5. may hold the job for a couple of weeks. the grander plan is for sharif‘s brother to take
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