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this is the briefing from bbc news. the latest headlines: james comey — the man sacked as director of the fbi — has said he believes donald trump is morally unfit to be president. more fallout after the air strikes on syria, as the us threatens new sanctions against russia over its support for president assad. a drive—by shooting outside a church in pakistan has left two dead and seven more injured. the islamic state group says it was behind the attack. let's have a look at the stories that are making the headlines in media across the world. directorjames comey. —— the politico website and fbi directorjames comey. his book a higher loyalty
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is released this week. in anticipation, us president donald trump has unleashed a tweet storm assailing the book, while mr comey has attacked the president, calling him "morally unfit to be president". the guardian is looking ahead to prime minister theresa may facing the house of commons. they have returned from the easter recess. she is expected to hit back at critics of military action in syria by insisting the decision to unleash air strikes was aimed at preventing human suffering. the arab news leads with this week's arab league summit, which is also being called "thejerusalem summit" in solidarity with palestine, after saudi arabia criticised washington for announcing it was moving its us embassy from tel aviv to jerusalem. the gulf news says oil prices are expected to rise further due to the geopolitical tensions in the middle east. other factors for the increase are oil producers cutting production by about 1.8 million barrels a day in order to help lower
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global oil inventories. and finally, it seems there may be no limit to the lengths some parents in the uk will go to get their kids into the best schools. according to an expert from the good schools guide, couples are now faking marriage breakdowns in order to secure places at the colleges they desire. the plot thickens. she cannot resist giggling at that final story. with me is cornelia meyer, who's ceo of mrl corporation, a business consultancy. lets start with the response to the james comey interview with bbc news but also the fact that his book is coming out as well. it was quite explosive what he had to say to their journalist explosive what he had to say to theirjournalist in their very lengthy interview with many issues. the journalist used to be the
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clinton press guide. george stephanopoulos from bbc news. exactly, so that is quite interesting. but the interesting thing here is that to call the president medically and morally unfit to lead the country. he said he is morally unfit. he also said his medically unfit to be president. i thought he said he was medically fit as a cause, he did so well... he said he was medically unfit to be president and morally unfit, so that is quite the... i do not think he is medically unfit to be president, meaning he is physically fit that he is morally unfit. anyway. it is a tough thing to say to the president, and what i am really getting tired of use that constant mudslinging surrounding the presidency, you know, today it is james comey,
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yesterday was something else and it is that constant. that he is the former director of the api, he is not just saying here former director of the api, he is notjust saying here is unfit morally. —— fbi. notjust saying here is unfit morally. -- fbi. no, that is terrible. i am saying is not for the presidency to have this constant barrage, the office of the president, to have the presidency to have this constant barrage of one crisis here, one... just to preserve the office, you cannot not have people criticising or bringing to light... no, that is not what i'm saying, iam light... no, that is not what i'm saying, i am saying this is very serious. i am saying it is getting, it is getting really that in the sense that this is not what the presidency should be about, and it has become about a mudslinging exercise. it is kind of in about that really since he took office and
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since before as well, so the question is how damaging as this? i we re question is how damaging as this? i were looking at a president who could be impeached or not? obviously, the robert mueller investigation is ongoing. we will see, and clearly, james comey will have a voice in the mueller investigation. you ready said that they have been talking, so that was an interesting aspect. let's take a look at the story that is dominating, this is the guardian but everybody has it on their front page as well. theresa may hits back at critics, bombing of serial was in oui’ critics, bombing of serial was in our national interest. she will face the house of commons again facing the house of commons again facing the easter recess and that is going to the critical debatejeremy corbyn, the leader of the opposition, saying that she did not have grounds to go ahead with military action over the weekend without parliamentary approval. military action over the weekend without parliamentary approvallj would without parliamentary approval.” would disagree withjeremy corbyn but he will make that statement, you know. she was with the us, she was
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with france, and sometimes you need to act quickly and swiftly, so i would disagree with that part that will be the debates, and she will have two face that debate. something the government has done is they have actually published their reasoning for the action and also, what the international law states in terms of military action of this kind and the uk government is at pains to say we have followed the letter of the law. absolutely. and only three chemical stations were attacked. it was a very surgical strike, but what we really need to start looking about and we have had this discussion fare is where are we going now with syria? because is where are we going now with syria ? because it is where are we going now with syria? because it is incredibly difficult. —— off air. you have millions of people displaced, you have hundreds of thousands killed you, you have 3 million syrian
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refugees in turkey, you have 1.5 million together in lebanon, putting real strains on those economies. we do need to look at finding a solution, i know it is difficult. extremely. due process has not worked, so... but that is really, u nless we worked, so... but that is really, unless we find a solution, i mean where are these children right now is dodging bullets and bombs go in? enthuse should find a solution, we should the solution come from? that is the difficulty, france and the uk we re is the difficulty, france and the uk were at pains to say this is not about regime change, it is about preventing a humanitarian crisis popular it has to be some sort of a un guided thing in syria need something along the lines of a marshall plan to be rebuilt, because if you have unemployed youth roaming the rubble, you will never build a sta ble the rubble, you will never build a stable society. moving on very
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quickly, many papers as well saying that the uk has this concern about a cyber attack from russia or the russian regime, that is the thought about what might happen in retaliation. a cyber war being launched in the uk, we have got to move on. yeah, we have got to move on but this is all speculation, it is all speculation. the front page of the arab news, we had this for you to talk about. you write for the arab news and operate in the middle east a lot. thejerusalem summit, at the renaming of what is actually the arab league meeting, how symbolic and significant is this? it is very significant, it is in saudi arabia and that is very significant, it really sends a message that somebody really sends a message that somebody really needs to do something about palestine, it is in a position of the us moving the embassy to jerusalem becausejerusalem is now united but it is divided, and the
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palestinians have claimed over eastern jerusalem. palestinians have claimed over easternjerusalem. so this is very, this is very significant and it also brings back the palestinian problem because with all the quagmire in syria, iraq, islamic state, we have all forgotten about the palestinians, so it rings focus back, the late king of saudi arabia, the predecessor of the current king, he had an arab peace initiative where he said ok, if you give the palestinians this must territory, we will accept israel. —— this much. thank you. we're out of time but i will treat the story about pushy pa rents will treat the story about pushy parents and also the one about oil, so parents and also the one about oil, so you parents and also the one about oil, so you can parents and also the one about oil, so you can get parents and also the one about oil, so you can get oui’ parents and also the one about oil, so you can get our comments via social media. thank you for being with us on the briefing, we will see you soon. morning. the last time somewhere in the uk had a high of 25 degrees it was 29 august 2018.
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well, guess what? somewhere in the south—east this week, there is the potential to see 25 degrees. and it's notjust the south—east, widespread temperatures in the low 20s in the uk's expected wednesday into thursday. something to look forward to. for monday morning, it is a relatively quiet start. the area of low pressure starting to show its hand by the end of the day. we will see showery rain across scotland. that will ease away. cloudy skies for many. but hopefully with some brightness here and there. the best of the sunshine perhaps likely across the extreme south. highs of 13 to 15 degrees. it'll turn increasingly windy, gales likely, with the arrival of this area of low pressure. the front will move in, bringing some rain, some of it heavy through northern ireland, north—west england and scotland as we go through monday night into tuesday morning. heavy rain for a time. the weather front really will weaken substantially as it pushes its way south and east.
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behind it, fresher with scattered showers and highs of up to 1a or 15 degrees. ahead of that front, if we keep some sunshine coming through, eastern england, south—east england, we could see 18 or 19. that'll feel quite pleasant. as we move out of tuesday into wednesday, we need to look across to the new continent. with this high pressure building, it will be the driving force in the story. it'll deflect weather fronts in the atlantic up into the north—west, but at the same time around that high in a clockwise direction the winds will start to come in from a warm dry south—easterly and that will be the reason why those temperatures are set to climb above the average for this time of year. so get out and enjoy it if you can. the best of the sunshine on wednesday across central and southern england. eventually into scotland, across the borders. some showery rain through northern ireland for a time. not quite as warm here. 16 or 17 the highest values. highest in the south—east likely to be 23. lighter winds again.
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some turnaround on thursday. just a little bit of fair weather cloud. generally speaking, thursday looks likely to be the best day of the week if it's warmth and sunshine you're after. that is when we could see 25 degrees, 77 fahrenheit. yes, it's only the middle of april. take care. hello. a very good morning. this is breakfast, with dan walker and louise minchin. a showdown in parliament, as theresa may pepares to justify her decision to launch airstrikes on syria. the prime minister will insist that military action was in the national interest, but she'll face anger from opposition mps who say they should have been consulted first. good morning. it's monday the 16th of april. also this morning: a huge bushfire in south—west sydney
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forces hundreds of people to leave their homes, police say it may have been started deliberately. after a freezing start to spring, farmers are facing costs that are rising twice as fast as inflation.
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