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hello, i'm kasia madera, this is outside source. president trump says he did cover the cost of a payout to silence the porn star, stormy daniels. but he insists no campaign money was used. reports in washington that 3 americans held in a labour camp in north korea could be released soon, president trump tweets "stay tuned!" on world press freedom day, a warning from the un that threats againstjournalists are increasing, we'll hear about the bbc service that faces persecution. and we'll look at the giro d'italia, one of cycling's biggest races has its startline in israel. hello and welcome to the programme.
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a payment made to porn actress stormy daniels by the us president's lawyer is continuing to cause consternation at the white house. former new york mayor rudy giuliani, who is now a legal aide to donald trump, told fox news that the 130,000 dollars paid to daniels was trump's personal cash and not a campaign contribution. here he is speaking last night. that money was not campaign money, sorry i will give you a pack now that you do not know. it is not campaign money. no campaign finance violation. so... they funneled it through the law firm? they funneled it through the law firm and the president repaid it. oh, i did not know he did. there is no campaign finance law? zero. so the president... just like every... sean... so this decision was made by... everybody was nervous about this from the very beginning. i wasn't. i knew how much money donald trump put into the campaign.
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i said 130,000? are they going to do a couple of checks for 130,000? when i heard michael cohen's retainer of 35,000, when he was doing no work for the president, i said that it is how he is repaying... i said that is how he is repaying it. with a little profit and a little margin for paying taxes, for michael. but do you know the president didn't know about this? i believe that is what michael had said. he didn't know about the specifics of it, as far as i know. but he did know about the general arrangement, that michael would take care of things like this. like i take care of things like this. early this morning president trump fired off a series of tweets, also denying that the money used to buy ms daniel's silence was from campaign funds. he said his lawyer, michael cohen was paid a monthly retainer to stop false and extortionate accusations from ms daniels, adding campaign contributions played no roll in this transaction. however, when asked by reporters a month ago if he knew about the payment to ms daniels,
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mrtrump said ‘no'. that is the president speaking a month ago. just under an hour ago, the white house press secretary sarah sanders faced the media and here is what she had to say: the president has denied and continues to deny the underlying claim and again i have given the best information i had at the time. and i would refer you back to the comments that you yourself just mentioned a few minutes ago about the timeline for mayor giuliani. that statement was in reference to reimbursement. the payment.
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again, i gave you the best information that i had. and the allegations the president has denied and continues to deny the underlying... why can't you just answer yes or no if you are in the dark? i think it is a fairly simple question... i think it is a fairly simple answer that i have given you actually several times now and i gave you the best information that i had and that will continue to do my best to do that every single day. that press conference in the last hours. katty kay was in washington watching that press conference, i asked her who is telling the truth. that was one of the most extraordinary press conference is i have seen in the white house for a long time. it reminded me of the whole clinton period and i remember the press secretary in the late 19905 saying he was double parked and eight no comments on which is a more elegant version of saying i gave you the best information i had at the time and anything else i refer you to the legal counsel. she did not know until last night that donald trump had repaid michael
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cohen for his $130,000 that he paid to stormy daniels. he did not know the information would come out that reallyjudy on he came out on fox news last night. —— that rudy giuliani came out with last night. that suggests a white house is not operating as smooth as it should. were his comments unguarded or was there something more calculated here? there are conflicted reports on this, that he agreed with the president that the information had to get out there and what she was saying there was what she said to the press really are and what the president said to be press in april that he did not know anything about the payments, according to her, that was the truth. he did not know at the time that the payments had been made and it was only subsequent to april that he learned about the payments and that is heard
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justification for saying i gave you the best possible information i had at the time. b timeline matters because as you suggest somebody could have not been telling the truth. someone could have known about the payments and didn't say they were being made or someone else is not telling the truth and that is what we have to get to the bottom of. who is speaking to the white house if you have such different conversations going on in different bids coming through? what she said during the course of the briefing that it would not be appropriate to speakfor the that it would not be appropriate to speak for the president's legal team. rudy giuliani speaks for the president in terms of legal issues and this is another issue that was raised in the course of the press conference. he is supposed to be representing the president on legal issues and should not be out there talking as he did on fox news last night about the three american prisoners that could be released from north korea. does he have the security clearance for that? the
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bigger picture i took away from the press c0 nfe re nce bigger picture i took away from the press conference is that you have a white house in trouble when the press secretary is being asked did you lie to us? did you have your own legal representation telling us not to give us full answers. does the president think he is above the rule of law? the press corps can ask tough questions but they are pretty respectful of the person standing behind the podium but today you can feel the frustration of the journalists and they are asking much more blunt questions than is typical ofa more blunt questions than is typical of a white house press briefing. bag is an indication of the spotlight the white house is under over this. a lot more analysis on our website. but as mentioned rudy giuliani spoke an interview he gave on american television, the three american prisoners being held in north korea. he suggested they are about to be
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released. this is one of them, kim dong—chul, detained in 2015 on spying charges, and sentenced to 10 yea rs' hard labour. kim sang—duk, also known as tony kim, was detained on espionage charges in april 2017 while working at the pyongyang university of science and technology. then a month later kim hak—song was held on suspicion of "hostile acts" while working at the same university. the white house says it cannot confirm reports they are going to be release, but donald trump has tweeted "as everybody is aware, the past administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a north korean labour camp, but to no avail. stay tuned!" from seoul, here's laura bicker. now, when donald trump says in his tweet that there have been repeated attempts by previous administration, the slight act
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—— fact checking, two were taken last year while he was president. but there are reports where here in south korea they have been moved from various labour camps to a hotel on the outskirts of pyongyang. we cannot verify this. we have spoken to the source of those reports who says he has sources within north korea who have seen these detainees being removed. —— being moved. but we cannot verify it at this time. we have been speaking to the us state department who say they aren't following developments but they too cannot verify it. but then came president trump's tweet to say stay tuned. so we are being given the impression that something is about to happen. but this is all happening ahead of the perspective summit between president trump and kim jong—un which is scheduled to take place in late may or earlyjune. we are still waiting for a venue for that. but it would be a real signal from the north koreans if they were to release these detainees ahead of the summit or on the day of the proposed summit that they are
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serious about negotiations. 0ur our thanks for monitoring that. the basque organisation eta has disbanded after 50 years of violence. eta killed more than 800 people in spain during its decades—long campaign. these images show just some of the devastation caused by the group. in its worst single attack, an eta bomb killed 21 people at a barcelona supermarket. they declared a ceasefire in 2011 in this video message but it wasn't until last year that they disarmed. in an audio statement provided to the bbc, the organisation said it had ceased all political activity. translation: eta has completely dismantled
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all of their structures, eta have put an end to all of their political activity, it will no longer express political positions, promote initiatives or interact with other actors. but despite this, spanish prime minister mariano rajoy says there will be no impunity for eta. translation: eta can announce its disappearance but its crimes do not disappear. nor will the efforts to pursue and punish them. no matter what they do these days, no matter what they do these days, no matter what they do these days, no matter what they say, nothing will change and unquestionable reality. eta's project has been a outstanding and categorical failure. tom burridge is in the basque region and explained this latest development for eta. roughly 800 people were killed by the group. but it's and today have come down to a text which fits into roughly half a side of eight for
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paper. what it says to most people respond to its fail, its own public opinion across spain but in the country opinion across spain but in the cou ntry towards opinion across spain but in the country towards the end of the 905 with a series of high—profile assassinations against the group. it has culminated into today's. the process has been long coming, seven 01’ process has been long coming, seven or eight years ago, they had been decommissioning weapons via international mediators since then. a leading member of eta, supposedly that statement which was passed to the bbc and the other thought is this. the fact that their statement, the end has come through one lone voice through a member of eta and hiding tells you how greatly weakened over recent years the group has become. it has not been weakened through its own choice but through the work of the spanish and french
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security services because they have arrested avril high—profile members of eta and like this gentleman we have heard from today, they are in hiding. —— have arrested several high—profile members. stay with us on outside source. still to come: while they are celebrating, not eve ryo ne while they are celebrating, not everyone is happy. public health england says 8,000 women have contacted a helpline set up to deal with a failure in the programme to screen for breast cancer. the error has meant that around a50 thousand women could be affected, and up to 270 may have had their lives shortened. our health editor hugh pym reveals some health trusts did warn of problems. we know in march last year 2017, two nhs trusts, that they administer the
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services for public health england administered them nationally. local nhs officials raised concerns in those areas about it problems and went to the contractor who provided the it and said these are localised issues and had no significance nationally. that may well have been the case but it adds to the impression that people did know things and maybe people did not act on them as rapidly as they should have. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is: president trump says he did cover the cost of a payout to silence the porn star, stormy daniels. but he insists no campaign money was used. these are some of the other stories we're coving in the bbc newsroom. four pharmaceutical companies have been raided in nigeria after a bbc investigation into the role of cough syrup containing codeine in an addiction epidemic. after the bbc report aired nigeria
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announced a ban on the production and import of the syrup. bbc swahili is covering. the widow of china's late nobel laureate, liu xiaobo, says she's ready to die at home after being under house arrest for eight years. liu xia has never been charged with a crime, but has been confined since her husband won the nobel peace prize in 2010. and hawaii has become the first us state to pass a bill banning the sale of sunscreens with chemicals that harm coral reefs. the chemicals are used in more than 3,500 of the most popular sunscreen products. we can read more about that on our website. for the first time ever one of road cycling's biggest races, the giro d'italia, is starting outside of europe. the first leg will get underway in jerusalem.
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it's a fairly technical route, but one steeped in history. here's the actual starting point, right beside the old city. you can just make out the dome of the rock on the right, the city's most famous islamic site. cyclists will be racing through numerous bends and hilly areas and ending here. not far from the start line. givenjerusalem is such a contentious backdrop, the question is whether politics will overshadow the race. already some articles are being published. the middle east eye reports on how a palestinian cyclist, who was shot in the leg in gaza, has accused race organisers of encouraging israeli violence, and turning a blind eye to palestinian suffering. more now from andy swiss. well, to a lot of people it might sound a little bit strange, the tour of italy starting here in israel, notjust a different country but entirely
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different continent. the grand tours like to tour around a little but themselves. israel has paid a lot of money for the privilege of hosting the first three days of this race. it is really one of cycling's most prestigious races perhaps second only to the tour de france. a few hours ago all the razz—a—ma—tazz of the opening ceremony took place in one of the big squares in the city. the riders introduced to a large crowd. however there is also some controversy about the race being held here in israel. some human rights groups feel it helps gloss over the country's human rights records. organisers of the race say they want to keep politics and sports separate. but that is never straightforward. as for the race itself, a lot of focus on the british writer chris froome, the winner of the tour
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de france last year. he is competing here under something of a cloud after a drugs test last year showed doubled the allowed amount of the asthma drug. also look out for the defending champion. plenty of intrigue guaranteed over the next three weeks before the race comes to when and in rome on may the 27th. our thanks. let's get up to date on some os business news. we start with some os business news. we start with some breaking news regarding volkswagen, as you can see. the former ceo indictments shows the scheme to cheat the legal requirements go all the way to the top. that is from the us attorney generaljeff sessions. let's get up to date with what that means. joe miller joins to date with what that means. joe millerjoins us from new york. what does this mean? this is an extraordinary move. if you remember when the scandal broke in september 2015 that 11 million volkswagen vehicles have been fitted with
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defeat devices, numerous investigations were launched as a result and the ceo at the time, who resigned, and there have been a couple of ceos sense, and all the investigations since, they have been fined millions of dollars and a few low level executives have been charged and gone to jail but the ceo himself denied knowing anything about this before it was leaked to prosecutors or to regulators, and the press. this indictment today revealed in a court in michigan shows acl for the first time in a long time in frame after many denials. it is a major move in this story and one that was not expected. is it normalfor someone story and one that was not expected. is it normal for someone so story and one that was not expected. is it normalfor someone so high up, the ceo, man at the top to have the finger pointed at him like this? the ceo, man at the top to have the finger pointed at him like this7m really is not ended as a constant
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frustration in cases like this amongst consumers and in this case, the many american consumers who bought books walking cars that no one seems to be in the frame for it and everyone at the top seems to get away for from it. and everyone at the top seems to get away forfrom it. this and everyone at the top seems to get away for from it. this sends a strong signal that people write at the top of the companies that defraud american consumers will face the full force of the law. while he has not been charged until now in the us, it is in germany, and institutional investors are accusing him of knowing this earlier than they were told and therefore think they lost money because he kept the information to himself. this is a major ceo, a majorformer himself. this is a major ceo, a major former ceo himself. this is a major ceo, a majorformer ceo who is in himself. this is a major ceo, a major former ceo who is in trouble and both sides of the atlantic. this was a major story for volkswagen, was a major story for volkswagen, was in a? it really was an
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volkswagen itself is still dealing with the fallout, having paid some we re with the fallout, having paid some were $.3 billion in compensation since the scandal broke and having gone through to see in —— ceos sense he resigned. in some ways this is good news for them and points the finger at someone who has long left the company and perhaps this means it will finally be dealt with and there will be someone to point the finger at who is no longer at the company but it is a significant moment in this investigation in this story. thank you very much for explaining all of that for as. you can get more on the breaking news story on our website. but let's move on. a us trade delegation is in beijing. where talks are already under way. and cailin birch, a global analyst for the economist intelligence unit, says china is dangling a carrot. that trump administration has been
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talking very clearly and there has been a lot of back and forth on their issues and they are clear they do not like trade deficit. china has shown two ways, by having china by more of us goods and leading us companies go in and operate in china. we do not expect a lot of progress to come out of these talks. d donald trump administration has been clear at one point, even during the campaign that they are looking to protect us companies that felt they have lost technology in an unfair way through tech transfers that are required in order to do business in china. deeds investigation that have been led for over a year starting in 2017 back in august led to an initial 50 billion worth of carrots that the us are spending on a lot of chinese manufactured machines and electronics, so i think it is very
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unlikely that the us is trying to ta ke unlikely that the us is trying to take a protectionist stance and protecting american firms competitiveness by not losing the technologies. the chinese smart—phone giant xiami has plans for a highly—anticipated initial public offering in hong kong. sarah toms has more. it is even known as the apple of china and show it is really expected to raise a massive listing. it should be at least $10 billion. if it does in fact raise that much it will make it the largest ipo since 2014. if that was another chinese company, ali baba. it xiaomi does make that much, it would put the company valued at $100 billion. but there are some concerns. 70% of the revenue, despite the diversification
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are coming from smartphones. most of the sales of those smartphones are in china. that is a big problem because the domestic market is actually getting saturated. the rise of crypto—currencies has got many people wondering how they can exploit the digital craze. the children's charity unicef is no exception. it's teamed up with professional computer gamers to raise money to help kids suffering from the war in syria. this is from bbc click. ourtraining is like our training is like five hours a day, usually, sometimes there are days off, etc but we need to play at least five hours and then we have our free least five hours and then we have ourfree time. so least five hours and then we have our free time. so then we can raise money. the method of raising money isjust
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using the proof of work method, which is literally wasting money to calculate numbers and they throw my bell numbers of the system until they win some coins. it is wasteful by design and print out the video cards so it produces a huge pile of the eu waste as well. —— a huge pile of electronic waste as well. our thanks to the bbc click team and as always your comments are welcome. do get in touch. thank you very
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much forjoining me and i will be giving you an update on how we will see the forthcoming in the british isles and just a coming moment. but taking you across the pond into the heart of nevada ios. a small child with big weather. lots of hail falling. recordings between 2—3 inches. and sitting under a jet stream, coming in on the northwesterly breezes and this is what made this frontal zone very active indeed. it was notjust thunderstorms but tornadoes and had such a quiet april bike kansas and oklahoma saw their share of thunderstorm and tornado activity. we saw flooding rains and gusty winds with a real mishmash of
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weather. the system will take a time to pull away from the eastern side of canada towards the southeast of the us. the us does not have a monopoly on violent weather at the moment. these are the scenes in the northern states of india as a violent thunderstorms and dust storms affected with devastating effect. did death toll from the starnes is approaching around 100 people with many more than that injured and power and transport disruption, very extensive indeed. it does not show up in the latest satellite sequence and much of the activity for friday seems to be concentrated on the diagonal always from the southwest towards the northeastern states of india. further to the north and rest, the searing heat is the problem as well. —— north and west. nothing quite as
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warm as that as we come closer to home into continental europe you can see the pressure trying to dominate and across southern scandinavia, back towards iberia but the violent thunderstorm activity is concentrated in an area of low pressure in the heart of the mediterranean and spreading this threat of violent storms of towards italy into the balkans were some of the hail has been really disruptive. one or two of the starnes has been turning tornado like. —— one or two of these storms. a lot of instability in the atmosphere but the good news from the british isles is we stay on the one side of the jet as we push right through the holiday weekend. themes for the forthcoming weekend are warmer, sunny spells and mostly dry, can you believe it? goodbye. hello, i'm kasia madera, this is outside source, and these are the main stories here in the bbc newsroom.
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president trump says he did cover the cost of a pay—out to silence the porn star, stormy daniels. but he insists no campaign money was used. reports in washington that three americans held in a labour camp in north korea could be released soon, president trump tweets... "stay tuned!" # like i'm powerful. janelle monae says she's pansexual, i'll tell you what that means. every day outside source features bbc journalists working in over 30 languages. your questions are always welcome. #bbcos is the hashtag. the academy that produces the oscars has voted to expel the director roman polanski and the actor bill cosby
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from its ranks. cosby was convicted last week of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman while polanski avoided a jail sentence by fleeing the us after he admitted statutory rape in 1977. in a statement, the academy said it expelled the pair "in accordance with the organization's standards of conduct". the board continues to encourage ethical standards that require members to uphold the academy's values of respect for human dignity." from los angeles with more on this is peter bowes. just tell us, this has been breaking within the past hour, greg is right up within the past hour, greg is right up to date with what the academy is saying here. —— bring this up today. the academy issued a rather looked
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really short statements citing the standards of conduct which were revised just a few months ago at the end of last year saying that the academy now has a coach of conduct that stipulates that it is no place for people that abuse their status power or influence in the manner that violates standards of decency. it is clearly under that heading that this director and actor, bill cosby roman polanski, have been expeued cosby roman polanski, have been expelled from the organisation. both very different characters, bill cosbyis very different characters, bill cosby is better known for his television work, although he has had a relationship with the motion picture academy, appearing in a number of films over the years. he was convicted last week and is awaiting sentencing. roman polanski, now 40 years ago since he admitted unlawful sex with a teenage girl. he then fled the country and went to europe before he could be sentenced. he insisted to the state considered
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a fugitive from justice in the united states. best still to this day. he continued to make movies. in 2003, he won an oscar for directing the pianist, the world war ii film. his career in film continued. bolasie was a hugely controversial figure, call for him to be excel sooner but the standards of conduct have been very much changed, no doubt the me to movement behind this is an design. -- adding the sun. this all started when harvey weinstein in the that the producer at the centre of many of allegations last year and shortly after the first allegation against him that he too was expelled for the motion picture academy. since then, many of the house profile individuals have faced allegations. the academy looked again at its coach of conduct, clearly a response to the correct mood. the me to hash—tag
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that was a prominent at that time and remains. and quite simply an acknowledgement that what might have been perhaps wrongly but behaviour seem to have been accepted at what time is not now. this organisation is making very clear it where it stands. thank you, peter. now i want to tell you about a recommendation by the north american collective of scientists to do with how ancestral remains are studied. their goal is to avoid further damage to relationships with indigenous communities. web page mary halton has written this article on the topic mary halton has written this article on the topic for the bbc news site, and i've been speaking to her. a lot of genomic research in the us and canada and also in europe is done on remains of ancestors or people who died pre—european contact with north america and these
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remains were often removed from their burial sites in the 19th and early 20th centuries with practises that would not be used today and are now housed in a museum collections and when they cannot be associated with a current tribe or people aren't sure who they're related to, which they are required by law to find out, they can then conduct genetic testing to learn more about early human occupation. so they are treating human remains as artifacts essentially? legally in the united states, human remains are recognised as artifacts rather than people. so the review boards that oversee human research applies to living people and not the deceased. what is the hope to change in practise then? the group who've written a paper in science this week are making ethical recommendations, there aren't really rigid rules about how this particular research is conducted at the moment when individuals cannot be associated with an indigenous community. they are asking that researchers before they begin to design the studies, that they approach communities
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that they believe may have a cultural or geographical connection with the ancestor, discuss with them how they would like the research to be conducted and see how the community wishes to be involved. is that practical? absolutely so. few of the authors are already involved in partnerships with different communities both in the us and canada, they find that it benefits them as they can get feedback, they go back to speak to the communities as the research progresses and they can learn more as it goes on. the article is on a website. —— on our website. singer and actress janelle monae has become an icon in the lg btq community. for years fans speculated over the singer's own sexuality because of suggestive songs like this. #is # is like i am powerful with a bit of tender. well last week in an interview
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with rolling stone she finally came out a after that the merriam webster dictionary reported an 11,000% increase in people searching for a definition of the term. recently the artist spoke to bbc radio 1 about her willingness to push boundaries. as complex of human being as i am, i am having fun in that grey area. i'm having fun in defining who i am on my own terms and not being afraid to put myself out on the line. i asked newsbeat‘s gena—mour barett about the difference between the terms bisexual and pansexual. validity of attraction to someone
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anyone regardless of the dinner identity or sexual orientation. that is essentially what it comes down to. she wants to set something like this, this is huge. that's an awful lot of interest. yes. that is ground—breaking. i don't think that is an overstatement. it's important for people who identified the same way. to have somebody in the public eye who is open and free to speak about it, it helps legitimise something that they identify with and it helps bring it to people's attention and opens up conversations. it is really great that this time, even if he didn't know what it meant, it means you would have a conversation and understand what it means better. they are able to listen which is really important. it has opened a conversation. people have been reacting very positively. exactly. that is what is so good about what she did. and whether she intended to or not, she is somebody who's on a public and she was she does with
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their music so well, she puts herself in the forefront in order for other people to benefit from that. i believe an article she said icu to those people who identified the same way old are struggling, so it is really not. she is such a huge star. not just it is really not. she is such a huge star. notjust music, she's an actress in an oscar—nominated film. really important she is. other than... she's an actress and she's a really important musician and one of the most important contemporary afro futurist on top of that, which is another time for another day, but she is very important the moment. definitely. and you can read gena's article about the cultural significance of janelle monae on the newsbeat website this weekend. a lot more coming up. stay with us for all the stores. today is world press freedom day. it is particularly significant for us here at the bbc because this week one of our colleagues,
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ahmad shah, was shot dead in afghanistan. he was among ten journalists who died in violence there on monday. it was the deadliest single day for journalists anywhere in the world since the charlie hebdo attacks in paris in 2015. this tweet about turkey says ‘one hundred and 79 journalists are in prison today. this is the highest number ofjailed journalists in a single country since #worldpressfreedomday has been established'. last year, 262 journalists were jailed worldwide. that's the highest number in almost three decades. and so far this year 32 journalists have been killed while working. now i want to focus on iran, that's where our own colleagues at bbc persian service have endured threats to their safety and liberty. in march, the bbc took unprecedented action by filing a complaint with the un human rights commission, to stop a systematic campaign
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to silence journalists. earlier, journalist majid afshar told me about some of the persecution staff from the bbc persian service have been subjected to. it all started with the beginning of the tv, when we launched the tv. we've probably got millions of viewers in iran, they are worried about this and the threats began at that time. to say a little bit about it, i will say one of our colleagues, her sister was arrested and kept in solitary confinement for 17 days. she was asked to either stop working for bbc persian or spy on her colleagues. in another case, an elderly mother of one of our colleagues was taken in and she was told that her son might be killed in an in an accident in london. they have all our addresses, they've got our e—mails, we keep receiving threatening
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e—mails, about a few months ago i guess one of our presenters receive an e—mail about, they said we know where your son is going to school and we know this is the address. so be careful. we are quite familiar with this. we've been living with this for quite a while but they made it worse on top of all of that, they're now accusing us of conspiracy against the national security which can carry a maximum sentence of about ten years in jail and this is a collective punishment, 150 former and current staff of bbc persian are involved and also an asset freeze and we thought we should take an action, we took it to the un and we urged community to join us and stand up and ask iran to stop the harassment and persecution of us.
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just describing some of the threats are journalists are experiencing. elections are set to take place in iraq next week. the current prime minister haider al abadi is facing a raft of problems as he tries to win another term. while the nation has been battling the islamic state group, the country's oil capital, basra has become a breeding ground for drugs and criminals. yalda hakim sent this report. it's night—time in basra, the time of day when a new war, a fight against criminal drugs and gangs, takes over the streets. this is the elite force that goes out every night on raids to try and crack down on organised crime in this city.
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