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this is bbc news in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories — american allies lobby to try to save the iran nuclear deal. president trump says he'll announce his decision on tuesday. another four years at the top of russian politics. vladimir putin is sworn in once again. the creeping menace from the hawaii volcano. a neighbourhood is being swallowed by molten lava. and melania trump launches a campaign against online bullying, leaving many wondering if her husband will follow her advice. deal or no deal? it's decision time for president trump who says he'll announce on tuesday whether the united states will abandon the international nuclear agreement with iran. france says it will honour the deal, along with britain and germany, regardless of what's decided. in an attempt to influence the us president, the british foreign secretary, borisjohnson had earlier
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appeared on mr trump's favourite news programme, warning that the deal represented the least worst option. here's our north america correspondent nick bryant. on american television this morning, a double serving of boris at brea kfast. a double serving of boris at breakfast. the foreign secretary appearing on donald trump's favourite news show, fox and friends, to address an audience. we think what you can do is beat tougher on iran, addressed the concerns of the president and not throw the baby out with the bathwater. just in case, the president has switched channels, each he popped up on a rival network to repeat a bad deal is better than no deal. blandest and people have anxieties about this deal and of course, they are right in the sense that it course, they are right in the sense thatitis course, they are right in the sense that it is very fast from perfect but it is the best thing we have at
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the moment. donald trump has called the moment. donald trump has called the iran deal a disaster and says he will announce his decision tomorrow. and although the foreign secretary isn't scheduled to shake hands with the us president before then, that hasn't stopped him stroking his ego. if he can fix north korea and the iran at nuclear deal ben ainslie why he is any less of a candidate for the nobel peace prize and barack obama who got it before he even did anything. signed by a run and six world powers, this landmark deal with the signature follow —— foreign policy agreement of a bummer. one lifted economic sanctions in return for limitations on the country's nuclear programme. “— for limitations on the country's nuclear programme. —— obama. for limitations on the country's nuclear programme. -- obama. the iran deal was one of the worst and most one—sided transactions the united states has ever entered into. it's insane, is ridiculous, it
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should never have been made.“ there room for a compromise? one in which america was with —— would withdraw from the deal without lowering it up? one which would include european countries —— allow european countries to trade with a run while still putting pressure on tehran about their regional aggression. long lift the united states, long lift france. —— long lift. the french president emmanuel z- zf’?’ the , ,, , , german amen—ii“?! fingeia german i3fl§§”:§“’%! fingeia merkei the german councillor angela merkel —— chancellor made the case a few days later. so from the foreign secretary, a final face—to—face plea to senior officials such as the new secretary of state mike pompeo who said the iran deal is built on lies. that view is shared by donald trump. the final decision rests with him. live now to washington.
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barbara slavin is director of the future of iran initiative at the think tank atlantic council. thank you for your time. when we are told the president will announce a partial pullout, what does that mean? he might not renew the waivers but not immediately reimpose sanctions. the sanctions in question are ones that tried to discourage countries from importing oilfrom iraq and even if he does not renew the waivers to be sanctions, it would need six months before they would need six months before they would really come into effect. this is what he might do and argue that he needs more time to negotiate with the europeans on more measures against iran. if he doesn't renew the waivers, the united states is i it. ‘ it. what will a and - it. what will a g ofthe ska. 7:5 25;!‘:-:‘:‘ 25!!! 4.7.1 eh»; a; 247... . .. 7
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1—1: f: they there 7 they lfi is a withdraw. they —— there is a mechanism. in run can invoke a dispute resolution mechanism. —— iran. it has up to 45 days to complain about the us and tried to bring the us back into compliance. it provides a bit of time and perhaps they can be some more negotiations between the us and the europeans to produce this famous fix that president trump has talked about. he is supposed to be preparing for a summit with the leader of north korea so i have a
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feeling he will find a way to fight this before that meeting with the north koreans. still, it is worrisome. he has done a lot to undermine this agreement and it is certainly not what all of us anticipated when it was reached three years ago. thank mum efiff§§§fifi§§fif §f§¥§ efi§§fi§§f§ ' of the grand kremlin palace to take the oath of office. on the stroke of midday, he entered the hall where russian emperors were crowned. the symbolism and the message
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couldn't be clearer — putin, the modern czar, loved by his people. he swore on the constitution to serve his citizens, protect russia's sovereignty, and made this pledge to the russian people. translation: our main goal is a new quality of life, security and health. our reference point is a russia for the people, a country where everybody has the possibility for self—fulfilment. then, ringing out over moscow, a gun salute in the president's honour. vladimir putin is arguably the most powerful russian leader sincejosef stalin, but in this power lies a potential problem for the president and for his country. he has built a political system in which all other institutions, from the parliament to the court system, are weak, and all key decisions are taken by him — by putin.
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that is not only a huge responsibility, it begs the question, what will happen here when vladimir putin exits the political stage? not everyone has been celebrating six more years of vladimir putin. police broke up this anti—putin protest in moscow at the weekend. the kremlin is facing international pressure, too, over the salisbury poisoning and the war in syria. meanwhile, western sanctions against russia are biting. russia feels it is being squeezed by the west, and at this moscow arm—wrestling club, they tell me only putin has the political muscle to protect them. we don't have somebody to substitute him. there is no rival, opponent of him. even in a country of 146 million people, there is no substitute for putin? uh...yes. it sounds not very good, but it's true.
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that is precisely how vladimir putin wants to be seen by his people — as the only choice for russia. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. one of the world's most active volcanos is posing an added danger to the residents on big island in hawaii. 35 buildings have now been destroyed by the wave of molten lava — hundreds more are in danger. but officials have told the bbc they're most worried about a plant holding thousands of litres of a highly flammable liquid — they're desperately trying to move it to safety. james cook has the latest. fountains of lava, bursting from one of the world's most active volcanoes. kilauea has been erupting constantly for more than 30 years, but not like this. destruction unfolding in slow motion, gobbling up the ground in a residential area called leilani estates. since thursday, lava has been spewing forth from more than ten fissures in the earth. this community was built on a field of fire, and no—one knows
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where the next rupture will emerge. hundreds of homes are threatened. hundreds of people have been forced to flee. as you go down the hill, you can see that leilani avenue doesn't exist anymore. there's a black lava thing, and everything's all gone. at one point lava burst more than 200 feet into the air, higher than nelson's column in trafalgar square. at the crater of kilauea, geologists are using time—lapse videos to keep watch. but even the experts say that predicting the behaviour of a magma plumbing system which extends a0 miles beneath the earth is practically impossible. they are particularly concerned about gas stored in this geothermal plant near one of the fissures, and about sulphur dioxide in the island air, which can prove deadly. this could go on for months, but there is nothing anyone can do
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about it, except to gaze in awe. james cook, bbc news. the leader of the lebanese militant group hezbollah has described the parliamentary elections as a political and moral victory for the resistance. unofficial reports suggest hezbollah, mostly shia and backed by iran, has won, along with its allies, just over half the seats. prime minister saad hariri says his mainly sunni muslim political movement has lost about a third of its seats. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: where motorsport and gardening collide, literally. it's the start of the annual lawnmower racing champship. i, nelson rolihlahla mandela, do hereby swear to be faithful
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to the republic of south africa. after six years of construction and numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened by the queen and president mitterrand. but the tunnel is still not ready for passengers and freight services to begin. for centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now, the pope's visit symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister became the first man in the world to run a mile in underfour minutes. memories of victory, as the ve celebrations reach their climax. this night is dedicated to everyone who believes in a future of peace and freedom. this is bbc news.
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very good to have you with us. the latest headlines: president trump has said on twitter that he'll announce on tuesday whether he's abandoning the international nuclear deal on iran. in an ornate ceremony at the kremlin, vladimir putin has been sworn in as the president of russia for a fourth time. that's nearly two decades in power. donald trump's wife, melania, has launched a campaign to teach children the importance of social, emotional and physical health. announcing her "be best" initiative, she said her aim was to promote healthy living, the positive use of social media and combat drug abuse. her husband, president trump, is of course well—known for using social media and has often been in the spotlight for using it to insult opponents or people whose views he disagrees with. this was the first lady's message. as we all know, social media can both positively and negatively affect our children. when children learn positive on—line behaviours early on, social media can be used in productive ways and can
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affect positive change. i believe children should be both seen and heard. and it is our responsibility as adults to educate and remind them that when they are using their voice, whether verbally or on on—line, they should choose their words wisely and speak with respect and compassion. joining me now live from new york for more on that story is sarah ellison from the washington post. what did you make of this? many people on social media are boggled by the irony. everyone is aware of the fact donald trump is potentially the fact donald trump is potentially the biggest cyber bully in the world and his wife has adopted this as her
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campaign. it is quite ironic. it shows in some ways a separate their lives us. she backed away initially from making this a front and centre campaign because of what she knew was going to be the irony of this. but people she talked to say this has happened to many people around her and she is paying attention to her and she is paying attention to her son. this is potentially a sign of how much she is approaching her own activities in the white house apart from what donald trump is done. is it faintly possible she is trolling her husband? she is aware of what he does on social media and she is not averse to giving him difficulties in public. there are endless memes of her refusing to hold his hand. i have nothing to
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back that up. she has been slightly slow in kicking off compared to other first ladies. is it possible she did not expect to be first lady? that is exactly it. she is not someone that is exactly it. she is not someone priming for this position her whole life. far from someone priming for this position her whole life. farfrom it. she did not expect her husband was going to win the election. she did not expect she would be in the white house as quickly as she was. therefore, it has taken her some time to come up with, unlike hillary clinton, who had been preparing for a long time, the way that the trumps prepared for the way that the trumps prepared for the white house was campaigning quite hard. when they got that they have to do a lot of things by the seat of their pants. are there other things will and you trump is likely to pursue? —— melania trump.
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things will and you trump is likely to pursue? -- melania trump. she is talking about the opioid crisis. children have been a big pillar of what she says she is interested in. she is really focused on her son. a p pa re ntly she is really focused on her son. apparently she has become a little bit more happy in washington given her son has a dog adjusted to living there. thank you very much. armenia's new prime minister will be chosen on tuesday after weeks of protests across the country. the former leader resigned after accusations of nepotism and political corruption. politicians will choose a replacement on tuesday morning. it's thought nikol pashinian will be given the job, after public demonstrations showed he had widespread public support. andrew plant has more. end the corruption, goes the chant. stu d e nts end the corruption, goes the chant. students joining end the corruption, goes the chant. studentsjoining the end the corruption, goes the chant. students joining the protesting across the country to get rid of the
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perception of widespread corruption. cha nts perception of widespread corruption. chants the governing elite has robbed and tortured the people for many years. now we are taking power back. armenia has become a state where power belongs to the people. this is who they want to see take power, nikol pashinyan. he was at a rally last weekend. it seems guaranteed he will become prime minister. he is the only person on the ballot sheet. the former leader steps down as prime minister last week. he had been the country's president but then became prime minister after armenians voted to switch from a presidential to a parliamentary system. thousands of people protested and demanded change. critics were holding on to power. with a struggling economy,
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many armenians feel their country is undergoing a long—awaited change. translation: if there will be a change, it will be very good. it is not easy to make a revolution. i believe in nikol pashinyan and i think you can make make in your country. -- make a new country. nikol pashinyan has said he would immediately call a general election. the people of armenia can vote and finally be free to choose their own prime minister. andrew plant, bbc news. this week, we're looking ahead to the malaysia's general election on wednesday, seen as one of the most hotly contested ca m pa ig ns wednesday, seen as one of the most hotly contested campaigns in the country's history. one of the key issues in the poll is race. prime
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minister najib razak has warned that a vote for the opposition is a vote for the largest ethnic chinese group. but the dap is pushing back by fielding a number of malay candidates. our correspondent, jonathan head, has been following one of them. syefura othman is on a mission. the young opposition candidate is travelling across rural parts of the constituency she is contesting, trying to break the racial stereotypes that dominate malaysian politics. very unusually syefura, a malay, is representing a largely chinese party, the dap. hers is a mixed constituency, narrowly won by the governing coalition last time. but she and her party know that the key to this election is winning the votes of so—called bumiputeras, malays and other indigenous groups. out here, away from the cities and where most of the parliamentary seats are, it is, as you can see from the flags, firmly pro—government territory.
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most of the malays and indigenous people who live here have for decades relied on government help to survive, so it is all too easy for the prime minister to warn them that a vote for the opposition is a vote for a chinese—dominated coalition that will take malay privileges away. it is to allay those fears that the dap has deployed syefura to this area. translation: this isjust propaganda by barisan nasional, by umno, to scare the malay people especially. because they know if they play on issues of religious sentiment, racial sentiment, malay people will be scared and distance themselves from us. by representing the dap, i want to show that this propaganda is false. braving a sea of blue flags, syefura has come to an orang asli village — the original indigenous inhabitants of the malay peninsula. her party hopes that her youth and charm can win their support. but, in these remote areas, some of them can't even remember that there is an election on wednesday. reminded that syefura represents change, an end to 60 years of unbroken rule by one party, they seem a bit confused. translation: i already have a house.
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there is electricity, water, so everything else is not important. we only met her today, for the first time, so i can't really say whether i like her campaign or not. in malaysia's towns and cities, the hungerfor change is evident. in the countryside, where life is simpler, not so much. the opposition is getting its message and its party colours out here, but it can't be sure if that is enough to change their voting habits. jonathan head, bbc news, janda baik, malaysia. if you're a follower of motorsport, you'll know there are different types of racing. there's formula one, of course,
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plus indy car stock car, touring car, to namejust a few. but some enjoy the sport on a different scale, a much smaller scale, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. this is not silverstone, this is not monaco. this is billingshurst, west sussex, the home of speed. and this is the opening of the 2018 british lawnmower racing championship. men, pretty much only men, machines, and a big, muddy field. mastering your machine. and it is very bumpy. there are four classes of vehicle taking pa rt are four classes of vehicle taking part from your bog standard
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lawnmower with attached seat, of course, all the way up to a small lawn tractor, though all blades are removed for safety reasons. just like in the grand prix, 25 points for a win. it is really fast. i did not know they could could go that fast. it is quite scary with bumps all over the place. going up and down. it is quite exciting. the season lasts until october when the kings of lawnmower racing will be crowned. until then, it kings of lawnmower racing will be crowned. untilthen, it is kings of lawnmower racing will be crowned. until then, it is thrills, thrills, spills, and grass cuttings. tim allman, bbc news. a reminder of our top story.
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president trump has said he'll announce on tuesday whether he's abandoning the international nuclear deal designed to limit iran's nuclear ambitions. we are being told he may arrange a partial pullout, though we do not know what that means. you have been watching bbc news. hello there. what a bank holiday weekend that turned out to be. in fact, a recordbreaker. 29 degrees. the warmest early may bank holiday weekend on record. and for the vast majority, there was a lot of sunshine. there were exceptions too. the western coastal fringe is seeing low cloud and mist and fog. temperatures, no better than 11 degrees. wherever you are, you can expect the temperatures to take a tumble in the next few days. we are swapping out the warm air with cool and fresh conditions from the atlantic. this is how we start off tuesday morning. temperatures in pretty
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decent shape for many. double digits in most places. and again, we will start off with some sunshine in eastern scotland, east wales, and potentially eastern portions of england. out west, cloudy skies, still some grey and murky conditions along the coast. and through the day, a band of rain from the west across northern ireland into scotland, north—west england, parts of wales, and the midlands, and ahead of that, just the odd shower and still some warmth. with temperatures up to 28 in the south—east. out west, temperatures beginning to take a tumble. and as we push this weakening rain band further eastwards through tuesday night we will all get into the cooler and fresher air from the west. a little ridge of high pressure just about building its way in to start wednesday. so, not a bad start to the day. some fine weather, some spells of sunshine. out west, things already changing. thickening cloud for northern ireland and scotland. some rain. the further south and east you are, especially in england, staying dry and bright into the afternoon. temperatures even here a good few degrees down on where they have been. 20 degrees in london and maybejust 11 in belfast. we push that system eastwards wednesday night into thursday. it tries to build its way back in.
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so, thursday, not a bad looking day. decent spells of sunshine perhaps. a few showers blowing in towards the north—west perhaps. even given the strength of the sun at this time of year, temperatures will not be as impressive as they have been over the weekend. 13 to 17 degrees at best. and a similar story really on friday. a fine start. our next atlantic frontal system then pushing in from the west strengthening the winds and bringing outbreaks of rain. and sticking with that cooler, fresher feel. top temperatures on friday afternoon, 12 degrees in aberdeen, a high of 18 in london. that's all for now. this is bbc news. the headlines — president trump is saying he will announce on tuesday whether he is pulling the united states out of the international deal designed to limit iran's nuclear ambitions. britain, france and germany, all signatories to the agreement,
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have urged mr trump not to abandon it. iran agreed to stop its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions being eased. vladimir putin has been sworn in for a fourth term as russian president, extending his almost two—decade rule by another six years. he pledged to improve the lives of ordinary people. on saturday, nearly 1600 protesters were detained during nationwide rallies against the inauguration. lava from one of the world's most active volcanoes is steadily destroying a residential neighbourhood on big island in hawaii. officials have told the bbc they're concerned about a plant holding thousands of litres of a highly flammable liquid. they're desperately trying to move it to safety. now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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