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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story — after weeks of protests, armenia's new prime minister will be chosen later on tuesday. following a third consecutive election victory for amsrigfi, allies 52915151: in; in} president trump says he'll announce his decision on tuesday. turbulent times for air france! shares take a nosedive as the crisis deepens at europe's second biggest airline. i'll be getting an expert view on whether the company can fly high once more after a testing few days. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need
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to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. should 25—year—olds be given £10,000 to help fix the broken "intergenerational divide"? that's redistribution of wealth when young people need it most says the resolutionfoundation. is that a good idea? send your comments to #bbcthebriefing. armenia's new prime minister will be chosen in a few hours, after weeks of protests across the country. the former leader resigned after accusations of nepotism and political corruption. it's thought opposition leader nikol pashinian will be given the job, after public demonstrations showed he had widespread support. andrew plant has more.
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"end the corruption," goes the chant. students, joining the protests that have swept across the country against the powerful armenian elite and the perception of widespread corruption. translation: the governing elite has robbed and tortured the armenian people for years. now we have a historical moment where people are really taking power into their own hands. armenia has become a state where power belongs to the people. this is the man that many here want to see take power, nikol pashinyan, at a rally last weekend. his ascent to prime minister now seems all but guaranteed. he is the only one on the ballot sheet after the current ruling party said it wouldn't field a candidate against him. the former leader, serzh sargsyan, stepped 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.
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thousands of people protested and demanded change. critics accused him of clinging to power, and many saw it as a prime example of political corruption. with a struggling economy, 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, i think he can make a new country. this won't be a nation—wide vote. armenia's national assembly, its parliament, will choose who should now fill the now vacant prime ministerial position. but nikol pashinyan has said he would immediately call a general election so armenia's people can vote and finally be free to choose their own prime minister.
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andrew plant, bbc news. we will stay across that story today. president trump has tweeted that he'll announce on tuesday whether he is pulling the united states out of the international deal that limits iran's nuclear ambitions and its growing influence in the middle east. that will be at 1800 gmt. britain, france and germany, all signatories to the agreement, have urged mr trump not to abandon it. iran agreed to stop its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions being eased. 0ur correspondent paul adams reports. is the iran at nuclear deal about to be killed off? it came out it is attention after it iran's alleged effort to build a bomb. iran had a lwa ys effort to build a bomb. iran had always said its programme is
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peaceful but no one believed this and for almost ten years, the un imposed sanctions. the deal brought together the five permanent members of the un security council and the eu. it was called the joint comprehensive plan of action. what is that within it? iran agreed to do away with large parts of its nuclear programme and allow international is to monitor the rest. this involved giving up large stockpiles of enriched uranium and thousands of centrifuges. as a result, experts believe it would take iran much longer to make a bomb in the future. up longer to make a bomb in the future. up from 2—3 months to around one year. given the international community, much —— giving the international community more time to respond to a crisis. iran could recover billions of pounds of frozen assets if the lid —— sanctions were lifted. it could sell more oil and trade like a normal country. iran is
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sticking to its side of the bargain but the deal has always had its critics. israel and saudi arabia say it isn't tough enough. israel's by minister benjamin netanyahu in particular, says iran shouldn't be trusted. iran light. big-time. -- iran lied. donald trump says it is the worst deal in the world. your mac it is the it is the worst transaction i've ever seen done by anybody ever, ever. he is threatening to walk away and let what he feels as the flaws can be fixed. 0ne what he feels as the flaws can be fixed. one thing, many of the deal‘s key provisions expire after ten, 15 oi’ key provisions expire after ten, 15 or even 25 years. for some, this is a problem. not —— nor does the deal address at the ballistic missile programme or it its aggression
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around the middle east like in syria and yemen. killam it is clear that the us administration that —— it is clear that the us administration will withdraw. what it means in practice remains to be seen. we don't know what the reaction of the europeans will still be an don't know russia and china's reaction either. 0r know russia and china's reaction either. or the reaction of iran. nobody knows what mr trump has in mind that if he makes good on his threat, do they try and keep it alive by themselves or pressure iran into excepting new conditions? if that happens, iran, too, could walk away. a busy agenda today. in hungary, the new parliament will assemble for the first time since viktor 0rban‘s fidesz party won a third consecutive election victory exactly a month ago. fidesz deputies will occupy 133 seats in the 199 seat parliament, giving them a narrow
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two—thirds majority. the bbc‘s nick thorpe isjoining me now from the capital, budapest. good to see you, nick. the parliament will convene. what will we hear, what do the people of hungary want to hear from the new government? i think first of all, the 199 deputies will be taking their oath of office and we won't hear so much actually from them today. it is very much the formalities of setting up the parliament, a leading speakers, collecting new committees of parliament. in the meantime, out here on the square in front of parliament, there has been an all—night demonstration. many of the people who are dissatisfied with the
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way the election was held, with the rules passed, the laws passed, i fidesz, the ruling party in the last eight years. this is the third day of protest. 0nly since april eight when the fidesz won the overwhelming majority. the turnout was not so strong, though, was it? talk us through what the first thing is on the to—do list as a prime minister infora third the to—do list as a prime minister in for a third term. a very right—wing leader who is at odds with the eu. what is he likely to do first? very little detail yet announced. 0f first? very little detail yet announced. of course, he hasn't actually formed, he has named his ministers, a larger government than before. he wants to continue some of the main lines of policy from the previous eight years. that is a very strong, tough, anti immigration and
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anti— migration stance. he betrays himself and hungry, his government, as defending europe from an invasion, as he sees it, a largely muslim immigrants from the middle east and from central asia. very much a stronger law and order agenda. 0ne much a stronger law and order agenda. one of the first law changes we are expecting is one to punish ngo civil society which are trying to help those refugees who do get some kind of protection status. we are also expecting changes to the constitution which of course you can now do with the two thirds majority. —— he can now do. increasing his government control over the judiciary, his critics say. a busy day ahead for hungary. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. italy's troubled national airline, alitalia, has cancelled hundreds of european flights because of strike action
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by air traffic controllers and ground staff. alitalia was declared insolvent last year after unions rejected a bailout plan that involved staff cuts and salary reductions. the new york state attorney general eric schneiderman has resigned just hours after allegations of physical abuse by four women appeared in an article in the new yorker magazine. mr schneiderman is a long—term advocate of women's rights who became a prominent voice in the #metoo movement. according to the new yorker, the four women accuse him of non—consensual physical violence while they were romantically involved. two people have been killed in a train collision in southern germany. the national rail operator deutsche bahn said that a commuter service hit a freight train in bavaria. local media report that the driver of the passenger train and one of its passengers were killed. 1a others were injured. the cause of the crash is not yet clear. the nigerian president, muhammadu buhari, is to travel to britain on tuesday for medical checks. details of the seventy—five year
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old leader's illness have not been made public. the president spent most of last year in the uk having treatment. in the last few hours, china has released its latest set of trade figures. the country's exports rose nearly 13% compared to the previous year and exports grew by over 21%. jeremy cook, chief economist at the currency broker world first. some are on the quarter and some are on the month. so both were exports? yes, exports are still running high over the course of the quarter. also over the course of the quarter. also
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over the course of the past year or so. over the course of the past year or so. it shows the global growth teacher is still remaining strong in the chinese economy and the chinese factories which have largely built the chinese gdp of the past 20 years or so. the chinese gdp of the past 20 years or so. what does this tell us about how china is doing and also in the light of the trade dispute with the united states. icho is that everything, as far as chinese its trade, is still going strong. —— it shows. we have been talking about trump and china basically since he was put into power. he has only really ratcheted up the rhetoric in 2018 but so far nothing has affected the exporting economy in china. that being said, they have a trade surplus of 28.7 billion us dollars which donald trump has perhaps erroneously equated with american weakness. therefore, with these new numbers, will he reinvigorate his focus after this trade negotiation with china last week. it would be
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interesting to see how these figures are comparing the months ahead because although the toric as been going on for some months with regard to the suppose a trade war, the actual tariff themselves haven't beenin actual tariff themselves haven't been in place for long. that's true. and the timing comes to an end later in may, i think on the 22nd, we start to come down to whether these ta riffs start to come down to whether these tariffs come in. 0bviously china retaliation. whether that puts further political pressure on the trump administration. thank you for now. jeremy will be back with that lot more to say in the news briefing. we have got a lot of really good, interesting stories to get our teeth into. stay with us on bbc news. still to come — where motorsport and gardening collide, literally. it's the start of the annual lawnmower racing championships. 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 yet 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.
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you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: after weeks of anti—government protests armenia's opposition leader is expected to be elected prime minister today. for the first time since viktor 0rban‘s fidesz party won a third consecutive election victory. hungary's new parliament will assemble later on tuesday. let's go back to the international deal that limits iran's nuclear ambitions, and president trump's anticipated announcement regarding this deal. michael wilner is the washington bureau chief and white house correspondent for the jerusalem post. he is in los angeles. thank you for being on the programme. what are you expecting
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the president to announce later today? everyone is expecting him to withdraw. the question at this point is whether he has a surprise up his sleeve. it is more about how he withdraws and how he explains it and whether or not he does so aggressively or more restrained. there are options for him. what will the fallout be if the us withdraws? what does it mean for iran and the situation in the middle east? the big give them a gift the us offered to iran was any nuclear sanctions being relieved. —— gift. there are
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still other sanctions but human rights abuses and so on. but any towards the nuclear programme would be lifted. whether or not they are put back in place, they will be considered significant nonperformance under the deal. iran can then referred the us for that violation to a joint commission set up violation to a joint commission set up idea deal and to the un security council. they need to isolate the us by the tools given through the deal. then we will see how they proceed. we have heard conflicting statements from iranian officials. some say they will remain in the deal if europe, russia, and china maintained the benefits. israel has been
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watching this extremely closely, obviously. the government of israel wa nts obviously. the government of israel wants this deal to be scrapped. although, the reaction from iran could be quite strong and could destabilise the middle east.|j could be quite strong and could destabilise the middle east. i think that nobody knows what this is going to look like. there are just too many pieces. iran is in a very u nsta ble many pieces. iran is in a very unstable region. that said, in israel, certainly, the existing government and i would say the population, the majority of the population, the majority of the population, doesn't want a us withdrawal from the agreement. the political opposition thinks it is strategic. they do not say they
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support the deal because they believe the us should remain in it. they believe it is the best of a series of bad choices in this agreement in the past three years. a falling out would give iran carte blanche to pursue the nuclear... 0k. thank you for your time. it is interesting to get your perspective. a white house correspondent for the jerusalem post. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. we look at a crucial night in the indus premier league relegation scrap we are in madrid for clay court tennis. and we race on
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lawnmowers. a crucial match on tuesday. southampton and won the battle to avoid relegation from the english premier league. two games left. —— swansea. they are both on 33 points separated only by goal difference. both no nothing less than three points will be needed. swa nsea fa ce than three points will be needed. swansea face already relegated stoke. if you want to play imported games like on tuesday to stay in the premier league, everybody has to play well. —— important. we accept we have this challenge in our hands. we can do it. i believe that we will do it on tuesday. the 2008 in nba play—offs are hotting up. —— 2018.
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the houstan rockets can eliminate their opposition. they have a 3—1 series lead. novak djokovic continued his comeback from injury with a 7—5, 6—4 victory over kei nishikori in the opening round of the madrid open on monday. the 12 time grand slam champion stepped up to win his 11th straight match in just over two hours. he will face kyle edmund or another in round two. it has not been great for maria sharapova. she lost her last four matches. the 31—year—old who has won the open twice before is still competitive at this level. sharapova
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made the last 16. mark williams has won the snooker world championship for a third time with a thrilling 18- 16 for a third time with a thrilling 18— 16 victory overjohn higgins, leading 15— ten from the afternoon action. john higgins pushed it in the evening session. the 43—year—old, the oldest champion in 40 43—year—old, the oldest champion in a0 yea rs, 43—year—old, the oldest champion in a0 years, held a3—year—old, the oldest champion in a0 years, held his nerve. the welshman did not even qualify for last yea r‘s welshman did not even qualify for last year's championship. he now has another world title 15 years after his last on. you can get all the latest sports news on our website which is on your screen. from me, gavin, and the rest of the team, that was your sport briefing. if you're a follower of motorsport you'll know there are different types of racing. there's formula one of course, plus indy car, stock car, touring car, to namejust a few. but some enjoy the sport
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on a different, and 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, and it seems to be pretty much only men, their machines, and a big, muddy field. it's just a case of holding on. umnm, mastering the bumps, how your machine handles over the bumps, going into corners, etc. so, yeah, very bumpy. there are four classes of vehicle taking part from your bog—standard lawnmower with attached seat, of course, all the way up to a small lawn tractor, although all blades have been removed for safety reasons. just like in a grand prix, it's 25 points for a win. and these lawnmowers
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don't half movie. it's really fast. i didn't realise they could could go that fast. it's quite scary with bumps all over the place. going up and down. it's quite exciting. the season lasts until october when the kings of lawnmower racing will be crowned. until then, it's thrills, spills, and grass cuttings. tim allman, bbc news. so, that is the briefing. the business briefing coming up. air france. what is the future for that national carrier? and the only female broker working at the stock exchange. that is also coming up.
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goodbye for now. 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 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. 0ut 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
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to 28 in the south—east. 0ut 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. 0ut 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. 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
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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 business briefing. i'm sally bundock. turbulent times for air france. shares take a nosedive as the crisis deepens at europe's second biggest airline. trading places. we'll hear from the only full—time female broker working at the new york stock exchange. and on the markets — trading right now, asia, all higher, as you can see. everybody has a close eye on the white house and its announcement on the iran nuclear deal. later today.
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