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western parts of england and wales. the rain moving east but not much rain overnight for the east of england. mr trump has been scathing about the agreement which limits iran's nuclear capability. those who drew it up are alarmed. we're pulling away from our allies, we have created massive uncertainty for businesses and we are potentially setting iran back on the path way to a nuclear bomb. with britain, france and germany urging mr trump to stick by the deal, we'll be asking what the likely consequences of the us pulling out might be. also tonight: making the train ticketing system simplerand fairer — the rail industry launches a public consultation is the brexit plan crazy. are you ready to resign? borisjohnson defies downing st — to dismiss one of its post—brexit customs proposals as "crazy". why young adults should be given a cash payment and pensioners taxed more —
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a new report on fairness between the generations and i'm in indonesia, where scientists are warning even if all the plastic waste is cleared up, there could be a potentially harmful legacy. and coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news: it's a swansea southampton six—pointer. if there's a winner, there'll be another premier league relegation tonight. good evening. president trump appears to be ready to announce that he is pulling the us out of the international nuclear agreement with iran. mr trump is due to make an official statement in an hour's time. the deal, agreed in 2015, limits iran's nuclear programme in return for a lifting of economic sanctions. it's thought the us is preparing
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to reinstate all the sanctions it waived, and to impose new ones. this follows a frantic last—minute round of diplomacy from other countries, including the uk, to try to stop the president from pulling out. our north america correspondent nick bryant is outside the white house european officials expect donald trump to announce that america will withdraw from the iran nuclear agreement. the signature foreign policy achievement of barack obama's presidency. but will it be a hard exit with sanctions that would kill the deal or a softer exit, that keeps it on life support? a british official has said the foreign office is deeply pessimistic. the world await president trump's
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announcement. we look at what could come next. rarely this is one of most momentus announcements of the trump presidency. donald trump described the deal as a disaster, as too lenient on tehran. he has voiced his vehement opposition. the iran deal was one of the most and one—sided drawn by anybody everybody. the nuclear deal was struck in 2015 when iran and six world powers, including the us, uk and russia. iran agreed to limit its nuclear energy programme, which it was feared could lead to the development of a nuclear weapon and so development of a nuclear weapon and so sanctions development of a nuclear weapon and so sanctions were development of a nuclear weapon and so sanctions were lifted, enabling iran to trade more officially. a
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former state department official said the president has already dealt isa said the president has already dealt is a blow. the us has become the unreliable partner. we are pulling away from our allies and created uncertainty for businesses and we are potentially setting iran back on the path way to a nuclear bomb. but the path way to a nuclear bomb. but the trump white house cease it differently, the administration claims iran has rejected spirit of the deal. there is no doubt that iran has continued to cause a lot of problems across the middle east and there is no, it doesn't appear they feel like the deal binds them from continuing to fund terrorism across the middle east. iran could face economic turmoil if sanctions are reimposed. already its currency has plunged. but the country's president down played the impact. translation:
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of course, whether sanctions are in place or not, we should stand on our own feet. this is important for the development of our country. what will be the effect on the united states ? will be the effect on the united states? it look like donald trump has rejected the pleas of his country's allies and it again leaves america looking increasingly isolated. i'm joined now by our chief international correspondent lyse doucet. if — as it's now thought — the us does pull out of this deal, what are the likely consequences? i think we have to see first of all the details of how they pull out. is ita the details of how they pull out. is it a sudden pull out, reimposing sanctions, will there be a grace period? but there will be diplomacy and danger. on the diplomacy side, the big three european countries have said they will do whatever possible to keep this deal alive without the united states. there is
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russia and china. who will we think do everything possible to skirt the american sanctions to keep helping iran. but the united states plays a big role and many transaction are made in dollars. and the danger, this comes at a time when tension is mounting in the region and shadow wa rs mounting in the region and shadow wars between israel and iran taking place in syria with intensifying air strikes. israeli air strikes against growing iranian positions in syria. the prime minister of israel said there must be a conflict with iran. that is the fear. if diplomacy is dead, there will be greater danger. thank you. here, rail companies are launching a consultation aimed at making buying a train ticket simpler and fairer.
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the rail delivery group, which represents railfirms, says there are around 55 million different fares in the current system — and admits that customers aren't always offered the cheapest fare. groups representing passengers have welcomed the review, saying reform is overdue. our transport correspondent, victoria fritz reports. crowded, expensive and the busiest in europe and with 55 million different type of fares, it is little wonder do thirds of passengers are not sure if they bought the right ticket. if they simplified it and make it easier.|j think simplified it and make it easier.” think there is need for it to be better regulated. otherwise you would make the wrong choice and pay more than you need to. my daughter travelled from newcastle to liverpool and she did newcastle to york, then york to liverpool and it was about 50% cheaper. there is a lot of disparity between what the
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prices when they come out, and stuff like that. i think this consultation isa like that. i think this consultation is a positive step. for the first time, the numbers of people choosing to travel by rail in some parts is falling. train companies admit that change is needed to restore trust. we know that customers don't always feel they're getting the right ticket. we want to improve that trust. so they have confidence and we can have further improvements through reform of fares regulation. the mid nineties brought privatisation and with it over 400 pages of regulation. but those rules don't apply in this world. the way we are buying fares is changing, we are we are buying fares is changing, we a re less we are buying fares is changing, we are less likely go into the ticket office than online and some are managing to pay less for that their
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journey by splitting up the journey. if you brought a ticket from london to sheffield for the seventhjuly, leaving at 7am, it will cost £32. but if you bought two separate tickets from london to doncaster and then sheffield it will cost you £18. a saving of 56% and you get there ten minutes early. the rule book is now 23 years old. time some say for a new edition. it is confusing for people trying to find the right ticket and the cheapest ticket. what is fundamental is that the government commits now to implementing the findings of review and the consultation. the government says it welcomes the industry's move to review fares. that consultation will start next month and will run until september. the price that passengers pay for a train ticket is
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set by the government. although train companies have said that average fares will not rise, as a result of any change in reform, new regulations will do little to alleviate a big problem and that is over crowding. when it comes to trains, overcrowding is the big issue and without a guarantee of a seat, any fare is likely to feel like poor value for money. thank you. downing street has said the prime minister has full confidence in the foreign secretary boris johnson, after he described one of the government's proposals for handling customs duties after brexit as "crazy". his remarks were directed at the idea of a "customs partnership" — thought to be favoured by theresa may. our deputy political editorjohn pienaar has more details. is that boris johnson? what did he call the brexit plan? the one theresa may supports? crazy? surely not? if the brexit plan is that crazy, are you ready to resign? how are you?
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how are you, he said. fine, can't say the same for him or the cabinet. sir, is the government's customs partnership a crazy idea? word is the brexit secretary is not keen on the pm's choice of plan either. thinks it's too complex. the buck stops here. the prime minister has to get a plan and her divided cabinet together. so what are the customs options? the brexiteers' favourite is a sharp break and use new technology to avoid stops at the border. and mrs may's, the customs partnership. britain collect customs duties, passes on some cash to the eu, and refunds traders when there's a cheaper british trade deal. so, no blockages and no hard border with ireland. in today's daily mail, mrs may's favourite paper, borisjohnson called that idea crazy, tied to the eu. could you ever support a plan you call crazy? so now the prime minister must win the argument, somehow convince colleagues like the home secretary she's just promoted, or maybe her ally the defence secretary, if she can, or repackage the plan.
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no one is sure how to pull it off, ministers least of all. in a word, do you think there can be any kind of compromise on customs? she laughs. you don't sound too confident. there will be a fight here whatever is agreed. brexiteer mps seem immovable. i think they would be seriously certifiable if they go for the idea of the customs partnership. it really would run against everything i know about government. mps doubtful about brexit want to steer a course close to the eu, for the sake of british business. ultimately it's about getting the right deal in the national interest, something that means we don't go backwards in northern ireland, but also that our manufacturers are able to conduct trade across borders without unnecessary barriers. tonight there are signs borisjohnson may rather stay and fight for his vision of trade at the brexit inside the cabinet, but brexiteers won't like any customs compromise. there's still a chance parliament may demand britain stays
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inside the eu customs system, and brussels may just throw out the whole idea. brexit was always likely to lead to trouble in the cabinet in parliament and in brussels. theresa may surely can't have imagined it would be quite this tough. in the uk, millennials — that is young adults born between 1981 and 2000 — are half as likely as their parents' generation to own their own home by the age of 30. today, a report by the think—tank the resolution foundation has proposed ways of bridging that gap. it would be paid for by scrapping inheritance tax and, instead, taxing all inherited wealth above £125,000. and the report suggests requiring working pensioners to pay more towards the nhs through national insurance. the head of the resolution foundation told the bbc that,
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without action, young people will become "increasingly angry". our economics editor, kamal ahmed, travelled to old colwyn, in north wales, to speak to three generations of one family. i've lived in this house for 18 years. i bought this house quite young luckily — you know i did that. i've just graduated from uni, i need to pay my student loan back. i have worked in this job, a caretaker, in the area for 22 years. i think i was 21 when we bought this. i think it always drummed into me by my dad, he said, you know, if you can buy a house, buy a house. because before that we were renting. so it was quite hard to save while you're renting as well. i'm glad i done it. and i think i did itjust before the the houses went up in price. luckily for me, my mum and dad have let me move back home, i don't have to pay rent, ijust help with the food shopping now and then, so i'm really fortunate.
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so, yeah, i decided to move home, because i knew that's only possible way i was going to be able to save for my future. so when it came to getting a job out of school, what was that like? when i left school i worked in a sewing factory, you could just walk into anywhere really and say, "is there any jobs going? " and they would say, "yes, you can start next week." but now it's a lot harder, isn't it? i have been in the same job 21 years. started there at a young age. it was easier to getjobs then. and it was more, you stayed in the same job. could you imagine that, doing a job for 21 years? no. is that what you would want? no, i graduated uni injuly and i have had three jobs since, four maybe, since then. and now i'll be looking for a newjob as well. i think that's the hardest part, trying to get a stable job. sarah, when you think aboutjasmine and her generation, have you always
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thought your children would be sort of better off, in whatever that means? yeah, i have actually. do you think they will be? not sure. because i think times are getting harder. i'm the first one in my family to go to university and i think even my family thought, "she will get a good job and get paid as soon as she leaves," and it's just not been the case. so, lorraine, if you think about young people today, do their lives seem — do they seem better off than you were? jasmine's got a car now and i wouldn't have had a car when i was that age. life was simpler then? yeah, they like to have more holidays and fancy things in the house — like, we just had what was given to us. lorraine, sarah and jasmine face similar challenges to millions of people. let's take jasmine, the resolution foundation report found people her age are no better off than sarah's generation. and the most striking illustration of that is home ownership. the generation bornjust
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after the second world war — the baby boomers — enjoyed this level of home ownership — pretty high. for the next generation — called generation x — the figure is a little lower, but still positive. and now, millennials — high house prices and stagnant incomes have meant younger people are now more likely to rent than own a home. so, will the government act? well, with no majority and brexit to deal with, some might be sceptical. but a final thought. when george osborne introduced the national living wage in 2015, he thanked one organisation for suggesting the policy to increase the incomes of low paid people — the resolution foundation. thank you. the time is 18:17. our top story this evening: donald trump appears ready to announce the withdrawal of the us from the iran nuclear deal.
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and still to come: could the streets of birmingham once again see motor racing? coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news: major league baseball is coming to london from next year, with the home of the hammers ready to host the red sox and the yankees. the government has said it wants to ban wet wipes, as part of its promise to eliminate single—use plastic products. but any ban won't come into effect for at least another 20 years. wet wipes are behind 93% of blockages in uk sewers, and they form a key part of the giant deposits known as fatbergs. wet wipes also contain non—biodegradable plastics, which can break down into smaller particles called microplastics that can end up in our oceans. our science editor, david shukman, has been to semarang, on the north coast of java, in indonesia — one of the countries worst hit by plastic pollution.
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a journey through the mangrove swamps on the coast of indonesia. plastic hangs from the branches and lies trapped in the roots. indonesia sends huge volumes of plastic into the ocean. only china releases more. there's so much, it jams our boat propeller. the problem is that when plastic flows down the rivers and reaches the ocean, it doesn'tjust disappear. what happens is that the plastic breaks down into ever smallerfragments — what are called microplastics. so even though there's an effort to clear up, the legacy of plastic continues. so we head to the local fish farms, because research in britain shows that microplastics can get into seafood. ijoin this scientist,
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as she investigates a key question — whether eating plastic is harmful. she's working with local fishermen. they collect samples for her to take away for analysis. we eat the fish every day and we don't want to get plastic into our body due to eating fish. so we want to see, where is it safe enough to eat the fish? a microscope shows a plastic fragment found in seafood. it's a couple of millimetres long. scientists want to establish a safe level for microplastics, in case we later find out that they're harmful. it's not a problem that many here have heard of. in a local market, i ask this fish seller if she realises that her fish might contain microplastics. it's impossible, she says, because the seafood is fresh. my fish are clean. but as she's talking, plastic waste is being stuffed into bins right behind her.
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up the road, this factory uses plastic in all its packaging. a lot of it is bound to end up in the rivers and the oceans. but the boss here says he wants to prevent that. so, he's sponsoring classes in how to make what are called ‘eco—bricks'. people are taught to take old bottles and cram all kinds of plastic waste inside them. and when the bottles are glued together, they can make furniture, or even walls. i think that's the best that we can do so far, until there is a better solution for the plastic, then this is the thing that we can stop the plastic from getting into our environment. so at least to trap it? yeah, to trap it. so it doesn't cause pollution. exactly. ultimately, plastic is going to keep accumulating and entering the ocean unless two key things happen — setting up a proper system for handling waste and, also, seeing a complete change of attitude
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among people, businesses and the authorities. and even if the larger pieces are cleared up, the microplastics will drift around for decades. david shukman, bbc news, indonesia. two former chelsea youth football coaches, gwynn williams and graham rix, who were accused of racially abusing young players in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, are facing fresh allegations. a total of seven former chelsea youth team players and apprentices have now come forward to back the claims. williams and rix have denied "all and any allegations of racial or other abuse". chelsea say they are taking the claims "extremely seriously". our sports editor, dan roan, reports. they're the former footballers who claim they were the victims of racism at one of the country's biggest clubs. these four men, who don't want to be identified, say they suffered
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discrimination when chelsea youth team players at various times between 1979 and 1993, at the hands of this man, coach and assistant manager gwynn williams. one of the players says he was also racially abused by the club's former player and youth team coach graham rix. it kind of had a bearing effect on how i was then, to becoming more withdrawn over a period where i walked off because of the racial abuse coming from both characters. it left me half the person that i was and most of my youth gone. so, yeah, hell is the only way i can describe it, during that time. the complainants, who intend to sue chelsea for failing in their duty of care, have received support from these two former youth players of the club, who have backed up the claims. if gwynn actually wanted to make a comment to a black person, it was pretty much always, you black this, you black that.
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never just someone's name. ora derogatory comment. you wouldn'tjust get, oh, you lazy person, or whatever. it was 'black' put in front of it. in a statement, chelsea said, "we take allegations of this nature extremely seriously and they will be fully investigated. we are absolutely determined to do the right thing to assist all parties and any investigations they may carry out, and to fully support those affected, which would include counselling for any former player that may need it." chelsea — already facing legal claims from three other former youth team players over separate allegations of racism and bullying against rix and williams, which the police investigated, but did not take further. both men, neither of whom have any current role at the club here at stamford bridge, declined to comment, but strongly refute all the allegations. stamford bridge may be a very different place today compared to a generation ago but, once again, football is having
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to deal with damaging allegations of the game's uglier side. dan roan, bbc news. over three decades ago, grand prix—style road racing attracted crowds of thousands when it was staged in inner—city birmingham — with drivers navigating a course along closed city streets at up to 200mph. now, competitive motor racing looks set return — with talks at an "advanced" stage to bring the formula e electric car racing series to the city next year. phil mackie reports. it was as hot as monaco in birmingham today, but that's where the comparison ends. motor—racing fans hope there'll be less of this and more of this. and we go green in rome! britain's second city hopes tojoin rome, paris and new york hosting the all—electric formula e series — perhaps as soon as next year. the man trying to seal the deal was visiting one of the country's biggest electric vehicle makers today. it's all about showcasing electric vehicles. birmingham and the west midlands, the focus of the uk
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automotive industry, that's changing fast towards electrical, it is a brilliant opportunity for us to demonstrate the progress that we have made. there hasn't been any street racing on this scale in the uk since birmingham hosted the super prix. that was in the late 1980s. it went down well with the crowds, less so with residents. three decades ago, some of the biggest names in motorsport raced along the streets. birmingham will be hoping to attract that kind of attention again. electric cars are quieter, less polluting. and there is a local team to cheer on. and there is a local team to cheer on. hugely enthusiastic, as you can imagine, to have a home grand prix here in birmingham. we employ over 40,000 people around the world. the majority here in the midlands. so to have a race on our home turf... in front of our employees, but being a british team in a championship at home, that will be a great opportunity for us. formula e has confirmed it is in talks to turn
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these roads into a racetrack next year and it could give the go—ahead within a month. time for a look at the weather. here's darren bett. the last of this unusual heat was focused on the south east, with cloud bubbling up threatening the shower, temperatures of 27 celsius. we have sunshine in northern ireland as well. but here, into much cooler and fresh air, so temperatures only 13. in between, we have had cloud and outbreaks of rain mainly affecting the northern half of the uk and rain petering out as it heads further east. eastern areas largely dry through this evening and into the first half of the night. those bursts of rain push out into the north sea. sky is clear, winds drop and they pick up again in northern ireland, increasing the cloud here. overall, the cooler night than it has been over the past few nights. cooler air heading our way because instead of getting errorfrom cooler air heading our way because
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instead of getting error from the near continent, it is from the west, from the atlantic. clearing one weather front and another band of rain comes in from the west. for many, we start tomorrow dry and sunny, cloud increases and we quickly see wet and windy weather into northern ireland. that wind and rain pushing into scotland over the irish sea into western parts of england and wales in the afternoon. midlands, eastern england still dry, not as warm as today but pleasant, 11 or 12 not as warm as today but pleasant, 11 or12 in not as warm as today but pleasant, 11 or 12 in the rain, not very pleasant. the rain on that weather front and across western areas, it could be heavy as it runs into eastern parts of the uk and becomes light and patchy once again. i thursday, we have sunshine and showers although having said that, much of england and wales will be dry with spells of sunshine. further north, likely to catch showers, initially heavily in the north west and easing into the afternoon. temperature is a bit higher by thursday in scotland and northern ireland, but continuing to drop away in england and thank you. that is it, we
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this is bbc news — our latest headlines. the future of the iran nuclear deal hangs in the balance — as president trump prepares to announce his next move. iran and russia say there would be consequences if he abandons it. rail companies begin a public consultation to make tickets fairer and easier to use, following criticism of the current fare structure. borisjohnson still has downing street's support, despite calling the prime minister's choice for customs controls after brexit as 'crazy‘.
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