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this is bbc news, the headlines at seven. harvey weinstein appears in court charged with rape and sexual abuse. his lawyer says the film producer will plead not guilty. mr weinstein did not invent the casting couch in hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is about. bad behaviour is not on trial in this case. the modesty of a 96—year—old d—day veteran who fought off a hammer attack and was left for dead. i blame myself, because i was special services. i think i should really have known how to deal with this. is it off or on? president trump says the planned north korea summit could go ahead, one day after it was cancelled. also in the next hour — disappointment for some liverpool fans as mo salah and the squad prepare for tomorrow's champions league final. some lucky ones have made
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it to kiev, but almost 1000 are unable to get there after flights are cancelled. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the disgraced hollywood film producer harvey weinstein has been charged with rape and sexual abuse after appearing in court in new york. once one of the most powerful men in america, he paid a million dollars in cash as bail and agreed to wear an electronic tag. the charges relate to two women, but dozens have made allegations against him since hollywood was shaken by claims of sexual misconduct last year. mr weinstein‘s lawyer said bad behaviour was not on trial, that mr weinstein denies the criminal charges, and that he will mount a vigorous defence. 0ur correspondent
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nick bryant has more. new york city can often feel like a giant movie set, but this was the criminal justice system being put into action for real, and as harvey weinstein arrived to be charged, i managed to confront him. this must be very humiliating. this must be very humiliating for you. he walked into the police station with three large books under his arm, one about broadway musicals, but what mattered today were the charges read to him, accusing him of two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act for incidents involving two separate women. inside the police station, he was arrested, fingerprinted and formally booked, and about an hour later he was brought out by two detectives wearing handcuffs and what looked like a wry smile. harvey weinstein is now being taken to a criminal court, and this is a day his accusers longed to see.
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his demeanour had noticeably changed by the time he was led into court. the movie mogul who once loved parading on the red carpet is forced to take a perp walk. then, in a short arraignment hearing, prosecutors outlined their case. the defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually. outside the courthouse, his lawyer claimed his client was innocent. mr weinstein will enter a plea of not guilty. we intend to move very quickly to dismiss these charges. we believe they are constitutionally flawed, we believe they are not factually supported by the evidence, and we believe that at the end of the process, mr weinstein will be exonerated. dozens of women have accused mr weinstein of inappropriate behaviour, notjust in america. lisa rose worked with him in the uk —
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she was afraid to go up against him. there was that fear inside me that someone would come back at me for speaking out and the fact they spoke out initially, there was a fear that the world would change and he would be powerful again and you would be in trouble. the fact that if he gets put away, and i hope he does, he will not be able to get back at people who spoke out against him is a good thing. as news of his arrest and charges came out, the reaction on social media was swift and damning, from some of those who accused him of wrongdoing and those who worked hard to see him in court today. harvey weinstein not only used to dominate an industry — he commdaned almost every room, but to watch him today was to see his power drain away. harvey weinstein has been released ona$i harvey weinstein has been released on a $1 million cash bail, but he has had to forfeit his passport, he
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has had to forfeit his passport, he has this electronic tagging device to track his movements, and his movements are restricted to new york and connecticut. now, his legal team are saying he will plead not guilty, which means this will go to trial, and the big question is, how many women will be allowed to testify? the two women that the charges relate to all the dozens of women who have accused him of sexual assault? melissa silverstein is founder of the group women and hollywood, which campaigns for gender equality in show business. earlier, she spoke to my colleague jane hill about the significance of the legal action brought against harvey weinstein. i was just thinking about the women and the courage that they had to come forward and to talk to the new york times and talk to the new yorker and had tell their stories and truths. how much has changed?
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what is changing over the past eight months, in particular, since this all became in the public, was put out in the public domain, because of course, they're after all structural systems now which have been revealed to be so discriminatory towards women, what is changing now as a result of this public discussion? i have been working on this issue for ten years, and as you say, there are multiple layers of sexism that are pervasive in the industry and in many industries in our culture. and so what this has done is opened up a fissure, a big sinkhole, and we are really trying to reckon with how to move forward, to create a language to have these conversations and to really peel away the power from the people who held it, who held it over people. this is really about equality, this is about no one person having so much power that they can silence an entire industry, and to protect him and others like him, and so what women are saying by speaking
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out is that we want a different world to live in, and actually i think a lot of men believe that too. feminism is about changing our world, making it morejust and more equal, and that'll make it better for men and for women. and we'll find out how this story, and many others, are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are benedicte paviot from france 2a and owen bennett from huffpost uk. a burglar who attacked a world war ii veteran with a claw hammer and left him for dead has been sentenced to 20 years. joseph isaacs was found guilty of attempted murder after the attack in taunton last november. 96—year—old jim booth was left with fractures to the skull, and cuts to his head, hands and arms, but insists he has not been left terribly "het up" by the attack. jon kay reports. when you've been recognised for outstanding bravery at d—day, when you've been praised
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by prime ministers and have even danced with a duchess, it seems nothing phases you. and then he started lifting the thing and all of a sudden, he pushed me backwards, right up the... for the first time, 96—year—old jim booth is describing the moment he was attacked in his somerset home. by a bogus builder wielding a claw hammer. he hit me six times on the head, as well as more on the arms, with the claw side. each time between it, shouting, "money, money, money!" somehow, jim booth managed to stagger out of his house into the lane to alert neighbours, even though he had a fractured skull, he was concussed and was covered in blood. to suffer that level of abuse with a hammer, most people would expect that to be fatal. but as i said, it showed jim's strength of character and resilience which helped him pull through. maybe it was his military training,
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butjim reckons he did not go down without a fight and took on his attacker. i punched, i hit him, that is right. and i couldn't. .. i think i probably defended myself. but i am saying, i blame myself, because i was special services, you know, and i think i should have really been able to deal with this, but i didn't. i was too old, obviously. two days later, joseph isaacs was arrested. i am not saying anything until i have seen my lawyer. thejury was told he had been traced after using the war veteran's stolen bank cards. 0ur father was subjected to a brutal and cowardly attack, inside his home. 0ur father has shown extraordinary courage and determination, as he has battled with the pain and the long—term effects of the injuries. jim hopes he will soon be cycling again and playing the church organ like he did before the attack. and as a veteran of the normandy
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landings, he is philosophical about what he has been through. worse things happen at sea, as they say. jon kay, bbc news, somerset. president trump has hinted his summit with the north korean leader kimjong—un might take place next month after all. speaking to reporters a day after abruptly pulling out of the planned meeting, mr trump said, "they very much want to do it, we'd like to do it." in a moment we'll hear from president trump himself but first here's laura bicker with the view from seoul. three, two, one! blast! this was north korea's big moment — the destruction of its only known nuclear test site. a grand gesture to show it was serious about its planned meeting with the us president. hand—picked journalists were shown tunnels where the state tested its nuclear weapons.
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before they were blown to smithereens. blast! but barely had the dust settled when donald trump decided the longed—for summit was off. some in south korea could not contain theirfury. they feel their best hope at peace in decades is now slipping away. in a statement through state—run media, pyongyang attempted to take the moral high ground. "the unilateral announcement to cancel the summit is unexpected and we cannot but feel regret for it," they said. "we have the intent to sit with the us side to solve problems regardless at any time." they feel their best hope at peace in decades is now slipping away. the un is also urging both sides to find a way to meet. i urge the parties to continue their dialogue, to find the path to the peaceful and verifiable denuclearisation of the korean peninsula. at the border between the two koreas, where its people can look
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but never cross, this summit was about more than making a deal — it was about ending a near 70—year conflict. translation: this time, north korea opened itself up and dismantled all of its nuclear test sites. but president trump suddenly changed his mind. i am not sure what he was thinking, but i hope he will change his mind again. translation: i think north korea must change itself for their people. the north's inappropriate remarks and statements that do not respect the other side are wrong. i think trump will eventually hold hands with north korea, it is just being delayed. it appears the south korean president got little or no notice of the summit‘s cancellation, and many here are asking, is that any way to treat a key ally? there was so much hope placed on that singapore meeting. they have learned over 70 years not to trust the north, but when it comes to their future, they are asking here, can they really trust the united states? laura bicker, bbc news, seoul.
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well, speaking this afternoon, the president seemed to leave the door open to talks taking place at some stage and possibly even as planned on 12thjune. he was speaking as he was about to board his helicopter at the white house. we're going to see what happens, we're talking to them now. it was a very nice statement they put out, we'll see what happens. inaudible no, we'll see what happens, it could even be the 12th. we're talking to them now, they very much want to do it, we'd like to do it, we're going to see what happens. with us now from our washington dc studio is jessica lee, director of policy and advocacy at the council of korean americans. thank you very much indeed for joining us, what a confusing couple of days we have had, especially that letter. i mean, what has changed, why are we now talking about a
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positive news about the summit? that is exactly right, it has been a bit ofa is exactly right, it has been a bit of a whirlwind, a bit of head spinning to observe, whereby president trump, you know, declared that the meeting was off and then responded quite favourably to the north koreans' responded quite favourably to the north korea ns‘ largely responded quite favourably to the north koreans' largely conciliatory response that they still want to talk with the united states. is this about political games, jessica ? what can we take from this back and forth that we are looking at? this is a lot of, i think, gamesmanship, u nfortu nately, lot of, i think, gamesmanship, unfortunately, that typically you wouldn't see unfolding, you know, at the heads of state level. the negotiations, the get to know you, everything else that is sort of inherent in diplomacy, talking with other countries, it is actually playing out on a remarkable scale, as we see now. i think it is a
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little bit unnerving for folks who have a lot of personal, you know, relationships, you know, such as military families here in the united states, korean american families, who don't want their relatives, mothers and fathers and folks on the peninsula to be perished in any kind of military confrontation. so it is quite frustrating to watch, but hopefully the two sides will, you know, decides to meet onjune 12, if not shortly thereafter, and resume the talks that they had set up to have. the preparatory work for that did start, we know there were meetings, discussions anyway, meetings, discussions anyway, meetings were scheduled, suggestions that delegates did not turn up, but notwithstanding that, if this does happen, jessica, what is likely, in your view, to be on the table for discussion? i think what we have seenin discussion? i think what we have seen in the past 48 hours is that there are a lot of things that the
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united states and north korea have to come to agreement on. the reason, i think, the two sides are so frustrated and distrust remains so high is that they have not yet really fleshed out what it is that they are agreeing to talk about, and thatis they are agreeing to talk about, and that is ok — this one meeting in singapore is not going to resolve the 30 year relationship between the united states and north korea. at the same time, they need to be really concrete, you know, about the ways in which they are going to approach different problems, and i think a more phased approach, rather than trying to resolve it in 15 minutes. it is never that simple, particularly on issues like the deal with nuclear weapons and missile development technology that have huge ramifications for asia, the middle east, the united states' security. you know, we need more time, and hopefully the two leaders will build a bad time for themselves. whether or not this is gamesmanship, there can only be so many times that either party can cry wolf without weakening the whole
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procedure. that is right, and i think that is, you know, something that the american people, you know, certainly recognise, you know. this is high—stakes, this is real lives, real people at stake, right? 25 million in north korea, 50 million in south korea, never mind japan, china, and other people who live and breathe, you know, the same air as the north korean people, and they have a huge stake in what happens in the next few weeks. so this is not a game, this is serious, and it deserves serious discipline, you know, handling of the issue on both sides, the united states and north korea. jessica, thank you very much for your time, for your insight into what is a very congregated situation. thank you. the headlines on bbc news: harvey weinstein appears in court charged with rape and sexual abuse — his attorney says he will plead not guilty. a 96—year—old d—day veteran speaks of surviving a hammer attack, as a man is jailed for 16 years for attempted murder.
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president trump says the planned summit with north korea could still go ahead, despite cancelling the meeting yesterday. the relatives of 14 people who died in the grenfell tower fire have been speaking of of their loved ones on the fifth day of the public inquiry into the disaster. 72 people died in the fire last year. among the emotional testimonies was one from a nine—year—old girl who paid tribute to her cousin. tom symonds has the story of two of the families killed that day. it has become a symbol of society's failure, but this week's commemorations have taken us inside a different grenfell tower, a place that families called home. this family lived on the 21st floor, one was a hospital porter and his wife. 0ur sister—in—law was the anchor of her family.
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she had a real presence within the community, and she was loved by many. she was our family, our sister and she will always be remembered for her strength, her kindness and her love for others. we miss her dearly. it is a daunting prospect to be watched publicly grieving, but this nine—year—old girl was not going to be put off remembering herfriends. had he lived until adulthood, i think he would have liked to have been a comedian, although i do think he had some work to do on hisjokes. his brother and his sister all five of the family died. video has been an important part of the commemorations. this one remembered this family.
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a singer, a talented public speaker, she read so many books that her and said her father could not afford to pay for all of them. her brother, the sportsman. he had a big heart and unique character and personality. it was so poignant. and the youngest, remembered by his good friends. in reception, we liked to play football with each other, and he was a really nice friend. i keep on forgetting that they are gone. i think of them as if they are still here. their mother and father also died. when this video finished, the sounds of sobbing could be heard within the inquiry hall. but the chairman sees all of this as evidence of human cost of this tragedy.
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tom symonds, bbc news, at the grenfell tower inquiry. ministers from australia and the netherlands say they are holding russia responsible for the shooting down of malaysia airlines flight mh17 over eastern ukraine in 2014. the passenger plane was brought down by a surface—to—air missile, killing all 298 people on board. borisjohnson has backed demands for russia to be held accountable and called it an example of the kremlin‘s disregard for innocent life. a 15—year—old has been arrested on suspicion of murdering another boy of the same age in sheffield. the boy, who's not yet been named, died in hospital last night shortly after being stabbed in the lowedges area of the city. he is the second teenager to be fatally stabbed in sheffield this week. people in the irish republic are voting in a referendum about whether to change the country's abortion laws. voters will decide whether to repeal the eighth amendment of the irish constitution, which bans all terminations,
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except when the mother's life is in danger. a report commissioned by the snp to make a fresh economic case for an independent scotland suggests immigrants could play a crucial role in the country's future prosperity. it also recommends that an independent scotland should keep the pound for at least ten years. 0ur scotland editor, sarah smith, reports from edinburgh. the price of a pint might not be the most important issue when choosing your country's future, but what currency you might use to buy a beer or anything else in an independent scotland is a big question that needs a clear answer before there is another vote. the idea is you can still pay for a scottish beer with british pounds, just like you do now. that's meant to reassure voters that their money won't change. but there is still the option of setting up a new scottish currency at some point in the future. i think in time, it's entirely credible an independent scotland
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will want to move to its own currency, and that would be considered to be in the best interests of scotland and the people of scotland. even the most ardent supporters of that position recognise that there would require to be a period of preparation and transition. back in 2014, the uk government ruled out a currency union with an independent scotland. i could not, as chancellor, recommend that we could share the pound with an independent scotland. now the snp don't want a formal pact and said the uk cannot stop scotland simply using the pound. can't we use the pound anyway? of course we can use the pound. less than a few seconds ago, he admitted we could use the pound anyway. so have they now solved their currency conundrum? i think what we've seen today is pretty muddled. we'll use another country's currency, without a central bank, without a formal link to them, and then at some indeterminate point in the future,
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we'll shift to something else, but we're not telling you what that something else is. we're not telling you the steps in between. craft brewing is exactly the kind of growing industry and independent scotland would want to see thrive. it would be reassuring to know that an independent scotland would continue to use the pound, just because i feel like a change in currency would complicate transactions with the rest of the uk and the rest of the world. but there would always be the possibility of a new scottish currency round the corner. if we've got to worry about different currencies, different exchanges, another layer of bureaucracy and administration, it's just going to be more and more difficult. the snp are now suggesting a more cautious approach to independence and economics, but one that's reassuringly inexpensive, if you like. but possibly less inspiring as a result. sarah smith, bbc news, edinburgh. a bbc investigation has found that british men are increasingly being targeted by sextortion gangs in africa. the criminals trick their victims into filming sexual activity online
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and then blackmail them. experts say that ivory coast in west africa has become a hotspot for the gangs. the number of cases reported to police in the uk has more than tripled in the last three years, as angus crawford reports. how scared were you at the time? 0h...frozen. meet adrian — once a victim of sextortion, now warning others about the risk. it's very, very suspicious. we set up a fake facebook profile. out of the blue, we get a friend request. i'm asking, "where are you from?" she is very pretty, flirty — in her own words, naughty. the scam develops in minutes, live in front of our eyes. so you are probably moments away from being scammed. yeah, literally minutes away. the trap set, she's keen to move from facebook to skype. now suggesting video calling, and she's said, "i'm going to show you naked and you also."
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but she's not real — just a pornographic video operated by a scammer, waiting to film and record us, their next victim. of course, we can't show you what would happen next. it might start with a girl, like, slowly undressing and that, you know, anything tojust basically show yourself — your face and your private parts. is it threatening? the next message was definitely threatening, saying, "you know what this is, i'll show it to friends and family." what did you have to do to stop them? give them money. money that more and more ends up here in the ivory coast in west africa. cash transfers are easy, there's high unemployment, and even the poorest areas have access to the internet. the crime of sextortion began and was perfected in nigeria and the philippines before it went global. now ivory coast, and particularly here in abidjan, has become a hotspot of sextortion.
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many of the victims come from the uk. and here are the police files — a growing number being investigated by abidjan‘s cybercrime unit. 0n the screens, some of the videos used by the scammers. they told us they know of at least 120 recent british victims. we want to track down one of the scammers, but they're hidden in the slums, controlled by gangs, and hunted by the police. we do eventually find one who will talk. translation: you have to do it without remorse. if you think about what you're doing, you'd never do it. but you do real harm to the victims. translation: harm? well, afterwards you can sit down and say i'm bad, but you can't put things right. if he's thousands of miles away, how are you going to say sorry? it's no—one's fault — it's love. this is a growing crime with terrible consequences. some people actually take
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their own lives because of this. did that ever cross your mind? um... the truth of the matter was at one point it kind of did. so if you find yourself talking to a girl like this online, beware. angus crawford, bbc news. the stage is set, and from tonight the bbc‘s biggest weekend will host some of the biggest names in pop and classical music. ed sheeran, craig david and taylor swift willjoin in the four days of performance across the four nations. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. i give you your first act of the weekend...
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each event reflects the radio identity. here in belfast it is bbc 6 music. it is part of a strategy to underline the corporation's commitment to music. the bbc knows it's vital to keep appealing to people of all ages and backgrounds, and music is one of the things that can do that. they thought, with no glastonbury this year, it seemed an ideal opportunity for them to showcase music from the biggest pop acts like taylor swift... to classical musicians like nigel kennedy... and to jazz acts like jamie cullum. these enormous outdoor festivals remain a special place in my heart, because you find yourself having to bring something different to the table than you normally do.
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trying to communicate with an audience that big. and also, you are not always playing to your audience, you are playing to people who are there to see a variety of acts, which means you have to work a little bit harder. his performance in perth at the radio 3 event was one of the highlights. while preparations are well under way at the final two venues, swansea and coventry, both hoping to continue the weekend's already considerable momentum. time for a look at the weather with stav da naos. hello there. it is going to be warm this weekend, including the bank—holiday monday as well. the best of the sunshine will always be across northern parts of the uk, whereas further south we will see a mixture of sunny spells and some really heavy and thundery downpours.
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for the rest of this evening and overnight, it's going to be quite cloudy, misty and murky across a good swathe of england and wales, particularly wales, central and northern england, the rain fizzling out, turning a little bit drier. to the north, it should be clear and a touch cooler. further south, it's going to be really warm and muggy, and the season low cloud and mist returning to eastern coasts, particularly north—east scotland. we start saturday off on a rather misty and murky note across england and wales, any overnight rain clearing away, then we'll see plenty of sunshine developing, a glorious day, in fact, but the threat of heavy showers and thunderstorms, particularly across south—west england and wales, maybe into northern ireland, top temperature of 25—26 degrees. that threat of thunderstorms continues into sunday, particularly across southern and western areas. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: harvey weinstein has been charged with rape and other sexual
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offences against two women. his lawyer said he will plead not guilty. a 96—year—old d—day veteran has spoken about surviving a hammer attack — as a man is jailed for 16 years for attempted murder. president trump has suggested he may still meet with north korean leader kim jong—un next month. he cancelled the meeting yesterday, saying pyongyang had shown "open hositility" to the us. a 95—year—old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder in islington, north london after the death of a carer who had suffered serious head injuries. a new law designed to give people more control over their data has taken effect. the general data protection regulation — or gdpr — affects how companies and organisations collect, store and share information. here's our technology correspondent chris foxx to explain what it all means. you have probably had a lot of e—mails lately from companies asking you to review the privacy policy. that is because from today and new that is because from today
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and new law starts which changes how our personal data can be used and stops companies using old tricks to get hold of our personal information. gdpr stands for general data protection regulations. it's a huge new law which applies to all eu countries but even companies in america or china have to follow the new rules dealing with eu citizens. gdpr spells out how companies can get our consent to use our personal information. a request for consent cannot be buried under pages of terms and conditions, it has to be clearly distinguishable from other matters. pre—ticked boxes can no longer be used to indicate consent and making someone hand over more information in exchange for extra features are our premium service is also not allowed because that is not count as freely given consent. the law gives anybody the right to
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access the law gives anybody the right to a ccess 01’ the law gives anybody the right to access or erasure. you can ask a company to delete any data it holds about you, and they will have to have a good reason not to. gdpr also requires companies to keep our data safe. and stop it being stolen. if there is a data breach, companies must inform their national regulator within 72 hours of finding out about it, where possible. there are big penalties for those who do not comply. the maximum fine of 20 million euros, all 4% of a company's global turnover, whichever is higher, and that has got companies worried. a leading cancer scientist says the serious failures in england's breast cancer screening programme go back further, and affected more women than previously thought. hundreds of thousands of women were not invited for a scan when they were aged between 68 and 71. here's our health and science correspondent james gallagher. screening helps spot
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breast cancer early. women aged 50—70 should be offered a mammogram every three years but it was revealed computer problems meant some invites were never sent and the failure may have shortened 270 lives. tragically there are likely to be some people in this group who would have been alive today if the failure had not happened. officials said the problem started in 2009 but new research shows it goes back to 2005, some four years earlier. the government had estimated 450,000 women were not invited for their final scan but now scientists say tens of thousands more women may have been affected. it's taken 13 years to spot that we did not implement the policy the way we said we were going to do it. things need to change to make sure that we work out what we are doing and it is somebody‘s job to actually inspect, to collect the data, inspect the data and make sure we are doing things right.
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public health england rejected the findings seeing the analysis was flawed and that an independent review will look at all aspects of the breast screening service. hundreds of liverpool football fans are struggling to get to tomorrow's champion's league final against real madrid, after two flights to the ukrainian capital kiev were cancelled. the operator worldchoice sports had been unable to secure landing slots at the airport in time. natalie pirks reports from kiev. it has been the soundtrack of liverpool's journey. a tale of the all conquering charge to the final, butjust having got there is reason enough to sing. this was just about affordable. it is ridiculous having it here. lovely city, but come on. it's all for the reds,
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that is all that matters. 0thers haven't been as fortunate, flights have been counselled out ofjohn lennon airport today, leaving hundreds stranded. gutted from an emotional perspective, but disgusted from the perspective at the way it has been handled. as a family, it meant so much to us. those fans are desperate to be here, because they truly believe it is their moment. there is something about this cup run that their manager is saying they can do something special against real madrid. this club has it in its dna, they can go for the big things. nobody expected us to be here, but we are here, because we are liverpool. this team clearly has the magic you cannot explain. can you repeat the question please?
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laughter even in front of the press, they cut relaxed figures, but they stand on the shoulders of giants. 13 years ago today, steven gerrard's team won their fifth champions league trophy in istanbul. it is about time they step out of their shadow. it is about this team and creating our own history. we have done fantastically well to get to this point, but we want to go one step further and remember for the right reasons and that is as winning the champions league. mo salah! liverpool fans are playing their part to turn kiev red. now the team needs to leave its mark. let's return now to our main story. the disgraced hollywood film producer, harvey weinstein, has appeared in court in new york charged with rape and sexual abuse. the prosecutor outlined the charges in court. your honour, the defendant is before the court charged with two violent b felonies for two separate forcible
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sexual assaults against two different women. the charges here today are a result of months of investigation and deliberate analysis of the evidence and the law. that investigation revealed that this defendant used his position, money and power to lure young women into situations where he was able to violate them sexually. our investigation is ongoing and we have encouraged other survivors to come forward. speaking outside the courtroom — his lawyer benjamin brafman said he would plead not guilty and fully expected to be exonerated. mr weinstein has always maintained that any sexual activity was consensual. he has vehemently denied
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that he engaged in nonconsensual sexual activity. many of these allegations are long and overdue, having referenced events that were alleged to occur many years ago. they were not reported at the time. i anticipate that the woman who made these allegations, when subjected to cross—examination, in the event that we even get that far, that the charges will not be believed by 12 people, of assuming we get health ca re people, of assuming we get health care people who are not consumed by the movement that seems —— 12 care people —— fair people who are not consumed by the movement that he had taken over consumed by the movement that he had ta ken over by consumed by the movement that he had taken over by the movement. mr weinstein did not invent the casting couch in hollywood and to the extent that there is bad behaviour in that industry, that is not what this is
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about. bad behaviour is not on trial in this case. it is only a few intentionally committed a criminal act, and mr weinstein vigorously denied that. just paint us a picture of what it was like outside this court this morning? i would call it a carefully orchestrated performance. you had the nypd blocking off traffic, just as harvey weinstein black suv rolled out. they gave the world's media and unobstructed view into his walk into the precinct, and then he came, walked quietly by, ignored reporters questions, and then when he came back out, they had repositioned his black suv so that he would walk straight forward into that in handcuffs, and then he was whisked away to the manhattan liminal court
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where thejudge has away to the manhattan liminal court where the judge has the discretion to safely were allowed cameras or not, but they did allow cameras, seeing as this high profile case has beenin seeing as this high profile case has been in the public interest. all around, this was a very public display of the first criminal case to come to light since accusations against harvey weinstein. bisley, there were particular individuals involved with the charges, but the wider picture is that a lot of women, many women, are looking very closely at this. what i suppose would be a regarded as a milestone moment? absolutely. we have heard from several of his victims reacted on social media, putting out statements. rose mcgowan, one of the first to speak out against harvey weinstein has been giving some very heartfelt interviews today, saying that she thinks that this is the first step towards justice. now of course, harvey weinstein denies any sex that was nonconsensual, but
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sadly, because of the high—profile nature, the power that he wielded in hollywood, many saw this as really giving them the power to speak out against their abusers, so this was, asia against their abusers, so this was, as i a very symbolic david ball women from any of those reasons. thank you very much for talking to us. the headlines on bbc news: harvey weinstein appears in court charged with rape and sexual abuse — his attorney says he will plead not guilty. a 96—year—old d—day veteran speaks of surviving a hammer attack — as a man is jailed for 16 years for attempted murder. president trump says the planned summit with north korea could still go ahead, despite cancelling the meeting yesterday. an update on the market numbers for you. here's how london and frankfurt ended the day. and in the united states, this is how the dow and nasdaq are getting on. now it's time for newswatch, with samira ahmed.
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this week, did bbc news get wedding fever last weekend? you might know the answer. hello, and welcome to news watch with samir ahmed. a week on from the royal wedding, did bbc news get the coverage it get too caught up in the fervour? and did the important stories eggy cu ban fervour? and did the important stories eggy cuban plane crash and the us school shooting get swept aside? —— like the cuban plane crash. first, this week started with the enquiry into the grenfell tower fire. that is not on tuesday by a number of bbc reports, and also by a bbc documentary, the night of the
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bomb, which traced the movements of the bomber, salman abedi. where it was put together was this flat, right in the heart of the city centre, which meant

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