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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. these are our top stories: touching down in helsinki ahead of his summit with president putin. donald trump says there's no formal agenda for the talks. rhapsody in blue. france win the world cup, beating croatia 4—2 in moscow in a thrilling final. crowds fill the centre of paris, as a nation celebrates winning football's biggest trophy for a second time. over the pass the years, these streets have been scenes of national division and national mirth, now they are places of utterjoy and celebration. violence spreads in nicaragua. government forces raid several towns, leaving at least ten people dead. hello and welcome to bbc world news.
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president trump has arrived in finland's capital, helsinki, the venue of his summit with russia's president, vladimir putin. thousands of protesters were on the streets ahead of the meeting. mr trump's visit to the uk ended with him describing the eu as "a foe", accusing it of taking advantage of the united states over trade. and his meeting with mr putin comes just days after 12 russian intelligence officers were charged in the us with hacking during the 2016 election. our north america editor jon sopel reports. it's a topsy—turvy world. president trump arrived into helsinki, having given nato and european allies a kicking and having given
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theresa may a mauling, but saying his meeting with vladimir putin might well be the easiest of this european tour. so in the trump worldview who is a friend and who is foe? i think the european union is a foe, what they do to us in trade. now, you wouldn't think of the european union but they're a foe. russia's a foe in certain respects. china's a foe economically, certainly, they're a foe. but that doesn't mean they're bad, it doesn't mean anything, it means that they're competitors. and that sort of language causes deep unease among in us allies and some in his own administration. theresa may wants the us president to raise the use of novichok in salisbury. only two days ago, 12 russian spies were indicted for interfering in the 2016 prsidential election. so would the president be asking for vladimir putin to agree their extradition? well, i might. i hadn't thought of that but i certainly will be asking about it, but again, this was during the obama administration. they were doing whatever it was during the obama adminstration. the russian president isn't here yet. he's been detained by the small matter of a football match in moscow. so, was he ignorant about what his agents were up to?
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almost certainly not, says the us president's national security advisor. i find it hard to believe, but that's what one of the purposes of this meeting is, so the president can see eye to eye with president putin and ask him about it. the summit will take place in the presidential palace behind me. until now, donald trump has seemed remarkably resistant to hold russia to account for its interference in the election. and given the choice between believing the united view of the us intelligence services that there was systematic interference, and vladimir putin's word that there was not, donald trump somehow extraordinarily seems to have sided with the russian leader. on three previous occasions, going right back to the soviet era, helsinki has played host to russian—us summits, but in the past, there's been a very fixed agenda. this looks like it will be much more freewheeling and that's leaving many in the west feeling distinctly queasy.
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jon sopel, bbc news, helsinki. well, while the president was playing golf in ayrshire, scotland, the prime minister theresa may revealed in a bbc interview that he had advised her to sue the european union over brexit, rather than negotiate. theresa may spoke as she defended her plan for a brexit deal which favours close links with the eu on trade in goods. the policy has been strongly criticised by some leave campaigners and faces a tough test on monday in the house of commons. here's our political correspondent, iain watson. the prime minister is coming out fighting on brexit, though her most immediate battles are with some in her own party. at her country retreat, chequers, she hammered out a new brexit plan. and then lost two cabinet ministers. and many more of her mps think she just isn't being tough enough on brussels. oh, and so does someone else. i gave her a suggestion, not advice. i wouldn't want to give her advice. i'd give her a suggestion. uh, i could fully understand
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why she thought it was a little bit tough. so just what was this tough suggestion? he told me i should sue the eu. reporter: sue the eu? sue the eu. not go into negotiations, sue them. actually, you know, no. did you think about that for a second? we're going into negotiations with them. but more seriously for the prime minister, her new plan to have a common rule book with the eu on traded goods, hasn't gone down well with many of her own backbenchers. this week, ardent brexiteers will try to change crucial legislation to scupper it. while some of those who backed remain will try to pull her closer to the eu. some people are saying they want to vote in the trade bill to keep us in the customs union. i say that's not acceptable. that's not what the british people voted for. others are saying well, if we — perhaps we can not have the bill at all. that would be damaging to our no deal preparations. so let's just keep our eyes on the prize here. the prize is delivering
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leaving the european union. some long—standing leave campaigners say they won't vote down the government's brexit legislation entirely, but they're determined to give it a radical overhaul. brexit is enormously positive, a huge opportunity for the country, and i'm afraid the prime minister doesn't see that. and it's why i think she is a remainer who has remained a remainer. so would labour help the prime minister out and back her brexit plan? i've read it a couple of times and, quite frankly, can't make head nor tail of it. it's theological. it's a mess. so the answer to the question is fairly simply, not that i can see. and the political fallout from chequers continues. today a parliamentary aide at the foreign office resigned over brexit. it's still not clear if the prime minister's new plan will survive intact. that was iain watson. let's get some of the day's other news. a 55—year—old man is due to appear in court on monday morning, after an incident in which a paraglider breached a no—fly zone around president trump's location on friday evening.
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the aircraft was flown close to the hotel on mr trump's golf course at turnberry while the president was staying there. the brother of charlie rowley — recently poisoned with the nerve agent novichok — has said the substance was contained in a perfume bottle. the metropolitan police, which is leading the investigation, has refused to confirm the claim. charlie rowley remains seriously ill in hospital. a murder investigation was launched after his partner dawn sturgess died, after being poisoned in the same incident. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, says there have been productive talks between us and north korean military officials on finding and repatriating the remains of american troops killed in the korean war. the meeting at the korean border village of pamunjom fulfills a pledge by north korean leader kimjong—un at his summit with donald trump. only one story today and that's football,
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and france are champions of the world for a second time. they beat croatia 4—2 in the final in moscow. there were joyful scenes back in paris, as tens of thousands took to the streets to celebrate their nation's triumph. in a moment, we'll give you a flavour of the reaction in france. but first, here's tim allman with a recap of a thrilling match. one star, soon to be two. allez les bleus! the french fans were suitably euphoric after winning a great final, the culmination of what has arguably been one of the greatest world cups. translation: we didn't want to win on a penalty from a handball, but in the second half, france made our dreams come true. it was extraordinairy, we were thrilled. translation: the feeling is incredible, the atmosphere was mad. there were loads of croatians. we put them through misery, it was amazing. the people were lovely, there was lots of atmosphere and we won!
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they certainly did, and they got a little bit of help from croatia, an own goal making it 1—0. but 10 minutes later, it was 1—1 — ivan perisic doing the honours. var has been one of the dominant themes of this world cup and there was one more slightly contentious penalty in the final. antoine griezmann‘s conversion was anything but. then strikes from paul pogba and kylian mbappe made it 4—1. france were almost there. a mistake from hugo lloris allowed croatia to get one back, but it wasn't enough. french president emmanuel macron was there to congratulate his national side. the heavens opened, tears ofjoy perhaps as france became world champions for the second time. cheering
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allez les bleus. tim allman, bbc news. i hope ihope mr i hope mr macron has another suit packed with him. in paris, a giant party took place to celebrate the country's victory. an estimated 90,000 people filled the fanzone near the eiffel tower to watch their team triumph over croatia. lucy williamson reports from paris. hard to tell, i know, but this was paris before the match. marchons! a nation so often divided, today united in hope. some remembered france's last world cup victory 20 years ago. many didn't. the action sometimes too close for words, but the french goals kept rolling in. the celebrations a little louder each time. the atmosphere here is absolutely incredible. i've never seen anything like it. over the past few years,
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these streets have been scenes of national division and national grief. now they're places of utter joy and celebration. amazing. they managed to unite the nation. and for us, it's just wonderful because now we can dream again. everywhere in paris, in the suburbs, in the countries, everywhere, it's, it's... phenomenal. the country is inaugurating its new heroes. the team a rare symbol of multicultural france. before their president, before the world, they triumphed. 11 men who tonight rule france. prior to the tournament, there were fears over security in russia, as well as the readiness of the country's infrastructure to accommodate hundreds of thousands of fans from across the world. but after a successful and predominantly incident—free world cup, has it changed perceptions about the country?
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steve rosenberg reports. a month of football is nearly over, and russia 2018 has impressed. from the stunning stadiums to the street parties, hosts keen to shatter stereotypes, and to surprise. we'd never seen this before. kickabouts by the kremlin. and from what foreign fans have been saying, world cup russia has done its image the world of good. everyone's so friendly. the streets are clean. everyone's been super friendly, well behaved. it's been a real eye—opener, considering what you hear in the uk, um, about russian people, and russia as a country. fair play to putin, he's done a brilliant job, a brilliantjob of the world cup. no wonder president putin is smiling. and just listen to the compliments when he invited footballing legends to tea in the kremlin.
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this is one of the best world cups i ever saw in the last a0 years. thank you, president, thank you, russia. he's achieved his goal, russia's world cup is a public relations success. you won't see the kremlin leader raising a golden trophy above his head, but make no mistake, the winner of this world cup is vladimir putin. remember, this is a man who stands accused of undermining western institutions, of threatening the international order, and what did the world do about it? it came to russia and lavished him with praise. we seem to be victorious everywhere, which i am afraid off. we seem to be hitting well above our weight well, if we do that well, why not? moscow senses it is
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out—playing its opponent. a successful world cup has helped. sport and politics playing side—by—side in vladimir putin's russia. steve rosenberg, bbc news, moscow. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: wejoin the wild boars football team in northern thailand, playing again after their teammates were rescued from their cave ordeal. the flamboyant italian fashion designer, gianni versace, has been shot dead in florida. the multimillionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive south beach district of miami. emergency services across central europe are stepping up their efforts to contain the worst floods this century. nearly 100 people have been killed. broadway is traditionally called the great white way by americans, but tonight it's completely blacked out. it's a timely reminder to all americans of the problems the energy crisis has brought to them.
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200 years ago today, a huge parisian crowd stormed the bastille prison, the first act of the revolution which was to topple the french monarchy. today, hundreds of thousands thronged the champs—elysee for the traditional military parade. finally, fairy penguins have been staggering ashore and collapsing after gorging themselves on huge shoal of their favourite food, pilchards. some had eaten so much they could barely stand. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: president trump has arrived in finland, where he will meet his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, later on monday. he said he had low expectations of the summit. france is enjoying an enormous national celebration after its football team won the world cup for a second time, beating croatia 11—2 in moscow. there's been more violence
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in nicaragua as the government steps up efforts to end months of civil unrest. government forces have launcehd raids on towns in the south of the country. operations to clear protester barricades targeted the city of masaya and nearby communities. human rights organisations say at least six civilians have been killed, including two children. the groups said nicaraguan security forces had occupied the local hospital, refusing admittance to dozens of injured people. the eu, colombia and argentina have condemned the government's actions. earlier, i spoke with ana quiros, a nicaraguan public health specialist and human rights activist. she has been participating in the protests since they began in april. she described the situation on the ground. there is a lot of terror going on. the police and the paramilitary forces have been attacking systematically different towns and different groups. they have been taking people,
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kidnapping people, including today, they kidnapped an 82—year—old man from one of the towns, south of managua, and another one who is 78t, but they kidnapped and they disappear or then they show up in some prison. they have been taken by the paramilitary forces. have you yourself been a victim of any of attacks or any of this kind of violence? yes, i was attacked on april 18th. they hit me with a metal tube in the head, several times. i had two open wounds. they broke my hand, my two fingers and my wrist.
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i was hit all over my body by paramilitary forces. when i was in the first protest of this process against the reform for social security. so the reformer for social security has been the cause of the violence but what will bring it to an end? are you willing to go into talks — the groups that you demonstrate with — are you guys willing to go into talks with the government? we certainly are and we have been trying to force and promote a dialogue between the government and civil society organisations, including entrepreneurs, university students, human rights organisations, peasants organisations, that is mediated by the catholic church and the national episcopal conference... president ortega is worried that
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all of this is a way to try and push him out of office. would you be willing to still see him in office if the violence stops and you get the reform that you want? well, we are not looking for minor reform. we are looking to reform the entire system. this president is in office because he committed fraud openly in the last two elections, at least. so we cannot sustain a corrupt system. we cannot sustain a fraudulent system.
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we want first of all, repression and violence to end. second, justice to be made. third, to have a democratic system in place. so in order to have that, we need the killers to go out of the government. afghan authorities say at least seven people have been killed in a suicide bombing near a government ministry building in the capital kabul. no—one has yet claimed responsibility. it comes as the united nations released data showing record numbers of civilians were killed in conflict in afghanistan in the first six months of 2018. there were 1,692 fatalities, despite an unprecedented ceasefire between security forces and the taliban last month. more than 3,400 people were injured. most of the casualties were caught up in militant attacks and suicide—bombings.
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a little earlier, shoaib sharifi, the bbc‘s bureau chief in kabul, explained who is being held responsible for most of the deaths. the united nations attributes almost 70% of civilian casualties to the taliban and is forces in afghanistan. another 20% is attributed to pro—government forces, including the americans, and the remaining, around 10%, to other forces engaged in the afghan conflict. khar danda, a tiny fishing village in india's bustling city of mumbai, recently got a major makeover ahead of the annual monsoon. more than 50 artists painted about 400 houses in bright colours across the village while waterproofing the roofs. as france and croatia battled it out in the world cup final,
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another famous football team were playing, the senior team of the wild boars in thailand. theirjunior counterparts are still recovering in hospital after being trapped in a cave complex for more than two weeks. our correspondent howard johnson reports from the match. we are at a senior game of the wild boars team in mae sai. what we heard earlier before the game kicked off was that, two of the players telling us that they really miss playing with the younger teammates. they say that normally they train with them every night after school and that, obviously, over the last two weeks they have really missed their presence. now, what we also heard earlier was from the ministry of public health. they said that they have allowed the parents to tell their children inside chiang rai hospital the sad news of the death of the former navy seal diver, saman gunan. they offered condolences and thanks to him for what he did to rescue them from the cave.
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we also saw images of two of the boys crying, one holding up his gown to his eyes, wiping away tears. elsewhere in chiang rai today, we saw a mural being painted by artists, local artists, who came together to put this large picture together. we saw images of saman gunan dominating this mural. there was alsojohn volanthen and rick stanton, the two divers who found the boys. we also saw a proposed statue unveiled for saman gunan. it is going to be around 2.5 metres tall. it will feature the diver stood on a rock and underneath him are 13 wild boars representing the team that he was trying to save. the boys are due to be discharged from hospital on thursday. what we heard is they will return to theie family homes where they will spend time with their friends and family recuperating after this ordeal. allez les boar.
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did you see what i did? you can follow me on twitter, where i perform some tricks. thanks so much for watching. hello. with temperatures as high as 31 celsius, sunday was another hot day across eastern areas of england throughout the weekend, with scenes like this, it was england and wales that had the lion's share of the sunshine and warmth. sunday brought some useful rain to of parts of northern ireland scotland and eastern scotland held on to some sunny spells. this is the weather system that brought some rain to northern ireland and parts of scotland, it's moving southwards in the next 2a hours and behind it, it's introducing a somewhat cooler but more noticeably fresher feel to weather. into north—west scotland and northern ireland as monday begins, sunny spells here, one or two showers developing. central and eastern parts
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of scotland, early outbreaks of rain clear away with sunshine following. for england and wales, many with a dry start. early on in the west, this strip of cloud, outbreak of rain, some thundery bursts. all that slowly moving east during the day. maybe something decent on the garden. as you can see, still some heat, where the sun lasts longest, east anglia, south—east england, near to 30 celsius. behind that system, it's has cooled a little. not much, but it's feeling fresher. a few showers around towards eastern areas. the fresher air follows on behind. so perhaps monday night is going to be a little bit easier for sleeping with temperatures like this, and a couple of cooler nights are to come this week. as tuesday begins, that fresher feel to things is down across all parts of the uk.
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there will be a lot of sunshine to begin with and the cloud is going to build, and you can pick out one or two showers developing here and there but they will be very hit and miss, probably most reliable on tuesday into northern parts of scotland, where some could be heavy and possibly thundery. and it is cooler where it's been so hot by several degrees but nowhere is cold, and wherever you get to see sunshine, it will feel pleasantly warm but it's also feeling that bit fresher. the flow of air coming in from the atlantic, a fairly uneventful weather pattern mid—week. pressure is not as high as it's been but it's not that low. we are left with several sunny days, the cloud builds and there is a chance of catching a shower. it's not quite as warm as it's been. though temperatures in south—east england will head up as we go deeper into the week. to sum up, a fresher feel, a little cooler. some sunshine, the chance of a shower. only a chance. some places will avoid them and another, after monday, mainly dry week.
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this is bbc world news. the headlines: president trump has arrived in finland, where he will meet his russian counterpart, vladimir putin, later on monday. mr trump said he had low expectations of the summit, but hoped it would deliver something good. he also said he'll raise allegations of russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. millions of people in france have been celebrating their team's victory in the football world cup. france defeated croatia 11—2 in the final in moscow. there were scenes ofjubilation in paris, and in towns and cities across the country. it's france's second world cup title in 20 years. britain's prime minister has revealed that donald trump advised her to sue the european union over brexit, rather than negotiate. theresa may was defending her plan for a brexit deal which favours close links with the eu.
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