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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: backtracking on russia. president trump says he mis—spoke about interference in american elections. the sentence should have been i don't see any reason why i wouldn't, or why it wouldn't be russia. sort of a double negative. theresa may's brexit strategy survives by six votes. parliament votes against remaining in the european customs union. we have a special report from yemen, where the civil war is killing one child every ten minutes. and astronomers discover another twelve moons orbiting jupiter, including one on a collision course with the others. in a carefully—scripted but still spectacular public u—turn,
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president trump now says he has no reason not to believe russia interfered in the 2016 us election — contradicting what he said just a day ago. he claimed he misspoke in monday's news conference with russia's president. and for the first time, he also expressed confidence in the unanimous findings of his own intelligence agencies — although he then qualified even that. his original comments drew a barrage of criticism in washington, including some senior republicans. chris buckler reports. with president trump, nothing comes without a little drama. even what some might regard as an apology. i have a full faith in our intelligence agencies. oops, theyjust turned off the light. that must be the intelligence agencies. after so much outrage, he had little choice but to shed
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some new light on what he said in helsinki, as he appeared to support vladimir putin's claim that russia didn't meddle in america's presidential election. i would like to clarify just in case it wasn't. in a key sentence in my remarks, i said the word ‘would' instead of ‘wouldn‘t‘. president putin, hejust said it's not russia. i will say this, i don't see any reason why it would be. the sentence should have been, ‘i don't see any reason why i wouldn't', or ‘why it wouldn't be russia'. but what mr trump did yesterday was to betray the women and men of the fbi, the cia, nsa and others, and to betray the american public, and that is why i use the term that this is nothing short of treasonous. former intelligence chiefs, political opponents and even several senior members of his own republican party had lined up to criticise the president, and question his claim that it's better to forget the past when there are real, present—day concerns about russian activities. i understand the desire and the need to have good relations, that — that's perfectly reasonable,
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but russia is a menacing government that does not share our interests or our values. and i think that should be made clear. so should president trump be rebuked? i just... that was a question he didn't answer. germany is a captive of russia... but republicans were embarrassed by the stark contrast of the combative trump who angrily challenged old allies at the nato summit, compared to the president who appeared all too cosy with the old enemy and sided with president putin over his own intelligence agencies. hit with a shower of heavy criticism, president trump appears to have taken cover under the simple claim he misspoke. but voters in virginia seemed more than a little unsure of what exactly america's foreign policy is. it's look like we're being friendly with people we shouldn't be, and being not as friendly with people probably we should be. i think president trump could have done a betterjob. but also, i realise he is not, you know, he is not a politician. i feel like we're in the dark on things, and we've been given twists from the president as far as this is true, this is not true.
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and with investigations still ongoing into allegations of interference and collusion, it's notjust the white house looking to shed light on what russia might. have been responsible for. chris buckler, bbc news, washington dc. just a short time ago, protesters gathered in lafayette park outside the white house in washington to denounce the president's remarks during his joint news conference with vladimir putin, in helsinki on monday. the former us president, barack obama, has appeared to strongly criticise mr trump while delivering the nelson mandela annual lecture in south africa. the lecture was given on the eve of the centenary of nelson mandela's birth. mr described the world as being at a crossroads with two very different visions of humanity's future ahead. look around. strongman politics are
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a send and, suddenly. whereas some semblance of democracy is contained, the form of it, but those in power seemed to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning. in the west you have got far right parties that often times are based notjust on platforms of protectionism and closed borders, but also on barely hidden racial nationalism. stephen pomper is us program director at the international crisis group. he served on the national security council as a special assistant to president obama. thanks very much for your time. if
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we can come to president obama in just a moment. first of all, president trump's explanation. he misspoke, he said. it was a carefully ravaged damage limitation exercise. what did you make of it? —— managed. exercise. what did you make of it? -- managed. it was unfortunate his remarks in helsinki were not carefully managed. it is not like the questions he got there were a surprise, he anticipated it when he was standing next to theresa may in the uk at few days earlier. he knew it was coming and nevertheless gave an answer that was certain to provoke outrage and suspicion back in the united states. the american people expect when the us president overseas in general, he will be representing national interests, thatis representing national interests, that is the view. there are narrow and wider visions of what that includes but no traditional vision of it includes a president basically
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putting his own interest in front of the interest of the country and when the interest of the country and when the president stands next to a foreign leader who is a competitor oi’ foreign leader who is a competitor oran foreign leader who is a competitor or an adverse area and suggest that he trust that leaders word over his own intelligence community, that is the only conclusion that can be drawn. even today, his explanation of the speaking really makes no sense grammatically, he even qualified his assertion that he really did accept what the intelligence services have included and there was no rolling back on those warm words or president putin, that cosiness with an enemy. how much does that matter? i think it undercuts his credibility. he made a very narrowly tailored walk back on the hour of his statement that was clearly the most vulnerable to criticism. it may be enough at least for right now, for the members of his party that he was trying to
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placate and it may diminish some of the criticism he is getting. but i think over the long—term, it is really a knock to his credibility. what did you make of at obama's intervention today? it was a striking speech, a long speech with a lot in their. it was the embodiment of the spirit that michelle obama spoke to when she talked about when they go low, we go higher, the democratic national convention in 2016. you know, he was obviously addressing some of the political phenomena that he is watching in the united states, but he did it without naming names and did it without calling names. and i think is also striking in terms of the content that he spoke to when he took about the darker side of globalisation. he was a big proponent of globalisation when he was in office, he didn't speak as eloquently and as fully to the downsides and needing to address those as part of progressive
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politics that he did today. that was a message to probably the democratic party and it progressive community in the united states. thank you very much. britain's prime minister theresa may has, for a second night, narrowly survived defeat in parliament over brexit. her government saw off an amendment to a trade bill, brought by pro eu members of her conservative party, which would have kept the uk in a customs union with the eu — that's if no deal is agreed on a trade arrangement before january next year. jon pienaar reports on the day's events at westminster. what does a cabinet in crisis look like? come in and take a look! crisis? what crisis? forget brexit for a moment, theresa may was keen to talk up some good news. i can report that the unemployment and employment figures show that employment has hit a new record. hear, hear. a slightly awkward silence.
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brexit is the biggest issue by far. ministers like the new brexit secretary see angry remainers barring his path, or trying to. 0rder. ayes to the right, 301. the noes to the left, 307. tonight, byjust six votes, the government dodged a damaging defeat. former remainer tories and labour tried and failed to force ministers to seek to join the european customs union if nothing else is agreed, against all of their past promises. it has emerged tory mps were warned defeat would have led to a vote of no confidence in the government. it's unfortunate that we didn't win. 0ur amendment was supportive of the white paper and the prime minister's position, but wanted to guarantee a customs union if the deal was not successful.
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so, ifeel like i have been loyal to my prime minister throughout the week. it's others who have to look at themselves and ask themselves whether they have been. that's not what we promised the electorate. that won't deliver brexit, and we would never have free trade agreements, the main benefit of brexit. and i know that if we lost the vote tonight, that would have triggered an immediate confidence motion in the government. the government has planned a route to brexit, but it is hard going. today the word has gone out from ministers — give compromise a chance, allow the brexit plan to move on. as we leave the european union, we want to provide continuity for businesses, consumers and for trading partners. this bill sets the scene for the uk's independent, sovereign trade policy. we will approach that with optimism and confidence. i think the government is in a considerable muddle.
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they didn't start with a plan and they haven't really got a plan that convinces half of their own cabinet and certainly a number of their own backbenchers, as we have seen today. so much persuading to do, so little time. around 80 local tory chairmen were called into number ten too, and many grassroots members are said to feel betrayed with brexit. the idea that government contemplated the nuclear option of inviting a vote of no—confidence if it was beaten tonight tells you how precariously this is balanced. theresa may's brexit plan has cost her two senior cabinet ministers and, despite tonight's victory, it's on a knife edge. with her party deeply split and labour prepared to exploit those divisions, it's not easy to see how
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theresa may can get any plan through parliament or break the brexit deadlock. ministers blocked a plan to adjourn for summer break this week. labour and tory mps opposed it, so no extra time to take a breath. brexit is still a work in progress, and time is running very short. the official brexit campaign group vote leave has been fined £61,000 - that's about $80,000 - and referred to the police for breaking electoral law. the electoral watchdog said vote leave — which was supported by senior british politicians including boris johnson — exceeded its spending limit by funnelling extra money through another pro—brexit youth group. vote leave says the report is politically motivated and inaccurate. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: ‘a real oddball‘ — that's how astronomers are describing a moon they've discovered orbiting jupiter. and they say it's on a collision course with others. the flamboyant italian fashion designer, gianni versace, has been shot dead in florida. the multimillionaire was gunned down outside his home in the exclusive
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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. 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.
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our top story: president trump has said he accepts that russia tried to interfere in the 2016 us elections, directly contradicting what he said after meeting vladimir putin in helsinki. 75% of the population of yemen is in need of humanitarian aid, according to the un. it says yemen's is the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with one child dying every 10 minutes from preventable causes. for more than three years the country has been divided by a fierce civil war between the government, backed by a saudi—led coalition, and houthi rebels allied with iran. 0rla guerin and cameraman anthony clifford have been in southern yemen. you may find some of the pictures in her report distressing. an ancient civilisation, ringed by mountains and entombed by conflict. yemenis have spent years living in the shadow of the gun. and here's the result.
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this is what childhood looks like in yemen. if you live long enough. many don't. ramzi is now growing up a nomad, thanks to the war. he arrived at this camp in hodeidah province a month ago and says it's very tiring. ramzi spends his days collecting water. he says he misses his home and his toys. he had to leave them behind when his town was shelled by houthi fighters. at 11 years old, he's the man of the family. his home is a bare tent, where his mother, azizah, has only her children and her grief. she tells me ramzi's father was killed 18 months ago —
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collateral damage in a saudi air strike. translation: when my husband was killed, we were not able to see his body. we only saw pieces. and we couldn't tell it was him. that was worse than the news of his death. well, to add to the misery here, there's a dust storm kicking up now, and there's no escape from the punishing temperatures. many families here have been trapped in these conditions for months, waiting for help that hasn't come. aid workers say yemenis are victims not only of war, but also, of global indifference. and now, more than ever, they are victims of hunger. like tiny nagiba, who suffers from severe, acute malnutrition. we found her in her mother's arms, at a local clinic. she is three months old,
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but weighs about half what she should. her doctor is confident that nagiba will recover, but he's haunted by those who didn't survive, like the boy he lost last month. translation: a father came, carrying his son, who had diarrhoea and vomiting. i wanted to save him, but the boy died at the door. the man couldn't afford food, much less medicine. and that's the reality across yemen, as the civil war grinds on between government troops and shia houthi rebels. but this remote battlefield is part of a regional power struggle. government forces are backed by a sunni—arab coalition led by saudi arabia. the rebels are allegedly armed by saudi's rival, shia iran.
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what usually goes unseen is britain's role. it's still a major arms exporter to the saudis. years of war have brought the arab world's poorest nation to the brink of collapse, but have not brought the exiled president, abdrabbuh mansur hadi, back to power. easy to see who he relies on now — his allies, saudi arabia and the uae. we managed to meet president hadi at the southern port city of aden, on one of his rare visits to home soil. given that the united nations has said that the majority of civilian casualties here were caused by air strikes by the saudi—led coalition, have you ever regretted the decision to bring them into this conflict? translation: i don't regret it at all. otherwise, we would not have liberated parts of the country.
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from aden to al mahrah, without the support of the coalition, these areas would have been under the control of the houthis. we believe the coalition operation decisive storm is the most successful one that has ever been undertaken by the arab world. you say it's successful, president hadi, but three years on, you are still not in control of the capital. more than 10,000 people have been killed and the united nations says eight million people here on the brink of famine. if decisive storm had not happened, it would have been the beginning of a major civil war, lasting even longer than the conflict in somalia. but it has already been far too long for many. like mohammed bashir.
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the very embodiment of yemen's agony, ravaged by hunger. war and poverty delayed his parents bringing him for treatment. two days after these images were taken, he passed away, failed utterly by his broken country and failed by the world. 0rla guerin, bbc news, southern yemen. you can read more about the crisis in yemen on our website, including more of 0rla guerin‘s exclusive interview with exiled president abd rabbu mansur hadi, which featured on her report just now. just log on to astronomers have discovered 12 new moons orbiting jupiter, bringing the grand total circling the planet to 79. they're calling one of them an oddball because it's hurtling
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towards the others on a collision course that will inevitably lead to its destruction. scientist scott sheppard led the research team who made the discovery at the carnegie institution for science. he joins me live from washington. well, what are you thinking about this? it is a very exciting discovery we made. jupiter's outer satellites, moons, are an two groups, one that rotates around, and then a retrograde group that goes in a different direction to the one jupiter rotates. usually we find the moons in different areas. one of the new moons we found is a retrograde group ina new moons we found is a retrograde group in a prograde, so it is going down the highway in the wrong direction, so it has oncoming moons for it. it is likely it has collided with a moons in the past and we expect it will collide with another
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moon in future. when that collision happens, what happens, and how likely are we to know about it? on human timescales these are very long events, so one probably happened in our lifetime, 100 million to1 billion years, but for the solar system lifetime that is quite short, given the solar system is 11,5 billion years old. one be found on the wrong direction is around one kilometre in size, and the other moons it is coming around to are anywhere from and few kilometres to hundreds of kilometres in size, so it will be a violent collision, and when it happens at the raw bb dust cloud on jupiter. what is it telling you about the solar system generally? these are the last re m na nts of generally? these are the last remnants of the building blocks of the planet. it is like a vacuum cleaner. it sucked all of the material that formed around it into itself and that material is what developed the planet we see today.
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so these moons are the last remnants of the building blocks of the planet. so, understanding these moons help us to understand how the planet is formed. you have to wonder how ten new moons can go unnoticed until now. yes. technology has air vent. we are using the most powerful telescope there is. —— technology has a dance. we are able to search big areas than people has in the past —— advanced. and we are going deeper. we are able to find smaller things than we have in the past and thatis things than we have in the past and that is why we can turn these things up. you have only named one of the new moons so far, why? we named the oddball moon after the great—granddaughter ofjupiter and we wa nted great—granddaughter ofjupiter and we wanted to get that name. the others will have some kind of public release. trying to get a name for that. we are worried about getting a
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boaty mcboatface thing going, so we will see how that works. everybody would sympathise with that. thank you very much for speaking to us. and just briefly, very much back to earth, well, kind of under the earth, the world thai boys and their coach who spent 13 daysin boys and their coach who spent 13 days in the case system in thailand are to be exposed to the media glare in the outside world later and they will be discharged from hospital. the international rescue effort made headlines around the world. authorities and psychologists are warning that the media spotlight could put them under huge pressure and add to their trauma. let's hope they are treated as gently as possible. more on all of the news anytime on the bbc website. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbc mike embley. thank you for watching. hello there.
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well, depending on how you look at it, some lucky gardens have received some rainfall during monday and tuesday, but the vast majority of the country on tuesday was dry with plenty of sunshine around, some glorious sunset scenes up and down the country. there were a few heavy showers around across northern scotland. this is a weather watchers view looking out off the coast of peterhead, with some downpours there across the water. these showers will continue to fizzle out during the early part of wednesday and then, generally speaking, most places will end up being dry first thing. variable amounts of cloud, some clear spells. quite a warm one across southern areas, but across scotland and northern england, a few chilly spots. certainly out to towns and cities. to wednesday, starting off on a larger dry note. again, for most places, it is going to be a dry afternoon as well. shower clouds will bubble up across northern and western areas, and, like tuesday, some of the heaviest ones could be across parts of scotland. maybe in the north and the south,
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somewhere here, a risk of seeing a thundery downpour. maybe a few showers for northern ireland and a few as well across western england into wales, but the vast majority will be dry. plenty of sunny spells with light winds. it's going to feel a little bit warmer than it did on tuesday. across england and wales, generally around 23 to 26 celsius in the south—east, closer to 18—21 celsius for scotland and northern ireland. on into thursday, another largely dry day, good spells of sunshine and it is going to feel a bit warmer, but more of a breeze and cloud picking up across scotland and northern ireland ahead of this weather front, which will be slowly moving south its way eastwards. notice the deep orange colours building there across england and wales, temperatures will be significantly higher than what we started off the week, with perhaps one or two places in the south—east totalling 29 or 30 celcius. this is the weather system i was talking about. a tangle of weather fronts mixed in with it, it will bring more cloud, outbreaks of rain to the north—west of the uk, slowly sinking its way south
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eastwards, but it will be a weakening feature. more cloud across the northern half of the country with outbreaks of patchy rain into northern england and wales, weakening as it does so, but then we could see maybe a few heavy showers moving to the south—east from the near continent. some of these could be thundery, so you have to keep tuned into the forecast. still a bit of uncertainty with this. quite warm in the south, fresher across the north, 18—20 degrees. that weather front, a weakening feature continues to move southwards, generally speaking for the weekend it's high—pressure that will be exerting its influence again. most places dry with a few patches of rain around and there should be plenty of sunshine around once again. this is bbc world news. the headlines: president trump has backtracked on comments he made at a summit with vladimir putin on monday. he told journalists he does accept the american intelligence community's conclusion that russia meddled in the 2016 us elections which brought him to power. he said he misspoke at the meeting in helsinki. the british government has narrowly survived another challenge to its brexit plan. conservative mps, who favour a soft brexit, failed to push through an amendment
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which would have kept britain in a customs union with the eu, if no deal on trade could be agreed by late january. the exiled president of yemen has admitted that he did not expect the saudi—led military intervention in his country to take as long as it has. however, abd rabbu mansur hadi told the bbc he did not believe that efforts to defeat houthi rebel fighters had reached a stalemate. you're up to date with headlines. now on bbc news, it's time for tuesday in parliament.
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