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this is bbc news. i'm nkem ifejika. our top stories: lawyers for harvey weinstein try to have the rape charges against him thrown out of court. american secretary of state mike pompeo tells south—east asian allies that diplomatic and economic pressure must be maintained on north korea. it is worth remembering this is not just an american security issue. it is clear our partners and allies within asean know how important the denuclearisation of korea is for their own security. the united states calls on zimbabwe's newly re—elected president to be magnanimous in victory, after more violence erupts. and emergency services in spain and portugal are on standby this weekend with warnings that temperatures could reach 48 degrees celsius. hello, and welcome to bbc news.
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the hollywood film producer, harvey weinstein, is attempting to have criminal charges against him thrown out of court. his legal team is arguing that prosecutors should have shared email evidence with the grand jury that indicted him. mr weinstein denies all the charges. more now from the bbc‘s paul blake in new york. he was once the most famous film producer in hollywood. but outrage over harvey weinstein‘s alleged crimes have left him infamous and kicked off the me too movement, leading many women to speak out against sexual misconduct in the workplace. harvey weinstein has already appeared in court accused of sexually assaulting three women, which he denies. but now, his lawyer is trying to get the whole case thrown out, saying in part that the jury thrown out, saying in part that the jury has not been told the full story. the defence says that dozens of emails, dating from weeks up to
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four years after an alleged rape in 2013 that were exchanged between weinstein and an accuser, show that they had a long—term, consensual, intimate relationship, and at no point reference and assault. they say that these emails should have been shown to the grand jury so they could make an informed decision before they brought charges against him. his defence team is attempting to have the other charges thrown out of court on technical grounds. harvey weinstein‘s lawyers claim some charges are not detailed enough and they weren't sufficiently notified about others. they also claimed the case was rushed to court under pressure from politicians and the media, as actresses like gwenyth paltrow lined up to say that he had behaved inappropriately with them. harvey weinstein was once a hollywood heavy hitter, but now, with a charge that could see him locked away for life, and nearly 100 women publicly accusing him, fame has turned to infamy. us secretary of state mike pompeo has pledged to provide nearly $300
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million in new security funding for south—east asia. he unveiled the plan at a meeting of foreign ministers in singapore. he also called for pressure to be maintained on north korea as concerns mount that pyongyang is making slow progress towards denuclearisation. i would also emphasise the importance of putting diplomatic and economic pressure on north korea to achieve the final, fully verified denuclearisation of the dprk as agreed to by chairman kim. we have seen reports that russia is involved with joint ventures with north korean firms and granting permits to north korean guest workers. if these reports prove accurate, and we have every reason to believe they are, that would be in violation of the un security council resolution 2375. the bbc‘s karishma vaswani is at the meeting in singapore. well, i think what was clear in the press conference was that the us secretary of state mike pompeo held today with reporters on the sidelines
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of the asean summit here in singapore is that he said it was very clear that the north korean leader had committed to denuclearise. he made that statement, that agreement, with president trump, back in singapore, injune. two months on and we still have very little detail or specifics as to how that is going to happen. now, secretary pompeo, mr pompeo, has also said he urged his asean counterparts to maintain the economic and diplomatic pressure on pyongyang, and what that means is to enforce sanctions on the country, economic sanctions, until we see some movement towards denuclearisation. but in an interesting statement to the state broadcaster here in singapore, to a singaporean broadcaster, i should add, he did also say that the north would decide its own timeline of denuclearisation. that has cast a little bit of doubt about how this process will continue
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and certainly still very few specifics as to how this will roll out or unfold. at this stage, all that we know is that he has acknowledged the process will take some time. mr pompeo has also been speaking about china, i suppose, as you would expect, at a summit like that. what has he been saying? well, you know, he reiterated that the two sides have had constructive discussions and i think obviously this is coming against the backdrop of the us—china trade war. at the asean summit itself, at this meeting, there have been consistent discussions, in fact, it takes place every single year, about the militarisation of the south china sea by the chinese. that is a concern that the united states consistently raises. he talked about that again when he was speaking to reporters today. in addition, while here at asean, i
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raised concerns about the chinese militarisation of the south china sea and the importance of maintaining a rules —based order in the region. we discussed advancing cooperation on counterterrorism, including addressing the threat of foreign fighters returning to the region, and cyber security. you can see that really important phrase, rules —based order in the south china sea, that is something the united states consistently talks about and it is what china gets very upset about, frankly, because ageing says that the discussions about the south china sea should remain between the people who are actually involved. —— beijing. the countries who have a stake. as far as beijing is concerned, that is the countries that belong to asean and china itself. however, the united states doesn't see it that way and this often doesn't see it that way and this ofte n co m es doesn't see it that way and this often comes up at these gatherings asa often comes up at these gatherings as a real point of conflict between the two sides. the united states has called
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on zimba bwe's political leaders to show magnanimity in victory and graciousness in defeat, following violence after emmerson mnangagwa was declared the winner. opposition leader nelson chamisa has refused to accept the result and claims he can prove that the electoral process was rigged. our africa editor fergal keane reports from the capital harare. "open for business", the newly elected president's voice, as the the police order people back to work. this a day after the army pushed them home. who really runs this country? and what kind of zimbabwe is it becoming? questions on the morning after victory. we were there in the early hours of the morning when the result was finally declared after days of waiting. mnangagwa emmerson dambudzo, of the zanu—pf party, is therefore duly declared elected president of the republic of zimbabwe, with affect from the 3rd of august, 2018. cheering. there you have it, at 12:45 in the morning, to muted cheers
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from a few supporters, the news that emmerson mnangagwa becomes the president of zimbabwe after this highly contested, volatile election. the slenderest of majorities amid claims of rigging, but enough for these party loyalists. this is a story of parallel politics. for elsewhere in the city there was terror, soldiers beat civilians in several opposition strongholds. this man told us how they attacked around 50 people at a bar. "we were just beaten and i don't know why," he says. "i lost consciousness. "they beat men and women with rifle butts and whips". he showed us the
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bruises on his body. as these reports were emerging, a public relations disaster for the government. riot police arrived at a hotel where journalists had gathered to hear the opposition leader. they were pushed out. "isn't this a democracy," i asked? no luck, there. then, a government minister arrived. at first there were angry exchanges with mdc supporters. none of you police, don't stop the president. a senior zanu—pf figure has appeared here and he is arguing with a member of the opposition, trying to get control of the situation. why did you come here? why did i come? yes. because i was told there was going to be a press conference, but the police anded up saying, "no." i'm saying, let's go ahead. and so the opposition leader was able to appear, partly thanks to a minister's intervention. significantly, he called on his own supporters to disavow violence. we are a democratic organisation and we do not believe in violence. we do not believe in anarchy.
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we do not believe in the use of weapons of war. and within the hour, the president himself had decided to speak. no triumphalism, but an appeal to his defeated opponent. to nelson chamisa, i want to say that you have a crucial role to play in zimba bwe's present, and in its unfolding future. i watched the press conference with his foreign minister, a keen mnangagwa ally. who is really in charge in this country, the president or the security people? in fact, that question, i can even answer it when i'm asleep, because i know very clearly, that it is ed mnangagwa who is in charge. and very firm indeed. tonight zimbabwe must hope for a more tolerant politics. it is by no means guaranteed. fergal keane, bbc news, harare. let's get some of the day's
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other news in brief. the trial of donald trump's former election campaign chief paul manafort has heard how his accountant helped disguise his foreign income so he could pay less in tax. cindy laporta says she had been told to concoct a $900,000 loan on his tax return in 2015. mr manafort denies bank fraud, tax fraud, and failing to report foreign bank accounts. a report commissioned by the united nations as north korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programmes. it continues to flout sanctions and has attempted to sell conventional weapons are broad. it reports that pyongyang tried to engage the services of a syrian arms traffic to sell weapons to libya, yemen and saddam. at least 25 people have been killed in a suicide attack on a mosque in eastern afghanistan.
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two men wearing women's burqas opened fire on shia muslims attending friday prayers in the eastern city of gardez. dozens of people were injured, including children. it's unclear who carried out the attack, although the islamic state group has targeted the shia minority in the past. more than 500 people have died in heavy rains in india so far this year, and there's still a month of the monsoon season to go. the north—eastern state of assam has been particularly badly hit, as nick beake reports. water is painting a dramatic picture in many corners of india. rice fields, now sprawling lakes. schools submerged. communities cut off. coping with the annual monsoon floods is a way of life here. but this year, it is the threat to life that is causing such alarm. at this relief centre,
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the strain of flood after flood is taking its toll on mother of two, pompy. translation: this happens to us every year. i am so tired of it. my entire family was crying last night because the water was neck high and no one came to rescue us. as we venture to more remote starts of assam state, it feels like an aquatic ghost town. but then signs of life and we meet those who refuse to abandon their homes. translation: what willl do if i leave this place? i have my house, my field is here. somewhere else, i'll have nothing. i stayed here because i want to protect my house and all that i have. they tried to bring as many of the animals inside as possible, along with the scooters, but the floor here is completely caked with thick mud where the water came rushing in. if you just have a look inside the bedroom, you will see that they have tried to stack up as much of the furniture
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as possible, but really they are fighting an extremely difficult battle and this is why. we're told the river normally is about half a kilometre away from here, today the water has rushed all the way towards us, it now completely surrounds this house, leaving the owner totally isolated. some of india's biggest cities have also been inundated. this, mumbai, and in patna — a hospital deluged. fish swim among the patients in their beds. many are furious that have not been better protected. the indian authorities deny they have neglected their people and even criticised these flooded protesters. they are simply miscreants and we have, we were able to disperse them and no relief camp is without relief. many scientists say climate change will bring more flooding
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from increasingly destructive storms and put some of the world's the world's poorest and vulnerable people at the greatest risk. nick beake, bbc news, north—east india. stay with us on bbc news. still to come — high—altitude hijinks. women from all over the world take to the skies and fly into the record books. the question was whether we want to save our people, and japanese as well, and win the war and taking a chance to win the war by killing our young men. the invasion began at 2am. mr bush, like most other people, was clearly caught by surprise. we call for the immediate and unconditional withdrawal of all the iraqi forces. 100 years old and still
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full of vigor, vitality and enjoyment of life. no other king or queen in british history has lived so long, and the queen mother is said to be quietly very pleased indeed that she's achieved this landmark anniversary. this is a pivotal moment for the church as an international movement. the question now is whether the american vote will lead to a split in the anglican community. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: harvey weinstein‘s lawyers are trying to get the criminal rape case against him thrown out of court. us secretary of state pompeo urges his allies in southeast asia to maintain sanctions and diplomatic pressure on north korea.
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the united nations says more than 1,500 migrants have died already this year trying to cross from africa to europe. the number of people attempting to make the crossing has fallen compared to last year — but a higher percentage is dying as smugglers use increasingly risky and overcrowded vessels. andrew plant has the story. another night, another rescue. this spanish ship helping 87 migrants. there are fewer this year attempting to cross from north africa to europe. but people smugglers overloading boats unsuitable for the sea means it is high risk for those on—board. around 60,000 people have crossed the mediterranean so far this year, around half as many as during the same period last year, and return to pre—2014 levels. however, one in every 31 people attempting the crossing injune and july died or are missing, compared to one in 49 during the course of 2017. almost 250 people are being rescued every day. 15,000 this summer.
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and this is now the most popular route, between morocco and spain. the strait of gibraltar between tangier and the reception centre at algeciras, just a few dozen kilometres. these migrants are being taken to reception centres. spain now setting up a central command unit to cope with the summer surge. prime minister pedro sanchez in talk with morocco to try to stop the smugglers. translation: we will continue to strengthen our cooperation with morocco and we will introduce a 30 million euros emergency plan, to increase the number of places in reception centres, and for a new central command unit to co—ordinate migrant arrivals. it has become more difficult for migrants to get to the north african coast, but those that do face an increasingly perilous journey, with 850 deaths estimated this summer so far and thousands more migrants in morocco waiting to try to cross the water. andrew plant, bbc news. heatwave stories are usually tales
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of joy and icecream, but europe sweat its way through yet another. in portugal and spain they're bracing themselves for the continent's highest—ever temperatures. on friday, thermometer readings nudged 46.1; degrees in el granado in southern spain, near the portugese border. but, forecasters say the current european record of 48 degrees could be broken in the coming days. sima kotecha reports. a city exhausted by the heat. in monduro, there is little movement today. and the sweltering conditions are having an impact on the younger and older generations. translation: i drink a lot of water. i go to the swimming pool and i have a siesta in the afternoon. translation: old people do not go out, between three and half six or seven in the evening here.
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you will see nobody on the streets. everyone is at home with their fan and these days, air conditioning. if you can afford it. temperatures here have been the highest in the country over the last few days. with the gauge peaking at 45 degrees yesterday. an hour or so away in cordoba, in the southern region of andalusia, there is concern about those who are visiting. of course, people coming to cordoba, they want to see everything, they want to visit all the places in cordoba, but they are not used to these temperatures, so, it is ok if they are inside the places, but do not walk around in the midday, it is dangerous for them. of course, summers in this part of the world are hot, but this heat is exceptional. most of it is down to the hot air coming in from northern africa and stagnating over the iberian peninsula. the great mosque dominates the centre of this city. its ancient heritage, an intricate detail that attracts
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tourists from across the world. for those from britain, the torrid weather is unbearable. we just feel like we are absolutely melting. it is so hot, i think we are just kind of dodging the sun and trying to find some shade, get some ice creams, trying to stay hydrated, it is absolutely boiling. we just got in the car, put on the air con, we had just travelled for an hour. we will get back into the car soon. is that ice cream cooling you down a bit? yeah. yeah? melting a bit, though. in neighbouring portugal, it has also been intense, with similar temperatures. it is often said that britons like complaining about the weather, but now it seems even the spanish are catching the habit. sima kotecha, bbc news, cordoba. thousands of people have fled their homes in the american state of virginia, as heavy rains cause major flooding. there are concerns that a dam near the city of lynchburg could give way, releasing millions of gallons of water.
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the bbc‘s tim allman reports. for days, the rains have come. a relentless torrent battering much of the east coast of america. millions have been warned about the possibility of flash floods. but in certain places, the flooding has already arrived. roads have been closed, some buildings and vehicles damaged or destroyed. as bad as things are, they could get worse. there are concerns about college lake dam, which holds back a nearby reservoir. in its path, a city of some 80,000 people, a danger dramatically spelled out on us television. the worst—case scenario, if that dam does breach, as officials are worried it might, is that that water would go surging downhill into lynchberg and it could drown that city, at least parts of it, in 17
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feet of water in about seven minutes. already, thousands have been evacuated. some had to be rescued in the middle of the night. for now, the dam remains stable and there is talk of opening a sluice gate to try to relieve the pressure. but if the rain continues and the dam does give way, the consequences could be catastrophic. a group of women have flown into the record books, in a skydive above ukraine. hailing from all over the world, the group used three planes to complete three formations in a 90 second stunt. and the team captain says there's more calculation to free—falling than meets the eye. georgina smyth has the story. a record in the. 57 from 19
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countries performing three formations in 90 seconds. jumping formations in 90 seconds. jumping for women on the wings, the skydivers had to jump from three planes at precise times to meet their colleagues in the sky. the first two groups were exactly even, we took the list and went one, two, one, two, one, two, group one here, group two you. then we had coaches, i was one, my colleagues in the other, we made jumps, i was one, my colleagues in the other, we madejumps, watched the video and estate up until 2am looking at it to choose the 57 to the first world record. precise planning paramount in a sport with such a narrow margin for error.|j planning paramount in a sport with such a narrow margin for error. i am going out first row, so i am going outback was like this and i am flying in late in the formation. 1—way ticket to 12,000 feet and they
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are flying out the door. rushing into formation, they got a minute and a half to get everyone into their positions and out of them to open their parachutes. and then it is back down to earth with a world record under their belt. sisters doing it for themselves because this brother is notjumping out of a plane. there's a story from boise, idaho that has been keeping us all busy on twitter today, watching a suburban neighbourhood be invaded by goats. the news was broken by reporter joe parris, whose tweet about the goats attracted 83,000 likes and 36,000 retweets. joe posted this video of the goats, devouring everything in sight. the party was brought to an end when the owners of the escaped animals. a firm called we rent goats were called to come and get them. the goats normally go on hire to eat noxious weeds, but carried out their services for free on a few lawns today. i like to eat goat, very yummy meet.
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—— meat. you can reach me on twitter. i'm @ nkem ifejika. hello there. we had a bit of rain around on friday across parts of northern england, north wales, into the midlands as well, but for most places it was another warm and dry day. this is how weak ended the day in topsham in devon. heading towards the weekend we will see scenes a little bit like this, more spells of sunshine around and it is looking dry and warm wherever you are. just the chance of the odd shower across northern and western parts of scotland, but it should be a dry weekend elsewhere. heading through the day on saturday, we have high pressure building its way in from the west, a couple of weak weather fronts pushing further south across the uk, introducing slightly fresher conditions to northern and western parts. down towards the south—east of england, that this where we keep the heat and humidity through the day on saturday. most places dry, best of sunshine towards the south and east, particularly for northwest scotland we will have a bit more cloud, perhaps the odd shower. temperatures not quite as hot,
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the yellow colours on the map, but down towards southern england we will see those red colours returning. the heat building once again in the south—east, temperatures of 33 celsius on fridays at the 29 or 30 degrees by the time it gets to saturday, not quite as hot as recent days and slightly fresher further north. overnight into sunday and most of us are staying dry with light winds, pretty warm but not as quiet as humid as it has been recently. a few showers towards the north—west of scotland, dry elsewhere and temperatures falling between 12—16 degrees for most towns and cities as sunday morning. the second half of the weekend and it is high pressure once again that is going to be driving our weather, moving its way in from the west and holding on for the next few days. sunday looks like another dry day for most, northern scotland seeing a bit more cloud, bringing the prospect of a few more showers to the highlands of scotland too. sunny spells for scotland, northern ireland and northern england, on spells of sunshine for england and wales and it is towards the south—east that we see the highest temperatures. generally 18—29 degrees for most of us on sunday. into monday and we will start to see a bit more cloud,
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with a weak front into northern ireland and the west of scotland, one or two showers and perhaps in the far north of england. further south again, a dry day with lots of sunshine and light wind. we could see 31 celsius, a little bit more warmer over time it gets to monday and a touch fresher north. to the middle part of the week and those temperatures will get down a little bit, most places staying dry. a few showers in the west. bye bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: the hollywood film producer harvey weinstein is trying to have criminal charges against him of rape, dismissed. his legal team is arguing that prosecutors should have shared email evidence with the grand jury that indicted him. mr weinstein denies all the charges. us secretary of state mike pompeo has called
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for pressure to be maintained on north korea as concerns mount about the progress of denuclearisation. speaking at a meeting of southeast asian countries, mr pompeo called on us allies and partners to maintain sanctions against pyongyang. the united states has called on zimba bwe's political leaders to be magnanimous in victory and gracious in defeat following violence after emmerson mnangagwa was declared the winner of the presidential election. the opposition mdc alliance says it plans to challenge the result in court. it's little more than 50 years since donald campbell lost his life, trying to break his own water speed record
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