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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story: president trump apologises to his new supreme courtjustice brett kavanaugh for the pain he endured over allegations of sexual misconduct. you sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent. thank you. applause. the second suspect in britain's nerve agent attack is named as alexander mishkin, a military doctor working for russian intelligence. hurricane michael lashes cuba. it's set to strengthen as it heads towards florida bringing "life threatening" storm surges. trade tensions between the us and china are making the world poorer and more dangerous. the imf unveils its global forecast. a warm welcome to the programme,
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. paris has banned cars on the first sunday of every month in a bid to tackle high pollution levels. to use in a city where you live? —— can you see this happening in a city where you live? tell us what you think, just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. justice brett kavanaugh has been sworn in as the latest member of the us supreme court at a special ceremony at the white house. president trump apologised to him
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on behalf of the american people for what he called the campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. justice kavanaugh said he would always be impartial and a judge for all americans. our north america correspondent peter bowes reports. after weeks of political rancour, a ceremony swearing in ceremony for justice kava nagh. ceremony swearing in ceremony for justice kavanagh. greeted by an extended standing ovation from the supporters, the new member of your supreme court took the oath of office with his wife and daughters by his side. less than two weeks he angrily denied a charge that sexually assaulted christine blasey ford when they were both teenagers. president trump said mr kavanaugh was owed an apology. on behalf of oui’ was owed an apology. on behalf of our nation, i want to apologise to
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break and the entire kavanaugh family fought the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. what happened to the kavanaugh family endure. what happened to the kava naugh family violates endure. what happened to the kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process. justice kavanaugh thanked the president for what he called his stead fast and unwavering support throughout the process. stead fast and unwavering support throughout the processli stead fast and unwavering support throughout the process. i am grateful to you and mrs trump for the exceptional overwhelming courtesy yet extended to my family and me. mr president, thank you for everything. mr kavanaugh also adopted a tone of reconciliation. the senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional. that process is over. my focus now is to be the bestjustice i can be. i take this office with gratitude and no bitterness. on the supreme court i
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will seek to be a force for stability and unity. my goal is to bea stability and unity. my goal is to be a greatjustice for all americans. this chapter in the extremely acrimonious appointment of a supreme court judge extremely acrimonious appointment of a supreme courtjudge may be closing, but with the us mid—term elections just four weeks away, the political fallout could be critical to the future of donald trump's residency. —— presidency. peter bowes, bbc news. an investigative website has named the second russian who britain says was responsible for poisoning a former russian spy with the chemical agent, novichok, in salisbury last march. bellingcat says the real name of the man previously known as alexander petrov is dr alexander mishkin. it said he'd graduated from one of russia's elite military medical academies, where he was recruited by the gru military intelligence. daniel sandford reports. the cathedral city of salisbury in march, and the two men suspected
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of poisoning sergei and julia skripal with the nerve agent novichok. police believe the two men arrived in the country using false identities. the man on the left has since been identified as anatoliy chepiga. the man on the right has tonight been named by the bellingcat investigation website as a doctor — dr alexander yevgenyevich mishkin. bellingcat have unearthed these three pictures of dr alexander mishkin. the website says he trained in a military medical academy, before being recruited by the gru, russian military intelligence. they also obtained this picture of his passport in his real name. his false passport had the same date of birth, and he apparently even kept the first names of his parents in his false identity. the men gave an interview to russian state television under their false names, ruslan boshirov and alexander petrov.
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he, on the right here, is dr mishkin. they are suspected of using this adapted perfume bottle to spray novichok on the door of sergei skripal‘s salisbury house. mr skripal and his daughter yulia ended up in comas in hospital, before eventually recovering. but dawn sturgess, who handled the perfume bottle nearly four months later, died from the effects of the nerve agent. daniel sandford, bbc news. the latest world economic outlook has just been released at the annual imf and world bank summit in bali. this comes against the backdrop of us china trade war, wobbles in emerging markets and the fear of contagion. lawrence gossling, editor—in—chief at what investment, joins me now. lovely to see you. has had a look at what the imf has been saying, what do you make of it? -- you have had a
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look. they are downgrading forecasts for global growth by o.2%, from 3.9% from this year and next year to 3.7%. in the end, not a significant downgrade but it is against the back drop, as you said, the sanctions between china and the us which had kicked in so far and what will become more significant neck years. in that place into a greater political tension, particularly in asia. they are noting a sound of caution backdrop of north korea and some of the other political issues. —— that plays into. some of the other political issues. -- that plays into. trade could cause issues. they are using strong language and you get the sense that christine and her team are trying to lay it on thick to try to deter any aggressive moves on the part of the us or china. they said we are going to be more poor, the risk of the world becoming more dangerous if this trade war escalates further. absolutely. in colloquial terms
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she's tried to knock heads together to say that china and us, calm down, be sensible about this, have some more. . . be sensible about this, have some more... time out, folks! find out! has some negotiations around tracy to derail what is good global growth at the moment. -- have some. we will talk more about this, thank you for now. we'll talk more about this in the business briefing. live to bali, where the imf and the world bank are gathered. a lot in debt, we will unpack it further later. hurricane michael has brought strong winds and heavy rainfall to western cuba and is now set to strengthen, as it makes its way across the gulf of mexico towards the us. the state of florida has been warned to prepare for life—threatening flash floods. the storm battered central america over the weekend. at least 13 people died in the region. 6 of them in honduras alone. lebo diseko has more. trying to get to safety, with water all around,
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people in honduras doing their best to salvage what is left of their homes and their lives. where once there were streets, now there is flooding, after rivers broke their banks. some communities were completely cut off, after mud and debris closed roads. the message from the president, as the rains came in — don't wait to get to safety. translation: the situation is getting more difficult with the passing hours. the important thing is to evacuate the areas of risk. don't wait for the authorities to arrive. the rain which started on thursday has destroyed several homes, and a landslide killed two children and their mother as they slept. the worst looks like it might be overfor honduras, as hurricane michael moves on. it is now lashing the coast of cuba with strong winds and heavy rains. michael is currently a categoryi storm, but it is expected to be a major category 3 hurricane
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by the time it hits the coast of florida on wednesday. lebo diseko, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: faces of hope on syria's frontline. we meet the families trying to reclaim their lives after seven years of war. this was a celebration by people who were relishing their freedom. they believe everything's going to be different from now on. they think their country will be respected in the world once more, as it used to be before slobodan milosevic took power. the dalai lama, the exiled spiritual leader of tibet, has won this year's nobel peace prize. as the parade was reaching its climax, two grenades exploded, and a group of soldiersjumped from a military truck taking part in the parade and ran towards the president,
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firing from kalashnikov automatic rifles. after 437 years, the skeletal ribs of henry viii's tragic warship emerged. but, even as divers work to buoy her up, the mary rose went through another heart—stopping drama. i want to be the people's governor. i want to represent everybody. i believe in the people of california. you are watching the briefing. our headlines: president trump has apologised on behalf of the nation to his new supreme court justice, brett kavanaugh, for the pain he endured over allegations of sexual misconduct. the second suspect in britain's nerve agent attack has been named as alexander mishkin, a military doctor working for russian intelligence.
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in syria, militants still fighting president assad's regime are mainly gathered in idlib province. the area is now home to 3 million civilians, among them up to 90,000 anti—government rebels, including extremistjihadists. president assad's forces were expected to launch a final offensive last month, but that was postponed after an agreement to create a demilitarised zone surrounding the rebel area. our middle east editorjeremy bowen reports from the frontline in idlib, a place fewjournalists have been able to get to. in this war, most syrian christians have chosen silence or the regime. at st george's church, the local commander is proud that his mostly christian town has had a bishop since the fourth century. and he is proud that in the fight to end the rebellion in idlib,
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christians from the town are in the front line. the guns are silent for now because turkey and russia want to set up a demilitarised zone to separate the regime and its enemies. on the other side, are islamist fighting groups. the christian commander says they are all dangerous fanatics, taking orders from western intelligence services, including britain. he says thejihadist extremists have a choice, give up their ideology or be killed. no deals? translation: no, they are terrorists. when they become humans, we will make a deal with them and we will do a deal when europe and america stop their support and the gulf countries stop funding them and putting the jihadi ideology in their heads. we drove along the front line
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around idlib province. village after village is in ruins. half of syria's population have lost their homes. the regime denies accusations that its forces are the biggest killers. the next stop was one more badly damaged ghost town. government forces pushed jihadists of the al—nusra front out of here earlier this year. at the school, newly reopened, the ministry was delivering supplies. the regime wants to show it is getting the country back. in the classroom are children too young to remember peace. only 100 families have come back here. for children who have seen a lot of war, school is a bright spot. for a moment, the wrecked main street was busy before they melted away into
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the empty, damaged town. this girl hasjust started at the school. with herfamily, she arrived from idlib only ten days ago, a place of bad memories. one day, jihadist fighters came to their house. her father said they killed his son because his mother was an alawi, from the same sect as the president and from the alawi heartland. translation: i have a son. his mother is from latakia. i sent his mother and the other kids back to latakia at the beginning of the crisis. he was 14 years old, so he stayed with me. they cut his head off in front of me, in my house. he was 14 years old. they cut off his head because his mother was from latakia. driving through that part of syria,
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from military positions to broken towns, in the rubble and pain an ending is in sight. the rebels are almost beaten. reopening this highway, the m5 is part of the plan to avoid a last battle in idlib. this is syria's main north south route, cut by rebels in idlib since early in the war. after all the years of killing and destruction, president assad and his allies are close to victory. but the president will never be able to say that he has restored sovereignty to the whole country while this road is still cut. that is why reopening it has become one of his major strategic priorities and it is shared by the russians as well. this is as far as you can go up the highway on the regime side. the last syrian army post, looking across at territory held by the rebels.
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if the demilitarised zone does not work, the regime, the russians and the iranians might launch the offensive so feared by idlib's three million civilians. then there is the future. not deadly like war, but not cosy or reassuring. jeremy bowen, bbc news, on the idlib front line. pressure is mounting on bulgaria to provide answers on the brutal murder of a female journalist. viktoria marinova's body was found by the danube in ruse in the north of the country at the weekend, sparking international condemnation. it is the third killing of a high—profile journalist in europe in 12 months, and has ignited concerns about freedom of the press. georgina smyth has the story. flowers, tea rs flowers, tears and candles for
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viktoria marinova, but no new light on her brutal killing. hundreds turned out to pay tribute to the journalist, but with few leads in her murder, speculation is rife as to whether her death was a random act of violence or whether it was linked to her work on a current affair programme. translation: this happened in broad daylight, in broad daylight. if it was premeditated, they would have prepared better. this was done by people who are just sick. translation: i am absolutely certain that the evidence points to her work, and this makes me furious, because the mafia in bulgaria is so big it is everywhere. ms marinova's body was found here on the danube river in ruse, in the north of the country. she had been beaten,
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strangled and raped. investigators are considering all leads in the murder, most notably links to her work. reporters without orders rate bulgaria among the worst in europe for press freedom, and there are fears and otherjournalist has lost her life for doing herjob —— reporters without borders. now it is time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm chris mitchell, and welcome to your tuesday sport briefing, where australia have it all to do against pakistan. and there are shocks aplenty in the first round of the shanghai masters. not sure australia will be looking forward to tuesday. they have it all to do in their first test match against pakistan. they resume 30 without loss on day three, just 452 runs behind. haris sohail was pakistan's star on monday, scoring his maiden test century. his 110 helped pakistan reach a82 before he eventually fell to nathan
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lyon. asad shafiq also had a great day at the crease, with 80. now, the aussie batsmen must do the same. novak djokovic gets his shanghai masters off and running againstjeremy chardy on tuesday. down and seemingly out not that long ago, he can now end the year as the world number one. he has already won wimbledon and the us open this season, and he is favourite for this. stefanos tsitsipas of greece has made his way through to the second round, with a three—set win over frenchman gael monfils. 12 months ago ranked i3ist in the world, the greek star won his first match on the atp tour in shanghai. now he is the world number 15, with an outside chance of qualifying for the tour finals in london next month.
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but milos raonic‘s hopes of qualifying for the tour finals took a blow. the canadian was beaten in three sets by american mackenzie mcdonald. mcdonald, a qualifier here, took the decider 6—3. and three—time grand slam champion stan wawrinka is out, too. returning from knee surgery, the swiss is still not looking his best, and was beaten in three sets by world number 19 borna coric. chinese guard ding yanyuhang caused a stir as he scored points for the dallas mavericks, as the nba team beat the philadelphia 76ers to wrap up their china games series. fans had been chanting all game for the chinese player to take to the court, and they finally get their wish in the fourth quarter.
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he committed a foul, as boos rang around the stadium, but then made it onto the scoresheet with a free throw, which sent the crowd in a frenzy. 115—112 the final score. when nokia's handset business collapsed, many thought that spelt the end for the finnish city of oulu, where nokia was the main employer. but locals weren't prepared to let their city go under. here is how they fought back. it was a terrible time. there was anger and there was shamed, and like 4300 people lost theirjobs. it brought in some kind of
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insecurity. what will happen, and how will we survive? the atmosphere in the city was very serious about that, but then quite rapidly people kind of notice that this could be also the start of a new beginning. globally, there was a lack of it, and suddenly there was a city where there were 4000 competent people available. those people who were developing mobile phones, after nokia collapse, that now knowledge could be used to create products such as wearable devices, medical devices, or the automotive industry. the most important part there was the people themselves. they were active. they started to look at contacts around the world and say there is a team available, and why don't you come to oulu? he created
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the boost for people, and also meeting places for intracranial people to find each other. it was important for us that our employees find new opportunities, so a programme called bridge was set up. it was very successful, and for example in the oulu area resulted in 300 to 400 new start—ups. in the long—term, nokia's handset business collapse was a good thing for oulu. now the ict investment is much more diverse. there are companies working in the car industry, digital health, lots of areas. so this is more robust, in a way. in finnish we have a word which means you never give up, it means
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persistence, it means you keep on trying and looking forward. paris has banned cars on the first sunday of every month, in a bid to tackle high pollution levels. we are asking would you like your town to ban cars one day a month. it will also enable the town to be a better space for those who live there and those who visit, so we have heard from all over the world. we have a viewer in delhi who says the world knows how severely new delhi is affected by pollution, so definitely i would wish to see it happen here in delhi. maggie watches us in rwanda, and she says we have this in rwanda, coming with free health checkups as well. and then another viewer says i wish we could see this in my city, which is sacramento. thank you for your comments. hello.
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there's some warmth and some sunshine in this forecast. also one more day of rain for scotland and northern ireland, and by the time it finally pulls away later on tuesday, through the early hours on wednesday, parts of the western highlands could well have seen around 200 mm, that's close to eight inches, on this one front, which has been hanging around for a few days now. still with us on tuesday, still bringing strong winds, outbreaks of rain into northern ireland and scotland, always heaviest the further north and west you are. slowly through the day, it will be pushing its way northwards. so something dry arriving arriving into northern ireland, southern and eastern scotland, and increasing amounts of sunshine across england and wales, as the cloud through the morning thins and breaks. mayjust keep a little bit more cloud across the far north of england. anywhere from north wales northwards will see the strongest of the winds through tuesday. this is an idea of the average speeds, but the gusts, once again, will be touching 40 or 45 mph. lighter winds further south. here in the sunshine, temperatures between 17 and 20 celsius. 15 and 16 for northern ireland and scotland. still just 11 for the far north of scotland. through tuesday evening and overnight, our band of cloud
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and rain continues to work its way northwards. ao for much of the uk, as we start wednesday morning, it'll be dry, with clear skies, the odd patch of mist and fog, and a mild start to wednesday. temperatures between 7 and i2 celsius as the overnight low. and that warmer air continues to push its way up across the uk through wednesday. you can see temperatures rising, the warmest day of the week, and our front finally starts to clear away from the far north—west of scotland. just some cloud and some patchy rain first thing in the morning, before finally it moves away. and then for much of the uk, it's a fine day, plenty of sunshine. a fairly noticeable south—easterly breeze. later in the day, some hazier skies across southern england, perhaps some showers through the evening. to give you an idea of the temperature, you can see warmer area extending right across the uk, and we can see temperatures quite widely in the low 20s celsius on wednesday, even up into scotland. parts of east anglia and south—east england could see temperatures up around 24 celsius. now, by thursday, it is more unsettled. bands of showers, longer spells of rain, working their way up, particularly across the western side of the uk. further east, at this stage, dry and still holding some warmth.
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20 or 21 celsius. a cooler feel further west. and then as we go through friday, keep an eye on what's happening here, because we could see some very wet and windy weather. gales are likely across much the uk, very unsettled by the end of the week. is this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. the world will become a "poorer and more dangerous place". that's the risk of a trade war between the us and china warns the imf. and from the paris motor show our roving reporter strikes up a conversation with the man driving vietnam's carmaker vinfast. the financial markets, the sharemarket in asia, some of them have hit lows. japan down over i% as the concerned over at trade wars in china continued to worry investors.
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