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the latest headlines: michael cohen, who was donald trump's lawyer for 10 years, has told a committee of congress he fears there won't be a peaceful transfer of power welcome to bbc news, if mr trump loses the 2020 election. broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. michael cohen's already facing jail our top stories: for lying to congress and to the us government. cohen's former boss, president trump, and the north korean leader, kim jong—un, have just begun the second day sex, lies, and wikileaks — of their summit in hanoi. donald trump's former lawyer and fixer gives explosive testimony to congress, and makes this prediction. given my experience working mr trump said he was in no rush, foertrump, ifearthat if he loses the election in 2020 but he is under pressure to secure that there will never be a peaceful a plan for ending the north's nuclear programme. transition of power. the united nations, day two of the summit in vietnam — the united states and china have formal talks are now under way all called on india and pakistan to descalate tensions. donald trump says he's in no india's demanded the return of a pilot who pakistan says it shot down after aunching a raid on indian controlled territory. hurry to see progress. i'm sharanjit leyl, live in hanoi, wherejust before the talks began kim jong—un took a question from the press pack. are you confident?
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translation: well, it is too early to tell. but i wouldn't say that i am pessimistic. pakistan calls for talks with india after fighter jets clashed in kashmir in a major escalation. a blast from the past — the world war two bunker that's being transformed into a work of art. hello to you. michael cohen, who for ten years was donald trump's lawyer and fixer, has been giving explosive testimony to a committee of the us congress, describing the president as a racist, a cheat and a conman. michael cohen is already facing jail for lying to congress, and to the us government about his tax returns. the white house says mr cohen isjust lying again, in the hope of reducing his sentence and getting a book or movie deal.
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this from our correspondent nick bryant. michael cohen once said he'd take a bullet for donald trump. but on capitol hill today, the president's former lawyer, his personal mr fixit, carried out a political hitjob on his one—time boss. i know what mr trump is. he is a racist. he is a con man. and he is a cheat. one of his most explosive allegations concerned this man, roger stone, a trump ally and self—styled political dirty trickster, recently indicted by the special counsel robert mueller. during the 2016 presidential campaign, he claimed donald trump was told ahead of time that wikileaks and its founder, julian assange, were about to leak e—mails that would hurt hillary clinton. those e—mails were hacked by the russians. mr stone told mr trump that he had just gotten off the phone withjulian assange and that mr assange told mr stone that within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump
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of e—mails that would damage hillary clinton's campaign. mr trump responded by stating to the effect, "wouldn't that be great?" michael cohen also claims mr trump told him to pay hush money to the porn star stormy daniels to cover up an affair with the billionaire, in violation of campaign finance laws. he showed the committee the personally signed cheque the president had sent him in reimbursement. the president of the united states thus wrote a personal cheque for the payment of hush money as part of a criminal scheme to violate campaign finance laws. so what of the burning question of whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and the kremlin? questions have been raised about whether i know of direct evidence that mr trump or his campaign colluded with russia. i do not, and i want to be clear.
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but i have my suspicions. he's going to be an amazing president... on the eve of the hearing, the republicans released video showing michael cohen lavishing praise on donald trump. the words the media should be using to describe mr trump are generous, compassionate, principled... and today they tried to trash the reputation of this convicted fraudster found guilty of lying to congress, even displaying visual aids to make the point. there's no truth with you whatsoever. that's why that's important to you, to look up here and look at the old adage that our mums taught us — liar, liar, pants on fire. no—one should ever listen to you and give you credibility. it's sad. president trump is half a planet away in vietnam, for a nuclear summit with the north korean leader, kim jong—un. on camera, he remained tight—lipped about the fire and fury coming from his former lawyer back home.
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mr president, do you have any reaction to michael cohen and his testimony? but on twitter, he claimed mr cohen was lying to reduce his prison term. i wish i can go back in time... michael cohen admitted tea rfully that he can't rewrite history. the question for americans watching his dramatic testimony — did he present a truthful version of it today? nick bryant, bbc news, washington. nick bryant for us. i put it to chris buckler in washington, those revelations don't change much — this was said about donald trump before he was elected and he was still elected. yes, beyond that as well, these allegations have floated about, but what is different is in some ways they have been given a face and a voice in the middle of congress. and they have also potentially given some places for congress to now look at. there is also the suggestion that there is a new investigation
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taking place with the southern district of new york. prosecutors looking at those business dealings and we have robert mueller‘s investigation floating about. you are right, at times it was nothing short of political pointscoring. republicans doing their very best to undermine the man they pointed out time and time again was and is a convicted liar, michael cohen, and democrats doing their best to get around that and to drill into the detail to see what they could find out. now, one of the main accusations against michael cohen was of course that he is simply looking for tv deals, book deals, film deals and perhaps even money as a result of all of this that he has been involved in. however, he argues he is going to jail and that's not his motivation. he says his best interest is really in looking after the country. given my experience working foertrump, ifearthat if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power. and this is why i agreed to appear before you today.
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and potentially you could argue that some of things he said could lead congressional committees to look at other things. it's also worth pointing out that just a day after all of that, michael cohen will appear before, again, this time before the house intelligence committee. you can imagine they will pick up where a lot of this was left off, particularly about russia, and what potential connections or links there were between mr trump and his campaign and russia. of course, that is all firmly denied. and in the house intelligence committee, that will be behind closed doors, so we won't get this kind of theatre, but you can be sure that the representatives will be trying to get some answers. chris buchler from a little chris buchlerfrom a little bit earlier. let's get some of the day's other news: here in the uk the main opposition labour party has confirmed it's now in favour of another referendum on brexit. their alternative plan for leaving the european union was defeated in parliament, and mps voted
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to endorse theresa may's latest brexit strategy. but only after she made a series of concessions. at least 20 people have been killed and dozens more injured when a train smashed through the buffers and burst into flames at cairo's main railway station. the egyptian prime minister, visiting the scene, promised the disaster would be thoroughly investigated and those responsible punished. brazillian authorities have closed the training ground where ten teenage football players died in a fire three weeks ago. they say flamengo, one of the country's biggest clubs, didn't have a licence to operate the training centre in rio de janeiro. a second day of meetings between donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un has begun in the last hour. the two leaders spoke to the press before going into a series of talks. the two leaders have just finished speaking to the press with president trump saying he would rather reach the right deal than rush a deal on north korean denuclearisation. thanks, mike. as you say, the two leaders have just finished speaking
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to the press with president trump saying he would rather reach the right deal than rush a deal on north korean denuclearisation. let's have a listen. i've been saying very much from the beginning that speed is not that important to me. i very much appreciate no testing of nuclear rockets, missiles, any of it, very much appreciated. chairman kim and i had a very good talk about that last night. i will let him say what he would like to. if he doesn't, he doesn't have to. but we had a very good talk about that last night. and, macro to, i am good talk about that last night. and, macro to, iam in no good talk about that last night. and, macro to, i am in no rush. good talk about that last night. and, macro to, iam in no rush. —— and, again, i am and, macro to, iam in no rush. —— and, again, iam in no rush. we have developed something very special with respect to that. but ijust wa nt to with respect to that. but ijust want to say i have great respect for chairman kim, i have great respect for his country, and i believe it will be something economically that will be something economically that will be something economically that will be almost hard to compete with for many countries, it has such
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potential. now, we rarely hearfrom now, we rarely hear from the now, we rarely hearfrom the north korean leader, particularly when journalists put questions to him. but on this occasion he did respond toa but on this occasion he did respond to a question. are you confident? translation: well, it is too early to tell. but i wouldn't say that i am pessimistic. for what i feel right now, i do have a feeling that good results will come out. and can't tell you how seismic that is- and can't tell you how seismic that is—it and can't tell you how seismic that is — it is so unusual for the and can't tell you how seismic that is — it is so unusualfor the north korean leader to take a question from the press, least of all a member of the foreign press. it was a washington post reporter asking him that question. now, with me to give us a little bit more analysis about these talks, they have just kicked off, as you saw, andres
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abraham from stanford university. thank you for staying with us. so you have just seen that press conference, now they are in extended talks with their advisers, mike pompeo and kim young chul an interesting fee chat before the talks was about half—an—hour, 15 minutes less than it was expected to be. so what can be read into all of what we have seen this morning? well, it is tough, it is a bit of a test, is the shorter time at good sign that they got enough cleared off the plate so they can move on to the group discussion? or was it that they are failing to agree one—on—one and they needed to expand the dialogue to include their principles. it is impossible to tell at this point. indeed, it is impossible, because there has been a lot of speculation about what substantive measures will be taken this time around — the fact of the matter is very vague discussions came out of singapore, so this time
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around their mum has to be more than just handshakes. yes, something real does need to emerge from it. i do think this time the dynamic is neither side wants to push each other to hide at this point because i think both men recognise that they need to go home with some kind of win. soi need to go home with some kind of win. so i don't expect the discussions to be too tense today. and what we may not see is a long—term vision, the endpoint or the endgame emerge from this site. i think both sides would be content to have a short—term win and maybe create a process that moves into the distance without a clear vision of what is over the horizon. right, and the fact that it, because a lot of experts basically saying there is no attempt at that complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearisation that the americans are trying to achieve, last year, and that this year it will be very much step—by—step. and that this year it will be very much step-by-step. right, and we are not hearing conversely from the north koreans any pushing over the
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issue of america's nuclear umbrella, the nuclear security they provide their allies, specifically south korea and japan here in asia, and those are the really tricky difficult issues for both sides, denuclearisation, the nuclear umbrella. it seems like maybe they are coming to an agreement for those issues for a later date. all right, thank you so much for making sense of all of that. and there is all of that testimony from michael cohen as well potentially providing a bit of distraction from president trump here, so most people saying he does need a foreign policy win here in hanoi to deflect from what's going on back home. thank you very much for that, thank you both. a major escalation in tensions between pakistan and india, both nuclear powers. pakistan is claiming it's shot down two indian airforce jets and captured a pilot. the latest friction centres on the disputed region of kashmir, which both countries claim as their own. for more on this, we can talk to sahar khan, a specialist in south asian politics at the washington—based think tank, the cato institute.
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are you making of this? these are two countries that have been at war over kashmir. this is definitely a dangerous situation for sure. i think the world and international community is certainly very nervous about both countries going to war with each other. they are both nuclear countries. each of them have ioo nuclear countries. each of them have 100 nuclear weapons. for now, there has been no talk of a nuclear escalation. i think the escalation will remain conventional in nature. but it does seem that prime minister modi has sort of refused one minister imran khan's offers for talks, so we will have to see how india retaliates to pakistan's actions. it seems particular treaty does need because both leaders have something to prove, mr modi has an election coming up, the pakistani leader has an economic crisis on its hands, mrtrump
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leader has an economic crisis on its hands, mr trump needs pakistan to broker a deal with the taliban so he can fulfil his election promise of getting the us out of afghanistan — he might not want to lean on pakistan too hard. yes, absolutely right. and i think when you think about it, when you compartmentalised in terms of india's election, definitely prime minister modi wants to win and we have seen in the past indian politics are very anti— incumbency which means it's very ha rd to incumbency which means it's very hard to hold onto power unless there is some sort of national emergency and this is something which the bjp, prime minister modi's party, is not alien to so i think he will need a foreign policy win to ensure he wins the general election. imran khan is sort of similar in his stamps, the first time he has been prime minister of pakistan and he has a lot to prove —— stance. but i think he is practising a lot more restraint than prime minister modi and pakistan certainly doesn't want to start a war, a conventional war. as far as the us is concerned, this is the first time there has been a
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great deal of momentum when it comes to reducing troops in afghanistan. the special representatives actually even thank pakistan for their help in this matter with the taliban and the us talks. and so i do think that the us talks. and so i do think that the us talks. and so i do think that the us may not push pakistan too much on this but i think there is a greater issue of exactly how pakistan and india react to each other. and it always seems both of these neighbours are very trigger—happy. so even a small escalation can turn into something bigger. doctor khan, thank you very much. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: memories of war. the nazi bunker that's been transformed into a work of art. prince charles has chosen his bride. the prince proposed to lady diana spencer three weeks ago. she accepted, she says, without hesitation. as revolutions go, this had its fair share of bullets.
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a climax in the night outside the gates of mr marcos's sanctuary, malacanang — the name itself symbolising one of the cruellest regimes of modern asia. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly using a cell from another sheep. citizens are trying to come to grips with their new freedom. though there is joy and relief today, the scars are everywhere. not for 20 years have locusts been seen in such numbers in this part of africa. some of the swarms have been ten miles long. this is the last time the public will see this pope. very soon, for the sake of the credibility and authority of the next pope, benedict xvi will, in his own words, "be hidden from the world for the rest of his life." this is bbc news. michael cohen — who was
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donald trump's lawyer and fixer — has given explosive testimony to a committee of the us congress. let's staty with that story now because we're joined by richard painter, formerly chief white house ethics counsel during the presidency of george w bush. what did you make of that testimony today? for president trump, during the campaign, and during the first few months of his presidency, michael cohen has detailed knowledge of what transpired during that campaign, including the payments to stormy daniels, to pay hush money to her to get her not to disclose the fact that she was having an affair with donald trump. the reason is important — it's that american campaignfinance important — it's that american campaign finance law requires those payments to be disclosed. those
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payments to be disclosed. those payments were made in connection with the campaign. those are campaign expenditures. they made a concerted effort to conceal the payments. that's what those cheques are all about. these are covert payments to michael cohen to reimburse him for having paid stormy daniels to pay the hush money and there's hush money paid to a number of different sources. that's what we're finding out. this money was paid to keep stories quiet about donald trump before the election. it was campaignfinance, donald trump before the election. it was campaign finance, it was a clear violation of our campaign finance laws, not to disclose those payments. this was intentional. michael cohen is going to prison, but there are other persons involved, apparently three or four other culprits, who violated our
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criminal laws in order to seal the payments and one is most likely president donald trump. there are allegations made about campaign violations, what is particularly significant is these would be felonies if proven and in these cases these are allegations that could potentially be proven. i know mr cohen implicated president trump's eldest son, donald jnr, and the chief financial officer of the company, didn't he? yes, he did. donald trump was almost certainly aware of it. michael cohen said that donald trump was aware of it and donald trump was aware of it and donald trump was aware of it and donald trump himself wrote a cheque in connection with this. so it's very clear he was part of it. the prosecutors thus far have only indicted, obtained a guilty plea, from michael cohen but this was a conspiracy involving several people including almost certainly the president of the united states. richard painter, thank you. thank
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you. cannabis has become a multi—million dollar industry in canada, following the country's decision to legalise the sale of the drug for recreational use last year. marijuana—infused food and drink are currently prohibited but their ban could soon be lifted. so, as caroline rigby has been finding out, some within the industry have turned their attention to developing cannabis—cuisine. at first glance it may look like nothing out of the ordinary, but look closer — from sweets that get you stoned to marijuana meals, cannabis queue seen looks set to be big business in canada. experts at this food industry event in toronto suggest developing edibles is a growing priority for chefs. by showcasing the recipes that are standardised and working with our cannabis partners, it's a good starting point to start the conversation of cannabis use at home. last year canada legalised the sale of cannabis for recreational use, becoming only the second country in the world to do so. the
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shift in policy was a watershed for the country and has seen marijuana mature into a multimillion—dollar industry. critics are warning against cannabis—infused food and drinking being incorporated into the bill. restrictions will apply to products such as these that could appeal to children, but some worry banning them could push sales underground. i think it all comes down to the packaging and the way you sell your product. if it's properly positioned as an adult edible, not a kids' edible, ithink as an adult edible, not a kids' edible, i think it's fine. as an adult edible, not a kids' edible, ithink it's fine. so as an adult edible, not a kids' edible, i think it's fine. so while cannabis cooking may have once been more about function over flavour, it seems legalisation in canada could $0011 seems legalisation in canada could soon see dining experiences for summer soon see dining experiences for summer least, reach rather new highs. this year marks the eightieth anniversary of the start of the second world war. all across europe, reminders of the conflict can still be seen. one example is a beach in northern france — not far from dunkirk —
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where a dark symbol of past violence has been transformed. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. twinkling in the winter sun, a relic from the time when this continent was at war. a former bunker, but unlike any you may have seen before. encased in thousands of shards of mirrored glass, this is now art, rather than artillery. many of these old pillboxes have been covered in graffiti down the years, but this man, who calls himself anonymous, is a little more ambitious. translation: i simply wrote the word "resist" in three languages. what is important to me is to shed light on the past, to shed light on the present, may history serve as a lesson. newsreel: french rooftops of the allies beaching on the shore. all across france, the nazis waited for invasion at their defences.
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when that came, on d—day in 19114, the allied forces swept them away. anonymous, along with several art students, has spent nearly five years working on this project and it is still far from complete. he believes this place is special and that when the sunshines, it becomes like a beacon in more ways than one. the first six satellites from one web, saying they want to bring internet to every corner of the launched on a soyuz rocket from french—based guya nat flight lasted an hourand 22 french—based guya nat flight lasted an hour and 22 minutes. it will take high—speed broadband from space to millions, it says n remote and rural areas of the world. before we go, i want to share
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these pictures with you. this little boy, thought to be the world's tiniest surviving baby, has just left hospital, after being born by caesarian section last august. he weighed just 268 grammes when he arrived, and was so small he could fit into a pair of cupped hands. he spent five months in intensive care. he now weighs in at a healthy three—point two kilos, that's around the weight of an average newborn, and is feeding normally. there is more on all the news on the website, bbc international and national. you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm @bbc mike embley. thanks for watching.
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hello there. the setting sun on wednesday marked the end of this balmy, warm spell for february, which has brought record—breaking temperatures. and we are returning to something back to near normal, with some wet and windy this weekend. the big area of high pressure ebbs away, the high pressure which brought the southerly winds and we see the influence coming back in the atlantic, areas of low pressure developing with weather fronts, and as they hurtle towards our shores and also drag in some cooler air from the north atlantic, right across the country, as you can see here. so we start to see the change early this morning taking place across the south—west corner of england into wales, increasing breeze, more cloud with showery bursts of rain but elsewhere largely dry start to thursday, low cloud, mist, and fog
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and quite a chilly start. so we could start off with a little bit of early brightness this morning, some low cloud, mist and fog, but quickly conditions go downhill across much of england and wales as showery bursts of rain moving, strong winds as well, in fact it will be windy across the south coast into the south—west. the best of dry and bright weather across scotland but notice the temperatures, 8—13 degrees, much cooler than we've been used to but still above seasonal average. for friday, not a bad day, we are in between weather systems, high pressure will bring a fine dry day, variable cloud, some spells of sunshine but the next weather front will bring some wet weather to northern ireland later in the day. and again those temperatures, low teens celsius at best, that band of rain moves through during friday night and into the weekend for the first of a series of low pressure systems which will bring some wet and windy weather to our shores this weekend. it will feel cooler as well for all, particularly because of the strength of the wind and the rain that we are seeing.
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saturday, then, start off dry with some brightness around but the winds will it continue to increase, quite a wet afternoon i think for many of some of the rain could be quite heavy across the north and west. something a bit brighter later on for northern ireland and we could even start to see something a little bit wintry on the tops of the mountains of scotland. those temperatures again ranging 9— 1a degrees. above average. sunday's chart shows the feature to the north and the south. uncertainty as to how far north of the rain will be but it looks like some southern areas could be windy and wet throughout sunday. further north, wet and windy with some snow over the higher ground scotland. in between there could be a slice of slightly drier weather, but you will have to keep tuned to the weather forecast for this. will feel much cooler.
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