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this is the business briefing. i'm ben bland. back from the brink. the us shelves higher tariffs on china ‘until further notice'. but president trump's trade chief warns the standoff could go on for years. plus, could 2019 be the year hello, this is the briefing. the us boom turns to bust? i'm ben bland. growth figures out later could our top stories: sex, lies, and wikileaks — confirm the slowdown has begun. donald trump's and on the markets, asian shares former lawyer and fixer gives fall back as the us trade chief explosive testimony to congress, and makes this prediction. dials back expectations for a sweeping deal with china — given my experience working foertrump, ifear that if he loses the election in 2020, that there will never be a peaceful transition of power. pakistan calls for talks with india, after fighter jets clashed in kashmir, in a major escalation. and i'm sharanjit leyl, live here in hanoi, where talks continue between president trump and kimjong—un. taking questions from the media, the north korean leader was asked if he was ready to denuclearise.
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if i'm not willing to do that, i will not be right now. good answer. wow, that could be the best answer you have ever heard. back from the brink. the us shelves higher tariffs on china "until further notice", but president trump's trade chief warns the standoff could go on for years. hello. a very warm welcome to the programme — briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation as well. a firm has launched satellites to space to bring high—speed broadband internet to every corner of the globe.
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how much of a difference has fast broadband made to you? or maybe you don't have it and it's holding back your business? tell us what you think. just use the hashtag, #bbcthebriefing. while president trump is negotiating with kimjong—un in hanoi, the man who was once one of his closest lieutenants, michael cohen, has been giving explosive testimony to a committee of the us congress about his former boss. he described the president as a racist, a cheat and a conman. mr cohen himself is already facing jail for lying. the white house says mr cohen isjust lying again. chris buckler has the story. he was once one of the president's nannup, his lawyer, his fixer, his confidant, but for congress, michael cohen turned on donald trump, exposing what he claimed were the
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president's secrets and lies.|j exposing what he claimed were the president's secrets and lies. i know what mr trump is. he is a racist, he isa what mr trump is. he is a racist, he is a conman, and he's a cheat. michael cohen produced a copy of the cheque used pay him for hush money given to stormy daniels. he claims she had an affair with donald trump. he said the self—proclaimed political dirty tricks to roger stone had told donald trump ahead of time of wikileaks's plans to release had democratic party e—mails and he claims that the president had encouraged into lighter congress about mr trump's business dealings with russia. republicans did everything they could to undermine michael cohen, even producing posters to underline the point that he isa posters to underline the point that he is a convicted liar. right in front of this committee, you came up with conflicting testimony, sir. you are pathological liar. you do not know truth and falsehood. sir, i am sorry, you're referring to me or the
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president? is my time. i ask you a question, i will ask you for an answer. “— question, i will ask you for an answer. —— it is. question, i will ask you for an answer. -- it is. michael cohen was accused of using this appearance as pa rt accused of using this appearance as part of attempts to secure lucrative book will tv deals, but he said his major concern was for the united states. given my experience working for states. given my experience working foertrump, ifearthat if states. given my experience working for mr trump, i fear that 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. there was a huge amount of political pointscoring by both emma kratz and republicans, but there will also attem pts republicans, but there will also atte m pts to republicans, but there will also attempts to get to the truth about the many allegations that have dogged his presidency. isn't likely that donald trump was fully aware and had every of working with russia to help make sure that he could win the presidency at all cost? let me say that this is a matter that is currently being handled by the house
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select in the senate select intelligence committees, as i would rather not answer that specific question. this meeting is adjourned. michael cohen will give evidence to the house intelligence committee later behind closed doors, but here in front of the cameras, he claimed that federal prosecutors were looking into mr trump's a natural dealings and democrats seem determined to ask further questions. based on what you have heard, do you believe that the president committed a crime while in office? based on what, looking at the checks and listening to mister: , what, looking at the checks and listening to mister:, it appears that he did. —— michael cohen. congress will continue their attempts to discover the truth, and as the many questions continue to be asked, all of washington is waiting to hear the conclusions of robert mueller's long—running investigation into those claims of collusion.
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with me is iain anderson, who is founder of the international communications agency, cicero group. at the heart of this is the credibility of the testimony that has been so explosive michael cohen, of course, given that he has been convicted of lying in the past. this is not the first felon to appear in front of a congressional committee. way back when, whenjohn dean, who was president nixon's special counsel had been convicted of felony is as well, he appeared in front of congress and the words landed, so look, the trump team has been going a lot at michael cohen when advance this hearing to discredit the guy. cohen turns up yesterday, he says look, mea culpa, i lied to you, i
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lied to the american people, i had been convicted, i am going to go and serve my time at, but let me tell you more about president trump. in those words are now in the public domain, people will make their own judgement. it may onlyjust serve to reinforce what you already think about president trump, like him or loathe him, but the words are now at. and this is a man who was so fiercely loyal he once said that he would take a bullet for mr trump, this is quite the turn of events. —— out there. look, this is probably one of the most explosive, compelling congressional sessions i have ever watched. in my time, but i come back to this, this is, this is not new territory, this is a president's council appearing in front of congress and the many
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people, these words, they are listening to for the very, very first time, he turns up with checks, evidence to try and demonstrate what he thinks about president trump, and for many people, those words are going to land. of course, he appears later today in a private session in front of the congressional intelligence committee as well, and no doubt, some stock will leak from bat alongside. 0k, we will talk more little later but for now, thank you. —— no doubt, some more will leak from that alongside. there's been 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. our pakistan correspondent secunder kermani reports. these are pakistani soldiers, apparently leading away a downed
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indian pilot, with an angry crowd behind them. the pakistani military says his plane was shot down as india scrambled to respond to pakistani strikes across the border in the disputed region of kashmir. pakistani prime minister imran khan said the military force was a response to earlier indian aggression, but also called for dialogue between the nuclear—armed neighbours. translation: my question to the indian government is, given the arms that we both have, can we afford any miscalculation? we should be thinking that if this escalates, where will it lead? the world in the international community is certainly very nervous about both going to war with each other. they are both nuclear countries. now, there has been no talk of a nuclear escalation. i think the escalation will remain conventional in nature, it does seem that prime minister narendra modi
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has refused by minister imran khan's offer for talks, so we'lljust have to see india retaliate. at a press conference by the pakistan military, i asked of their actions are bringing countries to the brink of war. “— bringing countries to the brink of war. —— if. we engaged a nearby open space, where there was no human life or no military post, meaning thereby that we deliberately avoided the escalation. indian officials, though, held their own press conference, making their own claims. the pakistan air force was detected and the indian air force responded instantly. in that aerial engagement, one pakistan air force fighter aircraft was shot down. there have already been a number of casualties as a result of cross—border shelling, and the fear is the violence could now escalate further. secunder kermani, bbc news, islamabad.
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a second day of meetings between donald trump and north korean leader kimjong—un has begun in the last few hours. the two leaders spoke to the media before going into a series of talks. live to hanoi and sharanjit leyl. thank you. that is right, they are meeting at the moment. there is a working lunch going on and really no signs of pressure from earlier, before they went into that lunch they spoke to the media, because they spoke to the media, because they have been no signs of pressure from mrtrump on they have been no signs of pressure from mr trump on resident kim. in fa ct, from mr trump on resident kim. in fact, the president praised the north korean leader and said he was not ina north korean leader and said he was not in a hurry to see a deal. 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. —— missiles, any of it, very much appreciate it. and chairman kim and i had a very good talk about that last night.
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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, again, iam in no rush. we've developed something very special with respect to that. but i just want to say that i have great respect for chairman kim, and i have great respect for his country, and i believe that it will be something economically that will be almost hard to compete with for many countries, it has such potential. meanwhile, mr kim appeared increasingly confident with his new platform. in what's up until now has been a really rare move, he answered several questions from journalists. chairman, are you ready to denuclearise? if i am chairman, are you ready to denuclearise? ifi am not willing chairman, are you ready to denuclearise? if i am not willing to do that, i will not be here right
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now. good answer. that might be the best answer you have ever heard. well, thejoin us now and make sense of it all is andre, who has been with us for the past few days. here's an expert on north from sta nford here's an expert on north from stanford university. both leaders are currently in discussions, we do not know yet the outset of those discussions, but it is interesting to see a slightly different side kim jong—un, who is actually been quite chatty. right, he is taking questions from reporters, at least the reporters and is answering quite quickly. one asked if he was ready to denuclearise, and he answered i would not be yafai were not. the first summit in singapore, he seemed a little bit nervous. this is the second one now with the us president, and much more raucous and say contestable affair than his summits with xi jinping obviously,
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chinese summit much more control, you can see he's getting more co mforta ble. you can see he's getting more comfortable. he did that in his first country as well, his first major speeches in 2012, you could see he was at first a little uncomfortable and he quickly became co mforta ble uncomfortable and he quickly became comfortable and grew into the role. and particularly the foreign media, is quite an unusual thing. he took a question from a reporter for the washington post just question from a reporter for the washington postjust a little bit earlier. tel is a little bit about how he is perceived back home in north korea. he has a very good image in north korea, his era has been defined by relative austerity and economic growth and obviously, there is great control over the media, the way there is in any other society in the world but one thing that has changed there is the rapidity with which they report on his trips abroad. already in their main newspaper today, they are showing images from last night, he and donald trump meeting each other, having that quick chart in front of the media and then going to have their dinner. that was also a
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precedent set in singapore and it seems to be the new way that they report on president kim's trips abroad in north korea. us was seeking complete verifiable, irreversible in equalisation, as you heard from donald trump earlier, that does not seem to be the case now, easing off. is that concern?” think there is a concern among some that we could lead to a a point in which north korea becomes a de facto nuclear power we do not ever get that complete denuclearisation, but we're starting from a difficult position, it seems as if the two leaders are moving towards saying let's begin a process, let's change the relationship. indeed, that is something i think north koreans generally want as well. i just spoke to someone in china that works with north koreans there and one of his china colleagues told him the pace of this change is very exciting and ha rd to of this change is very exciting and hard to follow. we are hopeful but we do worry that it could fall apart. thank you for that. and of course, we are just about one hour
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or $0 away course, we are just about one hour or so away from course, we are just about one hour or $0 away from an course, we are just about one hour or so away from an hour come will stop of course, the leaders are meeting at the working lunch but they are due to have some kind of statement after that lunch at about 2pm local time. we will be here. thank you very much, we will speak toa thank you very much, we will speak to a little later. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: high class cuisine, with the emphasis on high. why cannabis is all the rage for the discerning canadian food lover. 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. 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
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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." you're watching the briefing. our headlines: pakistan calls for talks with india after fighter jets clashed in kashmir in a major escalation. and our top story: donald trump's former lawyer and fixer has given some explosive testimony to congress. let's stay with that now. lisa bloom is a civil rights
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attorney who represented four women who accused president trump of sexual misconduct. she joins us now from los angeles. good to have you with us. so, your ta ke good to have you with us. so, your take on the testimony that we have heard from michael cohen?m take on the testimony that we have heard from michael cohen? it was hugely significant. first of all, although we know that he is an admitted liar, he came with documentation. he came with copies of cheques, one from donald trump himself after he was already president, reimbursing michael cole for hush money payment that was not revealed on campaign documents —— cohen. that is a campaign law violation. and michael cohen talked about investigations that are going on that we didn't know about, criminal investigations with the president that are happening in new york, he talked about financial and banking fraud. all of that i'm sure
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is going to lead to further investigation. and, lisa, what do you think will happen at the next steps from this? well, now that our house of representatives is controlled by the democrats, we can be sure that that there will be further investigations, that many of the congress people have already begun. this has given no more evidence to follow—up on. a lot of the questions today didn't get a lot of news coverage or foundational coverage, questions about what he knew, who knew things, who was present in various conversations, there is a storage shed he said with a lot of evidence, so they will be a lot of follow—ups in the house of representatives and from the criminal authorities in new york who are looking into this now. can i just ask you to set up slightly, you are disappearing off the bottom of the screen, thank you very much. i just wonder also when we have things like the cheques that were produced
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as evidence with that impact that they had, does that do anything to bolster the credibility of the evidence he is giving? it absolutely does, and listen, in criminal court everyday people like michael cohen are used by the prosecution to prove their case. we don't get perfect witnesses, we get people who have a criminal record, even a record of lying and those witnesses are used because michael cohen was the number two guy, he has been convicted, he is going to prison for three years. you mean to tell me the number one quy you mean to tell me the number one guy is not? the way we bolster someone guy is not? the way we bolster someone like michael cohen is we look to the evidence, the documentation, cheques, financial documents, banking records, which should substantiate what he is saying, then we look to other witnesses, he named john junior, ivanka, the cfo of the trump
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organisation, roger stone, a lot of people involved, so we will have to hear from them to see how their testimony is going to measure up. hear from them to see how their testimony is going to measure upm course, we will have to wait and see what happens in terms of further hearings and who gets called and who gives evidence, but ijust wonder whether, in terms of public opinion, this will make any difference at all, or whether people who have their doubts and reservations about president trump will be further ingrained in those doubts and his supporters will just feel even ingrained in those doubts and his supporters willjust feel even more that various political witch—hunt against him. there is no doubt that there is a core minority of americans who support donald trump now and they will support him to the end in the way that historically people support president richard nixon when he went down in shame and resignation many years ago. and then there are people on the left, people like me who have been disgusted with donald trump from the very beginning. but there are people in the middle who voted for donald
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trump because they gave him the benefit of the doubt. they thought he was a conservative. maybe he was bombastic and had a way of talking. he would surround himself with good people and ultimately do good things. those people have now seen donald trump for what he is. i think michael cohen's testimony was very important for those people. every bit of evidence and testimony that comes out against donald trump that tends to show he is a liar, he lies about financial records, banking, hush money payments to women. i think it does make a difference on the middle people. of course, the president dismisses those sorts of claims, those accusations, but i just wonder, as you watch the questioning during that session in congress, it was quite wide—ranging. was there anything that, if you had been sitting there, you would have asked? i would have asked him how many women he has been accused of sexually harassing or sexually assaulting. we know about 19 who
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have come out publicly. we know about two he's paid off, karen macdougall and stormy daniels. how many others, michael cohen and donald trump, did you caicos islands? what kind of tactics did you use? is she correct when she said someone threaten her and her child if she spoke out. i would like to know about that. women are important, 50% of the population is important, 50% of the population is important and important, 50% of the population is importantandi important, 50% of the population is important and i would have liked to hear those answers. 0k, lisa, thank you for your take. lisa bloom, joining us from los angeles, thank 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
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like nothing out of the ordinary, but look closer — from sweets that get you stoned to marijuana meals, cannabis cuisine 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 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.
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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, i think it's fine. so while cannabis cooking may have once been more about function over flavour, it seems legalisation in canada could soon see dining experiences for some at least, reach rather new highs. caroline rigby, bbc news. the business briefing in a moment, but before that, let me show you the pictures from hanoi. this is where the us president, donald trump, and north korean leader kimjong—un the us president, donald trump, and north korean leader kim jong—un will be having their working lunch, a crucial final day of talks in vietnam, and we understand they will focus on the issue of nuclear disarmament on the korean peninsular. we will bring you further updates throughout the day
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here on bbc news. stay with us. hello there. wednesday marked the end of this balmy, warm spell for february, which has brought record—breaking temperatures. and we return to something cooler and fresher, something more typical for this time of year, with outbreaks of rain, strong winds at times, particularly this weekend. areas of low pressure gathering out at the atlantic will hurtle towards our shores towards the end of the week, dragging in the cooler air from the north atlantic right across our shores. now, first of a series of weather fronts will be arriving across western parts of the country this morning, bringing more cloud and outbreaks of rain. so the north and east of the uk starting off dry with a bit of sunshine, some low cloud, mist and fog. that should tend to clear, but a rather grey day for many, and showery burts of rain will spread across england and wales, turning quite windy as well, particularly in the south—west. the best of the dry and brighter weather, north and west scotland, but it will feel much cooler
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than we've been used to, with 9—13 degrees, still a little above the seasonal average, in fact. for friday, we're in between weather systems. a ridge of high pressure, which will bring us a largely dry day, variable cloud, some sunshine about. but the next weather front will arrive across northern ireland later in the day to bring some persistent rain here. temperature—wise again 9—13, maybe 1a degrees across the south—east. that weather front spreads across the country during friday night. and then, into saturday, a deep area of low pressure arrives across our shores to bring a spell of wet and windy weather. and this weekend really will be quite unsettled with wet and windy weather both on saturday and sunday. and it's going to feel much cooler as a result. saturday starts off mainly dry. a bit of sunshine around. but the winds will continue to pick up, the clouds increase, outbreaks of rain come splashing in from the west through the day, some of it heavy across northern and western areas. maybe something a bit brighter for northern ireland later on with some blustery showers, but it will feel cooler, particularly in the north and the west. temperatures 13—14 in the south—east, that's above the seasonal average. sunday's picture shows area of low pressure to the north, this feature to the south, a bit of uncertainty as to how far
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north of the feature will be, but it looks like southern areas will be pretty wet through sunday with an heavy rain, fairly strong winds, too, and it will be wet and windy across much of scotland and, yes, with some snow returning to the high ground there. in between, maybe some spells of sunshine, but it's going to feel cooler for all of us than what we have been used to.
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