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you're watching beyond 100 days. not one, not two, not three, but four hotspots erupting around the world and competing for donald trump's attention. the secretary of state cuts short a foreign trip to deal with the crisis, as the white house juggles building tension in china, iran, north korea and venezuela. trade talks between beijing and washington are set to resume within the next few hours but even president trump says he doesn't know if a deal can now be done. we were getting very close to a deal then they started to renogiate the deal. we can't have that. donald trumer has been subpoened to testify by the republican chair of the senate intelligence committee, setting up another legal fight. also on the programme:
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the eu's leaders meet to set out the bloc‘s future, as a group of 27 countries. notably absent, one theresa may. this australian bank note has been in circulation since october, so why has it taken nearly 25 million aussies six months to spot the typo? hello and welcome. i'm katty kay in new york and christian fraser is in london. the white house today is dealing with multiple high stakes foreign policy developments around the world and they all seem to be crashing in at once. tensions over iran, north korea, venezuela and china have suddenly ramped up. the implications of each of these are huge, for all of us. take a look around the globe. in the coming hours china must decide whether its prepared to accept trade terms dictated by washington. the clock ticks towards a further round of tarrifs in north korea — pyongyang has returned to testing. today they fired two rounds of short
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range ballistic missiles — the second test in a week. in venezuela, despite pressure from washington, nicolas maduro is still in power. and in iran, president rouhani announced this week he will restart the nuclear programme unless the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal, find a way to compensate iran for their lost oil revenues. in all these situations president trump has followed a new path breaking with his predecessor — but is it working? they broke the deal. so tomorrow the vice—premier is flying in, good man, but they broke the deal. they can't do that. so they will be paying, we don't make the deal, nothing wrong with taking in over $100 billion a year. no missiles, no rockets, no nuclear testing. we've learned a lot but, much more importantly than all of it, is we have a great relationship. i have a very good relationship with kim jong—un. we have many options for venezuela.
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and, by the way, i'm not going to rule out a military option. we have many options for venezuela. this is our neighbour, this is... you know, we are all over the world, we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. venezuela is not very far away. just take a look at iran. and you look at what they are doing, they are a terrorist nation right now. although, i must tell you, they are a lot better right now than they were when i took office. when i took office they were heading in a very, very bad direction. the secretary of state has flown back to washington, cutting short a visit from around the world in order to focus on north korea and iran. so let's focus on two of those issues. joining us from washington is balbina hwang, former state department official who worked on north korea. and michael singh director of middle east affairs at the national security council.
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he is now a seniorfellow at the washington institute. in the context of all these hotspots the white house finds flaring up this week, with the secretary of state flying back to deal with iran on north korea, how seriously are you taking the missile tests from pyongyang? the missile tests are yet another signal from north korea it remains the consistent and constant threat that it has always been for well over many, many decades. unfortunately, this is one of many threats and this is a white house that, frankly, is not necessarily equipped to address this but it is connected to all these global threats. it's fascinating how all these issues are converging at once. that's right. in a sense the white house has had a similar strategy towards iran on north korea, maximum pressure followed by some kind of
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diplomatic gambit or opening. in both cases, north korea is trying to land some urgency to the negotiations with the us by firing these missiles and making clear things could be slipping. in iran, understanding the us has been engaged in the long term sanctions campaign, is trying to accelerate the clock by laying down its own deadlines and trying to get others, the us and europe, to panic. there has been... have we seen here and we saw the clip of president trump talking about his relationship with kim jong—un, have we seen the limits of this personal diplomacy? yes and no. here i think this is a little bit different. i would disagree, i don't necessarily think all of kimjong disagree, i don't necessarily think all of kim jong on‘s actions are
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necessarily pointed directly at the united states. this is the tendency everybody seems to make a mistake that all of north korea pours my actions are always directed towards the usa. i would say the signals are a lwa ys the usa. i would say the signals are always multilayered. king john and is very savvy leader and here —— kim jong—un is a very savvy leader and i think the signals are towards south korea and trying to take advantage of their weaknesses. 0n the other hand, this is not the limit of president trump's personal diplomacy and what he has shown is to the end he is, predictable in this regard. this is actually not the end and president trump will absolutely, limitless in his personal diplomacy. i think that is one of the wea knesses i think that is one of the weaknesses here, this white house is engaged in this one—on—one transactional approach to foreign
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policy but that's the problem. these foreign policy problems are not one—on—one problems. they are all connected. mike, when it comes to iran there has been speculation the washington strategy is to push the iranians so far that in strategy is to push the iranians so farthat ina strategy is to push the iranians so far that in a way they have to end up far that in a way they have to end up breaking the nuclear deal and the europeans have no choice but to walk away from it as well. what success —— what does success look like on the strategy of maximum pressure, what do he write those want from the end of it? i think president trump is sincere in his desires for a new deal, we sought this in the context of north korea, he thinks if you can put so much pressure on iran they have no choice but to come back to the table they may be another deal is possible. if you think that's not realistic, pressure can serve a different end, it can serve the end
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either of containing iran and robbing them of the resources to accomplish anything even of destabilisation of the regime and forcing them to look inward. republicans, many of them, might see iran was never reined in, they were still backing proxies in the region and causing havoc, the nuclear deal only stop the nuclear deal as far as 2030, it had not brought a long lasting results that may be at this pressure from president trump might work. many would say that. in a sense president 0bama tried an experiment which is by resolving the thorniest of the issues, the nuclear question and doing a narrow deal, that might open space to resolve other issues. even under president 0bama, iran in a way double down on its regional activities in syria, yemen and elsewhere and that has soured people on this model of a narrow deal and
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hope things follow that. thank you both very much forjoining us. thank you both very much forjoining us. great to point out these, all of these crises that seem to be unfolding this week are not separate from each other, they are connected in many ways and that's the limitations of a transactional approach but also one of the limitations the white house has to deal with is they don't have the manpower in some of these positions, particularly national security positions, there is not a secretary of defence for example, there is only an acting secretary of defence, that makes dealing with these crises trickier when you do not have a full—time people in those positions, un ambassador, for example, there has been a nomination but there is not a sitting un ambassador to the usa. the secretary of state cutting short his visit, flying back, trying to keep these plates spinning, does not
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have as many people as he would like to delegate too so it's a big challenge for him and he has been put on the spot this week. it was noticeable when he said i'm flying back to deal with iran. we seen flying back to deal with iran. we seen the pressure from that, with him suddenly flying to iraq this week and then throwing in, i also have to deal with north korea at the same time. lately, subpeonas and lawsuits have been flying in washington and now donald trumer is on the receiving end. the president's son has been called to come back before the senate intelligence committee to offer more evidence about his interactions with russia. but what makes this highly unusual is that the chairman is a republican. remember, the senate majority leader told his caucus this week that when in comes to the meuller investigation the case is closed. here was the president's reaction a short time ago. i was very surprised to see my son, my son is a very good person, works very hard. the last thing he needs is washington, dc, he could rather
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not ever be involved. my son testified for hours and hours. my son was totally exonerated by robert mueller, who, frankly, does not like donald trump. me, this donald trump. 0ur north america editor jon sopel is in washington to help us unpack this. i was listening to mick mulvaney earlier today who seem to be disappointed the white house had not been given a heads up that donald junior was about to be subpoenaed. they almost talk as he was the princeling but he is an ordinary citizen. a p pa re ntly citizen. apparently donald trump jr's citizen. apparently donald trumer‘s lawyers have been aware of this potential for yea rs have been aware of this potential for years so it's astonishing the president did not know, what donald trump saying he was surprised about it happening at the last thing donald junior needs is washington. what is at the heart of this is donald trump jr said he
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what is at the heart of this is donald trumer said he only had cursory knowledge of plans by the trump organisation to build a tower in moscow when he gave evidence during the senate hearings. that has been contradicted by michael cohen who started his prison sentence, saying on at least ten occasions he briefed donald junior and ivanka trump on the latest of those developments and the politically significant but is it is a republican senator, the chairman of the intelligence committee, who is the intelligence committee, who is the person who has issued the subpoena, saying donald junior, we have some more questions to ask you about this, some of what you said doesn't add up when set against the record we've heard from other people. for those of you who are paying attention to the timeline, you will remember senator mitch mcconnell, the head of the republicans in the senate, said the case is closed but the subpoena was issued before he said it was case closed. to some extent, this is a problem of the
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nexus between family and president, which we've seen some before in washington but never to this degree, you could family members involved in the white house to suddenly come under scrutiny. an art the ordinary citizens like you and me or are they part of the administration? in the case of donald junior, he is not part of the administration, and ivanka trump is pa rt administration, and ivanka trump is part of the administration and there are these weird separations when you have donald junior campaigning. the reason many republicans have come out in support of donald junior and said he should not go and should either plead the fifth or ignore the subpoena, as he is very popular on the speaking tour, deeply involved in republican politics, hugely popular speaker, does lots of fundraisers for various republicans. so he is getting support and they say why isn't it richard burger, the chairman of the intelligence, why
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did he not get the memo, why is he issuing a subpoena when mitch mcconnell said the case is closed? ican imagine mcconnell said the case is closed? i can imagine the pressure at the intelligence chair is coming under. he is not caught by the way come up for election, which is perhaps why eat he is behaving as he is —— he is not up for election which is perhaps why he is behaving how he is. and just before we came on air we spoke to the democratic congresswoman, jan schakowsky, from capitol hill. some of your colleagues called this a constitutional crisis, the stonewalling from the white house, so why is it bad and we are impeachment start? i don't think there is daylight between the two. with richard nixon, it was after almost a year of hearings public hearings on television, articles of impeachment we re television, articles of impeachment were filed and that was two weeks before he actually decided to retire because otherwise he would have been impeached. there is no difference,
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really, between the investigations that we want to do, bringing in witnesses, now we have contempt of congress because the attorney general refused to come. both the chairman of the judiciary committee and the speaker of the house, nancy pelosi, have called it a constitutional crisis, i call it a cover—up. the reason these individuals do not want to participate, including the president, is because they have lots to hide. we have to go ahead with every tool we have to make sure we get in other witnesses that can hold them accountable for shielding things from the american people and ultimately i believe the american people are looking at this and seeing there is something really smelly going on here, the fact is individuals will not co—operate with any kind of investigation. you were at an event with nancy pelosi earlier this week in chicago
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in which she seemed to suggest the route to continued power for democrats in the house of representatives is to stick to the middle line, are you concerned by following these investigations too far you don't achieve very much in terms of winning over voters? we have a 2020 election coming up, i think we can chew gum and walk at the same time, we are going to do investigations. we have the intelligence committee, judiciary committee, all those hearings will go forward. i had a meeting and only one question about the robert mueller report, the rest was in health care, jobs, wages, infrastructure and thinks people carry home with them. we have to do both. right now the defiance of the president and the attorney general being in contempt, is something we do have to look at. the speaker and others would agree with that. the president has had stern things to say about his son being subpoenaed by a republican—led
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committee, what would you say about that? it seems to me the senate intelligence committee is one of the only committees that's working on a bipartisan basis. i think it's really good news the republicans now in the senate are saying donald trump jr, republicans now in the senate are saying donald trumer, who was at that meeting with the russians at trump tower, and was not interviewed by robert miller, is going to be interviewed by the intelligence committee. maybe this means some of the republicans are starting to turn around and when we get bipartisan support, as we did with the richard nixon impeachment, there may be a moments the republicans say this has gone too far and we willjoin in. this may be the first step in that. congresswomen, thank you for your time. that was interesting that she said she held a town hall in illinois and only one of the questions in that it
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was about the robert mueller report. we heard that from other democrats. the feeling among some democrats, including nancy pelosi, is the may be being goaded into launching impeachment proceedings by the white house because the white house is stonewalling to such a degree, and not just stonewalling to such a degree, and notjust on stonewalling to such a degree, and not just on the stonewalling to such a degree, and notjust on the miller report, also on documentation on puerto rico, separation of families at the border, health care issues, all of thoseissues border, health care issues, all of those issues democrats have asked for information on and they are not getting it. nancy pelosi used the phrase out the president might be self impeachable, i have no idea what it means what it suggests the democrats can see the white house is stonewalling and that's having an impact on their design strategy. i was watching an american network today democrats in pennsylvania, middle america, you could have put that family anywhere in western europe, they wanted to talk about
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wages, how they were not benefiting from the economy, health care, how the rich were taking too much money, holding two jobs and not affording things, the just about managings. holding two jobs and not affording things, thejust about managings. do they want to hear on the doorstep about democrats not getting the full robert mueller report? i don't think so. dozens of civilians have been killed during two weeks of intense bombardment in northwest syria. the syrian government backed by russia has been carrying out airstrikes it what is the last rebel stronghold in the country. 200,000 people have been forced to flee the fighting. 0ur correspondent martin patience has this report from neighbouring lebanon. she was pulled from the rubble into the darkness.
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this little child was only one of her family to survive the air strike. her family had fled their home village in search of safety. their best option, a chicken farm where they lived in a hen house. now she is being cared for by her grandfather. translation: my son, his wife, ann two of their children died, and only his daughter survived. we collected the bodies from the hospital and buried them. she's the only one left. russian and syrian aircraft have been seen in the skies above north—west syria. idlib province remains the last rebel stronghold. an agreement last year was supposed to end the fighting, but that's now been shattered. activists say the russian backed syrian regime has been striking hospitals. targeting medical facilities is considered a war crime. for the sick and injured there is no escape.
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once again, syrians are taking shelter wherever they can find it. the war is older than many of these children. people here fear the syrian government may now launch a ground invasion in a corner of the country where there is nowhere to run. martin patience, beirut. police in northern ireland investigating the murder of the the journalist, lyra mckee, in londonderry last month have made four arrests. three men and a 15—year—old boy are being questioned in belfast, under anti—terrorism legislation. the 29—year—old was shot dead by dissident republicans last month. early results from south africa
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showed the anc on track to win the elections. the president is hoping for a strong mandate after admitting the party lost its way. final results are not expected until saturday. jeremy corbyn has launched labour's campaign for the european elections, saying it has a plan to heal the divisions caused by brexit. speaking in chatham in kent, he defended the party's position of backing another referendum only if it couldn't secure a good deal or a general election, saying it was "trying to offer something for everyone". the spurs manager, mauricio pochettino, has said reaching the champions league final is close to a miracle. tottenham came from behind to beat ajax last night in the final minute of injury time, and will now play liverpool in the final injune. he described his players as super—heroes.
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there is a story aboutjon sopel trying to get a flight back to madrid, but we will address that later. ok, let's talk about the small print on bank notes. how often do you pay attention to it? almost never? you're not alone. after all, it took australians six months to notice that their new 50 dollar bill had a typo on it. the note was released last october, and since then 46 million of them have entered into circulation, but only yesterday did one eagle eyed 0zzie spot an error. here is the note in question. can you see it? 0k, here's a zoomed in version. it's in the second line. the misspelled word is "responsibility," minus an i. it is
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as somebody who has to wear glasses to read absolutely anything, let alone the 50 on the $50 note, i know this was meant to be the exciting new australian currency so it is something of a national embarrassment, i get that, but i'm quite sympathetic. that is tiny. do you look at your bills? of course i don't. do you know what only $1 bill? 0h, only $1 bill? oh, god... you don't know who is only $1 bill? benjamin franklin is 20, right? 100. i've got them all mixed up. george washington is on the one. jefferson... is on the $20 bill. and benjamin franklin is on the 100. i
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just guess that the $20 bill. benjamin franklin is on the $100 bill. the one that caused foss was obvious that none of these have women on them, and there was some idea that one of them should do and i think it is hamilton on the $20 bill. because of the success, and i asked the director about this, because of the success of the musical hamilton the axed plans to put harriet tubman on the $20 bill and decided not to because the musical had been so successful. so there is still no women on any of the american money notes. just saying. this is beyond 100 days from the bbc. and we will be speaking formerly secretary of defence william cohen about president
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trump's foreign policy record. and eu leaders have a meeting in romania to discuss the future. we will tell you all about it. it is another day of damp dodging across many parts of the country. h efty across many parts of the country. hefty showers, dark skies overhead for this weather watcher in kent. looking at the satellite, for central uk, midlands, northern england, northern ireland, southern scotland, extensive cloud and rain. elsewhere there is some sunshine but also a scattering of showers, some of the showers today in south—eastern england will be heavy with rumbles of thunder, bright skies and showers for south wales. we have extensive cloud cover outbreaks of rain, on and off. for scotla nd outbreaks of rain, on and off. for scotland we are back into the
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mixture of sunshine and showers. not too many showers, many places dry but rather chilly and northern parts of the uk. this evening and tonight this band of cloud and showers sitting in place across northern ireland, northern england, wales and the midlands. not especially chilly but where the cloud breaks up, in northern england and eastern scotla nd northern england and eastern scotland in particular we could see some frost. tomorrow, this band of cloud and showers still in place, breaking up to leave a mix of sunshine and showers and where we start off the sunshine in the north we will see showers breaking out, some on the heavy side. temperatures in the south increasing. 17 celsius in london, coolerfurther north but as we go through the weekend there isa as we go through the weekend there is a gradual change, killing off the showers and things turning slowly just a little bit warmer because high pressure building from the west, pushing a low pressure away eastwards and settling things down
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and killing off most of the showers. we start the weekend with some chilly air, increasing signs that for north—western uk in particular we will get something warmer eventually. on saturday, still some showers, still some heavy and thundery but most across eastern areas because the high pressure will be having more influence further west and by sunday we move the high further eastwards just about eve ryo ne further eastwards just about everyone is dry, just a small chance ofa everyone is dry, just a small chance of a shower in the south—east, sunny spells and patchy clouds. western areas will see temperatures beginning to climb.
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this is beyond one hundred days... with me katty kay in new york, christian fraser is in london. our top stories: president trump's big stick diplomacy is put to the test as he hits a number of stumbling blocks in all four corners of the globe. donald trumer is on the recieving end of a subpeona — called by republicans to offer more evidence about his interactions with russia. coming up in the next half hour... as scotland considers the merits of a universal basic income — we visit one town in canada that's already trialled the system to see how they got on. uber is expected to be valued at $90 billion as it lists on the new york stock exchange — its drivers are protesting their working conditions.
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so, on foreign policy the president's self—proclaimed reputation as a dealmaker is being put to the test. on iran, north korea, venezuela and now on the trade deal with china, the president is being urged to show some restraint. richard hass, president on the council of foreign relations tweeted this: facing mounting crises — donald trump will have to decide whether he continues to press for maximal but unattainable outcomes, or whether he settles for something less than a solution, but which is feasible and would help manage the situation. finding a solution to global crisis is not made easier however by the fact key national security positions in this administration have not been filled. including secretary of defence. with us is a former secretary of defense william cohen, a republican who served in the clinton administration. he is in our washington studio. thanks forjoining us. are you surprised by what you are seeing this week? it seems we've not heard
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much about foreign policy and now we have china, iran, north korea, and venezuela all coming to a head. have china, iran, north korea, and venezuela all coming to a headm isa venezuela all coming to a headm is a complicated world and these issues have been on the back burner, and sometimes the flame gets turned up and sometimes the flame gets turned up higher than others. the president likes to maximise the problem and then come back with, is a relatively rational solution, so i'm not at all surprised that this is all happening at one time but it'll require the attention of the president in a serious way. are there some of these countries where maximum pressure might work better than others? yes. in the case of north korea. i think it really is an issue of romance neglect. i think kimjong—un is raising the issue of firing these missiles or projectiles in order to get the president's attention. i know you are
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preoccupied with iran, venezuela, and china, but don't forget about me. i don't think it is more than that at this point, to the extent the president ignores it and doesn't devote enough attention, then it could get worse, but i think that is an issue of just could get worse, but i think that is an issue ofjust neglect. the president of venezuela feels he was given bad information, that it would be easier to depose maduro than it has been. —— the president of the us feels he was given bad information. with regards to iran, it is a question of whether he wants to bend or break it. in other words, persuade iran that it must give up its missile testing, its desire to have a nuclear weapon at any time in the future, and if that isn't the case then i think president trump wa nts a case then i think president trump wants a regime change. that'll be more difficult a challenge for the president than he thinks. let me bring you back tojohn bolton. they
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say the most important person is the person that is last in the room with donald trump. some eyebrows were raised whenjohn bolton donald trump. some eyebrows were raised when john bolton joined donald trump. some eyebrows were raised whenjohn bolton joined the administration because he is one who, in the past, and in past administrations, has pushed for regime change. he has. he and the president have some kind of simpatico. but the president realises that he may be rhetorically in line withjohn bolton, but when it comes to the reality of what it'll it comes to the reality of what it‘ ll cost, it comes to the reality of what it'll cost, in terms of manpower, in terms of lives spent, bloodshed, cost, then i think he may back off and become more of a libertarian. that has been his basic campaign strategy, or articulation of strategy, or articulation of strategy over the years, to pull back from conflict, to disengage from syria, to disengage from iraq, to disengage from afghanistan. and not to engage in iran on a military basis. i think the president has
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been more libertarian than he has been more libertarian than he has been hawkish. the rhetoric has been very hawkish. i thinkjohn bolton has been the hawk in reality and there is an internal conflict taking place right now. from the pentagon's point of view, if you were still running the us military, which of these four conflicts would you be most concerned about? i'd be most concerned about iran. i think the potential for a conflict in the middle east region would spell a great deal of trouble. not only militarily, but economically. the potential of a shutdown, of a flow of energy coming out of that region, would have global consequences. i'd be concerned about that principally. i don't think north korea will go to war with the us and vice versa. venezuela is a failed state. that will unfold over the coming years. coming months, ishould will unfold over the coming years. coming months, i should say, will unfold over the coming years. coming months, ishould say, but will unfold over the coming years. coming months, i should say, but i think ultimately maduro must go.
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then it gets back to the trade relationship with china. there is gamesmanship taking place. each side had a deal basically reached, then both sides backed away for more leverage. whether there are more sanctions and tariffs imposed, i think ultimately there will be a deal made, whether it is tomorrow or next month or in the fall. always good to get your thoughts. i was reading today that the pentagon is putting together a plan on the costs and complications of getting involved in iran, trying to focus minds within the white house, all of these plates are spinning at the same time and the word from the pentagon is that you must prioritise what is most important to us interests. you cannot focus on all of these four huge issues all at the same time. yes, and an ongoing debate about whether this pressure is actually leading to the results the us once, or whether the costs are going to
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get too high. the cost may well focus its mind, we shall see. denver has voted to decriminalise the use of magic mushrooms — by a razor slip majority of 50.6%. although the mushrooms will technically still be illegal, restrictions on personal use and possession by adults will be drastically loosened, with police officers instructed to treat magic mushroom users as their lowest priority. tuesday's referendum was the first us public vote on magic mushrooms. david beckham has been banned from driving for six months. appearing at a court, he was given six points for driving his car while using a mobile phone in central london. the former england captain was charged after a member of the public told police they had seen him driving while on the phone. there was a surprise gift for new dad prince harry from the organisers of next yea r‘s dad prince harry from the organisers of next year's invictus games in the netherlands. on a trip to the hague
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to officially launch the one year countdown to the games, he was presented with a baby—gro, emblazoned with the invictus games logo. the duke of sussex became a father on monday, when his wife, meghan, gave birth to a baby boy, archie. that was very cute! who will lead the european union? there are some mighty big jobs up for grabs this year. president of the commission, president of the european parliament, eu foreign policy chief, head of the european central bank. it is all change. and the jossling has already begun. 27 eu leaders were in sibiu, romania today, to talk strategy and the future of the union. yes — 27 not 28. no place for the uk. the brexit secretary was in romania but for a seperate meeting. britain will take part in the european elections in two weeks but has no part to play in these big upcoming decisions. our reporter adam fleming was in sibiu — and injust the right place, to ask the thoughts of the french president, emmanuel macron.
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would you prefer if theresa may was here? are you missing her? i'm not the one to have decided. the british people voted. i do regret this decision, but now this is a question of implementation. now we have to speak about the future. our future is how to deal with the current changes. i'm very happy to be here. first to celebrate europe, second to talk about our common future. still interesting to see a french president speaking english to reporters. and good english! i was always challenged to speak french, but he does english very well. just before coming to air i spoke with our correspondent damian grammaticas who's in sibiu. clearly a lot of relief they are not talking about brexit today but it's extraordinary, given the uk has not yet left the eu, that there are so many big things being discussed with the uk not present.
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it's pretty curious, but i guess the timing, this was meant to be the summit after the uk had left. the uk should have been out on the 29th of march. this was going to be the summit at which the eu leaders gathered and plotted that path to the future for the next five years or so. it's a the future for the next five years orso. it's a uk the future for the next five years or so. it's a uk issue, the uk is still a member, but it was never invited to the summit. it is interesting. you get a sense, being here, that the eu is moving on. the 27 leaders were perfectly happy to be had. one person said, hallelujah, we are not talking about brexit today, we are talking about other things. there really was a sense of the uk wasn't figuring on any of those big discussions. you talk about the big issues on the table, all dealing with the uk's own neighbourhood, and the uk not here. a real vision of the future after
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brexit actually happens. what about those top jobs? when you consider the things the eu has dealt with in the last five years, migration, brexit, the sweep of populism across the continent, you get the feeling that the next people into these top jobs have got a real challenge on their hands. yes, they do, these are the primary ones. the key one is the president of the european commission. sitting on top of all of the eu's institutions, sitting atop the bureaucracy, the jean—claude juncker job, at the minute that is the one the leaders really have their eye on, i think. the leaders really have their eye on, ithink. what the leaders really have their eye on, i think. what we got on that was this announcement today that they are going to call a special summit immediately after the eu elections happen at the end of this month. and thatis happen at the end of this month. and that is so these leaders can move fast. they will look at the results of those elections, see the balance of those elections, see the balance of power and parties across europe,
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of power and parties across europe, of right and left, eurosceptic, liberal, green, they will sit down to put forward who they think, this is the national leaders, the president and prime minister is, who they want in that top job. and that is to keep the initiative in their hands and not let it go to the new european parliament that will have just been elected. —— presidents and prime ministers. because they will wa nt to prime ministers. because they will want to push their own idea forward for the candidate. this is the leader stepping up to take control. there will also be top jobs at the european central bank. and also the donald tuskjob. chairing these summits, as well. all keyjobs. but really it is the commission job. and thatjohn will steer the course of the eu's bureaucracy in the next five years and they will be tackling those big issues which we mentioned after your first question. climate change, dealing with issues in iran,
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and russia, trade with the us, and all of the issues there are about trade deals and tariffs. big, big questions that the eu is going to have to grapple with. migration, climate change, how they steer that direction is going to be very important and crucial will be the character that comes from this, why the leaders have moved in this direction. a power game indeed. thank you very much. the scottish government says its looking at backing a trial ‘universal basic income' of £2,400 — just over $3000. that means everybody — no matter who they are — gets a lump sum every year. the thinking is that it would eliminate the stigma of poverty, and help people afford the bare necessicities. it's already been tried in various countries, including canada. the bbc‘s james cook has been to ontario, to find out more.
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her daughter has special needs. she said basic income changed her family's lie. it made a huge impact. when my husband went off on sick leave it was a life changer. it kept the bills paid, it kept groceries coming. without it i don't know how we would have survived. what would you say to a critic of basic income, who would say, i'm paying my taxes, why should i give you what they regard as money for nothing? helping somebody out of poverty isn't a hand—out. because you can give back when you are healthy. you can't give back when you are not. try and find a job when you cannot afford a haircut, clean clothes, transportation to an interview. basic income can give people those opportunities. dodi lives in hamilton, a canadian city with a caledonian heritage. the two nations still have plenty in common. where industry once brought work and wealth, now the future is far less certain. tens of thousands of people
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used to be employed here in hamilton in the steel industry. that number has dwindled dramatically. in part because of automation, leaving many people deep in poverty, and looking to the state for help. jodie and her family now feature in this exhibition, which tells the stories of basic income recipients. taken by a photographer who was herself part of the trial. this is tim, a friend of the trial. this is tim, a friend of mine in hamilton, a workplace injury means he is unable to work. he said he was able to visit his family for the first time in years because of basic income. it was amazing. i learned a lot. what the people were using money for was to eat healthy food, they didn't have to go to food banks, they were going back to school, they were moving into safe housing. but suddenly, last summer, all of that changed. the programme isn't doing what it is intending to do. and it's expensive.
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so, we have decided that we will wind the programme down. i'll have more details at a later date and how we plan on doing that. but i want to ensure people in ontario on the pilot programme right now, we will do it ethically. the decision taken here in toronto to abandon the basic income trial was controversial, and the premier who introduced the pilot has this message for scotland. the premier who introduced the pilot has this message for scotlandlj would has this message for scotland.” would say bravo. i think that's fantastic that scotland is going to pilot a basic income. my hope for you would be that you are able to design a pilot and see it through so you get the evidence. we'll need that. the government that scrapped the trial turned down our requests foran the trial turned down our requests for an interview. but this is nuanced, it has supporters on the right, too. i'm enough of a tory to believe that everybody wants to be working, doing something productive. it reduces bureaucratic intervention in the day—to—day lives of people. we merely ask the question, do you have enough to live on? if you don't
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we will do our best to top it up. i think that is a conservative small government approach to the challenge of treating people fairly, and ensuring equality of opportunity. canada and scotland don'tjust have murky weather in common, both countries are facing potentially profound economic challenges, which may yet lead to a radically redesigned state. really interesting, and lots of people looking at this as a model. this is beyond one hundred days. still to come — we'll tell you the story of one television host, determined to keep his fish safe from prying eyes. the bbc broadcaster danny baker has been sacked by radio 5 live for tweeting a joke about the duke and duchess of sussex's baby, archie. he apologised after complaints that it was racist. but the bbc said it was a serious error of judgment. david sillito has the story.
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as the press arrived at danny bakehs as the press arrived at danny baker's house this morning he opened the door to reveal he had just been sacked. the conversation had not been cordial. by mutual agreement, terminated. the reason was this tweet, a vintage photograph of a couple and we are not showing the full image but between them was a chimpanzee dressed in a coat and hat and a reference to the royal baby. danny baker says it was a mistake, he deleted the tweet, and it wasn't a comment on the heritage of the duchess of sussex, but many people believe it is unforgivable. when i saw it i was shocked. shocked. disgusted. how someone thought that was acceptable is beyond me. the bbc said this was a serious error of judgment, it goes against their
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values, and danny baker will no longer be presenting his weekly show. however, the presenter says this was a grotesque error, and he claims he had no idea which royal babyit claims he had no idea which royal baby it was and who the parents were. i asked again, did baby it was and who the parents were. iasked again, did he baby it was and who the parents were. i asked again, did he really not know whose baby it was.” genuinely don't! a royal baby. archie. if someone of colour had a baby, you wouldn't do that. you are the only person in the country who did not know she had a baby! the proof is in the pudding. i did not. remember, he is an award—winning broadcaster on a national radio programme. his career at the bbc is over. uber goes public today — the ride—sharing company has waited uber goes public tomorrow —
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the ride—sharing company has waited a decade to make its market debut — and today's listing on the new york stock exchange could see its value could hit $90 billion. we will have to wait and see how investers respond. uber is considered a corporate anomaly — it has exponential business growth and huge money losses at the same time. here are just two figures for you. there are 15 million daily trips on a daily basis. yet it does not turn a profit. uber lost more than $3 billion in 2018. and its drivers don't seem happy right now — they've been striking over the last few days over pay and work conditions. let's hear from those drivers. i'm here today to protest the rates we are being paid, and the declining rates, you cannot live on what we are being paid for the time we are putting in. every driver deserves rights. drivers are being unfairly
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deactivated, so we are protesting against that, as well. each driver has helped them make their money. they are using us to help fill their pockets. we'll be back! if you don't wa nt pockets. we'll be back! if you don't want to talk today! for more on the upcoming listing we're joined now by michelle fleury outside the stock exchange. this has been described as california maths, companies are losing money yet get valued on the stock exchange for billions of dollars. how does this work? wall street likes to call these companies are unicorns, which have these huge evaluations, but, as you say, don't actually make any money. how investors are talking about this, they are being seen as being asked to invest on the promise of growth. the fact that this company is a leader, an early player in this field, and therefore will be one of
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the strong companies in this field. that is what they are being asked to bat on. —— asked to bet on. it will open on the stock exchange tomorrow. we shall have to wait and see if the investors are willing to take a leap of faith. there is a string of litigation facing the company. but i expect that's quite normal when you talk about a disruptive company like uber. and if you look at the filing they have made with financial regulators, they even said that this isa regulators, they even said that this is a company that may never make a profit. that's why i say that it is all about the promise, the hope of what it can be, the disruptor it can be to the transportation industry, from ride hailing companies to something different in the future. in the prospectus to investors they
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say that the fact these are independent contractors, that is something which works to their benefit. if that were to change, they would be classified as employees, and that would hurt their business. the precedent of similar companies doesn't look that great in terms of an investment strategy. lyft went public, it was valued at a similarly large amount, and it has declined ever since. what makes people think uber will be any different? you are right, their share price is down to about 30% since it went public. people have been looking at lyft as the lesson. as a result, uber is expected to have trimmed its expectation. we will see what they will be selling their shares for. the belief as it would be in the mid point range, giving the company a value of $86 billion, which is less than the $100 billion they were targeting for. it means they are to
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scale back their expectations after some scepticism from investors. uber‘s is different because it has more of an international footprint and it is also involved in a few more businesses, it is exploring the idea of cash payments and another business arm, as well as things like food delivery through its car services. a couple of extra business lines. but also that international footprint which i think differentiates the company from lyft. thanks very much. it's thursday. it is time for some animal stories. a quite update on the fraserfamily pond. you may recall the heron has been paying some early morning visits and nicking my expensive fish. so on viewers' advice, i covered the pond with a grill — but what do i see this afternoon while sitting at my desk? oh, my word.
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now i don't want to make this overly personal but he is bigger than me and i think i am being unfairly targeted. which brings me to another outlaw. wiggo, the neighbor's cat. spotted this week, stirring the pond, no doubt, with ill intent. who then makes some svengali—like escape, along the garden fence — a fence that is covered in anti cat spikes. what are you doing sitting at your desk watching your camera at home? you have a job to do. chuckles get back to that. you needed an update because of this, the famous wa nted update because of this, the famous wanted poster. it isn'tjust the heron now, it is the cat, as well. seriously? if anyone sees the heron or wiggo, you will be rewarded
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handsomely. he is a wealthy man. he will be happy to reward you. it's personal. we still have a few evening showers hanging around, they will continue through the night in one or two areas, but for most of us it'll be dry. tomorrow, further showers, and some of them could be heavier, but there won't be as many around as they have been over the past few days. the latest image still shows a lot of cloud across the uk. pretty sunny earlier on across the south—west of the country, cornwall and devon and the south coast of wales basking in the sunshine there. the forecast into this evening, still some evening showers around for part of the south—east, the midlands, the north west of england, northern ireland, too. the north—east of the uk will be clear and chilly, temperatures early on friday could be freezing or lower, evenin
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friday could be freezing or lower, even in the big towns and cities. further south, it is more like four to8 further south, it is more like four to 8 degrees, 8 degrees in central london. tomorrow, lots of sunshine from the start, but not everywhere, in fact some northern areas could be quite cloudy across yorkshire. cloud will bubble up in the afternoon. further showers will develop. possible almost anywhere. dry in the north—east, but cool, only ten in newcastle. late in the day, this weather, and this rain will probably reach cornwall and devon. for the weekend, high pressure is looking to build across the uk, putting a stop to any weather fronts heading in our direction. that means the weather will settle down but it'll be a gradual process. meaning that on saturday there will see some blobs of blue, showers and the forecast, but out towards the west, cornwall, devon, northern wales, northern ireland, southern scotland, dry here. sunday, the high pressure is slap bang across the uk, really
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establishing itself. lots of dry weather around. fair weather clouds. and turning warmer. temperatures could hit around 8 degrees in cardiff which isn't that spectacular for the time of year, really. still chilly on the north sea coast, around 12 degrees. the high pressure is still with us next week. this is cold a blocking high, meaning it will stick around for quite some time. —— this is called a blocking high. but warmer weather is on its way out of the continent. goodbye.
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this is bbc news. i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at eight. ministers identify more than 150 buildings which still need to be made safe — following the fire at grenfell tower in west london two years ago. the bbc broadcaster danny baker is sacked — after tweeting a picture about the new royal baby — showing a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee. the alleged serial rapist, joseph mccann, who was arrested in congleton in cheshire following a police manhunt — now faces a total of 21 charges. the church of england's accused of "secrecy" in a report on the way it handled child abuse cases in the 1990's. as labour launches its european elections campaign, jeremy corbyn criticises the government's handling of brexit and the cross party talks.


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