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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: paying the price — a top trump adviser says us consumers will face an economic hit for tariffs on china contradicting the us president. millions head to the polls in the philippines in crucial midterm elections that could cement rodrigo duterte‘s presidency. the united nations kicks off a major push for climate change, saying "the political will to tackle it is fading." berlin commemorates a key moment of the cold war — it's 70 years since the end
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of the crippling blockade. and — the future's bright. counting down to the eurovision song contest — and it promises to be better than ever. hello and welcome. president trump says the us is "right where we want to be with china." he's just tweeted again that the us will be taking in billions of dollars in tariffs. on friday, mr trump said that "tariffs on $250 billion of goods coming into the us were being paid "by china". but his economic adviser larry kudlow has been forced to contradict the president, admitting that it will be american businesses and people that will pay. chris buckler has the latest from washington. the white house of course is going
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to focus on the message that trade talks are continuing and if you listen to larry kudlow today the white house economic adviser, he was pointing out and playing up the possibility of president xi jinping and trump meeting injapan in the 620 and trump meeting injapan in the g20 summit where they could discuss some of these issues but larry kudlow was also forced to admit that some of the conversations that have taken place during negotiations at the end of last week in washington actually just covered the the end of last week in washington actuallyjust covered the same old ground. there was no breakthrough. and at the heart of this disagreement, are issues about how china forces foreign companies to operate in the country, rules and restrictions regarding intellectual property, forcing the sharing of information and technology for example. but those are all things that america wants to try to change and it also wants to be in position to ensure that all of that agreement is enforced. but there is no meeting of minds. meanwhile, the headlines and the concerns of both countries are about the dangers of tariffs being put in place. as you mention, president trump did double tariffs,
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in fact, more than doubled on some $200 billion of goods imported from china into the us as those talks we re china into the us as those talks were taking place. he is threatening even more, which he says is bad for china because they will be forced to pay, except, that's not exactly true. as larry kudlow was forced to admit when he was questioned by chris wallace on fox news. fair enough. in fact both sides will pay. both sides will pay for these things and of course it depends... if it's and of course it depends... if it's a tariffs on goods coming onto the country, the chinese aren't paying stop know, but they will suffer gdp losses and so forth with respect to a diminishing export market and goods that they may need for their owi'i... goods that they may need for their own... but the president says china pays for the tariffs and that they may suffer consequences but its us businesses and us consumers who pay?
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correct. to some extent. i don't disagree, both sides will suffer on this. there is acceptance that both sides will suffer, there are advantages to both countries' economies as a result of all of this. and there is a danger that all of this could still escalate because here in washington, officials are admitting that they are expecting beijing to retaliate, and as i mentioned president trump has already asked for the paperwork to begin on perhaps yet more tariffs, some $300 billion of chinese goods, which again could have a danger on both of them. when you listen to larry kudlow in that interview he goes on to say that these risks may be worth taking to try and get a fairand be worth taking to try and get a fair and balanced trade deal. but if you look last week, there are people nervous about this around the world, the wobbles on the stock market showed that and it does give you an idea that there are people worried about his tense talks resulting in a
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full—blown trade war. let's get some of the days other news. an attack on a roman catholic church in burkina faso has left six people dead, including a priest. the government has condemned the shooting in the northern town of dablo as "a barbaric act which aimed to divide the population." there have been three similar attacks on churches in the last month. facebook says it has taken down a number of italian accounts on its platform that were false or were spreading fake news ahead of a european parliamentary election later this month. the european union has warned of foreign interference in the election, while the european commission has urged google, facebook and twitter to do more to tackle fake news before the poll. there have been calls for a parliamentary commission of inquiry in france to investigate the involvement of the far—right national rally with steve bannon. senators and members of the lower house allege that the party's leader, marine le pen, is conspiring with a foreign power. the national rally says it
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will sue for defamation. one of the expected frontrunners in lithuania's presidential election, the prime minister, saulius skvernelis, has admitted defeat after he failed to qualify for the second round. he told reporters that he would resign from his post injuly. partial results from sunday's vote suggest a well—known tv commentator on economics, gitanas nauseda, topped the first round. filipinos are going to the polls to vote in congressional midterm elections — largely being seen as a referendum on the president rodrigo duterte's controversial policies — including his war on drugs. this election could either allow the president to take his agenda further — or weaken his position, as he seeks to take control of the senate. the bbc‘s howard johnson gave me this analysis from outside a polling station in the capital manila.
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good morning. this is a polling station here in central manila, as you say, people coming forward here with the expectation perhaps of helping president duterte to gain more power. it's all about the senate today. there are 12 seats up for grabs out of 2a, he was elected to power three years ago i need ticket of hardline policies. the drug war, as you say, in which thousands of people have been killed. police operations against drug suspects, human rights groups say that figure is up to 2000 or more. many of those deaths they say we re more. many of those deaths they say were extrajudicial but that doesn't stop people hear from were extrajudicial but that doesn't stop people hearfrom supporting him. the last opinion poll that was taken in april, he had a 79% approval rating and today lots of people are turning out to cast their votes not just in people are turning out to cast their votes notjust in a senatorial election, but also may oral and provincial elections up and down the country does make 20,000 or more. that's the estimate. —— 20,000 or more. he still very popular within
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the philippines, but some of critics have really been concerned about some of the policies that duterte might bring in should he tip the balance of power in the senate, can you take is the sum of those policies? yeah, one of his candidates, nicknamed the rock, he was a controversial police chief, also thought to be the architect of the drug war that took place across the drug war that took place across the country. he brought about this policy whereby the police would raid different parts of the country to try and flush our drug suspect and it resulted in these killings. it's also been suggested on the campaign trail that he wants to bring back the death penalty to this country for drug traffickers. is also campaigning for bringing down the criminal age of to 12 years old, originally it was mooted at nine yea rs old originally it was mooted at nine years old but there was a lot of opposition from other senators. at
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the moment, if those other senators, those liberal politicians are removed in today's vote, then the duterte government will have free reign to push through these controversial policies. and some of his family members are running as well? is anyone keeping a close eye on how they will do? we've seen in the south his power base, his son is also running for the — there is a may oral election going on, but we have to remember that his daughter is campaigning to, her big voice is seen to try to have a dry run this time around for the 2022 residential election. duterte steps down in three years time and there's been lots of talk that she is being put in place to take hold of the reins from her father in place to take hold of the reins from herfather in in place to take hold of the reins from her father in three years time. we've seen a lot of her on this
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campaign trail. howard johnson in manila. the world is not on track to tackle climate change and the political will to act is fading. that's the uncompromising message from the un secretary general, antonio guterres. speaking in new zealand, he described climate change as "the defining issue of our time." sunita jaswal has more. it was a warm welcome to new zealand for and to negative errors and his message was direct. the world is facing a claimant emergency. —— antonio guterres. he is also meeting to show solidarity for ramadan. the visit will include travelling to the islands in the pacific region, low—lying countries that could disappear completely because of the rising sea levels. they are really on the front line of dramatic
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impacts of climate change. we absolutely must the able to stop this dramatic trend, to reverse this dramatic trend, we cannot allow for runaway climate change. we need to protect the lives of old people and we need to protect our planet —— old people —— antonio guterres. we need to protect our planet —— old people -- antonio guterres. he says the world is facing the effects of climate change faster than people can suckle it. while the world is aiming to limit climate change to 1.5 celsius, empty max's politicians are not doing enough. we're seeing everywhere a clear demonstration that we not on track to achieve the objectives defined in the paris agreement. and the paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground, political will seems to be fading. however, he prays new zealand, saying all other countries should follow its lead after it
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introduced it zero carbon bill earlier this week. the country has set a target to reduce greenhouse gases with the exception of biogenic methane 20 x 2050. climate change is not just about humans, methane 20 x 2050. climate change is notjust about humans, it's also about wildlife —— biogenic methane to 0% by 2050. you also have african elephants, they need to drink 225 litres of water a day, so changing weather patterns means risking their lives to travel further into unprotected areas to rehydrate. the ramping up of diplomacy will lead to a climate action summit in the un in september, an event billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change. sunita jaswal, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: overcoming the odds. we meet a rising teenage
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star of the catwalk. the pope was shot, the pope will live. that's the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism has come to the vatican. the man they called the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, garry kasparov. it is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america!
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: paying the price — a top trump economic advisor says us consumers will face an economic hit for tariffs on china, contradicting the us president. millions head to the polls in the philippines — key midterm elections that could strengthen rodrigo duterte's presidency. the secretary of state for the vatican city has defended a deal struck between the catholic church and beijing over the control of the church in china. cardinal pietro parolin has described some criticism from catholics as prejudiced and aimed at preserving old geopolitical balances. he made his comments in an interview with the chinese newspaper
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the global times. the bbc‘s john mcmanus explained why the deal between china and the vatican were so controversial. there are about 7 million catholics in china, and ever since diplomatic relations were cut between beijing and the vatican in 1951, their situation has been pretty precarious. —— 10 million. they have been split into two — an underground, vatican—recognised church which is subject to quite a lot of harassment, and an official state—sanctioned church, the patriotic association, the bishops, the clerics appointed by government officials. well, that's not an ideal situation. last year, pope francis said he had found a solution. he had done a deal with china, he said, in which both sides would agree on which bishops were to be a ordained and appointed to the dioceses within the country. that's good for the chinese because it means they can keep control of what could be a potential source of opposition. bishops ordain priests, priests work in local churches. that's where people tend to congregate, share their unhappiness, perhaps, with aspects of the chinese regime, and the chinese seem pretty happy that they appear to have done something to perhaps get control of that. so very useful for beijing, but many catholics very unhappy about it. the former cardinal of hong kong, cardinal zen, called it a betrayal,
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and many questioned whether the vatican had actually damaged the moral credibility which it claims for itself. well, now this cardinal, secretary of state for the vatican city, has answered the criticism. what has he said? well, he says this is a new phase of greater cooperation. he says it's for the good of the chinese catholic community. he talked about establishing trust and healing old wounds, and he said it's not surprising that there will be criticism, which he says must be respected. but he also says if that criticism is coming from prejudiced positions, his words, or a need to maintain old geopolitical balances, well, he can't respect that. he says basically that the pope has found a new way of doing business with the chinese, and it's not going to change. and in terms of talking about the way that the chinese government likes to impose this policy of sanitisation,
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and a way of making parts of civil and religious society mould themselves to chinese identity, cardinal parolin says that doesn't matter for the church. the church can still do its work, and it might even complement it. this won't placate critics. it's worth pointing out what the cardinal doesn't say in this interview, as well. he doesn't talk about the frequent arrest and harassment of many catholic clerics in the underground church, including one bishop who has been missing for 23 years, and there's no mention of the plight of the tens of thousands of muslim uighurs, either, who are in those re—education camps. like many other young people in tanzania, miki deo loves to play basketball and skateboard. but 15 years ago he began suffering from the medical condition, vitiligo which set him apart from the vast majority of the population. it also led him down a career path
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he had never expected. caroline rigby reports. meet miki deo, and remember his face. this model from tanzania is hoping to take the fashion world by storm. you know, in tanzania, there isn't anyone like me. so when a few people saw me, i mean, designers, they chose me, because i am the first one and i am the only one. miki deo has vitiligo, a condition where pale patches develop on the skin. it first began to affect him 15 years ago, when he says he felt embarrassed and ashamed. but as he grew, so too did his confidence, and now he embraces the very thing that makes him different from 99% of other people in the world. everyone has unique things, like me. i have a skin which makes me unique. other guys have blue eyes, you know. so we are different, so everyone is unique. last year, he was voted tanzania's top male model at the prestigious
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swahili fashion week, and his colleagues agree he offers something special. he actually brought to the industry a different type of uniqueness, a different type of beauty, which inspires a lot of people out there who don't think that they can make it. miki deo hopes he can help break down the stigma around the condition, and wants to help others who have it feel more confident. but hat he is not alone. model winnie harlow is also shining a spotlight on vitiligo. she is one of the most in—demand models in the world right now, having appeared in huge fashion campaigns, including earning her wings modelling for victoria's secret. but winnie dismisses any suggestion she is suffering from a condition. instead, she says she is confident, and thriving. miki deo hopes his career will thrive as well, and the model, who loves to skateboard in his spare time, plans to continue rolling
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on from his early success. berliners on sunday celebrated the 70th anniversary of the day the soviets lifted a blockade strangling west berlin in the post—world war ii years. crowds gathered to remember the airlift that ended in may 19a8. a special guest also made an appearance. rahuljoglekar has more. west berlin, 19a8. a soviet blockade aimed to throw the british, american and french out. how? by shutting roads, closing bridges and paralysing a city of 2 million people. as panic and despair began to descend on berlin, so did planes, carrying food supplies from the allies.
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ajoint army, navy, air force effort which is delivering to berlin by air. the operation lasted 11 months, bringing food and hope to a people in crisis. the pilot calls to a radar station at tempelhof airport... at its peak, a plane landed every 90 seconds at airfields like this one, tempelhof airport, today the scene of a ceremony marking 70 years since the soviets lifted the blockade. in 1945, we'd been enemies, then we became occupiers. and when the airlift began, and we suddenly became friends, almost overnight. it was a change in our relationship with the visitors. it was wonderful. we were on the same side. close to 3 million tonnes of food and other supplies were dropped in berlin during the operation. but one us air force pilot, gail halvorsen, decided to also drop sweets, forever going down as the candy bomber. at 98, he once again arrived in berlin from the us, this time as a guest of honour.
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the heroes of the berlin airlift, were not the pilots. the heroes were the germans. parents that were left after the war with their children, they were the future of the relationship with the free world, and they made choices. freedom makes choices and they were the people, they were the heroes. not the guys bringing in the food, the people on the ground. the food packets that rained down on the city filled stomachs, but also won hearts and minds. translation: this package gave us so much hope, that there are people somewhere in the world who were giving these to their former enemies. the bugles of war in europe may seem distant to so many today, but the skies over berlin's tempelhof airport have seen very different days.
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to tel aviv now, where the launch of this year's eurovision cong contest has been taking place. representatives from more than a0 countries have been making an appearance in what's billed as the biggest singing contest in the world. andy beatt has more. sarah mcternan is walking the carpet... glitz and glamour on an almost global scale, kickstarting what some call a festival of kitsch, the eurovision song contest, on the orange carpet of tel aviv. no other live music event comes close — 41 countries, tens of thousands of visiting fans, and a tv audience of nearly 200 million. i am here for eurovision, i am here for the whole week. i love eurovision. i went to lisbon last year, and it'sjust a great big party. especially here, in this weather, by the beach, it's brilliant.
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behind the scenes, though, coastguardsjoining 8,000 police officers in a massive security operation, the seaside city of tel aviv a controversial host because of the israeli—palestinian conflict. just a week ago, cross—border violence to the south left dozens dead. but calls for the contest to be moved or even boycotted completely spurred a controversial and comic response, israel determined to focus on singing, not security. the message not lost on these fans, keen to get the party started. eurovision 2019, tel aviv, yes!
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the first of up to 50,000 visitors flocking to a giant purpose—built euro village, a 60—acre site with its own live shows, chillout zones, and a 100 metre bar. the main focus, though — arrivals in the city's convention centre, set to stage the semifinals on tuesday and thursday, before reaching a characteristically camp climax on saturday's grand final. very exciting. for fans, very exciting. forfans, the very exciting. for fans, the final is on this saturday. the spy—action tv series killing eve — was the biggest winner at the annual british academy of film and television arts awards in london. but on the red carpet, daisy may cooper, made the biggest impression. the actress — who was nominated for the best female comedy performance award for this country — arrived wearing a dress made from bin liners.
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she explained it cost about £5 and says "what i would have spent on a designer dress, i donated to a localfood bank". stay with us. hello there, good morning. it was 18 degrees again on sunday, but for many of us it's going to get warmer over the next few days. the weather this week looks very different from what we had last week. this was a typical weather pattern — jetstream to the south. we were in the colder air. that brought showers and longer spells of rain, as much as an inch of rain in some places last week. but at least for the next few days, the jetstream is deflected well to the north of the uk. we're in the warmer air. and we've got high pressure that's dominating and keeping it dry just about everywhere. having said that, though, there is this cloud that's spilling over the top of it. that's pushing its way into scotland, and it's not as cold here as it has been during recent nights. pretty chilly elsewhere, mind you. and maybe a pinch of frost here and there, especially towards east anglia.
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the cloud across northern scotland is going to produce a little rain and drizzle. that's going to be affecting shetland first thing in the morning. tail end of a weather front — that moves through and we're left with some thin, high cloud. it means the sunshine could be a little hazy at times. not going to spoil the day. plenty of sunshine. light winds for most of us. and temperatures continuing to rise. may be 20 degrees were parts of northern ireland and around the moray firth as well. as we head through tuesday and wednesday, still looks pretty good across some southern and eastern parts of the uk. temperatures are going to be around 17—18 degrees. warm in the sunshine. but there will be an easterly breeze. temperatures, though, will be higher further west and north, north wales, north—west england, northern ireland, and scotland, with 23 degrees or so perhaps in scotland on wednesday. that's probably the peak of the heat. and that's because after that the position of the high, the centre, is going to shift further north, up towards scandinavia. it opens the door to this easterly airflow and this lower pressure across the continent, that could eventually bring cloud as in patchy rain our way. still dry, though, i think on thursday, and some sunshine around. we'll see a bit more cloud coming in off the north sea, and we'll have this easterly breeze as well. that's going to be felt certainly around those north sea coasts.
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but even further west, temperatures will not be quite as high on thursday as they will be on tuesday and wednesday. and as we move into friday, still a lot of uncertainty about the details, but we are seeing more cloud. we're seeing some showers or some longer spells of rain. now it's a little bit further south. what is more certain is that the temperatures will continue to drop away in those easterly winds, and with more cloud, we're back to around 14—16 degrees, so that's nearer normal for this time of year. but ahead of that, for the next few days, a lot of warmth, a lot of sunshine, dry weather too. the weather starts to change, though, during thursday and into friday.
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the headlines: president trump says the us is right where it "wants to be with china" with regard to tariffs. but his economic adviser larry kudlow admitted that it will be american businesses and people that will pay. president trump claims the us is making tens of billions of dollars from china. filipinos are going to the polls to vote in congressional mid—term elections largely being seen as a referendum on president duterte's controversial policies, including his war on drugs. the key battle is for control of the senate, where mr duterte currently doesn't have a majority. an attack on the roman catholic church has left several people do in beginner faso —— left several people deadin beginner faso —— left several people dead in burkina faso.
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