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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: president trump declares a national emergency to stop us companies using any telecoms equipment from foreign companies seen as a threat. the governor of alabama signs into law a bill outlawing almost all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. the un says houthi rebels in yemen have stuck to a deal to pull out of three ports, a lifeline for a war—torn nation. and could this be the future for exporting cargo? we'll tell you about the t—pod, a driver—free lorry.
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president trump has declared a national emergency to protect us computer networks from what he called "foreign adversaries." the executive order will ban american companies from using foreign telecoms that might pose a security risk. in a separate move, the us commerce department has placed the chinese telecoms company huawei on a special list. this means american firms will require a government licence to sell goods and and services to huawei. huawei has issued this statement:
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it does seem pretty certain that the trump administration has huawei in its sights, although the white house describing its statement as agnostic, in other words not mentioning any specific countries or companies. but it is quite clear that this chinese telecom giant must be in its sights. certainly there has been concern expressed for some time that the technology could be used in ways to carry out espionage, to carry out surveillance not only in the us but in other countries, the uk specifically. countries which are developing sg the uk specifically. countries which are developing 56 technology which seems to rely on huawei for some of the hardware. that seems to be central certainly to the american concerns that it does depend on some of the attack that is produced in china to move forward with 56. it is very apparent that donald trump wa nts to very apparent that donald trump wants to lead the way without
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technology. in many respects this is simply another war with china on a different level, may be quite separate from the trade talks which have taken a nosedive in recent days. so quickly becoming an economic question under national security question. is the statement released by huawei likely to make any difference? i think it is likely to make no difference at all. i think the trump administration is very determined in its course of action and this may welljust be the beginning. lots of people suggesting this could be foreshadowing what is to come in terms of perhaps a total ban on huawei in the months and yea rs ban on huawei in the months and years to come. we will have to see what happens. this statement certainly seems to suggest that huawei are reaching out to the us, prepared to talk about security and i think perhaps trying to reassure the us that it is on the same page as far as it equipped and turned the
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way that it is used overseas goes. i don't really think it is enough to convince the trump administration, though. the governor of alabama has signed into law a bill which outlaws almost all abortions, even in cases of rape and incest. the only exemption: when the mother's life is judged to be at serious risk. the new law is part of a move across an increasing number of american states — supporters have made it clear they want the issue to go all the way to the supreme court, as a challenge to the long—standing legal precedent, roe v wade. aleem maqbool reports from alabama. crowd chanting: my body... my choice. my body... all eyes were on alabama for a sign of where america is heading. and its senators did this... 25 ayes, six nays, one abstention. house bill 314 passes. that bill all but outlaws abortion in the states at any stage of pregnancy, and with no exemptions for rape or incest. women do have rights and i think that if it is a rape there is a plan b. you know, so they do have options. and so there are other options out there that they can explore,
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but i think that abortion is a wrong thing. not so much as a religion thing, but ijust think it's a murder. i live with grief... dina was 17 when she was raped. she found out she was pregnant. the baby that had a condition that meant it wouldn't survive long, but too late to have an abortion here. how does she feel that almost all women in her state will also now have no choice? the reasons why people would seek an abortion, they're all significant, they're all something to be, to be treated with empathy and kindness and dignity and i don't see that happening now. well, this is one of the few abortion clinics that remains in alabama, a place where there has been pressure from conservatives for years, leading up to this point. and even though this new law has not yet come into force,
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this place has been inundated with calls from women panicking about what to do now. the law they are protesting against here may be the most restrictive, but there are anti—abortion measures being tabled in many states right now. it's happening now because trump is in office right now. he's stacked the supreme court now with very conservative members on the supreme court, and i think folks are emboldened across the country. they think that they have a way or a means now in order to be able to overturn roe v wade. the sponsor of our bill here in the state of alabama has said that was her goal, was to overturn roe v wade. roe v wade's the landmark ruling that gave the women the right to an abortion in the us. that right, for many millions of women, does suddenly look very vulnerable. uleem maqbool, bbc news, in montgomery, alabama. let's get some of the day's other news. talks on moving sudan towards civilian rule have been
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suspended for three days by the country's military leaders, who are demanding that protesters clear roadblocks. these pictures of shots being fired were taken by an eyewitness in the capital, khartoum. at least nine people were wounded when soldiers opened fire on protestors outside army headquarters. all non—emergency us government staff at the embassy in baghdad and consulate in erbil have been ordered to leave iraq as soon as possible. the us military has raised the threat level in the middle east in response, it says, to intelligence about forces backed by iran. the german and dutch armies have also suspended the training of iraqi soldiers. officials have declared an environmental emergency in mexico city, where air pollution has reached levels potentially dangerous to human health. smoke from nearby forest fires combined with stagnant weather conditions has cloaked the capital in a grey smog. residents are being urged to stay indoors. six months since a peace deal for yemen was agreed in stockholm.
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parts of that agreement have finally been implemented. un officials say houthi forces have now pulled out of three key ports on the west coast of yemen, but there's a lot more work still to be done. this from our chief international correspondent lyse doucet. the houthis say they've left. fighters filmed as piled into pickups at ports on yemen's west coast. without pull—out took four days. a first step towards peace after four years days. a first step towards peace after four yea rs of days. a first step towards peace after four years of war. now the coastguard is in charge of the ports. they will run this lifeline with the un. almost all yemen's aid and imports come through here, vital for a nation on the brink of famine. today at the security council, the
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un's yemen envoy hailed this rare moment of hope. there is a sign of a new beginning in hodeidah. and change, i would like to suggest, is now a reality. we never expected the implementation of this agreement to be easy and it hasn't been easy. implementation of this agreement to be easy and it hasn't been easym still isn't. the minister of information from yemen's government was watching here in london. translation: in truth, the events taking place in hodeidah are a farcical show by the houthis. we wa nt farcical show by the houthis. we want peace, but real peace, not an illusion. you are now wants the government to make the next move for the redeployment. —— the un now wa nts. the redeployment. —— the un now wants. is that going to happen? the government is ready to implement any commitment in this peace deal provided each step is verified. until this moment we were unable to verify that the houthis —— houthis have left the port. the united nations says its mission on the ground has verified this pull—out.
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it says the task now is de—mining and removing houthi trenches and barriers. but bigger many government accuses houthi fighters of just changing their clothes, now posing as coastguards. —— the yemeni government. but there is pressure to move forward. today marks six months since a landmark deal was reached in stockholm, hailed as the best chance for peace in years. until this week there has been little progress. and now, worries of four in a nervous region. reported sabotage of saudi and amorite vessels. —— emirati. nobody blamed yet, but tensions mounting with the houthis' ally, iran. there are alarming signs and war has a habit of trumping peace. its impact more —— more corrosive than the positive effect of hard—won gains towards ending wars. the ease
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with which progress can be reduced oi’ with which progress can be reduced or removed is indeed frightening. four years of war have already left yemen in ruin. her people on the run from violence and hunger, already on the very edge of collapse. 37 people have been arrested as protests against a plan to build a new search in the russian city of ekaterinburg went on for a third day. thousands of people have gathered in the square where the cathedral will be built. activists say it will destroy one of the city's few green spaces. we want a square, goes the chance. it is day three of protests in ekaterinburg and passions are still running high. these local activists and residents
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are protesting against the building ofa are protesting against the building of a new cathedral. they want to protect what they say is one of the last green spaces in the city.|j believe there are enough places in oui’ believe there are enough places in our city that is upgrading about the emergence of new objects of worship, and to do it here instead, at an historically established place, the public gardens, is irrational, shortsighted and violates the principles of sustainable developers and ecology. these protesters have a nswered and ecology. these protesters have answered the call from social media and insist they are not anti— religion. they arejust and insist they are not anti— religion. they are just —— protecting the city's environment. laws have grown much tighter under president putin, with unauthorised gatherings quickly broken up by police. but not this time. the russian orthodox church says it needs new churches to replace those destroyed under soviet anti— religion laws. 10,000 have been built in the past decade. translation: to date, there is no legal or logical reason for stopping this construction. the legal process is verified in detail and passed through all stages and/or permissions. therefore, with all due
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respect for the protest opinion of oui’ respect for the protest opinion of ourdear respect for the protest opinion of our dear fellow citizens with whom we now stand, this process will be completed. the charges due to be finished in 2023, and its completion will coincide with the 300th anniversary of ekaterinburg, russia's fourth—largest city. the russian orthodox church has grown more powerful as part of the search for a post—soviet national identity. moscow, ever wary, will be keeping an eye on events. stay with us on bbc news. still to come, seeing the wood for the trees — the hidden network that allows them to feed and protect each other. the pope was shot, the pope will live. that was 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
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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! this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president trump declares a national emergency to stop us companies using any telecoms equipment from foreign companies seen as a threat.
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is the governor of alabama signs into law a bill which outlaws almost all abortions — even in cases of rape and incest. for more on this, we can cross live to houston in texas and speak a face and name many of you will recognise. thank you for your time. you know this is part of an effort across many republican lead states to get this issue brought again before a new and more conservative supreme court. the idea is to overturn roe versus wade. you are professionally at the centre of that landmark case. i did support the person who was named jane roe when she wanted to speak out about it but i would say that this is a very
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dangerous time for women and girls in the united states because this law that has been passed in alabama would provide that it is a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion, the doctor could face up to 99 years in prison if convinced it of that crime. the net effect of that for women and girls is that girls, women who want an abortion in alabama will probably have to have back alley abortions by unlicensed individuals who just abortions by unlicensed individuals whojust simply abortions by unlicensed individuals who just simply want to provide an abortion to make a profit and often will not care what happens to that girl orwoman in whom will not care what happens to that girl or woman in whom they perform the abortion. and they may lead to haemorrhaging and potentially dying from an illegal abortion. legal ones are safe illegal ones are very dangerous. this is a catastrophic
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move by alabama and, yes, they do wa nt move by alabama and, yes, they do want the supreme court to reverse the landmark united states supreme court decision that said that a woman has a constitutional right to choose abortion at certain stages of her pregnancy. there is that argument, the move to limit abortion just when you limit legal abortions you end up with more dangerous illegal ones. the ones hurt the most are poor women, young women, teenage women. girls who live in rural areas. they may not even have the money, and women of colour. they might not have the money even for a bus fare to take a bus to another state where an abortion is legal and affordable and available. and so
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they will either be forced to take they will either be forced to take the pregnancy to term and deliver. i call that mandatory motherhood. compulsory pregnancy. 0r call that mandatory motherhood. compulsory pregnancy. or they will, you know, or they will have an illegal abortion. a terrible choice for anyone to make. obviously it is an attempt to control women and their lives and their future. they don't care that women's lives are being placed at risk at all. many people would have looked in bemusement at all of the men who passed this law in alabama. it seems that at the root of this is men controlling women's bodies and that a foetus is more important than a woman's body. yes. a fertilised egg is more important than a woman. other states are popping up as well.
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ohio outlaw abortion at six weeks when many women don't even know they are pregnant. they call it a fatal heart bill but a foetus does not have a heart at six weeks. this is absurd. it is encouraged by donald trump who felt that there should be legal punishment for women who get abortion and by his latest appointees, nominee, confirmed to the united state supreme court, judge cavanagh who was thought to be an entire church and that is why they think they now have —— thought to be antichoice and that is why they think they now have good reason to move forward. i had an abortion when i was in my 20s. i almost died from an illegal abortion and i had a feature of 106 and had to be taken to hospital i survived but i know what it is like. women's lives are placed at risk and this is shameful
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andi placed at risk and this is shameful and i do hope that the united states supreme court will not succumb to these forces that want to control women's lives and will not allow the outlawing in the criminalisation of abortion. pitching this to the supreme court again, what would you tell the justices? i would say that it is important to maintain the principle of previous decisions. do not overall president. i am concerned because yesterday they overall president in another case that had nothing to do with abortion. this is extremely unusual. by abortion. this is extremely unusual. by the way, roe vs wade has been attacked ever since 1970 three full of it has been chipped away at it was thought to be a solid legal precedent and now we can say it is absolutely at risk and we all have a
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sta ke absolutely at risk and we all have a stake in this. we... it was our women's vietnam when abortion was a crime in the united states. more women were died or were maimed by illegal abortions than men ever died in vietnam full upgrade soldiers who sat there live stop in service to our country but we do not want this war on women to continue and for women to be injured, to be maimed and to die because congress or a state wa nts and to die because congress or a state wants to outlaw abortion. thank you for talking to bbc news. for many companies around the world — it has become something of a holy grail — the self—driving vehicle. big names like google and amazon have invested milions of dollars in the technology. now — a company in sweden says it's pioneered a global first — an autonomous lorry that drives on a public road. the bbc‘s tim allman has more.
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they call it the teapot. it is not very big. it is not very fast. but it is potentially revolutionary. this is, we are told, the first d riverless this is, we are told, the first driverless lorry. let out on a public road. not a very long road, mind you, but we all need to start somewhere. history is created in small steps. first flight was 300 metres. this is a 300 metre stretch of road so we are taking a leap in pushing history forward and, like i said, a small. a small step for autonomous electric transport. the tea pot autonomous electric transport. the teapot weighs 26 tons when full and there is no cab for a driver. that is estimated to reduce operating costs by around 60% compared to a normal diesel lorry. the hope is that there is an environmental benefit to. with the growth of
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global transport, benefit to. with the growth of globaltransport, emissions benefit to. with the growth of global transport, emissions cannot grow in the same way. we need to find a more sustainable way. secondly we are of the opinion that the future should be smart, c02 friendly and connected. driverless lorries are not necessarily good news for, well, drivers. for now, the teapot will trundle up and down this road but other routes are planned. this may well prove to be the future of transport and they may not be room for someone behind the wheel. now the hidden world that exists below ground, in woods and forests. some call it the "wood wide web" — the way the roots of trees and other plants join together through a network of fungi — claire marshall reports on how plotting future planting might help limit the effects of climate change. walk into a wood and you enter a peaceful familiar world. but what if you look down? beneath every forest and wood, there is a kind of mysterious underground social network. let's peel back the
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earth to take a look. there are the tree roots, and then mingling among them, along with bacteria, are thousands of superfine threads of fungi, this known as hyphae. research has shown they are all interconnected. they can help each other by sharing nutrients and they can even warn of approaching threats. scientists have described this as if the trees are talking to one another. now, dr thomas crowther and his team have mapped this subterranean social network of fungi on an epic global scale. he likens it to producing an mri scan of the world's forests. we've relied heavily on satellites for a very long time to understand ecosystems, but now we are in the age of big data and machine learning, so by taking data from thousands of people all around the world, we are starting to characterise these incredibly important ecosystems for the very first time. there are two main types of fungal network. they both suck up the greenhouse gas carbon, a key factor in climate change.
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systems in woods like here in the uk absorbe more than ones in tropical climates, but they're more vulnerable to rising temperatures. we went to see an ecologist at work, taking samples in kew gardens. they can now use dna testing to tell what's there. all of this is filled with fungi? filled with fungi. the fungi are really good because they are three—dimensional. they make a network. if this network is broken it's bad news, not just for the trees, but the planet as a whole. if we create conditions through changing the types of fungi that are interacting with plants in the soil, in which then those soils start to stop accumulating carbon, or they start releasing it, then the rate at which we are seeing change will accelerate even more. there's an effective way to help fight climate change, and that's by planting trees. the new map of the wood wide web can be used to guide planters. know the right network to plug the tree into, and it will flourish.
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and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbcmikeembley. this hello there. the temperature peaked just shy of 26 celsius yesterday in highland scotland. it was warm for all but the 26 will be the highest in this current warm spell because temperatures and the heat are gradually going to ebb away. it will still be warm through the day ahead and feel pleasant enough but the high pressure that has been ruling the roost is drifting a little further north across scandinavia, allowing more of an easterly breeze to pick up and it will drag in more cloud as well. the combination will lower our temperature. still through the night under the starry skies it has been chilly in some areas. could be some early morning mist and fog — that will clear — and sea fret and sea haar in the north and a few showers potentially for the western side of scotland
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but perhaps later for northern ireland. for most, a dry bright warm day with hazy sunshine. we pick up a little more cloud filtering west across england and wales and a bit more of a breeze and those two together will knock the temperature down a little but still looking to reach 20 degrees in the warmth in the north and west but we will notice the keen breeze of the north sea coast. the sun is just as strong be at 1a or 20 degrees. thursday and friday we started to pick up some rain. through the evening and overnight. initially light and patchy but through the day on friday it could turn heavy and it will blanket falling temperatures in the central and eastern areas. chilliest weather further north under clear skies. friday looks like a cloudy day as you can see. there will be rain, thick clouds enough to give showery rain. making its way westwards and eventually to the eastern side of scotland so we will hold onto some sunshine in the western of scotland and northern ireland but temperatures again down another two or three degrees because not only were we have rain but the wind will be stronger still on friday.
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quite keen for the north sea coast. we lose the wind in the south as we go into the weekend but we do keep a cloud by then and with showers around and light winds they will be slow—moving. the devil is in the detail this weekend. the weather front will bring more persistent rain to the northern half of the country, particularly scotland and northern england, perhaps not reaching northern ireland, and then further south we lose the wind but we pick up slow—moving heavy showers. they are close to a centre of low pressure. by sunday that is almost gone and we are just into this very slack wind regime that means we will not see much whether generally slow—moving heavy showers moving out mostly in the north as temperatures start to bounce back in the south. as always, more regional detail on our website.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump's declared a national emergency to protect us communication networks against what he calls ‘foreign adversaries,‘ in effect barring american companies from using overseas telecoms firms believed to pose a security risk. the us commerce department has also placed the chinese firm huawei on a special list. the governor of the us state of alabama has signed into law a bill which outlaws almost all abortions. the only exemptions are cases where the mother's life is judged to be at serious risk. a number of republican states are pushin gto have abortion rights considered b y thesuperme court. five technology giants have announced an action plan to combat violent extremist content online — following a summit in france. the measures by amazon, google, microsoft, twitter and facebook have been prompted in part by the mass killings live—streamed by a far—right gunman as he attacked mosques in new zealand.


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