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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: a dramatic escalation in us tensions with chinese tech firms, as google cuts off huawei from using some of its android mobile services. president trump inflames tensions with iran and warns them not to threaten the united states. india's governing bjp welcomes the latest exit polls suggesting narendra modi is on track for a second term as prime minister. and how a billionaire told these atlanta students, i'll write off your student debt.
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google has suspended some of its business with huawei, potentially cutting off its android devices from updates to google apps and services in the future. the move comes several days after the us commerce department announced it was blacklisting huawei over concerns its equipment could be used by the chinese government to spy on american networks. caroline rigby has more. fears of the chinese government could use 56 to spy on other countries have caused concern around the world, nowhere more so than in the world, nowhere more so than in the us. last week, in a bid to increase pressure on china, the telecoms company was added to a blacklist, and restrictions that
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would make it more difficult for huawei to do business with counterparts. now google is also taking a step saying... the bbc understands the suspension would see huawei immediately lose access to some updates. new smartphones would also lose applications and services such as gmail. though it would still be able to use a version of the operating system available through the open source license. the trump administration believes huawei fines and equipment could be used by china to spy on americans. huawei has repeatedly denied this saying it is independent of the government that the google suspension is likely to bea the google suspension is likely to be a major blow to the company, making its smartphones less attractive to customers
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internationally. trade talks between the two talks would be meaningless u nless the two talks would be meaningless unless washington changes its course according to some. our technology correspondent, dave lee, told us why this might be happening now. american companies cannot do business with huawei without having a specific licence first. it meant the android software it provides to huawei, including gmail and you and also security updates for huawei phones means google can no longer provide that to the company. of course, huawei is a huge maker of mobile phones, recently surpassing apple. and android is what they use. it means going forward, while weight will not have the latest features
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and security features and it is a massive blow because, of course, using google software is what many consumers want on their device. certainly an escalation because it is using a huge successful american company as a potential bargaining chip, i guess you could say, between china and the us. what does it mean for people who might have got a while weight phone in the last year or people who have a google nexus phone where the hardware was made by huawei? the implications are quite large for people with huawei phones. in the future, in the near future, you would find security updates that google has created will not be available on huawei phones. the updated versions of apps like u—tube will not be available and this will have a massive influence on security
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of devices and that is an awful lot of devices and that is an awful lot of customers and that are affected by this. they do not want to be taking this action and are talking to the us government. how devastating is this a blow to why for its business? i think the bigger picture here is that google android softwa re picture here is that google android software is just one piece of american—made technology that huawei makes use of. imagine this problem multiplied several times over. some a nalysts multiplied several times over. some analysts saying they will not be able to create any devices without using american products in some ways that could be hugely impactful. google has said that google play
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will continue to function on existing huawei devices. we will keep an eye on that story as it develops. as tensions between iran and the united states run high, president trump has issued blunt threat against tehran on twitter. in a tweet, he said that if iran wanted to fight that would be the end of the country. those tensions have seen a pair of us warships head towards the gulf in recent days. a rocket was fired a few hours ago into baghdad's heavily fortified green zone, which houses government offices and foreign diplomatic missions. who fired it isn't known, but the us has accused iran of meddling in the region. i asked steve herman, white house bureau chief of voice of america news, what the impact of president trump's tweet might be. it certainly doesn't help calm worries across the world about a possible clash between the united states and iran.
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it should be noted it is not the first time that trump has made such a blatant threat in this manner. there was a similar tweet in july 2018. we're not sure what prompted it on sunday afternoon here, perhaps it could have been but rocket into the green zone you mentioned. or some of the other actions taken in recent days in the region are blamed on iranian proxies. it could be some intelligence that the president was privy to about concern to get around backing off. orjohn bolton, the real hawk in the administration or a combination of all of the above. it sounds like it could be anything. we've been seeing in the last few days and weeks an attempt by the white house to attempt
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to calm things down. a real attempt to calm down the rhetoric of between iran at the us and say we don't really want a war. how much store should be put into a donald trump tweet that seems to say the opposite? as you can recall, we had that whole rollercoaster with north korea where we went from " fire and fury " to the president praising letters he was receiving and the subsequent two summits. so to predict how this is going to end is really very difficult at this point. and just remind us of the big picture here. these tensions between the us and iran, where do you think it is going as far as those sanctions on iran really start to bite? they are definitely biting. that is something that is pretty easy to fathom.
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but what we do have is messages from tehran, and washington, all three parties are agreeing publicly that they don't want war and they don't think there will be war. voting has ended in the seventh and final phase of india's general election. a number of exit polls suggest the prime minister, narendra modi, and his bjp party will win a second term in office, although they've been wrong in the past. the votes from the vast electorate of 900 million people won't be counted until thursday. here's sangita myska in delhi. the way in which exit polls are conducted in this country is literally someone standing outside a polling booth and asking people who have voted which party they have chosen. as you know, this is not entirely reliable. having said that, the four biggest exit polls, three of them show that narendra modi and his bjp party will be returned to government with a majority. back in 2014, mr modi achieved that, it was the first time in 30 years
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that any party in india had won an absolute majority. the question is — can he do it again in 2019? well, of course, thursday is the day that the votes are actually counted and then for sure in our elections — in our election special here on bbc world we will be bringing you that final result. just to remind you, the bjp, mr modi is a hindu nationalist. and what his critics will say is over the last five years in power he has not delivered on policy, instead, he has played identity politics, that india is more divided than ever along hindu caste lines, along religious lines. but his supporters will come back vehemently and tell you that he is the only man who will be able to deliver sustained development here in india and the only person who has taken solid steps towards dealing with corruption. as i say, the results will be out on thursday, we will be bringing those to you.
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sangita myska reporting. so there's still a few days to go until we find out the result in india. you can join us for our special live coverage from delhi throughout the day on thursday, my colleague karin giannone will be among those bringing you all the news as the results come in. seventeen people have been injured in an explosion that hit a tourist bus in the egyptian capital, cairo. the blast detonated close to a prestigious new museum near the pyramids. it's not yet known who was behind the bombing, but islamist militants have attacked tourists in egypt in the past. sophia tran—thomson has this report. it is not the experience tourists come to egypt for, the two of us windows blown out. the bomb went off near the famed giza pyramids, just a few hundred metres from the new busy due to open next year. security sources says bombs containing nails and pieces of metal exploded next to
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the bus, wounding i7 and pieces of metal exploded next to the bus, wounding 17 people, mostly from south africa, and causing injuries to egyptians in a nearby car. most of the injuries were minor while three people were treated in hospital. it is not yet known who was behind the bombings but islamist militants have attacked egypt's end of the past. it is the latest blow to the industry of tourism after a similar blast in december with fatalities. the sector has slowly been recovering in the wake of the 2011 up rising and the 2015 bombing of the russian passengerjet. before this tourism had peaked with a record number of this tourism had peaked with a record number 01:14 million visitors but last year only half that number entered the country. timing is critical, the african cup of nations will be hosted here next month. stay with us on bbc news
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still to come: we hearfrom one of bollywood's upcoming stars — rahdika and her take on film censorship. this morning an indian air force plane carrying mr gandhi's body landed in delhi. the president of india walked to the plane to solemnly witness mr gandhi's final return from the political battlefield. ireland has voted overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage. in doing so it has become the first country in the world to approve the change in a national referendum. it was a remarkable climax to what was surely the most extraordinary funeral ever given to a pop singer. it has been a peaceful funeral demonstration so far but suddenly the police are tear gassing the crowd. we don't yet know why. the pre—launch ritual is well established here. helen was said to be in good spirits butjust a little apprehensive. in the last hour, east timor has become the world's newest nation. it was a bloody birth
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for a poor country and the challenges ahead are daunting. but for now, at least, it is time to celebrate. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: google is cutting huawei from using some of its mobile services days after the us announced it was blacklisting the chinese tech firm. president trump warns tehran that if it wants to fight the united states, it will be the end of iran. it's a case that's galvanised france and symbolised a passionate debate about the right to die. vincent lambert has been in a vegetative state since a motorcycle accident in 2008. but now he's set to be denied the essential care that keeps him alive. andy beatt reports.
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a life or death battle that split a family and the whole of france. 0utside family and the whole of france. outside the hospital at the centre of the storm, a final stand protesters. inside, 42—year—old vincent lambert, paralysed, brain—damaged and in a state of minimal consciousness after a traffic accident more than a decade ago. now doctors are set to stop the intravenous food and water that has kept him alive. a move condemned as an execution by his devoutly catholic parents. translation: vincent isn't at the end of his life, he turns his head and has reactions. i have lots of videos but no—one wants to see them. no—one. france is taking a step back stop its going backwards but vincent is resisting. they want him
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transferred to a specialist unit and plans to launch a fresh legal challenge in a bid to keep him alive stop translation: vincent must live. he is disabled, that is old. i we going to destroy all the disabled? it's not possible. there are hundreds like him and theirfamilies are worried. we are fighting for vincent, but also all the others. it's a fight that has put her at odds with vincent lambert‘s a wife and brothers and sisters. they say his life should be entered as there is no hope of recovery. legal options are running out. both france's highest court in the european court of human rights have backed the decision to and life support. his parents are now calling for france's president emmanuel macron to intervene. calls to, to another higher power. this case
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igniting a fierce debate about the role of religion and the right to die. but barring a dramatic 11th hour intervention, without treatment, food or water, death could be just days away. andy beats, bbc news. thousands of people in berlin have taken part in a demonstration in support of the eu. one week ahead of the european parliamentary elections, the protesters gathered to speak out against far—right parties. demonstrations have been organised in seven german cities, the day after italian populist matteo salvini staged a nationalist rally in milan. rescuers have helped hundreds of hikers who were stuck overnight on a mountain onjapan‘s yakushima island because of heavy rainfall. around 12 centimetres of rain hit the area on saturday, with flooding and mudslides blocking roads. officials say 314 people were stranded. some were forced to sleep out on the mountainside, but most took shelter
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in their vehicles. now you might have heard much about the debate in the united states around large amounts of student debt, but there was a wonderful surprise in store for the students of morehouse college in atlanta georgia, when billionaire investor robert smith was giving the commencement address at the graduation ceremony for class of 2019. this is what he told them — have a listen. on behalf of the eight generations of my family who have been in this country, we are going to put a little fuel in your bus. i've got the alumni over there, this is a challenge to you, a long night. this is my class, 2019. —— a long night. —— alumni. my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loa ns.
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applause it's incredible. doctor david thomas, president of morehouse college told me how he felt as the news of this incredible surprise gift began to sink in. he h e ca ptu res he captures it, i was also amazed. i had no idea that robert smith was going to make that announcement. so i was thrilled and amazed and gratified by his generosity. it means so much in the lives of our students. how unusable is it for an alumni of this college or any to do something like this? it's very unusual. i mean in academia is a
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professor, a dean, and a president for over 33 years. and i've been to many graduations and i've never seen a gift offered like this at a graduation to raise the student debt —— erase. and it's particularly important for morehouse college, because 95% of students leave with some form of student that to support their college education. we saw some of the students' reaction, they seem thrilled and disbelieving at the same time. what have student said to you since this announcement was made? exactly that. they are
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thrilled and they've asked me if they heard correct leave. and i've also had students talk about the ways in which this helps them make choices that they might otherwise not have made —— heard correctly, for example, many students want to go into education and some have chosen to take jobs that are much more lucrative than education and now they are rethinking that. others we re now they are rethinking that. others were thinking about delaying going to graduate school because they knew they would have to take on more couege they would have to take on more college loans are now they are speeding up their path to go follow their passions. doctor david thomas, president of morehouse college there talking about the decision that
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billy now robert smith does make a billionaire, —— billionaire robert smith made to lower student debt for a college class. one of india's most acclaimed modern actors says the country needs better sex education, rather than banning films with explicit content. bbc asian network's haroon rashid met radhika aptay in london. radhika aptay is fast becoming one of the most recognised indian actresses globally after having starred in three netflix originals in 2018. sacred games was the first netflix original series from india. how different was that filmmaking experience compared to other bollywood productions you've been part of? first of all, it's challenging, it's nicer because you are doing something, you're not worried about words or certain content, you are open and openly expressing. i do feel that this freedom is very, very, very important so i think that's one aspect and i just think that the benefit of marketing and doing publicity, netflix was very well organised. there was a lot of violence and use
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of expletives in sacred games and love stories had a lot of sexual content. such content would normally face censorship issues in india. what has your experience been like with the country's certification board? i don't think there should be the censor board in this sense. i understand a and u but i don't understand these bans on censorship. what we need is more sex education, not banning things. everything is available, you can go watch whatever you want. what you need is sex education, not the other way around. one of your films, parched, did tremendously well on the festival circuit but did not make so much at the indian box office. has netflix or amazon prime or other services such as that given those kind of films a different distribution model? i know when you have a film
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or a series on a digital platform, the reach is to a different kind of audience. it reaches the world extremely fast and the kind of people, the audience that watches it, it's a little different. it's not necessarily completely different — it's not exclusive but it's a different kind of audience. radhika also starred in two hit bollywood films last year, including padman, the first mainstream hindi film to tackle menstrual health in the country. haroon rashid, bbc news. now for a bit of royal news. pictures of the duke and duchess of cambridge at chelsea flower show with their childrenhave been released to the public. prince george, princess charlotte and prince louie can be seen playing in the back to nature garden which was designed by the duchess as part of her work on early childhood development. they look like they are having fun. more royal news, meghan markle has
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released new pictures to mark the first anniversary of her marriage last year. a number of unseen photos have been revealed by the royal couple, they happy occasion here on, well, you can see the happy occasion. the pictures were released on instagram. new images of that famous dress, lovely black and white teachers. you can see the dashing princes in their wedding suits —— pictures. here is meghan markle with her new father—in—law, prince charles. i'm sure lots of fans are going to love that. let's just remind you of the top story here we have been covering. dougal says it is cutting off huawei from using some of its mobile services —— google. that is seen as a serious blow to the mobile giant and means that it would lose google's technical support and its new smartphones could not provide customers with popular google apps
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and services. google is saying google play and the security protections from google play will continue to function on existing huawei devices. we will keep you up—to—date here on bbc news. hello there. the weather is not looking too bad over the next few days. a mixture of dry spells and a few passing showers but the temperatures are going to be doing reasonably well over the next few days, pushing into the low 20s in the next four spots. we will look at what happened yesterday weatherwise and we had plenty of showers around, stretching from dorset across the midlands and into lincolnshire is where we had the heaviest downpours caused by the winds bashing together, the air forced to rise, making these big showers that were heavy and slow—moving in nature. the rain coming down so heavily in warwickshire that it was bouncing off the roads on the pavements. why am i telling you about this? we will see similar things
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setting up later on today, i will explain more in the moment but over the next few hours, a lot of cloud around, fog patches, lincolnshire, north—east england, and eastern areas of scotland. still a few showers in the north—west but it's not going to be a cold start to the day. temperatures 8—12. as we go through monday morning, most of us will start on a cloudy note, the weather again and will slowly brighten up with some sunny intervals breaking out, probably the best of these across wales and south—west england. these convergence zones, one of them affecting east scotland, this is where you are most likely to catch a shower, slow—moving, heavy, thundery as well. a few showers for northern ireland and wales. where the sunshine does come through, it should feel reasonably pleasant. looking at the weather picture into tuesday, pressure starts to build across western parts of the country and at the same time, a weak weather front across the far
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north of scotland, bringing thicker cloud and threatening rain mainly into the northern isles. a few showers popping up, particularly across eastern areas of england. more of us should enjoy more in a way of dry weather, particularly across western parts of the uk. on until wednesday, pressure builds a sofa most of us, a dry day with sunshine. —— so for most of us. the obvious exception is across northern scotland. we have cloudy weather, outbreaks of rain sitting and the rain accompanied by northerly winds and quite a cold day in lerwick, temperatures coming down in aberdeen and the best of the sunshine further south, still feeling pleasant with temperatures into the low 20s. now as we get towards the end of the week, it looks like low pressure will begin to move in in one guise or another so a greater chance of seeing some rain by friday. that's your weather.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: google is cutting huawei from using some of its mobile services. the block would mean the chinese tech firm losing security updates and technical support. it comes just days after washington blacklisted huawei over concerns that its technology could be used to spy on american networks. president trump has warned iran not to threaten the united states. in a strongly worded tweet, mr trump said that if iran wants to fight it will be the official end of the country. the us has recently deployed an aircraft carrier and bombers to the region. exit polls from india's general election suggest the current prime minister, narendra modi, is set to win a second term in office. polls have been wrong in the past. mr modi's bjp party has welcomed the predictions, pointing to their increased majority of seats in parliament. the official count doesn't begin until thursday.

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