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this is bbc news. i'm chris rogers. the headlines at 11 o'clock. president trump slaps stinging new tariffs on all mexican imports over illegal immigration. the white house says mexico should do more to stop large groups travelling to the us crossing points. a massive number of these individuals are coming from central america and that is where we have seen the greatest increase come from did outrageous numbers. labour suspends a member of its ruling national executive committee, peter willsman, after he's recorded suggesting that the israeli embassy was behind the party's anti—semitism fow. british retailer sir philip green is charged in the us with four counts of assault relating to allegations of inappropriate touching. and there's excitement in madrid
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as liverpool and spurs fans arrive ahead of tomorrow night's champions league final. and at half past 11 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers including president trump's interview with the sun in which he lends his support to boris johnson. good evening. president trump has announced new taxes on all goods coming from mexico, demanding that illegal immigration from mexico into the us is dealt with. the president warned that a 5% tariff will be imposed and will rise gradually, starting in 10 days‘ time. imported goods set to be affected include vehicles, computers, and oil, as well as fresh produce. trade between the two countries is worth around $150
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billion dollars annually. when president trump took office, just over 30,000 people were stopped at the southwest border of the us. after an initial decline that number has been increasing to just under 100,000 in the past month alone. and with the average processing time currently standing at nearly 2 years, the backlog is getting worse. my colleague sophie long reports from the us border with mexico. it is scenes like this that anger president trump. this footage, released by the us customs and border protection shows the moment they say more than 1000 migrants from central american countries tried to cross the border in texas on wednesday. the white house says mexico could and should have done more to stop them. we are asking mexico to enforce their own laws to help stop the people coming in from
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central america. we have seen a massive influx of people coming from that region and they have the ability and legal authority in which to deal with it. we are simply asking them to do that. but critics say mexico is trying and the us —— us imposing tariffs on all goods gci’oss us imposing tariffs on all goods across the border, like stopping foreign aid to central american economies, will be counted if. mexico will not take it lying down. translation: i tell all mexicans to be confident that we will overcome this behaviour from the be confident that we will overcome this behaviourfrom the us government. they will have to correct themselves because the mexican people do not deserve to be treated like this. all these are crossing from mexico to the us. a few months ago, a few people hung their heads in horror when president trump threatened to shut this border. he could not and he did not.
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it again, people living on either side of the border are asking the same questions. can he do it? will he do it? and if he does, what does it mean for me? ever—increasing ta riffs it mean for me? ever—increasing tariffs mean they will pay more for products from fresh produce to machinery to cars. it will effect american consumers. toyota tacoma is from the north american continent are produced into one. those go back and forth about four times for content and product so it is good cross—border trade. but those prices will go up five or 10%, ultimately 2596 will go up five or 10%, ultimately 25% and the american consumer pays that, not the government. some here support their president and are prepared to feel short term pain. they say it is a small price for long—term gain. they say it is a small price for long-term gain. generally i don't agree with tariffs but i think the president is using it in this form right now to address this issue for
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u nve nted right now to address this issue for unvented immigration across the border with a country that could stop that from happening like mexico. it is necessary right now. but other normally loyal supporters of the president say that trade policy and immigration are different issues. and while they want a more secure border, tariffs are not the tools to use to build it. ahead of the state visit next week, president trump has given an interview to the sun newspaper in which he criticised the prime minister's handling of the brexit negotiations with the eu, and praised conservative leadership contender borisjohnson. 0n brexit, president trump said ‘i think that the uk allowed the european union to have all the cards. and it is very hard to play well when one side has all the advantage. 0n the conservative leadership contest he said: i have studied it very hard, i known the different players
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but i think boris would do a very good job, i think he would excellent. the president also suggested he could play a role in the contest ‘i don't want to say who, but other people have asked for endorsements. i could help anybody if i endorse them 0ur correspondent in westminster joins me now. and interesting and uncomfortable read for theresa may again ahead of a trump visit. also, perhaps good news for borisjohnson. i don't know. donald trump, of course is a controversialfigure i don't know. donald trump, of course is a controversial figure and ahead of his visit next week it is expected that there will be protests asa expected that there will be protests as a result of him coming to the uk ona as a result of him coming to the uk on a state visit. we know that jeremy corbyn is set to boycott the state banquet of donald trump because of concerns about things that he has said and done in the past. whether or not it will help borisjohnson is past. whether or not it will help boris johnson is difficult past. whether or not it will help borisjohnson is difficult to say but we know that donald trump had
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warm words for borisjohnson before. 0ne warm words for borisjohnson before. one of the things here is the timing of donald trump's comments. it comes as he is said to come on state visit to the united kingdom which coincides with theresa may's last days as the conservative party leader. she is due to ‘s down on june seven. and far from exercising diplomatic subtlety as he arrived during those last few days, he is waiting straight into this debate about who might succeed theresa may. we know there are an awful lot of contenders in the frame at the moment and boris johnson contenders in the frame at the moment and borisjohnson is one of around 12 people although many see him as potentially the front runner. he met donald trump before, he was the former foreign secretary. so donald trump offering up the suggestion of an endorsement and also saying that he thinks his endorsement could help any would—be candidate but that is somewhat
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debatable giving what a divisive person donald trump is here in the uk. it really is unheard of. for any foreign leader intervening in domestic political affairs, especially as a prime minister is stepping down and wanting to support certain people to replace a prime minister. it is completely unheard of. will it be just as awkward this time for downing street and theresa may as it was last time? who can say. it may be slightly awkward at times but i think they will have a busy diary. we know that among the things donald trump will be doing is heading down to portsmouth for d—day commemorations this and that will be seen as a commemorations this and that will be seen as a hugely important event where i imagined politics will be put to one side. as you mentioned, donald trump is again being a bit critical in inferring that theresa may's approach to brexit negotiation has not been up to scratch and all the way he would do things. that is
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awkward for theresa may. but for her and downing street they know that her last days in downing street are coming. she will resign from the conservative party, and is expected to at the end of the week. maybe they have been hoping for a little more subtlety and delicacy as a result but, of course, donald trump is not characteristically a particularly su btle is not characteristically a particularly subtle man. an interesting few days ahead for you jessica and the team at westminster. jewish groups have called for the expulsion of a senior labour official, who's been suspended from the party in the ongoing row about anti—semitism. peter willsman, who's a member of the party's national executive committee, allegedly claimed that the israeli embassy was behind the allegations and was trying to underminejeremy corbyn. labour says it takes all complaints of anti—semitism seriously. 0ur political correspondent chris mason reports. peter willsman sits around an important table in politics, with a seat on labour's national executive committee.
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politically, he's on the left of labour. the same wing as the leader, jeremy corbyn. this is the moment injanuary he was recorded at a meeting with an american israeli author. peter willsman has been a labour activist for decades. peter willsman, canterbury clp. here he is in the ‘70s... so don't let's have any of this hanky—panky. ..the ‘80s... there's hundreds of ordinary delegates... ..and the 90s. do you plan to withdraw as a candidate from the nec? this isn't the first time he's been accused of inappropriate remarks. last summer he was recorded claiming jewish trump fanatics were behind
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allegations of anti—semitism within labour. but this row matters because it extends well beyond one man. it's even led to demonstrations, and has dogged the party for much ofjeremy corbyn's time as leader. today, labour said, "peter willsman has been suspended from the labour party pending investigation. the labour party takes all complaints of anti—semitism extremely seriously, and we are committed to challenging and campaigning against it in all its forms." ifjeremy corbyn and the labour leadership have a jot of feeling for the jewish community and forjewish labour members and for thejewish labour movement, they need, he needs to expel pete willsman now and for good. and this seniorfigure in the party agrees. if this is not dealt with incredibly effectively, and quickly, and i'm saying 1a days should be the time limit, then is the institution capable of being effectively
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anti—anti—semitic, or is the institution so sclerotic, in some way, that it might itself be institutionally anti—semitic? there's been no word from peter willsman today. threejewish organisations have written to labour demanding he is expelled swiftly. they contrast his suspension with the rapid expulsion of the former spin doctor alastair campbell for voting liberal democrat in last week's's elections. the party now has to decide what to do about peter willsman. let him stay, or kick him out. chris mason, bbc news. the inquest into the deaths of eight people in the 2017 london bridge attacks has heard that there were ‘opportunities galore' to detect the plot beforehand. the lawyer representing some of the victims‘ families told the old bailey there was evidence the attackers had been in contact for several months. police deny missing opportunities to foil the attack, as our home affairs correspondent
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daniel sandford reports. dumping a mobile phone to avoid any surveillance, just days before the attack. meeting in the street in the small hours of the morning. re—fuelling a hire van as they head toward central london on the night itself. this is what m15 surveillance officers might have seen if they had been following the three men. representing the families of six of the eight people killed, gareth patterson qc said today, there were opportunities galore for this attack are planning to be picked up prior to the beginning of the attack. the court has heard that khuram butt, the lead attacker, had been investigated by m15 for two years, that police had seized his computers and phones eight months earlier, devices that showed clear support for the islamic state group, as well as a job application for the prince's trust. time and again, lawyers for the bereaved families emphasised
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how they believed that if khuram butt had been properly monitored by m15, his relationship with the other two killers and their preparations for the attack could have been spotted. for the family, dominic adamson said he was a dangerous man, who should have been treated as such at all times. a phone found after the attack had been used to search for westminster abbey in the palace of westminster before the destination was set as oxford street, suggesting the intended target kept changing. phones seized from his home and relative showed how worried they were about him. one said, let's look out for khuram, i feel he's a bit dodge, i think he is an isis sympathiser. the retail tycoon sir philip green has been charged in the united states with four counts of misdemeanour assault. prosecutors in arizona say the charges relate to allegations
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made by a pilates instructor that sir philip repeatedly touched her inappropriately. sir philip has previously denied any accusations against him. our business editor simonjack has the latest. this is a ratcheting up of reports we heard back in february about alleged inappropriate conduct by sir philip green while he was on a health spa in arizona. he denies these allegations, they are misdemeanours and he will point out that they carry a maximum fine of $500 per count so we're not talking about sexual assault here or anything of that nature. we cannot opine on what the court may think about that however it does come at a delicate time for him. his retail empire is in the middle of a major restructuring effort and there is a crunch meeting on wednesday when landlords, pensioners, the pension regulator will decide or accept his plans to restructure the group. i'm
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told it is on absolute knife edge so he is never far away told it is on absolute knife edge so he is neverfar away from told it is on absolute knife edge so he is never far away from the news to the crunch meeting comes on wednesday and his media empire hangs in the valance. the headlines on bbc news: president trump has slammed theresa may's handling of the brexit situation and praised borisjohnson. labour suspends a member of its ruling national executive committee, peter willsman, after he's recorded suggesting that the israeli embassy was behind the party's anti—semitism row. and as we have just heard: british retailer sir philip green is charged in the us with four counts of assault, relating to allegations of inappropriate touching. oui’ our next story may not, some of a surprise, more and more gps are
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cutting their hours or quitting the profession altogether because of the workload and recent tax changes that hit their pensions. many now say it's not worth their while financially to continue. new figures out today also show that a growing number of gp practices have closed — 138 last year alone across the uk. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports. jackie knows all about long waits to see a gp. she knew her back and neck problem wasn't urgent but she got a shock when she was told how long it would take to get an appointment at her local practice. i was told that there was no appointments available and the earliest appointment i could get, this was back in march, would be june. however, the books were not open, the appointments weren't actually open yet forjune and i'd have to phone back in another month's time and, of course, you know what happens, is that you phone back in another month's time and theen all of the slots are taken again.
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patient numbers are growing — more of them are elderly with complex conditions. there's a tighter squeeze on the whole system. so what are the pressures on general practice? well, recent research showed there were falling gp numbers across the country relative to the size of the population. a new report says there has been an increase in the number of practices closing over the last five years and doctors' leaders say that pension tax rule changes mean some have opted to leave the profession. gps are twice as likely now to retire early from theirjobs than they were previously. the new arrangements for pensions mean that the pension pot of senior gps are taxed at a higher level and this creates an incentive, a financial incentive, for some gps to be leaving early. gps also say there's a rising workload which is taking its toll on members of the profession. so a lot of that's down to the fact that there hasn't been investment in the general practice the way it's required for the last ten
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years 01’ s0. that's meant that the workload has had to to go up, there are not enough gps to cope with the workload, that means the ones that were working in general practice were either burning out or deciding to cut down the number of sessions they were doing, which has made the problem worse. nhs england says there is new investment, with more doctors and health staff being recruited, and some practices may be closing because they're merging with others and creating more efficient healthcare. but training new doctors will take time and patients may wait a while yet to see the benefits of the promised improvements. iran has accused saudi arabia and the us of conducting a baseless campaign in the middle east. the us are increasing their presence in the region, but iran's power has been on
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the rise and surrounding countries that have been weakened by war. it has huge influence in neighbouring —— neighbouring iraq which controls powerful armed militia, now the us visit could extend influence across syria lebanon and indeed the mediterranean. this report from our correspondent martin patients. iran's raw power on full display today in the heart of the iraqi capital, baghdad. these iraqi militias are supported by iran. they've had huge influence here ever since the country collapsed into chaos following the us—led invasion. well, this is when you see the power of iran. and tehran knows these men will support it in any fight with america. with tensions soaring,
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there is talk of war. "we're with those who are righteous, and that's iran," says this man. iraq finds itself caught in the middle, and a clear example of that is at the syrian border, where wejoin iraqi border police. it was just beyond this ridge in syria where the islamic state group made its last stand. with that battle now over, both america and iran are eyeballing each other. one of the main reasons america is staying in iraq is because of the border. now, this crossing is closed, but when it opens, there could be a clear run all the way from tehran to beirut on the shores of the mediterranean. and what america fears is that iran could use this route to supply weapons across the region. washington is now sending more troops to the middle east. it wants to roll back
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iran's influence, but it's probably too late for that. translation: i don't want america interfering in iraqi affairs, and we don't want their troops here. any military presence is not acceptable. everyone says they do not want a war. but a miscalculation from any side could trigger one. there'll be intense political campaigning in peterborough this weekend ahead of next week's by—election. the seat was held by the labour mp fiona 0nasanya who was forced out after being convicted of perverting the course ofjustice over a speeding ticket. the by—election is being seen as a test of whether the brexit party can continue the success it achieved in the european elections, as our political correspondent alex forsyth reports.
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in or out? that's the question that still seems to be dominating in peterborough. at the lido, swimmers were weighing up who to vote for as their next mp. in this city, most people voted to leave the eu, and it keeps surfacing as the key issue. janet wants someone who's committed to leaving. 0bviously, brexit is on everybody‘s mind, and that's a blessing and a curse. it obviously weighs very heavy on my mind as well, but there are other issues beyond brexit, so it's very difficult to know who to vote. i know the eyes of the country are going to be on peterborough. once the centre of british brickmaking, peterborough is built on industry. still selling local bricks, this builder's merchants says brexit uncertainty hasn't damaged business. but they do want clarity. i don't mind which party, you know, it is about brexit, basically. and getting our exit sorted out. that is the key thing, i think.
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in this election, the brexit party is hoping to build on its recent success. last won by labour, this seat is usually a fight between them and the conservatives. but the lib dems are pushing hard after doing well in recent votes. in total, 15 candidates are standing, including representatives for the green party and ukip. this election is of course about the support each party gets, but beyond that, several crucial votes in parliament have been on a knife edge lately. so whoever wins here could make a difference to decisions that affect the whole country. within peterborough‘s large polish community, it's a chance to make a change. anna sells specialist clothes and shoes for children, relying on imports from her native poland. she says concern about brexit has damaged her business. lots of the polish community travel back... leave peterborough? leave peterborough, yeah.
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so, that's what affects my business. i'm going to look for the party that wants to remain. come on in. for some, it's much wider than brexit. carol runs the community fridge, providing fresh food and company to those who need it. i think the mp has to care about homelessness. there is not enough housing stock, there are drug and alcohol—related issues. it makes me enormously sad that in this day and age, we have queues down the alleyway for food. there's your bananas... whatever the choice, the outcome here clearly matters. protesters against lgbt teaching who have been gathering outside a birmingham primary school have been banned from the area by a high court injunction. birmingham city council made the application following several weeks of protests outside anderton park primary school in the city. in response to the injunction,
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one parent said the protests will continue, just a little further away from the school. thousands of football fans are arriving in madrid ahead of tomorrow‘s champions‘ league final between liverpool and tottenham. there‘s been a reported surge in bookings for chartered planes and private jets as fans scramble to get to the spanish capital. many of those are arriving without tickets for the game and, despite a police clampdown on reselling tickets, some are being offered for more than £5,000. natalie pirks reports on the fans journey to madrid. there is nothing greater, nothing greater in life. it means more than so greater in life. it means more than so many things. you've got the atmosphere, soaking up the sun. so many things. you've got the atmosphere, soaking up the sunlj just wouldn‘t miss it, you just wouldn‘t miss it. just wouldn‘t miss it, you just wouldn't miss it. football, like music, invokes passion, and people do extraordinary things for love.
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stressful, thursday morning... you‘ve got 12,000 miles, you are coming, i don‘t think actually possible to be anything as —— further away. but after 30 hours travelling from new zealand, lifelong spurs fan michael bachman had to unpack in the corridor as his room was still in use, but at least he has a ticket, right?|j room was still in use, but at least he has a ticket, right? i have a trickett to madrid, but not much to the game. i will lose all dignity, seriously, i‘m just going to do whatever i can. if it seriously, i‘m just going to do whateverl can. if it comes seriously, i‘m just going to do whatever i can. if it comes down to cash, just deal with it at the time. he is farfrom cash, just deal with it at the time. he is far from the only one with hopein he is far from the only one with hope in his heart, everywhere you turn a desperate fans with black—market tickets going for up to ten times the face value of a visual ones. a field day for those looking to cash in. but it‘s notjust the cost of tickets, merely getting here and staying here has cost fans a fortune with the businesses accused of profiteering of passion. but is it outrageous or merely supply and
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demand? sean 0‘connor it outrageous or merely supply and demand? sean o‘connor and it outrageous or merely supply and demand? sean 0‘connorand his it outrageous or merely supply and demand? sean o‘connor and his family flew from texas, having paid more than £18,000 for four tickets. my dad got a phone call from stubhub, oui’ dad got a phone call from stubhub, our agent we had talked to multiple times, basically saying attica had been cancelled. it was the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, just to land in madrid to getting the phone call avenue not going, it is very frustrating, is incredibly sad. stubhub has offered refunds to all affected customers with an extra 1500 euros if they promise not to sue. tonight the company said it is looking at alternative tickets for as many customers as possible, and will review its procedures. not eve ryo ne will review its procedures. not everyone has lost out. some took the cheaper route. 100 euros a night bought mike‘s family a patch of gravel for the tent and pickup truck, 12 miles out of the city. gravel for the tent and pickup truck, 12 miles out of the citym is the one‘s dream, it is something i have wanted to do ‘s and i was
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five, six years old. i have been so excited recently because i found out quite a while ago we have been going and has been such an excruciating weight. weight is almost over for those with tickets. for the thousands without, they are here on a wing and a prayer. football, their religion. we will be looking at the front pages and some of the inside pages as well in a few moments. now it‘s time for the weather with chris fawkes. although friday started off on a cloudy note the cloud broke up quite nicely across the good part of england and wales through the afternoon, first to see the sun sign was cornwall, a glorious afternoon here. looking at the weekend‘s weather, we have warm air across a good part of england and wales but these fronts across the north and west will bring thicker cloud and also some patchy outbreaks of rain. could see a bit of damp weather for a time into wales and north—west england, still a bit of clout as
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well for scotland and northern ireland where it will be humid with a few patches of rain. but the cloud breaking again across southern and eastern wales and across a good part of england, and where that sunshine comes out it will feel very warm, temperatures up to 28 celsius towards london and south—east england. through saturday night we will see further changes as weather fronts begin to move in off the atlantic, bringing heavy rain across northern ireland, pushing to scotland, parts of north—west england and wales as we had through saturday night. it will be a mild and muggy night in the south and east of england, and a cold front will slowly push its way eastwards. but it is a slow—moving system, and for east anglia and south—east england for much of the day we should stay in the warm air with temperatures here still potentially in the mid— 20s in the warmest spots, whereas towards the north and west of the uk, pressure and will be moving in as the westerly winds begin to pick up. on into monday‘s forecast, those brisk westerly winds
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