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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines: more leaked memos from britain's former ambassador to washington suggest president trump abandoned the iran nuclear deal to spite barack obama. the chancellor philip hammond warns that the uk will not be able to control key elements of a no—deal brexit. a man is charged with the murder of kelly mary fauvrelle — the 26—year—old who was eight months pregnant when she was fatally stabbed at home. close, surely, this time! that's out! just the one wicket for england so far at lord's, as new zealand make a steady start to the cricket world cup final. storm barry makes landfall in the american state of louisiana, where there are warnings
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of life—threatening floods. we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things. not because they out easy, but because they are hard. and coming up in half an hour, the click team looks at the technology that helped put man on the moon. the israel palestine supporter everywhere. it is that thing, good morning and welcome to bbc news. the mail on sunday has published more leaked messages sent by britain's former ambassador to the united states. in one of them, sir kim darroch suggests that president trump pulled out of the iran nuclear deal last year to spite barack obama — describing it as an act of "diplomatic vandalism". the documents were published,
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despite a warning from police to the media not to print the leaked material. both conservative leadership contenders have defended the rights of the press to publish the document. jeremy hunt described it as a vital part of british democracy. we have to remember that the official secrets act is there for a reason, and it is the police‘s job to decide if a criminal act has been committed, but at the same time not forget what is precious about our country, which is that we have one of the most vibrant and free media in the world, and this is a country that has always been known for standing up for democratic values, so we have to make sure that we defend the right ofjournalists to publish leaks when they are in the national interest, and when national security hasn't been compromised. i've been speaking to our political correspondent, helena wilkinson. a week on from when we had the previous ones where we heard
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these alleged leaks, the mails from sir kim darroch back to london where he described donald trump as "inept". we've now got these fresh revelations in the mail on sunday and they focus, really, on the iran nuclear deal. and what we have heard is that sir kim darroch apparently described, as you mention there, donald trump's determination, last year, to abandon the nuclear deal with iran as an act of "diplomatic vandalism". now, this relates to a trip that borisjohnson took in may of last year. he was with sir kim darroch and the aim of that trip was to try and get donald trump not to abandon the nuclear deal. under that deal, iran had agreed to limit the nuclear activities in return for lifting of economic sanctions. they were not able to successfully persuaded donald trump and sir kim, reportedly, reports back to london that mr trump's administration is set upon an act of diplomatic
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vandalism to spite his predecessor barack obama. also in these messages, it highlights that there were various splits among us presidential advisers and the white house, apparently, according to these messages, did not have a day—to—day strategy in terms of how to deal with the aftermath of this. and these memos published by the mail on sunday despite a warning from the police. and that warning itself has become a pretty hot political issue now. yes. sir kim darroch resigning, many people would have thought that this issue would have died down now and gone away. we now have a criminal investigation into what has gone on and who was behind these alleged leaks. but also, as you rightly say, a furious row about whether the paper was right to print these alleged leaked e—mails. you have got, on the one hand, whether something is in the public interest or whether it interests the public.
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now, the newspaper have very strong they said that what they have published is in the public interest and that they were right to publish it, but we have had the assistant commissioner, neil basu, from the metropolitan police warning journalists that they could be in breach and it could be a criminal act, if you like, if they do carry on and publish these alleged leaked documents. david banks is a media law consultant. i asked him if newspapers could conceivably be committing a criminal offence by publishing this sort of material. it is theoretically possible that they could. receiving material that has been disclosed and breached with the official secrets act and then publishing it yourself is an offence. but it would be extremely unusual for a prosecution to take place in these circumstances. in any such case in the past, there has been a pursuit of the leaker
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by the investigating authorities. but they have not gone after the newspapers or broadcasters, journalists, who are publishing something they regard to be in the public interest. and it could be a criminal offence, why? because it breaches the official secrets act? is that the criteria? yes, the material leaked is in breach of the official secrets act and if it has done damage and if then publication does damage, then you have committed an offence under the official secrets act. that is the key question. the crown prosecution service, if they have got as far as police sending a file to them for the prosecution of a journalist or newspaper, they would have to decide, is it in the public interest to prosecute this newspaper? that would be a very tough question for them. to decide for the first time, as far as i can recall, for the first time to use this law to prosecute a newspaper in this way. it would be extraordinary.
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what is covered by the official secrets act? these are memos with opinions about the white house, opinions about donald trump. are these actually state secrets? when we think of state secrets, we think of it as of defence, the technology surrounding a submarine or something like that. but is this covered by the official secrets act? diplomatic communications can be covered by the official secrets act, but are covering a wide range of material, from things about the defence of the realm and threats to the nation, to an ambassador's view of the political leader of the country that he or she happens to be in. so there is a wide range of material and this is why it comes down to, is the disclosure actually damaging, as opposed to just embarrassing to the government of the day, and damaging and embarrassing are two different things. with this warning from scotland yard, that a newspaper would be in breach of the law, do you think they
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overstepped the mark? there was a big political reaction. i think they have, i've never seen a warning like this issued by the police or any other investigative authority in circumstances like this. the strange nature of it is indicated by the reaction there has been across—the—board from newspapers, who are usually pretty cut—throat competitors. if you look at them today, there are also statements by political leaders, i think the met called it wrong on this issue. the chancellor philip hammond has said the uk will not be able to control key elements of a no—deal brexit, should we leave the eu without a deal. speaking to bbc panorama, just days left before he's expected to leave the treasury, the chancellor has said the eu will control most of the process if the uk leaves without a deal later this year.
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private business is an important player in this, and the eu 27 control many of the levers. for example, we can make sure that goods flow in through the port of dover without any friction. but we cannot control the outward flow into the port of calais. the french can dial that up or down, just the same as the spanish for years have dialled up or down the length of the queues at the border going into gibraltar. we cannot control what no—deal brexit would be like? we cannot, because many of the levers are held by others — the eu 27 or private businesses. we can seek to persuade them, but we cannot control it. philip hammond speaking to the bbc‘s panorama programme. you can watch the full programme, britain's brexit crisis on bbc! this coming thursday, july 18, at 9pm. the work and pensions secretary amber rudd says she's
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changed her position on a no—deal brexit. she had previously been opposed to the idea, but has told the andrew marr programme that the possibility had to be kept alive in order to succeed in the negotiations. imaintain my i maintain my position that a new deal brexit is bad for this country, and will be difficult to handle. to be fair, even though specs are tears say that at the very least it will have adverse consequences. i am very clear that we need to be frank but the british people but no deal is not easy, it will be something that will challenge ours, but if we have to do it, it has to be a backstop, by the end of october, but i know longer say that i will lie down in front of the bulldozers have it arise. —— if it arrives. schools and hospitals in england and wales could be held accountable if they fail to spot signs of violent crime among young people. that's according to plans
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due to be announced by the government this week. public bodies would have a legal duty to work together to report concerns about children at risk. here's our home affairs correspondent dominic casciani. a community programme putting football at the heart of saving lives. the london—wide premier league kicks initiative has worked with hundreds of young people at risk of falling into a life of crime. now, the home secretary sajid javid wants to go ahead with a new public health duty on public bodies that will put them all at the centre of spotting serious violence that has blighted cities across the country. the proposed duty will cover police, councils, health bodies, schools and colleges. it will compel them to share intelligence of youths at risk of serious violence. ministers hope the legal duty will mean professionals, such as mentors, can intervene earlier to turn around more young lives before it's too late. but it is not without controversy. when the idea was first floated in april, teachers and nurses responded with both dismay and scepticism. they warned that the threat of legal sanctions against them for not
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spotting the warning signs would lead to them overwhelming the system with alerts out of an abundance of caution. the final proposals, to be unveiled this week, have been amended so that institutions such as schools, rather than individual professionals, will be monitored for how well they are doing in identifying vulnerable young people. that change has been welcomed, but the plan will still need parliamentary time to become a reality and critics say it needs to be backed by a massive investment in youth workers and other experts who have been cut over the last decade. dominic casciani, bbc news. millions of people are braced for potentially life—threatening flooding after tropical storm barry made landfall in the us state of louisiana. more than 100,000 households are already without power, and flooding is expected to be most severe in areas southwest of new orleans. our correspondent sophie long reports. coastal towns were battered by winds
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of up to 70 miles an hour. there was flooding in low—lying areas and whole communities were left without power. now, the storm is moving slowly north through the state of louisiana. barry may have been downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm almost as soon as it made landfall, but people here are still concerned. this is one reason why. the mississippi river has been swollen to flood levels for many months and now forecasters are predicting further downpours in the next 2a hours. the storm will weaken but there is so much water. where we have some of these rain bands feeding the tropical system, they have the potential to produce a foot or more of rainfall, and that is what we are watching. people here initially heeded warnings to shelter in their homes, but as they started to return to the streets, the city's mayor says they're not out of the woods yet.
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the storm surge risk on our mississippi river has passed, but the primary risk continues to remain, heavy rains for the city of new orleans. the levee system that protects the city from major flooding has so far stood up to the storm's force. but there is concern that heavy rain could still overwhelm the city's antiquated drainage system. and flash flood warnings have now been extended to this evening. pro—democracy campaigners in hong kong have been gathering again, as they try to keep up the momentum of recent mass protests. thousands of people have been marching today. the demonstrations started last month over a proposed extradition bill that would have allowed suspects to be sent to china for trial. but those protests have now extended to demands for democratic reform. our correspondent stephen mcdonell has more. passions are running very
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high here in hong kong, as you can probably hear. this march could very easily transform yet again into the type of running street battles we have been seeing of late, to give you an idea of one of the reasons why people at this corner are so animated, if i swing around, here are the police watching them. they are not in very big numbers yet, but they're already carrying shields and batons, they have their helmets. so they at least think it could again develop into this type of street battle type pattern that we have seen. it was a movement against this extradition bill, very unpopular bill, but now these people want so much more. they want their freedoms defended, and they want universal suffrage. that is not something that is going to easily come, and so it is hard to see where this is going to go from
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here, but yet again we have a large crowd turning up, people walking past us for at least another hour. this is just week in, week out, rolling protests. it has become the new norm. the authorities have to find a way to deal with that. this is the scene live in hong kong at the moment — protesters are congregating outside the sha tin government offices in a bid to rally support for their political demands and express disapproval of the government. although the chief executive in hong kong, the leader of hong kong, has said that extradition bill that sparked this whole crisis, she has said that bale is dead. the protesters nonetheless are still not satisfied, and they are still there, out on the streets, try to keep
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these protest that have been going on for weeks, which culminated in the occupation of the parliament building and the chamber of the parliament by some of the protesters not many days ago, those protests are continuing. the headlines on bbc news: more leaked memos from britain's former ambassador to washington suggest donald trump abandoned the iran nuclear deal in order to spite barack obama. the chancellor philip hammond warns that the uk will not be able to control key elements of a no—deal brexit. police charge a man with the murder of kelly mary fauvrelle — the 26—year—old who was eight months pregnant when she was fatally stabbed at home. sport, and for a full round—up from the bbc sport centre, here's damien.
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it's been a good morning for england in the cricket world cup final at lord's. new zealand won the toss and chose to bat, but the momentum is with england's bowlers. new zealand are currently 84—1 after i9 new zealand are currently 84—1 after 19 overs. pretty good start from them. john watson is at lord's. there to say good on top so far. -- england are on top. trouble there with the link to lord's, but to confirm, 91—1 new zealand, batting first aid world cup final. defending champion novak djokovic stands in the way of roger federer and a record equaling neither wimbledon singles title. the top two seeds meet at centre court this afternoon as an epic day of
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sport continues. holly hamilton is in wimbledon. how much anticipation is their surrounding this final? the anticipation rife, the crowd is already gathering here, because what already gathering here, because what a treat we have in store. there were 11 a treat we have in store. there were ii and defending champion novak djokovic taking on his old rival roger federer of onset a court this afternoon. djokovic has been looking unstoppable in this tournament. he has only icily dropped two sets over the past two weeks. you have to remember he has not actually face an opponent who is seeded inside the top 20 yet. he comes here having won three of the past four grand slams. you do have to remember that it is roger federer who does have history here. he has won and more times than any other man, and if he wins the day he will equal martina navratilova's record of nine bubbles
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and titles. he has had a much trickier journey, that three—hour battle with rafael nadal in the semifinals, and up until then he had only dropped set against lloyd harris, the south africa debutant, and japan's player. the final today will be the 48th meeting between these two, it is incredible. novak djokovic leaves 25 match in that tile you. this will be to close. former wimbledon champion pat cash agrees, he says this will be a tightly fought contest. super exciting match, so much history involved in theirs. federer moving further ahead in the tally of grand slam wins, but never djokovic is nipping at his heels. this is the tournament that federer loves to play. it suits his player more than anywhere else in the world. he does
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great results everywhere, typically a faster accord here and dennis sue suit his game. head—to—head record, two finals, two wins to djokovic. worth remembering that if federer wins he would only be the second person ever to be both rafale the dow and about djokovic in the same grand slam, something that he has never done before. at 37 years old, 340 days roger federer would be the old est 340 days roger federer would be the oldest player in the open era to win a grand slam. it really is incredible. djokovic has struggled to get the crowd on his side at times. unlike roger federer who certainly will have the funds over on centre court rallying together in his favour. that has never really bothered djokovic before. but today he will be in that final as the favourite.
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new zealand 97—1 after 20 overs in that world cup final. we can cross now tojohn that world cup final. we can cross now to john watson. that world cup final. we can cross now tojohn watson. it is fair to say in england are on top after the morning's play. yes, that's right, new zealand are setting into things at the moment. england takenjust one solitary wicket so far. fell for i9, quite lbw off the bowling of chris woakes. as things stand, england will be desperately trying get another wicket. alec stewart is with me. we know about england and the progress they made to get to this final, and oppressive display. but it has been a tough start. this final, and oppressive display. but it has been a tough startm has been, credit to new zealand, real fighting side. it was a brave decision to bat first because of the overhead conditions and the rain
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that they had stopped kane williamson, new zealand's 11 player, took the brave decision and so far it is paying dividends. howard alec morgan feel? as we know, it has not proved great for teams playing here when they are chasing. proved great for teams playing here when they are chasinglj proved great for teams playing here when they are chasing. i think he would have batted. he was cagey on interview at the toss. it may have been quite a good toss to lose. because of the overheads. so far new zealand are batting very well. the ball has not really swung and new zealand have lighted up nicely, but only one died with 97—1 a couple of minutes ago after 20 overs is that they have got time to really accelerate towards the end. england will be desperate to take wickets. you played any last final that england featured in, 27 ago, what would it mean if england can get over the line today and win a major title? edward b matter. one of the biggest disappoint is of my career using that world cup final. —— it would be massive. the way this team have played over the last 34 years,
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eoin morgan easter take a lot of credit, andrew strauss the director of english cricket also at the time, he said they were going to make sure they priorities white ball cricket whereas previously it was test cricket. strauss needs to take a lot of credit, but it is the players that do it. they have earned the right to be in this final, ijust hope that they play to their full potential, because if they do that, eoin morgan will be lifting the trophy, i am sure new zealand will think otherwise. we know the strength that england have in their ranks, when it comes to the bowling, chris woakes out there, strengthen the batting. eoin morgan certainly the batting. eoin morgan certainly the globe great captain will hope that they can make home advantage count, because it was australia the holders who won a title on home soil for yea rs holders who won a title on home soil for years ago, and holders who won a title on home soil foryears ago, and india holders who won a title on home soil for years ago, and india for years before that. i do front of a raucous home crowd here, supporting a glade on, we wait to see whether and they can get over the line a little bit later on. that is that's all the sport for now.
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you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's three people have been arrested in suspicion of attempted murder after a car drove into a group of people in south—west london yesterday evening. police were called at 11.15pm last night to reports of a fight following the incident in lombard road, battersea, and also arrested four people for affray. one man suffered a broken leg and six other people are said to have sustained minor injuries. power's been restored to all of new york city after an outage lasting several hours. the difficulties started with a fire in an electrical transformer in manhattan. street lights and traffic lights were out of action and the subway system was affected. shows on broadway were disrupted — many of them having to be cancelled. but a concert at the city's carnegie hall continued on the street.
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this week marks 50 years since man first landed on the moon, and if it wasn't for a ground—breaking british invention, we may never have got there. a scientist at cambridge university developed the fuel cell which provided the electricity to power part of the apollo 11 spacecraft. here's our science correspondent richard westcott. tucked away on board apollo 11, just behind neil armstrong is a small device without which president nixon said they would not have reached the moon. and here is one part of it. it does not look much. this is a classic example of an object that looks so simple on the outside, incredibly complex on the inside and actually change the course of history. it's an electrode from a bacon fuel cell. a prototype because the original was left in space. as we can see from the old manual,
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30 of those discs combined into a cell that provided the electricity for apollo 11. it consumes hydrogen and oxygen to water and produces electrical energy. he makes it sound simple but the inventor cracked a huge scientific problem — to turn the theory of a fuel cell into a practical working device. it seems to me that this is almost as revolutionary as the discovery of steam traction. would you agree? i would like to think so but remember, i am an enthusiast perhaps you should have that confirmed by someone else. professorjohn davidson knew tom bacon well. he was always very polite. he would ask you what your interests were and if they had any bearing on the fuel cell he was deeply interested. but if they did not, he switched off. but why was the fuel
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cell quite so good? and how does it work? new students in bacon's old cambridge department showed me. looked down the lens and tell everybody what we have here. we have a small pot of soapy water here and a balloon filled with hydrogen gas. what we will do is generate a layer of hydrogen bubbles on top of the water and then we will ignite it and you shall see a small—scale explosion. the cell used hydrogen and oxygen that were already on board apollo as rocket fuel. when combined, they create energy. which can generate electricity. even better, the only byproduct was water. which the crew drank. it is safer, lighter, it is smaller, quieter and, above all, more efficient. the bacon fuel cell.
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the small british invention that made the moon landings possible. hello, there. although it will be mostly dry for the rest of today for most of us, there are just a few showers around. we have the earlier rain in the south, despite the high pressure and there are still a few showers just popping up. mostly over the hills. this is the earlier rain that we had that affected lord's, clearing away. some showers now developing across yorkshire and lincolnshire, and they are to meander their way further southwards and there could be the odd one popping up elsewhere as well. so it is not completely dry but for the vast majority, it will be dry and bright with some warm sunny spells coming through. the winds are generally light, away from the east anglia coastline and south—east, where it is quite a keen north, north—easterly breeze, but with the light winds elsewhere, i think it will feel warmer than it did yesterday. notably so, for scotland and for northern ireland. although obviously if you catch
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a shower that will drop the temperature a little bit. the best of the temperatures and the highest will be in the west. as for the new week, we continue on that fine and dry note for monday. it starts to turn more showery for the north come tuesday. good afternoon. the mail on sunday has published more leaked diplomatic correspondence from britain's former ambassador in washington — defying warnings from scotland yard that media organisations could be prosecuted for doing so. in one of the cables, sir kim darroch suggests that president trump pulled out
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