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this is the briefing. i'm ben bland. our top stories: australia's cardinal pell will remain injail for child sexual abuse crimes, after his appeal is rejected by a majority of the two to 1, the court of appeal has dismissed cardinal george pell‘s appeal against his conviction for the commission of sexual offences. borisjohnson prepares to meet german chancellor angela merkel, as he tries to persuade europe to agree a brexit deal. president trump says he's postponing a trip to denmark because the prime minister has rebuffed his offer to buy greenland. britain's top bosses have a big paycut but still earn more than a hundred times the salary of average workers.
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a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. a study estimates up to a0 million old, unused tech gadgets are piling up in uk homes. so today i'm asking — what do you do with your old phones, computers etc? do you recycle or donate them? or keep them as a spare? perhaps your old phone is now a door wedge! get in touch and let me know. the highest ranking catholic
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cleric to be convicted of child sex abuse, cardinal george pell, has lost his appeal against his conviction. in february he was found guilty of abusing two boys while archbishop of melbourne in the late 1990s. the former vatican treasurer is serving a six yearjail term. from melbourne, here's phil mercer. once part of the pope's in a circle, today george pell arrived to hear his fate on the back of a prison van, hoping to overturn his conventions. at his trial, was found guilty of a brazen and forcible sexual attack on two choirboys at st patrick's cathedral in melbourne, in the late 1990s. his lawyer said the case against him was flawed and that thejury case against him was flawed and that the jury was wrong to convict him one of the uncorroborated evidence ofa one of the uncorroborated evidence of a one surviving accuser and of
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the man who was australia's most powerful catholic official did not have to wait long for the chief justice to dismiss the appeal. justice to dismiss the appeal. justice maxwell and i accepted the prosecution's submission that the complainant was a compelling witness, clearly not a liar, was not a fantasist, witness, clearly not a liar, was not a fa ntasist, and witness, clearly not a liar, was not a fantasist, and was a witness of truth. outside the victorian court of appeal, relief to those who campaigned for them is of clerical abuse. the statute is. —— victims. it isa abuse. the statute is. —— victims. it is a wonderful day. it sends a message that justice will it is a wonderful day. it sends a message thatjustice will be served no matter how high you are, how old you are, what yourjob is. this is a crime, it is against children! that innocence. george pell is the most senior catholic figure to be
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convicted of child sexual abuse this case that has global significance might not be over. george pell said he is disappointed by the court's decision and his legal team is considering challenging his conviction in australia's high court. but campaigners say another appeal be a waste of time and money. i think the catholic church should stop wasting money on appeals and given that money that they would spend on fancy lawyers to the victims of their crimes. george pell is now 78 and back in prison in disgrace for crimes he committed more than 20 years ago when he was archbishop of melbourne. we will have to serve more than three years behind bars before he is eligible for parole. we go live now to melbourne. it is
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impossible to overstate how input and closely watched this case is in australia. and the world. this is a man who once upon a time was the closest advisor to pope francis. he was in charge of the vatican's finances and are certainly this has been one of the most eagerly anticipated legal cases we have seen in australia for many, many years. worth noting george pell‘s demeanour during the hearing at the victorian court of appeal today. he was dressed in a black suit and a white clerical collar and onlookers did say he looked very drawn and gaunt, no doubt as a result of spending more than five months in prison since sentenced in march. we did not show any emotion that we could tell when the chiefjustice was rejecting
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his appeal. occasionally he would look down to the floor. outside there were cheers from some of the survivors groups who gathered outside the court for the hearing. a lot of emotion outside the court, not a lot inside of it. one woman who represent a group campaigning for victims of clerical abuse said he looked far better in green than in black. that is a reference to the prison uniform that george pell would be wearing for the next few yea rs. would be wearing for the next few years. thank you very much indeed. for more on the appeal of cardinal george pell you can head to the bbc news website. you'll find the latest information. as well as the background context of the trial and australia's reaction. boris johnson's first visit to berlin as british prime minister later on wednesday will be watched particularly closely by people in the north
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german state of hamburg. there, it's estimated a no deal brexit could do more financial damage per person than in any other part of germany. but, despite the potential cost to their regional economy, business owners and politicians there believe the eu should stand its ground and not give any more concessions to britain. our berlin correspondent jenny hill sent this report. germany has no appetite for a no—deal brexit. that is what the new british premise that is threatening if he does not get what he wants. in hamburg, where much of the fish comes from british what is it is a concern. translation: we are not panicking but we are expecting prices to rise and we will pass on costs to customers. i do not think the eu should give any more. europe
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has gone a long way to make concessions and i think we have reached the limit. germany was make gateway to the world, vulnerable to a no—deal brexit. hamburg could suffer more financial damage than any other part of the country. car plants, drug companies worry other regions, in hamburg it is our plans. translation: of course we are worried. we are the third biggest aviation site after seattle and to lose stop hamburg produces a lot of their buses. ——to lose. lose stop hamburg produces a lot of their buses. --to lose. still struggling over the same old ground, your‘s king of compromise encountered plenty of hot as she toured a geothermal site. still not sure whether borisjohnson is calling europe's bluff but angela merkel has heard redlines and the
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irish backstop is one of them. in hamburg, they come and go, but germany has never altered its brexit course. you get the sense ofjust how close germany and britain have been. i have traded through this body for centuries. germany wants to keep britain close but it values europe and the single market more. those hoping that this country's soft spot for the british can translate into more exit concessions may be disappointed. and even as it seeks to prevent it, this ascetic, this country, is stealing itself for a painful farewell. inga beale is board director at london first. this really is the first of the key conversation that the british prime minister will be having. his first foreign trip as a prime minister. they will not be the most
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co mforta ble they will not be the most comfortable of conversations. boris tends to enjoy confrontational conversations, as we have seen since he has been in office. i think he is up he has been in office. i think he is upfor he has been in office. i think he is up for it. what business really wa nts up for it. what business really wants though is for them to come to a nice agreement for everybody because it is the uncertainty that is really affecting everyone's confidence. people are not wanting to invest in the uk at the moment, people waiting to see what is going to happen and from a business's point of view, they want boris to negotiate and come to an agreement because of the last thing they want is to drop out without a no deal. ample opportunity to discuss more widely when the g7 leaders get together. so much of the groundwork has to be laid in those personal conversations that often happen on the sidelines of these big events.
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personal conversations are very important. you have to have that rapport. we also have to remember that fundamentally the eu does not wa nt that fundamentally the eu does not want britain to accent and therefore when you are negotiating with a party that does not really want the outcome you are trying to get to, it isa outcome you are trying to get to, it is a very difficult situation as anyone who is negotiating anything would know. you have to actually have some common vision in mind and thatis have some common vision in mind and that is going to be one of the real challenging aspects of this whole negotiations. we will see later we go through some stories in the papers. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. wildfires raging in the amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year. more than 70,000 have been detected so far by brazil's space research centre. concerns are growing over right—wing president jair bolsonaro's environmental policy. the surge marks an 83 % increase over the same period last year, and is the highest since
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records began in 2013. a migrant rescue boat stranded for nearly 3 weeks with around a hundred people on board has docked at the italian port of lampedusa. the italian government had refused to allow the rescued migrants to disembark but an italian prosecutor intervened. as part of the order, the ship, run by the spanish charity open arms, will be seized. the trump administration has approved a potential $8 billion sale of f—i6 fighter aircraft to taiwan. the sale would involve 66 warplanes — the largest such transaction in decades. the proposed deal has been sent to congress for its consideration. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the precious metals that might be abandoned in yourcupboard. the royal society of chemistry tells us about our forgotten electronic gadgets.
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washington, the world's most political city, is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed i did have a relationship with ms lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the past ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! czechoslovakia must be free! chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we are all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope,
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"so you want me to desert rome?" you're watching the briefing. our headlines: australia's court of appeal has dismissed cardinal george pell‘s appeal against his conviction for sexually abusing children. he is the most senior catholic cleric to be found guilty of the crime. borisjohnson prepares to meet german chancellor angela merkel as he tries to persuade europe to agree a brexit deal. the british prime minister's tough stance has put him on a collision course with eu leaders who insist the withdrawal deal is final. president trump is postponing a meeting with the danish prime minister because she won't discuss the sale of greenland to the united states. mette frederiksen had already described the president's suggestion as absurd, and said she hoped he wasn't being serious.
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live now to our north america correspondent, david willis. the number of times he has repeated his interest, it seems he is serious. he really is, and you probably couldn't make this stuff up, could you? there he was saying at the weekend he was interested in greenland because of its significance geopolitically and so on, that the intended visit to denmark in a couple of weeks time was nothing to do with the acquisition, potentialacquisition of greenland. you mentioned the danish prime minister attempting to scotch the plan, calling it absurd, but president trump retweeted after that a picture of a gold trump tower on supreme type —— superimposed on the greenland skyline, with the words i promise not to do this to greenland. —— files for 2h hours in
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the same president is saying his visit to denmark is being postponed. because as he put it on twitter, denmark is a very special country with incredible people, but based on prime minister comments that she would have no interest in discussing the protest of greenland, i will be postponing our meeting." it would appear that despite what he had to say to the contrary, central to those planned negotiations in copenhagen was discussion of a potential acquisition of copenhagen by the united states. potential acquisition of copenhagen by the united stateslj potential acquisition of copenhagen by the united states. i suppose president trump is looking to history and thinking, well, it has been done in the past. the us has bought territory in the past. so why not now? absolutely, and it has attempted to purchase greenland on previous occasions in the 1860s and then after the second world war when greenland was actually occupied by the united states to prevent it being invaded by nazi forces but there are a number of reasons why
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there are a number of reasons why the us might want to acquire greenland. it is written in natural resources , greenland. it is written in natural resources, copper, for example. uranium, zinc, there is the geopolitical significance, the fact that it could provide a bull walk to increased russian and chinese interest in the arctic and then there is talk of basically boasting greenland as a sort of a venture tourism site. so plenty of reasons why donald trump might be interested in acquiring this rather deserted, icy island. have we heard any more from denmark or indeed from greenland itself, because they have already repeatedly said no, this isn't going to happen. they have, and the prime minister there has been at pains to point out that not only is it not for sale, but they have a plan for greenland and that plan is basically that it will,
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autonomy over greenland will be seeded gradually back to people who occu py seeded gradually back to people who occupy the island, as she put it at the weekend, greenland was not danish, greenland belongs to greenland, the inference being that it very clearly is not going to belong to the united states any time soon. ok, david, thank you very much indeed. david willis therefore us. —— therefore us. now, it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett, and this is your wednesday sport briefing where we start with the cricketing news that australia will go into thursday's third ashes test against england without their star batsman, steve smith, after he failed to recover from concussion. smith was hit on the neck by england'sjofra archer in the last test and was later withdrawn from the match. marnus labuschagne is likely to replace him for the game at headingley in leeds. we are going to lose arguably our best batter for this test match, so
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it is always a blow, no doubt about that. you take your best way is out, it always has an impact. so we have to make sure that all the other guys, to make sure that all the other guys, our senior players and our younger players all step up and feel what an almost un— fillable shoes, because he is the best player in the world. -- fill. with less than a week until the year's final grand slam, the us open, many players are taking part in the final warm—up event, the winston—salem open in north carolina. top seed benoit paire is through to the last 16 after he beat india's prajnesh gunneswaran in straight sets, 6—3, 7—5, but he didn't have things all his own way, the fiery frenchman smashing his racquet in the first set after serving a double fault. but after eventually claiming the opener, he wrapped the match up in the second set with an ace. ajax will head into the second leg of their champions league qualifier at home to apoel nicosia with a slight advantage after it finished goalless in cyprus on tuesday. they will be missing moroccan international noussair mazroui who was sent off for a second bookable offence. elsewhere, slavia prague were i—0 winners in romania against cluj and club brugge won by the same scoreline away
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to austrian side lask. the champions league play—off round continues on wednesday with former european cup winners red star belgrade among those in action when they travel to young boys of switzerland for their first—leg match. while the fans were out to watch brescia's new signing, mario balotelli, train with his new team—mates in italy as serie a's news season gets under way this weekend. brescia make the long trip south to cagliari in their opening game. india's hs prannoy will play world number one kento momota ofjapan in the last 16 of the world championships later on wednesday. the world number 30 knocked former winner lin dan out, winning in three games, but knows he has some work to do now. the draw was looking tough from the start. it was a tough match. yes, i am looking forward to it because...
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there are some things which i need to prove and i think this is the event which i need to, and really know that i am a big tournament player and probably after might be a good day, yeah. the canoe sprint and para canoe world championships begin in hungary later on wednesday and it provides a chance to qualify for next year's olympics. tongan pita taufatofua is hoping to become the first man in this century to compete in three different olympic sports having previously been a skier and taekwondo athlete. and we finish with some baby news, which was announced on social media. new zealand women's cricket captain amy satterthwaite has announced she's expecting her first child with team—mate lea tahuhu. it means the all—rounder will now take a break from the game, but hopes to return in time for when new zealand host the women's cricket world cup in 2021. you can get all the latest sports news at our website.
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that's bbc.com/sport. but from me, tulsen tollett, and the rest of the team, that is your wednesday sport briefing. from time to time, we replace our gadgets, don't we? what do you do with your old tech devices? research by the royal society of chemistry has revealed there could be a0 million old and forgotten electronic gadgets languishing in drawers and cupboards around the uk. each device contains precious materials the earth is rapidly running out of. scientists say we need to start mining our devices rather than tap into ourdiminishing natural resources. our science correspondent victoria gill has this report. most of us upgrade and replace a smart phone about every two years, but as we embrace all that new technology, our old gadgets are piling up. oh, ok! wow! and like
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many of us, louise has a hidden stash of different devices. there could now be as many as a0 million pieces of old technology languishing in drawers and cupboards around the country. that is according to a new study that investigated how many of our old gadgets we all have just stored away. there is another one. recycling is part of our life now and if you are doing that with all the products you use on a day—to—day basis, you use these. when you see it all together like this, what do you think? as i said before, i feel a bit ashamed because actually we're not dealing with are we? this busy recycling plant in huddersfield is dealing with some of the 500,000 tons recycled in the uk every year. that is just a fraction of the mountain of so—called e—waste building up in you —— land feel and
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people ‘s homes. here, devices are stripped down to the roar materials that can be made into new products also but hidden in all those screens and circuit boards, there is an urgent problem. what is so important in these to extract and reuse? there is loads of different elements, especially in smart phones. up to 30 different elements. touchscreens include a compound that conducts electricity and it is transparent. it is useful for all sorts of things including solar panels. and we are running out of it. yes, in order to extra ct a running out of it. yes, in order to extract a few milligrams, you need a kilogram of metal and there is not a lot of it in the earth at all. how can we make sure the most precious elements in our gadgets can be extracted and reused ? elements in our gadgets can be extracted and reused? first, don't throw them in the bin. retailers are actually obliged to take back an old device when you buy a new one from them. and if you take them to your local council tip, they should end up local council tip, they should end up in local council tip, they should end upina local council tip, they should end up in a place like this. laptops hidden away in here. for many like
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louise, the biggest concern is personal data stop at tech experts advise that a factory reset before you recycle will keep that safe because we were all need, researchers say, to start minding our devices for the very rarest elements before the mines themselves run out. victoria guild, bbc news. -- gill. and tell me what you think about our talking point today. phones are and takes because of the m essa g es phones are and takes because of the messages not being transferred to new devices. while dan says, i have a spare phone, a hard drive, multiple usb sticks, to kindle than a laptopjust multiple usb sticks, to kindle than a laptop just sitting multiple usb sticks, to kindle than a laptopjust sitting in multiple usb sticks, to kindle than a laptop just sitting in a multiple usb sticks, to kindle than a laptopjust sitting in a drawer not being used. an example of the kind of thing we were hearing about in that report. if you want to find out more, have a look online right now. there is a video on their from our technology correspondence looking at the precious metals, the
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exact things in those smart phones that make them so valuable. it is all there for you on our website. stay with us here on bbc news. it finally looks like we will see a return to summary weather as it week wears on, and for some of us it will last into next week as well. today we have some weather fronts to contend with. i think generally most of us are starting fine with some sunshine thanks to this high pressure and we look to the advantage of this next deep area of low pressure which will come hurtling in through the day to be wet and windy weather in the north and west of the uk. we start off perhaps a few showers across scotland, northern england first thing. further south the best of the sunshine, but is wet and windy weather arrives across northern ireland, northern and western scotla nd ireland, northern and western scotland into the afternoon. costs of a0 to 50 miles an hour, maybe 55 miles an hour. further south a few more showers in the midlands,
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northern england and wales. more cloud. the best of the sunshine are best —— across the south—east. still breezy. this weather front continues to move south and east during wednesday night, and eventually ends in central areas where there will be no more than a band of showery rain. blustery showers follow behind and largely clear and dry across the south and east. temperatures will be in double figures. the towns and cities certainly. as we head into thursday, and all subdivided with high pressure to the south and low pressure to the north of the uk, so i think once again we will see the best of the conditions across southern and eastern areas with variable cloud, sunny spells further north. thanks to that low pressure, fresh weather front bringing more cloud and rain to northern ireland, scotla nd cloud and rain to northern ireland, scotland and maybe into north—west england, north and west wales. warm in the south—east, 2a degrees. still high teens in the north, perhaps a few spots seeing 20 celsius. friday, this area of high pressure
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establishes itself over the near continent, drawing southerly wind across our shores which will eventually push these rain bearing weather fronts to the north of the uk and that will be gradual on friday, eventually the rain becomes confined to the northern isles. many places turning dry, variable cloud and good spells of sunshine and as a result it will be warm, tapping into the heat in the near continent. mid to high 20s celsius in the south—east, low 20s further north. the peak of the heat will be across the south—east over the weekend, for many of us define whether lasts into the middle part of next week.
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this is the business briefing. i'm ben bland. britain's top bosses have a big paycut but still earn more than a hundred times the salary of average workers. president trump considers cutting payroll taxes but would the move be enough to bolster the world's biggest economy? and on the markets: asian shares trading flat, amid worries over global economic growth.

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