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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines at eleven: "a very big trade deal" after brexit is on the menu — as president trump and borisjohnson meet for a working breakfast at the g7 summit. were going to do a fantastic deal once we get round some of the obstacles once we get round some of the o bsta cles in once we get round some of the obstacles in our path. for the uk and united states, we are working on and united states, we are working on a big trade deal and i think it will go very well. the prime minister will discuss brexit with the eu council president in the next half hour. the uk's biggest airports will install 3—d baggage scanners to make security checks quicker. 40,000 brazillian troops begin a major operation to fight fires in the amazon. we report from a rainforest in crisis. it's a huge task for the troops who are supposedly reaching this region.
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this is a global crisis because these are considered the lungs of these are considered the lungs of the world. england are once again trying to pull off an unlikely ashes victory at headingley. the g7 summit, the amazon in flames, and china. all discussed in dateline london in half an hour's time, here on bbc news. president trump has promised a ‘very big trade deal‘ with the uk, saying its departure from the eu will be like losing ‘an anchor round the ankle'. he was speaking this morning during their first face to face meeting since borisjohnson became prime minister. it took place in biarritz, where world leaders have begun the g7 summit. president trump said the two sides would be able to reach agreement very quickly.
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you know what this is? he's going to bea you know what this is? he's going to be a fantastic prime minister. we are having very, very good meetings. we are going to do a fantastic deal once we clear up we are going to do a fantastic deal once we clear up some we are going to do a fantastic deal once we clear up some of the obstacles in our path. fantastic many deals. there are many different deals. as far as the uk and united states, we a re deals. as far as the uk and united states, we are working on a big trade deal and i think it is going to work out very well, so thank you very much. as you heard there, the prime minister said some "obstacles" needed to be cleared in any prospective trade deal. the two leaders went into more detail at a breakfast meeting earlier this morning. we have had a very good series of meetings. we had dinner and i think it was fantastic. it was fantastic.
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we did three in detail. boris is the right man for the job. we did three in detail. boris is the right man for thejob. as i have been saying for a long time. it didn't make your predecessor very happy, but i have been saying it for a long time. you are on message there. i'm very grateful. we are looking forward to having some pretty comprehensive talks about how to take forward the relationship in all sorts of ways, particularly on trade, and we are very excited about that. we are having very good trade talks between the uk and ourselves. a very big trade deal, the biggest we've had with the uk, and they won't have the obstacle, the anchor around their ankle, because that is what they have so we will have big trade talks. talking of the anchor,
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we want our ships to sail from new york to boston, which at the moment they can't do. many things we are talking about. how quickly do you think gill delete like a deal could be done because michael like pretty quickly. i was stymied by the other side. nothing got done on the other side, as you have seen from brexit. this is a different person, and a person who is going to be a great prime minister, in my opinion. i'm not going to discourage you in that. obviously, i have memories of american trade negotiations in the past, andl american trade negotiations in the past, and i have a formidable respect for us trade negotiations. i know there will be some tough talks ahead. at the moment, i don't think
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we sell a single joint of british bmb we sell a single joint of british lamb to the united states. there are clearly huge opportunities for the uk to penetrate the american market. we are very interested to talk about that. donald trump and boris johnson in biarritz. jonathan haslam is the former director of communications at number 10 forjohn major. hejoins me now via webcam from kent. good morning to you. nice to speak to you again. you must watch these with a degree of fascinated detachment from having to do the job, but does it bring back memories of the difficulties, particularly for a new prime minister, albeit, likejohn major, for a new prime minister, albeit, like john major, boris johnson for a new prime minister, albeit, likejohn major, borisjohnson has
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been foreign secretary before, and ata time been foreign secretary before, and at a time when relations with the eu are particularly difficult? it certainly brings back memories. i did a great many european summits, and g7s in 1991 and 96, and a lot of the substance remains the same. not a huge amount of substance, in many respects, disappointingly so. the political context in which we are working at the moment is quite remarkable, and it's hard to say unique, but i think it probably is. the waters are eddying all over the place. you heard borisjohnson engage with his bromance with donald trump. he is a free market here in trump. he is a free market here in trump isa trump. he is a free market here in trump is a protectionist. trump talks grandly about trade deals, which is great, but i am reminded of the fact that he has told lies more than 12,000 times, according to us media, since he has been president, and this is about mood music rather
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than substance, so we will wait to see what comes in the long period, the long time after these chats. the mood music is good at the moment, and let's not decry it. it is a sunny day and i'm sure president trump is looking forward to playing some golf. perhaps boris will get out on a beach. there is a thought to conjure with this bank holiday weekend! if this meeting is to be chalked down as a success for the prime minister, what are the benchmarks by which we should judge it? you will be looking a number of months down the line, and we have tough issues we need to face. there are foreign policy disagreements we have with the united states — treatment of iran, for example, a classic case. but if we look elsewhere, at our own particular interests at the moment of the relationship with the eu and trade deals that might come from it, when it comes to trade, what we've seen
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from borisjohnson at the moment, and i've no doubt this has been carefully choreographed ahead of time, is in positioning himself to make sure he is not portrayed as donald trump's poodle. we are not looking at the united kingdom is potentially the 51st united states. i think there is a lot of positioning going on. let's take one example, five technology, which will be enormously important to the united kingdom, where our skilled scientists and engineers have tremendous capability. a lot of the infrastructure comes from china. i think donald trump at some stage may say to boris johnson, think donald trump at some stage may say to borisjohnson, well, what is it going to be? is it huawei or my way? we are going to be pushed and pulled between china and all of its opportunities for trade and donald trump and america and a trade deal
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there. and this isn't going to be discovered overnight. we are not going to discover this over the course of the weekend or get anything other than warm words. the ha rd stuff comes anything other than warm words. the hard stuff comes when people stop looking at the us trade secretary's briefing notes, which are available. they are very prescriptive. but let's not decry it. i'm an optimist andi let's not decry it. i'm an optimist and i want to see us having open trade with the united states. we all need to recognise it's going to be tough. jonathan haslam, former communications director at downing street forjohn major, thanks for being with us this morning. ros atkins is in biarritz for us. listening to jonathan listening tojonathan haslam, slightly reminiscent about the challenge of doing this sort ofjob whenjohn major was challenge of doing this sort ofjob when john major was establishing himself on the world stage. boris johnson is an altogether different beast, not just in johnson is an altogether different beast, notjust in terms of politics but in terms of his demeanour, his
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style — it is a lot more up front. is it playing well for him? the mood music generally here at the g7 is that it music generally here at the g7 is thatitis music generally here at the g7 is that it is going well for everyone. president trump has been talking in the last hour effusively about how well the whole summit has been going, how well the conversations are going. president macron is the host, of course, so he is projecting a happy and relaxed figure. and borisjohnson, as a happy and relaxed figure. and boris johnson, as he a happy and relaxed figure. and borisjohnson, as he normally does in domestic politics, has been high energy. he bounced off the plane yesterday. when he got out of the carfor yesterday. when he got out of the car for dinner last night, pointing one way, looking another, lots of backslapping and hands—on shoulders. that is his style — tactile, enthusiastic, upbeat — and that is what he wants to project about britain, that it is outward —looking, confident and feels it has an important place in the world even though it is leaving the eu. i would just say that this is mood music and thatis just say that this is mood music and that is all it is. we have to really concentrate on the substance.
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picking up on what your previous guest was saying, president trump said positive things about a uk— us trade deal, saying it is the biggest ever and could be done quickly, but president trump frequently says things which aren't true, and also says things and then changes his mind, and as such, we shouldn't overplay the connection between what we are hearing today and how those negotiations may go. what about the other items that president macron has put on the agenda for this weekend? it has put on the agenda for this weekend ? it is has put on the agenda for this weekend? it is quite a broad range, isn't it? the list is very long. all the flags you will see everywhere say fighting inequality, and the headline goal is to take on global inequality, but beneath that there are streams of work on education, health care, security, terrorism, trade, tax, the list goes on. it is hugely ambitious and today there has been a focus on the structure of the global economy. they are looking at
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institutions like the wto and the labour organisation. there is a relationship that might be relationship that might be relationship between africa and the developing world. there is a focus on gender inequality more broadly. everywhere you look, there is ambition, but as ever, we have to focus on what they actually put their names against, what is actually different to what has gone before. and while we are looking at semantics in particular words being used, those of us here are really focused on the policy announcements that may or may not come. nothing significant yet, but the few things i would take you through are, on iran, we understand emmanuelle macron has been told he can begin talks with iran and take a message from the g7. donald trump said it will do its own reach and speak for itself. i wouldn't get too carried away over the significance of that. 0n the issue of russia rejoining the
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g7, president trump says it is a work in progress, another way of saying they really don't agree at the moment. 0r north korea, he said he is not happy about the recent missile tests but no agreements have been broken. all of this is really the leader is doing their best to say, we are finding common ground and getting along. the context is that on all of the biggest issues in the world, whether it is russia, iran, climate change or global trade, europe and america just do not agree, and those fundamentals haven't changed. for now, thanks. police have fired tear gas to try to disperse anti—government protesters in hong kong. tens of thousands of protesters marched in pouring rain, regrouping under umbrellas. a traditional symbol of the protests. there are also reports that water cannon have been used.
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the demonstrations follow a night of violence in which nearly 30 people were arrested. let's talk to stephen mcdonnell, who is there. you look ready for anything. tear gas is already in use. anything. tear gas is already in use. absolutely. the truce, if there was one, between hardline pro—democracy activist and the riot police, whom you can probably see forming behind me, is now well and truly over. there are dozens of riot police and now more coming. i can see them filling in the ranks. without a large pitched battle here —— we have had a large pitched battle here for a round about an hour. molotov cocktails, bricks, metal poles, and the police are responding with non—lethal projectiles of their own. and it is not deterring them. you can see they
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keep charging in, these protesters. firing their own projectiles at the police and the police then responding with tear gas, with rubber bullets, and the strange thing is, it has taken them so long to clear these protesters. this sort of thing was happening weeks ago but hadn't been recently, and we are now back to something like the pitched battles we were seeing. there are thousands of protesters here and it gives you an idea of how many of the city's youth have been radicalised by this process. they are prepared to come out with the threat of arrest and the police firing rubber bullets and tear gas at them, and still you can see how they are preparing here for battle. there is
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talk that the reason the police... they are preparing to use water cannon. they have acquired water cannon. they have acquired water cannon vehicles that they haven't used yet, and that is a possibility. there is an attempt by some in the pro—democracy movement to return to peaceful protest. there are a majority, i would say, in the pro—democracy camp sticking to that, but there is a very solid hardcore here who think peace is not the way to go. they say hong kong's leader, carrie lam, has done nothing to meet any of their demands, including fully withdrawing this very unpopular bill allowing extradition to mainline chinese courts, including having an enquiry into all of this, into the police, the
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protesters, and funnily enough, we had another rally today, family members of the police, strangely you might think, also calling for an enquiry. the police force and the unions have been distancing themselves from these families, in their hundreds. they feel that the police have been caught in a sandwich of this crisis. they want a political solution, much like these protesters. you can see how many of them are here. they want a political solution, but their version of a solution, but their version of a solution is full democracy, one one—vote democracy, universal suffrage, and it is not something beijing is going to give to them in a hurry. —— one person, one vote democracy. stephen, there was concern expressed by some of those
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supporting the reform movement in hong kong that maybe they needed to tone down the challenge of these protests because otherwise there was a danger of provoking beijing into some kind of direct intervention. does that fear not white at all in the minds of those protesters who had been —— does it not way on the mind of those protesters who have been throwing molotov cocktails? central government has been warning, if this keeps going on, we will intervene. the local police have been saying that that intervention is not necessary and that they can handle this. they say they have enough riot police, 3000 of them, but i suppose older heads have been warning the younger protesters if the people's liberation army was to get involved, it would be a very
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different story. and evenjust get involved, it would be a very different story. and even just this weekend, there were yet more warnings from beijing that that is a possibility. and it hasn't deterred these protesters. it hasn't stopped them from upping the anti. we haven't seen as many petrol bombs thrown in the whole campaign as we have today. you can see that all over the road there are bricks and other projectiles. in that sense, it is only becoming more and more violent. stephen mcdonnell in hong kong, thank you very much for that important update on developments there. the headlines on bbc news... president trump and borisjohnson meet for a working breakfast at the g7 summit, with the promise of "a very big trade deal" after brexit. the prime minister will discuss brexit later with the eu council president. the uk's biggest airports will install 3—d baggage scanners to make security checks quicker.
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sport, and for a full round up, we go to the bbc sport centre. good morning. england's ashes hopes are in the balance on day three at headingley. it would be the highest successful run chase in their history, giving an indication of the size of the task facing england. joe root resuming this morning on 75. his partnership with joe resuming this morning on 75. his partnership withjoe denley yesterday steadying things for england, ben stokes alongside him making two off 50 balls. england haven't added a single run as yet, and they need to stick around if they are to chase down that total stop one more win for australia would see them retain the ashes. there are three premier league fixtures today.
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champions manchester city will be looking to return to winning ways after being held to a 2—2 draw at home to spurs last weekend. they are at bournemouth for a two o clock kick off. we will set up deep with a 5111 tomorrow. they will be a challenge on set pieces. always it is tough. there are two more games today — both kick off at 4.30 wolves host burnley. we need to be competitive and show that we are going to improve. it will be good to try to finish that period playing newcastle and then arsenal, and i think it will help these two weeks to work. when the
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tra nsfer these two weeks to work. when the transfer window closes in europe, i think it is going to be helpfulfor a team like us. two matches in the scottish premiership with the top two sides both in action. rangers are at st mireen in a 1215 kick off, while champions celtic host hearts at three o clock. talk about an upset, st helens, who were the overriding faviourties heading into yesterday's challenge cup, were beaten by warrington. they came out on top 18—1; in what was a really hot day at wembley. after two tries daryl clark made sure of the win. saints will be frustrated with some refereeing decisions that went against them — two tries were controversially disallowed. but a great moment for the players and the fans after they were on the end of an upset losing last year's final to catalans dragons. probably the only time i've been lost words. the whole squad this week has just been buzzing. 0ur
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lost words. the whole squad this week has just been buzzing. our plan was outstanding. it's special to this bunch of boys. i can't believe it. reigning champion marc marquez will start in pole position for today's moto gp british grand prix. but home favourite cal crutchlow has work to do. he will start from ninth after crashing during qualifying yesterday. thankfully he wasn't injured. no such problems for marquez as he held off valentino rossi to claim pole for today's race at silverstone. play had to be suspended at golf‘s tour championship in atlanta after a number of people were injured by lightning strikes near a fan zone. six fans were treated, all were 0k after they were hit by debris from the strike. only two groups had completed the third round prior to the weather delay, with justin thomas at the top of the leaderboard. 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 bbc.co.uk/sport. john watson at the bbc sport centre. new 3d baggage scanners will be introduced at every airport in the uk by 2022, under government plans announced today. ministers say the technology will cut queues, boost security and will mean passengers will no longer have to remove laptops and liquids from their luggage as it's screened. our business correspondent katy austin has more. a familiar sight to air travellers — clear plastic bags to put your small liquids in while you go through airport security. laptops must be put in a separate tray. airports in some countries, particularly america, are already starting to use new, high—tech scanners for hand luggage. heathrow in london is investing £50 million in similar equipment, saying it could remove the needs for liquids and electricals to be taken out.
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it will be much quicker, less disruptive, not having to take things out of bags, and people will be able to get on their way much more quickly. but it will also bring more security, which is really important. now, all uk airports are being told they must have advanced 3d scanners by 2022. it is important we are using the best technology, we will have the best in the world once this is rolled out. 0ne travel expert says passengers will notice a difference. imagine this: you are at security, you have forgotten to take out all your stuff, so that means your bag full of liquids, then you have your computer, and maybe a telephone. you have to take it all out and put each one in a separate tray. all of that takes time. even though we say to ourselves, "i'm ready", by the time we get the security most of us realise that we are not ready and there is a lot of
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faffing that takes place. heathrow believes the new technology could make going through security up to 60 times faster. but introducing it could be a challenge for smaller airports. if you were with us an hour ago, you will have seen the pier behind nick. he confirmed it is blackpool pier. for many of us, a hotter day than yesterday, with plenty of, albeit hazy, sunshine around. here is the view from scotland earlier. for scotla nd view from scotland earlier. for scotland and northern ireland, more sunshine compared with yesterday. it will feel hotter. some areas seeing more cloud. if we look at the satellite picture over the last 12 hours, some cloud around, a lot of it high, so thin, allowing the sunshine through. we expect more
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cloud for the channel islands, parts of south—west england and west wales compared with yesterday, and there could be this patch of low cloud moving across the isle of man towards north west england and the south of dumfries and galloway. in the sunshine, there is warmth and heat to be had. the highest temperatures in scotland will approach 30 celsius. towards the mid 20s in northern ireland. east wales and across much of england, a degree 01’ and across much of england, a degree or to either side of 30 celsius, so on course for the warmest day the uk has recorded on a late august bank holiday weekend. overnight, cloud staying in western parts, expanding, with fog patches as well. temperatures around the mid teens. tomorrow morning, poor visibility towards the west in particular, so bear that in towards the west in particular, so bearthat in mind towards the west in particular, so bear that in mind if you are heading out hourly. that will gradually thin, sunny spells coming through, but most places will be dry with occasional sunshine. a chance of
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showers towards cornwall, rain edging towards the western isles. cooling down in scotland and northern ireland, but the heat is still on particularly through parts of central and eastern england for another day. as we go deeper on through the week, there are changes coming, particularly from this system, which will move east and changed us back to atlantic fresh air. tuesday sees the chance of showers and thunderstorms spreading north across the uk. this system still looking towards the north—west and bringing some rain into the western isles. still heat around, particularly through eastern england, but further into the week, the temperatures will start to come down and there will be wet weather moving through as that process takes place. that's the latest forecast.
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the headlines: president trump and borisjohnson meet for a working breakfast at the g7 summit — with thepromise of "a very big trade deal" after brexit. a fantastic meal. we cleared up some of the obstacles in our power. as far as the uk and the united states, we are working on a very big trade deal and i think it will work out very well. the prime minister will discuss brexit later with the eu council president. the uk's biggest airports will install 3—d baggage scanners to make security checks quicker. 40,000 brazillian troops begin a major operation to fight fires in the amazon. we report — from a rainforest in crisis.

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