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welcome to bbc news — i'm maryam moshiri. our top story: democrats in the us house of representatives have stepped up their impeachment inquiry into president trump. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has been ordered to hand over documents to an oversight committee in congress. the panel has also summoned five state department officials including the us special envoy to ukraine, kurt volker, who has now resigned. our north america editor, jon sopel reports on how president trump has reacted as the inquiry gathers steam. there is support and defiance but also there is anger. in a twitter fusillade this morning, he took aim at the democratic house
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intelligence committee, adam schiff, the person who will play a key role in impeachment hearings. the inspector general found that allegation credible. donald trump said of him: and then the whistle—blower who revealed details of the president's conversation with his ukrainian counterpart. volodymyr zelensky. but everything in the letter has been proved true, the call did take place, president trump did ask his ukrainian counterpart to investigate his democratic party rivaljoe biden and the white house today confirmed the transcript of the call was moved to a more secure server. when president trump asked ukraine to investigate corruption, the democrats want to impeach him. the democrats want to impeach president trump. but now the trump campaign is firing back. they lost the election and now they want to steal this one.
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don't let them. i'm donald trump and i approve this... but the speaker of the house is unmoved. she says she was left with no other choice but impeachment following all of this. this is about the national security of our country, the president of the united states being disloyal to his oath of office, jeopardising our national security and jeopardising the integrity of our elections. and the woman donald trump beat in 2016 has also made a rare intervention to pile in. he has turned american diplomacy into a cheap extortion racket. he has denigrated, and let's be honest, stabbed in the back the career foreign service officers who serve bravely and selflessly, no matter the politics of the administration that they are working under. the white house line on the whistle—blower is that it is all second—hand information and inaccurate, it is anything but.
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so far everything he has said has turned out to be true. republican lawmakers can say they don't really care and donald trump is free to do whatever he likes — much harder, though, to say there is nothing here. john sopel, bbc news, washington. polls will open shortly in afghanistan — where more than nine million people are expected to cast their ballots to elect their next president. there are 16 candidates — all of them men — including former warlords, ex—spies and members of the country's former communist government. jon ironmonger reports. after months of delays and continuing conflict, voting will soon begin in afg hanistan‘s pivotal presidential election. 100,000 security personnel have been deployed to guard polling stations in light of a looming taliban threats.
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the militant group, which still controls large parts of the country, has described the election as a fake american process and sworn violence against anyone taking part people are scared, according to this photo. they want the security forces to work to secure the situation. —— according to this voter. "we are worried that if we go to the voter centre, "there will be explosions," this man says. "most people can't go to cast their ballots." the poll is considered a two—horse race between the current president, ashraf ghani and his power—sharing rival, abdullah abdullah, the country's chief executive. the previous election in 2014 was marred by massive corruption. this time, the government is desperate to claw back some credibility, with biometric fingerprint readers and better training of election officials. in spite of the security concerns, 5,000 polling stations are expected to open, including in remote hillsides where donkeys have been
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used to transport ballot boxes. a strong turnout is needed to give this election legitimacy but fearfulness and apathy could make that unlikely. jon ironmonger, bbc news. this is bbc news. here in the uk, it's been announced that a police watchdog will assess whether the prime minister borisjohnson should face a criminal investigation over his friendship with an american businesswoman during his time as mayor of london. it's alleged that as a result of the friendship, jennifer arcuri was allowed to go on overseas trade missions, and that she received about $14,000 in sponsorship money. the prime minister denies the claims. downing street has released a statement saying "everything was done with propriety and in the normal way". 0ur uk affairs correspondent daniel sandford has more.
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the basis of the allegations is that, while he was mayor of london, borisjohnson‘s friend, jennifer arcuri, received £11,500 in sponsorship for events organised by one of her companies, which came from organisations linked to the mayor's office. and also went on three overseas trips with borisjohnson which, originally, she'd been turned down for. now, the greater london authority monitoring officer has been looking at these allegations this week and so have we, in fact, and noticed that people who went on the trips with jennifer accuri felt that she seemed a bit out of place, as her companies didn't seem as substantial as those of the other people that were on the trips, and certainly we know that borisjohnson‘s office intervene to make sure that she went on one of the trips and the greater london authority monitoring officer has now decided to call in the police watchdog, the iopc, to assess whether boris johnson, the prime minister, should be
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investigated for the criminal offence of misconduct ion public office. the iopc are involved because when he was mayor of london, borisjohnson was in charge of london's metropolitan police. borisjohnson has vigorously denied these allegations, saying to the bbc last night that people are barking up the wrong tree. his office insists that he's always acted with propriety. the former cabinet minister amber rudd has accused number 10 of using aggressive language over brexit, that incites violence. it comes after a turbulent week, in which mps returned to the commons and engaged in furious exchanges on the floor of the house. but borisjohnson once again defended his use of language, and insisted that delivering brexit on oct the 31st would take much of the heat out of the debate. meanwhile scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has indicated she'd be open to backing jeremy corbyn as interim prime minister, in order to stop a no deal brexit. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. it might seem calm today,
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but it's been a fractious week in westminster. with heated scenes in the house of commons came claims that words like "surrender", when used about brexit, are divisive, even dangerous. now, amber rudd, a former home secretary who only quit the government a few weeks ago, has waded in, telling the evening standard newspaper, "the sort of language we've seen more and more coming out from number 10 does incite violence." hello, good morning. an extraordinary accusation aimed at the prime minister. today, during a hospital visit, he said any threat against mps was appalling, but insisted he was not stoking division. what we need to do now is get brexit done by october the 31st, and i genuinely think that once you do that, then so much of the heat and the anxiety will come out of the debate. i think a lot of people are very tense. i think businesses are still uncertain. and get it done and i think we'll
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all be able to move on. and his senior advisor said getting it done is a walk in the park, during a book launch last night. referendums are difficult. this is a walk in the park. dominic cummings is himself a divisive figure. the man behind the vote leave campaign, who's now in the heart of downing street, this morning seeming to question his own comments. who said it would be a walk in the park? you said it last night at a book launch. there's real anger from some here at the tone coming from downing street, but the prime minister shows little sign of changing his approach, still insisting he'll meet the departure deadline of october the 31st, despite the fact parliament's passed a law saying he'll have to delay if he doesn't get a brexit deal. with such little trust here, opposition parties are talking tactics. the snp leader today suggested ousting the prime minister
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and didn't rule out the labour leader as a temporary replacement. i don't particularly want to pushjeremy corbyn here. the point i'm making is that if the opposition is to unite behind a clear plan that takes away the threat of a no—deal and moves to a general election, where i think everybody now accepts is we should be heading, then we're all going to have to compromise. but plenty here won't put the labour leader in charge, even if only for a short time to slow the brexit process. we need to have a solution that will work. jeremy corbyn doesn't have the numbers. the basic parliamentary arithmetic isn't there. to be fair, he knows that. the snp know that. you and i know that. so, a direct move against number 10 isn't expected imminently, but with feelings here still running high, don't expect an outbreak of calm either. alex forsyth, bbc news, westminster. cleveland police has become the first force in england to be found inadequate in all areas of its service. the police watchdog said it wasn't
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investigating crime effectively, and it didn't respond to vulnerable people fast enough. the force has recently appointed a new chief constable, who says the report is a wake up call, but argues it must be given time to improve. michael buchanan reports. saturday night in hartlepool. last year we highlighted the pressure front line officers like kevin rutherford face. we are with the police as they a nswer we are with the police as they answer another triple nine call. it's a good job we have the other unit there, we'd have been strapped. we are both going to middlesbrough police station where they'll spend the night until she has sobered up and he will get interviewed about the obstructing of police. lack of money and officers has forced the closure of hartlepool‘s custody suite, a consequence of austerity, say the force. but cleveland's chief, just months into hisjob,
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acknowledged today that the force has to take some responsibility too. front line staff work extremely hard in cleveland police. i see it, i'd patrol as much as any chief constable does and i see how hard they work to protect members of the public, but our staff members have not been well served by senior leadership in the force providing direction of what is required and being clear about what is required and the performance regime being set up to hold people to account. inspectors rated cleveland as inadequate across the board, the first force in england and wales to get such a poor ranking. it does not treat the public or its workforce well. it doesn't operate efficiently or sustainably, and perhaps most crucially, the force is not reducing crime or keeping people safe. 67—year—old terry was beaten in middlesbrough city centre in an unprovoked attack last november. there were dozens of witnesses. a man was arrested, but his son, a bar owner, says the family haven't been contacted by cleveland police since.
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they are a joke, quite simply they are joke. cleveland police is in crisis. last year we revealed that local people in hartlepool had taken to patrolling their own streets, furious at the lack of police protection. today, one of the men we met that night told me that little has improved over the past 12 months. people are reporting crimes and nobody comes out. it's not just petty crimes, sometimes serious crimes, and the police don't come out not because they don't want to, because they haven't got the manpower. cleveland police will now receive support from outside agencies, as well as being closely monitored, but what's clear is they have much to do to rebuild trust among their exasperated communities. michael buchanan, bbc news, middlesbrough. half a million schoolchildren, university students and adults marched through the canadian city of montreal on friday, in another climate strike inspired by the swedish activist, greta thunberg. the city centre was turned into a sea of demonstrators and placards — organisers said it was quebec's
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largest ever gathering. earlier, ms thunberg had met the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau. she told him — and other world leaders — that they were not doing enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions. large—scale protests also took place in many other countries around the world. 0ur correspondent anna holligan reports from the hague in the netherlands. what do we want? crowd: climate justice! some schools here in the hague have actually cancelled classes and brought the pupils out to protest instead, building climate consciousness into the real life curriculum. too many people, there is no oxygen there. this is the only chance we have. so we need to take our chance and make the world better. of course the netherlands has a lot to be conscious of, with almost a third of the country lying below sea level.
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they are super aware of those rising tides. this country of course has a reputation — clean, green living, cycling, windmills, renewable energy. but actually its record has a lot to be desired. children here in the netherlands have the highest instances of asthma caused by pollution anywhere in europe, and they are struggling to reach those targets of reducing emissions by 49% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. so the message here in the hague is clear, and it is reverberating again all over the world today. we are here, this not good what the world is doing, and now we hope that's the, um, the rechter, we do for the world, and we're doing for the world, that's better.
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these are the superheroes of the future. their relationship with the environment today will determine what it looks like in the future. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has been given one week to hand over documents concerning contact with the ukrainian government as part of an impeachment investigation into donald trump. afghanistan steps up security as 9 million voters choose their next president, despite threats of violence by the taliban. let's get more on our top story now — angela reddock—wright is an employment lawyer and an expert on whistleblower legislation. given joining givenjoining us. talk about
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given joining us. talk about the whistleblower first of all because quite worryingly, we've had in the last day or so, a little bit of information about identification, this could be a cia agent. how difficult is it going to be to keep this person's identity a secret, do you think? i think it would be difficult not because it's necessarily disclosed by anyone in congress or anyone of a higher level. but because in this day and time, it's so easy to hack information, to get information, so i'm sure the leaks have already begun. we don't know already the name of the whistleblower. at least there will be rumours of it. under whistleblower law, how much protection is afforded? welcome in the traditional sense of the word, they are fully protected against retaliation or against any adverse action that might impact their
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employment but the reality of this situation is because of the high—profile nature of this and the comments that have already been made about the whistleblower, i think it would be difficult to provide protection so i'm certainly hoping that the federal government is taking all steps to try to essentially put this person into the equivalent of witness protection to make sure they have security full—time and they are being looked after, their emails are being protected, theirfamilies after, their emails are being protected, their families are after, their emails are being protected, theirfamilies are being protected, theirfamilies are being protected because this is a big deal and obviously, it's being considered ata and obviously, it's being considered at a very high level. and this case is interesting, because a federal whistleblower law has never been used against a sitting us president, has it? so what does it mean, there is no precedent for this? it means that this will be an opportunity of first impression, that what happens in congress and what the courts
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ultimately do, president trump and his team, have indicated a plan to file court action to stay the proceedings. i'm not sure that's likely that a court will find in the president's favour. the president has indicated he plans to use the executive village so that he doesn't have to speak to this and others in his cabinet don't have to speak to it but i'm not sure the privilege would extend to this situation so it's a matter of, it's unprecedented because we simply haven't dealt with this situation before so how congress handles it, how the courts handle it will be a matter of first impression. angela, so very much thank you for being on the programme. haitian police in the capital port—au—prince have been attempting to disperse the largest and most violent protests in months. officers used tear gas and live ammunition while demonstrators threw stones. anger over a nationwide fuel crisis has been spilling over into fury against the political classes and corruption. president moise is trying to calm the situation by offering a unity
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government — but with tensions increasing, the violence has continued. more than 20 years ago, diana princess of wales, walked through a minefield in angola to highlight the threat posed by landmines. on friday, her son prince harry, retraced her steps to see how much has changed, and what still needs to be done to combat the problem. 0ur royal correspondent nicholas witchell sent us this report. minefields. a massive problem in angola, and an issue with a particular resonance for harry — in memory of his mother's efforts to make the world do something to deal with them. harry was taken into one of the minefields being cleared by britain's halo trust. he saw the painstaking work of the mine clearance teams, combing the ground metre by metre.
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explosion. he detonated a mine which had been found a few days ago. and then on to huambo, angola's second city. it was here 22 years ago that diana, princess of wales, was filmed walking along a safe corridor through a minefield. it brought the whole issue to the world's attention and led eventually to an international ban. today the spot which had once been a minefield is a city street, but a place for a proud son to visit and to reflect on what his mother had achieved. to walk in her footsteps is clearly quite emotionalfor me, but i think as much as she did then, there is still so much to do, but without question, if she hadn't campaigned the way that she did 22 years ago, this could arguably still be a minefield, so i'm incredibly proud of what she's been able to do. he went on to the newly renamed princess diana orthopaedic centre where the victims of landmines are treated. he metjustina caesar, she lost her leg when she was three
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and met princess diana on her visit in 1997. there is no end to injuries like hers, a reminder that though angola's civil war ended fully 17 years ago, landmines are still causing life changing injuries. 22 years after diana died, and there are still more than 1,000 minefields here in angola. harry's message, expressed today — let's finish thejob. nicholas witchell, bbc news, huambo. the family of one of britain's top young musicians have voiced their concern over the provision of music lessons for pupils in the country's state schools. twenty—year old cellist, shaeku kanneh—mason who played at the wedding of prince harry and meghan markle, is highlighting the issue after experiencing funding pressures at his former school. here's our arts editor will gompertz. sheku kanneh—mason taking to the stage for a star turn at this year's proms. the 20—year—old cellist
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is an extraordinary talent from an extraordinary family. one of seven children, all musical prodigies, who went to or are still at this state school in nottingham, which had put music at its heart. but now finds, like many, that government policy has led to its limited resources being diverted away from musical education. one of the key pressures around how a school's judged to be doing in terms of the progress measures and the metrics that are used to identify the performance of the school, that places a greater emphasis on the academic subjects. figures show there has been a 25% drop in students taking gcse music in england over the last ten years, and over 40% fewer taking the subject at a level. there's also been a significant fall in the number of music teachers since 2010, leading to class closures. jeneba kanneh—mason
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is in the sixth form at trinity. chong choc her sister aminata is studying for her gcses. they practise a lot. are their mother supports from the wings. what i think is a crisis for schooling in britain is that, of course, all the private schools are still having lots of funding for creative arts and the state schools are not, so it is creating a kind of two—tier culture, which i think is very dangerous. her daughters say that they do see a divide when studying at the royal academy of music in london on saturdays. i mean, i normally feel like the odd one out, really. they all go to private schools and i thinkjust because the fees... you can't really... music is not made accessible for people who can't afford it. what are the ramifications? the ramifications are that there will not be another sheku kanneh—mason coming out of a state school if things go on the way they are. the schools minister doesn't agree. he says he's put specific funding
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in place to support music education. we want things to improve in every area. that's my ambition — for every area of the curriculum. but with the music hubs, for example in 2016—17, 700,000 young people were taught to play music, a musical instrument in whole class ensembles. we are spending £100 million per year on those kinds of extra school music tuition. good, but not enough good enough, according to this academic. the government always come back and say, "we're giving this much "money to music education." but that's not education in schools, music education in the classroom. and the reason it's not statutory is around 72% of our schools are academies and free schools, and they can choose their curriculum, so they don't have to teach music. the government says changes are afoot, such as ofsted placing greater emphasis on arts and sports provision alongside academic attainment when evaluating a school. will gompertz, bbc news.
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @bbcmaryam. more on the website too. first the weather with helen willets. hello there. if you are out across the northern half of the uk in the next few hours, and you have clear skies, you may be treated to the northern lights. but it has been a very turbulent end to the week, and it is going to be a rather wet and windy weekend for many of us, and there is growing concern with this next deep area of low pressure now developing, that more rain on already saturated ground, with river levels high, will result in further flooding. as well as that we are going to have some strong winds around this low pressure system coinciding with high tides, because of the new moon, the full moon, so there could be coastal flooding too. a band of rain moves across northern ireland, northern england, southern scotland. any mist and fog to the north will clear away. the showery rain across northern areas does tend to ease, the showers or showery rain
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further south eases away, so a day of sunny spells and showers, probably not as heavy showers today as we saw yesterday, but nevertheless, they are still around, still wet. it should feel pleasant enough, though, with light winds and some sunshine, but as the day progresses, the afternoon progresses we are in for a big change, there's more tropical air tied in with this area of low pressure, so there will be widespread, heavy intense rain, actually some thundery rain in there as well, and strong to gale—force winds blowing in that rain and coinciding with high tides. we could have coastal inundation. so really wet and windy through the night as we move into sunday. and that rain is really slow to clear, could be scotland and northern ireland escape the worst of the rain, and as the day goes on we change our wind direction and pick up a colder north—north—westerly, but that will have a sting in its tail, you can see for england and wales, we'vejust got more rain re—entering around the area of low pressure. so temperature really academic on sunday but feeling colder in the north, and later in the day as the winds switch direction they may have a sting in the tail, we would have strong to gale—force winds crossing into wales and later
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into england and down the north sea coast, potentially corresponding or tying in with high tides here, so we'll concern ourselves with some coastal flooding here as well late on sunday. so lots to keep our eye on, it certainly looks really unsettled through the weekend. heavy rain, gales. there are warnings out from the met office, they're on the website, and those high tides as well. further afield, we're expecting rain for the rugby which continues into the weekend, japan—ireland on saturday, potentially having some heavy downpours around here, and for australia and wales, i wouldn't like to rule out downpours either. it is much cooler, though, as we go into the new week back home, as you can see, and it remains unsettled, perhaps a respite in the middle of the week. bye— bye.
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perhaps a respite in the middle of the week. this is bbc news, the headlines: in washington, the us
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secretary of state, mike pompeo, has been ordered to hand over documents to an impeachment inquiry looking into mr trump's dealings with the ukraine government. mr pompeo will have a week to comply with the subpoena. more than 9 million people are expected to cast their ballots in afg hanistan's presidential election. it's a poll which has been overshadowed by violent attacks claimed by the taliban, which have left many dead in recent weeks. and 22 years on, walking in his mother's footsteps — prince harry has visited a partially—cleared minefield in angola. the landmines were planted during the 27—year civil war which left thousands displaced and disabled. the duke of sussex described the visit as "quite emotional." thousands of thomas cook staff are taking legal action after losing theirjobs when the travel giant went they claim the firm acted unlawfully in the way they were dismissed and they're seeking compensation. meanwhile, more than 60,000 thomas cook customers have been
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