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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. independence day in the us is overshadowed by another big increase in coronavirus cases, but president trump insists the country is fighting back. 200,000 people are back in lockdown in part of spain's catalonia region after a spike in coronavirus infections there. a major easing of the coronavirus lockdown is in effect in england with pubs, restaurants, hotels, and cinemas all able to re—open. also coming up, the national gallery will be the first major museum in the uk to re—open its doors next week, after the easing of lockdown restrictions and it will be a whole new type of experience.
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hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. we're covering all the latest coronavirus developments here in britain and globally. first, president trump has used his 4th ofjuly message to claim that the united states is on course for a "tremendous victory" over the coronavirus. that's despite a surge in infections that's curtailed independence day celebrations across the nation. covid—19 has killed nearly 130,000 americans. let's bring you some live pictures now from the white house where president trump and first lady melania trump are hosting an event titled a salute to america on america's independence day. president trump is expected
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to pay tribute to health care workers, police and the military. let's listen in. those that are lying about our history, those who want us to be ashamed of who want us to be ashamed of who we are are not interested injustice or in healing. their goal is demolition. 0ur injustice or in healing. their goal is demolition. our goal is not to destroy the greatest structure on earth, what we have built, the united states of america. to build a future where every family is safe, where every family is safe, where every family is safe, where every child is surrounded by love, where every community has equal opportunity and every citizen enjoys great and everlasting dignity. 0ur past
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is not a burden to be castaway. it is not a miraculous foundation that will lift us to the next great summit of human endeavour. this incredible story of american progress is the story of each generation picking up where the last finished, linked by time, by fate and the eternal bonds of oui’ fate and the eternal bonds of our national affection. those who would serve those bonds would cut us off from the wisdom, the carriage, the love and the devotion that gave us everything we are today and everything we are today and everything we are today and everything we strive for tomorrow. we cannot let that happen. we will not throw away oui’ happen. we will not throw away our heroes. we will honour them and we will prove worthy of
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their sacrifice. these are great heroes. let me also say a word to those in the media who falsely and consistently labelled their opponents as racists, who condemn patriotically to, who offer a clear and truthful defence of american unity, that's what our people are doing. we want a clear and faithful defence of american history and we want unity. when you level these false charges, you not only slander me, you not only slander me, you not only slander the american people, but you slander generations of heroes who gave their lives for
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america. you slander people much braver and more principled then you. you are slandering then you. you are slandering the young men who raised the flag at iwo jima the young men who raised the flag at iwojima and those who perished fighting for freedom in the civil war. you slander them. you are dishonouring their great legacy and their memory by insisting that they fought for racism and they fight for oppression. they didn't fight for oppression. they didn‘t fight fight for oppression. they didn't fight for those things, they fought for the exact opposite. we will not let the legacy of these heroes be tarnished by you. the more you lie, the more you slander, the more you try to demean and divide, the more we will work
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ha rd to divide, the more we will work hard to tell the truth and we will win. president trump their speaking on the national mall in washington, dc, part of his independence day address. he covered a range of issues and we will have more analysis on that speech and little later in the programme. protesters have also ta ken to the streets and marked the day to call for an end to racism following the death of african—american george floyd in police custody. the bbc spoke to three young african americans who believe thatjuneteenth — which celebrates the official end of slavery in america, on the 19th ofjune 1865 — is a more appropriate holiday for black americans to celebrate. the 4th ofjuly is not a day for people who look like me. as a new nation, even while celebrating independence, we were still widely practised in slavery. for black americans, that story of independence
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is historically inaccurate. as you grow older and older, you start to realise that all of the wonderful men in these pictures, defenders of this country, none of them look like you, even worse, some of them owned black people. we still have this identity crisis. a lot of people are still trying to figure out what does it mean to be a black american? for some, it means it made them citizenship. they fought 400 years to celebrate this holiday. for a lot of black americans, there has been this big push to reinvigorate celebrating juneteenth, which happens on june 19. i think now with everything that is happening in our cultural and political climate, a lot of black americans turning to that holiday instead of the 4th ofjuly. suzan johnson cook is a former advisor to president bill clinton. she considers juneteenth as the independence day she celebrates and says policy and legislation are needed to make amends. south africa had the
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best model, i feel. after apartheid, when nelson mandela was freed, they formed the truth and reconciliation panel and for that to happen, it meant that those who were oppressing had to admit that they were oppressors and they stood with those who were oppressed. for us to commit, it has to be everyone at the table. we know as african—americans the wrongs that have been done to us. it is time for those who are not african—american to admit the wrongs that have been going on throughout our history in our country that we call america, more thanjust the 400 years of slavery, but even after slavery what has happened. we need to sit at the table, but we need to have policy. to answer your question, we need to have legislation and i believe that the two ways out of bondage is homeownership and entrepreneurialship and so for me, as a boomer, my legacy is going to be focusing on black women entrepreneurs because if you own the business,
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not only does your hand rock the cradle, but we rock the world, so i formed the global black women's chamber of commerce and that's going to be my legacy to work with legislators and policymakers, but most of all to make sure that there is intergenerational transference of wealth. we didn't get our a0 acres and a mule, but we can own a business and that's what i intend for us to do. after three months of coronavirus lockdown, england has taken a big step towards normal life with the largest lifting of restrictions so far. the chancellor has called on the public to "relearn what it's like to go out again". the major relaxation of rules in england means pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and children's playgrounds can reopen. our business editor, simonjack reports from torquay, in the south west. no one really knew what to expect today. would people be battering down the doors of pubs, three deep at the bar desperate for a pint? or would it be completely deserted 7 neither of those feared outcomes happened, but it depended in which
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business you were in. it was slow and steady at the start today for the pub trade, but there was certainly no lack of demand for a long overdue post—lockdown haircut. 7am in torquay and alex walker is opening up his hair salon for the first time in nearly four months. visors on, a last—minute team briefing before the first customers arrive at eight. everyone will be happy to be here, so let's take care of everybody. they did not seem fazed by the new procedures. at the end of the day it is worth adapting a little bit to be able to come back and sort out and look like ourselves again and not worzel gummidge. she is happy, he is happy. despite the extra cost, alex is confident the business is viable. i would not be stood here if i could not make any money. we have adjusted our system, we have had a small adjustment to our prices to make it sustainable, but i think if you don't do that, then
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you might not have a business. the big moment, iiam, opening time for the rock garden pub. there were certainly no early unmanageable crash, customers trickled rather than flooded in, but by midday... cheers, guys! folks were getting back into the swing of it. as long as everybody keeps away from one another and sticks to the guidelines, i can't see an issue. all the staff are wearing their facemask and it is what we want. it feels safe definitely. the other fear was that not enough people would turn up to make economic sense to reopen. 0wner dave walsh said that whilst it was quieter than expected or hoped, it was still important they had to open today. it is great to be open, not just for us, but for the employees, forjob security and for the community as a whole. this feels like an important moment for the national psyche, a welcome glimpse of normality and a welcome sign of economic activity, so important in tourist towns like torquay. but it's also a nervous moment.
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businesses and the government will be watching carefully to see if we are getting enough economic bang for the health risk buck. around town there are reminders of the economic risks to one of the sectors hardest hit by the virus. this crisis is definitely not over jobs—wise. we know businesses are saying a third of premises may not reopen and half a million jobs are still at risk over the next three months. 2pm at the pier point restaurant and lorraine arnold fears she is one of the 75% of businesses who will make a loss this year. we have spent a lot of money getting it prepared to reopen it and then we couldn't open it. so we have written it off, we will be lucky to break even this year, but we are lucky to be open and we can say we are back. the danger of another spike and lockdown is still out there, but for an industry crippled by this virus, today was another important step forward. in spain, lockdown restrictions
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have been re—imposed in parts of catalonia after a spike in coronavirus infections. it's estimated around 200,000 people will be affected by the measures, which are mainly focused around segria, an agricultural area west of barcelona which includes the city of lleida. rachel stanton reports. it may look like an ordinary day on the streets of lleida, but due to a rise in the cases of covid—i9, lockdown is back. what was once a busy area is no more or less deserted. what was once a busy area is now more or less deserted. hospital workers brace themselves for the arrival of new patients as the coronavirus has struck again. it is thought the new outbreaks have been linked to agricultural workers in the area. translation: we believe that we have to take specific measures in lleida to protect the most vulnerable people, our health centres and the hospital. the local lockdown will not be as strict as it was in the past.
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people are allowed out if they need to go to work and, from tuesday, workers entering or leaving the area will have to show a certificate from their employer. translation: i hope that the lockdown is effective and that the outbreak is contained and we can quickly return to normal life. spain has suffered from one of the largest outbreaks in europe with more than 250,000 cases, and just over 28,000 deaths. although some coronavirus restrictions may have been eased in the country, the battle is still on to stop covid—i9 in its tracks. we spoke to graham keeley, a journalist for the independent newspaper who is based in madrid. he told us that the new lockdown is quite alarming for many people in spain. quite alarming for many spaniards, appleton night in one newspaper has asked leaders
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are we relaxing to much? and the answer was 97% said yes, we are. i think a lot of people have been alarmed by this, however i have to say that the cata la n however i have to say that the catalan authorities who imposed this lockdown said they are doing this because they have seen a spike in cases and also they say they have carried out a large number of tests and thatis a large number of tests and that is why we have seen this many cases, so that is why we have seen this many cases, so they are saying it is the responsible thing to do. i describing this as a second wave? 0bviously, spain was hit a little bit before a lot of other parts of europe. they are trying to play down, have to say, and they are also saying they want to contain it in this area of catalonia and, obviously, try to make sure that it does not spread, so they are not describing it as a second wave, really. as i say, they are trying to play down, if anything. can you tell us more about this area? i read somewhere that there is a lot of agricultural work, lots of
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farms, maybe not so much social distancing, for example. yes, this is very important. this is an area of fruit farms and a lot of migrant workers come and play their trade there. there have been reports of these migrant workers living rough in the streets and the authorities in catalonia said recently that they had not done enough to try and help these people, to provide accommodation for them. 0bviously, social distancing in those circumstances is very difficult, so that has been a problem. it is also an area thatis problem. it is also an area that is known for its tourism. how might that be hits now?|j have how might that be hits now?” have to say, this area of catalonia is quite off the beaten track. most people head for barcelona and up to the costa brava, however, people are going to be wary, they are going to think, well, maybe i should not fly to barcelona.
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right now in spain, it's a very sensitive subject. tourists are just about to arrive and the country has just opened up, so the government will be very worried that this will send the wrong message to people planning holidays here. was about the national picture in spain? are other regions likely to be locked down going forward ? to be locked down going forward? i would not say so. there have been small outbreaks, 10—15 outbreaks around the country in the past few weeks, but they have been small numbers and the health authorities have insisted that they have been under control, so so they have been under control, so so far, nothing like this. let's ta ke so so far, nothing like this. let's take a look at some of the day's other news. the polish president, andrzej duda, has called for the country's constitution to be amended, to enshrine the current ban on same—sex couples adopting children. mr duda, an ally of the governing right—wing law and justice party, made the comments while
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campaigning for re—election in a run—off in just over a week's time. a fire has been reported at a power station in the south—west of iran. fire services have said the fire near the city of ahvaz started from a transformer and it's now put out. this is the latest in a spate of recent incidents in iran, including a fire at the natanz nuclear plantjust two days ago. the russian orthodox church has described turkey's possible conversion of istanbul's most famous tourist site the aya sophia museum — back into a mosque, as ‘a return to the middle ages'. the unesco world heritage site has been a museum since 1935, and was originally built as a cathedral before it was converted into a mosque. a turkish court will announce its verdict later this month. india has recorded its highest daily number of new coronavirus infections, with over 22,000 cases. there are concerns that monsoon rains in parts of the country could hamper efforts to contain the pandemic. india now has the fourth—highest confirmed cases in the world and is likely to overtake russia's tally
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in the coming days. 0ur correspondent in delhi, salman ravi, has the latest. this is the second consecutive day when the figures have gone beyond 20,000. and the situation in the metropolitan city, especially the commercial capital, mumbai, bangalore and in delhi, the situation is really bad, because there is a big surge in the number of cases, the case is turning out to be positive. mumbai, that is the base which is the hot spot right now in the country, which is actually nearing around 200,000 cases so far. the medical system, the hospitals, are getting overwhelmed in different areas, in different cities of the country. but it is better in the rural sites because small states have been able to manage things better than the metropolitan cities, where it is very
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difficult for people to get themselves tested, and people have to go about from one hospital to another hospital to get their blood samples tested for coronavirus. the uk's national gallery will be the first major museum to re—open its doors next week, after the easing of lockdown restrictions. but to minimise risks, visitors will have to first book online, and there'll be three one—way routes with social distancing and other safety measures. here's our arts editor will gompertz‘s guide to the new gallery—going experience. so, here we are in trafalgar square at the national gallery which has been closed for over 100 days, the longest the building has been shut in its entire history. so the masterpieces are available to see again, but the experience is going to be very different. masks on. so you can'tjust wander around a gallery like you used to be able to do. instead, you have to choose one of three prescribed routes. they've all got a bit
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of everything in them, but broadly speaking, they take about 30 minutes. a, over there is the italians, b, over there is the northern europeans and c, also in this direction are the british. now, i'm going to choose route b because i think something extra special lies in wait. there is a one—way system in operation which is clearly marked on the floor. you're asked to remain at two metres distance throughout. route b takes you back 400 years to this extraordinary room of paintings by peter paul rubens and then round the corner, there is something that is maybe even better. back on public view, having been fully restored, this magnificent equestrian portrait of charles i by anthony van dyck. we go from anthony van dyck to a room full of rembrandts from a painting of his young wife to a self—portrait at the end of his life. i'm taking the northern european—themed route, but they're all a bit of a mixture, hence a bit of spanish thrown in here with velasquez and italian
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baroque with caravaggio and all his followers which are in the largest space in the national gallery which has just been splendidly restored at a cost of £4 million. this route ends with the impressionists. now i've got a choice, i can either look at some of the paintings and go, or choose one of the other tours. they're all free. as for an experience, well, it's different, it's unusual not to be able to wander around, but also, there's something quite good about a curated tour. you know, professionals giving you a suggestion of what you should see and when you should see it. some of those rooms are total blockbusters. i don't know, maybe it's the future. let's go back to our top story. earlier we played you some of the speech by president trump at the white house today, independence day, where along with the first lady he has been hosting a salute to america at
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event. steve herman is the white house bureau chief for voice of america. thank you forjoining us, steve. happy 4th ofjuly, i should start by saying. what was the president talking about in that address because he covered a range of issues, but what were the main takeaway is? the main takeaway was sort of an amplification of what he said the previous evening at mount rushmore where he painted and enemy of the united states has far left radicals and anarchists and that the threat needs to be defeated, giving us a taste of what his real action campaign is really going to centre on. he also minimised the coronavirus, saying 99% of the coronavirus, saying 99% of the cases are nothing at all, which, of course, the data does not show to be the case and really putting this emphasis on more of a darker message about what he perceives as this
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threat to the united states in an apparent attempt to rally his base and make sure they get out to vote in november. steve, you have watched many presidents deliver 4th ofjuly addresses. how typical was less of what a president would normally deliver? this is atypical, there has never been anything like this. this was very reminiscent of his american carnage inauguration speech that we saw which set the tone for this presidency and we have had many peaks and valleys, as you know, during the past 3.5 years, so we are definitely, as far as the rhetoric is concerned, heading into a dark tunnel again. and you mentioned some of what he talked about at mount rushmore. he mentioned a national garden of american heroes as well. how much is that this kind of discussion between two different debates in america going to define what we are
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going to define what we are going to define what we are going to see in the run—up to the election? well, if the president has his way, it will definitely define the debate in the months ahead. of course, this new national garden starting out with 30 statues he listed just a few minutes ago, all of the american heroes he wa nts to all of the american heroes he wants to see immortalised in this garden, but it will be open to many more, this, of course, in contrast to attempts to tear down statues across the country of not only heroes of the confederacy but attempting to go afterformer the confederacy but attempting to go after former us president as well and even many democrats feel that the protesters are stepping over the line with that, going after george washington, thomasjefferson and giving the president ammunition which, of course, he is launching on in his public remarks saying, look what these people are going to do, you need me to prevent the statues of these american heroes from
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being torn down. steve, thank you very much forjoining us. well, that's it for now. you can find well, that's it for now. you canfind me well, that's it for now. you can find me on twitter. do stay with us on bbc news. hello there. we will take a look at the weather around the middle east to see if there any changes on the way later on. first of all, our focus is on africa, this was the satellite picture from earlier. you can see where most of the thick cloud has been here across western africa as the seasonal rains, and one area very wet around the gulf of guinea into southern parts of nigeria. the rain is extending across central and and into the ethiopian highlands, to the north try and sunny, to the south of the king dry and sunny as well. cape town probably seeing very little rain over the next few days at all, weak weather fronts not far away. by the latter parts of the week, we may find those temperatures dropping away a bit in
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johannesburg. remaining dry in nairobi, lots of cloud around here. temperatures rising in casablanca and also marrakesh in the next few - as the in the next few days as the northerly winds ease - in
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