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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 7pm. $350 billion worth of contracts are signed by president trump and king salman of saudi arabia. jeremy corbyn insists his party is committed to trident after members of the shadow cabinet publicly disagree over the issue. the tories defend their aim to cut net migration to tens of thousands after it comes under fire from former chancellor george osborne. hassan rouhani is re—elected as iranian president, just married, the duchess of cambridge‘s sister, pippa middleton. millwall‘s manager jumps for joy after being promoted to the championship as fans stage a pitch invasion. that's all in sportsday in half an hour here on bbc news. good evening and welcome to bbc news.
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donald trump has been welcomed in saudi arabia as he began his first trip abroad since becoming president. he signed deals worth hundreds of billions let's go live now to riyadh and our chief international correspondent lyse doucet. you join us today in the middle of a sandstorm in saudi arabia, you can see the winds are blowing across our rooftop position here here in riyadh. it's coming to the end of donald trump's first day on his first foreign visit, and in his first foreign visit, and in his first comment about the visit to the media here, he described the visit as tremendous. and in almost the same breath, he explained why. jobs, jobs, jobs. $350 billion worth of deals between us companies and saudi
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arabia, including a record arms deal. this is from our north american correspondent will stop. with the mercury touching 100 fahrenheit, donald trump probably found the blast of desert air refreshing compared to the political hothouse he's left behind in washington. he's hoping this first foreign trip will provide some respite from mounting problems at home, and what a welcome his hosts laid on for him. the 81—year—old king came to greet him, red carpet for as far as the eye could see, he was even given saudi arabia's highest civilian honour, a weighty thing. a marked contrast to the almost hostile reception afforded barack 0bama when he was last here. wherever your go in riyadh, this is what you see, pictures of president trump and king salman with the slogan "together we prevail." a year ago, donald trump said in an interview, "i think islam hates us." from the reception he's receiving and the warmth of it, you would not guess it. the new president's tough stance on iran has endeared him to the saudis and other sunni nations in the region. as part of that, a massive
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£75 billion arms deal was signed to supply the kingdom with weapons and know—how to meet the iranian threat. and this allowed the president to talk about what he likes most, jobs. that was a tremendous day, i just want to thank everybody. tremendous investments in the united states and our military community is very happy, we want to thank you and saudi arabia. hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into united states and jobs, jobs, jobs. at a news conference, the deal was welcomed by the secretary of state. this huge arms sales package reduces the burden on the united states to provide this same equipment to our own military forces. and will strengthen saudi security forces for the future so that saudi arabia is more capable of carrying a greater share of the burden. less welcome news came overnight from james comey. the sacked fbi director has accepted an invitation to give evidence to congress in a public session.
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although that won't happen before this trip has concluded. according to the new york times, the president described him to the russian foreign minister as a nut—job, whose sacking had relieved a lot of the pressure on the president, claims the white house has not denied. donald trump complained earlier this week that no politician had been treated worse or more unfairly than him. that is not something that could be said today. out-of-tune rendition of american national anthem. though the composer of the national anthem probably could. and that report on how the first day went, it was a very carefully organised visit, the saudi hosts wa nted organised visit, the saudi hosts wanted to get a royal welcome to president trump. lots of talk about
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turning the page, putting aside what had been a strange relation ship with president 0bama. so none of the difficult issues on the agenda such as concerns about human rights, and it was only in the press, is between rex tillerson, the us secretary of state, and the saudi foreign minister, that issues such as the saudi led campaign in yemen and concerns about casualties there was raised by journalists concerns about casualties there was raised byjournalists covering this visit. a lot of talk about shared interests. so how is this going down in saudi we arejoined by a political analyst, we are bearing up against the middle of this storm, you are following this trip with great interest. a lot of talk about shared interests, economic corporation, is that what young saudis want to see? definitely, we are here in saudi arabia despite this sandstorm we are witnessing, there is a huge positive vibe in the kingdom. the people and government, you can tell that everyone is content with the fact that the us
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administration chosen saudi arabia to be the first foreign visit for them. that in itself has an unprecedented strategic importance, not only to the region but the overall global security. we really need the knighted states to be back to the game, we need them to be basically helping its partners to combat terrorism and confront the challenges we are facing. where facing a lot of challenges. the iranian backed militias are all of the place, they are targeting not only the middle east nations but also american interests, pure american interests. so it's very important for the kingdom of saudi arabia and the gdc countries and the arabia and the gdc countries and the arab and muslim world to open a new page with the new us administration so they can go forward and confront the challenges. there was a shared language between rex tillerson and the saudi foreign minister, talking about calling on iran to end what they describe as a network of terrorists, telling the newly re—elected president hassan rohani
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said he had to do this if you wanted to change his ownership of the world. some observers believe that saudi arabia is that you are the involvement of iran across the region. the idea that we are exaggerating the fact about iran is actually, i don't see it to be accurate at all. it's not only as saying that, it's actually the whole world saying it. just the treasury department just sanctioned has world saying it. just the treasury departmentjust sanctioned has —— the treasury department has sanctioned hezbollah in syria, the iranian militias are killing people in syria and is placing people. we are not exaggerating, we are seeing iranian backed militias, we are seeing them operate in yemen and kill civilians are a daily basis. we're not exaggerating, not at all,
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we're putting our hands on the facts and nothing but the facts. and we need the whole world, the writer states and the global community to basically confront iran because iran is the root problem in the region. not only the region but the whole world. we'll have to leave it there, thank you very much forjoining us. this is a region where weather is a lwa ys this is a region where weather is always a metaphor for what is happening politically. this is what's happening as the evening of president trump smack visit, he is now dining luxury sleep —— now having a luxury dinner, with both arabian and western food, he is with his wife melania trump, ivanka trump who is a getting a lot of interest from the media. that is all from us from the media. that is all from us from a windy riyadh.
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we discount to take you back to riyadh, some pictures coming in life, you can see president trump and his wife, there they are, attending quite a lavish dinner being hosted by the saudi royal family. just welcoming the president and his wife, the first lady, to that dinner. and as we were saying, he will be meeting with leaders of the gulf coalition, a summit taking place. interestingly, iran has not been invited to this summit. he is also going to be attending leaders with leaders from across —— meetings with leaders from across —— meetings with leaders from across —— meetings with leaders across the region, giving a speech about islam, and participating in a conference about social media. but tonight there are about to sit down to dinner after enjoying some entertainment. of course, we will be finding out how this story and many others are
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being covered in tomorrow's front pages and 10:30pm and 11:30pm tonight. i hope you canjoin me with my guests for that later on. jeremy corbyn has had to restate labour's commitment to renewing trident after his shadow foreign secretary suggested the party's support for the nuclear deterrent couldn't be guaranteed. mr corbyn insisted labour's manifesto commitment to trident was unequivocal. here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. cheering. 0n the campaign trail, the last thing he wanted was fresh questions about the uk's nuclear deterrent. but today he had to clarify his party's stance. it came after a senior labour figure, when asked if the party would commit to keeping the trident missile system even after a defence review, said this.
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well, no, of course not. if you have a review, you have to have a review. jeremy corbyn has long opposed nuclear weapons but his party's policy is to support the renewal of trident. something he had to confirm again today. the manifesto makes it very clear that the labour party has come to the decision that it's committed to trident. we're also going to look at the real security needs of this country on other areas such as cyber security which i think the attack on our nhs last week proved, there needs to be some serious re—examination of our defences against those kinds of attacks. the snp was quick to strike. trident‘s based in scotland so matters to voters here and her party opposes it. the confusion and chaos at the heart of the labour party on trident really does illustrate the point that labour's not strong enough to stand up to the tories. but theresa may thinks her stance on security and defence will cut through with voters.
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and out campaigning today, wasted no time in saying so. we have seen yet again from jeremy corbyn's labour party today that a labour government led byjeremy corbyn would not be unequivocally committed to the trident nuclear deterrent. they would not be able to defend this country. theresa may has made so much of this campaign about leadership qualities. she wants to keep it that way. but now the parties have published their manifestos, there's also plenty of policy to pick over. and not everyone agrees with some tory proposals. these are labour protesters but there are rumblings in the tory party about changes in social care. elections can lay bare divisions across the board. the liberal democrats have unveiled their latest election poster. it's a picture of nigel farage's face,
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superimposed onto the head and shoulders of theresa may. former business secretary and lib dem candidate sir vince cable said it represented how conservatives had adopted wholesale policies from ukip. the green party has released its youth manifesto, with an attempt to appeal to young voters. among the commitments is a pledge to scrap tuition fees and cancel outstanding student debt. the party also promises stable housing for what it calls generation rent. humberside police continue to hold two men under arrest over the disappearance of missing hull woman renata antcza k. police are still at two addresses in
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hull, the first home of the missing mother of two. she was last seen almost four weeks ago taking her daughter to school. yesterday her black mercedes was taken away by officers. she was in it when she dropped her daughter. a husband said she then returned home before leaving on foot at 1pm that afternoon. the other address is six miles away in the west of hull. neighbours say a polish couple live here and that a car has been removed by police. yesterday, they had also been at the dental practice where renata antczak‘s been at the dental practice where renata antcza k‘s husband been at the dental practice where renata antczak‘s husband works. the police won't confirm whether he is one of two people arrested in connection with the disappearance. humberside police say the two men, aged 47 and a5, after humberside police say the two men, aged a7 and a5, after all being questioned. meanwhile, the appeals for information to help find miss antcza k for information to help find miss antczak continue. please say they still want to find anyone who can come forward and help them find her. —— police say they still want anyone
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to come forward who can help them find her. dozens of the schoolgirls who were kidnapped from the nigerian town of chibok three years ago have been reunited with their families. the girls were released earlier this month as part of a deal between the nigerian government and the boko haram islamist militants who had been holding them. the headlines on bbc news. celebrations in riyadh mark day one of president trump's visit there. $350 billion worth of contracts have been agreed. the white house describes one defence—related steel is the biggest in us history. there's a disagreement within labour after shadow foreign secretary says the party could abandon its support for trident. meanwhile the tories defend their pledge to cut net migration after it's criticised by former chancellor george osborne. the wedding's taken place of pippa middleton, the sister of the duchess of cambridge. she married the financier james matthews, in berkshire. hassan rouhani has been re—elected president of iran
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for another four years. mr rouhani won 57% of the vote, easily beating his conservative challenger, ebrahim raisi. in a tweet, he said the "people are the real winners of this election". kasra naji has this report. president hassan rouhani, the winner of the election by a wide margin. he had promised not to let the hardliners take the country backwards. he had promised to steer the country towards moderation. this is him in his first televised victory after his victory. translation: yesterday, you said no to all those who were inviting us to return to the past or remain stuck in that present. you have put iran back on the road to progress. almost all the votes have now been counted, more than a1 million of them. the iranian people have said
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a resounding no to the islamic hardliners by voting in droves for president rouhani, running for a second term in office, in a landslide. at the interior ministry in teheran, a sigh of relief that the election went peacefully. translation: mr rouhani won 23,5a9,616 votes, representing 57% of all votes. therefore he is elected the next iranian president. today, for many, a day of celebration, a big victory against the islamic hardliners who had intimidated them, jailed them, executed them, exiled them and drove them out of theirjobs. this, just before the final results were announced. translation: i'm glad he was re—elected. of course, if, by the end of today, they announce it as a certain result i would be very happy.
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turnout was unprecedented, more than 73%. here in teheran more than 5 million people voted, twice that of 2013. many ran out of time while they waited in long queues although the authorities extended voting by five hours. there were indications that the hardliners had pulled all the stops and mobilised all their resources to oust president rouhani. that spurred the supporters of president rouhani to come out in big numbers. iranians have given president rouhani a big mandate for change, greater freedoms at home and engagement with the outside world. but islamic ha rdliners are not done yet. they will fight tooth and nail at every turn to frustrate his efforts. kasra nasri, bbc news. joining me now is sanam vakil, who's associate fellow
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of the middle east programme at the international affairs think—tank, chatham house. thank you very much forjoining me, doctor. it's been reported that it was iran's the class that handed mr rouhani his victory, iran's middle class. what was he offering that appealed? you wanted increased integration with the global committee, increased investment and a more global iran, more freedom, he went all out promising a much more positive message pad to his opponent. -- compared to his opponent. -- compared to his opponent. what has his message been following from his first term and to his second, how has he performed? he promised to negotiate a nuclear deal that would remove nuclear related sanctions and he achieved that. the problem was that he overpromised the economic gain from sanctions relief.
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it's taken a bit longer to sign investment deals, and it's taken longer to see improvement in the economy and have those improvements trickle down and actually impact average iranian ‘s. trickle down and actually impact average iranian 's. i also want to touch on the opponent, rat he see, he has been touted as a successor to the supreme leader, if that becomes the supreme leader, if that becomes the case, the job the supreme leader, if that becomes the case, thejob becomes the supreme leader, if that becomes the case, the job becomes very hard for the case, the job becomes very hard foer rouhani. the case, the job becomes very hard for mr rouhani. indeed, before this election, many people did not know who the opponent was. even though he lost, i would argue that he now has 15.8 million supporters who are now behind him and this has given him greater credibility. going forward, rouhani will have two build some bridges with principal lists, conservatives and the political establishment. so if the supreme leader dies in the coming years, there will not be so much acrimony
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between all of the different factions. i'm sure you're watching events closely in riyadh, this is a strong mandate that mr rouhani has received from the iranian people, they want to continue in this direction of openness. saudi arabia is not going to iran, that's accepted. what are you expecting to come out of riyadh? i would hope that there would be some ridges built to teheran, notjust to riyadh. some policies here have failed the decades. part of the problem is that the region has not dealt with each other in a very effective and communal ways so there is no trust among the neighbourhood. and that is what needs to be built. does mr rouhani hasn't any card up his sleeve that will ensure that the
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—— has any card up his sleeve to ensure that the us has to move cautiously with them? the us has a strong position, it has strong positions with groups across the middle east. if the news gets tight towards the one, they could damage the united states and the neighbourhood. home ownership among younger families has fallen by nearly two thirds in part of the uk since 199a, according to new research. the resolution foundation, a think tank focusing on living standards say out the unsung, the north—west part of yorkshire were most effective. —— affected. the resolution foundation say that the north of england and out of
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london have been affected by homeownership among young families the most. families such as harrow and croydon are affected, and ownership has fallen 52 to in yorkshire. the fall in greater manchester was 51% between 199a and last year. a lot more young families are living in the private rented sector, expensive, insecure and not very nice place to live. it also matters longer term. we have seen from the debate around care means that having a home is a key way to build up an asset over your lifetime, it really matters when you get old whether you own a house. the resolution say that pledges by tories and labour to build houses lacked details on how that would be achieved. whether it's french champagne or italian prosecco,
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the uk's love of fizz shows no sign of slowing down. but the technique for making it was first documented not by a frenchman or an italian — but by a 17th century scientist in england. some call it "brit fizz," or simply bubbly. its proper name is english sparkling wine, and it is made like champagne. the french will tell you the method was discovered by a frenchman. a monk called dom perignon in 1967. -- in 1697. but here in winchcombe, they know better. on monday, they will put up a plank on his birthplace to a local, christopher merritt, a pioneering scientist who recorded english scientists using the technique in 1662, more than 30 years before dom. he described the way they were adding sugar and molasses to the wine, which was making it "sparkling." he was the first person to actually use that word, "sparkling," in connection to wine, wasn't he? yes. at this gloucestershire winery, they use the technique. they make it and add sugar and yeast
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to bring on what is called a secondary fermentation. we put the grapes into a vat, and we ferment them in the vats. that is the first. the second is in the bottle itself. from the first one you get bubbles, but we allow it to bubble off. then you get a secondary one and you need to contain that within the bottle to give us the bubble in the finished sparkling wine. one reason, it's said, the english did it first is that english bottles were thicker and heavier. flimsy french bottles exploded when the fizz built up inside them. sparkling wine was a menace to french makers. english glass was much more robust. english sparkling wine
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has a long history. even longer than champagne. but it has a long and cumbersome name as well. at this small vineyard in the coltswolds, they have tried to come up with a snappy title, with mixed success. we have come up with balarry, which is what we want to call it. it's derived from the latin word for bubbles. we thought about the welsh version, which was swigot, but i do think that quite had the ring to it. "would you like a glass of swigot?" italians have prosecco, the spanish cava, and germans, sekt. what is the english equivalent? perhaps we should call it winchcombe. hundreds of guests and spectators gathered in englefield in berkshire for the wedding of pippa middleton, sister of the duchess of cambridge.
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her nephew and niece, prince george and princess charlotte, had starring roles in the ceremony, as our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. a society wedding, a chance to, well, to gawp at the guests, for one thing. interesting for some, others may feel perhaps a little indifferent to it all. but of course this was rather more than a society wedding, with celebrity guests like tennis champion roger federer, because this was a middleton family wedding. so a wedding with royal connections. big sister catherine arrived with two carloads of bridesmaids and page boys. among them were prince george, his hands firmly being held by his mother, and princess charlotte. all were ushered into church ready for the arrival of the bride. pippa middleton was driven to church in an open top car with her father michael. it rekindled memories of how it was six years ago, when pippa played such a memorable supporting role at catherine's
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wedding at westminster abbey. today she was the one pausing at the entrance for the photographers, in a dress which fashion editors will spend pages describing. at the church door, the roles were reversed. it was kate lending the sisterly support, making sure the dress was as it should be. then with a final pat on the shoulder, it was time for the service to begin. less than an hour later, the church bells sounded and page boy george led the way out of church scattering flower petals. as the new mr and mrs james matthews emerged together as man and wife. somewhere in the family group were princes william and harry. despite speculation in the press, harry had not brought his girlfriend meghan markle to the wedding. had he done so, it would have overshadowed everything. this was a day when the focus was on this couple and their wedding. all busy quaffing the english
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champagne! good evening, and a good evening to stay in and have some champagne because it is not particularly pleasa nt because it is not particularly pleasant out there. wet weather across scotland, heavy thunderstorms in eastern parts of england getting into east anglia and lincolnshire, downpours, hail and lightning. there isa downpours, hail and lightning. there is a few more hours of that. as we leave the daytime heat, the influence of the showers diminishes and it becomes clear and chilly. particularly at this time of year, we could have some grass frost. it means a much brighter start to the day tomorrow, what a difference day for most of this. the outside chance that the showers could continue,
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there might be some early morning fog in the south but you can see it's drier, funnier and therefore would lighter winds and fewer showers, it will fill more warm outside tomorrow. definitely the dry half of the weekend.


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