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i'm rico hizon in singapore. the headlines: president trump welcomes india's prime minister, narendra modi, to the white house for their first face—to—face talks. the relationship between india and the united states has never been stronger, has never been better. a victory for president trump, after the us supreme court revives part of his travel ban. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: are you getting enough sleep? we meet the scientists trying to find out what happens to our brains when we don't. and couch surfing behind enemy lines. the diehard rugby fan finding himself at the home of two all blacks famous faces. good morning.
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it is 8:00am in singapore, 1:00am in the morning in london, and 8:00pm in washington, where president trump and the indian prime minister, narendra modi, are holding their first face—to—face meeting. donald trump has said that ties between india and america had never been stronger. the two have been speaking to reporters in the rose garden. this was the scene earlier, when the two met for the first time. donald trump described prime minister modi as a ‘true friend on twitter, and modi drew in the president for bear hugs. but the two governments hold very different positions on important issues such as immigration and climate change. here is some of what both leaders had to say a little earlier. not many people know it, but both american and the indian constitution
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begin with the same three very beautiful words, "we, the people. the prime minister and i both understand the crucial importance of those words, which helps to form the foundation of cooperation between our two countries. relations between countries are strongest when they are devoted to the interests of the people we serve, and after our meetings today, i will say that the relationship between india and the united states has never been stronger, has never been better. translation: the talks between his excellency, president trump, and myself today have been extremely important, from all points of view, for several reasons. because they were based on mutual trust, because of the convergence and similarities they revealed
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in our values, in our priorities, and in our concerns and interests. because they focused on the highest levels of achievement in our corporation, and mutual support and partnership. because our two countries are global engines of growth. the bbc‘s brajesh upadhyay has been following events in washington. i spoke to him a short while ago, and started by asking him whether the sensitive issue of the h—ib visa had been discussed. we didn't hear a lot about that particular issue, but that was also very much on expected lines. when i was talking to the officials, they said that it will be brought
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up, but india also realises that there is bipartisan support in washington for reforms in the h—ib programme. and since they had decided it will be more of a ‘getting to know each other‘ sort of meeting, from their point of view, so far, it's gone down pretty well. so, when you say it has gone down pretty well, where do you think will both sides meet halfway, in terms of more indian workers getting to the united states and working in the key technology sector? from the white house officials, what we have heard is that right now the entire programme is under review by four government agencies. and where they're looking to plug in the loopholes which were being used to exploit this programme. indians, from what i've heard, after talking to them, they would be happy if it's just the loopholes that are targeted, and the entire
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programme not scrapped. initially we were hearing here that, yes, there could be plans. there were some people that were suggesting that, and particularly during the election days, that is the rhetoric you used to hear. if the loopholes are plugged, for now, indians can stay with that. let's look at the issue of climate change, the united states withdrawing from the paris climate agreement, and now you have two superpowers in asia, india and china, now aiming to lead the world into a more sustainable future. how do you think will the indian government and the american government be able to come to an agreement on this issue? again, i mean, in terms of what they're talking about, what white house officials are saying, that on a bilateral level, us is very happy to talk to india, in terms of sharing technology or transferring clean technology, and they said they have
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been doing that. the us is far ahead of other countries, and they could help india. what they had issues about, what president trump has been saying, that is not fair to the us and his supporters. so they were suffering because of this kind of accord. so far, during this meeting, we don't think that issue has come up, because it wasn't mentioned. but we'll be looking closely at the joint statement that comes after these meetings, in a couple of hours. our other top story: the us supreme court has agreed to allow parts of president trump's controversial travel ban to go into effect while it considers whether the policy should be upheld or struck down. the measure bans entry to travellers from six muslim—majority countries for 90 days, and suspends the us refugee programme for 120 days. 0ur north america editorjon sopel was at the supreme court in washington. it's not a total slam dunk, but it is a partial
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and yes, a significant victory. if you just cast your mind back, the courts had blocked the whole thing entirely. there was no ban in place. now, the ban is going to partially return, but as you say, with that line saying anybody with a personal identity in the us should be still allowed to come in. will it be an immigration officer at an airport customs area? so there are lots of questions about the implementation of this, that we don't know. but is it a better position than where donald trump was a few months ago? absolutely. the brazilian president has been charged with accepting bribes, following the release of an audio recording in which he appears to
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encourage the payment of hush money toa encourage the payment of hush money to a jailed politician. the president maintains he has done nothing wrong. the united nations mission in colombia says the farc rebels there have handed over all their weapons, completing the transfer of arms a day ahead of the revised schedule. all the arms have been boxed away, except for a handful which will be used for protection in the camps where the farc fighters are staying. the nobel peace prize winner liu xiaobo has been released from a chinese prison on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. the poet and human rights campaigner was jailed in 2009 on subversion charges. britain's conservatives have signed a deal with the democratic unionist party, from northern ireland, to support their minority administration and give them a slim majority for key votes, including legislation on leaving the european union. the deal with the dup will see an extra £1 billion spent on public services in northern ireland. and, back to the us, an additional 22 million people in the united states would be
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without medical insurance by 2026, under a republican plan to replace 0bamacare. that is according to the congressional budget office. it also says the proposal would cut the budget deficit by more than $300 billion through cuts in medicaid spending, which covers the poorest sections of the population. new zealand have won the america's cup, beating the holders, the united states, and avenging a bitter defeat four years ago. the kiwis claimed international sport's oldest trophy by 7—1 in bermuda's great sound, with 26—year—old peter burling becoming the youngest helmsman to win sailing's biggest prize. the fallout from the deadly blaze in london's grenfell tower high—rise continues. now, uk ministers say that 75 high—rise buildings in 26 local authority areas have failed fire safety tests.
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the company which makes the cladding that is thought to have been used on the tower has now withdrawn the product from worldwide sale. tom symonds reports. this is the fire door, leading to the fire exit. roger evans is staying put in his camden flat, despite the mass evacuation of his neighbours. but today, he was told this... yes, apparently all the doors need replacing. why? because, last week, camden council realised these towers were covered with aluminium panels capable of burning in a fire. with that in mind, the advice from fire safety experts was every door needs to be a fire door. what you think about the fact you are behind a door that is not a fire door? well, i'd never thought about it. i assumed everything was safe. it's a council property,
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it's meant to be maintained well. evidently, we've been living in a potential death trap. the communities secretary told the commons it was one of a number of safety issues with the blocks. most astonishingly there were hundreds, literally hundreds, of fire doors missing. the estimate by camden council itself is that they need at least 1,000 fire doors, because they were missing from those five blocks. the council leader has been in the job a month. and my understanding is, we're told, the council made a cost cut by removing the fire doors from the specification. i mean, you are new in thejob, but what does that make you think about the way this council is being run? following grenfell, we need to take a look, nationally, at our whole building regulations and fire safety measures. we have seen across the country people failing these tests. we acted swiftly in camden to get the information. right now, my priority is i've got residents who need somewhere to sleep tonight and i'm all out trying to make sure they're safe and secure.
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following that, i'm going to be asking those questions. i've got the same questions, and i will be on it. but i have to prioritise getting my residents back and safely into their blocks. camden is worst—affected, but around the country, councils are removing the aluminium panels from their towers and sending them for fire safety testing. the tests are happening, so far in secret, at this research centre. samples from 75 towers have been sent. every single one has failed. it may well be the case that we need to ta ke it may well be the case that we need to take account of changes in the industry. we are concerned that guidelines are not being applied strictly enough. the inquests into four more of the victims opens today. a corner, the police and a public enquiry will eventually consider why they died and what has gone
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wrong with fire safety. tom symons, bbc news. you are watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: we meet the scientists trying to find out what sleep deprivation does to our brains. also on the programme: mahatma gandhi's last days, caught on film. how french photographer henri cartier—bresson found himself at the centre of history. members of the of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a right to claim certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner." cheering and applause chapman, prison—pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon.
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he believes that, onjune 8th, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm rico hizon in singapore. i'm babita sharma in london. our top stories. president trump and the indian prime minister narendra modi have been holding their first meeting at the white house. mr trump has said the us relationship with india has never been stronger. the us supreme court has ruled that parts of donald trump's controversial travel ban can go ahead. the state department says it
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will keep travellers airlines informed of any changes. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. china daily‘s front page is dominated by president xijinping and his call for hong kong. as preparations are made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the territory's accession to china this week, xi has asked hong kong to embrace one country policy to enjoy the benefits of development. philippine daily inquirer reports on a prisoner exchange offer by maute militants — facing fierce government offensive in southern city of marawi. quoting a source, the paper says militant leader abdullah maute is willing to release a catholic priest held by the group in exchange for the freedom of his parents and relatives captured by the military.
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the japan times features a beautiful picture that speaks of relations between vatican and japan. japan's traditional ‘noh‘ theatre was performed in rome's magnificent ‘palazzo della cancelleria' to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the start of this diplomatic relation. we were talking earlier about the visit to washington by prime minister narendra modi, but we'd like to switch gears now to a series of photographs of one of india's other leaders, mahatma gandhi. french photographer henri cartier—bresson travelled to india in 1947 to capture a country in transition. he found so much more, as a new exhibit at the rubin museum in new york tells us. the bbc went to take a look. it is often said when you are
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talking about a photographer, oh, he was in the right place at the right place but it is a skill and talent to nowhere to be. he travelled to delhi in 1948 to meet and photograph gandhl delhi in 1948 to meet and photograph gandhi. they had a well—documented meeting where he showed mahatma gandhione meeting where he showed mahatma gandhi one of his photos including one of a hearse and he asked what is that and the photographer said what the function of a hearse is in western culture. mahatma gandhi replied death, death, death, death. the photo we are looking at shows gandhi's doctor drank to acquire the crying crowd. 0ne gandhi's doctor drank to acquire the crying crowd. one of the photographer's strength is
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photographing things at close range which is an emotional intensity. with his light and nimble canberra and his orientation, he was able to ta ke p hotos and his orientation, he was able to take photos of gandhi passing away and very unobtrusively in a way that was considered respectful and differential to the magnitude of the situation. henri cartier—bresson wa nted situation. henri cartier—bresson wanted his photos off, —— not cropped. you can actually see the frame around showing it is this the whole photo. he shows the exact moment of photo when of the elements line up. there is a goal walking through the frame who is facing in the exact same direction as the lions on the wall murals. there is another parallel to end the man
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sleeping and two dogs lying beneath the cart. a takeaway of this exhibition is how relevant many of these political events that henri cartier—bresson was a witness to and they are increasingly relevant in oui’ they are increasingly relevant in our work today. including the plight of room —— refugees, religious tensions, class tensions and tensions, class tensions and tensions between urban and rural. i wonder how it is possible he could have taken some of these images. the photographs of henri cartier—bresson at the rubin museum in new york. are you getting enough sleep? scientists in canada are launching what's set to become the world's largest study into the effects of sleep deprivation on the brain. they want hundreds of thousands of people world wide to do tests online, to see how much the amount of sleep we get affects our ability to function. here's our medical correspondent fergus walsh. we spend nearly a third of our lives asleep.
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it is vital for our physical and mental health. but we're getting less sleep than ever before. british neuroscientist adrian 0wen, based in ontario, canada, believes sleep deprivation may be having a serious effect on our brainpower. every day we make hundreds of decisions, we remember hundreds of things. we make difficult decisions like, should i buy a house and should i get married? but we also have to remember many simple things, like where i parked the car or what i intended to buy on the way home from work. all of these things can be affected by lack of sleep. you go to sleep for four hours, and then i am going to personally wake all of you up. he's begun a major study of the effects of lack of sleep on the brain. i joined volunteers at western university 0ntario, trying out his test, which anyone can sign up for online. designed to reveal how our brains are functioning — reasoning, memory, and decision—making.
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to demonstrate how tiredness may affect that, we stayed up until liam, and then had just four hours sleep. but all too soon... good morning, fergus. time to get up! we were about to repeat the brain tests we'd done the previous night. how are you feeling? err... i'm feeling... like i haven't had enough sleep. most of our scores went down compared to the night before. how did you do this morning? worse. this was the worst you ever did? this was the worst ever, yes. 0h, kisses for your sister, that's really nice. but sylvie, whose daughters wake her several times a night, improved her score. maybe i've just gotten used to functioning on very little sleep. i have to be on as soon as my kids wake up. as for me... i finished and i've done quite badly! i also did the tests while having my brain scanned. after a normal night's sleep,
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my brain was functioning well. the bright orange blobs are areas of increased activity. and this is the scan done after four hours‘ sleep. there‘s not much going on. it‘s pretty clear there is much less activity in these areas of the brain that we know are crucial for things like decision—making, problem—solving and memory. so, our 24—hour culture could be having a serious impact on society. this study should reveal how much sleep we need for our brains to be at their best. fergus walsh, bbc news, ontario, canada. i want to be part of the study. i have only had two hours sleep but i am budgeting 150%. how about you?
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about 10%. i‘m working it out to the post of us lacoste —— for the both of us. for you, post of us lacoste —— for the both of us. foryou, it post of us lacoste —— for the both of us. for you, it is 20 minutes past seven and for me it is 20 minutes past one. i don‘t know whether you get the benefit of getting up at silly o‘clock in the morning or i have the benefit of going to bed at silly o‘clock. morning or i have the benefit of going to bed at silly o'clockm works both ways. some of who knows how to sleep in the right place is this man. a die—hard rugby fan — who‘s currently following the british and irish lions during their tour of new zealand — has somehow managed to find himself couch—surfing behind enemy lines. alex edwards accepted a kind offer of a place to sleep in auckland from a women whom he thought was a complete stranger. but she turned out to be the mother of two of the all blacks‘ most famous faces. i asked alex all about it a little earlier. eventually, without realising, there was a man who started for the all blacks on the weekend, scoring two tries.
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what did you think, seriously, when he got that invitation to come inside the family home? were you thinking about your allegiance? i didn‘t know until i was already there with a cup of tea that they were the parents of the famous footballers. then the lads came in, shook my hand and they explained they were starting for auckland. what did you think? i thought they were pretty big lads. they were really cool guys, they were really laid back. they were really desperate to get stuck into the preparations for the game. they were really kind and down to earth and their parents were great host. i take it you took a lot of selfies and the like?
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actually, my phone was dead! but we will try later and see how we go. you only spent one night and you had to move off? no, two nights, the night before the game in the night after. we sat and rewatched the game, a bit of analysis about the boys playing. we had a good chat about it. what a great opportunity. you have been watching newsday. it‘s the 20th anniversary of. . harry potter. first published 20 years ago, by the then unknown author, jk rowling. that‘s all for now — stay with bbc world news. hello, good morning. june has been a funny old month. it didn‘t start off too clever
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and it‘s not going to end too brightly either. we had the hottest june day for 41 years. we have already seen temperatures this week at 25 on monday, but that is the peak of the temperature this week. the rest will be turning cooler, quite a bit of rain as well. quite a colourful scene here in the sunshine in scarborough and north yorkshire. that was ahead of this cloud, bringing rain to northern ireland, south—west scotland and into northern england. that rain is moving northwards and eastwards at the moment. quite a wet start to tuesday across the mainland of scotland. towards the northern isles and far north, perhaps somewhat dryer. quite a muggy feel, especially as it brightens up. quite a wet start to the day in northern england and the lake districts, rain affecting the north wales. many places are dry, a few showers and possibly the odd bit of lightning across the english channel. today, wet weather across
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the north petering out. not quite as wet in the afternoon across scotland. slow—moving showers developing across northern ireland and the chance of some summery showers developing towards the south—east of england. drifting away it north, combining with the rain. a cool feel in eastern scotland and north—east england. easterly breeze, 20 to the south. in the south, we will have to look at the rain really developing on tuesday evening and night. these areas of low pressure moving across the uk. this one dragging a weather front with some heavy rain across england and wales overnight. still quite a wet start on wednesday. rain continuing in northern england, rain pushing into northern england and southern ireland. to the south, maybe brightening up a touch. quite muggy air. 20 degrees in london, 13 likely for newcastle and aberdeen with the breeze off the north sea. that breeze will continue to blow some rain into central southern scotland and northern ireland, perhaps northern england.
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to the south, perhaps dryer, brighter and warmer, the chance of some heavy showers. low pressure remaining with us on thursday and friday, rain pushing south into england and wales. then we will get this northerly wind coming down across the uk. very unsettled through the week ahead, the rain could be heavy and may bring some localised flooding, and it will also be quite a bit cooler than it was on monday. i‘m babita sharma with bbc world news. our top story: the indian prime minister, narendra modi, and president trump have met for the first time at the white house. within the past hour, president trump has said the us relationship with india has never been stronger. mr modi stressed theirjoint co—operation on trade and the fight against terrorism. the us supreme court has ruled that parts of president trump‘s travel ban can go ahead. the new restrictions will affect
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travellers from six mainly—muslim nations with no family ties in the united states. and this video is trending on it is exactly 20 years since the first harry potter story was published. more than a50 million copies ofjk rowling‘s books have been sold around the world. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk: the dup has agreed to support theresa may‘s minority conservative government. under the deal, northern ireland will get an extra £1 billion
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