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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: president trump's former personal lawyer, michael cohen, pleads guilty to breaking campaign finance rules. in court, under oath, he says he committed the crimes at the direction of "the candidate" . and another dark cloud for the president — his former campaign manager, paul manafort, is found guilty of tax and bank fraud, over his work for foreign governments. aung san suu kyi defends her government's handling of the rohingya crisis — and blames bangladesh forfailing to send back refugees. 18 windrush migrants who may have been wrongfully removed from the uk are to receive an official government apology. an astonishing day, in a presidency
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full of astonishments. donald trump's former personal lawyer michael cohen has pleaded guilty to breaking election campaign finance law — and testified in court that the candidate directed him to commit the crimes, with the principal purpose of influencing an election. mr trump has previously denied any knowledge of payments to women alleging they had affairs with him. in a new york court, under oath, michael cohen effectively said the president is lying. and all this as the man who chaired the 2016 trump campaign, paul manafort, was found guilty of tax and bank fraud. here's deputy us attorney robert khuzami, lead prosecutor in the case against michael cohen. these are very serious charges, and reflect a pattern of lies and dishonesty over an extended period of time. they are significant in their own right. they are particularly significant
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when done by a lawyer — a lawyer who, through training and tradition, understands what it means to be a lawyer, to engage in honest and fair dealing, and adherence to the law. mr cohen disregarded that training, disregarded that tradition, and decided that he was above the law, and for that he is going to pay a very, very serious price. as all that was unfolding in new york, a jury in virginia found one of mr trump's key strategists in the 2016 campaign, paul manafort, guilty on 8 charges of tax and bank fraud. no verdict was reached on 10 other charges. none of them relate to the time he was working for donald trump. he was forced to resign, months before the election, because of questions about his links to foreign governments. the president was asked about him, tonight. i must tell you that paul manafort‘s a good man. he was with ronald reagan. he was with a lot of different people over the years, and i feel very sad about that.
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it doesn't involve me, but i still feel it's a very sad thing that happened. this has nothing to do with russian collusion. this started as russian collusion, this has absolutely nothing to do — this is a witch—hunt, and it's a disgrace. 0ur north america correspondent chris bucklerjoins us live from washington. even for this presidency, this is pretty wow. an extraordinary day from an anything but ordinary president. when you think is facing questions, and two men who are now facing substantial jail sentences. they both have very different influences. if you look first at the case, he is right in saying that this all happened well before paul manford became donald trump's
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campaign manager but it still goes to questions ofjudgement. —— paul manafort. someone who made tens of millions of dollars from russian oligarchs and pro—russian parties in ukraine and paul manford has been found guilty of these series of bank and tax fraud charges. still, mr trump seems to want to defend his former campaign manager, saying specifically, that is a good person, is someone he feels has been treated badly and unfairly and at one stage during his trial, he felt paul —— paul manafort was being treated worse than al capone. part of that is dismissing the whole idea. it is anything more than what he continues to say and that is a witch—hunt. those charges are not connected to that. the other charges that michael
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cullen has pleaded guilty to, tried to influence the election and that president trump was involved in that. it's very squarely suggesting, president trump will try to break campaignfinance president trump will try to break campaign finance laws. to give them a better shot at the presidency.“ these payments were a crime for michael cullen, why won't they are crime for donald trump? fundamentally, that is the question that donald trump is to face. he's been given a rally tonight in west virginia. he avoided those questions, he didn't talk about michael cullen or about paul ma nafort michael cullen or about paul manafort but he did make mention of the allegations that have surrounded the allegations that have surrounded the whole question of this
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investigation. what he describes as the fake news media. there is much talk of impeachment, there is much talk of impeachment, there is much talk of impeachment, there is much talk of pardons, all kinds of things. that is a pressure on them to talk, isn't it? and the pressure will remain on paul manafort in particular. he faces another trial on separate charges here in washington next month and again, that has been bought by the special counsel, robert mueller and he has been trying to put pressure on paul ma nafort to been trying to put pressure on paul manafort to do what is often called flipping, incorporating with the special counsel as part of a plea
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deal. that would be important because paul manafort was one of the members of the trump team and was involved in the meeting. that of course is part of these questions. the special counsel, robert mueller, is interested in that meeting in which the president's own son, donald trump junior, was which the president's own son, donald trumpjunior, was also a member of the team he met a group of russians. but it is clear from up to this point, he has no intention of cooperating to the special counsel and there have been suggestions that perhaps the president might believe it will be appropriate to pardon him. there is no intention of him
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cooperating either. the charges have been bought in new york and they are separate from the special counsel investigation but i imagine robert mueller is a man who would quite happily talk to michael cullen if he got the chance but at this stage, there is no indication of him cooperating either. eric ham is a us political analyst, and biographer of the republican party, based in washington. eric ham is a us political analyst, and biographer of the republican party, based in washington. he says the republian party is unlikely to cooperate with moves to force the president out — ahead of november's mid—term elections. they want is to move full steam ahead and want this to be a blue wave that will possibly reshape the congress and if you have bob
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mueller, sending a report. who is in charge of the probe. the report says the president did in fact do something which is illegal. to decide on those impeachment proceedings. that will take place after the mid—term elections. that is something that the president is trying to avoid. the other word of course that is going around. despite the fact that the special prosecutor in most of his team are appointed by republicans, he talked about pardons. what are the chances of that. spent sending to state
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jurisdictions. paul manford, paul ma nafort jurisdictions. paul manford, paul manafort found guilty, primarily as it related to his own personal dealings, and the second trial that will look at paul manna fought as a foreign agent. it was detrimental to the president because it focuses more directly on the issue of russia. and more importantly, as a foreign agent. this is actually going to get worse. it can reshape elections for the president. if this
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issue of impeachment which is covering this administration. facebook says it has disrupted a series of misinformation campaigns originating from iran and russia — removing more than 600 pages and numerous accounts. twitter says it also suspended nearly 300 accounts. earlier, microsoft said it had thwarted attempts by russian hackers to launch cyber—attacks against us conservative groups. the british government has given the clearest indication yet that all european union citizens currently living in the uk will be allowed to stay even if no brexit deal is reached with the eu. the brexit secretary dominic raab said it was "inconceivable" that they would be "turfed out". a powerful earthquake has struck the northern coast of venezuela. tremors were felt in many areas of the country, including the capital, caracas.
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us seismologists said it had a magnitude of seven. mosques in australia have used islam's holiest festival, eid al—adha, to offer rain prayers for drought—hit farmers. muslims in four states have taken part in the mass event, as the worst dry spell in living memory intensifies in eastern australia. the de—facto leader of myanmar, aung san suu kyi, has defended her government's handling of the crisis in rakhine state, nearly a year after a violent military operation against rohingya militants killed thousands, and drove three quarters of a million refugees into neighbouring bangladesh. speaking on an official visit to singapore, she blamed bangladesh forfailing to send the refugees back to myanmar. 0ur south east asia correspondent, jonathan head has more. this was a setpiece speech by aung san suu kyi in a country where she was guaranteed a sympathetic audience. singapore is one of myanmar‘s largest investors and trading partners. much of it dwelt on the troubled history of myanmar‘s political development, but she did talk about her government's efforts to deal with the rakhine crisis, paying
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tribute to the contribution of former un secretary general kofi annan, who died last week. however, ms suu kyi made no mention of the allegations of massive human rights abuses by the burmese military against the rohingya population, blaming what she called terrorism for the crisis, which she said still posed a threat. the danger of terrorist activities, which was the initial cause of events leading to the humanitarian crisis in rakhine, remains real and present today. unless the security challenge is addressed, the risk of intercommunal violence will remain. it is a threat that could have grave consequences not just for myanmar but also for other countries, in our region and beyond. she also blamed bangladesh for failing to send back the rohingya refugees. her government was ready to receive them, she said,
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it was up to bangladesh to decide when they should come back. the two countries have signed a repatriation agreement, but this stipulates that the refugees must return voluntarily. most refugees say they do not feel safe enough to go back. this can be decided only by our two countries working together. the returnees have to be sent back by bangladesh, and we can only welcome them at the border. that is part of our agreement. access to rakhine state for international organisations is still very limited, and the military has refused to acknowledge that its troops committed atrocities in what the un has described as a campaign of ethnic cleansing. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a decade in the making zero three young golden eagles are released at a secret location in scotland. washington, the world's
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most political city, is today assessing the political health of the world's most powerful man. indeed, i did have a relationship with miss lewinsky that was not appropriate. in fact, it was wrong. in south africa, 97 people have been killed today, in one of the worst days of violence between rival black groups. over the last ten days, 500 have died. chanting: czechoslovakia must be free! russia is observing a national day of mourning for the 118 submariners who died on board the kursk. we're all with them now, within our hearts. the pope has celebrated mass before a congregation of more than 2.5 million people, in his hometown of krakow. "stay with us, stay with us," chanted this ocean of humanity. "well, well," joked the pope, "so you want me to desert rome?" this is bbc news. the latest headlines:
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president trump's former lawyer, michael cohen, has pleaded guilty in a manhattan court to violating campaign finance laws. in a separate case, donald trump's former campaign chief, paul manafort, has been found guilty of eight criminal charges, including bank and tax fraud. it's the first trial stemming from the inquiry into alleged russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. the british home secretary, sajid javid, has apologised to 18 members of the so—called windrush generation, after a review found that they may have been wrongfully removed from the uk or detained. the phrase refers to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who moved to the uk from the caribbean and other commonwealth states between 19118 and 1971, but were never given proper documents.
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almost 12,000 cases have now been re—examined. chi chi izundu reports. they were invited to come and help rebuild britain after the second world war. but questions over proper documentation proving their indefinite right to remain have left thousands with problems accessing things like healthcare, getting a job, or even remaining in the country. but today, the home secretary offered a formal apology to 18 people. the home office found they were unable to demonstrate their continuous residence, which led to them being removed or detained. in a statement, sajid javid said... but, for some, sorry is just not good enough. it questions the value and the validity of an apology. what is the value and merit
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of an apology when, in actual fact, you've got thousands of people up and down the country in britain, british citizens of caribbean heritage, who have not been given any compensation? the government have refused to even consider interim payments. the treatment of the windrush generation caused furious backlash against the government since it was highlighted earlier this year. but today, some have welcomed this symbolic first step. i think when you're issuing personal apologies, that you have to bear in mind that that carries some weight in terms of accepting liability, so it is progress. the home office also confirmed that the 18 will be put in contact with a special taskforce set up in response to the crisis, but for the thousands waiting, like glenda, life is still on hold. we're still going through difficulty, it's like we said before. in the beginning, we were allowed to work, if we were allowed to get in touch with the benefits what we paid into, taxes what we paid into, then
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perhaps, you know, it — we would have felt, you know, some kind of way to say yeah, 0k, thank you very much. but we're still going through difficulties. president trump's been holding a rally in west virginia as he steps up his support for republican candidates in the mid—term elections. it's a chance for him to connect with his base ahead of november's elections. 0ur correspondent nick bryant travelled to the state of tennessee to test the pulse of evangelical voters, who backed mr trump in large numbers in 2016. it wasn't just the post—industrial landscape of the rustbelt that provided lush, political terrain for donald trump, but the southern bible belt as well. congregations such as the thousand hills cowboy church in central tennessee. white evangelicals, who in the presidential election, gave the new york millionaire a higher level of support
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than ronald reagan or george w bush. we like somebody who just says what is on their mind, speak whatever you want to say and be as plainspoken as you can. yeah, i don't agree with some of the words that he uses, but he's doing more than any other president's ever done in the past. you think he's truly one of the great presidents? i truly do. i think he's gonna be. his behaviour, a lot of people think, is not very christian. well, as christians we all fail, that's why we need jesus christ in our lives. many white evangelicals feel besieged and isolated in what they fear is becoming an increasingly godless america. many also feel sneered at by east and west coast elites, a grievance shared by donald trump. there's a mutual sense of victimhood that the president has exploited. 0n policy too.
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pastor adams says that trump's support for gun rights and his zero tolerance approach to immigration resonates in these churches too. it's a very tough situation to jail, you know, mommas and daddies, and babies are left here. it's a tough situation. but you don't blame donald trump? i don't blame donald trump, i blame mommas and daddies that chose to come to this country illegally. evangelicals have become more right—wing over the past 50 years, partly because the gospel of prosperity has been preached in so many megachurches across the country. the former property tycoon is a beneficiary of that trend. the evangelical movement has always liked a showman, charismatic speakers with star power on tv. but it isn'tjust what donald trump is, it's what he isn't — a democrat pushing a socially liberal agenda. i like trump, him being not scared
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to speak what he thinks. it's what he sees as the moral wreckage of america that concernsjunkyard owner, david. it's important to maintain a majority in the supreme court and for social conservatives, a former social playboy is delivering just that. even the people in tennessee have got to have a person in the white house that may be a womaniser, versus a person in the white house that opposes gay marriages. the issue of gay marriage is that important here? if i was to pick one of the two, i think everyone would pick the womaniser. white evangelicals used to be the biggest demographic that thought private life would affect political life. it now shows they're the demographic least likely to become that. they've become more forgiving since the advent of donald trump.
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following ten years of planning, a small group of golden eagles has been released at a secret location in scotland. there are fewer than five breeding pairs in the south of scotland, none in england or wales. lorna gordon has been given exclusive access, ahead of the eagles taking flight for the first time. they are a sight more familiar to the moors and the mountains of the highlands and islands. but this young golden eagle is about to be released into the wild much further south. the raptor is hooded to keep him calm. he's one of three birds moved to a new home in a part of scotland where less than a handful of pairs remain. —— breeding pairs. this is a male, he's really healthy. he's got a nice bit of meat on his sternum. and he's ready, ready to go, do you think? he's definitely ready to go. before that, they're measured. 124.
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examined to ensure they're healthy. then fitted with one of these, a satellite transmitter to track them once they take to the skies. the birds have been handled just twice — once when they were taken under licence from their nests in the highlands and then just now, when they're being checked over and tagged before being released. scotland's golden eagle population has faced challenges, from changing land use to persecution, but those behind this project are confident they'll get a warm welcome here. young golden eagles are heavily persecuted. i mean a third of them have been killed, either through shooting or poisoning. down here, in the south of scotland, we've been able to reassure ourselves that persecution is not an issue, it'sjust a small, fragmented population, which needs this helping hand from us. filmed on remote cameras, when the time comes to spread their wings, the birds hesitate. that's not, though, unexpected. then those first, short flights harried by buzzards above the heather. so this'll be their first time
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out of the aviaries. they may fly a few metres, they may fly a hundred metres up the valley. we've chosen a spot where there's lots of different sites that they can rest and perch, rocks for them to sit on and things like that. so hopefully they'll fly out into the valley, find somewhere to settle and then just in their own time, get up into the skies and start to explore. their range could reach from the rolling hills of southern scotland to the lake district or wales. the hope is, they may eventually return to sites last populated by golden eagles more than 100 years ago. lorna gordon, bbc news, in the moffat gills. to the everyday. match for you on all the news at any time on the bbc website. —— much more. hello.
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well, in the last few days it's been pretty warm across the uk, with temperatures in the high 20s across the south. we've got another fine day on the way on wednesday across central and southern areas of the uk. we'll probably see scenes like this from tuesday, lovely weather there around the docklands in london. but there is change on the way. this weather front will cool things off over the next few days, but initially, the cooler air will be reaching scotland and northern ireland. but ahead of it, we still have warm air coming in all the way from the azores, from the subtropics here, so that's why it's so warm outside. in fact, temperatures overnight around the mid—teens across much of the country. now, the weather front will be moving across the uk through the early hours of wednesday morning. it's already been wet across scotland, parts of northern ireland too have seen quite a bit of rain, and that's just about moving into south—western scotland now. but to the south of that, it's dry.
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where the skies clear, there might be a little bit of a chill in the air, 13 degrees for norwich. but generally, where we have the cloud, it's around 15, 16,17 degrees. so this is very warm, very humid air over us first thing this morning. here is the weather front. this is a cold front, or a cool front, you can call it in the summer. behind it, coolerair comes in, much fresher air, so scotland and northern ireland in the afternoon will be quite a bit cooler. you can see those yellow colours here indicating those lower temperatures from the north atlantic, mostly around the teens — 17 in belfast, only 1a in stornoway, but to the south, we've got temperatures in the high teens. and then this central bit here, around northern england and wales, that's where the weather front‘s moving through, so the chance of catching, i think, some rain during the course of wednesday. now, wednesday into thursday, these weather fronts, in fact a succession of them, start moving through the uk. and then, behind it, and the forecast has been the same for the last few days, we have this much fresher air coming off the north atlantic, almost from iceland, so that cooler air starts invading the uk on thursday. 0ne weather front moves through the south—east earlier in the day, so possibly some rain.
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again, more weatherfronts or showers moving into scotland and northern ireland, and also a bit of a breeze. these are winds in miles per hour. you can double these, so winds gusting perhaps to 30 mph there off western scotland, but cool already on thursday. you can see temperatures in the low 20s in the south, in the mid—teens for belfast, glasgow and for edinburgh. how about the next few days? well, it looks like the temperatures might pick up a little bit, but not an awful lot, and cardiff may be up to 19 by monday, possibly 21 in london by monday, but it will be quite changeable. bye— bye. this is bbc news.
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the headlines: donald trump is facing a huge test of his presidency after his former lawyer admitted breaking election finance rules. michael cohen says he did so at the direction of the candidate. he admits paying hush money to two women who claim to have had sex with the president. and in a separate court case in virginia, a jury found president trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, guilty of eight charges he faced relating to tax and bank fraud. now on bbc news, panorama.
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carl campbell — shot in west bromwich with a all smith & wesson russian revolver. derek myers — killed in birmingham with a all revolver. kenichi phillips — died after being fired at with a .38 revolver. every one of these handguns was brought into the country totally legally because they were classified as antiques. these types of weapon can and do kill. there is no restriction. the fact that it is a gun is neither here nor there. tonight, we reveal a loophole in the uk's gun laws causing death on our streets.


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