good morning, welcome to breakfast with rogerjohnson and babita sharma. our headlines today: john mccain, considered to be one of the most influential american politicians of his time, has died at the age of 81. tributes have been paid from across the political divide. former president barack obama said he was an american hero. the pope says there will be consequences for those who covered up abuse, as he meets victims during his historic visit to ireland. i got the strong impression that no one will be exempted from just penalties. in sport, liverpool make it three wins from three in the premier league, thanks to their magician mo salah. the weather is not looking particularly cheerful today. a lot of grey skies out there. but tomorrow there is some sunshine on the way. good morning.
it's sunday the 26th of august. our top story — john mccain, the vietnam war hero turned us senator and presidential candidate, has died. he was 81 and had only announced he'd stopped treatment for an aggressive brain tumour on friday. tributes were paid as soon as the news of his death was announced. our correspondent in washington, chris buckler, looks back at his life. john mccain was a politician of principle. a patriot who believed in his country, and fought for it at tremendous cost to himself. as a young navy pilot, he was shot down over hanoi, interrogated and tortured. his captors saw a potential propaganda coup, when his father became the commander of us forces in vietnam and offered him release. butjohn mccain refused, despite the many beatings he had suffered. on his return, he was hailed as a war hero and entered politics. and would eventually spend
35 years representing republicans inside congress. but he was fiercely independent and often spoke out against the party, notably challenging the influence of big money on american politics. the party establishment will not finish me off anywhere. why is that? because i will break the iron triangle in washington of money, lobbying and legislation and they know would that would be very, very disruptive financially to a lot of people's lives. he may have challenged washington, but he was respected here too. and in 2008, he was selected as a republican presidential candidate. but his campaign was not without mistakes and he was criticised as choosing sarah palin as his running mate. ultimately, he was to lose to history in the form of barack obama. i wish the outcome had been different, my friends, the road was a difficult one from the outset. but your support and friendship never wavered.
in the divisive and aggressive world of american politics, there was always respect shown between president obama and john mccain. but donald trump didn't always show mccain such courtesy. he's not a war hero. he is a war hero because he was captured. i like people that weren't captured, 0k? i hate to tell you. he was a war hero because he was captured! his influence was still obvious in the twilight of his career. after brain surgery, he walked into the senate and stopped donald trump's attempts to get rid of the obamacare health reforms. with a grand gesture, he turned his thumb down. john mccain was a fighter till the end. he lived longer than expected after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. his family said it was with his usual strength of will that he chose to stop receiving medical treatment, but he was a man who never gave up hope in politics, or in his own personal battles. i'm going home for a while
to treat my illness. i have every intention of returning here and giving many of you cause to regret all the nice things you said about me. and i hope to impress on you again that it is an honour to serve the american people in your company. thank you, fellow senators, mr president. applause. john mccain's daughter, meghan mccain, paid tribute to her father in a statement posted on twitter. she said: overnight, president trump also paid tribute to the senator on twitter. he says: and finally barack obama also wrote
of the late senator, who he ran against in the 2008 presidential election. he says: many tributes being paid tojohn mccain this power, we will have more on that and a closer look to american politics. on his first official visit to ireland, pope francis has met eight survivors of clerical and institutional abuse by the roman catholic church. earlier he expressed his shame at the failure of the church to deal with crimes
committed by its members. this afternoon in dublin, he'll say a mass for an expected congregation of half—a—million people, as richard main reports. the arrival of pope francis in ireland comes at a time of crisis for the catholic church. despite a string of high profile abuse scandals, there was a celebratory atmosphere as thousands lined the streets of dublin to greet the pontiff. and last night, a distinctly irish display at the festival of them was at croke park, as 65 thousand people gathered to hear the pope speak about the importance of family and restrain social media can place on relationships. away from the bright lights, pope francis has come face—to—face with the trauma that the churches scandals have left behind. he spent 90 minutes of yesterday evening meeting with eight survivors of clerical abuse, above
the track amongst them was patrick of health last, who said he had a clear view of the issues facing ireland. he was addressing a terrible reality and described it as self and as his predecessor pope benedict said in the year 2005, talked about the filth in the church, the pope used an even more graphic way of describing it and it was language that was very clear. later today. —— later today, the pope will travel to the west, before returning to dublin where he will deliver mass to half a million people. wherever he goes, his words and actions are sure to be scrutinised intensely as he balances meeting the faithful while acknowledging the churches previous wrongdoing. we will talk about the pope's visit later through the course of this morning. directors who dissolve companies to avoid paying workers' wages or pensions could face heavy fines or be banned from running firms, under government proposals.
ministers are planning changes in the wake of what they describe as "recent large—scale business failures", which left suppliers out of pocket and sizeable black holes in pension pots. migrants trapped on a lifeboat in sicily have been allowed to disembark, bringing a six—day stand—off between the italian government and other european states to an end. the country's interior minister, matteo salvini, had refused to allow the migrants off until a decision about where they would go was reached. mr salvini is under investigation for his role in the stand—off, after sicilian prosecutors opened an inquiry into illegal confinement and abuse of power. hundreds of venezuelans have been allowed into peru, just hours after the country said that anyone crossing the border would need a passport. peru had been trying to stem the flow of people coming into the country as they fled the economic crisis in venezuela, but the foreign minister has now said that no one will be denied entry. and there was a lighthearted moment during the pope's appearance
in dublin last night. many of us will have asked ourselves what would we say or do when meeting someone famous. well, if you're 12 year old alison nevin the answer is you ask him for a selfie! and he loved it as well. the crowd just loved it. the crowd at croke park cheered as pope francis posed for the picture which is sure to be shared around the world when it eventually makes its way to social media. i know that the news networks in america have picked up on it. allison will have fame like she has never known it before, that is to shore. that —— that is for sure. more on our top story this morning. us senator and former presidential candidate john mccain has died aged 81.
we can now talk live to andrew desiderio. he's a congressional reporter at the daily beast and last interviewed senator mccain in december. welcome to the programme. not only in december, but you interviewed him and number of times. what was your assessment of the measure of who john mccain was? well, he was really a giant of the united states senate and beyond that he was rarely someone and beyond that he was rarely someone who and beyond that he was rarely someone who everyone and beyond that he was rarely someone who everyone in america really respected, regardless of their beliefs, regardless of their political affiliation. on a personal level, he was always someone who respected the press, respect the role journalists play and those who capital —— to cover capital hill every day. it was always a joy to speak to him and he wasn't afraid to tell you if he thought the question you were asking was a dumb one, let's put it that way. he was really
an authority on these issues related to national security, defence and the military here in the united states. we will talk about his political career in a moment, but of course you interviewed him in december of last year and he was gravely ill and we understood that he had had treatment in arizona, what was he like at the time and what was he like at the time and what did you both talk about? he was pretty wea k, what did you both talk about? he was pretty weak, he was frail, it in a wheelchair at the time. he had in confined to a walking frame and then eventually a wheelchair. i spoke to him about the upcoming spending bill andi him about the upcoming spending bill and i asked him what what sort of priorities he wanted to see in it. he mentioned that he was really upset for the lack of funding for certain military programmes, especially some who, that we saw, led to the crashes in the pacific ocean with us navy ships. there was a lot of passion in his voice even
though it was weak and he was still pretty frail and was being wheeled into the elevator by a staff member. as he was still talking he said, "wait, wait, wait", and he wanted to a nswer "wait, wait, wait", and he wanted to answer the questions i had, and he went into a ten that went into the policies relating to the tragedies in the pacific ocean with the soldiers who died in those accidents. just a few wait —— a few weeks ago, the bill was signed into law and members of congress actually mean “— law and members of congress actually mean —— named itjohn s mccain priorities act and it became those exact priorities act and it became those exa ct cro ke priorities act and it became those exact croke is that he wanted to see when i spoke to him in december, especially related to those tragedies that occurred in the pacific ocean. despite his ailing condition, he became an increasingly
vocal critic about donald trump, what did that say to you about the leader of the republican party? obviously ever since donald trump came onto the scene —— when —— when donald trump come on to the scene, he did like and. donald ——john mccain didn't address is criticism had on but said he may not be happy with the way the president was conducting himself both during the campaign and while he was president. even the last eight months or so while he has been gone from washington and at home in arizona, while receiving treatment, he was still commenting very extensively on things that happened around the world, including the president's summit which kim jong—un world, including the president's summit which kimjong—un in singapore, how he conducted himself there and again how the president
conducted himself in helsinki alongside the russian president, in which he said among other things that he trusted vladimir putin ovaries intelligence agencies when it came to russian election meddling, john mccain throughout his career was a hawk on russia and made it very known throughout its decades of service. despite the ill will between donald trump and senator mccain, they both really capped taking jabs at each other until the very end he. much has been said about how he was able to take a bigger picture look at american politics, rise above the democrats and the republicans in terms of allegiances. by establishing strong relationships with president obama and many in the democrat party, you think there are other politicians now when we look at the state of play today that are able to perhaps emulate whatjohn mccain has done for the us? i don't think the void he leaves
behind can be filled but certainly a lot of lawmakers, a bunch that come to mind immediately, who have tried to mind immediately, who have tried to emulate whatjohn mccain represented, the consummate bipartisanship that he exhibited. he was really a dealmaker on capital hill. he was a statesman. he conducted himself that way. and he commanded respect and admiration from his colleagues on both sides of the aisle, even people who disagreed the aisle, even people who disagreed the most effectively with him on theseissues the most effectively with him on these issues related to national security and defence and the military, which he held so did himself. sorry, ithink military, which he held so did himself. sorry, i think there are certainly going to be folks on capitol hill right now but will try to fill the void but at least for a very long time there will not be anotherjohn mccain. andrew, thank you so much for sharing your insights and memories with us. we appreciate it. you're watching breakfast from bbc news. the headlines today: john mccain, the vietnam war hero turned senator and presidential candidate, has died aged 81. pope francis has said he is ashamed
of the catholic church's failure to adequately address the crimes of sexual abuse by clergy. here's thomasz with a look at this morning's weather. good morning, isuspect good morning, i suspect the grey clouds may be a symbol of what is to come. good morning. good morning. hello to you at home. that's right, these clouds paint a picture of what is heading our way. it isn't looking cheerful. there is quite a bit of rain heading ourway cheerful. there is quite a bit of rain heading our way and some strong winds as well. if you live in the east of the country, i would get out there and do whatever you need to do if you want to avoid the rain because this cloud off the atlantic is piling in and with it, strong
winds developing across western areas of the uk and this low pressure, with its weatherfront, will park itself right on top of the uk through the course of today. let's see what is happening this morning. the east of the country is staying dry for a time, so make the most of your morning. it quickly across the west, wind and rain will sweep right across the uk. the good news newsletter on this afternoon, the weather may actually improve across western areas so belfast, possibly around merseyside and wales and going to calwell and devon, plymouth, could get sunshine later but the blue of the colour, the deeper the blue, the heavier the rains are clearly some of us are in for a good few hours of rain. —— cornwall. the rain then clears, there will be a breeze in the air, temperatures probably dipping to 15 in london and ten in aberdeen so not particularly cold this coming night. bank holiday monday in england and
wales, the low pressure over us todayis wales, the low pressure over us today is out in the north sea and another one is heading our way but we are in between the weather systems that there is a window of better weather on the way for monday. so monday is actually looking at lot better. today is a washout the some of us at tomorrow isa washout the some of us at tomorrow is a lot more cheerful with some sunshine, from perhaps but at his feet. temperatures will recover, feeling a lot warmer tomorrow, 22 in london, the high teens in glasgow and edinburgh and belfast. monday night into tuesday we start to see warmth heading our way from the southern climes, just reaching southern climes, just reaching southern and central areas of the uk southern and central areas of the uk so choose to actually isn't looking bad. what we are beautiful morning, hardly any cloud in the sky. it is a weather front approaching and some of us eventually on tuesday will get some rain here in the north—west are the least temperatures could hit the mid 20s across the south—east of the country. topsy—turvy in the coming
days but today is not great. tomorrow will be fine. it looks pretty grim for today. thank you. nice tight, by the way. it is very colourful! —— tie. we'll bring you the headlines at 6:30. time now for the film review with jane hill and mark kermode. hello and a very warm welcome to the film review on bbc news, and the good news is mark kermode is back from his summer holidays. nice to see you. nice to see you, it feels like it's been ages. it does, it really does actually. what have you chosen this week? so the children act, which is a new film starring emma thompson, we have this week. also, very different, alpha, the new movie by albert hughes. and black kkklansman, the spike lee film. and the children act... yes.
i'm very interested to hear what you say because i've read the novel... 0k. and i like it. so, so? and, you know, adapted from the novel by ian mcewan... yes. ..in the screenplay. so emma thompson is a high court judge, whose work is engulfing her life. she is involved in matters of life and death, very, very complicated cases — one of which is about a boy who's 17 years old, who's refusing a blood transfusion on religious grounds. but he is still technically a child, there is an argument about whether or not he's being forced into this position by his parents. she has also to deal with cases of conjoined twins and, you know, these are weighty philosophical issues. when she comes home, she brings the work home with her, and her husband, played by stanley tucci, is starting to feel shut out of their marriage. here's a clip. i'll make reservations for dinner, as i've had an awful day myself. and, um, we'll go drink some wine and... and i can get some opera tickets for saturday night. no, i'm due tojudge all weekend. you can't switch it?
mm—mm, two judgements for monday. hmm. what? 0h, nothing, it's just like last weekend and the 50 weekends before that. that's how it is. yes! yes. um, look, i don't know how to say this, um, but here it is. ithink... i think i want to have an affair. yeah. now, i... stanley tucci is terrific. yeah, he is. i'm a big fan of his. he is. the way he says "yes" is really, really well done. i have to say that the performances are terrific. i mean, emma thompson, i'm a huge fan of anyway, and she's really great in this role. it's hard to think of many other people who could carry this role.
what then happens is that as part of this case of having to rule about the 17—year—old boy who doesn't want the blood transfusion, she makes the strange decision to go to the hospital to see him, which is unusual. and that encounter with him sparks something with him, if you're aware of things like enduring love, you'll be aware of those ideas of a very short encounter coming to mean something much more. what the film is really about is about the way in which her marriage is sort of falling apart and somewhere else in her life, something else — and all these things are colliding. what i like about the film is that, you know, it's notjudgemental about the characters. i think it is a very good portrayal of people being shut out of their marriage by work. i also think that it deals, you know, in a very sort of sensible way with some very complex issues. however, i think the performances are better than the film itself. i think there are moments, there's one moment — a lot of emma thompson's performance is very restrained, you know, she telegraphs a lot with very little, but there are also moments in which she has kind of like an emotional breakdown,
which reminded me oddly enough of that brilliant scene in love actually, in which she goes off in the bedroom and cries. oh, superb, yes. however, there are other things about the film which also reminded me of love actually, and not in a good way. there are certain moments in which the drama, i think, is melodramatic, cheesy, doesn't work, and isn't particularly sort of well structured. so i think what it is is really well played and i'd certainly recommend seeing it for those performances alone. i think there are some problems with the writing and the direction can feel a little bit staid. and i'm wondering how filmic it is, because as i was reading the novel, i thought "oh, you could see this, dare i say, as a television drama." you know, ifelt that, in a good way, as i was reading it, i felt... that is a really interesting point because there are definitely moments watching the film in which televisual is the sense that you get from it. i know actually, nowadays of course, television is as cinematic as cinema itself... that's true, yes... ..but there are moments in it which you think, "this isn't coming to life as a film, but that's —
that is balanced by the fact the performances are so good." yeah. i mean even from just watching that clip, i could tell you were enjoying it, and you can see how well those relationships... and i have not seen the pre—screening because i was told that would end in divorce because we both have to go and see it... 0k. so this is why i haven't seen it, so we're still going. it's definitely worth seeing, i just have reservations about the writing and directing, but no reservations at all about the performances. all right, ok, well, it's on the list for the bank holiday weekend. alpha, your second choice. so this is an odd one. it's the new film by albert hughes, one half of the hughes brothers, who back in the ‘90s made dead presidents, which is one of the great overlooked movies of the ‘90s, a real masterpiece. set 20,000 years ago, a young man, played by kodi smit—mcphee, goes on a hunting trip. he hasn't yet learnt to kill, and he is lost and left for dead. he's attacked by a pack of wolves. he wounds one of the wolves and then befriends it, and then it becomes a story of a boy and his dog on a quest to get back home. there are some remarkable things about it, certainly in terms
of the visuals. there's very, very little dialogue, what dialogue there is is subtitled, but it's really a bit of visual storytelling, and visually, it is very arresting. there are moments in it in which it kind of — it wanders a little bit off the beaten track and it becomes slightly almost hallucinatory, which i rather like and i do think that albert hughes is a very talented director. however, it has to be said, this has been sitting around for, i think, it's about a year. it was originally meant to be released about a year ago. there was some controversy as well about animal rights on the set and so, it has had a sort of strange route to the screen. i think there are things in it that are — that are very impressive. and as i said, as its heart, it is the story of a boy and his dog on a quest, and that happens to be a story that i'm a sucker for. well, i am too, as you know... yeah. ..so i may well enjoy that one. and goodness, well, it's the new spike lee. the new spike lee, tell us all. well, he's back in full force. this is based on the stranger—than—fiction story of ron stallworth.
john david washington is stallworth, who in the 19705 becomes — he joins the formerly all—white colorado springs police force and he decides to infiltrate the ku klux klan, and he — initially he gets an advert from the press with the phone number, and he rings up and says "i'm a white supremacist and i want tojoin the klan", and they believe him, and he starts working his way right up the chain, right up to david duke, grand wizard. but when it comes to actual face—to—face meetings, of course, they have to get somebody else to play ron, so what they do is they pull in his partner, flip, played by adam driver, who isjewish, and they say "ok, well, i'll do the voice on the phone, you do it in person". but they have very different, initially very different, attitudes to the case. here's a clip. well, i'm not risking my life to prevent some rednecks from lighting a couple of sticks on fire. this is the job. what's your problem? that's my problem. for you, it's a crusade. for me, it's a job. it's not personal, nor should it be. why haven't you bought into this? why should i?
because you're jewish, brother. the so—called chosen people. you've been passing for a wasp. white anglo—saxon protestant, cherry pie, hot dog, white boy. that's what some light—skinned black folks do — they pass for white. i thought this was really good. firstly, it's a film of balancing acts. the central balancing act is between humour and horror, and it's no surprise to discover that it's produced byjordan peele, he made get out, which of course was a horror film that was submitted to one of the awards as a comedy, and then jordan peel said, actually, "it's a documentary". —— to one of the awards as a comedy, and thenjordan peele said, actually, "it's a documentary". and of course there is documentary in this, it takes an historical story and brings it right up to date with, you know, shocking footage of charlottesville, and it's very, very contemporary — i mean, the issue of neo—nazis and extreme right—wingers is still very, very contemporary. but this could be a deeply serious film throughout. that is what you would expect, given the subject. and what he manages to do, because they say at the beginning
it's based on some for—real, for—real stuff, meaning you could hardly believe that some of this happened — and it does play fast and loose with the truth. it takes the story and fictionalises it. but what it does is, in much the same way as get out, it balances those two elements, and the balancing act, i to have to say, is brilliantly done. i mean, i think this is spike lee's best film since four little girls because it's very hard to get that balance right. there were moments in the screening that i saw in which people were belly laughing, and there were moments in which people were hiding their faces and recoiling because you are dealing with some really, really, you know, profoundly disturbing stuff. and it's an angry film, it's a film which, although it's set in the past, in the 19705, feels urgently contemporary. i love the look of it, i love the fact that it actually looks like a film made in the 19705. spike lee has cited things like serpico and french connection and dog day afternoon as kind of visual cues for it, and the performances are really great. adam driver, john david washington in the centre of it, john david washington is brilliant, i mean, carrying this drama. and again, he's also the centre of balancing the humour and the horror. i thought it was really remarkable and i think you'll like it. ok, i certainly did like what you've
chosen as best out. yeah, i'm sorry... oh, my goodness! i'm back, you see? you're back to mamma mia, you can't give it up. but i sobbed, i sobbed. i do, and my love, my life... oh, i know. that's gone. what makes it so brilliant is if it didn't have that emotional sucker punch, it wouldn't be half the film that it is. it's not just that you smile and all the rest of it, it's that when you weep, you weep buckets. i thought it was — i thought it was really good. it does what a film's meant to do — is it reaches in and it grabs you by the heartstrings. it was, dare i say, so much better than i expected. yeah. and that's a plaudit in itself. i know! no, absolutely, and believe me, i went in thinking "this can't, this isn't gonna work, i mean there's no way that the godfather 2 structure can work with mamma mia" and you come out saying, i just want to go see it again and again and again. you do. a very quick thought about dvd? yeah, so in the fade, which is a hamburg—set revenge thriller. diane kruger won a best actress award at cannes a year ago now and i think it's really worth it
for her performance. it's about her husband gets murdered, neo—nazis are implicated, the law fails her and she takes the law into their own hands. her performance is brilliant. the film, actually rather like children act, has some flaws, but she carries it shoulder high and it is worth seeing for her performance. all right. mark, lovely to have you back. thank you very much indeed. see you soon. thank you. and all our previous programs are on the iplayer, of course. thanks for being with us. bye— bye. hello, this is breakfast with rogerjohnson and babita sharma. good morning. here's a summary of today's main stories from bbc news. the us senator and former republican presidential candidate, john mccain,
has died at the age of 81. vietnam's war hero turned politician only announced on friday that he was ending his treatment for a brain tumour. he ran against iraq obama in the 2008 presidential election and was a fierce critic of president from. on his first official visit to ireland, pope francis has eight survivors of clerical and institutional abuse by the roman catholic church. earlier, he expressed the shame at the failure of the church to deal with crimes committed by its members. this afternoon in dublin he will say mass foran afternoon in dublin he will say mass for an expected congregation of half a million people after visiting the knock shrine in co may. we will talk about the pope's visit later through the course or pensions could face heavy fines or be banned from running firms, under government proposals.
ministers are planning changes in the wake of what they describe as "recent large—scale business failures", which left suppliers out of pocket and sizeable black holes in pension pots. migrants trapped on a lifeboat in sicily have been allowed to disembark, bringing a six—day stand—off between the italian government and other european states to an end. they were caught in a bitter exchange between italy and the eu about where the refugees should go. ederson manning angler is due be sworn in as president this year. it will be held in the capital, expected to be boycotted by the opposition parti. the movement for democratic change, it has of the election was rigged. let's head to france now, and a festival dedicated to people who share a trait with just 2% of the world's population. for the first time ever, the country has seen a celebration of people with ginger hair. why if the first time ever? —— for
the first time at a. —— for the first time ever. i don't know. over a thousand people enjoyed ‘red love' festival, which organisers hope will fight discrimination. it is just after it isjust after 6.30. it is just after 6.30. here with the sport this morning. manchester city slip up. it is early days, three games in. it is early days, but in many years gone by liverpool fans might have said this is our year, but i think the feeling this time around... they will be saying the same thing but there is genuine belief behind it. this start of the season almost isn't eyebrow raising, because they were good team in the champions league last season. that 100% start to the season has seen them at the top of the table. liverpool top of the pl, 3 wins from 3 at the start of the new premier league season.
manchester city were held yesterday. confidence builds they could win a first league title since 1990. a long way to go though, but there's positive feeling at anfield, helped by their 1—0 win over brighton. james burford rounds up saturday's action. is this to be liverpool's year? it has been more than six months since they last considered here in the premier league and on such platforms, a title challenge is built. as he so often does, enfield's egyptian king did his. mohamed salah1—0. it might not have torn his way in the world cup, but life at liverpool couldn't be better. i have never heard somebody gives you some before being first on the match day. the important thing is is that we have nine points after three matches, that is really calls at the back as the basis. liverpool's game was city's lost a. the reigning premier league
championship —— champions up against bulls, but it wasn't without controversy. the arf in one? amrit laporte striking his first for the clu b to laporte striking his first for the club to rescue the point. arsenal's new manager has his first win, west ham his new mark selby danny welbeck sealed the 3—1victory over a team yet to game a single point. bournemouth are developing something ofa bournemouth are developing something of a south coast steeliness. everton went 2— is up thanks to theo walcott and michael but quickly sought their lead evaporate. josh king pulled one back before nathan ake ensured they hold on to a top in the top four. we all know harry maguire can score headers, now it seems he has a knack from range two to back. this his 92nd minute winner at southampton. this season may of course still be young, but it seems the pool will be worthy challengers in the race for
the premier league title. —— liver. —— liverpool. in the scottish premiership hearts are top after winning their third match out of three. they beat kilmarnock1—0. they're now four points clear of both hibernian and aberdeen, who drew 1—1 at easter road. on—loan watford defender tommie hoban put aberdeen ahead on the stroke of half time. jamie maclaren scored a late equaliser for hibs. elsewhere, stjohnstone beat dundee and livingston won at st mirren. manchester united women were beaten 2—0 by reading women in theirfirst home match following their 13—year absence from the game. gemma davision finished the scoring in the fawsl cup group stage match, in front of a record crowd for the competition of nearly 5,000 fans. since 1896, rugby league's challenge cup has been won only by english teams. not any more. catalans dragons, based in perpignan, have become the first non—english team to lift the famous trophy. they beat warrington by 20 points to 1a in a thrilling and tense final at wembley to pull off one of the biggest surprises in challenge cup final history, they become the first french side to lift the coveted trophy. we nearly blew it. but i said
earlier these people have made such a huge effort to get us here at and iamjust a huge effort to get us here at and i am just pleased for them, please for our owners and yeah, more than a moment. lewis hamilton will start today's belgian grand prix from pole after coming out on top of a wet end to qualifying at spa. during a chaotic final session, hamilton struggled at first but pulled it together to claim the top spot on the grid ahead of his championship rival sebastian vettel in the ferrari, who hamilton had thought would go fastest. force india surprised everyone taking both spots on the second row just days after the team were rescued from going out of business. one of the toughest qualifying sessions that i can remember. it seems to get harder and harder all
year long. but definitely, i don't know if they definitely had it, we we re very know if they definitely had it, we were very close. we were split between half a 10th. i was hopeful that i could make that difference, but i knew it would be very close, very quick on the straits. but then the rain came and none of us have been driving this week in the rain, i cannot express to you how difficult it was. the weather looks set to play a big part in today's action at the british motogp, with a potential wet race lying in wait for the riders and fans! britain's cal crutchlow will be aiming to go one better than his second place finish in 2016. he'll start today's race from 11th on the grid. spain'sjorge lorenzo is on pole. the race has been brought forward by 90 minutes to try to avoid the worst of the showers. great britain won three gold medals on the penultimate day of competition at the european para athletics championships in berlin. it was a british one—two in the t34 800 metres with hannah cockroft taking gold, and taking revenge for kare adenegan beating her in the 100 metres on wednesday. cockroftjust held on to add to her paralympic and world titles in the event, but she still wasn't too happy about it! you know what, i thought i would be
more satisfied than it was. another season slowest, we seem to be doing that, but which is the eye candy here. you know what, my coach said here. you know what, my coach said here everybody remembers medals, no one remembers times. when you come here that is at your think about. sophie hahn breezed to the gold medal in the t38100 metres winning it in a championship record time. hahn, who is also the paralympic champion has now won the sprint double in berlin after winning the 200 metres on thursday. britain's olivia breen took the bronze. and what a moment for 18 year—old thomas young who produced a personal best to take gold in the t38 200 meters, in what is his first major championship. you can see just what it means to him! elsewhere, great britain's women had to settle for silver at the wheelchair basketball world championships. they lost 56—40 to the netherlands.
the british men play theirfinal against the usa later today. worcestershire rapids have secured their place in the semi finals of crickets t20 blast. they've beaten gloucestershire by 5 wickets at new road. worcestershire managed to restrict gloucestershire to 137, with brett d'oliveira taking four wickets. the hosts reached their target with 8 balls to spare with callum ferguson making a half century for the home side. and that is the sport for now. the t20 is always an exciting day, finals day. i don't know if the weather will hold up like thomas promises. will they stop? be due later, thank you very much. —— speak
to you later. more on this morning's top story. republican senator and former presidential candidate john mccain has died aged 81. politicians both republican and democrat have been paying tribute to senator mccain this morning. steve herman is the white house bureau chief for broadcaster the voice of america. he joins us from washington now. thank you forjoining us. you are the white house bureau chief, 21 words from the current president of the white house. that is correct. all we have heard from president trump was a terse two sensors on twitter. we ask the white house whether there would be an elaboration, what we got via the press secretary sarah sanders was a message pointing us to that tweet by the president. so that is all we have had so far, although the flag atop the white house has now been
lowered to half staff in memory of john mccain. there wasn't a lot of love lost between president trump and senator mccain, i understand that senator left explicit extractions that the president wasn't to pretend the funeral, even though you would use will be given by former president obama and former president bush. absolutely. we expect the former vice president mike pence will be the senior administration official to be at the funeral and thatjohn mccain's body will receive a full dress funeral service at washington national cathedral. he will lie in the capital as well as it the capital of his home state of arizona. you are right, there was definitely quite a bit of animosity between the senator and going back to 2016 when donald
trump ranfor and going back to 2016 when donald trump ran for president and john mccain was very blunt, he said that donald trump neither had the temperament nor the judgement to be president of the united states and it was downhill from there. give us a sense of other attributes that have been paid, from right across the political spectrum some names in american politics have stepped forward this morning. we have heard from all of the former presidents, giving very lengthy tributes to him. i think one of the more remarkable comment terries with have heard is from the leader of the democrats in the united states senate, chuck schumer. —— common terries. he is now proposing to rename the oldest building for the senate officers afterjohn mccain. —— common terries. —— commentaries. afterjohn mccain. —— common terries. -- commentaries. he was a
man who had a very rich life, he was remembered for being held prisoner in the bingham warforfive remembered for being held prisoner in the bingham war for five years. —— vietnam's war. in the bingham war for five years. -- vietnam's war. it is amazing that he lived beyond the vietnam's war, during training as an aviator he had crashed his plane twice and was shot down over hanoi, fell into a lake over the city, was held three years asa over the city, was held three years as a prisoner of war and severely tortured. only when the north vietnamese found out that he was the son of a us navy admiral did he get even basic medical treatment. after that experience, he was never even able to came his hair again, he couldn't raise his hands over his head and that is when he decided he would never be an admiral like his father and grandfather and eventually decided to go into politics, which worked out very well for him, ran for president couple of
times and was considered one of the leading voices in the senate for the united and its military and he was interested. i would interview him a number of different countries and he was always going around trying to talk to people on the ground and you would have to say that he really turned out to be a statement. steve, we are grateful for your time. turned out to be a statement. steve, we are gratefulfor your time. —— statesman. steve herrmann, the white house bureau chief for voice of america. much more to come on the life of john mccain on bbc breakfast. here's thomasz with a look at this morning's weather. it isn't looking very good, is it? no. it is looking grey out there already across western parts of the uk. rain is starting to sweeping and the winds are strengthening sofa some of us, we are talking about a good few hours of heavy rain and possibly much of the day being damp
at the very least. look at all of the cloud across the uk. this is the low pressure swinging the end of the lendich, pretty much engulfing most of the uk now. at least the cloud — that wet weather hasn't reached everybody yet. it is across the western half of the british isles so if you are in the east, and he want to make the most of any dry weather this morning, not necessarily sunny, do it over the next few hours it the rain will march in and the winds will be strengthening on the south coast and west of the coasts and it will turn when the inland as well but notice that the rain breaks up at the time we get to the afternoon across western areas are perhaps in pembrokeshire, northern ireland, south—western parts of scotland, some sunshine will be on the way late this afternoon but some of us will hang onto that cloud right into the evening. overnight, the rain pulls out into the north—east of the skies clear, still a breeze out there but not particularly cold, 15
i think overnight in the south—east in london, 13 maybe for most of us, 10 degrees in the north. once the front 10 degrees in the north. once the fro nt m oves 10 degrees in the north. once the front moves out of the way, it is in the north sea, we are in between weather systems which means the weather systems which means the weather tomorrow on bank holiday monday is not looking too bad. various some sunshine on the way, some showers, so not guaranteeing a com pletely some showers, so not guaranteeing a completely dry day but some showers may be in the north—west but generally speaking i think the weather is looking fine. it is going to be quite a bit warmer, the winds will be lighter, the temperatures higher, over many of us i think bank holiday monday is a winner. not a bank holiday in scotland and northern ireland but the weather is looking decent enough too. monday night into tuesday the warmer air comes in from the south, you can see that orange there in front is the warmerair that orange there in front is the warmer air moving north and temperatures are set to rise a little bit on tuesday with high as possibly getting around to 23 or 2a
degrees celsius whereas in the north—west on tuesday we have another weather front moving in. changeable over the next few days but today will probably be the not so good day. after that, a couple of good days on the way. thank you, thomasz. see you later. we'll have the headlines for you at 8:00. time now for the travel show. mauritius, a force of nature in the middle of the indian ocean. mauritius is marking the 50th year of independence from british colonial rule, but the intriguing, rich and sometimes dark story of this island nation goes back way before then. on myjourney, i'm going to explore the history of mauritius. see and taste how multiculturalism works here. mmmm, that is nice. this island is so often labelled
as just a luxury beach paradise, but the reality is so much more fascinating than that. mauritius — gorgeous beaches, turquoise waters and lush vegetation, but the human story is just as awe—inspiring. le morne mountain on the south—west of the island faces in the direction of madagascar and stands 555 metres high. it's also at a 45—degree incline. no walk in the park. for the likes of me, this is a challenging climb, i've got to say. in fact, i think for anybody it's challenging.
near the top, ijoin a guide who's done this climb up to three times a day every day pretty well for 13 years. you can feel it's all, like, volcanic. this is volcanic rock? it's probably from the first eruption 10 million years ago. 10 million? and actually, it's very good for climbing. yeah, there's lots of good grip. le morne marks a dark but symbolic chapter in the island's history — the days of slavery under dutch, french and british rule. this is where many escaped slaves, called the maroons, found refuge. they could have a look towards madagascar and for them, their... that's home. ..that was home, that was the sight and they expected one day maybe
to build, like, a craft and go back home and just to escape from this prison. horrible. it's a world away up here from the beach resorts that populate the rest of the island, but actually this trek is almost a pilgrimage to get to the very heart of mauritian identity. there's a particularly poignant tale told about the maroons in what should have been their moment of celebration. when slavery was abolished here in 1835, soldiers climbed the mountain to tell the maroons they were free, but the escaped slaves thought they were being recaptured and instead chose to jump off the mountain. why do you think this is so important to the identity of people from mauritius? because, i guess, it's a unique story.
it's part of our story here in mauritius and it's one of the only places we know of that somehow the slaves resisted to their masters and for us, it's almost like a venerated mountain, a sacred mountain, not only for the descendants of slaves but for mauritians as well. after slavery was abolished, the british brought in hundreds of thousands of so—called indentured labourers from india and china in what was known as the great experiment. today, port louis is the country's capital with its colonial legacy and contemporary diversity everywhere to be seen. i'm about to get a personalised unique tour of what this city
and mauritius offers in terms of its diverse food and other wares as well. hi, how do you do, nice to meet you. nice to meet you. so this is a food place here? yes. but you'd never know to look at it, it's pretty low—key. yes, but it's pretty famous as well. he's making some deep—fried cakes — mauritians are fond of deep—fried cakes, you can deep—fry almost everything. he has this batter that he made, it's with chickpea flour, some herbs and salt. mauritius may seem isolated in the middle of the indian ocean, but it was actually nicely placed on the spice route which linked asia, africa and europe. now he's adding all the herbs
you need for the chilli bites. chillis — are they strong chillis? coriander, spring onions. there's a clear inference from gujarati traders whose forefathers came over from india in the 19th century but there's a distinctive mauritian accent to the food, too. itjust hit me! now, this is a multi—ethnic, multicultural, multilingual, multi—religion country. so hinduism is the majority religion but you've also got christianity, islam, chinese religions, buddhism, it's all here. where are we?
we're in a small market that is made up of street vendors. all these people, they used to be selling everything from clothes, to food to electronic gadgets on the street, but that was illegal, so the state gave them some spaces. bonjour. ca va? so this is arthur, he used to be on a street corner in chinatown selling dumplings with his father. so now he's here. chinese—mauritian? yeah. this is the long fish? yes, the long fish. that is nice, that is really good. how many will years have you worked here? for myself, after schooling, near to 50 years. 50 yea rs! the sheer diversity of food is one benefit of the cultural hotpot in mauritius.
another is language — french, english and creole is all spoken here. and then, there's music. sega is a rhythm and genre indigenous to this island. and this lady is known as the voice of the indian ocean. the distinctive drum is called the ravanne, a home—grown instrument. and in this 50th anniversary year of independence, it seems the people of this island have plenty to celebrate. during my time here, i've seen a strong sense of nationhood amongst mauritians, and also realisation that precious wildlife must be protected. this is a relatively prosperous country, breaking free from its complicated and sometimes
shameful colonial past. and what's exciting is that right now, its unique cultural identity is still evolving and making it so much more thanjust a high—end holiday hotspot. good morning, welcome to breakfast with rogerjohnson and babita sharma. our headlines today: john mccain, considered to be one of the most influential american politicians of his time, has died at the age of 81. his death has led to tributes from across the political divide. former president barack obama said he was an american hero. the pope says there will be consequences for those who covered up abuse, as he meets victims during his historic visit to ireland. i got the strong impression that no one will be exempted from just penalties. in sport, mo salah sparkles once again to fire liverpool to three