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this is the briefing, i'm sally bundock. our top story: a mass shooting in florida. three people are dead after a gunman opened fire during a video game tournament in jacksonville. the single suspect in this case is a white male. this is pending confirmation, but we believe the suspect to be 24—year—old david katz, from baltimore, maryland. chaos in court. the verdict in the trial of two journalists accused of obtaining secret state documents in myanmar is delayed. a warning that this year's extreme weather is leading to an increase in the price of food. kenya is one of africa's fastest—growing economies, and today its president is in washington to talk trade with donald trump. but does the us care about africa? also in business: we will be talking about the uk prime minister's trip to africa to forge new trade deals. a warm welcome to the programme,
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. also in the programme: research suggests food prices are set to rise by at least 5% in the coming months in the uk because of the extreme weather this year. so we are asking, are you concerned about this? are you a farmer trying to navigate the recent heatwave and challenging winter? get in touch. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. there has been a mass shooting at a video game tournament
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in the city of jacksonville in florida. the sheriff's office has confirmed three people are dead, one of them the gunman. 1a other people were injured. the gunman is believed to have been at the tournament, and has been named as 24—year—old david katz from baltimore. andrew plant has this story. this was a videogame tournament being streamed live online. young people gathered in a room inside a shopping centre, playing an american football game, when suddenly shots are fired. we just thought it was a balloon pop, the way it sounded. but then came the realisation, you know, that someone back there is shooting, so we that someone back there is shooting, so we basically got down and crawled out for our lives. screaming, just shooting, i heard gunshots, people just running, pushing each other, just running, pushing each other, just getting out of the landing.
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police used social media to warn people to stay away, and to hide if they were trapped inside. they later said they had found the suspected gunmen already dead. the single suspect in this case is a white male. this is pending confirmation, but we believe the suspect to be 24—year—old david katz, from baltimore, maryland, and the fbi is assisting us with that leg of the investigation, in baltimore. florida has seen several mass shooting in recent yea rs, has seen several mass shooting in recent years, including the pulse nightclub in 2016, where 49 people died. it is not clear what prompted this latest shooting. there is speculation that david katz had just lost the game in the tournament. police say investigations into the motive are ongoing. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: national funeral arrangements have been confirmed for the former us senatorjohn mccain, who died from a brain tumour on saturday.
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he will be lying in state at the us capitol in washington on friday. a memorial service will then take place next saturday, with a burial the following day. george w bush and barack 0bama are expected to speak at his memorial service. it is believed president trump will not be invited. dutch police hunting for the person who killed a schoolboy 20 years ago have said their prime suspect has been arrested in spain. 55—year—old jos brech was detained following a public appeal last week. he was identified as a suspect after the netherlands' biggest ever dna harvesting operation. although he did not provide a sample, some of his relatives did, and their dna was linked to evidence found on the victim's clothing. the authorities in peru say the number of venezuelans coming to the country has dropped considerably since they imposed
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new passport requirements two days ago. on sunday, more than 1,600 venezuela ns entered peru, less than half the previous daily average. thousands of people in moldova have been protesting against a court decision that annulled the results of the capital's mayoral election. they rallied in the capital, chisinau, in support of the pro—transparency candidate andrei nastase, who is a vocal critic of the ruling party. he received 52% of the votes in the mayoral contest, but the country's supreme court overturned his victory. the protest was organised by several pro—european political groups in moldova. here in britain, food prices are being tipped to rise as farmers and food producers feel the affects of this year's extreme weather conditons. the ‘beast from the east,‘ followed by the summer heatwave, have contributed to the wholesale price of some vegetables rising by up to 80% over the last six months, as our reporter katy austin explains.
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this year, extreme cold has been followed by exceptional heat, a nightmare scenario for many farmers. farming has endured the worst summer drought in living memory, so that has impacted on wheat yields, so many wheat areas in short supply in europe, and vegetables in particular having been impacted quite severely, and so they will be in short supply in the coming months. now, and economics research group say farmers because costs and the struggle to produce enough is pushing up wholesale vegetable prices and some dairy prices. for example, between march and july, the farm gate price of carrots went up 80%. there was a 20% rise in the cost of wheat for
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bread, and the price of onions went up bread, and the price of onions went up 41%. the research is say that has a knock—on effect, and with some other products here and in europe also set to get more expensive, a monthly £7 increase on shopping bills could be around the corner. a spokesperson for the department for environment, food and rural affairs told us it is not only the weather that affects food prices. it says it has taken steps to help affected farmers, and the high temperatures have helped things like fruit and wine. and we are asking for your views on this story. we saw food prices increased in recent months, and following the referendum on the membership of the european union, with the movement in pound sterling. we saw the impact on the prices of food in the uk in supermarkets. but
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what i want to know is in europe and further afield, are you seeing a similar effect as farmers across europe have really struggled with these extreme weather conditions? it must be affecting other countries as well. tell us what you are experiencing on this story. a court in myanmar has postponed its ruling on whether two journalists from the reuters news agency violated a state secrets law while reporting on the rohingya crisis. officials said the judge was unwell, and the verdict would be delivered next week. on tuesday, the united nations security council in new york will hold a discussion on the situation in myanmar. 0ur south—east asia correspondent jonathan head has been following this story from bangkok. what more can you tell us about this? 0nce what more can you tell us about this? once again, these two journalists are left, really, hanging. not knowing what the situation is for them. yes, of course they face potentially 1a
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yea rs course they face potentially 1a years in prison if they are convicted. the case that has been presented by the police to back up the charge of espionage has been widely viewed as very weak, and there has been very strong criticism of the myanmar government for even allowing this case the go—ahead. it is presumed the government is backing the prosecution and a journalist themselves have been languishing in prison now for nearly nine months. one of them became apparent for the first time while still in prison it of course has raised real anxiety about the way in which authorities will treat journalists. they are not the first journalists. they are not the first journalist to be prosecuted in the course of doing what many would regard as normaljournalistic work, but theirs is by far the most controversial case because they were on the point of finishing a devastating investigation with real details from inside rakhine state on a massacre of rohingya by the myanmar army. when they were arrested, and many people assume thatis arrested, and many people assume that is the reason they were
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prosecuted, there has been a great deal of pressure on the burmese leader to see whether she... to at least questioned the trial. she has refused and she has backed it is indeed she has backed the security forces in the way they acted in rakhine state, and that has only added to a veritable storm of international criticism which has not abated. 0ne international criticism which has not abated. one year after those attacks on the rohingya, in response to attacks by rohingya militants last year, and the diplomatic environment for aung san suu kyi is getting more difficult and will indeed get more tricky later today, as the un fact—finding commission on human rights which has been researching for more than a year is due to issue a report which could put another nail into the rather battered cough and of myanmar‘s international reputation. uk prime minister theresa may will fly to south africa on tuesday, before travelling to nigeria and kenya as part of a trade mission, her first trip to africa since becoming prime minister.
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joseph sternberg from the wall streetjournal joins me now. good morning, jozsef. nice to see you. she is headed to africa today, and we have got the prime minister of kenya in washington today. there are quitea of kenya in washington today. there are quite a lot of reasons why africa is in the news, and trade is the key reason for all of these trips, isn't it? right, and it is a positive sign about what has been happening in the african economy, the fact you have so many countries where there is a lot of economic activity. there is a lot of desire for investment in trade. i think this highlights that you have this political problem both in the uk and the us. how do you get the politics of trade to work out so that both
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sides can exploit these opportunities? it is almost like, from the point of view of the uk prime minister, theresa may, she is getting foundations in place for future trade talks once the uk does leave the european union. it has the freedom to do that. i think that she and various pro— racks at politicians are under an awful lot of pressure right now to show that they can deliver on some of these promises they made about britain's ability to negotiate trade deals with other countries. but i don't understand exactly how this can work until these negotiations with the eu are settled, because it is going to be very difficult from the perspective of an african partner to know what can britain actually offer until you understand what the legal framework with the eu is. at her message is that is open for business, that was the message she had four narendra modi when she went to india and various other places that she intends to intends to go to. that is her message. the question is who wants to do business
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with britain? that's right, and i think there are a lot of reasons why many of these countries would want to trade with britain. so i think thatis to trade with britain. so i think that is not the issue. i always get twitchy when you hear politicians saying my country is open for business, because that is an easy thing to say. i think the challenge is always how do you organise the policy and politics so you can make ita policy and politics so you can make it a reality? joseph, thank you for 110w. it a reality? joseph, thank you for now. joseph will be with us for our news briefing later on. stay with us on the briefing. still to come: rescue on the beach. what happened when two killer whales got stranded in argentina? he's the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky. an orange glowing disk that is brighter than anything
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save the moon — our neighbouring planet mars. there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. it'll take months and billions of dollars to repair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clock maker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. you are watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: there has been a shooting in florida. three people are dead, many more are injured, after a gunman opened fire during a video game tournament in the city of jacksonville. the verdict in the trial of two
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journalists accused of obtaining secret state documents in myanmar has been delayed. the us playwright, neil simon has died at the age of 91. simon wrote more than 30 plays, including comedy classics, come blow your horn and the odd couple. he was the first playwright to have a broadway theatre named after him, and won the pulitzer prize for drama in 1991 for lost in yonkers. jenny kumah looks back at his life. i think i always liked the play most, because that's the origin of it, that's the beginning. robert redford once called him the most successful playwright since shakespeare. neil simon was certainly prolific, averaging at least one play per year for much of his career, and penning material so popular his name became synonymous with broadway success. born in the bronx in 1927, he endured, he said,
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an unhappy childhood, storing up tragically comic situations that would later define much of his work. those close to him remember feeling like their personal lives were suddenly being made into international hits. he was writing about me, and about everybody i grew up with. it was as if we had our own playwright, who was telling our story. when he wrote brighton beach memoirs, we all grew up right near brighton beach. every scene was familiar. when he wrote the odd couple, it was our friends. so he was writing about us, and it was as if we lived in london, and shakespeare somehow had gotten into our neighbourhood and figured out what was making us tick. so it was so personal, and he had the ability to write to everybody. if we didn't have walter and jack to do it, i wouldn't do it. 1965 saw the odd couple debut, earning simon a tony award for best
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playwright, and turned into a hit hollywood film three years later starring some tinseltown‘s biggest names, walter matthau and jack lemmon. his work included musicals, too, including sweet charity and they're playing our song. stars have taken to the internet to pay tribute to him, elaine paige saying: and actorjosh gad saying: neil simon penned more than 30 plays, and almost as many film screenplays, and received more oscar and tony award nominations than any other writer, during a career lasting more than 60 years. a tribute to neil simon, who has
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died at the age of 91. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm chetan pathak and this is your monday sport breifing. coming up how sebastian vettel moved past alain prost to move third outright in the list of formula one grand prix winners. and we show you the old game of chess, but how you've never seen it before. the final grand slam of the tennis calendar begins in new york on monday with rafa nadal beginning the defence of his us open title with a tricky tie against compatriot david ferrer. meanwhile, serena williams is favourite to to win a seventh crown at flushing meadows. she's seeded 17th as she
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continues her comeback from having her daughter and will play magda linette of poland first. to be the favourite almost a year after having a baby is quite interesting. you know, i don't know my drawer but i feel like if i want to be the best i am going to have to start beating these people anyway. it promises to be a fascinating night in the premier league as manchester united host tottenham. united are under fire after losing to brighton last time out. spurs need to end a horrible record at old trafford. they've lost 21 times in the premier league there, and the last four without even scoring. in the last four years we played there, we lose for different
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reasons, playing well in some games, not so well. but the feeling is it isa not so well. but the feeling is it is a massive challenge for us, it is a massive challenge for us on monday to go to manchester united. i am sure they are favourite to win the. sebastian vettel has moved past alain prost to third in the list of formula one grand prix winners, after victory in the belgian grand prix took him to 52 wins overall. he managed to avoid the chaos at the first corner that took out fernando alonso, nico hulkenberg and charles leclerc, who all thankfully walked away unscathed. vettel sailed past hamilton on the opening lap to take the lead and he never looked back as he moved within 17 points of the top of the driver's championship. chelsea maintained their 100% start to the premier league season with a late 2—1win over newcastle united. delight for new boss maurizio sarri, as eden hazard's penalty and a deandre yedlin own goal three minutes from time was enough to make it 3 wins out of 3.
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bryson dechambeau cruised to a four—stroke victory at the northern trust in the first round of the fedex cup playoffs in newjersey on sunday. after seeing his lead shrink to two shots with a bogey at the ninth, dechambeau responded like this with consecutive birdies on the back nine en route to a closing 69 and 18—under for the tournament. the win moves the californian past world number one dustin johnson in the fedex cup standings. it's the old game of chess, but i'm guessing that you haven't quite seen it like this before. the world dive chess championships took place in london over the weekend. diving chess is like normal chess but, you've guessed it, played under water in a swimming pool with a submerged chessboard. each player can only think as long as they're able to hold their breath. once you've made a move and come up for air, your opponent has to dive and can't come back up until they've played a move.
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and so on. you can get all the latest sports news at our website, that's but from me and the rest of the sport team, goodbye. two killer whales have been rescued after becoming stranded on separate beaches in argentina. both animals had been swept ashore close to the capital buenos aires. dozens of people volunteered to help, and it took several hours to get them back into the sea. the bbc‘s tim allman has the story. as soon as it became clear the whales were stranded, the rescue operations began. the first taking place at the mar del plata, or silver sea beach. local volunteers, marine wildlife experts, and members of the argentinian navy all taking part. persistence, a couple of long straps
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and sheer brute force was enough to pull the animal off the beach. not so far away, and it was a similar story, although this time, they needed a little mechanical help. killer whales or orcas, can on average weigh more than 8,500kg, so moving one is no easy task. once the whale had been lifted into deeper water, it was then a case of push, push, push. so when the animal managed to swim away the elation was clear. translation: we saw each time it was becoming more complicated, but we were very determined to get this done, of getting the mback into the sea. i don't have words to explain what i'm feeling, it's a dream, a dream come true. this is incredible. small boats monitor their departure,
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making sure they were healthy and heading in the right direction. 0rcas will no doubt get stranded again in the future, but there will be always be people ready to coem to the rescue. tim allman, bbc news. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. in the coming hours, iran will go to the international court ofjustice to challenge sanctions imposed by the us after donald trump quit the nuclear deal. later in bogota, officials from colombia, ecuador and peru will meet to seek a solution to the growing exodus of venezuelan migrants. and also today, it's the first day of the us open, the final grand slam of 2018, kicking off, of course, at flushing meadows. stay with me on bbc news. i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments. we have mentioned that the story we
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are looking at today in terms of discussion is the fact that in the uk it is predicted that fit prices will be going up by 5% because of the extreme weather we have this year. the very hot summer and then the extremely cold winter where we had snap snowstorms on different occasions. we want to know, argued in pact by this? are you concerned about this? the fact that meat, vegeta bles about this? the fact that meat, vegetables and fruit is expected to climb in terms of prices. to get in touch. —— to. we have all the stories coming up in a moment. we will be live to nairobi for trade talks. —— do. hello there, good morning. some
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deserted us yesterday. there will be some sunshine around for a start. a few showers here and there but i think it is said to be warmer than it was yesterday. still got atlantic wind heading our way, showers coming in on wind heading our way, showers coming inona wind heading our way, showers coming in on a fairly moist westerly airflow behind that and a thicker cloud yesterday. we had about two inches of rain in south wales but here it might be dry. a few showers coming in on that westerly wind. the showers to tend to pick a into the weekend but many southern and eastern areas it will be dry. 19 degrees, considerably warmer than yesterday in scotland and also for eastern england. though 20 saw the south—east. the cloud that is around
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will tend to break up over the evening and overnight it will be dry and largely clear. a band of rain approaching the far north—west, slow progress, a dry night, and temperatures down to eight or nine degrees. a bit of early—morning mist and fog across southern counties of england. the cloud builds a little bit, spreads and it will fade later in the afternoon but that only really touches the north—west of scotla nd really touches the north—west of scotland and northern ireland, otherwise a dry and warm day, pushing up into eastern scotland, the mid— 20s in the south—east. a little difficult as we head into wednesday, that band of rain moves towards england and wales but we could see some wet weather coming up from the near continent. that threatens east anglia and the south—east are probably the worst of it will be outjust south—east are probably the worst of it will be out just across south—east are probably the worst of it will be outjust across the water. some rain possible for a while and that with a front taking some increasingly patchy rain into england and wales, behind that is more sunshine. slightly cooler and
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fresher feel and still some sunshine likely. the rain that does develop their moves away as high pressure tends to build in across the uk to thursday. is cut to calm things down. cooler overnight first thing in the morning but thursday looks like a nice day. a fair bit of sunshine around, hardly any wind at all. temperatures probably up to around 17 in the central, low 20s in the south—east. those numbers are near normalfor the south—east. those numbers are near normal for the the south—east. those numbers are near normalfor the time the south—east. those numbers are near normal for the time of year. this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. kenya is one of africa's fastest growing economies and today its president is in washington to talk trade with donald trump. but does the us care about africa? and steel is at the centre of the global trade disputes. we take the pulse on the world's largest producer to get the european perspective on the trade wars. and on the markets. that's the close in the us on friday
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and as you can see, in asia, there are all headed higher. —— they are all.
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