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this is bbc news, the headlines: a 2—year investigation by the us special counsel into alleged collusion between president trump's election campaign and russia is now complete. key findings are expected to stay under wraps for a few days — welcome to bbc news — butjustice department sources say broadcasting to viewers that robert mueller‘s report does in north america and around the globe. not recommend further indictments. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: finally finished — the special counsel's report into alleged collusion between president trump's election campaign and russia has been submitted to the department of justice. australia is, for the first time since 2015, experiencing two tropical cyclones at the same time. cyclones trevor and veronica are causing high winds and have forced more than three thousand there are reportedly no people in the northern territory new indictments but the content to leave their homes. many remote indingeous communities is under wraps — how much will be are particularly affected. made public in the coming days? here in britain, prime two cyclones threaten australia's indigenous communities — thousands of families are forced minister theresa may says from their homes in remote parts of the northern territory. another twist on the road to brexit. theresa may tells mps the planned third vote on her withdrawal deal may not happen. the first glimpse of sperm whales hunting in the darkest depths of the ocean.
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the moment many have been waiting for — after almost two years, the special counsel's investigation into alleged collusion between russia and president donald trump's 2016 campaign has finally come to an end. robert mueller has delivered his report to the us attorney general — but we don't yet know what's in it. attorney general william barr says he hopes to make key findings available. us media are saying there will be no further indictments recommended by mr mueller. here's nick bryant on how the process unfolded and what happens next. robert mueller is one of the most talked about men in washington. but ever since this former fbi director was appointed a special counsel almost two years ago, he has not made a single public comment about his
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high—sta kes investigation. donald j trump! he has been looking into whether or not there was collusion between the trump campaign and the kremlin during the 2016 presidential race. did donald trump know the russians had hacked the democratic national committee and given e—mails to wikilea ks to release? russia, if you're listening, i hope you're able to find the 30,000 e—mails that are missing. i think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press. what happened at a meeting at trump tower injune 2016 between key campaign officials, including donald trump junior, and russians with links to the kremlin? did the president fire the fbi director, james comey, in an attempt to obstructjustice? the president has repeatedly claimed that it's all a part of a witch hunt. the witch hunt, as i call it, it should have never taken place.
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the entire thing has been a witch hunt. it's a witch hunt, that's all it is. there's already been a string of convictions stemming from the mueller investigation. paul manafort, his one—time campaign chairman, has been found guilty of financial crimes, but not collusion. michael flynn, the president's former national security adviser, pleaded guilty of lying to the fbi about his contacts with russia and has cooperated with the special counsel. long—time adviser roger stone, has been accused of lying to congress about his efforts to get in touch with wikileaks during the 2016 campaign and michael cohen, donald trump's former lawyer has made a plea deal with the special counsel and turned on his former boss. he is a racist, he is a con man, and he is a cheat. as well as other members of the trump campaign team, robert mueller has charged about two dozen russian nationals, including 12 intelligence officers accused of hacking the hillary clinton campaign.
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prosecutors in washington, virginia, and here in new york, are pursuing cases that will outlive his investigation. raise your right hand, please. now the new attorney general, william barr, has been handed the mueller accords, it is up to him to decide what will be made public. i am in favour of much transparency as there can be, consistent with the rules and the law. the president of the united states! the burning question, will it accuse donald trump of collusion and criminality? earlier i spoke to our north american correspeondent david willis in los angeles, and began by asking him when we might start to get some detail of the reports findings. the attorney general, william barr, is, presumably, burning the midnight oil in washington, dc at the justice department as we speak.
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he is reviewing this report, which is said to be very comprehensive, on the part of the special counsel robert mueller. in deciding what, basically, to impart about its details to senior lawmakers over the weekend. he wrote to the heads of the senate and house judiciary committees, saying he hoped over the next couple of days to at least give them the bullet points and thereafter will be sitting down with the man who wrote this report, robert mueller, and the man who appointed robert mueller as special counsel, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein, to work out how much of this report should be made public. now, of course, if you ask the democrats that question they would say all of it and quickly, please. we're hearing reports that there are no new indictments, that's something that a lot of people are talking about, is that significant?
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highly significant, quite possibly, because there has been speculation, quite a lot of speculation over the course of the 22 months that robert mueller has been compiling his report, that there could be indictments, perhaps they could be indictments involving members of donald trump's own family. now we are hearing from the justice department that no, mr mueller was done insofar as indicting those close to the residents are concerned. he has indicted about five people, those associates of donald trump, people like paul manafort, but mainly for financial and tax crimes, not for collusion or involvement with russians to subvert the outcome of the 2016 election. it will be interesting to see what robert mueller‘s report actually says on that subject. what kind of reaction how we seen to the delivering of this report from both camps, the pro—trump and those who perhaps have been agitating for something to come out
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of this report against donald trump? well, it is interesting, isn't it? the president's allies are saying the very fact that there will not be any more indictments is proof of his case that there was no collusion. president trump has insisted on that right from the beginning. he has called this a hoax and a witch—hunt. and, who knows, this could be a report which vindicates him and actually corroborates that version of events. but there are democrats who are saying this has to be released and it has to be released quickly, so that the public can actually read the full details and find out, rather than cherry pick details which the white house might like to put out, they should see the whole report, it has cost a lot of money to compile this report and there is pressure from all sides for it to be made public tonight.
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let's get some of the day's other news. us officials have tried to clarify president trump's announcement that he was reversing new sanctions against north korea. it was thought he was referring to treasury sanctions imposed on thursday on two chinese shipping companies for reportedly illegally trading with north korea. but administration officials said mr trump had decided not to go forward with a different set of measures against pyongyang. financial markets in the us and europe have closed sharply down, apparently over growing fears of a global slowdown. the dow, ftse and dax were all down between 1.6 and 2 percent. rain, rising rivers, and broken bridges are hampering aid and rescue efforts for those affected by cyclone idai in southern africa. the death toll officially across the region is over 550, although the true number is thought to be far higher. hundreds of thousands
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of people have been displaced across mozambique, zimbabwe and malawi. fergal keane has travelled deep into one the worst affected areas, the district of nahma—tanda in mozambique, where many people have died and thousands more are still in need of aid. the bridge on the road towards nhamatanda now crosses a river that has engulfed the countryside and severed the road that is a trading lifeline for southern africa. survivors of the flooding have found a way across the farmland that has become a swamp. and they told of many deaths in the countryside beyond. translation: a lot of people have died in my village. we saw the bodies of 76 people, and then yesterday we found four more.
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we continued on foot, thanks to the kindness of locals, who want the world to see what has happened to their lives. 0n the other side, another driver to negotiate the battered road, where dozens have taken shelter under plastic. little protection from the rains, and now there are reports of cholera. disease is the inevitable consequence of so many living in such terrible conditions. this 76—year—old war veteran has come to the water to fish, his only hope for food. and while scientists assess the causes of the violent weather, he says the storm is the worst he's ever known. i was born in 1943, francesco told me, and i haven't seen a wind like this. we arrived in nhamatanda as the un was leaving.
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they'd just made a food drop. much more is needed in a place where they sell hundreds lose their lives and thousands of destitute. how many people are you taking care of you? 2000? over 2000 people in this one school? katerina goncalves was waiting in the hope of getting food. her mother was drowned in the storm. the eldest of her seven children was trying to repair the family home. katerina is a widow, and her crops have been destroyed. the way i am now, she told me, i don't know how i'll survive with my children. i have no work and everything at my farm was destroyed.
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and remember, they live with the trauma of losing dozens of their neighbours in the storm. then there was a glimmer of better news. some food had come. this is a supply of government food that has just arrived. you can see there are armed guards on the truck, because hunger breeds desperation. it is entirely understandable when people have gone for days without food. there are bigger questions about the causes and solutions to such disasters. but come on the ground, it is still an unfolding crisis, a question of survival. fergal keane, bbc news, nhamatanda. to australia now, where more than 3,000 people have been evacuated in the northern territory to escape extreme weather. there are currently two tropical cyclones bearing down on the country. cyclone trevor has already made landfall. these pictures show the extent of the strong winds in queensland — but that system has now moved into the northern territory — threatening dozens of remote indigenous communities. the australian army has helped evacuate thousands of families from their homes to emergency centres in darwin and katherine.
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they are exceedingly remote. they are communities that in the wet season are communities that in the wet season when it rains are cut off for months at a time, hundreds and hundreds of miles from the nearest town. these communities are also island communities involved as well and you can imagine the isolation of those in weather like this which are com pletely those in weather like this which are completely reliant on our craft to get in and out. the evacuation effort has been absolutely superb. as he said, more than 2000 people taken to darwin and katherine and placed in very safe environments. and how difficult was that evacuation effort, given the re m ote ness evacuation effort, given the remoteness of these communities? look, exceedingly difficult but handled so well. you can imagine the people living in these communities, english isn't their first language and we are asking them to leave their country to come into darwin
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and katherine, the bright lights of the northern territory if you like, a completely strange environment and be enlarged evacuation centres but they did it with incredible courage and dignity, i must say. has this pa rt and dignity, i must say. has this part of the territory faced a cyclone like this before? how dangerous is it? a category 4 cyclone is not here to that region for many, many, many years. it's a very low lying region. the island groups, right into boroloola and down the river, they are vulnerable to an extreme tidal surge of up to five metres which means it could come across and completely cover the area, towns could disappear. it has passed the coast this morning and they will be going out tomorrow to do an assessment in the boroloola region were it was worst hit. i've been advised this morning that the people evacuated will be able to start returning tomorrow which is actually fantastic news for them.
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can you imagine how anxious they were? wanting to know if they had survived. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: having a whale of a time — the scientists who swam this close to sperm whales and solved one of their biggest mysteries. let there be no more war or bloodshed between arabs and israelis. very good. applause so proud of both of you. applause with great regret, the committeee have decided that south africa should be excluded from the 1970 competition.
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chants streaking across the sky, the white—hot wreckage from mir drew gasps from onlookers on fiji. onlooker: wow! this is bbc world news, our main story this hour: special counsel robert mueller finishes his 2—year investigation into alleged collusion between donald trump's election campaign and russia — the department ofjustice says the key findings will be made public. let's stay with that story. jessi burns is associate editor of the hill newspaper. he's in washington.
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all we seem to know is there are no new indictments. isn't that a wind for donald trump and his family? it is hard to interpret it as either than a is hard to interpret it as either thana wind. is hard to interpret it as either than a wind. a lot of speculation going into the final week of the robert mueller investigation, thinking that would be indictment for trump junior, jared kushner, senior people in the white house but we have not seen that. given that, a lot of celebration anticipated from the white house. of course, we do not know what is in the report. the details are hopefully coming out in the next couple of days but to have no indictments is certainly a wind for the white house. we have not seen for the white house. we have not seen any for the white house. we have not seen any detail at all, when we finally see what is in that report,
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what do you think is going to happen? there is a lot of pressure on attorney general william barr. robert mueller has submitted this report based on the guidelines of justice when he was charged as special counsel, he has to report back to the justice department special counsel, he has to report back to thejustice department on his findings. but what he releases to the public in congress and his briefing to the white house and president trump, we will see what the justice department will be reviewing. he says consulting with robert mueller. the three of them, will go through the details that can be released public. right now a lot of pressure on the attorney general.
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democrats are going to be calling him on capitol hill to testify if they do not think sufficient amount of information is released. just as donald trump supporters are saying there is no indictment and this is positive, do you think donald trump's detractors will it as a failure if we do not see something come out of it like impeachment or further action? we have seen for several months, critics of the president in congress pushing back on the findings of the robert mueller report and essentially trying to lower the stakes of it. he has been the driving force for the coverage surrounding the white house but nancy pelosi, the speaker of the house, pushing back, from the mop progressive members pushing for impeachment. at the end of the day, none of us know what is in this
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report and the ramifications of it. there are other investigations in new york dealing with the trump organisations, his personal lawyer, michael cohen, and we do not know what those investigations will produce. i am so sorry, we are out of time. we could talk about this all day. thank you so much for your time. let's turn to brexit now and britain's prime minister theresa may has told mps that a third vote on her brexit deal may not take place next week if it appears there is not sufficient support. here's the bbc‘s david grossman. and so the action has moved from the frying pan of brussels where the prime minister got a short extension to article 50 to the fire of westminster where she has to work out what an earth to do with it. all day, senior politicians from different brexit perspectives were invited in for meetings. merely having a short extension, and crashing out, a complete disaster, europe realises that,
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we realise it here and i'm going to talk to the deputy prime minister about the possibility of a way forward. mrjohnson, what's going to happen today? the article 50 process was always all or nothing. it's the equivalent ofjumping off a cliff and trying to build an aeroplane on the way down. all the eu's done is given us a bit more time, but there's still no sign to what the prime minister is trying to build is ever going to fly. when the downing street entourage arrived back in london, it was assumed that theresa may would attempt at least once more to get her deal through parliament. sources inside number 10 suggest they may not bring the vote back at all unless they're certain of the votes and that looks very unlikely. the dup, whose votes would be crucial in getting a withdrawal agreement across the line,
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put out a statement saying that nothing has fundamentally changed. so where could the votes come from? they'll need to win over quite a lot of labour mps. they've only won three on the meaningful vote to select means perhaps ten, 15, 20 required and even then i think she will need to win quite a significant chunk of colleagues who simply say, with the mess that we had during the negotiation on the withdrawal agreement, we can't have the same bunch of people negotiating the future trade arrangement. we willjust end up in the same mess again. what's happening? the chief whip, whose job it is to deliver the prime minister a majority, looked troubled and was saying nothing. on monday, it seems very likely mps will pass a motion allowing the house of commons to seize control of the parliamentary agenda from the government. mps can then schedule a series of votes designed to see which if any option
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can win a majority. sir 0liver letwin is one of the senior mps behind the plan. we believe we have the numbers to pass the amendment on monday and thereby guarantee the votes on wednesday. is there any sense in your mind about what the outcome of that process is, where is the mind of parliament right now? if i knew that, i would be very much a wiser person than anyone on earth and i'm not. that's why we have to have the vote, to find out whether the mind of parliament is. so the potential for confusing chaos is obvious or should i say, even more confusing chaos than we've got. there is no majority for anything in parliament. it's quite likely any number of resolutions could be brought forward, motions brought forward and there may not be a majority for anything and what you will see is a mess that makes what happened until now seem like it was almost organised. so i'm very cautious about this and urging colleagues not to make something of it they might regret.
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so where is britain's relationship with the eu heading? almost nothing seems clearer. everything is still up in the air. the first glimpse of sperm whales hunting in the darkest depths of the ocean has been captured by film makers off the coast of dominica. eliza philippidis has the story. this is the largest of the toothed wales. until now the feeding habits of these magnificent sperm wales have been a mystery. they dive to depths of more than a thousand metres to hunt for food but we have never seen metres to hunt for food but we have never seen how they do it because cameras were not strong enough to withstand the pressure of that much water. but cameras have changed. there is the calf! it is hitting our
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camera. new technology has been developed that can record in total darkness and under extreme pressure so darkness and under extreme pressure so this filming team got to record the first pictures and sounds of a sperm whale on the hunt. she is flattening out. this clinic is her looking for squid, 3000 feet below the surface. the camera allows the scientist to follow every moment of the chase. look! what was that! it looks like a patch of inkjust flew past her face. that has got to be what it is. no-one has ever seen a sperm whale hunting like this. the sound waves bounce off an object and return to that whale, allowing it to identify the shape of the object.
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scientists say we currently know more about the moon and mars than we do about our oceans but today we got a much closer look at the underwater world. eliza philippidis, bbc news what beautiful pictures. don't forget you can get more details on the robert mueller report on our website. stay with us. hello, welcome to a weekend which is going to deliver some dry weather though there will be blustery showers, particularly in scotland and it is going to feel cooler than it has done recently. we've seen this weather front move on southwards, coolerfresh air moving on behind, but it's clearer too, and more of us will see sunshine over the weekend. this is how we start saturday, a touch of frost possible in parts of northern england, scotland and northern ireland, still cloud through parts of southern england
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and towards the south coast in particular, it may hold on through the day and where you have that, don't be surprised if there is a little light rain and drizzle. elsewhere across england and wales, high cloud. any sun is going to be quite hazy. sunny skies in northern ireland and scotland though cloud producing a few showers here and there, and they are very blustery showers in scotland. these are average speeds — gusts are higher, the northern isles could be gusting between 60 and 70 miles per hour initially before the wind eases later, and showers moving into scotland are going to be wintry on the hills. temperatures mostly at around 9—12 degrees. saturday evening and night, further showers coming into scotland. that means a bit more snow to the higher ground. that may be the far north of england. still some cloud into parts of england and wales. maybe a little drizzle but where you are clear, hints of a touch of blue on the chart, you just get a bit of frost, particularly on the ground as sunday begins. early on sunday, there could be
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a longer spell of wet weather moving into the far north—west of scotland and that will move on southwards with more showers following on behind to northern ireland and maybe northern england later. in scotland blustery showers. elsewhere across england and wales, sunny spells. temperatures are fairly similar for part two of the weekend. highs of around 9—12 degrees. so that is how the weekend is shaping up. let's just take a look into next week and high pressure is back with us, look slike it will be moving right across the uk. with us, looks like it will be moving right across the uk. just a few weak weather fronts into the far north—west of scotland. most places with high pressure are going to be dry. variable cloud, some sunny spells, the risk of a touch of frost overnight but other days we go deeper into the week, temperatures look like they will be going up a few degrees. that is next week covered. let's just recap
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the weekend weather. rather cool, chilly nights, some decent sunny spells around. you may catch a shower mostly in scotland, blustery showers at that, and wintry on hills.
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