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this is bbc news, i'm shaun ley. the headlines at midday. ahead of his first international summit as prime minister, borisjohnson is warned against forever being known as "mr no—deal" — as the eu says it will listen only to "releva nt ideas" for advancing brexit. i still hope that prime minister johnson will not like to go down in history as mr no—deal. the fires burning in the amazon are among the issues to be discussed by g7 leaders, as brazil's president orders troops to be sent in to help fight the blazes. police chiefs call an emergency meeting to discuss officer safety in the wake of the killing of pc andrew harper last week.
good afternoon. as g7 leaders gather in biarritz, the outgoing european council president donald tusk has warned that this year's summit will be unusally difficult, with no guarantee of agreement on serious global challenges. within the last hour president trump has arrived in france for the summit. the world leaders will discuss a number of issues in the summit, my colleague, ros atkins is in biarritz for us. thank you very much indeed. the summit is keenly anticipated because not only because it brings together the members of the g7 but president macron has invited five scratch my
other countries too, five african countries are invited as well as the leaders of chile two. here is a report of why it might be a little bumpy. lots of people come to biarritz to take it easy and you can see why. president macron though is arriving with an ultra ambitious agenda for the g7 and topper that is tackling the global climate change... we will see how they get on with the ashes, but it is unlikely to be dull. biarritz is used to hosting tours, but across this weekend and this is going to host around 13,000 security personnel —— tourists. take free
trade for example. donald trump does not like it, he cited a trade war with china and he said that europe is worse than china. president macron has been saying about the fires in the amazon and has said that it fires in the amazon and has said thatitis fires in the amazon and has said that it is an international crisis and it residing president has replied saying, essentially, mind your business. —— the brazilian president. then there is donald trump himself, two years ago at the t20 in hamburg, he refused to sign a climate change agreement with eve ryo ne climate change agreement with everyone else —— bg 20. this was the image of the g7 in canada last year. mrtrump image of the g7 in canada last year. mr trump ended image of the g7 in canada last year. mrtrump ended up image of the g7 in canada last year. mr trump ended up leaving early and decode justin mr trump ended up leaving early and decodejustin trudeau mr trump ended up leaving early and decode justin trudeau weak mr trump ended up leaving early and decodejustin trudeau weak and dishonest. given that the american president cancelled a trip to denmark this week, all to do with his idea to buy agreement, i am making no predictions as to what happens next. —— two by greenland.
the summit, which takes place in the not produce a joint communique, it is not possible. it began in 1970s asa is not possible. it began in 1970s as a series of intimate conversations between readers, but 110w conversations between readers, but now any much conversations between readers, but 110w any much more conversations between readers, but now any much more public way showing as all powerful nations grappling with big issues and often with each other. look who has landed in a biarritz. that is donald trump a neck pain. it is not air force one. that flow to your day —— this is donald trump plain. he has had plenty to say in the few days running up to this. he has been critical of europe and has cut its approach to trade with america. he said europe is like china but twice and smaller when it comes to trade on the issue of train itself, he
said that the trade were he is promising to up the tariff on millions and millions of dollars worth of goods. he is furious about the state of world trade and that is a point that he is certain to want to get across in the next three days. what has been interesting as well, though, is that everyone is 110w aware well, though, is that everyone is now aware of how donald trump behaves. how he chooses to carry himself at the summits. a year ago, asi himself at the summits. a year ago, as i was majoring in that report, he walked out early and then called the host, justin trudeau, week. keen to see how he plays this one. he has already had a press conference and the of big policy issues where america and europe do not agree. this isjust issues where america and europe do not agree. this is just one example. —— president task has already held a press c0 nfe re nce . —— president task has already held a press conference. credit agreements are better than trade words. trade
words —— trade words will read to recession and trade agreements pilloried. .. recession and trade agreements pilloried... there we can trust them must a task has also talked about brexit. -- donald tusk. the eu has a lwa ys brexit. -- donald tusk. the eu has always been open to cooperation, when david cameron wanted about brexit, when theresa may wanted to avoid a no—deal brexit and we will also be ready, now, told the serious talks with prime ministerjohnson. —— to hold a serious talks. the one thing i will not cooperate on as a no deal. —— is no deal. i still hope that by ministerjohnson will not like to go down in history as mr no deal. mr tusk said that he was happy
to look at ideas as long as they were. . . to look at ideas as long as they were... and he said that he was ready as long as the uk was ready —— when the uk was ready. but actually, the eu on the issue of the irish border has been saying, show us what you have got for a long time now. the fundamentals, delivering brexit, which involves living the single market, leaving the consumers union and maintaining that there is no ha rd and maintaining that there is no hard border between the uk and the republic of ireland remains as difficult as ever —— the customs union. it bothers an borisjohnson‘s court and will sadie considers g7 with ideas or, more likely, he will outline them in more detail in the coming weeks. —— we will see comes here with more ideas. i will keep you up to date through the afternoon. staying with the g7
summit, we have been hearing at the european council president donald tusk has been saying that he hoped that mrjohnson does not become mr no deal. let's talk to scott lucas. he is professor of international politics at the university of birmingham. hejoins me now. what sort of dilemma do you think that boris johnson faces at what sort of dilemma do you think that borisjohnson faces at his first international gathering?” think that boris johnson first international gathering?” think that borisjohnson is caught with being at a g5 plus one plus one a summit between the us and europe. and why i say g5 as i think that the other european countries, france, germany and italy alongside each other along with canada and japan. yet the destruction of donald trump and your correspondent has been
talking about the twitter rant yesterday which included, suddenly declaring a rise in increase in ta riffs declaring a rise in increase in tariffs in china and threatening fines under the european union with more duties. yet trump with his trade was and without even mentioning climate change. and then borisjohnson leading mentioning climate change. and then boris johnson leading a mentioning climate change. and then borisjohnson leading a uk which is facing isolation at a no—deal brexit. does he cozy up to trump with his idea of the mythical us — uk trade deal that can save everything? 0r uk trade deal that can save everything? or does he side with europe on climate issues like climate change and issues like gender equality, even if that might upset donald trump and hurt his ego? it will be fascinating, to be a fly on the will of these discussions. borisjohnson is on the will of these discussions. boris johnson is going on the will of these discussions. borisjohnson is going to have to carefully calibrate. perhaps as he never had to do in his stint as foreign secretary. that is a real challenge for him personally, but politically, is there much sign of hope for some kind of consensus coming out. there is a lot of debate
about whether the global economy is slowing down and if there is something more significant terms of a recession. is this a meeting of minds that is equipped to do with that kind of challenge? publicly, you're not going to get any breakthroughs because donald trump is not going to allow that. so emanuel nikon has already said that we're not even going to have a final communique —— president macron because that moment climate change and a star might like last year. they will be talking —— trump will storm out like last year. will be talking about, behind the scenes, some subset of the action on the climate. people are going to try to contain donald trump, and the second thing to watch as, the g7 will not be the end point of this. if you look at emanuel akron, in the last 48 hours what he has done, with
state m e nts 48 hours what he has done, with statements like that on the brazilian forest fires —— president macron. he says i am going to take ta ke macron. he says i am going to take take the lead on these issues because the united states is not. will he succeed and together enjoying —— enjoying together an international coalition whilst presidentjohnson are still deciding what he wants to do? we are seeing pictures of donald trump as maclean and we will see pictures and of him being treated in the first max. —— being treated in the first max. —— being greeted in biarritz. he talked about putting taxes on a frenchman, i wonder how serious matters. —— on
french wine, i wonder how serious that is. his attack on chairman,, the secretary of the federal reserve , the secretary of the federal reserve, he asked the question rhetorically, as he the us‘s biggest enemy and is he a bigger enemy than china? youjust enemy and is he a bigger enemy than china? you just summarise the beautifully possible over the last two weeks there have been a series of signs that the us economy is slowing down at the least and then, indeed, sometimes from the bond market that there will be a recession before donald trump this isa recession before donald trump this is a real action. and, if there is a recession, he will not get a second term. that is why he's so agitated about the chinese. it is why he's so agitated about the federal reserve. america's largest bank. insisting that it cuts interest rates, even though the federal government has a debt of more than one train dollars now. quite frankly, while his tech consecrated in any comic bubble that has lasted until earlier this year, he has no other good managers left
-- his he has no other good managers left —— his tax cuts created an economic bubble. when he speaks at the g7 this week, remember, he's not speaking to the other g7 leaders, he is speaking home to try to convince people that you are still # winning. we are just seeing president trump riding with the first lady and if —— arriving with the first lady and receiving greeting. scott, in terms of the challenge that president tom faces at home, we are —— president trump this is at home see in terms of prospect, he faces a
divided democrat party and they don't really have in clear leading candidate yet, when the changes, her big electoral challenges he faced in? he is facing huge electoral challenge because there has been some talk about a divided democratic party, but they are not divided on the substance of key issues, one is economically that they want to see a different path that trump is taken. they are united on some form of national health care, although how far that goes they will discuss. they are ignited on dealing with climate change, so this idea of a moderate versus left a split that will let trump in for a second term is not going to wash. 0ne will let trump in for a second term is not going to wash. one of the issues he makes to campaign, the anti—immigrant message, does not appeal to americans beyond his so—called base. if you cannot reach a that 30 — so—called base. if you cannot reach a that 30 - 35% with so—called base. if you cannot reach a that 30 — 35% with an immigration message, how can you reach out when
the the american economy is going south? americans are not made this is unpredictable and of his head, sometimes, as long as they have money in their pockets. when i stopped, the fun stops and trump is in trouble. professor scott lucas, a lwa ys in trouble. professor scott lucas, always a pleasure to speak with you, thank you for being with us. we're going to look at the shots of a president tom's motorcade leaving the airport at biarritz —— president trump's. he will have to go to the intense security that is around the g7, because they're often the focus of protest. particularly recently as environmental protest and i wonder if we'll see anymore of that during the course of the next day or so. as we said, president trump has arrived in biarritz ahead of the g7 summits, which opens with a welcome from
president macron and dinner this evening. as the g7 leaders gather in biarritz, in brazil, the president, jair bolsonaro, has bowed to international pressure and authorised the armed forces to tackle a record number of fires in the amazon rainforest. in a televised address, he said that wildfires could happen in any country and shouldn't be used as an excuse for international sanctions. the fires are scattered widely across the amazon, most notably in the north of brazil. john mcmanus has the latest. as leaders from the g7 nations gather in biarritz, the french president, emmanuel macron, has promised to put the burning amazon at the top of the agenda. this is his, and many other leaders' concern... thousands of fires in the amazon basin — far more than usual at this time of year. devouring trees and undergrowth described as the lungs of the planet, they are releasing even more climate—changing carbon into the atmosphere. mr macron says the scale of the impact requires an international response.
france and ireland have threatened not to ratify the eu's trade deal with brazil and the other mercosur countries if brazil does not take action. that threat has not gone down well with brazil's leader, who has accused mr macron of holding a colonialist mentality. translation: all the countries have expressed solidarity with brazil. they have offered to help tackle the wildfires and have also offered to take brazil's position to the g7 meeting. wildfires can happen anywhere and they should not be used as a pretext for international sanctions. and though he will not be at the g7 meeting, mr bolsonaro might be able to count on the support of donald trump, who will be there. the two men admire each other. but president bolsonaro will now deploy troops to fight the fires and says he will crackdown on illegal deforestation. that is not a promise to end clearances, but his change of tone
has been welcomed by some. it was a very significant change from what he has been saying up until now. he seems to now be taking the situation very seriously. he is clearly hearing the message not only from world leaders, but actually from hundreds of millions of people on social media, including tens of millions of people in brazil. mr bolsonaro's neighbours have also been turning up the heat. across latin america, angry demonstrators have gathered outside brazil's embassies. translation: i feelvery sad because the earth is our mother and what is happening in brazil. the president of brazil needs to stop the fires. we live from the earth, because she is the one he gives us food. even with dedicated troops, it will take an enormous effort to stop these fires in their tracks. other countries have offered practical support, but nobody is quite sure yet
whether brazil's president needs or, indeed, wants that helping hand. john mcmanus, bbc news. natalia passarinho from bbc brazil is here. good to have you here with us again. the president has talked about immobilising the armed forces, presumably that is easier said than done because of where the spies and the extent of them? absolutely some regions in the amazon are a very difficult to access and unit helicopters, boats to get there. tips that are already in the region are being deployed to the areas of fire —— troops. this help has to be accepted fire —— troops. this help has to be a cce pted by fire —— troops. this help has to be accepted by the governors as basil's federal republic, so too governors have already asked for the help of the army —— two governors. the help is welcome in many areas because the army has helicopters and planes that
might help to put the fire down. we have seen plenty of images in the last 24 hours of a protest outside brazilian embassies around the world, what about in brazil itself? president bolsonaro is quite a polarising figure, but he has strong popularity winning the election, despite the fact he was quite a sceptic about things about climate change and keen to see the amazon being further exploited? yes, exactly, but the pressure is big in brazil as well. demonstrations are being organised in a 40 brazilian cities. some of them were held yesterday and some are happening today and some will happen tomorrow, including in rio dejaneiro tomorrow. anyway, the situation in the amazon has united part of the left—hand part of the right any country that is extremely polarised since the elections last year. a survey released this week showed that 96% of the brazilians are unhappy with the situation of the
amazon region and they want something else more to be done to protect the forest, so, of course, among these people there are some of the core supporters ofjair bolsonaro. thank you very much for coming in. here, chief constables in england, wales and scotland will hold an emergency meeting next month after an alarming rise in violence against the police. in an unprecedented move, the national police chiefs' council has called the crisis summit after pc andrew harper was killed during a spate of attacks on officers. richard lister reports. blows whistle. a policeman's whistle marked the start of a minute's silence for pc andrew harper, murdered in the line of duty. around the country, police forces paused to reflect on a colleague lost. pc harper was the first policeman attacked and killed in the uk since 2017, but assaults on officers are on the rise.
the latest figures show that in the year to march, there were almost 31,000 attacks on police officers — that's up almost a fifth on the year before with at least 28 attacks on officers every day. martin hewitt, the chair of the national police chiefs' council, says he'll convene a meeting of chief constables next month to see if there is anything more they can do to improve police safety. writing in the daily express, he said... in pc harper's home town of wallingford, these ribbons acknowledge the thin blue line working to keep us safe, but his death underlined the urgency to ensure police officers are kept safe, too. richard lister, bbc news. medical leaders have called for an urgent meeting with the government to discuss
continued shortages of hormone replacement therapy. hundreds of thousands of women going through the menopause in the uk, are struggling to access hrt tablets, patches or gels. many have suffered side effects because they can't obtain hrt products at pharmacies. 0ur health editor hugh pym reports. thanks to hrt, karen, who lives in somerset, felt able to cope with the symptoms of the menopause. but when she could not get your usual treatment prescription, —— could not get her usual treatment on prescription, she thought long and tired and increasingly unwell as she struggled to get an alternative. the symptoms got worse and worse. by that stage i was literally feeling hot and feverish, you get, sort of, a generalfeeling of being unwell at that point. like many others, karen feels frustrated at the lack of information about the supply shortages, given the impact they are having on patients and their families. that is what leaders in the medical profession want to find out. as they call on the government to do more to get answers from drug companies. what we have got to do is try and work together as professionals
with the dhsc and get these companies to be accountable. give us an explanation, firstly, of what the problem is and most importantly of the timelines before they will be resolved. the manufacturer of one product range and supply problems will continue until the middle of next year. alternative treatments are available, but demand for these is increased because of shortages elsewhere. the department of health says it is working with all suppliers to maintain the overall flow of medicines to patients. karen has now been put on a new form of hrt, but she is not convinced yet that it is effective and she is frustrated that a problem affecting so many women is far from resolved. hugh pym, bbc news. dr sarah gray is a gp specialist in women's health who ran the now de—commissioned menopause service in cornwall. she now does private work with menopausal women. doctor grey, thank you for being with us. what is your sense of the
skill of this problem? how long have women been struggling to get the normal prescriptions that they have been using? —— the scale of this problem. we have had problems intermittently this year and initially it was 12 products, which was not so bad to try and find an alternative, but only last month or so, the problem has really racked up and there seem to be more products that are unavailable and then there isa run that are unavailable and then there is a run run on the products that are is a run run on the products that a re left, is a run run on the products that are left, so we get to the situation where something that we thought was available when we becomes unavailable for next week, suddenly. try to support women and prescribed for them appropriately becomes a very difficult in the situation. what happens in terms of symptoms that women experience? as the —— is at the same symptoms that they had before they were using the gels, the patches are the tablets? are the different symptoms that have been exacerbated by having been on and
then off? hormone replacement does exactly what the title says, so it really is so symptoms —— it relieves the symptoms that you get because of the symptoms that you get because of the lack of the original or when you stop, though symptoms come back. when someone has been on it a long time, you can often wind down gradually. these women are coming to help and we have almostjust about sorted about and then the product we have settled the matter becomes unavailable. if we cannot find in us —— a suitable alternative, the original symptoms come back and it is very much about impact on life and ability to function.” is very much about impact on life and ability to function. i had a spokesperson for, i think, they menopause society, saying this morning that there are alternatives and they may involve, for example, rather than using one product, maybe using a combination of products, but are you saying that even some of those alternatives are beginning to become scarce and supply? yes, they are. i would entirely agree that we
can usually find a very close substitute, but we have had the situation this week where i had prescribed an alternative brand, only to hear from the pharmacy that they cannot get that alternative brand andi they cannot get that alternative brand and i am having to look for third and fourth choices and i had taken to writing prescriptions and, if you cannot get this, substitute in this order. and i have taken to avoiding combination products and prescribing components separately so that it would appear easier to get separate components than some of the combinations. thank you very much for being with us. now it's time for a look at the weather with nick miller hello, if it seems like summer had given up on us think again. as we go
through this began, there will be plenty of sunshine around. there is still more clout across parts of northern scotland, whether it's the chance of a future is around the afternoon. more cloud to the west of northern ireland. elsewhere, lots of sunshine to come. the cloud is increasing and the isles of scilly and attempted creeping into the low 30s in parts of south—east england. into tonight, showers gradually fade away from northern scotland, more cloud generally in western parts and there could be a few mist and fog patches overnight. temperatures creeping up not necessarily blue skies tomorrow, it will be it tomorrow, it will be will be decidedly hazy, but fin: dry it will be decidedly hazy, but finer dry and very warm to hot day. hotter than today. that is your forecast.
hello this is bbc news. the headlines: world leaders, including the us president doanld trump, are arriving in the french resort of biarritz for the g7 summit of the world's richest economies. the outgoing european council president, donald tusk, has warned borisjohnson not to go down in history as "mr no—deal", as the eu says it will listen only "relevant ideas" for advancing brexit. the fires burning in the amazon are among the issues to be discussed by g7 leaders — as brazil's president orders troops to be sent in to help fight the blazes.
police chiefs call an emergency meeting to discuss officer safety — in the wake of the killing of pc andrew harper last week. tens of thousands of british airways passengers could be affected as pilots are to strike next month, in a dispute over pay. sport, and time for a full round up from the bbc sport centre. so to the ashes, england's target 359 for victory in the third test, 246 all out, edging closer to the win that would see them retain the urn. england's dismal batting collapse yesterday, out for 67 and with it went their ashes hopes,
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