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heavy under each showers tomorrow, tracking their weight north—east roots, generally cloudy and cooler, the heat and sunshine lasting towards the south—east of england, temperatures nudging 30 degrees. the international response to the devastating amazon fires — the g7 looks to make an emergency deal to tackle the crisis. as the fires continue to spread, brazil steps up its emergency response and deploys its military after concern that not enough was being done. the prime minister tells the bbc to ‘cough up‘ and pay for tv licences for all over 755, notjust those on low incomes. ariana grande plays manchester pride, telling fans — including survivors of the 2017 terror attacks — that she's "overwhelmed" to be back. coming up in sport — we'll reflect
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on the heroics of ben stokes — after that historic innings at headingley yesterday. the women using facebook to name and shame the men who have abused them. that's in the victoria derbyshire review in half an hour, here on bbc news. a new plan to tackle huge wildfires in the amazon rainforest is expected to be agreed at the g7 summit of world leaders today. brazilian warplanes have already been dumping water on the burning woodland. this morning, borisjohnson has pledged £10 million in funding to help replace lost trees. ros atkins is in biarritz now.
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the agenda of the g7 in biarritz has been many months in the making. it is extremely long. president macron is extremely long. president macron is being ambitious in the issues they are taking on. at one thing that was not on the agenda as it was worked up in the last few weeks ahead of everyone coming here was fires in the amazon. but that has come to be one of the dominant issue is playing out across the weekend and into this monday morning. it offers president macron an opportunity as well. he has already abandoned the idea of a joint communique at the end of the summit more generally. some people are seeing this summit as being a bit of one where the country has agreed to disagree. so, how to act on these amazon fires offers all of the country is here, the g7 and the eight other countries that have been invited as well, a chance to show they can come together on pressing global issues. let's begin our coverage of this with the bbc diplomatic correspondence james
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landale. the fires raging across the amazon in recent weeks have been devastating — notjust for those who live there, but also potentially for the global environment. for president macron of france, they are a crisis the g7 was designed to fix — a common threat that requires collective action by the world's major economies. so today, he and other leaders will discuss and potentially agree a new plan to help countries first with the fires, and then subsequent reforestation. translation: there are contacts that are being made with all the countries of the amazon by our teams so that we can finalise very concrete commitments of technical and financial means. the german chancellor angela merkel said the earth's lung was being affected, so there had to be a common solution. borisjohnson promised an immediate £10 million to help brazil with reforestation. but it's still not clear what else may be agreed. president bolsonaro of brazil has accused foreign governments of interfering in the sovereignty of his country, and the g7 is divided over whether to block an eu trade deal with some south american countries if they do not take more action to tackle fires lit deliberately by loggers and farmers. james landale, bbc
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news, in biarritz. the chilean president was invited to the summitand the chilean president was invited to the summit and i have been asking him what he would like the g7 to do about the amazon fires. the amazon isa about the amazon fires. the amazon is a huge area. 7 million square kilometres. every year they have fires. this year, it is worse than last year, but it is within the average of the last 20 or 30 years. i don't think that president bolsonaro is responsible for this. i think he is trying his best to combat the fires. why do you say that? he is encouraging further mining in the amazon, further farming in the amazon, he sacked the head of the space research agency that produced pictures showing that the fires are particularly bad. he gives the impression of somebody thatis gives the impression of somebody
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that is not overly concerned about deforestation. do not rely on impressions. what i am saying is that he has sent more than 115,000 brazilian soldiers to fight the fires. i think he is concerned about the health of the amazon, but at the same time he is protecting brazilian sovereignty. how do you protect brazilian sovereignty at the same time as dealing with a problem that affects the whole world? would you like to see a different approach in south america that takes a regional approach, rather than a national approach? we are taking a regional approach. many countries in south america are helping brazil and other countries to fight this fight. for instance, chile has sent many warplanes to help combat the fires. but one thing we have to take into account is that we have to have the respect for sovereignty, and at the same time realise that the amazon is
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the lung of the world. what marker we will see what, if anything, the g7 manages to announce on the amazon fires as the day goes on. you are watching bbc news. brazilian troops have begun a major operation to put out a record number of fires in the amazon rainforest. the country's defence minister said two planes loaded with thousands of litres of water and special chemical products had been sent to the northern state of rondonia. this action comes after brazil's president, jair bolsonaro, was criticised for supposedly giving a green light to destruction of the amazon. nathalia passarinho is from bbc brazil and joins me now. what are the brazilians doing? tell us what are the brazilians doing? tell us in more detail how much unity they have regionally for that. we we re they have regionally for that. we were just hearing from the president of chile. how much support do they have international? during this
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weekend, the president released $9.3 million for the defence ministry to use to battle the fires. 114,000 men are stationed in the amazon, and they are being used on demand. the six states in the north and centre west of brazil have requested help. it is important to stress that these measures, the recent moves coming from brazil's president, only arrived several days after the first reports showing that there was an increase by more than 80% in fires. so they certainly provide better headlines for brazil's government during the g7 summit. but they did not come followed with any significant commitment by the brazilian president in changing its environmental policies. i'm interested in what is his response, then, so that is his kind of response in terms of policy, what is
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his verbal response to the g7 meeting, the discussions about how to assist brazil? well, there was a certain change of tone throughout the week, as we saw the government first blamed the weather and the dry season, and then presidentjair bolsonaro suggested ngos might be behind the fires. now the president is adopting a different tone. he tweeted a few hours ago that he a lwa ys tweeted a few hours ago that he always sought dialogue with the g7 leaders. he thanked presidents and prime ministers for their help in supporting brazil in helping brazil surpass the international crisis. he said that brazil has always been committed to protecting the environment. so far, he did not say if he will accept the help offered by the g7 leaders. what we know is that brazil is accepting help coming from israel. israel will send an aeroplane with equipment to brazil. what are the brazilian public make
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of this? they elected him, but there were presumably various opinions? there has been strong reaction in brazil as well. it's interesting, because brazil is extremely polarised. it has been extremely polarised. it has been extremely polarised since the elections last year. at this subject, the amazon, has somehow united part of the left and the right in demanding more protection for the rainforest. so, we saw protection for the rainforest. so, we saw several demonstrations in different parts of brazil during that weekend, especially in rio de janeiro, with hundreds of people there. so there is strong pressure. a recent poll released last week showed that 96% of brazilians want more monitoring. amongst these people there are some ofjair bolsonaro's core supporters. to a certain extent, he is cutting his cloth to suit the public response? we are going to have to leave it
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there. thanks you so much for coming. staying with the situation in the amazon, bolivia's president is facing criticism for his slow response to the fires in his country more than a million hectares of forest close to brazil have already been destroyed. environmental campaigners say it's a result of a decree allowing cattle farmers to clear the forest. gareth barlow reports. bolivia's forests are burning. as helicopters hover overhead, volunteers and firefighters battle the flames on the ground. it's from the air that the true extent of the fires is apparent. more than 10,000 square kilometres have already been burnt. now, the bolivian president, evo morales, who has been criticised for his slow response, has opened the door to international help. translation: i welcome telephone calls from the presidents of paraguay, chile and spain. we welcome any cooperation. since wednesday, we have been managing the operation. the development bank of latin america is donating about $500,000.
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it's not only the environment that's suffering. these families are just some of the many forced from their homes. translation: the plants are destroyed, all the plants, and now the water for us as well. the pipe has been burnt and we don't have the water running from the pipe. it's all burnt. translation: there was intense smoke coming with fire. it was like a whirlwind. it was coming to the houses. it advances very fast. the fire came from the side of the mountains and into the village. as in neighbouring brazil, which is tackling a record number of fires, activists say tree clearing in bolivia, often for agriculture, is mostly to blame. while world leaders discuss the fires at the g7 summit in france, on the ground in bolivia, bottled water and baskets of water are being used to tackle the blaze. gareth barlow, bbc news.
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turn into another big international story... president trump said today was "too early" to meet iran's top diplomat at the g7 summit. iran's foreign minister made a brief and unannounced visit to the meeting in france yesterday. relations between iran and the us have deteriorated since washington withdrew from a 2015 deal to limit iran's nuclear activities last year. the us president told reporters he wanted a better relationship with tehran. we are looking for a really good iran, really strong. we are not looking for regime change. we have seen looking for regime change. we have seen how that works over the last 20 yea rs. seen how that works over the last 20 years. it's not been good. we are looking to make iran richer again. let them be rich. let them do well. if they want. or they can be poor as can be. like they are now. i'll tell you what, i don't think it is
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acceptable, the way they are being forced to live in iran. what we want is very simple, it's got to be non—nuclear. donald trump has sought to calm growing fears over the united states‘ trade war with china, saying beijing had requested a resumption of talks. stock markets in asia opened the week sharply down, amid fears that the worsening trade dispute could push the world economy into recession. on friday, the united states and china both announced further tariff increases on each others‘ goods. the bbc should "cough up" and pay for free tv licences for all over—755. that‘s the message from the prime minister who‘s suggested the corporation has gone back on a deal to fund the licences, but the bbc said there was no such guarantee. injune it was announced that only low—income households, where one person received pension credit, would be eligible for a free tv licence. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent tom barton, who‘s been following the story for us.
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this dates back to 2015, when the bbc last agreed a licence fee settlement with the government. part of the terms of that was the responsibility for funding these free tv licences for over—75s, which was introduced by gordon brown a few years previously, passed from the government to the bbc. at the start ofjune, the bbc announced that it would start, from next year, only funding free licenses, as you say, for those pensioners who receive pension credit. that would mean about 3.7 million extra pensioners would now have to pay for their tv licences. unsurprisingly, that has been controversial. there has also been a political row brewing. this intervention from borisjohnson, saying that the bbc should cough up, is a blunt one. he says the deal that the bbc reached was conditional on the corporation continuing
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to fund those free licences. that‘s really interesting, it is something where the bbc has come back and said wasn‘t true, so now we have a disagreement not just about how it should be handled, but about the basic facts of what the agreement was? absolutely, on the one hand you have borisjohnson in downing street saying that the bbc should honour the agreement. the bbc say, actually, the government decided to stop funding those free licences back in 2015. there has been a period of transition. at the end of that transition period, the decision on what to do with them was passed to the bbc. in a statement, the bbc said that parliament gave the responsibility to the bbc to make the decision in the future of the scheme. so it could make a decision that some pensioners over 75 should actually pay for their licences. and the bbc maintains that actually it would have been within its rights to make a decision that it scrapped
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free tv licences altogether. it says it has reached what it sees as a compromise, partly for financial reasons, and said to carry on funding them in their entirety would cost a fifth of the bbc‘s annual budget, £750 million, and that essentially would mean closing a range of services, including bbc two, radio 5 live. like i say, this is political. tom watson, the shadow labour leader has got involved as well. he says the blame for scrapping free tv licences lies with the government and he has asked ministers to step in and choose to fund them themselves again. in terms of the party politics, labour is basically falling into the bbc camp, if you like, and what about on government benches? is there a view that is different from the prime minister, or are they falling in line? as far as labour are concerned, their argument is that it is wrong for these free licenses to be scrapped, but they are pinning the blame for that decision on the government, rather than on the bbc.
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on the government benches, there is some dissent. john whittingdale, the former culture secretary, he was a culture secretary when the decision was taken, he says it was at the time the licence fee settlement was agreed, viewed as being within the bbc‘s remit to make whatever decision it shows on the future of this, when the transition period came to an end next year. he says that is what the bbc has done. the headlines on bbc news... the international response to the devastating amazon fires — the g7 looks to make an emergency deal to help deal with the crisis. brazil has stepped up its emergency response to the fires by deploying the military — after concern that not enough was being done. the prime minister tells the bbc to ‘cough up‘ and pay for tv licences for all over 755, notjust those on low incomes.
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the largest earthquake to be caused by fracking in the uk has been felt in lancashire. the tremor at half past eight this morning measured 2.5 on the richter scale. the british geological survey say the epicentre was at a holiday park two miles from the fracking site at little plumpton. a woman who says her bank inadvertently gave away her new address to her violent ex—husband, has called for banks and building societies to better protect victims. controlling a partner through financial means became an offence last month. here‘s our business correspondent, katy austin. the economic abuse. i didn‘t even realise the scale of it until i‘d left. claire — which isn‘t her real name — says her violent ex—partner also controlled her financially. when she eventually fled, claire says she was left with nothing.
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he‘d also taken every personal item of mine that was identity — so my passport, my bank statements — so i had nothing to prove who i was, so i couldn‘t really do anything. without id she couldn‘t even access their joint account before her partner had withdrawn all the money. that wasn‘t the only problem. a bank letter sent to claire and her former partner revealed her new address. i was absolutely petrified. i didn‘t know what to do. claire‘s received support from a charity that raises awareness of economic abuse, which can include limiting access to money and other things like housing and clothing. belonging you need to survive... this training session is for staff at lloyds bank‘s new domestic abuse unit — one of the ways the charity is trying to help banks better support victims. there will have been some amazing practice across the board. what can be upsetting sometimes for victims is that they might bank with different institutions, whose responses might be very different.
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economic abuse is set to be defined in law as a form of domestic abuse for the first time, and campaigners say that‘s really helped to focus attention on the issue. as, they say, has a finance industry code of practice around dealing with financial abuse, which was already a crime. they say banks who signed up to that are increasingly bringing in measures which will help victims. examples that high street banks told the bbc they‘ve brought in include... lloyds says the industry is gradually recognising it as an important business issue. customers will start to come to their bank and expect their banks to be taking action in this space, and so i think those things — raising awareness, removing the stigma, increasing the training — all of those things
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will really help to move this issue up people's agenda. who‘s at risk, then? anyone‘s at risk? campaigners say the action taken so far is just the start of a journey towards making sure all financial institutions can help and protect people like claire. it‘s the little things that make the difference, you know? and safety is paramount. katy austin, bbc news. let‘s take a look at some more of today‘s top stories. essex police say they are trying to establish what caused a number of people to develop breathing difficulties on the seafront at frinton and clacton yesterday. beach—goers were advised not to go in the sea. more than 80 firefighters are still tackling a fire at a secondary school in dunfermline. the fire in woodmill high broke out at around 5 o‘clock yesterday evening. there are no reports of any injuries police in lancashire have confirmed a woman‘s body has been found at a cemetery in accrington. officers say they‘re not yet in a position to confirm the woman‘s identity, and have asked the public not to speculate on social media.
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it was a big night in manchester last night, with ariana grande headlining the pride festival. it was the first time she‘d performed in the city since a memorial concert for those killed in the arena bombing two years ago. in the crowd were fans who‘d attended ariana‘s show on the night of the attack in may 2017. two of them met up with our entertainment correspondent, colin paterson to explain why it was so important for them to be there. # so one last time # i need to be the one who takes you home # one more time an emotional ariana grande, back on stage in manchester for the first time since the one love concert more than two years ago. this was not a full performance, but rather a 35—minute set to headline the manchester pride festival, an lgbt+ celebration.
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in may, 2017, 22 people were killed in a terrorist attack at her manchester arena show. last night, security was tight, with only see—through bags allowed and many of the fans who had been there on the night of the attack were back, including mollie and alex. my anxiety has been at an all—time high, let‘s put it that way. it‘s been kinda screwing with my stomach a little bit, but it‘s the sort of thing when i have something presented to me like this i‘m determined. i‘m, like, i want to do this. i'm not going to lie, it did take a lot of time to think about it because of what happened last time, but ijust thought it was a brilliant chance for everybody to get together and show solidarity in the best way. on this tour, ariana grande is playing arena shows in london, birmingham, sheffield and glasgow but for manchester, she‘s done something different. this is pride. i came from italy especially for ariana grande. i‘m here only for her. so proud of her. she's amazing.
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we saw her last week and we told her we've got so much love to give her and that it'sjust going to blow her away. but pride is for over—18s only, meaning that her younger fans missed out. her set consisted of only nine songs, and the likes of thank u, next and no tears left to cry prompted huge sing—alongs. and mollie and alex clearly enjoyed themselves. i was just so grateful i was able to do it and ijust feel so happy and so relieved. it was emotional, as i expected, but i had a really good time. it was amazing. it's better than every other act that's ever come to pride. i'm happy with that. she's phenomenal. absolutely phenomenal! she's the biggest name ever to come to pride. the set wasn‘t long enough, we need more. i'm not crying, because it took too long, but i'm emotional on the inside. many fans thought there would be an onstage announcement
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from ariana grande about her putting on her own manchester show in the future, but there wasn‘t, meaning her performance at pride could be her last in the city for quite a while. colin paterson, bbc news, manchester. cheering a lot of love for her in manchester, a lot of love yesterday for a certain other young man. ben stokes? an heroic performance from ben stokes helped england to win the third test of the ashes at headingley. it had looked unlikely with england facing their highest ever run chase. but an unbeaten 135 from stokes means the series is now drawn 1—1 with two more tests to play and hopes of winning the ashes are still alive. i think ithink in i think in terms of where we were at, in terms of the ashes series, i‘m obviously over the moon that we managed to stay in the series. we
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knew if we lost this game then the ashes were gone. so, to be sat here, especially after getting bowled out for 67, to have a chance of getting the urn back, is an amazing feeling. walking off at the end, time to take everything in and realise what we had just done as a team, notjust as an individual. former england spinner monty panesar says stokes is a once in a generation player. it wasjust it was just unbelievable. we couldn't believe that ben stokes has it in him to produce something special like that. you know, kind of woi'i us special like that. you know, kind of won us the world cup with a special innings there. and then you think, you know, a lot of great cricketers they produce it maybe once every five years or something like that. but he keeps doing it every six months. this guy is unbelievable. if he keeps performing like this, he may even end up being the greatest
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all—rounder to ever may even end up being the greatest all— rounder to ever play may even end up being the greatest all—rounder to ever play the game of cricket. you can listen again to the final hour of ben stokes‘ historic innings on 5 live sports extra or via bbc sounds — where you‘ll also find the reaction from the test match special team. steve bruce claimed his first win as newcastle manager beating tottenham 1—0 away from home. club record signing joelinton with the only goal of the game. bruce, who replaced rafael benitez in the summer, has been criticised by some fans since the start of the season. we had to ride our luck a little bit at times. but overall, i thought to a man they were excellent today. ican i can only keep the praise on them and the coaching staff that have worked with me all week to try and quite —— quieten the storm. manchester city are second in the premier league after a 3—1win
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at bournemouth. sergio aguero scored the first goal 15 minutes in — david silva with the intial cross — he was making his 400th appearance for city and was involved in all three city goals. raheem sterling scored the second. harry wilson pulled one back for bournemouth, but it wouldn‘t be enough as aguero scored again in the second half to secure the win. in the scottish premiership, celtic beat hearts 3—1 to maintain their 100 percent record and stay ahead of rangers who also made it three wins out of three. it was borna barisic who scored the only goal at st mirren for steven gerrard‘s side. the croatian fired this incredible free kick on his return to the side. st mirren have now lost their last four meetings with rangers. rory mcilroy won the tour championship last night in atlanta, the final event in the fedex cup, earning him more than £12 million in prize money. he finished with a birdie on the last hole to win by 4 shots. it‘s the second time that the northern irish man has ta ken the tournament. england‘s women missed out on a bronze medal at the euro hockey championships in antwerp losing to spain. it was 1—1 at full—time and went to a shoot out. england captain hollie pearne—webb,
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unable to score the decisive penalty, leaving england empty handed in the tournament. we are obviously disappointed. i think we are disappointed with the whole tournament in general, for us. but what was pleasing today is that we but what was pleasing today is that we played far better than we did the last game and changed a few things around. yeah, much better, improve performance. but we‘ve got a lot to work on when we get back in. that‘s all the sport for now. thanks, most of that was cheerful. now some bank holiday monday weather. temperatures peaked in london yesterday at 33.3 celsius, making it the warmest late bank holiday weekend day on record. similar conditions expected today for much of the south—east of england, east anglia and central and southern england. more sunshine and still feeling very warm indeed. some showers for parts of devon and
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cornwall, some rain edging into the western isles and are generally cooler for western isles and are generally coolerfor much of western isles and are generally cooler for much of scotland, northern ireland and for wales. heat hangs on in south—east england. now, on monday night an uncomfortable night‘s sleep again for many. towards the east, the showers are pushing their way into parts of wales, heavy and thundery uptimes. the rain is now over northern ireland. some spells of heavy rain, some wet weather here as we head into tomorrow morning. the weather front continues its journey eastwards, there will also be some heavy, thundery showers tomorrow. tracking north eastwards, generally cloudier and cooler. the heat and sunshine will last towards the south—east of england, temperatures nudging 30 degrees. hello, this is bbc news with carrie gracie. the headlines... the international response to the devastating amazon fires the g7 looks to make an emergency deal to help tackle the crisis.


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