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this is bbc news: i'm tim willcox with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. a change in tack as president trump brings his daily virus briefings back. he urges americans to socially distance and wear masks as deaths rise across the us. when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask. get a mask. whether you like the mask or not, they have an impact — they will have an effect, and we need every thing we can get. british lawmakers criticise the government for not doing enough to tackle the threat from russia, as their report reveals the uk's one of moscow's top targets. more claims in court aboutjohnny depp and ex—wife amber heard's relationship — she says he hit her more
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than fourteen times while they were together. and thanks and respect forjack charlton, one of england's world cup football heroes — as crowds line the streets for his funeral. hello and welcome. president trump has used his first coronavirus briefing in weeks to warn that the situation will get worse before it gets better. tens of thousands of new cases are identified every day in the us, and more than 140,000 people have died. speaking at the white house, mr trump urged americans to wear face coverings when they could not maintain social distancing — an apparent change in tone from his previous reluctance
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to wear or recommend masks. everybody that. . .when you are not able to socially distance, wear a mask. get a mask. whether you like the mask or not — they have an impact, they will have an effect, and we need everything we can get. donald trump has said the us has conducted nearly three times as many tests as all of the other countries in the western hempishere. per capita, the us is conducting 50% more tests than europe. we have conducted nearly three times as many tests as all of the other countries in the western hemisphere combined. over 50 million tests. this allows us to isolate those who are infected, even those without symptoms, so we know exactly where it's going and when it's going to be there. president trump has said that fatalites have now fallen 75% since the middle of april.
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fatalities nationwide have fallen — 75% since mid april. it's a great number. as cases and fatalities rise in certain hard—hit states which we are looking at right now, we are surging personnel supplies and therapeutics. we, again, have tremendous amounts of supplies. we are in very good shape and we can move them quickly. here's our correspondent peter bowes in los angeles on this briefing. this was a noticeably more measured tone from the president. i think we can only believe that he has been talking to his advisers who have been pointing out the fact that he has certainly been losing the debate and losing the argument in terms of public opinion — because his political rival, joe biden, is ahead in the opinion polls with the election now less than four months away, and the overriding issue for most americans is the way that president trump and his administration have dealt with the coronavirus. the verdict has not been positive for the president.
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i think today we are seeing an acknowledgement of that. although, the president tacitly won't come out and say, "i got it wrong." he simply changes his shift in focus and perhaps as we have just heard from a bit more encouraging to people to do all of those things that his health advisers have been saying all along, or at least for the last couple of months, like "wear a mask, be socially distance, "wash your hands frequently come to take extra care "with at—risk populations." it seems to be acknowledgement that he needs, perhaps, to pull back, get in line a little bit with what the doctors are saying for the sake of his popularity with the election coming up fast. his task force though if experts were not with him? they weren't. that raises questions in itself. why weren't they with him? this wasn't the kind of coronavirus task force briefing that we are use to
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backin briefing that we are use to back in april. they ended very suddenly after the president said some frankly azar things the use of bleach and ingesting certain chemicals that might eventually kill the virus —— bizarre. clearly, he was saying things that were extreme in terms of what his medical experts believed, and that seems to have sealed the fate of the briefings at that point. it was the president's show, he was the only person on the podium today. it looks as if he feels as if he needs to be seen to be taking the lead on this. what he did was essentially reflect what those experts are saying. so how long this tone will last for the president? he wasn't asked any particular questions. remember, he used to get in fights with reporters during these briefings. he didn't hear anything that particularly angered him. he was asked at one point whether he thinks he will be judged by his dealing with the chi... virus come the election, and he
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says the american people will decide whether to elite —— reelect him according to a numberof reelect him according to a number of issues and he put number of issues and he put numberone at number of issues and he put number one at the list the way that he restored the economy and the way in which the economy was during well before the pandemic started. peter ball speaking with me from los angeles. us state after new york to report more than 400,000 covid—19 cases, according to a reuters tally ——after months of delay the uk parliament has finally been able to publish its report into allegations of russian intereference in british public life. it accuses the government and the intelligence services of failing to investigate the nature of the threat and how it might have affected for example the 2016 eu referendum. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. nine months overdue, after years of suspicion. finally in black and white, parliament's independent verdict on how russia threatens the uk. but rather than explosive new facts, a different finding. shocking. 0utrage. astonishing. there was reason to fear russia might meddle in the biggest decision in decades, the eu referendum. but evidence of that, the government didn't seek and didn't find.
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the uk government have actively avoided looking for evidence that russia interfered. we were told that they hadn't seen any evidence, but that is meaningless if they hadn't looked for it. the committee found it astonishing that no one in government had sought beforehand to protect the referendum from such attempts, or investigated afterwards what attempt to influence it there may have been. the outrage isn't that there was interference. the outrage is that no one would want to know if there was interference. successive governments have welcomed russian oligarchs and their money with open arms, and there is a lot of russians with very close links to putin who are now very well integrated into both uk business, political and social scene. is it your belief that the government deliberately
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looked the other way, or do you think that they simply dropped the ball in terms of looking for political interference? and who do you hold responsible? i wouldn't want to say that the uk government deliberately avoided asking the questions. but nevertheless, they did avoid asking the questions. the security and defence not only of our democracy, but of our people, should be the first role of government. the government here have clearly us down. ——the government here have clearly let us down. mps said there was reason to believe russia tried to interfere in the vote on scottish independence in 2014, but there wasn't the capability or the curiosity to monitor interference in the eu referendum. as successive prime ministers tried to manage the awkward diplomatic dance, oligarchs are accused of trying to buy influence in london. the committee also claims
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number ten misled the public when they said there wasn't time to complete all the checks and process around the report before last year's election. are you saying he's lied about why it shouldn't be published? i know there's a new thing that if number ten says something, it's got to be true. unfortunately, on this occasion, it clearly wasn't. number ten is adamant they did nothing wrong and the eu referendum was fair. did russia interfere? and the foreign secretary, with his american counterpart today, rejected the committee's claims. russia is a top national security priority. we call out russia when it is necessary. we've shown that we are not for a second complacent about the threat russia poses when it comes to cyber. labour is echoing the committee's call to investigate now what went before. the report is quite damning. it paints a very bad picture of a government that was far too slow to wake up to the threat posed by russia towards our democracy, far too slow to take the actions required.
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good morning... yet as cabinet met in person, spaced out today in the gilded caverns of the foreign office, it was clear the government wants to move on, with little desire to dwell on this awkward subject. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. we have just heard we havejust heard in laura's reports, the report by the commons intelligence and security committee described russian influence in the uk as "the new normal" — and said successive governments had welcomed rich oligarchs with open arms — without asking too many questions about the source of their wealth. 0ur security correspondent gordon corera has more details. the uk is one of russia's top intelligence targets, today's report said, but it questions whether the country is equipped to respond. the report details russia's aggressive use of spying, especially in cyberspace, stealing information. it points to its use of assassination, going after russians abroad like sergei skripal, poisoned with nerve agent in salisbury in 2018.
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and most significantly, it points to a long—running campaign of political interference, meddling in events around the world. this russian campaign is the new normal, we were told today. but the report also says the uk has been slow to respond. it is tough on britain's spies, saying they treated the task of defending the democratic system like a hot potato, with no one wanting to take charge amid competing demands like stopping terrorist attacks. but the real criticism is for the government forfailing to give the spies clear direction. and as well as not investigating recent events like the brexit referendum, the report also says there was a longer term problem of not seeing the challenge from moscow. the killing of alexander litvinenko in london using radioactive polonium 14 years ago was a clear indication of the danger, the committee said, but it was a warning that went unheeded, his widow told me.
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do you feel that britain failed to learn the lesson of what happened to your husband in 2006? unfortunately, i would like to say yes. and because there was no strong reaction after that, we received salisbury. now we are discussing about hacking attacks to try to get a vaccine from british scientists. why has there not been a tougher line? the committee says russian money has been allowed to seep into public life, what it calls the london laundromat, recycling illicit cash while powerful oligarchs aid the kremlin. all of this buys moscow influence, according to one witness who gave evidence to the committee. there is a lot of russian money sloshing around london, and it creates an enormous conflict of interest, and a conflict of interest creates political pressure. and i think the reason why things haven't been done is because there's too many people who are feeding at the trough.
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there had been speculation that one former russian official, now a british citizen who has given more than £1 million to conservatives, might be named in the report. but he was not, and he told me there was a russian threat, but it's about more than money. it's not a report about me, it's a report about us, because they are really a threat, the russian threat exists, absolutely. my point is that there is a more serious threat of cyber attack. existing laws may be out of date and new powers needed to counter russian spies and influence, the committee said. but today's report also raises questions as to whether the british state has notjust the tools, but the desire to confront moscow. gordon corera, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: the plight of south korea's moon bears being killed so their parts can be used for medicine.
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coming down the ladder now. that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30—year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity, and an increase in malfunctioning sperm unable to swim properly. thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunch time, as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter.
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this is bbc news, the latest headlines president trump uses his first coronavirus briefing in weeks to change tack and urge americans to wear masks when they can't socially distance. british lawmakers criticise the government for not doing enough to tackle the threat from russia, as their report reveals the uk's one of moscow's top targets. at the high court in london — amber heard has been questioned about injuries she claimed were caused by her former husband — the actorjohnny depp. she's been giving evidence for a second day — at the libel case brought by mr depp against the sun newspaper — which had claimed he was a wife—beater. he strongly denies the allegations — as our correspondent
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david sillito reports. amber heard, and day two of the account of the alleged abuse she said she suffered at the hands ofjohnny depp. this libel case against newsgroup newspapers has been brought byjohnny depp after an article in the sun described him as a wife beater. that article was based on allegations by amber heard, johnny depp's former wife. she said during their relationship and marriage, she was assaulted over 14 times and on occasions was fearfulfor her life. today's questioning began in the days leading up to this moment when amber heard sought a restraining order against johnny depp in may 2016. at the time of her court appearance, a photo was published that showed what appeared to be a red mark on her cheek. amber heard says it was an injury caused by a phone being hurled at her face byjohnny depp. the court was then shown cctv footage of her at her apartment building after the assault talking to the concierge.
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she was asked... he was going to push my sister down the stairs. she was attempting to break us up. there was then questioning about this video statement about an alleged incident on the staircase in 2015 in which she sastohnny depp hit her in front of her sister. in court, she was asked if she had hitjohnny depp. she was then asked why she never mentioned this before and answered... questioning continued
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and it was put to her... johnny depp strenuously denies ever assaulting amber heard, and a number of witnesses said they saw no injury during these days leading up to their separation. amber heard says the marks were hidden by make—up. david sillito, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. the us secretary of state, mike pompeo, has encouraged every nation to push back against the chinese communist party — following talks with boris johnson and dominic raab in london. mr pompeo congratulated the uk for banning huawei from its 5g networks — and welcomed the government's response to china's new security law in hong kong. he also said he hoped britain and america could conclude a trade deal "as soon as possible". saudi arabia's 84—year—old ruler, king salman bin abdulaziz is in hospital in the capital riyadh. state media says he is
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holding a virtual cabinet meeting from there. it also reports he is undergoing medical checks for a gall bladder infection. about a dozen people have been freed from a bus in ukraine after the country's president complied with the hostage—ta ker‘s bizarre demand that he promote a film about animal rights. volodymyr zelensky used social media to encourage people to watch the 2005 production, earthlings. the armed man then began to release the hostages in the city of lutsk. animal rights campaigners are asking the south korean president for help to save hundreds of the country's caged moon bears. over 400 bears are being kept on farms across the country. they're waiting to be killed for their parts which some people use as medicine.0ur seoul correspondent laura bicker has this report — you may find some of the scenes upsetting. distressed, she rocks from side to side.
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she's not known life beyond these rusty bars. over 120 moon bears are crammed in filthy cages on this farm. some are missing limbs and fur. all are just waiting to die. translation: i started the farm to sell bear bile.
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