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welcome to bbc news, i'm chris rogers. our top stories: do you find that mr depp has proven by clear and convincing third to mark answer — yes. the hollywood actorjohnny depp wins his multimillion—dollar lawsuit against his former wife amber heard. russia accuses the united states of escalating the conflict in ukraine, after president biden promises to send hi—tech rockets to help ukrainian forces. another shooting incident in the united states — four people are dead and others are injured at a hospital campus, in tulsa, oklahoma. and the final rehearsals have taken place and the celebrations are about to begin, for queen elizabeth's 70 years as monarch.
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johnny depp has won his libel case against his former wife, amber heard , after she claimed in an article that she'd endured domestic violence during their 15 month marriage. the jury found that ms heard's statements about her marriage were false and that she'd acted with actual malice. our correspondent, david sillito, reports. mr foreperson, is this the verdict of the jury? after six weeks in court and six years of angry disputes since their divorce, finally, a judgement by a jury on the allegations that johnny depp had violently assaulted his ex—wife, amber heard. was this defamation? the answer... yes. cheering.
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outside, there were cheers from the waiting fans, the end of a trial that had been provoked by an article in the washington post in which amber heard had written of being a victim of domestic abuse, allegations that she said were backed up with real proof. there were videos, photographs and, remember, a uk court ruled in 2020 that her account of abuse during her marriage was substantially true. slapped me across the face. then he slapped me again. hejust kicked me — in the back. i thought he was the love of my life. he was, but he was also this other thing. cheering. for six weeks, johnny depp has arrived at court each day to cheers. amber heard, silence — and sometimes worse.
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can you please tell the jury why you're here today? um, yes... the answer to that question was reputation. johnny depp, hollywood star, was trying to prove to the world that his ex—wife�*s claims of domestic violence were simply untrue. and more than that, he was claiming that he was the real victim. ms heard, in herfrustration and in her rage and her anger, she would strike out. she'd given me a good chop in the ear, you know. suddenly... i said, "go ahead, hit me." bam! so, two completely different accounts of a marriage, and one in whichjohnny depp said he was the victim, and that is what the jury has agreed with today. and not only that, they have accepted that amber heard acted with malice, with a reckless
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disregard for the truth. but there has been a second case going on here, one that's been taking place in the court of popular opinion. over six weeks, amber heard had been accused of lying, faking injuries, fabricating evidence. and online... i receive hundreds of death threats regularly, if not daily. thousands since this trial has started, people mocking... ..mocking my testimony about being assaulted. this was a case all about words — amber heard's right to say she was a victim of domestic violence, an accusation that johnny depp says was simply a lie, he was the victim here. and thejury — and much of the watching public — has, after hearing it all, believed him. david sillito, bbc news,
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fairfax, virginia. a war of words has erupted between moscow and washington over america's decision to supply advanced rocket sorry, we are having problems with our... we are having problems with our autocue at the moment. what would you like me to read? well, earlier i spoke to a lawyer in los angeles to get her take on the case. johnny set a high standard, the need to prove the statements were false by clear and convincing evidence. it is a higher standard than we typically have in a civil case, which is preponderance of the evidence, on most likely or
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not. they need to prove that actual malice, that reckless disregard for the truth or actual knowledge. the fact that johnny depp was able to overcome these legal hurdles which are much higher in here the states than they are in the uk burden is on the defendant to prove that the statements are substantially true was nothing short of extraordinary. this is one of the most surprising legal and public relations comebacks in my 20—year legal career. so why do you think then that thejury came to so why do you think then that the jury came to the decision that they did? two reasons, johnny depp was simply more likeable and credible. amber heard lied, not even statements related to the abuse. she lied about donating $7 million to charity. she lied about leaking video and tipping off reporters. she exaggerated about her injuries. she testified that she thought johnny depp was going to kill her, that he struck are so many
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times that she lost count. but in video she presented to the jury in video she presented to the jury and to the world, it did not support an attempted murder orfelony assault, it not support an attempted murder or felony assault, it showed misdemeanour battery. because of those lies and exaggerations you lost credibility with the jurors and they rejected her testimony entirely. huge amounts of money, £2 million has to be paid to her byjohnny depp. she has to pay him $50 million. it is an awful lot of money, do you think this is a case about money or reputation? this case had nothing to do with money. the lawyers for johnny depp didn't ask the jurors to award anything. this was a case of a johnny depp telling his story here in the united states in front of cameras. his lawyers wanted cameras. his lawyers wanted cameras in the courtroom and her lawyers did not. he wanted to clear his name. now he will be one of the most wanted actor for every hollywood studio and every corporate sponsorship, whereas amber heard, her career
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is essentially over. i don't think any studio will cast her. a war of words has erupted. russia has accused the united states of adding fuel to the fire with the move. the weapons, which have been described as game changers, have a longer range than russia's. russian forces are now said to be in control of around 70% of the strategically important city of severodonetsk. james waterhouse has the latest from kyiv. faces of anxiety, wives and mothers of ukrainian soldiers on the front line, brought together by a frustration of their lack of support. translation: i'm very worried. i know he's sitting in the trenches there. i know there are wounded and killed. i believe that if they receive proper weapons, they're real warriors and they will fight for the serenity of ukraine, defend our country and get our
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seized territories back. olga's son was called up to fight two months ago. today is his [list birthday. translation: it is his birthday today, but i cannot even - congratulate him and tell him that i love him and wait for him. a56 miles to the east, a reflection of ukraine's loosening grip on the luhansk region, satellite images showing damage from shelling to komyshuvakha and severodonetsk. russian soldiers now appear to move through its streets and wander into this state security service building. they're thought to be chechen fighters, and have a reputation for being fierce. almost all of the luhansk region is in moscow's control. russia's gains are relatively small, but the cities they now occupy won't be easily retaken, and that is why ukraine is asking for help to do more than simply be on the defensive.
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one wish has been granted by the us — precision—guided missiles, which can travel up to 45 miles — with a condition. the ukrainians have given us assurances that they will not use these systems against targets on russian territory. there is a strong trust bond between ukraine and the united states, as well as with our allies and partners. the kremlin has described kyiv�*s request for weapons as a provocation to bring the west into this war. ukraine has long seen them as crucial for its survival. james waterhouse, bbc news, in kyiv. our russia editor steve rosenberg has more on moscow's response. you will not be surprised to learn that moscow is very angry
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about this. today, president putin's spokesperson said that by sending these advanced rocket systems to ukraine, america was purposefully and diligently adding fuel to the fire. america, he continued, has clearly decided to with russia until the last ukranian is killed. earlier, we had comments from the deputy russian foreign minister who gave an interview to a state news agency. he was asked about the prospect of direct military confrontation between america and russia. he said, any armed shipments that continue, that are on the rise increase the risk of a development. russian officials complain more and more that by sending weapons to kyiv, europe and the united states are prolonging hostilities in ukraine. but, whenever the kremlin accuses washington of putting fuel on the fire it ignores the fact
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that the fire was started by russia. police in oklahoma say four people have been shooting at a hospital. let's get more details from david willis. the shooting occurred at a hospital campus in the city of tulsa, oklahoma. officials got the calljust before six o'clock in the evening, local time. they were warned that there were multiple injuries and potentially multiple casualties. the local police chief describes the scene as catastrophic. it has since emerged that they were four people killed by the gunman who then committed suicide, shooting himself. a sick person is said to be in a critical condition. the white house as president biden has been informed of this incident, and the white house is offering support to local and state
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officials. it is thought that the gunman in this case was looking for a particular doctor in this hospital complex. it's not clear whether indeed he managed to make contact with that position. police are yet to identify the gunman, although they say he is aged 35. this, of course, isjust the latest shooting in this country, coming eight days after an 18—year—old gunman opened fire on a classroom in the neighbouring state of texas, killing 19 schoolchildren and two teachers. and, 18 days after another 18—year—old gunman opened fire in a grocery store in the city of buffalo, new york, killing ten people. president biden has called for tougher gun control laws in this country, and indeed a small group of bipartisan — a bipartisan group of senators has been meeting to discuss
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some possible measures. but, republicans remain starkly opposed to any form of gun control measures in this country, they argue that more policing, greater mental health checks are the answer to incidents like this. indeed, it's now that there will be very little done as a result of this. indeed, there were caused by measures after the sandy hook shooting nearly ten years ago but no legislation ended up being passed by congress. david willis there. in being passed by congress. david willis there.- being passed by congress. david willis there. in the us, the 18-year-old _ david willis there. in the us, the 18-year-old accused - david willis there. in the us, the 18-year-old accused of. the 18—year—old accused of killing ten by people in new york last month has been charged with murder, hate crimes and domestic terrorism. prosecutors allege that the man who earlier pleaded not guilty was motivated by racial hatred. stay with bbc news if you can. still to come — 1a and
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counting, we will tell you about one queen and a lot of american presidents. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning, in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 74. outspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times world champion. he was a good fighter. he fought all the way to the . end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles�* lp, sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century.
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agatha this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: the hollywood actorjohnny depp wins his multimillion—dollar lawsuit against his former wife amber heard. russia accuses the united states of escalating the conflict in ukraine after president biden promises to send advanced rocket systems to help ukrainian forces. mexican officials say hurricane agatha, the first of the pacific season, killed 11 people when it struck the south of the country on tuesday. at least 22 others are missing, mostly in mountainous areas. gail maclellan reports. this makes clear the awful power of the storm. the
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hurricane hit with winds of 169 kilometres when it made landfall on the kilometres when it made landfall on the coast. kilometres when it made landfall on the coast. people were swept away as heavy rain triggered landslide and destroyed buildings. many didn't want to leave their homes, fearing they would leave every. homes, fearing they would leave eve . ~ ., every. when we were told we leave we _ every. when we were told we leave we wanted _ every. when we were told we leave we wanted to _ every. when we were told we leave we wanted to take - leave we wanted to take something but we couldn't. i didn't take a single plate, cup or change of clothes, not even sheets or towels, nothing. this was the strongest _ sheets or towels, nothing. this was the strongest hurricane to hit the mexican pacific coast this time of year since records began. flash floods, and rock falls continue to threaten mountain communities and with communications down, the vulnerable will be harder to read. it was a football match unlike almost any other — ukraine taking on scotland in a long—delayed world cup qualifier. of course, the build—up was entirely dominated by russia's ongoing invasion
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of the visiting side's country, with some of ukraine's players having not played a competitive match for months. our correspondentjoe inwood watched the match with a group of soldiers in the capital, kyiv. this is no normal world cup qualifier, and these are no normal fans. these young ukrainians have all volunteered to join the fight against russia's invasion. 23—year—old alex used to be a software engineer. he will soon be heading to the front. i will be really proud of myself, because i'm doing a really great thing for my country. football is a big deal here, even in the darkest of times. everybody, especially the ukrainian team, feel their responsibility, because they want to show to us that they are fighting, too. now, of course, normally for a game like this, this significant, all the bars, the restaurants, the sports
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pubs would be packed, but of course there's a curfew, and so people are watching it at home — or, in this instance, in their military base. an unusual setting for an almost unique sporting event. right now, for us, it's really- important to have some victory, like we won eurovision, and also the ukrainians| would be really happy if we win this match. i but in their way, a scotland team that almost everyone assumed would beat ukraine. but not here. cheering. 1-0. cheering. 2-0. these soldiers have grown used to remarkable victories, but they also know that victory can turn into defeat. it's actually been a really good game, but it is getting tense now. ukraine have got a one—goal advantage, but scotland are pushing. it's getting nerve—racking, even for the neutrals. cheering.
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we won this match, so it's really great, so it means that there is nothing impossible for our country, and we're going to win this war. joe inwood, bbc news, in kyiv. the uk is preparing forfour days of celebrations for queen elizabeth's platinum jubilee. a host of events are planned nationwide, with many communities throwing their own jubilee parties to mark the queen's 70 years on the throne. here's our royal correspondent nicholas witchell. the final preparations are almost complete, for a celebration that's been 70 years in the making. in the pre—dawn gloom of a rather damp capital city, the horse guards and others have been tracing the route to be taken by sunday's pageant.
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on horse guards parade, the footguards have been preparing for the event that will launch thejubilee, the first full—scale trooping the colour for three years. and outside buckingham palace, a huge stage has been under construction for saturday's bbc party at the palace. it is the platinum jubilee, an opportunity to step back briefly from everyday pressures, to show appreciation to a long—reigning monarch. it's the story of all our lives, as well as the story of her life, that we're celebrating. and i think, particularly at the moment, with the way the world is, the way some people feel about politics in this country, and around the world, the way people feel about putin and what is happening in ukraine, you look at the queen, and you see somebody who has been consistent, decent, dignified and there, delivering the goods, delivering on her promises, for seven decades. quite how visible the queen will be at thisjubilee
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is unclear. it's hoped she'll be able to appear on the palace balcony. absent from the balcony will be the sussexes — harry and meghan — and the duke of york. this isn't the moment for reminders of family difficulties. it has been difficult, this period, and i think hard on the queen, really, to have these sort of family problems quite so much in the public limelight. some die—hard royalists are already camping along the mall. however, their devotion is not universal. not everyone across the country will find this celebration to their taste — not everyone is a monarchist. but it is surely true that the overwhelming majority of people have deep respect for this monarch, and her 70 years of service. in herjubilee message, issued with a new photograph, the queen says she hopes the next four days will give people a chance to reflect on what has been achieved over the past 70 years.
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thejubilee programme will also be a chance for millions of people at different events across the country to say thank you for her 70 years of service. nicholas witchell, bbc news. 70 years is a long, long time, and her majesty has met countless world leaders. there have been 1k us presidents while the queen has been on the throne, and she's spent time with almost all of them as the bbc�*s tim allman explains. archive newsreel: america salutes, as the big _ royal canadian air force plane lands at washington airport. she wasn't even queen when she met herfirst president. princess elizabeth arriving in washington in 1951. her first visit to the states, and harry s truman was there to say hello. it certainly is a very great pleasure for me, as the president of the united states, to welcome you to the capital of our country.
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the president's car is now approaching, and princess elizabeth awaits his rival. this time she was playing host, this time to president eisenhower, who she invited to her castle at balmoral, in scotland. next up, president kennedy, seen here at a state banquet in buckingham palace in 1961. the only president she never met was lyndonjohnson, but she did meet his successor, richard nixon, in 1969. president gerald ford welcomed her to the white house in 1976, as part of america's bicentennial celebrations. another banquet, another president, this time jimmy carter being wined and dined at the palace. president reagan made quite the impression on uk—us relations, so much so he was given an honorary knighthood. as was his vice president, george bush snr, when he took
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over at the oval office. bill clinton met the queen several times, this, his final trip to the uk before leaving office. george w bush invited her to a state dinner at the white house, where she paid tribute to the bonds between the two countries. if the atlantic unites, not divides us, ours i is a partnership always to be reckoned with in| the defence of freedom. president number 12 was barack obama, being shown around the picture gallery at buckingham palace. donald trump was invited to tea at windsor castle, as was his successor, joe biden, the latest president to have the honour of meeting this longest lasting of queens. tim allman, bbc news.
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that's the latest from bbc news. you can keep up—to—date on the website form our, from me on the team, thank you for watching. hello again. we had some warm spells of sunshine around on wednesday but also some scattered showers, particularly across northern and eastern areas. one or two heavy ones mixed in. but in the west, a largely fine day — some lovely sunshine there in anglesey. satellite picture, at the moment, shows largely clear skies, but we do have some thicker cloud approaching from the northwest. that's going to be bringing some rain into northern ireland, as we head deeper into thursday, but for the time being, the skies are clear in most areas and it's another pretty chilly night, really, underneath those clear skies, with light winds for the time of year. we are looking at temperatures down to around 5—7 celsius for a number of you, which is on the cool side, certainly, forjune. now, looking at the pressure charts, pressure's actually rising a little bit across the uk, but then we've got this weather front —
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that area of cloud i showed you a moment ago — well, that is set to swing its way in, so cloud will increase across northern ireland, and we'll steadily see outbreaks of rain moving in here, turning quite heavy, by the time we get to the afternoon. scotland, england and wales, a lovely sunny start to the morning, if somewhat cool, but those temperatures will quickly rise. a bit of cloud bubbles up. that could bring a few scattered showers to scotland and northern england, but for many, it's a dry day. temperatures a bit higher — 18 in glasgow, but we're into 19—21 kind of territory for england and wales, so it is warmer. that warmer trend to the weather continues into friday, but again, friday not wholly dry. there will be a a few showers, this time across wales, northwest england, western scotland and northern ireland. again, pretty well spaced out, so you do have a chance of missing them. the emphasis is still on some warm spells of sunshine, for most. temperatures quite widely reaching the high teens to low 20s. now, this weekend, the weather will stay fine across the north of the uk, so scotland, northern ireland and northern england keeping the dry weather and sunshine, but the weather starts to get
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more iffy in the south. you see, on saturday, we'll start to see some thundery showers move up from the near continent, the greatest risk of those probably across the southwest of england and south wales. there will be a few more storms coming up through saturday night, and then into sunday, the storms kind of merge together to give some spells of heavier rain across parts of england and wales. now, this rain band could vary in position a little bit by the time we get to sunday, but, nevertheless, warm spells of sunshine, a few showers over the next few days, but we are going to see some heavy, thundery rain developing over the weekend.
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the headlines: the hollywood actorjohnny depp has won his libel case against his former wife, amber heard. she claimed in an article that she'd endured domestic violence during their 15—month marriage. thejury found ms heard acted with actual malice. mr depp has been awarded $15 million in damages. a war of words has erupted between moscow and washington over america's decision to supply advanced rocket artillery to ukraine. russia has accused the united states of adding fuel to the fire with the move. the weapons, which have been described as game changers, have a longer range than russia's. police in the us city of tulsa in oklahoma say four people have been killed in a shooting in a hospital campus.
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