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this is bbc news, i'm david eades with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister, but four in ten of his own mps go against him in a vote of confidence. the opposition urge him to stand down but he remains defiant. i think it is a convincing result, a decisive result and what it means is that as a government we can move on and focus on stuff i think that matters. focus on stuff i think that matters-_ focus on stuff i think that matters. �* , , , . focus on stuff i think that matters. �* , , , matters. the british public are fed u - , matters. the british public are fed up. fed — matters. the british public are fed up. fed up _ matters. the british public are fed up, fed up with _ matters. the british public are fed up, fed up with a - matters. the british public are fed up, fed up with a prime i fed up, fed up with a prime minister_ fed up, fed up with a prime minister who promises big but never— minister who promises big but never delivers. ukraine's president zelensky visits frontline troops in the donbas, as fierce street—battles take place in the city of severodonetsk. ryanair comes under fire,
for forcing its south african passengers to take an afrikaans language test before being allowed to board their flight. a top movie earning top dollar, but the makers of the latest blockbuster "top gun: maverick" are now in a fight for the profits, as they're sued for copyright infringement. and how a man and a tree written into plans for a great olympic garden near the eiffel tower in paris. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. borisjohnson has survived a vote of confidence in his leadership of the conservative party, although more than 40% of tory mps voted against him. he described the result as "decisive". but one of mrjohnson�*s critics
said it was a "very bad result", and he would be surprised if mrjohnson was still in downing street by the end of the autumn. our political editor, chris mason, has the story of the vote, the result and the reaction. after months of awkward question for borisjohnson, weeks of mounting speculation and a day of intense public, sometimes angry, arguments, the moment — a verdict, the result with yes, the potential to remove mrjohnson as prime minister but also shape his future in thejob. the vote in favour of having confidence in borisjohnson as leader was 211 votes and the vote against was 148 votes... gasping ..and therefore, i can announce that the parliamentary party does have confidence. cheering a mathematical victory for borisjohnson
but boy, those numbers are awkward for him. more than 40% of his mps labelling him a liability the country would be better off without. but he insisted... i think it's an extremely good, positive, conclusive, decisive result which enables us to move on, to unite and to focus on delivery and that is exactly what we're going to do. westminster is now digesting the result. those wanting mrjohnson out beaten tonight but insisting they're not defeated. i think frankly it is very had indeed. i was expecting we might make three figures. i hadn't expected more than a third of the parliamentary party expressing no confidence in the prime minister. that is severely damaging for him and his reputation. for the opposition parties today, a chance to stand back and watch their opponents in a mess. this evening, the conservative party had a decision to make, to show some backbone or to back boris johnson.
the british public are fed up, fed up with a prime minister who promises big, but never delivers. the day began with an sir graham brady announcing the moment some conservative mps longed for and others desperately hoped to avoid had come. the threshold of 15% of the parliamentary party seeking a vote of confidence in the prime minister has been passed. therefore, a vote of confidence will take place within the rules of the 1922 committee. within moments, the public argument began, cabinet ministers offering their best spin on things. do you expect that the bottom line of this vote of confidence is bad news for any leader? i think that i've already said to some other broadcasters, it's the privilege of any member of parliament to choose to request a new leader. i don't think that's the right choice but i'm not going to condemn people. how can the prime minister possibly recover from this?
by winning. and a i—vote win is enough. two cabinet ministers turning out together, what does that say? it suggests to me that you are worried. i would say it suggests unity and strength, we're both in the same position of supporting the prime minister. i think it's the right thing for our country and our party to draw a line under this tonight and move forward and get back to focusing on the core issues that effect all of our constituents. yes, i echo what brandon hasjust said. i really urge my conservative colleagues in parliament to unite today. supporters in the foreground, critics wanting to be heard too, as the prime minister's anti—corruption champion decided to resign. leadership and integrity are absolutely central to the ministerial code, they are baked into it, they run through it like a stick of rock and what i'm afraid is that means he's broken the ministerial code and that means as a result, it's a resignation matterfor any minister and it also has to be a resignation matter for me as well. and there was another junior resignation later. john lamont stood down as a ministerial aid to the foreign secretary.
then to next a potential successor as prime minister. jeremy hunt took on borisjohnson last time and lost. today he tweeted: and if you think that sounds blunt, listen to this response to it from the culture secretary. i'm incredibly disappointed thatjeremy hunt, who's said throughout, "i'm not going to challenge the prime minister "while there's a war in ukraine," has come out and challenged the prime minister on the day russia sends rockets into kyiv. a party rowing in public, a result some distance from definitive. the questions about boris johnson's future won't go away. chris mason, bbc news at westminster. depending who you are you willing to put it in very different ways of stopping of the newspapers, we will start on the left side of centre you like with the sort
of opposition views. this is the guardian, pm clinging to power after vote humiliation, a line he has a critics cast doubt on leaders claim of extremely good conclusive results. the daily mirror goes for parties over, boris, saying he suffers a brutal attack by 148 of his own mps and is warned he will be out in a year. as for the times on the government side of the equation, a wounded vector, and the result is worse than expected, so that is the view even from his own side of the fence and the daily telegraph which is the paper that he has tended to write for as a journalist and a columnist, hollow victory tears tories apart, so not a lot of good news therefore borisjohnson in terms of interpretation. i should say if you want the unvarnished impartial view on it all go to our website and we have not only what happened over the course of the last 24
hours or so but where that might lead. how could the conservatives change their leader? russia's un ambassador has walked out of a security council meeting after the president of the european council, charles michel, blamed the russian invasion of ukraine for causing a globalfood crisis. mr michel told the meeting in new york that russia was using food supplies as a stealth missile against the developing world, forcing people into poverty. the dramatic consequences of russia's war are spilling over across the globe and this is driving up food prices, pushing people into poverty and destabilising entire regions. and russia is solely responsible for the food crisis, russia alone. despite the kremlin�*s campaign of lies and disinformation. and it is russian
tanks, russian bombs and mines that are preventing ukraine from planting and harvesting. the kremlin is also targeting grain storages and stealing grain in ukraine while shifting the blame on others. this is cowardly, this is propaganda, pure and simple propaganda. the russian envoy, vassily nebenzia, has accused mr michel of spreading lies. it comes as ukrainian officials say their military has repelled seven russian attacks across the donbas region over the past 24 hours, with intense fighting continuing in severodonetsk. our defence correspondent jonathan beale has more details. fighting in the city of severodonetsk has been described as the hottest of the conflict, with relentless russian artillery strikes reducing the area to rubble and ashes. ukraine's president zelensky
has called the situation hell. this weekend, sheltered in a building, he made his first visit to troops there, fighting against huge odds — an effort to boost morale. translation: you are true heroes of our country, - ukraine. you are heroes of war. because of you we have and will have our land and our country. ukraine's forces are outnumbered and outgunned. russia's vast arsenal of artillery trying to pummel and break ukrainian resistance. both sides are taking heavy casualties. but for ukraine, more help will soon be on its way. today, britain announced it will be sending this, its most advanced rocket launcher. following the lead of the us,
which is supplying ukraine with a similar system. this british army version can fire a dozen rockets in a minute, and has a range of up to 50 miles — further than most of russia's artillery. the flow of western weapons has already angered moscow, though president putin is also trying to play down its significance. translation: we believe that the delivery of - rocket systems by the united states and some other countries is related to making up for the losses of combat hardware. there is nothing new about that, and this actually changes nothing. the question now — will these weapons arrive in time to make a difference? and in such small numbers — the us is sending just four of its rocket launchers to ukraine, the uk, another three — but for ukraine, every little helps. jonathan beale, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other main news. sri lanka's embattled president, gotabaya rajapaksa, has insisted that he will serve his remaining two years in office.
the president has been facing weeks of protests calling for him to resign, triggered by severe shortages of essential goods and spiralling inflation. a former leader of the far—right proud boys group has been charged in the us with seditious conspiracy for his alleged role in the storming last year of congress. enrique tarrio and four other men are accused of plotting the attack. health officials in montreal are offering monkeypox vaccinations to people who are at high risk of catching the disease. those receiving the vaccinations include people who have been in contact with confirmed cases in the last 14 days. around 30 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks, with more than 900 confirmed or suspected cases, mainly in europe. a retired british geologist, seen here on the left, has been jailed for 15 years for attempting to remove artefacts from iraq. jim fitton collected 12 stones and shards of broken pottery
during a recent tour of the country. he insisted he had no idea he was breaking iraqi law. the mexican president manuel lopez obrador has pulled out of this week's summit of the americas in protest against a decision by the us not to invite countries they consider undemocratic — namely cuba, venezuela and nicaragua. the white house spokeswoman explained president biden�*s decision. we have had candid engagement for more than a month regarding theissue for more than a month regarding the issue of invitations to the summit. it is important to acknowledge that there are a range of views on this question in our hemisphere as there are in our hemisphere as there are in the united states. the president's principal position is that we do not believe that dictators should be invited which is the reason that the president
has decided not to attend. we look forward to hosting the foreign secretary as the mexican representative. earlier i spoke to our reporter david willis in los angeles. this is a considerable blow to the united states. nearly 30 years after they hosted the inaugural summit of the americas and back then, then—president bill clinton had the lofty goal of establishing a trade area for the entire continent, minus cuba. ever since then, american influence in the region has been wilting and the two factors that have played into that, one is the lack of democracy, scarcity of democracy in the latin american region and the other is the ascent of china which is of course much more of a economic powerhouse than it was back in 1994. the chinese have been ploughing a lot of money into the region through their belt and road infrastructure
initiative and other things, and so president biden, when he attends this conference on wednesday is going to have to come up with more than just the admonition, we don't want you to do business with china, he is going to have to come up with something tangible in order to basically rekindle american influence in the region. one of the tangibles as i understood it was the initiative to tackle the migration challenge which is a very hot topic for the united states and that goes nowhere without the cooperation of neighbouring states, so where is that left? absolutely right and although the mexican government is sending its foreign minister, the absence of the president, the mexican president, is a huge blow, particularly involving discussions of that sort of subject, immigration a key
topic at this summit of the americas of course, mexico is one of the countries that contributes a lot of the illegal immigrants that form the basis of the contentious immigration argument in this region, so the white house, i think, struggling to put a positive spin on this, they are making the point that the president is to have his own separate meeting with president biden at the white house next month, they say that some key leaders from the region will be attending including the leaders of argentina and brazil along with 21 other heads of government and also ten us cabinet members, but this is a real blow, mexico's absence from this gathering. thank you very much indeed david willis. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: why the makers of the latest movie blockbuster top gun: maverick are being sued.
the day the british liberated the falklands. and by tonight, british troops have begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbymania at its height. the crowd packed to see the man who, for them, has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved towards horse guards parade - for the start of- trooping the colour. gunshots the queen looks worried, but recovers quickly. - as long as they'll pay to go see me, i'll get out there and kick �*em down the hills. what does it feel like
to be the first man to go across the channel by your own power? it feels pretty neat. it feels marvellous, really. this is bbc world news, with me, david eades. the latest headlines: borisjohnson survives as britain's prime minister, but four in ten of his mps says they've lost confidence in him. ukraine's president zelensky visits frontline troops in the donbas, as fierce street—battles take place in the city of severodonetsk. ryanair has been accused of discrimination by requiring south african passengers to complete a test in afrikaans before being allowed to board flights. the airline said anyone travelling to the uk would have to fill in the questionnaire to prove their nationality. our reporter stephanie prentice has been explaining the details.
this is basically a general knowledge quiz that south african passengers have been made to fill out before they're allowed to get on some ryanair flights. it is around 15 questions. it's things like, who is the president? one about table mountain in cape town. one about freedom day there. and it started getting traction online because passengers were complaining. some found it bizarre, others were suitably incredulous, but some said this is racial profiling, this is racial discrimination. now, that's because south africa has 11 official languages — afrikaans being one of them but actually only the third most spoken and understood, and with a history of being used against some of the black population there. so it is troublesome. now, ryanair currently does not fly to south africa but people there have been reacting to this quiz. let's listen to a few of them in johannesburg. it is really not necessary. it is actually — it is not unfit, it is just discriminatory, as far as i'm concerned. it's very discriminatory to - a whole host of south africans who don't speak afrikaans.
it doesn't prove anything that you're south african just because you can speak, what's this thing called, afrikaans. the pressure would seem to be on ryanair. i mean, what is behind it? why are they saying they are doing all this for? they have come out quite strong and defended it. they have called it a simple and basic questionnaire, and they've said they're trying to crack down on fraudulent south african passports. from their initial response, it seems they will continue to keep giving out this quiz to people entering britain from other european countries. the uk high commission in south africa came out against them. they said the test is not a british government requirement. on top of all that, we have a data storm brewing on twitter. a lot of passangers saying, where is it data going? how's it being used? how could it be used in future? with some people even asking for data protection notices. so a significant reaction to this for the airline and one that does not seem to be going away anytime soon. stephanie prentice. the family of the author whose article was the inspiration for the 1986 movie, top gun, is suing paramount pictures for copyright infringement over
this year's blockbuster sequel. the lawsuit asks for unspecified damages, including profits from the new movie, top gun: maverick, which has broken box office records. but paramount says the claims are without merit. earlier we spoke to mitra ahouraian, who's a beverly hills entertainment attorney, in los angeles, who represents actors and often deals with defamation issues. she says the timing of this case is important. certainly, plenty of money to go around — that is the perspective that the yonay estate is taking, of course. the us copyright act allows for authors to basically reacquire their rights after 35 years, and they've sent a notice of termination to paramount so paramount arguably no longer have the license when they sent this notice of termination but the timing is going to be very important in this case because the notice of termination was sent in 2018
to have an effective date of 2020. now, paramount went into production in 2018, and was supposed to release in 2019, but the pandemic delayed things. so sort of the timing of everything is very significant here, so we will see. it is still called top gun, although it is top gun: maverick, but other than that, it is not the same tale, is it? it is a different story. so is it something over which they can claim copyright really? so paramount is certainly saying that it is not based on the original 1983 article that ehud yonay wrote, that it is instead based on the sequel but, of course, you can sort of travel down the history of it, and argue that the chain of title and the derivative comes from this original source, which is, of course, what the yonay estate is trying to do. paramount, on the other hand, is not only saying that, but they are actually going so far as to say
they did not even need to license the rights to the original article for the original movie, and only gave yonay suggested by credit, not a story by credit. so that is another interesting twist. right, it feels like we are at the sparring stage at the moment, they are both putting out their case here. drawing on all your experience and expertise, what is the result going to be? i mean, the smart thing would be a settlement. like you said originally, there is plenty of money to go around — tom cruise alone is expected to make $100 million on this movie from his residuals — he has a very nice deal. but i think that right now paramount really wants to double down as a matter of principle and really believes that they have a strong case, that they have the rights or that they did not need the rights, so they are sort of doubling down right now. mitra ahouraian.
meghan and harry, the duke and duchess of sussex have shared a photograph of their daughter lilibet to mark her first birthday. the picture was taken by the couple's close family friend, misan harriman, at a birthday picnic at frogmore cottage in windsor. the celebration was attended by family and friends over the weekend. plans to develop the area around the eiffel tower, in paris, before the 2024 olympic games have been scrapped thanks to the actions of a protestor who went on hunger strike to save some ancient plane trees. wendy urquhart reports. the plan was to pedestrianised the area and introduce new parts, socceroos, a ticket offers, toilets and stalls. but when parisians found out it would mean chopping down 42 trees and threatened the reds of a tree planted by napoleon but not a petition. —— the
roots. thomas brail who founded the national group for the surveillance of trees decided to take the protest one step further, camped on a tree near the eiffel tower. initially, the eiffel tower. initially, the authorities try to bargain with the protesters by offering to shut down fewer trees or decide the fate of industry individually. —— chopping down. on saturday, thomas brail went on hunger strike to drive home his objective and it worked. the plan has been scrapped but thomas brail is not budging until he has an ironclad guarantee the trees will not be chopped down. wendy urquhart, bbc news. if you want to keep track of
our main use and other news, go to our website. you are up—to—date. this is bbc news. hello. a warmer feel to the weather on tuesday for wales and england, where the past few days have been so cool, cloudy and, for some, very wet. most places will have a dry tuesday. there's a chance of catching a shower, mind you. low pressure's clearing away, further weather systems heading in this week. it'll be wet at times, though not all the time. and this out in the atlantic is tropical storm alex, remnants of which, although passing us to the north, will increase the winds across the uk, especially the further north you are, to end the week. but light winds as tuesday begins, some patchy mist and fog, some showery rain close to the south coast of england, gradually clearing as the morning goes on. some patchy rain in north east england, fizzling out into the afternoon, though we'll keep lots of cloud here. for the rest of england and for wales, warmer sunny spells, a few showers pop up, mostly in the afternoon
— very hit—and—miss. northern ireland staying mainly dry until the evening. cloudier skies towards southern scotland, rather than northern scotland, where, here, we'll see the most of the sunshine, the odd shower in the highlands. 16 degrees in newcastle. it's high teens and low 20s elsewhere. now, as we go on into the evening, you can see the rain moving into south west england, wales, northern ireland, and then spreading north and east, as we go into wednesday morning. some heavy bursts on that, not reaching northern scotland, but overnight temperatures, you see how mild it is for many as wednesday begins. this area of rain becoming slow—moving as it inches further north through scotland on wednesday. elsewhere, there will be some sunny spells around. there'll also be some showers, some heavy and thundery ones, in places, and it will be a windier day across southern areas. it'll be a cooler day at this stage in scotland, after several days of warmth. now, as we go into thursday, a few showers pop up here and there, an approaching weather system from the west will cloud things over across western areas
and produce some patchy rain or showers into the afternoon, and the wind will start to pick up here. that is connected to what's left of tropical storm alex. here it is incorporated within this area of low pressure. you can see the track of it, missing us to the north and northwest. closer to that, though, it will turn very windy for a time. may see some gusts of 40—50 mph across north—western parts of scotland, for example. and it stays windy into the start of the weekend across many northern areas. this is where we'll see most of the showers, whereas the further south you are, fewer showers and, here, it'll stay mainly dry. bye— bye.
this is bbc news. the headlines: borisjohnson has won a vote of confidence in his leadership among conservative mps, but 4 in 10 of his mps have lost confidence in him. the british prime minister called it a convincing result, but his opponents say it won't be enough to draw a line under party unrest. ukraine's president zelensky has visited frontline troops in the donbas as fierce street battles took place in the city of severodonetsk. in moscow, russia's foreign minister has repeated a threat to hit new targets in ukraine if the west supplies longer range missiles to kyiv. the us climate envoy, john kerry, has issued a stark warning that countries must not use the war in ukraine
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