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hello, you're watching bbc news, i'm rich preston. our top stories: the us justice department is ordered to release a redacted version of the evidence that prompted the fbi to search donald trump's mar—a—lago home. safety concerns at the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine, after the russian—occupied site is temporarily disconnected from ukraine's national power grid. russia should agree to demilitarise the zone around the plant and agre to allow an international atomic energy agency visit as soon as possible. drought and record temperatures in china threaten rivers and crops, putting several provinces on a national red alert. and, back from brink. the large blue butterfly has
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its best summer in 150 years. welcome to our viewers on pbs in the united states and around the world. we begin in the us, where a federaljudge has ordered thejustice department to release a redacted version of the underlying evidence that prompted an fbi search at donald trump's mar—a—lago home earlier this month. the judge who approved the search warrant said the redacted version of the affidavit submitted in application of the warrant should be unsealed, citing public interest as the reason to do so. prosecutors now have until noon on friday to make the document public. our north america correspondent, anthony zurcher gave us the latest from outside the court in florida. judge bruce reinhart who works in the federal courtjust behind me has given the us justice department until noon on friday to release a redacted
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version of the affidavit the justice department presented to the judge as part of its request for a search warrant of donald trump's mar—a—largo estate about two and a half weeks ago. the judge released a 2—page memo saying he agreed with the proposed redactions from thejustice department. he said it protected the identity of potential witnesses and sources, and shielded the scope and strategy behind the federal investigation. that investigation is into the handling of classified material in the chaotic final days of donald trump's presidency, and the removal of the material from the white house in boxes to mar—a—largo where it was stored over the past year and a half. this isn't the only legal proceedings around this search. there is another request by donald trump's lawyers to appoint a special master to review all of these documents, and then determine which ones thejustice department can keep and which ones should go back to donald trump. thejudge has issued a deadline of friday in that request for donald trump's lawyers
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to more carefully refine it to present what exactly they want from their request. so there are a lot of moving parts in this investigation right now, but the bigger picture is all of this is unprecedented. there has never been a federal search of a home of a former president, particularly a former president who still may harbour presidential ambitions, as donald trump does. let's now get more perspective from bruce fein. he's a us constitutional lawyerjoining us live from washington, dc. very good to see you, thank you forjoining us, what is the significance of this, legally? i don't know whether it actually moves this forward with regard to any prosecution of mr trump. the search warrant was executed and mr trump has never challenged its validity, as he has a right to do under
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rule 41 of what we call the federal rules of criminal procedure. it really feeds the public interest in the particular evidence of the three crimes that are identified in the search warrant that were suspected have had evidence in mr trump's file, that had not been returned to national archives because they were records. i do take issue with people saying this is unprecedented, partly because i have worked through those involving with nixon. in mr nixon's case there were four subpoenas issued to him while he was president of the house judiciary committee, and when he didn't comply there were articles of impeachment voted. i was in the housejudiciary committee when president gerald ford testified about his pardon of nixon's, explaining how it wasn't corrupted. mr nixon
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after leaving office was required to testify for ii required to testify for 11 hours before a grand jury. mr bill clinton, you would have watched on tv, his testimony before the grand jury, answering questions and his videotape of the paula jones deposition, so in the united states the rule of law, the king is not law, so there is nothing unconstitutional, waving it. it is unprecedented since the act of 1978 which i helped draft which at this is the first time a president has ever had taken documents off to his home in the course of presidency. those documents belong to the united states, not any individual. i said in a government for 15 years. i left all of my documents with the government, none were my own. the only thing that is unprecedented as mr trump's contempt for the law. haw unprecedented as mr trump's contempt for the law. how much does this affect _ contempt for the law. how much does this affect mr _ contempt for the law. how much does this affect mr trump's - does this affect mr trump's chances of running for presidency again in 202a? i presidency again in 2024? i think it is a little premature
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until we no further steps in the legal process. i think the search warrant and the publicity will peel away some of his support but it isn't clear how much. remember, it is pretty lame for him to allege this is some kind of fbi witch—hunt from the fbi is headed by his honour aplenty, christopher wray. christopher wray was confirmed by every single republican in the senate under the law of mr trump, before he left office in january 2021, he thought that christopher wray had defected, gone to the other side, which he didn't do, so it is pretty hard to argue that your own aplenty who you codified and somehow engaged in a witch—hunt, and of course, he is not a political aplenty, he has not run for office in his life, but the point you're asking, what does this mean, politically? trump will lose some support in the short run once we have more disclosure. in the long run i think it will depend on what kind of criminal charges may be forthcoming,
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which could be far more devastating than a search warrant. on that point, mr trump's detractors often looking for some kind of conviction of guilt, prosecution, mrtrump's guilt, prosecution, mr trump's supporters guilt, prosecution, mrtrump's supporters looking for vindication and being found innocent, what do you think will happen in this case? i believe that if there is an indictment it would be tried in the us district court, district of columbia, the district of columbia would not be favourable to mr drum, it was about 99% democrat. i reside in the district of columbia that is where the jury would be drawn, and if you can recall right now, these january 6th prosecutions occurring, there have been over 200 guilty pleas, not a single individual found innocent. there are 600 more to go. and i do think that given the notoriety of mr trump for being a compulsive liar, to be candid, the most obvious one that you probably know about is the fake, fantastical standing
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order that anything he took out of the oval office was automatically declassified, something that no—one ever knew about, and maybe he dreamt about, and maybe he dreamt about once. they divvy was indicted he would be his own worst enemy, and i do think he would be convicted. at that point i do not think he would be a credible candidate in 2024. bruce fein, thank you for joining us. thank you, have a wonderful evening. let's get some of the day's other news. pakistan's climate change minister has described the country's unprecedented monsoon rains and flooding as a national emergency. sherry rahman called for international help, and said the situation was a climate—induced humanitarian disaster of epic proportions. the provinces of sindh and balochistan have been the worst hit regions. more than 900 people have died sincejune. the french president, emmanuel macron, has said france and algeria should move beyond their painful shared history and look to the future. mr macron is visiting
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the former french colony, and announced that a joint franco—algerian commission of historians would be set up to study archives on algeria's time under french rule. a former british ambassador to myanmar and her husband have been arrested in yangon. vicky bowman, who's no longer a diplomat, has been accused of breaking visa rules. to ukraine next, where there's continuing concern over safety at europe's largest nuclear power plan, which is held by russian forces. the final two working reactors at the zaporizhzhia power plant were cut off from ukraine's power grid on thursday. the country's nuclear agency said the problem was caused by nearby fires that damaged overhead electricity lines. the power was later restored, but the incident rang alarm bells far beyond ukraine's borders. a nuclear power plant — and i believe i said this yesterday — should never be an active war zone. and so we have said russia should agree to demilitarise the zone around
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the plant and agree to allow an international atomic energy agency visit as soon as possible to check on the safety and security of the systems. for more on this, let's speak to our reporter gareth barlow. good to see you, what is the latest? we' re latest? we're talking about europe's largest nuclear plant, providing a fifth of ukraine's energy. providing a fifth of ukraine's ener: . ,,. providing a fifth of ukraine's ener: . , . , ., energy. satellite pictures on wednesday _ energy. satellite pictures on wednesday showed - energy. satellite pictures on wednesday showed fires - energy. satellite pictures on - wednesday showed fires nearby, but two kilometres or so away. both sides, ukraine and russia blame the others for starting those fires. the bbc can't independently verify what because those fires but what happened was, like you say, that powerline then damaged beyond repair, certainly in a short time, ms upper rouchel was cut off from the rest of the grid for the first time in its history. the cable has been reestablished, that connection remade, but the site is controlled by russia, it has done so in march early in the
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war, but it is run by ukrainian workers, and his nightly address, president volodymyr zelensky said thanks to those workers, the world narrowly avoided a radiation accident. why so? here's nicholas roth from the nuclear threat initiative. nuclear power plants require off—site power to function safely, to cool the reactor, cool the spent fuel there. any cut—off of the palo could potentially cause an enormous crisis at the facility. nicholas roth is saying that it needs external support, external power to make sure the safety systems run. they used to be three cables connecting zaporizhzhia to the rest of the grid. two are damaged beyond repair, this is the only remaining. if there is another incident like this, with those safety systems, the backup
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systems work like they have done? that is the threat, the risk that volodymyr zelensky was talking about. tells about the international reaction, how other countries are responding. there is a lot of concern because it is a dangerous, difficult precipitous situation. but what is really happening on the ground? the specifics are hard to really understand, fully, because the situation there is strategically important for both sides, the narrative around it. we had president volodymyr zelensky speaking strongly threat there, from the ukrainian perspective any issues arise avaricious servers are really strong rallying cry for global attention and focus. from a russian perspective, any issues can be painted are the source of ukrainian malpractice and aggression. the best way to really understand what is what is happening as an independent third party to go and take a look for themselves on the ground. the consensus is the best people for that is the un international atomic energy agency. here's nicholas roth again to explain — here's nicholas roth again to explain. it is an important point _ explain. it is an important point that the iaea has been playing — point that the iaea has been playing an incredibly important
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role in — playing an incredibly important role in ukraine since the beginning of the war. they have been _ beginning of the war. they have been keeping the world's attention on the ongoing nuclear_ attention on the ongoing nuclear crisis, notjust in seborrhoea but are nuclear facilities _ seborrhoea but are nuclear facilities throughout the country. they have been functioning as officially as the arbiter of truth, putting statements on a regular basis about— statements on a regular basis about safety and security of the site. _ about safety and security of the site, that is why many in the site, that is why many in the public— the site, that is why many in the public are begetting the information of what has been going — information of what has been going on— information of what has been going on there. ati— going on there. all sides ofjumbling for a all sides of jumbling for a visit all sides ofjumbling for a visit to take place. vladimir putin has agreed to that as well. the un secretary—general 61 stands ready to support and iaea visit, so much so that the head of the international atomic energy agency rafael grossi says he will personally lead a delegation. the hope is that will take place in the coming days. moby people say before september. vladimir putin has signed a decree to increase russia's army by 10% to about two million people. just over half the total personnel will be soldiers, though it's not yet clear if the numbers will be boosted through volunteers, or broader conscription.
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while no official death tolls are available, russian forces have suffered heavy losses as a result of the war in ukraine. the increase is due to come into effect from january next year. let's go to east africa, and a five—month humanitarian truce in northern ethiopia has been broken, with renewed fighting breaking out between the government and tigrayan forces. fears are now growing for the millions of people in desperate need of humanitarian aid. the bbc�*s kalkidan yibeltal sent this report from addis ababa. tens of thousands have been the conflict here has been an intense and unforgiving. the government and ground forces have blamed each otherfor war
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crimes, carrying out mass civilian killings and weaponising as the world watch. both sides agree to a humanitarian ceasefire. this is as much needed aid is getting through as heavy fighting subsided, but even over the last few days it has shattered the silence. massive troop movements, heavy gunfire and war rhetoric have again rung alarm bells at home and abroad. i am deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the resumption of hostilities in ethiopia. ethiopians, tigrayan, they have all suffered too much. my strong appeal is for an immediate cessation of hostilities and for the resumption of peace talks between the government and tplf. but those talks have progressed
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slowly with both sides maintaining a hard stance on who exactly should leave who exactly should — maintaining a hard stance on who exactly should — lead negotiations. the un wants it to be run by the african unit, while others say this cannot bring peace in the region. at the same time, ground forces want the immediate return of the disputed western tigray region, currently under the control of forces. this is suggesting an impulse. the deadlock has led to renewed fighting, which is already impacting delivery humanitarian aid. on wednesday, the un made accusations of lifting warehouses, and the sound of war return to northern ethiopia. just an example of the impact of the renewed fighting, on august 24, world food programme warehouse was forcibly entered tjy warehouse was forcibly entered by degree and forces who took 12 full trucks, tankers, with
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570,000 litres of fuel. the team on the ground unsuccessfully tried to prevent the looting. the stocks off your work to be used solely for humanitarian purposes with the distribution of food, fertiliser and other emergency relief items. the long struggle for peace seems to be injeopardy, again, but what is clear is that the country can't afford to go through yet another period of bloodshed and conflict. kalkidan yibeltal, bbc news, addis ababa. stay with us on bbc news, still to come... a huge recovery for the blue butterfly, once almost extinct in the uk. he's the first african—american to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years to the day that martin luther king declared, "i have a dream." as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky.
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an orange glowing disc that's brighter than anything, save the moon — our neighbouring planet, mars. horn toots. there is no doubt that this election| is an important milestone in the birth of east timori as the world's newest nation. it will take months, and billions of dollars, to repair what katrina achieved injust hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. big ben bongs this is bbc news. the latest headlines — the usjustice department is ordered to release a redacted version of the evidence that prompted
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the fbi to search donald trump's mar—a—lago home. safety concerns at the zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in ukraine, after the russian—occupied site is temporarily disconnected from the national power grid. many parts of the world have been facing soaring temperatures, but in china, a record heatwave has led to particularly severe drought, threatening crops and drying up riverbeds. for 12 consecutive days, officials have issued a national red alert, when four or more provinces experience temperatures over 40 degrees for two days or more. take a look at this map. it shows where the worst of the drought is, mostly across the south of the country. the ministry of agriculture says it's affected crops such as rice and corn in particular. it's the longest sustained period of high temperatures and sparse rain in southern china since records began more than 60 years ago, leaving water levels in the yangtze river at an all—time low. our correspondent stephen mcdonell has sent this report from beijing.
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in august, laoye temple is normally surrounded by water. this year, you can walk to it across the dry bed of poyang lake. for 70 days, the yangtze river basin has been caught in a record heat wave, and low river levels have hit hydroelectricity production. of residents. one of the worst affected cities has been the inland metropolis of chongqing — home to tens of millions of residents. they've been riding underground trains in the dark because of power rationing. translation: this year, - you turn on the cold water tap for a few minutes, and yet it's still coming out extremely hot. translation: the weather is so hot, i cannot sleep. i then i wake up with the heat as well. environmentalists are opposing calls for more fossil fuel electricity to guard against future drought effects on hydropower. to ensure the energy supply
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of residents and industry supposed to be the most priority thing for china to do right now. but we're also concern that this kind of narrative will, you know, give opportunity for more new coal power plants in the local provinces. china has been experiencing extreme high temperatures across vast swathes of this country for months on end, bringing climate change into sharp focus for people on the street. then, to make things worse, this turned into a drought, which is really hitting the economy. consumers across china could find certain foods harder to come by unless the drought breaks soon. what's more, if china can't rescue its autumn harvest and has to buy more food from overseas, this could have an effect on global supplies. crops are said to be under severe threat, according to chinese officials. so extra water has been diverted from neighbouring provinces to the driest areas. translation: with |
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water, there is hope. this water is coming all the way from hunan. even water for everyday use has been hard to come by in some communities. with river levels so low, previously submerged 600—year—old buddhas have again become visible. they'll gaze out onto what humans have made of the world until the rains return, replenishing the water, which will eventually reclaim the relics. stephen mcdonell, bbc news, beijing. now to some good environmental news. it was on the brink of extinction in britain more than 40 years ago, but thanks to conservation work, the large blue butterfly has now had a bumper summer. thousands have been recorded this year with the restoration of wild meadows, and south—west england now has the world's greatest concentration. helen briggs reports. the vibrant flash of
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the large blue butterfly. declared extinct in the uk in 1979, it had to be rescued by bringing caterpillars in from sweden. and now decades of conservation work's paying off, with more large blue recorded this summer than at any time in 150 years. for one scientist, it's a dream come true. it's been a great thrill to see the butterfly back in such large numbers again. i, alas, was present when the large blue went extinct in this country, many years ago, and, at the time, i never thought i'd see it back. but now, to look at it, and watch perhaps some four, five, six or more, all on one patch of flowers, is just terrific. the butterfly�*s tricky to protect, because it's fussy about where it lives and depends on ants. the young caterpillars trick the ants into taking them into their nests to spend the winter underground. restoring the flower—rich meadows that the butterfly
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likes to lay its eggs has been key to turning its fortunes around. we're notjust trying to get the large blue back on these sites, we're actually recreating a missing type of habitat that, for various reasons of land use change, had more or less disappeared from at least the northern half of europe. you can now see the large blue across much of southern england, alongside other rare insects. the butterfly remains endangered, with climate change and extreme weather the greatest challenges ahead. but the resurgence is, for today at least, providing a bright spot for conservationists. helen briggs, bbc news. and before we go, take a look at this — a band stuck in lengthy queues at the french border in calais staged a surprise gig for fellow drivers. video shared on social media showed the bristol street music musicians outside their van, with the drummer and keyboard players performing on the roof.
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funky music. a good way to pass the time! funky music. baseload elevator music vibe in there, but nonetheless. a reminder of our top story. a federaljudge in america has ordered the usjustice department to ordered the us justice department to release a redacted version of the affidavit that convinced him to approve an fbi warrant to search donald trump's mar—a—lago home. mr drum has accused the fbi of an act of political retribution. much more on all of these stories on the bbc news website. you can
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you can reach me on twitter — i'm @richpreston. thank you for your company and we will see you next time. goodbye. hello. well, last night, parts of southeastern britain were swamped by thunderstorms — a month and a half of rainfall in one or two spots, much quieter out there right now. and friday promises to be a decent day, not all that sunny. we are expecting the clouds to increase through the course of the morning, into the afternoon — all as a result of this weather front, which is approaching from the west. it's a weaker weather front, there's not an awful lot of rain on it. perhaps a few showers out towards the west, and notice that central and eastern areas will be mostly bright, even sunny. so here's a closer look, then — early hours of the morning, here's the cloud reaching south western parts of england, wales, the irish sea. certainly cloudy for northern ireland and parts of scotland, early on friday morning. out towards the east and south, it will be much brighter. 14 in london, the starting
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temperature, around 10—11 in the north of scotland. so starts off quite sunny, but then, this weak weather front, moving very slowly across the uk, will build cloud across many central parts of england. i suspect the sunniest areas will be along the north sea coast, around the coasts of east anglia, and also the channel. and you can see where the showers are possible — maybe in southwestern scotland, one or two elsewhere, the northwest of england, perhaps wales. now, the weekend — all—important weekend, because it is, of course, for some of us a bank holiday weekend, sunny spells and just a few showers on the horizon. so predominantly sunny weather on saturday, with high pressure building. this weak weather front may just about brush the very far northwest of the uk. and the temperatures are highest in the southwest of the uk. in cardiff, around 25 celsius. here's that area of high pressure — and this time, its building from the north. look at the arrows — they're blowing around the high, and the winds will be quite strong at times. so it does mean that the coasts of around the north sea and east anglia, and the channel could be quite chilly at times. that will push the warmth
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out towards the west, so the best weather conditions, i think, around the irish sea, wales, the southwest of england. here, temperatures up to around the mid—20s once again, but very decent also, say, in glasgow, up to around 21 celsius. now here's the outlook through the weekend, and into next week, and i think, overall, we can say that the weather is mostly set fair for most parts of the uk. that's it for me. bye— bye.
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kalkidan yibeltal, bbc news, addis ababa. this is bbc news. the headlines: a federaljudge in florida has ordered the usjustice department to release a redacted version of the affadavit that convinced him to approve the warrant to search former president donald trump's mar—a—lago home. mr trump has accused the fbi of an act of political retribution. the russian—occupied zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in ukraine has had its power restored, after fires cut off overhead electricity lines. president zelensky has said moscow's actions have left europe one step away from a radiation disaster. the white house is urging russia to demilitarise the zone around the plant. in china, a drought and a sustained record breaking heatwave temperatures are threateninbg water supplies and crops. several provinces have declared an emergency national red alert. and in china, water levels
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in the yangtze river are currently at a record low.


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