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This is Outside Source. These are some of the main stories. First of
all, the British Parliament has voted to hold a general election on
June the 8th. The ayes have it, the ayes have it. Theresa May is making
the election about Dexit. Jeremy Corbyn is asking if she can be
trusted on anything. Donald Trump has ordered a review
of the Iran nuclear deal. Even though Iran is meeting
all its commitments. We'll be live in Washington
with our State Department. Plus, a week ago Donald Trump
boasted of sending an armada We've now found out it
never made it that far. And we will hear why demonstrators
in Venezuela are putting more pressure on President Nicolas
Majuro, with a march they are calling the mother of all protests.
And you can get in touch, the information is on the screen
throughout the programme. Let's pick up on a story I just
mentioned. Donald Trump has ordered a review of the Iran nuclear deal.
We already know what hit thinks of it. In one to eat he called it
terrible and he has described it as that and many other terms multiple
times. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has just been speaking in
the last few minutes, we have had wire copy coming in from Reuters,
telling us he has said this. America opposes all threats posed by Iran,
and it is clear there are many. Barbara, you were listening to Rex
Tillerson. What did you make of it? It was interesting, he's speaking
off the back of a statement he put out yesterday in which he certified
that' Iran is keeping its commitment to the nuclear deal. He said yes, in
that case the Iran deal is working. What we heard was a litany of
complaints about Iran, that it posed a threat in the region, that it was
backing militias there and that it has continued testing missile
technology, violated UN Security Council resolutions, that it was a
state sponsor of terrorism, and so on and so forth. Then he said there
would be a review of the nuclear deal, which he said only delayed
Iran becoming a nuclear power, did not end the possibility of it. And
he said you could not look at the issue of the nuclear deal without
looking at all of the other things as well, which is something the
Obama administration did, focusing narrowly on this one issue, which is
how they were able to get the agreement. Rex Tillerson saying this
will not be the approach of the Trump administration. They will look
at all these other things they find troublesome through this review and
come up with a response based on that. But he didn't suggest in which
direction the Trump administration would go, on specifics. Let's pick
up on that a bit. I'm listening to all of this and thinking, what is
the plan here? The Trump administration will know this deal
is a multi natural deal, it is going to be in credibly hard to unpick,
some say impossible. The Americans could pull out of the deal but that
would destroy it because there are five other world powers who signed
on to it. What they could do instead is just implement it very strictly
to the letter, not giving the Iranians any leeway at all, and some
of the approach is being discussed are perhaps looking at the
interpretations of the deal that would allow them to put as much
pressure as possible on the Revolutionary guards in particular,
then alongside that, suggestions in Congress for legislation that would
impose new sanctions on Iran, not because of its nuclear programme,
separate from that, but because of all these other things that Rex
Tillerson just spoke about, support for terrorism, missile tests and so
on, which would also increase pressure on Iran and perhaps
ultimately have the same result in the end of scuppering the deal,
especially if Iran decides that the Americans are not in compliance with
the deal. Please stay with us, there is another story I want to talk to
you about. This was Donald Trump a week ago. We are sending an armada,
very powerful. We have submarines, very powerful. Far more powerful
than the aircraft carrier, that I can tell you.
The "armada" he mentions is a reference to a US strike group
led by the US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson.
Here's a press release from the US Navy three days earlier.
It announces that the strike group has been ordered to MAP sail
It announces that the strike group has been ordered to sail
north from Singapore towards the Korean peninsula.
After that release, but before the President spoke,
US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis was asked about that order
He replied, "She's just on her way up there because that's
where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time."
When Secretary Mattis says "at this time" it was widely taken
as reference to increasing tension with North Korea.
But that strike group didn't sail north.
A week after the order was made, the warships
In fact, they were sailing through the Sunda Straight.
We know this the US Navy released this
photo of the Carl Vinson in the Sunda Straight on Saturday.
It says the warships did training exercises
But Barbara, bringing you back in here, that isn't what the president
said. No it isn't, and there has been great confusion. When it was
announced the strike carrier had been ordered to move north, they
didn't announce that it would in gauge in these exercises with the
Australians, but the president jumped onto the conclusion that this
was going to happen imminently and that it was in response to tensions
in the Korean peninsular that were mounting ahead of the weekend, it
was thought that the North Koreans might have a possible nuclear test.
By the end of the week, that was the White House line, that the strike
group was being deployed as a show of force and signal of deterrence
and so on and so forth, and then it became clear that it wasn't even
within thousands of miles of the Korean waters and would only have
been able to get there next week anyway. There has been a remarkable
disconnect. It's unclear why the Pentagon and the Navy did not step
in to clarify earlier what the actual course and timing of the
strike trajectory was. Let's just pull up a couple of tweets on this
story. The global Times is a Chinese
newspaper, state run, saying it deals a blow to Trump's presidency.
"If it is a lie, we will not trust Trump". Barbara, what is your
assessment of the consequences of this issue? Officially in Japan and
South Korea, and even from the Foreign Ministry in China, there has
not been a response. You've got the quotes you mentioned there and there
have been jokes about it on social media in China, there has also been
some muscle flexing in North Korea, saying this is a rustbucket facing
our revolutionary power etc. So it doesn't make Americans look good. It
could undermine their tougher approach, especially if that tougher
approach and rhetoric is supposed to be backed up by a credible threat of
military force. I think also alongside that it has been
unsettling for US allies because they would want to know why is the
president weighing one thing and his military forces doing and saying
another? So that is also a big question mark as well, I think.
Thank you very much, Barbara, speak to you soon on outside source. While
that story was escalating, American Vice President Mike Pence has been
touring a different aircraft carrier that has docked at a Japanese naval
base. The sight of the US vice president
on board a nuclear-powered aircraft even more so when it's
sitting in Japan. Was this an elaborate piece
of theatre, or a sign America is really preparing for action
against North Korea? We will defeat any attack and meet
any use of conventional or nuclear weapons with an overwhelming
and effective American response. The United States of America
will always seek peace, but under President Trump,
the shield stands guard If President Trump is planning
some sort of military action against North Korea,
there is no sign of it here. This is the USS Ronald Reagan,
the flagship of the Seventh Fleet, but it won't be ready to leave this
port in Japan for at Figuring out what the jump
administration is planning for North Korea is not easy, perhaps
deliberately so. -- the Trump administration.
Rupert Wingfield Hayes, BBC News, at the Yokosuka naval base in Japan.
Let's bring you some of the main sports stories of the day. We begin
in America. The Former NFL player
Aaron Hernandez has He was 27 and was serving a life
sentence for murder. Marc Edwards is at
the BBC Sport Centre. What more can you tell us about this
man's death and also the crime he had been convicted for? Sad news
from Massachusetts where he was found just after 3am local time.
Prison guards tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead about an
hour later in hospital. The 27-year-old former New England
Patriots tight ends. He entered the NFL in 2010 and in his second
appearance became the youngest player in five decades to surpass
100 receiving yards in a game. He subsequently signed a five-year, $40
million contract with the Patriots in 2012. In 2015 he was convicted of
killing a man who was dating his fiancee's sister. In 38 career games
he had a total of 1956 yards, a total that would have been much
higher if not for a series of injuries. As we said, he was serving
a life sentence in jail in Massachusetts but just days ago he
was found not filthy of a separate double murder.
-- not guilty of a separate double murder. In terms of what happens to
his conviction now, I heard some reports that that might be revisited
now he has lost his life? I just misheard that. That's absolutely
fine, I was just going to argue about where we go with the legal
proceedings, he was not convicted of other crimes, but presumably the
investigation now sees that he has lost his life. That is perhaps... He
was in jail for a separate crime as well. As we said, his fiancee's
sister, a person who was dating his fiancee's sister, who of course in
that time, he was also a former friend of his, who had committed the
crime. I assume we will hear more in the coming time. Thank you very much
indeed for your update on that story.
Aaron Hernandez played for the New England Patriots.
And today his former team has been visiting the White House.
Here they are at an official function, attended by Donald Trump
of course. Six Patriot players weren't there, they are boycotting
the occasion, saying they don't feel welcome while Donald Trump is
president. They include the tight end Martellus Bennett and also the
defensive back Devin McCourty. He said this.
Those who did go a long look like they were having a good time. John
Spicer was doing his daily press briefing and one of the players
showed up. What pans out in the negotiation. Can I just? I think I
got this, but thank you! Need some help? Thanks, man, see you in a
minute! Thanks, man, see you in a minute! All man, see you in a
minute! Thanks, man, see you in a minute! Thanks, man, see you in a
minute! All right, that was cool! The squad for the British
and Irish Lions has been announced. They have the hardest
of rugby assignments. First - they must fashion
a team very quickly out of players who normally play
for their respective countries. And second - they must try and beat
the All Blacks in New Zealand. Here is what their coach Warren
Gatland said earlier. I don't think we should get on the plane unless we
think we have a chance of beating the all Blacks. One of the
challenges is that you try to play against the All Blacks and they are
human and capable of making mistakes, they have frailties and
you but them under pressure. The pleasing thing is that a lot of
those players can believe it now because they saw some of those
frailties when Ireland beat the All Blacks in Chicago. On the BBC Sport
website you can get the full squad and plenty of analysis from my
colleagues too. One last bit of sports news -
Serena Williams appeared to announce She posted this picture
of herself on Snapchat, posing in a mirror with the message: "20
weeks", before deleting the post. There's been no official
confirmation from her team but if true, it means she won her
record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open
in January when she was pregnant. But we will have to wait to hear
from her to find out if that is definitely the case.
We've been following the Jakarta local elections for some
The elections have played into local and racial tensions. We will get a
report on that from our correspondent.
Prince Harry opened the London Marathon Expo today,
his first public appearance since he spoke out about coming
to terms with his mother's death, earlier this week.
Harry and his little helper Melissa, getting the London Marathon
It's a race which, this year, has a special focus
on a princely passion - mental health.
Prince Harry has attracted widespread praise this week
for his honesty when he spoke of the anguish and the anxiety
he suffered for years after his mother's death.
It was only right to share my experiences and to help,
to hope to encourage others to come forward, and sort of reduce
To make it easier for them to talk about their own experiences.
No, I mean, look - when you've heard so many stories
from so many other people, and if you can relate to that,
then it's only right that you talk about your own experiences.
But all the experts you've met will have told you one
of the key issues is funding, and that there isn't enough
That's not for, as you probably know, that's not our mission.
Our mission is to remove the stigma of mental health
a platform for people to be able to discuss it.
But the risk is you could be encouraging people to seek
No, and that's something that we've been completely aware
of over the last year, but the fact and the reality
is that, as I said, the appetite is there.
Once the appetite is there, things will change.
It's not my position and it's not our position
So we will do everything that we can to encourage the conversation,
remove the stigma, so that everything else then can take place.
Opening up about the past is a brotherly trait.
In a BBC documentary, Prince William has provided
an insight into the trauma of his bereavement.
The shock is the biggest thing, and I still feel, you know,
20 years later, about my mother, I still have shock within me.
People go, "shock can't last that long", but it does.
It's such an unbelievably big moment in your life.
An upbeat Harry believes their campaign is at a tipping point.
The UK, he hopes, will lead the way in the world,
by removing the taboo surrounding mental health.
Our lead story is that Britain's parliament has
backed Prime Minister Theresa May's call for an early general election.
Every day on outside source we bring together the main global stories of
the day and we turn text in -- turn next to Venezuela.
There have been massive anti-government demonstrations today
People are angry over the state of the economy
and hugely critical about the nature of President Maduro's leadership.
On Monday, 11 Latin American countries called on him to prevent
any violence against protesters - and to set a date for new elections.
The opposition are calling these marches
We also spotted this from the Reuters Venezuela feed, that the
opposition is beginning marches, but also that one protester has died
after a gunshot to the head, that is after security sources, and we don't
know who shot that person. We should mention there is a rival
demonstration as well, in support of the president, but it was nowhere
near as big as the protest is against him.
Vanessa Herrero is a journalist in Caracas.
We talked to her earlier. This is actually a big protest. It was
different from last week's, which saw the movement of a lot of people,
but nothing like this. It's the first time this year that both the
opposition and forces of the government meet each other on the
streets. But can these protesters do anything to force the president to
stand down or at least to holding your election? Before, we've seen
really big protest in Venezuela. Everyone thought that the government
was going to be more passive in measures against the opposition. But
unfortunately, that didn't happen. It is actually getting worse. This
year a lot of journalists have been arrested and there were at least 500
protests this week. If the protesters are struggling to
pressure President Maduro, we have now got this group of Latin American
leaders calling on him to call an election. Do you think they can
pressure him in a way that the protesters can't? That is a
different issue, yes, that may be more effective. We have seen that
with the government of the United States. Even though the government
released a statement saying rejecting what the 11 said, I think
they will keep protesting. The government every day is trying to
show that they are strong. Let's turn now to Indonesia, because
elections have just been held to choose Jakarta's new governor.
Exit polls suggest this man - Anies Baswedan - has won.
Whatever the result, it's been a campaign that's raised
significant religious and racial tensions.
Rebecca Henschke has more in this report.
In conceding defeat, the governor widely known... Called for unity.
TRANSLATION: We are all the same. We want to Jakarta to be good, we want
it to move forward, because this is where we all live. Celebrations have
already begun here at the supporters's home of Anies Baswedan.
Anies Baswedan, a former education minister, has been criticised for
running a very divisive and dirty campaign, capitalising on the
blasphemy accusation against the governor and highlighting religious
differences, the fact that the governor is a Christian and not a
Muslim. But it has been a very successful campaign and these people
say that he is a leader that they want, to bring Jakarta back together
after this divisive election. TRANSLATION: He is a smart leader
with a low profile, and he is close to the people. Anies Baswedan's
campaign heavily capitalised on the blasphemy case against the governor,
to harness the Muslim vote. Today, right after the election, the
governor is back in court. He faces jail time if convicted of blasphemy.
Very unlikely he is to be acquitted, very likely he is to be found
guilty. It means it can be easily politicised dissent your enemies,
anyone you don't like, to prison. The Jakarta election was widely seen
as a proxy for the next presidential poll in two years' time, with
supporters of Anies Baswedan crying out that their party win back the
presidency from Joko Widodo. I should quickly mention
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