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Hello, I'm Karin Giannone, this is Outside Source.


Donald Trump's son has released emails implying he knew


about what seemed to be Russian efforts to influence


It was revealed in a series of messages he posted online


from last year showing he was eager to accept incriminating information


about Hillary Clinton promised by a Russian source.


Amnesty International accuses Iraqi and coalition forces


of using excessive force in Mosul - leading to the deaths


I reject any notion that coalition fires were in any way imprecise, not


lawful, or excessively targeted civilians.


report from front line of Raqqa where female commanders


are leading the charge against the so-called Islamic State.


These fighters are coming up against snipers from IS in streets around


here and other than that they have drones, this will be a hard fight.


And in OS Sport, we'll be looking towards the 2024 Olympic Games.


More on our top story - Donald Trump Junior releasing emails


showing he was eager to accept what he was told was damaging


information about Hillary Clinton provided by the Russian state,


It appears to be the first confirmation that a Trump


associate attended a meeting in the expectation of being handed


sensitive information from Russian officials.


There's been strong criticism from Democrats and some Republicans.


But there are those saying it's no big deal -


like Elizabeth Price Foley, an American legal theorist


I think at this point it is much ado about nothing and there is nothing


illegal about obtaining opposition research from whatever source.


Recently Politico ran stories showing that a DNC operative, which


is a campaign arm of the Clinton campaign, had meetings out the


Ukrainian Embassy for the express purpose of obtaining dirt on Donald


Trump during the campaign. So I think we are naive if we think this


kind of thing does not happen all the time and it does not make any of


this activity illegal. I think it is pretty normal. It certainly doesn't


show... You go as far as to say that you think what we have heard today,


Donald Trump Junior said he loved the idea he would get information


from a Russian state source, is normal? Yes, absolutely, in fact


what is wrong with it? Normally what would happen, as what happened with


the Hillary Clinton campaign, is you have low -- lower levels Darfur


meeting with in this case Ukrainian officials and you have the report


back and the only difference here is that instead of a DNC staffer, it


was actually Donald Trump Junior who again, is not his father. You talked


about this not being the president himself. It is as pretty much as


close to the president as you can get, also the fact this is an


administration that has repeatedly said it has had no contact with


Russia, repeatedly denied it and here we have an e-mail published by


the President's Sun saying he accepted the offer of a Russian


lawyer who purported to show him damaging information. There is no


indication yet that Miss Veselnitskaya was a representative


of the Russian government. It was not whether she turned out to be


what she said she was it is the fact it was offered and he accepted it


with no surprise and did not report it as something suspicious that a


foreign power was getting involved in an election campaign. What you


don't know with all respect is whether or not there was letting


down by the campaign as to whether Miss Veselnitskaya was actually a


Russian government official, just because she used the words in the


e-mail does not mean she was a Russian government official. A lot


more on that story on the website as well as analysis about where this


leaves the investigations. Just a day after declaring victory


in Mosul, Iraqi and coalition forces have been accused of using excessive


force by the human rights group This is the report on Amnesty


International's website. Among other things, it claims


that between February and June of this year,


nearly 6000 civilians were killed as a result of attacks by Iraqi


and US-led coalition forces. It also said a claim


by the British Government that hundreds of RAF air strikes


in and around Mosul resulted in no civilian casualties


"is at best implausible". As you'd expect, the report has been


dismissed by coalition forces. Here's the coalition


spokesman in Mosul. I would challenge the people from


Amnesty International or anyone else who makes these charges, to first


research facts and make sure they are speaking from a position of


authority. I would argue this... I believe the most precise campaign in


the history of warfare. We have gone to extraordinary measures to


safeguard civilian lives. Measuring every single time how many civilians


we think may or may not be in the target area and what ammunition to


employ and how can we strike that building and take out only that room


and not an entire floor, the entire building. These things are factored


into every single strike, that number in the tens of thousands.


I turned to BBC Arabic Newsnight presenter Rasha Qandeel


The problem is the three parties accused of committing what can be


mounting to war crimes are the Iraqi government, the coalition led by the


US and what is called Islamic State. The problem with the use of FA 18,


heavily used by the US is it is a super hoard it and basically a twin


engined carrier and indiscriminate and disproportionate as a weapon and


this can affects the lives of civilians. The Iraqi army has, there


have been accusations flying around about what sort of treatment may


have with civilians. What is called Islamic State, the main thing is


taking civilians as a human shield and if you put the three together


the report is based on what it says to be witnesses. It might map to be


real war crimes committed by the three parties. We have had a strong


response from the US, saying the report is offensive to people who


risk their lives to rid Mosul of Islamic State. The facts we have


mentioned, the weapons being used, the number of civilians in a small


area, makes it closer to be believable. Rather than the


opposite. The problem is, the United States has to react like this. There


are two ways to put any case of a war crime in front of the ICC.


Whether the security Council takes the whole thing to the general


prosecutor or general prosecutors take the whole thing on his own or


her own in front of the ICC, it could amount to be catastrophic for


the American army, coalition and individuals who can be taken up


cases. Victory has been declared -


but what's the true reality of the situation


on the ground in Mosul? According to the UN,


some 3000 civilians remain trapped The BBC's Basheer Al Zaidi filed


this report from a rooftop in Mosul. As you'll see - coalition


bombing continues. The people of Mosul are celebrating


on the first day after declaring victory on IS, but the sound of


music is mixing with the sound of bombing from the western side where


there are pockets held by extremist militants. The Iraqi aviation and


coalition forces launch air strikes targeting these locations and it is


not known when it will be cleared. There is an overwhelming sense of


relief among the people, who hope the next stage for their city will


be based on reconstruction. It would allow hundreds of thousands of


people who have fled the city to come back home.


With IS all but defeated in Mosul - according to the government,


anyway - the next challenge is to achieve similar


And that means taking back the city of Raqqa.


Our correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse, along with cameraman Fred Scot


and producer Peter Emmerson, have been with them on the front line.


In Raqqa Islamic State is making its final stand. Fighting their way into


the heart of the caliphate, a fragile coalition of power is great


and small, of Arabs and Kurds, of men and women. This person is in


command of around 1000 fighters on the Raqqa front lines. Together


these men and women make up the Syrian Democratic forces. An


alliance that includes Arabs but is led by the Kurds. Their success


against IS has come thanks in no small part to backing from the


United States. The Americans have quietly built up a presence on the


ground, providing weapons, training and firepower. This commander and


her unit are on the Western front. It is a tight squeeze inside the


home armoured truck with a couple of her fighters driving towards the


centre of Raqqa. Islamic State is supposed to be surrounded inside the


old city. But IS have built tunnels. They frequently pop-up way you do


not expect them. -- where you do not expect them. These fighters are


coming up against IS snipers in all of these streets. Other than that


they have drones, suicide carbons. It will be a very hard fight into


the centre of Raqqa. Inching their way into the city house by house.


Some fighters are so close, they can hear IS in the building across the


street. This is a battle for territory, they are fighting to take


the capital of the caliphate. But something has happened here.


Everyone is springing into action. They think they have got... Some


Isis snipers in the buildings around. What is going on? They are


moving here. They now face Islamic State that perhaps its most


dangerous. We did, cornered, and with nothing left to lose. But the


fall of IS is within sight. Stay with us on Outside


Source - still to come. Looking at the 2024 and 2028 Olympic


bids because the International Olympic Committee voted unanimous --


unanimously to award both the sake time.


A trail of new technology is helping people with dementia to stay


It monitors activity and sends alerts if there's a problem.


For Phil and June Bell, the home they've lived in for 30


years is very definitely where their hearts are.


They're trialling technology that should help June


She was diagnosed with dementia a year ago.


One of our aims has always been to stay as long


as we can within the home, our home.


And what the technology's done is enable us to do that.


You said it makes you feel safer, doesn't it.


Yeah, to think that somebody's out there, concerned about me,


and I think that's, you know, quite touching, really.


Various sensors in the house monitor June's movements and activity.


Phil also regularly checks her health,


blood pressure and oxygen levels, for example.


The information is then immediately sent to this clinical monitoring


team and staff here can combine June's medical and environmental


data to build up a fuller picture of her health.


If you look at some of the motion data here,


Also, we see how often she was in bed.


We can look at some body temperature, and all the data,


could suggest if she's becoming agitated or not, is there


Putting everything together could give us a good picture


A red stethoscope and an on-screen alert warns the team


They may then call the household, enlist help from medical teams,


or ask staff from the Alzheimer's Society to pay a visit.


The results of the trial, the first of its kind in the UK,


won't be known until next year, but early indicators are positive.


These gadgets are helping people stay longer in their homes,


safe and secure in the knowledge that help, if needed,


is just a phone call or a mouse click away.


This is Outside Source live from the BBC newsroom.


Donald Trump's son has released emails implying he knew


about what appear to be Russian efforts to influence


the US elections as early as June last year -


and was offered incriminating information on Hillary Clinton


It's been raining in south-west London today.


That doesn't normally make the news here but it does


mean that play was stopped on some of the courts at Wimbledon.


Marc Edwards is at the BBC Sport Centre for us


We have been getting used to end the sunshine, what a shock today.


It has not stopped the day's big story. We might have taken 40 years


but Johanna Konta is the first British women's Wimbledon


semifinalist since 1978 and had to fight back from one sets down to


beat Simona Halep, the second seed, using aggressive tactics from the


start and finishing the match with 36 unforced errors to Janne Korpi's


nine. Producing 48 winners to 26 so the right game from Konta. The Brit


will take on the five-time champion Venus Williams on Thursday for a


place in the final. Venus Williams beat Jelena Ostapenko in straight


sets and at 37 is the oldest player to reach the last four since Martina


in 1994, Williams competing at her 20th Wimbledon and one victory away


from what would be a ninth final at Wimbledon. There has been a fairy


tale, continuing for the unseeded Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. 35


previous attempts at a grand slam and has never got past the third


round since turning pro. She was ranked outside of the top 400 in the


as March, due to injuries. She was appearing in her first grand slam


quarterfinal, at 87 in the world, the lowest ranked semifinalist in a


grand slam in history. The International Olympic Committee


is preparing to vote on whether to award the 2024


and 2028 summer games Paris and Los Angeles are the only


two cities in the running and made The French President Emmanuel Macron


was at the meeting in Switzerland, throwing his support behind


the Paris bid. French people are ready. Or they


would not be here, if they were not ready. They decided to hope, they


decided to make a bid themselves. I am here to say, OK, our people are


ready to host these games. Not to be outdone, US


President Donald Trump tweeted saying working hard


to get the Olympics Let's speak to Marc at the BBC


Sport centre again. LA, Paris, where is everyone else?


Due to the spiralling costs, a lot of people have dropped out. Rome,


Toronto, and these two cities now vying for that 2024, though it seems


it will be decided hopefully amicably now in this meeting so that


one will get 2024 and the other 2028. Paris has said quite clearly


they want 2024. They are the favourites for 2024 and there is a


feeling the IOC will look favourably on the capital after the failed bid


for 2008 and 2012 games. Two more less make it the anniversary of the


last games hosted in 1924. LA last hosted in 1984. They have indicated


they are open to waiting four more years. The French president putting


out a strong message. He has welcomed an executive IOC campaign


committee two days after being sworn in as president and sees it as a


unifier and is very much pinning his hopes on a 2024 Olympic Games in


Paris. Will you be Paris, will it be LA? We will find out soon. Thanks.


The future of the British Grand Prix has been left uncertain


after Silverstone's owner confirmed they've activated a break clause


Silverstone has been home to the race every year since 1987.


However, the British Racing Drivers' Club, which owns the circuit,


is struggling with the financial cost of hosting it.


Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre has called off a much-anticipated ballet


about Soviet star dancer Rudolf Nureyev.


The world premiere was due to open on Tuesday,


It's raised questions on whether censorship is returning


The theatre insists the production will go ahead next year,


as Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow.


It was be THE event in Russian ballet.


The life story of Rudolf Nureyev, one of the greatest ever dancers,


played out on the Bolshoi Theatre stage.


So when the premiere was pulled at the last


This was the last run-through, met with great applause.


So was the story of an openly gay dancer too


much for today's conservative Russia, or could this be linked


to a corruption case involving the director?


Not according to this man, the boss of the Bolshoi Theatre


calling in the press to say that he chose to tell Nureyev's


story, even though he realised it would upset a lot of people.


He has pulled it, he insists, as the ballet was underrehearsed


Listening to him was a prima ballerina.


Earlier, she had posted this on social media,


warning that censorship was returning to the arts.


He had three roles in the ballet, including one as a transvestite


and he says he does not agree with the


TRANSLATION: I don't agree the ballet was raw.


If they let us have extra rehearsals, the performance


would have been ready, we would have had time.


In recent years, the Bolshoi Theatre has become almost as well known


for the scandals and intrigue backstage as well as its


performances, so as the management insists there is nothing suspicious


about the decision to call off this much-anticipated premiere with just


days to go, the questions are likely to linger.


But one historian of the Bolshoi saw some rehearsal footage


and suggests the decision could be about quality after all.


The decision to put it on correctly reflects the decision to put on well


rehearsed and tight and all the social media blocking


is there and the multi-media rules, it is a tough decision.


The Bolshoi insists that Nureyev the ballet will premiere next May


complete with a huge naked portrait of the dancer.


What began as a homage to a star now looks like a test


Back to the main story. Donald Trump Junior releasing e-mails implying he


knew about Russian efforts to influence the US elections as early


as June last year. The lead Democrat on the house intelligence committee


has spoken in the last half-hour. As we saw the constantly evolving


stories from the President's son, we cannot rely on public


representations from the family about contact with the Russians. We


have seen a pattern of obfuscation and dissembling about these


meetings. Originating with denials that they have never had meetings


and forced acknowledgement once the meetings were disclosed and then a


shifting explanation about what the meetings were about. Thanks for