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Hello, I'm Karin Giannone, this is Outside Source.
In the days after he took office back in January,
Donald Trump spoke to a number of world leaders.
Now, transcripts of some of the conversations have been
Venezuela's chief prosecutor opens an investigation into claims
of fraud during the weekend's election of a new assembly.
The head of the Libyan National Army warns Italian ships that approach
Libyan waters without permission that they'll be repelled.
And in the past few minutes, Paris St Germain have confirmed the
signing of Brazilian striker Neymar on a five year contract.
The Washington Post has released transcripts of conversations
between Donald Trump and other world leaders from days
The first is between the President and Mexico's
Trade, the war on drugs, and of course, the wall -
Mr Trump spent his campaign promising that Mexico
would pay for a wall on the America's southern border.
Let's go over to our Washington correspondent. How did all this
emerge? It was transcript of conversation which happened in the
first month of his presidency, leaked to the Washington post who
published the entire transcript and their analysis of it. That was
earlier today. We had heard details of this conversation, shortly after
they took place, Donald Trump talking about bad people in Mexico
dealing drugs with the president, and the fact that his conversation
with the Australian Prime Minister Turnbull was less than friendly. The
Trump administration denied some of this at the time, but now we have
the physical transcript of what they said. And the details pretty much
bear out those early reports. You mention Australia, let's turn to
that. The conversation with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull, soon after it took place, it was leaked to the media that it
was heated. It was over a promise by Obama for the US to take in more
than a thousand asylum seekers held by Australia in detention centres.
The transcript says that Mr Trump says that will make us look bad. I
am calling for a ban were I'm not letting anyone in, and we take 2000
people, this is going to kill me. After a long back and forth, the
call and ended apparently with this. I remember at the time those reports
that Donald Trump up the phone down and that was strenuously denied?
Donald Trump himself tweeted that it was fake news and reports he has an
unfunny conversation, he described as civil in his. Now we see the
transcript, we see the truth. They sign off with pleasantries but you
can tell the tone of it was not particularly friendly. Turnbull
tried to explain his resettlement programme, and Donald Trump didn't
seem to have a firm grasp on it. It wasn't 2000 people being resettled,
it was 1250. As Turnbull told Trump, the US have the ability to not take
any, just reviewing them and deciding who to take. It seems like
Trump did not get a good briefing going in, that could be because the
reports we had that the state Department was not involved in many
of these phone conversations that Trump had with foreign leaders in
his early days of the administration. Anthony, there is a
wider point which David Frum of the Atlantic makes about this...
Here's The Atlantic's David Frum: "Anybody who has access to this
transcript also has access to many other secrets.
Trusted people are breaking career-long habits to thwart Trump."
The implication there that there could be more where this came from?
There could be. This is not the first leak of sensitive national
security information that has got out of the Trump administration. And
even people on the Democratic side, from the Obama administration, have
looked at this and would have thrown a bit if this happened in the Obama
administration actual transcripts of private dialogue between foreign
leaders. So yeah, it is evidence of the fact that there are people who
have access to sensitive information trying to undermine the Trump
presidency. The White House and Trump in particular point of this as
another example why leaks need to break down. But then because we have
it in our hands, we can get it and it does give an interesting insight
into how Donald Trump operates behind the scenes. Thank you,
Anthony in Washington. Venezuela's chief prosecutor has
opened an investigation into claims of fraud during the weekend's
election of a new assembly to The announcement came just hours
after the company that carried out the vote,
claimed the government had President Nicolas
Maduro denies this. Let's hear from Katie Watson in
Caracas. Just remind us why the Attorney General wants to do this,
what are the claims? The claims are that the vote on Sunday, the numbers
were inflated, the government said more than 8 million Venezuelans
voted for the constituent assembly. But the voting company says actually
that was inflated by around 1 million. That is being generous,
that some people, some independent polls, saying the number was far
lower than that. But President Maduro is defiant, saying 10 million
Venezuelans want to vote but 2 million were held back by fires,
barricades and bombs. So he is justifying it saying these numbers
are correct. That is the fallout, the government is being accused of
fraudulent voting and the government says it's not true. So they want to
carry out a full investigation, how much power will she has and how will
she be able to do what she wants? Luisa Ortega is one of Maduro's
biggest critics, she is not a popular figure. The support she will
have for this, well, we have already heard from the head of the electoral
authorities saying that the comments on the voting London based company
were baseless and irresponsible. And the government seems to be ignoring
this. The government too much won't listen to Luisa Ortega on this one.
They are convinced that this vote was fair and they will inaugurate
the delegates on Friday afternoon, as planned. The opposition boycotted
the selection, it went ahead anyway. What does the opposition plan to do
now? They have been trying to hold a rally at the same time as the
inauguration, it was meant to happen today but the inauguration got put
back so that the rally back as well. On Friday, around midday, they will
hold the rally from several points in parts of Caracas. This is what we
have seen over the last few months, we have seen protests that have
often turned violent and the government standing firm saying they
are not going to be changing their tack. So we are as far removed from
dialogue as a consensus as possible, two sides, the opposition and the
government, do not see eye to eye and neither side looks like they are
prepared to talk about it. Katie, thanks very much. Katie Watson in
Caracas. In the last few minutes, we have
heard the world record transfer of Neymar from Barcelona to Paris St
Germain has gone ahead. Let's go to the BBC sports Centre, is the deal
done? It is. Our sources say the 25-year-old Brazilian national
Neymar has signed a five-year deal, in excess of $260 million, just let
that sink in! That is a quarter of $1 billion. A press conference is
due at 11:30am GMT on Friday, around 15 million dollars -- 50 million
dollars more, which was Paul Pogba who moved from Juventus to Man
United a year ago. He will earn more than $53 million a year, this is
where it gets bizarre. The Spanish hierarchy at La Liga is represented
and BSD were acting unlawfully. They urge them to abide by the rule. So
what happened? Later on Thursday, Neymar's BSD paid the full amount at
Barcelona's offices on Thursday. If you've got it, flawed it. He has to
be pretty good to justify the money. What do Paris St Germain had to out
of him? They want to win the Champions
League. They have come close, in the quarterfinals, and with Neymar one
of the big players with the three up front in Barcelona with Suarez in
there and of course Lionel Messi, he will take away from that and become
a great player in his own right. Paris Saint Germain hope he will
spearhead their campaign in Europe and win the Champions League. How
much hurt pride is there on Barcelona's part? I think there was
a huge amount of lost pride. The fans have come out with signs of
traitor. Because you look at what he has done and he has put up messages
on Instagram, this is a huge deal. It is a huge move the Neymar. He
came from Los Santos in 2013, he has problems with taxes and maybe he
sees this as a clean break moving to PSG. Barcelona supporters won't
forget this in a hurry. They have a new coach this year, Valverde, so
difficult times and at the state of the season, where'd you get a player
like Neymar? The La Liga season starts shortly. We will speak lately
about other sport, thank you. So what will Neymars
transfer mean for football? For more on this the BBC has been
speaking with a number of experts. Firstly - here's football
agent Sky Andrew. Neymar is one of the best players in
the world. Under normal circumstances, a super team would
not sold to a super-team, but he had a buyout clause. Of ?200 million,
that's incredible. It's good for Qatar, because they are making a
statement and people will start talking about Qatar and dump macro
in a sort of positive manner and the focus is on them. -- Qatar and PSG.
They are getting an astronomical amount of money for a player, as
many would see it. No other team is capable of doing this, not even big
teams in the UK can spend over ?400 million on a player. Everyone will
ask some of the questions about financial fair play. But Qatar are
involved with PSG. They have been involved in Barcelona, say they will
make this work. Football agent sky Andrew talking
before the deal was finalised. Kieran Maguire explaining the case
Paris Saint Germain may put forward PSG top justify
spending so much money have deals with commercial companies
for Neymar. And also funding his contract. Look at him at the product
-- as a product, Neymar has 170 million followers on Instagram,
Twitter and Facebook. That is more than Manchester United Real Madrid.
He is an individual brand were a hell of a lot of money. And PSG will
want as much of a share of image rights as possible, to offset the
cost of his employment. So the deal is done.
Stay with us on Outside Source - still to come.
We're in Alaska - 400 kilometres inside the Artic Circle where people
are worried about moves to allow more oil drilling.
The Bank of England has downgraded its growth forecasts
for this year and next - and warned the UK economy
will remain "sluggish" because of uncertainty surrounding
Britain's future relationship with the European Union.
The Bank's Governor, Mark Carney, said the uncertainty
had influenced markets, business investment and consumer
spending following the vote in June last year.
Financial markets, particularly sterling, marked down in the UK's
relative prospects quickly and struggling. How cells look through
Brexit related uncertainties initially. -- households look
through Brexit. But the consequences of the fall of sterling has squeezed
real incomes, and they have cut back on spending, slowing the economy.
Businesses have been somewhere in between. Since the referendum, they
have invested much less aggressively than usual in response to an
otherwise very favourable environment.
You're watching outside source from the BBC newsroom. Our top story...
Transcripts of conversations President Trump had with world
leaders after he took office have been published by
The US-based lawyer for the widow of late Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo's
has filed a formal complaint to the United Nations
over what he described as her "enforced disappearance".
Poet Liu Xia has been "held incommunicado in an unknown location
by Chinese government authorities" since July 15th, the day
of her husband's funeral, the lawyer said in a statement.
Dozens of firefighters have battled a blaze
at Tokyo's Tsu-kiji fish market, the world's largest and one
of the capital's most popular tourist sites.
The fire was in the outer part of the market -
which is packed with informal restaurants.
The inner part of the market - where most seafood wholesalers
are located and tuna auctions are carried out at dawn -
Any Italian ships approaching Libyan waters without
That order came from this man - Khalifa Haftar -
head of the Libyan National Army, who controls most of eastern Libya.
He was responding to Italy's decision to send boats to Libyan
waters to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean.
It has had a mixed reception from Libya's two governments.
The one based in Tobruk in the east which supports Field Marshall Hafta-
opposes the decision- whereas the other based in Tripoli
in the West and backed by the un-says it will cooperate.
coming from all over Africa - to make that dangerous
journey from Libya's coast, across the mediterranean,
More than 94,000 migrants have made the crossing since January.
Italy is also putting forward other measures to stem
the flow of migrants- Richard Galpin has more.
At the start of the migrant crisis, the Italian Navy used to play
But now its mission is to enter Libyan territorial waters to help
the Libyan coast guard spot migrant boats as they set sail,
The abrupt change of mission was given the go-ahead
Most politicians clearly wanting an end to the crisis.
The goal of the Italian government is to stem the flow,
bring it close to zero and basically tweak the Turkey deal and adapted
to the situation in Libya but get the same result,
which is to bring a flow which is in the hundreds
Almost 100,000 migrants have reached Italy so far this year.
Other EU countries were supposed to have taken many of them.
So large numbers are applying for asylum here, putting
the government under pressure with elections looming next year.
Now the Italian Navy's sophisticated radar will enable the Libyan coast
guard to stop many migrant boats before they leave Libyan
That is sparking alarm amongst human rights organisations.
There is automatic detention of irregular migrants in centres
where people are systematically abused, and it is completely
unclear how the Italian government think that these people would be
protected after disembarking Libya with the key
assistance of the Italian government.
Italy is also imposing restrictions on boats used by charities
It is feared fewer ships will now be in the key areas,
and already this year more than 2000 migrants have drowned.
A cash-flow analysis seen by South African MPs suggests
South African Airways is running out of money.
It's asking for another big bail-out from the country's government.
Take a look at this from Nancy Kacungira
South African Airways has run out of money, but no one can really say
they didn't see this coming. Even though South Africa itself is a big
air travel market, the airline has made a loss every year for the last
seven years. That is due to high costs and many depths. The airline
says things could improve by October but only if they get help now. They
need a $60 million bailout, and the planes looked good in the adverts
but they are expensive to keep in the sky. South African Airways's
long haul fleet is mostly made up of gas guzzling aeroplanes, which are
quite fuel inefficient, a disadvantage considering that their
fuel costs in Africa are much higher than average. The airline says they
have a plan to turn things around, but analysts have been crunching the
numbers, and say that to take an injection of up to $1 billion over
the next three years. Workers at the Nissian plant
in the US state of Mississppi are taking part in a landmark vote ,
which has already been described as 'one of the nastiest anti-union
fights' in US history. Michelle Fleury reports
from Canton, Mississippi. Nissan has launched this major and
Thai union campaign threatening and intimidating workers.
We don't know what they are offering. We have a plan that we
have do struggle and fight us to have the right to vote. The fight to
form a union at the Nissan factory in canton, Mississippi. We are
battling against not for the right to vote or not vote, but the right
to manipulate or lie to each other. For 14 years, workers at the Miss
Nissan plant have been engaged with a battle to form a union.
Mississippi has been hostile to unions, but this time workers had
they have a chance. I want to have health and safety, equal
opportunities... I got heard on the line and I've been dealing with that
the whole time. It's been a real process. I think the union would
really stand up for us. But not everyone wants the union. It's the
best thing to happen to the state of Mississippi, so we are campaigning
hard to keep the union out. We don't need outsiders to tell us what we
want doing. To get its message across, Nissan posted anti-union
messages in the factory, now landing them in trouble with the Labour
relations board. The company denied allegations of this, saying they had
a right to know their perspective. For those that know the South's
troubled past, it's not just about workers right but civil rights. When
blacks would vote, someone would come with a hood bearing a cross.
Now they come by, saying we are going to close the union and the
plan. The union is hoping to turn past failure into success. Victory
here might like the spark for the US labour movement across the South.
Hyperloop One - it's the futuristic transport system that shoots pods
or capsules at very high speeds through tunnels.
Take a look at the latest test in the Nevada desert.
this is the beginning and the dawn of a new era of transportation. The
first new major form of transportation in 100 years, it will
basically change the way we live, where we work and make the world a
much smaller place in turning cities into natural spot.
Back to the breaking news and the last half hour, Neymar has completed
his world record transfer to Paris St Germain. He has signed a five
year contract with the French club. The 25-year-old Brazilian early
broke his contract with Barcelona by paying a 264 million dollar buyout
clause. There was a hiccup earlier which delayed things somewhat, the
club Barcelona previously said they would report our St Germain to Uefa,
football's governing body in Europe, for a breach of rules but that seems
to have been resolved. The deal has been done. The image has been
removed from the stadium in Barcelona already. More sport coming
up on the programme, stay with