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The White House says President Trump is not worried about what his former
aide might reveal if he talks to investigators examining his links to
Russia. He believes he should testify and thinks he should go up
there and do what he has to do to get the story out. Guidelines issued
for the EU's Brexit strategy, it was the UK of tough times. A sweeping
probe into tax evasion with paintings, gold and agility seized
in coordinated raids. -- and jewellery.
Welcome. The White House says President Trump believes Michael
Flynn should be able to tell his story to congressional committee is
conducting investigations into Russia's interference in the
presidential election. The American president described the hearings as
a witchhunt and in a briefing his spokesperson said the White House
was not worried about what it might reveal.
He believes Michael Flynn should testify and thinks he should go up
there and do what he has to do to get the story out. With or without
immunity? That is up to him and his lawyer to decide. I will not give
anyone legal advice from the podium but the view of the president is he
should testify. But the president gave legal advice from his Twitter
account. You said in the past the only reason to ask for immunity is
that we have done something wrong. Go get it out there, the president
says. Google just have to do and tell everyone what we have been
saying for a long time. -- go out there. If you realise what the
president is doing as he is saying do what you have to do to make it
clear what happened and segment of a precaution you want or however your
legal counsel advises you. My colleague in Washington told me
the White House will not want to appear nervous about what Michael
Flynn is saying. Whether they are awarded privately or not, they need
to appear they are comfortable with them testifying. He was a senior
adviser to Donald Trump throughout the campaign and serve as head of
his national security Council. Only for a few weeks but it is still a
top-level positions so I do not think they want to put forward an
appearance they are worried. Although I think there is
significant concern. Sean Spicer was not going to be
dragged into the question of immunity but the top Democrat on the
house intelligence committee was saying this is the grave and
momentous step for the former security adviser to ask for
immunity. Michael Flynn's lawyer said he has a
story to tell and they want at story to give out there. What story that
is why he wants to tell it is the big question. He might be seeking
immunity to insulate himself from questions of perjury before the FBI
when they asked about his contacts with the Russian ambassador or it
could be to insulate himself against an investigation into his lobbying
efforts on behalf of foreign dignitaries and officials which he
may or may not have disclosed. Or it could be key has information about
ties between the trunk campaign and Russian officials, that is what
Frank's enemies hoped for but we have no idea what people say yet. --
that is what Donald Trump's enemies hoped. We do not know if he drank --
will be granted that immunity but the fact it has became public like
this suggest it will not be granted because this will be happening
behind the scenes. Can we at least know when people testified?
According to the Senate committee he is one of the people they want to
talk to, not necessarily in front of the full-time committee but this is
an ongoing process and no date has been set. The committee has a
believes some of the planned hearings so I think we can speculate
it will be in the coming months but there is no certain date yet.
When the British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the UK's
departure from the EU two days ago she stressed Britain was keen on a
trade deal to protect its exports from tariffs. Today the EU responded
and in draft guidelines for negotiations they ruled out trade
talks before outstanding issues were cleared up. Speaking in Malta Donald
Tusk made citizens' write a top priority. -- citizens' rates.
After all the shadow-boxing, now coming into focus
They are guidelines for now, but Donald Tusk made clear the EU
will insist the UK sorts out its exit arrangements first.
So an outline agreement on citizens rights, on financial liabilities,
progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework
Starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time,
as suggested by some in the UK, will not happen.
So the EU is explicitly rejecting Theresa May's position.
No trade talks at first, future ties only outlined during a second
No special access for industries like cars and banking.
The EU excludes a sector by sector approach to its single market,
and the transition would be under EU rules, UK required to accept
Transition periods mean that you are still a member,
or at least you still have access to a membership situation.
If you have such an access, it is obvious, it goes without saying,
that the institutions would have all agreed upon the need
There have been months of preparations and lobbying to draw
UK citizens living in the EU, EU citizens living in the UK worried
about losing their rights, met the EU's chief negotiator.
They are the top priority in the exit deal.
Ireland has been pressing its case about the Irish border,
Gibraltar is a surprise inclusion as a result of Spanish lobbying.
The EU says no future trade deal can apply to Gibraltar
This will require the agreement of 27 members.
If that was a shock for the Foreign Secretary,
he didn't show it as he arrived for a meeting at Nato HQ.
He sought to calm fears the UK might Thai security into the deal.
The security of this region, Europe, is unconditional.
It is not some bargaining chip in any negotiations that may be
taking place elsewhere in this capital.
Now Article 50 has been triggered, it is the EU who can determine
They want to control not just the sequence,
One day into negotiations and there are all the tensions over this
document. They relate to Gibraltar, and overseas British territory on
the Spanish mainland the rule of which has been long contested by
Madrid. Britain's future deal will not apply to Gibraltar without the
consent of Spain. Gibraltar's Chief Minister says this is unacceptable
and I asked him if he was surprised by this move by Spain.
I am not surprised by it at all but what I am saying it is unacceptable
to see it singled out in the week has been in the draft. The four
surviving Chief ministers of Gibraltar, including myself, warned
during the referendum this is what we could expect to see if the result
was to leave. I appreciate that but given Spain has wanted this for a
long time, there was always going to be a high chance that they would get
this clause into this initial draft. It is what they have been doing
already. Remember matters including the EU's agreement with the Ukraine
for flight between the two entities has been vetoed by Spain because of
its application to Gibraltar. It has been ready for five years and not
signed because Spain will not agree to it because it applies to
Gibraltar. This would have happened because Spain is one of the 27
remaining nations and the agreement on the future relationship with UK
and the EU would have had to go to all those parliaments and would
likely require agreement from all so this is the spelling out what would
have been issue we were facing but it singled out Gibraltar and an
unfair and unnecessary weight and clearly discriminatory but I am
grateful Spain has been foolish enough to play this, very early on
and not five minutes to donate when the agreement is already in place.
-- five minutes to midnight. Should this not been flagged up much
earlier, given we are now in the process of Brexit?
This is an issue we have been fighting up from the moment of the
referendum and one we talked about throughout the referendum and
campaign and one I have spoke about to the British Government since the
Prime Minister took over. I have seen a statement and she stayed fast
in her support of Gibraltar and I am pleased to see of her squaring off
against this particular point in the negotiating draft parameters and I
spoke to the Foreign Secretary this afternoon who confirmed the UK
remains implacable and ruthless and the defence of Gibraltar's interest
in negotiations. Lots more still to come including
the Oscar-winning Hollywood director joining us to talk about his latest
film about the Armenian massacre. The Republic of Ireland has become
the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. Anyone
lighting up in offices and restaurants will face a heavy fine.
The president was on his way out of the Hilton hotel where he addressed
a trade union conference. The small crowd outside included his
assailant. It has become a symbol of Paris, 100
years ago many wished it had never been built. The Eiffel Tower's
birthday is marked by an re-enactment of the first ascent.
Welcome back. Our main headlines this hour, President Trump's
supporters former national security adviser as he seeks immunity from
prosecution in exchange for testifying about alleged Russian
interference in the US election. The EU insists it will not negotiate
its future relationship with the UK until that has been sufficient
progress towards agreement plans for Brexit.
Authorities in Europe and Australia have announced a sweeping tax
evasion probe. A series of coordinated raids in several
countries including Britain, France and the Netherlands. But
investigators say the received information about 50,000 suspect
accounts in a Swiss bank and they are reporting the seizure of
paintings, a gold bar and jewellery. They have arrested two people. A
Swiss bank said its properties had been contacted.
Geneva correspondent gave us more details this investigation.
It is Switzerland's second-largest bank but also a huge player in
global finance and it has admitted its branches in Paris, Amsterdam and
London were, the Dutch say raided and Credit Suisse say visited and
they are cooperating fully. We know the Dutch also visited or raided
homes in Holland and confiscated not money but goods. This is a classic
trick with trying to hide your assets, invest in gold bars,
jewellery, paintings and they even release photographs of some of the
seized items. It looks like a very, very big investigation and one which
could have some pretty widespread ramifications. It is a huge
investigation, 50,000 suspect accounts. That is absolutely
massive. It will be a huge blow to Credit Suisse which has already paid
fines to the USA for allegedly helping American clients to hide the
money and avoid paying tax. There is a must see this angle to this, it is
apparently not just your classic tax evasion, it is a money-laundering
which is what the Dutch have said and that suggests some of the money
involved came from criminal activity. This is huge, over 50,000
accounts, and with very serious implications in terms of the type of
crime this investigation might reveal.
What about the fact the Dutch had not consulted the Swiss on going
ahead with this. Any reaction on that? The Swiss issued a statement
saying they are disconcerted by that. Disconcerted as the Swiss ward
for absolutely furious. They are very angry and upset they were left
out because they would say they have been working very hard to crack down
on tax evasion and make their banks complied and introduced all sorts of
new laws, sign up to Europe wide regulations on tax evasion, they
share information, and yet when Switzerland's second-largest bank
has been the subject of investigation since early 2016
Switzerland was never informed and quite surprisingly for the usual
quite tranquil Swiss their statement suggests they have been deliberately
kept out of this investigation. They are very angry and upset because
they do think the Kurds have actually contributed their own
valuable expertise -- and they could have contributed. The do not want
the image of this to be left with something that affects such a big
Swiss bank and look as though maybe they are not on side when they
really feel they are in tackling money laundering and tax evasion.
Let's bring you up-to-date with the other news today. Most members of
the union of South African nations condemn the Venezuelan Supreme
Court's decision to take one legislative powers from opposition
led Congress. Protest went on for a second day in Caracas. The mark on
the Supreme Court welly scuffled. The Nato Secretary General has
praised the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson for his strong
commitment to the transatlantic alliance as Nato foreign ministers
gathered in Brussels for the first meeting with him. The US is calling
on all Nato states to meet their defence spending targets.
The Indian state of Gujarat have passed a law which increases the
penalty for slaughtering cows from seven years to life. And that the
new law India's strictest ever, Carl Stalker will also become a
non-bailable offence. -- slaughtering cows. They are widely
considered sacred by -- considered sacred by India's Hindu majority.
And now the sport. A big weekend of Premier League football. A
particularly famous fixture, the Merseyside derby. Liverpool and
Everton have met over 200 times, they are grounds and metres apart
and domestic football returns across Europe and what a match to start us
off. Both managers understand the
significance. Everton are a good team, they have a very good run, did
not lose a lot of games recently, good results, confident but we're
Liverpool, we play at Anfield and nobody should underestimate the
power of Anfield and whenever we played that we have to create a
special atmosphere. It is a new season, a new game, a new manager
for Everton and I do not know why, I heard a bit about the last two
seasons of Everton that maybe they were too afraid to play against
Liverpool but you do not need to be afraid to play against Liverpool.
Something a bit different. Schoolchildren are to get help with
their numbers and letters from the favourite footballers. The Premier
League has launched its most ambitious community programme to
date as it attempts to boost learning by linking it to football.
It will provide lesson resources to 10,000 primary schools by 2019.
This is a lesson you should heed. The Premier League is reaching out
from the pitch to primary schools as it tries to provide some learning
inspiration and help children be more active. Football has a power
and energy and motivates people and young people in particular and
because we can we should and that is what it is about. Free online
resources are being made available for teachers to download. Those in
classrooms seemingly keen to combine their studies with sport. It will
help me with reading because I don't really like reading but if I use
football I will have lots of fun reading. You learn about different
new summer assignments from players. We do not live like maths so maybe
when football is combined with mouth it will make maths seem way more
appealing than it did a few months ago. -- football is combined with
maths. To do this they are rolling out an advertising campaign across
the nation, using its full star power to try and win hearts and
minds. Try it. Try again. Premier League clubs hope the popularity
will help foster a love of learning amongst children and perhaps also an
early love for the lead that once to aid in their educational goals.
-- for the league. The second round of the first woman's golf major of
the season is underway in California. This is the leaderboard.
That is all the sport for now. Hollywood film stars Christian bill
and Oscar Isaac have taken on new rule set against the highly
sensitive subject of the Armenian massacre. The promise is depicted by
Oscar winner Terry George and depicts the last days of the Ottoman
Empire and the eventual massacre of RM 1.5 million Armenians. -- of
around 1.5 million. Where were you? We just took a walk. You see Did?
A perfectly innocent gifts. The Promise. The director came to
tell me about the film. We received finance from an Armenian American
businessman who was anxious to have the story told and I co-wrote and
directed what is essentially a love story, love triangle set against the
backdrop of the Armenian genocide, which in most countries and most
historians recognised as such and those that do not generally, other
than Turkey, do so for strategic or political reasons. We wanted to
create a film on an epic scale. That was the intention. That is something
you were very keen to do, make this into a love story at the centre, is
that what humanises what is quite historically a very difficult time?
That has been my strategy in doing the role and the genocide with Hotel
Rwanda and the troubles in Northern Ireland with In The Name Of The
Father. I like to pick characters in the audience can identify with. Your
films have such difficult subject matter is and it is extraordinary so
few people really know about this, we happy 100th anniversary of the
Armenian massacres around two years ago and yet it is still not very
well-known. It speaks to the success of the
Turkish Government denying this and having it suppressed. There were two
films that tried to be made in the 1930s and 1960s in Hollywood and the
Turkish Government intervened times. Turkey is very much saying that this
is 1.5 million people who lost their lives, they dispute that and see it
was not as many. -- they say it was not so many.
Their argument is that it was a civil war and they had to drive the
Armenian community out that region. If you presented that argument in
the Second World War, the Nazis said there was an uprising in the Warsaw
ghetto and we had to move these Jewish people to somewhere we could
handle them, it is nonsense and most people recognise this slaughter of
these people by their own Government is genocide by any definition. You
spoke about Hotel Rwanda, you have such historic moment you have
captured, how do the audience react to something which is quite a hard
watch? I always try to make it not be hard
watch in terms of the visuals that go on, you cannot retrieve the
horror of these events and therefore I zoom in on characters and a lot of
the audience to imagine what took place and at the same time find
characters that are inspiring. That was director Terry George
speaking to me about his new film The Promise. Thank you for watching
BBC World News. It is the time of day we look at
some interesting weather events around the world. First in North
America will be haphazard some severe storms and tornadoes through
the midwest. That system clears toward the north-east and suffer
Saturday still snowfall across New Hampshire and heavy rain further
south pushing into the Atlantic soon. Heavy showers them out of the
central Rocky Mountains towards Texas. Some thunderstorms possible
in Dallas. Toward the north-east 's snowfall lingering in Boston and
Montr al. The cold Bay on Saturday and by Sunday most eastern cities
getting drier. Heavy rain continues in Peru where we recently had
flooding and some other picture in Colombia and Ecuador. The key has
been building across India through this week and by Saturday we still
have temperatures around 42 Celsius -- the heat has been building. Not
quite as widespread as early in the week and heavy rain in some areas
where we might not usually expect to see it. Parts of Vietnam, Cambodia
and Thailand you can see the wet weather developing. It could lead to
some flooding. Further north across Japan and the rain is pushing away
towards the East on Saturday saw and improving day in Tokyo. After the
ruminants of that cyclone have cleared the east coast of Australia
it is looking much quieter for the likes of Sydney and Brisbane. Not as
windy as recent days and certainly drier. Some rain on the West Coast
of the South Island of New Zealand. Europe, we are low-pressure moving
in from the Atlantic bringing a change for the UK, France and
Germany, not quite as warm as recently and some showers pushing
through the central Mediterranean. Through the weekend, quite a lot of
dry weather around, some rain in London at times. For the UK for this
weekend, scattered showers, particularly on Saturday, still we
all see some sunshine during one of the days of the weekend but Saturday
showers cropping up almost anywhere. Some drier and sunny intervals in
between but some showers could bring thunder and lightning. Drier towards
the south-east. Sunshine and showers heading through Saturday night most
of the shop at ease away as a ridge of high pressure comes in. Miss in
his first thing Sunday but Sunday the better date for most of us for
the weekend. More on the weather for the week ahead in half an