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The White House says President Trump is not worried about what his former

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aide might reveal if he talks to investigators examining his links to

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Russia. He believes he should testify and thinks he should go up

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there and do what he has to do to get the story out. Guidelines issued

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for the EU's Brexit strategy, it was the UK of tough times. A sweeping

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probe into tax evasion with paintings, gold and agility seized

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in coordinated raids. -- and jewellery.

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Welcome. The White House says President Trump believes Michael

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Flynn should be able to tell his story to congressional committee is

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conducting investigations into Russia's interference in the

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presidential election. The American president described the hearings as

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a witchhunt and in a briefing his spokesperson said the White House

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was not worried about what it might reveal.

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He believes Michael Flynn should testify and thinks he should go up

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there and do what he has to do to get the story out. With or without

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immunity? That is up to him and his lawyer to decide. I will not give

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anyone legal advice from the podium but the view of the president is he

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should testify. But the president gave legal advice from his Twitter

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account. You said in the past the only reason to ask for immunity is

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that we have done something wrong. Go get it out there, the president

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says. Google just have to do and tell everyone what we have been

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saying for a long time. -- go out there. If you realise what the

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president is doing as he is saying do what you have to do to make it

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clear what happened and segment of a precaution you want or however your

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legal counsel advises you. My colleague in Washington told me

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the White House will not want to appear nervous about what Michael

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Flynn is saying. Whether they are awarded privately or not, they need

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to appear they are comfortable with them testifying. He was a senior

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adviser to Donald Trump throughout the campaign and serve as head of

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his national security Council. Only for a few weeks but it is still a

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top-level positions so I do not think they want to put forward an

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appearance they are worried. Although I think there is

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significant concern. Sean Spicer was not going to be

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dragged into the question of immunity but the top Democrat on the

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house intelligence committee was saying this is the grave and

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momentous step for the former security adviser to ask for

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immunity. Michael Flynn's lawyer said he has a

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story to tell and they want at story to give out there. What story that

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is why he wants to tell it is the big question. He might be seeking

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immunity to insulate himself from questions of perjury before the FBI

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when they asked about his contacts with the Russian ambassador or it

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could be to insulate himself against an investigation into his lobbying

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efforts on behalf of foreign dignitaries and officials which he

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may or may not have disclosed. Or it could be key has information about

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ties between the trunk campaign and Russian officials, that is what

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Frank's enemies hoped for but we have no idea what people say yet. --

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that is what Donald Trump's enemies hoped. We do not know if he drank --

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will be granted that immunity but the fact it has became public like

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this suggest it will not be granted because this will be happening

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behind the scenes. Can we at least know when people testified?

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According to the Senate committee he is one of the people they want to

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talk to, not necessarily in front of the full-time committee but this is

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an ongoing process and no date has been set. The committee has a

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believes some of the planned hearings so I think we can speculate

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it will be in the coming months but there is no certain date yet.

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When the British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the UK's

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departure from the EU two days ago she stressed Britain was keen on a

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trade deal to protect its exports from tariffs. Today the EU responded

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and in draft guidelines for negotiations they ruled out trade

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talks before outstanding issues were cleared up. Speaking in Malta Donald

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Tusk made citizens' write a top priority. -- citizens' rates.

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After all the shadow-boxing, now coming into focus

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They are guidelines for now, but Donald Tusk made clear the EU

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will insist the UK sorts out its exit arrangements first.

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So an outline agreement on citizens rights, on financial liabilities,

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progress on the withdrawal, can we discuss the framework

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Starting parallel talks on all issues at the same time,

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as suggested by some in the UK, will not happen.

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So the EU is explicitly rejecting Theresa May's position.

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No trade talks at first, future ties only outlined during a second

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No special access for industries like cars and banking.

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The EU excludes a sector by sector approach to its single market,

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and the transition would be under EU rules, UK required to accept

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Transition periods mean that you are still a member,

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or at least you still have access to a membership situation.

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If you have such an access, it is obvious, it goes without saying,

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that the institutions would have all agreed upon the need

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There have been months of preparations and lobbying to draw

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UK citizens living in the EU, EU citizens living in the UK worried

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about losing their rights, met the EU's chief negotiator.

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They are the top priority in the exit deal.

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Ireland has been pressing its case about the Irish border,

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Gibraltar is a surprise inclusion as a result of Spanish lobbying.

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The EU says no future trade deal can apply to Gibraltar

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This will require the agreement of 27 members.

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If that was a shock for the Foreign Secretary,

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he didn't show it as he arrived for a meeting at Nato HQ.

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He sought to calm fears the UK might Thai security into the deal.

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The security of this region, Europe, is unconditional.

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It is not some bargaining chip in any negotiations that may be

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taking place elsewhere in this capital.

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Now Article 50 has been triggered, it is the EU who can determine

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They want to control not just the sequence,

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One day into negotiations and there are all the tensions over this

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document. They relate to Gibraltar, and overseas British territory on

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the Spanish mainland the rule of which has been long contested by

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Madrid. Britain's future deal will not apply to Gibraltar without the

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consent of Spain. Gibraltar's Chief Minister says this is unacceptable

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and I asked him if he was surprised by this move by Spain.

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I am not surprised by it at all but what I am saying it is unacceptable

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to see it singled out in the week has been in the draft. The four

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surviving Chief ministers of Gibraltar, including myself, warned

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during the referendum this is what we could expect to see if the result

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was to leave. I appreciate that but given Spain has wanted this for a

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long time, there was always going to be a high chance that they would get

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this clause into this initial draft. It is what they have been doing

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already. Remember matters including the EU's agreement with the Ukraine

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for flight between the two entities has been vetoed by Spain because of

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its application to Gibraltar. It has been ready for five years and not

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signed because Spain will not agree to it because it applies to

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Gibraltar. This would have happened because Spain is one of the 27

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remaining nations and the agreement on the future relationship with UK

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and the EU would have had to go to all those parliaments and would

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likely require agreement from all so this is the spelling out what would

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have been issue we were facing but it singled out Gibraltar and an

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unfair and unnecessary weight and clearly discriminatory but I am

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grateful Spain has been foolish enough to play this, very early on

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and not five minutes to donate when the agreement is already in place.

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-- five minutes to midnight. Should this not been flagged up much

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earlier, given we are now in the process of Brexit?

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This is an issue we have been fighting up from the moment of the

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referendum and one we talked about throughout the referendum and

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campaign and one I have spoke about to the British Government since the

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Prime Minister took over. I have seen a statement and she stayed fast

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in her support of Gibraltar and I am pleased to see of her squaring off

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against this particular point in the negotiating draft parameters and I

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spoke to the Foreign Secretary this afternoon who confirmed the UK

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remains implacable and ruthless and the defence of Gibraltar's interest

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in negotiations. Lots more still to come including

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the Oscar-winning Hollywood director joining us to talk about his latest

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film about the Armenian massacre. The Republic of Ireland has become

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the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace. Anyone

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lighting up in offices and restaurants will face a heavy fine.

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The president was on his way out of the Hilton hotel where he addressed

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a trade union conference. The small crowd outside included his

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assailant. It has become a symbol of Paris, 100

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years ago many wished it had never been built. The Eiffel Tower's

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birthday is marked by an re-enactment of the first ascent.

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Welcome back. Our main headlines this hour, President Trump's

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supporters former national security adviser as he seeks immunity from

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prosecution in exchange for testifying about alleged Russian

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interference in the US election. The EU insists it will not negotiate

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its future relationship with the UK until that has been sufficient

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progress towards agreement plans for Brexit.

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Authorities in Europe and Australia have announced a sweeping tax

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evasion probe. A series of coordinated raids in several

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countries including Britain, France and the Netherlands. But

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investigators say the received information about 50,000 suspect

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accounts in a Swiss bank and they are reporting the seizure of

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paintings, a gold bar and jewellery. They have arrested two people. A

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Swiss bank said its properties had been contacted.

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Geneva correspondent gave us more details this investigation.

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It is Switzerland's second-largest bank but also a huge player in

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global finance and it has admitted its branches in Paris, Amsterdam and

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London were, the Dutch say raided and Credit Suisse say visited and

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they are cooperating fully. We know the Dutch also visited or raided

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homes in Holland and confiscated not money but goods. This is a classic

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trick with trying to hide your assets, invest in gold bars,

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jewellery, paintings and they even release photographs of some of the

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seized items. It looks like a very, very big investigation and one which

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could have some pretty widespread ramifications. It is a huge

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investigation, 50,000 suspect accounts. That is absolutely

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massive. It will be a huge blow to Credit Suisse which has already paid

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fines to the USA for allegedly helping American clients to hide the

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money and avoid paying tax. There is a must see this angle to this, it is

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apparently not just your classic tax evasion, it is a money-laundering

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which is what the Dutch have said and that suggests some of the money

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involved came from criminal activity. This is huge, over 50,000

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accounts, and with very serious implications in terms of the type of

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crime this investigation might reveal.

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What about the fact the Dutch had not consulted the Swiss on going

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ahead with this. Any reaction on that? The Swiss issued a statement

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saying they are disconcerted by that. Disconcerted as the Swiss ward

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for absolutely furious. They are very angry and upset they were left

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out because they would say they have been working very hard to crack down

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on tax evasion and make their banks complied and introduced all sorts of

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new laws, sign up to Europe wide regulations on tax evasion, they

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share information, and yet when Switzerland's second-largest bank

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has been the subject of investigation since early 2016

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Switzerland was never informed and quite surprisingly for the usual

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quite tranquil Swiss their statement suggests they have been deliberately

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kept out of this investigation. They are very angry and upset because

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they do think the Kurds have actually contributed their own

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valuable expertise -- and they could have contributed. The do not want

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the image of this to be left with something that affects such a big

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Swiss bank and look as though maybe they are not on side when they

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really feel they are in tackling money laundering and tax evasion.

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Let's bring you up-to-date with the other news today. Most members of

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the union of South African nations condemn the Venezuelan Supreme

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Court's decision to take one legislative powers from opposition

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led Congress. Protest went on for a second day in Caracas. The mark on

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the Supreme Court welly scuffled. The Nato Secretary General has

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praised the US secretary of state Rex Tillerson for his strong

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commitment to the transatlantic alliance as Nato foreign ministers

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gathered in Brussels for the first meeting with him. The US is calling

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on all Nato states to meet their defence spending targets.

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The Indian state of Gujarat have passed a law which increases the

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penalty for slaughtering cows from seven years to life. And that the

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new law India's strictest ever, Carl Stalker will also become a

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non-bailable offence. -- slaughtering cows. They are widely

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considered sacred by -- considered sacred by India's Hindu majority.

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And now the sport. A big weekend of Premier League football. A

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particularly famous fixture, the Merseyside derby. Liverpool and

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Everton have met over 200 times, they are grounds and metres apart

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and domestic football returns across Europe and what a match to start us

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off. Both managers understand the

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significance. Everton are a good team, they have a very good run, did

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not lose a lot of games recently, good results, confident but we're

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Liverpool, we play at Anfield and nobody should underestimate the

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power of Anfield and whenever we played that we have to create a

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special atmosphere. It is a new season, a new game, a new manager

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for Everton and I do not know why, I heard a bit about the last two

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seasons of Everton that maybe they were too afraid to play against

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Liverpool but you do not need to be afraid to play against Liverpool.

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Something a bit different. Schoolchildren are to get help with

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their numbers and letters from the favourite footballers. The Premier

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League has launched its most ambitious community programme to

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date as it attempts to boost learning by linking it to football.

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It will provide lesson resources to 10,000 primary schools by 2019.

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This is a lesson you should heed. The Premier League is reaching out

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from the pitch to primary schools as it tries to provide some learning

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inspiration and help children be more active. Football has a power

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and energy and motivates people and young people in particular and

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because we can we should and that is what it is about. Free online

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resources are being made available for teachers to download. Those in

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classrooms seemingly keen to combine their studies with sport. It will

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help me with reading because I don't really like reading but if I use

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football I will have lots of fun reading. You learn about different

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new summer assignments from players. We do not live like maths so maybe

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when football is combined with mouth it will make maths seem way more

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appealing than it did a few months ago. -- football is combined with

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maths. To do this they are rolling out an advertising campaign across

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the nation, using its full star power to try and win hearts and

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minds. Try it. Try again. Premier League clubs hope the popularity

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will help foster a love of learning amongst children and perhaps also an

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early love for the lead that once to aid in their educational goals.

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-- for the league. The second round of the first woman's golf major of

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the season is underway in California. This is the leaderboard.

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That is all the sport for now. Hollywood film stars Christian bill

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and Oscar Isaac have taken on new rule set against the highly

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sensitive subject of the Armenian massacre. The promise is depicted by

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Oscar winner Terry George and depicts the last days of the Ottoman

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Empire and the eventual massacre of RM 1.5 million Armenians. -- of

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around 1.5 million. Where were you? We just took a walk. You see Did?

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A perfectly innocent gifts. The Promise. The director came to

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tell me about the film. We received finance from an Armenian American

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businessman who was anxious to have the story told and I co-wrote and

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directed what is essentially a love story, love triangle set against the

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backdrop of the Armenian genocide, which in most countries and most

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historians recognised as such and those that do not generally, other

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than Turkey, do so for strategic or political reasons. We wanted to

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create a film on an epic scale. That was the intention. That is something

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you were very keen to do, make this into a love story at the centre, is

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that what humanises what is quite historically a very difficult time?

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That has been my strategy in doing the role and the genocide with Hotel

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Rwanda and the troubles in Northern Ireland with In The Name Of The

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Father. I like to pick characters in the audience can identify with. Your

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films have such difficult subject matter is and it is extraordinary so

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few people really know about this, we happy 100th anniversary of the

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Armenian massacres around two years ago and yet it is still not very

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well-known. It speaks to the success of the

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Turkish Government denying this and having it suppressed. There were two

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films that tried to be made in the 1930s and 1960s in Hollywood and the

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Turkish Government intervened times. Turkey is very much saying that this

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is 1.5 million people who lost their lives, they dispute that and see it

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was not as many. -- they say it was not so many.

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Their argument is that it was a civil war and they had to drive the

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Armenian community out that region. If you presented that argument in

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the Second World War, the Nazis said there was an uprising in the Warsaw

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ghetto and we had to move these Jewish people to somewhere we could

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handle them, it is nonsense and most people recognise this slaughter of

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these people by their own Government is genocide by any definition. You

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spoke about Hotel Rwanda, you have such historic moment you have

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captured, how do the audience react to something which is quite a hard

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watch? I always try to make it not be hard

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watch in terms of the visuals that go on, you cannot retrieve the

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horror of these events and therefore I zoom in on characters and a lot of

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the audience to imagine what took place and at the same time find

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characters that are inspiring. That was director Terry George

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speaking to me about his new film The Promise. Thank you for watching

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BBC World News. It is the time of day we look at

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some interesting weather events around the world. First in North

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America will be haphazard some severe storms and tornadoes through

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the midwest. That system clears toward the north-east and suffer

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Saturday still snowfall across New Hampshire and heavy rain further

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south pushing into the Atlantic soon. Heavy showers them out of the

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central Rocky Mountains towards Texas. Some thunderstorms possible

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in Dallas. Toward the north-east 's snowfall lingering in Boston and

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Montr al. The cold Bay on Saturday and by Sunday most eastern cities

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getting drier. Heavy rain continues in Peru where we recently had

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flooding and some other picture in Colombia and Ecuador. The key has

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been building across India through this week and by Saturday we still

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have temperatures around 42 Celsius -- the heat has been building. Not

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quite as widespread as early in the week and heavy rain in some areas

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where we might not usually expect to see it. Parts of Vietnam, Cambodia

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and Thailand you can see the wet weather developing. It could lead to

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some flooding. Further north across Japan and the rain is pushing away

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towards the East on Saturday saw and improving day in Tokyo. After the

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ruminants of that cyclone have cleared the east coast of Australia

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it is looking much quieter for the likes of Sydney and Brisbane. Not as

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windy as recent days and certainly drier. Some rain on the West Coast

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of the South Island of New Zealand. Europe, we are low-pressure moving

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in from the Atlantic bringing a change for the UK, France and

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Germany, not quite as warm as recently and some showers pushing

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through the central Mediterranean. Through the weekend, quite a lot of

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dry weather around, some rain in London at times. For the UK for this

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weekend, scattered showers, particularly on Saturday, still we

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all see some sunshine during one of the days of the weekend but Saturday

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showers cropping up almost anywhere. Some drier and sunny intervals in

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between but some showers could bring thunder and lightning. Drier towards

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the south-east. Sunshine and showers heading through Saturday night most

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of the shop at ease away as a ridge of high pressure comes in. Miss in

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his first thing Sunday but Sunday the better date for most of us for

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the weekend. More on the weather for the week ahead in half an

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