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Marriage for all - Germany legalise same-sex unions,

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bringing it in line with most other European countries, although Angela

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The council leader responsible for Grenfell Tower in London in which 80

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people died in a fire has resigned. Nicholas Paget-Brown was criticised

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for his response to this disaster. And those accused on Twitter by

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President Donald Trump have accused him of lying, and suggest that the

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White House tried to blackmail them. She changed the lives

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of many women in France - Simone Veil, the Holocaust survivor

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who became a politician, Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. Germany has legalised

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same-sex marriage - a move that brings it in line

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with most other European countries. Members of Parliament voted

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in favour, after the German chancellor Angela Merkel

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changed her position to allow a free vote on gay marriage -

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though she herself Here, it's called

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"marriage for all." The new law means

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same-sex couples will TRANSLATION: It's

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a historic day for Germany. Today thousands of same-sex

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partnerships have been The two-class system

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in love has been abolished. Jubilation too inside

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the German parliament. The political left

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has fought for years to bring this legislation,

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but Angela Merkel has always opposed During this interview she appeared

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to soften her stance. She'd met, she said,

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a lesbian couple who'd The inspired a change

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of heart, and a free vote for Mrs Merkel's Conservative MPs,

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though she herself TRANSLATION: It's been a long,

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intense and emotional debate. For me personally too,

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which is why I hope that today's fought not only brings respect

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for both sides of the debate, Angela Merkel may have rejected

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the proposition at the ballot box, but she will go down in history

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as the Chancellor who introduced By voting against the bill,

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Mrs Merkel is appealing to the more conservative of her electorate,

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but by in effect letting it happen she's appeasing potential coalition

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partners of the future, and she's cementing that

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reputation as Europe's For now - celebrations,

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though the law may yet be challenged What's widely held as a victory

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for equal rights is also seen by many here is a political

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success story too. Social media timelines are full

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of rainbow colours today as Twitter users celebrate Germany's decision

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to legalise same-sex marriage. The hashtag #EheFuerAlle -

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marriage for all - began trending worldwide

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within hours of the announcement, One Twitter user posted: "Germany

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legalized same sex marriage. I am proud of Germany

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for the first time." Another posted: "I might be crying

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some happy tears right now, marriage equality in

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Germany is everything I've So those stories very much

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dominating the social media agenda. Here in the UK, the leader of

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Kensington and Chelsea Council, the borough where the Grenfell Tower

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tragedy happened, has resigned. Nicholas Paget-Brown said he had to

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accept responsibility for his role in the fire, and in public for the

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fact that he tried to ban the media and journalists from a council

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meeting last night. The BBC has obtained documents

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that show that cheaper less fire resistant cladding

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was chosen for the London tower block in which 80 people

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are believed to have died. There is no suggestion however

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a deliberate decision Kensington and Chelsea Council says

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safety would not have been compromised in order

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to manage budgets. Our home affairs correspondent

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Tom Symonds has more. Were you pressured by

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Number 10 to resign? The leader of the council

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criticised for failing to cope with the crisis in his backyard,

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could not hold on. CHANTING: We want justice,

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we want justice! Last week his council

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offices were invaded. Last night he couldn't even

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hold a council meeting. In particular my decision to accept

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legal advice that I should not compromise the public inquiry

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by having an open discussion in public yesterday has itself

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become a political story, and it cannot be right that this

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should have become the focus of attention when so many are dead

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or still unaccounted for. Investigations by the BBC

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and the Times newspaper into the decisions made

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when the council refurbished Grenfell Tower added

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to the pressure. The big change - the addition

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of aluminium cladding panels We've been investigating that

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refurbishment and whether it played a part in the tragedy

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that was to follow. This development in North London

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includes cladding made not Documents passed to the BBC revealed

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that the zinc panels were originally In 2012 the architects'

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designs show this clearly - residents were told it

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would be zinc. But there was pressure

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from the council on contractors By 2015 they were given amendments

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to the original tender and told to fit aluminium composite

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panel, which is cheaper. So did the change make

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a difference to fire safety? Well, this panel is similar

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to the ones eventually used. It's an aluminium sandwich

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with a plastic filling The original zinc panels

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were marketed as capable Both panels have the same safety

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rating under European tests. So on current evidence,

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it's not clear the change However, even the fact

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there was pressure to cut costs has infuriated those affected

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by the fire. Those affected and the wider

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community are utterly sick of this lack of value ascribed to human

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beings who pay their council tax, Meanwhile, cladding from 149

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tower blocks has now The whole process has been

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criticised as pointless because only the cladding is being tested,

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and not for example It is critical to do

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the screening tests, just to see whether there is a risk

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or not, to see whether the buildings Many of them do, and the question

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now is what can we do about it, and are there other risks

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or materials we need to consider. There is an immediate

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crisis to deal with, an ongoing police investigation,

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a public inquiry, again today President Trump has said that years

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of strategic patience with North Korea have failed

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and are now over. At a joint press conference

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at the White House with South Korea's president,

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Moon Jae-in, both leaders agreed that a stern response

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was needed in order to curb Here's what President Trump

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said a short time ago. The era of strategic patience with

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the North Korean regime has failed. Many years, and it has failed. And,

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frankly, that patients is over. We are working closely with South Korea

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and Japan as well as partners around the world on a range of diplomatic

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Security and economic measures, to protect our allies and our own

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citizens from this menace known as North Korea.

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A short time ago, our correspondent in Washington, Barbara Plett Usher,

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spoke about both countries' approach to resolving tensions

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Yes, they come at this from different approaches, but I think

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they stress what they have in common. Donald Trump spoke about

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running out of patience, after he condemned the death of the American

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student who came back from North Korea recently and passed away,

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setting the tone for how the Americans are feeling about North

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Korea, and then he repeated relay the US position, saying that he

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called on all countries in the region, of course South Korea, but

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referencing China as well, I'm sure, to implement tough sanctions against

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North Korea to get it to change its mind and pursue a path of peace, he

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said, but he also hinted that the possibility of a military response,

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saying "We will always defend ourselves and our allies." Because

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there is a strategic alliance. President Moon Jae-in very much but

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his comments in the context of close coordination with the Americans, and

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he is just leaving the White House now. You can see the car behind me.

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He did manage to get in his line of engagement, which he said, "We will

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pursue sanctions and the dialogue in a phased and comprehensive manner."

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He very much put that in the context of working closely with the United

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States and having a strong defence posture, as you were

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hearing there, so I think they got in lines about their different

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approaches, but as I said he very much came out sounding like they

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were on the same page, working together. That was Barbara

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Plett-Usher in Washington, and we are going to stay in the USA.

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Two TV presenters attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump

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have accused him of lying and suggested the White House

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Meeka Brezinski and Joe Scarborough, the hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said

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they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them

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unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump.

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Joe Scarborough spoke about the subject on the show.

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He had a call that, "Hey, the National Enquirer

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is going to run a negative story against you guys," and it

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was Donald is friends - the president is friends -

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with a guy that runs the National Enquirer,

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and they said, "If you call the President up, and you apologise

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for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone,

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I had, I will just say, three people at the very top

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of the administration calling me, and the response was,

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That was Joe Scarborough on their Morning Show. Jane joins us from

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Washington. This is not as light-hearted as what we spoke about

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before, quite sinister, isn't it? It is coming very bizarre and murky

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recently, these allegations that the president is abusing his power,

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because the inference is he tried to blackmail these two television

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presenters, to tone down their criticism, in return for him getting

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a story by the National Enquirer, which is a sort of gossip mongering

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tabloid magazine you would normally pick up at the checkout of a

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supermarket, into spiking a story about their affair. They are getting

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married now, but their relationship, and Donald Trump has in return this

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morning said that actually that didn't happen, and that Joe

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Scarborough, the host, called him to have the story spiked, and that he

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said no. So, Kasia, we're back to this inevitable Donald Trump said

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this, somebody else said that, and so it goes. But the bottom line is

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of course it raises all these questions about what is the

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president of the United States is doing carrying out a row over

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Twitter with television personalities when he should be

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trying to get Congress to vote on health care reforms? Hasn't he been

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told so many times to stop tweeting and yet he continues to ignore all

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of that advice, and also the inference here he has some kind of

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editorial control the National Enquirer? That is murky stuff. Well,

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he is friends with the person who runs the National Enquirer, but

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again Donald Trump says that is not the sequence of events. That he did

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not call, or any of the staff, cold Joe Scarborough, to beg, to get Joe

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to beg the president to intervene on this. He said it just didn't happen,

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and Joe Scarborough has tweeted and said it did. Where do you go from

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here? And, Kasia, it always sounds murky, sounds like there is

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something at the bottom of this, but there is a pattern. It comes down to

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an argument, a very public and distracting row, and then you are

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back to the he said, she said, and it really is resolved. Oh, my

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goodness, Jane. Thanks for outlining all of that for us, Jane from

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Washington. I am sure we will speak to you again about this. Let's turn

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to France where the leader of the far right, Marine Le Pen, has been

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placed under formal investigation over an alleged European Parliament

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funding scandal. Prosecutors suspect that her party

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took money officially earmarked for staff at the European Parliament

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and diverted it for Ms Le Pen has denied any

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wrongdoing, and calls the case Our correspondent in Brussels,

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Damian Grammaticas, told me more. This is covering a period

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of about six years during the time which Marine Le Pen has been

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a member of the European Parliament, It's worth saying that this

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not only covers her, this investigation, but 16 other

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MEPs from her National Front party as well, and the claim originally

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from European Parliament fraud investigators was that money given

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to the National Front party, specifically to be used to pay

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for European Parliament assistance, for party staff working

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in the parliament, was actually being used to pay for personal staff

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on Miss Le Pen's campaign, well, her chief of staff,

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her bodyguard, so national officials who should be nothing to do

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with the European Parliament. What we have got today is the French

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investigating magistrate in France, who are now following up those

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allegations, who have formally placed Miss Le Pen investigation,

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and she will contest these charges, but the investigating magistrate

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want to see if there was an overall scheme by the National Front party,

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because they are looking at something like, we understand,

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40 individuals whose salaries may have been paid this way,

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money from the European Parliament being diverted or used

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for other stuff. That was Damian Grammaticas in

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Brussels for us. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news. The first people to face criminal

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charges in connection with the Fukushima nuclear disaster

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in Japan six years ago One of the accused,

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power company chief, Tsunehisa Katsumata,

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said the earthquake and tsunami wave that severely damaged the nuclear

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plant were impossible to predict. Around 60 migrants are feared

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drowned after their boat sank Around 80 survivors were brought

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to the Italian port of Brindisi, where they told aid workers

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about the disaster. On Wednesday a senior EU official

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said the scale of migration across the Mediterranean

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is untenable, with around 10,000 people reported to have

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attempted the journey Tennis star Venus Williams has been

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accused of causing a car crash that led to the death of a passenger

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in another vehicle, The former world number

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one was driving her car in Florida when the accident

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happened at crossroads. A 78-year-old man suffered injuries

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and died two weeks later. China's president Xi Jinping has

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been enjoying another day of celebrations in Hong Kong,

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to mark 20 years since the territory China's government has

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repeated its view that a treaty between China and Britain

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which governed the terms of Hong Kong's handover no longer

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had practical significance. But the British Foreign Office said

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the agreement was as valid today as it was when it signed

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over 30 years ago. President Xi's visit has

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been filled with parades The BBC's Stephen McDonell

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reports from Hong Kong. The President of China,

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Xi Jinping, started the day with a troop inspection

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at the People's Liberation Army Since this former British colony

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was returned to China two decades ago, the military has kept a pretty

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low profile here and is only on show The city itself is also

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being dressed up for the 20th anniversary, with light shows

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and performances planned. Strong development in the future

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is one of the key messages being In 1997, Hong Kong was handed

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back to the mainland, along with guarantees

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of an independent judiciary, free Yes, this would be part of China

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but under the banner of one country, two systems, it would be a region

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with special privileges. Yet the last British governor says

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he now worried that Beijing is not The mood has got much more sour

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in the last few years because while President Xi Jinping

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has been in office, just as there has been a crackdown

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on dissidents on mainland China, so the Chinese have been

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increasing their grip A failure to introduce promised

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democratic elections for Hong Kong's leader brought hundreds of thousands

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of protesters into the streets three And more demonstrations

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are planned for this weekend, It would be a mistake to think

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that the bulk of this city's dissent On this 20th anniversary,

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if the opinion polls are to be believed, most people in Hong Kong

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still want to be part of China as long as their

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freedoms are guaranteed. But wherever President Xi is,

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there will be no talk Instead, he told a banquet

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with hundreds of selected guests that he remained confident

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in this city. Steven McDonnell,

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BBC News, Hong Kong. It backed a little earlier we

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brought you the news of the legislation to approve same-sex

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marriage in Germany, well there is more news from Germany.

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Legislation on online hate crimes. They have increased by 300% in the

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last three years. The respected French politician

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and Auschwitz survivor who wrote France's abortion laws,

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has died at the age of 89. Simone Veil was best known

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for her instrumental role in legalising abortion in the 1970s,

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and went on to serve as the first president of an elected

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European parliament. Her death was confirmed by president

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Macron, who called her life The French public were also

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paying her tributes. It makes me think

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about the abortion laws. I can't remember which year,

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but it was a very big I benefited from her abortion

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legislation, and at the time She was one of the first to push

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for independent women, to get involved in politics

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despite having suffered enormously, Earlier I spoke to the Economist

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bureau chief Sophie Pedder in Paris, about Simone Veil's legacy and how

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she was a woman ahead of her time. When you look at what she was

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campaigning for in the 1970s, as the Health Minister, she argued in

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parliament for the legalisation of abortion. She was really taking on a

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very conservative male establishment, and if you look at

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her speech in the French parliament, she was a woman in front of mainly

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male audience, and with just nine female deputies at the time, and I

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think she wanted to bring France into the modern era, make it a more

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socially liberal society. It came after the 1968 student uprising,

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when there was an uprising against a much more conservative culture, and

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she wanted to really modernise France, you know, in a way that was

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ahead of her time. Absolutely a head of her time. Before that, she was

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ahead of her time. Absolutely a head distinguished magistrate, she looked

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into abortion, she was on the administrative Council of French

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radio and television. She even tried to lead a campaign against smoking

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in France. It is fascinating to hear of her achievements. Yes, she was a

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very accomplished woman in breaking barriers, in terms of the schools

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she went to, the profession she chose as a lawyer, all the way to

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her life she was really breaking that glass ceiling and doing it on

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the of other French people, but in a way she was more than that. She was

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also a kind of moral compass for France. She was an Auschwitz

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survivor, and that experience stayed with her obviously all through her

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life, and she spent a lot of time campaigning, writing, speaking,

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about both her experience and how France needed to confront that, its

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own role in that, so I think she was really a sort of moral died, in a

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way, for a nation in some difficult times -- a real moral guide. Yes,

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and both her parents and her brother died in the Holocaust, and she never

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removed the tattoo from her arm, it had such an impact on her. Yes, she

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made that decision, and she explained why she decided to keep

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it. It was under her sleeves are not always visible. She was actually

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quite a conservative dresser, but nevertheless she kept it there and

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she wanted it to be a reminder that, you know, that was her past, and she

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had gone through what she had gone through. It was extremely difficult

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for her to come to terms with it but she felt it was an important symbol

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to remind people of what she had gone through, but also of France's

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role in that. And that led her to never really understand how

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countries could have animosity against each other. I guess she was

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quite visionary. She was pro-Europe. Yes, and she was a member of the

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European Parliament, elected, in fact the president of the European

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Parliament. She was passionately pro-European. She campaigned when

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France had a referendum in 2005, she campaigned for the draft European

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constitution, so she was really kind of committed to Europe, all to her

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career as well, as, you know, guided both by her own personal experiences

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but by the war between countries that she wanted never to happen

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again. The Economist's Sophie Peder they're speaking to me about the

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legacy of Simone Veil, who has passed away.

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Before we go, news of a return home for a rare sea

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This turtle had been found washed up on a beach on the island

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It's being taken to Gran Canaria where she's expected to be set free.

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The animal, nicknamed Menai, is an Olive Ridley turtle,

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which are usually found in warmer waters near the equator.

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It is the first such turtle to have been reported in UK waters

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since records began almost 200 years ago.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some

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Good evening. The weekend is upon us and driver the

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