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A second undisclosed meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin
The two leaders reportedly had an hour-long conversation
at the G20 with only a Russian interpreter present.
But the White House says the reaction is overblown.
many are crossing into Brazil and unrest on the rise,
which is now struggling to cope with the arrivals.
Families are slipping on a floor of the gymnasium. More than 300. But
with more arrivals every week some families are having to sleep
outside. A zoo in the UK is joining the fight
to save the northern white rhino. We'll show you what is being done
before it's too late. Hello and welcome
to World News Today. On the current political stage
there is perhaps no relationship and Vladimir Putin -
between Donald Trump which explains why their first face
to face meeting at the G20 earlier they held another undisclosed
meeting later that day. It happened just hours
after their first encounter at When reports came out about it last
night however the president Fake News story of secret dinner
with Putin is "sick." All G20 leaders, and
spouses, were invited by the Chancellor of Germany.
Press knew! Well, yes, the fact the dinner
happened was public but it's what transpired there
which Ian Bremmer from the Eurasia Society described
to the BBC earlier today. There was a three and a half hour
long meeting, or dinner, not all of the seats were filled, and about
halfway in, apparently, Donald Trump stands up, goes around a table, sits
down next to Vladimir Putin with the Kremlin translator, nobody else
there, everyone is watching and proceeds to have an incredibly
convivial and engaged conversation for about one hour. It was remarked
upon and thought quite unusual by several of the participants at this
meeting, especially because he clearly wasn't doing that with
anybody else at this dinner at any other point during the course of the
jee 20. -- G20. And joining me now from Washington
is veteran diplomat Thomas Pickering who formerly served as US Ambassador
to Russia. The White House says the meeting was
perfectly normal. In your years of experience, would you agree with
that? I would think it is more normal than the press in the yes is
allowing Mr Trump to convince us, but unusual in the sense that he
used only do translation services of the Russian side and did,
apparently, from that rather vivid and useful description, not spent
time with others. I thought he was sitting next to perhaps the Japanese
Prime Minister Abe, where he had a Japanese interpreter ready to serve
him, but moving around is a very big New York habit even if it isn't,
much, in diplomacy, and opportunities that heads of state
have, often, to do what we would call stop bys is not so unusual that
it doesn't happen at all. I would expect that, in some ways, this is a
little bit overblown on back side, and on the blown on the side that
the president didn't seem to have any help, there and one wonders
whether the Russian interpreter will be a reliable reporter of all of
this. That is the point that some are picking up on, there were no
other US officials present at that meeting. Is it normal for other
years of visuals to be at these meetings, whether it is a Secretary
of State, or someone else? It is, but it is not absolutely required,
and I can think of many occasions when at meetings at the White House
the president but have a group meeting then a one-on-one, or a
one-on-one first then a group meeting, often with an interpreter
present but no one else, provides the US notes which is
why the absence of an interpreter at this meeting does raise some
questions about, was this a good way to do business, and with anybody
else know exactly what was said on the US side, and when we get into
that kind of chat that Sergei Lavrov and Rex Tillerson had, what they
agreed to I didn't agree to on the question of pushing back on election
intervention, all of which doesn't help in a relationship that is
extremely important now and one that should be carefully worked at, to
get it right. The US- Russian relationship has dangers in it and
what we would call sort of amateurism and mistakes can
certainly lead to more than just press anger, it can lead to things
that are more seriously confrontation between these two
countries. This is a relationship which needs to be carefully worked
at matter what advice would you have to the White House about how they
are approaching this? I would say that talking to Mr Bruton was a good
idea at the jee 20 conference, they spent more time than was expected to
be spent -- the G20. My advice is, for goodness' sake, let's have a
period of time when these two meet and discuss the major elements of
this relationship across the board. Secondly, the idea that doing no
harm should be the first principle of repairing a relationship is very
important. And thirdly, neither side should be saying things that worsen
the relationship. Those should be kept for confidential
communications. And fourthly, the relationship between these
presidents needs to be bolstered by more frequent contacts between the
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Foreign Minister surrogate Alaba, do
flesh out and strengthen whatever it is that they are working on that can
make a contribution to, in fact, turning what has been described as
the worst state of US - Russian relations into something that is
hopefully a little better, as time goes on. Thank you for joining us on
the programme. Now to the biggest domestic
challenge in the US This week has been a rocky one
for the Republican Party which had vowed to repeal and replace
Obamacare. Right now the Senate doesn't look
like it has the votes to do either. But that didn't stop
the president from inviting all 52 Republican Senators
to the White House for lunch. He told them they shouldn't leave
town until action is taken and this
is what he said should happen. We have no choice. We have to repeal
and replace Obamacare. We can repeal it, but the best is repeal and
replace, and let's get going. I intend to keep my promise and I know
that you will, too. Joining me now is our North America
reporter Anthony Zurcher. It is hard to keep track of what the
president wants. One minute it is repeal, the next minute, repeal and
the place. Where do you think things stand at the moment? We have come
full circle in 48 hours. It began as repeal and replace. That is what
Donald Trump has been urging for the past few months. When the replace
Bill Villa Park it became repeal only. Then it became do nothing.
Yesterday he was saying he would let Obamacare collapse on its own and
the Democrats would come crawling to him to try to negotiate some sort of
replacement plan. Now we are back to repeal and replace. But the key
thing to watch is what the Republican senators are going to do.
After Donald Trump gators lunchtime address, the planets have a straight
up repeal bill next week at some point. That probably is going to
fail, but the idea is to get this on the floor somehow, get people
offering amendments and try to come up with some sort of plan on the
floor of the Senate. That is a strange strategy. Like trying to
build the parachute after you have already jumped off the bridge. I
don't know if it is going to succeed. It might not even get to
that point. The president needs to get his own senators on board. That
was the purpose of this much. How successful do you think he's going
to be, and broader Republican senators rally around him? Is that
even a possibility? It is showing that is a challenge for him, to
wrangle any sort of working majority in the Senate not just for health
care but for anything significant he wants to do. If this all falls apart
after the bill next week, they might rebut something that Republicans are
more in line with, that they can agree on, like tax cuts, but to do
that he would have to pass the budget first or 2018. That is
difficult to do. Each major piece of legislation will require lots of
work on the part of the president to try to build an operating coalition
within his own party and, six months into his presidency, we have not
seen any evidence yet that he is able to do that.
from the authorities in Minneapolis is demanding answers
after a police officer fatally shot a woman from Sydney on Saturday.
Malcolm Turnbull has called the incident
Justine Damond died from a single gunshot wound fired through
At dawn in Sydney, hundreds gathered at the silent vigil.
Mourners threw pink flowers into the ocean.
It was Justine Damond's favourite colour.
Across the globe in Minneapolis, friends
and neighbours left flowers and tributes with a simple question
- why did police shoot the 40-year-old yoga teacher?
Australia's Prime Minister is one of those demanding answers
to what he described as an inexplicable killing.
How can a woman out on the street in her pyjamas seeking assistance
Ms Damond had called police to report what she thought may have
been a sexual assault in the alley behind her house.
When she approached the police car, one of the officers, Mohamed Noor,
who was sitting in the passenger seat, shot and killed her.
It was possible he was startled by a loud noise, but as yet,
he has declined to be interviewed by investigators.
We do have more information now, though it is frustrating to have
some of the picture but not all of it.
We cannot compel Officer Noor to make a statement.
Minnesota's bureau of criminal apprehension has taken charge
of the investigation to work out what happened.
It has already confirmed Ms Damond was unarmed.
Why did Officer Noor draw and fire his gun?
What happened from the time the officers arrived on the scene
Why don't we have footage from body cameras?
We all want answers to those questions.
The Australian had relocated to the US to marry her
The wedding would have been next month.
Now, her friends and family are left to wonder how it came to this,
how a woman described as kind-hearted and loving
was killed by someone meant to protect her.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been dealt a blow after the
head of the country's armed forces tendered his resignation.
It follows a very public row over cuts to France's defence budget.
General Pierre de Villiers said he was no longer able to guarantee
enough troops to ensure France's security.
Let's speak to Nicholas Vinocur, politics reporter,
Thank you for joining us. Firstly, why has he quit? He has quit because
he wanted to make a protest against the president over this budget cut
which we should say is a budget cut for 2017, the overall trajectory of
military and defence spending is rising until 2025. This was a
political challenge to the new president. And that is the way it is
being taken today. A political challenge, you say. How politically
damaging is this for Emmanuelle Macron? Certainly, on the day it
doesn't look good. Although the opposition forces from the far right
National Front to the far left, piled onto the president and accused
him of forcing out what they call a military man with great integrity
and a good reputation. So this is not a good day for president Macron,
and when you take other sectors, professional sectors that are also
starting to protest against budget cuts, it does put him in some
difficulty. We should put this in some perspective. This is the first
test of the President's authority, after a first three months in power
which have been almost surreally positive for him. This is domestic
issues coming back to bite. He's making a major cut to the French
budget. It is not so surprising that there is going to be some turbulence
in these first months, and there will be more. What does this say
about his chances of pushing other parts of his policy agenda through?
He says he's only new individual, three months in. We should keep an
eye on the fundamentals here. Emmanuelle Macron was elected with a
wide mandate to reform. He was explicit about not just that budget
cuts but his plans to reform the Labour system, to reform the pension
system, the unemployment benefit system. None of this was concealed
or minimised during his campaign. So, voters know exactly what they
will get. Secondly, he has a broad majority in Parliament. He doesn't
need to enlist any support from other political groups to push
through these reforms. And on the very difficult ones he is using
executive decree, to push them through Parliament. What we are
getting is commentary which could be damaging and could affect his
popularity. It is having an affect on his popularity, which was very
high, to some degree, but on the whole, the president will whether
this. It is General Pierre de Villiers left. He was replaced
within the day, within a few hours of his resignation. I would suggest
that this episode is going to pass. It was a test for the president.
But, by no means, as it knocked him out or really undermined his
determination to push through the reforms. Thank you very much but
joining us. -- for joining us. For the first time the BBC has
published the salaries of its highest paid employees,
who are earning more than ?150,000 -
or $195,000 - a year. It comes as the government forced
the disclosure as part of the BBC's annual report,
which details the salaries The BBC's Director General,
Lord Hall, said the corporation and warned that making the details
public would drive up wages. Of the 96 on the list,
only a third are women. The highest earner was revealed
to be Radio Presenter and ex-Top
Gear host Chris Evans who earns In Venezuela the economy
is on the verge of collapse and as protests against
the government grow, the threat of a larger humanitarian
crisis is spilling over So far this year 52,000
Venezuelans have Our South America correspondent
Katy Watson has this report from the Brazilian state of Roraima
- on the Venezuelan border - It's a simple meal but one that
people here are grateful for. The lunch queue at the shelter
in Boa Vista The shelter has been open
for just over six months. They are offering medical
help, vaccinations, Families are sleeping on the floor
of the gymnasium, more than 300. With more and more arrivals
every week, some families Oscar says his family
came here to find work. He shows me around his new home,
a piece of tarpaulin under which he, his four children and wife
eat and sleep. He is a member of the
indigenous Warao tribe. He, like hundreds in his community,
says they are having to flee But hunger is not the only thing
driving Venezuelans out. TRANSLATION: What we've seen
this month is people arriving here very scared,
traumatised, they tell us stories Some have mental health issues
because they've had to leave Together with her friends,
with a degree in education. she's having to resort to asking
for work the traffic lights. Washing windscreens is one
way to make ends meet. TRANSLATION: I was thinking
of my children's future, to give them food so they wouldn't
die of malnutrition, to pay for their medicine,
if they're ill. In Venezuela, they don't
give you anything. The number of Venezuelan sex workers
in Boa Vista is also on the rise. I spoke to a 22-year-old
mother of three who says she can now support her family,
who live with her in Brazil. Three hours up the road
is the border with Venezuela, William has brought this mountain
of cash to buy 14 sacks of sugar He comes through every three
days and it's a 12-hour
car journey each way. Leaving it any longer would mean
carrying even more cash than this and robberies on the road
are common, he tells me. TRANSLATION: In Venezuela,
you don't live, you survive. In order to live, you have
to go to another country. Sleeping on the streets of Brazil
is more about survival than living. For these Venezuelans, they say it's
still better than back home. While some stay put,
many others continue the long journey to find a better
quality of life. The four Arab nations leading
a boycott on the Gulf state of Qatar are no longer insisting
that the country complies with a list of 13 demands
tabled last month. Instead, diplomats from
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have asked Qatar
to implement six broad principles Qatar, which has faced six weeks
of disruptions under the boycott, A zoo here in the UK is taking
part in a radical plan, to save the northern white
rhino from extinction. There are just three
left in the world, but at Longleat Safari Park,
the rhino's closest relatives, Our science correspondent
Rebecca Morelle has Meet Ebun - a seven-year-old
southern white rhino who could
save a species from extinction. The one and a half tonne
animal is sedated. A little agitated at first,
but soon she is sound asleep. She is ready to take
part in Scientists are harvesting her eggs
to be fertilised in a lab. The team here are keeping an
incredibly close eye on this rhino. It is essential she stays
under heavy sedation. Over the last week or so she's been
given hormone treatment, but what's been done today requires
millimetric precision. Egg collection is really only
a technique that has been This is conservation science
at its most extreme. Here's the animal Ebun could save,
her closest living relative, Once widespread across central
Africa, today there are just
three left on the planet. Back at Longleat in
a makeshift laboratory, the researchers check for eggs.
They find one. They will take this southern white
rhino egg and mix it with sperm from one of the last northern white
rhinos, creating a hybrid. Scientists say it is better
than losing the species altogether. The last three can die at any time,
they are not as old but anything can happen to them and then
all the genetics would be lost. If we have at least 50% of this
species preserved in a hybrid embryo, we would preserve at least
half of this for future generations. With her job done, Ebun
is soon back on her feet. The safari park is proud
of the role she will play. With the northern white rhino
being so jeopardised in numbers, these techniques is a huge advance
the science and It's a real honour
to be able to help. The eggs are now being rushed back
to a laboratory in Italy. There is a 20-hour window to prepare
them for fertilisation. They could be implanted back
into Ebun, but with her northern cousins so close to extinction,
it's a race against time. This week marks six months
since President Trump took office - and there's no doubt social media
has helped drive his agenda. We've come to expect a daily diet
of tweets from the president, I've been taking a closer look
what his Twitter presence tells us. Twitter is a wonderful thing for me
because I get the word out. He's been dubbed
the Twitter President. We know Donald Trump loves to spell
things out in 140 characters, but what do his online musings tell
us about the first Well, he's sent more than 940 tweets
since he first took office. he usually sends those
messages between 6-8am. He's sent an average of nearly
six tweets every day. To put it into context,
that's 85 times the number of news But to Donald Trump,
that is modern-day presidential. So what does President Trump
tweet about the most? The highest number of tweets
are about the economy. But President Trump's attacks
on the media are not far behind. This video is his most
shared tweet so far. President Trump has sent more
than 70 tweets about Fox News, usually to publicise his upcoming
appearances or to praise It is a modern-day
form of communication. Especially when you have tens
of millions of people, like I have. President Trump's tweets often
send mixed messages that The president's tweets
His comments and his tweets speak for themselves.
For example, after saying he had a great meeting with Angela Merkel,
he took to Twitter to criticise Germany's Nato contributions.
And take a look at his messaging on China.
of working with the country, to give up on the idea
only to tweet about an excellent meeting with China days later.
with the Russians, setting up a cyber security unit
but it didn't take long for him to retract that idea.
Should I keep the Twitter going or not?
Many of his supporters think he should, for sure.
When he tweets, we get it direct from him, we know what it is.
There are of course many people who wish he'd just put the phone
down and stop tweeting, including some in his own party.
But he's got more than 33 million followers on the social network
and he doesn't look like he's going to stop any time soon.
Don't forget you can get in touch with me and most
of the team on Twitter - I'm @BBCRajiniV.
Thank you for watching and please stay with us on BBC World News.
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affecting North Wales with some heavy thunderstorms in north-west
England. We have had humid conditions for the past few days.
The air coming in of