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Former US football star OJ Simpson appears before a parole board
After nine years in prison, Mr Simpson says he hasn't ever made
End of week two in the Brexit talks and still no deal on some
of the sticking points - will they be able to
This crawling ground is actually a door in the floor.
Soon the remains of Salvador Dali, which lie beneath, will be exhumed
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Former American football star and actor OJ Simpson has appeared
before a parole board asking for his release from prison.
The 70-year-old has served almost nine years of a maximum
33-year sentence for armed robbery and kidnapping.
In 1995, Simpson was cleared of the murders of his former wife
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
In 2007 he was arrested for holding up two dealers in sports
memorabilia, he said he has done his time and here he was making his case
based on anger management techniques he learned in prison a short time
ago. I have always thought I have been pretty good with people and I
have basically spent a conflict free life. I never got into fights on the
street or with the public or anybody but they give you a bunch of tools
about how to talk to people instead of fighting and throwing punches,
tools I have used here. For more on this we can speak
to our correspondent James Cook Thank you for joining us. This is
the first time we have seen OJ Simpson in public for some time.
What more can you tell us? Well, he spoke for quite a long time, perhaps
40 minutes or so, perhaps longer in the court room. He was not in the
hearing room itself, she was in the Lovelock correctional Centre a
couple of hours drive from where the hearing took place in Carson City in
Nevada. He spoke at some length about the crime for which he was
convicted which was basically taking some armed men into a room in Las
Vegas, come out Hotel room, to get back some sports memorabilia which
he insisted was his by right. The problem was these men were carrying
guns, he claims not to know about that and one of them pointed a gun
at a man who OJ Simpson said was a friend of his antics that his friend
had been traumatised by this and they talked about it, you apologised
to him, he essentially said he was contrite about what had happened and
to also said I have done my time. Adding I believe in the jury system.
He said a lot of experience of the jury system because this is not the
most infamous crime for which he was arraigned and brought to court, that
was the murders of his ex-wife and her friend back in the 1990s for
which she was acquitted. But later found liable in a civil court and a
recent survey suggested only 7% of Americans believe he did not commit
crimes. What happens now, what will the parole board be considering when
they decide whether or not OJ Simpson might end up being a
freeman? The hearing is just concluding but what we are hearing
again is that, it is still continuing, and we are hearing that
it will continue for a little longer and we expect perhaps in the next
hour or two that we will know the decision of these four
commissioners. There was one thing, he did make a reasonable case I
thought for his release, not least talking about a course he attended
to reduce violence but it did not attend an alcohol related Corsie had
been asked to attend so perhaps that will count against him. We have
heard others testifying in the case including OJ Simpson's daughter.
A second week of official Brexit talks in Brussels has ended
Both the UK and the EU admit that major differences
highlighted again today by the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier,
centres on the issue of citizens rights once Britain leaves the bloc.
Brussels wants an eventual deal to be backed by
the European Court of Justice - but the British government
the British Brexit Secretary, David Davis, admitted that
Another sticking point is how much the UK will have
to pay to leave the EU - a figure of 57 billion dollars has
is in Brussels and has been following today's developments.
Their goals - one for the UK, the other favouring the EU -
They agree a Brexit deal is possible, but after
week two of negotiations, acknowledged it will be tough.
..Three, the EU's visibly exasperated
chief Brexit negotiator called a total of eight times
for clarification of the UK's Brexit vision.
Without that, he said, negotiations could not progress.
Clearly there's a lot left to talk about and further work before
Ultimately getting to a solution will require flexibility
What about concessions from the EU side?
Where will the EU show some give, perhaps
as a trust-making exercise, isn't there any wiggle room?
TRANSLATION: Negotiations have only just started.
Of course there are compromises to be made but it is too early to talk
Week two of Brexit talks have now ended with no
major breakthrough on
The UK's so-called Brexit Bill, and the
rights of EU citizens in the UK and British expats in the EU.
Key sticking points, the UK wants to check the criminal
record of all EU citizens wanting to stay while the
EU says UK expats would lose the right to move
This is a joint EU- UK paper on citizens
rights, colour-coded to show areas of agreement and disagreement.
Not every negotiating session can end in
harmony but UK is under pressure to move on from divorce issues like
this to talk of the future with the EU, our biggest trading partner.
The UK's trade Secretary was in Geneva
today to talk about global opportunities but he admitted and in
between stage may be needed after Brexit to ease the UK
Frankly I have been waiting to leave the European Union for a very long
Another two years would not be too much to ask.
Brussels is still hearing all sorts of voices in
The EU waiting impatiently for that clarity
while there is still time to negotiate.
And we can cross live now to Brussels to speak
Divorce is never easy but with so many sticking points, what is the
way forward? No, it is not easy and these have been technical
discussions this week but we also must remember this is only round two
and it is the first week where they have looked at the substantive
issues in three areas, the citizens rights, Ireland and how to get
around having a hard border between North and South and this issue of
the financial settlement and they are still somewhere parts on all
three issues. What you detect from the two sides is a slight difference
in tone, David Davis is trying to make the point they have made quite
a lot of progress on citizens rights but there is one issue and that is
the future role of the European Court of Justice and that would have
to go to a higher level to be resolved and it might be result for
two or three months. The other issue is the financial settlement. This
week the European Union has set out a legal analysis of what it expects
the UK side to pay but in briefings to night in Downing Street the UK
side is saying it will not set out a position paper on a financial
settlement and that may be because this is a political hot potato at
home. The Prime minister there are plenty of backbenchers do not think
we should spend anything to come away from the European Union and
there are those who think we should spend something in order to get a
proper deal at the end of it so there is a divergence of views
within the party and they were to set up this position paper in my
cause severe diplomatic problem so I think over the next two or three
months we will edge closer towards a deal but we will not get headline
issues resolved. That'll come in October at that point when the UK
wants to start talking about the future trading relationship.
President Trump is certainly known to speak his mind and this time
it's his Attorney General he is sounding off about.
In an interview with the New York Times Mr Trump said
he wouldn't have picked Jeff Sessions to lead the justice
department if he had known that he was going to recuse himself
from matters related to the 2016 presidential campaign
and the investigation into Russian interference.
Today Mr Sessions was asked if he would carry on in the post.
I have the honour of serving as attorney general, it is something
that goes beyond any thought I would ever have had for myself, we love
this job, we love this department and I plan to continue to do so as
long as that is appropriate. And joining me now from
Washington is Matt Viser, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief
for the Boston globe. Jeff Sessions says he is not going
anywhere but how workable is his position now his own boss has been
so outspoken about his position? Yeah, you will notice in his
comments he said he will serve as long as appropriate, you could argue
President Trump is suggesting it is no longer appropriate in some of his
comments so the working relationship is quite dicey at this point between
the attorney general, one of the top positions in the administration and
President Trump. But as you heard, Jeff Sessions has no intention of
going anywhere just yet. President Trump gave an extensive interview to
the New York Times, tell us more about the other people he criticised
in the article? It was a harsh indictment from the president on the
entire Justice Department commie criticised Jeff Sessions and the
deputy attorney general as well as the former FBI director James Komi
as well as Bob Muller who is leading the investigation into Donald Trump
and the Russian meddling in the United States election so Trump was
quite critical of those people who are all impositions right now of
investigating the President. So, it gets into those questions of
obstruction of justice that some have brought up about President
Trump weighing in on some of the legal matters affecting him. And it
is not justice investigation going on by the special counsel but next
week there will be three big names testifying before the Senate, Paul
Manna fought, Donald Trump's son and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner. How
significant are those hearings? They are major moments, particularly the
ones with Donald Trump junior which is likely to be in a public setting.
We will hear from them testifying under oath before a major Senate
committee. The discussion with Jared Kushner is likely behind closed
doors so will know less about that particular meeting that it is a key
moment for members of the Trump inner circle testifying before
Congress which has become almost a monthly occurrence of having these
major moments of testimony from people involved were related to the
Russian investigation. Lots to look at next week, thank you for joining
us. And for more on how all of this
is impacting Trump's agenda six months in I am joined now
by Jim Gilmore, former head of the Republican national committee
and governor of Virginia. Thank you very much for joining us.
How frustrated are you that Russia is dominating the headlines instead
of other policy areas? I do think that we have to look at the
administration six months in and recognise a great deal has been
accomplished despite the fact the Russian issue has distracted but
that is a deliberate effort by the left to try to get Trump off of his
programme. And to get us talking about things that really do not move
the country forward in any significant way. One of your
colleagues said the president is a distraction such as Republicans who
think this, too. Well, listen, I think the whole issue is a
distraction but what we need to do is get away from the destruction
which is deliberate and instead focus on the progress that has been
made and if you look at this President's progress, Nato, getting
rid of free riders and get people in Europe to feel like they have to
make your contribution communities Polish speech which I have described
as one of the great speeches I have seen from any President in which she
was very substantive and decisive about his commitment to Europe and
Polish and other Eastern European security and Western European
security so you have seen all of that, defence budgets are going up
and finally domestically we are talking about the right kinds of
issues a reform of health care, tax reform which will give us an
opportunity for more investment and he succeeded in the courts on the
border issue so I think he has made a great deal of progress concerning
the fact that has been a decisive and strong opposition to the
progress he is making. You mentioned lots of areas of progress that
health care is still very much a work in progress, where'd you see
that going now because the president had at lunch yesterday with
Republican senators but he still cannot get them all to agree. That
is true but we need to remember if he had not been elected we would not
even be having this conversation. The opposition party and people on
the far left are happy with this programme as it exists today which
is not working very well but we Conservatives need to articulate
what concerns are and our concerns are there is now programmed at
number one isn't working, number two depends upon subsidies to work which
means you are going into the pockets of the taxpayers, it rejects the
free market which is quite anti-American said there was a lot
of things that need be reformed and at least we are talking about the
right topics. Six months into President trumps time in office, he
is posting very low approval ratings come how much does that concern you?
It is always a concern but as the administration goes on and progress
is made, people will become adjusted to the factory making a change after
major Democratic administration, his numbers will improve but it is all
about assessing his actions as he goes forward, not the words either
his tweets or the people on the left saying things on television or
otherwise which do influence polls. At the end of the day his programme
or make a successful president both in the polls and substantively.
One in three cases of dementia could be prevented if more people
looked after the health of their brain
Those are the findings of an international study
The report also lists key risk factors -
including lack of education, hearing loss, smoking
Here's our Medical Correspondent, Fergus Walsh.
These runners aren't just improving their fitness,
they're reducing their risk of developing dementia.
I joined the Serpentine Running Club in Hyde Park.
Their motivation is as much mental as physical.
For me, it's mindful, it's relief for stress,
and it just helps me be more resilient during the day.
It makes me more connected, I think, emotionally.
It also makes me, actually, just more alert.
I just think it must be benefiting my long-term health.
The main risk factor for dementia is old age,
but just as with cancer and heart disease, we can all significantly
That means thinking about our brain health throughout our lives,
What's good for your heart is good for your head.
There's really strong evidence that there is an associational link
between heart disease and risk factors for heart disease
and diabetes as well, are clearly associated with dementia
Learning a new language can help build what's
called cognitive reserve, strengthening the brain's networks.
So it can still function in later life despite damage.
A new study says a third of dementia cases could potentially be prevented
They are - lack of education, hearing loss, smoking,
depression, social isolation, physical inactivity,
high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.
Alcohol and diet may also play a role.
Eve Laird is part of a study in Edinburgh which is trying
to identify changes in the brain that may be an early warning sign
of dementia many years before symptoms emerge.
Her mother has Alzheimer's, so this is personal.
I'm now 44, and I think that only leaves me a few years
So many traits I see in myself, similarities between myself
and my mother, that it would be no big surprise if I was diagnosed
What we are looking at here is the MRI scan itself.
There's nothing we can do to guarantee a life free
from dementia, but this research shows we can increase our chances
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news...
The US senator, John McCain, has revealed he has brain cancer.
The 80-year-old, who is a Vietnam veteran and a critic
of Donald Trump, was the Republican nominee, for the US
He had been recovering from surgery, to remove a blood cot above his eye.
Well wishes have been coming in from both sides of the aisle.
He was known as a master of surrealist art and with that
signature mustache - Salvador Dali gained
But now his biography could be taking a new twist.
Forensic experts in Spain are preparing to exhume his body
to carry out paternity tests using DNA.
A woman in her sixties says her mother had an affair
with the painter when she worked as a maid in the seaside
Our Arts Editor, Will Gompertz has been to visit the crypt at Dali's
In the mid-1960s this was an abandoned theatre that
Salvador Dali, a local artist, identified as the perfect place
But not just that, to create the ultimate Dali experience,
a Dali world which he ended up liking so much that he decided
So when he died in 1989 his body was embalmed, placed in a coffin
and he was buried here in this crypt in his theatre-museum,
But this memorial stone will not be disturbed for the exhumation,
it has been decided that the best place to access the
This is the entry point, a one-and-a-half tonne unmarked
stone, a sort of door in the floor, which will be eased aside,
the coffin will be removed and opened and a sample
from the artist's remains will be taken.
It's a process that they reckon is going to take pretty much all night.
We are just a day away from the release of Dunkirk -
one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year.
Its focus is the historic 1940 evacuation of more than 300,000
British and Allied soldiers surrounded by German forces
But as Tom Brook reports - the big production represents
a major gamble for both the Hollywood studio
backing it and British director Christopher Nolan.
Dunkirk chronicles a huge military operation, the mass 1945 evacuation
Dunkirk chronicles a huge military operation, the mass 1940 evacuation
of more than 300,000 British and Allied troops from the French
coast, who had become hemmed in by the Germans.
The film doesn't present a typical story of wartime heroism.
Its aim is to immerse audiences in the operation
by following soldiers on the beach, pilots in the air and ordinary
civilians who took small pleasure boats across the English Channel
I read that you don't actually view it as a war film,
you see it more as a story of survival, is that right?
What drew me to this story is it is a survival
It seems to me that it's one of the great suspense
stories of all time, that there is this
In film terms, Dunkirk was a major undertaking.
There were real Spitfires flying overhead, warships
in the background, they'd set-dressed the whole beach,
There was one day where there was 1300-1500 extras
Dunkirk is a risky project an American studio backing
it, especially in relation to the US market.
It had Harry Styles, former One Direction British pop
sensation, in the cast, but there are no American stars
and it's presenting a World War II conflict of which the target
audience of young American males knows little.
Christopher Nolan has a huge following, maybe more
than any other working director, certainly in terms of
an impassioned Internet fan base and a young male fan base.
Every film on this scale is always a tremendous gamble.
I think as a film-maker I've been very fortunate to have financial
That gives me a little more trust from the studio,
gives me a bit of latitude to try and push boundaries
as to what you might be able to do on this scale.
It's not, of course, paying tribute to a military victory.
Instead, it's honouring the heroism of those who survived and triumphed
To Mark Rylance, who plays a civilian at the helm of a small
vessel rescuing soldiers, the film is presenting that Dunkirk
spirit of people rallying around at a time of great adversity.
In that way it was a victory, because if they hadn't had
that miraculous retreat, we would have been
After an intense promotional campaign, Dunkirk has finally been
It's been getting some glowing early reviews,
with some critics calling it a masterpiece.
The box office returns are yet to come.
But for Christopher Nolan it looks like Dunkirk is a gamble
We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing ground.
A quick update to the lead story, the parole decision of former
football star OJ Simpson. We expect that shortly so do stay with us with
BBC world where we will have the latest.
You have probably noticed the air feeling a good deal fresher today.
The humid conditions we have seen got swept away by a cold front