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President Trump will not permit transgender people to serve
in the US military in any capacity - because of the costs and disruption.
The prospect of new US sanctions on Russia provokes reaction
from Moscow to Berlin - but we're still waiting
to see if the White House will back the bill.
And it was one of the most shocking string of murders in US history.
Nearly a century later - new light is being shed
Yet again President Trump's early morning tweets
Today this was the unexpected one about transgender
"After consultation with my generals and military experts,
"please be advised that the United States Government
"will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve
For more on today's announcement and the reaction to it
I spoke a brief time ago with Eric Fanning, the first openly
gay secretary of the army under President Obama.
Eric Fanning, what is your reaction to President Trump overturning
President Obama and banning transgender people from serving
I'm disappointed, I think it's the wrong decision to have made.
We already have, currently, thousands of transgender
Americans serving in the military with distinction.
And I think it was an important step of many to open up opportunity
for service in the military for a number of important reasons.
It aligns with core American values of equality and opportunity.
And it helps ensure that we can recruit from the best and brightest
However, President Trump says he consulted with generals
and military experts, and he cites the tremendous medical
costs and the disruption that having transgender people in the US
Well, I don't know which generals and military leaders
I spoke with many of them myself across all the services,
and there were certainly a lot of questions and concerns,
but there was a lot of support from moving forward as well
because in many ways opening up service to transgender Americans
in policy was just catching up with reality, and I haven't seen any
good evidence to support the idea that this is going to be expensive.
The two independent reports, Rand and the Palm Centre say there
The president also says this is about focusing on victory,
so he is raising the idea that it is a distraction trying
to cater to the needs of transgender and the military.
Well, I think that is an argument that has been used repeatedly over
When Truman integrated the military 69 years ago to the day, by the way,
this is the anniversary of that, when we repealed Don't Ask Don't
Tell, when we opened all military positions,
including combat positions, to women, and now with transgender
we hear that argument over and over again.
And Rand said that they anticipated, as they have said previously,
minimum disruption to the force, and that is really short-sighted
because there are tremendous long-term benefits
But given what the president has said, what does this mean
for the thousands of transgender members of the US military?
Well, I think it's obviously very alarming for them.
There are two parts to this issue, one was who should be allowed
to assess who should be allowed to join the military, and we issued
The second is what happens if you decide to transition once
And we thought that we were at least secure on the issue of people
in the military being able to serve because they had proven
This is a far broader and more sweeping decision and policy change
than we anticipated, to say, not only can you not join
So he is telling thousands of people already wearing the uniform
Do you think this means a return to the days
of Don't Ask Don't Tell in the US military?
I Don't Think That We Will Go All The Way Back To reinstitute
The progress in these areas is never linear,
and you have setbacks, but I think in general,
year after year, we make more progress than we get pushed back,
and I would have hoped that transgender service
was safe because I think, by and large right now,
it's largely an issue of who can meet the requirements,
and then the establishment of medical community
guidelines, but I think Don't Ask Don't Tell is safe.
Eric Fanning, thank you so much for joining us.
And the transgender announcement was one of many topics the president
He unloaded once again on his Attorney General Jeff Sessions,
who's under fire for recusing himself from
It comes as the Senate is taking up legislation which would put more
sanctions on Russia - the president hasn't said
Well, luckily we have our resident political expert Ron Christie
Let's start with the embattled Attorney General. Yet again the
President was tweeting about him this morning. This time he was
saying why didn't you replace the acting FBI director. Who is this
damaging more? I think it hurts the president. The
Attorney General was selected by the president, and now the president is
going after one of the most senior people of his Cabinet. You say, why
in the world would you do that? I think if you look back to the
coverage of sessions, he was said to be a racist, all these terrible
things about him, now I think it might be quite moved by the
president to garner sympathy for Jeff Sessions.
How will this end? Will cut back sessions sit it out.
Yes, I think, I spoke to a person who had spoken to be resident Trump
yesterday, saying that this is that his management style. If he
continues to do this to Mr sessions, he will be more loyal and he will do
the job that President Trump asked him to do.
The president is serious with the Attorney General. The sanctions, the
Bill will head to the President's desk soon, he has to sign it.
He must sign it. It is important the United States send a signal to
Vladimir Putin and Russia, if you try to interfere with our election,
we will put sanctions on you as a result. As it relates to the
president and Jeff Sessions, he should have fired him the day he
said he was going to recuse himself or stop why did he wait all these
months? He should have fired him replaced, this is probably
President's own doing. We know the White House has problems
with the sanctions Bill, is it possible that the president vetoes
it? With Donald Trump you never know
what people really do. This will express the sentiment of the
American people will stop the American people do not like foreign
powers interfering with our elections, and Donald Trump must
sign this important piece of legislation.
We know that the president loves to tweet. He is also tweeting about the
transgender policy, he announced that ban on Twitter, Senator John
McCain says it is not clear. Should you be announcing policy via
Twitter much and Mark? You guessed it. This is something he
should be speaking about camera. But a send something out via Twitter
about something which will cause a social uproar in certain quarters, I
don't understand how he does business with Twitter.
What about the substance of it? Even a Conservative Republican is saying
we should not be discriminating against anyone. Is it good politics,
this transgender band? Good politics, no. 99.7% of people
are not transgender, in America, and certainly when I was an Army officer
many decades ago, they did not ask me about sexual orientation or my
social views, they asked me if I was willing to put on the uniform and
serve my country. And so I do believe that there are many in the
military who think this is a distraction.
Thank you so much joining us. Good to see you.
If you live in the UK, you won't be able to buy
a new diesel or petrol car after 2040 - as the government
The new plan follows a ruling by judges, that ministers have to do
Britain's move follows a similar announcement in France,
with politicians, at least in theory, eager to
consign traditional cars to the history books.
We have come a long way in terms of design, but for 100 years we have
been relying on vehicles with an internal combustion engine,
Several major car-makers, including BMW, Volkswagen and Volvo,
have already announced ambitious plans for electric cars,
seeing them as a key way of tackling air pollution.
And now the government is signalling the end of petrol and diesel engines
in the UK with a ban on sales by 2040.
We have to get rid of petrol and diesel cars off our roads
if we're going to make sure not only that we deal with the health
problems that air pollution causes, but also that we meet our
And the good news is that the car industry is already
It is part of a ?3 billion air quality strategy that also includes
?255 million to help local authorities cut pollution.
It will mean a ban on sales and production of new petrol
or diesel vehicles in the UK, as well as a consultation
The move follows a similar pledge earlier this month
by President Macron of France, where the ban will also be
Campaigners are likely to complain that the government has not gone
far enough or fast enough, while Labour is saying nearly
40 million people are living in areas with illegal levels of air
pollution, and action is needed now and not in 23 years' time.
And joining me now is David Shepardson, who covers
David, we have got these moves in Britain to get rid of diesel and
petrol cars by 2040, following moves in France. Is the future going to be
electric cars? Must admit, the question is how long
it will take to get there. 23 years is a long time, but auto companies
are making investments. Volvo are going to start in 2019, no longer
build traditional cars. This is the direction, but there are a lot of
concerns about the industry, the infrastructure, is it ready for such
a big shift? We would have to have plug-in points
all over the place for electric cars. Does that infrastructure exist
anywhere? In the UK, there are 1200 charging
points. But you need tens of thousands if you're going to need a
rapid ramp up. Only 1% of US vehicle sales are electric cars.
We know that President Ron is taking the US out of the climate change
accord. How do you see the market developing in the US? -- President
Trump. Billions of dollars are being spent,
but at the moment the shift is away from cars to bigger vehicles. At
companies will continue to roll out electric vehicles as batteries get
better. You will be less concerned about running out of juice. They are
not moving away from electric vehicles but in the short-term
focused on bigger and more powerful vehicles.
We're seeing moves by cities all over the world running to ban diesel
cars from city centres by 2025. RUC in anything like that happening in
the US? You have seen companies move away
from diesel entirely. Boxlike, Mercedes-Benz dropped plans to sell
diesels -- Volkswagen. Chrysler, other companies, the Volkswagen
investigation is going on. Companies are moving away from diesel, but in
the short term they are pushing electric vehicles. The point to a
certain extent, Tesla is leading the push.
What is it going to be like for consumers driving electric cars
rather than the traditional gas guzzler?
The actual performance of electric cars is better, faster 0- 60. You're
getting used to plugging in your cell phones everywhere. Once you get
into the habit by the wheel, there is really no difference. Will there
be enough places to charge us to mark with fast charging, you can get
fully charged in ten minutes. No longer than it takes to fill your
car up with gasoline. Where are we going to get enough
gasoline from to power these cars? We will make sure people will charge
night. There are huge long-term implications going from the 85,000
vehicles sold this year to millions of vehicles, and what happens if we
have serious grid problems? It will require more problem -- money,
infrastructure, companies like false wagon -- Volkswagen are going to
spend millions on charging stations will stop. Is 2040 realistic, is the
question. Thank you for joining us.
More than 10,000 people in the south of France have been
forced to leave their homes and campsites overnight,
to escape rapidly spreading wildfires.
Many had to spend the night in public buildings,
Efforts to contain the fires continue, with aircraft dumping
The raging power of the fires was at its most terrifying doing the night.
This was Bormes-les-Mimosas, West of St Tropez, where hillsides
were engulfed by the burning shrubs and trees.
Four hours, it swept across the countryside
Thousands of people, including British tourists,
were forced out of campsites and other homes.
At about midnight we were then woken up.
I just looked up, and 180 degrees of my vision,
it was like Dante's Inferno, it was, you know, it was
You know, it was an amazing and very, very scary sight to see.
The sheer force of the fires were caught
Strong winds gave them an unstoppable energy, and many
Even the 4000 firefighters and soldiers sent in could not get
The fires led to a huge evacuation of ten thousand people,
They were told to spend the night on nearby beaches out in the open.
The morning brought no let up in the fires.
Some tourists were far enough away to continue their holiday,
but the lushness of their scenery now replaced by a menacing infernal.
but the lushness of their scenery now replaced by a menacing inferno.
In other places, all that was left was a vast, scorched
landscape, an area decimated across 15 square miles.
TRANSLATION: We beat out the flames with shovels,
we did all we could until the fire was put out.
We contained it until the firemen came.
19 aircraft, including ten water bombers, have been brought in,
with the French authorities asking other European governments
These fires have been burning for two days now,
and we are seeing fires on hills all around this area.
We're also seeing aircraft, helicopters, laden with water,
trying to put them out, but at the moment they do not
seem to be able to bring them under control.
Temperatures here are in the 30s, it is sunny, and the winds shown
A combustible, deadly mixture that will continue to threaten this area.
The parents of the terminally ill baby Charlie Gard,
have given up the fight, for their son to die at home.
At the High Court lawyers accepted, that he should be
But there's still no agreement on when the 11-month-old's life
The BBC's Lisa Hampele joins us with the latest.
The judge has made an order. He is going to rule that Charlie
will have to go to a hospice and he will have his ventilator removed at
the hospice and be allowed to die. He said it has been three and a half
months, and when he first ruled that Charlie may be suffering, he may be
in pain. Nobody knows, they cannot tell if he is awake or asleep, he is
unable to move, he is kept alive by a ventilator, and he has serious
irreversible brain damage. Today, the court started at 2pm British
time this afternoon, Charlie's mother Connie arrived, his father
has been at his bedside in London's famous children's hospital, Rick
Ormond Street. The judge finally waited all afternoon for a doctor to
arrive here because the family pleaded for someone to come forward
who was a paediatric, intensive care doctor, who could oversee treatment
in a hospice or at home for Charlie so that he could have longer. The
site today has not been about where he will die, but how long he will
have 1's the ventilator is removed. So the family conceded early on
today that he will not be able to die at home. Tomorrow, they have got
tomorrow to find an intensive care paediatric doctor to come forward.
They pleaded again tonight, that is looking highly unlikely, it did not
happen today, the doctor we waited for all afternoon turned up in
court. It turned out he was simply a family GP not suitable to oversee
this. So Charlie is highly likely to be taken to a hospice in the next
few days. We will not be allowed to tell you where this hospice is and
where he is going to die, and how many hours, that is a private
matter. It would be in contempt of court to report that.
Thank you for joining us. Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news: As a two-day general strike gets
underway in Venezuela, US officials say Washington
will impose sanctions on some of Venezuela's
most senior officials - The strike's been called to try
to force President Maduro to drop Barricades have been set
up across the capital, The European Court of Justice has
ruled that Austria and Slovenia did act legally when they returned
asylum seekers to Croatia during the migrant crisis
two years ago, rather EU rules state migrants must apply
for asylum, in the first One of the Vatican's
highest ranking officials, Cardinal George Pell,
has faced charges of During a brief court appearance,
Pell's lawyer said he will plead not guilty to all the accusations
against him, which date back years. Our correspondent Phil Mercer
was at the hearing in Melbourne. There was no special treatment
for one of the most powerful men in the Vatican when he arrived
to these historical allegations of sexual assault
at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court. Just like everyone else,
Cardinal George Pell had Escorted by the police
and accompanied by his legal team, he was surrounded
by a large media contingent. Interest in this case goes
far beyond Australia. The cardinal made no comment,
but his lawyer told the magistrate that he would be pleading not guilty
to all of the acquisitions. The hearing lasted
about five minutes. The press pack was
waiting when he emerged. The cardinal is arguably
the third most influential figure in the Vatican,
and has been responsible He has consistently and steadfastly
denied any wrongdoing. He has previously said
he was the victim of a relentless character assassination,
and has insisted he was innocent. Specific details of the allegations
facing Cardinal George Pell have He has been granted leave
by the Pope to defend himself The brief hearing today
could be the start of very The most prominent member
of Australia's Roman Catholic Church is due back in court in
early October. A very senior figure in the Vatican
facing historic charges of sexual assault. Worldwide interest in that
case. It was one of the biggest serial
murder cases in American history In the early 1920s, dozens
of members of the Osage Indian tribe became wealthy overnight when oil
was discovered on their land. But soon after members of the tribe
were shot and poisoned The murderers were local whites
and the killings led the FBI to take Recently, a new book has
put a spotlight on this The United States was still
a remarkably lawless country back in the 1920s,
and particularly in this last You had outlaws, wandering
the streets with their six shooters in their pockets,
you had sheriffs, you had oil men My name is David Grann,
and I am the author of... The Osage Indians, who once
controlled much of the Central part of the United States,
were eventually forced to cede more than 100 million
acres of their territory. It was at that time that an Osage
chief stood up and he said we should move to this territory that
would later become part of the state of Oklahoma,
because the land there is infertile, and the white man considers it
worthless so they will This seemingly forsaken land turned
out to be sitting upon some of the largest deposits of oil then
in the United States, and at the beginning
of the 20th century, the 2000 or so Osage became
the wealthiest people They have servants,
many of whom were white. It was said at the time where as one
American might own a car, The Osage wealth provoked all sorts
of reactions among white Americans. They then began to be mysteriously
murdered in one of the most sinister In 1923, after there were more
than two dozen Osage murders, the case was taken up by a rather
abstruse branch of the Justice Department,
a pretty ragtag operation, who was then known as the bureau
of investigation and would later The Osage murder cases became one
of the FBI's first major homicide investigations,
and one of the first major homicide investigations of its new,
very young, very secretive, very ambitious director,
J Edgar Hoover. As you begin to dig deeper,
you begin to realise that there were really scores
of murders, and that many of these You cannot understand the formation
of the United States without understanding this case,
this original sin from The author of Killers Of The Flower
Moon, The Osage Murders And The Birth Of The Fbi.
Don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some
of the team on Twitter - I'm @LauraTrevelyan.
Go to the BBC website for more on our top story, President Trump's
announcement that transgendered people will be banned from the US
military. Well, things are looking pretty
changeable and quite unsettled over the next few days and pretty much
everywhere saw some rain today. And while there will be some spells
of sunshine around through tomorrow, there will also be quite a lot
of cloud in the skies at times and that's going to deliver
some outbreaks of rain, There goes today's rain,
those weather fronts, but we've still got low pressure
in charge of our weather