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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


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