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Our top stories: An all-time and very dangerous low -
President Trump's Twitter verdict on US-Russian relations,
blaming Congress for new sanctions against Moscow.
Caught in a heatwave - from Romania to Spain and Portugal,
temperatures in Europe reach dangerous highs.
What we are seeing are at those temperatures around 10-15dC above
average, some very high and causing problems.
of the world's most expensive footballer Neymar appears to be over
- after Barcelona say they've received his quarter of a billion
And a major oil reserve lies beneath this Arctic ice,
but do the benefits of drilling outweigh the costs?
In one Alaska whaling community, some are fearful
Just imagine if there were to be a big spill on the ocean. None of this
would be happening right now. Hello and welcome
to World News Today. Donald Trump has signed
the bill authorising new US sanctions against Russia,
but he's clearly not happy about it. Hardly surprising -
what president would want Congress It's described the new sanctions
as tantamount to declaring a "full-scale trade war" and show
the complete impotence The sanctions are retaliation
for Russia's alleged meddling in last year's election
and its actions in Ukraine. Laura Bicker is following
developments from Washington. Laura, Donald Trump putting all of
the blame on Congress. How reluctant was he to back the sanctions? He was
very much boxed into a corner. Remember, right at the beginning of
his administration, he wanted a new relationship with Vladimir Putin, a
preset with Russia. He said he thought he would get along very well
with Vladimir Putin, and here we are just six months later and already
relations seem to be, in his words, at an all time low, but when it
comes to Donald Trump and his view of Russia and the view of those
politicians on Russia, they are very different. Republicans and Democrats
have long viewed Russia as a full, not a friend. And when they heard
evidence from the evidence committee that they alleged that Russia
meddled in the US election, they proposed this kind of bill, the
sanctions to just say to Russia no more. Once they drop that bill, it
had to land on the desk of the president. He had to sign it because
it was overwhelmingly supported, which meant that if he vetoed it, it
would have been overridden by Congress, sunny was backed into a
corner and they have also put constraints on him within this bill.
It means he can't lift or waive sanctions against Russia. You have
heard some of the comments there from the Russian Prime Minister, who
has said that this makes Donald Trump impotent. Well, when it comes
to it, that is not going to go down well in the White House. Donald
Trump feels that Congress is stepping on his toes is impeding his
presidency, and that is something that he is not going to take
lightly. And by saying what he said on Twitter, like distancing himself
from the decision, how much does it send a signal to Russia sailing, "I
wanted to improve relations with you, but my hands are tied." Well,
he may be trying to do that inadvertently in his tweet and
really aid to Russia, "Hang on a second, I am not Congress." But at
the same time, I think mostly his message is to his base and it is to
say that he is still an outsider. Remember, this is a president who
ran on a ticket to the White House of being a political outsider. He
has not really got many Republican establishment figures around him any
more atoll, which means you can separate from party politics. It
means that when things like this do not go his way and when he made
reference to the health care boat, which also did not go his way, it
means you can blame politicians. He can say, "It is all their fault, not
mine." Another story that is dominating the American airwaves and
beyond is leaked conversations between Donald Trump and other
leaders, in particular Mexico. This has come out from the Washington
Post. It is a series of transcripts that they published from Donald
Trump's January cold, pressed or the Mexican president, but he seems to
say to him that he should not or would prefer that he did not say
publicly that he would not pay for the wall. "You Cannot say that to
the press," is one of the quotes. He also seems to imply that funding
will be found from other sources and that they will find it somehow, and
when it comes to the relationship between him and the Australian Prime
Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, that transcript is very interesting.
There is increasingly heated debate over whether or not the US should
accept refugees from Australian detention centres. Donald Trump
didn't want to do this, he says, "You are killing me here." And then
the conversation heats up even more and he says, "He hated those
people,"" and he guaranteed they were bad," and he then goes on to
say, "This is the worst conversation I have had all day but the
conversation I had with Vladimir Putin was rather pleasant."
Venezuela's opposition has postponed a protest
against a powerful new assembly backed by President Maduro until it
The opposition believes the powerful pro-government assembly
The country's attorney general has opened an investigation into last
Sunday's election following claims that the government inflated
The BBC's Katy Watson has been telling us more.
Well, she's a big critic of Mr Maduro.
Now, she has said that she will employ some prosecutors to look
into four of the directors at the electoral council.
One of the directors has been quite critical of the constituent
I was at a press conference just a few days ago where one
of the politicians talked about her as Louisa
'what's-her-name.' She's certainly not liked.
So this, of course, just heaps more pressure on President Maduro,
In the speech he gave last night, he talked about the fact that
despite the allegations of vote tampering, 10 million Venezuelans
tried to come out to vote and only 8 million could because 2 million
were stopped by fire, by barricades, so he's very resolute on that.
He's saying this vote happened and it happened fairly.
FC Barcelona has confirmed in the last hour that
representatives for Neymar have paid the $263 million release
The Brazillian is now expected to sign with Paris St-Germain
Richard Conway is at Paris Saint Germain's
Where are we at with all of this? Well, this deal is now on the verge
of being confirmed. The necessary steps to clear Neymar from his
contract with Barcelona, as you have discussed, has now been done, but it
was a convoluted process and there were a few hiccups along the way.
Lawyers for Neymar went to the offices of Paris St Germain, that is
the Spanish league, this morning in Madrid. They try to pay them, as is
the normal route in such circumstances it is the
responsibility of the player in Spain to play -- paid the fee. They
said that they believed this was financial doping, as it was put.
They are not happy with what they see as a potential breach of
European football finance regulations. So the club has had to
go a different route to make the deal happen. Instead, what we got
was Neymar's lawyer is going to Barcelona directly and paying them
the $263 million into their office today. That's now according to the
club has released Neymar from his contract and he is now free to come
here to Paris St Germain, where he will sign as a player. There could
be an announcement tonight, certainly something tomorrow. There
are definitely things afoot around the stadium. They are planning
perhaps for an event, so it is not known now if we will see Neymar and
when confirmed as a Paris St Germain player. How much people is it for
Barcelona to lose a player like Neymar? If there a certain amount of
hurt pride going on here? Yes, I think there is the degree of hurt
pride about it, but I think more than that, they have been caught
napping. When the established his contract, they put this release
clause in there, perhaps thinking that no one would ever pay such a
sum of money. Well, their bluff has been called and Paris St Germain
backed by Qatar's sovereign wealth fund have come up with the cash, so
there will certainly be some political ramifications for their
board of directors. Of course, they are, Barcelona, owned by their fans.
Their president is elected, sweating there will be some political
limitations of losing such a star player who is in his prime. He
perhaps wants to step aside and leave out of the shadow of players
like Lionel Messi, who are there. So they will have to try to reinvest
some of the money they will get back from this deal, that $260 million,
so I think it will be something of a cascade effect within the transfer
market, there are some weeks left in this transfer window, and I think we
might see some more big-money deals being processed before this window
closes. We will keep watching. Richard Conway, thank you very much.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
Millions of people living in South Asia face a deadly threat
from heat and humidity driven by global warming,
The study in the journal Science Advances warns that most
of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh will experience temperatures close
to the limits of survivability by 2100, without emissions
Two men have been charged with terror offences in Sydney,
after being arrested on suspicion of plotting to bring down a plane.
A third man detained in a series of raids
across the city at the weekend, is still being questioned.
A fourth man has been released without charge.
China says there will be serious consequences if India does not
withdraw its troops from a Himalayan region claimed by Beijing.
China says Indian forces are of trespassing in the Doklam area
which borders China, India and Bhutan.
India says the troops were sent in in June to stop the Chinese
Health warnings are in place across Europe as temperatures reach
A record-breaking heatwave is currently affecting
swathes of the continent, from Romania to Spain and Portugal.
In southern Italy, temperatures have been as high as 45 Celsius,
and it could get even hotter this weekend.
With me is Phil Avery from the BBC Weather Centre.
How bad is it? We are not quite in unknown territory. I should say
that, although we are going to focus on Europe, I am also keeping a close
eye on some other situations across the world. There is a typhoon in the
north-eastern corner of Asia at the moment which will be all over Japan
within the next couple of days or so, some of those wins with an
excess of 200 mph. And we have the storms and the rainfall coming from
that. We will move on to talk about heat, but I must acknowledge that we
have been with many times over the next few weeks -- over the past few
weeks talking about the heatwaves. Real concerns and also extensive
wildfire action across the world, so we have not forgotten about the rest
of the world by any means at all, but as you say, the situation in
Europe as the battle quite some time now. Just a few weeks ago, we were
talking about extensive wildfires across parts of Portugal ended to
Spain, and now recently we have seen this explosion of heat across the
southern parts, and as you said, quite extensively all the way from
the central and southern parts of Europe, Italy very widely indeed,
all the way through south-eastern Europe and into eastern parts of
Europe too. Temperatures which should be at this time of year
around the 30 Celsius mark, 28 Celsius or so, are widely in excess
of 40 Celsius. This is not record-breaking nationally, because
for example the record for Italy is 48.5 Celsius. Athens had 45 Celsius
back in 1997, so I think we have not got there yet but some local records
will be broken. Giving out any indication of how things will go for
the rest of August? As ever, you are pushing me a long way into the
future there. As a forecaster, I like to do about the next week or so
to give people some certainty about that and the news that I have you is
that book for example a single which has been up at around 40 Celsius or
Tuesday of next week coming back down to around 36 Celsius, but the
red on this particular chart shows you the extent of the searing heat,
all the way from central and southern parts of Spain, certainly
through Italy, across the Adriatic and widely across eastern parts of
Europe. And you would hope that that weather front that I am showing just
north of the Alps might come down and offer some relief, and I have
alluded to the fact that northern parts of Italy may be part of
Switzerland to good seems -- to see some reduction, but adds that
weather front comes in from the Atlantic, that boundary becomes very
explosive and we could be back here on Sunday or even into the start of
next week suggesting that frontal system produced a lot of
thunderstorm activity widely just to the north of the real heatwaves area
and that could be producing 100 millimetres of rain just like that,
so that could be very gusty winds, torrential downpours, flash
flooding, but all the while, southern parts of Italy and the
south-eastern corner of Europe stays at around 40 Celsius, 10-15dC above
normal. Auntie for updating us. -- thank you for updating us.
The head of the Libyan National Army has vowed to repel any Italian
ships approaching Libya's waters without permission.
This follows a decision by the Italian parliament to send
naval boats to Libya to stop migrants
The Italian authorities are also clamping down on international
charities which have been helping to rescue those trying to make
At the start of the migrant crisis, the Italian Navy used to play a key
But now its mission is to enter Libyan territorial waters to
help the Libyan coast guard spot migrant
boats as they set sail, and
The abrupt change of mission was given
the go-ahead by the Italian parliament.
Most politicians clearly wanting an end to the crisis.
The goal of the Italian government is to
stem the flow, bring it close to zero and basically tweak the Turkey
deal and adapt it to the situation in Libya
is to bring a flow which is in the hundreds
of thousands, to close to
Almost 100,000 migrants have reached Italy so far this year.
Other EU countries were supposed to have taken many of them.
So large numbers are applying for asylum here, putting
the government under pressure with elections looming next year.
Now the Italian Navy's sophisticated radar
will enable the Libyan coast guard to stop many migrant boats before
they leave Libyan territorial waters.
That is sparking alarm amongst human rights organisations.
There is automatic detention of irregular
migrants in centres where people are systematically abused, and it is
completely unclear how the Italian government think that these people
would be protected after disembarking Libya with the key
assistance of the Italian government.
Italy is also imposing restrictions on boats used by
It's feared fewer ships will now be in
the key areas, and already this year more than 2000 migrants have
The rift within the World wide Anglican communion over the support
of some churches for same sex marriage seems to be widening.
One of the leading conservative figures in the church
and Archbishop of Uganda, Stanley Ntagali has said
he won't attend the next gathering of its leaders in England
because of some churches' stance on gay marriage.
The BBC's religious affairs editor Martin Bashir sent this report.
archbishops are on a mission, heading north towards refugee camps
The welcome they receive is rapturous.
There are nearly a million South Sudanese
living in camps like this, after fleeing
a brutal civil war, with
many families rushing to the border carrying only their children.
God loves especially the refugee, the
And that means he loves you specially.
While the archbishops are of one mind, in their support for these
refugees, there is another issue about which they are deeply divided.
And it concerns not one country in one continent,
but the entire unity of the Anglican Communion.
That numbers almost 80 million Christians in 165 Nations.
Your Grace, shouldn't you be in the middle?
Stanley Ntagali, a conservative evangelical, walked out
of a global gathering of archbishops last year after the American
Episcopal Church voted to endorse same-sex marriage.
He says the Bible teaches that marriage is between a
man and a woman, and that the growing Ugandan church will not
remain in fellowship with those who support same-sex unions.
The next meeting of Anglican leaders is in
You've been invited to the primates meeting in October.
No, I have made it clear I am not attending because of
the position the Church of Uganda holds.
And that is that homosexuality is wrong?
I thought you wanted to ask me about the
refugees, but now you're concentrating on that subject.
Stanley Ntagali says he remains committed to
the Anglican Communion and will not be pulling the Ugandan church out.
Although we have differences of agreement, of opinion, over issues
around human sexuality, when we were dealing with refugees,
Archbishop Justin Welby concluded his visit by
praying for peace and reconciliation in South Sudan.
A prayer that he probably repeated privately for the
The Inupiat of the high Arctic call the ocean their "garden"
and they view its greatest harvest as the Bowhead whale.
They believe the whales give themselves so that hunters can
But what will happen if the Trump administration allows more oil
Our environment correspondent Claire Marshall travelled more than 300
miles north of the Arctic Circle, and sent this report.
The climate is changing, and the ice that covers
Here, the conflict between the natural world and the business
This town is the furthest north in the United States,
so remote it is cut off by a road from the rest of the country.
The Inupiat call the ocean their garden.
And this is where they store their harvest of whale meat.
And that skin you put on top of the heart.
This is an ice seller dug out of the permafrost,
It helps to sustain them during the long, Arctic winter.
As your mouth starts to warm it up, it softens up like chocolate.
It's a richness you can't get from anything else.
Just kind of let it dissolve a little bit in your mouth,
I don't mind the meat of it, but I'm not mad on that.
We use white because Wales can see colour.
She takes us to a feast on the beach.
The Inupiat have hunted the bowhead whale in their sealskin boats
Now, Donald Trump intends to reverse the ban on drilling
And many are afraid they will lose their way of life.
I honestly want to be at the shore and tell them, "No, you can't."
I mean, just imagine if there were to be a big spill in the ocean.
None of this would be happening right now.
But, like the rest of Alaska, this town is almost
Taxes on the industry in other parts of the country pay
for the infrastructure, and every Alaskan gets
We'll just start slicing all of the mukduk off this layer.
Fred believes that oil is the only way they can carry on hunting.
It costs money to go whaling, so there is an opportunity
to coexist together and an opportunity for not only
industry to thrive, but then also the local traditional hunters.
We are closer to the North Pole here than we are to Washington, DC,
but the White House has its eyes firmly fixed on this region.
It's an unstable world, and what lies beneath his eyes
could be crucial to the energy security of the United States.
But drilling here would be very risky, just as it's risky to hunt.
Armed in case of polar bears, some other hunters take us up
The Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on the planet.
Most scientists agree that oil and fossil fuel is helping
Maybe we should start looking ahead for something that's more renewable.
Maybe wind in the winter and solar in the summer,
Traditional Inupiat dancers tell the stories
Donald Trump and his decisions may well be woven
Finally, the British film and television actor Robert Hardy has
died. He was famous for his roles in Harry Potter and All Creatures Great
and Small. His family say he had a tremendous life. Gruff, twinkly and
celebrated eye everyone who knew him and everyone who enjoyed his work.
Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some
of the team on Twitter - I'm @KarinBBC.
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