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welcome to bbc news. i'm mike embley. our top stories: borisjohnson wins the race to be conservative leader and britain's next prime minister. he takes office on wednesday with a 3—point plan. deliver brexit, unite the country, and defeat jeremy corbyn. and that's what we're going to do. world leaders offer their congratulations. among the first, donald trump, who suggests borisjohnson is a british version of himself. former fbi director robert mueller faces questions in congress about his report on donald trump's campaign and russia. what could it mean
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for the president? and a pawn in a global power struggle, how iran's seizure of a british—flagged tanker has affected one crew member — the ship's cook. hello and welcome to bbc news. here in the uk borisjohnson is preparing for the biggest act of his political career. on wednesday he'll be invited by the queen to form a government, and then enter 10 downing street as prime minister, fulfilling an ambition he's admitted to holding for decades. newly—elected as conservative party leader on tuesday, he claimed in his acceptance speech that he would unite the country and take britain out of the european union by the end of october. here's the bbc‘s political editor laura kuenssberg. applause. and therefore i give notice that borisjohnson is elected as the leader of the conservative
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and unionist parties. a brief moment of "where do i go now", as the rest of the room got to its feet. a thumping majority for mrjohnson — a knowingly controversial pick. there will be people around the place who will question the wisdom of your decision and there may be some people here who still wonder quite what they have done. no—one party, no—one person has a monopoly of wisdom, but if you look at the history of the last 200 years of this party's existence you will see that it is we conservatives who have had the best insights. talking as a tory campaigner complete with gags, the prime minister with the most serious of tasks from tomorrow. at this pivotal moment in our history, we again have to reconcile two sets of instincts. two noble sets of instincts. between the deep desire
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for friendship and free trade and mutual support in security and defence between britain and our european partners, and the simultaneous desire, equally deep and heartfelt, for democratic self—government in this country. brexit‘s not impossible, he says, it can and must be done. well, i look at you this morning and i asked myself, do you look daunted? do you feel daunted 7 i don't think you look remotely daunted. the people of this country are trusting in us to do it, and we know that we will do it. on the threshold of number 10, still entertaining this crowd. i know some wag who has already pointed out that "deliver, unite, and defeat" was not a perfect acronym for an election campaign since unfortunately it spells dud, but they forgot the final e, my friends — e for energise! and i say to all of the doubters, dude, we are going to energise
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the country, we are going to get brexit done. in a new spirit of can do, we are going to unite this amazing country. the campaign is over and the work begins. thank you all very much. applause. he's the master here now. the new leader arriving to meet the party troops at conservative headquarters. a victory for a man whose political career has been down almost as much as up. a triumph of animal spirits over analysis, perhaps. borisjohnson‘s big sell — belief. you can't question mrjohnson‘s enthusiasm for the pursuit of ambition nor his promise to making the most of brexit — cleaning up the mess he helped to create. but as he was cheered by tory mps in the commons this afternoon, they all know a sumptuous turn of phrase, a love of controversy and power, won't be enough on their own. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster.
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world leaders have been congratulating mrjohnson. president trump was one of the first, declaring "he'll be great". we have a really good man is going to be the prime minister of the uk now, borisjohnson. applause. good man. he's tough and he's smart. they say britain trump, they call him britain trump. and people are saying that's a good thing. they like me over there. that's what they wanted. that's what they need. applause. that's what they need. he'll get it done. boris is good, he's going to do a good job. borisjohnson has made brexit a priority, claiming that "do or die," britain will leave the european union by the end of october. the incoming new head of the european commission — ursula von der leyen said mrjohnson faces "challenging times" ahead. there are many different and difficult issues to tackle together. we have challenging times ahead of us. it is very important to build up a strong and good working relation because we have the duty to deliver something which is good for people in europe and the united kingdom,
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so i am looking forward to working with him. our europe editor katya adler says the messages of congratulations are coming in from european leaders, but it's very uncertain how the new prime minister will fare with the european union in any new moves on brexit. there were messages of congratulations from across europe today. jean—claude juncker said he would work as constructively as possible with borisjohnson and in these divisive times, emmanuel macron of france reminded the new prime minister that eu—uk relations stretch far beyond brexit. that whatever happens with brexit, when it comes for example to iran or to
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russian sanctions, the eu still sees the uk as a close ally on the world stage. that said, those warm and welcoming words, which are essentially the polite diplomacy shouldn't be misconstrued as the eu taking a just because we are getting a new prime minister. on one hand, corresponds and is right, the eu has more flex ability over the brexit deal than it has wanted to let on until now. but he is probably wrong if he thinks the threat of a no—deal brexit, and however much we know eu leaders would like to avoid it will cause a major rethink in brussels. the eu's flexibility is much more constrained than that. they won't wa nt to constrained than that. they won't want to make decisions or compromises that ultimately will hurt them. so some changes to that irish backstop rnc, possible, if dubs than says yes —— —— in ireland are possible, but if it means exposing the lucrative single market to non— regulation goods it would
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mean turning their backs on island. i don't see them going in that direction at all —— on ireland. so when exactly will mrjohnson become prime minister? on wednesday, after her final prime minister questions, theresa may will go to buckingham palace — and tender her resignation to the queen. soon after that, mrjohnson will travel to the palace — where he'll be invited to form a government. he'll then make his way to downing street to give his first speech as the new pm. borisjohnson has served as london mayor, foreign secretary and played a leading role in the leave campaign's victory in the brexit referendum. what else do we know about the man who will enter downing street on wednesday? our chief political correspondent vicki young takes a look at his career. oh, please call me boris. say brexit! today he has fulfilled
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his childhood dream to become prime minister. i have seen in the last few months are becoming increasingly reflective of the scale of the challenges that he is about to take on andi challenges that he is about to take on and i am absolutely convinced that he is emotionally and intellectually ready for this. he knows the scale of it and he's up to it. boris johnson's park to the knows the scale of it and he's up to it. boris johnson's park to the top isa it. boris johnson's park to the top is a well trodden one. the 20th prime minister to be as good at it oxford university. a career in journalism followed with a stint in brussels for the telegraph where he relished mocking the european commission. his profile was boosted by tv appearances. boris johnson commission. his profile was boosted by tv appearances. borisjohnson had set his sights on a political career and where better than the safe conservative seat of henley upon terms. but even back then as boris johnson tried to become the
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conservatives' candidate, the local party was divided over his talents. some were attracted to this slightly eccentric larger—than—life personality, but others were concerned about whether he could be taken seriously. what you see is what you get. you get the hands going through the hair, you get the slightly dishevelled look, it's appealing to a lot of people. we found that when we were campaigning with borrowers, when he was an mp, he would lead people behind him to make everything happen, he would be the person with a charisma, the person in charge. and that is the approach he took when he was elected mayor of london in 2008. such an honour to have you here, mr mayor. 0h, honour to have you here, mr mayor. oh, please do me boris. he was the charismatic front man, happy to perform for the cameras... and the mishaps only added to the celebrity status. released the rings into position... now! his supporters that his leadership style is all about getting a feelgood factor. he's good at bringing people together, actually, some people consider him to be divisive because of the things
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he's written and set in the past, however, he is able to go into a room and get people feeling positive and feeling like they can achieve some change. he did it in london, let's hope he can do it for the country. good morning boris. over the years, his private life brought u nwa nted the years, his private life brought unwanted presidential. during his only five year marriage he had several affairs, he was sacked as a conservative spokesperson for lying about one of them. last year, his lip and his wife marina. professional relationships have been strained, to —— last year his wife marina. he mistakenly told mps that a british citizen imprisoned in iran had been training journalists in the country, he suggested libya had a bright future, if it could only clear the dead bodies away. collea g u es clear the dead bodies away. colleagues complain he didn't focus on important details and found it ha rd to on important details and found it hard to make decisions. there is a real trust deficit, so that he
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hasn't done what is supposed to have done, he hasn't read his briefs, he hasn't turned up to things, he hasn't turned up to things, he hasn't put the country first but his put himself first. but friends insist his unconventional approach could charm even the toughest of audiences. the bastian and the bad limbs. many conservative mps are pinning their hopes on borisjohnson because they believe he's a winner, he drew adoring crowds when he led the votes are live campaign. but brexit has proven to be the most divisive of issues. i like it, it's brilliant! the new prime minister will need more than exuberance, charisma and a bit of optimism. delicious. young, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. the usjustice department has announced an investigation into leading online platforms to examine whether they are unfairly restricting competition. it didn't name any firms, but companies such as facebook, google, amazon and apple are likely to come under close scrutiny. the us senate, by 90 votes to eight, has confirmed mark esper
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as president trump's new defence secretary. he's a military veteran and former defence industry lobbyist who'd been serving as army secretary. the pentagon has seen its longest period without a confirmed leader — jim mattis resigned seven months ago. the former chinese premier li peng has died at the age of 90. he was best known as the so—called ‘butcher of beijing', for ordering martial law during the tiananmen square protests of 1989, when soldiers killed hundreds of unarmed civilians. chinese state media announced he died on monday from an unspecified illness. customs officers in singapore have made their largest seizure of elephant ivory, on a tip—off from china. about nine tons of ivory was intercepted, from nearly 300 african elephants. it's estimated to be worth about $13 million. it was part of a shipment from the democratic republic of the congo to vietnam. former fbi director robert mueller faces questions on wednesday from two congressional committees, about his report on the donald trump election campaign and russia.
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the bbc‘s anthony zurcher, now, on how we got here and what may lie ahead. robert mueller. mr muller. robert mueller. mr mullenm robert mueller. mr muller. it never stops. remember this go? robert mueller. mr muller. it never stops. rememberthis go? robert mueller is back. it was just four months ago the special counsel they concluded his investigation into russian meddling of the 2016 election, and issued a a50 page report that concluded there was insufficient evidence to find any criminal conspiracy between members of the trump campaign and russia. russia did not help me get elected, it you know what got me elected?” got me elected. judging the present with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. -- charging. but he also notably inclined to conclude whether or not donald trump obstructed justice. inclined to conclude whether or not donald trump obstructed justicem we had confidence that the president
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clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so. in his one and only public appearance in may, robert mueller said he was done talking about this investigation.” hope and expect this to be the only timel hope and expect this to be the only time i will speak to you in this manner. congress, not surprisingly, has had other ideas. yes, i think it would be useful for him to testify before congress. and has subpoenaed him to justify. —— testify. before congress. and has subpoenaed him tojustify. —— testify. did he wa nt him tojustify. —— testify. did he want william barr to be the final judge about whether donald trump committed a crime or did he think that was really congress' job?m has been a campaign of misrepresentation. william barr misrepresented what was in the report. and also asking mueller about why he declined to reach a conclusion about whether donald trump obstructed justice and whether he thought he could have if he were allowed to. i think for the sake of the american people, that bob mueller in whatever saying is
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appropriate or to answer congress' questions —— should. appropriate or to answer congress' questions -- should. they want to look into the beginning into the beginnings of the investigations and see whether it was a deep state conspiracy to disrupt donald trump's presidential campaign. as well as buys within his own investigative team. i think he is someone who dislikes trump, a true never— trumper. muller hasn't seen that interested in appearing before congress, he has extensive expense testifying before congress and his unlikely volunteer more than the bare minimum. fortwo unlikely volunteer more than the bare minimum. for two years, unlikely volunteer more than the bare minimum. fortwo years, robert mueller was a washington sphinx, silent and mysterious. i know what could be in the final episode of the special counsel investigation, his unlikely to change as stoic ways. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: hot and getting hotter.
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europe swelters in the second heatwave of the summer. mission control: you can see them coming down the ladder now. it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30 year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunction of sperm unable to swim properly. thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime as children
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bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: borisjohnson‘s preparing to become britain's next prime minister after winning the conservative party leadership election. world leaders offer their congratulations, including president trump. but the new head of the european commission warns of challenging times ahead. the father of one of the crew of a british flagged tanker held by iran has told the bbc he feels his son has become a pawn between countries. dijo pappachan is a cook on the stena impero. from the family home in kerala, his father said the family was concerned, but that the indian government had told them it would intervene. our middle east correspondent tom bateman reports
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from the uae port city of fujairah on the strait of hormuz. it was from the waters here in fujairah that the crew of 23 set off on friday. now, they are mostly indian nationals on the british—flagged stena impero. instead though of their routine journey they were expecting, the crew pretty quickly heard on the ship's radio a sudden order to change course and soon, iranian revolutionary guards were fast—roping from a helicopter onto the deck of the ship. one of the crew is 26—year—old dijo pappachan. he's a chef on the ship and his family, home in southern india, they got a distressing call. his father, tv pappachan, says they were phoned in the middle of the night. translation: we feared something bad was happening. we told our daughter, who is younger than him, we were all worried. they said the ship was captured. they were talking about the ship deviating from its route. the troops came from the helicopter.
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the family says the first tv pictures to emerge of the crew brought them some relief. translation: now the iranians have released pictures and we have seen those. he is a messman on the ship. we saw him working on it. others are also there, all sitting together. from those visuals we saw that they are all healthy enough. britain has demanded the release of the ship that now has an iranians flag flying over its deck. tehran demands the release of a tanker carrying iranian oil, seized by british royal marines, off gibraltar three weeks ago. translation: it is between countries. he might have become a pawn in it. not only my son, all those who are in the ship should be saved. i speak for all of them. the more time it takes, it creates more anxiety for those
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who are captured as well as all of us who are related to them. this is our worry. already the iranians have suggested they could hold this ship for a month or perhaps more. meanwhile the british have talked about a new maritime patrol unit right here in the strait of hormuz. tensions arising and not least for the crew and their families. tom bateman, bbc news, fujairah. europe is set to endure its second record—breaking heatwave in as many months. it comes after soaring temperatures worldwide made last month the hottestjune ever recorded, prompting some climate groups to warn of an ecological emergency. laura westbrook reports. keeping cool in the middle of the city. here in paris, temperatures reached 35 celsius and forecasters
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say it is only going to get hotter. although already set its highest temperature of a1 degrees. —— bordeaux. at this retirement home, residents are kept inside. translation: i have a room facing the sun so it is 30— 35 celsius. i have fans, a cooler with cold water but we cannot stand it, i mean, i cannot stand it. this is the second heatwave in quick succession. it comes as climate activists, greater, had this message. we are after all, just children. you do not have to listen to us but you do have to listen to us but you do have to listen to us but you do have to listen to the united science, the
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scientists, that is all we ask. just unite behind the science. thank you. it is not just unite behind the science. thank you. it is notjust france, record temperatures are expected in germany as well. for the first time belgium hasissued as well. for the first time belgium has issued a code red warning for the whole country and the netherlands has activated its national heat plan. on wednesday, the core of the heat will concentrate on france, the netherlands and belgium. by thursday, the southerly wind will sweep across europe pulling up saharan heat that when temperatures are expected to peak. he weighs that the knock—on of climate change. it is not a problem that is going to go away. as europe prepares for yet another few days of intense heat, scientists say weather like this will be increasingly common. let's return to our main story,
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of borisjohnson being elected leader of the conservative party and becoming the uk's next prime minister on wednesday. he's a well known public figure here in the uk, but what do americans make of him, and do they even know who he is? we asked people on the streets of washington to find out. ican open i can open it. i know who that is. he looks so much older. that's not trump. that's boris johnson. do you recognise him? absolutely not. i have seen the means. who are these people? he is a full, he is funny, also very dangerous. he looks just like him. he seems like a goofy quy- just like him. he seems like a goofy guy. that's critical. i am not sure where he stands on brexit. i thought
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he was once a supporter perhaps not much now. is there a special relationship? everybody has been talking about it for so long that there was one. i don't really know. special relationship is such a weird term for politics. brexit, maybe france? i would say russia. i hope we have a good relationship with anybody right now. uk. israel. between world war i and world war ii, we fought with each other. we love you, guys. gay queen. that is how it looks from the streets of
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washington, dc. more on the bbc website. thank you for watching. hello. temperatures have been soaring across the uk. in fact, to record levels forjosey on tuesday and a newjuly record set in maison saint louis of 35.7 degrees celsius. and don't be too surprised i think if we don't see some further records being broken before this hot spell is out. the peak anticipated on thursday and some spots could get up to 37 degrees celsius and that would be a new ukjuly record. to start us off on wednesday, plenty of humidity around, and some pretty widespread thunderstorms across the northern half of the uk. potentially some big hail, gusty winds and a lot of lightning and thunder. losing their intensity as they drift across scotland through the morning. they clear from all but the northern isles by the afternoon. then we are then left
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with widespread sunshine. bit more of a south—westerly flow today. so that will just take the temperatures down a little towards the west of the uk but still some hotspots in the east facing highs of 32 or 33 degrees. through the evening and overnight, not a lot of changes but you'lljust noticed some business going on out here towards the western area of low pressure is trying to get closer and what that is going to do is increase the southerly flow for thursday. thursday morning, again, a very hot affair after a very uncomfortable night. it is all to do with that wind direction though, bringing the extreme heat on a thursday. that southerly wind tapping us in to heat from the continent, where we're looking at record—breaking temperatures for parts of belgium, the netherlands, luxembourg and germany on thursday. that hot air surges into the uk too. this front trying to approach from the west could spark off a few showers ahead of it. but in eastern areas, as the sun beats down, we are anticipating about an 80% chance of thatjuly record being tumbled somewhere
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in the south—east of england, probably favouring somewhere around the greater london area or parts of kent. the current record stands at 36.7 degrees celsius and that was set at heathrow on the first ofjuly in 2015. if it is all getting a bit much for you, though, there is some hope for the end of the week. the low finally starts to really bring in its implements overnight, thursday into friday. nothing actually particularly dramatic in the way of rainfall for many areas but fresher air arriving behind the cold front for friday. still pretty warm in london but we're back down to much more average temperatures for the likes of belfast and cardiff. as for the weekend, definitely a fresherfeel for all, and the potential for some quite rain in places as well.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: boris johnson takes over as british prime minister today, with the country facing its biggest political crisis in decades over brexit. mrjohnson, who won the leadership of the conservative party on tuesday, has promised to leave the european union by the end of october, come what may. former fbi director robert mueller faces questions on wednesday from two congressional committees, about his report on the donald trump election campaign and russia. his investigation concluded there was no collusion between the two but didn't exonerate the president of obstruction ofjustice. parts of europe are in the grip of the summer's second heatwave with the jet stream bringing conditions from north africa. south—western france was worst affected reaching a2 degrees centigrade. the world meteorological organization said the rising

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