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this is bbc news with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm shaun ley. our top story: joe biden begins the first foreign trip of his presidency. arriving in the uk, he spoke of his ambition to restore america as a major diplomatic force. the united states is backed in democracies of the world are standing together the toughest challenges. —— is back. the eu says its patience is "wearing very thin" with the uk , in talks aimed at avoiding a trade war — over border checks with northern ireland. a row between the sussexes and a buckingham palace source over the naming of their new baby daughter, now a warning from harry and meghan�*s lawyers.
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maybe we are powerless that and grab the popcorn and settle in, new york is hosting the tribeca film festival, with a blockbuster roll—out of the much—anticipated film �*in the heights�*. hello and welcome. president biden is in the uk tonight — starting his first overseas trip with a strong message in support of democracy and international alliances. he will attend a summit of world leaders in the coastal area of cornwall — before heading to brussels for talks with nato and european leaders. at the end of the tour, he'll have a face to face meeting with russian president vladimir putin. our north america editorjon sopel
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has this report on the start of the us president's visit. for the first time since becoming president injanuary, joe biden stepped out from air force one on to foreign soil. the soil of suffolk and raf mildenhall on a perfect summer's evening. the president wants this first foreign trip that will take him to cornwall, brussels and geneva to be seen as a decisive break from the trump years, america no longer isolationist. points he drove home to us servicemen and women at the base once he'd told them to relax. please, at ease. i keep forgetting i'm president. america is back on a role of global leadership, he told them. at every point along the way, we are going to make it clear that the united states is back and democracies of the world are standing together to tackle the toughest challenges and the issues that matter
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most to our future. that we are committed to leading with strength, defending our values and delivering for our people. whether it be covid, the global economy or climate change, joe biden wants to see america at the forefront and he looked ahead to the trickiest of his encounters on this trip. his meeting in geneva with the russian president. i'm heading to the g7 and then the nato ministerial and then to meet with mr putin to let him know what i want him to know. applause one domestic issue wherejoe biden can be expected to weigh in is on northern ireland, where the us is watching with some unease british attempts to amend or renegotiate the northern ireland protocol that puts a de facto borderfor trade between mainland britain and the province. the us says the achievements of
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the 1998 good friday agreement have played such a decisive role in bringing peace to northern ireland and must not be put in jeopardy. whatever way they find to proceed must at its core fundamentally protect the gains of the good friday agreement and not imperil that and _ that is the message president biden will send when he is in cornwall. and if he had any indication it would imperil the good friday agreement, would thatjeopardise a future us — uk trade deal? i don't want to sit here today and negotiate in public around linkage or make some claim or threat. i would just say our concern runs very deep on the northern ireland issue. the g7 leaders will be relieved to see a more familiar style of american president — lest isolationist, more supportive less isolationist, more supportive of international bodies.
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but there is also concern about how reliable a partner the us will be in the long term, how much longer the us can be seen as the pre—eminent superpower. joe biden has his work cut out. jon sopel, bbc news. let's get more from our north america correspondent — peter bowes. a lot of expectations for any presidential trip abroad. how important is this one? this presidential trip abroad. how important is this one?- important is this one? this is hu:el important is this one? this is hugely important. _ important is this one? this is hugely important. of - important is this one? this is hugely important. of course | important is this one? this is i hugely important. of course joe hugely important. of coursejoe biden is no stranger to playing the role of a statesman. he travelled the world as vice president and the obama administration and perhaps more so as chairman of the four relations committee when he was in the senate but now he is the commander—in—chief and the president following on from the trump administration, with very different values. —— foreign relations committee. that is the key message and why it is so important forjoe biden to some extent i think to reassure the rest of the world that this country, the united states, is not so inward looking any more and that america is as he has put it backin that america is as he has put it back in the fray and back at the
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table and the heart of international diplomacy, spreading the word of democracy around the world. you can also argue on the issue of democracy that perhaps he is headed to some extent by the events of january the 6th, the insurrection at the capital building when it left some people around the world questioning america's commitment to democracy. so i think there is some healing to do to some extent there before forging ahead with his own unique agenda. the forging ahead with his own unique aaenda. , , , agenda. the g7 is interesting. the mix of cultures _ agenda. the g7 is interesting. the mix of cultures you _ agenda. the g7 is interesting. the mix of cultures you have. - agenda. the g7 is interesting. the mix of cultures you have. it - agenda. the g7 is interesting. the mix of cultures you have. it is - mix of cultures you have. it is europe heavy still with france, germany, italy, the uk, then the eu formerly represented. you have canada and japan was that we have the opportunity to take a slightly wider view. we fret about taxes that would us so we think the americans will be patient? —— and what else do we think the americans. —— will be pushing. we think the americans. -- will be ”ushin. , , , pushing. they will be putting the bi icture pushing. they will be putting the big picture of— pushing. they will be putting the big picture of the _ pushing. they will be putting the big picture of the trip. _ pushing. they will be putting the | big picture of the trip. essentially the us is back and is committed to those big issues, cyber security i
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think is perhaps the top three and we fight a lot about that recently with the pipeline that was crippled, the gas pipeline across the eastern united states by a group of hackers apparently based in russia, no doubt on the agenda when he meets president putin towards the end of the trip in the middle of next week. another issue related to russia may well be the interference in us elections. of course china will be on the agenda as well as global warming, climate change, so a great rest of very important issue. this�*ll rest of very important issue. this'll be first time he has met face—to—face since the pandemic began, how important is the message that will come out to the rest of the world from these arguably most privileged relations? i the world from these arguably most privileged relations?— privileged relations? i think it is -erha - s privileged relations? i think it is perhaps no _ privileged relations? i think it is perhaps no surprise _ privileged relations? i think it is perhaps no surprise that - privileged relations? i think it is perhaps no surprise that right . privileged relations? i think it is. perhaps no surprise that right now we are hearing about the united states funding a 500 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine from
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pfizer. and that is a global gesture. it will be distributed to more than 100 countries over the next couple of years and this follows on from a considerable amount of pressure on this country where they rely the vaccine has been going very well in recent months and the us has been under pressure to spend some money, which it is doing. it is by the vaccine essentially a cost for the rest of the world, and for poor countries, some countries where many of its people haven't had a single shot yet. where many of its people haven't had a single shot yet-— a single shot yet. peter, thank you very much- — let's bring you some live pictures now from newquay airport, cornwall, in south—west england, where president biden is expected to arrive ahead of the g7 summit. the raf base where many american air force personnel are based and where president and first ladyjill biden addressed the troops and their families earlier wednesday evening front that we had a bit of news come uk government put out a statement
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saying the president biden in prime and at thejohnson are expected to agree to work to open up travel between the us in the uk as soon as possible. —— prime minister boris johnson. we might hear more on that tomorrow when they meet together for their bilateral talk. i have to say i doubt he has encountered any problems travelling today. when are the advantages of having a diplomatic passport air force one. the eu has doubled down on its threat to take action against the uk — after talks about the implementation of post—brexit trading arrangements in northern ireland ended without a breakthrough. at the heart of the row is the brexit deal�*s northern ireland protocol — which allows for border checks on goods going into the area from the rest of the uk. but as he arrived in cornwall ahead of the g7 conference — prime minister borisjohnson said a resolution to the row was "easily doable". 0ur political editor laura kuennsberg reports from cornwall. is this just the beginning?
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the beginning of what? the start of what could be a momentous week for this prime minister. to crank out deals with other democracies on climate, on covid and cooperation. as world leaders make their way to cornwall, he wants to be the host with the most. it's a big moment. don't forget, this is the first time in six months in office almost thatjoe biden, the us president, has been able to come overseas for a major trip. it's his first time on the european continent, it's the first time any of us really have been able to see each other face—to—face since the pandemic began. you know, the pandemic, let's face it, was a pretty scratchy period. so a tiny cornish bay is being transformed into a stage for the world. yet some of the nuts and bolts of the uk's friendship with its neighbours are already banged out of shape. while the prime minister was making his way to the south—west, in westminster, this diplomatic spat with the eu was reaching
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new levels of danger. the eu will not be shy in reacting swiftly, firmly and resolutely to ensure that the uk abides by its international law obligations. i was coming here with hope for a breakthrough. of course, now, we have to consider our future steps. it's not too late, let's correct the path, let's focus on what unites us. that tension is bound to be a topic of conversation here. this huge get—together is the first since the uk left the eu and there's a heightened sense of hostility over how the brexit deal�*s affecting northern ireland, just at the moment when borisjohnson wants to be showing why friendship matters. remember, under the deal, northern ireland has to follow some eu rules. so some goods are meant to be checked when they move from one coast to another. that created a trade border of sorts
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inside the united kingdom, but it avoided the need for a hard border between northern ireland and ireland. now time has passed, the uk is frustrated, it wants the eu to be flexible about the deal but the eu's perplexed, they think the uk is not willing to do what it agreed. and the time allocated to business to get used to some of the change is about to run out and there is a stand—off, because neither side appears willing to budge. so the problem we've got is that the protocol is being implemented in a way which is causing disruption in northern ireland. and we had some pretty frank and honest discussions about that situation today. there weren't any breakthroughs, there aren't any breakdowns either and we are going to carry on talking. what we really now need to do is very urgently find some solutions which support the belfast good friday agreement, support that the peace process in northern ireland and allow things to return to normal. once the final preparations are complete, there is a big chance for the prime minister
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and for his colleagues around the world to show they can pull together. but unscripted moments, unplanned for spats could always spoil the show. we'll go back to cornwallis and as we see sign of the president. —— back to cornwall. let s get some of the day's other news. a court in moscow has branded three organisations linked to jailed anti—corruption campaigner alexei navalny as "extremist". a statement by the moscow city court said navalny�*s regional network offices and his anti—corruption organisation had been labelled extremist and banned with immediate effect. and auckland in new zealand has been named the world's most liveable city. the economist intelligence unit survey ranked 140 cities on factors including infrastructure, education and access to health care. with the pandemic a defining factor in this year's list, island countries that responded swiftly to the coronavirus outbreak ranked highly.
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a buckingham palace source has told the bbc that the queen was "never asked" for permission by prince harry and meghan to name their daughter lilibet, which was the queen's childhood nickname. earlier today, the law firm schillings — which acts for the couple — has written to some news organisations saying that claim is false and defamatory. 0ur royal correspondentjonny dymond says that two different versions of events had emerged: maybe it's an issue of interpretation. but let's rack back a bit. sunday night, we get an announcement from harry and meghan about the naming of their second child, their daughter, who will be lilibet diana mountbatten windsor. lilibet, as you say, is the queen's childhood nickname given to her by her grandfather and used by her closest relatives. the name she used on the funeral wreath of her dearest friend, one of her dearest friends, earl mountbatten. it means a lot, lilibet.
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over the next couple of days, stories start to come out from various different sources citing generally friends of prince harry that the queen has given permission for lilibet to be used, and then, as you mention, a palace source told the bbc that she was never asked. within hours, there was a response from harry and meghan's spokesperson, who said that harry had spoken to his grandmother, the queen as the first person to tell about the baby before the announcement was made that he had shared their hope of naming their daughter lilibet and that had she not been supportive, then they would not have used the name. so, two pretty contradictory accounts of what happened. the palace, a palace source at least, very keen to set the record straight as they saw it, and equally, harry and meghan are very firm that they thought that they had gone through all of the proprieties involved.
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stay with us on bbc news, still to come: whales on the move...we take a closer look at a massive pod documented off australia's coast — and their never before seen feeding behaviour. the day the british liberated the falklands and by tonight british troops had begun the task of disarming the enemy. in the heart of the west german capital, this was gorbimania at its height. the crowd packed seeing the man who has raised great hopes for an end to the division of europe. it happened as the queen moved towards horse's guard parade for the start
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of trooping the colour. the queen looks worried, but recovers quickly. as long as the pay to go see me, i will get out there and kick - them down the hills. what does it feel like to be the first man to cross the channel by your own power? it feels pretty neat. it feels marvellous, really. this is bbc news, the latest headlines. president biden has arrived in britain for a g7 summit on his first trip abroad since taking office. the eu says its patience is "wearing very thin" with the uk, in talks aimed at avoiding a trade war — over border checks with northern ireland. sofia sapega, the girlfriend of opposition activist roman protasevich, has told her family — she's "not giving in"
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and is "holding up" in prison — in her first direct communication since being arrested in belarus. the couple were arrested when their ryanair flight was forcibly diverted to minsk, sparking international condemnation. news of how she is coping — came in three letters to her family she'd written injail. here's our correspondent in moscow, sarah rainsford. sophia's mothers share these letters with me late last night. they were the very first directly communication she had with sophia since she was arrested on the 23rd of may with her boyfriend when they were forcibly removed after the plane was forcibly diverted as we just mentioned. the tone of the letters appear to be one attempting to reassure her family that she was ok but there were obvious moments of distress in their to come up sofia talked about how much she was tormented by the thought of missing out on life was supposed to defend her dissertation this week and talked about how she had planned to drink champagne with roman protasevich and to celebrate that with her boyfriend with a special
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dinner but instead she said she had tea in a biscuit alone in her kgb prison cell. it's a big moment in new york's comeback from covid — as the tribeca film festival gets under way. actor robert deniro co—founded the festival after the 9/11 attacks — and it begins this evening with the world premiere of in the heights — a movie musical set in the dominican community of manhattan. the message to the world is that new york city is back in business, celebrating the diversity of its culture. tom brook reports. the washington heights neighbourhood in new york is abuzz with excitement over the arrival of in the heights. # may be this neighbourhood is changing forever. this exuberant movie musicals that any dominican community with elaborate dance numbers is based on lin manuel—miranda's award—winning
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broadway stage musical. it's centred on a grocery store owner who dreams of a better life played by anthony ramos who has been winning strong reviews. it's a film that really celebrates the latino community long underrepresented in mainstream cinema. the hope for me is that in five years, people go, why was in the heights such a big deal? we have ten latino movies every year now." that would be a dream come true. to be quaint would be a dream come true. it's just the opening act of this year's tribeca film festival, which is marking the 20th anniversary and making its presence felt all over the city. in the coming days some 60 full—length features features will be shown to locations and made available virtually as well. it has been billed as the first in person film festival in north america since the pandemic hit the continent. the line—up is socially aware — black stories and storytellers are very present in a section devoted to juneteenth.
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several films have an arab focus, with films made by women of colour and lgbt film—makers. and there's a special documentary on the late chef anthony bourdain. robert de niro sees his festival with the broad slate bringing the city together after the upheaval of the pandemic and social tumult of the last year. film is a way of creating that, promoting that, the idea that we are all the same, different but the same. and we are all in it together. tribeca is now helping new york rejuvenate post covid. politicians have seized on the presence to proclaim that new york is back and better than ever but covid has left its mark and that there is still a way to go. but tribeca has opened boldly with in the heights and will close
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on equally optimistic note by filling the 6000 seat landmark radio city music hall to 100% capacity with a fully vaccinated movie—loving crowd. something that would have been unthinkable just a few weeks ago. researchers say they're stunned by record numbers of humpback whales spotted off the east coast of australia. the animals are usually seen alone or in pairs, but pods of up to 90 whales — known as super—groups — were detected last year. now a research paper has confirmed the event and documented never before seen feeding behaviour. when i first saw the drone footage of these whales, just popping up in the same shot, i was overwhelmed, it was just unbelievable, i'd never seen anything like it. the first time in australia, eight mass supergroup feeding a mass supergroup feeding event of humpback whales was observed last year. it has only ever been seen in one other place in the southern
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hemisphere and that is in south africa. typically, we see humpback whales migrating in pods of two to three, even up to five, but to see a group of 20 to up to 90 individuals is quite unique. the pod is like bubbling, there are whales coming up, turning on their side, taking breaths, a big mash of whales. something else that we saw through the footage was the use of bubble net feeding behaviours. bubble net feeding has never been seen in australia before
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and we are not 100% sure as to how this behaviour occurs. this behaviour arose. it could be of the population sharing knowledge of this behaviour. it mightjust be that these whales are providing some key indication that there is really good food availability off australia's coast. not only does it document a first for australia but it is a piece of the puzzle we are learning about whale ecology, so to see this in australian waters is just a wonderful site and something that's very exciting for us. some of those whales pictures.
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let's bring you some live pictures now from newquay airport, cornwall, in south—west england, where president biden is expected to arrive ahead of the g7 summit. air force one has just air force one hasjust landed. approaching 11 1130 in the uk, we are waiting for president and mrs jill biden to descend down the steps from the aircraft. give us a wait and they will be whisked off to that location. they are going to be spending the night in the castle. very romantic image for them before the first of his meetings with the british prime minister, boris johnson, that is taking place on thursday. we've already had a statement from the uk government say the two countries are expected to agree on work to open up travel between the united states in the uk as soon as possible. according to a statement issued by the government. also on the agenda will be the controversy over the northern ireland protocol. joe biden has said he is irish and appears to be at the
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stage taking the european union site. those are the scenes in cornwall. you'll see a lot more of that tomorrow in the coming days ahead of the g7. hello. two main points to take from our forecast for the next five days. number one — there is very little rain on the way for the uk as a whole, and number two — temperatures will be sitting above average for the majority of us in the days ahead. the reason for this weather, this ridge of high pressure which extends up from the azores. we will see various weather fronts trying to push their way into the northwest. there'll be some rain for the northern isles on thursday. more cloud around in general and some patchy, light rain possible around western coasts and hills, often quite mucky and murky here with mist and fog as well. best of the sunshine on thursday will be for central and eastern england. quite windy to the north.
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that could break the cloud up quite nicely across eastern scotland, seeing temperatures up to 23 around the moray firth. further south, 211—25 across central and eastern england. 0vernight thursday into friday, we do start to see a weather front having a bit more success working its way south across the uk, but not bearing anything significant in the way of rain. it basicallyjust introduces some slightly lower humidity here, so slightly less muggy across the northern half of the uk first thing on friday. to the south, still a warm and humid start, and a cold weather front works its way south through the day, but you can barely make it out. it's essentially a few showers drifting their way south across england and wales. the odd one may be sharper, but certainly, the majority of places will stay dry. ahead of the front, still looking at temperatures in the mid—20s, a little down on thursday thanks to more cloud. to the north, it will feel fresher, but temperatures still into the high teens, even the low 20s. and then, through the weekend, the high pressure plumbs us into a more southerly
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airstream once again. it keeps things fine and it also bumps those temperatures back up after that brief dip behind the cold front on friday. there's what's left of the cold front heading off into the continent. here is saturday. aside from a bit of cloud across western scotland and perhaps northern ireland, wall—to—wall sunshine and temperatures above average across the uk. for sunday, just the chance of a little more in the way of rain getting pushed in on the front to western scotland. elsewhere, though, again, a lot of dry weather. sunday, if anything, the warmest of the two days. eastern scotland up to 2a, perhaps close to 30 in the southeast.
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this is bbc news. i'm shaun ley. the headlines: president biden and the first lady have arrived in the uk for this week's g7 summit. addressing us troops at an airbase, he said the united states was ready to lead an unrivalled network of alliances with strength. white house sources confirmed that the us had reached an agreement with pfizer to provide 500 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to about 100 countries over the next year. the eu says its patience is "wearing very thin" with the uk in talks aimed at avoiding a trade war over border checks with northern ireland. the uk says it is ready to ignore the rules to prevent further disruption. a court in moscow has branded three organisations linked to jailed anti—corruption campaigner alexei navalny as "extremist". they've been banned with immediate effect.

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