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the minister defended the government's position. welcome to bbc news. our top stories: three years after he was sent to prison for sexual assault the american entertainer bill cosby has his conviction overturned. the era of china being bullied is over. the chinese president makes an impassioned speech as they celebrate their centenary. dozens of canadians die in north america's heatwave. president biden says the climate threat is now critical. and we look at the legacy of former us defense secretary donald rumsfeld who has has died at the age 88.
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welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the american entertainer bill cosby has had his conviction for sexual assault overturned by the supreme court of pennsylvania. mr cosby, who's 83, has served more than two years of his sentence at a state prison near philadelphia. he had originally been found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman in 200a. but dozens of other women had also publicly accused him of sexual assault, but no further action was taken against him. michelle fleury reports from philadelphia. this is the moment bill cosby left prison a free man. he had served two years of a three— to 10—year sentence. his fall from grace was sealed in 2018 after he was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault for drugging and molesting andrea constand in 200a. but in a stunning reversal, pennsylvania's highest court said the entertainer should never have been charged.
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in the split ruling, judges wrote that the trial shouldn't have gone ahead because of an immunity deal mr cosby had struck with a previous prosecutor. he can't be retried. hejust said his heart was racing. he couldn't believe it. he said they was ringing his cell, they were just knocking on the walls, the inmates. he said they said, "look, you're free, get up! get up!" and he was like, "what are these guys talking about?" gloria allred who represented 30 of bill cosby�*s accusers said: bill cosby became known as america's dad for his role as cliff huxtable in the 1980s hit sitcom the cosby show. his conviction was seen as proof that even when the accused is one of the most famous people in the world, the voices of the victims of sexual assault could be heard in the us justice system.
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now, he has a chance to restore his reputation. michelle fleury, bbc news, pennsylvania. a little earlier, michelle looked at the wider implications of this case. i mean, i think this was a case at a time which was one of the first where you saw a man in a position of power being held to account for accusations of sexual assault. others followed. there was, of course, the famous case of harvey weinstein, the hollywood producer. his conviction is also being challenged by his lawyers, who no doubt will be looking at this to see, are there any lessons for them to learn that they can apply to mr weinstein�*s case? it's not clear. there seems to be very specific things that relate to this, and to this immunity deal that mr cosby had, and i think some people are already saying this was a one—off, a specific, a procedural issue,
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if you like, and that a wider message can't be drawn from this. one of bill cosby�*s lawyers has told the bbc that the case was about due process. it told the bbc that the case was about due process.— about due process. it was alwa s about due process. it was always a _ about due process. it was always a strong _ about due process. it was | always a strong contention about due process. it was - always a strong contention that he should never have been prosecuted as a result of an agreement he made with the prosecutors, an agreement on which he relied when he waved his fifth amendment right to silence. that deposition was ultimately used against him. so there was significant constitutional implications of those decisions in this case is really about prosecutorial misconduct to president xi jinping has been delivering a keynote speech in beijing at the climax of celebrations for the climax of celebrations for the centenary of the chinese communist party. addressing most cadres _ communist party. addressing most cadres in _ communist party. addressing most cadres in tiananmen - most cadres in tiananmen square, he said that the communist party had transformed the future of the chinese
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people and altered the landscape of world development. he also said the era of china being bullied is gone. translation: ., ., , translation: through tenacious stru: . le translation: through tenacious struggle the _ translation: through tenacious struggle the party _ translation: through tenacious struggle the party and _ translation: through tenacious struggle the party and the - struggle the party and the chinese people showed the world that the chinese people have stood up and that in which the chinese nation could be bullied and abused by others was over. our correspondentjoins us from beijing. stephen, what was your assessment of the speech we heard there? it assessment of the speech we heard there?— heard there? it was certainly uuite a heard there? it was certainly quite a strident _ heard there? it was certainly quite a strident message. i heard there? it was certainly | quite a strident message. for most chinese people here today they would not yet have seen they would not yet have seen the speech because it is an ordinary workday. commuters by behind me, later they will catch up on events on
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television or their smart devices and the message they will see from xijinping, the general secretary of the communist party, up on the tiananmen gate where, famously, mao zedong declared the new china, the same spot, that china, the same spot, that china has come of age and it will not be pressured by anybody. at one stage he even said that if anybody threatens china that heads would be open with blood spurting everywhere. it sounds worse than it is because this is a quote from an old chinese saying. nevertheless the messages there, that we are now a strong china and we will not be pushed around. if you look at the 100 years of communist party history in this country it can be divided into three parts, basically. part one, taking over the country. part two,
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disastrous and chaotic leadership under chairman mao with famine and persecution during the cultural revolution. part three since the 1980s, the opening up and finally the living standards of people increasing significantly. so now, fast forward to 2021 and this country is an economic powerhouse and for the average chinese person in the streets, they seem prepared to put up with one party leadership as long as their living standards continue to improve. and for most people that is the case. and there are controversies under the chinese communist party rule. how do you think we will see the party deal with those as it goes forward into its next decades?— those as it goes forward into its next decades? you know... the criticism _
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its next decades? you know... the criticism of _ its next decades? you know... the criticism of human - its next decades? you know... the criticism of human rights | the criticism of human rights abuses in shinjungle or hong kong are there to be seen. there is a lot of evidence that people are in fact being persecuted in various parts of china. but today, given it is the 100th anniversary of the party, we will not hear much mention in terms of these controversies. what instead the rulers are trying to do is to draw attention to the achievements of the party. the event today, apart from some singing and cannons going off and a flyover, was basically just a big speech from xi jinping. there was another event at the olympic stadium which had a lot of singing and dancing et cetera but the keynote today was to hear from the country's leader and his message that we are confident and we are going into the future and if you look at the technology now available in this country, the entrepreneurship in various sectors of the economy, the country does have a lot to crow about. even china take on
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climate change. the windfarms here, solarfarms, this type climate change. the windfarms here, solar farms, this type of thing. there are many challenges, of course, but they do have a good message to put out there as well. for the government here, really, i don't think they care that much what the rest of the world things, certainly not as much as they care about what chinese people think. and if you were to ask anybody on the street here today, they may have things to whinge about as you would in most countries but they will not say, ok, time to overturn the party, even though it is hard to see what the marxist mission is here anymore and that are supposed to be the reason why they have 1—party rule. reason why they have 1-party rule. ., ., ., ,, ,, rule. for the moment, thank you very much. _ rule. for the moment, thank you very much, stephen. _ president biden has warned that the western part of the united states is facing more danger from wildfires this year than ever before. the area is experiencing an extreme heat wave which has led to record
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temperatures along the coast. 49.5 degrees in british columbia in canada. dozens of people have died as a result of the conditions. our science editor reports. a sign of trouble in a world that's getting hotter — an emergency cooling centre in a region that normally never needs one. the western united states and canada are experiencing heat they're just not used to. i think it's incredibly important that we set up these spaces so people can come in, feel taken care of, feel safe, get cool and get some water and a bite to eat if they need it. you know, the hotels seems to be sold out as well because people are running away. they need to go somewhere cool with ac. it's just unbearable. it's impossible to be out. it's most dangerous for the homeless. helping them with shade and water is essential. in canada, which is famous for its cold, the heatwave has been blamed for more than 100 deaths.
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it's the elderly, who are less able to regulate their body temperature, who are most vulnerable. whether you have heart or breathing problems, or even if you're an elderly person, sometimes you just don't cope quite as well in the heat and sun. and the hotter it gets, the more wildfires are likely to start. this one was filmed in california a few days ago. president biden has warned that the rising temperatures bring all kinds of dangers. the extreme heat we're seeing in the west is not only a risk amplifier for wildfires, it's a threat in and of itself. people are hurting. it's more dangerous for kids to play outside. roads are buckling under the heat, and again, i need not tell all of you. so, what's causing this heat? well, there's a vast dome of high pressure above western canada. it's like a lid in the atmosphere, trapping warm air and pushing it down where it gets even hotter. and the heat is held in place by the path of the jet stream, so temperatures have kept climbing. and this is really unusual.
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the dark red area is far warmer than average. and scientists say that its human activity, the burning of fossil fuels, that's made this far more likely. our analysis of the temperatures that we're seeing in the western side of north america just wouldn't have been feasible in the natural course of events. we've analysed the climate that you would expect without emissions of greenhouse gases, and you just don't see these sorts of extraordinary temperatures that we're seeing at the moment. the next big worry is farmland, and whether crops will survive the punishing temperatures. the heatwave won't last forever, but it is a reminder of what climate change can really mean. david shukman, bbc news. stay with us. still to come. you forgot your boots! in happier times they played together and grew up together. can the royal brothers heal the rift between them?
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china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations — a huge fireworks display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell from another sheep. i for the first time in 20 years, i russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit - at the start of a new era of cooperation in space. cheering and applause. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering the record that had stood for 34 years, and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson
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and his crew. the latest headlines. three years after he was sent to prison for sexual assault, bill cosby has his conviction overturned. president xi jinping addresses the communist party �*s 100th birthday party celebration saying the era of china being bullied is over. donald rumsfeld has died at the age of 88. he was the us secretary of defence for george w bush, and led the bush administration �*s war on terror that was criticised by many. military band plays donald rumsfeld served four
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presidents over five decades. hawkish in outlook, and a waspish personality, he was a key architect of america's response to 9/11 — the invasion of afghanistan and, most controversially, the invasion of iraq. a navy pilot in the 1950s, rumsfeld later became an illinois congressman. richard nixon and henry kissinger saw in him a cold ruthlessness and gave him a job in cabinet. a strong defence posture gives weight to our values and our views in international negotiations. in 1975 under gerald ford, he became the youngest ever defence secretary. ronald reagan sent him to the middle east, where he met saddam hussein, the leader he'd one day help to overthrow. i'm submitting the name of donald rumsfeld to be secretary of defence. nearly 20 years later, george w bush reappointed him defence secretary. within months, america came under attack. rumsfeld was in his pentagon office on september 11, 2001 when an airliner hit the building. he helped move the injured and then planned a way to strike back.
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rumsfeld believed the iraq war would be over quickly, but there was no plan for building a peace. a fierce insurrection followed that claimed thousands of lives. and the pretext for the invasion — saddam's weapons of mass destruction. but none were ever found. and rumsfeld struggled to explain why. there are known knowns. there are things we know that we know. there are known unknowns. that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. but there are also unknown unknowns. there are things we do not know we don't know. in this so—called war on terror, he was prepared to push boundaries, including the treatment of suspected militants. but when these photographs of the brutalisation of iraqi prisoners appeared, there was a backlash. these events occurred on my watch. i am accountable
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for them and i take full responsibility. the scandal damaged him, and with his iraq strategy increasingly questioned, he resigned in 2006. donald rumsfeld was a neo—con, a man who believed american power could be used to spread democracy. he was never short of critics, but until the end he remained steadfast in his belief that he'd acted in america's best interests. donald rumsfeld who has died at the age of 88. let's take a look at other menus for the day. the death toll in the collapse of the florida tower block has risen to 18, with the discovery of two more bodies. nobody has been pulled from the rubble alive since the disaster, but
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officials say they harbour hope for finding survivors. forfinding survivors. former president donald trump has made what he calls a fact—finding mission to the us mexico border. it is his second public appearance in four days. speaking in front of a section of border wall in texas, he said that the united states is a sick country, and criticised joe biden, his successor. canada is marking its national day on thursday, but celebrations have been overshadowed by the discovery of more indigenous graves at a former residential school that was run by the catholic church. the latest discovery involves more than 180 unmarked graves, believed to contain at the remains of children aged seven to 13. courtney bembridge has more. a century old church in alberta destroyed. it is one of several catholic churches that have been targeted over the past month after hundreds of
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unmarked graves were found at residential schools previously run by the catholic church. the first list of alberta visited the church and released this video. ~ ., , video. we cannot accept under any circumstances _ video. we cannot accept under any circumstances hateful - video. we cannot accept under any circumstances hateful actsj a ny ci rcu msta nces hateful acts of any circumstances hateful acts of violence targeting faith communities in this providence. up communities in this providence. up until the 1990s, more than 150,000 indigenous children were forced into residential schools like this under the canada's assimilation policies. thousands of children died of disease and neglect, and other causes. the latest discovery as the third find on a former school site in a month and promised to justin school site in a month and promised tojustin trudeau acknowledged some canadians may not feel like celebrating the country's national day. fin not feel like celebrating the country's national day. on the eve of canada _ country's national day. on the eve of canada day, _ country's national day. on the eve of canada day, the - eve of canada day, the discovery of hundreds of children at former residential schools in british columbia and saskatchewan was us to reflect
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on the historic and ongoing injustices faced by indigenous people. indigenous canadians including school students have been invited to the vatican in december to meet pope francis, but prime minister trudeau, himself a catholic, says any papal apology should take place on canadian soil. the original source code for the world wide web has been sold at auction for more than $5 million. it is in the form of an nft, a digital certificate of digital assets. only the source code has been sold, not the internet itself. it doesn't look all that impressive. a collection of words and symbols that would seem pretty meaningless to most people, but these are no ordinary words and symbols. they did in fact change everything. this is the source
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code for the world wide web. in effect, the basic rules of how the modern internetworks. devised by the british scientist said tim berners—lee, it has been sold as a completely new form of data. the owner of this work will ultimately be buying something that has come from tim berners—lee, but it is uniquely their own and their ownership will be recorded in the block chain. have you read it? chain. have ou read it? . ., have you read it? sir tim wrote the original— have you read it? sir tim wrote the original source _ have you read it? sir tim wrote the original source code - have you read it? sir tim wrote the original source code in - the original source code in 1989, changing how people interact with each other. creating a system that was paid in tree, royalty free, and designed to be collaborative. i wanted to track information but also offer communication, so one of the goals was i could use it to collaborate with people i worked with. some have criticised
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non—fungible token is as get rich quick schemes that are bad for the environment, but at least one bidder who forked out more than $5 million thinks this one is worth every penny. prince william and prince harry will unveil a statue of princess diana of wales on what would be her 60th birthday. it will be the first time they have seen each other since the funeral of their grandfather, the duke of edinburgh. despite the duke of edinburgh. despite the appearance of unity, questions remain about the status of the relationship, as our correspondent reports. oh, my god. get this on camera. you forgot your boots! oh, my god. they'd been so close. it seemed an unbreakable bond. he is the one person on this earth who i can actually, really, you know, we can talk about anything and we understand each other and we give each other support. we get along, you know, really well, harry and i, we are a very close family.
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there are disagreements, obviously, as all families do. and when there are, they are big disagreements. you know, we're stuck together for the rest of our lives, so... laughter their easy displays of fun and affection with their mother captivated the public. her love for her sons open and on show. tessy ojo has worked with william and harry on protecting diana's memory and sees a statue as an emotional and significant moment. i think this statue is another form of legacy, it is celebrating everything that she stood for for the 36 years that she lived. it will capture the thoughts of her sons around her, and i think that will be hugely that will be so meaningful. they were brothers who'd shared a grief and a recovery, but the bonds of the past are now broken, with conflicts over meghan, staff, public life
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and future direction. our british royal family is not supposed to be a perfect family. if, somehow, out of this split comes some sort of reconciliation, that will presumably hold a lesson for all of us. the problem is that reconciliation is proving hard to reach. the unveiling of their mother's statue here tomorrow will publicly see a united front from william and harry, but, privately, sources say there is still deep upset and mistrust and that close connection, for now, has gone. for more than 45 years, arthur edwards has photographed royalty. from behind the lens, he has seen it all. diana loved the camera, she always knew where i was. for him, there will be genuine sadness tomorrow. well, let's put it this way, daniela. if this unveiling doesn't break the ice between them, nothing will, i don't think.
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i mean, this is so important. they should perhaps shake hands orjust say something lovely to each other, that would be nice. but, you know, don't hold your breath. this afternoon, harry, back in the uk, was a surprise guest at a charity garden party with seriously ill children, just the type of event his mother would have supported. diana's influence on the modern royal family remains. tomorrow, could the unveiling of her statue help heal the relationship between her sons? daniela relph, bbc news, kensington palace. you can reach me and most of the team here on a social media. plenty more on the stories we have covered in this programme and others on the
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website. go hello there. the first couple of days ofjuly look pretty similar to how we ended the month ofjune on, and that's with quite a lot of dry weather around with some sunshine. but there will be some showers around, too. generally isolated, but they will be quite heavy and slow moving where you catch them, as there will be very little wind to move them on. that's because we're in between weather systems, as you can see here, this weak area of high pressure building in. this is the area of low pressure which has brought a lot of grey, damp weather across eastern parts of the country throughout the week so far. it will still be close enough to bring further grey, damp, drizzly weather from east anglia up towards northumberland, but a much drier and brighter day, i think, for the southeast of england. elsewhere, early cloud clearing to allow for some sunny spells, but we could see a few isolated showers here and there. perhaps a bit of low cloud and mist lapping on to western england and west wales' coastline.
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and it will be warmer where you have the sunshine — low 20s celsius — but cooler along the east coast. so a better looking day for wimbledon for thursday and friday. more sunshine around. it'll feel warmer, but it does turn more unsettled as we head on into the weekend thanks to a new area of low pressure. through thursday night, any showers should tend to fade away. and again, we'll see variable amounts of cloud, a bit of mist and fog here and there and some clear spells. and for most of us, i think those temperatures holding in double figures, the odd single value there under clear skies and some of the glens in the north. so to end the week, again, a similar pressure pattern, but this area of low pressure is heading towards our shores just in time for the weekend. so for friday, then, there will be variable cloud to start with, a bit of mist too, but it looks like that will melt away. we should see some good spells of sunshine. the thinking is now we could see a few more showers around on friday, pretty much anywhere, but especially across central and southern scotland. it will be heavy, and with light winds, they will be slow—moving as well. but top temperatures, again, 22—23 celsius. then into the weekend, low pressure takes over,
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it becomes more unsettled for all of us. and you can see it moving here from the southwest. could bring a spell of more prolonged rain across england and wales on saturday. further north could see some heavy, slow moving showers. into sunday, it looks like the whole of the uk will see a mixture of sunny spells and heavy, perhaps thundery showers. so temperature—wise, because there will be more cloud around and showers, not quite as warm as how we've ended the week — temperatures ranging from high teens to the low 20s.
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the headlines: the american entertainer bill cosby has had his conviction for sexual assault overturned by the supreme court of pennsylvania. he served more than two years of his sentence at a state prison near philadelphia. he had originally been found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman into thousand and four. president xi jingping is attending a celebration of the chinese communist party's100th anniversary. events are taking place in and around tiananmen square. he said the ear of china being bullied is over. the celebrations have ignored the devastating famines and purges of its early decades in power. officials in north—western canada and the us a warning of the threat of wildfires after several days of record—breaking high temperatures. british columbia in canada recorded 100 access desks thought to have been caused by the heat.
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