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the headlines at 11pm: the battle for mosul. a new push by the iraqi army on the last stronghold of so—called islamic state in the country, a bbc team is travelling with them. armoured vehicles are lining up, they're getting ready for the islamic state who are only a couple of kilometres that way and they know that these men are coming. they're dug in, and the assault on western mosul has started. the american company, kraft heinz, withdraws its proposed takeover of anglo—dutch rival unilever. the swedish government asks for clarification after donald trump prompts confusion by apparently referring to a security incident in sweden that hadn't happened. in football, lincoln city find out who they will face in the fa cup. either arsenal or sutton united will ta ke either arsenal or sutton united will take on the nonleague team in the quarter—final. and we speak exclusively to the actress angelina jolie about the film she's made about the horrors of the khmer rouge in cambodia.
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this war that happened a0 years ago and what happened to these people was not properly understood, and not just for the world, but for the people of the country. iraqi security forces have been pushing forward in a major offensive aimed at taking full control of their second largest city, mosul, from so—called islamic state. the city was seized more than two years ago as is moved into northern and western iraq. the offensive to remove the group began last october, with iraqi troops securing the eastern part of mosul last month. but the western half of the city is home to around three quarters of a million civilians and stiff resistance from is fighters is expected.
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0ur middle east correspondent quentin sommerville and cameraman nick millard are the only television journalists on the frontline with iraqi forces. they sent this report. just after sunrise, iraq bagai and what it hopes is its last major battle against the so—called islamic state. —— began. thousands of men and hundreds of armoured vehicles in a line of attack that spread for miles. the iraqi army beginning their assault on western mosul, they have breached their defences, armoured vehicles are lining up ready for the islamic state. they're only a couple of kilometres further that weight and they know that these men are coming, they're dug in with the assault
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mosul having started. leading the attack, iraq's emergency response division, police specialforces. some of these men were surrounded by is two years ago, theyjust escaped with their lives. today they threw everything they had at is. we're now above the village which is the main target, al—lazzagah, and they're about to call in some artillery strikes. but first came the mortars. the captain tells me there are three is fighters in a yellow building down there and car bombs, we're targeting them now. car bomb explosion just gone off,
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the men were trying to take it out, seems like they managed to hit it. they set up a whole load of rivals but as you can see here they're getting ready with another rpg just in case. it seems like they got it. there were four car bombs in total but soon government forces were inside. they killed 13 is fighters and sustained only one casualty. translation: we are very glad to have liberated this area. we have killed lots of is and we will soon get civilians back to their homes. we will continue to push forward and we'll follow is to the border. here there were no white flags or is black flags. for the first time in
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yea rs black flags. for the first time in years iraq's flag flew above the village. the village is small but important. it's the gateway to mosul proper and the city's airport. and, as we discovered, holmes had become fortresses. —— homes. here is weapons. and hidden inside a house away from surveillance aircraft, another car bomb disguised as an ambulance. the bomb inside was still live. in these streets, though, a critical advantage. there were no civilians. in west mosul there are 750,000 people and thousands of is fighters. it took these men just six hours to take this village, their target. they made good progress but with overwhelming force. beyond here is another town and another village.
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that town overlooks mosul airport and the city itself. from here on m, and the city itself. from here on in, though, the going won't be nearly so fast. this was a victory two years nearly so fast. this was a victory two yea rs in nearly so fast. this was a victory two years in the making. but it's more than that. these troops once humiliated by is today celebrated a moment of redemption for them and for iraq. quentin somerville, bbc news, on mosul‘s southern front. earlier i spoke to tom robinson, emergency team leader at 0xfam, and started by asking him how many people were in need of help. we are looking at an approximate population within mosul on the western side of 750,000 civilians and planning figures at the moment are approximately 250,000 that we are expecting to be displaced from mosul itself. having seen people flee from eastern mosul, what sort of indication does that give you of the kind of help they will need and the condition they will be in? the civilians are fleeing very horrific conditions.
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they are having to cross frontlines from within mosul to is controlled territory and quite often they are coming out with nothing more than the clothes on their back, very much caught up with the crossfire from is and the iraqi security forces as well. it's a very dangerous situation for civilians to be fleeing and arriving in a state of real desperation, so a lot of work for the humanitarians on this front. yes, what sort of preparations are you making? at 0xfam what we are focusing on is the positioning of the emergency stock, making sure we have a supply of goods and services in place for when they flee from mosul itself. and the humanitarian community on the whole, as well as with the iraqi government, are preparing camps for displacement, purpose—built to house the civilians fleeing mosul. we're also trying to support some of the key infrastructure within strategic locations in order to make sure that services can be provided to displaced people. what sort of medical aid
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will you need to offer them as well? we are not really dealing with medical aid, but one of the biggest concerns is the initial trauma of the civilian population. they're fleeing a battlefield, quite often there is a grave threat with isis in relation to improvised explosive devices. they are using a nasty and intricate means of causing civilian casualties, so all kinds of trauma and that is followed by secondary support in hospitals as well. the american food company kraft heinz has amicably agreed to withdraw its proposal for a takeover of unilever. the anglo—dutch giant owns many familiar brands, including household names such as marmite and persil. earlier i spoke with our business correspondent, joe lynam. he started by telling us about the reactions to kraft heinz‘s bid on friday. that took a lot of people by surprise not least
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of all unilever. who promptly rebuffed the offer, by saying basically, it completely undervalues the company and the cultures were very different. i understand the bosses of both companies, both quite famous executives, spoke over the weekend, and that it was patentee clear that if kraft heinz were to pursue this, they would have to go hostile, there had to go over the heads of the management to the shareholders and it could end up being very expensive for kraft heniz so, within 52 hours of submitting the bid, they have withdrawn the bid. and it's been done amicably, as i failed to say before. i would say in a friendly way, but also this is slightly face—saving on the part of kraft heinz. kraft heinz are a giant american
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company. basically the two cultures couldn't fit, kraft—heinz are controlled by a private equity group from brazil called 3g and warren buffett and they are there to make money and they have a history of cost cutting, jobs and factories. unilever on the other hand have a very different culture, they are very corporately socially responsible company, they value the environment, the chief executive has a particular bee in the bonnet about the amazon. but those two together and they may not have been a fit. basically neither the companies would have fitted culturally, it would have been too expensive for kraft to proceed. but it is a surprise. unilever, how much is it worth if that was undervalueing it? they were worth £100 billion on friday morning and by friday afternoon they were worth 115 billion. because the company shares rose by 15%. those shares tomorrow i suspect, there will be a lot of selling simpler because the company
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will go back to where it was on friday morning. still the third—largest company listed on the stock exchange, a giant of a company. most households have some of their products. the body of a two—year—old boy has been found in the river ericht in perthshire after he disappeared from his home near bridge of cally. police ordered an air and ground search after being alerted and the child was spotted in the waterjust over an hour later. he was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not survive. at least 3a people have been killed in an explosion in a market in the somali capital mogadishu. the car bomb ripped through shops and stalls in the madina district. it comes days before the country is due to inaugurate the new president mohamed abdullahi mohamed. no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. the prison officers association has dismissed government plans to increase the pay of some of its members as a sticking plaster that will not fix the broken system. thousands of officers atjails in london and the south—east of england will be offered a rise of between £3,000 and £5,000.
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ministers say it will boost recruitment and retention, but the union says all its members face the same risks and the policy will be divisive. here's our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. this is how many officers it takes to contain one violent prisoner. every working day, staff are battling simply to keep control. the £12 million in extra pay announced today is aimed at bringing in new recruits and paying some existing staff more. here in wandsworth jail in south london, officers will benefit. the offer is limited to prisons in the capital and the south—east, a divisive move, according to the prison 0fficers association. we're going to welcome additional money for our members, of course we are, but we don't think this goes far enough to solving the prison crisis. we believe it needs to be a national issue. the offer is for standard grade three prison officers, not for more senior
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supervisors or specialists. each will receive a pay hike of at least £3,000. for new recruits, their pay package will be increased by £5,000, the sweetener to bring people in. the panorama programme recently went undercover at northumberland jail, and it showed inmates high on drugs. staff constantly having to search for banned substances. there's no more money for officers here in today's announcement. 0ne needed medical treatment for a seizure because he'd inhaled the synthetic drug spice. thejustice secretary liz truss has already announced plans to significantly boost officer numbers. it's not something you can sort out in weeks or months. it takes time to recruit people, to bring those people on. but i'm absolutely determined to deal with that. but prison reform campaigners, including those who have been inside, say there has to be more focused on retaining experienced hands.
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there is a peculiar invisible chemistry of where a mutual respect between experienced prison officers who know how to keep difficult prisoners under control from inexperienced officers who don't quite understand that you don't need to take out your truncheon necessarily to sort out a fight between two prisoners. eventually, the plan is for 2,500 extra officers in england and wales. but they won't all be in place until 2018. june kelly, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: iraqi forces seize several villages on the first day of their renewed offensive to re—take mosul from so—called islamic state. the american company kraft heinz withdraws its proposed takeover of anglo—dutch rival unilever. president trump tries to clarify remarks at a rally
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in which he appeared to suggest sweden had suffered a recent security incident related to immigration. sport now, and time for a full round up from the bbc sport centre. dramatic finish in the snooker open. the contest between trump and income went to a deciding frame. these are the live pictures from the arena in cardiff trump trail a—0 at the start of this match and he will be disappointed because he had a chance to ta ke disappointed because he had a chance to take the victory in that an ultimate frame. it went to a decider and the world number two came from behind in the end to take it by nine frames— eight. it was the first ranking title for him since he won the world championship two years ago
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so there will be plenty of relief for stuart bingham. you can see trump doing his runners—up interview there. a great result for the world number two, defeating the world number two, defeating the world numberfour two number two, defeating the world number four two win the welsh snooker open and —— in cardiff. the draw has been made for the quarter—finals of the fa cup and non—league lincoln city, after yesterday's giant—killing against premier league side burnley yesterday, could face arsenal at the emirates stadium if arsene wenger‘s can beat another national league side, sutton united, tomorrow. well, here's the draw in full — jose mourinho and manchester united return to the scene of a a—0 trouncing earlier this season as they visit premier league leaders chelsea. middlesbrough host the winner of the replay between championship side huddersfield and manchester city. there's another london derby for spurs, who host millwall and confirmation of what could be in prospect a trip to sutton or arsenal for lincoln city. manchester united are facing blackburn rovers for a place in the quarter—finals.
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danny graham with their opener inside 20 minutes, but they didn't hold on to their lead for too long. henrik mikataryan with a lovely pass for marcus rashford who rounded the keeper, it's1—all, midway through second half. that was before flat and ibrahimovic came on to give manchester united the victory. they gave as a hard game. there approach was brave and strong. a very correct game and they had the game in their hands easily. but they had a brilliant attitude and if they did not have this professional attitude with everybody playing, the
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focus and responsibility, we would be in real trouble. well, tottenham hotspur booked their place in the last eight with a comfortable 3—0 win over fulham. the premier league title chasers played a strong side, striker harry kane scored a hat—trick against the championship side. very good. we have had a few great results recently so we wanted to come in today and get the win and we did that. we played very well, co mforta ble, did that. we played very well, comfortable, probably should have had a few more goals but it was a great game all around. in the scottish premiership, second—placed aberdeen came from behind to beat kilmarnock 2—1. trailing with less than ten minutes to play, goals from substitutes jayden stockley and peter pawlett saw them snatch the win. celtic‘s lead is back down to 2a points. in the day's other game, third—placed rangers lost to dundee 2—1. wigan have won rugby league's world club challenge for a record fourth time. it's the annual match bewteen the super league winners
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—— between the super league winners and australia's nrl champions. the warriors were facing the cronulla sharks at the dw stadium, they led 10—0 at halftime and though sharks mounted a comeback, joe burgess's third try secured the win — 22 points to six. wigan the first english team to lift this trophy in five years. leaders wasps lost for only the third time this season. and on a day of hat—tricks, denny solomona crossed over three times in the first half for sale. they remain 10th in the table despite the 3a—28 win. wasps are six points clear at the top. in today's other match, newcastle beat northampton to jump above them into seventh. that's all the sport for now. we'll have a full review of the papers at 11:30 but let's have a quick look at some of the front pages. the ft leads with the news that kraft heinz is abandoning
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its £115 billion takeover offerfor unilever, just two days after it made the approach. the is front cover focuses on this week's brexit debate in the house of lords, where some of the new labour grandees could resist the government's plans for withdrawing form the eu. the express also picks up the story, urging the lords not to weaken or delay the government's brexit approach. the nhs has cut 15,000 beds in six years — that's what the mail is leading with. the guardian reports that eu leaders are telling theresa may that, what they call, "blackmail tactics" will backfire on the uk. the times says number 10 is on a collision course with small businesses over its reforms to business rates. a warning from the defence secretary makes the telegraph's front page. sir michael fallon says britain must maintain a military presence in afghanistan to avoid millions of afghans migrating to the uk. meanwhile the mirror is leading with the story that former boxer michael watson has vowed to find the people who attacked him as they tried to steal his car. in office — saying a new spirit
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of optimism is sweeping president trump has made a strong defence of his first four weeks in office — saying a new spirit of optimism is sweeping the united states. addressing thousands of supporters in florida, he repeated pledges to create jobs and improve the nation's security. but he also appeared to refer to an incident in sweden when none had taken place — the swedish government has asked for an explanation. from florida our correspondent, laura bicker, reports. this is a us holiday weekend to celebrate past presidents. but in new york and elsewhere, some decided to hold protests about the new one. it has been a difficult first month for donald trump. he took time out to hold a rally in the sunshine state with supporters. this is firmer ground and more familiar. the president of the year and i'd! he promised a new immigration order
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later this week to replace its controversial travel ban. but some of his reasoning caused more controversy. you look at what is happening last night in sweden. sweden. who would believe this? sweden! they took in large numbers, they're having problems like they never thought possible. the swedish embassy are in for a explanation. the white house says he was referring to reports of rising crime which he may have seen on fox news. it is the kind of distraction from his message that mr trump blames on the media. i also want to speak to you without the filter of the fake news. they have become a big part of the problem. they are part of the corrupt system. president trump accused major us networks of being an enemy of the people. one senior
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republicans says lessons need to be learned from history. if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversarial press. without it, i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. that is how dictators get started. but the president's chief of staff says the media is co nsta ntly of staff says the media is constantly making up news. they are talking about russian spies, talking about the intelligence community, talking about how me and steve did not like each other. this is just total garbage, unsourced staff. donald trump held this rally to revive his message. it is also a reminder there is work to do. president trump seems far more co mforta ble president trump seems far more comfortable at the campaign podium than he does in the oval office. right now he seems to feed off the energy of the crowd. he doesn't need to win friends here in florida. he needs them on capitol hill. if he is to get his agenda through congress.
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he also needs to find a new national security adviser after his first pick resigned and his second turned down thejob. he is holding interviews today. the rally will absorb donald trump reconnect with his voting base and now it is time get on with governing. the hollywood actor and director angelina jolie says she hopes her new film — about cambodia under the khmer rouge — will help educate the world about the brutality of the regime. "first they killed my father" is based a true story, seen through the eyes of a child. angelina jolie's been speaking exclusively to the bbc about the film — and for the first time, about her separation from brad pitt. yalda hakim's report contains flash photography from the start. hollywood royalty meets cambodian royalty. the backdrop, an ancient temple. it's the biggest movie premiere this country has ever seen. the director, angelina jolie, says the film speaks to this nation's people.
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their actors, their language, their story. this war that happened a0 years ago, and what happens to these people, was not properly understood, and notjust for the world, but for the people of the country, i felt that i wanted them to be able to reflect on it in a way that they could absorb, so it's through the eyes of a child, and it a lot about love. the khmer rouge, a radical communist movement, vowed to take the country back to year zero. millions were forced out of the cities in an attempt to create a rural utopia. you could be killed for practising religion, showing emotions, or even wearing colour. infouryears, 2 million people died. speaking to people here, i get the sense that they don't want to remember the past,
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but they also can't forget it. there are 20,000 mass graves across this country, like these ones. a visual reminder of what this nation has been through. the haunting portraits of death — hundreds of images of those who were tortured at the notorious s21 prison. more than 12,000 people were killed here. in the end, only a handful survived. 86—year—old chung mai is one of them. they beat me for 12 days and 12 nights, he tells me. i was so hungry, when i would see a cockroach, lizard or mouse, i would catch it and eat it. if they caught me, they'd beat me up again. angelina jolie is keen to tell this story and focus on this country and its past. but it's been difficult to keep the spotlight off her own personal life. we know that an incident occurred which led to your separation. we also know you haven't said
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anything about this. would you like to say something? er... 0nly that... i don't want to say very much about that. except to say that it was a very difficult time, and... and we are a family, and we will always be a family, and we will get through this time, and hopefully be a stronger family for it. but this moment is about cambodia and remembering the time when this ancient culture was almost wiped out. it is time to take a look at the weather forecast. 12 or 13 degrees was the temperature
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this afternoon. quite mild and some of the source on sunshine. mrs the view from one of our weather watchers. it was grey with low cloud and misty conditions for some in cornwall. 0ver and misty conditions for some in cornwall. over the next few days we will see cloud and cloud spelling as we earlier on today covering much of the uk. that cloud will bring some rain to the north and west of the uk in particular. it is also acting as something of a blanket. temperatures are not something of a blanket. temperatures a re not really something of a blanket. temperatures are not really dropping away much at all despite a breeze. extensive low cloud out there and the temperature will not drop too much overnight. a great night with patchy rain drifting towards lincolnshire and east anglia as well. most of the weather overnight will be across the far north and west. the hills will be grey with fog over the coast and hills. a mild night. these are the sort of temperatures you would expect to see in the daytime at this
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time of year. a great start to the south and west. fog and low cloud but not a lot of rain. the odd spot of drizzle was possible in the low cloud gets down towards the coast of kent and sussex. inland steel grey but not so much in the way of low cloud. maybe a few breaks is that the pennines but a lot of cloudy weather across northern england. most of the rain through the morning is into the northern ireland central and western parts scotland and on towards the north as well but there isa towards the north as well but there is a breeze. the eastern side of scotla nd is a breeze. the eastern side of scotland could seek gusts up to 50 miles an hour for great time through the morning. bear that in mind if you are heading across bridges or up and down the pennines. patchy rain slipping south into the north of england and northern wales. i got sunshine and showers but a little bit less mild, still warm further south. possibly reaching 17 degrees. very mild. that mild spell will peek through monday fifth. by tuesday temperatures these back a little bit but still doing quite well for many
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of us. midnight might see something a little less mild developing in the north of the uk but still a mild start the day on tuesday. underneath this clown patchy rain in the south of the uk, more rain coming into the north and north—west but between two we still have double figures. 13, possibly 1a degrees in the south—east corner. later on this week it will be less mild but some of the still doing quite well. blustery winds taking the edge off the temperatures. more details on how website. hello. this is bbc news with martine croxall. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment, but first the headlines. iraqi forces have taken several villages to the south of mosul, hours after launching a major offensive to retake the western half of the city from so—called islamic state. the american company, kraft heinz, withdraws its proposed takeover of marmite—maker unilever. the deal would have been one of the biggest in corporate history. thousands of prison officers in london and the south—east


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