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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: as the saudi—led coalition continues military operations in yemen, the country faces a massive epidemic of cholera. pockets of famine are growing, cholera is spreading, and civil servants, like the doctors and nurses, here, haven't received a salary in over ten months. president trump's spokesman quits as a new voice takes over white house communications. the palestinian president freezes ties with israel as three palestinians are shot dead and three israelis killed in an outbreak of violence. hello. welcome to the programme. an ongoing cholera epidemic which is sweeping war—ravaged yemen is believed to be the "largest ever recorded" in a single year. injust three months
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since the outbreak started, there have been more than 360,000 suspected cases. yemen has become a breeding ground for the disease after two years of a devastating civil war that has split the country between a saudi—led government coalition and iran—backed houthi rebels. few communities have been left untouched by the disease, but the worst—hit areas are controlled by houthi rebels and suffer the most from a blockade of food and aid. nawal al—maghafi has had rare access to the area in and around hajjah province where the outbreak started. you may find some parts of her report distressing. another crisis has hit yemen. people here question how much more they can take. war and poverty have combined to mean cholera has swept through this country faster than any on record. unless treated quickly, this waterborne disease can kill. most have walked hours to get treatment, but only the fortunate make it in time.
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samira rushed here from the village to save her daughter. her family have suffered all three tragedies of this war. they have lost their home to an air strike, the children go without food, and now they are all fighting cholera. too malnourished to breast—feed, samira has been feeding her daughter powdered milk with cholera—infected water. more than 7 million people here also face the threat of famine. cholera costs pennies to treat, but being malnourished makes it much harder than the body to fight the waterborne disease. in another clinic lies abdullah. for months now, he has had very little food or access to clean water.
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aid agencies are doing what they can, but the magnitude of this outbreak is outstripping their ability to respond. one person dies in yemen every hour from cholera. this is the world's largest humanitarian crisis, and it's completely man—made. pockets of famine are growing. cholera is spreading, and civil servants like the doctors and nurses here haven't received a salary in over ten months. there's one thing that people here keep telling me, and it's that they feel completely forgotten by the world. hospitals here are on the verge of collapse, so schools like this one are being turned
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into cholera treatment centres. this local businessman is funding this place out of his own pocket. 5,000 have been brought here in the two months since it opened. people faced the biggest threat in rural areas. in this one village alone, 20 people have died in the space of three months. hours from the nearest town, it was impossible for people without money to get help. abdullah has recently become sick. together with his sister hind, they can't afford the medicine for their illness. it's been over two years
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since this conflict began, and people here are sick, hungry and exhausted by this war. abdullah and hind are two out of five people in their family who have been infected with cholera, and the nearest hospital is over an hour and a half away. and like most people here, they simply can't afford to get there. the truth is that for many in this country there's no escaping cholera. here on the edge of the village is the only source of water. the people know it's infected, but, with no other options, they continue to rely on it. nawal al—maghafi, bbc news, hajjah, yemen. donald trump's press secretary sean spicer, one of the most recognisable white house faces, has resigned. it's apparently in protest at the president's decision to appoint a former wall street banker, anthony scaramucci,
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as his new head of communications. however, speaking to reporters mr scaramucci played down a clash of personalities. mr spicer is famous for his angry outbursts at reporters during heated media briefings, but hasn't been as visible in recent weeks, prompting speculation he'd been sidelined. these latest developments have added to the impression that the white house is reeling as an investigation into alleged russian interference during the presidential election gathers pace. 0ur chief correspondent gavin hewitt reports from washington. a day of dramatic changes at the white house. sean spicer, the white house press secretary, and one of the most recognisable faces of the trump administration, abruptly resigned. spicer was a controversial figure. early on, he was forced to defend the crowd size at donald trump's inauguration, denying that more people turned out for barack 0bama. this was the largest audience to a witness an inauguration, period, both in person and around the globe. but pictures suggested otherwise.
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and then there were his remarks about chemical weapons. his references to hitler caused outrage. we didn't use chemical weapons in world war ii. you know, you had someone as despicable as hitler who didn't even sink to using chemical weapons. his performances were mocked on late—night comedy shows. i said that wrong when i said it and then you wrote it, which makes you wrong! when i say rocky start, i mean it in the sense of rocky the movie, because i came out here to punch you! in the face. also, i don't talk so good. sean spicer found himself under close scrutiny from donald trump, who prizes good on—camera performances. the president began looking for a strong defender, particularly as he faces a growing investigation into whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and russia during last year's election. what prompted spicer‘s resignation was the appointment of this man,
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anthony scaramucci, as white house communications director. the wall street financier gave his opening pitch. i love the president and i'm very loyal to the president. then he was reminded that back in 2015, he had called donald trump "a hack, an inherited money dude". mr president, if you're listening, i personally apologise for the 50th time for saying that. but here's the wonderful thing about the news media. that was three minutes of my life. he's never forgotten it and you've never forgotten it. but i hope that someday, mr president, you will forget it. let's go to the next question. the new communications director is certainly slick, but here's the problem. you can stand at the podium and defend white house policy, but president trump has a habit of changing the message with just a tweet. today's sha ke—up reveals donald trump under pressure, seeking a communicator who will fight for his presidency. gavin hewitt, bbc news, washington. three palestinians have been killed
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by israel's security forces and three israelis have been stabbed to death in a west bank settlement. the latest violence has erupted following the introduction of new security measures at a key jerusalem holy site. palestinian president mahmoud abbas has said he's freezing all official contacts with israel. translation: on the half of the palestinian leadership, i announced the freezing of all contacts with the occupying country at all levels until israel repeals all the measures carried out against our palestinian people in general, and injerusalem and at the al—aqsa mosque in particular. we reject the electronic gates as these are political measures wrapped in security pretext. let's take a look at some of the other stories making
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making the news. the emir of qatar has called for negotiations in his country's dispute with four arab neighbours. in his first public address since the crisis erupted, the emir said any solution must respect qatar's sovereignty. saudi arabia, the united arab emirates, bahrain and egypt cut ties with qatar injune over its alleged support for terrorism. a light aircraft has been towed to safety after it land in new york city's east river. the seaplane had been flying between east hampton airport and manhattan when it got into difficulties. it was not immediately known what caused it to land. seven passengers and crew were rescued and there were no reports of any injuries. the russian president vladimir putin has said he's undecided
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on whether to run for re—election next year. speaking during a question—and—answer session with school children, he promised not to change the constitution to allow him to keep on running for president indefinitely. when asked what the three most important values in life were, putin said "life itself, love and freedom." the us military says its planes have accidentally bombed a unit of afghan security personnel in helmand province, killing several of them. afghan forces, backed by us air strikes, have been battling to dislodge taliban militants from the district of gereshk. it's described the deaths as "unfortunate" and pledged to investigate the incident. stay with us on bbc news. plenty still to come. including: what is social media doing to the city? this artist has a message — and it's made out of pipecleaners. 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
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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 bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: yemen is suffering the world's
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largest cholera outbreak, two years after a saudi—led coalition intervened in the country's civil war. the white house press secretary, sean spicer, has resigned, reportedly angry at president trump's appointment of a new communications director. counting in papua new guinea's general election has been delayed in one province following accusations of sorcery. according to radio new zealand international, recounts have been ordered in two constituencies in the country's east sepik province because more than one candidate has alleged that witchcraft has been used to remove their votes from ballot boxes. johnny blades from radio new zealand has been following the election and has just returned from png's capital, port moresby. johnny. you are going to have to explain this one. what is going on? regarding the sorcery allegations,
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thatis regarding the sorcery allegations, that is not unusual and part to new guinea because a lot of people believe in the use of black magic for good and for bad and what happened up in the east sepik electorate is that a number of ballot papers have gone missing during the count and some of the candidates up there believed that was a result of some malevolent use of the sorcery, or sanguma as they call it. they approached election officials about having the count redone. since then, the papers have been discovered again but it's not unusual in a pup you are new guinea election, one, for ballot papers to go missing but for people to make these games did —— make these claims which might seem outlandish people believe in black magic, at least a
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lot of people. do you think they actually believe the votes have gone missing because of sorcery and witchcraft or is there some electioneering going on? probably both. people genuinely believe in sorcery. when there are things, and events happening which they can't explain, for instance somebody who gets sick in the village, people don't necessarily understand why. i went to one village where some lady had taken sick quite suddenly and the rest of the village were confused and they rounded on some man at the edge of the kind of area and beat him to a pulp but then the local health officer came and said, she's got pneumonia. and that was all explainable but by then, they had done the damage for this poor fellow and his reputation was tarnished so a lot of it stems from ignorance but just a
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misunderstanding of some of the things happening in the modern age and so forth that year, you would have to also suspect that some of these candidates are trying to stall these candidates are trying to stall the process and the process is quite an unwieldy one already. thank you very much. voters in east timor are going to the polls in a parliamentary election dominated by economic concerns. campaigning has been taking place across southeast asia's youngest country, which gained independence from indonesia fifteen years ago. most of the population is under the age of thirty, and the government has been widely accused of failing to use east timor‘s oil and gas wealth to create jobs. witnesses have been describing their panic after a powerful earthquake hit the greek island of kos. two people have been killed and at least 100 injured. the quake, with a magnitude of 6.7, also caused floods in the streets of the turkish
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resort of bodrum. 0ur correspondent mark lowen reports from the aegean coast. 1:30am in the turkish resort of bodrum. a night out turns to panic as the ground shakes. footage from nearby shops showed the impact as the earthquake struck, measuring 6.7. the epicentre, the aegean sea between bodrum and the greek island of kos. as streets in bodrum were flooded, residents ran, fearing for their lives and for the after—shocks. but kos felt the worst of it. a turkish and a swedish tourist were killed as the roof of a bar collapsed and scores were injured, some jumping from buildings to escape. 200,000 holiday—makers were said to be on the island, 10,000 of them from britain. we were literally ripped from our sleep. the bed shook uncontrollably. the room shook from side to side.
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the noise was terrible. i actually thought that was it, i really did. at first light, the damage in kos was clear. part of the cathedral were turned to rubble. it was rebuilt 80 years ago after the one that stood here was destroyed by an earthquake, nature striking again, crushing what lay in its path. the ground was unsteady, you could feel it. you could feel it moving. it was quite scary. we heard glasses coming off our shelves. we heard it in the bathroom, glass smashing in the living room. so we got up and you were swaying, literally. in bodrum, fishing boats were upturned by the tremor. power went out in both resorts. 200 turkish nationals were evacuated from kos, including some of the injured, taken by ferry to bodrum and stretchered to hospital. the earthquake was shallow but was lessened by the sea, although it did cause high waves. greece and turkey are seismically active.
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both are on significant faultlines and have suffered huge earthquakes in recent years. this could have been lot worse. with the ferry port in kos damaged, the airport was under pressure, some taking refuge from the heat as flights were delayed. a holiday idyll turned to nightmare as dozens recover in hospital and greece takes stock of a traumatic night. mark lowen, bbc news, on the greek coast. the police chief of the minneapolis police department has offered her resignation following the shooting ofan resignation following the shooting of an australian woman. she says the death ofjustine damond was the result of one individual. she was shot after approaching two officers in her car —— in the car after reporting a suspected rape. a bbc investigation has found
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evidence of children as young as nine being groomed on the live streaming app periscope. launched just two years ago it allows its millions of users to broadcast live from their phones and can reveal their location. but our team found children streaming video live from their classrooms and even their bedrooms and clearly being groomed for sexual abuse. despite this, twitter — which owns the app — claims it has zero tolerance for this kind of conduct. 0ur correspondent angus crawford investigates. not learning, but broadcasting, live from the back of a lesson. viewers send her direct messages. another school, another class. more questions from total strangers. but this isn'tjust an innocent chat. are you in high school? yes. we found pupils live streaming across the country. and they've all been using this, periscope, an app owned by twitter, which allows users to broadcast live from anywhere. and our investigation from children using it
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in their own bedrooms and being groomed in front of our eyes. this child is still in her school uniform — probably 12, no more than that — talking straight into the camera and there's one, two, three, four, five, six, seven requests already. one of them is asking the size of her bra. another one has justjoined. someone's just asked her to unbutton her shirt. the age limit is meant to be 13, but we easily find children younger than that. this little girl is really young. hi. so right now it's my first time playing this app. i don't even know what to do. i'm nine. i actually look seven. "up top, please." what do you mean by, "up top, please?" we passed the details of all these
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children to the police, and showed what we found to the nspcc‘s head of online safety. hi. oh, gosh. well, it's very disturbing, isn't it, to see children as young as nine when they're so vulnerable and being so clearly groomed for sexual purposes by a pack of people online? it's really shocking. what's really worrying about periscope is the way it uses maps. if i go live from here on a street corner in west london, then anyone can zoom in and find out exactly where i am. twitter refused an interview request, but said in a statement: but our investigation showed
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children openly being groomed. the question for periscope — can young people really broadcast to the world and stay safe? angus crawford, bbc news. 0n on thursday, 0j system found that he was granted parole. 0ne on thursday, 0j system found that he was granted parole. one of the victims of that armed robbery was bruce fromong, a memorabilia collector. thank you so much the speaking to us. can ijust take you back to that night in 2007. oj and some men came into your room looking to memorabilia that he believed was
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his property. what happened? when they came in the room, the first people in the room, the first guy pushed me in the arm, the second guy was armed, he put a gun in my face and said, i will shoot you, i don't wa nt to and said, i will shoot you, i don't want to use the exact words but he threatened to kill me. want to use the exact words but he threatened to kill melj want to use the exact words but he threatened to kill me. i know that it wasn't 0.j. simpson who put the gun to your head that he was among that group of men. despite that, you spokein that group of men. despite that, you spoke in his favour. why is that? the amount of time he was sentenced to was the problem i had. he was given 9.5—33 years and if you are familiar with the case back in 1994, 1995, he was given restitution in a
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civil case of $33 million in the judgement at that time coincided with what the judge gave him, 9.5—33 yea rs with what the judge gave him, 9.5—33 years injail. ifelt that with what the judge gave him, 9.5—33 years in jail. i felt that 9.5 years was more time than what he deserved. i told the district attorney here, one point —— 1—3 years. i told the district attorney here, one point -- 1-3 years. there has been some criticism of his appearance at that parole hearing, that he was slightly lacking in morse. what did you make of it? he has been in prison for nine years. he was asking to be released. he's been a model inmate. he hasn't had any problems while he's been in prison. nine years as a long time to never be written up. he's not had one incident. that's like driving on
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the streets 24— seven to nine years and never getting a ticket. that is ha rd to and never getting a ticket. that is hard to do. he has been a model inmate. he is nervous. he is trying to explain why he should be let out. sometimes, that's hard to do. you get anxious. you get a little upset. you are really trying to be passionate and explain why you want to be out. sometimes, you might get a little overzealous about it. yes, imight a little overzealous about it. yes, i might have liked to see a little more remorse but this is a man who is very passionate about life, very passionate about who he is. this is 0.j. simpson. i've known him for 27 yea rs. 0.j. simpson. i've known him for 27 years. this is just 0.j. simpson. i've known him for 27 years. this isjust the 0.j. simpson. i've known him for 27 years. this is just the way he is. it is clear you are an understanding
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man. what happened to the memorabilia? it took me two years in california courts because a lot of people believed 0.j. simpson was trying to get back his own memorabilia. there were over 600 items in the room that night. after two years of fighting in the california courts, because the courts in las vegas, rather than giving me my own stuff, the goldmans said that it had belonged to 0.j. simpson, it belonged to them. everything was sent to the california courts. i am sorry to say that it has been fascinating talking to us. that is at the moment. hello, and welcome to the weekend,
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although you may view that as a somewhat hollow greeting when you see the forecast of some very wet weather during friday across parts of wales in south—west england but that transferring further east across this weather front in this area of low pressure which is still area of low pressure which is still a player in our weather going through the weekend. not a washout, more of a sunshine and showers picture that some of the sunshine will be heavy but some sunshine in between and after a very windy day for some of us on friday, over the weekend, it is still breezy but the winds are looking lighter. this is what it looks like for early rises. showers looking in down to the south—west of the uk that a band of rain pushing through the east of england. breezy picture. it should back quite well. quite wet, even to
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begin the day. there is a drier and bite slot. a few of the showers. 0utbreaks bite slot. a few of the showers. outbreaks of rain in parts of england. you start with some sunshine, cloud building, you start wet. we see some sunny spells coming through. mainly dry and breezy. you catch a shower across southern scotla nd catch a shower across southern scotland and into northern england and it could be torrential and bunbury. maybe a rumble of thunder. hardly any sunny spells through the afternoon. could be, compared with friday, a quieter day at the open golf at royal birkdale. fewer showers on sunday.
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still the risk of some wet weather as we go into the final round. this is how sunday is shaping up. it is really just sunshine and showers. maybe more of us escaping the showers on sunday. temperatures through the weekend for most of us close to average for this time of year. as we go into monday, this system pulls away. it may have some lingering cloud and outbreaks of rain for eastern parts of england, but for monday and tuesday, for most of us, it is looking like a quieter story. briefly high—pressure and some fairly warm sunny spells coming this is bbc news.

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