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harrowing scenes from inside yemen, a country brought to its knees by disease and war. parents carry in famished children — many now defenceless against a major outbreak of cholera. this hospital alone receives about 100 new cholera cases every day. those who get help recover quickly, within hours. but many in yemen are dying needlessly, because they can't get the most basic treatment. an international bbc team has gained rare access to yemen and witnessed the harrowing struggle of people to survive. also tonight: do you see anybody english to work here? what will happen to eu migrant workers after brexit? the government moves to reassures business there'll be no "cliff edge". thousands of firefighters in the air and on land continue to battle forest fires in southern france. an increase in violence and a record number of prisoners released by mistake from our prisons. setting off for the last time — prince william ends his life
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as an air ambulance pilot to focus on royal duties. in sportsday on bbc news it is only rain and alastair cook that find a way to stop south africa. england struggle on the third day of the test at the oval. good evening. for two years now a war has been raging in the middle east country of yemen, with devastating consequences for its people. a fierce civil war has split the country in two. a coalition led by the government and backed by the saudis controls the east of yemen — while houthi rebels, backed by iran, the south of yemen —
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while houthi rebels, backed by iran, control the north of the country. yemen is now on the brink of famine and has become a breeding ground for disease. cholera has swept the country — with nearly 2000 deaths since the outbreak began in april. the situation there is now described as the world's greatest humanitarian crisis. access for international journalists is very rare — but our middle east correspondent, 0rla guerin, with her producer, nicola careem and cameraman, nico hameon have got in. they've sent this report from aden, and a warning — there are distressing images of suffering children throughout. we cross the red sea to reach yemen, past the sunken wreckage of a hidden war. this was the only way to the port city of aden. the saudi—led coalition, bombing the country, flew us coalition, bombing the country, flew us in. this is the kind of suffering
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they don't want the world to see. rassa m they don't want the world to see. rassam is 11. he is one of many children wasting away across the country. since the war, malnutrition rates have soared. hunger is menacing this nation, from the very old... to the very young. like hussain, who fights for every breath. the united nations says an entire generation is being starved and crippled and famine is looming. ina ward crippled and famine is looming. in a ward nearby, another threat, a desperate rush to save abdullah mohammed salem, who came in with no pulse. they tried to squeeze fluid
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and life back into his veins, one victim of an epidemic ravaging yemen, cholera, and it's the worst outbreak in history. there is now a perfect breeding ground for the disease, as sanitation services have broken down. abdullah‘s son, ahmed, has a message for those in power who, are busy waging war. translation: deal with who, are busy waging war. translation: dealwith the who, are busy waging war. translation: deal with the sewage. and clean the streets. mosquitoes and flies are everywhere causing illness. we are demanding that eve ryo ne illness. we are demanding that everyone who claims to be our leader should just care about the people. instead, they are dying of cholera at the rate of about one every hour. another outcome of a brutal conflict. this hospital alone receives about 100 new cholera cases every day. those who get help
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recover quickly, within hours. but many in yemen are dying needlessly, because they can't get the most basic treatment. after more than two yea rs of basic treatment. after more than two years of war, half of the health facilities in the country are not functioning. like much else in the arab world's poorest nation, an ancient civilisation with new battle scars. the presidential guard mans the checkpoints in aden. but the yemeni president is seldom seen. he was forced to flee by the houthi rebel, that's when his allies, the saudis stepped in. their bombing campaign has not restored his authority. but it has destroyed hospitals, schools and homes, like that of this family. their house was hit by two air strikes as the coalition targeted houthi fighters nearby. senaad tells us, that two years on,
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the extended family are among the forgotten victims of this war. some of the family still live right here in the ruins, with no help, they say, other than from god. but civilians here have been under fire from both sides. we met this woman and her children waiting for food aid. 10—year—old imad used to love football, before he was hit by a houthi shell. translation: i brought the kids into the house. i asked them to stay inside. they were in the livingroom when they were hit. he lost both legs immediately. since then, she says that imad and
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her other children have never been the same, they have deep psychological wounds as well as physical ones. most of all it is yemen's children, like ten—month—old ahmed who are paying the price here. the country has reached a stalemate. international diplomacy has failed and nowhere in the world are more lives as stake. 0rla guerin, bbc news, aden. 0rla guerin, bbc news, aden. 0rla guerin and her team — with that special report from inside yemen — a country blighted war and disease. the home secretary, amber rudd, sought to reassure business today that there would be no migration "cliff edge" when britain leaves the european union. her remarks came as ministers today launched a study of how eu nationals contribute to the uk economy. but it won't report until autumn 2018, leading to strong criticism from labour.
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here's our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. how do you tailor a new immigration policy for britain after brexit? cuts to leave more jobs for home—grown workers maybe less for eu migrants? ask around at this garment factory in north london and the answer is: be careful. we have ten different nationalities that are here in ourfactories and 80% of those are from the eu. they're not taking away the jobs from the british public, because the british public at the moment can't do those skills, so prove brexit or post brexit, it doesn't matter, we need our european workers here. today, britain's border force has been on show. soon they'll enforce a new immigration system and the home secretary has announced a major study to help decide where britain needs migrants and who should be stopped when the uk leaves the european union. a new policy, but part of what
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i'm announcing today is to show to it's evidence based and we're going to make sure that it works for the whole country. it will take years before home—grown british workers can take on or want many of the jobs that are now filled by europeans. free movement of eu citizens ends technically in two years when britain leaves. it may continue for a period after that, maybe two years, during a transition, ministers haven't decided. they don't all agree and that's causing confusion. when they do, they'll take that plan to the brexit negotiations where they're after the trade deal, ministers want so badly. but migration is a sensitive subject. on almost any street, almost anywhere, there's pressure to get on with cutting migrant numbers. what's your view when it comes to europe and british jobs? well, we need work for british people. i think the sooner we get out, the better, to be honest with you. is it taking too long? i reckon they're going to drag it out as long as possible, aren't they?
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hoping that they'll change our mind. i think we should train our own people up. people who are living here. we have 67 million or whatever that live here. i'm sure we can train people up. borisjohnson is talking up a future trade deal. critics say ministers have been too slow working out a an immigration policy. out an immigration policy. he says migration can be good for the uk. that doesn't mean that you can't control it. that's that all i think people want to see. they want to see their politicians taking responsibility, explaining the policy, explaining what they're trying to do, explaining who can come in on what basis and why it's good for the economy. well it's completely ridiculous that it is taking them 13 months to commission this basic evidence. we on the select committee were asking some of these basic questions back in january. the government should have commissioned this a long, long time
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ago. so, work's in progress on a new way to manage migration, one, ministers agree should keep firms like this one supplied with the workers it needs. but crafting that policy has only just started. expect more political wrangling before the job's done. john pienaar, bbc news. the terminally ill baby charlie gard will be moved to a hospice and have his life—support withdrawn shortly afterwards, after his parents failed to get agreement to spend up to a week with him there. his parents had wanted a private medical team to care for their son. great ormond street hospital, where charlie is being cared for, said it wasn't in his best interests. it follows a legal battle by charlie's parents to take him out of the country for experimental treatment. figures out today reveal how many prisoners have been accidentally released from jails in england and wales. the ministry ofjustice says 71 inmates or suspects were incorrectly freed in the year to march — the highest number since records were first kept. with me is our home affairs correspondent, june kelly. what's behind all of this?
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we have had a number of figures from the ministry ofjustice, a number are not good. at a record high are levels of self—harm, assaults on inmates and staff, assaults on staff are running at about 20 a day. in terms of the causes there is a mixture of things, staff shortage, overcrowding, the prove lance of drugs like spice injails so inmates are out of control a lot of time. and the gang culture imported from the outside world. the prison office association says that all of these figures show that the system is out of control. the government of course, disagree and says there is a recruitment drive going on to get more staff in that is under way. the justice secretary said today that
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the figures show the importance of improving safety and security in our prisons. june, thank you. fires are continuing to burn in southern france for a third day. several thousand firefighters and troops are battling the flames, which they now say are more under control. around 10,000 holidaymakers and residents have been forced to leave their homes and campsites around the town of bormes—les—mimosas, with many spending the night on beaches, or in sports halls and other public buildings. duncan kennedy is there for us this evening. duncan. well, rita, it has been an incredibly bus iy day for firefighters and a worrying one for many holiday—makers, some of whom have not been able to get bach to campsites. for the first time, we have been allowed inside the fire zone. you get an idea of the devastation, and the dry ground, the
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high winds and strong temperatures are still in place so there could be more burning. it's been another 2a hours of fires... and firefighting. this was bormes—les—mimosas, west of st tropez, and the flames have been spreading again across the windswept bridges. that meant another night on the beach for dozens of holiday—makers, forced out of their campsites. they included olivia hall from sevenoa ks, who's about to spend her third night in a sleeping bag along with her and grandparents. what do you think of sleeping on a beach like this? well, i mean for me, i'm 18, it's ok, but for old people, my grandparents for instance, it's not the easiest if they have a wheelchair or things. it is difficult for people. today we went out with this team of firefighters. this is the kind of terrain they have to haul up their hosepipes, all in 30 degrees temperatures. they're dowsing down dozens of small pockets of fire.
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afterfour days, he said, he's tired but holding up. and it's notjust a firefighting effort from the ground. there goes another load from one of these aircraft, one of dozens we are witnessing this morning. little patches of fire keep breaking out, they are the most dangerous ones, they are the ones that can lead to widespread bushfires and then they become out of control. and in wave after wave, the planes kept on coming, trying to control fires caused by combustible undergrowth and powerful winds. translation: when the fires combine with the winds, it create the worst of monsters. it's like a herd of bison storming down the hill, eating up all the vegetation, animals, and unfortunately people. when the fires have passed through, this is what they leave. green turned to black, life turned to dust. it is part of the natural cycle
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here, but the effects can be devastating. duncan kennedy, bbc news, on the cote d'azur. the time is just after a quarter past six. our top story this evening: already brought to its knees by war — now aid agencies warn yemen is on the brink of famine. and still to come... england's cricket captainjoe root under pressure as the third test begins against south africa at the oval. coming up in sportsday on bbc news, england's women can win their group at euro 2017 by beating portugal tonight but scotland will only survive if they can beat spain by two goals. doctors have long told us to finish a course of antibiotics
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even if we feel better. but that is now being challenged by a group of scientists, who claim that taking antibiotics for longer than you need to can increase resistance to them in the future. england's chief medical officer says more research is needed before any change in official policy. here's our health correspondent dominic hughes. the danger posed by drug—resistant bacteria is growing. curbing the use and misuse of antibiotics is central to the fight against superbugs. but now some scientists believe that long—standing advice to always finish a course of the drugs made me wrong and could be making the situation worse, not better. we need to be careful about using antibiotics because the more we use them, the more the bacteria figure out how to become resistant to them, the more resistant bacteria we select for, and the more bacteria in our environment and living on us become resistant. and that means when we get infected with those bacteria, the antibiotics just won't work any more.
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the world—famous discovery of penicillin... following alexander fleming's discovery of penicillin in the late 1920s, the belief was that not taking enough of the drug could lead to bacteria developing resistance. the modern—day official advice is still to complete the course you have been prescribed, but today's report says there is no actual research to back up that advice, exposing a growing difference of opinion in the scientific community. this debate matters because the stakes are so very high. the number of bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics is on the rise, and we are being told that antibiotics themselves are a precious but diminishing resource that needs to be used sparingly and carefully. as questions are asked about how best to use antibiotics, some are concerned patients will be left confused. people have always to follow the instruction written on the label about the course of antibiotics because if they stop the antibiotic before the end of the treatment, they could develop resistance and so that kind of antibiotic won't work any more in the future.
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everyone agrees more research is needed before the finish—the—course advice is changed to something like "stop when you feel better," but the serious concern about drug—resistant bugs mean long—established practice is now being questioned. dominic hughes, bbc news. a former british olympic athlete has revealed that she self—harmed while struggling to cope with the demands of elite competition. rebekah wilson — a member of team gb‘s two—woman bobsleigh crew at the 2014 sochi games — told how the intense pressure of training took its toll. she's been speaking exclusively to our sports editor, dan roan. on the outside, rebekah wilson was living the dream, representing team gb at the 2014 winter olympics.
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sta rt gb at the 2014 winter olympics. start of the sport defined by courage and speed, the bobsleigh. but behind the dedication was a darker secret she now wants to share. the 26—year—old telling me how life as an elite athlete took its toll. i had to hold it together and the only way i could do that was the time when i was self harming, i would try to find anything i could to hurt myself or isolate myself, to manage what was an intense pressure. when i was in the position where i self harmed or hurt myself, it was because i felt like there was no other outlet. this was happening while you were on duty? while i was competing. the british bobsleigh and skeleton association said: rebekah
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quit the sport after the sochi games having finished outside the medals and fora yearand having finished outside the medals and for a year and a half was treated at a specialist hospital. she has spoken out to raise awareness of the mental health issues young athletes can face. it's great when there's a big championships on television and we rally round and watch it, but that the cover, that the front of it and you don't necessarily see the backend. there is an issue, there's a duty of care, there is something across wellbeing we are not getting right because i think it goes on a lot more than we allow ourselves to think that it does. from the bullying allegations made byjessica vanished to further controversies across a range of sports, there's growing concern british medal success has come at too high a price, with athlete the cost. what we have perhaps forgotten in the pastis we have perhaps forgotten in the past is actually the mental health and wellbeing of those who sport is their profession, and that's why i'm hosting a series of round tables in
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the autumn to make sure we do have the autumn to make sure we do have the right structures in place. i think stories like this are incredibly important for us to prevent that from happening in the future. having overcome her inner demons, rebekah says she's in a much better place and her advice to other athletes who struggled to cope is to neverin athletes who struggled to cope is to never in silence. in the last few minutes we've heard the police investigation into the grenfell tower fire is considering investigation into the grenfell towerfire is considering bringing charges against kensington and chelsea council and the housing association that managed the block. the metropolitan police say this is one of the largest criminal investigations outside counterterrorism operations they have encountered. they seized a huge amount of material and have spoken to witnesses, and now they are saying that as of now they have enough evidence to believe that both kensington and chelsea council and
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the tenant management organisation may have committed a corporate manslaughter. this is not a charge against anyone. under the legislation, no one will actually be arrested, but interviews will take place in due course. not soon, more work is needed to be done say the police, and we have no response either from kensington and police, and we have no response eitherfrom kensington and chelsea council or the tenant management association. thank you. prince william has clocked in for his last shift as an air ambulance pilot this evening, before taking up his royal duties full—time. for the past two years, the duke of cambridge has been working for the east anglian air ambulance service, based in cambridge. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell is there for us this evening. a real moment of transition for william, the end of thejob he has chosen to do as an raf search and rescue pilot and then with the air ambulance, and with the transition, pa rt ambulance, and with the transition, part of the generational shift in the royal family to a full—time role
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which will now occupy him for the remainder of his life. a team photograph at the start of his final shift. a picture from his working life which is likely to mean more than most for william wales since it will remind him of the role he's played as a member of the emergency services doing a job largely out of public sight in which he's been able to prove himself solely on the basis of ability. his colleagues say they'll miss him. he's a hard—working member of the team, always keen to get his hands dirty and help out, whether it's just cleaning the aircraft or actually at scene, helping out with patients that are critically ill. from the moment william took up his air ambulance duties more than two years ago, it's clear how much thejob has meant to him. it's kept him grounded, he said, working as a member of a highly committed team. when i put my air ambulance hat on and i come here and fly, i'm one of the team. i just want to get the job done and at the end of the day feel like i've made a difference through my contribution. he's flown on scores of emergency call—outs and seen tragedy at close quarters.
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there are some very sad, dark moments and we talk about it a lot but it's hard. you try not to take it away with you but it can be quite difficult. but for all the difficult moments, william says he's hugely grateful for the experience. he says it's instilled in him, "a profound respect for the men and women who serve in our emergency services, which i hope to continue to champion even as i leave the profession." after tonight's shift, william will turn to the profession to which he was born, and from which he's known there could be no escape. that's to be a full—time working member of the british royalfamily, supporting his grandmother and preparing for the day when he will be king, but sustained by the knowledge that once he did have the freedom to do a valued job of his own choice. nicholas witchell, bbc news, cambridge airport. the third test against south africa
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began today at the oval. it's been a struggle for england but their captainjoe struggle for england but their captain joe root was one struggle for england but their captainjoe root was one of struggle for england but their captain joe root was one of the wickets to fall. rain stopped play a short time ago with england on 171-4. short time ago with england on 171—4. rain at the oval, what about the rest of the country? few have escaped a heavy downpour. one moment you have the blue sky, then the dark clouds build and after that, well, what do you think, the rain comes. the showers have lasted too long though. but perhaps a rumble of thunder and some hail, in fact there have been thunderstorms across parts of the east midlands and lincolnshire in the last hour or so. many southern and eastern parts of the uk become mainly dry but the showers are still there for northern ireland, parts of north—west england and western scotland, and still
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there into tomorrow morning. for a large part of england and wales during tomorrow morning and the first part of the afternoon, things will be fine, a bit of sunshine, but noticed the cloud gathering and outbreaks of rain reaching south west england and wales as we move into the afternoon. temperatures very similar. notice that the cricket tomorrow the threat of rain is coming later on but there is still some uncertainty about the timing of the progression of this rain north and east across england and wales. but for many, wet end to the day here. that takes us answer the day here. that takes us answer the weekend and this system in the south—east never really wants to clear away properly so again parts of the far south—east of england could see outbreaks of on saturday. showers in north—west scotland but many other places, saturday is the better day of the weekend, looking dry. there will be sunny spells before this happens on sunday, then it is back to square one. plenty of
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showers, more widespread across the uk, and again the risk of a rumble of thunder and for many those temperatures are in the teens. as we speu temperatures are in the teens. as we spell out the details for the weekend, we know it will be quite cool and breezy, especially with the showers, but there will also be some sunshine at times. just don't expect the sun to last too long. and that is all from the bbc news at six so it's goodbye from me and we nowjoined six so it's goodbye from me and we now joined the six so it's goodbye from me and we nowjoined the bbc news teams where hello, this is bbc news — the headlines: the un says a catastrophe is unfolding in yemen, as the country struggles with the world's worst cholera epidemic and the looming threat of famine. the home secretary, amber rudd, has promised business leaders there will be an "implementation phase" after brexit, as changes
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are made to the immigration system. the number of assaults in prison is at a record high, and the performance of ten jails in england and wales is causing "serious concern" according to new figures the head of the us military has said there will be no change to its policy on employing transgender people until the defence secretary receives direction from president trump on the issue. there have been wildfires in southern france for the fourth day. thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and campsites. in a moment it will be time for sportsday, but first a look at what else is coming up this evening on bbc news. with prisoners being released from jails in england and wales at record levels, we'll speak to the prison officers' association about why this is happening. today marks 50 years since it stopped being illegalfor two men to be in a relationship in england and wales — we'll speak to an author of a book about de—criminalisation
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and discrimination. and a story that came up smelling of roses — a woman with dementia, who went missing was found by a sniffer dog in a matter of minutes, after she bottled her scent in advance — we'll ask


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