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welcome to bbc news. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. the headlines: the world's worst humanitarian crisis deepens. yemen's war leaves millions on the brink of famine. now disease threatens many more. many in yemen are dying needlessly because they cannot get the most basic treatment. after more than two yea rs of basic treatment. after more than two years of war, half the health facilities in the country are not functioning. congress in washington votes overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on russia, iran and north korea, despite president trump's objections. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme, as the us bans its citizens from visiting north korea, the communist state says it "doesn't care a bit." and the woman at the centre of a political storm in japan and the woman at the centre of a political storm injapan — is the country's defence minister about to resign? good morning.
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it's 8:00am in singapore, 1:00am in london and 3:00am in yemen, where — according to the united nations — a catastrophe is unfolding. the country is struggling with the world's worst cholera epidemic, and the looming threat of famine. un officials say yemen has been brought to its knees by more than two years of war between houthi rebels and a saudi—led coalition. our correspondent orla guerin has gained rare access to the southern port city of aden and sent this report. 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, grounded the un plane due to fly us in.
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this is the kind of suffering 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... the very young. like hussain. his mother showed us how he fights for every breath. the united nations says an entire generation is being starved and 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.
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they tried to squeeze fluid and life back into his veins. he's one victim of an epidemic ravaging yemen — cholera, and it's the worst outbreak in the world. there is now a perfect breeding ground for disease, because sanitation services have broken down. abdullah‘s son, ahmed, has a message for those in power who are busy waging war. "deal with the sewage", he says, "and clean the streets". "mosquitoes and flies are everywhere causing 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.
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those who get help recover quickly, within hours. but many in yemen are dying needlessly, because they can't get the most 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, in these streets, scars of battle. the presidential guard mans the checkpoints in aden, but the yemeni president is seldom seen. he was forced to flee by the houthi rebels, 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 two years on, the extended family of 30 are among
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the forgotten victims of this war. some of the family still live right here in the ruins, with no help, they say, except from god. but civilians here have been under fire from both sides. we met this woman and her children waiting forfood aid. ten—year—old imad used to love football, before he was hit by a houthi shell. "i brought the kids into the house", she told us, "and asked them to stay inside. "they went into the living room and that's when they were hit. "he lost both legs immediately." since then, she says, imad and 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,
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like ten—month—old ahmed, who are paying the price here. the conflict has reached a stalemate. international diplomacy has failed and nowhere in the world are more lives at stake. 0rla guerin, bbc news, aden. we have more on the crisis in yemen on our website. breaking news in the last hour that the us senate has voted for new sanctions on russia. they'll now send the package, which also includes sanctions against north korea and iran,
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to president trump — who will have to decide whether to accept the tough approach on moscow, or veto the measure. 0ur senior washington producer mat morrison has more details. the house voted overwhelmingly for this, 419-3. the house voted overwhelmingly for this, 419—3. congress is clearly behind these tougher sanctions on russia, which as you will recall, are related to weather or not russia meddled in the us election this past year. russia has firmly denied that, especially vladimir putin. president trump has expressed doubts himself. the senate, the upper branch, has followed on the house, overwhelmingly in favour of the sanctions pushing forward, which puts the president in a tricky situation. he has said in the past that he is not in favour of coming down so hard on russia in this way. but congress has clearly laid out, with this overwhelming vote from both sections of congress in both parties, that they think these sanctions are necessary to punish russia for any potential meddling that had been taking place. also making news today,
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amid chaotic scenes, crowds of palestinians have resumed prayers at a sensitive holy site in jerusalem, after israel removed the last of the security measures it installed earlier this month. but as the crowds arrived at the haram al—sharif, or temple mount, clashes broke out and israeli forces fired tear gas. dozens of people were hurt. two women charged with murdering the half rather of north korean leader kim jong—un half rather of north korean leader kimjong—un are half rather of north korean leader kim jong—un are due to appear before a high court judge kim jong—un are due to appear before a high courtjudge in wallacia. the vietnamese nationals are accused of smearing kim jong—nam's face with vx nerve agent in kuala lumpur airport in february. if found guilty they could face a mandatory death sentence. in nigeria at least five members of an oil exploration team have been killed in an ambush near the northern city of maiduguri. several others are missing. the geologists and their convoy had been attacked by suspected boko haram militants
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on their way back to the city. initially the army said it had rescued the group of researchers. in business news, the luxury car manufacturer porsche says it police in london have told authorities in charge of grenfell tower that they may face corporate manslaughter charges over the fire that killed at least 80 people last month. police say the local council and housing association had been told there were reasonable grounds told there were reasonable grounds to suspect them of the offence. in business news, the luxury car manufacturer porsche says it will recall 22—thousand of its cayenne models over irregular engine management software. the german transport minister labelled the emissions—controlling software "illegal." porsche is owned by volkswagen, which in 2015 admitted it had fitted some of its cars with a device to cheat on emissions tests. south korean president moonjae—in is a self confessed animal lover, and the president has welcomed a new member into his family —
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this is tory, a little black dog who was reportedly headed for the dinner table before being rescued two years ago. north korea says it "doesn't care a bit" about an announcement by the us stopping its citizens from visiting the reclusive communist state. that ban was formally published on thursday and comes into force next month. the measure will further reduce the number of encounters north koreans have with foreigners. john sudworth is on the border between china and north korea. john, tell us about where you are at the moment? it does look like there are quitea the moment? it does look like there are quite a view tourist is behind you. are they possibly headed to north korea? some of them will be.
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chinese travellers make up by far the bulk of visitors to the north korea. like all other visitors, they ci’oss korea. like all other visitors, they cross over korea. like all other visitors, they cross over north korea's northern border, the only way into the country. travellers come in either across chinese north korean airspace, or rather the chinese north korean friendship ridge, by train, which you can see behind me. asa train, which you can see behind me. as a result of this us travel ban, when it comes into effect in about a month's when it comes into effect in about a months time, this is already very isolated country on that side of the river will be a little bit more cut off. about 1000 american citizens travel there every year. they will of course be prevented from doing so. of course be prevented from doing so. tour operators say that the move is counted per. north korea, of course, bombards its people with
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co nsta nt course, bombards its people with constant propaganda that american citizens are imperialist monsters. the tour operators say that travel and engagement is one of the only ways to counter that kind of message. north korean officials have said they don't care a bit about this new ruling by the americans. but can they afford to be so blase, considering fresh sanctions have just gone in and been voted for today in the us congress? well, on one level at least they can probably bea one level at least they can probably be a bit blase about a us travel ban. asi be a bit blase about a us travel ban. as i say, it is only about 1000 01’ ban. as i say, it is only about 1000 or fewer ban. as i say, it is only about 1000 orfewer americans who ban. as i say, it is only about 1000 or fewer americans who travel into north korea every year. but i think this step by washington is of course symbolic as much as anything, prompted by the death of that young american tourist. he was sentenced to 15 years hard labour last year,
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released last month, and then found to be ina released last month, and then found to be in a coma up on his release, and he subsequently died. so shocking was that news that i think it focused minds in washington. the bigger picture is north korea's nuclear and missile programme. washington's growing frustration, particularly with china, the feeling it is not doing enough to push north korea. america is looking for anyway it can to get leverage. those new announced in washington, and this new step, they are all designed to send a message to pressure north korea in the hope that some leverage can be gained. because everybody except that step—by—step, it is getting ever closer to a real, deliverable and usable nuclear weapons. jon sopel worth in dandong, on the border with northcote you. —— john sudworth. thank you. you're watching newsday on the bbc.
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still to come on the programme, as wildfires rage in southern france we follow the firefighters on their mission to quell the flames. also coming up on the programme, why prince william is quitting thejob he loves, flying helicopters for the air ambulance service. cheering the us space agency, nasa, has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk. the last foot patrol in south armagh. once an everyday part of the soldiers' lot, drudgery and danger, now no more after almost four decades. if one is on one's own, in a private house, not doing any harm to anyone, i don't really see why people should wander in and say, you're doing something wrong. six rare white lion
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cubs are on the prowl at worcestershire park and, already, they have been met with a roar of approval from visitors. they're lovely, yeah. really sweet. yeah, they were cute. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. i'm kasia madera, in london. our top stories: after two years of war, yemen's facing the worst cholera outbreak in history. one person every hour is dying from the disease. congress in washington has voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on russia, iran and north korea, despite president trump's objections. and a heartwarming tale from the
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aleppo zoo is one of the most popular stories on our website. a collection of lions, tigers and bears have been rescued after six yea rs of bears have been rescued after six years of war in syria and the tech into a rehabilitation centre in turkey. they will be treated by vets before finding new homes. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times is looking at the story of the beleaguered defence minister. it reports that it's almost certain that tomomi inada will resign over an alleged cover—up involving military documents, and even lists possible replacements. the china daily leads with a rallying call from president xijinping. he's calling on communist party officials to prepare for risks and challenges. he says after four decades of reform, the party has to meet the people's demand for "happy lives". and the south china morning post has this picture. it's the final touches to a miniature version of hong kong
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stadium, made out of lego, on show at the ani—com and games show. as sharanjit mentioned, it's being widely reported injapan that the country's high profile defence minister is about to resign. it's over an alleged cover—up involving military documents. tomomi inada is expected to submit her resignation letter to the prime minister shinzo abe on friday. she has repeatedly denied claims she helped cover up internal records that exposed the danger that japanese peacekeepers faced in south sudan. a short time ago i got the latest from rupert wingfield hayes in tokyo. we are expecting to three done at the three resignations today. the defence minister tomomi inada, the most senior bureaucrat in the defence ministry and also the head of the ground self defence force,
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essentially the japanese army, and this is a very inside baseball, as the americans would say, scandal. it's about documents pertaining to the deployment of japanese troops in south sudan as peacekeepers last year. those logs apparently showed that the japanese troops were in much greater danger than they were confessing to or admitting to and that the defence ministry somehow mislaid these logs, actually they we re mislaid these logs, actually they were never mislaid but it is alleged that the top bureaucrats, it up so that the top bureaucrats, it up so that these documents could be presented to parliament at a time when japan was presented to parliament at a time whenjapan was debating whether or not to change its constitution to allow japanese troops to be deployed overseas on combat missions. so it's a very sensitive subject injapan, but a sort of complex and obscure scandal. it may be skua but in terms of the implications and the impact, they are pretty catastrophic questions. the timing is dreadful. he is politically insecure and also defence wise japan needs to be
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strong at this moment in time, especially due to north korea. yes, it is very unfortunate for mr abe, although the commentary here is that tomomi inada is reallyjumping before she was pushed. mr abe is going to have a cabinet reshuffle as early as next week and she was expected to go during that reshuffle, but his government is currently believe it i am number of alleged scandals. the other two directly aimed at mr abe himself and his own popularity rating has collapsed in recent weeks. it is now reported to be below 30% for the first time since he came to power backin first time since he came to power back in 2012, so he has to do something to try and rebuild his image and rebuild the image of his government. that will entail as i say a cabinet reshuffle next week, but whether that will fix the problems for mr abe we will have to wait and see. a lot of people are now predict an mr abe's demise as
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the prime minister sometime in the coming year or so. that was rupert wingfield—hayes in tokyo. fires are continuing to burn in southern france for a fourth 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. duncan kennedy reports from the town. 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 ridges. that meant another night on the beach for dozens of holiday—makers, forced out of their campsites. they included 0livia hall from sevenoa ks, who's about to spend her third night in a sleeping bag along with her parents 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,
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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 degree temperatures. they're dousing down dozens of small pockets of fire. 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. it's little patches of fire that keep breaking up, they're 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,
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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 creates 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's part of the natural cycle here, but the effects can be devastating. duncan kennedy, bbc news, on the cote d'azur. it's a job that he really doesn't want to leave, but prince william has been working out his last day as an air ambulance pilot, a role he's carried out for the last two years. he's now taking up his royal duties full—time. the duke of cambridge says he has been "proud to serve". 0ur royal correspondent
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nicholas witchell reports. 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
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and a contribution. he's flown on scores of emergency call—outs and seen tragedy at close quarters. 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: 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. someone else with a good job. spare
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a thought for the founder of amazon, because he has become the world's richest man on thursday. he has a fortune worth more than 91 billion dollars, but his moment at the top was brief because the drop in amazon share prices means we have to relinquish the title again to the microsoft founder bill gates. you can find out more about amazon's results coming up in asia business report. for now, you have been watching newsday. from both of us, thank you very much for watching and see you very soon. yesterday was one of those days
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where there was sunshine and it clouded over it and there was quite a bit of rain. in the afternoon in london, atrocious weather for a time. there was quite a lot of rain in many parts of the uk, but sunshine in between. those showers started turning heavy and thundery in the afternoon and into the evening. they tend to fade away for many eastern areas overnight. we keep showers going in northern and western areas, temperatures dipping to about 12 degrees in aberdeen, 13 in london, 14— 15 for cardiff and plymouth. showers from early on in scotland, northern ireland. write for a time scotland, northern ireland. write fora time in scotland, northern ireland. write for a time in east anglia and the south—east but showers in the south—west merging in the afternoon. sunny spells of showers again in scotland. always heaviest in the north and west. lighter further east. about 70 degrees, but breezy. dry in the northern england for a
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time. when the weather developing in the south and west. the wind picking up the south and west. the wind picking up as well. turning increasingly cloudy in the south—east. temperatures getting up to 19— 20, but the rain is likely to hold off until later. good news at the oval. the breeze will be quite noticeable and eventually the risk of some rain through the early part of the evening. that rain will move in from the south. there will be rain pushing into northern england for a time, so that will be heavy. through the small hours of the morning it clears to the north sea, although it may linger towards kent and sussex and all the while showers keep going across western scotland and northern ireland. dry in between and by dawn on saturday about 13— 1a. most of the showers in the north—west are closer to this low pressure which will keep things went over the next few days. it will be breezy and there will be cloud and outbreaks of rain. always wettest on saturday towards kent and sussex and some
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rain later towards the south—west of england. lots of cloud ahead of that, but brighter weather in northern england and north wales and all the while showers keep going in western scotland and northern ireland. 17— 18, up to 22 in the south—east. unsettled again on sunday. low pressure to the south—west of the uk, where the heaviest showers will be. showers fewer in the south—eastern corner, but a couple. temperatures 21— 22. the weekend on the cool site, breezy, a bit of sunshine and also showers and some of them could be heavy. this is bbc news. our top story: aid workers say 7 million people in yemen are one step away from famine. and the ongoing outbreak of cholera has affected hundreds of thousands. with 500,000 children now severely malnourished, doctors fear the country's in danger of losing its future. the senate in washington has voted overwhelmingly to impose new sanctions on russia, iran and north korea, despite president trump's concerns. the bill will now be sent
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to the white house for mr trump to sign into law or veto. and this video is trending on a heart—warming tale from aleppo zoo where a collection of lions, tigers and bears has been rescued after six years of war and taken to a rehabilitation centre in turkey. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk. police investigating the grenfell tower fire say they have "reasonable grounds" to suspect that corporate manslaughter offences may have been committed.
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