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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is reged ahmad. our top stories: 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 can't get the most basic treatment. after more than two years of war, half the health facilities in the country are not functioning. the us orders the families of its embassy staff to leave venezuela, ahead of sunday's controversial election. critics say the country is sliding towards dictatorship. open warfare in the white house — donald trump's new communications director launches a foul—mouthed attack against two of his senior colleagues. and a new film about orthodoxjews, in yiddish, premieres in new york. but religious rules mean its target audience is unlikely to attend. hello and welcome to the programme.
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war has been raging for two years inside yemen, with devastating consequences for its people. the un is calling it the world's worst humanitarian crisis with the country on the brink of famine. cholera has swept through yemen, with nearly 2000 deaths since the outbreak began in april. 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 throughout. we cross the red sea to reach yemen, past the sunken wreckage of a hidden war.
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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. 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... ..to 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,
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a desperate rush to save abdullah mohammed salem, who came in with no pulse. they tried to squeeze fluid and life back into his veins. he's a 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
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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 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,
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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 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.
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"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, 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 as stake. 0rla guerin, bbc news, aden. for much more analysis and detail online on the cholera outbreak and the war, just go to our website or download the bbc news app. in breaking news, the high—profile
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minister has designed reside in japan. she announced the resignation on friday. she has repeatedly denied claims that she helped on cover —— cover records. the political crisis in venezuela has prompted the us state department to order family members of its staff at the embassy in caracas to leave the country. it also warned american citizens against travelling there. venezuela is banning protests that could disturb or affect sunday's controversial election for a new constituent assembly. the opposition sees it as a move towards dictatorship. sarah corker reports. in this deeply divided nation, running street battles
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have become the norm. for four months there have been mass protests over president nicolas maduro‘s attempts to rewrite the nation's constitution. 0pponents say it is a move towards dictatorship. this crisis appears to be intensifying. the government banned protests ahead of a controversial election on sunday, and those who defy the ban risk a prison sentence of up to ten years. yet opposition leaders have called for another nationwide rally. despite vast oil reserves, venezuela's economy has collapsed. this week, businesses closed, roads were blockaded, as millions went on a two—day strike. translation: if people haven't noticed, the constituent assembly will destroy life, and if that happens, more venezuelans will have to leave the country because this will turn into a war, civil war. since april, more than 100 people
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have died in protests. thousands more have been arrested. president maduro remains defiant, insisting a new constitution and a new assembly are the only way to bring peace. translation: i propose to the opposition that it abandon the road to insurrection, that it return to the constitution, and that in the coming hours, before the election and the installation of the national constituent assembly, we begin a round—table dialogue. but international pressure is mounting. this week the us imposed sanctions on senior venezuelan officials, and amid escalating violence, some us embassy staff in caracas are preparing to leave. but with the army still loyal to the government, president maduro has vowed to defend the socialist revolution at all costs. let's take a look at some of
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the other stories making the news: reports from nigeria say more than a0 people were killed in an attack by boko haram militants on an oil exploration team, in maiduguri. the local university confirmed that some of its staff had been killed. soldiers and members of a local vigilante group also died in the ambush on tuesday. police in london investigating the grenfell tower fire say there are reasonable grounds to pursue corporate manslaughter charges. the announcement means that senior executives from kensington and chelsea council, and the tenant management organisation running the building, are likely to be questioned under caution. at least 80 people died in the fire. iran says it has successfully tested a rocket that can put satellites in orbit. the united states criticised the launch and described it as a provocative action, saying it was an example of iran's continued ballistic missile development. the phoenix rocket was launched from a new space centre in northern iran. the head of the us military says
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there'll be no change to its policy on allowing transgender people to serve, until it's instructed by the president. that's despite donald trump tweeting that transgender troops will be banned from service. it's as disagreements between senior white house officials are being aired in public, instead of within the oval office. our north america editor, jon sopel, has more. it is said the president likes a lot of drama and a lot of noise. he has got it in cacophonous levels at the moment. you just talked about the military chiefs saying he is not quite going to obey the orders that came down from the tweet, saying there will be no modifications to the current policy until the president's direction has been received. in other words, "we don't take direction from twitter." then we have the most extraordinary knife fight in the white house, which should be accompanied to the music of west side story, as thejets and the sharks battle it out. the communications director
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is going after the chief of staff, accusing him of leaking information. "if reince wants to say he is not a leaker, let him do that." this photo has been released, showing them not exactly one—on—one. meanwhile, the new yorker has shown a quote from the director of communications, anthony scaramucci, some of which i cannot use because i cannot say it on air. but he called reince priebus a schizophrenic and a paranoiac. that is not to mention the battle going on over the chief law officer, the attorney—general. he is in a beleaguered position. republicans say to him that there will be holy hell to pay if the president fires him. and the chief executive of the boy scouts association has had to issue a statement today saying, "i want to extend my sincere apologies to those in our scouting family who were offended
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by the political rhetoric that was inserted into the jamboree. " the man who did that? the president. from the white house to capitol hill, the us senate has voted overwhelmingly for new sanctions on russia, iran and north korea, despite president donald trump objecting to the legislation. the house of representatives approved the bill earlier this week, also by an overwhelming majority. having passed through both chambers, it will be sent to president trump to veto or sign into law. street clashes have taken place in eastjerusalem, as muslims returned to a holy site. israeli police used stun grenades to disperse worshippers at the gate of the al—asqa mosque complex. palestinians had been boycotting the site, known to muslims as haram al—sharif and tojews as the temple mount. they returned on thursday after israel removed new security measures including metal detectors and cameras. yolande knell reports from jerusalem. thousands pack the narrow streets.
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the nearly two weeks most muslims in jerusalem did not go inside al—asqa mosques. at first israel blocked access after two policemen were shot dead then palestinians refused to enter, in protest at new israeli security measures. earlier, those we re security measures. earlier, those were removed. you security measures. earlier, those were removed. you can see security measures. earlier, those were removed. you can seejust how many people are answering this call to prayer. palestinians saw the extra security as a way of israel extending its control over the side, the third holiest place in islam and the third holiest place in islam and the most holy place thejews. israel denied that. but when the crowds tried to force open the gate kept close by is rarely police, the mood of celebration turned sour. this is
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how muslim worshippers prayed in recent days, on street outside the old city walls in occupied jerusalem. until overnight, scaffolding and barriers are dismantled the cheers. a ready itself had removed metal detectors and cameras. / in respect and appreciation of our people in jerusalem, christians and muslim because it was from god and it was their resistance and steadfastness. fight palestinians were killed in clashes with israelis security forces. in this settlement, palestinian teenagers stabbed to death three israelis in their home. now it is hoped the dangerous escalation.. now it is hoped the dangerous escalation. . it is now it is hoped the dangerous escalation.. it is our duty and our
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policy to keep the status code that will enable muslims, christians and jews to pray in their holy places. this latest crisis has only deepened the mistrust between the israelis and palestinians, just at a time when there are fresh international effo rts when there are fresh international efforts to restart peace talks. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: money for the wall — we'll hear about the first spending that could be used for donald trump's wall along the mexico border. cheering the us space agency, nasa, has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that
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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 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 bbc news. the latest headlines: after two years of war, yemen is facing the worst cholera outbreak in history. one person every hour is dying from the disease. the us has ordered the families
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of its embassy staff to leave venezuela ahead of sunday's controversial election. critics say the country is sliding towards dictatorship. the us house of representatives has approved a big increase in military spending for next year. packaged with that bill is $1.6 billion, specifically for the us—mexico border wall. earlier, i spoke to phillip molnar. he's senior business teporter with the san diego union—tribune and i asked him what exactly this money is actually earmarked to fund. it's actually going to start about 7k miles of border wall, which isn't a lot when we're talking about a 2,000 mile border. about 14 miles here in san diego where i'm at and the rest of the miles they are planning on building over in texas in the rio grande valley.
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is this going to mirror the kind of border wall donald trump is talking about, or is it repairing existing fencing? it's kind of a mix of both, repairing fencing and also what donald trump is talking about. we actually haven't got a lot of details out of custom and border protection on what they're planning down there. it's been a really difficult process ever since donald trump took office to find out what exactly their thinking about down there and what they plan to build. we heard a lot during the campaign about donald trump saying that mexico would pay for the wall. how do you think donald trump's base is going to react, given this is taxpayer money at this time? well, i'm always surprised on how his base reacts. to an outside observer it might look like, hey, look, obviously this is taxpayer money, it's not what you promised us, but there's a lot of people out there who say what he's going to find is a way some day to make mexico pay for it and don't
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worry, he's got a plan. we haven't really seen that yet. there's been some proposals floated. also there's been a plan to use solar panels on the wall, which his base really enjoys because they think it will pay for the wall, but unfortunately a lot of analysts have looked into that and they think basically there's no way you can generate enough solar energy at the border wall to pay for it. sketchy detail. i believe there's been reaction from the relevant states about this $1.6 billion, can you tell us about that? definitely. especially here in california we have a lot of left—leaning politicians that are really not happy about the border wall. we have a state senator in los angeles, ricardo lara, he has a senate bill right now that would actually stop companies that
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build the border wall from getting any contract in the state of california. it's kind of intense. are those people going to be anybody that walks on the jobsite? he said no, he's changing that but it's pretty intense, and after today's announcement of the $1.6 billion, he pronounced in strong words condemning it, as well as other california politicians here. two women charged with murdering the half brother of north korean leader kim jong—un have appeared at the malaysian high court for pre—trial hearings. vietnamese dwahn doan thi huong and indonesian siti aisyah are accused of smearing kim jong—nam's face with the vx nerve agent. their trial is due to begin on october second. this weekend a full length film in yiddish will hit the big screen,
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making it one of the first movies of its kind in more than 70 years. the father—son drama is set in the ultra orthodoxjewish community of new york's borough park. tom brook has been to meet the actors and those driving the production. borough park in brooklyn. it has one of the biggest concentrations of ultra—orthodox jews outside israel. they reject most aspects of secular culture and that includes watching television and movies. yet a portrait of this community has emerged in a new movie titled menashe. the film tells the story of one man's struggle, a widower called menashe, to maintain custody of his son rieven played by ruben niborski. the film was co—written and directed byjoshua weinstein, a non—orthodox jew, working with a cast of ultra—orthodoxjews. menashe is this big charlie chaplinesque of a man. he's very funny, he's very endearing, but there's a deep sadness inside him.
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and rieven is a sweet boy. and they have this chemistry where just by making a face they can show all the dynamic and emotion between a father and son. nearly all the dialogue in menashe is in yiddish. the film aims to be the genuine article. these people speak yiddish in everyday lives. it is the language they speak at home. to have holywood actors speaking in english would have felt so phoney that i don't even know what the point of making the film would have been. i gather that you don't speak yiddish, so wasn't it rather difficult in a way to direct a film that's in yiddish? we wrote the script in english and then we had translators translate into yiddish. but yiddish is such a language that, block by block, neighbourhood by neighbourhood, family by family, speaks it differently, so we had huge debates about what the correct words were, how to say certain things. but this low—budget film faces a challenge. even with english subtitles, audience appetite for a movie in yiddish is limited.
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also the group that might be most interested in the picture's content, ultra—orthodox jews, will most likely not go to see this film because cinema—going is not permitted within the community. but menashe star, menashe lustig, thanks ultra—orthodoxjews may make an exception for this film because to him it's legitimate, it's kosher. it's kosher because there's no touching. even if there's some females in the movie they are modestly clothed, dressed. and there's no negative against religion, belief, or any rabbis or culture. menashe may be one of the few films in yiddish in more than 70 years but its presence doesn't signal an imminent revival in yiddish cinema, which blossomed mid—1930s. but it does show that the yiddish language, while it no longer enjoys the primacy of decades ago, is most definitely flourishing in the ultra—orthodoxjewish community in borough park in brooklyn.
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now, one for the royal watchers here. there have been some goodbyes said today as prince william carried out his final shift as an air ambulance pilot. he's been flying emergency helicopters at cambridge airport for the last two years and it's a job he says he really doesn't want to leave, but he's quitting to take up duties as a full—time member of the royal family. you can get more on that on the website. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm at bbc reged ahmad. tweet me if there is a story you are interested in. see you soon. hello, good morning.
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yesterday was one of those days where there was sunshine and it clouded over and there was quite a bit of rain. in mid—afternoon in london, atrocious weather for a time. and you can see here there was quite a lot of rain in many parts of the uk, but some sunshine in between. those showers when they came along started turning heavy and thundery in the afternoon and into the evening. they tend to fade away for many eastern areas overnight. but we'll keep showers going in northern and western areas, temperatures dipping to about 12 degrees in aberdeen, 13 in london, 111—15 for cardiff and plymouth. showers from early on across scotland and northern ireland, northern england too. brighter weather for a time in east anglia and the south—east but showers in the south—west will be merging into a longer spell of rain into the afternoon. sunny spells and showers again in scotland. always heaviest in
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the north and west. lighter further east. some spells of sunshine here. about 17 degrees, but it is quite breezy. dry in the northern england for a time. but we've got this wetter weather developing in the south and west. and the winds are picking up here as well. turning increasingly cloudy in the south—east. temperatures getting up to, what, 19—20, but the rain is likely to hold off until later on. so good news at the oval. a bright start, but clouding over all the while. the breeze will be quite noticeable and eventually the risk of some rain through the early part of the evening. that rain will be creeping its way in from the south. there will be rain pushing into northern england for a time, some of that will be on the heavy side. 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. but a drier swathe in between and by dawn on saturday about or 13—111. most of the showers in the north—west are closest to this low pressure which will be a key thin over the next few days. it will be breezy and there will be cloud and outbreaks of rain. i think it's always going to be
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wettest on saturday towards kent and sussex and some rain later on towards the south—west of england. a lot of cloud ahead of that, but there should be some brighter weather in northern england and north wales, and all the while showers keep going across western scotland and northern ireland. 17—18 here, maybe up to 21—22 in the south—east. unsettled again on sunday. low pressure to the north—west of the uk, that's where the heaviest showers are going to be. showers fewer and further between the south—eastern corner, but there'll be one or two. temperatures 21—22. so through the weekend on the cool side, breezy too, a little bit of sunshine and also showers and some of those could be quite heavy. this is bbc news, the headlines: aid workers say seven million people in yemen are one step away from famine. two years of war between the government and houthi rebels have led to a dire humanitarian situation. it's being exacerbated by an outbreak of cholera which has affected hundreds of thousands of people. venezuelan president nicolas maduro has banned protests,
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ahead of sunday's controversial election for a new national assembly. opposition groups have vowed to defy the ban — they claim the country's sliding towards dictatorship. the us has ordered the families of its embassy staff to leave ahead of the vote. now on bbc news, the travel show. coming up on this week's travel show. we are taking a look at pakistan is biggest city and taking a look at pink dolphins. and we are crossing the great canadian prairie on a
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