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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. and prince william quits hisjob as
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a pilot. hello and welcome to the programme. 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. this was the only way to the port city of aden. the saudi—led coalition, bombing the country, grounded the un plane
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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... 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 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 at the rate of about one every hour. another outcome of a brutal conflict. this hospital alone receives about 100 new cholera
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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, like that of this family. their house was hit by two air strikes as the coalition targeted houthi fighters nearby.
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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. "they went into the living room and that's when they were hit. "he lost both legs immediately."
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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 10—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. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: reports from nigeria say more than a0 people were killed
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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. japan's defence minister has resigned over an alleged cover—up involving military documents. tomomee inada announced her resignation at a press conference on friday. she has repeatedly denied claims she helped cover up internal records that exposed the danger that japanese peacekeepers faced in south sudan. 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. 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.
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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 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,
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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, a civil war. since april, more than 100 people 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
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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. the head of the us military says 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
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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 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.
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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 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. and one other point to note — the house of representatives has approved a big increase in military spending for next year. packaged with that
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bill is $1.6 billion, specifically for the us—mexico border wall. mexico has flatly refused to pay for the wall. the president also admitted there are areas not suited for a wall. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we'll be taking you away from the washington bubble to mount rushmore — donald trump jokes he should join america's greatest presidents on the famous monument. but do visitors to the site agree? cheering the us space agency, nasa, has ordered an investigation after confirmation today that astronauts were cleared to fly while drunk.
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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 of its embassy staff to leave venezuela ahead of sunday's
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controversial election. critics say the country is sliding towards dictatorship. 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—aqsa 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. for nearly two weeks, most muslims injerusalem did not go inside al—aqsa mosques. at first israel blocked off access, after two policemen were shot dead. then palestinians refused to enter, in protest
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at new israeli security measures. earlier, those were removed. you can see just how many people are answering this call to prayer. palestinians saw the extra security as a way of israel extending its control over the site, which is the third holiest place in islam and the most holy place forjews. israel denied that. but when the crowd tries to force open a gate kept closed by israeli police, the mood of celebration turned sour. this is how muslim worshippers prayed in recent days, on streets outside the old city walls in occupied eastjerusalem. until overnight, scaffolding and barriers are dismantled to cheers. a ready israel had removed metal detectors and cameras. translation: respect and appreciation for our people
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in jerusalem, christians and muslims, because it was from god then it was their resistance and steadfastness. as tensions rose this week, five palestinians were killed in clashes with israelis security forces. in this west bank settlement, a palestinian teenager stabbed to death three israelis in their home. now it is hoped the dangerous escalation will be reversed. i'm confident that things will calm down, step by step. after all, it is our duty and our policy to keep the status quo that enabled muslims, christians and jews to pray in their holy places. but this latest crisis has only deepened the mistrust between israelis and palestinians, just at a time when there are fresh international efforts to restart peace talks.
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let's round up some other stories now: a malaysian high courtjudge has set a date for the trial of two women accused of murdering the half brother of north korean leader kim jong—un. these up —— suspects appeared at a brief court hearing in kuala lumpur. they're accused of smearing kim jong—nam's face with the vx nerve agent. firefighters say the blazes which led to mass evacuations in southern france are under control but they warn that fires continue to burn. around 10,000 holidaymakers and residents were forced to leave their homes and campsites around the town of bormes—les—mimosas. a fleet of planes dropping water on burning trees have helped
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contain the blaze. at least ten people were injured when a violent thunderstorm struck istanbul on thursday, bringing hailstones the size of golf balls. the storm lasted just 20 minutes but paralysed peak hour traffic and caused flash flooding that submerged cars in some streets. flights from the city's ataturk airport were also suspended. porsche says it will recall 22,000 of its cayenne models over irregular engine management software. the german transport minister labelled the emissions—controlling software illegal. the luxury carmaker is owned by volkswagen, which admitted it had fitted some of its cars with a device to cheat on emissions tests. six months into the trump presidency, americans have perhaps got used to the sometimes chaotic goings—on at the white house. earlier this week, mount rushmore hit the headlines after donald trump joked about whether his face should be added to the famous granite wall depicting past us presidents. the monumental sculpture is in south dakota, that's solid trump territory. so how is his unconventional presidential style going down with supporters there? nick bryant travelled to mount rushmore to find out. what better place to talk presidential stature
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than mount rushmore in south dakota? carved into the rock are sculptures of washington, jefferson, teddy roosevelt and abraham lincoln. four presidents who truly made america great. donald trump continues to boast he'll be the most presidential person ever, other than possibly abe lincoln. but even people who voted for him take a very different view. i'm a bit disappointed and the reason is because i think he was the right guy at the time to shake things up, to move things forward, but he's causing too much chaos and not bringing enough order to government. i think his ego's getting in the way so i'm hoping he's going to take a step back and take a look at himself. i think he can do the change, if he gets rid of his ego. i don't think he's been as presidential as i'd ideally want. but i think he's getting used to the job, as well, and i think he'll get there.
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donald trump has described his use of social media as modern—day presidential. he clearly believes he's communicating in ways which meet the requirements of the twitter age. but that has meant upending tradition and rejecting long—held norms. in terms of behaviour, this presidency marks a break from the past. i'd ask whether or not you think i will some day be on mount rushmore. at a rally in ohio early this week, donald trump joked about one day having his own famous features memorialised in stone. but here's the problem. if i did itjoking, totallyjoking, having fun, the fake news media will say, he believes he should be on mount rushmore. of course, if you travel through the american heartland you'll find many trump supporters who regard him still as a presidential antihero, an a fellow outsider. someone like them who's long been sneered at by east and west coast elites.
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people like the members of the freedom motorcycle church, a short ride from mount rushmore. we're considered outsiders at times. but so is he. and he's coming into a place where he makes people uncomfortable. we have been there, we know what that's like and we understand that. we understand when he talks about stuff. man, that's us, you know. and so yeah, we like that, we relate to that. presidential reputations change over time. mavericks become mainstream, divisive figures become unifying. but for now, donald trump remains deeply polarising — a national treasure to some, a national embarrassment to others. nick bryant, bbc news, south dakota. it's a job he really doesn't want to leave,
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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's been proud to serve. our royal correspondent 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,
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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 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.
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nicholas witchell, bbc news, cambridge airport. south korean president moonjae—in is a self—confessed animal lover, and the president has welcomed a new member into his family. this is tory, a little black dog who was reportedly headed for the dinner table before being rescued two years ago. the four—year—old black mongrel was adopted from the animal rights group coexistence of animal rights on earth. very sweet dog there. and there's much more on our website, including all the latest from our correspondents across the globe. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm at bbc reged ahmad. @bbcbreaking for all the latest news as well. 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 fact, mid—afternoon in london, really atrocious weather for a time. and you can see here there was quite a lot of rain across many parts of the uk, but some sunshine in between. but those showers when they came along started turning heavy and thundery in the afternoon and on into the evening. now, they tend to fade away for many eastern areas overnight. but we'll keep some showers going in northern and western areas, temperatures dipping down to around about 12 degrees in aberdeen, 13 or so in london, 111—15 for cardiff and for plymouth. showers from early on across scotland and northern ireland, northern england too. there'll be some brighter weather for a time across east anglia and the south—east, but some showers in the south—west will be merging into a longer spell of rain into the afternoon. but through the afternoon it's sunny spells and showers again across scotland. always heaviest in the north and west. lighter the further east you are. sunny spells of sunshine here.
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about 17 degrees, but it is quite breezy. dry in the northern england for a time. but we've got this wetter weather developing across the south and west. and the winds will be picking up here as well. turning increasingly cloudy across the south—east. temperatures getting up to, what, 19—20 degrees, but the rain looks like it will hold off until later on. so, it's good news at the oval. a bright start, but clouding over all the while. the breeze will be quite noticeable and eventually there is the risk of some rain through the early part of the evening. that rain will be creeping its way in from the south. and there will be some rain pushing into northern england for a time, as well. 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 well linger towards kent and sussex. and all the while some showers keep going across western scotland and northern ireland. but a drier swathe in between and by dawn on saturday many places around about or 13—14 degrees. most of those showers in the north—west are closest to this area of low pressure which will be a key features
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for things over the next few days. afairamount of isobars on the charts. it will be breezy and there will be cloud and outbreaks of rain. i think it's always going to be wettest on saturday towards kent and sussex. and there will be 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 those showers keep going across western scotland and northern ireland. 17—18 degrees here, might get to 21—22 in the south—east. unsettled again on sunday. we've still got low pressure to the north—west of the uk, that's where the heaviest showers are going to be. showers are slightly fewer and further between across the south—eastern corner, but there'll be one or two. top temperature around about 21—22 degrees. 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
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affected hundreds of thousands of people. venezuelan president nicolas maduro has banned protests 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. following a vote in the house of representatives, the us senate has also overwhelmingly backed new sanctions on russia, iran, and north korea, despite president donald trump objecting to the legislation. the bill will now be sent to the white house for the president to sign into law or veto. now on bbc news another chance to see an episode of hardtalk first broadcast in february. stephen sackur talks to singapore's prime minister lee hsien loong.
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