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tonight at ten... turmoil at the white house, as another senior official is sacked. anthony scaramucci is no longer communications director, afterjust ten days on the job. it follows the appointment by president trump of a new chief of staff, john kelly, to bring "discipline and strength" to the white house. also in the programme tonight, remembering the fallen. prince charles leads a service to mark the 100th anniversary of the battle of passchendale. among the guests, descendants of those who fought in 1917 in flanders fields. we remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here. a royal marine, ciaran maxwell, has been jailed after leading
a double life as a bomb maker for dissident republicans, in northern ireland. an extra 21,000 mental health workers in england are to be recruited over four years. but unions say it's an impossible task. and a moeen ali hat—trick sees england cruise to victory over south africa in the third test at the oval. coming up in sportsday on bbc news later in the hour, a blow for the world athletics championships that start in london on friday. one of its biggest stars, david rudisha, has had to pull out with an injury. good evening. after an already turbulent last few
days at the white house, the newly appointed communications director, anthony scaramucci, has been removed from his post. he'd in the job just ten days. it's being reported that president trump decided he should go after a request byjohn kelly, who was sworn in today as the president's new chief of staff. a former four star general, it's hoped mr kelly will bring "discipline and strength" to a white house seemingly in chaos. well, our north america editor, jon sopel, is there. it is hard to overstate the significance of what has unfolded. ten days ago anthony scaramucci was seen as the ten days ago anthony scaramucci was seen 3s the answer ten days ago anthony scaramucci was seen as the answer to all the white house's communications problems but now he has gone, apparently escorted off the premises. there has been a sense of chaos and drift because also seen the departure of the press secretary, the previous chief of staff and now mr scaramucci. it is a white house at a crossroads, either
going down the path of further chaos and discord or with a new chief of staff getting a bit of iron discipline into the way this place runs. that is why this is such a pivotal moment. i'm going to be brief and make my remarks informal. he was right about that, wasn't he? it is day one on thejob and that, wasn't he? it is day one on the job and certain things are insta ntly the job and certain things are instantly clear. anthony scaramucci does not lack for self—confidence, swagger or bravado. does not lack for self—confidence, swagger or bravadolj does not lack for self—confidence, swagger or bravado. i love the president and i'm very loyal. this would be his first and last appearance at the white house podium. ten days later the new communications director is gone and the white house knowing him his goodbye. let it not be said it was an uneventful ten days. it told the bbc he would be straight talking. 0ne bbc he would be straight talking. one of the things i cannot stand about this pound is the backstabbing —— this town. where i grew up we are fund stabbers that we tell you exactly where we are from and what
we are doing. turbulence does not begin to describe it. in a foul mouth tie—break he went to war with the two most senior people in the west wing who are not the president. in his conversations with the new yorker magazine he said the former chief of staff... and the steve bannon... by by last friday the chief of staff had been fired, left abandoned at andrews air force base. a scalp to scaramucci but now, irony of ironies, generaljohn kelly, on the first day as new chief of staff, had changes he wanted to make as the president lavished praise on him.|j wa nt to president lavished praise on him.|j want to congratulate you on having done a fantasticjob and we look forward to come if it's possible, and even better job forward to come if it's possible, and even betterjob as chief of staff. the general had demanded the
head of scaramucci and the president served it up on a platter. after a dizzying few days, the president's press secretary tried to sound calm. the president suddenly felt that anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position. and he did not want to burden general kelly also with that line of succession. before all this u nfold line of succession. before all this unfold at the president tweeted. .. no white house chaos! actually, still quite chaotic as the president went to a ceremony in the east wing to honour those who were prepared to lay down their lives for their comrades and their country. you talked of iron discipline now descending on the white house after the appointment of mr kelly and that
is what the president is praying for it seems? let's see what happened in the long—term. we have been here before where there have been of personnel with a new campaign manager in the campaign, thinking that might herald a different direction for how trump would campaign and it did not materialise but having said that, that is the sceptical view. the other is that general kelly has already been given a lot of authority to make changes, to bring in discipline and have a clear chain of command so that everybody reports to him. you do not have the freewheeling that has been the hallmark of this white house this last six months with people able to go directly to the president, cut out other people in the chain of command. general kelly will want to see that that happened and, frankly, his success depends as much on donald trump and whether he continues to give him that authority. i think all the time things are going well donald trump will give him that but remember that this is not about a food fight in
the white building behind me, there are some pretty big ticket issues like north korea, russia, intractable problems that the president needs to have a team where they are all pulling in one direction. they have been pulling in all different directions and it has been a white house at war with itself. general kelly has taken the first steps today to bring that to an end. many thanks for that. john sobel at the white house. commemorations have been taking place today to mark a hundred years since the start one of the bloodiest battles of world war i, at passchendaele. sophie raworth is at the tyne cot cemetery in belgium where the commemorations have been taking place. sophie. yes, over three months, british and allied troops clashed with german soldiers in what became known as the battle of passchendaele. in the fields around this cemetery, around half a million soldiers — on both sides of the war — were killed, wounded or went missing. as the battle began, torrential rain fell. many soldiers drowned in the mud.
their bodies were never found. but the names of many are etched in stone on the walls of this cemetery. robert hall reports. there are few more peaceful places than the gentle slope of tyne cot. today, among its white headstones, families looked back across the years to another big push. the battle we know today as passchendaele would last for over 100 days. we remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here. tyne cot overlooks the rolling farmland, streams and woods that
were once no man's land, a scar of liquid mud and stagnant, stinking craters. bert ferns fought at passchendaele. he joined the lancashire fusiliers atjust 18. bert ferns began his attack here, beside the german bunker that now lies within tyne cot cemetery. the lancashire fusiliers made their way uphill towards passchendaele village and a spot which bert later said he would never forget. we came across what would be about 100 yards square of bodies that had been caught in an artillery shrapnel attack. they were absolutely massacred. private edward michael batten,
13th platoon, d company, 45th battalion, australian imperial force. private james monroe, 1 south african infantry regiment. my great—great—grandfather, rifleman stanley durrant of the kings... my great—great—uncle, private walter stevenson, 4th battalion grenadier guards. voices and stories that inspire acts of remembrance, like the story of captain noel chavasse, surgeon and olympic athlete who was awarded the victoria cross twice for rescuing men under fire. when you start to understand the man behind the medals, i think you start to grow an attachment. heroism which brought his great great niece here for the first time. perhaps we won't have such big, government funded events at this
today, but what we will have are stories we can pass down the generations in a way that i don't think should stop for something that was so significant. flanders means endless endurance. flanders means blood and scraps of human bodies. flanders means heroic courage and faithfulness unto death. the horrors of passchendaele have been passed from family to family for a hundred years. flanders is likely to remain a place of pilgrimage for generations to come. robert hall, bbc news, tyne cot. well, among the first over the top when the battle of passchendaele began 100 years ago today were the welsh infantry. some lived to tell the tale. others were killed within hours. sian lloyd has been talking to the relatives of two men who went out to fight that day. whistle. fire!
marking the moment the battle began a hundred years ago. the cannon was fired as part of a dawn service in the field where infantrymen of the 30th welsh division began their advance. 3000 welsh soldiers were killed or wounded within the first three days of fighting. they were sent into battle with the words ‘gwell angau na chywilydd', better death than shame. some of those who made the ultimate sacrifice are buried here in artillery wood cemetery. among them, a 30—year—old welsh poet. private ellis evans was better known by his pen name, hedd wyn. inspired by the landscape around his home in snowdonia, he was a reluctant soldier, conscripted into service. he used to carry a spade, a pickaxe and the shears,
and never in his life had a rifle in his hand. you might as well say he was going to the front line naked. he was killed within hours. a few weeks later, a poem he had sent from the front line won the highest honour in wales, the chair of the national eisteddfod. his absence at the prize—giving ceremony came to symbolise a lost generation felt by many farming communities. all the cream of the young men had been killed. for what, i don't know. to me it doesn't make sense whatsoever. # guide me, 0 thou greatjehovah #. hedd wyn was honoured today in a special service. among those taking part, sian rees, who has her own story to tell. her grandfather, bert hinder, was 19 when hejoined up. he survived the battle and made his home in the seaside town of rhyl. sian cherishes her memories of him.
he was jolly, he was small, he had terrible jokes and he always used to give me a sixpence on a saturday morning. like so many, bert never spoke about the horrors he saw. the miracle of the first world war is, although so many millions died, that so many thousands returned home and nobody knew what heroes they had been. the welsh division did achieve their goal of pushing back the enemy line. the cost was honoured today. sian lloyd, bbc news, ypres. we'll be back at tyne cot later when we'll hear from the daughter of a man who fought here, but for now back to clive in london. a serving royal marine who led a double life making bombs for a dissident republican group in
northern ireland, has been jailed for 18 years. ciaran maxwell was described by the judge at the old bailey as a "dangerous" man who threatened the political stability of northern ireland. june kelly reports. soon after he signed up, ciaran maxwell became the enemy within the royal marines. on facebook, he posted this video of his training exercises as he was supposedly serving queen and country. in reality, he was servicing the dissident irish republican group, the continuity ira. he was a very accomplished and sophisticated bomb maker who could have supplied these devices over a long period of time to violent dissident republican groups and undoubtedly, i believe, that by being caught now, lives have been saved. ciaran maxwell came from northern ireland and four of his bombs were used here by the continuity ira. no—one was hurt but maxwell built
1a bombs and some of his devices are still feared to be in dissident hands. he knew those he was working for were intent on attacking police stations and killing officers and others. he had researched over 300 targets. it was near his hometown of larne that police uncovered the first of a series of hides he used to store his lethal stashes. these included timers and antipersonnel mines. fertiliser recovered here could have been the base for a bomb bigger than the one that caused carnage at enniskillen in 1987. as a member of the royal marines elite a0 commando unit, ciaran maxwell was based here in somerset and this is where he was arrested. for years without ever being caught, he had been systematically stealing british military ammunition and adding it to his terrorist arsenal. as well as the locations in northern ireland, maxwell had a further network of hides in devon.
this was him under surveillance. he had 43 hides in total. larne, where maxwell grew up, is a mainly unionist town and as a catholic teenager his skull was fractured when he was badly beaten up by a loyalist gang. this left him with post—traumatic stress disorder. he claimed this was the reason for his irrational behaviour but the judge rejected this, describing him as a dissident republican, hostile to the uk. as well as smuggling bullets and other kit out of his base, he was also smuggling cannabis and lsd in. this picture with his cannabis crop was recovered after his arrest. a former army officer and now northern ireland politician, doug beattie is amazed at maxwell's audacious double life. we could have been looking at a loss of life perpetrated at the hands of a serving soldier of the british military and if we don't have a look at our security checks and how we vet people before theyjoin
the military then we are going to have problems in the future. the ministry of defence says all personnel are subject to regular checks but ciaran maxwell, the renegade commando, has caused serious embarrassment to the royal marines. june kelly, bbc news. the government says it wants to recruit an extra 21,000 mental health workers in england over the next four years. the health secretary, jeremy hunt, says it's time to end what he called the "historic imbalance" between mental and physical health services. but the royal college of nursing has questioned if there's enough time to train so many staff. here's our health editor, hugh pym. as a teenager, hope had a serious eating disorder. she thought she'd got through it after treatment but, last year, a family bereavement triggered a relapse. she was offered therapy, but was told there would be a 12—week wait — news she said was devastating. the way i was treated last year wasn't right. there were points when i did
want to kind of end everything, and when i never thought i'd ever be well again. and it was at those points that i was so angry and annoyed at the system, because when you cry out for help, you already feel guilty because you've got this voice in your head telling you that you shouldn't be eating, you shouldn't be asking for help, so when you do call out for help and you get turned away, you think that actually, no—one does care about you, no—one kind of understands what you're going through. to cut down waiting times and expand mental health services, the government has announced an expansion of the workforce. we've worked out exactly how many more doctors, nurses, therapists that we need. we worked out where we think we can get them from. like all plans, it will be challenging to deliver it, but we are determined to hold true to our promise to transform mental health services. the plan for mental health staffing involves an extra 21,000 posts in england by the 2020 financial year. this will include children's services, adult talking therapies and crisis care. but official figures show
there was a fall of more than 5000 in the number of mental health nurses in england between march 2010 and march this year. the new recruitment drive has been welcomed by the royal college of nursing, though leaders say it will hard to achieve at a time of public sector pay restraint and the abolition of free tuition for new nurse trainees in england. how are we going to do that in such a short timescale? when other government policies are actually getting in the way of that. so we already know we've got one in ten posts in mental health vacant. so we've got to fill those, as well as putting additional nurses in. mental health professionals like mandy stevens believe the pressures of the job are affecting recruitment. she says in her experience more staff are leaving than joining. the emotional toll on individual nurses can be very difficult, making sure people are getting supervised. i think the pay has had an impact on nurses over the past few years and it's quite difficult to make
ends meet on such a low salary. as for hope, she says she has pulled through her latest mental health setback but she believes a lot more needs to be done to ensure people get the care they need when they need it. hugh pym, bbc news. former bosses of the charity kids company may be disqualified from holding executive posts after a government investigation. the insolvency service says it's bringing court proceedings against camilla batmanghelidjh, and the bbc broadcaster alan yentob. in all, nine of the charity's former directors could be banned for up to six years. kids company shut down in 2015, despite receiving a grant of £3 million from the government. the family of a 12—year—old girl who died in the grenfell tower fire have paid tribute to her. jessica urbano ramirez has now been formally identified as one of the victims.
in a statement, her family said she was "loving, kind—hearted and caring, and brought joy to everyone she met". they said they will not rest until until they get justice for her. at least 80 people died in the blaze last month. there's been widespread international condemnation of a controversial election in venezuela, giving sweeping new powers to president maduro. more than a hundred people have died in months of protests against his regime, and opposition parties, who boycotted the election, claim the poll was rigged. with its huge oil reserves, venezuela should be one of the richest countries in the world. but inflation has hit more than 700% in recent years with economic mismanagement, and a collapse in oil prices. there are food shortages,and more than half of children show signs of malnutrition. tonight the us branded president maduro a "dictator" and imposed sanctions targeting his personal assets. from the capital caracas, katy watson reports. viva la patria! for president maduro,
this was a big win. state tv ran his victory speech at length but for the millions of people who boycotted the vote, it was a hollow victory — if that. this morning, caracas felt like a normal city, people getting back to work after a difficult weekend, but still venezuelans are divided. luis voted because he says he's had enough of the protests, but adelaida didn't. as a venezuelan, she says she feels so hurt, she's worried about her family. agustin has been managing this taxi rank for 17 years. he says people here are fed up with food shortages and spiralling inflation. he didn't want to be identified but he said he voted out of fear. i had to vote, he tells me, worried about rumours the government would remove his subsidised food if he didn't. the late hugo chavez is still an icon here, his face a constant reminder that he was the leader who started venezuela's socialist revolution, but high oil prices
helped support him. with an economy now in crisis, president maduro is losing friends at home and abroad, not least in the us which today announced it would impose sanctions on the president. hector rodriguez is a rising figure in the government and the man who led the campaign for the new assembly. he, like maduro, blames the opposition for the violence in the past few months, but says foreign powers have meddled in venezuela too. translation: we said before that the problems of venezuela are venezuela's alone. it's for our people to choose what happens in their country. but that's the problem — millions of people boycotted this vote. president maduro said turnout was 8 million but many doubt this figure and accuse the government of voterfraud. they want to show they are powerful but the only thing they have is fear, is repression and is violence, and when a government has only fear, repression and violence, it's very weak.
but as the political wrangling continues, people try and live their lives as best they can. the government has hailed this as a triumph for peace, as the only way to move the country forward but with so much anger and uncertainty about where venezuela is headed, for many the vote has only made things worse. this country has seen four months of violent confrontations. 17—year—old neomar lander was killed injune during a protest. every day he used to head to the streets. now his mother tells me she's doing the same. for me, the bestjustice for him and for everyone who's died is to achieve what we're asking for, she says, for the government to go. the family says fear isn't something they think about. it's about ensuring his memory lives on. downing street has stepped in after days of public disagreement
among senior ministers over what immigration rules might be in place after brexit. the prime minister's office insists freedom of movement will end on the day the uk leaves the european union. 0ur political correspondent, vicki young, is here. is that it? disagreement over in the capital p net? not exactly. they agree that freedom of movement will end the moment we leave the eu and britain gets back control of its borders. the real question is how will government use its new powers question how far will they go in controlling immigration? especially if there is a transition or implementation period of two or three years. how long will it take to get that up and running question at the chancellor says he has the greatest concern about the economy, aboutjobs. he greatest concern about the economy, about jobs. he is greatest concern about the economy, aboutjobs. he is worried any sudden change restrictions in the number of workers coming here from the eu will
be bad for business. the idea of a cliff edge has gone away. philip hammond has said we start with arrangements that are very similar to the day before we left the european union. that rings alarm bells for some in the tory party. they are concerned some in government have no intention of cutting immigration and they think that will be a betrayal of those who voted brexit. theresa may has had to reprimand colleagues for leaking cabinet decisions. the american actor and playwright, sam shepard, has died at the age of 73. he was nominated for an oscar for his role in the right stuff, and appeared in dozens of films, including days of heaven, black hawk down and steel magnolias. a prolific writer, he wrote the script for the classic film, paris texas, as well as nearly 50 plays, winning the pulitzer prize for drama in 1979. and one of french cinema's biggest stars, jeanne moreau, has died at her home in paris. she was 89. rising to fame in the 1960s,
she was a stalwart of french new wave cinema, including the classic, jules etjim. her career spanned more than 50 years, and included awards for best actress at cannes, and a bafta in 1967. a spectacular moeen ali hat—trick helped england to a comfortable victory in the third test against south africa at the oval. it means england lead 2—1 going into the final test at old trafford. joe wilson has more. v0|ceover: £20 got you today. for the kids, a quid. this way, please. it created a queue. he is here to watch, luckily. england picked three debutants to play this match. toby rowland jones for one. reviews and replays gave him his first wicket today. bavuma gone. next ball, vernon philander gave him his next wicket. 0h, big shout!
that's gone. batsman miscalculation. now, rowland jones going both barrels for the hat—trick. not for him today. south africa needed to bat out the day to draw. dean elgar fought to 100. chris morris was out just before lunch. and moeen ali was in the game. that dismissal left england needing just three more wickets to win the match. and when they came, they came in a rush. first, brave elgarfell... ta ken by stokes! rabada was out first ball. nine down, could moeen ali really win the match with three wickets in three balls? eventually, the computer, and the umpire, said yes. there's no bad way to win a test, but as finishes go, this was one of the best. joe wilson, bbc news, at the oval. now let's return to the commemorations in belgium to remember the 100th anniversary of the battle of passchendaele.
and sophie raworth's there for us. sophie... among the 4,000 guests here at tyne cot for a special ceremony today were descendants of those who fought in the battle of passchendaele. jill barnett‘s father, freddie parsons, was one of those men. he — unlike so many others — survived the war. this afternoon i spoke tojill, who was here with her family for the first time, about her father. we leave you tonight with her reflections as we remember one of the bloodiest battles in human history. good night. it was a wonderful ceremony. i loved every moment of it. i thought it was beautifully done. how much did he talk about what happened? he did say i don't know how i came out alive. it was just diabolical.