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a very warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. my name's mike embley. our top stories: it looks like president trump's border wall is going to be delayed. he's facing a government shutdown and mexico's not gonna pay. if they decide to do it, it is in their own sovereign right. the only thing that is clear is that mexico is not going to pay for it. a special report from lebanon, where refugees from syria are falling victim to the illegal trade in human organs. the united states begins to deploy its anti—missile system in korea a day after the north put on a massive display of firepower. the reality of... you hear the reaction from the audience, sol need to address one more point. some
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attitudes towards women. your father has publicly displayed... and ivanka trump is greeted by groans in germany as she defends her father's record on women's rights. another of president trump's signature policies is facing a delay. he's now said he's willing to delay trying to secure us federal funds to build his wall along part of the border with mexico. the president has until the end of the week to agree federal spending plans with congress, or risk marking his hundredth day in office with a government shutdown. our north america editor jon sopel has more details. reporter: mr president, are you going to insist on border funding? donald trump made his fortune as a builder. now, the president is staking a huge amount of political capital on the most controversial construction project of his life, a 2,000—mile—long wall to separate the us from its southern neighbour,
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mexico. and no—one can say it has come out of the blue. it was almost his campaign theme tune. we're going to do the wall, and by the way, who's going to pay for the wall? crowd: mexico! who is going to pay for the wall? mexico! who? mexico! but the mexicans have been blunt in their response. we're not paying a peso towards it, something their economy minister spelt out today to the bbc. if they decide to do it, it's in their own sovereign right. the only thing that is clear is that there is no way mexico is going to pay for it. so donald trump, initially at least, will have to rely on the us taxpayer. busy day. and though there is growing acceptance that is not going to happen right now, he is still talking tough. the wall gets built, 100%. thank you very much. reporter: wait, mr president. when will the wall be built? we'll start soon, very soon.
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we're already preparing, we're doing plans, we're doing specifications. but the government runs out of money this friday, and could face another shutdown like it did four years ago, when thousands of staff were laid off, and federal buildings and monuments closed. democrats will agree to an emergency funding package, but only if the white house removes the proposed expenditure on the wall. and, although republicans do have a majority in the senate, it is slim, and to get this measure passed you need what is called a supermajority, 60 votes, and they only have 52. president trump, approaching his 100th day in office, has faced a stark choice, either a government shutdown or a personal climb—down. because, in democratic senators, the president has come across a rock—solid wall which there is no way round. it has been a harsh lesson in the differences between the ease of campaigning and the struggles of governing. it has left democrats savouring another victory. it's really good news that the president seems to be taking the wall off the table in the negotiations we're having
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on an appropriations bill this week. the white house unveiled a new website today, to celebrate the president's 100 days. it has been high—energy and high—tempo, a raft of executive orders and growing economic confidence. but, on his three signature policies, the travel ban, health reform, and now the border wall, donald trump hasn't succeeded in the way that he had promised. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. let's take a closer look at the border region. the total length of the us—mexico border is over 3,000 kilometres, or nearly 2,000 miles. texas makes up a large chunk of that. there is a barrier of some form already built along some of it, shown here in red. but president trump wants it to be taller and higher. as you can see, much of the texan border has no wall,
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partly because of the rio grande river. melissa del bosque is an investigative reporter for texas 0bserver who specialises in mexican border issues, and she joins us now from austin. welcome, thank you for your time. how is it all looking from there? well, i think people momentarily are relieved. i think most texans along the border don't want a wall. 95% of the border don't want a wall. 95% of the land is privately owned along the land is privately owned along the river. and last time, you know, texas has a little over 100 miles off the wall. there were hundreds of land condemnations last time with the secure fence act a decade ago. some of those issues haven't been resolved. so it will be a huge battle over land if he decides to build the wall in texas. president trump says we are already preparing,
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doing plans and specifications. it seems clear that apart from a big wall it will be a series of various things if it happens at all. and in some cases as you say, people may not want it anyway but the land or the water already forms enough of a barrier? there is a lot of rugged terrain. there are high cliffs. there is a very large lake. there is a river. there are a lot of places where it would be very difficult and very expensive to build. a lot of homeland security officials i've been talking to have said that they would rather do something with technology rather than a barrier. they just don't technology rather than a barrier. theyjust don't think it will work. 0n theyjust don't think it will work. on that point about technology. i know that there are already a lot of sensors, pads and alarms. i think border control people say they need more humans to respond to those, don't they? yes, they do. there are more people leaving border patrol
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than they can hire. they have a problem to hire enough border agents. and pay them enough. so the manpower is a big problem right now. how likely do you think it is ultimately that the border with mexico will be more secure, if that is what people want? well, it already is very secure. i think people in the border communities see a lot of this talk in washington more as political rhetoric and political symbolism. it is safer thanit political symbolism. it is safer than it has ever been. there is a lot of security already. i don't think people feel that insecure along the border. thank you very much. thank you for having me. a federaljudge in the united states has blocked one of president trump's sorry, for the latest on the plans for the wall on the mexican border, first of all, i should let you know
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that you can visit the website — there is much more there. a federaljudge in the united states has blocked one of president trump's executive orders which threatened to withhold funding from so—called sanctuary cities, those that shelter immigrants from federal immigration enforcement. there are several such sanctuary cities across the united states, including the president's home city of new york. its mayor bill de blasio praised the order by the north california judge, william 0rrick, saying the president was acting unconstitutionally. aid agencies now consider the middle east the global hub for the trafficking of human organs. the flow of refugees from syria has created new opportunities to exploit desperate and vulnerable people, and traffickers are increasingly active throughout the neighbouring countries. alex forsyth went to investigate buyers and sellers in lebanon. there are distressing images in her report. shut away in the back room of a make—shift coffee shop, a teenage boy lies in pain. "slowly, slowly", he says.
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he can barely move. he'sjust sold his kidney. translation: i am constantly taking painkillers. the pain is terrible. i'm exhausted. he's a refugee who fled syria when his brothers and father were killed there. at 17, he supports his mother and five sisters. desperate for money, he sought a dealer in human organs. translation: i met him at night, he blindfolded me with a bandage, i was so scared. i got paid £6,500. i've already spent most of the money paying the rent and clearing my debt. in lebanon, syrian refugees face heavy work restrictions, aid is limited and stretched. for some, like this man,
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there's opportunity in the poverty. he arranges organ sales and agreed to talk to us if he remains anonymous. translation: i exploit people, that's what i do. some of my clients would have died anyway, just like this boy. he could have died in syria. i'm exploiting him, but he's benefitting. i know what i'm doing is illegal, but i'm helping people. that's how i see it. working on commission, he's a middle man, brazenly armed. he finds refugees and takes them to clinics. in the past three years, he's organised around 30 kidney sales. business, he says, is booming. translation: i was once asked to get an eye, and ifound a client who was willing to sell his eye. do you not care about these people? do you not care that they might die? i don't really care if the client
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dies as long as i got what i wanted. that's not my problem what happens next, as long as the client gets paid. 0rgans are hard to transport, but we're told they can be exported to buyers around the world. all refugees are flown to nearby countries, like egypt, on fake papers to have surgery there. the middle east is becoming a hotspot in the international organ trade, according to some experts, who say the influx of refugees willing to go to extreme lengths to get money is providing a new market for brokers looking for body parts to buy, shifting the focus from china and the philippines to this region. in lebanon, lawful transplants are governed by strict rules, but despite efforts there's a lack of available organs. religious and cultural sensitivity around donating fuels the shortage. but legitimate surgeons warn there's untold danger in illegal operations.
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foreigners who travelled and they obtained organs, they came with much more problems. they came with bad organs, without being masked, they acquired infections, tuberculosis, hiv and so on because those operations to start with were done in very poor circumstances. but for those already caught in this trade, the warnings come too late. translation: i already regret it, but what can i do? i didn't want to do this, but i'm desperate. i had no other choice. authorities insist cases like this are rare and they're taking action. the true scale simply isn't known, but the consequences of choices driven by desperation are all too clear. alex forsyth, bbc news, beirut. the united states has expressed deep concern about turkish air raids on kurdish fighters in syria and iraq.
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turkey said it was targeting kurdish groups linked to the pkk, which it has banned as a terrorist organisation. the us says the raids had not been properly co—ordinated. the west relies strongly on the kurds as ground troops against the extremist group, the so—called islamic state. on wednesday, the entire us senate will get a briefing, from senior officials, on north korea's missile and nuclear programme. an american nuclear submarine has now arrived in the region, and more joint manoeuvres are expected soon with south korea — exercises the north sees as preparation for invasion. greg dawson reports. loaded with more than 150 tomahawk cruise missiles, the uss michigan docks in south korean waters. it is normally a routine event but these are farfrom normal times. it is not just the submarine, south korean
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media reports on wednesday morning the us military begun moving path of an offence missile defence system into its new site. it is designed to intercept and destroy short and medium—range holistic missiles. across the border in pyongyang they have been celebrating the 85th anniversary of the north korean army. it was marked with long—range artillery drills and threatening words from the country's foreign ministry. translation: now that the us has pulled out its sword to kill us we us has pulled out its sword to kill us we will also pull out our grand sword of justice us we will also pull out our grand sword ofjustice and fight to the end and we will kill the us imperialists with our strong and revolutionary power. north korea feels provoked by the incoming group of warships led by the us aircraft carrier carl vinson. dispatch by president trump amid warnings that us patience is running out, pyongyang has recently threatened to sink the carrier. we have to be very
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careful. i want the donald trump administration policy to work. but i think they should call down the rhetoric, cool down, oh, let's have a pre—emptive military strike. don't say that. just say all options are on the table. because i have negotiated with the north korean. they are unpredictable. on wednesday donald trump will take the unusual step of inviting all 100 us senators to the white house to discuss career. all members of the house of representatives will also be briefed. this may be donald trump's trickiest foreign policy challenge by far but it is won the president seems determined to address. —— one. a man in thailand has shown himself on facebook live killing his 11—month—old daughter before taking his own life. video was also posted on youtube. the footage was taken down by both companies. earlier this month the fatal shooting of a man in cleveland ohio was posted on facebook. the social media site is reviewing how best to deal with such issues. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: there's only three of them left in the world,
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and one's almost 100 years old. we look at the race against time to save the northern white rhino. nothing, it seems, was too big to withstand the force of the tornado. the extent of the devastation will lead to renewed calls for government to build better government housing. internationally, they have already been protests. sweden says it received no warning of the accident. indeed, the russians at first denied anything had gone wrong. only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside russia were they forced to admit the accident. for the mujahideen, the mood here is of great celebration. this is the end of a 12—year war for them. they've taken the capital,
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which they have been fighting for for so long. it was 7:00am in the morning, the day when power began to pass from the minority to the majority, when africa, after 300 years, reclaimed its last white colony. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: president trump has indicated he will abandon plans to seek billions of dollars to fund a wall along the mexican border after democrats said they would block the request. aid agencies have told the bbc they believe syrian refugees are at great risk from the illegal trade in human organs. earlier on tuesday the white house press secretary sean spicer singled out one group in particular that the us is keen to keep out of the country — that's the ms—13 gang, which has its roots in el salvador. earlier this month they were linked to a mass murder on long island in new york.
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but police are finding it difficult to get locals to speak about it, because of their immigration status. the bbc‘s nada tawfik reports. 0fficer stephen is on the lookout for members of the central american gang ms—13 whose brutality has caused so much fear and anxiety here. this location where they are known to hang out, engaged in low—level narcotics work. known to hang out, engaged in low- level narcotics work. flowers mark where a 15—year—old was found beaten to death by alleged members of ms-13, beaten to death by alleged members of ms—13, the majority of whom are here illegally. the gruesome those caught the attention of president trump. it is precisely these cases, he says, that justify trump. it is precisely these cases, he says, thatjustify a crackdown on immigration. she was awesome. still in mourning, her parents say there
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was no reason their daughter had to dive. they want the police to take back the streets as well as tougher screening of immigrants. when you come to the united states it is a dream. you want to make a dream for yourfamily. dream. you want to make a dream for your family. everybody does. dream. you want to make a dream for yourfamily. everybody does. but some people just yourfamily. everybody does. but some peoplejust come yourfamily. everybody does. but some people just come for the wrong thing. but president trump's campaign against illegal immigration has threatened the delicate trust between the police and the latina community. police say they cannot solve cases without leads and information from the immigrant community. the risk is that the very policies championed by donald trump are instead making these communities more dangerous. the commissioner says his officers will never act as immigration and forces. we need an environment in which people including documented individuals will come into the police department to provide information. the difficult challenges getting that
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out when you have individuals who use charged rhetoric it is very hard to compete with that noise. at this refugee centre these new residents are learning the language of their new home in one of the few places they feel safe. it is not the fear of gangs but the fear of deportation that makes them feel uncomfortable to approach police. translation: police will not ask the police anything forfear police will not ask the police anything for fear that without papers they may be arrested and deported. blaming crime on immigration was a key part of donald trump's campaign. but with crime, as with other things, the early days of his presidency show how difficult it is to translate slogans into solutions. michael flynn failed to disclose that he was receiving money from russia and turkey according to leading members of the house of
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representatives oversight committee. the white house has refused to relieve documents related to with hiring and firing. he was forced to resign in february. president trump's daughter, ivanka, has been meeting the german chancellor, angela merkel, in berlin on herfirst international trip since being given an official position in the trump administration. she's recognised as an influential adviser to her father, but she was forced to defend him over his attitude towards women. 0ur correspondentjenny hill reports from berlin. taking her place among the world's most powerful women. the first daughter, rubbing shoulders with a chancellor, a queen and a banker. though, almost immediately, ivanka trump found herself defending a president. the delegates here weren't impressed. he's been a tremendous champion of supporting families, and enabling them to thrive. and the new reality of... booing you hear the reaction from the audience, so i need to... still, donald trump's special adviser persisted. as a daughter, i can speak on a very personal level, knowing that he encouraged me
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and enabled me to thrive. i grew up in a house where there was no barriers to what i could accomplish. and the first daughter has gone on to make powerfulfriends. she's accompanied her father to talks with the leaders of canada, japan and germany. her first solo overseas trip was at the direct invitation of the german chancellor. do you consider yourself a feminist? angela merkel‘s official agenda... interesting reaction! ...empowering women, and charming one in particular. berlin wants, needs, stronger ties to the trump administration. translation: it's the strategy of dialogue, that's the most important thing. you can reach trump through his daughter. every woman should do things by her own, and by her own status and by her own positions, and not because of her father's position. what you're seeing here may well mark a profound shift in the way
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that germany, europe, does business with the united states. ivanka trump wields significant influence with her father. the relationship that angela merkel and other leaders strike with the first daughter will be closely scrutinised on both sides of the atlantic. expect to see more of the first daughter on the international stage. in the age of trump, it seems, family comes first. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. finding your perfect soul—mate can be hard work but the modern world is here to help. millions use social media and dating apps. one of the most popular is tinder — the one where you swipe right if you like. now a new singleton hasjoined up hoping for romance... but this bachelor is a bit of an animal as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. meet 1—of—a—kind, the last male
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northern white rhino on earth. and what do you do if you are feeling lonely these days? go online. tyndall will broadcast a profile for myer —— tutor will broadcast a profile for our rhino. it will be broadcast in over 11! languages, the first time timber has done something to this scale. on his profile, he claims to perform well under pressure, says he enjoys it in grass and chilling in the mud. he admits to being 6—foot tall and weighing £5,000. that is over 200 kilometres —— kilograms. this is all about
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raising the dollars needed for fertility treatment. he failed to breed successfully the old—fashioned way but there are thousands of southern white rhinos he may be able to help. this is something which is going to have to be done at scale and where we will have a breeding programme in kenya to continue to build the number of northern white rhinos so that eventually we will have sufficient numbers, ultimately, to be able to reintroduce them into the national park. the project could ta ke the national park. the project could take ten or even 15 years and sedan is a3. that is almost 100 in rhino yea rs. is a3. that is almost 100 in rhino years. so swipe right while you can. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter, i'm @bbc mike embley. hi there.
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it felt pretty chilly at times yesterday, didn't it? even cold enough for some snow on the ground up in the highlands of scotland. not bad going for late april. you can see the snow cover here at kincraig in the highlands. we even had a dusting of snow further south, as far south as staffordshire in the north—west midlands. those showers have been feeding in then on a brisk north—easterly wind but of the more recent hours we've seen those showers tending to become confined more to coastal districts, northern scotland, around the eastern side of england. western wales and cornwall as well. but as we go through the day today we are going to see a mixture of sunshine and heavy showers. plenty of these thunderclouds will be developing as the day goes by, particularly across eastern stretches of england, and it's going to be a chilly start to the morning. there should be plenty of sunshine around, yes, but showers from the word go near to the east coast of england and tending to move inland pretty quickly as the day goes by. there will be some pockets of frost also around across parts
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of the midlands, maybe south—west england and wales, but soon melting away with plenty of blue sky and sunshine here. those winds continue to feed in the showers to the east coast of england. one or two for northern ireland and showers continue to feed in across scotland. there'll continue to be some snow up in the hills of scotland above around 100—200 metres elevation in the morning. so some wintryness here, perhaps a little bit of iciness around as well, and perhaps a bit of sleet in some of the heavy showers during the morning across eastern counties of england, maybe a dusting of snow for the north york moors. aside from that, though, i think it's going to be heavy rain showers that we see developing through the afternoon. and spilling inland across the midlands, covering much of east anglia, south—east england where the showers will be particularly heavy, some hail and thunder mixed in. and another coolish feeling day, temperatures 9—12 degrees. colder, though, as those showers move through, the temperatures will drop away for a time. looking at wednesday night, things will begin to turn a little bit less cold across northern and western areas as cloudier weather spills in, bringing some spots of rain with it. but further south, with any lengthy clear spells we could well see
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a frost developing and it could be quite a damaging frost. the lowest temperatures perhaps getting down to maybe about —3 degrees or so. so it will be a cold start to thursday morning. and as this streak of cloud comes in, bringing some less cold air with it, it probably won't feel a whole lot different across southern counties because although the air‘s less cold, we lose the sunshine. so cloudier weather, probably not feeling too great underneath those leaden skies. temperatures 11 or 12 degrees, some spots of rain arriving through the afternoon. brighter conditions for the north and west. by friday we'll still have a few showers knocking around. most of them will be in it to the east coast of england. sunny spells elsewhere. temperatures recovering, highs of 15 degrees in london. that's your weather. this is bbc world news. the headlines: president trump has suffered a setback in his plan to build a wall along the mexican border. one of his main election pledges after leading democrats said they would block his request for billions of dollars to fund it. aid agencies have told the bbc they now consider the middle east the global hub for the trafficking of human organs.
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the flow of refugees from syria has created new opportunities to exploit desperate and vulnerable people. american troops have begun installing parts of an advanced anti—missile defence system at a site in the south of the country. the system is being deployed in response to the risk of ballistic missile attack from north korea. president trump's daughter, ivanka, has forced to defend him over his attitude towards women while speaking at a conference in germany. there were groans from the audience when she claimed he was an advocate for women's interests. now on bbc news it's time for hardtalk.
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