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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lebo diseko. our top stories: iraqi forces say they've taken control of the main base of the so—called islamic state in mosul. we report from the frontline. the remaining is militants have been driven from here but at what cost? this hospital complex was a place of healing — now it lies in ruins, like many other parts of mosul. the un calls for italy to be given greater support as it deals with record numbers of migrants crossing the mediterranean. iraqi forces say they've taken control of the main base of the so—called islamic state, in the city of mosul. it's after days of intense fighting.
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the militants have been driven from a hospital compound, where several senior is leaders were thought to have been hiding. but there's still fighting around part of the old city. commanders say they are confident a final victory is in sight. our correspondent orla guerin reports from mosul. a symbol of victory, planted this morning in what was the main base of is in mosul. troops, weary after driving the militants from this vast medical complex, but vowing to hunt down every last one of them. "we will keep chasing them and those who support them," says this man, "and we will throw them in the garbage." commanders say they have removed a cancer here, but one that has already spread. "our message is daesh is not only
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an iraqi problem," says colonel falah al—wabdan. "it's international." explosion. he was interrupted by a booby—trapped bomb. the militants may have gone from here, but they left plenty of threats behind. and plenty of wreckage in iraq's second largest city. well, this is what victory looks like in mosul after more than eight months of fighting. the remaining is militants have been driven from here, but at what a cost. this hospital complex, which was a place of healing, now lies in ruins, like many other parts of mosul. the city may be regaining its freedom, but there will be a great deal of rebuilding to do. some of those who fought to reclaim this territory will never go home, including four soldiers killed yesterday by another booby—trap.
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the body of one of them was found this morning by his friend. translation: yesterday, we were together, joking and laughing. he said, "i am not afraid of daesh, and you should not be either." then he went into the hospital and was mortared. the city is not fully liberated yet. commanders admit that even when it is, there is a real risk is could be back. orla guerin, bbc news, mosul. the united nations high commissioner for refugees has added his voice to those calling for italy to be given more support, as it deals with large numbers of migrants crossing the mediterranean from north africa. filippo grandi said europe had to organise a system for distributing migrants urgently.
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more than 80,000 have arrived in italy in the first six months of the year. sarah corker reports. europe's migrant crisis rarely makes the headlines now that it is far every day, italy is seeing more and more people arrive. most come from africa, fleeing war or poverty and these are the latest to be rescued at sea, exhausted but alive. so far this year, 2,000 people have died trying to reach italian shores and the un refugee agency says it is an unfolding tragedy. in a statement, filippo grandi said: he said europe had to organise a system for distributing migrants urgently. it comes as italy is threatening to close its ports after nearly 11,000 migrants arrived in just five days last month. and the european union says it is ready to do more to help.
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we are ready to increase our support to italy, including substantial financial support if needed. all member states now need to deliver and show solidarity towards italy. and the dangers are well—known. this man was found clinging to a boat rudder at sea, just one of many thousands rescued by the italian coastguard. and the un is now calling for greater international efforts to combat the root causes of migration and to tackle trafficking. sarah corker, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making making the news. one of south america's most notorious drug barons has been arrested in brazil after evading capture for three decades. luiz carlos da rocha is thought
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to have been in charge of a cocaine production network in the jungles of bolivia, colombia and peru. he'd had plastic surgery and was living under a fake identity. ukraine says russian security services were involved in the cyber attack on the country earlier this week. the authorities in kiev said they believed the attack was carried out by the same hackers who targeted ukraine late last year. the kremlin dismissed the allegations. 1,500 people are now known to have died in a cholera outbreak in yemen. the world health organisation says around a 250,000 suspected cases of the disease have been reported since april. cholera — which thrives in places with poor sanitation — took hold as fighting continued between a saudi—led coalition and houthi rebels. the president of sinn fein, gerry adams, says he doesn't believe a deal to restore power—sharing in the northern ireland assembly will be agreed by the deadline of monday. the controversy over a green energy scheme, that left the devolved administration almost half
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a billion pounds overspent, led to the collapse of the assembly almost six months ago. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come: how hundreds of couples in finland have given you meaning to the term supporting a wife. the government says it will keep a close eye on the authority in charge of g re nfell tower. close eye on the authority in charge of grenfell tower. the leader of the local authority resigned and pressure is mounting for the council is to be taken over by commissioners. as the tributes continue to arrive and the missing posters line many of the streets, the anger towards the council here is clear. there is such a lack of trust now. it needs notjust a few people to change but a real political shift
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and a shift in the culture of what they think is important and their understanding of what is needed in this area. it was the breakdown of this, the first cabinet meeting of the council since the fire at grenfell tower, that led to the resignation of its leader, is this the first good decision you have made, mr paget—brown? pressure had been mounting on nicholas paget—brown following intense criticism of the way the disaster had been handled from day one. the resignation has been welcomed by many, including the mayor of london, sadiq khan, who has urged but the government says it is keeping its options open. nothing is off the table in making sure that the local residents, especially the victims, their families and friends, they get all the support they need. clearly there's a role for the local council and government and for many others,
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but where anyone is not stepping up and doing what is expected of them, then nothing should be off the table. the council now needs a new leader and that person will have to be elected by the council itself, not by the people, and some residents here say they're not happy with that. they want a bigger say on who is going to be making those key decisions. and some are sceptical of the selection process. they need to stay in engagement with us. they cannot just impose their old boy network and their friends and family scheme that they seem to operate elsewhere. there needs to be a proper process for the selection. it's understood a new council leader will be elected next week, their priority, rebuilding trust with those whose lives have been torn apart. frankie mccamley, bbc news. president donald trump has
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criticised the growing number of us states, who're refusing to pass on voters‘ details to his commission on electoralfraud. earlier he tweeted "what are they trying to hide?" 0ur washington correspondent laura bicker explains what might happen next donald trump set up an election integrity commission back in may. he wanted to look at claims, including his own claims, that voter fraud was widespread across the united states. he believes that many people who might have died in the past are still on the electoral roll and people are voting on their behalf. to that end, the commission sent out letters to all the states. they are asking for very personal information about the voters, the 200 million voters across the us. they want their names, their addresses, their birthdates and crucially the last four digits of their social security numbers but some states have real concerns. first of all, they wonder how this
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information can be kept safe if they send it to washington and they sent it to the commission. they say this information will be ripe for hackers. they say the cyber security on it is not safe. 0thers believe this entire investigation is unnecessary and violates the privacy of those within these states. those are some of the reasons they are saying they will not comply. let me give you a couple of quotes, from california for instance, a democratic state, the secretary of state said, "california's participation would only serve to legitimise "the false and a bunked claims of voter fraud by the president." "the false and debunked claims of voter fraud by the president." however, it is notjust democratic states. republicans are also saying they will not comply and the most critical rebuff has come from the secretary of state of mississippi, who said to the commission, "they can go and jump in the gulf of mexico "and mississippi is a great state to launch from." they are not having much luck
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getting this information, one of the reasons why donald trump has taken to twitter, saying, "what are they trying to hide?" he can keep pushing, the states can keep pushing back. how this will end, we willjust have to wait and see. huge crowds have been celebrating canada's 150th huge crowds have been celebrating canada's150th birthday. huge crowds have been celebrating ca nada's 150th birthday. prime ministerjustin trudeau said he was proud of the nation, and its diversity. prince charles told the crowds that canada was an example to many. prince charles was driven in a coach flanked by royal canadian mounted police through the capital, 0ttawa, as the country celebrated its 150th anniversary. he was representing the queen, who remains canadian head of state. the canadian prime minister, justin trudeau, introduced prince charles to his children. there was recognition that the celebrations were taking
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place on the ancestral lands of the algonquin people — indigenous canadians. also among the performers was bono, with his own message. when others build walls, you open doors. it was a message expanded on by prime minister trudeau. we don't care where you are from or what religion you practice or who you love. you are all welcome in canada. cheering and applause. justin trudeau defined canada as a country built on diversity, of welcoming refugees. a country where tackling climate change was an obligation, not an option. prince charles didn't mention canada's british ties but he paid tribute to canadian values. around the world, canada is recognised as a champion of human rights. applause. and as a powerful and consistent
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example of diversity. this was a day that underlined that in north america, canada's voice is distinctive and increasingly different to that of america. gavin hewitt, bbc news, 0ttawa. the headlines on bbc news: after days of intense fighting — iraqi forces say they've taken control of the main base of the so—called islamic state in mosul. the un calls for italy to be given greater support — as it deals with record numbers of migrants crossing the mediterranean. helmut kohl — the father of german
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reunification and the country's longest serving chancellor in modern times — has finally been laid to rest. the service was held at speyer cathedral. the former chancellor's coffin was taken away by an honour guard for burial. earlier, world leaders, paid tribute at a ceremony in the european parliament in strasbourg. hugh schofield was there. at the end of the day, they brought him down the rhine in a boat, from ludwigshafen, where he was born and where he died, to the mediaeval town of speyer, whose mediaeval cathedral was a place he loved. as a boy in the war, he'd sheltered there from allied bombs. and in the cathedral, they held helmut kohl's requiem mass. he was a catholic, this was his home, these were his people. this is provincial germany bidding farewell to the chancellor. it is important to remember that alongside the international colossus, there was always also helmut kohl the politician, a man deeply rooted in his belove home region here of the rhineland. earlier in the day it was a very different farewell, as world leaders, past and present, came to pay homage. this was where they remembered
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the great achievement of helmut kohl, the man who made germany one nation again, but within europe and without waking dark memories of the past. tributes came from friends like the former spanish prime minister felipe gonzalez and former us president bill clinton, who delivered a rhetorical tour de force. helmut kohl gave us the chance to be involved in something bigger than ourselves, bigger than our terms of office. bigger than our fleeting careers. because all of us sooner or later will be in a coffin like that. and the only gift we can leave behind is a betterfuture for our children and the freedom to make their own choices, including their own mistakes. angela merkel, who had a notoriously difficult relationship with helmut kohl in recent years, said all that was now forgotten and europe would be forever grateful for what her predecessor had done. translation: thank you for
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the chances and the opportunities that you gave me. thank you for the chances that you gave to many others as well. thank you very much for the chances which we as germans and europeans have received. thanks to you, you achieved a huge amount, may you rest in peace. now it's up to us to actually preserve and guard your legacy. i bow before you and your memory, in gratitude and humility. it was, of course, a sad occasion. the presence of his widow, maike, a reminder that this was the death of a man, notjust a politician. but it was more than that — for europe's leaders, it was a chance to commune and remember one of theor greats. let's catch up with the sports news.
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we start with rugby union, and the british and irish lions have become the first side to beat the all blacks on home soil since 2009. the 2a points to 21 victory levelled the series ahead of next saturday's third test. 0ur sports correspondent katie gornall reports from wellington. many said it could not be done. not against the world champions, and certainly not here on home turf. but the lions have pulled off one of the great wins in history and kept the series alive. when sonny bill williams was sent off in the first half for a shoulder charge against anthony watson, he wasn't just the first all black to be sent off in 50 years — he gave the lions hope. a 1—man advantage is no guarantee against the all blacks.
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they had an 8—9 lead. hope was beginning to fade but the lions sprang into life. first, a crash over the corner and then a converted try brought them level. with minutes remaining, 0wen farrell held his nerve to kick the lions to a famous victory and one that keeps the dream alive. i spoke to tv—nz veteran rugby reporter stephen stuart about how the result has levelled the playing field for the decider. they were down by nine points in the second half, the lions. an amazing comeback, you can't take that away from them. this series in the future of lions‘ tours ahead, that is exciting. what are your predictions for the decider? it depends on the weather. if it is dry, many expect the all blacks will bounce back. they were not terribly impressive last night, i remember in 2003 when
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england was reduced to 13 players on the same ground, they still beat the all blacks. so, you could do it with 14 all blacks. so, you could do it with 1a players. they had a 9—point lead, they are defence wasn‘t good. the lions conceded 13 penalties. we have a series where there will be enormous excitement later this week. the world wife carrying competition has taken place over the weekend. yes, you heard me right — it‘s a real contest, with real competitors, and it‘s taken place in finland. sophia tran—thomson has this report. it wasn‘t the grandest of opening ceremonies, but these proud representatives were all smiles at the opening of the 2017 wife—carrying world championships. the contest is almost entirely put together by volunteers. with the 80
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couples taking part in the wife—carrying contest, they compete in groups of three. the length of the official track is 253 metres. the track has a water obstacle which is about one metre deep. there are also two dried obstacles. this german couples took the prize for the most entertaining couple. but the most entertaining couple. but the main prize went to a couple with the main prize went to a couple with the home crowd behind them. this couple won be 2017 world wife—carrying championship for finland. it is not an easy feat, from the looks of it, certainly a lot of fun. the film critic and journalist
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barry norman has died, he was 83. for more than 25 years he hosted a film show for the bbc, which was regarded by many, as essential viewing.he‘d been suffering from lung cancer. david sillito looks back at his life. tonight, joseph losey talks about the assassination of trotsky... it began in 1972, a slightly stiff and nervous new tv presenter, barry norman. ...who then went on to 26 years of the film programme. his father was the producer and director leslie norman, and his relaxed style, shrewd opinions and comfy jumpers were perfect for the late—night movie show. is this superstardom you now have, is this going to change your life at all? no dear, i‘ve had my change of life. to meet you, ijust have to make a movie. that‘s right. ijust have to go up and like spend $55 million... he came over on the screen, quite rightly, as a man
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who really knew his subject, an expert, a man who knew what he was talking about. and somebody said this very day, a very serious man. i said, no, not when you were with him. he liked people, he was gregarious, he loved a laugh. oh boy, i miss him. hello, and why not? that, in a sense, is why it's there. or is it? who cares? he even had the honour of a spitting image puppet, but that alleged catchphrase and "why not" was that creation of the impressionists. but by 1998, frustrated at being bounced around the schedule, he left the bbc for sky, but his place in tv history was already assured. he was, for more than a quarter of the century, tv‘s face of film. barry norman who‘s died, at the age of 83.
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all this weekend, we‘ve been reporting on the ceremonies marking 20 years since britain handed over hong kong to china. with the official events now behind us, to wrap up our coverage on a different note, we thought we‘d introduce you to the territory‘s answer to one direction. this boy band wants to empower hong kong‘s youth. here‘s their story, in their own words. i will have the headlines in just a moment, don‘t forget you can keep in touch with me and the rest of the tea m touch with me and the rest of the team on twitter. time now for the weather. hello once again. sunday is shaping up to be a half decent day for many parts of the british isles, save for parts of scotland, where your impression will be slightly twisted by the fact they will see showers. not a cold start wherever you may begin the day, temperatures possibly in single figures in the glens of eastern scotland.
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once we got rid of the last of saturday‘s rains in the south—east, a lot of england and wales enjoys a super day. more cloud for northern ireland, more in the way of showers for scotland. a quick look at some of the detail, not quite unbroken sunshine but much improved for the far west of wales. the far south—west of england and tending into saturday we had all the cloud and a bit of rain as well. a dry day in prospect here for the greater part of england and wales. although, as we drift back across the irish sea towards northern ireland, more cloud here, possibly a passing spot of rain. there will be a lot more about the showers and longer spells of rain once we come to the heart of central and western scotland. the wind will eventually ease down from that gale force across the northern isles with the wind an everpresent feature for much of scotland for much of the day. come the evening and the first part of the night, some of the showers in the north could turn just a wee bit thundery.
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through monday we just drag this weather front down and across the british isles. in fact, it will link up as a band of cloud back to something brewing in the atlantic. in its western portion, it has something about it to be producing some cloud, rain and drizzle. thankfully, in the south—east, wimbledon gets off to a cloudy start — but as the day goes on, we may find just the chance of a shower as things, perversely, brighten up later on in the day. for many of you, however, if you do happen to see a shower away from the south—western quarter where there will be more cloud, more bits and pieces of rain, those showers will be fleeting. some will stay dry right throughout the day on monday. temperatures not bad for the time of year but nothing warranting a postcard home. on tuesday, we will push this area of cloud right through the heart of the british isles. it does keep moving such that by wednesday, we will build a ridge of high pressure from the atlantic to try and settle things down in many areas. while that little runner is around, as we call those areas of low pressure, it will bring some wet weather to some parts of northern ireland,
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the borders of scotland, the north of england, the north of wales. to the far north it is a cool, fresh look with a scattering of showers. a dry enough day in the far south. wednesday, a mix of sunny spells with a couple of sharp showers thrown into the mix. this is bbc news. the headlines: after days of intense fighting, iraqi forces say they‘ve taken control of the main base of the so—called islamic state — in the city of mosul. commanders believe the militants have been driven from a hospital compound, where several senior is leaders were thought to have been hiding. the united nations is calling for italy to be given greater support as it deals with record numbers of migrants crossing the mediterranean. they are also seeking greater international efforts to tackle trafficking. more than eighty—thousand migrants have reached italy so far this year. the british government has promised it will keep a close eye on the local authority in charge of grenfell tower after the huge fire there last month. the leader and deputy leader
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of the local authority have resigned and pressure is growing for the council to be taken over by commissioners. now on bbc news, dateline london. hello and welcome to dateline london. i‘m jane hill.
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