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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. aftershocks continue to be felt. we hear from a tourist who's there. the political crisis in venezuela continues. three people are killed during street protests in support of a nation—wide strike. # i become so numb...# chester bennington, the lead singer of us rock group linkin park, dies in an apparent suicide. hello and welcome. at least two people have been killed on the greek island of kos, after a powerful earthquake. the islands mayor confirmed the deaths, and said that many more were injured when the 6.7 magnitude quake struck off the southwest coast of turkey. the quake caused a small tsunami warning for the turkish coast, and there are reports that some hotels in the resort of bodrum have been partially flooded,
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although the extent of any damage isn't yet known. eugene and melody gill are on island staying at emmanuel apartments on lambi beach, just a mile from old kos town. thank you for talking to us. can you just tell us exactly how this earthquake happened and what went through your mind is? well, it was 1:30am this morning. i had literally just gone to sleep and all of us in the room were woken by an incredible shaking. a very, very frightening experience, terrifying. lasted for 10-15 experience, terrifying. lasted for io— 15 seconds. the mira came off the wall in the bathroom, the fans we re the wall in the bathroom, the fans were falling off, the pictures came off the wall. it lasted 10— 15 seconds. we got into the other room
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with the children when it stopped. we got everyone to get their shoes on and then a second quake happened and we got out of the building, down the stairs with everyone else. there was a lot of screaming and crying. people were terrified. what's been happening in the last hour or so? ivy after—shocks continuing? happening in the last hour or so? ivy after-shocks continuing? they have. between about 5:30am and 6:30am there were about seven or eight and they seem to be getting stronger in a shaking going on. there was one of our 15 minutes ago as well. we can't get to sleep now. we arejust as well. we can't get to sleep now. we are just too scared of what might happen. we don't know which one of these after—shocks will build into something stronger. how much damage can you see from your vantage point? to be fair, there's not a lot of damage around this area. it seems to be mainly from what i've seen on social media in the old town of kos itself. you guys will be able to see
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more of that. there's not a lot around here. melody, can i ask you, what kind of damage has been caused on the inside? our room is a bit of a mess. lots of things have fallen off the shelf, a big mirror has fallen off the wall. we haven't ventured downstairs yet in daylight, the yet to be seen really. white -- what has the reaction being from the hotel? to be fair the owners... we had no powerfor hotel? to be fair the owners... we had no power for two hotel? to be fair the owners... we had no powerfor two hours by the owners were back on the scene within 20 minutes. they kept us updated as best they could. there were bottles of water given to everyone and to be fed they were as scared as we were. with the strength of that earthquake. we are glad that you are safe and glad that you spoke to us
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here on bbc world news. we wish you all the best in the coming hours. thank you. after nine years spent in a jail in nevada, one—time american sports legend oj simpson has learned he will be released early from a 33 year sentence for armed robbery. it was an earlier case, when he was accused and then acquitted of murdering his ex—wife and herfriend, that turned him from an all—american hero to one of the most divisive figures in the country. it was the trial of the century. an american superstar accused of stabbing to death his ex—wife and herfriend. oj simpson had been arrested after a low speed car chase across los angeles, broadcast live to a nation in shock. but that's not why he is in prison. oj simpson not guilty of the crime of murder... simpson was a free man until 2007, when he was arrested for armed robbery in las vegas, using force to recover memorabilia he claimed he owned.
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nine years later he appeared before the parole board via video link stating his case for freedom. i thought i was glad to get my stuff back, but it wasn't worth it. nine years away from your family is just not worth it. and i'm sorry. in a lengthy and emotional hearing, oj simpson was supported by his daughter and by one of his victims. he'd been a model prisoner, they said, and the parole board agreed. you have no prior conviction of criminal activity. you're a low risk to reoffend on our guidelines. so based on all of that, mr simson, i do vote to grant parole when eligible. more than 20 years since his sensational acquittal, it's clear that oj simpson still commands an audience. millions of americans tuned into his parole hearing. but support may be fading. one recent poll suggests that only 7% of americans now think that the fallen star
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is not a killer. but it's the decision of the parole board that matters and as soon as october ist, a man many believe got away with murder could be set free. reports in the us say a spokesman for president trump has resigned. mark corallo is understood to have disagreed with mr trump's lawyers, who are looking at ways to limit, undercut or discredit the team investigating russian meddling during the us presidential election. live now to washington and the bbc‘s laura bicker. first of all, who is this man and how significant is his resignation? mark corallo has been in the white house for just over mark corallo has been in the white house forjust over a few months. he was hired as a spokesman for donald trump's lawyers, who are looking at ways of the russian investigation into whether or not russia
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interfered with the us elections. they are looking at ways donald trump may defend himself if necessary. he is their lawyers' spokesperson. he has reportedly resigned on the same evening that the washington post and the new york times have both come out with stories, saying donald trump's lawyers are seeking ways to undercut, undermine, the investigation into russian meddling. this investigation led by special counsel robert miller. one of the reasons why certainly people are speculating that he has resigned is because he had warned donald trump's lawyers not to go after robert mueller. is the white house going to war over this investigation? that's probably one of the interesting questions and that's what these articles raise. are we heading for a
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showdown between the president of the united states and this special counsel that has been appointed to look into whether or not rush hour meddled in the us presidential election and whether or not there was collusion between the trump campaign and russia to do so. if you we re campaign and russia to do so. if you were looking at these reports, what they seem to say is that the investigators have been investigated into whether or not there are any conflict of interests, whether or not they've given the money to democrats, whether or not for insta nce democrats, whether or not for instance they have any outside interests that might compromise the investigation. it was if they do then that conflict of interest could be seen as a way to push a recruit... push away for them to be taken off the investigation. but one of the reasons why this has all come toa of the reasons why this has all come to a head is because of the reports that robert mueller is looking into donald trump's finances and according to white house a have spoken to the new york times and washington post, the donald trump that has been a step too far. the
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white house believes that outside the remit of this investigation and that seems to have needled the president into trying to find ways to discredit the investigation being led by robert mueller, if these reports are true by the washington post and new york times. thank you very much, laura. at least three people have been killed in venezuela during street protests in support of a nation—wide strike. the strike was called in opposition to president maduro's plan to draw up a new constitution. his opponents say he's taking the country towards a single party state, similar to the one in cuba. bill hayton reports. the protests can't be washed away. the opposition brought many parts of venezuela to a standstill with a 24—hour general strike. millions of people stayed at home or closed their businesses. hundreds of activists fought running battles in the streets, dodging teargas and setting off their own fireworks in retaliation. translation: we are a group of young
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people who only want freedom. recently, a colleague of ours was murdered and won't rest until we are sure that the death was not in vain. every one of the deaths in venezuela will be paid for with justice. the spirit of president maduro's predecessor, hugo chavez, looms over the country. in eight days' time, maduro wants the country to elect a new assembly to rewrite the constitution. the opposition says that would turn venezuela into a one—party state. but there are plenty of people who support the government and refused to take part in thursday's strike. translation: here in the west of the city we are completely calm. businesses are open and we are in complete peace because that's what we want in venezuela. in a televised speech, president maduro claimed victory over the general strick and said its leaders would be arrested.
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he told supporters that a new constitution was the only path to peace and prosperity. but there's not much sign of either on the streets at the moment. the number of people in yemen with cholera is now the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year since records began. the outbreak started three months ago and oxfam says there are already 360,000 suspected cases. that's more than the numbers seen in haiti in 2011. the epidemic follows two years of a brutal civil war in yemen. greg dawson reports. yemen is a country weakened by war, on the brink of famine and, now, overwhelmed by deadly disease. in theory, cholera should be easy to prevent and treat. but in yemen, where there is limited access to clean water and medicine, it is thriving.
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translation: we are appealing to the international community to supply medicine and medical supplies as soon as possible. thousands of people are malnourished and vulnerable to the infection which causes nausea and dehydration. this hospital in the capital, sana'a, says it is treating hundreds of new cases every day. oxfam say there have been 360,000 suspected cases already this year. so far, the death toll stands atjust over 1800. it is feared that total could rise to 600,000, making it one of the largest outbreaks since records began in 19119. yemen is one of the arab world's poorest countries and in the last two years it has been devastated by a war between forces loyal to the saudi—backed government and the houthi rebel movement. a blockade imposed by the saudi—led coalition has triggered
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a humanitarian disaster, leaving the majority of the population in need of aid. earlier this month, the un's chief made this appeal to the security council. this cholera scandal is man—made by the conflicting parties and those beyond yemen's borders who are leading, supplying, fighting and perpetuating the fear of the fighting. in recent weeks there have been signs of the epidemic slowing. but with the rainy season getting under way, there are fears it will create perfect conditions for the disease to spread even further. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: digging up dali. one of the greatest surrealist painters' body consumed ina surrealist painters' body consumed in a paternity case. —— exhumed. mission control: you can see them coming down the ladder now. it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire
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is being blamed tonight for the first crash in the 30 year history of concorde, the world's only supersonic airliner. it was one of the most vivid symbols of the violence and hatred that tore apart the state of yugoslavia. but now, a decade later, it's been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunction of sperm unable to swim properly. thousands of households across the country are suspiciously quiet this lunchtime as children bury their noses in the final instalment of harry potter. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a powerful
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earthquake has killed at least two people on the greek island of kos. oj simpson, the former football star and actor, has won parole after serving nine years in prison. he's expected to be released in october. the lead singer of the american rock group linkin park has died in an apparent suicide. the coroner's office in los angeles said chester bennington, who was a1, had been found dead at his home in the city. he'd struggled with drug and alcohol addictions. the emergency services were called to his home shortly before nine o'clock local time. it was not long after that but the coroner's office confirmed he had passed away and they suspected it was suicide. the investigation into his death continues. you can imagine how this
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has resonated around los angeles. they were a homegrown band coming out of this town in the late 1990s, originally with a different name. it was chester bennington that actually came up with the name linkin park, after lincoln park, in santa monica. he used to walk past that every day and he wanted the band to pay homage to that part of the la. i think it is fairto to that part of the la. i think it is fair to say he was instrumental ina huge is fair to say he was instrumental in a huge amount of their success without powerhouse voice, those raspy vocals that really do find their sound. despite that powerhouse voice, as you appropriately described it, and that personality and presence on stage, he had his demons in his private life, didn't he? he had a very troubled private life. people who know him say that his onstage persona, which was larger—than—life, was
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his onstage persona, which was la rger—than—life, was rather different to him in his personal life. he had spoken over the years about battling drugs and also alka hole. he had a tough time, and said he contemplated suicide as a result of abuse as a child. dozens of uighurs, a chinese muslim minority, have been arrested in cairo in recent weeks in what appears to be a crackdown by egyptian authorities. they fear persecution in china, where they are accused of separatism and terrorism. handcuffed in what is believed to be a security van, these are reportedly members of the uighur community in egypt, a chinese muslim minority who have been arrested. the bbc can't independently verify this footage. in this neighbourhood in eastern cairo, most of the arrests are said to have taken place.
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eyewitnesses say police raided restaurants, supermarkets and private homes. this restaurant was run by the uighurs and served many uighur customers, but there are many other restaurants like this one all over the area, but now all of them have been closed until further notice. residents here tell me that hundreds of uighurs used to live here, but over the past few days all of them have disappeared. mustafa came to turkey from egypt, his home for the last 15 years, saying he had to flee after police raided his house. he is afraid of being sent back to china. translation: if they remain in jail in egypt for years that is far better than being deported. they can still be treated as human beings in egyptian prisons.
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the freedom of faith will be respected. muslims in egypt can pray and read the koran, but in china they will be treated like animals. the government did not respond to our interview requests, but the state news agency quoted the security source as saying: in china, the uighurs say they face severe restrictions on practising their faith. human rights severe restrictions on practising theirfaith. human rights watch severe restrictions on practising their faith. human rights watch says their faith. human rights watch says the required —— of the arrests a p pa re ntly the required —— of the arrests apparently come in egypt on the request of china, which accuses many
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uighurs of separatism and links to international terrorism. in istanbul, this uighur is safe for now, but other uighurs are believed to still be in egypt, living in hiding and waiting for a chance to leave. he was known as a master of surrealist art and with that signature mustache. salvador dali gained celebrity worldwide. but now his biography could be taking a new twist. forensic experts in spain have been exhuming his body to carry out paternity tests using dna. a woman in her 60s says her mother had an affair with the painter when she worked as a maid in the seaside town where he lived. our arts editor, will gompertz, has been to visit the crypt at dali's own museum in figueres. this is the salvador dali theatre museum, a popular visitor attraction on the north—east coast of spain, and tonight the site for a highly controversial exhumation.
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underneath this blank stone slab in the middle of the theatre's glass—domed atrium, unbeknownst to most, lies salvador dali, the local artist who became a global superstar. it was his wish to be buried beneath the stage in his dali world museum, where he has lain in peace after his death in 1989. but tonight he is being exhumed on the instructions of a judge, in order to settle a paternity claim being made by pilar abel, a tarot card reader from a nearby town who says she is his love child. translation: we have the testimony of the person who worked in a supermarket and delivered products to salvador dali. dali paid this person to let him know what pilar‘s mother was doing. there are more testimonies, but this one has been notarised. behind me is the house that salvador dali created with his wife, gala, and it is along this piece of coastline that pilar abel
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says her mother antonia met the famous spanish artist in the mid—1950s and started a clandestine affair. salvador dali was embalmed before he was buried by this man, who says tonight's excavation will be labourious. translation: there are three parts to the process, the first is the technical one which is the lifting of the slab which weighs 1.5 tons. the second is the extraction of samples from the body of salvador, probably from his teeth and bones. the third part is the laboratory tests esxtracting dna from the samples taken. if the dna sample confirms pilar abel's claim to be dali's daughter, she could be entitled to one quarter of his estate which is reported to be worth at least £300 million. well, that exhumation has now been completed.
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forensics experts have taken specimens from dali's body and they will now will be sent to madrid to undergo the necessary tests. so watch this space. does this sound familiar at all? a public body puts the naming of one of its vehicles up for a vote, and the people doing the voting choose a name that is a little unusual. it happened here in the uk and now it's happened again, this time in sweden, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. do you remember boaty mcboatface, the british research vessel that never was? well, it now meets trainy mctrainface. apparently anything the brits can do, the swedes can do better. the local rail operator,
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along with a newspaper, put the name of venue trained up forever, and the swedish public in their infinite wisdom decided trainy mctrainface was the ticket. it is fun. it feels like boaty mcboatface and got his revenge when trainy mctrainface got this victory in the poll. thinking about the popularity the poll had in the uk last year, i think that impacted this one as well. some other possibilities were hackan, mary and an poseidon. but 32% of those voting went with trainy instead. it will run between gothenberg and stockholm. while boaty mcboatface never took to the seas, trainy mctrainface will soon ta ke to seas, trainy mctrainface will soon take to the tracks. finally, a bag used to collect the very first samples of dust and rock from the surface of the moon has been sold at auction for $1.8 million. the seller had bought the
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bag on a government auction website three years ago for less than $1000. it sat unidentified in a box at the johnson space centre in houston for yea rs, johnson space centre in houston for years, and was once nearly thrown away as rubbish. $8 million for dust. stay with us on bbc world news. hello, once again. a number of schools have just started their long summer break but i'm afraid right on cue we have low pressure bringing disturbed weather rather than the big area of high—pressure settling things down nicely, encouraging you to get away to the seaside or out into the fresh air. what does that low pressure mean? first up it means a wet and windy start across the western side of the british isles. further east it's not a cold start, but a dry and fine one, with sunshine for the east of england and the north of scotland. but right from the word go in the south—west of england the winds will be really quite noticeable. gusts inland could push towards 30—110 mph and there will be showers, if not longer
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spells of rain. drier further east, right up to the eastern side of the pennines. not wall—to—wall sunshine, but a good deal drier. northern ireland, an atrocious start if you're out on the roads. an awful lot of surface water and spray around and a fair breeze as well. the north of scotland, having had such a wet end to thursday, well, a glorious start to the new day on friday. all the while that area of low pressure churns away very slowly, just sitting over the southern parts of the republic of ireland, and that weather front is really struggling to make meaningful eastward progress. so that's good news for the eastern side of england, but it will turn and stay very wet indeed for a good part of northern ireland well into the afternoon down through wales, the western side of england and into the south—west. that will be a really tough day at the office for both golfers and spectators alike
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for the second day of the open. a lot of cloud around and i think the early showers will turn into longer spells of rain. the breeze nagging all the while. because of the low pressure, heavy showers around. breezy for a time. for some there will be drier interludes as well. not a write—off by any means at all. here we are on saturday. breezy in the circulation of that low and that's where we have the bulk of the showers. maybe a rumble of thunder too. a scattering of showers developing in the afternoon further north in england and wales, up into the borders of scotland and northern ireland. the further east you are the drier it will be and in the north of scotland make the most of saturday because here is sunday. an onshore wind and this is rain rather than showers. the showers are there to be had further south across many parts. not everybody gets to see them, but the odd one thrown in there will be heavy. so a lot of cloud at lords
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and the chance of a shower. unbroken play throughout the day, i think that's very unlikely indeed. enjoy your weekend. this is bbc news — the headlines: a earthquake with a magnitude of 6.7 has struck under the sea between greece and turkey. at least two people were killed on the greek island of kos. in the turkish resort of bodrum — a small tsunami flooded streets and coastal buildings with about ten centimetres of water. the former american football star and actor oj simpson is to be released from prison in october after serving nine years of a 33—year sentence for armed robbery in las vegas. he was convicted of raiding a hotel room to recover sporting memorabilia which he claimed had been stolen from him. millions of venezuelans stayed at home in the country's first 24—hour general strike in over a decade. they're angry over government plans for a new constitution. in several cities police used teargas as they clashed with protestors. at least three protesters were killed in the violence. now it's time for hardtalk.
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