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ba good ba degree also warmer with highs of 16 to 20 degrees. this is bbc world news today. our top stories: the white house press secretary, sean spicer, resigns after president trump appoints anthony scaramucci as his communications director. but the new man said there were no hard feelings. his attitude is anthony is coming in let me clear the slate for anthony, andi let me clear the slate for anthony, and i do appreciate that about sean and i do appreciate that about sean and i love him for it. but i don't have any friction with sean. torn apart by civil war, yemen is now in the grip of what aid agencies say is the worst outbreak of cholera in the world ever recorded. of cholera in the world palestinian of cholera in the world leader suspends all conflicts palestinian leader suspends all conflicts with israel amid clashes of the streets of a bbc investigation into online abuse reveals children as young as nine are being groomed using the periscope app which is owned by twitter. hello, and welcome
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to world news today. donald trump's press secretary sean spicer, one of the most recognisable faces of the white house administration, has resigned. it's apparently in protest at the president's decision to appointment a former wall street banker as his new head of communications. mr spicer, famous for his angry outbursts at reporters during media briefings, hasn't been as visible in recent weeks, prompting speculation he'd been sidelined. sarah huckabee ‘s spicer will replace mr spicer. i'm grateful for sean's work on behalf of the administration and the american people. i wish him continued success as he moves onto pursue new opportunities. just look at his great television ratings. sean will continue to serve the administration through august.
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the president has also appointed anthony scaramucci as communications director. i have a statement on his appointment as well. anthony is a person i have great respect for. he will be in a pool, an important addition to this administration. he has been a great supporter and will now help implement key aspects of our agenda while leading the communications team. we have accomplished so much and we are being given credit for so little. the good news is that people get it, even if the media doesn't. well, the man she was just talking about, is president trump's new communications director anthony scaramucci, a former wall street financier. he took the opportunity to deny that there were tensions between him and sean spicer. i would love to have sean here. he decided that he thought it would be better to go and for me in relation to him it speaks volumes to who he is asa to him it speaks volumes to who he is as a human being, as a team player. his attitude is anthony is coming in, let me clear the slate for him. i do appreciate that about
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sean and i love him for it. but i don't have any friction with sean, i don't have any friction with sean, i don't have any friction with sean, i don't have any friction. this is the white house, the usa, we are selling the president. and i want to make sure that our cultural template is that we put the president's agenda first which is perfect for the american people and we serve his interests. so if we have a little bit of friction inside the white house as a result of that, it's ok, we can all live with that, either business person, i'm used to dealing with friction. that was anthony scaramucci, the new communications director speaking in a press conference a little while earlier. let's cross over to the bbc‘s gary o'donoghue is in washington for us. he promised to answer lots of questions, we had a whole new tone to what we had before. very punchy, combative, briefings. he did one of those press conferences that people often do to clear the air, where you kind of advice as many questions as people can throw at you. so he went
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round the room asking, answering multiple questions and hitting some of the controversial issues that people will ask about him, number one, does he have a good relationship with the president's chief of staff. they have previously been questions about that. number two, does he have the experience? he's been a financier in the past, not a communications person, certainly not someone in charge of the munitions for the white house. three, can he get the white house back on track, get the what message out there. that is certainly the frustration on the part of the president that has led to this big change. he believes his message isn't getting across. and we have seen sean spicer bit by bit edged out over the last few weeks, doing fewer and fewer briefings, many not on camera. he was shunned from that trip to paris last week, did not get on the plane, not on air force one. and now he has finally had to resign. and i think that was coming,
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certainly the appointment of scaramucci made it inevitable. certainly the appointment of scaramucci made it inevitablem seems both sarah huckabee sanders and anthony scaramucci said they would refer back to president trump. he is the boss, he is very much in charge in this relationship.” he is the boss, he is very much in charge in this relationship. i think that reflects the idea that donald trump believes he is his own best secretary. —— press secretary. he believes he can communicate better than anyone else. you often hear him bragging about the amount of people following him on social media. he knows how that can move the news cycle. he believes he has his own best spokesman. i think that is one of the frustrations he has felt was sean spicer. what you saw there was him getting some new people in that he trusts, i think he likes sarah sanders, her approach has been a lot more charming towards the press, she
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is more charming than sean spicer was. that is certainly true. but scaramucci also knows the boss is the boss because he believes he understands the communications business and scaramucci will take his lead from him. very diplomatically put. thank you very much. yemen is now facing the worst cholera outbreak anywhere in the world. the aid agency oxfam says this is the worst outbreak ever recorded in a single year. it's killed 2000 people. and, according to oxfam, there are hundreds of thousands more suspected cases. and this is a man made disaster: yemen has been torn apart by a brutal civil war for over two years. the bbc‘s nawal al maghawi is in yemen's capital sanaa. another crisis has hit yemen. people here question how much more they can take. war and poverty have combined to mean cholera swept through this country faster than any on record. unless treated quickly,
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this waterborne disease can kill. most have walked hours to get treatment, but only the fortunate make it in time. aid agencies are doing what they can, but the magnitude of this outbreak is outstripping their ability to respond. one person dies in yemen every hour from cholera. this is the world's largest humanitarian crisis, and it's completely man—made. pockets of famine are growing. cholera is spreading. and civil servants like the doctors and nurses here haven't received a salary in over ten months. there's one thing that people here keep telling me,
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and it is that they feel completely forgotten by the world. people face the biggest threat in rural areas. in this one village alone, 20 people have died in the space of three months. hours from the nearest town, it was impossible for people without money to get help. abdullah has recently become sick. together with his sister hind, they can't afford the medicine for the illness. the truth is that for many in this country there is no escaping cholera. here on the edge of the village is the only source of water. the people know it is infected, but with no other options, they continue to rely on it. the palestinian leader mahmoud abbas has suspended all official contacts
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with israel until it removes metal detectors from the disputed site of the al aqsa mosque injerusalem. the installation of the detectors havs sparked running battles with israeli defence forces and protesters that have left three palestinians dead. alan johnston reports. and so it began. what the palestinians said would be a day of rage. they'd gathered in their hundreds, the israelis said men under 50 would not be allowed to go into the old city and perform friday prayers at the holy site. so the palestinians prayed in the streets. and then the tensions exploded. the violins played out in pockets in
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different parts of occupied east jerusalem. fierce exchanges in the sacred city. when the tear gas eventually cleared, arrests were made. injerusalem eventually cleared, arrests were made. in jerusalem and eventually cleared, arrests were made. injerusalem and in violence in the west bank, hundreds have been wounded. there were fatalities to. at the centre of attention, muslims call it... dues, the temple mount. last week this was the scene of violence. israeli arab gunmen killed two policemen were hunted down and courtyard. so the israelis installed these metal detectors at the gates. palestinians vehemently opposed this. many refused to go through the detectors into the mosque compound. instead they started praying in the street outside. for these people,
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the new security measures are an attempt by their occupiers to secure more control over a place that sits at the very heart of the religious and political divisions between israel and the palestinians. reasonable thinking, reasonable behaviour, and that extremism and racism is the way to solve problems. palestinians in any case will not accept any compromise about the mosque. the israelis say the detectors a re mosque. the israelis say the detectors are only in place to keep eve ryo ne detectors are only in place to keep everyone say. a week ago today muslim radical terrorists went in and murdered two israeli policeman after smuggling in rifles. the only way that we can defend ourselves is by placing those metal detectors. and so afterjerusalem's day of rage, then metal detectives remain
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in place, this latest bitter dispute is not over. the dangerous stand—off will continue. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. america says it has withheld remaining military payments to pakistan for this year because the secretary of december defence could not certify that islamabad was taking sufficient action against the headlining network. pakistan has already received more than half $1 billion in military aid this year. this decision means $50 million will not be released. the national assembly in venezuela has appointed 13 newjudges to the supreme court. to the supreme court in a move that could spark a legal wrangle. the lawmakers say they have the right to name and fire justices under the constitution, but the court itself has warned that the move is illegal and that the appointees could be jailed. the supreme court has blocked all bills introduced by the assembly since the opposition won control last year. the emir of qatar has been making a rare televised speech
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in which he criticised his gulf neighbours for imposing a blockade on his country, which he described as a collective punishment of his people. despite this he said life was going on normally. he thanked both the us and russia for their support and especially turkey for its assistance. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come. in the wake of matic protests in poland, parliament looks super pass a bill about the supreme court judges. it's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. a catastrophic engine fire is being blamed tonight for the first crash
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in the 30 year history of concord, 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 has been painstakingly rebuilt and opens again today. there's been and opens again today. there's been a 50% decrease in sperm quantity and an increase in malfunctioning 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. welcome to bbc world news today. our mains headlines this hour. the white house press secretary, sean spicer, has resigned after president trump appointed anthony scaramucci as his communications director. but the new man denied there were tensions over his appointment. the people of yemen call for foreign
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help as cholera hits hundreds and thousands of people. a bbc investigation has found evidence of children as young as nine being groomed on the live—streaming app periscope. launched two years ago, periscope allows its millions of users to broadcast live from their phone. it can also reveal their location. but our team found children streaming video live from their classrooms and even their bedrooms — leaving themselves open to abuse. twitter, which owns the app, says it has zero tolerance for this kind of conduct. our correspondent angus crawford reports. not learning, but broadcasting, live from the back of a lesson. viewers send her direct messages. another school, another class. more questions from total strangers. but this isn'tjust an innocent chat. are you in high school?
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yes, we are. we found pupils live streaming across the country. and they've all been using this — periscope, an app owned by twitter, which allows users to broadcast live from anywhere. and our investigation found children using it in their own bedrooms and being groomed in front of our eyes. this child is still in her school uniform, probably 12, no more than that. talking straight into the camera and there is one, two, three, four, five, six, seven requests already. one of them is asking the size of her bra. another one has justjoined. someone hasjust asked her to unbutton her shirt. the age limit is meant to be 13, but we easily find children younger than that. this little girl is really young. hi.
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so right now it's my first time playing this app. i don't even know what to do. i'm nine. i actually look seven. "up top, please." what do you mean by, "up top, please? " we passed the details of all these children to the police, and showed what we found to the nspcc‘s head of online safety. hi. oh, my gosh. well, it's very disturbing, isn't it? to see children as young as nine when they're so vulnerable and being so clearly groomed for sexual purposes by a pack of people online. it's really shocking. what's really worrying about periscope is the way it uses maps. if i go live from here on a street corner in west london, then anyone can zoom in and find out exactly where i am. twitter refused an interview
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request, but said in a statement, but our investigation showed children openly being groomed. the question for periscope — can young people really broadcast to the world and stay safe? poland's parliament is expected to vote though a bill that would force the removal of the country's supreme court judges — a move which is seen to threaten thejudiciary‘s independence. the bill was passed through the lower house just nine days after it was first submitted. demonstrations are continuing in the capital warsaw tonight in a last ditch effort to stop the bill from going through. earlier i spoke with dr malgorzata bonikowska from polish think tank,
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the centre for international relations, about the divisions in the country as a result of this legislation. all the situation is really serious 110w all the situation is really serious now and it is very sad because it seems we are losing the ability to discuss things. it is also among people. people, in polish society is very divided. it seems like it is one step too far. no one says the ruling party doesn't have a right to post the changes, or implement reforms, but the way they are doing this and what they are proposing is very controversial and needs wide political debate. but the government is not open to that. so the question would be how are we able to build community if we just want to accept one point of view and polish society asa one point of view and polish society
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as a very difficult and complex history. there are people who think many different ways here. not all the people support the party. so the question is are we still able to make a dialogue to discuss. by the way, this is why people go out to protest a nd way, this is why people go out to protest and this is really serious. protests are protest and this is really serious. protests a re massive protest and this is really serious. protests are massive all over the country. because we are very much, this is how we started our transformation process. in the late 80s, even before the berlin wall collapsed, we had a round table discussion, after 26 years it seems like this furniture is not needed and that is why people are wary and frightened. because we understand very well that society is divided, we need to discuss the things, there are people who think in many different ways here, so only the way and dialogue can save us. otherwise we are heading nowhere. so when you
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talk about dialogue, the eu has voiced its concerns. the government have a rocky relationship with brussels, but will they listen to what the international community has expressed? the answer is we do not know. we just hope they well. this is something we can expect from the us administration, in not a very formal way. somehow behind—the—scenes this can happen and is definitely happening, this push for sitting together, discussing things with the opposition also, with the eu the situation is better because we are a member state so we are a part of the european union. it means it is not really a foreign country or organisation for us, we are a part of it. we are a part of all the eu institutions. and of course for the european union it is a very serious
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challenge now because one of the member states isn't behaving in the way the others do. so the question is what the european institutions can do. let's get all the sports news. the american jordan spieth leads americanjordan spieth leads the open golf after overcoming some of the worst weather the british summer could throw at him. he's the only player to register two rounds under par at royal birkdale and has a two shot lead on six under par. here is the leaderboard into the weekend. only ten players under par in total. spieth's two shot lead is over matt kuchar. he is a further shot ian poulter and the us open champion brooks koepka. one of those players backin brooks koepka. one of those players back in contention after a pretty good round in those poor conditions, rory mcilroy, he hit a 68 today that leaves him on one under par. he is tied for sixth. anything around even
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par in those conditions as readers go today. i dropped the best possible start, i continued where i left off last night, i made some birdies early on and that gave me a bit of a cushion to play with. i needed to make some big up and downs around the middle of the round, but idid around the middle of the round, but i did exactly what i wanted to do, get in and finish the tour management under par for the first two days. let's see what the guys do this afternoon. henrik stenson is eight shots off the lead after revealing his rented home was burgled during thursday's first round, with value or personal items stolen. not too much on the effect of today's round. but spending four hours with the police and going out to dinner. that was a different evening. let's put it away. he seen bolt has won his last race before he
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defends the 100 metres title in london. he won in the diamond league meeting in monaco. perhaps not the quality of field he will face in london but a season's best of 9.95 seconds nevertheless. and the first time he has gone under ten seconds for the whole of this season so far. defending champion chris flume has strengthened his trip on the tour de france, maintaining a 23 second lead ahead of the final two stages. a norwegian one stage 19, of the first time in six years. here is more. another day closer to paris and it could not have been less eventful if he had written it himself. with so many tired legs after the alps and so many tired legs after the alps and so few top sprinters left in the race, a breakaway was allowed to stay away. 20 riders and whittled down to nine near the end and then by way of taking a roundabout on the right rather than the left, one saw
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the chance of a solo victory and a norwegian who lost in the tightest photo finish i've ever seen earlier in the race finally secured his first stage win since 2011while chris and the main field rolled home relaxed over 11 minutes later. and chelsea have completed the signing of the spain striker from real madrid for a club record fee. the 24—year—old has signed a five—year deal and willjoin the premier league champions on their pre—season tour of asia. he scored 20 goals in la liga for real. that is all sportsmen. royal visits can be tiring for even for the most experienced members of the family, but for two—year old princess charlotte, daughter of the prince william and duchess of cambridge — at the end of the five day tour to poland and germany, it all proved a bit too much. as the cambridge's prepared to leave hamburg this afternoon, for rock from all of us, thanks for
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watching, see you soon. we seen some we seen some very we seen some very wet and windy weather across parts of western britain, including wales in the south—west of england. here was the scene coming in from devon earlier in the day, you can sue choppy seas there in the cloud producing some heavy rain. we seen the back edge of that in devon. further east our second picture comes from suffolk where we had clear skies, a bit of cumulus cloud and present afternoon. feeling quite warm there. as we head through the weekend we will continue to see a fairly unsubtle theme. blustery showers, dry, sunny spells but feeling quite fresh for the time of year. but feeling quite fresh for the time of yea r. low but feeling quite fresh for the time of year. low pressure in charge of the weather as we head through this evening and overnight. that pressure slowly drifting further north and east. this band of heavy rain in the
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west will push its way northwards and eastwards across northern and eastern parts of england overnight. it will be easing so the rain won't be quite as heavy. still quite blustery tonight. through tomorrow we have low pressure in the west and that means the wind will be quite blustery. showery and be seen here. elsewhere the showers are fewer and further between but we will see some heavy ones pushing northwards and eastwards. scotland and northern ireland get away with the best of the dry and bright weather. temperatures at best around 22. as we continue through the open, it looks like there will be a predominantly dry theme to the weather. less windy than today, but still a chance of a few showers particularly in the afternoon. saturday evening will continue to see showers moving eastwards. it looks like eventually they will ease away overnight but we could see one 01’ away overnight but we could see one or two lingering in the early hours of sunday. sunday is shaping up to
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be another sunny day and with showers. the showers will be further north and east, so a better day for the likes of south wales and south—east england. further north a scattering of showers and you could see the odd rumble of thunder. temperatures around 17 to 22. in the sunshine and between any showers it should feel quite pleasant. and the na ntes should feel quite pleasant. and the nantes showers ease away as high pressure builds into monday and tuesday and things turn warmer. bye— bye. welcome to bbc news. our main headlines. sean spicer has resigned after president trump appointed anthony scaramucci as his medication ‘s director. —— communications director. the palestinian leader has suspended all contact with israel after clashes on the streets ofjerusalem. three palestinians have been killed and dozens injured. the emir of
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qatar has been making a rare televised speech to criticise his gulf neighbours after weeks of a blockade which he described as a collective punishment of his people. and the cholera outbreak in yemen is now the largest ever recorded in any country in a single year. oxfam says
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