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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: donald trump again tries to blame the democrats for america's immigration problems, as he defends his zero—tolerance policy at the border. the united states will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee holding facility. in germany, immigration policy is also divisive. chancellor merkel‘s own interior minister gives her two weeks to find a europe—wide solution. we round up day five at the world cup in russia, including a dramatic england win over tunisia. a controversial rapper who topped the us charts in march is shot and killed in broad daylight in florida. and meet the chechen leader who tells our reporter there are no gay people in his country. translation: we don't even know that word. we don't talk about gays. here, a man is an man,
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a woman is a woman, a dog is a dog. cruel and immoral — that is how laura bush, the formerfirst lady, has described the separation of children from their parents as they cross into the us illegally. the trump administration has taken nearly 2,000 children from theirfamilies in the past six weeks. despite the criticism of what is happening at the us—mexico border, president trump is trying to blame the democrats, and saying he won't allow the us to become a migrant camp. here is our north america correspondent nick bryant. children held in what look like cages — the trump administration's zero—tolerance immigration policy
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being put into action at this detention centre in texas. it is notjust the much—vaunted border wall that the administration hopes will act as a deterrent to those who cross the mexican border illegally, but also this wire mesh fencing. ‘la perrera,‘ the detainees are calling it — the dog kennel. and in these dusty facilities, the trump administration isn'tjust detaining children, but separating them from their parents. nearly 2,000 sons and daughters have been taken away from their mothers and fathers in just over a month—long period. mr garcia was separated from his teenage son. translation: it was hard, the hardest day from me. i felt like i was losing my son. that's what i thought, i was going to lose my son. this photo of a two—year—old honduran girl crying as us border patrol agents searched her mother has crystallised concerns and complaints. they have come from the former first lady laura bush who said: and remarkably, the president
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first lady's office also issued a statement. but her husband's hardline stance on immigration was a key reason why he now occupies the white house, and he defended the crackdown. the united states will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility. it won't be. you look at what's happening in europe, you look at what's happening in other places, we can't allow that to happen to the united states, not on my watch. in a series of tweets that will place even further strain on the transatlantic alliance, donald trump has taken aim at angela merkel‘s germany, claiming the influx of immigrants has caused political instability and a spike in crime. that last claim is false.
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the german crime rate is at its lowest in 30 years. critics of the president claim he was trying to distract attention from what is happening in these detention centres, this one a converted walmart store near the mexican border. he has also been accused of using the detained children as bargaining chips to get congressional funding from democrats for the border wall. the zero—tolerance policy means zero humanity, and it makes zero sense. these are the most searing images of the trump presidency so far. children crying. and we have heard some of the most searing sounds. released by a us news organisation, and said to be audio of children crying, who have been separated from their parents. this policy is intended to protect american borders, but is it demolishing american ideals?
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nick bryant, bbc news, washington. well, it is notjust donald trump trying to put pressure on angela merkel over migration. italy's new prime minister has told the german chancellor that european union rules need to change. mrs merkel is also facing an ultimatum from her own interior minister — tighten germany's borders or police will start turning people away. lebo diseko has the story. just a warning — there are flashing images coming up. at that time, it was a source of pride to germany — thousands of people welcomed into the country at the height of europe's refugee crisis. but now, resentment over this open—door policy threatens chancellor angela merkel‘s future. her interior minister, horst seehofer, has given mrs merkel two weeks to speak to other eu countries and come up with a new plan. if not, he'll tell german border police to turn people away if they've already been processed in another eu country. translation: if the european summit oi’ any agreements succeed in reaching our goal,
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which is to send back migrants as soon as they reach the border, we'd be very happy, and we'd wish good luck to the chancellor. but, if this doesn't succeed, we want to make it possible to send them back immediately at the border. mrs merkel says such action goes against eu principles, but her interior minister also leads the party she is in coalition with, and she can't afford to sack him. translation: it is in the german interest to maintain the order and control of migration, in good partnership with our european neighbours. that's why we believe that uncoordinated rejection at our borders, as a country in the heart of europe, could lead to negative domino effects. these pictures show the impact of the growing argument over how to deal with migrants coming into europe. a rescue ship carrying more than 600 people from the coast of libya left at sea for days after italy refused to let it dock. italy's new prime minister has told
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chancellor merkel that eu migration rules need a complete overhaul. he says the current policy of processing asylum claims in a country where people first arrive cannot continue. but this is in direct conflict with the demands of germany's interior minister. mrs merkel now has two weeks to see if she can balance the needs of her eu partners and those of her coalition ones. lebo diseko, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: the canadian parliament has voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use. to become law, the legislation must now be passed by the senate and receive royal assent by the governor general. that could happen by september, and would make canada the first g7 country to allow people over the age of 18 to use marijuana legally. president trump has warned china he is prepared to impose tariffs on another $200 billion worth of imports if beijing goes ahead with duties on american goods.
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he said china appeared to have no intention of changing what he called its unfair practices in response to us tariffs. people in western japan are still clearing up from the powerful earthquake that hit the osaka area on monday. thousands of homes are still without gas or water after the 6.i—magnitude quake. three people are known to have died, including a nine—year old girl. the number of people displaced by conflict has reached the highest level ever recorded, for the fifth year running. a united nations report says that, by the end of 2017, 68.5 million people worldwide were either refugees, asylum seekers, or internally displaced. england have won their opening game of the world cup. they beat tunisia 2—i, captain harry kane to the rescue, scoring both goals. paul frostick reports. a new generation and renewed hope for fans of english football.
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and, just 11 minutes in, their nerves were put at ease. captain kane leading from the front. but, just as england started to relax into the game, the mistake came. an elbow from kyle walker giving away a penalty, ferjani sassi comfortably slotting it away. but as england toiled, desperate for a penalty of their own, it wasn't until injury—time that the breakthrough came. another corner, and another kane winner. hope restored for england and their fans — just. for the people of panama, it was time to party. a debut for their team on world football's biggest stage, an emotional moment for their players. but, after holding on through a goalless first half, belgium started to turn it on. a rocket from dries mertens silencing the central americans. and from that point,
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panama's resistance was broken, lukaku hitting the mark with two goals in six minutes. spectacular stadiums look to be given in russia, but the quality of the matches within can't be guaranteed. the video assistant referee broke the deadlock between sweden and south korea, a penalty converted by swedish captain andreas granqvist enough to seal a first opening—game win for his side since 1958. the catholic archbishop of adelaide is due to be sentenced within hours for concealing child abuse by a priest. philip wilson arrived at the courthouse a short while ago. he is the most senior catholic figure in the world to be convicted of covering up sexual assaults by clergy. it relates to child abuse by a priest dating back to the 1970s. the bbc‘s hywel griffith is in newcastle, on australia's east coast. he says the archbishop could face a jail sentence of up to two years. we will find out what sentence he's given within the next few hours.
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but last month, philip wilson was convicted at this court, after a long legal process, and convicted of covering up abuse, as you said, that occurred in the 1970s. then, he was a parish priest in east maitland, not farfrom here. young victims turned to him to report the actions of paedophile priests, but for decades he did nothing, and he is now the most senior figure in the world to ever be convicted of concealing abuse. in his defence, he said that he hadn't been told by the victims. he denies that he broke the law. but since his conviction, he sent a letter out to children and parents in the archdiocese of adelaide to say that he would step aside from his position, but not resign until it was necessarily appropriate. so he is holding on to his position as the archbishop. it is possible that he could launch an appeal against his conviction. we're due to learn more later
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when matters begin again later. and the archbishop's rail has been continued and he will be required to attend a further hearing in newcastle, in new south wales. police in florida say the rapper xxxtentacion has been shot dead nearmiami. he wasjust 20. he was killed in daylight, near a motorcycle shop. he was a controversial artist in a genre full of controversy. when he died he was facing 15 felony charges, including domestic violence. his second album went straight to the top of the billboard chart when it was released earlier this year. kj matthews is an entertainment journalist based in los angeles. she told me what happened. well, you know, what we're hearing is that it happened in deerfield beach, florida. apparently he was at a motor sports store, checking out a motorcycle. he left, got in his sports vehicle, and as he was driving out of the facility, two men approached him, shot him,
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fatally shot him, obviously, and then took a louis vuitton bag out of his vehicle. he was pronounced dead about an hour later at a nearby hospital, and police are still canvassing the area, trying to find out if anybody saw the two men that approached him, if there were any surveillance cameras around. so they're still investigating, and there's a lot of crime tape out there right now, obviously. and kj, he was spoken of in a breakthrough talent in soundcloud rap. just tell us more about that genre. yeah, a lot of these underground hip—hop artists find their base find their following. and he was one of them who had a large, mammoth following on soundcloud, kind of rowdy—sounding rap. and he had millions of followers on instagram and snapchat, and just was really, really popular. however, in the last 1.5 years, he was one of the few artists that had been able to break through, kind of out of that soundcloud rap
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genre and onto the international stage. now, his debut album, which was called 17, debuted and it was already certified gold. but his second follow—up album, which was released this march, this year, was already debuting on the billboard top 100 charts. so he was doing very well in the last 1.5 years. now, it was very weird, because at the same time he was having all of this tremendous success in his professional career, his legal and criminal record was horrible. as you mentioned earlier, he had many felonies. of the most serious, he was accused of domestic violence, of beating his pregnant ex—girlfriend, and he was charged with battery and false imprisonment, to which he obviously had pled not guilty to, so those charges were still ongoing. he really had a tremendous impact on social media where he used to talk to millions of their fans, telling them to keep their head up. he talked about the fact that it doesn't matter if you're
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going through a tough time. he wants people to know that he's always there for them. and really cryptically, interestingly, in the last couple of months, he had released an instagram live video where he said specifically that if for some reason he should have a tragic death, early in his life, hejust wants people to know that he was there for them, and he wants to leave a positive message. so that was really eerie. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: donald trump's new frontier. is the space force a step closer to reality? there was a bomb in the city centre. a code word known to be one used by the ira was given. army bomb experts were examining a suspect van when there was a huge explosion. the south african parliament has destroyed the foundation
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of apartheid by abolishing the population registration act, which for a0 years forcibly classified each citizen according to race. germany's parliament, the bundestag, has voted by a narrow majority to move the seat of government from bonn to berlin. berliners celebrated into the night but the decision was greeted with shock in bonn. just a day old, and the royal baby is tonight sleeping in his cot at home. early this evening, the new prince was taken by his mother and father to their apartments in kensington palace. the real focus of attention today was valentina tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut. what do you think of the russian woman in space? i think it's a wonderful achievement and i think we might be able to persuade the wife, it would be a good idea, if i could, to get her to go up there for a little while. this is bbc news. our main story this hour: the trump administration has defended its policy of separating migrant children from their parents. the president has blamed the democrats for the problem. let's stay with that story now.
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melanie zanona is congressional reporter of the hill. she explained what will happen next. there is a bill they will consider on thursday, a raw immigration bill after weeks of negotiations between conservative and moderate republicans and they have tucked a provision in there which would end the policy of separating migrant kids from their parents but the problem is, it would allow families to be detained for indefinite periods of time. aside from that, it is already facing an uphill battle. there are conservatives who don't want to support it, democrats against it, so it's an open question. facing a lot of pressure. it's all controversial. and it looks terrible from a humanitarian point of view. the president has his own wife and a former republican first lady
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criticising his policy. he feels zero tolerance plays well with his core voters. is that entirely true? that isn't entirely true. we are seeing a pushback from democrats and republicans. the former first lady. we have also seen christian evangelicals who have stuck by trump, his base, even through controversies like his affair with a porn star, you are seeing some of these leaders decrying this policy. you are seeing a lot of his typical allies and pockets of his base come out against this but of course, the core base does usually stand by donald trump. they largely agree with this policy. these congressional republicans, a lot of which are facing tough re—election races, and you can
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imagine the attack ads being cut around these images, the perfect audio we are getting. donald trump wants to form a sixth branch of the us military: a space force. he says it's important for national security to establish what he calls american dominance in space and that it would be unacceptable to let china or russia take the lead. when it comes to defending america, it is not enough to merely have an american presence in space, we must have american dominance in space. so important. dr rachael livermore is an astronomer at the university of melbourne. she told me what she thought of president trump's idea. it all seems like nonsense, to be honest. if you look at the actual directive that he signed, it is actually very useful, but uninteresting work on managing traffic and satellite debris in space. and it seems like this is a very cynical attempt to create headlines, to distract away
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from children being ripped away from families at the border. there have been other things that the president has suggested, the military has seems to have overlooked doing anything about, do you think this falls into that category? there have been talks before about forming a more specific space force. the us does have a space command currently, which is part of the air force, my interaction with it is when i am running a big laser out of a telescope, they will shut us down so we don't break any satellites. this isn't a completely new thing. but it does seem to have come out of nowhere, have no real substance to it and reallyjust be an attempt to grab some headlines. we shouldn't be too precious about it, the us went
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to the moon to beat the russians. there was a competitiveness to it and i suppose in the worst case scenario, everybody will be thinking "death star" of some kind. absolutely. as you say, neil armstrong and buzz aldrin landed on the moon, they went for peace but we know they went to beat the russians. we do have an instance of holding our nose and ignoring nationalism in order of getting what we want in space. this is something where we need to draw the line and say "no, you are not going to militarise space." we have been studying this through science fiction for 50 plus years and it doesn't seem to end well. and yet he is not wrong necessarily, that it could be a matter of national security. if one country could get dominance in space, it would go for it. absolutely. i think it is completely consistent with his admiration of dictators wanting to emulate an emperor palpateen. but it is up to us to say no we don't think this is a good idea.
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i guess it will be up to congress, do you think this has a future at all? 0h, who knows? i hope not. my understanding is you cannot create a new branch of the military without congress's approval, so hopefully they will talk some sense into the situation. chechnya's leader has responded to suggestions that he used the egyptian footballer mo salah for political propaganda. ramzan kadyrov — who's long been accused of human rights abuses, including the torture and murder of gay people — engineered a joint appearance with the liverpool player in the chechen capital. the egyptian team has its world cup training camp there. he spoke exclusively to our correspondent steve rosenberg. at vladimir putin's world cup, there is one place in russia where sport and politics are proving hard to separate. this is grozny, chechnya. the egyptian team has its world cup base here. fit again after injury,
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liverpool's mo salah is trying to focus on football, but he has faced some distractions. a week ago, mo salah was paraded around the stadium by chechnya's controversial leader. ramzan kadyrov is on the us sanctions list. he has been accused of gross violations of human rights, but he was still happy to invite us to his palace. mr kadyrov was a former chechen rebel who switched to the kremlin side, and he rules chechnya like a personalfiefdom. your critics say that you used mo salah for political propaganda, for self—promotion. did you? translation: everyone has played here, even maradona, but we never use this kind of thing for politics. 0ur enemies are paid to write things like that. i didn't invite mo salah or the egyptian team.
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they chose us themselves. of course, politicians all over the world love photo opportunities with stars. but what made this one controversial, what makes the egyptian team's presence in chechnya controversial, is the reputation of ramzan kadyrov as one of the most powerful and most feared men in russia. driving around grozny, you can see that chechnya under ramzan kadyrov has risen from the ashes, from the rubble of two wars. but at what cost? human rights groups say he has created a climate of fear. they accuse his security forces of arbitrary arrests and torture, and of targeting chechnya's gay community. extrajudicial executions, forced disappearance of opponents, persecution of homosexuals — these are the allegations made against you in chechnya. is this true? translation: the people
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who write these things, i don't consider them people. we don't have homo... homo... what did you call it? homosexuality? we don't even know that word. we don't talk about gays. we don't have a single one. here, a man is a man, a woman is a woman, a dog is a dog. in chechnya, people cherish their customs, their faith. they are a peace—loving nation, their leader says. but it is ramzan kadyrov‘s image which jars with what fifa claims the world cup is about — bringing people together. steve rosenberg, bbc news, grozny. more on that news any time on the bbc website. good morning.
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there's somewhat of a battle of the air masses across the uk at the moment. to the northern half of the country, we've got fresher north atlantic air pushing its way in. to the south, muggier air all the way from the mid—atlantic. separating air masses, though, tends to be weather fronts. and this one, as we see this little wave develop, this little bobble later will bring some heavier rain this coming night. patchy rain and drizzle this morning across some western parts of england and wales, where the warmest of the air is. 18 degrees in central london. sunnier conditions further north for the commute, with just a few showers here and there, but it does feel a bit fresher. sunshine turns hazy, though, as cloud increases from the south—west through the day. the cloud across england
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and wales will break up, although it will turn cloudy for northern england, and there's always a threat, northern and western areas, of patchy rain and drizzle into the afternoon, especially on coasts and hills. but note — temperatures into the 20s, even with that cloud. further north, the teens. best of the sunshine, the far north, where winds will be lighter than they were monday. but northern ireland, south—west scotland, finishing the afternoon, going into evening, outbreaks of rain. that turns heavier into the night for central and southern scotland and also for parts of northern england. still separating the air masses, so quite a fresh night to take us into wednesday. the north—west of scotland and northern ireland, england and wales and far south—east of scotland staying fairly muggy, with temperatures in the teens. but the heavier rain through the night into wednesday is courtesy of this waving weather front, which actually pushes out into the north sea quite quickly on wednesday morning, just leaving this trailing cold front, which will work its way
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southwards, introducing fresher air to more through the day. here it is — that's the outbreaks of rain for northern england and north wales to start wednesday. through the day, it turns showery. that band pushes through wales, the midlands, towards east anglia by mid—afternoon, keeping things muggy towards the south—east corner. get the cloud break, the temperatures will shoot up. notice, though, on our temperature profile, the contrast. temperatures much, much fresher further north, the mid—teens at very best in scotland, with a few showers to the highlands and islands. but a lot of sunshine out across northern and western parts of the uk to finish the day. as we go into thursday, that cold front has moved off into the near continent, pushing us all into the fresher air, northerly airflow across the country, bringing a few showers for shetland, the north—east of scotland. most, though, will be dry. sunniest top and tail of the day. cloud builds up, spreads out a little bit during the middle part of the day. but note that temperatures by this stage — mid—teens across scotland, maybe low 20s in the south, a big drop on how we started. but as we finish the week, go into the weekend, high pressure starts to nudge its way in, killing off that northerly airflow and bringing in slightly warmer aironce again. and with high pressure in charge, it stays dry for most on friday, saturday and sunday. varying amounts of cloud, good deal of sunshine, and temperatures just up a little bit. bye for now. this is bbc news. the headlines: the trump administration has been attempting to defend its policy of separating children from their parents when they cross the border illegally from mexico. there is widespread criticism, including from melania trump and the former republican first lady laura bush. the president has again tried to blame the democratic party. germany's chancellor, angela merkel, has been given until the end
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of the month by her own interior minister to secure a europe—wide deal on migration. he has threatened to implement tighter border controls if she fails. president trump and italy's new prime minister have also criticised her approach. in football, england have beaten tunisia 2—1 at the world cup in russia. both england goals were scored by harry kane. earlier, belgium beat panama by 3—0. in the other match of the day, sweden beat south korea 1—0. now on bbc news, hardtalk.
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