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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: america's first lady meets children separated from their parents at the us border as her husband's government tries to work out how to reunite them. nearly 200 people are still missing after a ferry sinks in indonesia. the captain has been detained for questioning. argentina's hopes of reaching the knock—out stages of the world cup suffer a blow after a 3—0 defeat to croatia. and namaste on a global scale. millions of people around the world celebrate the international day of yoga. in an apparent response to worldwide outrage, president trump has declared that us government agencies should begin trying to reunite more than two thousand migrant children with their parents. the children, many no more than babies, were taken away under the trump administration's
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new zero—tolerance policy introduced two months ago. but there's great confusion over how reunification will happen, whether it can even be done at all. and a vote in congress on new immigration legislation has been postponed. more from our correspondent, nick bryant. the first lady has made herself a centralfigure in this row, and today decided to make a dramatic journey to a detention centre in texas where more than 50 children are being kept. publicly, she has called for a country that governs with heart. privately, she has pressed her husband to reverse the policy of taking children from their parents. and today came questions that any mother might ask. when will families be reunited, and in what conditions are children being detained? i know you house children on a long—term basis. and i'd also like to ask you how i can help, to these children, to be reunited with their families as quickly as possible. much is being made of the coat she was filmed wearing,
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bearing the slogan, "i really don't care, do you?" words which seem to contradict her actions. her office said there was no hidden message. today she completely upstaged her husband, who stayed in washington, where he lashed out at his democratic critics. so they want us to take care of bed space, and resources, and personnel, and take everybody, and... you know, like, let's run the most luxurious hotel in the world for everybody. but they don't want to give us the money. there has been a concerted attempt by the trump administration to put a caring face on what has been slammed as the cruellest of policies. these pictures released by the us government showing classrooms, rather than cages. meals, not wire meshing. even the wonderful world of disney. the youngest are being kept in what the trump administration calls "tender—age facilities," terminology that democrats
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have seized upon. i've seen the pictures of these tiny little girls, with forlorn looks on their faces. it breaks your heart. and they're being placed into what is being called "tender—age facilities." that's an orwellian term if there ever was one. in the immigration debate on capitol hill, democrats can't agree with republicans, and the republicans can't agree amongst themselves. with congressional elections looming, washington is obsessed with the politics of immigration. but, for the parents of separated children, it is the practicalities that count. how are they going to get their kids back? prevent them being lost in the system? in the halls of congress, a protest which served as a reminder to warring politicians of who is in the crossfire of this battle — children. nick bryant, bbc news, washington. police have detained the captain
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of an indonesian ferry, one of the few survivors of a disaster that's left nearly 200 people missing and feared dead. the captain was one of just 18 found alive. the bbc‘s rebecca henschke reports from jakarta that indonesia's president has called for a review of maritime safety. hopes are fading that any more survivors or even bodies will be pulled from this volcanic lake, one of the deepest in the world. and that means many grieving families won't be able to even bury their loved ones. that includes mothers, children, and many young couples. amongst the grief, there's also anger, frustration at the pace of the rescue effort, and also that the boat was allowed to go out that day, in bad weather, with three times the maximum number of passengers permitted on board. the captain was amongst the few people who were rescued after the boat went down in bad weather, and he is being now questioned by the police, who say he owned the vessel
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he was operating illegally, without tickets or a manifest. survivors have said there were not enough lifejackets on board, and as the ship went down, they desperately fought each other for those that were available. this is indonesia's worst maritime disaster in recent years, but boat accidents here are common, and scenes like this are eerily familiar. presidentjoko widodo has called for a review of the safety laws at sea, and said local authorities will be held accountable for not enforcing them. but millions of people rely on often—traditional boats to get around this vast archipelago, many of those boats not even having basic safety on board. observers say promises of reform have been made before, and they want to see major changes to stop a disaster like this but millions of people rely on often—traditional boats to get around this vast archipelago, many of those boats not even having basic safety on board. observers say promises of reform have been made before, and they want to see major changes to stop a disaster like this
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from happening again. rebecca henschke, bbc news, jakarta. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the aircraft manufacturer, airbus, has said it's reconsidering its operations in britain amid the uncertainty over future relations with the european union. airbus said it was increasingly concerned by the lack of progress in brexit negotiations. there've been protests in the spanish town of pamplona, where a court has ordered the provisional release of five men convicted of sexually assaulting a young woman during the annual bull—running festival. in april, they were sentenced to nine years injailfor sexual abuse but acquitted of rape. they are appealing against their conviction. a spin—off programme from the "roseanne" sitcom is going to be made with the original cast but without its creator roseanne barr. abc ended its deal with her in the wake of her racist tweet about an advisor to barack obama. the main challenger in the sunday's
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presidential election in turkey has addressed a massive rally of his supporters in the coastal city of izmir. muharrem ince, leader of the secular republican people's party, called president recep tayyip erdogan a tired, lonely and arrogant man, and reaffirmed his promise to lift the two—year nationwide state of emergency. mr erdogan is still expected to win the presidential poll but mr ince hopes to force him into a second round. bbc correspondent, mark lowen, has been travelling the country to canvass opinion. two—year—old neval never knew her mum. she was shot in the neck by turkish police, and died after the birth. her grandma raises her. herfather is in prison, and she doesn't know the truth. they were, say the family, innocently caught up in clashes between pkk kurdish militants and government forces, the same government president erdogan is hoping to lead again after sunday's election.
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translation: when neval grows up, i'll tell her the state killed her mother and put herfather in prison. i hate erdogan for what he's done to my family. if he came here, i'd spit in his face. god damn him. but he did come here, to kurdish—dominated south—east turkey — not a region where he has a majority, but in this tight election, he needs kurdish votes to win. women are separated from men at his rallies, unheard of before he took office. "one nation, one flag, one homeland, one state," he cries. they cheer the leader of a big nato power, and a key western ally on syria and the migrant crisis. the reverence president erdogan still commands from pious turks is almost godlike. the question is whether it can beat the acute loathing felt by the other side of the nation.
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this election is now a fight between two halves of profoundly polarised turkey — a battle for the soul of this pivotal country. security is heavy here. the pro—kurdish party is called "terrorists" by the government, its candidates standing for election from prison. many fear vote—rigging by the erdogan machine. across this vast country, a different picture in the president's black sea stronghold. he has built support with new schools and hospitals. the economic boom is now stalling, but this is a region of loyalists. like cemal bayar, whose family has tended hazelnut groves for generations, and whose devout following is cultivated by the islamist president. translation: if erdogan says a road will be built here, it's done in three days. we are happy that a muslim country
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is ruled by a muslim president. he's not a dictator, he's a world leader. beneath a cloak of fear, dissent here is whispered. we met the wife of a police chief jailed after the failed coup, one of over 200,000 arrested or sacked. critics say it is a purge of all opponents. translation: the hardest is the loneliness, that my daughter is without a father. we don't know what's worse, destroying our future, or turkey's justice system. what erdogan is doing is a crime against humanity. this political choice will determine livelihoods. a vote for the shape, perhaps the survival, of turkish democracy. mark lowen, bbc news, in turkey. in the biggest shock of the tournament so far in football's world cup in russia, lionel messi's argentina are on the brink of going out, after a 3—0 thrashing by croatia. austin halewood has the story. in lionel messi and sergio aguero,
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argentina have two of the best forwards in club football. but, on the international stage, they struggle for support. enzo perez missing an open net, the frustration, clear to see. but for all the mistakes at the top of the pitch, the worst came at the back. willy caballero, misjudging, a chance ante rebic wouldn't miss. in the end, argentina were so poor it was hard to watch. and it only got worse. luka modric, simply magnificent. ivan rakitic added the gloss to send croatia through. the mighty argentina, fallen, and now, depending on others. the passionate peru and their fans have made themselves known in russia. but on the biggest stage, one mistake can be all it takes. france, pouncing on the loose ball. peru, punished by mbappe. still the south americans pressed, denied only by the woodwork, but that's as close as they came. a first world cup in 36 years, over.
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their fans, left thinking what could have been. france heading to the knockout stage, but nowhere near their best. for some, it will only ever be a dream. no one expects denmark and australia to be there at the end, but christian eriksen was determined to show what he can do. power, precision, pure happiness, but it wouldn't last long. a hand—ball spotted by the video referee, mile jedinak pulling australia level. in the end, honours even, and qualification for both still a possibility. austin halewood, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a "first baby" in more ways than one, as prime ministerjacinda ardern gives birth while in office. we'll have more on new zealand's newborn. members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade center armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a rightful claim on certain parts of this country as ourland.
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i take pride in the words "ich bin ein berliner". chapman, prison—pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that on 8june, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie, which for 29 years has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is bbc news. the latest headlines:
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america's first lady meets children separated from their parents at the us border, as her husband's government begins the job of reuniting them. well, let's stay with this story now. earlier i spoke with sarah sherman—stokes, a law lecturer at boston university school of law and associate director of the immigrants' rights and human trafficking program at bu. i began by asking if there seemed to be a recognisable plan for reunifying families. i don't see a comprehensive programme to reunite these children with theirfamilies. there are more than 2,300 of them that have been separated from their parents in the last six weeks alone, and the administration does not appear to have a plan to reunite them. do you think it will happen, or for many of these families that's it — they're broken up?
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i hope that's not the case. many of these parents were given nothing more than a fly out with a 1800 number. i have heard from advocates and other attorneys that, when parents or attorneys call that number, they‘ re told only that your child is in the united states, but not necessarily where. that would be unsatisfying for any parent. and on the information you are getting, what kind of state are the children and the parents in? well, we have good evidence that children in detention suffer greatly. these kids and their families are fleeing persecution. they have suffered, already, countless traumas in their home countries before they even get to the southern border. and so detention of children, of adults, of families together, will necessarily compounds that trauma, and mental health professionals and physicians and paediatricians are already speaking out about the long—term impact they fear this will have. and separation of their children from their parents like this is new, isn't it? but for the record, we should make it plain, barack obama did detain whole families. donald trump
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is effectively trying to extend what the court stopped barack obama from doing. that's correct, so the separation of families is new. the idea that asylum seekers would be criminally prosecuted at the border and separated from their children, that's a policy of the president's own making. that's a crisis that he alone created. but the detention of families is not new. you're correct to say that under the obama administration, thousands of families were held in detention centres, and it was only stopped because the court challenge. the trump administration today is asking courts to allow it to do what it said the obama administration could not. "welcome to our village, wee one." that is how the prime minister of new zealand announced the birth of her baby girl. jacinda ardern is only the second elected leader to give birth while in office. she will take six weeks of maternity leave before heading back to work, leaving deputy prime minister winston peters in charge. hywel griffith has more. beaming parents and
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their new arrival — jacinda ardern chose social media over a state announcement to share news of her daughter's birth. the message reads: "welcome to our village, wee one." throughout her very public pregnancy, jacinda ardern made a point of continuing with business as usual. after six weeks of maternity leave, she plans to be back at work as her partner, clarke gayford, becomes the main caregiver. in a bbc interview in april, she suggested the baby could also join her on the international stage. there are certain places that are hosting meetings in the future, and places particularly in the pacific, where they've said, "bring the baby. we're great with children. just bring the child, we'll take care of it." so i think it'll take an international community to raise our child. the baby's arrival has been celebrated here as a national triumph.
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former prime minister helen clark was one of the first to tweet, lauding the family's parenting arrangement as gender equality in action. theresa may also sent her congratulations to the new parents on the birth of their little girl. the man in charge of new zealand for the next six weeks also sent his best wishes. i wish the prime minister the very best, and clarke gayford as well, and that she gets a solid start to motherhood, so to speak. that solid start may be followed by some sleepless nights. but jacinda ardern says she will be contactable, and keep reading cabinet papers once she has taken her baby home. hywel griffith, bbc news. an electric car sharing scheme in paris has run into financial difficulties and been cancelled. the autolib‘ scheme allowed cars to be hired by credit card and parked in designated spaces around the city. but french authorities refused to help fund the scheme after it announced a multimillion—euro hole in its budget. andrew plant reports. small, silver, and made for sharing,
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the autolib‘ cars have become a familiar sight on the streets of paris over the past seven years. but, despite their popularity, the french authorities are pulling the plug on the capital's electric cars. and they are putting the brakes on so abruptly, it has left many in the lurch. translation: even just for the next week, i don't know what i will do in the mornings. there are two days when i will start work early in the morning. i will figure it out, but it is a little brutal. launched in 2011, the cars were bought by credit card with charging point across paris. a way to meet commuter needs and curb air pollution. but financial difficulties occurred. a request forfilling a budget shortfall was denied by authorities. campaigners, though, are determined
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the scheme should continue. translation: we are all very happy that autolib exists. we say it all the time. it's very practical. it changed the way we experience commuting in the city. now, it's as if somebody told us, tomorrow we're cancelling the bus service. that's what it is like. the cars had issues with cleanliness, problems with parking, and stiff competition from applications like uber. parisian authorities have now cancelled the service. the scheme's operators say they will appeal. an abrupt end to a scheme many saw as the cleaner, more efficient alternative to commuting. how much do you know about north korea? it has been quite open about its nuclear weapons programme, but the leadership is less keen to talk about the thousands of people it holds as political prisoners. it is more comfortable promoting the three quite friendly—sounding concepts by which its citizens are encouraged to live.
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hyung eun kim of the bbc‘s korean service has been looking into what they are, and what they mean. north korea appears to be making friends with the rest of the world. but how well do you know this isolated state's ideology? juche means self—reliance, and the first leader, kim il—sung, developed the idea. in the 1950s, north korea sought to distance itself from the influence of russia and china. and that is how the idea for thejuche was born — north korea pursuing its own interests, free from any external influence. north korea also emphasises its legitimacy by calling itself
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chosun. chosun was a 500—year—old dynastic kingdom that existed before the japanese colonisation. so, back then, chosun generally meant korea in the korean language, so by using its name, north korea is implying that it is the real korea, the one and only. actually, by constitution, north korea does not recognise the south as a country, and the same goes the other way around. why do north korean leaders emphasise their paektu bloodline? it refers to mount paektu, the highest and the most sacred mountain in korea. south korea's national anthem opens with a reference to it. north korea says it is where kim il—sung fought against the japanese colonisation, and allegedly it is where kim jong—il was born.
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so the kims' link to this symbolic mountain reinforces the cult of personality and sparks reverence. people all over the world have been marking international yoga day. it is an event recognised by the united nations. it began in 2014. it is meant to foster peace and understanding, with millions meditating on different continents. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. in india, they take yoga very seriously indeed. tens of thousands of people stretching, breathing, centring themselves. among them, prime minister narendra modi, hoping to combine the political with the spiritual. friends, from tokyo to toronto, from stockholm to sao paulo, yoga has become a positive influence in the lives of millions. all across the country,
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they were doing it. here, officers from the indo—tibetan border police saluting in the frozen heights of the himalayas. and here aboard an aircraft carrier docked in mumbai, armed forces personnel. and it was notjust india. this is disneyland in paris. a free yoga class for hundreds of people. even goofy had a go. in new york, the very epitome of intense and high—speed 2a hour a day living, a moment of calm transcendence. i love coming here, because i come to work and it's very chaotic. but today, when i come,
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i'm able to, like many people, find the quiet. it was a challenge, the juxtaposition of yoga and pollution and noise, but it made me feel even more centred. in rio dejaneiro, under the statue ofjesus christ, they meditated for peace. namaste, on a global scale. tim allman, bbc news. that main story again. america's first lady has met children separated from their parents at the mexican border, as her husband begins thejob of mexican border, as her husband begins the job of trying to reunite more than 2000 of them. it is far from clear how that will be done if it is even possible. efforts to pass a new immigration law have been postponed, it seems, until next week. much more on all the news on oui’ week. much more on all the news on our website. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. hello.
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our weather's warming up. i know that's not music to everyone's ears, but it's on its way. 21.3 celsius was thursday's top temperature, in hampshire, but for a time next week, the hot spots will be getting closer to 30 celsius. now, not everyone is getting that hot, but temperatures will widely be in the low to mid—20s, with plenty of dry, sunny weather, with high pressure in control. we've cooled things down a little bit in recent days, with this flow of air from the north—west. but we're about to lose that as high pressure moves right in across the uk, allowing the warmer weather into the sunshine. and those temperatures will build, day on day. but there will be a chill in the air first thing friday morning for early risers, as temperatures overnight dip down into single figures quite widely, but those temperatures are heading up as the day goes on. light winds, though still a noticeable breeze across northern scotland, with some cloud around, and the far north of scotland and the northern isles.
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patchy light rain and drizzle spreading east. a bit of high cloud may be turning things hazy for parts of wales, south—west england, but for most, it's sunshine on the way. still from the north—west, breeziest for northern scotland. very high uv and pollen levels, particularly in the england and wales, adding a degree or so to the temperature compared to recent days. some get into the low 20s — 21, 22 degrees. under clear skies on friday night and into saturday morning, while maybe a bit of patchy cloud across parts of scotland, but largely clear skies. fairly rapid wind and the temperatures dip again, into single figures for some of us. but i don't think quite as chilly on saturday morning, compared with friday morning. so that sets the scene for the weekend, what's going on. i talked about high pressure moving in across the uk, and here it is, although at the start of the weekend, eagle eyes will notice this weather system moving on through northern scotland. so of course, that's going to bring more breeze, more cloud here, and the further north you are into the northern isles, some outbreaks
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of rain on saturday. and there'll be some high cloud elsewhere, so not necessarily clear blue sky. the sun will be hazy at times. nevertheless, temperatures will have risen a little bit more, particularly into parts of england and wales. and then for part two of the weekend, on sunday, early rain clears away from shetland, and then it is largely sunny all the way. dry, very light winds, and widely on sunday, temperatures will be into the low 20s. and again into next week, with high pressure sticking around, along with the sunshine, the temperatures are edging up a bit further, more into the mid—20s. but yes, some as the heat builds will see that temperature reaching into the upper 20s, to near 30 celsius. that's your latest forecast. this is bbc news. the headlines: america's first lady meets children separated from their parents at the us border as her husband's government tries to work out how to reunite them. it is farfrom
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it is far from clear how that will be done and if it is even possible. nearly 200 people are still missing after a ferry sinks in indonesia. the captain has been detained for questioning. the vessel could only carry 60 passengers. argentina's hopes of reaching the knock—out stages of the world cup suffer a blow after a 3—0 defeat to croatia. argentina could still qualify, but only through goal difference. now on bbc news: hardtalk.
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