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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america on pbs and around the globe. my name is ben bland. our top stories: president trump tries to regain control of the fight over immigration, meeting victims of crime at the white house. and mr trump threatens to impose import duties of 20% on european cars — the latest stage in the trans—atlantic trade war. the un's human rights council says venezuela's security forces have killed hundreds under the pretext of fighting crime. and italy says malta has refused to take in 200 migrants currently on board a mediterranean rescue ship. the crisis over immigration rules in the united states, looks no closer to being resolved.
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earlier, president trump pressed the case for greater border security, appearing in a news conference with people whose family members were killed by undocumented immigrants. meanwhile, along the southern border, hundreds of children remain separated from their parents. that's despite a u—turn on the policy by president trump. the bbc‘s aleem maqbool is in el paso, texas with this report. in a detention camp close to the mexican border, the us is holding children. we saw them being trooped between tents in single file. in many cases, they were separated from their parents by immigration officials. often their mothers and fathers, who themselves are in detention, have no idea where their children are. this seven—year—old has finally been reunited with his mother after they
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we re reunited with his mother after they were separated three weeks ago. his mother said she followed all the rules in claiming asylum. "look at his face," she says, "he is so sad. nothing will terrace apart." this taiba reunion has been so rare. lawyers say many have still had no communication with their children and have been given no information about their welfare or even location. receipts are given for people's property, and yet these individuals were not receiving anything in terms of a human being, their child. it is akin to kidnapping someone, when you take someone away from someone and don't give them any information whatsoever. this man says he fled honduras after getting death threats there, but when he came to the us earlier this month, his daughter, shown in these family photos, was taken from him. he is in prison, where
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we spoke to him by phone. he's desperate even just to speak to his daughter. translation: they didn't give me any explanation. the only thing they told me was, "you're going to be separated from your daughter." it really made me feel powerless, because imagine a little girl, eight years old, who is crying and clinging to your leg. never afraid of stirring things up, donald trump today decided not to focus on the families separated by his immigration rules, but relatives of those killed by illegal immigrants. they don't talk about the death and destruction caused by people that shouldn't be here, people that will continuously get into trouble and do bad things. for years, their pain was met with silence, their plight was met with indifference, but no more. this country's been dramatically split over border security. the president's new order that's meant to end family separations,
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signed under huge pressure, doesn't change that. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in el paso. chris buckler nowjoins us now from washington. this is president trump returning to an issue he companion —— campaign on quite strongly and one of the reasons why he is people put it in the white house. they shattered the catchphrase bill fat ball, about his proposed border war between the western mexico once again. fundamentally, he believes in this issue that divides america, the board itself. he believes his supporters are on his side. you get the distinct impression when he speaks he didn't like backing down
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this week, under all of the pressure that came from seeing pictures of children in cages, that came with the crying of children that were seenin the crying of children that were seen in some of the video, he did not like backing down. it went against his natural instincts. what we have seen in the last 2a hours is him effectively back on the attack, talking about the dangers of immigration, talking about the problems that immigration poses for american society, and putting back after a week when he was forced to make something of a u—turn, something he has not really done in his presidency so far. you mentioned that you turn, this executive order that you turn, this executive order that will end any further separations of children from their pa rents. separations of children from their parents. but not much clue given, really, about those who have already been split up. it is a really tough one. that is partly because, friendly, the government is not sure of how to do that, in simple terms. for a start, the parent and the children are being held by two
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different government departments, in future, going forward, they had plans to have families held together, they will be held a third governor department. you have all of these people being held in different facilities at different stages of the process, for example baraa pa rents the process, for example baraa parents going through the justice system, they will be prosecuted, and all of this is friendly and as for the government to deal with —— there are parents. there have been times when we have been asking them questions when they have said one thing and then said no, that is not going to happen. the truth is, the white house struggled on this, but theissue white house struggled on this, but the issue of immigration is not going to go away. it promises to be a heated discussion in this november elections. chris buckler there in washington. away from immigration, and president trump has threatened to impose import duties of 20% on european cars. the president made the comment after the eu imposed tariffs on some american goods, a move that was itself a response to us tariffs on steel. shares in the car makers bmw, porsche, and volkswagen all fell on the news.
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nick bryant is in washington. it's notjust the trans—pacific trade war with china, the trans—border trade war with canada and mexico, india took retaliatory measures with the united states and japan and turkey is preparing to do the same. this is broadening and widening. many of donald trump's supporters, especially those in the industrial heartland states of the rust belt love the rhetoric of the trade war but will they like the reality because the european union has been specific about which us goods it is targeting. it's gone to brands like harley—davidson, not because they are iconic or symbolic but because of where they are made, in those rust belt states of the old industrial heartland. they are trying to damage donald trump politically. many worry it could damage america economically. it's a view shared by the chamber
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of commerce in america but the markets are jittery. although the fundamentals of america are strong, unemployment at an 18—year low and donald trump believes he is entering this battle from the point of economic strength. the united nations has accused venezuela's security forces of killing hundreds of people under the pretext of fighting crime. in a report, it cites "shocking" accounts of young men being killed during operations, often in poor neighbourhoods, between 2015 and 2017. the un's human rights chief said no—one was being held to account, suggesting the rule of law was "virtually absent". venezuela has in the past dismissed human rights allegations as "lies", as the country goes through a protracted political and economic crisis. andrew plant reports. anti—government activists in clashes
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with venezuela's national guard. they seem, in a country in a protracted economic crisis. some estimates say 87% of venezuelans are now living in poverty. now a un report accuses the security forces of hundreds of killings under the guise of a crackdown on crime. there are our raids conducted in poor neighbourhoods to arrest so—called criminals without a judicial warrant. then there was the killing of young men who fit the profile, in some cases in their homes, and finally the security forces would tamper with the scene so that the killings would appear to have occurred in an exchange of fire. at the northern tip of south america, venezuela has huge oil reserves, the largest in the world. many believe the profits are squandered, siphoned off by corruption. president maduro accused of increasingly authoritarian rule. this meant‘s
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family one of dozens who say they are unable to getjustice after his killing. translation: it has been one year since our son translation: it has been one year since oui’ son was translation: it has been one year since our son was killed. we have been denied justice by the office of the public prosecutor. never would allow us to identify the guard responsible for killing our son. amid hyperinflation and severe shortages, the report says families search for food in shortages, the report says families search forfood in bins, while protesters face the possibility of detention, ill treatment, and torture. the venezuelan government has previously dismissed criticism and denied the problems exist. the office for the high commissioner of human rights is calling for an immediate enquiry, saying no one is being held to account and that venezuela's rule of law has virtually disappeared. andrew plant, bbc news. italy says malta has refused its request to take in a boat run by a charity carrying more than 200 rescued migrants in the mediterranean.
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the migrants, on the lifeline vessel, were picked up off the libyan coast on thursday. a week ago, a similar boat, carrying more than 600 migrants, was diverted to spain after both italy and malta refused to let it dock. our rome correspondent james reynolds reports. the migration route across the mediterranean is dangerous and also increasingly complicated. this week, the united nations says more than 200 migrants have drowned trying to make the journey. those who get rescued by ngo boats face an uncertain search for a port. the nearest european countries, malta and italy, do not want to take in ngo vessels, including the lifeline. italy's new populist government warns it will impound the lifeline if it reaches italian territory. instead, italy is urging malta to take the ngo vessel, arguing the smaller country is the nearest safe port. but malta has often said it doesn't have the capacity to accommodate
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large numbers of survivors. in order to prevent another stand—off at sea, other european countries are now getting involved. the government of spain, which last week provided the port to the ngo boat aquarius, says it's now in contact with malta, italy, and also france. james reynolds reporting for us. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: brazil escape world cup embarrassment with a pair of last—minute goals. 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. i take pride in the words
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"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. i'm ben bland. our main headline: president trump has tried to regain the initiative in the arguments over migration in the united states with a meeting at the white house for families whose relatives were murdered by undocumented immigrants.
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well, let's stay with this story now. dara lind is a journalist who has been covering immigration for almost a decade and at vox since 2014. she joins me from washington. dara, it seems that at times the trump administration, president trump's team, has given, really, a choice to congress. either it is a case of the enforced separations or they agreed to pay for a border wall to stop people from getting across from mexico. how does this resolve itself? it is actually much more demanding than that, even. they have all but told congress they have a little under three weeks to approve what they laid out in an executive order on wednesday, which is, detaining families across the us— mexico border in definitely, which is not currently allowed in the law.
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if congress doesn't do anything to fix that they have hinted they may have to start separating families again. so the administration tends to say to congress, either you will do everything we want on immigration enforcement at the border, in the interior, cutting legal immigration, oi’ interior, cutting legal immigration, or we willjust do what we want and it will be your fault. this is the latest ultimatum and it is not clear whether it will succeed any better than the other ones have. is there any chance of the courts stepping in and having a say on what is going on? as far as the courts are concerned they have already had a say in what is going on. they are the ones who in 2015 said the government couldn't detain migrant families together in immigration detention for more than 20 days, they would have to release children after that. the trump administration is currently asking that same judge to reverse 2015 ruling, arguing that there is some kind of emergency situation. —— her 2015 ruling.
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there is some kind of emergency situation. —— her2015 ruling. it there is some kind of emergency situation. —— her 2015 ruling. it is not likely the judges going to agree given that border crossings are lower than they were in 2015. —— judge is. as much as there has been outrage and criticism over the way this is being handled, when you step back and look at the bigger picture, nobody can really accuse president trump of being inconsistent. from the beginning of the campaign he said he would take a tough line on immigration and his supporters will say he is just delivering on immigration and his supporters will say he isjust delivering on his campaign promises now.|j say he isjust delivering on his campaign promises now. i think that is true. however during the campaign, donald trump wasn't talking about the actual issues that have come up on the border over the last several years, which have a merrily been issues of families and miners from the central america seeking asylum. —— primarily been issues. he made it seem like a problem of mexicans coming injust because they want to. now that he is a p pa re ntly because they want to. now that he is apparently more aware of the reality, the people in his administration who have a more detailed hard—line on immigration have been able to take the reins and
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engaging initiatives like the family separation policy, and the attempt to prosecute everybody criminally he comes across the border. dara lind, good to get your thoughts, thank you for joining good to get your thoughts, thank you forjoining us from washington. thank you. the european aeroplane maker, airbus, says it could leave the uk, if britain leaves the eu single market and customs union without a transition deal. airbus employs more than 111,000 people contributing over $9 billion to the british economy every year. another major manufacturer in the uk, bmw, has said that uncertainty could damage the uk's car industry. our business editor simonjack reports. on a mission to air its fears over brexit, the boss of airbus in the uk issued a stark warning over the consequences of any interruption to their supply chains. we're very fearful there will be chaos at the borders, and we want our factories to be able
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to operate as smoothly as possible. some politicians will say, "we've heard this all before, this is scaremongering, this is a reboot of project fear." this isjust a businessperson sitting here today explaining the risks we've evaluated for our business. i'm not a politician. rather than project fear, this is dawning reality. this wing—making factory in broughton, north wales, is the biggest of airbus's 25 uk sites and local people are worried. i've lived in broughton all my life, and it would be disastrous if they went, for the community. and it's notjust airbus, it's all the suppliers that supply them, isn't it, as well? airbus is not the only major manufacturer expressing concern about disruption to supplies. here at the mini factory in oxford, 270 trucks deliver millions of components every dayjust in time and in the right order to make one car every 67 seconds. mini's owner, bmw, says it needs clarity on future trade and border arrangements by this summer. if we don't get clarity in the next couple of months, we have to start making those contingency plans, which means investing money in systems that we might not need, in warehouses that might not be usable in the future.
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effectively, making the uk automotive industry less competitive than it is in a very competitive world right now. and that is a decisive issue that ultimately could damage this industry. advanced manufacturing is a delicate, finely tuned business. minis may be made in the uk, but it's not as straightforward as that. when it comes to symbols of british manufacturing, it doesn't get much more iconic than this. but how british is a mini? well, the steering wheel is from romania, the front lights are from spain, the rear lights are from poland, the crankshaft is from france. and these components can go back and forth several times between here and the eu. in fact, of the components that go into this car, 60% come from the eu. you get a real picture of how it takes a continent to build a car. so why not simply source more parts here in the uk? there just isn't the uk supplier infrastructure here. 15 million cars produced
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in europe, 1.5 million here, the sourcing tends to be in europe because that's where the main factories doing this sort of business are. the government insisted it is listening to business and wants the same things from the negotiation. our intention is to avoid unnecessary frictions at the border, to avoid tariffs. we couldn't be clearer in terms of our understanding of what the economy needs, and that is to be able to continue to operate a sophisticated, modern, just—in—time production system. airbus and bmw have long harboured concerns over brexit. with nine months to go before we leave the eu, those concerns have turned to alarm. "a storm in a teacup."
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that's what boris becker has called a new row over whether his diplomatic passport for the central african republic is genuine. the tennis star, declared bankrupt last year, is being pursued in the high court in london. his lawyers are claiming he has immunity from proceedings because of his diplomatic status. but now the republic's foreign minister says the passport is a fake. james robbins reports. that's it! he's done it! astonishing scenes 33 summers ago. at 17, boris becker became the youngest wimbledon champion ever. here is a man who has made a fairy story come true. that year, 1985, boris becker made his first million. but fast forward to last year and he was declared bankrupt. then in april this year the tennis star was photographed with the president of the central african republic. boris becker announced his appointment as a diplomat, the country's sport and cultural attache to the eu. his lawyers claim that his
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new diplomatic passport gives immunity from court proceedings. but now the country's foreign minister is claiming that passport is a fake. translation: the signature of the minister at the bottom of the passport is not genuine. and the seal stamp of the ministry, on the passport, is not the right one. therefore, based on that, we immediately conclude that this is a false passport. but the former champion rejects that. boris becker has told andrew marr... i have received this passport from the ambassador, i have spoken to the president on many occasions, it was an official inauguration. i believe the documents they're giving me must be right. and responding to a new threat by the central african republic to extradite him to stand trial... i'm happy any time soon to visit bangui, the capital, and to speak to the people about how we can move forward and resolve this misunderstanding and this confusion. this was wimbledon last year.
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a 35—year—old dominating tennis. and boris becker, the commentator, insists he'll be back there next month as usual. james robbins, bbc news. football, and the world cup continues in russia. the group games are coming thick and fast — and there were great results for nigeria, switzerland, and those perennial favourites brazil. the bbc‘s tim allman has been watching all the action. there's leaving it late — and then there's leaving it late. these brazil fans were celebrating after a vital win at this world cup. but they know just how lucky they were. yes, we are so happy. at the end of the game we scored. and that's awesome. that's the best thing, the best feeling ever. oh my gosh! he saved us so many times.
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it's got to be our day. and then what happened happened. and what happened was this. brazil, looking to overcome fierce costa rican resistance, thought they got a penalty, but then those magic letters, var, popped up again. and the referee changed his mind. it seems like we were heading to a 0—0 draw. but come injury time, philippe coutinho managed to poke home and nod down from roberto firmino. 1—0 would have done, but they got a second. neymar scoring his first goal of the tournament. brazil not all that impressive, but doing what they have to do. staying in group b and serbia hoped to seal a place in the knockout stage, taking an early lead against switzerland. but things turned around in the second half. first granit xhaka making it 1—1,
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then in the 90th minute, a brilliant solo effort from xherdan shaqiri it made it 2—1. still a lot of sorting out to do in this group. it's not much clearer in group d. nigeria doing their chances no harm at all with a 2—1 wheel over iceland. ahmed musa getting both goals. this one a possible contender for best of the tournament. iceland did have a chance to make it 2—1, but gylfi sigurdsson's penalty flew over the bar. when it's not your day, it's not your day. and to keep up to date with what's going on in the world cup go to the bbc sport website. everything you need is there. team news, interviews, results, and fixtures, building up to the final onjuly 15. don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. i'm @benmbland. hello.
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talk of a heatwave, i'm pretty sure, will be met with cheers and groans in equal measure. that's next week. the warming of our weather gathers pace this weekend. cloudier skies for some on saturday compared with friday. not all of us are going to be dry, as i will show you in a moment. it is high pressure, settling, drying weather which is building across the uk, you can see the warmer colours moving in as well. the temperatures had up as a further into next week, as we will see in a moment. that said, early risers saturday morning, there will be a chill around. temperatures quite widely into single figures, overnight averages will be heading up as well. as we look at the picture into saturday, cloud around for northern scotland, there will be some outbreaks of rain, especially into the northern isles and quite breezy here compared with elsewhere. elsewhere, light winds and extensive high cloud. the sun will be hazier that it has been. the winds are very light, but quite breezy with the cloud and outbreaks of rain in northern scotland.
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hazy sunshine though. clearer skies across southern parts. temperatures heading up a few degrees you. elsewhere, many not too much of a difference yet. more of a difference on sunday. the rain will clear away for much of northern scotland in three saturday evening and night. a bit early sunday into shetland. elsewhere, under clear skies, temperatures dip, but again maybe not quite as far as they have been doing. more places holding up into double figures. on sunday, high pressure plonked is right across the british isles. the weather fronts being steered well to the north. early rain in shetland will clear away. for most, there will hardly be a cloud in the sky. a little hazy in places, particularly across southern parts, out through some eastern areas of england. patchy cloud in north—west scotland. they are the exceptions to an otherwise glorious part two of the weekend. the warmth begins to gather pace. more of us into the low
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20s on sunday. bit of cloud towards north—west scotland on monday. elsewhere, plenty of sunshine. the temperatures go up further, low to mid 20s on monday. it is widely into the mid—20s and maybe upper 20s as well as we look beyond that. the hotspots getting new 30 celsius for the first time this year. it will be a bit cooler on the coast. remember the overnight temperatures warming up a bit as well. high uv and very high pollen levels in places. it looks likely we will make 30 celsius at some stage next week. this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump has hosted campaigners whose relatives were murdered by undocumented migrants. it's seen as an effort to regain the initiative from outrage over the separation of migrant families crossing the border with mexico. hundreds of children remain separated despite a change in policy. the united nations human rights council has accused venezuela's security forces of killing hundreds of people under the pretext of fighting crime
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and then faking evidence to make it look like an exchange of fire. the un human rights chief has called for an international inquiry into the alleged abuses and on day 9 of the world cup, brazil narrowly escaped an embarrassing draw and beat costa rica 2—0. nigeria beat iceland 2—0. that makes it more likely that argentina might be able to qualify from group d. switzerland clinched a 2—1 victory against serbia. now on bbc news, a look back at the week in parliament.
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