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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: a victory for president trump as the us supreme court upholds the travel ban targeting five muslim—majority countries. many migrants now face a more uncertain future. we have a special report from the us—mexico border. fresh claims of atrocities against myanmar‘s rohingya minority. amnesty international accuses the country's army chiefs. and a last—gasp goal from argentina sends them through to the last 16 of the word cup. we'll bring you all the latest from moscow. president trump has scored a major victory at the us supreme court. by a majority of 5 to 4 the justices
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upheld his travel ban which targets a number of muslim—majority countries. mr trump's critics were quick to condemn the decision but he called it a profound vindication after lower courts had blocked the ban. here he was earlier at the white house. today's supreme court ruling, just coming out, a tremendous success, a tremendous victory for the american people, and for our constitution. this is a great victory for our constitution. we have to be tough, and we have to be safe, and we have to be secure. at a minimum, we have to make sure that we vet people coming into the country, we know who's coming in, we know where they're coming from. we just have to know who's coming here. omarjadwat is the director of the aclu immigrants‘ rights project. he says this is a devastating decision for thousands of people
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in the united states and abroad whose lives have been upended by this ban. what the president said was islam hates us, and we have a problem with muslims coming into this country, and i'm going to ban them, and then he went ahead and did it. and that's an easy case. it should have been an easy case for this court, and instead, you know, they failed. they failed to stop it, and i think it's going to go down in history as one of the great failures of the supreme court, when confronted with a difficult question. the issues at the southern border are far from settled despite president trump signing an order ending the separation of children from their parents. many who have fled their home countries in search of asylum are waiting in mexico to learn their fate. our correspondent, aleem mcqbool, reports from nogales on the border between mexico and arizona. this is what continues to bring heartache and tension —
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a border that has led to some families being split, and left others fearful of the same fate. on the mexican side, immigrants fleeing persecution used to be able to walk up and claim asylum. now, suddenly, they are being made to wait. edith has been here with her family for two weeks. she has heard all about what has been going on in the us, with immigrant parents being separated from their children. she is petrified, but says she has no choice. wejust can't live in my town anymore, she says. my husband was recently assassinated, and we're under threat. i wish america was more welcoming. we're not coming to harm anyone. and we've since been able to verify that edith's husband was indeed killed in april, and that one of her sons is missing.
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she is anxious because she knows in the us they've been putting immigrant children into detention camps. this is footage from inside a tent city that has been created close to the border in texas. often, immigrant parents separated from their children after entering the us are in even told where their children have been sent. why don't we we walk over... but, while some see the policy as having been barbaric, others are not so critical of donald trump's hardline stance. jim chilton owns a huge ranch on the us side that for miles neighbours mexico. he thinks the criticism of his president over separating immigrant families has been unfair. if a person commits a crime in the united states, they're separated from their children. i weep for americans being separated from their children, and the children in particular. well, it has always been part of america's promised to take
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into its borders immigrants who are in need, and president trump says as long as people do things legally, they're fine. except, all around right now, we can see the cases of those trying to do things by the book, who are nevertheless facing obstacles and suffering because of current policies. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in nogales, on the us—mexican border. our north america correspondent, david willis, in los angeles has more details on the court ruling. it is a highly controversial measure, this one. it was introduced originallyjust after donald trump took office, and was then challenged in the courts. he has maintained that it's necessary, this travel ban, in the interests of national security, as he calls it, to prevent the united states coming under attack by islamic militants. but after this majority ruling, 5—4, it basically decides that there is no religious discrimination. this is not a ban aimed at muslims, if you like. indeed, the chiefjustice, john roberts, wrote that it was squarely within the scope of presidential authority, as he put it, and he rejected arguments that it is committed
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against muslims. now, donald trump is delighted, as you can imagine. he took to twitter to express the sentiment, "wow," in response to the supreme court's decision. and he has since said that this identifies the republicans as a party of strong borders and no crime, in distinct contrast, if you like, to the democrats. and you can bet that this will be a battle cry for him and the republicans going into the mid—term elections, coming out later this year. from the us to europe, where italy has reached a deal with malta over the fate of a rescue ship stranded for nearly a week with more than 230
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migrants on board. the lifeline is one of several such vessels that has been rejected by ports on the european mainland. italy's interior minister has accused the charity—run ships of operating a "taxi service" for migrants. gavin lee has this report. this has been life on board the lifeline for six days — more than 200 migrants who left libyan shores saved by the charity—run rescue ship and now stranded. this evening, malta said it might accept them, but only if other eu countries agree to take some of the migrants on board. these may be the last migrants to reach an italian port, disembarking from a mersk merchant ship in sicily this morning. the country's deputy prime minister, matteo salvini, says he is putting an end to ngo ships docking. translation: the foreign ngos with foreign personnel, foreign flags, foreign finance, will never again dock in italian ports. i've said it, and i'll repeat it easily. the aquarius has returned
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to search—and—rescue operations off the libyan coast, a week after being refused entry to italy and malta, when it was instead forced to take 630 migrants on a four—dayjourney to spain. the rescue team has been at sea off the coast of libya for two days, and in that time there have been ten migrant boats in trouble, all of them intercepted by the libyan coastguard and taken into detention centres in libya. the crew claim italy has breached international maritime law by not involving them or other ngos in rescue missions. to be here, i want to render assistance, to save lives. and being obstructed, as we are now, it's extremely difficult — to turn our back to people in distress. tonight, the aquarius crew is heading out of libyan waters on the way to marseille for fuel. after saving 30,000 lives in three years, the future of these ngo
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rescue missions is uncertain. gavin lee, bbc news, on board the aquarius. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a british plumber has been found guilty of planning a terror attack in westminster and making bombs for the taliban. khalid ali was arrested outside parliament in april 2017, where he was caught carrying three knives. in a police interview, ali said he wanted to "deliver a message" to british authorities. he'll be sentenced next month. colombia will resume the spraying of coca plantations with the herbicide glyphosate to counter a record increase in production of the crop. but drones would be used instead of planes to better target the plants. colombia ended aerial spraying of herbicides on illicit crops in 2015 over health concerns. ethiopia's new prime minister,
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abiy ahmed, has announced the country's airlines will restart flights to eritrea for the first the human rights group amnesty international has published what it calls detailed, new evidence of the extent of the burmese military‘s crimes against the rohingya people in myanmar. around 700,000 fled to bangladesh last autumn when the military launched a brutal security operation in rakhine state following a series of deadly ambushes by rohingya militants on police posts. the army has always insisted it was responding to a specific terrorist threat. here's our myanmar correspondent, nick beake. a village burns in western myanmar. this was last september, when the burmese army and buddhist mobs were attacking rohingya muslim communities. now, amnesty international says it has gathered evidence proving that the military‘s operation in rakhine state had been weeks in the planning. the myanmar commander in chief, min aung hlaing, is one of the officers named in the report. they are accused of orchestrating rape and murder, and driving out more than 500,000 rohingya people. the military, which still holds huge power here, has always claimed it was responding to attacks on the police by rohingya insurgents, and rejects accusations of ethnic cleansing.
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but the stories of those who made it across the border to bangladesh, and now live in the world's biggest refugee camp, tell another story. the international criminal court is looking at whether myanmar can be prosecuted for crimes against humanity. so far, myanmar has refused to co—operate, and aung san suu kyi's government insists a new, burmese—led investigation is the best way to uncover the truth. it's now three days since 12 teenage boys and their football coach disappeared in a cave network in northern thailand. rescue crews have resumed their efforts to find the group after rising waters halted the search. the boys are between 11 and 16 years
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old, and distraught relatives are waiting for any news. jonathan head is near the scene and sent this report. weary and wet, rescuers trudged in and out of the cave for a third day, without anything to show for it. they've got hundreds of people here now. the army is sending in squads to tramp through the rain—soaked hills in search of other ways into the cave complex. and there are volunteers with cave—diving experience who have come to help, some from neighbouring countries. but the conditions underground are rough. the distance is about three to four kilometres from the entrance. it's very hard and difficult for the divers, because they're not able to see anything. the water is very murky, so they're not able to find the other side of it, at this point. powerlines are being fed into the caves, and they're assembling pumps, which they hope can lower the water levels faster than the incessant rain is raising them.
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well, for those working here at the cave entrance, this has been a frustrating day, with divers unable to make any further progress into the caves that way. but they do believe the boys are in that side there, alive, and they hope that they can climb up on top of these hills and reach them from channels further up. the families of the missing boys come and go, waiting and praying for good news. the weather and the terrain aren't helping, but this is a huge rescue operation now. it can't be that much longer before they find a way in. jonathan head, bbc news, mae sai, northern thailand. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: prince william pays tribute to victims of the holocaust on the first ever royal visit to israel and the palestinian territories. members of the neo—nazi
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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 "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 onjune 8, god told him to plead guilty, and that was the end of it. the medical research council have
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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: donald trump hails a victory after securing legal and constitutional backing for a key immigration policy, a travel ban on several mainly muslim nations. let's get some more on that story now. rowaida abdelaziz is a reporter at huffpost, where she focuses on islamophobia and social justice issues within the muslim community. shejoins me now from new york. thanks very much for being with us. saroo, donald trump has his victory, the court has made its decision, how surprised were you at the decision they reached? -- so. many of us were quite shocked. from
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a journalistic standpoint and many from the muslim community tell me as well. their shock for many reasons. first and foremost, to put this into context, the muslim american community has been very weary with this current administration. it was when donald trump was running as a candidate and said he was calling for a total and complete shutdown of muslims entering the united states, then promoting other anti— muslim hateful rhetoric, saying comments like islam hates us and retweeting propaganda from hateful groups like britain first. sorry to interrupt, the court made the point it was deliberately setting aside that rhetoric, saying it was making more of a narrow point, saying the text says nothing about religion. there's more separation between camp on the campaign and the legal decision. right, however the muslim american community and organisations like the aclu, the council of american
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masonic relations, disagree, it's important to take these comments into consideration. if you do that then you're obviously trying to... it's difficult because if you're on a campaign, we know in politics, the rough and tumble of the campaign, things aren't said as precisely as ina things aren't said as precisely as in a legal documents of the supreme court has said we will consider the text and there's no mention of religion so this isn't a muslim ban. right, but we have to take into consideration how many versions of this travel ban have been taken to be upheld by the supreme court. this is the third, the first didn't include non—muslim countries, so when looking at these countries, they are muslim majority countries. thatin they are muslim majority countries. that in itself is quite difficult to deny and say this has nothing to do with race or ethnicity. i would say many different human rights organisations would agree with that sentiment. briefly, what happens next, where do
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the critics of this go? the critics of the travel ban have been saying that they are going to put upa been saying that they are going to put up a fight, although an appeal cannot be put into place at the moment. it's been remanded into the lower courts. there are lawyers and protesters and folks gathering around the nation, in new york, la, et cetera, and they're saying the fight isn't over and there's more to come. we will keep an eye on that. rowaida abdelaziz, thank you very much. let's move on now. a spanish doctor has appeared in court in madrid, accused of stealing a baby from her mother half a century ago. he's the first doctor to stand trial in connection with the theft of thousands of babies during the dictatorship of general franco. campaigners say officials took children from mothers whom the regime deemed to be unsuitable, often because of their political views. lebo diseko reports. "stolen from the crib, we wantjustice", protesters demand outside the court.
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many of them parents who say their babies were snatched by the spanish state decades ago. the woman who embodies their hopes forjustice arrives to cheers and hugs of support. ines madrigal‘s case is the first to come to trial, but there have been thousands of similar complaints. in fact, it is hard to knowjust how many children were abducted under general franco's leadership because their parents were left—wing, unmarried or poor. translation: this is not my case, it is not my case any more. this has gone further. everyone knows that in this country babies have been stolen all over spain and in the islands. it is very important to take a step further because we have expiry dates, people are dying and those who lost their sons are now very old. some of them have died. the man ines madrigal says took her from her mother is retired gynaecologist, eduardo vela.
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he is accused of falsely signing her birth certificate and then giving her to another woman. the 85—year—old denies any wrongdoing and says he did not remember the case. no, no. indeed, he says he remembers virtually nothing about his 20 years at the helm of the clinic which has been subject to dozens of stolen baby claims. outside, emotions ran high as the doctor sped away from court. "i am 50 years old, i was stolen. no money is enough, they have stolen our lives", said this woman. this case shines a light on some of the country's darkest years, but even a conviction cannot do what so many would want most, and that is undo the years of pain. lebo diseko, bbc news. the duke of cambridge has
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paid his respects tojews murdered in the holocaust as part of his five—day trip to the middle east. the prince, who's the first member of the royal family to make an official visit to israel, laid a wreath at the world holocaust remembrance center in jerusalem. our royal correspondent, nicholas witchell, is travelling with prince william and sent this report. just a warning, there is some flash photography. in the hall of remembrance at yad vashem, prince william joined an act of commemoration at israel's memorial to the six millionjewish people who were slaughtered by the nazis in the holocaust. we unite with the blessed memory of six million of our people, who died a martyr‘s death at the hands of the german nazis and their collaborators. william laid his wreath,
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and stood for several moments in silence. the first official royal visit to israel has been a long time in coming, butjewish leaders say it is appreciated. this is an historic day. the excitement is felt throughout israel and britain, around thejewish world, and just to see prince william here is something very, very special. there was a courtesy call on israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, and on the israeli president, reuven rivlin, who asked william to convey his hopes for peace to the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, when he meets him tomorrow. that aspiration for peace featured in a speech tonight at the british embassy in tel aviv, when william spoke of his hope that
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conflict might be ended. never has hope and reconciliation been more needed. i know i share a desire with all of you, and with your neighbours, for a just and lasting peace. tomorrow, william will visit the most important of those neighbours, the palestinian territories. it'll be an opportunity for him to gauge what chance there is of those hopes for peace being realised. nicholas witchell, bbc news, jerusalem. now to the latest in world cup action. argentina have made it to the last 16 with a last—gasp victory over nigeria. they join croatia, france and denmark in the next round. austin halewood reports. it was almost unthinkable. argentina lose and they were out of the world cup. in lionel messi's quest for greatness, now was the time.
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after a two—match wait, the magician announced himself in russia. relief! but just as argentina finally looked like a force going forward, a mistake at the back. javier mask an oak all for a foul. ——javier javier mask an oak all for a foul. —— javier mascherano. the moment fell to victor moses. pressure, what pressure? the super eagles looked to be flying into the last 16 as it stood. 1600, mutters away in rostov another penalty almost spoiled the party. iceland drew level on the night through gylfi sigurdsson from the spot. they needed two more to go through themselves, but their challenge eventually melted. ivan perisic winning it for croatia. back in st petersburg, a toiling argentina were on the brink. in desperate need of a helping hand, they got one from the most unlikely source. defender marcos rojo with a finish even messi would have been proud of. a ragged argentina scraping through.
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in group c, france were already in the last 16, but once again failing to impress. a goalless draw with denmark enough to send the danes through as well. for peru, a win over australia was all about history. the south americans heading home, but a first victory at the world cup since 1978 was not a bad way to go. hong kong is the most expensive city for expats. the survey measures the comparative cost of things like outing, transportation, clothing, household goods and entertainment. tokyo and zero our second and third and the of the five most expensive cities are in asia. —— four of the five. don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. this is bbc news. well, it does look as though
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there could be some slightly cooler weather, with a little bit of rain on the way, but not until the end of the weekend and into next week. in the short—term, well, the heatwave's just going to continue for the next few days, and into the weekend as well. and in fact, on wednesday, the highest temperatures are expected across, potentially at least, scotland and northern ireland. temperatures could hit 30 celsius, and it'll be quite a bit cooler closer to the north sea coast. so this high pressure's very much in charge of the weather, notjust across the uk, but much of western europe and across scandinavia too, even in stockholm and oslo, the temperatures have been skyrocketing. so through the early hours of wednesday morning, it's a case of clear skies. there will be some low cloud lapping onto the coastlines, some mist and fog as well. so for some of us in the eastern counties, it is a case of grey skies first thing in the morning,
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but only briefly, and then quickly that sea threat will burn back to the coast and we'll get that sunshine. so it's a sunny, hot day across much of the country, and again, the highest temperatures are expected across scotland and northern ireland. but there will be a huge contrast in the temperatures. for example, look at that north sea coastal strip, even across scotland. the yellows there indicate much lower temperatures, and anywhere from newcastle, hull, into norwich — not spectacularly high, the temperatures here. in fact, in the low 20s, and all of that heat, because of the wind, is being pushed in the direction of western britain. so this is where we're going to see the high temperatures — again, the west midlands, into wales. now, that eastern coast may hang on to some of that low cloud notjust into wednesday, but into thursday as well. but we're mostly talking about the mornings. so again, in the morning, we could be waking up to some clouds in the east, and those temperatures may be getting up to 21, whereas across northern ireland and scotland here, where we've got more sunshine and those clear skies right from the word go, highs will be getting up into the high 20s, and quite possibly breaking 30 degrees. and then somewhat cooler, i think, by the time we get to friday. temperatures in belfast back down to around 25 celsius, but they may rise a little
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bit across the south. now, here's the outlook into the weekend. temperatures modestly high in belfast, around 21 or 22 degrees, but perhaps picking up into the high 20s. not far off 30 there across southern parts of the uk. now, i mentioned that there is a change on the way. looks as though thunderstorms across the south will be developing as we head into the weekend, and they could be drifting northwards probably sunday night into monday, but at the moment it's a low risk. there's no guarantee, and not necessarily cooling off all that much, so there is a change on the way towards the weekend. this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump has hailed a us supreme court decision to uphold his travel ban targeting five muslim—majority countries. he said that in an age of worldwide terrorism, "we have to be tough and we have to be safe." one dissenting judge said the ban was motivated by bias against muslims. the human rights group amnesty international has published what it calls detailed, new evidence of the extent
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of the burmese military‘s crimes against the rohingya people in myanmar. it accuses the army's commander in chief and 12 others of orchestrating rape and murder and driving out more than half a million rohingyas. six european countries have agreed to accept more than 200 migrants stranded for nearly a week on a rescue ship in the mediterranean. but italy's interior minister has accused charity—run rescue ships of operating a "taxi service" for migrants. as temperatures are continuing to rise,
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