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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is nkem ifejika. our top stories: the un security council has called for a "credible" investigation into an airstrike on a bus in yemen that killed at least twenty—nine schoolchildren. earlier, the saudi—led coalition, which carried out the attack on thursday, said it would investigate what it called "collateral damage". aaron safir reports — you may find some of the images distressing. preparing to bury the dead. nearly 10,000 people have died in more than three years of war in yemen, but thursday's attack stands out. children, apparently on their way back from a picnic, hit by an air strike. it happened near a market in the rebel—held province of saada. un officials called it "a new low" in the conflict. what happened on thursday will change the lives of these children forever. they are now receiving what help is available in yemen's overstretched hospitals. translation: the blood bank here does not have enough blood. thanks god, we are doing what we can.
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there are multiple injuries to the brain, to the bones. at first, saudi arabia, which leads the international coalition fighting the houthi rebels in yemen, said the attack was legitimate, targetting militants launching rockets. later, as outcry grew around the world, the saudi military promised an investigation and, after a closed—door meeting, the un security council said it will review what the saudis come up with. the important thing is that the word "credible". the important thing is the word "credible". if there is an acceptable, credible investigation, then the council will want to consider the next steps in the light of that. if any investigation held is not credible, the council will obviously want to review that, and want to review if more if necessary. and want to review if more is necessary. for many, though, it is not enough. human rights watch say we have been here before... britain, the us and france all sit on the un security council
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and all support the saudi coalition to restore yemen's internationally recognized government. but they are concerned that this attack and yemen's worsening humanitarian crises is growing. they have not called for an independent investigation, willing for now, it seems, to wait and see. as the children are treated and the war rages on, the world is looking for answers. who asks the questions will be crucial. aaron safir, bbc news. tens of thousands of romanians have been protesting against corruption and low wages. in the capital, bucharest, police clashed with protesters demanding the government stands down. tiffany wertheimer reports. in the centre of bucharest, right at the front of the city's government building, this crowd demands change. the protesters want the governing social democrat party to resign, angered that it's sacked
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an anti—corru ption prosecutor whose work was highly effective. scuffles broke out between protesters and the police. some demonstrators threw bottles and tried to break through barricades. police fought back with tear gas and water cannon. more than 100 people on both sides have needed medical treatment. many of these protesters are romanians living abroad but who have returned home to join the rally, wanting an end to the country's corruption, low wages, poor living standards and the government's interference in the justice system. since the social democrat party came into power last year, it's tried to decriminalise several corruption offences. hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition demanding a law that would ban anyone charged with corruption from running for office. according to the world bank, there are between 3 to 5 million romanians working abroad
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where there are more opportunities and more money. tiffany wertheimer, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news: a jury in california has ordered the agro—chemical company, monsanto, to pay nearly $290 million in damages to a man who became terminally ill after using the firm's weedkiller. dewaynejohnson, a school groundsman, alleges his cancer was caused by glyphosate in monsanto's roundup and rangerpro weedkillers. israeli soldiers have reportedly shot dead a paramedic during the latest clashes on the territory's border. the gaza health ministry also said another man was killed and more than 300 people were injured. the unite union has expressed concern over the takeover
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of house of fraser by sports direct — and what it could mean for staff. the firm's owner, mike ashley, has made no guarantees that all 59 branches in the chain will stay open as part of the 90—million pound deal. stuff are fearing the worst. i do not have an understanding. we are trying to keep each other up and hoping for a good outcome. as workers were being briefed, shoppers had to wait. many worried about losing one of their favourite stores. edward and davids is and now this one. where are we going to shop? all age? but by the time the doors opened across the country, this chain had a new loan. what happened to house of fraser is the most shocking example yet of the
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distressed that is currently playing out on our high streets. it is now in the hands of one of retail ‘s most controversial and colourful bosses who made his fortune with a chain known for stacking it high and selling cheap. mike ashley is never farfrom selling cheap. mike ashley is never far from the headlines, selling cheap. mike ashley is never farfrom the headlines, often selling cheap. mike ashley is never far from the headlines, often for the wrong reasons. he has certainly done well. his empire includes newcastle united football club and a controlling stake in sports direct with nearly 500 stores and employing nearly 80,000 people. he owns flannels and he has taken a big sta ke flannels and he has taken a big stake in different companies. so what is the up to? he likes to gamble andi what is the up to? he likes to gamble and i would not like to bet against it. these retail expert has
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worked closely with him. they tried to buy it in 2013. they already owned some premium lifestyle brands but this deal gives him access to the hugo bosses of the world. the big question remains, how many of the 59 stores he wants to trade but this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. mike ashley says he will do his best to keep as many open. some have been earmarked for closures. and then there are the supplies. many a worried they will not be getting paid. the impact is, yes it will affectjobs and the supplies and sadly we could see supplies and sadly we could see supplies go bankrupt because of it. challenging times. the chairman of this department store is a veteran. it isa this department store is a veteran. it is a perfect storm where retailers are faced with big cost
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pressures at the same time that the consumer is choosing to shop in different ways and, as a result, we have seen quite a lot of this over the last six months or so and i fear there is more to come. the chancellor hinted again that he is considering a tax on on line retailers to level the playing field. many of house of fraser's problems were self—inflicted. it will take skill and an awful lot of investment to turn it around. a man has pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack in central london, and raising money to fund terrorism. 26—year—old lewis ludlow from kent had planned to hire a van and target pedestrians on oxford street, at madame tussauds and at st paul's cathedral. he'd hoped to kill up to 100 people. he'll be sentenced in november. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford has more. this has always been a very unusual case. lewis ludlow is an awkward looking
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white convert from rochester who converted to islam at the age of 16 and was quick we'd drawn into the world of a well—known radical extremist. he used to appear on demonstrations with chowdhury supporters, always looking slightly out of place. he recorded a youtube video saying he had once been a nazi but converted to islam after muslims had been friendly to him online after a bereavement. by the time he was arrested in april, he was under extensive surveillance. he had been stopped a couple of months earlier at heathrow trying to travel to an area of the philippines with well—known links to so—called islamic state. after being stopped at heathrow, before his ultimate arrest he recorded a video pledging allegiance to the leader of so—called islamic state, which was found on a discarded phone. he then made a list of potential attack targets in london, including oxford street and madame tussauds, which he sent to an is contact.
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he suggested a possible van attack in which 100 people could be killed, though he had earlier admitted to his contacts that he couldn't drive because he had always been afraid of crashing. today, more than three months after being charged, he pleaded guilty by video link to preparing an act of terrorism in london, and when he is sentenced in november his sentence is quite likely to be life. the england cricketer, ben stokes, has denied being very drunk and enraged when he got into a fight outside a nightclub in bristol last september. ben stokes has been giving evidence for a second day at his trial. the 27 year—old admitted throwing several punches, but said he didn't remember knocking a man unconscious. he denies affray. the man he's accused of hitting is on trial alongside him. phil mackie reports from bristol crown court. ben stokes arrived at court for the fifth day of his trial and his second in the witness box. he was shown cctv footage filmed outside the club on the night of the fight.
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he denied offering £300 to a doorman who would not let him in, saying he would not even pay that to get into the best club in london. the england star also refuted claims he made fun of a gay couple in an offensive manner and had thrown a cigarette at them. mr stokes said he punched two men because they were abusing the gay men and had threatened him. but he said he couldn't remember what they'd said. the prosecutor said... the cricketer admitted drinking two or three beers, six or seven vodkas and some jagerbombs as well. the england star was shown the phone footage of a fight in which he knocked the men out, but again insisted he was acting in self—defence. the prosecutor said... the england star was asked whether he'd misheard what was being said, if he got the wrong end of the stick. no, he said, he felt the gay men
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were being threatened and so was he. one of the men he knocked out, his co—defendant ryan ali, also gave evidence today. he denied arming himself with a bottle to use as a weapon during the fight. he told the court mr stokes had been very angry and looking for someone to pick on. he still suffers from double vision after his eye socket was fractured. all the witnesses and both defendants have finished giving evidence. ryan ali and ben stokes will return on monday to hear closing speeches before the jury is sent out later next week to consider its verdicts. phil mackie, bbc news, bristol. the top story: the saudi—led coalition says it will investigate its air strike in yemen which killed at least twenty—nine children. kamran bokhari is a middle east analyst
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and director of strategy and programmes, with the center for global policy. i think, there are a couple of reasons. one has to do with the fact that there has been a growing criticism of saudi arabia in recent months over its role in the yemeni law, especially because there is a growing perception within the international community that the saudis are to be blamed for the lack of any peace efforts and, more importantly, for the horrendous humanitarian situation and the crisis that is emerging in the form of diseases and what not. secondly, in this specific case, it seems like the saudis are on the defensive before because clearly their forces have been responsible for this carnage. what do you think, will this mark a turning point for the humanitarian situation which is really dire and the conflict itself? i think this moment will be
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forgotten, u nfortu nately, because, in your report, your colleague mentioned that we have been here before and we are probably going to see similar situations down the road, unless the great powers in the security council, the americans and the europeans, they decide to put pressure on the saudis. i do not think there is anything that will deter them. this isjust a bargain probaly show nto get over the current crisis. on that point, why aren't the major powers doing anything about it because if you had something similar happening in syria, as is now, they get involved and they want to see bring an end to the atrocities and fighting — why is it not happening in this instance? because saudi arabia is a western allie and there is a western consensus that iran is a hostile nation in the region and a weakening the saudi position would only embolden iran and upset
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the already considerable imbalance of power in the region so there is no interest in going after saudi arabia. i will draw an analogy with syria. the western community opposes the regime of president assad, no one is willing to take any action against the regime because of the unintended consequences of involving —— empowering other undesirable actors in the region. in the coming hours, nasa is due to launch a probe to the sun. the parker solar probe will be the first ever such mission and the spacecraft, about the size of a small car, will get seven times closer to the star than any spacecraft before it. it's hoped the mission will help us better understand space weather and solar radiation.
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it'll go into orbit around the sun and during the next seven years, the probe will be gradually working its way in. we arejoined with we are joined with a science —— joined by a spot —— science journalist. thank you forjoining us. journalist. thank you forjoining us. why is this a big deal? rate question. it's the first time we can really study a star. it is 60 years to developing the technology to fly within 4 million miles of the sun so thatis within 4 million miles of the sun so that is why it is a big deal. we
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wa nt to that is why it is a big deal. we want to understand how it operates and how the space weather impact of everyday. so you have things like solar winds? yes and every once in awhile get a very big. they can knock out the power grid communications. what we are really concerned about is something like backin concerned about is something like back in 1859, it was so massive. it would severely impact modern civilisation. we didn't have the technology and today we do. we want to figure out how the sun really works and how we can predict what is known as space weather to beef up and protect our satellites. it has
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been pretty hot here. i can't imagine what a spacecraft getting so close to the sun, how it will cope with that kind of heat and radiation and the rest of it. rate question. that's why we haven't been able to do this for 60 years. they can reduce that average are that it impacts the spacecraft from twitter 500 -- 2500 impacts the spacecraft from twitter 500 —— 2500 degrees. from the outside, it will be possible to call it -- outside, it will be possible to call it —— cool it down to 80 degrees. it protects the spacecraft behind it. as it is flying through space, there isa as it is flying through space, there is a heat shield in front and that is a heat shield in front and that is what protects it. from what have read as well, it is also a very fast
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machine. 0ne read as well, it is also a very fast machine. one of the fastest human built things in the space getting to its destination. absolutely. in fa ct, its destination. absolutely. in fact, it is the fastest. it is nearly half a million mph. that is almost ten times faster than anything else we have sent. the prior one that was fastest was the pluto probe, new horizons, launched ten yea rs pluto probe, new horizons, launched ten years ago. this is almost ten times that speed. it is an extremely powerful rocket. i just times that speed. it is an extremely powerful rocket. ijust came from the launch and everything's ready to go. thank you. the parker solar probe is named after a physicist who was very prominent. thanks for joining us. thank you for having me. cross—dressing is still taboo in many countries around the world, but a group of gay men in kenya has started hosting talent contests to celebrate their diversity.
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despite facing discrimination in a country where homosexual acts are illegal, the men say they'll carry on perfoming even if it is behind closed doors. bbc africa went along to one of the shows. each we are looking for kenya to embrace drag queens. we are there. they know we exist. they haven't except that it. can you, most of them are homophobic. if they realise that you're a man and dressing a woman summerland at eating you physically. some will ask you questions, are you out to your family? they will threaten new, say that they want to out do. mostly they think we are doing sex work orjust exposing ourselves. they take it as prostitution.
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it is not like that. it is showcasing our talent and showing our diversity. at that point in transgender, you are still cross dresses. you don't wa nt are still cross dresses. you don't want to change a gender. my family, what i can say, my family don't know yet. i would love to walk in a manner that i feel, this is me. that i am respected, accepted for who you are. even ourfamily to even our family to embrace you. you don't choose being this, you are just born like that. we are human beings, no matter who we are. we really want the general public to see the skies were born, they are not different in a special way. we need to stop discrimination. my sexuality does not define me. the british government has told a nine year old chess star
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that he and his family can stay in the country. shreyas royal has represented england in chess championships and is ranked 11th in the world for his age group. the uk home office had said his family would have to leave in weeks unless shreyas's father earned the 120 thousand pounds a year needed to qualify for a new visa — that's about $150,000. chi chi izundu reports. this is shreyas royal. he may be only nine, but he's ranked fourth in his age group in the world. he's a silver medallist, and, according to a former chess grand master, the greatest chess prospect in a generation. he only started playing chess three years ago, but was told he would have to return to india with his family, unless his dad could get his work visa renewed by next month, and immigration rules state that that can only happen if he earns £120,000 a year — which he doesn't. he grew up here and when we heard that, it's really sad for us and surprising for us.
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his dad, jitendra, appealed to the home office who they told him that, while, yes, his son showed immense promise, it did not mean the family could stay in the uk. two mps have backed shreyas' case. in a joint letter to the home secretary, leeds west mp rachel reeves and greenwich and woolwich mp matthew pennycook said: "he performs outstandingly in adult competitions, breaking uk records in the process. if shreyas royal is forced to leave the uk and return to india, the country will lose an exceptional talent." the home secretary personally looked in to the royal's case and has extended their right to remain on their current visa. how did you react when you heard that you had been given leave to extend your current visa? i was jumping here and there and dancing. i almost trashed the room, so i was really happy today.
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the home office says it considers every application on its merits, but for now, shreyas is concentrating on competing in the chess championships. i want to be the best at it and become the world chess champion at the age of 18. chi chi izundu, bbc news. good morning. weekend weather coming up, but first, let us look back at friday, because it was a day of mixed fortunes, some heavy rain around for some. so much so that weather watchers had to shelter under hastings pier to get this dramatic shot. there was some sunshine to be found, particular cross the channel isles, as you can see at guernsey. there was this kind of changeable theme that moves us towards the weekend, in actual fact. something that will be quite important will be the feel of the weather. that is because we have these clear skies moving across us as we speak. the air direction coming from the north—westerly, quite quiet. the showers disappeared. not much in the way of significant weather to talk about. temperatures are falling away. that is worth bearing in mind if you are up and off early saturday morning. likely to see single figures, may be low single figures in rural spots. a chilly start to saturday. lots of sunshine around. that bodes well for day
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three of the cricket. it looks as though we could get a decent day's play in there. perfect weather conditions for spectators and players. we have already talked about the clear skies, plenty of sunshine around first thing on saturday. as we go through the day the cloud will gather into the south—west. rain putting into south—west england and wales, eventually into the midlands. clouding over a little bit. sunshine turning hazy. nevertheless, eastern areas staying dry, highest values potentially of 23 degrees. the breeze will pick up a little along the west facing coast as we start to see the rain arriving through the evening and the overnight period. the rain will push in. a few bursts through the night. there is a level of uncertainty as to how much wet weather we are likely to see on sunday. this area of low pressure still producing 12 headaches from time to time. it looks at the moment as though the rain is likely to linger first thing in the south—east. behind is that they will be quite
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a lot of cloud on sunday, a muddy humid field for all. isolated showers. if we get some brightness then temperatures will start to respond. and they will start to pick up. generally speaking, we are looking at them sitting in the local 20s. as we move out of sunday into monday, the area of low pressure still sitting out to the east. we are likely to seek showers around. as we go through the week this ridge of high pressure will build. it is an improving picture. after a slightly disappointing start on monday we could start to seek more warmth pushing into the south—east for some on tuesday. this is bbc news, the headlines: the saudi—led coalition has announced it will investigate its airstrike in yemen which killed at least 29 children. it hit a school bus
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in the town of saada, which is under the control of iranian—backed houthi rebels. the un says any investigation must be credible and transparent. tens of thousands of romanians have been protesting in the capital, bucharest, and other cities against government corruption and low wages. police fired tear gas and used water cannon to disperse crowds as some demonstrators threw missiles. more than 200 people, including police officers, have been injured. donald trump says the us is doubling steel and aluminium tariffs on turkey, amid worsening relations between the two countries. it adds further pressure to turkey's economy, the lira fell to an all—time low after the announcement, losing 20% of its value in 2a hours. in a few minutes it'll be time for the film review. but first, here's click.
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