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this is bbc news. the headlines: with new peace talks about to begin, un officials and aid workers are saying four years of war in yemen have left half the population in acute need. they call it the world‘s worst humanitarian crisis. fighting‘s thought to have killed nearly 7,000 civilians. thousands more have died from malnutrition and disease. welcome to bbc news, a jury in california has awarded broadcasting to viewers more than $2 billion in north america to a couple who say roundup, and around the globe. the world‘s most widely used my name is mike embley. our top stories: weedkiller, is responsible for their cancer. the german pharmaceutical company bayer bought monsanto, makers of roundup, last year, and it‘s the third time bayer has half of yemen's population in acute been ordered to pay damages. need after years of war. thousands of cases are pending. we report from a hospital at the heart of the world's worst humanitarian crisis. translation: you can see the front line from here. it's dangerous, but we have to carry on providing services, an american explorer has discovered plastic waste on the seabed of the pacific even if it's basic, because the people here while setting a new record desperately need it. for the deepest dive in a submarine. he found a plastic bag and sweet cancer and the world's wrappers, nearly 7 miles down in the mariana trench. best—selling weedkiller. a california court awards compensation of more than $2 billion. hitting the depths. the man in charge of a record—breaking dive in the pacific discovers plastic stadium safety at the time pollution on the seabed.
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# que sera, sera... and tributes to the hollywood legend doris day, who has died aged 97. we start with a special report on the terrible toll of the conflict in yemen, as a new round of talks is set to begin. aid workers describe it without hesitation as the world's worst humanitarian crisis. it has left about 2k million people needing assistance. a civil war has become a proxy war, with the houthi rebels supported by iran fighting a government recognised by the un and backed by a gulf arab coalition, the us, and the uk. the city of taiz has a population of 500,000, but very few functioning hospitals. nawal al—maghafi, special correspondent with bbc arabic, has obtained exclusive footage.
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another victim of a sniper attack, rushed to taiz‘s main hospital. this is the country's most brutal conflict zone, and the situation here is only getting worse. translation: since 10:30am, the sniperfire has been relentless. we have received patients, including nabil. the city lays in ruins, and the people here are living in danger, their suffering forgotten. abdirahim shows us the difficulty of moving around. translation: this is a barrier because the street is exposed, and the sniper can see from very far away. you need to put your head down and run. the city is trapped between two front lines. on one side, houthi snipers hold
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positions, and on the other, forces loyal to the yemeni government. those who remain are too poor to escape. translation: did you hear that? someone has just been shot here. translation: they have taken him to hospital. he was shot here. moments later, we meet another casualty. translation: come and look, this is one of the victims. translation: i was checking around my house, and someone just shot me. a sniper also targeted ii—year—old rabeah. she was helping herfather when she was shot in the back. translation: i looked outside, and i saw that she was bleeding a lot from her mouth and nose. i prayed, "dear god, if she's meant to come back to me, then please save her. but, if she's safer in your hands, then let it be." rabeah‘s mother shows us what doctors took out of her wound.
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even taiz‘s main hospital is no longer a place of safety. translation: this used to be the main operating theatre. it's abandoned. life—saving surgeries once took place here. now, it's completely destroyed. translation: you can see the front line from here. it's dangerous, but we have to carry on providing services, even if it's basic, because the people here desperately need it. every day, the death toll mounts. hamdan was working with his brother when he was shot by houthi snipers. translation: suddenly we found ourselves attacked by the houthis. they started shooting at him, those cowards. we have nothing to do with this war. despite any peace talks, the fighting here continues, and for the people of taiz, there is no hope in sight. nawal al—maghafi, bbc news.
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tensions have flared up again in sudan's capital. the ruling military council and opposition groups say they have reached agreement on how to transition the country forward. the military council blamed the bloodshed on armed groups who say there has been a lack of progress since the president was ousted last month. a jury in california has awarded more than $2 billion to a couple who say the world's most widely used weedkiller, roundup, was responsible for their cancer. the german pharmaceutical company bayer bought monsanto, the makers of roundup, last year, and it is the third time bayer has been ordered to pay damages over the product. 0ur reporter sophie long in san fransisco has more details. this is the third case. we've just come from a press conference when we heard from alva and alberta pilliod, the couple concerned this time around. they were clasping each other‘s hands and both walking
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with walking sticks. we were told by their lawyer that alberta had problems standing, alva clearly had problems gathering his thoughts and speaking, but they both said that they blamed monsanto for their cancer. they both suffer from non—hodgkin's lymphoma, and it has changed their lives, alberta said. she said we can't do the things we used to do, and we are very resentful against monsanto for doing that. she said that had roundup, the product, been labelled properly, had they known it could cause cancer, they would have been given a choice and they could have chosen not to use it. they are, of course, not alone. this was the third case that found against bayer, who bought monsanto in june of last year. there are many thousands of cases waiting to be heard. i spoke to a lawyer involved with this particular case, he's a federal liaison officer. he said he believes that there could be now 15,000 cases waiting to be heard. he said there were 1,000 new cases last month alone.
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so a good day for alberta and alva pilliod, a very bad day for the company, bayer. a lot of disgruntlement from the shareholders when the first court found against bayer last year. since then, their share price has dropped by 30%. there have been reports about shareholders being unhappy with the way the company is run. they will now have a couple of months to rethink their legal structure. the next case to come to court, we'll hear, is in missouri in august this year. let's get some of the day's other news: the former us presidentjimmy carter is recovering in hospital from a fall that broke his hip. he is 94. he had just been heading off on a turkey hunt when he fell. he is the oldest surviving us president. he held office in the 1970s. the sri lankan government has insisted that security forces are in control of the streets and are preventing revenge attacks on muslims in the aftermath of the easter sunday suicide bombings. there was a curfew overnight after monday's violence, which saw mosques and businesses attacked.
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facebook has confirmed that a serious vulnerability in whatsapp, which it owns, has allowed hackers to install spyware on users' phones. britain's financial times reported that malicious software developed by an israeli company has been transmitted to people's phones through whatsapp calls. us markets fell sharply on monday after china announced steeper tariffs on $60 billion worth of american imports. the dowjones ended the day down by 2.38%, the biggest daily loss this year. president trump, though, insisted that he was in a good position. he said he expected to discuss the trade dispute with the chinese president at next months 620 summit injapan. laura trevelyan has this report. wall street plunged on monday as investors were spooked by the worsening trade war between china and the us. it was china's announcement that it will raise tariffs on $60 billion worth of american goods which so rattled the markets. 0n state tv, the anchor told millions of viewers china will fight to the last.
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beijing's retaliation came after talks between us and chinese negotiators here in washington ended without a deal on friday, and mr trump raised tariffs on $200 billion worth of chinese goods, claiming beijing had backed out of a deal. as americans look at the wobbles on wall street, the us president is insisting there is nothing to worry about. i love the position we're in. there can be some retaliation, but it can't be very, very substantial by comparison. but his own economic adviser admits that american companies and consumers will feel the pain as the prices of goods imported from china rise. the president says china doesn't — china pays the tarrifs. they may suffer the consequences, but it's us businesses and us consumers who pay, correct? yes, to some extent. yeah, i don't disagree with that. again, both sides — both sides will suffer on this. present trump is due to meet china's leader, xijinping, at the g20 meeting in june. the question is which leader blinks
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first in this escalating trade war. laura trevelyan, bbc news, washington. an american explorer has set a new record for the deepest dive ever recorded in a submarine. victor vescovo dropped nearly seven miles into the mariana trench, in the pacific ocean, and spent nearly four hours exploring the sea floor. what he found there was astonishing — not only four new species, but also the mark of humanity's impact on the planet, as our science correspondent rebecca morelle reports. 0k, roger that. we'll go for a release. the start of an epicjourney. in the middle of the pacific, heading beneath the waves, to the deepest place on the planet, a sub with a titanium core built to withstand the crushing pressure. it takes 3.5 hours to plunge 11 km, that's seven miles, down. inside is american explorer victor vescovo. then — touchdown. at bottom.
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cheering it seemed a bit like being on the moon, but a wet version of it. there were small critters here and there. there were slight undulations. there weren't rocks until you got to the southern or northern portions of the mariana trench. but it did have some variety, but it was quiet, it was peaceful. yet, in this most remote of places, life has found a way to thrive. there are eels adapted to live under immense pressures, and a ghostly snailfish. it is the deepest ever found. but signs, too, of our impact. this pyramid—shaped object to the right looks like a rock, but it is a plastic bag. scientists say finding out more about the deep is vital. it's such an alien environment, and we've got so much to learn about what animals inhabit the different zones. you don't get sunlight penetrating to those depths,
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so it's important to learn, like, how organisms get their energy, and how they survive, and how they interact and rely on each other. archive: released by the us navy, these first films of the bathyscaphe trieste. few have ever set eyes on the mariana trench. the first risky descent was in 1960, in a creaking sub that took two explorers down. well done, team. four down. now, 60 years later, resurfacing after hours underwater, the latest dive has broken records. well done! you did it, buddy. and it's part of a wider expedition to visit the deepest spots in all the world's oceans. the hope is the final frontier of exploration is truly open. rebecca morelle, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the war orphan who met his mother. a miraculous reunion foran iraqifamily, after 30 years.
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the pope was shot, the pope will live. that was the essence of the appalling news from rome this afternoon, that, as an italian television commentator put it, terrorism has come to the vatican. the man they called the butcher of lyon, klaus barbie, went on trial today in the french town where he was the gestapo chief in the second world war. winnie mandela never looked like a woman just sentenced to six years injail. the judge told mrs mandela there was no indication she felt even the slightest remorse. the chinese government has called for an all—out effort to help the victims of a powerful earthquake, the worst to hit the country for 30 years. the computer deep blue has tonight triumphed over the world chess champion, garry kasparov. it is the first time a machine has defeated a reigning world champion in a classical chess match. america's first legal same—sex marriages have been taking place in massachusetts. god bless america!
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welcome back, good to have you with us on welcome back, good to have you with us on bbc news. the latest headlines: four years of war in yemen has left half the population in acute need. new peace talks are due to start. the makers of the world's best—selling weedkiller have been ordered to pay $2 billion compensation, it's the third finding over claims it caused cancer. amar kamin, seriously injured in a napalm attack in iraq, spent 30 years believing he was an orphan, that his family had been wiped out in the same attack. he was brought to the uk for treatment in 1992 by the former mp emma nicholson. but a bbc investigation has discovered amar‘s mother is still alive. 0ur correspondentjon kay travelled with amar back to iraq to see the family reunion. amar kanim is heading back to iraq, to be reunited with his mother.
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30 years ago, he left the country as an orphan and came to live in britain. everyone believed his family had been killed in a napalm attack. this is the first time he's returned. extremely exciting, you know, i can't wait. it is a big day and i don't know if i'm going to sleep tonight. amar is waiting. zahra is on her way, with her husband and youngest son. it was 1991 when amar was found alone, burned and close to death. his rescuers and doctors thought his family had all perished. but bbc news has confirmed that amar‘s mother survived the bombing after all. we tracked her down and proved the link with dna. the purpose of this journey is just purely for her, you know.
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nothing else, just purely for the woman... my mother, shall i say now? i've got to start getting used to saying my mother. it's hard to believe but, yeah, my mother. now, three decades after a terrible mistake in the confusion of war, a reunion. they speak arabic she calls him her brave lion, her superhero. so many years to catch up on. but mother and son soon relax in each other‘s company. and the arabic amar thought he'd
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forgotten is fluent. he shows her his life now, in rural devon... # happy birthday to you #. and videos of his childhood there. amar never knew his birthday. but zahra has his birth certificate, and he's three years older than he thought — almost a0. it's nearly your birthday. yeah. got a reason to celebrate now, haven't i? "i'm so happy and so proud," she says. it turns out the ink mark on his arm is a family tattoo, to identify them if they were ever lost. and now, amar is found. "welcome home, son."
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over the next few days, amar reconnects with his culture. i feel blessed. loads of sweets. i was very scared to come here at first. he speaks arabic there's no... there's nothing to be worried about. you're now speaking half arabic, half english! yeah. so it's a bit confusing. but it's amazing, it's amazing. it's overwhelming. the mp who first brought him to the uk and set up a charity in his name did search for relatives over the years, and now she can't believe what she's seen. it's an absolute miracle. i think it's fabulous. he's one of the bravest boys i've ever met in my life. i've always been proud of him, from day one. before he heads home, one more reunion — in najaf, the world's
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biggest cemetery... where amar‘s father is buried. mother and son finally here together. all these emotions have been building up for years, you know? i feel like i've achieved what i needed to achieve. the last couple of days has been the shortest day here, but i've done what i needed to do, i think. thank you. amar says he will now support his family financially and will come back again to see his mum soon. ijust hope she's very proud of me. i get that feeling she is. this has been the best moment of my life. jon kay, bbc news. and to see the full report about amar‘s amazing reunion
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with his mother, tune into panorama on bbc world news this weekend. the times are on your screen now, with first airing on saturday at 0230 gmt. one of the biggest names in the history of hollywood, doris day, has died at her home in california. she was 97. a singer and actress who originally wanted to be a dancer, she starred in many popular comedies such as calamityjane and pillow talk. she later became a prominent campaigner for animal welfare. david sillito has been looking back at her career. # we'll be home tonight by the light of the silvery moon...#. doris day, cracking that whip in calamity jane. no—one captures better good—natu red ‘50s hollywood innocence. # whip—crack—away, whip—crack—away, whip—crack—away. . . # her romantic comedies were smart, glamorous box office hits. pillow talk with rock hudson won her an oscar nomination. you ain't the kinda gal who'd break a date. no, i'm not. and i ain't the kinda
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guy who'd ask you to. i had a great time, and i think that they sensed it. ihad fun! an wear all the gorgeous clothes and work with rock hudson and jimmy garner and clark gable, you know. i mean, how bad can it be? as a child, the young doris mary von kappelhoff wanted to be a dancer, but a car accident ended that dream. she then discovered she could sing. # not so politely when we dance, and you hold me tightly #. in the late ‘40s, with her new stage name doris day, she was one of the highest—paid singers in the business. # when we walk hand in hand # the world becomes a wonderland, it's magic #. the film romance on the high seas was her first screen role and, despite almost no acting experience, the star quality was immediately obvious.
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but behind it all was a troubled private life. you can't tell me what to do! in a pig's eye, i can't! you think you own me...? this movie withjimmy cagney had echoes of the first of herfour marriages. # que sera, sera...#. her move into tv was the consequence of her third husband leaving her virtually bankrupt. fashions had changed, her movie career was over. # que sera, sera...#. in 1985 there was a reunion tv interview with a terminally ill rock hudson. but show business was over. her life after this was devoted to her animal foundation. herfinal wishes — no funeral, no grave marker. her memorial will be herfilms. # que sera, sera, what will be will be #.
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let's get some more from someone who knows. live now to indianapolis and to mary anne barothy. mary anne, you worked as doris day's private secretary for four years and lived with her for two years. use or calamity jane when you were nine years old. and in high school a teacher told you you would be better if you concentrated in your studies is much as you concentrated on doris day. then you met her, and were her private secretary for four years? four years and it was a dream come true. still today it is hard to believe that i was bad close and actually lived with her for over a year. she is just actually lived with her for over a year. she isjust an actually lived with her for over a year. she is just an awesome lady and it was very sad to get the news today, but she is in a much better place. we are seeing pictures at the moment, mary anne of the two of you
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together. it's an impossible question, but how will you remember her? she was like a big sister to me. you're in hollywood, and i was a young kid in indianapolis and i started networking and when i actually met her, i almost couldn't believe it. she was so down—to—earth and so fun and just, you know, she was the girl next door and we just had great times. she didn't arc like' i am the big movie star, you're just like' i am the big movie star, you'rejust a like' i am the big movie star, you're just a helper‘, like' i am the big movie star, you'rejust a helper‘, she like‘ i am the big movie star, you‘re just a helper‘, she was just an awesome lady and i feel very privileged that i had the chance to actually meet her, work for her and live with her. mary anne, what did she make of that girl next door, very wholesome goody two shoes image, it became a bit of a joke, didn‘t it is to mark she didn‘t a lwa ys didn‘t it is to mark she didn‘t always think of herself like that, her nickname was clara bixby, i said clara, people love you for that and
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you‘ve made money on that so it‘s a better image than some people have so better image than some people have so shejust laughed better image than some people have so she just laughed it off. and working with clark gable, jimmy stewart a nd working with clark gable, jimmy stewart and rock hudson, how bad can it be? but it was quite a private life over four marriages. yes. and i don‘t think any of them where that would at all. she just seem to find the wrong person all the time and, you know, she was, you know, a good wife and she just did what she had to do. on-screen, at least that relationship with rock hudson was one of the great on—screen romances. very much so when they were good friends offscreen. i always said it was too bad she didn‘t marry him even though he was gay. he was a nice guy and he loved her, they a lwa ys nice guy and he loved her, they always had great fun together. mary anne, thank you very much for joining us. oh, well, thank you.
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0llie wood legend two has died aged 97. there is more news for you any time on the bbc news website. —— hollywood. hello. well, very settled weather across the uk for the next few days. notjust the uk, but in fact but many parts of western europe. and the outlook — staying warm and sunny. some places will be warmer than others though, across the uk. so this is the picture then through mid week. the highest temperatures will actually be in parts of scotland, this is where we will have the sunny and completely windless conditions and that‘s what will help temperatures rise into the mid 20s. that high pressure‘s stretching from southern scandinavia across the uk, into france and even
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about just about as far south as spain and portugal, onlyjust. this means that the settled weather will be widespread across many areas of europe, certainly here in the uk. starts off pretty nippy with clear skies, the temperatures still do tend to dip away this time of the year, maybe a touch of grass frost here and there outside in your rural areas but that‘s pretty much it. so, starts off sunny from the get—go, beautiful, beautiful day. notice the winds are blowing off the north sea here in the south—east. so that means it will be a bit fresher in places like norwich and london with wind up the thames estuary. but say in scotland, it could exceed 20 degrees celsius as it did on monday. now the high pressure through tuesday and wednesday is just showing slight signs of maybe drifting a little further north back into scandinavia. that means the winds will start to change direction, but before they do, it‘s still going to warm up nicely, wednesday is going to probably be the warmest day of the week. very light winds and we suspect the highest temperature
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will be across scotland. but notice it‘s a little fresher here around the north sea coast, 15 degrees on the coast of lincolnshire, norfolk and suffolk. that‘s because the wind is blowing out of the east and that easterly wind is indicating a change towards the end of the week. see that cloud and bits and pieces of rain there across parts of central europe? that will eventually be heading in our direction. so the thinking is you can see the east wind blowing here from denmark. the thinking is it will tend to cool off a little bit by the time we get to friday, particularly on these north sea coasts from aberdeenshire all the way down to norwich, only 13 in norwich, pushing the warmth a little bit further towards the west and the clouds will increase and there is a chance that we will get one or two showers. but it‘s not going to be a huge change, it‘s essentially going to be mostly dry. however, come the weekend, just in time for saturday and sunday it looks like it will cool off and there is a slightly greater chance of catching a few spots of rain. 00:28:57,779 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 bye— bye.
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