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a very warm welcome to bbc news. i'm mike embley. my name's mike embley. our top stories: war veterans and world leaders honour the sacrifice of those who died in the d—day landings 75 years ago. they were soldiers of democracy. they were soldiers of democracy. they were soldiers of democracy. they were the men of d—day and to them we owe our freedom. it was the largest land, air and naval operation in history. less than a year later hitler was defeated and europe freed. sudan is suspended from the african union, after the killing of dozens of pro—democracy demonstrators by security forces. mexico gets tough on migrants — targeting suspected human traffickers in a bid
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to avoid us trade tariffs. and brazilian footballer, neymar, faces rape allegations and a media storm. hello. hundreds of veterans who took part in the d—day landings 75 years ago have returned to the french beaches where they landed, to commemorate one of the turning points in the second world war. theyjoined world leaders including the presidents of france and the united states, and the british prime minister, to remember the thousands who died in normandy. lucy williamson reports. piper plays. the sounds that made europe's history are buried on these beaches. above gold beach, where gunfire rang out 75 years ago,
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a lone piper marked the moment british soldiers set foot in occupied france. the din of battle echoing for some beneath the silence of the crowd. i survived but they blew the face of my mate. they lay behind, just by the side of me. three guys, one grenade, they died. you can't describe it. lowering onto that ramp, onto bodies, the gis, you didn't know whether they were alive or dead. it used to give me nightmares. along the coast, at ver—sur—mer, theresa may and emmanuel macron saw the foundation stone laid for a new memorial in honour of the 22,000 british—led troops who died in the normandy campaign. the faces around them, a reminder that wars between nations, between ideologies,
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are fought by individuals, that this war was fought by these men. if one day can be said to have determined the fate of generations to come, in france, in britain, in europe and the world, that day was the sixth ofjune1941i. george batts, a d—day veteran who had campaigned for the monument in honour of his fallen commerades, rose to remember them. none of them wanted to be part of another war. but when the test came, when freedom had to be fought for or abandoned, they fought. they were soldiers of democracy. they were the men of d—day and to them, we owe our freedom. last post plays.
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at bayeux cathedral, those who never returned from the normandy beaches were honoured by veterans and leaders from the commonwealth in a service of remembrance. the prince of wales paying tribute alongside the men who'd fought under his grandfather. the bittersweet words of the kohima epitaph read on behalf of the fallen here in the first french town freed by the allies. for your tomorrow, we gave our today. when my life is over and i reach the other side, i'll meet my friends from normandy and shake their hands with pride. at the us cemetery, america's modern day president gave his thanks to the servicemen of the past. you are the pride of our nation.
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you are the glory of our republic. and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. applause. the experience of american soldiers on 0maha beach among the most brutal of the allied campaign, etched onto the faces in front of him. we know what we owe to you veterans. 0ur freedom. on behalf of my nation, i just want to say thank you. applause. at arromanches, british veterans gathered on the beaches they once took. as europe remembers those who will never grow old, there's a need to cherish those who grow older each year. those for whom remembrance is memory, for whom a nation's heroes were friends. for whom a minute's silence holds
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within it the noise of war. as the sounds of remembrance drifted back across the channel, as the sounds of remembrance drifted back across the channel, there's a sense they may not be many moments like today. when europe pays tribute to the heroes who are here with us, as well as those who aren't. lucy williamson, bbc news, normandy. all the veterans who made their way back to normandy are at least 90 years old. 0ur correspondent robert hall has spent the week with some of them. along the narrow streets of bayeux, dappled with sunlight this morning, the sound of pipes and drums, the sight of old men parading with pride. in 1944, the first allied liberators moved cautiously between the old houses. the people of bayeux have never forgotten what that meant. humbling.
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it makes you feel humbled that people want to come out and applaud you. not enjoy, but i've come here just to remember those that never came back. how important is it for you to be here on this anniversary? it's nice, yes. we're all getting old, aren't we? well, lam. i'm nearly 96. ken hay came ashore with the dorset regiment. i got captured a couple of weeks later. i went out coal mining in poland. and then the long march forfreedom of course, back. it's a bit overwhelming, i find. they're so welcoming. i think it's great. at the bayeux cemetery, eric strange, his head still full of last night's emotional departure from portsmouth. as a young officer, eric commanded a landing craft underfire from german defences. and then the bang. there was this royal marine
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lieutenant, actually, and his chest was not very good. all one could do was try to get some first aid up to him as quick as, but... for a moment, among the lines of white stones, eric and his fellow veterans were back on the beaches. there's a lot of lads there that were unlucky. you've got to thank god that i was lucky, but it's very moving when you see that, there the people who did give their lives for it. eric rarely talks about his d—day experiences, but his voyage on the boudicca has helped him open up and today he found a willing ear. this evening, as veterans reach journey‘s end, the message they carried was simple. and don't say i'm a hero.
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i'm no hero, iwas lucky, i'm here. all the heroes are dead. robert hall, bbc news, arromanches. let's get some of the day's other news: the world health organisation is warning the world is entering a "new phase" where large outbreaks of deadly diseases like ebola, cholera and yellow fever are the new normal. it says greater effort needs to be made to prepare for deadly epidemics. fifty years after police raided a bar in new york, prompting days of rioting that gave birth to the gay rights movement, a senior officer has apologised for the force's actions. stonewall bar was targeted to enforce laws that made it illegal to serve alcohol to known homosexuals. the revered and widely—influential american musician, drjohn — mac rebennack — has died at the age of 77. born in new orleans, he began his career in the 1950s as a pianist and singer, blending the genres of blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock n roll, heavily influenced by mardi gras and voodoo. he won a string of grammies and was later inducted into the hall of fame.
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the african union has suspended sudan's membership because of reports that more than a hundred people have been shot dead in pro—democracy protests this week. the sudanese health ministry has disputed the figure, saying 61 people died. amnesty international describes the crackdown as a "bloodbath." catherine byaruhanga has the latest from the sudanese capital, khartoum. this streetjust behind me leads you to the former protest area outside the army headquarters. just a few days ago there would have been thousands of people walking down this street going out to demonstrate for a civilian government. but today you can see it's quiet. we can't get much closer because there are members of the rsf militia group as well as government soldiers guarding the area, but what we've learned from eyewitnesses and protesters who were there on monday morning when the area was attacked is that they felt surrounded. at around 5:00am, they saw members of the security forces surrounding
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the protest area, gunshots came in from different directions and in some cases there were snipers on the top of buildings. they say there was chaos, people running. some tried to save those who were injured but they were not able to. doctors aligned with opposition groups say there is a severe shortage of medical staff in hospitals which are being inundated with injured victims. outside in the neighbourhoods, there are continued reports that the militia groups are attacking civilians. an investigation into last month's sabotage attacks on four oil tankers off the united arab emirates has concluded they were very likely carried out by a "state actor" in a highly sophisticated operation. the investigators do not blame a specific country, although the united states has accused iran. the uae along with saudi arabia and norway presented the preliminary findings in a briefing to the un security council.
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iran has denied any involvement. mexico has frozen the bank accounts of more than 20 people suspected of human trafficking, as it tries to convince the us not to impose trade tariffs. migrant caravans, heading through mexico to the us border, have angered president trump. senior officials from both countries have held a second day of talks. 0ur correspondent chris buckler in washington says there are indications of progress in talks on migration and asylum reforms. these talks moving into third day but you are right, there seems to be a narrowing in the position. they are coming together in an extent but there is still a divide. what the us as seen from the mexico side is a real attempt to clamp down on the issue over illegal immigration. to try to stem the huge numbers making their way through mexico into the us border. they have a promise from
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mexico that 6000 members of the national guard will be deployed on the southern border with guatemala and they have seen an increased military and police presence in mexico and something of a crackdown with a number of arrests and even some activists being arrested by the mexican authorities. a lot of that i suspect will be welcomed by the white house but there are indications that they still want more. for example, they have been pushing mexico very hard on the idea that potentially they could be a safe third country, essentially a place where people could remain while they claim asylum in the us. they could stay in mexico during that period. that is something that mexico does not want but they are discussing other potential asylum reforms according to the washington post the idea that people coming from central america would have two claim asylum in the first country they reach so for example those coming from el salvador or injurors
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would have to claim asylum in south what to marla and those from guatemala inside mexico. —— south what to marla —— what what to marla so what to marla —— what what to marla so you get a what to marla —— what what to marla so you get a sense what to marla —— what what to marla so you get a sense from the vice president mike pence that this is going to be a decision for president trump because he has made this a key focus of his campaign. it was a key and signature issue of his campaign to become president and ultimately would have to be signed off by him. we're waiting for to return before we see whether or not we can find a deal between mexico and america and now the spread of tariffs some suggesting will come into place on monday, 5% with an increase month by month. suggestions that they would be delayed have been pushed back by the white house and they say they're still prepared to go ahead at this
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stage. the uk opposition labour party has fought off a strong challenge from nigel farage's new brexit party to retain the seat of peterborough in a by—election. the by—election was called after peterborough‘s previous mp — fiona 0nasanya — was forced out. she'd been jailed for lying about a speeding offence. labour won byjust under 700 votes, the brexit party in second place. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: his owner may love him, but not his neighbours. a court case for maurice the noisy cockerel. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower shall be shot off. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 7a. 0utspoken but rarely outfought,
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ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times a world champion. he was a good fighter. he fought all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles lp sergeant pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as "the album of the century." this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the leaders of britain, france, canada and the united states have joined veterans in honouring those who fought and gave their lives in the d—day landings 75 years ago. sudan has been suspended from the african union
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after the killing of dozens of pro—democracy demonstrators by security forces. a german nurse has been sentenced to life in prison for killing 85 of his patients. niels hogel gave lethal doses of medication at hospitals in northern germany. he's believed to be the country's most prolific serial killer since world war ii, as jenny hill reports. arriving to account for his crimes, though niels hoegel says he can't remember how many patients he killed. sentenced today for 85 murders, but investigators believe he probably killed many more. his victims: elderly, infirm, defenceless in the wards of two german hospitals. hoegel administered drugs in fatal doses then tried to resuscitate the very patients he attacked. christian's grandfather was one of them. he told the bbc he wrote to hoegel
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in prison to ask him why. he just said that he lost the contact to people, to human beings, lying there. it was just bodies for him. he was killing everyone he could get, just playing with them, like someone who is using something mechanical, something like a computer. you switch the body on and off. christian was among relatives in court today, they want to know why, for five years, no—one stopped hoegel. translation: i promised my family that i wouldn'tjust bring the murderer to justice, but others who were responsible, too. it's important for all of us that we can get to those who made it possible for this to develop into a series of killings. for the german authorities, this case raises painful questions. hoegel acted alone, but over five years he was able to kill patient after patient with impunity.
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investigations are now focusing on the hospitals where he worked. it's feared that faced with unusually high mortality rates, senior staff may simply have chosen to turn a blind eye. some already face criminal charges. and as hoegel begins a life sentence, investigations continue into others who may yet emerge as having facilitated, however unwittingly, murderous ambitions of germany's most prolific postwar serial killer. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. the brazilian football star neymar is fighting accusations that he raped a woman in a paris hotel last month. the world's most expensive player has denied it, claiming she is trying to extort money from him. mastercard has suspended an advertising campaign involving him. in his defence, he has published intimate images of the encounter on social media — for which he is facing cybercrime allegations.
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here's fernando duarte from bbc brasil. what the case so far is about is just an allegation of rape. it needs to bejudged, it needs to be investigated. every procedure is being flouted with both parts giving information and interviews on tv and social media. it's a confusing situation, it involves one of the biggest personalities in brazilian society in recent years, and not a quiet personality, a very active leader. sometimes to his own detriment. he is been suspended sometimes about making commentary about referees and other people, he used to date a tv star, so he's not shy about this kind of promotion. however, when he starts leaking information about a court case, things are very different. a lot of brazilian people will be looking at
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this case as a test case of what the country is going to be — how the country is going to be — how the country is going to be dealing with this kind of situation. and it doesn't help the brazilian president, going on the record saying he believes in a football player. welcome to the current brazilian society. r kelly has pleaded not guilty to the latest sexual assault allegations against him. 11 felony charges, some carry a potential sentence up to 30 years. his lawyer has described them as a rehashing of old allegations. in may 2017, extremists loyal to the so—called islamic state group took over mawari in the philippines. after five months of heavy bombing and more than a thousand deaths, government forces took back the city. but large parts are in ruins and thousands of people still cannot return home. 0ur correspondent howard johnson joined a government—controlled tour of marawi to see what progress is being made in rebuilding it.
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this is marawi city's ground zero today. it is the area where the fiercest fighting took place. bbc drone footage reveals that large parts of the city remain completely devastated. here, the city's grand mosque, an iconic image of the siege, 1.5 years later after the fighting, it is still peppered with shell holes. i hereby declare marawi city liberated, that marks the beginning of rehabilitation. applause. the philippine government has said it will completely rehabilitate the city by 2021, but looking around marawi it's apparent that progress has been slow. i'm here in quezon avenue — one of the main streets here in marawi city's ground zero. and as you can see to the left of me, a mechanical digger clearing some of the rubble from this war zone. locals have complained that these diggers are often inactive but during this government—controlled and army—backed press trip,
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we are seeing that the diggers are busy at work. local officials say rebuilding has been hampered by work to clear unexploded devices, leaving thousands excluded from what's left of their family homes. sophia is one of them. she and 20 others cram into a small temporary hut outside of the city centre. life in the camp is incredibly tough. translation: it's too hot. water only flows at alternating hours and with only a little amount. my mother experienced a stroke here because of the heat of the sun. i will not accept this as my permanent residence. there are fears that delays in rebuilding could cause resentment and a potential recruiting tool forjihadists still at large. but the philippine army say that that threat is minimal. we believe that because of the death of their leaders, and last march, the death of the last leader, abu dar, their capability of really
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recruiting, training and organising again another attack such as marawi siege, has been maybe nil. local officials insist all explosives will be cleared by august of this year, keeping them on track to hit their 2021 target. an ambitious deadline considering the extent of the damage. howard johnson, bbc news, marawi city. in france, a rather unusual court case has been delayed, in the hope that both sides can reach an entente cordiale. gareth barlow has the details. clock rules are the emblem of france, the sound that accompanies sunrise, but one is at the centre of a court case. translation: my clients just want peace and tranquillity, this is a secondary residence, they are retired. they want to be able to sleep until a normal time in the
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morning and they would like the rooster in question enclosed at night as it is usually daylight that triggers the rooster‘s cried. night as it is usually daylight that triggers the master's cried. his owner says there is nothing wrong. translation: he doesn't sing anymore, actually. we've been wondering why. it said he sings morning till night, which is not true. it's been proven to be false. 0n true. it's been proven to be false. on thursday, the legal proceedings we re on thursday, the legal proceedings were delayed. marise at home in his cube, rather in the dock. marise's case mirrors a wider issue across french society, a growing gap between urban and rural france —— maurice. while the outcome is uncertain, if maurice wins, he'll certainly have something to crow about. rf barlow, bbc news. we will
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let you know how that goes. thank you for watching —— gareth barlow. hello. while rain has been plentiful across some parts of the uk, recently, others have seen very little. that's all about to change through friday, this deep area of low pressure pushing its way northwards out of iberia and france will bring some notable rainfall, across a large swathe of the uk, in particular, southern and eastern counties of england, areas which haven't had very much rain recently. and the rain stays with us as we go into saturday, pulling its way northwards. and all the while we'll see some quite windy conditions. a tricky rush hour through friday morning across southern counties of england and south wales as this rain works its way northwards. a fine start across scotland, northern ireland and northern england, some rain arriving into northern england,
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the east of northern ireland and southern scotland through the afternoon. and behind the rain, some thunderstorms developing. winds, as i mentioned, very much a feature of this forecast, becoming particularly gusty across southern counties of england and for the channel coast. temperatures in the mid to high teens, it's going to feel cooler than these values suggest, given the strength of the wind and the rain. let's take a closer look at southern counties of england and wales and the channel islands through friday afternoon, because we've got thunderstorms to deal with and also some gusty winds, gusts quite widely, 45—50 miles an hour. so another tricky rush hour through friday evening. and this area of low pressure continues to work its way northwards through friday night and into saturday. notice the squeeze in the isobars, some strong winds through friday night and into saturday. and more heavy rain continuing to work its way northwards, so by the time we get through the early hours of saturday
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morning, it will be closer to the central belt and still working its way a little bit further westwards into northern ireland. still see some thunderstorms as well across parts of england and wales, but all of this is going to keep temperatures up into double figures, ten or ii celsius the overnight low. for saturday, it's a blustery day, more spells of heavy rain, by this stage starting to get into the north midlands, north wales, northwards. and behind this we'll see some spells of sunshine across central, southern england and wales, but also further blustery showers. it's another windy day, these are average speeds, but the gusts will be even higher. and temperatures on saturday for most in the mid—teens, and again, given the strength of the wind and the rain, it's still going to be feeling on the cool side. so we go into sunday, our area of low pressure does start to pull away northwards, notice how the isobars start to open up so the winds will start to fall lighter as we go into sunday. there will still be some showers around, particularly the further north and west you are, but looking drier further south and east. bye— bye.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: commemorations have taken place in northern france, marking 75 years since d—day. a turning point in the second world war. the leaders of britain, france, canada and the united states gathered to honour those who fought and gave their lives in the normandy landings in june 1944. hundreds of veterans also attended. the african union has suspended sudan's membership after reports that more than a hundred people were shot dead during pro—democracy protests. the sudanese health ministry has disputed the figure, saying 61 people died in the violence. amnesty international described the crackdown as a "bloodbath". mexico has deployed 6,000 members of the national guard along its border with guatemala to try to stop migrants from central america trying to get to the us. it's hoping to convince
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the washington not to impose steep trade tariffs from next week. you are up—to—date on the headlines. now on bbc news — panorama. 0n panorama tonight, an energy scandal involving a notorious businessman. so, is frank timis corrupt? in my opinion, there's a simple answer — yes. we uncover frank timis's secret payments linked to an african president. do you think this is a suspicious arrangement? i do find the payments suspicious. we reveal how his company is getting between $9 billion and $12 billion from bp. 9 billion? mm—hm. he stutters: is it true? and we ask why one of the world's
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