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this is bbc news — welcome if you're watching here in the uk, on pbs in america or around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: the us house of representatives approves a $4.5 billion aid package to help migrant families at the border — after an outcry over the squalid conditions in which they're being kept. jeremy hunt, the man battling borisjohnson to become uk prime minister, says he believes he can bring back a brexit deal from brussels. iran will get "obliterated" — the white house is "insane" — the us and iran strike a war of words on twitter. europe swelters in a heatwave, with temperature records set to be broken, and warnings
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for the vulnerable. the us house of representatives has approved additionalfunds to help migrants arriving from mexico. it comes as us government officials say they have returned about 100 children to a troubled facility in texas, where lawyers said minors were "severely neglected" and held without access to showers or enough food. in another development, the acting head of the customs and border protection agency announced his resignation — without giving a reason. the bbc‘s north america editorjon sopel has the latest. it is a non—descript government building in clint, texas, but beyond the unwelcoming walls, migrant children who have
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been separated from their parents have been sleeping on the floor without enough food to eat, according to lawyers who visited the facility. around 300 of the children have been moved, though some have been returned. the case has caused indignation. this was the scene in court as an incredulous judge questioned a government lawyer. if you don't have a toothbrush, if you don't have soap, if you don't have a blanket, it's not safe and sanitary. wouldn't everybody agree with that? well, i think it's... i think those are — there's fair reason to find that those things may be part of safe and sanitary. not "may be" — are. chanting: let the children go now! when the child separation policy came to light a year ago, there was outrage. the first lady, melania trump, visited the border. the president was forced into a u—turn. but the recordkeeping was so abysmal by us officials that literally thousands of children remain separated from their parents.
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i'm very concerned, and they're much better than they were under president obama, by far, and we're trying to get the democrats to agree to really give us some humanitarian aid, humanitarian money. there is broad support over the need to do something about the surge of migrants trying to enter the country illegally. as well as reinforcing the border wall, the administration wants to send a deterrent message. but the world's richest country keeping children in squalor, with not enough to eat — well, it looks as though congress is going to do something about it. the speaker of the house is pushing for a vote today on an emergency aid package. when we go to the floor, you will see our bill. it's for the children, the children, the children. on the southern side of the border, mexico have deployed additional troops to slow the flow of migrants. but, whether fleeing the turmoil of venezuela or the drugs gangs
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of central america, there are plenty of people willing to try their luck, irrespective of what awaits them on the other side. the bill mentioned by nancy pelosi in that report was passed just in the last hour by the house of representatives. here is our north america correspondent, peter bowes, on what difference it will make. the point of this age package is to provide him in a terrien relief for those, many of those children that we have been hearing about in the very human crisis that is going on at the border. another is a possibility that this bill could be vetoed by the white house, there was word earlier that the trump administration didn't believe that it adequately covered the overall crisis going on at the border. there's been some concern amongst
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democrats that some of the money could be used for more detentions as opposed to humanitarian aid. but clearly, it has passed this major hurdle of at least getting through the house. we'll have to wait and see what the next step is but if this money ultimately, it's a lot of money, tens of dollars, as pointed in the direction of human chariot aid, the hope is that it could ease the crisis in the unit sat with her so the crisis in the unit sat with her so much about in the 24—hour set of just past, where children are being held in billy quite squalid conditions. and just going back to that resignation of the acting commissioner of the us customs and border protection agency, what more do we know about the circumstances around his resignation? it's very interesting timing, isn't it? well, yes, the timing is fascinating because of course, his agency has been catapulted into the headlines over the last few days because of those very difficult conditions. we
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know that he had been concerned about funding, we know through numerous reports that there were concerns about the scale of the problem. and perhaps he felt overwhelmed by the scale of the problem. now, none of that was mentioned in his resignation letter, the letter that he wrote to his staff other than to say he had been thinking very hard over the last few days about his position. but that he would never to others to decide whether he had been successful in hisjob. i think what it whether he had been successful in his job. i think what it will do whether he had been successful in hisjob. i think what it will do is focus people ‘s mind that we have a senior official resigning at a very difficult time like this and we are seeing this terrible headlines about children being kept in what really amounted to prison cells. and certainly, i think the fact that this bill has passed, perhaps more quickly than some had expected, very difficult debate on both sides. so just and into what is being said in the house but it certainly seems to
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have ochres to minds —— focused minds about a project that has been going on for months. let's get some of the day's other news. president trump's son—in—law jared kushner has set out what he calls an economic pathway towards peace in the middle east. speaking at the start of a conference in bahrain focusing on the long—awaited us peace plan, the white house advisor descibed the proposals as the opportunity of the century, but others have expressed scepticism. a un expert is warning of the dangers of a climate apartheid, where the rich pay to provide for themselves while the rest of the world suffers. in a damning report, philip alston, who's the un's special rapporteur on extreme poverty, claims that even if current global targets are met, climate change will have a devastating impact. hong kong's legislative council is due to debate and vote on a motion of no—confidence against the administration of its chief executive carrie lam.
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but it's expected the motion will be vetoed by pro—beijing lawmakers who make up the majority of the council. meanwhile protesters against the controversial extradition bill are planning another rally later. in the uk, one of the conservative politicians hoping to become prime minister says party members should choose a candidate they can trust. jeremy hunt is currently foreign secretary. he said without trust, there could be no negotiation, no deal, and possibly no brexit. his warning came as his rival borisjohnson continues to face questions about his private life. here's our political editor, laura kuenssberg. jeremy hunt wants to persuade you he ought to be the next prime minister. he knows that means, first of all, untangling an enormous mess. what would you do on day one in number ten to get us out of the eu at the end of october? well, we have to approach this differently.
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it's the biggest constitutional crisis that i can remember. i would have the dup in my negotiating team, i would have the erg, who are the brexit purists, i would have scottish and welsh conservatives, because fundamentally i believe there is a deal to be done. what would be different about the deal you hope to achieve? changing the backstop, but with some guarantee that we're not going to have a hard border on the island of ireland, for completely obvious reasons. that approach is not too different to what boris wants. i think it will be a technology—led solution. listening to you talking about your brexit plans is actually very similar to talking to borisjohnson about his brexit plans — high on ambition, low on concrete detail. well, no, i've been very clear about the concrete detail, and the judgement is who is the person we trust as prime minister to go to brussels and bring back that deal.
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what is the evidence that you could get this done? you've got to be absolutely clear about what you want and it's different to what theresa may was negotiating. the answer to your question that boris and i am to change the deal and who do we trust as per minister to go to brussels and bring back that deal? it's about the personality of our prime minister. if you choose someone where there's no trust, there's going to be no negotiation, no deal. you don't trust boris johnson? you don't think he would be trustworthy as prime minister? i would never make those comments about a fellow cabinet member. i would serve borisjohnson. well, hang on. let me finish. i would serve borisjohnson to the very best of my ability. foreign secretary, you have just sat there in a race of two and said this is about who we can trust, someone we can trust, like me, or someone we can't trust. you are clearly talking about your opponent in this race. no, i'm saying i am trustworthy.
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do you worry in this contest that you might be somehow unfairly squeezed out by someone with a bigger personality than you? laura, i've been waiting for this moment for 30 years of my life. i've been sitting around that cabinet table thinking how i want to transform our country. so you wanted to be a prime ministerfor 30 years? when did you know? i won't say that. i think, if i say that, that's really going to put people off. 30 years is a very, very long time. i would love to do this job. i think i can make a difference. three decades is already a long time to wait. will tory members keep him hanging on? iranian and us leaders spent the day trading insults, as the hostility between the two sides intensified. iran claims the new us sanctions prove the white house is "mentally retarded" — while mr trump called iran's response "ignorant and insulting."
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the us says there's no evidence that iran has given up its ambition to develop nuclear weapons. laura trevelyan has this report. the people in iran are great people... just hours after president trump signed new sanctions against iran, including those which target the supreme leader personally, his hawkish national security adviser, john bolton, was in the middle east insisting the us was still prepared to talk to iran. the president has held the door open to real negotiations. all that iran needs to do is to walk through that open door. but iran declared the new sanctions would permanently close the path to diplomacy, while iran's president, hassan rouhani, mocked the us strategy. translation: at the same time you call for negotiations, you seek to sanction the foreign minister? it's obvious that you're lying. if you really wanted to negotiate, we would have negotiated. president trump lost no
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time in hitting back, warning in a tweet that if iran attacked anything american, it would be met with great and overwhelming force. in some areas, he threatened, "overwhelming" will mean obliteration. asked what message he was sending with his tweets, this was the president's reply. when they're ready, they'll let us know. very simple. ready to negotiate, you mean? ready to do whatever. doesn't make any difference. whatever they want to do, i'm ready. iran is lashing out at the president's foreign advisers. the foreign minister, javad zarif, lashing out at what he called the us b—team, which includes john bolton, plotting for war. meanwhile, democrats are questioning the administration's strategy. the administration has no strategic plan as to how to get iran to the negotiating table, and what it's doing is building pressure. and when you have a pressure cooker that has no escape valve, all it does is explode. tensions are extremely high between tehran and washington, following iran's downing
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of a us drone last week. iran has warned it may violate limits on its enrichment of uranium, laid out in the 2015 nuclear deal, which the us has withdrawn from. the us president pulled back from authorising a military strike last week, but if there is further provocation from iran, there is no telling what may happen. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: the mystery of the caravaggio. who has snapped up his masterpiece, valued at $150 million? members of the neo—nazi resistance movement stormed the world trade centre armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe that, according to international law, that we have a rightful claim in certain parts of this country as ourland. i take pride in the words
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"ich bin ein berliner." chapman, prison—pale and slightly chubby, said not a single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to explain his decision to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes that onjune 8, god told him to plead guilty and that was the end of it. the medical research council have now advised the government that the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. it was closing time for checkpoint charlie, which, for 29 years, has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: the us house of representatives has
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voted in favour of a funding bill to assist migrants on the mexico border. the insults fly between iran and the us. president trump warns any attack will be met with overwhelming force. a former beauty queen in the gambia says she was raped in 2015 by ex—president yahya jammeh when he was in office. her testimony is part of a human rights watch and trial international report that details other similar allegations against mrjammeh. the former president now lives in exile, but a spokesman for his party has rejected the accusations. you may find some details in this report by louise dewast disturbing. it has been four years. why did you decide to speak now? i'm deciding to speak now because it is time to tell the story, and to make sure that ya hya years what
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the story, and to make sure that yahya years what he —— he is what he has done. when fatou jallow was 18 she won a state—sponsored beauty pageant. after that, she says jammeh acted as a father figure for her, offering her advice, money and gifts, until one day when she says he asked her to marry him. she refused. fatou jallow says she was invited to edit attend an event, but when she arrived she was taken instead to his residence. it was clear, you know, what this was going to be. so anything that he could have done in that moment to degrade me, to put me to the lowest, he did that. rubbed his genitals in my face, then pushed me down on my knees, pulled my dress up, sodden eyes me. i was screaming for life,
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and he injected me on my arm, right here. and i was fighting back, and i think throughout this whole time, my shame came from the fact that i came toa shame came from the fact that i came to a point where i stopped fighting. days later, fearing more abuse, fatou decided to flee to senegal. there she sought the assistance of international organisations. she was approved protection status and moved to canada where she has lived ever since. we at the bbc have attempted to get in contact with jammeh to ask him about your story. we haven't been able to contact him, he is in exile in equatorial guinea. but we did manage to speak with the deputy leader of his party, and this is what he told us. he is a very respectable, god—fearing and pious leader who has nothing but respect for ourgambian leader who has nothing but respect for our gambian women. what is your reaction to that? so i would
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respectfully say i don't think the deputy of the party or most of those people that follow behind him really does know what yahya does behind closed doors or in his private time. gambia's current government has set up gambia's current government has set upa gambia's current government has set up a commission to investigate human rights violations committed during the former president's rule. the commission told bbc news they are aware of sexual violence allegations involving jammeh, but investigations are ongoing. it could take years before fatou might see jammeh in a courtroom. the mercury is rising in france, where temperatures are expected to hit a0 degrees celsius, or more than 100 fahrenheit, later this week. in 2003, around 15,000 people, many of them elderly, died during a similar spell of extreme temperatures. from paris, here is lucy williamson.
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among the visitors to paris this week, one has come straight from the sahara. a blast of summer heat that has sent temperatures into the 30s and the government scrambling for cover. hundreds of cool spaces, including parks, gardens and public buildings, have been marked out across the capital, and temporary fountains and mist makers set up to help people keep cool. the weather may be coming from the sahara, but it is not quite desert temperatures in france yet. paris is a balmy 33 degrees today, but it is expected to rise, and some parts of france further south are predicted to reach a0 degrees tomorrow. the question being asked here — is this the result of climate change? for a single episode like today's, you can't say it's due
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to climate change, 0k? it's like you go out in the street, and you meet someone that is two metres high and you say, oh, humanity is getting taller. in general, we know that climate change is also increasing extreme events, and we predict this to be more frequent and more intense. global temperatures have been on an upward trend for more than 50 years. human activity has released growing amounts of carbon dioxide gas into the air, adding to the warming. summer heatwaves are not unusual in europe, but this one has hit much earlier than normal. average national temperatures forjune tend to hover in the 20s. top temperatures are often much higher, though, and some parts of france and germany this week are expected to break those peak records. in france, schools aren't yet on holiday, and teenagers had their national exams pushed back this week, after the government said
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the heat was impossible. too bad commuters on the paris metro can't plead the same. lucy williamson, bbc news. the olympics has long been one of the premiere events for sportsmen and women around the world. athletes of all disciplines aspire to compete and win a gold medal. now, there could be a new event in the 2024 paris games, and this one involves a certain amount of rhythm. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. run dmc plays: # then it goes a little something like this...# when you think of breakdancing, this is probably the sort of thing you have in mind — a gritty, urban setting, self—expression from the streets. but breakdancing, or breaking, is now one step closer to becoming a global sporting event. the international olympic committee seeing it as a way to reach a whole new audience.
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the success in the youth 0lympic games in buenos aires was a clear demonstration that of the fact that it's very attractive for youth. one of the principles in the breaking community is "each one, teach one", meaning that the one who have experience immediately transfers knowledge to the next generation. 0rganisers say they want to introduce new events that are more gender—balanced, younger and urban, which could mean new possibilities for brea kdancers everywhere. the problem that they face is support from their parents, because they normally don't see an outlet, or something else to push for, outside of local competitions. i think the olympics are a great opportunity for us to reach the global scale. the ioc executive board will make the final decision late next year, although that is expected to be a formality.
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so, by 2024, b—boys and b—girls will have the chance to break it down, and win an olympic medal at the same time. tim allman, bbc news. a painting believed to be a lost masterpiece by italian artist caravaggio has been snapped up by a mystery buyer, two days before it was due to be auctioned. the 17th—century painting was discovered five years ago in an attic in france, as gail maclellan reports. a biblical scene — judith in the act of decapitating a syrian general, holofernes, helped by an elderly servant. valued at around $150 million, it was due to be sold by auction later this week, but has gone for what the auction house coily says is "a very good price". the identity of the buyer and the price paid are covered by a confidentiality agreement, though it is known that the painting will not be kept in france.
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some specialists have doubts about the canvas, but after years of analysis, it is widely accepted to be authentic. translation: what makes this painting a caravaggio is the enormous energy, the beauty with which it was painted. the face ofjudith itself cannot be attributed to any other painter. the beauty of her face, the black of her eyes, the energy that emanates from this face, alongside the sensuality of these shiny lips — this can only belong to caravaggio. the painting is believed to have lain undiscovered in a family's house for at least 100 years, possibly brought to france during napoleon's campaigns in southern europe. it is just the sort of thing you really hope you'll find underneath an old mattress in the attic, when you're trying to sort out a leak. if only. gail maclellan, bbc news. a reminder now of our top story: the us house of representatives has approved a $4.5 billion aid package to address the migrant search along
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the border with mexico. the funds are intended to help improve standards at overcrowded and dirty detention centres. that's the way it is looking. you're watching bbc news. hello. that's the stormy weather over with for now, and for the rest of the week, it is turning warmer and sunnier. for many, though, the flow of air around this area of high pressure coming into north sea coastal counties will keep it relatively cool here compared with elsewhere, and rather misty and murky at times. still a lot of cloud as we start off wednesday morning across a large part of england, parts of wales. still quite muggy across southern areas. single figures, though, for some in scotland. and it is, during wednesday, scotland and northern ireland that will see the lion's share of the sunshine. western counties of wales brightening up, parts of north—west and southern england. the odd shower in the far south—west of england. keeping a lot of cloud, though, from east wales, through much of the midlands, and towards north—east england
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during the day. now, this flow of air from the north is turning things fresher from the north. it does turn quite windy, though, through english channel coasts, and the flow is coming into north sea coasts, and that's why temperatures here are held downjust towards the mid—teens in some spots. but from western scotland, northern ireland, west wales, into southern england, the warm spots here will be into the low 20s, and there's something warmer and sunnier to come as we go through the rest of the week. still, overnight into thursday, some areas of low cloud, particularly into parts of england and wales, so rather misty and perhaps still a little drizzly in a few spots. where it's been so warm and muggy, it is going to be a fresher night, with lower temperatures going into thursday morning. and then on thursday, yes, there'll be some areas of low cloud, particularly across parts of central and eastern england. the bulk of that will disappear. some may hold on through parts of yorkshire, lincolnshire, into norfolk and along the coastline here, whereas elsewhere, increasing amounts of sunshine. west will be warmest, and temperatures are creeping up a few degrees on thursday, so some spots at this stage will be into the upper 20s.
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high pressure just repositioning itself slightly, as we go to friday, out into the north sea, so we're now starting to tap into some even warmer air coming in from the continent, particularly targetted again towards western parts of the uk, where we're going to see those higher temperatures. a lot of sunshine around, still a bit of low cloud near these north sea coasts in some spots. here is going to be a little warmer on friday. it is going to be the warmest day in the west where some here in north—west scotland, for example, could be near 30 degrees celsius. now, western areas will turn cooler over the weekend. the weekend starts, actually, with something hotter to the east, and particularly in south—east england, with temperatures peaking into the low 30s on saturday. but if you don't like the sound of that, thank goodness you're not elsewhere in europe, with these temperatures on the cards this week, as the european heatwave hits hard.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the top us border official is quitting, amid anger over the treatment of migrant children detained in shelters, without access to showers or adequate food. in the last hour democrats have voted in favour of a $4.5 billion funding bill to assist migrants on mexico border. president trump has again warned that any iranian attack on us targets will get what he described as an overwhelming response. tehran called the latest us sanctions "insane", and said the white house was "mentally incapable. " both sides have traded insults on twitter. jeremy hunt, the man battling boris johnson to become uk prime minister, says he believes he can bring back a brexit dealfrom brussels. he made a dig at his rival saying the next prime minister should be trustworthy, otherwise the uk risks a general election and no brexit.

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