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designed ourodern approach to banking around you -- your plans, your goals, your dreams. your tomorrow is now. purepoint financial. >> and now, "bbc world news." laura: this is "bbc world news america." reporting from washington, i am laurevelyan. funerals are held in gaza for the palestinians killed in the deadliest day violence there since 2014. reporter: politicians and diplomats abroad call for peace, but real peace talks ended a long time ago. laura: north korea casts doubt on an historic summit with the united states angry about joint military exercises with s eoul. how the setback could hurt the white house.ur and with just days to go, it is unclear if meghan markle's father will walker down the aisle. we will have the very latest on
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the royal weddin laura: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. more funerals have taken place for those palestinians killed by israeli troops in gaza y, the deadliest day of violence there since 2014. an emergency session of the u.n. security council has h ord condemnatiisrael and the militant group hamas. our middle east editor tremy bowen ses report from gaza. a warning, hireport does contain some distressing images. jeremy: on the borr, the soundtrack was anti-israeli songs, not gfire. 24 hours aft the killings, the big protests have stopped, but tires were burning, palestinians look israeli positions.e
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enterprising traders brought refreshments. so what's next?th israelis deal with the international political fallout, the palestinians have 60 dead. politicians and diplomats abroa call for peat real peace talks ended, failed a long time ago. with the current generation of erlestinian and israeli le there is no chance of them being revived. the israelis started firing tear gas. the crowd by then, including many families, was getting t big. the young men were getting too close to the border wire. on the other side, the israelis say they are in the right. >> we are not looking to creat casualties of palestinians. that is not our aim. we are simply here to defendwh is ours.
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we are defending our sovereignty, civilians living in close proximity. a agaionslaught led by terrorist organizations that isn using civito penetrate into israel. jeremy: much of gaza's rage is born in places like this camp, still home to refugees 70 years aftemore than 700,000 palestinians fled or were forced out of their homes by newly independent israel. palestinia call it catastrophe. 70% of palestinians in gaza are refugees. at the al-farouq mosque, the funeral was quieter than the death, shot in the eye during protests. his body was wrapped in the hamas flag. he was 23, and his friends were there to bury him.e thwere tender moments. israel says it told them to stay
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away from the border, and hamas is responsible for what happenedd his friend s had worked at the hospital without pay because of gaza's collapsing economy. poverty and grief breed anger. children.he deaths of a family gathered for another funeral. it was f an eight-month-old. she had a weakeart, and when she inhaled tear gas, she died, her family said. children make up half of gaza's population. illed on monday, according to the ministry of health. her mother was in a pit of grief. t at main hospital, wounded men were being transferred to egypt for surgery., insiey were still treating casualties from the protests. this boy is 16.
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all day i have been asking palestinians if hamas forced them to risk their livthe protests. no one said yes. "i did it because jerusalem is palestinian," said an unemployed 24-year-old. this is the busiest time at the hospital since the 2014 war. >> it's juste horri think about this. situation,terday the it's terrible. painful. happening? jeremy: after the protests, itan seems thatpeople are hoping for some kind of return, -- some kind of turning point, t t the fundamentals of this conflict don'ange. jeremy bowen, bbc news, gaza. today marks the 70th
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anniversary of what palestinians call the catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of people fled or were expelled from their homes when the state of israel was established. the antagonism between israel and the palestinians has led to one of the worldeadliest conflicts with the lyse doucet takes a closer look at the history of the ongoing struggle. lyse: a history of people on the n time and again. really weree arab at the creation -- the 1948, the eaarab-israeli war at the on of israel. ow sliver of land became known as the gaza strip. border is defined by the positions of egyptian and israeli forces separate from the west bank, when the 1948 cease-fire was declared. for the next 70 years, gaza's future would be shipped by its
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neighbors -- most of all, the state of israel. in 1967, ithe six-day war, israel occupiedan gaza d the west bank, started building jewish settlements on the best land, including on the mediterranean. and then decades later, promise of land for peace. settlers and soldiers would leave in 2005, proclaiming occupation.sraeli but israel kept control of all borders, land, a, and see. gaza called it the world's biggest prison. palestinian politics played its part, too. the next year, elections brought the militant groupam h to power, pushing out fatah, the main palestinian faction.
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pushing gaza towards our growing confroation with israel, and a tightening blockade which created a growing humanitarian crisis10 in the last years, three wars. in between, efforts to ease gaza's blockade, but never enough, never enough aid. at the un security council today in the same calls for restraint, and the u.s. stood by its ally. ambassador haley: i ask my colleagues here in the security council, who among us would accept this type of activity on your border? no one would. no country in thismb chaer would act with more restraint than israel has. lyse:e the slls to return to peace talks. >> we see negotiations towards a two ate solution as the best to to end the occupation and meet the national aspirations of the jewi and palestinian
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people. lyse:n gaza's fate has bee sealed, literally, by its borders. the only route to a thtter future, ugh negotiations. but that is now further away than ever. lyse doucet, bbc news. for more on the security council meeting at the united nations today to address thol outbreak of ce, i spoke a brief time ago with the bbc's nada tawfik. is there any chance cu all of the ty council coming out with a unified statement in response to the violence in gaza? nada: there was an attempt earlier by kuwait's ambassador to pass a statement which would express outrage at the kling of palestinians who were expressing their right to protest, and also to call for an dependent and transparent investigation into the events. s thtement was blocked by the united states, and so it is unlikely we are going to get l anythie that. kuwait's ambassador is trying to
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get a draft resolution on the table. he says he will circulate that tomorrow, which will call for an international force to protect palestinian civilians. it is very unclear if the united states would even support that. ullaura: is there a bigger between the u.s. and israel and the her nations on the un security council? nada: yes,ery much so. nikki haley is one of israel's strongest supporters in the administration, and her speech nce andcouncil in subs tone was a really stark contrast to the rest of the counc. she said that israel had shown restraint in how they handled the situation. e really placed the blame solely on hamas and iran, who she said were inciting violence in the region. she said that the embassy opening was a cause for celebration. h on the othd, the other cuncil members, including the united states'sest allies, the u.k. and france -- the eu
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spoke as one, saying that they wanted an independent investigation into israel's live use of fire which they think is unacptable. laura: nada tawfik at the united nations, thank you. in other news, russia's president says he is confident will love the new bridg linking russia and the crimean peninsula. their putin launched highly controversial bridge by driving across it. it isn. says that continuing to act outside international law. russian opposition leader alexi navalny has been sentenced to 30 days in prison for organizing otests ahead of president putin's inauguration. mr. navalny was one of 300 people arrested at what the russian authorities called an unauthorized rally in moscow. president trump made a rare trip to capitol hill today to meet with republican lawmakers. in a closed-door session, the president spoke to senators about party messaging ahead of
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november's midterm elections and the big issues confronting him. on june 12, mr. trump is due to meet with north korean leader jong-un-il and -- kim in singapore, but today the north dropped out of the summit due to military drills. wr more on the president's agenda andt is at stake, i was joined a short time ago by our north american reporter anthony zurcher. y, this meeting that was supposed to take place today between north and south koreais 't going ahead, and now north korea is questioning the very future of the summit.s what ie trump administration saying in response? anthony: it caught the administration somewhatd. flat-foo they did not have advance warning from north korea on this. the reports we through the north korean news agency and. picked up by udia. it could very well be an instance where kim jong-un is testing his muscle alle bit, seeing how much the trump administration wants this meing. if you remember, donald trump
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has pled his up considerably, talking about how this is a great opportunity for world peace. we had this long rollout of where the meeting was going to be and when. these were mility exercises that have been planned every year annually, and there were indications that north korea was going to go along with this a month ago. i think this may be a litt of gamesmanship in the run up -- we are only a month now from the summit.a: las it possible the north koreans know how much the president wants this summit and they are tweaking him? donald trump has put a lot of his reputation on the line here. he says he is willing to walk only at any minute, but with alo the talk of l prize and the opportunity for world peace, there is a certain amount of pressure on donald trump to prove that h type of diplomacy , the pushing the nuclear button talk and then backing away to work with kim jong-un, could actually be effective. laura: the president was on the hill today, meeting senate
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republicans, but always in the background is the special waunsel's investigation into russia, and thernews on former campaign manager paul manafort, who was trying out a legal appeal against the special counsel. what is the newshe? anthony: paul manafort's lawyers were going to try to get his case thrown out. he was alleging that robert ler has overstretched hi authority in bringing these challenges against manafort fore d crimes unrelated to the main thrust of the investigation.ra the fejudge after hearingen the oral arg in this expressed skepticism abo the authority of robert mueller , came out today and denied the legal effort and saying that the trial can go along. it was a bit of a home run attempt and it just didnu't wor. anthony zurcher, thank you so much for joining us. facebook says that in the first three months of the year, it removed nearly 30 million poios containingnt images or hate speech. the company revealed this in a report today after scandals over data privacy ledo calls for greater openness. here's our medieditor.
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reporter: perhaps no company has been in the headlines this as much as facebook. a privacy scandal prompted by the leak of millions of users' personal data has led toun ecedented scrutiny fromwm laers and regulators across the globe. facebook has long championed openness, and today for the first time, it published a report on how it enforces acceptable behavior on its oatform. in the first quartthis year, facebook removed or flagged 3.5 million stances of violent content. that is a 183% increase on the similar number of posts they tookction on in the last quarter of last year. and througautomation, facebook removed 21 million instances of adult nudity or xual content and 1.9 million instances of terror content. that is before anyone actually saw them. the issue for facebook is that its algorithms are so much better at detecting some kinds of harmful content than others.
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while the technology is usually effective at finding spam or terrorist propaganda, it is less effective at finding hate speech. that is partly because one person's hate speech isfa another' comment. clearly automation has its limits, and there is still a place for old-fashioned human judgment when it comes to cleaning up the web. facebook has yet to say how open it made the wrong decisions on removing posts that violated its policies. there are many areas such as the exploitation of children where the data remains unforthcoming. that suggests when it comes to that when it comes to being completely open, facebook has some way to go. laura:oure watching "bbc world news america." student to come on tonight's program, and american pastor is getting ready for his role in the royal wedding.
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we will speak to someone close to the bishop heading to itndsor. a painting by thian artist amedeo modigliani has sold at an $157on new york for million. his nudes were considered obscene my first shown. it is the largest painting of his career and became the most expensive ever sold at the sotheby's auction. reporter: with the bidding starting so high, they knew it was going to be a record breaker. a few minutes later, the auctioneer brought the hammer down at $139 million. >> sold, thank you. reporter:ce the final pri from just over $157 million. modigliani's masterpiece is visually stunning, the biggest painting produced by the italian artist. his work once considered sot shocking tlice closed his 1917 exhibition in paris, today
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worth big money. >> he is an artist who did not follow trends. when he painted this work in en1917, that was very diff from what the cubists, picasso, and the otr artists alongside him were doing. now we recognize that that the things he introduced in his art quiteuanced, tremendously important, so he is being apaised. reporter: another painting in a series of nudes attracted the esthird hiknown price at auction. it was sold years ago at christie's for $170 million. and now this painting, created a century ago, has become the most expensive ever sold by sotheby's. it reflected the changing status of women during world war i, a self-possessed, confident oman who is looking straight back into the eythe viewer, an unflinchire. and an eye watering son.
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laura: with just four days to go, it is not clear if meghan markle's father will attend the royal wedding. thomas markle is due to walk his daughter down the aie, but reports in the u.s. say he taken ill after taking staged paparazzi photos in preparation for the wedding. e royal couple has asked for respect for thomas markle, who is thought to have had a heart attack recently. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell reports. nicholas: it is theay they have been planning ever since the engagement, but with four days to go, it is not clear whether the father of the bride will be there for meghan's big moment. ms. markle and her father, thomas, are said to be close. it was this security camera footage obtained on sunday which
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showed mr. mkle apparently colluding with a freelance photographer to take a set of pictures of him that were sold in newspapers around the world. all ofhis at a time when kensington palace was appealing to the media to respect his privacy. ms. markle and prince harry were taken aback last nht when reports emerged that mr. markle had decided not to attend the inwedd he was quoted as saying that he wanted to avoid causing the couple any embarrassment. hnce then, there have attempts to reassure him thwill still be welcome. mr. markle's daughter from his first marriage has defended his actions. >> i think my father has really suffered at the hands of the media. they have presented him in the most horrible ways, highly inaccurate. and the goal of thos photographs was basically because he was feeling defenseless. nicholas: should kensingdon palace hav more to support mr. markle? >> kensington palace, they might have done a bit more, but difficult for them, given that thomas mkle is very private person. maybe meghan should have taken the lead on this one.
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nicholas: windsor, preparations for the wedding day are being finaatzed. will ther of the bride be there? meghan markle by all accounts is hoping very much that he will. laura: nicholas witchell reporting. in a break from tradition, an american pastor will have a starring role at the royal thon will be delivered by bishop michael curry, the first african-american to lead his the invisible church. a short time ago i spoke to one ofis friends, reverend from north carolina. knowing reverend curry as you do, what kind of style can we ct when he delivers the sermon this weekend? >> you can expect passionate, informed, authentic, and engaged. michael comes to almost everything he does with all of
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his fundamental self at wo. i, for one, have never been a part of any worship experience that he has led or any sermon he has prched where i haven' come away changed a little bit, or a lot, for that so i am t will be different, certainly, from your traditional anglican style of preaching. laura: well, we have every excited about that reverend curry is going to meet the royal couple forirst time. why do you think they chose him for this crucial role? >> i have no idea who asked who or who rched out to who about this, but one of the things that is true about michael is he is able to reach ross cultural lines, socioeconomic lines, class lines, and unite people together in a common cause and purpose.
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my deepest hope is that he willn brto them deep grace from god on this day that will be atmarked beginning for them, and in ways that thehis point can only imagine. laura: and how is reverend curry preparing for himoment in the spotlight, where up to a billion peop around the world could watching him? >> i can't imagine that he probably doesn't have a few butterflies in his stomach. but he is a prayerful man, a man that does his homework. he does a study day that he is absolutely, pardon the pun, religious about. he thinks p ays through the entire process of preparing a sermon. i presume at this point inime he has been praying for harry and for meghan. though he has not met them, my
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nse is that this is an opportunity for him to represent the church of which they are apa part a of a larger frmmunion, but also a way to reach a hand of ndship across the great pond, if you will, the ecclesiastical pond for sure. laura: reverend, thank you so much for joining us. >> you're welcome. thank u. laura: before we go, we say e odbye to writer tom wolfe, who died today at the 87. he was a groundbreaking novelist, describing high society, ambition, andlass struggles in 1980's america. he began his career as a reporter, becoming one of the leading figures of new journali must lie which allowed reporters to narrate as if they were writing fiction. he went on to publish his first novel in the 1980's "the bonfire
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