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this is bbc world news today, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. i'm chris rogers. the headlines. phase two of the operation to retake the city of mosul gets under way. it's the last stronghold of so—called islamic state in iraq. iraqi forces say they've captured several villages as thousands of troops advance on the western half of the city. the bbc is embedded... i'm now above the village and they are about to do smarter it strikes. you look at what happened last night in sweden. sweden? sweden asks for clarification after the us president refers to an apparent terror attack there, which never happened. also coming up the american company, kraft heinz, withdraws its proposed takeover of anglo—dutch rival unilever. and lift off.
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a spacex rocket successfully blasts off from the historic cape canaveral launchpad used for the moon landings half a century ago. hello and welcome. iraqi government forces are making significant progress after stepping up their offensive against the islamic state group in the city of mosul — hundreds of armoured vehicles and thousands of men are involved in the operation. the battle could see iraqi forces denting the militant group's hold across parts of northern and western iraq that were seized two years ago. last month the government won back the eastern part of the city and the advances of the last 12 hours or so take them within striking distance of mosul airport. fears have been voiced about the safety of thousands of trapped civilians. the bbc‘s correspondent quentin sommerville is with the iraqi army and sent this
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report. just after sunrise, iraq began what it hopes is its last major battle against the so—called islamic state. thousands of men and hundreds of armoured vehicles in a line of attack that spread for miles. the iraqi army are starting their assault on western mosul. they have reached their own defences. armoured vehicles are lining up, getting ready for the islamic state. they are only a couple of kilometres over that way, and they know these men are coming. they are dug in, the assault in western mosul has started. leading the attack, iraq's emergency response division, police special forces. some of these men were surrounded by is two years ago. theyjust escaped with their lives. today, they threw everything they had at is.
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gunfire. we are now above the village which is their main target. they are laying down fire. they are about to call in some artillery strikes. the captain tells me there are three is fighters in a yellow building down there and car bombs were targeting them now. there were four car bombs in total, but soon government forces were inside. they killed 13 is fighters without taking any casualties. here they discovered is weapons. this village is small,
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but it's important, it's the gateway to mosul proper and the city's airport. hidden inside another house, away from surveillance aircraft, another car bomb disguised as an ambulance. the bomb inside was still live. in these streets, though, a critical advantage — no civilians. in western mosul there are three quarters of a million people and thousands of is fighters. it took these men just six hours to take this village. they made good progress but with overwhelming force. beyond here is another town and another village. that town overlooks mosul airport and the city itself. from here on in, the going will not be nearly so fast. as we have heard, eastern mosul was
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liberated by government forces two months ago, we got this view on life in that part of the city. the long awaited operation to take the western side of most was happening, in this side there is mixed feelings about people who are happy about the news of the operation. suicide attacks took place. and this year ‘s presence has been increased, however that has not stopped people from coming out to the market. we're so happy that our brothers in the iraqi army are liberating our brothers in the west. the westerners had been heard by the tragedies of is. they have really suffered from hunger and thirst. so we are so happy about the start of the operation. thank god we are in high—spirited and there is good relationship between mr g forces and the people, we feel safe, god willing things will be stable
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sooi'i. a senior member of the new us administration has distanced himself from donald trump's assessment of the media as "the enemy of the people". the president made the comments during a rally on saturday in florida — but his defense secretary, james mattis, had this to say when he was asked what he thought of the media. i've had some rather contentious times with the press, but no, the press as far as i'm concerned are a constituency that we deal with, and i don't have any issues with the press myself. mr mattis is not the only republican to speak out in support of the press. senatorjohn mccain told the nbc programme ‘meet the press' that attacking the media had overtones of dictatorship... if you want to preserve democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many times adversial press, and without it, i'm afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time.
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that's how dictators get started. that is how dictators get started, with tweets like that? with — no, they get started by suppressing a free press. in other words, a consolidation of power. when you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press, i'm not saying that president trump is trying to be a dictator, i'm just saying we need to learn the lessons of history. let's go live to washington and speak to our correspondent — david willis. there is little sign that he's trying to censor the press but he's certainly trying to discredit it and in turn led subasic we have got the media fighting back against that, and catching him out if and when they can. how is that viewed in america, in a country that according to recent polls doesn't trust the press anyway. that is a good point
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chris, what we have had from president trump over the last few days, is increasing bellicosity if thatis days, is increasing bellicosity if that is the right word, towards the mass media. he went on twitter the other day, to say that they were the enemy of the american people. that is strong stuff, it is going a lot further than he has gone in the past. body clearly does believe that the media has misrepresented his first month in office, there have of course been protests. there have been problems though the administration links to russia, has been the resignation of general mike flynn, the national security adviser. but president trump believes it is all going swimmingly and that is why, he went on the campaign trail. last night, going to florida, giving that speech, as if he was campaigning for office, he says he is campaigning for office in 2020. this is because he can
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circumvent the mass media at gatherings like that, he can get his message directly to the people who act should put him in the white house. let's just act should put him in the white house. let'sjust talk act should put him in the white house. let's just talk about sweden if we can, the comments that he made about sweden in florida, at that rally. any response from the white house or any of the governmental departments to sweden's request for some clarification. not yet, this is very interesting because this is something that came up at that rally in florida last night. he was talking about immigration controls, one of his pet subject and he talked about open borders in europe and how they had led to terrorist attacks, and he cited attacks in paris, nice, brussels, and only the day before in sweden. he said. you look at what is happening last night in sweden, who would believe this? sweden. well sweden didn't believe it because it
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was pretty quiet on friday night in sweden by all accounts. the most ulcers thing going on by all accounts, was a contest to narrow down who would represent sweden in eurovision song contest. that has prompted the swedish embassy in washington to ask the state department to please explain what on earth the president was talking about. and as soon as you get a response, we will bring it to you in sweden and i look forward to that. let's have a look at other developments around the world. russian opposition activist, vladimir kara murza, has left the country after spending more than two weeks in a critical condition with suspected poisoning. medical discharge papers said he was suffering from the effects of an unknown toxic substance. he has flown out of russia accompanied by his wife and a medic, to continue his recovery abroad. a policeman has been killed in an explosion near the bullring
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in the colombian capital bogota. police had been deployed ahead of expected protests by animal rights groups against bullfighting. the bullring reopened last month, four years after being closed by the city's mayor. zimbabwe's president robert mugabe says both the governing party, zanu—pf, and the country's people see no viable successor to him in next year's elections. mr mugabe — who turns 93 on tuesday — has been in power since 1980. his wife says he's so popular voters would support him even if he were dead. malaysian police are hunting for at least four more suspects in the death of kimjong—nam, the half brother of north korea's leader. in the death of kimjong—nam, the half brother of
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north korea's leader. he died on monday after apparently being poisoned at kuala lumpur airport. four people have already been arrested over the death but many questions remain unanswered, including what will happen to his body. celia hatton reports. the assasination of this man appears to have involved a widening cast of characters. four have already been detained in the poisoning of kimjong—nam, including a woman holding a vietnamese passport who could be this person from the crime scene, and this woman who says she was tricked into participating. she says she thought she was on a television prank show. one north korean citizen is in custody, thought to be the man escorted here by malaysian police. and now the authorities have asked for interpol‘s help to find at least four more north koreans, who all entered and exited malaysia using regular passports. i can confirm today they have left our country the very same day the incident happened. and more suspects are also wanted. people of interest who might know how kim jong—nam's killing was carried out. four suspects has been identified, which could assist us very much on the investigation. still the question of
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what will be done with. kim jong—nam's body. malaysian law requires his family to come in person to claim his corpse. the next of kin has to come forward. i have given a time frame. if still they don't come forward, we have to look for the next option. for the next option. i don't discuss it at the moment. we wait and see. it is unclear whether mr kim's children could travel to the morgue where the autopsy was conducted. or perhaps the law requires the presence of this man, the victim's half sibling north korean leader kimjong—un. south korea's unification ministry say they believe pyongyang orchestrated the poisoning of kim jong—nam. the man once poised to rule north korea before falling out of favour with his father. while kim jong—nam was alive the thinking goes he remained
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a threat to his half brother and to kimjong—un‘s fragile grip on power inside north korea. one of the biggest potential takeover deals in corporate history is not going to happen — after the american food giant kraft—heinz said it was dropping its bid to buy unilever. the anglo—dutch company rejected a bid from kraft on friday. now kraft has said it has ‘amicably agreed' to scrap the plan. our business correspondentjoe lynam has been watching this story unfold... didn't quite turn out how we expected it? i have never seen such a corporate u—turn, i calculate that within 55 hours of the bid being submitted and initially rejected, it has now been withdrawn entirely. this brought together some major grable brands that you and i know. such as —— major global brand. such
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as that adelphia and heinz baked beans, which is owned by kraft—heinz, and that would have brought over marmite and other ones from unilever to create a huge player. worth 55 billion. but it is no more, what has happened is that basically it has become very clear that it was never going to work and that it was never going to work and that kraft—heinz would have to launch a hostile takeover bid and that would have cost it an awful lot more money than it was prepared to pay and it wouldn't have made the deal worthwhile and also it wouldn't have been a friendly and amicable divorce. and if you're wondering why we should care, it is notjust such a huge takeover bid, a lot ofjobs and products at stake? you are rights to mention jobs, and products at stake? you are rights to mentionjobs, there and products at stake? you are rights to mention jobs, there are thousands of people working for unilever at the moment to breathing a sigh of relief, simply because craft heinz is controlled by a brazilian outfit called the sg,
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craft heinz is controlled by a brazilian outfit called the 36, they have a deserved history for cost—cutting, taking a side to factories and jobs for the companies they take over. they certainly would have run the rule over unilever factories all over the world saying this one has to go. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come: a hat—trick from harry kane who eases tottenham hotspur into the last eight of the fa cup. a full round—up of the action coming up. the army defeated in the task it had been sent to perform at retreating in good order. it had a terrible effect on the morale, and terrified of the repercussions on the streets. as the airlift got underway, there
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was no letup in the eruption itself, lava streams in the greater flow down to the sea on the east of the island, away from the town at the time being but it could start flowing again had any time. the russians heralded their new generation space station with a spectacular night launch, they called it, mir, the russian for peace. this is bbc world news today. iraqi forces say they've captured several villages in their assault on western mosul, the last stronghold of so—called islamic state in iraq. sweden has asked for an explanation from washington after president trump spoke of a security incident there, which never happened. let's return to our main story —
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the iraqi army's renewed offensive to recapture mosul from the islamic state group. i'v already played you one report by quentin sommerville who's embedded with the iraqi forces. as always, quentin is also telling the story on twitter. here's a look at some of his tweets. music incredible insight into that assault
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on mosul. and you can see those photos on quentin's twitter account — he is @sommervillebbc — and you can follow him while he's embedded on the mosul frontline. will also bring you of his reports. a spacex rocket has successfully launched from the kennedy space centre in florida following a 24—hour delay to replace a mechanical part, known as an ‘actuator‘. the falcon 9 rocket was carrying the 12th dragon spacecraft delivering cargo to the international space station. this is the first spacex lift off from the kennedy space center — specifically pad 39a, which was the site of the apollo 11 journey to land humans on the moon. the payload is on its way to the space station, but the rocket turned around and touched down on a landing pad. here's how nasa spokespersonjessica jensen summed up the mission. yes, this is a huge dealfor us.
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any time we can get a new pad off the ground, we completely modernise the way it is built. so, super exciting. you are always a little bit nervous. we have run tonnes of tests to ensure that the hold downs released properly and you guys see the strong back throws back in a different way than it used to on pad a0. we have done tons of ground tests, but we have never made it an actual rocket with a payload on top of that. so to watch that happen for the first time was just amazing. i am sure the team will be out celebrating tonight. as of now we are still watching dragon and ensuring it is on its way to the space station safely and it still does checkouts for the next several hours. but all is looking great, we are not expecting any issues. we'll be out tonight if you want to find us. there will be some heavy drinking sure among some of our footballers. hello good evening, the draw has been made for the quarter—finals of the fa cup and lincoln city — after that giant—killing
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against premier league side burnley yesterday. they could face arsenal at the emirates stadium — if they can beat another non—league side — sutton united tomorrow... well here's the draw in full — jose mourinho and manchester united return to the scene of a 4—0 trouncing earlier this season as they visit premier league leaders chelsea. middlesbrough host the winner of the replay between championship side huddersfield and manchester city. there's another london derby for spurs, who host millwall and confirmation of what could be in prospect a trip to sutton or arsenal for lincoln city. in the end, ibrahimovic‘s introduction made a difference as they beat the championships i'd buy 2—1. rovers are second bottle, but they stunned united earlier on ewood park. they
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didn't hold their lead for too long, henrikh mkhitaryan with a lovely pass for marcus rashford and he rounded the keeper to make it 1—1 before ibrahimovic‘s winner. rounded the keeper to make it 1—1 before ibrahimovic's winner. they gave us before ibrahimovic's winner. they gave us a before ibrahimovic's winner. they gave us a hard game and congratulations to them, because their approach was brave and strong and a very correct game. he had a game in his hands easily. but they had a brent attitude, —— a brilliant attitude and this professional attitude, focus and responsibility, we would be in real trouble. totte n ha m we would be in real trouble. tottenham hotspur booking their place, ina tottenham hotspur booking their place, in a 3—0 win. the striker harry kane scored a hat—trick against the championship side. very good, we have not had a few great
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results recently and we wanted to get a results recently and we wanted to geta win results recently and we wanted to get a win today, we have done that and played very well and comfortable and played very well and comfortable and properly should have added a few more goals and it is a great game all around and we are happy with it. in spain's primera division lionel messi's fourth minute goal for barcelona narrowed the gap on leaders real madrid to one point. they are currently drawing. real madrid still have two games in hand on the catalans but the win came as welcome relief after comprehensive loss to ps6 earlier this week. elsewhere valencia picked up an important week the athletic bilbao, moving them away from relegation trouble, also victories for villarreal and celta vigo. wigan have won rugby league's world club challenge for a record fourth time. it's the annual match bewteen the superleague winners and australia's nrl champions. the warriors were facing the cronulla sharks at the dw
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stadium, they led io—nil at halftime and though sharks mounted a comeback...joe burgess‘s third try secured the win ...22 points to 6. wigan the first english team to lift this trophy in five years. pleased with that, and wanting to perform. really well. it is not the coaching staff, the players have so much desire and so much guts and determination to get these winds. to get these winds. jo—wilfried tsonga won the rotterdam open on sunday with a 4—6, 6—4, 6—1 win over david goffin. it's also a first ever title for the french sixth seed at this event, having lost the 2011 final to robin soderling. the victory against the belgian third seed who was playing his second final in as many weeks took just under two hours handing tsonga a 13th career title... that is all of the sport for now.
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now let's just show you some wonderfulfootage of some now let's just show you some wonderful footage of some blokes. this is japan. 10,000 were wearing nothing but soon most i'll staff. to ta ke nothing but soon most i'll staff. to take part in a 500—year—old tradition. the naked man festival ta kes pla ce tradition. the naked man festival takes place every year, at a temple. these men have two scramble for sacred sticks thrown into the crowd in darkness. the winners who find the sticks are considered lucky men. not too sure about the spectators. before we go, wanted tony about asus of interview coming up later with the hollywood star angelina jolie. she talks about why she wants to make a film about cambodia's genocide. from all of us, good night. good evening it has felt more
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springlike in winter this weekend because the temperatures have been well above average, the reason is the wind direction, then you can see this meandering in the cold and the milderair this meandering in the cold and the milder air through the rest of the week. you will see a seesawing in our temperatures, really quite chilly air coming towards the end of the week. the start of the week we will see temperatures, and a little bit of sunshine, but if you did see the sunshine it felt quite pleasant during the day. the clown has been pining off the atlantic courtesy of a weather front, pining off the atlantic courtesy of a weatherfront, primarily pining off the atlantic courtesy of a weather front, primarily it will bring to the north and the west. it will filter its way south and heavy rain will replace it back into the north west. a lot of cloud will break the day on monday with hill fog and coastal fog. break the day on monday with hill fog and coastalfog. so not break the day on monday with hill fog and coastal fog. so not cold. break the day on monday with hill fog and coastalfog. so not cold. in fa ct fog and coastalfog. so not cold. in fact temperatures overnight will be higher than the average daytime temperatures. but we will have some
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fairly brisk winds to content with, and a lot of low cloud, we have already got fog in the bristol channel, up into the irish sea. very little brightness on the first thing this morning. a lot of low cloud and hill fog across the chilterns up through parts of the midlands, northern england and a gusty winds to go with it. the rain already with us to go with it. the rain already with us in scotland, so the rain and the low cloud and the blustery wind to content with. so, roads like the k—1 will have some rather gusty winds to content with if you are travelling. through the day, the cloud and the rain meanders into northern england and northern ireland and leaves brighter skies full scotland and further south we will keep a lot of cloud, central and southern wales, if it does come out, the sunshine will send this temperatures a little higher. 16, possibly 17 degrees and so the milder air is still with us through the course of the monday.
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however you can see the cold air starting to creep closer so that as we move into tuesday we have got something fresher, a touch of frost, more rain and wind gathering to the north—west later. not as much brightness, with that week weather front around. later on this week we will have some really blustery winds and it becomes a little less miles. more to come on the web. business live is a programme that you cannot afford to miss, we will explain why the biggest lobe of financial issues will affect you. we will be able to table is going on in asia. the latest headlines: the second phase of the military operation to reta ke phase of the military operation to retake the iraqi city of mosul is under way. the western half of the city is the last stronghold of the so—called islamic state in iraq. james mattis has distanced himself
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from donald trump's comments about the media being the enemy of the people. he says he does not have any issues with the press. craft hinds has withdrawn its proposed takeover of its anglo dutch rival look unilever. unilever said there was no merit in the offer. and the space x rocket has successfully blasted off from the cape canaveral launch pad used for the moon landings half a century ago. it was
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