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this is bbc world news today. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories... president trump tackles the dispute over his immigration policy head on, by appearing with families whose loved ones were murdered by illegal immigrants. your loss will not have been in vain. we will secure our borders and we will make sure that they are properly taken care of eventually. the word will get out, you've got to have a safe country. the united nations accuses venezuela's security forces of killing hundreds of people under the pretext of fighting crime. turkey prepares to go to the polls in a snap election that could see president erdogan extend his 16 year rule. i'm olly foster — here in moscow all the action including brazil finally getting their act together. we've had wins. is learned, nigeria
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and brazil. they left it very late against costa rica in st petersburg, but two goals in injury time saw them keep themselves alive, including one for neymar. welcome to world news today. i'm duncan golestani. the crisis over immigration rules in the united states looks no closer to being resolved. republicans in the us congress have delayed a vote on new laws until next week. and it's not clear when families separated after arriving illegally will be reunited — despite president trump's u—turn on the issue. and earlier today, mr trump sent a tweet claiming that the democrats were "just playing games" with the issue of immigration, and that republicans should "stop wasting their time" on it until after the mid—terms later this year. anthony zurcher gave me this update
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earlierfrom anthony zurcher gave me this update earlier from washington. the latest was that there was originally supposed to be a vote on two different pieces of legislation yesterday. one that was a more hardline version of a bill in the house of representatives, the other one which was a compromise between various factions of the republican party. the hard line went down by about 30 votes yesterday and they delayed the vote on the comp i version mental next week because all democrats were opposing it and republicans, moderates and hardliners, were not behind it either so they didn't have the votes to pass it, possibly because donald trump was tweeting the whole thing was pointless, that the senate was going to block it, but republicans in the house of representatives are essentially scrambling trying to cobble together a majority to pass this, but it looks like there's not going to be a vote until sometime next week. president trump has been making some remarks on immigration with so called ‘angel‘ families. these are families who lost family
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members to violence allegedly caused by illegal aliens. the president has been speaking in a highly emotionally charged press conference with family members to put his view on the ongoing us immigration crisis forward. these are some of his comments on the number of crimes he believes the us is dealing with. so here arejust so here are just a few statistics on the human toll of illegal immigration. according to our 2011 government report, the arrests attached to the criminal alien population included in an estimated 25,000 people for homicidal, 42,000 for robbery, nearly 70,000 for six offences, and nearly 15,000 for kidnapping. in texas alone within the last seven years, more than a quarter of a million criminal aliens have been arrested and charged with over 600,000 criminal offences. you
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don't hear that. president trump's meeting with the angel families comes at a very interesting time. despite having taken a step back from his policy a few days ago, i asked anthony zurcher if there was any sign that president trump was prepared to back away from the issue of immigration. no, it doesn't seem like that at all. he would have these angel families on the campaign trail with him in 2016 all the time, and he's bringing them back again. you could tell the point of this event at the white house is to emphasise that these were people who had been separated from the victims of crime permanently, to contrast that with the families that have been separated temporarily in the administration's language, at the border, but what you are seeing is donald trump attempting to up the level of rhetoric here, talking about these families, talking about the crime committed by undocumented migrants, although he was citing raw
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statistics there. if you look at overall percentages, most of the studies show that immigrant, new immigrants commit crime at a lower rate than the general us population. anthony zurcher in washington. one image in recent days has come to symbolise many of the emotions felt by migrants caught up in president trump's zero tolerance policy. the picture of a two—year old honduran girl crying, as she and her mother was stopped by border patrol, even made the front cover of time magazine. the girl's father has told the washington post that the child and her mother were not in fact separated. aus customs and border protection spokesman confirmed that the family was detained together. border patrol agent carlos ruiz told cbs news the image had been used to symbolize a policy but "that was not the case in this picture". the united nations has accused venezuela's security forces of killing hundreds of people under the pretext of fighting crime. in a report, it cites "shocking" accounts of young men
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being killed during operations, often in poor neighbourhoods, between 2015 and 2017. the un's human rights chief said no—one was being held to account, suggesting the rule of law was "virtually absent". venezuela has in the past dismissed human rights allegations as "lies", as the country goes through a protracted political and economic crisis. earlier i spoke with our north america correspondent nada tawfik, who gave further details about what exactly is contained within the un report. at the un says they spoke to over 150 people, 78 of which were either victims or witnesses. and while they weren't able to go and visit venezuela despite requesting that the government several times, they say they found shocking and credible reports of extrajudicial killings. they say this goes back to the
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operations for the liberation of the people, and that was from july 20 15, two march of 2017. they said that was the government's basically approach try to make president look tough on crime, to show they were reducing crime in venezuela but they said witnesses they spoke to had a very similar pattern. they spoke of a pattern where officers, security forces, would go into poor neighbourhoods. they would arrest criminals, would arrest people they said fitted the profile of criminals, but these were young men in poor neighbourhoods that got no warrant to enter their homes or to arrest them and they were not given any due process any type of way, so they were often arrested or killed. witnesses said the security forces would often tamper with the scene to show that there had been an exchange of gunfire. i'mjust show that there had been an exchange of gunfire. i'm just interested in the timing of this, because a few days ago the united states withdrew
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itself from the un's human rights body. one of the examples it gave, nikki haley gave, was you're going soft on venezuela. here we are few days on and we have this damning report on venezuela. yeah, that was certainly one of haley's many arguments and one of the reasons she cited for the us withdrawal. this is new information in a report. the report came out last year actually, in august 2017, and that report focused on the fact that almost 50 protesters were killed without any kind of investigation into the security forces who were implicated. this is new information. they are adding to that. these new cases of these new men, they said, again, extrajudicial killings, not given due process and what the high commissionerfor due process and what the high
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commissioner for refugees is saying here is that because the government hasn't responded to their numerous requests hasn't responded to their numerous req u ests to hasn't responded to their numerous requests to come and visit, because there hasn't been any kind of investigation, that the commission of enquiry should be set up and the international criminal court may have to get involved. nada tawfik in new york. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news... president trump has threatened to introduce a 20 percent tariff on imports of european cars into the us. it follows the european union's introduction of tariffs on more than $3 billion worth of american goods, which were brought in as retaliation for us tariffs on european steel and aluminium, which the eu says are unjustified. tens of thousands of people across spain are protesting at the provisional release of five men convicted of sexually assaulting an eighteen—year—old woman in pamplona two years ago. the self—styled "wolf pack" posted bail of around $7000 each, pending an appeal against conviction and a nine—yearjail sentence. a police report has revealed the so—called "safety operator"
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of a self—driving uber car was watching tvjust before the vehicle hit and killed a pedestrian in arizona. the police report said the crash was "entirely avoidable". uber has so far declined to comment. italy has asked malta to take in an ngo boat carrying more than 200 rescued migrants. the migrants — on the lifeline vessel — were picked up off the libyan coast on thursday. a week ago, another ngo boat, carrying more than 600 rescued migrants, was diverted to spain after italy and malta refused to let it dock. our rome correspondent james reynolds reports. the migration route across the mediterranean is dangerous and also increasingly complicated. this week the united nations says that more than 200 migrants have drowned trying to make the journey, and those who get rescued by ngos votes face an uncertain search for a port.
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-- ngo —— ngo boats. the nearest european countries, malta and italy, do not want to take an ngo vessels including the lifeline. the new italian populist government warns that it will impound the lifeline if it reaches italian territory. instead, italy is urging malta to take in the ngo vessel, arguing that the smaller country is the nearest safe port. but malta has often said that it does not have the capacity to accommodate large numbers of survivors. in order to prevent another stand—off at sea, other european countries are now getting involved. the government of spain, which last week provided a port to aquarius, says that it is now in contact with malta, italy and also france. this all follows the row about a migrant rescue ship —
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the aquarius — that was refused entry to italy. it eventually was allowed to dock in spain. the ship is now heading back towards the libyan coast. the bbc‘s gavin lee is on board. well, this is the view from the deck of the migrant rescue ship the aquarius, a charity—run boat run by doctors without borders and sos mediterranee and it's been out at sea since wednesday afternoon from the port of valencia, going towards the libyan coast now and after an extraordinary week in which the italian government said no, the 630 migrants can't come ashore in sicily, and the interior minister matteo salvini said that they were not welcome in future, ngo boats, because they were an effective taxi service for migrants. well, now this ship is going back out to sea and we've already heard of another ship that had the same thing, the lifeline picking up migrants at sea, the italians saying no, as well. let me bring in antoine laurent, the operations manager for sos mediterranee. tell me about effectively what happens now and what happens next.
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those are the big question. we are going to reduce the capacity on—boa rd, we cannot sail for six days like we do for two days. we could take 150 people maximum. when you hear the italians say you are an effective taxi service for migrants, what would you say to that? of course we're not a taxi service, we are just here to provide an answer to the people in distress. people are unsafe at sea. their safety is not ensured because there is no proper rescue capacity. ngos are here to fill a gap and provide a medical rescue service to those people in danger, that's all. nothing else. thank you for talking to us. at the moment the sea is reasonably calm. it's looking like it will be the early hours of sunday morning that this ship will arrive and once again the question will be, until there's a resolution agreed between european leaders, there's no sense of where the could end up. stay with us on bbc world news.
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still to come... they're celebrating in brazil — their team chalk up their first victory in the world cup. we'll have all the latest from the day's action in moscow. members of the neo—nazi group armed with pistols and shotguns. we believe according to international law we have a right to claim certain parts of its country as our land. law we have a right to claim certain parts of its country as our landlj ta ke parts of its country as our landlj take pride in the words it's screen and berlinah. the chaplain had not a
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single word in open court. it was left to his lawyer to plead guilty to murdering john lennon. he believes god told him to do it, that's the end of it. the great increase in lung cancer is due mainly to smoking tobacco. closing time for checkpoint charlie, which for 29 years has stood on the border asa mark for 29 years has stood on the border as a mark of allied determination to defend the city. welcome back. you're watching bbc world news today. i'm duncan golestani, here are the latest headlines. president trump tackles the dispute over his immigration policy head on, by appearing with families whose loved ones were murdered by illegal immigrants. a united nations report says the venezuelan police and military are carrying out hundreds
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of extrajudicial killings under the pretext of fighting crime. when turkey's president recep tayyip erdogan called snap elections, he had hoped to strengthen his position. but he's facing more opposition than expected — with many turks either weary of the continuing security crisis, or hit by the slow down in the nation's economy. our correspondent mark lowen has been travelling across turkey, assessing the mood in the country. when he called this snap election in april it seemed easily in the bag for him. he had to catch the opposition off guard, he was pre—empting a potential financial crisis on the horizon, with inflation rising of the turkish lira plummeting so it clearly seemed in his benefit to call that early election. but actually, since then, there has been a uniting of the opposition around in the
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parliamentary election, and there's been a very strong opposition candidate who has burst onto the scene here. from the centre—left, a long—standing mp, he presents himself as a man of the people, able to connect with people beyond the pa rty‘s to connect with people beyond the party's traditionally secularist elitist based, and he's firebrand. he has met his match in this candidate, despite the fact president erdogan absolutely dominates the airways here and his flags and posters are everywhere. let me show you where we are, the central square in istanbul. you can see on the building the giant poster of mr erdogan talking about for a strong presidency and a strong parliament, over there in a corner, yet another one talking about unique vision took create these big construction projects that he's been building, but here on the square you don't get any opposition flags or any opposition posters. you have to go down the streets off the square for that, it shows you the unlevel
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playing field of the election. despite that it looks like it will bea despite that it looks like it will be a very tight fight on sunday, both in the presidential and parliamentary elections simply because this country is profoundly divided. there are those who absolutely worship president erdogan conservative pious turks who feel that he is their voice, even their survival in a country where the secular regime once dominated. the at his rallies, i've been covering these rallies for four years, at his rallies, i've been covering these rallies forfour years, yet i'm struck by the depth of veneration you see for him. the other side of the country that absolutely loathes him, feel he has destroyed turkish democracy, and they are uniting around the opposition candidate. the question is whether that other side can beat president erdogan. in my four years here, if i've learned one thing, it's not too underestimate erdogan. is the great political survivor. he is towered over this country for 15 yea rs. is towered over this country for 15 years. he could still win this in an outright victory on sunday, or be pushed to a second round, and could
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lose his majority in parliament. it really is all to play for. that was mark lowen following the election in turkey. it's day nine of the world cup in russia. let's take a look at where everything stands right now. football giants brazil made heavy work in defeating costa rica 2—0. nigeria won against iceland 2—0 in a stunning second half in blistering heat. and switzerland turned the game around in their favour 2—1 against serbia. the bbc‘s olly foster is in moscow. hello. many thanks. would you believe it, 26 matches we've had now in nine days here at the world cup, and we're still waiting for our first goalless draw. it's unbelievable, this has been such an predictable world cup. difficult games to call, shock results, but no goalless draws and long may it last. we thought we we re and long may it last. we thought we were going to get one in st petersburg, in that brazil versus
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costa rica game. brazil, so frustrated by the costa ricans, who we re frustrated by the costa ricans, who were quarterfinalists four years ago when the world cup was in brazil, but costa rica are going home, because brazil finally got two goals to keep their heads above water in group e, in injury time. nick pa rrott group e, in injury time. nick parrott reports. its football's greatest stage but many of its star names have so far failed to live up to their billing. take neymar, whose scores a goal every other game for brazil but was shackled for much of this match. costa rica's dog—ea red shackled for much of this match. costa rica's dog—eared defending meant the only shot on target in the first half fell to a defender. not enough to beat his team—mate, a hero was needed. neymar expected it to be him after being brought down for the umpteenth time, but the referee changed his mind after inspecting replays. that appeared to break neymar‘s spirit as moments later he was booked for dissent. 90 minutes
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was booked for dissent. 90 minutes was already up when felipe coutinho struck for the second match in a i’ow. struck for the second match in a row. brazil had so nearly taken a tumble, but there was more gloss to come before the finish will stop in the 97th minute the world's most expensive player finally came good prompting a torrent of tears that the final whistle. the favourites and neymar are finally firing. they are top of group b on four points, level on points with the swiss, a fantastic game this was. we saw the heatin fantastic game this was. we saw the heat in st petersburg tipping down with rain in kaliningrad, serbia, who were on three points after an opening win, they took the lead through aleksandar mitrovic and then we had granit xhaka getting a fantastic equaliser in the second half. granit xhaka is of kosovan albanian heritage. his brother actually plays for albania. there area actually plays for albania. there are a lot of displaced kosovans and albanians who have taken root in should switzerland and in the swiss
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team. after he equalised he gave what could be considered political gesture towards serbia, where he had to leave after all the trouble is there. he gave a sort of double headed albanian flag, the double headed albanian flag, the double headed eagle celebration. then we got to the winner and that came from shaqiri. years of kosovan dissent as well, a fantastic win this in the 89th minute, i think we can show this do you now. he scored just before he took off his shirt, you will see in a minute, he gave that same gesture, the double headed eagle, and then shaka went and joined him and they both did that celebration. fantastic result for switzerland but i wonder if fifa, who take a very dim view of all political gestures, they've actually find a team already, i think it might have been serbia, for some of theirfans might have been serbia, for some of their fans with a political flag in one of the stamps in one of those early matches. they mightjust have
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a look at that granit xhaka and shaqiri celebrations after that switzerland win. we move into group d, my word, when we get that final round of matches in group d it's going to be fascinating. remember, if argentina's group. they were absolutely sums by croatia. croatia out on top of that we saw the other group d game earlier, between nigeria and iceland. it's all up in the air now, because nigeria have joined the party. ahmed musa with two goals for the nigerians. that puts them in the box seat, really. iceland have to beat the croatians in theirfinal match iceland have to beat the croatians in their final match to have any chance. argentina have to beat nigeria. there are all sorts of other permutations, all will become clear. argentina probably feeling slightly happier about things after that defeat to croatia, because they needed nigeria to win to sort of damp and icelandic spirits. but the way this world cup is going there
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could be so many twists and turns in that final round of group matches over the coming days. you never know, do you, olly foster in moscow with a full round—up of the world cup action. now, some of you may remember this guy! it's japanese comedian and social media phenomenon, piko—taro. the youtube star's hit, pen pineapple apple pen, has knocked up more than 200 million views on the site, and he was even chosen to perform for donald trump during the us president's official visit to japan last year. well, now pikotaro has discovered a new use for his music! it helps stop babies crying! ba by
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baby cries. music plays. baby stops crying. when the comedian played his hit song to his bawling newborn daughter, she stopped crying! even the doctors who delivered her have approved of the new lullaby! no word that they recommend it for other parents! that get a reminder of our top story. this is donald trump meeting in washington dc with the angel families, these are families whose children were apparently killed by illegal aliens in the united states. of course it comes at a particularly inflammatory time, because of all the controversy of immigration in the controversy of immigration in the last few days. you are watching bbc world news. for days now we've been predicting
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the weather over the weekend is going to be sunny. nothing has changed. it's looking absolutely beautiful across the uk. however, bearin beautiful across the uk. however, bear in mind that the uv levels will bear in mind that the uv levels will be very high. the risk of burning very quickly for those sun—worshippers in the park and round the coasts, also the pollen levels will be very high in fact across parts of uk. the satellite image from today shows just how sunny it was across the country and these temperatures 9pm, still in the mid teens in the north, holding around 20 in the south. tonight, with the clear skies, the temperatures will take a bit of a dip. it will not be as cold as last night but still relatively fresh, so first thing on saturday morning for the early birds we are talking about single figure temperatures for the central and northern cities. a high pressure is very much in charge of the weather as you might guess on
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saturday, just in the very far north here we have got a weak weather front which will be brushing scotland. it does mean thicker cloud and maybe some spots of rain, but only for a time, for north—western scotla nd only for a time, for north—western scotland possibly the northern isles, south of that the weather is looking sunny. in fact for some of us looking sunny. in fact for some of us clear blue skies with temperatures in the mid—20s in london the high teens in the north. these are the pollen levels. you can see how high they are as far north central scotland and very high for the southern half of the uk. i suffer from hay fever, the southern half of the uk. i sufferfrom hay fever, so the southern half of the uk. i suffer from hay fever, so that's the southern half of the uk. i sufferfrom hay fever, so that's not good news for me. sunday, it's looking great across the uk. a lot clear whether, a lot of sunshine around, dry in the north as well. vari—lite winds. temperatures really will start to pick up nationwide evenin will start to pick up nationwide even in the north of the country we are talking about temperatures into the 20s, 21 for hull, the mid—20s a bit further south. not too hot, just about right for most of us. monday, high pressure is very much in charge
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again. it's not moving, not budging, it is not expected to move anywhere and infact it is not expected to move anywhere and in fact right across europe we will start the those temperatures rise as we had through the course of the week, so hot air in place across spain, france, the uk as well. we suspect these temperatures are a bit underdone. we could be hitting 30 degrees across the south of the uk at some point next week, with lots of sunshine. hello, this is bbc world news. the headlines. president trump has told republicans they should stop wasting their time trying to pass immigration reform in congress. they did that -- immigration reform in congress. they did that —— a bill due to be voted on next week is likely to fill —— face opposition from democrats and some republicans. a report has accused venezuela's security forces of killing hundreds of people over a three—year period under the pretext of fighting crime. turkey is repairing to go to the polls, the snap election on sunday could see
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president erewhon extend his 16—year—old rule over the country. a sweeping new powers under a reformed passed last year. nigeria
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