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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: an investigation by us government inspectors warns of dangerous overcrowding at immigration detention centres in texas near the southern border. as the clean—up begins in hong kong, beijing condemns the protests as an "undisguised challenge by violent offenders". england's lionesses are out of the world cup. they've been beaten 2—1 by the defending champions, the usa. and a total eclipse of the sun. parts of northern chile are plunged into darkness as the moon moves in front of our star.
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the treatment of migrants being held inside us detention facilities is once again stirring outrage — this time from democratic members of congress who travelled to the border on monday to see the conditions for themselves. a report was released by the department of homeland security's inspector general showing what conditions look like in the rio grande valley. the bbc‘s chris buckler reports. at america's border, migrant families will tell you what they expect and what they hope for when they reach the united states. it's opportunity, safety, and refuge — currently the reality is very different. inside the processing and detention
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facilities along this border a new watchdog report talks of dangerous overcrowding security concerns and children having no access to showers. it was, in the words of one official, a ticking time bomb. they put them in a room with no running water and these women were being told by cbp officers to drink out of the toilet. they were drinking water out of the toilet. and that was them knowing a congressional visit was coming. this is cbp on their best behaviour. there are several facilities along the border. and while the authorities claim they're doing the best they can they're struggling to cope with a surge of people coming from central america. and a doctor who has been inside the mcallen processing centre in texas where children are being cared for says what she discovered was distinctly uncaring. even the minor things that border patrol may not think are significant like the 24—hour
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lights on, not having a place to wash their hands, infrequent baths, not having a place to wash the formula bottles, not quite enough food and water — that is completely demoralizing to these people and, yes, i believe that's causing significant and lasting trauma. in her reports for a group of immigration lawyers she compared what she found to torture facilities. three weeks you're not sleeping well, you feel awful, and your whole day is an onslaught of negative experiences. yes, i believe that that's torture. president trump believes tougher immigration policies are needed to deter people from coming to the us but there is growing anger over how they are treated no matter how or why they arrive here. chris buckler, bbc news, brownsville in texas. other major stories in the news this hour: up to a0 african migrants have been killed by an explosion at a detention centre in libya. officials in the united nations—backed government have blamed an air strike by planes of the rebel libyan national army. the lna denied that its aircraft attacked the detention centre —
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and accused a pro—government militia for shelling the site. the united nations‘ refugee agency says it's very concerned about the bombing. tunisian security forces say they've killed a man they believe was about to carry out a suicide bomb attack in the capital tunis. officials say they opened fire on the suspect who was wearing an explosives belt and was described as a wanted militant. it comes after two suicide attacks last thursday in the city. a navy seal accused off fatally stabbing an isis detainee in iraq, has been found not guilty of the killing at a court martial. eddie gallagher was convicted of taking photos of his platoon members with the dead prisoner but acquitted on all other charges. arizona has withdrawn a one million dollar grant to help nike build a new factory there. the firm has been embroiled in a row
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over a trainer featuring a version of the us flag associated with racists. nike has taken the trainer off the shelves — a decision condemned by arizona's state governor who says nike has bowed to political correctness. the chinese government has condemned the protests in hong kong as an "undisguised challenge" to its rule by "violent offenders". on monday, pro—democracy demonstrators stormed parliament in protest of a proposed law that would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland china. chinese state media have denounced the protests as mob violence. our correspondent rupert wingfield hayes reports from hong kong. today, hong kong's parliament is a crime scene, cordoned off with police tape. the question now — what will the hong kong government do to those who caused this destruction? these scenes broadcast live on hong kong television have left this city stunned and divided.
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tonight, i met with one of the young men who stormed the parliament on monday. he is unrepentant. translation: we should use even more violent means to gain more bargaining power. however small the chance of winning, we are fighting for our future. if we can't get these basic things, then hong kong is finished. china's state television called on the hong kong authorities to investigate what it called the criminal responsibility of violent offenders for serious illegal actions. while some are vowing to stay and fight, others like ken lui and his wife are choosing to leave. they are planning to go to malaysia. the rent on their little shop keeps going up, but ken says it is the erosion of political freedoms that has made
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up their mind. translation: we feel the oppression from the government. we are enjoying fewer human rights and freedoms. when we have a child, i don't want him or her to grow up in a society like this. hong kong's leaders say they are shocked at what has happened here, but they have grossly underestimated the growing anger at a political system imposed by britain and china which many hong kongers feel does not represent them. rupert wingfield—hayes, bbc news, in hong kong. our correspondent robin brant is in hong kong. i asked him to sum up the mood there at the moment. it is quieter, it is calm, that was the case yesterday as well. i was outside the legislative council building, that was the area that was first partly destroyed and then that was the area where the protesters gained entry to the chamber. police there yesterday were treating it as a crime scene, gathering evidence, they were taking out some of the steel rods that were used by the protesters to smash
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some of the windows. we saw them bagging what looked like evidence and taking it away. it is clear they are very serious about the investigation here. i think as rupert alluded to in his report, that's the key next stage, what will they do in terms of pursuing those behind the illegal act, that was a phrase used by carrie lam, hong kong's most senior politician yesterday. the bbc has been speaking to some of the protesters involved. i know from what i've heard, one man, certainly, is sofa surfing at the moment, too scared to go home, doesn't quite know where to stay in hong kong, is essentially waiting for a knock at the door, and fears that the police, the authorities, will come and get him. i mean, he had a role in monday night's events, one of those at the very forefront of it, one involved
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in what was a very aggressive protest. but the investigation is a serious one led by the police. and for those protesters who were at the forefront offered i think they know, at some point, the authorities are coming for them. rupert touched on this in his report, on the mixed feelings between the protesters who took more direct action, those doing so peacefully, how divided would you say the pro—democracy movement is now? well, look, what's interesting is that characterisation of a pro—democracy movement. we have the historic movement, those involved in the 2014 umbrella movement, and those involved in getting i million plus people onto the street a few weeks ago and then we have those involved in monday night's events, which was a very small number of people. but that was the most dramatic moment, really, when they stormed the legislative council building that i think
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hong kong has seen, in terms of the last 22 years of rule by china. some of the people the bbc who has been speaking to who were involved in monday night are planning more events, that's what they have said to us, they think there needs to be more of an aggressive attitude, they want to see more of a repetition of what we saw on monday night, but there are plenty others who support the cause but are worried it is counter—productive. there was much talk yesterday that did these protesters essentially fall into a trap set by the police, who were there, but did not stop them doing what they did? robin brant in hong kong. european union leaders have chosen a woman for the first time to be the next head of the european commission. the job looks set to go to the german defence minister, ursula von der leyen. the european parliament has met for the first time since elections in may but there were protests by two of the british parties who did well in may‘s elections. adam fleming reports from strasbourg.
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day one of the new european parliament. the brexit party meps don't want to be here, and they didn't want to hear this. music: ode to joy. it's unlikely they'll get into trouble, and it sounds like there's more to come. our anger is not really against these people. i mean, monsieur barnier has done a brilliantjob. our anger is really about westminster not delivering on the referendum. defiance from the lib dems, too. their t shirts said "stop brexit" on the front. something much ruder on the back. the real message was on the front and that's what everybody saw on their tv cameras when they were looking at the opening of parliament, "stop brexit. " the time for stunts is over and now it's time for meps to get to work — their firstjob is electing a president for the parliament. in brussels, exhausted national leaders ended three days of talks about the top jobs and
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the other bits of the eu. they suggested the german defence minister ursula von der leyen to run the european commission, which monitors whether countries are sticking to eu rules. the belgian prime minister, charles michel, will chair future summits as president of the council. the international monetary fund boss christine lagarde has been lined up to run the european central bank, and the spanish foreign minister will manage eu foreign policy. a perfect gender balance. i am really happy about it. after all, europe is a woman. i think it was worth waiting for such an outcome. but divisions — geographical, political and personal — have been on dramatic display as the european union gears itself up for the next five years. adam fleming, bbc news, strasbourg.
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the usa have booked their place in the final of the women's world cup. they beat england 2—i in their semifinal in lyon. the american side will now face either sweden or the netherlands, who play each other in the second semifinal on wednesday. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. it seemed strangely appropriate that wonder woman was among those turning up for the big match. one of the aims of this world cup was to try and boost interest in the women's game. chanting: usa, usa... something that seems to have paid off big time. they're still battling over equal representation, equal pay and everything, so i think that with this tournament, we're getting a lot of exposure and recognition. it would be amazing to see the atmosphere and — if they won it, it would be just brilliant. america are the defending world champions, and most people's favourites to defend their title.
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but england are no pushovers, this their third consecutive appearance in the semi—final of a major tournament. they didn't get the best start, though, christen press giving the usa the lead inside ten minutes. england responded, and not long after it was 1—1, ellen white with the equaliser. just after the half—hour mark the usa had retaken the lead, another header, this time from alex morgan, putting them ahead. into the second half, and england thought they were back on terms. but the video referee said ellen white's second goal was offside. but var giveth as well as taketh away, and the lionesses were awarded a penalty. unfortunately, captain steph houghton saw her shot saved. just to cap off a miserable night, millie bright was then sent off for a second bookable offence. for england, it was once again a case of so near and yet so far. for the usa, another shot at glory beckons.
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stay with us on bbc news, still to come: our second special report from the amazon, and the indigenous communities who warn de—forestation and conflict over land threatens their survival. china marked its first day of rule in hong kong with a series of spectacular celebrations. a huge firework display was held in the former colony. the chinese president, jiang zemin, said unification was the start of a new era for hong kong. the world's first clone has been produced of an adult mammal. scientists in scotland have produced a sheep called dolly that was cloned in a laboratory using a cell of another sheep. for the first time in 20 years, russian and american spacecraft have docked in orbit at the start of a new era of cooperation
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in space. challenger powered past the bishop rock lighthouse at almost 50 knots, shattering a record that had stood for 34 years. and there was no hiding the sheer elation of richard branson and his crew. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: an investigation by us government inspectors has warned of dangerous overcrowding at immigration detention centres in texas near the southern border. a game full of drama — the first semi final in the women's world cup ends with the favourites, usa, beating england. let's get a bit more on the women's world cup now.
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scotty kober, executive director of san francisco youth soccer co—hosted the watch party with the city. we had a city full of kids and families and people from work filled up the park. it was excellent. i see you still have the flag there on your cheek to taunt the english viewers. my director of programming is english so he carried the english side. i went full usa. over here it seems to have really caught people's attention, the ratings have been huge on television. what is it been like in the usa this time? the world cup has been getting quite a bit of attention and certainly there have been some political caveats to it all, that are interesting from a news point of view. from a soccer perspective there is no shortage of it. i'm excited that even
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with the gold cup and the africa cup and the us and the women's world cup in general has been getting a lot of coverage. do you feel like it is crossing over into a far more mainstream audience now? i would love to say that that is true. i think that the people who are fans have always been fans and it is getting easierfor us to see the match is now. we count a lot on streaming services since distribution wise it is not improved much. in northern california we do not have a professional women's team so that closest one is in portland and the women's soccer is not broadcast in our area. so it does need to be streamed. that's not improved at a professional level. but for the world cup and international games, we can see all of those. the world cup, is that being shown on network television for you? it is on network television and on streaming services so people everywhere can see. our town and others are broadcasting
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usa games in huge watch parties. and that is a great way to get the entire community together. now to the second of our special reports from the amazon. indigenous people who rely on the rainforest are warning that their very survival is being threatened as more and more trees are cut down to make way for farming. they fear a shift in government policy, allowing deforestation in some 700 protected areas will put their traditional way of life in danger. our science editor david shukman has been to see one of the groups which fears for its future. in a remote corner of the amazon, talk of conflict and how to prepare for it. the indigenous people of the forest feel the need to defend themselves. this man has dark memories of the first violent contacts
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with the outside world in the middle of the last century. his wife was wounded as a young girl. an attack left her with scars and killed her family. there's a long history of conflict over land, and she says she's now worried once more. known as the uru—eu—wau—wau, they're a tiny band ofjust i20, and they've never been so vulnerable. they're making an ink that's used as a warpaint. they feel the new government of brazil is against them and that they have to be on guard. so they patrol what's meant to be a protected reserve.
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but they discover incursions, like this track, carved out to steal timber or create new farms. this is where they gather food and hunt. they used to be seen as guardians of the forest. now they say invaders are encouraged by the new president of brazil, jair bolsonaro. farmers are already pressing against the dark green edge of the reserve, and the president says they should be allowed to use it,
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that indigenous people have too much land. our research with satellite pictures of the region reveals, over the past 20 years, how quickly trees can be wiped out. so, this is the forest of the uru—eu—wau—wau. .. i show the people of the reserve the view from space of what they're experiencing on the ground. with all this farmland all around you, and you're about there, just in that little corner. with all these pressures, tensions are escalating. shots were fired at the sign marking the reserve. these farmers live just down the road, and like the president, they want access to the forest.
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so, two very different views of the future of this land — the farmers with their fields right beside the indigenous people in the forest. the fate of the children here is uncertain. they are learning traditional skills and they have rights under brazilian law, but they're outnumbered and powerful forces are circling outside. david shukman, bbc news, in the amazon. tens of thousands of tourists flocked to cities and towns across northern chile to stake out spots in one of the world's best locations to witness a total eclipse of the sun. vast areas of the southern pacific and parts of south america were plunged into darkness as ramzan karmali reports. the moment hundreds of thousands have been waiting for. a total eclipse of the sun.
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it only occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun, pledging the planet into darkness. beginning in the pacific, the 6000 mile long band of darkness carved its way across areas of chile and argentina. thousands of sky watchers gathered to view the rare event. something that had not been seen in the region for over 400 years. many of them came here to this observeratory high in the atacama desert. enthusiast paid $2000 each for the privilege of watching the eclipse next to a seasoned astronomer. i don't think there is a better place in the world to watch and eclipse than here because it is so dry that you are guaranteed you will be able to see the sun. and she was right. clear skies meant a perfect view. but, of course, people were urged to take care during the eclipse and make sure they used approved solar glasses so as not to damage their eyes.
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for the many scientists in attendance, the eclipse provided a unique opportunity. translation: we want particularly to take measurements of the weak stars around the sun during the total eclipse. if we can get those styles, if we can capture those stars it is the proof that space—time is curved. that the sun curves it and albert einstein's general theory of relativity is justified. among the sky watchers was a budding astronaut hoping that one day he may fly into space above him rather than just watching from planet earth. but if he does want to watch the next eclipse, he will not have to wait as long. it is expected to be on the south american continent in december 2020. ramzan karmali, bbc news. absolutely incredible pictures. that's the way it is looking at this hour. plenty more on our webpage and if you like to you can find me on
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twitter. i'm @duncangolestani. but for now thank you for watching and we will see you again soon. hello there. july has started on a dry note for most of us, certainly a far cry from the weather we had for at least some ofjune. the met office has now released provisional rainfall statistics for the month ofjune. where you see the darker blue colours on the chart, well, those areas had around double the amount of rainfall they would normally expect during the month as a whole. but as we look ahead to the rest of this week, well, it stays dry for many of us. just a little bit of rain around across the north of the uk. now, we start off wednesday morning on a rather chilly note, some rural spots in scotland and wales down around two or three degrees, towns and cities not quite as cool as that. but, as we go through the day, most of us will see some sunshine. some patchy cloud lingering
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for east anglia and the south—east, but further west across england and wales, probably more sunshine than we had during tuesday. there will be more cloud into northern ireland and scotland. some rain in the far north, where it will also be quite windy. winds also picking up close to the english channel coasts and the channel islands, but in the best of the sunshine through the afternoon, temperatures topping out at 21 or 22 degrees. so it is another promising day in prospect at wimbledon. there will be patchy cloud around, often fairly large amounts of cloud, i think, but some spells of sunshine breaking through. those temperatures up to 22 degrees in the gentle north—easterly breeze, and it's a fine end to the day across most parts of the uk. as we go through the night, it stays predominantly dry, with clear spells. always more cloud toppling into northern ireland and scotland, some rain in the northern and western isles, and not such a cool night — temperatures between 9—12 degrees. so we go on into thursday. the further south you are, that's where we'll see the best of the sunshine. more cloud for the far north
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of england, northern ireland and scotland, and rain making a bit more progress across the northern half of scotland. some particularly heavy bursts of rain for the western highlands, breezy here as well, and temperatures across scotland between 14—16 degrees. but further south, 25 or 26 degrees looks likely towards the south—eastern corner. now, another warm day to come in the south on friday, with some sunshine. but that cloud in the north will make a bit more progress southwards through scotland, northern england, northern ireland, taking a band of rain with it. and that band of rain is associated with a weather front, a cold front, which will continue to journey southwards as we head into the start of the weekend, and that opens the door to some cooler air spreading its way down from the north. so temperatures dipping away for all of us as we head towards the weekend, but it looks like staying predominantly dry. that's all from me for now.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: an investigation by us government inspectors has warned of dangerous overcrowding at immigration detention centres in texas near the southern border. it comes as democratic members of congress travelled to the border to see the conditions for themselves. a report was released by the department of homeland security's inspector general showing what conditions look like in the rio grande valley. the chinese government has called for a zero tolerance approach to protesters in hong kong. as the clean up begins after pro—democracy demonstrators stormed parliament and ransacked the building, beijing has condemned monday's protests as an "undisguised challenge by violent offenders".


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