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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. 2a palestinians have died in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip. israel says its targeting the militant group, islamichhad. the head of the un nuclear watchdog says he's increasingly concerned for the safety of europe's largest nuclear power plant which is occupied by russia in southern ukraine. archie battersbee, the 12—year—old who had been at the centre of a legal battle between his parents and doctors, has died. 12 people are killed after a bus carrying pilgims to a catholic shrine veers off a road in northern croatia. a glimpse into life in pompeii — archeologists discover new rooms in a house there — shedding new light on the lives
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families there before the volcanic eruption. hello, and welcome if you're watching in the uk or around the world. this is bbc news. 2a people are now known to have died in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip, including six children. israel says it's targeting the palestinian militant group, islamichhad, which in response has fired more than 300 rockets. yolande knell has the latest from jerusalem. explosion the full force of israel's new military operation in gaza. this building hitjust minutes after a warning strike. palestinians racing away.
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a year of relative calm now shattered. this is where one of the first israeli air strikes killed an islamichhad commander, leaving his neighbour in shock. "we were safe in our home. "we were thrown out of it by the bomb", says maryam. "why didn't they warn us?" tonight, islamichhad fired heavy barrages of rockets — in revenge, it said, for its leader's death. most were intercepted by israeli air defences. but earlier, a missile hit this israeli home. the family went to their shelter when the air raid sirens went off, this local official said. "this is probably what saved them. no one was hurt." israeli forces are targeting what they say are militant bases in gaza. they maintain they're reacting to a direct threat
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from iran—backed islamichhad. with further deaths in gaza, much now depends on the decisions of the powerful militant group hamas, which governs here. and tonight we are hearing about other important developments. at least six people killed, including children, in a blast in the north of gaza, with israel and some palestinians blaming a misfired militant rocket. that could complicate egypt—led efforts to broker a ceasefire. yolande knell, bbc news, jerusalem. issa amro is a palestinian activist living in hebron. he's been in contact with friends living in the gaza strip. the people in gaza have been sieged for two decades, and they are suffering from lack of water, like electricity. —— lack of electricity. the people in gaza live without basic human rights. and now, the people in gaza are very frustrated, very hungry and terrified.
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they're afraid about their lives, their friends and families. they don't feel safe inside their homes. they don't have shelters to hide inside, or even enough medical tools, they don't have enough hospitals and medical materials to treat the injuries. israel is using the palestinians in gaza as election materials — the israeli political leaders are trying to show who has more power. hen mazzig is a writer and senior fellow at the tel aviv institute. earlier, he explained why he is in support of israel's strikes. i think it was justified, i think israel takes no pleasure in going into an operation. it's definitely not something that we are excited about. it wasjust necessary. earlier this week, the leaders of islamichhad were in iran — many of them are still in iran,
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and they threatened israeli families, saying there would be no red lines and they would reach tel aviv with their rockets, and they are now acting on these threats. it's really heartbreaking to hear about the child that was killed. i think israel, again, takes no pleasure in any innocent life being lost — on both sides, israelis and palestinians don't deserve to be targeted or killed. and i think, for me personally, my heart goes out to the palestinian families, and i know many israelis feel the same. we don't need more violence, we need to stop this circle of violence — but it seems like with the disproportionate response of 200 rockets, again, launched on israeli families, that the islamichhad is not planning on stopping the attacks. israeli academic hen mazzig there, speaking to us from tel aviv. the un's nuclear watchdog has called for an immediate end to any military action near ukraine's zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. iaea chief rafael mariano grossi said he was "extremely concerned" by reports of shelling at europe's
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largest nuclear power plant. it comes as ukraine said parts of the facility have been seriously damaged by russian military strikes. 0ur correspondent hugo bachega is in kyiv, and is following developments. it is really hard to independently confirm those claims coming from both sides, because the zaporizhzhia power plant has been under russian occupation since the beginning of march, even though ukrainian technicians have been operating the facility. yesterday, ukrainian and russian officials have traded accusations, the ukrainians say that russian forces shelled the site and then one of the reactors had to be disconnected from the system as a result of one of those attacks. now, the russians have denied those allegations, they say that the ukrainians are the ones behind these attacks. for days, we have been hearing from ukrainian and us officials who say that the russians have
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essentially turned this nuclear power plant into a military base and they are launching attacks against ukrainian positions from this site. and the mayor of a nearby city told me essentially what the russians are doing is that they are using the site as a nuclear shield. hugo bachega there. in croatia, at least 12 people have been killed and dozens injured after a polish bus veered off a highway. the bus was heading in the direction of the croatian capital zagreb when it crashed near the city of vaa—razhdeen. zagreb when it crashed near the city of varazadin. it was on its way to a roman catholic shrine in bosnia—herzegovina. 0ur warsaw correspondent adam easton reports. the bus veered off the highwayjust before dawn and ended up in a ditch. 0n before dawn and ended up in a ditch. on board were two drivers and 42 pilgrims from across poland. 11 people were killed at the scene. the rest were ta ken to
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people were killed at the scene. the rest were taken to nearby hospitals — many of them in a serious condition. translation: ., ., �* , condition. translation: ., ., �*, ., ., translation: one-woman's operation is still ongoing _ translation: one-woman's operation is still ongoing and _ translation: one-woman's operation is still ongoing and will— translation: one-woman's operation is still ongoing and will take _ translation: one-woman's operation is still ongoing and will take a _ is still ongoing and will take a long time because she has multiple bought bodily injuries, and her life is in danger. we have eight patients in hospital, for in intensive care, two of whom are currently in the operating room. the two of whom are currently in the operating room.— two of whom are currently in the operating room. two of whom are currently in the o-aeratin room. , , ., operating room. the pilgrims were on their way to — operating room. the pilgrims were on their way to the _ operating room. the pilgrims were on their way to the small _ operating room. the pilgrims were on their way to the small bosnian - operating room. the pilgrims were on their way to the small bosnian town l their way to the small bosnian town of... it's been a popular pilgrimage site ever since local children said they had seen a version of the virgin mary there in the 1980s. —— a vision of the virgin mary. many in poland are deeply attached to their catholic faith, and the chance to make this pilgrimage is a highlight of their lives. from all over the country, they make the 1500 km germany democrat turning overnight on buses like this one. it's not know why this bust crashed. the treasury has sparked deep anguish and sorrow here. in churches across
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poland, prayers are being set for the victims and their families. adam easton, bbc news, orsaw. —— warsaw. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. police in brazil have arrested five people accused of illegally fishing in an indigenous reservation. it's where a high—profile indigenous expert and a british journalist were killed two months ago. bruno pereira and the journalist, dom phillips, were shot dead as they investigated the involvement of organised crime in commercialfishing. us presidentjoe biden has tested negative for covid—19, days after coming down with a second bout of the illness. the president's doctor said that he will remain in isolation until he tests negative on a second test, but said that "the president continues to feel very well." cuba has asked for help from the united states and other countries to put out a fire in fuel storage tanks in the coastal city of matanzas. the blaze began when the depots were hit by lightning on friday night. 17 firefighters are missing
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and almost 80 people were injured. archie battersbee, the 12—year—old boy at the centre of a uk legal battle over his care while lying unconscious in hospital, has died. his life sustaining treatment was withdrawn earlier today. it brings to an end a stand off between doctors who said archie was "brain stem dead," and his parents who wanted his treatment to continue. 0ur correspondent simon jones has the details. saying their final farewells — these pictures were released by archie's family in the hours before his life support was withdrawn, following a series of legal battles pitting the family against doctors. archie passed at 12:15 today. can ijust say i am the proudest mum in the world? such a beautiful little boy, and he fought right until the very end, and i'm so proud to be his mum.
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the 12—year—old was found unconscious at his home in april. he had suffered catastrophic brain injuries. the doctors treating him said there was no hope of recovery, but his family maintained he needed more time. barts health nhs trust, which runs the royal london hospital, went to court to ask for treatment to end. the case was referred to the high court, the court of appeal, the supreme court and the european court of human rights, butjudge afterjudge agreed with doctors. after careful thought, we refuse permission to appeal, on all the grounds... the family eventually had to accept they had exhausted all legal routes. no family should ever have to go through what we have been through — it's barbaric. tributes to archie left outside the hospital today. his family had wanted him moved to a hospice away from what they saw as the noise and chaos
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of the hospital. that was refused, the trust arguing archie was in such an unstable condition it was too great a risk. in a statement, barts health nhs trust said its thoughts and condolences were with archie's family. it said that treatment had been withdrawn in line with court rulings about his best interests, and it said staff had shown extraordinary compassion over months caring for archie in often distressing circumstances. in court, judges had to put all emotions aside to decide solely what was best for archie. it is quite rare to see these types of cases in court, although there have been a handful of high—profile cases in recent years. there have been many different possible avenues that the parents could have tried, and it was important to them to make sure that they had exhausted all of those avenues. archie's family have said they are broken. the end of a life played out in the courts and in the public spotlight. simon jones, bbc news.
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the white house has called china's actions in and around the taiwan strait "provocative and irresponsible". it comes after taiwan's defence ministry said that chinese aircraft and warships had been rehearsing an attack on the island. it follows a trip to taiwan by the senior us democrat nancy pelosi, which china viewed as a challenge to its claims of sovereignty over the island. from taipei, here's the bbc�*s rupert wingfield—hayes. we're now into day three of this what i would call military intimidation of taiwan by china. it's due to run through until sunday lunchtime here. 0n the first day on thursday, we saw china firing lots of missiles across the taiwan strait. the second day, on friday, we saw chinese military aircraft and ships intruding into taiwan—controlled waters, coming very close to taiwan's coast. and what's very clear now is that taiwan has decided it is not going to respond.
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we've seen taiwanese naval vessels going out and shadowing the chinese ships, but not challenging them. taiwan is basically doing everything it can do not escalate this crisis and make it more dangerous. analysts say that is the right thing to do, but it has a big downside for taiwan, in that it is allowing china to set new baselines. for example, it was very possible now that, on thursday, china did fire ballistic missiles over the top of the island into the pacific ocean. that's certainly what china is claiming, and it seems that's also what the japanese defenc ministry thinks happened. china has never done anything like that before, and yet here in taiwan, they are saying nothing. that is allowing china to normalise the sort of military pressure on the island that, in the past, would have been seen as extremely provocative. the headlines on bbc news... 2a palestinians have died in israeli air strikes on the gaza strip. israel says its targeting
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the militant group, islamichhad. the head of the un nuclear watchdog says he's increasingly concerned for the safety of europe's largest nuclear power plant, which is occupied by russia in southern ukraine. large rallies have been held in the kenyan capital, nairobi, where the two main presidential candidates are vying for votes ahead of tuesday's election. it draws to an end months of relentless campaigning. the country's former prime minister raila 0dinga — is being backed by the president uhuru kenyatta. he's going up against the current deputy president william ruto in a moment, we'll hear from our correspondent at raila 0dinga's rally. but first, the bbc�*s akisa wandera sent this report from deputy president ruto's campaign event in nairobi. here at national stadium in kenya's capital, thousands have come here to show
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their support for william ruto, who says he represents a new nation. the yellow and green colors you can see all around me, are the official party colours for ruto's uda party. ruto has been travelling the country in the last few months, campaigning on a platform of economic freedom for the poor and democratic change. his supporters say they believe he is the candidate to solve their economic problems in kenya. in kenya, here are a lot of young mothers, single mothers. they're widows. they're those who are the water vendors. those women who always go do acid to do the laundry. - and we know when ruto wins, we will be the first people - to benefit from from government. the cost of living is too high. education, it is too high — - education, and also democracy.
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democracy also is being tarnished in this country because once - you are associated to a different |faction, you're being victimized. so those are things that we want to change in this country. - william ruto has won support of economically disenfranchised youth and low—wage workers to create what he calls a "hustler movement" that has been at the centre of his campaign. but his critics have pointed to concerns of his alleged involvement in corruption scandals. key issues in this election include rising cost of living, corruption, as well as youth unemployment, which kenyans hope will be addressed by the next government. ruto's final message to kenyans has been to come out in large numbers and vote for his leadership, which he says will be voting for change. after this, the decision will be left to 22 million kenyans who will be casting their ballots on august 9th. raila 0dinga's rally is being held in a another part of kenya's capital — the bbcs merchuma is there. i am at the national stadium in the capital nairobi,
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where, as you can see behind me, thousands of people have gathered here to show support for their presidential candidates, raila 0dinga and his running mate, former justice minister martha karua. earlier on, when raila 0dinga drove into the stadium, thousands of people gathered and escorted him as he went around. —— thousands of people got into the stadium _ now, this is the fifth time that raila 0dinga will be seeking to be president, and he hopes this is the time he gets in. he has the backing of his long—time rival, kenya's president, uhuru kenyatta. this is also 0dinga's final chance to seek to be elected as the fifth president by the 22.1 million kenyans will go to the polls on tuesday to elect the country's fifth president. if elected, raila promises to, among other things, deal with the high cost of living within the first 100 days,
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and also deal with corruption. —— andjump—start —— and jump—start the economy within the first— —— and jump—start the economy within the first 100 _ —— and jump—start the economy within the first 100 days. these are the two huge issues in kenya right now. on thursday, the white house announced a nationwide state of emergency in response to the growing number of monkeypox cases in the us. the disease is rarely fatal, but can cause extreme pain — and in america, it's concentrated in gay communities. san francisco has one of the highest rates of infection — from there, james clayton has more. we are at a very scary place. we have seen this happen before in history, during the aids crisis, when san francisco was virtually left on its own. politicians here are worried, monkeypox has taken hold in the heart of san francisco's gay community, the vast majority are reported cases are men who have sex with men and many people here feel ignored.
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stefan contracted monkeypox after he attended san francisco pride. saturday i started feeling really sick with flu symptoms, i had a fever, i was sleeping all day, sweats, a headache. it was publicly painful in the genitals and other sensitive areas. when i would use the rest room, it pretty much felt as if you were rubbing glass on your skin. so i have some here... stefan�*s scars are still visible. he said he'd tried to obtain tpoxx medicine but it's in short supply in the city. you couldn't find it? no, the place that was supposed to be the best place to get it evaluated me and said my case wasn't severe enough to get it. san francisco aids foundation has turned its attention to monkeypox, delivering tests and vaccines — but there simply isn't enough. they have 10,000 people in a waiting list. this is an incredibly infuriating moment, we were left on our own in the early days
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of the hiv epidemic and it very much feels that way in this moment and it does leave many of us wondering if this would be happening, if it was happening to any other community in our country. experts say that monkeypox is transmitted by touch — it is notjust confined to gay men, and the worry here is not only does it continue to spread in the gay community but itjumps into other groups, too. the streets here are calm, but a state of emergency has been declared, both locally and nationally, to step up the medical response. the hope here is that it's not too little too late. james clayton, bbc news, san francisco. as temporary hose pipe bans are enforced in parts of england due to record high temperatures and little rainfall, concern is now turning to the risk of wildfires across the uk. fire chiefs have warned that cities need to be better prepared, as our environment correspondent claire marshall reports.
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the searing heat coupled with the lack of rain has made the countryside bone—dry. wildfires normally seen on moors or grasslands have come closer than ever to houses. in early summer, this blaze began on a country parkjust south of birmingham. it came within a few metres of local homes. we went to look at what was left behind. the wind direction changed and it's pushed it this way, north. so the houses, where are the houses? the houses are sort of down here, through the trees, yeah. so when that happened, the decision was made to start evacuating some of them houses. not one house was damaged. david swallow�*s team managed to contain the blaze, helped by his expertise as the uk's leading wildfire tactical advisor. he had been monitoring temperatures and the wind for weeks. you know, 40—degree heat in the uk with humidity that's down to 20% — they are mediterranean, western us seaboard—type conditions
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that we've never experienced before. losing a whole row of houses, it's not... it's not something that happens in the uk, but i think it's something that we're going to have to be better prepared for. head south, and these are the malvern hills — a haven for plants and animals. this is the kind of landscape that needs protecting. but everything is really dry, and it's very vulnerable. look at this — someone's tried to light a barbecue here on the bare grass. this is just one of dozens found every week in the summer. local managers here work closely with the fire service. they manage the risks from rising temperatures, and also the rising numbers of summer visitors. the fire brigade, having a clear plan of knowing where they can get to, that is critical. as we see ourselves, the number of people accessing our land, the number of — the frequency of firestarter events where you've got barbecues, small fires, glass that's left out —
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we are seeing that increasing pretty much year on year. back on the country park, two days after the fire broke out, it still wasn't completely out. city council ranger dave — not a trained firefighter — has learned to work alongside the crews. how many fires have you put out so far this year? this year? i'm looking at probably about 6—8. how do you look ahead to the summer? the climate's changing, things are getting hotter. it's... it's scary. as the world heats, it's where the countryside spaces meet the city that will become a bigger part of the front line in the fight against wildfires. claire marshall, bbc news. archaeologists have unearthed four new rooms in a house in the ancient city of pompeii, offering more insights into greco—roman life. about two—thirds of the city has now been uncovered —
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and it remains one of italy's most popular tourist attractions. tom brada reports. an ancient city frozen in time by a monstrous eruption almost 2,000 years ago. still—vibrant ceramics, a wooden dish cabinet, fragments of an extremely tired bed — just some of the treasures unearthed by archaeologist at pompeii, offering a glimpse of what life was like for ordinary roman citizens before the town was pummelled by mount vesuvius in 709 ad. -- 709a.d. these items were all found in four newly—excavated rooms, first discovered at a property in 2018. in one room, there's a cupboard that had stayed open for the best part of two millennia. translation: here, you can see the cabinet with the wooden - parts of the doors. inside the cabinet, there were shelves — and what we see is the shelf that
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collapsed when the volcano exploded. inside, we found glass objects like these bottles, but also ceramics like these vases that we're gradually discovering. in another room, there's a table still holding its original ornaments. and in another, even a bed with parts of the bed frame still intact and traces of fabric from the original inhabita nts' pillow. a lot of this excavation work is being carried out during peak tourist season. translation: we have about 12,000 people coming in each day, _ sometimes up to 15,000. with due care, we are able to manage the situation safely. it's little surprise that pompeii continues to attract visitors in such numbers. thousands of years on from its infamous devastation, its ancient ruins continue to offer fresh insight into the lives of the people who once called it home. tom brada, bbc news. it looks hot in italy, doesn't it? now it's time for a look at the weather with darren.
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hello there. today has been a dry day across much of the uk. the second half of the weekend will continue in a similar vein. temperatures in the southeast were into the mid—20s, more comfortable sort of temperatures in the blue skies and sunshine. further north, it's been a little bit cooler. we've had more cloud, especially in scotland whilst it was dry here in north ayrshire in the afternoon. we have seen some rain in the far north of scotland. and this is rainfall accumulation for the next five days. so most of the rain is in the north and west of scotland. but for england and wales, and indeed much of northern ireland, it is going to be dry. now we're going to find some more rain into the night across northern scotland. the heavier rain moves through, and we're left with dribs and drabs later on in western scotland. otherwise it's going to be dry, it's going to be clear a little bit cool by the end of the night in rural areas, 8—9 celsius, but milder in scotland, where we've got the cloud and that breeze. and the breeze will continue to bring in some pockets of rain and drizzle in western areas, eastern parts of scotland, drier and brighter, and warmer too.
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some sunshine at times in northern ireland and the far north of england, but generally for england and wales it is going to be another sunny day with light winds, it's going to feel warm. temperatures are rising up to 27—28 celsius in the southeast england and maybe up a degree or two in scotland and northern ireland for monday. we've still got the potential for some rain, but again it's the highlands and islands. elsewhere dry lots, of sunshine. the winds will be light, sea breezes likely, but inland temperatures continuing to rise, particularly across england and wales, close to 30 celsius by monday. and that's a trend that will continue — those rising temperatures into next week, particularly for england and wales, where we're likely to have heatwave conditions developing by thursday. temperatures could be into the mid—30s, perhaps in the southeast. temperatures are rising so quickly because it's still dry, and the ground is very dry underneath that area of high pressure — that will even push away any rain from the far northwest of scotland by the middle of the week. so drying off in scotland, dry weather in the far north
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of england, and also northern ireland. temperatures are going to rise here, but it's going to be hotter. further south, across much of england and wales, those temperatures getting over 30 celsius once again by the middle part of the week, probably peaking on thursday or friday into the mid—30s in southeast england. hello.
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this is bbc news with chris rogers. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow morning's papers in a moment — first, the headlines. the family of 12—year—old archie battersbee confirm he has died after his life support was withdrawn. (00v) conservative leadership contenders set out their approaches )conservative leadership contenders set out their approaches to dealing with the economic downturn forecast by the bank of england. the palestinian health ministry says 15 palestinians have been killed in the gaza strip, where the israeli military is targeting members of the palestinian group islamichhad. a bus carrying roman catholic pilgrims has crashed in northern croatia, killing 12 polish people and injuring more than 30 others.
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the newspapers are in. with me are the political commentatorjo phillips,


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