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half of the uk, on the northern half of the uk, blustery cross some parts of that low pressure and the sunshine and showers. that is the picture for most of this week mane hs2 rain on wednesday spreading east —— vein on wednesday spreading east —— vein on wednesday spreading east —— vein on wednesday spreading east. this is bbc news and chris this is bbc news, i'm chris rogers. of anthony scaramucci, the controversial communications director whom president trump appointed just ten days ago. reports in the us say the move was initiated byjohn kelly, who was sworn in today as the president's new chief of staff. he replaced reince priebus, who left his job after an apparent falling—out with mr scaramucci.
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president trump has denied that the white house in chaos. our north america editor jon sopel has more. i'm going to be brief, i'm going to make my remarks informal... well, he was right about that, wasn't he? it is day one on the job, and certain things are instantly clear. anthony scaramucci does not lack for self—confidence, swagger or bravado. but i love the president, and i'm very, very loyal to the president. this would be his first and last appearance at the white house podium. in a foul—mouthed tirade,
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he went to war with the two most senior people in the west wing who are not the president. in his conversations with the new yorker magazine, he said the former chief of staff... and the steve bannon... by last friday the chief of staff had been fired, left abandoned at andrews air force base. a scalp to scaramucci. but now, irony of ironies, generaljohn kelly, on the first day as new chief of staff, had changes he wanted to make, as the president lavished praise on him. so i want to congratulate you on having done a fantasticjob and we look forward
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to, if it's possible, and even better job as chief of staff. i'll try, sir. the general had demanded the head of scaramucci, and the president served it up on a platter. after a dizzying few days, the president's press secretary tried to sound calm. the president certainly felt that anthony's comments were inappropriate for a person in that position, and he did not want to burden general kelly, also, with that line of succession. before all this unfold at the president tweeted. .. well, actually, still quite chaotic, as the president went to a ceremony in the east wing to honour those who were prepared to lay down their lives for their comrades and their country. commemorations have been taking place to mark 100 years since the start one of the bloodiest battles of world war i. over three months, british
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and allied troops clashed with german soldiers in what became known as the battle of passchendaele. around 500,000 soldiers on both sides were killed, wounded or went missing. robert hall reports. there are few more peaceful places than the gentle slope of tyne cot. today, among its white headstones, families look back across the years, to another big push. the battle we know today as passchendaele would last for over 100 days. we remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here. tyne cot overlooks the rolling
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farmland, streams and woods that were once no man's land, a scar of liquid mud and stagnant, stinking craters. bert ferns fought at passchendaele. he joined the lancashire fusiliers atjust 18. bert ferns began his attack here, beside the german bunker that now lies within tyne cot cemetery. the lancashire fusiliers made their way uphill towards passchendaele village, and a spot which bert later said he would never forget. we came across what would be about 100 yards square of bodies that had been caught in an artillery shrapnel attack. they were absolutely massacred.
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private edward michael batten, 13th platoon, d company, 45th battalion, australian imperial force. private james monroe, 1 south african infantry regiment. my great—great—grandfather, rifleman stanley durra nt of the king's... my great—great—uncle, private walter stevenson, fourth battalion grenadier guards. voices and stories that inspire acts of remembrance, like the story of captain noel chavasse, surgeon and olympic athlete, who was awarded the victoria cross twice for rescuing men underfire. when you start to understand the man behind the medals, i think you start to grow an attachment. heroism which brought
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his great—great—niece here for the first time. perhaps we won't have such big, government—funded events as this today, but what we will have are stories we can pass down the generations, in a way that i don't think should stop for something that was so significant. flanders means endless endurance. flanders means blood and scraps of human bodies. flanders means heroic courage, and faithfulness unto death. the horrors of passchendaele have been passed from family to family for 100 years. flanders is likely to remain a place of pilgrimage for generations to come. robert hall, bbc news, tyne cot. a serving royal marine commando who led a double life, making bombs for a dissident republican group in northern ireland, has been jailed for 18 years. ciaran maxwell was described by the judge at the old bailey as a dangerous man, who threatened the political stability of northern ireland. june kelly reports.
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soon after he signed up, ciaran maxwell became the enemy within the royal marines. on facebook, he posted this video of his training exercises as he was supposedly serving queen and country. in reality, he was servicing the dissident irish republican group the continuity ira. he was a very accomplished and sophisticated bomb maker, who could have supplied these devices over a long period of time to violent dissident republican groups. and undoubtedly i believe that, by being caught now, lives have been saved. ciaran maxwell came from northern ireland, and four of his bombs were used here by the continuity ira. no—one was hurt, but maxwell built 1a bombs, and some of his devices
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are still feared to be in dissident hands. he knew those he was working for were intent on attacking police stations and killing officers and others. he had researched over 300 targets. it was near his hometown of larne that police uncovered the first of a series of hides he used to store his lethal stashes. these included timers and antipersonnel mines. fertiliser recovered here could have been the base for a bomb bigger than the one that caused carnage at enniskillen in 1987. as a member of the royal marines‘ elite a0 commando unit, ciaran maxwell was based here in somerset and this is where he was arrested. for years, without ever being caught, he had been systematically stealing british military ammunition and adding it to his terrorist arsenal. as well as the locations in northern ireland, maxwell had a further network of hides in devon. this was him under surveillance. he had 43 hides in total. larne, where maxwell grew up, is a mainly unionist town,
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and as a catholic teenager, his skull was fractured when he was badly beaten up by a loyalist gang. this left him with post—traumatic stress disorder. he claimed this was the reason for his irrational behaviour. but the judge rejected this, describing him as a dissident republican, hostile to the uk. as well as smuggling bullets and other kit out of his base, he was also smuggling cannabis and lsd in. this picture with his cannabis crop was recovered after his arrest. a former army officer, and now northern ireland politician, doug beattie is amazed at maxwell's audacious double life. we could have been looking at loss of life, perpetrated at the hands of a serving soldier of the british military. and if we don't have a look at our security checks, and how we vet people before theyjoin the military, then we're going to have problems in the future. the ministry of defence says
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all personnel are subject to regular checks. but ciaran maxwell, the renegade commando, has caused serious embarrassment to the royal marines. june kelly, bbc news. the government says it wants to recruit an extra 21,000 mental health workers in england over the next four years. the health secretary, jeremy hunt, says it is time to end what he called the historic imbalance between mental and physical health services. but the royal college of nursing has questioned if there is enough time to train so many staff. a man has been left with facial injuries after two people on a moped threw an unknown liquid at him in west london. police said the 47—year—old man was attacked in knightsbridge by two males on a moped. the force said the man had been taken to a central london hospital, but his condition was not yet known. a spokesperson said it was not yet known if the liquid thrown was a corrosive substance. they said no—one had yet been arrested, but officers remained at the scene and inquiries were ongoing. former bosses of the charity kids
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company may be disqualified after an investigation. court receiving is being wrought against the managers. in all, nine of the charity's former directors could be banned the rock to six years. kids company shutdown in 2015 despite receiving a grant of £3 million from the government. the family of a 12—year—old girl who died in the grenfell tower disaster have been paying tribute to her. jessica urbano ramirez has now been formally identified as one of the victims. in a statement, her family said she was loving, kind—hearted and caring, and broughtjoy to everyone she met. they say they won't rest until they getjustice for her. at least 80 people died in the blaze last month. an update on a story we had earlier, and the ministry ofjustice says an incident at the mount prison in hertfordshire has now been resolved. specially trained staff were sent into the jail, near hemel hempstead, to restore order after a disturbance was reported. the mount, in bovingdon village, near hemel hempstead, opened in 1987 and is classed as a category c male prison. that is a summary of the news.
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newsday is coming up at midnight. now on bbc news, it is time for newsnight. if he wants me to leave tomorrow, then i'm not going to be here to stay. turns out, he wasn't there to stay. there's never a dull moment in this white house, but the sacking of the communications director anthony scarramucci, afterjust ten days in post, could be a sign that the grown—ups are imposing themselves. we'll ask the editor in chief of slate magazine if trump's new chief of staff is bringing order or more chaos. also tonight... from russia without much love... north korea with a fair bit of hate. is it right to think the world is at an unusually dangerous juncture right now? we'll take stock tonight and ask the big question —
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is the west under threat? is it wrong to broadcast the private conversations of princess diana? would she have minded? ten years ago, anita roddick, the environmentalist and founder of the body shop died, one of the most high—profile victims of the contaminated blood scandal. we hear from her daughter sam for the first time. when i was born. —— she was pretty clear that she got it through the transfusion, when i was born. i could really hear the vulnerability in her voice, because my mum really feared death. hello. well, the story tonight is either that the white house is imploding or that it is getting itself into shape. we won't know for a while, but we do know that anthony scarramucci, who had made such a mark in his few days as communications director, is out. us media reporting that the new chief of staffjohn kelly wanted him gone.
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mr scarramucci spun it with more grace than had been evident in most of his communications. he felt it was best to give the new chief of staffjohn kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team, the white house statement said. at the end of a turbulent week it does seem that president trump has yielded to the argument that stability is better than chaos. here's chris cook. you're here to stay? we'll see, i'm here to serve at the discretion of the president.
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