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this is bbc news. i'm lewis vaughan jones with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. donald trump puts on a mask to vist a military hospital — after months of refusing to wear one in public. bosnia marks the 25th anniversary of the srebrenica massacre. 8,000 muslim men and boys were murdered. one of bollywood's biggest stars — amitabh bachchan — tests positive for coronavirus. india records nearly 850,000 infections — the third highest global rate. and tributes pour in forjack charlton who played in england's world cup winning football team and managed the republic of ireland. he's died at the age of 85.
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hello and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. president trump has for the first time been seen wearing a face mask in public, during a visit to a military hospital in maryland. masks have been a divisive issue in the united states. the president has so far refused to wear one in public. but before leaving the white house earlier, he told reporters he felt wearing a mask in a hospital was the right thing to do. 0ur north america correspondent, peter bowes, has more. there has been a lot of pressure on the president to wear a mask like pretty much everyone else has been encouraged to especially in recent weeks, indeed some american cities it is compulsory if you go out in public even out in the open air to wear a mask — such is the problem with coronavirus growing problem in cities like the one i am in right now in los angeles.
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but the president has steadfastly refused at least to be seen in public wearing a mask. there was one occasion where he was out and about at a private visit we understand one or two pictures emerged that he was wearing a mask. but generally he has become known as the president who didn't want to wear the mask and explained repeatedly why he believed it was not necessary. that he is tested for the coronavirus frequently, so are the people around him. and that he practices social distancing with those officials that he works close with. he did not feel it was a necessary part from today where he was visiting this hospital outside of washington when he set a couple of days ago in a hospital setting, he said he did not want to be responsible for perhaps infecting other people and that is one of the big reasons we are asked to wear masks is to stop us infecting others. it seems that the president has now heeded that advice. also in the united states, leading democrats have condemned donald trump's decision to cancel the prison sentence of roger stone —
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his long—time friend and political ally. senator elizabeth warren said mr trump was the most corrupt president in history. mr stone was due to begin a ao—month jail term next week. he was convicted last november of obstruction, witness—tampering and lying to congress — during an investigation into russian interference. eric bolling is a friend of the president and just interviewed him for his programme america this week. he explained to us earlier why he thought the donald trump had cancelled roger stone's prison sentence. president trump is trying to discredit the mueller investigation, the russian investigation as much as he can so anyone surrounding that investigation that ended up being convicted of crimes for lying to congress or lying to the mueller investigation or lying to the fbi, he is trying to get them out. general flynn is another one who he feels he,
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president trump, was in large part the reason why general flynn is now not going going to be prosecuted and spend any time injail as well. i am shocked personally, i am a personalfriend of the president. i thought he would wait until after november or after the november election. a lot of presidents wait but this presidentjust does what he believes is right in his heart and he goes forward with that. eric bolling there. ceremonies have been taking place in the bosnian town of srebrenica to mark 25 years since the massacre of 8,000 muslim men and boys by bosnian serb forces. nine recently—identified victims have been buried during a ceremony at potochari cemetery. it was the worst act of mass killing in europe, since the end of the second world war. our special correspondent, allan little reports. this is notjust a day of commemoration. it is also a funeral. for bodies are still emerging from the killing fields where many have laid undiscovered for a quarter of a century. translation: today, i am burying my father. the oldest among
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these victims here. it took 25 years until we found his body. his remains. so he can finally find peace. many bosnian serbs remain reluctant to acknowledge that the massacre at srebrenica happened at all. so remembering, keeping the historical record straight against distortion and denial has the character of a civic duty. bosnians do not have the luxury of believing that genocide cannot happen to them. that is what has driven munira subasic, one of the widows of srebrenica, in her unflagging 25 year pursuit ofjustice. translation: my first message is for criminals who have committed crimes and genocide. we will persecute you and we will never give up. there will always be someone to chase you. that is our right and obligation. bosnian serb forces seized
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srebrenica injuly 1995, after three years of siege and bombardment. the men and older boys were separated from their families. then the killing began. planned, commanded and systematic. a small dutch peacekeeping force not only failed to stop it, they handed over to the serbs thousands of terrified muslims who crowded into their un base, where they thought they would be safe. the iconography of violent serb nationalism is very much at large farfrom here and celebrated today in the online manifestos of white supremacist mass murderers from norway to new zealand. that gives new urgency to the duty to remember what happened here. allan little, bbc news. one of bollywood's biggest stars has been hospitalised after testing
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positive for coronavirus. in a tweet to his 43 million followers, amitabh bachchan says he's asking anyone who's had close contact with him in recent days to get tested. the 77—year—old has appeared in over 200 indian films in a career spanning more than five decades. his son abhishek bachchan, who is also a film star, also later tweeted that he tested positive for coronavirus. haroon rashid, from the bbc‘s asian network has more. they have both been taken to hospital not too far from their home in mumbai. he had tested covid positive and hostiles we re covid positive and hostiles were inferring the authorities and that his family were undergoing the covert tests as well and about an hour later, amitabh‘s son confirmed he had tested positive amitabh said that they both have mild symptoms and has requested all
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of theirfans symptoms and has requested all of their fans not to panic and stay calm. amitabh is the greatest film star in india of many millions of people. he is considered the greatest actor in the world for a lot of people too. he started more than 200 films in a career spanning more than 50 years. he made his debut in 1969 and quickly gained a reputation of being bubbly would's angry young man. he got rid of that repetition working in several young fellows as older father characters in the new millennium. and his son also is a household name in the country. he start in big hit films like doom but amitabh the sme fell ill in 1982 where it was equitable situation, there we re was equitable situation, there were thousands of people who stood outside the hospital and prayed for his good health. this is a massive bit of news for india actually. most film sets in india are so completely deserted. people are not going to work like they normally would and actually films that
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we re would and actually films that were ready to be released have had to find alternative platforms to release on. amitabh bachchan‘s film most recently was the first bubbly wood film that was supposed and sin was that is going straight to amazon prime. simile his son has been promoting his latest amazon prime series the assume interviews and skype. staying at home within the lockdown para meters at home within the lockdown parameters but still trying to get amount of work done. it is definitely going to take a hit, bollywood this bit of news because there were signs of things going back to normal of people leaving their homes, the paparazzi where clicking photos of more and more actors but it looks like that will not be happening again for the foreseeable future. haroon rashid. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the prime minister of mali has said his government is open to dialogue with opposition forces, in an effort to stop the country's worst civil unrest in years.
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on friday thousands of people attacked the national assembly and forced the state broadcaster off air. the opposition wants president ibrahim boubakar kaytuh to step down, over country's worsening security and economic situation and disputed parliamentary elections. iran's president hassan rouhani says iran has no choice but to keep its economy going despite the coronavirus pandemic. the country is seeing a resurgence in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with almost 2,400 registered in the past 2a hours. mr rouhani warned that if all activity was stopped, people would protest against the chaos. thousands of people have taken to the streets of tel aviv in israel to protest against the government's economic handling of the coronavirus pandemic. while salaried staff have been furloughed, the self—employed and young people complain that compensation promised has been slow to arrive. police in south africa say they've rescued hostages in a church on the outskirts ofjohannseburg. five people were killed after gunmen stormed
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the church, reportedly after an argument over its leadership. the bbc has learned that a former islamic state group fighter has died in a prison, run by kurdish forces in a region of syria that they control. ishak mostefaoui left the uk to fight against the syrian regime in 2014, and later had his british citizenship revoked. he was killed in the notorious hassak uh prison where many is fighters are held. daniel sandford reports. this was ishak mostefaoui when he was filmed by a bbc team last october. detained in deteriorating conditions in north—east syria. it is all very bad. from food, medicine, to, you know, to be very densely populated in one room. hygienic materials are very rare. until the red cross came. the prison is in a converted
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school in the city of hasakah, run by the sdf, the kurdish—led and us backed forces that defeated is. reliable sources have now told us that mostefaoui has died. either during a riot or on another account, shot, trying to escape. he is the first british is supporter to die in sdf custody. ishak mostefaoui was born in algeria, but grew up in britain from the age of five. he went to syria to join is in 2014, while at the university of westminster and had his british citizenship taken away four years later. the british government's position has consistently been that is supporters should stand trial in the region. but as conditions deteriorate in the prisons and camps, it is a position that could become more uncomfortable. daniel sandford, bbc news, at the home office. the number of people reported
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to have died in the uk in the past 24 hour period after testing positive for coronavirus stands at 148. that takes the total number of deaths across the uk to 44,798. it comes as certain lockdown measures were eased in england with the re—opening of open—air theatres, live music venues and swimming pools. and in wales, a phased re—opening for holiday—makers has also begun. charlotte gallagher reports. back in the water finally. these swimmers in south east london are some of the first in england to return to the pool after a wait of almost four months. it is indescribable, really, the feeling ofjust being able to glide through the water. it's just something that i was desperately missing. i was getting jealous of the ducks in the ponds. for those in the industry, it's good to see people in the pool again. with the stresses and strains of life, getting in the water is about as far from normal life as you can get. it's real escapism. so it's mental health as well. there have been a lot of studies showing how swimming benefits more
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than any other sport. as the weather gets warmer, outdoor pools like this look even more tempting. but you can't just turn up, you have to book first, as places are limited and you might be able to notice as well that the lanes have been made wider to allow for social distancing. they are also asking swimmers to avoid backstroke, so they don't bump into each other. however, only four out of more than 100 outdoor pools have been opened today. the industry body, swim england, is warning that a third of lidos will stay shut this year because it's just not financially viable for them to open. other outdoor events are allowed in england from today, too. 0pen—air theatres, horse trials and team cricket. it's a different picture in wales, though. in the middle ofjuly, 0xwich bay on the gower peninsula should be packed with people. from today though, the tides are beginning
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to turn with hotels, b&bs and self—catering accommodation allowed to reopen. staff have been working hard to prepare for customers. hospitality is all about customers, so we're so excited to be able to welcome people back. it will be really nice to see them, albeit at a little bit more of a distance than usual. businesses in all corners of the uk are trying their hardest to salvage what's left of the summer season. charlotte gallagher, bbc news. the belgian government is enforcing a ten—day mandatory quarantine period for all travellers who have recently been in leicester. the city is the site of england's first local lockdown after a spike in coronavirus cases. leicester has been added to belgium's list of so—called "red zones" along with other cities in spain and portugal. the new rules were announced early yesterday morning with immediate effect. this is bbc news. the headlines.
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donald trump puts on a mask to vist a military hospital — after months of refusing to wear one in public. bosnia marks the 25th anniversary of the srebrenica massacre. 8,000 muslim men and boys were murdered. west is being hampered by ongoing heavy rain — with more torrential downpour warnings issued for the weekend. the government has estimated significant losses to farming and other industries from devastating flooding and landslides. meanwhile, chinese authorities say they have evacuated thousands of people after flooding in the country's east. reged ahmad reports. the clean—up is under way as houses are mopped and repairs are made but it's hard to begin the recovery from catastrophic flooding on japan's southern island last week... ..when the rainjust keeps on coming. there are warnings to expect more torrential downpours and floods with fears of further landslides.
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that's particularly difficult for rescue workers who are still trying to find the missing from last weekend's devastation. dozens were killed in the unusually heavy rains as rivers overflowed, inundating homes. corn farms and patties are still submerged and japan's agricultural ministry is warning of big losses to the farming and other sectors. it's still surveying the damage. china, though, seems to be in the middle of its widespread flooding in the east of the country with homes and buildings surrounded by water. 0fficials here are predicting a big overflow from a lake on the yangtze river as torrential rain continues to fall. state media is reporting water levels are rising at an unprecedented pace,
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prompting officials to issue fresh alerts. translation: in the next 7-10 days in the middle and lower reaches of the yangtze river, there will be a huge amount of rainfall that will last for a comparatively long period of time. therefore, we need to be cautious of possible flooding. injapan as in china, residents wait for the rain to finally ease and hope that the worst of it is very nearly behind them. reged ahmad, bbc news. germany's response to the coronavirus pandemic helped it to keep the number of infections and deaths relatively low. the country is now trying to re—open parts of the economy which it had to suspend — in particular, its arts and culture scene. there's been extensive state support but there are still concerns for the future as jenny hill reports. # hey, hey, hey... coronavirus didn't silence them for long. # hey, hey, hey! germany's amateur choirs singing again even if the rehearsal room is still
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out of bounds. you come home with a smile after every day you sing with the people and friends here, and that was really missing. corona's forced performers to think differently. at this private theatre, they're preparing a new piece written in lockdown. they can't let more than 40 people in to watch it, but they'll survive they say for now. translation: we had a lot of support from our audiences, donations and e—mails telling us to stay strong. that made us feel that we matter as artists in the city. the regional and national governments also gave us the impression they want to keep the cultural infrastructure running. masked and distanced but germans enjoy a rich cultural landscape funded by national and regional governments. galleries, theatres, opera houses shielded with extra corona money. but how to protect yourself
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if you perform alone? german freelancers, like siao ing, could apply for government grants. even so, she tells us many are struggling to survive. translation: i think this is going to be a long fight. the cultural landscape will change. i personally will try to find an alternative source of income so i am not dependent on the arts. germany's on the move again. the outbreak is under control, the focus now on economic recovery. the corona crisis is leading germany into new territory. for the first time in years, the government's taken on new debt to keep the country going and that includes the arts. what many here worry about is what happens next in a few months‘ time when the money runs out. it's not the same but for now while the sun shines, they're doing what they can. jenny hill, bbc news, lubeck. the football legend,
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jack charlton — part of england's 1966 world cup winning team has died at the age of 85, following a long illness. he spent his entire playing—career at leeds united and later, as a manager, led ireland to the world cup quarterfinals in italy in 1990. his family paid tribute to him, saying he was "a friend to many" and "a much—adored husband, father, grandfather and great—grandfather". andy swiss looks back at his life. he was known as big jack and he was a footballing giant. jack charlton turned his courage and charisma into a quite remarkable career. bobby charlton with the corner. jack! perfect goal! brother, bobby.
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