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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas.


In an unprecedented move, French police detain former President


Nicolas Sarkozy over claims he sought inside information.


The latest developments are seen as a blow to his attempts to challenge


for the presidency in 2017. The three Israeli teenagers who were


kidnapped then murdered have been buried. Israel blames Hamas for the


deaths. In a separate development in the


region, Israel has also launched air strikes in the Gaza Strip. It says


in retaliation to rocket attacks. Also coming up, a familiar face for


the Turkish presidency? Yes, this is Prime Minister Erdogan looking to


move up. And it is day 20 of the World Cup. I


will be reporting from Rio, we're currently in Argentina is being held


by Switzerland. It is 0-0 in extra time.


Hello and welcome. France's former president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has been


detained by police over alleged influence peddling. Mr Sarkozy is


being questioned about whether he sought inside information from a


judge about an investigation into campaign funding. This is thought to


be the first time a French former head of state has been held in


police custody. And it's the latest in a series of upheavals for


politicians on all sides, not just Sarkozy's centre right UMP.


President Francois Hollande's Socialists received just 14% of the


vote in the recent European elections. Their worst national


result ever. And in that same contest, it was Marine Le Pen's hard


right Front National who made spectacular gains, leading the polls


with 25% of the French vote. From Paris, our correspondent Hugh


Schofield reports on a difficult day for Mr Sarkozy, a man who had been


hoping to make a comeback in a very fractured political landscape.


For two years, Nicolas Sarkozy has been the focus of judicial enquiry


into how he raised money for his presidential election campaigns.


This is a new step. Now he has been formally taken into custody. Held


for questioning by magistrates who think he tried to use friends in


high places to ward off the threat from the law. One thing


investigators are trying to do here is build up a case against Mr


Sarkozy that could stand up in court. They believe there is


evidence that the former president had, as it were, a place man in the


highest court in the land. A judge who was feeding him information


about the various investigations that were underway. Needless to say,


Mr Sarkozy and his supporters deny the allegations vehemently.


For the Sarkozy camp, there is no doubt. These allegations have been


trumped up by the political left with one aim. To stop the former


president coming back. Why, they ask, were Mr Sarkozy's phones


tapped? His private conversations with his lawyer listened into by the


judges? Supporters say it is all troublingly suspicious.


TRANSLATION: It is disturbing the government went to such lengths to


monitor Mr Sarkozy's phone calls. And just as he announces his


comeback, yet another affair emerges against him. Ever since he left the


Elysee in 2012, Nicolas Sarkozy has been dreaming of coming back. Today,


France is in a parlous state. The ruling Socialists deeply unpopular.


His own UMP party crying out for a leader. But these scandals are going


to dog him. He will need to fight every step of the way.


Well, French political commentator Anne-Elisabeth Moutet joins me from


Paris. Welcome to the programme again. How serious is this for Mr


Sarkozy? I don't know how serious it is, because first of all, it


possibly can be ruled inadmissible, because it was the so-called


evidence was only obtained by wiretapping of his telephone and his


lawyers' telephone, they allege he was trying to influence a judge and


offered to help them get a job in the civil service. The judge in


question did not even get the job, and it is only hearsay of hearsay.


And there is nothing that is any kind of proof that he influenced the


judge in any way, the judge himself not on his own case, I think it is


more dramatic steps by the current government to sort of draw the


attention to Mr Sarkozy and it makes many people on the French right, and


they cannot run if he can. Do you think the supporters of Nicolas


Sarkozy say there is a political vendetta against him, do you think


they are right? There seems to be another case when he is ahead in the


polls, it does not make headlines when cases are dismissed, one was


about bribery and was dismissed, another about him organising an arms


deal in back a stand with bribes when he was budget minister and that


was dismissed, there have been more cases dismissed, and in general, the


evidence is obtained by tainted means. This is a first world


country, you do not troll wiretaps for eight months looking for


something that might give you a case, you are supposed to get and


indicate -- an investigation for something legitimate. These wiretaps


were for something different. Something else that may have got


reaction is the European Court of Human Rights voting to uphold the


French ban on the Muslim veil? What reaction has there been? On the


whole, this is something the left and right agree with, and we have


seen lots of young people in France going to join the jihad in Syria,


and there is a worry of the kind of tiny ghettos, which sometimes bring


in converts and live outside the country, but also because France


believes in the neutrality of the public space since the French


revolution, you do not introduce religion into the public space, but


practice it in private. Thank you for speaking to us.


The funeral has been held for three Israeli teenagers abducted and


murdered while hitch-hiking in the occupied West Bank. Israel has


blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas, with Prime Minister


Benjamin Netanyahu vowing that the group will pay for the killings.


Hamas has denied any involvement. In a separate development, Israel


launched more than 30 air strikes into the Gaza Strip overnight in


response to rockets being fired into Israel.


Preparations for a funeral that is really sort they would not see. As


news spread that the three missing teenagers had been found dead, the


morning began. Israel has vowed refuges and for the killing of


Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach. These candles were


laid out and spell out the names of the dead Israelis. And we are close


to the popular hitchhiking spot where they were last seen alive, but


driving in this direction for ten minutes, you reach a field by the


Palestinian village outside Hebron where the grim discovery of their


bodies was made. Over two weeks, the Israeli army searched for the


teenagers and Palestinian anger grew. Six Palestinians were killed


in clashes, Hamas already Israel's sworn enemy has been its main


target. TRANSLATION: The Israeli occupation is trying to utilise this


story to justify aggression against Palestinian people and its


resistance. We stress the threat does not scare Hamas nor its


leadership or the Palestinian people. But political pressure is


being heaped on the Palestinian secular president. He is being told


to choose between peace with Israel and his unity deal with Hamas. For


three Israeli families, this has been a deep tragedy, but with other


Israeli actions expected, it is also likely to have dramatic implications


for politics and the peace process. Now a look at some of the day's


other news. At least 18 people have been killed


in an explosion at a market in Maiduguri in north-eastern Nigeria.


The explosives were reportedly hidden in a vehicle carrying


charcoal. No group has said it carried out the attack, but


Maiduguri is the epicentre of the violent campaign waged by militant


group Boko Haram. Hundreds of thousands of


demonstrators have marched through the streets of Hong Kong in one of


the biggest protests since the former British colony was handed


back to China 17 years ago. They demanded democratic reforms and a


greater say in electing the next chief executive.


One of the favourites to win the women's singles title at the


Wimbledon tennis championships, Maria Sharapova of Russia, is out of


this year's tournament. In a thrilling finish to the match, she


was beaten by the number nine seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6,


4-6, 4-6. Angelique Kerber of Germany 7-6,


4-6, -- 6-4. The Russian President Vladimir Putin


says Russia, along with what he called its European partners, failed


to persuade the Ukrainian president to extend a cease-fire. The


Ukrainian authorities have launched a full scale military operation in


the east of the country. Mr Putin has said Moscow will continue to


defend the interests of ethnic Russians abroad and that President


Poroshenko now bears full responsibility for the assault


against the rebels. And he says Moscow will continue to defend the


interests of ethnic Russians abroad. Since the end of the cease-fire


earlier today, four people have been killed and five wounded when a


civilian bus came under fire in Kramatorsk in Eastern Ukraine. The


BBC's Oleg Boldyrev sent this report from there.


This hole in the wall is one of the first results of the resumed


shelling by the Ukrainian army in eastern Ukrainian town of


Kramatorsk. The first shelling started yesterday night, on Monday


night. The residents told me they had heard the sound of shelling.


They had the time to go into the basement. There were three or four


waves of shelling. As you could see, the walls are pockmarked, windows


blown out. Some of the balconies are missing. Here, it seems, there were


no casualties. But this was not the only shooting. Then, on Tuesday


morning, some of the shells landed just outside of me. And I was told


that some people in the passenger bus were killed.


The world's biggest cycling circus gets underway here in Britain on


Saturday. The Tour de France will spend two days in the north, in


Yorkshire, before ending the third stage of the race in London. The


riders will be competing on roads increasingly used by home-grown


cyclists, in a sport that's gaining popularity. But according to a BBC


poll, half of all British adults feel their local roads are too


dangerous to cycle on. Jo Black reports from Cambridge.


Britain's roads can be a dangerous place for cyclists. An accident is


about to happen, but it is still a shock. The cyclist was all right.


The rider has an incredibly lucky escapes here. Wow! Every year,


around 19,000 like lists are killed or injured on Britain's roads and it


is not just the daily clash between drivers and cyclists that is to


blame. The roads are battle scarred and riddled with potholes. And Paul


commissioned by the BBC has found more than 50% of the dish adults are


too frightened to cycle on local roads because they believe they are


too dangerous. The Tour de France starts in Leeds this weekend and


will roll through Cambridge right along this route. This BBC survey


suggests that 20% of us feel inspired to take up cycling because


of the race being here, but is getting on a bike too dangerous?


People need to take responsibility for what they do on their bike. Not


enough understanding between cyclist and cards. But in Cambridge, with


the cycle paths, it makes it easier. This weekend, the professionals will


show off their cycling progress, but when they are gone, the rest of us


will have to have our wits about us when we get back in the saddle.


Some breaking news from Wimbledon. The number one man's seed, Rafael


Nadal, has been beaten by 19-year-old from Australia, the


first time since 1992 the world number one has been beaten by


someone outside the top. This just after telling you that Maria


Sharapova is also out. The leader of the Islamist militant


group that's seized control of parts of Iraq and northern Syria has


called on Muslims everywhere to travel to the area and help build an


Islamic state. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of ISIS, also called on his


fighters to avenge wrongs committed against Muslims worldwide.


Meanwhile, the UN has said nearly 2500 Iraqis died in June, making it


the country's most deadly month in seven years. And in the capital,


Iraqi politicians failed to elect a speaker as the parliament's first


meeting since elections in April ended in deadlock. Paul Adams


reports from Baghdad. In the Syrian city, a stronghold of


the SUNY militants of ISIS, another impressive display of captured


hardware. Russian tanks here, possibly Syrian, but also plenty of


American-made vehicles and guns seized in Iraq. Some of this


equipment has been seen before on the streets of morsel after the


Iraqi's army fleeing. There is a measure of growing confidence. There


is even an apparent SCUD missile. No one knows if it works, but it seems


to please the onlookers. And courtesy of social media, there is


no statement from the elusive leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. He


urges Muslims to come and join the new Islamic state, Syria not for


Assyrians, Iraq not what Iraqi is, the land for all Muslims, also


issuing a call for judges, doctors and engineers, even those with


management skills. Enough you might think to concentrate minds back in


the Iraqi capital Baghdad, but the session of Parliament today, the


first since April elections, was over before it began. The knives are


out for the Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, but he is clinging on


with no obvious successor. As the searing summer heat faded, I find


some former soldiers, including a general in Sadam Hussein's army,


pondering the future and parliament's failure. TRANSLATION:


In the middle of this crisis in Iraq, they should not be fighting


amongst themselves, but coming together to find a solution. They


all say they are ready to fight, but looking for leadership and right


now, in Iraq, that is in short supply.


Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared


his candidacy for the presidential election in August.


He's tipped to win the poll despite a turbulent year that saw


unprecedented protests against his rule.


The election will be the first time Turks will choose


from Regent's University London. analyst Elif Toker-Turnalar


A will he want more powers to go with the role of president, do? He


does see himself as quite invincible. 12 years of winning


general elections, local elections. The government has done extremely


well when you look at how they have come from where they are to today.


And Recep Tayyip Erdogan was put forward the idea that this was a


train and we will get off on the stock when we need to. And it seems


that he has got to the stop which does not look very promising for the


Turkish Republic. There are reasons to believe that there are some


changes in their process. You made the point he keeps winning


elections. Despite the spark protests and leaks that appear to


damages government, he has got a lot of banking, especially from rural


Turkey. What will he uses extra powers as president to do, if he


gets them? He is interested in internal politics. It is not about


what is going on outside. He has clearly shown that, too. He believes


this is the right thing to be doing. For the first time, they see him as


the leader that this thinking of them rather than showing Turkey as


being something else to the outside world. This internal political


turmoil of the last year, with the protests in the park, the


allegations of close connections has in government, including government


ministers and their family, have not had that much of an impact on the


local elections that he had just recently. Looking at what happened


in the local elections, when I talk to Turks, look at what is going on


on the ground, they say that local is quite different to the


presidential elections and there needs to be a check and balance, so


we could be surprised by what the Turkish electorate actually does try


to do. The other key development is the Turkish hostages being held as


the ISIS militants have swept across Iraq. Any developments on that?


People are still waiting to hear, but Turkey has not really trying to


do anything on the international stage about this. It has been quite


close doors when it comes to talking to the press in Turkey. But we are


told that any day now we might hear some good news, which is concerning,


why this is not being talked about in the press in Turkey. Thank you


very much for coming in. To Brazil now and just eight games


remain to decide the destination Ben Brown joins us from Rio de


Janeiro. It is very tense. It looks like going to penalties. Argentina


being held by Switzerland. As the game goes on longer and longer, both


sides getting exhausted and fatigue setting in. The game is getting more


stretched. Argentina, even with Lionel Messi, cannot find their way


through the Swiss defence. They are watching it down on Copacabana


beach, mostly Argentina fans. Some wonderful scenes as usual as they


watch the big screen with the sun beating down and the waves lapping.


Our correspondence is down there with some of the fans. This is an


area for people relaxing on the beach, sitting and watching the


match. We have seen lots of people getting up and going for a bit in


the ocean after the second half. It is a bit of a luxury watching full


all down here. -- football. They have claimed the territorial,


putting up posters of Argentina right next to the fan Festival. I


have not managed to tear any of the fans away from the screen, they are


all concentrating on watching the final moments of the match against


Switzerland. The expected this match to be easier. It is very gripping.


It is still 0-0. They are looking at another penalty shoot out happening


in the next few minutes. It would be one of the great World Cup upsets if


Switzerland where to beat Argentina today. The winners of this match


will play in the quarterfinals the winners of the next match, which is


the USA, going so well in this tournament, against dodgem. Packed


with stars from the English Premier League. -- against Belgium. I have


been talking to Alexey Lal as, who was a star for the US in the 1994


and 1998 World Cup. The US are looking at the scheme as a game that


they can win. They are using this incredible support from home that


has amassed over the tournament. Sometimes you're insulated as a


player, but they are feeling it that people back home are watching,


people care, there was incredible passion, and this soccer army that


has been for so long underground has, above ground and it is


incredibly supportive. Interesting to see the TV audiences in the USA


for these World Cup games. They are through the roof. Millions watching


it now. The game there is beginning to take off. It is still 0-0 Queen


Argentina and Switzerland and looks like going to penalties. The fans


down there could not tear themselves away to talk to us. They are so


intent on watching a thrilling game. Ben Brown, leaving us on


tenterhooks. Thank you very much. What would you you pay


for a bed that looks like this? It's full of stains,


laden with cigarette packets? Well it's been bet that someone will


pay ?1 million for Tracy Emin's artwork


at auction today here in London. Simply called 'My Bed'


the work was created by Emin, now one of the world's best known


modern artists, in a council flat It's an example of the sometimes


baffling high price of modern art. On the surface it's simply


a shark set in formaldehyde. And even replicas of


Marcel Duchamp's famous Fountain - a urinal laid on its back


and signed - have been known to sell


for more than ?1 million. So perhaps this price wasn't so


surprising, even for an unmade bed. We will have to watch for that. A


reminder of the main news now. Thousands of Israelis have taken


part in ceremonies for three teenagers whose bodies were


discovered in the occupied West Bank on Monday. They were buried


side-by-side at a ceremony attended by the prime minister, Benjamin


Netanyahu. Reprisals have been promised against how mass, but how


must the miserly involvement in the killings. And the number one men's


seed at Wimbledon Rafael Nadal has been beaten in the fourth round by a


19-year-old is brilliant. This is the first time since 1992 that the


world number one at Wimbledon has been beaten by someone outside the


top 100. This, on the day that Maria Sharapova went out of Wimbledon. It


has been a day of sporting upsets. You can talk about this on Twitter.


That is all from the team. Thank you for watching. Goodbye.


Even warmer weather for some of us as the week goes on. For others,


prepare for rain. The bulk of the UK will stay dry with sunshine with


temperatures rising a few degrees. In the North of Scotland we get


closer to these weather fronts which will have some rain coming in and


when strengthening, with


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