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This is BBC World News Today with me, Kasia Madera.


Thousands of mourners have carried the body of a murdered


Palestinian teenager through East Jerusalem for his funeral.


Mohammad Abu Khdair's family believe he was killed in a revenge attack


for the kidnapping and killing of three young Israelis last month.


At the same time, the Palestinian group Hamas is poised to halt rocket


attacks against Israel in return for an end to Israeli air raids on Gaza.


Coming up, America celebrate Independence Day, but is it still


about patriotism or has it become an excuse to party?


Germany has something to cheer about after beating France in the World


Cup quarterfinals. And I am alive in Rio de Janeiro.


The host nation Brazil take on Colombia for the second of the


quarterfinals. Violence has escalated again today


on the street of East Jerusalem as you can see there were


clashes between police This comes after the funeral of the


murdered Palestinian teenager the 17-year-old who was kidnapped


and killed on Wednesday. All this comes two days


after the bodies of three abducted Israeli youths


were found. Israeli and Palestinian militants


in the Gaza Strip continued to trade fire into


each other's territory, though with less intensity


than in recent days. Our correspondent James Reynolds


was with the funeral procession. This is the funeral possession for


Mohammad Abu Khdair. His body is being taken along this road, the


women are towards the end of the procession. If we take a look around


here... The men are in front, about 400 metres in front, heading right


towards here. I do not know it you can hear in the background,


explosions. We can see some people throwing stones just over there,


that gives us an indication there may be clashes at the moment between


protesters and people mourning. We are just ring to stay here for


safety's seek to keep an eye on what is going on down the hill. There is


a real sense of anger among these Palestinians here. They say they


want justice for Mohammad Abu Khdair. They want those who


kidnapped and abducted him to be brought to trial.


Let's crossover like to Jerusalem. It has been an incredibly tense day.


It has, not just in East Jerusalem, also in the old city. Also in the


neighbourhood where James and I spent much of the day. In the old


city, many worshippers wanting to go to the mosque were prevented from


doing so because of age restrictions imposed by Israel police expecting


trouble. That caused a lot of tensions on this, the first Friday


of Ramadan. The first clashes we saw in the area close to the home of my


book -- Mohammad Abu Kadir, started after the procession had passed


through the streets when young Palestinians started throwing stones


at Israeli police, and they responded with stun grenades. These


were not quite the riotous scenes we have seen in the past couple of days


because the Israeli police pulled back to the edge of the


neighbourhood. If you look around that area, there is so much evidence


of destruction. The Israeli tram system that runs through the area


has been badly smashed up. Road signs and traffic lights have also


been attacked. Young Palestinians have really vented their reach for


what happened to this 16-year-old, who lived next to the mosque where


today his family gathered with mourners for the service to be said


to him. He was last seen their alive early on Wednesday morning heading


to the mosque for dawn prayers. There is security camera footage and


neighbours saw him, too late, being bundled into a car and driven off. I


was later his badly burned body which had been stabbed multiple


times was found in woodland here in Jerusalem. And what more do we know


about the cease-fire that is hoped to relieve some of that attention?


It was hoped that an announcement of a cease-fire from the Gaza Strip


would come during the day. But that has not transpired to be the case.


We saw a few rockets and mortars fired by militants in Gaza into


southern Israel. Fewer than we have seen on previous days this week. The


Israeli response did not come until just a few minutes ago. We have just


heard from the Israeli military that it is launched air strikes targeting


three sites belonging to the Palestinian group Hamas. Egypt,


which traditionally act as a go-between, is continuing its work


trying to restore some kind of calm. But at the moment, no official


announcement of a cease-fire. For the time being, thank you very much,


reporting live from Jerusalem. When we get more information on that


cease-fire we will bring that to you. Let us move on.


While some Sunni Muslims have joined the insurgency, others have rejected


it. Many are still horrified by what ISIS is doing. Our correspondent has


been to a Sunni mosque in a mixed neighbourhood of Baghdad to hear the


views of worshippers at Friday prayers.


It is not exactly a city under lockdown, but at Baghdad there are


checkpoints everywhere. This mosque is Sunni but in a mixed


neighbourhood. They are praying for coexistence, while Sunni militants


elsewhere claim to wage Jihad in their name. TRANSLATION: Those


people enjoy freedom. Everybody knows what religion is. Ours is a


religion of forgiveness. We do not have hatred for non-believers. We


all want to stop the bloodbath among Muslims. I think Sadam was wrong,


because Sadam to us in Iraq, the president, the government, not to


speak is Sunni or Shia right. I am Shi'ite. I pre-here every Friday.


Most people are locals. There are those here who have fled the


fighting elsewhere, worried the war could follow them. Like this man, a


refugee in the capital since the fall of Fallujah in January.


TRANSLATION: Yes, it could definitely happen here. Security


forces have taken precautions. We ran away from the fighting in


Fallujah. The bombing, which to be honest, was the government's doing.


To be clear, there was no ISIS there. Just tribesmen demanding


their rights. The mosque is named for a Sufi


leader 1000 years ago. The mystic tradition continues. Sunni Muslims


in Baghdad feel vulnerable at the moment. Here in the mosque's


interior, they can perhaps forget it all.


Sunni and Shia leaders here in Britain along with leaders


from other Muslim groups, have issued a joint message


calling on young British Muslims not to travel to Syria or Iraq.


More than 100 Imams have signed the letter, saying they've


come together as a unified voice to urge Muslim communities


But what difference do they think their call will make?


Our correspondent June Kelly reports.


It is the conflict thousands of miles away which is drying in


hundreds of men, some only teenagers, from the UK. 500 British


Muslims are estimated to have travelled to Syria to take up arms


against the regime of President Assad. And some, like those in this


video, have joined the militant group ISIS. Its name has become


synonymous with appalling act of barbarity. Religious leaders in


Muslim communities here are urging Britons not to travel. More than 100


imams have signed an open letter which is, in essence, an appeal. It


sees: We as British imams are doing


everything in our capability to disseminate that message, and Oscars


only one of those platforms. We are using all sorts of others to make


sure the message goes out to everyone who might be inclined to


take part and go on travel to Syria. One Briton who says he has been out


there for a year has spoken to the BBC. His claim that he is fighting


with the Al-Nusra Front can not be verified. I do not want to come back


to what I left behind, there is nothing in Britain but pure evil.


When I come back to Britain it will be when the Islamic state comes to


conquer Britain. I will come to raise the black flag of Islam over


Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, and Tower Bridge. As Muslims gather


for Friday prayers, their leaders are stressing that there are around


3 million Muslims in this country, and only a tiny number have chosen


to follow the jihadi pack. Now a look at some of


the day's other news: The former editor of the British


News of the World newspaper, Andy Coulson, has been


sentenced to 18 months in prison Mr Coulson, who also served as the


Communications Director for British Prime Minister David Cameron,


will definitely serve nine months and will then be


eligible for parole. Four others were also given


jail time ranging from two months to six months,


some of them suspended sentences. The veteran Australian entertainer,


Rolf Harris, has been jailed for


five years and nine months for a string of indecent assaults


on four girls. The judge in London said


Harris had shown no remorse The Queen has named the British


Royal Navy's largest ever warship at a ceremony in Scotland. The HMS


Queen Elizabeth is the first of two aircraft carriers being built at a


cost of more than ?6 billion. The Queen smashed a bottle of single


malt whiskey on the helm -- on the whole, as opposed to the usual


bottle of champagne. I name this ship Queen Elizabeth. May God bless


and all who sail in her. For Americans, the 4th of July is


hailed as a day of national pride. Celebrating the United States'


declaration of independence from Britain, it is traditionally marked


with parades, fireworks and barbecues. But is it a genuine


display of Pat Richards or an excuse for a party? We take a look at


America's shifting patriotically landscape.


Americans love themselves on the 4th of July. Those fireworks,


barbecues... But is this more of an excuse to party and a celebration of


Pat Richards -- patriotism? According to the pew research


Centre, over half of the US say they are often proud to be an American.


If we break it down by age, there is a difference in which generations


see themselves as patriotically that is patriotism. But how do Americans


think the US is doing over all? Less than half think America's best years


are still to come. But there is a generational difference again.


Millennial 's are optimistic about the future than baby boomers. No


doubt there is some nostalgia going on for earlier days here. In just


three years, the number of people who think the US stands above all


other countries has fallen by 10%. Perhaps some of this has to do with


the rise of China. If we look at pure research data from January.


Here is the growing percentage of Americans who think China is the


world's leading economic power. That does not think America does not


deserve to celebrate beating the British. People may think the


international stage is shifting, but most still believe America is one of


the greatest countries. Just not the only greatest country.


For more on this we can talk to an American political commentator who


has written a book about anti-American ism around the world.


Thank you for coming to speak to us. It seems to be a generational


divide about how Americans see their country. It is, although I would say


I am on the cusp of being a baby boomer having been born in the


1950s. People think of baby boomers being born after the war to GIs.


Right now, America is in a difficult state because young people feel a


bit insecure about Edward Snowden, about e-mails, their Twitter and


Facebook being hacked. Older Americans are concerned about the


fact there are still is not an NHS. There is a lot of division in the


United States. And 70 million ever jealous or Christian -- evangelical


Christians. The 70 million Republicans on the right and the tea


party. It is not so much a generational situation, but a


feeling that social care is pure, there is no NHS, local care is not


good, so I think there is optimism in some areas of the young, and


pessimism. I do not think it is straight down the line. It is very


divided amongst different generations. The study found that


the millennial 's, the younger generation, they are more optimistic


about the direction America is going in. Maybe because the baby boomers


have seen better times and are concerned about the future? Yes,


young people are healthier. Older people start to worry about their


health. I go back to the situation that whenever I talk to family,


friends, colleagues, one thing that exercises them is this situation


with health care. Even if you good salary you can use -- lose your home


if you end up in a hospital with long-term care. That tends to affect


older people. But... Yet we sell so much, Obamacare, many people were so


against it. Yes, that is right, there were fisticuffs about it.


There was a town meeting in my hometown, Philadelphia, people tried


to hit the man and he was a Republican. He became a Democrat


because he was so annoyed about the Republicans being against all these


good social programmes. Sadly, he passed away last year. But there is


so much anger and hatred in the United States about an NHS. They


think it is a form of "socialism". God forbid they would think it was a


form of commenters on. But it is very depressing. Remember, Obama


doesn't have a Congress, he has a Republican congress and everyone


thought in 2012 on his coat-tails the Congress would be returned to


the Democrats. It is still Republican and I am sure you know


that he lost his seat, who was right wing, the head of the Republicans in


the Congress, to a tea party candidate and some people say the


art of the right of UKIP. So the United States is divided about many


things. People are not happy. It is one of the unhappiest times I know


in my country. A sad thought to leave it on but we have to, Carol


Gould, commentator and author, thank you for joining us.


The wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship which sank in Italy


in 2012 is set to be re-floated within ten days.


It's been more than two years since the luxury cruiseliner sank off the


In September last year the Concordia was hauled upright


Now, ahead of the removal of the 100,000 ton vessel, divers


have taken us on a tour of the underwater wreck, where two people


More than two years on and still the Costa Concordia sits where she came


to rest, on the night she sank. Now the police diver has taken us down


into her file and blue world, where everything is frozen in the moment


of the disaster. An orange deflated life Fest hangs in the wreckage --


life vest. And some holiday reading, perhaps, a book that a


passenger never finished on this luxury cruise that ended so


terribly. What looks like a reception area next to a bar or a


lounge. The drinking and the chatter here would have stopped suddenly


when the slip -- the ship slammed against the rocks. But in some


places there is almost no damage at all. There are plans to refloat her


in the weeks ahead, then she would make her final voyage, a journey to


the port of Genoa, where she will be scrapped. But environmentalists say


they are worried. Among their concerns are what will happen to


pollutants that may still be trapped in the wreck.


TRANSLATION: We are here with the rainbow Warrior


because we want all the dismantling operations to happen publicly and in


daylight and above all choosing the solutions with the lowest


environmental risks. But all along those running this salvage operation


have insisted that they are doing everything possible to keep any echo


optical -- ecological damage to a minimum.


Let's turn to the World Cup. The French have been sent packing by


Germany. And iconic setting for this


quarterfinal between two old rivals. French fans reminding their German


counterparts they have won the World Cup more recently, but plenty of


confidence in the German camp as well. That buoyancy was justified as


early as the 12th minute, as this free kick was headed in by Matt


samples, his second goal of the tournament after scoring against


Portugal. The game did not have any real flow, with chances few and far


between. France had a good chance in the first half, saved. The keeper


was proving a tough obstacle for the French to get past, saving this


header. At the other end, he could not get his angles right to wrap up


the match. Andre Schurrle was similarly wasteful. In the end, it


did not matter. Germany edged a scrappy game to reach the


semifinals. Either Brazil or Colombia await. I disappointed


France. Let's cross life to Rio and Peter Okwoche has been watching


Forrest. Was it a good game? -- watching for us. It was a scrappy


affair. Once the goal was scored, none of the sides really created any


chances. France could have nicked a goal in the end and probably drawn


into extra time, but I think overall you would say that probably the


Germans deserved this win. Of course, looking forward to the game


tonight and we expect lots of cheering on the beach behind you


because there is always a great party on Copacabana beach when


Brazil play. Absolutely. Let's give you an idea of what it looks like


down there now. A sea of yellow and green. This place, the number of


people there, seems to have multiplied by two since the end of


the game between France and Germany. All the people there are expecting


that Brazil will win, the neutrals as well of course, because they want


this party to continue. The talking point has been a state of mind of


the Brazilian team. We saw them crying while the national anthem was


played in the game against Chile and they were even crying before they


took their penalty kicks in that game as well. The coach has called


on a psychologist. He says he hopes that will get the team to the final.


The game kicks off in just under two hours. The weight of expectation is


very heavy indeed. On the Brazilians. For the time being,


thank you. I know you will be watching the game for us, Peter


Okwoche in Rio with the best view in the world, I think, at the moment.


Quite a lot has changed in the UK since the end of the Second World


War - but for one man who lives in Cambridgeshire, every day is


That's because Ben Sansum is such an enthusiast of the wartime era,


that he has filled his entire house with 1940s artefacts.


I guess I was the funny boy at school who had a strange interest.


As I grew over I loved the cars, the music and the fashion. My name is


Ben Sampson and for years I have been fascinated with history,


particularly the 40s -- Ben Sansum. I decided to recreate the 40s as


much as I could in my own home. I am 35 now. My parents probably thought


I would grow out of it but I will always live like this now. I will


never grow out of it and I will probably die living like this! The


heart of the house merely is the Victorian range. 1890s, fully


restored, every nut and bolt, working perfectly. Even after 120


years. It is marvellous. I use it all the time in winter. It is


fantastic. This is the master bedroom. Being a Victorian house


that is more Victorian up here because in the 30s, visitors use the


best room, the front room, so that is where you had your art deco,


modern stuff, but the older part of the house where visitors would not


see, you would have the hand-me-downs, the Victorian


furniture. I don't do microwaves or dishwashers, but I do have a fridge,


I am afraid. Meet savers are not so great these days. So I have a


fridge. It is scary today. We are more isolated and we have lost such


a lot but I am just trying to hold onto some of the old world charms of


that period. As long as I can. Gosh, that is dedication, but he is


cheating with a fridge. Let's bring you some remarkable images from this


the US state of Arizona where AJ dust storm has struck the city of


Phoenix, accompanied by up to 80 mile an hour winds. They knocked


down trees and power lines. Thousands of without electricity and


planes were diverted. Phoenix is used to these dust storms and this


was apparently only the first of the season. So brace yourselves, all of


those in Phoenix. Lots more on the website. You can get in touch with


me on Twitter. You can get in a conversation about the World Cup.


Lots more on the website. Thanks for watching, goodbye.


Good evening. This weekend I think a lot of us will have a bit of both.


There will be some sunshine but also a bit of rain and one thing that we


will notice is just how much fresher it is going to be across the


south-east and East Anglia, where today, Friday, highs


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