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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