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As polls close in Venezuela's constitutional referendum,
Nicholas Maduro calls the unofficial vote "meaningless", but it adds more
A scandal over horsemeat - police in Spain accuse an organised
crime group of trading meat that's unfit for humans across Europe.
Swiss tennis star Roger Federer makes history by taking a record 8th
And for all you Time Lord fans, the new Doctor Who is a woman
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
Polls have closed for Venezuelans voting in an unofficial
referendum on government plans for a new assembly that
Millions of people took part in the symbolic consultation,
which follows months of political violence.
Improvised polling stations have been set up in more
Earlier, our correspondent explained what was behind the vote.
He can see opposition to the president and has plans to create a
caused additional Assembly. This ballot was used to show the
Government and the world that most people in this country want a
change. There are already thousands of people floating not only in
Caracas, the capital, but around the country and the world. In Colombia,
Spain, the US and the UK as well. The opposition wants to send a
message in the middle of an economic crisis and in the middle of three
months of protests where 100 people were killed. The Government is
carrying out voting for the cause additional Assembly election in two
weeks. -- the constitutional. You can see the signs of how Venezuela
is so divided right now. Thousands of opposition
demonstrators in Poland have been protesting outside parliament
in Warsaw against judicial reforms which one of their leaders has
called a coup d'etat. The new legislation gives control
over the body that nominates I spoke to our correspondent
Adam Easton a short There has been a considerable crowd
that has turned up outside the Polish parliament to voice their
protest against these very controversial reforms, which, as you
say, essentially, the people have come to protest say it allows the
parliament which is dominated -- the parliament to appoint their own
people as judges. This legislation. People protesting here have been
protesting against the Government for the last 18 months. They see
this as the latest attempt by the Government to a road democracy by
demolishing the rule of law and destroying Democratic checks and
balances. What has been a Government response? The Government is
basically saying that this is the same as the courts. The Government
says that these are a few thousand people in Warsaw who are the elites
of the country, if you like. We have popular support and we are doing
very well in opinion polls, trouncing the opposition parties.
And in fact we have support from the many people here in changing the way
courts are run. They say that the courts are corrupt and inefficient,
not democratic, do not serve the interests of the public. Many people
here in Poland would agree with that. Even some of the people
protesting in Warsaw outside Parliament would agree that the
process is not perfect. But they would say that this is no way to
improve the current system, by essentially handing power to the
Government to take control of the body that appoint judges. Briefly,
how likely is it that the legislation would change as a result
of the protests? Extremely unlikely in my opinion. Parliament has
approved it now and it only goes to the President for signing. The
president as a lawyer. He is a former member of the Law and Justice
party and is given no indication he sees anything wrong with this.
Adam Easton was seeking to me earlier. -- speaking.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news...
Israel has reopened the extremely sensitive holy site in Jerusalem
known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as
But many Muslim worshippers have refused to enter the area on account
of new security measures that the Israelis have put in place.
It was closed for the first time in decades on Friday after two Israeli
policemen were shot dead by Israeli Arab gunmen.
Police in Bangladesh say four suspected Islamist
after a tense stand-off lasting several hours.
The militants had barricaded themselves in a house
on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.
They reportedly threw bombs at security personnel
after they tried to storm the building.
Spanish police say they have dismantled an organised crime group
that was trading horsemeat across Europe that
65 people were arrested in Spain and charged with various crimes,
including money laundering and animal abuse.
The investigation carried out in coordination with Europol dates
back to the detection of horsemeat in beefburgers four
A short time ago, I spoke to journalist Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid.
It is a very large scale investigation. The Spanish civil
guard and Europol believe this criminal gang have made around 20
million euros out of this scam. It has been very complex and it has a
European dimension to it. That the meat was being repurposed here in
Spain and the animals were from the north of Spain and Portugal. They
were going to facilities in Spain to be slaughtered and then the meat was
being exported. Most of the meat was going abroad. It is a very
international dimension to this. As you said, it is all linked back to
this case in Ireland four years ago. The investigation has been going on
for some time. Said it went outside of Spain and Portugal. Do you know
how far this has gone across Europe, or maybe father? So far, Europol in
the Spanish civil guard have said it went to a number of European
countries. Most of the meat seemed to be going to Belgium and Belgium
as the European Union's biggest horse meat exporter. From there, it
was going to other countries such as France, Italy, Romania, all
countries within the E. That is what we know so far but obviously there
could be more details to come. -- within the European Union. The main
gist is that animal is not meant to be fit for human consumption where
having documentation tampered with and then slaughtered as if they were
animals that could be eating as regular horse meat. This
investigation included a lot of money laundering as well. It is
quite... It includes so many aspects of crime. The 65 people, do we know
they be charged and there will be some success at the end of this? It
is a little bit early to know for sure at the moment. What we do know
is that the people who have been arrested include farmers, Bethany
Haines, slaughterhouse owners. Anna Lee of people involved in the
sector. -- veterinarians and slaughterhouse owners.
One man they believe was overseeing a lot of these activities from the
town he resided in the Spanish East Coast seems to be a key figure in
all this. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has been in Paris to commemorate the 75th anniversary
of the biggest mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied France
during the second world war. During the visit, Mr Netanyahu also
held his first direct talks with the French President,
Emmanuel Macron. With a new president, France's
finding a new role in the world. But there are moments in history that
sense of national guilt. Frist of facing up to what was done here 75
years ago and taking its responsibility, despite the Nazi
It was indeed France which organised the round-up, the deportation which
led to almost all the deaths of the 13,000 people of the Jewish faith
who were taken from their homes on the 16th and 17th of July 1942.
These are some of the men, women and children who were arrested by French
police and packed onto trains, simply because of their religion.
13,152 of them. Most are taken to a Schlitz -- Auschwitz. Fewer than 100
lives. This is the first time an Israeli Prime Minister has been in
his commemorations. Some feel he is using what happened here to
strengthen his own position. I have come here to go my head in memory of
her slain brothers and sisters, slaughtered slowly because they were
dues. -- solely because they were Jewish. There was politics as well.
In their first direct talks, President Macron prestige early
leader for new peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Reflecting on
history can be tough but both men are shaping the future and that will
be a real challenge as well. Stay with us on BBC
World News, still to come... For fans of the sci-fi series,
it's a big moment - the new Doctor Who has been
unveiled and she's a woman. We'll find out more
about the actress who is Jani bus urge has been shot dead in
Florida. The multimillionaire was gunned down outside his home in
Miami. Emergency services across Central Europe are stepping up
efforts to contain the worst floods this century. Nearly 100 people have
been killed. Broadway is traditionally known as the great
White Way but it is now wiped out. It is a reminder of the problems to
Americans that the energy crisis has brought. 200 years ago today, huge
Parisian crowd stormed the Bastille prison in the first act of the
revolution which was to topple the French monarchy. Today, hundreds of
thousands were on the shone so easy for the traditional military parade.
Penguins have been staggering Shoreham collapsing after gorging
themselves on their favourite food, pilchards. Some had eaten so much,
they could barely stand. -- staggering on shore.
Polls are closing in an unofficial constitutional
President Nicholas Maduro has called the vote "meaningless",
but it adds more pressure on the embattled leader.
Police in Spain have accused an organised crime group of trading
meat that's unfit for humans across Europe.
Let's find out... Let's get all the sporting News. He is Mark Edwards.
He's the man who just can't stop winning.
Roger Federer breaking records once again, the Swiss picking
up his eighth men's singles title at Wimbledon.
Surely the youngest 35-year-old in sport, beating Marin Cilic
John Watson was there to witness the Fed in full flow.
A 19th Grand Slam tide of Roger Federer, competing in his 19th
Wimbledon. This final will not go down as a classic. Marin Cilic, as
we witnessed on Centre Court today, have some problems. He had a foot
problem and that led to a straight sets victory for Roger Federer.
Cilic himself feel disappointed with the way that that match played out.
We have seen him beat Roger Federer. He pushed close last year and of
course the team on the way to winning his one and only Grand Slam
title. But up against Roger Federer today, he released at the Chans. --
he released it no chance. A straight sets defeat. Roger Federer, the
records keep someone. He is the oldest male singles winner here at
Wimbledon and the second oldest grand champion in the open era. He
came through this tournament playing exceptional tennis and had not
dropped a set on his way to winning the title. Nobody has done that
since the great Bjorn Borg back in the 1970s. What now for Roger
Federer? Of course, it is interesting as he has managed and
shaped his career in the latter stages... 35 years old, days short
of his 36th birthday. We saw him miss the French Open and he came
back after the absence of the end of last year when he went on to win the
trillion open. Who would ever have predicted that here we would be this
year, Roger Federer, 35, winning the two Grand Slams he has competed in.
Interesting detail the thoughts of Boris Becker earlier on, saying he
believes Roger Federer will go on and win more titles. I guess he will
pick and choose what one he competes in. But there can be no doubt about
it. This success, the eighth Wimbledon title for the great Roger
Federer, once again underlining his staters is one of the greatest male
canisters of all time, if not the greatest. -- one of the greatest
male tennis players. Britain's Lewis hamilton powered
to a dominant victory at silverston to tie the all-time record of five
career wins in the The Mercedes man led from start
to finish as he closed the gap on Championship leader,
Sebastian Vettel, to just one point. The German Ferrari driver suffering
a puncture approaching the penultimate lap to drop
from 3rd to 7th. Kimi Raikkonen also suffered
a puncture while on course Promoting Hamilton's
team-mate Valtteri Bottas It's the opening day of the women's
Euro 2017 competition currently And a good day for the hosts,
who kicked off the 12th edition It was Liverpool forward Shanice van
de Sanden who gave the 2009 semifinalists all 3 points with the
only goal of the game. Heading in Lieke Martens'
pin-point cross from close Denmark or 1-0 up against Belgium.
About 15 minutes left to play on that one. -- Denmark are 1-0 up.
And it's pretty much mission impossible for England after day
3 of the second Test against South Africa.
The Proteas declared on 343 for 9
If you're being an optimist, the hosts will have 2 days to chase
down what would be their highest fourth-innings total to win a Test.
So South Africa very much on course to level the series at one apiece.
Well, we are into the final week of the Tour De France
and Britain's Chris Froome has retained the yellow jersey
Sunday's 190-kilometre mountain stage
was won by Trek Segafredo's flying Dutchman - Bauke Mollema.
It's being called New York's "Summer of Hell" -
the delays for tens of thousands of commuters as urgent repairs
are carried out at Penn Station, the busiest transportation
Donald Trump has promised to be an "infrastructure president",
but New Yorkers are complaining he's not doing enough for them,
It's a city of shimmering skyscrapers and evermore
Where commuter trains move in slow motion,
where some of the overhead lines that power them are more
The country's busiest rail route in the Northeast corridor relies
on bridges based on designs popularised in Britain
And this is America's fastest train, which slows to an embarrassing five
miles per hour on the approach to New York.
Routinely, they come to a complete halt because track closures reduce
this overloaded network to a single usable line.
It is horribly embarrassing, especially when I have
It is almost a third world country when it comes to infrastructure.
The rail tunnels into New York are in such a bad state of repair
that it is feared they may be forced to close before new ones are built.
We got a rare glimpse inside the nerve centre of the rail
network underneath Penn Station and it felt like
The tunnel was opened to service when the Wright Brothers switched
from their model A flyer to the model B flyer.
It is definitely time to build a new tunnel.
New York's Penn Station has been hit by a series of derailments,
earning it the nickname Pain Station, and that has prompted
the urgent repair programme of the so-called summer of hell.
There's absolutely a crisis of infrastructure here.
Everything behind me relies on tunnels that
They flooded during Superstorm Sandy and they are starting to go
There is really a possibility that we are going to lose
the connection under the Hudson river for the Northeast corridor,
and then see what happens when almost 100,000 people every day
have to find a new way to get to and from work.
Donald Trump has promised to be the infrastructure president,
but the recent spending bill that he pushed through Congress
actually withdrew funding for two major transportation projects -
the tunnels and improvements to the subway system -
More than 55,000 bridges across the country are
Making America great again requires modernising
It's been a momentous day for fans of the global hit
In an historic first, the lead character, who has
become a British icon, will be played by a woman.
The BBC has announced that Jodie Whittaker
She replaces the very popular Peter Capaldi.
Our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba has more.
Time travel show Doctor Who making history.
Jodie Whittaker says she is overwhelmed, as a feminist,
as a woman and as an actor to be cast as the drama's
in the six months since Peter Capaldi announced he was stepping
down from the role, there has been a huge amount of speculation about who
his replacement will be. When he regenerates and this year's
Christmas Becchio. -- in this year's Christmas Becchio. Regeneration was
introduced in the 1960s on Doctor Who. An ingenious solution to
replace an actor leading the lead role. Since it has returned, it has
consistently been one of the BBC's biggest hits. A successful
combination of a province I fight format and the charismatic lead
actor. Expectation for the new Doctor is certain to be high.
Do you think all fans will welcome a female Doctor?
Some won't be sure but they should remember that Doctor Who is all
about change and this is potentially a really big, really
With the BBC having committed itself to greater diversity,
it will be hoping that today's announcement will not
only excite viewers, but clearly demonstrate
that the time travel show has moved firmly into the 21st century.
An international robotics competition for young people starts
It's called the First Global Challenge and aims to help
young people excel in Stem subjects - science, technology,
High schools from all over the world will compete for over six weeks
One of the teams had a trickier route to the finals than most.
Rejected for visas after two rounds of interviews and banned from
entering the United States, these young women never give up the fight
to achieve their dream. After running is Austin flight, the team
of six Afghan girls landed in Washington on Saturday to represent
the country in a global high school robotics competition. On Monday,
they compete against more than 160 countries to build robots that can
hit balls into goals, hang on bars and balance on balance beams. They
had been denied entry to the country due to district entry policies
introduced by US President Donald Trump. The cases become a flash
point in the debate about Mr Trumpefforts to tighten entrance
into the US. Critics said the row was emblematic of a broader effort
to stop Muslims entering the country. An extraordinary
last-minute reversal was announced on Wednesday when it was reported
the president personally intervene. A Homeland Security Department
spokesperson said that the request for the entry along with a chaperone
had been approved. A banker Trump, advocate and supporter of women in
science, treated her congratulations. The girls were
thrilled to be taking part. The President of the United States and
the people of America supported us in this case, which shows they have
not forgotten us. Nothing is impossible and everything is
possible. We have opportunities... For the people of Afghanistan, the
inclusion of these girls represents far more than entry to a science
competition. In a country where girls face significant limitations
in education as well as in personal lives, there is no hope for the
future. -- there is now hope. The Canadian Prime Minister
Justin Trudeau has met the son of Syrian refugees named
after the politician as a thank The two-month-old boy, whose full
name is Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan, seemed happy to fall asleep
as the Prime Minister briefly Can he do wrong? Babies falsely been
his arms. -- do no wrong? Don't forget, you can get
in touch with me and some Good evening. After a mostly cloudy
Saturday, things brightened up