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Round two of the formal Brexit talks gets under way.


It's time to get down to business say officials as they try to hammer


out some of the key details over Britain's departure from the EU.


After North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missile test,


the South offers talks, but how will the invitation


And the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge become


the latest high profile visitors to touch down in Poland -


the first stop in their diplomacy tour with family in tow.


Hello and welcome to World News Today.


Britain's Brexit minister has pledged to get down to business


as the second round of formal talks on the UK's departure from


In a brief appearance alongside EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier,


Mr Davis said there had been a good start to the process.


Mr Barnier described the atmospherics as good and said


talks would now delve into the heart of the matter.


This week's discussions will mainly revolve around the issues


of the Irish border - that's the frontier


between Northern Ireland, a part of the UK, and the Republic


The size of any so-called divorce bill, which is the financial


commitment Britain made as a member and has to honour before leaving.


And citizen rights - what will happen to millions of EU


citizens living in the UK, and about a million UK expats


But a year after Britain voted narrowly to leave the EU,


the UK Government seemed at war with itself over Brexit,


with leaks over the weekend suggesting the cabinet is extremely


Our political editor Laura Kuennesberg has the latest.


They don't really have much time to hang around,


the two men who'll haggle over how we leave.


Especially with the UK's political situation rather fluid, at best.


It's incredibly important we now make good progress,


that we negotiate through this and identify the differences


so we can deal with them, and identify the similarities


And now it's time to get down to work and make this


Working out the Irish border, the Brexit bill,


But government ministers don't agree completely


Perhaps that is why the Brexit secretary seemed


Perhaps because chatter around the Cabinet at home suggests


You've seen in another part of town today, I'm very pleased that


negotiations are beginning, and as you know, a very fair,


serious offer has been put on the table by the UK Government.


It's not just that Government has to wrangle Brexit


through Brussels and Parliament, but deal with other pressures


and disagreements - on public sector pay


Above all, the disagreements have emerged into daylight


because the discipline Theresa May had imposed on the Tories


has all but disappeared since the general election.


Tomorrow, she will warn the cabinet to behave,


to keep their views to themselves, but those


with desire for the top job believe the game is on.


I think whoever is doing it, everybody needs to get


into a cold bath or shower, and then get together


and have a warm pint afterwards because this is damaging.


It's damaging to the party, to the Parliamentary MPs,


Remember him, urging the Tories today to inspire,


The risk for the Tories - the current generation hurts each


From the UK to the US, where it is Made in America week


at the White House - there will be a show of goods


on the South Lawn as President Trump promotes US manufacturing.


But when it comes to legislation there are fears that the Senate's


health care bill may be stalled after Senator John McCain


underwent surgery and is out for at least a week.


And the President has once again tweeted his support for his son


Don Jr, who met with a Russian lawyer during the election campaign.


Here to help us through it all is the BBC's Anthony Zurcher.


The White House is trying to shift the focus back to the economy but


bringing jobs and manufacturing back to the US is easier said than done.


Absolutely, happy Made in America wait to you. There is a running


theme over this year, the Trump Administration have tried to focus


on infrastructure, jobs, spending on infrastructure. It is become a


running joke because these weeks tend to get sidetracked by Don


from's own statements. He was tweeting about a woman's golf


tournament over the weekend and the infrastructure week was sidetracked


by James Komi's testimony. Nobody really mentioned anything about


infrastructure week at the time and nobody has talked about it since, so


there are lorries and fire trucks and construction equipment scattered


over the lawn of the White House but we will see if it can break through


the messages. Let's get back to the Tbits as he wants to do before the


summer is out, health care reform, a stumbling block with news that John


McCain is recovering from can -- surgery? John Mike Kane was a


reliable vote for health care reform, it shows if Republicans lose


one reliable vote they may not be able to pass the bill. Also the


budget office scoring of the impact on unemployed people may not come


out in time, Republicans have extended their stay here in


Washington for a couple of weeks in August but may not get to work. The


president has also reiterated his support for his son Don Junior, last


week you could have said was Russian e-mail week. What more can we expect


on that? It is a steady drip of new information, we are finding out


about new people who attended this meeting, a Russian American


lobbyists who said documents were handed over, some detail on possible


ties between the Democrats and Russia, something Donald Junior has


said never happened, so it seems like every new story, there is a new


reason for the Trump Administration to get on the defensive. I spoke to


said they don't mind the Russian thing because they think a lot of it


is made up by the media. The President's approval ratings came


out and were not good for him. They show a record low for his


Administration at 36%, which is lower than Barack Obama or George W


Bush at the same point in their administrations. Republican support


is still high, 80%, it is Democrats and independents who are becoming


strongly opposed to him. That may undermine Republicans trying to run


for election next year but that is still a long way off and Democrats,


a majority think American Democrats only stand for anti-Trump, not for


anything on their own. Democrats need to find their own issue to


campaign on, they cannot just be the anti-Donald Trump party. Thank you,


Anthony. Well, among President Trump's


promises on the campaign trail was an immigration crackdown -


with a pledge to deport So far arrests have risen but actual


deportations haven't. But a special report by the BBC's


Panorama programme reveals that thousands of undocumented immigrants


with no criminal records are also being caught in these sweeps,


with families split apart One morning in May,


when they were getting ready for school in their home


in San Diego, California, border patrol officers came


and arrested both of their parents. They just came up to my mum


and told her she was arrested Their parents, Rosenda


and Francisco Duarte Snr, have been living in America


illegally the 21 years. Border patrol initially


suspected them of involvement in international human trafficking,


but later dropped the accusation. The Duarte parents run


a small ice cream business The first night alone,


the children all moved their beds Francisco, the older brother, now


does his best to run the household. The border guards knew


they were leaving a teenager They just asked me,


are you Francisco? They said, OK, you can


take care of them. So they just left you here


with all the family? President Trump came to office


on a promise to prioritise We have some bad hombres here


and we are going to get them out. In his first 100 days,


41,000 illegals or suspected Most were criminals,


but there was a massive spike in people like the Duartes


being arrested, non-criminals President Trump's supporters


say the administration Nobody wants families split


and the way to ensure that, if you are a family,


is to not come to this Sometimes the sins of the father


are visited upon the sons, and that's unfortunate,


but the Government didn't The Duartes went to see their


parents in the immigrant detention Their mother has since been released


on bail, but both parents still face possible deportation,


as now do any of America's Today the Washington Post reported


that the United Arab Emirates hacked into Qatari government news websites


and social media, posting inflammatory false quotes attributed


to the Emir of Qatar. Those reports then sparked


the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbours which led


to the cutting of diplomatic ties. The UAE Minister of State


for Foreign Affairs, Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash,


spoke to the BBC's Lucy Hockings earlier today and issued this


denial of the report. This is a crisis. Every day there is


a new allegation and there was an allegation about us asking for the


withdrawal of Qatar from hosting the World Cup, today it is this one,


completely untrue. They are quite specific allegations from US


intelligence. And it said than defied also. Washington Post is


quoting intelligence sources. You believe there was a hack? I just


want to say the story is completely untrue. I haven't read the story


yet, I have seen the reports but it is untrue. It says your country


hacked Qatar's news websites. And posted comments that said that


"Qatar's ruler praises Do you think he would have


said those comments? Very diplomatically


sensitive comments. No, I think if you look


at the comments, they are very consistent with what they have been


doing. I'm talking about the hack,


completely untrue. They also said that on the 23rd


of May, senior members of your government discussed


the plan and its implementation. Again, the whole story


is completely untrue. For the first time in nearly two


years, South Korea has proposed The proposal comes in spite


of the test earlier this month of what many experts say


was Pyongyang's first President Moon Jae-in,


who took over leadership of the South in May,


has said he wants to see closer engagement with the North


to de-escalate what he describes But how will that sit with the US


and regional allies? We are joined from Washington


now by Balbina Hwang, who formerly served in the State


department and is now These engagement the right way to


handle the North Korean situation? I don't think only engagement, I think


it has to be engagement along with all other types of Africa, including


upping some of the pressure against these outrageous activities North


Korea conducts, and that is what President Moon Jae-in has said will


be his policy. How do you think countries like the US who have been


promising at tougher stance on North Korea will take this? The Trump


Administration has declared that it will pursue a tougher stance but it


has also made clear that it is also interested in types of engagement,


including diplomatic and political engagement, so I believe there is


full support from the US and I hope the cupboard nation between the


Allies is close. What about other players in the region? This is in


line with what China has claimed it has wanted for several decades and I


don't think anybody else would oppose this approach, not even


Japan, and I think Shinzo a also understands there has to be some


sort of engagement along with continued pressure to stop North


Korea's illicit activities. This is the intention to hold these talks


but what is the likelihood of that happening? There is been so much


debate about engagement were not and whether one is better than the


other, I think we have moved beyond the debate about engagement, the


point about engagement is it only works if both sides of the party


participate, and the problem is not the engagement itself but that North


Korea has consistently refused for the last six years to engage, so we


will have to see if North Korea will respond to President Moon's


approaches. Does this gesture from South Korea are effectively


legitimise North Korea's actions at the moment? I suppose some would


argue that but I think we have moved beyond that point. What I like about


this recent proposal from President Moon is that he is talking about


military engagements and that is critical. Some of the broad gestures


he has ventured is starting a co-economic involvement project, and


reunion groups, to me those are gestures which I am not certain


would get North Korea to take action. It is really military action


and military talks are crucial if North Korea is willing to


participate. Thank you for joining us and we will see if those talks to


happen. Let's take a look at some of


the other stories making the news. The United Nations says the number


of civilian casualties in Afghanistan has reached a record


high in the first half of 2017. In a new report, the UN said more


than 1600 people were killed from January to the end of June,


an increase of 2% The majority of the victims died


in attacks by the Taliban Two bomb blasts have killed at least


nine people in the city of Maiduguri A female suicide bomber blew


herself up at a mosque, killing eight people


during morning prayers. In another incident,


the police say Boko Haram insurgents forcefully strapped explosives


to a ten-year-old boy Relatives of the mostly Dutch


passengers of the Malaysia Airlines flight shot down over Ukraine three


years ago have gathered for a ceremony in the Netherlands


to dedicate a memorial forest The memorial site is close


to Schiphol Airport, where Flight MH17 left on its last


journey three years ago. Investigators say the rocket that


brought down the plane was fired from territory controlled


by Russian-backed rebels. A terminally ill man has


begun a legal challenge against the ban on assisted dying


in England and Wales. 67-year-old Noel Conway has


motor neurone disease. He says he fears becoming entombed


in his body and wants to be able to choose when and where he dies,


without those who aid Currently it is illegal


to help someone to die. Our medical correspondent


Fergus Walsh reports. It's an issue which polarises


opinion, and keeps coming The latest challenge


is from Noel Conway from Shropshire, who was too weak to attend


today's hearing. Motor neurone disease


means he increasingly Once fit and active, his muscles


are progressively wasting. He fears how he will die,


and wants a doctor to be allowed I want to be able to say goodbye


to the people that I love at the right time, not to be


in a zombie-like condition, suffering both physically


and psychologically. It is only three years


since the Supreme Court rejected a similar plea for a right to die


from Tony Nicklinson, though he was not considered


to be terminally ill. The blanket ban on assisted dying


has been challenged many times, and in every case, the courts have


rejected the central argument that the current law breaches human


rights by preventing people Mr Conway's lawyers argue


that his challenge is different, as it applies to a narrow group


of people - those who are terminally ill, with less than six months


to live, and who have a settled But those safeguards have already


failed to persuade Parliament. It's only two years since MPs


overwhelmingly rejected proposals Baroness Jane Campbell,


a disability rights campaigner, says changing the law would send


all the wrong signals, This case must not become law


because it will burden disabled people across the country,


who will not feel safe without the protection of a law


that says it is wrong Noel Conway's health is faltering,


and he knows he may die The High Court will reserve


its judgment until October, and it may then go all the way


to the Supreme Court. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge


have arrived in Warsaw for the first part of an official visit to both


Poland and Germany Along with them are


their three-year-old son George and two-year-old


daughter Charlotte. From Warsaw, our royal


correspondent Peter Hunt reports. At three, he's far too young to know


if he's a reluctant royal, but Prince George definitely wasn't


keen to embrace Warsaw One future king did persuade another


one to follow in his footsteps. On the tarmac, George struck


a nonchalant pose and practised A fidgeting toddler


with a lifetime under an intense Princess Charlotte's freedom


of movement was constrained The language divide isn't


the only challenge. Here, a country that relatively


recently embraced the EU is welcoming royals from one


on its way out of the institution. The nitty-gritty of Brexit


will not feature here. Rather, William and Kate


are in Warsaw to remind people of the depth of past links


and the potential for future ones Warsaw's past on display


on a memorial wall to those murdered when, during the Second World War,


the Poles tried and failed You wore this all the time


during the uprising? Marjenna Schejbal, aged 20,


joined the Warsaw uprising. Now 92, she said they had


to fight for independence. We couldn't stand any longer those


misbehavings from Germany. The spoken-for royal


with an admirer in the crowd. A crowd like others elsewhere,


curious to see the future And the Duke and Duchess of


Cambridge will head to Germany for the next leg of that tour.


More than 60 years ago, a feisty little girl named Eloise


Her adventures in the Plaza Hotel entertained many who read the books


Now an exhibition in Manhattan is celebrating


the book that Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight created.


It's appropriately named Eloise at the Museum


Eloise landed with a skibble and a squeak at the Plaza Hotel


She was a six-year-old girl, no parents, no siblings, just nanny,


living in luxury at this splendid hotel, and America


I think the secret of Eloise's charm and allure is twofold -


one, it's that voice, that funny voice that


The other part is Hilary Knight's drawings, which are full


of marvellous detail and rhythm and gesture and mime.


When a child reads a picture book he enters into the book


and that was what I was trying to accomplish in the gallery here -


you enter the Plaza, you see the house phones and you can


pick up a house phone and hear Bernadette Peters reading


You see Eloise at Christmas time and you see a beautiful suite


of finished drawings from Eloise in Moscow, which was published


in 1959 and was the last book in the original series.


In the middle of the Cold War, Kay and Hilary went to the Soviet Union.


It's like Kay's prank phone call to the Soviets.


She's spoofing the harshness of the Soviet regime by contrasting


it with this little girl from the decadent West,


this rich young thing who arrives in a Rolls-Royce.


To be a really successful picture book you have to do three things.


You have to have an amazing heroine or hero, you have to evoke


a wonderful spot like the Plaza, and you have to last


through several generations, and Eloise has done all three


And the adventures of Haagen-Dazs end our programme here and her


stories have spanned generations. Don't forget you can get


in touch with me and Thank you for watching and please


stay with BBC World News.


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