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Our top stories: Donald Trump insists he has the authority

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to issue pardons for wrongdoing - amid reports he is

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considering pardoning members of his inner circle.

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London's Great Ormond Street Hospital says their staff have

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received death threats and online abuse in relation to

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The East-West split within the European Union grows over

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Poland's controversial new judicial reforms.

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Tonight there are more protests in Warsaw.

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We report on how the Italian government is trying to disperse

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migrants among towns and villages across the country; but some

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And Chris Froome looks all but certain to win this

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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President Trump has insisted he has complete power to pardon people.

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It comes amid reports that he's been looking at ways

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of pardoning himself, and his family, should

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investigators conclude there was collusion with Russia

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Next week, his eldest son and his son-in-law are due

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But there was no mention of the controversy -

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when the President spoke at a naval ceremony in Virginia.

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From Washington, Laura Bicker reports.

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Donald Trump is gearing up for what could be one

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He's clearing the decks to try to fight off claims

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the Kremlin helped him win the White House.

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His core message has become engulfed by the many investigations -

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as he launched a new aircraft carrier in Virginia,

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he gave the kind of sales pitch he'd prefer Americans to hear.

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American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000 tonne

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Donald Trump is reshaping and upgrading his team just

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as the scope of the investigation into Russian meddling

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in the US election widens to include his finances.

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And that has infuriated the president.

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The focus of the enquiry is also no longer outside

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the White House gates, it's focusing on his inner circle,

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his own family, who will give evidence to Congress

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Mr Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is one

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Seen so often at his side, but rarely heard.

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He has done some talking, though, to Russians during the campaign.

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He'll be asked about that in Congress on Monday.

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Donald Trump Jr is also in discussions about testifying

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after it was revealed he met with a Russian lawyer,

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who'd offered incriminating information about Hillary Clinton

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White House spokesman Sean Spicer often struggled to convey

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the President's message, amidst a barrage of

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If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight,

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He's now saying farewell, making way for a new face,

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the slick Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.

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I just think it was in the best interest of our communications

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department, or of our press organisation, to not have too many

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He's described the enquiries into his campaign's links

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He's getting combat ready, just in case investigators

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And we'll be speaking to Laura live from Washington a little

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The London hospital treating the terminally ill baby -

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Charlie Gard says its staff are being subjected to intimidation

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All this as a court case continues over whether to withdraw life

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The hospital's chairman - Mary MacLeod said that Charlie's

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And she understands emotions are running high.

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But she said that there is no excuse for such behaviour.

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In a statement she said "In recent weeks -

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the Great Ormand Street Hospital community has been subjected

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to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance."

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"Staff have received abuse both in the street and online.

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Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors."

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She went on to say "Many of these messages are menacing,

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We in close contact with the Metropolitan Police".

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Laura Trant has been following the case.

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We know that Charlie Gard is 11 months old, he is terminally ill,

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he has a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

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He is currently subject of an intense legal battle

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between his parents and the medics over how exactly

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The hospital does say of course, they know this is heartbreaking.

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But they recognise the sympathy that people do feel for him

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In recent weeks, the level of abuse directed at the doctors and nurses

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at the hospital is just not something they can

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They referred to it being disgraceful,

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and the fact it has had an impact on other parents are

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seriously unwell children who are being treated

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They say they recognise emotions are running high that there can be

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no excuse for patients and families to have their privacy and their

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and their peace disturbed in this way.

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They also referred to the fact that they are in contact

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with the Metropolitan Police and will hold anybody

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to account who behaves in what they term a deplorable way.

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This does echo interestingly the words of Mr Justice Francis,

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who yesterday at the High Court at the procedural hearing urged any

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campaigners and protesters who were outside the hospital

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to respect the needs and wishes of those children

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who are being treated and their parents.

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The parents of Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard,

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have responded in a statement made via a spokesman.

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They say "We don't condone abusive or threatening behaviour

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to GOSH staff or anybody in connection with our son"

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"We too get abuse and have to endure nasty and hurtful

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"People have different opinions and we accept that

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but there is a line that shouldn't be crossed."

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Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news...

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Israel has indicated that it is willing to consider

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alternatives to the highly controversial metal detectors

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that it has installed at the holy site in Jerusalem.

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It follows several days of protests in which three Israelis and four

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The metal detectors were put in place after two Israeli policemen

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were killed on the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif

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Congress in the Philippines has voted to extend martial law

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on the southern island of Mindanao, where the military is battling

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Politicians overwhelmingly backed the president's request to extend

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army rule until the end of this year.

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The Armed Forces have been battling Islamist fighters

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in the southern city of Marawi for the past seven weeks.

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A German prosecutor has confirmed a 16-year-old German girl,

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suspected of joining Islamic State in Iraq, was arrested last week.

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The teenager, simply known as Linda W, was arrested in Mosul.

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The German magazine Der Spiegel is reporting that she was captured

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along with three other suspected Isis brides in a tunnel,

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where weapons and explosive belts were discovered.

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Let's move to Poland - where the conservative government

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has dismissed criticism that a law reforming

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the Supreme Court would undermine the independence of the judiciary.

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Protests are taking place now in the capital, Warsaw.

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The new law, gives the Polish government the right to replace

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Supreme Court judges, now needs presidential approval.

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Well, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also weighed in.

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He says he will use all legal options - to support Poland -

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if the European Union attempted to penalise them.

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TRANSLATION: Concerning the Polish judicial reform, here we face case

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of double standards. The Polish did not do anything. They did not change

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anything on their justice system that does not fit the mutually

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accepted and shared the spoils and ideas of the European Union. This is

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unfair. And just on principle. This is what the principles are doing

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today. That's why an honourable person not only because real

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Hungarians, but because we are honourable people, cannot accept

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something like this. In these kinds of cases, one should always stand by

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the side of the attacked. So I send my word to Mr Scholz, we stand with

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Poland in solidarity. Let's get more we can speak

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to Kataryna Volczuk - she is the deputy director

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for Russia and East European studies Thank you for being with us. How

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significant is it that Victor Aubin is siding with the Polish government

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on this? It is not surprising at all, but Hungary has been rather

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smug about not going against the EU very openly, despite the problem

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with the rule of law and the problem with democracy in Hungary. Now

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because of Poland, he is adopting an anti-rhetoric position. How

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significant is it that this law has passed the Senate, is Poland now on

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a collision course with the EU? It's difficult to see how the EU would

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not respond. If it was just one bill, one law, that would be

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understandable. Perhaps things were not considered properly. But what we

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see rushing through Parliament and the houses is a packet of bills

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which basically subordinates the court system from the very top of

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the Supreme Court, to the ruling party, at Parliament and the

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Minister of Justice. From that point of view, Poland has been playing

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with a various aspects of democracy, in end the EU has been trying to

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intervene. But what has happened in the last week and especially in the

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last couple of days, concerns have been raised about the way Poland is

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going, to the extent it is actually difficult for the EU not to act one

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way or another. European Commission 's vice president has threatened to

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withdraw Poland 's voting rights, is that possible without Hungary's

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support? It would be very difficult. That support was actually requiring

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anonymity in the European Council and Hungary has, within hours of the

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vote, already this morning pledged support to Poland. Having said that,

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this is Article seven of the treaty of the European Union, with that

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article the EU is in charge of democracy. It has not been used

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actually, is the procedures are to be developed. The EU is the

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community of space united by law. But there are created ways in which

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the EU could actually develop their way to discipline Poland one way or

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another. Thank you. Stay with us, still to come we will

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have all the sport and Chris Froome is all but certain to win the Tour

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de France. This is BBC World News today. The

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latest headlines: President Trump has asserted his

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absolute power of pardon, amid reports that he has been

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looking at ways of pardoning himself and his family,

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should the findings of a special London's Great Ormond Street

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Hospital says their staff have received death threats and online

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abuse in relation to This year, more than 80 thousand

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migrants have landed in Italy - a 16% rise over the same

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period last year. Over the last four years,

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the country has received 600,000 migrants, a figure

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which is causing rising anger. The government is aiming

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to disperse migrants across the country -

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but some smaller Our correspondent James Reynolds

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reports from Sicily. the town council has cold an

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emergency public meeting. The states has ordered this town to take in

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around 20 migrants. I want guarantees, says this retired

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teacher, they need medical and criminal checks. They were already

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checked when they landed, argues another. I don't think they will

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damage our country. The next morning, the regions Mayers get

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together to oppose the plans to take in so many migrants. They have come

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to the regional capital of the Cena to persuade the government to

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reconsider. Wearing a tie may help. The Italian government is struggling

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to find a solution that works. It wants to scatter migrants as soon as

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they land here in big ports, but that just shuffles the problem from

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built-up areas to the depths of the countryside. The semiderelict

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Kangaroo hotel in the small town here is now home to 50 migrants. Six

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times the number the government recommends for a town this size.

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TRANSLATION: It's not good, it's not good because these here have not

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been checked by a doctor. We do not know who they are, it's no good. The

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town 's mayor of returns with news of a victory. The state has agreed

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that half the new arrivals will go back to Messina. TRANSLATION: I

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certainly don't want to become their hero. They need someone else to

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defend them. Our town is too small. At nights, amid cheers from

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volunteers, migrants are escorted out. They barely know where they are

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going. I was told I'm going to Messina. Do you know where that is?

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No sir. Italy's relocation plan, improvised and haphazard, has to

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start again. James Reynolds, BBC News, Sicily.

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Returning to our main story, that President Trump has

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asserted his complete power to pardon people.

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Laura Bicker joins me from Washington.

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What has been the reaction to this statement that Donald Trump has made

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that he can pardon people? Many legal experts have come forward this

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afternoon, saying no, it's not constitutionally legal for him to

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pardon himself. It would not work. However, when it comes to Donald

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Trump, I think this is one tweet that we have to take into a little

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bit of context. Early in the week, there was a story in the Washington

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Post and the New York Times which suggested he had been asking about

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whether or not he does have the power to pardon. When it came to

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that question, he was asking around, that was just according to White

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House aides talking to the New York Times and Washington Post. This

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morning he tweets on the back of all about, saying when it comes to the

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power of pardoning, everyone agrees I do have it. This is a bit of the

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showman coming out, playing to his best. And it was part of a massive

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Twitter storm. With subjects ranging from Obama cared to his former rival

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Hillary Clinton. It needs to be taken into some context. I'm not

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quite sure whether or not the president was entirely being serious

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when he said, he would pardon himself. Laura, this is all in the

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run-up to another extraordinary week in Washington where we are expecting

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Donald Trump's sun and son-in-law to be questioned by Congress. Give us

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an idea of what is going to happen. When it comes to the enquiry into

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whether or not Russia modelled in the US presidential election, this

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week could be crucial. Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law

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has an very active with the president, very active behind the

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scenes, he has been seen a lot, but not really heard. We will not get to

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hear his testimony in public, but he will be talking to members of

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Congress about his contacts with Russia, which came to light. When it

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comes to his son, Donald Trump Junior, the questions will be about

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his meeting with a Russian lawyer, to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

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Those revelations. There may be a lot to come this week.

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A small digital company in London, is developing a system which uses

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cameras to accurately recognise human faces.

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The idea is that it'll help keep tabs on terror suspects.

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The technology is already being trialled.

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The leader of the London Bridge rampage last month, on the radar as

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a known extremist, but not someone considered to be a priority. MI5 say

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there are 23,000 people on Britain's terror watch list, but now a

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company, Digital Barriers in Suffolk has developed a system which uses

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artificial intelligence techniques to identify suspects using fixed

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surveillance cameras. We here is to say that record what we see here is

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someone on our list, picked up by our surveillance cameras. What we

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see now is the identity of a person coming through a doorway, and that

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alert will go to the right place. This could be one of many thousands

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of such cameras in use every day of the week looking for people against

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that database. The conditions down there are extremely difficult, but

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they are proceeding as quickly as they can... Antony Trotter was the

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deputy of the police transport police at the time of the London

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bombings in 2005. He has no doubt that using the latest technology and

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intelligence gathering is essential. The dreadful events of the last few

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weeks should stick in our minds forever. They should not fade away.

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We have to be vigilant all the time, and must not let our guard down. We

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must use the latest technology to take that fight to the terrorists.

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But the balance between intruding in our lives and security is one which

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is being seriously questioned. We need to interrogate whether we are

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willing for something that can be very invasive, that can have a real

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impact on innocent people's freedoms every day, whether we are willing to

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have that installed in our society. Even the developers except that

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advanced facial recognition will never replace conventional

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intelligence gathering. But its use, if the public accepts it, opens up a

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whole new area in surveillance. Let's start with the Open

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Championship and the American Jordan Spieth will go into Sunday's final

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day with a three shot lead. Spieth carded a second bogey free

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round of 65 at Royal Birkdale, he's That's three shots ahead

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of his fellow American Matt Kuchar. But the round of the day came

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from South Africa's Branden Grace - he carded a 62, the lowest ever

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round in a men's major. Grace took advantage of the ideal

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conditions on Day three to move But his achievement

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took him by surprise.. I had no idea. Both of them said

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congratulations, I knew it was a great round but I didn't know it was

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the history books. Then they said, you're in the history books now, I

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said what you talking about? They said lowest round ever. That was

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great, makes it even more special. Makes it even better doing it at the

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British Open, at the Open. This is my eighth one, it's definitely one I

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am liking far. So let's take a quick look

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at the leaderboard now and as we mentioned,

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Jordan Spieth leads the way. Also in with a shout

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is the young Canadian, Austin Connelly, he's on five under,

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six shots behind Spieth. Defending champion Henrik Stenson

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is eight shots off the pace while Rory McIlroy is nine shots

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behind on two under par. Britain's Chris Froome is all

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but certain of securing his third straight Tour de France title -

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and fourth in all - when the race concludes

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in Paris on Sunday. Remarkably, he'll take the yellow

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jersey without having won a stage. He had to settle for third

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place in Saturday's time trial in Marseille -

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a stage which was won But crucially Froome

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extended his race lead to 54 seconds over Rigoberto Uran,

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with Romain Bardet now third. Sunday's final stage is,

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by tradition a procession, with Froome being crowned champion

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on the Champs-Elysees. Coming into the stadium with Romain

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just ahead of me, knowing if I had navigated the last two corners

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correctly, that would be it for this There have been ups

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and downs over the past three weeks but

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I think it has been very much a grand tour,

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in the sense it has been really

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about the three weeks, and doing this three weeks,

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in the most conservative but On to football, where France

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are taking on Austria at the Women's European Championship

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in the Netherlands. We're into the second

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round of group games. An impressive low drive from

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Lisa Makas gave Austria the lead. But France equalised through

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Armandine Henry after the break. So 1-1 the latest score,

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with 15 minutes left to play. Earlier, Switzerland

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beat Iceland 2-1. Monaco say they've agreed a fee

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with Manchester City for Benjamin Mendy -

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which would take their spending on two full-backs this summer

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to more than 120 million dollars. The left-back will cost City

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around half that amount. And he'd be their second

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signing from Monaco, following Bernardo Silva

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from the club that knocked them out Well the new English Premier League

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season starts in less And champions Chelsea

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have put down a marker. Michy Batshuyai scored twice

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in their 3-0 win over London rivals, Arsenal, in a preseason friendly

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at the Bird's Nest Thank you very much. Don't forget

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there is plenty more on our website, and you can get in touch with me on

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twitter. That's it from me and the team. Goodbye for now.

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After a day of hefty downpours, most of them will gradually fade

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overnight, but there will still be either a few

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