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Our top stories: Donald Trump insists he has the authority
to issue pardons for wrongdoing - amid reports he is
considering pardoning members of his inner circle.
London's Great Ormond Street Hospital says their staff have
received death threats and online abuse in relation to
The East-West split within the European Union grows over
Poland's controversial new judicial reforms.
Tonight there are more protests in Warsaw.
We report on how the Italian government is trying to disperse
migrants among towns and villages across the country; but some
And Chris Froome looks all but certain to win this
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
President Trump has insisted he has complete power to pardon people.
It comes amid reports that he's been looking at ways
of pardoning himself, and his family, should
investigators conclude there was collusion with Russia
Next week, his eldest son and his son-in-law are due
But there was no mention of the controversy -
when the President spoke at a naval ceremony in Virginia.
From Washington, Laura Bicker reports.
Donald Trump is gearing up for what could be one
He's clearing the decks to try to fight off claims
the Kremlin helped him win the White House.
His core message has become engulfed by the many investigations -
as he launched a new aircraft carrier in Virginia,
he gave the kind of sales pitch he'd prefer Americans to hear.
American steel and American hands have constructed a 100,000 tonne
Donald Trump is reshaping and upgrading his team just
as the scope of the investigation into Russian meddling
in the US election widens to include his finances.
And that has infuriated the president.
The focus of the enquiry is also no longer outside
the White House gates, it's focusing on his inner circle,
his own family, who will give evidence to Congress
Mr Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is one
Seen so often at his side, but rarely heard.
He has done some talking, though, to Russians during the campaign.
He'll be asked about that in Congress on Monday.
Donald Trump Jr is also in discussions about testifying
after it was revealed he met with a Russian lawyer,
who'd offered incriminating information about Hillary Clinton
White House spokesman Sean Spicer often struggled to convey
the President's message, amidst a barrage of
If the president puts Russian salad dressing on his salad tonight,
He's now saying farewell, making way for a new face,
the slick Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.
I just think it was in the best interest of our communications
department, or of our press organisation, to not have too many
He's described the enquiries into his campaign's links
He's getting combat ready, just in case investigators
And we'll be speaking to Laura live from Washington a little
The London hospital treating the terminally ill baby -
Charlie Gard says its staff are being subjected to intimidation
All this as a court case continues over whether to withdraw life
The hospital's chairman - Mary MacLeod said that Charlie's
And she understands emotions are running high.
But she said that there is no excuse for such behaviour.
In a statement she said "In recent weeks -
the Great Ormand Street Hospital community has been subjected
to a shocking and disgraceful tide of hostility and disturbance."
"Staff have received abuse both in the street and online.
Thousands of abusive messages have been sent to doctors."
She went on to say "Many of these messages are menacing,
We in close contact with the Metropolitan Police".
Laura Trant has been following the case.
We know that Charlie Gard is 11 months old, he is terminally ill,
he has a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.
He is currently subject of an intense legal battle
between his parents and the medics over how exactly
The hospital does say of course, they know this is heartbreaking.
But they recognise the sympathy that people do feel for him
In recent weeks, the level of abuse directed at the doctors and nurses
at the hospital is just not something they can
They referred to it being disgraceful,
and the fact it has had an impact on other parents are
seriously unwell children who are being treated
They say they recognise emotions are running high that there can be
no excuse for patients and families to have their privacy and their
and their peace disturbed in this way.
They also referred to the fact that they are in contact
with the Metropolitan Police and will hold anybody
to account who behaves in what they term a deplorable way.
This does echo interestingly the words of Mr Justice Francis,
who yesterday at the High Court at the procedural hearing urged any
campaigners and protesters who were outside the hospital
to respect the needs and wishes of those children
who are being treated and their parents.
The parents of Charlie Gard, Connie Yates and Chris Gard,
have responded in a statement made via a spokesman.
They say "We don't condone abusive or threatening behaviour
to GOSH staff or anybody in connection with our son"
"We too get abuse and have to endure nasty and hurtful
"People have different opinions and we accept that
but there is a line that shouldn't be crossed."
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news...
Israel has indicated that it is willing to consider
alternatives to the highly controversial metal detectors
that it has installed at the holy site in Jerusalem.
It follows several days of protests in which three Israelis and four
The metal detectors were put in place after two Israeli policemen
were killed on the site, known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif
Congress in the Philippines has voted to extend martial law
on the southern island of Mindanao, where the military is battling
Politicians overwhelmingly backed the president's request to extend
army rule until the end of this year.
The Armed Forces have been battling Islamist fighters
in the southern city of Marawi for the past seven weeks.
A German prosecutor has confirmed a 16-year-old German girl,
suspected of joining Islamic State in Iraq, was arrested last week.
The teenager, simply known as Linda W, was arrested in Mosul.
The German magazine Der Spiegel is reporting that she was captured
along with three other suspected Isis brides in a tunnel,
where weapons and explosive belts were discovered.
Let's move to Poland - where the conservative government
has dismissed criticism that a law reforming
the Supreme Court would undermine the independence of the judiciary.
Protests are taking place now in the capital, Warsaw.
The new law, gives the Polish government the right to replace
Supreme Court judges, now needs presidential approval.
Well, Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban has also weighed in.
He says he will use all legal options - to support Poland -
if the European Union attempted to penalise them.
TRANSLATION: Concerning the Polish judicial reform, here we face case
of double standards. The Polish did not do anything. They did not change
anything on their justice system that does not fit the mutually
accepted and shared the spoils and ideas of the European Union. This is
unfair. And just on principle. This is what the principles are doing
today. That's why an honourable person not only because real
Hungarians, but because we are honourable people, cannot accept
something like this. In these kinds of cases, one should always stand by
the side of the attacked. So I send my word to Mr Scholz, we stand with
Poland in solidarity. Let's get more we can speak
to Kataryna Volczuk - she is the deputy director
for Russia and East European studies Thank you for being with us. How
significant is it that Victor Aubin is siding with the Polish government
on this? It is not surprising at all, but Hungary has been rather
smug about not going against the EU very openly, despite the problem
with the rule of law and the problem with democracy in Hungary. Now
because of Poland, he is adopting an anti-rhetoric position. How
significant is it that this law has passed the Senate, is Poland now on
a collision course with the EU? It's difficult to see how the EU would
not respond. If it was just one bill, one law, that would be
understandable. Perhaps things were not considered properly. But what we
see rushing through Parliament and the houses is a packet of bills
which basically subordinates the court system from the very top of
the Supreme Court, to the ruling party, at Parliament and the
Minister of Justice. From that point of view, Poland has been playing
with a various aspects of democracy, in end the EU has been trying to
intervene. But what has happened in the last week and especially in the
last couple of days, concerns have been raised about the way Poland is
going, to the extent it is actually difficult for the EU not to act one
way or another. European Commission 's vice president has threatened to
withdraw Poland 's voting rights, is that possible without Hungary's
support? It would be very difficult. That support was actually requiring
anonymity in the European Council and Hungary has, within hours of the
vote, already this morning pledged support to Poland. Having said that,
this is Article seven of the treaty of the European Union, with that
article the EU is in charge of democracy. It has not been used
actually, is the procedures are to be developed. The EU is the
community of space united by law. But there are created ways in which
the EU could actually develop their way to discipline Poland one way or
another. Thank you. Stay with us, still to come we will
have all the sport and Chris Froome is all but certain to win the Tour
de France. This is BBC World News today. The
latest headlines: President Trump has asserted his
absolute power of pardon, amid reports that he has been
looking at ways of pardoning himself and his family,
should the findings of a special London's Great Ormond Street
Hospital says their staff have received death threats and online
abuse in relation to This year, more than 80 thousand
migrants have landed in Italy - a 16% rise over the same
period last year. Over the last four years,
the country has received 600,000 migrants, a figure
which is causing rising anger. The government is aiming
to disperse migrants across the country -
but some smaller Our correspondent James Reynolds
reports from Sicily. the town council has cold an
emergency public meeting. The states has ordered this town to take in
around 20 migrants. I want guarantees, says this retired
teacher, they need medical and criminal checks. They were already
checked when they landed, argues another. I don't think they will
damage our country. The next morning, the regions Mayers get
together to oppose the plans to take in so many migrants. They have come
to the regional capital of the Cena to persuade the government to
reconsider. Wearing a tie may help. The Italian government is struggling
to find a solution that works. It wants to scatter migrants as soon as
they land here in big ports, but that just shuffles the problem from
built-up areas to the depths of the countryside. The semiderelict
Kangaroo hotel in the small town here is now home to 50 migrants. Six
times the number the government recommends for a town this size.
TRANSLATION: It's not good, it's not good because these here have not
been checked by a doctor. We do not know who they are, it's no good. The
town 's mayor of returns with news of a victory. The state has agreed
that half the new arrivals will go back to Messina. TRANSLATION: I
certainly don't want to become their hero. They need someone else to
defend them. Our town is too small. At nights, amid cheers from
volunteers, migrants are escorted out. They barely know where they are
going. I was told I'm going to Messina. Do you know where that is?
No sir. Italy's relocation plan, improvised and haphazard, has to
start again. James Reynolds, BBC News, Sicily.
Returning to our main story, that President Trump has
asserted his complete power to pardon people.
Laura Bicker joins me from Washington.
What has been the reaction to this statement that Donald Trump has made
that he can pardon people? Many legal experts have come forward this
afternoon, saying no, it's not constitutionally legal for him to
pardon himself. It would not work. However, when it comes to Donald
Trump, I think this is one tweet that we have to take into a little
bit of context. Early in the week, there was a story in the Washington
Post and the New York Times which suggested he had been asking about
whether or not he does have the power to pardon. When it came to
that question, he was asking around, that was just according to White
House aides talking to the New York Times and Washington Post. This
morning he tweets on the back of all about, saying when it comes to the
power of pardoning, everyone agrees I do have it. This is a bit of the
showman coming out, playing to his best. And it was part of a massive
Twitter storm. With subjects ranging from Obama cared to his former rival
Hillary Clinton. It needs to be taken into some context. I'm not
quite sure whether or not the president was entirely being serious
when he said, he would pardon himself. Laura, this is all in the
run-up to another extraordinary week in Washington where we are expecting
Donald Trump's sun and son-in-law to be questioned by Congress. Give us
an idea of what is going to happen. When it comes to the enquiry into
whether or not Russia modelled in the US presidential election, this
week could be crucial. Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law
has an very active with the president, very active behind the
scenes, he has been seen a lot, but not really heard. We will not get to
hear his testimony in public, but he will be talking to members of
Congress about his contacts with Russia, which came to light. When it
comes to his son, Donald Trump Junior, the questions will be about
his meeting with a Russian lawyer, to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Those revelations. There may be a lot to come this week.
A small digital company in London, is developing a system which uses
cameras to accurately recognise human faces.
The idea is that it'll help keep tabs on terror suspects.
The technology is already being trialled.
The leader of the London Bridge rampage last month, on the radar as
a known extremist, but not someone considered to be a priority. MI5 say
there are 23,000 people on Britain's terror watch list, but now a
company, Digital Barriers in Suffolk has developed a system which uses
artificial intelligence techniques to identify suspects using fixed
surveillance cameras. We here is to say that record what we see here is
someone on our list, picked up by our surveillance cameras. What we
see now is the identity of a person coming through a doorway, and that
alert will go to the right place. This could be one of many thousands
of such cameras in use every day of the week looking for people against
that database. The conditions down there are extremely difficult, but
they are proceeding as quickly as they can... Antony Trotter was the
deputy of the police transport police at the time of the London
bombings in 2005. He has no doubt that using the latest technology and
intelligence gathering is essential. The dreadful events of the last few
weeks should stick in our minds forever. They should not fade away.
We have to be vigilant all the time, and must not let our guard down. We
must use the latest technology to take that fight to the terrorists.
But the balance between intruding in our lives and security is one which
is being seriously questioned. We need to interrogate whether we are
willing for something that can be very invasive, that can have a real
impact on innocent people's freedoms every day, whether we are willing to
have that installed in our society. Even the developers except that
advanced facial recognition will never replace conventional
intelligence gathering. But its use, if the public accepts it, opens up a
whole new area in surveillance. Let's start with the Open
Championship and the American Jordan Spieth will go into Sunday's final
day with a three shot lead. Spieth carded a second bogey free
round of 65 at Royal Birkdale, he's That's three shots ahead
of his fellow American Matt Kuchar. But the round of the day came
from South Africa's Branden Grace - he carded a 62, the lowest ever
round in a men's major. Grace took advantage of the ideal
conditions on Day three to move But his achievement
took him by surprise.. I had no idea. Both of them said
congratulations, I knew it was a great round but I didn't know it was
the history books. Then they said, you're in the history books now, I
said what you talking about? They said lowest round ever. That was
great, makes it even more special. Makes it even better doing it at the
British Open, at the Open. This is my eighth one, it's definitely one I
am liking far. So let's take a quick look
at the leaderboard now and as we mentioned,
Jordan Spieth leads the way. Also in with a shout
is the young Canadian, Austin Connelly, he's on five under,
six shots behind Spieth. Defending champion Henrik Stenson
is eight shots off the pace while Rory McIlroy is nine shots
behind on two under par. Britain's Chris Froome is all
but certain of securing his third straight Tour de France title -
and fourth in all - when the race concludes
in Paris on Sunday. Remarkably, he'll take the yellow
jersey without having won a stage. He had to settle for third
place in Saturday's time trial in Marseille -
a stage which was won But crucially Froome
extended his race lead to 54 seconds over Rigoberto Uran,
with Romain Bardet now third. Sunday's final stage is,
by tradition a procession, with Froome being crowned champion
on the Champs-Elysees. Coming into the stadium with Romain
just ahead of me, knowing if I had navigated the last two corners
correctly, that would be it for this There have been ups
and downs over the past three weeks but
I think it has been very much a grand tour,
in the sense it has been really
about the three weeks, and doing this three weeks,
in the most conservative but On to football, where France
are taking on Austria at the Women's European Championship
in the Netherlands. We're into the second
round of group games. An impressive low drive from
Lisa Makas gave Austria the lead. But France equalised through
Armandine Henry after the break. So 1-1 the latest score,
with 15 minutes left to play. Earlier, Switzerland
beat Iceland 2-1. Monaco say they've agreed a fee
with Manchester City for Benjamin Mendy -
which would take their spending on two full-backs this summer
to more than 120 million dollars. The left-back will cost City
around half that amount. And he'd be their second
signing from Monaco, following Bernardo Silva
from the club that knocked them out Well the new English Premier League
season starts in less And champions Chelsea
have put down a marker. Michy Batshuyai scored twice
in their 3-0 win over London rivals, Arsenal, in a preseason friendly
at the Bird's Nest Thank you very much. Don't forget
there is plenty more on our website, and you can get in touch with me on
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