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This is BBC World News Today, I'm Ben Bland.
An attack at the Israeli embassy in Jordan leaves one dead and two
Eight people are found dead in the back of a truck
in the US state of Texas - police believe they were
Candid confessions about Princess Diana,
20 years after her death, princes William and Harry
open up about regret, grief and memories they cherish.
And in sport we have news from cricket, golf and cycling
as British rider Chris Froome wins the Tour de France for a fourth time
and immediately sets his sights on a record-equalling fifth victory.
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
We start with an update on the attack on the Israeli embassy
in the Jordanian capital, Amman.
A short while ago, local police confirmed one Jordanian citizen
was killed and two people wounded - including one Israeli.
Security forces have sealed off the embassy
which is in an affluent part of Amman.
The Israeli authorities are not commenting on the incident,
and for the moment have imposed reporting restrictions.
Our Middle East Editor Alan Johnson has more.
The Israelis are saying nothing about whatever has gone on at the
embassy in demand. In fact they have imposed restrictions on reporting.
What little we know has come from Jordanian sources. They say there
is, as you said, one local person, a Jordanian man, killed in a shooting
incident will stop an Israeli was wounded. The area around the embassy
is now a subject of a major security operation. We have no idea exactly
what motivated this attack. What sparked this. But in the absence of
more information, there's bound to be speculation in the region and
beyond. That this incident was linked to the current tensions in
Jerusalem, and as you know, there are some very strong feelings there
regarding Israel's position of new security measures at the holy site
known to Muslims as the Ron and to dues as the Temple Mount. There is
strong feeling that in Jordan. There have been a series of demonstrations
during the day. There is speculation that this attack on the embassy may
have been linked to the tension surrounding Jerusalem.
Eight suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead at a car
The were found inside a truck parked outside a Walmart store.
20 others, also believed to be illegal immigrants
were found in the truck alive but in a critical condition,
some are suffering from heatstroke or dehydration.
Police say the driver has been arrested and charged -
and they described the incident as a human trafficking case.
Earlier I spoke to our Washington correspondent Laura Bicker -
I began by asking her what we knew about the victims.
Police say that at least two of them were school-aged children, the rest
seem to be ages between 20 and 30. As you have just mentioned, they are
certainly treating this as a smuggling, human trafficking
incident. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. In this part
of the US. San Antonio is about 150 miles, 240 kilometres from the
Mexican border, and border patrols have reported within the last month
finding at least two such tractor-trailers nearby, one with
over 70 migrants, one with over 40. When it comes to trying to prevent
this kind of incident, Donald Trump has obviously proposed his border
wall, which would cost $20 billion. But the number of border control
officers has been stepped up over recent months, and there have been a
number of raids to try to round up illegal immigrants and send them
back. But experts say that by hardening the border patrols and by
hardening the Borders, what it does mean is that more people will turn
to the likes of smugglers and pay them to try to get a new life in the
United States. Let's take a look at some of
the other stories making the news: The new White House communications
director, Anthony Scaramucci, has appeared on Sunday shows
in the US. He said on FOX that a top priority
is to stop damaging leaks from within the White House -
and that he will take "drastic Earlier, Scaramucci deleted his
old tweets in which he shared views contradicting those of President
Trump. More protests have taken place in
Poland's capital Warsaw, over government plans to reform the
Supreme Court. Critics say the measures would undermine the powers
of the judiciary. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets
in recent weeks to oppose the bill. Israel has installed cameras
at an entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque This comes amid extreme tension
surrounding security Palestinian worshippers have
vehemently objected to Israel's setting up of metal detectors
in the area. That follows the killing
there of two Israeli policemen. Hundreds of people marched
on the streets of Moscow today to The rally, which was monitored
by city authorities, comes amid increasing government
control over online activities. Demonstrators also demanded
the resignation of the head Earlier, I spoke to
Roman Dobrokhotov, editor in chief of The Insider,
a Moscow-based I asked him what impact
the government's proposed legislation would have on websites
like his own. I'm not sure for now, because all of
this suppression of the Internet is continuing very quickly. I think
this is the result of the latest protests of the opposition, because
as we have seen, there are lots of young people who don't watch TV any
more. They use mostly the Internet to get information. So, it is more
and more difficult for the government to control the thoughts
of its people to enforce propaganda. I think this is the main reason of
the restrictions. We see more and more Internet websites like ours
being closed or put under control of the government. It's actually very
likely that our website also will face some problems, not because of
this law, because it is more about Internet messages, but still. We see
the atmosphere is changing. That is why people are protesting. I suppose
the argument the Russian government would make is that the controls they
have introduced are designed to tackle extremist content, to deal
with terrorist threats and that they are necessary. A lot of examples of
terrorism terrorists being caught, because of laws about the Internet,
but we see dozens or maybe even hundreds of examples of protesters,
opposition party members, who had some problems with the government.
Because of these new laws. Some of them were arrested or even
imprisoned. Especially in this context, as we already spoke about,
when we see that the Internet is now the main challenge for the
propaganda, I think it is the real reason of this restriction. My
understanding is that there was new legislation passed by the lower
Houses of Parliament the use of Virtual Private networks, and
anonymous messaging apps like telegram. Just explain why those
steps of such concern to you. That is very easy. We already have some
blacklisted websites, which are like oppositional Internet newspapers.
People use VPNs to reach these websites. We see more and more of
this blacklisted oppositional or just Internet newspaper websites,
and of course the government want to prevent people seeing this content.
Seeing this text. That is why they impose these new restrictions, and
of course we also can suffer from that, because if they blacklist our
website, not only like Facebook and other social networks, but also VPNs
will be very important to read our content.
She was one of the world's most photographed and
recognisable women - and we've now had a glimpse
into the family life of the late Princess Diana.
Her sons - Princes William and Harry, have spoken candidly
In a television documentary marking 20 years since her death,
Prince William says he regrets that his last conversation with his
Our Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell reports.
To the watching world, she was the princess whose image
It was a glamorous but necessarily limited
Now nearly 20 years after Diana's death in the car accident in Paris,
her sons William and Harry have spoken in an ITV documentary
about Diana, the mother who did so much to shape their childhood.
We felt, you know, incredibly loved, Harry and I.
And I'm very grateful that that love still feels there.
It was that love that even if she was on the other side
of the room, as a son you could feel it.
The person who emerges from William and Harry's description is a woman
When everybody says to me, you know, "So, she was fun,
All I can hear is her laugh in my head.
And that sort of crazy laugh where there was just pure
One of her mottos to me was that you can be as naughty as you want,
And they talk about their mother's death.
They recall the last time they spoke to her and they reflect
on the overwhelming public reaction and how they coped with the week
As William himself has said, it is a tribute to Diana
from her sons in which they recall the woman they hope
Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come: Our correspondent
tries to get answers from the Russian pop star who set up
the controversial meeting between a Moscow lawyer
One person has been killed and two others wounded in an attack
Eight people have been found dead in the back of a truck in Texas,
in an incident police suspect is linked to people smuggling.
Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner will testify
this week in front of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.
Some of the questions will focus on his meeting
with a Russian lawyer - a meeting which Mr Trump's son
That meeting was set up at the request of singer
Emin Agalarov who's an old acquaintance of Mr Trump.
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford caught up with him at a concert in Latvia,
and tried to get his comments on the ongoing controversy.
Can I just ask you what information you were trying to pass on to Donald
Trump junior? No Donald Trump questions, please. I am an artist,
performing. You said the e-mails were false. Ie Same Donald Trump
junior was lying? No thank you very much. I'm with some friends there.
Can I ask you one question? The e-mail says you had... Give me some
primacy. I beg you. Is there a reason you won't answer the
question? The Director General of the BBC,
Tony Hall, has said work is already happening to address the gap
between the pay of men The difference in salaries became
clear after the corporation published a list of broadcasters
and entertainers paid more Earlier today, some of the BBC's
most prominent female broadcasters wrote an open letter
demanding 'immediate action'. Our media correspondent
David Sillito reports. Alex Jones of The One Show,
Mishal Husain and Sue Barker, more than 40 of the most famous
female presenters at the BBC, calling on the corporation to act
now to end its gender pay gap. Good morning, friends,
thanks for tuning in... That list was the trigger
for the letter today, publishing In the top 20 names
was only one woman. The best paid men were being paid
more than twice what the top This open letter to the papers said
that this week's annual report confirmed what many have long
suspected, that women were being paid less
than men for the same work. On the whole, I think
it is fantastic that so many wonderful women have been prepared
to put their head above the parapet. We got stick, we knew
we would get stick, But it isn't just about, in fact
it is not about getting whacking great pay rises for women
who are already well paid. It is about pay parity and getting
fairness for everybody. The letter today says that the BBC
has known about the pay disparity for years,
we want to go on record to call When programmes such as Women's Hour
went on air 60 years ago, equal pay for equal work
was a pressing issue. The fact it remains an issue
despite law changes in the 1960s and 70s after pressures
from the women's movement is a sign of how tough
it is to find quick solutions. Attitudes about age
and experience and authority affect the pay divide,
but it is also worth noting that in the top 20 there is not a single
black or Asian presenter. It comes at a time where the BBC
is facing opposition over plans to change terms and conditions
for the rest of staff, who are paid The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says
this taps into a wider issue This gender pay gap is appalling,
we would insist on a strong gender pay audit of every organisation,
and we would also look at a 20-1 ratio between the chief executive
and lowest paid staff in every In response, the BBC said today
the overall pay gap is 10%, less than the national average
of 18% but it needed to go further The director-general said
he is confident that next year's Jordan Spieth has won
the Open at Royal Birkdale. He was in stunning form
on the back nine of his final round to finish on 12 under,
three ahead of fellow China's Li Haotong
was third on six under, with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy
tied for fourth a shot further back. He started the day leading,
finished it winning, Jordan Spieth's three shot lead had
evaporated by the time he reached the 13th,
that is his ball in the shrubbery. Miraculously he walked away
with a bogey, out of the lead. Arnold Palmer once said,
success depends less on strength of body and more
on strength of mind. When many minds might have been
melted, Spieth unscrambled His tee shot at the next
hole nearly went in. After that, that never
looked like missing. Birdie, eagle, two more birdies
followed in the next two holes. He turns 24 on Thursday
with a third major title. The only other man to have done
that, a certain Jack Nicholas. Hosts England have won a dramatic
women's Cricket World Cup final at Lord's, beating India
by nine runs to claim Anya Shrubsole was the England hero,
sparking an Indian collapse with six wickets, including
the match winning moment. India were cruising towards a first
World Cup win at 191 for three chasing a modest target of 22,
but when Punam Raut fell for 86 the capitulation followed and India
lost their final seven wickets for just 28 runs to spark those
English celebrations. Britain's Chris Froome has been
crowned Tour de France He crossed the finish line in Paris
for a third successive victory - a 54 second margin of victory
unchallenged on the final The glory of a stage win
on the Champs-Elysees went to the Dutch sprinter Dylan
Groenewegen. From Paris, our correspondent,
Richard Conway. This was a very closely fought Tour
de France but in the end Chris Froome showed his dominance with an
emphatic ride in Marseille in that time trial on Saturday. The 14 mile
22 and a half kilometres, he showed he was the rider of his generation.
This is his fourth Tour de France victory and it is perhaps the
sweetest, given that the French rider pushed him all the way until
the penultimate stage. In today's stage, the final stage, this was a
ceremonial ride. A chance for Chris Froome and his team, sky, to sip
champagne as they rode in to Paris. A chance to reflect on what they
have achieved over the past three weeks. They can now celebrate this
victory, celebrate the fact this is the fourth Tour de France title for
Chris Froome, but also perhaps look at the British dominance in this
race. Over the past few years, this is the fifth time in six years that
teams guy have won the race, showing how they have dominated and really
come to the fore of road cycling. As for Chris Froome himself, at the age
of 32 or so titles now under his belt, questions are posed about
where he can go from here. Any comeback next year for a fifth
title, maybe even the sixth in years to come? That would put him up there
among the very best riders who have ever competed in the Tour de France.
That is something he wants, that is something that I think we will be
talking about when he returns in July next year.
A Venezuelan violinist who's become famous for playing violin in front
of police lines at protests has been taken to hospital during the latest
In a clip posted on social media, Wuilly Arteaga said nothing
will stop him from taking part in demonstrations.
Wuilly Arteaga is the sound of Venezuela's opposition. Often to be
seen and heard with his violin near the front of anti-government
protests, he is a former graduate of a celebrated music scheme for
children from poor backgrounds. But like many Venezuelans, he lost faith
in an increasingly authoritarian, brutal regime. As the protests and
the government response to them turned ugly, his message was always
one of nonviolence. Then he too became a victim. Struck in the face
by an army battle ground, Wuilly Arteaga treated these pictures from
his hospital bed, still clutching his precious violin. Rubber bullets
and shotgun pellets would stop our fight, said the musician. Vowing to
return to the streets. -- will not stop our fight. More than 100 people
have been killed in four months of clashes between troops and
protesters who accused the government of being increasingly
dictatorial and of running down it once wealthy country. After
pro-government supporters recently attacked the opposition controlled
Congress, his opponents accused the president of deliberately
politicising institutions like Congress and the Supreme Court. But
the president dismissed calls for more strikes this week. Saying he
would lead Venezuela out of the crisis. TRANSLATION: Work has
triumphed. Our police who have never worked, let them carry on not
working. We are, adds. -- we are Conrad 's. The president has
ominously bound to defend the socialist revolution at all costs
will stop with arms if necessary. What should be one of the world's
wealthiest countries is broken. Venezuela's oil wealth corrupted
away, and the government says its opponents are foreign backed
agitators bent on destroying the economy. Wuilly Arteaga no longer
believes in the government and a system he once supported. Like many,
he thinks constitutional elections called by the government for next
weekend will solve nothing. He will be back on the streets with his
violin. Now take a look at these pictures
which came through earlier. They show the dramatic moment
on Thursday when a Buddhist pagoda in Central Myanmar collapsed
and fell into a fast-flowing river. Locals watched as the structure -
built in 1925 - slid slowly Officials blamed rising water levels
after heavy rain which may have weakened the base of the pagoda
on the river bank. And you can get in touch
with me and the team Another one of those days where you
may have seen some sunshine but also against some heavy or even
torrential downpours places. Another view of a big threatening cloud in