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tv   Outside Source  BBC News  August 31, 2017 9:30pm-10:01pm BST

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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. there are warnings of a major explosion at a chemical plant in texas — caused by floods brought by tropical storm harvey. officials have been forced to evacuate the area plant after it lost power. emmanuel macron has unveiled his plans to overhaul the country's labour laws. it's the end of the third round of brexit talks — but a row over the size of the uk's so—called divorce bill has prevented progress being made. a court in pakistan has acquitted all five men accused of conspiracy to murderformer prime minister benazir bhutto. i'll get the analysis of the bbc‘s owen bennettjones. we'll hear from the team trying to reach the north pole by yacht — about the record they believe they've broken. in 05 sport, a cricket match in england is abandoned after an arrow fired from a crossbow lands on the field.
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i want to look at the economic impact of tropical storm harvey. it has forced the closure of nearly a quarter of oil refining capacity in america. this is one enormous facility involved in that. also, a key oil pipeline has been shut, running from texas to new york. it isa main running from texas to new york. it is a main provider of oil to a number of east coast cities, including new york and washington. we have a more detailed graphic which shows that pipe line with its branches as well, and you can see it working its way both ease. this graphic gives even more detail, provided by the company that operates it. the area affected by
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this pipeline is small compared with the total distance it reaches, but it is the death area of the oil comes from, and that is causing problems. michellejoins us comes from, and that is causing problems. michelle joins us from comes from, and that is causing problems. michellejoins us from new york. i want to understand how much impact one oil pipeline can have on the availability and price of fuel on the east coast. look, you are talking about a quarter of america's refining capacity being off—line at the moment, so that is already putting strain on the system. add to that problems with this pipeline. just to give you an idea, it carries abouti.4 just to give you an idea, it carries about 1.4 million barrels a day, so thatis about 1.4 million barrels a day, so that is why suddenly people are saying, hang on a second, even if we manage to sort out alternative ways of getting supply to parts of the north—east, it will take some time. and in between, you may see a bit of
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a crunch, which is why there has been talk of prices spiking at the pump. so far, if you go to fill up your car, pump. so far, if you go to fill up yourcar, in pump. so far, if you go to fill up your car, in some cases, people are reporting seeing an increase of about 10 cents. how long this lasts, it's hard to tell. there has also been talk about whether the government should tap into its special reserves of oil. but he was the thing, when a quarter of the refining capacity is off—line, releasing more crude oil supplies would alleviate the problem. it is a problem of distribution, getting things where they needed, and that is causing anxiety. in terms of the cost of the clear up, i always imagine there is a tension between this year —— the insurance industry, which will pay up eventually, and the immediate need that people have forfunds the immediate need that people have for funds right now. you saw the president saying this would be expensive. how expensive the final
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bill, it's too early to calculate. estimates have varied, talking to people, and the figures had not been too reliable at this stage. you have heard from the white house's homeland security adviser, who came out and said they thought it was 100,000 homes that were affected. that is what they have counted so far. the white house would be asking congress for funds soon, but what has complicated things on the government end is that we are at the end of our fiscal government end is that we are at the end of ourfiscal year, coming up, and congress was due to start debating what the next budget would look like. presumably, a lot of this will now focus on how much will go to disaster relief. 0k, thank you very much indeed. we have emmanuel macron's plan for shaking up french labour laws. one of the core ideas is to make it easierfor companies
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to hire and fire staff. here's the french prime minister with more detail. translation: our goal is simple - it aims atjob creation by giving more security and visibility to entrepreneurs in their attempts to hire, and more guarantees to employees. he says the goal is simple, but getting labour reform through entrance is difficult. it is like health care in the us — many people talk about it, some try, but few make progress. the pressure is certainly on. if you look at what has happened to his popularity, what he achieved in the elections was quite extraordinary. in june, he achieved in the elections was quite extraordinary. injune, he had ratings of 64%, in august, 40%, a
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hugejump. ratings of 64%, in august, 40%, a huge jump. this is ratings of 64%, in august, 40%, a hugejump. this is from a french pole. at all of that august is followed by september, and that is the time of the year when the french like to protest most years, and this is what happened the last time a french government tried to push through labour reform. there were protests, violence, and the reforms we re protests, violence, and the reforms were scuppered. the unions are hugely powerful in these matters in france. two unions are saying they will not take part in planned protests. earlier, frenchjournalist agnes poirier was speaking to us, explaining the strange situation that mr macron is in, where he achieved an extraordinary election result but is still under enormous pressure. he still has control of everything with an absolute majority in the parliament. with france, and
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especially with reforms of labour laws that he wants the carrier, and which were in his manifesto, so he didn't take any one surprise, which isa didn't take any one surprise, which is a problem for the trade unions, and he has held negotiations from the beginning. being france, the legitimacy of power really lies ultimately with the people, and it is down to the people to take to the streets or not. to make demonstrations are planned for the 12th of september. two out of three trade unions said they wouldn't take pa rt trade unions said they wouldn't take part today, which is big news. but the communist trade union, which is extremely powerful in public services and is able to paralyse the country, said it is keeping that demonstration. 11 days later, on the 23rd of september, we have another
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demonstration organised by the extreme left, or the left of the socialist party, which is now almost extinct. so, we will see what is happening. nine out of ten french people say they want those reforms. and they also say that they are a bit worried about it. so, you know, we will see. in terms of the detail we will see. in terms of the detail we have seen today, what would you pick out as being some of the more important details. french workers are very well protected by law. the labour code is more than 3000 pages long. basically, emmanuel macron will try to add some flexibility, thatis will try to add some flexibility, that is to say, especially for small and medium—size businesses to be able to dismiss people more easily and hire them more reason with. that is to say, to adjust to the economy. donald trump found, even when he control both houses of congress, it
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was still hard to get republicans to line up behind his health care ideas. immanuel macron has control after the elections, but the think his new members of parliament will stay loyal? a lot of things can happen. it didn't take anyone by surprise. it was in his manifesto. and he won by a landslide. he can pass those laws by decree, executive orders as they would call it in the us. if something is going to happen to oppose those laws, it will be in the streets, so we will see if emmanuel macron is as astute a president as he may think years. emmanuel macron is as astute a president as he may think yearsm a moment, we will have all the details on the football transfer deadline. but a bizarre story to stop. —— to start.
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a cricket match in london has been abandoned after a metal—tipped arrow was fired onto the field. you can see it there in the umpires hand. the game was being played at the oval cricket ground which is in south london, during a county match between surrey and middlesex. police believe it was fired from outside the ground. armed officers quickly arrived and the ground was evacuated. no one was injured and no arrests have been made. here's a bbc cricket commentator who was at the ground. as it turns out, the arrow landed on the field of play. two of the players, i remember at the time, because i was on air, two of them ran to the pavilion, which suggested, hold on, this is quite serious. the majority walked slowly, including the umpires who picked it up including the umpires who picked it up full stop —— who picked it up. that must have been shock. we thought maybe it came from the top of the standard. maybe it blew off
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the top and onto the field of play, but this cricket ground is very open, a large playing area, one of the largest in the world, server run thing —— so for something to get in there, very strange. everyone was told to get undercover in the ground. it was worrying for those outside. we were in the boxes. we locked the door because it was believed at first that the projectile came from this stand. very strange story. if there are development is, we will bring them. the transfer deadline for european clubs finishes in just over an hour. it's already been a record transfer window — more than £1.2 billion — that's $1.6 billion — has been splashed out. 13 premier league clubs have broken their own records. the bbc‘s andy swiss has been crunching the numbers.
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iam i am guessing it is busier than normal, with all this activity going on? just a little! alex oxlade—chamberlain has been confirmed as moving from arsenal to liverpool. psg have signed the very impressive mbappe from monaco. he scored for france in the world cup qualifier. the fee is $250 million should psg assign him a permanent deal. his contract would run until june 20 22. alexis sanchez appears to be staying put at arsenal, despite two bids from manchester city. the french international who scored twice in that 4—0 victory over the netherlands, the gunners
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wa nted over the netherlands, the gunners wanted him if they were to let sanchez go, but he is staying with monaco, scuppering the dealfor sanchez demille. aurier has been signed for a fee in the region of $30 million. he has a five—year contract until 2022. —— for sanchez to move. plenty to look forward to. everything else, of course, on our website. and the tennis? roger federer is on court. it is 1—1 insects in that one. he should have won the second. rafael nadal is on court later. andrey rublev has pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament, winning against grigor dimitrov in straight sets. the bulgarian was one of the pretournament favourites after
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lifting the title in cincinnati. karolina pliskova had to battle back from losing the first set against nicole gives to win in three sets. elina svitolina powered into the third round of the us open with a 6-4, 6-4 third round of the us open with a 6—4, 6—4 win. so, plenty to look forward to. plenty with the transfer window. the bbc website is the way to go for a living. thank you very much indeed. this is the last thing you need in the middle of a big race. this is the team bus of irish cycling team aqua blue sport who are competing in the vuelta a espana. it was destroyed in an apparent arson attack overnight. the bus had been parked outside their team hotel. this is what the team said on twitter: "our team bus has been completely damaged in a cowardly arson attack overnight. no one was injured. police have arrested a suspect." of course, we wish the team well.
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stay with us on outside source. still to come: the expedition team making history by sailing their way to the north pole. we'll hear how they're getting on from onboard their yacht. it was 20 years ago to the day that diana, princess of wales died in a car crash in paris. several public events have been taking place to commemorate the anniversary, and members of the public have been leaving tributes at kensington palace. her sons, princes william and harry, marked the day privately. our royal correspondent nicholas witchell has been recalling the events of 20 years ago in paris, with new insights from the then british ambassador to france. the news had come in the early hours of the morning.
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diana, princess of wales had been involved in a serious car accident in paris. as the world waited for news, the then british ambassador to france, lord michaeljay, was at the hospital with france's interior minister, jean—pierre chevenement. as time moved on, it became clear it was more serious than we thought, and then chevenement was taken out by one of the nurses and he came back in tears, really. he came up to me and said, "i'm afraid she's dead." later in the day, the prince of wales arrived at the hospital to bring diana's body back to britain. it had been charles who'd had to break the news to william and harry that their mother had been killed. 20 years on, lord jay recalls the conversations with charles very clearly. he was clearly deeply moved by what had happened and talked a little bit about what it had been like in balmoral that morning. he said how prince william had wanted to go to church that morning — which was not, he said, something prince william always wanted to do on a sunday morning —
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so they had been to church. but throughout that day, that morning, he had wanted to do what he thought was in the best interests of two children who had lost their mother rather brutally. it was a week when many people struggled, not least, says lord jay, the monarchy itself. the nation wanted to share their grief, it seems to me, with someone, and the person they wanted to share their grief with was the queen. lessons were learned at the palaces, but most importantly it's diana's sons, now in adulthood, who appear to embody the style of monarchy people want for the future. yesterday they looked at the tributes to their mother which had been placed outside kensington palace. 20 years on, diana's impact is still very real. nicholas witchell, bbc news. there are warnings that could be a
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major explosion at this chemical plant major explosion at this chemical pla nt after major explosion at this chemical plant after it lost power because of floods caused by tropical storm harvey. a pakistani court has acquitted five men of conspiracy to murder the former prime minister benazir bhutto. ms bhutto was killed in a gun and bomb attack after an election rally in 2007. the judges cited lack of evidence — but declared former president pervez musharraf a fugitive from justice — he'd been charged in the case. mr musharraf lives in self imposed exile, has not commented on the verdict and has denied having any role in the killing. owen bennettjones is the presenter of newshour on the bbc world service and an expert on pakistan. he gave me his verdict. it is an external issuing verdict. the five young boys, —— it is an
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astonishing verdict. the five young boys were picked up hours after benazir bhutto was killed, and they have been languishing in prison ever since. the evidence was presented to court, and people are surprised, if ican court, and people are surprised, if i can put it like that, that they have been acquitted. have we been offered a detailed explanation of why the evidence has not added up to a guilty verdict? there is no detail yet. i presume it will be said that the evidence was messed up by the police, which is what normally happens in these cases. they say the forensics weren't done right, the professionals want reliable and the evidence was in some way faulty, but we are yet to see whether that is what the court has said in this case. at the end of it, you have a situation where one of the most important figures in pakistan's history has been murdered, clearly a conspiracy. the people who did it on
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the day, who were accused of it, we re the day, who were accused of it, were ill 15 years old —— were all 15 yea rs. were ill 15 years old —— were all 15 years. the question arises, how was that organised 7 ten years. the question arises, how was that organised7 ten years later, absolutely nowhere closer to finding that out. the justice system in pakistan may not have drawn conclusions, but there were 12 —— there are wellborn theories about how it happened. the fact is -- well worn theories. i guess that is the end of it, because had they been found guilty, the question would have arisen, ok, they were 15, so who organised it7 have arisen, ok, they were 15, so who organised it? it could bear more investigation. now they have been acquitted, i can't see that there are any more questions to ask. given
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the political ramifications feel as powerful as i... they were... it is a demonstration of how the pakistan state has failed to hold to account those who plotted to kill and murdered one of the most important politicians in the country. but if you look back, the first prime minister of pakistan was murdered and it was never resolved. a military ruler was murdered, never resolved. and now we have benazir bhutto, murdered, and it is clear from today's verdict that it will never be solved. a few weeks ago, we started following arctic mission. this is their website where they chop their progress. you their website where they chop their progress. you can their website where they chop their progress. you can see them heading towards the north pole. thejourney has taken over three weeks, and they
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have gone as far north as they are going to. they are still almost 600 miles short of the north pole, but it is believed that they are the first vessel in history to have sailed into the north pole's international waters without icebreaker support. it is quite an achievement. this is some of the footage they have allowed us to use. you can see a poem about with cups. that is one of the yachts —— you can see a polar bear out with its carbs. —— it's cubs. see a polar bear out with its carbs. -- it's cubs. we are at about 80 degrees north. our mission set out
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to demonstrate that almost any vessel can now to demonstrate that almost any vessel can now access to demonstrate that almost any vessel can now access the international waters around the north pole, and this has implications for the wildlife that is already under threat from its habitat disappearing. i believe our mission has met its central objective, which was to research the wildlife and ecosystem up here, because only through a better understanding of the environment can be policymakers make the decisions that are going to work to protect the wildlife. our mission will continue its scientific research work over the next few days, and we hope to come back in future years and continue to do what is necessary to do what —— to protect the wildlife here. a number of things to tell you about relating to tropical storm harvey. the death toll is now
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at 33, though the authorities say it will rise because there are still many house—to—house searches going on. also, there is an impact on fuel. this is using, where the storm has caused so much damage, and there is new york. there is a major oil pipeline that these from texas, feeding a number of main cities on the east coast, and it has problems, affecting a quarter of america's oil refining capacity. work is ongoing to fix that, but there is pressure on america's fuel system as well. there will be more developments coming, and as they come into the bbc newsroom, we will pass them to you. thanks for watching, see you next week. as we step into the first day of meteorological lawton, let's look
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back at some 2017. the statistics show it has been a mixed summer. we saw the hottest june show it has been a mixed summer. we saw the hottestjune day in over 40 yea rs. lots of saw the hottestjune day in over 40 years. lots of hot and dry weather for large parts of the country in june and july, but things then turned much more unsettled in the second half ofjuly. it was wetter than average, and there was flash flooding, particularly in cornwall. despite the unsettled theme, we end ona despite the unsettled theme, we end on a hot and sunny note, with one of the hottest august bank holidays on record. how does the first day of autumn look7 weave. on a largely dry note on friday with sunshine. showers will build through the day, but they will be fewer and further between compared to thursday. eastern parts of england and scotla nd eastern parts of england and scotland bear the brunt of the showery weather. 21 celsius in the sunshine to the south, typically the high teens further north. the showers move away on friday evening
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and overnight into saturday as high—pressure squeezes in. good news for the start of the weekend, though it will be quite fresh first thing on saturday morning. there should be sunshine from the word go. high—pressure nudges in from the south, keeping those places dry and bright through the day, with light winds. saturday will be the better day of the weekend. lots of sunshine, some cumulus cloud in the afternoon. this rain is waiting in the wings, and it will be more of our player on sunday. on saturday, pretty pleasant, with temperatures of 17-21dc. pretty pleasant, with temperatures of 17—21dc. then it changes into saturday night and into sunday, as this frontal system approaches from the west. type isobars —— tight isobars. the far east could well get away with a largely dry day before the rain arrives later on. temperatures will be 16—19dc, cooler
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with the wind and outbreaks of brain. this frontal system will ease as we head into monday, so the rainfall dies away on monday. it will be quite a cloudy day, the odd re m na nts of will be quite a cloudy day, the odd remnants of some wet weather and brighter weather across eastern parts again. temperatures up to 22 celsius. milder overnight through into the middle part of the week. on tuesday, the next band of rain arrives, bringing another spell of wet weather from west to east, temperatures still up to 22 celsius. low pressure stays fairly close by as we move through the middle of the week, setting out to the west by the time we get to wednesday, drawing in winds from the atlantic, so a westerly influenced the weather next week, bringing spells of rain at times, interspersed with sunshine, and some scattered showers. most of the rain and windier conditions are
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more likely to be across the west and north—west of the country, particularly later in the late. further south and east, you will be drier and warmer, with lighter winds too. the start of autumn stays firmly unsettled, rain at times, often quite windy in the north and west, and more likely to stay dry and warm in the south—east. tonight at ten: a third round of brexit talks and frustration on both sides at the lack of progress. the eu's chief negotiator says there's been "no decisive progress" while the brexit secretary says it's time for the eu to be "more imaginative and flexible". the commission has set out its position — and we have a duty to our taxpayers to interrogate it rigorously. it is clear the uk does not feel legally obliged to honour its obligations after departure. we'll have the latest on the talks and we'll be looking at the main obstacle
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the so—called brexit bill to paid by the uk. also tonight: the rights of disabled people are not being fully honoured by the british government according to a united nations committee. in the wake of hurricane harvey, 100,000 homes are now affected
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