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hello, this is bbc world news today. i'm ben bland. the top stories. kenya's supreme court declare the results of last month's elections invalid. the president says he will accept the result. i personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today. but i respect it. the bbc uncovers the abuse of detainees at an immigration centre in southern england. the worst flood in decades bring misery to tens of millions of people across south asia. i've lost everything. i had a cow asia. i've lost everything. i had a cow and a goat. they were both killed. my house is totally broken and i'm left sitting here by the side of the road. same scientists are beaming as they turn on the world's most powerful x—ray laser. warm welcome to world news today.
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the kenyan opposition leader odinga has described the country's election as rotten as the supreme court declared the presidential poll null and void because of irregularities. fresh elections must be held within 60 days. after the verdict there we re 60 days. after the verdict there were celebrations in mr kenya's home as well as other opposition areas. president kenyatta said he disagreed with the court ruling but said he would accept it. celebrating a new lease of life. veteran politician raila odinga gets one more chance to run for president. a last—minute decision to challenge the result of the presidential election paid off. the presidential election held on the 8th august 2017 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law, rendering the declared result invalid, null and void. a shocking and rare judgment.
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outside the court, celebrations erupted among opposition supporters. it's now back to the drawing board for presidential candidates. as much as i disagree with it, i respect it. i disagree with it, because, as i have said, millions of kenyans queued, made their choice, and six people have decided that they will go against the will of the people. thejudges, however, found no evidence of misconduct on the part of the incumbent. the judges did not limit themselves to what happened on election day until the results were announced. rather they looked at the electoral process in totality from voter
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registry on to civic education as well as the campaigning and procurement of election materials. in a sense this judgment sets a strong precedent for election disputes globally and a high threshold for the conduct of elections. the court directed the electoral commission to organise a fresh election. but the opposition says it has no confidence in the current commission. they have committed criminal acts. most of them actually belong injail. and therefore we are going to ask for prosecution, of all the electoral commission officers who have caused this monstrous crime against the people of kenya. the constitution states a new election must be held within 60 days. for now though, opposition supporters across the country are basking in the glory of the court victory. anne soy, bbc news, nairobi. alex vine is with me, head of the
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africa programme at chatham house. welcome to the programme. this is a remarkable moment of maturity for kenya isn't it, the dispute over the election being settled in the court rather than on the streets. yeah, nobody would have imagined the supreme court coming out today declaring the election result is null and void and they'd have to be held again within 60 days. this is important for kenya, really important, also really important for africa because this has never happened before on the african continent. the implications go beyond the borders of kenya itself? absolutely. increasingly elections are absolutely. increasingly elections a re close absolutely. increasingly elections are close and contested through the courts. this is a really important watershed moment for democracy in africa. we know the elections have to be rerun within 60 days, i
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suppose there may be security concerns around it. yes, there will be security concerns. the market have already shown they are nervous. the kenyan shilling has weakened and the stock exchange suspended trade for a short period. there will be quite a lot of worry and uncertainty over the next 60 days. quite interesting it came to this because for a long time the opposition was saying it would not go down the route of contesting it in court. almost at the last minute they did. the court found in their favour, without giving us details of what these irregularities were. the report is going to publish its judgment, we'll see it eventually. odinga wasn't going to do this but was under a lot of pressure from the international community. ambassadors and high commissioners in nairobi we re and high commissioners in nairobi were telling him, that's what you have to do, contest through the
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courts, don't continue to pursue violence. others were putting pressure on him to accept the outcome, accept defeat in the election. you'll feel incredibly vindicated but it raises serious questions about the credibility of these international observer missions which you have experience of. i was a member of the commonwealth observer group mission for the gonnet in elections last year. a lot of these observant groups are there to monitor the days of the elections and before. some have long—term observers but they are not able to pick up that much. the local observer groups are the ones that are most effective. we scene that particularly in west africa but increasingly in east africa but increasingly in east africa where it is local civil society and their observation groups that are most powerful and effective. the british security
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company gas has suspended nine workers at an immigration removal centre for allegedly abusing detainees. it follows a bbc investigation claiming officers mocked and assaulted people. it is alleged there is widespread self harm and attempted suicide at the centre which houses migrant is about to be expelled. alison holt has more. brook house immigration removal centre sits a couple of hundred metres from the runway at gatwick airport. it's run by the global security firm gas. here foreign national prisoners facing deportation at the end of their sentence are detained alongside asylum seekers, illegal migrants and those who have overstayed their visas. covert filming by the bbc‘s panorama programme shows a chaotic place awash with drugs. with self harm commonplace among the men held there. there are officers doing their best, but the undercover investigation
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alleges some staff mock, abuse, or even assault detainees. the incidents picked up by the hidden camera worn by another officer. callum tulley has worked at brook house for two years. there is a culture of violence at brook house, when i started working there, i was, i quite quickly became disturbed by what i was seeing and hearing about. it is the latest scandal to hit gas. last year another panorama investigation at medway secure training centre in kent led to allegations of the mistreatment of some teenagers held there. the company says it is waiting to see the brook house footage
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but has suspended nine staff and put five others on restricted duties. my initial reaction is that i am absolutely disgusted by the alleged behaviour. it is totally unacceptable to me, to the organisation, to anyone else who would work in this kind of vocation. what does that tell you about the culture of brook house and also of gas because culture comes from on high. my expectations are very clear, that we care for people, we look after people, on occasions we challenge people, and we do so in a way that is accepted, that is clearly laid down. it's the home office that decides who is detained at centres like brook house. it says it condemns any actions that put the safety or dignity of detainees at risk, adding that gas needs to ensure there is a thorough investigation into the allegations at the centre. the company says it has alerted the police. alison holt, bbc news. let's look at some other stories making headlines from around the
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world. was because of the us house of representatives has urged president trump not to scrap a programme that protects young undocumented migrants known as dreamers from being deported. republican paul ryan said mr trump should let congress find a solution. tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in nigeria after heavy rains and flooding devastated a large part of the region. 730 tonne trucks of aid have been sent tonne trucks of aid have been sent to the area. police in north—west england say the former national football captain wayne rooney has been charged with drink—driving. they say the everton striker was stopped in his volkswagen beagle in the small hours of friday. last month he announced his retirement from the england team after ia yea rs. from the england team after ia years. the former archbishop of westminster cardinal, murphy o'connor has died aged 85. the leader of the roman catholic church
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for nearly a decade, made a cardinal by popejohn for nearly a decade, made a cardinal by pope john paul for nearly a decade, made a cardinal by popejohn paul ii in 2001. there is risk of a humanitarian catastrophe according to antonio guterres. he says he's concerned by reports of excesses during operations for security. according to the un nearly a0,000 refugees from myanmar‘s minority have crossed into neighbouring bangladesh. a00 have died. they are fleeing fighting between insurgents and burmese security forces. here is jonathan head. two days ago, people are swarming across, wading, swimming, carrying what they can. this dramatic exodus continuing even now speaks of a
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terrible conflict on the other side. inside the state, they are watching and recording from a safe distance the destruction of village after village. myanmar security forces wipe out the communities they believe harbert rohingya militants who last week launched armed attacks on the police. bangladesh doesn't wa nt on the police. bangladesh doesn't want them but the rohingyas haven't stopped coming. a stream of humanity, all telling the same terrible stories. of homes burnt, husbands shot dead, and of flight on foot to the border. but where the river is widest to some of the boat foundered. men, women and children drowned. the death toll in six days of violence right across the northern state can only be guessed at. years of repression and discrimination have led to this. public sentiment inside myanmar
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towards the rohingya is almost universally hostile. now a new generation of militants have armed themselves and attacked the myanmar security forces in multiple locations and the civilian population is feeling the backlash. over the river, smoke from wrecked communities send an ominous warning that this conflict isn't over. that it might get a lot worse. jonathan head, bbc news, bangkok. stay with us on head, bbc news, bangkok. stay with us on bbc news. still to come... the investigate paris saint—germain over neymar‘s record—breaking transfer from barcelona. this is bbc world news, i'm ben bland. the latest headlines. kenny's supreme court has declared the result of last month ‘s presidential election invalid and ordered it to be rerun within two months. the bbc has uncovered the alleged abuse of
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detainees at a detention centre in southern england. nine workers have been suspended. full impact of the devastating floods across south asia is now becoming clear. heavy rain at this time of year are not unusual but the monsoon in india, pakistan, nepal and bangladesh is the heaviest in decades. millions of people have been forced from their homes. a third of bangladesh is still under water. justin rowlatt is there. those least able to cope are the hardest hit by the floods. budhia devi says her life has been ruined. translation: i have lost everything. i had a cow and a goat. they were both killed. my house is totally broken and i'm just left sitting here by the side of the road. i have nothing left. i just don't know what to do. the people here are subsistence
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farmers, some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. the floodwaters have begun to drain back. only to reveal the wreckage of homes and of lives. more than 500 people have died just in this one indian state, 17 million affected, and now there are new concerns — houses, schools, roads — they all need to be rebuilt and then of course there is the danger of disease. filthy water, hot weather, and the lack of basic sanitation can be a deadly combination. filthy water, hot weather, and the lack of basic sanitation can be a deadly combination. people remained in water three days, four days. their homes were submerged in the water. they remained in the water but due to waterborne dieases, they were drinking contaminated water, so it's a huge risk. and this is a snapshot from just one tiny part of a catastrophe that is unfolding across much of south asia.
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the region floods every year, but this is different. exceptional rains have brought devastation right across the foothills of the himalayas, from bangladesh in the east, across india and nepal, all the way to the west coast of india and into pakistan. the death toll from the collapse of a single building in the indian financial capital, mumbai, rose to 33 today. police suspect it was weakened by the torrential rains. and 16 people have died in flash floods in karachi, the largest city in pakistan. eid, one of the holiest dates in the muslim calendar, is tomorrow. it is typically one of the busiest
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periods for the city as families come together for the festival. but the monsoon‘s fury is not spent yet. more rain is forecast across the region. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. donald trump has declared this coming sunday to be a national day of prayer. the mayor of houston has warned parts of the city may remain underwaterfor warned parts of the city may remain underwater for two weeks. storm harvey has displaced more than 1 million people with more than a0 feared dead. the flooding has knocked out the water supply to more than 100,000 people in the town of beaumont. some estimates put the economic cost at more than $50 billion. time for a round—up of all the day's sport. katherine downes is at bbc sport centre. its international weekend for football
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as teams and the latest round of world cup qualifiers. these are the latest scores. germany one goal up against the czech republic. scotland beating lithuania 3—0 in a must win match for the scots. england 1—0 up against malta thanks to a goal from harry kane. paris saint—germain page £200 million for brazil's neymar, doubling the world record for a transfer. david ornstein has more details. normally when uefa look into financialfair details. normally when uefa look into financial fair play its retrospective analysis, but here they've gone on the front foot and said they are going to look into paris saint—germain‘s financial fair play compliance. due to the recent tra nsfer play compliance. due to the recent transfer activities. by that they mean the world record signing of neymar from barcelona for around £198 million. the loan dealfrom
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monaco, a loan deal with an option to buy at the end. many people think it's an obligation to buy for £166 million. it's a way to navigate around financial fair play regulations. uefa have said the investigation will focus on the compliance of the club with a break even requirement, particularly in light of its recent transfer activities. that break even requirement, all clubs have to live within their means, not allowed to spend more than they earn. uefa say they aren't going to give any more comment on this. an interesting paragraph of this statement, they said financialfair paragraph of this statement, they said financial fair play is a crucial governance mechanism for the stability of club football, they are trying to keep every club on a level playing field. at the time of the neymar transfer, the psg president
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told the associated press in relation to whether they would comply with financial fair play, go and have a coffee and don't worry about us. we're in hands, thank you. another big name out of the us open. marin cilic beaten by diego schwartzman. petra kvitova made it through to the fourth round. she makes a comeback from the knife attack that kept out of action for the first six months of the year. kyle edmund had to retire with injury. the 18—year—old is the youngest player to reach the men's fourth round at flushing meadows since michael chang in 1989. mercedes dominated practice for the italian grand prix. tom clarkson is in monza. italian grand prix marks the end of the european season of the end of the european season of the 2017 world championship and on the 2017 world championship and on the evidence of everything we've seen so far it's all about mercedes. lewis hamilton fastest in the first
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practice session, his team—mate va ltteri bottas fastest practice session, his team—mate valtteri bottas fastest in the second. sebastian vettel third fastest all day today. leading lewis hamilton by seven points in the world championship. all to play for this weekend. what is the gap going to be after the race on saturday? matteo the italian quickstep riderfinished ahead of his compatriot. chris froome finished safely in the chasing pack. he bids to become the third rider to do the tour de france double. one of the most powerful x—ray machines ever built has officially openedin machines ever built has officially opened in the german city of
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hamburg. the facility which has cost more than1 hamburg. the facility which has cost more than 1 billion euros to build will be used to study the detailed structure of matter. atom by atom. it'd nearly a0 meters below german cornfields in residential areas of hamburg is one of europe's most ambitious cutting—edge research projects, allowing researchers for the first time to look deep inside matter. this has been ten years in development and is housed in a tunnel three and a half kilometres long. the machine is a particle accelerator that 27,000 times a second can produce a brilliant and extremely short flush of x—rays. translation: the light flashes we generate are about 100 femtoseconds long, more or less the light needed to cross a human hair. reaching the moon takes a second so we generate
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extremely short light pulses allowing us to freeze quick reactions in biological material. what scientists say really except this part is that superfast time structure in the flashes will catch proteins or catalysts in the very moment they are made or broken, and even make a film of that change. but the head of the project is not driven by questions of immediate use. translation: i'm curious on what i may answer in 5—10 years. today i will say not with all the will in the world can i imagine the specific use. but from the history of science we learn often somebody said there was no utilisation. what is the need of electromagnetic waves ? is the need of electromagnetic waves? researchers hope this will lead to new routes to understanding the causes of disease and improve the causes of disease and improve the efficiency of industrial processes . the efficiency of industrial processes. the project will begin operations with 11 nations as
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members of its consortium. before we go, an astronomer has ca ptu red before we go, an astronomer has captured images of the biggest asteroid to pass close to earth in more than a century. the asteroid known as florence came within 7 million kilometres of our planet. the space rock measures five kilometres across and is the largest to pass by our planet disclosed since the record of asteroids began. you can reach me and some of the tea m you can reach me and some of the team on twitter. thank you for watching. thanks forjoining me. time for a round—up of some of the noteworthy weather happening around the globe. we're going to start with north america. the remnants of storm
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harvey still affecting parts of the united states. this cloud bringing heavy rain took tennessee, kentucky, moving into the north—east united states. to the south across mexico and california, a much wider area of cloud and bad weather. it's tropical storm lydia, which has been affecting the southern tip of california in the last 2a hours and will continue to bring lashings of rain through the region over the next a8 hours or so. before the storm finally drifts into the pacific across cooler waters. if you lose its energy and fall apart. it could bring a lot of rainfall. we often talk about millimetres of rainfall. to put that in perspective, london gets around 5-600 perspective, london gets around 5—600 millilitres per year. in the space of a day or two we're talking about that sort of order. from the re m na nts of about that sort of order. from the remnants of harvey, also tropical storm lydia. across the caribbean where it's relatively quiet, deep out in the tropical atlantic we have
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another storm brewing. a nasty one. a severe storm. in fact, category three hurricane. it's tracking in the direction generally speaking over the next few days of the caribbean here. still too early to say whether it will threaten any land mass, but something we're keeping a very close eye on. meanwhile, nigeria and other parts of western tropical africa have been experiencing some very heavy rain and these storms that drift out of this part of africa move out into the atlantic and eventually, sometimes, become tropical storms and hurricanes. across south asia we've been covering a lot about the floods, the heavy rains affecting northern parts of india, bangladesh, into nepal and more recently heavy rain in karachi. these rainstorms link to the monsoon across this part of the world, an annual occurrence. these rains will continue to fall through the course of the weekend and additionally the rain will
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reinvigorate itself across southern parts of india and into sri lanka. some downpours potentially for the maldives as well. the flooding problems we had across this part of the world, especially northern india, nepal and bangladesh, the world, especially northern india, nepaland bangladesh, likely to continue. two other storms we are watching, some good news across asia—pacific. one tropical storm to the south of china could bring rainfall. mostly east hong kong. a typhoon way off the coast of japan is swirling out to seek out into the open ocean. looks as though is swirling out to seek out into the open ocean. looks as thouthapan should be fine. some good news. the weather for the weekend in the uk should be fine. some good news. the weatherfor the weekend in the uk is coming upjust weatherfor the weekend in the uk is coming up just before 10pm. weatherfor the weekend in the uk is coming upjust before 10pm. you can tune into that as well. this is bbc news. the headlines: kenya's president said he would respect a supreme court decision of overturning the recent election result. they want an investigation into the conduct of the international observers who validated the vote.
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gas has suspended nine workers at an immigration removal centre for allegedly abusing detainees. it follows a bbc investigation claiming officers mocked and assorted people. european football's governing body is inspecting the record signing of neymar the psg. the world's most powerful x—ray laser has been switched on in hamburg. it cost more than $1 billion and will
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