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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8. the retired field marshal lord bramall, and the family of the late lord brittan receive compensation from the police, overfalse child abuse accusations. more than m00 people have died and 14 more than m00 people have died and 1a million have been left homeless or displaced after catastrophic flooding across several south asian countries. on his second visit this week, president trump praises the people of texas as he meets those affected by flooding there. as tough as this was it's been a wonderful thing. i think even for the country to watch and the world to watch. it's been beautiful. sixth formers excluded from a school because of their results will be able to return, their lawyer has confirmed. also in the next hour — rohingya muslims continue to flee violence in myanmar. a campaign group says hundreds of homes have been burned down in one village —
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as tens of thousands head to bangladesh. lewis hamilton breaks michael schumacher‘s record as he secures top spot. good evening and welcome to bbc news. the metropolitan police has confirmed, it's paid compensation, to the former chief of the defence staff, field marshal lord bramall, and the family of the late home secretary, lord brittan. both men had been falsely accused of child sexual abuse by an informant, who's now being investigated for allegedly perverting the course of justice. here's tom symonds. they were claims which seemed to go right to the heart of power in britain. child sexual abuse and murder. after a m month investigation which went nowhere, a review concluded the claims were false.
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but not before police had raided the homes of lord bramall, one of britain's most senior former military figures. lord brittan, the former home secretary, who had died. and harvey proctor, once a conservative mp. names among those offered by this man, known as nick, who still can't be named for legal reasons. a retired judge found police had failed to properly assess his credibility. applications for search warrants contained inaccuracies. and the investigation went on too long. it's thought lord bramall and lord brittan‘s family have received around £100,000 each in compensation from the police. i've never complained about being investigated. it was only the heavy—handed and very unintelligent way that they went about it. i mean, i think they could have said... if they'd taken any trouble to put their effort onto questioning
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the so—called victim, i think they would have found it was very unlikely. but harvey proctor has not settled. he lost hisjob and his home when he became embroiled in operation midland. negotiations between mr proctor‘s lawyers and the police continue. the man who made the original allegations is himself being investigated, to see whether he deliberately misled the police. tom symonds, bbc news, scotland yard. the un now says as many as 41 million people have been affected by heavy monsoon rains across south asia, leading to the worst flooding in the region for several years. whole communities have been uprooted across india, bangladesh and nepal, and at least m00 people have lost their lives. 0ur correspondent, justin rowlatt, has just sent us this report from the city of katihar, in one of the worst affected regions, bihar state, in north east india,
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where hundreds of people have died. where we're going can only be reached by boat. the only dry place for miles around is on top of this great embankment, but the embankment that now protects the villagers is the reason the floods had such a catastrophic impact. the torrential rains transformed the normally placid river, the pressure grew and grew. so what happened is the embankment holding back the river breached and the water came crashing in here, sweeping away half the village, devastating their homes, devastating their lives. translation: it felt like we were hit by an ocean of water, ijust ran for my life, taking my children with me. i didn't have time to save anything. everything i own has gone. this man showed me what the floods had done to his home.
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0h! look at this. so, he said the whole place was flooded with water. the water was above his head and came rushing through here. you can see, it'sjust left absolutely terrible mud behind. so, he says for three days they had no food at all and then some people came, bringing food. some relief for them. he said there wasn't enough room to stay on the embankment so he had to bring his family down here, including his three—year—old child. to live amongst this filth. it is eid today, one of the great festivals of islam. like most of the village, this family is muslim. for the first time since the catastrophe they are having meat, but there was little appetite for celebration. tens of thousands of communities across south asia have
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similar stories of horror and destruction to tell. the only good news here, is that everyone in this village survived. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. president trump is visiting texas for the second time in a week in the aftermath of storm harvey. he is currently visiting a relief centre in houston for the victims of the flooding. mr trump had previously faced criticism for not meeting survivors when he travelled to the state four days ago. last night, the white house asked congress to approve £6 million in emergency funding. speaking from the relief centre, the president said those affected by the tragedy had praised the response by authorities. really, i think people appreciate what's been done. it's been done very efficiently, very well, and that's what we wanted. we are very happy with the way everything has gone. a lot of love. there's a lot of love. what did the families tell you? there were just happy.
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—— they were just happy. we saw a lot of happiness. it's been really nice. it's been a wonderful thing. as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing. i think even for the country to watch, and for the world to watch. it's been beautiful. have a good time, everybody. i'm going to be doing a little help over here. the united nations says nearly 60,000 rohingya muslims have fled from myanmar to bangladesh to escape spiralling violence since rohingya militants attacked police positions a week ago. the foreign secretary borisjohnson has the said the violence is damaging the reputation of myanmar. according to the campaign group, human rights watch, new satellite imagery shows more than seven hundred homes have been burned down in a rohingya village. sanjoy majumder sent this report from a refugee camp on the bangladesh—myanmar border. exhausted and traumatised after escaping death. many of these rohingyas have walked for hours across hills, and wading through paddy fields to avoid border patrols before making it here. these are fresh arrivals, rohingyas
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who have just arrived after crossing the border, and with every passing hour, there are more and more of them coming. there is absolutely no space left any more, so they are just living on any piece of open ground they can find, and many of them have the most disturbing testimony to share. i meet a man who is nursing a bullet wound in his foot. he tells me that his village, just across the border, was attacked, allegedly by the myanmar military and armed mobs. translation: so many people were killed. theyjust set fire to everything. ijust ran. they were shooting at us and i got hit. there were people whose throats were slashed with knives. from inside, the scars of violence.
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there is not a house left standing. this is where the money and more military has been carrying out a massive crackdown. following an attack last week and dozens of police forces by rohingya militants. the situation seems to be one where it is rapidly sliding towards a precipice. many people are on the move. significant areas of the state are on fire. as for those who have managed to flee the fighting, they are building temporary shelters and trying to make a home for themselves. bangladesh, after initially trying to stop them, is now letting them in. for the survivors, this represents freedom.
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it has come at a cost, and they are still uncertain about what lies ahead. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news this afternoon. a man has been arrested, after a bolt from a crossbow, was fired into the oval cricket, ground during a match. it happened on thursday, as surrey played middlesex. armed police evacuated the stadium in south london, and the game was abandoned. the 35—year—old man who was arrested, has been released on bail. he'd been detained on suspicion of attempted grievous bodily harm. labour has rejected claims — by a former shadow minister — that it's failing to confront the truth about gangs who groom and abuse children. sarah champion, the mp for rotherham, stepped down last month after claiming that the country had a problem with british pakistani men raping white girls. in a newspaper interview this morning, she said labour politicians in london had not been challenged by a reality different from what she described as their tolerant world. the northern ireland secretary
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of state james brokenshire is to meet the five main political parties at stormont on monday. it follows sinn fein‘s rejection of a dup proposal to restore power—sharing. the executive, led by the two main parties, collapsed at the beginning of they year during a scandal over a botched renewable heating scheme. a grammar school — which forced pupils to leave half—way through their course because of their exam results — has reversed its decision. parents at st 0laves in south—east london began legal action, after students who did not get at least a b—grade at as—level were told they could not continue. the lawyer representing the families says the school has changed its mind. 0ur correspondent angus crawford has more. it's almost like a policy of post—selection which, on the surface of it, is unlawful. st 0laves is an outstanding school, founded in the 16th century, a long history of academic achievement.
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this year it got 96% at a* to b at a—level. therein appears to lie the problem, it was an open secret at the school that, if in your first year of a—level study, you didn't hit b grade in all your subjects you would be asked to leave. this year, it appears that happened to two pupils. we are talking about very small numbers? very small numbers this year, but clearly a policy of some years standing. what happened was that the parents of these children began to take legal action, they threatened to sue the school, claiming that the department for education's rules are clear. you cannot post select at a—level. you can only be asked to leave a school for behavioural or other problems. so, in the face of this legal action, the school has backed down and said those pupils can come back, and also that policy will be abandoned. with me to discuss this further is the sunday times' education editor, sian griffiths. thanks for coming in. there will be
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people amazed by this story. how unusual is it that pupils might be asked to leave if they don't hit certain grades? it's unusual to be asked to leave at this point. it's much more usual to be asked to leave after your gcses if you've not done well. that's the most common time children are asked to leave. very high performing schools like st 0laves are trying to manage all the children not expected to hit high targets when they sit their exams at the end of sixth form. some would say i would expect that at an independent school. i've heard stories about that. at what is essentially a school which could be open to everybody, although selective in terms of the grammar school, it seems brutally unfair, a lot of parents would say that people are told, well, you are not welcome any more. what's going on here?
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what's happening. at the end of gcses come if you don't get good ones, it is common for most good schools to say you need a certain number of gcse grades to get sixth form. otherwise you not equipped. yes, and that bar has been getting higher. five b grades is normal now before you can go into sixth and set a level exams. it used to be lower. schools are in these league tables. they measured by their exam performance. st 0laves is one of our best state schools. schools rely on pupils doing well. they see themselves as academic schools. children who don't meet those academic standards, they feel it is not the school for them. this is a legal situation. what do we know about the legal framework around decisions like this? this is what is unusual about this. first,
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decisions like this? this is what is unusualabout this. first, it's unusualabout this. first, it's unusual to be asked to leave after the first year of sixth form. because you are so the first year of sixth form. because you are so far ring. exactly, it would be hard to find another school. —— so far in. if they accept you for sixth form you are infortwo they accept you for sixth form you are in for two years. what is unusual is that the parents have said no. and they have taken legal action. on the back of that legal action. on the back of that legal action the department for education has come up with some guidance and made it clear that it is illegal to throw out a child halfway through the sixth form. the school has had to back down. that's quite unprecedented. what do you think about the wider lessons of this? an issue about children not geared up to do well, not being offered the right choice, is it a lack of guidance, our schools under too much pressure with league tables? what do you make of it? i have sympathy for this headteacher. he is an exceptionally good headteacher. he
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has pushed up standards in other schools he's worked at. the schools are under immense pressure to perform. they also want to perform well for the children in the schools. if you want to go to 0xford, cambridge, a top university, this is where people are sending their children. you have to get very good grades at gcse and at a——level. headteachers are raising the bar. what he has done is say to the children you have to do better than this. you can do better than this. just in terms of how children can be offered the right thing. being told if you are not hitting a b grade it is time to move on. do you think the problem is our expectations are too high? should we be helping children come up with different alternatives if they can't make the grade? is
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there enough on offer for children like that? where did they expect the children to go? once they get into six format st 0laves —— once they get into sixth form at st 0laves, they must be very academic. what you have to remember all the time is that our children in this country are competing in the global economy forjobs. if you look at are competing in the global economy for jobs. if you look at what are competing in the global economy forjobs. if you look at what is happening in other countries, particularly in far east asia, their standards are so much higher. you see how much pressure is on those kids. that is happening here. this is the situation we are in. it is a global competition forjobs. is the situation we are in. it is a global competition for jobs. 0ur standards are continuously being raised so that we compete with other nations. really interesting very much. —— really interesting, thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30 this evening in the papers.
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0ur guestsjoining me tonight are nigel nelson, who's the political editor at the sunday mirror and people, and the political commentator, jo phillips. the headlines on bbc news: the retired field marshal lord bramall and the family of the late lord brittan receive compensation from the police over false child abuse allegations. more than 11100 people have died and 40 more than 11100 people have died and a0 million have more than 1a00 people have died and a0 million have been left homeless oi’ a0 million have been left homeless or displaced after flooding across several south asian countries. and on his second visit this week president trump praises the people of texas as he meets those affected by flooding there. sport now — let's go the the bbc sport centre for a full round up. it's a packed weekend with world cup qualifiers, and wales are half an hour into their crucial game against austria. the welsh are third in group d, with only goal difference separating them from tonight's opponents. that game is 0—0 at the moment. a
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couple of good chances for both sides in the last few minutes. they are equal on points in their group, so are equal on points in their group, $03 are equal on points in their group, so a crucial game for wales to win if they want to progress. we will keep you updated on that about the evening. —— on that all evening. in the same group the republic of ireland drew 1—1 with georgia. martin 0'neill‘s men went up 1—0 afterfour minutes, with a shane duffy header. not long before half time valeri kazaishvili equalised for georgia. the irish are now second in group d, two points behind serbia. lewis hamilton has set a new pole position record in reaching his 69th career pole, breaking the previous landmark set by michael schumacher. in treacherous conditions that saw qualifying suspended for more than two and a half hours, hamilton was more than a second quicker than his nearest rival. williams driver lance stroll also made history becoming the youngest driver to secure a place on the front row. hamilton will be hoping to overtake sebastian vettel in the championship.
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the ferrari driver will be sixth on the grid. italy, i love you, i'm so happy to be here. even though this is ferrari's homeland, this is such a good place for mercedes. this is an historic circuit. a beautiful country. and i will have some pasta tonight to celebrate. go wild! it's the first weekend of domestic rugby union action, both the premiership and the pro1a got under way last night and saracens have laid down an early marker this afternoon. the european champions ran in nine tries in a 55—2a win over northampton saints at twickenham, including a hat trick for sean maitland. saracens lost in the premiership play—off semi—finals last season, but won the european champions cup for a second successive year. london irish have beaten harlequins 39—29 at twickenham, the victory marks a perfect return to the premiership for irish, who have spent the last year in the second tier. and in the day's other game, wasps
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beat sale sharks 50 points to 35. leinster got their pro1a campaign off to a winning start, beating welsh side the dragons 39 points to 16. they ran in five tries, with replacement winger cathal marsh completing the scoring to secure the bonus point win. reigning champions scarlets hosted south african new boys southern kings. leigh halfpenny signed for the welsh club ahead of this season, and didn't waste any time in scoring his first points. they went on to score eight tries in a 57—10 bonus—point win. in the day's other matches 0spreys beat zebre 22 —13 and connacht glasgow has just got under way and the score's currently 3—0 to connacht. it's t20 blast finals day — the final itself is under way. it's between birmingham bears and notts 0utlaws. this is how they got there. birmingham beat glamorgan by 11 runs. this catch sealed it for the bears in front of a mostly home crowd at edgbaston, despite the fielders bumping into each other. this is birmingham's third finals day appearance in four years. glamorgan were all out for 16a,
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chasing the bears 176. notts beat hampshire to seal their place in this evening's finale. they got the important wicket of shahid afridi with the very first ball of the hampshire innings. quick wickets kept the hampshire score down, and they were bowled out falling 23 runs short of notts total of 169. the teams are just coming out now at edgbaston, birmingham won the toss and chose to bowl first — listen live on 5 live sports extra. burnley have a big target of 191. birmingham decided to bowl first. —— birmingham decided to bowl first. —— birmingham havea birmingham decided to bowl first. —— birmingham have a big target of 191. birmingham have a big target of 191. birmingham have a big target of 191. birmingham have just started their chase. they are 12—1. britain's chris froome has a 55 second lead at the vuelta a espana. today's1ath stage was won by poland's rafal maj ka. froome finished in fourth a few seconds behind vincenzo nibali — who is second in the overall standings. that's all the sport for now.
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i'll have more in the next hour. see you then. thanks very much. the us—led coalition says it has carried out air strikes against more than twenty so—called islamic state vehicles trying to come to the aid of an is convoy trapped for days in the syrian desert. the is fighters recently surrendered an enclave on syria's border with lebanon, and under a deal struck with the lebanese hezbollah movement, they were to be allowed to travel across syria to is held territory in the east. but the us—led coalition is blocking their path. allanjohnston allan johnston told me allanjohnston told me earlier about who was in the convoy. —— alanjohnston told me earlier about who was in the convoy. about 300 is fighters, give or take a view, have been holding onto a stretch
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of territory in the barren mountains on the border between syria and lebanon. they were on the point of being defeated there when they managed to make a deal with the lebanese militant group hezbollah, the syrian government. —— hezbollah, and the syrian government. the terms of the deal were that they would stop fighting, they would surrender, but in return they would be able to gather up their families and head eastwards to the last province in syria that is still under is control. that plan was put into action. they were all gathered up and put into 17 buses, which headed eastwards. but the us led coalition was no part of that deal. the us coalition is very active in eastern syria. it didn't want to see these hardened jihadis dumped into that territory where they could take sanctuary and fight again. the us led coalition warplanes did everything they could to stop the convoy reaching that is province. they blew up a road, blew up a bridge and managed to trap the convoy in the desert. so what happens next? what are the americans proposing to do? well, we have a really extraordinary stand—off here.
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we haven't seen anything like this in the many twists and turns of this terrible war in syria. of course, if those buses contained only is fighters, there is no doubt at all that the us led coalition would have simply destroyed those buses. but, of course, more than half the people on board this convoy are the family of the fighters, the women, the children, the elderly, wounded people and so on. so you have a humanitarian drama unfolding. the latest we hear is that, from the hezbollah organisation, which is overseeing this operation, that the convoy is actually split in two and the bulk of the buses have moved into some sort of no man's land very close to is territory. but the us—led coalition warplanes have trapped it there again. according to hezbollah, the us coalition is not allowing humanitarian relief to get to those buses, and we have a very difficult
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situation developing for, as i say, wounded people, elderly people, children and so on on those buses. as we've been hearing president trump and his wife melania have arrived in houston for a second visit in the wake of tropical storm harvey. barabra plett usher is in houston. tell us a bit more about this planned trip... the president and his wife went to a release centre where people have taken shelter. they spent some time there. they spoke to parents with children in a play area. donald trump played with a couple of little boys. he got into the action a bit. he went into the lunch line. they handed out food. lots of interest in shaking his hand and taking photos. lots of people saying that him showing up shows a bit of morale. a
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couple of people said what will this do, how would this help me in the long run? 0ne do, how would this help me in the long run? one man shouted, impeach, but he was quietened down by officials and that did not go anywhere. quite an energetic visit to the relief centre. he is now at a church. he made some short remarks, meeting some storm victims. he will also need volunteers, those people who came out with their boats and other vehicles, water vehicles, to rescue people on their own. there was a civilian armada here. he wa nted was a civilian armada here. he wanted to meet some of the people involved in that. very much an attempt to show support, boost morale, but on a practical level he has been promising money to help in the rebuild effort. that's right. today he also expanded the disaster declaration for texas, which means that federal government
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would pay for more things than it usually did. things like cleaning up debris, which will be a big job. he has asked congress for nearly $8 million in emergency funds. that is the initial response. congress seems to be ready to move on that quickly. there could be a vote as early as next week. this is the first step. the white house emphasised that. they said it was a down payment for what is happening later run. just to put that into perspective, the texas governor said he figured the state would probably need $125 billion ultimately. that is 16 times more what donald trump's initial asker was for. trump and the white house will have trouble getting congress to continue signing deals for this aid. what is the outlook? high water behind you, but it looks like you have some sunshine? yes, and heat. in houston the water
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has mostly receded in terms of flooding. people have been going through their houses, looking at the damage, and it is a recovery effort here. talking about what sort of rebuilding will happen. to the east it is still a dangerous situation because the floodwaters were supposed to peak today. they are very high. seven feet higher than normal, the river. 0ne town, beaumont, is still surrounded, and people cannot get out. yesterday a number of premature babies were evacuated from a hospital by air lift. the water has been cut off in that town, the drinking water, because of the floods. quite a different scene to what is happening here in houston. but houston really was the hardest hit. this is the biggest number of people. a big city with lots of infrastructure and business, as well. i think the main disaster part of it is over now. and there is now very much a focus on there is now very much a focus on the money needed to recover.
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thanks very much for bringing us up—to—date on all of that. the investigation into the chemical cloud which affected parts of east sussex last sunday is looking into the possibility that it may have been caused by emissions from known shipwrecks in the channel. the beach at birling gap, near eastbourne, was closed until the haze disappeared. the maritime and coastguard agency is now investigating — as adina campbell reports. a mysterious mist which engulfed holidaymakers in east sussex. it led to birling gap beach, near beachy head, being evacuated, after people reported having irritated eyes, sore throats, and vomiting. i had a bit of a dry chest. and then, as we came off the beach, then it really kind of hit, and we were all kind of coughing a little bit. and my children were really, really upset, because their eyes were really painful. coastguard rescue teams raced to help clear the area,


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