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this is bbc news. i'm clive myrie. the headlines at eight... hurricane irma hammers florida's west coast, causing flooding and leaving half the homes in the state without power. it is sheer devastation everywhere you look. parking lots are flooded, cars... 37 people are known to have died in the caribbean, as the relief effort to bring food and water to devastated areas continues. ahead of a key parliamentary vote on brexit, the government has urged mps to back what it describes as an "orderly departure" from the eu. the un says the 300,000 muslim rohingyas, who have now fled myanmar, are victims of ethnic cleansing. and in the next hour... blast off for britain's biggest rocket. the hope is that it could be the blueprint for dairy usable kraft for future space tourism. —— for
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future space tourism. good evening and welcome to bbc news. in florida and the caribbean, government officials and aid agencies are gearing up for one of the biggest relief operations the region has seen. hurricane irma has been downgraded to a storm but as it travelled across the caribbean to florida it left at least 30 people dead and cities flooded. in a moment, we'll be hearing from cuba, which was battered by massive waves reportedly 36 feet high. and we'll be in the british virgin islands, where the aid operation is finally beginning. but first to florida, where up to 6 million homes — that's more than half the population — are without power. aleem maqbool is in miami. after a day of darkness and fury, miami opened
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its eyes to the aftermath. this city is now littered with the hurricane‘s debris. boats were even lifted clean out of the bay and dumped on the shore. people here are emerging from their shelters and barricaded homes to try to start clearing up. so, you got up this morning, and what did you find? sheer devastation. everywhere you look. the parking lot is still flooded. cars, you know, trees falling down. in spite of all the preparation for the storm, millions are now without power. this city's financial district has been badly affected. it was underwater during the hurricane, inundated with with massive coastal waves as irma passed. 2a hours ago, there was simply no way i would have been able to stand here in the heart of miami, notjust because of those high winds but the flooding as well.
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the water may have receded, but that has just allowed people to move about and discover the damage that irma has left behind. in the city of naples in the west of the state, petrol stations and mobile homes were torn apart. and, in the florida keys, there are areas where irma ravaged homes and belongings. but we just don't know the full extent of the damage in remote areas. it is only now the storm has passed that the national guard can go in and start rescue operations. when americans are in need, americans pull together, and we are one country, and when we face hardship, we emerge closer, stronger, and more determined than ever. though, even as the storm was still affecting this area, looters took advantage. with millions told to evacuate and so many in shelters, there was little to stop them. untiljust days ago, miami was packed with
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tourists, who all fled. it's going to take time, effort, and resources before they can be welcomed back here to south beach. well, our correspondent laura bicker is in the british virgin islands which were devastated by hurricane irma and are now the focus of the uk relief effort. and she sent us this update on the situation there. people here are hungry, tired and desperate for anything that they can eat. when it came to the opening of this supermarket just eat. when it came to the opening of this supermarketjust one hour ago, we witnessed chaotic scenes. people had been waiting for up to eight hours in temperatures over 30 celsius. they are looking for basic supplies such as water, any candidates. when it comes to the remote areas of the island, the access remote areas of the island, the a ccess roa ds remote areas of the island, the access roads are beginning to open, which means people are descending
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into this mean heart, desperately need of sustenance. when it comes to the basic supplies of aid, we're told aid has arrived on the island but we have yet to see distributed. iam but we have yet to see distributed. i am told by the commonwealth office that it has been given to the evacuation shelter. people here are waiting for it to be distributed to the population more widely. when it comes to local ministers, they told me to simply not true that people are hungry. but that is not what people you tell me. i have seen real stress and determination but now what emc newsreel destination. —— what emc newsreel destination. —— what i am seeing is real destination. the foreign secretary has been defending the government's response to hurricane irma. speaking from the fco's crisis room borisjohnson denied that the uk had failed to plan for the aftermath of the hurricane. we always have preparations for the
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hurricane season in the caribbean and actually we had rsa mainstay in the area the all—time. if you want a proper comparison between what the french and dutch have achieved, the british response is been very good. what we're trying to do now is to get those islands back—up on their feet. they had a terrible time. but don't forget that we have got another hurricane about to go through. hurricane jose. we another hurricane about to go through. hurricanejose. we have to make sure we don't bring in new supplies and planes at a time when the huge windsor building up again. the foreign secretary speaking earlier today. let's get more on the situation in the british virgin islands. i'm joined on the line from tortola by simon cross, who's lived on the island for three years. can you hear me, simon?” can you hear me, simon? i can. good to hear from you. can you hear me, simon? i can. good to hearfrom you. thank can you hear me, simon? i can. good to hear from you. thank you for joining us. firstly, explain what
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the situation is like now and what can you see? what are you experiencing? at the moment, the co nsta nt experiencing? at the moment, the constant noise of circulating helicopters, either dropping off supplies to the nearby park, a large open area... i talked to an anaesthetist in the local hospital coordinating the efforts. supplies are coming in and out on a regular basis. i believe the hospital will ta ke m ost basis. i believe the hospital will take most of those supplies. but, as well, the main road into the area that connects the east end to the west end is travel. it is a massive help. you cannot get anywhere here without a vehicle in such a mountainous territory. itjust enables people to carry on. the army and navy are here as well. that is a great relief, to be honest. shortly
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after the hurricane, there was a very uneasy atmosphere, with looting going on. it was borderline lawless, if not lawless. they have restored law and order. the main supermarket is open and it is limiting numbers as to who can go in each time. it is being controlled in an orderly fashion, which is very important, given the desperate times. so, things are improving on a date by day bases, little by little. we had a board, in from day bases, little by little. we had a board, infrom st day bases, little by little. we had a board, in from st lucia today to drop in supplies. i'm not sure how widespread those supplies can go. but as i say, things do seem to be getting better day by day. as i say, the additional resources from outside have held that greatly. i am
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not sure what we would have done without outside assistance. not sure what we would have done without outside assistancem not sure what we would have done without outside assistance. it is great to hear that help is there and the relief effort is well and truly under way. boris johnson has the relief effort is well and truly under way. borisjohnson has been defending the response of the british government to the situation in its british territories in the caribbean that have been affected. do you have any criticism for him or do you feel that the british response has been kindly and as good as some are suggesting the french has been in the territories in the caribbean? it is difficult to comment on what the french has received, but for me, i do not see quite what else the british army navy could have done more. they are a big empire and there's plenty of territory to try and cover. they got as they can and i hear that there are other relief forces on the way as well. i did not see how it could
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be possible that they could have done anything more, to be honest. we are grateful that they are here. i know that the gotti as quickly as they can. you can't really ask for more than that. certainly know that the coming in more runaway, it feels like we're moving in the right direction anyway and things improve ona direction anyway and things improve on a daily basis. it is baby steps but they are important steps. we now have access to the basic necessities. the main fuel station has opened up and is being controlled with added security. the last remaining thing is cash. lots of places are just accepting cash. i am aware that the mobile banking unit is being opened tomorrow that will assist that and this
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supermarket is accepting certain debit cards, making that easier. things are moving slowly but surely. 0k... sorry, things are moving slowly but surely. 0k. .. sorry, i things are moving slowly but surely. 0k... sorry, i have to cut across europe because we are running out of time but it is good that the situation is improving and that you are getting access, on the british virgin islands, to the basic necessities of life. simon cross bringing us an update from one overseas territory in a caribbean. let's get the situation in florida. 0ur correspondentjane 0'brien is in miami. the threat to the weekend was that miami would be hit hard. we can see floodwaters behind you. but is there a sense that miami dodged a bullet here perhaps? very much so. it is quite extraordinary how this city has recovered so quickly. that puddle behind me, this time yesterday, was a torrent, a river
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running like the way through downtown miami and the financial district. and being told now that even this would have gone if it was not for a blocked train that was caused by hurricane improvements to the drainage system that have not yet been finished. that gives you a sense of just a yet been finished. that gives you a sense ofjust a quickly yet been finished. that gives you a sense of just a quickly the yet been finished. that gives you a sense ofjust a quickly the city is recovering. having said that, there is about 70% of miami still without power. 30,000 extra technicians have been drafted in to try and restore power as quickly as possible. at the moment, that seems to be the biggest problem, along with debris. even though the sun is shining and the storm is over, officials still recommend people not to go back on the roads because they still need to do this clean—up work and get emergency responders out and about to anyone who might still need help. that is miami, this side of the state. across the bay, the florida keys of course either very different story. they are still closed and the situation there are still closed and the situation there sounds very dire
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indeed. further south from you, we here that the florida keys, according to the white house homeland security adviser, he says the florida keys might not be fit for re—entry by regular citizens for several weeks. it was of course the florida keys that were the first bit of the us mainland that were hit. if you do not include poor to recall —— puerto rico. hurricane irma slammed into florida keys as a category four hurricane, bringing with it not only this deadly storm surge of 15 feet, thatis this deadly storm surge of 15 feet, that is the times my height, but also torrential rain, which caused flash flooding, an agency alerts right the way across these very low—lying islands. —— emergency alerts. 10,000 people are estimated to have stayed put and defied the evacuation order. they decided for one reason or another that they would try to ride out the storm. a
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lot of them have not been heard from. the middle his in particular, relatives are very worried. there is virtually no cellphone service and people who have been able to call out from key west are saying that even they are running low on food and water. so the basic situation is very bad. we understand that search and rescue teams have gone in now. they are starting that emergency response. four out of 42 bridges, six out of the 42 bridges have been deemed structurally sound. but this is incremental work and lots of work to go. i spoke to someone trying to contact his family and get back to his house in the his. he said he arrived and was told he could not get back until friday at the very earliest because they want the roads clear and they do not want other residents returning home, jamming up the work so that this massive emergency response is affected. briefly, there were suggestions that a couple of other powerful storms
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we re a couple of other powerful storms were on their way as well. what is the latest on that? i am not entirely certain because the focus has been clean—up after irma. but this is clearly a hurricane battered state and it has been through the largest evacuation in its history already. more than 6 million people told to leave their homes. making a similar response any time soon is going to be very difficult, i am sure. sure. thank you. and we'll find out how this story and many others are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. we will tell you what fleet street's fine after reporting. our guests joining me tonight are the telegraph's brexit editor dia chakravarty and political correspondent at the times henry mance. there is lots for them to chew over.
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stay with us for that. you're watching bbc news. the headlines... hurricane irma is leaving millions without a airtricity. —— electricity. ahead of a key parliamentary vote on brexit, the government has urged mps to back what it describes as an ‘orderly departure' from the eu. the un says the 300 thousand rohingya muslims who've now fled myanmar, are victims of ethnic cleansing. sport now and time for a full round up from the bbc sport centre. it isa it is a huge night through west ham and their manager, slaven bilic. they have lost all three games in the premier league this season and tonight we're up against newly promoted huddersfield at the london stadium. the kick off at eight p:m.. still goalless. couple of chances so far. andy carroll's cross was almost converted at the far post. that was the first chance. another one in the
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last few minutes. have a hernandez, the former man united shrike, has rattled the bar from about seven yards out. it is west ham. this is their first yards out. it is west ham. this is theirfirst home yards out. it is west ham. this is their first home game of the season because of the world athletic championships held at the glen. just like frank de boer yesterday, real estate elation at slaven bilic will be sacked tonight if he loses. frank de boer says he's very disappointed crystal palace put him out of a job. he has become the first managerial casualties in the premier league season. four games, four defeats, not a single goal scored. the worst start to a seasonally league's history. jose mourinho said it was not a huge shock to him. nothing surprises me. i was sacked as a champion. claudy ranieri was sacked asa champion. claudy ranieri was sacked as a champion. frank de boer is sacked after four matches. next season, something incredible will happen again. nothing surprises me. former england manger roy hodgson
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is expected to succeed de boer on a 2 year contract. he hasn't managed in the premier league since leaving west brom to become england manager in 2012. this would be his first job since stepping down from the national side after euro 2016, when england were knocked out by iceland. senior fa executives are to be summoned to a parliamentary inquiry to face questions about the two investigations that cleared england women's manager mark sampson of making allegedly racist remarks to former player eni aluko. the fa, into separate reviews, cleared mark sampson of those allegations and said he was guilty of no wrongdoing whatsoever. but aluko said investigations were flawed because key witnesses had not been interviewed. this makes it hard for the fa to move on because, as i
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say commons select committee does not tend to collett aids editors to explain themselves. i understand that aluko explain themselves. i understand that alu ko and explain themselves. i understand that aluko and a former player will also be asked to give evidence in at over “— also be asked to give evidence in at over —— 0ctober. anthonyjoshua's been speaking ahead of next month's world title fight against kubrat pulev in cardiff. joshua's defending his ibf, wba, and ibo belts against the bulgarian, whose only defeat came against wladimir klitshko in 2014. joshua of course knocked out klitschko at wembley stadium in his last fight and wants to continue cementing his position in the sport. the goal remains the same. the motivation is the same. what i have noticed is that some of the old legend of the sport, the likes of tyson, foreman, i have seen positive comments and they are saying they spark missing has been brought back to life and they are really enjoying the heavyweight division and what we're doing. so keep it going. when
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i get that type of respect from the greats i have looked up to, it is the nominal. i realise that no matter how many critics to get, as long as the greats are giving you please credit, that sets with me for a long time. —— praise and credit. eddie hearn also confirmed today that ireland's katie taylor will fight for the wba lightweight title next month on the anthonyjoshua undercard. the olympic gold medallist from london 2012 has won her six professional fights so far, four by knockout. it is still goalless at the london stadium. we will have more for you in the next hour. mps are set for a long night ahead. the vote on the bill that will transfer all eu laws into british law and pave the way for brexit is not taking place until midnight.
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downing street says it's confident that the vote will go the government's way despite widespread criticism of the measure for giving too much power to ministers. there are signs of a possible labour rebellion over the legislation, which sets out the path for eu law to be incorporated into british law. jeremy corbyn has ordered his mps to vote against the bill but this has been met by claims that this would lead the uk to a cliff edge of uncertainty. the conservative mp cheryl gillan says that this bill is about providing stability and certainty for everyone and should not be voted down. voting against it certainly doesn't make any sense to me, particularly after the applause house passed article 50 legislation. this bill is a vehicle for the government in this house to deal with a unique and extraordinary situation and ensure a functioning statute of us leaving the eu. alas, i believe, you're trying to rerun the referendum automate chaos in a process , the referendum automate chaos in a process, voting against it should not be an auction for any member tonight. ministers have indicated
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they will be flexible whenever possible but having lived through the maastricht debates, there is little to be gained and much to be lost by prolonging any debate unnecessarily. eight days seems to me and besom or length of time. our businesses and organisations will not thrive with ongoing uncertainty and this bill increases the progress being made, provides stability and certainty needed to have a smooth transition and continuity of business post brexit. a flavour of the debate there. vicky young is at westminster for us. it isa young is at westminster for us. it is a long night for you, me and mps! and the first of many. downing street are pretty confident this will pass when the bill happen sometime after midnight. that is because conservative mps, even though many do have reservations about the bill, this is not the moment that they are choosing to d efy moment that they are choosing to defy theresa may on all of this. i think they will save themselves for
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later on in the process. 0pposition parties, including labour, are telling mps to vote against this bill and oppose it. to find out why, i'm joined by hilary benn, chairperson of the brexit committee. isn't it disingenuous here? second reading is about the principle of the bill, not the detail. surely you agree with the detail that this work is to be done for these laws to go through? yes, but we object very much to giving the government legislative blank cheque. it seems to be taking for itself extraordinaire narrowly wide powers to do this through secondary legislation, including one clause of the bill to give themselves the power to change this very bill when it becomes an act. the list is get up it becomes an act. the list is get up on the one hand and say, look at all the safeguards in this bill. 0n the other hand, they are proposing to ta ke the other hand, they are proposing to take power to undo all that after the event by secondary legislation. so that is the principal reason. as
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keir starmer set it so clearly on thursday, that is why we will decline to give a second reading to this bill. the government needs to have a bill but this bill in its current form is not acceptable. they should do their homework again. as caroline finch, your colleague pointed out, if that happened, and new bill coming it could cause chaos. the way to change the bill is to do it in the committee stage or whatever. as it so happens, i suspect what you said a moment ago about what will happen to this bill this evening is likely. the government should get it through an second reading. but ministers who have taken part in the debate and listening to what mps on all sides have been seeing, last thursday today, will be in absolutely no doubt at all when we get to the committee stage that we will have to move and moved significantly. i asked david davis last week, can you assure us asked david davis last week, can you assure us that the powers you to implement the withdrawal agreement
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will not be exercised before parliament has had a vote on whether it approves of an agreement or not? he said, that is a fair point and i would like to think about it. i am very clear in my mind, the government will have to give that assurance because it is putting the ca rt before assurance because it is putting the cart before the horse to do it any other way. there is the question of the charter of fundamental rights and debate about devolution. they will be debates and concerns raised everywhere you look. on labour's policy, are you clear what the labour party policy is when it comes toa labour party policy is when it comes to a possible transition period about staying in the single market, in the customs union? there seems to be some confusion today, withjeremy corbyn keep an open the discussion of staying in the single market. is that where you are? there is no confusion. keir starmer set out on behalf of the shadow cabinet three orfour behalf of the shadow cabinet three or four weeks behalf of the shadow cabinet three orfour weeks ago the behalf of the shadow cabinet three or four weeks ago the admin. it is clear to everyone now, apart from
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government ministers, it has to be a transitional and ancient because thatis transitional and ancient because that is simply not the time now to negotiate all the things the government would be able to claim it would do in the article 50 period. negotiations as you know must end by around 0ctober negotiations as you know must end by around october of next year. what we have said is we should stay in the customs union and single market as we transition. what keir starmer also set out is, we then have to negotiate with the eu what the longer term arrangements will be. my personal view on the customs union is, we should stay in a customs union with the european union. it is by far union with the european union. it is byfarour union with the european union. it is by far our largest market and is as access to other markets in the world because of the deals... they do not see that as brexit, because it involves freedom of movement. that a separate, this single market. staying in the customs union would deal with the problem of the return of paris and the great challenges in northern ireland. —— return of
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tariffs. there is a delay about free movement and keir starmer and jeremy corbyn have made it clear. as we said in our manifesto, we want to retain the benefit and should leave ona retain the benefit and should leave on a table options, because it is in the end what we get in terms of a deal, the objective of trying to ensure that british business, in terms of trade and selling services to the eu, which is hugely important for the economy... four fifths of our economy in the services sector. it is important that we get a deal that avoids britain falling off the economic cliffs and save jobs. thank you very much. mps debating for a late night indeed. 0ne couple who are both mps up robbie brady here because they both want to be yet to because they both want to be yet to be able to vote. i think we will see more things like this in coming months. —— have brought the baby here. the leader of birmingham city council, john clancy, has resigned after weeks
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of industrial action over bins. in a statement posted on twitter, he said that "frenzied media speculation" about the dispute was harming the council and led to this decision. it was mission accomplished in northumberland today following the successful launch of britain's biggest rocket. starchaser industries hopes to develop a reusable rocket for use in space tourism and micro—satellite launches. 0ur correspondent dave guest was there. it isa it is a little bit after dawn on the bleak moorland in northumberland. steve bennett and his crew have been preparing for the liftoff of sky bot. we are on target. the weather isa bot. we are on target. the weather is a bit iffy. there was a chance of rain and it has been drizzly all morning. fingers crossed. this draws
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with the hopes of a man who has been set this space. steve bennett was assessed with space travel and as a man channelled his passion into a career. his ambition was to one launch a rocket that could carry people into space. he spent more than 25 years building and testing rockets of various sizes and complexity. some have proved successful. 0thers complexity. some have proved successful. others have not quite lived up to expectations. his new rocket could reach base but will have to settle for 4000 feet today to comply with air traffic regulations here. the main point will be to check whether on—board systems work. they are making final preparations for the launch now. although this is an unmanned flight, then as a passenger on board called sam, a small fluffy toy dog. sam's brother, also called sam, went on a
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similar expedition into space last year and was lodged on a helium balloon by children from morecambe bay primary school in lancashire. well, the balloon and the camera we re well, the balloon and the camera were eventually found when it came back to earth by the gps technology. sadly, sam was not. he was never seen again. let's hope his namesake has a happier return to earth. just before 1130, one hour earlier than planned, liftoff. pretty good. the rocket flew exactly as he wanted it to. we have sent the team is to re cover to. we have sent the team is to recover the bits to make sure we have gathered the data. one thing they have gathered safely sam the dog. safely reunited by with the children from war can be primary school. stephen remains determined to send a person into space on board one of his good luck to him. then for the weathermen. —— weather now. low pressure slowly giving
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ground to a ridge of high pressure toppling into the night and indeed on into tuesday, to kill off some of the showers but not all, they will still be there for many western parts but are bright enough day, probably filling a bit warmer but you will notice that out towards the west signs of something brewing and how. initially rain and then as i ta ke how. initially rain and then as i take you through the evening initially in northern ireland but increasingly as we move onto the evening and overnight very strong winds and a lot of rain across the northern parts of wales and the northern parts of wales and the north of england and that prospect continues right on into the first pa rt continues right on into the first part of wednesday. gusts could be pushing toward 75 mph was that area of low pressure is around but the bulk of the day is another one of sunny spells and showers. hello.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: us authorities are assessing the damage caused in florida by hurricane irma. at least four people are thought to have died and up to six million homes are without power. having swept earlier along the north coast of cuba, irma left ten people dead and flooded many homes in the capital havana. mps have begun debating the government's brexit bill that would incorporate eu legislation into uk law. downing street said it's confident of winning the vote in the early hours of tomorrow. more than 300,000 rohingya muslims have now fled myanmar to bangladesh. a un human rights chief says the situation seems like a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing". the united nations says myanmar‘s treatment of rohingya muslims is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing. a senior official has called
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for an end to what he called a ‘cruel‘ military operation. the violence began more than two weeks ago when rohingya fighters attacked police posts in rakhine state. after the government's counter attack more than 300,000 rohingyas have arrived in neighbouring bangladesh. 0ur correspondent sanjoy majumder reports from cox's bazar, close to the border. when you are starving, you get desperate, and then it becomes dangerous. this aid truck is surrounded by a seething mass of rohingyas. the organisers, private donors, have brought rice, but are too nervous to hand it out. there is no sign of the police, and things begin to turn ugly. fights break out, volunteers try to enforce a sense of order, but it is utterly futile. those who cannot muscle their way are left defeated and helpless. this aid operation is slowly but surely spinning out of control.
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translation: i have five people in myfamily, including two small children. most nights, they just go to bed hungry. local groups and individuals are doing their best, but are entirely out of their depth. you get a sense of the desperation. people have just climbed onto this little van, trying their best to get hold of little bags of rice that are being handed out, but it is utterly chaotic. there is no sense of order, nobody is actually coordinating it, and then look over here. these are clothes that have just been flung on the ground. thrown from the aid trucks as they rush away from the scene. well—meaning, but an utterly wasted effort. it's a struggle for the rohingyas, already traumatised after the violence that forced them out of their villages in myanmar. and what strikes you is how many of them are children. too young to perhaps
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fully understand what has happened, yet the terror of what they have experienced is never too far away. it has taken this boy ten days to walk to bangladesh, one day for each year of his life. translation: it was a really difficult journey, and now, we live in this camp, where we have to climb down the steep hill to get water. it's hard, but i am happier here than back there. they have managed to escape with their lives, but now the rohingyas are facing a new struggle — trying to survive in their new home. more on hurricane irma, the premiere of the british virgin islands says the territory is facing a critical
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time. 125 british troops are on the island helping with relief efforts. let's hear from a local resident who joins us now. can you hear me? guess ican. joins us now. can you hear me? guess i can. thank you for being with us, what is a situation like an over you and others there? i don't think there is too much change, we don't have a lot of information, the information you just gave about the troops is news to a lot of us. people have seen the marines on the road so that's reassuring and we have heard there are ships coming and there are cargo ships getting into the harbour now. they are getting things up and running just out of town or they are trying to. but it's a timing thing. so we hope
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relief comes soon before our supplies run out. people are a little thin by now. fatigue is our enemy. but the weather is fine. it's not snowing. this is good. people are clearing up what they can using whatever vehicles are still viable and living in hope. living in hope, do you believe help has been too slow in getting to you? we are in the middle of the caribbean so are not easily accessible and the navy ship which was in the neighbourhood came immediately after the storm, the uk naval vessel and it had a helicopter and that helped a great deal i believe with reconnaissance and actually everyone understanding just how bad it was. they came right
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away and shared what they had. buzzfeed on the ground well also. now i understand more substantial help, especially for rebuilding, will be on its way. the evacuation process is also slow because the airports have been so damaged and again we are an island in the middle of the ocean, some of the helicopters are taking people out from our airport here, there is another airport 20 miles west but i don't believe that airport is open either. what are the most important things you and other people need? water, food and power. but equal
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importance to communication and i believe there have been some satellite phones distributed and perhaps there will be more satellite phones because it's such a stress and strain when we don't know where our loved ones are. for example staff at the hospital have been on duty for days and they have no homes to go back to. they don't know where their loved ones are. hopefully there will also be notjust soldiers but there will be some clearing personnel which will come for the most important work, health care and to relieve our overworked staff. we will leave it there. thank you for joining us good luck to you and all the others there. thank you. more now on brexit — the issue dominated proceedings at the tuc annual conference today.
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the general secretary frances 0'grady has called on politicians from all parties not to rule out staying inside the single market after britain leaves the eu. 0ur political correspondent iain watson reports. as brexit looms, navigating a future relationship with the across the channel is proving tricky. technically, the tuc is calling for staying inside the single market permanently even if it means more immigration. but make no mistake, their message is predominantly aimed at labour. don't rule yourself out, keep options on the table and putjobs, rights, and livelihoods first. not everything at the tuc happens on the conference floor. in the smoke—free rooms, some of the unions which fund the labour party are putting real pressure onjeremy corbyn. the first victory, as they see it,
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is getting him to sign up to single market membership during transition. now they want him to go further. today it sounded like they were having some success. there has to be a trade relationship with europe, formerly within the single market or whether it is an agreement to trade within the single market. i think it is open for discussion and negotiation. labour were quick to point out that this didn't signal a change in policy. others want him to move in the other direction. we want to be in a position where leave mean to leave and some people want to use the single market as a trojan horse to keep others in europe. but the tuc leadership is hoping to make the political weather on brexit. they are trying to put clear blue water between labour and the government on eu and the single market.
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a lorry driver has appeared in court, charged with causing the deaths of eight people in a crash on the m1 last month. all those killed and injured, were travelling in a minibus. 0ur correspondent kate bradbrook sent us this update from the court. this was a relatively short hearing lasting just a few minutes but this case has attracted a lot of media attention. the press benches inside today were full and that's because this is one of the worst cases of a crash on britain's motorways in almost 25 years. leaving eight people dead and several more injured. david wagstaff, seen here on the left arriving at milton keynes magistrates' court this morning. dressed in a smart suit and tie he spoke to confirm his name and address. he's one of two lorry drivers involved in a crash with a minibus which was travelling south on the m1 near newport pagnell on saturday the 26th of august —
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the bank holiday weekend. six men and two women lost their lives including driver cyriacjoseph, from nottingham. his passengers originally from kerala in india were on their way to catch the eurostar to france. a five—year—old girl was among those left seriously injured. david wagstaff who is 53 is charged with eight counts of causing death by dangerous driving. and four counts of causing serious injury. today he was granted bail on the condition he doesn't leave the country without permission. a polish lorry driver also charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing death by careless driving while over the legal alcohol limit appeared before magistrates last month. he was remanded into custody. this was david wagstaff‘s first court appearance but matters as serious as this can't be dealt with at a magistrates' court so both
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lorry drivers will appear at aylesbury crown court in two weeks' time. there was a crash on the m1 near northampton today, when a lorry crossed the central reservation, colliding with vehicles travelling the other way. the motorway had to be closed for three hours in both directions. two people were taken to hospital, one by air ambulance. highways england is advising drivers to allow extra time for theirjourney this evening. the headlines on bbc news: hurricane irma hammers florida's west coast, causing flooding and leaving millions without electricity. ahead of a key parliamentary vote on brexit, the government has urged mps to back what it describes as an ‘orderly departure' from the eu. the un says the 300,000 rohingya muslims who've now fled
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myanmar, are victims of ethnic cleansing. £70,000 has been stolen from a security van at the goodwood revival motor festival. police were called to the circuit near chichester, after two security guards who were transporting cash from atm machines around the site, were attacked by several men. 0ur reporter laura trant gave us the details. it was just after half past midnight into saturday that police were called, two security guards who had been transporting cash from atms's around the goodwood site were attacked by a gang of men. they were wearing balaclavas, one of them had a crowbar and another had a machete. they managed to get away with £75,000. one of the guards was injured
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in the attack on his shoulder, he is 50 and from the west midlands. the goodwood revival festival attracts around 150,000 people to the race circuit in west sussex and this weekend it was a particularly special one because it was celebrating its 20th anniversary. the event is all about celebrating vintage motor sport and people who attend tend to dress up and it seems that this year the atm's did as well because the cash machines were fitted inside retro telephone boxes. police are appealing for anybody with any information or anybody who saw anything to get in touch with them. the parents of a six—year—old child are threatening to sue their sons' school, saying he was being told to pretend that another boy was a girl. nigel and sally rowe have taken their son out of his church of england primary school on the isle of wight. they say the issue of socially transitioning children needs to be carefully considered. duncan kennedy reports.
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the school at the centre of this story on the isle of wight is not being identified, to protect all the children involved including the children of nigel and sally rowe, the parents who have now withdrawn their six—year—old son. they say he was confused when another male pupil came to school wearing a dress. they say it's wrong to encourage very young children to embrace transgenderism and that it offends their christian values. we want to protect our children and we want a good dialogue now about it so it's notjust pushed into schools and accepted. we are concerned about how it could influence other children. we don't know, as sally said, what the full ramifications of that could be. it is just too young. let childrenjust be children. the church of england school wrote to the couple urging them to accept it when male pupils came to school in dresses. the school has the backing of the diocese of portsmouth, who say that: campaigners for lesbian, gay, bisexual
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and transgender rights say mr and mrs rowe have misjudged this, as children with gender issues need sympathy to avoid being bullied. i have a child who took a lot of bullying on my behalf and that bullying was exactly the same, it was parents saying, "we have a right to have an opinion", and they told their children their opinion, and having told their children their opinion, their children thought it was open season on bullying my son. mr and mrs rowe, who are devout christians here on the isle of wight, say they have received lots of hate messages on social media. but they say this is about parents' rights and those christian values, both of which they now want tested in the courts. two years ago, the couple withdrew another of their sons
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when a different male pupil arrived wearing a dress. they say they are not transphobic and will teach their two sons at home even though the school and the church say their attitude is lacking in modern day understanding and sensitivity. there's been a big boost for environmentalists campaigning for a much greater role for renewable energy. for the first time the cost of the subsidies the government pays to developers building offshore wind farms has dropped below the cost of supporting nuclear power stations. but nuclear firms say the uk still needs a mix of energy provision especially when wind power is not available. here's our science editor david shukman. around the clock, in a massive programme of construction, wind turbines are being built in the seas around britain. a monumental engineering challenge which, for years, meant this was one of the most expensive ways of generating power. the construction teams had to learn
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the new skills of a young industry. part of the problem is scale. a few years ago, i stood beside one of the blades, and it takes a shot like this to try to conveyjust how massive these machines have become. but the bigger they are, the more efficient they can be, and as the technology has improved, the cost of the latest projects have fallen dramatically. today's news we always knew would be impressive, but the results we've seen come back from the auction are nothing short of astounding, and that's even for those of us that work in the energy sector. a key factor is that new techniques have accelerated the production lines. this one is in hull. they are becoming more streamlined, and therefore much cheaper. only two years ago, offshore wind projects were getting subsidies of up to £120 per megawatt hour — that's the usual measure of electricity generation. but the latest subsidies are far lower, at £57.50, and compare that to the new hinkley point c nuclear power station,
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with subsidies of £92.50 per megawatt hour. that huge project was recently criticised as poor value for money, but supporters of nuclear power, including the government, say it's consistent, while wind is intermittent. you need to make sure you've got electricity being generated even when the wind isn't blowing, but we've always said, just as the price of wind has come down so sharply because of our commitment to it, we want and expect the price of new nuclear to fall. i once climbed up inside a wind turbine out at sea. it was a very long way. after years of uncertainty about whether these vast machines could deliver, their future around our island nation now looks a lot more certain. david shukman, bbc news. breaking news, three men according
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to west midlands police have been charged with terror offences as part ofan charged with terror offences as part of an investigation you may remember into the band neo—nazi group national action. west midlands police have put out a statement in the last few minutes. remember these are the first terror charges laid against individuals for supporting a prescribed far right group in the uk. national action was banned last year following the death of the mp jo cox. this news coming into us in the last couple of minutes that these three men have been charged with terror offences as part of an investigation into the band neo—nazi group national action according to west midlands police. these are the first terror charges laid against individuals for supporting a prescribed far right group. more on this we will bring you when we get
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it. badger culling has been given the go—ahead in 11 new areas of england as part of efforts to tackle tuberculosis in cattle. badgers are carriers of tb and culling will now take place across devon, dorset, somerset, wiltshire and cheshire. the government is also restarting a badger vaccination programme to stop the spread of the disease to new areas. many people are scared of spiders. but a mother of four from reading has more reason to be than most. lauren boddy needed surgery after being bitten by a spider at home. experts say spider bites rarely cause such an extreme medical reaction. but lauren wants more people to be aware of how quickly infectious bites can escalate. some of the images in this report by sangita lal are not for the squeamish. it is still really tender, it's still quite sore. the scar is doing well now, she did not know she had been bitten by a spider at first but the medics who treated her new it had to be something with fangs
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clause. different nurses would come in different doctors and they had not seen anything like it before. i'm a bite. they were quite shocked themselves with how it escalated. when antibiotics failed to stop the spread of infection surgery was the only option. they had to cut away the whole infected area. it left me with quite a big hole in my leg. she had been home from hospitaljust a few days when she was bitten for a second time while lying with her son in his bed. i felt something bite my back, jumped up and pulled my covers back, jumped up and pulled my covers back, tried to look the spider but it was just scary the fact i was in bed with my two—year—old son and i felt it bite me. one of her older sons was also bitten but with antibiotics he recovered quickly. she blitzed her home and the kids
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wendy house of spiders but it wasn't until a week later she came across what she now believes was the culprit. a woodlouse spider. the use of huge fangs to break through the exos keleton, of huge fangs to break through the exoskeleton, the hard shell. experts say out of the hundreds of known species in the uk only about a dozen are capable of fighting and even then only occasionally. are capable of fighting and even then only occasionallylj are capable of fighting and even then only occasionally. i think this lady was unlucky as the spiders are less likely to bite and less common in homes, i think it's more likely to have been a false widow spider and usually the bytes are medically insignificant. but we've seen a number of people very occasionally going on with these extra symptoms which are the result of bacterial infection, not the spider bite per se. my case was severe and it doesn't happen to everybody like that but i am making people aware of what can happen from such a small bite. so terrified of more bytes,
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laurent killed her spider. no one has been bitten since. time for a look at the weather. we seem to be in something of a run of breezy coolly showery days at moment. catch a shower and it is quite noticeable, temperatures dipping away quite markedly however in the midst of that and because of the strength of the wind they passed by, glorious there to be had. what is driving all of this is that area of low pressure but as we get through the night, you get a sense things are changing some odd because we re things are changing some odd because were just things are changing some odd because werejust going to things are changing some odd because were just going to pull the winds back out of the north—west, more of a westerly and a south—westerly wind toppling across the british isles and where the sky is clear is special across eastern sports, not a cold night but temperatures in the countryside could be down around about six or 7 degrees or so. we
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will keep a supply going across northern and western parts and that will be the way that for the first sort of half of tuesday. decent spells of sunshine through central and eastern areas, dotting of showers out west but that is as nothing as to what arrives in northern ireland, the western side of scotla nd northern ireland, the western side of scotland by a roundabout the middle part of the afternoon and flirts with the westerly side of wales. that is rain, tied up with what we think is going to be quite a vigorous area of low pressure, you can see it spreads ever farther north and east in the first part of tuesday evening. come the night and really get into that central area of low pressure the heavy rain will be a nuisance and so will the gales, possible disruption overnight and indeed into the first part of wednesday because some of the gusts anywhere from the south of scotland around 50, 50 five miles per hour but there could be a core of winds and therefore the north of wales and the north of england that could be up the north of england that could be up around 70,75 and once the
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the north of england that could be up around 70, 75 and once the system asa up around 70, 75 and once the system as a way day rather comes down into another one of sunny spells and showers but was that low is around please bear that in mind, some pretty turbulent conditions. the trend once the system is away is for us trend once the system is away is for us to be left with this run of north—westerly winds. quite a few isobars with the high pressure trying to topple from the west there will be fewer showers but still a cooler breeze, no sheet with, 12—17 should cover the bases, quite a bit going on more details right there on the website. in hello, i'm karin giannone, this is 0utside source. the extent of the damage from hurricane irma is becoming clearer. areas like miami have been battered and flooded. six million homes across the state of florida are without power. the storm has killed at least 37
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people across the caribbean, including ten in cuba. the un has said the treatment of rohingya muslims by the myanmar government is a "textbook case of ethnic cleansing." here in the uk, mps will vote for the first time on the eu withdrawal bill, which will convert eu law into british law. we'll be live at the houses of parliament. and if you want to get in touch...
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