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i'm sharanjit leyl, in singapore. the headlines: the un accuses myanmar of ethnic cleansing, as the exodus of rohingya muslims continues. many are victims of gun attacks and landmines. translation: i have lost my husband, i have lost my house. where do i go? there is only unhappiness for us. the un security council unanimously backs another round of sanctions against north korea — ramping up the pressure on pyongyang. these are by far the strongest measures ever imposed on north korea. it gives us a better chants to halt the regime from fuelling its nuclear programme. i'm babita sharma, in london. also in the programme: a massive relief operation gears up across florida and the caribbean — in the wake of hurricane irma.
millions face weeks without power. after controversy and legal challenges finally australia's postal ballot on legalising same sex marriage will go ahead. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news — it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 6:30am in myanmar where within the past 2a hours tens of thousands of rohingya muslims have fled across the border into bangladesh. the un human rights chief has described the situation as ‘a text book example of ethnic cleansing'. the un security council is dead to
discuss the crisis on wednesday. —— expect it. —— expect. the bbc‘s reeta chakrabarti has been at a hospital in cox's bazar where she met injured rohingya muslim refugees who told her they were targeted by burmese military with guns and landmines. a warning some viewers might find this report distressing. what is happening in myanmar? looking across from bangladesh, huge clouds of smoke fill the sky. military boats patrol the river border. the army is accused of setting fire to muslim rohingya villages and of planting landmines in the paths of fleeing people. it denies that it is targeting civilians. we have found evidence to suggest otherwise. this small hospital in cox's bazar has been coping with large numbers of rohingya casualties. in the last week, it's had an influx of critically injured people blown up by landmines as they escaped. this person is one of them.
he's15 years old and unlikely to make it to 16. he arrived at the hospital a week ago with his legs destroyed. he suffered a terrible loss of blood but doctors have no more to give him. his brother in another hospital suffered the same fate. translation: i can't go back to myanmar, we are not safe. i will beg here in bangladesh and that will be better. i used to pray to allah to give me a son but now my sons are gone. their injuries are so bad, it's as if they are dead. it's better that allah takes them. they're suffering so much. this woman will pull through, although she too has lost both her legs. she fled myanmar because she said the military had been targeting her community.
she was crossing the border with her three sons when she trod ona landmine. translation: they had already gone ahead and i was behind them, and that's when the explosion happened. we had been fired on, shot at, and they planted mines. we have escaped to bangladesh because we have nowhere else to go. this five—year—old plays with her little brother. she was shot while being carried by her father as the family escaped. the same bullet that hit her killed him. she still cries out for him. she has five other siblings, but in the confusion they were separated. her desperate mother now can't find them. translation: i'm in a terrible situation right now. i'm really worried. i haven't got all my children
together and i've lost my husband. i've lost my house. where do i go? there's only unhappiness for us. down the road at the larger central hospital, there are more casualties, crammed into a ward. people on the floor, people in corridors, every space taken. half of these patients are rohingya muslims. this hospital has been inundated since the crisis started just over two weeks ago, and it is struggling to cope. we need medicines, we need surgical equipment, we need manpower, we need everything. and do you not have these? no, no, our government supply is limited. the innocent can't comprehend
what's happening to them, but the rohingya people are suffering miserably in this conflict, whatever the myanmar government says. reeta chakra barti, bbc news, bangladesh. the biggest relief operation ever seenin the biggest relief operation ever seen in the aftermath of hurricane irma in the us. it has been downgraded to a tropical storm and we will have more on that story for you. we want to bring you up to date with what is happening here in the uk werea with what is happening here in the uk were a vote has been taking place in the houses of parliament. it is to do with brexit. a legislative vote by members of parliament. what
we understand is within the last half an hour british mps have voted in favour of the bill ending the eu membership which was the major test in parliament for the first time. after more than 13 hours of debate they voted for it. the proposal will now be considered in more details and it will cut political and legal ties with russells. the defeated us presidential candidate, hillary clinton has shared her thoughts on what went wrong in a new book. speaking to cbs she said her gender may have counted against her as she tried to become the first woman president. i started the campaign knowing that i would have to work extra hard to make women and men feel comfortable with the idea of a woman of president. it does not fit into the
stereotype we all carry around in our head. a lot of the sexism and misogyny was in service of these attitudes. we really do not want a woman commander in chief. india has registered an official complaint with the australian government over a local advertisement that features the hindu god ganesha and other religious icons endorsing lamb. the tv advert was made by a meat industry lobby group in australia. the india high commission in canberra say they have asked the australian government to remove the advert. this was the scene in barcelona on monday afternoon where hundreds of thousands of catalans took to the streets to show support for an independence referendum. the demonstration was held on catalonia's national day. catalonia's pro—independence government plans to hold the referendum on 1st october, defying spain's central government which deems it illegal. the un security council has
unanimously adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions on north korea — as punishment for its recent nuclear test. they are said to be the toughest sanctions against north korea yet — even though they were watered from the draft resolution. the sanctions will include a ban on textile exports from north korea, and restrict shipments of oil products into the country. in the last hour the us ambassador to the un said the resolution is a result of a strong relationship between donald trump and the chinese president xijinping. today we are attempting to take the future of the nuclear programme out of the hands of its regime. we are trying to prod the regime to do the right thing and stop it from having the ability to continue doing the wrong thing. we are doing
that i today's resolution reduces almost 30% of oil provided to north korea. let's get more now on that unanimous vote at the un security council to impose new sanctions on north korea as punishment for carrying out a powerful nuclear test. our correspondent stephen mcdonnell who's in beijing. we heard the un ambassador saying that essentially it was due to the strong relationship with china that these resolution was in part brought about. how are the chinese reacting to that and will china always be seen to play a key role with any potential stand—off with north korea? china's line in terms of the sanctions is that any such move must come through the un security
council. people who watch this process , council. people who watch this process, apart from the votes, you need all five permanent members, including china and russia, to be on board and in this case it was another unanimous vote. it is going to have to be a compromise position from the original tougher stand the us was calling for. i do not think china expects that these sanctions will want itself stop kim jong—un from pushing ahead with nuclear weapons. it is just a way for the well saying, you cannot do this without some pushback. china's position is that has to be an negotiated process. and that is moving towards talks. we are not really seeing that happening at the moment. too much focus on pressuring
north korea with sanctions are according to some. not enough focus on talks. saying it is a big mistake to underestimate chinese proposals for more talks. is that a solution? i think for more talks. is that a solution? ithink vladimir for more talks. is that a solution? i think vladimir putin made people sit up and listen when he said north korean is would rather eat grass than give up nuclear weapons so his view is clearly no matter how tough the sanctions are, they will not give up nuclear weapons. every time you ask china and russia about sanctions that will mention talks. the problem is that the us and north korea do not seem to be any closer to any sort of talks process and the chinese proposal and the russian proposal, for example, that the south korean and us give up military
drills in exchange for a pause of north korean missile tests is not a cce pta ble north korean missile tests is not acceptable at the moment to washington and seoul so we are not seeing any movement on the talks. it is interesting to see where china and russia thinks that path will open. let's get more on our main story now the continuing crisis on the myanmar—bangladesh border where tens of thousands of rohingyas have fled an upsurge in violence in rakhine state. our south east asia correspondent jonathan head is in yangon for us now. we are hearing tens of thousands of more rohingya refugees are trying to cross the border? you will not hear anything about it from this site. remarkably little news from the bangladesh side. the kind of news you are seeing here is meeting is of officials who capture terrorists, as
they call them, interviews with farmers... we are in two different worlds. an incredible sense of the knile in myanmar fool ‘s worlds. an incredible sense of the knile in myanmarfool ‘s not the news that aung san suu kyi has been meeting the speaker of congress in the philippines so while these mass exodus goes on. we presume it has been free of four days that the village of earnings had been going on. there is very little coverage of it here and not many people in myanmar have any real sense about the catastrophic humanitarian situation on their border. the silence from aung san suu kyi is deafening. it is all over social media in the west. is your assessment that we may be some kind of statement from her as pressure mounts? i would not bet on it. she
has basically walled herself off. this could be the worst act of ethnic cleansing since the bosnian waror ethnic cleansing since the bosnian war or conflicts in africa. this woman who was so many held up as an icon of human right is more less silent. the one thing that she did say, she talked about an iceberg of disinformation but on the other hand a lot of that is coming from the government will not we were given fa ke government will not we were given fake photographs of hindus dressing up fake photographs of hindus dressing up as muslims and burning houses to try to persuade us that the government official line is that muslims are doing most of the burning. the government has a side to put. it is facing an insurgency that has grown, there were significant attacks on police posts back at the end of august. it is
getting increasingly funding from overseas. it is a bitter and longer historical conflict that will be difficult for any government to resolve stop but what is happening on the ground, the rakeem area is sealed off, it is impossible for aid organisations and foreign journalists to get in. —— rakhine. there is a brutal policy to destroy all villages that maybe supporting militants. it is hard to know how many there are. there is total denial of that here in myanmar. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: australia's contentious postal vote on legalising gay marriage finally gets the go ahead. freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom
will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here — of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites, in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears — enough! translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! welcome back. you're watching
newsday on the bbc. i'm sharanjit leyl in singapore. and i am babita sharma in london. let's bring you the latest headlines this our: —— hour. the un accuses myanmar of ethnic cleansing as the exodus of rohingya muslims continues. many are victims of gun attacks and landmines. the un security council has unanimously backed another round of sanctions against north korea, ramping up the pressure over its nuclear programme. governments and aid agencies in the us state of florida and islands of the caribbean are preparing for one of the biggest relief operations ever seen in the aftermath of hurricane irma. it's been down—graded to a tropical storm as it travelled up through florida, where up to six million homes are still without power. aleem maqbool reports from tampa.
after a day of darkness and fury, miami opened its eyes to the aftermath. this city is now littered with the debris of the hurricane. 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 out this morning and what did you find? sheer devastation, everywhere you look. i mean, the parking lots are flooded, cars, trees fallen down. in spite of all the preparation, millions are now without power. the financial district of the city has been badly affected. it was underwater during the hurricane, inundated with massive coastal waves as irma passed. and across the city on the state, transformers were blown up by the rains, plunging people into darkness. but of course the impact
of this storm has been felt far beyond miami. the big concern has been about the florida keys. because of damage to roads and some of the more remote parts, we still cannot land but this is where hurricane irma hit first in florida and it's where some of the worst damage could be. although people living in the keys have become used to hurricanes, when irma was reported as one of the most powerful ever recorded in the atlantic, most got to say the land. many are still unable to return to their damaged homes. from some places in the keys there has been access to, it appears the hurricane utterly ravaged houses and belongings. and that goes for the mainland too, in the city of naples in the west of the state, petrol stations and mobile homes were torn apart. fort lauderdale saw tornadoes
as irma came through, parts of the beach were whipped into the city. 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. and new places are still being affected. in recent hours jacksonville in northern florida was hit by a massive storm surge, flooding the city. they said the impact of irma would be widespread, and it has been. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. the japan times devotes the whole of its front page to the crisis over north korea. in an analysis commentary it suggests that a nuclear outcome is beginning to look more possible,
stirring anxiety in japan and prompting debate over how it should respond. the straits times, right here in singapore, reports that halimah yacob is set to be the nation's eighth president. the paper points out that halimah yacob would be the first woman head of state in the country's first presidential election reserved for candidates from the malay community. and the china daily heralds a new tennis star. he captured the boys title at the us 0pen. he became china's first boys slam singles champion. and that is the papers for you. but perhaps some strange antics at a concert appears to be dominating what's being shared online? absolutely. have you ever crowd surfed ina rubberdinghy? that's exactly what pop singer james blunt did at the bbc radio two festival in hyde park on sunday.
the star's take on crowd—surfing came at the end of his set. but he came to a sticky end when the unionjack dinghy capsized about 30 rows back from the stage. that looks fun, though, didn't it? —— that looked fun, though, didn't it's in australia, voting forms are being sent out today to start sent out today to start an eight—week national survey on legalising same sex marriage. the issue has been the subject of debate for years, with many who want a change in law opposed to it being put to a public vote. and as our sydney correspondent, hywel griffith explains, the campaigning has already become heated. many gay couples feel their private relationship should not be part of a national public survey. but after legal challenges failed, the postal
ballot is going ahead. for lauren, a yes vote would allow her to choose what her relationship would become. so we put, it means we can get married when we are ready. right now, obviously, we can't, and that is kind of bleakjust because we have matching genitalia. schooltold my son he could wary dress next years he would like it. the campaign against it says that legalising same—sex marriage would have a wider impact. it is accused of focusing on issues that are not on the ballot paper. education, of course it comes to education. if this is a legalise relationship as a marriage, it would be just relationship as a marriage, it would bejust a nation relationship as a marriage, it would be just a nation for that not to be taught in schools. and then broader than that, in affects religious freedom and freedom of choice, and freedom and freedom of choice, and freedom of conscience. there might bea freedom of conscience. there might be a tweet before the vote, but the conversation is ready loud and heated. voting is not compulsory,
unlike most elections in the straight. campaigners need to mobilise people and give them a reason to vote and take part. if there is one institution sydneysiders really do care about, it is brunch. this is where friends and families can debate and disagree. it is where opinions are formed and decisions are made. so how are people here hoping to vote? i will only tell you what i am voting, and that is no.|j i will only tell you what i am voting, and that is no. i will be voting, and that is no. i will be voting yes. it is unfortunate that we have got to a vote. i think it is great, and we should move forward with it. marriages between them and ina woman. with it. marriages between them and in a woman. it has been for a long time. i have nothing against them getting together, but theyjust a new word. it can't be marriage. yes, if they want to get married, why not? hywel griffith there. your watching newsday live from singapore in london. thank you for joining us. goodbye. good morning. as we go through the
week, there will be a distinct or tom wolfe letter to our weather. in actualfact, it will tom wolfe letter to our weather. in actual fact, it will be rather cool in windy at times. —— distinctly wintry flavour to our weather. we start not on a bad note. ten or 11 degrees. so a fresh start. five or six in rural slots. address at the with princes of sunshine. a gathering of showers on the west coast, but into the afternoon, cloud, wind, and rain will move into northern ireland and western scotland, in particular. —— starting with some sunshine. the bulk of england and wales, it is dry, sunny, with top two ridges around 15 to 18 degrees. as few isolated showers into north—west england, but the heaviest of the rain will be through northern ireland and western scotland. here, it will feel disappointingly cool, and about 12
or 13 degrees. some of our brand will start to be quite heavy. northern isles in eastern scotland, you will see some sunshine to end the day. that is not set to last. the champions league football taking place in the evening, most of the matches will be dry. the rebel pap up matches will be dry. the rebel pap up towards the end of the match for thatis up towards the end of the match for that is united. some rain will be heavy, but through the early half of the night, winds will start to strengthen, casting into gales of ill gales in places. if you will be out on the road, that is worth keeping in mind, gust of wind along the south coast. this could be up to 55 miles row. we could see an intense spell of gales in wales and north wales retire. that pushes the red rapidly through and leaves schoolie showers for wednesday. ——
the rain rapidly through. it is a body in the south—east, but there could be some sunshine. 80 degrees the hive. not much anywhere change into thursday. these bounds of showery rain will will slip south. the winds will provide a cool source, with some frequent showers, as well. 13 to 18 degrees across the country on thursday afternoon. as we move out of thursday onto friday, it is mostly repeat performance. again we have a north—westerly wind and plenty of showers, with highs that it is appointing to once again. —— with highs that are disappointing. i'm babita sharma
with bbc world news. our top story: the bbc has found evidence that suggests the myanmar military is targeting rohingya muslims as they escape the violence as tens of thousands continue to flee across the border into bangladesh, injured refugees at a hospital in cox's bazar said they they were targeted by security forces with guns and landmines. the un security council has unanimously adopted a resolution imposing new sanctions on north korea, as punishment for its recent nuclear test. and this video is trending on bbc.com the defeated us presidential candidate, hillary clinton has shared her thoughts on what went wrong in a new book. she said her gender may have counted against her as she tried to become the first female us president. that's all from me for now. stay with bbc news. and the top story here in the uk:
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