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this is bbc news. the headlines: parts of the caribbean are struggling to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. an aid operation is under way in the british virgin islands, but many communities have yet to receive any support. in florida, the clean up has started, but millions face weeks without power. the un security council has voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on north korea as punishment for carrying out a nuclear test. the sanctions target pyongyang's ability to fund and fuel its nuclear programme. it's the ninth unanimously adopted resolution on north korea since 2006. the bbc has uncovered evidence suggesting the myanmar military is targeting rohingya muslims as they flee violence. 300,000 have crossed the border into bangladesh. many say they were attacked by security forces with guns and landmines. british prime minister theresa may has welcomed a vote in parliament backing legislation to sever ties with the european union. the eu withdrawal bill will cut the uk's political, financial and legal
ties with brussels. after more than eight hours of debate late into monday night, lawmakers voted by 326 to 290 in favour of the eu withdrawal bill. it will now go on to face days of line—by—line scrutiny. minister's rejected the labour party's claims that the legislation amounted to a "power grab." here's our political correspondent alex forsyth this was one of the first big parliamentary tests for the government. this was a bill they wa nted government. this was a bill they wanted to introduce to bring all existing european union law into uk law. when the uk leads the eu they would not be a big black hole and things could continue as usual. what was contentious was the government wa nted was contentious was the government wanted to allow ministers to make changes to some of those laws without full parliamentary scrutiny. now, some opposition labour mps,
including the labour party leader, said that was a power grab, that it was trying to bypass parliamentary scrutiny and it was not acceptable. despite that, the government did win enough support to get this piece of legislation through to the next parliamentary staged. now, the prime minister, theresa may, welcomed that result tonight because she has no overall majority. she relies on support from other parties on crucial votes like this. to some degree, this will be an initial test of the government's authority when it comes to brexit. theresa may said this would be a solid negotiation foundation over the brexit process. however, this is not the end of this bill, this isjust one however, this is not the end of this bill, this is just one very early stage, and some conservatives backbench mps are already saying they will put pressure on the government to introduce significant changes to this piece of legislation. labour mps have already
said they will continue to fight aspects of this legislation. so the government will be pleased with this initial result, it has cleared this first parliamentary hurdle for a big piece of legislation when it comes to brexit. but it does not mean it will be plain sailing from here on in. this bill alone will be contentious and there are many other aspects of brexit legislation the government has to get through parliament before the uk leads the european union. alex forsyth. -- leaves. the labour leader of birmingham city council, has resigned after weeks of industrial action over bins. in a statement posted on twitter, john clancy said that "frenzied media speculation" about the dispute was harming the council. badger culling has been given approval in 11 new areas of england to tackle tuberculosis in cattle. badgers are carriers of tb, and culling will now take place across devon, dorset, somerset, wiltshire, and cheshire. a badger vaccination programme is also being restarted. this week on the travel show,
i'm in sweden, finding out how its capital, stockholm, plans to become the most futuristic city in the world. so, it shows the tickets, our names, and it all came from that. i'll be trying to get snug under the duvet in subzero temperatures. you have a good night's sleep. thanks, stefan, i'll bejust chilling here. and carmen is injapan, facing her food fears, as she takes on her latest taste challenge. it's quite overpowering. this might take a bit of getting used to. sweden's capital city, stockholm, is built around lake malaren and the baltic sea on 14 islands.
its pastel—coloured buildings and historical old town date back seven centuries to a time when stockholm was scandinavia's main trading post. and, today, with a population ofi million, it's one of europe's smallest but fastest—growing capital cities and its eyes are set firmly on the future. this place has been called the start—up capital of europe and there are plans to make it the smartest, most hi—tech city in the world. but what does that actually mean? a smart city is a city that utilises sustainability, real digitalisation to find new technology to make it easier for citizens, visitors and businesses to become eco—friendly. there are some initiatives already visible on the street
like this solar—powered bin. when it's full, it signals so we can come and pick up the trash. so, that means you don't need to come on a regular basis all the time — you have a signal and then you pick it up. so it saves us a lot of transportations. with the growing number of us living in cities, space is at a premium. i want to understand how it will affect the way we use the buildings that already exist. this building is going to be the restaurant and food centre for the future. a city like stockholm is always on the edge, and tries to be on the vanguard of things happening, right? amazing.
can we have a look inside? absolutely. it's open. welcome. thank you. this looks like a garage to me. well, yes, it is. these guys have ambitious plans to change the way this building works. under every building in every major city in the world, what do you find? you find garages. with all the self—driving cars out there, will you need garages in the future? possibly not as many are least, right? and what can we use them for? we are growing stuff because we have all this funky, artificial light, and we don't need the sun anymore to grow herbs and plants. that sounds incredible. it is just a few years from now. this little kale is called asian kale. here we have our basil. up on the shop floor, the guys introduced me to local traders making a salad from ingredients grown inside a nearby basement without any sunlight. here we go.
this is incredible. so, this is a mixture of all sorts of plants. but what's special about it is it's organic. it's been grown in house under led lights, and it's verticalfood. and it's really tasty. it's tasty. i've got one more stop on my mission to understand what stockholm will look like in the future, especially for travellers. for that, i need tojump on a train. 0k. let me see this microchip then. well, here it is. wow! i can touch it, yes?
look at that! stefan ray works for sweden's largest train operating company, the first in the world to begin using microchips that sit underneath the skin as train tickets. this microchip implant sits right here. that's it. it's under your skin. it's under my skin. here comes a ticket officer. this is our chance to see if that works. each passenger with a microchip must be registered with a membership number. the microchip holds this number and when the inspector scans the chip, the ticket comes up in her validation app. it's there, so it shows the tickets, our names, and it all came from that. so, what about privacy? the solution we found was that
if we just put the membership number, that won't be telling anyone anything about you outside our company. there is no transmitter here, so we can't track with like gps or something. so far around 3000 people in sweden have a microchip. in theory, you could use the microchip implant to replace a lot of stuff. i mean, credit cards... the keys to your house, the keys to your car. i've got real mixed feelings about that microchip technology. the geeky side of me likes the idea of going from wearable tech to injectable tech and it seems really practical as well so you can get rid of your keys and you don't have to carry tickets around with you but there's also a side of me, maybe a little bit of paranoia, that's worried about the privacy and giving out so much information, also carrying it inside you. from a visitor's point of view, stockholm certainly feels
futuristic. whether it's a bin that works with solar power, food grown in a garage, or train tickets inside your skin, people here seem to embrace these new technologies and the change that comes with them. maybe that's the secret to stockholm's smartness. still to come on the travel show... i head north here in sweden to find out how an ice hotel is using the midnight sun to create eternal winter, even in the summertime. iain‘t hiding... i ain't going to lie about it. it's cold. and japan's most challenging meals. carmen's back on the road, putting her palate through its paces as she takes on more of the country's more traditional dishes. stay with us for that.
the travel show, your essential guide wherever you are heading. japan's food can bejust jaw—dropping, and most people new to the country make a beeline for the yakatori joints or sushiers that you'll find everywhere. i've lived here in tokyo for over three years now and i love japanese food. but there's still some ifind quite intimidating. so, with a little help from my translator, yoko... carmen. ..i'm taking my taste buds on a trip through this country to try and understand what i'm missing out on. this leg brings me back to my adopted home town, tokyo. and to a food that inspires genuine affection here. so this is natto. natto is soya beans that have been
left to ferment into a kind of stringy goo. the secret is a colony of bacteria called bacillus subtilis. it's a well—liked, popular breakfast with, they say, significant health benefits. why does it have to be so gooey and slimy? for tourists, let's just say it's an acquired taste. tastes a bit like medicine. it's a really, really pungent flavour in your mouth. it's quite overpowering. this might take a bit of getting used to. if i'm ever going to learn to appreciate natto, it's going to take
resolve and research. arigato. and you have to cover all your hair. all my hair! oh, dear. so yoko takes me to a little place she knows in nearby ibaraki. 0k. oh, you can smell the soya beans already. it's really, really strong. and you can smell straw. what is in here? it's natto bacteria. natto bacteria. cultured especially for natto. 0k. sojust spray like this. that's enough. that's it. so, they put in like a straw container and they put it in a fermentation room for like 18 hours and then you will see slimy thing.
0k. have you ever considered making natto a bit less slimy for gaijin people like myself? it's possible. so tell me about the health benefits of natto. studies have indeed shown natto is probiotic and may also help thin the blood, reducing the severity of strokes and heart attacks. it's pretty hot in there. i must admit i've never been to a natto factory before. and i guess i got used to the smell by the end of it. what really got me was the health benefits, so... i'll do it for my health. back in tokyo, south—west
of the centre, there's one place that's got to be high up on the list of many natto fans. this is a cafe and shop that specialises in one type of food. ah! this is mascot of natto. mr slimy. mr slimy, you'rejoking! that's brilliant. i need help. i need you to help me like natto. seaweed. this one has seaweed in it. 0k. so it's a cutting motion, not the rigorous stirring. it's better. i'll give you that.
in the arctic circle. this is what swedish lapland looks like in the wintertime and it's the perfect backdrop to see reindeer, or the northern lights. but what really put this town on the map back in 1989 was when it built the world's first wintertime ice hotel. it's a concept that has been copied in other parts of the world but now they're trying something different. now, over there, that's where they've been building the ice hotel, every winter for the last 27 years. but this year, for the first time, they've come up with a really clever way of building a hotel out of ice that will stay frozen all year round, even in the summer. temperatures can reach as high as 20 degrees here in the summer. so, designers have developed pioneering techniques to create a hotel that will remain intact. it's not what i was expecting.
i was expecting an igloo or something like that. for more than 25 years we've been building igloos here. it's been a winter project, a seasonal project. this is our permanent... it is new. it's the first season that we're running the icehotel 365, a permanent ice hotel. why have an ice hotel all year round? because people want to do it. seriously? simple answer. so can we go and have a look inside? of course. let's go, ade. 0k. when you're this far north of the arctic circle, there's daylight for 2h hours during the summer, and the icehotel has found a way to harness that energy, bizarrely, to keep temperatures inside below freezing. look at this! it's like a winter wonderland. what you first meet here is the ice bar. i hope the drinks
come with ice, yeah? all of them. so, all the ice here comes from the river. everything, everything from the river. yes. so, it's in the cycle with the river and it's going back, like the ice glasses. so, the ice glass... you have a drink from the ice glass. when that evaporates, back into the river. if you want, you can ask the bar tender, can i bring it with me and throw it in the river? of course. it's extremely environmentally friendly. yes, it is. there are 20 rooms in this new, permanent hotel, each uniquely sculpted by artists from all over the world. there is a different theme in every suite. the name of the suite is oh, dear. i really love this room. it's amazing. the ambience. .. the detailing is just incredible. i am speechless. it feels like something out of alice in wonderland or the lion, the witch and the wardrobe.
but it's also extremely chilly. even though this hotel is permanent, there is a constant supply of fresh ice on hand if any alterations need to be made. and that's where this giant fridge comes in handy. have you ever seen a block of ice this big? this massive block of ice weighs up to two tonnes. and over here, i love this. this stuff is called snice. it's a mixture of ice and snow and it's used for the insulation of the ice hotel. what's even more amazing is all of this ice here is sourced from the river torne, just outside. so, there is no more
talking now from me. i'm going to spend the night in the icehotel. i can't get away from it. so it'sjust me, and my beautiful ice bed. who's in here? 0h, hello, ade. ijust made your room ready. oh, wow! what temperature is it in this place? minus five. it reminds me of my first council flat, when i couldn't afford heating. you will become very nostalgic when you sleep here. because the room is literally freezing, you need special gear to survive the night, including a sleeping bag that can withstand temperatures of minus 25 centigrade. this is your bed. you have a normal mattress
but the frame is ice. will this keep me warm enough in minus five degrees? yes. this sleeping bag is for winter purpose. i'm lucky enough to have a suite, which comes with a warm bathroom. if you panic and you can't stand it, you can hang out in here as well. oh, i geta warm room! yeah. of course, i won't be spending much time in the warm room, other than to just get in. my guide, stefan gives me some advice. what people usually do, they go with their whole head. brething becomes moist inside your sleeping bag and moist makes you colder, so the best way is to keep your face in the open. keep your face in the open. and breathe out in the air. can you tell me a story, stefan, please? all right, ade, i will leave you now. you have a good night's sleep. enjoy your cold night. thanks, stefan i'll be just chilling here. it's just gone 4am in the morning.
i've woken up, um... yeah, i don't know. i think i need to go to the bathroom. bleep, it's really cold. i've warmed back up, got my clothes back on. doing my usual technique of getting in the sleeping bag before i go out into the room. if you look out the window, it's like bright daylight. it's been like this for the last well, two, three hours that light. look, there's pros and cons to this. the great thing about it is, it's beautiful in here. look around! and also, the silence is just incredible. so peaceful.
but it's cold. i ain't hiding, i ain't going to lie about it. it's cold. that is your lot for this week. but make sure you join us next week when. .. carmen continues her eating adventures throuthapan to take on a dish with a fishy flavour. very strong. that's all to come on next week's show. but don't forget you can keep up with us and all our travels in real—time on the road by following us on social media. all the details should be on your screens right now. but, for now, from me, ade adepitan,
and all the travel show team here in sweden, it's hej, hej. good morning. today will be a tale of two halves. we're going to start our day with a dry note, some sunshine coming through. a bit on the breezy side driving ina through. a bit on the breezy side driving in a few isolated showers but as we go through the day the winds will strengthen and we'll see some rain, and that is going to arrive into northern ireland as we move towards lunchtime and it'll turn quite heavy. 0r
move towards lunchtime and it'll turn quite heavy. or so it will move into western scotland, perhaps just brushing with fringes of west wales and cornwall. in the sunshine we could see temperatures are as high as 18 or19, could see temperatures are as high as 18 or 19, cool and disappointing, though, where the cloud and rain lingers and that will sweep steadily east overnight. a spell of wet and windy weather, gales or severe gales on exposed coasts. 50 mph on the south coast and through the higher ground of scotland but through north wales and northern england we could see gusts of wind in excess of 75 mph fora see gusts of wind in excess of 75 mph for a time. it will push that rain through pretty quickly but it will leave a trail of squally showers to come during the afternoon and feeling cool. welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: the caribbean struggles to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. we report from the british virgin islands where thousands have yet to receive any support. i have seen real strength real
determination, but now what i'm seeing, is real desperation. a massive relief operation gears up across florida. the storm caused widespread damagem with millions facing weeks without power. the un security council unanimously backs another round of sanctions against north korea, ramping up pressure over its nuclear programme. and british mps back a key vote on brexit, but months of bitter wrangling lie ahead.