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this is bbc news. the headlines... wildfires rage in northern california, killing five people, destroying hundreds of buildings and causing thousands to flee their homes. we were not told we were in danger. this was like you see in the movies with tornadoes. one minute, it is fine. the next minute, everyone is screaming. a powerful earthquake on an indonesian tourist island kills at least ten people, injures dozens and damages hundreds of homes. trolls who go online to intimidate election candidates and campaigners could be barred from public office, under new government proposals. qatar is accused of running a secret campaign to undermine its rivals during the bidding process for the world cup in 2022. also this hour, on the brink of victory for cycling's greatest prize. geraint thomas will ride into paris later today all but assured of being crowned
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tour de france champion. more on that and the rest of the sport shortly. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.35am. this morning's reviewers are henry mance from the financial times, and kate devlin from and kate devlin from the sunday express. good morning. tens of thousands of people have fled from raging wildfires across north america. firefighters say they are struggling to contain about 130 separate blazes. the governor of california has requested federal aid and declared a state of emergency in three more counties. almost 40,000 people have already left their homes in the city of redding, california. those remaining are being urged
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to leave immediately. thousands of firefighters are dealing with what have been described as tornados of fire that have killed five people and destroyed hundreds of buildings. lebo diseko reports. they call them tornadoes of flames, spinning whorls of fire powered by gale force winds so powerful they suck in cars, trees, homes, people, anything in their path. in its wake, families are left devastated. ed bledsoe was looking for his great—grandchildren, james and emily, aged four and five, along with his wife, melody. they have since been found dead. residents say they should have been given more warning to evacuate. we were not told we were in danger. this was like you see in movies with tornadoes. one minute, it's fine. the next minute, everybody‘s screaming. firefighters have battled to contain the blaze since it began on monday, apparently after a car malfunctioned.
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it has since destroyed an area larger than the city of san francisco and tens of thousands of people have had to leave their homes. firefighters say it is unlike anything they have seen before. every single person that i have talked to so far has made the mention that, "i don't know why it is doing what it's doing. it's burning differently. it's burning more aggressive than it has in years past." and i know we say that every year, but it's unprecedented. in california alone, more than 9000 firefighters are battling seven big blazes. but it seems that nature may be against them. more hot, dry weather is forecast for the coming days which could well make the fire even worse. lebo diseko, bbc news. we've been hearing from stephen walsh from the american red cross whojoined us from redding in california. he told us more about what they're doing for people there. well, we do not have that at the
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moment. we will bring you that later on. at least 13 people have died and dozens have been injured after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck a popular tourist destination in central indonesia. residents and tourists poured onto the streets and into open fields to escape damaged buildings on the island of lombok with the tremor felt up to 60 miles away in the bustling holiday island of bali. our correspondent, katharine da costa, has this. buildings and lives shaken to the core. this was the scene dozens woke up to just before 7am in northern lombok. the quake, measuring 6.4, was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, the distress clear to hear. shouting. many buildings have been damaged. it is thought at least 40 people were injured, many still being treated
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after being hit by falling debris. the epicentre of the earthquake was 30 miles north—east of the city of mataram in the north. indonesia is prone to earthquakes. it lies on what is called the ring of fire, the line of quakes and volcanic eruptions which encircle virtually the entire pacific rim. the main focus now is evacuation and rescue. at least ten people are known to have lost their lives. authorities believe that number could rise. online trolls who intimidate election candidates or campaigners could be barred from public office. the government's considering the move after a report found social media abuse is rife in last year's general election. extreme intimidation cases are already punishable with a jail sentence. let's get more on this from our political correspondent, susana mendonca. tell us more about what the
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proposals contain. the reason this is happening is because the government has been under a lot of pressure from mps concerned about this issue, so we had the report last year talking about how social media was the most significant factor driving harassment and intimidation of candidates, notjust candidates but also people working for them. and the kinds of threats we are talking about are violence, sexual violence, damage to property, and we had the debate in parliament where mps were talking in quite graphic terms about the kind of abuse they have been getting online on social media. so the government has been under pressure. they are talking about banning people from standing for public office, so if you want to be a councillor, mp, you will not be able to stand if you are found to have committed this kind of online harassment, abuse. a consultation at the moment, but if it comes into play, that would be
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the impact. very much a deterrent to try to put across the image that the government is doing something about the issue. in terms of online abuse, it is part of the government's wider process of trying to make the online world a safer place to be. some people would say, will this make much difference? do online trolls care, do they want to hold public office? that is the key question, it is about specifically people wanting to hold public office and many online trolls not trying to do that. there will be questions about whether it needs to be wider ranging, other measures brought into play to deter other people from online trolling. from the government's perspective, it is about putting across an image they are trying to improve the system because at the moment they feel talented people are being deterred because of the intimidation. this is pa rt because of the intimidation. this is part of the process. in terms of
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intimidation, if you are found to be guilty, there is already a custodial sentence that can be handed down. if you are convicted of a crime and you go to prison for more than a year, you already not allowed to stand as a candidate in elections, so that is already in place. this is about making sure that only certain types of people get into those positions where they could potentially become local councillors and mps. for the moment, thank you. all online election material could include what's known as a digital imprint in future, making clear who produced it. 00v) a committe of mps has backed the government proposal after its inquiry into fake news following the cambridge analytica scandal. the parliamentary report, which we discussed here on breakfast yesterday, found the volume of disinformation on the internet was now so big it was starting to crowd out real news. a world where people increasingly get their news from social media platforms like facebook, where the
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volume of disinformation being spread on sites like these are starting to crowd are legitimate sources of news information, being donein sources of news information, being done in such a sophisticated way people struggle to tell the difference between real and fake news and bad actors are deliberately gaming the system to try to make sure their message is spread more quickly than anyone else's, it is creating a mess and a confusion that in election periods makes it harder for people to weigh up issues, to get the true facts before they cast their vote. a six—year—old girl has died at sea in margate harbour. essex police say the girl from erith in south—east london got into difficulty in the water. she died later in hospital. search teams have recovered the body of a man who got into difficulty while swimming in the river great ouse in bedfordshire. emergency services were called to reports that a man in his late 20s had got into trouble on friday afternoon. police said the man's next of kin have been informed, and officers are supporting his family.
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qatar has been accused of running a secret campaign to undermine rival countries during the bidding process which led to it being awarded the world cup in 2022. the sunday times claims pr firms and former cia agents were used to generate fake propaganda, in breach of rules drawn up by football's governing body, fifa. qatar says it rejects each and every allegation. the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee damian collins has called for a full investigation into the allegations. these are really serious allegations, a whistle—blower has come forward saying he was involved ina kind come forward saying he was involved in a kind of black clocks communications campaign seeking to undermine support in other countries bidding against qatar to host the world cup to undermine support for their own bids. it is a breach of fifa's rules and if the qatari team we re fifa's rules and if the qatari team were involved in campaigns like
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that, that means they would have broken the rules of the bidding process , broken the rules of the bidding process, a really serious matter, it requires a proper investigation and four fifa to be involved in investigating as well. they need to make clear there will be sanctions applied if the rules were broken in the bidding process. the most severe sanction that can be applied is taking the world cup away from qatar, if they feel they were in breach of the terms of the bidding process. fifa have to have a proper investigation into that. we can speak to our sports news correspondent richard conway. how serious are the obligations for the world of football?” how serious are the obligations for the world of football? i think they are serious allegations. but qatar saying anything that they have been investigated thoroughly, us attorney looked into the whole matter of bidding around the 2018, 2022 world cups and number of years ago and gave qatar the clear, they are
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relying on that. what we have heard from the sunday times claims is that michael garcia was not aware of some of the documents and e—mails they have uncovered and therefore there will be a degree of pressure on fifa to look at it again, but it is not very likely because in their statement also referring to the michael garcia inquiry, saying anyone that had information could submit it to the investigators. but speaks to the legal and financial difficulties there would be in applying pressure or trying to take away the world cup from qatar at this stage. what is more likely may be an expansion of the world cup from 32 to 48 teams, talks about that are ongoing, and that would potentially see qatar lose its soul posting ability —— posting ability,
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a wider world cup. we're a long way off from that. these allegations certainly need to be examined and we will see fifa looking at that, they may ready be looking at that. beyond that, difficult to see what repercussions there will be. again, qatar thoroughly denying these claims. we will leave it there because it is not a great line. richard conway, our sports correspondent. storms and flooding disrupted road travel and caused flights to be cancelled yesterday as the uk heatwave came to an end. some air passengers experienced delays of up to 20 hours, and travellers queued for miles on the m20 to board eurotunnel trains after the air—conditioning failed. the met office has issued a yellow weather warning for parts of england and wales today. simon calder, travel editor of the independent, has been keeping track for us. just talk us through what the worst problems are facing travellers. very
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much at stansted airport and ryanair, they much at stansted airport and rya nair, they have much at stansted airport and ryanair, they have cancelled today so ryanair, they have cancelled today so fara ryanair, they have cancelled today so far a dozen flights to and from that essex airport, some of them passengers to barcelona, poland, dublin, they only found out effectively as they got to the airport. the cancellations were very late. total of 20 flights at least cancelled on ryanair to and from other uk airports including sta nsted, other uk airports including stansted, representing other uk airports including sta nsted, representing close other uk airports including stansted, representing close to 4000 passengers. it is important to remember these things are cumulative. they cancelled 50 flights yesterday, rya nair. cumulative. they cancelled 50 flights yesterday, ryanair. british airways also cancelled 40. u nfortu nately, airways also cancelled 40. unfortunately, this time of year, other flights, they are so fully booked, there is simply no room for people to get on board. i have been hearing from travellers who say, yes, we got cancelled yesterday, no flight yes, we got cancelled yesterday, no flight until wednesday. it also suggests the airlines are not being com pletely suggests the airlines are not being completely upfront about what
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passengers' rights are. we have been hearing from some who are pretty angry. yes, very straightforward. that airlines, british airways and ryanair, saying, that airlines, british airways and rya nair, saying, nothing that airlines, british airways and ryanair, saying, nothing to do with us, extraordinary circumstances, you cannot get any cash compensation. because it is beyond our control. but whatever the cause of a delay, it is the duty of the outline to do a number of things, tell you what your rights are, to be rebooked as soon as is practical, and the airlines have slightly different interpretations, ryanair says, airlines have slightly different interpretations, rya nair says, if airlines have slightly different interpretations, ryanairsays, if we cannot get you there today or tomorrow on our flights, we will find a flight on someone else. they also have to provide hotels and meals until they can get you where you need to be and that is crucially important for the many thousands of people, depending on how they want to put it, stranded abroad or enjoying an extended holiday, depends if they have to get back to work tomorrow. the latest on eurotunnel? not looking too bad.
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friday was absolutely awful, particularly the evening, beginning ofa particularly the evening, beginning of a really busy weekend, drivers having to wait five hours. yesterday we had delays of typically three hours. tailbacks extending onto the m20 at folkestone. people waiting to get the shuttle to calais. but what they have been doing is running extra shuttles overnight, they cancelled planned engineering work. they believe us of 9am that things are running fairly fluidly and if you are put on the 10:30am shuttle, you are put on the 10:30am shuttle, you should be travelling around about 10:30am which is a great relief. wherever you are travelling this weekend, be prepared for and disruption while simultaneously hoping for the best. we always hope for the best expert simon, thank you very much. the headlines on bbc news... wildfires in northern california killed five people, destroyed hundreds of buildings and cause
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thousands to flee homes. meanwhile, a powerful earthquake on an indonesian tourist island kills at least ten people, injures dozens and damages hundreds of homes. and under new government proposals, trolls who go online to intimidate election candidates and campaigners could be barred from public office. geraint thomas will ride into paris today to be crowned winner of the tour de france. tradition dictates that the overall leader is never challenged during the final stage and, after more than 80 hours in the saddle, the welshman holds the yellow jersey. ollie foster has the details. after more than 3,000 kilometres, the tour title rested on this, a 30—kilometre time trial. commentator: geraint thomas, closing in on history. geraint thomas had to protect the lead that he'd fought so hard for in the alps and the pyrenees, keep hold of that precious yellow
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jersey that he'd worn for over a week. he had a wobble, but he stayed on. and now, 11 years after his first tour de france, the path is clear to his coronation in paris, taking the crown from his team—mate, chris froome. incredible just to be sat here with this jersey. it's insane. a big thanks to froomey as well, because he committed to me and he was really happy to see me do so well and we're good friends, and i really appreciate, you know, having probably the best stage race rider ever, you know, riding for me. this from a man who's already won so much. olympic and world titles on the track. he was commonwealth champion on the road four years ago, but like the mountains he has conquered here, he's once again at the pinnacle. this is the sixth time in seven years that a british team sky rider will have won the tour, and that rankles with the home crowd.
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the team has also had to deal with a number of doping investigations, nothing relating to thomas and no wrongdoing has been found, but their reception here on the champs—elysee will still be mixed. and remember, this wasn't the outcome that team sky had been planning for. froome was their leader. he was chasing a joint—record fifth tour title, but he was off the pace. a strong time trial at least dragged him back onto the podium. the dutchman tom dumoulin will finish second overall after winning yesterday's stage, but his time was never going to worry thomas. he said he'll allow himself a couple of beers and a burger last night, but that will just be the first stage of the celebrations to come. ollie foster, bbc news, paris. and we'll have more on this in sport, just after 9.30am. it was a video that went viral and a punishment that was widely condemned.
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when footage emerged of palestinian teenager ahed tamimi slapping and kicking an israeli soldier in the occupied west bank, she was later imprisoned. she was 16 at the time and children are protected by international law from imprisonment. now, she's been released, after serving an eight—month sentence. and nida ibrahim from bbc arabic watched the girl being freed in the west bank. thank you for being with us. tell us first of all, an incident that has caused international controversy in the last few months? absolutely. as you know, children are not allowed to be tried under international law. however, children living under the israeli occupation, palestinian children, they are facing trials under military courts in israel. this has caused an outcry. many
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human rights organisations have criticised the sentence by israel. many say this case is shedding light on the case of men and palestinian minors. —— many palestinian minors. amnesty international say 300 children are in israeli jails and many go back and forth inside and out of prison but at this moment, we are talking about more than 300 palestinian children in israeli jails. you witnessed the release, tell us more about that. of course, it was an emotional moment. parents did not know until the last minute, until she was released, when she was going to be released. they moved from the de facto capital of the palestinian authority,, from the de facto capital of the palestinian authority, , ramala, from the de facto capital of the palestinian authority,, ramala, to a place two hours away, they went back and forth, and eventually a military
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jeep and forth, and eventually a military jeep brought her to a village, not something very usual to happen in such cases of releases. she was released in an emotional moment, her father hugged her, her mother, chanting slogans with her, she was released with the bat was chanting slogans remembering the late cousin who is the palestinian from the village and he was killed injune while they were in jail —— she was released. she has become something ofa released. she has become something of a symbol of resistance for palestinians but the israelis have accused the family of using the teenager in the propaganda war. we have asked the father about that, what do you say to the accusation the israelis are saying you are actually promoting an act of terror, and they said that he was promoting some sort of... he said he is not in a position of defence and even if he
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was, he says, we are entitled to tell our story to the world in so many forms, even if propaganda was pa rt many forms, even if propaganda was part of it. thank you very much indeed. reporting from the west bank. blue badge parking permits are to be made available for people in england with hidden disabilities, such as autism or mental health problems. the department for transport said people with non—physical disabilities would have an equal right to free parking from next year. the current rules do not explicitly exclude hidden disabilities, but councils' interpretations can vary. similar changes have come into effect in scotland and wales. great britain s first disabled air display team will take to the skies in the next few weeks. the four—person squad is made up of wheelchair users and amputees and was assembled in honour of the fighter pilot sir douglas bader, who lost both his legs. a film crew from our disability
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unit went to meet them. visibility, five. going to be runway... i am alan, with barry, mike and mark. we will be great britain's first disabled air display team. i want us to be a display team that people want to see because we are good, rather than, "oh, look, look what those disabled people are doing, bless." i want us to be good. after 20—odd years of being paralysed, it's fair to say, i was pretty fed up. somebody turning round and saying, do you want to learn to fly? it was like the light came on again. how was it? much better. i have the least experience of anybody here. i am very privileged to be in the team, but i would also be quite relieved to be the one that was sat on the ground doing the commentary for the first air display. what attracts me is it's good fun to sit there and look out the window and see another aeroplane. you are using all the controls all the time. you're using the throttle,
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elevators, the rudder pedals, which, obviously, we both have difficulties with that. so you are constantly, constantly on the go. if i'm honest, i am uncomfortable flying close to another aircraft. you are taught, see and avoid, and all of a sudden, you are close enough and there's this huge aircraft there next to you and they are saying, in a little bit closer. and really, all i want to do is run away, but the thrill of doing this is just unbeatable. think we both know what pain is. i was paralysed at 18 years old. had a motorcycle accident. broke nearly every bone in my body, apart from my arms and legs. very lucky to survive. but it left me confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life. what happened to me was the same. motorbike. i got hit by a car and it almost amputated my leg there and then and the surgeons did the rest of it that night. when i woke up the next morning, realised my leg had gone,
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i realise that my ambition to fly might have been gone because i didn't know that disabled people could fly, so i did a little bit of research and i found that disabled people could fly and then ijust made it a goal simply to get a license. i wouldn't have thought in a million years i would be able to do formation flying and who knows what's next. it's not going to be a case of, we are the red arrows with propellers and no legs. i still cannot believe that we are doing this, just learning to fly was a privilege. learning to fly formation, thatjust doesn't happen. that's something else. let alone disabled pilots. i think there is still a perception that disabled people just aren't capable of living full, independent lives and i hope that sometimes, by doing something like this, we help straighten that record a little bit. a woman in west london got the fright of her life on monday when she woke up to find she was sharing her bed with a three—foot snake. the royal python, which is thought
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to be an escaped pet, curled up next to her in her kensington flat while she was sleeping. the rspca caught the snake later on, by which time the python had got out of bed. rather more cuddly animal news now. a giant panda at the yuen—nan safari park in south west china has been celebrating his fourth birthday with a special cake and young tourists singing happy birthday. zoo keepers prepared mao zhu a four—layer iced cake, with each layer topped by different food, including bamboo, bamboo leaves, apples, honey and corn bread. mao zhu and his partner zhen duo moved to the park in 2016. it was the second birthday mao zhu has spent at the zoo. hgppy happy birthday. i look at the weather now. a wet and blustery day for much of
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the country, strong winds, particularly for southern and western coasts, mooring to come pushing north east, becoming more sherry this afternoon —— more rain to come. becoming more shall read this afternoon. a cool feel, wherever you are. a drier day for northern ireland, the showers and rain will ease this evening and overnight, but another spell of rain arriving in south—west and south—east england later in the night. cool night for scotland and northern ireland. some rain first thing tomorrow morning, parts of south—east england, clearing and then generally a day of sunny spells and showers, showers more frequent further north and west, better sunshine and further south and east with the highest temperatures. you are watching bbc news. the
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latest headlines. emergencies have been declared in northern california as wildfires continued the rampage killing five people so far, destroying hundreds of homes and causing 40,000 people to flee. a powerful earthquake has killed at least ten people on the central indonesian island of lombok. 40 people have been injured and the number of casualties is expected to rise. online trolls who intimidate election candidates or campaigners could be barred from public office. the government is considering the move after a parliamentary report found social meatier abuse was rife in last year's general election. qatar has been accused of running a secret campaign to undermine rival countries in the bidding process which led to it being awarded the world cup in 2022. coming up, oursunday world cup in 2022. coming up, our sunday morning edition of the papers. before that, the sport news
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