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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: a year after thousands of rohingya refugees were forced from their homes in myanmar, we have a special report on the risks for the children now growing up in overcrowded camps in bangladesh. a typically brash claim from the us president — but why is he suddenly using that word, impeachment? i don't know how you can impeach and somebody who's done a greatjob. i'll tell you what, if i ever got impeached, i think the market would crash. australia's prime minister malcolm turnbull may have just hours left in hisjob. he's expected to hear shortly that he doesn't have the support he needs to go on. he is expected to resign shortly. the authorities in hawaii warn of a testing few days despite the downgrading of hurricane lane. this is notjust going to be over in the next 2a hours, this system is going to be with us for the next four or five days.
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it's a full year, this week, since the violent military operation in myanmar that sent half a million young rohingya refugees fleeing across the border to bangladesh, running from their homes to escape a brutal campaign by myanmar‘s army. and still they are suffering, in cramped and rudimentary camps. united nations officials talk of the risk of a "lost generation". many of those most at risk are girls — some have already become victims of sexual exploitation. our correspondent nick beake reports from cox's bazar in bangladesh. she never thought life would look like this. a year ago, sanjida was enjoying school in myanmar. today, she lives in a tiny shack in bangladesh,
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in the world's biggest refugee camp. this 15—year—old orphan is now married and pregnant. her husband is 66. he's rarely home. with no family and no money, sanjida says no younger man would marry her. translation: when i was young, i never thought i'd marry an old man. now, i've had to marry one. i'm worried that now i'm carrying a baby, and i'm worried that this old man will die, and how then will i raise my child? this was claimed to be the moment last august the burmese army and buddhist mobs unleashed fire on the rohingya muslims — a co—ordinated campaign of torture, rape and murder, say human rights groups, that forced hundreds of thousands to flee. genocide is what many believe these young survivors witnessed.
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a year on, their makeshift shelters that were thrown together now have a depressing permanence. they may be fed by aid agencies, but they're not safe. there are nearly a million rohingya refugees still trapped in the camps here in bangladesh. half of them are children and there's little sign of them being able to return home to myanmar any time soon, and so this sprawling city of despair is where a whole generation is being forced to grow up. all around there is danger — the weather, disease, and exploitation. "day and night my tears flow," shakina tells us. she says she could only watch as the burmese army murdered her husband. her 13—year—old daughter then disappeared from the camp, thought to be abducted by traffickers. translation: what happened to my daughter?
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nobody knows. only allah can say. i don't think i'll ever see her again. it's been one year. my daughter would've come back to me. the crimes inflicted on the rohingya last year are still destroying countless young lives. we meet a 15—year—old who goes by the name rosina. she was forced into sex work after arriving in bangladesh and says it's now the only way to survive. translation: i want nothing else but to go back to myanmar. i want to get my country back. i've left lots of relatives there. i hate it here. i loved life in myanmar. i want to go back and get married there and have a nice family. if i keep doing this, my life will be destroyed. aung san suu kyi's myanmar claims it wants to bring these children back. plenty doubt that. so the fear is they'll be forgotten and the dangers they face ignored, that the world simply accepts this precarious circle of life. nick beake, bbc news, on the myanmar—bangladesh border. the us attorney generaljeff
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sessions has hit back at his boss, donald trump, in response to the president's latest sharp criticism of him. he's long been under fire from the white house for excluding himself from any oversight of the russia investigation, which mr trump would like to see ended. the president has now suggested jeff sessions "never took control" of the department ofjustice. all this in the wake of tuesday's guilty plea from the president's former lawyer, michael cohen, who gave evidence on oath that he broke election campaign finance laws, on mr trump's orders. that's led to more talk about the possibility of impeachment — something president trump himself raised, and then rejected, in a tv interview on wednesday. i don't know how you can impeach somebody who's done a greatjob. i tell you what, if i
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ever got impeached, i think the market would crash, i think everybody would be very poor because, without this thinking, you would see numbers that you wouldn't believe in reverse. our washington correspondent david willis says it's significant the president is talking about impeachment. it's extraordinary that the president addresses the i word in an interview at the white house. yes, you're absolutely right, that has startled a lot of people here but i have to say, he's probably doing so fairly happy in the notion that it's not a reality imminently at least, because to impeach a president would require a democratic majority in both houses of congress. that's not the case at the moment. and there's a feeling i think amongst democrats as well as republicans that selling the message in the forthcoming mid—term elections of possible impeachment of the president isn't the sort of message that's going to go down very well with those in middle america. people who are more concerned
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about the healthcare costs that they‘ re phasing, student loans and that sort of thing. there's a feeling that mentioning impeachment out there is likely to be a counter—productive... could backfire on the democrats for the simple reason as well that it could harness the republican base and get more republican voters out to the polls in the midterms. so the president mentioning it could be a way ofjust pulling his core voters tighter in behind him. what do you make of the latest spat with the man he appointed, jeff sessions? it's extraordinary, isn't it? these are two men who were soulmates on the campaign trail, then fell out overjeff sessions‘ decision to recuse himself from the robert mueller, special counsel, enquiry. since then donald trump has more or less taken every opportunity he's had to denouncejeff sessions, calling him an idiot, beleaguered, weak and various things like that. but in this latest interview
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with fox news, mr trump goes further than that. he basically says he appointed jeff sessions out of sympathy because he was loyal to him, and he says he wouldn't have appointed him if he knew he was going to recuse himself from the mueller investigation and he added that mr sessions, as he put it, had never taken control of the justice department. that was an insult to far for the normally mild—mannered jeff sessions, who hit back saying, "i took control of the department ofjustice the day i was sworn in, and while i'm attorney general the actions of the department ofjustice will not be improperly influenced by political considerations." it's clearly an untenable relationship between these two men, the president and his senior law officer. and just a question of really how it all pans out now and how long jeff sessions can last. australian politics is — to put it mildly —
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having a difficult week. in the past few minutes malcolm turnbull has confirmed that he has lost the majority support of his liberal party in parliament. that triggers a leadership contest which he says he will not take part in. he survived a leadership code earlier this week that this seems that one step too farfor this week that this seems that one step too far for him. here this week that this seems that one step too farfor him. here is how the public in canberra feel about the public in canberra feel about the turmoil. no—one knows what's going on. would be good if they just did theirjob they're paid to do, so they should get in there and just govern the country, not stuff around and sort their own stuff out. the reason why a lot of us voted for the liberal party this time is because of malcolm, because of his moderate views, you know, he actually has great ideas about the climate change and different things we want in this country. well, it's just another debacle, really, isn't it? i do not think the liberal party will be in government for much longer. i think there is a very good chance that they will lose the next election, irrespective of who the leader is. i'm a bit worried we might go down the path of the states, closing the borders down and that type of thing.
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i think we've come a long way and i think we're actually going to take a few steps backwards. our correspondent phil mercer is in sydney. what is likely to happen next now? things are moving pretty quickly in the nation's capital. we now hear that malcolm turnbull, the prime minister, will resign and quit parliament if the mps in his governing liberal party decide to have a leadership challenge. that seems almost certain. the meeting was due to start at midday here in eastern australia so a few minutes ago. we understand that it has not started yet but as we say, things are moving quickly. it seems certain that by the close of business today, australians will have a new prime minister. he or she will have a huge challenge on their hands and we
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understand that the challenges at the moment would be peter dutton, who challenged mr turnbull earlier this week, alongside the treasurer, scott morrison and the foreign ministerjulie bishop. these are unprecedented times in australian politics and safe to say the situation in the nation's capital can best be described as rather chaotic. and this is the sixth prime minister in a decade? people are not happy about that. and theissue people are not happy about that. and the issue around mr dutton has been resolved? yes. his family own a trust that has interests in child—care centres trust that has interests in child—ca re centres and trust that has interests in child—care centres and receives subsidies from the state. now there was? over whether that would deem at mr dutton to be ineligible because a public, someone upholding a public
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office cannot benefit financially from the state. at the advice from the chief lawyer for the government is that mr dutton appears to be in the clear. that allows him to contest the clear. that allows him to co ntest a ny the clear. that allows him to contest any leadership ballot. the contenders, the other contenders, the treasurer, scott morrison, and the treasurer, scott morrison, and the foreign ministerjulie bishop, as you say, australian politics is a revolving door at the moment. the last prime minister to serve a full term wasjohn last prime minister to serve a full term was john howard. last prime minister to serve a full term wasjohn howard. safe to say that australian politics has become a blood sport with a lot of infighting on both sides of politics. and as far as you can tell, what direction is this likely to ta ke tell, what direction is this likely to take the country's politics in? it depends who wins. isjulie bishop paul scott morrison win they have been very close to malcolm turnbull and you would imagine that they would try to lead the party in a
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fairly moderate way, given that a general election is due in the next few months. if we go with peter dutton, if the mps in canberra decide that is the best way to go, peter dutton has been one of the architects of australia's uncompromising immigration policies and one of the conservative members of the government is one would expect that under his government, australia could lean to the right. australians, as we say, will no doubt have their say on all of this at the next general election due around may next year be given the upheaval we could see an early election. as with all these things, it is up in the error at the moment and no doubt details of this story will continue to filter region over the next few hours. —— filter in. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: guilty — the gang who posed as rich businessmen, hired a privatejet and a rolls royce to smuggle more than $50 million of cocaine into britain. he's the first african american
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to win the presidential nomination of a major party, and he accepts exactly 45 years ago to the day that martin luther king declared i have a dream. as darkness falls tonight, an unfamiliar light will appear in the south—eastern sky. an orange glowing disk that is brighter than anything save the moon — our neighbouring planet, mars. there is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in the birth of east timor as the world's newest nation. it will take months and billions of dollars to repair what katrina achieved in just hours. three weeks is the longest the great clock has been off duty in 117 years, so it was with great satisfaction that clock maker john vernon swung the pendulum to set the clock going again. this is bbc world news.
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the latest headlines: the un warns that more than half a million rohingya refugee children risk becoming a lost generation, facing disease, abuse and a lack of education. president trump comes out fighting following the conviction of his former lawyer michael cohen warning his rivals not to try and impeach him. any time now hurricane lane is expected to hit the main island of oahu, in hawaii. emergency shelters have opened, in response to nationwide mobile phone alerts. schools, government offices and business are closed and people have been boarding up their homes and stocking up on supplies. lebo diseko has more hurricane lane is yet to hit these
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islands but the rain and winds already have. one section of the big island had nearly half a metre of rain injust21i hours as island had nearly half a metre of rain in just 2a hours as the category 3 cyclone gets nearer. even if it does not make landfall, it still brings a storm that authorities say could be life—threatening. authorities say could be life-threatening. we are extremely concerned about the potential for flooding, landslides occurring and damage to the transport asia, communication infrastructure. this is not going to be over in the next 21: is not going to be over in the next 2a hours. it will be with us for the next five days, continuing to bring winds to the island, large serve us well as torrential rain. residents have been battening down the hatches. the government has warned them to prepare for the worse and says they should take the threat seriously and put aside at least
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three weeks of food and water and medicine. people rushed to get their last—minute supplies. some supermarkets were strict air. elsewhere frantic efforts to fend of these islands from the sea. ask them —— this picture is from nasa showed the hurricane south. only two have made landfall in hawaii since the 19505. if made landfall in hawaii since the 1950s. if hurricane lane it would only be the third. federal authorities will help state and local responses in a state of emergency. in the meantime, people are bracing themselves for tough heads ahead with the hurricane predicted to reach land by friday. we're joined from kapolei, which is located on the main island of oahu, by mike gabbard who is a state senator in hawaii.
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you must have much on your mind even though the storm has been downgraded? a lot of folks here watching the news on television and on their phone to find out what the latest status is and it has been downgraded to a category 3 which ranges from 111 miles — to 120 miles per hour. it is 125 miles per hour 110w. per hour. it is 125 miles per hour now. it is coming north, north—west, about six miles per hour, and currently it is about 185 miles south—west of the big island and about 300 miles... actually 400 miles about 300 miles... actually 4oo miles from honolulu, were i live. about 300 miles... actually 4oo miles from honolulu, were i livem could still be pretty rough when it hits. how well you able to prepare? as was reported, the supermarkets
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are sold out of quite a lot of things, water, toilet paper, is essential is but we were able to get all supplies we needed. we already had pretty good supply beforehand but here with roughly close to a million people living oahu on, it is expected early friday morning, with decreasing winds, 100 50 miles per hour with 20 foot waves and 12 inches of rain. one of the key things that we are trying to make sure everyone is aware things that we are trying to make sure everyone is aware of is the flash flooding. i have had very bad experiences with that, big down by a quite stream and all of a sudden water 6—foot high comes barrelling towards it so we're encouraging
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people to be aware of that and, when you are down a river or stream, you do not get too close and you were the worse can still happen. particularly difficult to prepare for these conditions if they are with you from 4—5 days. for these conditions if they are with you from 4-5 days. exactly. i was looking at the weather channel and they were showing the weather down at waikiki and the tourism is important and the beach was totally deserted. of course the concern there is that the ocean is going to come up and flood the hotels. it all remains to be seen. we are dealing with an erupting volcano. and also flooding on one of the other islands so flooding on one of the other islands so it just flooding on one of the other islands so itjust seems that it is one catastrophe after another but hopefully this will not be a
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catastrophe. indeed, we all hope that. all the best to all of you. take care. we have some light pictures from canberra. let's take it to those. we have been seeing liberal party mps for the crucial vote. the prime minister malcom turnbull has confirmed he has lost majority support in parliament and it is expected to trigger leadership contests. expected to trigger leadership co ntests. h e expected to trigger leadership contests. he said he will not take pa rt contests. he said he will not take part in that. he survived one leadership contest but this seems a step too far from him. leadership contest but this seems a step too farfrom him. we did receive malcom turnbull go when. other members of parliament going in now. more on that as soon as we know results. the british government has released a raft of information on what it thinks will happen if the uk leaves the european union next year without a deal. the documents set out how people
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might prepare for no deal, in sectors including farming, finance and medicines. here's brexit secretary dominic raab. naturally, we've got to consider the alternative possibility that the eu doesn't match our pragmatism and that we don't reach a deal. let me be clear about this, it is not what we not and it is not what we expect, but we must be ready. we have a duty as a responsible government to plan for every eventuality. there are still potential pitfalls ahead and rebel conservatives might join forces with the opposition labour party to vote down the government's current brexit proposals. that raises the possibility of a second referendum. on that here's labour's shadow brexit secretary keir starmer. we are not calling for it, but in the event that article 50 is voted down, we think will options should be on the table, all options should be on the table, i have said that consistently, john macdonald said that, that is the labour party position. four men have been convicted of smuggling cocaine into britain
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worth more than £40 million — $51 million. fifteen suitcases of the drug were found on a private jet returning from columbia injanuary. it was one of the biggest drug seizures ever for the uk's border force. tom symonds reports. it was like a scene from a crime drama, a sleek private jet hired for £138,000, paid in cash, arriving at farnborough airport. 15 heavy suitcases unloaded, the gang whisked off in their hired cars, but they didn't get far. customs officers pulled them overfor a search, one of the gang clock showing. inside the case... a serious amount of cocaine. we've been asked not to show the face of the customs officer but he has a big smile. presumably, they don't get many days like that? well, this is one of the largest seizures in our region's history, but it is the day that we want to celebrate and show that this sort of activity, people that are seeking to smuggle illicit goods
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into the country, our officers are there are to identify them and take action. 15 suitcases, half a ton of cocaine worth £41 million on the street. this was the smugglers' second flight to bogota. they had a corrupt official working in a ground handling company there. the national crime agency worked back through cctv, tracking their movements. these earlier baggage scans are bought to show the millions in cash they flew out with to pay for the drugs. both times, they arrived back at farnborough, possibly chosen because it's small. two years ago, the border force customs operation at this airport was criticised by the independent inspector. he said that staff were carrying out too few baggage checks, they were concentrating instead on immigration. the national crime agency says that small airports like this
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are vulnerable to smuggling. you're never really going to win with that utopia scenario, having all those airports or strips for landing aircraft manned by a resource... that's not going to happen. so, it's around being cleverer around systems, around bringing people and experts together that can look at information and work out who they're going to stop. the border force now says it's doing more checks at farnborough. the four men posed as rich businessmen, heading to bogota for a concert by the singer bruno mars. they've been jailed for between 20—24 years. tom symonds, bbc news. more on all the news and in particular what is coming out of australia and the big storm heading for a wide on the bbc website. thank you for watching. we are fast approaching a bank
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holiday weekend. it will be pretty u nsettled holiday weekend. it will be pretty unsettled for most of it. we will fill a big drop in the temperatures including in the south—east. whent coming down from here. starting off ona coming down from here. starting off on a chilly note including the south—east. at least bright with some sunshine. showers from the word go across the north. the showers becoming more widespread in the afternoon and heavier into central and southern areas. hale and fund are mixed in. a blustery day wherever are with strong west
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north—westerly winds which will make it feel even cooler. mid to high teens in the north. so is continuing. as we head into the overnight, a few continuing across northern and western areas but are lengthening clear sky at the central and eastern parts with a chilly night especially for scotland. some could reach close to freezing. in the saturday, it looks like a better day because of a reach of high pressure from the west and that will push away the area of low pressure. it looks like for the start of the weekend, we should see some sunshine. it could affect some areas the rain. but with more sunshine around, it will still feel cool. saturday night is going to be another chilly night in central and
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eastern areas. the next area of low pressure will arrive quickly on sunday. it could be a brief but chilly start before wet and windy weather spreads into all areas as the day wears on. some of the rain could be quite heavy. things brighter and pushing into northern ireland. the date disappointingly cool ireland. the date disappointingly cool. for most of us it will be bank holiday monday and it is looking at little bit better, dry and brighter weather to the south. feeling a touch warmer as well. this is bbc news. the headlines: the australian prime minister malcolm turnbull has said he has lost the majority support of his party in parliament. he has arrived at a meeting of the liberal party and is expected to stand down. using the word in public for the first time, president trump has claimed that any attempt by his opponents to impeach him would collapse the markets and damage the country. he's been responding to the conviction this week of his former personal lawyer,
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who gave evidence on oath that he broke campaign finance laws, in the 2016 election, on mr trump's orders. hurricane lane has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it reaches land in hawaii. authorities though have warned residents and visitors that strong winds and heavy rain are likely to cause serious disruption for several days. emergency shelters have opened and schools, businesses and government offices are closed. now it's time for panorama. carl campbell — shot in west bromwich with a .44 smith & wesson russian revolver. derek myers — killed in birmingham with a .44 revolver. kenichi phillips — died after being fired at with a .38 revolver.
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every one of these handguns was brought into the country totally legally because they were classified as antiques. these types of weapon can and do kill. there is no restriction. the fact that it is a gun is neither here nor there.


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