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president donald trump has set a california to check out the most destructive wildfire in the states history. he praised the efforts of local firefighters, police and the tea m local firefighters, police and the team searching for survivors. the fire has killed at least 76 people. about a quarter of a million people have taken part in demonstrations across france against a further increase in fuel tax and the rising cost of living. one demonstrator was killed when a panicking driver drove into protesters. there were more than 100 injuries nationwide. a senior member of the british prime minister's cabinet has called for changes to her brexit plans. andrea leadsom who's the leader of the commons, said there was "potential to improve" a draft deal, before the prime minister presents it to european leaders next week. those are the headlines. the former bbc newsreader richard baker has died. he was 93, and introduced the corporation's first ever television news bulletin, in 195a.
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david sillito looks back at his life. 1954 and the first—ever bbc television news bulletin began with the voice of richard baker. here is an illustrated summary of the news. it'll be followed with the latest film of events and happenings at home and abroad. in those early days, newsreaders were never seen because it was feared that our facial expressions might not always look impartial. and worse still that we might turn the news into a personality performance. richard baker — for more than a quarter of a century he helped define the calm, clear voice of bbc tv news. police reinforcements have been drafted into downing street denied as the crowd outside number 10 built up to about 300. good evening. and first the big fire... he was a presenter, rather than a journalist. but this veteran of the wartime arctic convoys was also a writer. his great love — music.
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a panellist on face the music, he presented radio programme is and for many years he was the tv face of the proms. good evening to you and a very warm welcome to the royal albert hall. in his spare time he had a go at acting, here with prince edward. forgot you, sir? 0h, notorious villain! and there was also a memorable moment on morecambe and wise. music plays. he was still broadcasting into his 80s, but he will always be remembered as the voice and then as one of the best—known faces of bbc news. for the moment that's all the news, except for a word about the weather. richard baker, who's died at the age of 93. now on bbc news, our world looks
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at whether the murderers of pakistan's social media star, qandeel, have been brought to justice. a warning that there are adult themes and descriptions of violence which some viewers may find upsetting. this is a story about justice and honour. qandeel baloch was a girl who rose from nowhere and became pakistan's social media superstar. her highly provocative videos shocked many in pakistan, but brought her fame. two years ago, qandeel was murdered. her own brother said he had done it because she brought shame on the family. at the time of the murder, qandeel‘s parents wanted justice
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for their daughter. amid an international outcry, the pakistani government quickly passed a law against honour killings. my name is hani taha, i have reported on this story from it's very beginning. two years on from her murder, are we any closer to justice for qandeel? in the city of multan, in the punjab region of pakistan, the trial of qandeel baloch‘s murder is entering its third year. qandeel‘s elderly father and his lawyer have been coming to the court since the trial began in 2016. it is a complicated case,
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with seven people charged with taking part in her murder. today there is a bail hearing for one of the defendants. qandeel‘s cousin is accused of strangling her, along with her brother waseem. qandeel‘s father and his lawyer are bitterly opposed to the bail. you can clearly see two years he has aged so much and he has practically lost his eyesight, he is pretty much blind now and i really wonder if he has gone blind with grief.
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he still cries the same way that he did when i first met him two years ago. they have travelled several hours to come here, which is very difficult, they don't have that kind of money or resources to do this. he has been doing it for two yea rs consistently. to understand why this case is so important, you need to see where it all began. in 2016, just after her murder, i travelled to the village in rural punjab where qandeel was born. in this part of the world, women stay at home and are rarely seen. this is the house where she grew up. mohammed azeem, her father
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was a farmer and her mother, a housewife. qandeel had six brothers and two sisters. qandeel spent her childhood in his room. it wasn't long after this photo was taken that in keeping with local tradition, qandeel was married. but her marriage only lasted a year. after her divorce in 2007, qandeel settled in multan, a city a couple of hours drive from her village. it was also around this time that qandeel
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started making videos for social media. for pakistan, her videos were provocative and daring. but her dream was to make it into the mainstream. like so many other girls trying to break into the scene, the reality was anything but glamorous. to earn money, qandeel was probably working as an escort. as qandeel‘s ambition grew, she left multan for karachi, entering the heart of pakistan's entertainment industry. qandeel‘s appearance on pakistan's idol thrust her into the limelight. even though she didn't win, she was an instant hit. she became a regular on national tv, promoting her brand. it was on one chat show
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that she met mufti qawi, a well—known celebrity cleric, who was also from multan. the two flirted on camera. mufti qawi suggested they meet she was in karachi. a few weeks later, during the holy month of ramadan, qandeel met mufti qawi in a hotel in karachi. it was during this meeting that she took a number of selfies. in one, she was wearing the mufti's hat.
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this picture in particular caused a media storm. the selfies spread like wildfire. soon she and the mufti were everywhere. the day after the selfies with the mufti qawi were released, qabdeel appeared on one of the most popular talk—shows. qandeel and mufti qawi continued to argue and for the presenter, it was tv gold. he extended the show to 90 minutes. this broadcast further inflamed the situation. in the fallout, mufti qawi was suspended from his job with pakistan's religious council. during the selfie video with mufti qawi, qandeel mentioned for the first time that she was from multan. armed with this information, the local multani press
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swung into action. a few days later, details of qandeel‘s personal life started appearing everywhere. her real name was fouzia azeem, her passport, her families details the fact that she had a child from a previous marriage, was made public. as these details surfaced, she became increasingly worried about her safety. two weeks before she died, she asked the authorities for protection, but her request was ignored. the allegation is, that two weeks
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later, qandeel‘s brother wasseem drove with two accomplices to the house qandeel was renting from her parents. after the meal, he mixed sleeping pills in with milk, which the whole family drank. he waited for the pills to kick in and when his parents went off to bed, was seen fetching his accoomplices and together they entered qandeel‘s room and killed her. waseem was arrested later that night and immediately confessed to killing his sister. he said that qandeel‘s involvement with the mufti was the final straw. at the time of the murder,
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multan police's investigating officer was a woman, attiya jafri. although no longer in charge of the case, she maintains a keen interest in it. gradually, a fuller picture began to emerge. her brother claimed he had been told to murder qandeel by his oldest brother, who lived in saudi arabia. but it was the role played by the mufti which most concerned the police when they questioned him.
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two years ago, i had gone to talk to the mufti myself. he had been keen to declare his innocence, but made a chilling threat. but justice caught up with the mufti. because he had been uncooperative with the police cooperation investigations, he was denied a bail extension and fled, but was quickly rearrested. we tried to speak to him for this programme, but his associates demanded $10,000 for an interview with him. today, he remains on trial, accused of involvement in qandeel‘s murder.
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since we interviewed the mufti in 2016, he has conceded that he knew the man said to have driven qandeel‘s relatives to and from the scene. it's his cousin, abdul basit. qandeel‘s story has been brought into almost every home in pakistan. there is a 28—part tv series based on her life. but her legacy may be greater than this. in response to her murder, the government passed new law against honour killings —
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even if family forgives the killers, the state will still try them for murder. but the slow pace of the trial is worrying for those who want qandeel‘s law, as it's known, to be applied to set a legal precedent. this woman works for a human rights organisation based in lahore. they've been supporting qandeel‘s parents, and are keen ensure that this landmark case is quickly concluded. today, they will push for a higher court to speed things up. we want to basically set a president. if a father wanted to get his son punished, because what he did, so why not to support him? in the beginning they were very passionate and energetic, and then they knew that the justice will get done very quickly. but nothing like that and slowly and gradually, and urges and their passion gradually turned into frustration.
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and same is case with us. we are very frustrated with why the cases delayed so much. like why two years? this is notjust one story. just imagine what happens with the ordinary cases every day. you know? like, thousands and thousands of cases are pending, people take adjournments, and, you know, like, there is nojustice, you know? for years and years people are just, like, they arejust like, go to the courts, and nothing happens. they are considered by the reports that qandeel‘s parents are changing their mind about the case. they're worried that if the parents withdraw their testimony, the case could be dismissed entirely. two years ago, the parents wanted their son to be executed.
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but now, once the team have left, they make a rather shocking statement to me. as well as saying that waseem is innocent, they now no longer agree with the federal law against honour crimes. it seems that in rural pakistan, despite the new law, the centuries—old tradition of honour killing is still seen as legitimate. this lawyer is represented the family. he comes from the same area as qandeel‘s parents, and is representing them, not for money, but out of local loyalty. he is making the case that waseem, a 23—year—old jobless drug addict, was coerced into carrying out
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the murder by his cousin, haq nawaz. so despite what was said two years ago, the family now say that waseem was an innocent party in the murder of his sister. i wanted to ask this police woman whether it was possible that waseem was innocent, and whether this crime really was an honour killing. the trial of qandeel‘s alleged murderers drags on. waseem is injail planning his innocence. haq nawaz is applying to the high court from jail. but the mufti, his cousin, and three other member of the family
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accused aiding and abetting remain free for now. it seems that qandeel is as controversial in death she was in life. it is easy to understand a mother's love and the pull of local custom, but for many in pakistan, it is more important that qandeel‘s law is applied and there is finally justice for qandeel. hello there. the second half of the weekend is looking fine and sunny for most areas of the uk, with a chilly wind out and about.
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yesterday we had some sparkling visibility, clear blue skies across the highlands of scotland. we had a number of beautiful weather watch pictures sent into us. but you know what? 0ur weather patterns are all interlinked. what happens to the north—west of us, near the arctic circle, north iceland, we had to temperatures up to 17 celsius. just astonishing. 1a degrees above normal. it has set in place a chain reaction. the warm air will go in to the arctic and the arctic responds by chucking cold air out across northern europe. that ultimately is heading to our shores in the next couple of days. a change in the weather is just around the corner. before we get that it will be a chilly start to the day this morning because we have had these clear skies for most of the night. that has allowed temperatures to plunge. because the breeze has stayed up there is not too much frost out and about. temperatures in the towns and cities have got down into low single figures. in some of the deeper valleys in the highlands of scotland, the grampians, there are patches of frost where the winds have managed to fall light.
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here is a weather chart through the rest of the day today. high pressure still influencing the weather, dragging the dry air in from europe. that is significant because that is why we are not seeing much in the way of cloud. that said, there may be patches of cloud through the vale of york and eastern areas of scotland to start the day. these will probably be in and break up to give sunshine. a much sunnier day for northern ireland. most of us it will be fine, settle, and sunny. a chilly breeze blowing throughout the day. temperatures near normal for the time of year, 10—12 degrees, perhaps feeling cool around the coastline of east anglia, southern parts of england as well. we start to see those changes taking place with the weather as we look at the chart for monday. more cloud moving in. it will be thick enough to bring light rain or drizzle around some of the western coasts of scotland. the western areas of england. lots of cloud around, cool winds. temperatures starting to edge down a little bit. but the really cold air doesn't arrive until we get on into tuesday. temperatures will be struggling. six degrees or so in london.
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notice we still have some spots of blue on the charts. some rain and drizzle across england and wales. a cool down for scotland and northern ireland. the coldest bit will be further southwards. this is the outlook. not a bad day for today. a downward spiral with temperatures. looking into the middle of the week, cardiff, just five degrees by wednesday. winter is coming. hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. president trump has been to california to see the damage caused by the us state's worst ever wildfires. visiting the town of paradise, which was largely destroyed, mr trump said everybody had done incredible work to respond to the disaster. he also revisited his claim that poor forest management was to blame. at least 76 people are now known have died with many still missing. dan johnson has this report from paradise. in the ruins of paradise, the president got his own clear view
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ofjust how devastating this fire was, and he offered his sympathy
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