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welcome to bbc news. i'm maryam moshiri. our top stories: the us and iran carry out a prisoner swap in a rare sign of co—operation between the two countries. the secret british documents leaked online — but was russia trying to intefere in next week's election? anthonyjoshua regains his world heavyweight titles, beating andy ruiz — the man who took them from him six months ago. tonight was just about winning, and trusting my process. i know maybe i could have done more at times, but sometimes simplicity is genius. and tens of thousands of people around the world spend the night sleeping outdoors, all to highlight
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the problem of homelessness. let's bring you some breaking news now — we're getting reports that at least 35 people have died in a factory fire near india's capital new delhi. according to new delhi's deputy fire chief, sunil choudhary, 50 people have been rescued by his crews. the afp agency says the fire broke out in the north—west area of the city in the anaj mandi area — at a location where the roads are narrow and lined with many small manufacturing and storage units. it's understood the building was filled with school bags and packing material.
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fire officers say the people caught pout by the blaze were "labourers and factory workers" who were sleeping inside the five storied building. the fire had been extinguished but rescue operations were ongoing. the latest news we have is that there are 25 fire engines on site, trying to get the latest news possible. they have been hampered by narrow lanes leading to the factory. reporters say the assistant commissioner of police has stated that most who died were sleeping when the fire broke out and died due to asphyxiation.
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so just to recap exactly what we know, this is a huge fire in new delhi, which has killed at least 35 people but we know of so far. the deputy fire chief of the city has told reporters that 50 people have been rescued so far. we will of course try to bring you as much on this story as we can in the next 20 minutes or so, so do stay with us here on bbc world news. for now, we will move on. the united states and iran have carried out a rare exchange of prisoners, despite the tensions between washington and tehran. massoud soleimani, an iranian scientist, arrested over alleged violation of trade sanctions, was freed by the us. he was swapped for an american academic, xiyue wang, who'd been in prison in iran for three years on spying charges, which he denied. more from our washington
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correspondent chris buckler. both iran and the united states have made the most of this brief thought in their relationship. the iranian foreign minister even pictured himself with massoud soleimani. the professor, on the right, was arrested a year ago in chicago for allegedly violating trade sanctions. as he made his way back to tehran, the us posted a photograph of xiyue wang, starting his ownjourney home. the us academic was charged with spying on iran more than three years ago, and since then his family have made several public appeals for him to be allowed to return to his wife and son. he was barely three when my husband left home for his research. and he is now six years old. he has missed him for half of his life already. us secretary of state mike pompeo tweeted that he would not rest until every american detained
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was back home. the prisoner exchange does mark a rare moment of an easing of tensions between the countries. at one stage this year, washington and tehran appeared on the verge of serious conflict, following a tax on tankers in the gulf of hormuz and the shooting down of an american drone. —— attacks. now they have shown they can negotiate. but on more substantive issues, it does not mean the two sides are ready to talk. north korea's central news agency is reporting a "very significant test" has been carried out, at its sohae satellite launch site, but they haven't specified what was tested. the reported "test" comes after north korea warned it could take a "new path" in view of the stalled denuclearisation talks with the united states. scientists say a new report which shows the earth's oceans are becoming starved of oxygen is further evidence that urgent action is needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions. the findings suggest larger fish
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are being affected both by global warming and chemical pollution. a state funeral has been held in kabul for a japanese aid worker killed in a shooting on wednesday. 73—year—old tetsu nakamura was among six people killed injalalabad city. afghan president ashraf ghani attended the funeral. yellow vest protestors and trades unions have been marching across france. demonstrators are angry at government plans to reform pensions, forcing many people to work longer. national strikes have gone into their third day, crippling the national rail network. questions are being raised about russian interference in the uk election, after possible links emerged between russia, and leaked documents detailing trade talks between the united states and the uk. tim maurer is a cyber security
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expert at carnegie endowment. he gave us his assessment. at this point, russia stands accused of being behind the leak of these classified documents, but detailed evidence has not been made public yet. what we do know is that reddit removed several dozen accounts because their behaviour was very similar to that of an operation dubbed secondary inspection, whose scale and complexity suggest that it's a highly sophisticated actor who over a prolonged period of time has been behaving this way, which suggests that it is at least state—sponsored, if not directly an intelligence agency. in short, at this point in time, i think it's accurate to say that we can assume with medium confidence that this is tracing back to russia and is with the involvement of russian government actors. ok, so why would russia or the russian government want to get involved in the uk election? the joint assessment of the us intelligence community analysing the 2016 election interference has highlighted that moscow is apparently intent on undermining
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democracy and the various alliances among nato members, among eu members. so, from that perspective, moscow is focusing on exploiting existing divisions within society, and essentially trying to throw some additional fuel to the fire, and trying to drive people aside, so that systems in countries like the uk are becoming weaker, which is in the perceived interest of moscow. and of course, there is a marked difference, isn't there, in the way that this — the targeting or the alleged targeting happens in europe compared to america, and indeed a difference in how europe and america react to it. moscow has clearly differentiated between countries in how they're going about these influence operations, which are very similar to what we've seen in the days of the cold war. if you look at france, for example,
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there is evidence of some election interference, but in germany, very little happened. so there's clearly a differentiation happening, but the key difference i think is actually how governments and how countries have responded. in most european countries, this has risen to the top, it's the top leadership that's involved, whereas in the us it's been individualfederal agencies rather than the white house that have been focusing on this issue. boxing, and britiain‘s anthony joshua has regained his world heavyweight titles. in a re—match of their fight from june in new york, joshua gained revenge over mexico's andy ruiz. the fight took place at a purpose built 15,000—capacity outdoor arena in the saudi capital, riyadh, withjoshua winning the contest on points at the end of 12 rounds. 0ur sports editor dan roan was there. the boxers have been speaking about the fight. first, let's hear from mexico's andy ruiz. he told reporters he wants a rematch and explained what went wrong.
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i was slimmer. i put on the weight and — it was my mistake, you know? and, you know, ithink i felt too confident, and all that, but i think i should have trained harder. i should have did, and listened to my team and to my coaches. and, you know, nobody really knows about the training that we had, you know, but we did the best we can, and ijust can't wait for the next fight. you know, he won one, i won one, so let's do the trilogy. look, i... i can knock people out when i want to, and i can box when i want to, so tonight was just about winning and trusting my process.
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i know maybe i could have done more times, but sometimes simplicity is genius. and that was the motto, is keep it simple, 'cause it's going to lead to a genius performance. so it was outclassing the current champion and just kind of proving to myself that every time i step in the ring, sometimes i may take a loss. but, if i prepare myself for it, i don't think anybody is going to beat me. ijust took it back to the old school, '705—style boxing, sweet science. hit and don't get hit — that's the name of the game. antonyjoshua is a british professional boxer who came to the world's attention following his success in the olympics. he was born in england but he's also a major star in nigeria. his mother and father are both nigerian. 0ur reporter mayeni jones spent the evening with his fans in lagos. the way he boxed was how
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i wanted him to box. and how beautiful it was, a boxing masterclass. it was stainless. yeah, heavyweight champion of the world again. anthony joshua is british but his parents are from nigeria. does this feel like a win for nigeria? it feels like a fricking win! it feels like a win. he is nigerian, so obviously we have to support him. yeah, he's nigerian, through and through. very proud of him. how does it feel to see a nigerian be a heavyweight world champion? it's awesome, it's awesome. aj is making us proud, doing big things. looking forward to a successful career for aj. and does it feel like a win for nigeria, or not really, because he's british? well, aj's real. aj's british, aj's nigerian, aj's for the world. aj's big. numberone, aj. peace. how does it feel, as a nigerian, to see anthonyjoshua win? does it feel like a win for nigeria? i mean, it definitely does feel good, but that is a little bit dampened by the fact that the british anthem played, not the nigerian anthem.
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least he could have done was play both. i mean, we repped for anthony hard in nigeria. everybody knows he is always here, we rep for him hard. i feel he should have played the nigerian anthem as well. let's bring you back to our breaking news story this hour. a fire in a factory in new delhi in india has killed at least 35 people and injured as many as 50. we are getting so many reports now coming out of new delhi. according to the latest, 35 people have died in this factory fire, in this anaj mandi area, in the north—west of the city.
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the narrowness of the roads in this district made it quite difficult for the authorities to reach the area. there are now apparently 25 fire engines on the scene of the fire incident. at the moment, the latest we have heard is that the fire has been put out, but firefighters and rescu e rs been put out, but firefighters and rescuers are looking for any survivors and any injured people. now, fire officers say that the people caught in the blaze were labourers and factory workers who we re labourers and factory workers who were apparently sleeping inside the 5—storey building. to give you some context, a lot of the time factory workers and labourers, to save money, can often end up sleeping on the factory where they work, and of course this fire broke out at around about 5:10am, new delhi time. they would have been a lot of people fast asleep in that immediate vicinity. —— there. the latest is that the fire has been extinguished. the assista nt fire has been extinguished. the assistant commissioner of police has
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had most of those who died were sleeping when the fire broke out and therefore died due to asphyxiation. we have also had a tweet from the indian prime minister, narendra modi. he has said the fire in new delhi in anaj mandi is extremely horrific. my thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones, wishing the injured a quick recovery. authorities providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy. so just to update you once again on the breaking news story from new delhi, 35 people have died ina from new delhi, 35 people have died in a factory fire in india plasma capital. —— india's capital. the latest from deputy fire chief that 50 people have been rescued by fire ci’ews. 50 people have been rescued by fire crews. the fire broke out in the north—west area of the city, in an area called anaj mandi in a building where apparently there were school bags and packing materials. anyway, we will get you more on that story
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as and when we get it here on bbc world news. now, let's move on. still to come in this programme, tens of thousands people around the world spend the night sleeping outdoors to highlight the problem of homelessness. john lennon was shot at the entrance to the dakota building in the centre of new york. there's been a crowd here standing in more or less silent vigil and the flowers have been piling up. the 14th ceasefire of this war ended at the walls of the old city of dubrovnik. this morning, witnesses said shells were landing every 20 seconds. people are celebrating the passing of a man they hold responsible for hundreds of deaths and oppression. elsewhere, people have been gathering to mourn his passing. imelda marcos, the widow of the former president of the philippines,
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has gone on trial in manila. she's facing seven charges of tax evasion, estimated at £120 million. she pleaded not guilty. the prince and princess of wales are to separate. a statement from buckingham palace said the decision had been reached amicably. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the us and iran have carried out a prisoner swap in a rare sign of cooperation between the two countries. the secret british documents leaked online, but was russia trying to intefere in next week's election? more than 100 former members of the jihadist group boko haram have graduated from a un—backed deradicalisation programme in niger. they swore an oath of allegiance to the authorities at a ceremony attended by government officials and diplomats. is'haq khalid was at the event
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in the town of goudoumaria. swearing allegiance to the authorities they once went against, these former boko haram fighters are now declared clean and will be released back into society. these are some of the hundreds of boko haram members who surrendered in return for amnesty. the former boko haram members have spent three years at this camp, undergoing a deradicalisation and rehabilitation programme. it involves religious reorientation, social support, as well as vocational training, like tailoring. this group of 115 people are mainly from niger, nigeria and chad. many of them are women and more than 30 are under the age of 18. some said they were forced tojoin the group,
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others that they were misled by religious teachings. translation: i was misled into joining boko haram, that it was a religious cause. we later realised it was false, so we surrendered to the authorities. first introduced by nigeria, governments in the lake chad region now believe that deradicalisation, in combination with military operations, is crucial to ending the conflict that killed more than 20,000 people and displaced 2.5 million others. translation: these people who have come here have been treated well. this place is not a prison. we treated them as our children. they will be released home to continue their lives. i urge those that are still in boko haram to emulate them. they say they have now given up violence, but they are facing a new challenge — the challenge of getting accepted and trusted by their communities.
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tens of thousands of people are taking part in a big sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness. an estimated 100 million people across the globe don't have a home. sleep—outs are being staged in 52 countries, including here in the uk. 0ur correspondent gareth barlow spoke to me earlier from trafalgar square here in central london. it is a very unpleasant night. we're in the centre of london, the iconic trafalgar square. it's as much as you would normally see it — there's nelson's column, there's the christmas tree, but then beneath all of that, 2,000 people camped out in the wind and rain, it is about 11 degrees, and they're all taking part in the world's big sleep 0ut that is raising the profile and raising money for millions of people around the world who are experiencing homelessness. i am joined by dame louise casey who is the chair of the world's big sleep 0ut. why are you doing this?
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i know, it seems absolutely bloody crackers right now. the rain is so heavy. but we're doing it because basically, the world has a homelessness problem, it has a displaced people problem, it has refugees and this is — all of these people are here tonight walking in the shoes of people who are homeless or people who are refugees. we're just experiencing it for one minute, we're experiencing something that people have to experience all year round, so it's a privilege to be here this evening. wet and cold as it is, it's still a privilege. and we've 60,000 — i think it's 62,000 people across the globe are sleeping out yesterday, tonight and tomorrow for exactly the same thing. now, in 2005, the united nations estimated about 100 million people around the world do not have a home. is this situation getting better or is it getting worse? i think the truth of the matter is this is really tough,
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which is homelessness is getting worse. and if you think of things like the war that we've had across the globe, floods, all sorts of things that are displacing people all the time, and some of those people are very poor and they cannot cope. so it's notjust homelessness in places like the united kingdom where, right now, we've got the highest number of people sleeping out on the streets in this country than we've ever had. it is actually a global problem and the united nations, as you said, estimate that. next year, we run into — the united nations is prioritising homelessness for the first time, so it's amazingly important for us that over 60,000 people are sleeping rough tonight as a gesture, as a solidarity moment, a compassionate moment, and that runs us into the campaign next year with the united nations. just very briefly — do you think there's not enough compassion? do we need to care and think more for people who don't have a home? oh, my god, yes, i do. i think at a time that the world feels so divided and so fractured,
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this is symbolic. we do care, we are kind and we can be compassionate. and that's what these folk are doing here tonight. well, they're here for one night. dame louise casey, thank you very much indeed. this sleep 0ut continues, the rain continues falling, and the message here is around the world, millions of people, this is their everyday life. i want to take you back to the breaking news story. a fire has swept through a factory in the indian capital new delhi. the latest is that the press trust of india is 110w is that the press trust of india is now reporting that the fire has left at least 43 people dead with a roundabout 50 people injured. now, these are the latest pictures we are getting from new delhi. as you can see there, ambulances and fire service crew see there, ambulances and fire service crew are see there, ambulances and fire service crew are currently at the scene. the latest we have is at the moment the fire has been extinguished. it has been hampered,
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though, the rescue operation, by the na rrowness of though, the rescue operation, by the narrowness of the roads. this is the area, a location where roads are narrow, they are lined with many small manufacture during and storage units. that has made it quite difficult for the fire crews and the rescu e rs difficult for the fire crews and the rescuers and ambulances to get there. but we do know that around about 25 fire engines have been sent to the area. the fire was reported at 5:22am local time, so it means that quite a lot of people in the vicinity was still asleep when the fire broke out. as a consequence, the assistant commissioner of the police has told reporters that most of those who have died died of asphyxiation in their sleep. now, the factory itself, what little we know about it is that it was a building filled with school bags and packing materials and the people who lost their lives tragically, according to fire officers, were labourers and factory workers who we re labourers and factory workers who were using the factory where they
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actually worked to sleep overnight. we have had a number of people talking about this already. narendra modi, the indian prime minister, has tweeted and given a statement. he said the fire in delhi is extremely horrific, my thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. wishing the injured a quick recovery. authorities are providing all possible assistance at the site of the tragedy. just to reiterate what we know so far. these are pictures we know so far. these are pictures we are getting in from delhi of the scene of the fire. this is a massive fire that has swept through a factory in the early hours of the morning, indian time. it has left 43 people dead and many, many others injured. much more on this breaking news story throughout the day here on bbc world news, but also of course if you go to our website, you can find the very latest there as well. thank you for your company.
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more as i said throughout the day. hello there. it's really going to be quite a rough ride over the coming few days. we've got wind and rain sweeping across the uk at the moment and we're going to find it stays very, very mixed over the next couple of days. some heavy rain but it's the strength of the winds that is likely to have the biggest impact. the main driver is this area of low pressure here. that's been pushing that weather front right the way across the country, bringing a spell of quite heavy rain. showers then following on behind and it's out here that we're likely to find the strongest winds yet to arrive. pretty windy, though, for northern and western coasts of scotland, through the irish sea. gales likely here. pretty mild start to sunday, but the showers are arriving fairly quickly and, broadly speaking, it's a day of sunshine
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and heavy showers. not too many for eastern parts of england, fairly frequent out to the west, merging at times to give some longer spells of rain for northern ireland, western scotland, perhaps the north—west of england, and a touch of wintriness over the tops of the hills perhaps. 7 degrees in scotland and northern ireland. could get 13 in east anglia and the south—east, where we've got fewer showers and a bit more sunshine. that's going to be tempered by these very strong and gusty winds. now, those are set to strengthen further during the evening and overnight as storm atiyah arrives, really pushing the strongest of the winds across ireland into wales and the south—west, where here, we are looking at gusts perhaps 70mph perhaps around some coasts, together with somesqually rain too. now, on monday, things slowly calm down a bit from the west with this ridge of high pressure moving in and the strongest of the winds probably transfer down those north sea coasts. gales likely, quite a few showers to greet the day. those should become fewer. and for most of us, it should be dry with some sunshine. windy, yes, but those winds are slowly easing down and we've got
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the first signs of some rain in northern ireland later in the day. but ahead of that, only 5, 6 degrees perhaps eastern scotland, north—east england too. a high of 12 in the south—west. that ridge of high pressure doesn't last long, though, because more weather systems are arriving into tuesday and the winds strengthening as well, maintaining this very unsettled spell. so we're all going to get more rain, i think, on tuesday. strong—to—gale force winds as well, particularly squally on that second band of rain. showers following by the evening from the west, but ahead of that, temperatures typically into double figures.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: at least 35 people have died in a factory fire in india plasma capital, new delhi. there are reports 43 are dead. the fire broke out in the north—west of the city in the anaj mandi area. it is understood the building was filled with school bags and packing material. 50 people have so far been rescued. donald trump has thanked iran for what he described as "very fair" negotiations which led to a rare exchange of prisoners between the two countries. iran released an american phd student who'd been jailed for spying, a charge he denied. in return, the us freed an iranian scientist. questions are being raised about russian interference in the uk election, after possible links emerged between russia and leaked documents detailing trade talks between the united states and the uk.


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