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this is bbc news, with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. i'm lewis vaughan jones. the european union agrees immediate sanctions on a0 leaders in belarus responsible for the country's controversial election — but president lukashenko himself is not on the list. anger in india after the death of a second woman in a few days from an alleged gang rape. the rise in extremism is centre stage in the us presidential election. we report from portland — hearing from members of both far—right and far—left groups.
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the european union launches legal action against the uk over its plans to override parts of the brexit agreement. and us model chrissy teigen opens up about the loss of her baby during pregnancy. we'll hear how her comments could help thousands of other women going through the same ordeal. hello, and welcome to audiences in the uk and around the world. european union leaders have agreed to immediately impose sanctions on belarus and leaders following the country's four presidential election. and the crackdown that followed ——
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flawed. mark lobel, what is happening? they said that you didn't recognise the election result and they called his inauguration illegitimate. now under renewed pressure from pro—democracy protesters in minsk to see some concrete action, they have come up with the sanctions on a0 officials accused of rigging the elections on september nine. that will be good news for those protesters to see the eu doing that. no reason is given as to why alexander lukashenko isn't on that list. and this action was a while ago. what has taken so long? britain and canada have put sanctions on belarus, but what has happened here is the eu needs alter the seven countries to agree. and cyprus had been holding out because of their own problems with turkey. they are upset with turkey. they are upset with turkey. they are upset with turkey because of their oil and gas exploration activities around there. they we re activities around there. they were pushing for sanctions for territory. the u have
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compromised, they said they are going to announce the sanctions on belarus but hold back on sanctions for turkey for an hour. a carrot and stick approach, if you like —— for now. so, giving them some ground on that. but also germany, also another teu power was holding back, because they we re was holding back, because they were aware tensions between turkey and greece are going quite well at the moment because they have conflict over maritime space —— another eu power. athens and an kara have come to an agreement on that. interesting. it's complicated how different countries are involved was not that go back to belarus and this election. this was a discredited election from the beginning. in reaction to that, rather than hold another election or bring in opposition politicians, alexander lu kashenko has opposition politicians, alexander lukashenko has stood firm, we have seen many
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protesters on the streets, generally on a sunday in minsk, many of them bundled away and disappearing. 0pposition politicians, though not unified themselves, have all been trying to get their message across. many of them have had to leave the country. what we have seen instead is president lukashenko did in, president putin has given some financial assistance, and he has not stood down. interesting. thank you very much for that. european union leaders have agreed in the last hour or so to immediately impose actions on a0 belarus and leaders but not resident lukashenko himself stop —— but not president lukashenko himself. there's yet more outrage in india following the alleged gang rape and killing of a second young woman. it follows the death of a 19—year—old woman on tuesday. both women were from the lower—caste dalit community. despite laws to protect them, they face widespread discrimination.
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there were scuffles in have thrust district in which our panache. —— hathras. their deaths have sparked a series of protests — opposition congress party leaders rahul and priyanka gandhi were detained by local police for a time in scuffles in the hathras district of uttar pradesha in northern india. they had set out to meet the parents of the teenager who was allegedly attacked by four men. in 2012, there was a similar wave of anger following the gang rape and murder of a student in delhi. tougher laws against rape in india have been brought in but the country's still struggling to tackle sexual violence against women. the bbc‘s arunoday mukharji has this report from delhi. she sobs devastated and heartbroken. another indian mother torn apart by grief. under indian law, we can't show
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you herface, nor the face of the victim, her daughter. her death came two weeks afterfour men allegedly brutalised, tortured and gang raped her. some details too horrific to relay. a heinous crime, but one that india is all too familiar with. she was a dalit, formally known as ‘untouchable', the lowest in the hindu caste system. her case has brought into focus the powerlessness felt by those at the bottom of it. the dalit girl stripped of her dignity in life, and also, the family claim, in death. the police, they told us, hastily cremated her body in the dead of night, despite their protests. translation: i spent the whole night crying. i didn't know what had happened. they could have shown us her body and let us conduct the last rites. 0ne doesn't get closure if this isn't done. they beat some people and the car reached the funeral ground. they started beating family members and kicking them there. is this any way to behave?
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the treatment of this dalit family by the state police, supposed to protect and deliverjustice to all, has sparked nationwide outrage. the incident, barely 200 kilometres from the capital city of delhi in the city of hathras, has exposed india's social fault lines. this case is about caste and this case is about caste supremacy, and they have committed this offence just to teach a lesson to this particular family because, as a dalit family and as a dalit girl, she is not supposed to assert her right, not even as an equal citizen, but even as a human being. dalits in india have suffered discrimination and violence for generations due to a caste structure that pushes them to the bottom of the social hierarchy. those from the upper caste often use their status to dominate and even humiliate those beneath them through physical and at many
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times sexual violence. india sees 87 rapes every single day, but the barbarity of this crime has once again brought protesters out onto the streets. in 2012, a young student was brutally tortured and gang raped on a moving bus in new delhi. the case attracted global headlines and sparked unprecedented protests, forcing the government to introduce the death penalty for rapists in india. but it's achieved little. the cult of masculinity is the biggest demerit of policing in india. whether it is a police station, whether it is the subculture in which the police operates, the cult of masculinity that percolates down to the dna of policing needs to be set right and that would be a major course correction. the dust has barely settled on this case, but news of another gang rape and murder are dominating headlines. a 22—year—old woman, allegedly drugged, tortured and raped, died on her way to
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the hospital in the same state. another grim reminder of the realities on the ground. a shocked india reflects today. what more can be done to stop this horrific trend? we can now speak to yashica dutt, journalist and author of ‘coming out as dalit‘, joining us from new york. thank you very much for coming on the programme and joining us live stop thank you so much for having me. iwant live stop thank you so much for having me. i want to start on this question that we heard there in that report, but why are these women in particular so often the victims of this awful crime? yeah, because, you know, we have to understand that dalit women lie at the intersection of gender as well as caste. in the pyramid of caste, the dalit like the bottom but women are at the absolute bottom. and there is this kind of entitlement that
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certain opera castes have, and dalits are asserting independence or even equality in this. so when they get social mobility like an ounce independence, that is considered a direct affront to caste superiority. in this case, this was a crime conducted by takkur man, a particular upper caste in that area. and that is how they thought the family a lesson. they could have just, thought the family a lesson. they could havejust, not thought the family a lesson. they could have just, not that it is acceptable, but this could have been only a rape. the reason we saw this kind of brutality, it's difficult to even mention on our, is because she was a dalit person. they knew they would have this kind of impunity where the police would often fail to find the first information report, the
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courts would protect them, the entire system would be behind them and also there is this inherent idea that dalit women get raped but it's also not such a big deal. but they often, when they ask for justice, it is exactly like how we see in the us, when black folks ask justice. the we see in the us, when black folks askjustice. the response is, well, how much are they going to give? this is the same for dalits in india, when we asked for justice, the for dalits in india, when we asked forjustice, the question they get back is haven't you had enough already? how much progress needs to be made, then? we have that awful case in 2012, that all full story that went right around the world. there were changes as a result of that, strengthening is in the law, that doesn't seem to have made much difference? yeah, absolutely. because the law only considers gender. it doesn't consider caste. when we talk about progress, the law has to
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consider caste as a factor behind sexual violence. and even beyond that, there are many other laws we have in india. the problem is they are not implemented properly. and it isa not implemented properly. and it is a failure on the system asa it is a failure on the system as a whole, whether it is the police and add ministration or the —— administration or the media in its reaction to cases like this. the girl in question was suffering and fighting for her life in a hospital in new delhi for 15 days. it was only when she died that the media covered the story and now they are trying to cover it. so, one question as a journalist i wonder, why is the indian media so slow in talking about atrocities against dalit women, and why are they valuable only after they die? thank you so much for coming on and talking about that very important but very difficult issue. yashica dutt, thank you. thank you. one of the moments during this week's us presidential debate that sparked the most headlines
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was when donald trump failed to condemn white supremacist groups. in particular, one called the proud boys. he instead called out left—wing demonstrators who've taken to the streets in cities like portland in oregon. 0ur north america correspondent, aleem maqbool, sent this report from portland, where he met both left wing activists and the proud boys. it's become the us capital of radicalism. most american cities have seen some demonstrations this year, but here, they haven't stopped. and it's become a huge election issue. well, this is what almost every night has looked like here in downtown portland, in the four months since the police killing of george floyd in minneapolis, and there have been many flashpoints of violence. some feel over—aggression by the security forces has exacerbated tensions, but the white house says this isn't demonstrating about racial justice, just rioting by
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anarchists or antifa. a riot is the voice of the unheard. so if you don't want riots, maybe you should listen. it's not antifa in the streets. it's the people in the streets. it's the people that are being pushed around, the people that deserve life, they're in the streets. but it has led to loss of life. in late august, a large convoy of trump supporters drove past the protesters in portland, some firing paintballs at them. later that day, one trump supporter from a far—right group was shot dead. it's partly why the neo—fascist group the proud boys earlier this week decided to hold a rally in portland, flashing their white power signs. they'd predicted thousands would attend. in the end, it was a few hundred. some who travelled far to be here told me they were
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looking for confrontation. this is an american city. this is — i'm still an american and i see my brothers and sisters living here in portland dealing with this on a daily basis, and i want to help them, and that's why we're here. we're here to shut down this violence and bring awareness, national attention. hopefully donald trump sees this. in the debate, when asked to condemn the actions of white supremacists, the president could only manage this. what do you want to call them? give me a name. white supremacists... proud boys... proud boys, stand back and stand by, but i'll tell you what, i'll tell you what, somebody‘s got to do something about antifa and the left... the proud boys have revelled in his response. back in portland, at the same time as the proud boys gathering was a black lives matter rally. it's those here who've been taking to the streets night after night. many americans support their efforts to bring about change, but for others, these scenes are making them all the more determined to vote for donald trump. aleem maqbool, bbc news,
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in portland, oregon. let's get some of the day's other news. french authorities have warned they may place paris on maximum virus alert as soon as monday, potentially requiring all bars to close, and drastic limitations on social interactions. artist delphine boel has won a seven—year legal battle to be confirmed as a princess, and the official daughter of former belgian king albert ii. boel, a sculptor, had been reported to be albert's illegitimate daughter since the 1990s, but only last year did a court oblige the former monarch to submit a dna sample. boel will now bear the patronym of saxe—cobourg, and be treated on the same footing as her royal siblings. about 2,000 migrants from honduras have illegally crossed into guatemala en route for the united states. they say they will either apply for asylum there or cross the border illegally —
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and they're set to possibly reach the frontier on the eve of the presidential election. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: dozens of protesters are removed from ancient woodland in southern england, where a proposed controversial rail route is planned. in all russia's turmoil, it has never quite come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world, but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. this man, israel's right—winger ariel sharon, visited the religious compound, and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites, an idea that is unthinkable to palestinians.
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after a5 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: the the latest headlines: european union agrees immediate the european union agrees immediate sanctions on a0 leaders in belarus responsible for the country's controversial election, but president lukashenko himself election, but president lu kashenko himself is election, but president lukashenko himself is not on the list. there's anger in india after the death of a second woman in a few days from an alleged gang rape. the european union has started legal proceedings against the uk, saying the government's controversial
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plan to override parts of last year's brexit divorce agreement break international law. the bbc‘s katya adler's in brussels. i think that it's very important to realise here, from the eu's point of view, what it did do and what it didn't do. yes, it launched long, drawn—out legal proceedings today, but it hasn't walked out the door on those trade negotiations. and why not, if it's so incensed about the internal market bill? well, for three reasons. first of all, because of the blame game. the eu says it doesn't want to be the first one to walk out of the door of negotiations. two, because the eu, like the uk, says it really wants a deal. and three, because the eu believes that if a deal is found, that will go a long way to allaying the government's concerns reflected in the internal market bill, and the eu hopes that'll make the difficult part of the bill obsolete. so, now, we have to see what follows, whether they can actually reach those difficult compromises, because this is the end part of the negotiations. we've heard positive noises coming out of the uk.
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the eu is more cautious. and that, of course, is because compromise is politically tricky for both sides. us model chrissy teigen and her musician husband john legend have received widespread support for opening up about the loss of their baby during pregnancy. taking to social media, teigen posted this picture of her in the hospital in the immediate aftermath. she and legend have two children already, and the baby, who they were planning to calljack, was expected to be their third. in a moving instagram statement, she wrote: she continued: it's an issue that affects one in four pregnancies, so what impact will teigen and legends frank outpouring of emotion have in terms of raising awareness and reducing the stigma surrounding miscarriage? ruth bender—atik, national director of the miscarriage association,
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says teigen‘s frankness will provide some comfort for those who are going through similar experiences. i think it's already had a major impact on people who have seen the post, read those words and taken them to heart. for many people who have already been through miscarriage, whether that was in the early weeks of pregnancy or later — as they did — it is helpful to hear people talking about it, to hear people expressing the sense of pain and loss and shock that chrissy has expressed so powerfully, because it validates their own experience. there is something of a stigma about miscarriage. people are embarrassed, they don't quite know what to say, they don't know whether or not they want to share it with family and friends because they worry
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that those people will be shocked or won't know how to respond to them, so hearing it talked about openly can be very helpful. and i think it's very generous of chrissy to share those thoughts and feelings. i think it reminds us that miscarriage is a leveller. it can affect people from all walks of life, whatever their status, whatever their income, whatever their occupation, from all over the world. it does affect people in many, many places and ways, and it's important to know that tough and bad things can happen to well—known people and to good people too. dozens of protesters are being removed from an ancient woodland in southern england where a proposed controversial rail route is scheduled to be built. activists who oppose the 1a0—mile—long high—speed line have been occupying
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the area for months. the site, known asjones hill wood, is said to have inspired one of roald dahl‘s famous novels. from there, claire marshall sent this report. in the heart of an ancient beech wood, in the buckinghamshire countryside this morning, contractors for hs2. they began putting this fence up at first light. on this side, those who say they stand for the trees. that is not my problem. high in the canopy, a little community. protesters moved in here around eight months ago. they are no longer welcome. hs2 took possession of the wood by compulsory purchase in march. they say they are here illegally. so, the contractors arrived before dawn. they have been here for a number of hours and they are up the trees trying to dismantle houses up there. some people say that trains are good for the environment. i think if that was the case,
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the public, they would make more of an effort to make train transport cheaper than it is. it is a very inaccessible form of transport. kevin bunce owns the farm across the field. his family name was immortalised by roald dahl along with farmers boggis and bean who failed to outwit wiley mr fox. i used to walk through here with my dad as a child and i still do now with my children. but, from today, that ends. it's all gone. hs2 say the multi—billion pound infrastructure project connecting london first to birmingham and then on to leeds will not only bring jobs but help the uk's transition to a low carbon economy. we have created an ambitious plan to develop a green corridor up and down the railway, so we are planting seven million trees and shrubs along phase one alone. these woodlands in warwickshire were in the way of hs2. they were cut down in april.
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there are just tiny fragments of ancient woodland left, covering around 2% of our landscape. back in jones hill wood, another night falls. with some protesters still up in the canopy. there are many future benefits of high—speed rail, but are they worth the price being paid by the natural world today? claire marshall, bbc news, buckinghamshire. whales are threatening to scupper europe's largest joint military exercise due to take place in scotland this weekend. a pod of northern bottlenose whales has been stuck in gare loch in argyll for a few weeks now. on thursday a flotilla of small boats and marine experts tried to entice them out, but to no avail. there's concern that the sonar communications used by the boats and submarines could harm the whales.
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that's it. you can get me on twitter at @lvaugha njones. i that's it. you can get me on twitter at @lvaughanjones. i am lewis vaughan—jones. hello. september was a drier than average month across much of the uk, but as you know, its october now, and here comes the rain, initially from this area of low pressure, named storm alex by the weather service in france for impacts there, but nonetheless, parts of the uk are also going to see some very wet and windy weather from that during friday. particularly in england and wales, where it starts very wet in southern england and south wales. the rain moves northwards across the rest of wales, the midlands and east anglia during the day. it clears from parts of southern england, though, to further showers, and it's windy with those strong easterly winds gusting on the south coast, perhaps nearer 60 mph at times, especially the coast of south—west england, nearer 70 mph in the channel islands.
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now, for scotland and northern ireland, well, there are a few showery bursts of rain in north—west scotland to the west of northern ireland to start the day. that will slowly fade, staying damp in shetland, but much of scotland and northern ireland, sunny spells and a dry afternoon after a chilly start. a chilly start in northern england, a few fog patches around. cloud increasing from the south. the further south you are in northern england, you could see some rain edging in during the afternoon. highs of around 12—16 degrees — that will make for a warmer day in northern scotland then we had on thursday. so, still some rain and brisk winds into england and wales overnight and into saturday morning. if anything, these north—easterly winds will start to strengthen a bit further as the night goes on. slightly chilly where we have some clear spells in scotland and northern ireland. so, as we go on through saturday, then, more rain to come, heavy at times in england and wales. it may clear from parts of south—east england and east anglia into the afternoon. rain heading from east to west across scotland, reaching in towards northern ireland saturday evening, saturday night. still very windy, particularly across parts of south—west england and into the channel islands. similar temperatures to what we see on friday. further rain overnight
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and into sunday, with low pressure sitting right across the uk on sunday. there will be outbreaks of rain or showers, some heavy, around. still quite windy around this area of low pressure, and rain totals certainly mounting towards north—east scotland and, over several days, mounting across south—west england. that does bring the prospect of seeing some flooding where we are going to see the heaviest rain and some travel disruption as well. so, a difficult few days to come, weather—wise. there are some met office weather warnings. check out all of those details online.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: the european union will immediately impose sanctions on belarusian leaders involved in the country's flawed presidential election and the crackdown on the opposition that followed. travel bans and asset freezes will affect a0 members of president alexander lukashenko's regime. mr lukashenko himself is not on the list. there have been more angry protests in india — after the death of a second woman in an alleged gang rape. she was also from the badly marginalised dalit community. both killings have sparked national revulsion — but gender and caste—based violence continue to be endemic in the country. the european commission has started legal proceedings against britain over legislation that seeks to override parts of the brexit treaty. britain has a month to respond.


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