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this is bbc news. welcome, if you're watching here in the uk or around the globe. i'm david eades. our top stories: 17 american missionaries and family members have been reported kidnapped by a gang in haiti. the family of the british mp david amess, who was stabbed to death on friday, has made a plea for tolerance, regardless of peoples�* religious or political beliefs. landslides and flooding in the indian state of kerala have left more than 25 people dead and dozens more missing. we have a special report from the afghan ministry for vice and virtue — what does the future hold women and girls under taliban rule? the earthshot for build a waste—free world goes to... ..the city of milan!
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new prizes established by britain's prince william for people trying to save the planet have been revealed at a star studded event. and, the slo—mo happy ending, as a russian film crew returns to earth after shooting a movie in space. a us charity has confirmed the kidnapping of 17 people in haiti, associated with its christian missionary work. the group was taken off a bus after a visit to an orphanage. a statement from the christian aid ministries says the group includes five men, seven women, and five children. so far, no ransom request has
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been officially made. haiti has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, there has been a 300% rise in abuctions sincejuly, due to a lack of security. in total there have been six 628 abudctions this year, as the country becomes increasingly unstable. our correspondent nomia iqbal is in washington and following developments. just a quick mention on the christian aid ministries for people who might not know what the organisation is. it's a charity that's got a long history of working in the caribbean nation. it was founded in 1981 in ohio, here in america, and their mission statement is to go around the world and to help in emergencies — they give food and clothing. these groups are not without their controversy, of course, but this is a very large organisation that has operations in many, many parts of the world and they are the only ones so far, i should add, that have confirmed
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this kidnapping. we are still waiting from some comment from the us government, from the embassy. we have received a statement from the us state department which just says that they are looking into the reports, but they have said that the safety of americans abroad is one of its highest priorities. and in haiti, kidnapping does seem to have become harold isaac is a journalist in haiti and updated me on the latest a little earlier. well, we're still trying to it figure out even here. you have to understand that this happened yesterday during what would have been a long weekend — a holiday weekend in haiti — to commemorate the memory of the first ruler of haiti, jean—jacques dessalines. ok, so we understand possibly then 17 people have been taken hostage. does that go down — i was looking at the figures — as a particularly large group to try to take? well, yes, and it is surprising even by haitian standards that such an event would happen and we're still trying
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to understand. for now, the police have very few comments about the ongoing development but clearly, there is a lot of preoccupation as to the well—being of these missionaries that have been abducted yesterday. yeah. what would be the purpose behind abducting a group of missionaries? i mean, is there any religious element to this or is it really about targeting — let's be realistic — targeting north americans, largely americans — i believe there is a canadian involved as well — is a, frankly, better target? well, it is unclear at this point. kidnapping, unfortunately, have become a bit of common occurrence in the last few years in haiti, especially for locals. but high—profile international kidnappings is something rather rare. this group, however, was involved, a few months ago
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in the abduction of french nationals, french priests and nuns, that were operating — who actually had activities in the area — the same area where these missionaries have been abducted. so it is not their first attempt. but this is highly visible and is creating a lot of tension, even here in haiti, especially with regards to their fate. i fully appreciate we know very little about the circumstances here, i get that, but the gang you referred to, they have built a reputation for this which, presumably, would suggest, that for them at least, they are finding this a fruitful mission? well, the gang is one of the most ruthless, you know, of the, you know, the collective of gangs in metro area of port—au—prince
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and as such, they have a reputation of taking over one of the big agglomeration of the capital and they have, effectively, kidnapped foreigners before. now, what will happen from there is unclear. we are in the early stage of that. we're waiting for a statement from the government, from the police and, so far, nothing on the radar at this level yet. the family of the british mp killed in a knife attack on friday, sir david amess, has issued a statement urging calm, in the aftermath of his death. in it they say. whatever one's race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand". they added that their hearts have been shattered by his death. the home secretary, priti patel, is considering a range of measures to protect mps at constituency surgeries. the man arrested has been named as ali harbi ali.
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the 25—year—old is being held under the terrorism act, and officers have until friday to question him. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford has the very latest on the investigation. a significant search operation at a large family house in london as the counter terrorism investigation into the murder of sir david amess mp turned towards the capital today. this is one of three addresses that detectives have visited to gather evidence. yesterday, there was a police guard at this house on a leafy street in north london. today, the search operation intensified. police have also searched a smaller house in croydon, where the suspect grew up. the man in custody is ali harbi ali, 25 years old and a british national of somali heritage. he went to school in croydon, in south london. a few years ago, he was referred to the prevent scheme, which is designed to stop people being drawn into terrorism. he was not an m15
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subject of interest. in leigh—on—sea, the murdered mp was being remembered at a series of church services. our community has been really rocked by the death of sir david amess. in a statement, sir david's family said they were "absolutely broken" and then: and as the town mourned its long—serving mp, we learned more details about how sir david's parliamentary assistant witnessed the attack. all of a sudden, there was a scream from her because the person deliberately whipped out a knife and started stabbing david. and, of course, the other lady who was out getting names of people and organising
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the people outside came running in to find the situation she did — of poor david, who had been stabbed. the home secretary priti patel has known sir david for over 30 years. she's encouraging individual mps to discuss the risks they face with the police, to work out what protection they need. there are a range of measures in place, so this isn't about just about saying, "let's go for option a, have bodyguards or security" — there's a panoply of measures and we have to be proportionate in terms of the risk individuals are subject to. sir david was allegedly murdered in this church hall by a man who'd apparently booked an appointment to see him, but his killing may change forever how british politics works. daniel sandford, bbc news. let's get some of the day's other news. spanish prime minister pedro sanchez has vowed to outlaw prostitution in the country.
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un research says spain is the third largest world centre for the sex work industry, behind puerto rico and thailand. mr sanchez said the practice enslaved women, and his government would draw up legislation to punish solicitation and those who profit from the trade. thousands of people in el salvador have staged a protest against president nayib bukele, accusing him of undermining democracy and favouring the rich and powerful. they burned effigies of mr bukele and carried signs that depicted him as a tyrant. last month, judges recently—appointed by mr bukele changed the constitution, allowing him to run for a second term in office. the former us president bill clinton has left hospital where he'd been receiving treatment for an infection. the 75—year—old thanked healthcare workers as he walked out of the university of california's irvine medical centre where he was admitted five days ago. he was accompanied by his wife hillary.
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we've been bringing you pictures like this for the past month now, and officials in the canary islands say there's no end in sight to the volcanic eruption on la palma, and the lava flows which have caused so much damage. 7,000 people have been forced from their homes, and more than 1,000 buildings have been destroyed on the island. landslides and flooding in the indian state of kerala have left more than 20 people dead and dozens missing. heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off towns and villages. the indian military has joined rescue efforts. mark lobel reports. going through what's left after this landslide caused by two days of heavy rains, washing away everything in its way with deadly consequences. houses and roads were not spared. 0ne family of six died. children as young as four
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were found buried under debris. translation: the hill broke off near us. - there's been a lot of damage and loss. they moved us when water entered our home. the house is gone, the children have gone. translation: it was my livelihood. look around. everything, it's gone! flooding and landslides caused by heavy rain are not uncommon in kerala. increasing urbanisation and construction have diminished wetlands and lakes — once natural safeguards against floods, bow hitting the high street. translation: water started rising and most of our- stuff was damaged. we managed to save some vegetables, like onions, but most of our vegetables have been destroyed.
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back in 2018, kerala experienced its worst flooding in a century — around 400 people died and more than 1 million were displaced. as these rescue efforts continue, the indian military is on hand. india's prime minister narendra modi spoke with kerala's chief minister, sending his condolences to families who have lost loved ones and prayers for everyone's safety and well—being. relief camps have been set up for the displaced as the search for survivors continues. mark lobel, bbc news. opposition voters in hungary have chosen their candidate to take on the right wing prime minister, viktororban, in elections next year. peter marki—zay is an independent mayor. his rival, klara dobrev, conceded defeat in the country's first ever opposition primaries. our correspondent nick thorpe has been examining the untill recently obscure
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political figure. a very interest in character, peter marki—zay, an independent conservative, he is the mayor of a central hungarian city, relatively unknown until a couple of years ago when he won the election against the governing party. as a father of seven children, he is a rather unusual candidate from this opposition, which is very much depicted by the governing party, by viktor orban as a sort of leftist, but he has emerged as a conservative. this was very much what he was campaigning on stop really, a surprise candidate, and the only person in his own words that would stand a chance for this united six party coalition alliance of opposition parties i've really challenging viktor orban who has been a very strong leader of hungary for
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the past 12 years. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: a million pounds to save the planet — prince william reveals the five winners of his climate earthshot prize. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades — the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside korem, it lights up a biblical famine, now, in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion — in argentina today, - it is actually cheaper— to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain but as good friends, we have always found a good and lasting solution.
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concorde bows out in style after almost three decades in service. an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxies home one last time. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: 17 north american missionaries, including children, have been reported kidnapped by gang members in haiti. the family of british mp sir david amess, who was killed in a knife attack on friday, call on people to set aside hatred, show kindness and love, and work towards togetherness. it's been a month since the taliban banned girls from secondary schools
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in most of afghanistan. women, except for those in the public health sector, have not been allowed to return to work yet. the bbc south asia correspondent yogita limaye has obtained exclusive access to the former women's —— women's affairs ministry in kabul, now replaced by the feared taliban vice and virtue ministry, and she has questioned the group's spokesman on the prospects for women. at 17, her life, with all its possibilities, has been shut down. before the taliban took over, she would have been preparing for school, along with her brother, each morning. now afghan girls face the biggest rollback in human rights in recent times.
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at the top of her class, she wanted to be a doctor. the family lives hand—to—mouth and education was their path to a better future. under an all—male taliban regime, women are disappearing from public life. they haven't been allowed to return to work yet. those who have marched to claim back their rights have been beaten. we met one of the protesters who was lashed with electric cables in kabul.
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till august, she supported herfamily of six. now, she's out of a job. sobs. the taliban are keen to show they're more moderate than their last time in power. their actions so far belie the claims. this used to be the women's affairs ministry, which no longer exists under the taliban government. it's been replaced by the ministry of vice and virtue, which used to be the most feared section of the previous taliban regime. "what future do women have in an afghanistan ruled by the taliban?", we are here to ask. it's hard to imagine afghan
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women journalists would get to question the taliban like this. surrounded by their men, i asked a taliban spokesman when girls could go back to school, women to work. your government, your leaders have said that women should not return to work right now because of the security situation. you said the same thing about girls going to secondary schools. so it's not true that you have allowed them and they are not going. how much time? don't you think the women and girls in your country deserve to know when they can go back to their education,
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when they can go back to theirjobs? they are the future of afghanistan, but half of this country's population has no place in it right now. afghan girls are asking if the world will hold the taliban to account. yogita limaye, bbc news, kabul. the winners of the duke of cambridge's inaugural earthshot prize were announced a short time ago. the awards celebrated the five entrants who came up with the most innovative solutions to environmental problems. each received the equivalent of $1.11 million at a ceremony in london. our science editor david shukman was there. each year, we will award five £1 million prizes to those who we believe can transform our chances of repairing our planet.
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inspired by the missions to the moon, the aim is to heal planet earth, to try to tackle the most serious environmental problems. cheering and applause. at the ceremony to hand out the awards, a call to action from sir david attenborough. we don't have eternity. we need to do this now and over the next ten years. and if we put our minds to it, i believe we can do that. cheering and applause. congratulations to coral vita. the winning teams are mostly small, but with big potential — a project to grow coral in the bahamas using special tanks to speed up the process of restoring reefs, a portable machine developed in india to turn agricultural waste into fertiliser so that farmers don't burn their fields and cause air pollution, and a clever design in thailand using renewable energy to make hydrogen. applause.
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winning this prize is recognition that we are going in the right direction. it will support us to go into mass production and it will boost us towards our goal of accelerating the access of green hydrogen for everyone. the earthshot for build a waste—free world goes to... ..the city of milan! another global challenge is waste, and the city of milan wins a prize for collecting unused food and giving it to people who need it most. the final prize, for restoring nature, went to costa rica — a country that once cleared most of its forests but has now doubled the number of trees. the plan now is for the winning projects to be scaled up so that they can make a real difference globally. we'll have to see how well that works out in practice but in any event, they'll offer something badly needed in the run—up to the climate summit in glasgow next month —
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a sense of optimism. david shukman, bbc news. a russian film crew has left the international space station after ending production of the first movie to be filmed in space. actress yulia peresild and director klim shipenko spent nearly two weeks in space filming scenes for the feature. parvin kumar ramchurn reports. the film—makers blasted off into space earlier this month at the start of their mission. a cosmonautjoined them as they tackled the tricky task of shooting scenes for the film entitled the challenge. ground control: undocking confirmed. a similar idea to film in space was announced by tom cruise, together with nasa and spacex, but the russian crew beat them to it. the plot is believed to centre around a doctor who is sent to save the life of a cosmonaut. translation: we landed well today. everything went as expected. oleg did a greatjob.
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i'm actually a little sad because we thought 12 days was a long time but when it was over, we didn't want to leave. around a0 minutes of footage shot in space will appear in the finished movie. the return of the dramatists to planet earth was also captured on film and will be included in the feature. touchdown confirmed. translation: this whole flight is a collection of memorable - moments and challenges that were interesting to overcome and, of course, the launch and landing are incomparable. the mission to send dramatists into space is being seen as a coup for the russian space industry. it's faced stiff competition in recent years from the likes of the us, china and india. parvin kumar ramchurn, bbc news. as he was saying they have beaten tom cruise and nasa were trying to do much the same
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thing. for more on that and other news, look at our website. stay with us on bbc news. hello. i fancy you'll be delving into different sections of your autumn wardrobe through the week ahead. certainly some waterproofs required during the first half — we're going to see spells of wet and windy weather, punctuated by some sunnier moments, but temperatures will be a big contrast as well. to start the week, with low pressure across the atlantic, we're actually going to drag our air up from the tropics — some unusually mild air coming ourway. but as that low pressure pushes its way eastwards, we may see the return of sunshine more widely, but there will be a brief shot ofarctic air coming in from the north. that's a long way off to begin with, though, and it's the mild air taking hold through monday, beginning pretty mild notes for many for many in the morning rush hour. coolest with single—figure temperatures across the midlands, east anglia, south—east. best of the sunshine here lasting longest through the day as well. rain through the morning rush
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hour in northern ireland, spreading in across wales, western england and scotland during the morning and into the afternoon. and a bit further eastwards, it's not arriving to the channel islands, east anglia, south—east until later in the afternoon, and for some maybe not even into the evening. brighter conditions to end the day in some western parts but still fairly cloudy. temperatures, though, above where we'd normally expect this stage in mid october. heavy rain to end the day, then. east anglia and south—east, that gradually clears away. some dry conditions for a time overnight. best of the clear weather to the north and east but more wet and increasingly windy weather starting to push in from the south—west. probably one of the mildest nights of the week, then, monday night into tuesday, with temperatures higher in the morning then we'd normally expect during the afternoon! and that's because we have still got that area of low pressure just to the west of us, dragging in southerly winds. the warmest of the airjust ahead of these weather fronts which are going to spread rain more extensively across the country on tuesday. some heavy bursts, fairly erratic, that movement, northwards and eastwards, some seeing higher rainfall totals than others. brightening up across ireland later on, adding some afternoon
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sunshine potentially in east anglia and the south—east — even if it's on the hazy side. we could see temperatures get up to around 21 degrees. this stage in october, your average temperatures are around 10—14 degrees across the country. and we could be probably around those values through night and into thursday morning. low pressure still around across the country through wednesday night, and we're going to see more in the area of low pressure systems spreading their way northwards and eastwards. this one will bring heavy rain at times through the central swathe of the country, brightening up on the southern flank of it before more wet and windy weather arrives. not a bad day through the northern half of scotland, and sunshine and showers later in northern ireland. but whilst we'll see temperatures 17 or 18 in the south and east, it's turning cold across the north. that cooling trend continues into thursday.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: a us charity has confirmed the kidnapping of 17 people in haiti associated with its christian missionary work. the group were taken off a bus after a visit to an orphanage. a statement from the christian aid ministries says the group includes five men, seven women, and five children. the family of the british mp sir david amess who was stabbed to death on friday have said their hearts are shattered as they called on people to "set aside hatred and work towards togetherness". the family said the "wonderful" tributes paid to him by friends, constituents and the public has given them strength. landslides and flooding in the indian state of kerala have left more than twenty people dead and dozens missing. heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, cutting off towns and villages. the indian military has joined rescue efforts. now on bbc news,
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