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tv   Reporters  BBC News  February 25, 2017 10:45pm-11:01pm GMT

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fi—r ufli‘e‘. flit fit fi—r ufli‘e‘. but fit : people but it is a surprise to some people but it is a rather sobering report on just the level of threat from isis, and also, the age at which people are becoming radicalised, the age of 14, people are watching isil videos and signing up, trying to leave britain... to join up... terrorism has been on the agenda, the story about the man who came back from guantanamo bay, living here for ten years, and then escaped to syria and was blown up in a suicide bomb attack in iraq. the thing i would like to know from him, because it crossed my mind, what is going to do in terms of the surveillance powers of these people slipping in and out of the country. very quick, last look at the telegraph, emma stone, picture of her, just ahead of the oscars, hot favourite to be best actress. la la land. you saw it and did not like it? i am that person who did not
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like it, hollywood did because it is a love song to hollywood, to how beautiful california is... everything that hollywood stands for. so one would imagine that it would do incredibly well, but it would do incredibly well, but it would not get my vote, maybe i am just not enough of a romantic. caroline, great filmgoer?” just not enough of a romantic. caroline, great filmgoer? iwish i could be but having three children, this is my idea of a great night out! laughter the papers, better than the movies, perhaps we can get an oscar! laughter we will be back at 11:30pm, for another look at the stories making the news. coming up next on the bbc news channel, it. reporters. welcome to reporters.
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i'm philippa thomas. from here in the world's newsroom, we send out correspondents to bring you the best stories from across the globe. in this week's programme, on the frontline of the battle for mosul. quentin somerville joins iraqi forces, as they meet fierce resistance to their assault on the last stronghold of the so—called islamic state in iraq. the town of abu saif is under attack. it is all that lies between these men and mosul city proper. cracking albania's people trafficking rings. reeta chakra barti follows the brutal trade to the uk, meeting the victims whose lives have been broken. you were raped every day. translation: yes, every day. many men? yes, many. and life behind the camera,
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but still in the spotlight. angelina jolie talks to yalda hakim about directing her new film on cambodia, her family, and her split from brad pitt. we are a family and we will always be a family. and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it. the battle to recapture the last stronghold of the so—called islamic state in iraq has been long and hard. iraqi forces have besieged mosul, iraq's second city, for the past four months. last month, they captured its eastern region. now the battle is on for the west, which has seen some of the most ferocious fighting between the two sides this week. backed by british and american specialforces, helicopter gunships now control the skies, but the road to the west is littered with bombs, and thousands of is fighters remain in the city.
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quentin sommerville is the only international journalist embedded with iraqi forces. his report contains some graphic images. voiceover: iraq says its mosul operation is the dawn of victories, and on the second day of their offensive, its troops again prepared to face the so—called islamic state. an armoured force, set on the city's west. all along this route, there are suspected roadside bombs laid by the islamic state. slowed to a crawl at times, bomb disposal technicians inched along the road. but above, they have full command of the skies. in their sights, a small is—held town, abu saif. emptied of people, every home there became a target.
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the town of abu saif is under attack. it's all that lies between these men and mosul city proper. they managed to get here in record time and now, from the air, and from land, they're trying to take abu saif. and here's why. for the first time, these forces have sight of mosul. for colonel fallah ali wabdan, it is an important prize and critical to the campaign. translation: abu saif is very important for us because it's on high ground and that is very good in helping us win control of the airport, which is below us. iraqi forces are using the latest warfare tools. during the battle, watch as this gunship strikes. american and british
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special forces are a mostly unseen hand helping along. the results are deadly. this motorbike was cut in half by an air strike. the corpses, believed to be two is fighters, lie in the dirt. by the afternoon, abu saif was back in government hands, but it hadn't slipped fully from the militants' grip. they struck back, killing at least two soldiers. still, this was another important iraqi victory. but winning against the islamic state comes at a cost. quentin sommerville, bbc news, on mosul‘s southern front. studio: to albania now, one of europe's poorest countries, which has been a centre for the dark trade in human trafficking for the past 20 years. most of the victims are women forced into a life of prostitution
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and terrifying abuse. it is estimated there are now around 35,000 albanian prostitutes walking the streets of europe, many of them trafficked as children. the albanian authorities have been criticised for failing to crack down on the problem with just 18 convictions last year. reeta chakrabarti has been talking to some of the victims of the trade in trafficking. voiceover: blessed with natural beauty, but the centre of a dark trade. albania has, over two decades, built up a brutal industry with human beings the commodity. translation: i hate them and i want them to get the punishment that they deserve. saya, now still a teenager, was just 14 when she was sold into a trafficking ring by a man she thought was her boyfriend. she was forced to sleep with several men a day and tells of a bewildering and terrifying world of abuse in which she could trust no—one. translation: there were other girls there too, but i did not talk to them because you could not tell who was connected to whom. we were terrified. they would beat us up and not let us go out. to be controlled by someone,
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to be used as i was, is totally degrading. she lives here, in a refuge for trafficked women in the south of the country. but these are schoolgirls, and some already have children of their own. all have escaped their traffickers. saya helped put some of hers behind bars. several convicted traffickers are held here in korce high security prison. last year, 18 people were sentenced. some here are serving 20 years or more. the albanian authorities let us talk to one of them. this man was sentenced to 15 years for trafficking children to greece and forcing them to work as prostitutes or beggars. what made him, a married man with his own children, commit such a crime? translation: it was a time when everyone was doing that kind of thing. you used a child in order to earn some money. isn't what you did entirely wrong? it's terrible. what if that were my child and someone did that to them? albania remains a poor country and in many areas a woman's role is still seen as being in the home. young women in small—town albania can be easy prey for grooomers, seduced by promises of a better life. that better life is invariably outside albania, but anna never dreamt of her fate. translation: he said he was looking for a girljust like me and he wanted to start a family. she is now in a safe
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house in the uk. duped into leaving home and then sold into prostitution, she weeps throughout our interview but insists she wants to tell her story. translation: i was somewhere underground. i had no sense of the world around me. they would not let me see. i entered the building blindfolded. and you were raped every day? yes. every day. many men? yes, many. anna is now supported in this safe house run by the salvation army. she has a baby, which gives her a reason to carry on. her story should trigger alarm in authorities here and across europe. a broken life caused by a brutal crime. reeta chakrabarti, bbc news. studio: next, the hollywood actor and director angelina jolie.
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she says she hopes her new film about cambodia and the khmer rouge will help to educate the world about the brutality of the regime. first they killed my father is based on a true story. it is seen through the eyes of a child. angelina jolie, who adopted a child from cambodia, has been speaking exclusively to the bbc‘s yalda hakim about her film, and for the first time, about her separation from brad pitt. the report contains flash photography from the start. hollywood royalty meets cambodian royalty. the backdrop? an ancient temple. it is the biggest movie premiere this country has ever seen. the director, angelina jolie, says the film speaks to this nation's people. i'm not here because i'm a director who wanted to make a movie. i'm here because 17 years ago, i came to this country and fell in love with its people, and learned about its history, and in doing so, i realised how little i actually knew, in my early 20s, about the world, so for me, this country was my awakening. and my son changed my life, becoming a cambodian family change my life. there was never a plan that we should make this movie. i became filmmaker, and one day, i thought, what story do i feel is really important to tell?
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and i felt that this war that happened 40 years ago, and what happened to these people, was not properly understood. and notjust for the world but the people of the country. i felt that i wanted them to be able to reflect on it in a way that they could absorb, so it's through eyes of a child and it is a lot about love. the khmer rouge, a radical communist movement, vowed to take the country back to year zero. millions were forced out of the cities in an attempt to create a rural utopia. you could be killed for practising religion, showing emotions or even wearing colour. infouryears, 2 million people died. speaking to people here, i get the sense that they don't want to remember the past but they also can't forget it. there are 20,000 mass graves across this country, like these ones, a visual reminder of what this nation has been through. the haunting portraits of death. hundreds of images of those who were tortured at the notorious s21 prison. more than 12,000 people were killed here. in the end, only a handful survived. angelina jolie is keen to tell this story and focus on this country and its past. but it has been difficult to keep the spotlight off her own personal life. we know that an incident occurred, which led to your separation. we also know you have not said anything about this.
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but would you like to say something? only that i don't want to say very much about that, except to say it was a very difficult time and we are a family and we will always be a family and we will get through this time and hopefully be a stronger family for it. can i ask how you're coping? i'm... many, many people find themselves in this situation. my family, we have all been through a difficult time. my focus is my children, our children, and my focus is finding this way through. and as i said, we are and forever will be a family. but this moment is about cambodia and remembering the time when this ancient culture was almost wiped out. yalda hakim, bbc news. studio: and that's all from reporters for this week. from me, philippa thomas, goodbye for now. hot on the heels of storm doris,
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storm un. overnight, some rain to clear away from the south—eastern corner, and another spell of wind and rain getting into northern ireland and scotland by the end of the night. a lot of dry weather, relatively mild, just a touch of frost possible in the north—east of scotland. —— storm ewan. into the morning, wind and rain clearing away, pushing across scotland, with snow over higher ground, here comes storm ewan. 60, 70 snow over higher ground, here comes storm ewan. 60,70 mph, a lot of rain to go with that, snow over higher ground in scotland, further south and east, quieter, fairly cloudy, relatively mild, still quite windy, another windy day for all of us on windy, another windy day for all of us on monday. blustery day, a little bit of sunshine, showers, when they come along, heavy, hailand
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bit of sunshine, showers, when they come along, heavy, hail and fund mixed in. —— hailand thunder mixed this is bbc news. the headlines at 11pm: labour's deputy leader tom watson rules out another leadership contest, but says the party must do better to win over voters. this is not the time for a leadership election, that issue was settled last year, but we have to do better, we cannot sustain this level of distance from our electorate. president trump says he will not be attending the white house correspondents dinner this year. a man has died and two other people injured after a man drove into a pedestrian area in the german city of heidelberg. three men have appeared in court on slavery charges after the discovery of a cannabis factory at a disused nuclear bunker in wiltshire. also in the next hour, we'll take a first look at tomorrow's front pages.
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