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this is bbc world news, broadcasting in the uk and around the world. i'm alpa patel. the headlines: landslides kill more than 150 people in southern colombia — many others are missing or injured. the supreme court in venezuela does a u—turn and reverses its decision to strip the congress of its powers. britain says it will protect gibraltar from any sovereignty claims by spain during brexit negotiations. and find out why hundreds of yellow cars have flooded this english village. let's begin with some breaking news because colombia's presidentjuan manuel santos says the number of people killed by mudslides has risen to more than 150. swollen rivers and heavy rains
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caused mud to engulf homes and roads in the city of mocoa. cordelia hemming reports. this is the aftermath of hours of heavy rain. rivers burst their banks, flooding homes with mud. the surge late friday evening swept away bridges, vehicles and trees in putumayo province in the south of the country. families forced to abandon their homes whilst rescuers search the wreckage for survivors. the region's governor has called it an unprecedented tragedy, telling local media that whole neighbourhoods have been destroyed. records show that march was the country's rainiest month since 2011, and unusually heavy rainfall has also affected neighbouring peru, causing landslides and flash floods. colombia's president, who was travelling to the area,
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said troops had been deployed as part of an national emergency response, but the number of people still missing is unknown and rescuers have warned that the death toll is likely to rise. dimitri o'donnell is a journalist based in bogota. this is a massive death toll. what are you hearing from the affected area? we are hearing pretty much what you just outlined in your report. 154 people confirmed dead, but that death toll is likely to increase over the coming hours. the rescue operation only started a couple of hours ago, so it's still early days in trying to get people out from under the rubble. there are likely to be more than 200 injuries as well. so far, the authorities have taken up more than 100 bodies, including adults, women and children. 1000 soldiers have been
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deployed to mocoa, so it is likely that this is one of the biggest tragedies to hit this province in south—west colombia in its history. we can see why, because the pictures show a devastating scene. how are rescue teams able to reach those in need? it is difficult at the moment. presidentjuan manuel santos has been touring mocoa right now, and you can see the devastation, the huge scale that faces the rescue teams. the three rivers converged overnight after severe swelling and it basically wiped out everything in its path. you got trees, overturned ca i’s its path. you got trees, overturned cars complete devastation for residents, some of whom have lost all their belongings and their homes. 17 neighbourhoods have been affected in mocoa and that is because 30% of the average monthly
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rainfall fell just overnight, and thatis rainfall fell just overnight, and that is what led to this devastating mud and landslide. so it is a very tough task for the rescue teams, but they have got more than 1000 soldiers deployed to the region and juan manuel santos has said he will not give up until anyone who is still alive is pulled out from the rubble. he has committed whatever resources need to be sent to mocoa. thank you very much. the supreme court in venezuela has reversed its decision to strip the opposition—led congress of its powers. it follows a surprise intervention by president nicolas maduro. on friday, the court's decision to strip the country's congress of its powers was condemned by the attorney—general, luisa 0rtega, who'd been seen until then as a long—time loyalist of mr maduro's. 0ur correspondent will grant has more. whether it was a risky game of brinkmanship or an embarrassing u—turn, the controversial power grab by the supreme court
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in venezuela has been reversed. following a late—night session of the state security council, president maduro said a resolution to the crisis had been found. translation: we have reached an important agreement to solve this controversy and i can tell you by reading the statement and by the publication of the corrections of sentences 155 and 156, this controversy has been overcome. and not a moment too soon. tempers in caracas, already frayed after years of economic chaos and food shortages, had begun to flare over this latest political crisis. translation: iam protesting because i do not have freedom. i am protesting for fear of what is happening in my country, and i am protesting for my children. i have two children and i want freedom for them. translation: right now, we have a government that has our country cut off, a country in which we are practically on our knees. our venezuela is so pretty,
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so beautiful, and yet today the government want all the people to kneel before them. the origins of this controversy date back to legislative elections which handed control of the national assembly to the opposition. however, it is a very current crisis over the very concept of democracy in venezuela itself, played out internationally as well as at home. at the organisation of american states, country after country urged mr maduro's government to examine the path it was taking. it's not clear whether this reversal was based on that or on internal pressures, or some combination of the two. so for now, the supreme court has stepped back from the brink. but several key questions remain. will the national assembly be able to carry out its work without furtherjudicial interference? and many venezuelans are asking what it says about the separation of powers in the country that the supreme court would first make this ruling and then overrule it, apparently
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on the president's orders. at least the immediate crisis seems to have been averted and, the government hopes, with it the threat of further violent protests. let's go to the us. the white house has released details of the personal wealth of some members of president trump's team. the disclosures, which are a legal requirement, show that his daughter ivanka, and her husband, jared kushner, are worth up to $740 million. it has also been revealed that white house advisor steve bannon had between $3.3 and $12.6 million in assets. gary cohn, head of the white house national economic council and a former goldman sachs president, has assets of at least $230 million. all in all, the president's cabinet is estimated to have a collective net worth of around $12 billion. darren samuelsohn is the senior
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white house reporterfor politico. are these figures a surprise? they are not that big a surprise. we knew president trump had surrounded himself with people like him, very rich people who have worked in the real estate world and the investment world who know construction and entertainment. so a lot of the people who have come into the white house and are serving around him have maintained many of those assets and a lot of that wealth. and here we have the first public disclosure forms that show how much these people are worth. the president campaign, of course, on a platform appealing to working class people. what has the reaction been? well, for the people who supported president trump, they are thrilled with whom he has brought in and has around him as his key advisers. they see these people as trying to turn the american economy around and help
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them become just as the american economy around and help them becomejust as rich the american economy around and help them become just as rich as they are. a lot of the political support that president trump maintains from his original base is still there. the folks who voted for hillary clinton see this as a huge scandal. at this point in time, it is a similar divide to what we had in november. the people who supported him don't see this as a problem. what are your thoughts on the potential for conflict—of—interest here? it is surely a concern, particularly when it comes to mar—a—lago, the family hotel. what are the oversights over these assets? the oversight right now is likely in the hands of reporters likely in the hands of reporters like me and my colleagues at the new york times and washington post who are writing about this on a day in, day out basis. the republicans in charge of congress are not giving this much brutally. we saw a bit when president trump hosted the japanese prime minister a couple of weeks ago back at mar—a—lago, and it was a security situation when they
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responded to the korean missile crisis by doing security in front of the public. but largely, it has been democrats asking for investigations that are not happening. so at this point, it is a drip drip feed and a lot of headlines about the conflict of interest, but it doesn't seem like that has penetrated much beyond the other stories that have surrounded this trump white house. how does this compare to other administrations? we have never seen anything quite like this from a president of the united states with this much wealth in this many places in the united states and around the world. obviously, lyndonjohnson had a radio station in texas and jimmy carter famously had his a radio station in texas and jimmy carterfamously had his peanut factory in georgia, but nothing to the extent of the amount of investment and assets from president trump and the people around him that we are seeing in this white house. darren, thank you for being with us.
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the british government has said that britain will defend the interests of gibraltar during brexit negotiations, following warnings that spain is attempting to use the process to regain sovereignty of the rock. the eu has suggested that a brexit deal won't cover gibraltar without a separate agreement between london and madrid. richard lister reports. could this rock, looming from the med, threaten britain's future relationship with the eu? gibraltar‘s been in british hands for more than 300 years, but it voted almost unanimously to remain in the eu, giving spain hopes of taking the territory back. just this week, theresa may said that wouldn't happen. we are absolutely steadfast in our support of gibraltar and its people and its economy. our position has not changed. but the european council's position has changed and in its draft negotiating guidelines, it says after the uk leaves the union, no agreement between the eu and the uk may apply to the territory of gibraltar
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without the agreement between the kingdom of spain and the uk. and giving spain veto rights could mean choppy waters ahead. spain hasn't been shy of confronting britain in the past, here over fishing rights off the gibraltar coast. now its demands on the territory could be part of any future eu—uk trade deal. these are draft guidelines but already, we see spain making the moves that people expect that she might have made at five minutes to midnight with an agreement ready, she is doing now, and frankly, i think it is singling out gibraltar unfairly. but madrid does have a list of grievances like gibraltar‘s
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low—tax economy, enabling the smugglingof cheap cigarettes into spain. brexit mayjust have given the spanish more leverage on that and the big question of sovereignty. spain must have tried something like 12 times to conquer or take over gibraltar. this is something that many people in spain want. it's a matter of national pride to have gibraltar back. the letter triggering article 50 in the brexit process made no mention of gibraltar. some say it should have. it was not just that it did not mention gibraltar. it was that it only talked about one land border where the negotiations cover two land borders. it also made reference to government in terms that did not include the fact there are, you know, gibraltar has a government as well. the overwhelming majority of people in gibraltar want to stay british and i think on that basis, we will respect the sovereignty of the people of gibraltar, respect their decision and respect the negotiating process. a process which spain wants gibraltar to be a part of. richard lister, bbc news. in other news: a south korean cargo ship with 24 people on board has gone missing in the south atlantic after sending out a distress call.
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a spokesman for the uruguayan navy, which coordinated a search, said the freighter stella daisy was believed to have sunk. the first ships to reach the area reported a strong smell of fuel and saw debris. in hungary, plans by the authorities to start transferring asylum seekers to two container camps near the border with serbia appear to have been delayed. it follows recent rulings by the european court of human rights, which said keeping migrants in converted shipping containers in a barbed wire encampment would amount to detention. at least 11 people are missing in indonesia following a landslide. a group of people harvesting ginger on the side of a mountain in the ponorogo area of east java are thought to have been swept away. the local authorities had warned of the risk of landslides following heavy rain. the area had been evacuated. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: bob dylan finally accepts his nobel prize for literature in sweden
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at a secret ceremony. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: more than 150 have been killed in landslides in southern colombia. the supreme court in venezuela has reversed its decision to strip the opposition—led congress of its powers, following a surprise intervention by president nicolas maduro. bob dylan got the nobel literature prize, receiving his diploma and medal in a private ceremony in stockholm, according to a swedish broadcaster. the swedish academy that hands out the nobels said the media—shy singer—songwriter would get the prize in a "small and intimate setting" that he requested while in the city on a two—concert tour. anthony decurtis is contributing editorfor rolling stone magazine and joins us from new york. why do you think bob dylan is
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receiving this now? you mean rather than at the ceremony before? exactly, why is it taking him so long to receive the prize in person? well, dylan has a very strange sta nce well, dylan has a very strange stance towards things like this. from his standpoint, i don't think he wanted to make that big a deal about it. so he was there to play some shows and it seemed like a convenient time to get the award. and happily, the nobel committee agreed. why do you think he has been so agreed. why do you think he has been so reluctant, though? well, i think there was a sense, certainly in the immediate response, that he was supposed to express some kind of gratitude. at this stage of the game, those kinds of expectations are the kinds of things that dylan has been trying to elude for a long time. so i feel like he didn't want
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to make a big deal about it. ok, you are giving me this award and i am happy to accept it on my own terms, thank you. and that was that. do you think he wanted the prize in the first place? 0h, sure. dylan is 75 at this point. he has reached a point in his career where recognitions mean something in terms of his legacy and how he is going to be perceived. also, dylan is sure of his stature. he has made an entire career out of not performing for things like this. i think there is an element of him that has been historically very resistant to it. soi historically very resistant to it. so i think he was happy to get it, but i don't think he wanted to do
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anything particularly special in that regard. how do you think he compared the previous recipients of the prize for literature, given that he is such a big icon? well, there area he is such a big icon? well, there are a couple of aspects to this. in strict terms, the question of whether he deserves it must there is no question that he deserves it. i am teaching a dylan seminar at the moment at the university of pennsylvania. i have a phd in literature and i know all of the american writers who might have been contenders. and there are writers around the world, of course. but there is a sense in which dylan's impact has been so important not just in terms of his songwriting and lyrics, but in terms of his impact on many literary figures, that it is well—deserved. the sad part is that he doesn't need it. he has a level of recognition and certainly a level of recognition and certainly a level of money and fame that many literary figures don't. but the award is
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given on the basis of merit, and there is no question that he deserves it. thank you. time for a look at the sport now. eight matches in the premier league this saturday and there was a shock defeat for leaders chelsea, who lost 2—1 at home to crystal palace. it cuts their lead at the top to seven points. all the goals came in the first 15 minutes. the blues with a great start from cesc fabregas, but palace hit back straight away through wilfrid za ha and christian benteke. it's only the eagles‘ third premier league win against chelsea and lifts them four points above the relegation zone. it's a very sweet three points to come to the champions of the premier league and actually win. for everybody, this is what the premier league is about. there can be a
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shock anywhere, any time, and we are the ones who have made everybody sit up the ones who have made everybody sit up this weekend and gone, wow, whatever is that is. from the players‘ point of view, it a well—deserved victory. tottenham made the most of chelsea‘s slip—up with a 2—0 win at burnley. it was goalless at halftime and they also lost victor wanyama and harry winks to injury. but a much brighter second half saw them make the breakthrough. eric dier stabbed home the opener inside the last 25 minutes and heung min son came off the bench and made sure of the points with a tap—in. that is now four league wins a row for spurs. liverpool maintained their impressive record in the merseyside derby, as they beat everton 3—1 at home. they haven‘t lost this fixture for over six years and 1999 was the last time everton won at anfield. after scoring the winner at goodison park in december, sadio mane gave liverpool the lead, although he did go off injured later. matthew pennington equalised with his first goal for everton. a superb finish from phillipe coutinho restored liverpool‘s advantage and then divock origi sealed it with a third goal. very good performance under the
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circumstances for both teams. what the players did today was outstanding. we got control of the game and played really well in a derby. you need to be ready for the fight, and we were. we played football and that is good. outstanding goals, all three of them. elsewhere, hull city came from behind to beat west ham 2—1. leicester‘s good run continues — they beat stoke 2—0. man utd were held to a goalless draw at home by west brom. watford beat bottom of the table sunderland1—0 and it was 0—0 between southampton and bournemouth. british tennis number one johanna konta has won the biggest match of her career, beating former world number one caroline wozniacki in straight sets to take the miami open title — her third and biggest wta honour so far. it was a bit of nervous first set, with both players dropping serve several times.
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but the brit overcame wozniacki — currently 14th in the wta rankings — by 6—4. and konta broke the dane in the second, eventually taking that and the match 6—4, 6—3. and the third round is under way at the first women‘s golf major of the year. these are the players that are teeing off around now, lexi thompson with a one shot lead on eight under. britain‘s charley hull is three shots back. that‘s all the sport for now. here in the uk, over a hundred yellow cars have driven in convoy through a cotswold village in support of a pensioner who had his car vandalised. somebody had apparently decided his yellow car spoiled the view in the tourist hotspot
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and scratched the word "move" into the bonnet. it was a day to celebrate all things yellow in bibury. an act of solidarity — over 100 yellow cars driving through the cotswolds, coming from as far afield as north yorkshire tojoin in the rally. they came in support of local pensioner peter maddox, who until earlier this year had parked his beloved yellow car outside his home. until, that is, someone vandalised it. it was apparently spoiling the view of the picture postcard village. it was a very sad moment for him. he got up early in the morning and found his car with broken windows and scratches. peter is not a man to make a fuss, so he sold his car and replaced it with a grey one, one that blends in with the background of this famous view. but other indignant yellow car drivers took up the fight on his behalf. quite simply, when i saw that his car had been vandalised, it made me so angry and upset because of the reasons why and they said it was a blight on the landscape.
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and the fact that he is a pensioner, i felt something had to be done. ijust had a little idea and i put it forward mushroomed from there. and it clearly made peter‘s day. how do you like all the yellow cars? lovely. do you have a favourite? i have. the lovely finale to this is that a car company has agreed to name a paint after peter, so he will forever be immortalised in maddox yellow. yellow car staging a rebellion. if you want to get in touch with me, i am on twitter. that‘s it from me and the team. bye—bye for now. tomorrow looks like the dryer half
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of the weekend, but today has brought some fabulous weather watcher pictures because of the shower clouds brewing. we have had thunder and hail reported as well. tomorrow, though, it looks much drier. there will be warm and sunny spells for many of us, but not before we have had a chilly night. under the starry skies as those showers continue to ease, they are still quite sharp across eastern areas, even with the odd rumble of thunder, but they will ease away for most and allow temperatures to fall close to frost levels for scotland and northern ireland, with ground frost further south as well. potentially mist and fog around across the south. otherwise, sunday morning looks like the best part of the day for sunshine. it is a bit chilly, but it is before the shower cloud starts to build up. it would be fair weather cloud rather than
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shower cloud, because the showers will be few and far between. we will have quite a bit of cloud across the south—east of england and the odd shower left over from what we have seen shower left over from what we have seen today. bye—bye the afternoon, it should break up and we will see some sunshine. good sunshine for northern ireland, despite the potential of valley fog. it is a promising day. one or two showers are possible in eastern england, but they will be isolated compared with what we have seen today. we will see fair weather cloud building up in the afternoon, so the best of the sunshine by then is likely to be in the south. feeling present because the south. feeling present because the winds are light, particularly with the sunshine. and what about the afternoon boat races? looks like it is set fair, with just a small chance of a shower. but it does look less choppy than at last weekend on the thames. we have a couple of football games going on, with sunshine in swansea. there is a remote possibility of a shower as
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arsenal take on man city. the reason for this is the high pressure building in, but it doesn‘t last long in the west because those weather systems are brushing when across northern ireland and western parts of scotland. so on monday, we have different weather for northern ireland. the latest headlines from bbc news: 150 people have been killed in a landslide in southern colombia. many more are injured or missing. the country‘s president has declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to the area. the supreme court in venezuela has reversed its decision to strip the opposition—led congress of its powers, following president nicolas maduro‘s intervention. the decision follows an outcry both inside and out of venezuela. gibraltar‘s chief minister has insisted spain has no say in the future of the british overseas territory. the eu says any brexit deal won‘t cover gibraltar unless there‘s
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a separate agreement with spain. the personal wealth of president trump‘s team has been revealed by the white house. the disclosures, which are a legal requirement, show his daughter ivanka has assets worth hundreds of millions of dollars. at 10pm, martine croxall will be here with a full
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