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this is bbc news, the headlines at eleven: place in croydon are treating a brutal attack on a 17—year—old kurdish iranian boy as a hate crime. six people have been arrested. the young person was asked where they were from and when they said they were an asylum seeker that is when that frenzied attack took place. more than 250 people have been killed, many more are missing, after mudslides in colombia. a state of emergency has been declared. a state of emergency has been declared. at least 20 people have been murdered at a sufi shrine in pakistan's punjab province. johanna konta sets her sights on becoming world number one, after winning the biggest title of her career in the miami open. it's an incredible accomplishment, not just for myself, but also for my team and my family back home. also in the next hour, an obstacle puts today's boat race in doubt. a decision is expected later this morning after a suspected world war two bomb was discovered on the banks of the thames. and coming up: we discuss what this
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week's dealings between westminster and brussels tell us and how brexit is going to be happening. good morning and welcome to bbc news. four men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a young asylum seeker was attacked in south london. police say they're treating it as a hate crime. the 17—year—old victim suffered severe head injuries but his life is not now believed to be at risk. andy moore reports. the young man, believed to be kurdish iranian, was waiting at a bus stop late on friday night with two friends when he was approached by a group of about eight people. he was attacked after telling them where he came from. we believe it is a hate crime.
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prior to the attack taking place the young person was asked where they were from and when they said that they were an asylum seeker that is when that frenzied attack took place. police say the gang chased the young man around the corner into the street where they kicked him in the head and left him on the floor unconscious. after that a number of members of the public came to help him. the attack only stopped when the sound of sirens was heard. the gang made off in the direction of this nearby pub. the young man was left with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain. he is said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital. his two friends escaped the attackers and received only minor injuries. the local mp said croydon had generally very good relations between people of different backgrounds. he called the incident an appalling crime against somebody who had come to this country to seek sanctuary. landslides in southern colombia have left more than 250 people dead.
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police and rescue teams are at the scene but their efforts are being hampered by darkness and bad weather. many people are still missing and it's feared the number of people who lost their lives could rise. heavy rains on friday night caused rivers to burst their banks in the town of mocoa, flooding homes with mud. the local governor has called the situation in the city "an unprecedented tragedy". kevin doyle has the latest. moving war of water, mud and debris suede large parts of the town of mocoa. many of its 40,000 residents have lost their homes, hundreds have lost their lives. this mountainous region has been experiencing unusually heavy rain in recent months. 0n unusually heavy rain in recent months. on friday further downpours caused the mocoa river to burst its banks and devastating mudslide. people were running for their lives.
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i pushed cars into buildings and ripped trees from the ground. streets are littered with huge boulders and people are picking through crumbled buildings trying to find the missing and salvage any possessions. hundreds of people are still missing, many of them children. a list of their names and ages has been pinned to the walls of ages has been pinned to the walls of afamily ages has been pinned to the walls of a family welfare centre the town. translation: we have lost a baby who has gone missing. a little baby and we cannot find him anywhere. has gone missing. a little baby and we cannot find him anywherem has gone missing. a little baby and we cannot find him anywhere. it has been threatening to happen for some time. at the top there are unsteady lands, but this took us by surprise. one of those who came to see the devastation was colombia's president. translation: we do not know how many deaths there are going to be. we are still searching, but the first thing i want to say is that my heart, our hearts, the
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hearts of all colombians are with the victims of this tragedy. thousands of troops and volunteers are working to find survivors. heat—seeking cameras and drones are being flown over the debris. many roads have been washed away or are blocked, making it difficult to get rescue teams into the area. it is without power and running water. the red cross says it is crucial to find survivors within the first 72 hours. now three days after friday's devastation the death toll is expected to rise. earlier i spoke to arturo wallace from bbc mundo about the latest developments. the latest figures are 254 people dead, more than 200 still missing and everybody expects that that total will rise in the next few hours. of course it is massive. they said there are several neighbourhoods in mocoa, which is a town of nearly 50,000, people completely destroyed. they were saying it felt
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like the sea had actually come. it was three rivers that flooded, but it was like the sea came and completely struck big parts of the city. the number of fatalities will certainly rise and the governor was saying this was a historic catastrophe for that region of colombia. what about the provision for emergency help in colombia? is it quite good? yes, they do have experience and they do have the means, but the problem is mocoa is a very remote region, it is very difficult to access. especially in this rainy season roads are not very good, so everything has to be transported by air. that will certainly hamper the efforts to rescue and to reconstruct. as dmitri was indicating this is a critical period, the first two hours is really the only chance probably the first 72 hours is really the only chance probably
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of getting people out alive. that presumably is the dilemma at the moment. it is still a rescue operation and at some point it becomes a recovery operation. yes, absolutely. as he said, they are using thermal imagery, drones, everything they have at their disposal. of course there are instances in which people can be found after 72 hours. this is critical, but then of course miracles happen afterwards and i am sure colombians will be hoping that more good news will be coming from this sad fact. are there any other factors that could have exacerbated the scale of this? one thinks of things like deforestation or changes to flood defences and things like that. absolutely. there was a lot of water. everybody has been pointing to the fact that nearly 30% of the monthly rain in that region actually felt in one single day and of course that is a big part of the question. but also from where the city was established, the movement of the agricultural borders as they call it with people cutting trees and working on the land, that has certainly had an effect.
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and also garbage. it is quite amazing when you go to these regions the amount of garbage, plastic bags and everything you can find near to the rivers in the places where the water should flow naturally. it dams it up. it forces the water to find another way. officials in pakistan say at least 20 people have been killed by the caretaker of a sufi shrine. they believe abdul waheed drugged people before killing them at the shrine in the city of sargodha in the punjab province. waheed and five of his aides have been arrested. our pakistan correspondent secunder kermani is in islamabad and has this update. it is not uncommon in pakistan for people to be killed in the shrines while undergoing exorcisms, being treated for bad spirits, people have on occasions been beaten to death.
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but this kind of mass killing really is extremely unusual as you would expect and it has shocked people here. what we know about what has happened so far is that this incident took place in a shrine in a small village outside the city. the man believed to be responsible for the killing, a 50—year—old man, was a caretaker at the shrine and also a spiritual leader. local residents in the village have been reporting is saying that some of his followers would regularly be beaten as a form of dispelling bad spirits. on this occasion the police say they believe he called his disciples into a room and drugged them and began attacking them with knives, machetes and clu bs. them with knives, machetes and clubs. around 20 people are believed to have been killed in the incident. the man and two alleged accomplices have been arrested. the chief minister of punjab has called for a full enquiry into the incident. at
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the moment he is in custody presumably. what sort of police investigation is taking place? the police have said that the suspect has reportedly confessed and said that he killed these followers of his because he believed that they we re his because he believed that they were out to kill him. so the police have been suggesting that perhaps the suspect was mentally ill. that is one of the lines of enquiry. but this incidentjust took place last night so the enquiry is still in its early stages. night so the enquiry is still in its early stages. police say today's oxford and cambridge boat races are expected to go ahead, despite the discovery of what's thought to be an unexploded second world war bomb in the thames. the device was spotted near putney bridge, close to where the race begins. a final decision on whether the races get the go ahead will be made this morning. the women's race is due to start at 4.35pm this afternoon, with the men's race an hour later. the chancellor is to urge indian businesses to use the expertise
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of the city of london in the latest attempt by ministers to build trade links outside the european union. philip hammond's trade mission to delhi and mumbai is part of an effort to build a partnership with india as it tries to forge a future as a global manufacturing powerhouse. our business correspondent joe lynam has more. depending on how britain quits the eu, the city of london is set to lose thousands ofjobs in the coming years, as some banks and insurers leave to remain in the single market. now, the chancellor, philip hammond, is hoping to court new customers for britain's financial services expertise. he leads a delegation of business leaders, as well as the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, to india this week, hoping that indian companies will use the city of london to fund the estimated £i.2 trillion of spending needed to modernise india's infrastructure. the government also hopes to use the trip to open new markets in india for companies like transferwise, part of britain's rapidly growing financial technology or fin—tech sector. all of this forms the backdrop for a comprehensive free trade
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agreement which britain hopes to sign with india once it formally leaves the eu. but that won't be easy — india has yet to sign any free trade deal with anyone and one stumbling block could be a demand by india to allow its citizens free movement to and from britain. the issue of pre—movement is dominating the debate over brexit. people from the european union could still have the right to live and work in the uk without restrictions until at least 2020, according to a government minister. speaking on the bbc earlier this morning, the defence secretary sir michael fallon refused to rule out free movement of people until the next general election. with me is our political correspondent ellie price. this has been sort of talked about and debated, but this must be one of the first explicit confirmation is that it could be a lot longer than people thought before the privileged
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status of eu members, people from eu countries, is ta ken status of eu members, people from eu countries, is taken away. status of eu members, people from eu countries, is taken awaylj status of eu members, people from eu countries, is taken away. i think the opposite. i think it was told evenin the opposite. i think it was told even in the campaign that it would be unlikely that the government would be able to suddenly control immigration. michael gove said it last year. it is interesting what he said. we have heard a lot this week about the article 50 letter being sent by theresa may and then we had the eu council's view on how they wa nt the eu council's view on how they want the eu negotiations to go. but we have not heard an awful lot of what the content might be. today the defence secretary was asked on the andrew marr show about this issue of freedom of movement and whether there would be any chance that he could give us a suggestion of the timing and he said simply no. the negotiations have not started yet. this is what he said. we have made it clear that we are leaving the european union, leaving the single market and the customs union and we
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will no longer be under the ambit of the european court ofjustice. but it is also clear we have to avoid a cliff edge. we need to give business and the various sectors of our economy the certainty that they need that they will not suddenly be a huge difference between the day after we leave and the day before. the prime minister set that out in her speech that we will do everything we can to avoid the cliff edge, so there will be inevitably for some sectors and implementation period. the interesting thing about the timing was that 2019 is when we know that we are planning to come out of the eu. there is a general election in 2020, so the suggestion is we might not have this issue of freedom of movement and immigration sorted by the time the conservatives go to an election. that could be an extremely important political point
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in that election campaign. extremely important political point in that election campaignlj extremely important political point in that election campaign. i can imagine people picking up on the slogan about getting control of our country back if we are still not in control of who can live here and who is entitled to come here without restriction. and the government is not wanting to tie themselves in knots about having a time frame from which they need to make sure that this issue of immigration is sorted. clearly it is an incredibly important issue. on the flip side, michael hamon said that he does not wa nt michael hamon said that he does not want britain to be on a cliff edge in certain sectors and with deals with the eu after 2019. that makes the whole question of the future of gibraltar very interesting because it has that border crossing with spain and that could become quite contentious, as it has been in the past. the issue of gibraltar is one we have been talking about over the last couple of days and it was not mentioned in the prime minister's
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letter. the government is trying to step back from that and say, the negotiations have not started yet, we have had a lot of fanfare about what they might look like. letters backwards and forwards. but the government is trying to reel itself back and say, we cannot comment on every individual issue until the negotiations start. would we have plenty to talk about in the next couple of years. the headlines on bbc news: police in croydon are treating a brutal attack on a 17 —year—old kurdish iranian boy as a hate crime. six people have been arrested. a state of emergency is declared in colombia after more than 250 people are killed in mudslides. many more are missing. at least 20 people have been murdered at a sufi shrine in pakistan's punjab province. sport now. let's get a full round up from the bbc sport centre. johanna konta says she's aiming
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to become world number one after sealing the biggest title of her career at the miami open. konta will rise to seventh in the world when the new rankings are announced tomorrow. she beat former world number one caroline wozniacki in straight sets to seal her third world tour title. earlier, we asked former british number one annabel croft what she thought of konta's performance. it was an absolutely fantastic achievement yesterday, one of the biggest achievements we have seen since virginia wade winning wimbledon in 1977. as she did not even play her best tennis, it was a jittery match against caroline wozniacki, but once she got that first set under her belt, she com pletely first set under her belt, she completely overpowered caroline in every department. her returning and serving were aggressive and she had very aggressive groundstrokes to the back of the court. two years ago she
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was ranked 147 in the world and all of us know just was ranked 147 in the world and all of us knowjust how hard she has been putting in the hard yards in the practice court and off court as well. she worked with a mental coach who has sadly has now passed away, but she helped put in a lot of improvements. all the jigsaw pieces seem improvements. all the jigsaw pieces seem to be coming together. the calibre of the players should this week. venus williams, simona halep and the former number one yesterday caroline wozniacki. an amazing achievement. an amazing achievement. manchester city can reclaim third place in the premier league today with a win over arsenal at the emirates stadium. that match kicks off at 4pm. before that, swansea host middlesbrough. yesterday chelsea saw their lead at the top of the table cut to seven points after they fell to a shock defeat at home to crystal palace. wilfried za ha equalised for the visitors before christian benteke scored the winner just 91 seconds later. it was chelsea's first defeat at stamford bridge since september. tottenham stay second
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after a 2—0 win at burnley. england international eric dier scored the first. delle alli set up son heung min for the second to seal victory and keep spurs' title dream alive. elsewhere, hull city got a crucial three points in their battle to get out of the relegation zone — they came from behind to beat west ham 2—1. and there was another defeat for bottom side sunderland — they lost 1—0 at watford. celtic will win their sixth consecutive league title if they beat hearts later today. brendan rodgers' side are 22 points ahead of their nearest rivals aberdeen in the scottish premiership. thejob was to the job was to win it in the best way we possibly could. there are different ways to win. people will tell you that you can win something and then not be the same feeling, but to win and fostered the spirit we have here throughout the whole football clu b
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we have here throughout the whole football club can make it easy special, and also the way we have played football. special, and also the way we have played football. bbc sport understands that shelley kerr will become the new manager of the scotland women's team. she'll take overfrom anna signeul, who will step down after this summer's european championships having been in charge for 12 years. kerr twice led arsenal ladies to fa cup success and has also managed hibs, kilmarnock and spartans. charley hull's hopes of winning the first golf major in the women's calendar, the ana inspiration tournament, appear to be over going into today's final round in california. she finished second last year, but after a round of 71, she's eight shots behind this woman, america's lexi thompson, who heads the field on 13 under par overall. she narrowly missed out on a birdie at the 7th there. world number one mark selby leads mark williams 5—4 after the session at snooker‘s china open final. it is
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the first to ten frames. it is the first to ten frames. that's all sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. a former government advisor is calling for a change in the law to force doctors to tell the authorities when a patient is no longerfit to drive. the campaign started after the death of three—year—old poppy—arabella clarke who was killed crossing the road by a pensioner who'd been warned to stop driving because of poor eyesight. barrister daniel sokol who has advised the ministry of defence and ministry ofjustice says the authorities shouldn'tjust rely on the honesty of the patient. if the patient is, of course, doctor, i will stop driving, and does not, then that usually is not followed up. you may have someone on the roads at the moment who is as blind as a bat, or who may have an epileptic seizure, and could cause tremendous harm to other people. and could cause tremendous harm to other people. the group that calls itself islamic state took control of iraq's second largest city mosul two—and—a—half years ago, damaging priceless assyrian and sumerian antiquities in a campaign to erase elements of cultural history. now key parts of the city
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are under the control of the iraqi security forces. our middle east editorjeremy bowen has been to see the damage done to mosul‘s museum. these were the statues of gods, sumerian gods, and they were were great big statues with wings, feet with claws, and the faces and torsos of humans. you can see on it cuneiform. cuneiform writing is one of the earliest kind of alphabets, about 5,000 years old, and it's considered one of the greatest contributions to civilisation. and this wasn'tjust cultural vandalism, though it was that, it was an attempt to remake history, to destroy a civilisation, to destroy a memory. the things that contributed to making this part of the world special. inside there are large... what were once, i suppose,
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exhibition rooms. high ceilings, pillars, it's a classic museum. now, in other buildings here, other parts of the museum here, you can see that this wasn'tjust an exhibition hall, it was a working museum. a place of research. and when they came here to destroy all of this, they were also trying to create something new. their caliphate. a return to the golden age of islam. but far from being that, it turned into the exercise of a brutal, vicious tyranny. rumbling. you hear the noise outside? it's brought war down onto the iraqi people once again. our middle east editor jeremy bowen reporting. officials in australia are warning that swollen rivers are still threatening tens of thousands of people in queensland and new south wales as emergency workers battle to restore water
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and electricity supplies to parts of the region. the floods come in the aftermath of tropical cyclone debbie. tim allman reports. cyclone debbie has gone but the dangers still remain. a huge stretch of land is now underwater. homes, schools, churches, farms — all have been affected. and as some of the waters begin to recede, you can see the impact, including dead livestock that weren't moved to higher ground in time. i came here a couple of hours ago this morning and the water down there was up to the roof line on the shed and there is a house behind the shed that we can't even see the roof of the house. so we don't know whether the house is still there or whether it has actually gone this time. in some areas, floodwaters are still rising. tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes. many more are without electricity and water supplies. lives have been lost and are warning more could be in danger.
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our heart is broken for them today but it is another message that if there are floodwaters, stay right away from them. it is not a place to play. those waters are flowing very swiftly and, unfortunately, it takes cars away and it also is taking people. one local official described it as a staggering experience. a whole community has been smashed. but only when the scale of the damage has been realised can the recovery begin. it's ten years since the rotary young citizen awards began. since then, hundreds of young people who've done amazing things have been nominated for awards. one of them is 11—year—old harvey parry, who lost both his legs when he was baby, after contracting meningitis. in 2014, when he was just eight—years—old, he won an award for his sporting and fundraising achievements. harvey's been telling us how, since then, he's been trying to get more amputees interested in sport. my name's harvey, i'm
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11 years old and i won the rotary young citizen award in 2014 because of my sporting achievements. when harvey was a little baby he caught meningitis and had to have both his legs amputated above the knee and his right—hand fingers. rotary helped me get my first legs and then they helped me get a wheelchair. harvey went on every year to run in america. today he has got about 23 gold medals. harvey has been very influential in persuading the government that young children need blades to enjoy their life. it was announced that all amputee children in the uk will be given sport limbs. he likes sport, he likes to run and play with his friends, and he's met lots of other amputees and he can actually win and feel good about himself. i got to watch the england cricket team train for a bit and then i actually got to play with them.
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they are actually quite good bowlers, to be fair! all this week, the bbc news channel will be featuring the stories of past and present award winners. and next saturday, we'll be broadcasting the ten year anniversary ceremony, live from manchester. that's at 10.30am next saturday morning. let's head across to the weather map. you have got good news for us. yes, it is looking nice out there today. yesterday we had to run from cover from those big shower clouds. it isa cover from those big shower clouds. it is a totally different story today. some sunshine and just a few fluffy clouds everywhere. but there are areas where we have got a little bit more cloud around and it is a bit more cloud around and it is a bit more cloud around and it is a bit more overcast. there are also
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one or two light showers, but only light compared to yesterday, mostly in eastern areas of the uk. today it will be between 13—17. a clear evening, but some mist and fog forming in the south and east by the early hours of monday morning. then tomorrow we have got rain on the way. it will not reach northern ireland and scotland until later on in the evening and for the bulk of england and wales it will be a fine day, top temperatures of 18 degrees. for the week ahead it is looking settled for most of the week. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. six people have been arrested after what's been called a brutal attack on a 17—year—old kurdish iranian boy in south london. police are treating the incident as a hate crime. more than 250 people have been killed, many more are missing, after mudslides in colombia. the president has declared a state of emergency in the region. at least 20 people have been murdered at a sufi shrine in pakistan's punjab province. the university boat race is expected to go ahead,
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after a suspected world war two bomb was discovered on the banks of the thames i will have more headlines at the top of the hour. now though, it is time for dateline london. hello and welcome to dateline. two examples of power to the people for us this week, but with very different responses from those in charge. russia saw some of the largest street protests of vladimir putin's 17 years in power, which ended with more than a thousand arrests and the organiser in jail. nine months after the british voted to leave the european union, prime minister theresa may sent a polite letter to brussels triggering divorce after 44 years. to discuss the week's events
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in russia and the eu,

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