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good afternoon. rescue teams in colombia are searching through mud and debris for survivors of huge mudslides which have killed 250 people, with more people injured and missing. rescue efforts are being hampered by further bad weather. keith doyle has the latest. a moving wall of water, mud and debris swathe 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. on friday, further downpours caused the mocoa river to burst its banks and cause a devastating mudslide. people were running for their lives. the mud 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 a family welfare centre in the town.
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translation: we have lost a baby who has gone missing. the rest is as you can see. a little baby and we cannot find him anywhere. we do not know how many deaths there are going to be, we are still searching. but the first thing i wa nt searching. but the first thing i want to say it is my heart, our hearts, the hearts of all colombians, i with the victims of this tragedy. many roads have been washed away or are blocked making it difficult to get into the area which is without power and water. troops and volunteers are searching for survivors. heat—seeking cameras and drones are being flown over the debris. the red cross says it is crucial to find survivors within the first 72 hours. three days on and the death toll is expected to rise. six people are being questioned
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about an attack on an asylum seeker standing at a bus stop in south london. the 17—year—old kurdish—iranian boy has a fractured skull after being subjected to what police say was a savage attack. simonjones is at the scene for us now. the police are continuing to question four men and two women. this is what officers say what happened. the 17—year—old was standing at this bus stop late on friday evening when he was approached by a group of around eight people. they asked where he was from and he told them he was an asylu m was from and he told them he was an asylum seeker. at that point they started chasing him up the street just round the corner and that is where he sustained the attack. he suffered several blows to the head and remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital. then the
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attackers ran off in the direction of that pub over there. throughout the morning we have seen police cars driving around in an attempt to reassure the local community. local people here have told me they are very shocked about hearing the news of what happened. they describe this asa of what happened. they describe this as a diverse community and this is out of the ordinary. the police are continuing to appeal for witnesses. they believe certain people in the area tried to stop the attackers from carrying on, but the attack only came to an end when they heard sirens coming as the police were approaching, having been called by people who witnessed what was going on. who witnessed what was going on. a university student has paid tribute to her mother and younger brother who were stabbed to death in their home in stourbridge earlier this week. lydia wilkinson laid flowers at the house comforted by her boyfriend. she said her mother tracey had always put others before herself. 23—year—old aaron barley of no fixed address has been charged with their murders and the attempted murder of lydia's father peter. he is known to the family and will appear in court again in the morning.
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the government is under pressure to guarantee migrant workers will still be able to work in the nhs after the uk leaves the european union. a cross—party group is warning that brexit will cause a critical shortage of doctors and nurses. it comes as the defence secretary michael fallon declined to rule out the possibility that freedom of movement could continue into the next general election. ellie price reports. the brexit negotiations got under way this week to great fanfare and letters. theresa may wrote to the eu to trigger article 50, the eu in town published draft guidelines on its negotiation strategy. but, as expected, there was no more detail on the content of the deal and this morning so michael fallon would not be drawn on whether the uk would have full control of its migrating system by 2020. you are speculating about the negotiations which have not even started. we are not
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expecting to take advantage of the four great freedoms, including the freedom of movement of people, because we will not be members of the single unit. you cannot give us a timetable. they have not even started. the uk is set to leave the eu by the end of march 2019. a year later the country will have a general election. the government will want to avoid setting time limits on such a thorny issue as immigration. but today a group of cross— party m ps wrote immigration. but today a group of cross—party mps wrote an open letter calling on the right of eu staff in the nhs to be protected. we have 140,000 eu nationals working in the nhs and social care sector caring for our sick and elderly and they should be given an nhs guaranteed that they will be able to carry on working in the nhs. they need that certainty and those rights. theresa may has made clear she wants the rise of eu nationals in the uk and
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uk nationals living in the eu to be a priority. immigration was a key issue in the referendum campaign and it will be again. at least 18 people have been injured, including three children, after the lighting of a carnival car went wrong in paris. dramatic pictures posted on social media showed it exploding seconds after it was ignited, throwing debris into the crowd. police say it had been damaged with petrol before it was lit. a huge inquiry into child sexual abuse by members of the catholic church is drawing to a close in australia. the four—year long inquiry, which has uncovered more than 8,000 abuse survivors, and heard allegations against more than 500 priests, is being closely watched by the vatican. hywel griffith reports. shining a light on australia's most trusted institutions. for some, the level of abuse exposed by the royal commission has been difficult to comprehend, but for peter gogarty it's been all too familiar.
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as a boy, peter was sexually abused by his parish priest. it lasted for six years, but it took another three decades for his abuser to be jailed. he believes the catholic church is still failing to protect children by refusing to make it mandatory for abuse mentioned in confession to be reported to the police. what they are doing is saying "we are more prepared to protect an offender than we are to take care of this child and future generations of children". the church hasn't responded with one voice. australia's archbishops have spoken of shame and negligence, over £160 million has been paid in compensation, but there has been no change on issues like confession. i think it would be a tragedy if the privacy of the confessional, if you like the privileged communication in the
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confessional, is abolished. even if that means abuse goes unreported 7 i think what is needed is a protocol, if you will. the catholic church isn't the only body that has come under close scrutiny during australia's four—year inquiry. it's heard allegations of abuse at 4,000 different institutions from orphanages and care homes to schools and sports clubs. the common thread — a failure to listen to the victims. now voices are being heard, the issues raised here will resonate across the world. but for australia's abuse survivors, the impact remains the same. hywel griffith, bbc news, sydney. a portrait of chairman mao by andy warhol has sold at auction in hong kong. it went for $11 million. warhol began a series of famous silk screen paintings of mao in 1972, using a photograph of the then
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communist leader from his little red book, carried by millions of ordinary chinese. but for years the paintings were considered subversive and have not been exhibited in china. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel. the next news on bbc one is at 6:25 this evening. until then have a good afternoon. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. 0ur 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. but this kind of mass killing really is extremely unusual as you would expect and it has shocked people here.
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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 of sargodha. the man believed to be responsible for the killing, 50—year—old abdul waheed, was a caretaker at the shrine and also a spiritual leader. local residents in the village have been reported as 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 abdul waheed called his disciples into a room and drugged them and began attacking them with knives, machetes and clubs. around 20 people are believed to have been killed in the incident. abdul waheed and two alleged accomplices have been arrested. the chief minister of punjab has called for a full enquiry into the incident. at 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 were out to kill him. so the police have been
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suggesting that perhaps the suspect was mentally ill. that is one of the lines of enquiry. but this incident just took place last night so the enquiry is still in its early stages. hello, you're watching the bbc news channel. everybody is gearing up in london for the oxford and cambridge boat race. we will hear about that in a minute. first, the sports news. some good news from the tennis. celtic will win their sixth consecutive league title if they beat hearts. they're just approaching half time at tynecastle. it is 2-0. it is 2—0. scott sinclair got both goals for celtic. scott sinclair got both goals for celtic. shelley kerr will become the new manager of the scotland women's team. kerr twice led arsenal ladies to fa cup success and has also managed
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hibs, kilmarnock and spartans. she'll take over from anna signeul who will step down after this year's european championships. there are two games in the premier league today. middlesbrough travel to swansea for the lunchtime kick off, while at four manchester city can reclaim third place with a win over arsenal at the emirates stadium. arsenal have fallen to sixth after losing four of their last five matches in the premier league. i think it is two teams who, when you look at the numbers, have the best numbers in the final third of the league, so it promises to be a very positive, attacking game. both teams really attack, we go for it, so it should be a promising game. i travelled there with barcelona and bayern munich and it was always so difficult. sometimes we lose, sometimes we draw. it is always difficult because it is the emirates, it is a top team, always fighting
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to be in the top four, so i know how difficult it is, but we have a good chance to make a step forward. glasgow are facing a tough task this afternoon in their champions cup quarterfinal. this is the furthest they've ever been in europe, but standing in their way of a place in the last four are defending champions saracens. they've played about 15 minutes at allianz park. saracens have started brilliantly. they have come close to scoring, and 0wen farrell has the first few points with the boot. johanna konta says she's aiming to become world number one after sealing the biggest title of her career at the miami 0pen. 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
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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 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 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 he helped put in a lot of improvements. all the jigsaw pieces seem to be coming together. the calibre of the players she played this week. venus williams, simona halep and the former number one yesterday caroline wozniacki. an amazing achievement. charley hull's hopes of winning
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the first golf major in the women's calendar, the ana inspiration tournament have diminshed going into today's final round in california she finished round in california. she finished second last year, but a round of 71 yesterday has left her eight shots behind leader lexi thompson of america. ido i do not get out today and played pretty solid. i have got a lot of putts that had a good chance going into the hole, but they slipped out. iam into the hole, but they slipped out. i am looking forward to tomorrow, you never know what will happen. both the women's and men's boat races will both go ahead this afternoon. you can follow all the action on the bbc. let's stay with the story about the boat race this afternoon. the go—ahead has finally been given for the oxford and cambridge races. the police say they
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have removed an unexploded second world war bomb from the terms which was spotted near putney bridge close to the starting post for the race. kate gray is in putney for us now. what a relief for everyone. you will not have wasted afternoon. why has it taken this long for them to be able to be certain it is safe for the races to go ahead? it has been about 24 hours since this device was first found along the bank of the river thames. it was spotted and brought to the attention of the police. it was just the other side of putney bridge, so very close to the race starting point. it took so long because they were not entirely sure what it was and the dangers of health and the effect it would have on the race. we havejust had a tweet from the last few minutes from the marine policing unit and it shows you a picture of the device
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they have found. it is not easy to tell you what it is, it has been quite eroded over the years. it was difficult to work out what needed to be done and the safety procedures. but the metropolitan police have said the race will go ahead this afternoon, which is great news for the organisers. this is such a historic event in the sporting calendar. it has taken 163 times and it will start at putney in zaiki this afternoon and there will be some rowing. it is a glorious afternoon where you are today. hopefully it will be a good turnout. a bit of atmosphere is building up. what are the prospects for this yea r‘s what are the prospects for this year's race? they are expecting about 250,000 people to turn up, so hopefully the incident will not affect that. with the weather today it is pretty ideal conditions for the race. there is very little wind
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and the river is very still. the women's race is at 4:35pm and it will be an exciting race. 0xford we re will be an exciting race. 0xford were victorious last year as cambridge began to sink halfway through the race. they will be hoping to avenge those problems from last year and have a more successful race this year. after that it will be the men's race. it is the 160 three thirds men's boat race to take place and it is rich in history and tradition and there is always a fierce rivalry between 0xford tradition and there is always a fierce rivalry between oxford and cambridge. even though it has been going on for such a long period of time the scores are so close. cambridge have 182 times and oxford have won the race 79 times. every year it is all about crossing the finish line first. in the next couple of hours we will find out which teams have won the toss which will allow them to choose which side of the river they can take. it suits
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and more of their strengths and wea knesses and more of their strengths and weaknesses and conditions of the river. thankfully the race is going ahead and hopefully there will be some great racing and lots of spectators putney embankment. we look forward to hearing from you during the course of the afternoon. all set for the cambridge and oxford boat race taking place this afternoon. the women's race at half past four and the men's race at half—past five. the parents of baby with rare genetic condition have reached a £1.2 million crowdfunding target for him to have pioneering treatment in the us. connie yates's and chris gard's son charlie, who is nearly eight months old, is receiving 24—hour treatment at london's great 0rmond street hospitalfor a rare genetic condition. doctors say he should move to a palliative care regime, but his parents are challenging doctors in court to keep him on life support. the chancellor is to urge indian businesses to use the expertise of the city of london in the latest attempt by ministers to build trade
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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 £1.2 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 agreement which britain hopes
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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. 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 says, 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.
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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 are under the control of the iraqi security forces. 0ur 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 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 kinds of alphabets, about 5,000 years old, and it's considered one of the greatest contributions to civilisation. and this wasn'tjust cultural
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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, 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.
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rumbling. you hear the noise outside? it's brought war down onto the iraqi people once again. 0ur middle east editor jeremy bowen reporting. a student whose mother and 13—year—old brother died after being stabbed at their family home has visited the scene to lay flowers in their memory. lydia wilkinson's mother tracey and brother pierce were killed at their home in stourbridge. in a statement, lydia called her mother "wonderful" and someone who "always put others before herself". she described her brother as making "everyone smile". a 23—year—old man, aaron barley, has been charged with murder and attempted murder. officials in australia are still warning that swollen rivers are still threatening tens of thousands of people in new south wales. the
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floods come in the aftermath of tropical cyclone debbie. tim allman reports. homes, schools, churches and france have all been affected. as some of the waters recede, you can see the impact, including dead livestock that were not moved in time. when i came here a couple of hours this morning the water was up to the roof on the shed. there is a house behind the shed that we cannot even see. we do not know whether the house is still there or whether it has gone this time. in some areas the floodwaters are still rising, tens of thousands of people forced to leave their homes. many more are without water and electricity. lives have been lost and a warning, more
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could be in danger. my heart is broken for them today, but it is another message that if there are floods and waters, stay away from them, it is not a place to play, those waters are going very quickly and it takes cars away and it has also taken 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 and 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 a 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 11 years old and i won the rotary young citizen award in 2014 because of my
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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. they are actually quite good bowlers, to be fair! 11—year—old harvey parry. great to
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hear his story. great to hear his story. 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 10 year anniversary ceremony live from manchester. that's at 10.30 next saturday morning. now we are going to head across the newsroom. j wing is all set for the afternoon. i hope you have had a chance to enjoy the morning. i have been outside and i can see the sunshine in the square across the sunshine in the square across the way. it is a pretty decent afternoon, not just here the way. it is a pretty decent afternoon, notjust here in london, but across a lot of the united kingdom. there is some patchy cloud and the odd, i'm lucky few might see and the odd, i'm lucky few might see a little bit of rain, but most places are enjoying very pleasant
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conditions. a pretty decent afternoon out there, pretty much across the board. a breeze is picking up to the north and the west, but the cloud should stay away for a while longer. temperatures are around about 14th and 15th in the south and the west and the winds are quite light. 16 and 17 in the london area, quite light. 16 and 17 in the london area , very quite light. 16 and 17 in the london area, very nice for the boat race this afternoon. the unlucky few might seea this afternoon. the unlucky few might see a shower or two in the north of england, but for most of us it isa north of england, but for most of us it is a lovely afternoon with a good deal of sunshine. the rainjust about staying awake until later on. the winds continued to pick up in the western isles and we will see the western isles and we will see the cloud thickening up here as well. elsewhere, it is largely dry with light winds and a few
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