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this is bbc world news today. our top stories... as many as 2,000 people are rescued from rising floodwaters in houston as a huge storm moves across texas. emergency services are pushed to the limit. if you are there and there is a need, we will get to you.” if you are there and there is a need, we will get to you. i would simply ask that you will remain calm and remain patient. tropical storm harvey is the most powerful storm to hit mainland us in a decade — destroying homes and businesses. thousands of rohingya muslims escape fighting in myanmar, only to be turned back by bangladeshi border guards. a sombre opening for london's notting hill carnival. white doves released for the victims of the grenfell tower fire. hello and welcome to world news today.
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emergency crews in texas are battling to save thousands of people from the massive floods caused by tropical storm harvey. hospitals have been evacuated, airports shut and many people are trapped in their homes as waters continue to rise. two people have died so far. roads have turned into rivers. people have been told to stay off the streets. weather forecasters have called the situation unprecedented. there's been extensive damage around the town of corpus christi where harvey — then a category 4 hurricane — came ashore. now it's houston further north, that's bearing the brunt. james cook is there. harvey arrived in houston with a vengeance. no longer packing the full force of the hurricane but still deadly. in just 2a—hours, more than two feet of rain fell on the fourth largest city in the united states. the results are devastating. this appears to be either the worst or one of the worst floods houston
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has ever had. we are measuring not in inches but in feet. houston has ground to a halt and with the rain still teeming down, the waters keep on rising. police are urging people not to venture out, not to risk their lives and this is why. pedro told us he was almost swept away. my truck got stuck. i have to walk all the way there and the rescue boats are over there but i was helping somebody else. there is a rescue happening up there? yes. the storm has crippled transport and left people struggling to go about their lives. right now it is hard to believe that this is the richest nation on earth. you get a sense of how quickly this situation is unfolding. the flooding clearly caught these drivers by surprise and still the rain is coming down with no sign of it stopping. the authorities are struggling to cope.
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they are calling for more boats to be sent in. more than 2000 people in need of rescue have called the emergency services and the mayor is trying to stem a sense of panic. we are coming to you. we want people to know in the city. if you are there and there is a need, we will get to you. i will simply ask that you remain calm, remain patient and we will get to you. 16 years ago the city was devastated by the most serious flooding in its history. already this is looking worse. i spoke to james a short while ago. it is very difficult to operate here for us. you can only imagine how difficult it is for the people who are trapped. there are many of them. more than 2000 calls to the emergency services by people who are asking to be rescued. they are trying to prioritise those calls in
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order of those who are most at risk first. the emergency services are being stretched to the very limit. we have seen boats moving up and down the street and into the water. i heard a helicopter overhead. there are rescue is being made by water and the error. by any other means available as well. this is a very, very serious crisis that is engulfing houston at the moment. the authorities are saying the worst is not over yet. that is right. i think the concern is this rain is going to continue. it has been pouring with rain and teeming down for many hours, if not days. as the remnants of what was hurricaine harvey now sits across the country. that storm is not moving very much at all. it is not moving very much at all. it is not moving very much at all. it is not that close to here, a couple of 100 and mutters away from houston at the moment. but the rain on the eastern side of it is very, very
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intense. that is what is causing the problem. we have just intense. that is what is causing the problem. we havejust heard intense. that is what is causing the problem. we have just heard from the national weather service that this may be a record setting rainfall for the entire modern history of texas and the entire recorded history. there could be 50 inches of rain falling as a result of this storm. 0n the line is majorie de vries, who's in her home in houston. her home is badly affected. thank you for talking to us. how bad are things where you are? well, we have been very lucky. 0ur things where you are? well, we have been very lucky. our house has not flooded. however, one street away from us all the way down to the river, it is like a river. it is incredible. i think there is one metre and a half of what. people are trying to get out of their houses by boat with their pets and any kind of belongings that they can take. we
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are looking at the film that you have taken yourself and sent us. it is truly remarkable. it is a com pletely is truly remarkable. it is a completely outside of your house. yes, it very much is. like i said, people from other neighbourhoods have come over with boats. it is incredible. it is a lovely neighbourhood to be living in and we have not seen any of the emergency services as yet. i think they are all struggling just to get into the area. how long did this flooding ta ke to area. how long did this flooding take to appearand area. how long did this flooding take to appear and rise to such a level? very quickly. we arrived and got back last night at quarter past nine. what i heard from the neighbour at who said that 230 in the morning it really started to flood and people were evacuating their homes. wejust had a break in their homes. wejust had a break in the rain but it is kicking off again. all the way up to monday
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evening they are saying now. again. all the way up to monday evening they are saying nowm again. all the way up to monday evening they are saying now. is it clear what you are being told to do? whether you are being told to stay where you are are to leave, is that information coming through to people clearly? it is. i think information coming through to people clearly? it is. ithinka lot information coming through to people clearly? it is. i think a lot of people are saying to stay in your house. that is what we are all doing. however, the people who have been badly flooded, they are all going around to neighbours houses who have not been flooded. i think the biggest problem is that the whole city has stopped. they could continue for days on end. is it difficult to stay indoors and remain there when you know there must be people who need help? yes, and we work this morning just to try to help people. we're lucky with our house. we are higher. we have been helping as much as we can. it is a
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disaster, actually. i know you only moved to houston at the beginning of this year. the people who have lived in the neighbourhood all of their lives have never had anything like this. no, never. ispoke lives have never had anything like this. no, never. i spoke to one of my neighbours who has lived here for a my neighbours who has lived here for 340 my neighbours who has lived here for a a0 years. he has elderly parents just a couple of streets down from us just a couple of streets down from us and they moved all of their furniture up as much as they could. everybody is gobsmacked. we do not understand what is going on. everybody is gobsmacked. we do not understand what is going onlj getting a sense that when the rain is going to stop and the worst will be over? are you getting a sense is mac tomorrow evening they say it. . to get all of the cars and this will have a major affect over the next months. lots of people need people to fix their roots and all sorts. we really appreciate talking to us. --
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fix their roofs. thank you very much. we will have plenty more on that and there is more on the bbc website. thousands of people have left their homes after two days of violence in a deepening crisis in the myanmar‘s rakhine state. people from the muslim rohingya minority have escaped to the border with bangladesh. but bangladeshi border guards there are turning them back. michael bristow has more. bangladesh has said it will turn back muslim rohingyas trying to escape from myanmar. some though have managed to cross the border, as fighting on the other side continues. this morning, there was a huge number of fighting, including an explosion. what i think is the reason this morning — rohingyas again came down to the side in numbers. they are looking to escape. looks like they are running for fear of their lives. the clashes began on friday, when rohingya militants attacked 30 police stations in myanmar. people are being told
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to stay indoors. a000 non—muslims are being evacuated from their villages for their own safety. six people were killed when they strayed into the wrong area. the government in myanmar led by aung san suu kyi has blamed bengali terrorists for the violence. bengali is the derogatory name given by the government to the rohingyas, who face persecution in myanmar. just last week, the former secretary general of the united nations, kofi annan, said more needs to be done to integrate them into society. tensions remain high. the status quo cannot continue. those words were spoken just before this latest round of fighting, which will make a political solution to the problems more urgent, but more difficult to achieve. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news... five mountaineers have died in
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a climbing accident in the austrian province of salzburg. a sixth is seriously injured. officials say the climbers were in an area below a glacier near krimml where there is a heightened risk of rock slides. some of the eight people killed in a crash on britain's m1 motorway have been named. they include several indian visitors travelling in the minibus that collided with two trucks. the drivers of the trucks have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. a deal has been agreed in lebanon that allows so—called islamic state fighters to leave an enclave on the border with syria. the lebanese army launched its much—awaited ground offensive against i—s fighters last week. here in the uk the opposition labour party has for the first time, committed to keeping the uk in the single market
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it isa it is a softer position than the conservatives. labour campaigned to remain but since the result of the eu referendum in favour of leaving, the party has faced criticism that its policy on brexit was unclear. now jeremy corbyn and kia starmer had agreed on their version of the way forward. a transitional period is this the centre. writing in the 0bserver, mr starmer criticises the government of constructive ambiguity and says they should be no mixed messages. a credible solution is needed to one of the most takes to the important issues. labour has not said how long the proposed transitional period should last. 0nly that it should be as short as possible they may find
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themselves torn between supporting what many will see as a soft brexit policy and representing their constituents, a lot of whom voted overwhelmingly to leave the eu. here starmer has suggested keeping the benefits of the single market with a effective management with migration. some pro—europe labour mps want the party to go further. what people would like to see building on this important step forward is for the labour party to commit to single market membership and custom union after the transitional period. the government has dismissed labour's policy saying the party has no vision for britain post brexit. their plan for a transitional period is now set. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come...
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all the sport as hamilton wins the grand prix. the latest headlines... the city of houston in texas bears the brunt of tropical storm harvey. 2000 people are rescued. thousands of rohingya muslims escape fighting in myanmar, only to be turned back by bangladeshi border guards. a self—styled indian guru, gurmeet ram rahim singh, is due to be sentenced on two charges of rape on monday. news of his conviction trigerred an explosion of violence in northern india on friday. 38 people were killed and more than 200 injured. thousands of police and troops have been deployed to try to prevent further violence. some of his followers are travelling to rohtak, where he is now being held. 0ur south asia correspondent, justin rowlatt is at his headquarters in sirsa and sent this report. behind this wall is the vast temple
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complex that is the headquarters of the sect run by the man who became known as the guru of bling. as well as this cinema, there is a hospital, a hotel and a vast auditorium. but today, his followers were in no mood to welcome visitors. 0therjournalists have been attacked and their vehicles burnt. guru ram rahim is a flamboyant and controversial figure who stars in his own movies but he commands extraordinary support. his claim that he has 60 million followers worldwide, may be an exaggeration, but one army officer told me he thinks there are at least a0,000 devotees inside the compound at the moment. driving away from the temple
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complex, you get a sense of how tense the atmosphere is. the local town has been under a strict lock down for days. the shops are closed and there are many roadblocks. we were turned back when we asked for permission to pass. guru ram rahim is due to be sentenced on monday in a town about two hours drive from here. the fear is, it could spark yet more violence. all day, there has been a steady stream of devotees leaving the complex. the court forced them to do it. we all love him, god has gifted him with special powers. these guys have all left the compound. they are heading away, getting into vehicles and heading out of town. i asked them if they are going
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to the town where the sentencing of the guru will be held? they said no, but whether it is true or not, i don't know. local people have retreated into their homes, and with good reason. there is a huge military presence. the authorities have ordered the guru's assets, including the temple complex, be seized. but the devotees don't look ready to give it up without a fight, leaving a very dangerous stand—off. now it is time for sport. thank you very much. we will start with the english premier league. liverpool produced a dazzling attacking display at anfield to beat arsenal a—0. two goals in either half forjurgen klopp's side moves them second in the table, two points adrift of leaders manchester united.
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first half efforts from roberto firmino and sadio mane put the home side in a strong position at half time at a ground that hasn't been kind to arsenal in recent years. mohammad salah compounded the gunners woes when he struck a third and daniel sturridge added a fourth but more importantly for klopp perhaps is that liverpool have kept four clean sheets in a row at anfield in the premier league for the first time since september 2013. we were really good organised. if you give arsenal space and time they will do what they want to do. also you are a loss before the game sta rts you are a loss before the game starts and so i do not think that they did what they wanted today and thatis they did what they wanted today and that is all for the credit to the boys because they worked really hard. the performance was from back to forward was not at the level and they took advantage of it. it raises many questions and i still believe that you have not to think that
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these parents are not good. they are good players but it was sure to date we we re good players but it was sure to date we were not at the level. title holders chelsea put two goals past everton at stamford bridge to make it back to back wins. after a disappointing opening day loss to burnley the blues have struck back heading into the international break with goals from cesc fabregas and alvaro morata moving them sixth. tottenham saw a late chris wood equaliser deny them all three points at wembley as burnley salvaged a 1—1 draw. delle ali had put spurs in front but mauricio pochettino saw his side's woes at the national stadium continue as the new zealand international wood grabbed the goal to deny his side victory meaning they've now won just twice in 12 matches at their temporary home while white hart lane is being rebuilt. spanish champions real madrid have just kicked off at home to valencia in their first home game of the primera division season. it is goalless in that one after six and a half minutes. in other news...
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lewis hamilton held off the championship leader — sebastian vettel — to win a thrilling belgian grand prix. the mercedes driver started on pole and led without much incident — until the 30th lap — when a safety car was brought onto the track which angered the briton. hamilton in his 200th race managed to hold his own though and claim the win and he's now within seven points of the german in the drivers‘ standings as they head to italy and monza next weekend. england will take a two run lead into day four of the third test against west indies at headingley on monday. captain joe root remains unbeaten on a5 with his side set to resume on 171 for 3 after the tourists had made a27 in their opening innings. floyd mayweather moved past the great rocky marciano to make it 50 wins and no losses after his 10th round stoppage of conor mcgregor in las vegas. the 26—year—old irishman who's the current lightweight ufc champion struggled to keep pace after the opening few rounds but his opponent still had praise for him.
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i told you guys in would be blood, sweat and tears and i've told you he isa sweat and tears and i've told you he is a hell of a fighter standing up. he shocked me. our game plan was to ta ke he shocked me. our game plan was to take ourtime, to he shocked me. our game plan was to take our time, to keep rocking him down. it took as longer than we expected but we did what we said we we re expected but we did what we said we were going to do. i guarantee the fight was not going to do the distance, i was going for the knock out with going straight ahead you have to take contact, i understand that. money you and i can only dream of. thank you very much. europe's biggest street party the notting hill carnival in london has opened with the release of doves in memory of those who died in the grenfell tower disaster in june. the carnival takes place in west london, the same area as grenfell tower. carnival—goers have been asked to wear something green, to remember those affected by the tragedy. elaine dunkley reports # when you are down and out. when
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you are on the street. it started with a song to heal broken hearts. a promise of strength. grenfell be united. and then... with the joyous sounds of vibra nt united. and then... with the joyous sounds of vibrant colours of carnival they celebrated the lives of those taken by tragedy. many wore green, the colour of growth and renewal. it is to honour the victims. my own relatives died. we love the carnival and she loved the carnival. we participated every year, go to their house, people would come from europe. her house to be full of 16 people sleeping on the floor. we are bringing back, life.
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at times, those watching were overwhelmed, sad and for those who once had a front row street the biggest carnival. with laughter and love, carnival paid respect in the way it knows how. to bring us all together in a shearing community that we are one love and one community and together we are much more successful and together we celebrate the best of britain. there have been moments of reflection, stillness and solitude as well as gratitude for those who saved lives. carnival has always had its roots firmly within this community. it started in the 1960s by west indian immigrants who were facing racism, inequality and poor housing. many of this resonates on the streets of notting hill today. it is important we have a sense of team unity. we have had a minute ‘s silence for them. in the moment of madness, eve ryo ne them. in the moment of madness, everyone heard that minute.
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them. in the moment of madness, everyone heard that minutem them. in the moment of madness, everyone heard that minute. it is a good spirit right now. good vibes. notting hill carnival will always symbolise celebration but in the shadow of grenfell pitt has a new purpose, the voice of a committee trying to heal. —— grenfell it has a new purpose. he became interested in film using his father's camera. the texas chainsaw massacre was banned in the ukfor chainsaw massacre was banned in the uk for being too violent in 197a. his other films included the fun and poltergeist. thank you for watching. goodbye. it has been a fine sunday across much of the british isles. 0ur weather watcher pictures are coming in. this is from cornwall. we have
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seen some in. this is from cornwall. we have seen some cloud running into parts of scotland, northern ireland has been cloudy and parts of north—west england and west wales as well. the rest of england and wales, plenty of warm sunshine. a fine evening out there. 0vernight, outbreaks of rain from west to east. northern scotland. a fair amount of cloud into northern ireland. clear skies in england and wales. 0ne into northern ireland. clear skies in england and wales. one to mist and fog patches. temperatures in rural spots. there are weather front approaching from the atlantic. england and wales the most sunshine, whereas scotland and northern ireland will take rain and quite windy with that as well. not much rain into eastern scotland and it will brighten up behind. 0ne rain into eastern scotland and it will brighten up behind. one to showers. let's take a look at things at four o'clock. a blustery day and
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outbreaks of rain not amounting to much. quite wet in glasgow. that rain will move to belfast. cloudy at times into west wales as well, whereas east wales and the rest of england will have long and sunny spells. even warmer than today. some spots to 29 celsius. that'll be the warmest lead bank holiday in august on record. keep watching. monday evening, cloud will start to filter at worst part of northern england and north wales. tuesday, that cloud moves south. hardly any rain left on it. quite warm ahead of that. a breezy day in scotland and sunshine and showers. wednesday is a messy day. thursday into friday and high pressure is building back again from the south—west. wednesday we could
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see outbreaks of rain affecting england and wales. still need to find out about the detail. thursday and friday, sunny spells with one or two showers. hello, this is bbc news. newsbeat take a look at the arguments for and against the legalisation of cannabis. cannabis, weed, skunk: call it what you will, for many people, it's a common sight at music festivals, house parties, and, frankly, your local town centre. it's the most commonly used illegal drug in britain, and last year in england and wales alone, over 2 million people admitted taking it, even though being caught could land you in prison. but all over the world, attitudes to cannabis are changing. these countries have decriminalised the drug, meaning if you're caught with a small amount of weed, you're not going to jail.
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some have gone further, and legalised it. and if you want to see things changing at pace, look at north america. in the us, 21 states have decriminalised small amounts of cannabis for personal consumption, and eight have gone further, legalising recreational use. but a place that many are watching is canada, with the country set to legalise the drug next year. so with all this happening around the world, some in the uk are asking, "cannabis — time for a change?" i'm in brighton to meet rob. hi, how are you doing? he is the chair of the brighton cannabis club, and thinks the answer to that question is "yes". so basically, we're visiting a venue where they offer a fully medicated meal, food, to brighton cannabis club members. when you say fully medicated, that means there is loads of weed in the meal. yes, it's cannabis infused. so it will get you high if you consume it. so this meal is all about taking lots of cannabis, basically? yeah.
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lots of people today — it's a rainy, drizzly day at the seaside — most people willjust go to the pub at lunchtime. why notjust have a pint, like everyone else? why does it have to be cannabis? for us, we consider cannabis to be a less harmful alternative to basically smoking tobacco or drinking alcohol. and that isn't for everyone. so where exactly are we going, because we are just wandering the streets a little bit at the moment? i can't tell you the exact location. what it is is a restaurant in brighton that will allow you, 2a hours in advance, to book in a fully medicated menu, if you are a brighton cannabis club member. right. that makes it sound quite dodgy. unfortunately, that is just due to the legality. that is why it is only available for brighton cannabis club members. so in the kitchen here, a couple of chefs have been hard
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