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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11:00pm: on his second visit this week, president trump praises the people of texas, as he meets those affected by flooding there. as tough as this was, it has been a wonderful thing, i think even for the country to watch and for the world to watch. it's been beautiful. the retired field marshal lord bramall and the family of the late lord brittan receive compensation from the police over false child abuse accusations. tens of thousands of rohingya muslims flee violence in myanmar, escaping a military crackdown. also in the next hour, we will take another look at the sunday papers. the sunday times says theresa may has secretly approved a £50 billion divorce bill with the eu. good evening.
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president trump has been meeting people affected by tropical storm harvey in texas, his second visit to the state in a week. he has asked congress for close to $8 billion of initialfunding to help the recovery effort after the devastating floods. but some say their situation has been made worse by reports the white house is considering ending an amnesty for thousands of illegal migrants who came to the us as children, many of whom live in texas. james cook reports. americans look to their president. he is expected, required, to show empathy, leadership and unity. today, donald trump did deliver hugs and handshakes, and over the past
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week, the commander—in—chief‘s response to this hurricane and has been praised as rapid and effective. most to see you. it's been really nice, it's been a wonderful thing. as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, i think, as tough as this was, it's been a wonderfulthing, ithink, even as tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing, i think, even for the country to watch, and for the world to watch. it's been beautiful. so far the storm has claimed more than 45 lives. it has damaged or destroyed more than 100,000 homes and left more than 1 destroyed more than 100,000 homes and left more than1 million people displaced. and yet president trump spent the eve of this visit talking about scrapping a policy that protects young, undocumented immigrants. the devastation wreaked by hurricane harvey is plain to see here. texas is barely beginning to count the cost, and many people here are astonished that the president would choose this moment even to mention immigration. we have a lot of distilled water for the babies... jessica's home is flooded, and now she is helping others. rorty
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illegally at the age of four, she is among two thousand texans who face being deported if president trump keeps his promise. a complete slap in the face. you see people who are struggling, your initial reaction was to help them. and here's is the com plete was to help them. and here's is the complete opposite. he knows what he is doing. in knows what the effects of this will be in the community. the white house as the president will announce his decision on tuesday. even as he lands a helping hand, unity may be out of reach. but, amid the suffering here, there is beauty. this video has inspired millions. for the victims and the survivors of hurricane harvey, it is both lament and anthem. the metropolitan police has confirmed it has paid compensation to the former chief of the defence staff field marshal lord bramall, and the family of the late home secretary lord brittan. both men had been falsely accused of child sexual abuse by an informant, who is now being investigated for allegedly perverting the course ofjustice.
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here is tom symonds. they were claims which seemed to go right to the heart of power in britain — child sexual abuse and murder. after a 14—month investigation, which went nowhere, a review concluded the claims were false. but not before police had raided the homes of lord bramall, one of britain's most senior former military figures. lord brittan, the former home secretary, who had died. and harvey proctor, once a conservative mp. names among those offered by this man, known as nick, who still can't be named for legal reasons. a retired judge found police had failed to properly assess his credibility. applications for search warrants contained inaccuracies. and the investigation went on too long. it is thought lord bramall and lord brittan‘s family
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have received around £100,000 each in compensation from the police. i've never complained about being investigated. it was only the heavy—handed and the very unintelligent way that they went about it. i mean, i think they could have said... well, look, if they'd taken any trouble to put their effort onto questioning the so—called victim, i think they would have found that it was very unlikely. but harvey proctor has not settled. he lost hisjob and his home when he became embroiled in operation midland. negotiations between mr proctor‘s lawyers and the police continue. the man who made the original allegations is himself being investigated, to see whether he deliberately misled the police. tom symonds, bbc news, scotland yard. 12 british people have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a major drug—dealing ring. they were held by police in a series of raids in barcelona and on the spanish island of majorca.
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3kg of cocaine were seized, along with £100,000 in cash, as well as ecstasy and cannabis. police in brazil have arrested the man suspected of shooting elise dixon. the man was arrested along with four other people. a man has been arrested and released on bail, pending further inquiries, after a bolt from a crossbow was fired onto the pitch at the oval cricket ground during a match. it happened on thursday as surrey played middlesex. armed police evacuated the stadium in south london, and the game had to be abandoned. the un now says as many as 41 million people have been affected by heavy monsoon rains
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across south asia, leading to the worst flooding in the region for several years. across india, bangladesh and nepal, at least 1,400 people have lost their lives. 0ur correspondent justin rowlatt has sent us this report from the city of katihar in one of the worst—affected regions, bihar state, in north—east india, where hundreds have died. where we are going can only be reached by boat. the only dry place for miles around is on top of this great embankment, but the embankment that now protects the villagers is the reason the floods had such a catastrophic impact. the torrential rains transformed the normally placid river, the pressure grew and grew. so what happened is that embankment holding back the river breached, and the water came crashing in here,
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sweeping away half the village, devastating their homes, devastating their lives. translation: it felt like we were hit by an ocean of water. ijust ran for my life, taking my children with me. i didn't have time to save anything. everything i own has gone. this man showed me what the floods had done to his home. oh, look at this. so he said the whole place was flooded with water. water was above his head, and came rushing through here. and you can see, i mean, it has just left absolutely terrible mud behind. so he says for three days they had no food at all, and then helicopters came in, bringing food, bringing
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some relief for them. he said there wasn't enough room to stay on the embankment, so he had to bring his family down here, including his three—year—old child. to live amongst this filth. it is eid today, one of the great festivals of islam. like most of the village, this family is muslim. for the first time since the catastrophe, they are having meat, but there was little appetite for celebration. tens of thousands of communities across south asia have similar stories of horror and destruction to tell. the only good news here is that everyone in this village survived. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. thousands of members of myanmar‘s rohingya muslim minority are continuing to flee across the border into neighbouring bangladesh. they are escaping a military crackdown after rohingya militants attacked police positions a week ago. it is now thought nearly 60,000 have fled, and human rights groups are accusing the myanmar army of atrocities. they claim satellite imagery shows hundreds of fires in rohingya villages in rakhine state,
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and in one area, 700 homes were torched. myanmar is a mainly buddhist country, and the muslim rohingyas, according to the un, are a persecuted minority. sanjoy majumder has been to a refugee camp on the bangladesh—myanmar border, and sent us this report. exhausted and traumatised after escaping death, many of these rohingyas have walked for hours, across hills and through paddy fields, to avoid being shot before making it here. these are fresh arrivals, rohingyas who have just arrived after crossing the border. and, with every passing hour, there are more and more of them coming. there is absolutely no space left anymore, so they are just living on any piece of open ground that they can find, and many of them have the most disturbing testimony to share. i meet a man who is nursing
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a bullet wound in his foot. he tells me that his village, just across the border, was allegedly attacked by the myanmar military and armed civilian mobs. translation: so many people were killed. they just set fire to everything. ijust ran. there were people whose throats were slashed with knives. they were shooting at us, and i got hit. and, from inside myanmar‘s rakhine state, the scars of violence. entire villages burned down. there is not a house left standing. this is where the myanmar military have been carrying out a massive crackdown, following an attack last week by a rohingya militant group on dozens of police posts. rights campaigners say the use of force has been massive and indiscriminate. the situation seems to be one where it is rapidly sliding toward the precipice.
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you have a situation where many people are on the move, significant areas of rakhine state are on fire. as for those who have managed to flee the fighting, they are building temporary shelters, and trying to make a home for themselves. bangladesh, after initially trying to stop them coming, is now letting them in. for the survivors, this represents freedom. it has come at a cost, and they are still uncertain about what lies ahead. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, at the bangladesh—myanmar border. a grammar school which forced pupils to leave halfway through their course, because of their exam results, has reversed its decision. will parents at st 0lave's, in south—east london, began legal action after students who did not get at least a b—grade at as—level were told they could not continue. the lawyer representing the families says the school has changed its mind. sian griffiths is the education editor at the sunday times. very high—performing schools
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like st 0laves are increasingly trying to manage out children who are not expected to very high targets when they sit their a—levels at the end of sixth form. now, some people would say, well, i would sort of expect that in an independent school. i have heard stories of that happening, people have a quiet word at the end of your gcses. but at what is, essentially, a school that could be open to anyone, although selective in terms of a grammar school, this seems brutally unfair. a lot of parents would say, you know, suddenly people are told you are not really welcome anymore. what's going on here? i think what's happening, and certainly at the end of gcses, if you don't get good gcses, i think it's very, very common for most schools now, most good schools, to say you need a certain number of gcse grades to get through to the sixth form. because otherwise you are not equipped to cope with the level of study? otherwise you are not equipped to cope with it. the bar has been getting
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higher and higher. five b grades is very normal now at gcse, before you can go into the sixth form and sit a—levels. it used to be much lower than that. i think what's happening is that schools are now, in these league tables, they are absolutely measured by their performance in a—levels and gcses. the very top schools, and st 0laves is one of our best state schools, really rely on pupils doing exceptionally well at gcse and a—level, and they see themselves as very academic schools. and children who don't meet those academic standards, i think they feel this is not the right school for them. now, we've seen a legal situation here. so what do we know about the legal framework around decisions like this? i think this is what's unusual about what has happened. first of all, it's quite unusual to be asked to leave at the end of the first year in six form. because you are so far into the course? because you are so far into the course. it's very hard to find another school. you're halfway through your a—levels. i think it's kind of accepted that, if they accept you into the sixth form, they accept you for two years. but what's extremely unusual about this case is that parents have
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said no, you want to manage our children out, i don't think so. they have taken legal action. 0n the back of that legal action, the department for education has come up with some guidance, and it's made it very clear that it's actually illegal to throw out a child halfway through the six form, and the school has had to back down. and that is quite unprecedented. what do you think of the wider lessons of this story? is it that there is an issue with children who aren't geared up to do a—levels and do well, and they're not being offered the right choice, they are not being guided correctly, or is it that schools are under too much pressure with league tables? what do you make of the context of this? i mean, i have a lot of sympathy for this head teacher, actually. he is an exceptionally good head teacher, aydin 0nac. when he went to fortismere school, in east london, he very much pushed up standards there. 0n the one hand, these schools are under immense pressure to perform. but they also want to perform well for the children who are in the schools. because, if you want to go to oxford or cambridge, one of the top universities, this is where these
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schools are sending children, you have to get a string of a*s, not only at gcse, but also at a—level. so headmasters like this are really raising the bar. it's very, very tough. i think what he's done in this case is wrong, and i think it's completely wrong to throw out children halfway through the sixth form. but what he's saying to the children is you have to perform better, you have to do better than this. you can do better this. and just in terms of how children can be offered the right thing, being told if you're not hitting a b grade, it's time to move on, do you think the problem is that our expectations are now too high? should we be helping children come up with different alternatives if they can't quite make the grade? is there enough on offer for children like that? where were they expecting these children to go, and what to do expect them to do? 0nce they've got into the sixth form of a school like st 0laves, they must be very academically bright children, otherwise they wouldn't have got in the first place. so, i know that he asked some children to sign contracts that they would improve their performance, which is also quite standard practice in top schools now.
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and i think what you have to remember all the time is that our kids in this country are now competing in the global economy forjobs. and, if you look at what's happening in the far east nations, where they're so far ahead of us in terms of standards, and you look at how much pressure is put on those kids, that is starting to happen here. that is just the situation we are in. we are in a global economy, it's a global competition forjobs, and our standards are continuously being raised so that we compete with other nations. coming up at 11:30pm i will speak to joe phillips and nigel nelson. let's give you a flavour of what's to come, though. the observer says theresa may is facing a revolt from remain reporting conservative mps over the upcoming brexit bill. the same story leads the sunday telegraph with tory rebels being told to back brexit or get corbyn. the sunday times leads with brexit,
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they said theresa may has secretly agreed a £50 billion divorce bill with the eu. the mail on sunday claims theresa may ignored a memo from sir lynton crosby telling her not to risk a snap general election earlier this year and the express has the news moors murderer ian brady, who died in may, left presence to penpals, including locks of his hair. we will do is go might discuss plenty of those stories later but now at 11:18 p.m., here are ourtop later but now at 11:18 p.m., here are our top stories: bbc world news. president trump visits and helps those in texas who have been affected by flooding. more than 1,400 people have died and 40 million have been left homeless or displaced after flooding across several south asian countries. the retired field marshall lord bramall and the family of the late lord brittan received on sensation from the police over false child
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abuse allegations. sport now and for a full round up from the bbc sport centre, here's katherine downes. thanks very much, good evening. wales have beaten austria in their world cup qualifier this evening with the winning goal coming from 17—year—old, ben woodburn, who was making his international debut. wales' win means they can qualify for the world cup in russia but they are still in third place in their group. patrick gearey reports. together stronger. the slogan of the summer of16, together stronger. the slogan of the summer of 16, the spirit of that run to the semis of the euros lingers. wales are still together but stronger? in world cup qualifying they are yet to convince. too many chances not ta ken, they are yet to convince. too many chances not taken, close no longer good enough as aaron ramsey new. to which russia they may need four wins from four as may austria, two sides separated by little, all very close, all very tense. for a while the pressure drove wales forward, just the time and place for gareth bale.
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the austrian keeper had seen him do that before. unlike bale, ben woodburn still has the power of surprise, after all he's only 17 and these were his first moments as an international and this was his first shot. the teenager born in england who chose to play for wales scoring the goal which keeps alive his nation's chances of reaching the world cup. where on earth do you go from there? wales will hope to russia. patrick gearey, bbc news. next up for wales moldova on tuesday, that win leaves them with 11 points in group d, four points behind leaders serbia who also won today. the republic of ireland are in second, they drew with georgia. remember that only the top team qualifies for the finals automatically. eight of the nine second—placed sides go into the play—offs. lewis hamilton has set a new pole position record in reaching his 69th career pole, breaking the previous landmark set by michael schumacher. in treacherous conditions hamilton was more than a second quicker than his nearest rival. hamilton will be hoping to overtake
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sebastian vettel in the championship. the ferrari driver will be sixth on the grid. so can hamilton hope to break more records like this in his career? 0ur f1 reporter nick parrott explains. well, back in june well, back injune before the azerbaijan grand prix he said he could easily continue in the sport possibly until he is as old as 40 and he's 32 at the moment. the other record of interest is most race wins, that schumacher‘s record, 91, 33 ahead of hamilton so if he got an average of ten race wins a year it would take three years. he has another season with mercedes and he is expected to sign a three—year contract extension so he could feasibly achieve the most race wins. it's the first weekend of domestic rugby union action, both the premiership and the pro14 got under way last night and saracens have laid down an early marker this afternoon. the european champions ran in nine tries in a 55—24 win over northampton saints at twickenham,
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including a hattrick for sean maitland. saracens lost in the premiership play—off semi—finals last season, but won the european champions cup for a second successive year. and in the day's other games, london irish have beaten harlequins 39—29 at twickenham. the victory marks a perfect return to the premiership for irish, who have spent the last year in the second tier. and wasps beat sale sharks 50—35. leinster got their pro14 campaign off to a winning start, beating welsh side the dragons 39—16. they ran in five tries, with replacement winger cathal marsh completing the scoring to secure the bonus point win. in the day's other matches, reigning champions scarlets hosted south african new boys southern kings. they scored eight tries in a 57—10 bonus—point win. 0spreys beat zebre 22—13 and glasgow beat connacht18—12. after a record—breaking finals day at edgbaston, nottingham 0utlaws are t20 blast champions. they beat the birmingham bears by 22
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runs in the final on a day when more than 1,000 runs were scored across the three matches. notts recovered from losing the wicket of alex hales early on to post a total of 190 thanks to 64 from man of the match samit patel. birmingham couldn't get close to that in front of many home supporters. they finished their 20 overs on 168—8. notts become t20 champions for the first time. that's all the sport for now. as parliament prepares to debate brexit legislation this week the prime minister is trying to prevent a potential rebellion from some backbench mps who backed remain in the referendum. writing in a sunday newspaper theresa may's second—in—command damian green warns any attempt to water down legislation could lead tojeremy corbyn getting into power. to talk
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us corbyn getting into power. to talk us through this and some of the other stories making the newspapers, chris mason, our political correspondent. let's start with what damian green has been saying? politics is very much back, it's been around quite a bit in august but it properly returns to westminster this week with mps returning on wednesday and the whole business of the brexit bill being discussed in the commons on thursday. we've got a co—ordinated effort by the government to make its case in the sunday newspapers. damian green, the first secretary of state, effectively the deputy prime minister, being sent out to bat, not least because he was such a prominent stays vague campaigner and he's making an argument in an article in the sunday telegraph that yes he was a passionate remainer but he's also a democrat and he thinks it's important mps get behind the withdrawal bill. why it's a co—ordinated effort, the conservatives don't have a majority. the dup are very pro—brexit, but even so, the majority of the conservatives and the dup doesn't
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add up to a great deal so you don't need many conservatives to sound against what's coming for downing street to get nervous. damian green making the case no conservative once a bad brexit deal or to do anything that increases the threat of a corbyn government and what they will hope, the prime minister and mr green, is ultimately whatever the anxiety of some state don't like remain conservative mps it's not as great as it would be for them to have ajeremy great as it would be for them to have a jeremy corbyn government —— remain. they hope they aren't sufficiently anxious to rebel.l multi pronged approach, we have david davis writing in the sun. he says we had a busy summer in the government, we've been churning out these brexit papers, he has a pithy line about the summer, the ministers had headed to the airports with presentations and smart shoes rather than paperbacks and sunglasses, the
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indication labour haven't been doing a great deal. in the last week labour have changed their brexit policy, critics say for the umpteenth time, but we now know they have a real problem with the brexit bill and they will be voting against it, which is why they have to make sure, the conservatives, they have their side on the same page. david davis accuses labour in this critique of the government of having a motivation that is the pursuit of chaos, clearly it is hisjob a motivation that is the pursuit of chaos, clearly it is his job from the government perspective to avoid that chaos and ensure they can get the bill through because it looks certain they won't have labour support for it. if, as davis davis was writing, they've been busy over the summer, there's a in the —— a suggestion of a secret deal worth £50 billion —— david davis. suggestion of a secret deal worth £50 billion -- david davis. there's a suggestion from a highly respected
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westminster reporter, tim shipman, about, say shenzhen whitehall about about, say shenzhen whitehall about a contentious bill associated with the divorce payment of £50 billion. it could be via a transitional arrangement. the line from downing street couldn't be more clear cut tonight, they say it is simply not true. downing street say they don't recognise it. whatever happens, the government will have to find a way of squaring a circle about how they sell whatever the divorce payment will be because whatever the figure is it won't be an easy figure to sell. buckle up, a busy week and a busy year. certainly. let's have a look at the weather now with nick miller. a weekend of two halves, if today was the sunny day of the two you can
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guess what's coming tomorrow. this is another look at some of the sunshine we've enjoyed today, the odd shower around parts of east anglia, you may have found yourself under a heavy downpour, most places stayed right. this is tomorrow with the system coming in from the atlantic, already bringing rain into the western side of northern ireland, it has pushed rain into cornwall and parts of devon and all spreading further east over the next few hours. wales will see that through the night, fringing into south—west scotland. to the east, dry. still clear spells in the east, a few mist and fog patches around, some single figures but not as chilly as recent nights but it is wet and windy to start the day tomorrow in much of the west of the uk. gales in the irish sea, heavy bursts on south facing hills. to the east we start with sunshine, albeit quite hazy in places, eventually that will be lost as it clouds over.
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a wet start in northern ireland, some of the rain knocking on the door of north—west england, into south—west scotland, but even here to the east you start the david wright with early sunny spells. an east—west split to begin the day to some extent as the day goes on because the weather system is only gradually pushing east and in the afternoon some of the rain in many parts of the west. increasingly light and patchy rain into south—east england, the midlands, north—west england, scotland and it easesin north—west england, scotland and it eases in northern ireland, 15 or 16 with the rain in the west, low cloud, coastal and hill fog around but may be 20 in some spots in the east given any sunshine. the chance of patchy rain feeding into this later in the day, the first stage of the tour of britain getting under way from edinburgh, you will see during tomorrow evening where you stay dry for much of the day the increasing chance of a bit of rain, not amounting to much, moving in.
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this weather system has stalled across us this weather system has stalled across us by monday so we start monday with loads of cloud, damp and drizzly, coastal hill fog, not very inviting at all and another weather system brings more rain to scotland and northern ireland but for england and northern ireland but for england and wales in the afternoon it brightens up, given any sunshine it will be quite warm, the low 20s, but feeling quite muggy and from tuesday onwards it is brighter but showery. had online, videos, the weatherfor the week ahead and the latest on major tropical weather systems around the world —— head online. hello, this is bbc news with rachel schofield. we will be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. first the headlines at 11:30pm: the metropolitan police has paid compensation to the former head of the army, lord bramall, and the family of the late home secretary lord brittan, who were falsely accused of child sexual abuse. more than 1,400 people have died and 40 million have been left


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