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huge two huge category four hurricane is moving to the caribbean in that way. it has, as you know, cause substantial devastation and it is now on its way to the turks and ca icos now on its way to the turks and caicos islands the florida is in the path of the storm. you have the foreign office crisis centre, they have been running the many days now, working to get the messages out to holiday—makers, the people on those islands about what they need to do. you have across government, a group coordinating with the mod, the response of this government to the crisis. it took 24 hours before help reached those islands, is it fast enough? they had to deal with hurricane winds blowing through. it was difficult to deliver helicopters and aeroplanes in the way the
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islanders would have wanted. i have been talking to the governor of angola. he said it was an incredible morale boost is the british helicopters overhead yesterday. and that will continue, bringing supplies and comfort to those islands. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson islands. the foreign secretary, boris johnson reacting islands. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson reacting to the criticism of the british response to hurricane irma. now it's time for newswatch, presented by samira ahmed. this week, the bbc expands its services in other languages. welcome to newswatch. coming up... after recent nuclear missile test, is this a good time for the bbc to launch which service targeted at north korea? should bbc news be covering a story about an u nfortu nate covering a story about an unfortunate incident in a toilet. first, many of those interviewed on
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news and current affairs programmes have been advised by public relations professionals on what to say and how to behave. if you are appearing on tv as a pr person yourself, what could possibly go wrong? on monday's newsnight, the co—founder of belle pottinger, which had been expelled by the pr trade body for unethical behaviour in south africa, demonstrated the a nswer to south africa, demonstrated the answer to that question. you were the man who went out to south africa to secure this deal... phone rings. i , sorry about that. don't worry about it. we went out to the people
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who represented the gupta 's. he knew of all... phone rings. one of the key things is the problem with the account. this reaction on twitter was called... there was more embarrassment on tuesday for the home office after the guardian published a draft document it obtained containing proposals aimed at cutting the numbers of low skilled migrants from europe following brexit. the bbc followed up the story but one viewer rang us with his concerns over the
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journalistic ethics. how do the bbc and other media sources justify broadcasting information to the public from so—called leaked documents? they are not leaked, they are stolen. the media should be forced, by law, to divulge their informant‘s details so be made them be prosecuted and lose theirjobs. which they are obviously not fit to be in any way. it is theft. we have had reaction to panorama, showing distressing footage from an immigration removal centre, brockhaus, which had been filmed secretly by a member of staff. bbc news picked up on the story last friday. undercover investigation mark, abuse or assault detainees. the incident is picked up by the hidden camera worn by another officer. he has worked here for two years and
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he approached panorama after becoming disturbed about the working practices he saw. he was applauded the documentary and tracy practices he saw. he was applauded the documentary and trachensen called it... the bbc‘s motto going back 90 years has been nations shall speak peace u nto has been nations shall speak peace unto nation. but which nations? the bbc is updating its provision of language services by adding several new ones, including one in pigeon. it is spoken by 75 million people in nigeria and many more elsewhere in africa. at the beginning...
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the introduction last month of audio updates in pigeon with daily video bulletins due to be added in november, has already had an impact on social media and it is part of what the bbc world service is calling its biggest expansion since the 1940s with calling its biggest expansion since the 19405 with 1400 calling its biggest expansion since the 1940s with 1400 staff being hired, backed by £289 million of government funding. 12 new language services are launching. they include one targeted at north korea, where, particularly at this time of heightened international tension over nuclear missile tests, it seems unlikely the bbc will be greeted with open arms. to talk about what the bbc‘s changing with its language services, iamjoined by changing with its language services, i am joined by the deputy editor of the bbc world language group. we
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mention korean and pigeon, what are you expanding and why? we are opening 11 language services. the korean service for the korean peninsula and korean speaking audiences around the world. we have done this because there has never been a greater need for the reliable and independent language the bbc provides. in some countries where some news is available, but in many countries where there isn't very much all reliable international news, it has been part of our mission since the war. it is a continuation and extension of that. in deciding what languages you offer, a lot of countries don't have independent news. those audiences who don't have a lot of choices. a number of the bridges services, we are opening a number of languages to
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cover ethiopia and eritrea because we see a lack of free access to independent and reliable news in that market. we have three additional nigerian languages. audiences watching newswatch, we pay a licence fee, where is the money coming from? the extension is coming from new government investment. it was done because it felt there wasn't a commercial case, you could never run these services on a commercial basis. the licence fee payers pay for existing world service? they pay for a certain amount of it and the government has come in with the money for the expansion of these language services. the bbc is supposed to be independent and when you are expanding into places like the korean peninsula with government money, doesn't it look political? the bbc has had grand and aid funding from the government over a long time to pay for the world service. in that time, we were
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confident our own independent editorial content. we wouldn't take money from the government if it had editorial strings attached. the government understand that and they don't want the bbc news to be viewed with suspicion as the voice of the government. for the government, they have pagan expansion of the services, it was the bbc who decided which languages we added. although the government retains a role in deciding if any future services are close, the bbc has editorial independence on what goes on those services. the bbc of professional diplomats. the north korean government has told the bbc it is not happy about this new language service. is it provocative to go ahead? we think there is a value in areas of tension for there to be access for impartial and reliable and independent news. we think it helps de—escalate points of international tension. helps de—escalate points of internationaltension. ourview
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helps de—escalate points of international tension. our view is, the bbc will help in the long—term with access. there is a huge amount of concern about fake news on how it is being manipulated by countries to ferment into ethnic problems in different territories around the world. the bbc has an important mission to get into that space and make sure that a free and impartial and accurate information is available as a gold standard, if you like. we help it de—escalate 's political tensions, not the other way around. what about the journalists providing the services, some will be based in london, but in places like north korea, where you have no presence on the ground, how dangerous it might be to provide a service tailored for a local market? we don't have an operational base in north korea, but the bbc does periodically get access inside north korea, albeit under restrictive and you are monitored and surveilled by the authorities. but the issues of whom are the journalists providing
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that language service, who maybe the national is from there? the objective of this service is not political. we do language and countries. it is a korean language service for all korean language speaking services. we're not setting it up asa speaking services. we're not setting it up as a platform for dissidents or to destabilise the north korean government. if we did do that, in that political weight it with the and devalue the bbc‘s international bases around the world. it would be counter—productive and we would not do it. we are doing it on the same basis as other international news service to provide independent, trusted, free news, but for the values as journalists and not as a political objective. jamie angus, thank you. a light—hearted story that has been fascinated but disgusting some viewers this week. because it concerns a toilet mishap. it is
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about an unnamed woman from bristol ona about an unnamed woman from bristol on a first date. what happened when she went back to his house and needed the toilet. are you ready? here is headache, liam smith. unfortunately it wouldn't flush and she decided to throw it out of the window. my house is quirky and the bathroom doesn't open into the outside garden. it opens to an air gap and there is a double glazed window between that and the outside garden. she was reaching in to try and get the to out of the window. she asked me help to get out and she was stuck. embarrassing, certainly. unpleasant, undoubtedly. newsworthy? some people had their doubts, including michael hill e—mail... thank you for all your comments, if
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you want to share your opinions on bbc news and current affairs or appear on the programme, you can call us on... do have a look at our website. that is all from us, i will be back in a fortnight and roger bolton will be here next week to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage. we are still dodging downpours this evening but some will be turning dry as the evening goes on. we will keep as the evening goes on. we will keep a feed of showers coming over northern ireland, north—west england. many central and eastern parts will turn drier with clear spells. this is where we are likely
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to see the lowest temperatures. onto the start of the weekend and from the start of the weekend and from the word go, showers in the west and there could be some prolonged downpours internal posting. elsewhere, cloud will build and showers break—out. widespread showers break—out. widespread showers into the afternoon but going into the evening, many western areas will be drier and sunny for a time. windy again in the west and south, cool weekend with temperatures into the mid to upper teens. on sunday, outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards a cross outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards across the uk and further blustery showers following on behind. that is your weekend. this is bbc news.
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i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm: hurricane irma continues its path of destruction across the carribbean, with widespread devastation on several islands. thousands of people have been left without shelter and power. senior mps criticise the government's aid effort to the british overseas territories, the british virgin islands. three raf flights have been despatched to the caribbean. the storm is on course to hit florida by the weekend. 500,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes, after warnings parts of the state will be devastated. the governor warns the state's 20 million people to be prepared to evacuate their homes. this is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential. i ask everyone in the storm's path to be vigilant, and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement. also in the next hour... a powerful earthquake hits southern mexico. dozens of people are killed. the country's president said the tremor was the strongest to hit the country in a century.


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