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the most powerful storm to hit cuba in more than 80 years is moving slowly away from the island after causing floods and widespread damage. it's likely to be several more hours until storm force winds subside on the western end of the island. more than a million people have been moved to safety. the hurricane is heading to the us state of florida. the governor there says the southeast is already experiencing tropical storm force winds. water levels have already begun to rise, forecasters estimate a storm surge of five to eight feet. more than six million people have been ordered to leave their homes. in mexico, recovery teams say at least 65 people were killed in thursday‘s powerful earthquake. one rescue team co—ordinator said it was unlikely that any more survivors would be found. the 8.1—magnitude quake flattened thousands of buildings archeologists in egypt say they've discovered the tomb of a goldsmith that's more than 3,000 years old.
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it was found in a burial site on the west bank of the nile, near the city of luxor. 0ur middle east editor alan johnston has more. staring out of the past, remains from the world of ancient egypt. they lay here in the darkness, deep beneath the banks of the river nile for well over 3,000 years. now they're emerging from their grave. every detail of their surroundings is being examined. and slowly, the story of this burial place and it's dead is becoming clearer. it's believed that this was the tomb of a goldsmith, and we even find an image of this man captured in the sculpture. he sits beside his wife, who is closed in traditional headwear, and dress. lower down, between their legs, is the outline of another figure, thought to be one of their sons. the archaeologists believe the goldsmith would have dedicated his work to the glorification of the god in. along with the mummies
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and decorated cottons, the tomb has given up other bridges, including masks, jewellery and figurines. all now on show for the first time. and it's thought this place may have even more to offer, there are plans to keep searching for other burial chambers. alan johnston, bbc news. now on bbc news, it's time for the travel show. this week on the travel show, i'm in sweden, finding out how its capital, stockholm, plans to become the most futuristic city in the world. so, it shows the tickets, our names, and it all came from that. and i'll also be trying to get snug under the duvet in subzero temperatures. you have a good night's sleep. thanks, stefan, i'll bejust chilling here.
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and carmen's in japan, facing her food fears, as she takes on her latest taste challenge. it's quite overpowering. this might take a bit of getting used to. sweden's capital city stockholm is built around lake malaren and the baltic sea on m islands. its pastel—coloured buildings and historical old town date back seven centuries to a time when stockholm was scandinavia's main trading post. and, today, with a population ofi million, it's one of europe's smallest but fastest—growing capital cities and its eyes are set firmly on the future. this place has been called the start—up capital of europe and there are plans to make it the smartest, most hi—tech city in the world.
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but what does that actually mean? a smart city is a city that utilises sustainability, real digitalisation to find new technology to make it easier for citizens, visitors and businesses to become eco—friendly. there are some initiatives already visible on the street like this solar—powered bin. when it's full, it signals so we can come and pick up the trash. so, that means you don't need to come on a regular basis all the time — you have a signal and then you pick it up. so it saves us a lot of transportations. with the growing number of us living in cities, space is at a premium. i want to understand how it will affect the way we use the buildings that already exist. this building is going to be
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the restaurant and food centre for the future. a city like stockholm is always on the edge, and tries to be on the vanguard of things happening, right? amazing. can we have a look inside? absolutely. it's open. welcome. thank you. this looks like a garage to me. well, yes, it is. these guys have ambitious plans to change the way this building works. under every building in every major city in the world, what do you find? you find garages. with all the self—driving cars out there, will you need garages in the future? possibly not as many are least, right? and what can we use them for? we are growing stuff because we have all this funky, artificial light, and we don't need
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the sun anymore to grow herbs and plants. that sounds incredible. it is just a few years from now. this little kale is called asian kale. here we have our basil. up on the shop floor, the guys introduced me to local traders making a salad from ingredients grown inside a nearby basement without any sunlight. here we go. this is incredible. so, this is a mixture of all sorts of plants. but what's special about it is it's organic. it's been grown in house under led lights, and it's verticalfood. and it's really tasty. it's tasty. i've got one more stop on my mission to understand what stockholm will look like in the future, especially for travellers. for that, i need tojump on a train. 0k.
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let me see this microchip then. well, here it is. wow! i can touch it, yes? look at that! stefan ray works for sweden's largest train operating company, the first in the world to begin using microchips that sit underneath the skin as train tickets. this microchip implant sits right here. that's it. it's under your skin. it's under my skin. here comes a ticket officer. this is our chance to see if that works. each passenger with a microchip must be registered with a membership number. the microchip holds this number and when the inspector scans the chip, the ticket comes up
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in her validation app. it's there, so it shows the tickets, our names, and it all came from that. so, what about privacy? the solution we found was that if we just put the membership number, that won't be telling anyone anything about you outside our company. there is no transmitter here, so we can't track with like gps or something. so far around 3000 people in sweden have a microchip. in theory, you could use the microchip implant to replace a lot of stuff. i mean, credit cards... the keys to your house, the keys to your car. i've got real mixed feelings about that microchip technology. the geeky side of me likes the idea of going from wearable tech to injectable tech and it seems really practical as well so you can get rid
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of your keys and you don't have to carry tickets around with you but there's also a side of me, maybe a little bit of paranoia, that's worried about the privacy and giving out so much information, also carrying it inside you. from a visitor's point of view, stockholm certainly feels futuristic. whether it's a bin that works with solar power, food grown in a garage, or train tickets inside your skin, people here seem to embrace these new technologies and the change that comes with them. maybe that's the secret to stockholm's smartness. still to come on the travel show... i head north here in sweden to find out how an ice hotel is using the midnight sun to create eternal winter, even in the
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summertime. iain't hiding... i ain't going to lie about it. it's cold. and japan's most challenging meals. carmen's back on the road, putting her palate through its paces as she takes on more of the country's more traditional dishes. stay with us for that. the travel show, your essential guide wherever you are heading. japan's food can bejust jaw—dropping, and most people new to the country make a beeline for the yakatori joints or sushiers that you'll find everywhere. i've lived here in tokyo for over three years now and i love japanese food. but there's still some ifind quite intimidating. so, with a little help from my translator, yoko... carmen. ..i'm taking my taste buds on a trip through this country to try
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and understand what i'm missing out on. this leg brings me back to my adopted home town, tokyo. this leg brings me back to my adopted home town, tokyo. and to a food that inspires genuine affection here. so this is natto. natto is soya beans that have been left to ferment into a kind of stringy goo. the secret is a colony of bacteria called bacillus subtilis. it's a well—liked, popular breakfast with, they say, significant health benefits. why does it have to be so gooey and slimy? for tourists, let's just say it's an acquired taste. tastes a bit like medicine.
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it's a really, really pungent flavour in your mouth. it's quite overpowering. this might take a bit of getting used to. if i'm ever going to learn to appreciate natto, it's going to take resolve and research. arigato. and you have to cover all your hair. all my hair! oh, dear. so, yoko takes me to a little place she knows in nearby ibaraki. 0k. oh, you can smell the soya beans already. it's really, really strong. and you can smell straw. what is in here? it's natto bacteria. natto bacteria.
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cultured especially for natto. 0k. 0k, just spray like this. that's enough. that's it. so, they put in like a straw container and they put it in a fermentation room for like 18 hours and then you will see slimy thing. 0k. have you ever considered making natto a bit less slimy for encouraging people like myself? it's possible. so, tell me about the health benefits of natto? studies have indeed shown natto is probiotic and may also help thin the blood, reducing the severity of strokes and heart attacks.
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it's pretty hot in there. i must admit i've never been to a natto factory before. and i guess i got used to the smell by the end of it. what really got me was the health benefits, so... i'll do it for my health. back in tokyo, south—west of the centre, there's one place that's got to be high up on the list of many natto fans. this is a cafe and shop that specialises in one type of food. ah! this is... mr slimy.
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mr slimy, you'rejoking! that's brilliant. i need help. i need you to help me like natto. seaweed. this one has seaweed in it. 0k. so, it's a cutting motion, not the rigorous stirring. it's better. i'll give you that. better. is there another way i can enjoy natto without the sliminess? natto doughnut. 0k, not at all gooey. it's delicious. i love natto now. finally this week, i continue my
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journey through sweden, travelling over 1000 miles north of the capital, stockholm, to the town ofjukkasjarvi, in the arctic circle. this is what swedish lapland looks like in the wintertime and it's the perfect backdrop to see reindeer, or the northern lights. but what really put this town on the map back in 1989 was when it built the world's first wintertime ice hotel. it's a concept that has been copied in other parts of the world but now they're trying something different. now, over there, that's
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where they've been building the ice hotel, every winter for the last 27 years. but this year, for the first time, they've come up with a really clever way of building a hotel out of ice that will stay frozen all year round, even in the summer. temperatures can reach as high as 20 degrees here in the summer. so, designers have developed pioneering techniques to create a hotel that will remain intact. it's not what i was expecting. i was expecting an igloo or something like that. for more than 25 years we've been building igloos here. it's been a winter project, a seasonal project. this is our permanent... it is new. it's the first season that we are running the icehotel 365, a permanent ice hotel. why have ice hotel all year round? because people want to do it. seriously? simple answer. can we go and have a look inside?
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of course. let's go, ade. when you're this far north of the arctic circle there's daylight for 24—hours during the summer and the icehotel has found a way to harness that energy, bizarrely to keep temperatures inside below freezing. look at this! it's like a winter wonderland. what you first meet here is the ice bar. i hope the drinks come with ice, yeah? all of them. so, all the ice here comes from the river. everything, everything from the river. yes. so, it's in the cycle with the river and it's going back, like the ice glasses. so, the ice glass... you have a drink from the ice glass. when that evaporates, back into the river. if you want, you can ask the bar tender, can i bring it with me and throw it in the river? of course. it's extremely environmentally friendly. yes, it is. there are 20 rooms in this new, permanent hotel. each uniquely sculpted by artists
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from all over the world. there is a different theme in every suite. the name of the suite is oh, dear. i really love this room. it's amazing. the ambience. .. the detailing is just incredible. i am speechless. it feels like something out of alice in wonderland or the lion, the witch and the wardrobe. but it's also extremely chilly. even though this hotel is permanent, there is a constant supply of fresh ice on hand if any alterations need to be made. and that's where this giant fridge comes in handy. have you ever seen a block of ice this big?
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this massive block of ice weighs up to two tonnes. and over here, i love this. this stuff is called snice. it's a mixture of ice and snow and it's used for the insulation of the ice hotel. what's even more amazing is all of this ice here is sourced from the river torne, just outside. so, there is no more talking now from me. i'm going to spend the night in the icehotel. i can't get away from it. so it'sjust me, and my beautiful ice bed. who's in here? 0h, hello, ade. ijust made your room ready. oh, wow! what temperature is it in this place? minus five. it reminds me of my first council flat when i couldn't afford heating.
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you will become very nostalgic when you sleep here. because the room is literally freezing, you need special gear to survive the night including a sleeping bag that can withstand temperatures of minus 25 centigrade. this is your bed. you have a normal mattress but the frame is ice. will this keep me warm enough in minus five degrees? yes. this sleeping bag is for winter purpose. i'm lucky enough to have a suite, which comes with a warm bath room. if you panic and you can't stand it, you can hang out in here as well. oh, i geta warm room! yeah. of course, i won't be spending much time in the warm room, other than to just get in. my guide, stefan gives me some advice. what people usually do, they go with their whole head. brething becomes moist inside your sleeping bag and moist makes you colder, so the best way
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is to keep your face in the open. keep your face in the open. and breathe out in the air. can you tell me a story, stefan, please? all right, ade, i will leave you now. you have a good night's sleep. enjoy your cold night. thanks, stefan i'll be just chilling here. it's just gone 4am in the morning. i've woken up, um... yeah, i don't know. think i need to go to the bathroom. it's really cold. i've warmed back up, got my clothes back on. doing my usual technique of getting in the sleeping bag before i go out into the room. if you look out the window, it's like bright daylight. it's been like this
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for the last well, two, three hours that light. look, there's pros and cons to this. the great thing about it is, it's beautiful in here. look around! and also, the silence is just incredible. so peaceful. but it's cold and i ain't hiding. it's cold. that is your lot for this week. but make sure you join us next week when. .. carmen continues her eating adventures throuthapan to take on a dish with a fishy flavour.
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very strong. that's all to come on next week's show. but don't forget you can keep up with us and all our travels in real—time on the road by following us on social media. all the details should be on your screens right now. but, for now, from me ade adepitan, and all the travel show team here in sweden, it's hej, hej. hello once again.
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thanks very much indeed forjoining me. the weekend started on a pretty showery note, to say the very least, across the british isles. even underneath the glorious skies here in derbyshire, the spots of rain on the camera belie the presence of the opportunity for showers. sure enough, wait long enough, and along they came. things have quietened down into the first part of sunday thanks to a little ridge of high pressure just nosing its way in ahead of the next weather fronts coming in from the atlantic. so, a wet start across northern and western parts of scotland. so, too, northern ireland. ahead of that, underneath relatively clear skies, temperatures will have dipped away overnight and it will be actually start to sunday through east anglia and parts of the south—east and the countryside. ——a chilly start. we were looking at four, five, six degrees or so but with a bit of sunshine, a couple of hours of warmth, you will be back up to 12 or 13 degrees and a glorious start to the new day. further west, close to the weather front, more in the way of cloud.
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maybe the odd showery burst ahead of them main event, trailing its way down across the irish sea. ahead of it, a bit of cloud and rain across the greater part of scotland. the front will have got through northern ireland in the first part of the day and it is heading further east. here's a bit of advice. if you are watching the great runner, crack on. because the rain will eventually catch up with you. if you linger on the course too long, here it comes. eventually getting across the pennines, the early part of the afternoon. further south, it stays dry but increasingly cloudy across the greater part of east anglia and the south—east. following on behind the weather front, brightness coming into wales and the south—west but a great raft of showers for the greater part of scotland, northern ireland. wherever you're watching your premier league football through the afternoon on sunday, be prepared for a little bit of rain at the very least falling from the skies. eventually the weather front pushes
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on its way over towards the north sea. following on behind some very tight isobars here. especially through south wales, the west country and the south—west for a time. the first part of monday, 80— 60 mph gusts on what will be a blustery day. if you stay dry, you will have done very well indeed. does it last? thankfully not. the low pressure filled in and incomes and other rich of high pressure. settles things down for tuesday. i think we will see new fronts coming in from the atlantic on wednesday. make the best of tuesday. hello and welcome to bbc news. the most powerful storm to hit cuba in more than 80 years is moving
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slowly along the island's north coast, causing floods and widespread damage. the government has extended its maximum alert to more provinces, as well as havana. fierce winds from hurricane irma have ripped off rooftops, uprooted trees and torn down power lines. one million people, nearly a tenth of cuba's population, have been evacuated. 0ur correspondent will grant is in havana with the latest on the situation. cubans had hoped they might avoid the worst of hurricane irma. they had no such luck. with the full force of a category 5 storm, the hurricane tore through the island's northern shore.
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