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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: the caribbean struggles to cope in the wake of hurricane irma: we report from the british virgin islands where thousands have yet to receive any support. i have seen real strength, real determination that now what imc is reeled aspiration. —— real desperation. —— what i am seeing. a massive relief operation gears up across florida. the storm caused widespread damage — millions face weeks without power. the un security council unanimously backs another round of sanctions against north korea — ramping up pressure over its nuclear programme. and — british mps back a key vote on brexit, but months of bitter wrangling lies ahead. from cuba to florida and across parts of the caribbean
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hurricane irma has left a trail of devastation and claimed at least a0 lives. its destroyed thousands of homes and has left millions without power and clean water. now britain, france and the netherlands, which oversee territories in the caribbean, have been criticised for being slow to respond to the crisis. a state of emergency has been declared on the british virgin islands where an aid operation is under way. the bbc‘s laura bicker has the latest from tortola, the largest of the islands. there is now a sense of desperation and fear in tortola. people are hungry, tired and in need of basic supplies. this was the line of traffic trying to get into the main town on the island. most are heading to the supermarket for the first time since the hurricane, now that more roads have been cleared. have you got enough food, water? no, ‘cause everybody
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is fighting, and stealing. a lot is going on right now. people are breaking into people's homes, going with what they have. it's a state of emergency. outside the store, some have been waiting for the doors to open for eight hours. as only a few people are allowed in, chaos ensues. we're going in, we're going in. they are worried that supplies are limited. we need water, we need food. we need electricity. do you think you've had enough help? i don't think so. we need outside help right now. please get in line for me! police and security guards appealfor calm. but after six days of devastation and enduring the worst storm in living memory, these angry scenes proved too much for some to deal with.
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we're under control, but we didn't expect this mess today. we onlyjust got out of our house today. as we were filming, a local government minister approached. we have lots of food arriving tonight, for my supermarket and for this supermarket, and lots of food arriving every day this week. there are also serious concerns about the safety of residents living amongst the rubble. local police have been working alongside the british military day and night to try to round up a number of criminals who escaped from a prison damaged by the hurricane. it's added to a sense of panic, especially as people cannot communicate from one side of the island to the other. rationed water supplies are now being handed out with the help of more british troops. they have been a reassuring presence, a welcome sight. we have seen real spirit and strength on this island in the last few days. but residents are realising that it could take years to rebuild and that they'll have to summon a great deal
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of determination to help raise tortola from this rubble. laura bicker, bbc news, tortola. jonathan moynihan is from king garden bay in the british virgin islands. he has been trying to find a way out and is now in the capital road town. thank you forjoining us. you have supplied us with some images you have taken supplied us with some images you have ta ken around supplied us with some images you have taken around the island from your motorbike but what have you seen there? imc and the strongest people and the weakest people ——i am seeing. they are coming together. there is a lot of things happening. it is unbelievable human spirit and the opposite as well. but, you know... the opposite as well. but, you know. . . you the opposite as well. but, you know... you have been there from california for two years and now you
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are trying to get out. if that assign you don't believe the aid effort is going to kick in any time soon? i think the sentiments from the outside towns and even in road town, no one is getting the support they need right away. the sentiment is that, you know, people feel that they have been abandoned. where i am from, people are getting information that there is no one on loudspeakers. they try to organise in churches and do what they can but you don't know what information is true right now. it is so hard to validate information. that is kind of where we are out. regarding the night of the storm, you had a truly terrifying experience, didn't you? the neighbour's roof was ripped off and everyone tried to shelter at yours? it wasn't terrifying for me, my house is built really solid and my house is built really solid and my landlord is a prudent guy. had conversations beforehand to talk about the storm and i told people
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they could always seek refuge and they could always seek refuge and the hero is really a guy called black pepper and i said if he needed sheh black pepper and i said if he needed shelf —— shelter to let him know. he pulled the door of her refrigerator and pulled himself in. the person who hid in the fridge, the house had been completely destroyed around her? the roof actually went up and over our house and luckily didn't hit any windows. we just saw her dietand we hit any windows. we just saw her diet and we didn't see her for about five minutes and we thought she would —— we thought she was gone. —— we saw her dive. you talk about the incredible spirit of those in the island. the government here in the uk said there is water and food being given out and they are sending troops but you say you have not seen
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much of that? i think derek is a --i think there is not a lot of action at the moment. from what i have seen, it doesn't seem like it has been disbursed accordingly and it is not affect it. there is a lot of politics with the bvi government right now. what are your plans for the next a8— 72 hours? are you planning to stay put or are you desperate to get the first access out? you know, i gave away everything i own that, planning to get out. i am planning on doing that but i don't know what is going to happen. there is a lot of misinformation out there. it took me a motorcycle round ——a motorcycle ride around tortola to find out my
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new option and are currently talk about that right now but that is my new option. hurricane irma may have been downgraded to a tropical storm, but she's certainly left a trail of destruction in her wake. some caribbean islands have been left with hardly any supplies. and florida is still feeling the impact, with storm surges that pose a serious danger. the bbc‘s allem maqbool reports from miami. after a day of darkness and fury, miami opened its eyes to the aftermath. this city is now littered with the debris of the hurricane. boats were even lifted clean out of the bay and dumped on the shore. people here are emerging from their shelters and barricaded homes to try to start clearing up. so you got out this morning and what did you find? sheer devastation, everywhere you look. i mean, the parking lots are flooded, cars, trees fallen down. in spite of all the preparation, millions are now without power.
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the financial district of the city has been badly affected. it was underwater during the hurricane, inundated with massive coastal waves as irma passed. and across the city on the state, transformers were blown up by the rains, plunging people into darkness. but of course the impact of this storm has been felt far beyond miami. the big concern has been about the florida keys. because of damage to roads and some of the more remote parts, they can still only be surveyed by air and we still cannot land but this is where hurricane irma hit first in florida and it's where some of the worst damage could be. although people living in the keys have become used to hurricanes, when irma
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was reported as the most powerful ever recorded in the atlantic, most got to safer land. many are still unable to return to their damaged homes. from some places in the keys there has been access to, it appears the hurricane utterly ravaged houses and belongings. and that goes for the mainland too, in the city of naples in the west of the state, petrol stations and mobile homes were torn apart. fort lauderdale saw tornadoes as irma came through, parts of the beach were whipped into the city. even as the storm was still affecting this area, looters took advantage. with millions told to evacuate and so many in shelters, there was little to stop them. and new places are still being affected. in recent hours jacksonville in northern florida was hit by a massive storm surge, flooding the city. they said the impact of irma would be widespread, and it has been. and there's much more coverage of hurricane irma on our website.
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you can get the latest live updates — and hear more from those affected. that's all at bbc.com/news. the united nations security council has unanimously adopted a us—backed resolution that imposes new sanctions on north korea as punishment for its recent nuclear test. stephen mcdonnell is in beijing. there was a vote 15— zero so it successfully passed but there was no doubt that sanctions were significantly toned down. yes, of course, the way the un security council works is that you need nine of the 15 and you need all of the permanent members which includes russia and china, to agree to anything to get through. it is a compromise to compromise position. anything to get through. it is a compromise position. us wanted a
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freeze on oil or oil going into north korea. —— all oil. now we are seeing a cap. this is in response to china and russia are not going along with it. that is not to say they is not painful north korea. look at textiles. textiles is north korea's number to export. 80% of its textile exports are going to china. china has agreed to forego all of this and this will represent economic painful north korea. i don't think russia and china expected these sanctions in and of themselves will bring north korea to its knees and force it to give up its nuclear weapons programme. really, this is punishment, i guess, for what it has done so far and the hope in beijing is that somehow or other it leads to all parties getting back to talks. set x box of coal, lead and seafood,
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ban. —— so, exports. give us another idea of what other sanctions? people have been trying to add up what is left for north korea to export. in the end, it doesn't matter because according to vladimir putin, the north koreans would eat grass before they give up their nuclear weapons. many they give up their nuclear weapons. ma ny a nalysts they give up their nuclear weapons. many analysts think that could in fa ct many analysts think that could in fact be the case because as long as the elite in that country is able to feed itself and as long as the army can keep operating, they have done this before, they have gone through huge famine is there for example and the regime has not collapsed. —— famines. the message would be from beijing it would be, we are doing it, but there needs to be some kind of talks going on before north korea gives up their nuclear weapons. stay with us on bbc
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news, still to come: after controversy and legal challenges — australia's postal british mps back a key vote on brexit but months of bitter wrangling lie ahead. freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here — of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites, in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears — enough! translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace
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of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news. these are the latest headlines: parts of the caribbean are struggling to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. thousands of people in the british virgin islands have yet to receive any support. and the un security council has unanimously backed another round of sanctions against north korea, ramping up pressure over its nuclear programme. myanmar‘s treatment of rohingya muslims is a textbook example of ethnic cleansing — so says the un, which is calling for an end to what a senior official described as a cruel military
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operation. more than 300,000 rohingya have fled to neighbouring bangladesh, where many are now desperate. the bbc‘s reeta chakrabarti is in the port city of cox's bazar, close to the border and filed this report. what is happening in myanmar? looking across from bangladesh, huge clouds of smoke fill the sky. military boats patrol the river border. the army is accused of setting fire to muslim rohingya villages and of planting landmines in the paths of fleeing people. it denies that it is targeting civilians. but we have found evidence to suggest otherwise. this small hospital in cox's bazar has been coping with large numbers of rohingya casualties. in the last week, it's had an influx of critically injured people blown up by landmines as they escaped. this person is one of them.
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he's 15 years old and unlikely to make it to 16. he arrived at the hospital a week ago with his legs destroyed. he suffered a terrible loss of blood but doctors have no more to give him. his brother in another hospital suffered the same fate. translation: i can't go back to myanmar, we are not safe. i will beg here in bangladesh and that will be better. i used to pray to allah to give me a son but now my sons are gone. their injuries are so bad, it's as if they are dead. it's better that allah takes them. they're suffering so much. this woman will pull through, although she too has lost both her legs. she fled myanmar because she said the military had been targeting her community.
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she was crossing the border with her three sons when she trod ona landmine. translation: they had already gone ahead and i was behind them, and that's when the explosion happened. we had been fired on, shot at, and they planted mines. we have escaped to bangladesh because we have nowhere else to go. this five—year—old plays with her little brother. she was shot while being carried by her father as the family escaped. the same bullet that hit her killed him. she still cries out for him. she has five other siblings, but in the confusion they were separated. her desperate mother now can't find them. translation: i'm in a terrible situation right now. i'm really worried.
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i haven't got all my children together and i've lost my husband. i've lost my house. where do i go? there's only unhappiness for us. down the road at the larger central hospital, there are more casualties, crammed into a ward. people on the floor, people in corridors, every space taken. half of these patients are rohingya muslims. this hospital has been inundated since the crisis started just over two weeks ago, and it is struggling to cope. we need medicines, we need surgical equipment, we need manpower, we need everything. and do you not have these? no, no, our government supply is limited. the innocent can't comprehend
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what's happening to them, but the rohingya people are suffering miserably in this conflict, whatever the myanmar government says. reeta chakra barti, bbc news, bangladesh. british prime minister theresa may has welcomed a vote in parliament backing legislation to sever ties with the european union. the eu withdrawal bill will cut the uk's political, financial and legal ties with brussels. after more than eight hours of debate late into monday night, lawmakers voted by 326 to 290 in favour of the eu withdrawal bill. it will now go on to face days of line—by—line scrutiny. ministers rejected the labour party's claims that the legislation amounted to a "power grab". our political correspondent alex forsyth explains. this was the the parliamentary test
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of the government. —— this was one of the government. —— this was one of the government. —— this was one of the first. so when the uk leads the eu, there would be a black hole of legislation and things can kick on as usual. the thing that proved contentious was that the government wa nted contentious was that the government wanted to allow ministers to make changes to some of those laws without full parliamentary scrutiny. some opposition labour mps, including the labour party leader, said there was a power grab, intended to bypass parliamentary scrutiny. despite that, the government got enough support to get this through to the next parliamentary stage. theresa may welcomed that result night, particularly because she has no overall majority for her conservative party. so she relies on support from other parties on crucial votes like this. so to some degree, this will be an initial test of the government's authority when it comes to brexit, entries theresa may says this allows a solid
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foundation for future negotiations with the european union over the brexit process. but one big caveat to this: this is not the end of the bill, just one early stage, and some conservative backbench mps are already suggesting they will put some pressure on the government to introduce significant changes to this piece of legislation. the bigger labour mps have said they will continue to fight aspects of this legislation. —— labour mps. this hurdle for a first key piece of legislation in regards to brexit has been passed, but that does not mean clea n been passed, but that does not mean clean sailing from here on in. this is likely to prove contentious and there are likely crucial and contentious parts that the government needs to get through parliament before the uk leads the european union. that was alex forsyth from westminster. the conservative prime
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minister of norway has claimed victory for her centre—right coalition. she is to be the first conservative prime minister in three decades to be re—elected. at least 96 people have died in thursday's earthquake in mexico, which is affected more than two and a half million people. the authorities have been trying to provide food, water and shelter for the survivors but has acknowledged problems in accessing the remote, mountainous areas in oaxaca and chiapas states. from mexico, here's our correspondent raul paullier. four days after the earthquake which struck mexico, juchitan, was hit by the earthquake, is recovering. many say the official response was not quick enough, and that it has been insufficient. thousands of people that lost their homes are staying and sleeping on the streets. they are too afraid of the after—shocks
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and of losing the few possessions they have left. and this is a place where the relief efforts have been concentrated since friday. i have been visiting smaller towns on the outskirts of juchitan, been visiting smaller towns on the outskirts ofjuchitan, where the aid has not yet reached, and where the despair and the complaints and discontent are mounting. translation: the government has not come. neither the mayor nor the governor. there is no help. no food. they have not even come to ask how we are all to give us water. we are com pletely we are all to give us water. we are completely forgotten. it is sad to realise that. what hookimaw is that the house that my parents spent 30 yea rs the house that my parents spent 30 years building is no longer there. at least we have some furniture. some people have nothing. translation: we can't put up with
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much more. we feel forgotten. we don't know why the aid has not arrived. there are many people who need it, notjust me. allthe neighbours. there is no food, there is nothing. we don't have clean water. just a little, because a man gave us water. just a little, because a man gave us a water. just a little, because a man gave us a little. and when it rains, i put buckets out to collect water to baden wash dishes. —— two bays and washed dishes. —— to bathe and wash dishes. -- to bathe and wash dishes. an aid operation is under way in the british virgin islands after hurricane irma. millions face weeks without power. lots more updates on oui’ without power. lots more updates on our website. just go to bbc.com. good morning. as we go through this week,
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there will be a distinct autumnal flavour to our weather. and in actualfact, it will be rather cool and windy at times. some showers will be heavy, possibly with rumbles thunder. we start not on a bad note. ten or 11 degrees, so a fresh start. five or six in rural spots. a predominantly start to the day, maybe even some glimpses of sunshine. a scattering of showers on the west—facing coast, but into the afternoon, cloud, wind, and rain will move into northern ireland and western scotland, in particular. we'll see the first signs of it through the isles of scilly and perhaps cornwall, but for the bulk of england and wales, in the afternoon, it is dry, sunny, with top temperatures around 15 to 18 degrees. as few isolated showers into north—west england, but the heaviest of the rain will be through northern ireland and western scotland. here, it will feel disappointingly cool, at about 12 or 13 degrees. some of that rain will start to be quite heavy. northern isles in eastern scotland, you will see some sunshine to end the day.
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that is not set to last. for the champions league football taking place in the evening, most of the matches will be dry. the rain will pep up towards the end of the match for man united. so that area of low pressure moves in. some rain will be heavy, through the early half of the night, and winds will start to strengthen, casting into gales or severe gales in places. if you will be out on the road, that is worth keeping in mind, and best to stay tuned to a local bbc radio station for updates. gusts of wind along the south coast and across the high ground of scotland. 50—55 miles an hour. we really could see an intense spell of gales or severe gales in north wales and north england for a time. that pushes the rain rapidly through and leaves squally showers for wednesday. some heavy, possibly thundery. the showers cool and disappointing. in the south—east, you'll escape most showers, and there could be some sunshine. 18 degrees the high. not much anywhere change into thursday. these bands of showery rain will slip south. the winds will provide a cool source, with some frequent showers, as well. disappointing showers,
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13 to 18 degrees across the country on thursday afternoon. as we move out of thursday onto friday, it is mostly repeat performance. again, we have a north—westerly wind and plenty of showers, with highs disappointing. take care. this is bbc news — the headlines. parts of the caribbean are struggling to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. an aid operation is under way in the british virgin islands — but many communities have yet to receive any support. in florida — the clean up has started — but millions face weeks without power. the un security council has voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on north korea as punishment for carrying out a nuclear test. the sanctions target pyongyang's ability to fund and fuel its nuclear programme. it's the ninth unanimously adopted resolution on north korea since 2006. the bbc has uncovered evidence suggesting the myanmar military is targeting rohingya muslims — as they flee violence. 300,000 have crossed
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the border into bangladesh — many say they were attacked by security forces with guns and landmines. now on bbc news, today in parliament
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