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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm ben bland. our top stories: struggling to get the power back on and an urgency to rebuild after hurricane irma. 1,000 british troopsjoin recovery efforts in the caribbean. everyone here is telling us the same thing. tourism is the lifeblood of these communities, and without it, these communities, and without it, the suffering will continue. bangladesh says it's overwhelmed by rohingya refugees. the prime minister calls on myanmar to take them back. we have a special report from the border. a small fortune. apple rolls out its latest gadgets. but if you want the top of the line iphone, you'd better get ready to pay for it. also in the programme: tributes to sir peter hall,one of the giants of british theatre, who's died at the age of 86. clean—up efforts have begun in the wake of hurricane irma.
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the worst—affected areas are in the caribbean where 17,000 people desperately need shelter, with some still short of food and drinking water. it's believed that 37 people were killed on the islands. nick bryant reports from one of those territories, the turks and caicos. this church was supposed to protect people from irma, a sanctuary from the storm. butjust hours before the hurricane hit, the plan changed. people went elsewhere, and just as well. like many buildings here, it was destroyed. in the turks and caicos islands, low—lying coastal communities were worst—hit, beach—side homes now unlivable. basically, my family, we lost everything, everything. it's going to take some time to get back on our feet again, but, through the strength
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from god, we will. long bay beach is routinelyjudged to be one of the most beautiful in the world, a bucket list location, but this is what a category five hurricane can do to a five—star hotel. what's striking here is the determination to rebuild — notjust to put roofs over people's heads again, but to reopen restaurants and reopen these hotels as quickly as possible. everyone here is telling us the same thing — tourism is the lifeblood of these communities, and without it, the suffering will continue. so, as queues formed outside this supermarket for clean water and ice, there were pleas, too, for tourists to come back. i want the world to know, turks and caicos is not destroyed. we are open for business. we are a fine destination. we are not destroyed. we are open for business, we're a fine destination, we have some damage, but we are going to rebuild. we have rebuilt from ike and hanna. we are going to rebuild and come back. turks and caicos is open for business. but british holiday—makers stranded
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here for days were obviously desperate to get out when the airport reopened this morning. we were desperate to get out about four days ago, to be honest, so... finally you're leaving? at last. it has been really hard, but, yeah, we have survived. that's all that matters. as tourists tried to leave, another british military transport plane touched down. there are now 1,000 british military personnel assisting the relief effort in these caribbean uk territories, but they are facing the question, why did they take so long to arrive? as soon as the word came, we were at the door very quickly thereafter, and it isjust the physical distance, the separation. but we got here pretty quickly. what is especially cruel is that the poorest communities here had onlyjust rebuilt from the last hurricane, and that was nine years ago. nick bryant, bbc news, the turks and caicos. north korea's rejected new sanctions imposed on it,
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and called the united nations‘ resolution illegal. the sanctions include limits on oil imports and a ban on textile exports put forward by the us. at a un conference north korea's ambassador at the organisation gave this warning to america. the dprk is ready to use any form of ultimate means. the forthcoming measures by dprk will make the us suffer the great pain it's never experienced in its history. thank you. with his own tough talk, donald trump, warned there could be worse yet to come for north korea. we had a vote yesterday on sanctions. we think it'sjust another very small step. not a big deal. rex and i were just discussing, not big, i don't know if it has any impact, but certainly, it was nice to get a 15—0 vote, but those sanctions are nothing compared to ultimately what will have to happen. the prime minister of bangladesh has
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called on myanmar to take back hundreds of thousands of rohingya muslims who've fled across the border. the bangladeshi authorities and humanitarian agencies have been overwhelmed by the near 400—thousand who've arrived since a surge in violence in rakhine state last month. there's an urgent meeting of the un on wednesday to discuss the crisis. it says the treatment of the rohingya by myanmar, a mainly buddhist country, amounts to "ethnic cleansing." justin rowlatt reports from the border town of teknaf. roshida is nine months pregnant. she is expecting any day. but this is where she's living with 15 other family members and it is almost certainly where she'll have to give birth. translation: i'm worried. there is no help. nobody‘s getting any food. here, there is no rice, no vegetables, nothing. i'm starving. i first met her a few days back.
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she'd hiked for seven days through the hills and jungle to get here. she says her village had been burned to the ground. we've seen her and herfamily moved on by the authorities and driven off the land by fellow refugees. many nights, she's had to sleep under the skies, despite the monsoon rain. now her baby is sick and her husband has jaundice. and tens of thousands of other refugees are, like roshida, living in these filthy, makeshift cities that are mushrooming on the muddy hilltops here. they arrive bewildered. if they want a plastic sheet or bamboo to make a shelter, they pay. they often have to fight just to get food. these guys are well—meaning bangladeshis just trying to help out. butjust look how chaotic this is. and it's so demeaning for these people to have to beg for food. there is growing criticism of the way bangladesh is handling this crisis. we have to give them shelter
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so that they can live and get they some food, medication. all the big international aid agencies are here but the government restricts what they can do. for example, the un's main refugee body, the unhcr, is not allowed to work with the vast majority of the refugees. we're discussing with the government to see how we can provide assistance. what needs to happen next is for us to work closer together to make sure that land is allocated, that temporary shelter is provided, so that things can be a little more organised. and while that discussion takes place, what these people really need is food and fresh water.
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somewhere clean to live and sleep. roshida needs medical care and a safe place to have her baby. what she and all the refugees need is a home. justin rowlatt, bbc news, teknaf. ten years ago the iphone changed our worlds and now apple is hoping its latest design will help ward off the growing competition. with a system that can recognise your face and various other new features, the iphone x is grabbing headlines. rory cellan—jones reports. it's the world's most valuable company and its vast new headquarters speaks of its ambitions to grow even richer. and in the stevejobs theater, named after its founder, apple unveiled the latest versions of the device which has made it so wealthy. we have huge iphone news for you today. two iphone 8 models will look like modest upgrades to all but dedicated apple fans,
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but a decade after the first version, it's the iphone x which is meant to showcase how far the device has come. the stand—out feature is face—recognition technology, allowing you to unlock the phone with just a glance. but it's the fact that it starts at an eye—watering $999, or the same in pounds, which may stand out for those wondering whether to upgrade. apple is rarely first with new technology. face recognition, for example, is already available on this samsung phone. but its reputation for quality and the loyalty of its fans means more than1 billion iphones have already been sold. now, though, with customers showing a bit of a reluctance to upgrade quite so frequently, retailers need these new models to be huge hits. but one technology investor says building on its success gets ever harder for apple. apple has become the master of sort of psychologically instilling need and desire in people to buy new phones. because unlike other manufacturers, their prices keep going higher
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and higher and higher. so not only are you trying to convince consumers to change or upgrade their phone, you're actually trying to convince them to spend even more than they did the time before. what's exciting software developers is that the new phones make it easy to create augmented reality apps, like this game, where virtual pigeons suddenly appear in a london office. the technology before would have taken years to create and hundreds of people in a team. now small studios like me, of four people, can suddenly create games in just a couple of months. unlocking it is as easy as looking at it. back in california, not everything was going smoothly with the facial recognition system. ho, ho, ho! let's go to back—up here! but apple will be hoping that this, its most expensive phone yet, will prove it hasn't lost the knack of delighting consumers. rory cellan—jones, bbc news. 700 refugee and migrant children
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in serbia have enrolled for a new school term. local authorities are trying to accommodate youngsters in formal education despite the language barrier, but some serbian parents are unhappy about their children mixing with migrants. they start a school run. many have escaped persecution in afghanistan. they want to restart there education. this 12—year—old is one of them. the language barrier is his first challenge. translation: every week we have four serbian classes. we are busy with that. we have lots of friends at school. for him and seven members of his family, for now, this asylum centre is home. they left kabul ten years ago fearing the taliban. many schools
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around the area are taking their man, but there are not welcome everywhere. close to the border of croatia, hundreds of people signed a petition unhappy about their children mixing with migrant. translation: the children are unprepared. so are the parents. the environment has not been prepared. i think this will be extremely destructive. that mentality and ours do not mix at all. nearly 18 months ago, borders to the north on the so—called balkan migrant route will be closed, leaving many stark. all of them would like to continue their journey. —— stuck. but it is not possible any more because of the border with hungary and croatia. it is hard to cross. they are stuck in serbia for a long period of time. they allow only 15 migrants a week to enterfrom serbia, leaving thousands with no choice but to
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settle in the balkans and try to lead a normal life, including going to school. sarah corker, bbc news. are the us. still to come. the hugely popular reality a 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.
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it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news. our latest headline: 1,000 british troops join recovery efforts in the carribbean as thousands are left without power in the wake of hurricane irma. laura strickling was forced to flee her home on st thomas in the us virgin islands after hurricane irma, i spoke to herfrom sanjuan in puerto rico a short time ago. they are civilian boats that are bringing supplies to st thomas and taking back people
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who need to go. my particular boat was organised by someone who wanted to get parents of small children off the island. we found out about the lift from another mom — there was a phone chain — "be at this place at this time." it was becoming desperate and we weren't sure it was the right move but it was the right move. we — the boats — we went to the dock to wait — they told us it would be there at 2:30 and there was no — there's no formal organisation, they just say "go, there will be a boat." we waited. we went at 2:30. the boat had mechanical errors — we didn't realise it — but we waited in the sun with no shade with our 1—year—old until 6:30pm before we got to leave, before the boat showed up, and i'm telling you i have never been so happy in my life to see a boat. we have a curfew in effect on the island from — that begins at 6pm so we couldn't have travelled home.
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someone dropped us off at the dock — we couldn't have travelled home. we would've had to spend the night with our one—year—old on that dock so we were starting to become very concerned to the point of desperate, and when that boat showed up to take us to sanjuan, i've never been happier in my life. laura, just try and give us a sense of the damage that you saw before you left st thomas. it's unbelievable. the first moment, the first breath of fresh air after the storm, after we left the bunker that that we survived the storm in, there aren't words to describe the shock. we alljust stood — it wasn't the same island that we'd closed the door on we went into the bunker that morning. the beautiful place that is known for being beautiful and people visit it because it is a paradise, everything was green, colourful flowers everywhere, and it's brown, all of the trees are snapped in half. when we have ventured off of our property, it's almost impossible to know where we're going
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because it is so unrecognisable that all of the familiar signposts or, you know, "that tree is where you know that this is the turn off to that persons's house" and that tree is gone, so it was actually quite difficult to get from our house to the place for we were picked up for rescue. the — we live about ten minutes to that harbour in normal times and yesterday, it took us over an hour. downed powerlines almost, you know, everywhere — some such that car — there are paint marks on the bottoms where the cars just slip right under to get through. downed powerlines everywhere. 0n the northside where we live, there is no power, i am — i don't think it that there will be power for about six months. laura strickling.
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sir peter hall, one of the greatest names in the history of british theatre, has died at the age of 86. sir peter founded the royal shakespeare company when he was just 29, and directed some of the greatest actors of the age. 0ur arts editor, will gompertz, looks back at the life and achievements of a man described as a colossus. we, our sad bosoms empty... it's all about emptiness and weeping. for sir peter hall, the text was always paramount. hisjob as director was commonly thought, to get the playwright to speak. "you want to get to the centre of the play," he said, "not me." i will employee the back again. i find thee must fit for business. it was an approach that had the finest theatrical talent in the land making a beeline to work with him. peter is sublime at directing. when we did antony and cleopatra he'd them actually beating out the line, "0ur royal lady's dead, dead, dead." it took us ages to do.
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so at the end of the morning we got to, "our royal lady's dead..." there was a pause and peter said, "thank christ!" i think she wants to be that side. give me a stage and three actors and a text, and i have the confidence to know instinctively what should be done. he was, from the outset, a confident, precocious, risk—taking director. with some luck and plenty of good judgment, it was he who brought samuel beckett's waiting for godot to london. it was a sensation that changed the game and made his name. i did find it startlingly original. first of all that it turned waiting into something dramatic. second that waiting became a metaphorfor living. what are we actually living for? what are we waiting for? will something come? will godot come? will something come to explain why
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we are here and what we are doing? having blown the cobwebs from london's postwar west end, he made his way to stratford to give shakespeare the same treatment. my lovely edward's death, their kingdom's loss, my woeful banishment, could all but answer for that peevish brat? still only 29 years old, the visionary director turned impresario in 1960, found in the royal shakespeare company. i think we need the plates. his radical approach of mixing and classics by with new work by unknown playwrights, such as harold pinter, at first raised eyebrows, then standards and then the reputation of the company and the bard. when sir laurence olivier stepped down as the artistic director of the national theatre in 1973, it was peter hall who took over, transforming it from a small company based in an old building into a globally respected theatrical giant with a modern home on the london south bank. all peter's successors as director
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of the national would acknowledge without petered out might be no national to run. it's easy to forget how hostile the reception was when the national moved to the south bank. it wasn't a popular place. he loved opera, and delighted in his time as a director at glyndebourne, making, in the eyes and ears of many, some of his finest work. sir peter hall will be remembered as one of the most significant figures in british theatre. he was the man who, by developing a model of public subsidy and private finance, created the landscape for today's golden age of british theatre. he was, as the director trevor nunn has said, the man who changed theatre from ancient to modern. edith windsor, the american gay rights activist, whose same—sex marriage fight led to a landmark
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us ruling, has died. she successfully challenged the law that defined marriage as between one man and one woman as unconstitutional and helped pave the way for gay marriage around the country. ms windsor had successfully sued the us government after being ordered to pay more than $300,000 in federal estate tax after her then—wife died. she was 88. a hugely popular internet reality show called the ‘rap of china' is shining a light on chinese hip—hop. with more than 2.5 billion views injust two months, the show has helped propel hip—hop into mainstream chinese popular culture. we've been speaking to three young rappers who rose to stardom on the programme. chinese people are dope, chinese rappers are dope. so now that china is making a lot of money, china's coming up now in hip—hop, in finance, in innovation, entrepreneurship, everything. yeah, we've been neglected
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for so long, but we're here now. you know, we've got money now, we've got power now, look at me now, it's good. let's ta ke let's take you to a beach in cornwall where a fan of us portuguese man of war washed ashore. do not swim at the popular beach. it is believed the creature may have arrived from the atlantic by recent storms. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm @benmbland thank you for watching. hi there. wet and windy weather will continue to work its way eastwards, we've already had some fairly lively gusts of wind around our most exposed coastal areas around england and wales. gusts of around 50mph or 60mph
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typically, and the met office has issued an amber weather warnings, strong winds expected to reach 75mph in places. the warning across parts of north wales, north england, lincolnshire and norfolk as well. this is the first named storm of the season, eileen, and the strongest winds will be on the southern flank of the storm as it works out into the north sea before those very, very strong winds batter the north—west of europe. it will be blowy to start the day across a swathe of north—east england, across yorkshire, lincolnshire and across into norkfolk as well. the wind gusts, given the trees have fallen leaf, will bring down branches and maybe knock down a few trees so the potential for localised transport disruption, maybe some power cuts as well. through the rest of the day it will stay pretty blustery nationwide with those north—westerly winds dragging in plenty of showers across scotland, northern ireland and across the north—west of both england and wales, but nowhere is immune from catching a downpour. some heavy and thundery at times, feeling quite cool across the north of the uk, temperatures up to 18
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degrees in london but feeling a bit cooler than that given the strength of the wind. then as we go through wednesday night, there'll be further bands of showers pushing southwards across the country. temperatures dropping away despite the winds, we could still see lows getting down to single figures. then for thursday, we're looking at another unsettled day with further showers coming in on those strong north—westerly winds. given the north—westerly wind flow, the showers always more likely across the north and west of the uk. the fewest showers likely towards the south and east but again, nowhere immune. temperatures still disappointing for this stage of september. we're looking at highs ranging from 13 degrees in the north of scotland to around 18 degrees in the london area. will there be any improvements towards the end of the week and the weekend ? not really. high pressure builds to the west of the uk and thatjust sends more
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of a northerly wind flow down the uk. again plenty of showers, particularly flowing down the north sea, some of those could be heavy with some thunder mixed in at times. this is bbc news. the headlines: 1,000 british troops havejoined recovery efforts in the cariibbean where thousands of people have been left homeless by hurricane irma. there has been criticism over the slow response. the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, says an "unprecedented" uk aid effort is now under way. the united nations security council is to discuss the persecution of rohingya people in myanmar. almost 400,000 refugees have poured across the border into bangladesh since the end of august. the prime minister of bangladesh has called on myanmar to take them back. north korea has threatened the us with the "greatest pain" after new sanctions were imposed by the united nations. un action came after pynogyang carried out its sixth and largest nuclear test. russia and china have called on the us to resolve the crisis with negotiations.
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now on bbc news, panorama. sepsis — one of britain's biggest killers. sepsis affects 250,000 people across the united kingdom every year. it causes more deaths than breast cancer, bowel cancer and prostate cancer put together. poor treatment is causing thousands of preventible deaths. was my mother one of them? she went in there not very ill. inside 48 hours she was dead. my family are not alone. many others are looking for answers. somebody has to take responsibility. somebody should have stopped at some point and said this reasonably fit and healthy man is deteriorating before our very eyes. getting to the truth isn't easy. it completely drained me and pushed our family
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