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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories... the un warns of a "horrible tragedy" for rohingya muslims — and says myanmar has one last chance to halt the offensive against them. we have a special report from the refugee camps. chances of a military operation in size myanmar reaches its natural end. as far as the military are concerned, these people area military are concerned, these people are a historical problem that has now been fixed. the governing party in pakistan celebrates after the wife of the ousted prime minister, nawaz sharif, wins a by—election in his political heartland. the uk terror threat level is reduced from critical to severe as a second man is arrested after a bomb attack on a london tube train. and we'll have the latest from the emmys, as america recognises the best shows on tv. a un fact—finding mission is due
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to release its first oral report looking into alleged crimes by myanmar‘s security forces against rohingya muslims. the un has warned de facto leader aung san suu kyi she has one "last chance" to end the military offensive that's forced 400,000 rohingyas to flee to neighbouring bangladesh. 0ur correspondentjonathan head reports from the border. 0n the muddy shore of bangladesh's southernmost point, the stream of muslims seeking safety never stops. this is one of the places where the boats bring them in. 0n the other side of the naf river, still the fires burn.
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it is astonishing that more than three weeks after the violence broke out in rakhine state, we're still seeing these incredible numbers of people coming across the naf river looking for shelter here in bangladesh. with so much of the rohingya population already in this country, the chances are the military operation inside myanamar is reaching its natural end. as far as the burmese military is concerned, these people are a historical problem that has now been fixed. mushtaq and his family have just arrived. his home was burned down three weeks ago, he said. he'd sought shelter in four other villages inside myanamar, before being forced to flee to bangladesh. but he has no idea where they will live. the camps that have sprung up to house previous waves of rohingyas are already horribly overcrowded.
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hafiz manjur has come here to try to find a home for himself and his pregnant wife. he arrived from myanmar a week ago, after a harrowing journey. he filmed parts of it. he's tried three other camps, but he's having no luck. gosh, there's a lot of people there. all on the move. we've been living in other people's houses, he told me. we had to leave my mother in myanmar. we need to find somewhere we can house her as well, but we don't have much money. bangladesh doesn't want these people settling here. instead, it's planning to build a huge camp for all 400,000 new arrivals, and to confine them there. it's a drastic step for a country that feels its hospitality has already been stretched too far. jonathan head, bbc news, cox's bazar, bangladesh. dipayan bhattacharyya is acting country director for the world food programme in bangladesh.
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he says a huge number of people are in great need of food and other aid. things are extremely chaotic, as you said. the influx is still continuing. the number has reached more than 410,000, that was the official number until yesterday. where these people are staying are critically overcrowded, leading to several risks in terms of protection, communicable diseases, and so forth, gender—based violence. the risk is extremely high because of these highly overcrowded places. no one was ready for this scale of the influx. but now most agencies have managed to have such capacity. so we are on the ground on a daily basis. from a security perspective, we are providing support
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to an increasing number of new arrivals and other sectors like shelter, working day and night to support these people who are absolutely desperate for assistance. there is full coverage of developments in this crisis on our website. there are reports from our correspondence on the ground and plenty of background information. the wife of the ousted pakistani prime minister, nawaz sharif, has won a by—election, that was triggered when he stood down after being disqualified from public office. the supreme court ruled that he'd failed to disclose his full earnings during the last general election. unofficial results show kulsoom nawaz had a comfortable win in her husband's heartland of lahore. as andrew plant reports it's seen
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as a test of support for the sharif family ahead of next year's general election. voters going to the polls in pakistan under the watchful eyes of armed police. this by—election is seen armed police. this by—election is seen as armed police. this by—election is seen as highly sensitive. the parliamentary seat they are voting on used to belong to pakistan's former prime minister, sharif, but became vacant when he resigned in july, cook disqualified why the supreme court after an investigation into his finances. translation: come out of the house, cast your vote, use it to cast a vote for the future of your children. imran khan 's opposition party filled in a candidate that many expressed their intention to vote for kulsoom nawaz
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otherwise of the former prime minister. translation: as far as i'm concerned he was not disqualified. he was our prime minister yesterday and he will be prime minister tomorrow. are all within. early results suggest that kulsoom nawaz has won the most votes. signal that the ruling party and the sharif family still have strong support in lahore in the country now focused on the general election next year. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news... wildlife campaigners say criminal networks are smuggling rhino horn out of africa by turning it into jewellery. in a new report, the wildlife trade monitoring organisation traffic says networks of chinese origin operating in south africa have turned to more sophisticated techniques. the main markets for rhino horn are vietnam and china. the us secretary of state, rex tillerson, says washington is considering closing its embassy in cuba. more than twenty of its staff there have reported health conditions, including permanent
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hearing loss and nausea, caused by what the us is calling a "sonic attack". the embassy only opened in 2015 after an historic shift in relations under president obama. a third day of protests is under way in the american city of st louis in missouri after the acquittal of a white former police officer who killed a black man in 2011. the local police department says the demonstration outside their headquarters had so far been peaceful. on friday and saturday protests turned violent, with property smashed up and demonstrators clashing with police. the terror threat level in the uk has been reduced from critical to severe, meaning an attack is no longer thought to be imminent. police investigating the bombing on the london underground on friday are searching two houses in surrey, and two men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences.
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tom symonds reports. rapid progress and greater clarity. that is how the police describe this unfolding investigation. they raided this second house in west london, close to heathrow airport, early this morning, arresting a 21—year—old man. neighbours described him as friendly. he had family that came down from scotland, with young children and so forth. we used to give them lollies and everything. all chatted, everything out there. he used to have his friends out there with his prayer mats and so forth, but we didn't think nothing of it. we just thought he was a nice neighbour. armed police! occupants of 47! come to the front door now! put your hands in the air! three miles away in sunbury, this was the first police raid, yesterday, on the home of elderly foster parents, penny and ron jones. and all
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they were led away by heavily armed police who sealed off the road with large barriers. dave solway saw what happened and knows the couple well. horrific for them to watch it because i know who they are and what they are like. to see that this has eaten them, after coming out of retirement to try and help with the refugee crisis, after all the good they have done, to see this happen in the way that it happened... it must be heartbreaking. he said they had been looking after a young refugee who'd been troubled and wanted to run away. but he said another young man, originally from iraq, had been living here for several years. the police has been told that the suspect arrested in dover yesterday is iraqi. police say this house is directly linked to that arrest. detectives have given no further details, but they are scrutinising the house closely. tents have been set up
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to protect possible evidence. however, a 100 metre cordon put in for public safety was removed today. following friday's explosion, the government raised the official threat level to critical, suggesting another attack could be imminent. now it's been reduced again, a signal that the police have a better understanding of the plot and the way in which this makeshift bomb was prepared. the joint terrorist analysis centre, which reviews the threat level that the uk is under, have decided to lower that level from critical to severe. severe still means that an attack is highly likely. so i would urge everybody to continue to be vigilant, but not alarmed. terrorism suspects can be held in police custody for longer than usual without charge, up to 14 days depending on the strength of evidence available. this inquiry has a long way to run. it's a week and a half since hurricane irma brought
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destruction to large parts of the caribbean, with the british virgin islands badly hit. residents there face a huge task rebuilding their lives. while aid is starting to get through, the possible arrival of a new powerful storm threatens more problems. jeremy cooke reports from tortola. a landscape utterly changed by furious nature. two weeks ago this was a lush and green island, now stripped back to brown. hardly a leaf on a tree for miles. and now, misery on misery. tropical rain. if this is the island of the super rich... there is poverty as well. kishmet and her nine children lived through irma. their home survived. now it is underwater. i have lost everything. everything except the
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lives of my children. but we have lost everything. desperate, frustrating times. families, british citizens, needing help. but international rules say that overall, these islands are too wealthy to qualify for the uk aid budget. if this is a rich country, i don't understand how i and others who have lost everything i still living in a poor situation. after the looting of the early days, it feels safer here now. british police here to help ha rd—pressed local. you just need tojoin a queue on that side. thank you. and over 200 british military now on the grounds. the royal marines helping locals deliver whatever aid they can find. making a difference. what struck me the most about being here?
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the sheer devastation of it all. i have never seen anything like it before. for now, all of this is still about survival. but once the people here have enough food and water, attention must shift to rebuilding all of this devastation, to getting these islands back to work. crucial will be tourism. where do you start when confronted by this? the loss of income will cost the economy millions. but there is a determination to rebuild. in church today, thoughts focused on not what has been lost but what has been saved. they gave thanks for life with kishmetjoining prayers for strength to face a new storm expected to hit these islands early next week. stay with us on bbc news, still to come:
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tracking the little dodo — the high tech mission to save samoa's elusive national bird 30 hours after the earthquake that devastated mexico city, rescue teams still have no idea just how many people have died. there are people alive and people not alive. we just can help with whatever we have. it looked as though they had come to fight a war. but their mission is to bring peace to east timor and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. the government's case has been forcefully presented by mr badinter, the justice minister. he has campaigned vigorously for abolition, having once witnessed one of his clients being executed. elizabeth seton has spent a lot
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of time at this grotto. now that she has become a saint, it is expected that this area will be inundated with tourists. the mayor and local businesses regard the anticipated boom as yet another blessing of saint elizabeth. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the un has warned of a "horrible tragedy" for rohingya muslims, and says myanmar has one last chance to halt the offensive against them. the governing party in pakistan is celebrating after kulsoom nawaz the wife of the ousted prime minister, nawaz sharif, won a parliamentary seat in a by—election. the annual american television awards ceremony, the emmy‘s, is under way in los angeles.
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contenders for the best drama include the handmaid's tale, westworld, stranger things, and the crown. watching the awards for us is our correspondent, james cook, and hejoins me now. who is winning so far? so far, three awards for big little lies for a limited series with laura dern, the director and the scriptwriter. but the main event is the dominance of politics so far in this ceremony we saw saturday night live, the weekly satirical show, winning an award. two of its stars, alec baldwin, playing the president of the us, donald trump, impersonating him, and kate mckinnen, who has played a
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number of roles, but most recently hillary clinton. it has been heavily flavoured with politics. donald trump, no stranger to television, referred to by stephen colbert as the biggest tv star this year, nominated previously, never winning for his shows on television, but when we saw the win coming for the man who impersonates him, alec baldwin, he said at last, mr president, here is your emmy. that is correct. donald trump said he should get an emmy for the presidential debates. he said he should have got an aid for the apprentice as well. —— an emmy. it is an american tv series were people battle to get to the top of a
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business. he featured heavily. stephen colbert break into song after a monologue, a jaunty number tinged with seriousness in terms of political events in the us at the moment, debating about the future of healthcare, the president himself, links with the administration and russia. there has been a huge amount of politics. you could also count in john lithgow who got an award for the crown. there is a theme this year of big stars turning to television. this has been happening for a few years, but never more so than this year. there has been a lot of talk in hollywood about this being the golden age of television. there are more series being made now
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than at any stage perhaps in history. stephen colbert himself said there are more than 450 original scripted shows in may this year. —— being made. there are also stars appearing in television more than ever. you mentioned, for example, the talent on display. looking down one category, lead actress, there are four oscar—winners, nicole kidman and reece witherspoon among them. incredibly high quality. we will see who wins in the coming hours. thank you. and now we go to china. and a rather impressive constructionjob.
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the authorities in shanghai feared that part of a buddhist temple in the city was potentially dangerous to the public, so they decided to lift it up and move it. quite an operation, as the bbc‘s tim allman reports. the great hall of shanghai's jade buddha temple has stood here for a century. 2 million come each year. but safety concerns and the proximity of other buildings meant it had to be moved. not demolished and rebuilt, but literally moved. over the course of 15 days, the entire building was lifted up on jacks and carried along specially made concrete tracks. that is no mean feat when he realised it weighs over 2000 tons. —— you realise. translation: we have the most up—to—date technology to move it and
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strengthen the foundations. it has never been used before. the new location is 30 metres north of where it used to be and it has now been elevated by more than a metre. it should now be a safer and more spacious venue for any visitor. translation: we all know that the temple has a long history and was previously limited in space. obviously, the bigger space is more convenient to pray to buddha. obviously, the bigger space is more convenient to pray to buddham will open to the public by the end of the year, proof that the journey to enlightenment may involve a little heavy lifting. tim allman, bbc news. the dodo has been extinct for around 400 years. but it's closest relative, known as the "little dodo" is still with us, but onlyjust. it could soon go the way of its illustrious ancestor. it's called the manumea, and it's the national bird of samoa. the race to save it is on, but do people even know what to look out for? david eades reports. samoa — a pacific island rich
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in exotic flora and fauna, and home to the manumea, the only place on the planet you can find it. but the little dodo, as it is fondly called, is very shy and very rare. from almost a decade ago, we have been searching so hard for the manumea, just to get a photo of it. just to confirm, hearing the calls, if it's actually present or not. and this is really the only proof it is still around. one solitary photo of a scruffy juvenile, spotted four years ago. beyond that, drawings are the best bet. and they are displayed like a missing person's photofit, to villagers and hunters, in a drive to pick up every clue as to its lifestyle and whereabouts. they are really on the brink. you know, people estimate there are less than 300 in the world. there could well be less than 150 left.
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and they know so little about it that, you know, it's really going to be touch and go. it is ironic that we know more about the look and the life of the dodo itself, which disappeared hundreds of years ago. well, the manumea is as close a relative as you get. it is also tooth—billed, and it is as happy on the forest floor as it is up a tree, which is why it is so vulnerable. we willjust pick somewhere by the tree. in the forests, conservationists lay out sound recorders, hoping to pick up the manumea's call, aware that hunters may have had more luck finding it, even shooting it by mistake for a tasty local pigeon. this is not a lucky bird, and auckland zoo is helping to track and remove the rats and wild cats keen to snack on the bird and its eggs. it is no easy task, but it is worth it. this is the latest effort to show the manumea to samoans, who have never seen their national emblem in the flesh. and, without a breakthrough in the next few years, this could be the closest samoans get to seeing it.
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before we go, look at these pictures from copenhagen in denmark. runners in this half marathon were hit by a sudden thunderstorm while crossing the finish line with huge amounts of hail. two suffered minor injuries when they were hit and the race was cancelled to be at atrocious weather. —— cancelled. don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. i'm @duncangolestani. that is it. join us in a few minutes' time. goodbye for now.
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after a weekend of sunny spells, and some heavy showers around too, there is going to be a bit of a change in the weather as we head through this week. after that fairly cool and showery start, a bit of rain mid—week, particularly in the west. but things will be warming up towards the end of the week, and turning a little bit drier later on. so here is how things are looking at the moment. we've got an area of high pressure building in from the atlantic. low pressure sitting out to the east at the moment. so still a rather cool, northerly breeze with those two areas of high and low pressure. that breeze in the east is going to be bringing some showers across parts of eastern england, and perhaps central parts seeing some showers through the day. but it is quite a chilly start to monday morning, with the mist and some fog patches. a little bit murkier as you wake up in the morning. this is 9:00am. temperatures starting to rise as the sun coming through the hole in the cloud clears the mist and fog away, too. an isolated shower or two around
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coastal parts of wales, but mostly dry for parts of northern england, northern ireland scotland, too. but that northerly breeze will feel quite chilly towards the north and the east, and will bring the chance of one or two showers through the day. many parts of the country having a pretty decent day, though. once the mist and fog clear away, the sunshine should break through quite nicely. there will be a few showers cropping up almost anywhere, but i think it will be mostly central and eastern parts of the country that you have a higher chance of catching a shower. whereas further west, particularly for northern ireland and for western scotland, you are likely to stay dry through the day. temperatures in most places about 15 to 18 degrees. just a little bit cooler with that breeze around eastern scotland and north—east england. moving through monday evening, then, we could see an area of slightly more persistent rain moving south across scotland, northern england, down towards the south—east by the end of the night. clearing skies behind that, so another chilly night ahead, with temperatures around about eight to 11 in our towns and cities. but actually, in the countryside,
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it could be a little bit colder than that. low enough to see a touch of frost across scotland, northern england, northern ireland and wales, as well. after that, a chilly start to tuesday morning, and this ridge of high pressure building on. so tuesday is probably the best day of the week, in fact. lots of dry weather, the showers we have seen recently in the east should be easing away. so, with the light winds and the sunshine, a pleasant day to come on tuesday, with top temperatures still a little below average for the time of year, around about 15 to 18 degrees. but, when you are in the shelter and the sunshine, that will be a bit pleasant. it will only be rainy in the far north—west late in the day. for wednesday and thursday, a bit of rain for some western parts of the country, but temperatures will be on the rise later in the week. bye now. this is bbc news — the headlines... a un fact—finding mission is due to release a report looking into alleged crimes by myanmar‘s security forces against rohingya muslims. the un has warned myanmar‘s leader aung san suu kyi she has one "last chance" to end the military
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offensive that's forced 400,000 rohingyas to flee. kulsoom nawaz — the wife of the ousted pakistani prime minister, nawaz sharif, has won a by—election that was triggered when he stood down after being disqualified from public office. unofficial results show she had a comfortable win in her husband's heartland of lahore to claim parliamentary seat. the terror threat level in the uk has been reduced from critical to severe, meaning an attack is no longer thought to be imminent. police investigating the bombing on the london underground on friday are searching two houses in surrey, and two men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences. now on bbc news, the week in parliament.
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