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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. 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. the chances are the military operation inside myanmar is reaching its natural end. as far as the burmese military is concerned, these people are a historical problem that's 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. what are your drives? to meet my maker. and we will have the latest from the emmys, as america
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recognises the best shows on television. a un fact—finding mission is due 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 has 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. and, on the other side
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of the naf river, still the fires burn. 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. but, with so much of the rohingya population already in this country, the chances are the military operation inside myanmar 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 had sought shelter in four other villages inside myanmar, 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. hafiz manjur has come here to try to find a home
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for himself and his pregnant wife. he arrived from myanmar a week ago, after a harrowing journey. he filmed parts of it. he has tried three other camps, but is 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 is planning to build a huge camp for all 400,000 new arrivals, and to confine them there. it is a drastic step, for a country that feels its hospitality has already been stretched too far. jonathan head, bbc news, cox's bazar, bangladesh. and there is full coverage of developments in the rohingya
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crisis at the bbc news website. there are reports from our correspondents on the ground, and plenty of background information. that is at bbc.com/news. 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 had 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 was seen 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 as highly sensitive. the parliamentary seat they are voting on used to belong to pakistan's former prime minister, nawaz sharif.
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it became vacant when he resigned injuly, disqualified from office by pakistan's supreme court after an investigation into his finances. translation: come out of the house, cast your votes. use your right to vote for a better future of your children. imran khan's opposition party fielded a candidate, but many expressed their intention to vote for kulsoom nawaz, the wife 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. we are all with him. early results suggest that kulsoom nawaz has won the most votes. a signal that the ruling party and the sharif family still have strong support in lahore, and a country now focused on the general election next year. let's take a look at some
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of the other stories making the news: 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, jason stockley, who killed a black man, liam smith, 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. 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 20 of its staff there have reported health conditions, including permanent hearing loss and nausea, caused by what the us is calling a sonic attack. the embassy only opened in 2015,
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after an historic shift in relations under president 0bama. a powerful storm in romania has killed eight people and injured many more. winds of up to 100 km/h brought down trees and tore off roofs as it pounded the area around the western city of timisoara. some water and electricity supplies have been cut. three properties have been searched as part of the london underground bombing investigation. two men are still being questioned about friday's attack, including an 18—year—old suspected of planting the device on the tube train. a second man, who is 21 and from west london, was arrested on saturday night. tom symonds reports. rapid progress and greater clarity — that is how the police describe this
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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 down, that came down from scotland, with the 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. they were led away by heavily armed police, who sealed off the road with large barriers.
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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're like, and the good they've done. 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 had 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 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
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threat level to critical, suggesting another attack could be imminent. now it has 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. now, "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 1a days, depending on the strength of evidence available. this inquiry has a long way to run. the annual american television awards ceremony, the emmys, are taking place in los angeles. the satirical sketch show saturday night live picked up some early awards, and there have been many jokes at president trump's expense. james cook is in los angeles for us.
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i suppose the trump bashing was inevitable. yes, i mean, a fairly liberal, left leaning hollywood elite in the audience, and watching toa elite in the audience, and watching to a certain extent on television, although you always wonder how president trump's supporters take these shows, if indeed many of them watch it at all, but we did start with stephen colbert, the hosts, satirising donald trump in song, making reference to various events in the news, not least the allegations of alleged links between russia and his administration. but then we have gone a long way from that, and we have now come to the end of the show, and let mejust quickly rattled through the big winners for you, and the handmaid's tale, the dystopian drama, is probably the big winner of the night, in terms of one single category, winning best drama series. nicole kidman took lead actress in a
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limited series or tv movie for big little lies, are black comedy drama on hbo, which also did well. and so they were the big winners. elisabeth moss winning lead actress for a drama for the handmaid's tale, lee back to when to stirling brown, for his role in a family drama, this is us, and comedy series went to veep, and the comedy series by the british satirist charlie brooker. a big win for him. looking at those clips, some big stars, reese witherspoon, nicole kidman. .. 0nce some big stars, reese witherspoon, nicole kidman... once upon a time tv stars or movie stars going into tv we re stars or movie stars going into tv were seen as slumming it, but not any more. no, that is exactly right. in winning lead actress in a limited series or tv movie, for big little
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lies, nicole kidman, who spoke about domestic violence in her speech, her character was subject to domestic violence in that series, and she said that hopefully this had shone a light on a particular issue. she was up light on a particular issue. she was up against, as you suggest, some amazing talent, including three other... she is an oscar winner herself, three other 0scar other... she is an oscar winner herself, three other oscar winners, jessica lange, susan found in and reese witherspoon. so a huge amount of talent on display, and television and film are really merging together in terms of their attractiveness to celebrities here in hollywood —— susan sarandon. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: 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
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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 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. welcome back. you are watching bbc
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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. now, it's a week and a half since hurricane irma brought 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.
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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 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
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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? 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.
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they gave thanks for life with kishmetjoining prayers for strength to face a new storm expected to hit these islands early next week. britain's foreign secretary, borisjohnson, has been accused of misusing official figures, for repeating the claim that the uk will free up £350 million pounds a week, on leaving the european union. the head of the government's statistics authority, says he's "disappointed" by the claim. it comes as two cabinet ministers accused the foreign secretary of "backseat driving" after he set out his personal vision of britain after brexit. 0ur political correspondent alex forsyth reports. it was the contentious claim emblazoned on the bus. is it not time we took back control?
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and borisjohnson repeated it this weekend, while setting out his vision for brexit, prompting an extraordinary row. the head of the uk statistics authority said he was surprised and disappointed the foreign secretary had returned to the £350 million figure, saying it was a clear misuse of official statistics. the foreign secretary issued a defiant response, saying his article had been wilfully distorted and misrepresented. all that followed comments by cabinet colleagues who were not thrilled by his public take on brexit. i don't want him managing the brexit process. what we've got is theresa may managing the process. she is driving the car and i will make sure that as far as i'm concerned and the rest of the cabinet is concerned, we assist her. so this is backseat
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driving, in effect? you could call it backseat driving, absolutely. the article argued for a bold and positive brexit, leading to claims of a cabinet split and attempts to undermine the prime minister. but despite the headlines, there's no suggestion that he will lose his job. publicly, the government says it's united about getting the best brexit deal. and the spokesman for borisjohnson says he is fully behind the prime minister, who is leading the negotiations. but privately there is some frustration and anger at the nature and timing of this intervention, coming less than one week before the prime minister is due to make a major speech on brexit of her own in florence. on an interview in american television she described her vision for life outside the eu. some people hear brexit and think it is about britain turning inwards. it was actually about us looking out at the rest of the world, but ensuring that we can control our laws, money and borders. it is now for theresa may to assert authority and settle internal disputes although it seems that
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boris johnson is intent on fighting his own battles. let's go to china now and a rather impressive construction job. 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 in one form or another for over a century. it is estimated 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 moved — literally. over the course of 15 days, the entire building was lifted up on jacks and carried along specially made concrete tracks. no mean feat when you realise it weighs over 2000 tons. translation: the technologies we used in our main hall is
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the most up—to—date. we adopted new technology to move it and 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 the temple has a long history and was previously limited in space. 0bviously, now, the bigger space is more convenient to pray to buddha. the hall is expected to 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.
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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 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. 0ne 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.
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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. 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.
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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. before we go, just wa nted wanted to show you some pictures from denmark. runners taking part in the half marathon were hit by a sudden thunderstorm as they crossed the finishing line, with huge amounts of hail. two runners suffered minor injuries
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when they were hit by lightening, and the race was cancelled. 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 coastal parts of wales, but mostly dry for parts of northern england,
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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, 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.
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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 offensive that has forced 400,000 rohingyas to flee. a third night of protests is under way in the american city
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of st louis, following the acquittal earlier this week of a white former police officer who killed a black man in 2011. the demonstration began peacefully, but police say some protesters have turned violent. 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. now on bbc news, it is time for hardtalk.
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