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this is bbc news. the headlines at 3 o'clock: the moment a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck central mexico — killing more than 220 people and toppling dozens of buildings. more than 20 children died when their school collapsed — the desperate search for survivors continues. hurricane maria has made landfall in puerto rico — with winds of 150 miles per hour. two more men have been arrested in south wales over last friday's terror attack on a london underground train. also this hour — can the british cyclist chris froome do the triple? he's hoping to add to his trophy cabinet by becoming world champion at the men's time trial this afternoon. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news.
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rescuers in mexico are desperately searching for survivors after a huge earthquake caused widespread damage in the capital mexico city and surrounding areas bringing down dozens of buildings. the government says more than 200 people have been killed and a state of disaster has been declared in the capital, mexico city. the magnitude 7.1 quake hit at around lunchtime yesterday. mexican officials say 217 people are confirmed dead — about half of those in mexico city. at least 22 children are thought to have died injust one school that collapsed. another 30 pupils are missing. the epicentre of the earthquake was in the puebla state, about 75 miles from the capital mexico city — it has also caused casualties in other surrounding areas. the earthquake struck 32 years to the day after mexico's worst—ever quake which killed 10,000 people. a warning — there are some distressing images in this report from jon donnison. 0ver
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over night in mexico city a desperate race against time to try and save lives. much of the focus on this flattened primary school, where at least 20 children were killed and dozens more are still missing. family and friends clinging to hope their loved ones might still be pulled out alive. translation: the only thing we have been told is to go to the hospital to check if your family are there. but my family has gone. in some places sniffer dogs have been brought in to locate trapped people. but shifting the rubble will take time. the mexican president visited the primary school to see the rescue operation. translation: as of now, 22 bodies have been found, including two adults. there are 30 children still
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missing. remarkably the efforts are paying off. several children pulled from the wreckage. in daylight, the scale of the damage across mexico city is even more striking. and all this ina city is even more striking. and all this in a city of more than 20 million, with one of the highest population densities in the world. it seems s inevitable the death toll will go up. this is the moment the earthquake hit at lunchtime yesterday. the city looking like it was under attack. you were lucky if you got out alive. this is my building. it collapsed. we got to
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the bottom and everything came around. and... all my things gone. this cctv film is from a shopping centre as the roof begins to collapse. this woman getting out of the way not a moment too soon. and for those who survived, they're going to need help. translation: we need antibiotics, wooden boards, ropes, blankets, food, medical help. much of mexico city is now in ruins.
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but the epicentre of this massive quake was some 75 miles away. in those more remote communities the situation could be even worse. in those more remote communities the situation could be even worse. manuel bojorquez is a correspondent with the american broadcaster cbs — he sent us this update from mexico city a short while ago. right now, every minute is critical in neighbourhoods like this one. we are in one of the hardest—hit. this is the roma neighbourhood and if you look you will see what is left of a six storey office building that collapsed. we are told that at this point 20 people have been rescued, but up to a0 may still be trapped inside. there are firefighters here, members of mexican police, mexico city's police as well as mexican marines helping. and family members have gathered and they are looking ata
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have gathered and they are looking at a list of names, hoping their relatives may have been rescued and taken to hospital and hoping they're not on the list of missing people. scenes like this are being repeat. there is a school collapsed where dozens are reported dead. mexico's president is urging for calm after the earthquake, saying that the priority is search and rescue and to get people medical attention. but it could be a while before they're able to explore all of these areas and make sure everyone is accounted for. at last account, there were up to aa buildings in the city that have collapsed. let's speak to ricardo funetes nieva, executive director of 0xfam in mexico whose offices have been badly affected by the earthquake. he joins us from mexico city. what does that mean for attempts you will make to help other people? well, we are up and running. all the
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tea m well, we are up and running. all the team is accounted for. we are working on collecting the information to make sure that we know what's needed for the response. we are also working on brigades, so we are up we are also working on brigades, so we are up and running. so we are not going to the office. some of us are sleeping in other people's places. because it is unsafe to sleep at our homes. but we are ready to respond. what are the priorities? well, the priorities you know like first and foremost is to try and rescue all the people under the rubble. i think the people under the rubble. i think the organisation of mexican society has been remarkable and inspiring. but there are many people who don't have safe places to sleep and as days go by, we will know how many people won't have a home, a place to
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sleep and the availability of adequate shelters where people's rights are respected will be important. and then very importantly, there are two other things. we are focussing our attention in mexico city and rightly so, because of the size of the population. but there are other parts of country that have been badly affected in the state of puebla, which are neighbouring states to mexico city. so there are many people who lost everything in this area and we will make sure to work there. and finally, you know there was an earthquake, there was another massive earthquake on september 7th that affected other communities in the south of mexico. so we shan‘t forget the response
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there has been inadequate and there are hundreds of thousands of people who still need the support and the response from the government and from other institutions in that crisis. finding shelter is crucial, what about water, food, is there going to be a problem in the coming daysin going to be a problem in the coming days in accessing that? well, it is yet to be assessed. right now more than two million people are, don't have electricity. we hope that the access to water and sanitation won't be an issue initially, but we are ready to do whatever is needed to make sure that everyone has access to safe water, sanitation and most importantly, because the government in this case is usually has the capacity over years of disaster and responses, but what we then need to
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make sure is that people's rights are respected and the international standards for humanitarian relief are complied and there is no discrimination and that there is... the most marginalised communities which are often forgotten in the response, are given the relevant priority. thank you very much. thank you very much. you can also keep up to date on the bbc news website with live updates and eyewitness accounts — head to bbc.co.uk slash news. hurricane maria is battering puerto rico, as it continues its destructive path across the caribbean. it's brought with it winds of more than 150 miles per hour. the authorities there say the devastation is expected to be massive. simonjones reports. the moefrs powerful storm to strike puerto rico in almost a hundred yea rs. puerto rico in almost a hundred years. the message to the 3 and a
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half million people on the island is clear — you must take shelter, your lives are in danger. we have not experienced an event of this magnitude in our modern history. although it looks like a direct hit with major damage to puerto rico is inevitable, i ask for america's prayers. hundreds of shelters have been set up, officials fear the debris left by hurricane irma could prove dangerous in the winds of maria. the island of dom inca was badly hit on monday. this footage has revealed the scale of damage. local radio operators say more than 90% of buildings have been hit. this was the guadaloupe after maria struck. the clean up won't be quick and it will be costly. those who got
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some of last flights out to the us mainland consider themselves the lucky ones. i evacuated on the royal caribbean ship. i made it outjust before the bad news that is coming from hurricane maria. people across puerto rico are trying to ride out the storm as best they can. but it is moving slowly and further islands fear they too will soon feel its force. fear they too will soon feel its force. police investigating the device that partially detonated on an underground train in south west london last week have made two more arrests in south wales. a man was arrested in newport last night. two others were held there this morning. these latest arrests mean that five men are now in custody. let's look at a timeline of the investigation so far. on friday a bomb in bucket exploded on a train carriage at parsons green underground station in west london, injuring 30 people. the next day, police
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arrested an 18—year—old man at the port of dover, believed to be an iraqi refugee living with foster parents in surrey. later on saturday evening, a 21—year—old man was arrested at a takeaway in hounslow in west london, believed to be syrian ya hyah farroukh. yesterday police raided a house in newport in south wales, arresting a 25—year—old man. and today two more men have been arrested in newport, aged a8 and 30 — bringing the total number of suspects in custody to five. 0ur wales correspondent, tomos morgan has been following the story. a 25—year—old male was arrested last night on the other side of newport from where we are but early this morning to individuals, a 30—year—old and a a8—year—old were arrested in this house behind me on this street very close to the city centre here in newport. it is understood from
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the sources that we have spoken to on the ground here that they may have been asylum seekers or refugees. we haven't had that confirmed as yet but as i say, this is a fast—moving operation and the police are continuing to investigate this house behind me as the road remains closed. this is part of the metropolitan police counterterrorism team that have come here to help all they have given the information to south wales police to carry out these arrests this morning. and the commander who heads the metropolitan police countered terrorist command says, "this is a fast—moving operation and a significant amount of activity has happened since friday. five people arrested so far in connection to the parsons green attack and as i say, the investigation centre in around the street behind me in newport at the moment. some breaking news, we are hearing mark sampson is set to leave his role as england women's football manager. the fa is expected to confirm his departure this afternoon. his final match in charge
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was last night and their 6—0 victory against russia in the world cup qualifier at prenton park. after the first goal was scored, many of the players surrounded him in what appeared to be a mark of support. mark sampson, the england ladies' football coach set to leave his role as england manager, following claims of racism and bullying in the camp. so mark sampson, we are awaiting that news conference. 0ur correspondent is watching that news story and we will take you there as soon as that gets under way. we are hearing that news is looking likely quite soon. the headlines: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake has struck central mexico — killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings. hurricane maria has made landfall in puerto rico —
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with winds of 100 and 50mph. and two more men have been arrested in south wales, over last friday's terror attack on a london underground train. in sport, the bbc understands mark sampson is set to leave his role as the england women's manager. sampson's final match was the victory over russia last night. two major paralympic world championships have been cancelled after the earthquake in mexico. chris froome tries to add a individual title to his victories. he rides in the time trial this afternoon. more on those story just after half trial this afternoon. more on those storyjust after half past trial this afternoon. more on those story just after half past 3. more on those story just after half past 3. theresa may will use a speech at the united nations in new york to urge internet companies to take
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stronger action against online extremism. she is expected to challenge them to take down terrorist material within one to two hours of it first appearing. the chair of the home affairs select committee, yvette cooper said it was ‘unacceptable' that some material remained online for weeks after being reported. she joins us now from westminster. i'm wondering what it is about this crucial period, the one to two hours, why would that make a difference? we know there is some extremist material, particularly some ofjihadi extremist material thatis some ofjihadi extremist material that is distributed maybe through dark net and through social media very fast. there seems to be organised networks that distribute the material. being able to tackle that very swiftly to prevent it being spread widely is important. some of it though is material that we know stays up online for months and months, even if it is reported.
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the social media giants are still not doing enough to take this material down. what sort of thing? we are talking of recruitment propaganda material by extremist organisations or incitement to violence or terrorism, it could be, i have seen materialfrom violence or terrorism, it could be, i have seen material from the violence or terrorism, it could be, i have seen materialfrom the banned far right organisation national action that was up for many months. 0r action that was up for many months. or by action that was up for many months. 0r byjihadi groups that is recruitment and the glorification of terrorism, the kind of things that we know are part of online radicalisation, that is a growing problem in the terror threat that we face. what. what do you want to hear from theresa may? she is right to call on the social media giants to tackle this. to be fair, the companies are doing more than they
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were, but they're still not doing enough and these are some of the richest companies on the planet and they could do more to swiftly remove and identify this material and so i think we have had a loft ministerial summits, we have had a lot of ministers saying things, be it the home secretary or the prime minister, we are going to have to be prepared to act if the social media giants don't, i think they should face penalties and face serious fines. we are talking about some of the richest companieses on the planet, would that go far enough? we have seen them move when they have financial stakes, where there is copy right for artists and we have seen them act quickly to make sure material is taken down if it breaches copy right. we have seen them take action, youtube took action where advertising was at
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sta ke, action where advertising was at stake, because adverting was posted next to this material. we know this works for them. i hope they will be motivated by a sense of social responsibilities and legal responsibility and moral responsibility and moral responsibility as they have done by the work they have done on dealing with online child abuse. they should show that same commitment to tackling terrorism and extremism. but if they won't we should have penalties in place. you use the word world, how much of is moral. most of us are world, how much of is moral. most of us are shocked when we see this stuff online for so long. yes and it is vile and it is dangerous. we have lives at risk as a result of extremism we have seen taking place. they just do have extremism we have seen taking place. theyjust do have a responsibility. i think they're starting to recognise that and you will see senior executives in these
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organisations talking more positively about taking action than they were some time ago, the pressure that we have been putting on since the select committee enquired into this and held evidence sessions. since then we have had seen them start to shift. but they have got to move that much faster. it is too important for them just to move at this slow space. thank you very much. thank you very much. the leader of spain's catalonia region carles puigdemont has called on catala ns to vote resolutely in favour of independence in a referendum next month. it comes after police raided his administration's offices and arrested officials. he accused madrid of being repressive, intimidating and totalitarian, saying it had in effect imposed a state of emergency. the bin strike in birmingham has been suspended after a high courtjudge blocked the council's plan to make more than a hundred refuse workers redundant. sincejuly, piles of rubbish have been building up on the streets of the city,
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as binmen and council officials fought over the proposals. the council says it needs to modernise the service and find ways to save money, but the judge has condemned what he called a ‘sorry saga'. sophie long reports. it's day 8a of this dispute. the rubbish is still mounting and so now is frustration. when we bins last emptied? it will be four weeks now. theyjust need to collect it now because it's really smelly and there is too much mess. when you come back at night there is food everywhere on the floor. everywhere there is rubbish. there are rat droppings everywhere and maggots going out of the rubbish. it's not good. there are mountains of rubbish on every corner. while union leaders and birmingham city council are fighting it out at the high court in london, this is what people in birmingham are living with, piles and piles of rubbish. one man on this street told me
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he can't remember the last time his bins were emptied. it smells foul, there are flies everywhere and it's been going on for months. it began back injune when the council announced plans to restructure its waste management services. there was a pause in strike action in august when it looks like the deal might be reached. work stoppages then resumed on the 1st of september after the council issued redundancy notices to 106 staff. the refuge collectors then went to the high court to ask the judge to block those redundancy notices. they said they were unfair and in breach of employment contracts. this lunchtime, the strike has been suspended as a judge granted the injunction unite was asking for. people here will be hoping for the rubbish will finally be removed and this dispute might not be over yet. sophie long, bbc news, birmingham. two people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries
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following an incident at a recycling plant in nottingham. the emergency services were called to the bio dynamic site, which recycles food waste and turns it into electricity, on the collick industrial estate this morning. the fire service says the blast was caused by a gas tanker which collapsed. nearly a quarter of 1a year old girls in the uk have felt symptoms of depression — according to a study. it looked at data from more than 10 thousand young people. our health correspondent, dominic hughes, reports. down and lonely and a little bit hopeless. i couldn't see a future. this is how catherine perrin describes her 1a—year—old self, struggling with anxiety and depression, and desperately trying to hold her life together. you have to pretend you're 0k every day. the only reason you have to do that is because you don't really know why you are sad and it's easier than making an excuse. but you get caught in a web of lies and eventually someone finds you out.
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then it makes your situation worse. now a long—term study shows a significant number of teens are also struggling with mental health issues. at age 11, parents of boys and girls reported that 12% had experienced emotional problems. but at 1a, when the children ask themselves, nearly a quarter of girls reported feeling depressed. among boys, one in ten said they had felt down. the numbers of people experiencing depression is increasing. one of the authors of the report says this issue needs to be faced. problems you express as an adolescent predict later in life. when these people become adults they are more likely to suffer from mental health problems. in terms of public health, this is a big issue and we need to look into it. opening up about how you are feeling can be hard at the best of times. but for these 1a—year—olds, social media seems
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to be an added source of pressure. everyone takes pictures of themselves, posting them on instagram. you have to be dressed nicely for all your pictures. it is an artificial version of you. they are pushing you towards stress. she says she is going to get top grades, so you have to keep that up. these young people born since the turn of the century are the smartphone generation. there is a concern the prevalence of social media on those smartphones is adding to the pressure these teenagers already get from friends, family and school. dominic hughes, bbc news. more on the news that the manager of the england women's football team is set to leave his role as the manager. the fa expected to confirm
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his departure at a news conference shortly, later this afternoon is what we are hearing. he has been under pressure after bullying and harassment claims made by a former england striker. he was cleared by the fa after two investigations and denies the allegations. 0ur sports correspondent can bring us up to speed. we are expecting the news soon are we? yes we are expecting the fa to confirm the news this afternoon. we understand mark sampson is set to leave. we don't know the full details of the reason, but i would be surprised if it was performance—related, because on the pitch everything has been going very well for england. they beat russia last night in a world cup qualifier. the first of 2019 world cup qualifying campaign. there was a show of unity after the first goal
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when the players ran over to mark sampson. he has been under a great deal of pressure and scrutiny. since the start of august when allegations made by a chelsea striker first emerged of bullying and harassment, claims that he denied. he was cleared of the allegations in two separate inquiries. but there were, there has been criticism over the inquiries, the player not satisfied that they were doing thoroughly enough and there is the prospect of a parliamentary inquiry in october when fa executives will be called to explain the inquiries. sampson has been under pressure off the pitch and he has spoken of the emotional toll it has taken. but we don't know the reasons for his departure. that will be confirmed soon. thank you. now the weather with chris. we
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keeping a close eye on hurricane maria. it made land fall about 11.30 ourtime in maria. it made land fall about 11.30 our time in puerto rico. this is tracking over the most densely populated area of puerto rico. so the toll will be significant. today, we have a band of rain across the uk, some of it heavy. but still dry across england. some sunny spells and top temperatures of 19 degrees. tonight turning wet across wales and south—west england as this front swings in across these areas. the rain picking up across north—west england and into scotland and northern ireland. with southerly winds it will be mild. tomorrow a mild start a and the front continues to be slow moving so it should stay
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dry in east anglia and south east england, brightening up in northern ireland. in between these areas temperatures suppressed, 15 degrees where the rain falls. but still warm in the south—east with temperatures up in the south—east with temperatures up to 20 degrees. that is your latest weather. raise hello. at least 200 people, including more than 20 children in a school, are confirmed dead as a 7.1 magnitude earthquake hits mexico. rescue workers and volunteers have been working through the night to pull survivors from the rubble. hurricane maria has made landfall in puerto rico as it continues its path across the caribbean — the second category 5 hurricane to hit the region this month. two men have been arrested in south wales over friday's terror attack on a london underground train at parsons green. the long—running birmingham bin strike has been suspended, after a high courtjudge granted
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workers an injuction against council redundancy notices. the union unite has said it will call off industrial action, pending a trial later this year. the bbc understands that mark sampson is set to leave his role as england manager. the fa is expected to confirm his departure this afternoon. it's an important new story and it's worth reiterating and i was just saying welcome to the world of sport. simon, yourfinal headline is our first sport. simon, yourfinal headline is ourfirst headline. sport. simon, yourfinal headline is our first headline. the sport. simon, yourfinal headline is ourfirst headline. the bbc understands he is set to leave his role as england's women's manager. the fa is expected to confirm his departure this afternoon. his final match in charge of england that six
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nil win over russia at prenton park. you'll note that he has been at the centre of allegations of both worrying and racism, allegations he has been cleared of twice by two separate investigations. more of that as we get it. confirmation expected in the next hour or so. meanwhile, there are some intriguing efl cup ties tonight. darren ferguson's father jewelled with arson finger and now he has the chance to put one over the arsenal manager himself. doncaster rovers travel to the emirates where vendor is expected to give some of his younger players a chance. premier league teams made 88 changes last night. it is compatible to the best i've had before. there are some very promising young players and now we're at the stage where the first step is to know they have the quality, the second is to continue
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to develop them by good coaching and the third step is to integrate them in the first team and that is the most difficult. the international paralympic committee most difficult. the international pa ralympic committee has most difficult. the international paralympic committee has postponed event due to take place in mexico city later this month following the earthquake. the swimming and weightlifting world championships for the festival have been postponed after consultations with the local government. it is the first time it has had to postpone a major championship but it says these are unique circumstances and this is the right thing to do. british swimming have released a statement. a tweet says: a tweet says: chris freeman will attempt to take pa rt chris freeman will attempt to take part in the times trial in norway. it's a punishing course during which he will have to change bikes for a
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steep climb in the final few kilometres. the court combined... he's won both the well to des bynea and the tour de france and is putting on his national colours again. it is a huge honour to put on the gb colours and race for something more than our trade team. there is only one occasion a year that i get to do that and that is at the world championships and obviously at the olympics every four yea rs. obviously at the olympics every four years. so it is a special occasion and it's something i certainly look forward to all year. former england bowler graham onions says he may have tojoin bowler graham onions says he may have to join an exodus from durham who have already lost many players due to financial mismanagement. he has been with durham for 1a years, is the county's leading first class test. mac i would love to stay. you
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come to a stage in your career where i have done my coaching badges and being a level for coach is busy i'm thinking about the future. i know i am no spring chicken but i like to think my performances over the last few weeks have been of a very high standard. i would love to play for another two years, unfortunately thatis another two years, unfortunately that is not on the table at the moment but i want to go into coaching. that is all the sport for now. james pearce will be with you in the next hour. 0ver now. james pearce will be with you in the next hour. over to you, simon. as we've been hearing, more than 200 people have lost their lives in a devastating earthquake that has struck mexico — toppling dozens of buildings, making thousands homeless and leaving millions more without power. let's show you some drone images we've received it shows the extent of the damage above mexico city — many buildings have been reduced to rubble, a huge operation is now taking place, as teams of rescue workers and volunteers claw through the rubble with picks,
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shovels and their bare hands — in the hope of finding survivors. this quake struck exactly 32 years to the day after an earthquake that left 10,000 people dead. so why is this part of mexico so vulnerable to earthquakes? this is the second to hit the country in just a fortnight. samantha simmonds has this analysis. mexico city is in a valley and is on a historic lakebed. it sits on soft loose soil that acts as an amplifier for tremors when seismic waves arrive, the whole place behaves like jelly, arrive, the whole place behaves like jelly, intensifying the shaking. this quake comes 11 days after the most powerful earthquake to hit the nation in decades killed at least 90 people, destroyed more than a5,000 homes in the south of mexico. the country is especially seismic
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because it sits on three giant tectonic plates. mexico, as a country is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. mexico city has a particular geology that makes it rather susceptible to shaking from even quite distant earthquakes. tuesday's earthquake struck exactly 32 years to the day since mexico's worst ever quake killing 10,000 people in text —— mexico city. since then building regulations have been tightened but tuesday's quake struck without warning. even though safety standards have improved, there is still clearly admixture of structures in the city with many vulnerable buildings. there are warnings of likely after—shocks of up warnings of likely after—shocks of up to six magnitude four days and possibly weeks to come. samantha simmonds, is bbc news. samantha simmonds, is bbc news. alice driver was on a flight ready to take off at mexico city's main airport when the earthquake struck. she joins me now from the us state of arkansas. you did eventually get out butjust
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explain that moment. you are on a plane and then what happened?” explain that moment. you are on a plane and then what happened? i was on the aeroplane at mexico city airport on the runway and we were actually just slowly moving forward to go towards taking off when suddenly i thought maybe we'll have fallen off the plane, the plane tilted to one side and then to another and then when i looked out of the window i saw the entire structure of the airport shaking and people pouring out of the exit. i knew what was happening. this is an area that is suffered earthquakes before, what was different about this one? i've experienced several earthquakes living in the city and it's interesting because this one was technically a little bit less strong than the one that happened...
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but for me, it felt it's the strongest i have felt i knew in my bones when it happened that people we re bones when it happened that people were going to die, which is a terrible feeling. you don't know what's happening in the city but you know that it's bad. it's the lack of communications. we are hearing some distressing stories, i don't know they have been confirmed. children trying to use whatsapp to message people outside collapsed buildings. it is the following hours, isn't it, when the panic sets in? yet, even on the plane the panic setting because electricity went out around the city. the internet wasn't working, most people on the plane didn't have internet. i had patchy internet that i shared with my seat mates. they we re i shared with my seat mates. they were trying to get in touch with their children, they are crying, they're trying to leave messages. there were some real... and then we
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sometimes internet was working, we received videos of buildings collapsing so you feel a sense of helplessness and when something like that happens and they wouldn't let us that happens and they wouldn't let us of the plane so we were there for hours. but you did eventually. you are one of the few planes to get away. i wonder how you feel now looking at the pictures of the city where you were just hours ago?|j where you were just hours ago?” feel pretty distraught in a lot of ways. i obviously am not, i mean i didn't see the worst of it by any means but seeing friends and videos of friends and their family members of friends and their family members of what they are going through is really ha rd, of what they are going through is really hard, which i was there in solidarity but i will be back in a few days. i actuallyjust came back to visit my parents. alice, i can tell is difficult for you to talk about and i appreciate your time. alice driver, forgive much. thank
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you so much. thank you so much. the foreign secretary borisjohnson says myanmar‘s de facto leader aung san suu kyi must do more to stop the unrest in the country which has left many rohingya muslims dead and provoked a refugee crisis. in the past month more than a00,000 rohingya muslims have fled across the border to bangladesh and are now living in makeshift camps there. the prime minister of bangladesh, has today called for myanmar to take back the hundreds of thousands of refugees and the un high commissionerfor human rights has called for sanctions against the country. 0ur chief international affairs correspondent, lyse doucet, spoke to us earlier from the united nations in new york. she decided not to come to the united nations general assembly this year. she would know very well what kind of reaction she would get in her speech yesterday in which she talked about how she did not fear international scrutiny has raised a lot of questions here about the woman many expected would do more to help the plight of... welljoining
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us help the plight of... welljoining us outside the headquarters... you have spoken to her many times over the past year, what did she say she could do about this crisis? the penultimate occasion when i spoke to her in november of last year, i asked for access because the first attack on the border facility have occurred and we had to establish the truth and nothing came out of that. we waited for three weeks and i then decided to dispatch a team and take down testimony in bangladesh from those who are fleeing. when we produced the report injanuary which was horrific and its contents, i spoke to her again and i appealed that she use her emotional and moral standing in the country to assert russia on the military that this had to stop. to my great regret, this didn't seem to happen and i was a low intensity friction there. we warned that this is not going to be
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resolved unless deep and is serious and meaningful steps are taken and we are allowed in. sadly that did not happen and the events of last month occurred. very regrettably so. you have called a quick textbook case of ethnic cleansing. a lot of concern about the plight of these people. this is an issue that is not going to go away because the crisis just gets worse. now, ijust want going to go away because the crisis just gets worse. now, i just want to give you some news coming in from new york. after donald trump said the us would totally destroy north korea at a speech yesterday. we are hearing from new york and i will read what's coming in here, "trump says he has decided on whether to scrap iran nuclear deal he has declined to say what his decision is. u declined to say what his decision is. " and that is all we have got. we will hopefully get some
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clarification that a little bit later on. that is coming in from the reuters news agency. trump says he has decided on whether to scrap iran nuclear deal, declined to say what his decision is. police in brazil say a british woman has been murdered while attempting to kayak the length of the amazon. the body of emma kelty — a former headteacherfrom london — still hasn't been found. the a3—year—old was last seen close to the border with peru in an area known for pirate attacks and drug traffickers. three people have been arrested over her death, as richard main reports. her motto was don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today. she was a former headteacher from london who embraced extreme challenges. earlier this year, she became one of only a handful of women to ski solo to the south pole. before embarking on an epic a000 mile trip from the source of the amazon improved, through brazil to its mouth at the
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atlantic. earlier this year, through brazil to its mouth at the atlantic. earlierthis year, emma acknowledged the dangers she may face. it has got tonnes and tonnes of dangerous wildlife and the dangers of the people who harvest and rob and fire guns and all the rest of it, so complete opposite of what i was doing. —— two months ago. the area she disappeared in close to the peruvian border is known to be a drug—trafficking route with reports of pirating on the river. last week she tweeted about a group of armed men. police said emma's canoe was then found abandoned on the river bank, some of her possessions have been sold in the nearby village. emma's body has not been found but police have arrested three people including a teenager who they say has confessed to her murder. in a statement last night, emma's
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families praised her spirit saying how proud they were of her achievements and that her strength will be sorely missed. let's get more now on our main story which is the earthquake in mexico killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens more than 200 people and toppling d oze ns of more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings in the capital mexico city. let's now talk to the director of this southern california earthquake centre. looking at the data that no doubt you did at the moment it struck an sense, are you surprised by the level of destruction we seem to be seeing? not really. mexico city is known to be vulnerable and this earthquake was fairly close and fairly close so iam afraid was fairly close and fairly close so i am afraid that when we have a magnitude seven or bigger, mexico city is going to suffer. until they basically rebuild that all the buildings. the trouble is, that was said in 1985 after the devastating earthquake which cost the lives of thousands of people. they have had
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more recent earthquakes and yet buildings such as schools seem still not be strong enough. well, i expect we will find these buildings that had problems are old. we know how to build buildings for earthquakes but it takes time to replace the entire city ‘s worth of buildings. i'm afraid cities like mexico city have been probable for many decades. one particularly mexico city? was the problem there? they have a particular problem, the city is dealt on an old lake bed so its ground that is very soft and wet. that kind of ground not only amplifies the movement greatly it turns to a liquid if you shake it or liquid action and it's very hard to build a building with deep roots. and as a result, the quake itself blasts also if you are in the middle of it, it lasts as if it is lasted a lot longer. that's right. in this
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case the ground broker about 20 seconds we think but the reverberations continued for a long time. the sediments trapped energy and it basically goes across the city slowly and it bounces off the side is a bit and prolongs the shaking it could've been a talk to the people felt tip. and what is at the people felt tip. and what is at the heart of it. there are three tectonic plates that form the basis of this crisis that is go to happen every now and again. there are really two in the coast of mexico. there is the rock underneath the open and —— under the ocean and as one goes under the other it is deforming the whole region. like the disastrous earthquake in 19 85, it was a magnitude eight and it killed many thousands of people in mexico city. this particular earthquake was within that plate that pushing down underneath and kind of crumbling.
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but the same effect as we saw, it was devastating. i give much. in a moment a summary of the business news this hour but first, the headlines on bbc news: a 7.1 magnitude earthquake has struck central mexico — killing more than 200 people and toppling dozens of buildings. hurricane maria has made landfall in puerto rico — with winds of 150 mph. the bbc understands that mark sampson is set to leave his role as england women's football manager — the fa is expected to confirm his departure shortly. hello, in the business uses afternoon... hello, in the business uses afternoon... india's tata steel and german rival, thyssenkrupp are to merge their european steel operations creating the world's second largest steel maker. the tie—up though will lead to around a000 job losses. the two companies have been in negotiations since last year,
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when tata abandoned plans to sell off its uk operations — including its site at port talbot in south wales. the number of phone complaints to uk water companies is on the up according to the consumer council for water. the number of calls customers made to resolve water issues went up by more than a0,000 to more than two million in the last year. while the number of written complaints fell by 11% to less than 100,000. more on this in a moment. retail sales jumped last month as shoppers continued to spend despite strong price rises. sales were up 2.a% on this time last year, the 52nd consecutive month of year—on—year increases and much higher than forecasts. afternoon, welcome to the business news this afternoon. there's been big movements in the steel industry — tata steel and germany's thyssenkrupp have agreed to merge their european businesses creating the second biggest the two companies have been in negotiations since last year when tata halted the sale of its uk business. talks had stalled over tata's huge pension liabilities...
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the new business is expected to employee a8,000 people. and the combined group will operate across 31 different sites throughout europe. but — it will involve the loss of a,000 jobs across the continent. well, earlier, we asked thyssenkrupp's chief financial officer, whether the number of redundancies could be even higher. what we clearly wanted to outline here is we see a maximum and we have seen that a lot of beers and some of the involved countries that it would be by far bigger. i think this number, given that more than a5,000 employees that we have in these assets currently and that we want to realise it over a time frame of the first year is clearly indicates that there will be redundancies but the volume of the redundancies is a lot less tha n volume of the redundancies is a lot less than many people expected. 0n top of that, if both parties continue to stand alone, i think the redundancies to cope with the challenges of our industry would be
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high. industry would be high. earlier greg clark, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, warned that, although this deal is a step in the right direction, we should be cautious in our optimism. it isa it is a step in the right direction, a very dispositive step when you consider that just a very dispositive step when you consider thatjust over a year ago it was being thought that the port tolbert works in particular might have too close then this announcement secures the future of that planned and the other steel—making plants across the uk, so it is a good step forward. water complaints. to millions. written complaints have fallen by 11%, white? lets find out more. john
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is now is the ceo of the consumer council for water. what are is now is the ceo of the consumer councilfor water. what are people complaining about? it is mainly actually about billing problems, so about 60% of those complaints are about 60% of those complaints are about things where customers are getting bills they don't understand or they are much higher than expect. we think water companies can do a lot more to intercept those problems before customers need to phone them up before customers need to phone them upa before customers need to phone them up a query. how, we've got social media now in the last ten years, it isa media now in the last ten years, it is a lot easier to complain. is that pa rt is a lot easier to complain. is that part of the reason, do you think you might those actually aren't included. we are in discussion with the industry right now so that we can the industry right now so that we ca n ca ptu re the industry right now so that we can capture that data because you are right, that is a growing portion of where companies get their information about their customers from and where customers make complaints. what are you expecting from water companies? what you want them to do? we have been very successful in the last ten years
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pushing the water companies to reduce their complaints by about ao%, led to a high in about 2008. so thatis ao%, led to a high in about 2008. so that is really good but what we have seen this year is this kick up and we are putting pressure on the whole industry to have another push on reducing complaints further but in particular we are focusing on a number of companies that have real problems such as southern water, cambridge, we're keeping an eye on welsh water and thames water because they are the cause of most of the increase we are talking about. what can customers do if they do find themselves having trouble with a water company? the first thing to do is complain to the company. we would hope that in most cases those problems get sorted out and they get sorted out first time. if the customer is still not satisfied, we would suggest they come to was because we can help them with those problems and we do that for a lot of customers who do not get their problems resolved. in other business news...
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japan's exports soared again last month. a whopping 18%. that's the strongest figure in four years.its all thanks to cars, car parts, and semiconductors. they boosted japan's exports to the united states by 21 percent up from a still impressive 11.5 percent in the previous month. a rise in the employment rate for women since 2008 is holding back wage growth globally, according to the organisation for economic co—operation and development... the think tank's chief economist, catherine mann, has told the bbc that "employment rates for women have grown faster and are above where they were in 2008" but she also pointed out that employment rates for men have not gone back to where they were. and a quick update on ryanair. this afternoon the airline has apologised to each and every one of its customers whose flights were cancelled over a six—week period in september and october because of messed up pilot rotors. it says it aims to price is 95% of refunds by
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friday. that other look at the markets before you. kingfisher doing really well. one of the biggest risers on the ft—se100. they own being queue and they had some results are today. i'm back in an hour. is it me orjust getting colder these days? ijust like the idea of having his balcony. well, i thought we'd start with a quick look at what hurricane maria is up to. it has made landfall about 11:30am and our time. it has been working in a west north westward direction across the most populous area of this densely populated island. the latest show the eye towards the north coast now but it has been a long time over the island. we are going to get widespread catastrophic damage from this system, gusts up to about 190 miles an hour. also in the firing
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line the dominican republic but a eastern areas and then the turks and ca icos eastern areas and then the turks and caicos islands. again, significant damage likely. in the uk, without this weather system at wriggling around in the atlantic. it is a particularly slow moving front and will be with us for 36 hours as it drags its feet across the uk. as we go on through this evening some doubt whether across the uk but the bulk of the heavier rain will be across northern ireland, western parts of wales and western parts of south—western. with southerly winds it will be a mild one and the mild start then for thursday. the weather front will continue to push itself is wood throughout the day. we'll get some sunshine in northern ireland, staying dry and bright for most of the day across east anglia where it will be relatively mild again with temperatures up to 20 degrees. but underneath this thick cloud and outbreaks of rain,
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temperatures a little bit suppressed, 16 degrees or so. as we go through thursday night time, that is when we finally see the back end of that weather front. probably not with a huge amount of rain. then there will be more rain coming into there will be more rain coming into the west on friday. another wet one and fairly windy more rain for scotla nd and fairly windy more rain for scotland and western parts of england and wales. the weather front will weaken as it pushes eastward into england. there won't be much rain left on this front by the time it reaches east anglia and south—east england, probably just it reaches east anglia and south—east england, probablyjust a lump of cloud. as we go into the weekend, although there will be a weather front pestering the western uk, actually for most of us the start of the weekend will be dry with spells of sunshine and temperatures will be reasonable for the time of year, 17—20 degrees for most of us. a bit of a slow—moving weather front with as for the next 36 hours so there will be some rain
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on the way for all others next few days. that's a weather. this is bbc news. the headlines at a: buildings collapse in the aftermath of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck central mexico — killing more than 200 people. more than 20 children died when a school collapsed — many others are still missing in the debris. hundreds of volunteers have joined emergency services in the desperate search for survivors. hurricane maria has made landfall in puerto rico battering the island with winds of 150 miles per hour. two more men have been arrested in south wales over last friday's terror attack on a london underground train. the bbc understands that mark sampson is set to leave his role as england women's football manager — the fa is expected to confirm his departure shortly.
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also this hour — can the british cyclist chris froome

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