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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the un gets the go—ahead to enter myanmar‘s troubled rakhine state. we'll hearfrom one rohingya militant about his struggle against the burmese army. translation: the army surrendered our villages. the people had no weapons. our army said we were going to die anyway, so we should die for the cause, and be martyred. a week after hurricane maria, help is on its way to puerto rico — where half the population still has no access to clean water. bali's biggest volcano threatens to erupt for the first time in 50 years. and a sticky situation for one australian woman as a swarm of bees transform her house into a giant hive. hello.
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united nations agencies in myanmar are set to enter rakhine state for the first time since the mass exodus of rohingya muslims began. the burmese army has been accused of ethnic cleansing nearly half a million rohingyas have fled to bangladesh to escape the brutal crackdown, which the army says began after attacks by militants. the bbc‘sjonathan head has tracked down a man who claims to be one of those rohingya fighters. here is his special report. this is where desperate rohingya muslims started to fight back. this town in rakhine state is now a smoking ruin, with its muslim population gone. for years, rohingyas have endured discrimination, abuses, and confinement
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to squalid camps, but, unlike other minorities in myanmar, they did not rebel against the government. a burmese police officer showed me me where hundreds of men, carrying only machetes and petrol—bombs, stormed towards the police station. they were easily driven off, he said, and many were killed. shortly afterwards, the self—styled leader of the group, calling itself the arakan rohingya salvation army, published a video. rohingyas, he said, had now no choice but to take up arms. over in bangladesh, i went to see one of the thousands who had answered his call. we met discreetly, in a quiet corner. he described how his commander — his amia, he called him —
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had come four years ago, and took me to the hills for training — forjihad, he said. on the 23rd of august, the attacks began, and the army immediately struck back. he heard shooting, he said, and sought has been satellite. what followed can only be described as suicidal charges by the rohingyas. translation: the army surrendered our villages. the people had no weapons. our army said we were going to die anyway, so we should die for the cause, and be martyred. so we picked up bamboo sticks — even old men and teenagers — and started fighting. and then the army was shooting at us. what we found as we have spoken to refugees in bangladesh is pretty wide sympathy for the asa militants, especially amongst younger men, because this is the first group that has started to fight back against the burmese military. but there are others here who are angry with the militants for bringing all of this trouble onto them — and don't forget, there are victims of asa as well. in this community on the coast, there is a mix of old and recently arrived refugees. after friday prayers, i talked to some of them about asa. after friday prayers, i asked them
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about asa. had it done any good, i wondered? "i think they acted for our benefit," said this young man, "but they were not strong enough to fight the myanmar government." they complained of the many abuses by the burmese military. "at least the militants tried to stand up for us," they said. but then this woman accused asa of killing and beating other muslims. "and how can they fight, when there aren't enough guns and ammunition?" she asks. bangladesh has accepted these refugees, but its security forces are uneasy. in this sea of human need, the radicalised movement has taken root, ready to risk all in its article struggle against the burmese military. and for internationaljihadist groups, there is here, perhaps, a new recruiting ground. jonathon head, bbc news, southern bangladesh. and don't forget if you want more
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on the rohingya refugee crisis, go to our website, where you'll find reports from our correspondents and analysis of the united nations‘ decision to enter myanmar‘s troubled rakhine state — just go to bbc.com/news. help is on its way to the millions of people affected by two devastating hurricanes in puerto rico. a week after hurricane maria made landfall and almost half of the island's population — that's almost two million people — are still without clean drinking water. fuel and medical supplies are also in short supply. sarah corker reports. in puerto rico, food and water are scarce. there are long queues for even basic supplies. the us territory was hit first by hurricane irma, but it was hurricane maria that hit it a week ago, killing 16 people and knocking out power and communications. translation: we need more help. we are us citizens.
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we are supposed to be treated equally. the aid is too slow. they said is coming from the united states, but who are they giving it to? i haven't received any in my house. fuel on the island is running low. hospitals are short of diesel needed to power the life—support systems. help is arriving, though. 16 us ships are part of the relief effort, bringing generators and heavy machinery. the governor of puerto rico told cbs news restoring power is the priority. keep the help coming. we recognise a lot is being done. infrastructure was completely devastated. we are making efforts to get generators, to restore the water supply, hospitals, and to get
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the telecommunications going. president trump has been accused of a lacklustre response to the crisis, and showing more concern to texas and florida after they were hit by harry kane, something he denies. we are with you now, i tell them, and we will be there every step of the way in —— until this chapter is done. what happened is catastrophic. and donald trump said he would visit the region on tuesday, that is almost a fortnight after the storm struck. there are already 10,000 federal staff on the ground, but officials warned the damage is so severe, it is likely to be months before power is fully restored. sarah corker, bbc news. sheila torres lives in old sanjuan, she's on the phone. there is no power, no water, i can't take a shower. the people up the street from me are starting to get water, but i am still suffering. what is it like outside? do you go outside much at the moment? unfortunately because we have
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a curfew, we are not supposed to go out at night. that is when the harassment is occurring. i read in the news that somebody got kidnapped, trying to steal power from a generator. we are hearing something like 58 hospitals are without fuel. people do get hurt or injured, and it makes it very difficult to get help? yes, very much so. i think the main hospital already has power. the generator took for ever to power on, due to how much water came in from maria. the us military has said they hope to co—ordinate 240 airlifts into puerto rico in the us version islands. 15 aircraft, 505 trucks working.
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are you seeing or feeling the benefit of any of that? i am not seeing or feeling any relief. neighbours have been operating their businesses to be able to feed us warm food. how do you feel about the president's reaction? i am appalled, we are us citizens. itjust happened to be at a different location to the continental us and we are being completely ignored at this point. thank you very much for talking to us. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the authorities in a mexico city neighbourhood say they will take legal action against two construction companies for allegedly using substandard materials in two buildings that collapsed during last week's earthquake. the leaders of the benitojuarez neighbourhood will demand compensation for all residents affected. more than 300 people died in the quake. kurdish troops have made space in
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iraq. it has been met with celebration. mark zuckerberg, the founder of facebook, has rejected president trump's accusation that the network was "anti—trump". he also admitted that he had been wrong to have dismissed claims that fake news on facebook had influenced voters. the us is investigating claims that russian interests used facebook advertising to influence american voters. britain's prime minister teresa may says she's bitterly disappointed about a decision by the us to impose a tariff of up to 220% onjets made by the firm bombardier.
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the company which employs employs thousands of people in northern ireland. the tariff was imposed after a claim by its rival, the american manufacturer, boeing, that it was building jets using unfair subsidies. our business editor simonjack has more details. thousands ofjobs at northern ireland's biggest manufacturing employer could go, if the us rival, boeing, succeeds in getting a tariff of 220% put on planes produced by bombardier and sold in the us. workers were understandably concerned today. there is worry, from everybody, as you would expect. it is all up in the air. it is what it is. we can't do nothing about it. disappointing, yes. i think they are being bullies. no doubt about it. if the planes achieve the expected demand... the aerospace industry has a long history in belfast, with the factory having been here since 19118. it remains a huge part of northern ireland's economy. last year, it paid £158 million in wages. it accounts for over 8% of all of northern ireland's exports, and it sources parts
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and imports from 800 companies in the uk and ireland. the future of this plant relies on the success of the plane onto which these wings will be attached, so any threat to the c—series programme is a direct threat to thousands ofjobs here in belfast. boeing has a powerful cheerleader. companies that receive subsidies and sells cheaply in the us, as boeing claims in this case, are the enemy of donald trump's america first policy. in belfast today, michael fallon said future defence contracts with boeing could be jeopardised, and tonight, theresa may echoed that warning. we have a long—term partnership with boeing. we have worked with boeing over the years. i think this is no way to operate in terms of such a long—term partnership, and i said that that long—term partnership is being undermined by this behaviour by boeing. the plant itself is in a constituency held by dup, which the government relies on to pass laws,
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so it is getting westminster‘s full attention. the prime minister has previously raised this issue withjustin trudeau and donald trump will stop so at the highest level, we have been emphasising how important it is. thousands ofjobs depend on this. there is a long way to go in this increasingly acrimonious journey. a second ruling will be made in february, next year, and even that can be appealed. northern ireland is caught in the crossfire of a dispute between canada and the united states. remember that they others‘ biggest trading partners. as the uk looks when you trade friends, it is a reminder that even special relationships can sour. there's been strong backlash from canada. the premier of quebec, phillipe couillard, has blasted the 220—percent tariff and threatened that quote — not a bolt or plane part from boeing
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will enter canada until the matter is resolved. we are hit because a giant, itself created, fed, by decades of government support in the us, has decided to eliminate its competitor that makes better products. it's as simple as that. and a competitor who, on top of everything else, does not compete with any of the products now commercialized by boeing. it's a great paradox that confirms bad faith. the workers and the american economy will also suffer from these protectionist policies. so quebec is attacked, quebec will resist, quebec will unite itself. we are going together to defend our workers, we are going together to be very proud of what we do here. we are going to continue to make this remarkable place. —— plane. we are going to continue to sell it all over the world. we will work with true partners.
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boeing may have won a battle but let me tell you that the war is far from over and that we shall win. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: art today — gone tomorrow. why a washington exhibition, seven months in the making, will never be seen again. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action,
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and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: un officials will be allowed to visit myanmar‘s rakhine state on thursday for the first time since the start of the exodus of rohingya muslims. one week after hurricane maria, half of puerto rico's population still has no access to clean drinking water. the islands governor says help is on its way. fears are growing on the island of bali, where tens of thousands of people living near the slopes of mount agung have been evacuated. experts say the volcano is on the brink of eruption for the first time in 50 years. there has been an increase
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in volcanic activity this week with hundreds of tremors recorded. an exclusion zone of seven miles around the mountain has been set up. the bbc‘s hywel griffith has the latest from bali. we have been feeling some of those small earthquakes, tremors. there are hundreds a yesterday we had the most intense so far. seismologists don't know when it will erupt. it could be minutes, days, weeks, months. no one knows. because the threat is so large, 80,000 people have been evacuated from what is called the red zone, a rural area around mount agung. we have been to visit some of those in evacuation camps. people are being well looked after. there is a supply of food and even entertainment for the children.
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but it is a nervous and anxious and stressful time for those who have left their homes and perhaps livelihoods behind. it is the heart of bali. a rural place where people depend on livestock and animals which they have had to leave behind. you said hundreds of tremors a day quite calmly. that must distressful. they are pretty small, i am pleased to say. people injapan must be used to say. people injapan must be used to it. it is more worrying if they grow in intensity as well as frequency. there is no way of knowing whether that means mount agung is going to erupt. the large explosion you referred to back in 1963, they did not have measuring facilities to understand how this is volcano behaves. more than 1000 were killed when that happened. caution
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is that its utmost. while half of the island is in disaster management mode, the other half is in tourism made steel. the government is saying it is still open for business. we know that what comes out of a volcano can be unpredictable and it can move very fast indeed. are you and anyone else in the dangers and able to get clear? so we are keeping well outside of the evacuation zone. there have been government officials and police going in to evacuate people. we know some are holding out, villagers who said they would wait for a spiritual sign. to is a sacred place. there were some people resisting evacuation. we understand they are being removed. they are
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being kept out of the roughly 12 kilometre evacuation zone. as we said, no one knows when it will come. so face masks are being distributed across some parts of the island. but officials are keen to point out that most of the island is very safe and very open for business. that is where most people are going. reporting from bali. russia and the united states have agreed to work together to build the first lunar space station. nasa says plans for the manned station will see it orbit the moon and act as a gateway to deep space. it's part of longer term ambitions to send humans to mars. details of how it will be sustained and paid for haven't yet been confirmed. now, it's normally the opening of an art exhibition that generates a lot of interest, but our next story is about one let's just about to end. for more than a year, a giant work by artist linn meyers was up on the circular walls of the hirshorn museum in washington. but unlike most pieces which are shipped off to their next
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show, this one has been painted over, never to be seen again. before that happened, we caught up with the artist to hear about her work. the piece is made of acrylic ink and is drawn directly on the wall. when it is painted over, it will never be there again. i worked on the planning part of the project for about five months before i began working on site. and then once i started working in the museum, i worked every day for 65 days. the fact that the gallery is circular was an opportunity that others don't have, to work in a space that, in some ways, doesn't
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really have a beginning or an end. once visitors realised it isn't permanent, there was a broad range of reactions. sometimes there was anxiety about it. it is hard to imagine working hard on it for it to disappear. they say doesn't it upset you? how could you put so much effort in and itjust vanishes? you must have done numerous installations. i have done a number of permanent wall dryings. installations. i have done a number of permanent wall dryingslj installations. i have done a number of permanent wall dryings. i will never forgive you. no, of permanent wall dryings. i will neverforgive you. no, it of permanent wall dryings. i will never forgive you. no, it is very nice. i see it all as being equal to the project and that painting over it is just as important. so, all of the
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specific work i have done has been different. and it is always conceived as temporary. so, the pieces have a lifespan that is predetermined, but everything has a lifespan. the working here, even though it is all archival materials, it is not permanent. i don't have any trouble parting with the works in the studio and i don't have any trouble parting with the works that are site—specific. but i know it bothers many people, the viewers and other artists does well. but every artist has a different way of saying
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goodbye to their work, whether it is selling it or destroying it. finally, an australian woman has found herself in a sticky situation after a swarm of bees transformed her home into a giant bee hive. the small squatters haven't left her completely empty—handed. she's now got her own supply of floor to ceiling honeycomb. georgina smyth reports. a house becomes a hive. this is what megan sutherland found behind her walls after waking to a buzzing noise in newcastle, australia. walls after waking to a buzzing noise in newcastle, australiam was like a blanket of bees just out the window. unbelievable. and they have been busy little bees, transforming the inside of her wall cavities into four inch think honeycombe from wall to see link. all the way up the wall. —— thick. sticky honeycombe has been pulled from the walls. as she took up the
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mess, she saw what they left behind. i pulled it out piece by piece. it is four inches thick. there is a sweet end to the tale. she has bottled several jars of sweet end to the tale. she has bottled severaljars of honey and honeycombe and she plans to sell the surprise haul to pay for repairs to her house. home, sweet home. and now for the main news again. un officials will be allowed to visit myanmar‘s rakhine state on thursday for the first time since the start of the exodus of rohingya muslims. they have been demanding entry since august when half a million people we re august when half a million people were forced into neighbouring bangladesh due to a mass exodus. and thatis bangladesh due to a mass exodus. and that is it. there is more information on line. thank you for watching. i am mike embley. hi there.
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it's been over a week now since hurricane maria devastated the island of dominica and puerto rico, in the caribbean, leaving more than a0 people dead. many still remain missing. since then, the hurricane has been working just past the east coast of the united states. it is a weak hurricane now, a category1 storm now, but over the next few days it could come closer to home. it is going to work northwards, getting tangled up with low pressure. not a hurricane, but the remains of maria could be heading our way through sunday night and into the early hours of monday, potentially bringing wet and maybe windy weather to the north—west of the uk. that's a way off. before we get there, this is how we start the day on thursday. a lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain left over from the night—time system. but it will be a mild start to the day, as well. that rain band still with us, then, across north—eastern scotland, with a fairly brisk wind.
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a lot of low cloud and misty conditions, too, around some of the hills. northern ireland starting today on a rather cloudy node, but some sunny spells for wales early on in the morning. whereas further east, across central and eastern england, there'll be a hang—back of cloud. through the day, outbreaks of drizzle which could be extensive. may be misty over the hills, as well. in fact, that cloud will be slow to break across east england, eastern areas of scotland, probably only breaking up as we head in the afternoon. but it is then that most of us should see some sunshine coming through. but the rain set in, really, through the northern isles, picking up. quite a cool day here, but otherwise some decent temperatures. 20 degrees in london. we're still on the warm side of average. through thursday night, though, the next atlantic system making its presence felt, working into northern ireland before spreading to scotland, western parts of england, and wales, too. tied in with this area of low pressure spinning in of the atlantic, bringing some fairly strong winds into the far north—western coast.
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so, for friday, a band of rain to start the day, pushing east across scotland, england and wales, heavy at times. behind that, yes, we'll see some sunshine, but also some blustery showers in northern ireland. with the showers, looking at temperatures coming down. feeling a bit cooler, but still relatively mild across eastern counties of england, that rain reluctant to clear away. saturday, though, a decent start to the weekend in many respects. many dry areas with some sunny spells. some showers around, maybe some lengthy showers around wales. but it is during sunday night and into the early hours of monday that the remains of maria could be coming our way, to bring some pretty heavy rain to the northern parts of the uk. that's your weather. this is bbc news. the headlines: un officials have been given permission to enter myanmar‘s rakhine state for the first time since the mass exodus of rohingya muslims began. the un has been demanding access since august, when myanmar‘s military launched operations against rohingya rebels, sending 500,000 people fleeing into neighbouring bangladesh. help is on its way to the millions of people affected by two hurricanes
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in puerto rico. a week after hurricane maria made landfall, almost half the island's population, almost two million people, are still without clean drinking water. fuel and medicine are also in short supply. nearly 100,000 people on the indonesian island of bali have now left their homes near mt agung, because the volcano is expected to erupt for the first time in 50 years. an exclusion zone of seven miles has been set up. vulcanologists have been recording hundreds of tremors each day. now on bbc news, it is time for click.
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