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this is bbc news. i'm gavin grey. our top stories: harvey weinstein has been ousted by the board that runs the oscars — the academy said he longer merited the respect of his colleagues. distressing details emerge after a canadian couple are released after five years held hostage in afghanistan. it will be of incredible importance to my family that we are able to build a secure sanctuary for our three surviving children to call home, to focus on edification and to try to regain some portion of the childhood that they have lost. more people have been forced to leave their homes by wildfires in california — at least a0 people are known to have died. and touchdown — as one of the world's most isolated outposts joins the 21st century. harvey weinstein has been expelled from the organisation that runs
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the oscars — the academy said he no longer merited the respect of his colleagues. it follows a series of sexual assault accusations against the producer — including rape — some of which he has denied. mr weinstein has already been fired by the company he founded, denounced by many of the celebrities he launched to stardom — and called a depraved predator by his own brother. peter bowes reports from los angeles. he once ruled the roost. one of the most powerful men in hollywood. harvey weinstein. one of the men credited with scores of oscar nominations. but now branded a rapist, and a serial sexual
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predator, the hollywood producer has been kicked out of the world's most influential organisation. it followed an emergency meeting. 5a leading figures, including the likes of whoopi goldberg and tom hanks. in a statement, the academy says it wa nts to a statement, the academy says it wants to send a message. it means harvey weinstein will never be able to vote for nominees. there has been praised for the academy‘s decision but many say this should just be the start. mia farrow tweeted. .. the academy‘s action is without precedent. other members such as the director roman polanski who pleaded
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guilty to a sex crime and bill cosby who was accused of sexual assault, we re who was accused of sexual assault, were not expelled from its ranks. harvey weinstein has been accused of rape by five women. he has denied in engaging in nonconsensual sex but the scandal continues to unfold. there are two two police investigations. hollywood braces for more of its dirty secrets to be made public. earlier, peter told more of its dirty secrets to be made public. earlier, petertold us more of its dirty secrets to be made public. earlier, peter told us the academy had little choice but to come to its decision. they were certainly under a lot of pressure to take this action, such as been the huge amount of global publicity over the last ten days, since these allegations were first made public. if they had taken a different decision, they would have been under the microscope like never before. it seems that yes, they had to make this decision. apparently it was made with a very significant majority of the academy's governing body.
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it means that from now on, harvey weinstein will no longer have a say in their activities. he will no longer be able to vote in terms of nominations for the oscars themselves. he has been ostracised not only by this organisation, arguably the most influential film organisation in the world, but byjust about everyone else in hollywood. this puts the academy in a very difficult spot as well because many actors and actresses say this is the tip of the iceberg. yes, you think of bill cosby or roman polanski, the director. both members of the academy and action wasn't taken against them. in the case of roman polanski actually pleading guilty to a sex charge involving an underage girl and of course there were allegations against bill cosby as well and they remain members of that organisation. the phrase i keep hearing is, "tip of the iceberg" there will most likely be more allegations over the coming days, weeks or months.
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many of those could well be members of the academy as well. this is our much wider story, of course, than just the oscars and the academy. they are very influential in this town but it affects all of the major studios, the current casting directors, screenwriters, everyone involved in the industry has really been shattered by this. everything you are saying suggests this whole scandal, as it were, is going to last not just a few days but weeks and months? i have been here a long time, 20 plus years, i have never seen a scandal at this that has touched such a nerve, a chord, in every aspect of life in this town. what i keep hearing is that people knew, by and large, that this was going on.
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perhaps they didn't know the true nature of it or the extent of the details. but they had a hunch that something, maybe a little sordid, was going on involving harvey weinstein or others. there has been its veil of secrecy over this, behind this dirty little secret that hollywood has been keeping for so many years and this has blown it all out into the open and people arejust wondering where the next story is going to come from. thank you. a canadian man kidnapped with his pregnant wife in afghanistan has been giving distressing details of the five years they spent in captivity. joshua boyle and his wife were released earlier this week after being held hostage by islamic militants linked to the taliban. mr boyle told reporters his wife caitlin had been raped, that she had given birth to four children in captivity — one of whom he said, a baby girl, had been murdered. john mcmanus reports. outside the capital many parts of the country remain in the grip
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of islamist militants. afghanistan it was to hear that canadian joshua boyle and his heavily pregnant wife caitlin coleman travelled, he says to carry out aid work. but instead the couple were kidnapped by members of the haqqani network linked to the taliban. over five years their captors attempted to use them as bargaining chips, releasing a number of videos. in one of them the couple's children can be seen. all four were born in captivity. we are the worst to have a prisoner exchange with. on wednesday they were finally freed by pakistani forces and arrived in toronto late last night where joshua boyle outlined their grim ordeal including the horrific murder of his daughter. the stupidity and the evil of the haqqani networks kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in taliban controlled regions of afghanistan was eclipsed
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only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter. marta boyle. he said his wife was raped by the militants. the canadian government has welcomed the family's safe return home. i'm going to ask people to respect their privacy and understand they've been through an extremely difficult period right now. and... but i can certainly say that we are pleased that the ordeal they've been through over these past years has finally come to an end. joshua boyle's parents described talking to their son to the first time in five years. we were told the wonderful news that our family had been rescued. 20 minutes later we were allowed to actually talk with josh. that's the first time in five years. while both sets of grandparents are undoubtedly relieved, caitlin coleman's own father, jim, says his daughter should never have been taken
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to such a dangerous place. that we are able to build a secure century for our three surviving children... butjoshua boyle says he now hopes his surviving children can start again. john mcmanus, bbc news. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. polls have opened in austria and there are a some 6 million austrians eligible to vote in what is expected to bea eligible to vote in what is expected to be a very, very closely fought ballot in the european union. vienna will hold the eu's presidency from the second half of 2018 in what will be a crucial time as the brexit negotiations are set to be wrapped up. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. kurdish television says an iraqi
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government deadline for peshmerga fighters to withdraw from key sites in the disputed city of kirkuk has been extended by 2a hours. kurdish officials earlier said they were preparing to defend their positions in the city in the event of an attack by iraqi forces. there's been heightened tension in the region since last month's independence referendum. the us—backed coalition besieging raqqa in northern syria says that foreign fighters belonging to the islamic state militia must either surrender, or be killed. syrian members of is have now left the city in a convoy of buses — leaving only foreign extremists holding out. meanwhile, syria has demanded the immediate withdrawal of turkish soldiers deployed in the north—west of the country. it described their presence as "flagrant aggression" and a violation of international law. turkey moved troops into idlib province on thursday, saying they were operating alongside syrian rebel groups to try to enforce a "de—escalation" zone. here in the uk, tougher prison
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sentences are being proposed for people convicted of acid attacks in britain. under the plans, anyone repeatedly caught carrying corrosive substances can expect a minimum six month jail term. attacks have more than doubled in the uk in the past five years. alexandra mackenzie‘s report contains some distressing images from the beginning. acid attacks can have devastating consequences. there were more than 400 in the uk between november 2016 and april this year. the agony of the aftermath of an acid attack in east london injuly. delivery driverjaved hussain said it melted his motorbike helmet, which saved his face from long—term damage. he is calling for tougher sentencing for those involved. i started screaming.
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then i realised that's acid. i was just screaming on the street. crying forwater, like, getting more dry and getting more worse. and i thought my face has been destroyed. i think he should be punished for that, because he wanted to destroy somebody‘s identity, destroy somebody‘s face. the government wants to give police more powers to prevent such assaults. i think it's really important that we send out a very strong message that, you know, carrying a corrosive substance in a public place unless you've got a really good reason to have it isjust totally u na cce pta ble. speak to any victim of an acid attack and they'll be living with lifelong scars. it's absolutely right that we take this as seriously as any knife attack. under the home office proposals it would be an offence to possess a corrosive substance in public. there would be a ban on the sale of such substances to anyone under 18. and people caught carrying acid twice in public would receive a mandatory minimum six—month prison
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sentence if over the age of 18. what it'll do is allow us to bring more charges and convictions when it comes to carrying these substances even before they are being used. at the minute we have to prove the intent, the fact why you're carrying that substance. these proposals look to change that. the home office says victims and survivors are at the heart of everything they're doing to reduce the number of acid attacks. but some say the new proposals just don't go far enough and more needs to be done to bring those responsible to justice. london has been worst affected. and police are being issued with test kits to check the contents of suspicious bottles of liquid. they're also being given protective gloves and water bottles so they can treat victims quickly. together with the proposed new laws, officers hope it'll prevent more attacks. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news, still to come:
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it's been described as the world's most useless airport — the first commercial flight touches down on the island of st helena. parts of san francisco least affected by the earthquake are returning to life. but in the marina area, where most of the damage was done, they're more conscious than ever of how much has been destroyed. in the 19 years since he was last here, he's gone from being a little—known revolutionary to an experienced and successful diplomatic operator. it was a 20 pound bomb which exploded on the fifth floor of the grand hotel, ripping a hole in the front of the building. this government will not weaken. democracy will prevail. it fills me with humility and gratitude to know that i have been chosen as the recipient of this foremost of earthly honours. this catholic nation held its breath for the men they call the 33. and then...
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bells toll bells tolled nationwide to announce the first rescue and chile let out an almighty roar. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the movie producer harvey weinstein has been expelled from the film academy that runs the oscars, over allegations of rape and sexual assault. more on that, now. and a little earlier, entertainment journalist kj matthews gave us her reaction and said this could be just the start. today, they have done something that they haven't done in 90 years — they decided to revoke the membership of one of its members
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— that's harvey weinstein. there's only one other person that has ever had their membership revoked from the motion picture academy, and that was because the actor had lent out screeners, which was a violation of the academy standards. but they released a statement today, basically saying that they had no other choice and that his behaviour merits it, and they could not have someone be a part of their membership of their academy exhibiting this type of behaviour, and they also said that they wanted to send a message to those in power who may be exhibiting weinstein—like behaviour that those days are over. but you know, there has been a little push back because people are saying they cannot believe that they still have roman polanski, bill cosby and even woody allen as members, but yet, they have revoked the membership of harvey weinstein. now, that was what i was going to ask you, because there must be one or two other academy members possibly looking over their shoulder a little bit worried now. yeah, it is a very interesting case because with bill cosby, he's been charged.
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roman polanski, as we know, he was charged. and yet, harvey weinstein has not been charged — although there are investigations now by police departments, obviously in london and new york, that are saying they are going to open up cases and investigate a little bit more to see if there is something there, and he could possibly face charges. but as of today, he has not been charged with anything — these are mere allegations by more than 30 women, accusing him of sexual harassment, as well as sexual assault. so do you think over the coming days, once harvey weinstein has slipped out of the headlines, other academy members could be pursued and expelled as well? exactly. many people are silent. there are a lot of big actors out there, especially male actors, that have said nothing, where people have called their agents and publicists to try to get a response or see if they will tweet something and there has been
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crickets, they are silent, and i think what it is, it's a watershed moment. you know, women, especially in this country, are feeling much more comfortable in stepping up and not remaining silent about what is happening to them with regards to sexual harassment. and there are many people out there that know what they have done and are really afraid right now, backing into a corner, hoping they're not found out. journalist kj matthews. wildfires are continuing to ravage parts of northern california. a0 people have been killed in the past week. large parts of northern california, including sonoma and napa counties, and the city of santa rosa have been hit. from california, dave lee reports. while huge to continue to burn are the hills, the unimaginable task of finding and identifying the damp is 110w finding and identifying the damp is now under way. this part of santa rose was known asjourney‘s end. at
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this trailer park, more than 100 people live. corp stocks are being used to find bodies in the ash. people live. corp stocks are being used to find bodies in the ashm is terrifying. it happened so fast and there is nothing you can do. attem pts and there is nothing you can do. atte m pts to and there is nothing you can do. attempts to contain the fire are beginning to work. by is being stopped like purposeful learning and digging in off lines. in this area, there is rugged to rain, a heavy fuel bad with oak and timber. -- rugged terrain. still, the exhausted firefighters remain at the mercy of the wind, which is picked up again this weekend, forcing more evacuations. emergency services here estimate think it will take some time before people can rebuild their lives. there is no patience. this community knows it owes a lot to those who fought the fires had on.
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—— head on. lets go live to napa valley where ethan baron from the mercury news joins me. we normally associate the area with being lush and fertile in the napa valley. but how does it look's is very different. huge areas are just blackened and smouldering and, you know, trees turned into black sticks. and really nothing living on the ground. because the fires have come through so quickly and with so much intensity, that they are just devouring everything in their path. including an awful lot of homes. we hear that a0 have been confirmed as damp, but hundreds missing? yes. they say there are 200 missing. in the days after, there were 1600
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people missing. so what they are hoping is that the people who are considered missing had just been out of touch, out of selfie range, staying somewhere else. that they haven't got in touch with people who are looking for them. that is what happened with the 1a00 were first missing and now have been located. but the 200, it suggested there will be more bodies taken out of the ashes. and of course, evacuation seems to be extended. the fire history moving very quickly, and thatis history moving very quickly, and that is due to the wind. what are they expecting over the next few days? well, it is hard to say at this point. i have not been able to get a reliable wind forecast for the next few days. what they were putting out last night was that they we re putting out last night was that they were going to get severe winds in the middle of the night. they weren't as bad as had been forecast, so weren't as bad as had been forecast, so that was a bit better. it was to windy enough to cause problems for
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firefighters. when the winds did die down a little, in combination with the other methods they using, they we re the other methods they using, they were able to shut the ones down in sonoma pretty well. at this point, people talk about committees pulling together and refusing to be bowed and defeated. but will people rebuild, or will the move, and defeated. but will people rebuild, orwill the move, do and defeated. but will people rebuild, or will the move, do you think? yes. i would think that there will be people who will move because, especially they have gone toa because, especially they have gone to a terrible and scary experience of getting out by the skin of their teeth, you can never really feel co mforta ble teeth, you can never really feel comfortable in that state. it a beautiful country, it will be people to leave. the sergas gorges and the world —class to leave. the sergas gorges and the world—class wines that are grown in very nice little communities, you know, is a place that millions of tourists come to every year because it is so beautiful and because has
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the world—class attractions. so it would be a hard place to leave. but the consequences or the possible consequences of saying, when we are looking out, perhaps, increased numbers of these kinds of fires because of climate change, i could see a lot of people deciding that they will find somewhere else that is nice, and they don't have to worry about being killed in their sleep. thank you forjoining us. thank you. the island of st helena used to be one of the world's most inaccessible locations. previously the only way to get to there was by ship from south africa — which left once every three weeks. now, st helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. our correspondent alistair leithead was on that inauguralflight. he sent this report. the champagne was flowing for what was an extraordinary flight. after £250 million, months of delays, and a problem with high winds that labelled it the world's most useless airport, the first commercial flight finally
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touched down on st helena. cheering and applause the government paid for the new airport, to bring in tourists and give the subsidised economy a well needed boost. but then they discovered wind shear that made it too dangerous for passenger planes to land. the islands governor greeted the first passengers to arrive, now they have worked out a way round it. darwin came here in the 19th century and complained about the wind. the department for international development has been criticised for not realising. no, it is not a cock—up at all. this is a remote island in the middle of the south atlantic ocean. we have many, many challenges here. wind shear is just one of them and we have overcome it. well, standing here
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you can understand what the trouble is all about. this is a rock in the middle of the atlantic ocean. that gale that is blowing is just an average breezy day, and it is unpredictable. planes have been struggling to land. that is why they have the small aircraft to do the job. so, not quite as many tourists to take in the scenery and the history. this is where napoleon died in exile. his old house is now part of france. with a500 people, it is a close community. the average wage is just £7,000. british aid subsidises most things. what do you think about this flight that is coming in now? it is absolutely awesome, it is wonderful. it is popular, and you were up there yourselves today, and saw all the clapping. it is really an island event. after a lot of fuss and a lot of money, saints, as they are called, are hoping for a silver lining. alastair leithead, bbc news, st helena. this is bbc news.
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good morning. well, after hitting category 3 status on saturday, a rarity for the eastern atlantic, hurricane ophelia here on the chart to the south of the azores will weaken as it pushes towards our shores in the next 2a hours. but it is already having an indirect impact. because to the west of it, whilst dragging cold air to the atlantic, to the east warm air is being pushed in our direction. muggy conditions out there at the moment. we start the day with temperatures widely the teens. conditions still warmer than it should be at this time of year across the northern scotland. wet and windy here, with gales around the hebrides. windy start in scotland and ireland, with outbreaks of rain becoming more extensive throughout the day, but not as heavy as we start with. south and east, lots morning cloud, fog in the hills, but that will break up later. after the wet start it will dry up in the hebrides. the winds will ease down. across scotland, lots of cloud, with the occasional rain. same too in northern ireland.
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there could be a splash of rain in cumbria by the time we hit mid—afternoon, but much of england and wales will be dry. breeziest west, with nothing untoward at all. but cloudier compared to some eastern areas. where the cloud breaks, temperatures will be above what you see here. maybe as high as 23 celsius in one or two spots. that is where should be at the stage in october. by monday morning, hurricane ophelia is getting closer. no longer a hurricane, but will still be a substantial storm, the core of which likely to affect the republic of ireland. southern and western areas in particular. we will see winds strengthen through the morning, particularly around irish sea coasts, the celtic coast as well. the northern ireland could see damaging and destructive winds of 70 or even 80 miles an hour. later during the day, a cool day in the north. further east, a bit of a breeze, but not a bad day. temperatures could reach 23 or 2a. monday night into tuesday, the centre of a low pressure system as it is scotland with heavy rain hit
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throughout the night. strongest of the winds in the south of scotland and northern england as we go to tuesday morning rush hour. that could have an impact. you can see that low pressure pushing eastwards throughout —— you can see that low pressure pushing eastwards throughout tuesday. so the rain eases off and brightens up. the further south you are, the more pleasant it will be. temperatures in the high teens. this is bbc news, the headlines. the movie producer harvey weinstein
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has been expelled from the film academy that runs the oscars. after denying numerous sexual assault allegations, including rape — harvey weinstein has been fired by his company, denounced by many celebrities and called a "depraved predator" by his own brother. a canadian man kidnapped with his pregnant wife in afghanistan has been giving distressing details of the five years they spent in captivity. joshua boyle told reporters that their captors from the haqqani network had raped his wife caitlin and murdered one of their children. thousands more people in california have been forced to evacuate their homes as emergency teams continue to fight a series of wildfires . a0 people have been killed in the past week and many more are missing. coming up at six o clock breakfast with naga munchetty and chris mason but first on bbc news, the week in parliament.
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