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hello and welcome to bbc news. hello. this is bbc world news. i'm martin stanford. strong aftershocks have continued to hit the indonesian island of sulawesi, where an earthquake and tsunami on friday killed hundreds of people. the indonesian vice president has warned the number killed could rise to thousands. nearly 400 are known to have died just in the city of palu. rescuers have yet to reach the neighbouring coastal district of donggala, which is home to 300,000 people. rebecca henschke reports from the island of sulawesi. this mobile phone footage captures the terrifying moment the three metre high waves hit, flooding houses closest to shore and then rushing into the densely populated coastal city of palu. the waves and the powerful quake leaving a trail of destruction. this bridge is one of the main access roads into the city. translation: as for the damage
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of the tsunami, we've received a number of reports that many bodies were found along the shoreline, but the numbers are still unknown. authorities issued a tsunami warning immediately after the huge 7.7 magnitude quake hit. but residents didn't have long to get to higher land. rescue workers are now struggling to reach the area, as two access roads are blocked and the airport is now closed. the runway cracked in the quake. the military has been called in to help. translation: we will dispatch a medical team assembled from the marine corps, the army, and national search and rescue agency, and also the logistic transportation unit. the main hospital in the city of palu was also damaged and medical workers are now struggling to treat the injured in makeshift tents. the death toll is expected to continue to rise. power and telecommunications are completely cut off in the nearby town of donggala, the closest to the epicentre of yesterday's huge quake.
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and today, powerful after—shocks have hit the area, with terrified residents forced to stay out in the open. indonesia is in the ring of fire and no stranger to natural disasters. injuly and august, earthquakes on the tourist island of lombok killed more than 500 people, and now, so soon after, authorities are struggling to cope with the scale of this disaster. rebecca henschke, bbc news, sulawesi. let's get some of the day's other news. a court in egypt has given a female activist who spoke out against sexual harassment a two—year jail sentence and a fine for spreading false news. amal fathy has been in detention since may when she posted a video on facebook in which she criticised the government for not doing enough to protect women.
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police in barcelona have arrested six people during rival demonstrations related to catalonia's independence referendum. 2a people were injured in scuffles between people who backed catalan independence, and demonstrators showing their support for police who intervened last year when catalonian leaders made a failed attempt to separate from spain. women across brazil are taking part in protests against the far right frontrunner in next week's presidential elections. jair bolsonaro who was released earlierfrom hospital, after being stabbed, is leading in opinion polls. the bbc‘s south america correspondent katy watson is in rio dejaneiro. it's notjust women on this march. partners, children, babies, have also come along for support. everyone's wearing a badge saying #elenao — not him. some people are wearing t—shirts saying "i only by the people
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who respect me." —— i only vote for people. marches are taking place across brazil, as well as abroad. it started with a facebook group, asking people to come out onto the streets. all: ele nao! ele nao! in a matter of weeks, the facebook page has grown to nearly four million members. people here are angry. mr bolsonaro‘s most famous about his comments about a congresswoman, saying she didn't deserve to be raped, she was ugly. that said, mr bolsonaro has a lot of support. he's expected to win the most votes in the first round. he's a politician that, his supporters say, will change brazil. this country is deeply divided. elon musk, the head of the the electric car—maker tesla has agreed to stand down as chairman of the company and pay a $20—million fine to settle his dispute with the us securities
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and exchange commission. the case stems from a tweet by mr musk in august, saying that he wanted to take the company back into private hands. tesla will also pay a fine of twenty million dollars. lebo diseko has more. he's known for pushing boundaries when it comes to tech innovation, leading the way on electric cars and space exploration. but now, it seems elon musk has pushed too far. in august, he tweeted, saying he would take tesla back into private ownership, at a price of $420 a share. and, crucially, he said he had the funding secured. the stock—market regulator said that was false and misleading, and so they charged him. we allege that musk arrived at the price of $420 by assuming a 20% premium of tesla's then—existing share price, then rounding up to $420 because of the significance of that number and marijuana culture, and his belief that his girlfriend would be amused by it.
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and as we've said before in connection with other matters, neither celebrity status or a reputation as an innovator provide protection from federal securities laws. trailblazer or not, musk has tested shareholder patience recently, with antics like smoking marijuana during an interview. and he has been sued for libel for making allegations against one of the thai cave rescuers. things could have been much worse for musk — the regulator wanted to remove him as ceo. he will now stay in that position while stepping down as chairman. but with the company's image so linked to his own, investors might be wondering if that is a good thing. lebo diseko, bbc news. a woman in the far east of russia has told the bbc she recognises one of the key suspects in the salisbury novichok attack as a decorated military officer. the bbc travelled across six time zones east of moscow — to a village to verify research carried out by the bellingcat investigative website,
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which this week published what it claims is the true identity of one of the suspects. while russia continues to deny any involvement in the poisoning, we went to the small village. the first television crew to visit the village. 0ur moscow correspondent, sarah rainsford, reports. in the far east of russia, along its border with china, we went searching for clues to the salisbury poisoning. thatjourney led to this tranquil village, almost 5000 miles from moscow. it's where a russian military intelligence officer, anatoliy chepiga, grew up. this week, the investigative team at bellingcat suggested that colonel chepiga, seen here, is the true identity of a key suspect in the salisbury attack. british officials haven't disputed that. that suspect is now calling himself ruslan boshirov.
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so our team showed those pictures to residents in colonel chepiga's old village. some didn't know him. those who did were nervous of oui’ camera. we agreed they'd remain anonymous. translation: it's him, but much older. and this man identified the man wanted by british police as anatoliy chepiga. translation: i know where his parents used to live. he was a military man, an officer. he fought in war zones, then he was in moscow. the chepiga family are hard to find. at the firm founded by his father, staff refused to comment. the family moved some years ago. when i called the last phone number linked to his parents, the man who picked up said he was uzbek and bought the sim card on the streets. the line was then disconnected. just two weeks ago,
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president putin himself insisted both of the salisbury suspects were civilians. "nothing suspicious," he said, "nothing criminal." on friday, his spokesman said the kremlin won't discuss what he called informal investigations into the poisoning any further, but the questions over russia's explanations and the true identity of these men are only mounting. sarah rainsford, bbc news, moscow. the conservative party has had to update its annual conference app after a security glitch resulted in pranksters phoning senior ministers. the breach allowed anyone to log in as a delegate simply by using their email address, and access private details including mobile phone numbers. the incident comes as one cabinet minister has warned colleagues to stop arguing amongst themselves over brexit. 0ur political correspondent ben wright is in birmingham. this conference began with a pretty serious security blunder. anybody logging into the conference app had access to an mp's phone
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number, if they knew what their email address was. this glitch was fixed pretty quickly and the party had to apologise. a bad start to a party conference which i think will be completely dominated by brexit. many tories hate theresa may's so—called chequers plan and in the sunday times tomorrow, former foreign secretary boris johnson calls it a "deranged plan" and questions her commitment to brexit. theresa may's allies are fighting back, and on the eve of this conference ijoined one brexiteer cabinet minister, andrea leadsom, as she tried to drum up support for the chequers plan among the party's and grassroots. i am fully backing this proposal. selling the prime minister's brexit plan, known as chequers, to conservative party members in leicester last night. it removes the need for infrastructure at the border between ireland and northern ireland, and it enables us to continue to trade in goods with the european union without friction. andrea leadsom backed leave in the referendum, now sits in the cabinet,
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and spent an hourfielding questions and concerns from the tory grassroots. at what point do we decide to go forward with no deal? there's a lot of uncertainty in business at the moment and we really do need to know where we're going and what we can plan for. why are people saying the canada deal is better than the deal we have on the table? we will abide by... the chequers plan for trading with the eu after brexit has been rubbished by brexiteers like borisjohnson and criticised by the eu. the reality is we are now running out of time. we have put forward a workable proposal that works for the uk and for the eu, and they need to take it very seriously. but the splits in the tory party are quite clear, aren't they, and will be evident in birmingham? there are very strong opposing views, there's no doubt about that, but in the end we all need to act in the interests of the country. we do need a good brexit deal. we need to push the eu to give us that and not waste our arguments with each other but actually have those arguments legitimately with the commission.
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the arguments that will play out here are about much more than tory party bickering and positioning. they are about the sort of country we'll be for years to come. the prime minister comes to birmingham clutching onto her chequers plan, hoping the eu and then parliament will swing behind it. but first, she needs to rally her party. is it a tough week ahead, prime minister? ben wright, bbc news, at the conservative party conference, in birmingham. indonesia says the death toll from friday's earthquake and tsunami could be in the thousands. at least 400 people were killed in one city alone. in a special report, a woman who grew up with one of the key suspects in the salisbury attack has told the bbc she recognised him as a military intelligence officer. let's have more on our main story, the aftermath
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of the earthquake and tsunami on the indonesian island of sulaweyo. earlier i spoke to yenni suryani, country manager of catholic relief services in indonesia. i asked her what the priorities are to get help to the affected area. 0ur priority is to provide support to people affected by the disaster. but we also waiting for the search and rescue team to complete their task saving lives and recovers bodies, maybe, and victims of the disaster. our team is on the way to the target area at this point and hopefully we will hear more from them toward the end of the day. i know the airport was said to have been damaged, have you heard any good news that they've managed to get flights in and out of there, just yet?
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air — palu airport is already open, but it's only prioritising relief flights, relief shipment, and also military and police personnels who do the research and rescue mission in that area. for the commercial flights we have to go through other cities like makassar in south sulawesi and also in mamuju. that's what we're right now. although palu has suffered a lot of loss of life and damage, there is a greaterfear, isn't there, that donggala might be a seriously affected area — have you heard any word from that part of the world, just yet? no, we have not heard directly from donggala just yet. because the communication was not good. and also none of the humanitarian agency has reached that area so far because the difficulties in finding transportation and access to that area. any suggestion that there's going to be support needed by sea? could rescue efforts get to them by water? yes, martin.
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so far, the government agencies and humanitarian efforts have been an alternative to ship and also to reach that area to see from either manado in north sulawesi or makassar in south sulawesi. we have seen that some local media has reached the area by ship last night. so yes, that would be the best alternative so far to reach that area. although it may take longer than flying into that area. do you have the ability to pre—position supplies throughout indonesia, because this area is so likely to succumb to this sort of disaster and tsunami? yes. from our experience, just last month, in responding to the lombok area, it is not too difficult to find venders and also supplies in the city outside of the target area.
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for instance, in lombok, we provided supplies from east java, and also central java, that can reach the area in only few days. yenny suryani, thanks for your time. we wish you luck in your work. mediterranean cyclone zorbas has triggered flash flooding across greece, bringing heavy rainfall and strong winds to athens, the central and northeastern peloponnese and evia. the storm, which is also known as a medicane, hit the south—east of the peloponnese peninsula, the hardest, with the coastal capital of kalamata and seaside villages being inundated by waves. the public has been advised to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary travel. chris fawkes from the bbc‘s weather centre explained the severity of the storm. the medicane has been swirling around the eastern mediterranean
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for the last couple of days, picking up strength, but it was on saturday that it made its landfall across the southern peloponnese area of greece. it brought torrential rain, with localised severe flooding and large, battering, dangerous waves pummelling the coastline. this storm is going to continue to work north—east. the strongest winds easing away, but they will still be strong enough to bring down a few more branches, as we head through sunday, torrential rain the major threat. we could see 50 millimetres of rainfall widely across greece, into western areas of turkey. the western areas will pick up 100—150 millimetres of rain, so there could be more flooding before the weather begins to improve. it's highly unusualfor a country to change its name. but on sunday, the people of macedonia will decide whether to approve a proposal to re—name their country north macedonia. a yes vote would mean an end to the decades—long dispute with neighbouring greece, who believe the name implies a territorial claim on a part of northern greece. as guy de launey reports from the capital skopje, it's a particularly important vote for the country's young people. macedonia has spent much of the 21st century looking to ancient history.
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it splurged a fortune on recasting its capital as the cradle of civilisation, appropriating greek heroes and infuriating its southern neighbour. but now it's out with the old and time to look to the future — potentially, at least. sunday's referendum will see voters decide whether to rename the country north macedonia. "turn out for a european macedonia" is the message on this referendum billboard. it says, "on the 30th of september, we will make a historic decision." because changing its name would allow macedonia to end its long—running dispute with greece, and the government says that would allow this small landlocked country to look to the future. we are a small country, a small market. without stability, without guarantees for security and prosperity in the economy, it is really, every day it is a new damage for the country, because of migration — people leave. macedonia's young people struggle in one of europe's poorest
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countries. low wages, lack of opportunities, and rampant corruption force many to leave. the organisers of this event say that's got to change. they are one of the largest marginalised groups in this country at the same time, struggling with a poor educational system, high unemployment, little opportunities for prosperity, they are desperate. we are desperate, to see an advancement towards a better, prosperous environment and a democratic society in this country. there have been strident protests against the agreement with greece. some feel the government is giving up macedonian identity. others are simply unhappy about a lack of consultation. the problem with the agreement is that it is pushed by a foreign party onto macedonia. it is not really something that our people have debated, accepted, and agreed upon. but some things have
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already changed. skopje's airport is no longer named after greek hero alexander the great. a yes vote on sunday would bring a new identity to the whole country. the apollo 11 space mission, which led to neil armstrong becoming the first man to walk on the moon, was one of the defining moments of the 20th century. now a film has been made about the astronaut, his life and the challenges he faced. first man is directed by damien chazelle, and stars ryan gosling as neil armstrong. 0ur arts editor will gompertz went to meet them. radio: one one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. everyone knows they eventually successfully walk on the moon and return home. can you create a movie in such a way that you feel like you don't know that as you are watching it, to try and make it feel as real—time
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and immediate as possible? i don't know what the space exploration will uncover but i don't think it'll be exploration just for the sake of exploration. i think it'll be more the fact that it allows us to see things that maybe we should have seen a long time ago. but just haven't been able to until now. and ryan, what was your process becoming neil armstrong? a well—known figure, famously taciturn. how does gosling become armstrong? with a lot of help, more than i have ever had on any other film. his sons were very involved to help share some context with me and with us that might help us to reveal some of the many layers of both neil and janet that people are unaware of. what we're looking for or at least, what did you find? i grew up in a generation
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where accomplishment had been reduced to the mtv movie logo. it was, human space flight was kind of taken for granted. as damien says, there was this gilded image of accomplishment, that it was always a predestined success. i thought damien‘s instinct to take a deep dive into the personal story of neil and janet was really inspired because it opened up this trove of details. this is an extraordinary story of sacrifice and of people living outside of their self interest for some higher ideal. has it made either of you want to become astronauts or go to the moon or go to space? it's made me realise i would be a terrible astronaut.
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not that i ever thought i'd be a good one but i am sure i would be a bad one now. why? they're just a specific kind of person. certainly if you look at neil's case, he was a test pilot before he was at nasa and it takes a certain type of person that would willingly get into an aircraft that has never been flown and intentionally try to find its breaking pointjust to further your knowledge of aeronautics. it's a certain type of person and astronauts are, they're just different. they're fascinating and inspiring but it was important to learn how different from me they are. in golf, europe will go into the final day of the ryder cup
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with a 4—point lead over the us. it makes them strong favourites to win back the trophy, as ben croucher reports. the battle cry created in scandinavia, the golf course in france, the rivalry created down the decades. the ryder cup is unmistakable. as the usa have found, though, it is easy to lose yourself and as they found on friday, it's easy to lose points. saturday's four balls carried on where friday foursomes finished. this cry created in holywood. county down. for mcilroy‘s experience and tyrrell hatton‘s relative lack of it, fairway or rough, little mattered as europe surged clear in what was becoming an alarmingly one—sided event. commentator: oh, but what a shot, what a shot from tyrrell hatton. francesco molinari and tommy
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fleetwood won their third point in as many matches. sergio garcia found some spanish strength to see off tony finau and brooks koepka. .. crowd roars. but just when another european whitewash was on, jordan spieth and justin thomas ensured they were here and heard. booing. still, the usa were staring at a heavy deficit. so when henrik stenson and justin rose were sent out first in the foursomes and claimed their customary points, the gap grew wider. than, under the circumstances, probably the putt of the day. fleetwood and molinari's putts may not have won such accolades and with yet another point, they became europe's most successful pairing in just two days. the us was six behind and tiger woods still hadn't won a match. but undaunted by the chasm and the potential pitfalls, plain to see at le golf nationale, spieth and thomas sunk a strangely subdued mcilroy and ian poulter with pinpoint precision. it will be 10—6 heading into sunday's singles. 0nly twice before has a side come from so far behind to win. the us will have to summon some spirit if they're to create another piece of ryder cup history. let's have a look at
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the weather with chris fawkes. hello there. yesterday was a quiet day of weather here in the uk but what a contrast across the east of the mediterranean where we had this — the medicane. it brought torrential rain in across southern greece in the peloponnese with some localised flooding. the rough seas causing a few light boats to be pushed onshore and one or two capsized in the rough seas. we've had all kinds of weather impacts. here in the uk, a beautiful end to the day yesterday. crazy swan lady capturing the sunset. we will probably have a similar, fine sunrise to start the day. particularly across the midlands, east anglia and south—east england. that's where the clearest skies are. further north and west, it stays quite blustery. a few showers to start the day for the far north and west of scotland. the combination of clear skies and light winds across the south—east it's here where temperatures will really dip down. a cold start for the early risers. temperatures around two or three degrees celcius.
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through sunday, we do have a weather front on the pressure charts. it's a very weak one pushing in across northern england and wales. behind the front, the air is cool. temperatures are perhaps a degree down on what we saw on saturday. it will feel cooler due to the strength of the wind across scotland where there will be plenty of blustery showers. through the day, for northern ireland, england and wales, the cloud will tend to come and go. there will be some bright or sunny spells, probably not as much sunshine as we enjoyed on saturday but not a bad kind of day. a few showers brought on the north—westerly winds. running onto the north coast
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of northern ireland, perhaps a few sneaking across the isle of man into the north—west of england and the north of wales. otherwise, a fine and dry day. temperatures for many between 12 and 15. as we look at the forecast through the night time, a ridge of high pressure builds in and that is how we start the day on monday. it means it will be at chilly start to the day. we could have pockets of frost in the coldest areas in the countryside, but a fair bit of sunshine. however, the weather clouds over. we will start to see some rain arriving in scotland, particularly for the western isles, the highlands and the northern isles as we go through the latter part of the day. perhaps a little rain running onto the north coast of northern still, mainly dry day in northern ireland, england and wales. temperatures, for many, between 12 and 15 degrees. looking at the forecast deeper into the week ahead, northern areas often quite cloudy. a bit of rain at times, particularly in the north—west. it will stay quite breezy as well. this is bbc news. the headlines: indonesia says the number of people killed by friday's earthquake and tsunami could rise to thousands. over 400 people are known to have died, but there's been no word yet
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from the city at the quake's epicentre, donggala, which is home to 300,000 people. a woman in the far east of russia has told the bbc she recognises one of the key suspects in the salisbury novichok attack as a decorated military officer. the bbc travelled to a village east of moscow where he grew up to verify research carried out by the bellingcat investigative website. and elon musk has agreed to stand down as chairman of the electric car—maker tesla and pay a $20 million fine. the case stems from a tweet in which he said he wanted to take the company back into private hands. the car giant toyota has told the bbc that production at its derbyshire factory would be severely disrupted if britain left the eu without a trade deal.
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