this is bbc news, i'm ben bland. our top stories: cyclone foni head to kolkata after hitting india with 200km/h winds. one of india's poorer states has a huge clean—up on its hands and that won't be easy when many parts of the country are cut off from each other. the un says north korea has cut food rations to just 300 grams a day, following the worst harvest for a decade. caster semenya says she won't take medication to comply with new competition rules after racing to 800 metres victory in doha.
and archiving american television — a 30—year obsession for one woman. hello and welcome to bbc world news. cyclone fani is one of the most powerful storms to hit india in five years. it's brought torrential rain and winds of upto 200km/h to india's eastern coast. more than a million people have been moved from their homes. the storm now moves north it leaves behind a trail of destruction in the state of odisha — formerly known as orissa — where it first made landfall on friday. rahul tandon is there in the town of puri and sent this report. such was the fury of one of india's most powerful
storms in recent times. glass smashes. shouting. cyclone fani hit the eastern state of adisha with torrential rain and devastating winds of more than 125 mph. it made landfall at eight in the morning in the tourist town of puri. anticipating its impact, the authorities had evacuated hundreds of thousands of people. in the state capital, bhubaneswar, this crane was brought crashing down. one of india's poorest states now has a huge clean—up operation on its hands. and that's not going to be easy where many parts of it are cut off from each other.
this is why a million people were moved into temporary shelters. most of them are now safe, but the question they're asking is what has happened to their homes and what impact will this have on their lives? many villages are now submerged, and flooding is a major concern. and it's not over yet. cyclone fani is now moving towards one of india's most densely populated cities — kolkata. rahultandon, bbc news, bhubaneswar. a short while ago chris fawkes from bbc weather was here to talk to us a bit more about how the cyclone is moving. the cyclone we know made landfall at about 230 gmt on the south coast of odisha, about eight o'clock local time, and it's travelling to the north—east and is about to cross over the state boundary into west bengal and is probably going to get
really close to kolkata. the winds are still strong, it's been overland for16 are still strong, it's been overland for 16 hours but the winds are still gusting about 150 kilometres an hour and it's been able to maintain some of its strength. it's still been able to feed off the warm waters of the bay of gaul. the winds are just half the story, the other is the torrential rain. you can keep up—to—date with the progress of cyclone fani on our website, the damage and the latest weather charts. let's get some of the day's other news. the world health organization says more than a thousand people have now died from the ebola outbreak in the democratic republic of the congo. violence in the region is making it hard to control the spread of the disease. a number of rebel groups are active in eastern congo and there is deep mistrust of health workers.
the bangladesh foreign minister says if the british—born teenager who went to syria join islamic state enters his country, she would be executed. dr abdul momen said there was no question of giving her bangladeshi citizenship. shamima begum was stripped of her british nationality in february, after the government said she was eligible for a bangladeshi passport. stock markets in the us have surged on strong job growth figures, with the nasdaq closing at an all—time high. markets were boosted by a fall in unemployment in the us to 3.6% which is the lowest level in almost 50 years. the figures have allayed fears that the world's richest economy is heading for a slowdown. results from local elections show that the conservatives and labour have suffered significant losses in a backlash against the brexit process. smaller parties such as the
liberal democrats, the greens and the independence of made large gains although the results are still being counted. north korea has cut public food rations to three—hundred grammes per day, after last year's harvest was the worst in a decade — according to the un. that's just thirteen hundred calories — when the average minimum the world food programme recommends is eighteen—hundred. it's estimated that over 10 million north koreans suffer from severe food insecurity, and that some could soon run out of food supplies altogether. the information was gathered by un teams carrying out a new food security assessment in the country. earlier, i spoke to sung—yoon lee, a professor of korean studies at the fletcher school at tufts university, and asked him who he thinks is responsible for this crisis. when one thinks of north korea, at such a weird amalgamation of mediaeval mores and bob furnish belly cosseting. one tends to patronise north korea and the
pervasive hunger and malnutrition must be due to incompetence, a combination of bad weather, bad fortune and perhaps even us and un led central and is. simply not true. north korea is an industrialised economy, and urbanised, literate society and for the first time ever in human history, an industrialised urbanised literature country which has suffered famine as north korea did in the mid— 90s. over the past 20 years or more, north koreans have been among the top in terms of food insecurity. food and agriculture organisation, the latest figures show over 43% of north koreans are suffering from undernourishment.
this is due to the prefers choices made by the regime. the us and russian presidents had an hour—long phone call earlier to discuss various matters including the venezuelan crisis. the us has backed the opposition leaderjuan guaido and accused russia of convincing president maduro to stay in power. but after the call, donald trump said that vladimir putin didn't want to do more than provide aid to venezuela. the bbc‘s nick bryant is in caracas with this update. but this was supposed to be the weight that nicolas maduro was swept from office and juan guaido would ta ke from office and juan guaido would take charge but after claiming early on tuesday morning that he had significant military support for a public uprising, that just failed significant military support for a public uprising, thatjust failed to materialise. there weren't the defections amongst the military top bars that were needed and within 48 hours, the mass demonstrations had fizzled. earlier, icaught
hours, the mass demonstrations had fizzled. earlier, i caught up with the self—declared interim president who is recognised as legitimate leader of venezuela by the united states and some 50 other countries. i asked him whether this week, he'd blown it. did you miss your chance this week? venezuela hasn't lost the chance, he replied. we are closer to freedom. juan guaido is calling for his supporters to gather at military bases, the idea to hand in letters to commanders of the armed forces asking them to change sides. this is basically turned into a battle for the hearts and minds of the military, incredibly interim —— influential group in the country and it often tends to make decisions based on economic self—interest. so far, the generals are backing the president and the high hopes that the opposition had at the beginning
of the week have been dashed. in thailand, preparations are being made for the coronation of king maha vajiralongkorn. he will succeed his father as king rama x. elaborate ceremonies will take place from saturday until monday. on friday the king paid his respects to the sacred emerald buddha and the royal remains. before that, royal objects including a golden plaque, inscribed with his name, title and horoscope, was brought to the grand palace. from bangkok, jonathan head reports. over the next 2— three days we will see some extraordinarily elaborate rituals taking place here in the old quarter of bangkok is the king is formally consecrated in what they call the coronation but it involves a whole range of highly sick epic and hindu rituals blended with autism. it involves the buddhist monkhood, the king is the formal protector of buddhism
and have influenced thai history and have influenced thai culture. this will anchor the king is the latest in a long line of kings ina is the latest in a long line of kings in a dynasty that dates back to 1782 and that's important for him because he's come to the throne relatively late in his 60s, he follows a king, king bhumibol, who moulded modern thailand and has a lot of reverence. thanks bhumibol. this king has had a controversial lifestyle. it's remarkable. it's remarkable how strong the thai monarchy is when you consider that in this region monarchies have largely been eliminated or diminished into near insignificance. here, the monarchy is at the centre alive. it wields enormous power and wealth and one thing we have seen with this king is that he intends to
exercise tight personal control over that wealth and power, to reign in a rather different way from his father. it does happen after a much criticised election. with a really uncertain future for the country over the next few years. thailand is still bitterly divided politically. it's political conflicts have not been resolved. where is king bhumibol himself was often a charming unified figure. nobody is sure yet given the personality and style of this king. restoring some kind of calm again to a divided country. extensive coverage of the coronation ceremonies over the next few days. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: why caster semenya says she won't quit athletics, after winning herfirst
race since being told to reduce testosterone levels in her body. to be faithful to the republic of south africa. after six years of construction are numerous delays, the channel tunnel has been formally opened. the tunnel is still not yet ready for passengers and freight services to begin. the centuries, christianity and islam struggled for supremacy. now, the pope's as it symbolises their willingness to coexist. roger bannister became the first man in the world to run the mile in underfour first man in the world to run the mile in under four minutes. memories of victory as the ve celebrations reach the climax. this nice is
dedicated to everyone who believes in the future of peace and freedom. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: cyclone fani has hit india, bringing a deluge of rain and winds gusting at more than 200km/h. the un says north korea has cut food rations to just 300 grams a day, following the worst harvest for a decade. a review commissioned by the british foreign office indicates that christians are the most persecuted religious group around the world. its interim findings suggest that christianity could be wiped out in parts of the middle east. the british foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, said political correctness had prevented proper discussion of the subject.
what happens in china, where freedom to worship is guaranteed in the constitution. churches that refused to comply with the state can be knocked down flat. according to the review, chinese communist ideology has led to the suppression of the christian church. the report's findings, compiled bya christian church. the report's findings, compiled by a british bishop, states that unregistered churches come under great pressure to close and experienced surveillance, intimidation, fines, and their leaders are regularly detained. on the problem, though, is global, with evidence that acts of violence and other intimidation against christians are becoming both more widespread and increasing in severity. in parts of the middle east, the report says christianity faces being wiped out. with the main impact of genocidal acts against
christians being exit us. in iraq, where christians have been for millennia, it says they have fallen from 1.5 million barely 15 years ago to less than 120,000 today. targeting of a religious community, whatever that religion is, is deplorable. and especially, as we have seen recently, most recently in sri lanka, where communities are praying, whether it is sri lanka or christchurch or any other place, praying, worshipping communities cannot become a target, just to become a political pawn. the report's findings come after 250 people were killed and more than 500 wounded in attacks at churches and hotels in sri lanka on easter sunday. but the report cards, more than that a number of christians are killed for their faith every month on average around the world. three men suspected of running one of the
world's august dark web marketplaces for illegal drugs and stolen data have been arrested in germany. the website, named wall street market, has since been taken down. german police say investigators found more than 63,000 sale offers, more than 1 million customer accounts, and nearly five and a half thousand sellers. turkey's biggest mosque has been officially inaugurated in istanbul, in a ceremony attended by president recep tayyip erdogan. then mosque, with its six minarets, is located on a hilltop on the asian side of the city and can host 63,000 people. the building opens to worshippers in march. the south african world and olympic champion caster semenya says "no human can stop me running", after winning herfirst race since she was told to reduce her testosterone levels. semenya told the bbc at the diamond league meeting in doha that she has no plans to retire. that's after a landmark ruling saying she must take medication, to limit testosterone in her body. ade adedoyin reports from doha.
caster semenya has had a lot on her mind this week, not that she showed it. storming to victory here in doha. my word. is there any end to her talent? dominant, determined and defiant. that was the easiest race of i've ever run in my life. for me, negativity is nothing. so, as long as it doesn't kill me, it makes me stronger, like i said. so i'm here to perform, i'm here to show people of the world that anything is possible if you believe. caster semenya continues to demonstrate qualities that made her a champion. a real show of strength and courage to come here to doha and perform like this after everything that has happened this week. and with the eyes of the world watching. when semenya is at her best, there's only one winner. but defeating her legal battle against the iaaf this week,
means that if she is to defend her world title in doha in september, she will have to start taking medication to lower her testosterone levels next week, which may affect her performance. people were wondering, have been asking me, is caster going to retire? is caster going to keep going? how am i going to retire when i'm 28? i'm still a young soul, man, i'm still young, i still feel young, i still feel the energy. i still have ten years or more in athletics, so it doesn't matter how i'm going to do it, what matters is, i will still be here. i will see you here in doha? of course. i will see you in the 800? of course! former european champion lindsay sharp has in the past questioned whether semenya has an unfair advantage, and she says she's paid a heavy price for that. no—one benefits from the situation, of course she doesn't benefit but it's not me versus her, it's not us versus them, i've had death threats, i've had threats against my family and that's not a position that i want to be in. a week that started in defeats end in victory, semenya showing strength when others would crumble, a moment to save her when she still has a very big decision to make.
tributes have been paid to peter mayhew, the actor who played you backin mayhew, the actor who played you back in starwars, mayhew, the actor who played you back in star wars, who has died at the age of 74. —— played chewbacca. he appeared as the wookie in the original trilogy and more recent films. lizo mzimba has more. it was the way that peter mayhew played the rocky, with no dialogue, but with a range of emotions which endeared him to millions of fans. —— wookie. he portrayed everything from frustration to despair to even a hint of menace. in a way that audiences effortlessly knew how he was feeling. when director george
lucas was casting the original star wa rs lucas was casting the original star wars in1976, he lucas was casting the original star wars in 1976, he thought hospital porter mayhew was perfect for the role of chewbacca. for his part, mayhew threw himself into the part, rehearsing enthusiastically. even learning the script so he could speak what chewbacca was trying to portray. today, his star wars co—sta rs portray. today, his star wars co—stars paid tribute to him. portray. today, his star wars co-stars paid tribute to him. what was so co-stars paid tribute to him. what was so remarkable about him was his spirits and his kindness and his ge ntle ness spirits and his kindness and his gentleness was so close to what a wookie is. sure, they are fierce animals, but they are like your family dog. there is no—one more loving and the unconditional love, than the family pet. he returned to the role in the first of the latest
trilogy, the force awakens, and he will be warmly remembered for the warm relationship is shared with the other cast, particularly harrison ford's han solo. laugh it up, possible. and to millions, he simply played one of cinema's
greatest heroes. many of us like to record a favourite shows, but the marion stokes, archiving television became an obsession. up until her death in 2012, the philadelphia recluse was busy capturing broadcasts 24 hours a day. now her story has been turned into a documentary called recorder. in that wealth‘s new documentary, the camera captures the tens of thousands of videocassette recordings made by marion stokes. omission began in earnest in 1979, with the advent of the hostage crisis. -- with the advent of the hostage crisis. —— her mission. she continued recording until the sandy hook school shooting in 2012. the
recordings included coverage of major world events, topical news features, and human interest stories. the odds of twins living a century a re stories. the odds of twins living a century are said to be one in 700 million. this is the greatest thing this town has ever had. japan's newest exporter, sumo wrestling. this now is a tape of yesterday afternoon's shooting. marion stokes' son michael, who is featured in afternoon's shooting. marion stokes' son i‘ remembers is featured in afternoon's shooting. marion stokes' son i‘ remembersjusteatured in afternoon's shooting. marion stokes' son i‘ remembersjust how ed in afternoon's shooting. marion stokes' son i‘ remembers just how obsessed film, remembers just how obsessed his came to over recorded. the operation took over her spacious philadelphia apartment. there were probably between five to six, sometimes up to eight videocassette recorder is in different rooms. and she or her assistant would scurry between the rooms changing the videocassettes. they would be set to different channels. each one would have a pile of videocassette next to it. marion stokes was an unusual woman. she had been a radical communist. she became very wealthy. she had a keen intellect, as was evident from the local philadelphia current affairs show on which she appeared. she
would offer up her views on a wide variety of subjects, often with stridency. how can you expect black people to have faith in the democratic process! if you want us to have faith in the democratic process , to have faith in the democratic process, make it work. whatever drove marion stokes, filmmaker matt wolf believes her work is particularly relevant now. she was doing this tape project almost as a form of activism to protect the truth. and the truth is harder and more complex than it has ever been, particularly with regards to the media. marion recognised the possibility of button part of the purpose of her archive was to create definitive records so people could check the truth, so they could assess how the news was being shaped by the predilections of those producing it. comparing and contrasting coverage of certain stories across different networks, looking at the evolution of a story ofa looking at the evolution of a story of a multiple days. different groups rallied over the weekend in pickens county... at the tribeca film festival, this new documentary on marion stokes contains just a few brief minutes of material from her
vast archive. the full video collection is now in the possession of the internet archive in san francisco, where it is being digitised and made freely available to the public. the american networks have disposed of many of our tv archives, increasing the value of marion stokes' collection. the vastness of what she accomplished truly staggers. archivists say it is monumental. during her life she managed to amass what is probably the biggest
personal archive of television news and history. german police have seized more than a hundred sports cars that were taking part in a suspected illegal road race across europe. cars including porsches, lamborghinis and audis were stopped on a motorway east of wismar, in north—east germany, on a stretch of the road without speed restrictions. concerned drivers had notified the police after some of the cars were witnessed travelling at estimated speeds of up to 155mph. most of the cars carried norwegian licence plates and bore windshield stickers with the name of the event, eurorally, a four—stage event from oslo to prague. the eurorally website terms and conditions state that eurorally is "not a competition" but merely a "holiday planner
for car enthusiasts". you can reach me on twitter. i'm @benmbland. hello there. it feels like our weather has gone a little bit weird, really. with the 21 celsius we saw in february and now we are into may, and we get some snow. that's what we have been seeing today, a bit of snow in the hills in scotland, wintry showers have been moving in over recent hours. you can see these here on the radar picture. don't be surprised if we see some of that rain get a bit heavier and turn to snow over the hills of wales. wintry showers continuing to feed into scotland, with further snow to be spotted here. it is the brisk winds that will prevent a frost from falling for most of us, but where those winds fall in the countryside, the odd patch of frost as possible.
and for the weekend, big dramatic skies like these. sunshine, and cumulonimbus clouds. when the clouds come across the sky, that combined with the cold wind will make the weather feel quite chilly. out of the wind, in the may sunshine, weather wind is perhaps towards the south—west, it will be fresh more than anything else and perhaps not feeling too bad. mixed fortunes, weatherwise, really. saturday comedy show as well flowing across northern and eastern scotland, driven by the strong and cold northerly winds. those northerly winds pushed the shah was on to the north sea coasts as well. a number of heavy downpours, with thunder mixed in. inland, fewer showers, and across wales and south—west england, with those lighter winds in the may sunshine, perhaps not feeling too bad, with temperatures up to 14 degrees. with those strong winds around the north sea coast you will be doing well to see those temperatures reached double figures. disappointing fourth may. still a few showers around heading into saturday night and sunday, and it
will be another chilly night. where the winds fall down again, we could see a few patches of frost. on into sunday's forecast, and the wind is coming more from the north north—westerly direction, more from iceland, really. that is going to change who sees the showers. so showers continue to northern scotland, but a better chance of staying driver eastern scotland and the eastern coast of england. at the same time, we could see the odd shower sneaking through the north channel to affect north wales and perhaps northwest england as well. after a sunny start it tends to cloud over and will be another cool day, 10— 13 degrees. bank holiday monday, a greater chance of seeing some showers across inland areas. a trough moving south, bringing those showers inland. if anything, the temperatures are just dipping down again. highs of eight degrees in aberdeen. that's your letter. —— weather.
this is bbc news, the headlines. cyclone foni head to kolkata after hitting india with 200km/h winds. there's widespread damage and disruption across the east of the country. korea has cut food rations us 300 g a day after the worst harvest in ten yea rs. a day after the worst harvest in ten years. it estimates more than 10 million people won't have enough to eat. caster semenya says she won't take medication to comply with new competition rules after racing to 800 metres victory in doha. the actor who paid the mortgage you backin the actor who paid the mortgage you back in 5—star was films has died aged 74. chippies have been paid by his co—stars, he was gentle and kind.