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welcome to bbc news, i'm tom donkin. a landslide in southern colombia has left more than 200 people dead. police and rescue teams are at the scene but their efforts are being hampered by bad weather. many people are still missing and it is feared the number of people who lost their lives could rise. the local governor has called the situation in the southern city of mocoa "an unprecedented tragedy". sangita myska reports. urged on by soldiers, people living in the city of mocoa run for their lives. there is no time to collect possessions, because this is what's coming. deadly mudslides have engulfed parts of southern colombia, submerging homes, businesses and people. as rescuers continue the search for survivors, the president today declared a state of emergency across the region. unusually heavy rains flooded the mocoa river, bursting its banks and those of three tributaries.
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it created what eyewitnesses called an avalanche of mud that has pulled buildings apart, devastating towns and leaving residents amazed and appalled in equal measure. as families continue to flee, the emergency services pick their way through the debris in treacherous conditions. the red cross have tonight warned that the death toll is likely to rise. the president of paraguay has sacked the interior minister and the chief of police after violent protests on friday over moves to allow the president to run for a second term in office. the protesters stormed the congress and set fire to the building. the authorities have also arrested four police officers, after one of the protesters was killed. the interior ministry has launched
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an investigation. a huge south korean cargo ship with 2a people on board has gone missing in the south atlantic, after sending out a distress call. a spokesman for the uruguayan navy, which co—ordinated a search, said the vessel is believed to have sunk. there are reports that two sailors have been spotted on a life raft. now to france where 18 people have been injured when a bonfire exploded at a carnival held in northern paris. video posted on social media showed the bonfire blowing up seconds after being lit. according to le parisien newspaper, a mother and her child are among those seriously injured, and the town's mayor has also been hurt. the bonfire marked the end of the annual yellow carnival in villepinte. still to come on bbc news... still on alert — officials in australia warn swollen rivers are threatening tens of thousands of people in the state of queensland. the supreme court in venezuela has
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reversed its decision to strip the opposition—led congress of its powers. it follows a surprise intervention by president nicolas maduro. despite the announcement, hundreds of venezuelans marched in the capital caracas to protest against the original decision. will grant has the story. whether it was a risky game of brinkmanship or an embarrassing u—turn, the controversial power grab by the supreme court in venezuela has been reversed. following a late—night session of the state security council president maduro said a resolution to the crisis had been found. translation: we have reached an important agreement to solve this controversy and i can tell you by reading the statement and by the publication of the corrections of sentences, 155 and 156, this controversy has been overcome. and not a moment too soon.
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tempers in caracas already frayed after years of economic chaos and food shortages had begun to flare over this latest political crisis. translation: i am protesting because i do not have freedom. i am protesting for fear of what is happening in my country. and i am protesting for my children. i have two children and i want freedom for them. translation: right now we have a government that has our country cut off, a country in which we are practically on our knees. our venezuela is so pretty, so beautiful and yet today the government wants all the people to kneel before them. the origins of this controversy date back to the legislative elections which handed control of the national assembly to the opposition. however, it is a very current crisis over the democracy venezuela itself, played out internationally as well as at home. the organisation of american states, country after country, urged mr president maduro government to examine the path it was taking.
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it's not clear whether the reversal was based on that or on internal pressures, or some combination of the two. so, for now, the supreme court has stepped back from the brink. but several key questions remain. will the national assembly be able to carry out its work without further judicial interference? and many venezuelans are asking what it says about the separation of powers in the country that the supreme court would first make this ruling and then overrule it apparently under the president's orders. at least the immediate crisis seems to have been averted and, the government hopes, with it the threat of further violent protests. the government has said britain will defend the interests of gibraltar in the brexit negotiations — following warnings that spain is attempting to use the process to pursue its claim — to the rock. the eu has suggested a brexit deal won't cover gibraltar without a separate agreement between london and madrid. richard lister reports.
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this rock looming up from the med is casting a shadow over britain's brexit talks, and the people of gibraltar are also wondering what the future holds. they voted almost unanimously to remain in the eu, giving spain hopes of taking the territory back. just this week, theresa may said that wouldn't happen. we are absolutely steadfast in our support of gibraltar and its people and its economy. our position has not changed. but the european council position has changed. in its draft negotiating guidelines, it says after the uk leaves the union, no agreement between the eu and the uk may apply to the territory of gibraltar without the agreement between the kingdom of spain and the uk. translation: on gibraltar, no agreement between the european union and the uk will apply without the consent of spain. we won't accept any agreement that undermines spain's position on gibraltar‘s sovereignty or that harms spain's economic interests.
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and madrid has other grievances, too, like gibraltar‘s low tax economy enabling the smuggling of cheap cigarettes into spain. brexit mayjust have given the spanish a bit more negotiating leverage, to the annoyance of politicians on the rock. these are draft guidelines, but already we see spain making the moves that people were expecting she might have made up five minutes to midnight with an agreement ready. she's doing it now and, frankly, i think it's singling out gibraltar unfairly. theresa may's letter triggering article 50 and the brexit process did mention northern ireland's border with the irish republic, but not that of gibraltar with spain. critics have said that was a mistake which emboldened the spanish. and a spanish veto could mean choppy waters ahead. spain hasn't been shy of confronting britain in the past here over fishing rights off the gibraltar coast. so will britain be more likely
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to compromise on gibraltar in the interests of a bigger eu deal? it's absolutely wrong that any future free—trade agreement or any future security bilateral arrangements or anything else should depend on britain giving some concession to madrid over gibraltar. let me tell you, that will not happen. spain is putting gibraltarfirmly in the middle of britain's road to brexit, raising the question of what other eu member states may demand from the uk as the price of a deal. let's get more reaction on this. in a moment we'll hear from london, but first, some analysis from brussels. the eu side don't view this as a hostile or unfriendly act, they view this as the logic of brexit. "this is what brexit means", they say. now, spain has always disputed the sovereignty of gibraltar. what a senior eu official told us was that while the uk has been inside the union it has been able to prevent that from being reflected
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in official union policy. on any matters that will arise after the uk has left, the eu, the official said, would speak for the 27 members and they said that spain had lobbied hard to have this in and it will apply to a future trade deal being applied to gibraltar not to the exit deals. so spain, yes, getting some leverage. downing street are saying that their commitment to gibraltar remains, yes, rock solid and borisjohnson, the foreign secretary, has said gibraltart is not for sale. the question is, what can britain do about it in these negotiation? well, first of all, british members of the european parliament are going to raise the issue on wednesday. but their influence in this is pretty limited. further down the line, of course, britain can talk tough during those trade negotiations with spain. but you do get the impression though that britain is very much on one side of the negotiating table and, while this might not be a hostile act, the other 27 members states are very much on the other. this was a week when the diplomatic plates started to spin
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and unless the government remains focussed, it is clear some quite precious, quite fragile things could be put in danger. nottinghamshire police are appealing for help to find a woman who's suspected of abducting her two young sons. a family court earlier warned that samantha baldwin posed a "risk of harm" to them. peter harris reports. this is samantha baldwin, not seen since monday. she is believed to have abducted her two sons in the hours after a court ordered they be removed from her care. the police say nine—year—old louis and six—year—old dylan are at risk of harm from her. they are asking the public to help find them. samantha went missing, having left court shortly after iiam. we are working on the notion that they remain together. we are concerned that samantha poses a risk to the boys and we have a 100 strong team of dedicated officers working around the clock
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to trace her and return the children safely. the two boys have been made wards of court. this is now an abduction enquiry. samantha baldwin was last seen here in nottingham city centre on monday. the police are not ruling out the possibility that somebody else might be involved and could be harbouring her. two women arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender have now been released on bail. peter harris, bbc news. if there's one thing we know about donald trump it's that he has a huge personal fortune. he bragged about it while campaigning to be president and it seems he's not the only one in his administration who is extremely wealthy. the white house has released details of the personal finances of some of his team. the disclosures, which are a legal requirement, show that his daughter ivanka and her husband jared kushner are worth up to $740 million. it's also been revealed that
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white house advisor, steve bannon, has between $3.3 million and $12.6 million in assets. head of the white house national economic council gary cone is a former goldman sachs president. he has assets of at least $230 million. all in all, the president's cabinet is estimated to have a collective net worth of around $12 billion. senior white house reporter for politico, darren samuel—sohn, explained whether these numbers come as any surprise. we knew that president trump had surrounded himself with people like him — very rich people who have work in the real estate world, very rich people who have worked in the real estate world, who have worked in the investment world, who knew construction, who knew entertainment. and so a lot of the people who have come into the white house and are serving around him have maintained many of those assets, a lot of that wealth. and here we have the first public disclosure forms that show just how much these people are worth.
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for the people who supported president trump, i think that they are thrilled with who he has brought in, and has around him as his key advisers. they see these people as essentially trying to now turn the american economy around, help them become just as rich as they are. at this point in time a lot of the political support that president trump maintains from his original base is still there. the folks who didn't vote for him, who voted for hillary clinton, do see this as a huge scandal. we have never really seen anything quite like this from a president of the united states, with this much wealth in this many different places in the united states and around the world. obviously, you know, lyndonjohnson had a radio station in texas, and jimmy carter, famously, his peanut factory down in georgia, but nothing quite to the extent with the amount of investment and assets from president trump and all the people around him that we are seeing in the white house right now. our top story: bad weather is
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hampering search efforts in colombia we re hampering search efforts in colombia were more than 200 people have been killed in a landslide. more now on the situation in southern colombia. i've been speaking with journalist dimitri o'donnell about what is happening in mocoa, one of the worst—hit areas. over the course in the last few hours, many of the roads in and around mocoa have iefrt about washed away or blocked off so it's difficult still to get in and out of the city and that's hampered the rescue fests. the military have just released the most updated figures relating to the death toll in mocoa. and know that 254 people have died in the landslide. there's 2oo and know that 254 people have died in the landslide. there's 200 people still missing, 300 families have been affected across 17 neighbourhoods and hundreds of families and people are still missing in mocoa right now. so that is the scale of the devastation that this landslides that wreaked across the province of mocoa over the past
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24 hours. a huge concern that those figures of the dead, that number is rising. how is the weather now in the region affected? because i guess the region affected? because i guess the last thing that rescue workers need is more rain. yes, well, forecasters have said there is still light rain expected in the province of mocoa over the course of sunday and into monday. but, it is expected to get better some of the that is gd news for the —— that is good news for the rescue teams. they have scaled down their operations tobts. it's 7:00pm — 8spm local time, rather, so the darkness has set in. it is more difficult to try and carry out the extensive search and rescue operations. 1100 police and soldiers have been sent to mocoa and they have been joined soldiers have been sent to mocoa and they have beenjoined by soldiers have been sent to mocoa and they have been joined by 200, soldiers have been sent to mocoa and they have beenjoined by 200, 2,500 other rescuers, locals, who have set out themselves to try and pull their loved ones out from under the rubble, orfrom loved ones out from under the rubble, or from their loved ones out from under the rubble, orfrom their homes
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loved ones out from under the rubble, or from their homes who have been completely destroyed. you can see from the pictures, the devastation is extensive and carries a big wide area in mocoa. it's a population of 350,000 people. and just briefly, how common are landslides and rains of this scale in this mountainous region? you would expect a bit of rain up there? correct. while they are pretty common, it's all due to, some people say, to climate change. the level of devastation of this one did catch people by surprise. there were two landslides last year and they killed between them 20 people. this time around, the authorities did send out around, the authorities did send out a warning notice to locals in mocoa, saying, please leave your homes, go and find a safe place to hide. but what happened in just over 3 and find a safe place to hide. but what happened injust over 3 hours, 30% of mocoa's monthly rainfall deluged the city? just 3 hours. by the time that people were on their
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way out of their homes, the level and speed of these rains really caught most people by surprise. the authorities did think there would be more time to get people out. that's the difference. officials in australia are warning that swollen rivers are still threatening tens of thousands of people in queensland and new south wales. the floods come in the aftermath of tropical cyclone debbie. a short time ago, i spoke with luke smith, he's the mayor of logan in queensland. i asked him about those flood levels. yeah, ithink yeah, i think that 1974 was our record setting year in queensland. both the rivers that run through the city of logan are in an unprecedented stage and both rivers have broken those records since 1974, it's the first time we have seen this flood levels at this height in the city of logan area. and i've seen that the flood levels
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have receded in northern new south wales, but where you are over the border in queensland, communities along the logan river are very much on high alert. that's correct. it's a very strange situation. the city is in a very strange situation. the city isina a very strange situation. the city is in a state of flux. half of the city has experienced the flood waters and those waters have receded. we're working with communities down stream from the logan river who are about to experience inundation. while half the city is wanting to clean up, the other half haven't experienced it yet. there's places further up, rockhampton and the like, they're bracing for some pretty extreme flood levels. absolutely. and that's what, it's a very strange scenario. the cyclone has gone. it's moved out, not raining, the sky ask clear, and one week on, we're now experiencing the devastation of what the cyclone actually did. so up in
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rockhampton, they‘ re the cyclone actually did. so up in rockhampton, they're bracing down 110w rockhampton, they're bracing down now and they're working with their residents. they have told all of their residents to move on and it's 110w their residents to move on and it's now up to the residents to make that choice to get out. we had that experience here in the city of logan, we told people some 48 hours before and they ignored our advice and then we had to go and rescue them later on. it's imperative that people listen to advice. i've seen some sad news of loss of life and people missing. what is the hardest challenge for you to get to those people who you want to make sure are safe ? people who you want to make sure are safe? yeah, well, again, the most frustrating thing for us is that people are ignoring advice. now, when the wall of water has come through, they're starting to realise they should have listened. we have experienced sadly, one death of a 77—year—old man overnight, and that family is absolutely devastated. the friends of their family on the phone to me last night, and theyjust really, at a loss. so the whole of oui’ really, at a loss. so the whole of our city, our heart is broken for
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them today. but again, it's another message that if, if there's flooded waters, stay right away from them. it's not a place to play. those waters are flowing very swiftly. u nfortu nately, waters are flowing very swiftly. unfortunately, it takes cars away and it's also taking people. for bob dylan, it was definitely a case of better late than never. on saturday, he finally received his nobel prize for literature. it all happened behind closed doors in stockholm. he's visiting sweden to perform two concerts. anthony decurtis is from rolling stone magazine. he gave his take on how the award was finally accepted. there was a sense in the immediate response that, he was supposed to express some kind of gratitude. those kinds of expectations, are the kind of things that dylan is trying to elude for a long time. i think that... you know, ifeel like he
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didn't want to make that big a deal about it. dylan, like anybody, you know, he's 75 at this point, he's reached a point in his career where recognition means something in terms of his legacy and how he's going to be perceived but i think also that dyla n be perceived but i think also that dylan is pretty sure about what his stature is. he made an entire career out of not performing for things like this. you know? i think that there's an element of him that has been, historically very resistant to it. i think he was happy to get it. and happy to accept it, but i don't think he wanted to do anything particularly special in that regard. i think there's no question that he deserves it. i'm teaching a dylan seminarat deserves it. i'm teaching a dylan seminar at the moment at the university of pennsylvania, i have a phd in literature, i know all the american writers who may have been
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contenders, there's writers around the world, of course, but there's a sense that dylan's impact has been so important, not just sense that dylan's impact has been so important, notjust in terms of his song writing and lyrics, but his impact on literary figures. it's well deserved. well, bob dylan himself has been very low key about his nobel prize. but how might the famous singer have reacted, if he put his thoughts to music? the musician mitch benn attempted to do just that. have a listen. # well, i had to be in sweden in a way # well, i had a coupla shows i had to play # so i figured that i might as well swing by and pick up my nobel # and then i better best be on my way. mitch benn spoke with me earlier and gave his own thoughts on bob dylan's possible attitude
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towards receiving a nobel prize. i don't think it is any kind of deliberate slight that it has taken him six months to pick it up. i don't think it was him trying to show that the whole thing is beneath him, something morrissey might do. i think it was a case of him literallyjust, you know, i am a very busy guy, and he happened to be in town, yes, man, iwill swing by and pick up that thing i won. he is pretty laid—back and has been for a long time. he always keeps us guessing, enigmatic that way, but surely at this age and stage in his career, he must be thinking about legacy and surely a nobel prize in the pocket doesn't hurt that at all? to be perfectly honest, i don't know if he really thinks in terms of legacy. he has been around so long and done so much that by the time you get to his age i think one award feels quite the same as another, to be quite honest, but, yeah, i guess it is not often you get the cross over into the nobel
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academy into popular music, so i think he will be aware of what it means. i just don't think he will get that worked up about it. i don't think he is that kind of person. over a hundred yellow cars have driven in convoy through a village in the cotswolds. it's all in support of one pensioner who had his car vandalised. somebody had apparently decided — his yellow car ruined the view and scratched the word "move" right on the bonnet. alice bouverie has the story. it was a day to celebrate all things yellow in bibury. an act of solidarity — over 100 yellow cars driving through the cotswolds, coming from as far afield as north yorkshire tojoin in the rally. they came in support of local pensioner peter maddox, who until earlier this year had parked his beloved yellow car outside his home. until, that is, someone vandalised it. it was apparently spoiling the view of the picture postcard village. it was a very sad moment for him.
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he was very shocked. he got up early in the morning and found his car with broken windows and scratches. peter's not a man to make a fuss, so he sold his car and replaced it with a grey one, one which blends in with the background of this famous view. but other indignant yellow car drivers took up the fight on his behalf. quite simply, when i saw that his car had been vandalised, it made me so angry and upset because of the reasons why and the fact they said it was a blight on the landscape. and the fact that he is a pensioner, i felt something had to be done. ijust had a little idea and i put it forward to a few friends and it's mushroomed from there. and it clearly made peter's day. how do you like all the yellow cars? lovely. do you have a favourite yet? yes, i have. the lovely finale to this is that a car company has agreed to name a paint after peter, so he will forever be immortalised in maddox yellow.
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and you can get in touch with me and the team on twitter — i'm @tomdonkinbbc. coming up we'll have the latest headlines. first the weather with helen willets. hello, there. saturday brought some intense april showers, with hail and thunder and lightning reported widely. and weather watcher pictures like this that came in, this is through the evening in milton keynes, show the top of a thunder cloud. in stark contrast, a much drier day awaits us, with some warm spells of sunshine. mind you, it's going to be a tad chilly to start sunday morning. a frost in the glens of scotland and northern ireland. ground frost also through north wales, the north midlands and northern england. so very much chillier than it has been in recent nights and there could be a bit of mist and fog around for the first few hours of the morning, but otherwise the morning looks set to bring the best of the sunshine for the vast majority, as you can see.
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temperatures just slow to recover after the chilly start. still that potential for some cloud around and some lingering showers from the day on saturday, but very isolated in comparison. mostly for the north—east of england. there could be mist and fog elsewhere. a risk for northern ireland and scotland with the frosty start. still the odd shower for northern ireland, but essentially it's a dry picture for saturday. very much a stark contrast to saturday. the cloud will tend to build through the day, fair weather cloud that is. so it may well be bright rather than sunny come the afternoon. there is the risk of showers developing in eastern areas. just one or two, in eastern england in particular. very isolated compared to those on saturday. given the light winds in the sunshine, 13—17 will be pleasant. sunshine around the coast by the afternoon. if the boat races take place it is set fair, 15—16 in the afternoon when the races are set to take place, and it won't be as rough in temperatures as last week with the light winds.
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some sunshine for the premier league matches taking place over in swansea and london. a little bit of cloud hanging around. again, through the night on sunday, the cloud should melt away under the area of high pressure, so again a chilly start on monday morning. but we have the advancing weather fronts in northern ireland and scotland. so there could be a bit of mist and fog around for your return to work on monday, but england and wales set fairand quite warm, despite the breeze picking up in the west. the rain holds off. mainly for northern ireland and western parts of scotland. but then we have the rain staggering southwards and eastwards, eventually clearing from the south—east later into wednesday, with the high—pressure returning. it means for monday there's rain in the north and west. tuesday, more cloud across the country. that's when high—pressure returns. still quite a bit of cloud mid—week. the latest headlines from bbc news. i'm tom donkin. in colombia, bad weather is holding back efforts of emergency workers after a landslide killed 200 people.
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after a landslide killed 250 people. the local governor said whole neighbourhoods had been swept away in what he called an unprecedented tragedy. president santos called on authorities to start preventative measures as the rainy season begins. president maduro has made venezuela's supreme court reverse its decision to strip the opposition—led congress of its powers. despite the announcement, hundreds marched in the capital, caracas, to protest against the original decision. the speaker of congress said the court had staged "a coup". the uk says it will defend the interests of gibraltar following warnings that spain is attempting to use the brexit process to pursue its claim to the rock. the eu has suggested london and madrid will have to agree on gibraltar‘s place in the brexit talks.
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