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this is bbc news. the headlines at 7pm: a state of emergency has been declared in colombia after more than 250 people are killed in mudslides — many more are missing. six arrests are made by police investigating an alleged hate crime attack on a 17—year—old kurdish—iranian asylu m seeker in south london. this was a cowardly and despicable attack. this is a young man who's come to this country to seek sanctuary and it appears that he's been set upon. the writer, broadcaster and civil liberties campaigner darcus howe has died at the age of 7a. also in the next hour — victory for oxford in the 163rd men's boat race. they will reclaim the thames, the
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champions once more. the dark blues take the title back from cambridge after leading for most of the race. earlier in the women's boat race... it is victory for cambridge, and what a victory. cambridge triumphed in a record time — after oxford got off to a dreadful start. celtic have won the scottish premier league with eight games to spare after beating hearts 5—0 at tynecastle. good evening. rescue teams in colombia are continuing to search through tonnes of mud and debris for anyone who survived devastating mudslides in the amazon basin. at least 200 people have been killed, but with hundreds
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of others injured or missing the colombian president says its impossible to know what the eventual death toll will be. the torrent of mud engulfed the town of mocoa, where rescue efforts are being hampered by bad weather. richard lister reports. mocoa is a place of mud and misery. when the rolling wall of water and debris rushed through here on friday night, it swept away houses, cars, trees and people. whole families died here. the painstaking search for survivors is continuing. rescue workers moving quietly through flattened neighbourhoods hoping for signs of life in the wreckage. nothing here. with every hour that passes, hopes of finding more people alive diminish. within hours of the deluge, message boards went up listing the dead and the missing. many of those unaccounted
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for are children. we are searching for a baby, she says, a little baby, we cannot find him anywhere. this man has lost his daughter. i hope somebody has her, he says, she's called luisa. closest to the river, the streets are now boulder fields, full of people trying to retrieve what they can of their lives. the shock of this disaster is still sinking in. the rains that caused this flood were unusually heavy, but deforestation upstream played a part, too. this town of 40,000 people is still without power or fresh water. the homeless need housing, the infrastructure needs to be restored, and the wreckage cleared. deep in the amazon basin, mocoa was hard to reach before. now, with roads and bridges washed away, the challenge is even greater.
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richard lister, bbc news. the prime minister has told the people of gibraltar that the uk would never allow it to slip from british control against their will. in a telephone call aimed at reassuring gibraltar about its future after brexit, theresa may said britain was steadfast in its commitment. here's our political correspondent iain watson. legend has it, when the barbary apes leave gibraltar, the british won't be far behind. well, they are still here, but the 30,000 human residents of the rock who want to remain british are worried that the spanish government could soon have more say over their lives. the eu has said that after brexit, london will have to talk directly to spain about the territory's future. a former conservative leader said the uk's commitment to gibraltar would be no different than its commitment to the falklands. another woman prime minister sent a task force halfway across the world to protect another small group of british
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people against another spanish—speaking country. but don't panic. four days after triggering the brexit process, there is no serious talk of conflict with a nato ally. in fact, spain appears more interested in talking about trade than seizing territory, perhaps raising questions about gibraltar‘s low tax regime and its policing of cross—border contra band. the bbc has been told that gibraltar did ask downing street specifically to mention its interests in a letter the prime minister sent to the european union to trigger the whole brexit process. well, of course, we know that did not happen. but today, theresa may got on the telephone to the most senior politician in gibraltar and pledged her steadfast support, notjust for the rock's sovereignty, but also for its economy. and the chief minister of gibraltar seemed reassured. when the time comes, we are making the right decisions with the prime minister leading us in those negotiations, which will be in the interests
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of the people of gibraltar and in pursuit of their wishes. but labour say the brexit process still poses an economic risk to gibraltar. how will the deal that we come to with the european union affect the gibraltar economy? so to what extent will they have access to the single market and the customs union, because their economy could be strangled if the negotiations go wrong. this is just the start of the process of leaving the european union. downing street has moved to defuse any row with gibraltar, but difficult negotiations with the european union and with spain still lie ahead. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. 0ur correspondent tom burridge is in gibraltar, and he gave us his thoughts as to how people there are reacting to the debate. people are worried here in gibraltar. i do not think brexit with the impact the debate over gibraltar‘s solitary, britain and spain will probably never agree on
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that. but by saying that spain will decide whether or not a trade deal between britain and the eu can apply to gibraltar, the european union is saying that gibraltar, the way of life year, the close relationship, distinctive relationship which the territory has enjoyed with the european union up until now is up for grabs. gibraltar‘s economy relies on low taxes and the normally free—flowing border out towards spain, the threats coming from madrid are nothing new for people here in gibraltar. but it's been really does get that were fridge in the wider brexit talks then it makes that negotiation between brussels and london even harder. and we'll find out how this story is covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30pm and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are jim waterson, who's the political editor of buzzfeed, and the public appointments adviserjacqui francis. four men and two women have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following an attack
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on an asylum seeker at a bus stop in south london on friday night. the 17—year—old, who's kurdish iranian, was subjected to what detectives say was a savage beating. simonjones is at the scene for us in croydon now. the 17—year—old, a kurdish iranian, was chased from this bus—stop down the road. when he fell to the ground police say he suffered repeated blows to the head. he was left with a fractured skull and a blood clot on his brain. this man heard the screams. normally friday night, people are always making noise but something sounded funny. looking out the window, i saw a group of people beating one person. some people tried to intervene, others dialled 999. the police are treating the attack as a hate crime. the local mp, who is also the housing minister, told me he was appalled. i described them on twitter as scum, i think this is a cowardly
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and despicable attack and i hope we find the people responsible and they'll face the full force of the justice system. police are trying to reassure people this is not typical of the area but it's a community in shock. it is appalling, really. you expect people to appreciate one another. this is a diverse society. yesterday i was very shocked, i have two daughters and a boy and my wife. it's not good, it's not safe. tonight, one response to what police have condemned as a savage attack. lydia wilkinson has paid tribute to her mother and younger brother who were stabbed to death in their home in stourbridge earlier this week. she laid flowers outside the house, accompanied by her boyfriend. she said her mother tracey had always put others before herself. 23—year—old aaron barley, of no fixed address, has been charged with their murders and with the attempted murder of lydia's father peter. he is known to the family and will appear in court again in the morning.
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sangita myska reports. lydia wilkinson arrived at the family home where her mother and 13—year—old brother were killed, clutching flowers. she waved at the makeshift memorial outside the property alongside floral tributes from friends and family. each message described how much mother and son would be missed. 0vercome with grief, she was comforted by her boyfriend. the house remains a crane scene. it was here that her mother and brother, seen on the left hand side of this photograph, were fatally attacked. their father, 47—year—old peter wilkinson, was left critically injured but is now ina left critically injured but is now in a stable condition in hospital. today a 23 ruled homeless man appeared in court in birmingham, first he was remanded in custody charged with murder and attempted
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murder. in a brief written statement, lydia wilkinson described her brother as a fun loving boy, and her brother as a fun loving boy, and her mother as a woman who would a lwa ys her mother as a woman who would always put others first. she asked that the family be given privacy during a distressing time. the bbc has seen an internal lloyds banking group report which calls into question the bank's assertion that it only learnt of a fraud by some of its bankers and their consultants in 2016. the report reveals that senior executives discussed fraudulent behaviour at an hbos subsidiary as long ago as 2008. 0ur economics correspondent andy verity reports. in the hbos fraud consultants were branded greedy and devious and bribed dishonest bankers. in exchange, the bank forced small—business customers to pay for the consultants, who plundered the businesses to buy holidays, foreign property and yachts. in february, they were jailed for corruption, fraud and money—laundering.
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this man, who ran a successful hairdressing business, said the fraud drove him into bankruptcy and destroyed his marriage. like anyone's wife, you get used to a standard of living, and vivian and i had built the business from our early 20s. the business was going up and up and up, and then suddenly it was stolen. and crashed. lloyds banking hroup recently told victims that the bank had no evidence of criminal behaviour based on its own internal reviews until the trial in 2016. but a source inside the bank leaked a major report to regulators and i have seen its conclusions. it says... nicky turner, another victim of the fraud, first warned the bank in 2007. the bank responded by trying repeatedly to make her and her family homeless. we are not interested in recrimination, wejust want
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victims to be compensated. at this point, it has happened, the fraud happened, the cover—up happened, we are where we are, let the bankjust do the right thing finally. it is so huge, it makes the great train robbery, also in the thames valley, look rather small. the police and crime commissioner for thames valley police said when the bank asked shareholders for money in 2008 they should have been warned about it. he wants the victims compensated. you do not leave 50—100 people who have been totally defrauded without any money and then insist over the next ten years trying to take away their houses and everything they possess, i think that is totally immoral. lloyds banking group says allegations in the report are unsubstantiated. it says once it was made aware of its existence it asked for it to be sent to the appropriate authorities. the writer, broadcaster and civil liberties campaigner darcus howe has died at the age of 7a.
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born in trinidad, he moved to the uk to study law and campaigned for black rights for more than 50 years. in 1981, he organised the black people's march after the new cross fire in which 13 black teenagers died. later, he became chairman of the notting hill carnival and made a number of television programmes about the lives of black britons. the former trade union leader lord morris knew darcus howe well and worked with him on many campaigns over the years. he told us he played a significant role in the campaign for black rights in britain. he was one of the first to campaign and one of those on the front line to call the metropolitan police to account on the basis of their policies like stop and search in communities were the only people
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being stopped and searched were black people. he challenged racism within the establishment and said that he did not compromise on those sort of principles and he will be sorely missed. there are many, many young black advocates around brixton and other parts and communities who all to the tenacity of him and the example that he laid down, because people were very scared of challenging the establishment during the 1950s and 1960s and even the 19705. but the 1950s and 1960s and even the 1970s. but he was right there, irrespective of the consequences, he was ready to speak the truth as he saw it. peter herbert from the society of black lawyers page tribute to him. he was very popular advocate. he
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came with the new and academic and often challenging approach to the british establishment, and was a key figure at the time of the fire and then plate a leading role in transforming the documentation, with fantastic discussion programmes and doing reports from the caribbean and africa. that was at a time when there were not very many black journalists who could perform that role, who were given that opportunity. the headlines on bbc news: a state of emergency has been declared in colombia after more than 250 people are killed in mudslides — many more are missing. six arrests are made by police investigating an alleged hate crime attack on a 17—year—old kurdish—iranian asylu m seeker in south london. the writer, broadcaster and civil liberties campaigner darcus howe has died at the age of 7a. the iraqi army is making progress
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in its fight against the so—called islamic state group in its one—time stronghold of mosul. as the battle continues in the residential parts of western mosul, one of the challenges is stopping the group's car bombs. the bbc‘s defence correspondent jonathan beale sent this report from the city. they are just they arejust building they are just building barricades on these streets which have recently been liberated from so—called islamic state, to prevent car bombs. there is one that managed to not go off in the corner, they managed to kill the driver before he detonated it. we are just a few hundred yards from the front line, we can hear gunfire from so—called islamic state. this is the start of the old city, the streets are wide enough to drive armoured vehicles up, but when
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they get into the old city itself there are alleyways where there will not be able to drive armoured vehicles at all and defeating the air is going to be much, much harder. —— and the fighting there. the chancellor is to urge indian businesses to use the expertise of the city of london in the latest attempt by ministers to build trade links outside the european union. philip hammond's trade mission to delhi and mumbai is part of an effort to build a partnership with india as it tries to forge a future as a global manufacturing powerhouse. our business correspondent joe lynam has more. depending on how britain quits the eu, the city of london is set to lose thousands ofjobs in the coming years, as some banks and insurers leave to remain in the single market. now, the chancellor, philip hammond, is hoping to court new customers for britain's financial services expertise. he leads a delegation of business leaders, as well as the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, to india this week, hoping that indian companies will use the city
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of london to fund the estimated £1.2 trillion of spending needed to modernise india's infrastructure. the government also hopes to use the trip to open new markets in india for companies like transferwise, part of britain's rapidly growing financial technology or fin—tech sector. all of this forms the backdrop for a comprehensive free—trade agreement which britain hopes to sign with india once it formally leaves the eu. but that won't be easy — india has yet to sign any free—trade deal with anyone and one stumbling block could be a demand by india to allow its citizens free movement to and from britain. the parents of a baby with a rare genetic condition have reached a £1.2 million crowdfunding target for him to have pioneering treatment in the us. connie yates and chris gard's son charlie, who is nearly eight months old, is receiving 24—hour treatment
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at london's great 0rmond street hospital for a rare genetic condition. doctors say he should move to a palliative—care regime, but his parents are challenging doctors in court to keep him on life support. police in pakistan say at least 20 people have been killed by the caretaker of a sufi shrine close to the pakistani city of sargodha in the province of punjab. the victims are said to have been his spiritual disciples and include five members of the same family. 0ur islamabad correspondent secunder kermani has more. a place of worship turns to a scene of horror. followers of a local saint were reportedly drugged, then beaten to death at this shrine. 20 bodies were brought to hospital late last night after four people managed to escape and raise the alarm. the killer is believed to be this man, abdul waheed, the custodian of the shrine, arrested by police, along with two
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alleged accomplices. the three accused who are under arrest invited the disciples to the shrine. as they kept arriving, they were torturing and murdering them. in islamabad, mourners gathered to pay their respects at the home of one of the victims. the shrine where this attack happened was dedicated to his father. the suspected killer was one of his followers. translation: waheed used to take care of this shrine, like other followers. what was he thinking? what was in his heart? we do not know. there had been reports that devotees at this shrine would be regularly beaten by the manifold. —— the man.
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in pakistan, some spiritual leaders have been known to abuse their position. but this mass killing has shocked the country. a huge inquiry into child sexual abuse by members of the catholic church is drawing to a close in australia. the four—year—long inquiry, which has uncovered more than 8,000 abuse survivors and heard allegations against more than 500 priests, is being closely watched by the vatican. from sydney, hywel griffith reports. shining a light on australia's most trusted institutions. for some, the level of abuse exposed by the royal commission has been difficult to comprehend, but for peter gogarty it's been all too familiar. as a boy, peter was sexually abused by his parish priest. it lasted for six years, but it took another three decades for his abuser to be jailed. he believes the catholic church is still failing to protect children by refusing to make it mandatory for abuse mentioned in confession to be reported to the police. what they are doing is saying, "we are more prepared to protect
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an offender than we are to take care of this child and future generations of children". the church hasn't responded with one voice. australia's archbishops have spoken of shame and negligence, over £160 million has been paid in compensation, but there has been no change on issues like confession. i think it would be a tragedy if the privacy of the confessional, if you like, the privileged communication in the confessional, is abolished. even if that means abuse goes unreported ? i think what is needed is a protocol, if you will. the catholic church isn't the only body that has come under close scrutiny during australia's four—year inquiry. it's heard allegations of abuse at 4,000 different institutions from orphanages and care homes to schools and sports clubs. the common thread — a failure to listen to the victims. now voices are being heard, the issues raised here
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will resonate across the world. but for australia's abuse survivors, the impact remains the same. hywel griffith, bbc news, sydney. a portrait of chairman mao by andy warhol has sold at auction in hong kong for $11 million. warhol began a series of famous silk—screen paintings of mao in 1972, using a photograph of the then—communist leader from his little red book, carried by millions of ordinary chinese. but for years the paintings were considered subversive and have not been exhibited in mainland china. the bfg, matilda and esio trott — just some of the famous children characters that illustrator sir quentin blake brought to life. in doing so, he inspired generations of children. now 100 of his works are going on show in a major exhibition. cathy killick reports. they conjure up the innocence
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and exuberance of childhood, full of life and character, but the seemingly simple drawings of sir quentin blake probe some pretty poignant territory. the artist is 84 now, and increasingly interested in using art to improve health. this gallery holds workshops for mental health patients. i put on a show for something called the nightingale project in london, which works in hospitals, and that started me off. i did some drawings for an elderly people's ward and a mental health patients' ward. you have got it, i have done it. in this overwhelmingly digital age, his methods are decidedly low—tech, pen and ink mostly, but in his hands, the lines that he draws speak volumes. ijust feel i am doing it,
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it comes like that, and you are also very conscious... i like scratcy nibs, things where you can feel the marks on the paper, so you are getting that as well. it's notjust the process of drawing that can be therapeutic, the results can be as well. these colourful paintings of children and aliens are created for a children's hospital designed to comfort children uprooted in strange surroundings. these paintings are made for a unit treating eating disorders. you go into that situation, and you think, what is their problem, the people here, what would be suitable, what would help them? having pictures on the wall of a hospital at all helps people, it humanises it, it means it is not a health factory. the paintings are on show for three months, true inspiration for illustrators everywhere. it is returning it to darcus howe,
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who has died at the age of 74. our correspondent is here. when people talk about civil rights, we have to think of america and martin luther king and malcolm x. but here in britain there was a big civil rights movement going on, and very prominent to that was darcus howe. it was a time, the 1960s and howe. it was a time, the 19605 and 19705, when many black people in britain felt the pressure from police brutality, racism. darcus howe was very much a shining light within that and became prominent within that and became prominent within the mangrove nine campaign. that was a restaurant in notting hill. police had gone into that
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restau ra nt. hill. police had gone into that restaurant. the tensions reflected how people felt. there was a protest, nine people were arrested, he was one of them. they questioned police brutality. he was very prominent in 1981 when he led the black people march will stop he very much was the voice when you did not see other black people on the television and in the news and feared he was. for many, he was a true leader. he had originally decided to study law, but then switched to journalism. decided to study law, but then switched tojournalism. he had decided to study law, but then switched to journalism. he had a very impressive journalistic record as well as his academic work. yes, he was the columnist at the voice newspaper, worked for the bbc, did a lot of programming, the devil ‘s
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advocate, he was well—known for that, and also black britain. advocate, he was well—known for that, and also black britainlj remember watching him many times and thinking what a formidable interviewees he would have been. one thing you would see about interviewing darcus howe is, get your facts straight, because interviewing darcus howe is, get yourfacts straight, because if interviewing darcus howe is, get your facts straight, because if you do not then you will be challenged very robust play, as we saw from an interview in 2011, when he did a bbc interview. from the point of view of the interview, it went very wrong and the bbc subsequently apologised. but that is one thing that you have got to see about darcus howe. he did not falter in the face of adversity 01’ not falter in the face of adversity orfear not falter in the face of adversity or fear or not falter in the face of adversity orfear or anything like not falter in the face of adversity or fear or anything like that. not falter in the face of adversity orfear or anything like that. he stood firm, that is why there have been so many tributes paid to him on social media. he must have been quite a trailblazer at a time when it was difficult, contentious, even dangerous to speak out.|j
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it was difficult, contentious, even dangerous to speak out. i think so. it was a time when not everyone was speaking out. people werejust trying to make sense of the world that they find themselves in, the racism that they felt that they faced. actually it takes someone to stand there and lead. when use of various protests and things like that, darcus howe was at the centre of it. that gave a lot of people what strings. thank you very much. time for the weather. a pretty decent second part of the weekend for the majority. we saw some thicker cloud across eastern areas, the odd spot of rain for the unlucky few, but for many it was a lovely day. clear skies overnight, much late last night it will turn chilly. a bit more of a breeze and some cloud in the west, we

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