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this is bbc news. the headlines at 5pm: floodwater levels continue to rise in the us city of houston in texas. tens of thousands more people are told to leave their homes. we have a two—storey home and on the first floor, it's up to here. all the furniture‘s just floating. brexit talks resume in brussels — the eu chief negotiator calls for britain to start negotiating seriously. a lorry driver is charged with 20 counts of drink driving and dangerous driving in connection with saturday's minibus crash on the m1. german prosecutors say a nurse, who is serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, may have killed 84 others. and click hits the road — as the team heads to india to see how the country keeps connected. that's later in this hour, here on bbc news good afternoon and
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welcome to bbc news. ten of thousands of people living in the us state of texas have been ordered to leave their homes, as flooding, caused by tropical storm harvey, continues to cause devastation. it's expected up to 30,000 people may need temporary emergency shelters, with more than two—and—a—half feet of rain fallen on the city of houston alone. unconfirmed reports suggest up to five people may have drowned, but officials say they can't confirm figures until the floodwaters recede. thousands of people have had to be rescued, many plucked from rooftops by helicopter. what began as a category four hurricane in the gulf of mexico has
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become a tropical storm, meaning that the winds are much less than they were, but the rains are still causing devastation. 0ur correspondent laura trevelyan is in la grange, 100 miles west of houston in texas for us. welcome to la grange in texas. look at the water levels. you can just see how fast the water levels are rising here. the colorado river has broken its banks and this town centre is completely flooded. you can see businesses are submerged. mailboxes are practically submerged. at one point i saw a deer floating down, carried by the current. in the two hours i've been standing here the water level has risen about i a foot. it's not expected to crest for another two to four hours. this is all happening in the aftermath of hurricane harvey. because there has been so much torrential rainfall following the hurricane, because it turned into a tropical storm and just hung around the area of houston of the we're 100 miles west
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just hung around the area of houston of the we're100 miles west of houston, if you can believe it. this is the scene here. just think how catastrophic it is when you actually get to houston itself. here's my colleague richard lister with a report on the latest developments. taking only what they can hold, the people of houston are trying to escape the deluge. three days of torrential rain and the most powerful hurricane in 50 years have left this city struggling to cope. an armada of rescue boats is patrolling the streets. more than 2,000 people have been rescued so far, but the emergency services say they have had at least 5,000 calls from people who are trapped. we have a two—storey home, and on the first floor, it's up to here, and all the furniture is just floating. everything. mattresses, all. with the roads flooded and dangerous, people have been told to stay in their homes and wait for rescue there, but inevitably many have been trying to flee on their own,
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risking their lives to find higher ground. but those at the edge of the floods reach know that they will be next as the rain keeps falling. they are getting out while they can. 0ne lady won't come out. she is handicapped. she's over here on the left side. so we know she's there. we know a couple of houses saying they are going to ride it out. the owner of this care home photographed the rising flood. her daughter tweeted it, pleading for help. she said within ten to 15 minutes, the water went from ankle—high to waist—high, so immediately they were under water and floating. the national guard saw the photo, and eventually everyone was led to safety. but there are many others still waiting for rescue, perched on rooftops, calling for help. helicopters are patrolling the city to coordinate the rescue effort. they have been pulling people from the flood, too, but it is a slow and dangerous process. with respect to the number of people
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in our shelters, that number was about 5500, in all of our shelters. and houston's problems are only going to get worse. parts of those regions will continue to receive incredibly heavy rain that will lead to even more flooding and more danger for texans. emergency centres have been set up for those forced out of their homes. the authorities estimate in coming days they'll need shelter space for some 30,000 people. more are being made homeless all the time and some are concerned about the government's response. we haven't heard any official word from any official here. but we out here, mayor, we're looking for you. city councilmen, we're looking for you. anybody of importance, we're looking for you. these floods are turning into some of the worst in america's history. thousands of people have been displaced. billions of dollars worth of property has been destroyed or damaged, with, as
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yet, an unknown number of casualties. back here in la grange, you can see the river behind me, normally running at about eight feet. it's 110w running at about eight feet. it's now at nearly 53 feet and expected to peak around 55 feet, that's extraordinary, catastrophic, devastating levelful flooding here. joining me now is lee richards. lee has lived here for a very long time. tell me, what do you make of this flooding that we're seeing in the wa ke flooding that we're seeing in the wake of hurricane harvey? well it's the most water i've seen, even carla that came through in ‘61, wasn't this much water. can you tell me, when the hurricane made landfall on friday night, did you have any idea the effect it was going to have on you here? no, not at all. i figured it would turn somewhere, houston or somewhere. i didn't think it would come here. the first that you really, that it really got bad was
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sunday morning, wasn't it? is that when you woke up and realised the extent when you woke up and realised the exte nt tv ? when you woke up and realised the extent tv? -- extent of it? we picked up a lot of rain. there was a lot of wind. can you describe, the scene behind us now, we have water flowing, it's a torrent. what does this normally look like? oh, well, it's the highway. all those buildings behind us here are high and dry normally. you couldn't even see the river from and dry normally. you couldn't even see the riverfrom here and dry normally. you couldn't even see the river from here at all. can you describe the impact on la grange. the nursing home has been evacuated, trailer parks too. yes, it's displacing a lot of people here which we didn't really expect, i didn'tany which we didn't really expect, i didn't any way. there's a lot of activity going on trying to get in. of course, it's cut the town down to where you can't drive anywhere you wa nt where you can't drive anywhere you want to. you have to get round all of this, it's difficult. i certainly get the sense that this is a small community that's really pulling together. 0h, absolutely. yes.
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everybody here will stick together, as you can see by the crowd that's here. they're all out here seeing what's going on and talking to each other about it all. they certainly are. what are your worries once the floodwaters finally recede? are you just concerned about the damage and devastation that could be left behind? absolutely. there's businesses, a lot of businesses and many homes further down the river here that are in water, deep in water. it's displaced a lot of people and businesses here with a lot of water. lee richards, thank you so much. you saw the effect of that hurricane in 1961, harvey's being compared to that. thank you for joining being compared to that. thank you forjoining us. sure. that's an eyewitness view of the damage that's being done here in la grange in texas. behind me the water levels are still rising. deer have been carried past me, rubbish cans, all kinds of debris. it's quite
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extraordinary what's happening here. the water levels are expected to carry on rising for some hours to come. back to you in london. the brexit secretary and government officials are arriving in brussels today, for the latest round of brexit negotiations. david davis has said he'd like the eu to show more flexibility and imagination in the talks. we wa nt we want to lock in the points where we agree, unpick the areas where we disagree and make further process on the whole range of issues. but in order to do that will require flexibility and imagination from both sides, something i think the council asked for on some subjects. 0ur council asked for on some subjects. our goal remains the same: we want to agree a deal that works in the best interests of both the european union and the united kingdom. that's what david davis was saying prior to the start of those formal talks. 0ur
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correspondent gavin lee is outside the european commission, where the talks are actually taking place. we've heard what david davis thinks, what's the general mood, how do you assess things? i think both sides - we got it in the subtext from david davis — tacitly he's saying expect no great shakes this week. this is almost an hors d'oeuvre for talks around 0ctober. what becomes a little like groundhog day, there are three sticking points that are pretty muddy at the moment, where the eu side are saying they cannot progress until they believe that satisfactory progress is made. they term it satisfactory. this goes back to the point of the irish border. a few weeks ago, the government put out a position payer to say there should be no hard borders. there should be no hard borders. there should be no infrastructure in place. there are ways round it. the eu described it as magical thinking. they've gone into the room, i think floor 13 behind me, to discuss this as one of the other two issues, one is how much britain has to pay.
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they're disagreeing on the methodology of that and the other is citizens‘ rights, whether the european court of justice citizens‘ rights, whether the european court ofjustice should have a say on that. there is minor trash talking. it‘s not mcgregor meets mayweather, but this is michel barnier as he entered the talks a short while ago. we need uk papers that are clear in order to have constructive negotiations. we must start negotiating seriously. it's it‘s round three starting. the civil serva nts it‘s round three starting. the civil servants will be locked in, trying to work out the nuances of where
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they can agree. there may be some kind of heads up. both sides are saying they‘re optimistic about that. i really wouldn‘t hold your breath this week. i think we‘re going to close towards september, 0ctober, where both sides are looking for some kind of breakthrough on a potential deal for the next stage of the brexit talks. a lorry driver has appeared in court following a crash on the m1 motorway in which eight people died. two lorries and a minibus were involved in the collision near newport pagnell on saturday. 0ur correspondent andy moore reports. ryszard masierak blinked back the tears and was given a tissue as all 20 charges were put to him through an interpreter. that process took some time. court proceedings lasted about half an hour. he was denied bail. he will appear before a crown court in aylesbury next month. afterwards, thames valley police made a brief statement. six men and two women died.
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four people who were injured remain in a serious condition in hospital. we‘ve had full cooperation from the two freight companies involved, and they are fully supporting us with our enquiries. our thoughts remain very much with those affected by this tragedy. mr masierak was driving an aim logistics lorry at the time of the crash. 12 people were in the minibus when the collision happened in the early hours of saturday morning. tributes have been paid to the driver, cyriacjoseph. he‘s been described as an extraordinary father and a great leader within the southern indian community in nottingham. his passengers were a group of people from india about to start a tour of europe. three of the dead worked for an it company. the other lorry driver, david wagstaff, who‘s 53 and from stoke—on—trent, has been bailed to appear before magistrates next month. he‘s been charged with 12 counts of causing death or serious injury by dangerous driving. andy moore, bbc news.
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the headlines on bbc news: the authorities in houston have warned that the severe flooding, that‘s forced thousands of people from their homes is likely to get worse. the third round much brexit talks are taking place in brussels this afternoon. the eu chief negotiator has called for britain to start negotiating seriously. a lorry driver has been remanded in custody in connection with saturday‘s minibus crash on the m 1. he was charged with 20 counts of drink driving and dangerous driving. in sport, ali makes 84 to put england if control of the second test at headingley. the hosts have built a lead of 285 and will hope to bowl out the visitors on the final day tomorrow to take a 2—0 lead in the series. kyle edmund has won the first set in his opening round match the us open. heather watson is a set down in her opener. craig levine has been re—appointed
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as the manager of hearts moving from his previously role of director of football. i‘m back with more on all those stories later. #6 german prosecutors say a nurse who is serving a life sentence #6 who is serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, may have killed 84 others. niels hoegel was convicted and jailed two years ago — for giving lethal drug injections to intensive care patients. investigators have exhumed more than a hundred bodies of patients who died in clinics where hoegel worked. 0ur correspondent in berlin, damian mcguinness, told me how details of this case first emerged. as you said in 2015, this man was convicted to life sentence for the two murders. now, evidence was shown that he had indeed murdered patients who were in his care, in this intensive care unit, but it later transpires that since that trial in 2015,
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prosecutors carried out an investigation. during that investigation, they exhumed and examined around 130 bodies of people who died while this nurse was working in the intensive care unit. they found traces of a drug in those bodies that. was the drug which this nurse had administered through injection to patients, apparently his motive appears to have been that he wanted to create or he wanted to really ensure that these people would have a cardiac collapse, that then he would swoop in as a saviour and he would resuscitate them. all of that was really to attempt to gain recognition from his colleagues. it seems to have become quite an obsession. of course, many of the people died. he didn‘t manage many of the people. earlier today, prosecutors said, yeah, almost 90 people died in this way. but there‘s another 90
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cases which they suspect also happened and they don‘t have evidence. they can‘t prove it. that‘s because those bodies have been cremated. it‘s impossible to see the drug. it‘s likely we‘ll never know for sure exactly how many people were killed by this man. dreadful for the families of these people who‘ve suddenly had this news brought to them. yeah, that‘s right. that‘s one of the debates we‘re seeing now in germany. 0n the one hand, this investigation‘s been going on for a few years. the court case took a few years to come trial in 2015. there are questions about why it took so long. about how other hospital staff reacted at the time. because the case only came to light because reporters started digging and because family members started asking a lot of questions. there are likely to be further trials now of hospital staff who are accused of looking away or turning a blind eye
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because it seems that people knew what was happening or suspected what was happening and that now there is talk here in germany of setting up a whistle blowing system in order for people to really calls the authorities‘ attention when something like this happens. there is outrage of the murders themself but also why it took so long to uncover what happened to the people or the relatives of people who died. about 150 people have now been treated in hospital in eastbourne in east sussex afterfalling ill as a result of a mysterious chemical "haze" which drifted in from the sea late yesterday afternoon. 0ur correspondent amanda akass has been to birling gap, one of the affected areas, from where she sent this report. making the most of the late august sunshine, this morning people have been back enjoying the beach at birling gap, despite the toxic cloud of gas which engulfed those here yesterday. my mum heard that people had evacuated, there was a gas in the air. i thought she was joking to start w we saw people with streaming eyes.
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we got back inside. i saw on the news that the roads were open again. nothing strange is going on. so i decided to have a second try. it's such a nice weekend, we just want to have a walk and get on with it. people queued late into the night outside eastbourne‘s district general hospital. in the end 150 people were treated here. we had itchy eyes, sore throat, throbbing head and nausea. we all panicked. everyone, anxiety was high. we were shaking and getting really nervous and everything. just didn't know what to do. even the lifeboat crew sent out to help with the rescue were affected. we went straight into this cloud, which we weren‘t aware of at the time. we could feel our eyes burning straight away. we advised the coastguards and we were told to stay inside the lifeboat, close the doors and conduct our search from inside. the hospital say in the end, most people only suffered minor effects. in a similar incident a few years ago, a gas leakfrom france could be smelled across the south—east.
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emergency services say they don‘t believe that‘s the case this time. they‘re still not clear, though, about what it was and where it did come from. that was the bbc‘s amanda akass reporting for us. we can get more now on the floods in parts of the us state of texas. up to 30,000 people may need temporary, emergency shelters. we can speak to anneke green who is now a columnist at real clear politics. in 2005 she was a speech writer for george w bush, the president who had to deal with hurricane catriona, when it devastated new orleans. good afternoon. thank you forjoining us. hi, yes, thanks for having me. this is becoming a huge challenge for city, state and indeed for the federal government to deal with. 0h, yes. pa rt of federal government to deal with. 0h, yes. part of what‘s so difficult is it‘s not over yet. 0ne trick from
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katrina is that the rain is still falling. the storm is heading back towards the gulf. so, they‘re continuing to deal with water rising and the rain won‘t stop. katrina, they were able, once the storm hit and did its worse, to really start rescue efforts. at what point in circumstances like this, and talking principally to a uk audience who won‘t necessarily follow how american politics works in these situations — at what point would the federal government get involved in something like this? well the federal government will have money available through a particular agency and that money is released once the president makes a declaration, called an emergency disaster declaration, making that funding available. that has been done now with president trump. which is clearly going to be welcome in texas. i think he‘s also talked about louisiana as well. yes. definitely. they‘ve also been, not as hard hit as texas, but i mean, as
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we we re as hard hit as texas, but i mean, as we were talking about, louisiana with hit with katrina in the first place. they‘re still not back to normal. the city of new orleans is only back up to 78% of residency, even though that happened in 2005. you mention those events of 2005, of course, president bush at the time was criticised for his response. i wonder what lessons president trump might draw from that now? well, i think the first lesson is to make sure he has all the facts before he comments. 0ne sure he has all the facts before he comments. one of the things that got president bush in trouble was he went and praised the head of the agency that provides that funding that you‘re talking about and said, "you‘re doing a heck of a job." when it turned out late her ewasn‘t doing a good job and had to be fired. another concern and lesson learned that trump has definitely heeded is one of optics, thinking about what things look like. president george bush wasn‘t concerned with. he wa nted bush wasn‘t concerned with. he wanted to be practical. that infamous photo of him looking out
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the window from hurricane katrina was his looking like he was getting out of the way. whereas president trump is going to the area on tuesday, saying i don‘t want to get in people‘s way, but he is going down there as a show of support and he has been tweeting about the situation multiple times today. that‘s a difficult balance. yes, because i can understand why any president would want to go and clearly, a lot of people would want to see him there. but how do you balance that with the need not to become the story to an extent yourself? it's notjust the story. when a president visits an area, there‘s a lot of help and resources required from people at the local level. so if a sherriff‘s department has to send officers to make sure the president can land safely they‘re not then available to pull people out of houses. thank you very much for coming on. a controversial religious leader in india has been sentenced to ten years in prison for raping two
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of his followers. gurmeet ram rahim singh‘s conviction last week triggered large—scale riots by his devotees in which 38 people were killed. thousands of police have been deployed to the region, where the guru‘s movement is based amid fears of further unrest. from there, justin rowlatt reports. the town where the controversial self—styled guru is being held was under a strict lockdown today. after the explosion of violence that followed his conviction on two rape charges last week, the indian authorities say they are taking no chances. but this is the real focus of concern today. the town in which the vast temple complex that serves as guru ram rahim‘s headquarters is based. this car was torched by an angry crowd within minutes of the ten year sentence being announced. are your troops ready to besiege the temple complex if necessary? we are fully equipped, fully ready and fully trained.
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whatever directions are given, we‘ll implement it. as of now, we are going step—by—step, and the first step is to maintain the peace and calm so that curfew is relaxed. people can go back to normalcy. guru ram rahim is a flamboyant and controversialfigure, who stars in his own movies and command extraordinary support. his claim that he has 60 million followers worldwide may be an exaggeration, but perhaps as many as 15,000 hard—core devotees are believed to be holed up in the temple compound today. we visited yesterday, despite an initially angry reception, we managed to persuade a temple official to let us into the complex. this place has virtually everything you can imagine a city would have. as well as the hospital, there‘s a hotel, resort complex. there‘s a huge auditorium area, where the guru holds seminars, sessions, services
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for his faithful, performs. he played guitar and music as well. the army has been warning people to leave the temple. the authorities have ordered that the guru‘s assets, including the temple complex be seized, but from what we‘ve seen, the devotees are not ready to give it up without a fight, so a siege situation is developing here in north india. justin rowlatt, bbc news, sirsa. a 17—year—old boy has died at the reading festival. emergency services were called to a tent in the campsite shortly before 2 am this morning. thames valley police say the death is being treated as unexplained. the teenager has not been formally identified but his family have been informed. the notting hill carnivalfell silent this afternoon to remember the victims of the grenfell tower fire. firefighters who helped tackle the blaze were among thousands who held a minute‘s silence for the 80 people who died. the route of the parade passes nearby the tower in west london. it‘s the carnival‘s 51st year
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and organisers estimate that a million people have attended during the bank holiday weekend. 0ur correspondent noel phillips is at the carnival. welcome to the largest street party here in europe. 0ver welcome to the largest street party here in europe. over 60 steel bands, 38 sound systems and 15,000 costumes have been on show here at notting hill this year. so far i think it‘s been a fairly successful year. earlier this afternoon, at 3pm, the whole parade, this whole street came toa whole parade, this whole street came to a stand still. people fell silent. the sound systems, which you can hear blasting in the background, we re can hear blasting in the background, were all switched off. these people who are dancing all came to a stand still, as they remembered the victims who sadly lost their lives in the grenfell tower fire ten weeks ago. indeed, ithink in the grenfell tower fire ten weeks ago. indeed, i think it‘s only right
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that we find out from people how they will remember this carnival. how do they feel about the grenfell disaster and what impact has it had here today? these two are looking so colourful, my goodness! what are your names? amrit. jenny. you look incredible. first and foremost, explain to people at home just exactly what the atmosphere is like here today. i'm from trinidad, i enjoy carnival. it brings a bit of home back to england for me. you've come all the way from trinidad.” live here, but it brings home back to me. it's that caribbean culture. it is, i enjoy it very much. 0ne to me. it's that caribbean culture. it is, i enjoy it very much. one day a year it makes it special. you look exhausted. have you had a good day? it's been a long day. a good day, yeah. it started off about 9am this morning. you're still going strong. absolutely. how will you remember this year? i think there's been a really good vibe thisserary. i feel like maybe there's a few less people
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than in previous years. but everyone's happy. than in previous years. but eve ryone's happy. eve ryone's than in previous years. but everyone's happy. everyone's in a good mood. that's why we love it and always come back. everyone's in a good mood. everything is nice and happy. no violence, everything is good. all the bad publicity that carnival gets, this shows it‘s a good vibe. people need to enjoy it for what it is. for a couple days of the year, it‘s great. for what it is. for a couple days of the year, it's great. speaking of great and a good vibes, you can see this large truck, which is carrying some incredibly loud speakers and this is what it‘s all about. this is what people have been enjoying here today. i want to grab a quick word with this gentleman, all the way from jamaica to be here. what does notting hill carnival mean to caribbean people here in the uk? notting hill carnival mean to caribbean people here in the uk7m means a lot. because we are gathering in peace and love and enjoying themself and enjoying life. you‘re having a good time? enjoying themself and enjoying life. you're having a good time? yeah, definitely. because i‘m here making
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friends. it‘s crazy, i love the vibe. enjoy the rest of carnival. thank you. apologies. have a look at this. this is what it‘s all about. 15,000 costumes on show here today. i will tell you what, i could say anything to noel phillips at this point look how the area of bad weather is sitting across this part of texas. the rain keeps falling over and over again but that is why we have had about a metre of rain in the last two macro or three metres of rain. it keeps dumping it across the texan part of louisiana. that is predicted for another couple of days ata predicted for another couple of days at a still nasty conditions to comfort of this is what the weather looks like across the uk now. 26 degrees in london, fresh in the north with spots of rain. we have a wea k north with spots of rain. we have a weak weather front and rain crossing the lake district, lancashire and
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into northern and central wales overnight. to the south of the weather front, where the weather is sitting. 17 in london, quite muddy. tomorrow, i think a cloudy picture across many parts of england. in the north it will be fresh. top temperatures tomorrow roundabout 26, possibly 28 in kent and sussex. have a great evening. hello. this is bbc news. the headlines... us authorities say 30,000 people will need emergency accommodation — after more than 30 inches of rain caused floods in and around the city of houston. donald trump has declared a state of emergency in louisiana. the third round of brexit talks are taking place in brussels this afternoon — the eu chief negotiator has called for britain to start negotiating seriously. a lorry driver has been remanded in custody in connection with saturday‘s minibus crash on the m1 — he was charged 20 counts of drink driving and dangerous driving.
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german prosecutors say a nurse who is serving a life sentence for murdering two patients, may have killed 84 others. indian legal officials confirm a self—styled guru in northern india has been sent to jail for a total of 20 years, for raping two of his women followers. time for the sport. many thanks. england are in control against west indies as we approach the end of the fourth day. england having built a lead of over 200 runs against the visitors. the captainjoe root helped establish that lead but was an early casualty today, caught for 72, off a short ball — the lead at 43 at that stage. dawid malan and ben stokes then added a precious 92 for the fifth wicket — both making half—centuries but three
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wickets in 2 balls from spinner roston chase put the west indies back in the driving seat. then came a brilliant counter—attacking 84 from moeen ali which has wrested back control of the game for england. the latest from headingley is england on 454—8, that‘s a lead of 285 runs. chris woakes and stuart broad at the crease. liverpool have agreed a club—record deal to sign leipzig midfielder naby keita, with the player officially joining on 1july 2018. the reds have agreed to pay the £48 million release clause that will allow him to move next summer. the fee will easily surpass the £36 million liverpool spent on mo salah this summer. frenchman 0usmane dembele has become the second most expensive footballer of all time afterjoining barcelona today from borussia dortmund for an initial £96.8 million. the 20—year old french international has signed a five—year contract with the club.
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and the deal could rise to £135.5 million — barca spending some of the £200 million they received from paris saint germain for neymar hearts have appointed craig levein as their new manager to replace ian cathro, who was sacked before the start of the premiership season. levein, the former scotland manager, was the director of football at tynecastle. hearts have lost twice and won once in the league under caretaker boss jon daly who will remain at the club as a coach. scotland and aberdeen winger gary mackay—steven is recovering after he was rescued from the river kelvin in the early hours of sunday. mackay—steven was pulled from the river by firefighters and treated for hypothermia. the 26 year—old was on the bench for aberdeen‘s win over partick on saturday. johanna konta leads the british contingent on day one of the us open in new york. andy murray isn‘t playing after his
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withdrawal with a hip injury. konta is one of four british players in action as she takes on serbia‘s aleksandra krunic and could become world number one at the end of the tournament. world number two simona halep is up against former champion maria sharapova, playing herfirst grand slam tournament since completing a 15—month doping suspension. also in action today, kyle edmund is a set up kyle edmund is two sets up against men‘s 32nd seed robin haase of holland. but heather watson lost the first set against france‘s alize cornet — watson has never won a singles match at flushing meadows — while british qualifier cameron norrie took the first set against dmitri tursonov of russia. great britain‘s ashley mckenzie was eliminated at the first hurdle on day one at the world judo championships in budapest. the two—time 0lympian lost by a hold—down ippon to japan‘s under—21 world champion nagayama ryuju in the under 60kg category. britishjudo has sent a team of 12
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athletes to the event in hungary including rio 0lympic bronze medallist sally conway who fights on friday in the under 70kg class. that is the thing with judo. when you make one mistake it is over. i made that mistake. it was all over. he pinned me. i did my hardest to get up but unfortunately i did not. england are 477—8. that is all the sport for now. more at half past six. let‘s return now to texas where rising floodwater has forced thousands from their home. a little earlier we spoke to phillip truitt, public information officer for the texas a&m forest service that has been helping with rescue and relief efforts. he said it was the worst flooding he‘d ever seen. some of the biggest things right now
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have been focusing on life safety. getting in and supporting the responders. trying to get people out the flooded zones and impact zones. right now that is number one priority. what sort of difficulties have people been facing in their homes before you and others have arrived? besides the impact of the flooding, not having power or water, sewer, things we take for granted. when you do not have those it is a different lifestyle. 0ften flood waters are rising really quickly here. floodwaters can rise fast and overta ke here. floodwaters can rise fast and overtake quickly. it only takes a few inches of water to make the road impassable due to the current. it is about bringing vehicles off the road. it can go from you feeling safe to fighting for your life in a matter of minutes. what are some of
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the rescues you have been able to help with which stick in your mind in the last 24 hours or so? some of the biggest things i have seen is texanis the biggest things i have seen is texan is helping texans. the general public out there helping fellow texa ns, public out there helping fellow texans, the different agencies working together as one team to save lives. cast your mind forward. this is going to get more difficult in a way before it gets easier. yes, we are still getting more rain and expected to get more rain for several days event have flooding issues, river to flooding issues. this will not go away any time soon. it will take a long time for us to recover. a word on how this prepares to previous events like this. is it as bad as you have ever seen it in texas? it is as bad as i have seen it. i had been in fire fighting for 15 years. this is the worst i have ever seen it. a year ago today bhs closed it‘s
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doors for the last time after going into administration. 12 months on only 25 of the company‘s 160 stores have new owners including the likes of primark, tk maxx and morleys — and are trading again. our business correspondent emma simpson has been looking at the figures. bhs, one of the best—known names on the high street. it had its heyday, but this time last year, nearly 90 years of trading were coming to an end. and the question, who would fill this gap? at bexleyheath‘s shopping centre, a shiny new department store. and new jobs for these two former bhs workers. we couldn‘t get people in to fix anything for bhs. but now we‘ve got brand—new fixtures, brand—new walls, everything‘s decorated. it is like moving out of a house, having it refurbished and moving back in. moving straight back in. it‘s like a home from home. for us, it‘s like a home from home.
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so whatever was going on in this building, we‘d clearly be interested in, and the fact that we both work here... yeah, brilliant. it‘s amazing. it‘s a good outcome here, but what has happened to the other 159 bhs stores around the uk? more than half are still sitting empty. 35 properties have deals or plans in place. four stores have been demolished. only 25 of the former bhs stores have so far been reoccupied. that is about one in six shops. i am not surprised to see that a vast majority of these stores are unoccupied, because many of them are very large and very costly to reoccu py. and secondly, they are in quite marginal towns where there is a lot of out of town competition from other locations. therefore those retailers who would normally have been there in the past have moved elsewhere. i have lived in stockport all my life. i remember being dragged, i might use that word,
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dragged around stockport on a saturday morning with my mum. it would never be complete a visit without coming to bhs. so yes, i do remember what it was like. but there is a big gaping hole now. the council is spending millions on improving stockport town centre. its leader is convinced a solution can be found. what makes it a real shame, because this is actually a successful shopping centre. about 95% of units here are let. footfall is very high. we feel there is a lot of potential interest in this building. i think there is an incredible opportunity here. i genuinely believe it can be relatively easy let. but he and the owners may need to come up with something more creative than just another shop. the same goes for many of the other former bhs stores sitting empty as well. emma simpson, bbc news, stockport. now on bbc news, it is time for
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click. driving in india is an experience. the roads are crammed, the horn is omnipresent, and the rules are... well, the rules are here somewhere, i‘m sure of it. and that‘s why we won‘t be doing a piece about self—driving cars in india any time soon. despite the fact that it seems like everyone in india owns a car, that‘s not true by any means. many people choose to travel by train instead. but if you think that‘s any less intense, think again. yeah, about those rules...
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mumbai central station is a massive, heaving hub, connecting the city to the north and east of india. but, if you look closely, you‘ll see something else connecting the commuters to the rest of the world — 116 wireless access points provide free wi—fi to anyone with an indian phone number. it‘s been provided by google, which, at the moment, says about 2.5 terabytes are being downloaded here every day. and here‘s the interesting part — this is notjust about this station. along india‘s railway tracks lie 45,000 kilometres of optic fibre and google is piping internet access down those cables to feed wi—fi access to 114 other train stations, too. the man overseeing the project is gulzar azad, who i caught up with while he was waiting for his train. if you had to take one
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place in the country where you wanted tremendous fibre and you had to have reliable power, relatively speaking, power is a challenge across the country... and you had to have the entire country walking through it. that one place, that‘s only one place — that‘s the railway stations. can you guarantee that all services on google‘s wi—fi will be treated equally? absolutely, i think the whole idea and motivation for us, if you look at the reason why we did this, was to see if we can provide an open internet, completely open, with full access to the entire web, the way the web was designed. so there is a fibre—optic network that‘s rolling out from train stations like this to the vast rural areas of this enormous country, and david reid hopped on a train to find out what effect
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that is having elsewhere in india. it‘s hard not to be romantic about india‘s railways. british colonial rulers laid track for control, shifting resources, mostly out, and prising open markets. now it‘s about moving people, millions a day, and thanks to optic fibre, data. i took the train tojaipur station to investigate. it has proper broadband, and it‘s free. people are filling their boots. apart from some controversy at one station where commuters were using the free wi—fi to download hard—core pornography, the provision of high speed wi—fi has been almost universally praised.
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90,000 people pass through jaipur station every day. i‘m using my wi—fi for entertainment. and my office work. i find it great. for studentjournalist urja sharma, it means she can keep tabs on breaking stories. every morning, you know, the world changes. there are so many things that change, so i have to come and check. indian stations are full of thriving businesses, feeding off or simply feeding the thousands streaming through them every day. free wi—fi has actually been a boon to local businesses. ashok runs a tea stall on the station platform, and he‘s making more money now that his customers can make online payments to him. translation: i use the wi-fi when my 4g signal does not catch.
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when that does not work, i use wi—fi, especially when a customer pays digitally. i need it to confirm i have received the payment. digital payments are worth 40% to 50% of my takings. this is music to the ears of people managing the railways of india, a nationalised industry that runs at a loss. they think that high—speed wi—fi could be a good pull for a station like jaipur. they plan to build a huge concourse and attract retail and service businesses. it mightjust be an earner. as wi—fi expands and it becomes taken for granted, then i think people will transact more and more of their business. jaipur is a domestic hub and a tourist hub of high repute. people come out here from all parts of the world. so now when you have a huge concourse, it is an area where you can have shops and entertainment spots. for google, more people online
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is more people to sell to. india‘s railway is the country‘s backbone. its public wi—fi is poised to be at least as far—reaching. this is the anjuman urdu primary school in the town of kundapur in karnataka. there are 155 kids here from grades one through to seven, and a whole bunch of dedicated teachers. and this is how they start their day. singing over in vijaya nayak‘s classroom, things are a little more serious. so, at the back of the projector,
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there‘s an android device which is plugged in and is running videos on english, maths and science. the videos are made for the entire region. but then they‘re dubbed in different dialects, different languages, depending on where they‘re being sent to. today, we‘re learning about fractions. it is a great teaching tool — as long as there is electricity. but there are plenty of times when there isn‘t. translation: this is a village school. earlier, it would be difficult to teach because of power cuts. we would get electricity in the mornings but, as the day passed by in the afternoon, we would have power cuts for more than two hours. that‘s why the projector and tablet are hooked up to this box, which is itself attached to a solar panel on the roof. together, they can provide up to five hours of electricity a day, meaning that classes don‘t have
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to be interrupted or cancelled if the power cuts out. then, we started using solar power, as it is an easy and natural source of generating electricity. we have introduced a study of generating power through solar energy to our students, and are teaching them the importance and working of it. we also explain to our students that this process will help us, in the future, to generate electricity. this whole system has been provided by the selco foundation, an indian charity with the aim of helping to alleviate poverty by improving access to energy. with this, students can get a better education through audiovisual teaching, and also there is no problem with electricity. so any time the teachers can take their students to the classroom, they can teach through this medium. selco and other ngos they work with pay for half of the cost of installing the projector and solar system — the other half comes from local schools or local government.
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how important is the projector? translation: before this project came in to use it, we had very few students. but since we have started using the solar power, our number of students has increased in a good way. we have students coming to us from different villages to learn, and not only students — we have other schools coming down to our institute for smart classes. the smart class is a good way of teaching kids these days. they seem to enjoy and learn more than usual. after we introduced smart class, our school stands proudly in the educational sector. we plan to grow larger as the years pass by. cool whoa! the same system is already in hundreds of rural schools, and they‘re aiming to add hundreds more this year. and it‘s notjust key for schools — across rural india, businesses can be helped massively by having a reliable power supply.
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somana is a seamstress who lives a short drive from kundapur. she became the main breadwinner for the family after her father was taken ill. the more clothing she can repair, the more she gets paid. with her old, hand—operated sewing machine, she could fix a couple of items a day. but thanks to the solar panels on her roof, her electric machine can whiz through five or six clothes per day. plus, she has a fan, a tv and a light, so she can work earlier and later. 0ne quarter of india‘s rural population lives below the official poverty line. that‘s 216 million people whose livelihoods could be improved by the addition of basic facilities like electricity. and, of course, one key way of helping people out of poverty is... education. it‘s always such a privilege to come to a place like this and see how
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the simplest technology can make a world of difference. that‘s it from india for the moment. you can see plenty of photos and more backstage gossip on twitter — we live at: bbcclick. thanks for watching. see you soon. it has been a pretty nice, warm day across many parts of the uk. temperatures got up to 28 celsius. a pretty warm start to the week. it
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will turn cooler with rain by the time we get to wednesday. after that it looks like the weather might improve once again. bit of a roller—coaster this week. this is what is happening now. all the fine weather across many parts of england in the south. more clout in the north. not so great. temperatures around 16 degrees. you can see still 26 in london. a balmy feel out in london this evening but not everywhere. in the not this evening it will turn quite chilly foot at this is fresh atlantic are moving into behind the weather front. temperatures just about into double figures. 11 in glasgow and 17 in london. in london, midnight, it will still be in the 20s that this is what weather looks like for most of us. 20 in london. more clout across wales and the midlands and maybe
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spots of ranger in the rush—hour. north of that, across northern england, northern ireland and scotla nd england, northern ireland and scotland but it is a fresh start for the 12 degrees with showers moving into the western isles. tomorrow morning over all a lot more clout. still fairly sunny and warm across the south east will do we have the re m na nts the south east will do we have the remnants from today. kent and sussex up remnants from today. kent and sussex up to 28. the vast majority of the country will be in the teams tomorrow, not making 20. it will get cooler and rainier on wednesday. weather fronts will move in and they will be affecting the sap of the uk. 0utbreaks will be affecting the sap of the uk. outbreaks of rain in wales and the midlands. particularly across the south—east as well. look at the temperature dropped. by wednesday it is only 18. the drop like a stone. as we head into thursday and friday the weather might improve a bit and others will get showers. thursday
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friday it is a mixture of sunshine and showers, pretty much forever you are. touching on harvey, the worst of the weather still affecting parts of the weather still affecting parts of texas and into louisiana. you can see where the heaviest rain is into louisiana, and also south—eastern parts of texas getting the heavy rain. still a couple of days before the storm rained itself out. a lot more flooding in that area. that is it from me. thousands of people are told to leave their homes as tropical storm harvey continues to lash the us state of texas. people have been told to expect a year‘s rainfall in a week — up to 30,000 may need to be housed in rescue centres. we have a two—storey home and on the first floor, it is up to here. and all the furniture is just floating. the ‘catastrophic‘ flooding is only expected to get worse — and there are now concerns for neighbouring louisiana. also on the programme; another round of brexit talks get underway in brussels —
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as britain asks for flexibility and imagination. a lorry driver charged over a crash on the m1 motorway which killed eight people has been remanded in custody after appearing in court. jailed for 20 years for two rapes — the self—styled indian guru who claims millions of followers worldwide.
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