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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is gavin grey. our top stories: the caribbean struggles to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. we report from the british virgin islands where thousands have yet to receive any support. i have seen real strength real determination, but now what i'm seeing, is real desperation. a massive relief operation gears up across florida. the storm caused widespread damagem with millions facing weeks without power. the un security council unanimously backs another round of sanctions against north korea, ramping up pressure over its nuclear programme. and british mps back a key vote on brexit, but months of bitter wrangling lie ahead. from cuba to florida and across parts of the caribbean
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hurricane irma has left a trail of devastation and claimed at least a0 lives. it's destroyed thousands of homes and has left millions without power and clean water. now, britain, france, and the netherlands, which oversee territories in the caribbean, have been criticised for being slow to respond to the crisis. a state of emergency has been declared on the british virgin islands where an aid operation is under way. the bbc‘s laura bicker has the latest from tortola, the largest of the islands. there is now a sense of desperation and fear in tortola. people are hungry, tired and in need of basic supplies. this was the line of traffic trying to get into the main town on the island. most are heading to the supermarket for the first time since the hurricane, now that more roads have been cleared. have you got enough food, water?
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no, ‘cause everybody‘s fighting, and stealing and a lot‘s going on right now. people are breaking into people's homes, going with what they have. it's a state of emergency. outside the store, some have been waiting for the doors to open for eight hours. yelling. as only a few people are allowed in, chaos ensues. we're going in, we're going in. they are worried that supplies are limited. we need water, we need food. we need electricity. do you think you've had enough help? i don't think so. we need more help. we need outside help right now. please get in line for me! police and security guards appealfor calm. but after six days of devastation and enduring the worst storm in living memory, these angry scenes proved too much for some to deal with.
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we're under control, but we didn't expect this mess today. we onlyjust got out of our house today. as we were filming, a local government minister approached. we have lots of food arriving tonight, for my supermarket and for this supermarket, and lots of food arriving every day this week. there are also serious concerns about the safety of residents living amongst the rubble. local police have been working alongside the british military day and night to try to round up a number of criminals who escaped from a prison damaged by the hurricane. it's added to a sense of panic, especially as people cannot communicate from one side of the island to the other. rationed water supplies are now being handed out with the help of more british troops. they have been a reassuring presence, a welcome sight. we have seen real spirit and strength on this island in the last few days. but residents are realising that it could take years to rebuild and that they'll have to summon a great deal
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of determination to help raise tortola from this rubble. laura bicker, bbc news, tortola. hurricane irma may have been downgraded to a tropical storm, but she's certainly left a trail of destruction in her wake. some caribbean islands have been left with hardly any supplies. and florida is still feeling the impact, with storm surges that pose a serious danger. the bbc‘s allem maqbool reports from miami. after a day of darkness and fury, miami opened its eyes to the aftermath. this city is now littered with the debris of the hurricane. boats were even lifted clean out of the bay and dumped on the shore. people here are emerging from their shelters and barricaded homes to try to start clearing up. so you got out this morning and what did you find?
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sheer devastation, everywhere you look. i mean, the parking lots are flooded, cars, trees fallen down. in spite of all the preparation, millions are now without power. the financial district of the city has been badly affected. it was underwater during the hurricane, inundated with massive coastal waves as irma passed. and across the city and the state, transformers were blown up by the rains, plunging people into darkness. but of course the impact of this storm has been felt far beyond miami. the big concern has been about the florida keys. because of damage to roads and some of the more remote parts, they can still only be surveyed by air and we still cannot land but this is where hurricane irma hit first in florida and it's where some of the worst damage could be. although people living in the keys have become used to hurricanes, when irma was reported as the most powerful ever recorded
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in the atlantic, most got to safer land. many are still unable to return to their damaged homes. from some places in the keys there has been access to, it appears the hurricane utterly ravaged houses and belongings. and that goes for the mainland too, in the city of naples in the west of the state, petrol stations and mobile homes were torn apart. fort lauderdale saw tornadoes as irma came through, parts of the beach were whipped into the city. even as the storm was still affecting this area, looters took advantage. with millions told to evacuate and so many in shelters, there was little to stop them. and new places are still being affected. in recent hours jacksonville in northern florida was hit
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by a massive storm surge, flooding the city. they said the impact of irma would be widespread, and it has been. michaeljoseph is resident of the antigua and barbuda red cross society. —— president. antigua and barbuda red cross society. -- president. how is it? it is getting better every day. some people have been made homeless. how many are in shelters and being cared for by relatives? as it stands right now, there are a50 in shelters. there is another estimation there are 600 being taken in by well—wishers into their homes and they remained there with friends and
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families. —— remain. they remained there with friends and families. -- remain. how are they going with clean water and food and shelter? as it stands right now, barbuda, to go in there you need permission because it is considered such a dangerous hazard. there is no running water, no potable water whatsoever. there is... i mean, the damage assessment came out today and the value of the damage is at least 60% of the properties you can say they are unable to be repaired and another 30% that could be repaired but it is recommended to just demolish. as it stands right now, barbuda is still very much uninhabitable. what is the red cross able to do to try and help out? as it stands right now, it is quite difficult. all we can do is support
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the national office of disaster service because it is not yet clear what the long—term goals are to be we don't know what will happen next weekend the week after. we are concerned about health and water and electricity. it is still considered to bea electricity. it is still considered to be a disaster zone. we are pretty much supporting their needs underground. the initial response plan was based on people still remaining in barbuda. now we have to think about which plan to put out, working with them along the lines of water and sanitation and health issues and psychosocial support, helping them to readjust, offering semipermanent and temporary shelters, or do wejust semipermanent and temporary shelters, or do we just continued to amend the needs in their shelters?”
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are you saying some people may never go back to barbuda, theyjust don't wa nt go back to barbuda, theyjust don't want to? -- are you. some people don't want to. it is hard to tell. the majority do want to go back. denied there was a consultation with the government, who consulted the people of barbuda. —— tonight. there we re people of barbuda. —— tonight. there were some difficult questions, but it is still not clear. what was made clear it the government are not prepared to allow anyone in the barbuda until water and health and safety sta nda rds barbuda until water and health and safety standards are confirmed. how are those things going? is there any indication of a timetable for what is on its way? the estimated time is 6-8 is on its way? the estimated time is 6—8 weeks until electricity and water are stored in barbuda. we are looking at anything between two to three months before people can go
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back into barbuda. the prime minister has been working with the community, looking at recommendations for them to visit. and so until then everything is unclear as to what will happen. antigua and barbuda, both are beautiful islands and both are reliant on tourism. this will be devastating to both of them. definitely. it is notjust devastating to tourism. it is devastating to tourism. it is devastating because we have not bounce back from the global recession. —— bounced. we still have financial challenges. the debt is in the region of 250,000 us dollars, i would say roughly one third of the annual budget for the government. the significant damage has affected gdp and tourism, as you said. thank you so much. we wish you all the
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best and thank you forjoining us. there is much more coverage of hurricane irma on our website. you can get the latest updates and hear more from those affected and analysis from our correspondents. the united nations has inflicted more restrictions on north korea, but rejected some from america, including a complete oil embargo. it is part of the process. usually there is a harshly worded draft resolution circulated with negotiation going on primarily with the chinese and the russians. then you get a watered—down
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resolution in the end. the primary focus is to get the russians and chinese on board to show unity. in terms of what the material impact for the north koreans will be remains a question. indeed, that is a big question mark, isn't it? vladimir putin has said he believes the population would rather eat grass than get rid of their nuclear arsenal. that's right. the russian assessment, and the chinese do share this view, is that they are so advanced with nuclear and missile development, this triggers further escalation of north korea's development in these areas. there is also the chinese concern of inadvertently triggering the collapse of the north korean regime, signing on to a complete oil embargo would trigger that. and china is also worried about the potential for north koreans to suddenly flood into
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china and all sorts of other measures. so, where do they go next, do you think? well, we saw in ambassador nikki haley's comments that if the sanctions don't work the us will take stronger measures. this seems to allude to the military option. this is something we have all looked at and all heard the cost of. clearly it outweighs the benefits here. but if sanctions don't work, what is left? that is what we are concerned about. when you say that, everyone is concerned about the nuclear threat. let me ask you this, how confident are you that we have accurate information about our knowledge of how north korea's development is going with nuclear? one of the things we have noted closely and consistently is after a successful missile test from north korea, they posed a video and photos on the internet. with that there is a lot of scrutiny of the data and the footage. we the consensus that north korea has passed another
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threshold in terms of development. but in terms of actually combining the two, we are looking at that. we are expecting more testing on ballistic missiles and the nucleoside going forward as well. stay with us and bbc news. still to come. the hottest seat in hawaii. we report from the ring of the world's most active volcano. freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here — of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites, in their rich suburbs. we say to you today, in a loud and a clear voice, enough of blood and tears — enough!
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translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people, caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news. the latest headlines: parts of the caribbean are struggling to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. thousands of people in the british virgin islands have yet to receive any support. myanmar‘s treatment of rohingya muslims is a "textbook example" of ethnic cleansing —
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so says the un, which is calling for an end to what a senior official described as a "cruel military operation." more than 300,000 rohingya have fled to neighbouring bangladesh, where many are now desperate. the bbc‘s reeta chakrabarti is in the port city of cox's bazar, close to the border and filed this report. what is happening in myanmar? looking across from bangladesh, huge clouds of smoke fill the sky. military boats patrol the river border. the army is accused of setting fire to muslim rohingya villages and of planting landmines in the paths of fleeing people. it denies that it is targeting civilians. but we've found evidence to suggest otherwise. this small hospital in cox's bazar has been coping with large numbers of rohingya casualties. in the last week, it's had an influx
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of critically injured people blown up by landmines as they escaped. azizou hak is one of them. he's 15 years old and unlikely to make it to 16. he arrived at the hospital a week ago with his legs destroyed. he suffered a terrible loss of blood but doctors have no more to give him. his brother, in another hospital, suffered the same fate. translation: i can't go back to myanmar, we are not safe. i will beg here in bangladesh and that will be better. i used to pray to allah to give me a son but now my sons are gone. their injuries are so bad, it's as if they are dead. it's better that allah takes them. they're suffering so much. sabikur nahar will pull through,
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although she too has lost both her legs. she fled myanmar because she says the military had been targeting her community. she was crossing the border with her three sons when she trod ona landmine. translation: they had already gone ahead and i was behind them, and that's when the explosion happened. we had been fired on, shot at, and they planted mines. we have escaped to bangladesh because we have nowhere else to go. five—year—old jahura plays with her little brother. she was shot while being carried by her father as the family escaped. the same bullet that hit her killed him. she still cries out for him. she has five other siblings, but in the confusion they were separated. her desperate mother now can't find them. translation: i'm in a terrible situation right now.
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i'm really worried. i haven't got all my children together and i've lost my husband. i've lost my house. where do i go? there's only unhappiness for us. down the road at the larger central hospital, there are more casualties crammed into a ward. people on the floor, people in corridors, every space taken. half of these patients are rohingya muslims. this hospital has been inundated since the crisis started just over two weeks ago, and it is struggling to cope. we need medicines, we need surgical equipment, we need manpower, we need everything. and do you not have these?
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no, no, our government supply is limited. the innocent can't comprehend what's happening to them, but the rohingya people are suffering miserably in this conflict, whatever the myanmar government says. reeta chakra barti, bbc news, bangladesh. donald trump has observed a moment of silence at a white house ceremony marking the 16th anniversary of the september 11 attacks. the silence was held at i2:a6 gmt, the moment the world trade center in new york was struck by the first of two hijacked aeroplanes. the attacks killed nearly 3,000 people. one that day, not only did the world change, but we all changed. —— on that day. our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. but in that hour of darkness we also
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came together with renewed purpose. our differences never looked so small. our common bonds neverfelt so small. our common bonds neverfelt so strong. the sacrifice grounds on which we stand today are a monument to our national unity and to our strength. iraqi authorities are holding more than 1300 foreign family members of suspected islamic state militants at a displaced peoples camp south of mosul. that is according to aid workers. the women and children from at least 13 countries mostly fled the city of talafar when government troops recaptured the group last month. anna solberg, the prime minister of norway, has retained power in the recent election. she is said to be the first conservative lead in three decades to be
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re—elected as prime minister. india has registered an official complaint with australia over an advertisement that features the hindu god ganesha and other religious icons endorsing lamb. the ad was made by a meeting this to a lobby group. the industry high commission says it wants the advert removed. —— indian high commission. in barcelona, hundreds of thousands of catalans took to the streets to show support for an independence referendum. the demonstration was held on catalonia's national day. the pro—independence government plans to hold a referendum on the first of october, defying spain's central government, which deems it illegal. now let's take a look at some dramatic footage from the world's most active volcano in hawaii. new aerial pictures shows streams of lava rolling down a 30—foot cone on mount kilauea. located on hawaii's largest and southeastern—most island, kilauea has erupted continuously from its vent since 1983. sarah corker reports. an early—morning flight over hawaii's lava fields
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and mount kilauea is putting on a show. streams of liquid lava ooze down the mountain at temperatures of up to 1,200 degrees celsius. its path notoriously hard to predict. this prolific volcano produces another lava to cover a 20—mile long road every single day. kilauea is located on the southern shore of hawaii's big island in the pacific ocean. it's part of the hawai'i volcanoes national park, a unesco world heritage site. this particular eruption began in 2016 and this is where its dramaticjourney ends, flowing through a sea cliff and into the ocean. and three years ago, authorities declared a state of emergency as lava from kilauea
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edged towards homes and roads. the hawaiian islands are at the end of a chain of volcanoes that formed more than 70 million years ago, and since 1952, kilauea has erupted 3a times. at its summit is this spectacular lava lake and this image of a huge lava fountain is from 1983. the volcano's been erupting ever since. scientists are unsure if the volcano will continue to erupting for another 100 years or stop tomorrow and millions of people visit every year, drawn to its unpredictable and ever—changing landscape. sarah corker, bbc news. stay with us. we will have the headlines shortly. there is plenty more analysis on hurricane irma and the damage in the caribbean and america on the bbc news website. this is bbc news. good morning.
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as we go through this week, there will be a distinct autumnal flavour to our weather. and in actualfact, it will be rather cool and windy at times. some showers will be heavy, possibly with rumbles thunder. we start not on a bad note. ten or 11 degrees, so a fresh start. five or six in rural spots. a predominantly dry start to the day, maybe even some glimpses of sunshine. a scattering of showers on the west—facing coast, but into the afternoon, cloud, wind, and rain will move into northern ireland and western scotland, in particular. we'll see the first signs of it through the isles of scilly and perhaps the far south of cornwall, but for the bulk of england and wales, in the afternoon, it is dry, sunny, with top temperatures around 15 to 18 degrees. as few isolated showers into north—west england, but the heaviest of the rain will be through northern ireland and western scotland. here, it will feel disappointingly cool for the time of year, at about 12 or 13 degrees. some of that rain will
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start to be quite heavy. northern isles in eastern scotland, you will see some sunshine to end the day. but it's not set to last. for the champions league football taking place in the evening, most of the matches will be dry. the rain will pep up towards the end of the match for man united. so, that area of low pressure moves in. it will take some wet and windy weather. some rain will be heavy, through the early half of the night, and winds will start to strengthen, gusting to gales or severe gales in places. if you're out on the roads, that's worth bearing in mind, and best to stay tuned to a local bbc radio station for updates. gusts of wind along the south coast and across the high ground of scotland. 50—55mph. we really could see an intense spell of gales or severe gales in north wales and north england for a time. that pushes the rain rapidly through and leaves a trail of squally showers for wednesday. some of those heavy, possibly thundery. the showers, cool and disappointing. in the south—east, you'll escape most of the showers
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you'll get some sunshine. 18 degrees the high. not much anywhere change into thursday. these bands of showery rain will slip south. the winds still coming from the north—west, providing a cool source, with some frequent showers, as well. disappointing showers, 13 to 18 degrees across the country on thursday afternoon. as we move out of thursday onto friday, it's mostly repeat performance. again, we have a north—westerly wind and plenty of showers, with highs disappointing. take care. this is bbc news. the latest headlines this hour: parts of the caribbean are struggling to cope in the wake of hurricane irma. an aid operation is underway in the british virgin islands, but many communities have yet to receive any support. in florida, the clean up has started, but millions face weeks without power. the un security council has voted unanimously to impose new sanctions on north korea as punishment for carrying out a nuclear test. the sanctions target pyongyang's ability to fund and fuel its nuclear programme.
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it's the ninth unanimously adopted resolution on north korea since 2006. the bbc has uncovered evidence suggesting the myanmar military is targeting rohingya muslims as they flee violence. 300,000 have crossed the border into bangladesh. many say they were attacked by security forces with guns and landmines. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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