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this is the briefing. i'm sally bundock. our top story — burying the dead of guatemala's volcanic eruption. as the death toll rises, so does the anger against government officials. spain's prime minister unveils his new cabinet. more than 60% of government ministers are women. not so football friendly. how a team of bbcjournalists found themselves under surveillance while visiting a world cup host city in russia. the whole time we have in here, it seems they have been someone following us was at least one car, sometimes three. one of them has been on our tail all day. in business — where will the buck stop? a rising us dollar piles the pressure on emerging economies from india to turkey to argentina also coming up — the latest from the aviation industry's annual gathering in sydney. a warm welcome to the programme,
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briefing you on all you need to know in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. tell us what you think about the stories we are covering or what you are spotting. get in touch — just use the hashtag bbc—the—briefing. hello. opposition politicians in guatemala say the head of the emergency response agency should be sacked for failing to heed advance warnings
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about the deadly eruption of the fuego volcano. funerals have been taking place for some of the 99 people who died. dozens of people are still unaccounted for. volcanologists, monitoring increased activity from fuego, say they warned officials to evacuate the area, but it didn't happen. will grant reports from one of the worst affected areas, los lotes. the tiny community of los lotes stood no chance. flimsy shacks of tin and corrugated iron offered residents no protection when the awesome power of volcan de fuego thundered through their village. everything was buried under the river of lava and ash. homes, livelihoods, loved ones. some are still looking for survivors, but it is an increasingly forlorn task. instead, the desperate search has turned to the morgues. wendy hernandez has lost everyone she held dear, her entire family gathered for her mother's birthday
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was wiped out in minutes. her mother, sister, nephews and what's breaking her heart most of all, her two teenage daughters. translation: alll could hear was screams. i begged her to tell me what was going on. but she did not respond. with each passing day, this disaster isn't easing, but worsening. it is now almost impossible that anyone still searching for lost loved ones will have any success, except perhaps in retrieving their bodies for burial. the emergency services are working around the clock, but barely coping. the president says in this poverty—stricken nation, there isn't a single extra peso available for the relief effort. and amid it all, fuego is still active. a recent alarm prompted fresh panic among local people,
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who fled any way they could. they say in latin america, hope is the last thing you lose. but in guatemala, that hope is fading fast. will grant, bbc news, los lotes, guatemala. dr erik klemetti is a volcanologist and associate professor at denison university in ohio. i asked him what he thought about the accusation that the head of the emergency response service in guatemala had failed to act on the warnings. that is always a tough one. when you're monitoring volcanoes, the signs for a big eruption or smaller eruptions might be very similar. you have earthquakes, you have releases of gases, you have inflation and you have kind of two things you're trying to balance — the timing of the eruption and size, and it is hard to get them both. this was an atypically large eruption for fuego so it would be challenging to say anyone could have
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predicted that it was going to be an eruption that unfolded like this. one of the world's most active volcanoes, kilauea on hawaii, is also still erupting. an ever—creeping wall of lava has engulfed two entire seaside housing developments at the eastern tip of the big island, an area where nearly 280 homes once stood. but despite the almost constant eruptions, hawaii has seen no fatalities. spain's new prime minister has appointed 11 women and 6 men to his cabinet. pedro sanchez announced his choices on wednesday evening. it means females make up more than 60% of the country's ministers. only a handful of countries have governments where at least half of ministers are women, including france and sweden. but as andrew plant reports, it's not european countries that lead the way when it comes to numbers of female politicians. it marks, he said, a turning point
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for spanish society. a nationwide feminist strike in march, a demand for equal pay, equal rights and equal representation. spain's new prime minister pedro sanchez has wasted no time putting gender equality into practice. translation: this government unequivocably committed to equality. spain changed last march, there was a before and after in a country with the feminist mobilisations and this government is a true reflection of that movement. taking over from the ousted mariano rajoy, pedro sanchez announced a cabinet that is more than 60% female. 11 women, including the new deputy prime minister carmen ca lvo. the new deputy prime minister carmen calvo. in may last year, french
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leader and emmanuel macron split his cabinet 50—50 and sweden, likewise, has 12 men and i2 cabinet 50—50 and sweden, likewise, has 12 men and 12 women. but take a look at the top ten countries for 2018 for female politicians around the world. european countries only have two entries. sweden at number eight with 44% of its seats taken by female politicians and think —— and finland at ten. central and south american countries fare much better. cuba with 53% of its politicians female. olivia and neck rug you are all approaching equality. —— bolivia. but rwanda has topped the table for many years. if it —— 61% of its seats held by female politicians. in the uk, by comparison, just 32% of politicians are women. papua new guinea registers no female politicians.
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spain's new parameters that is starting a new era in his party's political equality agenda. around the world, every country still has a long way to go. later in the programme, we will look at how spain is digesting the changes. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news. the leaders of france and canada have reaffirmed their support for strong multilateral trade relations ahead of the g7 summit — trade tariffs and protectionism from the us will inevitably be a main focus of the meeting. canada's justin trudeau, who's hosting emmanuel macron of france ahead of the summit in canada, has said he expects difficult conversations with president trump. paul dacre, editor of britain's daily mail for the past 26 years, has announced he will step down before his 70th birthday in november. he is one of the most influential and controversialfigures in british media, his paper both hugely admired and bitterly reviled.
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he'll leave his day—to—day responsibilities to become chairman and editor—in—chief. thousands of people have marched through the chilean capital, santiago, in protest at sexual harassment and sexist behaviour in universities and schools. students burned a giant papermache stiletto shoe, chanted and beat drums. for the past month, female students have occupied dozens of chilean universities, calling for an end to institutionalised sexism — including harassment by male staff and sexist education. let's turn to our top business story now — the rising us dollar. it has been gaining in strength against currencies around the world — on the prospect of more rises in us interest rates. and that has been piling the pressure on emerging economies from india to turkey to argentina. jonathan charles
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is managing director for communications at the european bank for reconstruction and developmentjoins me now. said it has the implications and emerging economies have had to get used to this. everytime you get a rise in the dollar, you get big implications for rising economies for a lot of reasons. they are hugely dependent on the dollar. hugely dependent on money either coming to them at times of dollar wea kness coming to them at times of dollar weakness in order to search for yields and pulling out and going to the us when there is a chance of earning more in the us. now we have position where the dollar is on the up. probably interest rates, as we know, are the up. money is heading out of emerging markets and into the united states. that is hugely destabilising. you get the big capital flows, hugely destabilising for emerging economies. i will say
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one thing, it is another sign that probably didn't use the good times in emerging economies to mend the roof while the sun was shining. they could have used that period where they were benefiting from a weaker dollar and money going into emerging economies, when they were not paying so economies, when they were not paying so much on dollar—denominated loans, to fix their economies. that didn't happen. these emerging economies need to concentrate on building their own capital market so they are not so dependent. and it's notjust about dollar strength, either, not so dependent. and it's notjust about dollarstrength, either, it not so dependent. and it's notjust about dollar strength, either, it is about dollar strength, either, it is about weakness in other areas and other economies, isn't it? what might happen at the european central bank next. oh we are at a period of volatility. —— —— we are at a period of volatility. they are indicating they will be moving away from bond purchase and they will prop up the economy in that way. that is another turning point. there are quite a few
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pivotal moment and that causes volatility. jonathan will be back for a news briefing later. also, remembering the life and legacy of robert kennedy. a memorial service is held to mark his death 50 years ago. the queen and her husband began their royal progress to westminster. the moment of crowning in accordance with the order of service, by a signal given, the great guns of the tower shall be shot off. tributes have been paid around the world to muhammad ali, who has died at the age of 7a. outspoken but rarely outfought, ali transcended the sport of boxing, of which he was three times world champion. he was a good fighter and he fought
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all the way to the end, even through his illness. yes, he did. uefa imposes an indefinite ban on english clubs playing in europe. today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the beatles‘ lp sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band, a record described as the album of the century. you're watching the briefing. our headlines: funerals have been taking place for some of the 99 people who died after guatemala's fuego volcano erupted. opposition politicians are calling for the head of the emergency response agency to be sacked. spain's prime minister has unveiled his new cabinet —
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more than 60% of government ministers are now women. almost 100 football officials across west africa and kenya have been caught on camera accepting cash in a sting operation. it's part of a two—year long undercover investigation by controversial ghanaian journalist anas aremeyaw anas. bbc africa eye has had exclusive access to the footage for their latest documentary. the bbc‘s peter okwoche reports. this man stuffing cash into a plastic bag is the head of the ghana football association. in the second most powerful man in african football. he has just most powerful man in african football. he hasjust been most powerful man in african football. he has just been given $65,000 shopping money by someone
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posing as a businessman wanting to invest in ghanaian football. except the man is actually an undercover reporter working with anas aremeyaw anas, investigative corruption in african football. it is no doubt the continent's most popular sport, with millions of fans following their favourite teams with passion. but could these revelations be about to destroy their love for the game? dozens of hours of hidden camera footage, seen by the bbc, have ca ptu red footage, seen by the bbc, have captured scenes of over 100 referees and senior officials taking cash before multiple domestic and international football matches, breaking deezer and gfa regulations will stop and it goes all the way to the top. from kenya, he was due to officiate in the world cup when it sta rts officiate in the world cup when it starts next week in russia. here he is accepting $600 from someone posing as an official. this is
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business. getting to know each other. this investigation was carried out by anas aremeyaw anas, one of ghana's by anas aremeyaw anas, one of gha na's best—known investigative journalist. an undercover specialist, he never shows his face. but not everyone agrees with his specialist. charles is a lawyer and says it is entrapment. it is wrong to induce somebody by the enticements of some lucrative, big money, or whatever and turn around and see the person is corrupt. indeed, by law, the giver is as guilty as the receiver. anas rejects the criticism, saying that those who took the money were not forced to do so. took the money were not forced to do so. the bbc contacted both men shown
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in the report. one remains in his position as head of the gfc and says on the privy council and has declined to comment. fifa says the kenyan has informed them that he has resigned from his role as an assistant referee in the upcoming fifa world cup. he denied wrongdoing. while there may be questions about how this investigation was carried out, it has left fans all over the continent wondering just how much football in africa has been tainted. peter okwoche, bbc news. the world cup kicks off in a week's time and hosts russia are keen to prove they're not hostile, just misunderstood. welcome banners are up in cities where games are taking place. including, nizhny novgorod, where england will play panama. but when the bbc visited the city, it saw there's a paranoid part of russia still at play. our team and correspondent sarah rainsford found themselves followed by mystery cars and approached by suspicious strangers wherever they went. there is a striking new landmark on
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the river volga. nizhny novgorod, out of bounds for foreigners in soviet times, is now in a final push to impress visitors for the world cup. inside the very own cremin, so are its politicians. translation: i think the atmosphere is great. and our relations with all countries up very friendly. welcome to nizhny novgorod. but this was the welcome back awaited us. the whole time we have been here in nizhny novgorod, it seems there has been somebody following us, at least one car, sometimes three. i think one of us car, sometimes three. i think one of us has been on our tail the whole day, behind us right now. we realised we had company where ever we went. even to interview players at the
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local football club, excited to be moving from this ground to the football stadium after the world cup. and minutes after we met local opposition activists... there was this. the pair at the door said they had come from state television to interview us, but we haven't told anyone we would be here. this group support president putin's biggest gritty, alexei navalny. in some here tell me that a country that regularly detains political opposition does not deserve to host the world cup. a upset about their position, the position of other countries towards vladimir putin and towards the people with whom he has surrounded himself. you wish the world have stayed awake? yes, definitely, yes. —— away. world have stayed awake? yes, definitely, yes. -- away. outside it seemed the tv crew had vanished at
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first will stop them the women in most. may i ask you some questions? somehow she knew our names. the next day we were followed again, to the flatware a soviet dissident was sent into exile that matter where. the guide said it was to keep him from the foreign press ahead of the 1980 olympics. the kgb kept close watch on him from next door. for decades on, our own watchers looked outside. all this in a country that insists it is not hostile, only misunderstood. russia wants to use this world cup to show its best face to the world. and yet there is another side to live here, and perhaps those visitors won't see it. it is the increasingly paranoid control inside thatis increasingly paranoid control inside that is clearly there behind the
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makeover for the world cup. that is clearly there behind the makeoverfor the world cup. sarah ra i nsfo rd , makeoverfor the world cup. sarah rainsford, bbc news, nizhny novgorod. now it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett. coming up in your thursday sport briefing: the women's semi—finals take to the court at the french open in paris, the men's quarter—finals will have to completed due to rain on wednesday and what to do when you're watching a match and a baseball lands in your beer. it's women's semifinals day at the french open and all eyes will be on world number one simona halep against former champion garbine muguruza. not only is there a spot in the final at stake, but the winner will also leave paris as the new world number one. both players looked in good form in their quarterfinals. halep, who's still yet to win a grand slam, had the toughest of them. she came from behind to beat germany's angelique kerber in three sets. sloane stephens takes on fellow american madison keys in the other semi—final. but rafael nadal, is also
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in action later on thursday. his semifinal with diego schwartzman was suspended because of rain. and the 10—time champion has plenty to do. he's a set down to the argentinian. with just one week to go until the start of golf‘s second major of the year, the us open, all eyes will be on the stjude classic this weekend, as the pga tour heads to tennessee. phil mickelson is one of the big names in the field. the american just needs to win the us open to complete a careergrand slam. he's finished runner—up at the tournament six times. the best way for me to prepare for the us open is to get in contention and to get sharp. get sharp mentally and to get sharp. get sharp mentally and get shop with my game. that is what playing here in memphis does. it isa what playing here in memphis does. it is a golf course where precision is the key factor. it does not beat short of a length, you don't have to go outam short of a length, you don't have to go out am met, that is where i think it really helps benefit my play next
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week —— bomb it. australia's new cricket captain, tim paine, says the team will try to restore the nation's reputation during their forthcoming one day matches in england. in the wake of the sandpaper ball tampering scandal, which saw australian players banned for cheating, the team is promising a change of culture. there is no doubt our reputation as a cricketing nation took a bit of a battering from south africa. that was really difficult for the players to come to terms with what had happened and what we had done, but certainly coming to england now, having some new faces, a new coach, and just being here, getting back into cricket, is a great opportunity for us to move on. that is a look at some of the sports stories. a service of remembrance has been held at arlington national cemetery to mark the assassination of robert kennedy, 50 years ago. family, friends and dignitaries paid tribute to the senator and former us attorney general — shot dead as he campaigned
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for the presidency in 1968. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. it was a moment when a different kind of america seemed possible. robert kennedy had won the california primary and was one step closer to the white house. moments later, he lay mortally wounded on the floor of a hotel kitchen. another kennedy brother killed by an assassin's bullet. 50 years later, his life and legacy were remembered by some who never knew him and some who miss him most. your presence is deeply moving and a tribute to the love that my father inspired. thank you for remembering. it was at arlington, the place where he was buried just a few feet from the grave ofjfk,
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that this service took place. many here, convinced that the words of robert kennedy are more relevant than ever. we can do it all over again but we had to do it the way he did, speaking to everybody, stating the same thing to everybody. this was a service dedicated to a life cut short, a legacy incomplete. but it was also dedicated to the ideas of robert kennedy, what his grandson called his belief in a truer, kinder tomorrow. tim allman, bbc news. business briefing is next. i will see you soon. hello. good morning. this forecast
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may seem a hello. good morning. this forecast may seem a little repetitive. that is because the weather patterns are not changing much of the next few days. it will be difficult to pin down the details of the showers. the chance of a shower or two today, particularly across southern parts of england. many places will be dry with sunshine. here is where the showers are coming from. a lot of rain over the new continent. most of the storms are staying over the new continent. one or two crossing the heading into more southern parts of england. they are hit and miss, the heavy showers, most places will be dry. we will see after some warning mist and fog sun and developing. isolated showers for parts of scotla nd isolated showers for parts of scotland and to the west of northern ireland. difficult averages into the low 20s. always cool it in the north sea coast, especially where the cloud remains across lincolnshire and norfolk. more of that are coming backin and norfolk. more of that are coming back in overnight. showers to the north—west will fade away. the risk of one or two going in the or south
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wales. generally speaking, it will be dry over most places, double—figure temperatures. after a misty and murky start we should see sunny spells developing widely. again we have the risk of some storms, moving northwards into england and wales and the risk of more perhaps brushing the west of northern ireland and the far west of scotland. always first averages around the mid teens also near the east coast, because we have that onshore flow, that is because we have high pressure to the north, lower pressure to the south. it is around at low pressure we are seeing heavy showers and thunderstorms. on saturday, most of them are away towards the new continent. some will wander into england and wales. not quite sure exactly where. most places will be dry with sunshine. maybe some more heavy thundery showers across northern ireland and towards the north—west of scotland. again, temperature typically into the low 20s on saturday. as we head into the second half of the weekend, lower pressure, a flabby area of low
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pressure, heading south, it is a little bit closer. with that weather front we could see some heavy and thundery rain moving across the channel, perhaps running into southern counties of england. to the north, we could see more heavy, thundery, slow—moving showers across scotland, perhaps into northern ireland. a central areas it may be dry. again as differences in temperature. —— those differences. this is business briefing. i'm sally bundock. where will the buck stop? a rising us dollar piles the pressure on emerging economies, from india to turkey to argentina. plus, who needs iran when you have asia? boeing tells us it's flying high, despite the ban on its multi—billion dollar airliner deal with tehran. and on the markets... the global railing is continuing across the board in asia. with the
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us trade deficit shrinking.
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