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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: the wildfire raging in northern california becomes the deadliest in the state's history. it's killed 42 people and hundreds more are still missing. the united nations warns of catastrophic consequences for millions, as the war in yemen intensifies. stan lee, the creative mastermind behind marvel comics, dies at the age of 95. and as part of the bbc‘s beyond fake news season, we take a look at the dangers facing journalists in somalia. it's now known that 42 people have died in the northern california wildfire, which has now become the deadliest in us history.
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more than 200 people are missing. hot, dry winds are still spreading the flames across the state, hampering attempts by thousands of firefighters to get them under control. anotherfire is raging further south, near los angeles, where the flames reached beach resorts, including malibu. two people were killed in that region. the bbc‘s danjohnson reports. they're called the devil winds, and they're doing the devil's work, a hot, dry breeze that carries a wall of flame over these hills, straight through anything in its way. thousands of homes have burnt to the ground, some gone in a matter of minutes. here in malibu, leafy coastal neighbourhoods have been charred to ash. the wind blew across it, and that firestorm started coming down, down the hill here, and we had to run to the ocean. and then itjust blew through here like a tornado. the rich and famous haven't been spared. welcome to my home in malibu.
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this is film star gerard butler, returning home to find there is very little left. this guy right here, tyler, saved the whole block. and on the edge of calabasas, neighbours who ran for their lives were today reunited. he put that tree out right there. tyler and his wife saw homes across the street burning, so he got his family to safety, then stayed to fight back the flames with his garden hose. there was a point when i was standing on the roof saying, "i'm not going to make it out of here", because the fire had surrounded us, and so... you thought you were going to die? oh yeah, 100%. i was looking at a way to get away, and the only way i could have gotten away was to jump off my back roof. it appears that they are starting to get a handle on it, despite the wind... it appears that they're starting to get a handle on it, despite the wind... and today, others were at risk as the winds drove the flames on, taking more ground, threatening more homes. chainsaw they're using every tool they've got.
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there are thousands of firefighters out on the ground, and they've had success here. they've beaten back the flames. but the problem is, new fires keep breaking out. and there's a warning californians may have to learn to live with this. this is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal, and this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next ten to 15, to 20 years. containing the fires is the priority, and counting the lives lost, but the winds have picked up once more. five days in, and the golden state still burns. dan johnson, bbc news, simi valley, california. the united nations is warning of catastrophic consequences as the fighting intensifies in yemen. airstrikes from a saudi led coalition, which is backed by the us and britain, fighting houthi rebels backed by iran, have nearly doubled in the first week of november, compared to the whole of the previous month. now there are fears that the port city of hodeidah, which receives vital aid supplies for millions of people,
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could be entirely destroyed. reports suggest 150 people have been killed there in the past 2a hours, much of the fighting is now in residential neighbourhoods. nawal al—maghafi is in the rebel—held capital, sana'a. pushing towards the city. coalition troops, led by the saudi and emirati forces, are attempting to take the strategic port of hudaydah, which they claim houthi rebels are using to import arms. for three years, the conflict in yemen has been stuck in a painful stalemate. this offensive, which the coalition has called 0peration golden victory, could change the course of the war, but it comes at a heavy cost. a father in despair. he clutches the lifeless body of his three—year—old daughter. "what do i do now?", he cries.
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grief has become routine for the people of yemen. this time, a family killed in a coalition air strike as they sheltered in their home. the un has warned this current offensive could cost up to 250,000 lives. dawn, and the family begins to remove the bodies. the fighting around the city has intensified since the us and uk called for a ceasefire. the houthi rebel leadership say the coalition couldn't maintain this offensive without the support of their main allies in the west. translation: the coalition command room is joint between the saudis, the americans and the british. britain is directly involved in the aggression against the yemeni people. the british and americans deny they are involved in any targeting in yemen, but over 0.5 million people
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have fled since this offensive started. schools like this are no longer places of learning, they're now homes for dozens of families. children's classrooms now turned into makeshift bedrooms. they fear the winter months. the people here rely on the charity of others living nearby to survive. this woman has seven children. along with everyone else here, they face violence and hunger. translation: we are victims here, we face the threat of death at any second. it can be a missile or a warplane. we never know if we will make it until tomorrow. we are only alive because of god's mercy. the battle for hudaydah is having a catastrophic effect on an already—dire humanitarian situation. the saudi—led coalition‘s aim is to strike a strategic,
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symbolic and financial blow to the houthis, but this advantage comes at a heavy cost, and will no doubt leave yemen hungrier, poorer, and still at war. this is one of the last functioning hospitals inside hudaydah. children lie weak, fighting hunger. these pictures were shot three weeks ago. yesterday, the fighting reached the hospital. those who were strong enough fled for safety. for months, aid agencies have been warning that yemen is on the brink of the worst famine in 100 years. every day this offensive continues, that threat looms ever closer. nawal al—maghafi, bbc news, sana'a, yemen. the israeli military has attacked dozens of targets in gaza, including the tv station run by the hamas militant group. three palestinians have been killed. earlier, an israeli specialforces operation in gaza killed seven palestinians and left one israeli soldier dead. palestinians have since fired
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about 300 rockets and mortars over the border, killing an israeli man and injuring 10 others. stan lee, legendary comic book author, one of the creators of the marvel universe, has died aged 95. he dreamed up heroes such as spiderman, hulk, the x—men, the fantastic four and iron man, giving them super powers, but also humanity. the bbc‘s lizo mizimba now reports. # spider—man, spider—man. .. in comics... # does whatever a spider can... in cartoons... in cinema... stan lee's creations have captivated fans for decades. he started in publishing in the 1930s at the company that would eventually evolve into marvel, where he helped create characters ranging from ironman and the x—men to black panther,
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and oversaw the development of many more as part of the marvel universe. i would be writing these stories, along with the artists we'd be working with, and we would all be hoping that somebody would buy the comic books, so that we could keep ourjobs, and pay the rent, and not be thrown out in the streets. but we neverfor a minute could have envisioned anything like what happened to these characters. mr mcgee, don't make me angry. you wouldn't like me when i'm angry. it was inevitable that first tv, then hollywood, would come calling. and stan lee's frequent cameos, a constant on—screen reminder that he was consulted about the direction of the stories, and their often imperfect stars. big man in a suit of armour. take that off, what are you? genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist. echoing their comic book origins,
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they had frequent conflicts, superheroes who fought together as often as they fought each other. stan lee, one of entertainment‘s most important ever figures, was a trailblazer. that is hilarious. he was the first comic book writer to understand that the human behind the mask was much more interesting, much more important than the mask itself. y'know, i guess one person can make a difference. lizo mzimba on stanley. more now from film producer simon hatt. simon, you worked with stan in the guardians of the galaxy movies. what are your favourite memories? my favourite memory is the fact that whenever i've met stan, he never
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remembers me. when i first met him he was 89, i met him many times over the years since then and never once did he remember me. that's a testa m e nt to did he remember me. that's a testament to just, you did he remember me. that's a testament tojust, you know, how many people... he was always out meeting fans, always doing appearances, he really loved to get out there and connect with the people with his stories and characters and whom they have touched, and he was a great man, high—energy, happy to see everyone and he loved to entertain people, even when he was out and about. those cameos he loved to do, i gather he has pre—recorded quite a few so he will still be appearing? i'm unaware of if he had managed to film any before today. i'm unaware of if he had managed to film any before todaylj i'm unaware of if he had managed to film any before today. i know what is well—known is he merely gave it allup, didn't he? is well—known is he merely gave it all up, didn't he? wasn't in his mid— 40s when it looked like it wasn't going anywhere and suddenly
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it did —— nearly. wasn't going anywhere and suddenly it did -- nearly. that may be true. my it did -- nearly. that may be true. my knowledge of stan is just as one of the great creators of all time. characters that have touched people generation after generation. even in your intro video, you had three or four different versions of spiderman. so many different cartoons. i remember in the 90s watching spiderman and then three iterations of cinematic versions over the years, and also i think my dad watched a live action tv show in the 70s that he is particularly fond of. at the time, many of those marvel characters were ground breaking. black panther the first black lead character in a mainstream american movie. he also seems to have been decent, he always saw artists needing to get their due credit? he was a great guy. he was a big family man. he was always... he
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a lwa ys big family man. he was always... he always put family first and he was a lwa ys always put family first and he was always looking out for the artist, as you said. he was a great collaborator. he was always so happy for other artists to take on his characters and take them to new levels and pushed the boundaries on what characters did. levels and pushed the boundaries on what characters didlj levels and pushed the boundaries on what characters did. i know you said not surprisingly things haven't been the same since his wife died last year. had they been together for around 70 years, something like that? yeah. it's funny, first time i met stan i was early to a meeting with him, there was meant to be five oi’ with him, there was meant to be five or six with him, there was meant to be five orsix in with him, there was meant to be five or six in the room but it ended up being me and him for the first ten minutes, obviously i'm a brit and he told me how his wife was from newcastle. i offered my condolences that he would be married to a geordie. they were very much in love and he was very sad when she passed. i think it was within the last year. simon, thank you very much for talking to us. thanks so much. thanks to you for being with us.
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stay with us on bbc news. still to come: find out why these clothes are rubbish, and why that's not necessarily a bad thing. the bombastic establishment outsider donald trump has defied the pollsters to take the keys to the oval office. i feel great about the election results. i voted for him because i genuinely believe that he cares about the country. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display, but on the local campaign headquarters, and the heavy, routine work of their women volunteers. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced round their liberated territory. and with nobody to stop them, it wasn't long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. the palestinian authority has declared a state of mourning. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted
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with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers, who'd long felt only grudgingly accepted among the ranks of clergy, suddenly felt welcomed. this is bbc world news. the latest headlines: the wildfire raging in northern california has become the deadliest in us history. it has killed 42 people, and hundreds more are still missing. the united nations warns of catastrophic consequences for millions, as the war in yemen intensifies. for decades, somalia has been ravaged by civil war. ten of thousands have been killed, millions displaced from their homes. the islamist extremist group al—sha bab has established strongholds in the south and centre of the country, and it is extremely dangerous for journalists trying to cover the conflict. 38 have died in the past few years.
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as part of the bbc‘s season beyond fake news, looking at threats to free and independent media around the world, our africa editor fergal keane reports now from somalia. this is the story of young africans risking everything in the cause of truth, in a place where nearly a0 journalists have been killed in less than a decade, where many are trying to rebuild a broken nation in the face of violence and division, and where honest journalism calls for extreme bravery. fake news here is the same as fake news everywhere — lies masquerading as truth, propaganda being peddled as fact. the big difference, of course, is that fighting that fakery in somalia is the most dangerous job in the world ofjournalism. jamal khashoggi... hussein mohammed has been threatened by al—shabab and government forces.
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he spends much of his time trying to untangle the lies and false claims on social media, going out every day to check his sources. when you have more sources, you have more information. i try to get more different sources when an event is taking place. that is the best way i deal with fake news. getting the facts means facing the horror that can engulf somalia. a year ago, more than 500 people were killed in mogadishu, in the worst terrorist attack in african history. we retrace the journey hussein made that day. i saw many people bleeding. as a journalist, we can't feel what other people feel. even standing here now, it's very, very dangerous. yes. somebody can drive up, there could be a drive—by shooting or a bomb. to live in somalia is always very, very dangerous. we feel many threats, many insecurities, and you know, journalists are always murdered in somalia.
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among the murdered — hindia mohamed, killed in 2015, a mother—of—five. as a woman journalist, she was a particular target of al—shabab. her husband, also a journalist, was killed three years earlier by the organisation. today, her 19—year—old sister takes care of the couple's orphaned children. translation: she was the eldest daughter in our family, and i followed her example. when i graduated, i wanted to work, like her. after she died i thought, "i will be killed like her", so i decided to give up my plans for the future. but farhiya says it is still her ambition to some day become a journalist. across town in a fortified hotel, a protest, demanding state protection for journalists. they have come to meet the information minister. many are young women. it is a striking image of change and defiance in this society.
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listening to the minister's promises of help is the radio presenter hussein. he always says such a speech, and every government official tells you that they are committed to protect you, and you know, every year many journalists are killed in somalia. in the audience, the father of a journalist shot by police. he is still waiting for the state to give him answers. foreign correspondents like me come and go, but hussein and his colleagues will stay here, and they could be killed any time — today, tomorrow, the day after. their courage is quite extraordinary, and i can't stress enough how important it is, not just to the story of this country, but to the story of a changing africa. somalia will always owe a debt to the young men and women who struggled and sometimes
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died here for the truth. fergal keane, bbc news, mogadishu. britain's prime minister has said brexit talks are in the endgame, but that negotiations are immensely difficult. theresa may apparently still hopes to announce a draft agreement with brussels by the end of the month, triggering a special european union summit. this report from our political editor laura kuennsberg. there is flash photography. fanfare trumpets can't drown out the turmoil. the prime minister had hoped by now to clinch her brexit deal. but a pact with brussels isn't ready, and some of her colleagues even believe she should ditch her plan or walk away. at a grand banquet in london tonight, she said she would stand firm. the negotiations for our departure are now in the endgame, and we are working extremely hard through the night to make progress
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on the remaining issues in the withdrawal agreement, which are significant. i will not compromise on what people voted for in the referendum. this will not be an agreement at any cost. and there is no shelter for her in parliament, and maybe not in cabinet either. allies hope she can find full support, but these don't sound like the words of a minister eager to sign up now. the important thing is that there's two checks on this deal — there's cabinet and there's parliament. and so cabinet's job is to put something to parliament that is going to deliver on the referendum result, and we need to work together as a cabinet to do that, and i'm going to be supporting the prime minister to get a good deal for the country. lovely to see you. the brexit secretary is trying to make it work, but they might need more than a cup of tea to stiffen the nerves this week. sources suggest, if the cabinet can't agree in the next couple of days, the government can't stick to its timetable of a deal with the eu this month. leaving behind my cup of tea. they may not want to say it
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publicly, but there are nerves at the top table over whether the uk could be stuck in a relationship with the eu even after brexit, with no way out. the prime minister's trying to get the very, very best deal for britain, and our negotiating team are out in brussels. i wish them, you know, all good luck in making sure that we get absolutely the right deal. but the prime minister's allies believe she has to push on, though we understand there was widespread discontent in the heat of the summer over number ten's preferred proposal struck at her country house, chequers. multiple ministers, remainers as well as brexiteers, calling the proposals worrying. it was and is a very unhappy compromise. but the prime minister and her allies are determined to push on. last week, cabinet agreed they had to try to get a deal this month, and that means signing something of this week. but that seems to be slipping.
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three different cabinet ministers have told me theresa may has to ditch her current proposals, because they simply won't get enough votes in here, in parliament. 0ne told me to continue this way would be to self—harm. another suggested it is time for her to walk away. the government seems to be running into trouble everywhere. labour is trying to make ministers publish their legal advice on brexit and might get enough support from others in a vote tomorrow to force them. of course governments need confidential legal advice, but there are exceptions to that rule, and we're in exceptional circumstances. we have what would be a legally binding treaty, and mps are going to be asked to vote for it. in those circumstances, we need to see the legal advice that sets out the basis upon which our votes are being asked for. cabinet will gather once more tomorrow, but it seems again they will delay rather than decide. there is simply no refuge for theresa may or her government right now. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. the fashion industry is a multibillion—dollar business.
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designers around the world are trying to set new trends and, of course, make money. one man in the russian city of kursk is taking a novel approach, looking for inspiration at the bottom of a bin. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. they call it the rag trade, but this is ridiculous. these clothes are rubbish — quite literally. their designer, artur brazhe, uses disposable material, stuff people throw away, to create his work. presumably after it is all cleaned up, of course. of various kinds. i have no shortage.
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it is called up—cycling — finding recyclable materials and creating something new. not a bad idea in a country where, by some estimates, only 2—3% of domestic waste is recycled. no complaints from those wearing the clothes, either. translation: i think everything is thought through to the last detail. it's really comfortable. you can't say at first glance that it's made from recyclables. it's very comfortable. artur has form when it comes to creating clothes from unusual materials. he previously won awards for a collection made out of newspapers. this is a man who clearly believes trash can be treasure. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. hello.
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many of us started the new week with frequent and heavy showers, and that brought some impressive cloud formations. an excellent example of mammatus cloud here in somerset on monday afternoon. we also saw some sunshine, and when you put sunshine and showers together, well, it's a perfect recipe for rainbows. more showers to come through the early hours of tuesday. they will start to fade away from many southern and eastern areas, and generally become confined to northern england and parts of scotland. a fairly chilly end to the night across the highlands of scotland. and through tuesday morning, there'll still be some showers, particularly for western scotland, north—west england. these will start to fade, and for most it's a mainly dry day. there'll be some spells of sunshine, but cloud will tend to build across northern ireland, the western isles of scotland, ahead of some rain through the evening. it's a breezy if not windy day. these are average wind strengths through the afternoon, but still quite gusty, particularly for western coasts. and temperature—wise, well, 10—14 celsius through tuesday afternoon, still on the mild side
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for the time of year. so through the evening, the rain already in the west will slowly start to push its way eastwards, and that's likely to become heavy for a time across parts of northern ireland, north wales, north—west england and western scotland. some patchy rain for the midlands, but otherwise, for central, southern and eastern england it should stay mainly dry. some clear spells, temperatures here holding up to nine or 10 celsius. in fact, for all it's a mild night, the wettest weather for northern looks like the wettest weather for northern england, scotland and northern ireland, all tied in with this front which is still with us on wednesday. notice that squeeze in the isobars, so once again it becomes windy, particularly for the irish sea coasts. still some outbreaks of rain on wednesday, continuing across northern ireland, although it will start to clear through the day, and it continues across western parts of scotland.
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further east, there will be some spells of sunshine, with some help from the foehn effect. it could well be quite mild here, and eventually that rain will pull away from northern england. further south, across much of england and wales, it stays mainly dry. it is a mild day for all — 13—16 celsius. in fact, 16 celsius we could find across parts of murray and aberdeenshire. and we're all in this warm air as we go through wednesday, pulling it up from the south. this front is still fringing northern and western parts of the uk, so could just still see a little bit of patchy rain at times, but for most it becomes dry. there'll be some spells of sunshine. temperatures above average for the time of year, 1a or 15 celsius. but bear in mind towards the end of the week, although it's looking settled, we could well see some mist and fog, and that could be slow to clear. it'll change for the weekend. it's mainly dry mild, light wind, still clearing some mist and fog. this is bbc news, the headlines: 42 are now known to have died in the deadliest wildfires in us history in california. at least 200 others are missing. hot dry winds are still spreading the flames, and hampering attempts by thousands of firefighters to get
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them under control. there's not been significant rainfall in months. the un is warning of catastrophic consequences as fighting intensifies in yemen. airstrikes from a saudi led coalition, backed by the us and britain, fighting houthi rebels, backed by iran, have nearly doubled in the first week of november compared to the whole of last month. the comic book writer and editor, stan lee, who redefined the superhero genre at marvel comics, has died in los angeles. he was 95. during a prolific career, stan lee co—created a universe of heroes, including spider—man, the incredible hulk, iron man and the x—men. now on bbc news, it's time for hardtalk.
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