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this is bbc news. the headlines: us—backed forces in syria have announced a final territorial win over so called islamic state, raising their yellow flag over this is bbc news. baghouz. the kurdish—led syrian our top stories: democratic forces called for their administration president trump hails in the region to be recognised. the defeat of the so—called islamic state caliphate, more than a thousand passengers but warns the us will remain are being airlifted from a cruise vigilant. ship off the coast of norway. the mv viking suffered engine problems. five helicopters are involved in the rescue, well, there have been parades and which is being hampered by bad weather and waves of more than ten metres high. cavalcade is in towns and cities up and down this region of the news. hundreds of thousands of people have marched through central london, demanding that the uk holds another but it has all come at a huge cost vote on its membership to people here. of the european union. a cruise ship with more it comes days after the brexit date was pushed back than a thousand passengers on board as the british government struggles is caught in a storm off the coast of norway. there's chaos on board the boat, as it's battered by ten meter waves — an evacuation is under way. to agree on the way forward. hundreds of thousands of demonstrators rally in london, demanding another brexit referendum.
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washington waits — the us attorney general‘s preparing his conclusions over robert mueller‘s investigation into alleged links between russia and the trump campaign. hello and welcome to bbc news. president trump and other world leaders, have welcomed the defeat of the so—called islamic state caliphate in syria. after weeks of brutal fighting, kurdish—led forces claimed victory over the hardline group. the final isis fighters had been holed up in the town of baghouz. syrian democratic forces had besieged the town for weeks while planes conducted airstrikes. thousands of people were forced to flee. aleem maqbool sent this report from northeastern syria. it is the syrian democratic forces
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who raise their flag over baghuz today — the final slither of territory recaptured from the islamic state group. undoubtedly a moment of triumph for the local forces who have sacrificed so much in the fight. "we are gathered here, sons of this great country," says kino gabriel from the sdf, "to confirm our total victory over the islamic state group and their fall." but throughout, while marking the significance of the achievement, have been the voices of caution. we still have much work to do for an enduring defeat of isis. we have been clear that the campaign is not over. isis or daesh remains a significant threat in the region. the united states, our partners, and
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oui’ the united states, our partners, and our allies. the land has been won back after a major offensive earlier this week with syrian forces advancing on the ground backed by air strikes from the us—led coalition. in the end, this is what the so—called caliphate was reduced to. un—used suicide vests, crumpled flags, and the squalid remains of a pitiful camp. well, there have been parades and cavalcade is in towns and cities up and down this region on the news. but it has all come at a huge cost to people here. and while they celebrate now, they also recognise that just because celebrate now, they also recognise thatjust because the territory has been taken back from the islamic state group, that doesn't mean the fight is over. aleem maqbool, bbc news, in qamishli in northern syria. an operation to rescue over a thousand people from a cruise ship
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in trouble off southwest norway is set to continue through the night. more than a hundred passengers have so far been airlifted to safety by helicopters in high winds. the viking sky sent out a distress call after suffering engine failure on a notorious stretch of coast. daniel mckerrel has more. off the coast of norway, the viking sky, a cruise liner with 1300 people on board, began drifting towards rocks after engine failure. with the storm raging, the crew sent out a distress signal and managed to steer the ship to an anchorage two kilometres from shore. two rescue vessels were forced to turn back by the severe weather conditions. so in their place, a team of helicopters have been airlifting passengers to safety, hoisting them one by one from the deck. with winds gusting at 38 knots and 20 foot waves smashing into the whole of the ship. for passengers still on board, rescue could not come soon enough. below deck, hundreds more
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passengers in life vests were waiting their turn. translation: they have started to evacuate. there are hundreds of people on board. both passengers and crew. they are being flown to hustad on the mainland, about two kilometres from the ship. rescuers say eight people have been treated for minor injuries but no one is thought to be seriously hurt. very frightening. we went up on a helicopter to with a sling for two hours together. it was very scary. the viking sky remains at anchor along a stretch of coast known for shallow waters and dangerous reefs. with the majority of its passengers still trapped on board, the rescue effort will continue into the night and, unfortunately, so will the storm. daniel mckerrel, bbc news. joining us now isjohn green — from a global seafarers charity called apostleship of the sea — an organisation which often deals with these types of
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emergency situations. thank you forjoining us. what are the challenges that this team is facing right now in order to carry out this rescue operation?” facing right now in order to carry out this rescue operation? i think there's two things, one is the very bad weather is going to be very difficult to make the evacuation proceed, but also, as we have seen in other cases, the effectiveness and the hard work of the crew is going to be vital in making sure that this evacuation operation is a success. that this evacuation operation is a success. and i am assuming that the sheer volume of people on board is also a huge challenge. yeah. there are also a huge challenge. yeah. there a re often also a huge challenge. yeah. there are often many more passengers on board than crew on a cruise ship. the crew will have been trained. although training can never quite prepare you for such an eventuality as this stop i don't know that you are keeping across reports, what are you hearing? there is a mixture
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between what we are hearing from the media, where it seems to be the ship is under control, but there is understandably a lot of concern from relatives and family that we are seeing on social media, picking up misinformation, and that is difficult at the moment. it will be a challenge for the company to manage the media on that. the boat that capsized back in 2012, the crew did an outstanding job. one of our apostleship of the sea chris chapman ‘s aboard that vessel. they witnessed the fact that the hard work and training of the crew made a huge difference in very stressful circumstances. indeed. we do know that some people have been rescued. is there any indication as to how they are? i haven't seen anything so far. i know the local authorities are trying to accommodate them and
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they have got some facilities and a sports all. i think what this incident illustrates, really, because of the number of people on board a cruise ship and the fact that they are from america and england puts it straight into the news. but each year there's about 100 large ships, cruise ships, other types of vessels, that go down each year. there's other maritime catastrophes and accidents and incidents and they don't feature on the news so much. so this really, i think, is an opportunity for us to bearin think, is an opportunity for us to bear in mindjust think, is an opportunity for us to bear in mind just how dangerous the sea is, even with advances in technology, the sea and bad weather is something to reckon with. john green, thank you for your time. thank you. 0rganisers of a march in london to demand another eu referendum claim more than a million people turned out. it comes after eu leaders in brussels agreed to delay brexit, and theresa may wrote to mps,
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hinting she may abandon her plan to put her brexit deal to a third vote in the house of commons. 0ur political correspondent iain watson reports. brexit is at a crossroads. no support yet for theresa may's deal but no agreed alternative. the organisers claim that a million people took to london's streets to call for a new referendum. the people's vote campaign says this will bring the country together but their opponents believe it will only deepen divisions. i think the government needs to listen and give people a chance to vote now they know what is actually happening. some people are worried it will be very divisive given the state of the country? and it is not now? what, divide the country? no, she's stuck, it has to be done. we want to have a referendum so people can voice their latest view. would you accept other options, a softer brexit, some people call it? i think anything is better
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than the current option of either theresa's deal or no deal. i bring with me today solidarity from scotland. the snp and most opposition leaders at westminster had publicly pledged support for a new referendum. jeremy corbyn isn't here, but has said it's an option the labour leadership will vote for in parliament. and the party's deputy leader said he could back theresa may's deal but with a rather large and important caveat. i will help you get it over the line to prevent a disastrous no—deal brexit. booing. but i can only vote for a deal if you let the people vote on it too. theresa may isn't yet confident enough to guarantee that she'll bring her deal back to parliament for a further vote next week. and campaigners here hope that will give them an opportunity to push their case for a new referendum.
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but that decision won't be taken by thousands of people on the streets. it'll be taken by fewer than 650 mps and so far, they've resisted all calls for a public vote. mps are likely to discuss alternatives to theresa may's deal next week. some want a closer relationship with the european union — similar to norway. 0thers back a more distant free trade agreement like canada's, and some say no deal could still be the best option. but these campaigners are being accused by long—standing leave supporters of trying to stop brexit altogether. this march pretends to be in favour of a second referendum but that is only a means to an end. this is a march to try and stop brexit, to reverse the decision the majority took in 2016. politicians haven't exactly been in harmony over brexit. amid deadlock, campaigners are still hoping the government might change its tune on a public vote. iain watson, bbc news, westminster.
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well, if theresa may wasn't aware of the protestors outside parliament today then she'll take little comfort from the battles within her own cabinet. most of the sunday papers are speculating about her future the prime minister is pictured alongside her deputy — david lidington on the front of the sunday times. it reports senior ministers say may's days are numbered and he is named as an option to replace her. the mail on sunday says that ministers are plotting to install environment secretary michael gove in number 10 to save brexit. and that is echoed by the sunday telegraph, which warns the cabinet must step up to oust may in order to rescue brexit. with me is nigel nelson, political editor of the uk newspaper the sunday mirror. thank you forjoining us. what you make of these headlines? it is now not a question of if theresa may goes, but when. there was a material
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change in the house of commons this week. we have known she has been in different crises before and she somehow escaped out of them. this week felt completely different, all down to the fact that her tv address to the nation on wednesday went so com pletely to the nation on wednesday went so completely wrong. so it's no surprise that tomorrow's papers will be filled with the speculation about her going and how she will go. so the idea being she will go as soon as this coming week. david livingstone, hirdy facto deputy, could be installed as an interim prime minister —— per de facto. then there could be jockeying prime minister —— per de facto. then there could bejockeying between prime minister —— per de facto. then there could be jockeying between the cabinet. david livingstone would have to accept it would never be leader, he would just stand in, and the others would stand aside, get over this emergency part of brexit, and doa over this emergency part of brexit, and do a proper leadership election in the summer. it is a change of leadership enough to get this deal
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past the line? duinker theresa may's deal past alive. ——it won't get. if by some miracle, and it would be a miracle, she was able to get her deal through parliament this coming week, she would fulfil the conditions set down to her by the eu and she would be all right, she would be saved. but she won't. so what is going to happen is the mps will seize control of exit on monday. 0n will seize control of exit on monday. on wednesday, when they have actually got the day to themselves, the government can't intervene at all, mps have got parliament, will then happen as a series of indicative votes. in the event that they can come up with a solution by naming, this is mps we're talking about, if they could we have some way forward for brexit, but not with mrs may. we await another unpredictable week of british politics. thank you very much, nigel. let's get some of
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the day's other news. an attack on the fulani ethnic group in central mali has left more than a hundred people dead — one of the worst such assaults in recent years. local officials say armed men dressed as traditional donzo hunters surrounded the village of 0gossagou in mopti region before attacking people in their homes. there have been at least two explosions in the somali capital mogadishu. eyewitnesses say gunmen entered a building housing two government ministries and exchanged fire with somali security forces. it is not yet clear how many people were killed but officials say policemen were amongst the victims. the jihadist group al shabab said it carried out the attack. one of israel's most renowned former intelligence agents, rafi eitan, has died in tel aviv at the age of 92. he was best known for leading an operation, in 1960, to snatch the fugitive nazi, adolf eichmann, from argentina and smuggle him to israel. eichmann was put on trial for his
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role in the holocaust and executed. stay with us: a journey from hell for this young orangutan rescued on his way to bali. let there be no more war or bloodshed between arabs and israelis. very good. applause so proud of both of you. applause with great regret, the committeee have decided that south africa should be excluded from the 1970 competition. chants
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streaking across the sky, the white—hot wreckage from mir drew gasps from onlookers on fiji. onlooker: wow! this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president trump hails the defeat of the so—called islamic state caliphate, but warns the us will remain vigilant. earlier, i wasjoined by chris doyle, commentator on the middle east and international politics and director of the council for arab—british understanding. i asked him if this is the end of so—called islamic state. although donald trump has been keen politically to say it has been 100%
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defeated, senior heads are saying, it is all very well, and it is an important moment and isis has lost territory. it used to run a territory. it used to run a territory the size of britain, a third of syria and iraq. but it remains a potent threat. it has resources and can be a disruptive influence in syria and iraq but also it has fighters retained in europe and here. the other thing that really trou bles and here. the other thing that really troubles me is that all the conditions to breed this sort of extremism are still very much are they. you look at iraq and syria and you see they. you look at iraq and syria and you see a they. you look at iraq and syria and you see a lot of people are now living in decimated cities, they actually do not see the coalition against isis, the 17 nation coalition, as necessarily being on their side. 80% of the city of raqqa
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was destroyed. the city of mysore. it would be easier to rebuild them in some other location. —— mosul. so it is hard to think those planes up above were on their side. added to that, donald trump, he was announcing that us forces were going to leave and leave them vulnerable and also, within a conflict between turkish forces on the one hand, the syrian regime and, of course the kurds, who performed the lame shed of those forces fighting isis in syria. you touched on the demographics. there is a $25 million bounty on big daddy. he has not been
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seen for a long time. -- the ice leader. there is no proof he has been caught in the strikes. he has gone to ground. it is a part of what isis will build to demonstrate that it has lasted longer than the entirety of the first world war. even in the banks on the euphrates that lasted for two months and as a leader has not been caught, apprehended or killed. this will in some way reinforce the great myth of isis and the belief that perhaps it might return amongst those who sadly still buy into that ideology. there are calls for the full publication of the report into alleged collusion between russia and donald trump's presidential campaign. special counsel robert mueller submitted his long—awaited report on friday after a two year inquiry.
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the us attorney general, william barr, is examining it, and considering whether to release the main findings to congress this weekend. here's our north america correspondent chris buckler. for months, the special counsel robert mueller has been investigating the election of a president to the fury of donald trump. but, as he made his way to the golf course today, mr trump's mood seems to have improved considerably. it is now known that robert mueller has not recommended any further indictments and the president's supporters seem to be celebrating and taking that as backing for what he has always claimed. there was no collusion, no obstruction, everybody knows it. everybody knows it is a hoax, it's one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated on this country. during the 22 months of robert mueller‘s investigation, there were prosecutions and convictions. traitor, traitor. of among others, the president's former campaign
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chairman paul manafort, the former national security adviser michael flynn, and mr trump's one—time personal lawyer, michael cohen. but none of those cases directly address the key questions of whether the president tried to obstructjustice and whether russia colluded with the trump campaign in the 2016 election. i don't know what's in the report, nobody does. democrats already have their eyes on 2020 and those out campaigning to become mr trump's opponents in next year's presidential election, have a new rallying cry. that report needs to be made public. cheering and applause. the american people have a right and a need to know. the decision about what is released rests in the hands of this man, the us attorney general. bill barr went to work this morning with the intention of publishing the main findings of the report before the end of the weekend. but while the special counsel's probe is at an end,
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other investigations are still taking place and democrats are determined to push their own inquiries here at congress. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. 0ver over 40,000 demonstrators have taken to the street for gilets jaunes. they were considerably less violence with military units deployed to backup police. the movement which started to appeal a petrol tax has moved to a wider arena for political and social grievances. a russian man has been arrested in bali, accused of trying to smuggle a young orangutan out of indonesia. the two—year—old ape was allegedly found drugged inside a basket, along with two live geckos and five lizards in other bags. tiffany wertheimer has the story. save in the arms of a safari park that, this two—year—old male
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orangutan has had quite an ordeal. 0n orangutan has had quite an ordeal. on friday night, to the surprise of security at temper so airport, he showed up on security machines. translation: last night, when we found him still sleeping, we did not know if he had been anaesthetised or sleeping. finally we found sleeping pills. they stopped and detained andrei zhestkov, he was flying home to russia. he told officials of the animal was a gift from a friend. his friend convinced him it was ok to ta ke friend convinced him it was ok to take him to russia and keep him as a pet but the orangutan is a protected species and andrei zhestkov could now face five years in prison and a fine. the exact charges he is facing is still unclear. to live geckos and five lizards were also found in his
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luggage. a legal animal smuggling is huge. translation: we will continue his treatment until he finishes at the quarantine facility. whether he's ever released into the wild will be up to indonesian conservation agencies. tiffany wertheimer, bbc news. a reminder of the news coming out from norway. rescuers are working through the night to a left 1300 people from a cruise ship in prophecy. more than 100 people have been rescued via helicopter. the viking sky it is being hit by eight metre waves. the crew of a freight ship in trouble nearby also had to
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be rescued. it is a story we are watching closely and we will bring you watching closely and we will bring you more as watching closely and we will bring you more as it comes to us. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ krupa padhy bbc this weekend is not looking too bad for all of us but for scotland shari and wendy. the wet and windy weather in the north attributed to the low pressure to the north of scotland. we are seeing those scales and went picking up during the early hours of sunday. lots of showers. some merging together. there will be some winter nurse over the low ground. the further south you are, lighter winds and clear skies. a chilly start to sunday. temperatures and low single figures for many. northern areas, a touch of frost in
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places. sunday a chilly start but many places starting dry and bright with plenty of sunshine. showers from the word go across scotland, some pushing their way southwards but through the afternoon, the showers becoming more scattered and sunshine between. quite chilly, 6—7d across the far north. showers into northern ireland and northern england. south of here, a glorious afternoon. temperatures between 12 and 14 celsius. into next week, this area of high pressure exerts its force across the uk. a few weather systems trying to skate around it may affect northern scotland at times with a little bit of rain but for most places, it will be largely drive throughout next week. a bit of sunshine in places. nights will be chilly. as the area of high—pressure moves eastwards, it sweeps up some
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milder and brings it towards our shore and noticeable in eastern parts of the country. another chilly start for monday. plenty of sunshine around. a bit of cloud to the north and west of scotland. perhaps a spot of rain. temperatures reaching double figures across the north. 13 degrees across the southern part of the country. plenty of sunshine around after a cool start. cloud bubbling up but should be fairweather cloud into the afternoon. those temperatures are creeping up across the south. and in fa ct, creeping up across the south. and in fact, as we enter the week, it looks like it could turn very mild again across southern and eastern areas. nights will continue to be cool with a bit of mist and fog.
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