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hello and welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. president trump and other world leaders have welcomed the defeat of islamic state in this area. forces claimed victory over the outline group. the final isis fighters had been holed up in the town of baghouz. thousands of people were forced to flee.
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it is the syrian democratic forces who raise their flag over baghouz today — the final sliver of territory recaptured from the islamic state group. undoubtedly a moment of triumph for the local forces who've 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 our allies.
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but 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 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. polls have opened in thailand where voters are casting their ballots in the first general election since the military ousted
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the government of yingluck shinawatra in 2014. nick beake is in bangkok for us. it looks like some people are turning out to vote chris makes good morning from the centre of bangkok. they have been voting for about an hour. people casting their votes. there is a dizzying array of candidates, more than 30 faces for people to contemplate. it is either for the military orfor people to contemplate. it is either for the military or for the smaller parties hoping to form a new government. we had a message from the king urging people to vote for good people and keep out forces he described as bad. lots of people to contemplate as they cast their ballots today. when do you think we will see a result? it is unlikely
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there will be one outright winner. five o'clock local time will get an indication how the various parties have done. but that is only the start of the process because they will be deals behind the scene because of the forming of the government will be extremely complicated. no i—party expected to wina complicated. no i—party expected to win a majority so vying for influence in this election with lots of different things coming through during the weeks of campaigning. for sum it is a case of trying to reduce the grip of the military across the country, doing away with conscription for young people and 7,000,0015t-time conscription for young people and 7,000,001st—time voters in thailand. there has not been an election here for many years. a fascinating election, unpredictable also. hopefully this evening we will get some sort of indication of how the
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parties fare. we will continue to keep you up—to—date with the thailand elections and cover those elections in thailand as they happened. stay with us on bbc news. let's return to our main story. sundus abbas is an activist representing the turkmen minority in iraq, having provided evidence to the european parliament about the violence committed against the group since is rose to power in the region. thank you for your time. first of all, we are hearing a lot about the fall of the islamic state caliphate. is it fall of the islamic state caliphate. isita fall of the islamic state caliphate. is it a moment to celebrate for you? i think this is good news and news
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to celebrate for all people around syria and iraq. as you mentioned earlier, they have suffered a lot alongside from the components of isis. many places, we have lost 100,000 people and 100,000 people have been displaced and many people killed by them and more people ca ptu red killed by them and more people captured and until today there are lots of women and children being ca ptu red lots of women and children being captured by isis and they do not know where they. this news was good for us and it is time for us to celebrate. minorities were really
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targeted by islamic state and there we re targeted by islamic state and there were many atrocities we have heard about. are there fears of an islamic state insurgency) well, we have worries about two things. as you mentioned earlier in your report, after the defeat from syria, we are worried that the member of isis they might mobilise themselves and they might mobilise themselves and they might transfer themselves to iraq and then they can restructure themselves and restart their operation again, especially in the area which is still considered, security wise, still fragile, especially if there is dispute between the coalition government and the iraqi government to control the area which is dominated by toque and iraqi turkmen. the state turkish. most of these areas have been
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populated by the iraqi turkmen. we are worried that these groups, the iraqi government and the kurds, might lead to the reconstruction and start the operation again in this area and other iraqis like the easy these and others. —— yazzie the. what is the solution here? prosecuting people, does the government have a role to try and bring people together rather than exacerbate sectarian differences? the iraqi government have so many challenges and one of them is they should control their border, this is the first thing. they should
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eliminate some of the iraqi components and to keep security in the area. iraqi turkmen live in the area, and in this area they could control their land but, u nfortu nately control their land but, unfortunately iraqi turkmen have been eliminated from the military forces, decision—making places. the government should think about this and they should put national interests above anything else. if they keep doing that, and they keep leading this area, mostly dominated by the iraqi turkmen, is it to be targeted by groups and it will take longer to be resolved until they think the leaders of iraqi think
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they should make everyone involved in keeping security in this area and to keep the border secure then we can see a more stable iraqi and we can see a more stable iraqi and we can look forward to the resolve of issues as well. many challenges despite the fall of the is caliphate. thank you for your time. 0rganisers of a march in london to demand another eu referendum claim more than a million people turned out. a petition calling for brexit to be stopped has now been signed by approaching 5 million people, making it the most popular ever submitted to the parliament website. it's believed theresa may is coming under increasing pressure to announce her resignation. 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
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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 so far brexit has caused political parties to splinter. and some say it will only deepen divisions. some people worry it would be divisive? and it is not now? they did not know what brexit would look like and are now we should make an informed decision. people should voice their latest views. you accept other options? i think anything is better than the current options of no deal or theresa may's deal. solidarity from scotland. the smp and most
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opposition leaders have publicly pledged support for a new referendum. jeremy corbyn is not here but labour leadership say it is a notion they would vote for. there are also caveats from other leaders. i will help you get it over the line to prevent a disastrous no deal but ican to prevent a disastrous no deal but i can only vote for ideal if you let the people vote on it also. theresa may is not yet confident enough to guarantee that she will bring her deal back to parliament for a further vote next week. campaigners here hope that will give them an opportunity to push the case for a
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new referendum. the decision will not be taken by thousands of people on the streets, it will be taken by fewer than 650 mps and, so far, they have resisted all calls for a public vote. mps are likely to discuss alternatives, somewhat closer relationship with eu like norway, others of free trade agreement like canada's and some say no deal could still be the best option. but these campaigners have been accused by long—standing leave supporters of trying to stop brexit altogether. this much pretends to be in favour ofa this much pretends to be in favour of a second referendum but this is a much to try and stop brexit, to reverse the decision the majority talk in 2016. parliament is still in deadlock and it is still not clear how or when that uk will leave the eu. campaigners hope politicians can still be persuaded to give the decision back to the people. iain watson, bbc news, westminster. well, if the protests outside parliament weren't bad enough for theresa may, she'll find little comfort from the battles within her own cabinet. most of the sunday papers
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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. we spoke to nigel nelson who is the political editor of the uk newspaper, the sunday mirror, and asked him what he made of the headlines about the prime minister. it's now not a question of if theresa may goes, but when. there was a material change in the house of commons this week. we've known she has been in different crises before and she somehow escaped out of them. this week felt completely different,
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all down to the fact that her tv address 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 lidington, her de facto deputy, could be installed as an interim prime minister. then there will be an awful lot ofjockeying in the cabinet. david lidington would have to accept he would never be leader, he would just stand in, and the others would stand aside, get over this emergency part of brexit, and do a proper leadership election in the summer. 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
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is the mps 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. will then happen is 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. let's bring you some breaking news coming out of indonesia. a 5.8—magnitude earthquake has struck the indonesian island of sulawesi. the us geological survey said the quake was located 125 kilometres south—east of the city of palu. indonesia does has a little bit of an issue with earthquakes. last year, an earthquake and tsunami killed more than 2,000 people
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on the island. a5 .8 earthquake, magnitude earthquake there, —— a 5.8. we will cluster a ny earthquake there, —— a 5.8. we will cluster any news coming out of the including any injuries. ——we will bring you any news. this is bbc news. the headlines: votings under way in thailand in the first general election to be held since a military coup in 2014. there've been celebrations across syria after the so—called islamic state group was defeated in its last stranglehold, baghouz. the kurdish—led syrian democratic forces, which is backed by the us, raised their flag above buildings seized from is fighters. an operation to rescue over 1,000 people from a cruise ship in trouble off south—west norway is set to continue through the night. more than 200 passengers
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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 1,300 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 rescu e 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. with winds gusting at 38 knots and 20—foot waves smashing into the hull of the ship. for passengers still on board, rescue could not come soon enough. below deck, hundreds more passengers in life vests were waiting their turn.
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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 with a sling, the two of us together. 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. in the united states, it's being reported the attorney—general will not release any details of the mueller report before sunday. special counsel robert mueller
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submitted his long—awaited report into alleged collusion between russia and donald trump's presidential campaign on friday after a 2—year inquiry. republicans claim it vindicates president trump. 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 seemed to have improved considerably. it's 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's always claimed. there was no collusion, there was no obstruction, everybody knows it. and everybody knows it's 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!
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of among others, the president's former campaign 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. 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
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probe is at an end, other investigations are still taking place and democrats are determined to push their own inquiries here at congress. chris buckler, bbc news, washington. an investigation is underway following another attack on a mosque in birmingham. police are examining cctv footage after criminal damage was caused to a window of the building in the balsall heath area. detectives don't believe the incident is linked to five other attacks on mosques in the city. luke hanrahan reports. in the early hours of this morning, yet another attack on a birmingham mosque, a window smashed, part of a hammer left behind. hassan, who didn't want his face shown on camera, lives inside the building, clearly shaken by the ordeal. my mum woke me up and she said that the window's been smashed. it could have been a lot worse, like, they could have thrown something and lighted a fire and run off.
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for the muslim community here in balsall heath, an unpleasant reminder of increasing islamophobia and hatred on the streets of birmingham. the behaviour, it's wrong, it shouldn't happen and the hatred they have in their hearts, it's not right. it is just two days since the witton islamic centre had its windows smashed in. we've never seen anything of this scale before. one of five mosques to be vandalised on thursday. jawad khan is chairman of the birmingham council of mosques and says it's frightened people. we've seen in friday prayers that there was less numbers, and it's more the younger, inbetween sort of ages, that attend, that are capable. but the vulnerable stay at home, they gave this week a miss, especially the friday prayer. a man who was arrested yesterday in connection with thursday's attacks has been detained under the mental health act. meanwhile, this afternoon in central birmingham... we will never allow this racism to be normalised in society.
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..people gathered to show solidarity to stand up to racism. a russian man has been arrested in bali, accused of trying to smuggle a young orangutan out of indonesia. the 2—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. safe in the arms of a safari park vet, this 2—year—old male orangutan has had quite an ordeal. on friday night, to the surprise of security at bali's denpasar airport, he showed up on the x—ray machine as they checked passengers luggage. translation: last night, when we found him still sleeping, we did not know if he had been anaesthetised or given sleeping pills. but finally, we found some sleeping pills. security officials stopped and detained 27—year—old russian national andrei zhestkov, who was flying home to russia. he told officials the animal
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was a gift from a friend who had bought him at a java market for $3,000, and convinced him it was ok to take the ape home to russia and keep as a pet. but orangutans are a protected species, and mr zhestkov could now face up to five years in prison and a $7,000 fine if he is convicted, although the exact charges he is facing are still unclear. two live geckos and five lizards were also allegedly found in his luggage. illegal wildlife trade is rampant in indonesia despite efforts to crack down on smugglers. for now, this young orangutan is safe. translation: we will continue his treatment here at the safari park until he finishes at the quarantine facility. whether he's ever released into the wild will be up to indonesia's conservation agency. tiffany wertheimer, bbc news. let's remind you of our breaking
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news. a5 .8 magnitude earthquake striking an indonesian island. we will keep across that as that develops and let you more as we hear from it. —— a 5.8. the weather now with stav danaos. hello there. this weekend isn't looking too bad pretty much for all of us, but for scotland it will be quite showery and even windy, as we head through sunday. now, the wet and windy weather across the north is attributed to this deep low—pressure system, which is skirting to the north of scotland. and on its southern flank, we are seeing those gales. so the winds continuing to pick up during the early hours of sunday. lots of showers, some of them merging together, lots of showers, some of them merging together to produce longer spells of rain. yes, there will be some wintriness over the high ground too. but the further south that you are, closer to the area of high pressure, lighter winds and clearer skies. so it's going to be a chilly start to sunday. temperatures in low single figures for many. and out of town, across central northern areas, there will in fact be a touch of frost in places. so, sunday will be a chilly start, but many places starting dry and bright, plenty of sunshine.
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but there will be showers from the word go, windy conditions across scotland. some of these showers pushing their way southwards. but i think through the afternoon, the showers becoming a bit more scattered, so there should be some sunshine inbetween. but it will be very windy, with gales and quite chilly, 6 or 7 degrees across the far north. a few showers pushing into northern ireland and into northern england. but south of here, it's actually a glorious afternoon. more sunshine than what we had on saturday. same too for the channel islands, temperatures ranging between 12 and 1a celsius. now, as we head on into next week, this area of high pressure really exerts its force across the uk. slap bang on top of it, in fact. a few weather systems trying to skirt around it, may affect northern scotland at times, a little bit of rain. but for most places throughout next week, it's going to be largely dry with variable cloud and some sunshine. we could see quite a bit of sunshine in places. but nights will be chilly. also with this area of high pressure, as it moves a little bit further eastwards,
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it —— it will start to scoop up some milder weather and brings towards our shore and that will be quite noticeable across southern and eastern parts of the country later in the week. for monday, this is the picture, again, it's another chilly start. we should have plenty of sunshine around. a bit of cloud just toppling around the area of high pressure, into the north and the west of scotland. perhaps a spot of rain or two on western hills. those temperatures reaching double figures across the north. a little bit milder for scotland, on monday, closer to 12—13 degrees across southern parts of the country. into tuesday, it's a similar picture. plenty of sunshine around after a fairly cool start. could see a little bit of cloud just bubbling up into the afternoon, but it should be fair—weather cloud. and this weather front may bring a little bit of rain, more of a breeze to the far north of scotland. those temperatures creeping up across the south — 13, maybe 1a celsius. and, in fact, as we end the week, it looks like it could turn very mild again across southern and eastern areas. you could be looking at the high teens celsius. but nights will continue to be cool with a bit of mist and fog.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: in thailand, voting is under way in the country's general election. it's the first since a military coup in 2014. more than 1,000 passengers are being airlifted from a cruise ship off the coast of norway. the mv viking sky suffered engine problems. five helicopters are involved in the rescue, which is being hampered by bad weather and waves of more than 10 metres high. hundreds of thousands of people have marched through central london, demanding that the uk holds another vote on its membership of the european union. there've been celebrations across syria after the so—called
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islamic state group was defeated in its last stranglehold, baghouz. the kurdish—led syrian democratic forces, which is backed by the us, raised their flag above buildings seized from is fighters. now on bbc news, dateline london. hello and welcome to dateline london, the programme which brings together some of the uk's leading commentators with the foreign correspondents who file their stories for the folks back home under the dateline, london. this week, theresa may puts herself on the people's side against parliament, but where does that leave brexit?


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