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this is bbc world news today. i'm nancy kacungira. brazil's former president luiz inaio lula da silva walks free from prison. a crowd ofjubilant supporters met the former president as he leftjail in the past half hour — despite being convicted on corruption charges, with a judge striking down a rule involving prisoners on appeal. this is the scene in the southern city of curitiba, where lula is currently addressing supporters. and we continue to follow that developing story. bushfires in australia — a record number of serious blazes sweep the east of the country. firefighters say it's an unprecedented emergency. michael bloomberg's possible
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bid for the white house prompts a stinging response from the president. donald trump says there's no—one he'd rather run against. he doesn't have the magic to do well. little michael will fail. police in britain confirm the identity of all 39 people found dead in a lorry — among them, two 15—year—old boys. hello and welcome to world news today. in the last few minutes, the former brazilian president, luiz inacio lula da silva, has been released from prison. it comes after brazil's supreme court voted to end a rule requiring convicted prisoners to go to jail after losing their first appeal. supporters of the former president have gathered outside the prison
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where he was being held in the southern city of curitiba. these in the southern city of curitiba. are life pictures fro many these are life pictures from there. many of those supporters have been there for a large part of the day, just waiting for his release. let's speak to our correspondent in sao paulo, katy watson. though. just tell us more about the reaction to this release. certainly lula's supporters have wanted this to happen for a very long time, from the beginning. his aborted happiness isa the beginning. his aborted happiness is a political witch just moments before he walked out of prison, people were chanting. there is no proof, there is no crime, and that is the chance that people have been using since he was imprisoned and before that, when he went to trial. this will seem like a vindication for thousands, millions of his supporters. he still isn't usually popular figure supporters. he still isn't usually popularfigure in supporters. he still isn't usually popular figure in brazilian supporters. he still isn't usually popularfigure in brazilian politics and what will be using now is, we
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have seen him talking, addressing his supporters outside, thinking people, how big of a role he will be playing in politics while he is out. but of course, this does not mean he is out forever. it is until he has exhausted all his appeals for the current case that he was sentenced for. it is not forever necessarily but certainly, he will have a stronger voice in brazil while he remains free. and the scenes outside that visit now, certainly looking like a victory, but as you say, nothing has actually been overturned here. he still convicted. do you think his supporters have a sense of that? i think, for them, think his supporters have a sense of that? ithink, for them, and think his supporters have a sense of that? i think, for them, and the fa ct that? i think, for them, and the fact is he is out of prison and he is... the ruling that took place on thursday evening was overturning a ruling that meant that, during an appeal process, people would have to, convicts, spend time in prison. and that was overturned because it was against the constitution. that,
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actually, you're innocent until proven guilty. people see this as, you know, the moment he is innocent, he is still has more appeals he can exhaust. their silly process to go through. for his supporters, this is a win. the fact is, he's got several cases against him for corruption, he is still going through this case and you still got some difference steps that he can go through, but this is a man who device brazil. he is seen asa a man who device brazil. he is seen as a corrupt politician and a source of the ills of brazil. that is the hatred towards lula and the worker's party is what fired the far right to the top of the brazilian election. just quickly, what sort of moves can we expect them to make in the coming days and weeks? will he be seen talking to other groups of his supporters and other parts of the
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country perhaps? he has not stopped talking. even in prison come he gave interviews. he is quite active on social media. whether that is through his network. he has had a voice. but no doubt, he will have a bigger voice. he cannot stand. it is not we will see him becoming president yet again, because there isa president yet again, because there is a rule that says that, as a convict, he will not be able to stand. but no doubt, he will have a strong voice and make himself forward , strong voice and make himself forward, i'm sure. thank you very much, katy watson, our correspondent in sao paulo. and i'll be speaking to a spokesman for mr lula's da silva's legal team a little later in the programme. so stay around for that. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the un's top court has ruled that it hasjurisdiction to hear a case brought by ukraine against russia over its alleged support for rebels in eastern ukraine. kiev accuses moscow of breaching international laws and supplying arms and cash to pro—russia fighters.
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more than 13,000 people have died since the war broke out more than five years ago in eastern ukraine. a woman has died in floods in england after a months worth of rain fell in the north and centre of the country in the space of 2a hours. people have been moved from their homes, and there is disruption on the road and rail networks. there are currently six severe flood warnings in place along the river don in yorkshire. an armed mugger who tried to rob arsenal footballers mesut 0zil and sead kolasinac in london has been jailed for ten years. ashley smith admitted attempting to steal luxury watches from the pair. the former new york city mayor and billionaire businessman michael bloomberg is strongly considering entering
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the us presidential race for the democratic party. he's said to be worried that the current field of candidates isn't good enough to beat donald trump. president trump has given his reaction. here's what he had to say. he's not going to do well but i think he's going to hurt biden, actually. but he doesn't have the magic to do well. little michael will fail. he'll spend a lot of money. he's got some really big issues. he's got some personal problems and he's got a lot of other problems. but i know michael bloomberg fairly well — not too well, fairly well. well enough. he will not do very well. and if he did, i'd be happy. there was nobody i'd rather run against than little michael, that i can tell you. 0ur north america correspondent gary 0'donoghue is following developments. he toyed with it back in 2016. he toyed with it again earlier this year and ruled it out, and now he seems to be changing his mind again. it's worth saying the reason it's come up now is because there is a filing deadline, in terms of documents for one particular state, alabama, that is today.
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and there's a couple more next week. so i suppose he's getting his ducks in a row ahead of making a final decision, but people who are clearly close to him have been briefing the us media and saying he thinks thatjoe biden — in that middle lane, if you like, of candidates, middle—of—the—road candidates — isn't strong enough and that he might be able to do a betterjob. although, having said all that, he doesn't poll that well among democrats. 0nly around 6% in sort of hypothetical polls say they would vote for him, even though he's got some pretty strong credentials in terms of his work on climate change and his work on gun control that should attract some of them. but, as one campaign operative put it, apparently, do we need another billionaire new yorker in the race? 0ur correspondent gary 0'donoghue. two 15—year—old boys are among the 39 people from vietnam who were all found dead in a refrigerated lorry,
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east of london, last month. police have released all their names. a 26—year—old woman who sent heartbreaking texts to her parents saying she was dying and couldn't breath was also confirmed to be among them. our home affairs correspondent daniel sandford reports. some of the faces of the 39 people who died in the refrigerated trailer 6,000 miles from home. all were from vietnam and were being smuggled into britain. the oldest was 44, but ten of them were teenagers and the two youngest were just 15 years old. one of the is—year—olds was nguyen huy hung. his relatives say he had been trying tojoin his parents who live in britain. hoang van tiep was 18. he had been living in paris for a year. he told his family he was getting a taxi to the uk, but they had not heard from him since. bui thi nhung was one of two 19—year—old women in the lorry. she had posted pictures of herself sightseeing in brussels just days before she died.
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and pham thi tra my was the 26—year—old woman who tragically texted her family to say she was suffocating in the sealed trailer. detectives started this investigation with 39 unknown people dead in the back of a refrigerated lorry on this industrial estate. now, after more than two weeks of intensive work, they have been able to give those people names and faces and to tell their worried families that they won't be coming back. father simon thang duc nguyen has been helping those grieving relatives who are in the uk. it is really very, very painful. very sad to know about this tragedy. many of them escaped from a very poor area. two lorry drivers are being held, accused of manslaughter. mo robinson is thought to have collected the trailer when it arrived in essex. eamonn harrison is thought to have dropped it off
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in zeebrugge 11 hours earlier. yesterday, police in the republic of ireland raided properties linked to ronan and chris hughes, two brothers still wanted by essex police. daniel sandford, bbc news. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: scientists have come up with a way of making an artificial rhino horn which they say is indistinguishable from the real thing. the israeli prime minister yitzhak rabin, the architect of the middle east peace process, has been assassinated. a 27—year—old jewish man has been arrested and an extremistjewish organisation has claimed responsibility for the killing. at polling booths throughout the country, they voted on an historic day for australia. as the results came in, it was clear
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the monarchy would survive. for the american hostages, there was no time. they are being held somewhere inside the compound and student leaders have threatened that, should the americans attempt rescue, they will all die. this mission has surpassed all expectations. voyager one is now the most distant man—made object anywhere in the universe — and itjust seems to keep on going. tonight, we prove once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the skill of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals. this is bbc world news today. i'm nancy kacungira. the latest headlines: brazil's former president, luiz inacio lula da silva has
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walked free from prison, after a judge struck down a rule involving prisoners on appeal. let's get more on that story now. with me isjohn watts, a spokesperson for mr lula da silva's legal defence team here in the uk. let's first of all be clear that this ruling does not in fact overturn lula's original conviction on corruption charges, but what, how is your team doing this? is it a victory for you? this is not the overturning of the original conviction. the president should never have been put in jail. conviction. the president should never have been put injail. result has underformed, never have been put injail. result has under formed, mediaeval european law. until very recently, has under formed, mediaeval european law. untilvery recently, people convicted of any crime were meant to stay out of prison until all of their appeals had been heard, and this was that the very heart of our argument, both in the supreme court
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and the united nations human rights convention in geneva, that little's basic human rights been violated. today is a small victory. he should never have been injured. we are delighted at the pictures coming out of curitiba, fantastic, but the fight only beginning to clear his name. president lula's conviction under the so—called carwash operation was entirely politically motivated. telus a little bit about how we got to point today. pell —— president lula is one of the great political figures in —— president lula is one of the great politicalfigures in brazil andindeed great politicalfigures in brazil and indeed around the world. he was a lwa ys and indeed around the world. he was always a threat to the right wing in brazil. and it was president also
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narrow “— brazil. and it was president also narrow —— bolsa na ro brazil. and it was president also narrow —— bolsanaro making sure he never took part in last year's election. a regionaljudge based in curitiba was both the prosecutor and the trialjudge for lula, and he also, since president bolsanaro became president, has becomejustice minister. indeed, president bolsanaro today minister. indeed, president bolsa naro today thanks minister. indeed, president bolsanaro today thanks the judge for his role making him president. without lula in jail, his role making him president. without lula injail, bolsanaro would never have been president. what are his next move is going to be? legally speaking, we will appeal. the team is led by cristiano in sao paulo and geoffrey robertson qc, the human rights lawyer, here in london. we will be pursuing every
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single legal avenue, both in brazil and at the united nations. john watts , and at the united nations. john watts, thank you so much for speaking to us this evening and joining us. huge bushfires are raging in australia, with new south wales in the grip of an "unprecedented emergency". firefighters are struggling to reach people trapped in several locations. officials have classified around 20 blazes as being dangerous. hundreds of fires are spread along a thousand—kilometre stretch of seaboard in eastern australia. smoke from the fires can be seen from satellites orbiting the earth. these images were taken by nasa. strong winds are making the situation worse and officials are worried that some blazes will merge. the blazes are also causing the sky to look orange in some parts of new south wales. so just how difficult is it for fire—fighters to bring these blazes under control? ben shepherd is a spokesman for the new south wales rural fire
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service and joins me now. hello, ben. you have been dealing with a lot. what is it like? it's been a terrible start to this fire season. already, we have seen more hectares burn in just season. already, we have seen more hectares burn injust this beginning of the fire season than in the past two fire seasons alone. so it's been a terrible start. 0ver two fire seasons alone. so it's been a terrible start. over the leslie for hours, —— over the last one he for hours, —— over the last one he for hours, —— over the last one he for hours, we are probably lots more homes over the leslie for hours and u nfortu nately we homes over the leslie for hours and unfortunately we do have a number of people unaccounted for. at this stage, with no real rental on the forecast, we expect these conditions to continue. we could see fires once again early next week. we have a potential long and protected fire season ahead of us. we understand has not been possible to evacuate everyone. what advice do you give people an area still at risk? the
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problem under this kind of conditions is that we see embers blowing ahead of the main fire and they can actually land, recording up to ten and 12 km, of the main fire. that does not allow people to safely leave, so we need them to basically shelter inside their homes, to allow that fire to pass through. some people have chosen to leave quite early, but when we issue those warnings, it is to keep people in place. today has been more about his holiday thing some of these fires, having a little wary countries are to bring them under control, and partly as well, starting to do a bit of population over how much we have lost over the last one for hours. ben, thank you very much for we of course wish you all the best as you continue to fight those fires. holly has all the sport. we start with some friday football for you.
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hello there. first up, it's the battle of the bottom two in the premier league as norwich city and watford look to turn their seasons around. the hornets got off to a blistering after gerard deulofeu scored in just the second minute, and a few minutes ago andre gray doubled their the lead after some poor norwich defending. norwich have been without a win since their victory over manchester city in september — a win for watford would be their first this season. in spain, real sociedad can become surprise leaders of la liga if they avoid defeat against leganes. about half an hour to go there, and sociedad have been dominant
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but it's currently goalless. there was plenty of action today in the women's euro 2021 qualifiers too. there was a ruthless scoreline in in izmir where the defending champions the netherlands beat turkey 8—0. northern ireland's wait for a first qualifying win continues after they were hammered 6—0 by norway. elsewhere there were wins for belgium, austria, italy, romania and scotland. dawid malan will be hoping he's showed the selectors what he's capable of after he scored england's fastest t20 international century during their win over new zealand this morning. he made an unbeaten 103 from 51 balls as england made 241 from their 20 overs. in response, new zealand were all out for 165. it means england have levelled the five—match series at 2—2 with one game remaining. meanwhile, aaron finch‘s opening partnership with david warner saw australia easily home as they humbled pakistan with a 10 wicket win in their t20 match in perth. the hosts easily reached their target to ensure a 2—0 triumph in the three match series. saturday night in los angeles will play host to probably the highest profile professional boxing debuts of all time when two men — mainly known for their exploits on youtube — slug it out.
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ksi and logan paulfought as amateurs last year but the rematch is expected to garner tens of millions of viewers this weekend. he is going to get hit in the head a dangerous amount of times. i think is going to suffer some severe health repercussions. i'm surprised your manager let you do this. this camp has pushed me to the edge to the point where i had blood, sweat and tears. i have never worked so ha rd and tears. i have never worked so hard in my life, i have never worked so hard in my life, i have never worked so hard training in my life. you be among them that we watching on saturday? there is much more on the bbc sport web server that is all your support for now. nancy, back to you. thank you very much, holly. scientists from china and the uk say they've come up with a way of making artificial rhino horn that's indistinguishable from the real thing. rhino horn is popular in traditional chinese medicine, with claims that its an aphrodisiac. the team from oxford
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and fudan universities are hoping the fake horns will help curb the illegal trade in rhino products, which threaten the species with extinction. with its story of sisterly love set to music with a backdrop of ice and talking snowmen, the movie frozen was a box office phenomenon. now anna, elsa, 0laf and their friends are back — but can the sequel possibly live up to the success of the original? the movie had its world premiere in los angeles last night — and our correspondent sophie long was there. it was the story of sisterly love that became an eye—watering commercial success and a cultural phenomenon that had young and old singing... # let it go, let it go, can't hold it back any more. # but that was six years ago, right? well... just when you thought frozen fever might finally be subsiding,
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it's back and so are the fans. this is hollywood boulevard and these people are frozen fanatics. all sing: # let it go, let it go, can't hold it back anymore # let it go, let it go, turn away... hours before superfa ns got to see the sequel, the excitement was in plentiful supply. i have, like, butterflies in my belly because i'm so excited. how do you feel about seeing frozen 2? i'm so excited to go. why? because the new characters and costumes, i bet they are going to be so exciting. it looks like it is going to be up there with frozen for me. it looks amazing. how do you feel at the moment? if you love something that much and you are about to see something you think you're going to do, do you feel nervous? i feel extremely nervous. i'm going to pass out, honestly.
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i might need an ambulance, yeah. i've been doing some breathing exercises. keeping her calm, her mind off things. i'm, like, a little bit extremely... do not talk to her about it, do not get her wound up. so we don't faint. go north, across the enchanted lands, and into the unknown. excitement has been building since long before the trailer released. some critics claim frozen is the best disney animated film of the modern era. frozen 2 has a lot to live up to. no pressure, then. i think i'm the only one who doesn't feel the pressure. mainly because i am like anna, i'm an eternal optimist and i'm also logical. i'm a firm believer that if you bake a cake on monday and you bake a cake with the same recipe on tuesday, chances are it's going to be delicious. and everyone was involved, we had the same creative input, it was incredibly collaborative
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and i just trust these people. the music is out of this world in this movie. in frozen 2, the season may have changed but there will be continuity in the theme of empowerment. i hope they will continue to see, as they did in the first, that whatever it is that makes them special and unique is the thing that will make them exceptional and they need to harness that and celebrate that. what many people loved most about frozen was how progressive it was, notjust two strong female leads leads but a modern man unafraid of powerful women. in a way, disney did what disney does best. dared us to dream. will frozen 2 to be even more fearless? sophie long, bbc news. so much anticipation around that film. we will see if it lives up to the billing. that is it from world news today. get in touch on twitter. follow our stories at... by for now.
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the weather making news at the moment is rarely a good thing. tonight there is a gap between weather systems, a widespread frost on the way. let's look at the rain we have had, totals like this, sheffield 84 millimetres on thursday into the early hours of today, that is why the problems. that is november's average rainfall. we have got it. this is october. many parts of the country had well above—average for october. 200% or more of the october average rainfall, that is why there are so many flood warnings, particular onto the river don, so if you're concerned, check out the details
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at the website. at least tonight no significant rainfall, still a few showers in the south—eastern parts of the uk, this rain band coming in from northern ireland. end of the night is looking dry, clear, cold, frosty. widespread frost freezing for pastures around, ice and untreated surfaces as well. later in the night, temperatures to the west start to recover again as the next weather system comes in. this is how your saturday is shaping up. more weather fronts coming in, into colder air well, and a bit of snow to relatively modest hills in wales, a covering in higher ground. rain hanging around the eastern side of northern ireland, 20—30 millimetres, could bring some disruption, rain and snow parts of the midlands, north—west england pushing further
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ease across southern england. the heaviest of the rain probably staying shy of those areas that are worst affected by flooding. ahead of the rain band, it will stay dry and bright, another chilly day whenever you are. heading out on saturday evening, still out of aim across parts of england and wales begins to ease away from northern ireland. most places on sunday, looking dry, a gap between weather systems and perhaps some showers will clear away, the odd shower is possible where cloud is thick enough, a lot of sunshine on sunday. chilly a lot of sunshine on sunday. day. into next week, ' there chilly day. into next week, yes, there will be more rain at times.
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this is bbc world news. the headlines... the former president of brazil has walk freed from prison after a judge struck down a rule involving prisoners on appeal. he was serving a nine—year sentence for corruption and money laundering. many towns in the australian states of new south wales and queensland have been evacuated and residents told to flee as a record number of emergency level bushfires continue to burn. donald trump has responded to burn. donald trump has responded to the news that michael bloomberg, the billionaire founder of bloomberg news may run against him saying he does not have the magic to do well. police in the uk have released the names of the 39 vietnamese nationals who were found dead in the back of a lorry
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