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The scale of the devastation left by Hurricane Irma as it tears

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through the Caribbean is beginning to emerge.

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Barbuda has suffered massive destruction to its roads, schools,

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The extent of the destruction in Barbuda is unprecedented.

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In fact, I'm of the view that as this stands now,

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This is the moment it struck St Martin, severing communications

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What we experienced, it's like something

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Last night was a horrible experience.

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My mum cried and my brother woke me up.

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As the United Nations warns that as many as 37 million

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people could be affected, we'll have reports

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MPs begin their scrutiny of the Government's main Brexit

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bill, which aims to end the primacy of EU law in the UK.

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This bill simply brings European Union law into UK law,

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ensuring that, where ever, possible the rules and laws

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Tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees continue to pour

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into Bangladesh from neighbouring Myanmar.

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And Prince George is dropped off for his first day

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And coming up in the sport on BBC News:

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An early wicket for James Anderson in the deciding Test

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against West Indies at Lord's, as he edges ever closer to becoming

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the first Englishman to take 500 Test wickets.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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One of the most powerful storms on record - Hurricane Irma -

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is continuing to devastate parts of the Caribbean.

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It has almost completely destroyed the islands

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of Barbuda and St Martin - ten people, including

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a child, have been killed - and it's feared that

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The storm has now moved past Puerto Rico,

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where it knocked out power for around a million people.

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It is currently heading for the Dominican Republic,

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and is due to hit Cuba tomorrow, and Florida in the United

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There are fears for the safety of a number of Britons in the area.

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This morning, the Government announced it was making ?12 million

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In a moment we'll be speaking to our correspondents live

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in Cuba and Florida, but first with all the latest,

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Hurricane Irma - a storm the size of France -

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On the tiny island of Barbuda, barely a building left untouched.

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It was seven of us, and all we had to do was to pray and call for help.

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I didn't know this was going to happen to me.

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Last night was the most devastating experience

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I ever had in my life, and I'm almost 60.

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Me and my family of seven, including an infant of two months,

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Hundreds of families here now find themselves homeless.

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My house, I lose my home, I lose my shop, also my vehicle,

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And right now, I don't have nowhere to go to sleep.

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We had cars flying over our heads, we had containers, 40 foot

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containers flying left and right, and the story that you're getting

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from most of the residents here is that the eye of the storm

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Persons were literally tying themselves to their roots

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Barbuda's Prime Minister said the island was now barely habitable.

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I would say that about 95% of the properties will have suffered

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They would have lost at least a part of their roofs.

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Some have lost the whole roof, some properties have

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With much of the island's infrastructure destroyed,

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aid agencies now face the difficult task of getting help

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The damage in Barbuda is none like we've ever seen before.

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We're talking about everything being completely destroyed.

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It's electricity, it's roads, it's water, it's

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it's churches, it's supermarkets, shops, everything.

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There is literally nothing that currently exists

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And imagine the terror of being caught up in this.

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This is the neighbouring island of St Martin, getting hammered.

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Sustained winds of 185 miles an hour.

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More than 70,000 people live on the low-lying island

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which is made up of Dutch and French territories.

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Shipping containers tossed around like Lego bricks.

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The authorities here are warning the death toll is likely to rise.

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And it's not over yet. The UN is now warning Irma could affect 37 million

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people. These remarkable pictures,

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taken from the International Space Station, show the storm tracking

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north-west towards the Dominican Its forecast to hit the Florida

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coast at the weekend. Irma is far from finished and

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already on the horizon in this brutal hurricane season, are

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hurricanes Jose and Katya. Well, let's get the latest

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on the path of Hurricane Irma and where it's heading,

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here's Chris Fawkes. Thank you. You might remember

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yesterday we were talking about this category five hurricane, the second

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strongest hurricane outside of the Pacific basin that we have seen on

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record. Their strongest was hurricane Alan in 1980. You might

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remember it came onshore first of all yesterday, making its first

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landfall in Barbuda. It has caused catastrophic damage here. Indeed,

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the Prime Minister Gaston Revol described Bermuda as being barely

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habitable. We expected winds gusting to 225 miles an hour. This was a

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storm at its peak, Barbuda was in the wrong place. From their

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networked north-westwards made a second landfall across the island of

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St Martin. Again, causing catastrophic damage. One of the

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local councillors on the island talked about 85% of the building

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being damage. -- 95%. Then it went north-west enduring yesterday

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evening time, our time, it went across the British Virgin Islands,

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particularly the Northern group, bringing huge falls of rain, really

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strong winds and a massive storm surge is expected as well. Since

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then, overnight bringing torrential rain to Porto Rico but the centre of

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the storm, with the strongest hurricane winds have stayed off to

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the north coast. The ring could still cause problems. For Dominican

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Republic and Haiti, brain as well. This is heading towards the Turks

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and Caicos Islands. About midnight hour time, about seven o'clock local

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time, we are expecting it to make landfall once again. We could see

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some big damage here because the winds are still gusting to around

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220 miles an hour, so is still a very powerful category five

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hurricane. As well as that, we talked about the storm surge

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yesterday, the big wall of water you get with hurricanes of the storm

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surge that will be working into the Turks and Caicos Islands and across

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the Bahamas could reach 20 foot high in places. That will cause

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catastrophic damage. It is not just about the winds, but the storm surge

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and torrential rain to come. As a storm does widespread damage and

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then swinging up towards Florida just in time for Sunday.

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Thank you. The latest from Puerto Rico now,

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where at least half of the island's homes and businesses have

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been without power. Our correspondent

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Laura Bicker is there. How are people coping?

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As the hurricane came through overnight, people took shelter.

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There was real concern, especially having seen what had happened in the

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Eastern Caribbean. Bits of Ruth went flying, there is debris on much of

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the road. However, the real concern right now is the power supplies. At

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least 22 hospitals without power, running generator power and we're

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hearing from the power company could be 4-6 months before full supplies

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are restored. We heard from authorities here that are trying to

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get in touch the thousands in remote areas of this island, to make sure

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they are safe, but there is a feeling here, as they emerge in the

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daylight and realise right now many of the structures remain intact,

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there is a collective sigh of relief. Remember, the eye of the

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Hurricane brushed the top of this island that did not give a direct

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hit and that may have saved many lives. Thank you, Laura Bicker

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there. Our correspondent Will Grant

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is in the Cuban capital Havana. The Hurricane is heading to Cuba,

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people must be bracing themselves? They are. They are watching these

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images coming out of the eastern Caribbean and listening to those

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testimonies we've heard with real trepidation. There is great

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nervousness here now. It has picked up over the last 24 hours, as people

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have appreciated just how severe this storm will be. People are going

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out and trying to find sufficient supplies of clean drinking water,

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Petros, to run generators with, to board up their homes as best they

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can. The government has issued evacuation orders for part of the

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eastern tip of the island from Guantanamo to Matanzas province.

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There are thousands of tourists caught up in this as well. Many

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holiday-makers from all over the world who are relying on the Cuban

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government to help them get away from those low-lying coastal areas,

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where the popular resorts are, and on their own embassies as well.

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There are questions in Cuba that remain about how severe this storm

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will be and how much rainfall it will dump, affecting not just Cubans

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on the Cuban government that governments around the world who are

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focusing on their people who are here at the moment. Will Grant, many

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thanks. CBS Correspondent Meg Oliver

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is in Miami, Florida. Hurricane Irma is expected to hit

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Florida at the weekend. What sort of precautions are being taken?

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Mandatory evacuations are going into effect here along Miami Beach. At

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noon today. There are people out along the beach right now and a few

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people even in the water, taking a last minute dip but authorities are

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urging people to take precautions. People are boarding up, they are

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filling up their tanks with gas and hitting the road. The big thing with

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this storm, they do want anyone to get stuck on the highway. They are

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urging people to do their preparation today, tomorrow at the

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absolute latest, and Saturday the wind and rain will start to pick up

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before storm makes landfall on Sunday. They don't want anyone on

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the road on Saturday or Sunday. Meg, thank you. CBS reporter Meg.

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MPs have begun debating the EU Withdrawal Bill,

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which will end 40 years of the supremacy of EU law in the UK

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and will convert existing EU laws into domestic ones.

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Many MPs, including some Conservative backbenchers,

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Labour will vote against the bill as it stands, calling it a power

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Our political correspondent, Chris Mason, reports.

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Take back control, the winning mantra of the Leave campaign in the

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EU referendum and now the government's job to make a reality.

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That means bringing back powers from Brussels to Westminster, and it's

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what the EU Withdrawal Bill is all about.

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Secretary David Davis studied up this lunchtime the man responsible

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for turning it into law told MPs it was vital, because... It insures on

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the day we leave businesses know where they stand. Workers' rights

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are upheld and consumers remain protected. This bill is vital to

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ensuring that as we leave, we do so in an orderly manner.

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And so begins the wrangling in fair, in Parliament, on delivering Brexit.

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This planned new law intends to change everything by changing

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nothing, cutting and pasting vast swathes of EU law and turning it

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into UK law the day after Brexit. It will dominate proceedings here for

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months to come. Labour say ministers are trying to

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avoid scrutiny of their plans. The decision to leave the EU has

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already been taken. What we are concerned with is how that should be

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done and the government is essentially saying that is down to

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us, we don't need the involvement of Parliament. It is a real power grab.

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Today's debate is generating international attention. The biggest

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change in how we are governed for over 40 years. Unprecedented,

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complicated and the source of many a row still to come. Chris Mason, BBC

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News, at wet -- Westminster. Our assistant political editor,

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Norman Smith, is in Westminster. How big a battle is Mrs May facing

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over this Brexit bill? You get a sense of just how high the stakes

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are by listening to the Brexit secretary David Davis, who told MPs

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this bill is crucial, essential, vital. Why? Because it paves the way

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for our departure from the EU. It is the legislative gangplank to

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quitting Europe, because it repeals the legislation which took us into

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the then European Common Market, way back in the 1970s. For that reason

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it is a big green brute of a bill. More than 60 pages, which means

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there is ample opportunity for critical MPs to tackle numerous

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amendments for staying in the single market, the customs union, demanding

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MPs have more say over the shape of legislation. It provides many

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possibilities to delay, to dent or even derail Brexit. And that means

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Mrs May has to tread an extraordinarily precarious path,

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because she has a tiny majority. I think the truth is we are at the

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start of possibly months of attrition or tussle here in the

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House of Commons, with endless late-night debates, knife edge votes

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as Mrs May tries to steer through the Commons the legislation taking

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us out of the European Union. Norman, thank you.

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So, what are the details of the bill being debated and why

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are opposition parties threatening to try to block it?

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Chris Morris, from our Reality Check team, can tell us more.

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It began life in a Prime Ministerial speech as the Great Repeal Bill,

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then it became simply the Repeal Bill and now we're

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working with its official title, the rather more prosaic

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Here's where it'll end up - with all the other vellum scrolls

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in the Houses of Parliament going back centuries.

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Well, it's a complex mix of constitutional change

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Firstly, it repeals the 1972 European Communities Act that took

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the UK into what was then known as the European Economic Community.

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The repeal would come into effect on the day of Brexit -

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which, until anyone decides otherwise, will be March 29th, 2019.

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Secondly, the bill will transfer EU rules and regulations

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wholesale into UK law to avoid legal and financial

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We're talking here about an estimated 19,000 separate

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pieces of legislation, a vast body of law that has

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So, a new category of domestic law will be created

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After Brexit, any of it could then be amended or repealed

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Thirdly, and perhaps most controversially,

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the bill will channel this man, Henry VIII, who knew a thing or two

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about trying to take back control from Europe.

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This is all about what are known as Henry VIII clauses,

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named after the Statute of Proclamations of 1539,

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which gave Henry the power to legislate by proclamation.

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The modern-day equivalent gives ministers and officials the power

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to make changes to some laws without full parliamentary scrutiny.

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This has set alarm bells ringing in many quarters.

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There are those who argue that it will undermine the ultimate

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sovereignty of parliament, and those who worry that EU laws

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that cover things such as workers' rights or environmental protection

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The Government says none of that is going to happen,

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but there is another point of contention - the role

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of the devolved parliaments and assemblies in Scotland,

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The first ministers of Scotland and Wales have described

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the Withdrawal Bill as a naked power grab because it returns

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all powers from the EU to the UK Parliament,

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rather than to the devolved administrations.

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All in all, then, there are massive challenges for the Government,

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as it embarks on the daunting legislative task of turning Brexit

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Well, let's cross now to our correspondent in Brussels,

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Damian Grammaticas, who's been listening to a news conference

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Yes, there are a couple of highlights to pick out from this.

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Michel Barnier first talked about the issue of Ireland. The EU has

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released a new paper which says it is determined to try to minimise

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impacts to the people of Ireland, north and south of the border, but

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interestingly, the EU says the onus is on the UK to come up to that --,

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with the solutions because it is the UK's decision to quit the customs

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union and single market. The UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of

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test case for the future of that EU- UK customs relations. This will not

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happen. Creativity and flexibility cannot be at the expense of the

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integrity of the single market Michel Barnier basically saying they

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would be flexible on Ireland, that would not extend to the rest of the

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deal on board as elsewhere. But interestingly on the financial

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settlement, I have been very disappointed by the UK position, it

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appears to be backtracking on commitments made at the start of the

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negotiation process to honour its financial obligations and he urged

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the UK to go back, look at the legal argument, because that EU position

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as the financial commitment was approved by David Cameron as Prime

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Minister, approved by the UK Parliament and must, as things

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stand, he cannot recommend there is sufficient progress to move on to

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the interim position deal either future trade deal. Thank you. Our

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top story this lunchtime... Hurricane Irma has left Ireland is

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destroyed and at least ten people killed. The extent of the

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destruction in Barbuda is unprecedented. As it stands now, it

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is barely habitable. Birmingham has been named

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as the English candidate to stage They beat Liverpool to the honour,

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but the Government must now decide 164,000 Rohingya Muslim

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refugees have now fled into Bangladesh from neighbouring

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Myanmar, which was formerly Burma. They say they've been escaping

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an upsurge of violence against them. In a moment, we'll hear

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from our correspondent, But first, this report

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from Sanjoy Majumder on the Bangladesh

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side of the border. More Rohingya refugees have come

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into Bangladesh today from Myanmar. And you can just see how

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congested it has become. Now, over here, they have

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brought in bamboo. This is to construct new tents

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for the fresh arrivals. The existing camp itself

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is in dreadful shape. Extremely crowded,

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conditions unhygienic. Now, aid agencies

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are very concerned. They say, apart from food,

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there is an urgent need MSF, the humanitarian agency,

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says many of the new refugees have gunshot wounds,

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injuries, and therefore, they need Earlier, our correspondent,

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Jonathan Head, sent this account from Rakhine State,

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in Myanmar, from where the Rohingya It does not normally allow

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journalists or any foreigners into this region without special

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permission because it wants to challenge the narrative

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that the rest of the world is hearing from the many refugees,

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the tens of thousands who have been So they have been taking

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us to various sites, showing us examples of destruction

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and letting us talk to people and all of them

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are sticking to the same story which is that it is the Muslim

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militants who have infiltrated Of course, they don't

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use the word Rohingya. It is pretty much banned

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in this part of the world. But they are saying

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that the Muslim communities were infiltrated by these militants

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and it was the militants themselves What you can see here is the remains

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of perhaps four or five houses, apparently lived in by Muslim

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inhabitants who are now being looked after next door in the Buddhist

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temple that you can see behind me. It is very hard for us

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to challenge this narrative. Everyone we are speaking to,

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we are doing so while in the company of police, heavily armed police,

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and government officials. We have heard some dissenting views

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when we have been able to talk quietly to people,

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but this is the message the government wants to get across,

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that it is not their fault. The security forces have

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denied any abuses at all, all those allegations of rape

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and shooting, and they are saying that all of the burning,

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the hundreds of villages that have been burnt down, every part

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of it is the responsibility of the militants themselves

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and nothing to do Jonathan Head there reporting from

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Myanmar. Universities in England could face

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fines if they fail to justify paying their vice-chancellors more

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than the Prime Minister's Universities Minister Jo Johnson

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says he wants to see greater Gillian Hargreaves is

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at Brunel University Is this effectively a cap

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on vice-chancellors' salaries? Well, it certainly sounds like a

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government minister trying to clip the wings of vice chancellors. This

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morning Jo Johnson went eyeball to eyeball with some of the leaders of

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our universities and said he wants them to show leadership and

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restraint when it comes to their own pay packages. He went further and

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said he was tired of opening newspapers and reading about

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salaries thinks are perhaps too generous or unjustified in some

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cases. The plan is they will be fined if they cannot prove there is

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a very justifiable reason for a vice Chancellor to get a generous salary.

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On average, vice chancellors get something in the region of ?250,000.

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For some universities that can go much higher. The Vice Chancellor of

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the University of Bath owns a salary of ?415,000. That of course in the

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face of rising student debt, people going to university this September

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will be charged ?9,250 in many cases per year for their university

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course. The ministers are trying to say, restrain yourselves a bit, draw

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your horns in a bit, but in practical terms, what he will be

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able to do right now, we're not sure, because of the university can

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say, we are worth it, we are worth hundreds of thousands of pounds to

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this country, then I think the status quo will probably remain.

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Thank you. One in five people who are gay,

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lesbian or bisexual have experienced a hate crime -

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that's according to But more than 80% of

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the victims don't report Stonewall say that three out of five

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gay men don't feel comfortable holding their partner's hand

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in the street, so today, they are launching a campaign -

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"come out for LGBT". England have begun their third

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and deciding Test against Jimmy Anderson began the day just

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three wickets away from becoming only the sixth bowler in history

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to take 500 Test wickets. Our correspondent,

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Joe Wilson, is there. The floodlights behind me at Lord's

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has been used already today, reminding us of the first Test match

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of the series, and lights that adjusts them with the pink ball when

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the West Indies were overwhelmed. -- under the lights at Edgbaston.

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Anderson chasing history. A classic Lord Smith jar of novelty and

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nostalgia. Perhaps we value the sunshine more in September, a late

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burst of energy at Lord's. The last match for Test Match Special

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commentator Henry blow felt, dressed to stop the traffic, you will know

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him by his voice. Very good to be here. How are you feeling this

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morning? Pre-match nerves? No, I am waking up still, I have not been

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through a full infantry of how I am. We're hoping for a revival for West

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Indies? It would be lovely if they won the series. These players are

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sporting representatives of the Caribbean and at a time of deep

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distress and much of that region, they know their role, to inspire.

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But they had to face James Anderson. Bull-macro, he has put another down!

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That should have been his 498 Test wicket, his old pal there, Alastair

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Cook. Sorry, mate. You cannot keep Anderson down for long. Someone has

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got to hold a catch. Gone, 11:45am, and the unprecedented 500th wicket

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in reach. One opponent of cricket that you can never overcome. Rain

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interrupted play but only briefly. At 12:39pm, 499. Anderson intends to

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keep going, not just here, but for years. West Indies will resume

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shortly on 35-2, needing more of the concentration and conviction we saw

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in the second Test match. James Anderson just about finishing his

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lunch right now and he will come back and he will be as hungry to

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bowl again as ever in his long career, I think. Thank you. Joe

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Wilson there. This morning was his

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first day at school. He was taken there

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by Prince William. His mother, the Duchess

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of Cambridge, couldn't attend as she's pregnant with her third

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child and suffering Our royal correspondent,

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Nicholas Witchell, reports. It is a daunting day

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for any four-year-old, no matter who you are,

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and George arrived looking, well, understandably a little nervous

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for his first day at the new school in south London his parents

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have chosen for him. Dad was there to take his hand and

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carry his schoolbag, but not Mum. She had to remain at

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Kensington Palace, suffering Each day at Thomas's School

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in Battersea starts with a handshake George knew what was required,

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as did his father. And then it was time for those shiny

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new school shoes to head for the classroom to find the peg

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for George Cambridge and to meet the 20 other four-year-olds,

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boys and girls, who will be For William, it may have prompted

:29:37.:29:38.

memories of the day 30 years ago when he was taken by his mother

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for his first day at school. Back then, it was all

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rather more formal. A boys only school complete

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with a school cap. Fast forward 30 years and George's

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school offers a broad curriculum with a strong emphasis on sport

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and human values. It is a choice of school

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which represents a bit of a break Nothing too radical, of course -

:30:05.:30:07.

it is still private and fee-paying, but it is coeducational

:30:08.:30:15.

and the school has a strong George will find that "be kind"

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is one of the guiding principles for pupils here,

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together with courtesy and humility. All useful qualities

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for a future king. Nicholas Witchell,

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BBC News, Battersea. Hurricane Irma first making landfall

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in Barbuda, leaving the island barely habitable. A direct hit to

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sign more than, 95% of buildings destroyed according to locals. Not

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heard much about the British Virgin Islands yet, they took a direct hit

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yesterday evening, the northern islands. The latest satellite

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picture, Irma offshore from the Ricoh and the Dominican Republic.

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Torrential rain. There is an island here and I think it could be hit by

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Hurricane Irma and it could make landfall here as we get on towards

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midnight. The damage from the storm is not done. It is not just the 220

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mile an hour gusts of wind, but it is the massive storm surge. Up to 20

:31:32.:31:36.

foot high in places, that will cause further catastrophic damage over the

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coming days. It is then heading to Florida later this weekend.

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Satellite picture in the UK, showing quite a bit of cloud across the

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north-west. Slippery slide to something rather more unsettled the

:31:50.:32:01.

next few days. A band of rain sinking south into northern England

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from Scotland and Northern Ireland. Turning down with patchy rain in

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Wales and the south-west. The odd shower for the Southeast and East

:32:06.:32:09.

Anglia. Feeling cool in the winds. Overnight tonight, this band of rain

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sinking south. Heavy rain for a time in northern England, pushing across

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Wales, the Midlands, reaching southern counties of England by the

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end of the night, when strengthening. Plenty of showers

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working into the North and west of the country. The forecast for

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Friday, a day of sunshine and showers for many, not much in the

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way of sunshine perhaps between the showers, coming in thick and fast on

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the brisk winds. It will feel cooler times in the Northwest. A band of

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rain in the south accompanied by a fairly strong winds and potentially

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some rumbles of thunder. Temperatures easing back. Looking to

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the weekend, low pressure still in charge, staying unsettled. Showers

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continuing to be widespread, often quite cloudy and it will turn

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increasingly windy as we get towards the latter part of Sunday, even with

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the risk of burials. I will keep you up-to-date with the latest on

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Hurricane Irma, on the BBC weather website or on Twitter. Back to you.

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A reminder of our main story this lunchtime.

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Hurricane Irma has ploughed a devastating path through the

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Caribbean, leaving islands destroyed and at least ten people killed.

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That's all from the BBC News at One, so it's goodbye from me.

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On BBC One, we now join the BBC's news teams where you are.

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