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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK
Our top story, the scale of devastation left
by Hurricane Matthew becomes clearer as it continues on its
The hurricane has left of horrible trail of death and destruction
in Haiti where more than 800 people have been killed and
More recently it's been battering Florida, these are live pictures,
huge waves and winds gusting nearly 200 kilometres
They're calling it the Flash Crash, the Bank of England investigates why
the pound plunged 6% on Asian markets before
We are going to go through a period of volatility now. There will be
lots of commentary going on, and we can expect to see markets being more
turbulent. And Colombian president
Juan Manuel Santos wins this year's Nobel Peace prize for his efforts
to end more than 50 years of war We start with the emerging
picture of the full impact More than 800 people are now known
to have died in southern Haiti, which took the full force
of the Caribbean's most And it's feared the death toll may
rise further, as rescue teams reach remote areas cut off
since the hurricane. These are before and after images
of the Haitian town of Jeremie, giving a sense of the scale
of the devastation. Thousands of people
have been displaced. The storm is now sweeping along
America's south-east coast. Southern Florida hasn't been
as badly hit as it feared but President Obama has warned that
a storm surge is a major concern. It's been three days since Hurricane
Matthew hit Haiti and violent torrents of brown water continued to
devastate the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In the city of
Jeremie, 80% of homes have been lost and the UN has warned of the
challenge ahead to restore clean water and sanitation. Right now most
people have lost everything, their clothing, their shoes, their home.
They have no shelter. Haiti is already in the grip of a cholera
epidemic. In this environment the disease could spread. 350,000 people
are thought to need immediate help. TRANSLATION: I need medicine, my son
and I are sick and we haven't gotten anything. My kids have a fever, I
need some help, I need to go home. After leaving a trail of destruction
across the Caribbean, the storm is stalking the Florida coastline. It's
been described by state officials as a monster. 1.5 million people were
told to leave coastal areas and find shelter and stay there. Most heeded
the warnings. A curfew is also in place until Saturday morning in some
counties. Winds of over 100 miles an hour clashed with power lines,
cutting supplies to tens of thousands of homes. This is as close
as Hurricane Matthew has come to Florida. The wall of the eye of the
storm is now battering this coastline. The wind, the rain, it
has been relentless. The real fear is of a coastal surge and waves of
up to 11 feet high. I want to emphasise to everybody that this is
still a really dangerous hurricane. That the potential for storm surge,
flooding, loss of life and severe property damage continues to exist.
The Sunshine State is used to storms, but Matthew is breathing to
be unpredictable. It's also taking its time as it travels up the coast.
Florida is not out of danger just yet.
We'll get the latest from Florida in a moment.
James Beighle is Head of Programmes in Haiti with the aid agency
He joins me via webcam from Port-au-Prince.
The death toll has gone up sharply in the last few hours, give us a
picture of how bad it is there. I was in Jeremie yesterday, I flew in
with a UN helicopter flight and can definitely confirm the devastation
is massive. You can see homes completely destroyed, homes still
standing don't have roofs on them. Anything of an agricultural nature
is completely destroyed. There is no crops, there is nothing coming out
of the farming out of the garden is any more. There's still lots of
remote parts of the South West peninsular that haven't been
reached. I think you're seeing those death toll is rising as more and
more of those communities are able to be connected to. Do you know how
many people are still cut off and how quickly anyone can get to them?
We are making progress, just as of today, the road where there was a
significant amount of damage to Jeremie which goes through a
difficult mountain path has been opened. Only 4-wheel drive vehicles
can get through but that is a good sign that trucks will be able to get
through soon. I know that also from Jeremie and going around the
south-west coast trying to get to those remote communities, they are
making progress. I think in the next couple of days will have a better
sense of casualties and... INAUDIBLE Able to start getting some supplies
and help into those areas. Sorry, we lost some of your audio, there.
There is collar rot already in Haiti, how much of a concern is that
and how difficult is it to operate there because of the political
system being so difficult? How tough is it for aid agencies to get to
where the help is needed? The cholera situation is a large
concern. Cholera has been a problem in Haiti. We expect the longer it
takes to get clean water and appropriate hygiene to the
population, the higher that risk goes. I think there is an all hands
effort including the government of Haiti to access those regions, to do
everything they can. Communities are taking the situation into their own
hands, trying to open up the roads. It is a full mobilisation effort and
a difficult situation, but I really feel everybody is doing everything
they can. In Jeremie yesterday I was able to talk with some of the
population. They are amazingly calm. But as the hours go by I think
desperation will increase. We are doing everything we can to get help
and supplies out to the people as quickly as possible. Many, many
thanks. We wish everyone there all the best in getting the aid out as
fast as possible. Let's get the latest from the BBC's
Luis Fajardo who's in Miami. It looks rather lovely in Miami,
they're behind you, but I know that the picture elsewhere nearby is
rather more difficult. Absolutely. We've been very fortunate in Miami.
The storm didn't cause major damage and the weather has cleared up
substantially. A different picture in the north of the state, around
the city of Saint Augustin and Jacksonville where it is the final
movement of the hurricane along the North eastern Atlantic coast of
Florida. There, there is substantial activity. There are high winds and a
preoccupation with the floods that might be occurring in the area.
People are saying take extreme precautions because this might be a
killer hurricane. Thank you. North Carolina has also been declared to
be in a state of emergency and we'll keep across all that's happening
there the coming hours. Britain's finance minister
Philip Hammond has said the continuing fall in the value
of the pound reflects the realisation by investors
that Britain will leave He said a sudden 6% drop
in the value of the pound on Asian markets could be explained
by an automated trading problem. But he added that there were bound
to be episodes of turbulence as the markets tried to predict
the likely direction He's been speaking to our Economics
Editor Kamal Ahmed in Washington. As I said earlier this
week, we're going to go There will be lots of commentary
going on and we can expect to see markets being more turbulent over
this period and we should The Government should take
the necessary measures to be able to respond to it, keep the economy
going during this period. Aren't markets saying
they are hugely concerned about the uncertainty,
the lack of transparency over how Britain will actually negotiate
its exit from the European Union? Well, there is uncertainty,
of course, there is uncertainty But the important thing is to look
through the movements of currency markets, the short-term
movements of sentiment, but the fundamentals
of the British economy. The fastest growing economy
in the G7 this year, record high employment rates
and very high levels of growth We go into this period of turbulence
fundamentally strong and that should There has been a lot of talk
about your approach to spending, some people have said that you're
looking to spend a huge amount more on infrastructure and
borrow more to do that. Can we expect a spending splurge
ahead? What we have said we're going to do
is create within a new fiscal framework enough space
for the Government to be able to respond to the turbulence
in the economy that I've As we go through this period,
we want to be able to provide fiscal At the moment, I can't predict
whether that will be necessary at the time
of the Autumn Statement in November. The US Secretary of State John Kerry
says Russia's actions in support of the Syrian government
demand a war crimes investigation. Mr Kerry accused Moscow
and the government in Damascus of having a targeted strategy
to terrorise civilians Russia and the regime owe the world
more than an explanation about why they keep hitting hospitals and
medical facilities and children and women. These are acts that beg for
an appropriate investigation of war crimes. And those who commit these
would and should be held accountable. For these actions. They
are beyond the accidental, now, way beyond, years beyond the accidental.
This is a targeted strategy to terrorise civilians.
The UN Security Council is expected to vote on Saturday on a draft
Drafted by the French and Spanish, the plan would include an end
to all military flights over the city.
But Russia has indicated that it'll block the proposal.
This year's Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Juan Manuel Santos
for his efforts to end Colombia's long civil war.
The chair of the Norwegian committee said Mr Santos had initiated
negotiations that resulted in a peace accord with Farc
guerillas aimed at bringing more than 50 years of conflict to an end.
Our Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet reports.
It had been one of the world's longest, most brutal wars. A 50 year
war, a byword for kidnappings, disappearances, murder. The peace
deal signed last week by President Juan Manuel Santos with his oldest
enemy the Farc was an historic, emotional moment. World leaders came
to salute it. Then, days later, Colombians rejected it narrowly in a
nationwide vote. A shocking setback after years of negotiations and
secret talks. But today for President Santos, a vote of
confidence. The world's most prestigious prize for a peacemaker.
TRANSLATION: I welcome it, not in my name but in the name of all
Colombians and especially the millions of victims this conflict
has left over 52 years. Colombians, this prize is for all of you, for
the victims, so there may not be one more victim. When I met the
president last week he admitted winning a real peace would be as
hard as waging war. The signature of the deal is simply the end of the
conflict. Then, the hard work starts. Reconstructing our country,
a country at war for 50 years is a country that has destroyed many of
its values, many of its principles, many of its social networks. We have
to reconstruct all of this. Even the peace prize divides people who've
lived through a of war. Paolo, an engineer, says it's excellent that
President Santos won the peace prize. It will help the peace
process, he says. But for Manuel, it's a farce. The critics demand
tougher punishment for the Farc, supporters say the President Santos
got the best deal he could. 50 years of war means decades of distrust.
The peace prize has gone to a nation which still isn't at peace.
Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come.
The pranksters who pose as killer clowns and terrified children and
adults alike. Jeremy Corbyn has completed a reshuffle of his Shadow
Cabinet, bringing back several MPs who quit in protest this summer. Our
political correspondent has the latest from Westminster on Labour's
travails. There has been an attempt to reach up to some of Jeremy
Corbyn's critics. Kia Starmer who said Jeremy Corbyn lacked vision,
he'd been announced as shadowing the Brexit role. You mention Tom Watson
who has clashed many times with Jeremy Corbyn. He has taken on the
additional role of shadow and culture. He has clashed rather
robustly with the Murdoch press so we'll see how he gets on there. Also
returning is John Healey. His job now is shadow is a graduate state
for housing. He's not actually shadowing a real Secretary of State,
housing as a junior ministerial post in government.
The latest top stories. More than 800 people are known to have been
killed in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew which hit the country on Tuesday.
The same storm is now battering the south-eastern United States.
Hurricane Matthew is sweeping north a few kilometres from the Florida
coast bringing strong winds and heavy rain.
Now is it just a prank or simply plain creepy?
Police are warning pranksters who are posing as "killer clowns"
and terrifying children and young adults that they could face arrest.
The sightings, which started in the United States,
now appear to have come to Britain with several reports
of people having frightening encounters involving clowns.
The sinister craze has been encouraged on social media
where people have shared photos and videos of the scary sightings.
Killer clowns, no link to Ollie Foster in the sport! I can't quite
get over that! Let's talk about some sport. Nothing horrific about this
at all. Tiger Woods is set to compete again next week after more
than a year. He has entered next week Safeway open in California in
what will be his first PGA Tour event since August last year. The 14
time major winner is 40 and has had three back operations. He last won a
tournament in 2013. Nico Rosberg was quickest in both practice sessions
for Sunday's Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix. He has got a 23 point
lead over his team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Tom Clarkson reports from
Suzuka. This weekend 's Japanese Grand Prix is a crucial race in
Lewis Hamilton's bid to become world champion in 2016. First and foremost
he must have reliability, something that eluded him in last weekend 's
Malaysian Grand Prix. He must also try and outsmart Nico Rosberg who
holds a 23 point advantage in the World Championship standings. On the
evidence of today's opening practice sessions in Suzuka in Japan,
Hamilton has reliability but he doesn't yet have the pace of Nico
Rosberg. The Suzuka circuit is renowned as being a drivers track.
Only the best drivers in the world when, Hamilton thinks he's better
than Nico Rosberg so his pride will have been dented by his pace today.
It does give us a thrilling weekend of action coming up. Tom Clarkson at
Suzuka. British cycling say they are cooperating fully with UK
anti-doping as they investigate allegations of wrongdoing. Jonathan
Tiernan Locke claimed in an interview that the controversial
painkiller tramadol was really offered up the road World
Championships in 2012. He was sacked by Team Sky in 2014 for a doping
violation. The team doctor in 2012 denies the claim. It is understood
that Ukad is looking into a report that a medical package was delivered
to Team Sky on the final day of the 2011 race in France which Sir
Bradley Wiggins one. Team Sky they are holding an internal review and
are confident there has been no wrong doing. There's a cloud of
secrecy hanging over Team Sky and somewhat hanging over the sport.
It's something which we don't need and we need that to go away. Because
cycling has been so good for British sport, we've won so many gold medals
in Rio and London, both in the Olympics and Paralympics. We do not
need some of the tabloid newspapers raking the mud. Jake Ball is the
first England cricketer to take five wickets on his one-day debut. They
beat Bangladesh by 21 runs in a thriller. Ben Stokes hit 101. Kayes
hit a century for the hosts. They looked to be cruising to victory
after they -- then they collapsed. Ball took the final wicket to see
England go one up in the three match series. That is all the sport for
now. It is ten years in save Russian journalist was gunned down in her
block of flats. Two trials lasting several years, but an investigation
into her death still isn't complete. Jeremie was shot four times in the
left. She was not the first journalist murdered in Russia and
nor will she be the last. She was the most vocal critic of the Russian
military campaign in Chechnya. The investigation found the killers,
they were from Chechnya. They were helped by some corrupt law
enforcement officials in Moscow. But who ordered this killing, who paid
for it? Why it happened we still do not know. By grim coincidence this
week saw the start of another murder trial, an opposition politician.
Again, those accused of killing him from Chechnya. But then the trail
stops cold. Who ordered this killing, we still don't know. And as
with the Anna Politkovskaya case, there is little hope the
investigation into this matter will be completed. Brexit has been
dominating debate in the UK, will any other countries follow Britain
out of the European exit door? If Marine Le Pen has her way, France
might be making a Frexit in the not too distant future. She has been
speaking to the BBC and started by explaining how significant June's
Brexit vote in the UK was. TRANSLATION:
Your problem is that the polling evidence since the Brexit vote is
that the French people do not want to leave the European Union. More
French people today say they want to remain inside than before the
British fight so you are actually not expressing the will of the
French people. Marine Le Pen, there. Let me remind
you of our main news. Hurricane Matthew has left a horrible trail of
death and destruction in Haiti. 800 people have been killed and
thousands displaced. The death toll is sadly expected to go up as more
remote communities are reached by aid agencies. These pictures are
coming in from Florida where part of the American coast is being
battered. Thanks for watching. Good evening, in a moment I'll have