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Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after Monday's
mudslides and flooding, as the number of those
This is a disaster. According to the head of this mortuary, it is
absolutely saturated. India - the world's most
populous democracy - I'm Reeta Chakrabarti,
live in Amritsar with a series of special reports from here
and around the region. Looking at the country's potential
and the problems holding it back. The UK Government sets out its plans
for trade with the EU and the rest Sailing to the North Pole
has never been done. How the British explorer Pen Haddow
hopes to change that. Sierra Leone's president has called
for urgent support saying the country is overwhelmed
by the devastation of At least 400 people are now thought
to have lost their lives on the outskirts of
the capital Freetown. Experts warn they're now
at risk of diseases spread Bodies have also been piling
up outside mortuaries. Umaru Fofana sent this
report from the city. On the day after, emergency services
are still overstretched. Inside the central mortuary
of the main Connaught Hospital They are lying on the floor in the
open because there is no more space. Nearly 100 bodies were brought
in on Tuesday morning, bringing the total number to nearly
400, some of them limbless. The head of the mortuary says
they are completely overstretched and that is not all -
as they were trying to sort corpses out, more corpses are being brought
in from different parts of the city. Even the rescue effort
here is challenged. People are believed to still be
alive underneath this spot. Even if they are, it'll be a miracle
to find them breathing. Government and development partners
have now set up a response centre, registering those left behind
by the disaster. But the testimonies from people
who have been badly hit by this TRANSLATION: I first saw the body
of my sister and called on people to help me
and we laid her on the floor. Then I started hearing other
people nearby crying. Monday's mudslide and flash floods
have shaken this country. Even for a country that has
known a bloody civil war and a destabilising Ebola outbreak,
this is unbearable. Let's get the latest now
from Unicef's Sierra Leone The chief coroner of Sierra Leone
has set in the last hour that he fears there will be more than 500
bodies. Yes, we have seen the figures going up in the last few
days since Monday morning floods and slides. It is our concern that the
figures would rise and that is what we are seeing. ... The viewpoint of
the coroner, as you saw there laying the bodies outside the more she read
in Freetown. It is a loss of dead and has left the country in deep
mourning. You must be hearing a lot of all. Read from those who have
survived. It struck me how fast this happen, there was no time to run?
I think we are losing that line... There was a lot of rainfall, but
that is not unusual for August. Flash floods in many areas and
particularly... I think we will have to leave it
there, the line is difficult. We appreciate your time.
At least 12 people are reported to have been killed by a falling
tree during a religious festival on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
More than 50 others were injured when the 200-year-old oak tree came
down, without warning, at the gathering near Funchal.
This is how one of the worshippers described events at the celebration.
We heard a noise, I looked up, I had my son by my side. I saw the tree
falling so I called my son and ran away. I heard a Big Bang. In a lot
of people in a panic. There were a lot of people down there.
India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has led his nation
in marking the 70th anniversary of the country's
The division of colonial India into two states -
India and Pakistan - in 1947 was followed by sectarian
violence between Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.
The partition led to the movement of around 12 million people in one
Reeta Chakrabarti is at the Golden Temple in Amritsar for us.
This is the most famous landmark in Amritsar. The Golden Temple is the
holiest site for followers of the Sikh religion. This stands in the
state of Punjab, very badly affected by the horrors of partition 70 years
ago. On this anniversary, India has a lot to reflect on in its past and
present. Modern-day India has a huge, young population and a
burgeoning economy. But it has recently seen a rise in religious
violence, directed particularly at Muslims. As South Asia correspondent
reports. This is a day of
celebration for India. The day it was released
at last from colonial rule. The Indian Prime Minister,
Narendra Modi, talked of the country's successes -
its growing economy, its efforts to tackle corruption
and his vision for a secure, developed nation with equal
opportunities for all. He made a point of speaking out
against hate crimes. In the name of religion, some people
commit crimes. This is the land of Gandhi and border. Violent in the
name of faith will not be tolerated. He was talking about people who
commit religious violence. That statement is directed
at men like this. Modi is a Hindu Nationalist
and tensions have been growing between the country's Hindu majority
and its large Muslim minority. At the centre of the controversy
is the slaughter of cows for meat. But the cow is a sacred
animal in Hinduism, TRANSLATION: If I find someone
killing my mother cow, I don't need the police
or the authorities. He's so passionate about protecting
the cow, he and his supporters They've been told they've got no
permission to stop vehicles, Stopping these lorries to see
if they're carrying any cows. TRANSLATION: I have information
that they are smuggling cows Cow vigilantes have been
increasingly active across the country since Modi took
power and there have been murders. Avoiding communal conflict
is crucial for India. This new bridge is just
one of scores of major The country's doing well -
the fastest growing large There is a lot for India to
celebrate today. But the Prime Minister knows keeping this country
growing depends on keeping religious conflict in check.
Amritsar is right on the border with Pakistan and as India celebrate its
70 years, it is starting to address publicly it brutal and bloody
beginning when the country was cut into. It was a difficult start for
India and for its past -- first by Minister, named.
One of a tiny number of transport links between neighbours.
This train operates just twice a week, taking Indians over
the border and bringing Pakistanis here to the outskirts of Amritsar.
But it's a journey very few make, because of decades of mistrust
between the two countries, which started with the
Amritsar is becoming a centre of remembrance.
This week, India is launching the first ever Partition museum
here, recording the acts of violence and bravery of that time.
People actually haven't spoken much about Partition in the past,
The reason being that I think that generation
when they came across, A, they were traumatised, and B,
because they were so busy setting up their own lives,
As the newly independent state of India was born,
its first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was full
At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India
His vision was of a democratic, secular state in which poverty and
She lived through the horrors and only narrowly escaped
with her life, hidden with a fruit truck and disguised in a burkha.
Now 87, she's been recording her memories for her grandson Rishi
and reflecting on modern India and Nehru's India.
TRANSLATION: All the dreams that he showed us, they've
We thought that after independence, all sorts of things would happen.
We are still better off but there are many poor people.
There is still so much poverty in India.
There has been major economic growth in India by Nehru's vision of a more
One thing endures, the political mistrust between India and Pakistan,
a hostility that some born many years after Partition
We are the same people. We probably eat similar food.
We might just worship different gods but that doesn't
But he's never been to Pakistan, which is less than 20 miles away.
The border between the two countries is real and psychological.
Partition is both history and ever present.
There is that tension you referred to, between looking back at mass
tragedy but also celebrating Indian identity? Yes, very much so. Looking
back at past tragedy, you can still see as its repercussions today. In
the fact that the two macro people from the countries can't go to each
other's countries. There are very few crossings between India and
Pakistan and very few people ever make those crossings. We will
broadcasting in the city of Lahore in Pakistan, only a few miles away
from Amritsar. When we made the land crossing there was hardly anybody
making that crossing with us. That is a legacy that end and there is no
apparent end in sight for that. People, when you talk to them, say
they feel nothing but friendly feelings towards the other side but
with the governments, there is an undercurrent of hostility all the
time. In terms of the positive side, there is a great deal of optimism in
this country. The economy is growing fast, globalisation is giving
Indians huge opportunities and Indians are looking at all sorts of
new markets. People are coming to India for trade. Theresa May was
here, the British crime Minister, looking for trade deals post Brexit.
India feels like a place for opportunity that there is a tension
between some of those strains from history, from partition and it
start, and also some developments within the political scene today, as
Justin was talking about. Fears that there may be a rise in religious
tension which some people feel that you can trace back to the hostility
that began with partition. Good to talk to you from Pakistan and from
India over the last two macro days. Thank you.
And for more information on the partition you can
The astonishing story, of four friends who were separated
by the traumatic events - and reunited 30 years later.
The US President Donald Trump has described the American chief
executives who've resigned from his manufacturing
His tweet claims that for every person who drops out,
Three CEOs confirmed their resignations on Monday,
apparently in protest at Mr Trump's initial failure to condemn white
supremacist violence in Charlottesville Virginia.
A fourth, Scott Paul, from the Alliance of
American Manufacturing, resigned on Tuesday.
Let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news.
US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, says
to talks, after North Korea postponed a threat to fire missiles
But he added that it would be up to Kim Jong-Un as to when such
The US has always insisted that Pyongyang must first give
The BBC World Service has called on the Iranian authorities to scrap
a new order that appears to freeze the assets of its staff in Iran.
The BBC Persian service is banned in Iran and working
for the BBC is illegal, but the World Service
has an audience there of about 13 million.
Grace Mugabe, the wife of Robert Mugabe, has reportedly returned home
from South Africa despite being ordered to answer charges of
assault. Authorities said they had no idea where she was.
A toxicology report in the US shows that golfer Tiger Woods had five
different drugs in his system when he was arrested
on suspicion of driving under the influence in May.
A urine test revealed a mixture of strong painkillers,
sleep and anxiety drugs and THC, a chemical component of marijuana.
The former world number one pleaded not guilty to the DUI charge last
week and is expected to admit a lesser charge of reckless driving.
The British government has set out its plans for trading
with the EU and the rest of the world after Brexit.
The proposals allow for a temporary deal if it's needed,
with the ultimate goal similar to the current free-trade agreement
A senior EU figure has dismissed that as fantasy,
but the UK's Brexit Secretary, David Davis, says the numbers prove
Italy selling us 290 billion, we are selling
It is in their interests, I mean, BMW do not want to have
to have a customs border that is going to slow
down their sales or add administrative costs.
Siemens is not going to want to do that, you know, so...
And the port of Rotterdam is going to want to have an efficient
operation, the biggest port in Europe, it's going to want
to have an efficient operation so they have got an interest
Adam Fleming has been following the day's developments
The questions here in Brussels boil down to two macro issues.
On timing, the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier has treated basically
saying he wants to stick to his timetable which is that
you make progress on issues like the Irish border,
the UK's financial obligations and the rights of EU citizens living
in the UK and British citizens living elsewhere in Europe after
Brexit, before you start talking about the future relationship.
He tweeted saying, the quicker you make progress, the quicker
you can start talking about the other things.
In terms of what the UK is asking for, which is a very close
relationship on customs in the near future
and the longer-term, the European Commission issued
a statement saying, you can really only have a frictionless border
for trade if you are not in a customs union, but in the EU's
customs union and you also a member of the single market.
In other words, remaining as a member of the EU.
The way that was put in a tweet by Guy Verhofstadt,
who is the chief Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament is that
what the UK Government was asking for is "a fantasy".
Having said all that, officials here in Brussels have been
asking for a while now for more clarity from the British government
on what it wants to achieve with Brexit and the detail
of its position on a whole range of issues.
So they are very glad that today's paper is the start
of a deluge of documents heading their way from London.
Here's a special BBC report into a mystery -
the disappearance of three Saudi princes living in Europe,
They had all been critical of the kingdom's government -
and there's evidence suggesting they were abducted and flown
It's known that one was jailed without trial -
This report from BBC Arabic's Reda El Mawy.
These three Saudi princes were outspoken critics
Prince Turki bin Abdulaziz was once an officer
in the Saudi police, which gave him access to highly
In June 2012 he began posting videos on YouTube,
in which he called for reform in Saudi Arabia.
He also claimed to have highly damaging documents and threatened
to expose corruption at the highest level.
Prince Turki was later arrested in Morocco and deported
to Saudi Arabia at the request of the Saudi authorities.
Another Prince, Saud bin Saif al-Nasr, was a relatively
minor royal with no known political activities.
But in 2015 he began tweeting attacks on the Saudi monarchy.
TRANSLATION: To those who say I am criticising people from my family,
I say it is obligatory to state the truth.
In September 2015, an anonymous Saudi prince wrote two letters
calling for a coup to overthrow King Salman.
The letters went online and were read by millions.
This was an astonishing display of opposition.
Prince Saud was the only royal to endorse the letters.
This was tantamount to treason and may have sealed his fate.
A few days later his Twitter account fell silent.
Prince Sultan bin Turki was one of the grandsons
of Prince Abdulaziz, the founder of Saudi Arabia.
He was abducted twice, the first time from Geneva in 2003,
after which he was placed under house arrest in Saudi Arabia.
Years later, he was allowed to leave Saudi Arabia for medical treatment
He contacted a lawyer who placed a criminal complaint on his behalf
It belies any credibility that this was anything other
than the abduction described by Prince Sultan.
I interviewed some witnesses, collected some medical evidence,
including a medical record from King Faisal Hospital,
where he was admitted the next day, in June 2003, which indicated he had
aspirated and been intubated in Geneva,
which for some reason was already waiting at the airport.
Prince Sultan was never able to pursue his case.
In January of that year, he boarded a jet offered to him
Two of his staff told us what happened on the flight.
The pilots diverted the flight to Riyadh, were armed
A Saudi prince and his team of European and American nationals
were kidnapped and taken to Saudi Arabia.
The foreigners were allowed to leave three days later.
Sultan has not been heard from since.
Khaled bin Farhan al-Saud is another dissident prince
He says the fate of the dissident princes is decided at the very top
We tried to contact the three princes without success.
When we asked the government of Saudi Arabia to respond
to the allegations, they declined to comment.
The British explorer Pen Hadow and his team have set off
for the North Pole - in two 50 foot yachts.
He says the melting of sea ice in the region is making the voyage
Hadow left Nome in Alaska earlier on Tuesday.
He'll sail along the Baring Strait into the Central Arctic Ocean.
After that his team will use satellites to plot the best
Our Science Correspondent Rebecca Morelle reports.
Setting off into uncharted Arctic waters, a pair of yachts
attempting a first - sailing all the way
A crew of ten and a dog have just departed from Alaska.
Led by British explorer Pen Hadow, they have a 5,500
For the first time in human history, possibly for the first
time in 130,000 years, it is now possible to sail
It's rapid warming that has made this expedition possible. This shows
how CI 's has melted over time. The smaller the less ice that year. --
this shows how sea ice has melted. Half of the volume has melted since
the 1970s it is estimated. It means that once inaccessible waters are
opening up. Researchers say that this could lead to significant
changes, especially for commercial shipping routes. The North Pole is
here and what we are seeing in this map... And Reding University,
scientists say that instead of having juice sail around the frozen
pole, ships will have a new short cut. We are seeing a firm and as the
ice continues to melt, the prospect of having commercial ships
travelling through the region will only increase. I see ships being
able to go right over the poll by the middle of the century.
The team do not know how far north they will get.
But this expedition into the unknown may be the start