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As many as 2,000 people are rescued from rising floodwaters in Houston

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Emergency services are pushed to the limit.

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If you are there and there is a need, we will get to you. I would

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simply ask that you will remain calm and remain patient.

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Tropical Storm Harvey is the most powerful storm to hit

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mainland US in a decade - destroying homes and businesses.

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Thousands of Rohingya Muslims escape fighting in Myanmar,

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only to be turned back by Bangladeshi border guards.

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A sombre opening for London's Notting Hill carnival.

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White doves released for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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Emergency crews in Texas are battling to save thousands

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of people from the massive floods caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.

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Hospitals have been evacuated, airports shut and many people

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are trapped in their homes as waters continue to rise.

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People have been told to stay off the streets.

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Weather forecasters have called the situation unprecedented.

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There's been extensive damage around the town of Corpus

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Christi where Harvey - then a category 4

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Now it's Houston further north, that's bearing the brunt.

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Harvey arrived in Houston with a vengeance.

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No longer packing the full force of the hurricane but still deadly.

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In just 24-hours, more than two feet of rain fell on the

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fourth largest city in the United States.

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This appears to be either the worst or one of the worst floods Houston

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We are measuring not in inches but in feet.

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Houston has ground to a halt and with the

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rain still teeming down, the waters keep on rising.

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Police are urging people not to venture out, not to

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Pedro told us he was almost swept away.

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I have to walk all the way there and the rescue boats are over

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there but I was helping somebody else.

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There is a rescue happening up there?

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The storm has crippled transport and left people struggling

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Right now it is hard to believe that this is

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You get a sense of how quickly this situation

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The flooding clearly caught these drivers by surprise and

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still the rain is coming down with no sign of it stopping.

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The authorities are struggling to cope.

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They are calling for more boats to be sent in.

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More than 2000 people in need of rescue have called the emergency

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services and the mayor is trying to stem a sense of panic.

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If you are there and there is a need, we will get to you.

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I will simply ask that you remain calm,

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remain patient and we will get to you.

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16 years ago the city was devastated by the most serious

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I spoke to James a short while ago. It is very difficult to operate here

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for us. You can only imagine how difficult it is for the people who

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are trapped. There are many of them. More than 2000 calls to the

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emergency services by people who are asking to be rescued. They are

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trying to prioritise those calls in order of those who are most at risk

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first. The emergency services are being stretched to the very limit.

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We have seen boats moving up and down the street and into the water.

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I heard a helicopter overhead. There are rescue is being made by water

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and the error. By any other means available as well. This is a very,

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very serious crisis that is engulfing Houston at the moment. The

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authorities are saying the worst is not over yet. That is right. I think

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the concern is this rain is going to continue. It has been pouring with

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rain and teeming down for many hours, if not days. As the remnants

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of what was Hurricaine Harvey now sits across the country. That storm

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is not moving very much at all. It is not that close to here, a couple

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of 100 and mutters away from Houston at the moment. But the rain on the

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eastern side of it is very, very intense. That is what is causing the

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problem. We have just heard from the National Weather Service that this

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may be a record setting rainfall for the entire modern history of Texas

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and the entire recorded history. There could be 50 inches of rain

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falling as a result of this storm. On the line is Majorie De Vries,

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who's in her home in Houston. Her home is badly affected. Thank

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you for talking to us. How bad are things where you are? Well, we have

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been very lucky. Our house has not flooded. However, one street away

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from us all the way down to the river, it is like a river. It is

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incredible. I think there is one metre and a half of what. People are

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trying to get out of their houses by boat with their pets and any kind of

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belongings that they can take. We are looking at the film that you

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have taken yourself and sent us. It is truly remarkable. It is a

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completely outside of your house. Yes, it very much is. Like I said,

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people from other neighbourhoods have come over with boats. It is

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incredible. It is a lovely neighbourhood to be living in and we

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have not seen any of the emergency services as yet. I think they are

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all struggling just to get into the area. How long did this flooding

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take to appear and rise to such a level? Very quickly. We arrived and

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got back last night at quarter past nine. What I heard from the

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neighbour at who said that 230 in the morning it really started to

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flood and people were evacuating their homes. We just had a break in

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the rain but it is kicking off again. All the way up to Monday

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evening they are saying now. Is it clear what you are being told to do?

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Whether you are being told to stay where you are are to leave, is that

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information coming through to people clearly? It is. I think a lot of

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people are saying to stay in your house. That is what we are all

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doing. However, the people who have been badly flooded, they are all

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going around to neighbours houses who have not been flooded. I think

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the biggest problem is that the whole city has stopped. They could

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continue for days on end. Is it difficult to stay indoors and remain

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there when you know there must be people who need help? Yes, and we

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work this morning just to try to help people. We're lucky with our

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house. We are higher. We have been helping as much as we can. It is a

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disaster, actually. I know you only moved to Houston at the beginning of

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this year. The people who have lived in the neighbourhood all of their

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lives have never had anything like this. No, never. I spoke to one of

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my neighbours who has lived here for a 40 years. He has elderly parents

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just a couple of streets down from us and they moved all of their

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furniture up as much as they could. Everybody is gobsmacked. We do not

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understand what is going on. I getting a sense that when the rain

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is going to stop and the worst will be over? Are you getting a sense is

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mac tomorrow evening they say it. . To get all of the cars and this will

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have a major affect over the next months. Lots of people need people

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to fix their roots and all sorts. We really appreciate talking to us. --

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fix their roofs. Thank you very much. We will have plenty more on

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that and there is more on the BBC website.

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Thousands of people have left their homes after two days

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of violence in a deepening crisis in the Myanmar's Rakhine state.

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People from the Muslim Rohingya minority have escaped

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But Bangladeshi border guards there are turning them back.

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Bangladesh has said it will turn back Muslim Rohingyas trying

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Some though have managed to cross the border, as fighting

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This morning, there was a huge number of fighting,

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What I think is the reason this morning - Rohingyas again came down

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Looks like they are running for fear of their lives.

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The clashes began on Friday, when Rohingya militants attacked 30

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People are being told to stay indoors.

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4000 non-Muslims are being evacuated from their villages

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Six people were killed when they strayed into the wrong area.

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The government in Myanmar led by Aung San Suu Kyi has blamed

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Bengali is the derogatory name given by the government to the Rohingyas,

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Just last week, the former Secretary General of

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the United Nations, Kofi Annan, said more needs to be done

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Those words were spoken just before this latest round of fighting,

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which will make a political solution to the problems more urgent,

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Let's take a look at some of the other stories

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Five mountaineers have died in a climbing accident in the Austrian

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Officials say the climbers were in an area below

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a glacier near Krimml where there is a heightened

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Some of the eight people killed in a crash on Britain's M1

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They include several Indian visitors travelling in the minibus that

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The drivers of the trucks have been charged with causing death

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A deal has been agreed in Lebanon that allows so-called Islamic State

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fighters to leave an enclave on the border with Syria.

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The Lebanese army launched its much-awaited ground offensive

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Here in the UK the opposition Labour party has for the first time,

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committed to keeping the UK in the single market

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union during a transition period after leaving the EU.

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The shift in policy would mean continuing to accept the free

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It is a softer position than the Conservatives.

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Labour campaigned to remain but since the result of the EU

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referendum in favour of leaving, the party has faced criticism that its

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policy on Brexit was unclear. Now Jeremy Corbyn and Kia Starmer had

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agreed on their version of the way forward. A transitional period is

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this the centre. Writing in the Observer, Mr Starmer criticises the

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Government of constructive ambiguity and says they should be no mixed

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messages. A credible solution is needed to one of the most takes to

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the important issues. Labour has not said how long the

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proposed transitional period should last. Only that it should be as

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short as possible they may find themselves torn between supporting

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what many will see as a soft Brexit policy and representing their

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constituents, a lot of whom voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. Here

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Starmer has suggested keeping the benefits of the single market with a

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effective management with migration. Some pro-Europe Labour MPs want the

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party to go further. What people would like to see building on this

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important step forward is for the Labour Party to commit to single

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market membership and custom union after the transitional period. The

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Government has dismissed Labour's policy saying the party has no

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vision for Britain Post Brexit. Their plan for a transitional period

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is now set. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come... All the sport as Hamilton wins the

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Grand Prix. The latest headlines... The city of

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Houston in Texas bears the brunt of tropical storm Harvey. 2000 people

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are rescued. Thousands of Rohingya Muslims escape

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fighting in Myanmar, only to be turned back

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by Bangladeshi border guards. A self-styled Indian guru,

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, is due to be sentenced on two

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charges of rape on Monday. News of his conviction trigerred

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an explosion of violence 38 people were killed

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and more than 200 injured. Thousands of police and troops have

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been deployed to try Some of his followers

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are travelling to Rohtak, Our South Asia correspondent,

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Justin Rowlatt is at his headquarters in Sirsa

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and sent this report. Behind this wall is the vast temple

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complex that is the headquarters of the sect run by the man

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who became known As well as this cinema,

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there is a hospital, But today, his followers were in no

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mood to welcome visitors. Other journalists have been attacked

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and their vehicles burnt. Guru Ram Rahim is a flamboyant

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and controversial figure who stars in his own movies

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but he commands His claim that he has 60 million

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followers worldwide, may be an exaggeration,

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but one army officer told me he thinks there are at least 40,000

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devotees inside the compound Driving away from the temple

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complex, you get a sense of how The local town has been under

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a strict lock down for days. The shops are closed

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and there are many roadblocks. We were turned back when we asked

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for permission to pass. Guru Ram Rahim is due to be

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sentenced on Monday in a town The fear is, it could

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spark yet more violence. All day, there has been

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a steady stream of devotees We all love him, God has gifted him

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with special powers. These guys have all

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left the compound. They are heading away,

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getting into vehicles I asked them if they are going

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to the town where the sentencing They said no, but whether it is true

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or not, I don't know. Local people have retreated

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into their homes, The authorities have

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ordered the Guru's assets, including the temple

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complex, be seized. But the devotees don't look ready

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to give it up without a fight, Now it is time for sport. Thank you

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very much. We will start with the English Premier League.

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Liverpool produced a dazzling attacking display at Anfield

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Two goals in either half for Jurgen Klopp's side moves them

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second in the table, two points adrift of

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First half efforts from Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane

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put the home side in a strong position at half time at a ground

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that hasn't been kind to Arsenal in recent years.

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Mohammad Salah compounded the Gunners woes

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and Daniel Sturridge added a fourth but more importantly for Klopp

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perhaps is that Liverpool have kept four clean sheets in a row

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at Anfield in the Premier League for the first time since September 2013.

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We were really good organised. If you give Arsenal space and time they

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will do what they want to do. Also you are a loss before the game

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starts and so I do not think that they did what they wanted today and

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that is all for the credit to the boys because they worked really

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hard. The performance was from back to forward was not at the level and

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they took advantage of it. It raises many questions and I still believe

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that you have not to think that these parents are not good. They are

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good players but it was sure to date we were not at the level.

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Title holders Chelsea put two goals past Everton at Stamford Bridge

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After a disappointing opening day loss to Burnley

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the Blues have struck back heading into the international

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break with goals from Cesc Fabregas and Alvaro Morata

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Tottenham saw a late Chris Wood equaliser deny them all three points

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at Wembley as Burnley salvaged a 1-1 draw.

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Delle Ali had put Spurs in front but Mauricio Pochettino

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saw his side's woes at the national stadium continue as the New Zealand

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international Wood grabbed the goal to deny his side victory meaning

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they've now won just twice in 12 matches at their temporary home

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while White Hart Lane is being rebuilt.

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Spanish Champions Real Madrid have just kicked off at home to Valencia

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in their first home game of the Primera Division season.

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It is goalless in that one after six and a half minutes. In other news...

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Lewis Hamilton held off the championship leader -

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Sebastian Vettel - to win a thrilling

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and led without much incident - until the 30th lap -

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when a safety car was brought onto the track which

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Hamilton in his 200th race managed to hold his own though and claim

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the win and he's now within seven points of the German in the drivers'

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standings as they head to Italy and Monza next weekend.

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England will take a two run lead into day four of the third

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test against West Indies at Headingley on Monday.

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Captain Joe Root remains unbeaten on 45

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with his side set to resume on 171 for 3 after the tourists had made

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Floyd Mayweather moved past the great Rocky Marciano to make it

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50 wins and no losses after his 10th round stoppage of Conor

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The 26-year-old Irishman who's the current lightweight UFC champion

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struggled to keep pace after the opening few

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rounds but his opponent still had praise for him.

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I told you guys in would be blood, sweat and tears and I've told you he

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is a hell of a fighter standing up. He shocked me. Our game plan was to

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take our time, to keep rocking him down. It took as longer than we

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expected but we did what we said we were going to do. I guarantee the

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fight was not going to do the distance, I was going for the knock

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out with going straight ahead you have to take contact, I understand

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that. Money you and I can only dream of. Thank you very much.

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Europe's biggest street party the Notting Hill carnival in London

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has opened with the release of doves in memory of those

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who died in the Grenfell Tower disaster in June.

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The carnival takes place in west London,

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Carnival-goers have been asked to wear something green,

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to remember those affected by the tragedy.

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# When you are down and out. When you are on the street. It started

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with a song to heal broken hearts. A promise of strength. Grenfell be

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united. And then... With the joyous sounds of vibrant colours of

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carnival they celebrated the lives of those taken by tragedy. Many wore

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green, the colour of growth and renewal. It is to honour the

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victims. My own relatives died. We love the carnival and she loved the

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carnival. We participated every year, go to their house, people

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would come from Europe. Her house to be full of 16 people sleeping on the

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floor. We are bringing back, life. At times, those watching were

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overwhelmed, sad and for those who once had a front row street the

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biggest carnival. With laughter and love, Carnival paid respect in the

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way it knows how. To bring us all together in a shearing community

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that we are one love and one community and together we are much

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more successful and together we celebrate the best of Britain. There

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have been moments of reflection, stillness and solitude as well as

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gratitude for those who saved lives. Carnival has always had its roots

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firmly within this community. It started in the 1960s by west Indian

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immigrants who were facing racism, inequality and poor housing. Many of

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this resonates on the streets of Notting Hill today. It is important

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we have a sense of team unity. We have had a minute 's silence for

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them. In the moment of madness, everyone heard that minute. It is a

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good spirit right now. Good vibes. Notting Hill Carnival will always

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symbolise celebration but in the shadow of Grenfell Pitt has a new

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purpose, the voice of a committee trying to heal. -- Grenfell it has a

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new purpose. He became interested in film using

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his father's camera. The Texas chainsaw massacre was banned in the

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UK for being too violent in 1974. His other films included the fun and

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poltergeist. Thank you for watching. Goodbye.

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It has been a fine Sunday across much of the British Isles. Our

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Weather Watcher pictures are coming

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