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This is BBC World News Today. I'm Ros Atkins.
Fire at a chemical plant in Houston, as floodwaters wreak more havoc.
Hundreds are moved amid confusion over the threat.
I know they got all kinds of chemicals and I don't know what's
in the water coming down into my house.
I got water in the house right now, so it's going to be pretty nasty.
Thousands of villages in India, Nepal and Bangladesh are cut off
President Macron reveals his controversial plans for reforming
France's labour laws, but he will face tough opposition.
It's more than a game - it's a multi billion dollar business.
The high stakes gambling that is football's transfer deadline day.
Hello and welcome to World News Today.
People living near a chemical plant in Texas have been told to flee,
Yet more damage caused by Tropical Storm Harvey.
At least 33 people have been killed across the state and the crisis
Fumes coming from the chemical plant have been described
Two explosions have been reported at the Arkema structure
in Crosby near Houston, after it lost power,
meaning it could no longer refrigerate its volatile chemicals.
It is an unsettling sight, a fire smouldering in the water.
This plant makes organic peroxides which must be kept cool,
but when the hurricane hit, the power failed and now
They planned for this, but not well enough.
Police have a simple message - get out, now.
Already 15 officers have been to hospital for checks amid fears
Max Del la Rosa's car was trapped by the floods
inside the danger zone, but he was told he had to walk out.
I guess something went on because then I just heard the alarms.
I was like, "oh, man, it's so serious now."
Then my mum was trying to get me, my dad was trying to get me,
I know they've got all kind of chemicals and I just don't know
which ones is in the water and coming down into my house,
it means I've got water in the house right now.
As specialist teams rolls in, the messages coming out
Reports of explosions are now being denied.
Federal officials say the smoke is incredibly dangerous,
This isn't a chemical release, what we have is a fire,
and when you have a fire where hydrocarbons,
these chemicals burning, sometimes you have incomplete
And any smoke is going to be an irritant to your eyes or your
The company which operates this plant says there's only one thing
to do now and that is to let this fire burn itself out.
In the meantime, people are being are being warned to stay back
In Houston, with the floods receding, Frank Rogers is heading
When he escaped, the water in here was up to his chest,
and this scene is being repeated today in thousands
Upset, all the work we've got to do to get back up.
It's going to be a long, trying time.
And still this storm is not stopping.
The rain and the rescues are continuing to the east,
on the border between Texas and Louisiana.
And she wants to know, everyone wants to know,
James Cook, BBC News, Crosby, in Texas.
The BBC's Laura Trevelyan joins us now
I guess the question everyone is wondering is is the water started to
go down? It isn't here. In fact, here they have been told that there
are yet more mandatory evacuations at Fort Bend County and people here
are told that the river that has burst its banks is going to crest
tomorrow, on Friday, at 56 feet, is that means these homes here which
are already flooded, the water levels are going to rise even
further and that is a source of tremendous anxiety for people here
because it is most a week after hurricane hardly made landfall.
Tubby but had hoped that they were out of the woods, but now they are
realising that because of the tremendous amount of rainfall that
happened when the hurricane turned into a tropical storm and just hung
around over the Houston area for days, that has made the levels rise
in the rivers and now you're getting the run of coming into the rivers
and this extraordinary unprecedented level of flooding is happening and
so there is going to be record flooding here in Richmond, Texas,
and people are braced for what they will find when they can finally get
into their homes. I was going to ask you about when they can access their
homes. Have people been given any sort of idea of the kind of weight
they are looking at? Just talking to one man here who has lived for 25
years in this area and he was telling me that it could be the
middle of next week before they are able to get into their homes, so it
is really an incredibly difficult situation but what is happening here
is just a snapshot of what is happening across the Gulf Coast of
Texas in the wake of the hurricane, that people are experiencing record
levels of flooding, loss, displacement, and weeks, months,
maybe even years before they can even fully recover. And the people
who have had to leave their homes, Howell nearby are they? Have they
had to travel far to get some work to lay their head? Well, it is
strange, because just across the street from me, up the hill, there
isn't any flooding. So it all depends where you are. Some people
are staying with friends, with neighbours, nearby. Other people
have gone in local hotels. Other people have gone even further
afield. Of course, people are trying to stay close at hand because they
are worried about their properties and looting and thieves. They have
been reports of lots of looting happening in Houston, which has
really alarmed people, so everybody wants
to stay close at hand and get their belongings and possessions just as
soon as they can, which in the case of Richmond, Texas, is not going to
be for a while because we are still expecting the peak flooding
tomorrow. Thank you very much, Laura.
Aid agencies are struggling to get help to people
affected by devastating floods across South Asia.
More than 41 million people are believed to be affected.
In India, the worst-hit area is the eastern state of Bihar,
where there are reports that the death toll has
Nearly 300 people are understood to have lost
their lives in neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal.
Aid agencies are calling the floods one of the worst
regional humanitarian crises in years.
Weeks after the worst flooding in decades,
a third of Bangladesh is still under water.
Many villages in the northern part of the country still cut off.
Aid agencies are desperately trying to reach those affected.
It's a similar situation across large parts of South Asia.
The eastern Indian state of Bihar has been hit the hardest.
Heavy rain and overflowing rivers have left large areas under water.
More than 500 people have been killed here in the past few weeks.
Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes,
There's a lot of people still out of their homes.
People are surviving and getting on with things as they can.
And India's financial capital Mumbai, a city
of more than 20 million, was brought to a standstill
after torrential rain hit the city on Wednesday.
Transport services ground to a halt, forcing many to simply wade home.
We're in the middle of the annual monsoon season and it's been raining
intensely across India, but also neighbouring
Nepal and Bangladesh for the past several weeks.
It's caused the worst flooding in decades and it's led
to a massive humanitarian crisis across the entire region.
South Asia is not unused to floods, especially at this time of the year,
but the scale of the disaster this time round has meant
that the authorities have struggled to cope.
At least 22 people have died after a building collapse in Mumbai. This is
the third building collapse in the city in less than a month. This
particular building is thought to be 100 years old and is residential.
About 40 people were inside when it fell.
Let's take a look at some of the other
The United States has ordered Russia to close its San Francisco consulate
and two other annexes by the weekend.
It is in retaliation for Moscow's expulsion of 755
US diplomatic staff, which takes effect tomorrow.
After 11 days of fierce fighting, Iraq's Prime Minister has declared
that the northern city Tal Afar and surrounding areas have been
"fully liberated" from the so-called Islamic State group.
The full recapture of Nineveh province comes weeks
after Coalition-backed Iraqi forces ousted the jihadists
from the provincial capital, Mosul.
Bangladesh coastguards have found the bodies of 20 people,
mostly children, who drowned fleeing Myanmar.
Thousands have left Rakhine state, following escalating
violence in the country, after Rohingya rebels attacked
30 police stations last Friday, which triggered a military response.
So, how much progress is being made in talks over Britain's
departure from the EU? Well, it depends who you believe.
Europe's chief negotiator Michel Barnier says there has been
no decisive movement and highlights problems of trust.
His British counterpart David Davis, though, claims some things
Here is our Europe Editor, Katya Adler.
Trust building between the two sides.
That's what the EU says this first phase of Brexit negotiations
So, by today, the end of round three of the first talks, how
It's clear that the UK does not feel legally obliged
to honour its obligations after departure.
How can we build trust and start discussing a future
For his part, David Davis said the UK couldn't blindly
trust a divorce bill presented by the EU.
The commission has set out its position and we have a duty to
our taxpayers to interrogate it rigorously.
Behind the smart suits, the stiff smiles, it was clear that
both sides were talking at cross purposes today about what Brexit
subject to tackle in what order, and whether and much progress is
David Davis picked it deliberately painted a
It's only through flexibility and imagination
that we will achieve a
deal that truly works for both sides.
Michel Barnier insisted the UK had to be more clear, and realistic
He said the EU couldn't be flexible if the UK didn't show its
TRANSLATION: I'm not frustrated but I am impatient.
We know that Brexit will have a big impact on our lives, but
how huge will depend on the nature of a transition deal and a future
permanent trade deal between the EU and UK.
We are nowhere near that yet, and all this deal-making could
still fall apart, but there is no need to panic just yet.
The EU refuses to talk about the EU- UK
future until various substantive progress on the divorce deal.
Both sides agree reassuring EU citizens
in the UK and UK citizens in the EU is a top priority, but they still
disagree over whether the European Court of Justice should have a role
in guaranteeing the rights of individuals.
On Ireland, progress has made, especially around
protecting the Northern and Republic of Ireland Common Travel Area, but
the so-called divorce bill is the biggest
The EU wants the UK to pay up to 100 billion euros
in what it sees as financial
The UK says it will pay something, but it refuses to
These Brexit talks have largely been technical, political
pressure to push for progress is unlikely
EU until after the Conservative Party conference or the formation of
a new German government after elections next month.
Meanwhile, as the EU likes to repeat, the clock to
the end of the UK's EU membership is ticking.
It is the issue that may come to define his presidency.
Can Emanuel Macron push through reform of France's Labour laws?
Some economists say changes are needed to make
the country more dynamic, though the unions are sceptical.
Among the proposed changes unveiled on Thursday,
a cap on the amount of money workers can be awarded
more flexibility for small companies to directly negotiate employment
terms with their workers, making it easier for companies
to fire their staff, with the sweetener of raising
and streamlining worker representation into a
Joining us live from Paris is Nicholas Vinocur, who is covering
They differ joining us. The politics of this looked easier a couple of
months ago for Emanuel Macron? He was more popular. He was coming off
his incredible election and the country still seem to be very much
enamoured of him. Sadly, that is very much in the rear-view mirror
now. He is approaching this reform as unpopular as Donald Trump in the
United States. Now, you say this is a problem, but doesn't he have the
support in parliament and via the powers that come with the presidency
to get this through regardless of what public opinion is saying? He
certainly does. He has an absolute majority over the lower house of
parliament, and that's what counts to get legislation through. This
bill is going to be an executive decree, so he doesn't need even any
support in parliament. The issue is going to be the street and how the
country be axed to these reforms. And that is important for the
president, because they could be an enormous backlash. And people often
focus on September in France because it is a time when we see lots of
protests, but I was interested but a couple of unions had worried the
said that they would not take part in planned protests. That is right.
The negotiators have been very shrewd in playing a game of divide
and conquer with the unions. They held secret negotiations, they
compartmentalised talks with the different unions, and gave out
sweeteners to the different groups to get them to play ball, and the
one union that has promised to go out and protest is the hardline CGT,
but it is not even getting its kid brother to go out and protest
alongside it, so the protests, well they should be impressive, are
looking fairly scattered for the time being. Just quickly, before I
let you go, some viewers may become peers that someone who was so
popular has lost popularity so quickly. What has he done wrong?
There have been some miss steps. There have been some communication
problems with the president that he has tried to correct this time. And
there has also been the dawning realisation that all of these
reforms might actually affect regular French people and might
actually affect me and my neighbour, and I think that has soured opinions
on the president very quickly indeed. Thank you very much for
joining us and you can see the analysis on political Europe.
The South African President's son, Duduzane Zuma,
has denied being involved in any wrongdoing, despite persistent
allegations of corruption involving his family
The Guptas have been accused of wielding undue influence over
President Jacob Zuma, to advance their business interests.
Our correspondent Milton Nkosi travelled to Dubai, to meet Duduzane
This is Duduzane Zuma, the son of President Jacob Zuma.
He has been facing allegations of corruption involving dodgy
Government contracts, while working with his
business partners, the
The finger-pointing was not just limited
There have been repeated calls by the members
of the public for President Zuma to step down.
Precisely because of his relationship with the controversial
But after a long period of silence, in this rare BBC
interview, Duduzane Zuma has denied these allegations too.
I have not involved myself in any corrupt
I asked whether he and his business partners offered a bribe to a former
deputy finance minister back in October 2015, as the minister had
Mr Jonas was not offered a bribe by the something.
There was no such thing that took part.
He has also refuted claims that he and
his father own residential properties in Dubai, as has been
Does your father own a house, an apartment here?
In Dubai, he does not own any property
Are you concerned that you may be in the end locked up
following all of these allegations, going to prison for corruption?
It's the first time that it crossed my mind.
I don't know if you saw it cross my mind, but it's gone.
It's just crossed now, since you mentioned
I actually saw it crossing and it's gone.
The South African President's son, Duduzane Zuma, on corruption
Whether you have been crying tears of joy or despair
about your team since the start of the football season,
the fees paid in this transfer period have been
More than $4.8 billion has been spent in Europe's top five leagues.
It has been a summer spending spree like no other.
Big names with even bigger price tags.
From Manchester to Chelsea, from Arsenal to Everton,
across the Premier League clubs have been splashing the cash
Among the early movers, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
swapping his Arsenal shirt for a Liverpool one
It has been a window of such mind-boggling numbers,
but fans of the summer's biggest spenders say it's worth it.
That's why we pay the money, basically.
We want to see success, we want to win trophies.
Don't get me wrong, some of the fees are ridiculous but apart
Five summers ago, Premier League clubs spent just under half
Last summer the figure had more than doubled, but that record has
By this morning, clubs had spent more than 1.2 billion,
and by tonight's deadline it will be far more.
Well, a 50% increase in TV money, which brought last year's title
winners Chelsea some ?150 million, and some say the club's buying power
I think we have talked for the last 20 years
about the bubble potentially bursting, and it hasn't burst yet.
What will happen to football rights if an Amazon,
a Netflix or a Google wish to acquire the rights?
You can't really predict that at the moment, but you would expect
that the value will go up even further.
The summer's most jaw-dropping transfer was in France -
Neymar's ?200 million move to Paris Saint-Germain,
but collectively it's the Premier League that
leads the pricing or, as some see it, the overpricing.
If ever there's a time to be a professional footballer, it's now.
Average pay is over 35 million, my goodness.
And tonight there could be more hefty numbers.
Manchester City offering 60 million for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez.
A cricket match has been abandoned after a crossbow arrow was fired
The discovery prompted play to be suspended and sparked a security
alert, which led to the match eventually being declared a draw
Police say there is not evidence of terrorism and they are keeping an
open mind about the motive. It is 20 years to
the day since Diana, the Princess of Wales,
died in a car crash in Paris. The event, which also took
the lives of Diana's friend Dodi Fayed and her driver,
Henri Paul, will be marked privately Members of the public have been
gathering at Kensington Palace to mark the anniversary
of her death. Our Royal correspondent
Nicholas Witchell reports. The news had come in the early
hours of the morning. Diana, Princess of Wales had been
involved in a serious As the world waited for news,
the then British ambassador to France, Lord Michael Jay,
was at the hospital with France's Interior Minister,
Jean-Pierre Chevenement. As time moved on, it became clear
it was more serious than we thought, and then Chevenement was taken out
by one of the nurses and he came He came up to me and said,
"I'm afraid she's dead." Later in the day, the Prince
of Wales arrived at the hospital to bring Diana's body
back to Britain. It had been Charles who'd had
to break the news to William and Harry that their mother
had been killed. 20 years on, Lord Jay
recalls the conversations He was clearly deeply moved
by what had happened and talked a little bit about what it had been
like in Balmoral that morning. He said how Prince William
had wanted to go to church that morning -
which was not, he said, something Prince William always
wanted to do on a Sunday morning - But throughout that day,
that morning, he had wanted to do what he thought was in the best
interests of two children who had It was a week when many people
struggled, not least, says Lord Jay, The nation wanted to share
their grief, it seems to me, with someone, and the person
they wanted to share their grief Lessons were learned at the palaces,
but most importantly it's Diana's sons, now in adulthood,
who appear to embody the style of monarchy people
want for the future. Yesterday they looked
at the tributes to their mother which had been placed outside
Kensington Palace. 20 years on, Diana's
impact is still very real. Don't forget, you can get
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