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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


in touch with me and some Hello.


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