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Hello, this is BBC World News today. I'm Ben Bland. The top stories.


Kenya's supreme court declare the results of last month's elections


invalid. The president says he will accept the result. I personally


disagree with the ruling that has been made today. But I respect it.


The BBC uncovers the abuse of detainees at an immigration centre


in southern England. The worst flood in decades bring misery to tens of


millions of people across South Asia. I've lost everything. I had a


cow and a goat. They were both killed. My house is totally broken


and I'm left sitting here by the side of the road. Same


scientists are beaming as they turn on the world's most powerful x-ray


laser. Warm welcome to world News today.


The Kenyan opposition leader Odinga has described the country's election


as rotten as the Supreme Court declared the presidential poll null


and void because of irregularities. Fresh elections must be held within


60 days. After the verdict there were celebrations in Mr Kenya's home


as well as other opposition areas. President Kenyatta said he disagreed


with the court ruling but said he would accept it.


Veteran politician Raila Odinga gets one more chance


A last-minute decision to challenge the result


of the presidential election paid off.


The presidential election held on the 8th August 2017 was not


conducted in accordance with the constitution


and the applicable law, rendering the declared result


Outside the court, celebrations erupted among opposition supporters.


It's now back to the drawing board for presidential candidates.


As much as I disagree with it, I respect it.


I disagree with it, because, as I have said,


millions of Kenyans queued, made their choice, and six people


have decided that they will go against the will of the people.


The judges, however, found no evidence of misconduct


The judges did not limit themselves to what happened on election day


Rather they looked at the electoral process in totality from voter


registry on to civic education as well as the campaigning and


In a sense this judgment sets a strong precedent for election


disputes globally and a high threshold for the


The court directed the electoral commission


But the opposition says it has no confidence


Most of them actually belong in jail.


And therefore we are going to ask for prosecution,


of all the electoral commission officers who have caused


this monstrous crime against the people of Kenya.


The constitution states a new election must be


For now though, opposition supporters across the country


are basking in the glory of the court victory.


Alex Vine is with me, head of the Africa programme at Chatham House.


Welcome to the programme. This is a remarkable moment of maturity for


Kenya isn't it, the dispute over the election being settled in the court


rather than on the streets. Yeah, nobody would have imagined the


Supreme Court coming out today declaring the election result is


null and void and they'd have to be held again within 60 days. This is


important for Kenya, really important, also really important for


Africa because this has never happened before on the African


continent. The implications go beyond the borders of Kenya itself?


Absolutely. Increasingly elections are close and contested through the


courts. This is a really important watershed moment for democracy in


Africa. We know the elections have to be rerun within 60 days, I


suppose there may be security concerns around it. Yes, there will


be security concerns. The market have already shown they are nervous.


The Kenyan shilling has weakened and the stock exchange suspended trade


for a short period. There will be quite a lot of worry and uncertainty


over the next 60 days. Quite interesting it came to this because


for a long time the opposition was saying it would not go down the


route of contesting it in court. Almost at the last minute they did.


The court found in their favour, without giving us details of what


these irregularities were. The report is going to publish its


judgment, we'll see it eventually. Odinga wasn't going to do this but


was under a lot of pressure from the international community. Ambassadors


and High Commissioners in Nairobi were telling him, that's what you


have to do, contest through the courts, don't continue to pursue


violence. Others were putting pressure on him to accept the


outcome, accept defeat in the election. You'll feel incredibly


vindicated but it raises serious questions about the credibility of


these international observer missions which you have experience


of. I was a member of the Commonwealth observer group mission


for the Gonnet in elections last year. A lot of these observant


groups are there to monitor the days of the elections and before. Some


have long-term observers but they are not able to pick up that much.


The local observer groups are the ones that are most effective. We


scene that particularly in West Africa but increasingly in East


Africa where it is local civil society and their observation groups


that are most powerful and effective. The British security


company G4S has suspended nine workers at an immigration removal


Centre for allegedly abusing detainees. It follows a BBC


investigation claiming officers mocked and assaulted people. It is


alleged there is widespread self harm and attempted suicide at the


centre which houses migrant is about to be expelled. Alison Holt has


more. Brook House Immigration Removal


Centre sits a couple of hundred metres from the runway at Gatwick


Airport. It's run by the global


security firm G4S. Here foreign national prisoners


facing deportation at the end of their sentence are detained


alongside asylum seekers, illegal migrants and those who have


overstayed their visas. Covert filming by the BBC's Panorama


programme shows a chaotic With self harm commonplace


among the men held there. There are officers doing their best,


but the undercover investigation alleges some staff mock, abuse,


or even assault detainees. The incidents picked up


by the hidden camera Callum Tulley has worked


at Brook House for two years. There is a culture of


violence at Brook House, when I started working there,


I was, I quite quickly became disturbed by what I was


seeing and hearing about. Last year another Panorama


investigation at Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent led


to allegations of the mistreatment The company says it is waiting


to see the Brook House footage but has suspended nine staff and put


five others on restricted duties. My initial reaction is that I am


absolutely disgusted It is totally unacceptable to me,


to the organisation, to anyone else who would work


in this kind of vocation. What does that tell


you about the culture of Brook House and also of G4S because culture


comes from on high. My expectations are very clear,


that we care for people, we look after people,


on occasions we challenge people, and we do so in a way that is


accepted, that is clearly laid down. It's the Home Office that


decides who is detained It says it condemns any actions that


put the safety or dignity of detainees at risk,


adding that G4S needs to ensure there is a thorough investigation


into the allegations at the centre. The company says it has


alerted the police. Let's look at some other stories


making headlines from around the world. Was because of the US House


of Representatives has urged President Trump not to scrap a


programme that protects young undocumented migrants known as


dreamers from being deported. Republican Paul Ryan said Mr Trump


should let Congress find a solution. Tens of thousands of people have


fled their homes in Nigeria after heavy rains and flooding devastated


a large part of the region. 730 tonne trucks of aid have been sent


to the area. Police in north-west England say the former national


football captain Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving.


They say the Everton striker was stopped in his Volkswagen beagle in


the small hours of Friday. Last month he announced his retirement


from the England team after 14 years. The former Archbishop of


Westminster Cardinal, Murphy O'Connor has died aged 85. The


leader of the Roman Catholic Church for nearly a decade, made a cardinal


by Pope John Paul II in 2001. There is risk of a humanitarian


catastrophe according to Antonio Guterres. He says he's concerned by


reports of excesses during operations for security. According


to the UN nearly 40,000 refugees from Myanmar's minority have crossed


into neighbouring Bangladesh. 400 have died. They are fleeing fighting


between insurgents and Burmese security forces. Here is Jonathan


Head. Two days ago, people are swarming


across, wading, swimming, carrying what they can. This dramatic exodus


continuing even now speaks of a terrible conflict on the other side.


Inside the state, they are watching and recording from a safe distance


the destruction of village after village. Myanmar security forces


wipe out the communities they believe Harbert Rohingya militants


who last week launched armed attacks on the police. Bangladesh doesn't


want them but the Rohingyas haven't stopped coming. A stream of


humanity, all telling the same terrible stories. Of homes burnt,


husbands shot dead, and of flight on foot to the border. But where the


river is widest to some of the boat foundered. Men, women and children


drowned. The death toll in six days of violence right across the


northern state can only be guessed at. Years of repression and


discrimination have led to this. Public sentiment inside Myanmar


towards the Rohingya is almost universally hostile. Now a new


generation of militants have armed themselves and attacked the Myanmar


security forces in multiple locations and the civilian


population is feeling the backlash. Over the river, smoke from wrecked


communities send an ominous warning that this conflict isn't over. That


it might get a lot worse. Jonathan Head, BBC News, Bangkok. Stay with


us on BBC News. Still to come... The investigate Paris Saint-Germain over


Neymar's record-breaking transfer from Barcelona.


this is BBC World News, I'm Ben Bland. The latest headlines. Kenny's


Supreme Court has declared the result of last month 's presidential


election invalid and ordered it to be rerun within two months. The BBC


has uncovered the alleged abuse of detainees at a detention centre in


southern England. Nine workers have been suspended. Full impact of the


devastating floods across South Asia is now becoming clear. Heavy rain at


this time of year are not unusual but the monsoon in India, Pakistan,


Nepal and Bangladesh is the heaviest in decades. Millions of people have


been forced from their homes. A third of Bangladesh is still under


water. Those least able to cope


are the hardest hit by the floods. Budhia Devi says her


life has been ruined. My house is totally broken


and I'm just left sitting The people here are subsistence


farmers, some of the poorest The floodwaters have


begun to drain back. Only to reveal the wreckage


of homes and of lives. More than 500 people have died just


in this one Indian state, 17 million affected,


and now there are new concerns - houses, schools, roads -


they all need to be rebuilt and then of course there is


the danger of disease. Filthy water, hot weather,


and the lack of basic sanitation can Filthy water, hot weather,


and the lack of basic sanitation can People remained in water


three days, four days. Their homes were


submerged in the water. They remained in the water but due


to waterborne dieases, they were drinking contaminated


water, so it's a huge risk. And this is a snapshot from just one


tiny part of a catastrophe that is unfolding across much


of South Asia. The region floods every year,


but this is different. Exceptional rains have


brought devastation right across the foothills


of the Himalayas, from Bangladesh in the east, across India and Nepal,


all the way to the West coast The death toll from the collapse


of a single building in the Indian financial capital,


Mumbai, rose to 33 today. Police suspect it was weakened


by the torrential rains. And 16 people have died


in flash floods in Karachi, Eid, one of the holiest dates


in the Muslim calendar, is tomorrow. It is typically one of the busiest


periods for the city as families But the monsoon's fury


is not spent yet. More rain is forecast


across the region. Donald Trump has declared this


coming Sunday to be a national day of prayer. The mayor of Houston has


warned parts of the city may remain underwater for two weeks. Storm


Harvey has displaced more than 1 million people with more than 40


feared dead. The flooding has knocked out the water supply to more


than 100,000 people in the town of Beaumont. Some estimates put the


economic cost at more than $50 billion. Time for a round-up of all


the day's sport. Katherine Downes is at BBC sport centre. Its


international weekend for football as teams and the latest round of


World Cup qualifiers. These are the latest scores. Germany one goal up


against the Czech Republic. Scotland beating Lithuania 3-0 in a must win


match for the Scots. England 1-0 up against Malta thanks to a goal from


Harry Kane. Paris Saint-Germain page ?200 million for Brazil's Neymar,


doubling the world record for a transfer. David Ornstein has more


details. Normally when Uefa look into financial fair play its


retrospective analysis, but here they've gone on the front foot and


said they are going to look into Paris Saint-Germain's financial fair


play compliance. Due to the recent transfer activities. By that they


mean the world record signing of Neymar from Barcelona for around


?198 million. The loan deal from Monaco, a loan deal with an option


to buy at the end. Many people think it's an obligation to buy for ?166


million. It's a way to navigate around financial fair play


regulations. Uefa have said the investigation will focus on the


compliance of the club with a break even requirement, particularly in


light of its recent transfer activities. That break even


requirement, all clubs have to live within their means, not allowed to


spend more than they earn. Uefa say they aren't going to give any more


comment on this. An interesting paragraph of this statement, they


said financial fair play is a crucial governance mechanism for the


stability of club football, they are trying to keep every club on a level


playing field. At the time of the Neymar transfer, the PSG president


told the Associated Press in relation to whether they would


comply with financial fair play, go and have a coffee and don't worry


about us. We're in hands, thank you. Another big name out of the US open.


Marin Cilic beaten by Diego Schwartzman. Petra Kvitova made it


through to the fourth round. She makes a comeback from the knife


attack that kept out of action for the first six months of the year.


Kyle Edmund had to retire with injury. The 18-year-old is the


youngest player to reach the men's fourth round at Flushing Meadows


since Michael Chang in 1989. Mercedes dominated practice for the


Italian Grand Prix. Tom Clarkson is in Monza. Italian Grand Prix marks


the end of the European season of the 2017 World Championship and on


the evidence of everything we've seen so far it's all about Mercedes.


Lewis Hamilton fastest in the first practice session, his team-mate


Valtteri Bottas fastest in the second. Sebastian Vettel third


fastest all day today. Leading Lewis Hamilton by seven points in the


World Championship. All to play for this weekend. What is the gap going


to be after the race on Saturday? Matteo


the Italian quickstep rider finished ahead of his compatriot. Chris


Froome finished safely in the chasing pack. He bids to become the


third rider to do the Tour de France double.


One of the most powerful x-ray machines ever built has officially


opened in the German city of Hamburg. The facility which has cost


more than 1 billion euros to build will be used to study the detailed


structure of matter. Atom by atom. It'd nearly 40 meters below German


cornfields in residential areas of Hamburg is one of Europe's most


ambitious cutting-edge research projects, allowing researchers for


the first time to look deep inside matter.


This has been ten years in development and is housed in a


tunnel three and a half kilometres long. The machine is a particle


accelerator that 27,000 times a second can produce a brilliant and


extremely short flush of x-rays. TRANSLATION: The light flashes we


generate are about 100 femtoseconds long, more or less the light needed


to cross a human hair. Reaching the Moon takes a second so we generate


extremely short light pulses allowing us to freeze quick


reactions in biological material. What scientists say really except


this part is that superfast time structure in the flashes will catch


proteins or catalysts in the very moment they are made or broken, and


even make a film of that change. But the head of the project is not


driven by questions of immediate use. TRANSLATION: I'm curious on


what I may answer in 5-10 years. Today I will say not with all the


will in the world can I imagine the specific use. But from the history


of science we learn often somebody said there was no utilisation. What


is the need of electromagnetic waves? Researchers hope this will


lead to new routes to understanding the causes of disease and improve


the efficiency of industrial processes. The project will begin


operations with 11 nations as members of its consortium.


Before we go, an astronomer has captured images of the biggest


asteroid to pass close to Earth in more than a century.


The asteroid known as Florence came within 7 million kilometres of our


planet. The space rock measures five kilometres across and is the largest


to pass by our planet disclosed since the record of asteroids began.


You can reach me and some of the team on twitter. Thank you for


watching. Thanks for joining me. Time for a


round-up of some of the noteworthy weather happening around the globe.


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