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

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

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

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

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The BBC uncovers the abuse of detainees at an immigration centre

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

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

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

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

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

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laser. Warm welcome to world News today.

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

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as rotten as the Supreme Court declared the presidential poll null

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

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

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

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with the court ruling but said he would accept it.

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Veteran politician Raila Odinga gets one more chance

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A last-minute decision to challenge the result

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of the presidential election paid off.

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

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conducted in accordance with the constitution

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and the applicable law, rendering the declared result

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Outside the court, celebrations erupted among opposition supporters.

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

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

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

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

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

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The judges, however, found no evidence of misconduct

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

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Rather they looked at the electoral process in totality from voter

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registry on to civic education as well as the campaigning and

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In a sense this judgment sets a strong precedent for election

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disputes globally and a high threshold for the

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The court directed the electoral commission

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But the opposition says it has no confidence

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Most of them actually belong in jail.

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And therefore we are going to ask for prosecution,

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of all the electoral commission officers who have caused

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this monstrous crime against the people of Kenya.

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The constitution states a new election must be

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For now though, opposition supporters across the country

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are basking in the glory of the court victory.

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

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

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

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

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Supreme Court coming out today declaring the election result is

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

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important for Kenya, really important, also really important for

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Africa because this has never happened before on the African

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

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Absolutely. Increasingly elections are close and contested through the

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

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

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

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

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The Kenyan shilling has weakened and the stock exchange suspended trade

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

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

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

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

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

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these irregularities were. The report is going to publish its

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

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

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

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

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violence. Others were putting pressure on him to accept the

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

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vindicated but it raises serious questions about the credibility of

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these international observer missions which you have experience

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

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

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

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

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

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scene that particularly in West Africa but increasingly in East

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Africa where it is local civil society and their observation groups

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that are most powerful and effective. The British security

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company G4S has suspended nine workers at an immigration removal

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Centre for allegedly abusing detainees. It follows a BBC

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investigation claiming officers mocked and assaulted people. It is

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alleged there is widespread self harm and attempted suicide at the

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

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more. Brook House Immigration Removal

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

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Airport. It's run by the global

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security firm G4S. Here foreign national prisoners

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facing deportation at the end of their sentence are detained

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alongside asylum seekers, illegal migrants and those who have

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

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programme shows a chaotic With self harm commonplace

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

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but the undercover investigation alleges some staff mock, abuse,

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or even assault detainees. The incidents picked up

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by the hidden camera Callum Tulley has worked

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

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violence at Brook House, when I started working there,

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

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seeing and hearing about. Last year another Panorama

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investigation at Medway Secure Training Centre in Kent led

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to allegations of the mistreatment The company says it is waiting

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

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

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absolutely disgusted It is totally unacceptable to me,

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to the organisation, to anyone else who would work

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in this kind of vocation. What does that tell

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

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comes from on high. My expectations are very clear,

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that we care for people, we look after people,

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

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

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decides who is detained It says it condemns any actions that

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put the safety or dignity of detainees at risk,

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adding that G4S needs to ensure there is a thorough investigation

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

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

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

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of Representatives has urged President Trump not to scrap a

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programme that protects young undocumented migrants known as

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dreamers from being deported. Republican Paul Ryan said Mr Trump

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

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fled their homes in Nigeria after heavy rains and flooding devastated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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reports of excesses during operations for security. According

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

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

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between insurgents and Burmese security forces. Here is Jonathan

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Head. Two days ago, people are swarming

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

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

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

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the destruction of village after village. Myanmar security forces

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wipe out the communities they believe Harbert Rohingya militants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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discrimination have led to this. Public sentiment inside Myanmar

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towards the Rohingya is almost universally hostile. Now a new

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generation of militants have armed themselves and attacked the Myanmar

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security forces in multiple locations and the civilian

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

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

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

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

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Neymar's record-breaking transfer from Barcelona.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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water. Those least able to cope

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

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life has been ruined. My house is totally broken

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

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farmers, some of the poorest The floodwaters have

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begun to drain back. Only to reveal the wreckage

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

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in this one Indian state, 17 million affected,

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

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

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the danger of disease. Filthy water, hot weather,

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

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and the lack of basic sanitation can People remained in water

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three days, four days. Their homes were

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

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to waterborne dieases, they were drinking contaminated

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

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tiny part of a catastrophe that is unfolding across much

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of South Asia. The region floods every year,

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but this is different. Exceptional rains have

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brought devastation right across the foothills

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

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

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of a single building in the Indian financial capital,

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

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by the torrential rains. And 16 people have died

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

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

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

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is not spent yet. More rain is forecast

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across the region. Donald Trump has declared this

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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international weekend for football as teams and the latest round of

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

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

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

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

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

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details. Normally when Uefa look into financial fair play its

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

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

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

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mean the world record signing of Neymar from Barcelona for around

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

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

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

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regulations. Uefa have said the investigation will focus on the

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

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light of its recent transfer activities. That break even

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

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

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

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said financial fair play is a crucial governance mechanism for the

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

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

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told the Associated Press in relation to whether they would

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

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

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Marin Cilic beaten by Diego Schwartzman. Petra Kvitova made it

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

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

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

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

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since Michael Chang in 1989. Mercedes dominated practice for the

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

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

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

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

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Valtteri Bottas fastest in the second. Sebastian Vettel third

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

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

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to be after the race on Saturday? Matteo

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the Italian quickstep rider finished ahead of his compatriot. Chris

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

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third rider to do the Tour de France double.

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

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

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

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

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

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ambitious cutting-edge research projects, allowing researchers for

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the first time to look deep inside matter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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extremely short light pulses allowing us to freeze quick

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reactions in biological material. What scientists say really except

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is the need of electromagnetic waves? Researchers hope this will

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

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the efficiency of industrial processes. The project will begin

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operations with 11 nations as members of its consortium.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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watching. Thanks for joining me. Time for a

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

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