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Hurricane Irma - the most powerful Atlantic storm ever -


heads to Puerto Rico after causing major damage in the


She won the Nobel Peace Prize - but now Aung San Suu Kyi is under


fire for not speaking out about the plight of


We're on the border with Bangladesh as thousands continue to flee.


Several of them have told me that their villages


There are some people here with gunshot wounds.


Hungary reacts furiously as the top European Court says it must accept


It looks like a photo of an ordinary girl so why does this snap break the


rules for a prestigious portrait prize?


Hurricane Irma - the most powerful storm ever


recorded in the Atlantic - has now made landfall as it


sweeps across a number of Caribbean islands.


The Category five storm - with sustained winds of 185 mph -


is now heading towards the British Virgin Islands,


It has already had to get, St Martin and Anguilla.


Our correspondent Laura Bicker is in Puerto Rico.


You can see the effects of Hurricaine Irma and that storm is


quite a bit away. We believe the eye of Hurricaine Irma is currently over


the virgin islands and it was last recorded wind speeds of 185 mph.


They have not seen a storm in the region of this strength since 1928.


All the preparations have been made on this island now and the only


thing they can do is wait and see what the next few hours will bring.


This is what it sounds like to be in the heart of one of the strongest


The winds, like a jet engine, roar through the eastern Caribbean.


The category five hurricane ripped roofs off homes,


devastating some of the oldest buildings in Saint Martin.


And all communication was lost to 2000 people stuck on the island


of Barbuda where there are reports of a 20 foot storm surge.


And as she barrelled towards the Virgin Islands,


hundreds tried to get to safer ground.


This rare view from the air gives you an idea of the sheer


Around the eye are catastrophic 185 mile an hour winds.


And this is what they fear on the island of Puerto Rico.


The aim is to try to save as much as possible.


Neighbours in this area are handing out wood boarding and supplies.


This shop owner describes them as angels.


We are a strong island, you know, we have been through this before.


It's a lot of emotions going on, you know?


The Governor inspects one of the shelters set up


for the thousands who are expected to evacuate low-lying areas.


He says the next few hours of preparation could be


the difference between life and death on this island.


A big impact, should those hurricane winds hit Puerto Rico.


We are hopeful that it will skid off somewhere


north-east of Puerto Rico, but we are prepared


We can't leave anything to chance and our priority right now


is to make sure the people of Puerto Rico are safe.


These families hope they will be safe in this school.


This woman tells us her house is already filled with water.


Irma is closing in and all people here can do now is watch and wait.


Let's show you what things look like in Puerto Rico right now. This is a


light shop we can see, -- live shot. This is a beach not far from where


Laura was reporting. Porto Rico is expected to be coming very close to


Hurricaine Irma. The pad is predicted to particles by. More than


3.5 million live in Puerto Rico so a huge source of concern but it looks


extremely stormy. Just after two o'clock in the afternoon there.


Let's go to Saint Kitts. It was battered by Hurricaine Irma a few


hours ago. We can speak to James Ferrers. Thank you for talking to


us. Our things right now? Things have started to improve thankfully.


We have had the main brunt of the storm at about, between 5am and 7am


local time this morning. The winds started up at about midnight and


ramped up gradually until 5am this morning and the sun came up, you


could see the full force of the storm across the bay where I live


here. So now you are getting pretty complete picture of the kind of


damage it has called? Yes. Luckily the area I live in, the majority of


the houses are correcting proofs. Obviously there are trees down and


vegetation and roads. But there doesn't seem to be any structural


damage in the area I live in. You are actually part of the


preparedness team for the university where you work. At the school that I


work out, that is correct. We have been planning for some time,


everything seems to be going according to plan and so far to my


knowledge everybody is safe. We know you were looking at the window and


you could see something you thought was lighting through your curtains


but it was the live electricity cables actually snapping and dancing


around in the wind. That is right. It is about 430, five o'clock, we


thought there were lightning strikes but when we looked out, we could see


the snapped electrical cables in the distance sort of dancing around


near... We are looking at those pictures now, James. Yes, it you can


imagine it is pretty scary but thankfully it is not in an area


where a lot of people lived and now we can see it in daylight, things,


everybody seems to be safe in that area. When you heard about the


magnitude of Hurricaine Irma what was the reaction in Saint Kitts


given you were in its path? We knew there was a big storm coming from


the middle of last week so there was a lot of preparation coming across


the island, people have obviously been storing a lot of water, canned


food, biscuits, these sort of things, so we have been well


prepared. What are people able to do now? What sort of state had things


been left in? At the moment the current advice is to stay indoors.


We are still experiencing some high winds and some rain. Things are


starting to slowly ease off now, so we are all just sitting it out and


waiting for the all clear. Thank you for talking to us from St Kitts,


that is James, thank you for talking about how it was for you there in


the Caribbean. We will keep you up-to-date with the progress of


Hurricaine Irma here on BBC World News.


Over the past few days we've been reporting on the plight


of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.


Well today the country's civilian leader - the Nobel


laureate Aung San Suu Kyi - described reports of


the crisis as a "huge iceberg of misinformation".


In the past twelve days nearly hundred and fifty thousand Rohingyas


have arrived in neighbouring Bangladesh.


Many have accused Myanmar's military of murder and rape.


Terrified Rohingyas are fleeing from Myanmar however they can.


Several children are said to have drowned today trying


We were hiding near a hill for two days.


We were there in the rain without food and with my children.


When we heard the sound of shooting, we took a boat across the sea


The refugees bring with them new reports of atrocities that have


The world had hoped the country's de facto leader would use her moral


Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991


for her nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights.


She had spent 15 years under house arrest during


But today, at a press conference with the Indian Prime Minister,


Aung San Suu Kyi was conspicuously silent on the victims


She said misinformation was distorting reality,


and she blamed terrorists for the crisis.


We believe that together we can work to make sure that terrorism is not


allowed to take root on our soil or on the soil of any


They are Muslims who've faced discrimination and persecution


for decades in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, which


considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.


But Bangladesh denies they are its citizens.


Many were forced from their villages by communal violence


The latest refugee crisis has been caused by what the military


is calling "clearance operations", following attacks by Rohingya


150,000 Rohingyas have fled Myanmar in the last two weeks alone.


More than 230,000 have escaped to Bangladesh since last October.


Malala Yousafzai, a fellow recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize,


this week called on Aung San Suu Kyi to condemn what she called


the tragic and shameful treatment of the Rohingyas.


Aid agencies haven't been allowed into the areas


they are fleeing from, and the UN Secretary-General has


warned this crisis could spiral into a humanitarian catastrophe.


One of the few foreign journalists allowed into Rakhine state,


from where Rohinja people are fleeing, is the


A Burmese minister told him that all the villages burned down


there were destroyed by Rohingya militants, aimed at forcing


the Muslim population to flee to Bangladesh.


We have, a rather long and arduous journey to get here on a government


tour and the Government has brought us here. It doesn't normally allow


journalists or any foreigners into this region without special


permission, because it wants to challenge the narrative that the


rest of the world is hearing from the many refugees, tens of thousands


that are fleeing into Bangladesh. So they have been taking us to various


sites, showing as examples of destruction and letting us talk to


people. And all of them are sticking to the tame story, -- same story,


which is Muslim militants have infiltrated Rohingya of course they


don't use that word, it is pretty much banned in this part of the


world, they saved the Muslim cleared his work infiltrated by the sultans


and it was them themselves who burned down these villages, which we


can see, the remains of about four or five houses, apparently lived in


by Moslem inhabitants who are now being looked after next door by the


temple behind me. It is very hard for us to challenge this narrative.


We are in the company of heavily armed police and government


officials. We have heard some dissenting views and have been able


to talk quietly to people but this is the message the Government wants


to get across, that it wasn't their fault and security forces have


denied any abuses of a tall, all the allegations of rape and the shooting


and they say all the hundreds of villagers burned down, every part of


it is the responsibility of the militants themselves and nothing to


do with the Government. The UN is warning that the situation


in Myanmar could spiral Our correspondent Sanjoy Majumder


is on the border with Bangladesh - as more refugees arrive by land


and by sea. All these boats are carrying


Royingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar and they have


been coming through I am told there are several other


boatloads of refugees just waiting This is one fresh lot of refugees


who have just arrived. They have come off this boat


here, and you can see how they are carrying with them


their household belongings, things that they have just managed


to grab as they ran. Several of them have


told me that their villages There are some people


here with gunshot wounds, some people with other injuries,


but most of all, they This is a really dangerous voyage,


and it has taken them From here, they will move on to one


of the many refugee camps that have and there are more


coming in every hour. A test carried out on DNA taken


from the foggy of the dead Spanish artist Salvador Dali has shown that


a woman was wrong to His foggy was exhumed - in July -


from a crypt in Figueres so that samples could be taken to settle


the paternity claim. Maria Pilar Abel Martinez,


a tarot cloud reader, had maintained that her mother had


had an affair with The Hungarian government has reacted


furiously to the EU's decision to dismiss its legal challenge


against taking compulsory The fixed quotas were drawn up two


years ago at the height Hungary and Slovakia had


brought their legal challenge They say they will continue


to fight the quotas. The BBC's Nick Thorpe


is in Budapest and describes how The Hungarian Government's reaction


to the court verdict The Foreign Minister,


Peter Szijjarto, described the verdict as appalling,


irresponsible, and European law and values had


been raped, he said. The European Commissioner


for migration, replied that the only political element lay not


in the verdict, but in the stance of What the Hungarian Government now


clearly expects to happen is that the European Commission


will sue Hungary, Poland, and the Czech Republic for refusing


to accept a single asylum seeker Such a court case could take


between six months and two years. Having lost the legal argument,


Hungary now hopes it can still influence the political


argument over the future Meanwhile here in Britain,


there's been a mixed reaction to a suggestions that the Government


is planning tight restrictions on immigration from


the European Union after Brexit. A leaked document recommends


a two-year limit for unskilled workers to stay in the UK,


with employers being urged But business leaders have expressed


concern about the proposals. Here is our Political Editor Laura


Coombs burg. There in black and white,


a plan for immigration Leaked ideas to answer the demand


the Prime Minister believes millions The document from August says


freedom of movement, where unlimited EU citizens can come


here, will end when we leave. New arrivals after 2019 would have


to register to stay long term. There will be tighter rules


for lower skilled workers, to prioritise British employees,


perhaps even with a cap on numbers. And for EU citizens who do come


to the UK, it'll be harder This Birmingham food factory


is already losing one Italian chef And boss Rosie is concerned


it will make it harder to attract new arrivals,


the staff she needs. It will definitely hinder our job


as an employer but actually We do have chefs from


all over the world. It will impact our ability


to recruit people. The Government won't budge


on its view that the referendum was an instruction from the public


to control immigration. Well one minister admitted it


won't be an easy job. Since this draft was put


together only last month, there have been six more versions


of the plan. With not just the Home


Office but the Treasury, the Brexit Department and Number Ten


all determined to chip in. And don't forget, whatever


they decide here, they have Leaving the EU is not just


about obscure negotiations in the back rooms of Brussels,


but Government departments right now engaged in rewriting


the country's rules. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC


News, Westminster. A court in Moscow has ruled that


a policy used by the Russian airline Aeroflot to link flight attendants'


pay to their dress size is illegal. Two stewardesses had


brought the case, after their wages fell


and they were removed from international flights


because they were deemed too big. Aeroflot denies its policy


is discriminatory, but in court, a lawyer argued that the appearance


of its crews was a key factor He also argued that limited space


on planes meant larger It might look like a photograph


of an ordinary Japanese girl, but this snap's forced


London's National Portrait Gallery to bend the rules


for its prestigious The work of Finnish


artist Maija Tammi - it's actually a robot staring


into the lense - and the only time a photo of an artificial


person's been accepted for the Taylor Wessing


Prize shortlist. The gallery say they'll look


at the rules for future years, but for now they like the questions


it poses over what it We can speak to Maija Tammi now -


on the road as we speak, Maija, welcome, thank you for


speaking to us while you are on the move. What gave you the idea to do


this? I was in Japan in an artist residency and most of my works but


that where borders go, borderline things that questioned the actual


definition that kind of creates them, for example, life and death.


What kind of things are considered alive and what dead? We have


multiple definitions. We can look at Erica. That is the name of the


android you chose to photograph. Tell us what it was like to meet an


android? I only had half an hour with her and she wasn't on, so to


speak, so I could not talk to her because she has her own desires and


things she wants to do, so I had half an hour with an assistant and


we had a little laptop in the table where we could control facial


movements and little details in her face, the kind of control her eye


movement and control her. If you look at the picture nobody would


know that it wasn't a real-life human being I met this then is the


roads -- this bends the rules, the National Portrait Gallery says it


itself, will you surprised they let you do this and get this far? Kind


of a bed. That was also my reason to enter Iraq into the competition


because I want to see if the time is ready for us to kind of think what


do we consider to be alive and what do we consider to be human as well.


The other two short listed orchards are an image of a migrant and Venter


is a portrait of a girl fleeing Islamic State in Mosul. Do you think


that nonhuman takes some seriousness away from the other portraits? Not


necessarily. We also have to remember when we look at Brit Awards


that I am sure a lot of people still strongly believe that a portrait


tells something deep psychological inside of the person who is in front


of the camera, whereas we do know in reality that people project our own


thoughts on the portraits. We see a face and we imagine what lives and


what sort of person it could be. It is so do our best possible gas.


Sorry, Maija, thank you very much. We are out of time. The results will


be announced on the 14th of November, we wish you all the best.


Jennifer Lawrence was the highest paid actress


in the world last year - she's made her name and her fortune


playing gritty roles and her new part in the dark,


psychological thriller Mother! is no exception.


Our Arts Editor, Will Gompertz, has been to meet the 27-year-old


Oscar winner ahead of the film's UK premiere.


and devoted to her husband, a much older literary man


The critics are slamming and lauding this in equal measure. It is not


enjoyable while you are watching it. It is hard to watch. It is an


assault. If I was writing a review while I was watching it I would be


like, don't go! If you sit with it a little bit and give yourself 45


minutes when you get home, you realise how important it is. He has


a stranger, we just going to let him sleep in our house? Hello. Hello.


What was in it that was important? What is great about it is everyone


will walk away with something that resonates with them. For me it is


what would happen if we treated our planet with care, with humanity,


pulling out of the Paris climate deal was not a good start. That is


what keep the marriage going. This is all just... Setting. Oh, you do


want them. What about gender and the Hollywood thing? Do you think it is


still deeply unfair, the game is rigged in Hollywood? I do. I think


there is still a lot of unfairness. We are making changes, the gap is


very slowly closing, but there is still work to be done. Could you


make sure for instant that you got paid the same or even more than your


co-star in this movie? I didn't look at what he was getting, I just knew


what they deserved and what with that. If you found out he was paid


more? There would be a phone call. Before we go, take a look at these


pictures which are proving quite Why drag this crime was completed in


25 minutes but he had been trying for two years. He is the first


person to finish a single rope climb. For the non-rock climbers


among us, that is considered the hardest kind feature can actually


attempt. Before we go, take a look at these


pictures which are proving quite They show a rather unusual attempt


by an Irish man to catch a bat It was filmed in Derry Fleming's


home in County Kerry You can see Derry chasing the bat


around with a bath towel, It all turned out well in the end.


No injuries. Thank you for watching. Hello. Today we have had some bright


spells. One


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