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Hurricane Irma - the most powerful Atlantic storm ever -

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heads to Puerto Rico after causing major damage in the

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

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fire for not speaking out about the plight of

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

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Several of them have told me that their villages

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There are some people here with gunshot wounds.

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

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

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rules for a prestigious portrait prize?

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Hurricane Irma - the most powerful storm ever

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recorded in the Atlantic - has now made landfall as it

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sweeps across a number of Caribbean islands.

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

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is now heading towards the British Virgin Islands,

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

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Our correspondent Laura Bicker is in Puerto Rico.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The category five hurricane ripped roofs off homes,

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devastating some of the oldest buildings in Saint Martin.

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

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

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And as she barrelled towards the Virgin Islands,

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hundreds tried to get to safer ground.

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

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Around the eye are catastrophic 185 mile an hour winds.

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

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

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

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This shop owner describes them as angels.

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

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

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The Governor inspects one of the shelters set up

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

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He says the next few hours of preparation could be

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the difference between life and death on this island.

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

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We are hopeful that it will skid off somewhere

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north-east of Puerto Rico, but we are prepared

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

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

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These families hope they will be safe in this school.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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you could see something you thought was lighting through your curtains

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but it was the live electricity cables actually snapping and dancing

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

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

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the snapped electrical cables in the distance sort of dancing around

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

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

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

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

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magnitude of Hurricaine Irma what was the reaction in Saint Kitts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hurricaine Irma here on BBC World News.

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

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of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar.

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Well today the country's civilian leader - the Nobel

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laureate Aung San Suu Kyi - described reports of

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the crisis as a "huge iceberg of misinformation".

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In the past twelve days nearly hundred and fifty thousand Rohingyas

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have arrived in neighbouring Bangladesh.

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

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Terrified Rohingyas are fleeing from Myanmar however they can.

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Several children are said to have drowned today trying

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We were hiding near a hill for two days.

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

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

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The refugees bring with them new reports of atrocities that have

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

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Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991

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for her nonviolent struggle for democracy and human rights.

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She had spent 15 years under house arrest during

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

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Aung San Suu Kyi was conspicuously silent on the victims

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She said misinformation was distorting reality,

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and she blamed terrorists for the crisis.

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

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

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They are Muslims who've faced discrimination and persecution

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for decades in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, which

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considers them illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

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But Bangladesh denies they are its citizens.

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Many were forced from their villages by communal violence

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The latest refugee crisis has been caused by what the military

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is calling "clearance operations", following attacks by Rohingya

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

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

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

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

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the tragic and shameful treatment of the Rohingyas.

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Aid agencies haven't been allowed into the areas

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

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warned this crisis could spiral into a humanitarian catastrophe.

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One of the few foreign journalists allowed into Rakhine state,

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from where Rohinja people are fleeing, is the

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A Burmese minister told him that all the villages burned down

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there were destroyed by Rohingya militants, aimed at forcing

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the Muslim population to flee to Bangladesh.

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

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

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journalists or any foreigners into this region without special

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permission, because it wants to challenge the narrative that the

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

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

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

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

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which is Muslim militants have infiltrated Rohingya of course they

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We are in the company of heavily armed police and government

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

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

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

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

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

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it is the responsibility of the militants themselves and nothing to

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

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in Myanmar could spiral Our correspondent Sanjoy Majumder

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

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and by sea. All these boats are carrying

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Royingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar and they have

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been coming through I am told there are several other

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

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who have just arrived. They have come off this boat

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

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their household belongings, things that they have just managed

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to grab as they ran. Several of them have

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told me that their villages There are some people

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here with gunshot wounds, some people with other injuries,

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

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

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of the many refugee camps that have and there are more

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

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

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

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

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the paternity claim. Maria Pilar Abel Martinez,

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a tarot cloud reader, had maintained that her mother had

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had an affair with The Hungarian government has reacted

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

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against taking compulsory The fixed quotas were drawn up two

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years ago at the height Hungary and Slovakia had

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brought their legal challenge They say they will continue

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to fight the quotas. The BBC's Nick Thorpe

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

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to the court verdict The Foreign Minister,

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Peter Szijjarto, described the verdict as appalling,

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irresponsible, and European law and values had

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been raped, he said. The European Commissioner

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for migration, replied that the only political element lay not

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

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clearly expects to happen is that the European Commission

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

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

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

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Hungary now hopes it can still influence the political

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argument over the future Meanwhile here in Britain,

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

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is planning tight restrictions on immigration from

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the European Union after Brexit. A leaked document recommends

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

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with employers being urged But business leaders have expressed

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concern about the proposals. Here is our Political Editor Laura

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Coombs burg. There in black and white,

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a plan for immigration Leaked ideas to answer the demand

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the Prime Minister believes millions The document from August says

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freedom of movement, where unlimited EU citizens can come

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

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

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for lower skilled workers, to prioritise British employees,

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

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

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is already losing one Italian chef And boss Rosie is concerned

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it will make it harder to attract new arrivals,

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the staff she needs. It will definitely hinder our job

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as an employer but actually We do have chefs from

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all over the world. It will impact our ability

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to recruit people. The Government won't budge

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

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to control immigration. Well one minister admitted it

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

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together only last month, there have been six more versions

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of the plan. With not just the Home

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Office but the Treasury, the Brexit Department and Number Ten

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

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

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about obscure negotiations in the back rooms of Brussels,

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but Government departments right now engaged in rewriting

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the country's rules. Laura Kuenssberg, BBC

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News, Westminster. A court in Moscow has ruled that

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

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pay to their dress size is illegal. Two stewardesses had

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brought the case, after their wages fell

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and they were removed from international flights

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because they were deemed too big. Aeroflot denies its policy

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

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

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on planes meant larger It might look like a photograph

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

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London's National Portrait Gallery to bend the rules

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for its prestigious The work of Finnish

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artist Maija Tammi - it's actually a robot staring

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

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person's been accepted for the Taylor Wessing

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Prize shortlist. The gallery say they'll look

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

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

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

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

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

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that where borders go, borderline things that questioned the actual

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Jennifer Lawrence was the highest paid actress

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

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playing gritty roles and her new part in the dark,

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psychological thriller Mother! is no exception.

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

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Oscar winner ahead of the film's UK premiere.

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and devoted to her husband, a much older literary man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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attempt. Before we go, take a look at these

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pictures which are proving quite They show a rather unusual attempt

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

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home in County Kerry You can see Derry chasing the bat

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

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

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spells. One

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