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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm gavin grey. our top stories: celebrations in kenya as the supreme court declares last month's presidential election null and void. president kenyatta says he'll abide by the decision. i personally disagree with the ruling that's been made today, but i respect it. fire is burning out of control at a chemical plant in texas which flooded in the wake of hurricane harvey — the area has been evacuated. at least m00 people have now died, after heavy monsoon rains across large parts of south asia. also in the programme: how amsterdam is mounting a post—brexit challenge to london's financial services. hello and welcome to bbc news.
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in an historic ruling, kenya's supreme court has overturned the result of last month's election, and ordered a re—run. president uhuru kenyatta says the decision is political, but he will accept the judgement. it's the first time a legal challenge to a presidential vote has been successful anywhere in africa. anne soy reports from nairobi. celebrating a new lease of life. veteran politician raila odinga gets one more chance to run for president. a last—minute decision to challenge the result of the presidential election paid off. the presidential election held on 8 august 2017 was not conducted in accordance with the constitution under the applicable law, rendering the declared result invalid, null and void. a shocking and rare judgment.
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the judges did not limit themselves to what happened on election day until the results were announced. rather they looked at the electoral process in its totality from voter registration to civic education as well as the campaigning and procurement of election materials. and so, in a sense, thisjudgment sets a strong precedent for election disputes globally and a high threshold for the conduct of elections. 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 court directed
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the electoral commission to organise a fresh election. but the opposition says it has no confidence in the current commission. they have committed criminal acts. most of them actually belong injail. 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 that a new election must be held within 60 days. for now, though, opposition supporters across the country are basking in the glory of the court victory. anne soy, bbc news, nairobi. a little earlier, anne explained why the international election monitors, who declared the vote
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to be ‘free and fair‘ — have come under fire after today's ruling. the international observers were criticised for rushing to endorse a process, even before the final result was announced. but they did also emphasise the importance of seeking legal means of dispute resolution and we believe that that pressure is what led to the petition that was decided today. thejudges made a radical decision. it goes against the norm even in the commonwealth where judges generally tend to show restraint. but then by so doing they have demonstrated their independence. anne soy there. you can get much more on this story on our website — including this piece by our correspondent alastair leithead, looking at what's next for kenya. just go to bbc.com/news. more than moo people are now known to have died after the catastrophic
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flooding across several south asian countries. this year's monsoon season has been particularly heavy — affecting tens of millions of people in bangladesh, nepaland india. many left homeless are now sleeping on roadsides and in makeshift shelters — short of food and clean drinking water. the bbc‘sjustin rowlatt reports from bihar in northeastern india. those least able to cope are the hardest hit by the floods. villages and fields were transformed into great lakes here in bihar, one of the poorest states in india. budhia devi says her life has been ruined. translation: i have lost everything. i had a cow and a goat. they were both killed. my house is totally broken and i'm just left sitting
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here by the side of the road. i have nothing left. i just don't know what to do. the people here are subsistence farmers, some of the poorest and most vulnerable people on earth. 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 be a deadly combination. people remained in water three days, four days. their homes were submerged in the water. they remained in the water but, due to waterborne diseases, they were drinking contaminated
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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 northern india and nepal, and now up into pakistan. 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, pakistan's largest city. but the monsoon's fury is not spent yet. more rain is forecast
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across the region. justin rowlatt, bbc news, bihar. in the last few hours, plumes of thick black smoke have been seen rising from a chemical plant in texas which was hit by severe flooding earlier this week. owners of the arkema plant had warned that its cooling systems had failed and that they would not be able to prevent it catching fire. the authorities have evacuated hundreds of homes in a 2.5 kilometre radius of the plant in the town of crosby, north—east of houston. president trump will head back to the storm—affected areas of texas on saturday. at his weekly address, he outlined his relief plans. at the request of governor abbott, i declared a major disaster in the state of texas to ensure that federal aid is available for state and local recovery efforts. i also approved a disaster declaration for louisiana. organisations like the red cross, the salvation army and faith—based organisations are actively assisting
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on the ground and they are doing a fantasticjob. flood waters in houston may barely have begun to recede, but already scientists are studying the patterns and effects of storm harvey. michael wehner is one of those scientists — hejoins me now from san francisco. there is no doubt that the amount of rain has been absolutely colossal. why is this hurricane worthy of scientific study? well, it isjust for that reason. an unprecedented event, unusual in many aspects and, so, it is a serious tragedy for the people of texas but it is also an opportunity because of the high quality data, media roll it media weather data that has been
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collected. —— weather data that has been collected about the landfall hurricanes that stole out like this one did. and that is why it caused so one did. and that is why it caused so much damage, it slowed down to a walking pace, didn't it? yes. it is happening before but it is not frequent. the copious amounts of rainfall that fell onto the eastern area is of particular interest to me. i studied the effect of climate change on extreme weather and it is my opinion that some of that rain, that total rainfall was increased by around ten or 15% because of the warm temperatures in the gulf of mexico. you mention climate change.
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how do you think your research may outline the difference it has made all how we can approach these events in the future? there are two interesting questions. one is easy, one is hard. the easy one is how much more rain there was because it was warmer. the difficult question is did climate change have any influence at all on the chance of the storm stopping as it did. letters are more difficult question. these things will take some time to settle. there will be a difference of opinion among scientists. when somebody makes a hypothesis, they tested, they publish it, it is peer reviewed and if it passes peer reviewed and if it passes peer reviewed and if it passes peer reviewed and the rest of the community will critique it with their own point of view. eventually, hopefully, the truth comes out. thank you very much. stay with us here on bbc news
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because still to come: what happened at this hospital in utah when a disagreement over a blood sample spiralled out of control. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash
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in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: kenya's electoral commission has come under heavy criticism after the supreme court annulled the results of last month's presidential election, citing irregularities. and the devastating floods across large parts of southeast asia have killed at least moo people. well, as we know, it's notjust south asia that's suffered extreme weather conditions this year. chris fawkes from the bbc weather centre explains what's been happening across the globe. the monsoon season brings rains vital to the well—being of over
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i billion people. but the rains can also bring misery. floods this year have been particularly bad in north india, bangladesh and nepal, but it is not the only part of the world hit by severe flooding this summer. in earlyjuly, unprecedented rain hit southern japan, with an astonishing 77 centimetres of rain falling injust nine hours. floods and landslides killed over 30 people, with over 500,000 advised to evacuate. africa's sierra leone was hit by torrential rain on the night 01:14 august, with the ensuing mudslides killing over 1,000 people in the capital, freetown. then tropical storm harvey dumped the largest amount of rain ever seen from a single storm in mainland united states, with a record—smashing one metre, 30 centimetres of rain seen in houston, an unprecedented amount of rain. are there any links with these floods around the world? well, they all involve storms fed by rich, tropical, moist air, which in all cases came over oceans which are unusually warm, with temperatures in the indian ocean, the east china sea, the tropical atlantic and the gulf of mexico all warmer than normal. convergent winds locked the storms into the same location,
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and concentrated the extreme rainfall over just that area. then, of course, there is climate change. this graph of rain in the united states, using american weather service data, shows that extreme rainfall has become more common since the 1960s. the international panel on climate change expect such events to become more common in a warmer world. it is well—known that warmer air holds more water, so as the planet warms up, these extreme events have the potential to give even more rain than they would have done in previous decades. chris fawkes on the floods of 2017. myanmar‘s rohingya minority could be facing a humanitarian catastrophe, according to the un secretary general. 40,000 rohingya muslims have fled to bangladesh in the past week, amid reports of extreme brutality
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in a security crackdown. with me is tun khin, president of the burmese rohingya organisation here in the uk. thank you for coming in. what are you hearing on the ground as being the latest? we are hearing that mass killings is continuing by the military against rohingya, and many villages are being burnt down. even yesterday. and military killing elderly man, women, children, you know... we received that many children have been thrown to the fire while they are burning down rohingya houses. according to our reliable source, at least 1000 rohingyas have been killed since the 25th of august. and some sources are saying it might be 3000—4000. so a
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big situation, according to what we can see. it is hard to confirm. at least 160,000 rohingya have become idps. internally displaced persons? internally displaced persons. there is no food and no medicine. we also hearing that children are dying as they are not having food for five or six days, now. that is a horrific situation, going on, against rohingya, in burma. there is no doubt of the difficulties being faced in the terrible conditions being faced by those trying to flee. but the burmese military would say that they are actually fighting militants whose ranks are growing. i do anything you to agree, but that is what they say about why they have lodged this crackdown. yes. the attacks happened on the 25th of
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august. you know, some young rohingya groups. but the military are not targeting those attackers. the military are targeting the whole rohingya population. they are taking a collective punishment. we are hearing from the grounds that the military just hearing from the grounds that the militaryjust go in, village by village, burning down elderly men, women, and children. they killing, slaughtering. that is what is happening. that is what we have been hearing. what is it that you would wa nt hearing. what is it that you would want the un, we have had these comments now from the un secretary general, people around the world seen these pictures, very difficult to verify on the ground, of course, but what would you like bald leaders in the un to do? it is very important. we need immediate action from world leaders to stop this genocide against world leaders. ——
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would you like world leaders. if the international community does not intervene this time, i believe that thousands, thousands of rohingya will be killed, in a few days' time. so we need immediate international collective action. that is difficult, isn't it? going on to a country's sovereign soil, to do that. because - you can see the situation, how it is going on there. the burmese military and government is denying what is happening. it has been happening since 2016, october last year. the military deny everything. the un found that what has happened to the rohingyas could amount toa has happened to the rohingyas could amount to a crime against humanity. we have seen it in the past and it is happening again. it is notjust happening last during this year, but
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again and again. what is facing the rohingya is completely a crime against humanity, a genocide. in this kind of situation, the international community must act immediately. so the international community, world leaders, must pressure at the burmese military to stop this, and allow humanitarian aid access, and also, you know, restart the rohingya writes for the longer term. that is very important. you have made that very clear. the measurement, of course, would deny that those actions are taking place. —— the burmese government, of course. as brexit negotiations continue, financial institutions based in the uk are already looking for ways to minimise disruption to their business once the country leaves the eu. amsterdam is proving a favourite destination, with banks such as rbs and mitsubishi ufj among the firms moving there. our business editor simon jack reports from the netherlands. amsterdam, home of the world's oldest stock exchange, mounting a new challenge
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to post—brexit london. i think it's very young, the cost of living is very good compared to london. and also being part of the continent. after the brexit outcome, we see companies moving to amsterdam, especially the more tax heavy companies, which need a european passport. the passport means companies in the uk can service customers in europe. that may not be possible after the uk leaves, which is why this company is setting up shop in amsterdam. europe represents around half of our business, the eu 27. so as there isn't clarity yet, of course, on the outcome of the negotiations, we need to be prepared for multiple different outcomes. hence we choose amsterdam. so what awaits those looking for a new european home? so, welcome. thank you. this is... harder to pronounce,
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but easier to afford, the cost of living and working in amsterdam is half that of london. nice view on the canals. you can cycle to work, or even fly back to the uk in underan hour. you may well be thinking, who cares if a few bankers leave the uk? well, apart from the jobs and the tax revenue they bring in, doing business under one roof, the one roof that is london, is very efficient. if you splinter all that business to the capitals of europe, it becomes much less efficient, and that increases the costs of banks and insurance companies, and they pass that on to their customers, and that means you and me. the chancellor would certainly care. he collected £70 billion in taxes from financial services last year. that is 12% of all taxes paid. it helps explain why the french prime minister didn't mince his words to me earlier this year. mr philippe, do you have a message for london? a message for london?
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come to paris. but in amsterdam, typically, they have a more laid—back approach. we haven't done any aggressive campaigning. first of all because i don't believe that companies are persuaded byjust an aggressive campaign. and secondly because london is our partner city, and i think a strong london is good for amsterdam, and vice versa. aggressive, no, but they are considering loosening the bonus cap and adding 1500 international school places. in the post—brexit beauty parade, this city means business. simonjack, bbc news, amsterdam. a nurse at a hospital in the us state of utah has said she was assaulted by police after refusing to give officers a blood sample from one of her patients. alex wubbels declined the request, because the police didn't have a warrant or the patient‘s consent. the city's mayor has now apologised, saying it was completely unacceptable. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. the university of utah hospital in salt lake city.
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a nurse, alex wubbels, is talking to police officers. they want a sample of blood from one of her patients, the driver of a lorry that was involved in a crash, and is now in a coma. he can't give consent and please don't —— the police don't have a warrant, so the nurse says they can't have a sample. ijust trying to do what i am supposed to do. that is all. in the end, one of the officers, named by local media as detectivejeff payne, has had enough. i'm done. you're under arrested. he takes a hold of the nurse and takes into custody. screaming visibly upset, she is taken outside and put
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in handcuffs were arrested, she believes, visibly doing thejobs. the onlyjob i have is a nurse is to keep my patients safe. a blood draw gets thrown around like it is a simple thing. but it's your blood. that's your property. now, the city's mayor has waded in, saying it was unacceptable, and that she's personally apologised to alex wubbels. the chief of police was similarly contrite. i am sad at the rift this has caused between law enforcement and the nurses we work so closely with. i want to be clear: we take this very seriously. it has been reported that the others has now been stopped from collecting bloods, but has not been otherwise disciplined. praise has been given to the nurse for her care of patients' well—being. this is bbc news. hi there.
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we've got some decent weather coming up to start the weekend. with high pressure in charge, we'll have some sunshine to start the day on saturday. mind you, some of you might have been woken in the night by the odd rumble of thunder. a few storms from lincolnshire, down through cambridgeshire, hertfordshire and essex, as well, all clearing out of away, and starting off then on saturday with relatively cool air in place. temperatures 10—12 degrees in the towns and cities, but cooler than that out in the countryside, so certainly a chill in the air. will be fine start to the day, though, on saturday. i mentioned the high pressure with us, that is going to bring some sunny spells. but the second half of the weekend will bring a change in the weather. we'll have a bright start for many, but outbreaks of rain will work in from the west. ok, here is saturday's weather forecast, and it should be a glorious start to the day, with clear blue skies for many of us first thing saturday morning. into the early stage of the afternoon, there will be a little bit of cloud bubbling up,
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particularly across parts of southern and eastern scotland, eastern areas of england, and that cloud could bring one or two very isolated, light showers. but the vast majority will enjoy fine and dry weather. it will tend to cloud over, though, for western counties of northern ireland as we go through saturday afternoon, the breeze picking up here ahead of a weather front. but for england and wales, plenty of sunshine around, and in the sunshine, widely, we'll see temperatures climbing into the high teens to low 20s. the highest temperatures probably around london and the south—east of england, at around 22 celsius, so very similar to what we had yesterday. it will feel pleasantly warm in that sunshine, but there are those isolated showers towards the coastline of essex and into parts of east anglia. here is the charts from saturday into sunday. we lose this area of high pressure. these weather fronts on the way. they will begin to show their hand as we go through the night time, with an area of rain working into northern ireland first, and then later in the night we'll start to see the cloud thicken, and outbreaks of rain arrive on strengthening winds across the south—west, wales, the north—west of england, and western parts of scotland, too.
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it will be a relatively mild night, though, as the clouds continue to work in, 12 to 15 degrees for saturday night. here is the chart for sunday — well, quite a different day. a bright start, yes, for eastern scotland and central and eastern england, but the brightness will not last. we will see the cloud thicken up, as this band of rain pushes its way east, with with one or two heavier bursts around. even behind that rain, at will probably stay cloudy at times, before brighter spells come in. temperatures between 15 and 19 celsius, so a cooler day. monday will have a few spots of light rain and drizzle across western coasts and hills, and more persistent rain working into the north—west. despite the cloudy conditions, temperatures are not doing too badly, highs again about 22. that's your weather. this is bbc news and these are the headlines. there have been celebrations in kenya after the supreme court annulled the results of last month residential election and ordered a rerun. the president said that the decision was political but he would accept the ruling. the opposition claims there were widespread irregularities. fire is
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burning out of control the chemical plant in texas which flooded in the wa ke plant in texas which flooded in the wake of hurricane ian harvey. the area has been evacuated. the plants owners have warned that its cooling systems have. president trump will head back to the area affected by flooding on saturday. and it is now believed that over 11100 people have died after catastrophic flooding across several south asian countries. this monsoon season has been heavy. around 41 million people have been dead and many displaced. and now, africa is
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