this is bbc news. i'm tom donkin. our top stories: horrific stories emerge of sexual violence and brutality against rohingya women and children who've fled the military crackdown in myanmar. we have a special report from a refugee camp in bangladesh. the catalan government insists sunday's vote on independence will go ahead. but the authorities in spain say it's illegal and have launched raids to prevent the poll. puerto rico is still struggling in the wake of two hurricanes, while american relief efforts are becoming tangled in political disputes. a british traitor, but a hero in russia. moscow celebrates the life of kim philby — the soviet spy from the 60s. the bbc has heard disturbing accounts of sexual violence
and brutality against rohingya women and children who've fled the military crackdown in myanmar. the united nations is warning of an increase in this type of violence and doctors say they've found that many of the women and children they're treating, have been sexually assaulted and abused by soldiers. the rohingya — a muslim ethnic minority — live in rakhine state in mainly buddhist myanmar but more than half a million are now living in refugee camps on the southern tip of bangladesh. you may find some of the details in sanjoy majumder‘s report distressing. the memory‘s still fresh, the pain very raw. a village inside myanmar was attacked two weeks ago, allegedly by the burmese military and a mob of rakhine buddhists. translation: i came out with my children to try and escape. two rakhine men pinned my arms to my side. then, they started raping me.
after one finished, another one took his place, and then a third. when they let her go, she picked up her children and began running. then this happened... they snatched my two—year—old boy from my arms and threw him inside a burning house. it took her three days to get here, a refugee camp in bangladesh, just inside the border. i cannot find my husband, my parents, my other children. doctors treating the rohingyas say they are seeing more such cases sexual violence. i find this 22—year—old rohingya woman inside her tent, trying to put her baby to sleep. she says she was raped by a burmese soldier inside her home, while others kept watch.
her husband who is missing, was at the village cleric. translation: how can i tell anyone about what happened to me? it is a matter of shame. it is better to die then tell anyone. deeply traumatized, she never leaves her tent. others bring her medicine. it is not easy to independently verify what is happening inside myanmar‘s rakhine state. access is strictly controlled, journalists are not allowed inside and burmese military has denied all allegations of sexual assault. in fact, it's denied having anything to do with the violence all together. but it says it's willing to investigate individual cases that are put before it. but how do you do that, when all the victims are living here in bangladesh, and are simply just scared to go back? in bangladesh, the focus is very much in providing basic needs to the refugees. there is little time to heal those who have been abused. sanjoy majumder, bbc news, at the bangladesh—myanmar border. joining us now from the port
of chittagong in southern bangladesh is tun khin, president of the burmese rohingya organisation in the uk. we should tell viewers you are normally based in london but you travel to bangladesh specifically to look at the situation on the ground. what have you seen in these camps?” have what have you seen in these camps?|j have seen many refugees, you know, taking shelter to the refugee camps and some are not getting proper shelter yet. many women, and some are not getting proper shelteryet. many women, especially, at even with their babies, many babies born on the way to bangladesh and so women facing serious... seriously they are facing a kind of disease and not getting proper
shelter and no medical aid. we appreciate what the bangladesh government is doing. when i visited their, i had many women told me about these stories. they are quite ashamed to tell me. some women it told me they had been raped by burmese military while they entered their houses and some women have been raped three or four times their houses and some women have been raped three orfour times by the military and these horrific crimes. they told me some elderly man told me they have seen their sons being slaughtered, their grandson ‘s thrown to the fire. it isa grandson ‘s thrown to the fire. it is a totally unbelievable situation, it is totally despicable white i
heard in my visit to the camps. —— what. we know there are children, some unaccompanied by adults. they properly cared for? not really yet. as far as what i know, there are many agencies here that are trying to ta ke many agencies here that are trying to take care of them say we really need much more international help, you know, international expertise who can take care of these children. it is quite important. i think the international community must strongly support the bangladesh government to accommodate and give them proper shelter because, as i mentioned earlier, it is a very, very heavy population there and the people... they left from burma so it is important, we really need
international support to accommodate them in bangladesh. we appreciate your time. the camps are now taking in halfa your time. the camps are now taking in half a million rohingya refugees into bangladesh. separatist leaders in spain's north—eastern region of catalonia insist they will go ahead with an independence referendum on sunday — despite the government calling it a violation of spain's constitution . spanish police have sealed off polling stations and raided a communications centre, where the votes are due to be counted. from barcelona here's tom burridge. it isn't common for people to fly spanish flags in barcelona. but tonight catalonia's devolved government was surrounded. wearing and wielding them, catalans who do not want tomorrow's disputed referendum. we don't want spain to, like, separate.
we want to be spanish. we don't want them to take that away from us. the message is from all these people who have been silent against the referendum is to say that is enough. a small number carried emblems from spain's far right. one man tried to bring a pro—referendum poster down. for years it has been those who want independence who have taken to the streets in large numbers, but the night it is those who are against the referendum who are making sure their voices also heard. music plays. earlier, a street party at the entrance of a school. parents and locals determined that it will be a polling station, come tomorrow. it's sad that it has not been able to organise it as a proper referendum, as scotland did, but i think it is going to be a demonstration of people wanting to have a say and to be heard.
reports tonight that police have started closing some schools down to stop the vote. after activities all day, parents again planned to sleep at some schools to prevent that from happening. spanish national police have been moved to catalonia in large numbers. the message from madrid, that the spanish government is in charge. posters put up late tonight. but there has been nothing akin to an election campaign. a vote where controversy has eclipsed debate. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news: thousands of people have marched through the irish capital, dublin, to demand change to the country's strict abortion laws. the annual rally is the first major
demonstration since the country's prime minister announced last week that ireland would hold a referendum on the issue. protesters have clashed with police in the swedish city of gothenburg during a march organised by a neo—nazi group, the nordic resistance movement. at least twenty people are said to have been arrested. the unrest is reported to have broken out when protesters tried to deviate from the assigned route. a military plane has crashed in the democratic republic of congo, killing everyone on board. aviation officials said about ten people died. the aircraft failed to take off properly from the main airport in the capital kinshasa and crashed in a suburb. it is unclear if any people on the ground were killed or injured. ten days after puerto rico was devastated by hurricane maria, the situation in the the us caribbean territory remains desperate. the entire island is still without power and there's a shortage of drinking water, food and fuel. there's also a deepening political row over the us relief efforts.
while much—needed supplies are now arriving, president trump has continued to angrily defend the relief effort on twitter. the governor of puerto rico gave this update. our priorities at this juncture keep being food delivery, delivery of gas, making sure that the hospitals are working, making sure we can get more hospitals online and that they get their diesel and fuel, establishing as best mechanism for robust indication, whether it be telecoms or otherwise, and the air traffic control so that we can get more assets here in puerto rico. the government is also working in conjunction and collaboration with fema, the housing department, the office of the first lady, the family department,
are also doing efforts to distribute food and water in different areas in the puerto rico and we are co—ordinating all of the logistics with fema to make sure they arrive at their destination. mexican prosecutors have opened an investigation into potential criminal responsibility over the collapse of a privately—owned school in mexico city, in which nineteen children and seven adults died. the tragedy has become a symbol of the devastation inflicted by the country's 7.1 magnitude quake nearly two weeks ago, which killed more than 300 people in the capital and surrounding states. andrew plant reports. flowers, teddy bears and balloons — tribute to the 19 children who died here alongside seven adults after an earthquake caused this school to collapse. translation: it is a memorial to all the people who are
suffering. as you can see, this is an area of grief which is not going away. it is a small tribute and a memorial to people. it away. it is a small tribute and a memorialto people. it was away. it is a small tribute and a memorial to people. it was the worst ina memorial to people. it was the worst in a generation, killing at least 355 people in mexico city and the areas around. now what happened here is under investigation. engineers believe the school should never have all in down and that it still supports gateway killing many of those inside. investigators are now looking at the building and the companies behind its construction. officials have a ready said they suspected it not comply with regulations. translation: will make a digital investigation about what building permits were issued, who reviewed the site, who authorised it. it could be illegal so we are
investigating. quick proofing buildings has become a national priority. translation: we are not going to hide anything. a terrible tragedy occurred here. i think we are all shocked and it is my obligation to investigate everything we can. the suspicion here is that the still columns were too weak to withstand a strong earthquake. many here believe it was an accident waiting to happen. austria's law banning face veils — such as burqas or niqabs — has gone into effect. only an estimated 150 austrian women wear the full face veil. the measures are seen as an attempt to counter the rise of the far—right ahead of a general election next month. there are around 700,000 muslims in austria, which has a population of about 8 million. bethany bell reports from austria's capital vienna. austria is banning the fullface veil in public places.
headscarves are allowed but the tiny minority of muslim women who wear the burqa or niqab now face a fine. it is estimated only 150 women here actually wear one. the law doesn'tjust target muslim veils, it also restricts the use of medical masks and clown make—up. this shop sells clothes for conservative muslim women. they would not let us film inside, but on their website they do so ads for the niqab. it is very rare to see muslim women wearing full faced veils, here in austria. those who do so are believed to be young and converts. the coalition government of the social democrats and conservatives says the law is about standing up for women's rights. in a free society, we have to protect the values of the free society, and one of the values
is the equal rights of man and woman and not ban the woman from the public. we cannot accept a woman as a second—class person. this election poster by the far—right freedom party says islamisation should be stopped. fears about muslims are wide spread, although there have not been major terrorist attacks here. carla amina baghajati from the islamic community in austria says she is not in favour of face veils but she does not like the new law. muslims feel that populism is taking over and they are very worried that they are made responsible for attacks. we need a feeling of us, in our society, and these laws do not help but are counter—productive. tourism officials are concerned too. they say those most likely to be affected by the ban are wealthy
tourists from the gulf. arrests could be bad for business. bethany bell, bbc news, vienna. stay with us on bbc news. still to come. a football match in northern france ends in injury for a number of fa ns france ends in injury for a number of fans after a barrier collapses. in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people have feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world. but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger ariel sharon visited the religious compound and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites,
an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: the united nations warns of an increase in sexual violence against rohingya refugees fleeing the military crackdown in myanmar. the catalan government says sunday's vote on independence will go ahead. but the authorities in spain have called it illegal and have launched raids in an attempt to prevent the poll. a least 29 football fans have been injured, five seriously,
after the collapse of a security fence at a stadium in france. it happened during a division one match in amea against their northern rivals, lille. hugh schofield reports. 15 minutes into the match, lille opened with a goal. lille fans erupted with joy, many pressing against the metal fence separating them from the pitch. unable to bear their weight, the fence collapsed, sending supporters tumbling over each other on to the ground. the match was stopped as emergency workers treated people on the pitch. amiens are playing in france's first division for the first time. the stadium is undergoing renovation work. officials insisted there was no link between the work and the accident. the club president blamed lille fans for charging the fence, which he said was in perfect condition. hugh schofield reporting there.
an air france a380 passengerjet has been forced to make an emergency landing after serious damage to one of its engines. the super—jumbo was travelling from paris to los angeles with more than 500 people on board, but was diverted to goose bay military airport in eastern canada. one passenger said he heard a loud boom and felt a sudden movement. it's unclear what caused the incident. police in southern germany say they've detained a man they suspect of trying to extort millions of dollars from supermarkets by concealing poisoned food products on their shelves. he was arrested after tip—offs from the public following an appeal for information. officers say they've discovered material they intend to use as evidence, at his flat.
the bbc‘s tim allman reports. this all began when five jars of baby food containing a liquid used in antifreeze were found in a supermarket in southern germany. cctv footage was released showing a potential suspect it was alleged had e—mailed store owners demanding over millions of euros. now an arrest has been made. he has not been named, but police say he is 53 years old and has been described as eccentric and has been described as eccentric and mentally disturbed. translation: we currently have no leads pointing in the direction of an accomplice. at the moment, we are talking about a single perpetrator who planned and carried out the crime alone. the public prosecutor has applied for an arrest warrant for blackmail, but a charge of attempted murder could also be considered. authorities say the suspect admitted the accusations when he made his first appearance in court. he also said he had not put any poison products and other supermarkets. by german shoppers are
still being warned to remain vigilant for signs of tampering when buying food. —— but. officials in bali have urged people who live outside the immediate danger zone of the mount agung volcano to return home. the governor of the indonesian island said the number of evacuees had become too high. more than 75,000 people have been moved from their homes, as the volcano is said to be entering a "critical phase." officials stress they can not predict when exactly it will erupt. here in the uk, the conservative party conference starts on sunday and theresa may is under renewed pressure from within the cabinet over her approach to brexit. are you looking forward to conference? the prime minister arrived in manchester earlier with her husband, phillip. she's facing a new intervention on the brexit negotiations from the foreign secretary, borisjohnson, who has called for a strict time limit on fully leaving the european union. a new exhibition has opened in moscow, honouring the life
and work of the british double—agent, kim philby. after being discovered as a soviet spy in 1963, he escaped to moscow, and was condemned as a traitor in britain. but for the soviets, he was a hugely valuable asset for three decades. now, his memory is being revived in modern russia, long after the collapse of the ussr. our moscow correspondent, sarah rainsford, reports. to his own country, kim philby is a traitor, but in russia this new exhibition hailed him as a hero. his life story as a soviet spy is on display here, along with a glimpse of his home life. his widow was at the opening, greeted by the head of russia's external intelligence agency. it is the successor to the kgb that kim philby served for three decades. translation: kim philby is a legendary man, an outstanding spy. a man who did much for the victory over fascism in the second world war and contributed to the fight for peace, justice and freedom.
and this is what philby is honoured for here, handing over a huge number of classified documents from british and american intelligence. some, including one describing an attack on hitler's life, are revealed here for the first time. it is over half a century since he was exposed and escaped to moscow. if there was a third man, were you in fact the third man? no, i was not. even longer since this virtuoso performance where the committed communist denied he was a soviet mole. he fooled everyone. his story is being revived and retold here, just as modern russia and the west are locked what many call a new cold war. he should not be regarded as a traitor, because he never betrayed anyone. he never betrayed.
he was acting along with his beliefs. the double agent retained those beliefs until the very end. in one document here, he hopes to see the red flag flying over the buckingham palace and white house. instead, three years after his death in moscow, the ussr fell apart. a fascinating life. that is all we have for you on bbc world news. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. i'm tom donkin. you can check out all of the stories we have been covering and much more on the website. bye for now, it is goodbye. hello again.
it's typical autumn fare over the next few days. the start of a new month, wind, sunshine and rain. these weather systems tracking rain in from the atlantic, deepening low pressure strengthening winds as well. quite a contrast in temperatures. clear skies in scotland, not far from freezing this morning. much milder weather with rain and drizzle further south, low cloud as well. rain on the way for the great scottish run after a chilly start. temperatures lifting but winds picking up as well. heavy rain across western scotland as the rain moves in and east across the country through the morning, some rain will drizzle at times in england and wales. a glimmer of sunshine, the best in the afternoon across northern ireland. improving across some other western areas later in the day. quite a muggy field across england and wales. a windy day across the uk. winds picking up in wembley for the nfl. drizzly rain at times. you can see the saints vs dolphins game on bbc two later on today. this rain finally clearing away in the evening across eastern parts of england. skies clearing away from showers in the north—west. seeing whether changing. warmer, tropical, muggy air giving way to a north—westerly winds overnight and into monday. pulling in something a bit colder. this is the former hurricane maria, sliding through the english channel.
a big impact on monday because of the low pressure to the north. winds even stronger by monday morning. 50 mph for rush—hour on monday. 60 mph quite possible across some western and northern parts of scotland. accompanied by a lot of showers as well, quite nasty weather for a while. further south, wind is not as strong. not much rain, a decent day for the south—east. chilly in the wind, temperatures a bit lower on monday. seeing rain clipping the far south—west of england in the afternoon. this is what is left of hurricane maria. rain running through much of england, through the channel, gone by monday. we still have north—westerly winds. by this stage, not as strong, thankfully. some sunshine around, probably not as many showers. quite a chill in the air, 13— 1a fairly typical. high pressure on the scene in the week, but not likely to hang around. getting squeezed out by this low pressure,
bringing wind and rain back to the north—west. this is bbc news, the headlines: the united nations is warning of an increase in sexual violence against rohingya refugees fleeing a military crackdown in myanmar. doctors in bangladesh say that many of the women and children who have crossed over the border from myanmar have been sexually assaulted and abused by soldiers. separatist leaders in the spanish region of catalonia insist that polls will open in the coming hours for an independence referendum banned by the central government. spanish police are working to block the vote but catalonia's
vice—president said ballot boxes would be available at polling stations. the situation in puerto rico after the devastation by two hurricanes is still dire, amid a deepening political row over the us relief efforts. in a series of tweets, president trump has promised his support but tried to blame local officials, democrats and the media for the poor situation. the prime minister theresa may is facing renewed pressure over the government's approach to brexit just ahead