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hello, i'm ros atkins, this is outside source. thousands are fleeing kirkuk. having fought is together, government troops and kurdish forces are now fighting each other for territory. orla guerin is there. we have suddenly had to pullback, there was a sustained outburst of gunfire up ahead. we can't be sure where it came from. we'll get the latest on the deadliest terror attack in somalia for a decade. the death toll is over 300. we'll also be live in brussels as theresa may has dinner with the eu's big guns. it's the latest effort to break the brexit deadlock. austria is set to have the world's youngest leader. translation: i can promise you that i will translation: i can promise you that i will fight translation: i can promise you that i will fight with all my strength for change in this country. the film production business co—founded by harvey weinstein is en route to being sold. plus the latest on the california wildfires — and what it looks like when two neutron stars collided. in iraq, the tension
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between government forces and iraqi kurds — has escalated — and already the government has seized territory. they've worked together to fight the islamic state group — but they're not on the same side now. is briefly held kirkuk in 2014 — but was driven out by kurdish fighters known as peshmerga. the kurds kept control of it. the city's in a region claimed by both iraqi kurds and the iraqi government. but let's be clear — it's outside the autonomous kurdish region in the north of iraq. the reason baghdad is sending in troops now is that three weeks
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weeks ago iraqi kurdistan region held an independence referendum. the iraqi government condemned the vote at the time — and iraqi prime minister haider‘s said this on facebook today: "my duty is to...protect the unity of the country, which was in danger of partition due to the insistence on holding the referendum." the bbc‘s orla guerin and cameraman duncan stone are with kurdish forces on the front line just outside kirkuk. this is their latest report. pledging to defend kirkuk, this morning, still defiant. a handful of peshmerga fighters with a few guns and grenades. and locals with whatever came to hand. we lost 2,000 men fighting is, he says. "we're not afraid of the iraqi prime minister." but further on, fear had
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emptied the streets. remnants of unity on display with kurdish and iraqi flags. but this checkpoint now a frontline. no—one seems sure how to defend it. locals said iraqi forces were closing in. shia militia units, linked to the government, out of sight behind these buildings. then this... gunfire we had to scramble for cover. we've suddenly had to pull back. there was a sustained outburst of gunfire at the position up ahead. we can't be sure where it came from, but it seemed to be coming from ahead of us —— to be coming from ahead of us,
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from positions we were told there were iraqi military forces. in the last few seconds, we've heard gunfire also up ahead. as kirkuk slipped out of kurdish hands, the exodus began. desperate civilians heading north towards the autonomous kurdish region. it felt like the city was emptying before our eyes. some asking why no—one was helping them, after they helped the world to fight is. the world is just silent when it comes to the kurds. it's just not fair. it's not fair. by evening, an iraqi victory parade in the centre of kirkuk. baghdad said the takeover was largely unopposed. some locals in this ethnically mixed city welcoming the troops. but a fractured country is now divided anew. in the last half hour or so the us president has been talking
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about the fighitng in kirkuk. donald trump says "the us is not taking sides on clash between kurds, baghdad but doesn't like the fact that they are in conflict". while that fight is going on in iraq, us backed forces in syria are making their final push to retake raqqa the city was the de—facto capital of is. the bbc‘s feras kilani has shared this update with the newsroom. the group fighting is is the sdf, an alliance of kurdish and arab militias.
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they've been besieging the city for nearly four months and you can see the impact that's had on the city. this latest offensive began on sunday after the sdf allowed a convoy of syrian islamic state fighters and their families to leave the city. theresa may is in brussels for a dinner with eu leaders. brexit is on the menu. they are very keen to discuss three key issues, citizens rights, the nature of the border between the republic of ireland and northern ireland, and then the so—called divorce bill. the amount the uk will have to pay to buy out of its
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financial commitments to the eu. and as the politics home website points out, there's a deadline. "theresa may wants to break brexit deadlock before crunch eu summit". that summit starts on thursday in brussels. the curiosity of these summits in the past is that the eu hasn't actually wanted to talk about brexit when it has all of its 28 leaders in one place. and just to set up white perhaps the meeting was so important to theresa may and the british brexit team on is that they had hoped that on thursday, the 27 other leaders would perhaps be convinced that the indy next trend of talks they could move. but it comes down to the eu chief negotiator, michel
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barnier. after five to the eu chief negotiator, michel barnier. afterfive months of to the eu chief negotiator, michel barnier. after five months of talks he said that he would not be recommending that this moves on to the leaders. so, some have suggested that theresa may was coming here tonight to brussels to have this meeting with jean—claude juncker and the way she did at florence a few weeks ago. to say, we're not at negotiator level, this is now the prime minister, where can we push this? downing street said no, this was an organised meeting, they had scheduled it in before the talks. but a long story is short, she had 90 minutes to talk withjean—claude juncker, she we were told there was a deadlock. but ultimately we are told that when the pair came out they were briefly seen kissing and hugging, it seemed cordial and relaxed, the joint statement they both released said they wanted to agree to accelerate the talks over the coming months. it i think read through the lines, when you come
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here to brussels on thursday i don't get a sense that they will be talking about brexit, moving it onto the next phase. what else is on the agenda, what are the big issues aside from brexit? a central theme is that this is a time where the eu has dusted itself off after all the various crises, we had jean—claude juncker recently say that for the first time the eu has wind in its sales. the recent stumbling block of the german elections, angela merkel the german elections, angela merkel the biggest party, but the far right to deal with. a lot of people will be listening to emmanuel macron and his vision for europe, i think that will dominate. more developments in the harvey weinstein scandal. the weinstein company is in talks to be sold. the board fired its co—founder last week. now it's announced a preliminary agreement with private equity firm colony capital to sell the bulk of its assets. over 20 women have now
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accused mr weinstein of sexual assault or rape. he has denied any allegations of non—consensual sex. today the actress alice evans spoke out — she rejected harvey weinstein‘s advances and feared it would impact on her then boyfriend, now husband yoan gruffudd's, career. have a listen. and then he kept getting closer and so as and then he kept getting closer and so asi and then he kept getting closer and so as i moved away, it became clear that i wasn't going to let him do what he wanted to do, you said something like, ijust hope your boyfriend's career goes well. which was chilling. the uk police are investigating four new allegations of sexual assault. among them, the british actress lysette anthony saying she was raped in the late 1980s. she told the sunday times it was a "pathetic,
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revolting" attack that left her "disgusted and embarrassed". and the impact of this scandal continues to widen. actress alyssa milano posted on sunday. "if you've been sexually harassed or assaulted write ‘me too' as a reply to this tweet." by monday morning the hastag "metoo" had been used by women and men more than 300,000 times. i guess that is just one way that that scandal is starting to reach beyond harvey weinstein. there was a piece in the new york times just at the weekend written by an actress and a director. one of the things that struck home was that she said the most shocking thing about the harvey weinstein scandal in the last week, is that finally women are being believed. what alyssa milano was try to do was show the extent of
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the problem here in the us and around the world. she has done so, because the hashtag was trending both here in the us and in the uk at the number one spot. i will read you just a couple that i picked up on. me too when i served in the military, i stayed silent for self—preservation, i regret it daily. another one was, i was raped twice in my life and threatened when i tried to speak out at 14. these m essa 9 es we re i tried to speak out at 14. these messages were brief but shocking, and the fact that it went right throughout twitter and facebook, i think many women today are opening up think many women today are opening up their pages, their social media pages, to outbursts of women who feel finally they can come forward. in terms of the impact on how hollywood operates, are there any early indications on what this will mean in practical terms. early indications on what this will mean in practical termslj early indications on what this will mean in practicalterms. i spoke to women in film and what they are trying to do is try to set up a hotline where women can report abuse
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and perhaps take legal action or at least get advice on legal action. when you speak to women in the industry, what they are also trying to push for, is to get more women in executive roles. more women in power behind—the—scenes. they believe that then, this culture can stop. i think one of the things that is important to point out, it is notjust women, it is meant to stop all abused by people in positions of power. they attract a look at how this power structure works, so that in some ways, when you had an executive, you can report them without fear of losing yourjob and also knowing you will be believed. thank you laura. we now know that over 300 people died in a double bomb attack in mogadishu on saturday. the first blast occurred in the busy commercial district of hodan.
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that was followed shortly after by another explosion at the nearby madina district. no—one's claimed responsibility, but, as we'd expect, the somali government is accusing the al—shabaab islamist group. the death toll continues to rise in somalia. given the high number of people that were injured and in hospital, that could continue to rise. such efforts are still continuing at the scene of the blast. this was a very busy section of town where there were many shops and government offices as well as a mosque. it happened at around 3:00pm when people were leaving the mosque, said there were many people there at that time. this has been a very devastating attack for somalia. for
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the first time in a long time we have seen people come out in their hundreds at demonstrations in a show of anger against the group al—shabaab. home—grown militants who have been carrying out attacks frequently in somalia, they have not claimed responsibility, but there is no doubt in citizens might as well as the leadership that they are responsible for that attack. stay with us on outside source — still to come. and a long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, two neutron stars collided — 130 million years later, we saw it happen. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story is, thousands are fleeing kirkuk. having fought is together, government troops and kurdish forces are now fighting each other for territory. the situation in spain
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becomes ever more strange. remember last tuesday, when the regional president in catalonia gave a speech and no—one was quite sure if independence had been declared. and then the spanish government said please clear this up by monday — that's today. well now catalan government has sent this letter to the government refusing to say whether independence has been declared. it asks for dialgoue. "for the next two months, our main objective is to bring you to dialogue." the government doesn't look in the mood for that. but it did push back the deadline for clarity on that independence declaration. this is spain's deputy prime minister you can make what should do is stop messing around with the citizens. the first thing required is to be
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clear, the deadline is thursday at 10:00am. essentially now there is a potential confrontation. neitherside essentially now there is a potential confrontation. neither side is answering the other, but the country is pain, of which catalonia is still a part, as a huge amount of power. the central government has a huge amount of power, on thursday morning in may invoke its constitutional right to sustain in catalonia. the more this drags on, does this suits the ottoman in barcelona or madrid? it is difficult to tell, the deadline is being set by the government in madrid, and the government in madrid, and the government in madrid does have the strength of safety in numbers. if it needs to invoke a particular article in the constitution it has support in the constitution it has support in the senate. it also has support from the main opposition party. by
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contrast year, the regional catalan minister leads a minority government and there are a lot of items within his coalition. and a couple of days i'm going to brussels for the latest eu summit, where does the eu fit in all of this? the eu essentially says it is an association of member states. one of those member states is spain, represented in the eu by its capital, madrid, by mariano rajoy. there is no way that the eu will take sides against mariano rajoy, it will not intervene, it is for him to sort out, an internal matter present. this guy looks like he's going to become the youngest national leader in the world. sebastian kurz is 31 and he's succeeded in pulling austrian politics to the right. we don't have a final result but with 31% of votes counted, sebastian kurz‘s the people's party is in the lead. he'll have two coalition options — a far right party — of the centre left social democrats.
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european leaders are watching closely. europe's watching cautiously. this luxembourg's foreign minister. translation: i am convinced that the new chancellor, if it turns out to be sebastian kurz, will remember the great leaders from european history. i believe their values are sustainable for austria's european policy, and i hope, almost convinced, that the australia model of immigration are... mr kurz‘s promises included — shutting down migrant routes to europe, capping benefit payments to refugees, and barring immigrants from receiving benefits until they have lived in austria for five years. so just as it dominated the german election, so immigration has done the same here.
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jenny hill is in vienna. undoubtably the refugee crisis has changed your politically. we have seen what happened in germany, the far right populist party, which campaigned solely on an anti—immigrant, and he is an ticket has done very well. we are seeing something very similar here in austria, the far right freedom party was leading in the polls for a long time, it too is anti—immigrant and anti—islamic. at a rally last week its leader told a cheering crowd that foreigners are replacing the native austrian population. it is the kind of rhetoric that once was unthinkable in cities like vienna and berlin and we are hearing it again now. very few people are surprised. what is interesting about what has happened here in austria, the rise of sebastian kurz. he comes from a conservative, a centre—right party, in order to win this election
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he has taken that party to the right. so far to be right in fact that the freedom party had accused him of stealing their ideas. sebastian kurz would very much like to reduce payments to migrants, see the eu detaining asylums seekers in camps outside of the eu borders. it is that kind of tough line on immigration that has resonated with the electric year. he has actually managed to beat the freedom party, the far right, into second perhaps the far right, into second perhaps the place, we're still waiting on postal votes. but he has done very well. i guess there is one big difference with what is happening in austria competitor to the netherlands and germany, in the netherlands, they got nowhere near to power, in germany no one was suggesting that they would help form a government, that in austria that isa a government, that in austria that is a possibility? it is, in fact it is a possibility? it is, in fact it is the most likely one. most
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commentators here believe that sebastian kurz will indeed seek a coalition with the far right party, that have gained more than a quarter of the vote here, they have a very strong presence. what is really interesting, and perhaps what illustrates the shift in tone and politics on european soil post the refugee crisis, is that this is not the first time here in austria that such a coalition has been formed. they invited the far right party to join back in the year 2000. when that happened there was shock and horror across the eu. member state imposed diplomatic sanctions on austria. now it looks like it will happen again and no one is really batting an eyelid. sebastian kurz, in part who models himself on emmanuel macron, he doesn't refer to his party but his movement, it is energetic and very well dressed, he was to prevent —— present austria with something new. he is the
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embodiment of shifting political ground across europe.|j embodiment of shifting political ground across europe. i want to talk about the possible sale of the wine harvey weinstein company. a private equity company, has done a lot of business over the years with harvey weinstein's company. they have really just provided weinstein's company. they have reallyjust provided them with an influx of cash to help them stay afloat over the next few months. separately, they are now also in talks to perhaps now sell harvey weinstein's company, or even possibly a sale of the entire company. is on the problem that this company. is on the problem that this company was based on the strong and driven personality of one man? absolutely, and this will be a big problem for them to try and rebrand
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itself and still re—emerge as this new company wants to as a powerhouse in the immediate industry. it has to ove i’co m e in the immediate industry. it has to overcome quite a lot. there is one thing that the company is always already talking about, and that is a name change, and it will take more than a name change, and it will take more thana name name change, and it will take more than a name change to change the culture. they'll be a lot of news around what happens with the company, especially with executives and board members who knew didn't know what was happening. thank you. stay with me, in a couple of minutes we will be back with more of the biggest global stories for you. thanks tojoining thanks to joining me for the world weather round—up. it is notjust
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british conditions at the moment. in asia there is a system around north vietnam, it is weakening but we are keeping a close eye to this cloud east of the philippines. it is intensifying through tuesday and becoming a typhoon, hopefully staying out across open water, but on the shores of the philippines, some very choppy waters and strong winds bringing in heavy rain to the coasts, particularly to the south. as we sweep further west towards the bay of bengal, some strong winds at the moment around an area of low pressure, that the system looks like it will deepen quickly for tuesday and wednesday. strong winds are already affecting the coast, heavy rain affecting the coast, it could become a tropical storm and make la ndfall become a tropical storm and make landfall on thursday. the monsoon generally is retreating across india, still heavy rain, to the
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north sunshine and warmth. high pressure is building across the usa, but quite in unseasonably area of deep low pressure pushing into alberta in the next 24—hour is. somewhat weather, and wintry weather across the rockies. in the usa, fairweather, some showers on the tail of that system in the far north—west, still some showers towards the south—east affecting florida. back to the british isles, ex hurricane ophelia is pulling away from the british isles into the north sea for tuesday, the west of the rain will then affect scandinavia. in the south, a punchy weather front is pushing across portugal into western spain. here there has been significant problems with wildfires, try weather and gusty winds, the rain should bring some relief, but albeit heavy and sundry, accompanied by a gusty winds
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and cooler conditions. central and eastern europe still seen plenty of sunshine. they showers, you can see the intensity, stretching across towards madrid later. still sunshine towards madrid later. still sunshine to paris, such quiet day. those stormy conditions to be found further north across scandinavia, windy right across... heavy rain on the way the norway and sweden. the uk is still windy overnight and three tuesday. the day becoming much quieter on the second half of tuesday, but looking ahead there could be stormy weather ahead on thursday or friday but nothing like we saw today. welcome back. in iraq thousands of people have been fleeing kirkuk, kurdish forces and iraqi soldiers had been fighting with each other, but now they are fighting over a
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territory. there was a sustained outburst of gunfire at the position of the head, and we can't be sure where it came from —— position up ahead. the opposition is crying foul.
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