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welcome to outside source. catalonia refuses to back down on special independence from spain. the spanish prime minister responds by starting the process of stripping away catalonia's powers. in the us, the white house chief of staff says he was stunned by president trump's phone call to a soldier ‘s widow was criticised. and i'm live with the latest eu summit, where european leaders are telling outside source their assessment of theresa may and her approach to the brexit negotiations. it's not flexibility and it's not a realistic approach, what we're hearing from the uk this time. also the world's fastest growing humanitarian crisis. thousands of rohingya muslims continue to flee violence in myanmar, and find themselves stranded on the border with bangladesh. also, have a hobby when stephen ‘s gamble has more and more people talking about sexual
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harassment. we hear from people talking about sexual harassment. we hearfrom stars past and present. this is a sea change. his last name will become a noun and a verb. this is notjust happen in hollywood, it's everywhere. welcome to outside source. let's begin with catalonia. the scottish government in madrid says it is starting the process of stripping away the hours of the catalan government. to remind you, catalonia isa government. to remind you, catalonia is a prosperous region in northern spain which voted their independence at the beginning of the month." the spanish supreme court said it was illegal. catalonia had until early on thursday to withdraw the declaration of independence that made last week, but in a letter today, the catalan president drop the issue. if the government
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continues to impede dialogue and continues to impede dialogue and continues with the repression, the cata la n continues with the repression, the catalan parliament could proceed to vote on a formal declaration of independence. let's look at how the spanish government replied. translation: given the lack of a clear and precise answer, the government understands its requirement has not been answered, and therefore will go ahead with the process of the article of the constitution with the aim of restoring lawfulness and catalonia. these folks passing mention article 155 of the constitution, here's what it says. one thing we do know, this is not
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going to happen overnight. the constitution also says the senate has to approve the process, and as all europe editor has been pointing out, in her piece on the website now, she says it's a slow dangerous game of political chess. let's hear from our correspondent who is following the story for us in barcelona. this is a landmark moment in spanish politics because the idea of the government stepping in over regional governments is so controversial. they will be working at least on friday to consolidate support abroad. i'm told by a source close to spain prime minister the two major spanish political parties, the socialists and the liberals will volu nta ry the socialists and the liberals will voluntary on board. here's the thing, the spanish government can and will support the likes abroad in the rest of spain, it has plenty of backing in generalfrom spanish public, but the key test for any
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move it announces this weekend and it increments over the coming days, weeks or even months will be how those actions actually go down with the public here in catalonia. the spanish prime minister will move methodically. true to form. possibly slowly, and i think every step is government takes over the coming weeks will be backed up with plenty of legal argument. why? because this is such a sensitive move, and i think the spanish government is all too aware that any move it makes, be it possibly taking control of catalonia's regional police force, dismissing officials or taking back specific powers, every move has the potential to backfire. it could make the situation here in catalonia very complicated and set and serve even worse. “— complicated and set and serve even worse. —— which is already compensated and sensitive. the spanish government simply says it is now exerting control back over catalonia. it says it must act now
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to uphold spanish law and the spanish constitution. in the face of an unruly and disobedience action from the devolved administration in spain. thanks for that. this matter is also getting a lot of attention of the eu summit taking place in brussels. ros atkins. thank you. this issue has come up again and again in interviews at this latest eu summit. if catalans will give the words of support, they have not found any. let's start with the president of the european parliament, saying earlier... he also responded to the idea that the eu could mediate between the spanish government and the catalan regional government, he said these two are not equals, they would not be appropriate. that is the president of the
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european parliament. next, look at the street from afp quoting angela merkel earlier. she said students we re merkel earlier. she said students were constitutional solution for the catalonia crisis. there in mind the spanish government's approach is entirely justified with spanish government's approach is entirelyjustified with reference to the spanish constitution. that is another way of saying we support the spanish government's approach. the french president also lined up with a similar message. have a look. translation: this european council will be defined by a message of unity around our member states in the face of crises. unity around spain and very strong unity in the discussions on brexit. the european leaders are being unified on the issue of catalonia, also on the issue of brexit. as they have been ever since the uk booted out of the eu. ever since that vote came through, this building here, this huge building has been a bit like a second home for outside
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source. we've been here plenty of times, putting the brexit negotiations. it right in the middle of brussels. this is one of several huge buildings used by the eu, and while it does have a number of its operations elsewhere in europe, this is very much in the heart of the eu. there were some expectations that those brexit talks could move on to a future trading relationship between the uk and the eu. but that has not happened. the reason it has not happened is because three crucial points remain unresolved. the first is the so—called divorce bill. how uk said. its ongoing financial commitments to the european union. the second is the issue of citizens rights. this is the status of eu nationals in the uk, and uk nationals in the eu. then there is the irish border, the border between the republic of ireland which is a member state of the eu, and northern ireland, which is part of the united kingdom. on
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three issues, there is no agreement yet. early on in the day, i was down at the entrance where all the leaders come through, and one of the first to arrive was theresa may. here she is speaking to the bbc. this council is about taking stock and looking ahead to how we can tackle the challenges we all share across europe. that means continuing oui’ across europe. that means continuing our cooperation, at the heart of the strong partnership we want to build together. we will be looking at the concrete progress that has been made in rx negotiations, and looking at setting out our ambitious plans for the weeks ahead, particularly i want to see an urgency in reaching an agreement on citizens rights. we have heard the word urgent a lot today because i think both sides of this negotiation understand that time is running short. just after theresa may arrived, lithuania's president came through and she stopped and spoke to me to give me
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her perspective on the brexit negotiation. ie looking forward to dinner? with theresa may? always we are happy to see her. we would like to see more openness and more honesty. some in the uk are worried there will not be a deal, what would you say to them watching the bbc?” think the deal needs to be agreed for both sides. for europe and for britain in the future. that is the best solution for all of us, but todayit best solution for all of us, but today it is not the case. theresa may showed flexibility in her speech in florence. are we seeing applix ability from the eu? it's not flexibility and it's not realistic. not what we're hearing from her at this time. if you are wondering why i'm saying time is pressing, there isa i'm saying time is pressing, there is a two—year window with his brexit negotiations it started at the end
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of march. the e of march. theek of march. the e k will leave the eu at the end of march 2019. we need to resign six months all the different national parliaments assign any deal off, so that takes autumn of next year. in reality, there is roughly a year. in reality, there is roughly a year to thrash these issues out. there is an awful lot to resolve. thank you, interesting stuff. we will hear more from him later in the hour. let's talk now about the us, president trump's chief of staff john kelly has said the president tried to send a message in his own way to the widow of the fallen us soldier. kelly criticised congresswoman who soldier. kelly criticised congresswoman who said mr trump pad upset the soldier ‘s family in the cold. here is general kelly. when he died, he was surrounded by the best men on this earth, his friends. that's what the president tried to see 24—macro families the other day. i was stunned when i came to work
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yesterday, broken hearted out what i saw congress doing. a member of congress who listened in on a phone call with the president of the united states to young wife. in his wake, he tried to express that opinion, that he was a brave man, a fallen hero. he knew what he was getting himself into because he enlisted, there's no reason to invest, he enlisted. he was where he wa nted invest, he enlisted. he was where he wanted to be. exactly where he wa nted wanted to be. exactly where he wanted to be. exactly where he wanted to be. exactly where he wanted to be. with exactly the people he wanted to be with when his life was taken. that was the message. that was the message transmitted. it stuns me that a member of congress would have listened in conversation. absolutely stu ns listened in conversation. absolutely stuns me. i thought at least that was sacred. stay with us on outside source, still to come... thousands of rohingya muslims continue to flee violence and myanmar, we will have a report from a refugee camp in
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bangladesh. the number of crimes recorded by the police in england and wales has reached the highest level in ten yea rs. reached the highest level in ten years. this is partly due to the police improving how they record crime, but a surge in violent crime is believed to be genuine. it's that rise in particular that is helped to push the total number of reported offences up to 5.2 million for the year leading offences up to 5.2 million for the yearleading up to offences up to 5.2 million for the year leading up to june. offences up to 5.2 million for the year leading up tojune. data from the british crime survey which asked people about their experience of crime includes offences that may not yet have been reported to the police. here is more from the national office of statistics. this is based on a very large survey of the general public, it's very good at judging the general public, it's very good atjudging long—term the general public, it's very good at judging long—term trends the general public, it's very good atjudging long—term trends in crime, for high—volume crimes which the public experience. on the other hand, the police recorded crime figures are much better at picking up figures are much better at picking up short—term movements in crime, but are restricted to those crimes that come to the attention of the
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police and do tend to be skewed towards the more serious end of the spectrum. this is outside source live from the bbc newsroom. our lead story: the spanish government says it will start the process of stripping catalonia of its autonomous powers on saturday, after the regional authorities refused to back down an official independence. eu leaders expressed their support for the spanish government. let's look at some of these stories our language services are working on. 43 afghan soldiers have been killed and nine wounded after suicide bombers destroyed a base in kandahar. six are still missing and ten militants are still missing and ten militants are said to have died. the taliban said they were behind the attack. that's an bbc arabic today. the venezuelan constituent assembly has sworn in new governors, the opposition boycotted the ceremony
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and say the vote was fraudulent. just five of the 23 went to pro—opposition candidates. these pictures of a whale that got stuck in an arena in the french city of marseille as divers battled for nearly an hour to free the mammal which police described as disoriented, but it was released into open water. that is one of the most popular online right now. on saturday, hundreds of people were killed in a huge bomb in the capital of somalia, mogadishu. we do not know the exact toll that the information minister has said 276 people lost their lives. medical organisations are saying that the tour is over 300. it happened in a busy junction tour is over 300. it happened in a busyjunction in the city centre, when a lorry full of explosives detonated near the safari hotel. they destroyed the building as well
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as dozens of others, including government buildings and rest rooms. the militant group al chibhabha is expected of being behind the attack but they have not claimed responsibility. bbc‘s africa correspondent is in mogadishu and sent us this report. the salvage operation has been going on for days. paint, tiles, doing what they can. this every was the worst affected by the bomb. all this rubbish that is here is being cleared, tonnes has already been taken away. look at that hotel in the background. that pink, orange rebuilding, that essentially was what was here. you will see what is left in the second. what's amazing is how quickly people are getting back to trying to get things to normal, building the roof and walls. if whistling around, you can see the huge area here which was levelled by
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the bomb. that's where that pink hotel was, this open piece of land. a busy shopping area in one of the busiest days of the week. hundreds of people were found, their bodies in this area here. you see how they have sealed the area. if we go to the actual site where the bomb went off... you can see how fast the work is being done to try to get things back to normal. they are resurfacing this road, the exact spot where the bomb went off. they do not think this was the intended target, they believe there was a lot of traffic on this road, the bomber had been spotted by security forces and he hit the button. unfortunately he was right next to a fuel truck which also went off. that amplified the bomb. on the side as well, this is the headquarters, or was the headquarters, of the somali red cross. you can see the damage. everyone inside this building was killed. the cars which have been piled up here were out on the road,
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again you get the sense of a force of the blast. the reaction here is angen of the blast. the reaction here is anger, real anger. yesterday there we re anger, real anger. yesterday there were riots because people were so angry things are not being done. the anger was against al chibhabha for doing it and against the security forces were not doing enough to stop it. let's turn to a crisis, thousands of rohingya muslims continuing to free violence in myanmar. i want to bring you the figures about this crisis. 582,000 people, refugees, have fled. those figures according to the un. if we take a look, 5000 per day have been arriving in october, large numbers of rohingya, have already fled to bangladesh before this current crisis. the government that is now building the largest refugee camp in the world. they hope it will hold 800,000 refugees. myanmar,
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they say they are fighting militants and denied targeting civilians. the bbc‘s like mhairi has crossed the border, he is in southern bangladesh. —— clive mhairi. every breath is a struggle for mohamed ibrahim. six months old and fighting pneumonia. he is terribly weak and malnourished. he has just a 50—50 chance of seeing out another day. a sense of sorrow hangs heavy in the air in this clinic in bangladesh. 80% of the patients are rohingya muslim refugees, and many are malnourished children. the weakest of the weak. the mother of this 18—month—old girl summed up the nightmare of many rohingya women. translation: we had
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to run from our village. but we had so little to eat. then when we managed to get food i could not feed my child. she is so sick, but if god wishes it, she will survive. working with the local staff here is ian cross, a former gp from leicester. tears come to my eyes sometimes. it's dreadful. you just do what you can, you know. in a way, i'm lucky that i'm a doctor. i've got my hands and my tools, i can help to make people better. if i wasn't able to do that, i'd feel so frustrated and i'd feel even worse. but when you're hard at work, it's... you cope. it is a depressing truth in this crisis, that close to 60% of the more than half a million rohingya muslims who've escaped myanmar are children and teenagers. and they have seen some terrible things like this girl.
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she has called this refugee camp in bangladesh home for almost two weeks. her story of the night she had to flee myanmar is depressingly familiar. villages torched and her mother dying in the flames. "they're killing all the muslims," she told me. "slaughtering innocent rohingyas. we've always been treated as less of people in our own land. now they want to finish us off." but dangers lurk in exile as well. young women are vulnerable. and the chance of children falling into the hands of sexual predators or exploited for their labour is ever present. the families here have nothing. they are trying to survive on a daily basis, and some of them at some point might be tempted to give away one of their children for domestic work. you know, not going to school, sometimes sexual abuse. so the risks are high.
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but there is light against all the gloom. children in the camps are getting vaccinated against cholera and other diseases. there is even a chance to watch cartoons. and youngsters are never allowed to feel ashamed of who they are. in this class, they are reciting nursery rhymes from their homeland. but some will never return. the day after we filmed mohamed ibrahim we were told he died. he was buried in a tiny grave before sundown. clive myrie, bbc news. let's turn now to our business news. it is deadline day in one of the most hotly contested battles in the us. that's the e—commerce giant amazon, they have given cities until today to submit their bids to holds
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its new and second headquarters. samir hussein has travelled the camden in newjersey to find out what difference a winning bid would make. austin, denver, new york city, toronto, canada, camden, newjersey... camden, newjersey? yes, camden, newjersey, home to 77,000 people. this once bustling industrial town has fallen on some hard times. but camden believes it too has a shot at becoming home to amazon's next ho. camden sits between york city and washington, dc below the delaware river. just over the bridge is philadelphia, with its diverse population and international airport. the state of newjersey is offering billions in tax breaks. and this large swathe of waterfront property, once home to a state prison, could be the location for amazon's second headquarters. no matter where amazon goes, they will have a tremendous impact on that location.
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if they came to camden, it would be a transformative impact. it will transform the city. a renaissance has begun recently over the past three years. amazon would put that on steroids. camden sees itself as the comeback kid. in 2012, it had the highest crime rate of any city in america. unemployment peaked at about 20%. the city was hurting. a lot of it is poverty. but now, the city is on the rebound, says the camden county police captain. we are in north camden. north camden during the 90s and early to mid 2000s was a notoriously violent neighbourhood. it has undergone a tremendous change. the police and officers in this area have done an incredible job in bringing downjobs. in bringing down crime. the promise of 50,000 jobs
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would help the city rebound, but this competition is not about what amazon can do for camden, but what the city can do for amazon. more than 50 cities are making bids, offering perks camden can't match. but amazon has the opportunity to be the hero of camden's comeback story, an opportunity other cities can't match. let's turn to our correspondent in new york. camden isjust let's turn to our correspondent in new york. camden is just one of the cities that would like it, are the other front runners coming to the fore? frontrunners, i don't know about that but there has certainly been a huge amount of interest. you have austin, texas, newarkjust across the river from where i'm sitting right now. there are... the scale of what we're talking about is what is at stake. the company has said it plans to invest huge sums of
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money, the kind of money we are talking about, to give you an idea, would turn a sleepy town, small plot of land, intoa would turn a sleepy town, small plot of land, into a huge thriving city automatically overnight, just on the scale of the investment and the numbers of people who would be brought to work in this place. that's why you have city officials or officials from across the country essentially falling over themselves to try and offer this company incentives to pick them. before i let you go, couple of seconds, do you know when they will make a decision? we'll have to wait awhile but the company has said they are going to consider it carefully, and of course, like i said, the incentives we have just heard from newark offering billions in tax credits, so we will have to wait and see. thank you very much. stay with us see. thank you very much. stay with us if you can for another half—hour of outside source. your next uk five day forecast and
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further ahead is coming up in half an hour, at this time of the evening we look at some of the main weather stories happening around the world. there are no hurricanes in the atla ntic there are no hurricanes in the atlantic at the moment, but there is a typhoon in the western pacific. here it is common to the west of the philippines. possibly becoming a super typhoon. later in the weekend getting very close to japan, though there is still a lot to play for in there is still a lot to play for in the track of this system. it is going to strengthen, it will become very powerful, all eyes onjapan later this weekend. particularly southern and eastern parts of the country. at the least there will be lots of heavy rain. how much those strong winds start to move in as well, we will you updated. there is another weather system now moving inland, into parts of india and bangladesh, with heavy rain. bright colours on the rental picture. parts of the east and north—east of england, bangladesh, notjust windy
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but sunspots ending up with hundred millilitres of rain. —— east and north—east india. elsewhere across much of india, it is going to be dry. across north america, quite a bit of warm weather through the large part of the us, denver, colorado, seeing temperatures into the low 20s. but a big change taking place in the north—west. british columbia and down into the pacific northwest, storm system is moving m, northwest, storm system is moving in, another behind it as well, bringing rain, mountain snow and brisk winds. some useful moisture bit further south towards northern parts of california. that's why we've seen some devastating wildfires. good news then. even those areas that may not see a huge amount of rain, temperatures are coming down of it. it's fairly brief, by the time we get further into the weekend, looks like the temperatures are heading up again. may turn a bit windy. thursday, some strong thunderstorms around parts of north—east spain and southern
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france. this area of low pressure moving eastwards over the weekend. actually it will begin to become a weather player into italy, and the balkans, as it turns quite stormy here. one weather system clearing from the uk during friday, taking rain through france and germany, and other area of low pressure waiting in the wings in the atlantic. cooler weather throughout the area where there have been forest fires, a bit more rain affecting parts of portugal. that will be very useful. the uk's weather for friday shows a weather system pulling away, a drying trend through the day. it will not be long before things change, friday into saturday. this is what is on its way for the weekend, another deep area of low pressure, more about that and what happens after this has moved away, coming up in half an hour. this is outside source and these are the main stories. spain it makes moves to oppose direct rule on
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catalonia, the region's leader says he will call parliament to ratify independence unless madrid agrees to talk. can theresa may persuade the eu to persuade brexit trade talks? chinese state media says the everyday on outside source we have bbc journalists working everyday on outside source we have bbcjournalists working in over 30 bandages.
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