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elsewhere in the city, the emergency services were working flat out, and in deep water, as high tides flooded roads close to the harbour. plummeting temperatures meant much of massachusetts was under huge quantities of snow. and after a 3ft storm surge brought seas inland, the flood water froze, trapping cars in ice. for the homeless of chicago, life on the streets is now all about survival. those who do find shelter are happy to be anywhere but outside. we see an average of 700—800 people every single day. sometimes there are people who come in when it's extremely cold who won't come in when it's not so cold. a sudden drop in temperatures can hit hard anywhere. in florida, where in some parts snow fell for the first time in 30 years, cold seas saw hundreds of turtles rescued after their muscles started seizing up. as thousands of snow ploughs are deployed throughout the eastern seaboard, forecasters warn that the weekend could bring record—breaking low temperatures. not quite so bad here, i hope. stav
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da na os not quite so bad here, i hope. stav danaos has the details. high pressure is controlling our weather, bringing in fine, subtle conditions but also the arctic north—easterly winds, and they will continue to push the cloud we have had across central and northern areas over the morning into the south. further spots of rain, maybe some hill snow. to the north, lots of sunshine, wintry showers across the northeast and towards eastern scotland. as we head to the overnight period, we lose the cloud across the south and it turns very cold across clear skies and winds falling later. we could be looking
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at —5 to maybe —10 celsius across central and northern scotland. a cold and frosty start sunday, but dry and bright for most of us with plenty of sunshine. hello. this is bbc news. our latest headlines: a lawyer for victims of the serial sex attacker, john worboys, says some of her clients, whose cases weren't taken to trial, want prosecutors to re—examine the evidence. the us secretary of state says he's never questioned donald trump's mental health. it follows claims in a book that people around the president doubted his fitness for office. more than 500 major employers reveal their gender pay gaps. easyjet, ladbrokes and virgin money are amongst those who have disclosed that they pay women on average at least 15% less than men. panic and confusion as two planes collide on the ground at toronto's pearson airport, sparking a fire. 168 passengers and six crew on board
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one of the aircraft had to escape by emergency slides. no one was seriously injured. weather forecasters are warning of record—breaking low temperatures of minus a0 degrees celsius in northeast america. at least 19 people have died since a powerful blizzard hit much of the region on thursday. some better weather now, though. it's time for the travel show. india. a vast country, home to over a billion people, birthplace of illustrious ancient civilisations and today, a fast emerging global power. and 70 years after independence, india is still a diverse, ever—evolving assortment of cultures, creeds, religions and languages. heading off the well—worn tourist
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path, we're on a journey which spans this vast subcontinent from east to west. travelling from one of the driest places on earth. it is quite incredible, the sand. it's just crystal, hard cystals. white salt. you can probably taste it. to one of the wettest. these are areas really for the adventurous traveller. this isn't india on tap. i'm on a quest to find out how history, religion and politics have shaped india. and also, meet the people who call this intriguing and sometimes overwhelming country, home. it's going to be an amazing journey. for thousands of years, india found its riches and influence through international trade.
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and at the heart of this enterprise was the sea. and the state of gujarat, with a thousand miles of coastline, served as a shipping gateway to africa, arabia and beyond. this is as far west as you can get in india. it's the mingling of all the influences from overseas that have helped make gujarat what it is today. the region is known as kutch. and its beaches are a popular domestic tourist attraction. this ancient port town's economy is still anchored in a much older maritime tradition. this is genuinely incredible. i'm in heaven.
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a huge shipyard with boats and ships at various stage of construction, all made from wood. in an industry dominated by bulky and expensive container ships, these smaller, more agile vessels are still in huge demand. so here we are close up to these incredible hulks, really. this one's in mid—construction. we can actually go inside, which i'm going to see how they actually make these things. apparently each of these dhows takes about two and a half years to make. for many of the workers ship building is a family tradition. this ancient craft is now attracting
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unexpected new admirers. the region was home to one of the world's earliest civilisations and can be traced back to prehistoric times. its old royal capital is the city of bujh. its glory days are kind of over. it was badly hit by the 2001 earthquake. it's a kind of melancholy about this area. this was once the real opulent centre of a rich empire, trading empire any way, and the hub was here. but what is still flourishing is the aso—year—old market, just a few minutes away, where the trading tradition continues. what do they sell here?
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they sell everything — fruit, vegetables, fabric, grocery. you see all sorts of community, all cultural background can be seen in the marketplace. here, as you can see, they're like all different community, ethnic groups comes here. but the natural harmony was disrupted 70 years ago when the british left. the country was divided on religious grounds with muslims mar titianed to the north —— partitioned to the north in pakistan and hindus to the south in india. we drove out of the city towards the border with pakistan. along the way, encountering some herdsmen. they've been living
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here for 400, 500 years, now, though. now, though. since they migrated down south. ever since the split, there's been tension between the two governments, to these herdsmen national borders and religious differences mean little. for the people, when we say india, pakistan or like hindu, muslim, it's not that important. people are religious, of course. but they are like living in harmony and relationship between these two different group is brotherly. when two countries were created from one, indelible scars were left on the psyche of the subcontinent. archive: independence has not yet brought peace. rejoicing turned quickly into horror and mourning. in traumatic scenes, more than a million people died in religious rioting.
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many millions more were displaced. this all used to be one, but now it's like divided in two. now the border itself has become a tourist attraction. that way is pakistan. that way is pakistan about 70 kilometres up north. that's where the border is. that lies in the middle of the area, which is of geographical value. at nearly 500 metres above sea level, the highest point allows us a dramatic view of this geological phenomenon, the desert, which continues into pakistan. i wanted to get up closer to this natural wonder. it is quite incredible. it's just cystals, hard cystals, white salt. probably taste it. really unusual to see something like this.
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the further out i walked, the less lovely it became. it's actually quite incredible. it's more like snow or sludge than white sand or cystals. when it gets wet around here, i'm deep into it. whoa! today, this shimmering wilderness is a healthy source of income for the region. thanks mainly to a three—month—long festival throughout the winter. it is amazing what was a vast barren landscape has been transformed into this colourful complex, whereby night, there's live music and other performances and by day, there's plenty of activities and just here, what you might call the glamping headquarters. 50,000 people have come here in the last month alone. i guess this is like a cross between a weekend festival and a resort.
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it's a honey pot for the booming middle classes in india, in what has been one of the fastest growing economies in the world. the revival of interest in kutch culture boosted by the festival has been a life line for one group of locals in particular. folk musicians. music in particular and it's very, very rich over here. previously they used to perform with their kettles, then afterwards, when they come home, they'd get together and spiritual songs are being performed. one person plates two flutes at the same time? yes, yes. now, for example, 500
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kettles are there and only one zefer is there. he will sit below a tree and start playing this and whatever this musical notes, the kettles will not go out this afternoon range. wow. and they enjoy the music so the milk output increases. almost like meditation. yeah, yeah. things are change definitely, as you say tourism. so many music festivals are there. so they are invited in various parts of india and abroad. of course, they're very well paid. not only do i get a demonstration, but also the privilege of playing along. as lead tinkler.
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yet again, i'm made aware that kutch culture is all about a sense of community and certainly not about religious segregation. from the bottom of my heart, i'm telling you till today, in spiritual, in music forms, hindus and muslims sit together and perform today. for the next part of myjourney, i'm heading to the south—east of gujarat, to the town ofjunagadh. the classic indian railway station. to me, nothing sums up this country better than the indian railway network. more than any political act,
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they say this is what unifies this country. i remember as a small child being on an indian train and being totally overwhelmed by it. but i love it. ah, this feels imminent. who knows when this is made, this train. it looks pretty damn old to me. but wow, look at that. it's a network that ferries millions of passengers daily across tens of thousands of track to nearly 7,000 stations. it's one of the world's biggest employers. if there's one defining legacy of british rule, it's the vast, sprawling, creeking indian railway network. it's still the lifeblood of the country today. singing.
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i'll tell you this, you wouldn't get this on a suburban train on a cold wednesday morning in london or any other western city. this is unique. you know everyone on this carriage? yeah. from the train journey? trainjourney, yeah. train friends. excellent, you have a community. very good. is it lucky to have a seat on the train? yes. very lucky. so here we are, the ancient
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fortified city of junagadh, crowded and noisy as i expected. let's go explore. just a few minutes from the station, along a dusty, busy road stands this jaw—dropping and little—known architectural wonder. built in the late 19th century, this is an elaborate mausoleum blending indian and european architecture. the intricate carvings took over a decade to complete and the whole structure reflects the opulence
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and influences of the time. back in the day, under the british raj, there were hundreds of so—called princely states run by maharajas, powerful and wealthy men. there was one here, who made decisions which still has ramifications for relations between india and pakistan, even today. they led lavish life styles, in stark contrast to ordinary indians. the nawab ofjunagadh was no different. archive: the state celebrates the marriage of all the pomp and splendour of a princely wedding. harish was ten in 1946 and recalls the splendour of the ceremony.
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archive newsreel: escorted by the royal guard, the bride groom drives through the streets. there's a profusion of wedding gifts. all princes were there. princely patrons with turbans on their heads. dance girls used to be brought there, musicians and all that. that lasted for several days. and he recalls getting his first taste of this other world. for the first time, i saw bread, butter, sandwich, everything. because that was not known to us here. my father said you eat this, this is bread and this is butter. i liked it. there were small pastries. i still remember that made in england, london, there was huntly and palmer biscuits. important thing is that the formal photograph of his highness. the nawab‘s own most legendary
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indull yens r german chancellor was his love of animals. —— indulgence was his love of animals. i think almost all brands and varieties of dogs from all the world were here. he used to arrange marriages for dogs and celebrated parties and then they were sent for honeymoon. honeymoon?! yeah, used to do it. but with the advent of independence, the power and influence of india's royal rulers was coming to an end. come partition, the muslim nawab wanted to makejunagadh part of the newly created islamic pakistan. even though the town is more than 80% hindu and hundreds
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of kilometres from the border. infuriated, the new indian government rallied its troops. the news started coming that the army is coming, in its compound, huge tanks and trucks and jeeps and artillery and guns and everything is there. junagadh state was besieged on three sides also. an economic blockade was ordered, cutting off supplies of foot and resources into the region. eventually, junagadh acceded to india and the nawab fled to pakistan. yet to this day, 70 years on, his great grandson still lays claim to junagadh. and the episode lingers as a reminder of the last days
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of the raj in india. and 65 kilometres down the road, the nawab‘s legacy as an animal lover extraordinaire continues, with the most regal of creatures. lions may have iconic status here. they're a royal symbol. they're in hindu mythology. at the beginning of the last century, they were threatened with extinction. i'm going somewhere now, which is the only natural abode of the asiatic lion. these lions are smaller and paler than their african relatives. and these are their modern day protectors, india's first female forest rangers, the so—called lion queens. now they're part of a team that
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performs more than mall rescues than any other wildlife park in the world. on average, the unarmed rangers cover 25 kilometres a day and have to tackle venomous snakes, leopards and poachers as well as lions. if they did get agitated, how would you be able to tell from the animal? how would you know if you're safe or not being this close to the animal? and it did get dangerous early on in her career here. applications from women for these posts have rocketed, and the rangers
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are role models and trail blazers in the region today. look, look at that mouth! the good news is that from once being in danger of extinction, numbers have climbed to over 500. the next, much more welcome, problem is if the sanctuary is actually big enough for their growing population. so the first part of my travels across india come to a close. but next week, i head to the north—east of the country. i'm on the banks of the mighty river and about to go to a very spiritual place. the amount of people crammed on here as well — it's going to be an experience! a region that prides itself on tradition and creativity. and a passionate desire to protect this unique part of the world forfuture generations. a big area of high pressure is
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coming in across the north of the country, bringing in these north—easterly arctic winds to our shores, and gradually pushing the cloud which we have had through central and northern parts of the country southwards as the afternoon wears on. patchy rain on this weather front, with a wears on. patchy rain on this weatherfront, with a little bit wears on. patchy rain on this weather front, with a little bit of sleet and snow over the hills as well. this band of cloud move southwards. very low single figures, widely and on that brisk north—east wind it is going to feel much colder than these temperatures suggest. wintry showers affecting the north—east of england, but on the whole, for much of northern ireland and scotland, dry, sunny and cold. the fa cup third round match, fleetwood versus leicester, takes place in fleetwood at around midday
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and it looks like it will be cold, dry and sunny for the game. this evening and overnight, temperatures plummeting away under clear skies overnight, and the winds falling light. a hard widespread frost, temperatures down to —5 across scotland. as we head on into sunday, it isa scotland. as we head on into sunday, it is a really cold frosty start, but there will be plenty of crisp winter sunshine. winds light for most, still quite breezy across southern and eastern parts of england, so feeling raw. to the north, those winds light with some sunshine, so still cold. the area of high pressure is with us sunday into monday. this weather front will be making inroads into the atlantic. 0utbreaks making inroads into the atlantic. outbreaks of rain and also slightly milder conditions, but from monday, a cold and frosty start again with some sunshine, but starting to feed in some cloud across the near
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continent. cloudy again on tuesday, and the weather front slowly encroaching into the west, bringing strengthening winds, outbreaks of rain on the temperatures coming up slightly later. this is bbc news. the headlines at 11. victims of serial sex attackerjohn worboys, whose cases never came to court, want prosecutors to re—examine their evidence. they won their case given the proper scrutiny it deserves and they want decision to be made as to whether prosecution will be brought in their cases. the us secretary of state says he's never questioned donald trump's mental health after a book doubts the president's fitness for office. i've never met to lima questioned his mental fitness and i've never met to lima questioned his mentalfitness and have no reason to do so. more than 500 major employers reveal their gender pay gaps. panic and confusion
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as two planes collide on the ground at toronto's pearson airport, sparking a fire. also in the next hour: in north america, the east coast shivers.
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