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this is the briefing, i'm sally bundock. our top story: deadly journeys. the un says more migrants are dying in the mediterranean, and calls on european leaders to act. brazil's national museum goes up in flames. the country's president calls the loss incalculable. the eu's brexit negotiator says he is strongly opposed to the uk's proposals, but theresa may says she won't water them down. and getting a grip on the currency crisis. has president macri got the right answers to restore confidence in argentina's battered economy? a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know
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in global news, business and sport. also in the programme: across europe, a new warning icon will be in place on video games to alert users about in—game purchases. the aim is to stop children and others from racking up huge bills without realising it. so is this over the top, or a useful tool for parents and gamers? what is your experience? tell us what you think. just use the hashtag #bbcthebriefing. the number of people dying while trying to cross the mediterranean sea to reach europe has risen sharply. that is according to the united nations refugee agency. over 1,600 people are known to have died so far this year alone. the agency is urging european governments to place more emphasis on saving lives than on reducing the numbers of migrants. bill hayton reports. it's three years since the little syrian boy alan kirdi drowned while trying to cross
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from turkey to greece. —— alan kurdi. his death triggered a wave of sympathy in europe for the refugees, but that has largely disappeared. instead, anti—immigrant governments have pledged to block the old migration routes. and while the number of people trying to cross has fallen, the number of them dying has risen. the un's refugee agency says it has reached 1,600 this year so far, and it is calling for action. we are calling for the european authorities in particular to come up with a co—ordinated strategy whereby boats can be systematically disembarked in different parts of europe, and where asylum—claiming conditions and reception centres are in place ready to receive those
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people who arrive. but that's easier said than done. only two months ago, european union leaders managed to stitch together a deal, but then disagreed on how to implement it. several governments weren't willing to host asylum centres on their territory. the unhcr says they should focus less on managing the numbers and more on providing safe, legal alternatives to the deadly voyage across the mediterranean. that's not a message many are willing to hear. bill hayton, bbc news. and shortly we will be getting an expo view on how this problem is resolved. all that coming up in about ten minutes‘ time. firefighters are trying to control a huge blaze which is tearing through the national museum of brazil in rio dejaneiro. the fire is believed to have started
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after the museum closed for the day. the 200—year—old collection contains millions of exhibits and is housed in a former imperial palace. the bbc‘sjulia carneiro was at the scene shortly after the fire began. a few months ago, the national museum of brazil has celebrated 200 yea rs of its museum of brazil has celebrated 200 years of its existence, since it was founded by the portuguese imperial family in brazil, the royal family had lived in this building. and now it housed 20 million artefacts related to history, zoology, archaeology, and many of these important chapters of brazilian history and world history have now disappeared with the flames, in this tragic fire, that's really been
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mourned across brazil by historians, by the scientific community and by authorities. there are lots of firefighters still acting here, and it's been three hours since this fire started. there was difficulty in the beginning because there was not enough water in the hydrants in the region to stop the fire, and now trucks came in bringing additional water to try to quench the fire. this comes after many warnings that they were not enough resources to keep this symbolic and very important institution in brazil, to keep up its infrastructure, that it was suffering for a very long time, and there will be a lot of debate and there will be a lot of debate and questioning about how this was allowed to happen in the coming days. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: china has evacuated more than 125,000 people in the southern province of guangdong due to heavy rains. the rains and flooding have affected more than 1.2 million residents, and have left two people dead and two missing. yemen's president,
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abdrabbuh mansur hadi, is said to be on his way to the united states for medical treatment. mr hadi is expected to stay there until the un general assembly meeting later this month. he has been living in riyadh since the yemeni capital was seized by houthi rebels in 2015, triggering a saudi—led military intervention to return him to power. democrats in the united states have criticised the white house for withholding hundreds of thousands of documents relating to president trump's nominee to the us supreme court. senate hearings on brett kavanaugh‘s nomination are due to begin on tuesday. he must be endorsed by a majority in the senate. the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, says he is strongly opposed to key parts of the british prime minister's proposals for a brexit trade deal. but theresa may says she won't be forced into watering down her plans, and has insisted there will be no
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second referendum on britain's membership of the european union. caroline rigby reports. theresa may insists the chequers plan is the only one on the table, and says she will not be pushed into accepting compromises which are not in the national interest. hammered out at the british cabinet at the prime minister's country retreat in july, it is meant to keep the trade in goods moving freely after brexit. but, in his most explicit criticism so but, in his most explicit criticism so far, the eu's chief negotiator, michel barnier, has said he is strongly opposed to key parts of the plant. speaking to a german newspaper, he said proposals for a common rule book for goods but not services was not in the eu's interests, adding it would be the end of the single market and the
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european project. mr barnier is far from the only person yet to be convinced by mrs may. her own now former brexit secretary, david davis, quit his position over the so—called chequers deal. davis, quit his position over the so-called chequers deal. in my view, the chequers proposal, it is not a deal, we shouldn't call it the chequers deal, it is the chequers proposal, is almost worse than being in. i mean, we will be under the rule of the european union with respect to all our manufactured goods at agro foods. her former foreign secretary borisjohnson has also weighed in. in his latest newspaper column he has described the prime minister's brexit strategy has affixed that can only lead to victory for the eu. but, as the seasons change here in britain, the deadline for brexit negotiations looms large. theresa may is running out of time to convince sceptics both in europe and at home. in the last few minutes, two
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journalist in myanmar have been sentenced to seven years in prison. the pair worked for the reuters news agency. they have been investigating reports of a massacre of ten rohingya men. let's cross live to bangkok, where the bbc‘sjonathan head has been following events. tell us more about what happened in court. well, this is a postponed verdict, of course. it was supposed to be read out last week. no one is sure why that happened, the judge was ill last week it had also happened on the same day the un issued a devastating report accusing myanmar‘s generals of genocide for their planned killings of the rohingya. so one week later this
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verdict came in. it is very bad news from the point of view of all of those who have argued that this was a politicised case, that these journalists were being prosecuted because of their investigations of the military. the case itself that the military. the case itself that the police put was at best confusing. these journalists say they were set up, that they were invited why the police to a meeting where they were handed documents which they didn't even read, and we re which they didn't even read, and were then arrested immediately. and the lawyers have said in court that the lawyers have said in court that the content of the documents had been published anyway and could be considered a secret. nonetheless the judge has found them guilty. they have been sentenced to seven years. they have already spent nine months in jail. it they have already spent nine months injail. it will be they have already spent nine months in jail. it will be a very heavy blow to their young families, as well. both men have young children. the on that, of course, it shows that even the politics surrounding this case, that the myanmar authorities are determined to push ahead with their own way of dealing with the rakhine crisis, regardless
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of international criticism. it is worth remembering that the real point about these two journalist is, they are both burmese journalists, was that they were the first ones to come up with compelling evidence of a massacre from testimony inside the country. got evidence from the police themselves, rahm rakhine villagers, from witnesses inside rakhine state —— from rakhine villagers. all the evidence has come from refugees who fled to bangladesh, and the myanmar government's position was that they would make it up. so it is ironic that these journalists exposed something the myanmar government agreed happened but at the same time they have now been found guilty of espionage. for now, thank you very much. those two journalist have, as
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we said, been sentenced to seven yea rs we said, been sentenced to seven years in prison, a decisionjust made in court in myanmar. when we hear more we will update you. the eu's chief brexit negotiator, michel barnier, has said he is strongly opposed to key parts of theresa may's proposals for a future trade deal. the prime minister has said she will not compromise on the uk government's chequers plan. but mr barnier said plans for a common rulebook for goods but not services were not in the eu's interests. broadcaster henry bonsu joins me now. we were just listening to caroline rigg the's reports, and this is a real problem, isn't it —— rigby. 0nly real problem, isn't it —— rigby. only a few days ago michel barnier was saying he would offer the uk an unprecedented deal, and there was speculation in this country that he was under pressure from president macron in france and some in germany to be more flexible, coming back of his claim that 80% of the deal had already been done. we will get to a resolution before the deadline in
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0ctober. now he has thrown a spanner in the works. he is not talking about cherry—picking, he says britain can't be allowed to pick raisins, iam britain can't be allowed to pick raisins, i am not sure where that idiom comes from. it is highly unusual. i don't think there is an expression in french which can explain it, but he calls part of theresa may's plant in sane and illegal and it would be an invitation to fraud. one of the issues that he highlights is the fa ct issues that he highlights is the fact that in the so—called checkers —— chequers agreement which forms the focus of the eu, is one scenario for goods and one for services when it comes to the movement across borders. his argument is that you can't compartmentalised services and goods, in many cases they completely overla p. goods, in many cases they completely overlap. and i do get that point. the problem is it is not clear and defined, these things are very murky and difficult to define. it kind of reminds me of the great crash of
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2008. no one understands what is going on, everyone applies and talks very gravely about this, but it seems that the plan is being trashed on all sides —— everyone opines. i am not quite sure how on earth theresa may, for all her bluster in the newspapers yesterday, is going to get this plan through. we will hold this thought, because you and i will talk more about this later. hold this thought, because you and i will talk more about this laterlj will talk more about this later.|j think we must, sadly, i think we must! and another angle about rakes it in the papers. —— brexit. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: it is fast and furious. the third world nomad games get underway with a spectacular ceremony in kyrgyzstan. she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and the dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies then arrange the coffins and take them back home.
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parents are waiting and wives are waiting, so... hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them. britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. you're watching the briefing. 0ur headlines: two reuters journalists in myanmar have been sentenced to seven years in jail for violating secrecy laws. they were investigating killings of rohingya muslims by the security forces.
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the un refugee agency has said that migrants trying to cross the mediterranean sea to reach europe are facing ever more deadlyjourneys. let's talk more about that. with me is sally hayden, a freelance journalist focusing on migration and humanitarian crises. you've reported from sudan, syria, nigeria, gambia, all sorts of places where people try and leave to head to europe. first of all, what do you make of the un report? what the un report says is quite unsurprising. they're saying less people are trying to cross but more are dying. a lot of what has changed over the past year has been, kind of, people stopping or government is making it
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difficult for ngos to operate in the mediterranean than jo, making difficult for ngos to operate in the mediterranean thanjo, making it difficult for rescues to happen. lots of people are looking away from the death is happening. one thing that's been highlighted is looking at european governments that have taken at european governments that have ta ke n ste ps at european governments that have ta ken steps to stop at european governments that have taken steps to stop migrants from getting on their land, italy is one example. 1600 have died this year, that's a huge number. from your experience, you've talked to many who've tried this journey, tell us the sort of things they're facing. 0ne the sort of things they're facing. one of the big thing is that this report showed to me, the most shocking, or one of the most shocking, or one of the most shocking statistics in it was that sincejune shocking statistics in it was that since june seven incidents shocking statistics in it was that sincejune seven incidents were more than 50 people have died in the mediterranean, mike have taken place but there doesn't seem to be that much coverage of it —— in the mediterranean have ta ken much coverage of it —— in the mediterranean have taken place.
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and the most worrying thing is the european union have funded the libyan coastguard to do interceptions, 0restes, and that's led to a huge increase in deaths. —— or rescues. fighting in libya from what i've heard this week has been very bad. they've said that they don't want to go back to libya, a war zone, don't want to go back to libya, a warzone, and don't want to go back to libya, a war zone, and they would rather die in the mediterranean than be taken by the libyan coastguard. there's issues around the rescues but the refugees i'm speaking to would actually die rather than be brought back to war and abuse. in terms of reducing the risk to these who are trying to take the perilous journey. as you all say -- you say, they will do anything to leave places like libya, but what do the authorities in europe need to do to make sure they have a safer journey and we're not seeing the deaths in the mediterranean? they need to have legal pathways
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rather than forcing people into this. this report highlights the deaths in the mediterranean but we're not talking about people killed along the route before that. this week i spoke to a refugee in tripoli who said he was imprisoned ina tripoli who said he was imprisoned in a detention centre, which the eu knows about. and that six other refugees there had died from starvation because they'd been left without food and the fighting that's going on at the moment. this week i also spoke to someone who's trying to get to europe, he's literally, like, en route to pay a smuggler to try to cross the mediterranean and he's also aware of these things that have happened. migrants and refugees with him were shot by militias in tripoli. that was also this week. the dangers are very, very real on the ground. that's what they're fleeing from. it's not like the deaths in the mediterranean are the risk... the risk is already present all the time and they're just trying to find the best way out.
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sally, thanks for coming in and telling us a bit more about what's going on. sally heydon, a journalist who's been talking to lots of refugees and covering this story for some time. well it's time to get all the latest from the bbc sports centre. hello, i'm tulsen tollett. coming up in your monday sport briefing: the fed ex cup event in boston moves into the final round with a packed leaderboard, maria sharapova faces up to carla suarez navarro in her us 0pen quarter—final, while england claim a test series win over india with a match to spare. abraham ancer holds a one stroke lead heading into the final round of the pga tour event at tpc boston later. after this event the playing group is cut to 70 before the penultiumate fed ex cup event in pensylvannia, and then the tour championship in atlanta which will see the final 30 battle it out for a $10 million prize for the fed ex cup champion. the mexican ancer leads american bryson dechambeau and england's tyrell hatton, who are on 12—under thanks to shots like this, whilejustin rose is lurking a stroke further back. the quarter—final line—up for the us
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0pen should be completed later with roger federer aiming to keep his quest alive for a first flushing meadows title in a decade againstjohn milman. maria sharapova last won the women's singles in 2006. she's playing spain's carla suarez navarro, expected to be another tight match. sharapova has never lost in new york at night. novak djokovic is also playing against portugal'sjoao sousa he deserves the credit for reaching first time last 16 in a slam. he doesn't have anything to lose. he's a fighter. he grinds, he doesn't give you too many free points. he makes you run, he loves to run, he loves to run around his backhand, it's some for hand, plays pretty flat. —— hits some for hands.
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before the match against burnley in the premier league, the pressure was onjose mourinho and the manchester united board. some united fans even paid for a banner to be flown above the ground to protest at how the club was being run. well, on the field, united responded in the best way possible and maybe even found a mourinho smiling lurking somewhere deep down. two goals from romelu lukaku gave united a 2—0 win, and mourinho wasn't paying any attention to what was going on in the skies above turf moor. i don't watch... in the match, i'm not looking to the sky, unless i'm asking something from the guy to give me help! i didn't see planes, but this afternoon we won 2—0. an indian batting collapse saw them lose the fourth test against england and with it the series with one match to play. chasing 2115 to win in southampton, india lost their last four wickets for 13 runs as england won by 60 runs.
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indian captain virat kohli blamed their lack of first innings runs for the defeat. tulsen tollett with the sports news. let's stay with sports news, and the world nomad games are taking place in kyrgyzstan. what is it i hear you ask? well, it's a modern event devoted to ancient sports, such as archery, wrestling and horse riding. dozens of countries, mostly from asia, are taking part. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. the olympic games it is not, but in its own way, the opening ceremony of the world nomad games was just as distinctive. this is issyk—kul, a traditional setting for nomadic sport, and the host venue for this event. since horse riding plays such a central part in nomad sports, it is no surprise horses and their riders played a pretty big role in
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the opening ceremony. this just a glimpse of what the spectators will get to see once the games begin in earnest. the event may be relatively new, but the tradition it celebrates is anything but. nomad culture stretches back hundreds if not thousands of years. a proud, resourceful people, renowned for their equestrian skills. rugged, determined, competitive. back at the opening ceremony, the athletes enter the arena. around 2,000 of them from some 80 different countries have been invited to take part. oh, and some dogs too. one of the dignitaries watching on, turkey's president, recep tayyip erdogan. nomad culture spreads as far as the borders of europe. the games will continue until september the 9th, a chance for the whole world to marvel at the prowess and the skill of the nomad. tim allman, bbc news.
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a reminder of the breaking news we've had in the programme. to journalists in myanmar have been sentenced to seven years in prison after they were convicted of breaching the official secrecy laws there. the pair, loan loan and two sharipov have been... —— wa lone and kyaw soe. we will talk more about inapt purchases in the next hour. see you ina purchases in the next hour. see you in a moment —— in—app purchases. hello.
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that wasn't bad for the first weekend of september. summer warmth continuing for many of us, especially where you had the sunshine, temperatures into the mid—20s in the warmest places. but it is turning cooler this week as this weather front, a cold front, pushes south across the uk in the next 48 hours. now already, as monday begins, northern ireland and north—west scotland in the cooler air. under clear skies, some spots will be as low as four or five degrees, and also a few single—figure temperatures in east anglia and south—east england, with one or two mist and fog patches to start the day, because skies have been clear here overnight. but our weather front has cloud from south—west england, wales, the west midlands, northern england, into southern and eastern scotland. some patchy rain, some heavier bursts to begin the day in south—east scotland, clearing away. any rain on the front, though, turning increasingly light into the afternoon, showery in nature. north, north—west scotland here with sunny spells, and northern ireland lighter winds than the weekend. so yes, it is cooler, but still pleasant in the sun. much cooler through eastern scotland, north—east england, where some patchy rain continues into the afternoon, compared with the weekend. some sunny spells developing
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through western counties of wales. the east midlands, east anglia and south—east england with sunny spells, and you're on the warm side of the weather front, so temperatures here still in the low and in some spots mid—20s. now, our weather front monday night and into tuesday, it's this area of cloud, barely budges. hardly any rain on it, though. underneath it, temperatures are holding into double figures. but now most of scotland and northern ireland is on the colder side of the front, so temperatures readily dipping down into single figures under clear skies through the night and into tuesday morning. and then on tuesday, here's our weather front, still barely budging from england and wales, still hardly any rain on it. maybe in the far south—east still some sunny spells to be had, lifting temperatures into the low 20s, whereas for most of us, we're in the mid—to—upper teens. so tuesday's a fairly quiet weather day, for many of us on wednesday too, though there may be some rain just edging towards parts of northern ireland and western scotland. as we go deeper into the week, it's looking increasingly likely as though our weather will be impacted by low pressure. but there is a lot of uncertainty
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about where the area of low pressure is going to sit. this is thursday into friday. and because there's uncertainty about where it's going to be, there is uncertainty about who's going see the rain from it, so keep watching for the detail. we do know, though, this week is turning cooler, and there is a chance of rain, both early in the week and then later in the week, as low pressure moves in. and that's your forecast. this is the business briefing. i'm sally bundock. getting a grip on the currency crisis — has president macri got the right answers to restore confidence in argentina's battered economy? and the us turns its attention back to beijing this week as a third round of tariffs on $200 billion of chinese goods could take effect. and on the markets: no action on wall street today, it isa no action on wall street today, it is a labour day holiday, but elsewhere the asian markets are open and heading lower.
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