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this is bbc world news today. i'm karin giannone. our top stories... more than 800 people are confirmed dead in the indonesian earthquake and tsunami with warnings that the number could climb to thousands. macedonia's referendum on changing the country's name is cast into doubt — after too few people turned out for the result to be valid. britain's prime minister calls on her own party to unite behind her plan for brexit — as a possible leadership challenger calls it "preposterous". and in golf, europe dominate the united states to regain the ryder cup. hello and welcome to world news today. more than 800 people are now known to have died after friday's earthquake and tsunami on the indonesian island of sulawesi. there are fears the number could rise into the thousands as rescuers reach more remote areas. nearly all the deaths reported are injust one city — palu.
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officals say many people are still trapped there. one of the worst affected places is talisay beach, a main tourist area. we've been told most of the damage in palu was caused by the tsumani, whereas further north in the donggala region, the earthquake itself caused more destruction. 300,000 people live in that region, but it is still almost totally cut off — aid workers are onlyjust starting to get there. rebecca henschke reports from palu. up to 50 people are believed to be still under the rubble of the roa roa hotel here in palu city. rescue workers are trying to find survivors. with no heavy building equipment available, they're using whatever they have. cries of help had been heard from the rubble, but in this case, it came too late. authorities say the death toll
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is expected to continue to rise. translation: looking at the conditions there, there are still bodies unidentified, as well as victims buried under rubble. there are also remote areas yet to be reached by the search and rescue teams. presidentjoko widodo has visited the area, promising to speed up the aid operation. and hundreds of military personnel have been deployed. now, some of the most vulnerable are getting help, but those left behind are struggling. and with aid only nowjust trickling in, desperate residents are taking matters into their own hands. translation: there's been no aid. we need to eat. we don't have any other choice. we must get food. translation: we're in a crisis. we have nothing for our basic needs. food, water, we desperately need them. desperate relatives are flocking
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to the area to try and find out the fate of loved ones. but as supplies run out, many haven't made it. people have been waiting for hours for petrol, since this morning. they've come this way trying to reach the affected area of palu to find out what's happened to their loved ones. amongst the crowd here, mothers who don't know what's happened to their children. this lady hasn't heard from her son and daughter since the quake hit. translation: i'm going out of my mind. i don't know where my children are. i'm going crazy with worry about them. i have no news at all. with after—shocks continuing to be felt, frightened survivors here are spending another night out in the open. rebecca henschke, bbc news, palu, sulawesi. doseba sinay is the national director
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of the charity world vision — he's in the indonesian capitaljakarta. he's part of an emergency response team which has been assessing the damage. thank you for speaking to us. how clear a picture do you have all the conditions on the ground? we are a global —— world partner of global vision. we have a response team on the ground. one thing i would like to explain is that world vision, we have an office in palu and also several other areas. so you were in palu before disaster struck. we have seen how desperate people are. yes, the situation is very unfortunate.
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there is scarcity where the shops are closed. the telephone lines are limited. internet is rarely not working. there are still a lot of people in the damage of buildings that have not yet been assisted. you are still very concerned that there are still very concerned that there are people trapped underneath the rubble of buildings. that is in palu but what about the situation elsewhere? that has been almost com pletely elsewhere? that has been almost completely cut off. correct. on friday,... on friday, . .. they
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on friday,... they are not safe in palu but the story i have is that there is also a major earthquake in there is also a major earthquake in the other place. the area dairy, still limitation of access. —— area dairy. there is not much information we can get at this point. what would help your agency to function? i'm sure a ccesses help your agency to function? i'm sure accesses a major part of it. exactly. we are flying in... already on. last friday, the person could not go there because the airport was closed in palu. they are going by
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carfor closed in palu. they are going by car for 20 closed in palu. they are going by carfor 20 hours to closed in palu. they are going by car for 20 hours to get into closed in palu. they are going by carfor 20 hours to get into palu. along the way they can see houses and dead bodies still unattended along the way to get to palu city. thank you. just after 3am and there in indonesia. and we'll have more on the disaster in indonesia a little later in this programme. there's been a low turnout in macedonia on a referendum whether to change the country's name to north macedonia. shortly before polling closed, the electoral authorities said little more than a third of macedonians had voted — well short of the 50% needed for it to be valid. the prime minister of macedonia is calling on the nationalist opposition to support the change and has threatened early elections. the bbc‘s guy delauneyjoins us from the capital. what are the latest figures
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we have since polls closed? this was about so much more than a name — greece has wielded a veto over its potential membership of nato and the eu. but obviously has ramifications for the country's security, prosperity and reforms which would not just bring an prosperity and reforms which would notjust bring an end to corruption but improved things like the judiciary and education and health services. it was a high—stakes referendum. the government tried to make that argument but it seems in some ways they are only preaching to the converted. we think that turnout might have been a between 35 to a0%. that is pretty much the portion of voters who would have voted for this party a nyway. voters who would have voted for this party anyway. what seems to have been next really successful was a campaign to boycott the vote. but was organised by the leading opposition party. as a result we are
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seeing that of the people who voted, 90% of those voted in favour of them name change but a lot of people stayed away from the polls. it has been a devastatingly effective tactic, the boycott. where does this go from here? and how determined is macedonia to join the eu? it goes through a door which says very difficult negotiations lie within. in the first place, this politician may be trying to persuade some of these nationalists mps that it is in the national interest to go ahead with the name change for the reasons we have already spoken about. it seems that some of them would be open to persuasion. especially as the vote in favour by those who did thought was so overwhelming. he has already raised this issue of another election. the last election was two years ago, another two years before that. there is danger of a voter fatigue. if we can't get a referendum turnout with
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sta kes so can't get a referendum turnout with stakes so high, what hope do they have for another election? we have seen have for another election? we have seen the eu come out in support of the results. saying this as a result which needs to be respected, let's carry on with the process of the agreement between macedonia and greece. you see the international persuasion come into play. thank you. let's talk now to vassilis nedos, diplomatic correspondent at the greek newspaper kathimerini, in athens. thank you for talking to us. what is the reaction so far to this outcome? the first reactions had the phone call between the greek prime minister and be prime minister of the former yugoslav republic of macedonia. the greek prime minister congratulated his counterpart for his resolve to move forward with the
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agreement that would put an end to a 27 year dispute. at the same time there has been an announcement from there has been an announcement from the greek ministry of foreign affairs that, describing the results of the referendum as contradictory since there is a very low turnout. but at the same time there is huge support for the agreement. i think right now the numbers are... somewhere between... according to the constitution of the former yugoslav republic of macedonia, for the referendum to be binding, the turnout has to be more than 50%. the prime minister already said he is going to bring the agreement into parliament. he needs a two thirds
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majority there, 80 out of i20 mps. but most of... it is very difficult to have a positive result without going to elections at some point in the next weeks. how closely have greeks been watching this referendum process in macedonia? just explain for us why this is such an emotive issue. i think it clearly... for us why this is such an emotive issue. ithink it clearly... both sides of the border, on the greek sides of the border, on the greek side as well. that is a huge region north of greece, macedonia and people here in greece think that... this is what has become a emotional. this is what has become a emotional. this is what has become a emotional. this is also why it is so much entangled with the local politics here in greece. at the same time, on a political party level, political
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development here in greece, the name issue. the government coalition is fully against... he was the first of the political leaders that spoke here in greece in favour of the low turnout which is, according to his narrative, a good indication. thank you. apologies for the sound quality on that. stay with us on bbc world news — europe hold their nerve to win the ryder cup — that and all the other sports news coming up. this is bbc world news today. the latest headlines... more than 800 people are now known
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to have died in the indonesian earthquake and tsunami. macedonia's referendum on changing the country's name has been cast into doubt — after too few people turned out to vote for the result to be valid. the british prime minister theresa may has called on her conservative party to come together — and back her brexit strategy —— after the former foreign secretary, borisjohnson, called her plans ‘deranged'. and, as the party's conference gets underway in birmingham — she's also warned the opposition labour party not to play politics with brexit. this report by our political correspondent, chris mason, contains flash photography. our political correspondent rob watson is at the conference how would you describe the atmosphere there? it is rather strange. you might think they would be horribly subdued and worried about brexit. but there is a certain sorts of these are that you always
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get at conservative party conferences. there is no doubt that this is a deeply divided party. it is extraordinary that you were just mentioning are how borisjohnson had described theresa may's brexit plans as to range to. there has even been as to range to. there has even been a place here in the conference hall where someone is handing out badges that you can put on saying, chuck checkers. absolutely, plenty of evidence of division on this issue, the key issue of europe. how does theresa may propose to keep going with this? what is her message to the conference? pretty simple, it is that you may not like me, and are certainly lots of people here are worried about her leadership, you may not like my deal but here is the bing, she says, what are the alternatives? crashing out of the year without a deal that all with the consequences would have? or political impasse here in the uk in domestic uk politics with perhaps
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another election, another of general election referendum. in many ways it is not necessarily the most positive or attractive pitch. but that is it, it's either my deal orjust think about those consequences. she had to hold her brexit plan and party together but has to go and take it all to eu leaders. absolutely. it is my hunch and the hands of most of the political hacks here that this is an exercise in damage limitation this week. she will probably live through it but the real problem is going to come if she then goes back to brussels and if the eu keeps saying no, we don't like your deal, then she will have a tough call to make. does she make further concessions to the youth or does she continue with the threat to leave without a deal? we touched on the opposition are, what does labour have to offer as an answer to brexit? critics would say that both
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the labour party and conservative party have been guilty of a lot of wishful thinking. i saying we want all of the advantages we have of being members of the eu and none of the things we didn't like. in many ways i guess the important thing to say about the opposition labour party is that they have said they will not support theresa may's deal. if you think about the brexit prospects in the next couple of weeks, months, it is either britain leaves without a deal, leaves with a deal and parliament approves it ought theresa may gets a deal and it is not approved. one of the things which has become slightly more likely as a result of labour and the divisions here is that third option of theresa may getting a deal but finding it hard to sell it to parliaments. i think that has gone up parliaments. i think that has gone up perhaps a little bit. thank you.
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let's return to our top story, that earthquake in indonesia. thomas siregar is a senior diplomat at the indonesian embassy here in london. i spoke to him earlier and he told us what action president widodo has put in place. first thing that he instructed is to ensure the return of, the speedy return of electricity and communication minds. because it is on the —— also important for all the parties to connect to one another and coordinate the supply and support. —— unification minds. to make sure that the main route which has been cut off will come into normal fees of the supplies can also go in. what sort of progress has forbidden? we heard that only motorbikes were able to get through.
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that is no use in terms of big quantities of aid. maybe in two days this main road could be going through, people could deliver goods. has there been a natural —— national declaration of a natural disaster yet? the president is still considering to declare a national disaster. while he is assessing the reports from all be parties on the ground. we will see on this. if it gets better he might not put it into national disaster. people have been feeling that they have no alternative to loot shops because they have nothing to eat or drink. they are reduced to that level of desperation. this is the information we need to clarify. it is the correct information that the minister of foreign affairs instructed because knowing it is not easy to get supplies and goods in good time, were people desperately need it, they instructed that people
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can get goods from the local stores and the ministry of home affairs will pay for it. let's turn to the sport. what a day for europe have regained the ryder cup from the usa with a dominant victory at le golf national in france. trailing 10—6, the americans had threatened a comeback by winning 3 of the first five singles points but europe weathered the fight and reached their winning mark of 14 and a half, before going on to win by 7 points. ben croucher has more: in safe hands, it was billed as a classic ryder cup, one of the strongest american teams coming to europe's backyard. in the end, europe orchestrated one of the most impressive ryder cup performances you'll see. with a four—point lead at the start of the europe back their best players at the beginning that rory mcilroy and justin rose famines are beaten by an american team dreaming of drama. jon rahm had other ideas.
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he beat tiger woods, pumped up. thorbjorn olesen shocked jordan spieth while the rankings suggested ian poulter would struggle against dustinjohnson, or am one in the world. but this is ian poulter. he had already won four points and he found the drink. molinari was the man to ensure the ryder cup would stay this side of the pound. commentator: he said it couldn't be done but look at him now. as the beer flowed and the champagne sprayed, europe showed that power. if you fancied a fitting finale, alex noren is your man. another debutant on the screen, galleries packed, and never looked like missing.
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seven points the margin of victory. it meant so much more. it was absolutely amazing. it's been fairly easy to captain them to be honest. we are just delighted. a while ago, i felt the american teams must be very strong and difficult to beat and as i stood and watched those 12 guys on the tee, i thought that was a strong line—up and we have to have our best but everyone showed up with attitude and their best golf. they showed a lot of grit and determination and poured their
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hearts out for the fans, for our country. thomas did an unbelievable job. you were an amazing captain, congratulations. no matter how much pressure we put on the team, they always responded. you played great. you deserve it. congratulations. applause lewis hamilton has moved a step closer to a fifth fi title, with victory at the russian grand prix. it was a bit of an awkward win for mercedes though.. they ordered hamilton's team—mate valtteri bottas to let him pass to protect against ferrari rival sebastian vettel // pass to protect against ferrari rival sebastian vettel. that was after hamilton took vettel‘s place with a clever pass on—track. the german survived an investigation for driving dangerously while racing hamilton. spain's alejandro valverde sprinted to a dramatic victory in the men's road race at the uci world championships in austria to finally claim his long awaited first title. valverde, who had previously finished on the podium a record six times without winning,
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edged clear of a four—way sprint for the title to take the rainbow jersey ahead of frenchman romain bardet and ca nada's michael woods. that's all the sport for now. the rapper kanye west has announced he's changing his name — to "ye". the star told his 28 million followers last night via twitter. just be aware the following footage contains flashing images. "the ‘being' formally known as kanye west. iam ye." the musician has been nicknamed ye for some time, and used it as the title for his eighth album, released in june. of course, he's not the first star to change his name. england and wales for the most part
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had a pretty cloudy day on sunday. a number of showers across the northern half. particularly across scotla nd northern half. particularly across scotland is where they were blustery, also showers in northern ireland and north wales and northern england as well. passing the highlands, a rain will there with some sunshine between the showers. overnight, this ridge of high pressure a cross overnight, this ridge of high pressure across the country. that will tend to clear the skies. a slow process and there will be some showers running down irish sea coasts and northern areas of scotland. otherwise a combination of clear skies and light winds, a cold night. temperatures in the countryside low enough for pockets of frost, particularly across scotland, northern england, 12 areas of frost for northern ireland and even as far south as southern england. thejurorsjust even as far south as southern england. the jurors just dipping down to zero in the coldest locations. —— temperatures. a cult
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started the day but a glorious start with plenty of early sunshine. —— cold start. cloudy across the northern west. outbreaks of rain in the north west of scotland, turning heavy. temperatures relatively cool. i've is to believe it when 11 and 15. not going to see things turning milder by tuesday as this milder erik pieters in from the atlantic. turning milder because we have a warm front across the country. but warm front across the country. but warm airwill warm front across the country. but warm air will become confined to england and wales through tuesday. this weather front ringing spots of rain across parts of england and northern ireland. the best of the sunshine in the colder air across scotland. temperatures here reaching double figures in the warmest areas. for example, aberdeen, edinburgh. up to 12 celsius here. further south, quite a contrast with temperatures as high as 21 degrees in london. a much warmer day. the rest of the
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weekend, pretty cloudy. we may see some rain at times across north—western parts. perhaps drier but cooler as we head into the weekend. that is your latest weather. this is bbc world news, the headlines. the authorities in indonesia say more than eight—hundred people are now known to have been killed by an earthquake and tsunami on the island of sulawesi. there are fears to death toll could rise to thousands. there are reports from macedonia that the turnout in the referendum is too low to be valid. voters were deciding whether to change their country's name to north macedonia in a move to end a decades—old dispute with greece. the british prime minister has called on her party to unite behind her plan for brexit. mrs may's former foreign secretary — borisjohnson— has described her plan as ‘deranged', and said he could secure a better deal. europe have regained the ryder cup in a dominant victory against the united states. the europeans had started
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as underdogs with eleven of the american team's players counted amongst
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