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tv   Our World  BBC News  December 7, 2019 9:30pm-10:02pm GMT

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this is bbc world news. the headlines: donald trump has thanked iran for what he described as very fair negotiations which led to a rare exchange of prisoners between the two countries. iran released an american phd student. in return, the us freed an iranian scientist. a huge bushfire that's burning out of control near sydney may take weeks to put out. the mega blaze, north of sydney, stretches for 60 km and is bigger than the city itself. air strikes on rebel—held territory in the syrian province of idlib are reported to have killed 20 people. a market was hit in the village of balyoun.
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it was targeted by russian warplanes, which support forces loyal to president bashar al—assad. it's emerged that a saudi air force trainee who shot dead three people at a military base in florida apparently posted online comments critical of us involvement in foreign wars hours before the shooting. at ten o'clock, tina daheley will be here with a full round—up of the day's news. now on bbc news, our world. in 2016, pakistani social media sensation qandeel baloch was murdered — the victim of a so—called honour killing. as the court prepares to deliver its verdict, hani taha, who has followed the story in two previous our worlds, returns to qandeel‘s home town. a warning — the programme has adult themes right from the start. qandeel baloch was pakistan's
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first social media superstar. she was both loved and loathed. for conservative pakistan, her videos were provocative. too provocative. injuly 2016, she was murdered for bringing shame on herfamily. six men, one of them are brother, stood trial for the killing. my name is hani taha and, for the last three years, i have filming with the parents as they seek justice for the daughter. as the trial concludes, i'm returning to multan for the verdict and to find out how qandeel‘s life and death have changed my country.
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multan high court, central pakistan. qandeel‘s parents have been coming here almost weekly for the last three years. waseem, qandeel‘s youngest brother, confessed to killing her sister straight after the murder. anwar, qandeel and waseem's mother, is in court for the verdict.
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he is too good, my god. also standing trial for the murder are five other men including mufti abdul qawi, a local celebrity mufti. qandeel had taken selfies with him in a karachi hotel room. it was after these now infamous selfies that mufti qawi lost his high—profile job on pakistan's religious council. mufti abdul qawi! as he arrives at court, it is clear that mufti qawi still has a lot of support. barely 10 minutes later, the verdict is announced. and mufti qawi emerges from the courtroom a free man. qandeel‘s youngest brother, waseem,
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is given 25 years for her murder. the reamining five accused are acquitted. while qandeel‘s mother slips out the back of the courtroom to avoid the media, mufti qawi holds audience outside. but has justice really been done? atiya jafri was the investigating officer for the
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multan police. 1,000 women are murdered in pakistan every year in the name of honour. as a woman, atiya made it her mission to catch qandeel‘s killers. but having pressed charges against six men, including haq nawaz, the alleged accomplice, she now finds that there has only been one conviction. but atiya also feels hopeful. qandeel‘s case was the first to be tried under a new law, section 3.11. previously, families had been able to forgive those responsible for honour killings, but section 3.11 removed that right. in conservative pakistan, that's a huge change. it was passed four months after qandeel‘s death and became known as qandeel‘s law.
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mufti qawi was back to his old life, teaching at the madrassah, having been acquitted of inciting qandeel‘s
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murder. i hadn't been to his mosque in three years and, i have to say, i was a little nervous. i wanted to know how he felt about the police investigation into him.
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even since qandeel‘s death, selfie scandals are never far from muft qawi. here he is in a video with a trans person, sara shayyan. the story went viral and, again, mufti qawi's behaviour as a cleric was being questioned. when i last interviewed him in 2016, it took a surprising turn. after our interview finished, and with the camera not running, mufti qawi touched my face. for a man to touch a woman in pakistan, especially for a cleric to do so,
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is a massive deal. it was completely uncalled for. there was no reason for him to come this close and touch me, for no reason. when this incident went public, once again, mufti qawi was again in the news for all the wrong reasons.
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even as we were leaving, mufti abdul qawi is trying to defend his attitude. you don't know what to make of him. he's just. . . it's not
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about misreading the situation. it's about the fact that my body is my temple, you do not have a right to come close to it until i allow you access to it, that's what it is. and that is what women are fighting for day in and day out today. that's what the me too movement is about. ask me if you can cross this boundary. when qandeel was murdered, her family, especially her dad, pushed hard for the killers to be punished. but during the trial, it transpired that just months after her death, and contrary to what they were telling the press, the parents had been trying to get the court to forgive
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their son. qandeel‘s dad has lost his eyesight and is barely mobile. the last three years have taken their toll. when qandeel did eventually make it into showbiz, she became the breadwinner, appearing on tv channels across the country. she was earning enough to rent a house for her parents in multan. now, with qandeel dead and her brother in prison, the parents have had to move back to the village and are struggling to survive. mum has had to go back to work in the fields.
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after qandeel‘s death, supporters of the family helped them financially. the media called forjustice. but as time went on, that financial support dried up. the parents felt betrayed by the media who, by calling forjustice, had pushed for section 311 to be enforced, sending their son to prison.
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qandeel‘s parents may not feel they got the justice they wanted, but what has their daughter's death meant for my country? cheering and applause. in karachi in 2018, the first aurat, or women's march, took place in pakistan. women from every walk of life came together demanding equal rights. for many, this was the first time they had marched. in 2019, the idea spread and marches took place in every major city across the country.
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many women were afraid of being seen at the march in case they would be punished by their families, so whose face did they decide to use to hide their own? it was qandeel‘s. i'm on my way to meet the women artists who played an integral part in that march. hi! how are you? nice to meet you. nice to meet you too! thank you so much for having us. not at all. samya is one of the artists who part in that first aurat march in karachi. so this was like a series of artworks i did and the title for this was fast girls, and it's this term that is often used to describe girls which don't fit, you know, the conventional or the traditional sort of picture that society has for us, and... what's happening on the cover? so that's me actually smoking a cigar, and ifaced a lot of backlash from my family when they found out i smoke, and so this was a sort
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of tongue—in—cheek kind of an artwork that i made. and so, it was just about girls being girls and then being labelled, you know, fast girls, for something so ordinary. this one is with a girl saying no to marriage, and so she has, like, sort of stomped on the groom's headgear. you've got the qandeel masks! yes! did they come from? so these are from the aurat march. yeah. and this was the first march that i've attended of any kind, and it was a beautiful experience and it was really awe—inspiring. and then someone randomly asked if i wanted a qandeel mask, and it was really beautiful because it felt like she's there, or she's part of the march with us. and a lot of the things that we were talking about were a lot of issues that also have a lot to do with qandeel, so it was really good to have these masks there and have her be part of the entire march with us. ok, i'm calling her
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now. awesome! so we're here, we were talking about your masks. samya's friend rahima is the pakistani artist whose illustration became the mask. currently in berlin studying for her masters degree, we spoke to her online. that image really became the symbol of all of our collective angst about the situation. how does that all make you feel? what does qandeel mean to a young woman like you?
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why are you so impacted by her death? do you think qandeel has changed pakistan for the better? this is insane — she has 11.9 million views on this one. while we're filming, another young social media star
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finds herself in the middle of a scandal. she walked into the foreign office and went and sat in the prime minister's chair, and the media just went ballistic. touted as the next qandeel, hareem shah is a young woman from the north of the country. she was abroad when the scandal broke and decided not to return for security reasons, so we're going to speak to her online. hello!
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i'm heading to qandeel‘s village to go and see her mum and dad for the last time. theirson is injailand, with no money to fund an appeal, he may just stay there. qandeel‘s mum made one last plea
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to me. i really did not know what to say to their mother. she was really just. .. i think she was begging me to understand her position. i could sense what she was trying to tell me was my son has been more dear to me and i don't
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want my baby to grow old in a prison. i just feel really defeated. the thing that i didn't want to believe is that the value of a woman will always be less than that of a man. the value of a daughter will always be less than a son. even though there is great sadness in qandeel‘s story, women across my country are standing up. we are beginning to see a face of pakistan that no—one ever imagined. it is hard to believe that a girl from a village in rural punjab has changed my country for ever.
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this storm has developed because we have a very strong atlanticjet strea m have a very strong atlanticjet stream which is accelerating
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to 180 mph and strong jet streams make intense areas of low pressure. 0n the satellite picture, we don'tjust have one area of low pressure but two, won here and here, in these areas of low pressure combined make the storm with a squeeze on the isobars on the southern flank in the area of this low pressure and that's where we will see the strongest winds diving into coastal parts of ireland and eventually across england and wales late on sunday night. weather—wise, on sunday, windy day nationwide, a day of sunshine and showers, and they will merge together to give lengthy spells of rain at times in northern ireland and scotland as colder air moves in so it will feel cooler than it has done on saturday. temperatures still 10—13d but the winds will continue to strengthen. as we had through sunday afternoon and the evening, a swathe of strong winds will accelerate the winds up to 80 mph gusts on the western
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coast of ireland before they then work their way into coastal parts of wales in western england. costs could reach 70 mph, even a touch stronger than that, so we are looking at severe gales, the winds will bring down tree branches so we may well have disruption to power and transport as a result of the strong winds. the strongest winds will ease away as the low pressure works to europe but on monday we then get these northerly winds dragging polarair then get these northerly winds dragging polar air down from the north and that means it will feel better as we go through monday. 0n monday we will see plenty of sunshine but widespread frequent showers for northern scotland and frequent showers coming down the north sea coast to affect eastern england. away from that, temperature 6-10d but england. away from that, temperature 6—10d but factor in the strong winds and it will feel cold, and as far as the rest of the week goes, we will see significant day—to—day swings in temperatures as cold and north—westerly winds interspersed with mild to south—westerly
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winds. 0n with mild to south—westerly winds. on tuesday, it is the turn of the south—westerly winds blowing in, a band of heavy squally rain pushing eastwards so again there will be strong and gusty winds around but it will be mild, temperatures 10—13d, but those south—westerly winds clear off and as we head towards the middle part of the week, they will be replaced by cooler north—westerly winds, another unsettled day, windy at times particularly in the north and west where there will be frequent showers but is immune from seeing the downpour during the course of the day interspersed with brighter weather. it could be cold enough wintry nurse but temperature 6-9d, enough wintry nurse but temperature 6—9d, it enough wintry nurse but temperature 6-9d, it will enough wintry nurse but temperature 6—9d, it will feel chillier. towards the end of the week, we will have the end of the week, we will have the winds coming in from the north—westerly direction, areas of low pressure continue to affect the united kingdom so we will see this continuation of unsettled weather conditions. so, what we have in store for the end of the
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week? rain at times, sunshine in between the downpours, it will stay windy, and temperatures near normal, cooler than normal in a few places, but it will stay on the unsettled site. that is your latest weather, goodbye for now.
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this is bbc news. the headlines at 10pm: the online forum reddit says it believes leaked government documents, detailing uk—us trade talks, and posted on its site, are linked to russia. 0ceans are running out of oxygen, warn scientists, as global temperature rises put many species of fish at risk of extinction. a chinese american researcher is freed by iran in a prisoner exchange with the us but president trump says he won't rest until they release all wrongfully detained us citizens. and coming up, anthony joshua vs andy
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ruiz. the world title re—match is under way, we'll bring you the result at the end of the fight. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with nigel nelson, the political editor of the sunday people and sunday mirror, and jo phillips, political commentator, who was an adviser to former liberal democrats‘ leader, paddy ashdown. questions are being raised about russian interference in the election after possible links emerged between russia and leaked documents detailing trade discussions between the united states and the uk. the papers were used by labour to claim the conservatives


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