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welcome to bbc news broadcast interviewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: hundreds of people are missing in tanzania after a ferry capsizes on lake victoria. more than a0 are confirmed dead. "treachery against clean athletes" — the furious reaction from whistle—blowers as russia's three—year doping suspension is lifted. a setback for britain — the prime minister says her plan for brexit is the only credible option on the table, but the european union says it's unworkable. the suggested framework for economic co—operation will not work. not least because it risks undermining the single market. and the rap producer marion suge knight pleads guilty to manslaughter for running down two men in his pick up truck. hundreds of people are missing in tanzania
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after a passenger ferry capsized. more than a0 are confirmed dead but it's feared many more could have lost their lives. the vessel overturned close to the shore on lake victoria in the north of the country. there are reports that it had been overloaded as caroline rigby reports. rescuers at the scene of tanzania's latest boating disaster. reports suggest this passenger ferry may have been overloaded when it capsized with as many as 400 people on board. witnesses described seeing it sink in front of them. translation: look, look, there is the ferry, it has sunk — bodies are floating, it has just sunk right now! the vessel overturned on lake victoria, the largest in africa, straddling the borders of tanzania, uganda, and kenya, capsizing between the islands ukewere and ukora. at least a0 people are known to have died,
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although that number is likely to rise. 0ne official has suggested as many as 200 people may have drowned. a major rescue and recovery mission is under way, with around 100 people recovered alive so far. translation: when the captain was about to slow down and about to dock, the passengers were already running to the other side, ready to get off. so now the weight was too much on one side of the ferry, so it capsized and sank. it turned completely, it upside down. this is far from the first nautical disaster in tanzania, with overcrowding playing a role in many of those which have come before. at least 1a5 people died in 2012, when a packed ferry sank while transporting people to zanzibar in the indian ocean. and almost 200 were killed in the region in the previous year. in 1996, more than 800 people lost their lives in lake victoria in one of the worst ferry disasters of the last century. caroline rigby, bbc news. the bbc has learned that britain
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is considering plans to set up an international tribunal to bring myanmar‘s military leaders tojustice. the united nations has accused the generals of genocide against the country's rohingya muslims. the un report listed gang rape, assaults on children, mass murder, and the destruction of entire villages as some of the atrocities committed against the rohingyas. britain's foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, who's just returned from a visit to myanmar, is expected to seek international consensus on his plans at the un general assembly next week. the world anti—doping agency has lifted its suspension on russia that was imposed three years ago after accusations of widespread, state—sponsored drugs cheating in sport. it means that russia will again be free to test its own athletes, and may pave the way for their return to international competition. but the move has prompted widespread anger, as our sports editor dan roan reports. it's been a country in sporting
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exile, russian athletes forced to compete as neutrals at events like the winter olympics, punishment for a doping scandal like no other. but today here in the seychelles, wada defied an outcry from athletes and lifted a three—year long suspension. we are in a stronger position and we move forward. i sincerely hope, and ifully expect, the russian authorities to fulfil their obligations. exposed by cheating mastermind turned whistle—blower dr grigory rodchenkov, the former head of moscow's anti—doping lab, russia was accused of a state—sponsored conspiracy that benefited a thousand athletes and sabotaged events like london 2012. wada says russia must hand over data from its moscow lab by the end of the year or it will be suspended again. but after this letter obtained by the bbc showed how wada offered
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a secret compromise deal to russia over key reinstatement criteria, wada's decision today has been condemned by athletes. everyone wants to watch genuine performances, and i can't help but think that this measure today is a step backwards in that fight towards making sport cleaner. wada are there to protect clean sport. they're not there to protect the people they have sanctioned. wada's deal has also dismayed many in the anti—doping community. russia won't admit the scandal went right to the top of the state, but insists it can now be trusted. translation: this is the first step, the important one. it opens the way to our sportsmen and ourfederations to enter competitions. moreover, it opens an opportunity to bid for sporting events to come to russia. today raises the prospect of russia's readmission to the international sporting community, the fear that it's also done lasting damage to wada's credibility. dan roan, bbc news. let's get some of
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the day's other news. it's emerged that one of the two men the uk has accused of carrying out the novichok poisoning in salisbury visited britain three times in the two years before the incident. alexander petrov, seen here on the right, has denied being a russian military intelligence agent, and says he was just a tourist. the white house has approved what it calls offensive measures to stop cyber attacks. the united states accuses russia, china, iran and north korea of conducting "reckless cyber attacks" against the us and its allies. the immediate aim of the new policy is to prevent hackers from disrupting the us mid—term elections. in the united states, christine blasey ford, the woman who's accused supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school, has said she's prepared to testify before congress next week. but she says she'll only appear if certain conditions are met. chris buckler gave us more from washington. there are two things here.
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first there is the question of safety. christine blasey ford says she has a threat against her and wants some reassurance of her safety. but there are also terms and conditions she also wants if she goes ahead with testifying. she says she is not prepared to do it on monday, which is what the senate committee has asked — they understand it is more likely to be thursday. there are more specific terms, she says. she want brett kavanaugh to give testimony first, before she does. she does not want a time limit on her opening statement, so she can give a full conversation, and a full account of what she believes, and she also does not want to be in the same room as brett kavanaugh. these have been set to be senatejudicial committee. they will look at those and decide whether they want to go ahead with the hearing, and whether they are prepared to postpone it from monday to thursday. what do the terms mean for the republicans in the senate in terms of the optics and how it all might look? what is clearly very sensitive in the senate is a lot
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of focus has been put on what happened a number of years ago in the early 1990s whenever clarence thomas was appointed to the supreme court. and during those hearings, there were allegations of harassment made by an anita hill. the way she was questioned by the committee left a lot of people upset at the time. it was very much a source of controversy. given this is a very different time, with the #metoo campaign taking place at the moment, there are sensitivities about the hearing and, indeed, if christine blasey ford gives evidence, how she herself is questioned. the problem for republicans at this stage is on thatjudiciary committee, they only have male senators, male representatives. various questions about lawyers questioning both brett kavanaugh and christine blasey—ford. 0r potentially getting female aides of some description to have conversations on behalf of those republican senators. in these terms are to be reported by the us media, it seems clear that
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christine blasey—ford is not prepared to accept that. she says that she should only be questioned by senators, not by lawyers, and, again, that makes it difficult for the republican party. but given all that surrounds these allegations, given the sensitivities, as well, they will be under pressure to hear what she has to say. we should say, as well, that brett kavanaugh does, of course, deny all allegations. he has released a letter to the committee chairman, charles g rassley. he said "i look forward to the opportunity to testify before the committee." he says he wants a hearing as soon as possible to clear his name. we just want to bring you some
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breaking news now coming out of the united states, we have a reporting ofa united states, we have a reporting of a shooting. police in syracuse, new york say they are responding to reports of a shooting with as many as five victims. a spokesman for the syracuse police department saying that there is no other information immediately available on the incident, but local media are reporting that gunfire erupted at a gathering, and that a child is believed to be among the victims. we are also hearing from local media that the family may have been gathering to celebrate the life of a relative when shooting actually took place. so this may have been members ofa place. so this may have been members of a family. this report is coming through on reuters. we don't have a lot of information. butjust reports from police that they are responding toa from police that they are responding to a shooting with as many as five victims. we will keep you up—to—date on that story coming out of the united states as soon as we have more details. in another setback for britain,
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european union leaders have rejected the prime minister's brexit plan at a two—day summit in salzburg. the head of the european council says theresa may's proposed economic relationship with europe "will not work." with just six months until brexit is due to come into effect, mrs may has called on the remaining european nations to evolve their positions. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. in this spectacle, neither side wants to budge. brexit? there is no progress, there is only position explained. stand—off still is in place. as long as there is no deal there is a risk of no deal. don't doubt, this is one against 27. from the german chancellor, a polite rebuff — substantial progress is needed. the french president said the proposals were not acceptable, and those who said britain could leave easily were liars. then, from the boss of the european leaders club... everybody shared the view that, while there are positive elements
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in the chequers proposal, the suggested framework for economic co—operation will not work. theresa may could not pretend this afternoon that nothing had changed. instead, she was cross and frustrated. 0ur white paper remains the only serious and credible proposition on the table. so with the eu against your plan, with large chunks of your party at home against your plan, how can you credibly cling on to the deal you struck at chequers with your cabinet? look, i'm negotiating, and i'm negotiating hard in interest of the british people. yes, concerns have been raised, i want to know what those concerns are. there is a lot of hard work to be done, but i believe that there is a willingness to do a deal. but let nobody be in any doubt, as i have always said, we are preparing for no deal. have the chances of no
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deal just gone up? we are continuing to work for a good deal. i think you will have heard both president tusk and a number of the eu leaders saying that they are looking and hoping, working to that good deal. but there is a lot of work to be done. it's very hot. it certainly is, prime minister. more heat from rival voices trying to force her to ditch her plan. it is looking clear that it will be very, very difficult to deliver a chequers strategy that will meet their requirements. so it is time for a reset, time for a rethink. the prime minister can't, and won't, step away from her proposals yet, but the choreography of doing the deal today has gone badly wrong. the uk is on its way out of this club, but theresa may is finding this a long and lonely way out. south korea's president moonjae—in says he's set a goal of formally
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ending the war on the korean peninsula by the end of the year. he made the comments after returning to seoul from the north. the two koreas are, of course, still technically at war, although they agreed a ceasefire 65 years ago. laura bicker reports. the symbolism could not be clearer. this is sacred soil to koreans. they tell stories of it being their birthplace. president moon has publicly longed for this moment, and took time to sample the clear water. he marveled at how far these two countries have come. he even asked kimjong—un not to build more cable cars, to keep the mountain pristine, saying it was his hope more people from the south could visit. this time last year, south korea was condemning the north's sixth nuclear test.
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now, the country's two leaders are hanging out on a mountain, as a k—pop star sings arirang, the unofficial korean national anthem. as soon as he landed in seoul, president moon addressed the press, and reaffirmed the agreement that he made with kim jong—un. translation: chairman kim has reaffirmed his commitment towards denuclearisation, time after time again. he also expressed his desire to complete the denuclearisation in the near future, and focus on economic development. this is notjust any photo opportunity. it is a chance to convey a potent message to the korean people — that even if the united states is not on board, they'll forge ahead with their own relationship. laura bicker, bbc news, seoul. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: celebrations in uganda,
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as opposition politician bobi wine flies home to take on the president who's ruled for three decades. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world. and so the british government has no option but to continue this action, and even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde had crossed the atlantic
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faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: hundreds of people are missing in northern tanzania after a ferry capsized on lake victoria. more than a0 are confirmed dead. there's been a furious reaction from whistle—blowers as the world anti—doping agency lifts russia's three year suspension. the rap producer marion suge knight has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, after being accused of running down two men in his pick up truck. 0riginally charged with murder, the deal with prosecutors will see him sentenced to twenty—eight years in jail. knight was the co—founder of hip—hop label death row records —
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which launched the careers of artists like dr dre and snoop dogg. from los angeles, here's peter bowes. suge knight, a music mogul with a long rap sheet. once a hugely influential figure in the world of rap music, he co—founded the hip—hop label death row records, which launched the careers of artista like dr dre, snoop dogg and tupac shakur. but he also had many brushes with the law and stints in jail. in 2015, suge knight was accused of deliberately running over two men near a burger stand on the set of ‘straight 0utta compton', a film about the birth and decline of gangster rap music. prosecutors pushed for murder when one of the men died. his lawyers argued that he had acted in self defence. days before he is due to go on trial, suge knight struck a deal with prosecutors.
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as part of the deal, murder charges have been dismissed, along with separate criminal cases charging him with robbery and making criminal threats. what was the fight about? can you say anything about the allegations against you? he will be sentenced next month to 28 years in prison. the words of ugandan pop star—turned—politician bobi wine after he returned to his homeland. he was in the us, being treated for injuries which he says he endured, while in ugandan police custody. mr wine faces treason charges following campaign—related violence in august. the bbc‘s fergal keane was with him as he arrived home, and has this report. in kampala, there was anticipation, and the catchphrase of the moment. chant: people power! people power. and there was the familiar
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menace through which this country is controlled. which uganda would greet a nervous bobi wine as he prepared to board a flight in neighbouring kenya? yes, i'm afraid, because the way the government is conducting itself is very worrying. nevertheless, i'm going back home. less than an hour later, he was home and beyond these doors, out of sight, into the custody of the police. he was swept from the airport in this convoy. a few supporters raced to keep up. some who tried to cheer him faced the wrath of the army. still, out of the lanes and banana groves, they converged on his house. the word was out — bobi wine was being allowed home. a quick look to confirm it was him in the car, and then the last yards. inside this vehicle, bobi wine, returning home. the very fact that he's been allowed
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to come here is a big political victory for him and a moment of joy for his supporters. he told them he would end three decades of one man's rule. and in a country where three quarters of the population is under 35, the promise is intoxicating. what do you hope he will do for you? everything. our future president is back in uganda. bobi wine is the future president. but don't count out 7a—year—old president museveni, wily and ruthless, and whose followers believe the young challenger is no match for him. going by past experiences, we have dealt with more serious, formidable opponents and we dealt them decisive blows. back at home, we watched as bobi wine was reunited with his family, a reminder that political activism here has a highly personal price. are you going to fight on?
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i have come to continue exactly where i stopped. i am going to fight on and like i said, we must get our freedom or we shall die trying to get our freedom. international pressure helped him stay free today, but the bigger struggle here is only beginning. fergal keane, bbc news, kampala. now you may not know the british rock band wolf alice, look art auctions are nothing new — but next month — christie's in new york are putting a very unusual work up for sale. it's a painting which is expected to go for something like 10,000 dollars. now that doesn't sound like a lot but it is quite impressive when you find out who — or what — the artist is. the bbc‘s tim allman explains. when you think of portraits, this is probably the sort of thing you have in mind. the great and the good, kings, queens, presidents immortalised on canvas
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through paint, brush strokes and a splash of genius. these portraits, at first glance, look kind of similar. but close—up you may notice the odd difference. the artist's signature is a bit of a giveaway as well. the three gentlemen are part of what is known as the obvious collective. they have used a computer algorithm, utilising artificial intelligence, to create new work. in effect, the computer has become the artist. translation: with this series of portraits we have really decided to integrate the world of art and ask the question, can a machine be creative? at the and then show people what is possible with the technology of artificial intelligence. using a database of 15,000 existing paintings, the algorithm
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create its own unique portraits. but some more traditional artists remain unconvinced. translation: if there was no angerfrom picasso, the guernica would never have existed. it is simple. there is always a feeling behind a painting. always — be it anger, yearning, desire. and artificial intelligence is... well, you have the word artificial. voila. the obvious collective say they now want to explore the possibility of creating sculpture as well as paintings. they hope their creations may one day hang in galleries alongside the finest works of the renaissance. putting the art into artificial intelligence. now you may not know the british rock band wolf alice, but it looks like they might be headed for great things.
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the group have won the prestigious mercury music music award for their second album, visions of a life — beating the likes of noel gallagher, the arctic monkeys and lily allen. the group's singer, ellie rowsell, spoke of their surprise at receiving the honour: i think i've always found, being a musician, being a performer, the whole music industry extremely intimidating. i've been scared about it and not knowing what i was doing. but here we are, four best friends and we still don't know what we're doing, but we're here. it means everything because... i don't know. i don't know the answer to that question. i'm just so happy! good luck to them. much more coming up. allare good luck to them. much more coming up. all are top stories on our website. hello again. friday is set to be cooler and fresher, with sunshine and blustery showers.
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before then, storm bronagh has really been packing a punch across england and wales. a good couple of inches of rain in places, producing some flooding and particularly squally winds of 60mph or so. very squally winds on that cold front as it moves away from the south—east. the centre of the storm is out into the north sea. still some very windy conditions early in the morning across the coasts of north—east england. the rain pushes away and then we're left with this north—westerly wind, meaning sunshine and blustery showers. quite heavy showers actually from time to time, and maybe some thunder in there too. a few getting into southern parts of england, but the bulk of them further north. look at those temperatures, back down again, numbers falling across england and wales, it will feel cooler and fresher everywhere. the winds lively as well, easing down a bit as we head through the evening and overnight. a lot of the showers fading away, a few going in the far north of scotland, cloud increasing in the south—west, but on the whole, a much chillier night with widely temperatures in the mid—single figures. into the first half of the weekend, wetter weather in the far
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north of scotland with some showers, and then we've got a slice of sunshine, but the cloud is increasing and thickening from the south—west, and it looks like we've got outbreaks of rain into the south—west of england, wales and the south—east maybe in the afternoon. temperatures are disappointing to say the least. 13—15 degrees at best. second half of the weekend, still a lot of uncertainty. looks like we'll see an area, quite a deep one, low pressure pushing its way across the uk. the centre could be further north. the winds could be further north as well. but at the moment, it looks like england and wales will get the worst of it. some heavy rain pushing its way across england and wales, and some very strong winds, particularly as the rain starts to clear away. as we move into monday, that wet and windy weather should have pushed away into the continent, leaving us with some much drier conditions. there'll be a few showers around, still quite windy in northern and eastern areas, lighter winds towards the south—west and perhaps a top temperature of 15 or 16 degrees. big changes on the way for next week.
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instead of the jet stream being right over the uk, driving in all these storms, it gets pushed further north, and that allows high pressure to build in. so that's what's settling things down, and certainly changing the look and the feel of the weather as we head into next week. so tuesday, a lot of dry weather. by this stage, it won't be as windy. light winds for the most part. those are the temperatures, 15 to perhaps 17 degrees. but it will be quite a bit cooler at night. this is bbc news, the headlines: hundreds of people are missing in northern tanzania after a ferry capsized on lake victoria. more than forty are confirmed dead. the vessel overturned close to the shore between two islands. it's reported to have been overloaded, with more than a00 passengers on board. christine blasey ford, the professor who's accused supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, says she's willing to testify next week. but it won't be on monday as republicans have demanded, and only if certain conditions are met. britain's proposals for the terms under which it leaves
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the european union have been dismissed as unworkable. the eu council president, donald tusk, says the plans could undermine the single market. but prime minister theresa may insists her plan is the only option on the table. just gone half
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