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welcome to bbc news. i'm duncan golestani. our top stories: six vietnamese families tell the bbc they fear their children are among those who were found dead in a lorry outside london. a day of deadly protests in iraq, as thousands demand jobs and an end to corruption. at least a0 people are killed across the country. protesters in chile force the suspension of congress in another day of demonstrations and violence. a federaljudge orders redacted parts of the mueller report to be released — just hours after the justice department opens a criminal investigation into the origins of the russia probe.
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hello, welcome to the programme. police in the uk have arrested a fourth person following the discovery of 39 bodies in a lorry east of london on wednesday. a bbc investigation has discovered several of those who died could be vietnamese. one family member has described receiving distressing text messages — apparently sent from the back of the truck. ed thomas reports. this is pham thi tra my. she's 26 and from vietnam. tonight, she's missing. her family fear she was one of the 39 people to lose their life in the refrigerated container found in essex. at the exact time the container was crossing from zeebrugge, she sent this disturbing message.
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" i' m really, really sorry, mum and dad. "my trip to a foreign land has failed. "i am dying, i can't breathe. "i love you very much." her brother wanted to broadcast this appeal on the bbc. translation: my sister went missing on the 23rd of october on the way from vietnam to the uk and we couldn't contact her. we are concerned she may be in that trailer. we are asking the british police to help investigate, so that my sister can be returned to the family. the bbc has also spoken to the family of nguyen dinh luong, a 20—year—old man also missing tonight. the vietnamese embassy in london is now working with uk authorities to identify any victims suspected of being from vietnam. today, this investigation moved to cheshire. police arrested a 38—year—old man and a 38—year—old woman from warrington on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic people and manslaughter.
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in essex, detectives are continuing to question the 25—year—old lorry driver, named locally in northern ireland as mo robinson from county armagh. and this evening, police confirmed they'd also arrested a 48—year—old man from northern ireland at stansted airport in connection with the deaths, and made this appeal. i would like to speak directly to anyone who thinks their loved ones may have been in the trailer. i know you may be worried about speaking to the police, and i would like to reassure you that we just want to be able to give the victims' families answers about what has happened. all day, the delicate process continued, private ambulances under police escort removing the bodies from the refrigerated container. one by one, postmortem examinations will be carried out, as police try to find out who they were and how they died. what's this noise, the noise? the fridge working. the fridge working? yes. that's the sound of the fridge? yes, i show you. wojciech has been transporting
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refrigerated lorries for two years. it goes 20, 21. temperatures can get as low as minus 25. what's inside it? i don't know. you don't know what's inside? i don't know. sealed here, and i can't open this and check. he's not allowed to break the seal, but every move he makes, is followed by a gps tracker. because it's expensive and they show where i am... the trailer has the gps? ..where is this truck. and we've learnt more about the gps movements of the refrigerated container found in essex. sources say tracking gps data shows the container left monaghan in ireland on october the 15th, then made trips to dublin and wales, before crossing from dover to calais on the evening of october the 16th. once in mainland europe, it appears the container travelled between belgium and france, visiting dunkirk, bruges and lille, before it made its finaljourney
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from zeebrugge to purfleet. around half—an—hour later, it had been picked up by a lorry and all 39 bodies discovered inside. for three years, there have been security concerns over purfleet, warnings smuggling gangs were targeting the port. they're dishevelled. some of them have got phones and they're smart. this is now an international investigation, as police search for the truth and answers for all 39 victims. ed thomas, bbc news, tilbury docks. fiona david is an expert on modern slavery and people smuggling, as well as research chair of the minderoo foundation. we can speak to her from canberra in australia. thank you forjoining us here on bbc news. on one hand, this is so shocking, but on the other, really, how surprised should we be? the
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death of 39 people in the back of a refrigerated lorry really is deeply, deeply shocking, but equally com pletely deeply shocking, but equally completely predictable. we have seen something like 2000 migrants die in transit already this year. so these cases, while tragic, a part of a much larger problem. this particular route that we are talking about, china, and we suspect vietnam, coming to the uk, how common is that? was we see in our global slavery index is around the world we have some a0 million people who are held in modern—day slavery —— what we see. we don't know how many of them are moving from china to vietnam to the uk. but what we do know from the uk's national tracking referral statistics is that vietnam is the third—largest category of victims of trafficking and then china is the fourth. so it's not the
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most common route, but it is certainly not unknown to the authorities. what kind of organisation goes into moving people from so far away across so many borders? what are we talking about? we are talking about highly organised crime. unfortunately, what we see is an arms organised crime. unfortunately, what we see is an arms race organised crime. unfortunately, what we see is an arms race between governments of the world, governments of the world, governments of the world, governments of europe, and people who are intent on making money out of the misery of other people by helping them get around those borders. so as governments tighten up borders. so as governments tighten up water control, unfortunately smugglersjust up water control, unfortunately smugglers just amplify their effort and the people who suffer are the migrants like these poor migrants in the back of the lorry who are most at risk and who died literally as they are trying to seek another country. you mentioned their governance “— country. you mentioned their governance —— governments tightening up governance —— governments tightening up border controls, but what else should they be doing to try to stop this outsource or stop this en route? absolutely. so countries,
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sending countries like vietnam and china, we know that this sort of measures that work, we have seen us through the freedom fund based in london, is activities on the ground in those countries. simple things like providing local communities with education and healthcare. it's not rocket science. and then in destination countries, really need governments to find a better balance between, yes, of course, security, but also making sure that people's and rightare but also making sure that people's and right are able to be protected along these deadlyjourneys. and right are able to be protected along these deadly journeys. in countries of origin, particularly china, how willing other governments to acknowledge that their people wish to leave the country for better lives? , there's a lot more that governments, including china and vietnam can do full they certainly do take this issue seriously. but it's one striking example, china, human laws only apply to victims who
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are female. so, of course, this case, we know most of the victims we re case, we know most of the victims were male. so if the chinese government tries to prosecute those cases back home they may not see —— might not even have the right hospital. so there are some very simple things that governments, whether they are sending countries are receiving countries can do. 0k, fiona david, thank you for speaking to us. thank you, duncan. it's been a day of violent anti—government protests across iraq. at least a0 people are thought to have been killed after security forces used live rounds and tear gas against demonstrators. eight died in the capital, baghdad, the rest in clashes in the south of the country. in the city of nasiriyah, the authorities have imposed a curfew. the protests began two weeks ago against corruption, lack ofjobs and economic hardship. aleem maqbool reports. gunshots. anti—government demonstrators took to the streets of baghdad in their thousands. surging towards the green zone.
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but as they did, they were met by tear gas and clashes with the police. the violence marked exactly one year of the current government. another year filled with economic hardship for iraqis, spiralling unemployment, and poor provision of basic services. already this month, nearly 200 protesters have been killed across the country in a brutal response by the state to the demonstrations. he was standing next to me when he was attacked by the security forces, says this man. and they attacked him. these are the most violent days in iraq since the country declared victory over the islamic state group two years ago. but the frustration has built up through years of broken promises of a better future. many were killed and vast numbers injured in these latest clashes. but they vowed to keep taking to the streets until they see change.
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aleem maqbool, bbc news. ajudge in the united states has ordered the trump administration to hand over grand jury evidence from the mueller inquiry into russian election meddling. democrats in congress have been demanding the documents as part of a growing impeachment inquiry. let's go live to our north america correspondent david willis. david, tell us more about this judge's ruling. david, tell us more about this judge's ruling. well, it's significant, duncan, for two reasons. it is established ——it establishes the legitimacy of the ongoing impeachment investigation in the house of representatives, despite the fact that president trump and republican party... apologies. i think we havejust trump and republican party... apologies. i think we have just lost the line to david willis in los angeles. we will try to get him back
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inafew angeles. we will try to get him back in a few moments' time and continue the conversation about developments in washington. moving on now. a monthly arts night in new york has apologised for letting harvey weinstein attend. the hollywood producer hasn't made many public appearances since widespread allegations of sexual assault were made against him. several women were booed or asked to leave as they confronted him at the event on wednesday. mr weinstein is on bail and due to stand trial in new york in january over rape allegations, which he denies. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a state of emergency in two californian counties is declared as fast moving wildfires force thousands to evacuate. news. indira gandhi, ruler of the world's largest democracy, died today. only yesterday she'd spoken of dying in the service of her country and said, "i would be proud of it,
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every drop of my blood would contribute to the growth of this nation". after a6 years of unhappiness, these two countries have concluded a chapter of history. no more suspicion, no more fear, no more uncertainty of what each day might bring. booster ignition and liftoff of discovery, with a crew of six astronaut heroes and one american legend. this is beautiful. a milestone in human history. born today, this girl in india is the 7 billionth person on the planet. this is bbc news,
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the latest headlines: at least six of the 39 people found dead in a truck in the uk may have been from vietnam. police have announced a fourth arrest in the case. a day of deadly protests in iraq, as thousands demand jobs and an end to corruption. at least a0 people are killed across the country. let's go live to our north america correspondent, david willis. the development and the impeachment enquiries in washington, when we we re enquiries in washington, when we were really interrupted, we were talking about this latest line coming out which was a judges ruling. why is it significant?
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coming out which was a judges ruling. why is it significant7m coming out which was a judges ruling. why is it significant? it is a significant for two reasons. it establishes the legality of the ongoing impeachment investigation in the house of representatives. mr trump and his allies had argued that enquiry was illegitimate. the house is not had a full vote on the matter. thejudge is not had a full vote on the matter. the judge disagreed and she also established that members of congress will be allowed to view an unredacted version of robert mueller‘s report. previously only redacted versions had been available to members of congress. it is nearly a50 page, the robert mueller report. the first volume of two contain some 2a0 reductions. clearly a lot of material in that which house democrats believe could possibly be of use to them as part of the impeachment investigation into
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president trump. what has been fascinating about this week is that this argument about what should be public and what should be private. earlier in the week republicans are saying some of the grand jury testimony should be happening out in the open and now the white house saying some of the robert mueller testimony should be kept private. it isa testimony should be kept private. it is a difficult squared to circle for the republicans and the administration? it really is. the just as the government has been givenjust just as the government has been given just five days to come up with an unredacted version of the robert mueller investigation to provide congress with the documents and evidence that it has been seeking and, of course, the democrats say this is very good news. that material could be critical to that investigation, as one senior democrat put it. thejustice department says it is reviewing the federal court decision or opinion and may well, of course, appeal
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against it. david willis mlos angeles. thank you very much. huge crowds have gathered once again in chile, as part of continued anti—government demonstrations. organisers called friday's march the largest ever held in the country. it follows a week of often viole nt protests. in one area, politicians had to be escorted out of a government builing by riot police, after protesters tried to force their way in. rich preston has the detailsis report. a week of anger on the streets of chile. at least 16 people have been killed in protests began last friday. many more have been injured. triggered by a rise in public transport fares, these protests have turned into a mass movement against poverty and inequality. more than 500,000 people turned out on friday
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in santiago, feeling the streets of the capital. allegations of right abuses by security forces have prompted the united nations to say it will send a team of investigators to the country. we have received reports that 80 people have died, including a four—year—old child. the circumstances are unclear and we have received reports that 582 people have been wounded, of which 295 by live ammunition. as night fell, it was not long before tensions rose once again. president sebastian pinera have announced reforms in an attempt to appease protesters but those on the street say they will not stop until they see real change. rich preston, bbc news. the opposition movement in bolivia has staged another mass rally in the city of santa cruz de la sierra. it follows the electoral authorities' decision to declare president evo morales the winner
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of sunday's elections. he beat his closest rival, carlos mesa, by 10.6% points — just enough to avoid a run—off in december. mr morales, who's bolivia's first indigenous leader, is due to serve his fourth consecutive term in office. the governor of california has declared a state of emergency in sonoma and los angeles counties because of two rapidly spreading wildfires. around a0,000 people have been forced to leave their homes as a result of the fires. the bbc‘s sophie long reports. high temperatures and dry winds feed flames and fear as california burns. with gusts of up to 70 miles an hour, new blazes are sparked before others can be contained. the fire causing most concern is burning through kincaid, about 70 miles north of san francisco. you can actually hear the winds coming down the canyon
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over my neighbours from here. it sounds like a rocket. another is the tick fire about 30 miles north of los angeles. currently we're estimating the fire to be at 3,950 acres plus with zero containment. and we have over 500 firefighters on the incident right now. we had approximately 10,000 structures that were impacted by the incident. as tens of thousands of people were told to abandon their homes, memories are evoked of the devastating wildfires of the past two years. they killed more than 100 people. the threat to human life here is real. the last reports were approximately a0 to 50,000 residents have been evacuated. we know numerous homes have been burned, and we cannot get an accurate count during the evenings. last year, the deadliest fire in california history was sparked by the main energy company, pg&e‘s cables.
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in recent days, it cutoff power to hundreds of thousands of homes to prevent this happening again. but now it says a high—voltage tower was reported damaged, close to where the kincaid fire started. it is infuriating beyond words to live in a state as innovative and extraordinarily entrepreneurial and capable as the state of california to be living in an environment where we are seeing this kind of disruption and these kind of blackouts. much of california is under imminent threat of fires due to the hot, dry weather. and the danger is increasing. weather forecast for the weekend show winds getting stronger with gusts of up to 80 miles an hour. much of california is under imminent threat of a fire due to the hot dry conditions and the danger is increasing. weather forecasts for the weekend show winds could get even stronger. the funeral has taken
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place of elijah cummings, the democratic congressman who died last week. among those speaking at the service were two former presidents, paying tribute to a man described as a fierce champion of truth, justice and kindness. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. washington had already honoured elijah cummings. the first african—american lawmaker to lie in state in the capital but it was in baltimore, his hometown, where he would be laid to rest. us servicemen draping his coffin into the american flag. family, friends, colleagues, speaking of a man who always put others first. no matter how hard he fought and how passionately he
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argued, he tried to treat everybody the way he wanted to be treated, the way he thought americans should be treated. the son of sharecroppers, he fought for civil rights and he lived to see an african—american elected to the white house. elijah cummings wasa elected to the white house. elijah cummings was a man of noble and good heart. the lord has now called a larger home to give his humble, faithful servant rest. —— elijah cummings. america is in so many ways are divided country, perhaps now more than ever, but in remembering elijah cummings this is a moment where the divisions seem a little less dark. conversations about gender equality "can't happen without men" —
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that was the message from the duchess of sussex when she met youth ambassadors from around the world at windsor castle on friday. to underline her argument, prince harry turned up as a surprise guest, as sarah campbell reports. it was a short drive in their electric car for prince harry and the duchess of sussex, from home to windsor castle. good to see you guys, how are you? this, the first time they have both faced the cameras since their revealing interviews aired on sunday night. the focus of discussion today between young people from countries including south africa, nigeria, malawi and bangladesh, was one meghan is passionate about. gender equality, which has been something i have championed for quite a long time. harry hadn't originally been invited, but his wife explained why he was there. you can't have a conversation about women's empowerment withjust women. right, and, so, for that reason, it made complete sense for him to join today, so thank you for letting
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him crash the party. laughter. they both made clear their discomfort with the press. prince harry wasn't expected here today, but he came to support the cause and his wife. it was the safest of spaces, behind the thick walls of windsor castle, with just a handful of journalists. is there a bit of a generational gap, as well, as in the older men not necessarily wanting to change their habits? their attendance was appreciated by the inspirational young people who'd come together, like 29—year—old amir ashour, sitting next to the duchess, who's spent the last five years campaigning to help the lgbt community in iraq. it's easy to say we should stand for gender rights, but it's harder to actually take the action and do it, and it's inspiring to see that both of them are willing to take that action. this was a meeting of minds from across the commonwealth and beyond and, giving them a global platform, the duke and duchess of sussex. sarah campbell, bbc news, windsor.
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that is the way it is looking. stay with us on bbc news. hello. the soaking rain affecting wales, parts of england will gradually clear as we go on through saturday, and the weather we have now, chilly but clear, it will take over across the uk for part two of the weekend on sunday. as this rain bearing weather front eventually pulls away, we look to the north, colder air is pushing southwards, but there will be sunshine on sunday and we may see a shower, and most will not. before that happens, concerns about rain totals mounting in parts of england but certainly into wales, where the met office has an amber warning in for 60—80 mm and more flooding. saturday looks like this. temperatures to begin with a big contrast from north to south across the uk, close to freezing in parts of scotland, 15 degrees in southern england.
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notice it is still raining into parts of southwest england, midlands and northern england to start the day. standing water is on the road, horrible travelling conditions but all of this is moving southwards into east anglia. so drying up where it has been so wet, brightening up for many of us in wales and northern england by the end of the afternoon, sunny spells in scotland and northern ireland with a few showers, blustery winds in northern scotland, still quite windy along the south coast but the winds will slowly be easing getting deeper into the day. the cold air is gradually winning out. just the far southeast in the rain by the end of the afternoon, holding onto temperatures into the mid teens. the rain after a wet saturday evening, finally then pulls away here. still a rash of showers overnight, pushing into scotland. wintry on the hills. clocks go back on saturday night. the end of british summertime. nothing to do with the weather but appropriately enough going into sunday,
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it is the cold air and the chilly feel that has won out. that is a big change were it has been so wet for the past few days. so a colder start across the uk on sunday morning. we may see a touch of frost in places but this is the big difference of part two of the weekend. still showers rattling to northern scotland and wintry on the hills. maybe the odd exposed coast in england and wales. but for most places, it is looking notjust dry, but it is sunny as well. there will be a chilly breeze but you may like this sort of weather compared with we have had, lots of good visibility, a clean crisp air and temperatures into double figures, but they will not stay there too long. dropping quickly again on sunday night. but a big change for part two of the weekend where it has been so very wet the past couple of days.
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this is bbc news. the headlines: several vietnamese families have told the bbc they fear their relatives could be among the 39 people found dead in a refrigerated lorry in essex. police have now arrested a fourth person in connection with the deaths. the a8—year—old man from northern ireland was detained at stansted airport. a curfew‘s been imposed in four southern iraqi provinces, after a day of violent anti—government protests which left at least a0 people dead and more than 2,000 injured. the indefinite curfew is in place to prevent further acts of violence. the authorities in chile say more than a million people have been taking part in a march through the streets of santiago calling for measures to reduce inequality. organisers say it's the biggest demonstration chile's ever seen. many are calling for the resignation of the country's president.


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