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this is bbc news — i'm simon pusey. our top stories... 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. the bbc learns of six vietnamese families who fear their children are among the 39 people who died in the refrigerated lorry in eastern england. 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 and welcome to bbc news. it's been a day of violent anti—government protest across iraq. reports now say at least a0 people 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 nasiria, the authorities have imposed a curfew. the protests, which began two weeks ago, have been against corruption, lack ofjobs and economic hardship, as aleem maqbool reports. gunshots. antigovernment demonstrators took to the streets of baghdad in their thousands. surging towards the green zone. 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,
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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. i spoke to abbas kadhim, senior fellow & director of the iraq initiative at the atlantic council, who told me he was fearful that the protests might escalate into more violence.
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well, over time, you see protests. you have to be fearful for the country. they are seeing a lot of turmoil as your reports mentioned. it comes at the hills of several episodes in the recent history from isis and before. so yes, as long as people are in the streets in mass and with such and unprepared security force to handle such protests, i am very fearful blood of iraqis is going to be precious and will be sadly lost. remind us what the protestors demands are. the protesters are more interested in really expecting of their government what the government should do, the basics.
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work better on the economy, give people better jobs, better alternatives, and we have a0 million iraqis, half of those are under 19, and there are about 800,000 every year who get into the job market. there is massive corruption in the government levels from the federal to the local level, people would like that to be curved. there is incompetence, there is waste management, that is not that good of the country, which makes a lot of loss, bad governments in general. this is not much about the demands against the government, the current prime minister. but it is really a protest of an accumulated incompetence and bad government since 2003. if not before hand.
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and iraqis finally had it and they say enough is enough. and it is about time the government and they need to get their act together and give the people what they are entitled to. 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. 0ne family member has described receiving distressing text messages apparently sent from the back of the truck. ed thomas has this report. 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. " 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.
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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. 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
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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 refrigerated lorries for two years. it goes 20, 2i. temperatures can get as low as minus 25. what's inside it?
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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 from zeebrugge to purfleet. around half an hour later, it had been picked up by a lorry and all 39 bodies discovered inside.
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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. well our correspondent daniel sandford has been looking at just how sophisticated the people—smuggling route is from vietnam. what has been so striking is how incredibly organised it is. relatives in vietnam were very aware of where their young relatives had got to on the journey and they were getting regular updates all along the way until those stopped on wednesday morning and that was why they were so worried that their relatives might have been caught up in and why they contacted the bbc. some of them had only paid deposits for the journey to britain and they were going to pay the full balance of £30,000 on arrival.
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and some of them actually have been given their money back their relatives might have died. by people smuggling gangs because it is thought their relatives might have died. the route they seem to have taken it from vietnam to china and then to get force papers they are to fly to europe and only the journey in the back of a lorry to the united kingdom. one night, a young girl phoned her parents and told them she was turning off her phone now as she went into a container but they never heard back from her. then those tragic text from the young woman saying sorry and goodbye as she apparently suffocated in the back of a container. this was industrial, organised people smuggling with big profits and big risk and relatives were follwing by smartphones all right up until the end. hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered again to protest against inequality and the high cost of living. a session of the chilean congress has already been suspended
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after a group of anti—government activists tried to force their way into the building while politicians were debating the social reform bill tabled by president sebastian pinera as an attempt to put an end to the unrest. at least 16 people have been killed in chile since the protests began last friday. protesters are carrying indigenous flags and singing resistance songs in a country that is usually one of the most stable in latin america. let's bring you some live pictures now from santiago in chile where hundreds of thousands of protesters have gathered again to protest against inequality and the high cost of living. this left around 16 people dead over the week for thought we will bring you the latest from as we get it. firefighters in california are battling nine active fires up and down the state. more than 40,000 people have been evacuated the bbc‘s sophie long reports. high temperatures and dry it wins
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feed flames and fear. as california burns. as gusts of up to 70 miles an hour, new blazes are sparked before others can be contained. the fire causing the most concern is braiding through feigned been geared said kincaid, about 70 miles north of san francisco. you can actually hear the winds coming down the canyon over my neighbours from here. it sound like a rock. another is the tick fire about 30 miles north of los angeles. currently aware estimating the fire to be at 3000 950 acres. plus with zero containment. and we have over 500 firefighters on the incident right now. we had approximately 10,000 structures there 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
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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 cables. in recent days, it cannot power to hundreds of thousands of homes to prevent this happening again. but now it says a high—voltage tower where it was reported damaged, close to what 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 in these kind of blackouts. much of california is under imminent threat of fires due to the hot, dry weather. and the
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danger is increasing. when the forecast for the weekend show wins 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 locked up due to the hot dry conditions locked up and the danger is increasing. weather forecast for the weekend show wins could get even stronger. stay with us on bbc news — still to come... gandhl gandhi, she died today. 0nly yesterday she spoken of dying in the service of our country. and said i would be proud of it every drop of my blood will contribute to the growth of this nation. after 46 years of unhappiness, these two countries have concluded a chapter of history. no more suspicions, no
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more fear. no more uncertainty. about each day. boost your ignition and left the of discovery with a crew of six acts are heroes and one american legend! enjoying the show. this is beautiful. a milestone in human history. born today, this girl in india as the seventh billionth person on the planet. welcome back. 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. 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.
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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 their investigation into whether president trump tried to obstruct justice. chris buckler in washington has more on the latest developments. you might remember that democrats have long wanted to see the full report, that some details were redacted inside of it and they haven'tjust been wanted to give the right been given the right of those redacted bits of the report. they've also been given the right to see underlying evidence, things that were presented to the grand jury. key is one of the lines that was said in terms of this ruling from the federaljudge. she said in her ruling that tipping the scale even further towards disclosure is the publics interest in a diligent and thorough investigation into and a final determination about potentially
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impeachable conduct by the president described in the mueller report. basically what she is saying there is partly it is because of what the democrats are doing inside congress. in their impeachment inquiry. this is going to give them more evidence to decide whether or not the president has committed any impeachable offences and as you can imagine, there is likely to be an appeal from the department ofjustice in this, they have been given until the middle of next week to hand over the documents but i wouldn't be surprised to see in appeal. there was a review that took place into the muller investigation. into the mother report. and that review was being conducted at the request of the attorney general, william barr. we are told that review has 110w barr. we are told that review has now turned effectively into a criminal inquiry and that has taken place. however, we simply do not know what crimes are being investigated. the department of justice will not say anything. the white house has indicated that this is to look at right back to 2016, when the presidential election was taking place, whether there was any
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improper interference by the department ofjustice then or by the fbi. and that it is to try and ensure there was no wrongdoing at that stage under what was then the barack 0bama administration but of course, democrats are very forcibly say that as far as they are concerned, this is simply political interference and they say they haven't seen anything thatjustifies a criminal investigation into the mother report. meanwhile, he seems they will have a lot more evidence to look at as far as that in squire is concerned. —— that inquiry is concerned. european union leaders have agreed to delay brexit — after it became clear the u—k government won't be able to keep its promise to leave at end of the month. the eu hasn't, though, set a new date prime minister boris johnson‘s latest tactic is to call for a general election more from our deputy political editorjohn pienaar. it looked easy enough. i can't make the scissors work. can't make the scissors work, can't get an early election either. you run the world. i do. no, no, idon‘t.
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run the world ? as if! he needs labour votes to make a quick election happen, and jeremy corbyn‘s holding back, so... we can have more debates on brexit, if that's what he really wants, but they've got to agree a deadline. time for corbyn — man up, let's have an election on december the 12th. he is campaigning as if the election‘s started. downing street even suggested the government would just ask again and again for an election if mps said no, virtually go on strike from doing anything else. really? isn't that an irresponsible way to go about things? i think you are totally confused here. we are going to be governing in the interests of the country. so maybe no government strike after all. hello again, welcome back... but what will labour do? the party's split, and jeremy corbyn‘s in no hurry to give the pm the quick election he wants. for now, he's saying no election until there is no chance
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at all of leaving with no deal. i hope the eu grants an extension. my position is we've got to get no—deal taken off the table first, because it would be catastrophic forjobs and businesses. for brexit, as one door opens, another is closed. have a good day. no comment. it was a very good discussion. brussels' chief negotiator was meeting eu ambassadors and keeping the uk guessing. while mps wait to see what kind of extension‘s offered, the eu is waiting to see what westminster decides. westminster already seems paralysed. if an election‘s blocked next week, politics could be reduced to a game of who blinks first. an early contest seems inevitable, but who will yield? the snp want to seem more up for the fight than the others. the lib dems want a contest, too, but if brexit is approved first, how can they campaign as the party to stop brexit? we need to have the extension secured and implemented before we can consider a general election
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so that borisjohnson does not use the time available to take the country out on no—deal. what i want is the opposition parties to come together with a vote of no confidence and bring this government down to move to a quick election. how long has he got to stay? hopefully, we can have him out at the end of next week... out by next week — the young boy, that is, not the uk. the pm can wish and wait. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. let's get some of the day's other news. the russian defence ministry says eight soldiers were killed and two wounded when a fellow serviceman opened fire at a military base in southern siberia. this happened during a change of guard at a repair facility near the city of chi—tah. the us government has said it would bar us airlines from flying to all destinations in cuba, except havana, starting from the tenth of december. the move comes as the trump administration attempts to increase pressure on the cuban government over what it says is the "ongoing repression of the cuban people and its support
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for nicolas maduro in venezuela." startling photographs have revealed the true extent of ice loss from several of iceland's glaciers. these pictures show the contrast from photos taken from a helicopter in the 1980s with present day drone images. the team of researchers from scotland and iceland say they hope the photos will help communicate how quickly the ice is melting — resulting in rising sea levels. life after the white house can be different for each president but often there is a theme of giving back. forjimmy carter that means building houses well into his 90s and george w bush has taken up painting to honour those who have sacrificed for he us. sacrificed for the us. he creates portraits of wounded veterans — the very men and women he sent into battle. a collection of these works are now on display at the kennedy center here in washington and we went to have a look. whether you spend 20 minutes or an hourin whether you spend 20 minutes or an hour in this space, you cannot come away without ink moved by what is
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reflected in the face of these individuals in these portraits. this exhibit is made up of 66 portraits, plus a large mural. all of individuals who have served in the military. really an important opportunity for us to see them as human beings come and recognise and honour their service. i think this isa honour their service. i think this is a really interesting work. because it actually demonstrates their relationship that the president really built with so many of these veterans. and then you see they are dancing and then you see that she also has an injury and that she is living beyond that injury to dance, to be beautiful, and to dance with a former president of the united states. pretty remarkable. this is about the individual. not about george w. bush. this is his
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opportunity in his way of saying, this is the person that deserves our respect become our honour come our focus. so i believe that this portrait is a good example of how president bush was able to capture the character of the individual through the face and particularly, the eyes. i realised after having looked at it a number of times and turning away and coming back i then looked at the whole portrait and it was only after about three times that i actually sought the prosthetic care. i am so proud of president bush saying i will take the time and i will learn this craft to the degree that i can and i will share how i feel and i will reflect and honour the things that i care so much about it and i want to give backin much about it and i want to give back in this way.
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the natural history museum in london has named a species of beetle after the climate activist greta thunberg. nellop — toadis — gretie — was first discovered in kenya in the 1960s. but when scientist dr michael derby realised it was nameless while studying a collection, he decided to name it in honour of the swedish activist. the beetle bears little resemblance to its namesake —, it is less than one—milimetre long, and has no eyes. but it does have two long pigtail—like antennae. a reminder of our top story.... a curfew has been imposed in four southern iraqi provinces after a day of violent anti—government protests, which left at least forty people dead and more than two thousand injured. the protests, which began two weeks ago, have been against corruption, lack ofjobs and economic hardship. you can reach me on twitter — i'm @ si pusey. stay tuned. still to come, a lot
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more and also on the website, bbc icon. thank you for watching. see you soon. “— icon. thank you for watching. see you soon. —— bbc dot com. the soaking rain affecting wealth, price anglers will gradually clear as we go on through saturday, and the weather we have now, chilly but clear, it will take over across the ukfor part clear, it will take over across the uk for part two of the week on sunday. 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 bless up before that happens, concerned about rain totals mounting and parts of england but certainly two wales, where the met office has an amber warning for 68 mm and more of flooding and travellers going up. saturday looks like this. temperatures to begin with, a big contract for north or south, across the uk, close to freezing, and parts
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of scotland, 50 degrees and parts of scotland, 50 degrees in southern england. notice it is still raining two parts of southwest england midlands in northern england to start the day. standing what is on the road, horrible travelling conditions but all of this is moving southwards in into east anglia. drying up where it has been so wet, brightening up for many of us in wales in northern england by the end of the afternoon and sunday spells are 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 the pulls away here. still a rash of showers overnight it to send a pushing into scotland. when on the hills, clocks go back on saturday night. the end a british summertime. nothing to do with the weather but appropriately enough going into sunday, it is the cold
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air in the chilly field that has won out. that is a big change in the what were it has been so wet for the past few days. so i colder start across the uk. i'm sunday morning, we may see a touch of frost in places but this is the big difference, part two of the weekend. still showers rattling to northern scotla nd still showers rattling to northern scotland and which are on the hills. maybe the odd expose coast in england well. 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 fronts of comparable with we have had lots of good visibility and the cream filling a clea n visibility and the cream filling a clean crisp air and temperatures into double figures but they will not stay there too long. dropping on sunday night. but it may change a pa rt sunday night. but it may change a part two of the weekend where it has been so very wet in the past few days.
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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 2000 injured. the indefinite curfew is in place in basra, wasit, babel and dhi oar to prevent further acts of violence. 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. 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. 0rganisers say it's the biggest demonstration chile's ever seen. many are calling for the resignation of the country's president. conversations about gender equality "can't happen without men". that was the message
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