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this is bbc world news. live outside the caves in northern thailand where rescue teams will shortly resume their operation to bring the remaining boys to safety. four out — nine more to go. divers get ready to start what they hope will be the last part of the cave rescue. they're racing to complete their mission before the forecast heavy rain brings more flooding underground. i'm babita sharma in london. also in the programme: here in the uk, the brexit minister david davis sensationally quits the government. a british woman who'd been exposed to the nerve agent novichok has died. prime minister theresa may says she's appalled and shocked. this is bbc world news. its new
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state. —— newsday. it's midnight in london, and six in the morning here in northern thailand, where the mission to rescue eight boys and their football coach from a cave is expected to restart in about two hours. four of their team mates were brought to the surface by a team of divers on sunday, h remain with their coach inside the cave. they'd have been in there for two weeks now after they went in and we re two weeks now after they went in and were caught out by a sudden storm. the rescue mission began at 10am sunday morning local time. an expert
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tea m sunday morning local time. an expert team of divers entered the cave to attempt to guide the boys to safety. medics assessed the group said determine who would come out first. then, in total darkness, to divers swa m then, in total darkness, to divers swam with each child tethered to the diver in front. they followed a guide rope to help through the difficult to rain. the narrowest pa rt difficult to rain. the narrowest part is just under a0 centimetres wide. the boys will be assisted through by the diver in front before continuing. 0nce out of the cave network, the children are taken to hospital by ambulance. the day started with rescue workers and extra dive tanks going in. a daring and complex rescue was under way. waiting nervously for the outcome, the man who has coached the boys football team, nicknamed the wild boars, forfour years. it was his assistant who went into the caves with them. i asked him what he would say to them when they came out. translation: i don't know what i will say when i see them
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again, but i do know that i want to hug them. after their dramatic discovery on monday, they have been fed and treated by an army medic on the rock shelf where they have been forced to retreat by rising water. they were judged fit enough to make the dangerous journey, though none has ever dived before. inside the now sealed—off area around the cave entrance, ambulances waited to carry those rescued to hospital. and outside, as the light faded, the sound of helicopters and the sight of flashing lights was our first sign that at least some of them were out. then governor narongsak 0sottanakorn, who has led the operation, made this announcement. translation: i would like to inform the public at home, and all those who have given us support, after 16 days, this is the day we are waiting for. we're finally seeing the faces of the wild boars. as he spoke, the first two boys
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arrived in a hospital in the city of chiang rai. an hour later, we saw the third coming in. well, this is what all those who have been involved in this operation have been waiting to see. we saw two ambulances go into this hospital earlier. that is another. the boys are coming out. the four who were brought out today are described by one rescuer as doing remarkably well. there are nine more still in the caves, but this first day went better than many had feared it would. jonathan head, bbc news, chiang rai, northern thailand. a short while ago i spoke to edd sorenson, an american it has become like here in the last half hour or so and we have seen police officers going in and vehicles coming out. it seems in the
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next two hours or so that the rescue operation that was paused at 9pm local last night will resume. it got off toa local last night will resume. it got off to a good start with four boys brought out to safety. a short while ago i spoke to edd sorenson, an american technical diver who has conducted a number of successful underwater cave rescues. he told me what he thought of the rescue attempt so far. it is just amazing that they got four of them out so far. we are hoping for a good outcome for the rest. it appears that the flow has subsided a lot and if that stays down will help them tremendously because that was what hampered divers originally, the high flow. so if that diminishes it will be a whole new ball game. we were surprised here, watching it closely,
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that it happened so quickly. initially we were told it would take at least 11 hours to bring each boy out and they came out far more quickly than that. did that surprise you? is that because of the water level? i cannot speculate on that but it appears the flow has diminished considerably so if they we re diminished considerably so if they were having to do this in the first seven, eight, nine days when the flow was up that high, i am not sure that they would have had this outcome. it shows resilience of these young boys that they were able to do something that most people would not be able to do. it is great that they have gotten so many out so far. kenny is an indication of how difficult is it? notjust for the boys but for those performing the rescue operation. i am sure you have
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seen maps of the cave, there is almost like a vertical u—shaped that they need to go down and then up again. there are so many treacherous obstacles again. there are so many treacherous o bsta cles in again. there are so many treacherous obstacles in this rescue. there is severe up obstacles in this rescue. there is severe up and down climbs, zero visibility. and extreme high flow originally which was one of the really bad ones. they have inexperienced divers who have never beenin inexperienced divers who have never been in waterfor a long period of time and have never learnt to swim. they have so many inherent dangers to cope with and most people would not be able to get through that tied a restriction in zero visibility. it has been miraculous so far. incredible and wonderful news that all boys have already been brought to safety. celebration with their family is tempered as their teammates and their coach are still in the cave. this operation is far
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from over. can you give us an indication of what your thoughts are about the next 2a hours? they only have four out and there is still a long way to go. they have a long way to go and i would say that the biggest obstacle they will have besides deteriorating conditions, if they bring the stronger swans out first that means it will get increasingly more difficult as they get to the weaker, less healthy individuals. so it is only going to get more difficult from here and if mother nature decides to give them a lot of rain which will bring the flow back up, it could get real bad. there is heavy rain forecast throughout the day and in the days to come. this rescue operation has a lwa ys to come. this rescue operation has always been a race against time and always been a race against time and a race against the weather. it was
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thought, because there is no natural light inside the cave, that it may go on light inside the cave, that it may goona light inside the cave, that it may go on a round—the—clock but last night at 9pm local we had an announcement from the man leading the rescue that it would be postponed. let's look at how events unfolded over the last two weeks. the group went missing on the 23 june after exploring the tham luang cave. heavy rains struck, with floodwater trapping them inside. a search operation was set in motion — ten days later the group was discovered alive deep inside the caves by two british divers. but the danger of the rescue mission was put into tragic perspective by the death of saman gunan — a former thai navy diver, who had volunteered to help. after several days of training, divers began to bring the boys and their coach out at around 10 am local time on sunday morning. it took almost eight hours before the first boy emerged from the cave. three more soon followed.
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butjust before nine pm local time the operation was suspended. that operation is set to resume soon. it is a difficultjourney for expert divers going in and out over the past week or so. it takes them five hours from when the boys were sheltering to the mouth of the cave. yesterday we were told it would take at least 11 hours to bring each boy out and we saw the first boy emerged after only eight hours. it was a brilliant and successful start, but only a start to the operation. and even after the difficultjourney, it will not end there for the boys. they have been trapped in a cave for the two weeks now. earlier i spoke toa the two weeks now. earlier i spoke to a psychologist about the impact it may have on the boys going forward. everybody is going to be different but this is such an extreme experience that it will have to have significant impact on every
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kid there as well as the coach. of course they will have felt that they would be alone and dead and not rescued and then people show up but they are still not rescued. so all they are still not rescued. so all the fear and hopelessness and all kinds of thoughts of self blame and everything else, when they come back there will be considerable challenges. for one thing they will have survivor guilt. we have already lost one rescue worker and we don't know how the rest will go. those who do survive will have to deal with the fact that at least one person did not. of course the first focus is on survival, rescue, medical treatment etc. but then they have two comeback to their lives. and it is like somebody coming back from combat to their life. you can see
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the same places and the same people that you are not the same person and it does not feel the same any more. said these children will be coming back home and they may not feel at home. so the challenges of course will be for the families and communities on the one hand to welcome them and have everything be as normal as possible, which is reassuring. and on the other hand, accommodate the challenge that these kids may be feeling. somebody may be withdrawn or angry, some may have unusualfear or anxiety. withdrawn or angry, some may have unusual fear or anxiety. everybody will be different but with an event this extreme they are most likely to need some specialised psychotherapy to really recover from this. the eight remaining boys and their coach
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have spent another night in side the cave —a of their teammates. shortly the operation to rescue them will resume. there are the international expert divers leading the operation. they have rested and are ready to go backin they have rested and are ready to go back in again. we will bring you the latest from the rescue operation here, but for now let's get the rest of the news of the day. here in the uk we have some breaking news. the politician in charge of the brexit negotiations — david davis — has resigned from the government. the news comes just two days after the cabinet of prime minister theresa may approved a compromise document intended to guide the negotiations over britain's departure from the european union. that was much spoken about during
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the chequers meeting last week. we understand that that is the news this hour, the brexit secretary, david davis, has resigned from government and we hope to get more reaction on that in the next few minutes also so stay with us for that. in the past few hours, police here in the uk have said that one of the two people infected with the nerve agent novichok last week has died, and that a murder inquiry is now under way. dawn sturgess was admitted to hospital after being exposed to an unknown source of the chemical. hours later, her partner charlie rowley was also taken ill. the couple's symptoms were the same as those of sergei and yulia skripal, who were poisoned in march in the city of salisbury — a few kilometres away. our home affairs correspondent june kelly reports. lovely to be in your town. dawn sturgis took ill last saturday at this flat behind me. her boyfriend collapsed a few hours later. the couple had spent much of the previous day together and it is
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believed that in those 2a hours they had become exposed to this nerve agent. they were being treated at salisbury district hospital, the hospital that saved the lives of the skripals. tonight we had a statement from the assistant commissioner, the head of counterterrorism in this country, and he describes this shocking and tragic news and says it only serves to strengthen their resolve to identify and bring to justice and personal people responsible for what described as an outrageous, reckless and barbaric act. what it appears has happened is that an international murder attempt has ended in the death of a mother of three who was living in a hostel in salisbury and this is now a murder enquiry. in the last few minutes we also had a statement from soulsby district hospital who offer their condolences to the family of dawn stu rgess their condolences to the family of dawn sturgess and say they worked tirelessly to save her. you're watching newsday. still to come:
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the latest from japan and the race against time to save people trapped after several days of heavy rainfall. central london has been rocked by a series of terrorist attacks. police say there have been many casualties and there is growing speculation that al-qaeda was responsible. germany will be the hosts of the 2006 football world cup. they pipped the favourites south africa by a single vote. in south africa, the possibility of losing hadn't even been contemplated and celebration parties were cancelled. the man entered the palace through a downstairs window and made his way to the queen's private bedroom, then he asked her for a cigarette. and on the pretext of arranging for some to be brought, she summoned a footman on duty, who took the man away. one child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.
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education is the only solution. applause this is newsday on the bbc. a reminder of the headlines. dives in thailand prepared to continue challenging cave rescue. for boys are out, nine more people are stuck inside. they are racing to complete their mission for the forecast of heavy rain brings more flooding on the ground. and within the last half an hour, the british prime minister to doctor theresa may, excuse me, the brexit secretary, david davis has announced he is to resign.
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lets have a look at some of the other news — the bangkok post is leading the thai cave rescue. the paperfeatures details of the extremely treacherous route the boys and rescuers are having to navigate including a difficult t—junction described as a sliver of space that they need to squeeze through to get to safety. the paper detailing how the team of 18 divers including 13 foreigners to peten— hour break to regroup before they are expected to return to the rescue operation. talking about how
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the story is gripping thailand but the story is gripping thailand but the rest of the world. while medical teams are preparing. 0ur the rest of the world. while medical teams are preparing. our other story to sour. millions of people injapan have been told to leave their homes because of extensive flooding and landslides that have already claimed more than 80 lives. record rainfall has caused rivers to burst their banks in hiroshima and other areas. many people remain trapped by the floodwaters as caroline hawley reports. more than 50,000 rescuers are now involved in a mammoth emergency operation. these hospital patients were saved by the japanese military. this is where they were rescued from. the only escape from the hospital was either by helicopter from the rooftop or by boat. and here, you see why.
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some people are reported to be still stranded at the hospital. the record rainfall that caused all this led to landslides as well. many died as they could not flee in time. the dead include an 80—year—old couple and a three—year—old girl. and the death toll is certain to rise. translation: i went to my father's home, but it was hopeless. we were looking for two people and only found one. several million people have been ordered or advised to move from where they are in they can. but the waters rose so quickly that many are trapped, with no way out. translation: even now we've not been able to confirm the safety of quite a lot of people and there are many who are stranded, facing the terror of impending inundation and waiting for rescue. nature has delivered this part ofjapan a devastating blow and it's not finished yet. more rain is forecast and with it, officials say, there's a serious risk of more landslides.
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caroline hawley, bbc news. ten people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a train derailment in the north west of turkey. the train was travelling from kapikule, on the country's border with bulgaria, towards istanbul. over 100 ambulances and a number of army helicopters were sent to the scene to take part in rescue operations. the detained myanmar journalists, wa lone and kyaw soe 0o, will soon find out if they are to face a full trial — or be freed. the two were arrested in december 2017 accused of breaching the country's secrecy laws by being in possession of leaked sensitive material linked to security operations, information they say they were given by police. let's return to our main news this hour — the rescue of the boys who have been trapped inside a cave in thailand for a fortnight. the rescue teams faced
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a pressing deadline, with the danger that heavy rains, could fall at any moment posing a risk of flooding the cave system and making it impossible to bring the boys out. sarah keith—lucas from our weather team has been looking at what's in store for northern thailand. 0ver over the next 0ver the next a— over the next a— a8 hours, you can see those showers get going again is they will keep tapping up, some heavy showers around. don't take the position of these showers too literally. more showers over the next seven days also but it looks like the heaviest of the showers will be during the day on monday so some heavy downpours for a time with some heavy downpours for a time with some thunderstorms and it looks like those showers will start to ease as we head towards the middle of the week. i just want to bring we head towards the middle of the week. ijust want to bring you another moment of breaking news to
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sour coming to us from westminster where we understand david davis's number two, steve baker, where we understand david davis's numbertwo, steve baker, has resigned this power. that's on top of the resignation we just had about half an hour ago of the brexit secretary, david davis. we've got more on this to come but steve baker, the uk brexit department minister in the uk has also resigned. safety, forgiven for interrupting you. the light rising, the sun meaning we are probably closer to the fact that these divers are going to go back in and the rescue mission will be under way. we urge it is about 500m from the cave entrance. we've seen a number of police and emergency workers going up police and emergency workers going up the track but an excellent start, they brought out for boys yesterday.
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much quicker than we were expecting. this was always from the start of a race against time and against the weather. more heavy rain is forecast here and when it rains here, it really rains. that's what caught the boys out in the first place. this is a complicated rescue operation and it could be complicated further if heavy rain comes. they really are racing against the clock. we expect the operation to resume within the next 1.5 hours and it will be led by 13 international expert divers backed up by five tyre expert divers and 70 others. is there a sense the operation resumes which will follow pretty much what happened at four hours earlier when we saw the four boys come out of the caves? labour i think it will follow exactly the same procedure. they'll undergo a
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medical examination and there is a doctor who decides who goes next. even the governor of the province was running this operation said he doesn't know who is coming out. that is decided by doctor and each boys led by two expert divers, one ahead and one behind in our narrow passages in there. 0nly big enough to get one person through. that is the complicated part, when you have to ta ke the complicated part, when you have to take the air tank off and lead single file. it looks like a vertical u, that you have to go down and up again. it takes an expert diver five hours. we and up again. it takes an expert diverfive hours. we were and up again. it takes an expert diver five hours. we were told and up again. it takes an expert diverfive hours. we were told it would take 11 hours to reach individual rescue but they came out much quicker. that operation is set to resume and will follow the same procedure. more later.
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well, it's been another glorious weekend. if you do like you were the hot, dry and sunny, just some subtle changes in the weather as we had over the next few days and more cloud and things will turn cooler that he was the picture on a sunny afternoon in wiltshire, beautiful blue skies are not a cloud around. bit offair blue skies are not a cloud around. bit of fair weather cloutier and there are through the week, bleep —— prickly things will turn cooler and cloudier but staying largely dry and temperatures picking up once again into the latter part the week we start the new week with high pressure still in charge, a weak cold front heading south across the country introducing some slightly cooler conditions initially to the north and further south. 0n cooler conditions initially to the north and further south. on monday, not as warm as it has been across parts of scotland and northern ireland, northern and eastern england with a shift in wind direction, more cloud than we have seen, and holding on to the warm and
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dry weather the much of the country. a bit of drizzle in the far north associated with a bit more cloud. you can see the red colours indicating warmer weather to the west of england and south wales but north, not as warm. some places 5— ten cooler than they have been. 16 newcastle monday, contrast with london at around 30 but that dry theme sticks across the board and then moving through monday evening, still a bit more cloud around the north and east and we'll start to draw in more of a northerly wind, as you can see the wind arrows around the east coast of england. a noticeable breeze into tuesday morning. temperatures overnight not as hot and muggy as we have seen that down towards southern and western parts, around 16 degrees. tuesday, quite breezy feel if you're exposed to the north sea wind around the east coast, also in the english
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channel but less windy further west with spells of sunshine and a bit of cloud around but staying dry across the board once again. temperatures on the cooler side so typically around 17— 2a degrees or so. as we move through tuesday to the middle of the week down to wednesday, high pressure stays with us and with the cold front of the south, we are in slightly cooler air mass so i think through the middle of the week, a slightly cooler interlude but temperatures in the low to mid—20s and then towards the end of the week, it looks like those temperatures are going to pick up, turning hot and staying dry into next weekend. have a great week. i'm babita sharma with bbc news.
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our top story — thai divers prepare to resume a challenging rescue operation from a flooded cave in the north of the country. four boys from a youth football team have already been retrieved from the cave. a further nine people are still inside. here in the uk, the minister for exiting the european union — david davis and his number two, steve baker have quit. it comes only a few days after the government agreed a deal on future relations between britain and the eu. and this crisis injapan has been described as unprecedented. rescue workers there continue to search for people trapped after several days of heavy rain and landslides that have killed eighty people. millions of people have been moved from their homes. stay with us. we will have more on our breaking news from both thailand and the uk.
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