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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. pakistan is warning that millions more people are likely to be caught up in the unprecedented flooding that's already claimed more than a thousand lives. we are still having a very highlevel of floods right now. we are trying our very best to do something for our public, for our properties, for their health, for their children. "get a spine" — the message from britain's biggest trade union to the labour party over standing up for working people struggling with the cost of living crisis. merseyside police have issued an online video appealing for help catching the person who shot dead nine—year—old olivia pratt—korbel inside her home last week. she won't celebrate her wedding. she won't have children of her own. if you've got information and you're withholding it, you are protecting the killers.
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and why record breaking hot and dry weather this summer has seen more exotic plants growing in the uk. and the notting hill carnival is back — returning to the streets of west london for the first time since 2019. pakistan is warning that millions more people are likely to be caught up in the unprecedented flooding. the latest official count of the number of people who have
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died has now gone over 1,000, as the country makes a fresh appeal for more international aid. it's feared food shortages could lead to more deaths, as many families have had to leave agricultural areas — where they were able to support themselves — for higher ground. officials in the southern province of sindh are warning that more floods and landslides are likely there, as waters from the north flow downriver. richard galpin has the latest. the torrents of water hitting many parts of the country now have left thousands of people desperately trying to get to safety. this elderly man making a precarious attempt to reach the other side of the river, using a bed frame. encouraged on by those around him, he finally makes it. this, just one of many such rescues around the country. and there is no sign, so far, of the floods abating. it's really bad. you know, because we are still having a very high level of flood right now. you can see, everyone has seen this river running red in this situation. we are trying our very best to do
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something for our public, for our properties, for their health, for their children, for their food. and help is urgently needed. nearly a million homes have been damaged or destroyed, and more than 1,000 people have lost their lives so far. it's estimated half the population has been affected. we are facing unprecedented flooding. roads have been flushed away. we have more than 3,000 kilometres of roads that have been washed away. bridges, 160—plus bridges have been destroyed as well. so it's a really, really, very, very bad situation here. and it seems there is little hope the situation will improve, as more heavy rain is predicted for the weeks ahead. the government and aid agencies have a huge task in front of them — to save lives, as
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the crisis continues. richard galpin, bbc news. bbc urdu reporter saher baloch is in karachi. she described the scale of the emergency response. right what's happening is that rescue operations are continuing in most parts of the country, specifically in khyber pakhtunkhwa province where tourists were stranded, and right now a0 tourists have been evacuated from there and 300 are actually stranded so right now rescue operations are limited because access is limited and most of khyber pakhtunkhwa is also cut off from the rest of the country and similar in baluchistan and in sindh province are equally the worst affected in terms of the disaster that is there. at the same time, they are especially cut off,
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especially baluchistan which was anyway weak when it comes to infrastructure and road links and everything, so this disaster has only made things worse for the provinces right now. the death toll sadly rising all the time. just to put this in context, can you give us any idea of what percentage of the population is affected by the flooding? well, right now, 33 million people are affected by this, so this basically makes it up to 15% of the population is affected by the disaster, which a lot of ministers and the authorities that we have spoken to have said that this is worse than the floods that happened in 2010. and it is unfolding right now. a lot of things are coming to the fore as people are going to these places, authorities are going there, the prime minister himself is going to many of these provinces especially baluchistan because that is anyway least developed and very weak when it comes to infrastructure and road connectivity and everything,
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so the prime minister only then realised how much of a disaster has happened there because there are very many small towns over there which are totally not linked to the rest of the country and were completely cut off when the disaster initially happened because these rains have started from mid june, from the middle ofjune, and since then it is only increasing. and right now, even as i sit in sindh province, in the capital of sindh right now, karachi, there are warnings that more rain is going to happen in the next week and flood what is going to come from the north towards the south, which is the sindh province. saher baloch our bbc urdu correspondent there. the leader of britain's biggest trade union says the labour party needs to "get a spine" and do more to stand up for working people struggling with the cost of living crisis. the unite union's general secretary sharon graham has told the bbc unions are emerging as the only people standing up for workers — accusing labour of �*moving
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the goalposts�* in terms of what it's prepared to do to support them. labour has not backed inflation—matching pay rises, but has said if they were in power the party would join negotiations between employers and unions. our business correspondent marc ashdown has more. what do we want? 10%! when do we want it? now! could the summer of strikes turn into a winter of discontent? at felixstowe port, 1,900 dock workers are finishing an eight—day walk—out, impacting uk supply chains for food, clothing and essential goods. there are now calls ahead of next month's gathering of trades unions at the tuc conference for future strikes to be synchronised or staggered to maximise the impact. and sharon graham, the general secretary of the uk's largest union, has called on the labour party to make a stronger stand. i think that if they came out now strongly and said, "look, hang on a second, these abhorrent profits "that are going on, what's happening in the cost of living?" "this is what we think should happen," and then they would very much get elected. so from my point of view i think we're doing a labour a favour by saying, get a spine,
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stick up for workers, and i tell you right now, people want a strong message. the tuc said 6.5 million union members in the uk need all of the help that they can get. we need the labour party to stand shoulder—to—shoulder with all those workers looking for a fair pay deal, and with support from all levels of the labour party. good morning. how are you? the labour party leader has said that if elected the party would play a more active role in negotiations between unions and employers, but he's faced criticism for urging shadow ministers not tojoin picket lines, and more industrial strikes are learning. tojoin picket lines, and more industrial strife is learning. 115,000 royal mail workers walked out last week in the first of four days of planned action. bt workers have a second strike planned, and criminal barristers are out indefinitely from september the 5th. remember the rail misery? well, drivers at 12 train operator still have mandates for strikes, and nurses, school support staff, 100,000 local government workers are being balloted in the coming weeks. ministers have said the machinery of government is working flat—out to find options for the incoming prime minister to help with struggling households, but the industrial unrest shows no sign of easing.
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mark ashdown, bbc news. staying with the cost of living crisis, the conservative leadership candidate and possible future prime minister, liz truss, has ruled out giving everyone more direct financial support to help with the increase in energy prices. last week the energy price cap, the maximum amount an average household in england, wales and scotland can be charged to more than £3,500. liz truss has been tight—lipped, publically at least, about what her approach to the energy crisis. earlier our political correspondent, ione wells, had more on what her plan might be. she's been really quite tight—lipped about what exactly she might do to help households this winter with rising energy bills other than saying she will cut national insurance contributions and scrap the green levies on energy bills.
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now, today, some of the sources close to her in the campaign have talked a bit more about what is still on the table and what's off the table, so in terms of what is still on the table under consideration they've used examples of things like further tax cuts, for example cuts to vat, also more support for the lowest income families, so for example families who are on benefits could receive some more support. but these are all still ideas that are just under consideration at this stage, with no final decisions that have been made. in terms of what's off the table, though, i'm told by those close to her that she isn't in favour of any more, kind of, direct support for everyone. now, families would still get that £400 payment this autumn which everyone is set to get that has already been announced, but i'm told this is not an approach
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that she really wants to use again in future, preferring that, sort of, targeted approach and those close to her, her allies, make the argument that she prefers to tax people less rather than keep taxation as it is and then give people more money in hand—outs later, so that's, sort of, the thinking behind the plans at the moment, but no specific plan as such. i'm hearing from all sorts of people, people on low incomes, middle incomes and charities, all sorts of organisations saying actually what they wanted to know that plan already. they say it's not acceptable to have to wait until after the 5th of september. today, borisjohnson has been writing in the mail on sunday saying his successor would deliver a huge package of support without spelling out what that package would be. so no satisfaction there for those people looking for detail right now? that is right. i don't think the current payments or borisjohnson�*s words will necessarily provide any comfort for people looking for answers. all he said is there will be a big package of support and i think that's something pretty well—known now, that essentially there's a consensus across the political
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spectrum that the support announced won't be enough because it follows that for households mode must be done but that leaves the question of what exactly is about to look like unanswered. i'm told borisjohnson is also due to spend some of the time in his last week giving speeches about energy, talking about the need to increase things like offshore wind, nuclear energy, which he has advocated for in the past. that will serve as a message to his successor to not forget about addressing the supply issues as well, notjust how you help households with rising bills. two men who were arrested on suspicion of the murder of nine—year—old 0livia pratt—korbel in liverpool last week, have been released on bail. this morning, merseyside police issued an online video appealing for help over her death, along with those of ashley dale and sam rimmer who were also killed on merseyside this month. we've got parents who've lost their children. we've got a nine—year—old girl who won't celebrate her 18th birthday, she won't celebrate her wedding, she won't have children of her own. if you've got information and you're withholding it, you are protecting the killers.
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we need your information. let's speak to phil bodmer who's in liverpool for us. phil, the police are appealing to the public yet again, keeping those appeals are also continuing to keep the pressure upon whoever is responsible for these recent killings, letting them know that the police are not going to let them get away with it. police are not going to let them get away with it— away with it. that's right, you need to. ithink away with it. that's right, you need to. i think there _ away with it. that's right, you need to. i think there is _ away with it. that's right, you need to. i think there is a _ away with it. that's right, you need to. i think there is a bit _ away with it. that's right, you need to. i think there is a bit of - to. i think there is a bit of psychological warfare going on as you head on that message, very powerful words there were we've got a 19—year—old girl who won't celebrate her 18th birthday, when celebrate her 18th birthday, when celebrate a wedding and won't have children of her own. —— a nine—year—old girl. today we've had more police activity in the streets not far from where 0livia was gunned down almost a week ago now. more people have been laying flowers here today but we have seen police vans and sniffer dogs out on the streets of the police are keeping this high
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profile up. they really are reiterating that message that somebody somewhere within this community knows the identity of the killer and they need people to come forward and very much not giving up on this yet as you wouldn't expect them to. this is a fast—moving investigation which changes by the hour so there are always development and we've seen lots of police activity is happening so there is a lot of presence in that powerful video message out there hopefully will maybe persuade somebody perhaps to come forward with that piece of information which could help solve this particular mystery at the moment. . , ., ., . moment. other victims of violence in the city remembered _ moment. other victims of violence in the city remembered at _ moment. other victims of violence in the city remembered at church - the city remembered at church services today?— the city remembered at church services today? yes, that is right, because remember _ services today? yes, that is right, because remember other - services today? yes, that is right, because remember other people i services today? yes, that is right, - because remember other people have also suffered. we have samba met ashley he was also shot and other serious events over the last week or so in this city in gun crime really
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at the forefront and anger at the cathedral not far from where we are now in prayers were said candles were lit in a service led by the reverend who told us this is a time when people need to come together. this is the time of healing, time and hope and that is the message the church is very much hoping to put us today so she says there have been more people taking time to reflect and come together. she also reiterated police calls for somebody who may have information to come forward because she said you clench your conscience and if you don't you live with it forever and she was very much behind that police message of coming forward to make yourself feel much better about what you've told the police because there is a lot of suspicion about police in this part of liverpool many people say look, this is not the time for that, this is a nine—year—old girl
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butte dominic brutally gunned down for no point of her own church services today notjust at for no point of her own church services today not just at the anglican cathedral about sentences across that end they send to again. a man who tortured his baby has had his release from prison placed on hold under new powers to protect the public. tony hudgell, who is now seven, was so badly abused he needed to have both legs amputated. his birth parents, anthony smith and jody simpson, were jailed for 10 years in 2018. tougher sentences for child abusers came into force injune under "tony's law", following campaigning from the youngster�*s adoptive family.
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the headlines on bbc news... pakistan is warning that millions more people are likely to be caught up in the unprecedented flooding that's already claimed more than a thousand lives. "get a spine" — the message from britain's biggest trade union to the labour party over standing up for working people struggling with the cost of living crisis. merseyside police have issued an online video appealing for help catching the person who shot dead nine—year—old 0livia pratt—korbel inside her home last week. sport and for a full round—up, from the bbc
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it was liverpool yesterday, now celtic have scored nine goals as they thrashed dundee united to get their biggest away win in the league. it means they're top of the scottish premiership with five wins from five. united fans might want to look away now. we're going to show you all the goals — the first at tannadyce coming after a quarter of an hour... kyogo here with the first. it was a good afternoon for the japanese striker — his second from outside the box, and he'd completed a hat trick before half time. there was still time for one more before the break, 4—0 here thanks tojota getting in on the act. the second half saw another hat trick, this time for liel abada — this was his first — juranovic made it 6—0 — before abada got the seventh and eighth. carl starfelt made it nine with nine minutes to go, making in dundee united's worst home defeat. they are bottom with a point, celtic two points clear of rangers at the top.
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confirmation of that extraordinary scoreline. and one other game in the scottish premiership, hearts are hosting stjohnstone. that game kicked off about 15 minutes ago... hearts can go third with a win. saintjohnstone have got it and hearts could go third with a win but they are trailing as things stand at they are trailing as things stand at the moment. two games into the second half in the premier league. ruben neves putting wolves 1—0 up against newcastle at molineaux. newcastle united have made a good start to the season so far and west ham rock bottom looking for their first points at aston villa where it is goalless. tottenham are at nottingham forest later. spurs have seven points out of a possible nine so far. despite that, there have been some concerns over the form of last season's joint golden boot winner son heung min, who �*s failed to score so far this season but his manager isn't too worried: i don't see any problem with him.
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for sure, you know, when you have a striker, you like to score, you like to score when you score an went into a happy, but at the same i think we are sure to put always the club, the winner, before every other interest of a single player. at the 2022 mountain bike world championships in france there's been another french winner. pauline ferrand prevot is once again the women's elite world champion — her fourth such title — crossing the line with her home country's flag in her hand, surrounded by the crowd at the finish line. britain's annie last and evie richards were 10th and 11th respectively. in the men's cross country, the olympic champion tom pidcock is looking to add to his already extensive collection of honours
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across many formats, including a first stage win at the tour de france earlier this year. great britain have just one gold medal so far at the championships. this is the last race of the day. david valero spanish olympic bronze medallist. pidcock fighting for a medal but has just fallen off momentarily and lost ground on the lead that's all the sport for now. you can find more on all those stories on the bbc sport website. that's bbc.co.uk/sport max verstappen is the race leader at the moment and lewis hamilton went out on the first lap after collision with fernando alonso. there have been angry protests across india
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following the government's decision to cut short the sentences of 11 men who were convicted of brutally gang raping a muslim woman. men and women held placards and shouted slogans, urging the government to reverse the controversial decision. wendy urquhart reports. chanting. this is one of many protests on the streets of india on saturday. there's utter disbelief that these convicted rapists have been set free. calling for the freedom of muslim women, they waved banners blazing with slogans like "justice for bilkis bano" and demanded that the government reverse its decision. bilkis bano is the woman who was raped by the 11 men who walked out ofjail on the 75th anniversary of india's independence. she and her two children were the only survivors when 17 muslims were attacked by hindus during the religious riots of 2002. in a statement, she said... some activists are calling for an official apology for bilkis bano.
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some activists are calling for an official apology for bilkis bano. others are afraid that rape is being normalised in india. translation: if the convicts did all this l and are able to get away with their crimes so easily, that means rape culture is being normalised very badly. the gujarat government said various points were considered in connection with the release of the men, including their behaviour in prison and the fact that they'd already served 15 years behind bars. dozens of retired civil servants have written
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to the chiefjustice of india, warning that the early release of these men sends the wrong message and puts the safety of women at risk. wendy urquhart, bbc news. white storks with their long red legs and pointed beaks are one of the most distinctive birds in europe and western asia. but they're facing an increasing number of hazards. climate change is impacting their migration routes between europe and africa. and now there's been a sudden spike in stork deaths in hungary. 0ur correspondent nick thorpe has been investigating. (tx the famous white storks, a protected species, are dying on the great hungarian plain. activists found dozens of dead birds in recent weeks. some electrocuted, others poisoned. probably, the stork was resting on the pool when he or she started to fly and opened the wings. 0ne edge of the wing touched
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the line and one of the legs was still on the iron part of the pylon and electricity went through the body. this is how they die. 150,000 birds are electrocuted each year in hungary. the hazard to birds of these electric poles has long been recognised and there are easy solutions. you can install plastic insulating caps on the wires, even perches where the birds can stand. but they're expensive to install. 0nly10% of pylons are insulated. in recent weeks, drought has made the problem worse. storks are attracted to a waste dump next to the pylons. this is a trap. because of the drought, there are not enough food around. in the countryside. and here in this area, they can find food around. and if they wanted rest on those poles, they can die really easily. afterfeeding, the birds drink from these poisoned waters.
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the lake is drying out. birds and fish decompose in the warm, shallow water, causing bacteria to release a lethal toxin. what's going to happen to those sick storks we just saw? because it's a nerve toxin, first, they will be not able to walk, then not able to use their wings. they will suffocate under the water because they will be not able to lift up their heads. this summer's heat has made life extremely difficult for the storks, forcing them to migrate early. this former marshland is now a fire risk. but the activists have brought one ray of hope. they're using local duckweed and natural microorganisms to help clear the polluted water, and continue to lobby electricity companies to better protect the birds. nick thorpe, bbc news, eastern hungary. as temperatures soar in the uk, gardeners
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are cultivating more exotic plants than in previous years. watermelons, avocados and figs are usually found growing in the mediterranean — but this summer's warm weather has brought them closer to home. earlier, markjackson gardening manager at york gate garden told us more about this trend. 0bviously, we're finding that temperatures are warmer, we're tending to get milder winters, as well, and warmer temperatures in the summer. and at the moment, to some degree, we can perhaps take advantage of the interim change, and find that we can grow plant species that we wouldn't normally be growing in this country. we've been very fortunate that, as a country, we can grow a great diversity of plants from all over the world, but there have been, on the tender side, certain plants that we've only been able to grow sort of, under glass indoors. and now we're finding there is an opportunity to grow more of these plants outdoors and get them through winters.
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which works in our favour but, you know, we're very conscious that there's a question of going beyond that, and we are looking to the future of what those issues and how we can address them, and maintain particularly gardens, traditional gardens that we know, our english garden that we know and love. the world's second biggest carnival is back this weekend it is coming up to half past three right now. the world's second biggest carnival is back this weekend on the streets of west london. millions are expected to gather and celebrate meghan 0wen tells us more... so the silence is finally being broken. it's been three years since carnival has taken to the streets of notting hill and its starting off this year with a fun run to remember the 72 victims of grenfell. now, the community here will be extremely excited to see the carnival back on the streets
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and the energy is already mounting. lots of people here will be very thrilled to know that. i'm here with denise who is co—founder of the emancipated run group. just tell me how you're kicking off carnival. well, we are really excited to be here. we are kicking off carnival with a run. now, this is unusualfor carnival. this has never been done. we've never had a group of black and brown people running the carnival route before, and emancipated run crew is all about getting black and brown people to move, and we reached out to different running crews in london and people on instagram said we were doing this and, yes, we are running the 5k carnival route for first time,
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so we have an historic event in a historic event, and we're also doing a 1.5k walk, so that is how we're doing it. amazing. it is also a tribute to grenfell tower, isn't it? you're all in green. tell me how that mean so much to the community? it does because grenfell was a tragedy that should never have happened and impacted on primarily black and brown people affects us all because it could have been ourfamily members, it could have been us in there and, actually, how many years later and still no justice? so we have remembering grenfell on our backs because we have to remember the 72 people, the 72 lives that were lost in the life that we impacted, so we're here really honouring those people, really, and we have sold t—shirts, we have donated with regards to them coming down as well and some people are coming down and so i think it is important to mark that.
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we're starting our run with a 72 seconds silence.

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