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tonight at 10, a humiliating defeat for president trump as his key election campaign promise collapses. replacing obama's healthcare scheme for millions of americans was top of his list — but he's had to pull it after failing to get enough support from his own party and democrats. it was a very, very tight margin. we had no democrat support. we had no votes from the democrats. trump's controversial plans had sparked protests amid fears millions would be left without medical insurance — now his opponents are rejoicing. today is a great day for our country. today is a victory. what happened on the floor is a victory for the american people we'll be asking how damaging this is to donald trump's presidency. also tonight, police appeal for more information about the westminster attacker as a former classmate says he is stunned. he was genuinely a nice guy. i was upset to thinking he's turned the way he has, and upset that he would
have turned the way he has. the eu won't try to punish britain over brexit, says the head of the european commission. but he warns there will be a bill to pay. as syria's ancient city of palmyra is liberated again, more evidence of so—called islamic state's brutality comes to light. and coming up in sportsday on bbc news, lewis hamilton dominates practise on the first day of the new formula one season — fastest in practise in melbourne by more than half a second. good evening. president trump has suffered a major defeat tonight over one of his biggest campaign pledges — his vow to reform america's healthcare system,
known as obamaca re. mr trump was facing opposition not just from democrats, but from his own party in congress. the president had staked his personal authority on his scheme, issuing an ultimatum to the republicans that he'd drop it altogether, if they didn't back him. but tonight, just minutes before the vote, he was forced to abandon his plans dramatically, after being told he didn't have enough support. let's join our north america editor, jon sopel, in washington. jon, an extraodinary development. just give us a sense of the scale of the shock? sophie, washington doesn't see many days like this. it is hard to overstate the sense of drama, tension and yes, chaos, that reverberated from the white house up pennsylvania avenue to capitol hill and back down to the white house. throughout the campaign donald trump had said it was his constant
refrain, if you elect me as president i will win so much, you the american people will get bored of winning. while at the first legislative hurdle, donald trump has fallen flat on his face, and this despite having a huge majority in the house of representatives. a day of truly frantic meetings and phone calls, as the vice president, mike pence, went to the hilt to try to secure the votes needed to pass health care reform. and the usual tools deployed, a mixture of menace and flattery. but it wasn't going well. my vote is still a no. if anybody tells you for certain they know what is go to happen, they are lying. the situation is still very fluid. if concessions are made to the right of the republican party, you lose the moderates, and vice ve rsa . you lose the moderates, and vice versa. at the white house, there we re versa. at the white house, there were no attempts to distance themselves from the legislation. the white house spokesman saying donald
trump had done everything he could. there is no question that the president and the team have left everything in the field. we have called every member with a question and concern, taking into consideration the strength of the bill. there was one definitive statement about how the day would unfold. later today the house will vote on the american health care act, the current vote is scheduled for 3:30pm. except it didn't, with journalists prowling every corridor, doubts started to creep in and then the bombshell announcement after the speaker, paul ryan, went to see the president to tell him they didn't have the votes. we came close today but we came up short. i spoke to the president while ago and told him the best thing to do was to pull the bill and he agreed. best thing to do was to pull the billand he agreed. i best thing to do was to pull the bill and he agreed. i will not sugar—coat this. this is a disappointing day. doing big things is hard. and the president was defiant in defeat. i've been saying
for the last year and a half, that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let obamacare explode. it is exploding right now. but on the campaign trail, donald trump said it would be easy. this was his pledge that every rally. obamacare has to be replaced. we go to get rid of obamacare, which is a disaster. repealing and replacing the disaster known as obamacare. and the author of the art of the deal said only he could deliver it. if you can't make a good deal with a politician, then there is something wrong with you. you're certainly not very good. protestors were vocal in their opposition to the reform plan, which could have seen 2a million americans lose their health insurance. west virginia was solidly behind donald trump last november. johnny, a
retired miner, articulate and uncertainty that echoes around the country. i hope they realise what they are actually doing. in effect, they are actually doing. in effect, they are actually doing. in effect, they are dealing with life and death situations. not just they are dealing with life and death situations. notjust me, but for millions of people. at the cabin creek health centre, they are watching these proposed changes with alarm. it's the disturbing to think we have made some gains. to take that away is especially difficult. it is disheartening. for patients. yesterday, donald trump clambered on board a giant truck. today, his politicaljuggernaut came to a grinding halt. make no mistake, this isa grinding halt. make no mistake, this is a huge embarrassment and setback. make no mistake, this is a huge embarrassment and setback. president tom hasn't even been in office for 100 days. how damaging is this? —— president trump. office for 100 days. how damaging is
this? -- president trump. this is very damaging indeed. notjust because he hasn't got one of his signature policies through. but it could have a knock—on effect. he hasn't been able to do the deal. he couldn't win over recounts drink republicans in the house. they decided, we are going to say no. what we have in america is a balance of powers between the judiciary, the executive, which is donald trump, and the legislature. the legislature has just and the legislature. the legislature hasjust said no and the legislature. the legislature has just said no to his and the legislature. the legislature hasjust said no to his plan on health care reform. thejudiciary has said no to his travel ban. that leaves donald trump looking rather isolated. he wants to do all sorts of measures but he has now got an emboldened congress that has got the taste for say no to what the president wants. that poses him all sorts of difficulties going forward. it is also humiliating. donald trump does not like to lose. he will be smarting from this defeat. 0ne does not like to lose. he will be smarting from this defeat. one other thing. i think that if donald trump
didn't know before that it's very different being the ceo of a major company and being the president of the united states of america, he does now. jon sopel in washington, thank you. jon sopel in washington, thank you. here, counter—terrorism police are trying to establish whether the man who launched the attack on westminster was working alone or with others. police have released the first image of the attacker — 52—year—old khalid masood — who was born in kent and named adrian elms at birth. seven people arrested by police have been released. four suspects are still being questioned. here's our special correspondent, lucy manning. the face of khalid masood. the face that confronted police officers at parliament. the face that looked out of the car at pedestrians, as he knocked them over. the 52—year—old was known by a number of names. born adrian elms in kent, by the time he was a huntleys secondary school for boys in tunbridge wells, he was called adrian ajao, after his mother got married. school friends remembered him as a sporty pupil,
who liked to party. adrian was a nice lad, a fun guy, always laughing, always joking. worked reasonably hard. good at sport. played rugby very well. just an unassuming guy. but masood was soon developing a reputation for violence. in the sleepy sussex village of northiam, where he lived in his 20s, at the local pub he slashed a man in the face with a knife and was sent to jail. he didn't have a very good reputation, definitely. i remember he was a bit of a troubled character, is probably the way to describe it. a family friend said this wasn't the only time aidy, as he was known in the village, turned violent. a chap was looking at aidy. i was just sitting at the pool table and i happened to look over and he took umbrage against the landlord for looking at him like he was, and he flew over the bar. luckily i was really close, because he got a glass, he was going to do him.
he was likejekyll and bloody hyde. he said he thought he felt affected by racism. he said to me, he said, "to be honest with you, i don't like myself." he said, "i don't like my skin." masood spent time in three prisons, hmp lewes, wayland and ford. he worked as a teacher in saudi arabia in 2005 and again, in 2008. he'd already converted to islam by them. his mother now lives in a remote farmhouse in carmarthenshire, which detectives searched yesterday. they haven't been from what i understand in any sort of contact with their son for well over 20 years, and at the end of the day, when it comes to terrorism, unfortunately nobody can be responsible for the action of their children. masood, we now know, launched his terror attack after staying overnight at a hotel in brighton. he stayed in room 228. he seemed happy, staff said, untroubled by
what he was about to do. that he was about to leave his hotel room to drive to london to kill. he was joking and smiling and friendly. he was a very friendly person when he walked in. the receptionist said, he's a lovely guest, i liked him. she put comments in the system, you know, as a nice guest. there was nothing in his conduct or demeanour that would have made me get a feeling that there's something weird about this guy. and he'sjust on his way to commit mass murder. detectives have searched the hotel and there have been more raids, more arrests. in manchester, a car was taken away by police in didsbury and two arrests, described by senior officers as significant, were made there and in the west midlands. the police are still trying to build a picture of a man who came here to attack westminster. they say their main aim now
is to try and work out if he was acting alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda, or if there are others, still out there who encouraged him, supported, or even directed this attack. but it's clear there are still gaps in the police's knowledge. what we're appealing to today is the public, to say, if, even in hindsight now, you realise something about khalid masood, something about his associates, something about his movements and planning, now is the time to come forward and speak to our officers. a bright student, turned violent man, turned terrorist. no one is still sure how or why. lucy manning, bbc news, westminster. 17 people remain in hospital tonight after the westminster attacks — six of them are in a critical condition. the fourth victim — who died last night — has been named as 75—year—old leslie rhodes from south london. this afternoon, prince charles visited some of the injured
in hospital and thanked staff for their hard work. 0ur correspondent sarah campbell reports. a royal thank you to the medical teams, who are continuing to deal with the aftermath of wednesday's attack. 17 people remain in hospitals across london, including here, at king's college. as many as 50 people were injured and most have now been discharged. francisco lopes from portugal is amongst the first to talk publicly about what happened. he started to move towards the pedestrian pavement and started to take out the people that were in front of the car. so literally, when i realised this, the car was literallyjust about one metre away. so i had literally no time to get out of the way. travis frain, a student from lancashire, was asked by the prince what he remembered of the attack and how he was being cared for in hospital. the visit was also a chance for staff to reflect on what they themselves have had to deal with. it was inspiring, the way people just worked together and communicated to deal
with the patient in front of them. it didn't matter how many would be coming. you knew you would just keep working. in westminster, as the number of tributes continued to grow, so too did the number of people killed in the attack. friends and neighbours here in clapham, south london, are mourning the loss of leslie rhodes. he was 75 years old and a retired window cleaner. he would clean the windows without even asking. he would just clean the windows, take the rubbish downstairs. he would do anything for you. to be there at that precise time and get hit by that maniac, i mean, unbelievable. he'll be sorely missed. he was a lovely man. old school. pc keith palmer, pictured here with an american tourist in the hour before he was stabbed to death in the line of duty. an online appeal for his family, organised by the metropolitan police federation, has reached more
than £0.5 million — double its target. named today — police constable kris aves. he's been left with significant injuries after being struck by the car. he and two other officers were returning from a commendation ceremony. and still unconscious but now in a stable condition, andreea cristea. she was thrown into the thames by the force of the car's impact. a romanian citizen on holiday with her boyfriend, today, the country's ambassador told me she should have been celebrating her engagement that day. they were coming to london to celebrate their birthday. he intended to ask her for marriage on the same day. this was unfortunately the destiny. today, at westminster abbey, in a show of solidarity, religious leaders joined together for a minute's silence to remember the four who were killed and the many more who were injured. sarah campbell, bbc news.
our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, is outside scotland yard. as far as the police investigation goes, a lot of unanswered questions, including crucially, whether he was acting alone. i sensed this investigation is moving into a new phase tonight. the immediate arrests are over. seven people caught up in that first sweep have now been released. that leaves four people in custody, who detectives are concentrating on as potential accomplices. i'm told more arrests are possible. now the hard miles of the investigation begins as detectives have to sift through the evidence and try and work out whether khalid masood was working alone and i understand they don't know the answer to that question at this stage. they are going to have to sift through a mountain of computer evidence and mobile phone evidence including intriguingly the
fa ct evidence including intriguingly the fact that the lid masud's mobile phone sent a message to the encrypted messaging up whatsapp, just two minutes before he crossed that bridge. if that's correct, the key question is who did he send that message to? detectives are hoping that buried in that mountain of evidence that they've seized of computer and mobile phone evidence, is the answer to that critical question will stop you, if anybody, helped khalid masood to kill four people and wreak havoc and terror here in the heart of westminster? daniel sandford, thank you. the european union won't try to punish britain during brexit talks. that's according to jean—claude juncker, president of the european commission. but mrjuncker insisted that the uk would have to honour its "financial commitments" as part of any deal — a figure that he said could be around £50 billion. he was speaking to our europe editor katya adler, ahead of celebrations marking the eu's 60th birthday celebrations in rome. kicking out the red carpet for the leaders of the eu, coming to rome for the club's 60th
anniversary. the timing of this birthday bash is awkward, just as one of the eu's most influential members, the uk, prepares to leave. jean—claudejuncker is the president of the european commission, which will be the lead eu negotiator in brexit talks. in brussels, just before leaving for rome, he told me theresa may would be sorely missed this weekend. on saturday there will be a celebration. the leaders of 27 member states will be there. u nfortu nately, yes. not 28, but only 27. that surely is going to be the elephant in the room, isn't it — the fact that theresa may is not there on saturday? she's not an elephant. her absence. no, no. but i like her as a person. i'm deeply respecting the british people and the british nation. brexit or no brexit, we should not forget that the european continent has a duty when it comes to britain, because without churchill
and without the resilience of the british people, we wouldn't be where we are now. so i'm everything but in a hostile mood when it comes to britain. how do you balance that in brexit negotiations — on the one hand wanting to keep britain close, but on the other wanting to make sure that others are put off leaving? when it comes to negotiations, we'll negotiate in a friendly way, in a fair way, and we are not naive. so what about the around £50 billion the commission has demanded britain pay before it leaves the eu, covering long—term budget commitments, for example? there will be no sanctions, no punishment. nothing of that kind. but britain has to know, and i suppose the government does know it, they have to honour the commitments, the former commitments. to the tune of £50 billion?
but i don't have... i was mentioning like that years ago, 50 or 60 billions, around that. but that's not the main story. we have to calculate scientifically. how will you feel on wednesday, when that letter of notification, that formal letter of notification arrives in brussels? i will be sad. as i was sad when the vote in the referendum took place in britain. for me, it's a tragedy. does it feel like a failure, presidentjuncker? it's a failure and a tragedy. and more sombre words for the eu this evening in the vatican. pope francis welcomed leaders ahead of the 60th anniversary celebrations with a warning. without new vision, a renewed social conscience, he said, the european union's
days were numbered. katya adler, bbc news, brussels. a brief look at some of the day's other other news stories. in belgium, prosecutors have charged a 39—year—old man with attempted murder after a car was driven at high speed towards crowds in antwerp's shopping district yesterday. no—one was injured. the suspect is a tunisian man. police say they also found a gun and knives in the car. the former egyptian president, hosni mubarak, has been released, after six years in detention following his fall from power six years ago. the 88—year—old was being held in a military hospital. earlier this month, judges cleared him of any involvement in the deaths of protestors during the arab spring in 2011. millions of phone and broadband customers could be in line for automatic compensation payments, if they suffer poor service from providers. the plan has been announced by the telecoms regulator, 0fcom. currently only a small number of customers receive compensation. 0fcom will make a final decision before the end of the year. the assault on so—called
islamic state is gaining ground, on two fronts — in iraq, where the attack on mosul continues, and also in syria. in northern syria, government forces, backed by russian and iranian allies, have recaptured the ancient city of palmyra from the extremists for the second time in a year. 0ur chief international correspondent, lyse doucet, has travelled to palmyra and its historic ruins, and sent this report. palmyra. roman ruins, precious world heritage. is occupied this site twice in the past two years. their last target, the roman theatre — a stage for grisly executions, slitting throats, shooting soldiers and civilians here. is has lost this prize and ground beyond here to the syrian military, backed by its allies. the helicopter overhead is russian.
palmyra matters, but the battles which lie ahead, including raqqa — the is‘s self—declared capital — matter more, and are far more difficult. and that's because confronting is in syria means confronting a fundamental question. are the west and countries in this region now willing to work with president assad and his russian and iranian allies to fight their common enemy? the world knows of is crimes now. in the basement of a deserted building we are shown what's called a makeshift courtroom. and the paper trail of its brutal rule. the arabic word for execution. the crimes include leaving islam, spreading corruption. two men, called ahmed, were thrown from the top
of a building — no reason given. the city of palmyra next to the ancient site is a ghost town. people fled is and the ferocious fighting here, including syrian and russian air strikes. this is where some of the displaced have taken refuge. an abandoned school, 100 miles away. 30 families here, including this woman and her five children. she remembers the exact moment when is fighters came to her door. translation: it was a quarter to five in the morning. i opened the door and saw men shouting at me. they came in and took my husband and niece. i was told they chopped off his head. they took my nephew, who was only 15. my brother—in—law was beheaded too.
she doesn't know how herfamily will cope. it's the story of syria. is no longer occupies their home, but it's dark shadow hasn't left their lives. lyse doucet, bbc news, palmyra. welsh hopes of qualifying for the world cup look increasingly remote following a goalless draw against the republic of ireland. the republic's captain, seamus coleman, suffered what appeared to be a serious leg injury after a tackle that led to neil taylor being sent off. joe wilson was watching. there are different ways to express passion. legitimately. a match which mattered, certainly. republic of ireland and wales, both imagining a world cup, like their thrilling euros, both sharing a dull first half. wales have fallen behind in the qualification table and really needed to win here. and of course they had him. gareth bale, in case
you hadn't recognised him from the wide shot. these sets of players knew each other well. joe allen of wales, glenn whelan of ireland, team—mates at stoke city. contained here arejust team—mates at stoke city. contained here are just about. gareth bale team—mates at stoke city. contained here arejust about. gareth bale had already been booked in the second half, when neil taylor of wales made this challenge. red card, instant reaction from the referee. after lengthy treatment to his right leg, seamus coleman was carried off. gareth bale will be suspended for wales' next game and however near his late miss here, wales have stalled. republic of ireland better placed but hard to think of anything but an placed but hard to think of anything butan injury placed but hard to think of anything but an injury on the goalless final whistle. joe wilson, bbc news. now on bbc one, it's time for the news where you are. have a very good night. good evening, i'm asad ahmad.
it's emerged that emergency responses and lessons learnt after the 7/7 london bombings, kicked into action on wednesday to great effect. specialist ambulance teams were deployed without delay, thanks to those who answered the first calls coming in from westminster bridge. here's karl mercer. seamus coleman is the real loser, as ireland joined with —— draw with wales in dublin. lewis hamilton dominates practice in the opening day of the new formula 1 season. it's not quite the tortoise and the hare, but this major misjudgement at newbury hare, but this major misjudgement at newbu ry costa hare, but this major misjudgement at newbury costa jockey 28 day ban.
—— cost the jockey a 28 day ban. hello there. lots coming up, including all the rugby union and league results, but we start with a potentially huge world cup game —— qualifying game between northern ireland and wales. it ended in a goalless draw. the result is far more favourable to ireland in group d, although losing to serbia —— losing their lead to serbia maintained their cushion over wales. gareth bell was the only player with any real chances, although he is now suspended after a yellow card. but the game will be mostly remembered for the horrific leg injury to seamus coleman. neil taylor was sent off and coleman taken to hospital with what we now know is a broken
leg. england face lithuania on sunday, they are top of their group with three wins and a draw, but they will have to do without chris smalling who is injured, but instead ben gibson gets his first senior callup, and the ben gibson gets his first senior call up, and the middlesbrough player is respected by his england team—mates. player is respected by his england team-mates. i have played with him quite a few occasions with the under 21 ‘s, and i have known him since then. we get on quite well. yeah, he isa then. we get on quite well. yeah, he is a very good player. i think he's been getting a lot of praise this season for how he has been playing for middlesbrough. so i think it is fully deserved, and hopefully people enjoy his time here, and you never know, maybe make his england debut. england's women have returned to fourth in the fifa world rankings, the side came third earlier this month after a 1—0 win over the usa, and they have gone back up above
calibre. scotland remain 21st, wales 33rd, and northern ireland are up to 50-50. dele alli 33rd, and northern ireland are up to 50—50. dele alli will miss the first half of tottenham's champions league matches if they qualify. he has been banned after their red card during their europa league tie up with ghent. he was sent off after a nasty challenge at wembley. spurs are currently second in the premier league. lewis hamilton has already -- is league. lewis hamilton has already —— is favourite to win this year's formula 1 world championship, and the race has not even begun. 0n sunday he dominated both practice sessions i heard about australian grand prix. he was a huge half a second quicker than anybody else in the second session, prompting his boss to say it was the best he'd ever seen.