this is bbc news. i'm samantha simmonds. our top stories: more than 300,000 people register for disaster relief in the wake of hurricane harvey. ready for their biggest test — president macron‘s team unveils plans to reform france's labour laws. the english premier league transfer window closes after clubs spend $1.5 billion on new players. and i'm rachel horne. divorce deadlock — the eu's chief brexit negotiator says there's been "no decisive progress" in this week's talks with britain's exit bill the main sticking point. plus, green shoots of recovery — how a bumper harvest is dragging brazil out of its worst recession in century. —— brazil out of its worst recession in a century. hello and welcome to bbc news. as teams search door to door across houston for survivors
and bodies in the wake of storm harvey, authorities say the process could take another two weeks. the white house is to ask congress for emergency funding. vice president mike pence says more than 300,000 people have registered president trump has pledged $1 million of his own money. mike pence has visited rockport to assess the damage. the hospital has been forced to evacuate patients. nearly one week after hurricane harvey brought ashore, the trump administration is facing the daunting task of fixing the enormous damage it caused. a single official said around 100,000 homes had been affected. is it the white house would ask congress for emergency funding to help pay for the recovery. the vice president mike pence paid a trip to texas to offer moral support. he visited the coastal city of rockport and spoke toa coastal city of rockport and spoke to a crowd outside a church damaged by the storm. the american people
are with you. we are here today, we will be here tomorrow, and we will be here every day until this city and this state and this region rebuild bigger and better than ever before. (cheering and applause). the floodwaters have begun to recede in houston but in smaller communities to the east there is still a dangerous level and soldiers and police continued rescue operations. the biggest was that the baptist hospital in the city of belmont. military black hawk helicopters helped evacuate intensive care patients after the local water supply failed. a hospital spokeswoman said it had been organised chaos. we are still receiving patient via helicopter from the flooded areas and so they are getting in here and we are having to turn around and transfer them out so it kind of a difficult situation. difficult at the moment and it will remain difficult for a
long time. this is shaping up to be one of the biggest and most expensive natural disasters in us history. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the dup leader arlene foster has warned northern ireland could face direct rule from westminster if a new agreement on a power—sharing administration cannot be reached. speaking to party members, she appealed to sinn fein to go back into power—sharing at stormont immediately while trying to sort out their differences in parallel negotiations. northern ireland has been without a devolved government since january. the trump administration has selected four companies to build concrete prototypes for the president's much—publicised wall on the mexico border. the wall was the subject of one of president trump's first executive orders and has prompted protests on both sides. thousands of muslims have carried out the "stoning of the devil" ritual to mark the beginning of eid al—adha celebrations in saudi arabia. the celebration also signals the end of the annual hajj season. pilgrims threw stones at three walls in mina, east of mecca, in one of the main rites of the hajj. more than 2.3 million pilgrims
will participate in the five—day ritual. the united states has ordered russia to close one of its main diplomatic missions by saturday. the state department said it was shutting the russian consulate in san francisco, as well as diplomatic annexes in washington and new york. it's in retaliation for moscow's expulsion of 755 us diplomatic staff, which takes effect on friday. in france, president macron‘s government has published its plans to change the labour laws. the changes include limiting the power of trades unions, and giving companies more flexibility to employ and dismiss workers. whether mr macron can actually make his plans a reality will be a prime test of his presidency, as lucy williamson reports from paris. there is nothing like collecting a start—up politician as president to change the economic atmosphere. last
month emmanuel macron marked the transformation of an old paris railway station into a vast canvas to support start—up entrepreneurs. it's the kind of thing the new president wants france to do more of and companies here say his election is part of a wider shift in mood. you were allowed to fail. this is something that is changing the best few years and even more in the best few years and even more in the best few months and is the fact that president macron supports a lodge the entrepreneurs, shows that you are not alone when you are an entrepreneur. today's labour reforms are meant to help french companies become more flexible with the election of president macron thing by his government has a mandate for change. nobody can seriously say that our labour laws help people get jobs or help companies grow sustainably. for a boss or a foreign investor, our labour laws are break on investment. mr macron is not the
first french president to attempt this kind of reform. the last time it was tried a year ago, this was the response. 0nly it was tried a year ago, this was the response. only the hard—line cgt union has so far called for a strike again. but others say the door is still open if the reforms don't add up. as the economy is improving, it doesn't give a real sense to those reforms. if in fact it is only a matter of asking all people to tighten their belts, when at the same time the economy is improving, of course the people will understand is going on. the glass is coming off runs's new is going on. the glass is coming off ru ns's new pro—business is going on. the glass is coming off runs's new pro—business president in the month since his election, a sharp fall in approval among voters has exposed the tensions over his reforms. as president, emmanuel macron wanted to remain aloof, above the fray of daily politics. but
embodying the wishes of voters from both left and right is becoming harder as his campaign vision gives way to concrete choices between reforms that please business or protections that pacify his left—wing support. kenneth kunkel is a senior researcher with the north carolina institute for climate studies. he's in asheville for us now. a warm welcome to you. in your view, has hurricane harvey if not conclusively been linked to climate change then at least been exacerbated by it? i think there is at least some role in the intensity of harvey. the fuel for a hurricane is moisture that comes from the ocea ns is moisture that comes from the oceans and the wall of the ocean waters, the more moisture that is available for the hurricane. in this
case, the gulf of mexico waters are, 01’ case, the gulf of mexico waters are, or were, case, the gulf of mexico waters are, 01’ were, warmer case, the gulf of mexico waters are, or were, warmer than the historical norm and probably one component of thatis norm and probably one component of that is the overall warming that we've seen over the northern hemisphere oceans in the last three 01’ hemisphere oceans in the last three orfour hemisphere oceans in the last three or four decades. hemisphere oceans in the last three orfour decades. but is hemisphere oceans in the last three or four decades. but is likely due to i'm a change. —— that is likely due to climate change. given what we know about the increase in warmth of the oceans, could the intensity of this hurricane have been anticipated and more planning done to prepare for its outcome and its aftermath? there was some anticipation a few daysin there was some anticipation a few days in advance that the hurricane could, once it hit landfall, would slow down and even stop which is what happened and is largely responsible for the really catastrophic rainfall that occurred in east texas. so there was some
anticipation of that. i don't know that anybody anticipated that some points would get more than 1200 millimetres and one spot got more than 1300 millimetres. so the magnitude of that probably was unanticipated but certainly, there was the expectation of some very heavy rainfall. please think that this storm, this hurricane and its aftermath, will now precipitate a change in planning to prevent the kind of damage that has been done here, or is almost impossible to do that? i think once you get a catastrophe like that, it disrupts everything and a lot of rebuilding has to occur there is certainly an opportunity to do the rebuilding in a way that would make the city of houston more resilient to future events like this. the question is will it happen. i'm waiting to see what will happen now. maybe in the rush to rebuild, they will rebuild
exactly where the damage occurred. there is an opportunity. kenneth, great to talk to you, thank you. rachel is here with all the business news. we start in brussels, where the third round of brexit negotiations has ended with "no decisive progress on the main topics" — those are the words of the eu's chief negotiator michel barnier. he and his uk counterpart, brexit secretary david davis, have hinted there's been some progress on the rights of expatriates and the irish border. but there's one major sticking point — money. how much will the uk will have to pay to leave the eu? among a huge range of estimates, some suggest brussels will want this — $70 billion — although even higher figures been floated. the uk has said "no way." so where are the numbers coming from? well, britain makes a net contribution to the eu budget of 11 billion a year. eu officials say it needs to keep paying into the current budget until 2020, along
with other commitments. but britain is questioning the legality of having to pay once it has left. here's the big problem for britain — the eu is its biggest export market. but it won't enter into any discussion about future trade relations without the bill being settled. those talks were supposed to start next month. but mr barnier is warning there is now "little chance of that". meanwhile, the uk is hoping to line up new trade deals with other major markets. later today, brexit secretary david davis is in washington dc, where he will address the us chambers of commerce. and prime minister theresa may has just been injapan to talk trade. japanese firms employ close to 160,000 people in the uk. japan has, of course, recently agreed a huge trade deal with the eu, just as britain heads for the exit. we will be hearing the concerns of london's business lobby group in 20 minutes time. we are also in brazil which is emerging from its deepest recession in a century — it saw 10% wiped off its economy
in two years. gdp figures out later could show it's on track to return to modest growth in 2017. it's all down to the nation's farmers — thanks to a bumper harvest, they been have propping up the wider economy. but the country still has serious problems to solve. you can see that report from our correspondent there in 20 minutes time. don't forget, you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter. i'm @bbcrachelhorne. professional cricketers had to abandon their match after a crossbow bolt was fired onto the pitch on thursday. it happened at the 0val, one of the oldest and best known grounds in world cricket. the arrow landed very close to the umpires while middlesex were playing surrey in a county championship match. laura westbrook reports. commentator: what is that in the field of play? they've just pointed at something. it's just poking up out of the ground. an unexpected interruption during a cricket match.
at first, nobody knew what it was. some sort of... a meteor or something? what on earth is that? the umpire held up the culprit, an arrow fired from outside the ground had landed only inches from the players. one of the players tweeted: it appears to have been fired from a crossbow. everyone was evacuated and the police were called to the scene. they were showing what we could see 110w they were showing what we could see now was an arrow. about 18 inches long. a red arrow with a yellow quiver, and a very sharp point. if that had hit someone, it could have proved absolutely catastrophic. luckily, no one was injured. so far, there have been no arrests. we don't know if this was a deliberate act, whether it was targeted
or whether this was an accident, someone's fired it extremely irresponsibly and we just happened to be in the place where the bolt landed. we simply don't know. the metropolitan police said it was not terrorism—related. while some chose to see the humour in the incident, this could have been so much worse. stay with us on bbc news. still to come — the lost roman city of neapolis is found off the coast of tunisia. was it destroyed by a giant tsunami? she received the nobel peace prize for her work with the poor and dying in india's slums. the head of the catholic church said mother teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. we have to identify the bodies, then arrange the coffins and take them back home. parents are waiting and wives are waiting. hostages appeared, some carried, some running, trying to escape the nightmare behind them.
britain lost a princess today, described by all to whom she reached out as irreplaceable. an early—morning car crash in a paris underpass ended a life with more than its share of pain and courage, warmth and compassion. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: report said president trump will ask congress to release around $6 billion to help with the recovery effort in texas after tropical storm
harvey. the french government has unveiled plans to reform the country's labour laws, trade unions have pledged to block the changes. vast underwater roman ruins have been discovered off the northeastern coast of tunisia. the find confirms a theory the city of neapolis was partly submerged by a tsunami in the fourth century ad. remains of the ancient city are scattered across the coastal town of nabeul. the underwater expedition found streets and monuments covering 20 hectares in the mediterranean. briohny williams has more. hidden for over 1000 years. a team of divers meticulously and cover remains of a settlement lost to the sea. these ruins mark a major archaeological breakthrough and confirm key historic data. translation: it's a major discovery, we have britain accounts by ancient
historians. now we have a logical proof. we no an earthquake hit the town of neapolis in 3605a.d. team started working seven years ago in the port of neapolis, but only made the port of neapolis, but only made the find this summer due to weather conditions. apart from establishing the area was hit by a tsunami, archaeologists also found around 100 ta nks archaeologists also found around 100 tanks used to produce a fish —based condiment, a favourite of ancient rome. this discovery proves neapolis was a major production centre, probably the biggest centre in the roman world. neapolis bose its fortu nes to roman world. neapolis bose its fortunes to this fish product. the area unearthed stretches across 20 hectares, but there could be more yet to be discovered. drinking too much alcohol causes 3.3
million people to die every year. that's roughly 6% of all deaths, according to the world health 0rganization. in many developed countries, it's so bad that it's considered a serious public health problem. with this in mind, more and more people are choosing to give up alcohol, either temporarily orfor good. katie silver has been speaking to some of them and hearing about the programme that's helping them stick to it. this might look like a typical catch up this might look like a typical catch up of women over cocktails, but there is a difference. there is no alcohol in them. it is because these women are all calling alcohol free. i was women are all calling alcohol free. iwasa women are all calling alcohol free. i was a binge drink, so it wouldn't be that i wanted to drink every night, but when i did, i had no stop button. i just always wanted night, but when i did, i had no stop button. ijust always wanted more. no limit whatsoever. i was like a
different person when i was tricky. i would have blackouts. ifi different person when i was tricky. i would have blackouts. if i went for a weekend away, it was 30 planes to keep up with the boys. they signed up to a programme called a one—year no beer. it is the brainchild of rory fairbanks. hypothetically, i signed up to the 90 day challenge. and then we start sending you daily e—mails. inside is a little snippet of the science which links you back to the site where we have broken things down into sprints. 14 days, for example, day four? this is a wider explanation about the science behind what you're doing to rewire your brain, and a video which is proven to improve your learning experience. people pay to signup to the programme and the challenges you to go 30 or 90 days without alcohol, with the help of a facebook group and a daily newsletter as support. he set it up when he realised
alcohol was causing problems in his own life. i was probably drunk two times per week on average. it was causing problems in my life. it wasn't that acceptable any more to be hungover or coming home at four o'clock in the morning. he aims to change the peer pressure around giving up drinking and to give you tactics for being in the pub. stealth drinks are great then, you tip the barman, put a bit of non—alcoholic beer with lemonade into a non—alcoholic beer with lemonade intoa pint non—alcoholic beer with lemonade into a pint glass and nobody knows. you can get away with this stuff. doctor said while such a programme is unlikely to help people with severe alcohol dependency, it could help those at risk of developing an addiction later in life. help those at risk of developing an addiction later in lifelj help those at risk of developing an addiction later in life. i think that the studies and the programme is really good for people that have hazardous drinking, who are drinking excessively, but not necessarily ha rmfu lly, excessively, but not necessarily harmfully, who are on a slippery slope and will eventually become
maybe the dependent drinkers in the future. if you have somebody in their 30s, that can transform their lives going forward. for these women, getting off alcohol is already providing many rewards.|j lost four stone. i train six days a week. everything i want to do, i can go and do. and that's something we can all raise a mocktail two. —— to. the transfer window has now closed across most of europe's top football leagues. amongst the biggest spenders of the summer were french side paris st germain. having bought neymar for a world record fee in excess of $220
million, they've now signed kylian mbappe from monaco. initially on loan till the end of the season the deal is likely to cost around 215 million dollars when it's made permanent next summer. elsewhere in europe most of the money was spent in the english premier league — almost two billion dollars in total. one of the biggest deals on deadline day was the one that took danny drinkwater to the champions chelsea from leicester. last season's runners up tottenham signed two players. defender serge aurierjoins from paris st germain. the 24—year—old ivory coast star has signed a five—year contract until 2022. striker fernando llorente also joined from swansea. one player going nowhere, though, is alexis sanchez. the arsenal striker was wanted by manchester city but his current club refused to sell him meaning they now risk losing him for nothing next year as the player is in the final year of his contract. as the transfer window was closing, several teams were trying to reach the world cup finals in russia next summer. france thrashed the netherlands 4—0 in paris. the result moves them three points clear of sweden in group a after they lost in bulgaria. cristiano ronaldo scored a hatrick as european champions portugal beat the faroes islands 5—1 to remain second in group b.
switzerland stay top though after victory over andorra. biggest winners on thursday were belgium — they beat gibraltar 9—0 in liege. greece dropped ground after a goalless draw with estonia while boznia and herzegovina missed a chance to move second. they led cyprus 2—0 in nicosia before losing 3—2. in tennis, roger federer has narrowly avoided becoming the latest big name to lose at the us 0pen tennis in new york. he needed five sets to beat the russian mikhail youznhy — a 17th consecutive win over his opponent. federer remaining hopeful of a sixth title here. in the women's draw, world number one karolina pliskova came from a set down to beat nicole gibbs and reach the last 32. the number one seed, runner up last year, handed the first set to the american 6—2, but she battled back against the qualifier to take the next two sets and move into the third round. as we've been hearing, many people are returning
to their homes to see the scale of the storm damage and begin the huge task of cleaning things up. tim allman now tells us about one man who shared a rather unusual homecoming. sitting almost knee deep in rainwater, his house flooded, arik harding finds a moment's solace in the storm. a local musician and pastor, he returned to the neighbourhood of friendswood to fetch some of his childrens‘ belongings. to reassure his son that the family's piano still worked, he played a tune as a friend recorded the moment. later, arik would post the video online, admitting that what they used to have as the city is gone. but he was excited to see new beauty in the suffering. and as for the piano? i'm going to have to tune this one. elsewhere in houston, the sun shines, but many of the streets are still rivers. air boats making search
and rescue trips nearly a week after the storm hit. this man is looking for his pet cat, left behind when he had to flee. and this story has a happy ending. the animal was found, alive and well. this is a surreal experience. this is something i have never been though my life. i lived through hurricane katrina, but it was not this bad. this is — my faith in humanity has been restored by all of the fine volunteers who are helping us out. these are just a few stories amongst thousands of similar stories. lives turned upside down, lives that will now have to be rebuilt. tim allman, bbc news. don't forget you can get in touch with me and some of the team on twitter, i'm @thesamsimmonds.
hello again. today marks the first day of the meteorological autumn, so i thought we would start with a summary of summer. a decent start. temperatures soared up to 35 celsius back in june, but since then it has been rather disappointing. a cool second—half, especially in august. going to be quite a cool start to the day today. temperatures in the cold spots getting down to around 3— four degrees. a chill in the first thing in the morning. my boss. plenty of sunshine to look forward to as well. that sunshine boosting temperatures quickly, not too cold for too long. into the early afternoon, some cloud developing. that will bring a scattering of showers, especially to the east of the uk. looking at scotland on friday afternoon, isolated showers. especially around the northern isles
and the scottish borders. the majority of mainland scotland, a fine afternoon. not many showers for northern ireland. the bulk of the showers across northern and eastern counties of england. big gaps between those showers. a decent chance of dodging any downpours. 0ne or two of the showers could turn out to be heavy with an odd crackle fond of. showers taking time to fade away, after midnight, most should be clear. clearing skies, another chilly night to take us into saturday morning. temperatures in towns and cities, 10— 12 degrees. a cold one underneath clear skies, four degrees in the coldest spots. definitely a weekend of two clubs, saturday, sunny spells. not dry, but a start to the morning before the cloud a start to the morning before the clou d m oves a start to the morning before the cloud moves in. here is the picture on saturday. you can see the extent of the sometime. dry throughout, win ﬂight. of the sometime. dry throughout, win
flight. after that start, temperatures quick to rise. looking at high temperatures in the upper teens to the low 20s. 0n at high temperatures in the upper teens to the low 20s. on sunday, after a bright start across england and eastern scotland, a zone of wet and eastern scotland, a zone of wet and windy weather pushing east across the uk. some heavy bursts of rain. temperatures down, mostly between 15— 19 degrees. and that's your weather. this is bbc world news. the headlines: reports from the united states say president trump will ask congress to release nearly $6 billion to help with the hurricane recovery effort in texas. 100,000 homes had been affected by the disastrous flooding. in france, president macron‘s government has published its plans to change the labour laws. the reforms include limiting the power of trades unions, and giving companies more flexibility to employ and dismiss workers. tens of thousands of muslim pilgrims have carried out the "stoning of the devil" ritual to mark the beginning of eid al—adha celebrations in saudi arabia.