hello and welcome to bbc news. harvey weinstein has been expelled from the organisation that runs the oscars — the academy said he no longer merited the respect of his colleagues. it follows a series of sexual assault accusations against the producer — including rape — some of which he has denied. mr weinstein has already been fired by the company he founded, denounced by many of the celebrities he launched to stardom — and called a depraved predator by his own brother. laura bicker reports from la where the meeting of the academy has been taking place. the glitzy veneer which has hidden hollywood's darkest secrets has now been peeled back. harvey weinstein was credited with over 81 oscar wins and over 300 nominations, awards which now seem tarnished. this is a key moment for an industry which stands accused of developing a culture which made women feel that exploitation was a price they had to pay to get a job.
harvey's not in the academy because everyone thought he was a nice guy or even played fair, it's because he has been a genius at picking and promoting films and so in that way, he's helped a lot of filmmakers. now he's also proved that he had another life as a sexual predator. and that hurts so many people. harvey weinstein‘s brother, bob, has today called him sick and a predator. he says they have barely spoken in five years and that he was heartbroken for the women his brother had harmed and hopes he gets the justice he deserves. british actress alice evans is the latest star to claim weinstein propositioned her. they met at the cannes film festival in 2002. she says she asked her to go to a bathroom with him because he wanted to feel her breasts. she said no. she said that: the next time they met she says
weinstein ignored her and that she was never considered for one of his films ever again, nor was her husband, the actor ioan gruffudd. harvey weinstein‘s downfall has been swift. the new york times reported the allegations earlier this month. mr weinstein apologised. but also said he would sue. as the claims continued, mr weinstein was sacked by his own company. and just days later, 13 more women published their stories in the new yorker magazine. including three accusations of rape which he strongly denies. there is now at least a realisation in hollywood that if change is to come, simply shrugging or looking the other way is no longer enough. a canadian man kidnapped with his pregnant wife
in afghanistan has been giving distressing details of the five years they spent in captivity. joshua boyle and his wife were released earlier this week after being held hostage by islamic militants linked to the taliban. mr boyle told reporters his wife caitlin had been raped, that she had given birth to four children in captivity — one of whom he said, a baby girl, had been murdered. john mcmanus reports. afghanistan — outside the capital, many parts of the country remain in the grip of islamist militants. it was to here that canadian joshua boyle and his heavily pregnant wife caitlin coleman travelled, he says, to carry out aid work. but instead the couple were kidnapped by members of the haqqani network linked to the taliban. over five years, their captors attempted to use them as bargaining chips, releasing a number of videos. in one of them, the couple's
children can be seen. all four were born in captivity. we are the worst to have a prisoner exchange with. on wednesday they were finally freed by pakistani forces and arrived in toronto late last night where joshua boyle outlined their grim ordeal, including the horrific murder of his daughter. the stupidity and the evil of the haqqani networks kidnapping of a pilgrim and his heavily pregnant wife engaged in helping ordinary villagers in taliban controlled regions of afghanistan was eclipsed only by the stupidity and evil of authorising the murder of my infant daughter. marta boyle. he said his wife was raped by the militants. the canadian government has welcomed the family's safe return home. i'm going to ask people to respect their privacy and understand they've been through an extremely difficult period right now. and... but i can certainly say
that we are pleased that the ordeal they've been through over these past years has finally come to an end. joshua boyle's parents described talking to their son to the first time in five years. we were told the wonderful news that our family had been rescued. 20 minutes later we were allowed to actually talk with josh. that's the first time in five years. while both sets of grandparents are undoubtedly relieved, caitlin coleman's own father, jim, says his daughter should never have been taken to such a dangerous place. that we are able to build a secure century for our three surviving children... butjoshua boyle says he now hopes his surviving children can start again. let's take a look at some of the other stories making making the news. another 3,000 people have been forced to leave their homes by wildfires in northern california — taking the total number of evacuees to around 100,000. 38 people are now known to have died in the fires and hundreds more remain unaccounted for.
firefighters from oregon, arizona, colorado and nevada are helping to battle the blazes. kurdish television says an iraqi government deadline for peshmerga fighters to withdraw from key sites in the disputed city of kirkuk has been extended by 2a hours. kurdish officials earlier said they were preparing to defend their positions in the city in the event of an attack by iraqi forces. there's been heightened tension in the region since last month's independence referendum. the us—backed coalition besieging raqqa in northern syria says that foreign fighters belonging to the islamic state militia must either surrender, or be killed. syrian members of is have now left the city in a convoy of buses — leaving only foreign extremists holding out. security officials in the somali capital, mogadishu, say two bomb blasts have killed at least thirty people. around a hundred people have been injured. the first explosion took place
at a busyjunction near a well—known hotel, sending a huge cloud of black smoke over the city. a second bomb in the madina district killed two people. the international monetary fund has warned that the growth in global economy is at risk of faltering because of low inflation and rising geo—political tensions. in a report, the imf‘s steering body said recovery from the global downturn was not yet complete and growth remained weak in many countries. there's lots more on our website. you can also download the bbc news app. let's get more now on our top story: the film producer, harvey weinstein, has been expelled from the organisation that runs the oscars. a los angeles—based showbiz
journalist sandro monetti joins us now. thank you forjoining us. we will look at who else in the academy might be looking over their shoulder. there is such a president —— precedent with this decision after more than 30 women came forward with horrendous allegations about the abominable showman. the only thing they could do, surely, was kicked him out. even though the is supposed to judge professional excellence, not professional behaviour but now the precedent has been set. there are many other members of the academy with very dubious histories, of a sexual assault nature, and a whole litany of bad behaviour. you only need to look at the headlines over the last few years. now harvey weinstein has gone, does that mean they will be thrown out as well? the academy has set itself up as an arbiter of taste
and morals, but that is great. were the tide anyone who short —— falls short of hollywood's new moral code. what has tipped the balance to make this stand ? you what has tipped the balance to make this stand? you mentioned there have been other bad behaviours. why was harvey weinstein treated so severely? he was more associated with the oscars than anyone else over the last 25 years. in that time, films that he has been involved with have received 300 nominations, and to a large extent, harvey weinstein was the oscars. he is being kicked out by the academy which she spent the best part of his career courting. it's because he was closely associated with this organisation, but they were put in this situation. there was a lot of debate in hollywood over which way this decision would go under academy rules. you need two thirds of the
board to expel anyone. my understanding is the vote was much larger than that. it was sending an emphatic message to harvey weinstein and two other predators, we don't wa nt and two other predators, we don't want you any more around hollywood, get out. everyone we talked to is suggesting this is going to last for months, as perhaps more revelations come forward, but the spotlight might focus on others. yes, it might, because they have laid down the gauntlet. this is the line you must not cross. hollywood is full of stories of sex scandals going public server stories of sex scandals going public server profile figure that gets involved will surely lose their academy membership as well. anything that makes a credit to think twice about their behaviour is surely good. indeed. los angeles -based showbiz journalist sandro good. indeed. los angeles -based showbizjournalist sandro monetti, thank you.
a man has died in kempton park racecourse in surrey. he died in the sta ble ya rd racecourse in surrey. he died in the stable yard area after being kicked bya stable yard area after being kicked by a horse. organised —— organisers banned the meeting just after the penultimate race. tougher prison sentences are being proposed for people convicted of acid attacks in britain. under the plans, anyone repeatedly caught carrying corrosive substances can expect a minimum six month jail term. attacks have more than doubled in the uk in the past five years. there are some disturbing images at the start of alexandra mackenzie's report. acid attacks can have devastating consequences. there were more than 400 in the uk between november 2016 and april this year. the agony of the aftermath of an acid attack in east london injuly. delivery driverjaved hussain said it melted his motorbike helmet, which saved his face
from long—term damage. he is calling for tougher sentencing for those involved. i started screaming. then i realised that's acid. i was just screaming on the street. crying forwater, like, getting more dry and getting more worse. and i thought my face has been destroyed. i think he should be punished for that, because he wanted to destroy somebody‘s identity, destroy somebody‘s face. the government wants to give police more powers to prevent such assaults. i think it's really important that we send out a very strong message that, you know, carrying a corrosive substance in a public place unless you've got a really good reason to have it isjust totally u na cce pta ble. speak to any victim of an acid attack and they'll be living with lifelong scars. it's absolutely right that we take this as seriously as any knife attack. under the home office proposals it would be an offence to possess
a corrosive substance in public. there would be a ban on the sale of such substances to anyone under 18. and people caught carrying acid twice in public would receive a mandatory minimum six—month prison sentence if over the age of 18. what it'll do is allow us to bring more charges and convictions when it comes to carrying these substances even before they are being used. at the minute we have to prove the intent, the fact why you're carrying that substance. these proposals look to change that. the home office says victims and survivors are at the heart of everything they're doing to reduce the number but some say the new proposals just don't go far enough and more needs to be done to bring those responsible to justice. london has been worst affected. and police are being issued with test kits to check the contents of suspicious bottles of liquid.
they're also being given protective gloves and water bottles so they can treat victims quickly. together with the proposed new laws, officers hope it'll prevent more attacks. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news. you're watching bbc news. the latest headlines: the movie producer harvey weinstein has been expelled from the film academy that runs the oscars, over allegations of rape and sexual assault. a canadian hostage released by afghan militants speaks about his family's ordeal after nearly five years in captivity. wildfires are continuing to ravage parts of northern california. a0 people have been killed in the past week and many more are missing. large parts of northern california, including sonoma and napa counties, and the city of santa rosa have been hit.
from california, dave lee reports. these fires have choked california, displacing 90,000 people and destroying more than 5,000 buildings. sir, you've got to go! this footage shows a police officer's view on sunday. he was in the city of santa rosa helping terrified residents evacuate. the next day the city looks like this. we walk and see our neighbourhood, flattened. it looks like a bomb has gone off in our neighbourhood. it's so heartbreaking. the smoky air can be smelt as far as 100 miles away. this is our wine making facility. the harvest was complete. so all of our grapes were in. over there is our press and our crush pad with the tanks and that was all outside. obviously, you can see it's completely destroyed. police are having to deal with looters seeking to capitalise on block after block of empty homes. some of the biggest fires
are showing signs of being contained thanks to the efforts of more than 8,000 firefighters drafted in to help. these firefighters are bracing themselves, weather forecasts suggests more high winds are on the way. this is already the deadliest wile fire in the state's history and it is not over yesterday yet. on the line is alyssa joeng—perry, a reporterfor kqed public radio public radio in california. shejoins us now from santa rosa, in sonoma county. you have spent the day with emergency services. what have you
seen? there are about a dozen residents in a town visited today. it is completely flattened. they are doing search and rescue for missing persons. right now, they have names of the missing persons board, and they are looking for bodily remains, because it is flattened, the whole neighbourhood. there is just because it is flattened, the whole neighbourhood. there isjust rubble. and so they are happy to bring out cadaver dogs, and it isjust devastating. there are are smoke piles where the roots of the trees are still smoking. and the fires without over a week ago. and obviously, lots of people have been evacuated. many will have gone to, perhaps, stay red relatives. but the idea that hundreds of people are still missing and their whereabouts is not known most of ecb very distressing for those trying to find
them and their relatives. yes. some areas have fun lies down and contact cannot be made. people may have lost their cellphones and be out of contact. i know one emergency response has said they found an organ. basically, she had flown up to oregon. —— they found one in oregon. you can't even get into certain areas because they are not safe enough. emergency crews go in. alyssa, lots of eyewitnesses are screaming the speed, said they had settled time to get out of its way. —— describing the speed. —— saying they had no time to get out of the way. i haven't spoken to that many people, but i can tell you i have
seen ca rs people, but i can tell you i have seen cars flipped over, burnt up against trees. i have seen a garaged all flown a0 feet into the air. —— garage door. so i can imagine how bad the flames and if i were going. i can't even imagine. thank you very much indeed. in the uk, a woman who was gored by a stag in richmond park says she thought she was going to die. you—en lee from east london was filming deer, when a stag charged at her, causing serious wounds. she spoke to our reporter sarah harris, and showed her the video she was recording moments before the attack. still fragile and onlyjust home from hospital, you—en lee is still in shock after being brutally attacked by a stag. this is the
phone footage she was taking in richmond park, moments before the deal ran at her. he used his antlers to attack me upper thigh area. this enormous force put me to the floor and in extreme pain in my stomach and in extreme pain in my stomach and my thigh. at that moment, i think, i thought i was not going to die in the park. i did think about that. it is making time for deer, whose population is thought to be at the largest foreign powers in years. although experts say it is rare for them to attack a human being, you—en lee wa nts them to attack a human being, you—en lee wants to make other londoners aware of the dangers. lee wants to make other londoners aware of the dangerslj lee wants to make other londoners aware of the dangers. i see wildlife everywhere every day in london. siam used to it. but there are lots of photos online you can see people packing gears, feeding deers, taking
photos. —— petting deers. packing gears, feeding deers, taking photos. -- petting deers. the advice from wardens is clear: deer are wild and territorial creatures and it is best to keep 50 metres between you and them at all times. the british island of st helena used to be one of the world's most inaccessible locations. this map might give you an idea of why — previously the only way to get to there was by ship from south africa, which left once every three weeks. now, st helena has welcomed its first commercial flight. our correspondent alistair leithead was on that inaugural flight — he sent this report. the champagne was flowing for what was an extraordinary flight. after £250 million, months of delays, and a problem with high winds that labelled it the world's most useless airport, the first commercial flight finally touched down on st helena. the government paid
for the new airport, to bring in tourists and give the subsidised economy a well needed boost. but then they discovered wind shear that made it too dangerous for passenger planes to land. the islands governor greeted the first passengers to arrive, now they have worked out a way round it. darwin came here in the 19th century and complained about the wind. the department for international development has been criticised for not realising. no, it is not a cock—up at all. this is a remote island in the middle of the south atlantic ocean. we have many, many challenges here. wind shear is just one of them and we have overcome it. well, standing here you can understand what the trouble is all about. this is a rock in the middle of the atlantic ocean. that gale that is blowing is just an average breezy day,
and it is unpredictable. planes have been struggling to land. that is why they have the small aircraft to do the job. so, not quite as many tourists to take in the scenery and the history. this is where napoleon died in exile. his old house is now part of france. with a500 people, it is a close community. the average wage is just £7,000. british aid subsidises most things. what do you think about this flight that is coming in now? it is absolutely awesome, it is wonderful. it is popular, and you were up there yourselves today, and saw all the clapping. it is really an island event. after a lot of fuss and a lot of money, saints, as they are called, are hoping for a silver lining. alastair leithead, bbc news, st helena. a new £600 million toll bridge over the river mersey has opened to traffic this weekend. the mersey gateway route is the largest infrastructure project in england outside london
and connects runcorn and widnes in cheshire. andy gill reports. hundreds of people lined the banks of the mersey to witness the spectacular firework display a few hours before the newbridge opened. tolls aside, the locals approve. hours before the newbridge opened. tolls aside, the locals approvem is smart. it is great to have the bridge. it reminds me of the one in america. it is a lovely bridge. long—time overview. it is really fantastic as a development. just past midnight, the bridge was opened, and bikers were amongst the first to cross. the mersey gateway bridge is the biggest civil engineering project in the country outside london. the total cost is more than £1.8 billion. 20 million vehicles a year are expected to use it. it is made with 810 miles of
cable. the old bridge closes for a yearfor repairs. when it reopens, both mersey crossings will be told. locals can travel free if they pay a registration fee. —— tolled. but there is anger amongst locals who had to pay. the transport secretary says the bridge should be free to use once it is pay for in 20a2. —— paid for. students across the uk have been settling into their new university courses, but some freshers have more life experience than others. in fact, some are nearer 80 than 18. our education correspondent, sean coughlan, has been to meet some of them. forget the usual stereotypes about stu d e nts forget the usual stereotypes about students and meet maureen matthews who is starting a lord degree at the tender age of 79. —— law degree.
who is starting a lord degree at the tender age of 79. —— law degreelj tender age of 79. —— law degree.” may be old, but inside is a younger person with the same aspirations. this is not an evening course. she will be studying full—time for the next three years at the university of west london. what is that like studying with people so at younger than yourself? delightful. the reason being that they have a flexibility of mind. they have that ability to be spontaneous. how they group together, how they make sure that they support each other, and that they support each other, and that means supporting even the old lady. there has been an increase in older students on full—time university courses, but they are still a pretty rare blood. 25 stu d e nts still a pretty rare blood. 25 students aged over 80 started last year. at this university, though, they pride themselves on having to and from all ages and backgrounds. richter, a relative youngster compared to maureen, says the different generations help each other. i am the same old rita. i
think all of them, we help each other. they are strong in some areas and maybe i am strong in other areas, so we and maybe i am strong in other areas, so we all come together. we have a study group. even last session, we had study groups helping each other to pass the assessments. and we all passed in the group and debbie had to reset. but what do the younger students make of veteran classmates? it was quite surprising when they came in. —— nobody had to reset. i expected teenagers, but there were people from all different places. if anything, ifind it inspirational that they feel they can come back into education. it is interesting, because they seem to have a lot more knowledge. but maureen says that aid should not be a barrier to anyone wanting a new challenge later in life. —— age.” say go at it. all older people are people of being up to a challenge.
—— capable of being. they had to meet many challenges. time for a look at the weather. here is matt taylor. hello there. the warm conditions continue into sunday. for many, mist and fold over the hills in england wales. but these are the temperatures to start the day, sitting in the mid—teens. outbreaks of rain and gale—force winds in the hebrides. wet windy weather spreads through scotland and ireland, but wind will not be so heavy. that will break up with a bit more breeze and we saw through saturday and these are the temperatures if you stuck with the cloud. two, three, four degrees celsius above average. some places to 2a. monday morning, northern ireland into scotland, all highs to the south—west. the re m na nts of highs to the south—west. the remnants of hurricane ophelia, which is no longer hurricane, reaches the
republic of ireland on monday it has enough to cause damaging winds. in the western fringes of england and wales, it gusts of 70 or 80 miles an hour are possible. —— wind gusts. did you the headlines: the movie producer harvey weinstein has been expelled from the film academy that runs the oscars. after denying numerous sexual assault allegations, including rape — harvey weinstein has been fired by his company, denounced by many celebrities and called a "depraved predator"