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this is bbc news. i'm reeta chakrabarti. the headlines at 21:00: president trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, pleads not guilty to charges of conspiring to defraud the us — his lawyer says he denies all charges. donald trump was correct. there is no evidence that mr manafort, or the trump campaign, colluded with the russian government. it has also emerged that george papadopoulos — who advised the trump campaign on foreign affairs — pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the fbi about contacts who had links to the kremlin. the government is promising action "within days" to deal with allegations of sexual harassment at westminster. the hollywood actor kevin spacey apologises — after being accused of making sexual advances towards a teenage boy in the 1980s. several members of the same family are feared dead after a fire at a remote farmhouse in powys, in mid—wales. and the sacked catalan leader,
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carles puigdemont, is reported to have fled to belgium. it comes as spain's chief prosecutor calls for charges of rebellion and sedition to be laid against catalan leaders, following their declaration of independence. good evening and welcome to bbc news. donald trump's former presidential campaign manager has been charged with conspiring to defraud the united states. it's one of 12 criminal charges brought against paul manafort and one of his business associates, including conspiring to launder money. both men have pleaded not guilty. it's alleged they received $75 million in all from pro—russian politicians in ukraine. it's also emerged that george papadopoulos, another adviser to president trump,
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has pleaded guilty to lying about his links to russia. here's our north america editor, jon sopel. mr manafort, are you handing yourself into federal authorities today? this is not how it was meant to be. mr manafort has no comment. just over a year ago, multimillionaire paul manafort was donald trump's campaign chairman and a figure of huge influence. normally talkative, today, much more tight—lipped. the indictment runs to over 30 pages and details a complex web of financial arrangements to keep vast amounts secret from us authorities. it details how manafort was working as an agent for the pro—russia party in ukraine, from whom he received tens of millions of dollars in payments for a decade until 2017. and companies, and by any means. almost $1 million was funneled through an antiques rugs store in alexandria, virginia.
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$850,000 laundered through a men's clothes store in new york. it adds a substantial layer of complexity. just the ukraine and the russia connection could add months and months to this investigation. but in response to the indictment, the president has tweeted angrily... "sorry, but this is years ago, before paul manafort was part of the trump campaign. why aren't crooked hillary and the democrats the focus?" and another tweet on russia. "also, there is no collusion." that is the line taken by his lawyer. the allegations in the indictment are focused on their business activities, not campaign activities, not campaign events. but today, a separate, deeply damaging disclosure. this man, george papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser to the trump campaign,
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who president trump once described month to lying to the fbi about his contacts with russian officials during the campaign. and this former state department official and international lawyer says that could be much more significant. well, manafort is a biggerfigure, but we expected the charges and the indictment to come out against him to come at today. this guilty plea by papadopoulos discloses facts of communication between the trump campaign and russia that we didn't know about — and that could be a much bigger problem for trump. the charge sheet against papadopoulos says he is cooperating fully with the authorities. in other words, it looks like he's prepared to reveal more information as part of a plea bargain. and that might give other white house officials sleepless nights and cause to engage their own lawyers, and quickly. a short while ago, an attorney for paul manafort told reporters that there is no evidence of paul manafort or the trump
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campaign colluding with the russian government. well, i think you all saw today that president donald trump was correct. there is no evidence that mr manafort or the trump campaign colluded with the russian government. mr manafort represented pro—european union campaigns for the ukrainians. and in that, he was seeking to further democracy and to help the ukraine come closer to the united states and the eu. those activities ended in 2014. over two years before mr manafort served in the trump campaign. today, you see an indictment brought by an office of special counsel that is using a very novel theory to prosecute novel theory
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to prosecute mr manafort. the united states has only use that offence six times since 1966 and it only resulted in one conviction. the second thing about this indictment that i myself find most ridiculous is the claim that maintaining offshore accounts to bring all your funds into the united states as a scheme to conceal from the united states government is ridiculous. thank you. joining me now is taylor griffin, who is a former republican strategist and editor of the political commentary website roughly explained. thank you forjoining us. how significant do you think are the charges against paul manafort for donald trump and the republican party? well, i think it is significant in that you are seeking an expansion of the mullet investigation. robert mueller is taking an expansive approach and there have been indictments laid down, so this is notjust a
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witchhunt, as some people might have expected. but what is important here is that these particular charges are not directly related to the core allegations of, as they said collusion, who knows what that means? basically, being in on russia's meddling in the 2016 means? basically, being in on russia's and iling in the 2016 means? basically, being in on russia's and so g in the 2016 means? basically, being in on russia's and so to n the 2016 means? basically, being in on russia's and so to that; 2016 means? basically, being in on russia's and so to that point, it election. and so to that point, it may not be... this is creating a situation where each side can make whatever they would like to make out of it. you have republicans saying this has nothing to do with trump and this is before trump, and democrats would say it is the tip of the iceberg and trump is going down. whatever each party says, looking at robert mueller‘s investigation, did you anticipate more charges to follow or is this it? no, i think there will be a lot more. typically
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in investigations like this, you may have indictments early on and these are going to be oriented towards getting people to testify, to turn on them and the report coming into this segment, you heard your reporter say that that was what was going on with george papadopoulos. and that is exactly right. you are going to try, mueller will try to make deals to get testimony out of people like - manafort and george people like paul manafort and george papadopoulos, in order to make his case stronger. because probably, a lot of the aspects of this case that they have about the russian activities, they're going to things like signals intelligence intercepts and things that will be hard to use in courtand and things that will be hard to use in court and hard forjoe rees to understand, so you need people to testify. some of these early indictments will hate —— will help create opportunities to secure testimony from some of the people
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involved. can you spell that out? is that because you expect paul ma nafort that because you expect paul manafort for example to cooperate now? i don't know whether he will or not. i will say that in a lot of investigations like this, some of the early indictments are about securing cooperation. because now that he has been indicted on charges, even though they are not directly related to the russian election meddling, that he has a very strong incentive now to cooperate in order to make a deal to reduce those charges he has been and briefly about the indicted on. and briefly about the separate case of george papadopoulos. what are your views on the news about him, how serious is that case for the president? ma nafort that case for the president? manafort —— to was not known to be someone manafort —— to was not known to be someone who was particularly close to the president —— george
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papadopoulos. he is on the periphery of the campaign. he was apparently on the foreign policy advisory committee the trump campaign setup, so committee the trump campaign setup, so this is closer and more direct to the campaign it sounds like the charges, they are more closely linked with russian collusion. from that sense, it is important. it also seems he is cooperating with mueller. so there is a good chance that you might see testimony from him implicating other people within the trump campaign. i think that is what mueller was looking for with this early indictment with papadopoulos and this early indictment with pa padopoulos and maybe this early indictment with papadopoulos and maybe also with manafort, we don't know. we have papadopoulos and maybe also with manafo there, ion't know. we have papadopoulos and maybe also with manafo there, thank now. we have papadopoulos and maybe also with manafo there, thank you. we have and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 this evening in the papers. 0ur guestsjoining me tonight are michael booker, deputy editor of the express, and the political commentator daisy mcandrew. the government has called for action
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"within days" to deal with allegations of sexual harassment at westminster. the leader of the commons has told the house that she wants to see a new grievance procedure as soon as possible and a fresh code of conduct introduced, following claims of misconduct by some mps. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg's report contains flash photography. what really happens within westminster‘s walls? it's work for thousands of people, but often, for young staff making their way, it's a place where they fear they could face harm. with suspicions in the air about politicians‘ behaviour... order! ..the speaker told the parties it's theirjob to clean up. there must be zero tolerance of sexual harassment or bullying here at westminster or elsewhere. with a stern—faced theresa may alongside, the leader of the commons promised a new complaints system for staff and vowed the parties will work together.
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0ur constituents will be rightly appalled at the thought that some representatives in parliament may have acted in an entirely inappropriate way towards others. parliament must take action in days, not weeks. a new support team for staff is planned, but how to tackle the more complicated question of culture? no woman — or man, for that matter — coming to work in this house should be subjected to unwanted sexual advances from those in a position of power over them. no—one should have to work in the toxic atmosphere of sleazy, sexist or homophobic banter. don't think for a moment that much of this is really new. this place is about power and it's been an open secret for years that too often, it's used for the wrong reasons. suspicions are running high once more, but it's too early to say if this is the start of a turning point, ora refrain of the same old story. concerns about westminster‘s boozy
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culture — where alcohol, ambition and long hours collide — are long held. in 2014, the tory mp nigel evans was tried, and cleared, of sexual abuse of young men. but his lawyer described drunken overfamiliarity. and the then boss of the liberal democrats, lord renard, was accused of behaving inappropriately to female party members. he was never charged, yet eventually admitted he might have invaded their personal space. one of those who accused him said that kind of behaviour was hardly rare. i also can see this behaviour being seen as quite normal, to bum pinching or inappropriate kissing, or any of the kind of social norms that you think on the one side might be ok suddenly goes into the wrong direction. one of the problems — mps employ their staff directly. who can easily complain
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about the boss to the boss? as a rep for commons staff summed up. if there is an issue and you have nobody to go to, you're just going to slink away with your tail between your legs because you don't want to get a reputation as a troublemaker. and the member gets away with it time and again because nobody will stand up and say, do you know what, there is a problem there. but whether victims are willing to spill this place's secrets could change the view of this place. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. live to westminster, and our political correspondent, iain watson. there seems to be consensus something must be done, what is on the table? absolutely, most people are condemning what has been going on, but we do not have a clear idea of what will emerge. there have been developments tonight, not new allegations, but developments about how to do with allegations. the
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powerful house of commons commission met this evening, an administrative body chaired byjohn bercow, andrea leadsom sits on that committee. they have agreed the current procedures requiring urgent review, they will be working with political parties to find very few find a way forward. very few specific suggestions from that meeting. also tonight, labour's chief whip and the chair of the parliamentary labour party have written to all labour mps reminding them of the existing procedures for dealing with complaints from staff about the conduct of mps. they have released nine very tightly typed pages setting out their procedures, which can culminate in the suspension or expulsion of an mp guilty of particularly serious offences. they are partly doing this not just to offences. they are partly doing this notjust to remind mps, but also to perhaps push that cross—party consensus a little bit to breaking point. because the shadow equalities minister dawn butler has written to
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the prime minister asking her to publish the conservative party's procedures. so labour are trying to suggest their procedures for dealing with sexual harassment and bullying are more robust. for her part, theresa may would say she wants to see a new complaints and grievance procedure, but parliament has to agree to that and at the moment, it is not clear... whether there has been an effect. pretty much a diagnosis of the problem, we don't yet have the solution. many thanks. the american actor and producer kevin spacey has apologised after he was accused of making a sexual advance towards a child actor in the 1980s. the claim was made by anthony rapp, who's in the latest star trek tv series. he was 14 at the time of the alleged incident. mr spacey said he didn't remember the encounter but, if it did happen, it would have been "deeply inappropriate". in the past hour, netflix has announced it is ending its hit ‘house of cards' series — starring mr spacey. the company says they are deeply troubled by today's allegations.
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from los angeles, james cook reports. they say we get the leaders we deserve... kevin spacey is one of the biggest names in showbusiness. a two—time oscar winner, currently starring in the netflix political drama house of cards. but his reputation is now in jeopardy, because of allegations that date back to broadway in 1986. # we're not gonna pay #... anthony rapp — on the left here in the musical rent — says spacey invited him to a party, carried him onto a bed, climbed on top of him and made a sexual advance. rapp, who was 14 at the time, said he squirmed away and left the house. in a statement, kevin spacey said he did not remember the encounter, but if it happened, it would have been deeply inappropriate drunken behaviour, for which he now apologised. he added, i know that there are stories out there about me, saying, "i choose now to live as a gay man and i am examining my own behaviour."
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but that has provoked a backlash. he is implying that, well, because i have always been gay, but never came out, that is the sort of thing that happens. this lovely young man... and it is alleged that he jumped on top of this young man, and the gay community is saying — well, sorry, it's not because you're gay. no—one here thinks that kevin spacey will be the last big name to be ensnared in the web of allegations which has spun out after the harvey weinstein affair. hollywood is abuzz with gossip and rumour about who is next. james cook, bbc news, los angeles. the chancellor may have to abandon his target for getting rid of the deficit if he wants to increase spending on public services, according to a leading independent think tank. the institute for fiscal studies says philip hammond is also facing a likely cut in the forecast for productivity growth, and uncertainty around brexit. next month's budget will be
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the first since the general election, with the chancellor under pressure from different government departments to loosen the purse strings. joining me now is callum williams, britain economics correspondent at the economist. thank you forjoining us this evening. what do you think of the body —— what do you think of the ifs's comments? they write and they two big problems facing philip hammond head of the budget. the first is that a lot of people, including members of the conservative party, want the government to increase public spending and they are fed up with austerity, declining quality of service in the nhs and schools and local government. he is indicating it could rise. 0n the other hand, because of declining productivity growth, productivity is likely to be revised down at the budget. at its
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simplest, it means that the economy will not really grow very fast, if at all, over the next year. and if that happens, if it is a lot lower than mr hammond would like, that would limit his room for manoeuvre. we are having trouble with your sound. 0ne we are having trouble with your sound. one more question. if the chancellor reduced austerity and spent more on public finances, would that help the economy and would it boost the economy? it could well do exactly that. there has been an argument rehearsed many times over the last few years that with interest rates that are very low at the moment, it makes sense for the chancellor to borrow and invest in things like telecommunications and so on. things like telecommunications and so on. as a base for productivity. by so on. as a base for productivity. by doing that, it is possible the returns would outweigh the cost to the treasury. you are paid to look at these things, what is your best bet about what he will put in the budget? well, they have already
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given away some hints. 0ne budget? well, they have already given away some hints. one thing they suggested is that the public sector pay cap, which is really one of the government's signature austerity policies and has limited most public sector workers to a pay rise of 1% or less per year for the last six years, that could go. jeremy hunt, the health secretary, has suggested that would go. the governor and has given a big hint that it governor and has given a big hint thatitis governor and has given a big hint that it is going to make changes to how tuition fees work —— the government. that could be something to do with the level at which former stu d e nts to do with the level at which former students pay back their fees. and extra money for preparation for a no deal brexit. budgets have not recently been exciting, but i think this year, it could be filled with stuff. good, we look forward to it. thank you very much for your time. spain's chief prosecutor has called for charges — including rebellion and embezzlement — to be brought against catalan leaders, following the region's declaration of independence. it comes as spain moves
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to take direct control of catalonia, including sacking the region's ministers. the ousted catalan leader, carles puigdemont, is reported to have fled to belgium. let's go live to barcelona now and my colleague, tim willcox. ca rles carles puigdemont issued on instagram a picture of the roof kind me. he said, a normalworking instagram a picture of the roof kind me. he said, a normal working day, but he was not here and he was not at his party headquarters half a mile away. we understand he was driving to marseille to catch a plane to brussels. where he has been in talks with a lawyer who about 15, 20 years ago represented a spanish couple who were fighting extradition charges for alleged involvement or
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membership of eta, the basque so there is separatist organisation. so there is a history now between belgium and spain in terms of this one particular lawyer and the fact that they granted asylum to this couple to prevent them being forcibly returned to spain. so where are we? well, article 155 invoked the separatists, the independent supporters here have had a weekend to celebrate, but the hard legal fist of spain now very much in force. this autonomous region now has direct rule from madrid. but look around us here, where are the mass demonstrations we were promised a few days ago mr mark according to the unions and the people we have spoken to, civil servants working under the rule of madrid. there has been no civil disobedience and the local police out on the streets, everything peaceful. so where do we go now? we don't really know, apart from the fact there is a lot of
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anger among carles puigdemont‘s supporters that he has fled. and made be looking for asylum in belgium. made be looking for asylum in three children have escaped from a house fire in powys, in which a number of members of the same family — including children — are believed to have died. sian lloyd reports. total devastation. this farmhouse was home to a father and his children. the remote property, in mid—wales, was already well alight when fire crews arrived not long after midnight. three children — aged 13, 12 and ten — managed to escape but it's known that others have died here. ronald birchall is a neighbour, who told me at least seven children lived at the farmhouse, the youngest aged around five. absolutely devastated. we just cannot believe this has happened and we don't know why it's happened.
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and that is the big problem, isn't it? why has this happened? the house is hidden by trees, but across the hillside, wisps of smoke can still be seen. 20 members of the brecon mountain rescue team were called in by fire and ambulance crews and spent eight hours helping search the surrounding countryside, in case others had managed to escape. there are a number of people unaccounted for at this time. we can confirm there are known to be fatalities. due to the severity of damage at the scene, we are unable at this stage to identify any of the deceased, or to confirm the number of deceased. fire crews have been working in the area for most of the day. the family were well—known in this small, rural community. the children went to local schools and were often seen out and about in the village with their father, who is believed to be in his 60s. although the scene of this fire is remote, the access road remains blocked off while scientists and fire officers carry
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out their investigations. the cause of the blaze is still unknown. they are looking for answers, but there are many questions here from the local community. sian lloyd, bbc news. a look at the world weather. some of us woke up to the first frost of the autumn season today. and around the world, the autumn weather is beginning to bite. across north america, we have an active storm system and area of low russia fed by strong winds and moist air from the atlantic. a soggy start of the new working week in new york and new england and now the centre of the storm is across eastern canada. 0n the back of that, some very cold air is being dragged from the optic
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across canada, it is cold in canada at this time of year, but even a long way south across the usa, getting into colder. kansas city and tulsa, tomorrow morning could see a touch of frost. a large swathe of central and eastern areas of the us and canada will see cold weather to start tuesday. through the day, temperatures struggle to recover with heavy snow across north—eastern canada and snow across the plains of the across canada and snow across the plains of the - across the southern the usa. across the southern hemisphere, - autumn, it is hemisphere, not autumn, it is spring, the other transition season. that has brought lively thunderstorms across queensland and you can see the cloud on the satellite picture. many lightning flashes affecting places like brisbane. things look quieter and the storm is pushing out to sea and brisbane enjoying sunshine on tuesday, temperatures into the high 20s. back to the northern hemisphere, it is autumn weather causing major disruption across
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continental europe. parts of germany, poland and the czech republic have seen strong winds, costs of over 100 mouse per hour in places, with a lot of rain causing flooding and power cuts because of this pearl of cloud, an area of low pressure that is now quite slow moving across the western side of russia. if you have trouble plans to ta ke russia. if you have trouble plans to take you to moscow, it is worth taking a big extra coat, because as well as the cloud and the rain and strong winds, very cold air across the continent. even down into the balkans, cold air in the forecast. temperature is no better than six, eight degrees in sofia and snow is likely for the middle of the week in moscow and temperatures below freezing. further west, things a bit milderfor paris freezing. further west, things a bit milder for paris and berlin although there is rain here. milder conditions extended across the british isles, high—pressure drifting south. rental system is
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bringing some rain into the northwest, but we will all notice more cloud and with a south—westerly wind, temperature is beginning to creep upwards. more cloud, but it will turn milder, and further ahead? you can find out right here later on. this is bbc world news america, reporting from washington, i'm laura trevelya n. reporting from washington, i'm laura trevelyan. donald trump's former campaign manager is charged with money—laundering. as another x—rayed pleads guilty to lying to the fbi. the white house as it has nothing to do with the there is no evidence of trump russia collision and nothing in the environment changes that. kevin spacey apologises after being accused of making a sexual advance towards a 14—year—old actor in the 19805. and 100 years since the russian revolution, we visit st petersburg to see what the drama
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