a very warm welcome to bbc news. my name is mike embley. our top stories: charged with terrorism — the uzbek suspect in the new york truck attack appears in court. and president trump pours criticism on the way america's justice system handles terrorism suspects. britain's defence secretary resigns — as a wave of sexual harassment allegations hits parliament. and prince charles meets and orchid with a familiar name. —— an orchid. hello. a man accused of using a pick—up truck to mow down pedestrians and cyclists in new york, killing eight people, has appeared in court, charged with terrorism offences. sayfullo saipov a 29—year—old immigrant from uzbekistan. this is the kind of scene that preys
on the minds of new yorkers, one that recalls the trauma of 9/11, one that reveals how this city is vulnerable to new forms of terror. a rented pick—up truck that became weaponised. a mode of attack that's common in europe, but now used to deadly effect on american soil, and just yards from ground zero, the site of the september 11th attacks. the antenna on the new world trade centre, bathed in red, white and blue, to honour the eight people killed. this is the suspected attacker, sayfullo saipov, a 29—year—old who reportedly shouted "allahu akbar" — "god is great" — as he left his truck. he was brandishing fake weapons, and was shot by the police and taken into custody. moments earlier, he'd driven at high speed along a riverside bike path, mowing down cyclists and pedestrians. saipov is an uzbek immigrant who came to the united states in 2010. he chose halloween because the streets would be more crowded, and has told police he was pleased with the success of the attack. one of the early clues that
investigators found at the scene were hand—written notes in arabic pledging allegiance to the group calling itself islamic state. but there's no evidence yet of a direct link to that group. you got kids in there? yeah, man! all right, hold on! his attack came to an end when he crashed into a school bus. oh, my god. oh, my god! ok, i need an ambulance right here. that was an accident, because he wanted to continue all the way to brooklyn bridge. police found knives in his vehicle. he rented a truck before so he could practice making turns. he appears to have followed, almost exactly to a t, the instructions that isis has put out in its social media channels before with instructions to their followers on how to carry out such an attack. among those killed, five friends from argentina, men in their late 40s in new york to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their graduation from college. president trump is demanding a more aggressive criminaljustice system. we need quick justice and we need strong justice,
much quicker and much stronger than we have right now because what we have right now is a joke and it's a laughing stock, and no wonder so much of this stuff takes place. the city has experienced worse dawns, and waking up to the threat of terror may well be an irreversible fact of life. nick bryant, bbc news, manhattan. yes. president trump has called for tighter immigration measures and an end to the diversity lottery programme, the method the suspect used to obtain an american visa. the president said the united states needed to get tougher, smarter, less politically correct, and he described the us justice system as "a joke and a laughing stock". this from our north america editorjon sopel. he's the fbi's worst nightmare. sayfullo saipov, an immigrant from uzbekistan in central asia
who's become radicalised in the us and has barely flickered on their radar screen. as forensic experts continued to pore over the truck that he weaponised, the president is combing over america's immigration system and is demanding that the green card lottery be ripped up. so we want to immediately work with congress on the diversity lottery programme, on terminating it, getting rid of it. we have to get much tougher, we have to get much smarter and we have to get much less politically correct. the tradition has always been that after a terrorist attack when the nation is in mourning, the political class will put aside their differences and come together, united. not in today's america. less than 2a hours after the attack in lower manhattan, the political battle lines have been drawn in a sharply divisive way.
the president tweeted this morning "the terrorist came into our country through what is called the diversity visa lottery programme, a chuck schumer beauty. i want merit—based." the visa lottery was introduced when republican president george hw bush was in the white house and though democratic senator chuck schumer was one of its architects, it was supported across the political divide. today, the new york senator fired back. the president ought to stop tweeting and start leading. the american people long for leadership, not divisiveness, not finger—pointing, not name—calling. this is a tragedy. it's less than a day than after it occurred and he can't refrain from his nasty, divisive habits. the green card lottery allows 50,000 people from across the globe to settle in the us each year. millions apply. in 2015, just over 4,000 came from uzbekistan, a country that's never been
on donald trump's target list. and in tampa, where saipov settled for a while, he steered clear of conventional islam. we've worked with the fbi in a number of cases of trying to protect youth from being targeted by groups like isis and the first tactic isis does is try to get them away from mosques because they know the messaging of the mosques undermines the deviant extremist heretical message of groups like isis. in newjersey, where he'd been living most recently, the police are trying to piece together every aspect of his life. his attack killed eight in lower manhattan. it's likely to affect the immigration prospect of hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. more on this to come a little later in the bulletin. but for more coverage and analysis of this story — including reaction from around the world, just go to our website at bbc.com/news or download the bbc news app.
this storyjust breaking in the last hour or so: police in colorado say a number of people have been shot in an incident at a department store in a suburb of denver. it happened at the walmart store in thornton. there are no details about the alleged shooter. it's believed police were called to the scene at around 6:30pm in the evening local time. officers say this is not an active shooter situation. the british defence secretary, sir michael fallon, has resigned, caught up in the sexual harassment allegations that are swirling round the houses of parliament. it emerged this week that he'd apologised for putting his hand on a journalist's knee at a dinner 15 years ago. she has said she is sad and thinks it absurd that someone should lose theirjob for touching her knee. this report from our political editor laura kuenssberg. quiet outside the ministry of defence tonight, but inside, turmoil. the secretary of state quits. in recent days, allegations have been made about mps‘ conduct, including my own. many of these allegations have been false. but i realise that in the past i may
have fallen below the high standards that we require of the armed forces that i have the honour to represent. i have reflected now on my position in government, and i am therefore resigning as defence secretary. his resignation comes only the day after a front—page story telling that he put his hand on a well—known journalist's knee, years ago. sources admit more could emerge. were you worried more is going to come out? well, the culture has changed over the years. what might have been acceptable 15, ten years ago, is clearly not acceptable now. parliament now has to look at itself, and the prime minister has made very clear, that conduct needs to be improved, and we need to protect the staff of westminster against any particular allegations of harassment. theresa may is under pressure to
act. she wants to tighten up the rules with a new independent system to listen to claims. we have a duty to listen to claims. we have a duty to ensure that everyone coming here to ensure that everyone coming here to contribute to public life is treated with respect. butjust as pressing a problem further tonight is who will walk up the street in his place. he had served for different prime ministers. from theresa may back to margaret thatcher. jobs in education business, and he has been an mp since 1983. but a minister no more. 0ne since 1983. but a minister no more. one of the most senior seats in
government and he denied. somebody else's job tomorrow, but the past cannot be erased. —— government empty tonight. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. the islamist group hamas has handed control of border crossings in gaza to the palestinian authority. the move is part of a reconciliation deal between hamas and its rival palestinian faction fatah negotiated in cairo last month. under the agreement the palestinian authority is due to take full control of gaza in a months time. dustin hoffman has become the latest a—list hollywood star to face sexual harassment allegations. a production assistant who worked with him in the 80s claims that he touched her inappropriately and made crude sexual remarks. more allegations have also emerged against kevin spacey also dating back to the 1980s. uk police investigating the manchester arena bombing have requested the extradition from libya of the brother of the suicide bomber who carried out the attack in may.
hashem abedi is currently detained by the authorities in tripoli. greater manchester police has issued an arrest warrant for him in relation to murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion. former members of catalonia's devolved government are expected at spain's high court in madrid this morning. the regional parliament voted for independence on friday, but spain's government responded by stripping the region of it's powers and sacking its president. caroline davies has more. crowds gathered at barcelona's main train station to see these politicians. less than a week after declaring independence, they are facing charges of rebellion. if found guilty, they could face 30 yea rs found guilty, they could face 30 years injail. found guilty, they could face 30 years in jail. i do need is found guilty, they could face 30 years injail. i do need is fair. we voted for these politicians in the democratic elections. now they are being called to court because they did something that is supposedly not democratic, which isjust defending the people's vote. draped in catalan
flags, supporters greeted them with hugs and chants, following them through the station. but not everybody gave them such a warm good buy. police stepped in to separate pro— unity protesters holding spanish flags from those pro— independence. through the barriers, the politicians left for spain's capital, madrid. not at them is the ousted president, carles puigedemont, who has spent the last two days in belgium. his lawyer says he will not return yet because he thinks there is a high risk you will be detained. in madrid, security and spanish flags. bundled into the back ofa spanish flags. bundled into the back of a waiting car, the politicians and spain wait to see the next turn in spain's constitutional crisis. carolyn davis, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come:
how much would you pay for a cask of rare scotch whisky? how about #380,000? the israeli prime minister, yitzhak rabin, the architect of the middle east peace process, has been assassinated. a 27—year—old jewish man has been arrested, and an extremistjewish organisation has claimed responsibility for the killing. at polling booths throughout the country, they voted on a historic day for australia. as the results came in, it was clear. the monarchy would survive. of the american hostages there was no sign. they are being held somewhere inside the compound, and student leaders have threatened that should the americans attempt rescue, they will all die. this mission has surpassed all expectations. voyager one is now the most distant man—made object anywhere in the universe, and itjust seems to keep on going. tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation comes not from the might
of our arms, or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: officials in new york city have filed terrorism charges against an uzbek immigrant over tuesday's deadly truck attack. britain's defence secretary, michael fallon, has resigned over claims about his personal conduct, amid a wave of sexual harassment and abuse allegations facing mps. we can speak to laura bicker in washington. what is the latest? he went into court to face the terror charges. he was facing a number of very serious charges, which means he could face the death penalty. but when he was questioned by investigators, he waived his right to remain silent. so, a number of
points came from those interviews. first of all, he said he chose halloween because he wanted to have the maximum impact. he also said that he had hoped to go further with his truck and drive all the way to brooklyn bridge. he went on to say he felt good about what he had done and had been inspired to do his attack by a number of videos he watched on his mobile phone. through the interviews he had with police, we know he wanted to display the flag of the so—called islamic state in his bed. a number of details coming up about how he wanted to carry out the attack and what really inspired him to do so. just one small point, authorities were looking for a second uzbek man, but
no longer. they managed to get a hold of him. the fbi said they wa nted hold of him. the fbi said they wanted to get in contact with two people they believed were in contact with the suspect. we are yet to hear more about that. but, yes, they have managed to track down the other uzbek immigrant. people have been responding to the handling of this by the president, especially his description of the us justice system. the problem with this is it is just 2a hours on and it seems the tragedy is already being politicised. if you compare that to las vegas, three days after 58 people were shot in donald trump was visiting the hospital, he was asked by the press if it was time to talk policy and change gun laws and he said now was not the time. 2a hours after this incident, donald trump is talking about changing the immigration laws in his country and also changing the laws about locking up also changing the laws about locking up terrorists and prosecuting them.
when it comes to immigration laws, he wants to change the visa system, the way this immigrant managed to get into the us. this is a lottery that comes from a number of countries right around the world. last year, 50,000 people were allowed in on the lottery system, although 50 million applied. he also had a go at the democratic senator, chuck schumer, saying he was responsible, behind it. certainly when it comes to the response of chuck schumer, he said it was time for leadership from the president and not divisiveness. as to the justice system, it is uncertain how the president has to change it. he has not come up with details, but he said he wants to be more tough on terrorists and considers sending this terrorist to guantanamo they. thank you very much for that. —— bay. there needs to be a cultural change in the way relatives are treated in the wake of a public tragedy,
that's the conclusion of a review into the experiences of families who lost loved ones in the hillsborough disaster in 1989. the former bishop of liverpool, the right reverend james jones, was asked to write the report after inquests into the deaths of the 96 liverpool fans. he said the "pain and suffering" theirfamilies had been through must not be repeated. judith moritz reports. hillsborough was a disaster on many levels. 96 people died, but theirfamilies have suffered a burning injustice. many institutions, both public and private, bear responsibility, their treatment of the families making their suffering worse. that mustn't happen again, according to this report, which recommends measures to help disaster victims like those whose loved ones died at hillsborough. it calls forfairer legal funding for such families, a voluntary charter for public bodies and for the police to be held more accountable. you can change the law as much as you want, but unless there's a cultural change, you won't make a difference because what the families found is that when they challenged
the institution, the institution closed ranks, put their own reputation above the needs and the rights of the individual. the hillsborough disaster happened when fans became crushed on the terraces of the sheffield ground. one of those who died wasjimmy hennessy, whose daughter charlotte was just six. now a parent herself, she contributed to the new report. it's very, very difficult to talk about your life so openly and so honestly because, you know, you're going back into things that you've dealt with or you've kind of put away. if any good could come of this process, it's got to be that we protect other people. i would never want anybody to have the life that i've had. what happened here has raised big questions about the way the state and its agencies respond to disasters and the success of this report will bejudged in part on whether people caught up in such trauma are treated better as a result. there are concerns that those bereaved by the grenfell tower fire are experiencing a repeat
of the suffering endured by the hillsborough families, some here welcomed the report. let people be transparent, let the laws change for the people, to be transparent and accountable. don't let us wait five years and... it's just wicked. the report is full of personal stories of pain and adversity, but there's hope too for a hillsborough law, designed to make public servants open and accountable. many say that would be a fitting legacy. judith moritz, bbc news, liverpool. now, how much would you pay for a cask of rare scotch whisky? the owners of one of scotland's largest private collections have said they are open to offers for their collection of more than 150 casks. but it doesn't come cheap. the thomson family recently sold just one 30—year—old macallan sherry
cask at auction for a record £285,000. 0ur scotland correspondent, lorna gordon, has the story. in the bonded warehouses of scotland, some 20 million casks of whiskey, most ending up in bottles. but the interesting whole casks is growing. and one family's decades—old collection could now be on the move. back in the day of my father, a large majority of whiskey was used for lending purposes. no one really understood what was going to happen as malt whiskey became more popular. it means 30 years later, my brother and i have had the company passed down to us, and it is oui’s company passed down to us, and it is ours to play with. and if the price is right, to sell the liquid gold of the family to be genuinely speaking, the family to be genuinely speaking, the older the cask, the more valuable the whiskey becomes. but at
older ages, you have to keep a close eye and takes apples every couple of yea rs. eye and takes apples every couple of years. this is a process to make out how much alcohol is in the cask. this one is 46 years old. with this process we can work out how it is going. that evaporating spirit is one factor which affects the volume and potential value of a cask. with no two the seam, the uniqueness for some is the attraction. there is increasing demand for rare old whiskey still in the cask. people all over the world are approaching us all over the world are approaching us to buy some of these incredibly rare and unique things. that is the appeal, the truly unique nature every cask has. those who love a sip
say it is for drinking. but with some selling for more than a quarter of £1 million, for investors, it can bea of £1 million, for investors, it can be a good investment as well. britain's prince charles has revealed that when it comes to domestic chores, he's not afraid to use a vacuum cleaner. the prince of wales was visiting dyson's singapore technology centre as part of his 11—day tour of south east asia and india. there, he got to grips with a cordless dyson machine and vacuumed the floor around a group of photographers. before threatening to give one a personal clean. prince charles and his wife camilla also visited the national 0rchid garden, where they had a bloom named after them. sharanjit leyl sent us this report. this is one of 120 orchids here at the singapore botanical gardens named after very important people. it is of course one of many already named for the prince's family. we have the dendrobium elizabeth, named after his mother, and there's even the vanda william catherine, named after his son and daughter—in—law, and there's even one for his former wife, diana. but this one, dendrobium duke and duchess of cornwall is meant to commemorate the close ties
between the uk and singapore. now we know it is the prince's second official visit, but it's really aimed at reaching out to other commonwealth nations, and head of a crucial commonwealth summit next year. now, it will be the first summit being held since the uk's decision to exit the european union. and with brexit looming, at little bit of royal treatment to its allies may go some way to to re—establish its presence in the region. the pop singer and former 0ne direction member, harry styles, very nearly took a tumble at the hammersmith apollo in london last night after fans threw kiwi fruit at him during his suitably named new single, kiwi. he was playing two dates at the iconic london venue, as part of a uk tour.
probably not what the fans had intended to do to their idol. and before we go, let's go to hawaii. there was an encounter between a diver and a whale. he said at first he thought it was a school of fish. 0nly getting closer did he realise the white dots were a white whale shark. he estimated it was ten metres long. prosecutors in new york have fired charges against an uzbek immigrant accused of a truck attack on tuesday. he appeared in court in a wheelchair. that is it for now. thank you very much for watching. hello once again. the end of wednesday brought the opportunity for some to gaze in awe and wonder at the moon.
that was certainly the case in basingstoke in hampshire. drift a little bit further north to aberdeenshire, and a difficulty in seeing the end of the road at times. the reason for the difference, an active weather front in the north. clearer skies in the south. hence some fog patches to start the day in some southern counties. and a chilly start underneath the clearer skies across northern scotland. but at last, at last, some good news for the northern part of the british isles, especially scotland and northern ireland, which saw quite a bit of rain during the course of wednesday. yes, the odd mist fog patch, but some sunshine and dry weather. there the remnants of the old front strung out across wales, the midlands, and east anglia. the further south and west you are, the more likely it is you'll have dense fog patches — a real issue, perhaps, for the commute. but as we get on through
the morning, so as the cloud comes in from the north, it will helped to lift the fog in many places, but it could be well into the morning before it really gets away from some of the west country. so bear that one in mind. the afternoon, though, marked by plenty of sunshine into the north of england, north midlands, the north of wales, too. more in the way of cloud further south. despite the sunshine, struggling to get to double figures in parts of scotland and northern ireland. out of thursday into friday, not too much in the way of a breeze across the south. clear skies for some. so again, fog could be an issue first up. more cloud, i think, as you get into the midlands, wales, then up into scotland and northern ireland. but a lot of dry weather around. just the odd bit and piece of rain coming off the irish sea. a new set of weather fronts bringing rain into scotland and perhaps the far north—west of northern ireland. cool in northern spots, nine, ten, 11 degrees. double figures in the south, but as we get into the weekend, we could see quite a bit of cool air rushing towards the british isles on an increasingly fresh and dominant
north—westerly wind. but before we see that, we have to get this banner of cloud and rain away from this south—eastern quarter. and here's the thing: it could take a good part of the daylight hours on saturday before it eventually quits the scene. there that cooler fresher air moving in across northern and western parts. keeping the temperatures in single figures. and we'll do something pretty similar as we get on through sunday. by this stage, it certainly will feel a good deal cooler, even in the south—east. the headlines for you from bbc news: an uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in new york city by hitting them with a pick—up truck on tuesday, has appeared in court. sayfullo saipov, who was shot by police, sat in a wheelchair. he was charged with the killings and with providing material support to the islamic state group. president trump has called for harsher and quicker punishments for those who carry out attacks like the one in new york.
he criticised the american justice system for terrorism suspects, calling it "a joke" and a "laughing stock". he also said he would repeal the visa system by which the suspect entered the usa. the british defence secretary, michael fallon, has resigned over his personal conduct. his decision comes amid a wave of allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against members of parliament. mr fallon admitted that his behaviour in the past may have fallen short of the standards expected.