the top stories. eight regional leaders are held in custody. new details have emerged about the killing of four american special forces and four local troops in the west african country of niger last month. as the site of the new york terror attack reopens, federal investigators question the suspect. and donald trump prepares for his first presidential tour of asia, with the shadow of a rising china looming large. hello. spain's constitutional crisis has ramped up, with thousands of people in catalonia protesting at the detention of eight regional government ministers, sacked over their bid for independence. they're accused of rebellion, sedition and misuse of public funds. the high court in madrid is also seeking the arrest of catalonia's
ousted leader carles puidgemont. he's in brussels and says he won't return until he and his colleagues are guaranteed a fair trial. this report from the bbc‘s tom burridge. in the police vans are eight men and women who a week ago ran the government of catalonia. now, taken to a prison in madrid. they face serious charges, including rebellion against the spanish state. ajudge denied them bail. as the news filtered through, their supporters gathered outside the regional parliament in barcelona. angry... and in shock. the government they elected now behind bars. can you believe it, in a democratic country, that these things happen? that we can go back to the dark times again? we don't understand.
we are very, very sad, deeply sad, deeply sad, and terrified. it reads "political prisoners". madrid argues it has no influence over today's decision taken in the courts, but these activists and people across catalonia are sympathetic to the cause, and they say that claim is absurd. they were summoned to the high court of spain because they organised a disputed referendum which led to a unilateral declaration of independence by their parties in the regional parliament. why are you here? their former leader, carles puidgemont, still in brussels, did not turn up to what he claims is a political trial. translation: the spanish government decision to imprison the vice president and the cabinet members of the legitimate government of catalonia elected on september the 27th is a very grave mistake.
it is a grave attack on democracy. many people across spain and here in catalonia are also outraged, but are pro—independence politicians the ones who have pushed things so far? raquel says they flouted the law is and is so worried she might move abroad. so, a new chapter to this catalan crisis. and every day under the surface here, divisions more entrenched. new details have emerged about the killing of four american special forces and four local troops in the west african country of niger last month.
among those who died was army sergeant la david johnson, whose widow recently accused president trump of treating her insensitively during a condolence call. cbs reporter, deborah patta, has been to the site of the attack in tongo tongo the village of tongo tongo is so remote, the nigerien escorts had trouble finding the road to get there. this is where the 12 member american team and 30 nigerien soldiers stopped to get supplies. this villager told us he saw four armed men on motorcycles approached the us convoy. he was so nervous, he walked 25 miles to speak to us at another location. translation: we thought if it is just a few terrorists the soldiers can kill them easily, but we did not know there were so many more of them waiting nearby. it was a trap. once the isis fighters had lured the troops away from the village, numbers multiplied, and suddenly they were under attack. you can still see the bullet cases left over
from the intense shooting. the burnt—out shell of a school, empty boxes of ammunition, that is all that is left. he told us there were at least 60 attackers armed with machine—guns and rocket propelled grenade. the fighting lasted over two hours. when it was over, he said he saw the bodies of three american soldiers slumped near their vehicle. all three were stripped of their uniforms. but it would be two days before children from the village discovered the fourth body of army sergeant la david johnson about half a mile away. it is still not clear howjohnson got separated from the rest. this soldier would only talk of reconcile identity. he had been stripped of his uniform, he told us. his hands were tied and they had shot him in the head. the pentagon would not comment.
there is still some confusion over why this american team had their mission extended and what exactly their assignment was. but either way, it meant they camped out overnight in dangerous territory, and that might have alerted the extremist to where they were. cbs news for bbc news, niger. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. president trump has named jerome powell as his pick to lead the federal reserve. he's a multi—millionaire, already a member of the bank's board and will replace current chairjanet yellen, whose term finishes in february. 600 asylum seekers who are refusing to leave an australian detention centre in papua new guinea say they're digging into the ground to find water three days after the manus island camp officially closed, leaving them with no facilities. the men there say they're afraid they'll be attacked if they leave the camp. a trove of artworks which was hoarded by the son of hitler's art dealer, hildebrand gurlitt, have gone on public display at the museum of fine arts in switzerland. the pieces were discovered in 2012
after the son's apartment was searched in a tax inquiry. two days since the truck attack on new york city that killed eight people and the bike path where the victims were mown down islamic state has claimed responsibility. the suspect, sayfullo saipov has been speaking to investigators about how he planned the attack for a year beforehand. and lawyers have been looking closely at president trump's outspoken comments that saipov should be sent to guantanamo and deserves the death penalty. from new york, the bbc‘s nick bryant. the flags are at half—mast, but what has been striking about the new york attack is how quickly the city has settled back into the rhythms of everyday life. the bike path where cyclists were mown down has reopened. scattered with a few bunches of flowers, its trees, bearing the marks of where the pick—up truck crashed into them. close to where the attack ended there is a small floral memorial. but this is a city of incessant
motion, and life goes on. handcuffed and shackled and appearing in court in a wheelchair, sayfullo saipov, the suspect, has been charged with federal offences which could bring the death penalty. waiving his rights, he spoke freely, and said he chose halloween for his attack because the streets would be more crowded. he also wanted to display the flags of the so—called islamic state on the rented truck he used as a weapon, but thought it would draw attention to himself. he also intended to continue his high—speed drive in lower manhattan as far as brooklyn bridge. a security camera captured saipov as he rented the vehicle in newjersey. he decided to use a truck two months ago and had hired one previously to practise completing turns. the indications right now are that he acted alone. is this inspired? hejust got all this off the internet? was it enabled ?
we he actually communicating with isis officials over encrypted channels? or was it directed? was this part of a plan? at this point, we don't see anything that leads us to believe there is anyone else involved, but i caution, we are a day or two into this. in a series of tweets, donald trump said he would love to send sayfullo saipov to guantanamo bay but that process would take longer than the federal system. he also added "there is also something appropriate about keeping him in the home of the horrible crime he committed." "should move fast." "death penalty!" presidents have traditionally been urged not to comment on active criminal cases because of the fear of prejudicing proceedings, of preventing a fair trial. but those don't seem to be concerns of donald trump, labelling the us justice system a laughing stock. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. britain has a new defence secretary
after sir michael fallon resigned. as our political editor reports, some conservative mps are not impressed by his replacement. he would it be? he would be a bit fretful too, as he waited around number ten. gavin williamson emerged with the top brass. to take a proud walk across whitehall. into one of the biggestjobs in government. he has never worked in a government department before though. it's a privilege to be able to step into this role and what is so amazing is to have so many first—rate world—renowned people to be working with. and the armed services are the greatest pa rt
with. and the armed services are the greatest part of our nation. i don't much like the stick. but it is amazing what can be achieved with a sharpened carrot. less time for cheesy local mp pictures. instead of managing his constituency and 315 tory mps, he's in charge of about 200,000 staff and £36 billion. part of a rising tory generation and a yorkshireman to boot. and here's his replacement, julian smith, the new tory arm—twister in chief. one of gavin williamson's compadres, who seems to have inherited his tarantula. yes, the giant spider the former chief whip kept on his desk. is it time to clean out the stables, ms mcvey? the new number two, esther mcvey, who says she'll add this to the mix. hopefully, i can bring maybe a feminine touch to the whip's office and work with all my colleagues. the logic of gavin williamson's move over there is simple, he's a good operator
and theresa may trusts him. but the push—back has been fierce. 0ne senior tory told me he's abandoned his post at a crucial time. 0ne minister suggested that he has outplayed number 10, saying theresa may is so weak, she has allowed him to appoint himself. and one former minister said this shows that the government is in the grip of a bunch of boys. as ever, in politics, the irony is rich. the man who was in charge of making sure that mps behave has found himself in a plum newjob because one of his colleagues did not. and all the parties are readying themselves in case they have to defend their side from more potential allegations of bad behaviour. the foreign secretary, known for his interesting private life, said today he had nothing to hide. thank you, foreign secretary.
number 10 acknowledges that everyone has to do more to protect staff and victims at westminster. but there are calls for wholesale change. we've seen bullying allegations that've happened between members of staff, we've seen allegations of sexual impropriety between elected members and others, and this is all about power. it's who holds that power and how they use it that sets the course. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. stay with us on bbc news. still to come. meeting our new cousins. scientists discover a previously unknown species of great ape. 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 ourarms, or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: spain's constitutional crisis has ramped up with thousands of people in catalonia protesting at the detention of eight regional government ministers sacked over their bid for independence. new details have emerged
about the killing of four american special forces in the west african country of niger last month. president trump leaves for his first official trip to five countries in asia on friday. it's likely to be dominated by the risk of conflict over north korea's nuclear weapons programme. but underlying everything is a struggle for strategic dominance in asia, between washington and beijing. 0ur china editor carrie gracie reports. a game where the past is america, but the future may be china. big stars are moving here for the money and the eyeballs. there are almost as many chinese shooting hoops as there are americans on the planet. translation: the united states is still the one to beat, and it will take china time to catch up, but basketball is our national sport
now and you can play anywhere. the rules of basketball are one thing, but the rules of the global power club are another. china's resisted american lectures on open markets and democracy. it's winning its own way. "america first," warned candidate trump. we can't continue to allow china to rape our country, and that's what they're doing. but when president trump played host in april, he needed china's help on north korea. there were no trade sanctions. he called president xi a good friend. we're going to have a very, very great relationship and i look very much forward to it. xijinping has lots of friends, though. party comrades applauding his promise that china will build a first—class military and move to centre stage. this is the generation who'll have to make that dream come true. explaining the map of asia
from a chinese point of view. since world war ii, the us navy's patrolled these contested seas, but china's pressing its claim. and rivalry is growing. i think president xi and president trump should better communicate and try to compromise, so, maybe in this case, lots of the security problems can be solved or at least decreased. i do think there will be more rivalry, but there also will be more opportunities, artificial intelligence and many high—tech areas that needs the cooperation between china and the united states. i should say that i do not completely agree with you. if we look back to history, we will see that a lot of wars have originated from the economic conflicts. china's history has seen many great powers rise and fall, and it builds its us strategy brick by careful brick.
president trump's visit is an important moment for china. the host will do nothing to antagonise his guest, but he has less reason than any recent chinese leader to bow to american demands. president xi believes the united states is in steep decline, and china, rising, in a power game to define our century. carrie gracie, bbc news, on the great wall of china. twitter has admitted that president trump's account was briefly deactivated by a rogue employee — someone from customer support on their last day at the company. the world's most prominent twitter account, with nearly 42 million followers, was out of action for about 11 minutes. managers say there will be a full internal review to make sure it can't happen again. from washington, laura bicker. for a ii
for a 11 whole minutes, we got to see what a twitter world would be like without donald trump. it was out for ii like without donald trump. it was out for 11 minutes at around eight o'clock and when it came to the page, when you went on to it, the message was simply, sorry, this page does not exist. twitter said it was investigating and said it was human error. they have issued a statement saying what they have learnt is it was done by a customer service employee on their last day. a number of people are asking the question, how can one employee take down one of the most prolific twitter accounts, and one indeed involving the us president. that is something certainly that twitter will have two ounce of all. meanwhile, donald trump has continued with his prolific twitter habit this evening. another seem to have held him back. he has already talked about the br is and whether or not it is still
great —— fbi. he is calling on the department ofjustice to investigate hillary clinton. a libyan armed group — holding a man wanted in connection with the manchester arena bombing in may — has now said it is ‘ready to co—operate' with a request to extradite the man to the uk. greater manchester police have issued an arrest warrant for hashem abedi, brother of the suicide bomber salman abedi, in relation to murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to cause an explosion. the first major exhibition looking back at the work of malian photographer malick sidibe has opened in paris. he died last year, and is best known for his black—and—white photos of bamako night life in post—independence mali. but his studio portraits of the west african country's fashionable youth are also much admired. mayenijones reports. malian photographer malick sidibe has won numerous international prizes. however, this is the first major retrospective of his work. translation:
malick sidibe was mostly known for his nightlife pictures, but he was also a studio photographer, as well as taking pictures of young people on the banks of the niger river. so for the first time, we've brought together his nightlife pictures, the niger river pictures, his studio portraits, in all his archives — 270 pictures altogether. alongside sidibe's photographs, separate artworks have been commissioned from congolese painterjp mika. and from ghanaian sculptor paa joe, whose work is inspired by his country's tradition of personalised coffins. malick sidibe's first exhibition outside of mali took place here, at the cartier foundation, almost 22 years ago. since then, he's become one of africa's best—known artists, capturing the joy and the freedom of
mali's youth after the independence. at a time of social and political turbulence, both in europe and in africa, that sense of optimism is needed more than ever. malick sidibe's work incorporated malian youth into the global trends in music and fashion of the ‘60s, creating a dialogue between his country and the wider world. and for manlian filmmaker and academic, manthia diawara, this explains why his work has had more global appeal than that of other african photographers from the same period. malick sidibe is a world photographer, that's the crucial difference. his ‘60s is — the people of barbados — it's their ‘60s. people in johannesburg, it's their ‘60s. people in rio dejaneiro, it's their ‘60s. people in new york, it's their ‘60s. people in london, it's their ‘60s. that's really what's crucial. the rising availability of cheap colour photography led to falling demand for malick sidibe's services in bamako,
but he continues to inspire young photographers today, particularly in the world of fashion. this exhibition's curators hope he will continue to inspire for generations to come. mayenijones, bbc news, paris. there are very few species of great ape, and we're one of them, so finding a new one is a big deal. and scientists have now confirmed that the tapanuli orangutan, found in the dense forests of sumatra in indonesia, is a third separate species of orangutan, only the seventh non—human great ape. 0ur science reporter victoria gill has the story. the remote mountain forests of sumatra are home to some of our closest ape relatives. and a small population here, first discovered just 20 years ago, has been hiding a scientific secret. this is the tapanuli orangutan, a species new to science. until now, it was thought
that there were just two distinct species of orangutan, sumatran and bornean, like this big male here. but this new study shows that there are actually three — a tiny population has been hidden away and isolated by hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. early dna analysis suggested these animals were peculiar compared to the other sumatran apes. so, scientists embarked on a detailed study examining what they ate, and their unique calls. years of painstaking genetic comparisons enabled scientists to reconstruct the animals' evolutionary history. the final piece of the puzzle, though, was tiny but consistent differences between the sumatran and this, the tapanuli orangutan‘s skull. it's an amazing breakthrough, i think. there's only seven, if we exclude ourselves, great ape species. so, adding one to that very small list is spectacular. withjust 800 known individuals,
this species will go straight onto the critically endangered list. logging, mining and plans for a hydroelectric dam already pose a threat to its habitat. the hope is that adding this ape to the biology textbooks will help to ensure its survival. victoria gill, bbc news. much more on the bbc website. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter. thank you for watching. hello. thursday turned out to be a day of mixed weather fortunes right across the british isles. for some, the morning fog became the afternoon fog. it really didn't get away from some spots, especially in somerset levels. first thing on friday, a coolish sort of start
despite the extensive amount of cloud. but it's the fog, again, that will be concentrating my mind and should be on your mind too, across the southern counties of england, especially for that morning rush hour. bbc local radio will keep you right up to date with the very worst of the conditions, which could stretch from the eastern side of devon, through the west country, central, southern england, into parts of the south—east. generally speaking, from wales to the midlands to east anglia, more cloudy and maybe a spot of rain. then dry weather for the most part as we get into the north of england, much of northern ireland, the eastern side of scotland too. drift that bit further towards the north and west in scotland, a new set of weather fronts coming in here, with the cloud, wind and rain making very slow progress through the day. much of the fog will lift away during the course of the morning as more cloud just comes down towards those southern counties. we may well find the odd glimpse of sunshine coming through. temperatures, as you see, for most, in double figures. one or two sheltered spots in the eastern side of scotland, despite some brightness,
will be stuck at around 9, possibly 10 degrees or so. 0vernight, this is where we see really quite a dramatic change. we have that weather front making itself felt across scotland, northern ireland, but we are bringing more cloud and a real developing situation, here, with the rain becoming quite widespread across england and wales as we start the weekend. the weekend, of course, is one for fireworks and bonfires perhaps, but it's turning colder eventually and it will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers once — and it will take a time before we get rid of these weather fronts, which will bring in a fair amount, as i say, of cloud and rain widely to start off saturday across the greater part of england and wales. maybe the far south of scotland too. further north and west than that, it's a mixture of sunny spells and showers and a north—westerly and a chilly north—westerly at that. now, that will take a time before it works its way right down into that south—eastern quarter of the british isles and don't hold me to that exact timing of that rain getting away from the coast of east anglia and kent.
it could be two, three hours perhaps later than that. but eventually, i think, the colder air will win out. sunday looks to be more straightforward, with a mixture of sunny spells and some blustery showers. especially across northern and western parts. and a high of ii. this is bbc news. the headlines: tens of thousands of catalans have protested, outside the regional parliament in barcelona and in other towns, against the detention of eight ousted catalan government ministers. a spanish judge said they had to be detained because they might otherwise leave the country or destroy evidence. new details have emerged about the killing of four american special forces and four local troops in the west african country of niger, last month. among those who died was army sergeant la david johnson, whose widow recently accused president trump of treating her insensitively during a condolence call. it's two days since the truck attack on new york city that killed eight people, and the bike pathwhere the victims