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this is the briefing, i'm david eades. our top stories: tens of thousands protest in catalonia, as eight regional leaders are held in custody on charges of rebellion and sedition. nearly $11 billion in profit, and now the iphone x goes on sale — why apple just keeps growing and growing. heading to asia — donald trump prepares for his first presidential trip to the region, with north korea high on the agenda. also in business, washington's worst kept secret is finally out. president trump nominates jerome powell as the new boss of the us federal reserve. we'll tell you what it means for the global economy. plus lots more on apple — it's predicting this will be its best quarter ever — i'll be speaking to analyst matti littunen. a warm welcome to the programme, briefing you on all you need to know
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in global news, business and sport. and you can be part of the conversation. does the iphone x have the ‘x' factor for you? at almost $1,000 — is itjust too expensive? tell us what you think. spain's constitutional crisis has ramped up, with thousands of people in catalonia protesting at the detention of 8 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 may seek a european arrest warrant for 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.
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this report from the bbc‘s tom burridge. in the police vans are eight men and women who a week ago ran catalonia's government. 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, again? we can't 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."
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madrid argues it has no influence over today's decision taken in the courts, but these activists and people across catalonia sympathetic to the pro—independence cause say that claim is absurd. they were summoned to spain's high court because they organised a disputed referendum which led to a unilateral declaration of independence by their parties in the regional parliament. mr puidgemont, 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's a grave attack on democracy.
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many people across spain and here in catalonia are also outraged, but at catalonia's pro—independence politicians who have pushed things so far. she says they flouted spain's laws. she's so worried she might move abroad. so, a new chapter to this catalan crisis. and every day under the surface here, decisions more entrenched. tom burridge, bbc news, in barcelona. now, if you are a fan of the latest gadget then you can probably understand why these people in moscow are prepared to wait in the freezing cold so they can be amongst the first to own the latest offering from apple.
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it's the first chance people have to get their hands on the new apple iphone x and comes just hours after the company confirmed they'd made a profit of almost $11 billion in the three months up to the end of september. so can that success continue? caroline davies reports a bright new tech future is just over the horizon, well, that is what they will like you to think. around they will like you to think. around the world, devoted followers of apple are queueing up, braving the cold in russia, sleeping on the street in singapore and, finally, celebrating in seed he. paying 999 us dollars for the newest iphone as it goes on sale. you have samsung selling the same thing at about 50% what apple is charging. they have a
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good brand and everyone is paying for the brand and everybody knows that. so how did we get here? at the heart of the iphone is a multitouch user. . . heart of the iphone is a multitouch user... when it was launched, it was not the first smartphone but it was noticed. ten years on, and smartphones in all their forms are global. 0ver smartphones in all their forms are global. over 2 billion have him sold around the world, changing the lives of the poorest and the most powerful. more than half are in asia, it is where apple faces some of its stiffest competition. samsung is based in south korea. the two previously clashed over who invented features like the slide to approach. the samsung is making the iphone ten
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screens so the samsung is making the iphone ten screens so it will not be rooting for it to fail. they are now the most valuable publicly traded company with a 90% rise in profit. this new venture could push them into the trillions. let's brief you on some of the other stories making the news: the uk labour party says it has suspended one of its mps as yet more allegations of sexual harassment by politicians come to light. kelvin hopkins, who's 76, is alleged to have sent an inappropriate text message to a party activist and touched her inappropriately after a political event. mr hopkins hasn't commented on the allegation. ajudge in the united states has insisted paul manafort and richard gates remain under home arrest for now. the pair were charged on monday on 12 counts including money laundering and other financial crimes related to their political consulting work for ukraine's former ruling party. a new bail hearing will take place on november 6th. both men deny all the charges twitter is investigating how
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president trump's account was deactivated for 11 minutes — it's blaming an employee who did this on their last day at work. the downtime doesn't seem to have phased him — he was back online tweeting about tax cuts, to his more than 41 million followers, soon after. 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 say they're afraid they'll be attacked by local people 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. let's return to the story about apple and the huge rise
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in profits they've seen and the much anticipated availability of the new iphone x. iain anderson, founder of the international communications agency, cicero groupjoins me now. i'll be speaking to you a little later in the news briefing but first let's talk about apple this is the big day. much hyped as ever. $1000? it is a lot of money. in london, they are getting excited, waiting for the thing. they are really ramping this up big time. record profits, record turnover. $85 billion turnover and expect that over the festive season and, if they do not meet those numbers, the
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market will be really, really disappointed. it is extraordinary on two fronts. expectation of what is to come courtesy of the iphone x but also the figures without this wonderful new gizmo and they are still churning it in. six months ago we we re still churning it in. six months ago we were talking about whether the iphone craze had reached its peak and companies like apple really had and companies like apple really had a problem but it does not look like it given that these numbers but they have to hit these numbers. share prices hit another peak today and they need to do really well over the holiday season to make sure the markets are happy. you always have to be moving up. you do. this is our talking point for the day. would you be happy to pay $1000, have you paid $1000 for a phone?
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stay with us on the briefing, we'll bring you this: the house that hits the right note — why you could be the owner of the building where one of opera's most famous arias was composed. 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
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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. you're watching the briefing. 0ur 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. apple has posted huge profits of nearly $11 billion and is expecting to see record sales for its iphone 10. president trump is preparing to leave on his first official trip to asia.
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he stops first in hawaii before arriving injapan on sunday morning local time. from there, it's on to south korea, followed by beijing, then vietnam, before rounding things off with a visit to the philippines. quite a hectic trip. 0n the agenda is trade, but also the thorny problem of north korea's nuclear ambitions. nato's secretary generaljens stoltenberg has told the bbc that the alliance is ready to respond to any north korean attack, but that the aim is to find a peaceful resolution. the focus now is the pressure on north korea to find a peaceful solution. we have the capabilities, we have the resolve to respond to any attack without military capabilities that the reason to have strong deterrents is to prevent the conflict, not to provoke a conflict.
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that was the way we responded to the ballistic threats from the soviet union in the 50s, 60s and the cold warand it is union in the 50s, 60s and the cold war and it is the way we will respond to any threat from north korea. david volodzko is the national editor at korea joongang daily, the sister paper for the new york times in south korea. he joins us us live now from seoul. thank you very much forjoining us, david. we just heard the end paul birkwood sort of a typical diplomatic approach were difficult issue. what is the expectation of the trumpet visit. -- trump visit. we would hope to improve relations which have been shaken recently with trump ‘s rhetoric regarding the free trade agreement and threats being between he and kim jong—un, trade agreement and threats being between he and kimjong—un, of course, so between he and kimjong—un, of course, so the highest tension since the end of the war at this point at president reginaians has tried to forge peace or at least engage the
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north which are the most part he has been stumped —— snub which doesn't seem been stumped —— snub which doesn't seem to be a lot in going down a path, perhaps. so the upcoming could change that all could at least broker some new, creating his situation or era in which they could hopefully strengthen their relationship and not without resident moon having engage with the north. we were saying there, i'm sure north korea will view it in pa rt sure north korea will view it in part at least as provocative that president trump should come so close that of course he's used the dreaded appeasement word, hasn't he, as far as south korea's own approach has been the big clear where there could been the big clear where there could be tensions. the thing criticism of president moon's approach which has been part and parcel one trump has taken, has formed a close
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relationship with shinzo abe who is more of a hall of this matter and president moon is. another problem is president moon has had difficulty in asserting his voice on the matter among regional leaders, a phenomenon known in korea as korea passing. there's also, stepping beyond north korea, the issue of the free trade agreement with south korea. there are other areas where south korea is going to be looking to try and smooth path here, isn't it? i'm sorry? in what regard? in terms of trade, in terms of donald trump's occasional but fairly consistent readiness to challenge, whether that is on trade but certainly we have seen is on trade but certainly we have seen it on north korea, it is never an easy visit. but is definitely the case and there have already been some preparations or expectations in that regard. the instant, that was initially some speculation he may go
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to the dmc in the north, the heavily armed border. he was instead invited to humphrys which is a0 miles south of seoul, farfrom to humphrys which is a0 miles south of seoul, far from the to humphrys which is a0 miles south of seoul, farfrom the border. —— demilitarised zone. he was trying to avoid any kind of potential situation that may have gone wrong 01’ situation that may have gone wrong or where trump may have made remarks while at the border so instead he will be visiting humphrys and giving a speech there. there has been some attempt to avoid potential conflict. hotspots. 0k, david, think you for joining us. here's our briefing on some of the key events happening later. south african prosecutors will argue that paralympic athlete 0scar pistorius should be given a longerjail sentence, claiming the six years he is serving for killing his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp, in 2013 is "shockingly low." last year, the prosecution authority successfully appealed to have the conviction changed from culpable homicide to murder. manchester united manager
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jose mourinho is expected to appear in a spanish court for alleged tax evasion during his time as real madrid boss. it's alleged mourinho owes nearly £2.9 million — that's $3.2 million euros, or almost us$3.8 million — in undeclared revenue related to image rights, a claim strenuously denied by his representatives. later, large crowds are expected in malta for the funeral of daphne caruana galizia, thejournalist murdered by a car bomb last month. she was known for a blog where she accused top politicians of corruption. now with news about the europa league and the rest of today's sport briefing, here's will perry. hello, here's what we looking forward to at the bbc sport spent on this writer, some teams have
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qualified to the group stages of republic, details on the way. but what league. there's a big week of european football action and now, things back to domestic matches at the weekend approaches. in the epl, manchester united travel to chelsea with jose mourinho manchester united travel to chelsea withjose mourinho suffering an embarrassed in a—0 loss when the last year. for bigger problem is that current champions chelsea, they we re that current champions chelsea, they were beaten on tuesday 3—0 at roma and their premier league season has been inconsistent so how does mourinho feel about returning to sta mford mourinho feel about returning to stamford bridge? it isn't to be king. —— it isn't a huge thing. it's normal. it's football. its professionalism. its football life. 0ne professionalism. its football life. one day, you in one club and the next day, you in another club. really looking forward to it, whether this appointment on tuesday but no better way to bounce back in a big game at the weekend and the
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bridges well in front of our fans are hopefully we can do well and get back on track. the's race to dubai continues with the turkish masters and the second round is happening on friday. it was a 3—way lead at the end of the first round with south african haydn put has been one of those, a fall run 6a—bit seven birdies, as did the dutchman. those, a fall run 6a—bit seven birdies, as did the dutchmanlj needed birdies, as did the dutchman.” needed a really big start and put myself on the right foot coming into these next couple of weeks to get me into the dp world and you know, to share a bogey 36a is exactly what i was looking for. the marseille defender was sent off before his side's tie against cronulla ‘s in portugal, he and an acrobatic kick fan of the side of the pitch were warming up. i went on to lose the
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match 1—0. white flint have qualified for the knockout stage with two games to spare. arsenal will help to work goalless draw but it was enough than to guarantee a top true finish in group eight. a last—minute goal secures top spot the group k. tennis now, rafa nadal is through to the quarter—finals of the paris masters, the world number one remains on course to his third masters series title of the year following its victories in monte carlo and madrid the french and us 0pen champion beat uruguay‘s pablo cuevasin 0pen champion beat uruguay‘s pablo cuevas in three sets with adult taking the deciding set 6—3 and will now face the serbian qualifierjulie krajinovic in the last eight. meanwhile, juan martin del potro has moved a step closer to sealing a place in the world tour finals after he overcame robin haase, straight sets, 7—5, 6—a, he needs to be the
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americanjohn sets, 7—5, 6—a, he needs to be the american john is not sets, 7—5, 6—a, he needs to be the americanjohn is not in the quarter—finals to guarantee a spot in london. the house where bizet composed his opera carmen is up for sale. a campaign is under way to buy it and turn it into a museum or cultural centre. they need to raise three million euros by crowdfunding. from france, hugh schofield reports. this is perhaps the bizet lived and where he created the gypsy from seville. —— where george is a lift. they have been in private hands but throughout the years, the upstairs room where bizet wrote his work has been kept as a kind of shrine. the first came here, it was the opera carmen and we could not stop crying. for us, it's very moving to see, to be in this room, and also to know
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what was the life of this great man, of this genius? the piano is the actual one which bizet composed his famous score, writing the words, working below, and they were co nsta ntly working below, and they were constantly exchanging ideas up and down the stairs. come and should have been a triumphant bizet but alas, no, when carmen was put on at the opera in paris, it wasn't a success. the critics were untimed, the audiences stayed away. embittered and depressed, bizet went for a swim one evening in may to make yet in the river scene at his home. but of course caught him a chill and he was dead three days later. it was just 36. koschitzke of dreams the one—day carmen would be the most performed opera ever? re is insta ntly the most performed opera ever? re is instantly recognisable. here in the 2007 version at the royal opera in london, and here in 1932 film. sings
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opera. of course, afterwards, carmen is looking at him with very beautiful eyes and he falls in love with her and her with him. and that's all. that's the beautiful story of carmen! george bizet is a great composer who is less well—known than the thing he wrote. leaving his house for posterity is a way perhaps to do justice to the man as well as the work. 3 million
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euros, getting think they could do that in crowdfunding, wouldn't you? stay with me on bbc news. i'll be back with the business briefing in just a few moments — we'll have more on the launch of apple's new iphone 10 and the big jump in profits the company announced on thursday. and tell me what you think about our talking point today. the iphone ten. let us know your thoughts — use the #bbcthebriefing. is it simply too expensive? right, that's it for this hour. we're also looking out for the weather, european arrest warrant issued during the course of the date of the spanish high court, not impossible. we'll keep an eye out the that of course. —— out for that. stay with us here on bbc news. so much more to come in the coming hour. hello. it looks as though friday
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is going to start on a fairly cool note across the british isles, despite the fact that much of the breeze is coming in from the south and south—west and there is a lot of cloud to be had. but my greatest concern about the first part of the day is just how dense and extensive the fog is going to be. quite widely to be had there across the southern counties of england for the morning rush hour. bbc local radio should keep you right up to date on the very latest developments. but the problem areas really lies from about the eastern side of devon through the west country, to central southern england, and on towards the south—east. a little bit further north, more cloud here. mayjust have enough about it for there to be the odd spot of rain. but generally speaking, north of that, to the north of england, northern ireland, and the greater part of central, southern and eastern scotland, a lot of dry weather around, a lot of cloud, as well, it has to be said, so a fairly dull start to the day. and then that little bit further north and west into scotland, a new set of weather fronts here, bringing renewed bouts of cloud, wind and rain into the far
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north—west of scotland. eventually it mayjust begin to flirt with the north—west of northern ireland, too. once that fog is gone, well, it's a half—decent day. there will be some sunshine around, fleetingly perhaps, holding the temperatures to around 10—15 degrees or so. we see significant developments in the weather as we get through friday night into the wee small hours of saturday, where the rain becomes really quite extensive across england and wales. the odd moderate burst in there. and the northern feature just drags the cloud and rain down towards the borders area, perhaps, and then tending the merge with that new area of rain across england and wales. the weekend will eventually turn colderfor all. and it will be a mixture of sunny spells and showers, especially so on sunday. i'm delaying it as far as that for the greater part of england and wales, simply because, to start the weekend, you've got these weather fronts close by and that is notjust the odd passing shower, that is rain. quite persistent rain. totals getting up to around 25—30 millimetres perhaps. and don't hold me to that final clearance of the rain getting to the eastern shores at around about sort of mid—afternoon. it could be a fraction earlier
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but it could also be a little bit later. generally speaking, the further north and west you are, your day will be one of sunny spells and showers, especially so for scotland and northern ireland. and that is certainly going to be the case for all of us, as we get on into sunday, with a high on the day, a rather cool 11. this is business briefing, i'm david eades. it's the x factor! profits jump at apple as it forecasts a strong holiday season, saying demand for the iphone x is "off the charts". plus, washington's worst kept secret is finally out. president trump nominates jerome powell as the new boss of the us federal reserve. we'll tell you what it means for the global economy and on the markets: asian shares are higher after another record close for the dow — as investors welcome planned tax cuts and a safe pair of hands at the fed. we'll have all the details for you.
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