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this is bbc news. our top stories: face to face, president trump says he believes vladimir putin when he says russia didn't meddle in the us elections. the husband of a british—iranian woman injail in tehran has told the bbc after repeated requests to meet with the british foreign secretary, he will now meet with him on sunday. catalans have been demonstrating in barcelona, calling for the release of pro—independence politicians detained by the spanish courts. and a british woman detained in egypt on suspicion of smuggling prescription painkillers learns she will face a criminal trial. hello and welcome to bbc news.
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donald trump says he believes vladimir putin when he says russia did not meddle in last year's us election. the us and russian presidents are among world leaders attending the apec trade summit in vietnam. the pair appeared alongside each other. and after what is being called a brief chat, donald trump revealed president putin had been very insulted by claims moscow meddled in the us presidential campaign. it once again puts donald trump at odds with his own intelligence agencies. from vietnam, aleem maqbool reports. they appear to have been careful not to be seen together too much in front of the eyes of the us media, but donald trump says he and vladimir putin did have two or three short conversations here. when asked if he'd raised the issue of russian interference
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in the us elections, mr trump said he had. he said he didn't meddle, said mr trump. i asked him again. you can only ask so many times. every time he sees me, he said "i didn't do it", and i really believe when he tells me that he means it. i think he's very insulted by it. mr trump said he also felt the story that russia tried to interfere in the election in his favour was concocted by the democratic party. as it happens, that was almost the same line mr putin told reporters as he left the summit here. but if either of them think they will lay to rest the matter, they are, of course, mistaken. the usjustice department is investigating the claims russia did meddle, as well as alleged collusion between moscow and mrtrump‘s team. several key former aides have already been named in connection with the inquiry. donald trump's former campaign manager, paul manafort, is currently under house arrest because of information discovered during the investigation. donald trump now says all this focus on russian interference in the us election is costing lives in conflicts like the one in syria, because it's getting in the way of his relationship
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with vladimir putin, and so his ability to resolve such issues. that is not going to stop investigators back in the states determining exactly what did happen with moscow, the trump campaign and the election of 2016. aleem maqbool, bbc news, vietnam. our correspondent david willis explained the possible impact of trump's comments to me. it's extraordinary, isn't it? donald trump says he believes vladimir putin over us intelligence, and that has garnered a response from the head of the cia, mike pompeo. this isa man head of the cia, mike pompeo. this is a man who's been loyal to donald trump and a man who donald trump indeed appointed, but he has gone out on a limb and issued a statement saying he stands by the conclusions
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of us intelligence agencies that russia did indeed collude in last yea r‘s russia did indeed collude in last year's presidential election in an attempt to sway the outcome in favour of donald trump. i think there are two points to make here, there are two points to make here, the first being that donald trump has been desperate to dispel the notion that russia interfered in last yea r‘s notion that russia interfered in last year's at election, notjust because there are congressional enquiries, indeed a special counsel probe, into the whole matter, but because any suggestion that russia swayed the outcome speaks to the legitimacy of his victory and he wa nts legitimacy of his victory and he wants it to be known that he won the election fair and square. the other thing is that he desperately wants a relationship with vladimir putin, he made that point today again, but he has been stymied consistently by the politics, the fact that there are these ongoing investigations, and it's clearly very frustrating for donald trump. and david, what is the
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us media making of these statements that trump has made? well, we've had some reaction already from the former deputy attorney general, sally yates. this is someone who donald trump dismissed. she took to twitter to say that she branded the president shamelessly unpatriotic, as she put it, for his embrace of vladimir putin. she also called the president's attack on former intelligence chiefs, remarks he made on air force one when he berated the former cia director, the former director of national intelligence and the former fbi director as political hacks. she said that that also was very disturbing. so plenty of reaction already and i think we can expect more tomorrow on the sunday morning talk shows here. david willis reporting there. the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he is due to speak to the uk foreign secretary on sunday. nazanin zaghari—ratcliffe
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was detained in april 2016 and accused of spying. her husband richard radcliffe has been calling for a meeting with borisjohnson, because of comments the minister made, which could mean herjail sentence is increased. i've been speaking to doctor homa hoodfar, a canadian—iranian who was spent time at the same prison as nazanin zaghari ratcliffe and met her there. she began by explaining to me what conditions inside evin prison were like. we were in a locked cell and then we were brought for interrogation. the cells are very small like the size of an ordinary double bed with
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tall size of an ordinary double bed with ta ll walls size of an ordinary double bed with tall walls and no windows. the lights were on all the time. the cell is usually made for one person but sometimes they put two people there. after the second week i was there. after the second week i was there i was taken from my solitary confinement to a room where nazaneen was there, so i spent one night with her but the next day they moved her because normally they don't put two political prisoners in the same cell so political prisoners in the same cell soi political prisoners in the same cell so i was told. what did nazanin tell you? of course i knew of her story before i was taken to evin. the night we spent together in the same cell. she was talking about her plan to come out and be with her child. she was very upset and she was crying and she was talking about her
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daughters, seeing them in a couple of weeks. she told us, me and two other women that were there, that the interrogator had encouraged her to sign letters so they can proceed with her case quickly and free her to be with herfamily. i guess because of that she had signed documents that may be later were used against her. what do you make of the foreign secretary, boris johnson, and his comments that she was training journalists. he has corrected those comments but what impact do you think that could have on her case? well, i cannot believe that such a huge mistake has been taken place. a gross mistake. it plays right into the hand of the very conservative revolutionary guard because there are political
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factions here and often these factions here and often these factions are fighting each other and u nfortu nately factions are fighting each other and unfortunately people like nazanin, me and many others who are in jail are caught in between the conservative revolutionary guard is trying to embarrass the reformist government by showing that they have no power within the system. so even though he may apologise for the mistake he has made, in a way that is enough for the revolutionary guard to say, ok, this is the case, now for sure she is a spy so they will attempt to increase her sentence. it at least makes it much harderfor her to sentence. it at least makes it much harder for her to convince others to be free. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. a top official in iraq says mass
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graves containing at least 400 bodies have been found near the northern city of hawija from which the islamic state group was driven out last month. the graves were discovered at an airbase around two kilometres from hawija. iraqi forces have uncovered dozens of mass graves in areas once controlled by is. tens of thousands of polish people have been attending an independence day rally in warsaw. the date celebrates poland regaining its independence in 1918 after more than 120 years of occupation by foreign powers. the eu president and poland's former prime minister donald tusk took part in the rally at a time of strained relations between warsaw and brussels. us—based carrier united airlines has temporarily suspended flights to delhi due to poor air quality. the choking smog is blanketing india's capital and surrounding areas for a fifth day. earlier, city officials said they were postponing emergency traffic measures to cut road vehicles on the basis of registration numbers. the alabama candidate for the us senate,
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roy moore, has again denied allegations he sexually abused a 14—year—old girl. at a veterans‘ day event in birmingham, he said the allegations were an attack on his character in an attempt to stop his political campaign for the us senate. to be attacked for allegations of sexual misconduct contradicts my entire career in law. i want to make it clear to the media present and to the people present, i have not provided alcohol than average is, alcoholic beverages, macro three all anything else to a minor. i have not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone. these allegations came only four and a half weeks before the general election on december the 12th. hundreds of thousands of catalans have been demonstrating in barcelona to call for the release of pro—independence politicians
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and activists detained by the spanish courts. eight of those being held are sacked former ministers from the regional government. they are being investigated for alleged rebellion and sedition. james reynolds reports. these protesters have come out here to the centre of barcelona to call for freedom for eight imprisoned former catalan ministers and two social society activists. "sos democracy", as you can probably read, and this is written in english, "republic of catalonia", "freedom", "political prisoners". and there's a yellow ribbon, a symbol of solidarity with the imprisoned politicians and activists. to this crowd, these politicians and their names and faces are here. this is the former vice president. all these people have been remanded into custody. to these people, they are political resonance. do the authorities in madrid, it is simply a criminal case. but there is a physical impact because this is an election campaign.
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there will be elections here in december and these protesters want to win a majority for the pro independence movement, that will give them the chance to try and break away from spain again. there is of course another half of catalan society that wants to remain inside spain. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: ceremonies are held across europe in memory of those who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. berliners from both east and west linked hands and danced
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around their liberated territory. and, with nobody to stop them, it was not long before the first attempts were made to destroy the structure itself. it's keeping the candidate's name always in the public eye that counts. success or failure depends not only on public display but on the local campaign headquarters and the heavy routine work of their women volunteers. yasser arafat, who dominated the palestinian cause for so long, has died. the palestinean authority has declared a state of mourning for the leader who symbolised the hopes for independent statehood. in the wake of the colombian volcano disaster, rescue teams are trying to reach thousands of survivors who managed to clamber onto rooftops and trees above the sea of mud. after 17 years of discussion, the result was greeted with an outburst ofjoy. women ministers who'd long felt only begrudgingly accepted amongst
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the ranks of clergy suddenly felt welcomed. this is bbc news. the latest headlines: president trump meets putin — and says he believes the russian president when he says he didn't meddle in the us elections. the husband of a british woman jailed in iran has told the bbc he is due to speak to the foreign secretary on sunday. a british woman charged with drug smuggling in egypt has now been referred to a criminal court for trial. laura plummer has been detained in the red sea resort of hughada. police say she was carrying about 300 tablets of the painkiller tramadol. the drug is illegal in egypt but available on prescription in the uk. our correspondent in hurghada orla guerin explained how laura plummer was arrested. she was detained here. herfamily
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says she leaves for holidays in the sun. she comes about three times a year and has a boyfriend in egypt. this was supposed to be a holiday like any of the other trips she made. instead, when she arrived at the airport, she was not why police. they found she was carrying 300 ta blets they found she was carrying 300 tablets of this banned drug, tramadol. it is a painkiller legal in the uk but it is banned here and treated as heroin substitute and it is the drug of choice for most addict in egypt. police have been emphasising that the large quantity that laura palmer plumber was carrying was suspicious. she says
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she did not know it was banned and was carrying it in her luggage, there was no attempt to disguise it. she told us by phone that she had been given it to her by a colleague saying it would be good for my back and it may help her boyfriend. she did not know it was banned and she was bringing it for her boyfriend because he has racked problems. police are saying ignorance of the law is not a defence. in lebanon, it is still unclear what the current position is of the man who was the country's prime minister. that is until he unexpectedly resigned last week. saad hariri announced his resignation in saudi arabia. there is widespread concern in lebanon that he is being held against his will. however his party in lebanon has issued a strong statement in favour of saudi arabia and against iran. but the lebanese president has
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demanded answers from the saudis. so what is the political situation in saudi arabia at the moment? our security correspondent frank gardner explains how many of the country's new policies, are down to the crown prince. he is mohammed bin salman, and he has consolidated his hold on power. the saudi crown prince mohammed bin salman is incredibly young the summer was a much salman is incredibly young the summer was a much responsibility. his defence minister as well. he has spent the last few years treated by his father, the king. he has had a meteoric rise to take on one portfolio after another. the fourth of november has been termed the
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night of the long months because under the orders of the crown prince, ministers, princes and former businessmen have been rounded up, their assets seized, put into luxury detention. this is unprecedented. these are big public figures and they have been publicly humiliated and accused of corruption and abuse of power. this has been seen as a power grab. and abuse of power. this has been seen as a power grab. he is consolidating. the saudi crown prince is one of the few people who can take on the power of the religious conservatives inside arabia and say it is time for women to be allowed to drive. saudi arabia is the last country in the world where women are not allowed to drive. that will change injune. so far they have said that is ok. let's
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see what happens injune. crown prince mohammed bin salman it's right that he needs to reform the economy because it has a huge reliance on oil which will eventually run out. he has visions ofa eventually run out. he has visions of a huge mega— city in the desert with robots, driverless cars and is on where men and women can mix, entertainment, cinemas, unprecedented in conservative saudi arabia. driving at three is very much his vision and anyone that gets in the way, he is making sure they are removed. the saudi crown prince is taking on a lot of enemies at the same time. 2.5 years ago he committed saudi armed forces tojoin in the bought in yemen and that war is unwinnable, costing a lot of
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money and a terrible amount of casualties in yemen. he is a leading a boycott the guns its neighbour —— against its neighbour at qatar. . he is accused of aggression and stirring up trouble in the middle east. he is still fighting isis and taking on the power of religious clerics at home as well as many business interests. this is a lot of people taking on at the same time and it has been described as building upa and it has been described as building up a reservoir of discontent. two of the world's most outspoken leaders — donald trump and president duterte. they are due to meet in a few hours time. donald trump will meet philippines president rodrigo duterte in manila. the bbc went to a former us naval base in the philippines to see if residents there could correctly match up some of their most infamous outbursts.
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lam i am speechless. the reason no issue with me regarding corruption, girls, yes, but money no. he said that. he says that all the time. it does not what they way as long as you have a beautiful piece of (bleep). boy, thatis beautiful piece of (bleep). boy, that is a tough one. i would say probably president duterte. it was actually donald trump. i would think he would say something exactly like that. part of the beauty of me is that. part of the beauty of me is that i very rich. trump said it. talking about the other one, he is a
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bigot but i am not. president duterte. yes. grab them by the (bleep). both. | duterte. yes. grab them by the (bleep). both. idon't know. it could be both but i know he said it. now it is a big discipline. personally i have very little respect for both of them.|j personally i have very little respect for both of them. i think one is needed and the other is a... i not going to say which is which. would you like to see more president duterte politics in america? to a point. millions of people have observed two minutes' silence for armistice day — marking the moment in 1918 when the fighting came to an end in the first world war. adina campbell reports. preparing for remembrance.
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to the sounds of pipes, veterans from the second world war and those from later wars on parade in whitehall. in the drizzle, before them, the cenotaph. britain's stark memorial to its war dead. keeping faith with countless lives lost in conflict. at 11:00, big ben, silent for three months because of repair work, marked the hour. big ben chimes. last post plays. today's services have been a chance for many people to remember those who fought and what they fought for. i thought it was really emotional, because, like, so many people died,
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so i think it's a really good way to pay respect. i think it makes your memories more real. there's the opportunity to really reflect on what was given during those times. today's services have been a chance for many people to remember those who fought and what they fought for. adina campbell, bbc news. this is how we start remembrance sunday, cloudy with rain down to the south. clearer skies and a few wintry showers to the far north with temperatures a couple of degrees above freezing. colback continuing south across the whole of england and wales as we go through remembrance sunday. worth bearing in mind that we could see a scattering
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of showers early in the morning. through the midlands and maybe through the south—east but hopefully they will is away in time for remembrance sunday services. worth bearing in mind that could be an isolated rogue shower. if you are heading to services, most likely chances to see showers through wales and maybe one or two in the south—west england, elsewhere arrived. cold, you will need to wrap up arrived. cold, you will need to wrap up warm. there will be spells of sunshine. isolated showers across the north east of ireland. some of these will have a wintry flavour. it will be accompanied by a brisk north north—westerly wind driving in the potential of a few showers. one to showers continuing in wales. sandwiched in between, dry and settled, sunny and crisp. top temperatures at 6— 10 degrees. as we
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move into monday, it will turn colder still with winds and high—pressure quoting things down and killing off the showers. another ha rd and killing off the showers. another hard frost for monday morning with temperatures in rural parts of scotla nd temperatures in rural parts of scotland down to minus five. that is important because we are expecting more hard rain. on the leading edge we could see some snow, may be significant. we will need to keep an eye on that. more straightforward further south. clouding over, largely dried and not particularly wall. the weather front continuing to push itself east and south. introducing milder weather and the potential for some introducing milder weather and the potentialfor some light introducing milder weather and the potential for some light rain. we start the week cold and frosty, it will turn milder with some more rain to come. take care. this is bbc news, the headlines: donald trump says president putin has again told him he didn't meddle in last year's us presidential elections.
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he also said he believes the russian leader. mr trump said the allegation was costing lives in syria because it was getting in the way of his relationship with mr putin. iraqi government forces have started to move on the last iraqi town still held by so—called islamic state. the offensive is to recapture rawa, near the border with syria. members of lewis hamilton's formula 1 team have been robbed at gunpoint in sao paulo, where the brazilian grand prix is taking place. armistice day commemorations have been taking place across the world remembering those who died in two world wars and other conflicts. now on bbc news, britain's city of culture.
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