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this is bbc news. i'm rachel schofield. the headlines at 11pm: the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, says his party is ready to govern as he outlines his vision for a radical plan to rebuild and transform britain. where the tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govan. we represent the new common sense of oui’ represent the new common sense of ourtime —— govan. represent the new common sense of our time -- govan. applause. an investigative website reveals that one of the suspects of the salisbury nerve agent poisoning was not a tourist, but a colonel in russian military intelligence. in a speech to the united nations, theresa may chastises russia over the salisbury poisoning incident. the prime minister urges countries to work together for common goals and guard against authoritarianism at the united nations, president trump accuses china of attempting to meddle in the forthcoming mid—term us elections, and says iran and not getting on at all with canada on trade negotiations. in the last few minutes... president trump also said he could change his mind about brett kava naugh and withdraw his nomination for the supreme court based
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on upcoming testimony about alleged sexual misconduct. they're giving the women a major chance to speak stopping now, it's possible i'll hear that and i'll say," hey, i'm possible i'll hear that and i'll say," hey, i'm changing possible i'll hear that and i'll say," hey, i'm changing my mind. " the inquest into the death of a 15—year—old who collapsed on a plane after an allergic reaction is told the flight crew didn't use a defibrilator because they were about to land. an unreserved apology from the government at the inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. nearly 3,000 people died after contracting illnesses such as hiv and hepatitis. a new window in westminster abbey created by david hockney to celebrate the queen's reign. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers the broadcaster lynn faulds wood and michael booker, deputy editor of the daily express. stay with us for that. good evening.
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the labour leader, jeremy corbyn, has declared that his party is ready to start work on a radical plan to rebuild and transform britain, and says his party is ready to govern. in his closing speech at the labour party conference in liverpool he said he would kickstart a greenjobs revolution, creating 400,000 new positions. he also said labour was committed to reducing the uk's net carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 and to zero by 2050. mr corbyn also said he would only support the prime minister's deal on leaving the european union if it includes a customs union, something theresa may has ruled out. 0ur political editor, laura kuenssberg, sent this report from liverpool. cheering and applause
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adored here. on his turf. and on his terms. evenjoining in that familiar anthem. # 0h, jeremy corbyn...#. hoping to provide a contrast of political primary colours. labour trades in hope for the many, not favours for the few. that is our strength and together, we're going change britain. cheering labour here more at ease with itself this year, but mr corbyn needed to address one big concern. the row over anti—semitism has caused immense hurt and anxiety in the jewish community, and great dismay in the labour party. i say this to all in the jewish community — we are your ally.
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applause applause showing that many here had been waiting for that. but there was a message too to theresa may. labour keen not to be accused of trying to block brexit. let me also reach out to the prime minister. if you deliver a deal that includes a customs union and no hard border in ireland, if you protect jobs, people's rights of work and environmental and consumer standards, then we will support that sensible deal, a deal that would be backed by most businesses in the world and trade unions. but if you can't negotiate that deal, then you need to make way for a party that can and will. cheering and applause labour sense power, the power to change, at home and abroad. we support a two—state solution to the conflict with a secure israel and a viable and secure palestinian state. and in order to help make that two—state settlement a reality,
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we will recognise a palestinian state as soon as we take office. applause jeremy corbyn, now in control of the party, his crowd behind him, believing you, voters well beyond this hall, are ready for them. where the tories have divided and ruled, we will unite and govern. we represent the new common—sense of our time. so that when we meet, this time next year, let it be as a labour government. applause 0ur task, our task is to build britain. build a britain together. build a britain for that security together and we can! thank you, conference. cheering and applause
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this room loved it — classic comfort—zone corbyn. his belief, that britain is not fair and a bigger state can fix it. this man looked like a prime minister in waiting, a people's prime minister. no—one was arguing for alternatives for austerity until three years ago when jeremy corbyn got elected. now there is an alternative. lots of people have got hope. it shows clarity and it shows confidence. do you think your dad's changed in the time that he's done the job? much smoother and he's grown into it. i think we're seeing a new political centre. divisions linger in labour, especially over brexit. yet this transformed party is now moving in one direction. to be the country's next leader, his task is to make the radical seem reasonable outside the hall. laura kuenssberg,
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bbc news, liverpool. the real name of one of the men accused of the salisbury nerve agent poisoning has been revealed. an investigation by the bellingcat group, parts of which have been shared with the bbc, claims that the man who called himself ruslan boshirov and said he was a tourist is in fact a colonel in russian military intelligence. british officials say they will not comment on the investigation but the bbc understands there is no dispute about the identification. 0ur security correspondent, gordon corera, has more. ruslan boshirov — that's who this man said he was when he arrived in the uk in march. this is him in a 2009 passport application. but this is who he is believed to really be, anatoliy chepiga, a colonel in russian military intelligence. that picture of anatoliy chepiga is from a 2003 passport file. it was obtained, along with other material,
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by the investigative group bellingcat. british officials say they won't comment on an ongoing investigation, although the bbc understands there is no dispute about this identification. so what do we know about anatoliy chepiga 7 the passport application says he was born in 1978 and links him to the russian military. he's thought to have served in chechnya and was awarded the country's highest decoration, hero of the russian federation, usually bestowed personally by president putin. at some point, it's believed he joined russian military intelligence, the gru, and rose to be a colonel. also adopting the identity of ruslan boshirov. using that name, he and another man, calling himself alexander petrov, flew to britain on the 2nd of march this year. on march 4th, cctv captured them in salisbury, heading in the direction of sergei skripal‘s house. police believe this perfume bottle was used to smear novichok nerve
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agent on his door handle. that led to skripal and his daughter falling ill and three months later, to dawn sturgess dying after the perfume bottle was found. two weeks ago, they appeared on state—funded russian tv, denying they were spies. mr president... today, speaking at the united nations in new york, the prime minister restated the british position, that these were two men acting on orders from above. the united kingdom has presented detailed evidence, clearly laid out in charges of attempted murder and the use and possession of a chemical weapon, against two agents of the russian state.
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in response, roger's foreign ministers said there'd been an increase in what he called unsubstantiated rhetoric and he said the uk was stubbornly avoiding a joint investigation —— russia's foreign minister said. but with ruslan boshirov apparently identified as a decorated colonel, the russian account of salisbury is again being challenged, and the evidence that the attempt on sergei skripal‘s life was an intelligence operation, authorised at the highest levels, is growing. gordon corera, bbc news. you saw theresa may at the un security council meeting there. a busy day because donald trump was also speaking at the un today. in his first meeting of —— as chair, he accused china of... seeking to interfere in november's us mid—term elections to stop his party winning. he said beijing wanted his republican party to lose
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because he was the first president to challenge it on trade. china's foreign minister strongly rejected the claims. our new york correspondent nick bryant reports. for the second day running, it was a case of america late rather than america first. the us president leaving world leaders waiting, defying the norms of diplomatic protocol. the un security council is the closest thing in international diplomacy to a corporate boardroom and, today, donald trump was in the chair. thank you very much. the 8362nd meeting of the security council is called to order. he called this meeting to focus on iran but then took everyone by surprise with an extraordinary attack on china. regrettably, we found that china has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in november, against my administration. they do not want me, or us, to win because i am the first president ever to challenge china on trade, and we are winning on trade.
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we are winning at every level. we don't want them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election. the startled chinese delegation held an emergency huddle. i now give the floor to the minister for foreign affairs of china. and then delivered its impromptu response. translation: we do not and will not interfere in any country's domestic affairs. we refuse to accept any unwarranted accusations against china. what made this all the more remarkable was that president trump made no criticism of russia for its meddling in the 2016 election. president putin will be delighted to hear that. a trade dispute between washington and beijing has been widened by donald trump to include a fight over election interference and, in a setting designed to ease international tensions,
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we've seen them intensify this week between the world's two most powerful nations. nick bryant, bbc news, at the un. let's stay with the us and president trump for the moment, on the domestic front, he's facing further controversy after a third woman accused his supreme court nominee, brett kavanaugh, of serious sexual assault. the allegations are said to be more serious than those which have already been made by two women. in a statement issued by the white house, mr kavanaugh said the allegations were ridiculous. mr kavanaugh and the first woman to accuse him, christine blasey ford, will both facing questioning in front of the senate judiciary committee tomorrow. tonight, donald trump, speaking at a news conference in new york, appeared to defend his character. judge brett kavanaugh has been, for many years, one of the most respected people in washington. he's
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been on, i'd guessed you'd call it, the second—highest court. every single person knows him —— i guess. a lot of people know him well. and those people don't believe what's going on. i can always be convinced. i have to hear it. it sounds like what you're saying is there is a situation, there is a scenario under which you would withdraw brett kavanaugh's nomination. is that correct? if i thought he was guilty of something like this, sure. you will make your decision tomorrow?|j will make your decision tomorrow?” will wait and see, i'll watch, i'm meeting with a lot of countries tomorrow but in some form i will watch. i want to rely on some fair and talented republican senators, who,... look, if we brought george washington here and we said we had george washington, the democrats would vote against him, just so you understand. president trump speaking a short time ago. the headlines on bbc news: jeremy corbyn tells labour's conference in liverpool that he is ready to start work on a radical plan to rebuild and transform our country.
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an online investigations group has published what it says is the real identity of one of the prime suspects in the salisbury nerve agent attack, saying he was a russian colonel, not a tourist. and president trump says he "could change his mind" and withdraw his nomination ofjudge kavanaugh to the us supreme court, based on upcoming testimony about alleged sexual misconduct. the inquest into the death of a teenager who collapsted on a plane after suffering an allergic reaction has been told that the flight crew didn't use a defibrillator because they were about to land. 15—year—old natasha ednan—laperouse suffered a cardiac arrest after eating a pret a manger baguette that contained sesame. 0ur correspondent, dan johnson, has been at west london coroner's court and sent us this report. this is the crew that was on the plane when natasha fell ill. she knew she had a serious sesame
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allergy, but she did not realise the seeds were in the baguette she'd bought at heathrow. today, the cabin crew explained how they'd tried to help her and why the plane was not diverted. flight attendant mario ballestri told the hearing 30 minutes before landing in nice, natasha's father said his daughter was having an allergic reaction. he informed the pilot and suggested he contact a medical advice line available to aircrew. an announcement was made, asking if a doctor was on board. mr ballestri said he could not fetch the defibrillator from the back of the plane because, by the time natasha stopped breathing, they were only minutes from landing. the captain, richard hunter, said he did not contact the advice line medlink because they were close to starting their descent and he thought focusing on landing was the quickest way to get medical help. the coroner must also consider questions about allergy warnings at pret. bridget saunders, a council food safety officer, visited the outlet a few months before natasha's death and found no labelling issues.
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because the sandwich was prepared in store, it didn't not need a full list of ingredients on it. at one point, the coroner, doctor sean cummings, said it seems strange that a company as large as pret, selling millions of items a year, was benefiting from a relaxation of the regulations that were designed to help small, independent sandwich shops. mr saunders agreed with him. the coroner continued, "a cynic might think it was almost a device to get around regulations relating to identifying food allergens." natasha's parents and her brother had been here every day, listening to the evidence. they are expecting to hear the coroner's conclusions at the end of this week. danjohnson, bbc news, west london. the government has apologised to the thousands of people who contracted hiv and hepatitis from infected blood products in the 1970s and 80s. almost 3,000 people died as a result. the inquiry into the scandal was shown a letter from then
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prime minister sirjohn major that dismissed calls for compensation and suggested those infected with hepatitis c might apply for a lottery grant to pay for treatment. 0ur health editor, hugh pym, was there. victims of the scandal have been remembered during these opening days. these images are on display in the building where the inquiry‘s based. nearly 3,000 people died after being treated with contaminated blood products. i think it's necessary... the inquiry was told of the attitude in downing street. this letter is dated 16th may, 1996, from then prime ministerjohn major. it indicates a very clear attitude of government and its perception of its duty to its most vulnerable citizens. in it, john major rejects the idea of compensation for victims, in contrast to the irish government. he goes on to suggest that some might benefit from lottery grants. that was the response to the worst treatment disaster
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in the history of the nhs. much anticipated by victims and their families was the first statement to the inquiry of the government's position, with a lawyer representing the department of health and social care, in effect covering official health bodies going back to the 1970s. things happened that should not have happened and so, on behalf of my clients, i say unreservedly that we are sorry. we are sorry that this should be so, that this happened when it should not have done. she said the government would waive any legal right to withhold documents, though campaigners fear many have been destroyed. michael, seen here in the middle, died after contracting hiv and hepatitis c. his brother, barry, on the right, was also infected with hepatitis. he gave me his reaction to the government's stance set out today. i think it was a good start.
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i think they need to back up those words with actions and the actions are twofold, and make full and frank disclosure of the documents that they've got, and start acting on whatever thejudge comes up with in his interim recommendations. with private messages left in bottles by those infected and affected, the initial hearings have come to an end. the public inquiry resumes in april. families hope then it will start to get to the truth. hugh pym, bbc news. a stained glass window designed by david hockney, one of the world's leading artists, has been unveiled at westminster abbey. the window was commissioned to celebrate the queen's reign. 0ur arts editor will gompertz went to have a look. choir singing. these are the centuries—old stained—glass windows of westminster abbey, depicting biblical stories and characters. alongside which, as from today, is this...
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a new, vibrant, bold, very modern 8.5 metre high window by david hockney to celebrate the queen's reign. you have to look up, and you do look up. he hasn't chosen a religious subject, but one from nature — a blossoming hawthorn in spring. the hawthorn is celebratory. i mean, it's four days of marvellous blossom. it's as though champagne has been poured over it. a vivid, red path separates the abstract shapes of the flowering hawthorns, which are set against a blue sky and lit from above by a bright yellow sun. david hockney started by sketching out the idea on his ipad, he then worked on it in his studio in los angeles, before barley studios in yorkshire transformed his creation into a complex composition of stained glass. we made sure that david enlarged the design to half scale, because obviously full—scale's quite
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enormous and, at half scale, we started getting a sense of how it would work in the building. there's a process. so, there's the art and then there's the craft, and the craft, if you follow the right steps, actually ensures that the two work well together. the week—long installation was not entirely straightforward, with minor adjustments needed, and great care taken not to break the one bit of glass on which paint was used for the artist's signature. i think it's probably the last of my english landscapes. i'm not sure i'll do any more. what do you think the queen would make of it? well, i suppose she'll like it! he chuckles. this window is typical hockney, notjust the bold shapes and the bright colours, but because it shows yet again his willingness to experiment with new ideas and to take on fresh challenges. he might be 81—years—old, but like the queen, for whom he made this window, is very much, he says, still hard at work. will gompertz, bbc news. a beluga whale has been
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spotted in the river thames for a second day. experts say it is swimming strongly and eating normally and there are currently no major worries over its welfare. 0ur correspondent lauren moss has been down to gravesend in kent to watch the whale's progress. earlier she spoke to marine rescue diver sam lipman. says first day we have been able to get eyes on the water and we have been able to assess its body condition and its behaviour and so far we have been relying on a shot footage. at the moment it is ok, its bodyis footage. at the moment it is ok, its body is all right, nothing immediately pressing that we are worried about. is behaving normally, it has taken a few breaths and has borne down fort deeper dives, which might be an indication it is foraging. we don't know if it is a sure and we don't know what kind of prey is managing to forage. that is
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what it looks like to ask at the moment, milling around in the area, holding its own against the tide so be it looks like it is something strongly and it may be feeding, which is good. these belgua whales, they usually live in the arctic, he said maybe from greenland, how has it ended up here in the river thames? it could be any number of things, it could be that it has lost track, and navigational error and taken a wrong turn and ended up here. it could be selling has disturbed it in the ocean, overhead water sounds that has pushed it in here. it could be any number of things, it is difficult for us to say because we don't really see belguas off the coast, there has only been around 20 reports of belguas before. what happens now? it has been in the water that would four hours, you hope it will swim
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away, what is the situation on keeping an eye on it and can help it on its way home? at the moment it is ina on its way home? at the moment it is in a natural environment that is not dissimilar to wear belguas to inhabit, these river streams, they are used to this kind of environment, the river tied, the river water quality and conditions. they are used to similar temperatures to hear. they are quite diverse animals, able to feed on a range of prey. actually it is in a natural environment that may not be its own, but is not dissimilar. because it is far from its own, but is not dissimilar. because it is farfrom home, we are keeping an eye on it because we don't see them here, so that in itself is a concern. at the moment the animal seems to be doing well, so we the animal seems to be doing well, so we have got volunteer marine medics on standby ready to intervene it should be animals strand. at the moment is not much to do, it is doing free ranging, getting on with it and it seems to be doing all
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right. there were go, an update on the belgua whale. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers michael booker, deputy editor at the express and broadcaster lynn faulds wood. that's coming up after the headlines at 11:30. now it's time for the weather with ben rich. hello there. if you spent your wednesday under sunny skies, you would have been forgiven for thinking summer had made a return. this is how it looked through a weather watcher in lincoln and not far away on the lincolnshire coast, to temperatures got close to 2a degrees. don't be full. sunny days at this time of year can quickly turn into clear, chilly nights and thatis turn into clear, chilly nights and that is exactly what has been happening across the south. a touch of frost for some and maybe fog patches, further north, not as cold and that is because the extra cloud bringing outbreaks of rain. during thursday we pushed his band of cloud with some dying outbreaks of rain,
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the southwards into northern ireland, northern england, to the south of that, sunshine combined with warm air, to temperatures up that 23 degrees once again. to the north, we start to pull in something cooler and fresher and that is the story for the next few days because this band of cloud, just a few spots of rain by this stage, will continue to sink its way southwards, accompanied by a cold front and behind that cold front, we get into some cold air. so, a different feel to the weather on friday, particularly in the south. we lose the last remnants of that weather front and then we see some sunny spells, patchy cloud developing, some showers and more of a breeze across the north of scotland, but those temperatures by this stage just 12— 16 degrees. removed out on friday into saturday, high pressure still pretty much in charge, but frontal systems trying to squash in on the north—west. that will strengthen the breeze across northern parts of the uk, particularly in northern half of
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scotland, where we will also see outbreaks of rain. further south, spells of sunshine, based on temperatures nothing to write home about. 13 — 17 degrees at best. some of that cloud on the north—west is likely to spill southwards as we get into sunday. sunday, probably the cloudy day of the weekend, white shower, will spot of rain, sunny spells as well. those temperatures around 12— 17 degrees. this is what we are expecting the jet stream to look like as we move through sunday. dipping its weight south and bending northwards following this pattern across the atlantic. it is in these northwards then is that we are able to build high—pressure. kuraby you see the jet diving southwards, that is where we will see low pressure more unsettled weather and you can see one of these it's in the jet strea m gets see one of these it's in the jet stream gets close to the rich isles on monday, allowing someone more u nsettled on monday, allowing someone more unsettled into eastern areas and with that, a cool, north—westerly flow. monday is go to be a decidedly
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chilly feeling day, even where you get some sunshine, also some showers running down the east coast, some of these could be wintry over the high ground in scotland, nine degrees the expected high in aberdeen, 1a in cardiff and london. that it in the jet stream with the unsettled weather is likely to slide away into the mediterranean is to get towards the mediterranean is to get towards the part of the week. —— as we get. that will allow high pressure to build across our shores, the wind moving clockwise, that will always bring the potential for some cool airto push bring the potential for some cool air to push its way in from the north. later next week we will stick with cool days and very chilly nights, a touch of frost at times, it will be dry to many, who were sealed bit of rain in the north, but don't be deceived by a little bit of warmth at the moment. hello.
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this is bbc news with rachel schofield. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment, first the headlines: we are raring to go here! jeremy corbyn tells labour's conference in liverpool that he is ready to start work on a radical plan to rebuild and transform our country. a decorated russian colonel, not a tourist. an investigative website reveals what it claims is the true identity of on of the suspects of the salisbury nerve—agent attack. at the united nations, president trump accuses china of attempting to meddle in the forthcoming mid—term us elections.

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