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all welcome to newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko oi in singapore. the headlines: democrats announce a formal impeachment inquiry against president trump. nancy pelosi says he has violated the constitution. the actions of the trump presidency revealed the dishonourable fact of president trump's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. the uk's supreme court rules that borisjohnson‘s suspension of parliament was unlawful. he says the verdict is wrong, but will respect it. i'm kasia madera in london. also in the programme: donald trump has accused iran of escalating aggression
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at the united nations, and asks members to tighten the noose around the iranian economy. and the duke and duchess of sussex continue their tour of south africa, visiting the country's oldest mosque. live from our studios in singapore and london, this is bbc world news. it's newsday. good morning. it's 8am in singapore, 1am in london and 8pm in washington where, in the past couple of hours democrats have launched an official inquiry into impeaching donald trump. it follows claims that he pressured ukraine to investigate the democratic presidential candidate and former vice—president, joe biden. our north america editor jon sopel reports.
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new york in september, when the leadership of the world converges on the un to speak, but one conversation is causing donald trump extreme difficulty and the heat is intensifying. injuly, he phoned the newly elected ukrainian president volodymyr zelensky and it's alleged donald trump demanded an investigation into his democratic presidential rivaljoe biden and his son's business dealings in the country as the price for receiving us military aid. no dirt, no aid is the suggestion. the president denies wrongdoing but his account of the call has changed continually as the questions have piled up. i think it's ridiculous, it's a witch—hunt. i'm leading in the polls, they have no idea how to stop me, the only way they can try is through impeachment. this has never happen to a president before, there has never been a thing like this before, it's nonsense and when you see
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the call, when you see the readout of the call which i assume you will see at some point, you will understand. that call was perfect. joe biden is the democratic party frontrunner. he is leading donald trump in the polls and says the president this time has gone too far. the president does not comply with such a request to the congress, he continues to obstruct congress and flout the law. donald trump will leave congress, in my view, no choice but to initiate impeachment. that would be a tragedy but a tragedy of his own making. with the pressure is on donald trump, he's said he will declassify the phone call and release the full transcript but too little, too late. it won't be enough to stop the democrats pressing the nuclear button and pushing for impeachment. the actions of the trump presidency reveal the dishonourable fact of the president's betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections. therefore, today, i am announcing the house of representatives moving forward with an official
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impeachment enquiry. it's hard to overstate the significance of this move by the democrats and one that the leadership have been very wary about. a ball has been set rolling, with uncertain consequences. democrats will hope this brings about the end of the trump presidency. what they fear is that it will galvanise support for him and lead to his victory in 2020. jon sopel, bbc news, new york. earlier our washington correspondent david willis explained why this call to impeach the president is different. well, it's undoubtedly an historic move, this one, mariko. donald trump could become just the third american president to be impeached. nancy pelosi today, after meeting with members of the democratic caucus, took to the speaker's balcony and she said the president, in her view, had broken the law and betrayed the oath of office.
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this, to do with a telephone conversation that the president had with the president of the ukraine in which it's alleged he basically used the withholding of aid money to ukraine as leverage to get the ukrainians to reinstate some sort of corruption probe into the activities of mr trump's rival, democratic rival, joe biden. nancy pelosi said no—one is above the law. she, of course, had been opposed to impeachment proceedings. the concern being that they could back via and basically shore up donald trump's base, if you like. now she feels there is nothing to be lost, not least because so many of her members in the house are in favour in fact, mariko. david, past us presidents have been hit by big scandals but of course,
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no—one has been removed from the office. what does the process even look like? what will happen now, nancy pelosi said, is the six house committees that are investigating various complaints against donald trump will continue to do so, continue with those enquiries. they will then write articles of impeachment, which will go before the housejudiciary committee and that committee will then hold a vote and if those are adopted, it will go to a vote of the full house. it will then go to the senate and that is republican—controlled so there is very little chance that donald trump will be objected from office for that reason alone but this is a symbolic move and he would become the third president in history, as i mentioned, to be impeached if indeed house proceedings against him are successful. david willis there. we'll hear from a former counsel for the democrats during
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bill clinton's impeachment proceedings a little later. we'll also have more on the uk's supreme court ruling that borisjohnson‘s suspension of the british parliament was unlawful. all that coming up but first lets have a quick look at some of the day's other news. police have fired tear gas and water cannons at protesters demonstrating outside the indonesian parliament. they were protesting against a bill that would ban sex before marriage. it would outlaw most abortions and make insulting the president illegal. the bill has been delayed, but protesters are concerned it could still eventually pass through parliament. also making news today, officials in pakistani—administered kashmir say at least 22 people have been killed and hundreds injured in an earthquake. the pakistani security forces have reached the worst affected areas,
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in and around mirpur, to help with rescue and relief efforts. people in cities as far away as islamabad and delhi felt tremors. the european union's top court has ruled that google does not have to delete all sensitive personal information about criminal convictions and sexual conduct that may show up in searches. but it does need to remove links from searches in europe after receiving an appropriate request. google had appealed against fines in france over what's known as the right to forget. tesla's ceo elon musk says they plan to build a major engineering team in china. the company is already building a factory there and has touted the country as a major market for its cars. ealier this year he led a delegation of american entrepreneurs to meet with the chinese premier li keqiang.
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the highest court in the united kingdom has delivered a devastating ruling for borisjohnson and his government. the uk supreme court agreed unanimously that the prime minister's decision to ask the queen to suspend parliament was unlawful. the house of commons will now resume its business. borisjohnson who's been in new york at the united nations says he strongly disagrees with the ruling. our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. ready to passjudgement on the prime minister — borisjohnson broke the law. the decision to advise her majesty to prorogue parliament was unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the ability of parliament to carry out its constitutional functions without reasonable justification.
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jubilation outside in the rain. cheering yes! those outraged the prime minister had advised the queen to suspend or prorogue parliament for five weeks, suspicious he'd done it to close down debate on brexit, which he denied. no justification for taking action with such an extreme effect has been put before the court. the conclusion — it was illegal, so it never happened at all. the prime minister's advice to her majesty was unlawful, void, and of no effect. parliament has not been prorogued. the government's lawyers a few weeks ago did not expect this. the courts traditionally allergic to politics and stay well away, but the other side's legal dream came true. the ruling today speaks volumes. this prime minister must open the doors of parliament tomorrow. mps must get back and be brave and bold in holding this unscrupulous government to account. thank you. so what next? immediate calls to new york,
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3,000 miles away, for the prime minister's audacious move condemned by the court... prime minister, are you going to resign? ..to be a reason to resign. prime minister. there's been a court case in our country this morning, which i think some of you may have picked up on... another chance to suggest the establishment is trying to stop him. i have the highest respect, of course, for ourjudiciary and for the independence of our courts, but i must say i strongly disagree with this judgment. and we in the uk will not be deterred from getting on and delivering on the will of the people to come out of the eu on october 31st. the labour leader's conference in brighton disrupted and delighted by the news. it shows that the prime minister has acted wrongly in shutting down parliament. i invite boris johnson, in the historic words, to consider his position.
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johnson out, johnson out! i have instructed the house authorities to prepare not for the recall — the prorogation was unlawful and is void — to prepare for the resumption of the business of the house of commons. the house of commons sits tomorrow, and that it does so at 11:30am. but once mps have raced back here tomorrow, what will they actually do? the alliance of former tories, still rebels, might try to take control again after the government's approach went so wrong. that advice was clearly very poor, and i think some of his advisers are going to have to leave. if boris johnson won't do the decent and honourable thing, then i think parliament has a duty to come together
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to force him out of office through a vote of confidence. there's no sign of labor doing that quite yet. and look who's in boris johnson's corner. i know him well, he's not going anywhere. a place in power he might have dreamt of for years, but after only two months it's proving harder than perhaps he thought it looked. that was laura kuenssberg. jo—anne nadler is a conservative party commentator. she explained what will happen when borisjohnson comes back to face the british parliament. curiously, despite there being an awful lot of sound and fury today, and i think genuine shock across the political spectrum, and i think possibly also in number 10 as well, curiously, actually, nothing is going to change immediately. there have been calls for the prime minister to resign but he says he won't resign.
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and he is essentially held in place by the fact that the leader of the opposition, jeremy corbyn, despite his confected anger about all this, probably very genuine anger, refuses to propose a vote of no confidence in him which would potentially precipitate a general election. that's something he doesn't want right now because the bigger aim for him is to prevent britain from leaving the eu on the 31st of october without a deal. the hands of the main opposition are somewhat tied. but when it comes to the advice borisjohnson was receiving initially to bring about the prorogation, to request it, he was getting advice from the attorney general, he wasn't going into this blind. there are two aspects to the advice. the political advice on the strategy which one can question or dispute and in many ways seems not to have
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been fully successful because of the result we now see in this obviously the legal advice. what we heard during the course of the day is the attorney general advised the prime minister in good faith that this move to prorogue parliament in this way was perfectly within the constitution and would be legal. the curious thing some of us may feel about the actual state from the supreme court today, it suggested that boris borisjohnson, or rather it chose not to impugn his motives, only looked at the outcome. in a sense, if he was given the advice that this was perfectly legal to do, and nobody questions his motives, there is a slight wriggle room for suggesting he didn't mislead, what we've seen is all the papers and the commentators
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saying he deliberately misled but if he went into this with good faith, it's hard to make that case. you're watching newsday on the bbc. still to come on the programme: more on the impeachment inquiry against donald trump. we talk to a counsel to the democrats during bill clinton's impeachment proceedings. also on the programme, the duke and duchess of sussex continue their tour of south africa, visiting the country's oldest mosque. ben johnson, the fastest man on earth, is flying home to canada in disgrace. all the athletes should be clean going into the games. i'm just happy that justice is served. it is a simple fact that this morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. it is a simple fact that this
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morning, these people were in their homes. tonight, those homes have been burnt down by serbian soldiers and police. all the taliban positions along here have been strengthened, presumably in case the americans invade. it's no use having a secret service which cannot preserve its own secrets against the world, and so the british government has no option but to continue this action even after any adverse judgement in australia. concorde have crossed the atlantic faster than any plane ever before, breaking the record by six minutes. this is newsday on the bbc. i'm mariko 0i in singapore. i'm kasia madera in london. our top stories: democrats in the us house of representatives are launching a formal impeachment inquiry against donald trump over allegations that he pressured
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the president of ukraine to investigate his political rival, joe biden. the british prime minister, borisjohnson, has defended his decision to suspend parliament but said he would respect a ruling from the uk supreme court that he had broken the law in doing so. let's take a look at some front pages from around the world. let's begin with the japan times and it's focusing on its environmental policy, whether it's falling behind the rest of the world. the paper asks why the country continues to push for what it calls clean coal energy. it also reports on criticism the country's new environment minister has faced for his comments at the un climate summit. meanwhile, the south china morning post reports on the cheapest sg phone to hit the market. someone at phone maker xiaomi was certainly listening, it says, when consumers
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called for cheaper phones. you can snap up the latest for around $500. and it was all smiles between the us and singapore, according to the straits times. they've just renewed a key defence pact to allow american forces to use the city state's bases. it's been extended by another 15 years, right up to 2025. let's return to the events of the last few hours in the us, where democrats in congress have announced a formal impeachment after the decision to suspend the british parliament, lady hale, seen here in the black was immediately causing a stir on social media. the bbc website even compiled five things you may not know, even that she
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appeared as a judge on the masterchef television series and has an impressive collection approaches. you can now buy a black t—shirt with a white spider symbol on it. so yes, causing a stir, lady hale. democrats in the us house of representatives are launching a formal impeachment inquiry against donald trump over allegations that he pressured the president of ukraine to investigate his political rival, joe biden. the speaker of the house of representatives, nancy pelosi, accused mr trump of violating the constitution and betraying his oath of office. earlier i spoke tojulian epstein — who was a counsellor for the democrats during bill clinton's impeachment proceedings. i asked what the democrats are looking to find in transcripts of conversations between the us and ukrainian presidents. i think what democrats are looking for is whether there was actually a solicitation by president trump to the new ukrainian president or interference in the election
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by investigating joe biden, who is likely to be his general election opponent and joe biden‘s son and if there was a solicitation to interfere in the 2020 election, then i think it would be impeachable, and impeachable offence on several grounds. it's clearly a gross abuse of power. as a criminal matter, you could see a whole host of criminal charges which could be brought involving extortion laws and bribery laws and illegal solicitation of a foreign entity into a us election. what we are seeing here, if i may, is an emperor wearing no clothes moment. the moment the democrats indicated there was growing unanimity inside the party to proceed with impeachment, trump folded like a wet blanket. 0n the question of whether he was going to provide the transcripts
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of the calls. he had been taking a very hardline position. coalescing around moving on impeachment, all that tough guy bravado just melted away. i think following along the thought of the emperor wearing no clothes, this bravado that trump, this roy cohen—like, he was a very kind of, if your viewers don't know, a ruthless attorney from the 1980s that trump bases his political supernova on, his mindset on, this whole bravado that trump going to budge an inch, the moment he has some existential threat, that is just all talk. nothing much behind it. i think democrats right now spell blood in the water. is there some chance that democrats would not proceed with impeachment? i think the first thing
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the white house would have to do is they would provide the transcripts of the conversation but the entire whistleblower report, as you know, the us whistleblower listened in on the call. the inspector general though congress should hear about it right away and the director of national intelligence blocked that at the white house's direction. i think if they make that information available and if they were able to put some kind of betterface on what the president's motivation was, that might have some effect. donald trump has used a speech at the un general assembly to criticise globalism. he said that if people wanted freedom and peace, they should love their nation. he said the future belonged to patriots and sovereign states. and all over this large, magnificent planet, the truth is plain to see. if you want freedom, take pride in your country. if you want democracy, hold your sovereignty.
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and if you want peace, love your nation. wise leaders always put the good of their own people and their own country first. the future does not belong to globalists. the future belongs to patriots. president trump their speaking at the un general assembly. —— there. the duke and duchess of sussex enjoyed traditional south african food and visited the country's oldest mosque on day two of their tour of africa. the royals visited the 225—year—old mosque on south africa's heritage day, a public holiday celebrating national culture. from there, the bbc‘s pumza fihlani has the latest. cheering and applause south africans from all walks of life are celebrating national heritage day here in south africa and what better place to mark a day like this than here, where the duke and duchess have been welcomed by the community
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of the western cape, a community of people of mixed diversity, descendants of slaves and descendants immigrants that have settled here for a century, and today marks a day when they get to celebrate the proud culture, the brightly coloured are a testimony to their celebration of freedom. that is what the community want them to experience, a celebration of their freedom. this will be marked also. they first earlier met, they were in a mosque which is the oldest mosque in south africa, greeted by interfaith groups. after that, they will have an intimate moment inside one of these homes where a resident has lived for many years and will get to share a cup of tea in true south african hospitality. you have been watching newsday. i'm mariko 0i in singapore. and i'm kasia madera in london. stay with us.
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that's all for now — more on our website. for now, bye bye. hello there. well, september had been on course to be a dry—looking month across the south of the uk until our most recent spell of very unsettled weather. now, yesterday we had this area of low pressure bringing heavy rain, some thunderstorms mixed in with that. some really heavy downpours, actually. it caused some localised surface—water flooding. that was just one of the storms, quite near the bbc around the oxford circus area in london. now, in boscombe down in wiltshire, they recorded 59mm of rain over the space of around about the last 2a hours. that's exactly a months worth of rain, and with more rain in the forecast, of course, now september, for a number of us it's going to be much wetter than normal. well, here we are. the rain continues to moving across the south of england, southern parts of wales.
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gusty winds around english channel coast, gusting around 30—40mph. the winds a little bit lighter for the northern england and scotland but we still have rain around here as well. to wednesday, our area of low pressure will eventually start to pull away and the weather will get a little bit less soggy for a time, although there'll be showers before the next weather system works in from the west through the afternoon. so, rain at times probably best sums up wednesday's weather. the rain with strong winds across southern coastal counties of england initially. the winds eventually calming down through the afternoon. the skies trying to brighten up but again, there will be some heavy showers around. then we've got the next area of rain that's going to work its way into northern ireland as we go through wednesday afternoon. temperatures, 18, 19 degrees, not feeling particularly cold, but on into thursday's forecast now, the next area of low pressure follows in quickly. sets of weather fronts moving across the uk followed by south—westerly winds. those winds still bring a lot of cloud and still a lot of showers, so even as the rain clears its way through, the skies brighten up for a time
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but further showers come in and those showers again could be heavy with some thunder mixed in, so some heavy downpours to come at times during thursday. temperatures, well, just falling a few degrees across scotland and northern ireland, the air turning a little bit cooler here. england and wales, little overall change, 18 or 19 degrees the top temperature for thursday. friday's weather, well, it's another unsettled day, more rain pushing its way northwards and eastwards across the country again followed by showers through the afternoon, some of those heavy and thundery. temperatures friday afternoon, well, again, the coolest weather across scotland and northern ireland, 14 or 15 degrees celsius here. so feeling a little bit cooler in the wind. further south, england and wales, temperatures coming down a little bit across western areas with highs of 16 in cardiff. 0n into the weekend, well, it stays unsettled, stays quite windy with showers or lengthier spells of rain at times. that's your latest weather.
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i'm kasia madera with bbc world news. our top story: democrats in the us house of representatives are beginning
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an impeachment inquiry against donald trump. democratic speaker nancy pelosi says the president had violated the constitution. but donald trump in a series of tweets calls it witch hunt garbage and presidential harrassment. the uk's highest court has ruled that boris johnson's decision to suspend parliament was unlawful. the prime minister says the verdict is wrong, but will respect it. but leaders of all major opposition parties have called for his resignation. and footage of woman travelling on a thomas cook flight who organised an impromptu whip—round for staff after the firm collapsed is doing well on our website. passenger elaine kersla ke raised more than $800 for the crew, from turkey, who had lost theirjobs. that's all. stay with bbc world news.

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