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this is bbc news. the headlines at 11: hurricane nate is downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to quickly weaken as it moves further across america's deep south. after her difficult party conference, theresa may says she's resilient and won't hide from a challenge. nicola sturgeon says she will commit to exploring all options to secure eu citizens‘ status in scotland ahead of her party's annual conference. the case for decisions of our future have been in our hands. not disfunctional westminster. it's stronger than it has been. spain's prime minister says he won't rule out suspending catalonia's autonomy as tens of thousands of people take
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to the streets to call for talks. this is the scene live in barcelona as people march through the city's streets to oppose plans to declare catalonia independent. also in the next hour: the royal foundation announces a £2 million grant to help find digital solutions to mental health problems. it's the largest investment ever made by the charitable trust of the duke and duchess of cambridge and prince harry. and lewis hamilton takes a major step towards a fourth f1 world title with victory at the japanese grand prix. good morning and welcome to bbc news. hurricane nate has hit the united states, causing torrential rain and powerful winds. people in parts of mississippi, alabama, florida and louisiana have been ordered to leave their homes. the storm has already caused major damage to several central american countries, leaving at least 25 people dead.
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the national hurricane centre said it has now been downgraded to a tropical storm. as it approached, hurricane nate promised strong winds and torrential rain. it hit the gulf coast of the united states, causing flooding gci’oss united states, causing flooding across many states and people have been ordered to evacuate. although it is weakening many people have appealed for devastation. nate being fast—moving, we had to make sure that we had plans in place, we do not normally see storms like that. it has been an unusual hurricane season. it has been an unusual hurricane season. the force of nature has already devastated central america, killing at least 25. nicaragua,
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honduras, hundreds of people reported to be without running water. and pictures like this become all too familiar after back—to—back hurricanes, irma and maria. people in the caribbean have been left without homes, power, water. visiting to see the damage, the united nations secretary—general had this message. warmer crime its mean more hurricane is an more devastating hurricanes and we need to do everything to stop this. we need to make sure that the paris agreement on climate change is implemented, and the paris is not enough. enhanced commitments have to be made by all countries around the world, in order to make sure that we can dominate this dramatic revolution. people at newlands, who remember the devastation of katrina
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did what they could to propel themselves. early indications are that they have been spared the worst. the storm is turning out not to be as forceful as feared. it was thought that could be category two, it made landfall as one. at the gulf of mexico, it can be warm water but this has not happened with the storm. partly because it is moving so storm. partly because it is moving so fast. some americans are looking at hurricane nate as a near miss, downgraded to a tropical storm but still warnings of life threatening storm surges. the un secretary general, antonio guterres, is currently touring the caribbean to see the damage for himself. he spoke to my colleague alpa patel and said he's increasingly concerned by global warming and its effect on the weather. horrible to see a paradise island
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like barbuda turned into hell. 95% of houses destroyed. total devastation. this is something we are seeing more and more. people evacuated. an increased intensity and frequency of hurricanes, increased devastation. the origin is clear. we are facing the consequences of climate change. we are hearing the most appalling stories of people who are homeless, without clean water, hospitals are without electricity. do you think the response to these hurricanes was not good enough? there is an enormous effort first of all by the caribbean states themselves, the caribbean emergency mechanism — which is working. the un is doing its best to support here in the islands.
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but... we launched an appeal and it is not sufficiently funded. i strongly ask the international community to increase humanitarian aid to the caribbean states and especially to be able to support these states for reconstruction and to build resilience for the future. there will be an important conference in the context in terms of the world bank and the annual meeting. i appealfor strong stands to be taken with the people of the caribbean. these people are in the first line. they need the support of all people of the international community. you said you had not seen the donations flowing into these countries. why do you think that is? the world is so focused on so many crises, so many situations, that naturally these things tend
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to be forgotten. but this level of destruction and devastation is such that i believe we have all, because we are all contributing to climate change around the world, we have all the moral obligation to express solidarity to these, the first victims of these dramatic increases that we are seeing of the consequences of climate change. you talk about climate change and as we speak another hurricane is on its way through this area. what do you make of that? will we see more and more of these hurricanes? unfortunately, it is true. the scientific proof is there. it means warmer oceans, and as oceans are warmer, more evaporation, more vapour in the atmosphere, and of course that means much heavier rainstorms. when a hurricane moves over the ocean...
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the hurricane intensity is increased dramatically. and when it reaches land it has the devastating impact that we have seen. instead of dissipating over the oceans, the intensity is enormously enhanced. it is clear, warmer climate means more hurricanes and more devastating hurricanes. and we need to do everything to stop this. we need to make sure that the paris agreement on climate change must be implemented and because it is not enough, enhanced commitments are made by all countries around the world in order to make sure that we are able to dominate these very dramatic evolutions. the un secretary general, antonio guterres, there. theresa may has declared that she's resilient, despite the setbacks she suffered at the conservative conference, and won't hide from a challenge. senior conservatives have
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renewed their condemnation of efforts to oust her. borisjohnson has told the party to get behind mrs may and sirjohn major, who faced simmering rebellions when he was prime minister, has also said the disloyal plotting must stop. our political correspondent, susana mendonca, says the prime minister is now setting out her stall as a strong leader after a difficult conference speech. she said today it was uncomfortable and frustrating, acknowledging the difficulties of the speech, but never at any point in time thought she would finish or step down from the podium. thanking people such as her husband for supporting her through the speech. and really... trying to set her stall as somebody who can be a strong leader. because of course that speech was supposed to consolidate her position, set out that opportunity for her to put her stamp on the party at a time when she has
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plenty of rumours about various people wanting to take herjob off her hands. some have come out in her defence, john major, ruth davidson, the scottish conservative leader who today has been talking about how the whole party has to get behind theresa may. all we are really lucky to be able to serve are country, and it is all about delivering for the country. it should never be about private ambition. i want to come onto that. do you think borisjohnson is the right person in the rightjob? do you think borisjohnson is the right person in the right job? he said that he was behind every dot, comma in the speech. ruth davidson mentioning borisjohnson. just
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speculation, this idea of a reshuffle. but if you read the article that theresa may was questioned on, she talks about how it is not her style to shy away from a challenge when she was directly askedif a challenge when she was directly asked if she would move boris johnson out of the possession. something that could potentially happen. but there are those who think this would be the perfect thing for theresa may to have some sort of reshuffle, some new names. saw that if it was a leadership challenge, some more names in the frame above and borisjohnson and david davis. looking back to michael howard, who brought in george osborne mp david cameron who went on to be prime minister. that sort of pressure going on at downing street saying it is just speculation. pressure going on at downing street saying it isjust speculation. and sirjohn major, who faced plenty of
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rebellions and unrest on the backbenches. he has, come out loyally for theresa may. it is perhaps quite telling that he is somebody who has come to the defence of the prime minister who is at a similar position. he has criticised the disloyalty but also made the point that if the party does not get behind a clear course of action, the prospect could potentially be that the conservatives lose to labour and jeremy corbyn. he said that would be a disaster for the country. help for eu citizens who've settled in scotland and want to stay after brexit will be discussed at the snp conference. the party's leader, nicola sturgeon, says migrants have made a big contribution and their right to remain in scotland should be guaranteed.
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the party will also consider its response to the political challenge from the conservatives and labour. however, speaking to andrew marr, mrs sturgeon said independence is still a target — especially in light of brexit. many people i think in scotland desperately want to see scotland become independent. some of us are not convinced and will never be convinced. some people will think that we need dust to settle on brexit. also an element of some people being scunnered on certain decisions, brexit, two general elections, so i understand that. i think the damage that is going to be done to scotland, the uk to be frank, is going to be monumental. i do not want that to be imposed on scotland. i have also got a mandate to give people the the choice. but the case for decisions that shape
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oui’ the case for decisions that shape our future should be the case for decisions that shape ourfuture should be in our hands, not this dysfunctional government in westminster. it is stronger than it has ever been. joining me now from glasgow is our scotland correspondent, james shaw. what is the mood likely to be ahead of the conference? i think it is going to be not as easy a conference for the scottish national party as it has been in previous years. and the reasons for that are obvious. what happened in the general election back in june what happened in the general election back injune when the scottish national party was about 500,000 votes, more than 20 mps. against that backdrop can put two su ccesses against that backdrop can put two successes from the past, the leadership are going to be looking to refocus. not going to be talking so to refocus. not going to be talking so much about independence, because nicola sturgeon has made it clear that that is on hold at least until
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the end of next year. she could talk more about domestic policies, this idea of helping european union citizens to stay in scotland after brexit. possibly £65 residence fee paid by the scottish government in the public sector. could get private sector companies to subsidise as well. and certainly tax, this is an issue that nicola sturgeon has raised. it is the case that the scottish government has full control over tax rates and bands, apart from the tax—free allowance. trying to open a discussion as to increasing taxes, at the top end. what they could be doing, looking for some cover, trying to build a consensus among some of the other scottish parties, bubble boy the conservatives. they would be dead set against tax increases. but when it comes to the scottish budget in
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december, they could feel they are ina december, they could feel they are in a safe position to suggest that tax could be different, comparing scotla nd tax could be different, comparing scotland to the rest of the united kingdom. it would be about big departure, but something that the scottish national party could see distinguishes them from other parties in scotland. as you suggested, all the discussion about european union citizens, rights, thatis european union citizens, rights, that is the backdrop to this conference? it is. it has always been the case that the scottish national party said that they accept the result of the referendum body would like the united kingdom, if not scotland itself, to stay in the single market. all of those things are looking tenuous and difficult. but in that interview with andrew marr this morning nicola sturgeon insisted it was not too late to argue with the things that she
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insisted were common sense, staying in the single market, maybe even looking to a second vote on brexit. in the past she has said some logic to that. it is not too late to consider the possibility of a second vote. that is going to come up at this conference but the difficulty for the cost ofjune, a large minority in the scottish national party, in favour of brexit. she has gotan party, in favour of brexit. she has got an internal discussion in the party, if she can convince them that staying in the european union is something that they should be arguing for. thank you. thousands of people waving spanish flags are marching through barcelona. this is the scene in barcelona. you can see the scene in barcelona. you can see the crowds. protesting against
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independence, people have travelled to barcelona from across spain, we are hearing, to take part in this rally one week after the contested vote for independence. it has triggered spain's worst political crisis in our generation. spain's prime minister, mariano rajoy, says any declaration of independence by the catalan region will have no effect. our europe correspondent james reynolds reports. in spain's capital, demonstrators came out to deliver a simple message — this country should not be broken into pieces. translation: we have come to ask for the unity of spain. we don't want spaniards to fight amongst each other. there is a minority of separatists, but i think the majority of catalans want to be with us. these spanish demonstrators in the southern city of alicante are fed up with flag—waving. they chose to wear neutral white. they are from a new movement called shall we talk? the middle ground of spain is now
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trying to make itself heard. campaigners here want the authorities in madrid and barcelona to end their brinkmanship and begin real talks. the campaign for dialogue extends to barcelona, the heart of catalonia's pro—independence movement. politicians on either side have shown recent signs of wanting to find a way out of the crisis. more mass demonstrations expected in the city today may help them to make up their minds. the headlines on bbc news: hurricane nate is downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to quickly weaken as it moves further across america's deep south. after her difficult party conference, theresa may says she's resilient — and won't hide from a challenge. ahead of the snp's annual
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conference, nicola sturgeon says she will commit to exploring all options to secure eu citizens‘ status in scotland. sport now, and for a full round up we can cross to the bbc sport centre. good morning. it has been the perfect day for lewis hamilton in japan, it has been the perfect day for lewis hamilton injapan, starting on pole, winning for the eighth time. leading the championship by 59 points, with just four races to go. it was thanks mainly to misfortune for sebastian vettel. the ferrari broke down. retiring after four laps. leeds rhinos have been crowned super league champions for an eighth time. despite finishing a distant second to castleford tigers in the regular season, the rhinos used all their experience to control the showpiece at old trafford. two tries from the retiring captain danny maguire and two
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from tom briscoe gave leeds a 2a—6 win. it's the first time they've lifted the trophy since 2015. max whitlock has become the first british gymnast to retain a world title by taking gold in the pommel horse in montreal. the olympic champion was competing in his first final since rio. he now has six world championship medals, more now than beth tweddle and louis smith. i didn't even think about it. it didn't even come into my head that it would be history to do that, until i saw — i think it was your tweet this morning. and it made me feel a bit nervous, and it put things into perspective a bit more. so ijust tried to put that to the side. i try and focus on what i do, like i always do, focus on myjob. and myjob was to go there today and perform as good as i possibly can. i mean, that's what sport is all about. england may have made sure of their place at next year's world cup, but a route to russia via the play—offs remains a possibility for the rest of the home nations heading into the crucial final round of qualifying matches. wales and northern ireland are second in their respective groups, as are scotland,
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who are in slovenia ahead of their match at five o'clock today. after victory against slovakia on thursday, the scots know another win will secure their play—off berth. as soon as i walked off the pitch, as soon as i walked in the dressing room, i could sense we were ready... there was no singing and dancing, anything like that. we realised they'd beat a good side. we have to play another good side. as a group of individuals, we know how important it is to everybody. we know how important it is, because we're all getting texts from all our friends, wishing us good luck, and e—mails, and people we've not heard from in a wee while. so we know that. northern ireland are expected to field their strongest team for the world cup qualifier in norway today. they're already guaranteed to finish second and could be assured of a play—off place before the game even starts if other results go their way. we've been good in the double headers to date. and again, you know, as i say, we come into this game knowing that there's a huge amount at stake.
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we have neverfor one minute thought it was anything other than that. and you can tell already that the players are looking forward to the game. but they know that, obviously, they have to try and make sure they win the game as well. there's no pressure on england, of course, after they secured their world cup place on thursday. but manager gareth southgate will be hoping for a much improved performance when they travel to lithuania. southgate has opted to replace goalkeeper joe hart with jack butland, a chance for butland to challenge for a more regular spot in goal. we're all after the same shirt, but we're all keen to push each other, and make sure that we're all performing to a high standard, because ultimately that means success for us as a nation. so there is brilliant rivalry there, but also great friendship between all of us. and we supported joe excellently the other night, and he obviously went on to make some great saves, and put in a really good performance for us, which is what we want. and i'm sure it would go the opposite way if it was someone else in the goal. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. thank you.
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the duke of cambridge and prince harry have been very open about their own experiences with mental health and set up their charity, heads together, to encourage people to speak out. now they've announced the next phase of their mission — a £2 million investment fund to help improve the nation's mental health through technology. our royal correspondent sarah campbell has finding out more. in the run—up to the london marathon, the younger royals‘ focus was almost exclusively centred on heads together, the campaign they founded, and which aims to improve the nation‘s mental health. in april, thousands took up the challenge to run the 26 miles and, in doing so, help to raise awareness of an issue that affects millions of people. this has been an unapologetically personal mission, with the princes opening up in a way they hadn‘t previously. do you think we‘ve made enough of an impact, or a stepping stone into the schools area at a younger age? i think we are making good progress. so, has it worked?
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in a high—tech suite in imperial college london, prince william was shown survey data which indicates their campaign has encouraged more people, and particularly men, to talk about mental health issues. and evidence from the partner charities which make up heads together suggests a significant impact. the mental health charity, mind, had its busiest ever day with 58% more calls the day after the marathon. places2be, which focusses on childrens‘ mental health, has seen a 148% increase in their downloads to schools. and young minds saw a 15% increase in calls to their parents helpline around the time of the marathon. phase one of the heads together campaign was about starting the conversation on mental health. now it is moving on to phase two, which is about practical solutions to keep the conversation going. starting with a £2 million grant from the royal foundation to fund digital ways to help people cope with mental health issues. digital allows us to open up the timescale that people can access
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stuff, so a lot of people struggle late at night with their mental health, and it‘s very difficult for traditional services to stay open. could a digital intervention start working in that space, so there‘s always someone you can talk to? as well as digital projects, heads together will focus on mental health in schools, workplaces, and the military, with this issue remaining at the very top of the agenda of the royals. thank you all very much. pleasure. sarah campbell, bbc news. an explosion at a fuel station in accra has killed at least three people and injured more than 30. the blast, involving natural gas, sent a giant fireball into the night sky causing panic among residents. it‘s understood the blaze triggered a second explosion and fire at a nearby petrol station. thomas naadi reports. the incident occurred just a few metres behind me. two separate explosions were heard here. according to eyewitnesses, it started around 8pm local time. the exact cause is not known.
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there are a number of security personnel here, including the ghana fire service, who are battling to put the fire under control. this latest incident has once more questioned safety standards at the country‘s fuel stations. time for the weather now. plenty of sunshine, allowing the blue skies. producing some rain for the west of scotland, some showers for northern ireland and the west of england. but most other places staying dry. 14—18. lighter winds.
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it is feeling pleasant. in the evening, the cloud shifting, and we could see that odd patch of mist and fog. north, drizzly rain. temperatures around 12, 13, frost free. mild start to monday. some showers initially, slowly going eastwards as we move to the afternoon. some persistent rain from northern ireland, but with those sunny spells, 14—18. on top hello. this is bbc news. the headlines. hurricane nate is downgraded to a tropical storm and is expected to weaken as it moves further across america‘s deep south. after her difficult party conference, theresa may says she‘s resilient ,
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and won‘t hide from a challenge. it comes as senior tories have been urging colleagues to stop the infighting and back the prime minister. ahead of her party‘s annual conference in glasgow, nicola sturgeon says the snp will commit to exploring all options to secure eu citizens‘ status in scotland. and update on the incident outside the natural history museum yesterday afternoon. a 47—year—old man was arrested after a car collided with pedestrians and several pedestrians we re pedestrians and several pedestrians were injured. the 47—year—old who was arrested has been released under investigation according to scotland yard. the 47—year—old man arrested after the car collided with pedestrians outside the national history —— natural history museum
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has been released according to scotla nd has been released according to scotland yard. now on bbc news, it‘s time for dateline london. hello and welcome to dateline london. i‘m shaun ley. is spain‘s prime minister still in charge of catalonia and is britain‘s prime minister still in charge even of her own party? and will the mass shootings in las vegas dent americans‘ confidence in the right to bear arms? joining me today are alex deane, london correspondent of madrid‘s la razon. celia maza de pablo, and the belgian writer and broadcaster. marc roche of le point. and the american writer and broadcaster, jef mcallister,

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