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tonight at 10, labour takes a new approach to tackling anti—semitism, hoping to end months of division and controversy. rival groups demonstrated as the party's ruling body debated its preferred definition of anti—semitism, eventually backing the one many had been demanding. i think it's a small step in the right direction. we've lost faith within the jewish community, and we know that, and it hurts pretty much all of our labour membership to know that we're in that state of affairs at the moment. the row has been a major test ofjeremy corbyn‘s leadership. his labour critics say there's an urgent need to repair links with thejewish community. a political party, if i'm honest, that has lost the confidence so badly of one of britain's communities can't really claim that it deserves the support of anybody else. we'll have the latest on the decision taken by labour's ruling body, and we'll be assessing the damage done to the party in recent months. also tonight...
following the murder of this teenager, police say social media companies should provide any crucial evidence to detectives within minutes of a request being made. injapan, more than a million people are told to leave their homes because of the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 25 years. a devastating account of the chaos in the trump white house by a distinguished usjournalist, who warned the president beforehand. and the box office hit featuring an all—asian cast. we'll be hearing from the stars of crazy rich asians about their groundbreaking film. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news. scotland's women have reached the world cup finals for the first time in their history after victory in their final qualifier in albania. good evening.
after prolonged controversy, labour has now agreed a new policy on anti—semitism, to settle a dispute that's divided the party for months and tested jeremy corbyn‘s leadership. the party's ruling body, the national executive committee, announced it would adopt in full the definition of anti—semitism drawn up by the international holocaust remembrance alliance. but there's an additional statement aimed at protecting freedom of expression, as our political editor laura kuenssberg reports. 0h, jeremy corbyn! hours before the meeting began...
ihra. no ifs, no buts. months after the anguish started. shouting outside... i don't believe... gave little hope that labour inside would find a way through. jeremy has been at the forefront of fighting all forms of racism all the time. what people really mean is that he has taken the side of supporting palestinian rights. the nec have engaged in a shocking display of contempt against the british jewish community and against jews within the labour party over recent days. that upset because labour would not completely accept a standard way of describing racism towardsjews. one activist, widely condemned for some of his comments, was clapped as well as jeered on his way in. i'm not racist. why are you racist? i'm not racist. a file of alleged anti—semitism was even handed to the police.
jeremy corbyn was bundled into the back, avoiding questions. tense for his supporters and the whole party. why are you supporting racism? we're not. how can labour be trusted by the jewish community? after weeks of demands for the leadership to change labour's words... i hope we can adopt the ihra definition today. because what's precisely on paper is the core of the dispute. the international definition says it's anti—semitic to claim the existence of israel is a racist endeavour. but labour's version was, they said, to protect free speech. to discuss the circumstances of the israeli state's foundation is a legitimate part of modern political discourse. after hours of discussion, the party finally agreed to move, accepting the whole definition, but with a statement alongside. i think it's a small step in the right direction. we've lost faith within the jewish community, and we know that, and it
hurts pretty much all of our labour membership to know that we're in that state of affairs at the moment. this is a first step forward but we have a number of bridges to build. but how did the labour party find itself in this mess? jeremy corbyn and legions of his supporters on the left have been long—time critics of israel, and wanted the freedom to do so as they saw fit. but rejecting the widely—agreed definition of anti—semitism was seen by many mps and much of thejewish community as tolerating racism towards them. this long and bruising row has been about where you draw the line. a line that the party admits has been crossed sometimes, provoking fear and pain for many, that might take a long time to forget. i can't believe the position we've got ourselves into. i'm appalled that one of britain's communities feels so badly let down and alienated by the labour party.
i think a political party, if i'm honest, that has lost the confidence so badly of one of its communities can't really claim that it deserves the support of anybody else. we've got to really reflect on this, really understand the hurt and distress that has been caused. this may be a step forward but no one pretends this problem's gone. labour may yet struggle to find a clean way out. laura is at westminster. so, after months of this very bitter controversy, just to pick up on your thoughts there, do you think there is now hope that mr corbyn has drawn a line under this? there is a hope inside a party that it puts them on safer ground, on what you suggest has been a long and bitter dispute. i think evenjeremy corbyn‘s most ardent supporters in party headquarters would not pretend that suddenly this is all going to go away. there are several factors there. first of all, by saying, yes, but, rather than yes, there. first of all, by saying, yes,
but, ratherthan yes, of there. first of all, by saying, yes, but, rather than yes, of course, to accepting the definition, labour has still created the impression that they want to have special rules, by including this caveat that protects the free speech of those who want to criticise israel, that no other organisation feels is really necessary , organisation feels is really necessary, they run the risk of creating a sense that they are special pleading. second of all, there will still be a consultation on all of this and there are still many cases of alleged anti—semitism in the party that need to be cleared up. third of all, speaking to people at the meeting today, jeremy corbyn himself made the argument for including a longer statement, closer to some of the controversial elements of the party's definition that had been at the core of the problem. for some of his detractors, that might give the impression that, although he says again and again that he abhores anti—semitism, somehow he does not get this problem. it is worth noting what
happened today. jeremy corbyn made an argument that did not win the room. that is despite his huge internal support among party members and his control of the levers of the labour party. i think the fact that he had to back down today was a measure of how serious this has become. laura, thank you very much. the commissioner of the metropolitan police, cressida dick, has called on technology and social media companies to release vital evidence contained on digital devices "within minutes" of an official request being made. her comments follow the case of lucy mchugh, a 13—year—old girl who was stabbed to death in southampton in july. lucy's mother urged facebook to give police access to an account belonging to a man suspected of her murder, as our correspondent angus crawford reports. on their first day of term, lucy mchugh‘s absence hangs over the school. moments of silence at a special assembly. they remembered lucy's irrepressible personality and mourned her loss. it's ok to cry.
i've cried. a lot. it's ok to feel sad. it's ok to feel down. security cameras tracked lucy's movements the day she went missing injuly. her body was later found in woodland near her home. she'd been stabbed. a local man, stephen alan nicholson, was arrested on suspicion of murder. he wasn't charged. last week, at southampton crown court, he pleaded guilty to an offence of failing to disclose his facebook password. investigators want access to his profile and messages. facebook has agreed to lock and preserve the account, but police have to apply to the us department ofjustice to get access to more detailed information, and that could take months. today, the head of the metropolitan
police said officers should get quicker access to evidence from social media companies. law enforcement in the uk ought to be able to have vital evidence which might bring somebody to justice. within minutes rather than going through some protracted process? absolutely, but there are complex practical and legal things for them, which i do respect. this issue, yet again, raises questions about the accountability of the tech giant. today, we repeatedly asked facebook here for an interview, but they declined, instead issuing a statement saying it was working closely with law enforcement using well—established legal mechanisms. well—established — but out of date. facebook does hand over information if there's a threat to life or national security. everything else depends on a legal agreement between the us and the uk, and the company says it can't just bypass the system. it is a national system on information exchange for
criminal cases. this former facebook insider believes the process is broken. i think it's absolutely not fit for purpose. this procedure for exchanging criminal information was built for exchanging information on drug traffickers, on fugitives. it was built before the internet age. but can tech giants actually cope with the scale of the problem? facebook got more than 80,000 police requests injust six months, more than 7,400 from the uk. later this year, the law will change, allowing police to go direct to the tech firms. that's little consolation for lucy's family, who want answers now. angus crawford, bbc news. the strongest typhoon to hit japan in a quarter of a century has claimed the lives of several people and injured more than 150. strong winds have battered western parts of the country and more than a million people have been told to leave their homes, with further rain and wind forecast, as our correspondent robin brant
reports from tokyo. screaming japan knew that this storm was coming, but some were still caught out and had a very lucky escape from the torrent of water below. typhoonjebi is the strongest to hitjapan in 25 years. in the worst hit area, around 0saka, the damage is widespread. down there, on the left, you can just about make out a runway. the rest of kansai international airport is underwater. but 3,000 passengers have nowhere to go. the bridge thatjoins the airport and the mainland has been damaged. a ship was repeatedly blown into the columns and roadway. the storm surge caused fires that destroyed dozens of cars waiting to be shipped abroad. others were battered by the winds that reached 135 mph. typhoons and serious storms are not unusual injapan,
but more thani million people have been advised to leave their homes as jebi approached. the prime minister, shinzo abe, warned them to "take action to protect your lives". those who left now have to wait for the damage reports. this is a country well prepared for extreme conditions. but 2018 has been hard so far. japan achieved its highest—ever recorded temperature this summer. that, after severe flooding killed more than 200 people earlier in the year. robin brant, bbc news, tokyo. the white house under president trump is mired in a perpetual "nervous breakdown", with staff constantly seeking to control the president's anger. that account is one of many in a new book by the distinguished us journalist bob woodward, who offers a damning assessment of the trump administration. excerpts have been published by the washington post, as our correspondent nick bryant reports. today, the white house looked a stately and elegant as ever.
but according to the new book, this mansion is home to a presidency in chaos, a west wing suffering a nervous breakdown, an administrative coup d'etat. it details how senior aides tried to prevent donald trump from wielding his presidential pen, hiding official documents from his desk to stop him withdrawing america from the nafta free—trade agreement, and ignoring his suggestion to assassinate the syrian leader bashar al assad. it quotes the white house chief of staffjohn kelly describing the president as unhinged. i think it's going to be a lesson that has to be absorbed by future presidents. what gives the book so much credence is the authority of its author, bob woodward, whose work alongside carl bernstein during watergate did so much to bring down richard nixon. woodward is a washington institution. bob woodward finally managed
to speak to the president but only after the book was finished. so help me god. it's certainly a bad one for the embattled attorney generaljeff sessions, who mr trump apparently described as "mentally retarded" and "a dumb southerner". and there are insights into the legal advice the president received about talking to the special counsel robert mueller. "don't testify", his former lawyer told him. "it's either that or an orange jumpsuit". the president last appeared before the cameras yesterday on what looked like an aborted golf trip. and now, yet another diversion. the white house claims the book is nothing more
than fabricated stories, many by former disgruntled employees. the white house chief of staffjohn kelly has also issued a statement saying he did not call the president an idiot. he also referred to a statement he made in may saying the allegation then was total bs, in his words. it is curious, though, the white house has not used the phrase fa ke white house has not used the phrase fake news, its usual blanket condemnation of the media. maybe that will come but it is worth remembering player up against bob woodward, here, a generalist great rigour and known for his fairness. he's written about eight president and been critical of democrats and republicans. even the president, in the phone conversation with bob woodward, admitted he was there. many readers will see in this book and accurate rendering of history, i think. nick bryant at the white house, thank you. still in the united states, a confirmation hearing for president trump's nominee for the us supreme court has descended into chaos.
demonstrators were removed by police, after shouting their opposition to brett kavanaugh inside the committee room. 0utside, others protested in silence. democrats say the white house is witholding information from senators. the governor of the bank of england, mark carney, has said he is willing to stay in thejob beyond his planned leaving date nextjune, if it will help the government to "smooth" the brexit transition. he told the treasury select committee that he was happy to do whatever he could to promote an effective transition at the bank. the chancellor and i have discussed this. i would expect an announcement to be made in due course. obviously, it's a joint discussion and i am not in a position to add to that at this point. so we can't tempt you to make the announcement now? well, i certainly can't make the announcement on behalf of the government. mark carney, the governor of the
bank of england, there. the chief executive who presided over one of the most disastrous computer upgrades in british banking history, paul pester, is leaving tsb. the failed upgrade in april affected up to 2 million online banking customers. the bank is still struggling with its it systems. mr pester will receive a payout of around £1.7 million. britain's third largest union, the gmb, has called for a referendum on the outcome of the brexit negotiations, saying that "false promises" had been made during the 2016 eu referendum campaign. general secretary tim roache urged labour to adopt the same policy, but he said the vote should be on the terms of exit, not on whether brexit would actually happen. the metropolitan police has confirmed it's investigating the 99th murder in london this year, after a man was found dead in a cemetery in tottenham yesterday. today, in a separate case, five teenagers were found guilty of stabbing to death a father of four injanuary this year in another part of north london.
our home affairs correspondent tom symonds reports on the extensive efforts being made to reduce the violence across london. by the second week of this year, two people had already been stabbed to death in london. then these men — boys, really — were caught on camera about to kill the city's third victim. when i heard from the witness how they surrounded him, the fact that they circled him, that made me really angry. daniel frederick was 34. he and louise, his sister, grew up in the stoke newington area of north london. his killers were taking revenge on rivals who also live there. a friend of theirs had been attacked in prison. they picked the wrong man. he doesn't know them, he's got nothing to do with them, just lives in that area? it was evil. it was just mindless for them to even do an attack such as this. it was awful.
kacper karasinski and yigiter gok were convicted of the killings today, along with three younger attackers. there'll be plenty of trials. there have been 99 killings, approaching last year's 116, and it's only september. the only comfort — the figures were worse a decade ago. the police response, the creation of a violent crime taskforce. this is the southern end of the blackwall tunnel, under the thames. 0n the northern side, the police are trying to spot organised criminals so that they can be pulled over here, where there's no escape. it's a huge operation. it's a bit like stop and search on wheels. by law, under the road traffic act, the officers will stop you, sir. every driver we saw stopped was allowed to go, except one young man. drugs were found in his car. the big police operations help reassure people. the met says they're intelligence—led, but this one was mainly about
picking out numberplates. there's a great deal of intelligence from a numberplate. what's mostly important around that is you don't go solely on the numberplate, you have a conversation with the occupants of that. so that's an indicator, it's the starter of a conversation. the murder rate has started to slow, but policing can only go so far. the leadership message is what it is you might do about something. these children live in the areas where the violent crime is actually happening. someone was chasing a person with a really long knife. everyone on the bus was really scared. 0ne even was crying. they've been on the voyage scheme. obviously with social media, it goes around more. so i do think maybe it might play a part in increasing it. it teaches them to be leaders, not followers, so they make the right decision when a friend says... "let's go and do this or that", and you know it's wrong. and what would the consequences of not doing it be as far as your friends are concerned?
some people can't take it. some people would rather do itjust for their reputation or the name. so are you saying that it is slighter easier for some people to just go with what the group does? and that it's harder to do what you've done? it's mob mentality, really. experts increasingly see youth crime as a disease. the huge challenge, to stop the contagion spreading. tom symons, bbc news, east london. four years ago, a small religious minority in northern iraq became the symbol of resistance to the seemingly unstoppable advance of so—called islamic state. thousands of yazidis were killed or enslaved by is, causing up to 50,000 more to flee their homes to the slopes of nearby mount sinjar. their plight, in freezing conditions, inspired the international community to organise air drops of food, and the un described the attacks on them as a crime against humanity. but what happened to those yazidis? our chief international correspondent lyse doucet has been back to iraq to find out.
life now on sinjar mountain, the heart of the yazidis' homeland. tens of thousands fled to the slopes four years ago when islamic state fighters swept in. many never left, leaving behind their homes in villages below to live here, the only place they feel safe now. isis destroyed my house and many houses. hadi tells me when is arrived, their muslim neighbours betrayed them. when isis came to sinjar, our neighbours explained everything to isis. they said that the yazidis is, like, don't believe god and they are not muslim and they killed all the men and sold... women in the market. most yazidis feel they can't come home. this is what the town
of sinjar looks like. survivors are now scattered in camps across northern iraq or living abroad. there are so many reasons why the yazidis feel they can't come home. look at this. all this needs to be rebuilt, as it is full of the bombs and booby—traps that is left behind. but it runs far deeper than this. after all that has happened here, they don't trust the authorities to protect them, and they are losing hope that anyone will help them. is took bahar‘s husband and oldest son. there's no man to take care of her family in this traditional culture. so they've found a home in this orphanage, a refuge, after surviving their horrific ordeal. bahar tells me she and her children were taken as slaves, forced to convert to islam, beaten daily.
you can still see the scars. translation: my children are always upset and i keep having flashbacks. we've had no word from either my husband or my son for the past two years. sometimes, this one cries for hours, asking for her father and brother. almost every yazidi we met told us they have no future here. these families are waiting to get out. this makeshift centre in a nearby town is packed. every family has their own story of suffering and a few western countries are now offering special visas for yazidi victims. but if so many leave, the future of this tiny community, one of the world's oldest religions, is at risk. as yazidi leaders gather at one of their biggest temples,
they beseech the world to help them. they fear is could again return and no one in this country will protect them. lyse doucet, bbc news, sinjar. the united nations has called on russia and turkey to act urgently to avert bloodshed in the rebel—held, syrian province of idlib. it comes amid signs that president bashar al assad's forces are preparing an offensive in the densely—populated region. russia, which backs the syrian government, was today accused of being responsible for new air strikes in the region. the first minister for scotland, nicola sturgeon, has been setting out her government's policies for the year ahead, with new investment in education, infrastruture and health. as msps returned from summer recess, she announced a number of policies including an increase of £250 million for mental health services over the next five years and an extra £7 billion for investing in schools,
hospitals and transport. our scotland political editor brian taylor is in holyrood tonight. we can talk to him now. for you, what do you think is underpinning this package of measures?” what do you think is underpinning this package of measures? i think it is uncertainty about brexit at the core of this, as it is so much of political life in the uk more widely. the scottish parliament behind me here is pretty much closed up behind me here is pretty much closed upfor behind me here is pretty much closed up for the night but msps will be back tomorrow to debate that programme for government. we know already opposition parties think it is tied in lacklustre and certainly it is perhaps workaday rather than spectacular. but two things, first, it is deliberately intended to continue existing, established policies rather than reinventing the wheel, as nicola sturgeon put it. secondly, perhaps in these anxious, mid—brexit times, modesty is welcome
and perhaps the voters are tired and anxious about political flamboyance. but still with it all, there are some substantial policies for nicola sturgeon, the money for mental health care reflecting in part on saint —— concerns raised by the community and msps at holyrood and then there is the action on the economy, a drive to boost exports and enhance capital investment, a spending on new schools, hospitals, roads, etc because scotland could do with some new schools, hospitals and roads. a bit of an attempt by nicola sturgeon to grow the economy and mitigate what she believes will be gonein mitigate what she believes will be gone in her words, the catastrophic impact of brexit. brexit dominates it all. nicola sturgeon is not in control of brexit. one might question who is. but she is certainly following along with that, having too, if you like, accommodate and cope with brexit rather than command it. brian taylor, our scotla nd command it. brian taylor, our scotland political editor, at holyrood, thank you. jonathan barclay and sian berry have been elected co—leaders of the green party. they'd campaigned on a pledge to strongly oppose fracking
and the proposed hs2 rail link. they said their ambition was to make the greens "the third largest party in the uk". scotland's women have qualified for next summer's football world cup for the first time after beating albania. a second—half header from jane ross secured the win, guaranteeing a place in the tournament in france. england are the only other home nation to make it to the finals. it's been one of this year's biggest films in the us and is being hailed as a triumph for on—screen diversity. now crazy rich asians is due to hit uk cinemas. the film, a romantic comedy, features a mostly asian—american cast, as our entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba reports. rich. we've been dating for over a year now, and i think it's about time people met my beautiful girlfriend. it's the romantic comedy that's been delighting america. these people aren'tjust rich, they're crazy rich. and with its all—asian cast, changing hollywood. this is rachel.
when you look at the lack of asian—american and asian—led stories and actors, it really highlights that. you realise that we do want to create a movement so that, you know, people feel represented and heard and understood and valued. # ifeel glorious...#. that movement is seeing hollywood deciding to make more ethnic minority movies. why? the sad fact is that the studios rely on the statistics and the statistics for this film in particular are blowing everybody out of the water. she has been begging me to come visit her, you know. the universe has spoken. the smart, sleek romcom, set firmly in the modern social media age, is a box office sensation in the us, mostly down to its relatable storyline. and that's important.