welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: rescuers say time is running out in the desperate search for survivors — following indonesia's earthquake and tsunami. translation: she often asks, "where's my mum?" "where has my mother gone?" i tell her we're still looking for her, or i say, "your mother has gone on a long journey." authorities struggle to get aid to some areas. many survivors are thirsty, hungry and have no shelter. britain accuses russian intelligence of a series of cyber—attacks on organisations spanning the worlds of politics, business, media and sport. and footballer cristiano ronaldo says he ‘firmly‘ denies raping a woman in a us hotel room nine years ago. authorities in indonesia have now set a deadline of friday
to find any survivors of last week's earthquake and tsunami, still trapped under rubble. after that, they believe there is little chance of finding survivors in the city of palu and the surrounding region. at least 1,400 people are so far known to have died. my colleague mariko oi is with the bbc team in palu, and we canjoin her now for the latest from the disaster zone. as you mentioned, the deadline has now been set for friday to look for any more sui’vivoi’s. now been set for friday to look for any more survivors. there are many areas where the authorities have not yet managed to get to. i would like to show you the shopping centre that we have been broadcasting from for several days now. this is ramayana
plaza. they got this massive crane in yesterday. it has been difficult to get food and water into the city so to get food and water into the city so to get that ian is a bigger challenge did it yesterday evening when they began the cleanup operation we were here and they immediately found a bodyjust operation we were here and they immediately found a body just there. it was friday evening at around five o'clock when the earthquake hit so there are fears that many more people may have been trapped inside and possibly dyed. this was notjust about the earthquake and the tsunami that wiped out some of the villagers along the coastline. there were also mudslides. our correspondent visited an affected area. even now, five days after the earthquake, the tsunamis and the mudslides, the damage wrought on this part of indonesia still has the power to shock. some buildings crumpled... others were literally swallowed by mud. it was the mud that did for petobo, a neighbourhood to the east of the city.
fields of rice, shaken loose by the earthquake, that poured down the hillside. it buried the mother and baby sister of fiona, not yet two years old, who was pulled from the mud by her older brother. she's being cared for by her aunt. translation: she often asks, "where's my mum?" "where has my mother gone?" i tell her we're still looking for her, or i say, "your mother has gone on a long journey." if she has a loud noise or a plane going overhead, she's scared. she's still traumatised. over here, it was even worse. a road, and all the houses along it, obliterated by mud. astonishingly, this cornfield has travelled more than a mile. and this mad jumble of wreckage is the remains of at least two villages. they scarcely know where
to begin recovering the bodies of the victims. this was a christian study centre. there were 200 students there when it was torn from its foundations. just try to imagine the terrible force that uprooted these front pillars of the church and toppled them over, and that flattened this massive concrete roof here. even now, they don't know how many victims may still be underneath, and all of this was dragged by the mudslide, from right over there, behind those palm trees. one of the students was martin's 17—year—old son, gabriel. he's already resigned himself to the near certainty of his death. "every parent hopes for a son", he said. "now i just want to recover his body, for a proper burial in my home town." the collective loss
suffered by the people of this city is incalculable. help is on the way now. it will be needed for a very long time. jonathan head, bbc news, palu, indonesia. over 70,000 people have been displaced as a result of the disaster. thousands of them are now trying to leave the island, heading to the airport that has been shut for commercial airlines until quite recently. the airport has become somewhat of a makeshift hospital. they want a way out, but for many camped overnight at palu's airport, there's no prospect of leaving. after the tsunami, thousands flocked here, hoping to be airlifted. but five days on, rani and her family of 20 are still here, still waiting. she told me that they felt the tremors continue. she's so worried another
earthquake will come, she won't go inside the terminal, in case it collapses. and you can see why. inside, walls have fallen, the building has buckled. it may not look like it, but this airport is stilljust about able to function, despite bricks falling from the wall, broken glass, tangled metal over in the baggage hall. this is the only airport anywhere near the disaster zone, so it simply has to keep going. the airport has also become a makeshift hospital, using the medical aid that's been flown in, but there are reminders everywhere that the death toll is rising. in the middle of all this, commercial flights have resumed, check in done by hand. most likely... terra has tickets for his whole family to leave, afraid that law and order in the city has broken down. even the government was being attacked, and when you were driving into car,
you are constantly in fear of living, because you don't really know what's going to happen next. aid for those who remain is now getting through. tomorrow, shelter kits and solar lanterns will be flown from britain. many here, help can't come soon enough. hywel griffith, bbc news, at palu airport. let me show you a little more of ramayana plaza which has practically collapsed. we have been broadcasting from here every day now and every time we come here another part of the building has fallen apart. it was literally crumbling. i want to show you this side of the street. this plaza has collapsed but the shops are ok and the rest of the street is ok as well. it goes to
show that while the earthquake did quite a lot of damage it was really the tsunami that killed those thousands of people. i would also like to emphasise that while we have been talking about tragedy there had been talking about tragedy there had been many happy stories as well. a husband reuniting with a wife he thought was dead. i think he fell in love with her all over again. and the resilience of people has been remarkable. now that food and water has come in they have offered it to us has come in they have offered it to us and they have started selling and it feels like the economy is back on moving again. let's get some of the day's other news. former peruvian president alberto fujimori has been taken to a clinic by ambulance — a judge has overturned a pardon granted to him and ordered his return to prison. he was freed in december, just after his supporters in parliament helped the then president survive an impeachment vote. he'd served less than half of a 25—year sentence for human rights abuses. this week a victims‘ group won its appeal against the decision. malaysia's anti—corruption agency has arrested the wife
of former prime minister najib razak on suspicion of money laundering. rosmah mansor‘s husband was ousted in an election in may. he has already been charged with corruption, accused of stealing money from a government investment fund, which he denies. police investigating suspicious packages delivered to the pentagon have arrested a man in utah. a security alert was triggered at america's military headquarters when envelopes thought to contain the deadly poison ricin were sent to officials. further tests revealed the substance was castor beans, from which the poison can be made. a suspicious package sent to president trump was also intercepted. there are reports coming to us from the united states that the report by the fbi on supreme court nominee brett kavanaugh could be with the senate in the next few hours. he, of course, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in 1982 — a claim he denied when appearing beofre the judicary committee last week. —— before the judicary committee last week.
chris buckler is our washington correspondent. let's go live to him now. this is not likely to be public but i think every member of congress will see it. they have a chance to see it from what we understand. effectively on thursday here in america. so from the morning they will be able to look at the report and get details. there are indications that there are only one copy of this report but essentially republicans will go in and see it, followed by the democrats, and they will see it effectively back—to—back. those details are still to be cleared up. it seems that the fbi have finished their report which looks into allegations of sexual misconduct by brett kavanaugh. allegations of sexual misconduct by brett kava naugh. the allegations of sexual misconduct by brett kavanaugh. the reopening of a background check, effectively, as a result it is limited in what it looks like. we understand that although we have spoken to a number of individuals including a second
woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct, there many other people who have not been spoken by the fbi. asa who have not been spoken by the fbi. as a result you already have the sense that the report that not satisfy everyone. at the same time, republicans want to move ahead with the confirmation and there are suggestions they may push for a vote as early as this weekend. president trump has changed his tune on the accusations against brett kavanaugh. is likely to affect the possibility of confirmation? the point is that he needs almost all of the republican senators on board. it is a straight vote in the senate said they need a straight majority. there are 51 republican senators out of 100 so he needs to keep people on board. there is no doubt that comments in which he appeared to mock christine ford he upset a number of senators by doing so and they could swing one way or the other. there are a handful of them but they have already said they are concerned by the way that president
trump spoke about her. the white house struck back saying he was only factual and what he was saying as he recounted how she could not remember certain things about this alleged assault. there is no doubt that the way he said them concerned many senators. he did appear to be mocking doctor ford and it has left them ina mocking doctor ford and it has left them in a difficult position of having to weigh up whether or not brett kava naugh was having to weigh up whether or not brett kavanaugh was telling the truth or his accuser. and all of the political repercussions of that is they have to decide whether or not to support him as president trump's pick for the supreme court. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: we'll hear from the spectator seriously injured at the ryder cup who says she was lucky not to be killed. in all russia's turmoil, it has never come to this. president yeltsin said the day would decide the nation's destiny. the nightmare that so many people
had feared for so long is playing out its final act here. russians are killing russians in front of a grandstand audience. it was his humility which produced affection from catholics throughout the world, but his departure is a tragedy for the catholic church. israel's right—winger, ariel sharon, visited the religious compound, and that started the trouble. he wants israel alone to have sovereignty over the holy sites — an idea that's unthinkable to palestinians. after 45 years of division, germany is one. in berlin, a million germans celebrate the rebirth of europe's biggest and richest nation. this is bbc news.
the latest headlines: rescuers say time is running out in the desperate search for survivors following indonesia's earthquake and tsunami. on friday there going to stop searching. —— on friday they are going to stop searching. britain accuses russian intelligence of a series of cyber—attacks on organisations spanning the worlds of politics, business, media and sport. more on that... the british goverment has accused russian military intelligence, commonly known as the gru, of what officials call a series of indiscriminate, reckless cyber attacks on organisations spanning the worlds of politics, business, media and sport. british authorities say a group known as fancy bear hacked the world anti—doping agency to leak confidential medical files on athletes. they also claim the group attacked kiev‘s metro system and an airport in odessa last year, and they blame it for the release of material from the democratic national committee in the us in 2016. chris wysopal is co—founder and chief technology officer
at the security company veracode. he's in boston. chris, thanks for your time. what do you make of this? nobody‘s going to be surprised, i guess, nobody‘s going to admit anything either? nobody‘s going to be surprised. there's always been the thought that all of these attack, russia could be blamed or russian sympathisers so i think the real news here is that the government has got very confident about who the attackers were, they getting good information, they're able to attribute these things much better and we're seeing this happen a lot more now. wejust saw better and we're seeing this happen a lot more now. we just saw the better and we're seeing this happen a lot more now. wejust saw the us government attributed the 2014 sony attacks to north korea. so i think the governments are getting much better at attributing where these attacks are coming from now. just running through the list of the
specific attributed attacks, what strikes you? well, you know, i think what's really striking about this is just the variety of the different targets, media outlets, things like airports and the anti—doping agency. it's a pretty broad range of targets, which i thinkjust goes to show the reach of these cyber attacks... they could basicallyjust show up anywhere. i suppose the question is, what, if anything, can actually be done about it? well, i think the first step that we are seeing the uk government and the us government do is send a signal that they are able to pinpoint where these attacks are coming from. it might not be immediately, it might ta ke might not be immediately, it might take some time to investigate it, but i think what they're starting to show is they're getting good at attributing these attacks. i think that's the first art if you're going to retaliate, if you're going to
retaliate in either through sanctions, if you're going to retaliate through hacking back. someday it may even be a kinetic retaliation if something reaches a really bad level. so i think this is the precursor for these government is striking back in some way for these attacks. just briefly, by kinetic yameen? errm, actually, traditional meal military conventional military means —— you mean. you can imagine attacks taking down dams or electrical grids, things that start to become like a cts things that start to become like acts of war. there might be a traditional conventional retaliation. right, chris wysopal, thank you very much or talking to ask. sounds like we'll be talking again. sure thing. thank you for having me. the coroner at the inquest into the westminster bridge attack has criticised shortcomings in security at westminster and says the death of pc keith palmer may have been prevented. relatives, survivors and the police
have been giving evidence at the old bailey during the three week hearing into the attack last year which killed five people. our home affairs correspondent, daniel sandford, reports. the last calm moments of what had been and just another westminster day. american tourist kurt cochran with his wife melissa, pensioner leslie rhodes returning from hospital, aysha frade texting her husband on her way to pick up her kids from school, andreea cristea, a tourist from romania, and pc keith palmer, guarding the main gates to parliament. but in 82 seconds of terror, they were all left with fatal injuries. the shocking deaths produced searching questions, not least about armed policing in parliament. pc keith palmer's wife asked he was left alone and unarmed at the open gates to one of the country's top terrorist targets, where he heroically challenged khalid masood, who was wielding two knives. his attacker had to be shot dead
by a ministerial bodyguard. the armed officers who should have been at the gate were some 50 metres away. with pc palmer's family listening in, the chief coroner mark lucraft qc said today: he died saving her life, pushing her out of the way. knowing that he saved me sure makes me want to make him proud and... recover the best i can and just go on and do what i can for my family and myself.
the bereaved families think attacks on pedestrians in nice and berlin the previous year should have led to barriers on westminster bridge. the third big issue in the inquest is what the security service, m15, already knew about khalid masood. the inquest heard that in 2003, massoud stabbed someone in the face and a senior member of m15 told the coroner that the security service had linked him an al-qaeda bomber and members of the banned group and in 2010 listed him as an extremist and an official subject of interest before he dropped off the radar. ays ha before he dropped off the radar. aysha frade's death left two daughters without a mother and her husband told me he felt m15 had failed to protect her. the one thing i absolutely want to do is to insure that no other family goes through the horrendous pain
that myself and my family have gone through. of course, despite the police shortcomings, the man who killed the five people was khalid masood. daniel sandford, bbc news. the footballer cristiano ronaldo has said he firmly denies raping a woman in a us hotel room nine years ago. the juventus striker said he was tranquil about any investigations as he had a clear conscience. the claims against him were first reported in a german news magazine and relate to an alleged incident in a hotel in las vegas. ronaldo's lawyers say they will sue the publication. the metoo movement and the women who have stood up and disclosed sexual assaults publicly has given katherine a lot of courage and, to a great extent, has enabled her to come forward and to file several
complaints and also go to the police department —— kathryn. the alleged complaina nt‘s the alleged complainant's lawyer there. a spectator at the ryder cup in paris, blinded in one eye when she was hit by a golf ball, has said she was lucky not to be killed. she plans to sue the organisers. corine remande was struck as golfer brooks kepka teed off on the sixth hole. she's been speaking to our sports correspondent, david ornstein. this time last week, golf fans corine and raphael remande arrived in paris to watch the world's leading players in action. but their enjoyment was cut short. with the remandes among thousands lining the fairway for this brooks koepka shot, few could have foreseen what was to follow. suddenly i feel something on me, but i don't realise what is it. it is all the people around me said, "oh, look, this lady, the ball catch this lady." corine underwent emergency surgery on her right eye but has been told
she will never regain sight. it's the last thing they or koepka would have imagined. there's nobody that feels worse about this than i do, you know, it's a tragic accident, what happened. i mean, i'm heartbroken, i'm all messed up inside. as keen golfers themselves, corine and raphael accept the risks that come with buying a ticket. though they are calling for improvements to spectator safety of these events. i hope that, with this terrible accident, to improve this kind of safety for all the public. the european tour's chief executive keith pelley told the bbc that fan safety is their paramount concern. to most, this ryder cup will be remembered for the right reasons. for corine and raphael, it won't. but the hope is their misfortune
will not be repeated. david ornstein, bbc news, lyon. the duke and duchess of sussex have made their first official visit to the county that bears their name. visiting some of its most well—known sites, the couple saw a rare sussex copy of the american declaration of independence, and spoke to a charity that supports survivors of rape and sexual assault. our royal correspondent, sarah campbell, was there. chichester, the first sussex city to fly the flag for the new duke and duchess. there were handshakes with as many people as possible. even those with four legs didn't miss out. in a nod to meghan's country of birth, the couple were shown the rare sussex copy of the american declaration of independence. wow! to bognor regis and a musical interlude at a new university technology park. with the obligatory... ..and fairly low—tech plaque unveil. in brighton, a change of pace.
knitting with a charity which works with survivors of sexual abuse. before today, meghan hadn't set foot inside this county, and now she's here as the first ever duchess of sussex. it continues to be quite a year for the former actress from los angeles. she's good at the job, she's really nice and everything. meghan is beautiful. i like it because they're not so royalty. they will give people high fives and everything. a hit in sussex. later this month, the couple will be taking their high fives down under as they embark on their first majorforeign tour. sarah campbell, bbc news, brighton. not so royalty! more on that and all the other news on the bbc website. thanks for watching. hello there.
the weather for the next couple of days is looking fairly benign before something a bit more active appears during the course of the weekend, with some pretty heavy and persistent rain for some. the pressure chart, as we head into thursday, shows high pressure dominating the scene for most. this weather system will continue to encroach into the far north—west corner into the country to bring increasing breeze, cloud, and outbreaks of rain. further south, mainly dry bar the odd light shower around, bit of early mist and fog which should clear through the morning. much like wednesday we should see the clouds thin and break and some sunny spells. the wind lighter across the south, turning stronger across this north—west corner, where it will be cool. further south, given some sunshine, this warm air mass, it could make 17—19 or perhaps 20 degrees. heading through thursday night, the weather front in the north—west sinks further southwards and comes to a halt across central parts of the country. here it will be wet.
to the north, clear and quite cold. to the south, variable cloud and also very mild conditions. for friday, we'll have a 3—way split. we continue to see this weather front through central areas, bringing outbreaks of rain to northern england and parts of wales. to the south of it, given some sunny spells, again in that mild air mass, it's going to be quite warm, temperatures around 20—21 degrees. to the north of the weather front, scotland and northern ireland, largely dry but cool. 10—12 degrees. still some uncertainty on the weekend weather. it looks like this developing area of low pressure will bring a spell of very wet weather, primarily to england and wales, much of scotland and northern ireland, bar the off shower should stay largely dry on saturday with some sunshine. it could be very wet across parts of england and wales, particularly central, southern, and eastern england. up to an inch in spots. it will be quite cool generally across the board. across the far south—east we could see temperatures in the high teens, before the cooler, wetter weather moves in from the west. on sunday, that area of low pressure pushes off into the new continent.
a ridge of high pressure builds. we could see a window of fine weather before the next weather system makes inroads across the north—west corner of the uk. meanwhile, a clearance across the south—east. winds picking up once again across the north—west. elsewhere, it should be fairly light. in the sunshine, it won't feel too bad. temperatures ranging from 12 to 15 degrees. so the weekend is certainly going to be a mixed one. there will be quite a lot of rain for some of us. there will be some spells of sunshine as well. it will not be a complete washout. the latest headlines: authorities in indonesia are saying they'll end search and rescue efforts on friday for survivors of last week's tsunami and earthquake, that hit the island of sulawesi. at least 1400 people were killed in the disaster, but officials say the number of dead is now likely to rise. the lawyer for an american woman who has accused the football star cristiano ronaldo
of raping her nine years ago has said she was emboldened to come forward by the metoo movement. the portuguese footballer strongly denied the claim. police in las vegas have reopened the investigation. the british goverment has accused russian military intelligence, the gru, for a series of cyber attacks on organisations spanning the worlds of politics, business, media and sport. british authorities say a group known as fancy bear hacked the world anti—doping agency to leak confidential medical files on athletes.