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this is bbc news, i'm geeta guru—murthy. the headlines at 103m: victory for president trump, as brett kavanaugh is sworn onto the supreme court, after weeks of debate over sexual abuse allegations. republicans believe in the rule of law, not the role of the mob. pret a manger confirms a second person died from an allergic reaction to a sandwich which was supposed to be dairy—free. theresa may appeals to labour voters unhappy with jeremy corbyn‘s leadership to consider switching to the conservatives. turkish officials say they believe a dissident saudi journalist was murdered at his country's consulate in istanbul. defeat for conor mcgregor, but the fighting continued outside the ring. as soon as the fight finished, mcgregor‘s opponent vaulted the cage and headed towards the irishman‘s team, and a brawl began. and coming up, inside out investigates the hundreds of ford customers, who's engines
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have failed and, in some cases, burst into flames. that's at 10.30am on bbc news. good morning, welcome to bbc news. brett kavanaugh has been sworn in to the us supreme court, following the closest senate confirmation vote in more than a century. he has denied allegations of sexual misconduct as a young man. last night, president trump hailed the appointment as "truly historic", but democrats said it would galvanise their support at the polls. here's our north america correspondent, barbara plett usher. it has been a great week for donald trump — the economy's looking good, the supreme court, even better. i stand before you today on the heels of a tremendous victory for our nation,
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our people and our beloved constitution. just a few hours ago, the us senate confirmed judge brett kavanaugh to the united states' supreme court. this is what president trump promised voters he would deliver, and he has, a month before midterm elections. brett kava naugh's confirmation cements a conservative majority on the supreme court that will chart america's direction for a generation. shut it down, shut it down! but it's not the kind of victory he imagined. serjeant—at—arms will restore order in the gallery. it was a close vote almost entirely among party lines, and it didn't go smoothly. without objection.
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the judge's nomination was upended by a university professor who accused him of trying to rape her when they were teenagers. but his belligerent and partisan response rallied republicans to defend him. the democrats are focused on turning this distressing incident into political gain. the protesters have lost this battle. but they will carry on the fight into the midterms. even thouthudge kavanaugh has won his seat on the supreme court, the political drama continues. earlier, dr leslie vinjamuri, head of the us and americas programme spoke to the bbc about the significance of kavanaugh's win. i don't think i have ever seen americans more divided over a supreme court confirmation, or over anyissue
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supreme court confirmation, or over any issue in the last 22 months, the period of the donald trump presidency. the division is really difficult to understate. it has been quite extraordinary. the reactions have been very intense, people now question on the left, the democrats, question on the left, the democrats, question integrity not only of the candidates, but they now see the court as being deeply political and partisan. on the right, they see this as a victory, and they see the democrats as having tried to launch and wager a democrats as having tried to launch and wagera campaign democrats as having tried to launch and wager a campaign against this candidate who they see as tremendously modified. the narrative could not be more different on both sides, and that is one of the most disturbing things, it is not clear that the court will any longer be seen to be independent from politics, and that has been absolutely critical to american democracy. the question now, of course, in american political life, is how this will impact the midterms. the women this is likely to bring out, he'll like to vote, and would like to take back the house. if the democrats
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ta ke back the house. if the democrats take back the house, the chances that they can impeach, that they can move to impeach thisjustice cavanagh are very significant. if the republicans continue to control the republicans continue to control the senate, but that become something that is very much in play. it is also going to mobilise the conservative base, who also had a negative reaction to the integrity of the process, and it will feel much more mobilised now devote that they have one —— to vote. on both sides, we could see a very significant mobilisation, and so much of it happens in american politics right now is about whether oi’ politics right now is about whether or not people turn out to vote that determined so much, as opposed to changing people's views, it is as actually as to whether or not they turn out to vote. the backlash will be very likely to inspire a widespread turnout. a second customer has died after suffering an allergic reaction to a sandwich bought
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from pret a manger. the company has blamed a supplier, saying it had been mis—sold a dairy—free ingredient that actually contained dairy protein. simon clemison reports. it is just over a week since the inquest into the death of natasha ednan—laperouse. the teenager, who was allergic to sesame, collapsed after eating a baguette she bought from heathrow airport in the summer of 2016. the ingredient was not listed on the packaging. it has emerged that a second customer died from an allergic reaction to a product sold by the chain last december. they have not been named, but it is thought they bought a sandwich from a store in bath. pret a manger says it contained yoghut by brand coyo, but had, in fact, contained dairy protein. the sandwich chain has terminated its contract with the supplier and is taking legal action. although coyo has not commented on the customer's death, it said it had received contaminated material from its supplier. pret doesn't have to put detailed food labels on all it sells, but it says it will now
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as the government looks to change the law. but that won't change the problem of unknown contamination now coming to light. two men have been arrested after three police officers were stabbed in north london. two male officers were stabbed, and two female officers were hurt after responding to reports of fighting in islington. one officer is receiving treatment for stab wounds in hospital. a search is continuing for a kayaker who went missing during a race off the dorset coast. 60—year—old alistair collier from worcester was last seen around midday yesterday near the start of the course. 15 competitors were taking part in the event from knoll beach to swanage. coastguards said organisers raised the alarm when he did not complete the race. theresa may has appealed to labour supporters, urging them to vote for her rather than jeremy corbyn. in an article for the observer, the prime minster highlights what she calls her party's moderate and patriotic programme. labour says the government is desperate, and trying to con working people. she is clearly acknowledging, i
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think, that what has been to date a strategy of attacking jeremy corbyn for his political past, and for his opinions, isn't going to work, and isn't going to wind the conservative party and election alone, whenever that may be. not, as it stands, until 2022, although anything can happen in the meantime. this is an acknowledgement that the conservatives do need to make a stronger offer, and a better offer to people in terms of their policies, and what they are doing to improve the lives of working people after, after all, eight years of strict spending limits, and many cuts across the public services. strict spending limits, and many cuts across the public servicesm she also trying to pitch her leadership for beyond brexit, so if the march deadline does yield a brexit steal some kind, of the cc will be very vulnerable then, when
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she? yes, and you can see this in the peace in the observer, saying that the conservatives are notjust a party that are here to clean up the mess. there is a danger, because we spend so much time talking about brexit, because the process is so important, and because it takes up so important, and because it takes up so much time and energy on the part of the government, and theresa may herself, that the domestic agenda gets a little bit forgotten. we have seen that announcement in the last week or so about building more social housing, at the conservative party conference theresa may talked about lifting the borrowing cap on councils being able to borrow to build more homes themselves. that is one area where she is trying to regain the initiative. but yes, looking beyond brexit, she said if we get the deal that she wants, the public need to know that an end to austerity is inside. she will have to hope that firstly, people believe her, and also that they think eight yea rs of her, and also that they think eight years of office territory has been worth it. and whether she is the person that continues at the top of
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the conservative party, of course. any labour response to this? yes, unsurprisingly, they criticise what theresa may has had to say. the chairman of the labour party has described theresa may as being spooked by what labour have to offer, and their ability to put forward policies that are catching people's attention, and also saying that her claim that austerity is over is a con. she is kerry trying to split labour voters that perhaps oui’ to split labour voters that perhaps our more centrist minded, and unhappy with the current labour leadership, and there is a genuine split there, with a lot of people in the middle politically in the country feeling homeless. you can see it within the labour party itself. a lot of mps are uneasy about the way jeremy itself. a lot of mps are uneasy about the wayjeremy corbyn has taken the party. but then they have to look at the last election, and although labour didn't win, they sought the games in the conservative party majority cut, which is why it
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is so difficult for theresa may to get anything done, and to get anything through parliament at the moment. so yes, and attend there to divide and rule, if you like, and gain some of the more moderate labour supporting is who are uneasy with jeremy corbyn labour supporting is who are uneasy withjeremy corbyn and his policies, and also yes, to shore up her own leadership beyond brexit. if she can't get that brexit deal, and if she can get one but can't get it through parliament, then her position is going to be very precarious. the snp begins its annual conference today, with nicola sturgeon expected to present her party as an alternative to what she'll describe as the uncertainty generated by westminster politics. the central issues for activists are brexit and a possible second referendum on independence. tens of thousands marched through the centre of edinburgh yesterday. officials in haiti say at least 11 people have been killed in an earthquake in the north of the country. the epicentre of the 5.9 magnitude quake was located about 11 miles northwest of the city of port—de—paix. the president has appealed for calm after the tremor. it's one of the most powerful earthquakes recorded in haiti since 2010, when thousands of
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people were killed. the authorities in turkey say they believe a prominent saudi rescue officials are to stop searching for the victims of the indonesian earthquake. they are saying that victims who are not found after the october the 11th will be declared missing. some limited searching may still go ahead, but large—scale searches involving teams are expected to stop after that date. at least 1763 people are known to have died. the authorities in turkey say they believe a prominent saudi journalist has been killed inside the kingdom's consulate in istanbul. jamal kashoggi, who was criticial of some saudi government policies, hasn't been seen since entering the building last week. a source at the consulate described the accusation as "baseless". jamal khashoggi entered the saudi
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concert last tuesday. he was trying to get documents for his forthcoming wedding to a turkish woman, who remained outside. when he didn't emerge, she alerted the police and authorities. since then, the turks have been claiming that jamal khashoggi was still inside the building, they don't believe he left. the saudis are denied this, saying that he did leave and they we re saying that he did leave and they were trying to locate him. last night, this bombshell allegations by the turkish authorities, which say that the initial investigations suggest he was killed inside the consulate in a premeditated murder, possibly by a group of 15 saudi officials, who flew here last tuesday, and then returned to saudi the same day. they believe that his body was removed from the consulate building shortly afterwards. the saudis have said that that is baseless, and the saudi consort general took a camera crew around
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inside the building in a sort of bizarre way of opening cupboards to show that jamal khashoggi was not hiding inside cupboards, and they say that they are still trying to locate this very high—profile dissident. just how critical of the saudi regime has he been? well, he was very close to the saudi government for a long time. he was their press adviser, to a saudi prince when he was ambassador in london, but with crown prince mohammed's leadership, he has become increasingly critical of the saudi government's clamp—down on dissidents, on opponents. he has been critical of saudi arabia's involvement in the war in neighbouring yemen, said he was a thorn in their side. he has been living in self—imposed exile in the us for the last year. he was a regular contributor to the washington post, which left a blank space for his column and said that if he had been killed it would be
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unfathomable and monstrous. really, it would place the turkey — saudi relationship into an unprecedented crisis if this were to be prison. their relationship is already strained over a number of issues, including the fact that turkey is close to the muslim brotherhood that saudi arabia list as a terrorist organisation, also ta ken‘s relationship with iran. if this were a state—sponsored murder of a high—profile saudi dissident on turkish soil, it will be an unprecedented low in this important relationship. as the woman he was about to murray said anything as mark he has been by some as someone try to bring some reform to saudi? she has tweeted in arabic saying she does not believe he was killed, and we wait to see what evidence is
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going to be brought forward by turkey to substantiate these claims. i would have to say that it is such a dramatic claim that it would seem inconceivable that the turks would make these allegations without serious grounds for it, at least, not on the basis of an unsubstantiated rumour. in terms of the crown prince, yes, he has been seen the crown prince, yes, he has been seen by many as a reformer. he is also very close to donald trump, and so also very close to donald trump, and so while turkey may look for support from the us from this, washington may be reluctant to weigh in against saudi at this stage. we wait to see what evidence is bought either by turkey or by saudi arabia for these conflicting claims, and the mystery continues. the headlines on bbc news: victory for president trump, as brett kavanaugh is sworn onto the supreme court, after weeks of debate over sexual abuse allegations. pret a manger confirms a second person died from an allergic reaction to a sandwich which was supposed to be dairy—free. theresa may appeals to labour voters unhappy with jeremy corbyn's leadership to consider switching
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to the conservatives. sport, and now a full round—up, from the bbc sport centre. it has been a very busy night. all the drama, and also the japanese formula 1. lewis hamilton is on the verge of a fifth formula one drivers' championship. he could wrap it up as soon as the next race in the united states. it's after a peerless performance to win this morning's japanese grand prix, a race that saw rival sebastian vettel once again the maker of his own downfall. ben croucher has the story. in a title fight that seems to have been defined as much by sebastien vettel‘s errors, as much as lewis hamilton's excellence, it would be hard to spin this one any differently. they have battled for a fifth world title. the briton starting on pole
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injapan made a clean start. behind, vettel was on the charge, up to fifth on the first lap. it became fourth by the end of it when max verstappen and kimi raikkenen grappled. impatience got the best of him. sending his title ambitions spiralling out of control. although he recovered from the back to finish sixth, hamilton was untouchable. i love you guys! i love driving the car, i love this track. his lead over vettel is up to 67 points, is up to 67 points, on the verge of a title that would be no less than he deserves, however you spin it. ugly scenes marred the ufc 229, as lightweight champion khabib nurmagomedov began a brawl outside the octagon after beating conor mcgregor. khabib dominated the fight, beating mcgregor in the fourth round by submission, with the irishman tapping out to a rear naked choke.
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that means the russian retains his title, but afterwards, in extraordinary scenes, he leapt over the cage and attacked someone in the crowd. then, someone from the khabib camp climbed into the cage and appeared to attack mcgregor inside the octagon. it's since emerged that three of khabib's party have been arrested and his payment has been withheld pending further investigation. i want to say sorry to the athletic commission, to the athletic commission, to the mcgregors. i know this is not my best side. this is not my best side. i am a human being. i don't understand how people can talk about ijump in the cage, what about talking about my religion, about my
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religion, talked about my religion, my country, my father. manchester united had a very different fight on their hands when they went 2—0 down to newcsatle inside the first ten minutes at old trafford yesterday. jose mourinho must have thought the end was getting closer. then came a remarkable fightback with the winner coming in the 90th minute. joe lynsky was watching. at manchester united they have built success on loyalty. but those values have come under fire in the last fortnight. jose mourinho went into saturday with his job on the line, but this master of deflection tactics has found away from deep water. after ten minutes of this match, his team were in trouble. all the urgency at old trafford came from newcastle. their plan to strike early and get the playing game started. the visitors went 2—0 up. the manager asked what more he could do. at half—time the way led to the exit. butjose mourinho is a manager who has tinkered his way to three premier league titles.
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changes in the second half brought a different approach, withjuan mata's free kick they broke the resistance. five minutes later, relief. he finds a way through! wow. what a change. what a noise. it had taken 70 minutes to get started, but now redemption was coming. for united, this season has been an expensive downturn. it was time for some to live up to the pricetag. sanchez! unbelievable! the turnaround is complete! playing for the manager, playing for the shirt! it mightjust be one match and one win, but in football moments like this can change things. forjose mourinho and united they will hope their loyalty is rewarded. joe lynsky, bbc news. no question about the biggest match today, the top two face each other with defending champions manchester city travelling
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to anfield to face liverpool. the pair are only separated by goal difference heading into the match. before that, fulham host arsenal. that's all the sport for now. government plans to change trespassing from a civil to a criminal offence have been met with criticism by members of the travelling community. they say a lack of available space means they often have nowhere to go. if the proposals are adopted, it would give the police powers to arrest all residents on an illegal encampment, as matt graveling reports. time to move on, again. 12 hours after this unauthorised encampment set up, police arrived.
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i think it is horrible, mate. they don't give us a chance. we have come here last night with all these kids, ten or 11 o'clock, and straightaway they put a section 61 on it, like we're animals. this group told me a lack of official sites means they have nowhere else to go, and will be forced to use public land again. local councils say the majority of new sites they propose are objected to by residents who have experience of some traveller groups leaving a mess. children could not play on the play area, local dog walkers could not walk their dogs, people felt intimidated. now, obviously, we can't get onto the field because it needs to be sanitised. police powers are currently limited, with section 61 orders only served to groups of six or more orders, those causing damage or being abusive, but this could be about to change. some mps want the uk to follow ireland make trespass a criminal offence. the costs on local authorities and bodies like highways england are enormous.
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in my area, just last summer alone, it was £350,000, just for the clear—up costs. i am shocked that mps promote that. if they spent as much energy promoting new sites and better ways of managing unauthorised encampments, none of their constituents would be finding themselves in the state they currently are. it is not a solution. while the government consults, travellers at this camp by a road in reading say they face an impossible situation. in the berkshire area, there are no sites, no transit sites whatsoever. nothing. they want to keep moving you on all the time. they want to put it onto the next county. what would you say to people who say that travellers leave the site they're on in a mess? some travellers. not them all. i have been on this site for nearly three weeks. there is no mess. any rubbish i had i brought to the local tip yard and tipped it off. councils no longer have a legal
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duty to provide sites, but they must assess need. a bbc survey found that between 2012 and 2016, uk councils spent £35 million creating 1800 designated traveller pitches. however, this was less than one third of the amount needed. the national police chiefs council say there is an urgent need to significantly increase the number of sites and is against criminalising trespass. i think it would take up an awful lot of police resources. with an already squeezed budget, it would be difficult. is it right to criminalise families for being on lands through a lack of provision? it doesn't seem right to me. who are you angry with? is it councils, the government, the police? it is government. they don't help us. as british people, we are not foreign immigrants, we are british people at the end of the day. and this is our way of life. the government say they are consulting on the effectiveness
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of enforcement powers, and are considering the responses before deciding on the next steps. matt graveling, bbc news. the uk government has voiced its concern over hong kong's decision not to renew a work visa for a british journalist. victor mallet is vice—president of the city's foreign correspondents' club. it was criticised by beijing for hosting an event featuring a pro—independence activist. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. fluttering in the breeze, a symbol of who ultimately rules the city. not that these protesters need much reminding. they came to the immigration department calling for press freedom, worried a red line has been crossed. it's notjust barring victor mallett from working in hong kong. the government is barring all future journalists from having to report
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on hong kong independence or any opposition voices. victor mallett writes for the financial times and he is vice president of the hong kong foreign correspondents club. or fcc. in august, the group hosted an event with andy chan, the head of the hong kong national party, which advocates independence. china called for it to be cancelled but the fcc declined. subsequently, the party was banned, and now a victor mallett does not have a work visa. all this comes just days after the fourth anniversary of the beginning of the so—called umbrella movement. these were protests calling for greater democracy rather than independence, but they are unnerved at the local government and beijing. for more than 20 years, hong kong has operated under the formula of one country, two systems. some here are increasingly concerned
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the emphasis is now more on the former than the latter. tim allman, bbc news. leading british musicians including ed sheeran, rita ora and sting havejoined forces to warn about the impact of a no—deal brexit on the music industry. they've signed an open letter to theresa may, which was orchestrated by sir bob geldof. they claim that crashing out of the eu will seriously damage a creative sector worth an estimated £41! billion a year. playing music and broadcasting that around the world is what we have done since the ‘60s, since the beatles. it has been a giant influence, it is the actual voice of britain. so, when the brexiteers talk about a global britain, that is it. and that business, that industry which generates £91! billion a year, will be decimated by brexit. now, time for a look at the weather.
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beautiful sunshine to enjoy. this is how it looked in worcester and our ago. but yes, it has been chilly overnight, and we have got to whether france with us. this one gave us whether france with us. this one gave us a whether france with us. this one gave us a miserable day yesterday, and this one is bringing atlantic air in, so bringing rain across much of scotla nd air in, so bringing rain across much of scotland and northern ireland. a really soggy day in those areas, the eastern side of scotland not seeing that much rain this afternoon. a lot of cloud and it is windy as well. gusting up to 50 mph. contrast that with the cold start across england and wales, but then hazy sunshine, which will lift our afternoon temperatures up to 16 celsius in areas. we had only 8 degrees in the
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rain in the south yesterday, said despite the chill first thing, it will feel nice out and about. the rain stays with us across scotland and northern ireland, and there is a low—level yellow warning out from the met office, for two or three days of persistent rain which could result in localised flooding. more for you later. hello this is bbc news. the headlines: victory for president trump — as brett kavanaugh is swornonto the the supreme court — after weeks of debate over sexual abuse allegations. republicans believe in the rule of law, not the rule of the mob. pret a manger confirms a second person died from an allergic reaction to a sandwich which was supposed to be dairy—free.

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