this is bbc news. i'm carole walker. the headlines at 11. theresa may faces growing cells from seniorfigures in her own party to change course on brexit — or face dire electoral consequences. in a surprise move the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, is another casualty from president trump's cabinet — she gives no reason for stepping down after two years. the second russian suspect involved in the salisbury chemical poisoning is now identified as alexander mishkin, a military doctor who works for the intelligence agency the gru. they are a military outfits that is very aggressive and ambitious in doing things, and they don't necessarily care as much about the consequences as you're more traditional secret agencies were —— outfit. a waste disposal company is stripped of some of it's nhs contracts in england, after hundreds of tons of medical waste from hospitals
were left to pile up. a convicted british paedophile is taken to court by five boys from the philippines who claim he abused them there. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers caroline wheeler, who's the deputy political editor at the sunday times, and the political journalist, jane merrick. the brexit secretary dominic raab says the government is "closing in on workable solutions" in the search for an agreement for britain to withdraw from the eu. he told mps he was confident a deal could be reached this autumn. labour has urged ministers to change course, saying the government has no right to "plunge the country into chaos". theresa may is also facing calls from within her own party to change course — as our deputy political editorjohn pienaar reports.
who is backing mrs may's plan for brexit? are you facing brexit mutually, mr gove? the cabinet behind her, at least in public, at least for now. will we get a brexit deal next week? but keeping tory discipline is a bit like herding cats. it is almost as if time is speeding up ahead of brexit day. these negotiations, mr speaker, were always bound to be tough in the final stretch. that is all the more reason why we should hold our nerve, stay resolute and focused and i remain confident that we will reach a deal this autumn. because it is still in the best interests of the uk and the european union. no government, no government has the right to plunge the country into chaos as a result of its own failure. time is running out, but there is still time to change course and i urge the secretary of state to do so.
tory splits run deep. a former minister warning today that the prime minister's plans could mean dire consequences. election defeat and amid the splits in parliament, brexiteers say they can and will defeat their own government. i am absolutely confident that there are at least 40—45 colleagues willing, in the last ditch, to vote down that non—compromise of half in, half out brexit. if we end up with the eu, in the long—term position of deciding where we will become self—governing, then i would expect more resignations. and what about the higher ranks, how strong is the strain in the cabinet? today one brexit minister was careful about what she said and what she didn't. have you ever or did you ever contemplate resigning because of the prime minister's brexit compromise? i think that we need to let the prime minister and her negotiating team get on with it and i am supporting her in doing that. but for how long was her backing guaranteed ?
well, the prime minister can count on my support, but what i would say is that we do not know where this is going to end up. so, not quite loyalty come what may and so far, there is still a deadlock in brussels. the eu's chief negotiator met ulster‘s democratic unionists today. he has rejected mrs may's compromise, sticking by common rules for trading goals, although he would accept special treatment for northern ireland, to avoid an irish border. the democratic unionists have closed the door on special treatment as a threat to the union. iam a unionist, i believe in the union of the united kingdom, but what happens in five years, in ten years, in 20 years? we don't want northern ireland going off in a different direction from the rest of the uk and that, to me, is fundamental. with objections like that in the air, will even two more summits, as suggested by ireland's foreign minister today, be enough to reach any agreement? good.
in the end it will be settled here, another european summit next week and then another next month and if there is a deal, a reckoning in parliament, where both main parties could split and every vote could count. it is looking like a cliffhanger, inevitably as winter follows autumn. john pienaar, bbc news, westminster. the us ambassador to the united nations, nikki haley, is the latest member of the trump administration to resign. she will leave her post at the end of the year. president trump claimed he had known of her intentions for several months, and thanked herfor doing "an incredible job". our north america correspondent, nick bryant reports. through the revolving door of the trump administration, —— donald trump should have been basking in the elevation of brett kavanaugh to basking in the elevation of brett kava naugh to the basking in the elevation of brett kavanaugh to the supreme court. instead came as unexpected announcement that had advisers by com plete announcement that had advisers by complete surprise, that nikki haley was resigning. in the past our
donald trump has said that his daughter would be incredible at the united nations, but he said that would—be nepotism and he has been dampening down speculation that he is about to appoint her. through the revolving door of the trump administration, another shock departure. the un ambassador, nikki haley, by far the most high—profile woman in the cabinet. she has done an incrediblejob. she is a fantastic person. they both stress this was an amicable separation. donald trump lavishing her with what is, for him, high praise. saying she brought more glamour to the role. i think it has become maybe a more glamorous position than it was two years ago. maybe i wonder why, but it is. she made it a very glamorous position. this was far from glamorous but showed her eye for a television moment. brandishing pictures at the security council of children killed in a chemical weapons attack in syria. many think she is a future president, but today this high—flying republican ruled out challenging donald trump. no, i am not running for 2020.
i can promise you that what i will be doing is campaigning for this one. i will look forward to supporting the president in the next election. it has been a dizzying 2a hours of comings and goings in the white house. the new supreme courtjustice brett kavanaugh up paraded last night on prime—time in what felt like the season finale of a reality tv show. the president confirming he is hired with a partisan blast at the democrats. on behalf of our nation, i want to apologise to brett and the entire kavanaugh family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation. not a campaign of political and personal destruction, based on lies and deception and with that i must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny were proven innocent. thank you. applause
a normally solemn ceremony became a republican victory rally. the party's leader in the senate, mitch mcconnell, given a standing ovation. but with vital congressional elections now less than a month away, the politics of the brett kavanaugh nomination battle are by no means clear cut. the republicans claim they are already seen evidence of a brett bounce that will help them retain control of the us senate. the democrats claim that there will be a backlash from female voters that will help them regain control of the house of representatives. and both are probably right. as if to emphasise the politicisation of this moment, the white house released what looked like a campaign video, but will this triumphalism hurt donald trump? nick bryant, bbc news, washington. the second suspect in the salisbury nerve agent attack is a doctor and highly decorated russian military intelligence officer.
the investigative website, bellingcat, claims his name is alexander mishkin and that he received a hero of the russian federation award from president putin himself. although dr mishkin lives in moscow, he is originally from the remote village of loyga in the north—west of the country, from where our correspondent steve rosenberg sent this report. there are some places in russia so remote, they cannot be reached by car because there are no roads. but we're lucky. the train to archangel will pass through the village we're trying to get to. this is loyga, population 1000. only in winter when the ground freezes can you drive here. it's emerged that one of the salisbury suspects was born and raised in the village. his true identity has now been revealed. he's not businessman
aleksander petrov, as he'd claimed, but gru officer alexander mishkin. "yes, that is alex mishkin," a man in the village confirms to me when i show him the suspect‘s photograph. according to the investigative website bellingcat, alexander mishkin was born in loyga in 1979. he went on to train as a doctor at a military medical academy in saint petersburg, where it's believed he was recruited by the gru. in 2014, he was given the hero of russia award by vladimir putin. the british authorities do not dispute these claims. so now the two men moscow says were salisbury tourists have both been unmasked as russian agents. the other officer was identified last month as anatoliy chepiga. britain says they tried to kill
sergei and yulia skripal with novichok nerve agent. they survived, but dawn sturgess died when she came into contact with novichok hidden in a perfume bottle. this is a world away from salisbury, which is 2500 miles to the west. and people here are shocked that someone from this village has been accused of deploying a chemical nerve agent on the streets of britain. in loyga, not only do they not believe it, some here think that russia should strike back. "i'd drop a bomb on those british," he tells me, "so they'd all blow away and stop bothering russia." russia may feel increasingly isolated, but it's no mood to change. just to reinforce the point, tonight
asi just to reinforce the point, tonight as i was getting back on the train to travel to a neighbouring village, a woman on the platform at the station shouted at me, "if it was up to me station shouted at me, "if it was up tomei station shouted at me, "if it was up to me i would not let you into the area, to me i would not let you into the area , you to me i would not let you into the area, you are a spy, you are working form16, and area, you are a spy, you are working for m16, and spies should be made to walk." reflection of the anger some people here feel towards written and the west. steve rosenberg reporting there. —— britain. saudi arabia has agreed to let turkish authorities search its istanbul consulate — as part of the investigation into the disappearance of prominent saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. security forces have been examining cctv footage from 150 cameras. here you can see mr khashoggi entering the building. turkish authorities say they have found no footage of him leaving. a firm has been stripped of nhs contracts after hundreds of tons of clinical waste from hospitals was allowed to pile up at its sites. healthcare environmental services was responsible for removing waste,
including body parts, from a number of hospitals in england and scotland. the environmental agency has launched a criminal investigation. here's our health editor hugh pym. a backlog of medical waste including body parts which should have been disposed of. questions about who knew what and when. the company blaming a lack of facilities to incinerate hospital waste. today the government gave its response, with a new contractor brought in. throughout, mr speaker, our priority has been to ensure measures were put in place so that the nhs can continue operating as normal. no gap in service provision has been reported and we're working to ensure that this remains the case. but labour went on the attack. mr speaker, this is an absolutely horrific scandal where a private contractor has failed in their responsibilities to a quite staggering degree. 350 tons of waste including human body parts, amputated limbs
and infectious fluid, substances from cancer, left effectively stockpiled and not safely disposed of. it's an absolute scandal. mps have branded it a scandal partly because parliament was not told sooner. 0njuly the 31st, the environment agency informed the government. in september, ministers discussed it at a meeting of the cobra emergency committee. but it was only last week that the issue was uncovered by the health service journal. i asked the health secretary why it had taken so long for the public to be told. my clear goal throughout has been to make sure that the public are safe and also that nhs services can continue. we have secured those goals. we have now moved the contract away from the company that was failing to deliver. we have got a new company in and that is the point at which we could go public about this issue. there will be continuing questions here at westminster about the more
than 30 hospitals which still have contracts with the company hes. what contingency plans have been made, and whether there are still long—term problems with medical waste disposal which need to be tackled. hes itself strongly denies it has ever stockpiled body parts and says only about 1% of what it processes is anatomical waste. none of the company's contract with scottish health boards have been terminated. hugh pym, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news: theresa may faces growing calls from seniorfigures in her own party to change course on brexit, or face dire electoral consequences. the second russian suspect involved in the salisbury chemical poisoning is now identified as alexander mishkin — a military doctor who works for the intelligence agency, the gru. a waste disposal company is stripped of some of its nhs contracts in england, after hundreds of tons of medical waste from hospitals
were allowed to pile up. a convicted british paedophile is being sued for damages by five young men from the philippines, who claim they were sexually exploited by him. it's thought to be the first case of its kind. the five are giving evidence to the high court via video link about abuse they said they suffered when douglas slade lived in the philippines between 2009 and 2015. slade, who is already serving a prison sentence, denies the claims, as our correspondent angus crawford reports. a dangerous and manipulative paedophile, douglas slade, now behind bars in the uk. but for 30 years, he lived here — angeles city in the philippines. neighbours say he threw sweets down to children in the street, inviting them in through
what they called "the magic door", it's claimed, to be sexually abused. the way he abused us, i'm teased, i'm too embarrassed to get out of the house. if i am with all my friends, they call me by slade's name. a member of the notorious paedophile information exchange, in 2016, he was tried and convicted of sex offences against children in the uk. but today, he faces a new legal battle. five young people in the philippines are suing him over the abuse they allege they suffered. he says their claims are a total fabrication. the first witness appeared on a big screen in court 20, on a live video link from manila. he was only referred to by the initials pvx. in a statement already submitted to the court, he said he was sexually abused for four years, starting in 2009. his abuser, he claims,
was douglas slade. here we have some alleged victims coming forward and saying no, just because we live on the other side of the world in poor circumstances, we are going to be heard and we are going to use the british justice system to ensure that we are heard, and that there is accountability. angeles city, once slade's home, now notorious for the sexual exploitation of children by foreigners. corruption and inadequate law enforcement leaves many victims unprotected, but campaigners hope the case against slade will send a powerful message. we will pursue them whenever possible, and we continue to search and try to catch them here in the philippines. and wherever they will be, we will pursue them with legal action. slade may spend the rest of his life behind bars, but on the other side of the world, there are those still seeking justice.
angus crawford, bbc news. the leader of the scottish national party, nicola sturgeon, has told her party conference that she is "more confident than ever" that scotland will become an independent country. but she said "the fog of brexit" would have to clear before a second referendum could be held. 0ur scotland editor sarah smith reports from glasgow. two big questions have been hanging over this conference. when will nicola sturgeon set a date for another independence referendum? and would she, like theresa may, dance on stage? you will have noticed my shoes. i can barely walk in these heels. dancing was never an option. scotland needs independence now more than ever, she said, and she had a message for the pm, who made clear again this week she would not allow another independence vote. you can oppose independence, that is your democratic right. but you cannot and you will not deny
scotland's right to choose. applause but there was not even a hint of when she might ask scottish voters to make that choice. the snp leader will not even discuss the timing until the terms of brexit are clear. so she told her party they had to be pragmatic and patient as well as passionate. the challenge for nicola sturgeon is how to maintain this level of enthusiasm, as she's telling her party they have to wait for another referendum and be patient. it depends how long. you know, patient up until when, early next year? oh, i think patience is a virtue and we've got that in spades. we know we're not quite ready, but pretty soon, hopefully. and you've got the energy to keep campaigning for years to come? absolutely. i'm waiting for a new hip and two
knees, and then there will be no stopping me. nicola sturgeon has been cheered by recent polls suggesting support for independence is increasing, but not to a level that means she could confidently expect a victory. sarah smith, bbc news, glasgow. the head of one of britain's biggest betting operators, which owns ladbrokes and coral, has called for a ban on gambling advertising on television, before the 9pm watershed. the industry's been under growing pressure to tackle problems associated with gambling. the industry itself is growing. in 2014 to 2015, it was worth £12.5 billion in the uk. two years later, that went up to nearly £14 billion. 0ur media editor amol rajan has been to meet two families who've experienced the consequences when gambling becomes an addiction. jack ritchie was a bright, middle—class sheffield boy. butjust under a year ago, to the utter shock of his family, he took his own life from a rooftop in hanoi.
—— he took his own life from a rooftop in hanoi. the reason? gambling. his parents, liz and charles, are campaigning for a landmark legal ruling, arguing that his right to life under the european union convention was violated. together with other bereaved families, they want tougher restrictions on gambling. the mental health issues that gambling raises are immense. and the number of people, the number of young people who die because of gambling is a scandal. chris was 25 when a gambling loss led to him driving his motorbike in the middle of the night to a rural spot, where he took his own life. as the world cup hit in 2014, that's when he started all the online gambling on apps on his phone. he had binges where he would gamble lots of money and then he'd lose
quite a lot. i want other people to know how rife gambling is now with young people, especially young men, and i don't want anybody to have to go through what we're going through. you know, talking to these bereaved families, several things become clear. first there's the unbearable sense of loss and wasted potential, then there's the absolute dedication to making sure that other families don't go through the same thing. and finally, there is the real conviction that history is now on their side, and there is real political momentum behind a decisive and fundamental shift in attitudes and policies towards gambling. in recent weeks, labour have announced they would introduce a whistle to whistle ban on gambling ads and enforce a tough levy on companies. meanwhile, the government this year reduced the maximum bets on fixed odds terminals from £100 to £2. 0ther
other leading lights within the industry point out that gambling creates hundreds of jobs industry point out that gambling creates hundreds ofjobs and provides billions of pounds in tax. but it needs to go to the families that blame them for an unconscionable pain. the bbc has confirmed that the comedian seann walsh will be dancing with his partner katya jones on strictly this saturday. it follows speculation that the pair might have to quit the show after they found themselves on the front pages this morning, photographed kissing on a night out. msjones is married to another dancer on the show. the girlfriend of seann walsh has publicly chucked him and criticised his behaviour towards her. 0ur entertainment correspondent lizo mzimba has the latest. seann walsh and his dance partner
katya jones wowing the audience and the judges on saturday night's strictly. applause they were watched by millions at home, and cheered on in the studio by walsh's girlfriend, rebecca humphries. a p pa re ntly apparently unaware that seann walsh and this strip the partner had kissed at a night out that followed one of their dance rehearsals. they both apologised, walsh saying, "this is no excuse, but it was a one—off drunken mistake which i am truly sorry for." walsh's girlfriend, rebecca humphries, has since made allegations about his behaviour. she said that early
on the night in question, which was also her birthday, she voiced her suspicions about walsh and his dance partner. "we spoke, and i told him, not for the first time, that his actions over the past three weeks have led me to believe something inappropriate was going on. "he aggressively and repeatedly called me a psycho, nuts, mental, as he has done countless times throughout our relationship when i've questioned his inappropriate and hurtful behaviour." this afternoon, the bbc said that next saturday, they plan to dam the charleston. because of the allegations made against him, it is uncertain what kind of reception he will receive on the bbc‘s flagship family entertainment show. lizo mzimba, bbc news. the accounts of those who fought on the western front in the first world war have been brought to life in a new 3d film by the oscar—winning director, peterjackson.
by colourising archive footage and using original audio recordings from soldiers, he was commissioned to create a work in response to the experiences of the great war. 0ur arts editor will gompertz went to meet the director at the imperial war museum. look what happens when you take old black and white silent film from the first world war and... music: it's a long way to tipperary. ..apply cutting—edge, 21st century digital effects. peter jackson: 0ur image of the first world war is, you know, a black and white war. but it was not a black and white war. our philosophy behind doing all this was to try to present an image of the war that, you know, was like the — how it was experienced by the soldiers. and they certainly experienced it in colour, they didn't experience it in black and white. every single frame
was originalfilm. it's not made up of us painting stuff or doing any sort of fiddly artwork or anything. so these were silent films? yes. so the first decision was to add sound? we just threw it at our sound department and said do a really good job and made it sound like a sound recordist was there. and then we went one step further, we sent it out to a couple of lip readers, so any time someone sang something, they would come back and give us their opinion of what was actually being said. then we got actors to do the voices, you know, to try to bring the film to life. you knew your lives were in one another's hands and it united you very closely, and you didn't let anything interfere with that. we actually got the new zealand army to do some live firing for us, so all the shell noises, where you hear the shells flying, are real shells. and the explosions are live explosions. we actually had the — the new zealand artillery did a live firing thing and we had microphones
all over the place, getting all these howling shells coming in. so that's not made up. all that stuff's real. you lived like tramps... the one thing i would hope it would do with schoolkids is to inspire them to delve into their own family histories. the best thing that anybody can do is just to look and see, "well, what part did my family play in this war?" because you can learn some amazing things. some extraordinary footage there. and we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers — caroline wheeler and jane merrick. that's coming up just after the headlines at 11:30pm. but before that, let's just catch up with all the weather prospects. hello. the wednesday whether warm up is here and what is striking about it is just is here and what is striking about it isjust a is here and what is striking about it is just a widespread the sunshine and the warmth will be. africa,
follow the arrows. the arrows coming from a long way south of the uk. weather front in north—west scotland has finally cleared, so again we are all in the sunshine and warmth. it's that overstressed just how different the weather will be for some of us at the end of the week, potentially disruptive wind and rain. we will look at that in a moment. first of all, we will save the wednesday's sunshine. an early patch of mist and fog clearing and there is hardly anything else to show you on the marc pugh, such as the extent of the afternoon sunshine. of course, remember where the air is coming from. high teens, low 20s, some around 23, 20 four degrees in england. widely fight eight degrees above normal for the time of year. a glorious day. bare in mind