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this is bbc news. the headlines: president trump warns saudi arabia that it will face severe punishment if it is found to have murdered the missing journalist, jamal khashoggi. i will also be calling king salman saudi arabia because i think it is appropriate for me to ask what is going on. parts of wales suffers its worst flooding in 30 years. as torrential rain and wind sees the country bear the brunt of storm callum. the chancellor is coming under growing pressure from his own mps to find extra funding for universal credit. and at 10:30 and again at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers rachel cunliffe from city am and the political strategist jo tanner — stay with us for that. good evening and welcome.
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donald trump has said the us will inflict "severe punishment" on saudi arabia — if it's found to be responsible for the death of a journalist. jamal khashoggi, a critic of the saudi government, vanished after visiting its consulate in istanbul earlier this month. turkey says it has audio and video evidence proving that he was murdered inside the building. but the saudi interior minister described the allegations as lies. mark lowen‘s report contains some flashing images. what dark secrets of jamal khashoggi's end lie within these walls? saudi arabia's istanbul consulate, a place of diplomatic protection, that it seems became a site of horror. turkish sources say they have recordings to prove khashoggi was murdered here by a saudi hit squad. jamal khashoggi... president trump warned
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today of consequences if saudi arabia had killed him. but he said he would not cancel arm deals with them. i don't want to lose an order like that... and there are other ways of punishing, to use a word that is a pretty harsh word but it's true. we're going to get the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment. it's 11 days since jamal khashoggi entered the consulate to get papers for his wedding. he has not been seen since. it's alleged the body of the critical journalist was dismembered. the saudi interior minister repeated his government's denial of what he called baseless allegations and lies. rallying his supporters, president erdogan is being cautious and hasn't echoed accusations of murder. he has even accepted the saudi's request for a joint inquiry but says they must provide evidence. turkey's strategy is two—pronged. it's treading carefully to protect an important relationship with riyadh, especially
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amid economic problems here. but at the same time it is leaking incriminating evidence to build international support and warn the saudis — co—operate or else. after other killings, not least in salisbury, the un secretary—general told the bbc he feared a pattern. i am feeling worried with this apparent new normal. because these kind of incidents are multiplying. and it is absolutely essential to make sure that the international community says clearly that this is not something that can happen. as they investigate the missing journalist, turkish police haven't managed to search the consulate, reportedly because the saudis limited their scope, prompting the question, will we ever really know the awful truth hidden here? mark lowen, bbc news, istanbul. an american evangelical pastor held in a turkish jail for the last two years has been released — and welcomed back to the us by president trump.
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andrew brunson was charged over links to the failed coup in turkey. earlier, mr trump tweeted that there was no deal done with turkey — but he thanked his turkish counterpart, recep tayyip erdogan, for his efforts in securing the release. well in the white house meeting the pastor gave president trump a prayer during his meeting. 0h oh god, 0h god,| oh god, i ask that you pour out your holy spirit on president trump, that you give him the supernatural wisdom. to enable him to accomplish all the plans that he has for this country, and i ask that you give him wisdom in how to lead this country into righteousness. thank you to president erdogan and to the people of turkey, thank you very much, this will be a big step in our relationship. we have had a very harsh relationship in the past months because of what was happening
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and i'm not going to blame fault or say anything but this is a tremendous step towards having the kind of relationship with turkey which can be a great relationship that i know we're going to have, so thank you very much. president, thank you very much. president, thank you very much. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered in tomorrow's front pages at 10:30 and 11:30 this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are rachel cunliffe, who's the comment and features editor at city am, and the political strategist, jo tanner — who worked for borisjohnson and david cameron. in a moment we willjoin viewers on bbc one for a summary of all the day's news with my colleague tina daheley — but first... more now on the developments regarding saudi arabia's relationship with the us. earlier i spoke to hussein ibish, senior resident scholar at the arab gulf institute in washington. i started by asking him how much of a crisis in relations this might prove to be. it is the biggest one since the 9/11 terrorist attacks but i think
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while it is going to be a very big crisis, it will have a significant impact on the relationship for several months if not longer, but the basic fundamentals are not going to be shaken. military intelligence and cooperation and working together to stabilise the energy markets, these are two important to be put aside. if the basic relationship was not rethought after 9/11 and the occupation of iraq and the war in yemen, the fate of any one individual is not going to do that. but if saudi arabia cannot exonerate itself there will be, as president trump said, some severe repercussions for a limited time. whether trump really wants to do that, the rest of the united states says we will not put up with this and they are right.
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there will be a period of diplomatic difficulties? weapons sales will either be delayed or cancelled and we already see investment being curtailed so it will make aspects of the vision 2030 economic and investment programme more difficult for a time. certain military ambitions may have to be rethought and big picture diplomatic public meetings are likely to be downgraded for a time. but i think after a period of penance and repentance saudi arabia if it behaves itself can come back, especially because the relationship is indispensable. if the united states wants to be the predominant
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outside power in the gulf region it needs to partner with a local power and that means saudi arabia or iran. iran is a revolutionary and revisionist power that is largely opposed to the status quo, but saudi arabia is largely for it, so it is really no choice at all from the united states. they have to communicate to the saudi government that this kind of thing is not acceptable and get them to stop being so reckless. the united states and saudi arabia are pursuing regional stability and you can't do that with these kind of reckless and destabilising tactics if this is true, as it seems to be. i will be calling king solomon of saudi arabia because it would be appropriate for me to ask him what is going on. we'll bring you the latest from washington. also tonight... parts of wales suffer their worst flooding in 30 years as storm callum causes chaos. ahead of afghanistan's parliamentary elections, more than 20 people are killed in a bomb attack. derek is! freddie burns! he has
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dropped it! and in rugby, a nightmare finish hands toulouse victory over bath. good evening. president trump has promised to inflict severe punishment on saudi arabia if its found to be behind the disappearance of a journalist in turkey. jamal khashoggi vanished 11 days ago after visiting the saudi consulate in istanbul to obtain paperwork to marry his fiance. turkey claims it has audio and video recordings proving that he was murdered after he went inside. the saudi interior minister has described the allegations as lies. 0ur washington correspondent, chris buckler, has this report, which contains some flashing images. a consulate is supposed to be a place of diplomatic protection, but the turkish authorities believe that behind these walls,
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jamal khashoggi was lured to his death and they're said to have recordings of the washington postjournalist being murdered by a saudi hit squad. there is pressure on donald trump to take action. lord god, i ask that you pour out your holy spirit on president trump, that you give him supernatural wisdom... inside the oval office, he prayed with an evangelical pastor released after months of detention in turkey. but the questions were about what action he would take against the saudi government — if they were involved in mr khashoggi's death. he said there would be severe punishment, but ruled out sanctions that could prevent tens of billions of dollars of arms sales. i actually think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that. there are other things we can do that are very, very powerful, very strong, and we'll do that. now as of this moment, nobody knows what happened — as of this moment. we're looking into it very seriously, turkey is looking into it
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at a very high level, at the highest level. and so is saudi arabia. jamal khashoggi went to the consulate to get papers for his wedding. he's fiancee was waiting outside, but she never saw him leave the building. the saudi interior minister insists claims that his body was dismembered are baseless allegations and lies. speaking to his supporters, turkey's president erdogan was careful with his words, but while he hasn't accused riyadh of murder, the authorities here have been leaking potentially incriminating information, and there may be more to come. this death along with other killings, not least the poisonings blamed on russia in salisbury, are concerning the un. i am feeling worried with this apparent new normal, because these kind of incidents are multiplying and it's absolutely essential to make sure that the international community says clearly that this is not something that can happen. the turkish police have not
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been allowed to search the saudi consulate, but it's notjust the authorities in istanbul now investigating — this is an international incident, and potentially a crime with global consequences. chris bucklerjoins me from washington. chris, how seriously will saudi take these threats? donald trump's language has certainly hardened and he said he would speak directly to salary aboufs would speak directly to salary about‘s king solomon and he is speaking a severe punishment but it is difficult to know what he means by that. —— saudi arabia. he has ruled out economic sanctions because it would stop the arms deals and potentially put jobs it would stop the arms deals and potentially putjobs at risk in america but when asked what his alternatives would be he simply said there was a long list and he would not be specific. but he knows there is growing pressure for him to act and that is true internationally but also here in washington. a group of senators have launched their own
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investigation and that could potentially lead to sanctions anyway. donald trump does want to keep a good relationship with riyadh and that is understandable because they are an important ally for america in the middle east but he knows of turkey does produce evidence of the murder ofjournalist inside a consulate and remember, they say they have evidence, that could put him in a very difficult position indeed. thank you, chris buckler in washington. police in camarthenshire have confirmed one person has died in a landslide as wales suffers its worst flooding in 30 years. the heavy rain and strong winds have also left 2000 homes and businesses in england without power, with some flood defences breached. more than 30 flood warnings are still in place. people in one village in south wales are ready to evacuate because of the rising water levels, from where tomos morgan reports. yes, so it's streaming through the middle of the house at the moment. vickie leclerc‘s home in aberdulais has been ruined by storm callum. 0vernight, the torrential rain that caused havoc across south wales has decimated her family's home.
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ijust don't know how long it's going to take for it to all go down. so it's just waiting for everything to dry out, i guess, and see what happens from there. but i know a lot of people on the street haven't got insurance or anything so i don't know what they are going to do or i'm going to do. i'm not sure. the 29 houses on canalside, where vicki lives, were offered a voluntary evacuation last night but all the residents refused and stayed with their belongings and homes. tonight, in the aftermath of storm callum, dyfed—powys police have confirmed that one person has been killed as a result of a landslide in carmarthenshire. south wales as a whole has borne the brunt of storm callum. travel has also been severely affected, with several roads remaining closed. here on the a470 between merthyr tydfil and the brecon beacons, thejcb has been called in to create extra drainage as water pouring down the mountain has been bringing debris with it, creating a huge risk for vehicles trying to pass on this road.
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in lampeter, businesses have been severely disrupted due to the heavy rain. the local superstore and its car park under a foot of water. some of the smaller cars are trying to get through and then they're going through but at the other end they're just breaking down because the water's so deep on the road. i've been here 26, 27 years now. i was born here and i've never seen it this bad. it's quite bad. but it's notjust south wales that's been affected. across the uk, bad weather has been wreaking havoc. this plane bringing passengers home from alicante at leeds bradford airport had to abort its landing due to high winds. although flood alerts have been lifted in scotland, several remain in place across parts of england and wales. a separate weather front has spread into the uk following storm callum, with the met office issuing a yellow warning until midnight tonight for heavy rain across many parts of the country. for vicki and her neighbours
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in aberdulais, they're boxed in. water flowing from the back of the houses and at risk of the canal overflowing from the front. their clean—up operation won't be able to begin until this latest storm has run its course. tomos morgan, bbc news, the vale of neath. let's take a look at some of today's other news stories. the chancellor, philip hammond, is under pressure to find extra money in the budget to support universal credit. the new system involves merging existing benefits into one single payment. this morning, one conservative mp suggested around 30 of her colleagues are concerned about how universal credit is working. the work and pensions secretary has admitted that some claimants will be worse off. thousands of patients with incurable breast cancer are being denied a dedicated specialist nurse, according to a leading charity. the government promised all cancer patients would have access to their own nurse by 2020. but according to figures gathered
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by breast cancer care, almost three—quarters of nhs trusts across the uk are not providing them. the department of health said it's "committed to increasing the capacity". banksy‘s artwork "girl with a balloon", which shredded itself after going under the hammer last week, has gone back on display. the renamed "love is in the bin", was sold at sotheby‘s auction house for more than £1 million before it was destroyed by a device inside the frame just seconds later. afghanistan is holding long—delayed parliamentary elections next week but the campaign has been marred with violence. just today 22 people have died and dozens more have been wounded after an explosion at an election rally in north east afghanistan. nine candidates in total have been killed — mostly in targeted attacks. in the third largest city, herat, only one in five people are registered to vote as many afghans are growing increasingly disillusioned with their politicians. 0ur correspondent secunder kermani reports from there. every day this five—year—old
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collects water from this pump for his family. this poor neighbourhood on the outskirts of herat is not directly affected by the fighting elsewhere in the country, but hardly anyone has piped water, and electricity only runs for around four hours a day. the boy's father, a shopkeeper, says he will vote in the upcoming elections, but he does not have much faith politicians will improve life for his family. translation: in afghanistan, no one who has been in power has ever done anything for the country. they are just corrupt. poor people have nothing. despite billions of dollars of aid, afghanistan is a country still facing huge challenges. outside a united nations office in herat, a sum of around 200,000 people recently displaced
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from surrounding provinces by drought. translation: there was no water at all and no food to eat. all the streams and wells dried up. now we are helpless. last year around a quarter of the entire afghan population faced crisis levels of food insecurity. this year, because of the drought, that figure will be even higher. the country has a long way to go before it can address people's basic needs. there has, of course, been some progress over the past two decades. as a woman, naheed farid would not have been allowed outside her home alone under taliban rule. now she's an mp and is fighting for re—election. we are experiencing a very new era of politics as women, but according to the money that came to improve the situation, and the human rights,
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we actually are not satisfied, and i think part of this money went to the corruption, to the pockets of a few people that they really did not have the willingness. internationally, these elections are seen as a dry run for the more important presidential elections scheduled for next year. will enough people feel safe enough to vote? will the results be marred by fraud? this is a young democracy, but already people's faith in it needs reviving. secunder kermani, bbc news, afghanistan. with all the sport now, here's lizzie greenwood hughes at the bbc sport centre. thanks very much. good evening. wigan have won rugby league's super league grand final, beating warrington12—4 in a tense and tight match at old trafford. it was the perfect send—off for wigan‘s long term coach, shaun wane, in his last game in charge, as our correspondent, adam wild, reports.
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0ld old trafford is a rugby league reaches its big crescendo. this season's swa nsong , no reaches its big crescendo. this season's swansong, no encores or second chancers. wigan or warrington, only one good finish the year on the very highest note. it's ourtime again! is year on the very highest note. it's our time again! is going to happen. for some, the final was more final than others, for 30 years wigan coach sean wane says goodbye to his hometown club but warrington, desperate to achieve what they have not in more than 60 years, there is was a better start as josh not in more than 60 years, there is was a better start asjosh charnley slid in. these sides are so evenly balanced it was not long before the scores we re eve n balanced it was not long before the scores were even again. when tom davis just managed to get his hand on this one, wigan had the lead before half—time. sam tomkins is
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another, ending his wigan career here. he was perhaps lucky it did not end sooner. punishment for this but that only ramped up tensions even higher. the break could not cool them down. it took until the dying breath of the season to win it. it came in the form of a wigan rorer, dom manfredi with the decisive score. and so i grand final fairy tale finish for the wigan warriors. as they say goodbye to some of their biggest names. they finish on the ultimate high. super league champions again. adam wild, bbc news, at old trafford. wigan also won the women's grand final, beating leeds 18—16 after a last minute penalty in manchester. the opening weekend of rugby union's european champions cup will be remembered for all the wrong reasons for bath's freddie burns. losing 22—20 at home to toulouse, the england international had the chance to win it for bath, crossing the line in the final few minutes. but as he was celebrating, an opposition player knocked the ball out of his hands before
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it was grounded. no try. elsewhere, ulster beat leicester, exeter drew with munster and there were defeats for scarlets and edinburgh. england's cricketers have won the second one day international in sri lanka by 31 runs. captain eoin morgan top scored with 92 as his side made 278 for 9 in dambulla. chris woakes was then the best england bowler, taking three wickets before the game was abandoned due to poor weather. england now have a 1—0 lead in the best of five series. the teenage son of formula 0ne's most successful driver is continuing the family motor racing dynasty. mick schumacher has qualified to race in f1 after being crowned the formula 3 european champion today with a race to spare. his father, michael, started in formula 3 before famously going on to win seven world f1 titles. he's currently still recovering from a serious skiing accident five years ago. arsenal's record goal scorer, thierry henry,
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is the new head coach of monaco. the french world cup winner started his career there before joining clubs like arsenal and barcelona. recently he's been working with the belgium side, helping them to third place at the world cup. monaco are currently in the relegation zone of ligue 1. that's it but there's plenty more on the bbc sport website, including details of ireland's nations league game against denmark tonight and how gibraltar won their first competitive match. but from me, for now, good night. goody bags filled with commemorative fridge magnets, ponchos and chocolate coins from yesterday's royal wedding have been put up sale on auction site bbay for up to one thousand pounds. the bags were gifted to 12 hundred members of the public who were in the grounds of windsor castle to follow the marriage of princess eugenie the queen's granddaughter and ninth in line to the throne, to jack brooksbank. you can see more on all of today's stories on the bbc news channel.
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that's all from me and the team. have a very good night. hello. saturday was quite an exceptional day across the uk. we had the strong winds and heavy rain, of course, across western parts of the uk, where the weather in the last two days has been so troublesome in the wake of storm callum. you can see the storm here, spinning around and moving towards the north. this is the tail end of the storm, the weather front. but also, we had some very warm weather across some eastern parts of the country. temperatures got into the mid—20s and in fact the met office recorded 26.3 in lincolnshire on saturday, and we have never recorded a temperature so high this late in the season. pretty extraordinary. now, the weather is going to turn
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much quieter in the coming days. we are not going to see the contrasts in temperature. that's what helps drive these weather systems, these powerful weather fronts, that bring the strong wind and heavy rain. but before the weather does improve, we will have seen some pretty wet weather overnight from saturday into sunday. pretty soggy weather to start the day across some central and southern areas of the uk. still very mild leftovers of that warm air coming in from the south, 15 or 16 degrees. but sunday isn't going to be cold by any means. we will see cooler air coming in off the atlantic, but still some of that warmth left over and wafting across exactly where that wet weather is moving through. so we will call it warm and wet for a time on saturday across many central and eastern areas. before that rain clears away, by the time we get to the afternoon. and just notice how very different to the weather is in scotland, northern ireland, and many western parts of the uk, especially southern wales. some sunshine finally on the way. the start of the working week, monday, high—pressure establishes itself across the uk.
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0nly just. there is a weather front close by here affecting south—eastern areas of the country. and actually there is still some relatively mild weather left over across the south too. so it doesn't look like it will cool off completely. yes, the temperatures dropping lower compared to what we have had, but it's still going to be relatively mild for the time of year. so perhaps a little bit of rain for a time on monday in the south—east, but generally speaking, it is a fine day with temperatures around 13 in glasgow and a decent enough 15 degrees for the time of year in london. on tuesday, another weather front approaches. this big low swing is very close to the north—west of the uk. so breezy and gale force winds they're out to the western isles. something we are used to at this time of year. but here's the weather front as it moves through. the good news is the winds will be brisk enough to sweep the weather front through fairly quickly so we are not expecting vast amounts of rainfall, but some rain moving through. if anything, for most of us on tuesday it is a breezy day, a fresh day of atlantic winds with sunshine and passing showers.
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and then wednesday into thursday, we will start to see that weather front moving through quite nicely. and actually on wednesday we have some fairly decent weather across the uk. again, a couple of showers here. the winds are still blowing out in the north—west. relatively cool direction. down to 12 or 13 degrees. 15 in london, but there will be some sunshine around, so it shouldn't feel too bad at all. and given the time of year. it is still 0ctober, still a bit of warmth to that sunshine. the end of the week, we will start to see a current of warmer air coming in once again from the southern climes, the azores. this is a ridge of high—pressure. the cooler air is to the north here around the atlantic and that is going to send some weather fronts in the direction of scotland. so the thinking is into next weekend, the further south you are, the drier and warmer the weather is going to be.
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