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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is duncan golestani our top stories — the bbc learns britain and the us are considering a business boycott if saudi arabia is proven to have killed a journalist at its turkish consulate. president trump threatens severe punishment. i will be also calling king salman of saudi arabia, because i think it's appropriate for me to ask him what's going on. rescuers renew their search for hundreds of people believed to still be trapped after hurricane michael struck florida. hello and welcome to bbc news. the bbc has learned that britain and the united states are considering a boycott of a high—profile investment conference in saudi arabia
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later this month, after the disappearance of the saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi. a joint statement of condemnation is also being discussed by western allies. president trump has promised to inflict ‘severe punishment‘ on saudi arabia if it's found to be behind the disappearance of the journalist at the saudi consulate in turkey. chris buckler has this report — it contains some flashing images. a consulate is supposed to be a place of diplomatic protection, but the turkish authorities believe that behind these walls, 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
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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 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. his 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,
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turkey's president erdogan was careful with his words, but while he hasn't accused riyadh of murder, 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'm 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 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. the people have taken part in a
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demonstration in berlin. it comes on the eve of elections in bavaria where the smaller parties are expected to do better than the established ones. more now from that jenny hill in berlin. we still don't have official figures but what we have official figures but what we have seen today, there are tens of thousands of people marching very slowly through the city and the demonstration was organised i hundreds of different groups with all sorts of different clinical affiliations and genders. —— political. but what really unites everybody here today is their concern about the influence of the far right on german politics and society. stay with us here on bbc news, still to come —
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like father, like son — schumacherjunior wins his first drivers title. rescue teams are renewing efforts to find hundreds of people still missing after hurricane michael hit the us state of florida on wednesday. at least 17 deaths have been confirmed so far — there are fears the death toll will rise. jerica duncan from our us news partner cbs, sent this report from panama city on the gulf of mexico. toppled trees and downed powerlines made some roads impassable. the only way to reach the stranded was from the air. we took a helicopter ride with a coastguard team from detroit, and the wreckage below was staggering. this is pretty much devastated. wow, look at that. yeah. it's pretty amazing to see the level of destruction caused by a storm like this. some parts just look like someone literally came down with a hammer and smashed some of those homes and buildings. as of last night, the us coastguard has rescued approximately 63 people and assisted nearly 300.
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on the ground, we found people clearing away the debris from four feet of storm surge. eastpoint business owner michael malanda who rode out the storm says he's lucky to be a live. we've been blasted over here. the rest of them, you know, there's a lot of them who have lost lives, i've heard. today, we expect to see a couple more of the big box stores open. yesterday, there was an incredibly long line for sam's club. some people reportedly waiting at least five hours to get supplies. today, a local outback is expected to give out free lunches. we now know that this is the time, in the aftermath of a hurricane like this, where people in this community will be relying on anyone who can lend a helping hand. police in camarthenshire have confirmed one person has died in a landslide as wales suffers its worst flooding in 30 years.
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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. it's streaming through the middle of the house at the moment. vicki leclerc‘s home in aberdulais has been ruined by storm callum. overnight, the torrential rain which caused havoc across south wales has devastated the family's home. i don't know how long it will take for it to all go down. we are just waiting for it to dry out, i guess, and see what happens from there. but i know a lot of people on the street don't have insurance anything so i don't know what they're going to do or what i am going to do, i'm not sure.
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the 29 houses on the canal side where vicki lives were offered 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 the 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, thejcp 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. in lampeter, businesses have been disrupted due to the heavy rain, the local supermarket and its car park under a foot of water. some of the smaller cars are trying to get through, the bigger ones are getting through but at the other end they are just breaking down. i've been here 26, 27 years, i was born here, i've never seen it
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this bad, it is extraordinary. it is notjust south wales that has 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. the met office has issued a yellow warning until midnight tonight for heavy rain across many parts of the country. for vicki and her neighbours 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 cleanup operation will not be able to begin until this latest storm has run its course. let's get some of the day's other news. reports from the east of syria say so—called islamic state
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fighters have abducted more than one hundred families from a camp for displaced people. those taken are said to include relatives of is members who had defected or been killed. the jihadists have been attempting to hit back against us—backed forces in heavy fighting around the town of hajin. more than 20 people have been killed by flooding and landslides in indonesia. officials say 2a small villages in the country's north sumatra province have been hit by heavy rain since wednesday. rescuers say an islamic boys boarding school was buried by a landslide and at least 10 people are missing. officials in nepal say seven climbers — four south koreans and three nepali guides — have died after a storm hit their camp near a himalayan peak in the west of the country. two others are missing. a police spokesman said the camp at the foot of mount gurja was devastated by the storm. the bodies of the climbers were spotted among the wreckage
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by a rescue team. 11 people have died in a road accident in northern greece. the group, who are all thought to be migrants, were travelling in a minibus which collided head on with a truck and then burst into flames. the truck driver managed to escape from the crash, near the town of kavala. around 1,000 people from honduras have begun to walk to the united states, saying they need to escape their country's poverty and high levels of crime. they started out a day after the trump administration said it is again considering plans to separate migrant children from their parents if they try to cross into the united states from mexico. bill hayton reports now on the hondurans' epicjourney. dawn broke to the sound of hundreds of pairs of feet heading out of town.
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the organisers of this march had expected a few dozen people to join them in the city san pedro sula. almost 1000 turned up. all seeking a better life somewhere else, but worried about the risks of the journey north. translation: there are thousands of honduran men and women who had died in mexico. so we are we have come together, not to bring undocumented people into mexico, but to ask the mexican government to give refuge to all these people who can no longer live in honduras, and who can't wait and hope for things to get better. we want, please, for them, to give us the opportunity to make refuge and give us a better life. by sticking together, the walkers hope to avoid dangers from drug gangs and thieves as they pass through guatemala and mexico. the group includes unaccompanied children, wheelchair users and women with babies. translation: there are no jobs. there is nothing here. and our kids, even the little ones, are scared there are gang members and sometimes they come and destroy everything. they see it all.
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if they reach the united states, this could be the destination for some — a tent city in the texas desert. it was set up for children separated from their parents under the trump administration's zero tolerance policy. now, say officialssay it only holds children who arrive alone. but president trump is talking about going back to zero—tolerance. if they feel there's separation, in many cases, they don't come. but also, in many cases, you have really bad people coming in and using children. they're not their children, they don't even know the children. they haven't known the children for 20 minutes and they grab children and they use them to come into our country. but the migrant marchers don't seem deterred by the president's tough talk, they seem prepared to take the many risks of the road ahead. bill hayton, bbc news. the bbc learns britain and the us are considering a business boycott if saudi arabia is proven to have killed a journalist at its
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turkish consulate. at least 17 deaths have been confirmed so far after hurricane michael struck florida — there are fears the death toll will rise. let's get more now on our top story, the disappearance of the journalist jamal khashoggi. earlier i spoke to samer shehata, professor of middle eastern studies at the university of oklahoma. i asked him how much concern there would be in saudi arabia about possible boycotts of an investment conference and a statement of condemnation from western allies. mohamed bin is unknown, the
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crown prince, and would—be successoi’, crown prince, and would—be successor, is likely seen by relatives and other powerful players in the saudi monarchy. —— bin salman. i think this is a major crisis for saudi arabia. i think it would be the least that the united states and uk and other countries could do, if it was certain, proven, that jamal khashoggi was could do, if it was certain, proven, thatjamal khashoggi was murdered in the consulate. president trump, we just heard, said there would be severe punishment if it was confirmed. do you really get the sense, though, that he wants to act, given that he also keeps restating how important trade and investment is? no, he doesn't want to act. and of course we have seen this notjust in saudi arabia but with other countries that president trump has been very positive towards, which have abysmal human rights records and have no regard for democracy or human rights or the rule of law. the government in each of his one example. north korea is another one. so he does not want to act, but as you also know, there is a pressure
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being applied by congress, senators and congressmen and congas women, both democrats and republicans, as well as a white chorus of public opinion here in the media, policy individuals, decrying what has happened and calling for action. you mentioned the public. i think it is fairto mentioned the public. i think it is fair to say that a majority in the united states have a deep—seated suspicion about saudi arabia as a country. that is very correct. the us saudi relationship is a very old one and it is a very strong one, going back to 1945, when frankland eleanor roosevelt and the founder of the modern kingdom of saudi arabia. —— with frankland eleanor roosevelt. but it has always been at the elite level, among those people in washington and government, as well as business and oil interests. but it has not been one that the american public has really understood, because of course the question of the absolute lack of shared values, when americans look
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at the fact that saudi women only recently were allowed to drive, you know, capital punishment and the way that it know, capital punishment and the way thatitis know, capital punishment and the way that it is undertaken in saudi arabia. the real terrible record in terms of rule of law and other issues. still think the american public, there is no love lost in regards to saudi arabia. —— so i think. just going back to muhamed bin salman, does this change how people are going to look at him? in the last year we have been on the receiving end of something of a pr campaign. i think a very successful and effective one, unfortunately. many have been taken in by the promises of reform and women driving and movie theatres opening up in saudi arabia, and a young prince, and so on. but really, for those what the saudis have been up to in terms of the devastating war in yemen, in terms of their meddling in regional conflicts, the needless escalation of the proxy war with
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iran, there is really a whole other side of a hummer bin salman and the saudi leadership which i think now is going to be seen as a result of this. —— muhamed bin salman. at least 22 people have been killed in an explosion at an election rally for a female candidate in afghanistan. police say explosives were stored in a motorcycle near the event in the province of tacharr. officials say 32 people have been injured in the attack, some are critical. the taliban and other islamist groups are opposed to the election process and have been targeting campaign rallies to deter people from voting. but security is not the only thing affecting people. afghanistan is one of the poorest countries in the world, and people are growing increasingly disillusioned with politicians. secunder kermani reports from herat. every day, this 5—year—old 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,
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but hardly anyone has piped water, 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 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
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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 of women, and the human rights, we actually are not satisfied, and i think part of this money went to the corruption, to the pockets of a few people
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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. let's take a look at some of the other news stories in the uk. 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
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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 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. a man in his 20s was stabbed to death in a car park near a shopping centre in dudley, in the west midlands in the early hoursof saturday morning. west midlands police say three men have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in custody. motor racing, and a famous german name is celebrating after winning the formula three european driver's championship. mick schumacher, the son of legendary driver michael schumacher, clinched the title at hockenheim. some are now wondering if schumacherjunior might follow in his father's footsteps, and make the leap into formula one. the bbc‘s tim allman reports. there is something about this
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that looks so familiar. a title's been won, so a schumacher must be celebrating. it means everything, to be honest, because it is the first real championship that i have won and i have won with a lot of hard work. a lot of hard work, not only from myself, but really, the most work came from the team i'm reallyjust grateful for what they have done. mick schumacher went into hockeinheim with a big lead over his nearest rival. he didn't have to do anything too dramatic, just stay in the race and get to the chequered flag. well, no plans, ithink that is the best plan you can have on the race weekend because you can never predict what is going to happen. you can have a strategy of what you're planning to do in what situation, and i think i had that. but imagine the pressure
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being michael schumacher‘s son. his father, arguably the greatest driver of all time, who was then cruelly injured in a freak skiing accident. this title, likely to be in many ways, a tribute. genius isn't necessarily inherited, there is no guarantee the son will match the father, but this is a start, and after all, winning is the schumacher way. tim allman, bbc news. now here's a big cat who definitely got the cream after coming within a whisker‘s length of being drowned. this leopard was trapped down a well in the indian village of yadav—wadi, about 200km east of mumbai. rescuers lowered a section of ladder which the animal climbed onto. a cage was then sent down and the leopard crept into the open box. the door was quickly shut and the rescue crate was pulled up
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to the surface. goody bags filled with commemorative fridge magnets, ponchos and chocolate coins from friday's royal wedding have been put up for sale on the auction site ebay for up to £1000. the bags were gifted to 1200 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. now, it is an awfully long time since he left on to lucy back in peru. paddington bear is 60 years old. to celebrate, the royal mint has released two new 50p pieces. the clients depict the peruvian bad in two locations from his adventures. sitting on his suitcase at paddington station and ona suitcase at paddington station and on a day out at buckingham palace. i don't think they cost 50p, though.
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let's look at the weather now with helen willetts. some parts of south wales have seen in excess of 200mm already since friday morning when the rain began. there are numerous flood warnings still out, notjust in wales, and yet more heavy rain to come through the day today. though eventually it does dry up in the west. it was really miserable in the rain and cold, only eight degrees in dalwhinnie. contrast that with 26 degrees in the sunshine in lincolnshire. that makes it the warmest day so late in the year. the reason for that is the air is being drawn up from the south. i need to point out this massive cloud which is the remnants of hurricane leslie. it has been bringing very powerful winds, 100mph, in across iberia. a real battering from those winds and potential flash flooding from the rains. with our weather front, we have another pulse of rain heading northwards along that weather front through the day as it edges eastwards. we are hoping it will have cleared away from northern ireland by the time we get to the morning and then we have this fresher atlantic air coming in.
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it means a chilly start. still another day of really warm weather in eastern areas but not as warm as it was yesterday because we've got the rain. chilly start from northern ireland, potential for mist and fog, and then our weather front is sitting a little bit further east with further pulses of heavy rain running northwards so that may well exacerbate the flooding situation. we'll keep an eye on that. further west, some drier weather coming in. still met office yellow warnings out for the rain across wales, north—west england, southern scotland. you can see further east, a very different day. even if it stays mostly dry in east anglia and kent, we could get 20 degrees. we'll have a lot more cloud here and across central and north—eastern parts of england. western scotland, northern ireland, much brighter, 13 degrees. pleasant in the light winds. but even as we go through the night and into monday, the rain is still potentially hanging on across the south—eastern areas. but as it eventually clears away and we get under a ridge of high pressure, we will see temperatures dipping away overnight but but by day, nowhere near as high on monday. a fresher air stream.
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it does mean some chilly nights. the weather front still close by to the south and east but under a ridge of high pressure, at this time of year, we can expect some fog and frost problems before we get the next atlantic weather system in. generally speaking, as we go into the start of the new week, the weather slowly improves. not for the short term, not through sunday, lots of heavy rain to come. but hopefully monday and a much weaker weather front on tuesday. bye— bye. this is bbc news. the headlines: the bbc has learned that written and the united states made boycott a high—profile investment conference in saudi arabia later this month after the disappearance of the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi. president trump threatened the possibility of severe punishment if
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the country is responsible forjamal khashoggi's disappearance and death. rescue teams are renewing efforts to find hundreds of people still missing after a hurricane hit florida on wednesday. at least 17 deaths are confirmed. there are fears the death toll will rise. a lack of food and water is among the most pressing issues. tens of thousands of antiracism demonstrations have been marching in berlin. the organisers say they want it to be a show of solidarity against the politics and xenophobia and exclusion. an outbreak of the disease myxomatosis is being reported in british hares for the first time. scientists fear it could infect hares in a similar way to rabbits,
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