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welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: as turkey is preparing to reveal all about the murder of the the journalist jamal khashoggi at the saudi consulate in istanbul, the us treasury secretary holds private talks in riyadh with the saudi crown prince. president trump warns that the us will build up its nuclear arsenal to pressure russia and china, as he threatens to pull out of a landmark treaty. it's a threat to whoever you want, and it includes china, and it includes russia, and it includes anybody else that wants to play that game. cristiano ronaldo says the truth is coming, as he speaks publicly for the first time about the rape allegation against him. spanning 55 km, the world's longest sea bridge, linking hong kong and macau to mainland china, is opening for business. turkey's president has promised he will present new information
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within hours about the death of the saudi journalist jamal khashoggi at his country's consulate in istanbul. the saudi foreign minister has now acknowledged that mr khashoggi, a critic of the government, was murdered, and called it a tremendous mistake. he also called it a rogue operation, a line echoed by president trump, who has now sent the director of the cia to istanbul. our diplomatic correspondent james robbins has the latest. these are the latest pictures to emerge ofjamal khashoggi, with his fiancee. they are arriving at the consulate shortly before the visit to the saudi consulate where he was murdered. now look at this picture. turkish investigators believe this is one of the saudi hit squad, chosen as body double,
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wearing very similar clothes. later, the double was apparently seen safe on the streets of istanbul after the murder. could this be part of a huge saudi cover—up? significantly, president trump is now suggesting he doesn't buy the changing saudi stories, after speaking again to the crown prince, and also hearing from his own american investigators. in saudi arabia, we will know very soon. we have tremendously talented people, that do this stuff very well. they're coming back tonight, tomorrow, and i will know very soon, and i am not satisfied with what i've heard. turkish police clearly believe they have assembled a powerful case against saudi arabia. they were at a car park to search a car with saudi diplomatic plates, possibly abandoned after the murder. turkey's president erdogan is promising to reveal much more — the truth behind a pattern of saudi lies. his party spokesman said the facts would emerge. translation: we are faced with a situation in which a murder
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has been brutally planned, and a lot of effort has been made to cover it up. when we look at it from this point of view, it's a very complex murder. and a lot hangs on the truth. in the house of commons, the foreign secretary said action against the saudis should wait for the outcome of investigations. but his labour shadow, emily thornberry, demanded sanctions, including... will he accept that uk arms sales for the use in yemen must be suspended, pending a comprehensive, un—led investigation into all alleged war crimes? jeremy hunt's response... she talked about arms sales. the procedures we follow in this country, as she well knows, are amongst the strictest in the world. the foreign secretary, not absolutely ruling out a halt to weapons sales, is pointing away from it. britain has a lot to lose in money and jobs. after the united states, the uk is the second—largest
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supplier, and way ahead of any other country. germany, though, is suspending its arms exports to the saudis. the largest question to be answered — to what extent is the saudi crown prince culpable? many governments do suspect him, just as they blame him for the conduct of saudi arabia's military campaign in yemen. james robbins, bbc news. earlier i spoke to onur erem of the bbc‘s turkish service. i asked him what new information we should expect from turkey's president erdogan when he speaks this morning. mr erdogan told over the weekend that he will release all the information he has, in his parliament speech. so it can be involving the latest car, which was found yesterday in istanbul belonging to the saudi consulate. so it has been investigated by special teams, and there may be information regarding this, as well, in the speech. what evidence do you think turkey has, and why has it not published it officially? we have seen some leaked,
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but why haven't they let it all out? we don't know the exact reason, but we may learn it today. as most of the information given to the international press was given by sources which were not named in the press, so they were not official explanations of turkey. but today, whatever mr erdogan says will be an official explanation. so it will be the first time we will hear all the known details from the president himself. with so many conflicting reports and theories, of course, which do you give the most weight to? apparently saudi arabia's credibility was diminished after they changed their scenario of what happened to mr khashoggi, so they say that now it was a rogue team, so they say that now it's a rogue team. but turkey is denying this, saying it was a special team sent
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from saudi arabia specially to kill mr khashoggi, so we have to wait a few more hours, until mr erdogan speaks, and we will see what he will say. it does seem bizarre and ironic, doesn't it, that turkey is apparently so exercised over this particular tragedy involving a journalist, when it is jailing so many journalists and other people, depriving them of their human rights, of their means of earning a living. what does turkey really want from this? it does suggest there is another agenda. according to turkey, the journalists who are jailed are not jailed because of theirjournalism. turkey argues that they are in jail because of terrorism or other charges. but mr khashoggi was killed in turkey by another state, which is also a regional rival of turkey. so this is why turkey is giving more importance to this case, and trying to get all the international media and the international public behind themselves in this case. as a way of making a point against saudi arabia. putting saudi arabia in its place.
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turkey's relationship with that country was in a bad condition in the last two years. especially their relationship to qatar affected the relationship between turkey and saudi arabia. so this will be the new episode in the relationship between those two countries. well, the saudi government and its allies are also facing new questions about their role in the war in yemen. a proxy war has ravaged the country since 2015, as a government coalition led by the saudis and supported by the uk, us and france has clashed with houthi rebels backed by iran. the fighting has killed at least 10,000 people, and coupled with disease and starvation, has triggered what the united nations calls the world's biggest humanitarian crisis. the port city of hodeidah, controlled by the houthis, is strategically important because most of the country's food passes through it.
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un officials say its closure would be a disaster. 0ur international correspondent 0rla guerin is one of the few western journalists to report from hodeidah. there are distressing images coming up. repairing wounds of war. surgeons in hodeidah operate on 13—year—old sadam. he has shrapnel embedded close to his spine. this city is now yemen's key battleground. more civilians are being killed here than anywhere else. and one child in four is malnourished, like amir. too many mothers here don't watch their children grow up. they watch them waste away. 0ne—year—old maria has been in and out of al—thawrah hospital. her mother, yasmin mohammed, is worn down by the conflict. "the war has had a big
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impact," she told us. "we can't even buy medicine for our children. "a lot of people in my street have died because of the airstrikes. "they went out to look for work and never came back." well, there is so much need in this hospital. you find every conceivable type of suffering connected with the war — starvation, disease, amputations. doctors are battling with a lack of even basic medicines and for everyone here, staff and patients, there is the fear that every minute, day and night, nowhere is safe. that was the case for the civilians who are sitting here, their minibus was hit at 10.30 in the morning as it passed through a houthi checkpoint.
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survivors say it was an airstrike by the saudi—led coalition. the attack, just days before we reached hodeidah, claimed 15 lives. we found one of the passengers, amir salman homadi, a construction worker who relies on his hands. "i felt happy that morning, that i was going to work to feed my family," he said. "after the explosion, i don't remember anything until i got to the hospital. my god will punish them and send them to hell." are you sure it's an air strike? "there was an aeroplane," he said. "i heard it before i got on the bus. it was the saudis who
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killed the people." the united nations says airstrikes by the saudi—led coalition cause most civilian deaths in yemen. but it says the houthis also take innocent lives by indiscriminate shelling. if there is street—to—street fighting here, those who cannot flee will be trapped between the two sides. and this is the prize — the strategic red sea port of hodeidah. what happens here is vital. if the houthis lose the port, it could turn the tide of the conflict. it is quiet for now, but the frontline is just miles away, and getting closer. around 80% of yemen's food supplies come through here. during three years of war, this lifeline has already been a casualty of airstrikes
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and a saudi blockade. but both sides are accused of delaying tactics that guarantee more hunger in yemen. the united nations has warned that if fighting closes this port, even for a short time, the impact would be immediate and catastrophic. within days, hundreds of thousands of yemenis won't have the food they depend on. within weeks, that number would escalate to millions. the closure of this port could be the triggerforfamine. and, just minutes from the port, a community at the margins. already the poorest of the poor. we found tahir abdullah at home with four of his eight children. the youngest, nasim, is two. tahir says, the older he gets, that thinner he gets. "the children often don't eat for an entire day," he says. "the youngest have never tasted milk.
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most of the time we survive on bread and tea." today, they are eating. tomorrow, maybe not. it is war that has brought this nation to the brink of famine. aid agencies say yemenis are not starving, they are being starved. 0rla guerin, bbc news, hodeidah. the world's longest sea bridge is being officially opened, connecting the special administrative regions of hong kong and macau to mainland china. this is the live view of the newly completed bridge as seen from hong kong. the bridge is designed to withstand earthquakes and the seasonal typhoons which tear through the region. it cost $20 billion to build and has been almost a decade in the making. here are some pictures from a short time ago as the opening ceremony began.
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chinese president xijinping is among the dignitaries attending the ceremony, which is being held in the mainland chinese city of zhuhai. let's get some of the day's other news: british prime minister theresa may says she is ready to explore every possible option to break the deadlock in the brexit talks. speaking in parliament, she said that 95% of the deal with the eu is done, but the irish border is still a sticking point. mrs may also said that any extension to the transition period would end before the next elections in 2022. mexico has issued an alert for parts of its pacific coast as it prepares for hurricane willa, now at the highest category 5. willa is due to make landfall in mexico on tuesday, and experts are warning this storm is potentially catastrophic and life—threatening. it is expected to bring torrential rains, major flooding and landslides.
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in brazil, the far—right presidentialfrontrunner, jair bolsonaro, has said he will cleanse the country of what he called corrupt elements of the the left—wing workers party. mr bolsonaro made the threat in a videolink to supporters in sao paolo, ahead of sunday's presidential runoff. donald trump has threatened to boost american nuclearforces. he says, to compel russia to abide by an arms control treaty, he says he will pull the us out of it. mr trump said the united states had more money than anyone else and would build up its nuclear arsenal until russia came to its senses. he included china in his accusations as well. they have not adhered to the spirit of that agreement or to the agreement themselves. until they get smart there will be nobody even close to us. i don't have to speak to the russians. i don't have do. i am terminating the agreement. earlier i spoke to peter bowes in los angeles,
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i asked him about trump's new threat to russia and china. yes, he has gone further than he did at the weekend. as you say, introducing china to this, saying that china should be part of the treaty as well, which perhaps illustrates a larger agenda for the president, perhaps a concern about the arms race, not only as it applies to russia, but countries like china as well. you also, i think, mike, need to look in the context of where we are with politics in america at the moment. this announcement, this big announcement with major international implications, being made just a couple of weeks before the mid—term elections. this is a very significant election for president trump, and for him to be seen flexing his muscle on the global stage may well win him a few votes, if he doesn't have them already from his base. and, peter, we have also seen that a few of president trump's announcements, particularly in the military field, tend not to happen because perhaps people in the establishment simply don't carry them out. yes.
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and it remains to be seen whether this one will happen as well. there is a window of opportunity of six months before anything can happen. that's a period of time presumably when there can be some negotiations between moscow and the us. john bolton, the national security advisor is meeting president putin later on today and that could go two ways — simply so that he could explain america's stance and the decision to pull out of this treaty, or it could be to perhaps open negotiations and perhaps pinpoint areas where both sides, where both countries, feel that this treaty is failing, and could be built upon for the future. but, as you say, the context, the timing of this is important. this announcement will play well with his core voters. yes. i think you can't deny the timing of this. there is a frenzied political atmosphere, mike, at the moment. you have the president making a major announcement like this, that has little to do
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with domestic policy, as most people would see it, but it is important on the world stage. and that will show him in a different light, in a strong light, that many of his supporters enjoy, and perhaps would encourage others to do. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: a chance to be a billionaire over night. americans in the grip of lotto fever. a historic moment that many of his victims have waited for for decades. the former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer, and as he sat down, obedient enough. dawn, and as the sun breaks through the piercing chill of night on the plain outside korem, it lights up a biblicalfamine, now, in the 20th century. the depressing conclusion — in argentina today, it is actually
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cheaper to paper your walls with money. we've had controversies in the past with great britain. but as good friends, we have always found a good and lasting solution. concorde bows out in style. after almost three decades in service, an aircraft that has enthralled its many admirers for so long taxis home one last time. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: as turkey prepares to reveal all about the murder of the the journalist, jamal khashoggi at the saudi consulate in istanbul, the us treasury secretary has held private talks in riyadh with the saudi crown prince. president trump has warned that the us will build up its nuclear arsenal to pressure
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russia and china as he's threatened to pull out of a landmark treaty. the footballer cristiano ronaldo has responded to questions about a rape allegation he's facing — by insisting that his lawyers are ‘confident‘. he was speaking at a news conference at old trafford in advance of the champions league match between his current clubjuventus and his former club manchester united. christiano ronaldo denies the allegation which dates back to 2009. we gave a statement two weeks ago. i will not lie about the situation. i am very happy. my lawyers are confident and i am as well. the important thing is that i enjoy my football and my life. the rest, i have people to take care of my life and the truth always comes out. so i am good. president trump says the us will begin cutting off foreign aid
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to guatemala, honduras and el salvador in response to the unfolding migrant crisis. the president criticised those countries for failing to stop thousands of migrants from heading towards the us. the migrants say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries. aleem maqbool sent this report from mexico. more than a week trekking hundreds of miles is taking its toll. a town square just inside mexico has become a makeshift camp. a place to rest on this long punishing journey to the united states. but two thirds of the route from their home country of honduras still remains ahead of them. translation: every day we get more and more tired. but everything that is happening back in honduras, and the thought of the future of my children is what motivates me to keep going. but mexicans have come out in force to help the honduran migrants, providing free medicines and treatment.
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and coming to donate clothes. this, though, is just the first group of people heading through the region to america. many more are following, in what is starting to feel like an exodus. of course, migrants head to the us from honduras every year, but why so many at once right now? "if we travel alone it's dangerous" says karen, who is 17. "in a group we feel safe, so when it started ijoined and it kept growing." donald trump says he is going to cut millions of dollars in aid to central american countries, because they haven't been able to stop people making this migration. but all around us we can see people from those very countries, driven to do this because of the extreme poverty back home. right along the route local people and aid agencies have provided sustenance, but this is still no easy undertaking. "we are just simple people" jose rodriguez tells me.
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"there's no work back home so we have to go elsewhere." "we're not looking for problems with anyone, we just want to provide for ourfamilies." this may have become a political story in the united states, but as they prepare to resume their toughjourney, it's clear what's brought so many people together is not politics but sheer desperation. once again, much of the united states is in the grip of lotto fever. the latest mega millions draw will take place on tuesday with a potentialjackpot of $1.6 billion — the biggest payout in history. another draw, the powerball, is also taking place but the winner of that one will only get a measly $600 million. the bbc‘s tim allman has more. hope springs eternal on the streets of manhattan. especially when a combined win of over $2 billion is on offer. no—one has won the mega millions or the powerball so the jackpot
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keeps getting bigger and bigger. i believe i have already won. it was meant to be and it will be. why go crazy and panic? it isjust a chance to see if i can win some millions. it could be you. but the odds are not on your side. the chances of winning the jackpot stand at one in 303 million. in context, your chances of being eaten by a shark are only one in 3.7 million. and there is a one in 300,000 chance that you could be killed by lightning. if you do win the mega millions, this will be your dilemma. take $1.6 billion over a period
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of 29 years or just settle for around $900 million in a lump sum? decisions, decisions. and what if no—one wins? then we try again. and the jackpot gets bigger still. and the jackpot gets bigger still. and finally, this colourful parade, the preparation for the annual day of the dead in mexico city. thousands of people dressed up as the year mexican representation of death. they dress up to remember family members who have passed away and the general continuity of life. and you can get in touch with me and most of the team on twitter — i'm @bbc mike embley. we have much colder weather by the end of the week. monday was a cooler day and with clearer skies
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following the sunshine we have seen temperatures not far from freezing in some rural parts across the southern part of the uk. it will warm up in the sunshine but for most places it will be dry with a brisk wind blowing. probably not quite as windy across the northern half of the uk as it was yesterday but strong wind around this area of high pressure and weather fronts focusing cloud and rain. mainly for the north and west of scotland, sunshine at times for the east of scotland. 40—50 mph gusts across scotland and the pennines and hazy sunshine. rest of the sunshine across other parts of england and wales. it may be warmer on tuesday with temperatures at 16, 17 degrees even in the sunshine of eastern scotland. we still have winds easing down through the course of the evening and overnight. the rain is beginning to ease off. some cloud will push further down into england and wales so not as cold overnight into wednesday morning.
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it will always be the sunniest across southern and eastern parts of england. perhaps eastern scotland for a while. elsewhere cloud across the north—westerly breeze. by this stage, the will breeze will not be as strong and the rain will ease off in the north—west of scotland. those temperatures could hit 16, 17 degrees. quite mild for this time of year. there is still high pressure to the south—west of the uk and weather fronts running around the top of that area of high pressure. this one is the significant one because it is behind that that we will really get some cold air. not yet, however. thursday should be dry for many with sunshine around. cloud coming into england and wales. we have rain gathering in the north—west of scotland with the temperature a shade lower. that rain that is gathering is on the cold front and that is significant because behind it the wind direction changes and we draw air from the arctic, plunging down colder conditions on friday.
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there is the cold front, not a great deal of rain. sunny skies follow and showers coming from the north, turning wintry over the high ground in scotland where it it will feel close to freezing. briefly temperatures is may reach double figures. this weekend we are struggling to make double figures. most places will be dry with sunshine and there will be showers around in those will be wintry over the high ground in the north. this is bbc news. the headlines: the us treasury secretary, steven mnuchin, has held private talks in riyadh with the saudi crown prince, mohammed bin salman, amid continuing international concerns over saudi involvement in the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. turkey says it will reveal the details of the killing later on tuesday. donald trump has threatened to boost his country's nuclear forces to compel russia to abide by an arms control treaty which he has said he plans to quit.
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mr trump told reporters that the united states would build up its nuclear arsenal until russia came to its senses. the longest sea bridge in the world has opened with a ceremony which the chinese president, xijinping, has attended. the $20 billion project, which combines bridges and an undersea tunnel, links hong kong and the macau peninsula to mainland china. a man has pleaded guilty to murdering samantha eastwood, a 28—year—old midwife who was found buried in a shallow grave
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