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some sunshine, wintry showers with some sunshine, wintry showers on hills in northern britain will stop where it is clear, some frost and some i swear it has been wet. the headquarters of the news broadcaster cnn were evacuated in new york with police telling people nearby to take shelter. we are fine, thanks to the men and women of the secret service, who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it made its way to our home. tonight, the mayor of new york has described the packages backs —— as a cts described the packages backs —— as acts of terror. we will have the latest. also tonight. the murder ofjournalist jamal khashoggi. saudia arabia's crown prince salman finally speaks out and says those responsible will be brought tojustice. so—called gagging clauses under fire, as the prime minister says some companies are using non—disclosure
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agreements unethically. the mother—of—five missing for two weeks. police now say they're treating her disappearance in kent as a potential murder. and meghan makes her mark in the south pacific as huge crowds turn out to catch a glimpse of the duchess of sussex. and coming up on bbc news, two of the famous names of the european cup in days gone by meet at anfield in the champions league tonight. it's liverpool against red star belgrade. good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the fbi is investigating a number of suspicious packages sent to high profile individuals and locations, among them former us president barack obama and former presidential candidate, hillary clinton. the devices were intercepted when their post was screened.
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the headquarters of the news broadcaster, cnn, has also been evacuated in new york with police telling people nearby to take shelter. the mayor of new york has described the packages as acts of terror and security in the city is being stepped up. our north america correspondent nick bryant has more. in the leafy suburbs north of new york city, the home of bill and hillary clinton, today surrounded by a much bigger security presence than normal after a suspected explosive device was addressed to the former presidential candidate. the package was intercepted by the secret service during routine screening procedures and law enforcement officials said mrs clinton was not at risk of receiving it. we are fine, thanks to the men and women of the secret service, who intercepted the secret service, who intercepted the package addressed to us long
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before it made its way to our home. every day, we are grateful for their service and commitment and obviously, never more than today. few minutes later, news of a second suspected explosive device, this time addressed to the washington resident of barack and michelle obama. again, it was intercepted by the secret service and did not pose a threat to the former president's family. we're going to jump because there's a fire alarm here. cnn was reporting these developments when it became part of the story, it's anchors forced to broadcast from the street following the discovery of a suspected package in its new york bureau. the package that was mailed made it into the building. as the nypd cordoned off the area around central part, reports came through that be suspected package was addressed to the former cia director
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john brennan, a strident critic of the trompe presidency and a regular guest on a rival network —— of the trompe presidency. law—enforcement said the packages contained crude, low ordnance explosive devices that we re low ordnance explosive devices that were functional and at least two of them were apparently made of a pipe, wires and black powder. what we saw today was an effort to terrorise, clearly a n today was an effort to terrorise, clearly an act of terror, attempting to undermine our free press and leaders of this country through acts of violence. i want to make very clear that the people of new york city will not be intimidated and we're going to go about our lives undeterred. be suspected devices we re undeterred. be suspected devices were similar to a pipe bomb found on monday in the mailbox at the home of the billionaire philanthropist george soros, a property in the new york suburb is not far from where the clintons live. as the bomb squad removed the suspected device from the office of cnn, the white house
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condemned what it called these despicable, terrorising acts. in the past hour, donald trump has tweeted that he wholeheartedly agrees with the statement from his vice president mike pence, who condemned these cowardly attacks and said they have no place in this country. this of course is a very highly charged political climate right now, less than two weeks away from what are called the mid—term congressional elections. donald trump has been holding rallies almost daily and a feature of those is often these chance of "lock her up" directed at hillary clinton and donald trump has singled out george soros for criticism and fight an almost daily battle with cnn. inevitably, the question is being raised, as us politics become too aggressive and to toxic? nick bright with the latest, thank you. —— nick bryant. saudia arabia's crown prince mohammed bin salman says those responsible for the murder of the us based journalist, jamal khashoggi, will be brought to justice.
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he was speaking publicly for the first time since mr khashoggi was killed in the saudi consulate in istanbul three weeks ago. here, the prime minister said the men suspected of killing mr khashoggi will be banned from entering britain. tim willcox reports from riyadh. at the centre of the diplomatic whirlwind, crown prince mohammed bin salman swept into a riyadh conference this evening. until now, he had never spoken publicly about the death of jamal khashoggi. translation: the incident that took place is very painful for all saudis. especially ordinary saudi citizens, and i believe it is painful for any human in the world. today, the kingdom of saudi arabia is taking all legal measures to com plete is taking all legal measures to complete investigations jointly with the turkish government to reach result and bring those guilty to justice. after denying everything, saudi arabia finally admitted killing mr khashoggi, a former royal insider,
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in its consulate in istanbul. the foreign minister said it was a rogue operation, but few believe that. and the man at the top the list had been turkey's president. translation: we are determined not to allow a cover—up of this murder and to make sure all those responsible, from those who ordered it, to those who carried it out, will not be allowed to avoid justice. president trump's cia director has been briefed by her turkish counterpart. and the president's position is heartening. the process was no good. the execution was no good. and the cover—up, if you want to call it that, was certainly no good. even the meeting between jamal khashoggi's son and the crown prince looked like a clumsy photo op. according to his friends, salah khashoggi has been under a travel ban since last year. since being made crown prince, the
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man known as mbs has been basking in the international spotlight as a reformer but since this issue, there have been questions about his authoritarianism, his sense of judgment, the people who surround him, his impetuousness. today's conference delegates seemed pleased ata conference delegates seemed pleased at a phone call with the turkish president, a public statement for the first time about the shoddy‘s death but will this be enough to de—escalate the row that has engulfed him and this kingdom over the past three weeks? this isn't a crisisjust this isn't a crisis just for saudi arabia but for america, britain and the wider western world, because of this country's strategic importance, pivotal role in the global economy and its role in the wider middle east. tim, thank you. the prime minister has accused some employers of using non—disclosure agreements "unethically" when workers raise claims of harassment. theresa may told mps that the government would act to tighten up when they were used.
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the issue was raised in the commons after the daily telegraph outlined the case of a high profile businessman, said to be accused of racial and sexual harassment, who has won a temporary injunction at the court of appeal to prevent the paper revealing the details. here's our special correspondent lucy manning. who is he? the businessman who can't be named, accused of sexually harassing and racially abusing some of his staff. he's gone to court to stop his identity being revealed. the telegraph prevented from publishing full details of their story, which claimed the businessman was hiding his behaviour behind ndas. nondisclosure agreements. these nondisclosure agreements have overshot their remit. they're actually now being misused by powerful people in business to effectively gag employees with serious claims against them of wrongdoing, in this case, sexual harassment and racism, and we don't think that's right, and it's now a cause for politicians to take up and question whether these agreements have a place in civilised society.
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so what is an nda? it's a contract to stop the disclosure of confidential information, for example, not revealing details to a competitor. but it's also used if you've had an employment dispute. you may end up signing one in return for a pay—off. originally, the high court ruled the businessman's name and the allegations could be published. that it was in the public interest and the information was reasonably credible. he then appealed and judges decided nondisclosure agreements played an important role, and the staff who had signed them weren't bullied or pressurised to do so. it was the harvey weinstein scandal that uncovered what was being hidden using ndas. he denies any allegations, but his former assistant was the first from his company to break her nda. zelda perkins says she felt intimidated to sign it and was told she had no choice.
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sometimes, they are consensual. the point is that actually, they shouldn't exist, because all they are doing is protecting somebody from improper behaviour, criminal behaviour, discriminatory behaviour. so why should they be allowed? ndas weren't created for this sort of situation. they have been weaponised by powerful people. in the commons, the prime minister promised they would be looked at. the government is going to bring forward measures for consideration, for consultation to seek to improve the regulation around nondisclosure agreements and make it absolutely explicit to employees when a nondisclosure agreement does not imply or cannot be enforced. so will the businessman be named? there will be another court hearing to finally decide that, but two of his workers who signed the agreements don't want the paper to publish the story. others believe he should be exposed. lucy manning, bbc news. britain "will pay the price" of a no—deal brexit, caused by the need for new border controls that may not
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be ready in time. that's the warning from the government watchdog, the national audit office, which scrutinises government departments. it says the government has made some progress on preparing for the possibility of a so—called "hard" brexit, but that was likely to cause queues and delays at border crossings. our economics editor kamal ahmed reports. a smoothly operating border, this one at dover, where hundreds of trucks a day travel to and from the european union, with no checks and no taxes. but, like the white cliffs, we rather take it for granted. but what if all that changes, abruptly, next year? given the scale of the task, what we found is that there are risks to the effective operation of the border, if we leave the eu in march next year under a no deal. even if there is a deal, there is still a great deal that will need to be done. today's report says a brexit no deal contains a number of risks for which the uk is ill—prepared. up to 250,000 firms would need to fill out customs forms
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for the first time. there are likely to be delays that the borders as new checks are put in place. organised crime across the border could increase because of a lack of security. these are apples grown in kent. this woman runs a food business in kent that employs iii people and exports to belgium, italy and france. how ready does she feel if a no deal was to strike? it's been almost impossible to make any preparations whatsoever. we have no idea what is going to happen once we do brexit. we don't know what deals are going to be in place and, in the case of the no—deal scenario, goodness knows what's going to happen, so there's no way for us to prepare. i'm too busy running the business to be putting in contingency plans for something we don't know about. the government admits there is still a lot of hard work to do and progress has been slow. and, of course, neither britain nor the eu want no deal. what we are working to make sure
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across a whole variety of areas is that we have the capacity in place, we have the systems in place, we have the plans in place to deal with all eventualities. i am expecting the uk and european union to reach a sensible agreement for the future. the nao report might well focus minds in both britain and in the rest of the european union, because it says if there is a collapse in those trade negotiations, then the cost could be — for thousands of businesses and millions of people — very high indeed. britain is still pushing for a close deal but with just 156 days to go until brexit date, time is running short. kamal ahmed, bbc until brexit date, time is running short. kamalahmed, bbc news, dover. meanwhile, theresa may is facing her critics on the conservative backbenches at a meeting right now to try to convince them to back her brexit strategy. john pienaar is at westminster. do we know what kind of reception
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she is getting? it's packed with tory mps, a huge crowd of journalists it's packed with tory mps, a huge crowd ofjournalists outside, and a meeting which was pre—billed as a confrontation between mrs may and mutinous conservative mps and preceded by some venomous briefing about her needing to take a own use, which actually caused a matter of sympathy for theresa may, but she will have been pleased, not too surprised, to walk into the room and get a huge cheer. and banging of desks, a friendly gesture of support for the wires that? well, there is a reservoir of tory mps who are willing to reason may on to beat the odds and get a deal. despite expectations the whips have been going around telling everyone he who would listen this is no time for a show of public dissent. and of course, there is a view there view there that there is no view or a
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clear view among tory mps about who would be a better replacement, especially at such a pivotal time for the brexit process. more than a few conservative mps count as implacable enemies to mrs may, more are simply impatient, and downing street is having a dinner for are simply impatient, and downing street is having a dinnerfor a number of tory mps this evening to shore up her support. the brexit mps are very clear that any special relationship with the european union, customs relationship and so on, should be temporary and be brought to an end as quickly as possible. it was the same message mrs may was given by cabinet ministers in downing street yesterday, telling them she wants the same thing but the clock is ticking loudly on the brexit negotiations and perhaps even more loudly on the time that she has two land a deal capable of commanding the support of the bulk of mps. thank you. the time is 6.16pm. our top story this evening. the fbi investigates suspected explosive devices, described as acts of terror, sent to high profile individuals, including barack obama and hillary clinton as well as the news broadcaster cnn.
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and still to come... the pioneering operation on unborn babies to correct the birth defect spina bifida. coming up on sportsday on bbc news, we speak to doddie weir, once a hardened rugby international, now facing the fight of his life as he writes about both his career and his current battle with motor neurone disease. the british government has expressed serious concerns about the detention of up to a million uighur muslims in china. analysis of satellite images from the region of xinjiang that have been seen by the bbc suggest that a vast network of internment centres are being constructed. china denies it is detaining uighurs but says they are attending voational training for re—education. our china correspondent john sudworth has been hearing the stories of some of those who have fled the region. you don't see long beards
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in xinjiang any more. they have been banned. mosques have fallen silent, with no sign of prayer. huge fences all around it. and walls are going up. this former school is what china calls a vocational training centre, but it looks more like a prison. from above, the grim details can be picked out. last year, the school had a football pitch. today, it's covered with what looked like accommodation blocks. watchtowers are visible. just reciting an islamic verse was enough, this man says, to put him in a chinese detention camp. he has now fled to turkey, but fears for his family back home. translation: i don't know where my mother and father are, all my brothers and sisters.
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the chinese government wants us to renounce our beliefs, our ethnicity and our humanity. china denies it is detaining uighurs. xinjiang's main muslim minority, with homes locked and empty. it says they are being given free anti—extremism education. but this giant facility is capable of holding thousands of people. when we tried to approach by car... look at this. ..we find it's being extended on a huge scale. wow. then we are stopped from filming. it's like a city. if this really is all about education, then why the effort to stop us getting close? this 66—year—old is one of those thought to be in the camp. this is me and my brother. this woman, a british uighur living
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in london, received a message last year saying her mum had been taken away. the chinese government, they want to delete the uyghur nations from the wall. so we need foreign governments to act as soon as possible, before it's too late. another new school being built. this one in six months. again, with watchtowers. the british government says it has raised its concern, but china's crackdown on the faith and the people continues. john sudworth, bbc news, xinjiang. police in kent say they're treating the disappearance of a 46—year—old woman as a potential murder. sarah wellgreen, who has five children, was last seen near her home in new ash green in kent two weeks ago. claudia sermbezis is near dartford. what are the police saying? well, sophie, you can see the police
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tape behind me here in foxboro once and they have cordoned off several areas. there is a large area here and also to the right of me there is and also to the right of me there is a lot of tape as well. we don't know the significance of why they have cordoned off several areas but what we do know is that sarah wellgreen has been missing since the evening of tuesday the 9th of october. nothing is missing from her home, except her mobile phone, which was a black iphone. now, we also crucially know there is no reason why sarah wellgreen has gone missing. are debit and credit cards have not been used. i spoke to one of her friends today and she told me they were arranging to meet up soon and she was very happy and had a newjob, there's no explanation as to why she suddenly disappear like this. hundreds of volunteers have been looking for sarah well green and their mood has very much changed from one of optimism to feeling com pletely from one of optimism to feeling completely deflated today, since the police have said this is now a suspected murder enquiry. now sarah
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wellgreen is a mother of five children, obviously her family at deeply distressed and she has already missed one of her children's birthdays. claudia, thank you. two men have beenjailed for an armed robbery at the gleneagles hotel in perthshire in which £500,000 worth of designer watches was stolen. richard fleming and liam richardson carried hammers, a machete and a pistol in the raid in june last year. fleming was given an 18—year sentence. richardson was jailed for 11 years. for the first time in the uk, surgeons have operated on two unborn babies to correct the birth defect spina bifida, that can lead to paralysis. ?the team at university college hospital in london repaired the babies' spinal cords when their mothers were six months pregnant. our medical correspondent fergus walsh reports. i might not go too much deeper, because we might need membranes in the second. this is remarkable surgery. opening the womb to correct a birth defect. this complex procedure was done in belgium.
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among a vast team, a british surgeon who has now operated on two pregnant women in london. the mothers and their babies are doing well. thank you very much. spina bifida develops during pregnancy, when the bones of the spine don't form properly. this can cause a bulge from which spinal fluid leaks out. the condition can cause a range of lifelong health issues, such as paralysis, bladder and bowel problems and affect brain development. the delicate surgery happens at around 26 weeks pregnancy. the womb is opened and the baby's nerve tissues are pushed back into the spinal cord, which is then closed. the pregnancy continues for another three months. until now, surgery to correct spina bifida was done after birth, but the team at london's university college hospital say doing it in the womb has the potential to lead
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to better outcomes. we anticipate that we will be treating about ten to 20 babies per year in the uk that have spina bifida. and the benefits are a reduced need to put drains in the baby's brain, improved neural development and improved motor function, and also improved bladder and bowel function. this must be my baby! hello! this is baby ayesha from belgium meeting the british surgeon who corrected her spina bifida when she was in the womb. doctors expect she will walk normally. from hearing that she was going to be paralysed from the waist down, that's like amazing. she is my daughter. she is not only a diagnosis, she is not only spina bifida. she is what she is and she is perfect the way she is. the surgery carries risks but ayesha's mother says it is worth it for the chance of a healthy baby. fergus walsh, bbc news.
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it's every lorry driver's nightmare — going under a bridge and realising too late that your vehicle is too big to get through. that's what happened in perth today when a car transporter carrying luxury cars ran into a spot of trouble. at least two range rovers were crushed when they were smashed into the railway bridge in perth, causing thousands of pounds of damage. the bridge came out unscathed. huge crowds have turned out to see the duke and duchess of sussex on the second day of their visit to the south pacific island of fiji. so many people tried to catch a glimpse of meghan at a local market that they had to cut the visit short for security reasons. earlier, the duchess made her first speech of the royal tour, as jonny dymond reports from fiji. she is one of the most famous faces in the world, but since she married, we have heard almost nothing from her until today. at the university of the south pacific, the couple watched a dance about climate change, and then, for the first
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time in a long time, it was meghan's turn to speak. she spoke about the right to education and its particular importance to young women. when girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but for all of those around them. and while progress has been made in many areas across the commonwealth, there is always scope to offer more opportunities to the next generation of young adults and specifically to young women. from staff and students alike, enthusiasm for meghan and her message. without harry but surrounded by adoring crowds, meghan went to the market in suva, to visit a project for women's empowerment. it's very rare on these trips for meghan to do an event by herself. this is the second one today and each time the message has been about changing the way that women
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and girls are treated. it was a very brief visit and there were a fair few disappointed fans. the authorities didn't expect the numbers that turned out and security became a concern. but here in fiji, meghan has started to define her role. jonny dymond, bbc news, suva. time for a look at the weather. here's nick miller. 19 in the sunshine in southern england today, nine will be an achievement by the weekend, big weather changes on the way, still fairly mild but atlantic air across the uk, good deal of cloud coming into areas cleared today overnight, still some patchy rain in western scotland, not amounting to too much. clearer skies in north—east england, patchy mist and fog across southern parts, blasting into thursday morning. tomorrow, where you have
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had blue sky today, i'm expecting more cloud around but still some eastern areas seeing more cloud around but still some eastern areas seeing sunny more cloud around but still some eastern areas seeing sunny spells here and there. the rain gathering in north—west scotland through the afternoon, turning heavy and more persistent and it's the last day temperatures like this, because this isa temperatures like this, because this is a cold front moving south on thursday night. not a huge amount of rain, but opening the door to the arctic air following on rain, but opening the door to the arctic airfollowing on behind. friday will feel very different and especially as a northerly winds strengthened too. there will be showers in coastal areas, northern scotland, coming into the higher hills in scotland, the pennines, north yorkshire moors, with snow in places for them may be some rumbles of thunder but most actually will be dry with some sunshine for the clea n, dry with some sunshine for the clean, crisp arctic air, but those temperatures have come down and they stay down by the start of the weekend. some coastal showers around, many places will be dry with some sunshine, but if the feeling of the weather which is all—important. a winter direction for the winter,
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northerly, a brisk wind, temperature is hardly anybody getting into double figures at when you factor in the winter it will feel colder than this and feel more like it is mid to low single figures. winter in control this weekend. temperatures creep back in next week. that's it from us, goodbye. hello this is bbc news. the headlines — the us secret service says suspicious packages have been sent to the home of barack obama, and to hillary clinton. the headquarters of the news broadcaster cnn were evacuated in new york with police telling people nearby to take shelter. the crown prince of saudi arabia says the people responsible for the murder of the journalist, jamal khashoggi, will be brought to justice.
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