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this is bbc world news today. i'm tanya beckett. our top stories: this man has been arrested in the united states and charged, after a series of pipe bombs were sent to prominent critics of president trump. police say that more devices could still emerge, and warn that the bombs were not fakes. each device consisted of roughly six inches of pvc pipe, a small clock, a battery, some wiring and what is known as energetic material. the fiancee of the murdered saudi journalist jamal khashoggi speaks in public for the first time about the killing. translation: i know he had questions on whether something he didn't expect could happen at the consulate. and, one of the world's most famous monuments — stonehenge celebrates 100 years since it was given to the british public. hello and welcome
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to world news today. a man has been arrested in florida after a series of bombs were sent to prominent critics of us president donald trump. the devices, at least 13 in number, had been sent by post over the past week. the fbi has named the suspect as 56—year—old cesar sayoc. he was detained in florida and faces five charges. these include mailing explosives and threatening ex—presidents. officials have warned that more devices might still be in the system, and insist their investigation is ongoing. they say it's too early to determine a motive. the fbi say that dna evidence was used to track the suspect down. in the last hour the us attorney general, jeff sessions, gave this update about
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today's developments. a suspect is in the custody of the fbi. i want to remind everyone that the defendant in this case, as in every case, is innocent until proven guilty. he has been charged today with five federal crimes, including interstate transportation of an explosive, illegal mailing of explosives, threats against former presidents and certain other persons, threatening interstate communications and assaulting current and former federal officers. the director of the fbi is christopher wray. he gave more details about the investigation. though we're still analysing the devices in our laboratory, these are not hoax devices. don't you focus for a moment on the amazing work of our folks at the fbi lab. based on their initial analysis, they uncovered a latent fingerprint from one of the envelopes containing an
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ied that had been set to congresswoman maxine waters. we have confirmed this fingerprint is that of cesar sayoc. there is also a possible dna connection between samples collected from pieces of two different iuds, mailed in separate envelopes and a simple previously collected from cesar sayoc and connected to an earlier arrests down in florida —— two different ied use. christopher wray. anthony roman has four decades worth of experience in counter—terror strategy. he gave his view on how the suspect was found. once they determined where the postal distribution centre was, it was only a matter of time, a very short period of time, before we believed he would be apprehended. only a certain number of local postal facilities will put their mail through that distribution centre. likely, there were hundreds of police officers and agents reviewing video tape of those postal
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facilities, and it is likely that the final blow came when he was viewed mailing some of this. that's what we suspect. it's entirely possible, of course, that he didn't act alone. i was saying to our correspondent prior to talking to you that there might be a sense of relief felt in new york, but it is possible he wasn't acting alone. it is very possible he was not acting alone. this gentleman has a long criminal history exceeding 15 years, of larceny, assault, of battery on his wife and bomb threats. so we are dealing with a career criminal who is aggressive and combative, so none of this is a surprise. anthony roman there. nada tawfik is in new york for us. when the arrest was made, no doubt
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there was a sigh of relief in new york, where six of these packages have ended up. however, the press conference for the apartment of justice made it clear indeed that more packages may be out there. yes, that's right, tonya, and the nypd really released a photo of what these packages looks like. they've been identical. all of the return addresses of debbie wasserman schultz in florida. the representative there. all but six stands just do various people but in the same envelope. here, for example, in the post office behind me was a postal worker who noticed that this package was suspicious and called in the authorities, and that's what officials said in his press c0 nfe re nce , that's what officials said in his press conference, that postal employees, everyone else, still needs to remain very vigilant in case there are forjerk —— for the packages out there. this has been a
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big issue in new york over the last several days because, in the city itself, three of the devices have been found, one downtown sent to the tribeca grill, to robert deniro, who owns it there. one was sent here by me to the former intelligence directorjames clapper and then of course the former cia directorjohn brennan in cnn, uptown come at the time. just here in manhattan alone, three devices do not even speaking of the devices that were found out in suburban new york. it has been causing quite a stir here in new york as the nypd and thejoint terrorism task force have had to get the total containment vessel in to ta ke the total containment vessel in to take these bombs away, and new yorkers have been keeping an eye out, very aware of this threat. the very rapid and highly coordinated response and one that is apparently proved successful. yes, that is
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right, and the officials really took pains to underscore that at this press c0 nfe re nce , pains to underscore that at this press conference, saying that the fbi worked very closely with state and local officials to identify the suspect behind this. we saw, for example, that it was the fbi lab in quantico, virginia, which they said is world—renowned and has the latest technology, was able to play fingerprints for one of the packages that was sent to congressman maxine waters, and i was really the big breakthrough in this investigation. —— andi breakthrough in this investigation. —— and i was really. local authorities and florida were then able to confirm a connection to the suspect and they were able to go ahead and make that arrest, and as we've seen already here in new york, he will of course have to be transported to new york at some point because he now faces five federal charges here, including the transporting and mailing of explosives and threatening former presidents. maxine, thank you very much indeed. —— nada tawfik.
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the fiancee of the murdered saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi, has spoken for the first time and says she does not believe the united states is sincere in trying to get to the bottom of the case. in a tearful interview on turkish television, hatiche jingez spoke of her "blind panic" when mr khashoggi did not emerge from the saudi consulate in istanbul. meanwhile, president erdogan has demanded to know who ordered the killing. he also said turkey had other important evidence that hadn't yet been disclosed. and the istanbul prosecutor has demanded the extradition of 18 saudis over the murder. let's hear more now from the finance of jamal khashoggi. translation: the fact that he said he didn't want to go to the consulate, especially after he settled in the united states. a majority of his friends, those who were arrested after he left the country. i know he had questions on whether something he didn't expect could happen at the consulate. i don't know if it's accurate to say that he was worried that he could be arrested,
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but he was worried about possibilities like being interrogated or being asked to return home. our correspondent in istanbul, mark lowen, has been following developments. well, this was the first tv interview that hatice cengiz, jamal khashoggi's fiancee, has given, and it was very emotional. she talked about what went through her mind as she stood here some three weeks ago, over three weeks ago now, waiting forjamal khashoggi to come out of the saudi consulate after his appointment. she said she initially thought he was maybe being held inside the building. she went and shouted at the local staff inside, "where is he?" they said, "the working hours are finished, he must‘ve left." she said, "no, iwould have known if he had come out, he would have come out to see me, i've got his mobile phones." she said that she didn't believe that the us was sincere about trying to get to the bottom of the story, and so she would not accept the invitation by donald trump to go to the white house. she says she doesn't believe she could go to saudi arabia any more, even though jamal khashoggi's will states that he wants to be buried there in the saudi city of medina. so a lot of pressure
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still on the saudi authorities to come up with the truth as to what happened. president erdogan said today that he wants to know where the body is, who ordered the killing and the name of the local operative that was apparently used to dispose of the body. he also even described the saudi authorities as childish in their attempts to change the narrative over the last three weeks or so. so still a lot of pressure on saudi arabia to show that they are getting to the bottom of this, that they are revealing how high the order went to kill jamal khashoggi inside the consulate over three weeks ago. mark lowen there. let's take a look at some of the other stories making the news. in a surprise move, the sri lankan president has appointed his predecessor as the new prime minister. a private television network
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showed pictures of him being sworn in. the dramatic political development came after the president's party said they were abandoning the governing coalition. the us national security adviser says president trump has invited his russian counterpart to visit washington next year. john bolton said he extended the invitation when he met president putin in moscow earlier this week. it comes despite strained relations between the two countries on issues, including a key nuclear deal and accusations of russian meddling in us elections. more than 2,200 people have been arrested in india following violent protests over allowing women to enter one of hinduism's holiest temples. hundreds fought with officers and prevented women from walking into the sabarimala shrine last week. the temple has historically been closed to women of "menstruating age" until a recent supreme court ruling overturned the ban. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: stranded by civil war. the children of yemen in desperate need of medical attention. the un says many should be flown abroad for treatment. we'll have a special report.
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i'm tanya beckett. our top story... us police have arrested the main suspect in connection with a series of pipe bombs sent to prominent critics of president trump. the fbi director has confirmed that the devices were not fakes. there's growing concern about the fate of critically ill civilians, many of them children, who are trapped by the conflict in yemen. the united nations says dozens of children are dying every day, because the country's medical services are close to collapse. from sanaa, orla guerin reports. facing a long wait for what little help is available. yemen's health service is another casualty of years of conflict.
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half of the medical facilities here no longer function. mohammed was brought in in time. his cholera is being treated, but many never make it this far because their parents can't afford transport. for example, we have no intensive care. no intensive care? no. and doctors struggle with a lack of drugs and vital equipment. she comes to work every day in sanaa's main children's hospital, though she and the other staff haven't been paid in two years. around every corner, there is a child in desperate need, like three—year—old abdirahman, who has a congenital heart problem. this is one of the most complicated congenital heart diseases. and he needs to have an operation in a specialised cardiac centre outside yemen.
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but because of the war and the blockade, we cannot take him outside. this little boy is effectively a prisoner in sanaa. the saudi blockade prevents civilian flights to and from the capital, which is held by houthi forces. the united nations is trying to get agreement on medical evacuations. but it's unclear when — or if — an air bridge can be opened. he's telling me his name. his mother, sabrine, says he's always smiling, though he is so unwell. she has no money for treatment and is begging the outside world to help her son. across town, sheltering in a disused shop, another family with a seriously ill child.
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the war has already taken their home. they worry it could take her sight. her mother says the five—year—old is in agony every day with eye cancer. there is a hospital injordan ready to treat her, if they can get there. translation: i am suffocating. i'm going to die of sadness. if they told me they could do an operation to give her my eye, i would do it. back at the hospital, abdirahman is being taken home to rest and to wait. doctors say if he doesn't have surgery abroad soon, he will be too weak to survive the operation. orla guerin, bbc news, sanaa. a new antibiotic that could help fight drug—resista nt bacteria is being hailed as ground—breaking. it acts as a trojan horse,
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tricking the bacteria's biology. antibiotic—resistant bacteria infections kill 25,000 people in europe every year. earlier, i spoke to chief executive of antibiotics research uk, colin garner, about why this antibiotic is different and how it works. so it actually tricks the bacteria's metabolism. so it takes a sort of penicillin type molecule, and the company that's made it has added a carrier molecule, and the two, then, are transported into the bacteria to release the bacteria killing drug. and the interesting thing about this is it's to treat a pattern of infections which have been very difficult to treat and where resistance is on the increase — and that's infections of the kidney and bladder. in 2016, over a million people in the uk were admitted to hospital for treating complicated urinary tract infections.
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so this new drug may well be very useful in treating these patients. just to come back to its function, it is almost disguising the antibiotic rather than creating a different antibiotic. so it could be a game changer for that reason. it is enabling the antibiotic to bypass some of the mechanisms that the bacteria has to prevent the antibiotic penetrating into the cell. so by adding this carrier, these mechanisms allow this to enter the cell and then the bacteria get killed. so it looks like it will work against what we call multidrug resistant bacteria. the bacteria are so—called gram—negative bacteria, and they're the ones where resistance is on the rise throughout the world. and could it be used... is it possible that the bacteria will learn to recognise the carrier? i'm trying to work out for how long this new drug could work for before
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the bacteria gets wise to it. so this is a very limited study, in that 300 patients have been treated. i'm sure the company does have laboratory data in which they looked at the rate of resistance to this new antibiotic, but if it follows the pattern of most other antibiotics, then the bacteria will ultimately become resistant to it. and that's why we need this constant pipeline of new antibiotics which, actually, our charity involved in trying to create. we need this constant pipeline of new antibiotics to treat resistant bacteria. colin garner there. now the sport. lizzy greenwood—hughes. hello, lewis hamilton is hoping to wrap up his fifth world title at this weekend's mexican grand prix. the briton just needs to finish seventh or higher to win this year's
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championship for mercedes. red bull's max verstappen and daniel ricciardo set the pace in first practise. verstappen — nearly one and a half seconds quicker than hamilton, whose car has been essentially re—built since last weeekend's problems in texas. second practise is coming to an end. about 15 minutes to go there in mexico city him and is looking pretty similar. red bull leading the way. hamilton at the moment seventh fastest. sebastian biddle doing slightly better. it's going to be a very interesting grand prix on sunday there in mexico city. let's move on to football. manchester city boss pep guardiola says he's expecting a very tough challenge to retain their title. city are top and are still unbeaten in the league — along with liverpool — but guardiola thinks as many as five teams could potentially lift the trophy in may. there's just two points difference and four, five, six teens. the means they are still the line—up, the
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first 11 or 12 that play from totte n ha m first 11 or 12 that play from tottenham hotspur. for the last five, six, years, tottenham is a lwa ys five, six, years, tottenham is always there. tottenham will continue playing their home games at wembley until at least the end of this year. their new 62,000—seater stadium was supposed to open on 15 september. but it's been delayed due to safety issues. spurs' chairman daniel levy said he "can't confirm an exact opening date and fixture" but that "all home games up to and including their match against wolves on 29 december will be played at the national stadium." the first el classico of the season is this sunday, with la liga leaders barcelona taking on real madrid, who are in a poor run of form — down in seventh. it's the first time they've played without either lionel messi or christiano ronaldo for 11 years. and it could be a decisive game for real‘s managerjulen lopetegui, who's under severe pressure to start winning, as the spanish football expert eduardo alvarez explains. the fact is that real madrid are
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suffering a lot. the first win in the last five matches happened in midweek and it was a very lackluster performance versus victoria blitzen. the rumour is he would have been fired already if you do not have this classico coming up. it seems a bit silly, hard to explain, to fire a coach just right before such an important match, but the fact is the cloud management has already lost all faith in cloud management has already lost allfaith in him cloud management has already lost all faith in him and it would be a surprise if real madrid lose on sunday and he keeps hisjob. it feels like the end of an era for real madrid more than for barcelona. imean to real madrid more than for barcelona. i mean to maria and otto —— i mean, ronaldo has left for good but messi is only up for a few weeks more. the fa ct is only up for a few weeks more. the fact is that it will be real madrid
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missing their star more than barcelona missing theirs. that's all the sport for now. lizzy, thank you very much indeed. celebrations are taking place to mark 100 years since stonehenge was given to the nation by a local couple who had bought it at auction forjust £7,000. the prehistoric momument has stood in the wiltshire countryside for thousands of years, but for a long time, it was privately owned. duncan kennedy filed this report. symphony among the stones, a perfect case of classic rock. the london sinfonietta are one of a number of birthday tributes to this ancient site. the musicians are here to celebrate 100 years since stonehenge was given to the nation. before that, all of this was in private hands. private hands but a very public state of disrepair.
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eventually, in 1915, it was decided to put stonehenge up for auction. but that auction started a bidding war between isaac crook, a localfarmer, and cecil chubb, a local barrister, one that isaac did not quite win. well, he must have stopped bidding at 6,500. cecil chubb was still bidding and the hammerfell at 6,600. a difference of £100. but what would have happened to stonehenge if isaac crook had won that auction? do you think he would have just returned it to farmland? well, i honestly can't answer that. i mean, who knows what he would have done? instead, three years later in 1918, cecil chubb and his wife mary gave stonehenge to the nation. that act of generosity actually saved stonehenge.
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until that point, the stones were propped up by wooden poles. some of them were at risk of collapse, and its future was by no means certain. and so when the chubbs gave stonehenge to the nation, it kick—started a programme of care and conservation that english heritage continues to this day. today there was everything from a bouncy to a baked version of the ancient monument, all to celebrate it becoming an endearing slice of national life. duncan kennedy. the duchess of sussex's wedding gown and veil have gone on display at windsor castle. visitors will be able to see the givenchy silk dress close up, as well as the five metre long veil embroidered with the flora of the 53 commonwealth countries. a version of the frock coat uniform worn by prince harry is also on display. it's it for me. good evening. there is certainly a
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chill in the air this friday evening. and that will remain the case throughout this weekend. a cold wind blowing. yes, there'll be some sunshine, some showers as well. that cold air is coming from a long way north. it's coming all the way from the arctic, brought in our direction by these brisk northerly winds which will continue as we go through this evening. there'll be a lot of dry weather, some clear starry skies but showers and spots. the showers over high ground in scotland will start to turn with three, some so perhaps down as low as 250 metres. temperatures very close to freezing, so there could well be some icy stretches around tomorrow morning. most especially across northern ireland and the northern half of scotla nd ireland and the northern half of scotland but there could be some elsewhere as well. other than that, though, many places looking at many find a witzmann spells of sunshine.
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showers continue to it across the northern half of scotland. some for eastern england, which could drift into the midlands. also for northern ireland. the wind will be noticeable, coming down from the north. will the temperatures on the thermometer or read between 6—11d, none too impressive, the strength of that win, you had that intimate that feels like temperature —— you add that intimate this is the feels like temperature. barely getting above freezing. we go through saturday evening and continued to some showers in eastern areas. perhaps some showers ganged together into longer spells of rain across the southeast and the channel islands. the other thing to bear in mind, the clocks go back an hour. it does mean you'll get an extra hour in bed on sunday morning but what you do get up, there'll be some sunshine to greet you in most places. some these showers blowing in, especially
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across eastern areas and also for the channel islands. further west, uses a lowly dry. —— you should stay largely dry. things start to change as we go on into the first part of next week. low pressure, which will have made for a unsettled weekend. some rain at times and slowly but surely, we should turn a bit less cold. this is bbc world news. here are the headlines. a man has been arrested and charged on five counts in connection with a series of pipe bombs sent two prominent critics of president trump. the fbi director has confirmed that the devices were not fixed. 13 packages had been found so far. police warned that more could still emerge. the fiancee of the murdered shoddyjournalist jamal khashoggi has spoken in public for the first time about the killing. she said that she was in a blind panic when mr khashoggi did not emerge from the saudi consulate in istanbul. there is growing
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concern about the fate of prickly of civilians, many of them children we re civilians, many of them children were turned by the conflict in yemen. the un says many should be flown abroad for treatment. it has been dubbed the
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