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this is bbc world news america. reporting from washington, i'm rajini vaidyanathan. it's a race to finish line in the midterm elections. with just four days to go — the top guns are out in force trying to get voters to the polls. sanctions are coming declares president trump — putting iran on warning that the agreements made under the nuclear deal are dead. and he may be the fastest man on the planet but usain bolt‘s dream of becoming a professional footballer has just hit a serious speed bump. welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. there are just four days to go until the midterm elections and the campaign schedule has gone into overdrive. both president trump and his predecessor barack obama were out rallying their supporters today — in hopes that they can increase turnout on tuesday.
one of the states being visted most often and watched most closely is missouri — where incumbent democrat claire mccaskill and republicanjosh hawley are locked in a bitter contest. from there the bbc‘s philippa thomas reports. music. democrat claire mccaskill needs all the help she can get. donald trump secured an easy victory in missouri. although no one here wants to name him, he is still defining the agenda. the very character of our country is on the ballot this time out. we have some doors to knock, we have some phone calls to make... fighting in trump country, mccaskill defines herself as a moderate, not liberal. that may not be enough to save her. we have got to get outside our comfort zone. we have got to talk to people we have never talked to before. which is why this first—time democratic candidate is putting in the hours to get out the vote.
hi, there, i'm patrice billings, your democratic candidate for missouri. this photo says she is backing claire mccaskill, but patrice agrees the senator isn't taking anything for granted. no she is not and nor should she. she is at this moment in time not a slam dunk for re—election. she has found it matters here to be a candidate conservatives can warm to. i am a gun owner. men love to talk about guns and weapons and i do too. they like to talk about circumstances that i have been involved in as a police officer and i do too. there has been a surge of new voters registering in this county, saint charles, but they don't have to say for which party and canvassing customers at this vintage car dealer's, i found many still driven by enthusiasm for mr trump. you were also nodding that you think
energy is up for the conservatives? i think so and i think that the kavanaugh confirmation had a lot to do with that. the way they are drug him through the swamp and the sewers, trying to belittle him, the guy was highly qualified. i agree with trump on some things, some things i don't. he could stay off the twitter a little bit but at least you know how he feels about a subject. mccaskill or hawley? i have to go with hawley. on phone: hello? hi, my name is isabelle... local republican activists are not alone in trying to boost josh hawley‘s chances. isn't it an incredible honour to have president donald trump in missouri? cheering. it's amazing. the president will be back on monday, making this his last stop before election day, confident that he has the power to help republicans harvest those final, vital votes. and philippa joined us
from st louis a short time ago. donald trump held a campaign rally in missouri last night. he is also going back on the eve of the midterms. how much will his personal presence take a difference to this close race? obviously the republicans here are hoping that donald trump will make all the difference, will tip the balance, because the polls are showing that in terms of this missouri senate seat, josh hawley the challenger is pretty much neck and neck with claire mccaskill. that last big poll carried out by fox news. now, claire mccaskill said at the rally that i was at, "fox news has us neck and neck," and it sounded as if that is positive news which shows you that she is feeling pretty vulnerable. i mean, this seat could turn, it could go to the republicans. what issues do you think could swing it either way for the selection? —— this election?
really interesting that from the republican point of view it is increasingly about national politics. josh hawley, the candidate, is totally with donald trump and has been talking about the dangers of immigration. he has been talking about the beauty of the tax cut, he's been talking about the state of the economy and in a sense he talks as much about national politics and achievements as he does about missouri. but if you are listening to the democratic side, and they are saying well, one, they're big issue is affordable health care. they are saying josh hawley is a threat to affordable health care and access to that. but they're also talking local and saying, "you know, we care about things like the rights of union workers here, we care about rural post offices and claire mccaskill," they are saying, "has proved herself by for many years holding town halls across the state and making sure things get done. on that very granular local level." so inaway it isa difference of scale. it's the focus that they bring into it. how key is this seat for the democrats, how key is it for them to hang it?
oh, it's absolutely crucial. the senate is currently 51—49 republicans to democrats. democrats hoping to take over but if they can't hold onto one of their own 49 seats, then they really are in trouble. you see that for example in north dakota. you also see that here in missouri. no democrat i've met has said to me, "we've got it. it's in the bag." they are all saying, "we need to keep on knocking on doors and we need to get our people energised." clearly one to watch. philippa thomas, thank you. for more on the other races which could define election night i spoke a brief time ago withjosh kraushaar, politics editor at the nationaljournal. josh would start with forward. i will be covering the results from florida next week. two big races, the sun rays there, democratic senator bill nelson against
republican governor rick scott and then of course the race for governor is fastening as well. we'll start with the senate. florida is always the swing state in american politics and one of the challenges for republicans mainly governor rick scott running for the senate is how does he play president trump? does he invite him on stage or does he keep distance? for most of the campaign he was key to being some distance but he has invited into the presidential rally this week because he needs republicans to show up. that suggests that he is running a little behind and needs that pays evenif little behind and needs that pays even if it risks losing some of those more moderate suburban voters that are moving into the democrats direction. moving quickly to the gubernatorial race. andrew gillum at night he could develop —— deliver a victory for the democratic party so that he would be the first african—american debacle —— governor. it's been a very racially charged race ended one democrats
have the lead—in sublet was moved to arizona. a key race there where immigration has been really a heated debate saga this is between nick sally and a democrat. she does i wa nt to sally and a democrat. she does i want to run on immigration, she was run on health care. she wants to sound conservative because there are a lot of swing voters on immigration about border security. nick sally is running on trump's message a nationalist campaign that you saw in missouri. —— mcsally. it's a much more suburban state the misery and democrats feel they have momentum as president trump has seen his job approval ticked down a couple points in the wake of his controversies in response to them and it is been good news to the democrats. indiana polls there with incredibly close between there with incredibly close between the republican and democrats as well stop the tight, indiana is a state a lot like misery that used to be
pretty competitive moving to the republicans direction. polls are close but it is... joe donnelly voted againstjudge kavanaugh and his numbers fell. if he loses his seat it will be because the challenger may does not lies and run up challenger may does not lies and run up the kavanaugh issue and not the economy. moving to georgia, a lot of pot would interest in this race as well. stacy abrams the democratic candidate with over anti—business .doc vice president pence, opera. this is the biggest race in the country. it is a state-wide contest. there a third candidate on the ballot. this is a can't is very polarised. you have a neck and neck contest between abrams and camp. —— brian kamm. there is a third—party candidate who is doing a few points off. we could go through december election with the president of the united states wanted to weigh in on what is happening in georgia. summon
interesting races to watch. thanks for joining interesting races to watch. thanks forjoining us, josh. thanks for having me. well now that we've looked at the races what about the themes which are prevailing in this election. for more on thatjohn dickerson, co—anchor of cbs this morning, joined us from new york. john great to have you with us. these elections of the first big test of the trump presidency. what is at stake here? it is good to be with you and what is at stake is basically what are the next two yea rs of basically what are the next two years of the trump presidency cooking my? as he pointed out this is the first time we get a real response from the voters who are really the only ones who matter. we have had so many months into of poll results and punditry and now we get actual results from voters. so well the house be controlled by republicans or democrats? if the republicans or democrats? if the republicans hold it than it is thunders on the trump presidency. if democrats control it then there will bea democrats control it then there will be a lot of investigations and you can imagine washed and coming to a
com plete can imagine washed and coming to a complete halt. how then will the president reacted that? he tends to react with double forced to things that threaten him. so that could create a much more even and propositional presidency that we have seen or a focus overseas from a president to get it anything done because using quarter by the other party. you see a new number of ways in which this could careen and we will be sifting through the resulta nt will be sifting through the resultant is in night scene which way it goes. john which issues do you think will determine which way the selections go? we only have a preliminary indication at the moment because in the end if the results turn a certain way, you can say" this issue or that issue mattered". the two most important on the table are the president's single your focus on the issue of immigration, well i should say singular but the overwhelming stress of his remarks and energy of what he is saying. and
as the washington post pointed he is hitting every button on the dashboard of the presidency which is he is talking about ending birthright citizenship through an executive which is not possible but a nyway executive which is not possible but anyway it is something he is talking about and setting jurors to the border to protect against a caravan 800 miles away. all of which is to ta ke 800 miles away. all of which is to take the office of the presidency andi take the office of the presidency and i wanted towards an issue said that he wants to talk about in the remaining days of the election. with that turn up the kinds of voters in his party that he thinks or will it not work? democrats have been focusing on health care so we will see if they turn out their voters having talked about that issue. also, has the president boost one portion of his constituency and that my turn on in a state like montana which is having a senate race but thenit which is having a senate race but then it doesn't turn out in a number of those house races which is in districts where the immigration issue and the way he talks about it might turn off some of the voters he is trying to appeal to rather than bring them to the polls. john
dickerson, thanks very much for joining us. and do make sure tojoin us on tuesday as the ballots pour in. we'll have special programming across the day and throughout the night i'll bejoining the results program from florida. let's look at some of the day's other news. a top turkish official says he believes jamal khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up. it comes after reports the saudi crown prince told the united states he considered the journalist to be a dangerous islamist, during a phone call to the white house. mr khashoggi was murdered exactly one month ago. his body has still not been found. an australian man has been sentenced to 10 years jail for encouraging his wife's suicide, in a case believed to set a global precedent. graham morant‘s wife was not terminally ill and a judge ruled he was motivated by her life insurance benefits. north and south korea are pressing ahead with a joint bid to co—host the olympic games in 2032. ministers from both sides agreed on the plan during talks in a border town. they also intend to field unified teams at the tokyo games in 2020.
the actor alec baldwin has been arrested in new york for reportedly punching a man over a parking space. police say the 30 rock star was taken into custody over the incident which took place in the east village. baldwin's been in the spotlight lately for his impersonations of president trump on nbc‘s "saturday night live. " police in china say the driver of a bus that plunged into the yangtze river killing at least 13 people had been fighting with a passenger at the time. the bus smashed through a guard rail and fell 50 metres into the river. stephen mcdonell reports. a passenger fighting with a driver in south—western china has led to a tragic accident with all on board thought to have been killed. she became angry when he wouldn't stop and started attacking him, hitting the driver in the head with her phone. the bus swerved, struck an oncoming car, burst through a guard rail and plunged into the yangtze river.
there were 15 people on the bus including the driver. 13 bodies have been recovered, but there are not expected to be any survivors. the yangtze's powerful currents and poor visibility have hampered efforts by diving teams to find the last two passengers. police in chongqing investigating the incident from last sunday released video footage from the black box recorder. it has shocked many in china who, while used to seeing outbursts in public, are not accustomed to them leading to such a terrible result. steven mcdonnell, bbc news, beijing. you're watching bbc world news america. still to come on tonight's programme: sometimes you have to let the spirit move you, that's how one congressman is describing his campaign moves. for many years, japan has kept tight controls on the number of foreigners
allowed to work there. but a falling birth rate, combined with an ageing population, have created a labour shortage and prime minister shinzo abe says it's now time for a change. reports in the japanese media suggest that as many as half a million unskilled workers could be allowed to come. that's a big increase. currently, foreign workers only make up 1.2 million — about 2% of japan's workforce — and most are highly skilled. rupert wingfield hayes reports. it is a significant change forjapan which has in the past been very resistant to the idea of greater immigration, greater influx of foreign labour. but it is also an admission of the reality that japan simply doesn't have enough people to do all the jobs that need to be done and that's because of long—term demographic change here. since the 1970s, japan's birth rate has been well below replacement. it's now around 1.4 per woman. it also has the oldest
population in the world. japan's life expectancy is now around 85.5 years and that means you have a lot of old people and not enough young people to do the jobs. there is a labour shortage in all, many, many areas of the japanese economy — from agriculture to construction, to the hospitality industry, to looking after all those elderly people. and so something needs to be done to bring more people in. up to now, japan has really relied on what's been called a trainee system which has allowed foreigners to come and work here part—time as trainees. but that has been widely abused by unscrupulous employers and so something needs to be done to further regulate that and protect foreign workers and also to increase the numbers. so, if this legislation gets through which it looks like it will, it means thatjapan will open the doors to perhaps, initially, half a million foreign workers. in a tweet that looked
straight out of game of thrones today president trump put iran on notice that sanctions are coming on november 5th. it follows the white house decision earlier this year to pull out of the nuclear deal negotiated in 2015. most of the other signatories to the agreement have worked to preserve it but since his days as a candidate — mr trump has made it one of his key targets. for more i'm joined now by our state department correspondent barbara plett usher. first off barbara hout sweeping or the sanctions? they are sweeping. it is all the big stuff. the court economic sectors, oil, shipping, banking. maximum pressures the americans call it they want to force iran to negotiate a broader deal than the nuclear accord so 700
individuals and entities put on the blacklist and particularly the oil sector targeted because that is 80% of iran's revenue. americans to not do much business for themselves but they have the economic muscle to force iran's other countries to do this is to stop them. that has been reasonably effective so far. which countries are these customers to get oilfrom countries are these customers to get oil from iran? countries are these customers to get oilfrom iran? the countries are these customers to get oil from iran? the two top customers are china and india. a couple of others as well. the us has decided to exempt eight countries, allow that to continue importing iranian oilfor the meantime that to continue importing iranian oil for the meantime at reduced levels. their search under bring it down as low as they can. they had not named as eight countries exactly but we expect they would include india, perhaps turkey and japan. this nuclear deal was notjust a deal done between the us and iran.
there were other european countries who were part of that too. where does that leave their agreements with iran? in a difficult place. europeans have been forceful about saying that they support the agreement and they cannot not condemn this move, trying to resist it and create a financial mechanism which would help their companies get around the sanctions. the americans are saying is not significant. you have the chinese also who are big customer is not clear what they would do but they also have the ability to continue trade in a currency other than the dollar. none of this would be very efficient and need to work all that well. it would provide cracks in the news the which iran could exploit. might be concerns there that we cover the 2016 campaign and rally after rally, donald trump said that he was going to scrap the iran nuclear deal. it isa to scrap the iran nuclear deal. it is a job done as far as he is concerned there. how would this play
with his voters? he will probably be able to use this to some effect. campaign promise made, campaign promised payment cap. us looked off and tear. your dogma that tweet and the state department has been quite theatrical. they have a countdown to theatrical. they have a countdown to the sanctions. i asked them if they are necessary. i said that it will save you're rubbing the nose in it. and he said that the irani people will know who is to blame. how is he coming out? staples are getting higher and prices. small businesses are getting harder —— it is hard to get medicines and roman tours. there are so rejections on trade. there are so rejections on trade. there are fears this will all get a lot worse. thank you very much. he may have been the fastest man on the planet — but usain bolt‘s dream of becoming a professional football player has hit a serious hurdle. the olympic sprint champion was on trial with an australian club, but now he's leaving
after contract talks failed. our correspondent phil mercer reports. this is probably the end of usain bolt‘s football fairy tale in australia. it appears to be money, not ability, that's forced the olympic champion to leave the central coast mariners. the club had offered the jamaican legend a contract that was well below his reported wage demands of more than £1.5 million. third—party sponsorship couldn't be found, and the mariners, who finished bottom of australia's a—league last season, have thanked bolt for his dedication. it was great to see usain grow so much with us. we said before he came that we knew that he was going to be a fast learner, and he showed that, and the goals that he scored at campbelltown will go down in history, and he's got that to take around the world and to leave as a real credit to his football ability. his ability, though, has been under intense scrutiny. the former republic of ireland striker andy keogh,
who plays for perth glory, said the former sprinter‘s first touch was like a trampoline, and he would never make it as a footballer. his box office appeal, however, is beyond doubt. a crowd of almost 10,000 people turned out to watch bolt in a pre—season friendly for the mariners. in october, bolt turned down a two—year deal with maltese champions valletta fc. phil mercer, bbc news, sydney. the fact that usain bolt isn't perfect that football is the reminder that he is not the superhuman that we think he is and he is just like the rest of us. now there's one last piece of video we have to show you. my my favourite video of the day. during these midterms there hasn't been a lot to dance about but yesterday georgia congressmanjohn lewis certainly showed he's got the moves. # clap along if you feel like that's
what you want to do # clap along if you feel like a room without a roof... just look at that. the civil rights icon was attending a rally for the state's governor's which we mentioned earlier in the programme at race when the song happy turned into a dance party. at 78 years old, the congressman has encouraged people to vote like they've never voted before and proved campaigning can still be a bit of fun. remember you can find more on all the days news at our website. and all the coverage we get to the midterm elections. i'm rajini vaidyanathan. thank you for watching world news america. hello there. many of us started
friday morning with a touch of frost. but frost is not a word i will be using much at all in this week i had forecast. i do have wind and rainforyou. this week i had forecast. i do have wind and rain for you. this swell of club was hurricane oscar. it is not a hurricane any more but it's still a deep area of low pressure. it will be steered to the northwest of the uk via the jet stream. that means it will the northern and western areas that will see the wettest and windy is whether through the weekend. for the south and easter on the other side of thejet the south and easter on the other side of the jet stream a better chance you will see dry weather. saturday morning starts off frost free from any except for parts of eastern england where we will see the best of the sunshine to the day but for northern ireland and scotland, a soggy start. gusty winds gusting up to a0 — 50, maybe 60 mph. the western side of scotland. wind bringing mild air across the
country. temperatures jelly 1a or 15 degrees. you could get the 17 or 18 and scotland given sunshine. saturday evening still rain outbreaks but some western and central areas particular cardiff could see rain. any fireworks displays perhaps getting into edinburgh as well. it will stay pretty mild. as we go into the second half of the weekend, low pressure will dominate the scene moving to the northwest. this leaves of with mild south—westerly winds and still our weather fun slow—moving at this stage bringing rains across parts of the southwest going to wales and the west midlands. turning very wet in the southwest of england and later in the day. but away from these areas some dry weather, spells of sunshine and a relatively mild field. from sunday to monday there is uncertainty in our forecast but it looks like an low pressure will again be sitting generally to the western side of the uk. at this
stage if the wind direction isjust right, eastern areas could get into mild air indeed. again these eastern areas that will see the best of the sunshine. further west more clouds, some operas of rain here and there but not everywhere and not all the time. have a look at that, 17 degrees and not all the time. have a look at that, 17 degrees in london on monday afternoon and double digits wherever you look. on into tuesday you guessed it any other area of low pressure takes up residence across the western side of the uk. it is these western airs that during tuesday and wednesday will see some outbreaks of rain at times. quite windy in the west as well particularly on tuesday as winds coming from the south which will again be mild. further east there is a chance of seeing dry weather not ruling out some rain but not an awful lot and again it will be mild. and as we head towards the end of the week, the jet stream will still for a time beekeeping weather systems to the western side of the uk but there is a chance that as we get toward the next weekend, the jet
strea m get toward the next weekend, the jet stream might break or a little bit more and allow why the systems to site a bit further east and bring rain further east as well. if that happens we start to tap into cooler air but actually it looks unbalanced like will stay with a mild field. we will see some rain at times as we head into next week and, it will often be windy, perhaps a little bit cooler but generally speaking, the chill is overfor cooler but generally speaking, the chill is over for now. it comes after protests and widespread criticism, of labour's handling of anti—semitic complaints. as a jewish mp for whom the labour party was the natural home, i now go around feeling fear and always looking over my shoulder. police already have an internal labour party dossier, detailing anti—semitic messages posted by members online. also tonight — why did this paraplegic athlete end up having to drag