welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is lewis vaughanjones. our top stories: president trump hits the campaign trail ahead of tuesday's midterm elections, amid claims social media's being used to spread fake news discouraging democrats from voting. donald trump warns iran to prepare for sweeping new sanctions, sounding the death knell for diplomacy and the 2015 nuclear deal. following mass protests in pakistan, a christian woman cleared of blasphemy charges could be banned from ever leaving the country. and why did this paraplegic athlete end up dragging himself along the floor at a uk airport? if i didn't have my wheelchair, my legs had been taken away from me. all of my self—sufficiency and all of my independence was no longer there. hello.
twitter has shut down more than 10,000 accounts which discouraged people from voting in next week's mid—term elections in the us. the company said most of the accounts were posing as democratic supporters. both the president and his predecessor, ba rack 0bama, have been out rallying their supporters in the hope that they can increase turnout. however the president seems to be hedging his bets, admitting at a rally in west virginia that the democrats mightjust have a chance of clinching a midterm win. they will try to erase our gains and eradicate our progress. that is what's going to happen, they will work hard and we will be fighting. it will be... it will be ridiculous, frankly, it'll be bad for our country. the democrats, and it could happen. it could happen. we are doing very well and we are doing really well in the senate,
but it could happen. you know what you do, my whole life, you know what i say? don't worry about it, i'lljust figure it out. you know, i'm not saying they don't squeak it by, maybe because they've got a lot of racists. and i can't go everywhere. can't go everywhere. but now they are talking about a little... i mean, you know, let's see what happens. it will be an interesting day at the office. meanwhile, former president barack 0bama has been campaigning in florida for candidate andrew gillum in his bid for the governorship. mr 0bama warned against rhetoric he said was designed to sow fear and encouraged people to get out and vote. we have been at crossroads like this before. and each time we made the right choice, not by sitting back, not by waiting for history to happen to us, but by marching and by mobilising and by organising. and by voting to make history happen. that is how we abolished
slavery in this country. that is how we overcame a great depression. that is how we won women's rights and workers rights and civil rights, lgbt rights and immigrants rights. 0ur north america correspondent, peter bowes says the president's latest campaign speech, hints at the posibility of the democrats doing better than he hopes this is the first we have heard this tone from the president, suggesting that his party would not win as many seats as he would like to see. specifically, talking to the house of representatives and the democrats have high hopes that taking control of the house, not something the president wants to see. he also wants to, of course, hang on to what is a slim majority in the senate, perhaps even clinch one or two seats from the democrats to increase that majority, which would certainly be hugely helpfulfor him over the next couple of years, as he tries to progress his agenda. but we are seeing, perhaps the presidentjust preparing his party for not doing quite as well, which of course would be traditional in a mid—term election. generally, the party of the sitting president doesn't do too well two years in, but this president has
been campaigning extremely hard and clearly wants to do as well as he can. he has been campaigning hard and it is an arena that he enjoys, the podiums, the rallies, the speeches — something he finds quite effective. some of the issues he has been talking about, he has been honing in on immigration. yes, this is one of the hot issues. he is quite open about those key issues, that he wants to continue talking about in the next few days. immigration is one of those issues, of course the caravan of asylum seekers that is coming up from central america through mexico at the moment, moving very slowly, it won't reach the us border for several weeks. he was saying in the last few days that he will send troops down to the border to deal with that situation. this is the kind of message that his base, his supporters, it certainly appeals to them and may well win him a few more votes in the next few days. the democrats are taking a completely different tack, focusing on a few issues, healthcare is one of them and that is funding that barack 0bama has been talking about, this issue of pre—existing conditions, really getting into the minutiae of healthcare here, something the democrats talk about a lot. we have heard it recently
in the last few days, quite a lot from republicans and the democrats seemingly mocking the republicans in wanting to be interested in pre—existing conditions, when you have a condition that might prevent you getting healthcare if you change the company that provides that healthcare in the future. so, the democrats focusing on one of their core issues that we have heard them talk about for a long time, the republicans focussing more on immigration and those order issues, the wall as well that donald trump talks about so much. peter, just before you go, i mentioned at the top of the programme about twitter closing down a lot of these fake accounts, pretending to be from democrats. how significant do you think this is? i don't think it's hugely significant, but about 10,000 accounts, automated accounts of giving the impression that they were from democrats but they weren't. if you think back to the 2016 election, then social media used a lot to spread disinformation,
millions of accounts were closed down and the fbi at that time blaming the russians for spreading that misinformation. this time it seems be more domestic, we don't know who has set up these accounts but there doesn't seem to have been an attempt from overseas to infiltrate or influence in any way, the us elections. let's get some of the day's other news. president erdogan says turkey knows that the order to kill the saudi journalist, jamal khashoggi, came from the highest levels of the saudi government. mr erdogan said he did not believe the saudi king commanded the murder, but he pointedly stopped short of absolving the crown prince. an islamic cleric known as the "father of the taliban" has been killed in pakistan. maulana sami ul—haq was killed in the city of rawalpindi, after a group of men burst into his home and attacked him with knives. pakistan's prime minister imran khan has condemed the killing.
the brazilian president—elect, jair bolsonaro says there's no point in keeping diplomatic relations with cuba. speaking to a local newspaper, mr bolsonaro accused cuba of violating human rights and said the communist—run island had little to offer in terms of trade and business. the us has confirmed it will re—impose all the remaining sanctions on iran that were lifted under the internationally—backed nuclear deal three years ago. eight countries are being granted temporary exemptions that will allow them to continue importing iranian oil. lebo diseko has more. "sanctions are coming. the tweet from donald trump announcing that all us sanctions on iran, which had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, will be reimposed on monday. president trump withdrew
from the deal in may, saying it was effective at its core. the us has been gradually reimposing sanctions since then, but this move is considered the most important because it targets key sectors of iran's economy. reporter: mr president, how does this make america safer? indeed, the white house is calling this the toughest sanctions regime ever imposed on iran. it will target the country's oil, shipping and banking sectors. the us secretary of state from mike pompeo, says: mr pompeo says iran must meet 12 demands in order for the sanctions to be lifted. for example, tehran must end military intervention in syria and halt nuclear and ballistic missile development. iran has dismissed the move, saying it is has the knowledge and capability to manage its economic affairs.
but despite the bravado, it is likely the measures will have a big impact, penalising companies and countries trading with iran. the other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal are still determined to try to make it work. the eu trying to create a financial mechanism to help businesses work around the sanctions. but with access to the huge us market at stake, it might be a risk that many companies just aren't willing to take. lebo diseko, bbc news. a christian woman, cleared of blasphemy charges in pakistan, could be banned from ever leaving the country. the authorities have started legal proceedings against asia beebee, to place her on a travel ban list, as part of a deal struck with islamists. the agreement ended three days of violent protests across the country. sucunder kamani reports from islamabad. the punishment for blasphemers — hang them.
this was the chart at this demonstration in islamabad. today saw thousands of protesters out on streets in cities across pakistan. they are angry this christian woman, asia bibi, had her death sentence overturned by the country's supreme court. she had been convicted of blasphemy following an argument with a group of muslim women in her village who refused to drink water from the same cup as her. after the verdict, supporters of hardline clerics set up these roadblocks, occupying key interchanges, causing huge disruption. but today, the government announced an agreement with the protesters, allowing them to challenge the acquittal and letting a court decide whether asia bibi should be banned from leaving the country. we have two options, either to use force,
and when you use force, people can be killed. we tried negotiations and negotiations are always, you take something and you leave something. tonight, here, the protests are coming to a close. for many it will be a relief but others are already criticising the agreement as being a sign of the government's weakness. for those taking part in the demonstrations, this feels like a victory. translation: if they try and set her free again, we will be back on the streets. we will sacrifice our lives. asia bibi has spent nearly a decade in prison. her family say if and when she is released, she needs to flee the country. for the moment, though, she is still waiting for herfreedom. stay with us on bbc world news. still to come: footballers and fans
prepare for leicester city's first match, following the death of the club's owner in a helicopter crash last weekend. the israeli prime minister yitzhak rabin, the architect of the middle east peace process, has been assassinated. a 27—year—old jewish man has been arrested and an extremistjewish organisation has ta ken responsibility for the killing. at polling booths around the country they voted on a historic day for australia. as the results came in, it was clear — the monarchy would survive. for the american hostages there was no chance, they are being held somewhere inside the compound and there have been threats that should the americans attempt rescue they will all die. this mission has surpassed all expectations. voyager one is now the most distant man—made object anywhere in the universe, and itjust seems to keep on going. tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation
comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: president trump has taken his message to voters ahead of tuesday's midterm elections — amid claims social media's being used to spread fake news discouraging democrats from voting. the white house has warned iran to prepare for the return of all us sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. the central american migrants currently passing through mexico towards the united states are deciding what steps to take next. earlier, president trump reiterated his administration's position that the group would be prevented from entering the country by a deployment of thousands of troops. the migrants have now reached 0axaca in southern mexico.
0ur correspondent will grant is travelling with them, and sent us this report. in the desperation to cross mexico as fast as possible, even the most dangerous of lifts will do. on this trip, a helping hand can cut the migrants‘ journey time by hours. for decades, one of honduras‘s main exports has been coffee. now it seems is coffee farmers. translation: our crops had a disease called leaf rust. it meant they wouldn't mature at harvest so we lost our entire livelihood. no—one here has money. 66% of hondurans live in poverty, but the rural poor maybe have least of all. jose maria didn't even let his family know he was leaving forfear they might talk him out of it. now he is struggling to reach them to tell them he's 0k. translation: when the coffee harvest was ruined, there was no money, no work, nothing.
if there is regular work, we could try to stay, but right now we just don't have enough to live on. i even had to pull my daughters out of school because i can't afford for them to study. not everyone is leaving over failing crops and poor harvests, though. others are fleeing for their lives. we've seen samuel's family at almost every stop. they keep dragging their daughter north, insisting life in honduras would amount to a death sentence after sameul refused to join a gang. ask the migrants why they left central america and most will either say extreme violence or extreme poverty, especially those involved in honduras‘s decimated coffee production. ask them why now and many say they simply grabbed the opportunity when it presented itself. three weeks ago, the group set off from honduras in a wave of optimism. the caravan‘s supporters say it was a spontaneous exodus. the trump administration says it was organised,
paid for by everyone from the democrats to venezuela to george soros. in reality, there are politics at play here, both from honduras and the us mid—term elections, but most of the migrants are just caught in the middle. severe storms have brought winter early to parts of europe, causing power outages and transport chaos. at least 20 people are thought to have been killed in italy this week in weather—related incidents, according to the country's civil protection agency. people have also been left stranded by flooding and heavy snowfalls — and more unseasonable weather is expected in the coming days. kathryn armstrong reports. it's uncommon sight here in early november, mounds of fresh snow being prepared for the season's first skiers. at the northern italian ski
resort, the snow has been falling since monday with more than 50 centimetres accumulating in some areas. it is the first time in over areas. it is the first time in over a decade that slopes, restaurant and hotels in the area have opened this early, thanks to the unseasonably wintry weather that has been sweeping parts of europe. however while the snow has been welcomed by some, in other parts of the country it has been causing serious problems. nearly 200 tourist and hotel staff were trapped in the selby are passed near malan fought for days —— the yuan for four days before being rescued on friday. it is not just no before being rescued on friday. it is notjust no being causing problems. the civil protection agency says 20 people have died this week as strong winds battered large parts of the country's northern west. many victims were killed by falling trees. flooding has also caused severe damage to some areas. the genoa region alone is thought to
have suffered tens of millions of euros worth of damage. 0ther have suffered tens of millions of euros worth of damage. other parts of europe including parts of spain have also experienced severe weather. 0n have also experienced severe weather. on monday hundreds of motorists in central france worse is bended —— stranded after snow shut the rose. meteorologist project more so the rose. meteorologist project more so and rain is likely to fall in italy over the weekend so more things like this are set to continue. —— more scenes. players for leicester city football club are preparing for their first match, following the death of the club's owner in a helicopter crash last weekend. the strikerjamie vardy says the game against cardiff will be in honour of vichai srivaddhanaprabha, who was one of five people who died in the accident, outside the king power stadium. natalie pirks reports. it's been one of the hardest, i think, weeks that myself and the lads have had to go through. it was another day of quiet reflection for leicester city players today.
but this isn't just about an owner. it is more personal than that. he wasn'tjust the chairman. he always made sure that he went out of his way to get to know you on personal levels as well, with yourfamilies, he took us in as his extended family. so close were the players‘s relationships with vichai srivaddhanaprabha that he was a guest atjamie vardy‘s wedding to wife rebecca. as the shock subsides, honouring his memory is now at the forefront of the players‘s minds. 0bviously, at first you think no, that hasn't happened, it's not possible. everyone is feeling the same. we are all hurting, but we know that he would want us out there, and we as a team and club wants to do him proud. they will attempt to do that tomorrow against cardiff city, their first game since the accident. senior members of the team will then fly to thailand for the funeral
of srivaddhanaprabha where his body has arrived at a buddhist temple in bangkok for a seven—day period of mourning. air accident investigators say they have been able to download data on the helicopter‘s black box despite it being affected by severe heat during the fire. the players have tried to ease their pain by reflecting on their memories together of their friend, who always had a smile for everyone. scientists in the us have found an unlikely ally in their efforts to combat the flu. llamas have been used to produce a new type of therapy that has the potential to work against all types of influenza, including deadly pandemics. llama antibodies are much smaller than human ones, making them more effective in attacking flu viruses. scientists say the research is in its very early stages and more tests on animals are needed before they begin human trials. a man who's paraplegic is suing
london's luton airport, after staff failed to provide a wheelchair he could use himself. justin levene says the one he was offered was too rigid and could give him pressure sores. it also meant he'd be less independent, having to rely on others.. to rely on others. his own chair had been left behind on a flight, and so he was left he says with no option, but to drag himself through the airport on the floor. our legal correspondent clive coleman has the story. what could have led to this? luton airport, thank you very much. justin levene, a paraplegic, dragging himself through luton airport after his wheelchair was left behind by an airline. aged 20, justin coughed and herniated a disc, and an operation went wrong. but it hasn't held him back. he's become an international wheelchair athlete, trainer, and mentor to disabled athletes. in august last year,
justin arrived back on a flight to luton airport. stranded without his self—propelling wheelchair, the airport offered him a rigid, high—backed one which had to be pushed by someone else. i've worked very hard for a number of years to try and maintain all of my independence. and one of the biggest problems i had was, if i didn't have my wheelchair, my legs had been taken away from me. all of my self—sufficiency and all of my independence was no longer there. and to be in one of those chairs, it made me feel humiliated and degraded. if you are in those chairs and they insisted on trying to strap me down in it, i wouldn't have been able to adjust myself. and i would have been at risk of getting a pressure sore. pressure sores can occui’ very quickly, sojustin asked if he could be transported by a motorised buggy. but luton airport doesn't have them. at the heart ofjustin‘s dispute with luton airport is his claim that, by failing to provide him with a self propelling wheelchair, the airport was in effect leaving him only one viable option, to haul himself along these floors for hundreds of yards, denying him both his
independence and his dignity. 0nce outside the terminal, justin used a luggage trolley to wheel himself to his taxi. his own wheelchair was returned a day later. in a statement, luton airport said: a significant number of international and uk airports do provide self propelling wheelchairs. paralympian anne wafula—strike, who has also faced problems at airports, understands justin levene's actions. i would feel like my independence was being taken away,
and honestly, as a disabled person we are still in charge of the type of people we want to be. are we the people thatjust want to be pushed around, you know, for people to be feeling sorry for us? no. justin levene's story is at the cutting edge of thinking about disability issues. is it enough for service providers like airports to give some assistance, even if what they offer denies the disabled person independence? famed russian strongman elbrus nigmatullin has wowed spectators at a sporting event by pulling a 26—tonne truck for 41 seconds. the feat was called an undoubted russia—wide record, and maybe even a world record — but no officials were present at the event to verify that claim. nigmatullin‘s previous feats include pulling a two—storey,
30 tonne wooden house over three metres. the 44—year—old has won numerous prizes for powerlifting and armwrestling over a lengthy career. who will tell him that record doesn't count? not me. i am on twitter, this is bbc news. hello. friday was a chilly day, a sunny day for many, generally speaking quite a quiet day. but the weekend sees things turning a little bit more lively, in fact they have already started to liven up over recent hours, the wind has been strengthening and through the weekend we will see some rain at times. this is the satellite picture from a little earlier, you can see this swirl of cloud here, this was a hurricane, hurrican 0scar, not a hurricane any more it still a deep area of low pressure pushing to the west of the uk, bringing a surge of mild air from the south—west. a milder start to saturday compared with recent mornings, particularly in the west
where we will see outbreaks of rain continuing across northern ireland, scotland, 50—80 millimetres of rain across parts of western scotland, later in the day that spills down into north—west england and parts of wales. and it will be windy, wind gusts of 60—65mph at times close to the western isles of scotland, but north—east scotland with some shelter from that south—westerly wind and some sunshine, you could get to 17 or 18. quite gusty winds for northern ireland, but brightening up here through the afternoon as rain slides into north—west england and parts of wales, flirting with the west of cornwall. but for the midlands, east anglia and the south—east it will be breezy but not as windy as further west and it will be mild. as we go into saturday evening it will be this central slice of the country that will continue to see outbreaks of rain, so for fireworks displays in cardiff and perhaps edinburgh are likely to see some rain. rain tending to clear away from belfast, london mostly dry, mild for all and quite windy as well. deeper into saturday night,
into sunday morning, that front will fizzle away. it will be some clear spells either side, but minimum temperatures, 8—11, considerably more mild that it has been of late. this is the weather set—up going into sunday morning, still with this slow—moving weather front providing rain across some central parts of the uk, the rain quite light and patchy initially and picking up later in the day across the south—west, particularly as a new area of low pressure spins inwards. elsewhere there will be some spells of sunshine, still windy in the north—west but not as windy as it will have been on saturday, temperatures still doing 30 well for this time of year, 11— 1a. into the new week, most of the rain will be found in western areas, more dry weather further east, it will be often windy and it will stay mild. this is bbc news. the headlines:
president trump has taken his message to voters ahead of tuesday's midterm elections. it comes as twitter has deleted thousands of fake accounts posting messages purporting to be from us democrats discouraging people from voting. polls show the race in many states is too close to call. the us is reimposing all sanctions on iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal. the measures — which the white house say are the toughest ever imposed — target the country's energy, shipping and banking sectors and will come into effect on monday. pakistan authorities have reached agreement with protesters who've been demonstrating against the acquittal of aasia bibi — a christian woman sentenced to death for blasphemy. under the agreement, aasia bibi will be barred from leaving the country — but it's unclear for how long. now on bbc news, the travel show.