this is bbc news. the headlines at 11am. six days of funeral ceremonies are getting under way in thailand for the billionaire businessman and owner of leicester city football club, vichai srivaddhanaprabha. players from the club will fly out to thailand to pay their respects after this afternoon's match with cardiff. we want to be there. after everything that the owner has showed, obviously, in the players and the club we should be there. like i said, it is an extended family. broadcaster paul gambaccini wins damages from the crown prosecution service over its handling of unfounded sexual assault allegations against him. in the united states — twitter removes thousands of automated accounts discouraging people from voting, ahead of next week's mid term elections. a tigress in india which is said to have killed 13 people has been shot dead after a major hunt. and join me in half
an hourfor dateline — we'll be looking at the long goodbye for germany's chancellor and why donald trump isn't experienceing the usual mid—term blues. dozens of mourners are gathering in bangkok for the week—long funeral of leicester city owner, vichai srivaddhanaprabha. members of the team are expected to fly out after their game against cardiff this afternoon. the businessman died — along with four other people — when his helicopter crashed outside the king power stadium last saturday. our sports news correspondent natalie pirks reports. it was another day of quiet reflection for leicester city's players. we came in monday, we didn't train. it was more of being together
as a group with staff and players. but this isn't just about an owner, it's more personal than that. he wasn'tjust a chairman, he always made sure that he went out of his way to get to know you on personal levels as well, with your families and he took us in as his extended family. so close were the players relationships with vichai srivaddhanaprabha, that he was a guest at jamie vardy‘s wedding to wife rebekah. as the shock subsides, now honouring his memory is at the forefront of players minds. obviously at first you just thought no way, no way, that is not possible. everybody is feeling the same, we are all hurting, but we know that he would want us out there and we as a team and a club want to do him proud. they will attempt to do that today against cardiff city, their first game since the accident.
senior members of the team will then fly to thailand for srivaddhanaprabha's funeral, where his body has arrived at a buddhist temple in bangkok for a seven—day period of mourning. air accident investigators yesterday confirmed they had been able to download data from the helicopter‘s black box, despite it being subjected to intense heat in the fire. for the players, they have tried to ease their pain by reflecting on their memories together of their friend who always had a smile for everyone. natalie pirks, bbc news. our correspondentjonathan head sent us this update from the temple in bangkok where the funeral ceremony is taking place. it's a typical thai buddhist funeral ceremony. one role is spiritual. people who remember him will know
how religious he was. it is very important in terms of bringing merit to the deceased. it will be a high society advent and eight social event. anyone who is anyone will be here. he had a very high status and good political connections. it is being sponsored by the thai king. it isa being sponsored by the thai king. it is a great honour, in tight terms. the ceremony will start this evening. his body has been flown back here to thailand. there will be many nights of chanting by buddhist monks. we don't know where the final cremation will be. that will be when all the people will want to come and pay their respects. it will be a very grand social gathering. we are expecting a senior member of the royal family. this is
expecting a senior member of the royalfamily. this is a royal associated temple. typically the funerals do go on a long time. there isa funerals do go on a long time. there is a lot of ritual involved. everything matters for the future of the disease. people here believe in being carnation and it is important that the ceremony goes according to traditions but it is also... status is very important as well. we will see a rtefa cts is very important as well. we will see artefacts given by the king, a special funeral see artefacts given by the king, a specialfuneral urn. people see artefacts given by the king, a special funeral urn. people will watch this funeral to seekjust highly thought of vichai srivaddhanaprabha was. a successful businessman, sometimes uncommercial. —— controversial. joining me now is stephen moulds, board memberfor the foxes trust, the leicester city supporters trust. it has been a week reflections. how
important is this afternoon's game? it is very important for the team to get back to some kind of playing normality. the team made that decision both in consultation with vichai srivaddhanaprabha son and various luminaries. people like gary lineker have said that it is important for the team to get back to normality as soon as possible. cardiff is a good thing to be playing in terms of their supporters and willingness to show their respect for vichai srivaddhanaprabha as well. they certainly have. during the week there was a crowdfunding scheme going put on by the cardiff supporters to raise money for a tribute on a our chairman, which i think is a very heart—warming thing. this week the football community has come together with a lot of condolences. it has been quite
moving actually at times to see the comments that have been made. moving actually at times to see the comments that have been madem must have been a hell of a shock last week and. both the accident and to lose suddenly someone who had been such a big figure, notjust in the club but in the city over the last few years. indeed. often, in life, in things like business, some of the most important people do their work quietly in the background, get on and do it and you don't know what you have got until it is gone. and vichai srivaddhanaprabha was a great man, loved by the community. i think the outpouring of grief and tributes paid at the ground clearly indicate that. many people who didn't really know the impact he had would have been struck by that watching from outside. what about the ceremony thatis outside. what about the ceremony that is going on in thailand today? you think many people will be trying
to...i you think many people will be trying to... i know the players will be going out later after the match. to... i know the players will be going out later after the matchm the news it says the whole squad will fly out after the cardiff game. we know that funeral ceremonies are very important in thailand. i can only say that when leicester won the championship and they opened a shop in bangkok everyone expected it to bea in bangkok everyone expected it to be a non—event and they were so overwhelmed with people showing affection because they wanted that kind of kudos to the associated with a football team, even just leicester at that time, i think it will be very well attended. there are a lot of fa ns very well attended. there are a lot of fans out there as a result of his involvement in the team in thailand. and all over the world! you had to say that! of course i did. i was in new zealand earlier this year and i
came across a guy wearing a leicester city shed and said hello to him so i think our impact... it has been felt worldwide. are you hoping that vichai srivaddhanaprabha's sun will want to continue the involvement is part of the chip you to his father? he has been involved in the day running of the club. i believe what he said in the club. i believe what he said in the past and his attitude on what he has already said in the last few days will mean that he will want to continue running the club and i is a tribute to the legacy of his family. a member of the bod for the foxes. thanks very much for being with us and talk about vichai srivaddhanaprabha on the day of his funeral. red cross to bangkok and ta ke funeral. red cross to bangkok and take a look at the pictures nowjust outside the temple where the
ceremony is taking place. they had a private gathering yesterday for family and close friends to pay respects. it is now saturday evening, where the ceremony begins in earnest. there will be musicians playing drums and flutes. these are royal court musicians who the monarchy has graciously allowed to ta ke monarchy has graciously allowed to take part in this. it is an indication of how much vichai srivaddhanaprabha was a national figure in thailand, notjust a figure in thailand, notjust a figure here in the uk. of course he rana figure here in the uk. of course he ran a very successful duty—free business which has shops in all of thailand's airports. it made him a very wealthy man. they are hoping to honour their late chairman with their performance at cardiff city today. in all these ceremonies last
a very long time. in fact, his body will be kept for 100 days before cremation at a date that has yet to be set. the bbc presenter, paul gambaccini, has accepted undisclosed damages from the crown prosecution service because of the way it handled unfounded historical sex abuse allegations made against him. mr gambaccini was arrested in october 2013 but was never charged. he sued the cps for a statement it issued the following year. here's more from our correspondent, ben ando. paul gambaccini said his life was turned upside down when he was arrested on allegations that he sexually assaulted two boys in the 1970s and 80s, claims he said were fictitious. he spent a year on police bail, but when it dropped the case the crown prosecution service issued a statement saying that, wrongly, the boys allegedly involved were underage. mr gambaccini sued and last night the cps confirmed it had reached an agreement without the admission of liability. though details of the deal have not been made public due
to confidentiality clauses, the daily mail newspaper has reported that the pay—out runs to five figures. mr gambaccini is also suing the metropolitan police. the case represents another setback for the former director of public prosecutions, alison saunders, who stepped down this week after five years in the role. mr gambaccini, seen here in 2016 at the memorial service for fellow radio two broadcaster sir terry wogan, has described operation yewtree as a celebrity witch—hunt, aimed at diverting attention away from the failure of the authorities to stop jimmy savile. ben ando, bbc news. the brexit campaigner aaron banks has returned to the uk — as he faces allegations that his multi—million pound donations to the leave cause may have broken electoral law. the "leave—dot—eu" co—founder was referred to the national crime agency by the elections watchdog, which suspects that cash given to the campaign had come from what it called "impermissible sources". mr banks denies any wrongdoing.
there were a lot of reporters and photographers to greet mr banks had he arrived at gatwick airport this morning. he was asked whether any of the money donated had come from russia. he said that it hasn't, the money has come from me. he went on to say that he would cooperate with the national crime agency ‘s investigation and provide visibility into our accounts. that really echoes what he has had to say all along. earlier in the week the lf will commission —— the electoral commission had asked to investigate. at the centre of this is £8 million worth of loans, claimed to have come from aaron banks and his companies to the campaign. it was at the official league campaign but the one fronted by nigel farage and to a large exte nt
fronted by nigel farage and to a large extent bankrolled by aaron banks. the electoral commission suspect that the two source of loans to the campaign was being concealed and the money had come from impermissible sources. that could be foreign sources because under the law in the uk there has to be a uk taxpayer who is donating the money. that is why the national crime agency are investigating. that is the referendum from two years ago. those who want a referendum to be held once a deal is done between britain and the eu, they have new research. the people's vote campaign which has been campaigning for a public vote on the outcome of the brexit negotiations has commissioned a poll, carried out by you go. they are 26,000 people in labour held seats across the uk about their views on having a second public vote. there are two main suggestions they are highlighting. the first is
a majority of all voters across labour constituencies across the uk 110w labour constituencies across the uk now backed the idea of a public vote on the outcome of the brexit deal. one little caveat is that the exact wording was not put two people so it was unclear whether they were in favour of a bout of wraps have the option of staying in the eu. but then also the other suggestion from then also the other suggestion from the poll is that labour voters as a whole in labour seats across the uk would now, given the option, choose to remain in the eu if there was a public vote. presumably they've polled on this question in these places because we're trying to put pressure on the labour leadership over its policies. yes, the people's vote campaign is trying very hard to influence the political debate about brexit and with particular focus on the labour party. just a reminder that the government has consistently build out any public vote, any second referendum on brexit.
labour's position is different. they said they would block any brexit deal in parliament based on theresa may's current plan. their preferences for a general election but all options are on table, including a public vote. they have said that no one is ruling out remain as an option. a tigress in india which is said to have killed 13 people has been shot dead after a major hunt. the six—year—old tigress had evaded capture in the jungles of the western state of maharashtra for two years. activists had campaigned to save the tiger, but india's supreme court said it would not interfere if forest rangers were forced to shoot it. joining me now for more onn this is our south asia regional editor , anbarasan ethirajan. this is a terrible story on a tragic story. it had been on a killing spree. how story. it had been on a killing spree. how common story. it had been on a killing spree. how common is that? there have been a number of cases of human and animal conflict in india. if you
go and animal conflict in india. if you 9° by and animal conflict in india. if you go by the figures, at least one person is killed a day, either by tigers or elephants in different parts of the country. so why this happened? parts of the country. so why this happened ? because parts of the country. so why this happened? because in natural habitat is reducing. as people are moving into the forest areas they said of farmlands, they come into contact with animals. even in this case with this tigress, many of the villagers ta ke this tigress, many of the villagers take the castle to greece and mac greys in the forest area. it is expensive to buy fodder for this couple. it is cheaper and freer to ta ke couple. it is cheaper and freer to take the cattle inside the forest and the tigers don't like anyone coming into their territory. they are highly territorial animals. they attack the villagers as they come into the forest. some of the animals, if they are old or injured, then the tent to attack human beings but not by nature. they try to avoid human beings. i been in of the reserves and date always go away
from the human beings. the numbers of tigers in india are presumably in pretty steep decline so the loss of even a single tiger in the circumstances will be felt by those who are campaigning to protect them. that is why the considerations is very happy with the way the episode was handled. when you tranquillisers it gives a chance for the tigress to be captured and to keep it in a zoo release it back into the forest. they allege that many rules were flouted even though the numbers of tigers living in protected areas are going up in the last few years, it is still an endangered animal. why is still an endangered animal. why is it important? if there is a tiger ina is it important? if there is a tiger in a forested shows that the forest is healthy. there is greenery. it symbolises certain things that is why the conservationists say they should have tried to save it first.
thank you so much. it is fascinating to hear about the situation of tigers in india. thank you. the headlines on bbc news... the funeral of the leicester city owner a week ago will begin in thailand. broadcaster paul gambaccini wins damages from the crown prosecution service over its handling of unfounded sexual assault allegations against him. in the united states — twitter removes thousands of automated accounts discouraging people from voting ahead of next week's mid term elections twitter has removed around 10,000 automated accounts that discouraged people from voting in next week's us mid term election. most of the accounts were posing as democrats, the social media company said. meanwhile, the white house has warned iran to prepare for the return of all sanctions that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal.
our north america correspondent peter bowes reports. in a meme inspired by the tv series game of thrones and its motto, "winter is coming", president trump made his intentions clear. from monday, the day before congressional elections, sanctions described by the white house as the toughest ever imposed on iran, will be back on. mr trump withdrew from the iran deal in may, describing it as effective at its core. the announcement may well prove a vote—winner for the republicans. donald trump is focusing on what he sees as his achievements and issues that set him apart from his previous processor. we don't want to go back to the obama days of low wages, high unemployment, high crime, open borders, far leftjudges, oppressive regulations, horrible, horrible, horrible trade deals. disastrous foreign policy. look at the mess i inherited in north korea and at look how well we are doing now. barack obama is leading the charge for the democrats, without mentioning mr trump by name, questioning his honesty. what we have not seen, at least in my lifetime, is an approach in which folks in the highest levels of office, folks who we thought our children should be looking up to, will just blatantly, repeatedly, boldly, shamelessly — lie! the president's agenda depends on the republicans maintaining their hold on both houses of congress.
what we have not seen, at least in my lifetime, is an approach in which folks in the highest levels of office, folks who we thought our children should be looking up to, will just blatantly, repeatedly, boldly, shamelessly — lie! the president's agenda depends on the republicans maintaining their hold on both houses of congress. but even the usually bullish donald trump has admitted that democrats could take the house of representatives. with congressional races in many
states on a knife edge, the next few days will see furious campaigning around the country. peter bowes, bbc news. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre. good morning. good morning, on what is set to be a very emotional day for leicester city the team travel to cardiff this afternoon in their first match since the death of their owner in a helicopter crash last weekend. vichai srivaddhanaprabha and four other people were killed in the crash outside the king power stadium. all premier league games this weekend will begin with a minute's silence, and players will wear black armbands. if they can give their best for a few minutes, when you play football for a few minutes, you are focused,
your presentation is not only on the football. i hope that we can have this feeling at the time of the game, before and after, we cannot forget. seven premier league fixtures in all this afternoon. with manchester united going to bournemouth in the early kick off, whilst liverpool will go top if they get at least a point against arsenal later this afternoon. top european clubs have held secret talks to create a european super league. that's according to a report by the german publication der spiegel. the newspaper claims leaked documents show the breakaway league, could be created as soon as 2021, and see clubs involved leave their national leagues and football associations. talks of a european super league in football have come and gone in the past. they always been fended off in the end. this time the german newspaper is claiming there is more
substance to it. a number of leading clu bs substance to it. a number of leading clubs have discussed the matter over a period of time and they have documents purporting to show that it is atan documents purporting to show that it is at an advanced stage of development. the talk is 11 of the big clubs, including five from within england, joining in a midweek european super league joined by five other invited clubs from throughout europe. it's a big afternoon in rugby union, as preparations for next year's world cup step up, with start of the autumn internationals. england are under a bit of pressure as they take on south africa at twickenham. eddiejones' side have only won one match in seven, and are suffering from a string of injury troubles. the teams met three times earlier this year with south africa winning two of them. we have obviously got a pretty big pack and key individuals that tend to get them to go forward —— they
have obviously got... we're back to make sure that we put ourselves in the right place so that we are whizzing from kick—off. scotland will be hoping to record their first win in wales since 2002 when they meet in cardiff in the doddie weir cup. the match is in honour of the former scotland international who's battling motor neurone disease. money raised from the game will go towards research into the condition. and six nations champions ireland face italy at soldier field in chicago later this evening. coachjoe schmidt has rested several of his first—team regulars including johnny sexton who was this week shortlisted as world rugby men's player of the year. at the world gymnastics championships in doha, the remarkable run of simone biles continues as she looks to add yet more titles to her collection. in her first international event since taking a year off after rio, she became the first gymnast to win 13 world titles. she took gold in the vault — and followed that up with silver in the uneven bars.
it takes her tally to three golds at these championships. she has two more individual events to come later this afternoon. i am very excited, especially about the bar medal because i have worked especially hard on bars during in my time in gymnastics. i am really excited. that's all the sport for now. now for the weather. hello. it is a sunny saturday as part of central and eastern england. it's a different story elsewhere. a lot more cloud around, wetter, windier than recent days. and it's all due to the proximity of this swirl of cloud. this is the remnants of what was hurricane oscar. it is passing between us and iceland during the next 2a hours keeping things windy but also bringing air all the way from the mid—atla ntic. as long as the windy and wet story for some it is also a good deal my other two. to feel the benefit of that, there is sunshine out across eastern part of england and in and around the moray firth as well. it could hit 17 degrees here.
in between, lot of cloud, outbreaks of rain. easing for some though in western parts of northern ireland and western scotland. a little bit more sunshine at times this afternoon but still showers and still windy. 50 or 60 miles per hour gusts possible. as i said, 17 degrees in and around the moray firth. 13 to 15 elsewhere. some drier moments further south, damper around the borders of dumfries and galloway. sunshine across northern ireland this afternoon, but cumbria passing northumberland and into lancashire, west wales, cornwall, isles of scilly it turned wetter through the second half of the day. winds continue to pick up. a0 or 50 mph gusts here. winds not as strong across the midlands, east anglia, south east. dry and sunny by day. clear into the evening. clear skies in western scotland and northern ireland. which bodes well for those heading off to fireworks parties. rain in between. but it is the strength of the wind. tomorrow, not as wet, not as windy. we could still see gails quite widely this evening, so if you are setting off fireworks or planning to, think very carefully before you do so. check your bonfires for hedgehogs before you light them. through tonight, the rain where we have got will be confined down towards part of wales, south west england and through the midlands.
stays dry in east anglia and the south east. mid—single figures here. but for most of you it will be a frost free night. just about all, thanks to those south—westerly winds which are still with us into sunday. those are remnants of hurricane oscar. this is the weather front which today is across western areas and tomorrow in parts of lincolnshire, parts of yorkshire, the midlands, south west england and south wales. so expect some outbreaks of rain here through the day. the most persistent towards the far south west. east anglia and the south east, another largely dry day and a dry day for scotland, northern ireland and northern england. maybe breezy but you will see a fair bit of sunshine. highs of 11 to 13 degrees. and as for the evening, rain mainly in the west. going into sunday night, fairly dry and mild. hello and welcome to dateline london, the programme that
brings together some of the uk's leading columnists with correspondents from overseas who file their stories for the folks back home under the dateline london. this week, the long goodbye for germany's chancellor, brazilians choose populism over pragmatism with a president—elect who says a "good criminal is a dead criminal", and why donald trump isn't experiencing a us president's usual mid—term blues. to discuss that, thomas kielinger, of germany's die welt newspaper the greekjournalist and broadcaster maria margaronis, ian birrell, contributing editor to the mail on sunday, and the us born journalistjeff mcallister. angela merkel jumped before she could be pushed. after last sunday saw her party lose around 10% of its support in a second regional election in succession, mrs merkel announced she would not seek a fifth term as german leader. despite heading a cross—party coalition that's creaking
at the seams and is one of the reasons for her centre right party's electoral drubbing, she thinks she can remain as chancellor until 2021. is that feasible or is she just going through the motions? no, i think at the moment it is quite feasible because there is no strong leader or alternative candidate to ta ke leader or alternative candidate to take over from her. leader or alternative candidate to take overfrom her. we have three figures who are now fighting for the party presidency, which will be decided upon in december. but this is no time for the country to want another election. the problem with angela merkel is she has overstayed her welcome, obviously, as 18 years as head of the party. it is a long time and there is a