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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: president trump says he's been advised not to listen to an audio recording of the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi because it's too "violent" and "terrible". california's wildfires — how the emergency services are coping with the crisis — with at least 79 dead and more than a thousand people still unaccounted for. residents in the mexican city of tijuana take to the streets to protest the arrival of thousands of migrants at the us—mexico border the british prime minister speaks of a crucial few days ahead for her brexit plan — saying replacing her as leader won't make negotiations any easier. president trump has said it is premature to conclude that
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saudia arabia's crown prince, mohmmed bin salman, ordered the murder of the journalist jamal khashoggi. that's despite the cia reportedly concluding the powerful prince had ordered the killing. jamal khashoggi was murdered at a saudi consulate in istanbul last month. mr trump says he has been "fully briefed" on an audio recording of the murder, provided by the turkish authorities. but he told fox news that he'd decided not to listen we have the tape. i don't want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape. why don't you want to hear it, sir? because it's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. i've been fully briefed on it. there's no reason for me to hear it. in fact, i said to the people, "should i?" they said, "you really shouldn't, there's no reason". i know exactly — i know everything that went on in the tape, without having to. and what happened? it was very violent, very vicious and terrible. our washington correspondent chris buckler has more.
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president trump insists that the cia assessment has not been completed. he does, however, expect it to be complete by tuesday, and at this stage he says it's premature and inaccurate to suggest that the intelligence agency has concluded that the crown prince, mohammed bin salman, ordered the murder of jamal khashoggi. there has also been a very carefully worded statement by the state department over the weekend in which they say that the us government, perhaps distinct from the cia, has not yet reached any final conclusions. there has of course also been a very firm denialfrom saudi arabia. but there continue to be these questions, and the cia has certainly been looking at evidence which includes that tape of the killing inside the istanbul consulate, the audio recording that president trump has so far avoided hearing. and beyond that, there's also apparently some suggestions that they have phone calls, one of which was made by some of those involved in the killing, from the consulate, apparently to a top aide of the crown prince. but when you look at these reports from the cia's assessment, all these newspaper reports are suggesting that none of them have particularly concrete evidence,
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no stand—alone evidence that shows definitively that the crown prince was involved. essentially, no smoking gun. and that's something that president trump may well talk about in the future, particularly as congress pushes for more action against saudi arabia, and that is certainly coming. at the moment he's emphasising the relationship between the us and saudi arabia, and how important it is. even this weekend, he described them as a spectacular ally in terms ofjobs and economic investment. it gives you this real sense that the white house and president trump at this stage don't want to hear certain things, and that goes beyond just this tape of the killing of a journalist inside the saudi consulate.
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let's get some of the day's other news. donald trump has said he would not intervene if his acting attorney general, matthew whitaker, tried to limit the investigation into russian interference in the last us presidential election. mr whitaker has previously criticised the probe led by robert mueller, and raised the possibility of cutting its funding. houthi rebels in yemen say they're halting drone and missile strikes on the military coalition led by saudi arabia in response to a request from the united nations. the un is attempting to revive talks to end a war that has pushed about half of yemen's population to the brink of starvation. the former peruvian president, alan garcia, has sought asylum at uruguay‘s embassy in lima after being barred from leaving the country. mr garcia is accused of taking bribes from the brazilian construction giant, odobrest, in exchange for government contracts. mr garcia denies the charges
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and says he's the victim of political persecution. 12 days after the mid term elections and a vote recount — florida's outgoing governor, the republican rick scott, has been declared the winner of the state's senate race. governor scott was given a 10,000—vote lead over democratic incumbent bill nelson. election officials say scott took 50.05% of the 8.19 million votes cast across the state. emergency workers in california are still working to fully contain wildfires that have devastated large areas of the state over the last ten days. at least 76 people are now known to have died, thousands of homes have been destroyed and the authorities say more than 1200 people remain unaccounted for — although that list is continually being updated. our correspondent dan johnson has more. this is a ghost town that cannot lay its souls to rest. so we're on pentz road now, and this is where the brunt of the fire hit. and those sworn to protect life
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and property here must now assess what is gone. so we're going to go over to check on a property where an 80—year—old woman lived. sergeant rob nichols barely recognises streets he has patrolled for 18 years. all the normal landmarks that you're used to using are gone. there is a new daily drumbeat here, uncovering the agony of a fire that gave people little chance... that aluminium wheel — a lot of heat. ..piecing together its painful suffering. so pretty frail, probably not able to get out on her own. probably didn't drive, you know, and the fire hit kind of early in the morning, so who knows if she was even awake. deaths are confirmed, their cruelty is clear. i think i might have a name for you. so it looks to me that that was the person
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we were searching for. right. so that means you've got some — some news to give. i do, i do. the smoke, the smell, the popping power cables — the early signs of something awful. and, in growing chaos, a handful of officers dedicated to keeping people safe. the fire is getting closer, and people are just sitting in their cars, stranded. duty came before family. you know, my wife's hysterical. she wants me out. you know, she's begging me, get a helicopter, get out of there, and i can't leave.
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i have 200 people here that i've got to take care of. they survived. so did many others. rob's wife and children are safe. so i come upon my house on the left here. but his home was destroyed, like thousands of others. would you be happy to come back and live here? yes, i would. yeah. i love it up here, so i hope to be back. they built paradise with hope and ambition. so much has gone, but not that. and there's more on the bbc news website — with special reports on the search and recovery efforts — that's at bbc.com/news, or you can download the bbc news app. thousands of people living in the mexican border city of tijuana took to the streets on sunday, protesting against the arrival of thousands of central american migrants trying to get to the united states. president donald trump has deployed thousands of troops to the border, accusing the migrants of planning to invade the united states.
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tempers boiling over on the streets of tijuana as locals make their frustrations clear. they are angry about the arrival of thousands of central americans on their way to the us and the protesters accuse border officials of letting illegal migrants through. note to the invasion, says the sign, echoing language used by us president donald trump. mexico first, demand others. as they march, they shout, out, hondurans, we don't want you here, the united tijuana will never be defeated. the lone voices raised talking about the treatment of mexicans arriving in the us was quickly drowned out. tijuana itself isa quickly drowned out. tijuana itself is a city of migrants that it seems has little sympathy for the newest arrivals. around 6000 central americans are thought to have
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arrived in tijuana and another border towns since last week, monday. they have filled up shelters and many are now sleeping in the streets. their part, the migrants say this is a temporary stop. translation: the mexicans have the right to protest because they don't like we are here. they are good people, they are the same as us but they won't be passing through, they would stay here. local authorities are asking forfederal would stay here. local authorities are asking for federal help to deal with a shared numbers. meanwhile, the us is increasing its security at the us is increasing its security at the southern border and says large groups will not be allowed in. with more caravans and people from central america on their way, the theory is, it could be migrants are stuck in tijuana to come. lebo diseko, bbc news. here, the prime minister has said the next seven days are critical for the country, as she prepares to go to brussels to discuss britain's future relationship with the eu. theresa may defended the agreement reached for the uk's withdrawal from the eu, saying it was in the national interest,
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and she warned those seeking to have her removed that a change of leadership would not make brexit any easier. here is our political correspondent vicki young. it is a crucial seven days for the country, and theresa may's future. she's sticking to her brexit plan, hoping to persuade mps that it's the right compromise — leaving the eu but protecting the economy. she'll also head to brussels to personally lead last—minute negotiations. this isn't about me. it's actually about what's right for the people of this country. it's about what's in the national interest. that's what drives me, and that's what i'm being driven to deliver. that's what i want to deliver for people. the draft withdrawal agreement is a legally—binding document, laying out how the uk leaves the eu. it includes a transition period, the divorce bill of around £39 billion, and plans for the northern ireland backstop to prevent border checks with ireland.
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there's also a much shorter political declaration, containing a broad outline of our future relationship with the eu. it talks about a new free trade area, which the uk government hopes will be ready so that there's no need for that backstop, and there are plans for close security cooperation. the focus this week will be on the future relationship, and when we were in the house of commons, a number of members of parliament were saying, "we want some more detail on that future relationship." that's what we're working on this week. the labour leader says his party won't back the deal, but some question whether his alternative is realistic. you go back to europe and say, listen, "0ur parliament does not agree with this, and does not accept it. the people of this country don't." there are jobs on both sides of the channel at risk here. we need an agreement, a serious, sensible agreement, and i believe the labour options are the serious ones that could achieve that. some cabinet ministers and dozens of tory mps aren't happy either. the former brexit secretary says
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the deal isn't right for the country. i do think we're being bullied, i do think we're being subjected to what is pretty close to blackmail, frankly, for your viewers at home, and i think there is a point at which, and it probably should've been done before, where we just say, "i'm sorry, this is the united kingdom of great britain and northern ireland. we cannot accept those dictated terms." two things could derail the prime minister this week. brexiteer cabinet ministers want reassurance the uk will not be trapped in a customs arrangement against its will. if they don't get that clarification, and resign, it is hard to see how theresa may could carry on. the second threat comes from conservative mps trying to force a vote of no confidence her leadership. for that to happen, 48 mps need to write letters to this man, the chairman of the 1922 committee which represents tory mps. the rules are very clear, that if the threshold were to be reached, i would have to consult with the leader of the party. immediately, graham?
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immediately? well, i think the whole thing is written with the intention it should be an expeditious process. theresa may's message to her rebellious mps is that getting rid of her won't make eu negotiations any easier, and won't change the parliamentary arithmetic. later this week, mrs may is expected to meet the european commission president, jean—claude juncker. the bbc‘s europe editor katya adler has more on what the two leaders will be focusing on in that meeting. there really is no appetite in eu circles to fundamentally change that document, so the prime minister is planning to come this week to brussels to discuss these second brexit document that actually is still being negotiated. that political declaration, an outline by the eu and the uk as to how they imagine their future relationship to be after brexit. of course, remember, this is not anything like a final trade deal but the prime minister needs it to look attractive enough economically and politically to help her sell that unpopular withdrawal agreement. she needs it to look convincing
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enough to persuade her critics she'll never need to enter into a customs union in order to protect the irish border. but do remember also that the withdrawal agreement is legally binding, whereas this political declaration is not. and as for the current political turmoil in the uk, the eu is resolutely ignoring it, ploughing on with its plans for that sealed the deal brexit summit next sunday. the only thing that will put them off, say my eu sources, is if the prime minister loses herjob in the meantime, or if she suddenly backs away politically from this withdrawal agreement she's been trying so hard to sell. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: jumbo care. india's first specialised hospital for elephants opens in mathura. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election.
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she has asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police, in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country, and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds' worth of damage. this is bbc world news.
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the latest headlines: president trump has said he has been briefed about an audio tape of the murder ofjamal khashoggi, but has not listened to it himself because it is so violent. emergency workers in california are still working to contain wildfires that have devastated parts of the state. at least 79 people have died and over 1,200 are still missing. residents of easter island are travelling thousands of kilometres to make their case. our correspondent reports. for centuries they have watched over one of the world's most remote locations. nearly 1000 stone statues
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have made this tiny pacific island famous, and fuel are growing tourist trade. while their origins remain shrouded in mystery, they are revered by easter islanders who see them as incarnations of their a ncestors. them as incarnations of their ancestors. they are now seeking the return of two figure is shipped to britain in 1869 and given as gifts to queen victoria. the lost or stolen friend and its smaller companion are currently housed in the british museum. translation: we are hoping to touch the hearts of the english and get them to understand the point of view of the rapa nui people. for the museum it isa rapa nui people. for the museum it is a famous centuries—old statue, for us it is a relic we need to return home. we have gone 150 years without it. the museum has been relu cta nt to without it. the museum has been reluctant to allow the return of other treasures to their countries of origin, notably the rosetta stone
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and the elgin marbles. despite that, the team is heading to london with high hopes. translation: we are optimistic because the museum is willing to discuss it. our argument is not the same as other countries. the rapa nui people are that, they maintain their culture, their customs intact, they want to c0 nse rve customs intact, they want to conserve it. this for them is not a living piece, not a stone object. among the possible solutions, and offer from among the possible solutions, and offerfrom a among the possible solutions, and offer from a local artist to replace the figures with exact replicas, free of charge. 0n the campaign for repatriation could snowball. at least nine other moai can be found in other countries. easter islanders wa nt in other countries. easter islanders want them all return to their spiritual home. the former new york city mayor michael bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, johns hopkins university. the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the united states. it will provide financial aid for low— and middle—income students. the baltimore university says the contribution will allow it to eliminate student loans through financial aid packages, starting next autumn.
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the social media giant facebook will announce new measures to help support britain's local newspapers. they range from training forjournalists to support with recruitment and subscriptions. the announcement comes just days after one of britain's largest local newspaper groups went into administration because of unmanageable debts. 0ur media editor amol rajan has this report. so we're entering into the... the caravan section. can i ask, what sale is that? just a few decades ago, work with a local paper came with esteem, influence, and a solid wage. titles like the independently owned express & star in northampton were treasured in their communities. these days, their importance has grown further, but their commercial
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clout is diminishing. now, if you want a second—hand car, you look online. and, if you want local news, fewer and fewer turn to print. it's challenging. i think if you look at the size of the audience compared to, say, 20 years ago, more are reading our stories now than they were at that time. but that's if you take the print audience and the digital audience together. the difficulty we've got is, of course, a large proportion of those people that are reading are no longer paying for the content. it's just the print audience that are, and it's how we monetise that digital segment. the romance and nostalgia of local papers is at odds with the brutal reality of digital news. now that we all have the equivalent of the printing presses in our pockets, classified ads have disappeared, and aren't coming back. what's more, it is hard for these guys to drive subscriptions. so, while everyone agrees that local news matters, no—one agrees on how to save it. and, while these guys are up for a fight, they'll probably need some kind of subsidy. it may come from silicon valley.
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facebook say they want to help train local reporters, just as the bbc now do. at a recent training camp in cardiff, google were teaching freelancers in the way of new digital tools. what google is trying to do is figure out how to partner with local newspapers to find the new digital business models, helping them find new advertising streams, and making sure we supply them with the technology that helps them generate that digital advertising. the industry is on its knees, and some older hands blame silicon valley for stealing their ad revenue and content. but if silicon valley retreated, it wouldn't bring local papers back. last week, 250—year—old johnston press went into administration, triggered by an unmanageable £200 million plus debt. a new company, run by the bondholders, has been set up. it will radically pay down the debt, and mostjobs should be saved for now. the dame leading a review into the future of news is pragmatic about the local business model. i think it's going to be very hard to revive it,
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because it depended so heavily on classified advertising, and indeed other advertising. and of course, if you don't have the advertising, people have to pay more for their copies, and local newspapers have much smaller circulations than the national newspapers, so it's very hard to see how you rebuild the model in its present form. everyone knows local news that scrutinises power and nourishes the bonds of community is vital to democracy. it's just that nobody knows who will pay for it. amol rajan, bbc news. a charity has opened a hospital with a difference in northern india. as daniel mckerrell explains, staff there have to deal with some very large patients. healthcare in india made headlines this year. 2018 saw the launch of modicare, pitched as the world's largest health insurance plan. and now, anotherfirst — a hospital devoted to the country's largest mammal, the indian elephant.
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there are roughly 25,000 in the wild, and hundreds are kept in captivity, mostly to attract tourists and perform religious rituals. they are often ill—treated, and forced to obey instructions with a sharp metal hook. the wildlife sos elephant hospital has been built for the treatment of injured, sick, or geriatric elephants. it is now home to 22 patients, some as old as 67. these elephants go through a lot of abuse, brutality, cruelty, in order to be ridden. and through that process, they develop abscesses, internal problems, back problems, all kinds of health issues that need to be addressed. the hospital boasts an array of modern facilities, including thermal imaging equipment, ultrasonography, and a wireless x—ray. it also offers a range of skin treatments, ranging from the modern to the more traditional. i think, by building a hospital, we are underlining the fact that elephants need welfare measures as much as any other animal, that captive elephants are not meant
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to be used and abused, but instead have to be given the respect which an animal needs if you're going to be using the animal. the hospital has mobile equipment intended to treat elephants across northern india. it is built on the banks of the river yamuna, next to an elephant conservation and care centre, where patients of all ages can relax and heal, and even enjoy the retirement we all look forward to in our winter years. daniel mckerrell, bbc news. finally, we have an update on an investigation into a stolen picasso painiting. harlequin head was one of seven masterpieces taken six years ago from a dutch museum. earlier this weekend, it was claimed that the artwork was recently discovered in romania. a belgian theatre company has now said it staged that so—called finding, and said the hoax was part of a project about the value of truth. hello there.
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this is the week where winter makes something of a comeback. the weather is set to get quite a bit colder, probably the coldest day tuesday in the week ahead. now, we've had clear skies over recent hours. that's allowed temperatures to plummet away. northern scotland have already seen temperatures down as low as “11 in inverness, and also in braemar. but over the next few hours, cloud will be spreading in from the north sea across much of scotland, much of england, and into eastern areas of wales as well. that combined with a breeze should prevent a frost for many of us, but it will still be a chilly old start to the day. now, the big change with monday's weather compared with what we had over the weekend is there's going to be much more cloud in the sky. there'll still be occasional brighter spells, but through the afternoon, the cloud will thicken with showers. they'll come along in shower streams. one of those could well target kent and essex, another one running into parts of norfolk and lincolnshire. now, running up the eastern coasts, you'll notice the showers get a little bit less widespread
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as we work towards north—east england and eastern scotland. should be quite unlucky to see showers here. there will, though, be one or two knocking around. temperatures not as warm as the weekend. we're looking at highs typically into single figures, and the colder air will begin to move in as we head into tuesday. the cloud thickens, as well, so there'll be further showers around, perhaps a bit of wintriness mixed in too, particularly but not exclusively over the hills. temperatures — well, we're looking at perhaps five degrees in places. but factor in these strong winds, gusting to 40, maybe 50 mph around the coast, and it will feel colder than these numbers would suggest, not that five is a particularly warm day. that's pretty cold for this time of the year. but if you add the wind onto that, it'll feel more like freezing in places. and there could be a bit snow of around tuesday night, perhaps around the hills of wales, also the brecon beacons as well. now, the middle part of the week sees this big blocking pattern set up in thejet stream. that means the warmth
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from the atlantic really won't be pushing in this week. instead, the winds will be coming in from a an east—south—easterly direction. so it's a slow recovery process with temperatures from tuesday into wednesday. you'll notice the winds coming from slightly more of an east—south—easterly direction, and that will push the cloud and showers further northwards into northern ireland and scotland. bits of white mixed in. yes, there could be bit of snow over the hills, the grampians could see some of that, maybe the tops of the northern pennines and the north york moors. but at the same time, the weather might become a bit drier for those in the south—east. another cold day, mind you — highs of between seven and eight degrees celsius for most. that's your weather. this is bbc news, the headlines: president trump says he's been advised not to listen to an audio recording of the murder of journalist jamal khashoggi. he's confirmed the us authorities have the tape, which was recorded at the saudi consulate in istanbul, and that it's too "violent" and "terrible" to listen to. strong winds in california are hampering progress for emergency
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crews battling the camp fire, which is still only 60 per cent contained, 11 days after it started. at least 79 people have died across the state and twelve hundred are still unaccounted for. tensions have built in the mexican border city of tijuana as nearly 3,000 migrants from a caravan that has been travelling through central america have arrived in the city in recent days./ the federal government estimates the number of migrants could soon swell to 10,000. now on bbc news zeinab badawi talks to the un deputy secretary general for the 100 women interviews.
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