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this is bbc news, i'm lukwesa burak. the headlines at 11:00: donald trump sacks his national security advisorjohn bolton, saying he disagreed with many of his suggestions — another senior colleague has defended the president's decision. the president's entitled to the staff that he wants. he should have people that he trusts and values and who's methods and judgements benefit him in delivering american foreign policy. the prime minister has been defending his decision to suspend parliament for 5 weeks. he denies it's essentially anti—democratic. hundreds of thousands of people in england are addicted to prescription drugs, according to a new report, with half of all users taking them for a year or longer. a special report from yemen, where a shortage of aid and medical supplies is contributing to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
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commentator: cup so many options for raheem stirling! and, plenty of goals, as england beat kosovo in the qualifiers for the european championships. and at 11:30 we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers david davies and rowena mason — stay with us for that. good evening. one of the key figures in the trump administration, the national security adviserjohn bolton, has been dismissed by the president, who said they'd disagreed strongly on key policy areas. mr bolton, a veteran of previous administrations, is known for his hardline approach to foreign policy. he's the third person to serve in this role under president trump.
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his critics claim that the national security council, which advises the president, had become a separate entity within the white house. 0ur north america editor jon sopel has more. all defence is ——in pollard —— and foreign policy is meant to go through the foreign advisor. what attracted trump tojohn bolton is the fact that this section of other administrations knew how to get things done, new what levers to pull. but there was a problem, they fundamentally disagreed on a lot of american foreign policy. john bolton is the hawk‘s hawk — acerbic, dry, clever and confrontational. and this morning, still to be found in the white house grounds. but not anymore. he's been turfed out by presidential tweet.
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"i informed john bolton last night that his services are no longer needed at the white house. i disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration, and therefore i asked john for his resignation." but highly unusually, and in a sure sign of the acrimony over this departure, bolton also took to twitter to challenge the president's version of events. "i offered to resign last night and president trump said, ‘let‘s talk about it tomorrow'." hello, everybody. at a white house briefing with the treasury secretary and the secretary of state — two men thatjohn bolton had clashed most with — there were grins all round. so last night the president asked for ambassador bolton's resignation. as i understand it, it was received this morning. the president's entitled to the staff that he wants. at any moment, the staff, person, who works directly for the president of the united states, he should have people that he trusts and values and whose efforts and judgements benefit him in delivering american foreign policy. and farfrom seeking
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to paper over the cracks, they were instead pulling back the wallpaper and saying, "just look at these fissures." i don't talk about the inner workings of how this all goes. we all give our candid opinions. there were many times ambassador bolton and i disagreed, that's to be sure. this president is often depicted as impetuous and trigger—happy, restrained by his advisers. but withjohn bolton, it may have been the other way round. i actually temperjohn, which is pretty amazing, isn't it? nobody thought that was going to... i'm the one that tempers him, but that's ok. on any number of policy issues, donald trump and john bolton were not aligned. 0n iran, bolton advocated a more aggressive military response. the president wanted restraint. 0n venezuela, john bolton thought sanctions could bring the overthrow of nicolas maduro. the policy has failed. and most recently, the president wanted to go ahead at the weekend with a summit at camp david with taliban leaders. but this week is the anniversary of 9/11, and bolton thought the idea was crazy.
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and that view, somehow, found its way into the public domain. perhaps the final straw for the president. and so donald trump is now casting around for his fourth national security adviser in under three years, one of the most pivotaljobs in any american administration. and one key question, it is going to affect american foreign policy? already there is talk that the president might rate —— might meet the uranian leaders at the un genuine —— general assembly. maybe progress will meet — might be made there. whatever is happening at the white house this evening, one thing isn't happening, there are no tears being shed forjohn bolton. the prime minister has defended his decision to suspend parliament for 5 weeks and denied it was an anti—democratic move. the parliamentary session closed
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in the early hours of the morning, after mps refused to support borisjohnson‘s latest call for a general election. during the day, the prime minister held talks with the dup of northern ireland, who said tonight that they'd received assurances that the uk would not agree to a brexit deal that would create a division between northern ireland and the rest of the uk. 0ur political editor laura kuenssberg reports. black rod! the call made, as it always has been. black suits and lace worn in the usual way. desire the presence of this honourable house... but then, there's been nothing — genuinely nothing — ever quite like this. jeering and booing. 0pposition mps‘ fury that the prime minister has closed parliament early. even scuffling to try to keep the speaker in his chair — a symbol of their desire to keep parliament open in these vital weeks. this is not, however, a normal prorogation. it is not typical.
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it is not standard, and it represents an act of executive fiat. "shame on you," opposition mps shout at conservatives. booing and chanting: shame on you! shame on you! the commons is not so much divided, it's broken into jagged bits. then after those moments of pandemonium, at nearly 1:30 in the morning, song broke out on the green benches. # we'll keep the red flag flying here.# the socialist anthem, the red flag. singing. scots wha hae, and then not to be outdone, a welsh chorus. just what were mps protesting in parliament trying to prove? this was the shutdown of our democracy. parliament descended into chaos. don't you worry about the impression that gives to the public? but with the greatest respect, parliament did not descend into chaos. there was a very rowdy debate that went on beforehand, very passionate views being expressed on all sides.
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you have a government here that is treating our democracy with contempt. i did almost nothing except latin and greek for about 20 years. and now i'm running the country. well, not exactly. boris johnson might be in charge in theory, and spent the day talking about his plans for schools. but even if he's trying to pretend it is happening, the commons did not give him the election he wants. who can give us some information about william, duke of normandy? yes? er, well, he conquered england. yes, but, why did he think he should have a claim to the throne of england? erm... why did he think he should be king? do you want someone to help you? he's lost control of parliament, and he can't brush that off. and anybody who says it's all this stuff about it being anti—democratic, i mean, donnez—moi une break. what a load of nonsense. we were very, very clear that if people wanted a democratic moment, if they wanted an election, we offered it to the labour opposition and mysteriously they decided not to go for it.
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parliament almost felt in shock this morning about what happened in the early hours. the idea that both sides could have respect for the other almost stripped away. the doors are closed now, though. mps away for weeks, with an uncertain return. the prime minister determined to stick to his brexit deadline of halloween whatever convention he has to flout. but opponents ranged against him who will push the boundaries right back. that squeezes the prime minister's options, leaving more risky controversy, or pull off a miracle and find a deal. yes, we had a very good meeting, thank you. from cabinet ministers to the dup — the tories‘ northern irish allies — there is a whiff of hope about an agreement. yeah, yeah, you be careful there. but not so fast if you think they'd accept wholesale different arrangements. i think people need to calm down and realise that the prime minister is trying to get a deal,
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but not on the basis that's been talked about by some. yet for the prime minister's advisor, dominic cummings, who revels in controversy, and number 10, it's borisjohnson‘s brexit, and soon, or it might be bust. reporter: will britain leave the eu on time? sure. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, westminster. so, what happens now following last night's suspension of parliament? well, over the next three weeks, mps and activists will be attending the party conferences. mps will return for the queen's speech on 0ctober14th, when the government lays out its key plans. then an eu summit will be held on the 17th of october, and 2 weeks later on october 31st, the uk is due to leave the eu. so what are the options available to the prime minister? if he can get a new deal with the eu, which is approved by mps, then the uk could still leave by october 31st. if not, and if mps won't support leaving without a deal,
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he's now legally obliged to ask for an extension, something's he's repeatedly said he won't do. he could ignore or test the law, but it would be highly controversial and could lead to court action. he could call for another election. he's failed to do this twice already, but he could trigger one by calling a confidence vote in his own government. or he could resign, forcing his replacement, probablyjeremy corbyn, to ask the eu for an extension. meanwhile, the independent online newspaper is reporting tonight that labour's deputy leader tom watson is to call for a brexit referendum ahead of any general election. earlier today, the party leader jeremy corbyn said a labour government would hold another referendum on brexit, with what he calls a ‘credible option to leave' — as well as the choice to remain. but the labour leader,
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who was speaking at the trades union congress conference in brighton, said labour's manifesto will promise to reach a new brexit deal but will not commit to either leave or remain at that stage — as our political correspondent iain watson reports. are you running scared from a general election? we're looking forward to an election. jeremy corbyn may well be looking forward to an election but many voters are still looking for clarity on his brexit policy. and today at the tuc, they got it. well, up to a point. and in that election, we will commit to a public vote with a credible option to leave and the option to remain. in other words, by partly focusing on a leave option, he was facing down calls from senior figures in his own party to campaign unequivocally to remain in the expected election. but much of the real business was concluded behind—the—scenes, with the trade union leaders who will have huge influence over labour's next manifesto.
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so what exactly was the plan that they agreed? elect a labour government, let that labour government go and negotiate the very best terms, but then, crucially, we will put that deal to the people and they will be able to determine, decide and vote on whether they want to accept that as the route out of europe or whether they want to remain as part of the european union under the current structure. but critics say there is a potential flaw in labour's plan. in what's expected to be a heated election, labour will be unable to say for the duration of the campaign whether it backs britain leaving the european union or whether ultimately, it would recommend remaining. brighton voted overwhelmingly to reject brexit and peace activists say that labour needs a clearer message. —— these activists. we are losing votes to the liberal democrats and the greens. we need to make sure we are explicit that we are pro staying in the european union and make that clear to everyone. in a strong remain area, they want to see and hear a really
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clear position from the labour party. but labour say by giving voters a genuine choice between leave and remain, they will be creating clear blue water between them and their conservative and lib dems opponents. ian watson, bbc news, brighton. and if you want to find out where all the westminster parties currently stand on brexit, go to bbc.co.uk/news. hundreds of thousands of people in england are getting hooked on prescription drugs, according to a new report, with half of all users taking them for a year or longer. the study, by public health england, shows that one in four adults use strong painkillers, antidepressants or sleeping tablets. 0pioids, which are the strongest type of painkillers, were prescribed to over 5.5 million adults outside hospital in 2017—18. and more than half a million people in england received opioid prescriptions for 3 years or more. 0ur health editor hugh pym has this report. i was gripped by these painkillers.
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i got into the routine where i didn't feel like i could wake up without them or function without them. i couldn't go to work... katie became addicted to opioid painkillers when she was 16. now, a decade on, she is using social media to tell her story. she was put on the painkillers after an operation and found it impossible to do without them. how's things today? good. do you want to tell me? what's good, what's happening for you? cravings are getting less and less. she eventually found the help she needed from an addiction counselling service, the bridge project in bradford. i was taking 2a co—codamol a day. and i'd wait till my husband had fallen asleep and crawl over him in bed and get a packet out, or hide some down the side
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of the bed to take some. i'd go out with my mum for a coffee and i'd go into the toilet and take three co—codamol, go back to the table half an hour later and say "oh, i need to take my tablets." katie's was an extreme case. she wants others to know that they can, like her, and with help, beat the addiction. the authors of the latest reports say the prescription drugs they have looked at are vital for many patients but the number of long—term users is worrying. half of the people taking these drugs have been prescribed those in the last year, have had a prescription for more than a year, and for the vast majority of these medicines, using them for that length of time is very unlikely to be supported by clinical guidance. for some, longer term use of antidepressants is necessary, but libby from west yorkshire feels that, by being left on the drugs for 20 years, she has been let down by the health system. i feel like if i had turned to heroin or drink to help me with those problems, there would have been a lot more help for me to come of those things then there has been help for me
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to come off prescription drugs, and that is my frustration. groups of gps like this one have been meeting to discuss alternatives, including referring patients to counselling and activities in their local communities. but doctors' leaders say they need more backing to help find solutions. we need to spend longer with our patients, and that means having more resource and more gps. we need more therapists that we can refer our patients on to and we need greater access to social prescribing opportunities so patients can get the tailor made help and care in the community that they need and deserve. health leaders say it's nothing like on the same scale as the us opioid addiction crisis, but it is time to get on top of the issue before we see the problems experienced elsewhere. hugh pym, bbc news. it is approaching 18 minutes past
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11. the headlines on bbc news: donald trump sacks his national security advisor, john bolton, saying he disagreed with many of his suggestions. the prime minister has been defending his decision to suspend parliament for five weeks, denying it's anti—democratic. hundreds of thousands of people in england are addicted to prescription drugs, according to a new report. police in northern ireland say a car bomb found in londonderry, packed with a significant amount of explosives, was an attempt by the dissident republican group the new ira to murder police officers. more than a0 petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at police during a security search of the creggan estate yesterday when the device was found. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy reports. parents were urged to get their children home, as petrol bombs were thrown at police lines. officers say at least two
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young people involved in the disorder suffered burns. here one is caught by the flames. the violence began when around 80 officers entered the area of derry known as the creggan. police had come to carry out searches in an operation targeting the new ira. a bomb was found in the boot of a car. it had a command wire, which means it was likely to be detonated when the target was passing by. well, we know that the new ira are constantly planning to murder police officers. i don't know if there more devices in creggan, but i would be fairly confident the new ira are planning further attacks against police in northern ireland. violent dissident republicans oppose the british governance of northern ireland. during rioting at easter, the aspiring journalist lyra mckee was shot dead by a new ira gunmen. it looks like a pretty ordinary street, but this was the property where a bomb was discovered last night, and had it detonated police
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say it would almost certainly have killed people nearby. the latest in a series of attempts to attack police in recent months. injanuary, a car bomb was detonated outside derry‘s courthouse. several months later, a device was discovered at a golf club under a senior police officer's car. injuly, police were lured towards a booby trap in craigavon, and similar tactics were used in fermanagh. when a device exploded, officers say they were lucky not to be killed. last weekend, a mortar bomb was found near a police station and family homes in strabane. to have a device like that in the middle of our streets where it could take human life, be it the life of a police officer or a member of our community, is very, very worrying and very sad. it's not clear what's behind the recent spike in attacks. an attempt, some believe, to exploit the publicity brought by brexit. groups like the new ira pose much
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less of a threat than in decades past, but are still able to recruit a limited few to their cause. emma vardy, bbc news, derry. the united nations says numerous human rights violations are going on in yemen, as the country faces what it describes as the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. civil war has been raging there for more than four years between the government of president hadi, backed by a saudi—led coalition supported by the uk and the us, and houthi rebels, backed by iran, who have seized territory, including the capital sana'a. both are fighting for control of the country. the port city of hodeidah is crucial to the supply of aid and medical supplies. from there bbc arabic‘s special correspondent nawal al—maghafi sent this report. mohammed is yet another father in mourning in a city that has suffered the worst of yemen's brutal war.
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he's here to survey what's left of his family home. just a few days ago, as they all slept, an artillery shell landed here. he tells me it was impossible to help everyone. his daughter's toys remain, but she's no longer here to play with them. that night, mohammed lost his six—year—old daughter rouane, his wife, his mother, and his sister. in the hospital, the rest of the family that survived. mohammed's other daughter, one—year—old rital, was hit by shrapnel. her eyesight may never recover. she's too young to understand
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what they have been through. the family had onlyjust returned home after fleeing the fighting over a year ago. a decision they are now regretting. the whole family is here and they are all worried about the same thing. now that their home has been destroyed, once they are discharged from hospital, they have no idea where they are going to go. across the city, thousands have fled their homes. those who remain worry for their future. this local market might be busy, but only two blocks away, the battle continues. we follow one of the commanders from the houthi rebels. he shows me how the city is still at war.
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there is meant to have been a ceasefire across the city, brokered by the un, ten months ago. the deal was a rare glimmer of hope for yemen. but since then, both sides are still accused of targeting residential neighbourhoods, and peace has never been further away. as the city collapses around them, the people here struggle to survive. ahmed salem lives here with his daughter zahra. they may have survived the shelling, but they have been left mentally scarred. ahmed tells me fear of hunger is worse than the bombing.
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outside the city, tens of thousands of people live in camps like this one. but in yemen, no matter where they go, there's no escape from the horrors of this war. nawal al—maghafi, bbc news, hodeidah. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, has announced he'll annex thejordan valley in the occupied west bank if he's re—elected next week. the controversial policy is likely to be backed by the right wing parties — whose support he would need for a coalition. palestinian officials say any such annexation would destroy all chances of peace. 86 migrants were intercepted while trying to reach the uk in six separate vessels today — in what is believed to be a record
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number for a single day. the home office confirmed that the people on board the small boats, presented themselves as nationals from iran, afghanistan, pakistan, the philippines, and vietnam. the individuals, who were stopped at various points on the kent coast, have been taken to immigration centres to be interviewed. international students will be able to stay in the uk for two years after graduating to find work, the prime minister has announced. borisjohnson said the changes, due to come into effect for those starting courses in the next academic year, would help those studying in britain to begin their careers in the uk. domestic abuse charities are demanding that sir geoffrey boycott, who was awarded a knighthood in theresa may's farewell honours, should have the honour withdrawn. concerns have been raised because of his conviction in 1998 for assaulting his then girlfriend — something he's always denied. there was further condemnation when the former england cricketer said he "couldn't give a toss" about the criticism,
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as danny savage reports. commentator: that's it, that's a half volley. geoffrey boycott, an england cricketing legend, a brilliant batsman, and one of the great sportsmen of his generation. he already has an 0be, but theresa may has now made him a sir. she is a big fan. one of my cricket heroes was always geoffrey boycott. and what do you know about geoffrey boycott? geoffrey boycott stuck to it and he got the runs in the end. the knighthood is proving controversial, though, because in 1998 he was convicted in france of beating his then girlfriend margaret moore. he lost this appeal two years later, but has always denied the assault. you apologise if you've done something wrong. you put your hand up. i always do about other things,
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because i make mistakes, other mistakes, in my life. but i'm not going to put my hand up for something i know i didn't do. but on radio 4 this morning, he dismissed concerns from domestic violence charities. although the chief executive of women's aid has said celebrating a man... i don't give a toss about her, love. it's 25 years ago. i'm completely dismayed that the honours committee has taken the decision to award the honour in this way. i'm sure for this type of honour they should look at the whole person, not just whether they've made achievements in one particularfield. it's a very serious issue here and it shows complete contempt for the thousands of women who are living with domestic abuse at the moment, or who are survivors of domestic abuse. he did lose work as a result of his conviction, although in recent years he has returned as a commentator. it looked out, jim. he currently works for the bbc. people who know geoffrey boycott will say his straight talking today is typical of the man. in the west yorkshire village where he lives, there is a blue plaque outside his
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house, advertising his presence. he is a very proud yorkshireman. but he says he doesn't care what people think about his past. and as for his future, he says people can call him sir or just geoffrey. he is an opinionated, sometimes outspoken, public figure. today is just the latest controversy in his life. danny savage, bbc news, west yorkshire. in a few minutes we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers david davies and rowena mason. that's coming up after the headlines. do stay tuned for that. now it's time for a look at the weather with lucy martin. hello there. tuesday brought a brief drier and brighter interlude for many. there was a little misty and murky around first thing. this photo sentin murky around first thing. this photo sent in by a weather watcher in west sussex. there was spells of sunshine to be had. this photo also sent in bya to be had. this photo also sent in by a weather watcher in angus. the
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weather as we move into wednesday is dominated by this area of low pressure. it is the remnants of ex— hurricane dorian. it brings wet and windy weather as these weather fronts gradually push south and east. there is looks for wednesday. a cloudy start. 0utbreaks east. there is looks for wednesday. a cloudy start. outbreaks of rain for much of england and wales. brightness goes for scotland and northern ireland. they will gradually spread south and east. a scattering of showers for goblin, northern ireland, north—west england ona northern ireland, north—west england on a windy day across the board with gusts around 30—110 mph stop locally higher than that far north of scotland. temperatures in the high teens for many in the north, a maximum of 21 celsius in this south and east. now we see the back of those weather fronts as we move into thursday. at the next area of low pressure starts to move in. this is the remnants of tropical storm gabrielle. that will bring some wet weather two pars of scotland, northern england, and into parts of wales as well. the best of

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