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welcome to bbc news. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: another change to team trump, as the president sacks his national security advisor, john bolton. the administration denies it's a sign of disarray. the president's entitled to the staff that he wants. he should have people that he trusts and values and whose methods and judgements benefit him in delivering american foreign policy. benjamin netanyahu vows to extend israeli sovereignty over the jordan valley, if he's re—elected. palestinians say the move would bury any chance of peace. where fear of hunger is worse than the bombing — a special report on the yemeni civilians caught up in war and the world's worst humanitarian crisis. and, after hurricane dorian,
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a grim search for the dead in the abaco islands. teams say they face almost impossible conditions. another national security adviser is out of the white house. donald trump has sacked the hawkishjohn bolton, one of his most senior figures in the administration. he's the third person to be dismissed from the job in 3 years. as usual the us president delivered the news on twitter, saying the pair disagreed over many areas of policy. tonight they're at odds again, as john bolton offers a different version of events, insisting he offered the president his resignation. here's our north america editor, jon sopel. john bolton is the hawk‘s hawk —
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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. 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. 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.
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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, and he should have people that he trusts and values and whose efforts and judgements benefit him in delivering american foreign policy. and farfrom seeking 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. on iran, bolton advocated a more aggressive military response. the president wanted restraint. on venezuela, john bolton thought sanctions could bring the overthrow of nicolas maduro. the policy has failed.
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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. 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. jon sopel, bbc news, washington. frances brown is from the carnegie endowment for international peace. she previously served as director on the national security council staff of the white house, during both the obama and trump administrations. good to see you again. how much do we know about howjohn bolton operated in his role?|j
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we know about howjohn bolton operated in his role? i think we know thatjohn bolton took a really different approach to the national security adviser role than has been traditionally taken. the national security adviser is traditionally a job that is behind the scenes and tremendously important in co—ordinating the different parts of us foreign policy, the defence, state departments, making sure everybody is singing from the same sheet of music and also teaming up options for the presidents to decide. john bolton saw his role differently, historic as convincing as president of his more hawkish opinions. he had a much more public face. he travelled and tweeted a lot and often time he was not in sync with the president in the messages he sent. as a result, mr trump is make policy became less coherent. we are hearing a lot of foreign policy
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differences between the two men but why did it hire him in the first place? did he not do his homework? we know that donald trump likes a certain amount of drama in his inner workings and his inner cabinet and he certainly got that with john bolton. he did differ on policy issues like iran and afghanistan and north korea. trump is really proud of his courting of the north korean leader, john bolton was much more hard—line. a team of rivals approach to his security council and the personal relationship freight enough he decided it was not worth it to him anymore. if this was a private company and we saw this kind of turnover, we would say it is a bad sign. is this a bad sign for national security within the us? you can certainly say that president
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trump isa can certainly say that president trump is a setting a record in terms of security advisors. it is a record for the one term presidency and it is detrimental to us national security policy. when you think of all the sensitive long—term policy issues on the agenda, negotiating with a run or dealing with the challenge of north korea, the friend of terrorism. —— iran. these require certain complexity. it is not good for advancing american national interest. i am sure this is not the last we have heard on this issue. thank you for your time. arab countries have condemned a pledge by the israeli prime minister to apply israeli sovereignty over around a third of the occupied west bank, if he wins next week's election. benjamin netanyahu's plan would effectively annex the jordan valley and
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northern dead sea areas. the palestinians hope all the west bank will one day be included in a state of their own, and say the plan would destroy any chance of peace. the arab league described the plan as aggression and saudi arabia called it a dangerous escalation. mr netanyahu made the announcement in a televised address. translation: but there is one place where it is possible to apply israeli sovereignty immediately after the election, that is if i receive a clear mandate to do so from you, the citizens of israel. in recent months, i have led a diplomatic effort in this direction and in recent days, the conditions for this ripened. today, i am announcing my intentions to apply with information of the next government, israeli sovereignty of thejordan government, israeli sovereignty of the jordan valley and the government, israeli sovereignty of thejordan valley and the northern dead sea.
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the chief palestinian negotiator, saeb erekat, called on the international community to condemn mr neta nyahu's statement. mr netanyahu and those who help and aid mr netanyahu in such a vision of annexing to resign, thejordan valley, the dead sea and then keeping palestinians in the small towns and villages as prisoners without any freedom, that is a war crime and, as we are about to enter the 74th session of the general assembly of the united nations, the international committee must stand aduu international committee must stand adult now, all, to say a big know and to stop treating israel as a country above the laws of man. ——no. let's get some of the day's other news: officials in iraq say at least 31 people have died in a stampede during commemorations for the shia holy day of ashura, in karbala. 100 are said to be injured.
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the stampede reportedly occurred when a pilgrim tripped while hundreds of thousands were performing a ritual. the body of zimbabwe's former president robert mugabe is on its way to the airport to be flown from singapore for his burial later this week. his body will lie in state in harare on thursday and friday before the official funeral on saturday. mr mugabe died last friday aged 95, after receiving long—term medical treatment in singapore. mexico's foreign minister, marcelo ebrard, says his country will not be considered as a safe third country for people seeking asylum in the us. the trump administration has pressed mexico and guatemala to accept the status, which would mean immigrants would have to make an asylum claim there before trying to register in the us. britain's prime minister, boris johnson, has defended his decision to suspend parliament for five weeks and denied it was an anti—democratic move. the parliamentary session closed in the early hours of tuesday morning, after mps refused
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to support mrjohnson‘s latest call for a general election. he's been meeting senior members of the democratic unionist party to discuss the way forward on brexit and the issue of the irish backstop. our 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. opposition 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. it is not standard, and it represents an act of executive fiat.
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"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. you have a government here that is treating our democracy with contempt.
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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 cannot 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. parliament almost felt in shock this morning about what happened in the early hours.
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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 raged 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, but not on the basis that's been talked about by some. yet for the prime minister's advisor, dominic cummings,
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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 the suspension of parliament? over the next three weeks mps and activists will be attending the party conferences. mps will return for the queen's speech on october 1ath, when the government lays out its key plans. an eu summit will be held on the 17th of october and two weeks later on october 31st, the day 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 the approved by mps, then the uk could still leave by october 31st. if not, and if mps won't support
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leaving without a deal, 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. it's a very complicated time. there are so many it's a very complicated time. there are so many options. stay with us on bbc news, still to come: we'll bring you a special report from yemen, where a shortage of aid and medical supplies is contributing to the world's worst humanitarian crisis. george w bush: freedom itself was attacked this morning,
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and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here, of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites in their rich suburbs. we say to you today in a loud and a clear voice "enough of blood and tears. enough!" translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free!
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this is bbc news. the latest headlines: donald trump says he has fired his national security adviser, john bolton, because he "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions." benjamin netanyahu has promised to extend israeli sovereignty over thejordan valley if he's re—elected next week. the palestinians say the move would "bury any chance of peace" for 100 years. the search for those killed by hurricane dorian in the bahamas continues. hundreds, if not thousands of people are still missing. international teams with specially trained dogs are working to find the remains of those killed by the storm. at least 50 people are so far known to have died. gareth barlow has more details. searching the ruins for the remains of those killed by hurricane dorian. this is mud, a shanty town in the
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abaco islands destroyed by the storm. lifecare replaced by the sickly smell of death. a team from canada with dogs specially trained to find bodies, scarring through the rubble. we have not seen anything like this, there are multiple areas that are impassable. we have a difficult time because of course we have defined good us sure the dogs are ok —— we have two find — make sure the dogs are ok. more than 9096 of buildings have been damaged or destroyed. some 70,000 residents across the bahamas are in urgent need of food and shelter. working from house to house, rescue teams undertake the grim task of removing the bodies of those who lost their lives two weeks ago, killed by the most powerful storm the region has ever endured. officials have denied accusations from residents of
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covering up the number of deaths. but the figure is likely to rise as hundreds, possibly thousands of people, are still missing. gareth barlow, bbc news. 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 and houthi rebels. 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. 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.
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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 6—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, 1—year—old rital, was hit by shrapnel. her eyesight may never recover. she's too young to understand what they have been through. the family had onlyjust returned home after fleeing the fighting over
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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. 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
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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. hong kong's pro—democracy protests have spilt onto the football terraces as the territory's team face iran in the world cup qualifier. our correspondent nick beake was at the game. singing. well, this has been an opportunity once again for the young people of hong kong to join together and make their voices heard. it's not a rally, though, it's not fights with the police. this is a football match. although it does seem that tonight's sport does take second place because the bigger fight is for the future of their city. and once again they're taking this opportunity in front of all the cameras to send a message
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to beijing that they don't want to be a chinese city in the future. now, we heard the chinese national anthem being booed and also some of the fans have been singing their own unofficial anthem. you can hear passions are really, really running high. in the past, the football association here in hong kong has been fined because of this sort of gesture, which fifa, the governing body, has deemed to be political. nonetheless, people here think they're sending an important message. the football match, the result tonight, doesn't really matter, because it is the future, the future of this city, the future of these young people which they're talking about. many people joining together wanting to send their message once again. one of the most famous boardgames in the world, monopoly, is getting an upgrade celebrating women's empowerment. its newest version will feature a female mascot called ms monopoly, replacing uncle pennybags, the old top hat—wearing moustached man on the box.
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and there's another twist too — the new game pays women more than men, so when female players pass go they'll collect $2110 while male players will collect the usual $200. stay with us. good morning. we really are experiencing all flavours of autumn this week. it was rather cool and disappointing on monday, wasn't it? but tuesday made up for it. some lovely spells of sunshine for most of us — as you can see by this beautiful weather watcher picture sent in from leeds. however, today it's again a different story. we are seeing some wet and windy weather arriving, so some rain at times today and a noticeable blustery wind. and that's because of the remnants of ex—hurricane dorian. an area of low pressure that's been arriving over the last few hours bringing some wet and windy weather into scotland and northern ireland. and we've got these weather fronts straddled across the country first thing in the morning. not producing that much in the way of rain, but some patchy light rain across parts of east anglia
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and the south—east to start with. overcast skies and some rain into north wales and north—west england. but already, behind it, into scotland and northern ireland, you'll start off with some sunny spells and a few scattered showers. now, we can't rule out the odd rumble of thunder with those showers, but hopefully they should be few and far between. something that will be late noticeable will be the strength of the wind, a strong westerly gusting in excess of 40, maybe 45 mph on exposed west facing coasts. but there will be some sunny spells coming through later on in the day. and as a temperatures will improve. highs of 22 degrees, 72 fahrenheit. so that weather front will trail away then it's going to be replaced by another area of low pressure pushing in from the atlantic. this one has more in the way of tropical moisture tucked in behind it, which means a real difference in the weather to the north and the south. it will bring some rain into northern ireland, southern scotland, and north—west england for a time and some strong blustery winds here. but with that south—westerly flow
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and some sunny spells across much of england and wales temperatures will improve. and in the sunshine it will feel quite pleasant. we could see highs, maybe, of around 2a degrees, the mid—70s fahrenheit. a contrast to the north with 13—17 degrees the high. now, as we move out of thursday into friday, and the start of the weekend, an area of high pressure is going to build in across from the atlantic over england and wales. just allowing weather fronts to topple across the high and bringing occasional spells of wet and windy weather to the extreme north—west. but for many of us it does mean that friday and into the weekend conditions will dry up and warm up and we could see temperatures somewhere in the south—east of 25 degrees by sunday afternoon. take care.
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this is bbc news, the headlines: donald trump's announced that john bolton is no longer his national security adviser, saying that he "disagreed strongly with many of his suggestions". the us president says he was fired, but mr bolton insists he resigned. he was the administration's third national security adviser in as many years. benjamin netanyahu has promised to extend israeli sovereignty over thejordan valley if he's re—elected next week. in effect, the move would annex a large part of the occupied west bank. the palestinians say the move would "bury any chance of peace for a hundred yea rs". officials in iraq say at least 31 people have died in a stampede during commemorations for the shia holy day of ashura in karbala. one hundred are said to be injured. the crush took place as hundreds of thousands of pilgrims surged towards the golden—domed imam hussein shrine.

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