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the prime minister of luxembourg launches a blistering attack on boris johnson's approach to brexit, saying time is running out. booing. extraordinary scenes... a small and rowdy group of protestors led to borisjohnson to pull out of a joint press conference before luxembourg's leader publicly chastises him. this is a nightmare, we should stop thinking we want a long transition, people want clarity, we need to know what will happen in london, what will happen in the eu and what will be their position. earlier, the prime minister held his first face to face talks with the president of the european commission and told and told the bbc afterwards he could still get a deal, i think they've had a bellyful of all this stuff they want to develop a new relationship
with the uk, they're fed up with these endless negotiatons, endless delays. there wasn't much sign of diplomacy on the ground here in luxembourg today, so what are the chances now ofa today, so what are the chances now of a deal? we'll have the latest. also on the programme tonight: drone attacks on major saudi oil facilities — the united states releases images to back its claim that iran was behind them. surging sales: the supermarket chain aldi says it plans to open a store a week for the next two years across the uk. two former soldiers win a racial harassment claim against the british army after they were made targets of racist grafitti in their barracks in colchester. and almost 18 years after the start of the war in afghanistan a special report on the human cost of the conflict as thousands continue to lose their lives. and coming up on sportsday on bbc news: it's still early in the season but it matters nonetheless. we'll bring you the action as aston villa try and climb out of the premier league's bottom three against west ham.
good evening. the prime minister of luxembourg has attacked borisjohnson‘s approach to brexit calling the situation a nightmare and saying that the british government has failed to put forward any serious proposals for a new deal. xavier bettel also accused borisjohnson of portraying the eu as the bad guy. his outspoken comments came at what was supposed to be a joint press conference, following mrjohnson‘s first face to face meeting since taking office with the president of the european commission, jean claude juncker. but borisjohnson pulled out of his media appearance because of noisy protests from remain supporters nearby. however, mrjohnson said that while negotiations had reached a very difficult moment, there was still a good
chance of a deal. our political editor, laura kuenssberg is in luxembourg tonight. there has always been an element of choreography and theatre around this whole now three year long brexit process , whole now three year long brexit process, but if borisjohnson came to luxembourg today imagining there would be some kind of happy ending... well, he was wrong, very wrong. he believes he wants a deal but he can't get a deal if the eu is unwilling to budge and today there weren't much signs of movement. a dramatic day but a day with a conclusion that doesn't hold much promise. air miles can't be exchanged for a deal. today is not going to be a breakthrough day. time for borisjohnson to see some of those he needs onside. i mean, it's september already and moved into number10 injuly and it's only now that you're going to see jean—claude juncker.
you could have done this weeks and weeks ago. we have had many conversations with our friends and partners, and they've moved a long way. but a jet and a convoy racing through luxembourg's streets doesn't mean we are speeding towards an agreement. i think a deal is there to be done, but clearly if we can't get movement from them on that crucial issue of whether the eu can continue to control the uk, we won't be able to get that through the house of commons — no way! but what is the actual solution that you're proposing? is it giving more power to stormont, for example? these are certainly some of the ideas that are being talked about. this is all doable, it's all doable with energy and goodwill, there's a germ of an idea there. but it'sjust a germ of an idea? and so... well, there are, there's a lot of thinking going on. if it's down to goodwill, there's big trouble. a small crowd, making a lot of noise, was outside boris johnson's meeting with luxembourg's leader. boris, leave our rights alone!
having tried and failed to move it inside, number 10 chose to leave rather than appear before the crowd. but xavier bettel didn't miss the moment. maybe even savoured it. so, now it's on mrjohnson. he holds the future of all uk citizens. it was a decision from the party, it was a decision from david cameron to do it. they decide, they decide, i deeply regret it. but don't put the blame on us! however many handshakes there are, if the two sides can't even agree peacefully on the choreography of a press conference without drama, what chance, really, of an accommodation between the uk and the eu? we're cautious, cautious. especially when at home, boris johnson is in conflict with parliament. has there been a total breakthrough? i wouldn't say so. am i more optimistic than i was when we took off this morning? i would say a little bit. but not much. mps have changed the law
to try and stop you taking the uk out without a deal at the end of october. how do you propose to get round that, because you keep saying you have no intention of delaying? here's what i won't... i will uphold the constitution, i'll obey the law but we will come out on october the 31st. how, if the mps have changed the law to stop you doing that? we're going to come out on october the 31st. but how? it's vital that people understand that the uk will not extend. we won't go on remaining in the eu beyond october the 31st. what on earth is the point? but that means that you are looking for a way round the law? well, you know, those are your words. what we're going to do is come out on october the 31st, deal or no deal, and staying in beyond october the 31st is completely crackers. but do you really think that you want to be the kind of prime minister that is looking at ways of sneaking around laws to keep to your political promise? i mean, everybody knows how strongly you feel... these are all your words.
how will you do it, then? you will challenge it in court, you will take parliament to court? our first priority, if i may say so, just to try and look on the bright side for a second or two, is to come out with a deal. and, actually, that is what our friends and partners in the eu would like too. and i think they've had a belly full of all this stuff. many british prime ministers have sat alongside him before, trying to finesse or find a new relationship with the eu but this one is happier to provoke, happier to try to find a way round. it does seem that since you've been in office, that some of the things you have done, you seem to believe the conventions and rules somehow don't apply to you. oh, really? really? obviously, i humbly disagree. if you're talking about having a queen's speech, i think that was the right thing to do. we need a queen's speech. so, when it comes... by the way, all this mumbo jumbo about how parliament is being deprived of the opportunity
to scrutinise brexit, what a load of claptrap! actually, parliament, ithink, has lost about four or five days and i think actually what the people of our country is a little less of this sort of bloom. one of the people who's extremely gloomy about what's happened is your old friend and rival and colleague david cameron. he says that the leave campaign that you lead, lied. he said that you behaved appallingly. i have the highest respect and affection and regard for him. he and i worked together for many years and i think he has a legacy, turning the economy around, that i think he can be very, very proud of. so, that's my view on dave and what he's got to say. he's been brutal about you. well, really, i mean, you know... another tory prime minister whose fate will be decided by our relationship with europe. with time so short, the volume is going up, as the clock ticks down. laura kuenssberg, bbc news, luxembourg.
let's speak to our europe editor katya adler in brussels. another extraordinary day and a very outspoken attack on borisjohnson from his counterpart in luxembourg — what do you make of his comments today? i think the key question tonight has to be whether that outburst from luxembourg's prime minister is indicative of the eu just having enough and wanting to walk away for a many more talks with the uk, with boris johnson's a many more talks with the uk, with borisjohnson‘s government. but it's quite the opposite. we had the prime minister today saying he wants to again step up the pace of those talks with the eu and the response from the european commission was, oui’ from the european commission was, our door is open to you 2a—7. this is not out of love the boris johnson's government that because long ago eu leaders decided as long as there was a whiff of a hope of a brexit deal, it served their purpose to remain engaged, whether or not they felt frustrated. and they do feel frustrated, because although it
is headline making, xavier bettel‘s comments today are not new in eu circles, at least behind closed doors. off the record chats with european politicians and diplomats, they lose exasperation at the brexit process , they lose exasperation at the brexit process, that the uncertainty costs businesses dearly, that they are paying millions in preparing for a possible no—deal brexit and the fact borisjohnson keeps insisting those eu-eu borisjohnson keeps insisting those eu — eu renegotiation is on the break that you are going swimmingly. he says they say not, that he hasn't put any concrete proposals on the table. the difference is that most eu leaders by some notable exceptions, think it is betterfor them to keep any anger in secret and in private. katya adler in brussels, thank you. the liberal democrat leader, jo swinson, says her party would not go into coalition with borisjohnson orjeremy corbyn. speaking in bournemouth, where the lib dems are holding their annual conference, she also denies that her party is being "anti—democratic" in saying
it will cancel brexit outright. ms swinson previously supported another referendum on eu membership. our chief political correspondent vicki young sent this report, which contains some flash photography. liberal democrat conference isn't everyone's of fun... it's a real pleasure. ..but this year, some new recruits are throwing themselves into the whole experience. smile! six former labour and conservative mps have defected to the lib dems because of brexit. i tell you, it's a breath of fresh air. and there more might be to come. yesterday, the party agreed to revoke article 50, cancelling brexit altogether if it wins a general election. leaderjo swinson denies she's ignoring the referendum result. it's about being straightforward and honest. i totally accept that lots of people won't agree with it, but i do think you have to stand up for what you think is right. do you spend much time talking to people who voted for brexit or are you notjust in a remain bubble? well, i get out and about and speak to people on the doorsteps, campaigning around the country, which i've done through
the local elections, through the european elections. do you hear they're anger? they're angry, a lot of them. i do, and i have those conversations. there's a democratic issue here, isn't there? you are being anti—democratic. i don't accept that, because we have a parliamentary democracy. there was a referendum, people voted to leave and the government's gone away to negotiate that and a deal was put before parliament. parliament rejected that, including, by the way, many mps who voted to leave. the lib dems want voters to be in no doubt that they're against brexit, but some think the new policy shift could harm the party's chances in its former stronghold. i fear that actually taking the extremist position of going for revoking article 50 actually is counter—productive, if we're trying to keep some of our leave supporters in many constituencies, including in places like cornwall and the south—west of england. but jo swinson is
focused on victory. she says in such volatile political times, anything could happen and she's aiming to be prime minister. she rejects any suggestion that she'd prop up another party. i'm not going to support borisjohnson orjeremy corbyn to be prime minister because they're not up to the job. our country deserves better and in an election campaign, the country will have the chance to choose a better future. the lib dems' strategy depends on the next election being all about brexit. as borisjohnson tries to attract brexiteers, jo swinson will be going all—out to appeal to those who voted remain. she's certainly aiming high, though there aren't many people who think she'll be the next prime minister. she has come up with a bold plan, but no one can be sure whether it'll get them to their preferred destination. vicki young, bbc news, bournemouth. a spokesman for the saudi military says the weapons used in the attacks at the weekend on saudi arabia's major oil facilities were made in iran. the saudis say an investigation
into the incident is still going on, but iran has denied any involvement. saudi arabia is the world's biggest oil exporter, and two sites were hit — a processing plant and a key oilfield. the attack shut down 5% of global supplies, causing oil prices to finish the day 15% higher — withjumps not seen since saddam hussein invaded kuwait in the 1990s. nawal al—maghafi has the story. striking at the heart of saudi's oil industry, a major attack on the world's largest processing facility, cutting output by half, an attack claimed by houthi rebels in retaliation for the saudi intervention in yemen. this was not their first. last month, intervention in yemen. this was not theirfirst. last month, a intervention in yemen. this was not their first. last month, a targeted attack on a military parade in aden killed dozens. back then, i interviewed the houthis‘ deputy
foreign minister, who warned that there was more to come. translation: for the last five years we have been the ones that are attacked. now it is only normal that we retaliate to defend our land and our people, that have been the main victims. this was the most damaging and humiliating blow to saudi arabia since they intervened in yemen's civil war. they are supporting the yemeni government with the backing of the uk and the us, fighting against houthi rebels, backed by iran. four yea rs houthi rebels, backed by iran. four years on, thousands have been killed in airstrikes and the conflict has created the world's worst humanitarian crisis. previously, the rebels have only had limited capabilities. but claiming this latest attack changes that. yet other than words, they have shown no evidence. today, the us government
has released these satellite images, proof, they say, that it wasn't the houthis but iran that is responsible. this behaviour is unacceptable. it is unacceptable, and they must be held responsible. make no mistake about it, this was a deliberate attack on the global economy. as tensions in the region escalate, iran categorically denies the allegations but continues to defend the houthis. translation: yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defence, the attacks are reciprocal and the main solution is to halt these attacks. if attacks like these continue, the fear is that saudi arabia, with their allies, will respond with greater force, and it their allies, will respond with greaterforce, and it will their allies, will respond with greater force, and it will be the people of yemen that pay the price. nawal al—maghafi bbc news.
here, the government has apologised for what it says were "inadvertent" arms sales to saudi arabia, despite promises not to. britain had been a major seller of typhoon jets and other aircraft, as well as missiles and bombs, but announced a suspension of sales injune, amid fears they would be used in the war in yemen. the trade secretary liz truss said an investigation has been launched. two former paratroopers have won their case for racial harassment against the british army. hani gue and his colleague nkululeko zulu, said they'd been harassed for years. the tribunaljudge said that grafitti displayed in the barracks was "unquestionably related to ra ce" our defence correspondent jonathan beale joins me from the ministry of defence. how damaging is this for the army? well, it is damaging. the army likes to portray itself as an inclusive organisation, it says it wants more black and asian recruits, they make up black and asian recruits, they make upjust 7% black and asian recruits, they make up just 7% of the armed forces at
present. this employment tribunal judgment paints a very different picture. it says mr gue and mr zulu we re picture. it says mr gue and mr zulu were subjected to racial harassment which created a degrading, humiliating and offensive environment, specifically, they were targeted by racist graffiti at their barracks in colchester in 2018 which led to their decision to quit the army. mr zulu, led to their decision to quit the army. mrzulu, in led to their decision to quit the army. mr zulu, in the tribunal, led to their decision to quit the army. mrzulu, in the tribunal, had said that when he joined from south africa in 20 oh, he held the british army in high regard. when he left, ten yea rs army in high regard. when he left, ten years later, he viewed it as a racist institution. now, the mod says, they take every allegation of racism extremely seriously. that said, an internal report by the mod earlier this year said there had been a disproportionate number of complaints from ethnic minorities and women in the armed forces, which suggest this is not an isolated incident. as a result of that report, the mod says it is
introducing much more diversity training and also an improved complaints procedure — they are taking action. jonathan beale, thank you. the supermarket chain aldi says it plans to open an average of one new store in the uk every week for the next two years. the chief executive giles hurley said they would invest £1 billion to achieve their aim. aldi's pledge came as it reported a sales rise for last year, but saw profits fall sharply. our business correspondent emma simpson headed to one of the new openings. a knew aldi has come to town, and so have the shoppers. this time, north wales. have you switched, then? switched a long time ago, girl! and i think if you asked anybody else, they would say the same, that's why we're here. aldi added another £1 billion in sales last year, fuelled by new stores like this one, and in the middle aisles, it is clearly not all about the food. what have you got in your trolley? an ironing
board, four plant pots and two foot balls. board, four plant pots and two footballs. the middle two aisles is all you come here for, isn't it? if you say so! it is! the big, established grocers are opening few, if any, new stores. aldi is opening on average a new supermarket every week. there are now three in this borough and they are planning another one. but all this investment has taken a big chunk out of its profits and it has had to cut prices to stay competitive. these days, rivals are piling on the pressure. of course, retail has always been challenging and it is no different today. so, is this strategy sustainable? the focus is very much on our sales, our customers and our store numbers and not on a short—term profit ability. over the next two two years we are going to invest another £1 billion in the uk, around 50% of the population in the uk don't currently shop with us and we know that the main reason for
thatis we know that the main reason for that is that they do not have an ld store nearby. a no de brexit will not affect their plans, he says, but what about prices? what can't do is, it commit that prices will not go up but i don't think i am alone in the industry on that. it is notjust more stores, aldi is branching cautiously into convenience — only in london, for now. smaller shops to reach more city centre customers. aldi is evolving, but can it keep its edge as it pursues all this new space? emma simpson, bbc news. an american drugs manufacturer that's been closely identified with the opioid addiction epidemic in the united states has filed for bankruptcy. purdue pharma has been accused of aggressively marketing opioids and misleading doctors. it has reached a tentative settlement with several states, worth 12 billion dollars. our north america correspondent nick bryant reports.
tasting the quiet rituals of opioid america, a parent visiting a shrine toa america, a parent visiting a shrine to a child who overdosed on heroin. jack was 28 when his died but his mother told us his drug addiction began a decade earlier, when he was prescribed painkillers as a teenager. he did not miss a game, he was an amazing kid. he had been injured playing american football in high school and started taking oxycontin, a drug prosecutors allege was aggressively and deceptively marketed by purdue pharma, a company owned by the sackler family, one of the richest in america. in the early days, did you have any sense of how addictive oxycontin was? no, no, no, and it really bothers me because nobody ever told us there was an addictive quality at all, and they purposefully sat out to misguide doctors, mislead the public and have eve ryo ne doctors, mislead the public and have everyone misunderstand and assume that they were safe. purdue pharma has now filed for bankruptcy, part ofa
has now filed for bankruptcy, part of a proposal to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits against it, protect it from others and to provide money for communities to tackle the opioid crisis. what you should know about pain medicines... these are the kind of adverts which purdue pharma ran in the late 90s which it is said falsely downplayed the risks of oxycontin. some patients may be afraid of taking opioids because they are perceived as too strong or addictive, but that is far from actual fact... as too strong or addictive, but that is far from actual fact. .. but since 1999, 200 thousand americans have died from overdoses related to oxycontin and other prescription opioids. the proposed settlement has been fiercely opposed by states such as new york and massachusetts who have accused members of the sackler family of being behind purdue's decision to deceive doctors and patients, allegations that purdue and members of the sackler family with involvement in the company refute. they've denied that they contributed to the opioid crisis and
have pointed to heroin and fentanyl is more significant culprits than to scripture and painkillers. that crisis goes on, and so, too, does the legal fight against purdue pharma. nick bryant, bbc news, new york. let's take a look at some of today's other news. police investigating the grenfell tower fire have interviewed the london fire brigade under caution. the london fire commissioner, dany cotton, said the service had voluntarily spoken to officers in connection with the health and safety at work act and that they were committed to assisting investigators. the father of a student who was found dead while studying at the university of liverpool has told an inquest that the family were not told about her previous suicide attempt three months earlier. nineteen year old kiera thacker was discovered in her halls of residence in may last year. a 17 year old boy has admitted murdering peter duncan, a solicitor, in newcastle. he was stabbed with a screwdriver as he walked through a shopping centre last month. the boy can't be named due to his age. the actor christopher eccleston has revealed he's battled the war in afghanistan has been
raging for almost 18 years. now, the country is facing a renewed crisis after the breakdown of peace talks between us and taliban leaders. last month alone, thousands of people lost their lives. the bbc has tracked every conflict—related death, both military and civilian, for august, and the figures are shocking. more than 2000 people died and almost 2000 were injured in more than 600 incidents across afghanistan. among them were 974 taliban fighters who were killed. and 473 civilian deaths over the last month. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet reports from afghanistan on the human cost of war. not a day without violence. not a day without loss. one month in afghanistan.
the darkest day of all, a wedding hall, 92 dead. a suicide bomber of islamic state. the worst attack of august, the deadliest this year. it was meant to be the best night of mirwais' life. 20 minutes after the bridegroom danced with joy, life changed for ever. the days of summer in august saw, on average, 7a deaths a day.
even the islamic festival of eid was shattered by violence. we went to visit one family left devastated. two daughters out shopping for eid. two children left behind at home. a taliban truck bomb killed them and 12 others. one month in decades of war. even a 70—year—old granny has a gun. three of this lady's sons and three
for many afghans, this now feels like a four ever wore. like a for—ever war. and even though this past month of violence there has been far more talk of peace, afghans wonder and worry whether the months to come will be exactly the same. fighting intensifies, and so does the pain, in what is now the world's deadliest conflict. lyse doucet, bbc news, in afghanistan. and you can see more details on the impact of the conflict in afghanistan on the bbc news website at bbc.co.uk/news. swimming the english channel once is hard enough, but an american woman is attempting to do it a record four times non—stop — that's 84 miles in total — and she's already more than three quarters of the way through her extraordinary challenge. sarah thomas, who's 37, has been swimming for more than a0 hours and is on her 11th and final crossing back to dover. this is the tracker following her progress. four swimmers have previously completed a triple crossing of the channel, but no—one has so far managed four.
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