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hundreds of thousands are stranded and trips have been ruined. we have looked forward to this for a long time, had the wedding injuly, and we have spent months waiting for this. absolutely totally gutted. after a brexit showdown at the labour party conference, jeremy corbyn‘s policy on staying neutral triumphs over those who wanted to back remain. teenage climate campaigner greta thunberg delivers an angry address at the un climate summit in new york. british talent
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dominates the emmy awards with flea bag and dominates the emmy awards with fleabag and killing eve amongst the knights winners. —— the night's winners. good evening and welcome to bbc news. a huge operation — the biggest in peacetime — has been launched to bring back british tourists who are stranded abroad following the collapse of the uk's oldest package tour
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company thomas cook. a fleet of planes has been chartered to repatriate more than 150,000 british holidaymakers after last—minute negotiations aimed at saving the 178—year—old holiday firm failed. many more customers who are booked to go on holidays are affected. and the jobs of 22 thousand people around the world are now at risk including nine thousand in the uk. 0ur transport correspondent tom burridge has more. the last thomas cook flight ever arriving into manchester, after the company went bust. passengers are lucky to be on board, the crew out of a job. as soon as we landed, all of them were crying. it's devastating, it's a legacy has gone. as i say, i worked for them for ten years and i've got loads of friends who, their livelihood... it's tragic. its aircraft now grounded and seized, after the firm collapsed. countless holidays ruined. we're gutted, disappointed. it meant a lot to us, it's our first holiday away together. i'm still angry. stephan and zoe were due to fly today to the canary islands to scatter her late father's ashes. with them on the trip,
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their children. they are devastated, they have cried. they are not themselves. they have looked forward to this for months and months. it's not as if we have just decided we are going to go, this has been planned, we've had to get paperwork for the ashes, we've had to do everything. this the scene for customers pitching up in manchester and gatwick. look at this... yesterday, check—in here would have been very busy. but with the company collapsing overnight, its airline's effectively vanished. the civil aviation authority has now charted an entire fleet of more than a0 aircraft to start bringing people back. and this is one of the first flights today in from new york. the biggest repatriation in modern times, a fiendishly complicated two week operation that could be a bumpy ride. but relief for those brought back from croatia. we were a little bit nervous, we were going to book flights by ourselves, but trusted the authorities and it has been seamless.
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in majorca, uk officials shepherding tourists. on their way back, but some into airports far from home. we understand now that we are flying to manchester at 20 to eight tonight and then there's a bus to newcastle. they have told us we are going to birmingham and then a coach trip for six hours from birmingham up to glasgow. staff turned up to work in nottingham but only briefly. an emblematic name on our high streets gone and they are gutted at thomas cook headquarters in peterborough. i've been here since i was 19 so it's very sad. everybody has given their heart and soul to this company and it's kind of sad that we don't exist any more. martin and gemma booked their wedding on a greek island via thomas cook. tiny details are in place but their plans are now in disarray. itjust broke my heart, i couldn't believe it, i was gutted. i don't want it to be true. now it just all seems for nothing. a bit confused and empty.
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don't know what to do. all that planning and it's all gone. but the focus for the government is getting tens of thousands of british holiday—makers home. 16,000 brits were booked on thomas cook flights today before it went bust. the hope is that by tonight most of them will be back. others will return in the coming days. tom burridge, bbc news. earlier, our europe correspondent gavin lee sent this from palma, majorca — one of the company's most popular destinations. watching operation matterhorn in action today, the initial panic and fear and confusion, about 1500 passengers are not sure of how to get home, the first five flights back, they were reassured by lines of yellow jacketed members back, they were reassured by lines of yellowjacketed members of back, they were reassured by lines of yellow jacketed members of the civil aviation authority who had flown out especially to help them but now the situation has changed, there is frustration still because
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there is frustration still because there are hundreds of people at the airport, three flights have gone but there are those trying to get back to newcastle, manchester and the east midlands, being told they are hoping to get on a midnight flight tonight, but people are crying, saying they are not sure if they have to stay another night. there is a sense of the wider impact of the fa ct a sense of the wider impact of the fact that people relied on the life blood of thomas cook, there are dozens blood of thomas cook, there are d oze ns of blood of thomas cook, there are dozens of hotel affiliated to thomas cook, thousand customers are still waiting to be taken back this polish politicians have said this is the biggest tourism crisis this country has ever faced —— still waiting to be taken back, and the spanish politicians have said. so if you have booked with thomas cook what should you do and what are your rights? the government says all customers who are currently abroad and booked to return to the uk in the next fortnight will be brought back for free as close as possible to their original return date. people on package holidays
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don't need to pay extra for their accommodation — those costs will be covered by the atol protection scheme. but if you are set to travel in future with thomas cook — your booking has now been cancelled — and the authorities say there's no point in going to the aiport. they say most people who have booked package holidays will have their money refunded. but that won't neccesarily cover the cost of re—booking. if you've booked only flights with the company they may not be covered by the atol scheme. you'll have to try to claim back costs through travel insurance or your credit card company, depending on circumstances. you can find detailed information at thomascook.caa.co. uk. )thomas cook founded his travel company almost two centuries ago, offering short railwayjourneys in the east midlands for a shilling. it went on to become one of the biggest names in the travel industry, with millions of customers every year.
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now it's collapsed with debts of £1.7 billion. emma simpson examines what went wrong this shop front in the background, survived the war years, as well, you go to place for foreign travel. —— the go to. and then came the boom, brits found themselves with enough money for a few weeks in the sunshine, thomas cook pioneered the package holiday and rode the wave. don'tjust book it, thomas cook it. one of the world's best known holiday brands, but it's finances then became stretched. thomas cook was a business with a huge amount of debt. it almost went bust in 2011 and it
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has not had the financial resilience to weather the huge changes in the market, with the low—cost carriers coming along, jet2 holidays, people booking online more than through traditional high street agents, perhaps, and more recent factors — we have had brexit, consumer confidence has been knocked, there have been weather conditions. there's been all sorts going on. slick marketing, but trading's been poor and the challenge has ultimately proved too great. it is deeply distressing to me that it has not been possible to save one of the most loved brands in travel. but he hasn't done too badly — earning more than £8 million since taking charge in 2014, before overseeing the collapse of one of the oldest names in british business. emma simpson, bbc news. earlier our business editor explained how thomas cook's debt was a major factor in the company's collapse... this should be full with holiday—makers leaving on 23 flights but it is silent and it has fallen
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victim to the serial company killer, debt. the new 017p you can't afford for much to go wrong, it can be easily pushed over the edge —— when you owe £1.7 billion you can't afford for much to go wrong. so many things have played a part but the main problem is, this was not a financially resilient company and they did not think there was enough cash to mount a rescue deal, and the boss has apologised but he took £8 million over the last four years and there is an insolvency service investigation into what happened and that will be have ripples, but that will be little comfort to those who have had their holidays ruined the 9000 workers who have got to face unemployment now. let's speak now to eduardo lopez. he's been studying at durham university for the past two years and his flight back home to mexico has been cancelled.
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what happened to you? basically i learned this morning that thomas cook was bankrupt and when i discovered that i started calling everything, the company, the caa and the mexican embassy for help, and nobody knew what to do, and now i'm stranded here in the uk and i'm not able to go back to my country. you say you are stranded in the uk, why is that? basically i don't have the opportunity to afford another fight to go back to my country, and i don't have a place to stay in this country either, and i don't have support, i'm still waiting for the embassy to come back to me to see what is the strategy for the mexican government to solve the situation. if they are not able to help meet...
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i don't know if the british government is going to do something for the people here who need to go back to their own countries. you have been in touch with thomas cook and the caa and also barclays bank who you bought your ticket with, how good have those organisations been at answering your questions? thomas cook and caa were not very helpful because they said in order to get my funds back i have to be with the ato l funds back i have to be with the atol and have the certificate, which i don't have, but when i went to berkeley is, they did not know what to do, because they only learned about it this morning —— when i went to ba rclays bank. about it this morning —— when i went to barclays bank. they now say they will be able to refund the money but it will be in a couple of weeks which considering my situation right now, that is very risky for me and
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difficult. i can understand, this must be troubling and you really have our sympathy, where are you at the moment? i'm in a hostel in manchester because i already booked everything to go from here to mexico and i'm just waiting for an answer from the embassy as to whether they can help me go back to my country. from the sound of it or you can do is sit tight and wait, what are you doing for money? —— all you can do. ican doing for money? —— all you can do. i can actually work because i have a visa, and i gotan i can actually work because i have a visa, and i got an offerfrom some friends, i can stay over at there's, but i need to travel to durham and stay there. i was thinking that if i go back where i can apply for an
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fund and that will enable me to get back home. i hope you don't mind me asking, who do you blame for your predicament? that is a hard question. it would be me because i thought the company was a trusted company, to make a commitment like that one, but if i have to blame a specific thing regarding this it would be the government that did not decide to help the company when they we re decide to help the company when they were in trouble, or the company because they did not see this coming, because they said last week it was ok, but now today i can't go back to my country. i think everybody listening will understand how difficult this must be and we are thinking of you and let us know how you get on. thanks forjoining
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us. let's speak now to steve byrne who is chief executive of travel counsellors, an independent travel company based in manchester. what are people like eduardo supposed to do? good evening. it is difficult first and foremost, this isa difficult first and foremost, this is a story about people rather than a business, and i think we need to make sure that everyone in the travel industry is available for people like eduardo so he has got someone to go to for help and advice, we have all got our responsibility to make sure as many of the customers that have been affected and also the star, have got someone to go and talk to to support —— the staff. someone to go and talk to to support -- the staff. what are you doing when you say everyone has a responsibility? trying to help.
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people can continue with their holidays and flights, and have a future for themselves, and for example we have been proactive over the course of today in trying to share our details with customers who may have a problem, so they can contact us and we can help them. we have a freephone number to help them, because ultimately we want to make sure that people like eduardo can continue with their trip. how surprised are you by the collapse of thomas cook? it has been in the offing for some time, and there was the previous report which said lots of different reasons have contributed to that, but fundamentally what the business did not do is latch on quickly enough to the people wanting a different type of experience. they no longerjust wa nt of experience. they no longerjust want a holiday out of the box, they wa nt want a holiday out of the box, they want something personal and personalised to them, and the
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competitors of thomas cook have been quicker and capitalising on that than they have, so i think the current trend, customers with increasing choices, about how they procure their travel, you have got to make sure you are offering customers the care and personalisation that an increasing number of people are looking for and i don't think they did that quickly enough. in a sense of a changing of the times, so what other challenges is the travel industry facing? we have also seen a massive move online. i don't think the challenges facing the industry are any different to any other industry, there is a growth in online bookings as the development of technology increases, but whether you have an online or off—line model, ultimately we are in business to make sure we provide care for our customers, so it is about making sure that we understand the external factors that our previous correspondence has
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referred to, brexit and the foreign exchange rates, and whether fundamentally i'll be doing an outstanding job in caring for our customers and the people who care for our customers question what —— are we doing. if you do that, you can thrive and prosper, this is a reminder ultimately we are only as good as the customers that think highly of us and the fact they want to come back to us. thomas cook had accumulated a level of debt which met its financing costs were significant and the big takeaway for us, in the industry, is to make sure we are there doing outstanding things for our customers. a final thought, how can travellers protect themselves against this kind of thing happening again? what is your advice? you need to make sure you are booking with someone who carries ato l are booking with someone who carries atol protection and if a customer
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goes direct they don't have that, they can go to an intermediary and look for the atol protection. a number of companies like ours also offer a voluntary scheme of financial protection so as well as looking for a company which offers ato l looking for a company which offers atol protection, and that does not cover everything, i would also make sure that who i'm booking with has a volu nta ry sure that who i'm booking with has a voluntary scheme in place so you know everything you book is com pletely know everything you book is completely financially protected, so no matter what happens in the unlikely event you don't get what you unlikely event you don't get what y°u pay unlikely event you don't get what you pay for, you are guaranteed to get your money back, and they are travel businesses that recognise the gaps in the current regulatory regime that do that an offer that level of security for customers. steve, thanks for joining level of security for customers. steve, thanks forjoining us. the headlines on bbc news... the biggest repatriation in peace—time is underway after travel giant thomas cook collapsed, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded,
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and trips ruined. after a brexit showdown at the labour party conference, jeremy corbyn's policy on staying neutral triumphs over those who wanted to back remain. teenage climate campaigner greta thunberg delivers an angry address at the un climate summit in new york. delegates at labour's conference in brighton have voted this evening to backjeremy corbyn on brexit. it means the party won't campaign to remain in the eu at the next general election. it comes after a fierce debate over labour's brexit policy. from brighton, our political editor, laura kuenssberg reports. where are we going now? up these stairs. yes, ok, let's go. we're going together. where is he taking the labour party? out of the european union or to campaign now to stay? are you confident that the party will be behind you on brexit? you're shouting questions at people, it's quite rude, actually. jeremy corbyn's been surrounded
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by resistance to his plan to stay neutral until after an election. and emily's got a valid view to express and others have a different view. it's been a torrid argument for the leadership to make because millions of labour voters wanted to leave the eu, but the party's heart is remain. what's going on? i mean, you're saying that this is an honest debate, but people are furious about what is happening. there's lots of emotion, no doubt about that. it's understandable, really, but i quite like that. i would rather people were honest about their emotions in all of this, but in expressing that emotion, at the end of the day, actually, i do think people will come together. are you proud of what the labour party is doing this week, all the skulduggery behind the scenes? i'm proud we're having an open and democratic debate. i really am, i really am. look, we're socialists and we're idealists, but also we have a propensity to plot every now and again, as well. that's an admission that there is plotting going on? not at all. # 0h, jeremy corbyn, 0h, jeremy corbyn. the songs the same, but there
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is a new resistance to mr corbyn. the leadership had cooked up an agreement with the big unions to stick to the line of not supporting leave or remain right now. the country needs to hear a united labour voice. back that, back him, his ally urged. i implore you, please, givejeremy the support he needs later so that prime minister corbyn can lead us to a bright new dawn. but the biggest union doesn't see it that way, wanting to pick remain now. it's time to do the right thing, support a second referendum and campaign for remain. applause applause and cheers echoed on the platform again and again. labour is a remain party. remain, revolt, reform. i know young people will hold their vote against us unless we tell them that we will campaign to vote remain. i want to see jeremy corbyn in number ten and campaigning
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to remain is the way to do it and the only way to do it. solidarity! but hold on, you're watching a clamour over the control of this party, notjust the eu. we stand behind jeremy corbyn. 0k, we need to support him, we need to trust him and his team. we cannot tell brexit voters that they are stupid and that they are racist. back your leader. supportjeremy. applause and cheers as time wore on, this was less and less about the eu, more and more about loyalty tojeremy corbyn. ok, that is clearly carried. and in the last few moments the bid to change his policy failed, not without protest, not without cries. this argument is not over, not even close.
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0ur correspondent caught up with len mccluskey who was in the report, to get his reaction. that is a perfectly sensible thing to do, and obviously the statement is still being tweaked, it is only a draft statement, and my understanding is that there will be additions to it, but what labour are effectively saying is that when jeremy but what labour are effectively saying is that whenjeremy corbyn becomes prime minister, he will unite the country and speak on behalf of those who want to leave and remain, we will negotiate a deal, in compliance with the 2016 referendum, get the best possible deal, and he will take it back on a confirmatory vote with remain on the ballot paper, and it is at that point in time that the labour party will call a one—day conference to determine what its position should be in that confirmatory vote. absolutely sensible. that is why trade unions do every single week, we go into an employer and we
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negotiate a deal, we come back and we talk to our members and then we decide whether we would recommend the next acceptance or not. you cannot say whether you would vote to leave or remain until you see the deal? no, of course not, the likelihood is that once we get to that point, the likelihood is that i would have a recall conference of the union, a one—day conference, so our members and the people, can decide whether the deal is good enough or whether we should campaign on remain, absolutely sensible. at the moment we have a tory government and prime minister who have dismissed one half of the nation and we have a liberal democrat party, i would like to knowjo swinson's definition of liberal democrat, but she has dismissed the other half of the nation, and it is only labour whenjeremy the nation, and it is only labour when jeremy corbyn the nation, and it is only labour whenjeremy corbyn who speaks on behalf of the whole of the nation. —— and jeremy corbyn. we will get
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the best deal possible and then people can look and judge and vote accordingly. that was len mccluskey of unite talking to our reporter. aside from brexit, the shadow chancellorjohn mcdonnell today put forward the labour's other policy pledges. these include shortening average full time working hours to 32 hours a week, introducing free personal care for the elderly in england, and a new living wage of 10 pounds per hour, up from 8 pounds 21 pence. here's our economics editor, faisal islam. pa rt part of these policies designed to send to the electorate the message that a labour government would end in work poverty in a first term, and certainly radical sounding, the community point out the example of a similar policy, the 35 hour week in france which did not work —— the business community. they say this might instead lead to a rise in
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unemployment or a freeze on wages, and have some impact on labour intensive public services like the nhs and social care. but this policy, the 32 hour week is not actually a cap, it is designed as a target that if on average, we do not get to 37 hours, that they will increase the amount of holiday entitlement and pay, so radical, yes, but not quite as coercive as it first sounds. a ruling on the legality of boris johnson's decision to suspend parliament for five weeks will be announced by the supreme court at 10:30 tomorrow morning. 11 justices have heard argument on behalf of the prime minister that prorogation is not a matter for the courts. the court has also heard submissions that the pm is trying to limit mps' scrutiny of his brexit policy. parliament is currently due to return on 1a 0ctober,
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with the uk scheduled to leave the eu on 310ctober. borisjohnson has rejected allegations of a conflict of interest during the time when he was the mayor of london. the sunday times said and american businesswoman joined trade missions led by mrjohnson and was given more than £120,000 in public money. the prime minister — in a wide ranging interview with our deputy political editor, john pienaar, in new york — also refused to say whether he was prepared to porogue or suspend parliament for a second time. but he was asked first about the allegations relating to his time as mayor. all i can say is, i'm very proud of what we did when i was the mayor of london, very proud of everything we did, especially banging the drum for our city and country around the world, and i can tell you absolutely everything was done entirely in the
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proper way. these are serious suggestions? i can tell you that everything was done entirely the proper way. when it comes to broader policy issues, the supreme court is expected to deliver its judgment tomorrow morning, this issue has split your party and the country, you have been criticised by two former conservative prime minister is, can you say that whatever happens, you will not suspend parliament a second time in the same way? it is very important that we look at what the judgment says when it comes out, and i think the series what you are making, yes, this is an issue that has split my party and the country, it is a very divisive issue. my strong view is the best way, the only way forward for the uk now, is to do what the people mandated us to do and to come out of the eu on october the 31st. do you
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rule out suspending parliament a second sign? what will happen then, i think second sign? what will happen then, ithinka second sign? what will happen then, i think a lot of the axed and the fever will go out of this with —— axed and the fever will go out of this conversation, and in terms of suspending parliament, we reminded everybody that we have a queen's speech part of the longest session of parliament since the civil war, and at most we lost 11—5 days of parliamentary sitting in and previous prorogation perera have lost far more than that, and the crucial thing is that there will be time both before and after the crucial summit on october the 17th-18th, for mp5 crucial summit on october the 17th—18th, for mps to look at what we have come up with and to have their say, and for me that is the important thing. you said it had nothing to do with the brexit but it plainly had a great deal to do with brexit, didn't it? we need and we
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still need a queen's speech, and as i say, we have had the longest session of parliament since the civil war, the labour front session of parliament since the civil war, the labourfront bench have been clamouring for a queen's speech for months, if not years, and we need to get on with it,. we have ever read dynamic agenda on health and crime and education, and all the bills we need to put forward, to say nothing of the environment and housing of the things we want to do to ta ke housing of the things we want to do to take the country forward. to unite and leaven up the uk, that is what we need to but we need a big ambitious queen's speech to do that and we need to do this to do dip have parliamentary time to do this, andi have parliamentary time to do this, and i think mps have had for years to talk about brexit and they will have time, if we can get a deal, on 0ctober have time, if we can get a deal, on october 17 and 18th, to consider that deal at the end of october.
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if the supreme court agrees with the scottish court that he misled the queen you will surely have to resign, will you not? let what the justices say. but i repeat my point that i think there are very good reasons for wanting to have... do you rule out resigning in those circumstances? i'm going to wait until thejudgment circumstances? i'm going to wait until the judgment is but circumstances? i'm going to wait until thejudgment is but i want circumstances? i'm going to wait until the judgment is but i want to stress that this is a government that fully respects the lawn fully respects the judiciary. that fully respects the lawn fully respects thejudiciary. but that fully respects the lawn fully respects the judiciary. but we also think that it is sensible for parliament to have its say, absolutely. and that is why there is ample time at the end of october for them to dojust ample time at the end of october for them to do just that. the prime minister there. coming up injusta the prime minister there. coming up injust a few the prime minister there. coming up in just a few minutes, we will have the latest sports news. but now look at the weather. last week we had high pressure, plenty of sunshine.
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this week low—pressure nearby. u nsettled this week low—pressure nearby. unsettled spells but at least nights will be fairly mild. the pressure nearby as well as we enter mundane to the first part of tuesday. they tend windy conditions, i think, throughout monday night into the early hours of tuesday. some of that rain becoming heavy infantry across wales in the south—west but with the cloud, the breeze, the rain, nowhere is going to be particularly common. lows of 15. wet across the country on tuesday. and in this little feature will run into big some windy weather later on tuesday, particularly across england and wales so we should see gusts. very u nsettled wales so we should see gusts. very unsettled this week. as we enter we do looks like we held onto low— pressure do looks like we held onto low—pressure and things turn a little bit cooler across the north into the weekend. hello this is bbc news. the headlines:
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the biggest repatriation in peace—time is underway after travel giant thomas cook collapsed, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded, and trips ruined. we have looked forward to this for a long time. at the wedding injuly, so it has been another couple of months waiting for this. absolutely, just totally gutted. after a brexit showdown at the labour party conference, jeremy corbyn's policy on staying neutral triumphs over those who wanted to back remain. teenage climate campaigner greta thunberg delivers an angry address at the un climate summit in new york. sport and a full round up from the bbc sport centre. let's start with the fifa awards which are under way right now in
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milan. england is up against usa. the world's best female player is up for grabs. we have had some winners already. liverpool's manager got the first award for the night for best manager, leading his side to the champions league. i have to say thank you to my outstanding club, liverpool fc. who doesn't love it has no heart. and i have to thank my team because, as coach, you can only be as good as your team is. that is ongoing and you can follow it on the bbc sport website. now to by it on the bbc sport website. now to rugby because a good first half but a messy second. that was the verdict of the wales head coach after his side secured a bonus point victory over georgia in their first match of the rugby world cup. they scored six
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tries. i think we came out of the blocks on that first half with the intent and replication of the training week that we have had. very positive. probably slightly disappointed in the second half with regards taking our foot off the gas, particularly in the 22. but points from the game itself, and the scrum line functioned well. just as i say, letting those opportunities go in the second half. ba i rstow has opportunities go in the second half. bairstow has been dropped from the england tour of new zealand. he averages 22.5. dominic sibley has been rewarded for his remarkable summer with a first england call—up. he will be on a flight to new zealand, though. he has been included in the t20 squad for the series starting at the beginning of november.
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i thinkjohnny has the potential to bea top, i thinkjohnny has the potential to be a top, top test match player. he is already one of the best white ball players in the world. seven yea rs ball players in the world. seven years ago he was picked to play test match cricket as a batsman for england. seven years on i believe he could have a terrific spell back in the side once he has had a bit of a reset. he has had a very busy summer and it is an opportunity for him to step back for a moment and work on some things. the word is that its governing body have confirmed that russia will be banned from the world championships which start at the end of the week. russian athletes were suspended after found evidence of widespread doping in the sport. the iaaf confirmed the decision four days before the start of competition after hearing a report from its task force. british number one kyle edmund has parted company with his coach. he has lost four matches in a row, most recently at the open this morning. he has been knocked out in
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the first round of three successive events. the decision to split from hilton was made last week and he will be assisted in the short term by colm beecher who coached him when he was in his late teens. rugby league's international governing body has denied giving clea ra nce for governing body has denied giving clearance for an israel player to return to the sport. he had his contract terminated by rugby australia after writing on social media something which breached the player's code of conduct. the rugby league said it had cleared him to play for the country in next month's 0cea na cup play for the country in next month's 0ceana cup but the iaaf says that is incorrect because it has not formally considered the matter. just to let you know that the liverpool keeper has won the best goalkeeper award at the fifa best awards. we will have lots more on that event in sports day at 10:30pm. we will have lots more on that event in sports day at 10:30pm. greta thunberg — the 16 —year—old climate change activist — has launched a strongly—worded attack on world leaders accusing them of betraying her generation
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through their inaction on global warming. but many heads of state have stayed away from the un climate summit. from new york here's our north america correspondent nick bryant. and it hasn'tjust been a long summer, but north of the equator, the hottest ever on record. so, today at the riverside headquarters of the united nations, an urgent climate action summit. this global body, once more, sounding the alarm. the world is losing the race against climate change. applause. in this air—conditioned auditorium, the heat came from the 16—year—old swedish activist greta thunberg. the un hoping to harness what's been called the greta effect — her ability to mobilise the young and to shame the old. and my, how she did that today. this is all wrong. i shouldn't be up here. i should be back in the school on the other side of the ocean.
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yet, you all come to us young people for hope. how dare you. you have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. and if you choose to fail us, i say, we will never forgive you. for the grown—ups in the room it was awkward. applause and cheers. but they applauded, nonetheless. mr president? the world's most powerful adult only briefly stopped by. greta thunberg watched from the side, scowling, as he arrived. he didn't address the summit himself. he is withdrawing america from the paris climate change accord. and he took the chair of at rival event organised by the white house at the un on religious persecution. for once, donald trump was upstaged by a teenager with a furious speech that will echo down the generations.
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when you think of the famous speeches of the past, fidel castro used to go on for hours. this is one of the most electrifying moments in un history. the question is, can that anger translate into action? at least seven children have died and almost 60 injured after a classroom collapsed this morning at a primary school in the kenyan capital nairobi. the wooden structure at precious talent top school, collapsed just minutes after the start of the school day. rescue workers and parents had to lift blocks and dig through the rubble of the flattened two storey building in search of survivors. government officials have opened an investigation into the cause of the accident. a 20—year—old—man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were hit by a car in west sussex. the officers had been carrying out a routine drugs check in littlehampton when they and another man
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were "deliberately" struck. all three people are being treated in hospital for their injuries which are not said to be life threatening. two colleagues who worked at a cctv monitoring company in wiltshire have beenjailed for illegally accessing video footage from the autopsy of the footballer emiliano sala. sherry bray was jailed for 1h months. her colleague christopher ashford was given 5 months. in a victim impact statement, emiliano sala's sister romina said: "i couldn't believe there were people so evil and wicked who would do that." this week as part of a special project the bbc is taking a close look at one city — stoke on trent — and talking to people there about the issues that matter to them. today we're looking at how even the smallest charities are having a big impact on people's lives.
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0ur correspondent rebecca wood reports. hey, mummy! it's really nice to be in this family because i get to help mummy a lot with her tablets. for six—year—old bethany and her twin sisters... is that three? ..looking after mum is part of everyday life. when mummy bangs her head, that normally sets off her seizures. we just have to leave mummy. when she's on the stairs and she falls, i always hold her so she doesn't. get changed, get her tablets, help with a lot of things that a normal nine—year—old wouldn't have to do. anneka suffers from multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. help from dad and daughters is life—saving. i'm so proud every day of my daughters. i'm their mum. i'm meant to be the one that cares for them, not them caring for me. are we going to make some sandwiches, then? caring for mum on top of busy school
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days means the girls need a break, and that's where a local charity comes in. it gives my children time to not worry about mummy. they can go, they can play, they can do art. north staffs carers helped 6,000 people last year. four years ago, the charity lost a bid for council funding but support from volunteers and other grants keep the doors open. across my home city of stoke—on—trent, there are more than 350 registered charities. many of them are small and they don't have many staff. they don't often make the national headlines and they have to fight for funding. but the work that they do in the local community does make a difference. regardless of where the money comes from, charities say they have to keep going for families like anneka's. without them, my children wouldn't be who they are. we love you to the moon and back.
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rebecca wood, bbc news, stoke—on—trent. the duke and duchess of sussex have arrived in south africa with their four—month—old son for their first official tour as a family. they spent the day at a township outside cape town. here's nicholas witchell. they both know that this trip has to work well after recent missteps, so harry and meghan dispensed with a red—carpet welcome and came straight to a township. the exuberance of the welcome masks the fact that nyanga township has the highest murder rate in south africa. the couple had come to show their solidarity at a refuge for women and children and amid all the hugs and the handholding was the serious message. violence against women is a huge problem here. meghan marked out her resolve to be heard. while i'm here with my husband as a member of the royal family i want you to know that for me i am here with you as a mother, as a wife, as a woman, as a woman of colour,
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and as your sister. and that of course was very much meghan, articulate, passionate and about a subject about which she cares very deeply. it confirms that there is a certain defiance in the sussexes' part to do things their way. they have ten days in southern africa to show whether it works. nicholas witchell, bbc news, cape town. the headlines on bbc news: the biggest repatriation in peace—time is underway after travel giant thomas cook collapsed, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded, and trips ruined. after a brexit showdown at the labour party conference, jeremy corbyn's policy on staying neutral triumphs over those who wanted to back remain. teenage climate campaigner greta thunberg delivers an angry address at the un climate summit in new york.
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sally challen, who was jailed for the murder of her abusive husband, before being freed earlier this year after having the conviction overturned, has told the bbc she's sorry she killed him. in an interview with victoria derbyshire programme, sally challen says she should have tried to leave her husband richard instead. sally suffered three decades of coercive control in her marriage before killing him with a hammer. she was found guilty of murder in 2010 when so—called "coercive control" was not recognised as a form of domestic abuse. she served nearly nine years in prison before her sentence was reduced to manslaughter with diminished responsibilty. sally challen says she's speaking out to warn others about the dangers of coercive control. he controlled my friends, he made it very difficult for me to get close to anybody. when we got married, he took my salary and would just
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pay me a weekly allowance. sometimes, i would have to borrow money from my mother. richard had always cheated on me, even from when we were first going out. but i always hoped that he would change. during your marriage, did he rape you? yes, yes he did. he would continue to do that through our marriage if i didn't want to go to bed with him. did you consider leaving him? i did try to leave him, and he said i'm not divorcing you so you can just as well forget it. so you stayed? i stayed. i wondered what you recall about what happened on the day of his death? he said he wanted his breakfast. i felt that he wants to to get me out of the house for some reason, so i rushed down to the local supermarket. then when i came into the house, i noticed that the landline phone was on the sofa beside him, and it hadn't been there before. i took the phone without him
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seeing and dialled 11171, and i recognise the number of a woman that he was seeing. my mind which is reeling, and i asked him if i was going to see him the following day, and he said don't question me, don't question me. and what happened happened. you struck him with a hammer? i struck him with a hammer, yes. 18 times. i don't... i know that's been said, but it was as though it wasn't me doing any of this. i loved richard and i wanted to be with him. and i killed the man i loved. do you know why there was a hammer in your handbag? i don't remember putting it in there. but i accept that i must‘ve done. you were charged with murder. with the help from the centre for women'sjustice, you overturned the murder conviction several years after the original trial. the cps looked at independent
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psychiatric assessments and just at the murder charge to manslaughter with diminished responsibility, which meant that you were able to walk free because you had already served just over nine years in jail. how did you feel at that point? absolutely euphoric. it was as though this was happening to somebody else. i was able to be next to my sons, and i knew that i could now live a life. do you regret killing your husband? yes, i do. i should have been a stronger person, i should have left him earlier. but i just couldn't. and i'm very sorry for what happened. the united nations says more than 70 million people were forced from their homes through war, violence and persecution last year. in the second of his series on the displaced people of the world, our correpsondent ashleyjohn—baptsite
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reports now from uganda — which has one of the biggest refugee populations on earth. this is naomi, she's a refugee who fled civil war in south sudan in 2016. translation: when i look back home, i know i am now free because there's no sound of guns. naomi now lives in bidi bidi, in uganda, one of the most unusual refugee camps in the world. spanning 250 square kilometres, its home to around 230,000 south sudanese refugees. and it wants to become its very own city. this is your land? yeah. like all refugees in rural parts of uganda, naomi has been given a plot of land to build and farm on. it offers some stability after a troubling past. translation: in the night, people would come and knock on your door.
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and when you opened the door, they'd cut you with a knife, slaughter you and go. naomi's brother was killed in front of her. she managed to escape with her husband and children. uganda is renowned for its refugee—friendly policies. as well as getting land, refugees are allowed to work, set up businesses and move freely around the country. in the bidi bidi settlement, you have markets. now, what's really interesting about these markets is that the locals do business with the refugees. singing. translation: this part of the marketplace is given to us and we also pay for it. most of the goods you see, we buy them from the ugandans and resell them for a small profit. local ugandans actually lobbied the government to have a refugee settlement built and the land was all donated by private individuals. this is our second or third time
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of requesting refugees here. when war broke out in our place here, we also went to their place, so receiving them is not bad. today, uganda has the largest refugee population in all of africa and the third largest globally. the country has been widely praised for supporting so many refugees, but the government has recently begun to vet refugees much more rigorously, because of security concerns. and the numbers mean bidi bidi still faces challenges. how often do they come for food? they come every month. most refugees still rely on food hand—outs to survive and funding targets haven't been met. for naomi, competition over resources presents another problem. translation: here, where we're collecting now is safe. but when we cross over there, the host community hear us chopping,
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then they come and start chasing us. no—one who lives or works in bidi bidi would claim it's perfect, but uganda is offering a semblance of normal life for refugees like naomi and herfamily. ashleyjohn—baptiste, bbc news. skies over an indonesian province turned red over the weekend, thanks to the widespread forest fires which have plagued huge parts of the country. every year, fires in indonesia create a smoky haze that can end up blanketing the entire south east asian region. the unusual sky is caused by a phenomenon known as rayleigh scattering, when haze moves away from hot spots and filters out the sunlight. it's been a good night for british stars at the us tv awards, the emmys. phoebe waller—bridge, the writer and creator of fleabag,
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and jodie comer, the star of killing eve, won two of the night's big prizes. here's our north america correspondent peter bowes. posing for the camera, and parading the purple carpet, hollywood royalty along with the kings and queens of game of thrones, the fantasy drama that has dominated the small screen for much of the past decade. ..game of thrones. it was the year's most nominated show and won the night's top award for best drama. but it was fleabag that stole the show. the dark comedy that started as a one—woman play at the edinburgh festival is now the toast of hollywood. the reason that i do it is this! best comedy, director, writing and best actress for phoebe waller—bridge, the show‘s creator and star. jodie comer, who plays a psychopathic assassin in killing eve took the award for best actress in a drama, beating her co—star sandra oh.
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my mum and dad are in liverpool who i didn't invite because i didn't think this was going to be my time. billy porter made history, the first openly gay man to win for best actor in a drama for his performance in pose. ben whishaw‘s portrayal of norman scott in a very english scandal won him the award for best supporting actor. he'd already been celebrating. i'm hung over! there were also awards for chernobyl, the docudrama about the 1986 nuclear disaster, and netflix's black mirror, bandersnatch, the interactive film in which viewers have a say in the storyline. thank you very much. television is enjoying a golden age. peter bowes, bbc news, los angeles. coming up later this evening on the bbc news channel: at 10:40 and 11:30pm — we'll be taking a first look at tomorrow's front pages with the journalist and author
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yasmin alibhai—brown, and comment and features editor at cityam, rachel cunliffe. in a few minutes, it's 0utside source — but first it's time for a look at the weather with stav danaos. hello there. if you remember the weather last week, you would have remembered high pressure and sunshine, fairly chilly nights. this week, it's looking decidedly autumnal. we've got low pressure dominating the scene, so spells of wet and windy weather followed by sunshine and showers, but on the plus side, nights will be quite mild, thanks to these south—westerly winds. but low pressure will be nearby again to end monday, into the start of tuesday, plenty of isobars on the map, weather fronts too, so there's going to be a pretty wet night to come, fairly windy as well. that rain pepping up to become heavy, maybe thundery across parts of wales and the south—west of england towards the end of the night but, on the plus side, like i mentioned, those temperatures not falling below 12 to 15 celsius, so a
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mild night for all. now, as we head on into tuesday, we've still got low pressure with us, early rain will tend to clear north eastwards, but this next little feature, which contains the remnants of what was hurricane humberto, is going to bring a spell of very windy weather, particularly across southern parts of the british isles. so, for tuesday, we will have that heavy rain for many of us, but then the strong and gusty winds come into play later on in the day, particularly southern england and on towards wales. so that rain moves northwards and eastwards through the morning. you can see the brighter echoes indicate some thunderstorms, in fact. perhaps lightning too, eastern scotland and central and eastern england, the most favoured of these. and then perhaps some thundery showers pushing on to the south—west as the winds pick up your. temperature was, well, we're looking to the mid to upper teens celsius for most of us, but i willjust zoom in to show you where the strongest of the winds will be, likely gusting to a0 to 50 miles per across south—west england and along the south coast too as that feature moves in later on tuesday and during tuesday night. eventually, clearing off into the continent, but wednesday allowing this brief ridge of high pressure to build in before
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the next low pressure comes in for thursday and friday to bring yet more unsettled weather. so it starts off fairly windy with outbreaks of rain across southern and south—eastern areas for wednesday. that will eventually clear away the winds slowly ease down. we will see quite a bit of cloud across northern areas, perhaps a few showers here. perhaps the best of the sunny spells in england and wales, but with the lighter wind and made a summer sunshine. it might feel a touch warmer. like i mentioned, mid week onwards it says unsettled thanks to low pressure. it could turn a bit cooler for a time as well across the north of the uk into the weekend.
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hello, i'm nuala mcgovern, this is 0utside source. at a climate change summit of world leaders in new york, the un secretary general declares that "time is running out, but it's not too late" swedish campaigner greta thunberg also has her say, accusing leaders of failing the world's young people. i shouldn't be up here. i should be backin i shouldn't be up here. i should be back in school, on the other side of the ocean. yet, you all come to us young people for hope. how dare you! the uk launches its biggest peacetime repatriation in history, with hundreds of thousands stranded following the collapse of travel company thomas cook. donald trump defends discussing a political opponent with the president of ukraine. the democrats say the phone call could be tantamount to promoting

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