welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories: hawaii's false missile alert is described as "absolutely unacceptable", as some continue to criticise the white house's response to the error. the palestinian president calls donald trump's middle east peace efforts "a slap in the face". a senior diplomat advising on the rohingya crisis tells the bbc aung san suu kyi must do more to speak out against hate. and man overboard. why the latest leg of a prestigious round the world yacht race took a dramatic turn. hello and welcome. the man leading the inquiry into how a false alarm of an imminent missile attack was mistakenly sent
to people in hawaii, says the state didn't have reasonable safeguards in place to prevent it happening. president trump faced criticism over his muted initial response. but a short while ago, he was asked about what happened. well, that was a state thing. but we're going to now get involved with them. i love that they took responsibility, they took total responsibility. but we're going to get involved. their attitude, and what they want to do, i think it's terrific. they took responsibility. they made a mistake. what will you do to make sure something like that doesn't happen again? well, we hope it won't happen again. part of it is that people are on edge. hopefully, eventually we will solve the problem, so they won't have to be on edge. questions still remain over the whole incident. which caused widespread panic on the hawaiian islands. tiffany wertheimer reports. 38 minutes of panic and confusion, which has now turned to relief, but also anger.
why did it happen, and where is the president? on saturday morning, an emergency text message was sent to people in hawaii, saying a ballistic missile was headed for the island and to take immediate shelter. there was hysteria as people scrambled to get to safety. today's a day that most of us will never forget, a day when many in our community thought that our worst nightmare might actually be happening. but it was a mistake, a huge one, made by a worker at hawaii's emergency management agency. the wrong button was pushed on this test, it went into an actual event versus a test. making matters worse, it took 38 minutes for a second message, declaring the alarm to be a false one, to be sent out. and so for about 30 minutes, we're hanging out in the plaza, texting our friends,
calling our friends and family, telling them that right now we're ok, but to watch and see what happens. hawaii has been on alert since us president donald trump and north korea's leader, kim jong—un, began exchanging nuclear threats. hawaii started practising drills last month, and while estimates vary, state officials say residents will only have about 12 minutes to find shelter once a real alert is issued. staying uncharacteristically quiet, the president of the united states. he was golfing at the time and did tweet after the incident, but it wasn't about hawaii. donald trump retweeted one of his own messages about the "fake news media." his silence hasn't gone unnoticed. author and scholar reza aslan said... an international golf competition was about to tee off in honolulu
when the message was sent out. no—one knew one thing, as far as what to do, where to go. you know, a lot of people here in honolulu are not, they don't live here, on vacation or whatever, and so, we didn't know where to go. and that's being echoed around hawaii, with many people realising that if this had been real, the consequences would have been catastrophic, partly because many people don't have an emergency plan. a federal investigation has been launched, and the emergency alerts now require a two—person sign off before they can be issued. and while thousands say they've been left traumatised, for others, ignorance was bliss. tiffany wertheimer, bbc news. president trump has denied being a racist in the wake of a row about derogatory comments he reportedly made about haiti, el salvador, and countries in africa, during a meeting
on immigration at the white house. here's some of what he had to say on that. no. no, i'm not a racist. i am the least racist person you have ever interviewed, that i can tell you. the us president there. meanwhile, the palestinian president mahmoud abbas has called president trump's middle east peace efforts "a slap in the face" at a meeting of political factions in ramallah. it follows last month's announcement that the us recognised jerusalem as the capital of israel. from the west bank, yolande knell reports. the idea of president trump bringing the ultimate deal to end the israel—palestinian conflict only resulted in the ultimate slap in the face, mr abbas told this high—level meeting. translation: jerusalem was removed from the table by a tweet from mrtrump. this is the reason why we meet today, in order to discuss what the americans gave us, and what they will give us in the near future. it's understood that plans to be
discussed here include cancelling the breakthrough oslo peace accords and ending security co—ordination with israel, with the palestinians arguing that israel has broken its side of long—standing agreements. the palestinians have said the us can no longer be a peace broker, and mr abbas again called for the united nations and other countries to get more involved. despite the president's strong rhetoric, many analysts doubt that this meeting will end with dramatic steps taken, for fear these would jeopardise new diplomatic efforts. the council can only make policy recommendations, with decisions ultimately taken by the top ranking palestinian body, the plo executive committee. all palestinian political factions were invited to these talks, but hamas and islamic jihad aren't attending. this monday morning, bbc news will begin a day of live reporting from what's become the world's largest refugee camp. just a few kilometres
from myanmar‘s western border, cox's bazar has become home to muslim rohingya refugees who've fled violence in rakhine state, in myanmar. since last august alone, more than 650,000 rohingya are thought to have crossed into bangladesh following a military crackdown by myanmar‘s army. former dutch diplomat laetitia van den assum served on a commission looking into tensions in rakhine state. she told our south—east asia correspondent, jonathan head, about the prospect of overcoming mistrust and fear between communities there. that is going to take time, and it has been made worse since 2012 when rohingya were put into camps, and other muslims as well. it has contributed to even greater fear, people are more fearful of each other than before, because if you don't know your neighbour,
if you don't interact, you are only going to distrust each other more than before. what has been missing for a long time, and particularly since 25 august, is government voices saying this has got to stop. we cannot have this distrust amongst our different communities. not only in rakhine, but throughout the country. i think aung san suu kyi has organised one or two interfaith dialogue sessions. i think that's fine, and she should do more of that. but she and all of the members of her government should make an effort to say whenever it is possible and relevant, perhaps on a daily basis, that this has to change, this has to stop. otherwise it will not happen, and i — we all know that aung san suu kyi has a lot of support in the country. if she says something like that, people actually do listen. so it's got to come from the top.
so she's got to speak out against the hate? i hope she will. she has done on several occasions but not very strongly and again, one or two interfaith dialogue prayer sessions are not enough. you have to do this on a daily basis, and think about how can you make this into policy. two leading fashion photographers have been suspended from working for vogue and other magazines owned by the publishing house, conde nast. mario testino and bruce weber both deny claims that they sexually harassed young male models. adina campbell reports. he's one of the royal family's favourite photographers. mario testino has been capturing famous faces for four decades. but the new york times has published allegations of sexual misconduct, with more than a dozen male models and assistants accusing the 63—year—old of indecent behaviour. testino's lawyers have said his accusers cannot be considered reliable sources. another well—known photographer,
bruce weber, is also facing similar allegations. he's denied any wrongdoing. but conde nast, which publishes magazines including vogue and go, has taken action. in a statement, editor anna wintour, who calls them both personal friends, has said: "i take the allegations very seriously, and we at conde nast have decided to put our working relationship with both photographers on hold for the foreseeable future." vogue is a global powerhouse. to grace one of the front covers is a massive deal. mario testino and bruce weber have been responsible for some of those images, but with allegations of sexual exploitation swirling, their futures are hanging in the balance. there are now calls for more regulation in the fashion world. i've been on shoots where i've been inappropriately touched. i've had extremely inappropriate comments made to me.
i'd like to see unions organised so that models can collectively bargain, and i'd also like to see what the model alliance in new york is proposing, an independent body that would represent models against major players in the fashion industry, who they would not be able to take on on their own. these allegations are the latest to rock the world of fashion, entertainment and social media — and don't seem to be going away. a little earlier america's next top model star michael stephen smith described how the nature of the industry can leave models leave models vulnerable. so, on set, it really depends on the job and obviously those involved. it is much like any sort of working environment. there is obviously a hierarchy and so, it also requires a sense of comfort to a certain level, and different people plan that
differently, but you are supposed to obviously capture a moment that is genuine and vunerable and honest and sexually appealing. so, people who have been doing it or are familiar with that realm are able to get in that quicker and there are different ways to go about doing that, but it would definitely be specific from job to job and who exactly is there, for sure. how much do models talk about their experiences? is there a sense that it is openly discussed, that perhaps models might need to be careful if they feel a bit vunerable? absolutely, yeah. i mean, the community gets smaller and smaller the more success you have. it's kind of almost like a pyramid. the circles get smaller and smaller, and there is definitely and reputations proceed you, certainly in the entertainment realm. so, it's something that is talked about amongst models. have you yourself, as a model, experienced anything untoward or heard of situations that other models have been in that they were very
uncomfortable with? oh, yeah. it's definitely something that exists, for sure. i personally have not. i think that's because i'm a strong personality type. i don't think i've ever even hinted at their being a possibility of something taking place that would make me feel uncomfortable. so, i'm fortunate in that way, just because of who i am and how i was raised. is a strong personality, so i don't think people ever tried to manipulate me and i am blessed to be in that position. but it is absolutely not a hoax or lie, it absolutely takes place. stay with us on bbc news. still to come... chile prepares to welcome pope francis, with questions being asked about the relevance of the church in south america. day one of operation desert storm to force the iraqis out of kuwait
has seen the most intense air attacks since the second world war. tobacco is america's oldest industry, and it's one of its biggest, but the industry is nervous of this report. this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes. there is not a street that is unaffected. huge parts of kobe were simply demolished as buildings crashed into one another. this woman said she'd been given no help and no advice by the authorities. she stood outside the ruins of her business. tens of thousands of black children in south africa have taken advantage of laws passed by the country's new multiracial government, and enrolled at formerly white schools. tonight sees the 9,610th performance of her long—running play, the mousetrap. when they heard about her death today, the management considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but agatha christie would have been the last person to want such a thing. this is bbc news.
the latest headlines — the united states‘ media regulator has described a false missile alert that triggered widespread panic in hawaii as "absolutely unacceptable". well, let's stay with that story now. earlier, i spoke to steve herman, white house bureau chief with voice of america news. i said now that donald trump has spoken about the hawaii alert, did he think that will quell the criticism that he hadn't spoken out until now. no, i don't think so. in the last couple of hours, the president, down in florida, was asked about this by the travelling press pool. he described it as a state thing, meaning the state of hawaii. he said that, however, now the federal government is going to get involved with them. he said he loves that they took total responsibility,
in his words, and that's terrific. but, he says, "we hope it won't happen again." part of it is that people are on edge, the president said, "but maybe eventually we will solve the problem so they don't have to be so on edge." as you put the question as to whether this will end all of this, no, because there is some federal involvement in this process. namely, the federal emergency management agency. because officials in hawaii are saying that after this mistake about this missile alert, they could not immediately send out a cancellation message or a message saying it's a false alarm, that they needed permission from the federal emergency management agency to do that. we will get to those specifics in a moment. but he criticism that donald trump has come under, do you think it's fair? before donald trump, the white house wouldn't have
necessarily made a statement in a tweet about this. they would have just sent a statement to mainstream media. is it fair he is coming under such criticism for not saying anything? we do not know exactly when he was informed. we know that he was at his golf club in palm beach, florida. what was needed was for messages to go out to the people of hawaii. the bulletins had gone out on radio and television stations there and to many cellphones in the states. obviously, the president saying something on twitter might have helped mitigate the situation, but what was needed was for the people in hawaii to get the messages just like they had gotten the original alert, which was a false alarm, of course. certainly, it is now being looked at as to how to improve these alert systems. briefly, is part of the attention on this that people have realised what a real missile scare might be like on hawaii? absolutely and certainly.
tension has been high there for some months. the state has been very proactive in preparing for a possible attack that would presumably come from north korea. they have been doing drills, this was a drill that was going on during a shift change as the officials there have described it. they said the operator had a drop—down menu on his computer and his two choices were ‘test missile alert‘ and ‘missile alert‘ and he chose the wrong one. now, they‘re initiating a system that will require to people before —— two people before you send out such a message. the syrian government is continuing its offensive against rebel—held areas close to damascus and in the north—western province of idlib. activists said one person was killed by air strikes in the area of eastern ghouta. jihadist rebels in idlib claimed
to be fighting back against a major offensive by government forces. bill hayton reports. eastern ghouta is supposed to be a deescalation zone in assyrian civil war. these videos made by activists inside the besieged enclave tell a different story. more airstrikes on sunday and more victims on the ground. the syrian government is targeting a coalition of two hardest groups known as the army of islam. but the fighting is taking place in an area is home to 400 thousand people. since the start of the year, according to human rights groups, around 200 people have been killed bya bomb around 200 people have been killed by a bomb on shelling. after three yea rs of by a bomb on shelling. after three years of siege, there are shortages of food, fuel and basic services. the syrian government is also moving into rebel held areas in idlib
province copper covering dozens of villages. some are controlled by groups loyal to the free syrian army pulled up others by another group which includes former supporters of al qaeda. they say they have managed to hold the government advance, but that can be independently confirmed. local reports say around 200 people we re local reports say around 200 people were killed during the fighting. the united nations says around 100,000 have now fled to safer areas will stop idlib remains the largest rebel held region of syria but the regime backed by iran and russia is pushing hard. as ever, civilians are paying the price. pope francis starts a trip to south america on monday. the church‘s credibility has been severely damaged in these staunchly catholic countries by sexual abuse scandals. pope francis will arrive in the chilean capital santiago for the first leg of the trip before moving north to peru on thursday.
but he won‘t be visiting his home country of argentina, as andrew plant reports. in the hours before the pope‘s arrival, chile has been making sure the streets are secure. over the past week, several churches have been attacked here, three in the capital, damaged by fire bombs with messages left behind, threatening the pope‘s safety and saying the money spent on his visit could be better used on helping the poor. translation: it's a great blessing that the pope is coming to chile. i‘m argentine. unfortunately for argentina, he still hasn‘t come, but everyone‘s hoping that the pope comes to them. pope francis on sunday in vatican basilica, presiding over mass on the world day for migrants and refugees, a topic on which he has frequently focused. the very first latin american pope will arrive in chile on monday before moving on
to peru on thursday. translation: from now on, the world day of migrants and refugees will be celebrated on the second sunday of september. tomorrow, i leave for chile and peru. i ask you to accompany me with your prayers on this apostolicjourney. but this argentinian pope will not be visiting his home country, which has led to this, as thousands travel from argentina across the border into chile. translation: i want to feel the joy of being there and seeing him, the holy father, up close, at least as much as i can. the pope will hold a mass in santiago on tuesday to a crowd of 500,000 people. demonstrations are also expected. there is tension over indigenous rights here and anger over the scandal
of sexual abuse. no—one has claimed responsibility for the attacks on churches and there were no injuries. even so, security will be tight until the pope flies back to europe next sunday. andrew plant, bbc news. the volvo ocean race is a yacht race around the world that takes place every three years. the current leg is a 4,000 nautical mile slog starting in australia and finishing in china. but for the current leaders, the latest stage took a dramatic turn, as the bbc‘s tim allman explains. for team sun hung kai/scallywag, this racejust got very serious indeed. one of their crew is in the water without a life jacket and potentially in danger. this 22—metre craft has to be turned around fast to try and find their missing colleague. then in the distance, they spy an arm waving in the sea.
up there! engine on! alex gough bobbing in the ocean after he was thrown overboard by a wave in winds of 15—20 knots. after seven long minutes getting wet, he is dragged back on board, safe and sound. it is kind of one of those days where it is not actually that rough, but it‘s kind of, still going pretty quick. i was just pretty stupid and, luckily, the boys were on to it. got me back on pretty quick, so, yeah, credit to the lads. they turned around bloody quick. this all happened in the fourth stage of the race. the latest leg beginning in melbourne and due to finish in hong kong. the yacht was heading north, skirting the philippines, when alex took his unplanned dip in the ocean. the main thing is we got him back on board and he‘s safe. i think itjust showed everyone how hard it is to actually see the guy in the water, even on a sunny day, 18 knots and sunshine.
you wouldn‘t want to be trying to do it in 20 knots in the dark. despite this setback, the team retains its lead and, thankfully, a full crew. for fans of the australian open, there has been a major shock. venus williams has been knocked out by belinda bencic. she was beaten in just over two hours. more than 150 passengers and crew had a narrow escape when their plane skidded off the runway in a turkish coastal resort. the boeing 737 slid down a steep slope, coming to a standstill in thick mud just a few metres from the edge of the black sea. no—one was injured. you are watching bbc world news. stay with us. hello.
after a fairly quiet spell of weather, there is a lot of weather coming our way over the next few days. it starts with wet and windy fare, and then we really get into the week, which will be much colder. there‘ll be some snow in the forecast, and it‘ll be a good deal windier than was the past week. as i say, it starts off on a wet and windy note. nowhere more so than if you happen to be close to this weather front, as it starts the day across the south—eastern quarter of the british isles, gradually easing its wayjust a little bit further towards the south and east. butjust in time for the school run and the commute, there‘s a lot of wet and windy weather to be had, all the way from sort of lincolnshire and east anglia, down through the south and east midlands, down into the south—east itself, parts of the west country. and even once the persistent rain has gone, there is a great raft of showers following on behind. some of these quite heavy, prolonged, and they may well be thundery, as well. further north, away from that front, there‘s a chance of seeing a little bit of sunshine.
but there‘s also quite a chance, as you see, of seeing quite a bit of shower activity, and increasingly through the day, as cold air begins to tuck in, so i think we‘ll find those showers turning a good deal more wintry across northern and western parts of scotland. it takes until the early afternoon before we see the last of that wet and windy weather getting away from the far south—east. then the brighter skies follow on. things don‘t turn wintry immediately across the southern half of the british isles, because the temperatures are still around 9 or 10 degrees. but through the evening and overnight, so colder weather begins to really tuck in across the top two—thirds of the british isles, and eventually, over the next few days, all of us get into that much colder regime, exacerbated by the strength of the westerly wind. so here we are on tuesday. and you notice here, certainly across the northern half of britain, and increasingly down through the high ground of wales, maybe into the moors of the south—west, there is a wintry flavour to the showers. and the snow totals really begin to mount up across the pennines, the high ground of scotland and northern ireland. and giving the strength of the wind, that is how cold it will feel
across all parts of the british isles by that stage. and there really is no change, as i take you on into wednesday, and then there is a change. not sure exactly where this low is going to go, but certainly on its northern flank, there will be a spell of more prolonged wintry weather. there will be significant snow, and some pretty strong winds, as well. once that centre pulls away, and as i say, you have to bear with us, because we‘re not exactly sure where that centre is going to be, those north—westerlies will be very strong in their own right. and then, once that system is away, we‘re back to where we pretty much started, with wintry showers, especially across northern and western parts of the british isles. this is bbc news. the headlines... the us media regulator has described a false missile alert that triggered widespread panic in hawaii as "absolutely unacceptable". ajit pai is chair of the us federal communications commission, which is leading the inquiry into the alert. he says hawaii did not have reasonable safeguards in place. the palestinian president, mahmoud abbas, has hit out at president trump in a speech
to a meeting of the palestinian leadership, which is discussing its response to the white house‘s decision to shift the american embassy to jerusalem. mr abbas described the move as the "slap of the century". two of the world‘s leading fashion photographers have been suspended from working for vogue and other magazines owned by the publishing house, conde nast. mario testino and bruce weber both deny claims published in the new york times newspaper that they sexually harassed young male models. those are the headlines.