this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at 9: a man has been charged with attempted murder after a car crashed outside the houses of parliament earlier this week. the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack. india's military intensifies its rescue operations in the flood—hit southern state of kerala, more than 350 people have died. many people are still trapped in their houses in many places. i hope they get out very soon. we could not stay there any more and i'm thankful for the people who us out of there. the boss of the fashion label superdry has given a i million pound donation to the campaign for another eu referendum. also coming up — a baby boom with a difference at a hospital in arizona. as 16 nurses, who all work in the same intensive care unit, fall pregnant at the same time. and our sunday morning edition of the papers is at 9.35 —
this mornings reviewers are journalists and writers, james rampton and eve pollard. a 29—year—old man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder, after a car hit people outside the houses of parliament on tuesday. salih khater, who was born in sudan and was living in birmingham, will appear before magistrates tomorrow. three people were injured when the car crashed into security barriers in westminster. our correspondentjon donnison gave us the latest from westminster. morning, the world this incident happened tuesday morning just about 7:30am at the height of the rush hour. there was a car coming down
this road bang in front of the houses of parliament. it veered off the road into a number of pedestrians and cyclists and then started heading toward some police officers before crashing into one of those black security barriers behind me. three people were injured. police now say that it 29—year—old man from police now say that it 29—year—old manfrom birmingham, police now say that it 29—year—old man from birmingham, salih khater, has been charged. he's been charged on two counts. firstly, attempting to murder members of the public, secondly, attempting to murder police officers. police say they are treating this case as terrorism related on the basis of the methodology, they say, of the iconic location, and the fact that civilians, members of the public and police officers were targeted. salih khater is due to appear at westminster magistrates‘ court on monday. jon donnison reporting from westminster. indian rescuers in helicopters and boats have braved torrential
rain to reach people stranded in flood waters in the southern state of kerala. nearly 200 people have been killed in the past ten days, many in landslides, following the heaviest monsoon rains for a century. schools and community centres have been converted into relief camps. simon clemison reports. there is life here, you just have to find it — the houses not the only things waist—deep in water. others are high, but dry. and by road, and by air, help is coming. even then, you might have to swim for it. there are many people who are still trapped in their houses, in many places. i hope they get their help very soon. we couldn‘t stay there anymore, and i am thankful to the people that brought us out of there. it is natural for kerala to get some of the country‘s highest rainfall during monsoon season, but this year there has been much more than expected. there is hope, though.
this intense activity was going on in kerala for the last so many days. however, the rainfall activity and its intensity has decreased. some comfort, but little, as officials say nearly a third of a million people are now living in aid camps. then there is the damage they will return to. kerala can‘t afford any more rain. simon clementson, bbc news. mary kattuman from cambridge has been visiting her mother in kerala. she described the dramatic moment they escaped from the floods. the waters started seeping in at 5am on the 16th. we went upstairs. we took food, water and went upstairs. we heard from an aunt that she was leaving her house, that was mid—morning. we tried to get people
to rescue us mid—morning. we tried to get people to rescue us because mid—morning. we tried to get people to rescue us because the water level outside the house was rising. by the time we were rescued, it was five feet high outside the house. we were rescued two at a time. there were six of us. my 76—year—old mother and a couple of kids, including an eight—year—old and a 13—year—old. we we re eight—year—old and a 13—year—old. we were rescued two at a time on makeshift rafts. we were ta ken to higher ground, then we were told not to carry luggage or anything. we literally got out with a couple of rucksacks. we‘ll be speaking to the deputy inspector general of the indian national disaster response force in the next 15 minutes. downing street has confirmed that a series of briefing papers will be released this week, informing people and businesses what to do in the event that britain leaves the eu with no agreement. brexit secretary dominic raab will travel to brussels on tuesday to meet with eu chief negotiator
michel barnier to ‘pick up the pace and intensity of discussions‘ before giving a speech outlining the government‘s ‘no deal‘ plans. with me now is our political correspondent susana mendon a. what are these no deal briefing papers? what does that mean? we've been hearing a lot about them in the last few months, when we will be getting them. we understood it would be the end of august and also september, so over the next month or so we september, so over the next month or so we should be getting newspapers. the first of those we are getting on thursday, we will have around 70 of them. they will set up a strategy for a no deal in different sectors from different departments. the idea is that it would give businesses and people an idea of what to do in the event of a no deal and what
preparations have been made. what the breaks department have said to us the breaks department have said to us is that extensive work has already been carried out over the last couple of years —— brexit department. the money has been allocated by the treasury in order to facilitate that. dominic raab will be meeting michel barnier on tuesday, we will have a speech from him on thursday setting out the no deal potential plans. the government has said they want a deal with the eu but setting out their plans in the event that we don‘t get a deal. meanwhile, the campaign for a so—called people‘s vote, or a second referendum, others might call it, that has got a boost today with a big cash injection? it has got £1 million, the largest donation it has had so far, and it has come from a man called julian dunkerton, the co—founder of fashion brand superdry. he said the reason he has given that money is because he never would have had his company become a
global brand if brexit happened 20 yea rs global brand if brexit happened 20 years ago, he thinks they can turn it around. years ago, he thinks they can turn itaround. he years ago, he thinks they can turn it around. he thinks leaving the eu will not be beneficial to businesses, other businesses have said that as well. for the campaign, the people‘s vote campaign, they can put this money towards paying for opinion polling, that is crucial because it is about boosting support among mps for their cause. they‘ve got a lot of cross party support but they want more mps onside. the idea they want more mps onside. the idea they getty people‘s vote is different to obtain because the government have said they want a second referendum, but they can influence mps, who will get a vote on that final deal in october. meanwhile, we have had a summer lull on the whole brexit situation. but there is talk in the papers today of 100 tory mps prepared to rebel against theresa may‘s checkers brexit plan? it is difficult to know whether or not there are 100 or
maybe this is brexiteers ramping up the pressure on the government. we know that the brexiteers are unhappy with the checkers deal and keeping the rule book for good in line with the rule book for good in line with the eu, they are unhappy about that and we have known it for some time now. the fact they are opposed and will try and rally support against it is not unsurprising. but in terms of how much support they‘ve got, it is difficult to say and there may be rebels on the remain side unhappy because it does not do what they want. in terms of the government‘s approach, we know to reason may has written to grassroots members of the conservative party basically saying why she thinks the deal at chequers isa why she thinks the deal at chequers is a good one, whatever deal she comes up is a good one, whatever deal she comes up with is to overcome
hurdles. we have the brexit secretary going to the eu this week to step up negotiations. susannah, thank you. and we‘ll be speaking to the people‘s vote campaign group, who are calling for a public vote on the final brexit deal, just after 9.15 this morning. a memorial service for the victims of the ballygawley bus bombing will be held later today near the scene of the attack in county tyrone. relatives of the dead and survivors of the bombing will lay wreaths and poppy crosses in memory of the eight soldiers who were killed 30 years ago. 28 people were also injured when the provisional ira detonated the roadside bomb. the former conservative mp sir peter tapsell has died aged 88. sir peter was "father of the house" when he stood down as mp for louth and horncastle in 2015. he had served continuously in parliament since 1966, and also spent five years as nottingham west mp before losing his seat “119611. the boss of the company responsible
for the motorway bridge which collapsed in genoa on tuesday, says he won‘t apologise ahead of an investigation into what happened. autostrade‘s chief executive also said he‘s committed to finding the cause of the tragedy which claimed 42 lives. andrew plant reports. safety workers securing parts of the structure still standing after the devastating collapse last tuesday. the company which operated this bridge has expressed its sympathy for the victims, but stopped short of an apology. you apologise if you feel you are responsible for it. as i said before, i believe that the situation is so — the technical situation is so complex that it‘s up to the, i mean, justice to understand what happened, and why, and under which conditions. we will do whatever we can to help justice to go fast and deep.
it could be many months before the investigation into what happened here provides any definitive answers. it could be many months before the investigation into what happened here provides any definitive answers. meanwhile, funerals for the 42 people killed have been taking place, 18 laid to rest at this state funeral on saturday. though some families have stayed away, opting for private services, angry at the italian government. it will, they say, be many months before the roadway is rebuilt. the collapse of the bridge built in the 1960s has started a fierce national debate about italy‘s infrastructure, and the money it spends on maintenance. no—one else is believed to be missing, though rescue workers say there is a possibility of finding more bodies as they slowly begin to remove the rubble.
andrew plant, bbc news. non—smoking adults have a higher risk of dying from serious lung disease if they grew up with parents who smoked, according to us research. the study said childhood passive smoking was "likely to add seven deaths to every 100,000 non—smoking adults dying annually". expects say the best way to protect children is to quit smoking. it‘s being claimed the nhs knew a type of syringe pump, used to administer drugs to patients in england and wales, was dangerous. the sunday times is reporting that health bosses failed to remove the equipment from use, in a bid to save money. the nhs has confirmed there was a five year delay in withdrawing the equipment while adequate alternative pumps were introduced. tom burridge reports. the sunday times says up to nine people died because the nhs continued to use a type of syringe
pump which was known to be potentially dangerous. the graseby ms26 and the ms16a were used in the nhs for 30 years. the syringe pumps were used to administer drugs into the patients‘ bloodstream over an extended period of time. the two models looked similar, but released drugs at different rates, and that sometimes lead to confusion and mistakes being made. the government is already investigating whether the equipment could have been withdrawn from use more quickly. now, the sunday times says health bosses decided to phase the pumps out over five years, from 2010 to 2015, partly because of the cost implications of replacing them with modern, safer alternatives. in a statement, nhs improvement said the 2015 five—year deadline was set to ensure there was enough time to source an acceptable alternative device and ensure staff were properly trained. it is thought there are no more of the older—style syringe pumps in use in the nhs today.
tom burridge, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news... a man has been charged with attempted murder after a car crashed outside the houses of parliament earlier this week. the incident is being treated as a terrorist attack. india‘s military intensifies its rescue operations in the flood—hit southern state of kerala, where more than 350 people have died. the boss of the fashion label superdry has given a 1 million pound donation to the campaign for another eu referendum. as we‘ve been hearing, a businessman who helped to found the fashion label, superdry, has donated a million pounds to the campaign for a public vote on any final brexit deal. julian dunkerton said he was giving the money to the cross—party people‘s vote group because there was what he called a "genuine
chance" to stop the process of leaving the eu. joining me now is tom baldwin, the director of communications from the people‘s vote. thank you very much indeed for being with us. 1 million quid, what will you do with that? we will spend it on polling. in this debate you hear a lot of talk about the will of the people, this phrase is bandied about. it‘s very important, it‘s a very fragile moment for our democracy. it is vital, that political leaders know where the will of the people is moving. we will of the people is moving. we will be able to do probably one of the biggest polling exercises ever conducted by a political campaign to test the will of the people because in the end, this is a democracy and we need to know where people are going we think, they are shifting as they see what brexit will mean for
them, theirfamilies they see what brexit will mean for them, their families and communities. a lot of people watching this will see it is a democracy and that is why we had a referendum and we had a result, why are you trying to overturn it and why are people like this chap from super dry, a multimillionaire, why is he spending money trying to overturn the will of the people? we area overturn the will of the people? we are a people at campaign and democracy is not a singular thing. it isa democracy is not a singular thing. it is a process and when facts change, like the £50 billion divorce bill that we will paid to do nothing but leave and all of the broken promises about the nhs, and the fact that people are seeing political leaders in westminster making an abysmal mess of brexit, when those fa cts abysmal mess of brexit, when those facts change... lots of people would dispute that they are facts? most people seem to agree and according to the polls we have done. nine out of ten people think that brexit is a mess. it would be very british to
say get on with it anyway. i don‘t think it is right, it‘s the most democratic thing in the world that when political leaders are failing and making a mess of something, the people say, we want to take back control of this decision and have oui’ control of this decision and have our democratic voice heard before we leave the eu. again, a lot of people would say your version of democracy is to keep asking the people until you get the answer you want to hear? i don‘t see it like that. we are campaigning to give people the chance to vote on the deal or the outcome of brexit negotiations if there is no deal. in the 2016 referendum there was a vote in principle to leave the eu and we respect that. the government was given a mandate to negotiate our departure from the eu. coming back with results of those negotiations, it‘s a car crash. in those circumstances it‘s a car crash. in those ci rcu msta nces let it‘s a car crash. in those circumstances let british people in on the decision, don‘t take it by ourselves in westminster, let your voice be heard. what are you scared of, brexiteers? are you scared that
you don‘t have the will of the people or that you don‘t represent the will of the people? the opinion polling isn‘t at all clear, that opinion has changed? a lot of recent polls have said there is a majority for leave? we conducted one of the biggest opinion polls so far with the money from julian dunkerton this week and that poll of 10,000 people shows that a majority of 35—40%, people want their voice to be heard that if there was a referendum, they would vote to remain by a six—point margin. 0pinion is shifting. it is really important that people are aware of other people changing too. this can generate its own momentum. the reality is the government have said there won‘t be another referendum, they will not legislate for that. you need legislation and it went happen, whatever you want. it happens when the government brings back its deal, whatever battered wreckage it comes up with. it has to be put to the house of commons and if they reject that, what are they going to do? we will
slide out of europe without a deal, and all of the consequences that means. what will mps do? say go back and fix that? no. the plays that a lot m ps and fix that? no. the plays that a lot mps will alight on and say, we cannot fix this mess, there is no majority in this house for theresa may‘s proposals or for a majority in this house for theresa may‘s proposals orfor a no—deal brexit, let‘s hand it back to the people and let them make up their mind. they started this process so let them finish it. it‘s good to have you with us, tom baldwin, director of communications from the people‘s vote. director of communications from the people's vote. thank you for having me. vladimir putin has urged europe to help with the reconstruction of syria orface a huge refugee crisis. the russian president made the comments during talks in berlin with the german chancellor angela merkel. he also defended contentious plans to expland a gas pipeline to europe, as jenny hill reports. the greeting? cordial enough.
vladimir putin is said to have a grudging respect for angela merkel but the relationship is tense and she has some big demands of the man who wields such influence over so many conflicts. translation: syria will be an important topic. most of all, we have to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in and around it lip. we have seen fighting decrease elsewhere, but that does not mean it has achieved peace. translation: last year, we marked the 50th anniversary of gas deliveries from the soviet union to western europe. in all these years, our country has reliably provided an uninterrupted energy supply. it is making a significant contribution to the energy security of the entire european continent. even angela merkel admits she does not expect much from the talks but insists it is vital to keep talking to russia.
angela merkel and vladimir putin do not agree on much, but these are times of shifting alliances. in the age of donald trump, they may discover common ground. jenny hill, bbc news, berlin. the indonesian island of lombok has been hit by another powerful earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.3. it comes just two weeks after an earthquake killed 460 people and destroyed tens of thousands of homes. there are no reports of any injuries after the latest tremor although there are reports that landslides have been triggered in the east of the island. first there was black panther, now there s children of blood and bone. the first novel by nigerian—american author tomi adeyemi debuted at number one in the new york times bestsellers list and has been nicknamed the african harry potter. it‘s the first part in the orisha trilogy, based on the yoruba religion, and it‘s been so successful tomi
was offered a movie deal before the book was even released. debula kemola from bbc africa‘s whats new met tomi while she was on her uk book tour. i try not to think of her, but when idoi i try not to think of her, but when i do i think of rice. when mother was around, the heart always smelt of it. i think of how her dark skin glowed like the summer sun, the way her white hair first". glowed like the summer sun, the way her white hairfirst". and an untamed crown that breathed and fried. tomi adeyemi has onlyjust turned 25 and she‘s already published a bestselling novel. with two more sequels and a movie adaptation on the way. children of blood and bone is set in the fictional land of orisha in west africa and is based on the traditional yoruba novel. teenagers fightan traditional yoruba novel. teenagers fight an evil king to bring back the magic of their ancestors. i asked what inspired the book? the first
inspiration for children of blood and bone came in a gift shop in salvador, brazil. there, it has the most nigerians outside of nigeria, i shouldn‘t have been surprised, i guess, but all of the cool things that i was discovering that came from nigeria betfair, isaw a picture of the orisha for the first time, it was mind blowing. i never imagined that we could have african gods and goddesses. it blew up my imagination and the world of the book came to me. why is it important that we should be told stories about blood goddesses? we don't have these stories yet, we can nowjust think of black panther. in 2017, we would not have that. it is steeped in nigerian culture, but those are more of the details, the fact you pick up the book and you see a magical, dark skinned black girl on the cover. when you open the pages you see
blacks of all shades on the cover. you see it is celebrated as the hero, you see us get these big and twisted romances. we have the story, for all of us to celebrate. tomi did not just want to celebrate yoruba culture, she gave lead roles to girls. i don't know any women who aren‘t strong. it was never not going to be about strong females. that‘s who i have in my life and who inspires me. they are someone i want to inspire and i want to inspire young girls around the world and older girls around the world. but a good story is for everyone. i think thatis good story is for everyone. i think that is what is special about the book. regardless of age, regardless of background and regardless of race 01’ of background and regardless of race or gender, you know, you can connect with these people because they are human. why did you decide to write young adult fiction?|j human. why did you decide to write young adult fiction? i was always going to write young adult fiction because i love and read young adult
fiction still. i think some of the best literature created today are in young adult fiction that i also think that young adults are the people who will save us. you know? the world is not doing so hot right now and we have a lot of adults repeatedly making it worse and worse. when i look at the people saving the world, i see 11—year—old naomi walder speaking out against gun violence and how it affects african women. i see children every day saving the world, writing something to empower them to do that even more feels like the best thing i could do to help. that was debula kemoli from bbc whats new, speaking to tomi adeyemi. to watch more of that interview, go to youtube.com/ bbc what‘s new. let‘s return to the situation in india where rescuers are braving torrential rain to reach people stranded in flood waters
in the southern state of kerala. nearly 200 people have been killed in the past 10 days. randeep kumar rana is the deputy inspector general of the indian national disaster response force — hejoins me now from new delhi in india. thank you so much forjoining us, i know you are extremely busy, what is the latest situation? good morning. the situation in carol is improving over the evening hours —— kerala. there has been rainfall in parts of the state but it has not been very heavy, or extremely heavy. most of the rivers, their water level is beginning to recede. the worst affected areas, the water levels has gradually gone down. the worst affected districts, there are only
two, that is partial in those districts. the situation in the state overall is improving very gradually and continuously. the future forecast for today, it is about one week. there is no forecast of very heavy rainfall, we are hopeful that things will gradually get better and better now onwards. that is good news, certainly. what about the rescue efforts, for those who have been trapped and stranded? you have been using helicopters and so you have been using helicopters and so one, what have you been doing in terms of the rescue operations? it's a big rescue operation, yesterday
afternoon onwards, there have been some rescues undertaken yesterday night also, and some of the rescue work is still going on in two or three places. but the frequency has gone down considerably. given the water level situation in the state, we feel that the rescue phase will be over and we will be able to begin rehabilitation. in terms of the death toll, we gather that since june, it is 357, i think. do you fear that it will rise any higher? the state has had two spells of rain during the monsoon season and the
worst is the last ten days. the number of deaths were 300 plus and there might be a slight increase in that but we do not foresee too much. thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us. thank you. you are watching bbc news... it is half past nine. 16 nurses at a hospital in the us state of arixzona have found out that they‘re all pregnant at the same time. max gorden, a reporterfrom the local tv station, has the story. it wasn‘t like they planned it and they sure were not counting on this. one after another, after another, after another.