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welcome to bbc news — broadcasting to viewers in north america and around the globe. my name is mike embley. our top stories: drawing a line in the sand. the murder ofjournalist jamal khashoggi had nothing to do with saudi arabia's royalfamily, its top diplomat tells the bbc. criticising the leadership, he says, is crossing a red line. and it is a red line when you have individuals calling for the removal or replacement of a leader. that is ridiculous and unacceptable. that is ridiculous and not acceptable. an unprecedented rebuke from america's topjudge for president trump, for describing a colleague as an ‘0bama judge.‘ a briton accused of spying in the united arab emirates begins a life sentence in prison. and taking the chair — ahead of the un climate change conference — david attenborough shows off ‘the people's seat designed to give ordinary people a say. saudi arabia's foreign minister has
told the bbc that criticising the leadership of the kingdom is "a red line" and will not be tolerated. adel al—jubeir said that includes calls to replace crown prince mohammed bin salman, who he said was not involved in the murder of the journalist and saudi government critic jamal khashoggi. our chief international correspondent lyse doucet has been speaking to the foreign minister in riyadh. she asked him first about accusations of a cover—up. this was not the cover—up. we released the information as we had it at the time,
and we received more information, we could then update what happened and come up with a picture that's more complete. why did they wantjamal kashoggi back, and that he was such a threat that if he didn't want to come back, he had to be killed? jamal khashoggi was not wanted in saudi arabia. but he obviously was! 15 members went to saudi arabia, including members of the crown princes‘s own personal guard, your leading forensic expert, and a body double? what about "rogue operation" do people not understand 7 people exceeded their authorities, people committed a crime, and people will be held accountable for it. do you fear there'll be sanctions from the united states if some congressman and senators have their way? i think that would be short—sighted, there have been sanctions against individuals who were implicated in this and who were detained through the public prosecutor's office. but that is different from sanctioning a government. as a government, saudi arabia is not responsible for this. there is a call even from lindsey graham, the us senator, for sanctions for "appropriate" members of the royal family, which would be a huge step. people can say a lot of things, it is their right.
they can be inaccurate, they can be misplaced... it doesn't matter, in saudi arabia, our leadership is a red line. the crown prince is a redline, they represent every saudi citizen, and every saudi citizen represents them. and we will not tolerate any discussion of anything that is disparaging towards our monarch or crown prince. the cia has concluded that it could not have happened without an order from the crown prince. i have not seen the report, nor do i believe thejournalists who talk about it have seen it. i have seen the statement by the spokesperson for the state department who said the reporting on the report is inaccurate, and i have seen the statement by the president saying the information is inaccurate. the crown prince has not been involved in this, we have made that very clear. we have an investigation that is ongoing, and we will punish
the individuals who are responsible for this. we will make sure it does not happen again. we have said time and time again that the investigation is open, and the public prosecutor has asked any country that has information that can help complete the picture to provide the information. there are a lot of gaps that we do not know about, we don't know where the body is, we don't know certain things, we don't know what is in the tapes, other than the transcripts that were provided. we haven't listened to them, we haven't done forensics on them. the evidence does lead to the crown prince... we have made it very clear that the crown prince is not involved. so this is a redline, whatever the evidence? show us the evidence. show us the evidence, if turkey has the evidence, send it to us.
all we hear is leaks. show us the evidence, and then, we talk. but the crown prince is not involved in this, we have made this very clear. it is a redline when you have individuals calling for the removal or replacement of leaders. that is unacceptable in saudi arabia, and no saudi citizen will tolerate it. a row has broken out between donald trump and the chiefjustice of the us supreme court. john roberts has taken the very unusual step of rebuking the president for describing a districtjudge as an ‘0bama judge'. thejudge had ruled against the trump administration's attempt to prevent migrants claiming asylum, if they've entered the country illegally. ‘0ur north america correspondent, peter bowes is in los angeles. this is really unusual, isn't it?
extremely unusual that the chief justice would step in to what is a political argument that the president is making here. so when the chief justice of president is making here. so when the chiefjustice of the supreme court makes a statement that clearly contradict what the president is saying, a lot of people are very surprised and he did not mince his words. trump said that this was an obama judge and that is true, he was appointed by a resident obama. the chiefjustice said we do not have judges, clintonjudges, chiefjustice said we do not have judges, clinton judges, obama judges oi’ judges, clinton judges, obama judges ortrump judges, clinton judges, obama judges or trumpjudges. judges, clinton judges, obama judges or trump judges. we have judges, clinton judges, obama judges or trumpjudges. we have an extraordinary group of people, dedicated judges doing their level best to provide equal rights to those appearing before them. he said the independentjudiciary is something we should all be thankful for. and this in the same week that we hear the president thought, apparently, that he could order the
justice department to prosecute hillary clinton and james comey. the president has already hit back against this latest rebuke, hasn't he? yes, he has. the president has come back and he is doubling down on what he said, saying that phrase again, obama judges. he what he said, saying that phrase again, obamajudges. he said what he said, saying that phrase again, obama judges. he said obama judges have a different point of view than the people who are charged with the safety of our country. i think what this illustrates is that the president does not have a full understanding of the separation between the executive branch of us government, that is what he is the head of, and the traditionally. and the supreme court is right at the top and the chiefjustice is the lead just as on the supreme court. never the two shall meet under normal circumstances. certainly you would not get a public debate like this between the chiefjustice and the president. many people are suggesting that look, the president clearly does not get that once a
judge is on the bench as the chief justice is inclined, they are impartial and they do their best to be fairto impartial and they do their best to be fair to whoever is coming before the court, whatever the political consideration. let's get some of the day's other news. the pentagon has said it's cost $72 million to deploy us forces to the border with mexico in recent weeks to prevent illegal immigrants crossing. almost 6,000 troops were sent to the border before the mid—term elections after president trump warned of an invasion of the country by a caravan of central american migrants. the un—recognised government in yemen and houthi rebels have agreed to join peace talks in sweden in early december, according to the american defence secretary, jim mattis. a previous effort to end the three—year conflict collapsed in september when the rebels failed to attend negotiations. the un has warned that 14 million yemenis are at risk of starvation unless the port of hodeida remains open to humanitarian aid shipments. the american space agency
says its latest mars probe, called insight, is on track for touchdown on monday. only a third of previous international missions have succeeded. ‘s nasa is expressing confidence that insight — with a heat—resistant capsule, parachute, and rockets — will touch down safely. the british prime minister says she has made good progress in the brexit talks in brussels with the president of the european commission, jean—claude juncker. they have been discussing the political declaration which sets out what the future relationship between the uk and the eu will be after brexit — in areas ranging from aviation and energy to trade. here's our europe editor katya adler. the eu is trying to give the prime minister the optics to help her sell this deal back home, but on content they do not want to move from their red line, such as guarantees over the irish border, for example, such as keeping the single market together and not allowing the prime minister to cherry pick the bits she likes and leave the ones she doesn't, as she would like to do.
but they're holding steadfast on that. what makes it even more complex is notjust theresa may wanting more from the eu, but eu countries that want more from her. for example, spain has very clear stipulations about gibraltar and how it appears in the document, basically saying that all negotiations on the future relationship between the eu and the uk cannot be taken legally for granted, that they will immediately apply to gibraltar. and then there is france, france wants a guarantee of fishing rights in the uk water after brexit, and they are insisting on that. a british student has been sentenced to life in prison in the united arab emirates for spying for the british government. 31—year—old university student matthew hedges was there researching the country's foreign and internal security policies when he was detained in dubai by the authorities in may. his wife says her husband
is innocent and called for the uk government to take a stand. 0ur correspondent paul adams has this report. matthew hedges, pictured here with his wife daniela, before his arrest at dubai airport in early may. six and a half months later, the british academic faces life imprisonment in the country he was studying and knows well. daniela says she's in complete shock. "i don't know what to do," she says. "matthew is innocent. this has been the worst six months of my life, let alone for matt, who was shaking when he heard the verdict." daniela says matthew is entirely innocent. simply no question, she insists, that he was spying for britain. here, the government seems outraged. the uae is supposed to be a friend and ally of britain's. we have given them repeated assurances about matthew. and, you know, if we can't resolve this, there are going to be serious diplomatic consequences because this is totally u na cce pta ble. you sound angry about this. did you get the impression from the uae authorities that there was going to be a different outcome? i'd actually spoken about matthew to crown prince mohammed bin zayed
when i visited abu dhabi last week. and i thought i had some understanding that this was going to be resolved in a satisfactory way. so, how did a 31—year—old british academic fall so spectacularly foul of the emirati authorities? his research involved asking sensitive questions about security and defence policies across the gulf. the head of his department says he had a wide range of sources. some would be international experts currently based in the uae. some would be former uae government officials who had worked in relevant areas and who were known to have inside information and understanding about how it is that these processes operate. but, for all the shiny glamour of the modern gulf, this is a region of poisonous rivalries and deep suspicions. someone, it seems, didn't like the questions. i'm sure there's a lot of, sort of, personal politics behind this. and probably somebody in the government who reallyjust wants to make a point and wants
to use matt as an example to say, you know, we will go about our foreign and security policy in whatever way we want to and no—one will ask questions. daniela says that nightmare is getting worse. "i don't know where they're taking him," she says, "or what will happen now." stay with us on bbc news, still to come: more than 9,000 miles and seven years in the making — why mat green knows new york better than most. benazir bhutto has claimed victory in pakistan's general election, and she's asked pakistan's president to name her as prime minister. jackson's been released on bail of $3 million after turning himself in to police in santa barbara. it was the biggest demonstration
so far of the fast—growing european antinuclear movement. the south african government has announced that it's opening the country's remaining whites—only beaches to people of all races. this will lead to a black majority government in this country, and the destruction of the white civilisation. part of the centuries—old windsor castle, one of the queen's residences, has been consumed by fire for much of the day. 150 firemen have been battling the blaze, which has caused millions of pounds' worth of damage. this is bbc news, the latest headlines: saudi arabia's foreign minister has
told that the grand prix is it not know anything about the murder of jamal khashoggi —— crown prince. anything other than that crosses a red line. last august one of the united states' best—known senators, john mccain, died. his widow, cindy mccain, is carrying on his work as chair of the mccain institute, a think—tank focused on international security issues. 0ur reporter yalda hakim recently caught up with mrs mccain, and asked about her husband's legacy, what he would make of the current divisions in america, and what it was like to be married to someone regarded as a maverick. when the news came of his passing there was this extraordinary by partisan outpouring. why do you think the nation acted that way?m many ways he was the conscious of the senate and the country. people recognised him for his ability to
work across the aisle and his belief in doing so. also, his willingness to debate but not de—mine, as a result of differences. i believe we have lost those ideas forever, right now, if that makes sense. he represented so much for the country in the hope we swing back and recognise the importance of what john was doing. it was like a great president had died. and yet, the president had died. and yet, the president was not there. you have to remember, even though it was a public funeral, we are still a family and for all of us, and for the sake of my children, i did not wa nt the sake of my children, i did not want any disruptions. this was about john, notabout anything else. it was important for me to keep it
respectful and calm. it sounds funny coming from a political family in a political country but it was important that we kept it with dignity. does the president have your support in your 2020 election? iam not your support in your 2020 election? i am not even sure he will run... i do know. i have no insight. i am not even sure he will run... i do know. i have no insightm i am not even sure he will run... i do know. i have no insight. if there was an election today, would he have you vote? i cannot add to that right now. at this point, i would like to see some. . . now. at this point, i would like to see some... some softening of the rhetoric, i really would. it is hurtful. we hurt when he said he was ina war hurtful. we hurt when he said he was in a war hero? it did. i thought it was inappropriate. it hurt the family also. and he hoped the other
men who served with thejohn, that we re men who served with thejohn, that were in prison with him. it wasn't just aboutjohn, it was the other people as well. i think it was the wrong thing to say and... i am not sure i will ever get over it but thatis sure i will ever get over it but that is my or operative, as the wife, i don't have to. how did john change your world ? wife, i don't have to. how did john change your world? 0h, wife, i don't have to. how did john change your world? oh, my god. i had the good fortune of marrying this incredible man, my family, but also a front row seat to what he did in politics. when he walked in the door, you knew it was going to be a good thing. he was something else. next month politicians from around the world will gather for the united nations climate change conference in poland. but for the first time there'll be one seat there that's not for a nation. it's being called the people's seat and the idea is it will give
ordinary people a voice on this all important issue. victoria gill has been speaking to the broadcaster and naturalist david attenborough about it. we've been banging on about it for decades now, and no—one's doing anything, ‘cause no—one in power actually cares. it's either too hot or too cold, and we can't grow anything. the world is a place where we all live together, and if we don't take care of it, we will have nowhere to go. the monsoons are sometimes coming too early or too late, like, nothing is on time. translation: of course, but what can i do about that? concern and confusion over climate change — it is a global conversation. and now, the un has turned to a very familiar figure to take messages like these from people all around the world to the crucial climate talks in poland in less than two weeks' time. the people's seat is meant to represent the hundreds of millions of people there are around the world whose lives are about to be affected, or have already been affected, by climate change, so that it
will sit there to remind politicians that this is not a theoretical enterprise. this is our opportunity to collectively make a difference — to have our voices heard. we saw how the response to blue planet, with the issue of plastics in the environment, caused such a huge response. how would you convince people that they personally can make a difference, and that they should be part of the conversation? well, it's what i've been spending my life, really, trying to do — making clear what the natural world is, how complicated it is, and how it works, and how it affects the way in which we live, and making it clear that we human beings depend upon the health of the natural world for every breath of air we breathe. what would you want to say to the politicians? notjust being a conduit
for other people, but what would your message be? my message is that the people of the world know that the world is changing, and they are behind politicians taking action. that's what the people's seat in this new conference that's just coming up is representing — that people want to stop climate change. the people's seat. while the seat might remind leaders at the talks what is at stake, any agreement or action will be in the hands of the politicians who are in the room. victoria gill, bbc news. over a period of almost seven years, 38—year—old mat green has logged more than 9,000 miles, visiting every block of every street in the five boroughs of new york. he is now 500 miles short of reaching his goal and this week a movie opens documenting his urban trek. the bbc‘s tom brook has the story. chinatown in new york on a typical day. people go about their business, for matt green that means
continuing his marathon 9000 mile new york city walk. i am walking every block of every street in the five boroughs. also parks, cemeteries, beaches, covering all the ground and public areas and seeing what is there. while he has been on his walk matt green has lived on a shoestring staying in different departments in exchange for activities such as cat sitting and raising money for donations to his website. strangely he says he doesn't know why he has spent almost seven years walking around new york covering the distance of 9000 miles. i think it occurred to me early on but a lot of time we felt like we had a way to sum up what we are doing and explain why it is important, a societal pressure to package that or put a nice bow on it and tell people about it. i don't really know why. in new york matt green has quite a few followers
who monitor his progress. now a wider audience is being introduced to his adventures by way of a new documentary chronicling his exploits that opens this week. it is the distillation of 500 hours of video shot by director jeremy workman. it is a commission. the movie is about discovering the kind of amazing that this right in front of your eyes. you can just walk the streets and discover everything the city has to offer. i hope the film conveys that it is this different look at the world and it is asking people to slow down a little bit, to notice the things around them. some butterfly weed, the cool orange flower. i saw that in marine park a couple of years ago. jesse eisenberg the hollywood actor who is executive producer of the world before your feet,
believes he has taken on the mission just because it was there to be done. a clip by edmund hillary where they asked him why he climbed everest, because it was there. something about doing something for the sake of itself rather than some kind of capitalisation on it. good to talk to you, thank you for the info. matt green has 500 miles left to go. he knows where it will finish, on the street where he started, where there is a pizza parlour, a bagel salon and a nail shop. to mark the completion of the walk he intends to sample the offerings of all three establishments. engineers in italy have revealed that the leaning tower of pisa is not leaning quite so much as it used to. 17 years after the first phase of rescue work ended, and it was re—opened to the public,
new measurements show that it has continued to straighten, and the top is now four centimetres closer to vertical. the tower has leaned ever since it was completed in the 14th century. experts say it is now stabilised and they don't want to get rid of the lean altogether. saudi arabia's foreign minister said criticising the leadership of the kingdom is a red line and will not be tolerated. that includes calls to replace crown prince mohammed bin salman, who reset was not involved in the murder of jamal salman, who reset was not involved in the murder ofjamal khashoggi. thank you for watching. hello.
we've had that cold wind, some of us have had the first snow of the season, and now the widespread frost going into thursday morning. coldest in the blue here. in fact, parts of southern england could be as low as —7 to start the day. temperatures down the eastern side of the uk recovering a little bit going into the first part of the day, because you will see here increasing cloud, whereas elsewhere, should be a fair amount of sunshine to begin with. but through the day, the cloud is moving west. now, with the clud, you could see a bit of patchy rain and drizzle, and from the word go into parts of eastern scotland. and this is where it's likely to be most persistent as we go through the the day. let's take a closer look at things at 3:00pm in the afternoon. so you can see the outbreaks of rain, northern and eastern parts of scotland. western fringes of scotland still seeing some sunny spells. northern ireland — early showers clear, and then it's dry with sunny spells here. a lot of cloud through much of northern, central and eastern england. wherever you see that cloud, it could be damp in places, though the rain not amounting to very much.
there's still some sunshine through much of wales, the south midlands, and into south—west england. now, the winds are a touch lighter than they've been. temperatures are still for the most part in single figures, but windchill isn't so much of an issue. still going to feel quite cold though, particularly where you find yourself underneath the cloud cover, and you may be seeing a bit of patchy rain. that will continue on and off through thursday night and into friday morning, still more particularly through eastern scotland. and then, to end thursday and through the night into friday, the risk of a few heavy showers into the far south—west of england, maybe clipping south—west wales. not as cold as friday begins, though pockets of rural frost around, as some spots still get close to freezing. then, on through friday, still some rain affecting parts of eastern scotland, that chance of a shower into the far south—west. could have a bit of hail with these, maybe a rumble of thunder. elsewhere, variable cloud and sunny spells. i think parts of northern ireland, southern scotland, northern england should fare fairly well for sunshine, and temperatures still for the most part in single figures. going into the weekend, low pressure to the south,
high pressure to the north, a flow of air coming in from the east. now, much of the uk under the influence of high pressure. but close to southern england, there is a weather front here that could well be producing some outbreaks of rain during saturday. some uncertainty about the exact position of that, so we'll keep you updated. still either some showers or some patchy rain towards north—east scotland. elsewhere it is looking mainly dry. you get to see some sunny spells, temperatures around 7—10 celsius. not much change going into next week. still much of the uk under the influence of high pressure. not particularly warm, but mainly dry. this is bbc news, the headlines: in the jamal khashoggi case, saudi arabia's foreign minister has told the bbc that claiming the king or crown prince knew about a plot to kill the journalist is inaccurate and saying anything disparaging about them crosses a red line. a row has broken out between donald trump and the chiefjustice of the us supreme court. john roberts has taken the very unusual step of rebuking the president for describing a colleague as an ‘0bama judge'. thejudge had ruled
against the trump administration's attempt to prevent migrants claiming asylum. britain's prime minister theresa may says she's made good progress the british student is spending a life imprisonment in the uae after being accused of spying for the british government. now it's time for a look back at the day in parliament.
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