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this is bbc world news. i'm simon pusey. our top stories: a senior member of the british government, amber rudd, has resigned over brexit in a new blow to the prime minister, borisjohnson. the conservative party that is such a force for good in government in this country no longer has a place for people who have different views on the european union, and i can't stand by that. peace negotiations between the taliban and the united states have been called off. in a tweet, president trump blames a deadly attack in the afghan capital, kabul. this is bbc news. the headlines: the released iranian tanker is apparently spotted off a senior member of the british the syrian coast. government has resigned over brexit britain says it's "deeply in a new blow to the prime minister, borisjohnson. troubled" by the reports. the canadian teenager amber rudd called mrjohnson‘s bianca andreescu beats expulsion of 21 conservative mps serena williams to win the us open from the party for voting against his brexit policy women's singles title. in parliament "an assault on decency and democracy".
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president trump has cancelled peace talks with the taliban after a deadly attack in kabul, revealing that he'd been due to hold a secret meeting with leaders of the group at camp david on sunday. a us envoy to afghanistan had reached a draft peace deal hello and welcome to bbc news. with the militant group last week. a senior british government minister, amber rudd, has resigned, accusing the prime minister of an assault the canadian teenager bianca andreescu has beaten on decency and democracy serena williams to win the us open in his handling of brexit. women's singles title. it follows boris johnson's decision the 19—year—old won her maiden to expel 21 mps who have refused grand slam title after beating williams 6—3, 7—5. to back a so—called no deal she becomes canada's first brexit, including two formerfinance ministers. grand slam champion. ms rudd said she couldn't "stand by while good, loyal, moderate conservatives are expelled from the party". our political correspondent jonathan blake reports. now on bbc news, it's time for a look back at the week in parliament. amber rudd has served at the heart of government. she campaigned to remain in the eu referendum and was home secretary under theresa may. she survived the clear—out of like—minded colleagues when borisjohnson became prime minister and was made work and pensions secretary, among others —
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almost all brexiteers. just this week, amber rudd expressed concern about the prime minister's strategy of throwing mps out of the party for voting against the government. i think we have some very valued colleagues who have made a very different choice. in her letter to the prime minister, amber rudd said resigning was a difficult decision, but wrote "i do not believe that leaving with a deal is the government's main objective. the government is expending a lot of energy", she wrote, "to prepare for no deal, but i have not seen the same level of intensity going into our talks with the european union, who have asked us to present alternative arrangements to the irish backstop." i knew, and i accept, that the prime minister should be able to leave no deal on the table. but what i had expected to see was a huge government—centred effort to get a deal, and at the moment, there is a lot of work going on into no deal and not enough going into getting a deal. and then, on top of that, i've seen 21 of my colleagues — good, strong conservative mps
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with true, moderate, progressive values — excluded from the party. cheering amber rudd's resignation will come as a blow to borisjohnson at a critical time for his premiership. her reasons reflect the concerns others in government share. even before this latest blow, borisjohnson was under increasing pressure to make it clear that he'd abide by legislation requiring him to seek a further brexit extension if there's no deal with the eu. a group of conservative mps are preparing legal action if the prime minister refuses to carry out the instruction, which is expected to become law on monday. duncan kennedy reports. another stand—off in westminster. protest and counter—protest today over the prime minister's plans to suspend parliament and mps‘ attempts to force a delay to brexit. borisjohnson has spent the week in campaign mode, preparing for an election he wants
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but opposition parties won't allow. many of that opinion will say "content." all: content. to the contrary, "not content." silence the contents have it. but parliament has now passed a bill compelling the prime minister to ask for a delay if a new deal can't be reached. the law means borisjohnson has until the 19th of october to get a deal with brussels. if not, he must write and request more time until at least the 31st of january. but yesterday, he said this: some fear the prime minister is looking for wriggle room and preparing a legal challenge. to write a letter on that day to donald tusk, it specifies the wording that he must use in the letter to apply for an extension. now, i'm very, very concerned and troubled by the fact the prime minister is going up and down the country saying that he will never
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ask for an extension. either we have the rule of law in this country, or we don't. opposition parties have shown they can wield power against borisjohnson‘s minority government but the prime minister's supporters say he's right to pursue his own path. normally, governments legislate and are held to account for that legislation. we're now in a position where parliament, the opposition is legislating. how can the government be held to account for legislation that neither sponsored, nor supported? —— it neither sponsored, nor supported? in aberdeenshire today, the traditional spectacle of the highland games. the queen arrived, having hosted the prime minister at balmoral overnight. the constitutional crisis caused by brexit is sure to have been discussed, though not the resignation of amber rudd. that shock tonight shows just how unpredictable these political times continue to be. duncan kennedy, bbc news. conditions in the bahamas are said to be "rapidly deteriorating" six days after hurricane dorian ripped through the islands. tens of thousands of
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people are homeless. many are now desperate to flee the destruction in the abaco islands and grand bahama. cruise liners, private planes and helicopters are all being used to help those still trapped. the official number of dead still stands at 43, but that's expected to rise as the situation becomes clearer. pastor randy crowe was a pastor at man—o—war cay, an island just four miles from marsh harbour that was devastated. he has been launching a relief effort for the island, and i asked him if he had spoken to survivors there. we've spoken to some of our members and in the middle of the storm they left their house and went to a neighbour's house for some safety. we have a husband and a wife and a i—year—old child on the island and the dad passed the child to the mother to make sure the child didn't get blown away in the 180—220 mph winds. it was pretty heroic.
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you pastered at a church for 12 years on the island and we have some before and after shots of that church. how upsetting is it to see this after so many years? it is a wonderful church and to watch it be demolished... injust21i hours, 48 hours by a hurricane, it breaks your heart, to say the least. but more than that, it's the people. the church is just a building but we hurt for our people because of what they've gone through. i believe you're going on wednesday. how are you preparing for that and what is the reason for that trip? we have an airplane here and we will be flying that airplane in loaded with full supplies. we have multiple airplanes going in with us and we will all be going in and just delivering goods to the people so we can service them. you obviously still have friends on the island from your time there. how have they been describing the situation? they said it was horrible,
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worst thing they've ever been through in their life. our little island just was decimated. it is a really idyllic little island, a major tourist attraction. some of the sweetest christian people you would ever ever meet. they would reallyjust help others. we've heard about marsh island and abaco. this is much smaller. how vulnerable is it because it has so few people and resources on it? it is not very vulnerable. we have one little policeman there. he doesn't have to carry a gun. there's very little crime on man—o—war. the people there are amazing. they are very moral, christian community.
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an iranian oil tanker, which was seized by royal marines injuly, has been spotted outside a syrian port. the ship had been held in gibraltar suspected of carrying oil to syria in breach of eu sanctions. it was only released after assurances from iran that it was not bound for syria. however, satellite photographs reveal it is now sitting at anchor outside the port of tartus. our diplomatic correspondent james landale reports. this is the iranian oil tanker at the heart of the row. the grace 1, now known as the adrian darya—i, which was detained injuly by gibraltar with the help of british marines. it was suspected of heading for syria in breach of eu sanctions, but released in august after iran gave written assurances that this was not the case. but look at this — new satellite images through the clouds appearing to show the tanker moored just a few miles from the syrian port of tartus, potentially there to offload its cargo. this is hugely disappointing. it demonstrates again why the united kingdom government was right to impound the vessel in gibraltar, and wrong to release it. in a terse tweet clearly pointed at european allies, the us national security adviser
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john bolton said: this is tricky for the foreign office because they trusted iran on this, just when the american said "don't". a spokesman here said it was deeply troubling to hear reports of the tanker being off syria, and said any breach of iran's assurances would be morally bankrupt and a violation of international norms. so far, there's been no comment from tehran, which has been desperate to evade tough us sanctions, curbing its ability to export oil. iran also announced today a further breach of the deal agreed in 2015 to curb its nuclear programme. a spokesman said it would start using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium nuclear fuel, bringing the country one step closer
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to developing weapons—grade material. yet again, iran remaining defiant in a stand—off with the west that few expect to be resolved soon. james landale, bbc news. stay with us on bbc news. still to come: thejoker, starring joaquin phoenix, takes the top golden lion prize at the venice film festival. george w bush: freedom itself was attacked this morning, and freedom will be defended. the united states will hunt down and punish those responsible. bishop tutu now becomes spiritual leader of 100,000 anglicans here, of the blacks in soweto township, as well as the whites in their rich suburbs. we say to you today in a loud and a clear voice "enough of blood and tears. enough!"
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translation: the difficult decision we reached together was one that required great and exceptional courage. it's an exodus of up to 60,000 people caused by the uneven pace of political change in eastern europe. iam free! this is bbc news. the latest headlines: a senior british cabinet minister, amber rudd, has resigned, accusing the prime minister boris johnson of an assault on decency and democracy over his handling of brexit. president trump has cancelled peace talks with the taliban after a deadly attack in kabul, revealing that he'd been due to hold a secret meeting with leaders of the group at camp david on sunday.
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more on that story now. president trump has announced on twitter that he's called off peace negotiations with the taliban after an attack that killed 12 people, including a us soldier, in the afghan capital kabul on thursday. the announcement comes just days after the american envoy to afghanistan reached a draft peace deal with the group. mrtrump said a previously secret meeting with taliban leaders and the afghan president due to take place at the president's camp david retreat on sunday, has been cancelled. man—o—war cay man—o—war cay —— for more on this, i'm joined from the afghan capital kabul by our chief international correspondent, lyse doucet. (05) people did seem sceptical that the talks were not going to come to anything so how big a blow is this latest news? startling, on so many levels that president trump was
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planning to invite the taliban to the presidential retreat camp david in the week that there would be commemorations of the 9/11 attacks, 18 years on, and every year since then the taliban have been killing american soldiers and civilians here in afghanistan. and rewarding the taliban with this prize of all prize at the moment when there is still only just at the moment when there is still onlyjust on paper what we are told isa onlyjust on paper what we are told is a deal in principle reached after nearly one year of negotiations between the afghan and taliban and united states. this is classic trump, high—stakes diplomacy, wanting a very high profile event, the same way he did it with kim jong—un of north korea, and now it is in shambles notjust the secret meeting that has now been revealed by the president in his series of angry treats but also this painstaking process of trying to build trust between the united states and the afghan taliban, it will not surprise you that the
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afg ha n will not surprise you that the afghan negotiating team in doha is meeting to decide what to do and the afg ha n meeting to decide what to do and the afghan government is meeting to decide what they will do next. what do you think their reaction will be to this? it is one issue, the fact that the afghan government seem to be pretty sidelined in these talks between the taliban and us. the afghans have been completely sidelined. the taliban described them as a puppet government. they have been refusing to talk to them directly and we are still not sure how much they have agreed to, in what was supposed to be a set of afg ha n what was supposed to be a set of afghan negotiations to follow the us talks. it was understood it would be a delegation of the islamic republic of afghanistan, not an official government delegation, although it would have government officials in it. what i can say is that in the last week since the us envoy arrived here, there has been an attack almost every day by the taliban,
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saying they are targeting foreign forces, but they have killed civilians. president trump mentioned one attack last week, which killed 12, including two nato soldiers, one of them an american. the others, and afg ha n of them an american. the others, and afghan engineer, and afghan newspaper editor, a retired civil servant, a young afghan, just ten yea rs servant, a young afghan, just ten years old. that seems to have broke the back of presidentjohn‘s hope for peace. but there is rising anger here, why is the united states negotiating this deal, which could lead us only to more war? and not peace? given what you say, lyce, and given the number of attacks in recent weeks and days, do you think an agreement is possible in the short term at all? officials i have been speaking to any presidential palace over the last few days have said they understand this is a deal between the us and the taliban. but they believe that they should have a
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say in it, in some ways, the americans could say this is our deal and you can go and negotiate your own. but there has been such anger, with them saying they will not accept the deal as it stands, and most of all they are demanding that it will not just most of all they are demanding that it will notjust be what they expect in this deal, which is a reduction of violence. they want a ceasefire. i have heard in doha from diplomats but the americans had accepted the taliban argument that they would not agree to a ceasefire in their talks with the americans. that was their main bargaining chip when they sat down with the afghan clinic. a senior official in the presidential palace said to me, a ceasefire is a main bargaining chip is welcome and we cannot have afghans dying every day and then begin talking piece to the taliban as if nothing is happening. such scepticism as to whether or not the time about negotiating in doha speak for the entire taliban movement and whether they can actually control their commanders in the field, once a deal is finalised and signed, or whether the taliban willjust use this as an
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opportunity to steal a march on provincial cities, including the capital, kabul. so many updates, all at once, really, coming from president trump. it is all we have time for now, but thank you for keeping us updated on that story. that was leased to set in kabul. —— lyce doucet. russia and ukraine have exchanged dozens of prisoners, in a move which the ukrainian president described as the first step to ending the war between them. a man allegedly implicated in the downing of a passenger plane in 2014 was one of those in the group flown to russia. jonah fisher reports from kiev. this swap had been rumoured for weeks. so when the plane finally touched down from moscow, relief echoed across the tarmac. the families of 35 ukrainian prisoners had come to see their loved ones return. among them, high—profile detainees like film—maker oleg sentsov, and 2a sailors, like andre, who was captured in the black sea late last year. and we are happy too,
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but we can't even understand that this has already happened. this is clearly a very emotional moment for the relatives of these ukrainian prisoners, but it is also politically significant. it opens the door for meaningful talks between ukraine and russia and the prospect of an improvement in relations between the two countries. and we haven't said that much in the last five years. during that time, russia has been backing a rebel uprising in eastern ukraine and more than 13,000 people have died. then there was the downing of the passenger plane, mh17, shot down by what investigators say was a russian missile, with nearly 300 people on board. with that in mind, moscow insisted on being given this man, volodymyr tsemakh, as part of today's swap. he was on the ground nearby when mh17 was hit and could have been a key witness
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to russia's alleged role. the loss of mr tsemakh was clearly outweighed by the possible gains for ukraine's comedian turned president. he appears deadly serious about trying to deliver lasting peace. we have to do all the steps to finish this horrible war. but do you think this is a new chapter in relations between russia and ukraine? i think this is the first chapter. as the dust settles on a momentous day, it's possible to be cautiously optimistic about russia and ukraine. jonah fisher, bbc news, in kiev. a us congressional committee is investigating another possible conflict of interest between donald trump's role as president and his businesses. it wants to know why an airport on the west coast of scotland, close to a golf course owned by president trump, has been paid $11 million
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forfuel by the us military since he took office. the committee says the fuel would have been cheaper at a us military base. serena williams‘ quest for a 24th grand slam title continues after she lost to canada's bianca andreescu in straight sets. the 19—year—old wasn't even born when serena won her first us open title back in 1999. courtney nguyen, a senior writer with wta insider, the official platform of the women's tennis association, gave us her perspective on why serena lost. i would probably go down and say serena was not good enough and i think that she was incredibly honest about her assessment of her play today, giving full credit to the 19—year—old and how well she did play. but it wasn't the serena williams that we had seen through six matches here in new york. she got to the final, her serve was only broken three times through six matches, and tonight she could not hold serve, struggled with herfirst service percentage and really gave the young canadian a lot of confidence in her return game. so, serena very, very frustrated
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by the way she played today, and she said, "i have to find a way to bring serena into these grand slam finals," because that's where serena is not showing enough. andreescu is only 19. is she going to play a central role in women's tennis for many years to come? absolutely, i really believe that ever since march, winning indian wells, she went to a tough, tough draw and really showed a lot of composure and how she handled herself over that two weeks. even then, the way she plays her tennis and how much resilience in her character and game, she didn't seem like a fluke in march, and here we are in september and she is a major champion. it also seems incredibly mature for 19. she apologised to the crowd afterwards, obviously many americans there, for beating serena. well, she is canadian. that is what canadians do, they apologise! it was a tough crowd for her to play through. the crowd on arthur ashe stadium was really backing serena and got serena to come back, she was down 1—5 in the second set,
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saved a matchpoint, was able to level it at 5—5. that crowd, i have never heard of that loud. bianca did a greatjob presenting herself and get through that and be the classy one at the end and say, "thank you very much and i am sorry, this is not the result you wanted." she is still going to be putting herself in these positions. have to understand she has made for a major the venice film festival has drawn to a close, with the golden lion being awarded to the film joker. it's the first time a comic book movie has won the top prize at a major festival. in second place was an officer and a spy, by the controversial director roman polanski. a warning — tim allman‘s report contains flashing images. my mother always tells me to smile and put on a happy face. dark, disturbing. one critic described it as prurient, but exhilarating. joker is unlike any other comic book movie you've ever seen. these films dominate at the box office, but have always failed to win the major prizes... until now.
5:24 am todd phillips. applause director todd phillips looked a little surprised to be winning the golden lion. the origin story of batman's arch enemy now lauded by one of europe's top film festivals. in his acceptance speech, he was full of praise for his leading man, joaquin phoenix. joaquin is the fiercest and bravest and most open—minded lion that i know and you are a beautiful soul and thank you for trusting me with your insane talents. applause speaks french the grand jury prize went to an officer and a spy, telling the story of the dreyfus affair. its director, roman polanski, still wanted in the us for the drugging and raping of a 13—year—old girl, was not present for the ceremony.
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the acting prizes went to france's arianne ascaride and italy's luca marinelli, both paying tribute to those risking their lives in the mediterranean. speaks italian "i would like to dedicate this award to all the splendid people "who are at sea to rescue other human beings who are fleeing "from unimaginable situations. "thank you. "long live humanity and long live love." and long live thejoker. a great night for comic books and the films they inspire, once dismissed, now honoured. tim allman, bbc news. that is it for now. you can get more news on our website. you can follow me and the rest of the team on twitter. for now, thank you for
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watching, and stay tuned right here on bbc news. hello. after a fine start to the weekend, sunday will continue on a similar note for most of us, but there are some changes on the way. this view from northern ireland came during saturday. some sunshine, but we'll expect more cloud on sunday. why? because while most of us stay under this finger of high pressure giving us sunny spells, this weather front is moving into it with cloud into northern and western scotland and northern ireland. but most will start sunday clear and chilly. temperatures widely in single figures, low single figures in the countryside, and close to freezing in the coldest parts of eastern scotland and north—east england, where a touch of frost is possible to begin the day. so it's chilly on the start line at the great north run in the morning, but after that, with a mixture of cloud and sunshine, the temperature is not going up too far too quickly. perfect conditions for running. good luck to everyone taking part. light winds too. for the rest of us, sunday is looking like this —
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england, wales, eastern scotland — lot of sunshine, some patchy cloud around. maybe an isolated shower, more so towards the coast of east anglia, maybe the far east of kent, though most stay dry. but in northern ireland, northern and western scotland, because of that weather front we saw earlier, it's a cloudier day and you may encounter a bit of light rain and drizzle — not amounting to too much, mind you. temperatures on a par with what we had on saturday but feeling a little warmer in parts of eastern scotland along that north sea coast of england, despite the chilly start. now, anyone hoping for rain on the final day of the test match at old trafford will be disappointed. another rather cool but dry day is on the way. but there is some rain moving in, but it's coming in on sunday night and into monday as this system comes in from the atlantic. so as that comes in, it brings in more cloud, so it will be a milder start on monday morning, with the exception of easternmost parts of england staying clear overnight, so still quite chilly here to begin the day. so during monday then, we're going to take outbreaks of rain a little further east, but more persistent and heavier at times into wales, south—west england, and not much reaching eastern parts of england. as for temperatures, around about the mid teens. it is going to be a cooler feeling day.
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now that weather system dies a death as we go into tuesday but here comes another, and actually, this is what is left of hurricane dorian getting close to iceland. but with trailing weather fronts that are coming into the uk, nothing to worry about from that. yes, there'll be some rain, the winds will start to pick up as well, and there'll be further western systems coming in as we go deeper into the week. so wet at times — not all the time — turning windier too, 00:28:22,112 --> 2147483051:50:55,771 perhaps a little bit warmer 2147483051:50:55,771 --> 4294966103:13:29,430 towards the end of the week.
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